Patents Examined by Galen H Hauth
  • Patent number: 11659863
    Abstract: Disclosed is an article for use with apparatus for heating smokable material to volatilize at least one component of the smokable material. The article includes a cavity for receiving smokable material, and a coil of heating material that is heatable by penetration with a varying magnetic field to heat the cavity. Also disclosed is a system including the article and apparatus. The apparatus has an interface for cooperating with the article, and a magnetic field generator. The magnetic field generator includes a coil for generating a varying magnetic field for penetrating the coil of the article when the interface is cooperating with the article. An impedance of the coil of the magnetic field generator is equal, or substantially equal, to an impedance of the coil of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Nicoventures Trading Limited
    Inventors: Thomas P. Blandino, Andrew Wilke
  • Patent number: 11659859
    Abstract: A smoking article (10) includes a tobacco rod (“rod”) (12) and a mouthpiece (14) secured to a downstream end of the rod (12). The mouthpiece contains: a tubular element (20) defining a longitudinal channel, a downstream segment of filter material (24), and an extinguisher element (22). The tubular element (20) is provided adjacent the downstream end of the rod (12). The downstream segment of filter material (24) is downstream of the tubular element (20) and spaced apart from the tubular element (20) to define a cavity (26) between the tubular element (20) and the downstream segment of filter material (24). The extinguisher element (22) includes: a compressible reservoir (28) provided in the cavity (26) and containing liquid, a neck portion (30) extending upstream from the reservoir (28) and having an open end, and a seal (32) provided over the open end of the neck portion (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Jordil, Alen Kadiric
  • Patent number: 11654612
    Abstract: A method or apparatus for three-dimensionally printing. The method may comprise causing a phase change in a region of the first material by applying focused energy to the region using a focused energy source, and displacing the first material with a second material. The apparatus may comprise a container configured to hold a first material, a focused energy source configured to cause a phase change in a region of the first material by applying focused energy to the region, and an injector configured to displace the first material with a second material. The first material may comprise a yield stress material, which is a material exhibiting Herschel-Bulkley behavior. The yield stress material may comprise a soft granular gel. The second material may comprise one or more cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignees: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc., Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Alberto Fernandez-Nieves, Thomas Ettor Angelini, Ya-Wen Chang, Samantha M. Marquez
  • Patent number: 11654722
    Abstract: Provided is a tire including a tread portion. The tread portion includes two circumferential grooves and three land portions. The three land portions include a crown land portion disposed on a tire equator, and two shoulder land portions including tread contact ends. At least one of the shoulder land portions includes a plurality of main inclined grooves and a plurality of subsidiary inclined grooves. The main inclined grooves have tire-axially inner ends ending in the shoulder land portions and tire-axially outer ends disposed outwardly of the tread contact ends Te in the tire axial direction. The subsidiary inclined grooves have tire-axially inner ends ending in the shoulder land portions and tire-axially outer ends ending in the shoulder land portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventor: Hiroki Nagase
  • Patent number: 11654614
    Abstract: A method of 3D printing a part with an extrusion-based additive manufacturing system includes providing a filament having a semi-crystalline material as a majority component of a polymeric matrix to a liquefier having a liquefier tube having an overall length between an inlet end and an outlet end. An upper portion of the liquefier tube adjacent the inlet end has a first length and a first cross-sectional area substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis and a lower portion of the liquefier tube adjacent the outlet end has a second length and a second cross-sectional area substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, wherein the first cross-sectional area is greater than the second cross-sectional area. The method includes driving the filament into a melt zone located within the upper portion of the liquefier tube at a selected rate based upon a desired extrusion rate. The filament is melted within the melt zone forming a melt pool in the liquefier tube to provide the selected extrusion rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittorio L. Jaker, Paul Leavitt, Benjamin N. Dunn
  • Patent number: 11651893
    Abstract: Provided are molds for polar anisotropic ring-shaped bonded magnet molded articles which enable the production of bonded magnet molded articles with a high degree of roundness and only slight distortion, without the need for mold modification and preparation of a test mold, and a method of preparing such molds. The present invention relates to a method of preparing a mold for a polar anisotropic ring-shaped bonded magnet molded article, the method including: 1) determining the shrinkage length (Tc) of a desired polar anisotropic ring-shaped bonded magnet molded article using the following equation: Tc=T×(?1/100??2/100); 2) determining the radius (Dm) of a magnetic pole portion of a mold cavity using the following equation: Dm=D/(1??2/100); and 3) defining the outer peripheral shape of the mold cavity from the Tc, the Dm, and the number (P) of magnetic poles of the molded article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Masahiro Abe, Kohei Ihara
