Patents Examined by Jeffery Thurlow
  • Patent number: 5437827
    Abstract: A polymeric tube is extruded; one or more strands are wrapped around the tube, the strands having a polymeric core and a high strength helical fiber cover; a second tube extruded thereon; at least one of the tubes is cross linked; subsequently the composite tube wall is heated, expanded and cooled in the expanded state; the tube may be cut longitudinally before or after the heating/cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: Kabelmetal Electro
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Marx
  • Patent number: 5419867
    Abstract: A seamless tube useful in making a roofing batten is extruded from a polymeric material consisting essentially of a major amount of poly(ethylene terephthalate) and a minor amount of at least one polyolefin, flattened in a vacuum sizer so as to define two plies, and milled and drawn so as to orient the tube longitudinally. As milled and drawn, the tube is oriented so as to have a tensile strength of at least about 25,000 psi in a longitudinal direction. The plies are punched so as to have holes therethrough at spaced intervals along the tube. When used to make a roofing batten to coact with conventional fasteners, such as roofing screws, the tube exhibits superior characteristics of split resistance and pull-through resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Donald L. Van Erden, Juergen O. Rathgeber, Parimal M. Vadhar, John P. Wojcik
  • Patent number: 5406641
    Abstract: Process for cured composites and flexible light pipe, in which a molten cladding polymer and a crosslinkable core mixture are coaxially extruded through a coextrusion die, the cladding is filled with the crosslinkable core mixture, and the crosslinkable core mixture is cured within the cladding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Andrew B. W. Bigley, Jr., Jeffrey L. Daecher, Norman L. Holy, Robert E. Jerman, Phelps B. Johnson, William J. Work
  • Patent number: 5397411
    Abstract: A method for making an optical fiber bundle which, in one aspect, includes bending each of a plurality of optical fibers to form a bend therein and then suspending the fibers over a suspension member; holding the fibers taut under tension; applying potting material to the fiber bends and curing it; and removing the fibers from the suspension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Assignee: Optex Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Costello, James R. Salter, Leslie A. Schlain, Nadhir B. Kosa, James R. Salter, Raghuvir Singh
  • Patent number: 5395563
    Abstract: A manufacturing method and apparatus therefor for forming an elongate body such as a window molding for automobiles in which a thin member H is formed by pressing a thick member V by a press roller 4. The press roller 44 presses the thick member at a definite pressure in order to join an outer support 15 and a head 12V of the window molding by a specified length according to a longitudinal position. At the same time, a moving range for pressing of the press roller 44 is set within a fixed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Goto, Yoshiaki Ito
  • Patent number: 5393536
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method of producing a reinforced extrusion product, the product of the method, and the apparatus for making a reinforced extrusion product. The method of producing an extruded composite of the present invention, comprises the general steps of: (a) extruding a longitudinally oriented composite precursor comprising: (1) at least one thermoplastic polymeric material and (2) a core mixture of at least one thermosetting resin and at least one filler material; whereby the thermoplastic polymeric material(s) is/are extruded so as to substantially enclose a space, and whereby the core mixture is disposed in the space; and (b) maintaining the composite precursor under conditions whereby the thermoplastic polymeric material(s) become(s) cooled and the thermosetting resin(s) become(s) cured so as to form the extruded composite of the present invention. The present invention also includes an extruded composite made in accordance with the method of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Crane Plastics Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Brandt, Edward F. Kowalik, Bobby D. Riley
  • Patent number: 5384080
    Abstract: The invention refers to a method for the reduction of the sag and/or of the different stress profile of a flattened tubular film web produced by a blown film process and made of thermo-plastic synthetic resin, transversely to its longitudinal direction. For the solution of the problem to provide a method according to which the sag and/or the different states of tension transversely to the tubular film web can be easily reduced or eliminated to a maximum degree, the tubular film web is heated along its width and then cooled and/or stretched. Furthermore, the invention refers to an apparatus for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Assignee: Windmoller & Holscher
    Inventors: Werner Feistkorn, Klaus-Peter Voss
  • Patent number: 5380472
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a chamber member which receives optical light waveguides comprises an extruder head for extruding the chamber member followed by a calibrating device which inserts members into each of the chambers to insure the desired dimensions of each of the chambers and a method of using the apparatus by extruding a chamber member, allowing the extruded chamber member to cool and then calibrating the dimension of the chamber walls of the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Reiner Schneider
  • Patent number: 5374387
    Abstract: A process is provided for producing elastomeric compositions by forming a mixture of polymeric material, a reinforcing agent, a processing aid and a vulcanizing agent. The process of the invention is continuous and includes the repeated, sequential steps of admixing the polymeric material along a first mixing zone defined by a space wherein the gross energy applied induces a first operating temperature range. The mixture of the first zone is continuously passed into and through a second mixing zone while adding and admixing the reinforcement agent and processing aid therewith, the second mixing zone being defined by a space wherein the gross energy applied induces a second operating temperature range. The mixture of the second zone is then continuously passed into and through a third mixing zone while adding and admixing the vulcanizing agent therewith, the third mixing zone being defined by a space wherein the gross energy applied induces a third operating temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: The Gates Rubber Company
    Inventors: Roger P. Barnes, Jonathan A. Johnston
  • Patent number: 5368811
    Abstract: A heat-shrinkable polyester tube, which is a tube having heat shrinkability imparted by subjecting an unstretched tube made of a thermoplastic polyester resin to tubular stretching, and which has a crystallinity of not higher than 20% and a shrinkage of more than 5% and not more than 26% in the longitudinal direction (MD) and a shrinkage of at least 25% in the radial direction (TD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Plastics Industries Limited
