Patents Examined by Jeff H. Aftergut
  • Patent number: 7465367
    Abstract: A process for forming a multi-strand elastic laminate comprising the steps of: (a) providing a multi-strand elastic feed (1); (b) feeding the multi-strand elastic via a feed nip roll (2) for further processing; (c) imparting a tension to the multi-strand elastic feed; (d) separating the multi-strand elastic feed into strands (4) separated in the cross-direction; (e) applying a hot melt adhesive to both surfaces of each strand separated in the cross-direction to give adhesive coated separated strands (6); and (f) sandwiching the adhesive coated separated strands between two further layers of material (7) whereby the further layers of material are adhered to either side of the adhesive coated elastic strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Innovative Elastics Limited
    Inventor: Victor Spencer Day
  • Patent number: 7465369
    Abstract: A method for forming a container with a lenticular lens system integrally formed in a clear sidewall with the lenticular material or lenticules on an exterior or outer surface of the sidewall and a registration framework or system on the interior or inner surface of the sidewall. The registration framework includes a side registration post with a pair of side registration shelves for receiving side edges of an inserted label. The framework includes upper and lower registration shelves extending about the periphery of the interior surface of the sidewall between a top and a bottom portion of the side post between the pair of side registration shelves. The registration shelves define a registration area having a shape corresponding to the label. Sealing flaps extend along the shelves for sealing the label within the cup. The label includes image strips covered by an adhesive layer for bonding with the sidewall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Genie Lens Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. Raymond
  • Patent number: 7459048
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a unitary seamless section of an aircraft fuselage comprises disposing a thin lay-up mandrel element onto the outer shell surface of a cylindrical inner mandrel shell, thereby forming a mandrel with a lay-up surface. A plurality of resin impregnated stiffener fibers may be layed-up within a plurality of stiffener channels in the lay-up surface to form a plurality of stiffeners or stringers. The method further includes laying up a plurality of resin impregnated skin fibers onto the lay-up surface while the mandrel rotates to form a unitary pre-cured section of an aircraft fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Doan D. Pham, Mark W. Tollan
  • Patent number: 7455094
    Abstract: Disclosed therein are apparatus and method for manufacturing agricultural water supply hose, which can continuously supply a small quantity of water to various farm products or agricultural crops such as garden fruits. The apparatus and method can firmly bond the nozzle chips on the hose without regard to materials and constituents of the nozzle chips not by thermally bonding the nozzle chips on the inner periphery of the hose but by bonding the nozzle chips on the inner periphery of the hose after coating the inner periphery of the hose with an adhesive which is supplied from an adhesive coating device, thereby increasing durability. The apparatus and method can prevent distortion of the bonded portion and concentration of stress on the bonded portion even though the coefficients in thermal expansion of the nozzle chips and the hose are different from each other since the bonding between the nozzle chips and the hose is carried out after the hose is sufficiently cooled from a melting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Seo Won Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Won Lee
  • Patent number: 7455744
    Abstract: An air mattress system is provided wherein longitudinal air supply tubes supply air to alternating laterally extending cross support tubes that extend between two longitudinal side rails. The side rails remain inflated despite failure of the pump or ruptures of the lateral support tubes. The structure of the air mattress is such that it can be produced as a continuous rolled product. A method for making the individual mattress of this construction is also set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Trlby Innovative LLC
    Inventors: Robert Mileti, Stephen M. Fisher
  • Patent number: 7451952
    Abstract: A section of a foil is sandwiched between an upper die and a first lower die and heat deformed into a cavity of the first lower die while simultaneously synchronously displacing the upper die, the first lower die, and the foil downstream. Then the upper die is raised and recirculated back upstream while cooling the section of foil in the cavity of the first lower die and displacing the lower die with the section of the foil downstream. Another section of the foil is sandwiched between the upper die and a second lower die and heat deformed into a cavity of the second lower die while simultaneously synchronously displacing the upper die, the second lower die, and the foil downstream. The first lower die is disengaged from the foil in the downstream station and recirculated back upstream to the upstream station. These steps are then repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Eck, Werner Florczak, Norbert Damaschke
  • Patent number: 7452440
