Patents Examined by James Sells
  • Patent number: 10096568
    Abstract: Disclosed is a die bonding tool comprising: a rigid body; and a collet having a die-holding portion; wherein the collet is mechanically coupled to the rigid body by a flexible element which is configured to angularly deflect relative to the rigid body on application of a torque to the collet and/or to a die held by the collet. Also disclosed is a die bonding system comprising the die bonding tool, and an adhesive dispenser for a die bonding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ASM TECHNOLOGY SINGAPORE PTE LTD
    Inventors: Kwok Yuen Cheung, Kwok Wah Tong, Jin Hui Meng, Wan Yin Yau, Man Kit Chow
  • Patent number: 10081128
    Abstract: Method for forming a sealing element from extruded thermoplastic rods includes the steps of machining one or more extruded thermoplastic rods, each having a first and a second end, in a desired shape; bending the one or more machined thermoplastic rods into a circular structure at ambient temperature while keeping the stress in the one or more thermoplastic rods below the yield point; joining the first and second end faces of the thermoplastic rods to form the sealing element. A method for replacing and repairing a sealing element of a swivel is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC.
    Inventor: Eric Barrabino
  • Patent number: 10076897
    Abstract: Provided is a method for producing a granular powder-containing sheet containing a granular powder in separated container rooms between two sheet materials. After the container rooms are formed in a first sheet material, the first sheet material is transported on the circumferential surface of an anvil roller. In the process of transportation, the granular powder that is fed from a granular powder feeding hopper through a feeding passage is received in the container rooms. Thereafter, the container rooms are covered with a second sheet material, and the two sheet materials are joined to each other on the peripheries of the container rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ZUIKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tsujimoto, Yukihiko Fujita
  • Patent number: 10065379
    Abstract: A dispersible non-woven article, and methods of making the same. The dispersible non-woven article includes a web of fibers and a dried binder having a plurality of ultrasonic energy treated portions and a plurality of non-ultrasonic energy treated portions. The web of fibers has a basis weight of from about 10 gsm to about 150 gsm. The dried binder comprising a polymer having at least one functional group that is reactive with the fibers. The fibers have at least one functional group that is reactive with the polymer. The article has a cross direction wet tensile strength that is developed by the ultrasonic welding. The article is flushable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: HANGSTERFER'S LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Fretz
  • Patent number: 10065409
    Abstract: A threadable heat transfer press includes an upper platen, a lower platen below the upper platen, a support head connected to one of the upper platen and the lower platen for moving the platens between an open position, when the platens are spaced away from one another, and a closed position, when the platens are pressed against each other. A vertical line extends from a geometric center of the lower platen and engaging the upper platen when the platens are in the closed position. The press further includes a support plate secured to the lower platen, a plurality of legs positioned below the lower platen, and a vertically extending support structure positioned between at least one of the plurality of legs and the support plate. The vertically extending support structure defines a throat spacing beneath the lower platen, which is spaced away from the geometric center of the lower platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: Stahls' Inc., Stahls' Special Projects
    Inventors: Benjamin B. Robinson, Michael Bendis, Brian Sukarukoff
  • Patent number: 10065362
    Abstract: A joining method for joining together a first member in which fiber material is mixed into a first resin, and a second member that includes at least a second resin, includes abutting the first member and the second member together, and softening or melting the first resin of the first member and the second resin of the second member that are adjacent to abutting surfaces of the first member and the second member; and stirring a joint forming portion formed by the softened or melted first resin of the first member and the softened or melted second resin of the second member, and the fiber material included in the softened or melted first resin of the first member, in a direction inclined with respect to the abutting surfaces, and hardening the joint forming portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ueno, Takaaki Kiyono, Hideo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10059076
    Abstract: A method of fastening an edge structure to a construction element includes providing the construction element, being a planar structure with with two cover regions and a middle region between the cover regions; providing the edge structure being continuously extended, the edge structure having contact surfaces with a thermoplastic material shaped to lie against the cover regions in an outer surface of the construction element, and, opposite the contact surfaces, a coupling-in surface for coupling energy into the edge structure; coupling energy into the edge structure and pressing the contact surfaces against the cover regions until at least a portion of the thermoplastic material is liquefied and pressed into the cover regions; and repeating or continuing the steps of coupling and pressing until the edge structure is attached to the building element at a plurality of discrete locations or over an extended region along an edge of the construction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Laurent Torriani, Mario Lehmann, Marcel Aeschlimann
