Patents Examined by Michael N Orlando
  • Patent number: 11117359
    Abstract: Composite laminate parts are made using a gradient cured subset of fiber reinforced thermoset resin plies. A portion of the subset is cured to rigidity to thereby maintain the shape of a part layup, while other plies in the subset are actively cooled to prevent them from curing. Additional plies are laid up on the uncured plies of the subset to complete the layup. The completed layup is then fully cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Keith Daniel Humfeld, Samra S Sangari
  • Patent number: 11117325
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed to provide a guide for sand blasting a fiber-reinforced object. The proposed guide consist of three-dimensional (3D) features that will result in reflective ray-like protrusions that can be detected and displayed by Augmented Reality (AR) hardware including a head mounted display. The AR hardware determines a virtual object to be presented in a field of view, a position in the field of view, and a perspective of the virtual object in the field of view based on position information from the reflective ray-like protrusions. At least a portion of the sand blasting area is observable through the display and lens when the display is presenting the rendered virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Marc D. Daniels, Wayne A. Buchar
  • Patent number: 11110679
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a belt-shaped cord member by cutting a rubber topped fabric produced by covering a topping rubber on an interdigitated fabric formed by interweaving many warp textile cords and few wefts to a predetermined width, comprising; an interdigitated fabric forming step of arranging a cord having conductivity for every predetermined number of the many warp textile cords which is then interwoven with the weft yarn, a rubber topped fabric producing step of topping rubber on the front and back surfaces of the interdigitated fabric, and a cutting step of cutting the produced rubber topped fabric by every predetermined number of the textile cords, wherein, in the cutting step, the rubber topped fabric is cut along the textile cord in which a cord having conductivity is arranged, after the position of the textile cords is specified by energizing the rubber topped fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kei Onishi
  • Patent number: 11110632
    Abstract: Discrete male touch fastener elements are molded of thermoplastic resin extending from a common, flexible base sheet, by introducing molten resin to a molding nip between two counter-rotating rolls consisting of a mold roll and a pressure roll arranged such that their rotation axes are parallel and together define a common plane containing each of the rotation axes. Solidified resin is stripped from molding cavities of the mold roll after the cavities have passed a rotating reaction roll forming a pressure nip with the mold roll. The reaction roll is spaced from the pressure roll by a distance less than an outer diameter of the mold roll, and the mold roll is simultaneously held against both the pressure roll and the reaction roll in a non-planar roll stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Velcro IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Jerry G. Hodsdon
  • Patent number: 11104077
    Abstract: According to aspects of the embodiments, there is provided process and apparatus to analyze imaging problems including but not limited to detecting defects of an imaging substrate useful in a Composite-Based Additive Manufacturing (CBAM) process. Data from the at least one imaging sensor may be used to: compensate for irregularities in a substrate deposited layer; compensate for irregularities in the printed layer, such as missing jet correction; reject a layer, the layer being scrapped and re-printed; pause the print job so that maintenance or service may be performed; or provide traceability data for proof-of-work, forensic, diagnostic, or other purposes. Depending on system architecture and design goals, the imaging sensor may be employed prior to or subsequent to the deposition of a printed layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Marc D. Daniels, Jeffrey W. Drawe
  • Patent number: 11104468
    Abstract: A method of applying a label to a transport structure includes receiving the label from a label dispenser with an end effector, in which the label includes information related to a plurality of storage containers secured to the transport structure with a restraining member. The method further includes measuring a position of the end effector relative to an object, moving the end effector with the label to a target position based upon the measured position, and applying the label to the restraining member with the end effector. The method may further include moving the end effector away from the storage containers, and transporting the transport structure with the storage containers and the label based upon the information of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie Tomasetta, Scott Beute, Bret Hoeksema, Tolga Kol, Stefano La Rovere, Roland J. Menassa, David Terhaar
  • Patent number: 11109490
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an implantable stimulation device includes providing a circuit board of the implantable stimulation device, the circuit board being equipped with circuit components and an antenna, adhering one or more electrodes to the circuit board, and applying an insulation material to the circuit board such that the insulation material forms a housing that surrounds the circuit board, the circuit components, and the antenna, while leaving the one or more electrodes exposed for stimulating a tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Medical LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Speck, Graham Patrick Greene
