Patents Examined by Alexander S. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10500810
    Abstract: A decorative covering for a vehicle interior panel is made from two sheets of material joined together at a seam. The sheets of material have matching alignment features along respective edges to aid in visual alignment during the joining operation. The alignment features are spaced along the edge of a decorative layer, and cutouts are formed along a corresponding edge of an attached backing layer such that each alignment feature is visible through one of the cutouts when viewed from the back side. The cutouts are larger than the alignment features and formed before the two layers are laminated together, effectively increasing allowable tolerances during lamination. This construction is particularly useful with leather, which is often subjected to cut-and-sew operations and used with a backing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Natale, Brad Kusky
  • Patent number: 10500809
    Abstract: A thermally insulating planar component that extends in an extension plane and has a structural thickness orthogonal to the extension plane, the dimensions of the component in the extension plane being many times greater than its thickness measurement orthogonal to the extension plane, the component comprising a vacuum panel having an air-tight, evacuated metal foil envelope that is filled with highly dispersed ceramic powder, the metal foil envelope having two planar envelope walls arranged spaced from one another in the thickness direction and connected to one another by an edge region that spans the distance between the planar envelope walls in the thickness direction, each planar envelope wall having an inner surface that faces the other planar envelope wall and the highly dispersed ceramic powder and an outer surface that faces away from the other planar envelope wall and the highly dispersed ceramic powder is refined such that at least one of the planar envelope walls is designed in at least one deforma
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Pfaffelhuber
  • Patent number: 10493725
    Abstract: A thermal insulator, a vacuum insulation member, and a method of manufacturing a vacuum insulation member maintaining reliability and having an excellent thermal insulation property. The thermal insulator thermally insulates a thermal insulation target disposed on one surface side of a vacuum insulation member including a core and an outer covering member enclosing the core, from an outer region located on an other surface side of the vacuum insulation member. The vacuum insulation member includes a radiation prevention film configured to prevent or reduce radiation. The radiation prevention film is disposed between the core and the outer covering member and in a peripheral region on the other surface side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Toshio Shinoki, Yoshikazu Yaji, Shunkei Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10493694
    Abstract: A shaped object shaped by a shaping method includes a structure that is shaped by stacking plural constituent layers and a ceiling wall to support the structure. The structure includes plural spiral form parts. Each spiral form part has a cross section in an elliptic shape and extends in a stacking direction while turning with respect to a center position of the elliptic shape. The plural spiral form parts are disposed in matrix in a state where the center positions are separated from each other by a predetermined distance. The spiral form parts that are adjacently disposed in a row direction and a column direction are shaped so that the turning directions are opposite. In at least one cross section of the structure, the major axes of the spiral form parts that are adjacent in the row direction and the column direction are orthogonal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Takahashi, Masahito Kimori, Akio Shimoda, Yusuke Hayatsu
  • Patent number: 10486388
    Abstract: A gypsum fiber roofing panel with an angled edge for accommodating environmentally-induced expansion is provided, including a homogeneous body formed from a slurry of gypsum and reinforcing fibers having a face panel, a back panel, and a plurality of side edges, each side edge having an angle relative to a plane defined by the adjacent face panel in the range of 81-87° for accommodating environmentally-induced expansion relative to adjacent panels upon installation on a roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED STATES GYPSUM COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael J. Hough
  • Patent number: 10480190
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a structural member (10), such as a beam, a stud or a joist, presenting a predetermined bending direction (B). The structural member comprises a plurality of glued-together wood lamellae (20a, 20b), each having a lamella cross section which is parallel with a cross section of the structural member (10) and a longitudinal direction which is parallel with a longitudinal direction of the structural member and with a principal grain direction of the wood lamellae (20a, 20b). In the structural member, the lamellae (20a, 20b) are formed as radial sections of a log and present cross sections which are triangular or trapezoidal and present a respective base surface (bs1) that is formed at a radially outer part of the log. The lamellae (20a, 20b) are arranged as at least one layer in which base surfaces (bs1) of a pair of immediately adjacent lamellae (20a, 20b) face opposite directions. The base surfaces (bs1) are perpendicular to the bending direction (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Stora Enso OYJ
    Inventor: Markus Hirmke
  • Patent number: 10477980
    Abstract: Furnishing elements which include a frame having at least a first and a second wall incident to each other so as to identify an edge, at least one covering associated with and superposed on said frame so as to cover at least partially said walls and said edge are provided. The frame, in correspondence with said edge, may include an attachment element which delimits an attachment seat open in the vicinity of said first and second wall, wherein the covering includes at least two flaps folded and inserted inside the attachment seat, and wherein said attachment seat locks the flaps on the inside against the inner walls of the seat itself. Corresponding methods for covering furnishing elements are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARPER S.p.A.
