Patents Examined by Karl Kurple
  • Patent number: 10655219
    Abstract: A containment structure is disclosed for holding a substrate (e.g., preform) during CVI/CVD treatment. The containment structure includes a support structure, a cover portion, a gas inlet and a gas outlet. During the CVI/CVD process, the substrate is contained within the containment structure, forming a first space between the support structure and the substrate, and a second space between the substrate and the cover portion. Reactant gas is introduced into the first space and forced through the substrate via delta pressure, forming a binding matrix within the substrate. Excess reactant gas exits the substrate into the second space and is removed from the containment structure through the gas outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: John E. Finley, Mark R. Wolke, Mark K. Lentz
  • Patent number: 10633766
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting cross-aligned fiber threads, comprising an elongated assembly having a plurality of segments including at least a first segment, a second segment, and an intermediate segment, the first segment positioned at one end of the intermediate segment and the second segment positioned at an opposite end of the intermediate segment, each segment being electrically chargeable; an electrically chargeable emitter for electrospinning nanoscale fiber streams comprising charged fiber branches, the emitter having a tip positioned offset and between an edge of the first segment and an edge of the second segment; a support structure for rotating the elongated assembly about a longitudinal axis and applying an electrical charge to at least the edges of the first and second segment; at least one electrically chargeable steering electrode for attracting fiber streams, the at least one steering electrode chargeable with an electrical polarity opposing a charge applied to the emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: University of Central Oklahoma
    Inventors: Maurice Haff, Morshed Khandaker, William Paul Snow
  • Patent number: 10632490
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for applying a hot-melt to a web of material. The device includes a driven roller and a nozzle with a nozzle channel arranged adjacent the driven roller for supplying a hot melt through the nozzle channel to the surface of the roller. The invention also relates to a combination of a device according to the invention and a web of material, which web of material is guided along the driven roller and wherein the nozzle channel exits in front of the nip of the web of material and the driven roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Maan Intellectual Properties B.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Willibrordus Maria Jansen, Sjoerd Maria Jansen
  • Patent number: 10627714
    Abstract: A mask frame assembly and an evaporation apparatus are disclosed. The mask frame assembly comprises a frame and a mask plate fixed on the frame. The mask frame assembly is provided with alignment marks, which comprise a first alignment hole arranged in the frame and a second alignment hole arranged in the mask plate. The first alignment hole is a through hole; or the first alignment hole is a blind hole, the deepest position at a bottom of the blind hole does not overlap with an orthographic projection of the second alignment hole on the frame. The mask frame assembly effectively solves a problem in which liquid residuals in alignment holes of the frame interfere with alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Fengli Ji, Shanshan Bai, Yinan Liang
  • Patent number: 10583456
    Abstract: Spray booth (21) for applying paint on basically flat parts (22), said spray booth having a plenum (24) and comprising a conveying system (25) for conveying the flat parts (22) to be painted, at least a device (23) for applying paint on said moving parts, and at least a suction system, wherein the plenum (24) of the spray booth has a semi-cylindrical shape, having its axis perpendicular to the direction of the advancing part (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Riccardo Bedeschi, Andrea Luca Guiduzzi, Stefano Chiarini
  • Patent number: 10557200
    Abstract: A plasma processing device processes a substrate by generating plasma using a surface wave formed on a surface of a shower plate by a supplied microwave, which includes a plasma generating antenna equipped with the shower plate for supplying first and second gases into a processing vessel, and a drooping member installed to protrude downward from a lower end surface of the shower plate. An outer surface of the drooping member spreads outward as it goes from a top end to a bottom end thereof. The shower plate includes first and second gas supply holes through which the first and second gases are supplied into the processing vessel, respectively. The first gas supply holes are disposed inward of the outer surface of the drooping member. The second gas supply holes are disposed outward of the outer surface of the drooping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Taro Ikeda, Shigeru Kasai, Emiko Hara, Yutaka Fujino, Yuki Osada, Jun Nakagomi, Tomohito Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10550459
    Abstract: A facility for dip-coating a metal strip in continuous motion includes: a liquid coating metal bath from which the strip exits in a vertical strand; a bottom roller, a decambering roller, and, optionally, a stabilizing roller, all immersed in the liquid-metal bath; drying blades at an exit of the bath, for injecting compressed gas in order to remove excess coating that has not yet solidified so as to create a drying wave having a downward return stream of liquid metal; and a dissipating hydrodynamic-stabilization device placed between the drying blades and a last immersed roller, the dissipating hydrodynamic-stabilization device including a plurality of hydrodynamic pads for applying a load to at least one side of the metal strip and mounted so as to pivot around hinges so as to self-align the pads, the plurality of hydrodynamic pads extending transversely across a width of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Maïwenn Larnicol, Yves Hardy, Olivier Bregand, Pascal Gerkens
  • Patent number: 10549293
    Abstract: A pipe doping system for applying pipe dope to the external threads of a pin end member may comprise a pump fluidly coupled to a dope-containing reservoir and a dope manifold, the pump positioned to pump pipe dope from the reservoir to the dope manifold; an ejector coupled to the dope manifold and positioned to supply a fixed volume of pipe dope from the dope manifold to a dope distribution line; a dope applicator, the dope applicator fluidly coupled to a dope distribution line positioned to deposit pipe dope on the external threads, the dope applicator being located apart from the ejector and including a nozzle positioned to receive a flow of pipe dope from the dope distribution line and apply the pipe dope onto the threaded connection. The system may include a power source to increase the pressure of the pipe dope as it is dispensed by the ejector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Magnuson, Enrique Abarca
  • Patent number: 10538842
    Abstract: A deposition device includes: a cooling unit that cools workpieces; a rotating table main body that rotates around a vertical axis, this rotating table main body having a cooling unit placement portion on which the cooling unit is placed and workpiece placement portions which are arranged so as to surround the periphery of the cooling unit placement portion and on which the workpieces are placed respectively; a lifting mechanism that lifts and lowers the cooling unit, inside the space, between a first position in which the cooling unit is placed on the rotating table main body and a second position in which the cooling unit is spaced upward from the rotating table main body and faces side surfaces of the workpieces placed on the workpiece placement portions; and refrigerant piping attached to the chamber and detachably connected to the cooling unit to supply the refrigerant to the cooling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiki Segawa, Atsushi Ishiyama, Hirofumi Fujii
  • Patent number: 10537913
    Abstract: A coater assembly includes an array of side-by-side selectively closable slot portions to control pressurized fluid flow onto a substrate during relative movement between the coater assembly and the substrate to form a coating pattern on the substrate. A control module produces the coating pattern via control over selective independent closure of the slot portions based on a mapping matrix of individually addressable coatable elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Henryk Birecki, Napoleon I Leoni, Omer Gila
  • Patent number: 10494218
    Abstract: A coating film transfer tool may include a supply reel, a transfer tape, a transfer head, a winding reel, and a power transmitting mechanism. The tool may include a base member having the transfer head and a rotation restraining portion capable of directly restraining rotation of the supply reel. The base member may be rotatably supported between the transfer head and the rotation restraining portion by a base member supporting shaft. The tool may include a resilient restoring mechanism interposed between the base member and the housing. The base member may rotate and restraint of rotation of the supply reel is released when the transfer head is pressed against a transferred surface, and the base member is restored to an original position by the resilient restoring mechanism to restrain rotation of the supply reel when pressing of the transfer head is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10471445
    Abstract: A coating machine component, e.g., a bell plate for a rotary atomizer, and corresponding production methods are disclosed. An exemplary coating machine component includes a molded base body and a functional element for providing at least one of mechanical stiffening, chemical and/or electrical functionalizing of the coating machine component. The functional element may be made from a material having a greater mass density than the base body. An exemplary functional element may be a coating that is at least partially applied to the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Steffen Wesselky, Timo Beyl
  • Patent number: 10464092
    Abstract: Processing apparatus and method for processing a workpiece surface, in particular for the internal coating of cylinder bores. Processing apparatus has a shield unit which is provided to separate from one another-at least during operation-a part region of the workpiece surface provided for the processing and an adjacently arranged part region of the workpiece surface. The shield unit has at least one blocking nozzle which is provided to generate a fluid flow for separating the at least two part regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Christian Bohnheio
  • Patent number: 10443130
    Abstract: There is provided a plasma processing apparatus which includes a plasma generating antenna equipped with a shower plate and configured to supply a first gas and a second gas into a processing vessel. The apparatus includes a drooping member installed to protrude downward from a lower end surface of the shower plate. An outer surface of the drooping member spreads outward as it goes from a top end to a bottom end thereof. The shower plate includes a plurality of first and second gas supply holes through which the first and second gases are supplied into the processing vessel, respectively. Each of the first gas supply holes is disposed inward of the outer surface of the drooping member. Each of the second gas supply holes is disposed outward of the outer surface of the drooping member. An orifice portion is formed in the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Taro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10437144
    Abstract: Disclosed are a mask assembly, and a method for assembling the same. The mask assembly includes: a frame including a hollow area; a mask arranged across the hollow area, wherein two opposite ends of the mask are fixed on the frame; and first support sheets configured to support the mask, wherein the first support sheets include first sub-support sheets and second sub-support sheets stacked over each other, the first sub-support sheets and the second sub-support sheets are arranged across the hollow area of the frame, and two opposite ends of each of the first sub-support sheets, and two opposite ends of each of the second sub-support sheets are fixed on the frame; wherein orthographic projections of the first sub-support sheets onto the second sub-support sheets lie into the second sub-support sheets; and the thickness of the second sub-support sheets is smaller than the thickness of the first sub-support sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10434739
    Abstract: The device for cooling an adhesive applied to a surface of bag bodies includes a transfer conveyor and a cooling conveyor. The transfer conveyor conveys the bag bodies at a transfer speed to the cooling conveyor, and the cooling conveyor conveys the bag bodies taken over from the transfer conveyor at a cooling conveyor speed. The transfer speed is higher than the cooling conveyor speed, which is why the bag bodies are arranged overlapping each other on the cooling conveyor. Due to this higher packing density, there is achieved a long dwell time of the bag bodies in the cooling conveyor at simultaneously a high flow-rate of bag bodies through the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Norbert Neumüller
  • Patent number: 10421092
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for operating mobile automated workstations in a workspace including a workpiece is disclosed. A computer device defines an exclusionary volume having an outer exclusionary surface at least partially surrounding a mobile workstation that is operably disposed in the workspace. The computer device receives data from at least one sensor and determines the location of the workstation and humans within the workspace based on the data. The computer device activates an indicator and alters the motion of the workstation after detection of a human breaching the exclusionary volume or exclusionary surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Didier Rouaud
  • Patent number: 10420920
    Abstract: A lotion application machine for allowing automatic application of a lotion to the body of a user is provided. The lotion application machine has a rotatable platform, on which the user can stand and be rotated while the lotion is being applied. The lotion can be applied evenly to the entire body of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Kristen McClellan
  • Patent number: 10413932
    Abstract: A cloud tower (11) receives microscopic particles (18) impelled by an inert gas (17) for deposition on a porous substrate (29) having vacuum (34) disposed on opposite side. To alter the size and/or shape of the deposition field without changing the entire tower structure, a pair of flaps (43, 44) are hinged (47, 48) on one side or on a pair of opposed sides of the cloud primary tower. Another embodiment places selectable tower inserts (36, 38) within the primary tower structure, fitting therein and sealing thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Manish Khandelwal, Shampa Kandoi, Drew Bradley Stolar, Susan G. Yan, Steven M. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10369583
    Abstract: A coating system for coating components, e.g., for paining motor vehicle body components, is provided. The system includes a coating booth, a conveying system, an application system, a process technology system, a safety system, and a robot system. The robot system includes at least one multi-axis coating robot for guiding the application device and a control unit. The control unit also controls the conveying system, the application system, the safety system and/or the process technology system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Alexander Meissner, Frank Herre, Andreas Federmann, Martin Weidle, Heiko Friese, Pascal Spathelf, Michael Lauer