Patents Examined by George R. Koch
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7922842
    Abstract: An automatic device for perimetric sealing of an insulating glazing unit composed of at least two glass panes and at least one spacer frame supported and movable in a slightly inclined position with respect to the vertical on a conveyor. A sealing head movable with relative motion with respect to the glazing unit has at least one sealing nozzle suitable to deliver a sealant flow. In order to maintain the correct mutual position of said at least one sealing nozzle with respect to the cavities of the glazing unit to be sealed and to allow the spacing of the nozzle therefrom, a sensor is provided transversely to the plane of the insulating glazing unit that detects the distance from the glass pane. An actuation mechanism is further provided for the relative motion between the sealing head and nozzle and the glazing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: For.El. Base di Davanzo Nadia & C. S.N.C.
    Inventor: Fortunato Vianello
  • Patent number: 7922843
    Abstract: A strip-shaped polarizing film has a protective film strip conformably adhered to one surface thereof and a releasable liner conformably adhered to the other surface thereof and delivered from a film delivering station 1. After an appearance inspection, a lamination of the protective film strip and the polarizing film strip F is half-cut using a laser unit 11 to form an array of laminations each consisting of a protective film and a polarizing film F, with the releasable liner being left intact. Then, the polarizing films F are fed to a peeling mechanism 4. The peeling mechanism 4 feeds a forwardmost one the polarizing films F to a laminating mechanism 5 while peeling off the releasable liner therefrom by a knife-edged member. The forwardmost polarizing film F is laminated to a liquid-crystal panel W conveyed to the laminating mechanism by a panel transport apparatus 18 in synchronization of the feeding of the forwardmost polarizing film F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Kitada, Yoshihiro Kameda, Kanji Nishida, Tomokazu Yura, Takaichi Amano, Hiromichi Ohashi, Atsushi Hino, Naoyuki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 7918182
    Abstract: The temperature of a developing solution is varied depending on the type of resist or the resist pattern. The developing solution is applied while scanning a developer nozzle having a slit-shaped ejection port that has a length matching the width of the effective area of the substrate. After leaving the substrate with the developing solution being coated thereon for a predetermined period of time, a diluent is supplied while scanning a diluent nozzle, thereby substantially stopping the development reaction and causing the dissolved resist components to diffuse. A desired amount of resist can be quickly dissolved through the control of the developing solution temperature, while the development can be stopped before the dissolved resist components exhibit adverse effect through the supply of the diluent a predetermined timing, whereby achieving a pattern having a uniform line width and improved throughput.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Electronic Limited
    Inventors: Taro Yamamoto, Kousuke Yoshihara, Hideharu Kyouda, Hirofumi Takeguchi, Atsushi Ookouchi
  • Patent number: 7918953
    Abstract: Positioning recognition marks are read by movable recognition device for positioning objects to be bonded to each other. An alignment method includes a step of reading the recognition marks during movement of the recognition device before its complete stop, and a step of identifying absolute positions of the recognition marks by correcting the mark recognition positions having been read based on a position feedback signal of the moving recognition device. A mounting method using the alignment method is also disclosed. It is possible to maintain a high alignment accuracy, eliminate necessity of assuring a settling time for complete stop of the movable recognition device, and significantly reduce the alignment time and mounting tact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Toray Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Yamauchi, Mikio Kawakami
  • Patent number: 7918181
    Abstract: A stent mandrel fixture for supporting a stent during the application of a coating substance is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fuh-Wei Tang, Syed F. A. Hossainy, Dorrie Happ, Ty T. Hu
  • Patent number: 7918260
    Abstract: Adhesive labels are applied to a continuous strip by a unit fed with a first continuous strip of wrapping material advancing along a first path, and a second continuous strip of backing material presenting a succession of labels and advancing along a second path. The labels are detached singly from the second strip by a diverter blade placed along the second path and presenting a sharp edge over which the backing strip is routed through an acute angle to induce the separation of the labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: G.D. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gilberto Spirito, Andrea Biondi
  • Patent number: 7913734
