Patents Examined by Alison L Hindenlang
  • Patent number: 11513293
    Abstract: A system for positioning an optical preform in a furnace is provided that includes an upper muffle and a downfeed handle assembly with a tube defining a first end and a second end, the second end extending into the upper muffle. A handle is disposed within the tube. A second end of the handle extends into the upper muffle and a seal assembly is positioned around both the tube and the handle. The first end of the handle extends through the seal assembly and a drive assembly is coupled with the downfeed handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Erling Richard Anderson, Kenneth William Roberts
  • Patent number: 11498369
    Abstract: Tyre for vehicle wheels, comprising a tread band having a plurality of blocks, at least some of said blocks comprising at least one sipe (30) extending from an axially outer portion of the block up to an axially inner portion of the block along a predetermined trajectory and from a radially outer face of the block towards a radially inner portion of the block. The sipe (30) comprises, in any cross-section perpendicular to said predetermined trajectory, a main portion (400) having a first radial dimension and a first transversal dimension and, in a radially inner position with respect to the main portion (400) and adjacent to the radially inner portion of the block, a bottom portion (450) having a second radial dimension smaller than the first radial dimension and a second transversal dimension greater than the first transversal dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Caforio, Alessandro Castellini, Fabio Montanaro
  • Patent number: 11491689
    Abstract: A method for producing a shaped profile section in a continuous line process provides providing an outer facing web, an inner facing web and laying down an liquid foam reactants in the outer facing web. The method pre-forms the outer facing web into a desired outer profile shape prior to laying down the liquid foam reactants. The inner facing web is shaped with the liquid foam reactants within the pre-formed outer facing web to provide a desired inner profile shape for the shaped profile section. Also provided is an apparatus for producing a shaped profile section and a shaped profile section of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Kingspan Holdings (IRL) Limited
    Inventors: Lynne Ripley, Vincent Coppock, Stephen C. Gogarty, David Oliver, Peter Hobbs
  • Patent number: 11491305
    Abstract: A method for producing a catheter includes inserting a temporary mandrel into a catheter tube, followed by preshaping a FPCB in a round hollow cylindrical shape and position it on the catheter tube. Then a shrink tube is positioned around the FPCB on the outside of the catheter tube. The assembly is preheated to the point that the shrink tube has fully contracted and directly contacts and closes the FPCB around the catheter tube. Then the assembly is heated above the melting temperature of the catheter tube to reflow the catheter tube material around the FPCB inside the shrinking tube. After a resting period to allow solidification of the assembly material the mandrel is removed from the inner lumen of the re-solidified catheter tube, and finally the shrink tube is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Berner Fachhochschule, Technik und Informatik
    Inventors: Thomas Niederhauser, Gerhard Kuert
  • Patent number: 11491693
    Abstract: A method of performing an injection cycle having a duration comprising: beginning the injection cycle with the valve pins associated with two or more nozzles in a gate closed position, selecting a first one of the two or more nozzles and controllably driving its associated valve pin from the gate closed position to a selected first axial upstream position, upon downstream flow of the injection fluid through a cavity the preselected distance, controllably driving the valve pin associated with the other of the two or more nozzles to a selected second axial position upstream, holding or controllably driving the valve pin associated with the first one of the two or more nozzles in or to one or more reduced flow axial upstream positions that are partially closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: William Henderson, Ling Feng, Andrew Dovey
  • Patent number: 11485671
    Abstract: A method for homogenizing glass includes the method: providing a cylindrical blank composed of the glass having a cylindrical outer surface that extends along a longitudinal axis of the blank between a first end face and a second end face, forming a shear zone in the blank by softening a longitudinal section of the blank and subjecting it to a thermal-mechanical intermixing treatment, and displacing the shear zone along the longitudinal axis of the blank. To enable a radial mixing within the shear zone in addition to the tangential mixing with the lowest possible time and energy input, starting from this method, cylindrical sections of the blank are adjacent to the shear zone on both sides, the first cylindrical section having a first central axis and the second cylindrical section having a second central axis, the first central axis and the second central axis being temporarily non-coaxial with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Heraeus Quarzglas GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Stephan Thomas, Jan Vydra, Martin Trommer, Michael Huenermann, Andreas Langner, Walter Lehmann, Stefan Hengster, Klaus Becker
  • Patent number: 11485077
    Abstract: According to one aspect, there is provided apparatus for forming a layer of build material for three-dimensional printing. The apparatus comprises a spreader to spread a volume of build material to form a layer of build material on a build platform, wherein at least one end of the spreader is to remain a constant distance from a build material retaining wall in proximity to at least one edge of the build platform as the spreader is moved over the surface of the build platform, and further wherein at least a portion of the spreader is below the top of the retaining wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Brent Ewald, William Winters, Pierre J Kaiser
