Patents Examined by Brian R Slawski
  • Patent number: 10815974
    Abstract: A method of repairing or reinforcing, or attaching an accessory part to a wind turbine blade includes: determining a criterion to be satisfied by a repair member including a reinforcing fiber and a UV curable resin, the criterion being an adhesion strength of the repair member relative to a base member of the wind turbine blade; determining a work condition including: dimensions of the repair member, the number of the layers of the reinforcing fiber in the repair member, and/or a fiber extension direction of the reinforcing fiber, based on a damage condition of a repair target portion of the wind turbine blade; placing the reinforcing fiber and UV curable resin on the repair target portion based on the determined work condition; and obtaining the repair member by curing the UV curable resin so that the adhesion strength of the repair member relative to the base member satisfies the criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naota Watanabe, Hirokazu Yamasaki, Yoshihiko Hayashi, Eiji Kato
  • Patent number: 10815614
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a method to manufacture a textile product comprising a first sheet having a width and a length, and polymer yarns fastened to this sheet to form a pile thereon, the method comprising providing the sheet, stitching the polymer yarns through the sheet to form the pile on a first surface of the sheet and loops of the yarns at a second surface of the sheet, transporting the sheet in a direction parallel to its length along a heating element, the heating element being directed to the second surface of the sheet, heating the second surface with the heating element to at least partly melt the loops of the yarns to fasten the yarns to the sheet, wherein the method comprises transporting the sheet in contact with the heating element, wherein the heating element is a stationary rigid plate-like element having a width corresponding to the width of the sheet, and a length that extends parallel to the length of the sheet, the plate being curved in its length direction, wherein the outer c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Chris Reutelingsperger, Reinard Jozef Maria Steeman, Wilhelmus Theodorus Maria Van Roij
  • Patent number: 10802266
    Abstract: An electrowetting element comprising a first fluid, a second fluid immiscible with the first fluid, a first electrode, a second electrode in contact with the second fluid and a first and second support plate. The first support plate comprises the first electrode and a surface. The second support plate comprises a protrusion which overlaps a first surface portion of the surface and which, with a first voltage with a substantially zero magnitude applied between the first electrode and the second electrode, contacts the second fluid without substantially contacting the first fluid. Upon application of a second voltage with a non-zero magnitude between the first electrode and the second electrode, the first fluid moves such that there is substantially no contact between the first fluid and the first surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Toru Sakai, Robert Andrew Hayes, Karel Johannes Gerhardus Hinnen, Tulasi Sridhar Reddy Guntaka
  • Patent number: 10800112
    Abstract: A system and process for bonding involves a pocket made into one article is used to secure that article to another using a flowable, curable material (e.g., resin) which during saturation enters through a passageway and at least partially fills the void. When the article is cured, the article is bonded to another article to which resin has also been applied since the void (now containing cured material) is larger than the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Anthony Kendrick, Lawrence Arthur Gintert, Herbert Lee Skidmore, Mike Preston McKown
  • Patent number: 10792885
    Abstract: Thermoplastic assemblies, methods of defining thermoplastic assemblies, aircraft that include the thermoplastic assemblies, and aircraft that are formed utilizing the methods are disclosed herein. The methods include heating a joining structure and pressing a thermoplastic layer against a base of the joining structure. The pressing includes transferring thermal energy from the joining structure to the thermoplastic layer and penetrating the thermoplastic layer with a plurality of reinforcing projections of the joining structure. The pressing also includes adhering the thermoplastic layer to a surface of the base and to a surface of the plurality of reinforcing projections. The thermoplastic assemblies include the thermoplastic layer and the joining structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Phillip John Crothers
  • Patent number: 10795194
    Abstract: A method for quickly applying and spreading adhesive between substrates without leaving air bubbles. The method includes holding two substrates apart from each other with adhesive sides facing, a second substrate being positioned above a first substrate. The second substrate is suspended in a manner so as to cause a portion to warp towards the first substrate. After a liquid filler is applied between the two substrates, rollers are lowered onto the second substrate and moved so as to disperse the liquid filler between the first and second substrates. In accordance with the rolling of the rollers, end portions of the second substrate are lowered towards the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichi Ogawa, Yoshihisa Shinya, Tomoyuki Toyoda, Yasumi Endo
  • Patent number: 10780667
    Abstract: The present invention describes a method and a machine for the formation of a capsule (100) for producing beverages in which the capsule (100) comprises a pleated capsule body (101) and a reinforcing element (102). The method comprises the following steps: a step of forming the pleated capsule body (101) of the capsule (100) in a first station (110); a step of supplying the reinforcing element (102) in a second station (111) different from the first station (110); a step of transporting the pleated capsule body (101) from the first station (110) to the second station (111); a step of insertion in the second station of the pleated capsule body (101) in the reinforcing element (102); a step of coupling between the pleated capsule body (101) and the reinforcing element (102) in the second station (111).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: ICA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gino Rapparini
