Patents Examined by Katelyn B Whatley
  • Patent number: 11072206
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire has a plurality of main grooves extending in a tire circumferential directions and a plurality of land lines defined by the plurality of main grooves, on a tread face. At least one of the plurality of land lines protrudes outward in a tire diametrical direction from a profile line. A void ratio of a first area positioned on one side of a center of a width of the at least one land line is larger than a void ratio of a second area positioned on the other side. A protruding height of the second area from the profile line is larger than a protruding height of the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sachio Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 11052707
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire has a tread face, a plurality of main grooves extending in a tire circumferential direction in the tread face, and a plurality of land lines defined by the plurality of main grooves on the tread face. At least one of the plurality of land lines protrudes outward in a tire diametrical direction from a profile line. A top face of a central portion of the land line in a width direction is formed in an arc shape protruding outward in the tire diametrical direction in a section along a tire meridian. Top faces of opposite end portions of the land line in the width direction are formed in arc shapes protruding inward in the tire diametrical direction in the section along the tire meridian.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sachio Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 11014319
    Abstract: To solve problems of complication and malfunction of the device's structure, an increase in the process time, and malfunction caused by catching of a front end portion of a bead apex rubber. A bead apex rubber forming method comprises a forming step P1, a connecting space opening step P2, a connecting space closing step P3, and a connecting step P4. In a rear closed state R of a molding chamber 11, the forming step P1 injects unvulcanized rubber G while a bead core A is being rotated, and forms a bead apex rubber B having a front end portion Bf. when the front end portion Bf approaches a rear shutter part 9, the connecting space opening step P2 removes a second lateral surface S2 together with the rear shutter part 9, and forms, between the front end portion Bf and a rear end portion Br, a connecting space J whose second side surface S2 side is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NAKATA ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoyasu Nakao
  • Patent number: 10994507
    Abstract: This invention provides an envelope configuration for retreading tires using a cold-retreading process. Envelopes formed by two parts are known in the prior art. However, the known sealing means between parts are not satisfactory, either due to sealing problems or due to decreasing the envelope useful life. In order to overcome these limitations, this invention provides an envelope (20) comprised of two parts (22, 24), in which an end region (224a) of a flap (224) of the first part (22) is covered by an end region (244a) of a flap (244) of the second part (24), or vice-versa, in order to form an overlapping joint, in which a free end of the flap (224) of the first part (22) has at least one differentiated cross section (224b) whose thickness is greater than that of the flap (224) of the first part (22), and in which the overlapping joint is covered by an elastic ring (26) that is wide enough to cover said differentiated cross section (224b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BORRACHAS VIP AL S.A.
    Inventors: Mauri Roque Ferreto, Eleno Rogrigues Vieira, Ismael Borges Vieira, Leandro Gustavo Guedes, Paulo Rampon
  • Patent number: 10987870
    Abstract: A printing system for three-dimensional objects has a control unit for storing and executing a robot program and an industrial robot which is controlled by the control unit and which has an arm with several members, wherein the tip of the arm is movable along a predetermined movement path according to path data of the robot program. A printing unit is mounted on the tip of the robot arm and is controlled by the control unit, which has at least one print nozzle for applying pointwise a respective portion of a print material at respective coordinates according to object data of the robot program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Oliver Becker
  • Patent number: 10959456
    Abstract: A pouched product adapted for release of a water-soluble component therefrom is provided herein. The pouched product can include an outer water-permeable pouch defining a cavity containing a composition that includes a water-soluble component capable of being released through the water-permeable pouch and has a surface area, wherein the outer water-permeable pouch can include a nonwoven web including a plurality of heat sealable binder fibers blended with a second plurality of dissimilar fibers. The nonwoven web can be carded, hydroentangled and point bonded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Andries Don Sebastian, Alton Busbee, Jeremy Barrett Mabe, Yan Pu, Eric Taylor Hunt, Bruce Alan Bengtsson
  • Patent number: 10961000
    Abstract: A method of forming groups of smoking articles so that each group forms an individual bundle of smoking articles for receipt in a respective smoking article pack is disclosed. The method includes supplying a receptacle of an apparatus for forming groups of smoking articles with different types of smoking articles such that they mix in the receptacle and each group is formed from the mixture of different types of smoking articles by said apparatus. An apparatus for forming groups of smoking articles and a multipack comprising a plurality of smoking article packs is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventor: Lucio Arredondo
