Patents Examined by John Blades
  • Patent number: 11407548
    Abstract: An automatic, high speed labeling machine is provided for applying individual labels to large and variable size produce items. The label strips used are much larger and heavier than known label strips used for small produce such as apples and pears. The increased weight causes label strip overrun when the labeler is paused and also causes slippage of the label strip. A label strip deflector is provided which causes the larger and heavier label strip to fold back on itself rather than to overrun and foul the application of labels. The drive rollers are modified to eliminate slippage of the heavier label strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Sinclair Systems International, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Graham, Samuel Aaron Greer, Russell Alan Jensen, Kevin Guadagnini, Jeremy Benjamin Isch
  • Patent number: 11401071
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of attaching a shrinkable label on at least one product wherein the shrinkable label comprises a film comprising heat shrinkable material and photothermic material, the method comprising: transporting a plurality of products on a product conveyor through an irradiation volume defined by a plurality of UV light emitters arranged sideways of the product conveyor; arranging at least one reflector between consecutive products on the product conveyor while the at least one product is being transported; controlling the UV light emitters to emit UV-light towards the shrinkable label arranged around the at least one product in the irradiation volume and towards the at least one reflector arranged between consecutive products in order for the photothermic material of the shrinkable label to heat up causing the heat shrinkable material to shrink around the at least one product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventor: Marinus Antonius Leonarda Van Heck
  • Patent number: 11396156
    Abstract: Organic light emitting diode (OLED) devices are disclosed that include a first layer; a backfill layer having a structured first side and a second side; a planarization layer having a structured first side and a second side; and a second layer; wherein the second side of the backfill layer is coincident with and adjacent to the first layer, the second side of the planarization layer is coincident with and adjacent to the second layer, the structured first side of the backfill layer and structured first side of the planarization layer form a structured interface, the refractive index of the backfill later is index matched to the first layer, and the refractive index of the planarization layer is index matched to the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Martin B. Wolk, Michael Benton Free, Margaret M. Vogel-Martin, Evan L. Schwartz, Mieczyslaw H. Mazurek, Terry O. Collier
  • Patent number: 11383474
    Abstract: A container with a non-heat-seal window and a process for fabricating a low surface energy container with a non-heat-seal window. The process comprises forming a container template and cutting an opening in the container template. A window comprising a window stock material, a releasable liner, and a wiped on adhesive positioned between the window stock material and the releasable liner is sized to overlap the opening. A portion of the adhesive is exposed and the window is positioned over the opening. The window is then secured to the container template over the opening without the need to apply heat, and the container template is folded into the low surface energy container with the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Carton Service CSI, LLC
    Inventors: Reid Lederer, Dave Higgins, Terrance Wenninger, Scott Garverick, Mike Robinette, Warren Turner
  • Patent number: 11351740
    Abstract: A device for joining a lens with a housing of a lighting device of a motor vehicle, having a receiver for receiving and securing the housing and a pre-centering device for positioning the lens on the housing, wherein the pre-centering device includes a frame element and a plurality of positioning elements that are attached to the frame element for receiving the lens, wherein during a pre-centering process, the frame element of the pre-centering device is movable together with the joined lens relative to the receiver in such a way that the lens is aligned on the housing, which is received in the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Andreas Schuette
  • Patent number: 11338525
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying a protective layer to an outer surface of a mobile device. A system may include a protective layer for an outer surface of a mobile device and an alignment layer coupled to the protective layer. A frame may define a cavity configured to receive the mobile device. The frame may include a surface positioned outside of the cavity and configured to support the alignment layer and configured to be depressed relative to the mobile device to reduce a distance between the protective layer and the outer surface of the mobile device when the mobile device is positioned in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Superior Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivian Wei-Fen Chou, Eugene Chun
  • Patent number: 11318726
