Patents Examined by Alexander S. Thomas
  • Patent number: 11452325
    Abstract: A pattern making system having upper and lower sloper sections that are connected together at different heights to adjust the overall height of the upper and lower sloper sections. The upper and lower sloper sections have multiple widths and lengths, so that an upper section of a first width and length can be connected to a lower section of a second and different width and length, so that the sloper has different widths and lengths, which can be accommodated. In order to connect the upper and lower sloper sections, two T-shaped elongated sliding connector rods are provided for sliding within respective guide paths on the lower sloper section. In addition, the connector rods also have lower sections for sliding within the guide paths on the lower sloper section. In this manner, the sliding connector rods are moved in the guide paths relative to the upper sloper section and lower sloper section to vary the distance between the upper and lower sloper sections in order to vary the height of the sloper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Tzirel Leah Feinroth
  • Patent number: 11435023
    Abstract: An auger feeder includes a hopper having an inner hopper wall and an outer hopper wall where the inner hopper wall includes an air permeable surface. A space is positioned between the inner and outer hopper walls. A heater is coupled to an outside edge of the inner hopper wall or an outside edge of the outer hopper wall while a feed screw is positioned along an inside edge of the inner hopper wall. The auger feeder additionally includes an evacuator coupled to a vacuum port that is positioned in the outer hopper wall. The auger feeder also includes an aperture exit positioned at a bottom of the inner and outer hopper walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Abhay Naik, Ashish Nigam
  • Patent number: 11435132
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a vacuum insulated structure includes adhering a trim breaker to a wrapper and a liner via an adhesive to define an insulated structure. The insulated structure is positioned within an evacuation chamber proximate to a first heater and a second heater. The insulated structure and the evacuation chamber are heated via the first heater and the second heater. The evacuation chamber is evacuated via a first vacuum pump, and the insulated structure is evacuated via a second vacuum pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Subrata Shannigrahi
  • Patent number: 11426984
    Abstract: A protected substrate includes a planar substrate having a surface and a burn-off temporary protective layer positioned over at least a portion of the surface. The burn-off temporary protective layer includes a wax, a polyolefin, a polyester, a polycarbonate, a polyether, or some combination thereof. The burn-off temporary protective layer is removable by a heat treatment process that does not substantially damage the surface. Various other protected substrates and methods for protecting a substrate are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Vitro Flat Glass LLC
    Inventors: Farzad Fareed, Adam D. Polcyn
  • Patent number: 11427297
    Abstract: A trailing edge for a composite multispar integrated lifting surface includes a first C-shape composite form that includes a web and two flanges. The web forming a portion of the rear spar of a torsion box. The two flanges extending along a skin chordwise direction. A second C-shape composite form includes a web and two flanges. The web forms an auxiliary spar. The flanges extend along the skin chordwise direction. The first C-shape composite form and the second C-shape composite form forming a first auxiliary cell and a second cell. The first auxiliary cell is delimited by the first C-shape composite form and the second C-shape composite form. The second cell is an open cell delimited by the second C-shape composite form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.L.U.
    Inventors: Alberto Balsa-Gonzalez, Jose Luis Lozano Garcia, Robert Kobierecki
  • Patent number: 11428456
    Abstract: An vacuum adiabatic body includes a heat exchange pipeline and a sealing assembly. The heat exchange pipeline includes at least two pipelines which pass through a first plate and a second plate to allow a refrigerant to move between inner and outer spaces. The sealing assembly allows the heat exchange pipeline to pass through the first plate and the second plate without contacting a vacuum space provided between the first and second plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Wonyeong Jung, Daewoong Kim, Hyeunsik Nam, Deokhyun Youn
  • Patent number: 11421288
    Abstract: Leather and similar materials are formed using graduated molds. A solvent is applied to the leather to saturate the leather. The saturated leather is put through a series of molds, each being more pronounced than the previous. An elastomer is applied after molding to provide structural support for features created through molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Asher Levine Inc.
