Patents Examined by George R. Koch
  • Patent number: 7992613
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement for the production of composite work pieces of layers laminated to each other, with at least one layer representing a glass plate. First, at least one composite work piece is laminated in a lamination press under the effects of pressure and heat in order to at least activate the adhesive material used for lamination. Then the composite work piece is removed from the lamination press and transported into a curing station and/or cooling station for curing and/or cooling. A testing device for detecting broken glass in the composite work piece is arranged between the lamination press and the curing station or between the lamination press and the cooling station, which detects potentially present broken glass by testing the inherent stability of the composite work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Burkle GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Damm, Gerhard Dolker, Michael Pojtinger, Wolfgang Renz, Matthias Zufle
  • Patent number: 7992612
    Abstract: A simulation press having a main body and an actuator attached thereto. The actuator is substantially aligned with the main body. A first plate is coupled to the main body and a second plate is coupled to the actuator. Both plates are adapted to engage a workpiece so as to simulate various modes of deformation of an area or areas on the workpiece when the second plate is moved relative to the first plate. The simulation press further includes a drive controller for controlling operation of the actuator. The drive controller additionally responds to feedback from at least one feedback sensor included with the simulation press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Stuart James Shelley, Richard Allan Roth, II, Allan Michael Burwinkel, Richard William Hamm, Larry Ray Gilliam, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7987884
    Abstract: The invention relates to an installation for applying glue to fibers for the production of fiberboard, especially MDF board or similar wood material board. Said installation comprises a fiber feed unit having at least one fiber feed conduit which opens into a fiber exit tube via an arched fiber deflection element and receives the air that is used to transport the fibers, a chute which is located downstream of the fiber exit tube, a glue application device which is located e.g. between the fiber exit tube and the chute and which has spray nozzles for spraying the fibers that emerge from the fiber exit tube and enter the chute with drops of glue, and a collection device, located downstream of the chute and having a transport device for collecting and optionally carrying off the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Siempelkamp Maschinen -Und Anlagen Bau GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Aengenvoort, Michael Schöler, Klaus Schürmann, Lothar Sebastian
  • Patent number: 7981479
    Abstract: A system and method for use in applying a coating of a desired material onto one or more medical implant components. The system may include one or more thermal sprayers and a rotatable holding fixture having a plurality of mounting stations each operable to hold at least one medical implant component. The fixture may be operable to rotate about a central axis and each mounting station may be operable to rotate about a respective mounting station axis. The fixture may be arranged adjacent to one or more thermal sprayers so that during operation one or more desired materials may be sprayed by the one or more thermal sprayers upon an outer surface of each of the medical implant components while the fixture rotates about the central axis and while simultaneously therewith each of mounting stations having a respective medical implant component rotates about the respective mounting station axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignees: Howmedica Osteonics Corp., Inframat Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel E. Lawrynowicz, Aiguo Wang, Zongtao Zhang, Jay Krajewski
  • Patent number: 7976656
    Abstract: A method of gumming a web of paper material in a filter tip attachment machine is implemented using a gumming device that comprises a gumming roller and a transfer roller counter-rotating tangentially one to another about horizontal and parallel axes, and creating a trough in which to hold a prescribed quantity of adhesive supplied by a feed circuit, also a drive system by which the rollers are set in rotation on their axes, and a control unit to which both the feed circuit and the drive system are interlocked. The gumming roller revolves tangentially to the web of material at a gumming station, and the method envisages a procedure, triggered in the event of a stoppage affecting the machine, that consists in the steps of suspending delivery of the adhesive, distancing the web of paper material from the gumming roller, and reversing the direction of rotation of the rollers, relative to the direction of rotation during normal operation, in such a way that the trough is emptied gradually of adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: G.D.S.P.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Sartoni, Umberto Zanetti, Gianluca Grazia
  • Patent number: 7975743
    Abstract: A labeler is supported on a frame and includes a waste liner rewind mechanism. The frame may be a two-piece frame, wherein each piece supports a plurality of labeler components. A waste liner rewind wheel is rotatably mounted on one of the frame members, and is capable of supporting the release liner of the label web after the labels have been removed and applied to items. A rewind drive is connected to the waste liner rewind wheel for advancing the waste liner rewind wheel to wind the release liner about the waste liner rewind drive wheel. The rewind mechanism actuates the rewind drive as a function of the amount of tension on the release liner. The labeler may also include a print mechanism positioned along the label web path for printing a desired printed information on the individual labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Joe & Samia Management Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Z. Sleiman, Michael R. Schram, Douglas F. Lovegrove
