Patents Examined by Michael Colaianni
  • Patent number: 6988378
    Abstract: These glass bodies are light weight porous structures such as a boules of high purity fused silica (HPFS). More specifically, the porous structures are supports for HPFS mirror blanks. Porous glass is made utilizing flame deposition of pure silica or doped silica in a manner similar to the production of high purity fused silica. Bubbles or seeds are formed in the glass during laydown. Finely divided silicon carbide (SiC) particles are used to form the bubbles. At least one layer of porous glass is formed in the boule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Hrdina, John E. Maxon, Michael H. Wasilewski
  • Patent number: 6878329
    Abstract: A method of making a catheter balloon or other tubular medical device or component, in which a sheet of polymeric material is wrapped on a mandrel and heated to fuse sections of the wrapped sheet together to form a tube. The mandrel has a metallic core and a jacket on an outer surface of the metallic core, and the wrapped sheet of polymeric material is heated without corroding the metallic core of the mandrel. In a presently preferred embodiment, the sheet is formed of a fluoropolymeric material, and the resulting fluoropolymeric tube forms at least a layer of a catheter balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Delma M. Blankenship, Jeong S. Lee
  • Patent number: 6843952
    Abstract: A method of producing a substrate for a plasma display panel by providing a rib on a base, which comprises the steps of contacting a rib precursor containing a first photo-setting initiator having a first absorption edge and a first photo-setting component closely with said base; filling a mold, obtained by photo-setting of a second photo-setting initiator having a second absorption edge whose wavelength is shorter than a wavelength corresponding to said first absorption edge of said first photo-setting initiator, with said rib precursor; exposing said rib precursor to light having a wavelength longer than a wavelength corresponding to said second absorption edge, thereby setting said rib precursor; and removing said mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Chikafumi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 6841111
    Abstract: A method of making a polyurea—polyurethane composite structure that is substantially free from emission of volatile organic compounds is disclosed. The composite structure produced according to the method of the subject invention has a flexural modulus of at least 200,000 lb/in2. The composite structure includes first and second layers. A mold substrate is provided and a first-layer polyisocyanate component and a first-layer resin component are reacted and sprayed onto the mold substrate to form the first-layer. The first-layer polyisocyanate component includes an aliphatic polyisocyanate, and the first-layer resin component includes a polyamine thereby forming a polyurea show surface having a Shore D hardness of at least 65. After application of the first-layer, a second-layer polyisocyanate component and a second-layer resin component are reacted and sprayed behind the first-layer to form the second-layer of the composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Rickner, Joseph Jibrail, Jose Camba, Carlos Velasco, Jr., Calvin Peeler, Michael May
  • Patent number: 6814565
    Abstract: A flexible or semi-rigid support fixture is sized and shaped to supportably engage a surface of a polymeric matrix object such as an organic bonded abrasive grinding wheel. The support fixture is utilized to support the object to help prevent slumping and/or expansion during thermal curing operations. The fixture is fabricated from a material, such as silicone rubber, that is capable of withstanding heat commonly associated with thermal curing operations and which provides sufficient resilience to permit use with objects manufactured within a relatively wide range of dimensional tolerances. Suitable materials include silicone rubber or other polymers or copolymers such as PTFE, FEP, Polyimide or blends with or without fillers or substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Saint-Cobain Abrasives Technology Company
    Inventor: Paul W. Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 6813906
    Abstract: A molded glass article manufacturing device, having a means of forcefully separating a molded glass article attached to the forming surface of an upper mold or a lower mold, and readily and reliably aligning the axes of the upper mold and lower mold, a molded glass article manufacturing method, and a method of assembling a molded glass article manufacturing device are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichiro Hirota, Kishio Sugawara
  • Patent number: 6797221
    Abstract: A process for the manufacture of a protecting and immobilizing element of the mattress-like type consists in providing containing means (2, 20) and a layer of flexible material (3, 21) inside them, with the peripheral edges (4, 22) of the flexible layer (3, 21) protruding from the containing means (2, 20). Anchoring means (5) and a first netting structure (6, 23) are also arranged inside the containing means (2, 20) so that the netting structure (6, 23) is in direct contact with the flexible layer (3, 21) and the anchoring means (5) pass through the netting structure at predetermined positions (12, 25). The containing means (2, 20) are then filled with a filling material (7) comprising solid and/or fluid elements, and a second netting structure (8) is superposed on the filling material. Finally, by superposing, at least partially, the peripheral edges (4, 22) of the flexible layer (3, 21), a closed cover is produced from which the ends (11, 27) of the anchoring means (5) protrude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Officine Maccaferri, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Francesco Ferraiolo
