Patents Examined by George R. Koch
  • Patent number: 10150263
    Abstract: A testing arrangement serves for controlling the manufacturing of a fiber reinforced component. The testing arrangement includes an inspection device with a sensor system, with the inspection device being configured to move on and/or above one or more material layer(s) and/or a surface of the component and to examine the material layer(s) or the surface with the sensor system. A device serves for automated manufacturing of a fiber reinforced plastic laminate. The device includes a forming tool, a laying head for automated laying of material layers in the forming tool as well as a testing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Bauer, Franz Engel, Tilman Orth, Christian Weimer
  • Patent number: 10144183
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for verifying the placement of tows by a robot. One embodiment includes a robot that includes an end effector that lays up tows, actuators that reposition the end effector, a memory storing a Numerical Control (NC) program, and a robot controller that directs the actuators to reposition the end effector based on the NC program, and instructs the end effector to lay up tows based on the NC program. The system also includes a sensor system comprising an imaging device that acquires images of the tows as the tows are laid-up, a measuring device that generates input as tows are laid-up by the end effector, and a sensor controller that receives images from the imaging device and the input from the measuring device, and updates stored data to correlate the images with instructions in the NC program, based on the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Anthony W Baker, Steven A Dorris, Christopher P Bellavia, Hugh L Taylor, Luke C Ingram, Kenny P Bowers
  • Patent number: 10144546
    Abstract: A label position detector has a sensor, a support member configured to support a strip-shaped liner sheet of a continuous label body, and an opening/closing member provided openably or closably against the support member. The opening/closing member has a main body installed with the sensor and a cover provided with a slot that causes the sensor to face the conveyance passage for the continuous label body and detachably installed on the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shuzo Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10138015
    Abstract: A process for using a first labeling system that is a constituent of a block-form first container-handling includes, before switching between said labeling and non-labeling modes of a labeling unit thereof, providing a control signal to a control unit that controls the labeling machine, the control signal being indicative of a gap in container flow. the control signal occurs before the gap in container flow reaches a container inlet of the first labeling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Lutz Deckert, Klaus Krämer
  • Patent number: 10137674
    Abstract: A method for forming an elastomeric laminate includes the steps of providing a first coverstock material; SELF'ing the first coverstock material to create a pre-SELFed coverstock layer having a primary activation pattern comprising SELF-specific land areas; providing an elastomeric layer; and joining the elastomeric layer to the pre-SELFed layer at zero relative strain, such that the elastomeric layer and pre-SELFed coverstock layer are joined at one or more bonding sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mark James Kline, Matthias Konrad Hippe, Tina Liebe, Jill Marlene Orr
  • Patent number: 10124922
    Abstract: A labelling machine comprises a supply spool support for supporting a spool of label carrying web, a take up spool support adapted to take up a portion of web, and a first motive apparatus for transporting web along a web path between the supply spool support to the take up spool support, and a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: VIDEOJET TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gary Pfeffer, Philip Hart, Jeremy Ellis
  • Patent number: 10112372
    Abstract: A device for producing composite sheets, in particular laminated glass plates, is proposed, comprising: an evacuating device (1), a vacuum-tight transporting surface (16) for conveying the sheets (6, 19, 20) to be laminated into the evacuating device and for conveying the sheets out of the evacuating device, and a vacuum-tight release sheet (14) that is transported along with the transporting surface, wherein the sheets to be laminated are placed between the transporting surface and the release sheet, characterized in that a seal (5) that runs around the sheets, is transported along with them and can be released is provided on the transporting surface and/or on the release sheet and allows an evacuation of the space between the transporting surface and the release sheet and thus allows a vacuum bag (18) containing the sheets to be formed in the evacuating device. A corresponding method and a corresponding vacuum bag (18) are likewise disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SM Innotech GMBH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hans Gerd Stevens