  • Patent number: 7976657
    Abstract: A method for continuously manufacturing liquid-crystal display elements includes steps of; continuously feeding an optical film laminate, calculating a length measurement data based on the feed length of the optical film laminate, detecting a mark provided to the optical film laminate indicating defect information in a polarizing composite film being detected in a preliminary inspection, sequentially forming slit lines in a transverse direction with respect to the feed direction of the optical film laminate, determining the polarizing composite film sheet separated by the respective slit lines is a defective polarizing sheet or a normal polarizing sheet, peeling a sheet determined to be a normal polarizing sheet from the carrier film, and laminating the normal polarizing sheet to a respective one of liquid-crystal panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Kouji Kimura, Kazuo Kitada, Fumihito Shimanoe, Tomokazu Yura, Satoru Koshio, Takuya Nakazono, Teruaki Osawa
  • Patent number: 7972658
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for controlling the coating of a sample are disclosed. The exemplary system may have a manufacturing device for providing a sample with one or more sample characteristics associated with one or more coating characteristics. The exemplary system may have a sample sensor for determining the one or more sample characteristics and a manufacturing controller for controlling the manufacturing device and controlling the one or more characteristics of the sample provided by the manufacturing device based on the determined one or more sample characteristics. The exemplary system may also have a coating device for providing coating to the sample with the one or more coating characteristics; a coating sensor for determining the one or more coating characteristics; and a coating controller for controlling the coating device and controlling the one or more characteristics of the coating provided by the coating device based on the determined one or more coating characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc
    Inventors: Matti S Kukkurainen, John F. Shakespeare
  • Patent number: 7959754
    Abstract: An appliance for sealing elastic hoses with a sleeve, which is plastically deformable and slipped onto the hose, has two jaws which are movable towards and away from each other. One jaw has two straight bars which project towards the other jaw and extend transversely of the sleeve to make two transverse indentations in the sleeve and the hose when the jaws are moving towards each other. The same jaw has a cutting edge which projects towards the other jaw and is directed transversely of the sleeve, the cutting edge making a substantially transverse cutting indication in the sleeve and the hose when the jaws are moving towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Millipore AB
    Inventor: Nils Årthun
  • Patent number: 7955456
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for printing a blister film web in a packaging machine, in which molded blister shells are closed with blister film. In the method, a blister film web is supplied to a sealing apparatus via a first transport system, and molded blister shells are supplied to the sealing apparatus via a second transport system. The position of one of the molded blister shells is detected, and at least one detection signal is generated in one or more time intervals between the action time intervals of the sealing apparatus for closing the molded blister shells. A trigger signal for a printing device is generated in dependence on a detection, and optical information is applied to the blister film web by the printing device at a position along the blister film web which is arranged upstream of the sealing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Jörg-Achim Fischer, Holger Suhr, Jörg Suhr
  • Patent number: 7951249
    Abstract: The present invention provides an RFID tag excellent in the diffusion of heat. The RFID tag includes a base, an antenna pattern that is provided on the base and forms a communication antenna, a circuit chip that is electrically connected to the antenna pattern and performs radio communication via the antenna, a cover that is provided in close contact with the base in such a manner as to cover the antenna pattern except a prescribed region including the circuit chip, and an insulating thermal diffusion material that covers the prescribed region and is in thermal contact with the circuit chip. The insulating thermal diffusion material has thermal conductivity higher than the thermal conductivity of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Shunichi Kikuchi, Masumi Suzuki, Michimasa Aoki
  • Patent number: 7951250
    Abstract: A method is provided for configuring a mailpiece creation system to minimize system set-up, mitigate errors and reduce the skill level required to perform tabbing operations. The method includes the steps of (i) determining a fold configuration of the sheet material employed in the creation of a mailpiece, (ii) determining the dimension of an adhesive tab for securing a free edge of the sheet material, (iii) determining a target location for the placement of each adhesive tab relative to the free edge of the folded sheet material, (iv) configuring at least one system parameter of the mailpiece creation system in accordance with at the fold configuration, adhesive tab dimension, and/or target location, and (v) executing a mail run job by the mailpiece creation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Ltd.
