Patents Examined by Chris Fiorilla
  • Patent number: 7211163
    Abstract: A labeling assembly and method of using same for releasably supporting a label and identifying a feature of an object upon which the labeling assembly is adapted for installation. The labeling assembly includes a protective layer having a release surface for releasably supporting the label and an information storage device located adjacent to a contacting surface of the protective layer such that the information storage device is disposed between the protective layer and the object when the labeling assembly is installed on the object. The information storage device is adapted for transmitting a signal comprising information. The method of the present invention includes using the labeling assembly for releasably supporting a label and identifying a feature of an object upon which the labeling assembly is adapted for installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: MPT, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick R Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7204288
    Abstract: A method and applicator for applying sheet material to a substrate. The applicator comprises two outwardly facing burnishes, each having an outwardly facing surface. The surfaces are disposed at an included angle of at least 180°, and preferably at least 270°. This geometry allows for positioning sheet material, such as wallpaper, into a corner to begin application at a desired position. Further, this geometry allows the user to conveniently and ergonomically effectively rotate the applicator as the sheet material is being applied. The applicator and sheet material may be provided together in a kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Daniel James Kinne, Mark John Steinhardt
  • Patent number: 7201820
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a novel method for flashing a door, window, ductwork or other rough opening in a building surface. The method involves the use of a tape strip having a continuous, non-perforated, machine-direction-splittable plastic release sheet liner which is selectively removed in controlled portions without the need for cutting strings. Anisotropic tear-resistance properties of the release liner facilitate a careful, controlled, and progressive installation of the tape strip while avoiding unwanted transverse tearing that could block or foul the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
    Inventor: Robert A. Wiercinski
  • Patent number: 7198746
    Abstract: A method for connecting a member includes the steps of providing a member to be connected having a flange at an end to be connected with a bucklingly deformable synthetic resin member having an overhanging portion which overhangs the flange. A synthetic resin member is selected from the group a polystyrene, a styrene copolymer, an acrylic resin, a polycarbonate, a polyvinyl chloride, a polymethyl methacrylate, a polyamide, a polyacetal, a polyethylene terephthalate, a fluorocarbon resin and a thermoplastic polyurethane. The overhanging portion of the synthetic resin member is disposed over the flange of the member to be connected with the tip of the overhanging portion being bucklingly deformed toward the member to be connected to the extent that stress rupture does not occur. The flange is locked by the bucklingly deformed tip of the overhanging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Top
    Inventor: Kaoru Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7195688
    Abstract: A process and device for manufacturing a primary unit pack of a wafer. A laminate comprising a carrier sheet and an active substance film is cross-cut at a predetermined length, detached from the carrier sheet, guided between two packaging material webs and, conveyed to a sealing station along with the packaging material webs. The packaging material webs are sealed to form a bag that is separated from the webs. The process includes detaching the carrier sheet from the active substance film, pulling the carrier sheet forward over the predetermined length of the wafer, simultaneously guiding the active substance film, which has been detached from the carrier sheet, without mechanical stress, the front end being between the packaging material webs which are in a resting condition, and is received and fixed by packaging material webs and transversely cut to form a wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schäfer, Ronald Hackbarth, Hans-Dieter Sahm
  • Patent number: 7189300
    Abstract: Slitters cut through a first layer of film immediately prior to lamination of the first layer to a second layer of film to form a strip therebetween. The degree of bonding between the first and second layers is adjusted so that the strip can be removed without harming the rest of the film or destroying any barrier properties. The lamination process can utilize extrusion lamination or adhesive lamination to provide a variety of uses: removable coupons, prize disclosures, stickers, and an adhesive re-close strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Robert Knoerzer, Garrett William Kohl, Steven Kenneth Tucker
  • Patent number: 7185689
    Abstract: A pallet labeler station for applying a printed label to a loaded pallet at a predetermined label position includes a label printer for printing a label to be affixed to the loaded pallet, a rotatable label applicator mechanism for applying the printed label to the loaded pallet at the predetermined label position and a drive mechanism for moving the label applicator mechanism so as to apply the printed label to the loaded pallet at the predetermined label position. The label applicator mechanism is capable of applying printed labels to two sides of a loaded pallet with each label being applied at a predetermined label position defined for each of the two sides of the loaded pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Kolinahr Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E. Jenkins, Gregory W. Reichling
