Patents Assigned to Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11186020
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus (5) comprising an electrically driven actuator (200) having a driven rotatable rotor drivably rotatably interconnected to an output shaft (12) or to an output rotation device (16, 430, 500) that is rotatably driven around an output rotation axis (12a, R3a) and a cam device or surface (600) that is eccentrically disposed or mounted off center a selected distance (ED) from the output rotation axis (12a, R3a) in an arrangement such that when the shaft (12) or rotation device (16, 430, 500) is rotatably driven, the cam member or surface (600) is eccentrically rotatably driven around the output rotation axis (12a, R3a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Lee
  • Patent number: 11186022
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the rate of flow of mold material to a mold cavity, the apparatus comprising: an injection molding machine and a manifold; an actuator interconnected to a valve pin having a tip end; a valve system in fluid communication with the actuator to drive the actuator at one or more rates of travel, the valve system having a start position, one or more intermediate drive rate positions and a high drive rate position, the start position holding the valve pin in a gate closed position; a controller that instructs the valve system to move from the start position to the one or more intermediate drive rate positions and to remain in the one or more intermediate drive rate positions for one or more corresponding predetermined amounts of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Vito Galati, Sergio Ribeiro de Oliveira Antunes, J. Andres Lopez
  • Patent number: 11186021
    Abstract: An injection molding system (10) and method of use where the system (10) is comprised of an injection molding system (10), a controller (16) for controlling pack or fill pressures of the injection fluid injected during the pack and fill phases, a recorder, the controller including instructions that controls drive of actuators (1a, 2a, 3a, 4a) to effect an increase or decrease in fill and pack pressures of the injection fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Vito Galati
  • Patent number: 11148335
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the rate of flow of a fluid mold material comprising: a manifold, an actuator interconnected to a valve pin, a position sensor that senses position of the valve pin, a controller that controls movement of the actuator according to instructions that instruct the actuator to drive the valve pin upstream at one or more selected intermediate velocities in response to receipt by the controller of a signal from the position sensor that the valve pin is disposed in the one or more intermediate upstream gate open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergio Ribeiro de Oliveira Antunes, Christian Gotz, Juergen Wilhelm Emich
  • Patent number: 11084196
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing an injection molding cycle comprising drivably interconnecting a valve pin to an electric motor actuator and controllably operating the electric motor to drive the valve pin at one or more reduced rates of upstream or downstream travel based on either detection of the position of the pin or actuator or on a preselected length of time at which to drive the valve pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Moss, Vito Galati
  • Patent number: 11065793
    Abstract: Injection molding apparatuses and methods wherein a valve pin is controllably driven upstream and downstream along an axis between a first closed position where the tip end of the valve pin obstructs the gate to prevent the injection fluid from flowing into the cavity, a full open position and one or more intermediate positions, wherein the valve pin is drivable to be disposed or held in a selected intermediate position for a selected period of time during the course of an injection cycle where the tip end of the valve pin restricts flow of injection fluid through the gate to the mold cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergio Ribeiro de Oliveira Antunes, Lin Yang, Vito Galati, Hans-Joerg Schreyer
  • Patent number: 11065794
    Abstract: Injection molding apparatuses and methods wherein a valve pin is controllably driven upstream and downstream along an axis between a first closed position where the tip end of the valve pin obstructs the gate to prevent the injection fluid from flowing into the cavity, a full open position and one or more intermediate positions, wherein the valve pin is drivable to be disposed or held in a selected intermediate position for a selected period of time during the course of an injection cycle where the tip end of the valve pin restricts flow of injection fluid through the gate to the mold cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergio Ribeiro de Oliveira Antunes, Lin Yang, Vito Galati, Hans-Joerg Schreyer
  • Patent number: 11052590
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus comprising a clamp plate, a heated manifold, an actuator, a mold and a cooling device, wherein the cooling device comprises: a heat transmitter comprising a distal arm or member and a proximal base or member, the distal arm or member being mounted by a spring loadable interconnection or engagement to or with the proximal base or member, the clamp plate, the mold, the manifold, the actuator and the heat transmitter being assemblable together in an arrangement wherein the spring loadable interconnection is loaded urging the distal end surface of the distal arm or member into compressed engagement with the clamp plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhuang Rui Tan, Vito Galati
