Patents Examined by Jeff H. Aftergut
  • Patent number: 7879176
    Abstract: Methods of forming a hermetic seal between fuel system components are provided. One of the methods can be achieved by passing a light beam through a wall of a polymeric member to an inner surface of the wall that surrounds an outer surface of a polymeric body and defines an internal passage for a flow of fuel; and welding the inner surface of the polymeric member to the outer surface of the polymeric body to provide a hermetic seal at the respective inner and outer surfaces against the flow of fuel. Another method can be achieved by disposing an adhesive on an inner surface of polymeric member that surrounds an outer surface of a polymeric body and defines an internal passage for a flow of fuel; and activating the adhesive to bond the polymeric member to the polymeric body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Hornby
  • Patent number: 7879171
    Abstract: A method for mounting a film, used to fabricate a mask for use in screening an electronic device, to a common carrier frame. The common carrier frame has an outer edge along an outer periphery and an opening in a central portion of the frame. The method includes applying external pressure to the frame outer edge to compress the frame inward and reduce the opening, securing a film to the frame, the film covering the frame opening, and releasing the pressure on the frame to expand the opening and place the film in tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L Baan, Harry D Cox, John P Gauci, John R Lankard, Jr., David C Long, Thong N Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7875143
    Abstract: A label for a container is formed by wrapping a length of label material around a cylindrical mandrel and introducing heat, adhesive or other sealing means into a gap between the leading end portion of the label material and the trailing end portion as the label material is wrapped around the mandrel. The cylindrical sleeve is slid off of the mandrel and telescoped over a container passing thereunder. The container with a cylindrical sleeve therearound is then moved to a heating station which heats the label material, preferably foam polystyrene, to cause it to shrink into conformity with the contour of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: GerroPlast GmbH
    Inventor: Robert F. Kontz
  • Patent number: 7871485
    Abstract: Easy starting rolls of perforated tissue product which have a reduced tendency to ply separate are formed with an adhesively secured doubled over tail tab folded against the roll. The strength and location of the bonds are controlled by controlling the penetration of the adhesive into the tissue. The dry tensile strength of the projecting folded over tail tab exceeds 400 g/3? and the caliper thereof exceeds one mil The adhesive bonds are spaced away from lines of perforation joining sheets in the initial sheets of the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Teresa M. Redmann, Richard D. Huss, Brian J. Schuh, Terry P. Witkowski
  • Patent number: 7871483
    Abstract: Provided is a method for enhancing an adhesive bond between a pile and a resin adhesive by maintaining a constant uniform positive pressure of the entire wrapped region regardless of the shrinkage in the resin adhesive. This invention enhances underwater adhesive bond by ensuring proper contact while curing. In one embodiment, constant inward pressure is created by encapsulating the repair and applying a vacuum. The invention can be used for a variety of underwater applications using different resins and different substrate materials. For instance, the invention could be used to repair damaged critical infrastructure, e.g. Bridges, dams, pipelines and locks. Local, state and federal agencies in US and elsewhere as well as marine and naval contractors would find great utility with the invention. The concept could be extended to all adhesion dependent repairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Gray Mullins, Rajan Sen
  • Patent number: 7871486
    Abstract: Methods for making a structure having an integral mounting flange involving providing a primary composite structure having a circumference, applying at least one circumferentially oriented core fiber about the circumference of the primary composite structure, applying at least one layer of attachment fibers to operably connect the core fiber to the primary composite structure about the circumference to obtain an integral mounting flange preform, and curing the mounting flange preform to obtain an integral mounting flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ming Xie, Curt Brian Curtis, Lori Renee McGrath, Paul Edward Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 7867351
    Abstract: A method forming a porous PTFE layer includes steps of: combining one or at least two unburned porous PTFE films and a support body that can withstand a heating condition in the following process (a rod or plate shaped support body made of mesh or the like is preferable) by using a predetermined means in such a manner that a slip can be prevented in a heating treatment in the following process; and heating the matter resulted from the above process at a temperature of at least 150° C. and less than the melting point of the PTFE film for the range of 5-120 minutes (preferably at a temperature in the range of the melting point of a thermoplastic resin fiber to 320° C. for the range of 10-60 minutes in the case in which the thermoplastic resin fiber or the like is used in the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Nippon Valqua Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Aburatani, Toshikiyo Komazawa, Tatsuo Takamure
