Patents Examined by Chris Fiorilla
  • Patent number: 7135085
    Abstract: A production method of a decorative film comprises a first step of laying a base film of a thermoplastic resin on a pattern layer of a transfer sheet in which the pattern layer is placed on one surface of a carrier film, thermally transferring the pattern layer onto the base film, and thereafter stripping off the carrier film, thereby obtaining a laminate sheet in which the pattern layer is placed on one surface of the base film; and a second step of, in a state in which a transparent resin film is laid on a surface of the laminate sheet on the pattern layer side, inserting the laminate sheet and the transparent resin film into between a pair of endless belts placed opposite each other, and conveying the laminate sheet and the transparent resin film under heat and pressure, thereby obtaining a decorative film in which a transparent resin layer of the transparent resin film is placed on the surface of the laminate sheet on the pattern layer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Aso, Satoshi Tamura, Atsushi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 7124796
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring at least one label portion from a label assembly onto an object includes a base and a wall connected to the base. The wall forms opposing guides, which correspond to at least a portion of a periphery of the label assembly, and a stop wall. The opposing guides and the stop wall define an application area on a surface of the base. A first stripping member is connected with respect to a first end portion of the application area and suspended over at least a portion of the application area and a second stripping member is connected with respect to a second end portion of the application area and suspended over at least a portion of the application area. The label assembly is positionable on the base surface so that at least one label portion is positioned between the first stripping member and the second stripping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventors: Timothy J. Flynn, Thomas E. Flynn, Patrick J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 7124799
    Abstract: A lamination apparatus and method of use, and more particularly a lamination apparatus for automatically laminating photographs onto album pages is provided. The lamination apparatus includes a holder slidably mountable on a main body and having an exit region in communication with an input region of the main body. A staging tray is arranged to be in a transportation path with the exit region of the holder and the input region of the main body. A guide is arranged downstream from a transportation path of the staging tray. A lamination tray is arranged to have an exit portion downstream from the downstream transportation path of the staging tray such that the a support media will be provided to the guide and combined with media from the lamination tray and the holder at the exit portion of the lamination tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Picture Rich LLC
    Inventors: Ellen Waltz, Larry Waltz
  • Patent number: 7121311
    Abstract: A label applicator for cutting labels to be applied to objects such as newspapers, letters, or flat mailpieces. The label applicator includes a movable blade and a fixed blade for cutting a label from label material fed through the label applicator. The fixed blade may be located on a cutting assembly via registration pins. The label applicator may include a paddle for applying the label to an object. The applicator may be incorporated into a mail processing system and controlled by various controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Bowe Bell + Howell Postal Systems Company
    Inventors: Gary L. VanderSyde, Roy Charles Schoon, Jospeh Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7122084
    Abstract: A device is suggested which includes a carrier (1) for receiving the disk-shaped object (10), a liquid supply device (17) for applying liquid onto a disk-shaped object (10) located on the carrier (1), and a liquid catch ring (2), which is positioned essentially coaxially around the carrier (1) and is rotatable around the axis of the liquid catch ring (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: SEZ AG
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Hohenwarter
  • Patent number: 7118629
    Abstract: A device adapted to dispense or spray a coating such as a foam in a predetermined pattern or manner on a substrate, preferably a roof. The spray coating apparatus comprises a spray assembly having a carriage which is operatively mounted on a track that preferably provides a linear travel path. The carriage is controlled by a drive mechanism which causes reciprocating movement of the carriage. A spray gun is mounted on a holder of the carriage and controlled by an actuator and is used to uniformly apply coatings at a predetermined thickness controlled in part by a spray rate on the intended substrate. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a cart which is either motorized or manual. The apparatus is lightweight and easily disassembled into sections in order to transport the device from a ground surface to a roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: James W Davidson
  • Patent number: 7112245