  • Patent number: 10773477
    Abstract: A repair apparatus is configured to repair a hole in a curved wall portion of a material guide. The repair apparatus includes a patch body that can conform to the shape of the curved wall portion and a retainer that non-destructively holds the patch body in place on the wall portion over the hole. In certain embodiments, the retainers are magnets or straps. The patch body can be flexible so that it can be adjusted to conform to the shape of curved wall portions of various sizes and curvatures. The patch body can include a wear-resistant inner surface. In some embodiments, the patch body includes an outer shell and a wear-resistant inner liner connected to the shell. The liner can have one side that is unattached to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Lodestone Patchworks LLC
    Inventor: Robert Lynn Kirmer
  • Patent number: 10777800
    Abstract: Novel or improved microporous single or multilayer battery separator membranes, separators, batteries including such membranes or separators, methods of making such membranes, separators, and/or batteries, and/or methods of using such membranes, separators and/or batteries are provided. In accordance with at least certain embodiments, a multilayer dry process polyethylene/polypropylene/polyethylene microporous separator which is manufactured using the inventive process which includes machine direction stretching followed by transverse direction stretching and a subsequent calendering step as a means to reduce the thickness of the multilayer microporous membrane, to reduce the percent porosity of the multilayer microporous membrane in a controlled manner and/or to improve transverse direction tensile strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Celgard, LLC
    Inventors: Kristoffer K. Stokes, William John Mason, Kang Karen Xiao, Xiaomin Zhang, Barry J. Summey, Robert Moran, Jeffrey Gordon Poley, Brian R. Stepp, Changqing Wang Adams, Daniel R. Alexander, Shante P. Williams, Andrew Edward Voss, Douglas George Robertson
  • Patent number: 10766682
    Abstract: A packaging container for holding contents such as fresh food. The container comprises a tray having a flange, a pre-formed sealing ring and a flexible film for sealing in the contents of the tray. The sealing ring is made from fiber, filament or tape (“FFT”) that is shaped into a shape that matches the shape of the tray flange. The sealing ring is adhered to the tray flange by heat welding or other means and the flexible film is adhered to the sealing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10766173
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flow field plate includes mixing graphite and resin materials to provide a mixture. The mixture is formed into a continuous flow field plate, for example, by ram extrusion or one or more press belts. The continuous flow field plate is separated into discrete flow field plates. Flow field channels are provided in one of the continuous flow field plate and the discrete flow field plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Richard Breault, Kishore Kumar Tenneti, Sridhar V. Kanuri
  • Patent number: 10760609
    Abstract: A method of making an assembly is disclosed. According to the method, a curable sealant is applied to a metal surface of a first article, and the curable sealant and first article are stored under conditions to maintain the curable sealant in an at least partially uncured state. The method further includes contacting the curable sealant on the first article metal surface with an electrically conductive surface of a second article, and curing the curable sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marc E. Gage, David J. Grulke, Michael E. Folsom, Blair A. Smith, Mark S. Busha, Kerry L. Davis
  • Patent number: 10759713
    Abstract: A fibrous preform (1) is produced, provided with a sandwich structure comprising an intermediate flexible core (4) and two outer fibrous frames (2, 3), respectively arranged on opposing outer faces of said flexible core (4) and assembled by sections of wire (8, 9) passing through said fibrous frames (2, 3), said preform (1) being impregnated with resin. Said preform is then hardened and the core (4) is removed, preferably by pre-densification with chemical vapour infiltration, and the structure produced is then densified with liquid-phase infiltration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: MBDA FRANCE, AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
    Inventors: Marc Bouchez, Steffen Beyer, Stephan Schmidt-Wimmer
  • Patent number: 10744740
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a synthetic leather for a steering wheel cover of a vehicle, and a method for preparing the same. The synthetic leather including a fiber base layer (101) including a microfiber nonwoven fabric, an urethane porous layer (102) formed on the fiber base layer, a polyurethane resin skin layer (104) formed on the urethane porous layer, and prepared by polymerizing an isocyanate compound and a polyol compound including polycarbonate-based polyol, fluorine-based polyol and ester-based polyol, and an adhesive layer (103) for adhering the urethane porous layer and the skin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Baiksan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Dae Cho, Oh Deok Kwon, Won Jin Seo, Kie Youn Jeong, Yoon Jong Cha, Sung Deuk Ahn, Tae Ho Hyun
  • Patent number: 10745825
    Abstract: Encrypted markers that are not readily detectable can be revealed by treatment with a specific reagent used as a developer to reveal a readily detectable physical property of the marker, such as a characteristic fluorescence emission after excitation with a particular excitation wavelength, or to reveal a visible color. The encrypted marker can be developed in situ, or a sample can be removed by brushing, scraping, swabbing or scratching the marked object or item and developing the encrypted marker or a sample thereof with the appropriate developer to reveal an overt marker or optical signal. The encrypted marker may include a DNA taggant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: APDN (B.V.I.) INC.
