Patents Examined by Joseph Leyson
  • Patent number: 9894916
    Abstract: A pressure device has a rifled barrel, a rifled end cap, a section clamped to the barrel, a circular flange welded to a threaded male pipe connection, a plate with holes or a cone, a female cap receiving the plate and aligning the holes to the rifling in the barrel, and the flange threadily engaging the cap, securing the plate. The rifled barrel provides shearing, increased pressure, and higher temperatures upon the passing crop residue. The increased surface area of the rifling grooves increases temperature and pressure between the crop residue and the barrel wall. The rifling, when misaligned, creates a pressure chamber that further breaks down the molecules in the crop residue. The crop residue then enters a popper device. The pressure in the popper device forces the crop residue through the holes of plate or around an encased cone, relieving excess pressure and producing a nutritional animal feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Ashot Tumagyan, Hakob Sargsyan, Roza Madoyan
  • Patent number: 9889593
    Abstract: A calibration device for calibrating a film hose produced via a blow-extrusion film device, by which the film hose can be brought into a desired diameter, has at least one film guiding element, by which the film hose can be guided. The film guiding element includes at least one elastically deformable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: WINDMOELLER & HOELSCHER KG
    Inventor: Jens Goldenstein
  • Patent number: 9877876
    Abstract: A breathable structural web includes a layered structure having at least a layer of a non-woven material. The layered structure includes a base layer portion that has opposite first and second sides, a plurality of hollow protrusions that are disposed at the first side and that protrude and that are tapered from the base layer portion in a first direction, and a plurality of indented portions that are disposed at the second side, that extend from the base layer portion in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and that respectively define a plurality of recesses which open in the first direction. The hollow protrusions are scattered among the indented portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Chen-Cheng Huang, Pao-Hao Huang, Pao-Han Huang
  • Patent number: 9873214
    Abstract: The extrusion device of a solid film comprises a cell provided with an input opening of a material designed to form the solid film, and an output opening of the solid film from the cell. The device comprises a first heat exchanger for applying a first temperature to the output opening and a second heat exchanger for applying a second temperature in a first zone of the cell distinct from the output opening and a control circuit imposing first and second sets of first and second temperatures. The first set enables a volume of the material in solid phase to be formed. The second set enables a temperature gradient to be generated in the volume so as to generate a pressure forcing extrusion of the solid film via the output opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Denis Chatain, Jean-Paul Perin, Marc Chichoux
  • Patent number: 9868244
    Abstract: A large concentric co-extrusion die (1) is described having a plurality of annular or conical die mandrel layers (201-205). Each layer is formed between a pair of adjacent annular or conical die mandrels (101-106) defining between them a flow path for molten thermoplastics material from an inlet to an annular extrusion outlet (110) through which a thermoplastics tubular extrusion is formed in use. Extrusion takes place through the multiple annular layer outlets (301-305) to form a multi-layered product. At least one layer (203) of the annular or conical die mandrels has a plurality of molten material inlets arranged around the external circumference of the co-extrusion die with each inlet being connected to a feed channel (403) which has plural bifurcations (403.1, 403.2, 403.3) providing 2n subsidiary outlet feed channels (503) where n is the number of bifurcations. Each subsidiary outlet feed channel being connected to a corresponding helical outlet channel (703).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Plastika Kritis S.A.
    Inventors: Emmanouil Lempidakis, Ioannis Melas, Minas Kalarakis
  • Patent number: 9868241
    Abstract: An extrusion system for the production of polymeric tubes and a method of extruding polymeric tubes which reduce or obviate deformation or collapse of the polymeric tube upon egress from a die of an extruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: WilMarc Holdings, LLC.
