Patents Assigned to AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11052634
    Abstract: A laminated substrate for an electrochromic dimmer element includes a glass substrate; and a transparent conductive film. The glass substrate includes a silicon oxide, an aluminum oxide, a boron oxide, an alkaline earth metal oxide, and an alkali metal oxide in a total amount of 90 mol % or more, and includes the alkali metal oxide in a total amount of 12 mol % or less. The transparent conductive film includes an indium oxide film containing tin, and a tin oxide film containing at least one of tantalum, antimony and fluorine, in this order from a glass substrate side. The indium oxide film is formed directly on the glass substrate, a refractive index and an extinction coefficient of the indium oxide film at a wavelength of 1.3 ?m is less than 0.4, and greater than 0.4, respectively. A film thickness of the tin oxide film is greater than 35 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: AGC GLASS EUROPE SA, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA.
    Inventors: Yuki Aoshima, Hidefumi Odaka
  • Publication number: 20210178381
    Abstract: A method for preparing catalyst particles that includes providing an average atomic number Zavr for a catalyst starting material, providing an ion beam having an ion beam current and selecting an ion beam dose X expressed in ions/g, based on the weight of the catalyst starting material, where X follows the following equations: (7/Zavr)×1018 ions/g<X<(7/Zavr)×6×1019 ions/g, implanting the catalyst starting material with an ion beam dose X primarily comprising the selected ions, where the ratio of the current of the ion beam current to the cross-section area of the ion beam, measured at the point of contact with the catalyst starting material is at least 1.2 ?A/mm2, thereby obtaining a catalyst. The resulting catalyst particles are useful in NOx, CO, and/or HC emission reduction devices, fuel cells, or catalysts in chemical reactions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Denis BUSARDO, Lionel VENTELON
  • Patent number: 11013069
    Abstract: A sliding window assembly, a cable drive system and methods of operating the same, are disclosed. The sliding window assembly includes a guide track and a sliding window movable relative to the guide track. A heating element is coupled to the sliding window for heating the sliding window. A drum of a drive assembly rotates and includes a conductive terminal connected to a power supply of the vehicle. A cable is coupled between the sliding window and heating element and the drum. The drum rotates to mechanically wind or unwind the cable for moving the sliding window. A conductive element is coupled to at least one of the drum and the cable and is electrically connected to the cable and is movable during movement of the sliding window. The conductive element contacts the conductive terminal to provide electrical current to the cable for energizing the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., GRAND RAPIDS CONTROLS COMPANY, LLC, AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS CO.
    Inventors: David W. Lahnala, Daniel Bennett, James W. Bach
  • Publication number: 20210129115
    Abstract: A method for preparing catalyst particles that includes providing a catalyst starting material, an ion beam, and an electrostatic charge reduction device selected from a source of UV light, a source of X-rays, an electron beam, and an electrically grounded catalytic starting material carrier. The method further includes implanting the catalyst starting material with an ion beam dose primarily made of monocharged or monocharged and multicharged ions with an energy of the monocharged ions in the ion beam from at least 10 keV to at most 100 keV thereby obtaining a catalyst. The obtained catalyst particles particles are useful in NOx, CO, and/or HC emission reduction devices, fuel cells, or catalysts in chemical reactions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Denis BUSARDO, Lionel VENTELON
  • Publication number: 20210123236
    Abstract: A glazing assembly for a curtain wall glazing system comprising a glazing unit and a frame structure formed by a plurality of glazing profiles. Each of the plurality of glazing profiles comprises a main structural frame part and a removable clamping part. The removable clamping parts when removed from the structural frame parts unclamp the glazing unit and open a clearance allowing removal of the glazing unit in a direction of a first area. At least one of the main structural frame parts comprises a structural portion and a mobile clamping portion. When removing the mobile clamping portion from the structural frame portions a clearance is opened allowing the performance of maintenance activities to an edge region of the glazing unit from the second area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Pavel CUMPELÍK, Razmik BALIAN
  • Publication number: 20210123293
    Abstract: A vacuum insulating glazing unit has a length equal to or greater than 800 mm and a width equal to or greater than 500 mm. The unit includes first and second float annealed glass panes having thicknesses Z1 and Z2, respectively. The thickness Z2 is equal to or greater than 4 mm and equal to or greater than (??15 mm)/5. The thickness ratio Z1/Z2 is equal to or greater than 1.10. The unit also has a set of discrete spacers positioned between the first and second glass panes and forming an array having a pitch (?) between 10 mm and 40 nm; a hermetically bonding seal sealing the distance between the first and second glass panes over a perimeter; and an internal volume having a vacuum pressure of less than 0.1 mbar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Abderrazek BEN TRAD, Julien JEANFILS, Pierre SCHNEIDER
  • Publication number: 20210087106
    Abstract: A glass sheet comprising at least one antireflective, etched surface having a surface roughness defined, when measured on an evaluation length of 12 mm and with a Gaussian filter with a cut-off wavelength is 0.8 mm, by: 0.02?Ra?0.6 ?m; 0.1?Rz?3 ?m; and 5?RSm?180 ?m. The glass sheet has the following optical properties, when measured from the antireflective, etched surface: a haze value of from 1 to 40%; a clarity value of from 30 to 100%; a gloss value at 60° of from 20 to 130 SGU; and a luminous reflectance Rc from 4 to 7%. The antireflective, etched surface comprises implanted ions. Such a glass sheet is particularly suitable for display applications as cover glass and has excellent sparkle reduction properties together with an anti-glare effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Benjamine NAVET, Amory JACQUES
  • Publication number: 20210062572
    Abstract: A functional member-attached glass window includes a glass window to be erected on a floor surface and having a glass plate, and a functional member having a surface area smaller than that of the glass plate and arranged at a position apart from and higher than the floor surface, wherein the functional member is pasted to the glass plate via a spacer and joined to the spacer with a fastening part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicants: AGC Inc., AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC Vidros do Brasil Ltda.
