Patents Examined by Brian R Slawski
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10709549
    Abstract: An accommodating intraocular lens comprises a first lens component, a second lens component, and an adhesive between portions of the two lens components. The cured adhesive bonds the lens components to form a fluid chamber. The lens components are bonded to one another along a seam which extends circumferentially along at least a portion of the lens components. The lens components may comprise the same polymer material. The cured adhesive also comprises the polymer or a prepolymer of the polymer to provide increased strength. The polymer is hydratable such that the lens components and the cured adhesive therebetween can swell together to inhibit stresses between the lens components and the cured adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shifamed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Claudio Argento, Bob Vaughan, Amr Salahieh, Tom Saul, Eric Willis
  • Patent number: 10710352
    Abstract: Provided is a method a method for reworking an article. The method includes forming a patch over an area of a composite structure requiring rework. The forming includes placing a first film-adhesive over the area of the composite structure requiring rework, wherein the first film-adhesive extends over a first surface area of the structure including beyond an entirety of the area requiring rework, placing a first pre-cured ply stack over the first film-adhesive, wherein the first pre-cured ply stack extends over a second surface area of the composite structure; placing a second film-adhesive over the first pre-cured ply stack, wherein the second film-adhesive extends over a third surface area of the composite structure; and placing a second pre-cured ply stack over the second film-adhesive, wherein the second pre-cured ply stack extends over a fourth surface area of the composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Blake A. Bertrand, Arne K. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10683960
    Abstract: A liner assembly and method for lining a damaged pipe junction between a main and lateral pipe is provided. The liner assembly includes a main liner member and a lateral liner tube. A collar disposed near the juncture between the main liner member and lateral liner tube is impregnated with a liquid hydrophobic or hydrophilic material capable of curing in a flexible or rigid state with the material expanding in the presence of water. The hydrophobic or hydrophilic material can also be applied without the use of the collar. When the liner assembly is pressed against the main and lateral pipes, a portion of the hydrophilic or hydrophobic material is forced into the damaged pipe junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LMK Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Larry W. Kiest, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10668692
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of reducing lifting of a graphics film from a substrate, the graphic film having a polymeric film layer having on one major side thereof an adhesive layer, wherein lifting is reduced by applying the graphic film to the substrate with an intermediary base film, the base film comprising a backing layer having opposite first and second major sides, the first major side having an adhesive layer and the graphic film being adhered to the second major side of the base film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Viktor Dannewitz
  • Patent number: 10661498
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of applying a film to a body. In this respect, a film is first applied to and positioned at a transfer mold and the body to be film coated is introduced into the transfer mold to which the film to be attached is applied or the transfer mold to which the film to be attached is applied is introduced into the body to be film coated so that the film is located between the body and the transfer mold. In the further course, a vacuum is applied in a region between the body and the film and/or an excess pressure is applied in a region between the transfer mold and the film so that the film moves from the transfer mold onto the body. A particularly simple method that is fast to be carried out is thereby provided for applying a film to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: LIEBHERR-HAUSGERATE LIENZ GMBH, LIEBHERR-HAUSGERATE OCHSENHAUSEN GMBH
    Inventors: Jochen Hiemeyer, Michael Freitag, Martin Kerstner
  • Patent number: 10647051
    Abstract: A lining drum which has a tubular body having open ends, an inlet for compressed air and an outlet for liner is disclosed. The lining drum has end pieces removably attached to the tubular body for closing the open ends of the tubular body, a rotatable shaft inside the tubular body and a crank for rotating the shaft. An elastic fastener has a first end in operative engagement with the tubular body and a second end in operative engagement with the end piece. The second end is opposite the first end. The end piece is movable between a closed position and an open position by extending the elastic fastener against an elastic biasing force of the elastic fastener. The end piece and the tubular body has a gap defined therebetween when the end piece is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Picote Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Mika Lokkinen
  • Patent number: 10639857
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reworking a structure. A compaction blanket comprising a number of magnets is placed on the structure. A heat source is applied on the compaction blanket, wherein the compaction blanket is between the heat source and a rework of the structure and heat is conducted from the heat source through the compaction blanket to heat the rework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter, John Ralph Hull
  • Patent number: 10632683
    Abstract: A method for thermal compensation during an additive manufacturing process. In some aspects, the method may include receiving, at a CNC machine, information relating to a material used in the additive manufacturing process, wherein the received information includes at least a Coefficient for Thermal Expansion (CTE) for the material. The method may further include modifying a distance of travel for a first pre-programmed tool path based on at least the Coefficient for Thermal Expansion (CTE).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Susnjara
  • Patent number: 10626992
    Abstract: A sealant containment assembly is configured to bound at least a portion of a fastener pattern between at least two components, such as components used to form at least a portion of an aircraft. The sealant containment assembly includes at least one sealant containment member that is configured to sealingly engage peripheral portions of components. The sealant containment member(s) is configured to form a sealing chamber around at least a portion of the fastener pattern. Fluid sealant is configured to flow into the sealing chamber and cure to seal fasteners within the fastener pattern that connect the components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jesse Randal Wiseman, Shane S. Park, Donald K. Crenshaw, Kjersta Larson-Smith, Geoffrey Eric Towle, Hugh Christopher VanValkenburgh, Karen A. Schultz, Solomon T. Atsebha
  • Patent number: 10626299
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fast and elastic adhesive. Said adhesive includes two components, one including a monomer having an alkoxyalkyl ester group, a thickener, a thixotropic agent and a stabilizing agent. In the other component, a plasticizing agent, a thixotropic agent, and an initiating agent are included. This adhesive can be used to practically instantaneously bond substrates that can move relative to one another, or which may be bent or have the ability to absorb an impact, or to seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: AFINITICA TECHNOLOGIES, S.L.
