Patents Examined by Joseph S. Del Sole
  • Patent number: 9839960
    Abstract: A lamination molding apparatus which can improve the lamination molding accuracy, is provided. A lamination molding apparatus, including a chamber covering a desired molding region, the chamber being filled with an inert gas of a predetermined concentration; and a molding table provided in the molding region, the molding table being configured so as to be capable of being moved vertically by a driving mechanism; wherein the molding table is configured to be temperature-controllable; and a thermostatic section is provided in between the molding table and the driving mechanism or in the driving mechanism, temperature of the thermostatic section being maintained substantially constant, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sodick Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Okazaki, Shuichi Kawada, Katsutaka Muranaka
  • Patent number: 9839238
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a control body adapted for use in an electronic smoking article. The control body includes a shell and a coupler that is adapted to connect the control body to a cartridge of an electronic smoking article. The coupler further is adapted to communicate a pressure reduction within the coupler to a pressure reduction space in the shell. Also positioned within the shell is an electronic circuit board having a pressure sensor attached thereto. The electronic circuit board can be positioned to be parallel to a central axis of the shell. A first end of the pressure sensor can be isolated within the pressure reduction space, and a second end of the pressure sensor can be in communication with a normal pressure space within the shell. One or more light emitting diodes can be attached to the electronic circuit board. At least a portion of the coupler can be light transmissive so that light from the LED is visible through the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Worm, Michael Ryan Galloway, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Randy Lee McKnight, David Glen Christopherson
  • Patent number: 9840039
    Abstract: A method for producing a film having a fine irregular pattern intermittently includes feeding a film to be processed intermittently from upstream side to the vicinity of the surface of a die having a fine irregular pattern, transferring the pattern to the surface of the film by pressing the film against the surface of a die, stripping the processed film on which a pattern is formed from the surface of a die, and then feeding a new film to be processed to the die, wherein the processed film is stripped from the surface of a die by gripping and moving the processed film to the upstream side, and then the processed film is fed by a length of intermittent feed to the surface of a die while preventing the processed film from creasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Minoura, Yuma Hirai, Fumiyasu Nomura
  • Patent number: 9827702
    Abstract: An injection molding machine includes a resin scattering preventing cover configured to prevent resin scattering from injection nozzle fixed to an end of an injection unit, a lighting unit configured to molding contact portion where the injection nozzle and a mold contact, a fixing unit configured to fix the lighting unit, and an opening/closing portion where the resin scattering prevention cover is configured to open and close; wherein the fixing unit is connected interlocked with opening and closing of the opening/closing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsufumi Ohshiro
  • Patent number: 9823562
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imprint apparatus for forming a pattern in a plurality of shot regions on a substrate, comprising a heating unit configured to deform each of the shot regions by heating the substrate, and a control unit configured to control the heating unit, wherein when performing imprint processing for a target shot region as a shot region to undergo imprint processing based on heating control information used to heat, by the heating unit, a shot region which has undergone imprint processing prior to the target shot region, the control unit controls heating of the substrate by the heating unit so that a shape of the target shot region which has been deformed by heating of the substrate according to the control information becomes close to a target shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomofumi Nishikawara, Kazuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9815331
    Abstract: Disclosed is a combined tire, including a tire casing and a core. The tire casing is an annular member having a core groove around the periphery; the core is an annular member nested within the core groove of the tire casing in an interference fit, and forms a gap with the inner wall of the core groove of the tire casing. The present invention can ensure high production efficiency. The tire casing and the core of the present invention can employ materials of different hardness, offering better comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: XIAMEN LENCO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Garyg Gong
  • Patent number: 9815239
    Abstract: A rotary thermoforming apparatus including a rotatable drum having a plurality of cavity flats positioned on an outer surface of the drum together defining a mold cavity section of the drum, each cavity flat having one or more mold cavities, a plug assist assembly positioned adjacent each corresponding cavity flat when in a first retracted state, the plug assist assembly secured to, and rotatable with, the outer surface of the drum, each plug assist assembly having one or more plug assist members corresponding to the one or more mold cavities in the adjacent corresponding cavity flat, wherein each plug assist member is extendable into its corresponding mold cavity, and retractable from its corresponding mold cavity, wherein each plug assist assembly is extendable from the first retracted state to an extended state positioned over the corresponding cavity flat, and wherein each plug assist assembly is retractable from the extended state back to the first retracted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Borse, Robert J. Borse, Joseph Borse