    Inventors: Mayu OGAWA, Mitsuo FUKUDA, Masahiro MATSUMURA, Akira SAITO
  • Publication number: 20210054683
    Abstract: A vacuum insulating glazing unit is described. The vacuum insulating glazing unit has a first glass pane and a second glass pane; a set of discrete spacers positioned between the first and second glass panes, maintaining a distance between the first and the second glass panes; a hermetically bonding seal sealing the distance between the first and second glass panes over a perimeter thereof; an internal volume defined by the first and second glass panes and the set of discrete spacers and closed by the hermetically bonding seal, where the internal volume has an absolute vacuum pressure of less than 0.1 mbar; and an absolute difference between a coefficient of thermal expansion of the first glass pane and a coefficient of thermal expansion of the second glass pane is at most 0.40*10?6/° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Abderrazek BEN TRAD, Julien JEANFILS, Pierre SCHNEIDER
  • Publication number: 20210054682
    Abstract: A vacuum insulating glazing unit is described. The vacuum insulating glazing unit has a first glass pane and a second glass pane; a set of discrete spacers positioned between the first and second glass panes, maintaining a distance between the first and the second glass panes; a hermetically bonding seal sealing the distance between the first and second glass panes over a perimeter thereof; an internal volume defined by the first and second glass panes and the set of discrete spacers and closed by the hermetically bonding seal, where the internal volume has an absolute vacuum pressure of less than 0.1 mbar. The outer pane face of the second glass pane is laminated to at least one glass sheet by at least one polymer interlayer forming a laminated assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC.,, AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC, AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Abderrazek BEN TRAD, Pierre SCHNEIDER, Louis DELLIEU, Amelia DESMEDT
  • Publication number: 20210047878
    Abstract: A vacuum insulating glazing unit includes a first glass pane having a thickness Z1, and a second glass pane made of prestressed glass having a thickness, Z2, where Z1 is greater than Z2 (Z1>Z2) The glazing unit also includes a set of discrete spacers positioned between the first and second glass panes and a hermetically bonding seal sealing the distance between the first and second glass panes over a perimeter. A vacuum of pressure less than 0.1 mbar is created in an internal volume V. A thickness ratio, Z1/Z2, of the thickness of the first glass pane, Z1, to the thickness of the second glass pane, Z2, is equal to or greater than 1.30 (Z1/Z2?1.30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA INC, AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Pierre SCHNEIDER, Abderrazek BEN TRAD, Julien JEANFILS
  • Publication number: 20210033775
    Abstract: A glass panel includes a first glass substrate, a second glass substrate, a spacer profile at the periphery of the glass panel between the first and the second glass substrate. There is an intermediate substrate in the intermediate space between the first and the second glass substrates, the substrate having a first coefficient of thermal expansion, and means to maintain the intermediate substrate within the intermediate space. The panel also includes a second profile, having a second coefficient of thermal expansion, positioned facing the inner face of the spacer profile within the intermediate space between the first and second glass substrates of the glass panel. The second profile carries the means to maintain the intermediate substrate within the intermediate space. A difference between the first coefficient of thermal expansion and the second coefficient of thermal expansion is less than or equal to 20%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Adrian WALSH, Günther SALME, Carmelo DADO
  • Publication number: 20210005951
    Abstract: An antenna unit used by being attached to window glass for a building includes a radiating element, a wave directing member arranged on an outdoor side with respect to the radiating element, and a conductor arranged on an indoor side with respect to the radiating element, wherein where a distance between the radiating element and the wave directing member is denoted as a, and where a relative permittivity of a medium constituted by a dielectric member between the radiating element and the wave directing member is denoted as ?r, the distance a is (2.11×?r?1.82) mm or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicants: AGC Inc., AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC Vidros do Brasil Ltda.
