Patents Examined by Alexander S. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10710196
    Abstract: A vacuum insulation panel manufacturing method that makes it possible to manufacture low-cost, high-performance vacuum insulation panels, and a vacuum insulation panel are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NISSHIN STEEL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Azuma, Hirohisa Mishima, Takefumi Nakako
  • Patent number: 10711467
    Abstract: Various embodiments of flooring and other tiles are described that comprise one or more magnets and/or routed edges to connect adjacent tiles to one another. Some tiles may comprise a set of magnets or magnetized portions to connect with an adjacent tile having a set of magnets of opposite polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jeremy Britton, Jacob Olsson, Domanic Chu
  • Patent number: 10710337
    Abstract: A metal and/or ceramic microlattice structure, comprising an alternation of first layers and of second layers formed by tubes, and interlocking with each other in order to form open loops cooperating two by two in order to form nodes of an articulated/ball-joint nature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ÉNERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ÉNERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Olivier Dellea, Olivier Lebaigue, François Tardif
  • Patent number: 10710331
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component includes a board base and a skin. The board base includes a first surface to be on an interior side of a vehicle and a second surface to be on an exterior side of the vehicle when the vehicle interior component is installed in the vehicle. The board base includes a component mounting portion including a through hole extending through the board base and openings in the first surface and the second surface. The skin covers the first surface of the board base and includes flaps and a communication hole. The flaps are folded along an inner peripheral wall of the component mounting portion. The communication hole is defined by creases of the flaps and undersized relative to the mounting hole by a thickness of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Kameda, Kenichi Kamura, Atsushi Miyake
  • Patent number: 10694878
    Abstract: A device protects the area of a doorway defined by first and second doorjambs separated by a distance. The device includes a mat body having protrusion with a first side edge and an opposed, second side edge. The protrusion is sized and shaped to be positioned in the doorway between the first and second door jambs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Bengt Johansson
  • Patent number: 10697698
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated cabinet structure includes first and second cover members having pre-deformed portions and perimeter portions. The perimeter portions of the first and second cover members are disposed along first and second planar levels and the pre-deformed portions of the first and second cover members include portions thereof extending outwardly relative to the first and second planar levels. A thermal bridge interconnects the first cover member and the second cover member at the perimeter portions thereof to define an insulating cavity therebetween. The insulating cavity is a sealed cavity having a vacuum drawn therefrom. The pre-deformed portions of the first and second cover members move inwardly towards the first and second planar levels under a force of the vacuum within the insulating cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Dherde, Lorraine J. Westlake
  • Patent number: 10697696
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated structure includes a first panel and a second panel, wherein the second panel is operably coupled to the first panel to define an insulating space therebetween. An airway system is disposed within the insulating space and includes portions of porous tubing configured to draw air along lengths of the porous tubing from the insulating space during an evacuation procedure. A plurality of connectors interconnect the portions of porous tubing of the airway system to inner walls of the insulating space. The connectors may include support members that extend between the panels within the insulating space to support the vacuum insulated structure under vacuum pressure. Further, first and second panels can include rigidifying structural configurations to combat vacuum bowing during the evacuation procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Sunil S. Ekshinge, Arunkumar Harikrishnasamy, Sai B. Krishna, Abhay Naik, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak, Karen J. Querfurth
  • Patent number: 10690395
    Abstract: A vacuum insulation body comprising at least one vacuum-tight covering that surrounds at least one evacuated region, wherein one or more core materials are arranged in the evacuated region, and wherein the vacuum-tight covering has at least one evacuation opening that is provided with at least one valve having at least one valve disk that opens the evacuation opening in the opened state and that releases the evacuation opening in the closed state, with means for a vacuum-tight sealing of the evacuation opening being arranged outside the sealing region of the valve disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: LIEBHERR-HAUSGERATE LIENZ GMBH, LIEBHERR-HAUSGERATE OCHSENHAUSEN GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Winkler, Jochen Hiemeyer
  • Patent number: 10688734
