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: 2017-03-22

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: 2017-06-28

The present disclosure includes a battery module having a power assembly that includes a plurality of battery cells and a plurality of bus bars that electrically couples a terminal of each of the plurality of battery cells to a terminal of an adjacent battery cell of the plurality of battery cells. The battery module also includes a lead frame that includes a plurality of cell taps respectively electrically coupled to the plurality of bus bars of the power assembly, and a plurality of leads that extends from the plurality of cell taps. The lead frame also includes a plurality of removable interconnects that are broken after assembly to electrically isolate the plurality of cell taps from one another and electrically isolate the plurality of leads from one another.


Patent
Johnson Controls | Date: 2017-06-28

A method of monitoring a backup battery for a magnetic bearing centrifugal compressor. The method includes: establishing threshold voltage values applicable to the battery backup battery level; monitoring the actual voltage of the battery backup; comparing the actual voltage of the battery backup to the threshold voltage; initiating a soft shutdown of the magnetic bearing centrifugal compressor if the magnetic bearing centrifugal compressor is operating and the actual voltage is below the threshold voltage for a defined period of time; preventing the magnetic bearing centrifugal compressor from starting if the magnetic bearing centrifugal compressor is not operating and the actual voltage is below the threshold voltage; or allowing the magnetic bearing centrifugal compressor to continue operation or begin operation if the actual voltage is greater than the threshold voltage.


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: 2017-03-27

A battery module includes a housing configured to receive a plurality of electrochemical cells, a skeletal frame coupled with the housing, and a framework disposed proximate to the skeletal frame. Moreover, the framework is substantially aligned with the skeletal frame and configured to transfer a force applied to the framework to the skeletal frame.

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