    Inventor: William A. Coulson
  • Patent number: 9833956
    Abstract: A feedblock including a first packet creator that forms a first packet including a first plurality of polymeric layers, the first plurality of layers including at least four first individual polymeric layers; and a second packet creator that forms a second packet including a second plurality of polymeric layers, the second plurality of layers including at least four second individual polymeric layers, wherein the first and second packet creators are configured such that, for each packet creator, respective individual polymeric layers of the plurality of polymeric layers are formed at approximately the same time. The feedblock may include a packet combiner that receives and combines the first and second primary packets to form a multilayer stream. In some examples, at least one of the first and second primary packets may be spread in the cross-web direction prior to being combined with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Terence D. Neavin, Robert M. Biegler, William T. Fay
  • Patent number: 9827703
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for manufacturing rotational spun materials. The rotational spun materials are medical appliances or other prostheses made of, constructed from, covered or coated with rotational spun materials, such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John William Hall, Randal Boyd, Dylan Neyme, F. Mark Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9828483
    Abstract: A microconduit network structure and methods for making the same. One aspect of the invention relates to a microconduit network structure, including: a solid or semi-solid matrix having at least one interconnected web of filaments formed within the matrix; and wherein at least one interconnected web of filaments having diameters of about 10 nm to about 1 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Andrew J. Guenthner, David Michael Hess
  • Patent number: 9827704
    Abstract: The invention relates to an extrude unit for a dryer (2) for biomass, in particular slurry, wherein the extruder unit (1) has a surface section (4) for the biomass to pass through and a plurality of apertures (3), wherein the extruder unit (1) comprises a base support (5) which is connected by means of a connecting section (6) to a driving element (7) and can be driven by means of the driving element (7) about an axis of rotation (8) and relative to the surface section (4), wherein the base support (5) comprises at least one support arm (9) having at least one scraper blade (10) which during a rotation of the base support (5) follows the shape of the face of the surface section (4) facing the scraper blade (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HUBER SE
    Inventors: Sven Penkwitt, Karl-Heinz Bechtl
  • Patent number: 9815237
    Abstract: An extrusion die with adjustable land channel can be formed of a die body that includes a first die body portion and a second die body portion, a first lip body, a second lip body, and a land channel body. The extrusion die can have a flow channel that includes a land channel terminating in an outlet orifice. The flow channel may be bound on one side by the first die body portion, the land channel body, and the first lip body. The flow channel may be bound on an opposite side by the second die body portion and the second lip body. In some examples, the length of the land channel is adjustable by configuring the land channel body and/or first lip body to move across the width of the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Salvatore G. Iuliano, Michael K. Truscott
  • Patent number: 9808980
    Abstract: The invention provides a coextrusion feedblock having a flow adjuster, a viscosity compensation device, an actuator, a central extrusion conduit, and a coextrusion conduit. The invention also provides a coextrusion profiling insert assembly constructed to be mounted in a coextrusion feedblock. The insert assembly has a flow adjuster, a viscosity compensation device, and an actuator. The insert assembly when mounted in the feedblock has a coextrusion conduit extending between the flow adjuster and the viscosity compensation device. The actuator is adjustable to apply force to bend the viscosity compensation device and thereby adjust a gap height of the coextrusion conduit. Also provided is a method of operating a feedblock having a viscosity compensation device comprising a flex region, a central extrusion conduit, and a coextrusion conduit. Force is applied to bend the flex region of the viscosity compensation device and thereby adjust a gap height of the coextrusion conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Michael K. Truscott
  • Patent number: 9801397
    Abstract: The apparatus (100) includes a die head (118) for extruding a main comestible material to form an extrudate body. A plurality of nozzles (160, FIG. 7) is located within the die head for introducing a comestible fluid into the extrudate body to form a plurality of filled capillaries. A control system (182) is capable of selectively connecting at least one of the nozzles to any one of at least two different fluid filling sources (150A, 15 OB). The control system may be capable of connecting each of the nozzles independently to different fluid sources or the nozzles may be arranged into two or more groups of flu idly interconnected nozzles that can each be independently switched between different fluid sources. The apparatus can be used to form products in which the fillings in the capillaries are varied or in which an image is formed in cross section. The apparatus can also be used to switch production between products having different fillings without stopping extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: CADBURY UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Clarke, Sarah Marshall, Clive R T Norton
  • Patent number: 9744708