  • Patent number: 7867350
    Abstract: The present invention provides thickened fabrics and reinforcements for use as a spacer or reinforcement for a matrix system. The fabric includes in a first embodiment a woven fabric comprising weft and warp yarns containing glass fibers. A portion of the weft yarns are undulated, resulting in an increased thickness for the fabric. The fabric is coated with a polymeric resin or bonding agent, for substantially binding the weft yarns in the undulated condition. This invention also includes methods for making such fabric by increasing the thickness of a woven or non-woven material by such methods as applying tension during weaving operations, or using unbalanced yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Saint Gobain Technical Fabrics America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Newton, Mark W. Tucker
  • Patent number: 7857937
    Abstract: A process for affixing an insulating label to a container involves applying a thermoplastic hot-melt adhesive to a first edge of the label and applying a thermoplastic hot-melt adhesive and a thermosetting adhesive to a second edge of the label. The insulating label is applied to a container, and provides improved heat resistance, thereby reducing occurrences of delamination during subsequent heating of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Laura Dellevigne, Jeffrey T. Sloat
  • Patent number: 7854816
    Abstract: A laminate is made by first treating two spun-bond webs formed of endless thermoplastic synthetic-resin filaments with wetting agents. Then a layer of hydrophilic fibers is applied to one of the treated spun-bond webs and then the other of the treated spun-bond webs is applied to the layer of hydrophilic fibers on the one treated spun-bond web. Finally the two treated spun-bond webs and the layer of hydrophilic fibers between them are hydrodynamically consolidated together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Reifenhauser GmbH & Co. Maschinenfabrik
    Inventors: Sebastian Sommer, Jens Güdden
  • Patent number: 7849902
    Abstract: An apparatus for making a spunbond web has a foraminous deposition belt, a system for depositing fibers on the belt such that some of the fibers engage through the belt, and an output roller over which the belt is spanned for normally advancing an upper stretch of the belt in a transport direction toward the output roller. The output roller has a radially outwardly directed outer surface engaging the belt and formed with a profiling in turn formed by high spots contacting the belt and low spots out of contact with the belt so that fibers engaged through the belt are only pinched between the belt and the output roller at the high spots. The web is pulled downstream off the belt at the output roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Reifenhauser GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik
    Inventor: Walter Kühn
  • Patent number: 7850811
    Abstract: A steerable kink resistant access device is provided having an elongated body and a steerable portion. The access sheath has an outside diameter sufficiently small so that it may be inserted into a body cavity or conduit. The access sheath typically has two internal lumen, a first lumen sized and configured as an access to a surgical site and a second lumen sized and configured to contain a tensioning device that, when acted upon, will deflect the steerable portion. The tensioning device may be directly or remotely attached to an actuation device that operates to control the tensioning and loosening of the tensioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventors: Charles C. Hart, John R. Brustad, Nabil Hilal, Henry Kahle, Donald L. Gadberry
  • Patent number: 7850806
    Abstract: A waterproof method for a wire end joint includes expanding a heat shrinkable tube radially outwardly. The method then includes inserting the wire end joint and a melted thermosetting waterproofing agent through an opening at an end of the waterproof protection tube. A solidification starting temperature of the waterproofing agent is set higher than a shrinkage starting temperature of the heat shrinkable tube. The method then applies heating so that the heat shrinkable tube shrinks to the original diameter and so that the waterproofing agent is not solidified. The heating is continued to the solidification starting temperature after the heat shrinkable tube is shrunk to a set inner diameter, thereby causing the thermosetting waterproofing agent to be solidified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromichi Kawakita, Hiroyuki Otsuki
  • Patent number: 7846283
