Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Thomas R. Kingsbury
  • Patent number: 7900666
    Abstract: A tire and a method of securing an object thereto includes a two-piece fastening system having a first portion which is applied to an innerliner of a green tire prior to the green tire being cured and a second portion which includes an object, such as a radio frequency identification chip, attached thereto. The first portion of the two-piece fastening system is attached to the innerliner of the tire with an adhesive or by curing. The green tire is then cured and the second portion of the two-piece fastening system with the object attached thereto is then attached to the first portion of the two-piece fastening system. In an alternative embodiment, the object may be sandwiched between the first and second portions of the fastening system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas W. Bell
  • Patent number: 7896048
    Abstract: A chuck and a chuck system, and a method for processing a toroidal structure such as a tire carcass. The carcass includes an internal circumference and tapered ends. The chuck system comprises a plurality of chucks wherein each chuck includes a circumferential or substantially circumferential external surface and a plurality of friction reducing members positioned on the external surface. The friction reducing members are positioned to engage the internal circumference of the toroidal structure such as a tire. The method of processing a tire carcass includes positioning the tire carcass on fixed diameter chucks having friction reducing members on the external surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventors: Amir Serdarevic, John J. Kaiser, William Lutes
  • Patent number: 7836929
    Abstract: A tire, which has a maximum section width, an upper section above the maximum section width, and a lower section below the maximum section width, includes a circumferential tread, a pair of sidewalls, and a pair of bead portions. The tire further includes at least one carcass ply extending circumferentially about the tire from one bead portion to the other and first and second reinforcement plies extending circumferentially about the tire. The first and second reinforcement plies are provided between the at least one carcass ply and at least one of the sidewalls of the tire. The first and second reinforcement plies include lower ends that terminate in the lower section of the tire and upper ends that terminate in the upper section of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventors: Jie Jin, Michael Crano
  • Patent number: 7819153
    Abstract: A tire having an equatorial plane and a circumferential tread is provided. The tread includes at least one recess defined by at least one concave surface having a plurality of sipes formed therein. Optionally, the at least one concave surface can include one or more channel disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventors: Francis J. Byrne, Keith Dumigan
  • Patent number: 7795344
    Abstract: A nano-particle composition including a poly(alkenylbenzene) core and a poly(conjugated diene), a poly(alkylene), or a poly(alkenylbenzene) surface layer is provided. The nano-particles have a mean average diameter of less than about 100 nm. The nano-particles can be modified via, for example, hydrogenation or functionalization. The nano-particles can be advantageously be incorporated into rubbers, elastomers, and thermoplastics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaorong Wang, Chenchy Jeffrey Lin, James Hall, Sandra Warren, James Krom, Hajime Kondo, Koichi Morita
  • Patent number: 7790798
    Abstract: Methods are provided for making solution masterbatches containing a diene elastomer in an organic solvent and a silica filler, having a first average particle size, that is ground in an organic solvent to form a silica having a reduced second average particle size. Grinding of the silica in the organic solvent, with or without other ingredients including the elastomer, produces a solution masterbatch in which the silica is mixed with and well dispersed in the elastomer. The use of such desolventized solution masterbatches in vulcanizable rubber compounds results in excellent processing characteristics allowing for the reduced use of processing aids such as oil. The compound also demonstrates improved properties, including reduced hysteresis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Zhong-Ren Chen, Sanjeev D. Naik, William M. Cole, Georg G. A. Böhm
  • Patent number: 7784771
    Abstract: A spring body includes a filament structure formed from at least one length of filament material. An elastomeric wall at least partially defines a spring chamber and includes a first portion of the filament structure. A comparatively-rigid wall includes a second portion of the filament structure. A gas spring assembly that includes such a spring body, as well as a method making a spring body and a method of making a gas spring assembly are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel J. Leonard, Pradipta N. Moulik, Bradley W. Hayes
  • Patent number: 7780891
    Abstract: A tire mold having a substantially elliptical base surface and a method for making a tire mold are provided. In one embodiment, a user selects a major axis length for the tire mold, then selects a ratio of the major axis length to a minor axis length. The tire mold is then formed with a substantially elliptical base surface defined by the first major axis and the selected ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Terrence M. Stuhldreher
  • Patent number: 7779876
    Abstract: A reinforced blade for use in a tire vulcanization mold is provided. The reinforced blade, having a thickness of less than 0.030 inches, is configured to form a sipe in a tread of a tire in the tire vulcanization mold. The reinforced blade includes a main segment and a support segment extending from one end portion of the main segment of the reinforced blade and configured to support the end portion of the main segment of the reinforced blade in the mold during vulcanization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Francis J. Byrne
  • Patent number: 7776177
