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MULTI-POSITION ARMREST HINGE WITH BUILT-IN SPRING AND PREDETERMINED STOPS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026378D
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 5 page(s) / 164K

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Abstract

A spring assisted armrest hinge that is designed to stay open at predetermined angles is disclosed. The armrest hinge includes a base, an armrest support member rotationally coupled to the base, and a spring connected to the base. The armrest support member includes a projection (e.g., a stop, brake, etc.) that engages detents on the spring. The detent is configured to provide a stop to retain the armrest in a position between the closed and fully open position. A predetermined force is then necessary to continue rearward motion of the armrest. As the armrest is being opened (e.g., to access a storage bin), it can stay open at, for example, 60 degrees, and maintain this position. Applying an additional predetermined force will continue to open (e.g. rotate or pivot) the armrest to the next predetermined stop (e.g., 90 degrees, 180 degrees, etc.).

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MULTI-POSITION ARMREST HINGE WITH BUILT-IN SPRING AND PREDETERMINED STOPS

Abstract

         A spring assisted armrest hinge that is designed to stay open at predetermined angles is disclosed. The armrest hinge includes a base, an armrest support member rotationally coupled to the base, and a spring connected to the base. The armrest support member includes a projection (e.g., a stop, brake, etc.) that engages detents on the spring. The detent is configured to provide a stop to retain the armrest in a position between the closed and fully open position. A predetermined force is then necessary to continue rearward motion of the armrest. As the armrest is being opened (e.g., to access a storage bin), it can stay open at, for example, 60 degrees, and maintain this position. Applying an additional predetermined force will continue to open (e.g. rotate or pivot) the armrest to the next predetermined stop (e.g., 90 degrees, 180 degrees, etc.).

Description

         It is known to provide an armrest that is movable to expose a storage bin (e.g., in a console positioned between the seats of a vehicle). Depending on the interior environment, the driver and/or passenger in the front seats could have difficulty reaching for the armrest when this is in the fully open position. In some cases the armrest, in the open position (e.g., 90 degrees), will be positioned between the driver and passenger seatback cushions. This situation is ergonomically challenging for the operator of the armrest to easily reach it and subsequently close it, without having to reposition themselves in their seat.

         The Figures illustrate a spring assisted armrest hinge that is designed to stay open at predetermined angles (depending its environment). As the armrest is being opened (e.g., to access a storage bin), it can stay open at, for example, 60 degrees, and maintain this position.

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Applying an additional predetermined force will continue to open (e.g. rotate or pivot) the armrest to the next predetermined stop (e.g., 90 degrees, 180 degrees, etc.).

         The armrest hinge includes a base, an armrest support member rotationally coupled to the base, and a leaf spring connected to the base. The armrest support member inclu...