Patents Examined by John Goff
  • Patent number: 9481954
    Abstract: A processing apparatus and a processing method capable of producing a point-through-air nonwoven fabric wherein hot air is allowed to penetrate through spots of a web or a sheet-like material and fibers at the penetration site are heat-bonded. The processing apparatus for hot-air treatment nonwoven fabric, includes: a rotating running endless belt with holes, a hot-air blowing apparatus which blows out hot air from an internal side of the endless belt with holes toward an outer side thereof, and an endless belt for fiber conveyance which is arranged on a side opposite to the hot-air blowing side of the hot-air blowing apparatus across the endless belt with holes and the endless belt for fiber conveyance rotates while the hot-air passes therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Taiju Terakawa, Hirokazu Terada
  • Patent number: 9475267
    Abstract: A process for creating adhesive signage for in-store shelving involves applying a PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) tape to paper and then printing the signs on the modified substrate. The adhesive strips are 10 mils thick and the paper is 8 mils thick with the tape being positioned on a top portion only of the paper. This creates uneven stack issues in the feeder of the printer that prevents proper feeding of the sheets into the printer. These issues are eliminated by providing taped media imposition that orients the PSA to signage card color bands which are imposed in a mirror image. Mirror imaging of indicia on the card color bands evens out the sheet stack and enhances sheet feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas K Herrmann, Hans F Case, Kevin St. Martin
  • Patent number: 9475230
    Abstract: A heated tool assembly for forming a structural member may include a heated tool and a pressure bladder for mounting the structural member. The tool may have an inner surface, a liner in thermal contact with the inner surface of the tool, and a heating system for heating the tool. The heating system may include a heater for heating a heated medium, a blower for blowing the heated medium, and a plurality of nozzles for directing the heated medium over the tool liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Kendall, Thomas J. Kennedy, William T. Kline
  • Patent number: 9469069
    Abstract: An automatic attaching apparatus of a foamed seal member includes an attaching hand handling a foamed seal member, a preset machine in which the foamed seal member is preset, a removing machine removing a release paper, and a robot moving the attaching hand. The attaching hand picks up the foamed seal member from the preset machine, presses the foamed seal member from which the release paper is removed against an attaching surface of a work using a pressing roller in a state where the foamed seal member is floated by an air floating device, and sends out the foamed seal member to attach the foamed seal member to the attaching surface of the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TOA Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Gonda, Koji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9468109
    Abstract: A core material is prepared, wherein the core material has an insulating layer, and a conductor pattern provided on a surface of the insulating layer. One or more prepreg materials are prepared. Each prepreg material includes a glass cloth, and first and second resin layers which are formed from a semi-cured resin with which the glass cloth is impregnated, and cover the opposite surfaces of the glass cloth, respectively. A laminated body is formed by placing the one or more prepreg materials on one another, such that one prepreg material out of the one or more prepreg materials is provided on the surface of the insulating layer of the core material to cover the conductor pattern. The laminated body is heated and pressed. The glass cloth has an opening ratio ranging from 3% to 15%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumito Suzuki, Takehiro Ishida
  • Patent number: 9446555
    Abstract: The invention relates to providing a hot wedge welding machine which may eliminate the thermal dampening that occurs to a welding element when the material to be welded is first introduced into the welding machine. The invention relates to cooling the welding element to stimulate a heating system to heat the welding element to the desired temperature. The artificial cooling stress provided by a cooling system is removed generally at the same time genuine cooling stress of the material is applied to the welding element. This results in the welding element maintaining a consistent temperature when the material is introduced into the welding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Miller Weldmaster Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy M. Hupp, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9446576
    Abstract: An adhesive agent comprising a condensation resin having a structural unit obtained by polycondensing a polymerizable monomer containing a monomer (A) having 2 or more carboxyl groups and a monomer (B) having 2 or more amino groups, and meeting at least one of the following (1) and (2), and the following (3): (1) at least one selected from the group consisting of the monomer (A), an anhydride of the monomer (A). and the monomer (B) is liquid at 25° C.; (2) the condensation resin has a polyoxyalkanediyl group; and (3) the monomer (A) contains an isophthalic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Masuda, Masatoshi Yamaguchi, Eiichi Shinada, Takehiro Fukuyama, Yoshihiro Sakairi