  • Patent number: 6797091
    Abstract: An improved method for embossing expanded graphite sheet material including removing at least a portion of the gas from within the material by exposing the material to a pressure less than atmospheric pressure, and then embossing the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Ballard Power Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Donald A. Lines, Nicholas A. Fletcher, Eric G. Pow, Michael Sexsmith, Bill Gray, Horst Thumm
  • Patent number: 6793858
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for continuously forming flexible mat structure in the form of spaced, interconnected concrete panels. The mat structure can serve as an erosion control mat along the banks of waterways and within drainage ditches and channels, and can also be utilized to provide temporary or permanent walkways and roadways. A rotatable drum includes peripherally-positioned mold cavities that receive concrete mix from a trough supplied from a source of concrete mix. A grid is fed against the drum periphery and over the mold cavities before the concrete mix is introduced, and after the mix is introduced a web of fibrous material is brought into contact with the concrete-mix-containing mold cavities to overlie the concrete-containing surface of the drum. As the drum rotates the fibrous material with overlying, interconnected concrete panels is deposited on the ground to provide the a finished mat structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: James G. Motz
  • Patent number: 6793851
    Abstract: A process for constructing infrastructures, in which aggregates, vitrified blast-furnace slag, a pulverulent activator and water are mixed together, the mix is spread out over the ground, compacted and left to harden, and in which a particulate slag and a ready-prepared additive containing, on the one hand, the activator and, on the other hand, dry ground vitrified slag having a particle size of less than 500 &mgr;m are added to the aggregate is provided. Further provided is the additive for the construction of infrastructures according to the said process, which additive includes, on the one hand, a pulverulent activator and, on the other hand, dry ground vitrified slag having a particle size of less than 500 &mgr;m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Mecaroute
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Bompay, Jean-Michel Prunevieille
  • Patent number: 6790401
    Abstract: A plastic bowling pin and method for manufacturing the bowling pin uses a first mold 8 having first axial rods 9 and 10 displaceable into and from the first molding cavity along a longitudinal axis “a” and a second mold 15 having second axial rods 16 and 17 displaceable into and from the second molding cavity along a longitudinal axis “b”. Molding a core portion 2 by forcing the molten synthetic resin to be flowed into the first molding cavity of the first mold 8 after the first axial rods 9 and 10 have been inserted into the first molding cavity. Molding a skin layer 3 on the external surface of the molded core portion 2 by forcing the molten synthetic resin to be flowed into a space between the external surface of the molded core portion 2 and the second molding cavity of the second mold 15 after the molded core portion 2 has been positioned relative to the second molding cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Tejima Yasuo
  • Patent number: 6790021
    Abstract: An apparatus for repairing or refurbishing thermoplastic drums. A damaged drum, or at least a damaged portion thereof, is heated until it reaches a softened state and is then drawn over a template, or mold, having the substantially the same shape and size of an undamaged drum. The drum is allowed to cool sufficiently to return to its hardened state, whereby it substantially assumes the shape of the template. The refurbished drum is then removed from the template and is essentially ready to be used again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Dowling & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Virgil E. Dowling, Ray P. Richard, Samuel G. Dowling, Johnny M. Seago
  • Patent number: 6790395
    Abstract: A method for producing a thermoplastic filler for eliminating surface damage to concrete or asphalt surface is disclosed which includes mixing stone chips, sand, a powdered material and a bituminous binding agent to a homogenous mixture which is in constant motion at a temperature of between about 180° C.-2400° C., with a coolant being added subsequently to the mixture in a rapid manner thereby converting the mixture into a non-cohesive granulate of small pellets due to the high surface tension of the various constituents, and wherein the granulate can be heated to convert it to a free-flowing or spreadable filler having strong adhesive properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventors: Rainer Hart, Darco Kunsic
  • Patent number: 6787088
    Abstract: Microfluidic devices are provided for the performance of chemical and biochemical analyzes, syntheses and detection. The devices of the invention combine precise fluidic control systems with microfabricated polymeric substrates to provide accurate, low cost miniaturized analytical devices that have broad applications in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology and numerous other fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Caliper Life Science, Inc.