    Inventors: Maciej B. Szczepanik, MingHwa Benjamin Liang
  • Patent number: 10737444
    Abstract: Various methods and assemblies are provided for producing composite components having formed in features. For example, a method may comprise depositing a composite material on a base tool; aligning an aperture forming tool with a tooling aperture in the base tool; inserting the aperture forming tool through the composite material to form an aperture in the composite material; deploying a feature forming tool to press the composite material into one or more recesses; and processing the composite material with the feature forming tool in contact with the composite material. In some embodiments, the feature forming tool includes a stem extending through the composite material and into the base tool, as well as a feature forming head that is brought into contact with and processed with the composite material. In other embodiments, a tooling assembly holds a pin in place during processing to fix the pin in the composite component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Donald Michael Corsmeier
  • Patent number: 10736368
    Abstract: Many garments made of denim material have factory created one or more discontinuities exposing a group of parallel threads and referred to as “distressed denim”. Sometimes, some or all of these threads become torn or rips or tears occur in the denim garment to create a discontinuity. A patch to cover the discontinuity is made of a plurality of side by side threads attached to one side of an adhesive panel and fabric material is attached to the other side of the adhesive panel. The threads, or entire patch, may be printed with indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Jennifer J. Fagan
  • Patent number: 10730254
    Abstract: A repair apparatus is configured to repair a hole in a curved wall portion of a material guide. The repair apparatus includes a patch body that can conform to the shape of the curved wall portion and a retainer that non-destructively holds the patch body in place on the wall portion over the hole. In certain embodiments, the retainers are magnets or straps. The patch body can be flexible so that it can be adjusted to conform to the shape of curved wall portions of various sizes and curvatures. The patch body can include a wear-resistant inner surface. In some embodiments, the patch body includes an outer shell and a wear-resistant inner liner connected to the shell. The liner can have one side that is unattached to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Lodestone PatchWorks LLC
    Inventor: Robert Lynn Kirmer
  • Patent number: 10730337
    Abstract: A method of illuminating an item is disclosed. The method includes applying adhesive to the item, interspersing a taggant in the adhesive, illuminating the item with an excitation signal, sensing luminescence emitted by the taggant in response to illumination by the excitation signal, and determining the authenticity of the item based on the sensed emitted luminescence. The item can include any item benefited by authentication, and can include a postage stamp. A method of customizing an item is disclosed. This can include the steps of preparing a substrate, applying a security feature to the substrate, printing non-customized information on the substrate, receiving image information, and printing the image information on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventors: Khalid Hussain, Marie Therese Dominguez, David E. Failor, William G. Ackerman
  • Patent number: 10718462
    Abstract: The application relates to a method for producing a double-walled pipe (1) and a pipe (1) of this type, hating an outer pipe (3) which is press-fitted with an inner pipe (2) consisting of a corrosion-resistant alloy, wherein an adhesive (4) is inserted at least in regions between the outer pipe (3) and the inner pipe (2), wherein, after adhering the inner pipe (2) with the outer pipe (3), the inner pipe (2) and the adhesive layer (4) are removed at the pipe ends, and the inner side of the outer pipe (3) is plated via an integral connection with the inner pipe (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: H. Butting GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Schüller