    Abstract: A method for reducing cost and weight in paint roller manufacturing processes and other continuous processes for producing tubular goods from polymers. The method may utilize a perforated substrate such as a perforated polypropylene strip or may include a perforating step which removes overage from an unperforated substrate. The perforated substrate is fed onto a mandrel to form a tube. Adhesive is applied upon the outer surface of the perforated substrate. A cover may be applied about the tube, and the resulting product is then cut into finished-size paint rollers. The removal of the overage results in a reduction in the weight of the paint roller. In certain embodiments the overage from a perforation step is collected, and may be reused in a subsequent implementation of the method or resold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Chandra Sekar
  • Patent number: 7846286
    Abstract: The device comprises a system for unwinding a portion of the web material from the log R, and a system for rewinding the tail end on the log after application of an adhesive. Moreover, a folding member 21 is provided, to fold the tail end and form a fold of web material defining a portion for gripping and detaching the folded loose end from the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Fabio Perini, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mauro Gelli
  • Patent number: 7842147
    Abstract: A method for making a composite panel, wherein the composite panel has a honeycomb core sandwiched between a pair of facing sheets, includes the steps of (a) coating the interior walls of the cells with a unexpanded thermo-expandable material; (b) bonding a pair of facing sheets to the opposite sides of the honeycomb core; and (c) heating the honeycomb core while the honeycomb core is sandwiched between the pair of facing sheets with sufficient heat to cause the thermo-expandable material to expand and to substantially fill the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: M.C. Gill Corporation
    Inventors: Hongbin Shen, Phu Nguyen, Matthew Lowry
  • Patent number: 7842149
    Abstract: For use in the manufacture of reinforcement layers for flexible pipes which are capable of absorbing compressive or tensile forces, and which are used for the transport of oil and gas, a thermoplastic material is applied to a strength-imparting layer. The strength-imparting layers are reeled on reels, and following unreeling they are laminated by application of heat and in direct continuation applied to the flexible pipe. The strength-imparting layer expediently consists of a polymer which is reinforced with at least 20% by volume of fibres. The thermoplastic material is of a reversible type, i.e. it may change from being relatively soft, but non-sticky by changes in temperature. The use of the method according to the invention allows manufacture of very strong reinforcements for flexible pipes which cannot be manufactured using a solid material, such as steel, since high performing bending forces are required in the shaping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: NKT Flexibles I/S
    Inventors: Kristian Glejbøl, Jakob Wedel-Heinen
  • Patent number: 7836934
    Abstract: A substrate bonding apparatus for use in fabricating LCD devices substantially prevents substrates held to upper stages from sagging. The substrate bonding apparatus may, for example, include upper and lower stages having a plurality of passages for holding respective substrates; suction force applying means having one end mounted within each passage for transmitting a suction force to operably proximate portions of a substrate, wherein the one end of the suction force applying means is projectable from within each passage to a predetermined distance from the stage; and a vacuum pump for providing a suction force to the suction force applying means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Sang Byun, Kyung Su Chae
  • Patent number: 7829163
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shrink sleeve for use on a closure of an article. The present invention does so by providing a decorated closure for an article, such as a container, used to package an item or items. The decorated closure includes a shrink sleeve and a closure for an article. The closure has a top end, a bottom end, and a side surface. The closure may further include a centerpoint of the top end and a centerpoint of the bottom end with a longitudinal axis passing therethrough. The shrink sleeve is shrunk around at least the side surface of the article, and includes at least one visible decoration on a surface of the shrink sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Multi-Color Corporation
    Inventors: Philip J. Albenice, John Voelker
  • Patent number: 7824513
    Abstract: Filamentary materials, such as yarn (18), is wound a frame (28), provided by pairs of movable filaments or wires (35, 38), about which the end of the spindle (22) rotates provides the turns (26) of the winding as the article having the winding is moved along a process path. Mechanically or hydraulically actuated pins (34) support the winding frame in a fixed position. The filaments of the frame may be provided by laterally spaced pairs (44, 46) of filaments of weldable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: UltraFab, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Z. Chernyak, Richard T. Arvidson, Alan J. DeMello, Grant E. Wylie