Patents Examined by James D Sells
  • Patent number: 12005184
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, apparatuses, and methods for assembling cartridges for aerosol delivery devices. A system may include assembly cells each including an assembly track and assembly carriages that ride thereon and which engage components of partially-assembled cartridges. A transfer apparatus may transfer partially-assembled cartridges between the assembly cells. In another example system, cartridges may be assembled on platforms on a rotary track. The platforms may include assembly grippers with sequentially-opening clamps configured to receive the components of the partially-assembled cartridges. Related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: William Robert Collett, Quentin Paul Guenther, Jr., Paul Andrew Brinkley, Jeffrey Edward Allgeyer, Ethan Matthew Bernhardt, Andrew Ross Matthews, Roger Ritter, Stephen Todd Schafer, Mathieu Leboeuf, Martin Lee Maple, Trenton S. Noonan, Kevin Paul Schafer
  • Patent number: 12009711
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing magnets and a method of manufacturing a rotor are provided. An intermediate member includes a sheet and magnet bodies. The sheet includes a first sheet surface and a second sheet surface on a side opposite to the first sheet surface. The magnet bodies are located on the first sheet surface. A first die is made of an elastic material having an elastic coefficient lower than the elastic coefficient of the magnet bodies. The intermediate member is arranged between the first die and a second die such that the second sheet surface of the sheet faces the first die. The first die and the second die hold the intermediate member in between. Accordingly, the sheet is cut at positions between adjacent ones of the magnet bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenta Takeshima, Takashi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11987009
    Abstract: A disclosed heater for a sealing process of a secondary battery includes: a sealing bar heating and pressing a pouch foil to be sealed; a plurality of sub-heating unit longitudinally disposed inside the sealing bar to respectively independently supply heat to a plurality of sections separated in the longitudinal direction of the sealing bar; temperature sensing units disposed inside the sealing bar and sensing temperature at positions on the surfaces being in contact with the pouch foil; and a control unit controlling heating temperature of the plurality of sub-heating units on the basis of the temperature sensed by the temperature sensing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: CLEVER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong Hong Jeong
  • Patent number: 11988107
    Abstract: A housing for an aircraft turbine engine includes an annular body extending around an axis A. The body includes a securing flange extending radially outwards at each of the axial ends thereof, and an abradable layer arranged inside the body. A method for manufacturing the housing includes a step b) of bonding the layer to the first surface, during which the housing is heated and compressed by a system present at least partially inside the housing. The method further includes, prior to step b), a step a) of mounting at least two tools between the flanges, each of the tools being located in a circumferential area outside the body so as to exert bearing forces in opposite axial directions on the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Vincent Pascal Fiore, Clémentine Arnold, Clément Bourolleau, Thomas Dupays, Serge Domingues
  • Patent number: 11981835
    Abstract: An interlayer filling material for a touch panel which is used for filling an interlayer space between a touch panel and another component or an interlayer space between transparent conductive films included in the touch panel in production of a personal digital assistant, which is excellent in followability to steps of a decorative printing portion or wiring upon filling of an interlayer space (lamination) and also excellent in defoaming properties to release air bubbles entrapped during filling of an interlayer space (lamination) or air bubbles left near the steps, which is less likely to be whitened and less likely to deteriorate an ITO film even under a high-temperature and high-humidity environment. The present invention also aims to provide a laminate produced using the interlayer filling material for a touch panel. The interlayer filling material includes: a polyvinyl acetal; a plasticizer; and an organic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Juichi Fukatani, Ryousuke Ebina, Takazumi Okabayashi
  • Patent number: 11981468
    Abstract: A plastic thread bonding method and structure for folding edge of a FIBC includes setting the folding edge of the FIBC flatly on a metal solid surface; using a cooling device to maintain a condensation temperature of the solid surface; performing a needle insertion action of the folding edge by a plastic injection needle, and condensing and crystallizing at the eyelet to form a base point; performing a needle withdrawal action by the plastic injection needle to fill up a melted plastic into the eyelet, applying a pressurized cold air to condense the melted plastic to from a thread post; performing a horizontal translation action of the plastic injection needle or the folding edge, and applying the pressurized cold air to condense the melted plastic to form a thread bridge; and repeating the aforementioned procedure to form a next base point, a next thread post and a thread bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: HON BOUW CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pao-Chung Chang
  • Patent number: 11976225
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for bonding substrates, wherein the bond is a bond that can be released by heat treatment at a temperature of 50° C. to less than 200° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Evonik Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Nicolai Kolb, Gabriele Brenner, Bernhard Schleimer
