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Title:
SEAL FOR A LATCH
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/058168
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The object of the invention is a seal (10) for an inlet opening (120) of a latch (100), in particular a motor vehicle latch, having at least a partially flexible sealing element (11) with at least an insertion slot (12), whereby a first seal wing (11.1) and a second seal wing (11.2) are formed on the sealing element (11), whereby a striker can at least be partially arranged in the inlet slot (11).

Inventors:
AL-RIHAWI, Wael Ghassan (14134 San Jose, Redford, MI, 48239, US)
Application Number:
IB2018/001075
Publication Date:
March 28, 2019
Filing Date:
September 19, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
KIEKERT AG (Hoeseler Platz 2, Heiligenhaus, 42579, DE)
International Classes:
E05B77/34; E05B85/02
Foreign References:
US20090322119A12009-12-31
KR20110003870A2011-01-13
DE202012000931U12013-05-02
DE4103142A11992-08-06
DE19955254A12001-05-31
Other References:
None
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Claims:
Patent claims

1. Seal (10) for an inlet opening (120) of a latch (100), in particular a motor vehicle latch, having at least a partially flexible sealing element (11 ) with at least an insertion slot (12), whereby a first seal wing (11.1 ) and a second seal wing (1 1.2) are formed on the sealing element (11 ), whereby a striker can at least be partially arranged in the inlet slot (11 ).

2. Seal (10) according to the previous claim, characterized in that the sealing element (11 ) has a first section (13) and a second section (14) arranged at an angle to the first section, in particular with an angle o between

approximately 45° and approximately 145°, preferably between approximately 60° and approximately 120°, most preferably between approximately 80° and approximately 105°.

3. Seal (10) according to one of the previous claims, characterized in that the insertion slot (12) extends from the first section (13) to the second section (14), in particular that the insertion slot has a length (L) between approximately 10 mm and approximately 150 mm, preferably between approximately 25 mm and approximately 100 mm, most preferably between 50 mm and approximately 80 mm.

4. Seal (10) according to one of the previous claims, characterized in that at least one insertion opening (12.1 , 12.2) is formed at a start (15) and an end (16) of the inlet slot (12), in particular that the inlet opening (12.1 , 12.2) is formed as a circle, rectangle or oval.

5. Seal (10) according to one of the previous claims, characterized in that a brush element (17) is at least arranged in the area of the inlet slot (12), whereby the brush element (17) at least partly seals the insertion slot (12).

6. Seal (10) according to one of the previous claims, characterized in that the first seal wing (11.1 ) and the second seal wing (11.2) are formed in an overlapping manner, at least in sections.

7. Seal (10) according to one of the previous claims, characterized in that the first section (13) is fundamentally triangular and the second section (14) is fundamentally rectangular, whereby in particular on a sharp end (13.1 ) of the first section (13) at least one affixing element (18.1 ) is arranged and at least one affixing element (18.2, 18.3) is arranged in the second section (14).

8. Seal (10) according to one of the previous claims, characterized in that the sealing element (11) is at least partly translucent and/or reflective.

9. Latch (100) for a moving component of a motor vehicle, in particular for a door, flap, tailgate or hood, with a latch housing (110) and an inlet opening (120) formed on the latch housing (110) for a latch holder (130), whereby at least a seal (10) on the inlet opening (120) is arranged with the characteristics of one of the foregoing claims, whereby the inlet opening (120) is at least partly sealed.

10. Latch (100) according to the previous claim, characterized in that the sealing device (10) is arranged on the latch housing (110) in a form-fitting manner at least in part.

1 1. Latch (100) according to one of the previous claims, characterized in that the first section (13) of the sealing element (11 ) is attached on a first wall (111 ) of the latch housing (1 10) and the second section (14) is attached on a second wall (112) different from the first wall.

Description:
SEAL FOR A LATCH

Description

The invention relates to a seal for an inlet opening of a latch, in particular a motor vehicle latch according to the first independent patent claim.

Furthermore, the invention relates to a latch for a moving component of a motor vehicle, in particular for a door, flap, tailgate or hood according to the further independent patent claim.

