Patents Examined by Joshel Rivera
  • Patent number: 11358344
    Abstract: A heat sink for use in induction welding includes a number of tiles, where the tiles are electrically non-conductive and thermally conductive, a joint flexibly joining the tiles together, and a fluid path formed through the heat sink for communicating a coolant therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeiog Company
    Inventor: Robert A. DiChiara
  • Patent number: 11342691
    Abstract: An apparatus that melts and monitors sleeves for installation onto shielded cables. The apparatus includes a heat source for melting the sleeve, cable supports for supporting the cable during the melting process, a sensor system that is configured to measure a dimension of the sleeve during melting, and a computer that is connected to receive sensor data from the sensor system and send heater control signals to the heat source. The computer is configured to receive dimensional data from the sensor system, monitor that dimensional data by performing a dimensional analysis, and then deactivate or remove the heat source in response to dimensional analysis results indicating that the sleeve is fully melted (in the case of a solder sleeve) or only fully shrunken (in the case of a dead end sleeve) onto the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Grace L. Duncan, Damien O. Martin
  • Patent number: 11331866
    Abstract: Systems and methods for forming machine with enhanced setup and health feedback. One embodiment is a forming machine including a positioning system to move a forming member and mandrel relative to one another for forming a shaped part, and a sensor disposed between the forming member and the mandrel. A forming controller obtains a first coordinate position of the forming member and the mandrel in position to produce a target baseline parameter at the sensor prior to placement of a part over the mandrel. The forming controller calculates a second coordinate position of the forming member and the mandrel for forming the part based on the first coordinate position and a thickness of the part. After placement of the part over the mandrel, the forming controller directs the positioning system to move the forming member and the mandrel to the second coordinate position to shape the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mathew K. Lathrop, Daniel J. Wade
  • Patent number: 11331897
    Abstract: The application relates to a full lamination method and apparatus for a display screen, wherein the full lamination method for a display screen comprises: arranging a first layer body horizontally; coating liquid glue on an upper surface of the first layer body; placing a second layer body over the first layer body at a preset inclination with a lower surface of the second layer body contacting with an initially affixed end of the first layer body; controlling the second layer body to swing in a direction approaching the first layer body according to a speed curve gradually reducing over time, so that the second layer body is affixed to the first layer body at a preset speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Zhizhang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11325317
    Abstract: A method wherein a bulky three-dimensional emblem can be made of a thermoplastic synthetic resin containing a vapor-deposited-metal laminated film. An apparatus for producing a three-dimensional emblem made of a thermoplastic synthetic resin includes a slide jig in which an electrode flat plate die and an electrode projecting die are slidable in a horizontal plane, an electrode recessed die capable of approaching and separating from the slide jig in a vertical direction and at a position where it can oppose the electrode flat plate die and the electrode projecting die, and a high-frequency oscillator that performs high-frequency dielectric heating by continuously generating a high-frequency voltage across the opposing dies, wherein recesses form in a surface of the electrode flat plate die opposing the electrode recessed die, and during high-frequency dielectric heating, a portion of the lower layer material enters the recess and is held on the electrode flat plate die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Takeshi Kuroda
  • Patent number: 11312086
    Abstract: A roll-and-peel tool includes a frame, a roller, two traction rims, a peeling wheel, and a trailer arm. A roller shaft is supported by the frame, and the roller is rotatable relative to the frame on the shaft. The traction rims are axially-spaced from one another with a roller midportion between the traction rims and the traction rims extending outward of the roller midportion. The peeling wheel is rotatable about a wheel shaft and has two traction hubs axially-spaced from one another and protrusions extending proud at an exterior surface of the peeling wheel between the traction hubs. The trailer arm connects the wheel and roller shafts so that the traction hubs interface with the traction rims and a gap is defined between the roller and the peeling wheel with the protrusions extending into the gap. A method of installing a trim component may be carried out with the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yhu-Tin Lin, Terebara A. Hughes, Erik B. Golm
  • Patent number: 11308825
