US Patent No: 6,607,238

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Structural reinforcement member for wheel well

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Abstract

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A structural reinforcement member for reinforcing a wheel well area of an automobile includes a carrier and a load distributing medium supported by the carrier. The carrier also may include a reinforced protrusion, two reinforced openings, and an outwardly extending flange. The flange includes a reinforced raised portion having a shape similar to that of the flange. The load distributing medium is a structural foam and preferably an epoxy-based resin. The preferred load distributing medium is L5206, L5207, L5208, or L5209 structural foam commercially available from L&L Products of Romeo, Mich.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ZEPHYROS, INC.ROMEO, MI170

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Barz, William J Shelby Township, MI 26 928

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
L&L PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
* 2003/0176,128 Structurally reinforced panels 38 2002
 
HENKEL AG & CO. KGAA (2)
* 8,356,859 Reinforcement assembly 0 2009
* 2011/0241,383 REINFORCEMENT ASSEMBLY 3 2009
 
ZEPHYROS, INC. (70)
6,820,923 Sound absorption system for automotive vehicles 58 2000
6,941,719 Structural reinforcement 58 2001
7,011,315 Expandable pre-formed plug 23 2002
7,169,344 Method of reinforcing at least a portion of a structure 2 2002
6,786,533 Structural reinforcement system having modular segmented characteristics 76 2002
6,926,784 Sound absorption system for automotive vehicles 15 2002
* 2003/0062,739 Sound absorption system for automotive vehicles 9 2002
6,793,274 Automotive rail/frame energy management system 69 2002
7,318,873 Structurally reinforced members 22 2003
6,969,551 Method and assembly for fastening and reinforcing a structural member 28 2003
* 2004/0018,341 Method and assembly for fastening and reinforcing a structural member 12 2003
7,077,460 Reinforcement system utilizing a hollow carrier 47 2003
* 2003/0209,921 Insertable barrier and chamber system for reinforcement of structural members 36 2003
7,144,071 Multi segment parts 22 2003
6,921,130 Structural reinforcement system for automotive vehicles 40 2003
7,004,536 Attachment system and method of forming same 20 2003
* 2004/0046,423 Attachment system and method of forming same 5 2003
6,920,693 Dynamic self-adjusting assembly for sealing, baffling or structural reinforcement 60 2003
* 2004/0051,251 Dynamic self-adjusting assembly for sealing, baffling or structural reinforcement 0 2003
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* 2004/0075,299 Multiple material assembly for noise reduction 2 2003
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6,883,858 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 6 2003
* 2004/0046,421 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 1 2003
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7,041,193 Method of adhering members and an assembly formed thereby 11 2003
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6,953,219 Reinforcing members 51 2003
6,880,657 Adjustable reinforced structural assembly and method of use therefor 37 2004
7,111,899 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 10 2004
6,890,021 Structural reinforcement system having modular segmented characteristics 56 2004
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7,255,388 Reinforcing members 25 2004
7,114,763 Automotive rail/frame energy management system 22 2004
6,938,947 Structural reinforcement system for automotive vehicles 31 2004
6,905,745 Structural foam 33 2004
* 2004/0224,108 Structural foam 1 2004
7,025,409 Automotive rail/frame energy management system 32 2004
* 2005/0017,543 Automotive rail/frame energy management system 7 2004
6,932,421 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 35 2004
* 2005/0127,145 Metallic foam 29 2004
* 2005/0102,815 Reinforced members formed with absorbent mediums 26 2004
* 2005/0166,532 Structurally reinforced panels 38 2004
7,160,491 Structural reinforcement system for automotive vehicles 20 2005
* 2005/0218,697 Structural reinforcement system for automotive vehicles 4 2005
7,479,246 Overmoulding 11 2005
7,790,280 Structural reinforcement 2 2005
* 2005/0251,988 Hole plugs 20 2005
* 2006/0057,333 Baffle precursors 24 2005
7,478,478 Method of providing reinforcing members 4 2005
* 7,374,219 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 10 2005
* 2006/0065,483 Baffle with flow-through medium 17 2005
* 2006/0144,513 Method of adhering members and an assembly formed thereby 2 2006
7,494,179 Member for baffling, reinforcement or sealing 26 2006
* 2007/0074,808 Member for baffling, reinforcement or sealing 6 2006
* 2007/0122,510 Components 12 2006
* 2007/0080,559 Member for baffling, reinforcement of sealing 6 2006
7,503,620 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 31 2006
7,296,847 Reinforcement system utilizing a hollow carrier 12 2006
* 2006/0267,378 REINFORCEMENT SYSTEM UTILIZING A HOLLOW CARRIER 1 2006
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8,128,780 Reinforcement system utilizing a hollow carrier 1 2007
8,580,058 Structurally reinforced members 0 2007
* 7,695,040 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 0 2008
* 8,079,146 Reinforcements, baffles and seals with malleable carriers 3 2010
* 8,763,254 Reinforcements, baffles and seals with malleable carriers 0 2011
* 2012/0060,352 REINFORCEMENTS, BAFFLES AND SEALS WITH MALLEABLE CARRIERS 0 2011
 
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* 2008/0203,759 Method for Increasing the Crash Resistance of a Motor Vehicle, and Block Element Used Therewith 0 2006
 
DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES INC. (11)
7,041,355 Structural reinforcement parts for automotive assembly 3 2001
* 2003/0099,826 Structural reinforcement parts for automotive assembly 0 2001
6,896,320 Reinforced structural body 19 2003
* 2003/0137,162 Reinforced structural body 2 2003
7,097,794 Vehicular structural members and method of making the members 8 2003
* 2003/0194,548 Vehicular structural members and method of making the members 1 2003
7,084,210 Heat activated epoxy adhesive and use in a structural foam insert 3 2003
* 2004/0131,839 Heat activated epoxy adhesive and use in a structural foam insert 3 2003
7,250,124 Structural reinforcement article and process for preparation thereof 2 2004
* 2004/0213,932 Structural reinforcement article and process for preparation thereof 0 2004
7,838,100 Vehicular structural members and method of making the members 9 2006
 
DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (1)
* 2006/0141,235 Structural reinforcement article and process for preparation thereof 1 2005
 
Cemedine Henkel Co., Ltd. (3)
* 8,087,916 Holding jig for a foamable material 12 2005
* 2007/0138,683 Holding jig for a foamable material 6 2005
9,096,005 Holding jig for a foamable material 0 2011
 
SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG (2)
7,641,264 Reinforcement device 1 2007
* 2009/0091,157 REINFORCEMENT DEVICE 1 2007
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