US Pat. No. 9,071,119

ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. A device for reversing the direction of rotation and/or for adjusting the carbon brushes for a reversible electric motor
for an electric hand tool, with a base, with a mount which is mounted pivotably on the base, switching contacts for reversing
the direction of rotation of the electric motor and/or brushholders for the carbon brushes wiping over the collector of the
electric motor being arranged, the switching contacts in the form of contact blades, being located on the brushholders, which
are electrically connected to the carbon brushes, fixed contacts, which are electrically connected to the field windings of
the electric motor, being arranged on the base, and the fixed contacts interacting with the switching contacts as mating contacts
with alternate contact-making of the carbon brushes, for reversing the direction of rotation of the electric motor as the
mount is pivoted, wherein the electric motor is driven by means of at least one of a pulse width controller, a phase gating
controller and a phase chopping controller, wherein the power electronics are arranged at least partially on the base and/or
on the mount, and wherein the fixed contact is configured as a contact arm which is bent in the form of a U, and such that
two mating contacts are arranged as switching contacts such that the fixed contact exerts a force on both sides against the
mating contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,046,787

STEERING WHEEL FOR A VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A steering wheel for a vehicle, comprising:a steering wheel rim with an operating member formed as a ring segment of the steering wheel rim,
wherein the operating member includes an exterior shell having at least a first shell portion and a second shell portion,
wherein the exterior shell partially surrounds a framework structure fixed to the steering wheel rim or formed as part of the steering wheel rim, and
wherein the exterior shell is rotatably coupled with the framework structure and configured to partially rotate the exterior shell from an initial position around the framework structure; and
at least one first switch configured to be partially displaced by the rotation of the exterior shell from the initial position around the framework structure,
wherein the operating member includes at least one second switch which is not actuated by the rotation of the exterior shell out of the initial position at least partially around the framework structure, and
wherein with the exterior shell disposed in the initial position at least one of the first shell part and the second shell part are configured to be displaced toward or away from the framework structure when the at least one second switch is actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,033,256

ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. A device for reversing the direction of rotation and/or for adjusting the carbon brushes for a reversible electric motor for an electric hand tool, comprising an adjusting ring having a central opening for a cooling air flow, which serves to cool the electric motor, the adjusting ring having a base, with a mount mounted pivotably on the base, switching contacts for reversing the direction of rotation of the electric motor and/or brushholders for the carbon brushes wiping over the collector of the electric motor being arranged, and the electric motor being driven by means of power electronics selected from a pulse width controller, a phase gating controller and a phase chopping controller, wherein the entire power electronics are arranged on the base and/or on the mount, with conducting fins for guiding the cooling air flow arranged on the base and/or on the mount so as to be adjacent to the central opening in the adjusting ring in such a way that the conducting fins guide the cooling air flow so as to cool the power electronics, and wherein signal processing electronics having current sensors and/or sensors for sensing a rotor position of the electric motor are arranged on the base and/or on the mount.

US Pat. No. 9,793,076

SWITCHING OPERATING ARRANGEMENT

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. A switching operator control arrangement for a motor vehicle, comprising a movable operating area, wherein the operating
area interacts with a shifting means in such a way that the operating area is movable in a substantially linear manner over
at least one distance from a starting position to an operating position, wherein the operating position is configured as a
switching position in such a way that the operating area has a switching action on at least one of a switching element, and
a sensor, wherein the shifting means comprises a rocking lever arrangement, the rocking lever arrangement including at least
first rocking levers arranged substantially in parallel with respect to one another, and second rocking levers arranged to
move substantially in parallel with respect to one another, and wherein the rocking lever arrangement has a movable bearing
on one side and a fixed bearing on an opposite side.

