Patents Examined by Donald J. Loney
  • Patent number: 11130263
    Abstract: Provided is a decorative sheet having an excellent decorative appearance due to surface unevenness, as well as excellent abrasion resistance and moldability. This decorative sheet includes at least a substrate layer and a surface protective layer located on the surface of the substrate layer, wherein: the surface protective layer has a cross section in the direction of thickness; the cross section has an unevenness formed, on such surface side, by a repeating pattern including recesses and projections which are mutually adjacent; and the ratio of the measured average surface protective layer thickness (?m) at the recesses, Tv, and the measured average surface protective layer thickness (?m) at the projections, Tp, (average Tp/average Tv) satisfies the relationship of 0.10?Tp average/Tv average?0.35.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshifumi Fujii, Yuri Kitahara, Nobuo Saito
  • Patent number: 11130153
    Abstract: A filtering apparatus formed by a plurality of channel systems. Each of the channel systems include an inlet port formed on an inlet side of the plate; no more than one outlet port formed on an outlet side of the plate; and a channel formed in the plate, the channel coupled to the inlet port and to the outlet port, wherein the ratio of the product of the capture area of the inlet ports of a channel system with the first transmissivity associated with the inlet ports to the product of the capture area of the outlet ports of a channel system with the second transmissivity associated with the outlet ports is greater than one. The channel system is configured to interact with objects of interest on a scale which is smaller than a value several orders of magnitude larger than the mean free path of an object of interest. Some plate embodiments are configured to interact with particles, such as air molecules, water molecules, or aerosols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Paul Neiser
  • Patent number: 11124450
    Abstract: An object is to enable suppression of thermal leakage at a peripheral portion of a pair of glass plates disposed so as to be opposed to each other with a gap interposed therebetween. A pair of glass plates 1A, 1B are disposed so as to be opposed to each other with a gap V interposed therebetween, and a periphery sealing metal material 3 is provided which joins the pair of glass plates 1A, 1B at a peripheral portion V1 thereof so as to seal the gap V in an airtight state. The periphery sealing metal material 3 interposed between opposed inner surfaces of the pair of glass plates 1A, 1B contains, in a mixed manner, a thermal insulation material 30 having lower thermal conductivity than that of the periphery sealing metal material 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Miki, Tetsuo Minaai, Tatsuhiro Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 11125007
    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; and an absolute difference between a coefficient of thermal expansion of the first glass pane and a coefficient of thermal expansion of the second glass pane is at most 0.40*10?6/° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Abderrazek Ben Trad, Julien Jeanfils, Pierre Schneider
  • Patent number: 11105145
    Abstract: Provided is a glass panel capable of, even after elapse of a long period, reliably sealing a suction hole and keeping a gap in an airtight state. A suction hole sealing metal material 15 has a first protruding portion 15a formed on an atmospheric side around a suction hole 4, and a second protruding portion 15b formed on a gap side around the suction hole 4, and as seen in a thickness direction of the glass plates 1A, 1B, a first contour 16a which is an outermost edge of a first adhesion surface portion S1 where the first protruding portion 15a is in contact with an atmospheric-side surface 17A of the glass plate 1A, and a second contour 16b which is an outermost edge of a second adhesion surface portion S2 where the second protruding portion 15b is in contact with a gap-side surface 17B of the glass plate 1A, are on an outer side of a third contour 16c which is a gap-side hole edge of the suction hole 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Daisuke Inaoka, Masafumi Taguchi, Kazuya Fujino, Tetsuo Minaai
  • Patent number: 11104604
    Abstract: Anti-glare glass-based articles and methods of processing a glass based article to reduce warp are disclosed. A method for processing a glass-based article includes etching a first surface of the glass article to create a first anti-glare surface having a plurality of first anti-glare features and etching a second surface of the glass-based article to create a second anti-glare surface having a plurality of second anti-glare features. At least one of a length, a width, and a diagonal of the glass-based article is greater than or equal to 500 mm. A difference of warp between a first warp value before etching the first surface and the second surface and a second warp value after etching the first surface and the second surface is less than or equal to 0.15 mm across each of one or more 500 mm intervals of length, width, or diagonal of the glass-based article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Haixing Chen, Ling Chen, Chenglong Dai, Liming Wang, Li Yao, Jianqiang Zhu
  • Patent number: 11091952
