Patents Examined by Christopher T. Schatz
  • Patent number: 10647102
    Abstract: A system includes a gripper device to grasp a disposable proxy. The gripper device is moveable to position a pressure sensitive adhesive in contact with the disposable proxy and apply a pressure force to adhere the pressure sensitive adhesive to the disposable proxy. The gripper device is moveable to position the pressure sensitive adhesive in contact with an edge portion of a first layer of a plurality of layers and apply a pressure force to adhere the pressure sensitive adhesive to the edge portion of the first layer. The system further includes a cutting device moveable to apply a cutting force to separate a sacrificial corner portion of the first layer proximate the edge portion of the first layer from a remaining portion of the first layer. The gripper device is movable to peel the remaining portion of the first layer from one or more remaining layers of the plurality of layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dragan Filipovic, Martin Petersen, Sultan Shair, Stefaan Guido Van Nieuwenhove, Shatil Sinha, Wendy Wen-Ling Lin
  • Patent number: 10647062
    Abstract: A method and a device for heat sealing multiple plies of a laminate from which gable top packaging can be produced, wherein the laminate has a carrier layer made of electrically non-conductive material and a sealing layer made of thermoplastic material on at least one surface of the laminate. To heat seal multiple plies of a laminate in a high-frequency alternating electric field, the alternating electric field is generated by a first lead of an HF voltage supply in a first sub-region of the sealing region and is generated by a second lead of the HF voltage supply, differing from the first lead, in at least a second sub-region of the sealing region, so that a different heat distribution is obtained over the sub-regions of the sealing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ELOPAK AS
    Inventors: Martin Mach, Thomas Böhme, Sebastian Mikulski
  • Patent number: 10624721
    Abstract: The invention relates to a single- or multi-unit dental restoration, which consists of a support structure and a veneer, which support structure is in particular made from oxide ceramics by means of additive manufacturing, particularly preferably by means of rapid prototyping, wherein the veneer is produced by pressing a ceramic material, such as a glass ceramic or composite material, which is more translucent than the support structure, characterized in that the veneer fills and/or penetrates recesses of the support structure (12) configured as a net or frame structure or as a reinforcement, wherein it is particularly provided that the recesses penetrate through the support structure (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventors: Nadja Cavegn, Rudolf Jussel, Jörg Ebert
  • Patent number: 10611121
    Abstract: A carpet waste composite and method for making the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the method, unadulterated layers of carpet having a backing side and a tufted side are provided. An initial unfused carpet layer is made by placing two cleaned, unadulterated layers of carpet tufted side-to-tufted side with homogenous and non-adhesive, non-binding contact therebetween. Heat and pressure followed by cooling are applied to furnish an initial fused carpet layer. An iterative unfused carpet layer is created by placing two cleaned, unadulterated layers of carpet tufted side-to-tufted side with the initial fused carpet layer interposed therebetween using non-adhesive, non-binding contact. Heat and pressure followed by cooling are applied to furnish an iterative fused carpet layer. The process of adding layers may continue as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel R. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 10610027
    Abstract: An inline method for producing a spring strip profile (1) for a slatted frame that comprises at least one core strand (2) formed by a fiber-reinforced plastic and at least one thermoplastic cover layer (3) surrounding the core strand (2), comprises at least the following steps: joining multiple fibers, threads and/or filaments to form a fiber bundle (2.1); impregnating the fiber bundle (2.1) with a thermally activatable reaction resin; molding the outer contour of the fiber bundle (2.1) impregnated with the reaction resin; thermally activating the reaction resin (2.1) to form a cured core strand; introducing the core strand (2) into an extruder head (110); applying thermoplastic melt in the extruder head (110) to form the cover layer (3) on the spring strip profile (1); and cooling and calibrating the spring strip profile (1) in a cooling and calibrating device (111, 112, 113). The outer contour of the fiber bundle (2.1) is wrapped around, in a winding machine (105), by at least one thread or filament (2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: OKE GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Kerstin Westing, Andreas Bartel, Florian Plagemann
  • Patent number: 10603468
    Abstract: A method of coupling a catheter tunneler adapter to a catheter is provided. The method includes providing a catheter having a lumen divider at a proximal end thereof; forming a receiving notch in the lumen divider by removing a center portion thereof such that two divider side portions remain; providing a catheter tunneler adapter having a distal end including a radially inward step which defines a contact surface configured to be received in the proximal end of the catheter; positioning the distal end of the catheter tunneler adapter within the catheter until the radially inward step engages the receiving notch; and securing the catheter tunneler adapter to the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MEDICAL COMPONENTS INC.
