Patents Examined by Merrick Dixon
  • Patent number: 7297219
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a drum assembly for an internal drum-type imaging apparatus, and a drum assembly produced using the method. The drum assembly defines an imaging surface which is at least semi-cylindrical. A drum skin defines an imaging surface, and is releasably wrapped around a cylindrical mandrel, which has an axis. The mandrel and wrapped drum skin have a first radius. A drum includes more than one drum portion, and is attached to the drum skin over an at least semi-cylindrical interface. The drum has a radius slightly greater than the first radius, and the drum and attached drum skin cooperate to define a vacuum chamber. A fluid bearing is generated between the drum skin and the mandrel, preferably by pressurizing the vacuum chamber, in order to separate the drum skin from the mandrel. The drum and attached drum skin are then moved relative to the mandrel and in a direction parallel to the axis to remove the drum assembly from the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Gerber Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Alan W. Menard, Kenneth R. Petersen
  • Patent number: 7247361
    Abstract: A friction material includes a fibrous base material having at least one type of petroleum pitch-based carbon fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Feng Dong
  • Patent number: 7247356
    Abstract: A privacy screen for a display (e.g., a LCD) includes having a polarizing film and a birefringent film is described. The privacy screen transmits substantial amounts of light emanating from the display in an orthogonal (or near-orthogonal) direction while not transmitting substantial amounts of horizontal, non-orthogonal light emanating from the display. In this manner, a privacy effect results in that the display is viewable by someone only when that someone is essentially directly in front of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Steven William MacMaster
  • Patent number: 7195814
    Abstract: Described are microfiber-entangled products and methods of producing microfiber-entangled products from microfiber materials or microfiber-forming materials, the microfiber entangled products having various useful product constructions that incorporate microfiber materials and other materials that can be combined by folding, weaving, lapping, twisting, tying, braiding, or otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Troy K. Ista, Mario A. Perez, Stephen M. Sanocki, Michael D. Swan
  • Patent number: 7192643
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of toughening and reinforcing brittle matrix materials, and more specifically to the structural fibers made from an oriented film, which enhance the toughness of matrix materials such as concrete, cement, and other cementitious products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Mario A. Perez, James F. Sanders, Robert S. Kody, Troy K. Ista, Clifford N. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 7192628
    Abstract: A substrate is printed with areas of magnetizable ink. The magnetizable ink is compressed into the surface of the substrate, and overprinted to hide it. Suitable inks for the purpose are disclosed. The ink may be permanently magnetized in any of a variety of patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Sandvik Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Roger I. Burrows
  • Patent number: 7186457
    Abstract: A component such as a siding panel comprised of a PVC/wood flour composite. Another embodiment is a component such as a siding panel that is made from a PVC/CPE/wood flour composite. The cellulosic composite may be extruded through a die and then bent into the shape of the component. Optionally, a reinforcement backer (e.g., an expanded polystyrene foam panel) may be adhered to the cellulosic composite siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Crane Plastics Company LLC
    Inventors: Burch E. Zehner, Matthew F. Kollar, Jeffrey R. Brandt
  • Patent number: 7175893
    Abstract: A corrosion protection covering method for spliced regions of reinforcing steel is disclosed. The covering may include an outer, heat shrinkable layer and a flowable inner layer. The covering is applied to the spliced region, and then heated, causing the outer layer to constrict and thereby seal the taped area. The heat also causes the inner layer to liquify and fill any voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: State of California, Department of Transportation
    Inventors: Deane M. Coats, Robert A. Reis
  • Patent number: 7169250
    Abstract: Nanofibrous articles can be manufactured by a process that includes preparation of a surface of a substrate to provide an adhesion mechanism for securing the nanofibers to the surface. The nanofibers can be dispersed in an area near the substrate for the purpose of being adhered to the surface. If an ordered arrangement of nanofibers is required, an electric field can be provided in the area where the nanofibers are dispersed to selectively control an ordering of the nanofibers as they are adhered to the surface by the adhesion mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene Kim, Bonnie J. Bachman, Stephen O. Bozzone
  • Patent number: 7166365
    Abstract: An exterior finishing system including a bond-compatible composite membrane having a first self-adhesive material layer and a second rough fabric layer, and its use as an intermediate layer between a building structure substrate and exterior finishing materials is provided. Unlike conventional composite membranes, the bond-compatible composite membrane has a rough surface that allows bonding materials to adhere to it. Therefore, mechanical devices are not needed to attach the exterior finishing materials to the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Construction Research & Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Tina L Bramlett, William F. Egan
  • Patent number: 7160601
    Abstract: A door jamb assembly for an entryway has a wooden jamb plate to which an extruded plastic brick mold and stop member is attached. The brick mold and stop member forms the raised stop of the jamb assembly also may form the brick mold thereof. The extruded plastic brick mold and stop member has a core made of economical cellular PVC plastic at least partially encased in a stabilizing layer of a plastic material, such as SAN, having a heat distortion temperature greater than that of the PVC plastic of the core. The stabilizing layer holds the core material in place and restrains it against distortion and shrinkage due to extreme temperatures, such as those found between a storm door and a door exposed to direct sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Reese Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Ellingson
  • Patent number: 7157138
