Patents Examined by Alexander S. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10260414
    Abstract: An engine cover assembly including a fastener concealing plug is disclosed. The plug includes a conical wall having upper and lower ends. A lower circumferential ring is spaced apart from the upper ring. The lower end of the concealing plug includes a fastener-receiving recessed area. The fastener pocket of the engine cover includes upper and lower grooves having a ring area formed therebetween. The upper circumferential ring of the plug nests with the upper groove of the pocket, the recessed area of the plug nests with the ring area, and the lower circumferential ring of the plug nests with the lower groove of the pocket. The engine cover is positioned on the engine such that a cover attaching stud passes through a stud-passing aperture of the cover. A fastening nut is threaded onto the cover-attaching stud until it comes into contact with a compression-limiting spacer. The plug conceals the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher William Newman, Gary Nola
  • Patent number: 10253793
    Abstract: A fastening device has a supporting part (9), adhesive fastening elements (25) attached to the supporting part and protruding from the supporting part (9), a shaft part (27) protruding beyond the supporting part (9), and at least one elastically resilient hooking part (19). Each hooking part (19) extends outward away from the shaft part (27) or a holding part (29) for the hooking part (19) in an initial position, forming an intermediate space (30), which is reduced as soon as the hooking part (19) is moved toward the shaft part (27) or the holding part (29) under the influence of an external application of force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Jan Tuma
  • Patent number: 10253919
    Abstract: A vacuum insulation body includes an outer box (2), an inner box (3), open-cell urethane foam (4) in the insulation space (1b) between the outer box (2) and the inner box (3); and a vacuum outlet (6) in one of the outer box (2) and the inner box (3). The urethane foam (4) includes a through passage (8a) leading to the vacuum outlet (6). The vacuum outlet (6) is sealed after the insulation space (1b) filled with the urethane foam (4) is vacuum-evacuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideji Kawarazaki, Tsuyoki Hirai, Toshiaki Hirano, Tomoaki Kitano
  • Patent number: 10247468
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vacuum insulation body comprising a vacuum-tight casing which surrounds an evacuated region, wherein a core material is arranged in the evacuated region, wherein the casing includes an opening for filling the casing with the core material, which is covered by a vacuum-tight cover film, wherein the casing is folded inwards in the edge region protruding towards the opening, so that the opening is reduced in size, and subsequently again is folded outwards, wherein the region folded outwards and a region of the cover film are vacuum-tightly connected with each other all around.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Jochen Hiemeyer, Michael Freitag, Martin Kerstner
  • Patent number: 10240855
    Abstract: In an insulator including an adsorbent configured to adsorb gas, an initial adsorption performance of the remaining gas inside the insulator using the adsorbent and a long-term adsorption performance of gas introduced into the insulator from the outside are improved so that the short-term performance and the long-term performance of the insulator can be simultaneously improved. An adsorbent that is a first part of an adsorbent included in a vacuum insulator is accommodated in a first space formed with an inside surface of a container, and an adsorbent that is a second part of the adsorbent is dispersed into a second space formed with an inside surface of an outer envelope and an outside surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Tsuruga, Kenji Takeuchi, Tomokazu Fukuzaki
  • Patent number: 10240285
    Abstract: A manufactured hemp product comprising a plurality of adhesively bonded and pressed hemp strands where the majority of the hemp strands are of generally the same length and comprise a naturally-occurring, generally elongate internal structure extending generally along one axis of the strand that has been at least partially laterally broken and at least permeated by an adhesive. The hemp strands are oriented roughly parallel to one another along their length. The manufactured hemp product comprises an amount of adhesive between about 5% to about 49% by weight. The manufactured hemp product can be used as a wood substitute in terms of appearance and performance. The manufactured hemp products may have aesthetic and structural qualities that are suitable for high traffic, high visibility applications such as boards, blocks, beams, panels, flooring, furniture, building materials and other wood products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10232558