    Inventor: Geoffrey A. Farmer
  • Patent number: 7950433
    Abstract: A machine for inflating and sealing an inflatable web comprising a series of pre-formed flexible containers, each of the pre-formed containers being capable of holding therein a quantity of gas and having an opening for receiving such gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Laurence Sperry, Eric Kane
  • Patent number: 7942180
    Abstract: The invention relates to an installation for applying glue to fibers for the production of fiberboard, especially MDF board or similar wood material board. Said installation comprises a fiber feed unit having at least one fiber feed conduit which opens into a fiber exit tube via e.g. an arched fiber deflection element and receives the air that is used to transport the fibers, a chute which is located downstream of the fiber exit tube, a glue application device which is located between the fiber exit tube and the chute and which has spray nozzles for spraying the fibers that emerge from the fiber exit tube and enter the chute with drops of glue, and a collection device, located downstream of the chute and having a transport device for collecting and optionally carrying off the fibers and a suction device for suctioning air from the chute through the transport belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Siempelkamp Maschinen-und Anlagenbaw GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Aengenvoort, Michael Schöler, Klaus Schürmann, Lothar Sebastian
  • Patent number: 7935199
    Abstract: When a label on a conveyor belt is detected, there is performed a label sticking process of making a sticking mechanism take out the label and stick it to an article at a predetermined position, while when a defect of the label on the conveyor belt is detected before detecting the label, the label is sent out to a label recovery position without performing the label sticking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignees: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha, Takara Pac Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadayoshi Mochida, Shinichi Kashiwagi, Takashi Sekimoto
  • Patent number: 7935389
    Abstract: A printer is provided which sprays ink from nozzles to print recording paper P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Takahashi, Kenji Okamoto, Soichi Kuwahara, Yuji Yakura, Shinichi Horii, Yoshiaki Haba, Hiromitsu Takeda
  • Patent number: 7934529
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of high speed manufacture of swatch bearing sheets wherein each sheet is directed through various operating stations via sequentially releasing a suction force from an endless vacuum belt conveyor while sequentially pulling the sheet onto another endless vacuum belt conveyor with a suction force to allow for substantially continuous engagement of the sheet with the endless vacuum conveyors during the manufacture and inspection of the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Color Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley I. Lerner, Steven B. Winter, Gregory O'Brien
  • Patent number: 7935200
    Abstract: A protocol for determining process parameters for debulking composite laminates is established using a standardized double vacuum debulk (DVD) process. This allows for the development of a rapid fabrication process for thick laminates of toughened carbon/epoxy composite materials. The protocol provides for obtaining cure and current consolidation information of a composite material system as a preliminary baseline. A test matrix is prepared for varying time/temp profiles to pursue better results or find process limits and the testing defined by the matrix is run with variations of time/temp DVD profiles to confirm data values. Results for the process variations in the test matrix are then assessed. An optimum consolidation is determined and process points are defined at which quality drops off. The protocol results are then applied to part preparation for the material tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Russell L. Keller, John F. Spalding
  • Patent number: 7934467
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of preparing and coating a large structure such as a ship's hull while in a dry dock wherein a plurality of spray guns disposed in an array are positioned by a robotic arm in a spaced relationship along the surface to be treated so that their spray patterns overlap. The array of spray guns is traversed downwardly a thus painting a strip whereupon the spray guns are secured, move horizontally and then activated to be moved upwardly until another strip adjacent to and overlapping the first strip is painted. These steps are repeated until the surface area is substantially entirely painted. A shroud is provided for collecting paint oversprays and other excess paint is mounted in the array assemblage. An auxiliary spray gun may be positioned and its spray pattern adjusted to apply paint to areas which were missed by the original spray pattern emanating from the array of spray guns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: John Stephen Morton
  • Patent number: 7927440
    Abstract: Air bubbles or foreign objects in a transparent adhesive layer that bonds a transparent plate and a plate-like member together in full-surface contact are detected without fail. For the detection, an optical fiber or the like is used to irradiate the adhesive layer with light from a side, the cast light is guided through the adhesive layer, and a state of the adhesive layer is checked with the guided light. A check that discriminates defects in the adhesive layer from defects in the bonded transparent plate is thus made possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Matsuhira