    Inventors: Kazuo Taniguchi, Tetsuo Murakami
  • Patent number: 5366681
    Abstract: The present invention provides a release agent formed by reacting an organopolysiloxane compound having at least one hydrogen atom with a hydrocarbon compound having at least one double bond which reacts with said hydrogen atom and a manufacturing method thereof. The release agent of this invention, which makes substantially no migration into any pressure sensitive adhesive layer, is well adaptable to whichever process, extrusion laminating process or coating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Goyo Paper Working Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuzo Ohara, Ryoichi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 5366680
    Abstract: A method and apparatus in the context of a rotating conveying screw situated within a cylindrical housing which has an inlet port on one end of the cylinder and a discharge opening on the other end of the cylinder. A resistance plate is mounted transversely to the conveying screw near the discharge opening for corotation with the screw. The plate is mounted to define a discharge gap between the opening and the plate. A sleeve on the housing is employed to adjust the size of the gap between the plate and the opening. The resistance plate can be a flat disc, conical, or other shape, so long as it is effectively attached to and rotates with the screw. The helical screw is preferably supported at both ends by a bearing means. Breaker bars are mounted on the transverse plate and extend over the gap between the discharge opening and the plate. Breaker bars may also be mounted to the cylindrical sleeve and extend over the gap between the sleeve and the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Andritz Sprout-Bauer, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Foresman
  • Patent number: 5364575
    Abstract: A continuous flow method for processing soap involving providing soap heated to a pliable consistency, mixing the soap to homogeneity, cooling the soap, and extruding the soap is provided. Also provided is a processing system. One embodiment includes a device for heating the soap, a continuous mixer and a continuous heat exchanger connected via conduits. The conduits continuous mixer and heat exchanger may be adapted to be further inputted with additional ingredients, such as a gas. Using this method and system, low cost, high volume processing of soap is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventors: Lewis Doom, Sr., Lewis Doom, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5362428
    Abstract: A method of making a window panel with a synthetic resin frame comprising forming a synthetic resin frame by extruding synthetic resin through a die into a specified shape along a peripheral portion of a plate-like material for a window on at least one surface of the plate-like material, and curing the formed synthetic resin frame so that the synthetic resin frame is formed integrally with the peripheral portion of the plate-like material, characterized in that the die is moved to trace a locus along a peripheral portion of the plate-like material which has been previously inputted, and the locus and the angular position of the die are corrected by detecting a position of the end face of the plate-like material, whereby the synthetic resin frame having a specified shape is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Tsujino, Noriyuki Yoshihara, Kazuhiko Kuga
  • Patent number: 5360584
    Abstract: A method of forming a heat-recoverable article including the steps of profile extruding polymeric material into a predetermined shape, irradiating the polymeric material and then deforming the polymeric material into a generally planar configuration. Also disclosed is a heat-recoverable article including a generally planar layer of polymeric material which is in the heat unstable condition. Opposed surfaces of the polymeric material have a latent recovery stress, however opposite in sense, so that the article upon recovering towards a predetermined shape, exhibits substantially no residual stress. Further disclosed is a heat-recoverable article made by the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Raychem Corporation
    Inventors: Erling Hansen, Steve Wicht
  • Patent number: 5358680
    Abstract: The process of manufacturing a thermoplastic organic material containing reinforcing fibers and optionally mineral materials and organic additives by combining the fibers and materials in an extruder, and introducing at least some of the organic material into the extruder in the form of continuous filaments or fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Vetrotex France
    Inventors: Philippe Boissonnat, Dominique Loubinoux, Giordano Roncato, Robert Fedorowsky, Guy Zanella
  • Patent number: 5358672
    Abstract: A method for demolding a molded article from a mold assembly having at least one mold with a molding surface includes the steps of: providing at least one tape segment on the molding surface of the mold before performing the molding process such that the tape segment has a portion extending beyond an edge of the molding surface; and, removing the tape segment after performing the molding process by pulling on the extended portion of the tape segment to demold the molded article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: InnoTech, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald D. Blum
  • Patent number: 5358681
    Abstract: An extruder having a reduced nip ratio and a process employing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Jerman, Paul J. Raymond, Sunil Satija
  • Patent number: 5358397
    Abstract: A light weight extruder (20) is suitable for high production, in-line extrusion of flowable materials with high precision in the placement and control of the extruded material. The extruder uses a high torque hydraulic motor (72) to drive a feed screw (88) in dispensing highly viscous but flowable material through an extrusion die (126) of preselected configuration. A plurality of heating bands (114-118) surrounding the barrel (86) of the extruder provide precise control over the material temperature at the point of extrusion. In an alternate embodiment, an injection nozzle (120a) is provided with a plurality of independently controllable extrusion dies (128, 130, 132). The extruder is sufficiently light and manipulable such that it can be mounted on the end of the arm of a robot (122).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: L&L Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Ligon, Thomas B. Carter, Jurg Hauptli
  • Patent number: 5358682
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for rotationally applying polymers where the apparatus includes a rotational lining unit with a first support section rotatably secured to a main frame for rotation about a first axis, and a second support section secured to the first support section for rotation about a second axis. The second support section includes a portion for holding an enclosed structure to be lined. The unit also includes drive arrangements for driving the first and second support sections so that an enclosed structure can be held by the holding portion and rotated simultaneously about a plurality of axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: L. Keith Rogerson