  • Patent number: 9801413
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette is provided, which comprises a hollow atomizing stem (10), a first conductive ring (20) sleeved at the bottom of the atomizing stem (10) and airproof with the atomizing stem (10), a second conductive ring (30) arranged in the first conductive ring (20) and insulated from it, a conduit (40) held in the atomizing stem (10), with base contacting the first conductive ring (20) tightly, a liquid blocker (70) arranged on the top of the atomizing stem (10), and a cigarette holder (80) arranged on the top of the atomizing stem (10) simultaneously and holding the liquid blocker (70) The inner wall of said atomizing stem (10), the outer wall of said conduit (40), the top of said first conductive ring (20), and the bottom of said liquid blocker (70) together confine a liquid storage chamber (12) for storing tobacco juice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen Kontle Electronics CO., Ltd
    Inventor: Xiaochun Zhu
  • Patent number: 9788576
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette, and a battery rod and an atomizer thereof are provided in the present application. The battery rod includes a battery rod body, and an air passage of the battery rod body is provided with a waterproof breathable component which cooperates with the air passage and is configured to prevent water from entering into the battery rod body via the air passage, and the atomizer includes an atomizer body, a smoke passage of the atomizer body is provided with a waterproof breathable component which cooperates with the smoke passage and is configured to prevent water from entering into the atomizer body via the smoke passage. Besides of ensuring the breathability of both the air passage and the smoke passage, the waterproof breathable component may also prevent external liquid from entering into the battery rod and the atomizer, thus the waterproof performance of the electronic cigarette is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9788574
    Abstract: A device for use with a container containing liquid and having an opening for the consecutive consumption of the liquid and of smoke that has been drawn into the container. The device comprises a body, a combustion receptacle, and a tubular structure. An inlet end of the body engages the container, and an outlet end can be placed at the mouth of a user. The tubular structure connects the combustion receptacle with the interior of the liquid container. When smoking material is combusted and the container is inverted, outflow of liquid from the container through the body, in most instances into a user's mouth, creates negative pressure within the container, drawing in smoke from the combustion receptacle. Once most or all of the liquid has flowed out of the container, the user may then inhale the smoke in the container through the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Alex Mullen, Pierre Wilder, Jeffery Bebee
  • Patent number: 9782958
    Abstract: The manufacturing method object of the invention comprises the following stages: A) stacking strips of prepreg material on a laminating tool (14), so that an angled laminated part (2) is obtained comprising a central section (2a) contained in a first plane (12), at least one side section (2b) contained in a second plane (13), and at least one bending axis (5) between the central section (2a) and the at least one side section (2b), so that, the first plane and the second plane form an angle ?; B) forming of the angled laminated part (2) comprising bending along the bending axis (5) the, at least, one side section with respect to the central section (2a), obtaining a formed part (6); C) curing, of the formed part (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.L.
    Inventors: David Cano Cediel, Ruth Chinarro Vera, Francisco Escobar Benavides, Pedro Nogueroles Viñes
  • Patent number: 9781953
    Abstract: A vaporizer may include a battery portion, a cartomizer connectable with the battery portion, and a sleeve fitable over the cartomizer. The sleeve and an outer shell of the battery portion may have the same or complimentary colors or patterns. The battery portion may further include a plurality of illuminable indicators, which may illuminate to indicate, for instance, remaining voltage of a battery housed within the battery portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: VMR Products LLC
    Inventors: Jan Andries Verleur, Dan Recio
  • Patent number: 9783447
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to edge sealing techniques for vacuum insulating glass (VIG) units. More particularly, certain example embodiments relate to techniques for providing localized heating to edge seals of units, and/or unitized ovens for accomplishing the same. In certain example embodiments, a unit is pre-heated to one or more intermediate temperatures, localized heating via at least one substantially two-dimensional array of heat sources is provided proximate to the peripheral edges of the unit so as to melt fits placed thereon, and cooled. In certain non-limiting implementations, the pre-heating and/or cooling may be provided in one or more steps. An oven for accomplishing the same may include multiple zones for performing the above-noted steps, each zone optionally including one or more chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Guardian Glass, LLC
