Patents Examined by James D Sells
  • Patent number: 11141924
    Abstract: A system and a method for stud fixation with the aid of mechanical vibration energy that is applied to the stud and that is used for local liquefaction or at least plastification of a material, which is based on a thermoplastic polymer and includes the stud (at least distal stud end) and/or by the object (at least in a fixation location), wherein simultaneously the distal stud end is pressed against the fixation location of the object. Depending on the material pairing of stud (distal stud end) and object (fixation location), this results, on re-solidification of the liquefied or plasticized material, in an embedding of the distal stud end in the object (e.g. positive fit connection), in a welded connection between the distal stud end and the object, or in a local penetration of stud material into the object (e.g. positive fit connection).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Gregor Eckhard, Patricia Poschner, Mario Lehmann
  • Patent number: 11134762
    Abstract: A hard case for housing and transporting objects includes a first shell and a second shell, hinges for connecting the shells and enabling the latter to be arranged in a closed configuration or in an open configuration, and a closing device to lock the shells in the closed configuration. The shells include respective main panels formed by thermoforming an interwoven polypropylene sheet including a plurality of superimposed layers, each layer having oriented polypropylene fibers therein, the layers being arranged to interweave the superimposed fibers, and respective side elements including respective interface edges intended to be coupled to each other in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Graziano Negrini
  • Patent number: 11133213
    Abstract: A deflectable platen including an annular sidewall, a first layer coupled to the annular sidewall, the first layer having a first temperature control element associated therewith, a second layer coupled to the annular sidewall and disposed in a parallel, spaced-apart relationship with the first layer to define a gap therebetween, the second layer having a second temperature control element associated therewith, and a controller coupled to the first and second temperature control elements and configured to operate the first and second temperature control elements to vary temperatures of the first and second layers relative to one another to deflect the platen to more closely match a contour of a wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: APPLIED Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Dawei Sun, Ming Yin
  • Patent number: 11123934
    Abstract: A method of bonding a first web of material to a second web of material to form a composite material is disclosed herein. First, a first web of material and a second web of material moving in a machine direction is provided. The webs of material pass over a first energy application device extending transverse in the cross-machine direction. The first energy application device includes a primary bonding pattern and a secondary bonding pattern. The primary bonding pattern in combination with the secondary bonding pattern extends continuously across the first energy application device in the cross-machine direction. In addition, a second energy application device is provided. The second energy application device is moved in the cross-machine direction, and thereby extending the second energy application device over the first energy application device and operating the first and second energy application devices in combination to bond a composite web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory John Rajala, Jason Kyle Sieck, Kenneth John Wagner
  • Patent number: 11110671
    Abstract: An illustrative embodiment of the present disclosure provides a method of forming a composite structure. Composite material is placed into a cavity of a mold. A layup support is placed over the cavity. A number of composite plies is laid up over the layup support, the composite material, and the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Corydon D. Hilton, Bryan R. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 11104110
    Abstract: A laminating device for attaching a curved cover plate with an irregular shape to a flexible screen includes a pressing flat body, two laminating sheets and two laminating sheet rolling wheels. The pressing flat body having a pressing flat wall to carry the flexible screen, to attached the flexible screen to a portion of the flat area of the curved cover plate with the irregular shape. The two laminating sheets are arranged on opposite sides of the pressing flat body. A first end of each of the laminating sheets is attached to the pressing flat body, and a second end of each of the laminating sheets opposite to the first end is curlable towards the pressing flat body. The two laminating sheet rolling wheels are corresponding to the two laminating sheets. Each of the laminating sheet rolling wheels moves on the curved cover plate with the irregular shape, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Yungu (Gu'an) Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Zhang, Bing Han
  • Patent number: 11090758
