Patents Examined by James D Sells
  • Patent number: 11498750
    Abstract: The invention relates to a single serve capsule (1) for producing a beverage, comprising a capsule body (2). Said capsule body has a capsule bottom (3), a sidewall (22), a collar edge (5), and a cover (6). A cavity (100) for accommodating a beverage substrate in the form of a powder, granules, cut leaves or liquid is formed between the capsule bottom and the cover. A filter element (7) is arranged in the cavity, and the filter element is produced of non-woven fiber material. The filter element has a cut-out in which no filtering material is provided. The present invention also relates to a method for producing a single serve capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: GCS German Capsule Solution GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Krüger, Günter Empl
  • Patent number: 11498715
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a label to a moving cable, the apparatus comprising: a roller for pressing a label against the moving cable, wherein the label has a first attaching edge and a second attaching edge and wherein the roller comprises: a first roller for pressing the label against the moving cable, wherein the label is pressed against the moving cable with the first attaching edge and the second attaching edge of the label on opposites sides of the moving cable; a first roll down roller for folding the second edge of the label against the moving cable; and a second roll down roller for folding the first edge of the label against the moving cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Eugene Brooks
  • Patent number: 11498284
    Abstract: The invention relates to a welding tool and to a method for pulse welding of plastic films for medical packs formed as bags. In general, the invention provides that the film material which is plastified during welding and thus free-flowing is specifically displaced into a deepened, edge-side inner region of the sealing surface by increasing the sealing surface area. The film material accumulated in the recess leads to an increase in the film thickness in the inner region (25i) of the weld seam (6, 7, 8). As a result, the mechanical stability of the medical pack formed as a bag can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Joern Wittorf, Gerald Wegner, Tobias Lenhardt
  • Patent number: 11485122
    Abstract: Multilayer Films have a first skin layer that is prepared from a high density polyethylene and a second skin layer (also referred to as the sealant layer) that is prepared from a linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) having a density of from 0.90 to 0.92 g/cc and a Dilution Index, Yd, of greater than 0°. Seals can be prepared by placing two pieces of this film against each other such that the sealant layers are in contact with each other, then applying heat to at least one high density skin layer such that heat is transmitted/conducted through the multilayer film in a sufficient amount to melt the sealant layer and form a seal. The use of LLDPE having a Dilution Index of greater than 0° has been found to improve the sealing performance of multilayer films in comparison to multilayer films where the sealant layer is a conventional LLDPE having a Dilution Index of less than 0°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: NOVA CHEMICALS (INTERNATIONAL) S.A.
    Inventor: Robert Clare
  • Patent number: 11471159
    Abstract: A dispensing device configured to operate with an adhesive backed mesh and backing film for tissue bonding is disclosed. The dispensing device provides for low-friction, low force pay-out of a desired length of an adhesive backed mesh to a wound site. The device prevents or eliminates distortion of the mesh prior to application to the wound site, and includes means for reducing or eliminating binding during use. The dispensing device is configured to operate in a “forward” mode (substrate to which mesh is applied passes beneath applicator after mesh is applied) to provide essentially an unobstructed view of the wound site during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: John Goodman, Gregory Hake, Thomas Schoon
  • Patent number: 11465363
    Abstract: A vibration welded article includes an outer member having a substantially V-shaped portion, and an inner member that is vibration welded to the outer member. The outer member includes a substantially plate-shaped base surface portion, and a slope portion formed obliquely relative to the base surface portion. The slope portion has an outer member opening which is opened to attach another component. The inner member includes a first joint surface portion that is vibration welded to the base surface portion, a second joint surface portion that is vibration welded to the slope portion, and at least one protruding portion that protrudes from the second joint surface portion toward the base surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: MORIROKU TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Iwabuchi
  • Patent number: 11458689
    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: July 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignees: MASION DE GOLF, QINGDAO SM PARKER GOLF LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Jin Kim, Ki Jung Kim, Deuk Ho Song
  • Patent number: 11453175
    Abstract: The present invention is a roll as may function as an anvil roll that comprises protrusions on its outer surface, that are outwardly or z-directionally oriented arcs of an arc wire such as wavy wire or an axially canted helical coil extending along a length or x-direction, which are pinched perpendicularly to the z- and x-direction. Such anvil rolls may be used to treat materials such as web materials, such as by embossing or bonding these web materials. In a particular application, such rolls may interact with an ultrasonic sonotrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: CONCEPT FOR SUCCESS
    Inventor: Christoph Schmitz
  • Patent number: 11453174
    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: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Patricia Poschner, Joakim Kvist, Mario Lehmann, Patrick Mooser
  • Patent number: 11448873
    Abstract: A system for removing debris from a vision-based sensor of an agricultural machine includes an agricultural machine and a vision-based sensor supported on the agricultural machine. The vision-based sensor is configured to generate vision data. The system further includes a vibration source configured to be a separate component frons the vision-based sensor. The vibration source is supported on the agricultural machine. Moreover, the vibration source is configured to oscillate the vision-based sensor to remove debris from the vision-based sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: James W. Henry
  • Patent number: 11433620