  • Patent number: 7168471
    Abstract: A label-making apparatus includes a mechanism for advancing a ribbon of labels and strip of material and a print head that prints the information on the strip of material at spaced intervals. A mechanism joins the ribbon of labels with the material strip. A cutting station ultrasonically subdivides an individual label from the ribbon of labels and material strip. A sensor in communication with the advance mechanism controls the advance of a length of the ribbon of labels and material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Pittsfield Weaving Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick August Bleckmann
  • Patent number: 7165592
    Abstract: An apparatus for application of strip material to an object comprises a base supporting and mechanically rotating a mandrel projected therefrom, wherein an object is seated onto the mandrel. The object is securely held to the mandrel by a plurality of clamps engaging and impinging the object thereto. At least one applicator assembly is urged forward to apply strip material to the object, each applicator assembly comprising a material spool for dispensing strip material and a back spool for collecting strip material backing separated from the strip material during application. After application of the strip material, an arm and scalpel sever the strip material, and the applicator assembly pivots to apply the remaining end portion of the strip material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Berran Industrial Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Dirk Yerian, Marlin Bailor, Carter Bailey, Daniel DiMassa
  • Patent number: 7166164
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying powder coating material onto large objects such as automotive, truck or other vehicle bodies includes a powder spray booth defining a controlled area within which to apply powder coating material onto the vehicle bodies, a powder kitchen located at a remote position from the powder spray booth, and, a number of feed hoppers located proximate the booth which receive powder coating material from the powder kitchen and supply it to automatically or manually manipulated powder spray guns associated with the booth. Oversprayed powder coating material is removed from the booth interior by a powder collection and recovery system which transmits the oversprayed powder back to the powder kitchen for recirculation to the powder spray guns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Shutic, John F. Carlson, Thomas E. Hollstein, Keith E. Williams, Ernest J. Fena, Harry J. Lader
  • Patent number: 7163597
    Abstract: A heat-peelable pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet which ensures an efficient contact area even in case where the area of an adherend to be adhered is decreased and thus makes it possible to avoid adhesion failures such as chip-scattering or chipping. The heat-peelable pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet comprises a substrate and a heat-expandable pressure-sensitive adhesive layer containing heat-expandable microspheres, formed on at least one side of the substrate, wherein the surface of the heat-expandable pressure-sensitive adhesive layer before heating has a center line average roughness of 0.4 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Akihisa Murata, Toshiyuki Oshima, Yukio Arimitsu, Kazuyuki Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 7160411
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heat-setting label sheet that is a polymeric transfer sheet that can be marked and transferred by the consumer. Also encompassed by the present invention is a method of transferring the heat-setting label sheets. The heat-setting label sheets of the present invention comprise a support; an optional pressure sensitive adhesive layer; an Adhesion Layer comprising a thermoplastic polymer which melts in the range of 50–250° C., a wax which melts in the range of 50–250° C., or combinations thereof; an optional opaque layer comprising a styrene-butadiene latex, thermoplastic polymer, elastomer, and optional pigment; and a second optional opaque layer comprising vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer, thermoplastic elastomer, elastomer and optional pigment. The heat-setting label sheet of the present invention can be imaged by an electrostatic printer or copier, ink jet printer, offset or screen printing, craft-type marking, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Fóto-Wear, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Williams, Heather Reid
  • Patent number: 7160410
    Abstract: Consistent with an embodiment of the present invention, there is a device for transferring a substantially disc-shaped workpiece from a workpiece carrier. The workpiece is fastened along a first one of its main surfaces with a double-side adhesive foil onto a carrier foil. The workpiece is fastened onto the carrier foil along a first one of the its main surfaces with a double-sided adhesive foil onto a carrier foil on whose surface the workpiece is to be provided and fastened along the first main surface in an at least substantially planar manner. The first double-sided adhesive foil is adhesively connected by a first adhesive layer provided on its first surface to a first surface of the workpiece carrier and by a second adhesive layer provided on it second surface to the workpiece alone the first main surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Joachim Anker
  • Patent number: 7156941