    Abstract: An ultrasonic systems and methods for sealing complex interfaces or for metal forming. Complex interfaces, such as a Gable top, have multiple and a variety of layers across the interface, or an oval or round spout having a complex geometry. An example system includes two ultrasonic horns arranged opposite a gap between which the interface is provided. The frequency and phase of the ultrasonic energy are synchronized as the energy is applied simultaneously while the interface is pressed between a jaw and the energy is applied to both sides of the interface. Another example system includes two ultrasonic transducers synchronized in frequency and phase and used to vibrate a horn mechanically to facilitate a sealing or welding interface or to assist in a metal-forming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Dukane IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Leo Klinstein, Charles Leroy Leonard, Matthew James Dittrich, John Putnam Hays, IV, Petr Vasko, Robert Edward Aldaz, Joseph Re, Andrew Germaine
  • Patent number: 11084229
    Abstract: A setting welding device is set forth for setting stud-like auxiliary joining parts in a plurality of layers of material and subjecting them to a mechanical-thermoforming process on a second layer of material and connecting them to said second layer by way of a welding operation. For this purpose, the punch is used to apply to the welding auxiliary joining part mechanical and thermal loads that follow prescribed characteristic force and current curves. Furthermore, a corresponding connecting method that can be realized with the aid of the setting welding device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Böllhoff Verbindungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Draht, Sergej Hartwig-Biglau, Holger Thommes
  • Patent number: 11077621
    Abstract: A method of fastening a second object to a fiber composite part including a structure of fibers embedded in a matrix material includes: providing the fiber composite part including an attachment surface, with a portion of the structure of fibers being exposed at the attachment surface; providing the second object; placing the second object relative to the fiber composite part, with a resin in a flowable state between the attachment surface and the connector; pressing the second object and the fiber composite part against each other and causing mechanical vibration to act on the second object or the fiber composite part or both, thereby causing the resin to infiltrate the exposed structure of fibers and activating the resin to cross-link; whereby the resin, after cross-linking, secures the second object to the fiber composite part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Patricia Poschner, Joakim Kvist, Mario Lehmann, Patrick Mooser
  • Patent number: 11077622
    Abstract: A method of producing a golf ball applies ultrasonic welding on two half shells to form at least one intermediate layer, at least one cover layer, or at least one intermediate layer and at least one cover layer. The ultrasonic welding may include pressing the two half shells together, delivering a high power electrical signal to a welding stack, and converting the high power electrical signal at the welding stack to ultrasonic energy. The converting may include converting the high power electrical signal into a mechanical vibration, modifying an amplitude of the mechanical vibration to generate a modified mechanical vibration, and applying the modified mechanical vibration to an interface of the two half shells to weld them together ultrasonically. Aspects also relate to golf balls, or one or more layers thereof, made using ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignees: Masion de Golf, Qingdao SM Parker Golf, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Jin Kim, Ki Jung Kim, Deuk Ho Song
  • Patent number: 11077624
    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: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 11072128
    Abstract: A method for producing an axially movable connection between two tubular components with a plastic as a sliding material therebetween may involve providing the components to be joined where either at least one of the two components has a plastic coating or a plastic sleeve is provided between the components, joining the components to form a unit via a pressing force in an axial direction, clamping the unit in a device in which the components can be clamped and subjected to a displacement force in the axial direction, pressing a sonotrode against an outer of the two components, injecting an ultrasound signal into the sonotrode at a frequency close to the resonance frequency of one of the components, and moving the tubular components back and forth in the axial direction until the displacement force or the displacement velocity reaches a target, and ending the ultrasound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: thyssenkrnpp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventor: Peter Hirschauer
  • Patent number: 11072126
    Abstract: A method of producing a golf ball applies ultrasonic welding on two half shells to form at least one intermediate layer, at least one cover layer, or at least one intermediate layer and at least one cover layer. The ultrasonic welding may include pressing the two half shells together, delivering a high power electrical signal to a welding stack, and converting the high power electrical signal at the welding stack to ultrasonic energy. The converting may include converting the high power electrical signal into a mechanical vibration, modifying an amplitude of the mechanical vibration to generate a modified mechanical vibration, and applying the modified mechanical vibration to an interface of the two half shells to weld them together ultrasonically. Aspects also relate to golf balls, or one or more layers thereof, made using ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: Masion de Golf, Qingdao SM Parker Golf, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Jin Kim, Ki Jung Kim, Deuk Ho Song