  • Patent number: 11104056
    Abstract: A balloon wrapping apparatus and a balloon wrapping method are disclosed by which a balloon can be wrapped appropriately. The balloon wrapping apparatus for wrapping a balloon of a balloon catheter provided with the balloon at a distal portion of an elongated shaft includes: a pleating section that forms the balloon with wing shapes projecting in radial directions; a folding section that includes a plurality of blades aligned in a circumferential direction, and that folds the wing shapes formed in the balloon along the circumferential direction by moving rotationally the blades; and a rotational support portion that supports a portion of the shaft which portion is on a proximal side of the balloon, and that rotates the shaft in a direction opposite to a rotary movement direction of the blades in a state in which the balloon is positioned in relation to the folding section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo Kurosaki, Hiroshi Goto
  • Patent number: 11097460
    Abstract: A balloon wrapping apparatus is disclosed by which a balloon can be accurately positioned and inserted in relation to a pleating section. The balloon wrapping apparatus for wrapping a balloon provided at a distal portion of an elongated shaft includes: a pleating section that forms the balloon with wing shapes; a folding section that folds the wing shapes formed in the balloon along a circumferential direction; a support base that supports a portion other than the distal portion of the shaft, and that makes the distal portion of the shaft insertable into the pleating section and the folding section; and a core metal member to be inserted in the shaft. The core metal member is inserted in the shaft from a distal end position of the balloon to at least the proximal side of a proximal end position of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo Kurosaki, Hiroshi Goto
  • Patent number: 11099299
    Abstract: An optical article provided in a form suitable for simultaneous lamination of a pressure sensitive adhesive layer and of a thermoplastic film, the said optical article comprising a convex and a concave optical surface, wherein the convex and/or the concave optical surface is a receiving surface intended to receive the pressure sensitive adhesive on which the thermoplastic film is intended to be arranged and wherein the said receiving surface has an arithmetic average profile roughness greater or equal to 0.01 ?m and less or equal to 0.3 ?m and/or wherein the said receiving surface has a profile roughness root mean square slope greater or equal to 0.2° and less or equal to 1.2°. A method for manufacturing an optical device using said optical article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Eric Gacoin, Jeanne Marchal, Jonathan Saulny, Manuela De Sousa, Yohann Felten
  • Patent number: 11102898
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a display device includes forming on a first substrate a display element and a metal layer surrounding the display element, the metal layer including a first portion having a first width and a second portion having a second width less than the first width, forming on a second substrate a sealing member surrounding the display element, the sealing member including a first sealing portion having a first forming width and a second sealing portion having a second forming width greater than the first forming width, arranging the first substrate and the second substrate such that the sealing member on the second substrate faces the first substrate, the first sealing portion overlaps the first portion of the metal layer, and the second sealing portion overlaps the second portion of the metal layer, and sealing the first and second substrates by melting and curing the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Goeun Lee, Sangmin Hong
  • Patent number: 11101582
    Abstract: An apparatus that melts and monitors sleeves for installation onto shielded cables. The apparatus includes a heat source for melting the sleeve, cable supports for supporting the cable during the melting process, a sensor system that is configured to measure a dimension of the sleeve during melting, and a computer that is connected to receive sensor data from the sensor system and send heater control signals to the heat source. The computer is configured to receive dimensional data from the sensor system, monitor that dimensional data by performing a dimensional analysis, and then deactivate or remove the heat source in response to dimensional analysis results indicating that the sleeve is fully melted (in the case of a solder sleeve) or only fully shrunken (in the case of a dead end sleeve) onto the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Grace L. Duncan, Damien O. Martin
  • Patent number: 11090882
    Abstract: In one version there is provided a test system including a layup tool having a layup surface, and two fairing bars attached to the layup surface. The test system includes the composite laminate having a plurality of stacked plies, and positioned between the two fairing bars. The test system includes fiber distortion initiator(s) positioned at one or more locations under, and adjacent to, one or more plies of the plurality of stacked plies. The test system includes two caul plates with a gap in between, and positioned over the composite laminate. When the test system undergoes a pressurized cure process with a vacuum compaction, a restricted outward expansion of the plurality of stacked plies by the fairing bars, and a pressure differential region formed by the one or more fiber distortion initiators at the one or more locations, create the controlled and repeatable out-of-plane fiber distortion in the composite laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gagandeep Saini, Karl M. Nelson, William H. Ingram