  • Patent number: 11485081
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printing system includes a build plate, a carriage, a housing assembly covering the carriage, and a printhead. The build plate includes a lateral print area having a length along an X-axis and a width along a Y-axis. The carriage has a major axis along the Y-axis that spans the width of the lateral print area. The printhead is mechanically, fluidically, and electrically coupled to the carriage. The printhead includes a printhead housing that cooperates with the housing assembly to separate a print zone containing the lateral print area from connected internal components of the printhead and the carriage. The carriage is configured to scan along the X-axis and the printhead is configured to scan along the Y-axis supported by the carriage to address the entire lateral print area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: CULINARY PRINTWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Corey M. Davis, Michael E. Jones
  • Patent number: 11479495
    Abstract: An actuating mechanism control method for a glass plate tempering process, comprising: after a glass plate is conveyed into a heating furnace, a monitoring unit monitors in real time energy consumed by a heating element of the heating furnace, and sends the energy consumed to a control unit to compare with a set threshold; and when the energy consumed by the heating element of the heating furnace is greater than or equal to the set threshold, the control unit sends an instruction to an actuating mechanism to control actions of the actuating mechanism to complete a corresponding tempering process procedure. Through the method that the monitoring unit monitors in real time the energy consumed by the heating element of the heating furnace, a heating procedure of the glass plate is more scientifically and precisely controlled, and, therefore, a discharging moment of the glass plate can be accurately determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Luoyang Landglass Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yan Zhao, Gaofeng Dou, Chunwei Jiang
  • Patent number: 11478983
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus includes: first and second spaced apart side walls extending along a pre-defined path and defining a build chamber therebetween; one or more build units mounted for movement along the pre-defined path, the one or more build units including at least one of: a powder dispenser positioned above the build chamber; an applicator configured to scrape powder dispensed into the build chamber; and a directed energy source configured to fuse the scraped powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregory Muster Morris, Guenter Helmut Wilfert, Todd Jay Rockstroh
  • Patent number: 11478990
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multi-material 3D object printing method and a print control apparatus. The multi-material 3D object printing method includes: a. randomly generating at least one group of area print data based on each group of area information of a target object, then correspondingly generating layer print data according to multiple groups of area information of each layer of the target object, and forming the multiple groups of layer print data into 3D object print data; b. performing layer-by-layer printing based on the 3D object print data; and c. stacking layer-by-layer printing products from the step b to form a 3D object. As disclosed, a texture of a 3D object generated by means of printing is homogeneous, thereby expanding the application scope of manufacturing a 3D object by using an inkjet printing technology, and implementing smooth transition between materials in different areas of a same 3D object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: ZHUHAI SAILNER 3D TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Jiang, Wei Chen, Xiaokun Chen, Yi Zhou
  • Patent number: 11479496
    Abstract: Provided is a method of producing a glass roll including: a conveying step of conveying a glass film (G) along a longitudinal direction thereof; a cutting step of irradiating the glass film (G) with a laser beam (L) from a laser irradiation apparatus (19) while conveying the glass film (G) by the conveying step, to thereby separate the glass film (G) into a non-product portion (Gc) and a product portion (Gd); and a take-up step of taking up the product portion (Gd) into a roll shape, to thereby form a glass roll (R). The cutting step includes a step of winding a thread-like peeled material (Ge) generated from an end portion of the product portion (Gd) in a width direction around a rod-shaped collecting member (23), and leading the wound thread-like peeled material (Ge) in a predetermined conveying direction (PX) by a leading device (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Mori, Yohei Kirihata
  • Patent number: 11472592
    Abstract: A frame is injection molded onto a group of panels to form a container. The panels extend at least partially around, and at least partially define, a cavity of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Brian R. O'Hagan, Peter W. Blaas, Scott W. Middleton, Kevin J. Hjort, Bruce Barnard
  • Patent number: 11458655
