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Title:
APPARATUS FOR COVERING CAR BODY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1994/026546
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An apparatus for covering a car body (10) with a capability of automatically covering or uncovering the car body (10) is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a driving means (21; 62, 67), means (16, 17; 63, 68) operatively connected to the driving means for transferring a driving force generated from the driving means, a cabinet (11) disposed at center of the car body and having a receiving space (12) therein with an upper opening, a guide post (13; 60) fixedly provided within the cabinet (11), moving means (30, 34; 65, 70a, 70b) movably connected with the guide post (13; 60), and covering means (40) having a cover (50) and a plurality of knuckle bars (40a, 40b) and movably and pivotally connected to the moving means (30, 34; 65, 70a, 70b).

Inventors:
Whang
Jong
Sung
Application Number:
PCT/KR1994/000047
Publication Date:
November 24, 1994
Filing Date:
May 17, 1994
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
Whang
Jong
Sung
International Classes:
B60J11/00; (IPC1-7): B60J11/00
Foreign References:
US4216989A1980-08-12
US4805654A1989-02-21
US3374820A1968-03-26
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. An apparatus for covering a car body comprising, driving means; means operatively connected to said driving means for transferring a driving force generated from said driving means; a cabinet disposed at center of the car body and having a receiving space therein with an upper opening; 0 a hollow guide post fixedly provided within said cabinet; moving means movably connected with said guide post and vertically ascending or descending in accordance with operations of said driving menas; covering means having a cover and movably and pivotally connected to 5 said moving means.
2. An apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein said transferring means comprises a threaded shaft mounted to said driving means and an internal thread which is fitted with the threaded shaft and fixed to the interior of said guide post, and wherein said moving means comprises a slider guidably 0 arranged around said guide post, said slider having a plurality of holders housed therein and a plurality of holes, and a plurality of moving bars fixed to a supporting plate on which said driving means is mounted, each of said bars being inserted into each of said holes.
3. An apparatus as claimed in claim 2, wherein each of said holders is δ provided with an inner stopper and an outer stopper at both sides thereof, the inner stopper being fitted with a hole which is formed at said guide bar, and the outer stopper being fitted with a hole which is formed at said cabinet.
4. An apparatus as claimed in claim 3, wherein said covering means is formed of pantographs having a plurality of knuckle bars where a pair of knuckle bars are crossedly and in sequence joined each other in articulated pin connection to expand or contract the cover.
5. An apparatus as claimed in claim 4, wherein each of said pantographs is connected to the supporting plate and the slider through pins.
6. An apparatus as claimed in claim 1, wherein said driving means comprises a first motor and a second motor, wherein said transferring means comprises a first wire for transferring a driving force generated from the first motor and a second wire for transferring a driving force generated from the second motor, the first wire being wound around a roller which is provided on said guide post, wherein said moving means comprises a moving post provided with a rollor thereon which the second wire is wound around, a first slider which is provided at an upper part of the moving post, and a second slider which is provided at a lower part of the moving post, and wherein said guide post is inserted into the oving post and said moving post is movably connected to the first wire via a combining member which is fixed to said moving post and one portion of the first wire.
7. An apparatus as claimed in claim 6, wherein the second slider is movably connected to the the second wire.
8. An apparatus as claimed in claim 7, wherein said covering means is formed of pantographs having a plurality of knuckle bars where a pair of knuckle bars are crossedly and in sequence joined each other in articulated pin connection to expand or contract the cover.
9. An apparatus as claimed in claim 8, wherein each of said pantographs is connected to the first slider and the second slider through pins.
Description:
APPARATUS FOR COVERING CAR BODY

Technical Field

The present invention relates to an apparatus for covering a car body, more particularly to an apparatus for automatically covering the car body to protect the car from exposure to external circumstances.

Background Art

In parking a car on the road or a parking lot, particularly for many hours, it is desirable to protect the car from external circumstances, for example, dust, rain, snow, sunlight, etc. Various covers are used to protect the car. Therefore, the covers maintain the clearness of the car and prevent mirrors and glasses of the car from being covered with the frost and snow in a hard winter.

Generally, however, the covers of the car are used in a manual operation, therby resulting in troublesome disadvantages in the drivers. Therefore, the drivers hardly use the covers of the manual operation.

Disclosure of Invention

It is an object of the present invention to provide an apparatus for covering a car body with a capability of automatically covering or uncovering the car body.

The object is achieved by use of the apparatus for covering the car body which comprises driving means; means operatively connected to said

driving means for transferring a driving force generated from said driving means; a cabinet disposed at center of the car body and having a receiving space therein with an upper opening; a hollow guide post fixedly provided within said cabinet; moving means movably connected with said guide post and vertically ascending or descending in accordance with operations of said driving means; covering means having a cover and movably and pivotally connected to said moving means.