    Abstract: A strip-shaped polarizing film has a protective film strip conformably adhered to one surface thereof and a releasable liner conformably adhered to the other surface thereof and delivered from a film delivering station 1. After an appearance inspection, a lamination of the protective film strip and the polarizing film strip F is half-cut using a laser unit 11 to form an array of laminations each consisting of a protective film and a polarizing film F, with the releasable liner being left intact. Then, the polarizing films F are fed to a peeling mechanism 4. The peeling mechanism 4 feeds a forwardmost one the polarizing films F to a laminating mechanism 5 while peeling off the releasable liner therefrom by a knife-edged member. The forwardmost polarizing film F is laminated to a liquid-crystal panel W conveyed to the laminating mechanism by a panel transport apparatus 18 in synchronization of the feeding of the forwardmost polarizing film F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Kitada, Yoshihiro Kameda, Kanji Nishida, Tomokazu Yura, Takaichi Amano, Hiromichi Ohashi, Atsushi Hino, Naoyuki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 7910174
    Abstract: An apparatus for fabricating a flat panel display device includes a substrate on which a picture display section is formed and a stage on which the substrate is loaded. A dispenser applies a sealant along an outer line of the picture display section in the substrate. A light detector emits light toward the sealant and detects the amount of reflected light in real-time. A controller detects broken lines in the sealant in accordance with a signal supplied from the light detector and controls the dispenser so as to re-apply the sealant to spaces in the broken line in which the sealant is not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Choon Ryu, Hae Joon Son
  • Patent number: 7909951
    Abstract: The method of assembling a light scanning apparatus is capable of fine-adjusting a scanning angle and resonance frequency of a mirror section. The method comprises: a step of measuring the scanning angle and resonance frequency of the mirror section, with actuating a vibration source, in a state where a substrate holding member is temporarily fixed on a base member; a step of moving the substrate holding member, in the longitudinal direction of a substrate after releasing the temporarily-fixed state of the substrate holding member; a step of fine-adjusting a substrate-holding position by repeating the step of moving the substrate holding member; and a step of fixing the substrate holding member after the substrate-holding position is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Shinano Kenshi Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yukio Shinozuka
  • Patent number: 7905969
    Abstract: The feeding apparatus is provided with a first feeding section for feeding a long-formed sheet in the longitudinal direction of the sheet, a second feeding section for feeding the long-formed sheet delivered from the first feeding section in a direction intersecting obliquely with the feeding direction of the first feeding section and a control section for controlling the first feeding section and the second feeding section so that the second feeding section starts to operate before the leading end of the long-formed sheet delivered from the first feeding section is in contact with the second feeding section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miyahara, Jiro Agawa, Makoto Tachibana, Yoshinori Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 7900673
    Abstract: A tissue manufacturing/handling device is provided. The device comprises a reel turn-up section including a tissue reeling station and an adhesive application system. The tissue reeling station is configured to provide a tissue spool in the path of an advancing tissue web. The adhesive application system is configured to apply a turn-up adhesive to the advancing tissue web or the tissue spool and comprises an adhesive spray rack. The spray rack comprises at least one adhesive applicator nozzle coupled to an adhesive manifold via an adhesive valve assembly. The spray rack comprises a rotation mechanism configured to permit reciprocal rotation of the spray rack about an axis substantially parallel to the spray rack axis between a spray position and at least one maintenance position. Additional embodiments are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Valco Cincinnati, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Mainous, Chris Jamison, Clark Brown, David Swedes
  • Patent number: 7901526
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatic feeding of elongated sheet stock from a stamping station into a roll forming station in a window component production line includes a transfer mechanism, a feed mechanism and a controller. The transfer mechanism is between the stamping station and the roll forming station. The feed mechanism is positioned at an entrance to the roll forming station. The controller is in communication with the stamping station, the transfer mechanism and the feed mechanism. The controller is programmed to engage stock material that extends from the stamping station with the transfer mechanism, transfer the stock material paid out by the stamping station to the feed mechanism, and drive the feed mechanism to feed the elongated sheet stock into the roll forming station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian G. James, Mohamed Khalfoun, Timothy B. McGlinchy
  • Patent number: 7896046