  • Patent number: 11973246
    Abstract: A method of shaping a gasket on a separator without causing destruction and damage. A fuel battery separator gasket is shaped via a shaping of a sticking agent and a transfer of the sticking agent. During the shaping, the sticking agent to be the gasket is shaped on a flexible substrate having flexibility. During the transfer, the sticking agent shaped on the flexible substrate is transferred to one of a pair of separators facing each other with an electrolyte membrane provided in a fuel battery cell being interposed therebetween and each having a bead forming a flow path of fluid between the bead and the electrolyte membrane in close contact with the electrolyte membrane to shape the gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: NOK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taisuke Matsuda, Shigeru Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11963853
    Abstract: A rotary welding device which includes a rotary part rotating about its axis of rotation, one or more supporting elements for supporting a continuous strip, specifically a strip of nappies, supported by the rotary part, and a plurality of welding units, mounted on the rotary part, for welding the continuous strip; each welding unit is configured to pass from a non-operating position to an operating position and vice versa; each welding unit includes a respective welding tip and a respective anvil element which is movable relative to the welding tip; each welding unit includes respective first movement means configured to drive the anvil element in rotation relative to the welding tip from an initial position, where the anvil element is angularly spaced from the welding tip, to a final position, where the surface of the welding tip and the surface of the anvil element are parallel and aligned with each other along the same axis, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: GDM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Duchini, Giacomo Noferini, Matteo Piantoni, Gabriele Resmini, Marco Rosani, Alessandro Saccomani, Maurizio Spatti
  • Patent number: 11952515
    Abstract: The disclosed adhesive compositions comprise (A) an isocyanate component comprising (i) an isocyanate and (ii) an isocyanate-terminated silane compound. In some embodiments, the isocyanate-terminated silane compound (ii) is the reaction product of a polyisocyanate and an isocyanate-reactive compound comprising a silane group and at least one isocyanate-reactive group selected from the group consisting of —OH, —SH, and —NHR, where R stands for an alkyl remainder having from 1 to 12 C atoms or a cycloaliphatic or aromatic remainder having between 6 and 12 C atoms. In other embodiments, the isocyanate-terminated silane compound (ii) is the reaction product of a polyisocyanate selected from the group consisting of isophorone diisocyanate, m-xylylene diisocyanate, mixtures thereof, dimers thereof, trimers thereof, prepolymers thereof, and combinations thereof and an isocyanate-reactive compound comprising a silane group and at least one isocyanate-reactive group of —NH2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Rui Xie, Jie Wu, Kalyan Sehanobish
  • Patent number: 11945982
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing an electrical sheet pack using an anaerobically curing adhesive, to an electrical sheet pack produced or producible by such a method, and to a device for creating an electrical sheet pack of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Ralph Wilken, Matthias Popp, Jost Degenhardt
  • Patent number: 11940250
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a target support system. The target support system includes a support that is operationally configured to hold one or more projectile targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Robert Woodcock, Lindsay Quebe
  • Patent number: 11938683
    Abstract: A shaped article, a method for making it, and its use. The shaped article is formed from flat fiber material and has a bottom (2), a body (4), and an opening, which is surrounded by a circumferential flange (6). The shaped article (1) comprises a flange stabilizer (10) attached to the second flat side (18) of the flange (6) facing the bottom (2). The flange stabilizer (10) is disc-shaped and has an inner contour (12) corresponding to the desired cross-sectional shape of the shaped article (1) in the region of the opening and can be slipped over the body (4) in the region of the bottom (2) and up to the flange (6). The flat sides (16, 18) of the flange stabilizer (10) extend essentially parallel to the flange (6), defining and stabilizing the cross-sectional shape of the body (4) in the region of the opening and the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Technische Universität Dresden
    Inventor: Tobias Müller
  • Patent number: 11910534
    Abstract: A mounting device includes: an application part applying paste on a substrate to form an application body; a bonding part forming a mounted body by mounting a chip component on the substrate via the application body; a first imaging part imaging the application body after application processing and before mounting processing to acquire first image information; a second imaging part imaging the mounted body after the mounting processing to acquire second image information; and a control part controlling the application part, the bonding part, and the first and second imaging parts, and obtains a 3D application body shape (first shape) from the first image information as a first shape and calculates a 3D mounted body shape (second shape) from the second image information. The control part evaluates the application processing or the mounting processing based on the first and the second shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SHINKAWA LTD.