    Abstract: A method of controlling a slot die comprises, while continuing to pass the extrudate through the fluid flow path and out the applicator slot, changing the position of the actuators with the controller to either increase the cross-directional thickness of the fluid flow path adjacent each of the actuators or substantially close the fluid flow path adjacent the actuators, and after changing the cross-directional thickness of the fluid flow path adjacent each of the actuators, while continuing to pass the extrudate through the fluid flow path and out the applicator slot, repositioning each of the actuators with the controller according to the set of discrete settings to resume operating the slot die with the actuators positioned according to the set of discrete settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Pentti K. Loukusa, Robert A. Yapel, Terence D. Neavin, Jennifer L. Trice, Kristopher K. Biegler, Paul C. Thomas, William J. Kopecky, Keith R. Bruesewitz, Robert B. Secor
  • Patent number: 9718231
    Abstract: The invention provides devices that are attached to an extruder making the operation thereof more efficient and convenient and allowing for a quick change over of parts used to make various products prepared in the extrusion process. A high pressure relief assembly is attached to the extruder that allows for the rapid release of pressure from the extruder at the end of the process by venting product under pressure from the extruder and the extruder also has attached thereto a quick assembly locking device that allows for the exchange of assemblies, such as a density control assembly and other assembles, without the removal of nuts, bolts, and clamps by attaching the assembly to an arm that can be moved in and out of place in front of the extruder and wherein the device has a locking mechanism that seals and releases the assembly from the extruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: NESTEC SA
    Inventors: Tyler Dean Simpson, Dwight E Howdeshell, II
  • Patent number: 9713895
    Abstract: An extrusion nozzle for making tubular preforms has a mandrel extending along a vertical axis, an annular and stationary nozzle body spacedly radially surrounding the mandrel, and a holding ring having an upper end axially slidable in the nozzle body, braced axially downwardly against the nozzle body, and having a lower end spaced radially inward from shiftable limitedly radially relative to the nozzle body. A nozzle ring has an upper end axially slidable in the holding ring, is braced axially downwardly against the nozzle body, and has a radially deflectable lower end forming an annular extrusion gap with the mandrel. A first positioner engages the lower end of nozzle ring and is operable to radially deflect this lower end. A second positioner engages radially with the lower end of the holding ring or with the nozzle ring for radially deflecting same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Harald Feuerherm, Guenther Kappen
  • Patent number: 9700911
    Abstract: Provided is a die lip driving structure for adjusting a gap between a first lip and a second lip by applying a pressing load or a tensile load to a flexible lip portion which forms at least one of the first lip and the second lip provided in a die body, the die lip driving structure including: a lever supported by a rotating shaft as a fulcrum; and an operating rod which is supported to be displaced in an axial direction by the die body. A rotational force of the lever is converted into a force in the axial direction of the operating rod, and the force in the axial direction becomes a pressing load or a tensile load exerted on the flexible lip portion. The lever directly applies a force to the operating rod at the point of action of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo Heavy Industries Modern, Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Nakano
  • Patent number: 9669574
    Abstract: An improved rotary head extruder incorporates a twin auger system, in lieu of the typically used single auger, to create random extruded products having a density within the range of about 3.0 to about 6.0 lbs/cu ft. Extrusion using the rotary die system of a rotary head extruder together with the twin auger system allows for a wide variety of fine materials to be successfully introduced into and conveyed within a rotary head extruder to the die assembly, where the materials are cooked to form random extruded products. A transition piece at the downstream end of the augers allows for continuous, uniform flow to the die assembly, where cooking takes place. The random extruded products incorporate formulations with various ingredients aside from the typically used corn meal formulations, having different tastes and nutritional benefits while maintaining the desired bulk density, texture, and crunch of random extruded products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge C. Morales-Alvarez, V. N. Mohan Rao
  • Patent number: 9662808
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for pelletizing Solid Refuse Fuel (SRF). The system includes: a first crusher that primarily crushes plastic waste; a vibration sieve plate-conveyer that transports plastic waste that is primarily crushed by the first crusher; a second crusher that secondarily crushes the primarily crushed plastic waste sieved by the vibration sieve plate-conveyer; a first rotational shaft equipped with a first screw that fuses and transports the plastic waste which is secondarily crushed by the second crusher; a filter unit that is combined with the first rotational shaft and which removes impurities by filtering the secondarily crushed plastic waste that is fused and transported by the first screw; a second rotational shaft equipped with a second screw that transports impurity-free plastic waste filtered by the filter unit; and a molding machine that molds the plastic waste transported by the second screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Suook Young Park
  • Patent number: 9655370
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a die for pasta, having, inside a body (1) of metal alloy, at least one dough extrusion passage (13) provided with an input section (ta) and an output section (tp) that are concentrically and consecutively arranged in the extrusion direction and are joined in a connection transversal cross-section, has a step of manufacturing the input section (ta) with a material having a low coefficient of friction and the output section (tp), which is cylindrically shaped, with a metal alloy so that the input section (ta) has transversal cross-sections with an area larger than the transversal cross-section area of the output section (tp). The dies themselves, and their use in the production of pasta, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: RUMMO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Cosimo Rummo