Nexteer Automotive Group has been granted a patent for an axial adjustment assembly for steering columns. The assembly includes a driving assembly, a driven assembly, and a connection assembly with gear clutch teeth that disengage in an overload state for safety. GlobalData’s report on Nexteer Automotive Group 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 Nexteer Automotive Group, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Nexteer Automotive Group's grant share as of February 2024 was 57%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Axial adjustment assembly for steering column with overload protection

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Nexteer Automotive Group Ltd

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11904927B2) discloses an axial adjustment assembly for an axially adjustable steering column. The assembly includes a driving assembly, a driven assembly connected to a steering column component, and a connection assembly transmitting a driving actuation force to axially adjust the steering column component. The connection assembly consists of a connection gear with gear clutch teeth and a clutch member with clutch member teeth engaged in a connected state and disengaged in a disconnected state. At least one spring element biases the gear clutch teeth into the clutch member teeth, allowing disengagement when the spring force is overcome.

Furthermore, the patent describes an axially adjustable steering column with a connection gear and a clutch member to transmit torque from the driving assembly to the driven assembly. The clutch member teeth engage with the gear clutch teeth in a connected state and disengage in an overload state to prevent actuation. The assembly includes spring elements retained between pair of retainers with a clip, ensuring proper functioning. The clutch member's design includes a body portion and a flanged portion with teeth, while the driven assembly comprises a lead screw with intermeshed teeth for adjustment. The driving gear is powered by an electric motor, and components can be made of polymeric material for durability and efficiency.

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