  • Patent number: 11007692
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the rate of flow of fluid mold material comprising: a manifold, a valve pin having a pin axis, a pin connector and a stem, the valve pin being drivable into and out of open and closed positions relative to the gate, an electric actuator comprising an electric motor comprised of a motor housing that houses a drive shaft having a drive gear and a drive axis, a transmission comprised of a transmission gear having a gear axis, the drive gear, the transmission gear and the valve pin being drivably interconnected and arranged such that the drive axis and the gear axis are non-coaxially mounted or disposed relative to each other and the valve pin is drivable linearly along the pin axis, wherein one or the other of the motor housing or the transmission housing are removably attached to a top clamping or mounting plate that is mounted upstream of the manifold and fixedly interconnected to a mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Vito Galati
  • Patent number: 11007695
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus (5) comprising: an actuator (10) comprising a rotor (60) driven by a drive device (174) that consumes electrical energy (187) that generates heat, a thermal conductor (500) comprised of a thermally conductive material, a clamp plate (80) being mounted in thermal communication with the thermal conductor, a conductive surface (500s) of the thermal conductor being urged into contact with the clamp plate (80) under a spring force (SF) exerted between the actuator (10) and the thermal conductor (500), the heat (197) generated by the electrical energy (187) being conducted from the actuator housing (12) to the clamp plate (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Lee, Vito Galati
  • Patent number: 10982786
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus including: a valve pin driven by an actuator, the valve pin extending axially through at least a portion of the channel length of the fluid flow channel, the fluid flow channel and the valve pin being configured or adapted such that the valve pin is movable axially upstream and downstream between an upstream position where the downstream flow of the injection fluid is restricted by a bulbous protrusion (B) of the pin being axially aligned (AL) with the throat (T) of the channel, an intermediate position where downstream flow of injection fluid is unrestricted (WG) and a fully downstream position where downstream flow of injection fluid is stopped at both the gate and at the throat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Vito Galati, Zhuang Rui Tan
  • Patent number: 10953581
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus comprising a clamp plate, a heated manifold, an actuator, a mold and a cooling device, wherein the cooling device comprises: a heat transmitter comprising a distal arm or member and a proximal base or member, the distal arm or member being mounted by a spring loadable interconnection or engagement to or with the proximal base or member, the clamp plate, the mold, the manifold, the actuator and the heat transmitter being assemblable together in an arrangement wherein the spring loadable interconnection is loaded urging the distal end surface of the distal arm or member into compressed engagement with the clamp plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhuang Rui Tan, Vito Galati
  • Patent number: 10940622
    Abstract: Injection molding system having a flow control apparatus and method that controls the movement and/or rate of movement of a valve pin over the course of an injection cycle to cause the pin to move to one or select positions and/or to control the rate of movement of the pin over the course of the injection cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Vito Galati, Lin Yang
  • Patent number: 10926445
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus (10) comprising a signal converter (1500) interconnected to a machine controller (MC) of an injection molding machine (IMM) that generates standardized signals (VPS), the signal converter (1500) receiving and converting the standardized signals (VS) to a command signal (MOPCS, PDCVS) that is compatible with a signal receptor or interface of an electrically powered actuator (940e, 941e, 942e) or a signal receptor, interface or driver of a proportional directional control valve (V, V1, V2) that drives a fluid driven actuator (940p, 941p, 942p) to respectively operate the electrically powered actuator (940e, 941e, 942e) or the proportional directional control valve (V, V1, V2) to move in a direction that operates to either begin an injection cycle and to end an injection cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Vito Galati, Lin Yang, Ling Feng, Sergio Ribeiro de Oliveira Antunes
  • Patent number: 10899055