US Pat. No. 9,954,477

ELECTRICAL SWITCH

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. An electrical switch for an electrical appliance having an electric motor, the switch comprising a switch housing having two electrical supply connections, each directly connected to the supply voltage, two electrical motor connections, each directly connected to the electric motor for the supply of voltage to the electric motor, a switch contact system and a control electronics unit for executing control processes in the electrical appliance, wherein an entirety of the switch contact system and the control electronics unit is arranged and contained in the switch housing, with the control electronics unit being operated by means of a piece of software, the switch further comprising an interface for a data line for communication between the control electronics unit and an external device, wherein one of the two electrical motor connections is used as the interface for the data line, and wherein an internal data line is positioned between and electrically connects the one of the two electrical motor connections and the control electronics unit in the switch housing.

US Pat. No. 9,789,830

ENERGY SUPPLY CIRCUIT FOR ELECTRIC COMPONENTS

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. An energy supply circuit comprising:
a rechargeable battery; and
a discharge monitoring circuit,
the rechargeable battery configured to supply electricity to electronic components in a motor vehicle,
the discharge monitoring circuit configured to monitor a level of stored energy stored in the rechargeable battery,
and to switch off energy supply to all said electronic components upon said level of stored energy falling below a threshold
energy value,

the discharge monitoring circuit also configured to switch back on energy supply from the rechargeable battery to a locking
system component of a locking system of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,600,947

LOCK SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. A lock system for access authorization and/or driving authorization in a motor vehicle in the manner of a Keyless Entry/Go
functionality, having a first device which has at least two states and is embodied as a controller for unlocking and/or locking
at least one of car doors, an ignition lock, and a steering wheel lock, and/or for enabling and/or disabling at least one
of an immobilizer and an engine control unit, and having an associated second device which is embodied in the manner of at
least one of an electronic key, an ID signal transmitter and a chip card, wherein the two devices have, for their intended
operation, transmitters and/or receivers for electromagnetic signals, wherein at least one of the signals transmitted between
the second device and the first device is an encoded operating signal for authenticating the second device, with the result
that after positive evaluation of the transmitted operating signal in the case of an authorized second device it is possible
to bring about a change in the state of the first device, and wherein at least one antenna interacts with an oscillatory circuit
and transmits at least one of the signals, wherein the antenna is assigned to the first device and wherein the antenna can
be switched by switching the oscillatory circuit in the first device between a transmitting mode for the keyless functionality,
whereby the oscillatory circuit is operated as serial oscillatory circuit, and a receiving and/or transmitting mode for an
emergency functionality when the keyless functionality fails, whereby the oscillatory circuit is operated as parallel oscillatory
circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,831,048

SWITCHING-OPERATION ARRANGEMENT HAVING A MOVABLE ACTIVATING SURFACE

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. A switching-operation arrangement for a motor vehicle, comprising: a movable actuating surface; a displacement means; and
one of a switching element and a sensor, wherein the actuating surface has an extent along a first axis (x) and a second axis
(y), which are located perpendicularly to one another, wherein the actuating surface interacts with the displacement means
such that the actuating surface can be moved linearly, in the direction of a third axis (z), by at least one distance from
a starting position into an actuating position, wherein the third axis (z) is located perpendicularly to the first and second
axes (x, y), and wherein the actuating position is in the form of a switching position such that the actuating surface, in
the switching position, acts with switching action on the one of the switching element and the sensor, wherein the displacement
means comprises a guide means for guiding the actuating surface at least one of along and on the first axis (x), and at least
one braced-in elastic element for guiding the actuating surface at least one of along and on the second axis (y).

US Pat. No. 10,342,117

ASSEMBLY

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. An assembly comprising a first subassembly, a second subassembly and an adapter part, wherein the first subassembly is electrically and/or mechanically connected to the second subassembly, wherein the adapter part is arranged between the first subassembly and the second subassembly for the purpose of electrically and/or mechanically connecting the first subassembly to the second subassembly, and wherein the adapter part is a fork-shaped element having a base area from which four fork-shaped prongs extend, with each of the four fork-shaped prongs being secured to the first subassembly, and the base area being secured to the second subassembly such that forces acting between the two subassemblies are absorbed by the adapter part.

