Patents Examined by Jamel M Nelson
  • Patent number: 11044936
    Abstract: A tobacco cut filler comprises a first tobacco material cut in accordance with a first cut specification, wherein the first cut specification sets at least predetermined first cut width and first cut length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Fabien Zuchuat, Otto Virag
  • Patent number: 11034069
    Abstract: A problem exists of prohibitively high costs associated with molds for small run, legacy, or prototype injection molded parts. Further, the lead time on molds is currently on the order of about two weeks. A mold is provided that is formed from three-dimensional printing. The mold includes a series of air and/or water cooling channels to limit thermal stresses to the mold. Additionally, a series of coatings is added to the surface of a 3D printed mold to extend the lifetime of the mold and increase the performance of the mold. The coatings perform a function other than to define a shape of an injection cavity, such as improving thermal conductivity, providing a thermal barrier between the injection material and the mold body, or improving the detachment of the final mold product from the mold body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: University of North Florida Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Stephen P. Stagon, Tuan Tran
  • Patent number: 11027468
    Abstract: A manifold device for an injection-molding nozzle for an injection-molding tool has a main manifold channel for an injection-molding compound, which main manifold channel extends from an inlet opening into the manifold device as far as at least two transfer openings, and at least two manifold channels for the injection-molding compound, which manifold channels each extend from a transfer opening to an outlet opening and are each fluidically connected by a transfer opening to the main manifold channel. Also disclosed are an injection-molding nozzle with such a manifold device and an injection-molding tool with such an injection-molding nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Herbert Günther, Siegrid Sommer, Torsten Schnell
  • Patent number: 11014297
    Abstract: A printer that forms a three-dimensional object includes a single arm with all 3 axes on the head to move spatially while a substrate underneath the head remains fixed. Improved design and components enhance 3D movement, access to components, performance, durability, and ease of service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Jared Robert
  • Patent number: 11007717
    Abstract: A build material container outlet structure (100) comprises: a connector (107) comprising an interface surface (116) and an adaptor to receive a nozzle structure (202) of an external aspiration system; a socket (120) recessed from the interface surface to receive a data interconnect structure (212) of the nozzle structure, the data interconnect structure comprising a data interface (213); a data contact (122) disposed in the socket to engage with the data interface of the data interconnect structure when the nozzle structure is in an engagement position; and an activation structure (124) disposed on the interface surface to engage a switch element (214) in the nozzle structure of the external aspiration system when the nozzle structure is held in the engagement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ismael Chanclon, Xavier Alonso, Ernesto Alejandro Jones Poppescou
  • Patent number: 11000998
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for additively manufacturing a composite structure. The method may include directing a continuous reinforcement into a print head, spreading the continuous reinforcement while inside of the print head, and wetting the continuous reinforcement inside of the print head. The method may also include discharging the wetted continuous reinforcement, and moving the print head during discharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Continous Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Lyle Tyler, Ryan C. Stockett, Kaleb Forrest Beebout
  • Patent number: 11000069
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aerosol delivery device including a shell that is divided into a first half and a second half along a longitudinal axis thereof. One or more batteries may be positioned within the shell along with a battery lead that provides an electrical connection to battery terminals. A base unit may be included and may have electrical contacts for matching with a battery terminal and the battery lead. The base unit can include one or both of a printed circuit board (PCB) and a pressure sensor. The shell can attach to a cartridge housing a reservoir for an aerosol-forming composition, a heater; a liquid transport element configured for transport of the aerosol forming composition between the reservoir and the heater; and heater terminals. Such construct can provide for simplified assembly of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic Philippe Ampolini, John DePiano, Matthew C. Ebbs, Frank S. Silveira
  • Patent number: 10994481
