Patents Examined by George R. Koch
  • Patent number: 11116118
    Abstract: The tape feeder set-up system has a tape feeder, having an electric motor, for feeding a carrier tape wound on a reel and accommodating multiple components in a predetermined feed direction; a loading table on which the tape feeder can be loaded; a scheduled use determination section for determining whether a component in the tape feeder loaded on the loading table is scheduled to be used based on a component usage schedule, and a control section for reversing the carrier tape in a direction opposite to the predetermined feed direction by controlling the electric motor of the tape feeder when the scheduled use determination section determines that the component is not scheduled to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Takanori Takagi, Takayuki Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11104084
    Abstract: A method for reworking a composite laminate comprising a plurality of tapes, comprising the following steps: detecting the occurrence of a defect on a tape of composite material while the tape is being laid up; continuing the lay-up of the defective tape until a tape length is formed which surpasses a manufacturing length of the tape; catching the part of the defective tape that surpasses the manufacturing length of the tap; cutting the defective tape in the part of the defective tape that surpasses the manufacturing length of the tape; removing from the laminate the caught defective tape by the catching system, and laying-up a replacement tape in the place of the removed defective tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: José Manuel Menéndez Martín, Raúl Alberto Cabañas Contreras, Pedro Cabrera Rodríguez
  • Patent number: 11104469
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for systems and methods for calibrating a label applicator for improved accuracy and/or precision on moving objects. In one example, a system may be configured to receive a height of a package on a conveyor path prior to the package reaching a label applicator. The system can be configured to determine a predicted tamp time for the package based on the height. The predicted tamp time can represent an estimated period of time for a tamp head to apply a label on the package. The system also can instruct a controller operating a label applicator to activate the tamp head for the package based on the predicted tamp time. The system can receive an actual tamp time from the controller after the label has been applied to the package and update the modeling coefficient based on a tamp time error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Muething, Richa Rastogi, Keith C. Tate, Anand Harshad Doshi, John Kevin Robinson, Mahmoud Abugharbieh
  • Patent number: 11104083
    Abstract: A method for joining a lens with a housing of a lighting device for a motor vehicle, having the steps: positioning the housing in a receiving device of a welding device, said housing having on its underside at least one fastener for attaching the lighting device in the motor vehicle, identifying the position of the at least one fastener relative to the receiving device, calculating a correction value on the basis of the identified position of the at least one fastener, and moving the lens held in a holding device of the welding device in the direction of the housing along a travel distance and welding the lens to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Andreas Schuette
  • Patent number: 11094667
    Abstract: A bonding apparatus configured to bond substrates includes a first holder configured to vacuum-exhaust a first substrate to attract and hold the first substrate on a bottom surface thereof; a second holder disposed under the first holder and configured to vacuum-exhaust a second substrate to attract and hold the second substrate on a top surface thereof; a rotator configured to rotate the first holder and the second holder relatively; a moving device configured to move the first holder and the second holder relatively in a horizontal direction; three position measurement devices disposed at the first holder or the second holder rotated by the rotator and configured to measure a position of the first holder or the second holder; and a controller configured to control the rotator and the moving device based on measurement results of the three position measurement devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Takashi Nakamitsu, Shuhei Matsumoto, Toshifumi Inamasu
  • Patent number: 11094955
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus of a membrane-electrode assembly for a fuel cell includes: an electrode film sheet supply unit supplying a first electrode film sheet including a first electrode film coated with an anode layer and a second electrode film sheet including a second electrode film coated with a cathode layer; an electrolyte membrane sheet supply unit supplying the electrolyte membrane between the anode layer of the first electrode film sheet and the cathode layer of the second electrode film sheet; a drive bonding roll rotatable by an operation of a first driver; and a driven bonding roll movable closer to or farther apart from the drive bonding roll and pressing the electrolyte membrane and the first and second electrode film sheets with the drive bonding roll. In particular, an engraved portion and an embossing portion are alternately formed on a circumference of the drive bonding roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Jin Won Lee
  • Patent number: 11081380
    Abstract: A chip bonding apparatus includes a chip separation unit, a chip alignment unit, a chip bonding unit and a bonding robotic arm unit. The bonding robotic arm unit includes a first bonding robotic arm unit and a second bonding robotic arm unit. The first bonding robotic arm unit includes a first motion stage, a first driver configured to drive the first motion stage and at least one first bonding robotic arm arranged on the first motion stage. The first bonding robotic arm is configured to suck up a chip from the chip separation unit and deliver it to the chip alignment unit. The second bonding robotic arm unit includes a second motion stage, a second driver configured to drive the second motion stage and at least one second bonding robotic arm arranged on the second motion stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Feibiao Chen, Hai Xia, Yuebin Zhu, Hailin Cheng, Xiaoyu Jiang, Lili Zhao, Donghao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11066205
    Abstract: A high speed labeling machine especially designed for use in food or pharmaceutical processing environments. It can be periodically washed down in accordance with applicable governmental standards without entry of washing fluid into an interior of an enclosure assembly containing servo motors and the electronics for driving shafts that penetrate through a wall of the enclosure assembly and on which a label web supply reel and a web take-up reel are removably mounted. A plurality of idler rollers and a pinch roller are used to route the label carrying web from the supply reel, over an edge of a peel plate, where the labels are separated from the web, and back to the web take-up reel. The idler rollers and the pinch rollers are journaled on shafts in a way precluding entry of wash fluids into their interior. The enclosure assembly is cantilever-mounted on a jack stand for vertical adjustment relative to items to be labeled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Multifeeder Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Allen Harvey, Peter M. Nordling, Ed Turin
  • Patent number: 11066203
    Abstract: Provided is a test tube automatic alignment and label attaching apparatus including a basket formed in a box shape and whose upper surface is open to receive a plurality of test tubes and having a concave bottom surface; a test tube supply device mounted inside the basket and configured to discharge test tubes received in the basket to one side of the basket; and a test tube feeder configured to move the test tubes discharged from one side of the basket. Various other embodiments are available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ENERGIUM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junghun Kang, Kanghee Lee, Hophyang Ryu, Sangjun Park
  • Patent number: 11065856
    Abstract: The invention relates to an industrial machine for vertically applying temporary or permanent protective films on plane surfaces and having an automatic system for cutting the film, positioning it edge-to-edge or with a margin (in particular in the context of film-coating sheets of glass for the purposes of glazing any window frames without damaging the temporary protection; the glass being film-coated while leaving a setback) by acting simultaneously on both faces and adapting automatically to changes in the format of the parts for treatment, using an electrostatic method for holding the film in position on the applicator roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ASIDIUM
    Inventor: Stéphane Milioti
  • Patent number: 11065821
    Abstract: A vibration welding device having a mechanically coupled multiple vibrator. Within this vibration welding device, the plurality of vibration units are arranged relative to an elongated tool such that the first direction of vibrations of the individual vibration units is oriented approximately transverse to a longitudinal axis of the tool such that, during a vibration welding process, two components are weldable to each other by vibrations different than a longitudinal direction of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: BRANSON Ultraschall Niederlassung der Emerson Technologies GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventor: Wilfried Lotz
  • Patent number: 11063301
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus creates an electrode laminate in which an electrode is sandwiched between first and second separators. A first sensor detects a first lateral positional displacement amount in a width direction of the first separator with respect to a predetermined reference position. An electrode supply unit supplies the electrode to a predetermined electrode supply position. A second sensor detects a second lateral positional displacement amount in a width direction of the second separator with respect to a predetermined reference position. A control unit corrects a position of the first separator based on the first lateral positional displacement amount and corrects a position of the second separator based on the second lateral positional displacement amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichiro Fujiwake, Hideyasu Kamigawa, Takeshi Yamamoto, Sadao Nishida, Jiro Kamiura
  • Patent number: 11059241
    Abstract: A system for producing a component from a fibre composite material includes a moulding tool, a control unit and a plurality of mutually independent material application units, each of which includes a material store for providing fibres, a material delivery apparatus for delivering fibres from the material store and a drive device, and is configured, with the aid of the drive device, to follow a predetermined path on the moulding tool, while delivering fibres as required. The control unit controls the material application units by specifying a plurality of individual paths, so that they move autonomously along the paths. The control may, in particular, be carried out by optical projection onto the moulding tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Jan-Christoph Kako
  • Patent number: 11053044