    Abstract: The invention relates to a component (1) having a fastening region (2) for a threaded connection, wherein the component has a surface (3) having fiber material (5) embedded and integrated into a matrix (4) in at least one layer, wherein the fiber material has a fiber course substantially parallel to the surface, wherein the surface has a fastening opening (6) having a center axis (7) arranged at an angle to the surface and wherein the fastening opening is provided for an internal thread (8). In the region of the fastening opening, the fiber material lying parallel to the surface is deflected, starting from the surface, in such a way that the fiber course of the fiber material after the deflection is at an angle to the surface that approaches the direction of the center axis. Furthermore, a tube (9) is formed by means of the deflected fiber material. The invention further relates to a molded part and to a fastening part for such components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAIER & MICHELS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Olaf Ambros
  • Patent number: 10227464
    Abstract: Provided is a fiber-reinforced plastic shaped product constituted by a fiber-reinforced resin material including reinforcing fibers and a thermoplastic resin, characterized in that the reinforcing fibers include short fibers and include reinforcing fibers which have been arranged in a wavy arrangement in the thickness direction. This fiber-reinforced plastic shaped product hence has improved thickness-direction mechanical strength while retaining intact in-plane-direction mechanical strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Teijin Limited
    Inventor: Toshifumi Saji
  • Patent number: 10227778
    Abstract: Sheet, board or panel, in particular an OSRB (1)—Oriented Structural Reed Board—comprising a layer of material (2) made up of pressed reeds having a multiplicity of stems which are split predominantly longitudinally, so that it is also the case that the insides of the stems, at least in part, are accessible to a binder, wherein the binder is able to hold together the reeds for forming a solid sheet, board or panel. It is thus possible to provide a biocomposite sheet, board or panel based on sustainable raw materials which has improved properties and strength and requires only a particularly low level of production outlay. A further aspect of the invention relates to a method for producing an OSRB (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mayfair Vermögensverwaltungs SE
    Inventors: Eric Schroeder, Jeroen Nijsse
  • Patent number: 10226958
    Abstract: A printable blank sheet includes a sheet with defined separation lines, a first layer with cuts running through the first layer along the defined separation lines, and a second layer attached to a bottom side of the first layer, with perforations running through the second layer along the defined separation lines. A method for creating custom print cards includes running a printable blank sheet through a printer to print on defined print areas, wherein the sheet includes slit-over-perforation lines defining a periphery of an object in the sheet, bending the sheet along the slit-over-perforation lines to weaken and separate the slit-over-perforation lines, and detaching the object from the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Blank Acquisition, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Todd Carroll
  • Patent number: 10227747
    Abstract: An example embodiment of the present invention provides a pole cap for covering an end of a pole. The pole cap comprises a sheet that includes a central portion, a first strip, and a flap that has a slit. The central portion is configured to cover a base surface of an end of a pole. The first strip is configured to fold over an edge of the base surface and circumferentially wrap around a portion of a curved surface of the pole. The flap is configured to fold over the edge of the base surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Herdman, Randy Marquardt, David Smith
  • Patent number: 10213029
    Abstract: The present application provides a cushion having a core layer and a quilt support/comfort layer. The core layer may comprise innersprings, foams, air cells, or combinations thereof. The support/comfort layer comprises a sleep layer that simulates a conventional quilted fabric layer. The sleep layer includes a thick, comfort fabric and a backing fabric, which backing fabric may be the same as the thick, comfort fabric. The sleep layer is formed by coupling the thick, comfort fabric to the backing fabric to form a plurality of individual pockets in which micro spring coils are placed. The micro spring coils have less uncompressed height than conventional innerspring coils. The sleep layer coupling is formed by spot coupling without using a metal needle to stitch the layers together. In other words, the spot coupling may comprise an adhesive or weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Richard J. Anthony, Timothy M. Witherell, William B. Limer, Bradley G. Crump, John R. Mayo
  • Patent number: 10212938
    Abstract: The present invention provides a panel assembly comprising a plurality of panels arranged in edge-to-edge format having joints between each pair of adjacent panels in the assembly. A copper-containing material, such as copper tape with adhesive backing, is provided in or near the joints in the assembly to render the joints less susceptible to bacterial contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Modular Services Comopany
    Inventor: Taylor C. Culpepper
