Collins & Aikman Products Co.
|Collins & Aikman Products Co. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20090045613||ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An energy management system includes a bolster panel configured to attach to vehicle structure and a plurality of ribs connected to the bolster panel. Each rib is deflectable during a vehicle impact. The bolster panel and the plurality of ribs are unitary and formed as one piece. The plurality of ribs are arranged in a manner forming an energy absorption pattern that is progressive. A second energy management system includes a bolster panel configured to attach to vehicle structure, a plurality of ribs connected to the bolster panel, and a steering column support structure connected to the bolster panel. The bolster panel, ribs, and steering column support structure are unitary and formed as one piece. A method for creating the energy management system is also disclosed.||02-19-2009|
|20090024275||Integrated Faceplate for Electronics Modules In Vehicle Center Console Designed Around Pass-Through Media Slots - An improvement in the fit and finish of a center stack or console area of a vehicle is provided by integrating individual electronic module faceplate and trim bezels into a single faceplate which may be positioned independent of the individual modules. A jumper or flat wire connector provides communication between the controls on the faceplate and the module. A molded alignment guide is provided to direct pass-through media through a slot in the faceplate and into the module.||01-22-2009|
|20080224342||Method For Forming Two-Tone Parts For Automotive Interior Applications - The present invention is directed at an improved method for forming two-tone trim panels for automobiles and the like, wherein the color demarcation line between color regions of the panel skin may be hidden in a narrow groove or joint. The groove in the formed skin may be formed by the expansion pressure of foam conforming the skin to a narrow projection in a foam mold. Alternatively, a narrow groove may be formed by skiving or embossing along the color demarcation line.||09-18-2008|
Patent applications by Collins & Aikman Products Co.