    Abstract: A labelling apparatus for labelling a tray while the tray is conveyed by a conveyor means. A label feeder device is configured to place a label onto a top surface of the tray. A first tucker device is arranged sidewise to the conveyor means and includes an applicator block. A first moving mechanism is configured to move the applicator block in a back and forth direction perpendicular to the conveying direction of the tray. The applicator block is movable from an initial position to a labelling position where the applicator block presses the portion of the label exceeding a side surface of the tray such that the applicator block follows the shape of the side surface of the tray via a rotational movement of the applicator block around the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: MAREL LTD
    Inventor: Sean James Mills
  • Patent number: 11046015
    Abstract: A system for, and method making and repairing a fiber-reinforced component including bonding a first thermoplastic matrix possessing reinforcing fibers distributed therein to a second composite member possessing a thermoplastic matrix with reinforcing fibers distributed therein; and metals and more particularly a method and apparatuses for joining fiber reinforced thermoplastics utilizing a combination of heat, force and rotational force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Yibo Su
  • Patent number: 11034101
    Abstract: A manufacturing arrangement realized for manufacturing a rotor blade, including a pair of tracks arranged along the longitudinal sides of a blade mold; a first gantry assembly realized to span the track pair and to carry a first tool arrangement including at least a fiber distributor for distributing a fiber material into the blade mold; a second gantry assembly realized to span the track pair and to carry a second tool arrangement realized to carry a supply of fiber material and to provide the fiber material to the fiber distributor; and a control arrangement realized to effect a coordinated movement of the gantry assemblies along the track pair and to coordinate the operation of the second tool arrangement with the operation of the first tool arrangement is provided. A fiber mat magazine; a manufacturing line; a method of manufacturing a rotor blade; and a rotor blade, is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Karsten Schibsbye
  • Patent number: 11027926
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a conveying apparatus for transporting individual products, having a feed device comprising a transport means for transporting the respective product in a direction of transport which runs at an angle to the direction of gravity, wherein the transport means has a resting surface for the respective product, having a control device comprising at least one electronic component, and having a frame bearing a holder which is movable between an operating position and a maintenance position and which bears at least one electronic component, wherein the at least one electronic component, in the operating position of the holder, is ready for operation. The disclosure proposes that the control device is ready for operation also in the maintenance position. The disclosure also relates to a labeling apparatus having such a conveying apparatus and having an applicator for applying a label to the respective product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ESPERA-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Winfried Vicktorius, Mario Wiegel
  • Patent number: 11031368
    Abstract: A bonding apparatus includes a movable light guide, a first capture, a second capture, a detector, an aligner, and a mover. When the movable light guide is positioned between a chip and a board, an image of the chip is made incident from a first incident port and emitted from a first emission port, and an image of a bonding position of the board is made incident from a second incident port and emitted from a second emission port. The first capture images the image of the chip emitted from the first emission port. The second capture images the bonding position emitted from the second emission port. The detector detects a relative positional deviation of the chip and the bonding position. The aligner relatively moves a bonding tool and a stage. The mover advances and retreats the movable light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Hitoshi Mukohjima
  • Patent number: 11026324
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a method for creating a secure volume. A method includes adhering a flexible circuit to a surface of an enclosure. A first portion of the flexible circuit extends outward from the perimeter of the enclosure. A second portion of the flexible circuit is adhered to the center portion of the enclosure. Pressure is applied to the flexible circuit to ensure that it is affixed to the enclosure. The flexible circuit and the enclosure are then subjected to an annealing temperature. The duration and temperature are based on the adhesive and flexible circuit material. The extended portion of the flexible circuit is coated with an adhesive and folded over the second portion of the flexible circuit. Pressure is applied to the folded flexible circuit. The folded flexible circuit is then subjected to an annealing temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Arthur Higby, David Long, Michael Fisher, James Busby, John R. Dangler, Robert Weiss, Zachary Thomas Dreiss, Rorie Paul Reyes
  • Patent number: 11014310
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for connecting two joining elements, these elements being connected by means of a thermally activatable adhesive with a flat heating element arranged therein, by suitable heating of the adhesive. The invention also relates to an assembly produced in this way from two joining elements and to an arrangement designed for carrying out a corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Andreas Lühring, Malte Kleemeier