    Abstract: This invention provides a sealing spacer for spacing apart two window panes to form a window assembly. The spacer has an elongated, flexible strip having opposed edge surfaces and opposed side surfaces. The spacer also has a fiber reinforced polymer layer over the elongated, flexible strip. The opposed edge surfaces undulate with crests and troughs. The spacer has an activatable sealant for directly sealingly securing the flexible strip to each of the two window panes. The activatable sealant is on each of the opposed side surfaces of the fiber reinforced polymer. The invention also provides methods for making the spacer and window assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Rey Nea
  • Patent number: 11084751
    Abstract: A method includes contacting a glass sheet with a forming surface to form a shaped glass article. An effective viscosity of the glass sheet during the contacting step is less than a contact viscosity of the glass sheet in contact with the forming surface during the contacting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Thierry Luc Alain Dannoux, Vladislav Yuryevich Golyatin, John Richard Ridge, Ljerka Ukrainczyk, Butchi Reddy Vaddi, Natesan Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 11060342
    Abstract: A method of producing A vacuum insulated glazing (VIG) unit, including providing a supporting structure and a solid pre-form of port soldering material provided with an opening, the supporting structure resting on the outer surface of the first pane of the VIG unit and extending over the opening of the evacuation hole, evacuating the void through the evacuation hole; and heating the port soldering material to a condition where it flows and merges across the evacuation hole while the supporting structure substantially maintain its position; and subsequently cooling the port soldering material to a solid condition so as to provide a gastight port seal forming a continuous body across the evacuation hole and preventing passage of gas to the void through the evacuation hole, and so that the port seal bonds to the outer surface of the first pane in a pattern that encloses the evacuation hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: VKR HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Thibault De Rycke, Carsten Rud Jensen
  • Patent number: 11060343
    Abstract: The glass panel unit includes a first glass panel, a second glass panel, a seal, an evacuated space, and a spacer. The second glass panel is placed opposite the first glass panel. The seal with a frame shape hermetically bonds the first glass panel and the second glass panel to each other. The evacuated space is enclosed by the first glass panel, the second glass panel, and the seal. The spacer is placed between the first glass panel and the second glass panel. The spacer includes a stack of two or more films including at least one resin film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Abe, Eiichi Uriu, Tasuku Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 11047167
    Abstract: The present disclosure 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 present disclosure additionally relates to a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: VKR HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Ingemar Tärnskär, Utku Ahmet Özden
  • Patent number: 11047166
    Abstract: The glass panel unit includes a first glass panel, a second glass panel, a seal, an evacuated space, and a spacer. The second glass panel is placed opposite the first glass panel. The seal with a frame shape hermetically bonds the first glass panel and the second glass panel to each other. The evacuated space is enclosed by the first glass panel, the second glass panel, and the seal. The spacer is placed between the first glass panel and the second glass panel. The spacer is a stack of two or more films. At least one film of the two or more films contains a polymer having a viscoelastic coefficient at 400° C. larger than 500 MPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Abe, Eiichi Uriu, Tasuku Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 11027515
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a board product characterized by having two corrugated mediums and at least one embossed medium in the board product. The board product may further include one or more facings that are adhesively coupled to either the corrugated medium, the embossed medium, or both. Generally speaking, a corrugated medium may be characterized as a paper product that exhibits flutes induced by a cross-corrugating process such that the induced flutes are perpendicular (or at least not congruent) with the machine direction of the paper product. An embossed medium may be characterized as a paper product that exhibits flutes induced by a linear-embossing process such that the induced flutes are aligned with the machine direction of the paper product. A resultant board product is stronger and more efficiently produced because of the linearly-embossed medium harnessing the natural strength of the paper in the machine direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Scorrboard LLC
    Inventor: Giles Greenfield
  • Patent number: 11028009
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments relate to seals for glass articles. Certain example embodiments relate to a composition used for sealing an insulted glass unit. In certain example embodiments the composition includes vanadium oxide, barium oxide, zinc oxide, and at least one additional additive. For instance, another additive that is a different metal oxide or different metal chloride may be provided. In certain example embodiments, a composition may be combined with a binder solution that substantially or completely burns out by the time the composition is melted. In certain example embodiments, a CTE filler is included with a frit material. In certain example embodiments, a vacuum insulated glass unit includes first and second glass substrates that are sealed together with a seal that includes the above-described composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Guardian Glass, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy A. Dennis
