Patents Examined by Donald J. Loney
  • Patent number: 11332971
    Abstract: A vacuum insulating glazing unit has a length equal to or greater than 800 mm and a width equal to or greater than 500 mm. The unit includes first and second float annealed glass panes having thicknesses Z1 and Z2, respectively. The thickness Z2 is equal to or greater than 4 mm and equal to or greater than (??15 mm)/5. The thickness ratio Z1/Z2 is equal to or greater than 1.10. The unit also has a set of discrete spacers positioned between the first and second glass panes and forming an array having a pitch (?) between 10 mm and 40 nm; a hermetically bonding seal sealing the distance between the first and second glass panes over a perimeter; and an internal volume having a vacuum pressure of less than 0.1 mbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignees: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIRDOS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Abderrazek Ben Trad, Julien Jeanfils, Pierre Schneider
  • Patent number: 11333180
    Abstract: A mechanical assembly for securing a first sheet to a second sheet includes a first projection having a first sidewall and a first top wall. The first sidewall extends from the first top wall at a first acute angle. The first sidewall includes a first top end and a first bottom end. A first discontinuity is defined in the first sidewall between the first top end and the first bottom end. A first base wall extends from the first bottom end. The first base wall extends generally parallel to the first top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: BRENTWOOD INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Frank M. Kulick, III, Brian Edwards, Luke Lingle
  • Patent number: 11326389
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to not use, partially or completely, the inner aluminium profile as a spacer in multi-pane doors of refrigerators whilst retaining the required stability and also to replace all other spacers with transparent glass spacer. The invention also relates to methods for the production thereof. The insulating glass elements for the multiple-pane doors with a transparent edge composite for use in shop fittings, refrigerator construction and special cabinet construction, comprise glass spacers (1) between the base disk (4) and the cover disk (4) in the vertical regions of doors and in the upper horizontal region or in both horizontal regions, aluminum or plastic spacers (2), and EVA film sheets (3) between the base disk (4) and the spacers (1, 2) and between the spacers (1, 2) and the cover disk (4), the EVA film sheets (3) are arranged in the four edge regions overlapping the vertical spacers (2) to the horizontal spacers (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Dieter Pfaltz, Christoph Möllers
  • Patent number: 11326388
    Abstract: An assembly includes: a pair of glass substrates; a peripheral wall disposed between the glass substrates; partitions; an evacuation port; and air passages. The partitions are provided to partition an internal space, surrounded with the glass substrates and the peripheral wall, into an evacuation space and a ventilation space. The evacuation port connects the ventilation space to an external environment. The air passages are used to evacuate the evacuation space through the evacuation port. The air passages include particular air passages arranged in a second direction perpendicular to a first direction, in which the glass substrates face each other, to constitute a ventilation path running through the internal space in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tasuku Ishibashi, Eiichi Uriu, Kazuya Hasegawa, Hiroyuki Abe, Masataka Nonaka, Takeshi Shimizu, Haruhiko Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11326390
    Abstract: A foam spacer applicator may include: a conveyer unit configured to automatically transfer a glass panel; a foam head unit disposed at a predetermined distance from the front side of the conveyer unit, and configured to automatically supply and bond a spacer to the glass panel transferred from the conveyer unit through a combination of an X-axis horizontal operation and a Y-axis elevation operation through an elevation guide plate disposed with a vertical structure; and a magazine unit disposed at a predetermined distance from the rear side of the foam head unit, and configured to inject and apply a sealant to both surfaces of the spacer while adjusting tension of the spacer, and automatically supply the spacer to the foam head unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: IGIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi Won Seong, Sung Chul Moon, Sang Woo Kim, Bo Gook Lee, Jun Won Cha, Hyeong Il Kim
  • Patent number: 11318718
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide an interlayer film for a laminated glass having recesses in the shape of engraved lines on both surfaces to exhibit excellent deaeration properties in production of a laminated glass and suppressing formation of a moire pattern when unwound from a rolled body thereof. The present invention also aims to provide a laminated glass including the interlayer film for a laminated glass, a method for producing an embossing roll suitably used for production of the interlayer film for a laminated glass, and a method for producing the interlayer film for a laminated glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Nakayama, Morimasa Omizu, Masaya Kondou
  • Patent number: 11312658
    Abstract: An insulated glass unit is described and includes at least a first glass layer, a second glass layer and a third glass layer disposed therebetween. The third glass layer is separated from the first glass layer and the second glass layer by first and second sealed gap spaces. The third glass layer has a low CTE as compared to the CTE of the first and/or second glass layers. In some instances, the third glass layer has a CTE of less than 70×10?7/° C. over a temperature range of 0-300° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Thomas Bertin-Mourot, James Gregory Couillard, Michael Aaron McDonald
  • Patent number: 11292231
    Abstract: The glass sheet composite of the present invention includes at least two sheets, a liquid layer held between two adjacent sheets of the at least two sheets, and a seal material disposed between the two sheets so as to seal up the liquid layer, in which at least one of the two sheets is a glass sheet, the glass sheet composite including a light-shielding part disposed so as to overlay a boundary between the liquid layer and the seal material when the glass sheet composite is viewed in a plan view. Because of this, the boundary can be concealed, and this not only results in an improvement in designability and a wider choice of materials for the liquid layer and the seal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: AGC Inc.
    Inventors: Kento Sakurai, Jun Akiyama
  • Patent number: 11285703
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a laminated vacuum insulated glass (VIG) unit (1) comprising: a vacuum insulated glass (VIG) unit (11) comprising at least two thermally tempered glass sheets (11a, 11b) separated by a plurality of support structures (12) distributed in a gap (13) between the tempered glass sheets (11a, 11b), and a lamination layer (2) arranged between one of the thermally tempered glass sheets (11a, 11b) of the vacuum insulated glass (VIG) unit (11) and a further sheet (3). The thickness (Th1) of the lamination layer (2) is between 0.25 mm and 3 mm, such as between 0.4 mm and 3 mm, for example between 0.7 mm and 2.4 mm, and the lamination layer thickness varies (VAR1) with at least 0.1 mm such as at least 0.2 mm, e.g. at least 0.3 mm between the further sheet (3) and the vacuum insulated glass (VIG) unit (11). The disclosure additionally relates to use of a method and use of a system for providing laminated vacuum insulated glass (VIG) units (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: VKR HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Kristian Damholdt Jørgensen, Thomas Villiam Sejer Mikkelsen, Karsten Hansgaard Nielsen, Thomas Lind Madsen, Henrik Jensen, Willibrordus Servatius Bouwens
  • Patent number: 11279653
    Abstract: An object is to enable sealing of a peripheral portion of a glass panel with less effort and time. A first metal introduction device 5A is moved from one first corner A at which two sides intersect each other of a pair of rectangular glass plates, toward another end of a first side Vab of the two sides, while performing filling with a metal material. Before the metal material filling the first corner A is solidified, a second metal introduction device 5B is moved from the first corner A toward another end of another second side Vad, while performing filling with a metal material. After the first side Vab and the second side Vad are filled with the metal material, both glass plates are rotated by 180 degrees, and the first metal introduction device 5A is moved toward another end of a fourth side Vcd of two sides intersecting each other at a second corner C diagonal to the first corner A, while performing filling with a metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Miki, Tetsuo Minaai, Tatsuhiro Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 11268316
    Abstract: A vacuum insulating glazing unit is described. The vacuum insulating glazing unit has a first glass pane and a second glass pane; a set of discrete spacers positioned between the first and second glass panes, maintaining a distance between the first and the second glass panes; a hermetically bonding seal sealing the distance between the first and second glass panes over a perimeter thereof; an internal volume defined by the first and second glass panes and the set of discrete spacers and closed by the hermetically bonding seal, where the internal volume has an absolute vacuum pressure of less than 0.1 mbar. The outer pane face of the second glass pane is laminated to at least one glass sheet by at least one polymer interlayer forming a laminated assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignees: AGC GLASS EUROPE, AGC INC., AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., AGC VIDROS DO BRASIL LTDA
    Inventors: Abderrazek Ben Trad, Pierre Schneider, Louis Dellieu, Amelia Desmedt
  • Patent number: 11268317
    Abstract: A first substrate, having an evacuation port, and a second substrate are bonded together with a first sealing material in a frame shape interposed between them to create an internal space. The internal space is evacuated through the evacuation port, and the evacuation port is sealed up with the internal space kept evacuated. At this time, a second sealing material inserted into the evacuation port is heated and melted while being pressed toward the second substrate such that the evacuation port is sealed up with the second sealing material melted. The evacuation port and the second sealing material have dissimilar shapes when viewed along the center axis of the evacuation port in a state where the second sealing material has been inserted into the evacuation port but has not melted yet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Shimizu, Kazuya Hasegawa, Masataka Nonaka, Hiroyuki Abe, Eiichi Uriu, Haruhiko Ishikawa, Tasuku Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 11261651
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of providing vacuum insulating glass (VIG) units each comprising at least a first and a second glass pane and a plurality of support pillars distributed between opposing surfaces of said glass panes to provide a gap (8) between the glass panes. A plurality of pane elements are provided, and individual topographic representations (TOPREP_2a-TOPREP_2n) of each of said plurality of pane elements (2a-2n) are obtained based on input (4) from a measuring arrangement (3), and the topographic representations are stored in a data storage (DS). The stored topographic representations are processed and resulting surface distance characteristic between pairs of panes are estimated. Vacuum insulating glass (VIG) assemblies are thus provided based on estimated resulting surface distance characteristics. The invention additionally relates to a system for providing manufacturing layouts and a manufacturing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: VKR HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Ingemar Tärnskär, Utku Ahmet Özden
  • Patent number: 11254103
    Abstract: An insulating glazing unit may be configured to provide both visible transparency and bullet-resistance. The bullet resistant properties of the unit may be achieved through the combination and coordination of different materials forming the panes of the unit. For example, the insulating glazing unit may include multiple laminate panes separated by a spacer. Each laminate pane may include at least two transparent rigid substrates joined by a layer of laminate material. The laminate material used in one laminate pane may be different than the laminate material used in another pane. For example, one pane may utilize a laminate material that is soft and flexible. This may help absorb and dissipate the impact of a projectile. By contrast, another laminate pane may utilize a laminate material that is stiff and rigid. This may help provide a final stopping force to a projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Cardinal LG Company
    Inventors: Eric Knuth, Michael Wothe
  • Patent number: 11254246
    Abstract: In a decorative sheet, a base material has a concave portion on a front face. The concave portion includes a bottom surface. The bottom surface includes a first surface, a second surface and a third surface. A depth dimension of the first surface is a first value. The depth dimension is a dimension from the front face of the base material along a thickness direction of the base material. The depth dimension of the second surface is a second value which is smaller than the first value. The third surface is a surface which is connected with the first surface at a back side of the thickness direction, and is connected with the second surface at a front side of the thickness direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Shigeru Nakajima, Nobuyuki Aoki
  • Patent number: 11241851
    Abstract: A composite stiffener for a stiffener reinforced panel is disclosed. The stiffener has a longitudinal direction and a run-out region which terminates at an end of the stiffener. The stiffener also has a constant section region inboard of the run-out region in the longitudinal direction and having a constant cross section transverse to the longitudinal direction with a crown between adjacent foot portions. The run-out region has a changing cross section transverse to the longitudinal direction with a crown between adjacent foot portions and the crown reduces in height towards the end of the stiffener forming a ramp. The composite stiffener includes a number of blankets of non-crimp fabric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Junwei Zhang, Martin Gaitonde, Joshua Bonaventura, John Norman Woolcock
  • Patent number: 11236014
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments relate to ultra-fast laser treatment of silver-inclusive (low-emissivity) low-E coatings, coated articles including such coatings, and/or associated methods. The low-E coating is formed on a substrate (e.g., borosilicate or soda lime silica glass), with the low-E coating including at least one sputter-deposited silver-based layer, and with each said silver-based layer being sandwiched between one or more dielectric layers. The low-E coating is exposed to laser pulses having a duration of no more than 10?12 seconds, a wavelength of 355-500 nm, and an energy density of more than 30 kW/cm2. The exposing is performed so as to avoid increasing temperature of the low-E coating to more than 300 degrees C. while also reducing (a) grain boundaries with respect to, and vacancies in, each said silver-based layer, (b) each said silver-based layer's refractive index, and (c) emissivity of the low-E coating compared to its as-deposited form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignees: GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC, GUARDIAN EUROPE S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Vijayen S. Veerasamy, Bernd Disteldorf
  • Patent number: 11236543
    Abstract: An insulating glazing system may include: at least two glass panes and a spacer element, wherein the at least two glass panes and the spacer element define a closed volume; a light ray shielding device within the closed volume, defining: transparent areas allowing passage of incident light rays with a given angle of incidence, whereas light rays having other angles of incidence are unable to pass through the transparent areas; and non-transparent areas configured to block the passage of the incident light rays, the non-transparent areas defining first and second surfaces; and a support means connected to the spacer element and operably associated with the shielding device. The shielding device may include a layer having retroreflective properties. The layer may at least partially cover one or both of the first and second surfaces of at least one of the areas of the non-transparent areas of the shielding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: PELLINI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Pellini, Luca Papaiz
  • Patent number: 11230877
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a double-pane window insulating system. The double-pane window insulating system according to the present invention comprises: a double-pane window having a chamber formed between a pair of windowpanes, a bead inlet via which a plurality of beads and air flow into the chamber, a bead outlet via which the plurality of beads and the air accommodated in the chamber are discharged, and an air entrance/exit opening via which air enters and exits the chamber; and a bead discharge means for discharging the plurality of beads, accommodated in the chamber, to the bead outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Jae Seung Shin
  • Patent number: 11230878
    Abstract: A glass panel unit assembly includes: a pair of glass substrates arranged to face each other; a peripheral wall; a partition; an air passage; and an evacuation port. The peripheral wall has a frame shape and is disposed between the pair of glass substrates. The partition partitions an internal space, surrounded with the pair of glass substrates and the peripheral wall, into a first space and a second space. The air passage connects the first space and the second space together. The evacuation port connects the second space to an external environment. The partition is lower in height than the peripheral wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tasuku Ishibashi, Eiichi Uriu, Kazuya Hasegawa, Hiroyuki Abe, Masataka Nonaka, Takeshi Shimizu, Haruhiko Ishikawa