    Inventors: Tomonori Nakamura, Koji Matsushita, Hiroshi Omata, Masahito Tsuji, Keiichi Hiruma, Mitsuteru Sakamoto, Ryo Urahashi, Takaya Kinjo, Shota Nakano, Akira Sekikawa
  • Patent number: 11908969
    Abstract: Provided is a method to recycle valuable materials included in a photovoltaic module having a resin back sheet or the like, for efficiently and easily recovering the valuable materials by removing the resin components from the photovoltaic module. The method of recovering valuable materials from a photovoltaic module, includes: a loading step of loading a photovoltaic module (X) having a resin back sheet and a sealing resin layer on a heat-resistant porous molded body (A) with the back sheet surface facing down; and a heating step of heating a load including the photovoltaic module (X) and the porous molded body (A) in a heating furnace in an oxidizing atmosphere to melt and then combust the resin components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Tokuyama Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Sasai, Yuichiro Minabe
  • Patent number: 11897207
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sealing device for a secondary battery. The sealing device is configured to seal a battery case accommodating an electrode assembly therein to manufacture the secondary battery, the sealing device including a sealing block configured to press a sealing portion of the battery case, a flatness adjusting part configured to adjust a flatness of a pressing surface of the sealing block, and a heater part configured to transfer heat to the sealing block to thermally fuse the sealing portion of the battery case when the sealing portion is pressed by the sealing block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: LG Energy Solution, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ik Soo Chae, Chang Bum Ahn
  • Patent number: 11877914
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to assembling elastic laminates that may be used to make absorbent article components. Methods herein may include an anvil adapted to rotate about an axis of rotation, wherein first and second spreader mechanisms adjacent the anvil roll are axially and angularly displaced from each other with respect to the axis of rotation. During the assembly process, a substrate may be advanced in a machine direction onto the rotating anvil. The first spreader mechanism stretches a first elastic material in the cross direction, and the second spreader mechanism stretches a second elastic material in the cross direction. The stretched first and second elastic materials advance from the spreader mechanisms and onto the substrate on the anvil roll. The combined and elastic materials may then be ultrasonically bonded together on the anvil to form at least one elastic laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Todd Douglas Lenser, Urmish Popatlal Dalal
  • Patent number: 11873128
    Abstract: A system includes a first horn, a first ultrasonic transducer, a second horn, a second ultrasonic transducer, a memory, and a controller. The first horn includes a first part-interfacing surface. The second horn includes a second part-interfacing surface and is positioned relative to the first horn such that a part to be welded can be positioned between the first and second part-interface surfaces. The controller is configured to cause a first ultrasonic energy to be applied through the first horn via the first transducer to cause the first part-interfacing surface to vibrate, cause the first horn to move in a first direction at a first time, cause a second ultrasonic energy to be applied through the second horn via the second transducer to cause the second part-interfacing surface to vibrate, and cause the second horn to move in a second direction at the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Dukane IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Leo Klinstein, Petr Vasko, Robert Edward Aldaz, Joseph Re, Andrew Germaine
  • Patent number: 11872113
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for assembling elastic laminates that may be used to make absorbent article components. Particular aspects of the present disclosure include providing a first substrate and a second substrate, the first substrate and the second substrate, each having a width in a cross direction; providing an elastic material; elongating the activated elastic material using a spreader mechanism; and ultrasonically bonding the first substrate together with the second substrate with the elongated activated elastic material positioned between the first substrate and the second substrate using an anvil and an ultrasonic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Todd Douglas Lenser, Urmish Popatlal Dalal
  • Patent number: 11866617
    Abstract: Adhesive compositions are described that are suitable for securing building materials, such as TPO membrane roofing to a structural element, such as a roof deck. The adhesive compositions are very high-solids, wet-set adhesives that provide a peel strength that meets or exceeds industry standards, while requiring application to only one of two surfaces to be joined. The adhesive compositions comprise a liquid modifier with hydroxyl functionality, a chlorinated polyolefin and a silylated polymer. Methods of use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Franklin International, Inc.
    Inventors: John William Duffy, Mark A. Vrana, Tanzin Fatima