    Inventors: Charles Scandone, Jr., Mark S. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10596769
    Abstract: A mandrel for composite fabrication includes an open cell foam carrier and at least one vacuum bag enclosing the open cell foam carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Doan D. Pham, Mark W. Tollan, John D. Morris
  • Patent number: 10593471
    Abstract: There is provided a method for producing a permanent magnet magnetic circuit that makes it possible to stably attach a permanent magnet to a yoke and to use a general-purpose assembly jig or to reuse an existing assembly jig even when the size or shape of a magnet to be attached is changed. More specifically, there is provided a method for producing the circuit comprising a magnet or magnet unit and a yoke, the method comprising the steps of: fixing the magnet or magnet unit to an assembly jig through an electrically detachable adhesive; fixing the magnet or magnet unit fixed to the jig, to the yoke; and applying a voltage between the magnet or magnet unit and the assembly jig to detach the adhesive from the magnet or magnet unit to detach the adhesive from the jig so as to detach the magnet from the jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shingo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10589073
    Abstract: Methods and devices for preventing fluid flow through the relatively short guidewire lumen of a rapid exchange catheter. The guidewire lumen for a rapid exchange catheter is provided with a narrowed or sealed section allowing for passage of a guidewire therethrough while preventing fluid flow while a guidewire is disposed therethrough. The narrowed or sealed section extends for a relatively short length of the guidewire lumen to avoid creating excessive friction between the guidewire and the guidewire lumen. In several embodiments the narrowed or sealed section is placed proximal of the distal end of the guidewire lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Mallaby
  • Patent number: 10583277
    Abstract: Balloon catheter and methods for making and using balloon catheters are disclosed. An example balloon catheter may include a proximal shaft. A midshaft may be attached to the proximal shaft. The midshaft may have an outer wall. A distal shaft may be attached to the midshaft. A balloon may be coupled to the distal shaft. An inflation lumen may be defined that extends from the proximal shaft, through the midshaft, and into the distal shaft. The inflation lumen may be in fluid communication with the balloon. A core wire may be disposed within the inflation lumen and may be attached to the midshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Rundquist, Eric Petersen, Jeffry Johnson, Roger W. McGowan, Chuanjing Xu, Adam D. Grovender
  • Patent number: 10576697
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for applying spot transverse forces to an intermediate material composed of a layer of unidirectional reinforcing fibers associated on at least one of its faces to a layer of thermoplastic and/or thermosetting material that does not represent more than 10% of the total weight of the intermediate material, wherein the spot transverse forces are applied while the intermediate material is under tension in the direction of the unidirectional reinforcing fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: HEXCEL REINFORCEMENTS
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Beraud, Jacques Ducarre
  • Patent number: 10577139
    Abstract: Rotating conveyor circuits that carry containers to be formed into packaging units to a binding-and-packing station that has parallel binding guides supported by carriers. Each binding guide has a deflection element facing the circuits. Coupling elements provide jointed connections between the binding guides and the circuits. An adjustment mechanism adjusts a channel width between the binding guides such that the binding guides remain parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Nitsch, Stefan Van Heukelum
  • Patent number: 10562236
    Abstract: A device and method for inductively heating package sleeves including: at least one unit for producing an alternating current, at least one inductor having at least one effective section, and a holding unit having a front holding area and a rear holding area for mounting the inductor, wherein the inductor is connected to the unit for producing an alternating current, and wherein the holding areas arranged in such a way that a gap is formed between the front holding area and the rear holding area, the longitudinal direction of which gap corresponds to the conveying direction of the package sleeves. The effective sections of the at least one inductor may be at least in sections arranged asymmetrically to one another in relation to a center plane lying in the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SIG Technology AG
    Inventors: Klaus Baltes, Patrick Kirchner, Andreas Meckbach
  • Patent number: 10551647