    Abstract: A head is disclosed for an additive manufacturing system having a support. The head may include a body connectable to and moveable by the support. The body may have a discharge end configured to discharge a composite material. The head may also include a wetting location inside the body at which a continuous reinforcement is wetted with a matrix to form the composite material, and a fiber-teasing mechanism located inside the body and upstream of the discharge end and the wetting location. The body and fiber-teasing mechanism may be configured to move together during movement of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Continuous Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Lyle Tyler, Ryan C. Stockett, Kaleb Forrest Beebout
  • Patent number: 10994378
    Abstract: A die body apparatus (101) includes a first discharge member (105) configured to be bonded with respect to a base member (103) such that aligned elongated openings (209) of the base member (103) and first discharge member (105) provide a plurality of elongated feed passages placing a plurality of feed holes (106) of the base member (103) in fluid communication with a first honeycomb network of discharge slots (415) of the first discharge member (105). In further examples, methods of assembling a die body apparatus (101) includes the step of bonding a selected discharge member (105) of at least one discharge member with respect to a base member (103). In further examples methods of extruding batch material into a honeycomb body includes the steps of bonding a selected discharge member (105) with respect to a base member (103) and extruding a quantity of batch material through the die body apparatus (101) into an extruded honeycomb body with a honeycomb network of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Timothy Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 10981316
    Abstract: A control device for a handling device includes a storage medium, a processing unit, an output for outputting signals, and an input for receiving signals from the handling device. A waiting phase is conducted before an actuation of an end-of-arm tool mounted to an end-of-arm of a handling arm. The signals received by the input represent a dynamic parameter of the end-of-arm and a threshold value corresponds to a specific dynamic parameter of the end-of-arm stored in the storage medium. The signals received by the input can be compared with the threshold value by a comparison unit of the control device, and an end of the waiting phase can be determined when reaching the threshold value. Depending on a curve of the dynamic parameter, the threshold value can be determined and the end of the waiting phase can be determined when reaching the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Wolfgang Hoeglinger
  • Patent number: 10967555
    Abstract: A plastic-extrusion system comprises a plurality of system components including an extruder and a collection device for collecting the extruded plastic material. The plastic-extrusion system has an operator station designed for taking in and outputting data of the plastic-extrusion system. The operator station further has a mobile terminal including a screen of a graphical user interface as well as a camera. The plastic-extrusion system is associated with at least one information source, and preferably a plurality of information sources. The operator station is configured so as to provide access to the at least one information source, and preferably to the plurality of information sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Andreas Roesner, Thomas Fett, Mark Hilgers, Christoph Lettowsky, Jens Mager, Christian Stelter, Asmir Vodencarevic
  • Patent number: 10966451
    Abstract: A process is provided for the treatment of tobacco. The process comprises securing the tobacco within a moisture-retaining material and exposing the tobacco material to an ambient processing temperature of above 55° C., with the tobacco having a packing density of at least 200 kg/m3 on a dry matter weight base at the start of the process and a moisture content of between about 10% and 23%. The treated tobacco may have desirable organoleptic properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Denis Benjak, Pedro Field, Alcindo Glesse, Matthias Link
  • Patent number: 10960593
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for monitoring the position of the closing unit of an injection-molding machine, by bypassing a light curtain that serves to secure the closing unit and the tool area of the injection-molding machine, wherein the injection-molding machine has at least one molding tool that consists of at least two parts, which tool encloses at least one mold cavity, wherein the injection-molding machine has a programmable logic controller (PLC) for controlling the movement monitoring module (MOC) for indirect position monitoring of the closing unit and of the position of the molding tool parts relative to one another, wherein distance measuring sticks are provided as sensors, the signals of which are processed in the PLC via the MOC, wherein the tool parts must maintain a spacing gap, relative to one another, after the closing pressure has been built up and the mold has been filled, during the subsequent bumping step, which gap has a specific maximal value assigned to it, with the injection-m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Kloeckner Desma Elastomertechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Mattes
  • Patent number: 10946578
