US Patent No. 10,368,456

LOW CLOSURE FORCE GASKET


Patent No. 10,368,456
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title Low Closure Force Gasket
Inventorship Michael G Shinn, Santa Barbara, CA (US)
Assignee Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc., Warren, MI (US) Robert Bosch GmbH...

Claim of US Patent No. 10,368,456

1. A housing comprising:a first housing part defining a first interior housing portion and having a first interface edge that surrounds the first interior housing portion, the first interface edge having a first gasket facing surface and a first rib that protrudes from the first gasket facing surface around an entire perimeter of the housing;
a second housing part defining a second interior housing portion and having a second interface edge that surrounds the second interior housing portion, the second interface edge being configured complementarily with respect to the first interface edge, the second interface edge having a second gasket facing surface and a second rib that protrudes from the second gasket facing surface around the entire perimeter; and
a gasket configured to be interposed between the first interface edge and the second interface edge around an entire perimeter of the housing, the gasket having a first housing facing surface that faces in a first direction and a second housing facing surface that faces in a second direction that is opposite the first direction, the first housing facing surface defining a first groove shaped complementarily with respect to the first rib and the second housing facing surface defining a second groove shaped complementarily with respect to the second rib,
wherein the gasket is formed entirely of an elastomeric material,
wherein the gasket has an outer edge, the outer edge including an outwardly facing planar surface that extends between the first housing facing surface and the second housing facing surface and that faces outwardly from an interior of the housing,
wherein the first housing part includes a first outer surface and the second housing part includes a second outer surface, and
wherein the outwardly facing planar surface of the gasket is even with the first outer facing surface and the second outer surface when the first housing part, the second housing part and the gasket are assembled to form the housing.