Milwaukee, WI, United States
Milwaukee, WI, United States

Johnson Controls, Inc. is an American company globally offering products and services to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings, automotive batteries, electronics and interior systems for automobiles.It is a Fortune 500 Diversified, multi-industrial, multinational conglomerate with 170,000 employees in more than 1,300 locations across six continents. It is listed as 67th in the Fortune 500 and 251st in Global 500. Wikipedia.


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Johnson Controls | Date: 2017-05-10

The present invention relates to a display device, particularly for motor vehicle. Said device includes a projection module for generating an image with a view to projecting in the normal gaze direction of a user of the display device along an optical path. The display device includes a reflecting and/or displaying element and an element for mounting the reflecting and/or displaying element. The display device moreover includes a retaining element so that the reflecting and/or displaying element is rigidly retained, without changing the shape thereof, between the mounting element and the retaining element in a position that is stationary relative to the mounting element.


Patent
Johnson Controls | Date: 2017-04-05

An interior panel, for use in a vehicle, includes a rigid substrate providing structural support for the interior panel, an outer layer made of a thermoplastic olefin material having a substantially constant thickness less than about 0.7 mm, and a foam layer located between the outer layer and the substrate.


A component formation and hardening process, and component (18, 30, 32, 36 and 50) made therefrom are provided. The process includes providing a steel blank (10) and inserting the blank (10) into a press (14), preliminarily stamping the steel blank (2) using a stamping press to form a preliminarily stamped intermediate component (22) and laser hardening (3, 3) the preliminarily stamped intermediate component in selected regions of the stamped component. Subsequent to the step of laser hardening, the preliminarily stamped intermediate component is further stamped (4) to form a stamped component (18). The stamped component (18) is then ejected (5) from the stamping press as a stamped component with selectively hardened regions. The component made by the process has a defined load path based on regions that have been hardened and regions that retain the material characteristics.


Patent
Johnson Controls | Date: 2017-05-24

An improved variable geometry diffuser (VGD) mechanism for use with a centrifugal compressor. This VGD mechanism extends substantially completely into the diffuser gap so that the VGD mechanism may be used more fully to control other operational functions. The VGD mechanism may be used to minimize compressor backspin and associated transient loads during compressor shut down by preventing a reverse flow of refrigerant gas through the diffuser gap during compressor shutdown, which is prevented because the diffuser gap is substantially blocked by the full extension of the diffuser ring. During start-up, transient surge and stall also can be effectively eliminated as gas flow through the diffuser gap can be impeded as load and impeller speed increase, thereby alleviating the problems caused by startup loads at low speeds. The VGD mechanism can be used for capacity control as well so as to achieve more effective turndown at low loads.


Patent
Johnson Controls | Date: 2017-03-22

A vertical and contour adjustment mechanism for a head restraint may include a frame, a vertical adjuster, a vertical lock, a contour adjuster, a contour lock, and a user interface. The frame may include first and second lateral portions. The vertical adjuster may be configured to allow adjustment of a vertical position of the frame. The vertical lock may be movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The contour adjuster may be configured to allow adjustment of lateral positions of the first lateral portion and the second lateral portion. The contour lock may be movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The user interface may be configured to be engaged by a user to simultaneously control movement of the vertical lock between the locked position and the unlocked position and control movement of the contour lock between the locked position and the unlocked position.


Patent
Johnson Controls | Date: 2017-02-08

A console assembly includes a housing and a storage member having a receptacle into which an article can be stowed. The storage member is pivotally coupled to the housing for relative movement therewith between a retracted position, in which the receptacle is substantially inaccessible, and an extended position, in which the receptacle is accessible. The console assembly also includes a pivot extending from one of the housing and the storage member, a channel defined in the other of the housing and the storage member into which the pivot is received, and a resilient member positioned adjacent the channel and having a distal end engageable with the pivot when the resilient member is in a biased, first position to inhibit removal of the pivot from the channel. The resilient member is deflectable to a second position to permit movement of the pivot through the channel.


Patent
Johnson Controls | Date: 2017-05-31

A fan of the present invention includes a fan member, a motor that drives to rotate the fan member, and a rotating shaft that is connected to the fan via a vibration prevention member and transmits a turning force of the motor to the fan. The vibration prevention member is an elastic member that connects an inner cylinder made of metal included in the rotating shaft and an outer cylinder made of metal included in the fan member. At least one of an outer circumferential section of the inner cylinder and an inner circumferential section of the outer cylinder is configured in a polygonal shape when viewed from the rotating shaft direction. According to the present invention, a turning force received by the vibration prevention member acts as compression stress on an adhesion interface between a vibration prevention material and metal. Therefore, it is possible to reduce shearing stress to the adhesion interface between the vibration prevention material and the metal and reduce excessive stress due to stress concentration.


Patent
Johnson Controls | Date: 2017-05-31

An actuator (500) in a HVAC system includes an inductive sensor (526), a conductive target (532), and a controller (528). The conductive target (532) has multiple different portions that become aligned with the inductive sensor (526) as a position of the actuator (500) changes. Each of the multiple different portions have a different inductance. The controller (528) receives a signal from the inductive sensor (526) indicating an observed inductance of the portion of the conductive target (532) aligned with the inductive sensor (526). The controller (528) uses a stored relationship between the observed inductance and the position of the actuator (500) to determine the position of the actuator (500) based on the observed inductance. The controller (528) operates the actuator (500) to change the position of the actuator (500) based on the determined position.


Patent
Johnson Controls | Date: 2017-03-08

A state of charge indicator for providing an indication of a state of charge of a battery module includes an indicator light configured to emit a first wavelength of light representative of the state of charge of the battery module. The state of charge indicator also includes a connector configured to be removably coupled to a mating connector of the battery module. The connector includes a plurality of electrical contacts. The plurality of electrical contacts includes a first electrical contact configured to receive a signal from the battery module indicative of the state of charge of the battery module and to transmit the signal to the state of charge indicator to activate the indicator light.


Patent
Johnson Controls | Date: 2017-03-29

A latch assembly 24 for a vehicle interior component includes a button 52 configured to move in a first direction in response to a depressing force, a first side arm configured to translate in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction in response to movement of the button 52 in the first direction, and a second side arm configured to translate in a third direction perpendicular to the first direction in response to movement of the button 52 in the first direction. The latch assembly also includes a cable 53 extending between the first side arm and a remote device 55, wherein translation of the first side arm in the second direction drives the cable 53 to retract from an extended position to a retracted position to actuate the remote device 55. A linkage is provided to substantially link the translation of the first side arm in the second direction to the translation of the second side arm in the third direction.

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