Latches, in particular motor vehicle latches are exposed to external environmental influences, so that for example dust, dirt and/or sand can penetrate into the closure mechanism, whereby the functionality of the latch can no longer be guaranteed.

The task of the present invention is to at least partially rectify the problems known from the state of the art stated above. The task of the present invention is in particular to protect the latch mechanism from external environmental influences at least to the greatest possible extent.

The task is solved on the one hand by a seal for an inlet opening of a latch according to the first independent patent claim and by a latch for a moving component of a motor vehicle according to the further independent patent claim.

Advantageous further formations and improvements of the invention are stated in the sub-claims. It is pointed out that the execution examples described below for explanation of the invention are not restrictive, but instead numerous combination and variation options of the characteristics described in the description, the drawings and the sub-claims for execution of the invention result. Characteristics and details apply which have been described in conjunction with the seal according to the invention, naturally also in conjunction with the latch according to the invention and respectively vice versa, so that with regard to the disclosure on the individual invention aspects reference is always made or can be made reciprocally.

According to the first invention aspect, a seal is stressed for an inlet opening of a latch, having at least a partially flexible sealing element with at least an insertion slot, whereby a first seal wing and a second seal wing are formed on the sealing element, whereby a striker can at least be partially arranged in the inlet slot. Arrangeable can also be understood to mean an insertion or execution of a striker within the scope of the invention. The seal proposed according to the invention is formed in particular for use in a motor vehicle latch, whereby preferably door latches, flap latches, tailgate latches or hood latches should be understood thereby. The at least partially flexible sealing element is formed with at least an inlet slot, whereby the inlet slot is provided for insertion and/or execution of the striker. The insertion slot is preferably formed vertically in the sealing element, whereby a first and second seal wing are formed to the side of the inlet slot, so that the first and/or second seal wing are preferably formed in an at least partially moving manner. Thus, the striker can be inserted and/or executed by the inlet slot in such a way that the at least one seal wing can be deformed or moved by the striker. The seal wings can thus be adjacent on two sides on the striker, whereby preferably the striker is at least partially surrounded by the seal wings of the sealing elements in a form-fitting manner. Accordingly, the seal wings offer seal functionality in such a way that the striker is at least partially arranged in the sealing element and simultaneously the areas outside of the striker or around the striker are sealed by the seal, in particular the first and/or second seal wing in such a way that at least fundamentally no external environmental impacts can penetrate into the latch mechanism.

Advantageously, the sealing element can have a first section and a second section arranged at an angle to the first section, whereby in particular between the first section and the second section an angle a is present between approximately 45° and approximately 145°, preferably between approximately 60° and approximately 120°, most preferably between approximately 80° and approximately 105°. The angular sealing element can thus preferably be adjusted to the geometry of the latch housing of the latch. Accordingly, the sealing element of the seal cannot only be arranged on a single side of the latch housing, but instead on at least two sides of the latch housing. The inlet opening for the striker usually extends on at least two sides of a latch housing, so that it is preferable if the sealing element extends along the complete inlet opening. The flexible sealing element can, for example, be manufactured in a pre-formed manner so that simplified installation can be executed on the latch housing of the latch. The angled area of the sealing element can preferably be formed in a rounded manner, whereby in particular the geometry can be formed in a complementary manner to the latch housing in the area of the angled area, so that a fundamentally form-fitting arrangement of the sealing element can be attained on a latch housing.

It is conceivable that the inlet slot extends from the first section into the second section, whereby in particular the inlet slot has a length L between approximately 10 mm and approximately 150 mm, preferably between

approximately 25 mm and approximately 100 mm, most preferably between 50 mm and approximately 80 mm. Furthermore, the inlet slot can have a width B between approximately 0.1 mm and approximately 20 mm, preferably between approximately 2 mm and approximately 10 mm. It is preferable when the inlet slot extends from one part of the first section continuously into a part of the second section, whereby in particular the inlet slot can also extend in the angular area of the sealing element. The length of the inlet slot can be formed

independently of the geometry of the striker. The inlet slot is preferably dimensioned in such a way that the striker can be inserted through the inlet slot, being in contact with the sealing element.

