Patents Examined by Alexander S. Thomas
  • 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
    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: 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: 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: 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
    Inventors: Mario Lopez, Jr., Chad M. Cushman, Kissak Sarajian
  • Patent number: 10639743
    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: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Tsutomu Azuma, Hirohisa Mishima, Takefumi Nakako
  • Patent number: 10639736
    Abstract: A ceramic-metal structure in which a metallic body (2) is inserted into or disposed above a through hole (4h) of a ceramic substrate (4) and which includes an annular pad layer (6) disposed around the through hole; an annular ring member (8) joined to the pad layer via a first brazing filler portion (10) and having a coefficient of thermal expansion smaller than that of the metallic body; a second brazing filler portion (12) intervening between the ring member and metallic body; and brazing filler flow prevention layers (7a, 7b) covering an outer surface of the pad layer so as to expose a central region (6c) of the outer surface of the pad layer facing the first brazing filler portion. The first brazing filler portion joins the central region and the ring member without projecting to a radially inner or outer side of the flow prevention layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Muneyuki Iwata, Yoshiaki Nagaya, Toshikazu Horio, Shigeyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10604323
    Abstract: In a zig-zag folded stack of paper web, particularly a stack of recycling paper web, wherein at least one fold of the zag folded stack of paper web is provided with a perforation-tie-row, wherein the ties of the fold coupled to folding-web-she folded above one another, wherein the fold tie in the perforation, each, comprise a maximal longitudinal direction [respective] in the longitudinal fold direction, it is provided that at least one section of a fold comprises a perforation-fold-row of at least five alternatingly arranged ties and perforations, wherein a ratio of a summed up combined longitudinal extension of the folding ties within the section in relation to a summed up combined longitudinal extension of the perforations of the same number within the folding section is larger than or equal to 0.8, preferably larger than or equal to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sprick GmbH Bielefelder Papier- und Wellpappenwerke & Co.
    Inventor: Andreas Sprick-Schuette
  • Patent number: 10597137
    Abstract: Thermal insulators having cold side flap seals are described. An example thermal insulator includes a first thermal blanket and a second thermal blanket to be coupled to the first thermal blanket. The first thermal blanket includes a first insulation section, a flap, and a second insulation section. The flap extends laterally from the first insulation section and has a first portion laterally adjacent the first insulation section and a second portion laterally adjacent the first portion. The second insulation section is located on the first portion. The second thermal blanket includes a third insulation section, a fourth insulation section, and a seal. The fourth insulation section has a third portion laterally adjacent the third insulation section and a fourth portion laterally adjacent the third portion. The seal is to be compressed between the third portion and the second portion when the second thermal blanket is coupled to the first thermal blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brooke Gladstone, Thomas Dean
  • Patent number: 10569476
    Abstract: A fiber composite component having a first and a second fiber composite element each bent along a transverse axis opf the fiber composite component to have, respectively, in succession, a first and second base flange, a first and second web section, a first and second top flange and a first and second stiffening web. Respectively, the first and second base flanges are parallel to the first and second top flanges, the first and second web sections are angled with respect to each of the first and second base flanges and the first and second top flanges, the first and second stiffening webs are at right angles with respect to the first and second top flanges, and the first stiffening web and the second stiffening web are congruent with respect to one another, and are connected to one another, along a longitudinal axis of the fiber composite component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Manuel Jung
  • Patent number: 10569733
    Abstract: Interior panels for motor vehicles and methods for making such interior panels are provided. In one example, an interior panel includes a substrate and a cover skin that overlies the substrate. The cover skin has a tear seam configured as a double wave pattern including a first score line wave pattern and a second score line wave pattern that are substantially in phase. The first and second score line wave patterns each have an amplitude of from about 1.3 to about 1.7 mm and a period of from about 8 to about 10 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Maxime Salandre, Brett Schnur
  • Patent number: 10558012
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a mirror blank comprises: providing a primary piece of glass comprising a primary planar surface and a backing piece of glass comprising a backing planar surface; assembling a mirror blank assembly, wherein assembling the mirror blank assembly comprises interposing a plurality of glass splines between the primary glass and the backing glass. Interposing the plurality of glass splines comprises: for each glass spline, respectively abutting first and second opposed surfaces of the glass spline against the primary planar surface of the primary glass and against the backing planar surface of the backing glass. The mirror blank assembly is then heated to fuse the interposed glass splines to the primary glass and the backing glass while the primary glass and the secondary glass remain spaced apart from one another by the interposed glass splines to thereby provide the mirror blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Dar-Tson Shen
