Patents Examined by Edmund H. Lee
  • Patent number: 11370153
    Abstract: A method for forming a fiber-reinforced cable tie includes placing at least one reinforcing fiber in a mold cavity, injecting a molten material in the mold cavity, wherein the molten material defines a melt front during injection, and maintaining a position of the reinforcing fiber within the mold cavity at the melt front during the injecting of the melt, whereby the fiber is substantially encapsulated by the molten material. A mold for forming a fiber-reinforced cable tie includes a mold cavity and a fiber guide movably supported within the mold cavity for maintaining a position of a reinforcing fiber placed within the mold cavity during injection of a molten material into the mold cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Kathryn F. Murphy, Dariusz Bednarowski, Yan Gao, Claude J. Bauer, Joseph P. Mattingly, Nikolauz Zant, Marco Schneider
  • Patent number: 11357701
    Abstract: The invention relates to a watertight closing device (100, 200) for an aseptic container, comprising an external shell (10, 210) made up of a first protecting material, a nucleus (20, 220) made up of a second material suitable for being punched, and a tab (11, 211) equipped with a first free end (12, 212) and with a second end (13, 213) connected to the shell (10, 210). The nucleus (20, 220) has a protruding element (21, 221) placed in correspondence with the connection area (14, 214), so that the protruding element (21, 221) is directly connected to the second end (13, 213) of the tab (11, 211).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Brevetti Angela S.r.l.
    Inventor: Roberto Consolaro
  • Patent number: 11338489
    Abstract: Methods for preparing thermoplastic automotive appliques include applying heat from an auxiliary heater to a tool cavity of a forming tool. The auxiliary heater is activated for a period of time until a temperature of the heated tool cavity is heated to less than or equal to about a melting temperature of the thermoplastic. The heated tool cavity is filled with the thermoplastic, and a cooling fluid is pulsed through the forming tool. The thermoplastic applique is then removed, and the supply of cooling fluid is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Gall, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, Dave Brian Glickman, Chester Stanislaus Walawender
  • Patent number: 11338484
    Abstract: A member joining method includes: a placement process of arranging a first member and a second member inserted into the first member so that a gap surrounding the second member is provided between the first member and the second member; a filling process of filling a molten resin into the gap and applying pressure to the resin so as to cause at least one member of the first member or the second member to undergo elastic deformation; and a pressure maintaining process of maintaining the pressure until the resin that has been filled into the gap has cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Fumio Nomizo, Shoichi Tsuchiya, Tatsuya Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 11325282
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing composite workpieces that include positioning a heat-generating element proximate to an uncured composite workpiece, triggering the heat-generating element to produce an exothermic chemical reaction or exothermic physical reaction so that the temperature of the uncured composite workpiece is raised to a predetermined first temperature, and curing the composite workpiece while it is at a temperature that is at least the predetermined first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Xiaoxi Wang, Gary Ernest Georgeson, Jonathan A. Santiago
  • Patent number: 11325289
    Abstract: A method of forming a molded polymer part having a screw boss includes positioning a screw boss insert on a pin of a mold tool. The screw boss insert may contact guide surfaces of the mold tool. During molding, polymer material flows along the screw boss insert while the screw boss insert is positioned on the pin. The polymer material may bond to the screw boss insert. The screw boss insert may include one or more geometric features that prevent rotation and/or axial movement of the screw boss insert relative to the surrounding polymer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Santiago Yepes Gallo, Ryan Mowery
  • Patent number: 11318648
    Abstract: A method for producing a composite part. According to the method, a substrate is provided, the substrate having an integrated mixing portion for mixing a component system close to the substrate. The substrate provided is introduced into a cavity of a coating tool in an additional step. The substrate is then coated by flooding the cavity with the component system. The component system is mixed inside the cavity by means of the mixing portion of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Sebastian Schmidhuber, Nicolas Beyl
  • Patent number: 11318642
