Patents Examined by Brent O'Hern
  • Patent number: 10029447
    Abstract: A process and system for making a laminated surface covering and the surface covering itself are described. The covering includes several layers bonded to each other. The system performs the process. One example of the process includes passing a first material across a first conveyor, passing a second material across a second conveyor, passing a bonding material across a third conveyor, contacting the first material and the second material to the bonding material, and heating at least one of the first material and the second material. The process also includes introducing the first material, the second material, and the bonding material into a pressure zone such that the bonding material is introduced between a bottom surface of the first material and a top surface of the second material. The process applies pressure to bond the first material and second material together via the bonding material to produce a laminated material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ecore International Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur B. Dodge, John McFalls
  • Patent number: 9922757
    Abstract: A process for making a material adapted for the production of composite parts by a process in which a thermoplastic or thermosetting matrix is diffused within said material. The material includes at least one sheet of unidirectional carbon fibers associated on at least one of its faces with at least one conductive component associated or integrated with a permeable layer in a thermoplastic material or in a mixture of thermoplastic or thermosetting materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hexcel Reinforcements
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Beraud, Andrea Viard
  • Patent number: 9902126
    Abstract: A fiber preform is provided. The fiber preform may comprise a base including a fiber weave with a plurality of fibers oriented in three directions. A plurality of legs may extend a first height from the base and include a fiber weave with the plurality of fibers oriented in three directions. A fiber reinforcement may be disposed proximate the legs with a second height equal to the first height. The fiber reinforcement may comprise a first ply and a second ply oriented orthogonal to the first ply in a plane parallel to the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ROHR, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Michael Biset, Christian Soria
  • Patent number: 9889635
    Abstract: A method of forming an article from a glass sheet (20) having a glass-sheet bonding surface (24) and a glass carrier (10) having a carrier bonding surface (14). At least one of the glass sheet and carrier bonding surfaces is coated with a surface modification layer (30), and then the glass sheet is connected with the carrier via the surface modification layer. From the perimeter of the glass sheet and the carrier while connected, there is removed a portion of the surface modification layer so as to expose a portion (19, 29) of the bonding surface on each of the glass sheet and the carrier. The glass sheet and carrier are then heated at a temperature ?400° C. so as to bond the perimeter of the glass sheet (26) with the perimeter of the carrier (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert Alan Bellman, Dana Craig Bookbinder, Robert George Manley, Prantik Mazumder
  • Patent number: 9880080
    Abstract: Fabrication of ballistic resistant fibrous composites having improved ballistic resistance properties. More particularly, ballistic resistant fibrous composites having enhanced a dynamic storage modulus, which correlates to low composite backface signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Yiu-Tai Tam, John Armstrong Young, Ronnie Moore, David A. Hurst
  • Patent number: 9879947
    Abstract: A ballistic composite armor article includes a multi-layer hard armor sheet that has at least first and second unidirectional yarn monolayers. The second unidirectional yarn monolayer is transversely oriented with respect to the first unidirectional yarn monolayer, and there is at least one polymeric binder layer arranged adjacent to and stabilizing at least one of the first and second unidirectional yarn monolayers. The yarns of the first and second unidirectional yarn monolayers include respective fiber bundles that have a lateral spread factor ranging from negative lateral spread to a positive lateral spread of less than 306%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BARRDAY, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Van Heerden
  • Patent number: 9863742
    Abstract: The invention relates to ballistic resistant article having a multilayered material sheet which includes a consolidated stack of unidirectional monolayers of drawn polymer, whereby the draw direction of two subsequent monolayers in the stack differs. At least one monolayer comprises a plurality of unidirectional tapes of the drawn polymer, aligned in the same direction, whereby adjacent tapes do not overlap. The invention also relates to a process for the preparation of the multilayered material sheet, and to a ballistic resistant article comprising the multilayered material sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Roelof Marissen, Joseph Arnold Paul Maria Simmelink, Reinard Jozef Maria Steeman, Gijsbertus Hendrikus Maria Calis, Jacobus Johannes Mencke, Jean Hubert Marie Beugels, David Vanek, Johann Van Elburg, Alexander Volker Peters, Steen Tanderup, Marko Dorschu