  • Patent number: 10086596
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a material layer onto a form tool may include at least one nosepiece configured to laterally sweep a ply carrier onto a form tool contour. The apparatus may include a pair of tension arms configured to support opposing lateral sides of a ply carrier having a material layer mounted to a lower surface thereof. The apparatus may include one or more actuators configured to position the tension arms during forming of the ply carrier to the form tool contour. The one or more actuators may be configured to sense and control lateral tension in the ply carrier during forming of the ply carrier to the form tool contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew R. Desjardien, Blake Rafferty, Michael Karas, Mark S. Bunker, Erik Lund, Garrett C. Hanson, Stephen G. Holley, Benjamin B. Lee, John D. O'Connell, John D. Morris, Derek J. Flolid, Bruce S. Howard, Mark C. Boberg, Eric J. Walker, Silas L. Studley, Derek Willis
  • Patent number: 10076883
    Abstract: An off-axis prepreg material manufacturing machine may include a robot configured to position a prepreg piece adjacent to an end of a prepreg layer. The machine may additionally include an alignment system configured to sense a position of the prepreg piece relative to the prepreg layer and generate a position signal representative thereof. The machine may also include a controller configured to receive the position signal and cause the robot to adjust the position of the prepreg piece such that an end edge of the prepreg piece and an end edge of the prepreg layer are in substantially abutting contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles R. Prebil, James R. Fox, Randall D. Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 10076849
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing plywood includes receiving a face sheet on a main conveyor and feeding a plurality of pieces of core veneer onto a veneer conveyor by an automated core veneer feeder. The method also includes removing one or more of the plurality of pieces of core veneer from the veneer conveyor and placing the one or more of the plurality of pieces of core veneer onto the face sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC
    Inventor: J. T. Capps, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10052830
    Abstract: A film tension control system according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a delamination unit installed on a transfer path of a polarizing plate to delaminate a release film from a polarizing film, the polarizing plate including the polarizing film and the release film attached to one surface of the polarizing film, an inspection unit installed on a transfer path of the polarizing film to inspect if impurities are present in an adhesive layer formed on one surface of the polarizing film, a tension indication unit installed on a movement path of the release film to indicate a degree of tension applied to the release film, a re-lamination unit to re-laminate the release film having passed through the tension indication unit on the adhesive layer of the polarizing film having passed through the inspection unit, and a tension adjustment unit installed on the transfer path of the re-laminated polarizing plate to adjust the tension of the optical film and the release film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-Je Kim, Eung-Jin Jang, Jae-Ok Shin, Youn-Su Kim, Tae-Sick Kim, Jung-Kyu Park, Young-Sun Bang, Eui-Bong Ha, Dong-Ki Hwang, Jung-Sik Yoon
  • Patent number: 10029411
    Abstract: A glue delivery system and method for providing precise application of glue on a substrate. A bead of glue is extruded from a first glue chamber to a leading edge of the substrate. A trailing edge of the substrate is blown off and over to the nozzle to receive a smear of glue from a second glue chamber. A gear pump is controlled by a servo drive that is connected to a servomotor utilizing a gear reducer. The pump regulates the extrusion of the glue onto the substrate that is programmed with empirical data of gear reducer ratio at which the glue flows within a constant speed, torque, current, speed and position of the glue. The empirical data is provided to a programmable logic circuit to achieve a precise pressure related to volume of a glue deposition and speed of the substrate onto which the glue is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Elum Inc.