  • Patent number: 9440752
    Abstract: A method for increasing density of a region of a porous, phenolic bonded (“PPB”) body adjacent to a selected surface to increase failure tensile strength of the adjacent region and/or to decrease surface recession at elevated temperatures. When the surface-densified PPB body is brought together with a substrate, having a higher failure tensile strength, to form a composite body with a PPB body/substrate interface, the location of tensile failure is moved to a location spaced apart from the interface, the failure tensile strength of the PPB body is increased, and surface recession of the material at elevated temperature is reduced. The method deposits and allows diffusion of a phenolic substance on the selected surface. The PPB body and the substrate may be heated and brought together to form the composite body. The phenolic substance is allowed to diffuse into the PPB body, to volatilize and to cure, to provide a processed body with an increased surface density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    Inventors: Margaret M. Stackpoole, Christian Espinoza
  • Patent number: 9434147
    Abstract: An environmental engineered wood laminate flooring manufacturing method comprising the following: using a wood veneer layer as the top layer, adhering on the wood veneer layer a wear layer, and pressing on the bottom surface of the wood veneer layer a layer of glue-soaked paper, so as to accentuate the clear and natural wood lines on the wood veneer layer; using a high density board as a base board layer, and adhering on the bottom surface thereof a balancing layer; stacking the wood veneer layer, the wear layer, the glue-soaked paper, the base board layer, and the balancing layer; heat pressing with a heat press at a temperature between 170 and 190° C., at a pressure between 16 and 22 Mpa, and for 20 to 50 s. Corresponding tongues and grooves are provided on the four lateral faces of the manufactured flooring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Zhejiang Lingge Wood Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Binbin Liu
  • Patent number: 9425476
    Abstract: A manufacturing system and method of an membrane electrode assembly (MEA) for a fuel cell is provided which increases performance and durability of an MEA and ensures productivity of the MEA therein. In particular, electrodes and an electrolyte membrane are bonded together and the membrane electrode assembly manufactured in the bonding process is pressed at a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Seung Lee, Dae Yong Son, Ki Sub Lee, Min Jin Kim, Young Min Kim
  • Patent number: 9426896
    Abstract: To provide an insulating resin film, which contains: a first adhesive layer; and a second adhesive layer, wherein the insulating resin film is configured to bond a substrate and an electronic part together, and the first adhesive layer is provided at a side of the substrate and the second adhesive layer is provided at a side of the electronic part, wherein the first adhesive layer and the second adhesive layer each contain inorganic filler, wherein the second adhesive layer has a DSC exothermic peak temperature that is higher than a DSC exothermic peak temperature of the first adhesive layer, and wherein a thickness of the first adhesive layer is 50% to 90% of a total thickness of the insulating resin film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Dexerials Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Sato, Junichi Nishimura, Ryosuke Odaka
  • Patent number: 9409345
    Abstract: A system and method for fabricating the corner of a plastic window frame. The system includes a metal platen having opposed sides and that is for heating and melting adjacently disposed frame pieces by being inserted between the adjacently disposed frame pieces as the adjacently disposed frame pieces are brought into contact with respective opposed sides of the metal platen in order to melt adjacent surfaces of the adjacently disposed frame pieces. The adjacently disposed frame pieces, once heated and melted, are drawn together to form the corner of the vinyl window frame. A release layer is secured to the opposed sides of the metal platen and disposed between the respective adjacently disposed frame pieces and the opposed sides of the metal platen to prevent adherence between the metal platen and frame pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Dennis Bibeau
  • Patent number: 9405059
    Abstract: A fabricating apparatus for a light tunnel is provided, which comprises a core rod, a fixing block and a moving block. The light tunnel comprises a plurality of reflecting sheets, and each reflecting sheet leans on both a plurality of first bumps of the fixing block and a plurality of second bumps of the moving block to define a first inner profile and a second inner profile of the light tunnel, respectively. Thereby, the fabricating apparatus defines the inner scope of the light tunnel, and the inner scope of the light tunnel can be easily and stably controlled. Furthermore, a fabricating method for fabricating the light tunnel is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Tu-Fa Lai, Zhon-Gren Zhu, Bu-Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 9393744