    Abstract: A polyolefin resin drawn sheet 4 is laminated on at least one face of a sheet-form core material 6 having a density of 30 to 300 kgf/m3. At this time, a sheet or film 5 made of a bonding synthetic resin or rubber having a flow starting temperature lower than the thermal deformation temperature of the core material 6 and the melting point of the drawn sheet 4 is interposed between the core material 6 and the drawn sheet 4. The resultant stack product is heated to not less than the flow starting temperature of the synthetic resin or the rubber and not more than the thermal deformation temperature of the core material 6 and the melting point of the drawn sheet 4. At the same time of or after the heating, the stack product is pressed to apply a compression strain of 0.01 to 10% to the core material 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michitaka Tsujimoto, Katsuo Matsuzaka, Koji Yamaguchi, Masashi Okabe, Masanori Hirata, Masafumi Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 7451795
    Abstract: A system and process for separating and linking composite fibers, fiber bundles and the like in a filament winding installation (10) for the manufacture of rotationally symmetric wound packages (70) has a feeding device (11) for a fiber strand (12) impregnated with a matrix material which is wound on a rotatably driven base element (20). The system has at least one separating device (30) for cutting the fiber strand (12) and contacting the package-sided end (13) of the fiber strand (12) on the completed wound package (70). Also provided is at least one binding device (50) for linking the free end (14) of the fiber strand (12) with an adjacent new non-wound base element (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: EHA Spezialmaschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Weg
  • Patent number: 7445686
    Abstract: A process for producing an upholstered article in a bladder mold. A cover sheet with adhesive is positioned over the opened bladder mold. A foam core is inserted into the bladder mold, carrying the cover sheet into engagement with the bladder. The bladder mold is then closed so that the bladder wraps the marginal portion of the cover sheet around the foam core. After the adhesive cures to bond the cover sheet to the foam core, the mold is opened; and the article is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Royal Plastics, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Steven J. Gager, Wesley D. Mersman
  • Patent number: 7438779
    Abstract: A method for producing a worn article of the present invention comprises the steps of successively placing portions of webs W1, W2 on a plurality of pads 3i ; slacking off the webs W1, W2 between the pads 3i by shortening an interval between the pads 3i; placing an elastic member on the webs W1, W2 placed on the pads 3i so that the elastic member extends across a slack portion Wa of each of the webs W1, W2 which is slacked off; placing an absorbent body on a non-slack portion Wp of the webs W1, W2 on the pads 3i which is not slacked off; removing the slack of the webs W1, W2 by increasing the interval between the pads; and placing a sheet S1, S2 of a predetermined length on the webs W1, W2, the slack of which is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Zuiko Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Nakakado
  • Patent number: 7438777
    Abstract: A method of producing a nonwoven fabric comprising spinning a set of bicomponent fibers which include an external fiber component and an internal fiber component. The external fiber enwraps said internal fiber and has a higher elongation to break value than the internal fiber and a lower melting temperature than the internal fiber component. The set of bicomponent fibers are positioned onto a web and thermally bonded to produce a nonwoven fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Nataliya V. Fedorova, Stephen R. Sharp
  • Patent number: 7438781
    Abstract: A system and method for vacuum bag assembly fabrication via the vacuum bag method which reduces the amount of trapped air. The inventive system includes a chamber adapted to contain a vacuum bag and first and second evacuating mechanisms. The first evacuating mechanism serves to evacuate the bag and vent to atmosphere. The second evacuating mechanism serves to evacuate and vent the chamber to atmosphere. Thus, generally, the inventive method includes the steps of placing a vacuum bag lay up in an air tight chamber; and evacuating the vacuum bag lay up and the air tight chamber at the same time. In practice, the assembly would consist of at least two components and a heat curable composition. The components can be parts to be bonded together or layers of cloth to be made into a laminate. In this case, the heat curable composition would be a catalyzed adhesive or resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: David F. Ciambrone, Kirk E. Johnson, Hossien Ahmad
  • Patent number: 7435311
    Abstract: A method of adhering a first panel, such as an OLED assembly, to a second panel, such as a protective cover plate, is disclosed. An adhesive is applied to a face of at least one of the first and second panels. The first panel is positioned to be responsive to movement of any of a plurality of independently controlled expandable elements. The second panel is held adjacent the first panel. At least one of the expandable elements is selectively expanded so that a first edge of the first panel contacts a first edge of the second panel. The expandable elements are further selectively expanded so that the adhesive fully contacts the first and second panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent P. Marzen, Paul R. Nemeth, James D. Sampica
  • Patent number: 7435309
    Abstract: A method of making a standing gather-forming member having a basal wall and first and second overhangs on both sides of the basal wall. Elastic members are disposed in their stretched state on the inner surface of a middle portion of a continuously running strip-shaped sheet. One of side portions extending on both longitudinal sides of the middle portion is Z-folded to cover a part of the width of the middle portion thereby to form the first overhang. The other side portion is then folded inward along the longitudinal direction to cover the part of the middle portion that remains uncovered with the first-mentioned side portion and to overlay the Z-folded portion of the first-mentioned side portion thereby to form the second overhang and the basal wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Komatsu