    Inventors: Hong Wang, David J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9776352
    Abstract: A method of producing animal litter including bentonite which includes a step of forming, from a starting material for animal litter containing bentonite, a starting mixture that contains 10 to 60 mass % of granules that remain on an 8.0 mm-aperture sieve and 40 to 90 mass % of granules that pass through an 8.0 mm-aperture sieve, a step of conveying the starting mixture on a path of conveyance, a step of loading the starting mixture that has been conveyed on the path of conveyance into a granulator capable of pulverizing and granulation, pulverizing at least the granules remaining on the 8.0 mm-aperture sieve while forming a granulated product, and a step of drying the granulated product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Ikegami, Kenji Hiroshima
  • Patent number: 9776351
    Abstract: In an injection molding system, a rack on which a peripheral device can be mounted includes a fixing unit for removably fixing to a machine stool of an injection molding machine and a moving unit for making the rack movable alone. Accordingly, maintenance of the injection molding machine can be performed satisfactorily and positioning work is also made easier so that the rack can be transported easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsushi Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9771305
    Abstract: A sintering apparatus includes: a non-transportable section mounted in the atmosphere; a transportable section that has a mold capable of accommodating a material to be processed and is loaded detachably with respect to the non-transportable section; and a covering member that envelops the transportable section loaded on the non-transportable section in an almost hermetically sealed state and allows the transportable section to be separated from the non-transportable section with the transportable section enveloped in the almost hermetically sealed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kiwamu Adachi
  • Patent number: 9773520
    Abstract: The embodiments disclose a method of using a trimmed imprinted resist and chemical contrast pattern to guide a directed self-assembly (DSA) of a predetermined lamellar block copolymer (BCP), creating chromium (Cr) lamellar guiding lines using the BCP and DSA in a dry Cr lift-off process and etching the Cr lamellar guiding line patterns into a substrate to fabricate the imprint template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: XiaoMin Yang, Shuaigang Xiao, Yautzong Hsu, HongYing Wang, Kim Y. Lee
  • Patent number: 9751251
    Abstract: A vacuum-forming system for deforming a forming blank is disclosed. The system includes a tool and at least one regulator bag disposed adjacent to the tool. The regulator bag includes a sealed bag having an exterior and an interior and a first volume and a defined passage from the interior to the exterior of the regulator bag. The passage is configured such that the regulator bag has a rate of deflation wherein the sealed bag will deflate from the first volume to a second volume over a determined period of time while the exterior of the sealed bag is at a determined reduced pressure. The system also includes a vacuum membrane coupled to the tool, the membrane configured to form a vacuum space enclosing the forming blank and the at least one regulator bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory Piedmont, Mike Malis
  • Patent number: 9738034
    Abstract: A device for processing of highly viscous photopolymerizable material for layer-by-layer generation of a shaped body comprises a vat including a bottom which is at least in certain areas thereof transparent, a build platform, an exposure unit for exposing a material layer formed between the lower side of the build platform and the vat bottom in a locally selective manner, a control unit in order to adapt the relative position of the build platform to the vat bottom after each exposure step for a layer, in order to successively build up the shaped body in the desired shape, and a moveably guided doctor blade arrangement including a drive unit for moving the doctor blade arrangement back and forth underneath the build platform. The doctor blade arrangement comprises two doctor blades spaced apart in movement direction, which doctor blades are moveable at a constant distance to the vat bottom along the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignees: Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Technische Universität Wien
    Inventors: Simon Gruber, Jürgen Stampfl, Jörg Ebert
  • Patent number: 9738019
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of manufacturing a thermoplastic synthetic resin product, including preparing a mold having a cavity formed in a predetermined shape; filling the cavity of the mold with a thermoplastic synthetic resin material in an amount greater than the volume of the cavity of the mold; heating the mold under pressure; releasing the pressure when the thermoplastic synthetic resin material charged in the cavity of the mold is melted by heating, and opening the mold; removing, of the melted thermoplastic synthetic resin material in the opened mold, the material other than the material charged in the cavity of the mold; placing either a fabric or a hot melt on the mold having the cavity filled with the thermoplastic synthetic resin material; and cooling the mold under pressure, thus integrating either the fabric or the hot melt with the thermoplastic synthetic resin material in contact with either the fabric or the hot melt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Jang Won Park