    Abstract: A method for affixing covering products to building structures is described. The covering product includes a thermoplastic membrane, a layer in which a fabric that includes an adhesive coating, and a release liner. The layer is affixed to a primary surface of the membrane. After the covering product is transported to the building structure, the release liner is removed, and the covering produce is adhered to the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 7772521
    Abstract: A system and associated method of marking a molded vehicle tire with laser engraved information to provide both human visible and machine readable data concerning the tire. Information contained in a barcode on the tire is read at a first station and supplied to a control unit. The physical location of human visible information previously molded into the tire is read from the tire at a second station and supplied to the control unit which uses this information to position a laser located at a third station for engaging additional human visible information pertaining to the manufacture of the tire adjacent the existing visible information to satisfy the Department of Transportation (DOT) tire marking requirements. The additional information also can be laser engraved into the tire in a machine readable encoded format, such as 2D symbols, for subsequent control and verification throughout the life of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventors: Donald L. Smith, Jr., Daniel C. Orendorf, Stefan A. Parks, Thomas W. Bell, Joseph J. Peters, Ira L. Wood, Jason J. Para
  • Patent number: 7771807
    Abstract: A preformed, self adhering single ply roofing membrane including a water impermeable membrane; a pressure sensitive, hot melt adhesive adhered to one side of the water impermeable membrane, and a release liner on the side of the pressure sensitive, hot melt adhesive opposite of the water impermeable membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 7766591
    Abstract: A method of transporting insulation panels to a location, the method comprising providing a plurality of insulation panels; placing a predetermined number of said insulation panels into stacks, said stacks including a top surface, lateral sides and a bottom surface; covering said stack with a heat shrinkable material, wherein said heat shrinkable material covers said top surface and said lateral sides, at least a portion of said material extending below the intersection between said bottom surface and said lateral sides; heating said heat shrinkable material, thereby shrinking said heat shrinkable material substantially flush against said lateral sides; loading a plurality of stacks on a vehicle; and moving said vehicle with said plurality of stocks to the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: BFS Diversified Products, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce F. Douglas
  • Patent number: 7769567
    Abstract: A method of designing a pitch noise pitch sequence includes the steps of first defining the characteristics of the tire noise generated by tire tread lug stiffness variations and then defining a tire noise pitch sequence that yields the defined characteristics to provide preferred modulation characteristics and good level characteristics. A tire is provided having a pitch sequence designed from this method. The tire has five different pitches with pitch ratios of 1.00, 1.10, 1.25, 1.40, and 1.50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Jon Irvin Stuckey
  • Patent number: 7749924
    Abstract: A membrane comprising at least one polymeric layer including i) a plastomer, ii) a low density polyethylene, iii) a propylene-based polymer, and optionally iv) flame retardant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Richard Peng
  • Patent number: 7739529
    Abstract: A system for conserving battery life in a battery operated device such as a tire tag where there are several modes of operation. The typical mode is the deep sleep mode where the tag is generally inactive (no clock is running; however, an RC watchdog timer is running, which uses very little power). The tag spends most of its time in this low power mode. The tag periodically partially awakens to a lucid sleep mode (when the watchdog timer times out), initiates a low-speed clock, determines if it is time to enter a search mode by examining a search mode counter and, if it is not time, adjusts the search mode counter (e.g., decrements the counter by one), and returns to the deep sleep mode. The tag sleeps in the deep sleep mode most of its life in an effort to conserve battery power. During the deep sleep mode, because the clock oscillators are OFF, a deep sleep counter is adjusted (incremented or decremented) periodically (e.g., about every 18 ms) by an internal R/C oscillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventors: Gordon E. Hardman, John W. Pyne, Molly A. Hardman, David A. Przygocki, David M. Coombs, Paul B. Wilson, Ronald C. Grush, Philip B. Loudin, Brett W. Floyd
  • Patent number: 7733239
    Abstract: A distance determining system includes a first transceiver and a second transceiver spaced a distance from the first transceiver and inductively coupled thereto. The first transceiver outputs a first electromagnetic wave. The second transceiver receives the first electromagnetic wave and outputs a second electromagnetic wave, which is received by the first transceiver. One of the first and second transceivers determines a distance therebetween based at least in part upon the elapsed time of travel of the first and second electromagnetic waves. An air spring assembly can include such a distance indicating system. A method of determining a distance is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: BFS Diversified Products, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel L. Nordmeyer
  • Patent number: D621341
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew Cerny
  • Patent number: D623588
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Chris Swartzwelder
  • Patent number: D630997
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventors: Richard R. Wright, Kent D. Weatherwax, James G. Guspodin, John Sabistina