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Title:
BACK PANEL FOR A VEHICLE SEAT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/155046
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention relates to a back panel (1) for a vehicle seat. The back panel (1) comprises an upper layer (3), a lower layer (5) supporting the upper layer (3), an adhesive layer (7) arranged between the upper layer (3) and the lower layer (5) and fixing the upper layer (3) to the lower layer (5), and at least one additional panel member (9) welded to the lower layer (5).

Inventors:
BEDRO, Ronald G. (9091 Woodlore South Drive, Plymouth, Michigan, 48170, US)
Application Number:
EP2019/053249
Publication Date:
August 15, 2019
Filing Date:
February 11, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ADIENT ENGINEERING AND IP GMBH (Industriestrasse 20-30, Burscheid, 51399, DE)
International Classes:
B32B5/02; A47C7/72; B32B1/00; B32B3/04; B32B3/08; B32B3/14; B32B5/26; B32B7/12; B32B9/02; B32B9/04; B32B27/12; B32B27/30; B32B27/40; B32B37/12; B60N2/00; B60N2/68; B60N3/00; B60R7/04
Foreign References:
US20110053448A12011-03-03
EP1170170A12002-01-09
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
FINGER, Catrin (Liedtke & Partner, Gerhart-Hauptmann-Stra├če 10/11, Erfurt, 99096, DE)
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Claims:
Claims

1. A back panel (1 ) for a vehicle seat, the back panel (1 ) comprising:

an upper layer (3);

a lower layer (5) supporting the upper layer (3);

an adhesive layer (7) arranged between the upper layer (3) and the lower layer (5) and fixing the upper layer (3) to the lower layer (5); and at least one additional panel member (9) welded to the lower layer (5). 2. The back panel (1 ) of claim 1 , comprising a pocket as an additional panel member (9).

3. The back panel (1 ) of claim 1 or 2, comprising a source of light as an additional panel member (9).

4. The back panel (1 ) of any one of the preceding claims, comprising an additional panel member (9) made of a material differing from the upper layer material. 5. The back panel (1 ) of any one of the preceding claims, comprising an additional panel member (9) constituting a design feature.

6. The back panel (1 ) of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the upper layer (3) is made of polyvinyl chloride or thermoplastic

polyurethane or leather or textile.

7. The back panel (1 ) of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the lower layer (5) is made of a non-woven material.

8. Vehicle seat comprising a back panel (1 ) of any one of the preceding claims.

9. A method of manufacturing a back panel (1 ) for a vehicle seat, comprising the steps of:

producing at least one recess (11 ) or cut out in an upper layer material; placing in a tool a stack formed of a lower layer material, an adhesive, the upper layer material and at least one additional panel member material (10), with the adhesive placed between the upper layer material and the lower layer material, and each additional panel member material (10) penetrating at least one recess (11 ) or cut out in the upper layer material and touching the adhesive; and

welding the stack to form a one piece back panel (1 ) comprising a lower layer (5), an adhesive layer (7), an upper layer (3) and at least one additional panel member (9).

10. The method of claim 9, wherein a recess (11 ) or cut out in the upper layer material is produced by cutting or slitting the upper layer material.

11. The method of claim 9 or 10, wherein an additional panel member

material (10) forms a pocket. 12. The method of any one of claims 9 to 11 , wherein a source of light is embedded in an additional panel member material (10).

13. The method of any one of claims 9 to 12, wherein an additional panel member material (10) is made of a material differing from the upper layer material.

14. The method of any one of claims 9 to 13, wherein an additional panel member material (10) constitutes a design feature.

15. The method of any one of claims 9 to 14, wherein the upper layer material is polyvinyl chloride or thermoplastic polyurethane or leather or textile. 16. The method of any one of claims 9 to 15, wherein the lower layer

material is a non-woven material.

Description:
Back Panel for a Vehicle Seat

BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE The present disclosure generally relates to vehicle seats, and more particularly to back panels of vehicle seats and manufacturing of back panels of vehicle seats.

Vehicle seats, back panels of vehicle seats, and methods of manufacturing back panels of vehicle seats are generally known in the state of the art.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE It is an object of the present disclosure to provide an improved back panel for a vehicle seat, and a method of manufacturing such a back panel.

According to the disclosure, the object is solved concerning the back panel by the features of claim 1 and concerning the method of manufacturing by the features of claim 9.

