US Patent No: 6,607,238

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Structural reinforcement member for wheel well

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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, MI154

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Barz, William J St. Clair, MI 35 815

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ZEPHYROS, INC. (45)
6,820,923 Sound absorption system for automotive vehicles 50 2000
6,941,719 Structural reinforcement 48 2001
7,011,315 Expandable pre-formed plug 18 2002
7,169,344 Method of reinforcing at least a portion of a structure 1 2002
6,786,533 Structural reinforcement system having modular segmented characteristics 64 2002
6,926,784 Sound absorption system for automotive vehicles 7 2002
6,793,274 Automotive rail/frame energy management system 58 2002
7,318,873 Structurally reinforced members 14 2003
6,969,551 Method and assembly for fastening and reinforcing a structural member 24 2003
7,077,460 Reinforcement system utilizing a hollow carrier 36 2003
7,144,071 Multi segment parts 20 2003
6,921,130 Structural reinforcement system for automotive vehicles 37 2003
7,004,536 Attachment system and method of forming same 14 2003
6,920,693 Dynamic self-adjusting assembly for sealing, baffling or structural reinforcement 48 2003
6,923,499 Multiple material assembly for noise reduction 31 2003
6,928,736 Method of reinforcing an automobile structure 43 2003
6,883,858 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 6 2003
7,041,193 Method of adhering members and an assembly formed thereby 10 2003
7,105,112 Lightweight member for reinforcing, sealing or baffling 19 2003
7,313,865 Process of forming a baffling, sealing or reinforcement member with thermoset carrier member 17 2003
6,953,219 Reinforcing members 43 2003
6,880,657 Adjustable reinforced structural assembly and method of use therefor 33 2004
7,111,899 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 8 2004
6,890,021 Structural reinforcement system having modular segmented characteristics 46 2004
7,255,388 Reinforcing members 20 2004
7,114,763 Automotive rail/frame energy management system 19 2004
6,938,947 Structural reinforcement system for automotive vehicles 30 2004
6,905,745 Structural foam 33 2004
7,025,409 Automotive rail/frame energy management system 27 2004
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7,160,491 Structural reinforcement system for automotive vehicles 17 2005
7,479,246 Overmoulding 8 2005
7,790,280 Structural reinforcement 1 2005
7,478,478 Method of providing reinforcing members 4 2005
7,374,219 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 8 2005
7,494,179 Member for baffling, reinforcement or sealing 18 2006
7,503,620 Structural reinforcement member and method of use therefor 22 2006
7,296,847 Reinforcement system utilizing a hollow carrier 11 2006
7,926,179 Reinforcements, baffles and seals with malleable carriers 0 2006
8,530,015 Reinforcement of hollow profiles 0 2007
8,128,780 Reinforcement system utilizing a hollow carrier 0 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 1 2010
8,763,254 Reinforcements, baffles and seals with malleable carriers 0 2011
 
DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES INC. (6)
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7,250,124 Structural reinforcement article and process for preparation thereof 1 2004
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CEMEDINE HENKEL CO., LTD. (1)
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HENKEL AG & CO. KGAA (1)
8,356,859 Reinforcement assembly 0 2009
 
SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG (1)
7,641,264 Reinforcement device 1 2007
 
WILHELM KARMANN GMBH (1)
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