  • Patent number: 11084230
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for positioning and bonding a nutplate to a substrate comprising at least one aperture, wherein the system includes a nutplate engagement fixture formed from a rigid tube and an elastomeric tube, a heater operable to deliver heat to a bonding surface of the nutplate, at least one temperature sensor operable to measure the temperature of the bonding surface of the nutplate, a temperature sensor retention fixture operable to position and secure the at least one temperature sensor to the nutplate, and a heater controller operable to control the output from the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Kineticure, LLC
    Inventors: Jason P. Rice, Mark C. Cridge, Christopher D. Hemmelgarn, Patrick J. Hood, Tat Hung Tong
  • Patent number: 11086421
    Abstract: A touch panel is related. The touch panel includes a first electrode board, a second electrode board spaced from the first electrode board, a number of transparent spacers disposed between the first electrode board and the second electrode board, and an insulating frame disposed between the first electrode board and the second electrode board and around the plurality of transparent spacers. The first electrode board includes a first substrate, a first carbon nanotube structure located on and buried under a first surface of the first substrate, and two first electrodes electrically connected to the first carbon nanotube structure. A distance between the first carbon nanotube structure and the first surface of the first substrate is less than 10 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kai-Li Jiang, Jia-Ping Wang, Rui Xie, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 11077978
    Abstract: A product transfer apparatus includes a product suction pad part having a suction cup part capable of sucking a plate-like product, a transfer base whose lower part has the product suction pad part, and a label suction part having a label pad, which is able to suck a label to be pasted to the product, and an up-down function of moving the label pad up and down between a position upper than and a position lower than the position of a front end of the suction cup part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: AMADA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Hirono, Koji Tsuda, Hideto Fukushige, Kuniaki Abe, Ryoma Kitano
  • Patent number: 11077653
    Abstract: A method of making the asphalt shingles includes applying a substrate to a layer of shingle-forming material, the substrate having indicators at predetermined spaced-apart distances, with the indicators being sensed as the shingle-forming layer is moved along a predetermined path, with adhesive zones being applied to the shingle such that the application of the adhesive zones is synchronized in response to sensing the locations of the indicators, and with the shingle-forming layer then being cut into individual shingles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: CertainTeed LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 11077625
    Abstract: Thermoplastic welding apparatus and related methods are disclosed. An example method includes providing a smart susceptor between composite parts that are to be joined via thermoplastic welding. The example method includes positioning the composite parts and the smart susceptor on a tooling surface within a cavity of a tooling apparatus and applying a seal to the composite parts and the tooling surface to form a vacuum chamber between the composite parts and the tooling surface at a welding joint of the composite parts; producing a magnetic field at the welding joint. The example method includes providing a vacuum in the vacuum chamber during a welding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Marc R. Matsen, Mark A. Negley, William Preston Geren, Robert Miller
  • Patent number: 11078085
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to methods of preparing spherical salt particles for industrial, medical, and other uses. The methods can include combining the angular salt particles with a quantity of finishing media, for example, into a receptacle. Thereafter, the angular salt particles and the finishing media can be moved or agitated until the angular salt particles have a desired sphericity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Schuessler, Alberto J. Flores-Pujol
  • Patent number: 11072129
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assembling a wind turbine blade (10) including first and second outer shell portions (16, 18) and an internal web (12) are provided. An adhesive material (42) is applied to a top end (30) of the internal web (12) as well as the edges (62, 64) of the first outer shell portion (16) for connection to the second outer shell portion (18). Localized heat energy is applied to pre-cure the adhesive material (42) at the top end (30) of the internal web (12) before applying heat energy to fully cure all of the adhesive material (42) in the wind turbine blade (10). The pre-curing is performed by a removable localized heater device (72), and it assures that the integrity of the bond between the internal web (12) and the second outer shell portion (18) is maintained during the full curing of the blade (10), when temporary thermal deformation of the outer shell (14) sometimes occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Andrew Hedges, Arne Haahr