Brief Description of Drawings

These and other features and advantages of the present invention will be better understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a side view of a car which is mounted with an embodiment of an apparatus for covering a car body according to the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a side view of the car which is covered with the apparatus according to the present invention;

FIG. 3A and FIG. 3B are a plan view and a front view of the car which is covered with the apparatus; FIG. 4A and FIG. B are sectional views of main parts illustrating operational states of the apparatus according to the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a sectional view of a slider of the apparatus according to the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a prespective view of a control box of the apparatus according to the present invention;

FIG. 7 a is sectional view of another embodiment of the apparatus according to the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a sectional view of the apparatus shown in FIG. 7, taken

through line A-A:

FIG. 9 is a sectional view of main parts illustrating a operation state of the apparatus shown in FIG. 7.

Modes for Carring Out the Invention

FIG. 1 through FIG. 6 illustrate one embodiment of an apparatus for covering a car body according to the present inventioa As shown in FIG. 2, a cabinet 11 is provided at the center of a car body 10. Referring to FIG. 4A, the cabinet 11 is formed of a cylindrical body and has a receiving space 12. The cabinet 11 is provided with two holes 12a in the opposite sides.

A guide post 13 with an operating space 14 is fixedly provided within the cabinet 11. The guide post 13 is provided with two stoppers 15 at the upper ends thereof and two elongated guide grooves 13a are formed at the outer surfaces of the guide post 13. An internal thread 16 is fitted with the guide post 13. The internal thread 16 is also fitted with a threaded shaft 17 which is driven by a motor 21. The motor 21 is mounted on a supporting plate 20. On the other hand, the motor 21 can be mounted on the bottom surface of the guide post 13 and also at the other positions. Also, the driving source of the motor 21 is provided from a main battery (not shown) of the car or a subbattery which is disposed at a predetermined position of the car. A top cover 23 is mounted on the motor 21 and is provided with a sensing part 24 at a predetermined position thereof which senses signals outputted from a remote controller (not shown). Referring to FIG. 5, sliding parts 30a of a slider 30, which is slidably moved along the guide post 13, are fitted with the guide grooves 13a. The slider 30 has two holes 31 at predetermined portions thereof and is provided with two holders 32 therein which are operated in accordance with a

solenoid principle. The holder 32 is provided with two stoppers 33a and 33b at the both sides thereof. Each of two moving bars 34 is inserted into the hole 31 of the slider at one end thereof and is fixed to the supporting plate 20 at the other end thereof. Also, the moving bar 34 has a hole 35 as shown in FIG. 4B.

Pantographs 40 are fixedly provided between the supporting plate 20 and the slider 30 to expand or contract themselves in a plurality of directions, in the eight directions in this embodiment. Each pantograph 40 has a predetermined length corresponding to the length in each direction of the car body 10. Each pantograph 40 comprises a plurality of knuckle bars 40a and 40b where a pair of knuckle bars 40a and 40b are crossedly and in seguence joined each other in articulated connections by means of hinges 41 and pins 43 to expand or cotract a cover 50. The one end of the pantograph 40 is pivotally connected to the supporting plate 20 and the slider 30 by pins 42a and 42b and the other end of pantograph 40 has a free end.

The cover 50 is fixed to the pantographs 40 and is formed in the wrinkled shape to easily expand or contract itself. T-lie cover 50 is provided with a fastner 51 near at the drivers seat, as shown in FIG. 3B. As shown in FIG. 6, a control box 52 is provided at a fascia board(not shown) or a console box of the car and comprises function switches 53 and 54 to drive the motor 21.

Now, the operation of one embodiment according to the present invention with the above configuration will be explained in detail.

To cover the car body 10 with the cover 50 after parking the car, the up button of the function switch 53 of the control box 52 is selected to drive the holders 32. Then, the stoppers 33a of the holders 32 are inserted into the holes 35 of the moving bars 34. Also, the source of the ain battery is transmitted to the motor 21. The threaded shaft 17 driven by the

motor 21 is upwardly moved along the pitches of the internal thread 16 to lift up the cover 50 which is fixed to the pantσpraphs 40. Therefore, the moving bars 34 and the slider 30 are lifted up in the upward direction of the cabinet 11. As shown in FIG. 5, the sliding parts 30a of the slider 30 are guided along the guide grooves 13a of the guide post 13. Finally, as shown in FIG. 4A, the slider 30 is stopped by the contact of the top face of the slider 30 and the stoppers 15.

Next, the down button of the function switch 53 of the control bx 52 is selected. The stoppers 33a of the holders 32 are got out of the holes 35 of the moving bars 34 and then the stoppers 33b of the holders 32 are inserted into the holes 12a of the cabinet 11 to fix the slider 30. The cover 50 and pantographs 40 and moving bars 34 are lowered by the reverse rotation of the motor 21. At this time, the supporting plate 20 starts to press the pantographs 40 in a constant force to expand the knuckle bars 40a and 40b. Accordingly, the knuckle bars 40a and 40b of the pantopraphs 40 are expanded in stages to cover the car body 10, as shown in FIG. 4B.