    Inventors: Svatoboj Otruba, Ranbir S. Claire
  • Patent number: 8101244
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for producing a plurality of products or processing a plurality of samples via dispensing. The apparatus and method provide real-time monitoring of the products/samples and can provide real-time control. The apparatus and method can monitor the liquid both before and after it has been added to a carrier substrate. The apparatus and method can provide monitoring of each product/sample that is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: SmithKline Beecham Corporation
    Inventors: Allan J. Clarke, David George Doughty, Frederick H. Fiesser
  • Patent number: 8052815
    Abstract: Method and combined set comprising a device and a film material for manufacturing foam cushions, for packaging purposes in particular, a film feed station (2) comprising feeding a film material (9) to a foam feed station (3), the said film material having a first and a second sidewall (9-1, 9-2) which are each connected to a common first edge (16-1), the first and second sidewalls being arranged such that they demarcate an inner space which is accessible via an opening made in a second edge (16-2), the said foam feed station having first guiding devices (8) for guiding the second edge, the foam feed station also having a delivery device (12) to enter the said opening and inject a foaming substance into the inner space, a first welding device (5) which is equipped to make a seam weld in the film material, the film material being equipped with a series of characters (60) applied on the outside of each at a preset distance from one another, the method involving reading the said characters and generating a read p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: N.V. Soudan Patrimonium & Consulting
    Inventor: Freddy Soudan
  • Patent number: 8048245
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing a coated analytic substrate using a compact and portable automated instrument located in the laboratory setting at the point of use which can consistently produce one or a plurality of coated analytic substrates “on demand” for using the analytic substrate immediately after coating, preferably without a step of rinsing the coated analytic substrate before use. The apparatus preferably uses applicator cartridges having a reservoir containing the coating compositions used to form the coatings. Preferably the cartridges are removable and interchangeable to facilitate the production of individual analytic substrates having different coatings or different coating patterns. These coated analytic substrates have superior specimen adhesion characteristics due to the improved quality of the coatings applied by the coating apparatus and due to the quickness with which the coated analytic substrates can be used in the lab after production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Lee H. Angros
  • Patent number: 8020598
    Abstract: A label affixing apparatus enables an RFID tag to be affixed to a product at a distance from the product. The apparatus comprises: a folding/affixing device which conveys a label, a label holder holds a front surface side of the label, a folding device causes a part of the label including a tag attachment site to project by folding the part from a rear surface side to the front surface side into an angular shape. Either traction is suppressed when the label is affixed to the product. A reader/writer has an antenna in a position facing the part of the label when the part of the label is folded, for reading and writing information from and to the RFID tag. A fold detector detects if the label is folded. The label holding device moves between a label suction position and a label affixing position. Folding is assisted from a rear surface side of the part of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Sato
    Inventors: Kouji Kirita, Toshiaki Abe, Hayato Ito, Kenji Murakami, Hiroyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8016963
    Abstract: This document describes the methodology for laminating layers of converted materials to form a precision laminated multilayered structure. With this methodology the pattern in the next layer to be laminated to create the multilayered structure can be adjusted based upon first or prior layer that the next layer is to be laminated to. The next layer will then be precisely aligned to the first or prior layers creating a precision laminated multilayer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Lasx Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Klingbeil, Jim Goosen, Tom Daul, William Dinauer
  • Patent number: 8006638
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing a coated analytic substrate using a compact and portable automated instrument located in the laboratory setting at the point of use which can consistently produce one or a plurality of coated analytic substrates “on demand” for using the analytic substrate immediately after coating, preferably without a step of rinsing the coated analytic substrate before use. The apparatus preferably uses applicator cartridges having a reservoir containing the coating compositions used to form the coatings. Preferably the cartridges are removable and interchangeable to facilitate the production of individual analytic substrates having different coatings or different coating patterns. These coated analytic substrates have superior specimen adhesion characteristics due to the improved quality of the coatings applied by the coating apparatus and due to the quickness with which the coated analytic substrates can be used in the lab after production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Lee H. Angros
  • Patent number: 8007612
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the position- and angle-compensated welding of a component (6) to a base body (5), in particular to a blow molding, comprising the working steps of three-dimensionally recording the geometrical and positional data of the joining face (51) of the base body (5), positioning at least one heating element (221) on the basis of the recorded geometrical and positional data in such a way that a constant distance between the heating element (221) and the joining face (51) of the base body (5) is achieved over the entire joining face (51), plastifying the joining faces (51, 61) of the base element (5) and the component (6) and bringing the plastified joining faces (51, 61) of the component (6) and the base body (5) together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Hans Oxenfarth
  • Patent number: 7998294
    Abstract: In a label manufacturing method, at least a part of a heat sensitive adhesive sheet is heated to develop adhesive properties by using a thermal head having heating elements and by using a transporting unit that transport the heat sheet to pass through a position contacting with the heating elements. Image data is generated on an image area of the sheet and an image editing process is performed so as to divide the image area into at least two types of parts that are set as heated and non-heated parts, respectively. An edited image obtained as a result of the image editing process is input as a heating pattern. The thermal head and the transporting unit are driven based on the input heating pattern and the heating elements are selectively operated in timed synchronization with the transportation of the sheet. In the image data generating step, the image area is displayed on a display as a binary image including a colored part and a non-colored part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Obuchi