It can be advantageous if at least one insertion opening is formed at the start and end of the inlet slot, whereby in particular the inlet opening is formed as a circle, a rectangle or an oval. An insertion opening on the insertion slot of the sealing element is preferably geometrically complementary to the cross-section of the striker. Accordingly, the striker can be arranged in a form-fitting manner in the insertion opening of the sealing element. In order that the at least angular striker can be surrounded in at least two places by the sealing element, the sealing element has two insertion openings, whereby a first insertion opening is arranged at a start of the inlet slot and a second opening at an end of the inlet slot. These points usually form the sections of the striker in which the striker is arranged in the latch housing with the door closed. The latch mechanism can thus also be protected from external environmental influences with the door closed and the striker inserted. It is preferable that the inlet slot does not extend completely over the sealing element and thus divides it in two.

Advantageously, a brush element can at least be arranged in the area of the inlet slot, whereby the brush element partly seals and/or covers the inlet slot. A brush element according to the invention preferably has a multitude of flexible bristles which can be deformed by these on insertion of the striker into the insertion opening. The flexibility of the bristles of the brush element enable a sealing effect in the area of the inlet slot to be increased. Accordingly, it is conceivable that the inlet slot is at least partly sealed or covered by the brush elements so that no external environmental influences can penetrate through the inlet slot. However, at the same time the flexibility of the sealing element is retained.

Furthermore, it is conceivable that the first seal wing and the second seal wing are formed or arranged at least partly overlapping. The first and/or second seal wing can be arranged over one another accordingly in such a way that these touch and move away or are moved only on insertion of the striker. The overlapping of the seal wing thus causes the inlet slot not to be penetrated by minute dust particles. Instead, the inlet slot only opens when the striker is moved by the sealing element. The sealing function of the seal according to the invention can thus be further increased.

Within the scope of the invention, it is conceivable that the first section is fundamentally triangular and the second section is fundamentally rectangular, whereby in particular on a sharp end of the first section at least one affixing element is arranged and at least one affixing element is arranged in the second section of the seal or the sealing element. Preferably at least two fixing elements arranged at a diametrical distance from one another are provided for affixing of the seals to a latch housing. According to the invention, the first section can be fundamentally triangular and the second section, formed as a single component with the first section, can have a fundamentally rectangular shape. The shape of the sealing element or the sections can be advantageously adjusted to the geometry of the inlet opening of the latch. At least two affixing elements are preferably arranged on the sealing element so that the seal can be arranged on the latch at at least two affixing points. Affixing elements are preferably formed as clip, ratchet, clamping, plug and/or screw connections. Furthermore, it is conceivable that the seal or the sealing element are connected in a material- uniform manner and/or in a form-fitting manner by means of an adhesive wing with the latch housing, for example. Furthermore, combined connection types can be provided for so that in addition to a clip, ratchet, clamping and/or plug-in connection, an adhesive connection is also provided for. The adhesive connection has the advantage in particular that a sealing effect can be produced in the area of the adhesive surface.

Advantageously, the sealing element can be formed translucently and/or reflectively, at least in sections. Most preferably, the sealing element can be formed as luminous and/or capable of being illuminated, at least in sections or have the color of the motor vehicle door and/or the latch. The sealing element preferably has polymer and/or rubber, especially polyurethane rubber.

Polyurethane rubber has an excellent abrasion resistance, an excellent oil, oxygen and ozone resistance. Furthermore, a flexible design can be attained at both high and low temperatures, in addition to dynamic load-bearing capacity. A translucent formation enables a light source arranged in the latch to radiate through the sealing element. A reflective formation enables light, for example, radiating from another car or bicycle onto an open door to be reflected so that the door position can be ascertained as a result.

According to the second aspect of the invention, a latch for a moving part of a vehicle, in particular for a door, flap, tailgate or hood is stressed. The latch has at least a latch housing and an inlet opening formed on the latch housing for a latch holder, whereby a seal according to the invention is arranged at least on the inlet opening. Due to the seal on the inlet opening of the latch housing according to the invention, it is at least partly sealed and is thus protected from external environmental influences.

Accordingly, all advantages result for the latch according to the invention, as have already been described in conjunction with the seal according to the invention and respectively vice versa.

Advantageously, the seal can be arranged on the latch housing at least in sections flush-mounted and/or in a form-fitting manner. The sealing effect of the seal on the latch housing is thus improved. Accordingly, no or fundamentally no external environmental influences such as dirt, sand or dust can penetrate into the latching mechanism of the latch.

According to the invention, it is conceivable that the first section of the sealing element is attached on a first wall of the latch housing and the second section of the sealing element is attached on a second wall distinguished from the first wall of the latch housing. The second wall is preferably arranged at an angle to the first wall. A latch housing of the type is usually constructed. The seal according to the invention thus extends over at least two walls of the latch housing, in particular on the walls on which the inlet opening is arranged / formed for the striker.

Hereinafter the invention is explained in further detail with reference to the attached drawings on the basis of some preferred execution examples. The characteristics portrayed can be advantageous individually or in combination with other characteristics of the description and also the patent claims

individually or in combination. It must be heeded that the figures are only descriptive and are not intended to restrict the invention in any way. The same or equivalent elements are described by the same reference numbers in the following exemplary embodiments and their duplicate description is dispensed with. The following are shown:

Figure 1 a possible execution form of a seal according to the invention, Figure 2 the execution form of the seal from Figure 1 from a different perspective,

Figure 3 a further possible execution form of a seal according to the invention,

Figure 4 a section of a possible execution form of a latch according to the invention,

Figure 5 a possible execution form of the latch according to the invention from a lateral view and

Figure 6 the execution form of Figure 5 from a further perspective.

Figure 1 shows a first possible execution form of a seal 10 according to the invention. The seal 10 has a sealing element 1 1 with a first seal wing 1 1.1 and a second seal wing 1 1 .2, whereby between the first seal wing 1 1 .1 and the second seal wing 11 .2 an inlet slot 12 is arranged. The inlet slot extends from a first section 13, in particular from a sharp end 13.1 of the first section 13 into a second section 14. The execution form of the seal 10 in Figure 1 is angular, whereby the first section 13 is at an angle to the second section 14. An insertion opening 12.1 is arranged at the start 15 and an insertion opening 12.2 is arranged at the end 16 respectively at the start 15 of the insertion slot 12 and at the end 16 of the inlet slot 12. In the present execution example, the insertion opening 12.1 and the insertion opening 12.2 are formed in a circular manner in the sealing element. In Figure 1 , the first section 13 of the sealing element 11 is fundamentally triangular. An affixing element 18.1 is formed in the sharp end 13.1 of the first section 13. The affixing element 18.1 is formed as a plug-in connection with a hemispherical/mushroom head-shaped geometry. Two affixing elements 18.2 and 18.3 are arranged in the second section 14 of the sealing element 1 1. The second section 14 which is fundamentally rectangular has an affixing element 18. 2 and 18.3 respectively on its external corners. The affixing elements 18.2 and 18.3 are formed in Figure 1 , analogously to the first affixing element 18.1.

An execution form of the seal 10 according to the invention is shown from a lateral view in Figure 2. The seal 10 has a sealing element 1 1 , whereby the sealing element 1 1 has a first section 13 and a second section 14, whereby the first section 13 and the second section 14 are arranged at a distance with an angle a. According to the invention, the angle a can be between approximately 45° and approximately 145°, preferably between approximately 60° and approximately 120°, most preferably between approximately 80° and

approximately 105°. Furthermore, Figure 2 shows three affixing elements 18.1 , 18.2 and 18.3, whereby the affixing element 18.1 is arranged at the upper end of the first section 13 and the affixing elements 18.2 and 18.3 are arranged on the second section or at the end of the second section 14.

Figure 3 shows the execution form from Figure 1 , whereby in Figure 3 the sealing element 1 1 has no angular geometry. In Figure 3, the sealing element 1 1 has an insertion slot 12, whereby the sealing element 1 1 has a first seal wing 1 1.1 and a second seal wing 1 1.2. At the ends of the insertion slot 12 insertion openings 12.1 and 12.2 are formed as circular material recesses. The striker can be arranged fundamentally in a form-fitting manner into the circular insertion openings 12.1 , 12.2. According to the invention, the sealing element 1 1 of the seal 10 can have a width between approximately 10 mm and approximately 100 mm, preferably between approximately 20 mm and approximately 80 mm, most preferably between approximately 30 mm and approximately 60 mm.

Figure 4 shows a possible execution form of a latch 100 according to the invention with a latch housing 1 10 and a seal 10 according to the invention arranged on the latch housing 110. The seal 10 is equipped with a sealing element 1 1 , whereby the sealing element 1 1 has an insertion slot 12, whereby the sealing element has a seal wing 1 1.1 and a seal wing 1 1 .2. Furthermore, the seal 10 in Figure 4 includes an insertion opening 12.1 and an insertion opening 12.2 on the respective ends of the insertion slot 12 of the sealing element 1 1 . In Figure 4 the sealing element 1 1 is angular, whereby the first section 13 of the sealing element 1 1 is arranged on a first wall of the latch housing 1 10 and the second section 14 of the sealing element 1 1 is arranged on a second wall of the latch housing 1 10. The seal 10 is preferably arranged or affixed to the sealing element 1 1 on the latch housing 1 10 in a form-fitting manner.

An execution form of a section of a latch 100 according to the invention is shown from a lateral view in Figure 5. The latch 100 hereby has a latch housing 1 10. A seal 10 according to the invention is arranged on the latch housing 1 10, so that an inlet opening of the latch housing 1 10 is sealed. A striker 130 is arranged in the inlet opening and thus also in sections in the seal 10. The seal 10 is fundamentally arranged in a form-fitting manner around the striker 130, at least in sections. The striker 130 is usually moved from a position situated on the left side in the image through the sealing element 1 1 into the position shown. The striker 130 penetrates the seal 10 in the area of the insertion slot 12.

Furthermore, the striker 130 extends through the insertion openings of the sealing element 11 provided for according to the invention. Furthermore, Figure 5 shows a first housing wall 1 1 1 and a second housing wall 1 12 arranged at an angle thereto. The seal 10 extends from the first housing wall 1 1 1 into the second housing wall 112. The complete inlet opening of the latch housing 1 10 of the seal 10 is thus fundamentally sealed. Furthermore, two affixing elements 18.2 and 18.3 are shown in Figure 5, whereby the second section 14 of the seal 10, is affixed on the second wall 1 12 of the latch housing 1 10.

Figure 6 shows the latch 100 of the execution form from Figure 5 from a further perspective. The latch housing 1 10 is hereby shown from the reverse. The latch housing 110 hereby has an inlet opening 120, through which the striker 130 can be conducted. The seal 10 according to the invention is arranged on a side of the latch housing 1 10 not shown here, which is illustrated in Figure 4. In Figure 6 the sealing element 1 1 of the seal 10 is arranged in such a way that the inlet opening 120 is sealed. The striker 130 is also arranged in the seal 10 or sealing element 11 of the seal 10 in such a way that the seal 10 extends around the striker 130 in a form-fitting manner. The seal 10 according to the invention is fixed by means of an affixing element 18.1 to the first section and on the first wall 1 1 1 of the latch housing 1 10 and by means of two further affixing tools 18.2 and 18.3 on a second wall 1 12 of the latch housing 1 10 arranged at an angle to the first wall 1 1 1 . The affixing tools 18.1 , 18.2 and 18.3 extend through the latch housing 110.

The foregoing explanation of the exemplary embodiments describes the present invention exclusively within the scope of examples. Naturally, individual characteristics of the exemplary embodiments, where technically sensible, can be freely combined with one another without departing from the scope of the present invention.

List of reference symbols

10 Seal

11 Sealing element

11.1 Seal wing of 11

11.2 Seal wing of 11

12 Insertion slot

12.1 Insertion opening of 12

12.2 Insertion opening of 12

13 First section of 11 13.1 Sharp end of 13

14 Second section of 1 1

15 Start of 12

16 End of 12

17 Brush element

18.1 Affixing element

18.2 Affixing element

18.3 Affixing element

100 Latch

110 Latch housing

11 1 Wall of 110

112 Wall of 110

120 Inlet opening

130 Striker a Angle between 13 and 14

L Length of 12

B Width of 12

B Width of 11