    Inventors: Arnau Pejoan Jiménez, Verónica De La Fuente Molina, Ciaran McArdle
  • Patent number: 10625472
    Abstract: A yarn or thread may include a plurality of substantially aligned filaments, with at least ninety-five percent of a material of the filaments being a thermoplastic polymer material. Various woven textiles and knitted textiles may be formed from the yarn or thread. The woven textiles or knitted textiles may be thermal bonded to other elements to form seams. A strand that is at least partially formed from a thermoplastic polymer material may extend through the seam, and the strand may be thermal bonded at the seam. The woven textiles or knitted textiles may be shaped or molded, incorporated into products, and recycled to form other products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Carrie L. Davis
  • Patent number: 10611071
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for qualitatively and/or quantitatively classifying injection-molding tools in tool categories and determining preferred intervention ranges and/or manipulated variables for adapting injection-molding machine parameters in the case of changing ambient conditions and/or determining the influence of disturbing effects on the injection-molding process, comprising the following steps: a) providing an injection-molding machine having the injection-molding tool which is to be classified and which is intended for the determination, b) performing at least one injection-molding cycle with injection-molding machine settings in order to obtain a qualitatively adequate injection-molding part, c) determining a quotient Q=?p/?s or Q=?sn/?se characterizing the tool from c.1) a pressure rise ?p during the compression phase of the injection-molding cycle and the melt volume ?V displaced during the compression phase or c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: KRAUSSMAFFEI TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Reinhard Schiffers
  • Patent number: 10613583
    Abstract: A system includes a chassis assembly, a first boss component secured to the chassis assembly, and a second boss component secured to the chassis assembly. A first tab-bracket is secured to the first boss component and a second tab bracket is secured to the second boss component. Each tab-bracket includes a portion having adhesive applied thereon. A battery is affixed to the adhesive at the first tab-bracket and to the adhesive at the second tab-bracket after the tab-brackets are secured to the boss components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Yao-Tsung Chang, Chia-Min Sun, Cheng-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 10611104
    Abstract: Methods of repairing a manufacturing defect in a molded polymeric composite structure are provided. A polymeric patch may optionally be disposed over a defect on a first contoured surface of the molded polymeric composite structure having the defect. A heating element that defines a second contoured surface complementary with at least a portion of the first contoured surface is applied over the polymeric patch. The heating element includes an electrically conductive layer that includes a fabric and a thermoset polymer. The polymeric patch is heated with the heating element, where the heating element has a substantially uniform temperature across the second contoured surface so that the polymeric patch fills the defect. Methods of making the customized heating elements and the customized heating elements are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Xiaosong Huang, Hamid G. Kia
  • Patent number: 10611094
    Abstract: An assembly method between a part made of metal material and a part made of organic matrix composite material, said method having a step of providing two parts, each including a surface to be welded, and the surface to be welded of said composite part is made up, at least partially, of an exposed portion of at least one metal insert which is partially embedded in said composite part; positioning said surfaces to be welded opposite and separated from each other; and projecting, at high speed, the surface to be welded of the metal part or the exposed portion of the metal insert, onto one another, to obtain high-speed clamping to one another and to obtain a weld between the exposed portion of the metal insert of the composite part and the complementary portion of the surface to be welded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES, FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES
    Inventors: Guillaume Racineux, Didier Priem, Jean-Michel Lebrun, Yannick Amosse, Chady Khalil
  • Patent number: 10605723
    Abstract: A moisture detecting bleeder material includes a fiberglass material and a moisture absorption indicator material. The moisture absorption indicator material undergoes a color change from a first color to a second color when exposed to moisture. The color change thermally irreversible a temperature of 450° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Megan N. Watson, Justin H. Register, Meredith M. Bird
  • Patent number: 10583400
    Abstract: Membrane elements that use multiple membrane leaves may have a limited total active membrane area due to an increased diameter at the ends of the element. Membrane leaves may comprise a permeate carrier positioned between one or more membrane sheets. Adhesive may be used to seal one or more edges of the membrane leaf. The membrane sheets, permeate carrier and the adhesive contribute to the thickness of the edges of the membrane leaf and the diameter at the ends of the element. A reduced thickness of the edges of the permeate carrier may reduce the diameter at the ends of an element. Another permeate carrier sheet may also be used that is distanced from at least one edge of the membrane sheet so the permeate carrier sheet does not contribute towards the increased diameter at the ends of the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: BL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Prashant Vishwanath Shrikhande, Steven John Harrold, Cha Moua, Phillip Goebel, Yatin Tayalia, Prasanna Rao Dontula