    Inventors: Asher Levine, Tyson Tabbert
  • Patent number: 11420668
    Abstract: A shopping cart handle cover comprises layers of fabric that wrap around the circumference of a shopping cart handle. An inner layer of high friction gripping fabric is in direct contact with the shopping cart handle, preventing the cover from moving around the handle when attached. Affixed along one edge of the inner layer of fabric are narrow strips of one of hook and loop fabric. Overlaying the inner layer is a layer of batting material to provide padding for comfort of the user when gripping the cover around the cart handle. An outer layer of durable fabric overlays the other layers of the cover. Affixed to the outer layer are moderately sized strips of the hook-and-loop counterpart to the strips on the inner layer, the strips on the outer layer affixed to an edge of the cover opposite the edge where strips are affixed to the inner layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventor: Kaila Taylor
  • Patent number: 11421962
    Abstract: A defense structure and methods of use for penetrating the defense structure with a projectile from a first side and preventing a projectile from penetrating the defense structure from a second side. The defense structure comprising a plurality of wedges arranged to rotate and abut each other using a tensioning member, such as a spring. Ballistic and resilient members are provided on a rear surface of the plurality of wedges to prevent a projectile from penetrating the defense structure through deflection and/or adsorption of the projectile. A gap is formed between at least two of the plurality of wedges when a projectile is urged between the plurality of wedges from the first side. The tensioning member urges the plurality of wedges to rotate and abut each other after the projectile passes through the gap. The defense structure may be partially concealed within a structural element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventor: Robert D. Bailey
  • Patent number: 11401026
    Abstract: Structural composite airfoils include a primary structural element and a secondary structural element defining a trailing edge of the structural composite airfoil. The primary structural element includes an upper skin panel, a lower skin panel, and a middle C-channel spar that is coupled to the upper skin panel and the lower skin panel. An upper flange of the middle C-channel spar is coupled to the upper skin panel, while a lower flange of the middle C-channel spar is coupled to the upper skin panel and the lower skin panel. An internal volume is defined by the upper skin panel and the lower skin panel aft of the middle C-channel spar, and is defined by the upper skin panel forward of the middle C-channel spar. The leading edge region of the primary structural element defines the leading edge of the structural composite airfoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Donald Drew Reinhart, Ross Westermeier, Bryan Gruner, Jan A. Kordel
  • Patent number: 11401036
    Abstract: An aircraft galley insert (GAIN) device is disclosed. In embodiments, the aircraft GAIN device may be an oven or chiller, and includes an exterior housing installable in an aircraft galley structure and a forward door operable via a handle. The GAIN device includes an inner shell fashioned of a one or more sheets of titanium (e.g., Grade 1 and/or Grade 2) of optimal thickness. The inner shell contains an interior cavity within its upper, lower, left-side, and right-side surfaces, the interior cavity accessible via the forward door. The GAIN device includes a backplate fastened to the inner oven shell and defining a rear surface of the interior cavity, the backplate fashioned of a thicker sheet of titanium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Koninklijke Fabriek Inventum B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn ten Dam, Siebe Schootstra
  • Patent number: 11385596
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method which comprises the steps of providing a plate (2) made of a micromachinable material, forming the timepiece component (1) with at least one attachment (3) for keeping the component attached to the rest of the plate (2), by etching the plate (2); and creating, along a desired breakage line of the attachment, a pre-detachment area (4) comprising at least one gap (5) obtained by etching into the body of the plate (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventors: Richard Bossart, Edward Michelet
  • Patent number: 11384892
    Abstract: A heat insulation sheet includes a fiber sheet having spaces therein and a silica xerogel held in the spaces of the fiber sheet. The heat insulation sheet includes a thick region and a low compressible region thinner than the thick region. A compressibility of the low compressible region is equal to smaller than 5% upon having a pressure of 0.7 MPa applied to the low compressible region. This heat insulation sheet is superior in electrical insulation properties and thermal insulation properties, and secures a predetermined distance even in a case that the heat insulation sheet receives pressures from the both sides thereof, thus providing equipment with reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INIELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuuichi Abe, Chihiro Satou, Ryosuke Usui
  • Patent number: 11383625
