Patents Examined by Michael Ball
  • Patent number: 6261403
    Abstract: A method of preventing bubbles or small bubbles when connecting substrate parts of optical data carriers by means of an adhesive. At least one of the substrate parts and/or the adhesive is provided with electric charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Singulus Technologies AG
    Inventors: Reinhard Gerigk, Eggo Sichmann, Michael Muecke
  • Patent number: 5876532
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a laminated assembly having a first layer with a face secured by an adhesive to a first face of a second layer having a meshed structure and having loops projecting from its second face. The method includes the step of depositing and adhering a thin film onto the first face of the second layer under controlled adhesive quantity and viscosity conditions so that the deposited film divides by itself to clear the mesh zones and to be converted into longitudinal and/or transverse beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Aplix
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Billarant
  • Patent number: 5474638
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of using aqueous polymer dispersions based on acrylate-methacrylate copolymers as lamination adhesives for heat sealed glossy films, where the aqueous polymer dispersions have a solids content of from 20 to 65% by weight, the copolymer has a glass transition temperature of from -35.degree. to -10.degree. C., a K value of from 40 to 100 and a mean particle size of less than 200 nm, and the copolymer is obtainable by free-radical emulsion polymerization of:a) from 50 to 80 parts by weight of one or more comonomers from the group consisting of alkyl acrylates of alcohols having 2 to 10 carbon atoms,b) from 10 to 25 parts by weight of one or more comonomers from the group consisting of alkyl methacrylates of alcohols having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, andc1) from 0 to 10 parts by weight of one or more vinyl-aromatic comonomers,c2) from 0.1 to 4.0 parts by weight of one or more .alpha.,.beta.-unsaturated, monoolefinic carboxylic acids,c3) from 0 to 4.0 parts by weight of one or more .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Wacker-Chemie GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Kohlhammer, Wilfried Huster, Walter Dobler
  • Patent number: 5405483
    Abstract: An expandable collapsible product is made by providing a pleated sheet (8,10) having legs (20) which are made by securing two parts of a fold (17) together. Two sheets are combined by securing the end of a leg (20) to a crease (16) or a leg (20) of an opposite sheet. The sheet material is folded to prefereably provide alternating taller folds (17) and shorter folds (16), and the taller folds are modified to provide the legs (20) by gluing parts of the taller folds (17) together. Gluing is accomplished by moving glue heads across the sheet at high velocity through the use of linear motors. The glue lines are heated after being laid down by the use of electro-magnetic radiation, preferably from a high-powered laser. The finished product is used as insulated window coverings, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig A. Neff
  • Patent number: 5399221
    Abstract: A continuous process for producing honeycomb support structures by bonding a plurality of thermoplastic sheets together. The process comprises feeding, aligning, supporting and bonding thermoplastic corrugated sheets in sequence to build a honeycomb-structure of the desired dimensions. Bonding is accomplished by impulse heating through retractable support bars in cooperation with a movable heating/cooling platen, pairs of sheets to be bonded being indexed therebetween, in sequence, to bond one sheet at a time to form the multi-sheet structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventor: Frank A. Casella
  • Patent number: 5385187
    Abstract: A pneumatic radial tire comprising a carcass and a belt comprising belt plies composed of steel belt cords wherein at least two circumferential grooves are constructed in the tread part continuously in the direction of the tire's equator, and lateral grooves in some parts defined by dividing the tread part in the direction of the tire's axis into approximately three. The tire prevents one-side drifting of a car in driving, improves a straight-forward driving performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinzo Kajiwara, Yoshio Konii, Minao Yanase
  • Patent number: 5376202
    Abstract: A pressure sensitive tape tube former designed to configure standard one sided adhesive tape into tubed tape with the pressure sensitive adhesive side of the tape oriented at the outer circumference there on. The tubular profile is established by passing the tape past a profile configurator to cause the tape to transversely form an overlapping spiral cone, and allowing the outer overlapping edges of the tape to merge together and become in mutual adhesive contact beyond said configurator, thereby forming the tubed tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Inventor: Joseph D. Maresh
  • Patent number: 5372667