  • Patent number: 9862164
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing composite panels for use in the interior of an aircraft are disclosed, specifically, methods of manufacturing joggled composite panels comprising metal inserts and the resulting composite panels and inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kyle L. Gray, Nathanial C. Cuddy, Harold G. Erickson
  • Patent number: 9844922
    Abstract: Transaction and identification cards formed from raw bamboo assemblies including one or more raw bamboo layers optionally adhered to a paper backer. In one embodiment, a single raw bamboo assembly is adhered to a base or core substrate. Optionally, a second bamboo assembly is coupled to the first bamboo assembly, with or without a core layer sandwiched in between the bamboo assemblies, such that the card's top face includes a first bamboo layer and the card's bottom face includes a second bamboo layer. One or more image or graphic layers are then either printed directly onto the raw bamboo layer or laminated thereto. Optional protective substrates, films, or coatings are applied to or over the bamboo assembly to protect by sandwiching the one or more ink or printed layers between the protective layer and the raw bamboo layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Travel Tags, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger H. Ricketts, Steven C. Dunn, David L. Williams
  • Patent number: 9834842
    Abstract: A method of making a fibrous part is provided. The method may comprise forming a porous structure with an annular geometry. A first entrance channel and a second entrance channel may be formed with the entrance channels defined by a surface of the preform. The entrance channels may also extend in a radial direction from an inner diameter of the annular porous structure partially across the surface. An exit channel may be formed between the entrance channels and defined by the surface. The exit channel may extend in a radial direction from an outer diameter of the annular porous structure partially across the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Christopher T. Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 9833970
    Abstract: A marine vessel floor mat for attachment to the deck of a boat to provide enhanced cushioning to stand on. In one embodiment, the marine vessel floor mat comprises a cushion layer shaped to fit the dimensions of the bow of a conventional marine vessel or other target section of such a marine vessel with a non-slip layer shaped as the cushion layer, or with an additional front section, and/or additional rear section permanently attached to the top surface of the cushion layer. The cushion layer additionally includes a tapered edge on its top surface and a plurality of fastener strips for enabling removable attachment to the surface of the boat deck on its bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: James Brewer
  • Patent number: 9828730
    Abstract: A system and method for obscuring road signs by applying an opaque adhesive-backed film to the signs from a roll containing the film. The film and adhesive may be able to conceal sign details sufficiently with only one or two layers of film. The film may be pressure-applied with an adhesive selected so as to adhere sufficiently to the signs or to other layers of film without leaving adhesive or other residue on the signs once removed. The film may be perforated at predetermined intervals to facilitate separation, and the system additionally or alternatively may include a cutter to permit the user to separate the film wherever desired. Various polymers may be used for the film, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC), polypropylene, low density polyethylene (LDPE), polyester, polyolefin, or other coextruded (CoEX) polymer films. Similarly, various adhesives, including latex-, acrylic-, rubber-, or silicone-based adhesives may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Roger D. Melancon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9827799
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a transfer printing technology. A transfer printing substrate includes a plurality of pillar structures and a sacrificial layer applied thereon. In situ alignment of a transfer layer is performed by the pillar structures and a structural confinement by a concave structure formed on a bottom surface of the transfer layer corresponding to the pillar structures, or a chemical bond of the pillar structure and the transfer layer. In the in situ alignment by the structural confinement, the remaining sacrificial layer after being removed may serve as an adhesive component. The transfer process is performed by a separation of the bond by the sacrificial layer, a cutting of the pillar structures in the chemic bonding state of the pillar structures and the transfer layer, or a separation of the bond between the pillar structures and the handling substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Heung Cho Ko, Su Ok Yun, Jeong Pil Park, Suk Ho Kim, Young Kyu Hwang, Yujun Hyun, Hun Soo Jang, Yun Kyung Jeong