  • Patent number: 10926499
    Abstract: A process and an apparatus for automatically applying a noise reducing element to a tyre for vehicle wheels. The process includes: a) providing a noise reducing element; b) providing an adhesive material; c) guiding the noise reducing element according to a predetermined direction; d) during the guiding, applying the adhesive material onto a first surface of the noise reducing element; e) manipulating the noise reducing element by interacting with at least one second surface of the noise reducing element different from the first surface on which the adhesive material has been applied; and f) positioning the noise reducing element in a predetermined position on a radially inner surface of the tyre, bringing the first surface into contact with the radially inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Cristiano Puppi, Maurizio Marchini, Albert Berenguer, Ivan Gildo Boscaino
  • Patent number: 10836219
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire (1) includes a mechanical fastener (3) formed of at least two or more fastener components (3a, 3b) and attached to a tire inner surface (2). In such a pneumatic tire (1), the two or more fastener components (3a, 3b) of the mechanical fastener (3) are fixed with a resin reinforcement member (7) sandwiched therebetween, the resin reinforcement member (7) including at least one layer of a resin film or resin sheet including any of: (a) a resin or a resin composition made of a blend of resin and an elastomer; (b) a resin or a resin composition made of a blend of a resin and an elastomer including arranged fibers; and (c) a resin or a resin composition made of a blend of a resin and an elastomer with short fibers compounded therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Hayato Sakamoto, Yoshiaki Hashimura, Atsushi Tanno
  • Patent number: 10835935
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for cleaning an anilox roll and/or ink chamber of a converter. The system includes: a water supply adapted to supply water through an automatically controllable water supply valve to wash anilox roll and/or ink chamber; a cleaning solution supply adapted to supply a cleaning solution through an automatically controllable cleaning solution supply valve to clean the anilox roll and/or ink chamber; and a programmable controller programmed to operate the automatically controllable valves so as to deliver a timed sequence of water and cleaning solution to the cleaning part upon the occurrence of a cleaning cycle initiation condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ecochem Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Malcolm Robert Dudley, Geoffrey Grant Literski
  • Patent number: 10779697
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a position of suction lips of a floor cleaning machine relative to a floor to be cleaned is proposed, wherein a first suction lip and at least one second suction lip located at a distance therefrom, which are arranged on a suction beam, contact the floor, a fan device generates a suction flow which subjects a space between the first suction lip and the second suction lip to a negative pressure, a negative pressure is detected, and the suction flow is adjusted such that the negative pressure lies at a set value or in a set value range, so that an angle of incidence of the first suction lip and the second suction lip on the floor lies at a set value or in a set value range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Walz, Melanie Ritscher, Wilhelm Eisenmann
  • Patent number: 10780461
    Abstract: A method of processing a substrate in semiconductor fabrication is provided. The method includes supplying a mixture to a process module. The method further includes detecting the concentration of a substance in the mixture. The method also includes dispensing the mixture over a substrate in the process module. In addition, the method includes supplying a supply solution including the substance to the process module and dispensing the supply solution over the substrate if the concentration of the substance in the mixture is less than a desired value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chun-Syuan Jhuan, Ming-Jung Chen, Shao-Yen Ku, Tsai-Pao Su
  • Patent number: 10777405
    Abstract: A method for processing a substrate is disclosed. The method includes delivering a solvent to a processing chamber and delivering a substrate to the processing chamber. The amount of solvent present in the processing chamber may be configured to submerse the substrate. Liquid CO2 may be delivered to the processing chamber and the liquid CO2 may be mixed with the solvent. Additional liquid CO2 may be delivered to the processing chamber in an amount greater than a volume of the processing chamber to displace the solvent. The liquid CO2 may be phase transitioned to supercritical CO2 in the processing chamber and the substrate may be dried by isothermally depressurizing the processing chamber and exhausting gaseous CO2 from the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Roman Gouk, Han-Wen Chen, Steven Verhaverbeke, Jean Delmas
  • Patent number: 10771008
    Abstract: A cleaning system for a solar panel is provided. The cleaning system comprises: i) a frame moveable in a transverse direction over the solar panel, the frame having edges oriented in the transverse direction; a brush assembly positioned within the frame and moveable in a longitudinal direction including a plurality brush holders arranged within the frame, with each brush holder being adapted to interchangeably receive a brush for cleaning the solar panel; and a liquid spray arrangement including nozzles arranged one or more rows for spraying at least one of water and a water detergent mix onto the solar panel. The liquid spray arrangement includes nozzles positioned near at least one of the transverse edges of the frame for spraying the water detergent mix onto a longitudinal end of the brush assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Abdullah M. Al-Otaibi
  • Patent number: 10755903
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a remote plasma source includes supplying a first cycle of one or more first cleaning gases to a remote plasma source. The method includes supplying a second cycle of one or more second cleaning gases to the remote plasma source. The method includes supplying one or more cooling fluids to one or more cooling conduits coupled with the remote plasma source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidharth Bhatia, Zhili Zuo, Hidehiro Kojiri, Anjana M. Patel, Song-Moon Suh, Ganesh Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 10731508
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems of generating flows of detergent through a turbine engine to effectuate cleaning of components thereof. The methods include introducing a foamed, acid-including detergent with a pH range of between 2 and 7 into a gas flowpath of the turbine engine. The methods also include creating a pressure differential in an aft portion of the gas flowpath with respect to a forward portion of the gas flowpath to generate a flow of the detergent therethrough. The methods further include creating a pressure differential in a forward portion of the gas flowpath with respect to an aft portion of the gas flowpath to generate a counterflow of the detergent therethrough. The flow and counterflow of the detergent through the gas flowpath interact with components of the turbine engine having foreign material thereon to at least partially remove the foreign material therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Nicole Jessica Tibbetts, Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Ambarish Jayant Kulkarni, Byron Andrew Pritchard, Jr., Keith Anthony Lauria, Michael Edward Eriksen
  • Patent number: 10723327
    Abstract: A rotary brush assembly for use in a vehicle wash system, including a base portion, a linkage portion in rotational communication with the base portion and a treatment portion moveable between a first position extended into the vehicle treatment area for engagement with an exterior of a vehicle and a second position retracted from a vehicle treatment area. The treatment portion includes a brush assembly configured to rotate about an axis of rotation. The brush assembly has a backing member, a plurality of media elements secured to the backing member, and a plurality of spray nozzles encapsulated within the plurality of media elements. A plurality of pockets formed on the brush assembly where none of the first plurality of media elements are disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Belanger inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Belanger, Jerry A. Kotrych, David L. Tognetti
  • Patent number: 10667465
    Abstract: Debris-collecting systems and bagging apparatus for debris-collecting systems are provided. One bagging apparatus includes a primary bag and a dust skirt configured to wrap around the primary bag. At least an inner face of the dust skirt has an electrical charge. One debris-collecting apparatus includes an input portion, a bagging portion, and a draft inducer for drawing the air and debris through the input portion and to the bagging portion. The bagging portion has a hood, a primary bag removably positioned lowerly adjacent the hood, a dust skirt configured to wrap around the primary bag, and a bagging passage for directing air and debris to the hood from the input portion. The hood has a helical configuration extending from the bagging passage toward the primary bag. At least an inner face of the dust skirt is electrically charged. A frame having at least one wheel facilitates transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Billy Goat Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Kent Lauer, William Jackson Morton, III
  • Patent number: 10632510
    Abstract: A cleaning method allows reliable cleaning of thread roots of a female screw. A cleaning method for a female screw includes producing a jet of a cleaning liquid from a nozzle in a direction tilted from an axis of the female screw without inserting the nozzle in the female screw, and directing the jet to impinge on a thread of the female screw while rotating the jet about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED
    Inventor: Toyoaki Mitsue
  • Patent number: 10632976
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle wash system includes a rotatable stem portion and a backing member in communication with the rotatable stem portion. The backing member is configured to rotate with the stem portion about an axis of rotation defined by the centerline of the stem portion. A plurality of media elements are secured to the backing member with the plurality of media elements being constructed of a generally self-supporting, non-marring material and wherein the plurality of media elements are oriented generally perpendicular to the backing member. The plurality of media elements configured to rotate in a working plane defined by the backing member and the working plane is oriented generally perpendicularly to the axis of rotation. Additionally, the plurality of media elements are configured during a wash process to contact at least an exterior painted surface of a vehicle to effectuate cleaning thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: WashMe Properties, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Belanger, Barry S. Turner, David L. Tognetti, Mark D. Morin