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Mounting method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239541D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-14
Document File: 18 page(s) / 58K

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I007.1002US1

Method of mounting a roof panel assembly

Background

The discussion below is merely provided for general

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background information and is not intended to be used as an aid in
determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.

        In the prior art, roof panel assemblies can be attached
to the fixed vehicle roof in different manners. In a first method
the completed roof panel assembly is attached to the vehicle roof

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from below. A disadvantage of this method is that the panel dimen-
sions are limited as the panel must fit into the opening between
the roof beams. In another assembling method, the completed roof
panel assembly is attached to the vehicle roof from above. The pan-
el dimensions may then be larger than the opening between the 15

vehicle roof beams, but the vehicle roof must be adapted completely
to accommodate the frame of the roof panel assembly. This is unde-
sirable. In a third mixed method, the roof panel assembly without
the panel or panels is attached to the vehicle roof from below, af-
ter which the movable panel is attached to the ring frame on the

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operating mechanism of the roof panel assembly from above. The pan-
el may then be very large while the frame is attached to the
vehicle roof in a conventional manner without large adaptations of
the vehicle roof.

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Summary

        This Summary and the Abstract herein are provided to in-
troduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are
further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary

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and the Abstract are not intended to identify key features or es-
sential features of the claimed subject matter, nor are they
intended to be used as an aid in determining the scope of the
claimed subject matter. The claimed subject matter is not limited
to implementations that solve any or all disadvantages noted in the

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Background.

         An aspect of the invention provides a method of mounting
a roof panel assembly to a vehicle having a roof opening in its
fixed roof, said roof panel assembly comprising a frame, a rigid
movable panel supported by the frame through an operating mechanism

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carrying a ring frame, enabling the panel to move between a closed
position closing the roof opening and an open position opening the
roof opening at least partly, said method including:

         -mounting the frame of the roof panel assembly to the
fixed roof of the vehicle from below with the operating mechanism

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and in ring frame in a position corresponding to the closed posi-
tion of the movable panel,

         -providing an amount of paste-like adhering material on-
to the ring frame distributed around the circumference thereof,

-positioning the movable panel onto the ring frame from 20

above with the adhering material interpositioned and thereby sub-
stantially plastically compressing the adhering material until a
correct height with respect to the vehicle roof is reached, and

         -keeping the movable panel in this position until the
adhering material is sufficiently hardened to maintain the...