    Abstract: The method of transferring a coating onto articles having skew surfaces comprises the steps of applying a coating on the articles, which coating is carried by a transfer support that has a pyrolysis temperature lower than a melting temperature of the coating, the coating itself having a sealing temperature lower than the pyrolysis temperature of the transfer support, and then of subjecting articles coated in this way to the melting temperature of the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Pierre Dumoux
  • Patent number: 7156945
    Abstract: A process for forming a patterned thin film structure on a substrate or in-mold decoration film is disclosed. A pattern is printed with a material, such as a masking coating or ink, on the substrate, the pattern being such that, in one embodiment, the desired structures will be formed in the areas where the printed material is not present, i.e., a negative image of thin film structure to be formed is printed. In another embodiment, the pattern is printed with a material that is difficult to strip from the substrate, and the desired thin film structures will be formed in the areas where the printed material is present, i.e., a positive image of the thin film structure is printed. The thin film material is deposited on the patterned substrate, and the undesired area is stripped, leaving behind the patterned thin film structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: SiPix Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Shung Chaug, Xiaojia Wang, Sean Kiluk, Scott Tseng, Hongmei Zang, Rong-Chang Liang
  • Patent number: 7153366
    Abstract: The systems, methods and products of the invention include systems and methods for manufacturing servo tracks on a magnetic tape. In one aspect, the invention includes systems for manufacturing magnetic tapes having servo tracks thereon wherein the servo tracks are optically detectable and are capable of being processed by a servo control system for maintaining alignment of a magnetic recording head with the data tracks on the recording side of the magnetic tape. In one practice, the manufacturing systems described herein engrave the servo tracks onto the non-recording side of a magnetic tape by directing a laser beam at the non- recording side of the magnetic tape. In another practice, the manufacturing systems described herein engrave the servo tracks onto the magnetic side of a magnetic tape by directing a laser beam at the magnetic side of the magnetic tape. Such engraved patterns can act as optical servo tracks for maintaining alignment of the recording head with the data tracks on the magnetic tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Quantum Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Chen, Joseph M. Panish, Tzuo-Chang Lee, Leo Cappabianca
  • Patent number: 7150790
    Abstract: A receptacle adapted to receive a disk from a conveyor surface. The receptacle includes a housing adapted to receive a disk from a conveyor surface and a removable hopper. The housing includes a guide member, at least one support member, and a base member. The removable hopper is adapted to receive the disk from the guide member, and includes a spindle attachable to a base, wherein the spindle is adapted to receive a plurality of disks from the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Microboards Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Wray Russ
  • Patent number: 7147717
    Abstract: An improved Wurster-type coater including a separator screen located within the Wurster tube in surrounding relationship to the spray nozzle and forming an annular volume through which at least a portion of smaller feed material particles are permitted to preferentially enter the spray pattern before the larger-sized particles can do so, thereby causing the smaller particles to become agglomerated first, resulting in finished product having a more even distribution of particle sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventors: Martin P. Bender, Donald P. Verbarg
  • Patent number: 7147740
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a method of transferring an object to be peeled onto a transferring member in a short time without imparting damage to the object to be peeled within a laminate. Also, another object of the present invention is to provide a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device in which a semiconductor element manufactured on a substrate is transferred onto a transferring member, typically, a plastic substrate. The methods are characterized by including: forming a peeling layer and an object to be peeled on a substrate; bonding the object to be peeled and a support through a two-sided tape; peeling the object to be peeled from the peeling layer by using a physical method, and then bonding the object to be peeled onto a transferring member; and peeling the support and the two-sided tape from the object to be peeled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Takayama, Yuugo Goto, Junya Maruyama, Yumiko Ohno
  • Patent number: 7138029
    Abstract: The invention presented is a method for applying heat spreaders to a plurality of plasma display panels, including (a) providing a plurality of heat spreader composites, each of which comprises a heat spreader material having an adhesive thereon and a release material positioned such that the adhesive is sandwiched between the heat spreader material and the release material; (b) removing the release material from a plurality of the composites; and (c) applying at least one of the composites to each of the plurality of plasma display panels each such that the adhesive adheres the heat spreader material to the plasma display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Advanced Energy Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Julian Norley, Martin David Smalc, Joseph Paul Capp, Timothy Clovesko