    Abstract: An anti-counterfeit label and a manufacturing method therefor. The anti-counterfeit label is provided with a bottom plate (1). Ink bags (2) filled with anti-counterfeit ink are disposed on the bottom plate (1). More than two ink bags (2) are arranged to form an anti-counterfeit pattern. A cover plate (3) is disposed at upper parts of the ink bags (2). The thickness of the bottom plate (1) is 0.2 to 2.0 mm. The depths of the ink bags (2) on the bottom plate (1) are 0.019 to 1.99 mm, The cover plate (3) adopts a plastic film cover plate, the thickness of the cover plate (3) being greater than 0.0001 mm. After the cover plate (3) of the anti-counterfeit label is destroyed, partial or integral information about the label will disappear within a period of time, thereby resolving the problems of high anti-counterfeit cost and complicated query means, and effectively preventing counterfeiters from counterfeiting in batches by using second-hand product packing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Chi Yu
  • Patent number: 11306866
    Abstract: A suspension arrangement (7) for attachment to a support (2, 17) being made from a magnetisable material is disclosed. The suspension arrangement (7) comprises a magnetic attachment means (8) and a glue surface (9) having a glue depression (10). The magnetic attachment means (8) comprises a magnetic material allowing the suspension arrangement (7) to be releasably attached to the support (2, 17). The glue depression (10) is configured for receiving a glue portion (11) in order to permanently attach the suspension arrangement (7) to the support (2, 17). The glue surface (9) is arranged in contact with the support (2, 17) when the suspension arrangement (7) is attached to the support (2, 17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Michael Christensen
  • Patent number: 11298513
    Abstract: A serration balloon can have a number of different components and can be made in a number of different manners. One or more longitudinally extending members with periodic raised wedges can be attached to a medical balloon. They can be attached with a fiber coating, a polymer coating, or other methods. A polymer matrix can be used to bond the longitudinally extending member to the surface of the balloon. The fiber coating can be, for example, a thread or mesh that secures the longitudinally extending member to the balloon. The medical balloon can be an angioplasty balloon, such as an off-the-shelf angioplasty balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Peter Schneider, Robert M. Giasolli
  • Patent number: 11292204
    Abstract: A method of induction welding a first thermoplastic composite (TPC) to a second thermoplastic composite (TPC) using an induction coil includes forming a weld interface area between the first TPC and the second TPC, cooling the first TPC with a cooling apparatus before heating by the induction coil, and inductively heating the weld interface area with the induction coil after cooling the first TPC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert A. DiChiara
  • Patent number: 11292216
    Abstract: A method for designing fiber-composite parts in which part performance and manufacturing efficiency can be traded-off against one another to provide an “optimized” design for a desired use case. In some embodiments, the method involves generating an idealized fiber map, wherein the orientation of fibers throughout the prospective part align with the anticipated load conditions throughout the part, and then modifying the idealized fiber map by various fabrication constraints to generate a process-compensated preform map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Arris Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Escowitz, J. Scott Perkins, Riley Reese, Erick Davidson, Sean Hennessee
  • Patent number: 11295996
    Abstract: A bonding machine for bonding semiconductor elements, the bonding machine including: a support structure for supporting a substrate; a bond head assembly, the bond head assembly including a bonding tool configured to bond a plurality of semiconductor elements to the substrate; an alignment structure including first alignment markings; an alignment element configured to be placed on the alignment structure using the bonding tool, the alignment element including second alignment markings; an imaging system configured to image relative positions of the first alignment markings and corresponding ones of the second alignment markings; and a computer system configured to provide an adjustment to a position of at least one of the bonding tool and the support structure during bonding of ones of the plurality of semiconductor elements to the substrate, the computer being configured to provide the adjustment at least partially based on the relative positions of the first alignment markings and the corresponding ones of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Eder, David C. Schalcosky
  • Patent number: 11286077
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a label to a spool or reel containing wire and a wire tail extending from the spool or reel, the apparatus comprising a wire tail sensor, wherein the wire tail sensor identifies the location of the wire tail protruding from the spool or reel and a label application mechanism, wherein the labeling mechanism applies a label to the spool or reel and wherein the label does not contact the wire tail protruding from the spool or reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventors: William T. Bigbee, Jr., Clifton S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 11279120
    Abstract: A device for debonding a structure from a main surface region of a carrier includes a tape for laminating to the structure, a first holder and a second holder for spanning the tape and to keep a tension of the tape. The second holder can be movable into a lifted position vertically offset to the main surface region of the carrier. The device can also include a deflecting-element for providing a deflection-line between the first holder and the second holder for deflecting the tape in response to moving the second holder into the lifted position. The deflecting-element can be moveable parallel to the carrier for moving the deflection-line parallel to the carrier and for debonding the structure, laminated to the tape, from the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Alfred Sigi, Dominic Maier, Daniel Porwol
  • Patent number: 11279093
    Abstract: A connection arrangement includes a first plastic component, a second plastic component, and a closed induction ring. The first plastic component has a first joining region designed as a receptacle, and at one end, the second plastic component has a second joining region introduced into the first joining region. At the joining regions, the induction ring is at least partially fused into the two plastic components such that at one contact region between a first plastic melt of the first plastic component and a second plastic melt of the second plastic melt, a material-conclusive connection is generated. In this case, the induction ring is melted into the first plastic component while forming at least one first undercut, and is melted into the second plastic component while forming at least one second undercut such that between the plastic components and the induction ring, one each form-fitting connection is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Till Schade, Werner Steinberger
  • Patent number: 11253908
    Abstract: A method for joining dissimilar materials is provided. The method includes a solid-state joining process in which a rivet is plunged into a predrilled hole in a top workpiece. When the rivet contacts the bottom workpiece, ultrasonic vibration by oscillatory motion of a sonotrode, such as horizontal, vertical, or rotational motion, creates frictional heat at the interface between the rivet and the lower workpiece. With the aid of frictional heat and axial compression, metallurgical bonding is achieved at the interface between the rivet and the bottom sheet, while being below the melting temperature of the bottom workpiece. The sonotrode is retracted while the rivet remains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Yong Chae Lim, Zhili Feng, Jian Chen, Xin Sun, Richard W. Davies
  • Patent number: 11247409
    Abstract: Methods of co-bonding a first thermoset composite (TSC) and a second TSC to define a cured composite part are disclosed herein. The methods include partially curing the first TSC to a target state of cure (SOC) to define a first partially cured TSC. The partially curing is based, at least in part, on a maximum temperature of the first TSC during the partially curing and on an elapsed time that an actual temperature of the first TSC is greater than a threshold temperature. The methods further include combining the first partially cured TSC with the second TSC to define a partially cured TSC assembly and heating the partially cured TSC assembly to bond the first partially cured TSC to the second TSC, cure the partially cured TSC assembly, and produce a cured composite part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: The Boeing Company, Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl M. Nelson, Travis James Sherwood, Hardik Dalal, Felix N. Nguyen, Dongyeon Lee, Kenichi Yoshioka, Hideo Andrew Koyanagi
  • Patent number: 11241871
    Abstract: Improved aluminum can end stock (CES) is disclosed. The CES includes a laminated, amorphous polymer coating exhibiting low feathering, low blushing, and high performance in an acetic acid test. The laminated metal strip can include the laminated polymer coating on an interior-facing side and a lacquered coating on an exterior-facing side. The CES is formed by performing an annealing process on the laminated metal strip, wherein the metal strip is raised to an annealing temperature above the melting point of the polymer for a sufficient duration to render the polymer amorphous. In some cases, the polymer film laminated to the metal strip is a Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Novelis Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Spahn, Heinrich Prinzhorn, Nicolas C. Kamp, Dhiren Bhupatlal Ruparelia
  • Patent number: 11234351
    Abstract: Embodiments herein address these and other issues by providing a display assembly system with a pick-up tool having 6 degrees of freedom (6DOF) coupled with a pick-up head having an at least partially transparent adhesive element to which light-emitting structures may be adhered for picking and placement during the display manufacture process. Embodiments further include a touchdown sensor coupled with the pick-up tool and pick-up head that allow sensing of a force applied to the pick-up head in an upward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Pooya Saketi
  • Patent number: 11222806
    Abstract: A tape adapted to be attached to a workpiece. The tape has a pattern for checking tension applied to the tape. The pattern is provided on the whole or part of the front side of the tape. The tension may be checked before expansion of the tape, during expansion of the tape, or after expansion of the tape. The tension may be checked after attaching the tape to the workpiece. By using a tape expander having four holding units holding the four side edge portions of the tape, the tape is expanded by moving the four holding units holding the tape so that the holding units are moved away from the workpiece. Deformation of the pattern due to the expansion of the tape is checked by visual inspection or by using an imaging camera to thereby determine the attached condition of the tape to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Saito