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing a seat by using adhesives in which an air permeable skin material and a cushioning pad are bonded to each other by means of reactive hot-melt adhesives, the method comprises a step of coating adhesives to the cushioning pad, a step of provisionally assembling the skin material to the cushioning pad from the side of the adhesive coating surface, a step of setting the provisionally assembled cushioning pad and skin material to an attaching die, a step of applying heating by a heating die to the skin material and the cushioning pad attached in the attaching die assembling step from the side of the skin material and a step of applying cooling under pressure by a cooling die from the surface of the skin material subsequent to the heating step. A seat comprising a skin material and a cushioning pad can be molded with a seat frame by this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignee: Tokyo Seat Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Miyota, Shuichi Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 5370757
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing substantially 100% nylon 6 carpet provides a nylon 6 face yarn to a nylon 6 support means so that the yarn and the support means form a carpet having a face side which is displayed when the carpet is installed and a back that binds the face yarn to the support means wherein said binding is with molten or dissolved nylon 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas F. Corbin, Otto M. Ilg, Robert N. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 5368669
    Abstract: A method of lining a pipeline 24 intended to carry gas, oil, water, sewage or chemicals in which a cross-linked polymeric liner pipe 10, which has been reduced from its original diameter to a lesser diameter or to a shape of reduced maximum dimension, is pulled through the pipeline 24. The lesser diameter is less than the least inner diameter of the pipeline 24. After the liner pipe 10 has been fully pulled through, the pipe liner 10 is heated by means of a source 60 of visible or infrared radiation forming part of a pig assembly 50 to cause it to revert to the pipeline. The pig assembly or assemblies are stationary at zones 70 where service connections are to be made. Subsequently, the remaining liner pipe 10 is reverted by pulling the source 60 through the liner pipe 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: British Gas plc
    Inventors: Leslie Maine, Trevor G. Stafford
  • Patent number: 5365987
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire of the type wherein a plurality main grooves extending in a tire circumferential direction are so disposed on a tread surface as to define a plurality of rib lines and a plurality of lug grooves are so disposed in said rib lines as to define a plurality of blocks, characterized in that lug groove angles in each of the rib lines to the tire circumferential direction are changed within a range of a maximum-to-minimum ratio of 1.1 to 1.4 as a repeating unit of a geometric progression, and the lug groove angles in the rib lines positioned on the shoulder side to the tire circumferential direction are set to be greater than the lug groove angles in the rib lines positioned on the center side to the tire circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumito Ishii, Kenichiro Sugitani, Kunihiko Kakigi
  • Patent number: 5364485
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a laminate for a honeycomb structure has the following steps. The surface of a first sheet already drawn on a flat surface of a trestle and cut in a predetermined length is coated with a plurality of stripes of adhesive having a predetermined interval laterally of the first sheet. A second sheet is drawn from a first supply roll installed longitudinally at one side of the trestle to stack the second sheet onto the first sheet coated with adhesive. The second sheet is pressed, and cut in a predetermined length. The surface of the second sheet is coated with a plurality of stripes of adhesive having a predetermined interval laterally of the second sheet as deviated at its pitch from the plurality of stripes of adhesive longitudinally of the second sheet. A third sheet is drawn from a second supply roll installed at an opposite side of the trestle from the first supply roll to stack it on the second sheet coated with the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Oji Kenzai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noriyasu Miura
  • Patent number: 5364487
    Abstract: A method of applying a tough, abrasion-resistant, organic film to a back surface of a thin, glass body to form a glass-plastic composite, the method comprising preheating the film to a temperature at which residual solvent and moisture are removed from the film, preheating a presshead to a pressing temperature, pressing the film and the glass together, maintaining the glass-film assembly at a controlled temperature and pressure for a period of time to form a sealed composite body, and cooling the sealed body to solidify the glass-plastic composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark S. Friske, Ronald E. Johnson, Christine M. Reagan, Theresa A. Winer, Lung-Ming Wu
  • Patent number: 5362354
    Abstract: A dispenser unit is provided on one side of a conveying rail and a wafer is provided on the other side of the conveying rail. A tube is attached at one end to the dispensing unit and at the other end to a syringe. First and second shafts are attached at their base ends to the dispensing unit. A satellite roller and movable roller are mounted on the forward ends of the first and second shafts. The satellite roller and movable roller are mounted such that they are rotatable. A movable mechanism is mounted on the dispensing unit to move a semiconductor element from a wafer onto a lead frame. The movable roller is moved to coat a bonding agent on a rear surface of the semiconductor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Okura, Toshimitsu Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 5361815