  • Patent number: 11072127
    Abstract: Process for forming a permanent join between two sections of fibrous material contained in a thermosetting resin matrix, said process comprising overlaying the two sections and subjecting the overlaid sections to ultrasonic welding to form a permanent join between the two sections, wherein there is no significant change in the sub-ambient Tg of the fibrous material contained in the thermosetting resin matrix in the region of the permanent join.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HEXCEL COMPOSITES LIMITED
    Inventors: Marco Arcidiacono, John Ellis, Benjamin Chau
  • Patent number: 11071654
    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 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Todd Douglas Lenser, Urmish Popatlal Dalal
  • Patent number: 11049839
    Abstract: A bonding tool for bonding a semiconductor element to a substrate on a bonding machine is provided. The bonding tool includes a body portion including a contact region for contacting the semiconductor element during a bonding process on the bonding machine. The bonding tool also includes a standoff extending from the body portion, and configured to contact the substrate during at least a portion of the bonding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ai Jun Song, Jeremy Neyhart, Thomas Colosimo, Benjamin D. Trabin, Matthew B. Wasserman
  • Patent number: 11035168
    Abstract: A vacuum insulating glazing unit (VIGU) comprises two or more glass lites (panes) spaced apart from one another and hermetically bonded to an edge seal assembly therebetween. The resulting cavity between the lites is evacuated to create at least one insulating vacuum cavity within which are disposed a plurality of stand-off members to maintain separation between the lites. The edge seal assembly is preferably compliant in the longitudinal (i.e., edgewise) direction to allow longitudinal relative motion between the two lites (e.g., from thermal expansion). The longitudinal compliance may be obtained by imprinting a three-dimensional pattern into the edge seal material. The edge seal assembly is preferably bonded to the lites with a first bond portion that is hermetic and a second bond portion that is load-resistant. Methods for producing VIGUs and/or compliant edge seal assemblies and VIGU and edge seal apparatus are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: ASTRAVAC GLASS, INC.
    Inventors: William H. Francis, IV, Gregg E. Freebury, Neal J. Beidleman, Michael Hulse
  • Patent number: 11027498
    Abstract: A ultrasonic welding method of joining dissimilar-material workpieces, such as sheet materials, and the joined components formed thereby. The method includes applying ultrasonic energy to a thermoplastic piece to fill a hole of a dissimilar piece to form a weld point that is made up with polymer from the thermoplastic piece. In general, the geometry of the thermoplastic piece is not altered during the process. The dissimilar piece generally has a higher melting temperate and can be metal, thermoset polymers, or other thermoplastic material. The welded pieces can be arranged in a lap, laminate, or double lap configuration. In some embodiments, the hole of the dissimilar sheet material includes undercut features that improve the mechanical interlock between the dissimilar pieces. In some embodiments, the weld point has a mushroom cap to improve mechanical interlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Yongqiang Li, Shixin Hu, Daniel Shriver, Kaifeng Wang, Mihaela Banu, Jorge F. Arinez
  • Patent number: 11027497
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a connector in a heterogeneous first object that includes a first building layer and, distally of the first building layer, an interlining layer. The method includes providing the first object and the connector, which includes thermoplastic material in a solid state; contacting the connector with the first building layer; applying a first mechanical pressing force to the connector until the first building layer is pierced by the connector and a distal portion of the connector reaches into the interlining layer; applying a second mechanical pressing force and mechanical vibration to the connector until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material is flowable and penetrates structures of the first object, and a distally facing abutment face of the head portion abuts against the metal profile in a region next to the opening; and letting the thermoplastic material resolidify to yield a positive-fit connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MULTIMATERIAL-WELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist, Mario Lehmann, Patricia Poschner
  • Patent number: 11000423
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a disposable undergarment, with the lateral edges of the undergarment bonded by means of an ultrasonic horn. When a blank is formed for an individual undergarment, the lateral edges of opposing edges of the blank will form the seam. When the edges are sealed together, a seam is formed. The individual undergarments may be later separated along the seams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Schuette, Joram L. McClurg, Jon A. Pelland, Jeffrey W. Fritz, Daniel A. Peterson