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an attachment device of a display panel capable of, while solving enclosure of bubbles in an attachment surface at the time of attachment, reliably removing bubbles generated even after attachment, and remarkably lowering a defectiveness ratio of an attachment body to improve productivity of attachment tasks. A vacuum chamber unit 3 is formed by a chamber main body 10 and a chamber lid body 11. A fixed attachment base 12 including a dam jig 13 is provided in an interior of the chamber main body 10, and a movable attachment base 16 is provided in an interior of the chamber lid body 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: CLIMB PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Daisuke Komoda
  • Patent number: 10543080
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns embodiments of implantable prosthetic devices, and in particular, implantable prosthetic valves, and methods for making such devices. In one aspect, a prosthetic device includes encapsulating layers that extend over a fabric layer and secure the fabric layer to another component of the device. In particular embodiments, the prosthetic device comprises a prosthetic heart valve, and can be configured to be implanted in any of the native heart valves. In addition, the prosthetic heart valve can be, for example, a transcatheter heart valve, a surgical heart valve, or a minimally-invasive heart valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Celeste C. Bonyuet, Andrew L. Walls, John F. Migliazza, Itai Pelled
  • Patent number: 10543633
    Abstract: A molding device for manufacturing a plastic hollow part by injection molding includes an injection nozzle and first and second molding stations. Each molding station has a first mold including two mold halves forming, respectively, first and second mold cavities, and a core having a first end, which can be at least partially located inside the first and second mold cavities. A first stripper can be arranged on the core in a passive position, spaced from the first end of the core at a first distance; in a molding position, spaced from the first end of the core at a second distance; and in a demolding position, spaced from the first end of the core at a third distance; wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance, and the second distance is greater than the third distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventor: Marc Kunz
  • Patent number: 10538040
    Abstract: An autoclave may be reconfigured to accommodate differently shaped parts by relatively rotating portions of the autoclave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sergey Barmichev, Kevin Matthew Retz
  • Patent number: 10525683
    Abstract: A panel laminator includes a first frame defining an outer boundary, the first frame operable to support a panel to be laminated and a first flexible diaphragm supported by the first frame to cover the outer boundary. The laminator includes a second frame sized and shaped to conform to the first frame along the outer boundary and a second flexible diaphragm supported by the second frame to match the outer boundary. The laminator includes a passage fluidly connected to the space between the first and second flexible diaphragms, with the passage configured to be coupled to a vacuum system in order to remove air from the space between the first and second flexible diaphragms during a lamination process. The first frame and the second frame are configured to rotate as a unit between a first, generally horizontal, orientation and a second, generally vertical, orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sean Richard Cysewski, Steven Prudnick
  • Patent number: 10525639
    Abstract: A system for fabrication of an aerospace structure incorporates a mold having a surface and at least one unidirectional SFL head adapted to lay down a plurality of collimated tows in a predetermined laminated pattern on the mold surface to produce a fuselage skin. At least one cross plied laminate SFL head is adapted to lay down a cross plied laminate base interface on the fuselage skin to establish a lattice rib shape for each of a plurality of lattice ribs. The cross plied laminate SFL head has a band placement head steerable to avoid structural design features and to maintain spacing from adjacent steered lattice ribs. The unidirectional SFL head is further adapted to lay down a plurality of collimated tows on the base interface of each of the plurality of lattice ribs for a first plurality of unidirectional tow plies in each lattice rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Boris B. Sokolov, Mostafa Rassaian, Marc J. Piehl
  • Patent number: 10526104
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing, e.g., labelling, respective products, e.g., fruit and vegetables, contained in a suitable container, or crate, has a supporting framework, product feeder, and label applier having a plurality of label application devices provided or arranged side by side and/or arranged in a first and a second transversal row of devices. The apparatus may have an electronic processor for controlling the units of the apparatus, which, for each product, starting with the detected configuration of the respective batch, or crate of products, determine a product area, e.g., having a circular or oval shape, which is large enough to allow complete application of a corresponding label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BIZERBA SE & CO. KG
    Inventor: Davide Turci