Patents Examined by Jacob Thomas Minskey
  • Patent number: 9951476
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pulping method. Caustic soda is replaced with cheap lime to manufacture pulp in high efficiency, and meanwhile complexation, flocculation and acid-base neutralization of aluminum sulfate are further utilized, so as to recycle effective ingredients in a black liquid, achieve a yield approximate to a mechanical pulp yield, obtain quality of the chemical pulp, implement cyclic utilization of the black liquid and solve the pollution thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Insight Biomass LLC
    Inventors: Yingwu Yin, Peng Wan, Honggui Yu, Yujuan Zhang, Xiangxiang Sun, Lingyan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9932707
    Abstract: A process is defined for the continuous steam pretreatment and fractionation of bagasse to produce a concentrated cellulose solid stream that is sensitive to enzymatic hydrolysis. Valuable chemicals are recovered by fractionating the liquid and vapor stream composed of hydrolysis and degradation products of the hemicellulose. Cellulosic derived glucose is produced for fermentation to biofuels. A hemicellulose concentrate is recovered that can be converted to value added products including ethanol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Dottori, Robert Ashley Cooper Benson, Régis-Olivier Benech
  • Patent number: 9915034
    Abstract: Products having improved caliper, sheet bulk and absorbency and methods for making those products are described. The method comprises producing a multi-ply product having different emboss patterns on each ply where the emboss patterns are made up of emboss elements having an aspect ratio of from about 1 to about 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: John H. Dwiggins
  • Patent number: 9868228
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for recapturing and reusing heat provided in the course of fabricating a molded product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen B. Maguire
  • Patent number: 9833985
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printing system calculates a resin amount required to print a three-dimensional object by curing a liquid photo-curable resin and sequentially stacking layers of the cured resin each having a predetermined cross-sectional shape. The system includes a first storage section configured to store information of a three-dimensional object, and information of an auxiliary member that supports the three-dimensional object, a first calculation section configured to calculate a resin amount necessary to print the three-dimensional object and a resin amount necessary to print the auxiliary member based on the information of the three-dimensional object and the auxiliary member stored in the first storage section, an output section configured to output a first resin amount that is the sum of the calculated resin amounts necessary to print the three-dimensional object and the auxiliary member, and a three-dimensional printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Kouichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9776213
    Abstract: A sheet manufacturing apparatus includes a classifier unit configured to classify by air flow an introduced material that has been introduced, a screening unit configured to allow a classified material, which comprises fibers, that has been classified by the classifier unit to pass through a plurality of openings to screen the classified material, and a forming unit configured to use a passed material that has passed through the openings to form a sheet. The classified material is supplied to the screening unit by the air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuma Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 9770868
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) printing module including a tank filled with a liquid forming material, a top cover assembled on the tank to close the tank, a modeling platform assembled to the cover, and a first tenon movably disposed in the cover is provided. The modeling platform is immersed in the liquid forming material in the tank. When the first tenon is driven along a second axis, the cover and the modeling platform are driven along a first axis to open the tank. A 3D printing apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc., Cal-Comp Electronics & Communication Company Limited
    Inventors: Peng-Yang Chen, Wen-Ten Lin, Ming-Hsiung Ding
  • Patent number: 9725583
    Abstract: A method for preparing stably dispersed cellulose nanofibers comprises the following steps: 1) mixing cellulose and an organic solvent, the percentage of the cellulose being 1% to 15% in weight; 2) adding an esterification agent into the resultant mixture of step 1), the molar ratio of the esterification agent to the cellulose being from 1:0.1 to 4; and 3) physically breaking the resultant mixture of step 2) until a suspension liquid with stably dispersed cellulose nanofibers of 2-1000 nm in diameter and 10-100 ?m in length is obtained, an esterification reaction of hydroxyl group(s) on the surface of cellulose fibers occurring at the time of the breaking. Also disclosed are dispersed cellulose nanofibers with improved compatibility to the matrix than the untreated cellulose and an improved strength of the composite materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Min Wu, Yong Huang, Shigenori Kuga, Pei Huang
  • Patent number: 9718220
    Abstract: A masonry oven constructed with the aid of molds. An exemplary foam mold set to produce assembly pieces on site for the construction of a pizza oven. The mold set allows do-it-yourself homeowners, construction companies and the like to construct a custom pizza oven by simply pouring high˜temp concrete into various molds and assembling and finishing the assembled oven core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Catherine Claridge Huggins
  • Patent number: 9688828
    Abstract: Provided are non-crosslinked foamed polyethylene resin particles that have a bulk density BD of 10 g/L or more and 100 g/L or less and are obtained by foaming polyethylene resin particles containing an antistatic agent in an amount of 0.1 part by weight or more and 3 parts by weight or less with respect to 100 parts by weight of a polyethylene resin and having a density of 0.920 g/cm3 or more and less than 0.940 g/cm3, and the non-crosslinked foamed polyethylene resin particles have a shrinkage ratio of 3% or more and 30% or less determined in accordance with Formula (1). The non-crosslinked foamed polyethylene resin particles can simply afford an antistatic molded non-crosslinked foamed polyethylene resin body that has a small shrinkage ratio with respect to mold dimension, is deformed in a small degree, and has good surface stretch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9677226