US Pat. No. 10,093,045

METHOD FOR ENCAPSULATING WITH PLASTIC

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. A method for encapsulating an element in a body of plastic, comprising:placing the element into an injection mold that has a cavity, the element being fixed in the cavity by means of a movable retaining pin;
injecting a plastic into the cavity;
moving the retaining pin away from the element after filling the cavity with the plastic while the plastic is still in a plastic state in such a way that the plastic thereby flows into a volume vacated by the retaining pin, and
moving back the retaining pin in a direction of the element while the plastic that has flowed into the volume is still in a plastic state in such a way that a compression of the plastic takes place in a fixing region on the body.

US Pat. No. 10,332,696

CARRIER AND ELECTRIC SWITCH HAVING SAID CARRIER

Marquardt GmbH, Rieteim-...

1. An electrical switch, the electrical switch comprising two fixed contacts on a printed circuit board and a switching contact for switching interaction with the fixed contacts, the switching contact is situated on a switching mat, which is arranged on a carrier part, and the switching contact interacts with the fixed contacts in a bridging manner, the printed circuit board having a broadside and a narrow side, wherein the fixed contacts are arranged in an extending direction on the narrow side and a notch is formed in the narrow side on one or another side of the fixed contacts so as to be at a spaced distance from the fixed contacts, with a latching hole formed in the broadside so as to be directly adjacent to the notch in a direction perpendicular to the extending direction of the fixed contacts, and wherein the carrier part having a stop and a latching hook is fastened to the printed circuit board such that the stop in the carrier part is pressed against the narrow side of the printed circuit board along the spaced distance between the notch and the fixed contacts and the latching hole in the broadside of the printed circuit board is fastened to the carrier part via the latching hook.

US Pat. No. 10,319,547

ELECTRIC SWITCH

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. An electric switch comprising: a contact system; a movable actuating element for switching over the contact system between two switch positions; and an actuator driven by electronics, which is operatively connected to the actuating element such that the actuating element in at least one of the two switch positions is moved, on driving of the actuator, into the other switch position by the actuator for switching the contact system, wherein the actuator is an electromagnet having a coil and an armature, with the armature comprising a plunger that directly contacts a lip that is integral to the actuating element, such that the operative connection between the actuator and the actuating element is effected by the plunger of the armature on the lip of the actuating element,wherein the armature is movable within the actuator between a lower end position where the uppermost end of the plunger is retracted to be downwardly below in relation to upper adjacent areas of the actuator and an upper end position where the uppermost end of the plunger is protruded to be upwardly above in relation to the upper adjacent areas of the actuator, and
wherein the actuating element is mechanically switchable between an on switch position and an off switch position of the contact system and when the actuating element is switched to the on switch position, the armature is in the lower end position and the uppermost end of the plunger is in direct contact with the lip of the actuating element such that when the actuating element is moved by the actuator, the actuating element is driven from the on switch position to the off switch position of the contact system by the movement of the armature from the lower end position to the upper end position via the direct contact of the uppermost end of the plunger on the lip of the actuating element so as to switch off the contact system electronically.

US Pat. No. 10,298,233

SWITCHING CONTROL ARRANGEMENT

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. A switching control arrangement having a movable actuating surface, wherein the actuating surface interacts with a displacement element such that the actuating surface can be moved substantially linearly, over at least one distance, out of an initial position and into an actuating position, wherein the displacement element has at least one elastic element arranged so as to be secured on the displacement element, and the actuating position is designed as a switching position, such that the actuating surface, when in the switching position, has a switching effect on one of a switching element and a sensor, wherein the elastic element is designed as a planar element having a surface and a thickness, such that the elastic element can be elastically deflected substantially perpendicularly to the surface of the elastic element, whereinthe actuating surface interacts with at least one of a frame and a spacer such that the actuating surface is secured on the at least one of the frame and the spacer,
the elastic element comprises two parallel elastic elements, which are arranged on mutually opposite sides of the at least one of the frame and the spacer, such that the frame is connected to the spacer by the two parallel elastic elements,
the frame is arranged immovably in a housing and the spacer is arranged movably in a receptacle in the frame such that the receptacle acts as a guide, and
the receptacle is of a cross-shaped design and the spacer has a design corresponding to the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,145,153