    Abstract: A planarizing pad for planarizing a microelectronic substrate, and a method and apparatus for forming the planarizing pad. In one embodiment, planarizing pad material is mixed with compressed gas to form a plurality of discrete elements that are distributed on a support material. At least a portion of the discrete elements are spaced apart from each other on the support material to form a textured surface for engaging a microelectronic substrate and removing material from the microelectronic substrate. The discrete elements can be uniformly or randomly distributed on the support material, and the discrete elements can be directly affixed to the support material or affixed to the support material with an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishnu K. Agarwal, Dinesh Chopra
  • Patent number: 7112246
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adhesive robot, comprising a device for applying adhesive to a workpiece. The adhesive robot has a nozzle head (18), which has an application nozzle (24) and can be supplied with a pressurized viscous adhesive, the nozzle head (18) and the workpiece (14) being displaceable in relation to one another. The adhesive which is issued from the application nozzle (24) in a spray jet (28) is applied to a workpiece (14) along a predefined line of application (36) in the form of a strip of adhesive (40). To facilitate the adjustment and re-calibration process, the system comprises at least one camera unit (42), which is located on the nozzle head (18) and whose leans is directed towards the spray jet (28) or the adhesive strip (40). The output of said camera unit is connected to an image evaluation unit (45). The image data (40) recorded by the camera unit (42) is buffered and compared with predetermined image values (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventor: Josef Schucker
  • Patent number: 7105110
    Abstract: A method and instrument to irradiate a light adjustable lens, for example, inside a human eye, with an appropriate amount of radiation in an appropriate pattern by measuring aberrations in the system containing the lens; aligning a source of the modifying radiation so as to impinge the radiation onto the lens in a pattern that corresponds to the aberration; and controlling the quantity of the impinging radiation whereby to decrease the aberration. The quantity of the impinging radiation is controlled by controlling the intensity and duration of the irradiation. The pattern is controlled and monitored while the lens is irradiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Calhoun Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben C. Platt, Christian A. Sandstedt, James A. Ebel
  • Patent number: 7100658
    Abstract: Machine for manufacturing mesh bags from a continuous roll of tubular mesh, and for filling and closing said mesh bags, which comprise an expansion device which is perimetric to the tubular mesh, the core expander of which is equipped with a vertical aperture which, as if it were a slot, traverses said core expander and connects the two frontal faces thereof and extends from its base to an intermediate point, for which the core expander adopts an inverted ā€œUā€ shape, the machine also being fitted with preventive welding means, adapted for partially welding the two frontal faces of the tubular mesh and, as the case may be, the adjoining laminates of thermally weldable material through the aperture of the core expander; a traction device which drags a section of the tubular mesh provided with a bottom; conveyor means; and second and third filling and closing stations, respectively, both being arranged linearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Giro GH, S.A.
    Inventor: Ezequiel Giro Amigo
  • Patent number: 7101439
    Abstract: A fluid application device stores seam paste in a reservoir tank 18 and feeds the seam paste to a pressure tank 20 through a feed pump 22. Inside of the pressure tank 20 is maintained under a given air pressure by a pneumatic unit 26, and the seam paste is supplied from the pressure tank 20 to an application nozzle 16 through a supply pipe 24. A level sensor 28 detects fluid level of stored seam paste in the pressure tank 20, and a detection signal is input to a controller 30. The controller 30 controls operation of the feed pump 22 based on the detection signal that is transmitted from the level sensor 28 and also controls a supply amount of the seam paste to the pressure tank 20 to maintain the fluid level in the pressure tank 20 at a fixed level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Shigenobu Kushihashi, Syozo Horikawa, Junji Ueno
  • Patent number: 7097722
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of joining at least two linoleum sheets. The method includes creating a seam between the linoleum sheets and forming a bead of non-epoxy adhesive on a seam edge or injecting the non-epoxy adhesive into a closed seam. The seam formed by the edges of the linoleum sheets is joined and filled with the adhesive. Excess adhesive is removed and the seam is rolled and the seam adhesive is limited to the area between the linoleum sheets and the substrate within one linoleum sheet thickness of the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventor: Timothy W. McAdoo
  • Patent number: 7097727