    Abstract: Fibrous structures that exhibit a Geometric Mean Elongation of greater than 12.5% as measured according to the Elongation Test Method are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, Charles Chidozie Ekenga, Douglas Jay Barkey, Kathleen Diane Sands, Thorsten Knobloch
  • Patent number: 9656436
    Abstract: A tire having aggressive tread features with improvements in uniformity that can also improve endurance is provided along with a method and apparatus for manufacturing such a tire. The tire and its manner of manufacture can achieve a reduction or elimination of certain non-uniformities that can occur during the molding of large tread blocks. The reduction or removal of these non-uniformities can improve temperature performance to provide increased tire endurance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Mayni
  • Patent number: 9657444
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides high bulk tissue products, as well as an apparatus and methods for manufacturing the same. The tissue products provided herein not only have high bulk, but they also have improved surface smoothness, particularly compared to tissue products of similar basis weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Burazin, Lynda Ellen Collins, Jeffrey Dean Holz, Mark William Sachs, Peter John Allen, Kevin Joseph Vogt
  • Patent number: 9643370
    Abstract: A system for pre-stretching a preform utilized in forming a container. The system including an oven, a conveyor system configured for transporting preforms through the oven a blow molding station having at least one mold with interior surfaces defining the shape of the container, and a transfer station configured to transfer a preform from the oven into the blow molding station. The system also includes a stretch rod and an actuator. The stretch rod is movable between retracted and extended positions such that, when in the extended position, the stretch rod is positioned interiorly of the preform and the preform is elongated by the stretch rod to form a pre-stretched preform. The stretch rod is located to form the pre-stretched preform prior to the blowing medium being introduced into the preform in the blow molding station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: DISCMA AG
    Inventors: Kirk Edward Maki, George David Lisch, Bradley Wilson, Luke A. Mast
  • Patent number: 9630362
    Abstract: A printing head module includes a driving gear, a bi-directional motor, a first feeding module and a second feeding module. The bi-directional motor selectively drives the driving gear to rotate along a first direction and a second direction. The first feeding module disposed at a first side of the driving gear includes a first unidirectional gear and a first idler gear. The driving gear is engaged with the first unidirectional gear, and the first unidirectional gear unidirectionally drives the first idler gear to rotate. The second feeding module is disposed at a second side of the driving gear opposite to the first side, and includes a second unidirectional gear and a second idler gear, the driving gear is engaged with the second unidirectional gear to drive the second unidirectional gear to rotate, and the second unidirectional gear unidirectionally drive the second idler gear to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc., Cal-Comp Electronics & Communications Company Limited
    Inventors: Clyde Ventolina Cordero, Cher-Lek Toh, Wei-De Toh, Shy-Huey Yee
  • Patent number: 9623445
    Abstract: An apparatus suitable for separating particles and methods for using such apparatus are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Young, Hasan Eroglu, John Ferney McKibben, Steven Lee Barnholtz
  • Patent number: 9598802
    Abstract: A process for recovering a primary polymer concentrate stream is provided. The process comprises routing a second mother liquor stream to a primary concentration zone to remove water from the second mother liquor stream to produce the primary polymer concentrate stream; wherein the primary concentration zone comprises at least one ultrafiltration membrane. A process is also provided to recover sulfopolyester from the primary polymer concentrate stream and to produce articles therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Kenny Randolph Parker, Shane Kipley Kirk
  • Patent number: 9593452
    Abstract: Fibrous structures that exhibit a Tensile Ratio of less than 1.75 and/or less than 1.49 as measured according to the Tensile Strength Test Method described herein and a Geometric Mean Modulus (GM Modulus) of less than 1402.4 g/cm at 15 g/cm and/or a Machine Direction Modulus (MD Modulus) of less than 1253.4 g/cm at 15 g/cm and/or a Cross Machine Direction Modulus (CD Modulus) of less than 1569.2 g/cm at 15 g/cm, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, Joshua Thomas Fung, Jeremy Howard Nugent, Ashley Lynn Kuntz, Katie Kristine Fleming Glass, Kathryn Christian Kien, Kevin Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9545742
    Abstract: A mold for forming tilt boss includes a slider part, a main part and a core pin. The slider part is formed with a tilt groove. The main part is formed with a tilt channel. When the slider part and the first main part are engaged, a tilt-boss forming cavity is formed. The tilt-boss forming cavity is communicated with the tilt channel and coaxial with the tilt channel. The core pin penetrates the tilt channel and one distal portion thereof is slidably engaged with the tilt groove, another distal portion thereof is protruded into the tilt-boss forming cavity. When the slider part is separated from the main part for allowing the core pin to be moved from a high point to a low point of the tilt groove, the core pin is downwardly moved along the tilt channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventors: Tsung-Chin Liu, Ying-Huang Liu
  • Patent number: 9511534
    Abstract: A thermoforming machine is provided having a load shaft end adjustment apparatus. The thermoforming machine load shaft end adjustment apparatus includes a load shaft, a backlash nut, a height adjustment nut, a collar, and at least one fastener. The load shaft has a threaded end segment and an axially extending key slot. The backlash nut is threaded onto the end segment. The height adjustment nut is threaded onto the end segment adjacent the backlash nut. The collar is configured to receive the height adjustment nut for rotation, having a key configured to be received within the key slot, and is configured to be mounted onto a platen of the thermoforming machine. At least one fastener extends between the backlash nut and the collar and is configured to secure together the backlash nut and collar with the height adjustment nut interposed there between. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Irwin Research and Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale L. Vantrease