    Abstract: A building panel with a surface layer including a wood veneer, a wood fibre based core and a sub-layer between the surface layer and the core. The sub-layer includes wood fibres and a binder. The surface layer has surface portions including material from the sub-layer. The surface portions including material from the sub-layer extend into the wood veneer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Goran Ziegler
  • Patent number: 11286078
    Abstract: A printer capable of separating a print medium from a mount and ejecting the print medium includes: a platen roller configured to feed, along a feeding path, a mount to which a print medium temporarily adheres; a print head configured to print on the print medium, the print head being opposed to the platen roller; a driven roller that is movable between a first position and a second position different from the first position; a separation member configured to separate a feeding path of the mount and a feeding path of the print medium; and a looseness prevention mechanism configured to prevent the mount from being loose while the driven roller moves from the second feed position to the first feed position. The first position is a position where the driven roller is opposed to the platen roller. The driven roller is configured to be driven by the platen roller while coming in contact with the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Tamotsu Katayama
  • Patent number: 11280439
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pig which is insertable at least partly within a fabric liner sleeve located in a duct and which is capable of heating the liner sleeve in situ in the duct to melt thermoplastic material of the liner sleeve to form, on subsequent cooling of the melted thermoplastic material, a rigid liner in the duct. The pig comprises: a gas inlet (1008) for receiving pressurised gas; a heating chamber (17) in which the pressurised gas is heated; and a gas outlet (1009) via which pressurised gas heated in the heating chamber (17) is deliverable to the fabric liner sleeve. The pig comprises a tree diffuser (15) located in the heating chamber (17) via which pressurised gas can be delivered into the heating chamber (17). The tree diffuser (15) has a plurality of branch pipes (A,B,C) each comprising at least one gas delivery aperture, each branch pipe (A,B,C) extending outwardly from a trunk portion of the tree diffuser (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Robin Elsom
  • Patent number: 11261050
    Abstract: A coating film transfer tool in which a rotational torque with the least variability may be generated without being affected by a surface state of a resilient body may include: a paying-out core having a coating film transfer tape wound thereon; and a rewinding core that rewinds the coating film transfer tape after use. The paying-out core and the rewinding core are interlocked via a power transmission mechanism in a case. The transmission mechanism generates a rotational torque by a frictional force on a sliding surface between components, by using a restoring force of a resilient body. The resilient body is configured to rotate integrally with a component A that comes into contact with one end of the resilient body and a component B that comes into contact with the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Tamura
  • Patent number: 11261001
    Abstract: A wire guide assembly is provided for the accurate labeling of different diameter elongated objects, wires, or cables within a wrapping mechanism of an elongated object label applicator. The label applicator guide permits elongated objects of different diameters to be placed within substantially the center of the wrapping mechanism to continuously facilitate proper application of a label to different sized elongated objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Roger D. Segroves, Kevin L. Nelson
  • Patent number: 11247800
    Abstract: A press-on device for a labeling machine that presses an adhesive label onto a product package. The press-on device may comprise a slide element as a support for a product package, a conveying unit for conveying a product package along a conveying direction, and a folding element for folding an adhesive label applied to an upper surface of the product package and projecting beyond the package. The press-on device additionally comprises a motor and a press-on unit driven by the motor and moved in a linear movement during operation of the press-on device, the press-on unit being configured to press an end of the adhesive label onto a lower surface of the product package during the linear movement of the press-on unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Frank Tautz, Markus Dauwe, Udo Henrichs, Andreas Reichert
  • Patent number: 11241870
    Abstract: A membrane bearing device, a membrane attaching apparatus and a method for attaching a membrane are provided in embodiments of the disclosure. The membrane bearing device includes: a base plate, comprising a first bearing surface configured to bear a membrane; and a roller, which is rotatably mounted onto the base plate, and is configured to transfer and attach the membrane from the first bearing surface to a substrate onto which the membrane is to be attached, by rolling on the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventors: Longlong Wang, Peihuan Ning, Guangchao Wei, Haifeng Hu, Liuyue Yin, Liantao Wang, Weijie Ma
  • Patent number: 11235542
