Patents Assigned to AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10366866
    Abstract: A plasma source is provided. The plasma source includes at least three hollow cathodes, including a first hollow cathode, a second hollow cathode, and a third hollow cathode, each hollow cathode having a plasma exit region. The plasma source includes a source of power capable of producing multiple output waves, including a first output wave, a second output wave, and a third output wave, wherein the first output wave and the second output wave are out of phase, the second output wave and the third output wave are out of phase, and the first output wave and the third output wave are out of phase. Each hollow cathode is electrically connected to the source of power such that the first hollow cathode is electrically connected to the first output wave, the second hollow cathode is electrically connected to the second output wave, and the third hollow cathode is electrically connected to the third output wave. Electrical current flows between the at least three hollow cathodes that are out of electrical phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz
  • Publication number: 20190217579
    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: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicants: AGC Automotive Americas R&D, Inc., AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin BYRNE
  • Patent number: 10340126
    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: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10290473
    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: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10290474
    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: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10260277
    Abstract: An encapsulated glass assembly includes a plastic frame having at least three sides and corners, with the frame having a channel extending within its outer frame surface that includes a lower wall portion connected to a side wall portion. The outer frame surface further includes at least one upper wall portion extending from the side wall portion and extending along at least one side of the frame, each one of the at least one upper wall portions further defining a portion of the channel as a C-shaped channel. A glass panel coupled to the frame is retained within the C-shaped channel along at least one side of the frame such that the edge of the panel is adjacent to the side wall portion. An encapsulant having a Shore hardness less than the frame is bonded onto the panel and onto the frame to secure the panel to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS R&D, INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Jerrim, Daniel Bennett, David W. Lahnala
  • Publication number: 20190107762
    Abstract: A dimming laminate (10) includes: a dimming substrate (18) in which a dimming function material (16) is provided between two first transparent substrates (12) and (14); and a second transparent substrate (22) that is bonded to one first transparent substrate (12) through an adhesive layer (20). Each of the first transparent substrates (12) and (14) has a different average thermal expansion coefficient at 50-350° C. from that of the second transparent substrate (22). In the dimming laminate (10), a third transparent substrate (26) is bonded to the other first transparent substrate (14) through an adhesive layer (24), and an average thermal expansion coefficient at 50-350° C. is equal between the third transparent substrate (26) and the second transparent substrate (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicants: AGC INC., AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA.
    Inventors: Shigeru NAKAMURA, Tetsuya HIRAMATSU
  • Patent number: 10243251
    Abstract: An antenna includes a ground element defining a straight edge extending along a first axis. A radiating element is spaced apart from the ground element. A feeding element has a first conductor coupled to the ground element and a second conductor coupled to the radiating element. The radiating element includes two radiating segments extending substantially parallel to one another along a second axis transverse to the first axis with each radiating segment defining a width measured perpendicular to the second axis. The width of one radiating segment is greater than the width of the other radiating segment. A coupling portion connects the radiating segments and includes a straight edge facing the straight edge of the ground element. The straight edge of the coupling portion extends along a third axis that is transverse to the first axis. When combined with a substrate, the antenna is a component of a window assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS R&D, INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Gurkan Gok, Jesus Gedde
  • Patent number: 10242846
    Abstract: An ion source includes a chamber. The ion source further includes a first hollow cathode having a first hollow cathode cavity and a first plasma exit orifice and a second hollow cathode having a second hollow cathode cavity and a second plasma exit orifice. The first and second hollow cathodes are disposed adjacently in the chamber. The ion source further includes a first ion accelerator between and in communication with the first plasma exit orifice and the chamber. The first ion accelerator forms a first ion acceleration cavity. The ion source further includes a second ion accelerator between and in communication with the second plasma orifice and the chamber. The second ion accelerator forms a second ion acceleration cavity. The first hollow cathode and the second hollow cathode are configured to alternatively function as electrode and counter-electrode to generate a plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: John Chambers, Peter Maschwitz
  • Publication number: 20190061314
    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: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE SA, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA.