On the other hand, to uncover the car body 10 which is covered with the cover 50 as shown in FIG. 3A and FIG. 3B, the up button of the function switch 54 of the control box 52 is selected to drive the motor 21. The threaded shaft 17 driven by the motor 21 is again moved upwardly. Therefore, as shown in FIG. 4A, the pantographs 40 are returned in the folded state. Continuously, the down button of the function switch 54 is selected. Then, the stoppers 33b of the holders 32 are got out of the holes 12a of the cabinet 11 and the stoppers 33a of the holders 32 are inserted into the holes 35 of the moving bars 34. Thereafter, the motor 21 and the slider 30 are lowered into the receiving space 12 of the cabinet 11 as shown is FIG. 1.

One the other hand, the car body 10 can be covered with or uncovered

from the cover 50 by the remote controller. In this case, the sensing part 24 of the top cover 23 senses the signals of the remote controller. By the operations of the sensing part 24 the driving source of the motor 21 is provided from the subbattery 22. The operation of the cover 50 is carried out in the same manner as explained above.

FIG. 7 through FIG. 9 illustrate another embodiment of an apparatas for covering a car body according to the present imvention

As shown in FIG. 7, a cabinet 11 is provided at the center of a car body and has an enlarged entrance. A guide post 60 is fixedly provided within the cabinet 11. A roller 61 is mounted on the upper end of the guide post 60 and a first wire 63 is movably wound around the roller 61. A first motor 62 is mounted on the bottom of the cabinet 11 to drive the first wire 63.

A moving post 65 is movably provided around the guide post 60 and is interlocked with the first wire 63 via a combining member 64 to freely move up and down according to the transfer of the first wire 63. A roller 66 is mounted on the upper end of the moving post 65 and a second wire 68 is movably wound around the roller 66. To drive the second wire 68, a second motor 67 is fixedly mounted at the lower face of a supporting plate 69 which is fixed to the lower part of the moving post 65.

A first slider 70a is fixedly provided around the upper part of the moving post 65 and a second slider 70b is movably connected to the second wire 68 and is mounted on the upper face of the supporting plate 69. Pantographs 40 which have a plurality knuckle bars 40a and 40b are pivotally connected to the first and second sliders 70a and 70b by pins 42a and 42b. Also, a top cover 23 is provided on the roller 66.

One the other hand, the driving force of the first and second motors 62 and 63 is provided from a main battery of a car or a subbattery. The first

motor 62 is driven by the function switch 53 of the control box 52 and the second motor is driven by the function switch 54 of the control box 52, as shown in FIG. 6.

Now, the operation of another embodiment with the above configuration will be explained in detail.

To cover the car body 10 with the cover 50, the up button of the function switch 53 is selected to drive the first motor 62 Accordingly, the first wire 63 is tranferred to lift up the moving post 65 and the pantographs 40 in the upper direction of the cabinet 11. After the completion of lifting up the moving post 63, the up button of the function switch 54 is selected to drive the second motor 67. Accordingly, \he second wire 68 is transferred to lift up the second slider 70b toward the first slider 70a, as shown in FIG. 9. At this time, the second slider 70b starts to press the pantographs 40 in a constant force to expand the knuckle bars 40a and 40b. Then, the knuckle bars 40a and 40b of the pantographs 40 are expanded in stages.

Thereafter, the down button of the function switch 53 is selected to drive the first motor 62 in the reverse direction. The first wire 63 is transferred to lower the moving post 65 at a predermined position and to cover the car body 10 with the cover 50 in the expanded state.

On the other hand, to uncover the car body 10 which is covered with the cover 50 as shown in FIG. 3 A and FIG. 3B, the up button of the function switch 53 is selected to lift up the moving post 65. Then, the down button of the function switch 53 is selected to drive the second motor 67 in the reverse direction. The second wire 68 is transferred to lower the second slider 70a to contract the knuckle bars 40a and 40b of the pantographs 40. The knuckle bars 40a and 40b are contracted in stages.

Thereafter, the down button of the function switch 53 is selected to

drive the first motor 62. The first wire 63 is transferred to lower the moving post and the pantographs 40 toward the receiving space 12 of the cabinet 11. Then, the top cover 23 shuts off the receiving space 12.

On the other hand, as explained in one embodiment, the remote controller and the subbattery 22 can be used to cover the car body 10 with the cover 50.

The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the present invention. The present invention is also applicable to a technical field concerning to a domed tent or a domed house. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalence may be resorted to falling within the scope of the invention as defined by claims which follow.