    Abstract: A mold for encapsulating an electrical component. The mold includes an encapsulation chamber and an air inlet. The encapsulation chamber is defined by a housing, an open top, and a solid bottom. The housing includes a solid outer wall, a permeable inner wall, and an air chamber between the solid outer wall and the inner wall. The air inlet is configured to introduce a gas into the air chamber. The encapsulation chamber is sized and shaped to receive the electrical component while leaving a gap for the introduction of encapsulant around the electrical component. The encapsulant may be silicone rubber. To remove an encapsulated electrical component, pressurized air may be introduced through the air inlet into the air chamber, passing through the permeable inner wall, separating the outer surface of the encapsulant from the housing, and allowing the combination casting to be removed from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Louis G. Campbell, Ganesh Kumar Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 11305465
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a phosphor sheet is provided. In the method, a particulate phosphor and a particulate transparent medium are mixed to a first light transmissive resin in a liquid state. The first light transmissive resin containing the phosphor and the transparent medium in the liquid state is supplied into a lower mold of a mold, and the mold is closed. The first light transmissive resin containing the phosphor and the transparent medium in the liquid state is changed to a solid state having a predetermined thickness by applying a heat and a pressure to the first light transmissive resin containing the phosphor and the transparent medium in the liquid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI Inc.
    Inventors: Tadashi Ono, Makoto Kitazume
  • Patent number: 11298857
    Abstract: Building panels and methods of making the same are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method of injection molding a building panel includes co-mingling a first material and a second material in a molten material, where the second material includes a color that contrasts with the first material. The method also includes injecting the molten material into a cavity of an injection mold, modifying a flow front of the molten material as the molten material flows in the cavity, and cooling the molten material to form a solidified building panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Ferriot Inc.
    Inventors: Craig C. Ferriot, Dale H. Leopold
  • Patent number: 11292162
    Abstract: A liquid latex emulsion is compressed to align the randomly arranged molecules to form rows of aligned molecules. A continuous flow of the liquid is created in the direction of the rows of aligned molecules. A first latex layer of rows of aligned latex molecules is created on a form by immersing the form into the continuous flow of compressed liquid at a first immersion angle. A second latex layer is created on the first latex layer, the second latex layer has rows of aligned latex molecules extending in a direction different the rows of aligned latex molecules of the first layer. The second latex layer is formed by immersing the form with the first latex layer into the flow of compressed liquid at an immersion angle different from the first immersion angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Don Nevin
  • Patent number: 11287229
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for making combustible foam celluloid munition parts having high aspect ratios, different densities or having an insert embedded into the foam celluloid munition part. The process for making such foam celluloid munition part requires pre-soaking dry particles of celluloid, placing the celluloid particles into a munition part mold, exposing the celluloid particles to high heat and pressure until the celluloid particles expand and fuse into the shape of the mold. Varying the density or the size of the celluloid particles used in the process produces munition parts having different densities. In addition, the placement of inserts into the particles prior to exposure to high heat and pressure produces munition parts having inserts that are useful for identification and tracking of such parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Viral Panchal, Chong Peng, Dale Conti, Ming-Wan Young, Tianyi Huang
  • Patent number: 11285646
    Abstract: What is presented is a method of forming a closure with a sealing gasket in an injection molding machine that has a center rotating cube. The center rotating cube comprises a plurality of mold back halves each comprising cores and a thread unscrewing mechanism. Each core is shaped to form a closure that has a thread and an anti-rotation feature. The method comprises the steps of forming a closure with a through hole, rotating the core to create a gap between the formed closure and the core, and injecting a compressible material through the through hole and into the gap to form a sealing gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: F&S Tool, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Faulkner
  • Patent number: 11278315
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an optical obturator includes providing an injection mold including a mold cavity defining an outer surface of the optical obturator and a core pin centrally positioned within the mold cavity. The core pin defines an inner surface of the optical obturator. In particular, the core pin may be cantilevered to the injection mold. The method further includes injecting a first material between the core pin and the mold cavity to form the tubular shaft and injecting a second material between a distal portion of the core pin and a distal portion of the mold cavity to form the optical tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gregory Fischvogt, Danny Berry, Emily Davis, Norvin Asido
