Toyoda Gosei has been granted a patent for a storage box design. The box includes a fixed lid at the rear and a movable lid at the front, with shafts and rails to guide the lid’s movement from fully closed to fully opened positions. The design allows the movable lid to move to the inner side of the box relative to the fixed lid during the sliding operation. GlobalData’s report on Toyoda Gosei 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 Toyoda Gosei, Passive safety systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Toyoda Gosei's grant share as of September 2023 was 32%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A patent for a storage box with movable lid

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Toyoda Gosei Co Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11766970B2) describes a storage box for vehicles that includes a box body with an opening on the upper side. The storage box also features a lid body with a fixed lid at the rear of the opening and a movable lid at the front. A support member is included, which consists of a first shaft on the front side of the movable lid and a second shaft on the rear side. The storage box also incorporates a guide system with a first rail to guide the first shaft and a second rail to guide the second shaft. This guide system enables the movable lid to move from a fully-closed position to a fully-opened position through a combination of sliding and turning operations.

The first rail of the guide system includes a straight portion to guide the first shaft towards the rear of the vehicle and an arc portion to guide it downwards. The second rail includes a slope portion that directs the second shaft towards the inner side of the box body relative to the fixed lid when the movable lid begins its sliding operation from the fully-closed position. The second rail also has a guide portion that extends continuously from the slope portion and guides the second shaft to the fully-opened position.

The patent also mentions additional features of the storage box. It includes a lock mechanism that locks the movable lid in a half-opened position. The first shafts are provided in pairs, allowing for movement in the left-right direction. The lock mechanism includes lock holes in the first rails corresponding to the half-opened position, first energizing members that push the first shafts outward, and a release lever to release the locked state. The storage box further includes an arm that is pivotably supported and comes into contact with the movable lid or the second shaft. This arm is designed to push the movable lid back to the fully-closed position from the fully-opened position. A second energizing member is included to assist the arm in moving the lid, and a damper device is incorporated to reduce the speed of the arm's pivoting motion.

Overall, this patented storage box design offers a convenient and efficient solution for vehicle storage, allowing for easy access and secure locking in different positions.

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