  • Patent number: 10046518
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an apparatus for ultrasonic processing of materials having an ultrasonic processing system comprising an ultrasound generator, a converter, a sonotrode and a counterpart tool and a feed unit with which the sonotrode and the counterpart tool can be moved towards each other or away from each other, wherein there is provided a force sensor with which the force that the ultrasonic processing system exerts on the materials to be processed can be measured. To provide a corresponding ultrasonic processing apparatus which allows a greater processing speed it is proposed according to the invention that the force sensor is a piezoelectric sensor whose output is converted into an electrical voltage by means of a charge amplifier and that there is provided a control device which either when the ultrasonic processing is not performing material processing short-circuits the piezoelectric sensor or adds a time-varying force compensation unit to the value measured by the piezoelectric sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Vogler
  • Patent number: 10046547
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing relatively low temperature joining processes, including displacement/vibration welding techniques and/or heat staking techniques, in a process of building up laminate layers to form and/or manufacture three-dimensional objects, parts and components in additive material (AM) manufacturing systems. A multi-stage 3D object forming scheme is described involving steps of laminate cutting (with lasers or other cutting devices); laminate transport between processing stations (including using one or more of conveyors, robotic pick and place devices and the like); laminate stacking, clamping and adhering through comparatively low temperature welding or other mechanical joining (including displacement/vibration welding or heat staking); and mechanical surface finishing (via CNC machining or other comparable process).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Steven R Moore, Abu Saeed Islam, Bruce H. Smith
  • Patent number: 10046874
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sealing tool including an anvil with a sealing surface, a horn with a sealing surface facing the sealing surface of the anvil, the sealing surface of the anvil including a plurality of beads including a first bead having a first height and at least one second bead having a second height, the second height being less than the first height, the ultrasonic sealing tool delivering ultrasonic vibrations via at least one of the anvil and the horn to create a closure seal in a work piece positioned between the anvil and the horn, the closure seal including a first seal created by the first bead and at least one second seal created by the at least one second bead, the first seal having a weld depth greater than a weld depth of the at least one second seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sonics & Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: William G. Aurand
  • Patent number: 10046879
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a label to a moving cable, the apparatus comprising: an attaching device for applying a label onto a moving cable and a roller for pressing the label against the moving cable, wherein the roller comprises a first roller for pressing one label against the moving cable, wherein the first roller comprises a U shape hollow portion and is mounted at an angle with the U shape hollow portion directly facing a side of the moving cable and wherein the label is formed into a U shape a first edge of the U shape longer than a second edge of the U shape; a first roll down roller for folding the second edge of the label against the moving cable and the first edge of the label; and a second roll down roller for folding the first edge of the label against the folded second edge of the label and wherein the first roll down roller is mounted to overlap the second roll down roller to overlap the label edges onto the moving cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Eugene Brooks
  • Patent number: 10040243
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a processing element for processing a material, like for example a sonotrode or an anvil, comprising a carrier surface which is substantially in the form of a cylinder or in the form of a segment of a cylinder and which is intended to come into contact with the material during processing, wherein the processing element is intended to be rotated about its longitudinal axis during processing so that the carrier surface rolls on the material to be processed, wherein arranged on the carrier surface is at least one structure element which projects beyond the carrier surface in the radial direction, wherein the structure element has a top side which is provided to come into contact with the material to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: HERRMANN ULTRASCHALLTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Vogler
  • Patent number: 10040258
    Abstract: A method for obtaining a composite piece of n plies, at least one ply having a fiber volume greater than 58% in weight, the method comprising the steps of laying uncured prepreg plies and performing ultrasound compaction over each laid uncured laminate ply, wherein at least one of the uncured laminate plies has a fiber volume greater than 58% in weight. Finally, the composite laminate is cured. The step of performing ultrasound compaction comprises applying an ultrasonic compactor over each laid laminate ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.L.