    Abstract: A fiber board, comprising: kenaf fibers having an average length of 10 to 200 mm and an average diameter of 10 to 300 ?m, and a thermosetting adhesive agent, the fiber board having a density of 600 to 900 kg/m3, being excellent in strength and moisture permeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Ohnishi, Masayuki Okuzawa, Yuzo Okudaira, Hideyuki Ando, Kazunori Umeoka, Ryo Sugawara, Bunkai Ryu
  • Patent number: 7150912
    Abstract: An inter-labium product capable of disintegration in water, fitted to the inter-labium part; and a surface-side sheet for inter-labium product that simultaneously realizes comfortability at wearing of the inter-labium product and capability of water disintegration such that the inter-labium product is disintegrated when thrown in flush water of water closet after use. The surface-side sheet for use in an inter-labium product fitted to the inter-labium part is comprised of hydrophilic fibers composed of single fibers and fibril fibers having fuzzes branched from the surface thereof, wherein at least some of the branched fuzzes link the single fibers and the fibril fibers to each other. Thus, not only can the wet tensile strength be increased but also inter-fibrous bonds are slowly decomposed in the presence of a large amount of water to thereby enable disposal of the inter-labium product in a flush toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Mizutani, Koichi Yamaki, Yuki Noda, Megumi Tokumoto, Kazuya Okada
  • Patent number: 7138167
    Abstract: A preform for a fiber-reinforced composite material including a bent portion along a curved line for bending, a flange portion corresponding to an outer circumferential portion, and a semi-cylindrical portion formed by bending an inner circumferential portion along the curved line for bending located in a flat plane or a curved plane region. The preform is formed from a precursor having a predetermined extension. The outer circumferential portion corresponds to a first region where a first plurality of reinforced fibers is partially disposed in parallel along the curved line for bending. The inner circumferential portion corresponds to a second region constituted solely of a second plurality of reinforced fibers disposed throughout the entire area, so as to intersect the first plurality of reinforced fibers at a predetermined angle in the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Shikibo Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Sakonjo, Masayasu Ishibashi, Takeshi Tanamura, Koichi Hashimoto, Tetsuro Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 7135226
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a composite fabric material is disclosed, which includes: holding a bundle of fibers under tension, the fiber being continuous filaments of carbon fibers, aramid fibers, or glass fibers, etc.; placing a layer of a matrix material over and under the fiber bundle, the matrix material being a thermoplastic adhesive material such as polyamide resins, thermoplastic polyurethane, or polyester, etc.; heating the matrix material to melt it and applying a pressure on the layers while the fiber bundle is under tension; and cooling the layers, whereby the fibers are locked in place by the adhesive. Composite material layers produced by the above steps may be laminated and further processed or formed as desired. The composite fabric materials manufactured by this method have superior tensile properties, compression properties, impact properties, and impact dispersion and propagation properties compared to composite fabric materials made with conventional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Inventor: Steve Nagamoto
  • Patent number: 7108905
    Abstract: A film and a method of applying the film to a handrail of an escalator or moving walkway are provided. The film can be a single or double layered film. Printed matter, e.g. advertising, can be applied to or between the films. An apparatus and related method for applying the film are also included and rely on the motion of the handrail to unroll a supply of the film, with one or more rollers pressing the film onto the handrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: John McLeod
  • Patent number: 7105224
    Abstract: The invention relates to oxide ceramic fiber composite materials that, e.g., according to the invention, are used in energy conversion installations. The present invention discloses a fundamentally new concept for the previously incompatible requirements of improved brittle fracture behavior to secure thermal shock stability and damage tolerance in the temperature range of <1000° C. and of mechanical high-temperature stability to guarantee long-term form stability (creep resistance) of components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Krell, Dieter Sporn, Paul Blank
  • Patent number: 7081294
    Abstract: A ceramic composite is able to whithstand temperatures in excess of 2200 F on a repeated basis without cracking due to thermal shock. The composite has a web of reinforcement fibers; and a matrix that substantially the web after the firing step. The matrix is formed around the web by impregnating the web with a sol containing alumina and, in some cases, rare earth oxides, and firing the composite after the impregnation. The web may be a three-dimensional orthogonal weave of the reinforcement fibers, where the fibers are a transitional phase alumina. The composite is essentially free of Group I and Group II metals and transition metal oxides. The composite may be used as a refractory brick or lining and may also be used as an insulatingmaterial due to its chemically non-reactive nature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Schofalvi, Gerald C. Dodds
  • Patent number: 7074499
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to specific combinations of active particles, forming a powder, that may be combined with carrier materials such as resins to produce fibers for textiles, films, coatings, and/or protective or insulating materials. The specific mixture of particles and materials may be carefully engineered to impart unique and valuable properties to end products including integration with optical energies, heat, and other electromagnetic energies. Resultant compositions may interact with light in the visible spectrum and optical and electromagnetic energy beyond the visible spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Holofiber, LLC
    Inventors: John H. Schnurer, Robert Michael Klein, David Dru Horinek
  • Patent number: 7063870
    Abstract: Annular brake disc preform (15), wherein 40 to 80 layers of reinforcement fibers of at least two different lengths (11, 19) ranging from 10–60 mm are distributed in a planar gradient throughout the body of the preform, with the reinforcement fibers located near the exterior planes of the disc being predominately shorter fibers (11) and with the reinforcement fibers located in the central planes of the disc being predominately longer fibers (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. La Forest, Charles A. Parker, Frank Dillon, Thomas H. Siegmund, Raymond J. Cipra, Alan E. Fatz, Peter F. Braunisch, Tobey Cordell