Faurecia has been granted a patent for a method and fitting arrangement for joining parts using a snap fit arrangement. The method involves using an auxiliary tool to cause elastic deformation in an engagement hook, allowing the parts to be joined and then retracting the tool to secure the connection. GlobalData’s report on Faurecia gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Faurecia, Autonomous seating was a key innovation area identified from patents. Faurecia's grant share as of February 2024 was 48%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method for fitting snap fit arrangement using auxiliary tool

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Faurecia SA

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11920629B2) discloses a method for fitting a snap fit arrangement, involving providing a first part with an opening and an engagement hook, using an auxiliary tool to flex the engagement hook outwardly, coupling the first part to a second part with a latch element while the auxiliary tool is inserted, and then removing the auxiliary tool to allow the engagement hook to couple to the latch element. The method aims to ensure that the engagement hook avoids contact with the latch element during the coupling process, with the engagement hook flexing due to interaction with the auxiliary tool, which can be composed of steel shaft elements.

Furthermore, the patent also describes a fitting arrangement and a snap fit arrangement based on the method disclosed. The fitting arrangement includes a first part with an engagement hook and opening, a second part with a latch element, and an auxiliary tool that can be inserted to cause the engagement hook to flex outwardly. The snap fit arrangement allows for movement between different configurations by flexing the engagement hook with the help of the auxiliary tool. Additionally, the snap fit arrangement involves a metallic blanked first part and a plastic second part, highlighting the materials used in the construction. Overall, the patent focuses on a method and arrangements that facilitate the fitting of snap fit components, ensuring secure coupling while avoiding unwanted contact between elements.

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