Patents Examined by Michael N Orlando
  • Patent number: 10773473
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to obtain a fiber-reinforced plastic that is capable of controlling anisotropy, has excellent mechanical characteristics, has little variation, has excellent heat resistance, and has good fluidity during forming. A production method for fiber-reinforced plastic, having: a step in which a material (A) (100) including a prepreg base material is obtained, said prepreg base material having cuts therein and having a thermoplastic resin impregnated in reinforcing fibers (110) arranged in parallel in one direction; a step in which a pressurizing device is used that applies a substantially uniform pressure in a direction (X) orthogonal to the travel direction of the material (A) (100) and the material (A) (100) is caused to travel in the one direction and is pressurized while being heated to a prescribed temperature (T), an angle (.theta.) of ?20-20 .degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Tomioka, Takeshi Ishikawa, Takayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10775296
    Abstract: A device and method are provided for testing the effectiveness of an adhesive composition to adhere a sheet of material to a substrate. A connector is attached to the sheet and the adhesive is used to adhere the sheet to the substrate and permitted to cure to a selected amount. After (or even before, if desired) the adhesive cures, a load is applied to the connector, having the effect of pulling the sheet away from the substrate. The duration of the pulling and the amount of the load can be varied. If too large a dome is formed under the location of the connector, the adhesive does not pass the test. Optionally, the adhesive formulation is adjusted to make it stronger to resist such doming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: W.F. TAYLOR LLC
    Inventors: Robert Kintu Ddamulira, Daniel Arnold Pelton
  • Patent number: 10773475
    Abstract: This process for producing a thermoplastic composite part by laying of at least one thermoplastic composite layer on a tool includes laying on the tool a hardened first ply before the laying of the thermoplastic composite layer. The first ply is produced beforehand to the shape of the tool and includes a first material able to experience an attractive force when it is subjected to a magnetic field, and/or to an electrical potential difference, and includes a second material of a thermoplastic resin that is chemically compatible with the resin of the thermoplastic composite layer. The first ply is clamped to the tool by the effect of a magnetic field, and/or of an electrical potential difference, established at the level of the tool. In one form of implementation, the first ply is produced on a first-ply mold that is preferably of convex shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus SAS
    Inventor: Eric Soccard
  • Patent number: 10766187
    Abstract: A device for laminating panels that includes a base that includes an upper surface, a front edge and a rear edge, and a folding assembly that includes a first surface that is generally perpendicular with the upper surface of the base, a folding portion having an inner surface, a front edge and a rear edge. A folding path is defined from the front edge of the folding portion to the rear edge of the folding portion. An angle that is defined between the inner surface of the folding portion and the first surface decreases along the folding path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NORTHWEST AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nick Carroll Brehm, Jason Bauer
  • Patent number: 10772219
    Abstract: There is provided a copper foil with a carrier particularly suitable for a circuit forming process for removing a carrier after laser drilling and desmear treatment, in detail, a copper foil with a carrier having high heat press resistance (heat resistance) of the carrier, laser drilling performance, corrosion resistance of the carrier against the desmear treatment, corrosion resistance of a release layer against the desmear treatment, and carrier release strength. The copper foil with a carrier comprises a carrier comprising at least one resin selected from polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) resins, polyethersulfone (PES) resins, polyimide resins, and polyphenylene sulfide resins; a silicon layer provided on the carrier, the silicon layer mainly containing silicon; a carbon layer provided on the silicon layer, the carbon layer mainly containing carbon; and an extremely thin copper layer provided on the carbon layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUI MINING & SMELTING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10767083
    Abstract: A hot-melt glue composition, including a) at least one atactic poly-?-olefin (APAO) that is solid at 25° C.; b) at least one hydrocarbon resin having a softening point of at least 80° C., measured in accordance with the ring-and-ball method according to DIN EN 1238; and c) at least one maleic-anhydride-grafted wax having a softening point of not more than 150° C., measured in accordance with the ring-and-ball method according to DIN EN 1238, which is a maleic-anhydride-grafted polypropylene wax or a maleic-anhydride-grafted polyethylene wax, wherein the proportion of the at least one maleic-anhydride-grafted wax in the hot-melt glue composition is at least 3 wt %. The hot-melt glue composition is characterized by a low reactivation temperature, together with high heat resistance and good adhesion to ABS and nonpolar polyolefin materials. The hot-melt glue composition is well suited for film lamination by vacuum deep-drawing lamination, in particular for applications in automobile construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Doreen Janke, Kai Paschkowski, Mathias Cordes, Dirk Urbach
  • Patent number: 10759089