  • Patent number: 10214840
    Abstract: A method of producing a sandwich panel core of mineral wool fibers from a cured mineral fiber product includes the steps of providing a cured mineral fiber product with a dual density having a top layer with mineral fibers with a first density and a base layer having mineral fibers with a second density, the second density is at least two times lower than said first density. The top layer and the base layer have different fiber orientations. Further steps including cutting the mineral fiber product into a plurality of lamellae, rotating the lamellae 90 degrees, and re-joining the lamellae so that the top layers with the first density are vertically oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventors: Christian Strüwing, Jens Eg Rahbek, Mohammed Rashid
  • Patent number: 10208878
    Abstract: A joined body 10 includes a ceramic body 12, a metal member 14, and a joint portion 15 that joins the ceramic body 12 and the metal member 14 together. The joint portion 15 includes a first joint layer 16 joined to the ceramic body 12 and a second joint layer 18 joined to the metal member 14. The first joint layer 16 is disposed on the ceramic body 12 side and contains an alloy that contains Fe and Cr as main components, and a compound having a thermal expansion coefficient of 4.0×10?6 (/° C.) or lower is dispersed in the first joint layer 16. The second joint layer 18 is disposed on the metal member 14 side, contains an alloy that contains Fe and Cr as main components, and has a larger thermal expansion coefficient than the first joint layer 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Kobayashi, Kisuke Yamamoto, Yunie Izumi, Takashi Noro
  • Patent number: 10199146
    Abstract: A removable fluid barrier comprises a generally planar flexible body fabricated of at least one resilient material and encapsulating a plurality of permanent magnets. The flexible body has an outer face defining a sealing surface of the removable fluid barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Elliott Chewins
  • Patent number: 10189231
    Abstract: Provided herein are ecologically friendly waterproof fabrics that include a base fabric having a body-facing surface and an outward-facing surface, and a hydrophobic, waterproof barrier disposed on the outward-facing surface of the base fabric. The base fabric may be a wicking fabric or may be treated with a compound that enhances wicking, and the hydrophobic, waterproof barrier may include a plastic polymer, polyurethane, polyethylene, and/or polytetrafluoroethylene. The waterproof fabrics also may include an abrasion-resistant coating and/or a PFC-free durable water repellant (DWR) agent disposed on an outward-facing surface of the hydrophobic, waterproof barrier, and one or both of the abrasion-resistant coating and/or PFC-free DWR agent may be discontinuous. Also provided are methods of making a waterproof fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Columbia Sportswear North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. “Woody” Blackford, Jeffrey Thomas Mergy, Craig M. Gates, Wayne Alan Skankey
  • Patent number: 10188570
    Abstract: A method of reducing surgeon fatigue during an operation while reducing collection of fluids from the operation on the floor of the operating room by absorbing fluids leaking onto the floor of the operating room and apparatus therefor. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. § 1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. § 1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: XODUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Craig Kaforey, Mark Kaforey, Paul Lloyd
  • Patent number: 10189043
    Abstract: A masking device for covering a masking area. The masking device includes a first member, a second member, and a third member. The masking device further includes a base defining a top surface and a bottom surface. The bottom surface defines a continuous masking surface. The masking device further includes a pull tab extending away from the top surface of the base. The bottom surface includes an adhesive. The bottom surface is configured for removable attachment to the masking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Engineered Products and Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Lopez, Jr., Chad M. Cushman, Kissak Sarajian
  • Patent number: 10183461
    Abstract: A turning assembly used to form at least a portion of a turned object comprises a plurality of prism block segments. The outer face includes a width that is greater than a width of the inner face. A radial central axis extends between and is perpendicular to the outer face and the inner face and has a length greater than the width of the inner face. A first set of block segments is arranged in a side-to-side orientation to form a first turning blank with the outer faces generally forming a regular polygon. A second set of block segments is arranged in a side-to-side orientation to form a second turning blank with the outer faces generally forming a regular polygon. The first turning blank is coupled to the second turning blank to form a coupled turning blank that is formed into the portion of the turned object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Vincent Anthony Falbo