A back panel for a vehicle seat according to the invention comprises an upper layer, a lower layer supporting the upper layer, an adhesive layer arranged between the upper layer and the lower layer and fixing the upper layer to the lower layer, and at least one additional panel member welded to the lower layer.

A method of manufacturing a back panel for a vehicle seat according to the invention comprises the steps of:

producing at least one recess or cut out in an upper layer material, for instance by cutting or slitting the upper layer material;

placing in a tool a stack formed of a lower layer material, an adhesive, the upper layer material and at least one additional panel member material, with the adhesive placed between the upper layer material and the lower layer material, and each additional panel member material penetrating at least one recess or cut out in the upper layer material and touching the adhesive; and

welding the stack to form a one piece back panel comprising a lower layer, an adhesive layer, an upper layer and at least one additional member.

For instance, an additional panel member may be a pocket such as a storage pocket, a source of light which may be embedded in an additional panel member material, or may be made of a material differing from the upper layer material, or may constitute a design feature. As the additional panel member is integrated into the back panel when manufacturing the back panel by welding, no manual, labor intensive process is required to attach an additional panel member to the back panel by sewing or other attachment methods.

The upper layer material may be polyvinyl chloride or thermoplastic polyurethane or leather or textile. All these materials can provide an upper layer with appropriate elasticity and comfortable haptic features.

The lower layer may be made of a non-woven material. Woven materials have anisotropic distension features which make them inappropriate lower layer materials.

A vehicle seat according to the invention comprises a back panel according to the invention. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present disclosure will become more fully understood from the detailed description given herein below and the accompanying drawings which are given by way of illustration only, and thus, are not limitative of the present disclosure, wherein:

Figure 1 shows a sectional view of a back panel for a vehicle seat,

Figure 2 shows a front view of an upper layer of the back panel,

Figure 3 shows a rear view of a panel member material, Figure 4 shows a side view of the panel member material,

Figure 5 shows a sectional view of the panel member material.

Corresponding parts are marked with the same reference symbols in all figures.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Figure 1 shows a sectional view of an embodiment of a back panel 1 for a vehicle seat.

The back panel 1 comprises an upper layer 3, a lower layer 5, an adhesive layer 7 and an additional panel member 9 which provides the back panel 1 with a pocket. The adhesive layer 7 is arranged between a rear surface of the upper layer 3 and a front surface of the lower layer 5 and fixes the upper layer 3 to the lower layer 5. The upper layer 3 is made of polyvinyl chloride or thermoplastic

polyurethane or leather or textile.

The lower layer 5 is made of a non-woven material. Figure 2 shows a front view of the upper layer 3. The upper layer 3 has a recess 11. The recess 11 has the form of an upside down Greek letter TT, with two vertical slots 13 and a horizontal slot 15.

Figures 3 to 5 show a rear view, side view and sectional view of the panel member material 10, respectively. The panel member material 10 has a front portion 17, two side flaps 19 extending from opposite sides of the front portion 17, and a bottom flap 21 extending from a bottom of the front portion 17. The side flaps 19 and the bottom flap 21 are foldable to a rear surface of the front portion 17.

Each side flap 19 penetrates one of the vertical slots13 in the upper layer 3 and is folded onto the rear surface of the upper layer 3 towards the other side flap 19. The bottom flap 21 penetrates the horizontal slot 15 in the upper layer 3 and is folded onto the rear surface of the upper layer 3 and the side flaps 19.

The back panel 1 is manufactured in the following way.

The recess 11 is cut or slit in an upper layer material. Afterwards a stack formed of a lower layer material, an adhesive, the upper layer material and the panel member material 10 is placed in a tool, with the adhesive placed between the upper layer material and the lower layer material, and the flaps 19, 21 of the panel member material 10 penetrating the slots 13, 15 of the recess 11 in the upper layer material as described above and touching the adhesive.

Finally the stack is welded to form a one piece back panel 1 comprising the lower layer 5, the adhesive layer 7, the upper layer 3 and the panel member 9.

List of References

I back panel

3 upper layer

5 lower layer

7 adhesive layer

9 panel member

10 panel member material

I I recess

13 vertical slot

15 horizontal slot

17 front portion

19 side flap

21 bottom flap

x, y, z Cartesian coordinate