    Abstract: A substrate bonding apparatus includes a first chamber having a first surface plate where a first substrate is placed. A second chamber is disposed opposite to the first chamber. The second chamber has a second surface plate where a second substrate is placed. The second substrate is to be bonded to the first substrate. An alignment unit is installed in at least one of the first and second chambers. The alignment unit is capable of carrying out a six-degrees-of-freedom alignment between the first and second substrates. Thus, the substrates can be maintained parallel to each other, a spacing between the substrates can be automatically adjusted, and the substrates can be aligned in the X and Y axis directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: ADP Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Si Hyun Park
  • Patent number: 7895968
    Abstract: A liquid droplet ejection apparatus includes: a liquid droplet ejection portion that ejects a liquid droplet containing a structure forming material onto a substrate; and drying means that dries the droplet on the substrate, thereby forming a structure made of the structure forming material. The drying means includes an energy outputting section that outputs energy onto the droplet on the substrate, thereby causing the structure forming material in the droplet to flow; and an energy profile controlling section controlling an energy profile of the energy output by the energy outputting section to be an energy profile that permits the structure forming material to flow such that the structure forming material is distributed in accordance with a structure profile of the structure to be formed. According to the liquid droplet ejection apparatus, a structure having a desired structure profile is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hirotsuna Miura
  • Patent number: 7896047
    Abstract: A grinding unit grinds an annular convex portion formed at an outer periphery of a back face of a wafer such that the wafer has a uniform thickness. After such process, a robot arm of a transport unit transports the wafer to an inspection unit for inspecting occurrence of damage at the wafer. Then, the robot arm transports the wafer without damage to a mount frame preparation unit. Herein, the wafer is joined to a ring frame through a dicing tape, and then a protective tape is separated from a front face of the wafer. Thus, a mount frame is prepared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7886684
    Abstract: A gantry tower spraying system with a cartridge/receptacle assembly includes a gantry and a spray assembly coupled to the gantry to allow for translational movement of the spray assembly along the gantry. The spray assembly includes a receptacle for receiving a cartridge containing a cosmetic liquid for skin treatment, and a spray nozzle coupled to the receptacle for receiving the cosmetic liquid and dispensing the cosmetic liquid in a spray. The receptacle has an inner surface of a size and shape to generally conform to a size and shape of a portion of an outer surface of the cartridge. The spraying system can further be provided with an oscillation mechanism adapted to cause oscillation of the spray nozzle. The bottle can be provided with a keying mechanism for engaging a corresponding key structure of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: MT Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Cooper, Troy H. Cooper, Ricky C. Croft
  • Patent number: 7886793
    Abstract: A substrate bonding device for fabricating a liquid crystal display (LCD) device accurately aligns substrates of the LCD device while preventing the introduction of foreign material into the substrate bonding device, thereby substantially preventing the generation of defects within liquid crystal material of the LCD device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Seok Lee, Myoung Gu Kang, Young Kug Lim, Soo Min Kwak, Jong Han Kim, Heung Sun Kim
  • Patent number: 7886795
    Abstract: A label applicator system provides for high speed, accurate label transfer from a web to items moving on an item transport along a path relative to the system. The items, such as bottles, have a contoured surface. The applicator includes a supply reel for supplying labels on a web and a take-up for taking up the web after transfer of the label. A drive roller moves the web through the applicator system. The system includes a web positioning assembly and a movable label applicator head. A contour sensor senses the bottle contour and develops a profile for the head to follow to apply the labels to the bottles. The supply, take-up and the drive are operably engaged with one another to maintain a relatively constant tension in the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Gonzalez, David E. Zurawski, David B. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 7882880
    Abstract: A laminating apparatus is composed of a thermo compression bonding section, a first bobbin holder and a second bobbin holder. The thermo compression bonding section pulls a laminating film having a member for forming a protective film out from a roll of the laminating film, which is wrapped around a core bobbin in a cylindrical shape, and overlaps the protective film on one surface of a card and thermally compresses the protective film against the one surface of the card so as to be bonded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Victor Company of Japan, Limited
    Inventor: Hiroyoshi Chin