    Abstract: A 3-D printing device, in particular an FFF printing device, comprising at least one printing head unit and at least one feeding device for feeding a printing material to the at least one printing head unit in at least one operating state. According to the invention, the printing head unit is provided for melting a printing material formed at least partially of a high-performance plastic, in particular of a high-performance thermoplastic, in at least one operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apium Additive Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Johann Walter Hoelldorfer, Uwe Wolfgang Popp, Lars Pfotzer, Brando Okolo, Tony Tran-Mai
  • Patent number: 10925311
    Abstract: There is provided a filter for a smoking article, the filter including a filter segment of filter material and a flow restrictor. The flow restrictor is embedded in the filter segment and surrounded on all sides by the filter material. A cross sectional dimension of the flow restrictor measured perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the filter is between about 60% and about 95% of the diameter of the filter segment. There is also provided a smoking article including such a filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Leonardo Nappi, Clement Besso
  • Patent number: 10913220
    Abstract: A system for pultruding a beam, such as a pultruded beam of natural fibers, comprises a pulling mechanism continuously pulling on a preform of yarns including a thermoplastic matrix and fibers, the pulling mechanism being downstream of the system. A sequence is provided in the system and has a pre-heating module to pre-heat the preform. A first die has a tapering channel portion heated such that the preform reaches a desired low viscosity temperature for resin in the thermoplastic matrix to impregnate the fibers. A vacuum module has a vacuum cavity to remove air from the preform exiting the first die. A second die has a tapering channel portion heated such that the preform is at the desired low viscosity temperature for resin in the thermoplastic matrix to further impregnate the fibers. A cooling module to cool the beam before the beam reaches the pulling mechanism. A system for pultruding beams is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Louis Laberge Lebel, Philippe Monnot, Arnold Oswald, Felix Lapointe
  • Patent number: 10899619
    Abstract: The method for producing a carbon nanotube web includes preparing a carbon nanotube array disposed on a substrate, the carbon nanotube array including a plurality of carbon nanotubes vertically aligned relative to the substrate; and drawing a carbon nanotube web from the carbon nanotube array so that the plurality of carbon nanotube single yarns are arranged in parallel, wherein in the step of drawing a carbon nanotube web, the carbon nanotube web is oscillated in a direction crossing both the thickness direction of the substrate and the drawing direction of the carbon nanotube web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Inoue, Norifumi Morihara, Tomoya Yamashita, Katsunori Suzuki, Yasuro Okumiya, Koji Yataka
  • Patent number: 10899076
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printing method includes a filament forming step, and a laminating step in order to laminate filaments possessing thermoplasticity and thereby obtain a three-dimensional modeled object. In the filament forming step, a coating material made of a thermoplastic resin, which is plasticized by heating, is adhered to at least a part of an outer circumferential surface of a core material, which is made of a thermoplastic resin having a lower temperature than that of the plasticized coating material, thereby obtaining the filaments. In the laminating step, the filaments, which are made up from the plasticized coating material, and the core material that is plastically deformable but at a lower temperature than the plasticized coating material, are laminated while being pressed with respect to a portion to be laminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamamoto, Haruka Ito, Shunichi Yorozuya, Yui Miyazaki, Fumitomo Takano
  • Patent number: 10894355
    Abstract: A solidification substrate assembly for making a three-dimensional object from a solidifiable material includes a solidification substrate assembly. In certain examples, the solidifiable material solidifies in contact with the solidification substrate, and the tilting of the substrate and/or or the use of a peeling member facilitates separation of the substrate from the solidified material. In other examples, the solidification substrate assembly includes a film that is adjacent to a rigid or semi-rigid layer. The solidifiable material solidifies in contact with the film, and a peeling member peels the film away from the solidified material. Intelligent solidification substrate assemblies are also described in which a force sensor determines when to expose the solidifiable material to solidification energy and/or whether to use a peeling member to separate the solidification substrate from a solidified objection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Global Filtration Systems
    Inventors: Ali El-Siblani, Alexandr Shkolnik
  • Patent number: 10893698
    Abstract: A smoking article tube includes an elongated tube having a mouthpiece segment at a first end and an empty smokable material cavity defined by a second end of the elongated tube opposing the first end. A hydrophobic tube region includes hydrophobic groups covalently bonded to the elongated tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Aurelien Guyard, Benoit Mivelaz