  • Patent number: 11649185
    Abstract: An automated large outside diameter preform tipping process. A zone of the preform is heated inside a furnace and softened. The preform tip is shaped and the process is controlled by the movement of the glass above and below the heating zone and by sensing the weight of the lower part of the preform, which in effect is a measure of the viscosity of the softened material. Once the correct viscosity is reached, the bottom holder is moved away from the top holder with a non-linear, accelerated velocity profile (derived from the FEM simulation of glass flow) which is precisely programmed and controlled so that the preform tip is optimally shaped (usually short and sharp tipped) with minimum waste and waveguide distortion when drawn into a fiber. The same concept of the non-linear, accelerated velocity profile can also be applied to other tipping processes such as horizontal preform tipping processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Qiulin Ma, Kai Huei Chang
  • Patent number: 11649567
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing a multifilament yarn from a melt of a copolymer of polyacrylicnitrile. The method is characterized in that a multifilament yarn is produced by means of pressing a melt of a copolymer through a spinning nozzle and is subsequently stretched at least tenfold. The present invention further relates to a correspondingly produced multifilament yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: André Lehmann, Evgueni Tarkhanov
  • Patent number: 11642827
    Abstract: An extrusion device comprises at least one supply station suitable for containing a material to be extruded; a plurality of propellers operatively connected to at least one supply station for receiving the material to be extruded and at least one extrusion head connected to at least one propeller. Each propeller can also be selectively activated to modulate an extrusion speed and/or a quantity of material to be extruded as an output from the extrusion head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Simone MacCagnan, Lorenzo Gatti
  • Patent number: 11642686
    Abstract: Apparatus for forming a 3D object from powder, comprising: a) delivery means adapted to emit a flow of powder at sufficiently high velocity to enable it to form the 3D object; b) positioning means adapted adjust the position of the delivery means; and c) control means adapted to control: i) movement of the positioning means; and ii) the velocity of the flow of powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Steven Camilleri, Byron Kennedy
  • Patent number: 11642824
    Abstract: A misalignment sensing system for a molding structure and a method for using same. The molding structure includes a first component and a second component, at least one of the components being selectively repositionable between a closed configuration of the mold structure and an open configuration of the mold structure. The misalignment sensing system includes an alignment member including a male portion coupled to and extending from the first component of the molding structure, and a female portion defined in the second component of the molding structure, the female portion being configured to receive the male portion when the molding structure is in a closed configuration; and at least one sensor connected to one of the male and female portions and being configured to detect a deformation of any one of the male portion and the female portion, the deformation being induced by a misalignment of the molding structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Christophe Halter, Teng Guo
  • Patent number: 11639016
    Abstract: A shearing part for a plasticising screw has at least one inlet channel and at least one outlet channel, which run helically around or parallel to the longitudinal axis (X) of the shearing part. The inlet channel is open upstream and closed downstream. The outlet channel is open downstream and closed upstream. The inlet outlet channels are arranged lying directly adjacent to one another and contiguous to one another, and are connected directly with one another fluidically, so that inflowing melt can flow over directly from the inlet channel into the outlet channel, wherein a flow direction transversely to longitudinal axis (X) of the shearing part is produced. The inlet channel has a depth (T) at which shearing action on the melt is substantially avoided. The outlet channel is configured as shearing surface, so that shearing action is present onto melt flowing through the outlet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventors: Maximilian Schadhauser, Martin Würtele
  • Patent number: 11632978
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating article (10) has a longitudinal extension and comprises aerosol-generating substrate (20, 21) extending along the longitudinal extension and susceptor material (30, 31) extending along the longitudinal extension. The aerosol-forming substrate (20, 21) and the susceptor material (30, 31) form an extrudate having a same cross-sectional shape along a length of the extrudate. Also disclosed is an aerosol-generating device, which comprises a device housing (70) comprising a support element (8) extending from a proximal end of the device housing (70). The support element (8) is adapted for receiving an aerosol-generating article (10, 12) comprising aerosol-forming substrate (20, 21) and susceptor material (30, 31). A mouthpiece (71) of the device comprises a cavity to accommodate the support element (8) including aerosol-generating article (10, 12) mounted on the support element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Noelia Rojo-Calderon, Rui Nuno Batista