CLOSING ELEMENT, IN PARTICULAR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. A closing element for a motor vehicle, comprising:an opening mechanism,
a locking mechanism for, locking and/or unlocking the opening mechanism, and
a handling element actively connected to the opening mechanism via a connecting piece, which is a metallic rod, such that a first mechanical coupling to the handling element is provided in such a manner that in the case of an unlocked locking mechanism the closing element can be moved for the purpose of opening, wherein the locking mechanism is actuated by a closing system for the authorization of access to the motor vehicle, for the purpose of locking and/or unlocking the opening mechanism,
said closing element further comprising a coupling mechanism actively connected via an actuator to the locking mechanism and to the opening mechanism in the manner of an emergency release, wherein the coupling mechanism is actuated by the actuator so as to have both the locking mechanism and the opening mechanism respectively coupled to the coupling mechanism, such that movement of the handling element is transmitted via the connecting piece to the locking mechanism and to the opening mechanism to provide a second mechanical coupling to the handling element in the emergency release, and wherein for the operation of the actuator a separate energy storage device is provided that can be used on demand.

US Pat. No. 10,424,141

APPARATUS FOR LOCKING AND/OR UNLOCKING

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. An apparatus for locking and/or unlocking, for an access and/or drive authorization in a motor vehicle of a keyless entry/go functionality, for a wireless remote control comprising a first device having a transmitter for an arrangement in the motor vehicle and an associated second device designed as one of an electronic key, an ID-transponder and a chip card, wherein both devices for the intended operation have transmitters and/or receivers for electromagnetic signals, wherein the transmitter of the first device is adopted for transmission of a first cyclic repeated signal for the activation and/or authentication of the second device with a first data protocol within a first transmission time interval and with a first cycle time, and the second device has a cyclic repeated receiving mode for a determined first receiving time interval of the second device, wherein the first receiving time interval of the second device is longer than the first transmission time interval of the first data protocol of the first device, and wherein after receipt of the first data protocol of the first device by the second device during the first receiving time interval, the second device remains in only a receiving mode for a second receiving time interval, such that a second or more cyclic repeated signals of the first device for authentication of the second device with a second data protocol is received completely by the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,422,424

CONTROL ELEMENT, IN PARTICULAR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. A control element for a motor vehicle, comprising (i) a handle, mounted in such a way on and/or in a housing that the handle can be moved manually, (ii) a drive situated in the housing, wherein the drive, which has an axial extending direction, is in operative connection and/or can be brought into operative connection with the handle, such that the handle can be positioned non-manually by the drive and/or the manual movement of the handle can be blocked and/or the manual movement of the handle can be enabled, and (iii) an elastic element provided on the drive and/or on the housing and/or in the housing, such that the drive is decoupled acoustically from the housing, wherein the elastic element comprises two interlocking half shells, which comprise side surfaces that extend in an axial direction and radially extending surfaces that extend in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the side surfaces, with outermost edges of the radially extending surfaces configured to face each other in an opposed interlocking manner, and wherein the two interlocking half shells are arranged on the drive so as to have the side surfaces extend in the axial extending direction of the drive and the outermost edges of the radially extending surfaces are interlocked therebetween in the direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the side surfaces, such that the elastic element at least partially surrounds the drive.

US Pat. No. 10,378,808

ICE BIN LEVEL SENSOR

Marquardt GmbH, Rietheim...

1. An appliance, comprising:a housing configured to receive ice from an ice maker, the housing comprising at least a first wall; and
an ice level sensor comprising a control circuit and at least a first electrode array,
the first electrode array comprising a first sense electrode, a second sense electrode and a first shield electrode, such that the second sense electrode and the first shield electrode are each oriented parallel to the first sense electrode, with the first shield electrode positioned between the first and second sense electrodes, and the first electrode array positioned one of on an outside surface of the first wall of the housing and on an inside surface of the first wall of the housing,
the ice level sensor configured to detect ice in the housing based on a measured capacitance of at least one of the first and second sense electrodes, and
the control circuit configured to compensate for frost build-up detected by the first shield electrode.