  • Patent number: 11027513
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a board product made from paper products that have a pre-scored facing in addition to a medium (sometimes called fluting). Conventional corrugated board may feature a cross-corrugated medium and one or more facing that have no score lines that are imprinted (at least prior to assembly with the corrugated medium). Such a conventional board product may be inferior because any score lines that are imprinted will damage the underlying corrugated medium in some manner. A breakdown in the strength of the underlying medium leads to poor precision when the eventual board product is scored, cut, and bent. A lack of precision in folding a board product is known as fishtailing as any articulated portion of the board product may not maintain a precise plane of articulation when bent. Hence, the articulated portion “fishtails” out of alignment. Having precisely located impression lines in register to underlying flutes of a medium ensures correct and precise articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Scorrboard LLC
    Inventor: Giles Greenfield
  • Patent number: 11028637
    Abstract: A glass panel unit includes a first panel, a second panel, a sealing portion in a frame shape, a plurality of pillars, and a gas adsorbent. The sealing portion in the frame shape hermetically bonds respective peripheral edges of the first panel and the second panel together so as to create an evacuated, hermetically sealed space between the first panel and the second panel. The plurality of pillars and the gas adsorbent are arranged in the hermetically sealed space. The gas adsorbent contains: a non-metallic getter material having a porous structure with the ability to adsorb gas molecules; and a metallic getter material having a metallic surface with the ability to adsorb gas molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Abe, Eiichi Uriu, Kazuya Hasegawa, Tasuku Ishibashi, Masataka Nonaka, Takeshi Shimizu, Haruhiko Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11014331
    Abstract: A panel includes a corrugated base with base corrugations configured from first base segments and second base segments. A first of the base corrugations includes a first of the first base segments and a first of the second base segments that is non-parallel to the first of the first base segments. The first of the base corrugations forms a first channel that extends laterally between and longitudinally along the first of the first base segments and the first of the second base segments. A corrugated stringer includes a plurality of stringer corrugations arranged longitudinally along and within the first channel. The stringer corrugations are configured from first stringer segments and second stringer segments. A first of the stringer corrugations includes a first of the first stringer segments and a first of the second stringer segments that is non-parallel to the first of the first stringer segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Gurvich, Georgios S. Zafiris, Jeffrey A. Anderson, Bryce T. Kelford, Steven M. Kestler, George Hoehn
  • Patent number: 10988973
    Abstract: A glass panel unit includes: a first panel; a second panel facing the first panel; a sealing member bonded to respective facing peripheral portions of the first panel and the second panel; and at least one spacer provided in a reduced pressure space between the first panel and the second panel. The at least one spacer includes a resin body and at least one ultraviolet protective layer provided on a surface of the resin body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eiichi Uriu, Hiroyuki Abe, Tasuku Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 10988972
    Abstract: An object is to solve a strength problem around a suction hole on the gap side due to internal stress caused by a suction hole sealing metal material and depressurization, and provide a glass panel having enhanced safety. One glass plate 1A of a pair of glass plates 1A, 1B has a suction hole 4 penetrating the glass plate 1A in the front-back direction thereof, air in a gap V is sucked so as to depressurize the gap V, and the suction hole 4 is sealed by a suction hole sealing metal material 15. The suction hole sealing metal material 15 is solidified on the suction hole 4 so as to keep an airtight state, and is formed concentrically with the suction hole 4 in plan view, and the following Expression (1) is satisfied: Dw<=(Fc?0.0361Pd2/Tg2.2)/{(?0.0157Tg+0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazuya Fujino, Tetsuo Minaai, Tatsuhiro Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 10988975
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a door facing blank having a first major surface with a design element formed therein, and an opposite second major surface. At least three longitudinally extending spaced stile receiving areas are disposed on the second major surface. Two of the stile receiving areas define a first width, and three of the stile receiving areas define a second width greater than the first width. The door facing blank may be trimmed to form a door facing having a selected width. A method of forming a door facing blank, and a mold press for forming a door facing blank are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Jason M. Walsh, Mark A. Ruggie, Steven K. Lynch, Robert C. Allen