    Abstract: Recycling devices for producing additive manufacturing filament from received materials including objects to be recycled, discarded objects, obsolete objects, and the like. A recycling device may include a material processing system an extrusion mechanism and a spooling assembly. The material processing system receives material, reduces the size of the received material via a material size reducer and actively pushes the material through at least a portion of the device. The extrusion mechanism produces filament from the material and the spooling assembly loads the filament onto a spool for later use. The spooling assembly may include detachable elements configured to interface with and supply filament to an additive manufacturing device. Depending on configuration, recycling devices may create filament from plastic, metal, in-situ material, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: MADE IN SPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Snyder, Jason Dunn, Aaron Kemmer, Eddie Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10759156
    Abstract: According to a method of manufacturing an image display device of the present invention, a photo-curable resin composition in a liquid state is applied to a surface of a light-transmitting cover member including a light-shielding layer or a surface of the image display member to a thickness greater than that of the light-shielding layer. Then, in this state, the photo-curable resin composition is irradiated with a UV ray to be pre-cured, thereby forming a pre-cured resin layer. Next, the image display member and the light-transmitting cover member are stacked via the pre-cured resin layer and thereafter, the pre-cured resin layer is irradiated with a UV ray to be completely cured, thereby forming a light-transmitting cured resin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichi Ogawa, Yoshihisa Shinya, Naoki Hayashi, Tomoyuki Toyoda
  • Patent number: 10750805
    Abstract: A process for fabricating a three-dimensional, multi-layered fabric product with a moisture barrier is provided. A partially seamed inner lining fabric assembly having at least a two-dimensional shape is laminated with a membrane barrier film having flaps left un-laminated to cover at least one seam. The inner lining fabric assembly is further seamed and flaps of the of the membrane barrier film overlapped into contact with each other and sealed to provide a continuous moisture barrier. A process for fabricating a stretchable section of a garment with a moisture barrier is also provided. At least a section of a garment is formed from fibers arranged in a pattern having a direction of stretch in one direction and a three-dimensional surface texture such that a portion of the fibers protrude above another portion of the fibers. The stretchable section is stretched in the direction of stretch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Cohesive Systems LLC
    Inventor: Joseph E. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10756046
    Abstract: There is provided a bonding apparatus for bonding substrates together, which includes: a first holding part configured to adsorptively hold a first substrate by vacuum-drawing the first substrate on a lower surface of the first substrate; a second holding part provided below the first holding part and configured to adsorptively hold a second substrate by vacuum-drawing the second substrate on an upper surface of the second substrate; a pressing member provided in the first holding part and configured to press a central portion of the first substrate; and a plurality of substrate detection parts provided in the first holding part and configured to detect a detachment of the first substrate from the first holding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Otsuka, Takashi Nakamitsu, Yosuke Omori, Kenji Sugakawa
  • Patent number: 10752558
    Abstract: A system and method for introducing a slurry mixture for making gypsum board is disclosed. The system includes a mixer for mixing slurry and directing it to an exit gate, a foam injector for injecting foam into the slurry, and a canister connected to the mixer for inducing swirl to the slurry. The system also includes an elongated hose and an optional adapter for depositing the slurry onto paper to form the board. Ends of the elongated hose are coupled to the canister and to the inlet of the adapter. Slurry is directed from the canister, through the hose, and into the adapter for exiting its outlet. Optionally, a mixing boot and/or elbow joints may be included. Use of the hose and adapter enhances the flexibility of the system, including moving the mixer offline or adjacent to the paper or belt, and improves foam blending in the slurry mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL BUILDING PRODUCTS OPERATING COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Roger Jones
  • Patent number: 10750823
    Abstract: A method for inflating a chamber in an article composed at least partially of polymer layers, such as thermoplastic layers. The method can allow for forming an aperture in a polymer layer, inflating a chamber or volume in fluid communication with the aperture, and then welding or sealing the chamber so that the inflation fluid is substantially retained in the chamber and/or does not escape via the aperture. In various aspects, the formation of the aperture, inflation of the chamber, and sealing of the chamber or aperture can be performed by a single tool and/or based on a single registration of the thermoplastic article with a tool. In some aspects, formation of the aperture is enabled in part by using a punch with a cupped surface that allows the top layer of a thermoplastic article to be breached without forming a hole in at least one lower layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Dale E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10751959
    Abstract: Provided are a device and a method capable of suitable cooling of a fiber bundle without hindering nozzle maintenance work or preparation work before the start of manufacturing. The provided device includes a nozzle which allows the fiber bundle impregnated with thermoplastic resin to pass therethrough while forming the fiber bundle into a tape shape, a cooling roller for cooling the fiber bundle, and a supporting device. The supporting device supports the cooling roller rotatably so as to allow the cooling roller to be moved between a cooling position at which an outer periphery surface of the cooling roller makes contact with the fiber bundle having passed through the nozzle and a retraction position away from the nozzle beyond the cooling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takehiko Wakazono, Naoyuki Tashiro, Yasuhiro Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10744721
    Abstract: A first aspect of the invention provides a method of joining a part to a composite component, the composite component comprising fibres impregnated with a matrix material, and the part comprising a plurality of projections, the method comprising: inserting the projections into the composite component; and pre-heating the projections before they are inserted into the composite component, so that the projections are at a higher temperature than the composite component as they are inserted into the composite component. The projections locally heat the matrix material of the composite component as they are pushed into the composite component. Increased temperature during insertion is advantageous as the reduced matrix viscosity, due to the increased temperature of the matrix, results in better consolidation of the fibres around the projections and minimises the distortion of the fibres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Nicholas Parkes, Jonathan Meyer
  • Patent number: 10746945
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods directed to alignment of light-emitting devices. An example method includes coupling a support substrate to a light guide assembly. The support substrate includes a plurality of elongate structures and a plurality of laser diodes. Each laser diode of the plurality of laser diodes is coupled to a respective elongate structure of the plurality of elongate structures. The method also includes causing a given laser diode of the plurality of laser diodes to emit light toward the light guide assembly. The light guide assembly includes a light guide manifold configured to guide at least a portion of the emitted light as transmitted light. The method additionally includes comparing at least one optical characteristic of the transmitted light to a desired optical characteristic and, based on the comparison, adjusting a position of the given laser diode by adjusting the respective elongate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-yves Droz, Augusto Tazzoli, David Schleuning, Nathaniel Golshan, David Hutchison
  • Patent number: 10744737
    Abstract: The present disclosure proposes a method for manufacturing an electronic apparatus and a corresponding electronic apparatus. The method comprises: removing a back film in a first region of a flexible substrate; and bending the flexible substrate in the first region to form an electronic apparatus having a bending portion. The electronic apparatus comprises: a flexible substrate having a bending portion in a first region thereof; and a back film bonded to a region of a back surface of the flexible substrate except for the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lu Liu, Weifeng Zhou, Shanchen Kao
  • Patent number: 10746670
    Abstract: An inspection system for detecting defects in a workpiece can include an illumination source for illuminating a first section of the workpiece with a patterned light, wherein the illumination source does not illuminate a second section of the workpiece. The inspection system further includes a feedback camera for imaging the first section and producing a first output, and a background camera for imaging the second section and producing a second output. A processor compares the first output with the second output, and a controller alters the patterned light that is output by the illumination source based on the comparison. This feedback control continues until the background is suitably homogeneous or camouflaged compared to the defect, such that the visibility and/or detectability of the defect is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Morteza Safai
  • Patent number: 10737446
    Abstract: A system for process control of a composite fabrication process comprises an automated composite placement head, a vision system, and a computer system. The automated composite placement head is configured to lay down composite material. The vision system is connected to the automated composite placement head and configured to produce image data during an inspection of the composite material, wherein the inspection takes place at least one of during or after laying down the composite material. The computer system is configured to identify inconsistencies in the composite material visible within the image data, and make a number of metrology decisions based on the inconsistencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffery Lee Marcoe, Jan Wei Pan
  • Patent number: 10737477
    Abstract: A method for producing a bonded plate-shaped assembly includes retaining a pair of plate-shaped members facing each other by a pair of retaining base members; charging a photo-curable liquid material between the pair of plate-shaped members facing each other; causing movement of the pair of retaining base members by a retaining base member movement unit to cause the pair of plate-shaped members to draw close to each other to cause wetting spreading of the liquid material between the pair of plate-shaped members; detecting a wetting spreading state of the liquid material by a sensor; and illuminating curing light, in response to the result of detection, to the liquid material wettingly spread to the entire surfaces of the pair of plate-shaped members, to form the bonded plate-shaped assembly made up of the pair of plate-shaped members bonded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dexerials Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Usui, Yoshihisa Shinya, Yasumi Endo
  • Patent number: 10736791
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses herein relate to assembling absorbent articles, and more particularly, diapers, each including a chassis connected with front and back elastic belts. Opposing end regions of the chassis are connected with regions of the elastic belts where the elasticity of the elastic belts has been removed or deactivated. An elastic laminate is formed by intermittently bonding elastic strands between a first continuous substrate layer and a second continuous substrate layer. The elastic strands are then intermittently deactivated by severing the strands in the non-bonded regions to form deactivated regions of the elastic laminate. A plurality of chassis may then be bonded with the elastic laminate, wherein the first or second end regions of each chassis may be bonded with deactivated regions of the continuous elastic laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Proctor & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Uwe Schneider