    Abstract: Apparatus for producing a composite filler includes at least one die and a device for moving a stack of reinforced ply strips through the die. The die has peripheral die face adapted for forming the ply strip stack into a desired cross sectional shape. The cross section of the die face may vary around the periphery of the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Donald A. Anderson, Michael Robert Chapman, Robert A. Kisch, Kenneth Paul Zaballos
  • Patent number: 9387636
    Abstract: A repair method according to the present invention is a method for repairing a honeycomb core sandwich panel, the method including: a repair patch disposing step of disposing a repair patch and an adhesive on at least one of a first surface and a second surface of the panel, the first outer skin being located on the first surface, and the second outer skin being located on the second surface; a panel restraining step of sandwiching the panel and the repair patch from both surface sides of the first surface and the second surface and thereby restraining the panel; and a heating step (thermal curing step) of heating the adhesive while the panel is restrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventors: Katsumi Takagi, Masayoshi Suhara, Shuhei Muto
  • Patent number: 9381725
    Abstract: A method for producing an adjustment shim includes preparing a liquid solution of a non-polymerized resin and a solvent; coating sheets of metal with the liquid solution so as to form a film of resin on at least one face of each of the sheets of metal; stacking the metal sheets so that two adjacent sheets of metal are separated by the film of resin; and curing the resin films in the stack of metal sheets, for a predefined time period, at a temperature higher than a degradation or burning temperature of the resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Andre Gastel
  • Patent number: 9364373
    Abstract: A method for producing sanitary articles wearable in the manner of pants, provided with at least one pair of side panels suitable for connecting the end parts of the article around the user's waist, and with a topsheet produced by assembling together a central web, permeable to body fluids and a first and a second side material. The production method comprises the steps of partially overlapping the first end regions of the side panels, leaving the second end regions uncovered, and then joining in a provisional manner, the parts of the overlapping side panels in order to produce a temporary laminate on which it is possible to identify a first surface and a second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Fameccanica Data S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gabriele Sablone
  • Patent number: 9358731
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for making a preform for a composite with a thermoplastic matrix, said preform comprising one or several layers of reinforcement fibers sewn on a support by means of at least one attachment yarn and according to the TFP process, characterized in that the method comprises one or several steps for depositing a thermoplastic-resin layer on the support or on a layer of reinforcement fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Techspace Aero S.A.
    Inventor: Hervé Grelin
  • Patent number: 9352511
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a method for producing a laminated film comprising at least two resin films bonded together, which is capable of increasing the adhesiveness of the bonding surface and forming a laminated film with high reliability. The method for producing a laminated film according to the invention comprising at least two resin films laminated together, which comprises: a fluorination treatment step comprising bringing a fluorine and oxygen atoms-containing treatment gas into contact with at least a partial region of the surface of at least one of the two resin films to increase the adhesiveness of the region; and a bonding step comprising bonding the two resin films together using, as a bonding surface, the surface that has been brought into contact with the treatment gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventors: Shinji Hashiguchi, Terunori Yamaguchi, Kazutaka Hirano
  • Patent number: 9352512
    Abstract: A film application system having multiple film application stations. Each film application station has a support for an elongated plastic component (typically vinyl) having an input and an output side. A properly positioned and oriented transfer head includes a heated roller which applies heat and pressure to the elongated film as the component moves through the application station. The roller is most preferably heated with multiple IR heaters controllably energized to achieve a desired roller temperature without too large a gradient of temperature difference across the film application contact surface of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Weber, Scott M. Azzarello, William A. Briese, Roger J. Eberwein, Michael H. Ritter