Patents Examined by James D Sells
  • Patent number: 10723065
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention, an adhesive sheet material application device is disclosed, which includes a roller support bar, a roller support member, a first and second handle, and a roller. According to another aspect of the present invention, an adhesive sheet material application device is disclosed which includes a roller support member, a roller, and a second handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Calman, Kathryn S. Calman
  • Patent number: 10721988
    Abstract: Woven hats and methods for manufacturing woven hats by using an ultrasonic sewing technology without a sewing thread are disclosed. One illustrative method comprises steps such as: cutting a raw material of a hat crown into a plurality of pieces, then bonding such material in pairs using an ultrasonic sewing machine, applying to seam areas a hot-pressing bonding technology of heat-seal adhesive tape, and/or otherwise completing the manufacturing of the hat crown; manufacturing a visor by using a high-frequency hot-pressing technology; manufacturing a sweatband by using a one-time hot-pressing technology; bonding the hat crown, the visor, and the sweatband with an ultrasonic sewing machine; and fixing a rear fastener or a tail belt through rivets. The disclosed technology makes it easier to realize intelligent and automatic reformation of the manufacturing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Qingdao Qianfeng Capart Int'l Corp
    Inventor: Ai'mei Wang
  • Patent number: 10717241
    Abstract: To provide a manufacturing method for a composite material, a manufacturing apparatus for a composite material, a preform, and a composite material, capable of molding a high quality composite material having a little constraint in the shape by improving moldability while suppressing a deviation of the arrangement of the reinforced fiber during preforming. A manufacturing method for a composite material 400 provided with a reinforcement 510 and resin 600 infused into the reinforcement, includes: an apply process (step S12) for applying an adhesive to the sheet-shaped reinforcement having first and second regions 511 and 512 such that a content density of the adhesive 520 of the second region is lower than that of the first region; and a preforming process (step S17) for preforming the reinforcement in a three-dimensional shape to form a preform such that the second region has a curvature larger than that of the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinichi Kuroda
  • Patent number: 10710311
    Abstract: An ultrasonic welding method for joining a first thermoplastic part and a second thermoplastic part without causing visible read-through on an exposed surface of the second part. The method includes arranging the first part on an inner surface of the second part. The inner surface is opposite the exposed surface. The first part has an interface portion contacting the inner surface. The method includes causing a horn of an ultrasonic welding stack to be pressed against the first part by applying ultrasonic energy oscillating at a frequency in a range of 45-70 kHz through the horn, to thereby join the first part and the second part together. The horn has at least one protruding distal portion configured to penetrate through the first part as the ultrasonic energy is imparted through the horn. The distal portion has a length longer than a thickness of the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Dukane IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Petr Vasko, Jiri Vizek, Arno{hacek over (s)}t Benda, Leo Klinstein
  • Patent number: 10710309
    Abstract: A sonic label welding device for welding multiple labels together using ultrasonic welding is disclosed. The sonic label welding device comprises a digital controls main menu screen which includes touch screen buttons that are utilized to go to specific screens to program the device to perform in a certain manner. For example, a user can press the cut to length button if wanting to cut a label to a specific length, or the label weld count button to specify the number of labels being sonically welded. Further, the sonic label welding device comprises a head for allowing multiple labels to be assembled under pressure and an anvil for directing the high frequency vibrations. A method of manufacturing a multi-layer care label is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Caldwell, Paul Chamandy, Derrick Harrison
  • Patent number: 10703049
    Abstract: A system and method for welding thermoplastic components by positioning and moving a heated plate between the components to melt their respective faying surfaces, and as the plate moves, pressing the components together so that the melted faying surfaces bond together as they cool and re-solidify, thereby creating a composite structure. The plate has a heated portion which is positioned between and heated to melt a portion of the first and second faying surfaces. A manipulator mechanism moves the plate along an interface from between the portion to between a series of subsequent portions of the first and second faying surfaces, thereby welding the thermoplastic components along the entire interface to create the composite structure. The heated portion may contact the faying surfaces and melt them through conduction, or may be suspended between them and melt them through radiation and convection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 10697631