  • Patent number: 11279066
    Abstract: A process is for manufacturing a complex motor vehicle glazing including a glass pane, an elastomer seal and a metal insert overmolded by the elastomer seal. The process includes inserting an edge of a glass pane and a metal insert into an encapsulation mold forming a leaktight cavity around the edge of the glass pane, filling the leaktight cavity containing the edge of the glass pane and the metal insert, by injecting an encapsulation composition including a polypropylene (PP)/thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compound in the molten state, cooling the encapsulation composition to form an elastomer seal in which the metal insert is integrated, and releasing the elastomer seal from the mold. The PP/TPE compound includes from 30% to 80% by weight of polypropylene (PP) and the metal insert is covered over its entire surface liable to come into contact with the encapsulation composition, with a polypropylene coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Arthur Stricher, Fabienne Piroux, Christophe Kleo, Bastien Grandgirard, Olivier Blanc
  • Patent number: 11267174
    Abstract: An insert-molded container in which a secondary container made of transparent synthetic resin is integrally provided to the outside of a primary container, the secondary container includes a gate mark, and a vapor-deposited layer is provided on the outer surface of the primary container in a peripheral area of the gate mark is manufactured by a manufacturing method of insert-molded container. The method includes: a cover attaching step of attaching a cover member made of transparent synthetic resin to the outer surface of a part of the primary container where a vapor-deposited layer is provided; a placing step of placing the primary container in a mold with the cover member facing a gate; and an insert molding step of injecting a transparent synthetic resin material from the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Kazumi Azuma
  • Patent number: 11254034
    Abstract: A mould for injection moulding a closure assembly having a cap and lid includes a first and second mould part moveable with respect to each other. The lid includes a nipple made from a first material. The cap includes a dispensing passage to be sealed by the nipple and is made from a second material. The mould includes a holder adapted for receiving a pre-formed body with the nipple. This holder holds the body and nipple in place in a closure cavity for moulding the closure assembly. The holder includes a core having a recess for receiving the nipple. The holder further includes a tube part for insertion into the tubular nipple. This tube part can be connected with a suction source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Weener Plastics Group B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Schipper, Holger Pries, G√ľnter Rieken
  • Patent number: 11230039
    Abstract: A film material insert molding method, includes an intermediate part forming step of forming a first intermediate part having an edge extending radially outward, the edge being disposed at and near an outer peripheral end of a final shape of a film material, a transparent resin layer forming step of forming a second intermediate part including a transparent resin layer, by injection molding, on a front surface of the first intermediate part, with the edge of the first intermediate part being fixed, and a substrate resin layer forming step of forming an insert-molded article including a substrate resin layer, by injection molding, on a back surface of the second intermediate part, the substrate resin layer covering a surface of a radially outer end of the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventors: Takayuki Matsuo, Takeshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 11226093
    Abstract: A candle with an embedded item and methods for manufacturing same are disclosed. A method for manufacturing a candle having an embedded item can include providing a first set of items of a first value and a second set of items of a second value different from the first value, combining the two sets to create a third set, and distributing the items of the third set among a set of candles, one item per candle, where the presence, nature, or value of the item within the candle is obscured. The method can further include selling the candles for a first price, wherein, the presence of the embedded item, the nature of the embedded item, the value of the embedded item, or the value of the embedded item relative to the first price is not known to the purchaser. The embedded item can comprise an object redeemable for a prize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Diamond Candles, LLC
    Inventors: David Anthony Cayton, Justin Winter
  • Patent number: 11214024
    Abstract: A system and method for forming 3D printed structures includes printing an outer shell portion and filling an interior of the outer shell portion to form an inner portion. The outer shell portion and inner portion may have differing material properties. The outer shell portion may be anchored to the base component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoav Sterman, Todd A. Waatti