  • Patent number: 7431788
    Abstract: A method of protecting a bond layer in a substrate support adapted for use in a plasma processing system. The method includes the steps of attaching an upper member of a substrate support to a lower member of a substrate support with a bonding material. An adhesive is applied to an outer periphery of the upper member and to an upper periphery of the lower member, and a protective ring is positioned around the outer periphery of the upper member and the upper periphery of the lower member. The protective ring is originally fabricated with dimensions that provide mechanical stability and workability. The protective ring is then machined to an exact set of final dimensions consistent with the design of the substrate support application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Ricci, Jim Tappan, Keith Comendant
  • Patent number: 7431963
    Abstract: The specification describes optical fiber cables designed for microduct installations. The microduct cables are coated with a sheath having particulates added to modify the drag of the outer surface of the cable to air, and thereby facilitate air blown installation. The particulates are nanoclay, silica, alumina, or other suitable solid particles of less than 5 microns. The coating comprises a prepolymer containing the filler, and is UV cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Furukawa Electric North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kariofilis Konstadinidis, John M. Turnipseed, Peter A. Weimann
  • Patent number: 7429304
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for inflating an inflatable web in which, in one embodiment, the inflatable web is conveyed along a path of travel with an inflation element positioned between unsealed edges of the web and proximate the inflation ports of the web's inflatable chambers, and a tracking sensor is used to detect the transverse position of the web with respect to the inflation element. A web tracking system is employed to continually adjust the transverse position of the web to maintain it within a predetermined range with respect to the inflation element. In this manner, the consistency of inflation of the inflatable chambers is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis F. McNamara, Jr., Charles R. Sperry, Suzanne M. Scott
  • Patent number: 7425243
    Abstract: In a method of joining two workpieces (10, 16) without extraneous materials to produce a workpiece 25 which is joined over a joining area (24) which is formed by two fully adjoining surfaces (13, 13?) of the two workpieces (10, 16), with the first workpiece (16) being of plastic and the second workpiece (10) being of a material different from plastic, a strong bond is achieved even when the coefficients of thermal expansion of the workpieces are different by activating at least the surface (13?) of the first workpiece (16) by irradiation with high-energy radiation in a first step, bringing the surfaces (13, 13?) of the workpieces (10, 16) into contact in a second step and pressing the two workpieces (10, 16) against one another at room temperature, in particular at a temperature of from 15° C. to 30° C., to join them at the surfaces (13, 13?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Weidmann Plastics Technology AG
    Inventor: Max Gmür
  • Patent number: 7422647
    Abstract: An aircraft part manufacturing device for automated composite lay up includes a mandrel tool having a an interior mandrel surface that conforms to an outside mold line (OML) of a part: to be manufactured. One or more circular rings surround the mandrel and are attached to the mandrel. The circular rings rotate supported by bearings in a bearing cradle so that the mandrel rotates concentrically with the circular rings about an axis of rotation passing through the center of the circular rings. Multiple composite material delivery heads simultaneously deliver material directly to the outside mold line on the interior mandrel surface while the mandrel is rotated. A cantilever supported gantry beam supports the material delivery heads inside the interior mandrel surface. A connecting mechanism connects the material delivery heads to the gantry beam and provides motion of the material delivery heads relative to the interior mandrel surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Randall R. Clark, Dwight L. Engwall, Mark G. Yonash, Jeffrey A. New
  • Patent number: 7422649
    Abstract: Described herein are a method for recording luminescent compositions, comprising a) providing a luminescent composition which comprises at least a first and second luminescent compound, wherein the first luminescent compound is a donor compound having a peak luminescent emission spectrum at a given wavelength, wherein the second luminescent compound is an acceptor compound having a peak absorption spectrum at a longer wavelength than the given wavelength, and wherein the emission spectrum of the donor compound at least partially overlaps the absorption spectrum of the acceptor compound; b) combining the composition with a substrate, so that at least a portion of the composition is available for exposure to a photon source; and c) embedding information at predetermined sites in the combined composition by localized exposure to a photon source, the embedding resulting in an information pattern when exposed to a luminescence deciphering device, and uses of said information pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: American Dye Source, Inc.
    Inventors: My T. Nguyen, Marc-Andre Locas, Pierre Louis Brunner, Jean-François Fortin, Chuanyong Ji