  • Patent number: 9828253
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a nanotube film structure. The nanotube film structure includes at least one nanotube film. The at least one nanotube film includes a plurality of nanotubes orderly arranged and combined with each other by ionic bonds. The nanotube film is fabricated by using the template of carbon nanotube film. The carbon nanotube film is drawn from supper aligned carbon nanotube array and includes a plurality of carbon nanotubes joined end to end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: Tsinhua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: He Ma, Yang Wei, Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 9831010
    Abstract: The invention provides a hydrogel network comprising a plurality of hydrogel objects, wherein each of said hydrogel objects comprises: a hydrogel body, and an outer layer of amphipathic molecules, on at least part of the surface of the hydrogel body, wherein each of said hydrogel objects contacts another of said hydrogel objects to form an interface between the contacting hydrogel objects. A process for producing the hydrogel networks is also provided. The invention also provides an electrochemical circuit and hydrogel component for mechanical devices comprising a hydrogel network. Various uses of the hydrogel network are also described, including their use in synthetic biology and as components in electrochemical circuits and mechanical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Oxford University Innovation Limited
    Inventors: John Hagan Pryce Bayley, Kunwar Tanuj Sapra
  • Patent number: 9821491
    Abstract: A process for fabricating a partially polymerized prepreg material. Fibers are impregnated with thermosetting resin. The resin is partially polymerized to a degree of polymerization between 10% and 60%. The thermosetting composite parts are produced by drape forming of the prepreg material. The material laid-up in the form of tapes and heated at a temperature above the glass transition temperature of the prepreg state. The laid-up material is pressed and cooled to return the laid-up material to a temperature below the glass transition temperature of the prepreg state in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS
    Inventors: Frederick Cavaliere, Alain Renoncourt, Patrice Lefebure
  • Patent number: 9823561
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a manufacturing method for seaming materials. The process may be suitable for manufacturing high performance projection screens using a number of methods including, but not limited to, conventional (convert-before-coating) methods, or convert-after-coating methods. An objective of the present disclosure is to identify a process which may substantially minimize distortion of the local surface normal in the vicinity of the join.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: RealD Inc.
    Inventors: Gary D. Sharp, David A. Coleman, Darlene K. Kondo
  • Patent number: 9821515
    Abstract: Fabrication of ballistic resistant fibrous composites having improved ballistic resistance properties. More particularly, ballistic resistant fibrous composites having high interlaminar lap shear strength between component fiber plies or fiber layers, which correlates to low composite backface signature. The high lap shear strength, low backface signature composites are useful for the production of hard armor articles, including helmet armor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Yiu-Tai Tam, Brian Waring, Henry Gerard Ardiff, Bradley Grunden, David A. Hurst, John Armstrong Young, Ralf Klein, Brian Duane Arvidson
  • Patent number: 9815924
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application relate to an encapsulant film, a method for manufacturing an encapsulant film, an optoelectronic device, and a method for manufacturing an optoelectronic device, and can provide superior adhesive force with a front substrate and a back sheet, and specifically having long-term adhesive and heat resistance properties. Also, the present application can provide the encapsulant which does not have a negative effect on parts, such as optoelectronic elements or wire electrodes encapsulated in the optoelectronic devices, and on a working environment, and which can maintain superior workability and economic feasibility in device manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Ho Choi, Choong Hoon Lee, Ji Yoon Woo, Hyo Ju Kim, Jin Sam Gong
  • Patent number: 9816266
    Abstract: A composition, utility material, and method of making a utility material is disclosed. A composition having an improved setting time may include a plurality of microparticles mixed with a sodium silicate binder and an isocyanate setting agent, where the microparticle composition has a setting time of less than or equal to one hour. A utility material may be a wallboard that includes the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ashtech Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Kipp, Dilworth L. Pugh, Michael D. Ridges, William T. McCarvill