    Inventors: Masaki HORIE, Ryuta SONODA, Yukio TAKAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20200355975
    Abstract: An integrated glazing unit (IGU) includes a first pane, an electronic laminate that includes an electronic device provided between first and second substrates, a plurality of terminals coupled to the electronic device, and the first substrate being attached to the first pane. The IGU also includes a second pane coupled to the electronic laminated assembly by a spacer, the spacer being recessed with respect to the laminate edge and the second pane edge, forming an interpane volume, R, between the first and second panes. The IGU further includes a gutter having an open face and giving access to an inner volume, Vi. The gutter is positioned within the interpane volume, R, with the open face being recessed from, flush with or extending by less than 10 mm from the second pane edge. The gutter is suitable for receiving the male and/or female electric connector of a cable harness in the inner volume, Vi.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Jonathan VIVIER, Olivier BOUESNARD
  • Publication number: 20200350144
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a plasma source utilizing a macro-particle reduction coating and method of using a plasma source utilizing a macro-particle reduction for deposition of thin film coatings and modification of surfaces. More particularly, the present invention relates to a plasma source comprising one or more plasma-generating electrodes, wherein a macro-particle reduction coating is deposited on at least a portion of the plasma-generating surfaces of the one or more electrodes to shield the plasma-generating surfaces of the electrodes from erosion by the produced plasma and to resist the formation of particulate matter, thus enhancing the performance and extending the service life of the plasma source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicants: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC GLASS EUROPE, ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John CHAMBERS, Peter MASCHWITZ, Yuping LIN, Herb JOHNSON
  • Publication number: 20200324522
    Abstract: A transparent substrate with a laminated film, which comprises a transparent substrate and a laminated film formed on at least one surface of the transparent substrate, wherein the laminated film has a first dielectric layer, a crystallinity-improving layer, a functional layer and a second dielectric layer in this order from the transparent substrate side, the crystallinity-improving layer contains ZrNx (wherein x is higher than 1.2 and at most 2.0), the functional layer contains at least one metal nitride selected from the group consisting of titanium nitride, chromium nitride, niobium nitride, molybdenum nitride and hafnium nitride, and the concentration of oxygen atoms at a boundary between the crystallinity-improving layer and the functional layer, is at most 20 atom %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicants: AGC Inc., AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA.
    Inventors: Akiyo MATSUMOTO, Masanobu ISSHIKI, Masafumi AKITA
  • Patent number: 10755901
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a plasma source utilizing a macro-particle reduction coating and method of using a plasma source utilizing a macro-particle reduction for deposition of thin film coatings and modification of surfaces. More particularly, the present invention relates to a plasma source comprising one or more plasma-generating electrodes, wherein a macro-particle reduction coating is deposited on at least a portion of the plasma-generating surfaces of the one or more electrodes to shield the plasma-generating surfaces of the electrodes from erosion by the produced plasma and to resist the formation of particulate matter, thus enhancing the performance and extending the service life of the plasma source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC GLASS EUROPE, ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz, Yuping Lin, Herb Johnson
  • Patent number: 10744745
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes a window assembly adapted to be installed within the front opening of the vehicle frame. The window assembly includes an inner transparent sheet, an outer transparent sheet, and an interlayer of polymer disposed between the inner transparent sheet and the outer transparent sheet. The interlayer is configured wherein a first portion of the interlayer has a first variable thickness profile and wherein a second portion of the interlayer has a second variable thickness profile, with the first portion of the interlayer distinct from the second portion of the interlayer. The system also includes a front-facing camera positioned within the vehicle for receiving light transmissions from an object located outside the vehicle through the first portion. The system may also include a head up display—associated with the second portion of the interlayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: AGC Automotive Americas R&D, Inc., AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Byrne
  • Patent number: 10586685
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hollow cathode plasma source and to methods for surface treating or coating using such a plasma source, comprising first and second electrodes (1, 2), each electrode comprising an elongated cavity (4), wherein dimensions for at least one of the following parameters is selected so as to ensure high electron density and/or low amount of sputtering of plasma source cavity surfaces, those parameters being cavity cross section shape, cavity cross section area cavity distance (11), and outlet nozzle width (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas Biquet, Peter Maschwitz, John Chambers, Hughes Wiame
  • Patent number: 10580625
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel plasma sources useful in the thin film coating arts and methods of using the same. More specifically, the present invention provides novel linear and two dimensional plasma sources that produce linear and two dimensional plasmas, respectively, that are useful for plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The present invention also provides methods of making thin film coatings and methods of increasing the coating efficiencies of such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz