Patents Examined by Barbara J. Musser
  • Patent number: 11318701
    Abstract: A forming device for gathering the width of a traveling web is disclosed. The forming device includes opposing arrays of flute-forming bars that can be interlaced to define therebetween a longitudinal flute-forming labyrinth effective to reduce the width of a web traveling therethrough by a preselected take-up ratio. The flute-forming bars are curved beginning at an entry end of the forming device such that they converge in a lateral direction as they proceed in the machine direction. In this manner, individual elements of the web traveling between the respective arrays in the machine direction follow contour lines along the curved bars or between adjacent ones of the curved bars so that no such element crosses any flute-forming bar in the cross-machine direction as the web travels and is fluted. A corrugating die for introducing a near-net shape to the intermediate-fluted web is also disclosed, as are a corrugating line incorporating these operations and methods for its operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventor: Herbert B. Kohler
  • Patent number: 11311425
    Abstract: In order to manufacture a wearable article of the first size, the introduction velocity is set to the first introduction velocity having a high velocity and the arrangement velocity is set to the first the arrangement velocity having a high velocity. In order to manufacture wearable article of the second size having a shorter length in the carrying direction than that of the first size, the introduction velocity is set to the second introduction velocity lower than the first introduction velocity and the arrangement velocity is set to the second arrangement velocity lower than the first the arrangement velocity and the drum velocity is set to a fixed velocity regardless of the size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: ZUIKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Inoue, Kouji Utani, Hideki Fujita
  • Patent number: 11305957
    Abstract: The machine for closing the tail end of logs of web material, includes an advancing path of the logs and, along the log advancing path, a tail end unwinding, positioning and sealing station. The tail end unwinding, positioning and sealing station includes an aperture that extends downwards from an inlet under the log advancing path. At least a first Coanda effect nozzle is placed at the inlet of the aperture, to generate a flow of air adapted to draw into the aperture the tail end of a log that is in the tail end unwinding, positioning and sealing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Fabio Perini S.p.A.
    Inventors: Graziano Mazzaccherini, Romano Maddaleni
  • Patent number: 11298893
    Abstract: Manufacturing structure using a composite material includes: a tapering step for forming a first tapered surface on a first stiffener in an uncured state; a bending step for bending the stiffener such that a second surface is on the inner side; an arranging step for arranging the first stiffener and a skin at prescribed positions; a vacuum suctioning step for vacuum suctioning the first stiffener and the skin; and a bonding step for curing the first stiffener to bond the first stiffener and the skin. In the tapering step, the angle formed between the first tapered surface and the second surface is an acute angle. In the vacuum suctioning step, the first tapered surface is brought into contact with the skin while maintaining contact between the first surface and the skin, and the first stiffener is deformed so that a second tapered surface is formed on the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Shoya Mano, Masahiko Shimizu, Ryota Ozaki, Akihito Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Okawara
  • Patent number: 11298892
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing composite workpieces that include adding an expandable element to an internal volume of a constraining container proximate to a uncured composite workpiece supported on a rigid form, where the expandable element is configured to expand when a predetermined change is produced in an attribute of the expandable element; expanding the expandable element by producing the predetermined change in the attribute of the expandable element, so that an expansion of the expandable element applies pressure to the workpiece supported on the rigid form within the internal volume, and curing the composite workpiece while the resulting pressure is applied to the workpiece supported on the rigid form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Santiago, Xiaoxi Wang, Gary Ernest Georgeson
  • Patent number: 11292181
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a sheet laminate to be affixed to an adherent surface of an object, the method comprising preparing a sheet member having a front surface to become a design surface and a rear surface on which an adhesive part has been formed, bending an edge part of the sheet member by sandwiching the sheet member from a front surface side and a rear surface side in a mold, and heating a part of a bent sheet member. The sheet laminate has a flat part spreading out in a flat plate shape, a side surface on which the edge part bent by the bending step is configured, and a connecting surface protruding and curving toward the front surface side between the flat part and the side surface, and in the heating step, the connecting surface is partially heated after the side surface is molded in the bending step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Ken Egashira
  • Patent number: 11286079
    Abstract: A labeling apparatus comprises a separation member configured to promote detachment of an adhesive label from liner web. Adhesive labels are fed to the separation member such that a surface of the facestock contacts the separation member. The separation member has a surface exhibiting a tack such that the tack force between the facestock and the separation member is greater than the release force between the release liner and the adhesive layer of the labels. The labels become associated with the separation member, and the label is applied to a surface of a substrate by contacting the exposed adhesive layer with a surface of a substrate, which causes the adhesive label to detach from the separation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin O. Henderson, Victor P. Holbert
  • Patent number: 11266544
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to apparatuses and methods for making patterned apertured substrates that may be used as components of absorbent articles. During the manufacturing processes, a precursor substrate advances in a machine direction between a pattern roll and an anvil roll. The pattern roll rotates about an axis of rotation and includes a plurality of pattern surfaces, wherein the substrate is compressed between the anvil roll and the pattern surfaces of the pattern roll to form discrete bond regions in the substrate. The pattern surfaces on the pattern roll are formed on continuous threads extending circumferentially around the axis of rotation along helical paths parallel with each other. As such, the pattern surfaces press the substrate against the outer circumferential surface of the anvil roll in the different axial locations along the cross direction as the pattern roll rotates when forming the discrete bond regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Uwe Schneider
  • Patent number: 11260617
    Abstract: The hot plate (11) includes an upper plate (61) joined to a lower plate (63) along respective sides parallel to each other. A heat transfer fluid circulation chamber (65) is defined between the upper plate (61) and the lower plate (63), with at least a first inlet (83) of the heat transfer fluid and at least a first outlet (87) of the heat transfer fluid. The lower plate (63) has two downwardly bent edges (63.2), extending along the sides of the upper plate joined to the lower plate. Stiffening ribs (79) are joined to the lower plate (63), along the heat transfer fluid circulation chamber, and to the downwardly folded edges (63.2s) of the lower plate (63).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Guangdong Fosber Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mauro Adami, Marco Imposti
  • Patent number: 11234869
    Abstract: A guiding device of an apparatus for producing sanitary articles for applying at least one thread onto a substrate intended for producing these sanitary articles, in which said guiding device is able to guide the thread quickly, accurately, and stably without being subject to wear and contamination problems, while ensuring reduced energy consumption. The present invention also relates to a method for applying a thread onto a substrate intended to produce sanitary articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Gabriele Biagio Antonelli, Oscar Centorame
  • Patent number: 11235507
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for laminating a film part, in particular a decorative layer, on a carrier part having a laminating region in which the film part can be laminated onto the carrier part, in particular onto a motor vehicle interior trim part, having an edge region arranged adjacent to this laminating region in which the film part projects beyond the carrier part in order to produce a bend-around region on the film part which can subsequently be bent around a carrier part edge, and having a tool in which the tool comprises a first tool half for producing a surface design on the film part and a second tool half for receiving the carrier part, wherein the first tool half comprises thermally differently acting sub-regions, namely a first sub-region with a contour for the surface design which interacts with the laminating region and a thermal sub-region which interacts with the edge region adjacent to the laminating region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: PERSICO SPA
    Inventor: Andreas Gasser
  • Patent number: 11235549
    Abstract: A corrugating roll unit conveyance apparatus includes a mounting base having a first accommodation part for accommodating a corrugating roll unit to be removed and a second accommodation part for accommodating a corrugating roll unit to be installed; and a movement device for moving the mounting base to a first replacement position at which the first accommodation part faces the existing corrugating roll unit, a second replacement position at which the second accommodation part faces a space from which the existing corrugating roll unit has been removed, and a retracted position separated from the first replacement position and the second replacement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Nitta
  • Patent number: 11230068
    Abstract: A method of forming a tool includes applying a first build ply to an initial ply. A second build ply is applied to the first build ply. Successive build plies are applied to build on the second build ply, the successive build plies including a medial section of build plies and a last build ply. A surface defined by the last build ply, the first build ply, and leading edges of the build plies therebetween define a substantially curvature-continuous surface profile extending between a first segment and a second segment. A shape of the substantially curvature-continuous surface profile is determined based on an adjusted ply drop ratio for at least a portion of the successive build plies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christopher R. Loesche, Steven Mark Dixon
  • Patent number: 11230066
    Abstract: A method of induction welding a first carbon fiber thermoplastic composite (TPC) to a second carbon fiber thermoplastic composite (TPC) using an induction coil includes aligning the first TPC with the second TPC to form a weld interface area, flexing a heat sink onto a surface of the first TPC between the weld interface area and the induction coil, and inductively heating the weld interface area with the induction coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert A. DiChiara, Richard W. Burns, Francis J. Samalot Rivera
  • Patent number: 11230069
    Abstract: A method of forming a composite member, includes: applying pressure and heat with a compaction tool to a portion of an uncured composite member to decrease a thickness of the portion, the heat applied with the compaction tool being at a temperature less than a curing temperature of the uncured composite member; and curing the uncured composite member after applying pressure and heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Sylvain Tessier
  • Patent number: 11219556
    Abstract: Methods for forming absorbent articles and side seam bonds of absorbent articles are described. In one embodiment, a method of forming absorbent articles may comprise advancing webs, coupling absorbent cores to the webs intermittently to form open absorbent article chassis, folding the absorbent article chassis, forming a first side seam bond first bond pair between a first region of the webs and a second region of the webs with a first ultrasonic horn, forming a second side seam bond of the bond pair between the first region and the second region with a second ultrasonic horn, the first bond being associated with a first absorbent article chassis and the second side seam bond being associated with a second absorbent article chassis, and cutting the folded absorbent article chassis between the first bond and the second bond to separate the first absorbent article chassis from the second absorbent article chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael D. Meisner, John W. Hoffman, John J. Garcia
  • Patent number: 11220466
    Abstract: A ceramic honeycomb body having a skin that does not block partial cells extending from an inlet face to an outlet face at an outer periphery portion of the body. A method of making the ceramic honeycomb body having the skin includes disposing a sheet on an outer peripheral wall of a honeycomb core having an outer surface spaced apart from interiors of the partial cells and skinning the body having the sheet disposed thereon. Subsequent curing in the method bonds the skin to cell walls of the body spaced apart from interiors of the partial cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Natarajan Gunasekaran, Mallanagouda Dyamanagouda Patil
  • Patent number: 11214021
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a cured composite structure from first stringers, second stringers and a panel comprising a first side and a second side, the method includes, for each first stringer, supporting the first stringer on the first side of the panel using a substantially rigid mandrel positioned within a first cavity defined between the first stringer and the first side of the panel, for each second stringer, supporting the second stringer on the second side of the panel using a flexible mandrel positioned within a second cavity defined between the second stringer and the second side of the panel, and co-curing the first stringers, the panel, and the second stringers while each of the one or more first stringers are supported by the respective substantially rigid mandrel and each of the one or more second stringers are supported by the respective flexible mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard E. Heath, Richard A. Prause, Andrew E. Modin
  • Patent number: 11207218
    Abstract: An absorbent member manufacturing method of the present invention is a method for manufacturing an absorbent member (100) for an absorbent article and including synthetic fibers (10b) and hydrophilic fibers (10a). The method involves: a transporting step of transporting the hydrophilic fibers (10a) and a plurality of sheet fragments (10bh) to an accumulating depression (41) by using a duct (3); an accumulating step of accumulating, in the accumulating depression (41), the plurality of sheet fragments (10bh) and the hydrophilic fibers (10a), and obtaining an accumulation (100a) which is a constituent member of the absorbent member (100); and a depression forming step of forming a depression (100e) in the accumulation (100a) by applying pressure to a portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Kato, Ryuji Matsunaga, Takuaki Harada, Tomoyuki Motegi, Hiroyuki Iwasa
  • Patent number: 11198271
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a display device includes: preparing a cover window including a bent part on a side surface thereof, and a guide film including a surface on which a display panel and an adhesive layer are arranged; arranging the cover window and the guide film in a face-to-face manner such that the adhesive layer faces the cover window; seating the guide film onto a seating pad of a first jig; pre-forming the display panel by bringing opposite ends of the guide film into close contact with opposite side surfaces of the seating pad using a pair of push members; and joining the display panel with the cover window by bringing the adhesive layer into contact with the cover window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignees: Samsung Display Co., Ltd., TOPTEC CO., LTD
    Inventors: So Hyun Kim, Yang Han Son, Sang Sik Cho, Sang Hee Choi