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced material includes a discontinuous reinforcing fiber aggregate of a discontinuous reinforcing fiber having a number average fiber length of 3 to 100 mm and a matrix resin, the discontinuous reinforcing fiber aggregate including a plurality of discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundles having a predetermined number of unidirectionally-bundled single yarns of the discontinuous reinforcing fiber, wherein the discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundle has a cut surface inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to an orientation direction of the single yarn of the discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundle and has different fiber bundle lengths defined as a distance between both ends along the orientation direction of the single yarn of the discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundle, the shorter the fiber bundle length of the discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundle, the smaller a tip angle defined as an acute angle at an end of a two-dimensional plane projection of the discontinuous reinforcing fiber bundle
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Miyoshi, Takafumi Hashimoto, Tetsuya Motohashi
  • Patent number: 10682661
    Abstract: A masking tape may be used for covering a masking area. The masking tape includes a plurality of masking devices coupled together. Each masking device includes a perimeter and an adhesive layer. Each masking device is coupled to at least two laterally adjacent masking devices at given connection points along the perimeter. Each connection point is weak relative to the masking devices. The adhesive layer couples each masking device to a lower adjacent masking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ENGINEERED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Armen Sarajian, Andrew W. Oniszczuk, Chad M. Cushman
  • Patent number: 10676044
    Abstract: An interior part having high mechanical strength while having a stitch pattern penetrating a base-material layer is provided. A manufacturing method that improves strength of the base-material layer and enhances sewing compatability is also provided. The interior part includes a skin layer joined to a base-material layer. The base-material layer includes reinforcing fibers and a thermoplastic resin. A thread sewn between the base-material layer and a design surface of the skin layer forms a stitch pattern provided on the design surface. A needle hole of the base-material layer is blocked at least at one of an opening on the base-material layer and a hole inside. The method includes shaping a fiber-reinforced board in which the thermoplastic resin is softened, and blocking at least one of the opening of the needle hole and the hole inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hironobu Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10675818
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a template and a related method for the application of inserts in the form of letters, numbers or symbols on leather, fabrics, cloth, or similar laminar products to customize them. The centering template comprises a main support body (101) having a centering system (106) to allow an engagement of the template (100) in pre-fixed position to a base (3a) of a press (3); and a centering element (102) configured to receive in pre-fixed position at least a laminar portion (103) of an accessory (104). The centering element (102) has a through seat (105) for the inserts (11) and it is movable with respect to the main support body (101) between an extracted resting position in which an upper surface (102a) of the centering element (102) is moved away from the main support body (101) and a working position in which the upper surface (102a) of the centering element (102) is approached to the main support body (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: A.M.F. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Gallio
  • Patent number: 10669005
    Abstract: A solid laminate stringer includes a base segment that forms a first generally trapezoidal cross section. The solid laminate stringer also includes a transition segment abutting the base segment, with concave sides that are continuous with the sides of the base segment. The solid laminate stringer also includes a top segment abutting the transition segment, where the top segment forms a second generally trapezoidal cross section with sides that are continuous with the concave sides of the transition segment. The solid laminate stringer also includes a first overwrap layer covering the top segment, the transition segment, and at least a portion of the base segment. The solid laminate stringer also includes a second overwrap layer overlapping at least a portion of the first overwrap layer covering the base segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jiangtian Cheng, Ian E. Schroeder, Gary D. Swanson, Kanna M. Pham, Samuel E. Cregger, Scott M. Spencer
  • Patent number: 10667614
    Abstract: A long synthetic resin foam body composed of a thermoplastic resin expanded beads-molded substrate and a frame having displacement regulating sections provided at both ends in the longitudinal or lateral direction of the substrate and a connecting section that connects the displacement regulating sections to each other. The substrate has at least one joint forming portion that divides the substrate in a direction intersecting the connecting section into two or more substrate parts. The joint forming portion has a joint that connects the adjacent two substrate parts to each other and is deformable to permit a relative displacement between the adjacent two substrate parts when the substrate contracts or expands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: JSP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seishiro Murata, Hiroyuki Ito
