Shyft Group has been granted a patent for a truck body design featuring an enclosure assembly with hidden hinges and door flanges for storage compartments. The innovative design allows for easy access while maintaining a sleek appearance. GlobalData’s report on Shyft 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 Shyft Group, Intelligent access control systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Shyft Group's grant share as of January 2024 was 49%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Hidden hinge truck body with storage compartments and doors

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Shyft Group Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11814015B2) discloses a truck body design featuring a first side structure with storage compartments, a second side structure with storage compartments, and a bed in between. The unique aspect of this design lies in the hidden hinges within the storage compartments, allowing doors to pivot between open and closed positions seamlessly. The doors are equipped with door flanges that include a longitudinally-extending channel to receive the hidden hinges and a rim to accommodate a seal, preventing water penetration. Additionally, the patent details the configuration of the hidden hinges and their coaxial alignment with the longitudinally-extending channel for efficient operation.

Furthermore, the patent describes variations in the design, such as the alignment of the rim and channel along parallel planes or laterally offset planes, the incorporation of arcuate portions in the rim corresponding to door corners, and the use of push-on bulb seals for enhanced sealing. The truck body's enclosure assembly is formed from a single sheet of aluminum, with the front wall providing access to the storage compartments through strategically placed openings. The doors of the compartments pivot about vertical or horizontal axes, depending on their position within the body. Overall, the patent showcases a novel truck body design that prioritizes functionality, durability, and efficient use of space, making it a valuable innovation in the automotive industry.

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