US Patent No. 9,296,296

FRONT END ACCESSORY DRIVE BRACKET AND MOUNTING METHOD FOR AN ENGINE


Patent No. 9,296,296
Issue Date March 29, 2016
Title Front End Accessory Drive Bracket And Mounting Method For An Engine
Inventorship James Parsons Sullivan, Grosse Pointe, MI (US)
Burak Gullac, Istanbul (TR)
Allan Kaminski, Basildon (GB)
Dan D. Kirby, Dartford (GB)
Ghanshyam M. Patel, Canton, MI (US)
Assignee Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,296,296

1. An engine-mounting system, comprising:
a component with two upper flanges and two lower flanges;
a mounting structure comprising an upper bracket, the upper bracket comprising a semi-circular groove and a shaft-wise opening,
the groove including a lip that is acutely angled away from a horizontal plane defined by a lower edge of the groove, the
mounting structure further comprising a lower bracket, located vertically below the upper bracket, the lower bracket comprising
a semi-circular groove and a shaft-wise opening with a closed portion;

a first connector inserted through the two upper flanges, a shank of the first connector configured to be placed in the groove
of the upper bracket, after the first connector is inserted through the two upper flanges, to hang the component from the
upper bracket, the shank held in place in the groove of the upper bracket by the angle of the lip; and

a second connector configured to be inserted through the two lower flanges and the lower bracket while the first connector
is hanging from the upper bracket.