    Abstract: A roller system is provided comprising a compressed gas source including a compressed flammable gas, and a roller attachment attached to at least one of the compressed gas source and nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Geek Wraps, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Calman, Kathryn S. Calman
  • Patent number: 10696437
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for producing an oral pouched snuff product comprising a filling material (29, 10) and a saliva-permeable pouch (43) enclosing the filling material (29, 10), the product (29, 10) having a moisture content of at most 20% by weight, in particular at most 10% by weight, based on total weight of the product (29, 10), the saliva-permeable pouch (43) having one or more seals (45, 46), and said filling material (29, 10) comprising at least 20% by weight, based on dry weight of the filling material (29, 10), of at least one ingredient having a melting temperature below 180° C., the method comprising ultrasonically welding and cutting an advancing web (32) of packaging material (7) to which the filling material (29, 10) has been supplied. The present disclosure also provides an oral pouched snuff product which is obtainable by this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Swedish Match North Europe AB
    Inventor: Tony Persson
  • Patent number: 10696004
    Abstract: An embossing device (1) includes three embossing rollers (5, 7, 9), each co-acting with a pressure roller (11, 15, 19), to emboss a plurality of paper plies (V1, V2, V3). Two embossing rollers can be easily interchanged to switch from a nested configuration to a tip-to-tip configuration, or to switch from one type of pattern to another. A lamination roller and a glue dispenser are arranged around one of the embossing rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MTORRES TISSUE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Daniele Dettori, Gionata Pardini
  • Patent number: 10683118
    Abstract: An anvil is provided in an ultrasonic sealing machine, in which vibration applying surfaces of a pair of horns and an abutment surface on an end face of the anvil cooperate with each other to bond a laminate. The abutment surface includes left and right welding surfaces which are disposed in the extending direction of the vibration applying surface and protrude toward the horns to face two vibration applying surfaces. The left and right welding surfaces each have an area per unit length in the extending direction, which continuously or step-wisely increases with an increase in distance from a center of the seal area, which is a region where the two vibration applying surfaces are adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Noritaka Yuhara
  • Patent number: 10681961
    Abstract: Various articles, such as footwear, apparel, athletic equipment, watchbands, and the like, and methods of forming those articles are presented. The articles are generally formed, in whole or in part, using rapid manufacturing techniques, such as laser sintering, stereolithography, solid deposition modeling, and the like. The use of rapid manufacturing allows for relatively economical and time efficient manufacture of customized articles. Portions of the articles may be manufactured using rapid manufacturing and those portions may be joined with portions formed using conventional, non-rapid manufacturing techniques. The methods may also include performing a scan of an appropriate body part of a user, such as a foot, in order to create a customized article of footwear for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly B. Jarvis
  • Patent number: 10662992
    Abstract: A method of bonding a connector to a first object includes providing the connector, the connector being separate from the first object and including a thermoplastic material; arranging the first object and the connector relative to one another so that the connector reaches from a proximal side of the object through a first opening in the object; generating and applying vibrations and mechanical pressure to the connector until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material is liquefied and caused to flow sideways radially into an open space; and removing the source of the vibrations and causing the liquefied thermoplastic material to re-solidify, resulting in the connector with a foot portion, a head portion, and a shaft portion between the foot portion and the head portion. The shaft portion extends along an axis through the first opening, and secures the connector to the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jonas Germann, Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist, Patricia Poschner
  • Patent number: 10647063
    Abstract: A method for sealing the edges of composite fiber components includes applying a thermoplastic semifinished product to a cut edge of a composite fiber component and thermoplastically or integrally joining the thermoplastic semifinished product to the cut edge of the composite fiber component by ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Born
  • Patent number: 10647079