    Abstract: A method of finding a target conveying capacity of a pumping includes a temperature-control flow through a temperature-control channel carried out according to a control variable by using a throttle as an actuating element such that a temperature-control volume flow remains substantially constant. A conveying flow of the pumping system is measured, and a pump starting from a starting conveying capacity independent of the control of the temperature-control volume flow is driven such that a conveying capacity of the pumping system is reduced to a reduced conveying capacity. Then, a check is made to find whether the conveying flow remains substantially constant and, if this is the case, the reduced conveying capacity is determined to be the target conveying capacity. If this is not the case despite the control of the temperature-control volume flow, the starting conveying capacity is determined to be the target conveying capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: ENGEL AUSTRIA GMBH
    Inventor: Christoph Balka
  • Patent number: 11459264
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a glass film, including: a conveying step of conveying an elongated glass film (G) along a longitudinal direction thereof; and a cutting step of irradiating the glass film (G) with a laser beam (L) from a laser irradiation apparatus (19) while conveying the glass film (G) through the conveying step, to thereby separate the glass film (G). The cutting step includes generating a thread-like peeled material (Ge) in a helical shape from an end portion of the separated glass film (G) in a width direction. The thread-like peeled material (Ge) has a width (W) of 180 ?m or more and 300 ?m or less. In addition, the thread-like peeled material (Ge) has a helical diameter (D) of 80 mm or more and 200 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Mori, Koichi Mori, Shuji Akiyama, Yasuhiro Uemura, Naoyuki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11446737
    Abstract: The molding die of the invention includes: a first die having a through-hole; a second die inserted into the through-hole and capable of moving relative to the first die; and a first punch and a second punch each insertable into the through-hole. A cavity surrounded by the second die, the first punch, and the second punch to compression-mold a molding object is formed in the through-hole. An undercut molding part is formed in the surface of the second die facing the cavity. The second die is formed so as to be splittable into two or more split bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Diamet Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuneo Maruyama, Yoshiki Tamura, Hideo Sakai
  • Patent number: 11433583
    Abstract: Two molded articles having a cylindrical two-piece split shape is formed by forming two primary cavities in a desired shape with molds assembled together and injecting a molten primary resin into the two primary cavities. An assist material is injected into a secondary cavity into which a molten secondary resin is injected in a state where the two molded articles are located opposed to each other via a space therebetween and internally fitted into one secondary cavity formed by the molds that are assembled together by shifting the positions. A flange portion having any desired shape is disposed on an outer circumferential surface of a resin pipe in a two-layer structure in which an inner surface layer formed of the cured secondary resin is integrated with an outer surface layer formed of the two molded articles. Thus, a portion having any desired shape is easily manufactured on the resin pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Kuribayashi, Susumu Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 11433618
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printing system includes a support plate and a resin vessel. The support plate defines a central opening and an upper surface. The resin vessel is disposed upon the upper surface of the support plate and includes a substructure and a transparent sheet. The substructure includes a vertical wall and a tension ring that extends inwardly and downwardly from the vertical wall. The tension ring impinges downwardly upon an upper surface of the transparent sheet and tensions the transparent sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Sabo
  • Patent number: 11433580
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for eliminating mold lines when molding a part having ferromagnetic pigments is provided. A mold assembly having a mold with a cavity and valve gates is formed. Pucks are fitted at the gates to collect residual cold plastic. The calculation of a specific sequence and timing of the opening of the valve gates is determined based on a calculation of the total number of valve gates needed to fill a part while maintaining acceptable injection molding pressure. Once calculated, the gates are positioned around the mold cavity to balance flow length ratio. A primary gate is chosen for initial injection. The time for the material to flow from the first to the second gate is established. The second gate is opened after the flow front reaches the second gate. This pattern continues until all valve gates are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Junko Pauken, Haoliang Michael Sun
  • Patent number: 11426263
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holding system having a holding device (1) and an abutment blank (6), to a method for retaining and machining an abutment blank (6), and to a holding device (1) for retaining an abutment blank (6) having an implant interface (8) and a retainer segment (7) spaced apart from the implant interface (8), comprising a recess (3) in a basic body (2) for forming a frame having interior contact surfaces. One of the contact surfaces is spaced apart from the opposite contact surface such that a processing space (30) is formed, into which the abutment blank (6) to be machined extends. One of the contact surfaces has at least one retaining receptacle (5), which preferably is a tapped blind hole, and which corresponds to the retainer segment (7), preferably in a friction-locking manner, such that the retainer segment (7) of the abutment blank (6) is retained in the retaining receptacle (5) in a rotationally secure manner and is oriented in a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Medentika GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Fix