    Abstract: A complex-shaped, three-dimensional fiber reinforced composite structure may be formed by using counteracting pressures applied to a structural lay-up of wetted fibers with mechanical features embedded or encapsulated therein. The mechanical features may be located on or at least partially between two or more pressurizable members, which may be internally pressurized within a mold. The mechanical features may operate as bearing plates, attachment fittings, or other structural elements. Assemblies of pressurizable members, fiber plies and mechanical features may be arranged to create complex composite structures with predefined load paths, enhanced structural capability or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: William L. Rodman
  • Patent number: 11235565
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a building panel, including mixing wood fibre particles and a binder to form a first mix, applying the first mix, while the first mix is in powder form, on a core for forming a sub layer on the core, applying a surface layer on the sub layer, wherein the surface layer comprises a second mix of wood fibre particles and a binder, pressing the core, the surface layer, and the sub layer, under increased pressure and temperature, and forming them into a building panel. A building panel formed by the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Jan Jacobsson, Kent Lindgren, Goran Ziegler, Niclas Hakansson, Eddy Boucke
  • Patent number: 11235902
    Abstract: A container labeling machine, which comprises a base structure which forms a region for the input of the containers to be labeled and at least one region for the output of the labeled containers and supports elements for the conveyance of the containers from the input region to the output region, at least one container labeling assembly being provided along the conveyor; the conveyor comprises at least two carousels provided with respective supporting plates for individual containers. At least one respective labeling assembly is associated with each one of the carousels. The conveyor furthermore comprises, substantially at the input region, elements for sorting the containers fed to the input region toward one and the other of the carousels and comprises elements for unloading the labeled containers from the carousels and for sending the labeled containers toward the output region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: P.E. LABELLERS S.P.A.
    Inventors: Nicola Schinelli, Bruno Negri
  • Patent number: 11230402
    Abstract: A label dispenser apparatus configured for dispensing labels from a plurality of rolls of a carrier film having labels disposed thereon. The label dispenser apparatus includes a lower roll retaining member and a upper tape guide assembly. The lower roll retaining member includes a front edge, a back edge and a concave surface therebetween. The concave surface being configured to cradle a roll of film having labels disposed thereon. The upper tape guide assembly is spaced apart therefrom and includes a peel shaft, a support shaft and a carrier shaft. The film guide path extends behind and around the peel shaft, between the peel shaft and the support shaft, looping around the support shaft and over the carrier shaft, such that a label is released by the movement around the peel shaft, and the label path proceeds directly over the support shaft and the carrier shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: 2109519 ONTARIO LTD.
    Inventors: Aleksandar Stevanov, Milena Stevanov
  • Patent number: 11207875
    Abstract: A process for the printing of enamel on a constituent glass sheet of a laminated glazing which can be used in the motor vehicle field and including a stack of thin functional layers sensitive to scratchability. The process makes it possible to deposit an enamel layer on a glass sheet coated with a stack of thin layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Camille Dassonville, Dieter Kleyer
  • Patent number: 11203501
    Abstract: A roller features a circumferential trench into which a wire is deposited from a wire dispensing head having a wire dispensing tip. A moving web of material engages the roller as the roller rotates. The wire dispensing tip engages sidewalls of the trench so that the wire dispensing tip remains in the trench as the roller rotates. Wire from the trench is deposited onto the web of moving material and is secured thereto by fasteners or tape or adhesive or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services LLC
    Inventors: Ian J. Forster, Michael A. Lake
  • Patent number: 11187028
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing insulating glass units (IGUs) include providing an unsealed IGU assembly that has first and second sheets of glass material and at least one spacer frame between the first and second sheets and sealed to at least one of the first and second sheets. The unsealed IGU assembly defines an interpane space and an IGU passage providing fluid communication between the interpane space and an environment external to the interpane space. In some cases the method includes positioning a filling device next to the IGU passage and introducing a gas into the interpane space through the IGU passage using the filling device. In some cases the method includes delivering a sealing material or sealing structure to the IGU passage with the filling device to seal the interpane space. Corresponding systems for manufacturing IGUs are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: PDSD IG Holding LLC
    Inventor: Paul Trpkovski