    Inventor: Claudio Feltrin
  • Patent number: 10479871
    Abstract: A fiber structure for a fiber-reinforced composite material includes a section in which a width varies continuously along a central axis in a plan view. In a section in which the width increases continuously along the central axis, discontinuous fibers are aligned radially along the central axis, and both a thickness of the fiber structure and a density of the discontinuous fibers are uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Genki Yoshikawa, Ryuta Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10479049
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a part made from composite material that includes a base and a T-shaped reinforcement. The T-shaped reinforcement includes a first L-shaped element having a first right-angled connection portion and a second L-shaped element having a second right-angled connection portion. The part further includes a plurality of needles, each connecting the base to the T-shaped reinforcement of the part, close to the connection portions and extending in multiple directions so as to oppose, in particular, the separation of the base from the T-shaped reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Nacelles
    Inventors: Arnaud Delehouze, Etienne Germain, Sébastien Louchard, Benjamin Provost
  • Patent number: 10464294
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mass plywood panel assembly including at least two engineered wood panel assemblies. Each wood panel assembly includes a first layer including a first set of billets, a second layer including a second set of billets and a third layer including a third set of billets of sheets. The first set of billets, the second set of billets, and the third set of billets are all oriented longitudinally along the length of the wood panel assembly and the at least two engineered wood panel assemblies are connected by an end joint, thereby forming the mass plywood panel assembly. Methods of manufacturing mass plywood panel assemblies are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FRERES LUMBER CO., INC.
    Inventor: Tyler Freres
  • Patent number: 10457458
    Abstract: We disclose a sheet of twist-free cling wrap, comprising opposing multi-ply flaps and opposing thumb tabs. The flaps have concealed integral hooks which connect sheets to one another in a series. Rigid extensions to the sheet lodge beneath a dispensing slit to dispense one sheet at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Alix Rose Podbelsek, Jake Podbelsek
  • Patent number: 10456948
    Abstract: The component (100) according to the invention has a first wood element (110) with at least a first main fiber direction (114) and a second wood element (120) with at least a second main fiber direction (124). At the end, and spaced apart, the first wood element (110) is adhesively bonded, on a first side cutting through the first main fiber direction (114), to a first side (121) of the second wood element (120) cutting through the second main fiber direction (124).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Timber Structures 3.0 AG
    Inventor: Stefan Zollig
  • Patent number: 10449725
    Abstract: Anti-paint cracking systems are provided as part of a painted aerospace component (e.g., a fuselage, an engine nacelle, a wing, an empennage, a fairing and the like) having a pair of adjacent structural panels defining therebetween a joint space having a lengthwise extent and a finished paint topcoat covering an exterior surface of the adjacent structural panels and the joint space therebetween. The anti-paint cracking system will thus be associated with the joint space along the lengthwise extent thereof and positioned below the finished paint topcoat. The anti-paint cracking system will include a joint sealant positioned in the joint space and an adhesive tape or a fibrous tape formed of a fiber composite material applied over the joint space and the joint sealant positioned therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: EMBRAER S.A.