  • Patent number: 11628690
    Abstract: A tire has a tread portion having a second middle land region which is provided with middle lateral grooves and circumferentially divided into middle blocks. Each middle block is provided with two first middle sipes extending from a second shoulder circumferential groove, and one second middle sipe disposed between the two first middle sipes. Each first middle sipe extends in a wavy manner in its depth direction. The second middle sipe extends straight in its depth direction. The second middle sipe extends from the second shoulder circumferential groove and is terminated within the second middle land region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Kawagoe
  • Patent number: 11628693
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pneumatic tire including a film attached to an inner liner, and a plurality of porous sound absorbing members attached to the film and arranged at a predetermined interval. According to the pneumatic tire, occurrence of resonance noise in the tire may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Sungkyu Kim, Yoonjeong Jang, Manseop Kim, Changhyo Hong
  • Patent number: 11627757
    Abstract: A machine for preparing a smokeable product, the machine comprising a housing, a capsule receiving compartment within the housing, the capsule receiving compartment configured to receive a capsule used to prepare the smokeable product, a rolling medium holder movably coupled to the housing, the rolling medium holder configured to receive at least one rolling medium and move between an open position for receiving the rolling medium, and a closed position for forming the smokeable product, and a tamper coupled to the housing and configured to puncture the capsule to permit and facilitate movement of smokeable material from the capsule into a rolling medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: BetaPod, inc.
    Inventor: Ofer Kahana
  • Patent number: 11628640
    Abstract: The molding element has a plurality of contacting element delimited by grooves, the molding element having a molding surface for forming a contact face of the contacting element intended to come into contact with ground during rolling and a groove forming rib portion for forming the groove comprising two opposed rib side faces for forming two opposed groove side faces and a rib top face connecting two rib side faces for forming a groove bottom, the groove forming rib portion providing a space opening to at least one of the rib side faces and/or to the rib top face and an insert being received in the space for forming a portion of the groove and a closing device in the groove, the insert comprises at least one notched plate of thickness t1, the notched plate includes at least one notch for forming a flexible fence of the closing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Anthony Gueugneau, Khotchakorn Pengsaloong, Gael Roty, Xavier Marduel
  • Patent number: 11623384
    Abstract: A rubber sole thermo-molding machine includes a lower mold seat disposed on a hydraulic actuator of the machine seat. The lower mold seat ascends and descends with respect to the upper mold seat according to the hydraulic actuator, allowing the lower upper molds to close and open. The upper mold seat moves between a normal position and a tilt position according to the turning mechanism. The middle plate horizontally moves between the upper and the lower mold seats, and has a push mechanism connected with the middle frame. When the pin of the middle frame and the fasten unit on the push mechanism are separated, the middle frame is stacked on the middle plate or the lower mold to move, facilitating the cleansing and material-feeding operations. The user can cleanse the upper mold without being hindered by the middle frame, assuring the safe and smooth process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventor: Wen-Sen Tian
  • Patent number: 11623409
    Abstract: A method of additive manufacturing of a three-dimensional object is disclosed. The method comprises sequentially forming a plurality of layers in a configured pattern corresponding to the shape of the object. Each layer is formed by dispensing at least one modeling material to form an uncured layer, and curing the uncured layer by radiation. In various exemplary embodiments of the invention the method comprises, for at least one layer, forming a stack of sacrificial radiation-protective layers to cover an exposed portion of the layer, such that an upper layer of the stack remains exposed during formation of any subsequent layer of the plurality of layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Stratasys Ltd.
    Inventors: Diana Ravich, Eduardo Napadensky
  • Patent number: 11617394
    Abstract: A low-temperature baked vaporizer and a low-temperature baked smoking set are disclosed, the vaporizer includes a sleeve, for receiving vaporizable materials; and a heating element, manufactured by metal materials and sleeved outside the sleeve, configured for heating the sleeve; the heating element includes a plurality of through holes, configured for adjusting resistance of the heating element such that the heating element generates heat evenly. By relying on all kinds of arrays of through holes, they make the whole resistance of the heating element even, with consequently making the current to be even during the vaporizer is working, therefore, the vaporizer generates heat evenly, ensures the tobacco cigarette to be heated evenly, to improve efficiency and stability of vaporizing smoking smog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Shenzhen First Union Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zexin Wu, Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu