Patents Examined by Cynthia L Schaller
  • Patent number: 11021616
    Abstract: Disclosed are a self-exposure method for a surface of conductive particles anchored in a polymer layer, a method of fabricating an anisotropic conductive film using the self-exposure method, and the anisotropic conductive film. A self-exposure method for a surface of conductive particles within a polymer layer may include controlling surface energy of multiple conductive particles so that a difference between surface energy of polymer to be used to fabricate the polymer layer and surface energy of the multiple conductive particles to be included in the polymer layer is a preset difference or more, forming a polymer solution by dissolving the polymer into a solvent in which the conductive particles having controlled surface energy have been mixed, and generating the polymer layer from which at least part of a surface of the multiple conductive particles has been externally exposed due to a difference in the surface energy by drying the polymer solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: KyoungWook Paik, Dal Jin Yoon
  • Patent number: 11007764
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to form venting pathways in pressure sensitive adhesives for laminate stacks are disclosed. An example method includes forming a laminate stack including a gas permeable nonwoven layer and a pressure sensitive adhesive layer. The pressure sensitive adhesive layer has a first surface and a second surface located opposite the first surface. The first surface contacts the gas permeable nonwoven layer. The method further includes processing the laminate stack by reducing a ductility of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer such that venting pathways are formed in the pressure sensitive adhesive layer in response to a mechanical strain applied to the pressure sensitive adhesive layer via a trapped gas. The venting pathways extend through a thickness of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer to enable the trapped gas to pass through the pressure sensitive adhesive layer from the second surface to the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Jason W. Drexler, John Christopher Wilde, Xiaoxi Wang
  • Patent number: 11007732
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a locally-reinforced profile component. The method includes the following steps: providing a primary profile to be reinforced which is made of fiber-reinforced plastic; providing a secondary profile made of plastic for local reinforcement of the primary profile; arranging the secondary profile on an outer surface of the primary profile to create the profile component; heating the profile component (IO); integrally-bonded connecting of the primary profile and the secondary profile by applying pressure to an outer surface and simultaneous use of a counter pressure to apply pressure to an inner surface of the profile component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Clemens Stefanziosa
  • Patent number: 10981354
    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: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel R. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 10967623
    Abstract: A method for producing elasticized composite side panels and non-elasticized side panels, comprising: feeding a continuous web of a first non-extensible material having longitudinal side edges along a first direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of said web, forming in said web, in a position within said longitudinal edges, and at a pitch, a plurality of oblong openings having a major axis substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of said web, each opening having a maximum transverse dimension with a first length, a maximum longitudinal dimension with a second length, and two longitudinal end zones, forming a plurality of rectangular elements of elastic material having in a relaxed condition two minor sides with a first dimension greater than said first length and two major sides with a second dimension at least equal to said second length of said oblong openings, said elements of elastic material being elastically extensible at least along the first dimension, transferring each of said rectangular e
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Gabriele Sablone, Alessandro D'Andrea
  • Patent number: 10953560
    Abstract: A system for converting and attaching material strips to a substrate includes a dispenser configured to advance an elongated tape having length l1 and width w1 with l1>w1 relative to a surface of a substrate. A cutting tool cuts the elongated tape transversely along the width w1 of the tape to produce a strip having length l2 and width w2. During the cutting, a portion of the cutting Stool pushes a first surface of the strip against a gripper while cutting the tape. The gripper holds the first surface of the strip against the gripper while moving to position an opposing, second surface of the strip over the surface of the substrate. The gripper releases the strip after positioning the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Mark J. Votava, Paul J. Cobian, Jiaying Ma, Waldo L. Lopez, Dagny M. Joffre
  • Patent number: 10953611
    Abstract: A blade mould and a method for manufacturing a blade shell part of a wind turbine blade is disclosed. The blade mould comprises a first mould frame; a mould shell supported by the first mould frame and provided with a moulding surface that defines an outer shape of the blade shell part, wherein the mould shell has a longitudinal direction and comprises a root end mould part at a first end thereof; and a first deformation device for deforming the root end mould part of the mould shell. The method comprises arranging reinforcement material on the moulding surface of the root end mould part; deforming the root end mould part to a receiving configuration; inserting the root end insert in the root end mould part; and bringing the root end mould part to a moulding configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Kristian Lehmann Madsen
  • Patent number: 10926522
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic device, and more particularly, to an electronic device with laminated structure and a manufacturing method thereof. The electronic device comprises: a first substrate; a second substrate; and a solid-state adhesive layer, wherein the adhesive layer is disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate. The solid-state adhesive layer reacts with the first substrate and the second substrate to form a chemically linked chain for bonding the first substrate and the second substrate. The present disclosure further selects a solid-state adhesive with both physical and chemical cohesiveness to laminate the two substrates; thereby making an electronic device more firm with higher shock resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Yuezhan Lin, Xu Zhang, Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 10919246
    Abstract: A fluid chamber (20) for a shoe may be formed using pressure channels (190) in a forming mold (100A), eliminating the need to insert a nozzle or needles into the chamber for inflation. A fluid chamber so formed may have a smaller seal area than a chamber formed using an inflation needle, making the chamber more visually pleasing. Apparatus and methods for forming a fluid chamber in this fashion are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Fliss, Kenneth William Fricke, Samuel Heinzman, Samuel Peter Levno
  • Patent number: 10907076
    Abstract: Method of adhesively bonding two surfaces by means of a reactive adhesive film system comprising at least two adhesive films (F1 and F2), each comprising at least one reactive component (R1 and R2), adhesive bonding being effected by a reaction which requires the presence of both reactive components (R1 and R2), wherein, prior to adhesive bonding, a separating layer (T) which is impermeable to the reactive components is provided between the adhesive films which are to be brought into contact with one another for the reaction, and the separating layer (T) is removed at least in part by means of a laser in order to effect bonding, so that the adhesive films (F1 and F2) come into direct contact with one another and the reaction begins in the presence of both reactive components (R1 and R2), and reactive adhesive film system for use in this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TESA SE
    Inventors: Sebastian Dietze, Arne Koops, Gero Maatz, Uwe Schümann
  • Patent number: 10907888
    Abstract: A method of making a liner for an appliance is provided. The method includes mixing a polymeric capping layer precursor and a pigment additive to form a color capping layer. The method also includes extruding a polymeric base resin to form a polymeric base layer at a base layer formation temperature. The method further includes laminating the polymeric base layer and the color capping layer to form the liner at about the base layer formation temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent D. Csapos, Mario J. Godinho, Muhammad Khizar
  • Patent number: 10899035
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tire building apparatus and a method for joining or cutting tire components. The tire building apparatus includes a rocking member that is movable in a rocking plane in a rocking motion along a rocking line, a translation guide extending parallel to the rocking line and a carriage that is displaceable along the translation guide, wherein the rocking member has a convex edge that defines a minor arc of a circle and extends up to a rotation center, wherein the rocking member is supported by the carriage at the rotation center and is angularly displaceable with respect to the carriage about a rotation axis extending through the rotation center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Gerardus Johannes Catharina Van Laar, Gerrit Roy Nijland, Cornelis-Jan Otto, Dries Vis
  • Patent number: 10899947
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing an adhesive bond by means of an adhesive, wherein a composition containing at least a substance reactive in a radical polyreaction and a catalytically active substance is used as the adhesive, wherein at least one metal complex from the group of the metal phthalocyanines and/or from the group of the metal porphyrins is selected as the catalytically active substance, wherein a polyreaction of the reactive substance occurs, which polyreaction is initiated by the application of a plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TESA SE
    Inventor: Marcel Hähnel
  • Patent number: 10894409
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head, which is capable of patterning a dry film while suppressing deformation of the dry film caused by a pressure. The method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head includes: preparing a substrate including an ejection orifice member on a first surface; forming, on an ejection orifice surface of the ejection orifice member, a protection film having communicating holes for allowing ejection orifices to communicate to outside; closing an opening of a supply port on a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface of the substrate with a dry film; and patterning the dry film by irradiating the dry film with light under a state in which the protection film is formed on the ejection orifice surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Jun Yamamuro, Kazuhiro Asai, Keiji Matsumoto, Kunihito Uohashi, Keiji Watanabe, Masahisa Watanabe, Tetsushi Ishikawa, Yasuaki Tominaga, Manabu Otsuka
  • Patent number: 10882258
    Abstract: Provided among other things is a method of affixing a small, single chip to a plastic item, the chip having a top surface having length and width dimensions, and having a height, the method comprising: (1) vacuum adhering a top-oriented surface of the chip to a probe of outer dimensions comparable to or smaller than those of the length and width; (2) conveying heat to the chip via the probe such that a bottom-oriented surface of the chip is sufficiently hot to melt the plastic; (3) applying via the probe the chip to the plastic such that the chip embeds in the plastic; and (4) releasing the chip from the probe, wherein the largest of the length and width is about 500 microns or less, and height is no more than about the smallest of length and width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: PharmaSeq, Inc.
    Inventors: Ziye Jay Qian, Wlodek Mandecki
  • Patent number: 10875286
    Abstract: Various embodiments of multilayer polymer films and multilayer structures with enhanced tear strength are provided. Also disclosed are processes and systems for producing the disclosed multilayer polymer films. The disclosed films comprise a first polymer that may be cross-linkable upon exposure to radiation, and a second polymer that is cleaved or broken when exposed to irradiation. Layers comprising the first polymer are referred to as bulk layers, and layers comprising the second polymer are referred to as scission layers. Scission layers are positioned between bulk layers. The bulk and scission layers may comprise one or more sublayers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Clysar LLC
    Inventors: Guangda Shi, Kurt Bormann
  • Patent number: 10875262
    Abstract: This patent application focuses on the cutting, laying and impregnating the fiber tape using a tape laying and cutting head. The head contains a stationary or moving laser system with an in-situ mixing of resin and hardener, rollers (1,2) and a spreader (6) for pressing. The head enables manufacturing of small fiber reinforced parts avoiding the problems in manufacturing them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Qiongge Tai, Pravin Luthada, Emir Goletic, Oriol Ala Puig, Vaibhav Shah
  • Patent number: 10865271
    Abstract: A composition is provided comprising: a) a curable epoxy resin; and b) 0.01-30% by weight of a polycarbodiimide according to Formula I: R—{—N?C?N—R—}n—N?C?N—R??(I) wherein n is an integer between 0 and 100, and wherein each R is independently selected from aromatic and aliphatic groups which contain between 1 and 24 carbons and which are optionally substituted, typically comprising 0.1-20% by weight of the polycarbodiimide. In some embodiments the present disclosure provides sheet materials made of such cured, uncured or partially cured materials. In some embodiments these compositions may be useful in making surfacing films for composite parts and may demonstrate good paint stripper resistance and microcrack resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Scott A. Boyd, Dmitriy Salnikov, David T. Amos
  • Patent number: 10857093
    Abstract: Devices and methods for manufacturing and using microstructure arrays are described. In the methods, formulation is introduced into cavities of a microprojection array mold by means that include a vacuum to achieve a more efficient and uniform filling of the cavities and/or reduce bubble formation in the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Corium, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Shastry, Adrian Faasse, Parminder Singh
  • Patent number: 10854493
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a handling device includes depositing a single layer of an adhesive on a first surface of a first wafer; depositing an antiadhesive layer on a first surface of a second wafer different from the first wafer; bringing into contact the first wafer and the second wafer, the bringing into contact taking place at the level of the single adhesive layer of the first wafer and the antiadhesive layer of the second wafer; separating the first wafer and the second wafer; the first wafer including the single adhesive layer forming a handling device. The bringing into contact of the first wafer and the second wafer is carried out at a temperature TC such that TC>Tg+100° C. where Tg is the glass transition temperature of the material composing the single adhesive layer of the first wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Pierre Montmeat, Frank Fournel