    Inventors: Fábio Angheben Weber, Cleber Vasquez De Mesquita, Felipe Henrique Gouvea, Paulo Alexandre De Barros Mendes
  • Patent number: 10455701
    Abstract: A resin board structure includes a first member including a first metal film and one thermoplastic resin layer or a stack which includes two or more thermoplastic resin layers, and a second member including a second metal film. The first and second metal films are bonded together, and at least a portion the first metal film and at least a portion of the second metal film overlap each other. The first and second metal films are metallurgically bonded at an interface between the first metal film and the second metal film. The first member includes a first junction resin covering portion defined by a portion of a thermoplastic resin layer and overlapping a portion at which the first metal film and the second metal film overlap each other, and the first junction resin covering portion includes an uneven surface to reduce or prevent slippage due to ultrasonic vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihito Otsubo, Masaaki Minami
  • Patent number: 10442153
    Abstract: Provided are stiffened stringer panels with integrated indexing stacks. An example composite panel comprises a skin member having an inner surface. An index for positioning a support tool comprises a first set and second set of layered laminate stacks coupled to the inner surface such that a channel is formed between the first and second set of layered laminate stacks. The first and second set of layered laminate stacks is configured to cradle a support tool in the channel to automatically align the support tool relative to the panel. A stringer may include a cap portion that extends from the first set to the second set of layered laminate stacks to form flange portions on the inner surface of the skin member. The index and the skin member may be co-cured or co-bonded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John M. Shinozaki, Patrick B. Stickler, Jerry D. Chungbin
  • Patent number: 10442111
    Abstract: A bamboo laminated lumber is provided having structural characteristics meeting or exceeding dimensionally equivalent wood based components. The bamboo laminated lumber is formed from bamboo laminated elements laminated and joined together to form dimensional lumber and engineered lumber components. The bamboo laminated lumber element comprises a combination of linear bamboo starter boards being halves of timber bamboo canes pressed flat with the inner pith surfaces laminated together with the grain aligned and skewed bamboo starter boards being halves of timber bamboo canes pressed flat with the inner pith surfaces laminated together with the grain offset from centerline at a specified angle. Top and bottom linear bamboo starter boards are laminated to a central skewed bamboo starter board yielding a bamboo laminated lumber element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BamCore LLC
    Inventor: William D McDonald
  • Patent number: 10446458
    Abstract: A part of the sealed surface of the thermosetting resin member is a non-roughened surface that is not subjected to a roughening treatment. The other part of the sealed surface is a roughened surface recessed from the non-roughened surface to form a step and more roughened than the non-roughened surface. The thermoplastic resin member includes an additive added thereto, and the additive contains a functional group. A functional group existing in the roughened surface and the functional group existing in the additive are chemically bonded together. The roughened surface has a closed-circular shape that is formed over an entire circumference of the sealed surface around an axis parallel to the first direction. The three or more roughened surfaces each having a closed-circular shape on the sealed surface are arranged along the first direction with the non-roughened surface interposed as a distance between each adjacent two of the roughened surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yamakawa, Ryosuke Izumi, Motomi Ishikawa, Norihito Yoshida, Hodaka Mori
  • Patent number: 10443637
    Abstract: A thermal protection system comprises a ceramic panel, a plurality of apertures, and a fastener system within each of the plurality of apertures. The ceramic panel has a plurality of attachment points to a structure. The plurality of apertures extends through the ceramic panel, each aperture of the plurality of apertures located at an attachment point of the plurality of attachment points. Each fastener system comprises a fastener having a head with a spherical underside and a ceramic bushing with a mating surface configured to mate with the spherical underside of the head of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Thomas Richardson Pinney
  • Patent number: 10427362
    Abstract: A nonwoven trough and method of construction thereof are provided. The nonwoven trough includes at least one nonwoven wall formed from a mixture of bonded natural cellulosic fibers and thermoplastic fibers. The at least one nonwoven wall extends along a longitudinal axis and has a midsection and opposite end portions. The midsection has a base and a pair of walls extending upwardly from the base to provide the midsection with a generally U-shaped cross-section taken generally transversely to the longitudinal axis. At least one flange extends laterally from the at least one nonwoven wall, wherein the flange is configured for attachment to a vehicle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain LLC
    Inventors: Philip E. Marks, Eric Staudt, Ritesh Mehbubani, Ali Khosroshahi
  • Patent number: 10421606
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a debris bundling device can include a substrate including at least one edge. The substrate may be formed from a flexible material. The debris bundling device may further include a plurality of strings and a plurality of fasteners coupled to the substrate. Each string may include a first end coupled to the substrate and may include a second end. Each fastener may be configured to engage the second end of one of the plurality of strings to secure the substrate in a wrapped state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Sounthaly Outhavong