    Abstract: In a method of ultrasonically bonding paperboard, first and second pieces of paperboard are supplied, with at least one of the first and second pieces of paperboard being provided with a clay coating. The first and second pieces of paperboard are moistened and positioned in a gap between a sonotrode and an anvil of an ultrasonic welding unit. The ultrasonic welding unit is activated and the first and second pieces of paperboard are compressed between 30-70%, more preferably between 40-60%, to cause the clay coating to mobilize and force the clay coating material into fiber matrixes of the first and second pieces of paperboard, followed by cooling of the first and second pieces of paperboard, to bond the first and second pieces of paperboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: George A Tuszkiewicz, David W Jordan, Thomas Miller, Peter L Novotny, Jenna M Ronquillo
  • Patent number: 10647459
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for producing an oral pouched snuff product comprising a filling material (29, 10) and a saliva-permeable pouch (43) enclosing the filling material (29, 10), the product (29, 10) having a moisture content of at most 20% by weight, in particular at most 10% by weight, based on total weight of the product (29, 10), the saliva-permeable pouch (43) having one or more seals (45, 46), and said filling material (29, 10) comprising at least 20% by weight, based on dry weight of the filling material (29, 10), of at least one ingredient having a melting temperature below 180° C., the method comprising ultrasonically welding and cutting an advancing web (32) of packaging material (7) to which the filling material (29, 10) has been supplied. The present disclosure also provides an oral pouched snuff product which is obtainable by this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Swedish Match North Europe AB
    Inventor: Tony Persson
  • Patent number: 10640242
    Abstract: A sealing member comprising a sealing section configured to interact with a sealing band of a tube of packaging material in a sealing stage, and a package volume controlling section configured to interact with a first area next to the sealing band of said tube of packaging material in the sealing stage, wherein said package volume controlling section is provided with a socket for holding an insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Marko Stajkovic, Håkan Andersson, Louis Carlioz
  • Patent number: 10641240
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to methods for joining rotor blade components using thermoplastic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Robert Tobin, Aaron A. Yarbrough, Daniel Alan Hynum, Christopher Daniel Caruso
  • Patent number: 10632690
    Abstract: A distal end portion on a side of an object to be joined of a resonator for joining is so configured that a plurality of protrusions each having an outer face not including an angular shape edge are stacked in two or more steps in a direction in which the resonator for joining and a reception jig for joining oppose to each other and that a shape of a protrusion on the side of the object to be joined is made smaller than a shape of a protrusion on a side of the resonator for joining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: ULTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeru Sato
  • Patent number: 10632684
    Abstract: An apparatus for ultrasonic sealing and methods for manufacturing disclosed. Embodiments include a base and a tool profile for sealing a material, for example, a package. The tool profile is supported by the base and defines a seal line forming raised surface extending across a length of the base and having a crest line of uniform height above the base. In at least one embodiment, the raised surface includes a first portion of the length having a first cross-sectional mass and second and third portions of the length having a second cross-sectional mass, with the first cross-sectional mass being less than the second cross-sectional mass. Advantageously, a package to be sealed can be positioned such that its thicker material areas line up with the first portion of the raised surface having reduced mass, which applies less energy to the package than is applied along the larger mass portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Uwe Peregi, Scott Weiss
  • Patent number: 10632725
    Abstract: The invention covers a method of producing a heat-resistant polymer-coated oven board, the resulting oven board, a food tray and a food package, which comprise such board and withstand heating in a range or microwave oven. According to the invention the coated oven board (1) is made by adhering a premade heat-resisting film (4) comprising polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or its derivate, such as glycol-modified PET known as PETG, to a board base (2) by extrusion lamination, in which an adhesive layer (3) comprising polyamide (PA) is extruded between the heat-resisting film and the board base. To improve the strength and barrier properties, the film (4) may be an extruded multilayer film and/or the film may be stretch-orientated to bring about crystallization in PET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Stora Enso OYJ
    Inventors: Kimmo Nevalainen, Ville Ribu