    Abstract: A method and system for fabricating an article using a first bonding module having a first bonding module face and a second bonding module having a second bonding module face include supplying a first non-woven fabric to at least one of the first bonding module face and the second bonding module face, and supplying a plurality of elastic strands to a surface of the first non-woven fabric. The method and system further include entrapping a first elastic strand between a first pair of adjacent bonds in a first row in the first non-woven fabric, entrapping a second elastic strand between a second pair of adjacent bonds in the first row, and creating a third pair of adjacent bonds in the first row free of elastic bands therebetween. The third pair of adjacent bonds is located between the first pair of adjacent bonds and the second pair of adjacent bonds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: DUKANE IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas David Ehlert, Patrick Sean McNichols, Daniel James Sorensen, Casey John Morin, Brandon Leo Begrow, Michael A Snyder, Thomas Arthur Bett
  • Patent number: 11426918
    Abstract: The invention concerns a machine for manufacturing plastic items comprising, in series, along the manufacturing line: a rotatable roll (1) of plastic material in the form of at least one strip; a shaper (4) for forming tubes from said strips and means (5) for longitudinally welding said tubes; means (6) for cutting the tubes transversely, arranged so as to form tube sections (10); means for transferring and depositing said sections in holding and moving means; an oven (8) in which said tube sections move; a first turret (9) supporting moulds; means for processing the tube sections in the first turret; means for blowing a pressurised fluid into the moulds; a second turret (14) for discharging the bottles from said moulds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventor: Stylianos Eleftheriou
  • Patent number: 11426946
    Abstract: An ultrasonic welding system. The system includes an ultrasonic transducer assembly having a horn and a first transducer and a second transducer arranged to impart ultrasonic energy into the horn. The horn has a first part-interfacing surface and a second part-interfacing surface opposite the first part-interfacing surface. An actuator assembly is operatively coupled to the ultrasonic transducer assembly and configured to cause rotation of the horn. A controller is configured to: cause the actuator assembly to rotate the horn so that the first part-interfacing surface applies the ultrasonic energy to a first part along an entire length of the first part-interface surface while a first ultrasonic energy is applied through the horn via the first transducer to cause the first part-interfacing surface to vibrate back and forth along its entire length as the first ultrasonic energy is applied by the first transducer to the horn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Dukane IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Leo Klinstein, Petr Vasko, Robert Edward Aldaz, Joseph Re, Andrew Germaine
  • Patent number: 11413830
    Abstract: A vibration measurement device measures vibration of at least one of the first sealing member and the second sealing member. A determination device determines quality of the sealing process according to a measurement result of the vibration measurement device from before the first sealing member and the second sealing member reach the closed position to after the first sealing member and the second sealing member reach the closed position. The sealing drive unit causes relative movement between the first sealing member and the second sealing member from an open position at a moving speed determined according to a type of the bag, to place the first sealing member and the second sealing member in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: PACRAFT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsumura, Shinichiro Hyodo, Kyoji Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 11415255
    Abstract: This document describes aseptic fluid coupling devices for fluid systems and methods of manufacturing such aseptic fluid coupling devices. For example, this document describes aseptic fluid coupling devices that include removable membrane strips that protect the interior of the aseptic fluid coupling devices from contamination prior to use. Methods for attaching removable membranes to the aseptic fluid coupling devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Colder Products Company
    Inventor: Thomas Michael Stierns
  • Patent number: 11407181
    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: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Dukane IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Petr Vasko, Jiri Vizek, Arno{hacek over (s)}t Benda, Leo Klinstein
  • Patent number: 11382798
    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: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Todd Douglas Lenser, Urmish Popatlal Dalal
  • Patent number: 11376630
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an ultrasonic vibration unit having a converter (1) for converting an electric ac voltage into a mechanical ultrasonic vibration and a sonotrode which is vibrationally coupled to the converter (1), wherein the sonotrode and the converter (1) are matched to each other in such a way that the ultrasonic vibration unit can vibrate with a natural frequency f, in which a standing longitudinal wave having at least one vibration node and at least two vibration antinodes is formed within the ultrasonic vibration unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: HERRMANN ULTRASCHALLTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Gabriel Ertz, Jens Twiefel, Jorg Wallaschek, Ulrich Vogler
  • Patent number: 11358823
    Abstract: An adhesive dispenser is disclosed. The adhesive dispenser includes a cartridge, a dispensing roll, a plunger assembly, and a handle. The cartridge defines a cavity. The dispensing roll is positioned within the cavity and adapted to dispense an adhesive tape. The plunger assembly is positioned within the cavity and is adapted to move relative to the cartridge. The handle is adapted to receive the cartridge therein and is adapted to move the plunger assembly relative to the cartridge such that the plunger assembly applies a section of the adhesive tape to a surface adjoining a bottom portion of the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Victory Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Tyson, Scott Rendel, David Kittle
  • Patent number: 11351737
    Abstract: An energy apparatus can be configured for providing energy to an item being transferred over a rotatable drum. The energy apparatus can include a first energy mechanism configured to be fixedly coupled to the rotatable drum and rotate with the rotatable drum. The energy apparatus can also include a second energy mechanism configured to rotate around a circumference of the rotatable drum. The energy apparatus can additionally include a translation system coupled to the second energy mechanism and configured to move the second energy mechanism to an end position that allows the second energy mechanism and the first energy mechanism to provide energy to the item while there is no relative motion between the first energy mechanism and the second energy mechanism. Methods of providing energy to an item utilizing an energy apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael L. Lohoff, Craig R. Roble, Greg Rajala, Katherine M. Nackers, Kelly D. Farmer, Jason K. Sieck, Joseph D. Coenen, Jerry L. Hameister