    Abstract: A pad forming process forms a stack of sheets, each sheet bearing adhesive on at least a portion of one side thereof. A sheet cutting die is provided having sheet collection cavity therein. A web comprising a linerless elongated sheeting having one side at least partially covered with an adhesive is advanced past the die. The die cuts the web to form a first cut sheet which is retained within the sheet collection cavity of the die. The web continues to advance past the die. The die then cuts the web to form a second cut sheet from the web which is retained within the sheet collection cavity of the die, wherein the second cut sheet adheres to the first cut sheet within the sheet collection cavity to form a stack of sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Charles R. Podominick, Caley J. Schwalm
  • Patent number: 7090738
    Abstract: A membrane electrode assembly having excellent electric power generating capability is produced from a base coated with first polymer electrolytic solution to form an undried first polymer electrolytic membrane. Undried first polymer electrolytic membrane is coated with first electrode dispersion of second polymer electrolytic solution and catalyst carried on a catalyst carrier and dissolved therein. First electrode dispersion is dried to form a first electrode positive-electrode membrane electrode assembly. Another base, coated with third polymer electrolytic solution, forms undried second polymer electrolytic membrane. Undried second polymer electrolytic membrane is coated with a second electrode dispersion of fourth polymer electrolytic solution and a catalyst carried on a catalyst carrier and dissolved therein. Second electrode dispersion is dried forming a second electrode negative-electrode membrane electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nagayuki Kanaoka, Ryoichiro Takahashi, Yoichi Asano
  • Patent number: 7087115
    Abstract: A nozzle for use in a coating apparatus for the application of a coating substance to a stent is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammed E. Moein
  • Patent number: 7086849
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing high strength chemically prestressed concrete molding products with great amount of introduced chemical prestress and smaller loss of the same, a high temperature high pressure underwater curing apparatus concrete molding products excellent in energy efficiency, productivity and safety by re-utilizing curing water, as well as a curing method thereof are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventors: Eiichi Tazawa, Akihiro Hori
  • Patent number: 7083682
    Abstract: A coating assembly paints a coating on a plurality of articles having first and second article portions. The coating assembly includes a rail frame defining a longitudinal path for the plurality of articles to travel along. An endless chain having a chain portion thereof extending along the longitudinal path transports the plurality of articles along the longitudinal path. The coating assembly also includes a painting station for applying a coat of paint to the first article portion of each of the plurality of articles while preventing the coat of paint from extending to the second article portions of each of the plurality of articles. The painting station includes a plurality of spray nozzles fixedly secured to the rail frame on either side of the endless chain. Each of the plurality of spray nozzles are offset from each other along the longitudinal path such that the first article portions are entirely covered by the coat of paint as the plurality of articles pass thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: The Magni Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. DeVilbiss, III
  • Patent number: 7082891
    Abstract: A food product flavoring apparatus (20) includes a receptacle (22) having a dispensing base (30), nozzles (50) positioned above the dispensing base (30), and a vessel (80) holding a liquid flavoring (82). The liquid flavoring (82) is delivered from the vessel (80) to the nozzles (50) via a conduit (84) and a pump (86). The liquid flavoring (82) is sprayed from the nozzles (50) and uniformly covers a food product, such as popcorn (40), lying on the dispensing base (30). Following application of the liquid flavoring (82), vanes (60) of the dispensing base (30) are adjusted such that the flavored popcorn (45) is released through the dispensing base (30). The popcorn (45) is subsequently funneled through a hopper (32) positioned below the dispensing base (30) and into a container (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Travis L. Watson
  • Patent number: 7083683
    Abstract: An apparatus for the forming a covering on surfaces of solid bodies in a coating chamber. The covering is homogeneous and has a constant layer thickness on the surface of the solid bodies while being flexible for use of different liquids including solid materials. A liquid including solid materials is fed to a surface rotating about an axis of rotation, or a surface area of a rotating member. Channel and/or nozzle members forming liquid droplets are arranged on a radially outer edge area of the rotating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Glatt Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Schneidereit, Heinz Pritzke
  • Patent number: 7077927
    Abstract: A method of applying an edge electrode pattern to a touch screen. The method includes depositing, on a first surface of a decal strip, conductive material in the form of an edge electrode pattern, placing the first surface of the decal strip on one edge of a touch screen, applying heat and pressure to an opposite surface of the decal strip until the edge electrode pattern is transferred from the first surface of the decal strip to the touch screen; and removing the decal strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Frank J. Bottari, Andrea C. Marble