Patents Examined by Joseph S. Del Sole
  • Patent number: 10150696
    Abstract: The glass sheet production method of the present invention includes the steps of: (I) bringing a first acid gas into contact with at least one principal surface of a sheet-shaped glass material, the first acid gas containing hydrogen fluoride (HF) gas but not containing hydrogen chloride (HCl) gas and having a volume ratio of water vapor to HF gas of less than 8, the glass material containing at least sodium as a component and having a temperature in a range from a glass transition temperature to a temperature 250° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Satoshi Tanaka, Keiko Tsuri, Hirotaka Koyo, Kazuishi Mitani, Yasuhiro Saito
  • Patent number: 10144169
    Abstract: The present application relates to a thermoforming device. According to an embodiment, the thermoforming device includes a gaseous medium damper for damping a relative movement of the lower mold and the upper mold and/or a gaseous medium damper for damping a relative movement of the lower mold and the ejector plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BOSCH SPRANG B.V.
    Inventor: Antoni Bosch
  • Patent number: 10137627
    Abstract: The unit (1) for processing hollow-body plastic blanks (2) includes a chamber (6) wherein the blanks (2) move along a predetermined path. The chamber (6) is defined, on both sides of the path, by two side walls (3, 4) having inner surfaces (5) that face each other. The chamber (6) includes a main section (9) wherein at least one of the walls (3, 4) is provided with a plurality of electromagnetic radiation sources (10). The side walls (3, 4) define therebetween, on at least one end of the chamber, an opening (8) for the preforms to pass therethrough. The chamber (6) includes at least one optical confinement section (12) that extends between the main section (9) and the opening (8) and wherein the inner surfaces (5) of the side walls (3, 4) are optically reflective and converge toward the opening (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Yoann Lahogue, Guy Feuilloley
  • Patent number: 10123560
    Abstract: A smoking article (10) incorporates a tobacco substrate including tobacco having a tobacco density of 150 mg/cm3 or less and a hardness of 60% or greater. The tobacco substrate can include a tobacco aerogel (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Firooz Rasouli, Gianluca Sechi
  • Patent number: 10112358
    Abstract: A uniaxial press for shaping pellets by compressing powder in a die by punches. The uniaxial press can be used in a restricted and hostile environment and includes small modules that can pass separately through narrow openings, the modules being assembled by placing over columns and by screwing, therefore by remote handling in the confined space where the press is to operate without requiring any further intervention. The actuation is generally exclusively electromechanical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Bayle, Patrick Moyer, Christophe Brenneis, Patrik Gosset, Patrick Baptiste, Didier Lager
  • Patent number: 10112350
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for curing a composite workpiece to form a part. In one illustrative embodiment, an apparatus may comprise an object, a portable structure, and a heating system. The object may have a shape selected for a part. The portable structure may comprise a retaining structure configured to hold the object. The retaining structure may have a first side and a second side. The heating system may be configured to cover the object at the first side of the retaining structure and the second side of the retaining structure. The heating system may be further configured to generate heat for use in curing a workpiece placed over the object to form the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark A. Schmier, II, Gary Jones
  • Patent number: 10106457
    Abstract: A method of coating a surface of a glass ribbon during a drawing process using atmospheric vapor deposition is provided. The method includes forming a glass ribbon in a viscoelastic state, desirably with a fusion draw. The glass ribbon is drawn in the viscoelastic state. The glass ribbon is cooled in the viscoelastic state into an elastic state. The glass ribbon is directed into an open end of a reactor. The reactor includes multiple channels. A first channel directs a first reactant gas, a second channel directs a second reactant gas and one or more third channels draw excess reactant, or purge it with inert gas flow, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Addison Boudreau, Darwin Gene Enicks, Charles Andrew Paulson, Gary Richard Trott
  • Patent number: 10105992
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes at least three circumferential grooves extending in a tire circumferential direction in the tread portion, and at least four ribs defined by the at least three circumferential grooves, the at least four ribs extending in the tire circumferential direction. At least two of the ribs including the rib disposed on a first side of a tire equatorial plane in a tire width direction and the rib disposed on a second side protrude to an outer side in a tire radial direction beyond a profile line of a tread surface when viewed in the meridian cross section. The protruding amount decreases in order from the first side in the tire width direction to the second side, and the groove surface area ratio of the tread surface is greater on the second side of the tire equatorial plane in the tire width direction than on the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuta Uchida
  • Patent number: 10105891
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming at least one external annular flange (48 or 49) adjacent one end of a fiber reinforced thermoplastic tube (10) in which the tube (10) is mounted on a mandrel (12) and a first end portion of the tube is clamped in a collar (13) having at least one internal annular cavity (18 or 19) for forming a flange, a second end portion of the tube in the region (R1, R2) of the cavity is heated to soften the thermoplastic, and an axial load (L) is applied to the end of the tube by a piston (24) causing the softened tube to flow into the cavity (18, 19) in the collar (13) to form a flange on the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Michael J. Dewhirst
  • Patent number: 10105868
    Abstract: This document describes systems and processes for forming synthetic molded slabs, which may be suitable for use in living or working spaces (e.g., along a countertop, table, floor, or the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cambria Company LLC
    Inventors: Jon Louis Grzeskowiak, II, Martin E. Davis
  • Patent number: 10099406
    Abstract: A method for preventing detachment of a three-dimensional object from a printing tray of a printing apparatus is disclosed. The method includes printing a carpet of building material below and around the base of a three-dimensional object to be printed; and printing said three-dimensional object. The portions of the carpet that protrude out of the boundaries of the base of the three-dimensional object are coated with one or more layers of support material to help keep the carpet flexible and adhesive in texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: STRATASYS LTD
    Inventors: Dani Chechik, Avraham Teken, Eliahu M. Kritchman, Eduardo Napadensky
  • Patent number: 10099513
    Abstract: A tire with a radial carcass reinforcement, having a crown reinforcement, itself capped radially by a tread connected to two beads by two sidewalls, having at least two radially superposed layers of elastomeric compounds; a first layer, forming the radially outer part of the tread, has a first elastomeric compound having a modulus G* greater than 1.8 MPa, a second layer of elastomeric compounds radially on the inside of and in contact with the said first layer of elastomeric compound has at least three parts, the axially outer parts having a second elastomeric compound having a maximum value of tan (?), denoted tan (?) max, strictly less than 0.060, and at least a part of the second layer, axially in contact with at least an axially outer part having a third compound with modulus G* greater than 1.2 MPa and at least 5% less than the first elastomeric compound and a maximum value of tan (?), tan (?)max, between 0.060 and 0.120.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale Des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche Et Technique, S.A.
    Inventors: Claudia Navarro-Losada, Benjamin Quantinet, Gilles Godeau, Pierre Tregouet
  • Patent number: 10098381
    Abstract: An electronic smoking article includes a heater in communication with a liquid supply reservoir including liquid material and operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to volatilize the liquid material contained therein and form an aerosol. The volatilized material flows through a sheath flow and aerosol promoter insert that is operable to cool the aerosol, reduce the particle size of the aerosol and increase the delivery rate of the aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: David B. Kane, David R. Schiff, Chris Carrick, Chris Phelan, Christopher S. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10098744
    Abstract: A mold adapted to be introduced into a joint of a human patient for resurfacing at least one carrying contacting surface of said joint is provided. The mold is adapted to receive material for resurfacing at least one carrying contacting surface of said joint. The mold is further adapted to be resorbed by the human body or melt after having served its purpose. Further, a method of treating hip joint osteoarthritis in a human patient by providing an artificial hip joint surface using a mold is provided. The method comprises the steps of: said mold being placed inside of said hip joint, said mold being injected with a fluid adapted to harden, said fluid hardening inside of said hip joint, said mold being resorbed by the human body, and said hardened fluid serving as artificial hip joint surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10098385
    Abstract: Smoking device includes a housing defining a chamber, and a selectively activated heating system that heats material in the chamber when in contact with part of the heating system. A manual activation system activates the heating system. An outlet portion includes a mouthpiece having an interior in flow communication with the chamber and an adapter configured to fit over the mouthpiece. The outlet portion has a first configuration when the adapter is not over the mouthpiece and a second configuration when the adapter is over the mouthpiece and provides an outer circumference for the outlet portion that is larger than the outer circumference provided when the adapter is used. A user can thus place their mouth over the mouthpiece and directly inhale material being heated in the material chamber or connect an inlet of a water pipe or bong to the adapter when the adapter is fit over the mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: YETS Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Yitzchok Moshe Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10093059
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for the heating of plastics material pre-forms (10) with a conveying device (2) which conveys the plastics material pre-forms (10) along a pre-set conveying path (T), with at least one heating element (4) which is arranged along the conveying path (P) of the plastics material pre-forms (10) and which heats the plastics material pre-forms (10), wherein in addition a cooling device is provided which cools the plastics material pre-forms (10) and/or at least one element of the apparatus (1) during the heating of the plastics material pre-forms (10) by acting upon them with a gaseous medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Lappe
  • Patent number: 10093061
    Abstract: A supply of build material such as a spool or cartridge is instrumented with a data tag that includes information about the build material. A three-dimensional printer can read the information from the tag and determine how to use the build material during fabrication of a three-dimensional object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: MakerBot Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Ariel Douglas, Robert J. Steiner, Aric Lynn Jennings, William B. Buel, Anthony D. Moschella
  • Patent number: 10086531
    Abstract: A resilient MDF, HDF or particleboard material is prepared by pressing natural fibers, which have been pre-treated with binder which falls within the scope of the present invention, to form a fiber board material. The fiber board is a mixture of fibers, and a resin system comprising an isocyanate, and a polyol component. The resin system is selected so as to provide are resilient material that provides sound attenuating properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Robert N. Clausi, Savaltore Diloreto
  • Patent number: 10086655
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a tread portion with a designated rotational direction. The tread portion is provided with a shoulder main groove arranged nearby a tread edge, a plurality of shoulder lateral grooves each extending from the shoulder main groove to the tread edge to form a plurality of shoulder blocks. Each of the shoulder blocks includes a zigzag leading edge including an external corner with a first vertex formed between a long inclined side and a short inclined side. One of the shoulder blocks is provided with a plurality of shoulder sipes extending at an angle of 0 to 20 degrees with respect to an axial direction of the tire. One of the shoulder sipes includes a deep portion and a shallow portion that is arranged so as to include a position in the axial direction of the first vertex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 10085481
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette or vaporizer may include a shell and a cartomizer receivable within a chamber within a portion of the shell. The cartomizer may hold a vaporizable fluid, dry substance, or other vaporizable substance such as a wax. A charger may also be included which in one embodiment may be insertable into the chamber, and in another embodiment may be connectable to an end of the shell. Various electrical components, such as a printed circuit board, a recharagable battery, various indicator lights, a sensor, and display screen, for instance, improve the functionality of the vaporizer from known vaporizers. Magnets may also be provided in order to secure the cartomizer or the charger to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: VMR Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Andries Verleur, Dan Recio, Yifeng Lu, Yinjun Zhang, Arturo Fajardo, Hans Verleur