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus comprising: a manifold, a nozzle, A distal tip of the nozzle being comprised of a highly heat conductive insert and an insulation cap that is substantially less heat conductive than the insert, the downstream end portion of the insulation cap being disposed between the gate and the downstream end portion of the highly heat conductive insert forming a fluid seal around the gate, a valve pin, wherein when the valve pin is in a gate closed position, an axially interior surface of a fluid exit aperture of the insulation cap surrounds a gap enabling circumferential surface of the valve pin forming a spatial gap immediately upstream of the gate between the interior surface of the fluid exit aperture of the insulation cap and the gap enabling circumferential surface of the valve pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ling Feng, Li Liqiao, William Henderson, Vito Galati
  • Patent number: 10899056
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the rate of flow of fluid mold material comprising: a manifold, a valve pin having a pin axis, a pin connector and a stem, the valve pin being drivable into and out of open and closed positions relative to the gate, an electric actuator comprising an electric motor comprised of a motor housing that houses a drive shaft having a drive gear and a drive axis, a transmission comprised of a transmission gear having a gear axis, the drive gear, the transmission gear and the valve pin being drivably interconnected and arranged such that the drive axis and the gear axis are non-coaxially mounted or disposed relative to each other and the valve pin is drivable linearly along the pin axis, wherein one or the other of the motor housing or the transmission housing are removably attached to a top clamping or mounting plate that is mounted upstream of the manifold and fixedly interconnected to a mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Vito Galati
  • Patent number: 10889037
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus (5) comprising a clamp plate (80), a heated manifold (20), an actuator (10) interconnected to a valve pin (17) drivable along an axis (A), a mold (300) and a cooling device (500) that cools the actuator, the actuator (10) comprising a thermally conductive housing body (12) that is mounted in direct heat or thermally conductive contact with one or more insulators (60, 50) that are in turn mounted in direct heat conductive contact or communication with the manifold (20), the cooling device (500) comprising a heat transmitter comprised of an arm (502) comprised of a thermally conductive material having a distal end surface (502s) for making thermally conductive contact with the clamp plate (80), the proximal surface (502b) of the arm (502) being slidably engageable against a complementary surface (12ls) of the actuator that is spaced laterally (12ld) from the valve pin axis (A) for transmitting heat from the housing body (12) to the proximal surface (502b) and in turn to the distal
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhuang Rui Tan, Vito Galati
  • Patent number: 10875221
    Abstract: An injection molding system comprising: a first selected valve, one or more downstream valves, delivering a fluid to a mold cavity, at least one fluid property sensor that detects a flow front of fluid material flowing downstream through the mold cavity at a trigger location within the cavity disposed between the first gate and at least one selected downstream gate, a controller instructing an actuator associated with the downstream gates to open the gates at a predetermined open gate target time on a first injection cycle, each valve associated with a position sensor that detects opening of a gate at an actual open gate time to the controller, the controller automatically adjusting time of instruction to open the gates on a subsequent injection cycle by an adjustment time equal to any delay in time between the predetermined open gate target time and the actual open gate time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Moss
  • Patent number: 10857714
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus comprising an injection machine, a manifold, a mold, a clamp plate, an actuator interconnected to a valve pin and an external actuator controller, the actuator controller comprising a controller housing adapted to control upstream flow of drive fluid from an upstream actuator drive chamber such that the rate of travel of the drive piston is selectively adjustable to a first rate of travel or velocity over a first course of travel from a gate closed position to a predetermined position of upstream travel and such that the rate of travel of the drive piston beyond the predetermined intermediate upstream position occurs at a second rate of travel or velocity that is higher than the first rate of travel or velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Lee
  • Patent number: 10792849
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus comprising a valve comprised of: an actuator having a rotor interconnected to a distal end of an elongated shaft adapted to drivably transmit rotational motion of the rotor to rotational motion of the shaft, the shaft being interconnected at a proximal end to a converter adapted to transmit rotational motion of the shaft directly to driven linear motion of a valve pin, the shaft having a length or configuration selected such that the actuator is mountable on the apparatus in a position or disposition that is isolated or insulated from significant or substantial exposure to or transmission of heat from a heated manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Lee, Vito Galati