    Abstract: A mold in fastener product includes a flexible substrate, such as a resin film or textile sheet, and a resin layer covering only part of one side of the flexible substrate and leaving a region of the one side of the flexible substrate exposed, the resin layer carrying multiple touch fastener elements each having a resin stem extending integrally from the layer away from the flexible substrate to an engageable head. A flexible ferromagnetic strip is bonded to the flexible substrate and at least partially bounds a bounded portion of the flexible substrate containing at least some of the touch fastener elements and at least a part of the exposed region. The product is preferably wide, such as to cover a wide concave region of a foam seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Velcro IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Voigt, Victor Horst Kheil
  • Patent number: 11377851
    Abstract: Provided is a stringer having a first stiffener extending along a path and having a first flange portion and a first web portion, wherein the first stiffener is formed from a composite including a fabric reinforcement; a second stiffener extending along the path and having a second flange portion and a second web portion, the first web portion being opposed and spaced from the second web portion, wherein the second stiffener is formed from a composite including a fabric reinforcement; and an intermediate stiffener extending along the path, the intermediate stiffener being positioned between the first web portion and the second web portion, the intermediate stiffener having a first side and a second side, the first side being connected to the first web portion and the second side being connected to the second web portion, wherein the intermediate stiffener is formed from a composite including unidirectional reinforcement fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Forouzan Behzadpour, Patrick B. Stickler
  • Patent number: 11364989
    Abstract: A wing used for an aircraft includes a configuration member formed of a composite material. The configuration member is divided into a plurality of regions along a surface thereof. The plurality of regions include a first region formed of the composite material of a high strength type, and a second region formed of the composite material of a high elasticity type having higher rigidity than the high strength type. The first region includes any region closest to a wing end side out of the plurality of regions, and the second region includes a region closest to the wing end side and a trailing edge side out of the plurality of regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nomura, Satoshi Kodama, Takaaki Yumitori, Kiyoka Takagi, Tooru Shitani, Toshio Abe
  • Patent number: 11364832
    Abstract: A vehicle floor carpet securing system includes a trim piece that includes a lateral portion connected to a vertical portion at a corner. A standoff rib anchors to a silencer layer of a vehicle carpet at an end. The standoff rib has an opposite end that engages the trim piece at the lateral portion, vertical portion and/or the corner to inhibit movement of the carpet relative to the trim piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Abhijeet Anil Hoshing, Jonathan Quijano, James M. Thomas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11358703
    Abstract: A monolithic joint system for a fuselage to wing joint in an aircraft is provided. The joint system comprises a first vertical flange, a base plate, a second vertical flange, and damage containment features associated with at least one of these components. The first vertical flange is configured to connect to a fuselage section of the aircraft and the second vertical flange is configured to connect to a rib web of a wing, while the base plate attaches outboard wing to inboard wing box. The first vertical flange, the base plate, and the second vertical flange are formed from a continuous piece of material. The damage containment features are configured to slow propagation of an active crack tip in the joint system during operation of the aircraft. Thus, the illustrative embodiments provide a one-piece joint system for the fuselage to wing joint of an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Tony Koung, Daniel Harvey Fletcher, Michael Robert Rush, Jacob Richard Medlang
  • Patent number: 11358364
    Abstract: A vehicle interior member includes: a first core material; a first skin forming a first rim part in which at least a part of the peripheral edge part is folded back to the back surface side of the first core material to sandwich a peripheral edge part of the first core material; a second core material; a second skin forming a second rim part in which at least a part of the peripheral edge part is folded back to the back surface side of the second core material to sandwich a peripheral edge part of the second core material; and a stitch part that stitches the first rim part, the peripheral edge part of the first core material sandwiched by the first rim part, the second rim part, and the peripheral edge part of the second core material sandwiched by the second rim part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takaaki Sugai
  • Patent number: 11346581
    Abstract: A heat shield bladder includes first and second sheets of insulating material that form a bladder between the first and second sheets. At least one reflective foil is disposed within the bladder and a plurality of spacers are disposed within the bladder and positioned to space the at least one reflective foil from the first and second sheets of insulating material. Multiple reflective foils may be disposed within the bladder with spacers between each reflective foil. The heat shield bladder may be rolled into a tube shaped and used inside a pipe or formed into panels that may be used to line a vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventor: Peter McIntyre