    Inventors: Jose Sanchez Gomez, Rafael Avila Dominguez, Hector Alonso Pintado
  • Patent number: 10029408
    Abstract: A compact pressing body with a pressing surface smaller in area than a welding range welds together sheet-like members over the whole area of the welding range by pressing the sheet-like members being reliably moved in a direction substantially orthogonal to a pressing direction of the pressing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: Adwelds Corporation, PMT Corporation
    Inventor: Seiya Nakai
  • Patent number: 10017287
    Abstract: A sonotrode and anvil are adapted for ultrasonic welding of work pieces, to produce a narrower weld region that exhibits greater durability, permitting use of less material per package. The horn-to-anvil contact is through a plurality of energy directors arranged into a three-dimensional grid pattern to be capable of distributed vibration-transmissive contact. The energy directors include a series of plateau surfaces regularly spaced apart in a first direction, and in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction, to form the grid pattern. The energy directors of the horn are configured to interlock with the energy directors of the anvil. The rectangular-shaped plateaus are spaced apart by angled side-surfaces that form valleys. A stepped transition to a corresponding region of reduced height for the energy directors of the sonotrode and anvil may form a cosmetic seal region with a lesser integrity, in addition to the main barrier seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: RINCO ULTRASOUNDS USA, INC.
    Inventor: Gordon Hull
  • Patent number: 10016836
    Abstract: A specially designed sonotrode and anvil are adapted to be used in combination for ultrasonic welding of work pieces, to produce a narrower weld region, but one exhibiting greater durability, thereby permitting use of less packaging material. The contact surfaces comprise a surface of the anvil having a plurality of energy directors, where the plurality of energy directors are arranged into a three-dimensional grid pattern to be capable of distributed vibration-transmissive contact. The energy directors may comprise a series of plateau surfaces being regularly spaced apart from each other in a first direction, and in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction, to form the grid pattern. The rectangular-shaped plateaus may be spaced apart by valleys. Engagement of the energy directors of the anvil with the corresponding surface of the sonotrode may cause minor elastic deformation of work pieces positioned therebetween prior to ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Rinco Ultrasonics USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon Hull
  • Patent number: 10011072
    Abstract: A plastic welding device for the automatic welding of at least three components comprises at least one first tool, at least one second tool and at least one transfer device. A first component is positionable on the first tool. The first and the second tool are movable relative to each other in order to weld the first component with a second component. The transfer device is movable relative to at least one of the tools and with it at least one third component is automatically feedable to one of the tools. In this manner, the at least one third component is weldable with the compound made up of the first and second components via the first and the second tool or via the first or the second tool in combination with the third tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: BRANSON ULTRASCHALL Niederlassung der Emerson Technologies GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Franz Wacker, Silvio Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10011416
    Abstract: A sealing device generally includes a rotatable support cylinder having an outer, circumferential surface and a heating element disposed about such surface and secured thereto such that the heating element rotates therewith. The heating element is coiled about the outer surface of the cylinder in the form of an overlapping helical pattern. Juxtaposed film plies may be sealed together by bringing the sealing device into rotational contact with the juxtaposed film plies and heating the heating element to a temperature sufficient to cause the film plies to seal together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Laurence Sperry, James Corliss, Jason Lepine, Brian Murch, Eric Kane, Ross Patterson, Mark Salerno
  • Patent number: 10010020
    Abstract: A machine is provided and includes a machine body formed to define a single enclosed space, an ultrasonic consolidation (UC) processing element operably disposed in the single enclosed space for executing UC processing of a part within the single enclosed space and an electronics printing element operably disposed in the single enclosed space for executing electronics printing of the part within the single enclosed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Travis Mayberry, Jeffrey A. Shubrooks
  • Patent number: 10000016
    Abstract: A film edge sealing device is disclosed herein which has a groove defining a base. The base of the groove of the edge sealing device is oriented at a skewed angle with respect to a longitudinal direction of the conveyor of the heat sealing machine. Edges of a thermoplastic sheet or two stacked layers of thermoplastic sheets are introduced into the groove of the edge sealing device and placed in contact therewith to both heat and melt the edges of the thermoplastic sheet(s) to form a bead and join the edges thereof to form an edge bead seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: EXTREME PACKAGING MACHINERY, INC.
    Inventor: Raymond Uttaro