    Inventors: Yuki AOSHIMA, Hidefumi ODAKA
  • Patent number: 10163608
    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: December 25, 2018
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10119323
    Abstract: An encapsulated glass assembly includes a glass panel and a plastic frame and a clip. The frame has at least three frame sides and has a lower wall portion extending from an outer wall surface along each of the at least three frame sides. The clip has a C-shaped clip channel and is coupled to a first frame side of the frame such that a portion of the panel is retained within the C-shaped clip channel. An optional clip can be coupled to a second frame side. The plastic frame can alternatively include a C-shaped channel on the second frame side, wherein another portion of the panel is retained within the C-shaped channel. An encapsulant is bonded onto the panel, the frame, and the clip to secure the frame to the panel. The encapsulant has a Shore hardness less than the Shore hardness of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS R&D, INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Lahnala, Daniel Bennett, Brian Kinross
  • Patent number: 10115570
    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: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 10083821
    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: September 25, 2018
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD., AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Peter Maschwitz
  • Patent number: 9966673
    Abstract: A window assembly (10) includes a transparent pane (18), an electrical conductor (20) contacting the transparent pane (18), an electrical connection element (22) for energizing the electrical conductor (20), an encapsulation (26) disposed over the electrical connection element (22) and the electrical conductor (20), and an electrically conductive compressible member (28) disposed between the electrical connection element (22) and the electrical conductor (20) for providing an electrical connection between the electrical connection element (22) and the electrical conductor (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS R&D, INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Bennett, William C. Schuch
  • Publication number: 20180119479
    Abstract: An encapsulated glass assembly includes a plastic frame having at least three sides and corners, with the frame having a channel extending within its outer frame surface that includes a lower wall portion connected to a side wall portion. The outer frame surface further includes at least one upper wall portion extending from the side wall portion and extending along at least one side of the frame, each one of the at least one upper wall portions further defining a portion of the channel as a C-shaped channel. A glass panel coupled to the frame is retained within the C-shaped channel along at least one side of the frame such that the edge of the panel is adjacent to the side wall portion. An encapsulant having a Shore hardness less than the frame is bonded onto the panel and onto the frame to secure the panel to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicants: AGC Automotive Americas R&D, Inc., AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Jerrim, Daniel Bennett, David W. Lahnala
  • Publication number: 20180119478
    Abstract: An encapsulated glass assembly includes a glass panel and a plastic frame and a clip. The frame has at least three frame sides and has a lower wall portion extending from an outer wall surface along each of the at least three frame sides. The clip has a C-shaped clip channel and is coupled to a first frame side of the frame such that a portion of the panel is retained within the C-shaped clip channel. An optional clip can be coupled to a second frame side. The plastic frame can alternatively include a C-shaped channel on the second frame side, wherein another portion of the panel is retained within the C-shaped channel. An encapsulant is bonded onto the panel, the frame, and the clip to secure the frame to the panel. The encapsulant has a Shore hardness less than the Shore hardness of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicants: AGC Automotive Americas R&D, Inc., AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Lahnala, Daniel Bennett, Brian Kinross
  • Patent number: 9920566
    Abstract: An encapsulated glass assembly includes a glass panel and a plastic frame coupled to the glass panel and an encapsulant for securing the frame to the panel. The frame includes at least three sides, wherein at least two and less than all of the at least three sides of the frame have a C-shaped channel extending within an outer frame surface and wherein another one side of the at least three sides does not have a C-shaped channel. The panel is introduced onto the inner surface of the lower wall portion of the another one side and then slid within each one of the C-shaped channels on the at least two sides. An encapsulant is bonded onto the panel and frame to secure the frame to the panel. The encapsulant has a Shore hardness less than the Shore hardness of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS R&D, INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Bennett, David W. Lahnala, Joel Jerrim
  • Publication number: 20180025892
    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: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicants: AGC GLASS EUROPE, S.A., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas BIQUET, Peter MASCHWITZ, John CHAMBERS, Hughes WIAME
  • Patent number: 9837707
    Abstract: A window assembly for a vehicle has a transparent layer including a metal compound such that the transparent layer is electrically conductive. The transparent layer defines an area covering the window assembly. An outer region which is electrically non-conductive surrounds the area. The window assembly includes an antenna element including wire or transparent coating which overlaps the transparent layer and overlaps the outer region. The antenna element is configured to receive linearly or circularly polarized radio frequency (RF) signals. A feeding element is coupled to the antenna element for energizing the antenna element. The antenna element is capacitively coupled to the transparent layer. The transparent layer operates as a parasitic or active antenna element with respect to the antenna element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS R&D, INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Wladimiro Villarroel, Ming Lee, Yasutaka Horiki