    Abstract: An elastomeric tread for a pneumatic tire is disclosed. The tread has a pair of ribs, one rib being adjacent each lateral edge of the tread, and a plurality of large block elements located between the ribs. The large block elements are in two rows extending circumferentially about the tread. The ribs and the two rows of blocks are separated by three circumferential zigzag grooves. The blocks are further separated by a plurality of lateral grooves. The lateral grooves extend from one rib to the opposite rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert P. Loser, Deborah Ebbott
  • Patent number: 5362346
    Abstract: A method of making a reinforced corrugated board and product therefrom whereby both a single-faced corrugated board and a reinforcing strip are passed through the same adhesive station, before being secured together with a facing liner. The reinforcing strip is passed below the path of the single-faced corrugated board so as to coat both the top and bottom surfaces of the reinforcing strip and the upper, faced surface of the corrugated board. The members are then passed together with a lower facing liner through a pair of pressure rollers serving to secure the layers. The reinforcing strip may also be narrower than the width of the corrugated board and facing liner, and furthermore, a plurality of reinforcing strips may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Mead
    Inventor: Bobby T. Bullock, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5362347
    Abstract: An aircraft wing, a fusion bonded thermoplastic fixed leading edge structure for aircraft aerodynamic surfaces and a method of manufacture are provided. The fixed leading edge structure comprises a leading edge skin (28), one or more aerodynamic profile defining stiffening members (17, 18) spaced spanwise therewithin and a sub-spar. Each of the components are of low modulus consolidated composite material and the leading edge skin (28) is attached to the stiffening members (17, 18) and to the sub-spar by a fusion-bonding thermoplastic process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: British Aerospace Public Limited Company
    Inventor: Christophe A. Domine
  • Patent number: 5360046
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire for heavy duty use improved in shoulder wear resistance and wandering performance, in which a tread profile extending between tread edges (PT) is formed by an arc having an outwardly swelling curvature of a radius (TR), a buttress profile extending radially inwardly from a point (PB) on the surface of each tire sidewall is formed by an arc having an inward swelling curvature of a radius (BR), a connecting profile extending between each tread edge (PT) and said point (PB) is formed by an arc having an outwardly swelling curvature and intersecting the tread profile at the tread edge (PT) to form a angled corner and smoothly connected with the buttress profile at the point (PB), the ratio (t/m) of the radial distance (t) between the tread edge (PT) and the equatorial point (C) on the tread profile to the axial distance (m) therebetween is 0.09 to 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Takada, Atsushi Yamahira
  • Patent number: 5360044
    Abstract: A pneumatic radial tire has a tread surface extending along a specific curvature plane which includes a first arc with the radius R1 having a center on the tire's equatorial plane and passing through the tire's equatorial point, a second arc with the radius R2 having a center on the tire's equatorial plane and intersecting with the first arc at an intersection distant from the tire's equatorial plane by 0.2 to 0.25 times the tire width SW, and a third arc with the radius R3 passing through a ground contact outer edge point of the ground contact surface, when a standard load is applied, and a belt intermediate height point on the tread surface. In the specific curvature plane, the curvature radius ratio R2/R3 is set in a range from 4 to 12, and the curvature radius ratio R1/R2 is set in a range from 1.2 to less than 1.6 when the aspect ratio H/SW is 0.70 or more. The tread surface is provided with a main circumferential groove, preferably having a groove width of 0.06 to 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Saito, Akira Kajikawa, Kazuo Asano
  • Patent number: 5360047
    Abstract: A heavy duty radial tire, which comprises a belt comprising three plies of cords laid at an angle of from 5 to 70 degrees with respect to the tire equator, the widest belt ply defining a belt radius as measured from the tire axis to the radially inner surface thereof, the difference (RB1-RB2) of the belt radius (RB1) measured at a pair of axially inner points P from the belt radius (RB2) measured at a pair of axially outer points Q in an unloaded state being in the range of 0 to 0.05 times a half ground contacting width SL, each inner point P spaced apart from the tire equator toward each side thereof by a distance of 0.25 times the axial width (BWM) of the widest belt ply, each outer point Q located axially outward of each inner point P and spaced apart from the tire equator by a distance of 0.45 times the axial width (BWM) of the widest belt ply, whereby uneven tread wear between the tread crown and tread shoulder is reduced without deteriorating high-speed durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Fujiwara