    Inventors: John Wallace Parce, Michael R. Knapp, Calvin Y. H. Chow, Luc J. Bousse
  • Patent number: 6787095
    Abstract: A processing technique and a composition which allow compositions of PBT polymers or copolymers to be formed into blow molded articles, especially medical balloons such as dilatation or stent placement balloons, from extruded tubular parisons. The process includes a longitudinal stretch step run at a temperature below the Tg of the polymeric material and a radial expansion step run at a temperature above the Tg of the polymeric material. During the longitudinal stretch step, the tubing is subjected to high internal pressure. In the composition a small amount of boric acid is added to the polybutylene terephthalate in a melt blend to give a formulation which has reduced crystallinity after extrusion and which can more readily fashioned into high strength blow molded articles than PBT by itself. Articles, which may be formed using the invention include medical device balloon articles in which the polymer consists essentially of PBT optionally blended with boric acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventors: Lixiao Wang, Jianhua Chen
  • Patent number: 6783721
    Abstract: A high strength hydrogel having a constant swelling pressure upon implantation and thereafter is formed by preparing a hydrogel solution and then injecting the solution into a mold and cause to gel. The molded gel is then washed in a saline solution from about one day to twelve weeks, after which the gel is irradiated for sterilization purposes, dehydrated and packaged. The pre-treatment with the use of a physiologic solution results in an implant which exhibits a constant swelling pressure profile after implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Paul Higham, Philip F. Williams, John Lapszynski, Chau Ngo
  • Patent number: 6780362
    Abstract: Modular die or mold assemblies comprise a platform, and at least one die or mold unit which is releaseably connected to the platform. The invention permits rapid changing of molds or dies, especially in the manufacture of detergent bars, such as soap bars. Surface ornamentation such as logos can be imparted to the detergent bars either directly from the stamping surface of the dies, from the stamping surface of the dies through an elastomeric lining, or from the surface of the elastomeric lining; in the latter case the indicia is imparted by a mold used to prepare the lining. The modular molds may be used where it is desired to coat the dies with elastomer, particularly where logos are imparted to the elastomeric layer, and where it may be desirable to change the logos, e.g., by changing the modular mold units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care, USA division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Ross Story, Daniel John Heinz, Pasquale Michael Buzzeo, Gregory Alan Lathrop
  • Patent number: 6780367
    Abstract: A method for preparing a concrete article comprised of concrete having therein a reinforcing fiber, where at least about 50 percent of the reinforcing fibers are frayed only at an end or ends of the reinforcing fibers, may be made by mixing concrete, water and a reinforcing fiber for a sufficient time to fray the ends of at least 50 percent of the fibers and curing the mixture to form the concrete article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksander J. Pyzik, Kenneth B. Stewart, Jr., Hari Reddy, Kwanho Yang, Sharon M. Allen, Ted A. Morgan
  • Patent number: 6780356
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for creating an acoustically absorbent porous panel comprises the steps of dispensing cement and fibers with a dry mixer to create a dry mix and aqueous mixing water, surfactant and air with an aqueous mixer to create a foam. The process and apparatus provides for combining and mixing the foam and dry mix in a combining mixer to form a foamed cementitious material comprising on a wet basis about 53% to about 68% by weight cement, about 17% to about 48% by weight water, about 0.05% to about 5% by weight fibers, and about 0.01% to about 10% by weight surfactant. The foamed cementitious material is then dried or cured in a drying chamber. The dried foamed cementitious material may then textured with an embossing roller. The cementitious material provides good acoustical performance with enhanced durability and moisture resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Dean L. Putt, John J. Hartman, Jr., Chester W. Hallett, Andrea M. Moser
  • Patent number: 6773642
    Abstract: A method of forming a concrete retaining wall block having a front face and an opposed back face in a front fact up position. The method includes inserting a plurality of tines of a horizontal core puller into a plurality of holes in the bottom of a mold such that the a plurality of tines are positioned to form a dovetail slot and chamfers in the back face of a concrete retaining wall block; and pressing and vibrating a semi-dry concrete mix feed into the mold with a head to form a concrete retaining wall block having a relief stamped in its front face and to form the dovetail slot and chamfers its back face. The method allows the dimensions of the concrete retaining wall block to be exact and consistent from cycle to cycle of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Michael James Wardell