  • Patent number: 10668840
    Abstract: An upholstery piping component for a vehicle seat includes an elongated anchor and an elongated projection. The elongated anchor is formed from an elastomeric material. The elongated anchor extends along a length. The elongated anchor is configured to be coupled to a first upholstery portion and a second upholstery portion and disposed between the first upholstery portion and the second upholstery portion. The elongated projection is formed from the elastomeric material. The elongated projection is integrally is formed with the elongated anchor. The elongated projection extends from the elongated anchor for at least a portion of the length. The elongated projection is configured to at least partially conceal a seam between the first upholstery portion and the second upholstery portion. The elastomeric material is flexible such that the upholstery piping component is configured to move between a neutral configuration and a modified configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Lombardi, Matthew B. Erdey, Danny J. Lombardi, Nicholas Rosinski
  • Patent number: 10668436
    Abstract: Provided are monolithic structures comprising one or more suspended, nanoporous membranes that are in contact with one or more fluidic cavities, methods of making same, and exemplary uses of same. The monolithic structures can be formed using a transmembrane etch. The monolithic structures can be used, as examples, as filters and filtration modules in microfluidic devices, dialysis devices, and concentration devices in laboratory, industrial, and medical processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SiMPore Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Striemer, Joshua J. Miller, Jon-Paul S. Desormeaux, James A. Roussie
  • Patent number: 10654223
    Abstract: A part assembly including a curing shield and a method for secondarily bonding two parts of the part assembly utilizing the curing shield. The method for secondary bonding includes fixing a base of a clip of a curing shield to a first surface of a first part. The curing shield includes a pad fixed to the clip. The clip has the base and a spine fixed to and extending away from the base and terminating at a distal end. The pad extends along at least a portion of a length of the spine between the base and the distal end. The method also includes applying adhesive along a faying surface of one of the first part and a second part. The second part is assembled to the first part along the faying surface so that the distal end of the clip extends toward the second surface and the curing shield defines a pocket adjacent the faying surface at least partly enclosed by the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventor: George M. Osborne
  • Patent number: 10647408
    Abstract: A composite structure with an integrated hinge is disclosed. In various embodiments, the composite structure includes a plurality of layers of fiber reinforced polymer material; and a hinge structure comprising one or more layers of bendably flexible hinge material a first region of which is interleaved between adjacent layers of said layers of fiber reinforced polymer material comprising the composite structure and bonded to said adjacent layers by bonding material comprising said composite structure, and a second region of which extends beyond said layers of fiber reinforced polymer material comprising the composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: WISK AERO LLC
    Inventors: Chris Van Pelt, James Joseph Tighe
  • Patent number: 10648777
    Abstract: A ballistic resistant material and structure and methods for allowing and preventing projectiles from passing through the ballistic resistant defense structure. The ballistic resistant defense structure involves a ballistic multilayer arrangement comprised of V-Profiles 100 which are further comprised of V-shaped wedges arranged adjacent to each other, spaced slightly apart, with gaps. The gaps between the V-shaped wedges expand or contract depending on which side of the V-Profile a projectile strikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Robert D. Bailey
  • Patent number: 10639663
    Abstract: A masking device for covering a masking area includes a first member having a first tab portion and a first base portion. The masking device also includes a second member having a second tab portion and a second base portion. A pull tab of the masking device includes the first tab portion coupled to the second tab portion. The masking device further includes a third member having a member connection surface and a masking connection surface. The member connection surface is opposite the masking connection surface. A base of the masking device includes the first base portion, the second base portion, and the third member. A first adhesive couples the member connection surface of the third member to the first base portion and to the second base portion. The masking connection surface of the third member is made to removably attach to the masking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: ENGINEERED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Mario Lopez, Jr., Chad M. Cushman, Kissak Sarajian