  • Patent number: 10533697
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refrigerator including an ultrathin wall type insulating wall having a reduced thickness while maintaining insulating performance, so as to increase the capacity of a storage chamber. A vacuum insulating material is disposed inside the insulating wall so as to ensure the insulating performance of the insulating wall, and a foam material, in the portion in which the vacuum insulating material is not disposed, is disposed to be thicker than a foam material in the portion in which the vacuum insulating wall is disposed, such that the insulating wall, which maintains insulating performance while maintaining the insulating wall having an overall ultrathin shape, can be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myung Seob Song, Dae Hwan Kim, Min Soo Kim, Jin Seung Choi
  • Patent number: 10524602
    Abstract: The present invention is an ergonomic safety work mat which includes a modular ergonomic wooden platform with a synthetic tapered marginal border. The purpose of this invention is to provide occupational workers with a therapeutic, forgiving work surface to protect them from the health risks of working, walking and standing on a concrete floor or common anti-fatigue mat used in many factories today. The wooden platform is raised off the floor to offer suspension, thus promoting a spring effect for absorbing and returning compression force resulting in reduced stress loads and compression force for people who work, walk or stand fort extended periods of time. This product is modular in design so that the tapered borders of separate modular sections connect for a snug fit. The vertical edges of the wood sections also have connection points that provide a leveling effect and further enhance the fit of the module sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Johnson, Robert E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10526512
    Abstract: An adhesion element with variable surface adhesive force comprises a substrate, a heating layer, a buffer layer and a nanostructure array. The heating layer is formed on one side of the substrate, wherein a temperature of the heating layer is changeable by a power supply. The buffer layer is formed on the heating layer. The nanostructure array is formed on the buffer layer, and the nanostructure array is made of a metallic glass material and comprises a plurality of nanostructures which are spaced apart from one another and together form an ordered array. The plurality of gas chambers are formed by the nanostructure array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Jinn P. Chu, Chien-Kuang Chen
  • Patent number: 10518502
    Abstract: A resin structure includes a first structural portion and a second structural portion. The first structural portion includes a characteristic design surface and structures an end portion at a side of the resin structure at which the characteristic design surface is disposed. An orientation direction of fibers in a first pattern portion of the first structural portion differs from an orientation direction of fibers in a second pattern portion. The second structural portion includes a region disposed at the opposite side of the first structural portion to the side at which the characteristic design surface is disposed. Fibers contained in the second structural portion differ in fiber width from the fibers contained in the first structural portion. A portion of the fibers contained in a region of the second structural portion superposed with the first structural portion are configured to be visible through the resin of the first structural portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Iwano
  • Patent number: 10518642
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component includes a base member, a cover member, and an adhesive layer applied to the base member or the cover member. The cover member and the base member are attached via the adhesive layer. On corners of the base member and in the vicinity of the corners, the base member includes non-adhesive portions where an adhesive is not applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi Nishikawa, Hiroshi Enatsu, Takashi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10513385
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a vacuum insulation element in which a core in a vacuum-tight enclosure is evacuated, as well as vacuum insulated packaging and a vacuum insulated case, wherein the core is composed of one or more elements that have a shape-giving structure, which forms an insulation volume, which is evacuated in the enclosure. Where appropriate, a single step can also include vacuum-sealing the contents in the effective volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Rotter
  • Patent number: 10508223
    Abstract: An easy-tear sticker and a protective film assembly are provided. The easy-tear sticker includes: a main body layer and a first adhesive layer, the main body layer includes an attaching part and a tearing part, and the first adhesive layer is disposed on the attaching part, the attaching part includes a first attaching area and a second attaching area, a shape of the first attaching area is a right-angle triangle, and a shape of the second attaching area is a strip; the tearing part is connected to the attaching part by a first right-angle side of the right-angle triangle, and the tearing part is configured to be folded toward the attaching part along the first right-angle side, so as to cover a surface of the attaching part facing away from the first adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Liantao Wang, Peihuan Ning, Guangchao Wei, Jing Huang, Shengnan Wang, Chenglong Pan, Guanglin Chen