Patents Examined by Michael N Orlando
  • Patent number: 11981525
    Abstract: A sheet processing device sandwiches a sheet-shaped medium in a two-ply sheet in which two sheets are overlaid and partially bonded. The sheet processing device includes a separator, a conveyor, and a switching member. The separator separates the two sheets of the two-ply sheet. The conveyor is disposed downstream from the separator in a sheet conveyance direction and conveys the two-ply sheet. The switching member is disposed downstream from the conveyor in the sheet conveyance direction. The switching member switches a conveyance path of the two-ply sheet to convey the two-ply sheet to a fixing path on which fixing processing is performed on the two-ply sheet or a non-fixing path on which no fixing processing is performed on the two-ply sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshito Suzuki, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Wataru Takahashi, Sho Asano, Shinya Monma, Joji Akiyama, Wataru Nozaki, Yohsuke Haraguchi, Yuji Suzuki, Yuusuke Shibasaki, Takuya Morinaga
  • Patent number: 11981836
    Abstract: Silicone pressure-sensitive adhesives is the reaction product of a composition including a silanol end group-containing linear organopolysiloxane; a non-functional linear organopolysiloxane; and a silicate resin; wherein the dynamic viscosity of the non-functional linear organopolysiloxane at 25° C. is 100,000 mm2/sec or greater. The silicone pressure-sensitive adhesive has enhanced adhesion while minimizing skin damage and pain during removal of the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Aizoh Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11981837
    Abstract: A roofing system includes a roofing membrane. The roofing membrane has a surface energy of 40 mN/m or less. The roofing system includes a roofing substrate. The roofing system includes an adhesive disposed between the roofing membrane and the roofing substrate. The adhesive includes a styrenic block copolymer. The styrenic block copolymer is present in an amount of 0.5 wt. % to 30 wt. % based on a total weight of the adhesive. The adhesive includes asphalt. The asphalt is present in an amount of 70 wt. % to 99.5 wt. % based on the total weight of the adhesive. A ratio of the styrenic block copolymer to the asphalt in the adhesive is 1:11 to 1:3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: BMIC LLC
    Inventors: Isaac Bernard Rufus, Adem Chich, Michael Dougherty, Richard Chin, Overton Williams
  • Patent number: 11978717
    Abstract: A semiconductor manufacturing apparatus includes a stage capable of holding thereon an interconnection substrate. A tool presses the interconnection substrate and a semiconductor chip against each other between the tool and the stage. The tool includes a main body portion that has a holding surface holding thereon the semiconductor chip. A first protruding portion is provided along an outer edge of the holding surface and protrudes from the holding surface toward the stage. A second protruding portion is provided outside of the first protruding portion along the outer edge of the holding surface and protrudes from the holding surface toward the stage. A groove portion is provided between the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: KIOXIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuuki Kuro
  • Patent number: 11975520
    Abstract: A sheet processing device is configured to separate a non-bonding portion of a two-ply sheet in which two sheets are overlapped and bonded together at one end as a bonding portion of the two-ply sheet. The sheet processing device includes a first sheet feeder configured to feed the two-ply sheet, a second sheet feeder configured to feed an inner sheet to be inserted between the two sheets of the two-ply sheet in a state in which the non-bonding portion of the two-ply sheet is separated, and circuitry configured to cause the first sheet feeder to feed the two-ply sheet, perform a sheet separating operation on the two-ply sheet to separate the non-bonding portion of the two-ply sheet, and cause the second sheet feeder to start feeding the inner sheet before completion of the sheet separating operation on the two-ply sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Joji Akiyama, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Wataru Takahashi, Sho Asano, Yoshito Suzuki, Shinya Monma, Yohsuke Haraguchi, Wataru Nozaki
  • Patent number: 11975884
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a label to a spool or reel containing wire and a wire tail extending from the spool or reel, the apparatus comprising a wire tail sensor, wherein the wire tail sensor identifies the location of the wire tail protruding from the spool or reel and a label application mechanism, wherein the labeling mechanism applies a label to the spool or reel and wherein the label does not contact the wire tail protruding from the spool or reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventors: William T. Bigbee, Jr., Clifton S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 11970644
    Abstract: Provided is a method for peeling a PSA sheet adhered on a polarizing plate. The PSA sheet has a PSA layer. The PSA layer includes a layer A forming at least one surface of the PSA layer. Of the polarizing plate, the surface to which the PSA sheet is adhered is corona-treated or plasma-treated. The peeling method includes a water-peel step in which the PSA sheet is peeled from the polarizing plate, in a state where an aqueous liquid exits at the interface between the polarizing plate and the PSA sheet at the front line of peeling the PSA sheet from the polarizing plate, with the aqueous liquid allowed to further enter the interface following the movement of the peel front line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naofumi Kosaka, Yosuke Shimizu, Satoshi Honda, Taiki Shimokuri, Shou Takarada, Masayuki Satake, Kenichi Okada, Atsushi Takashima, Ginji Mizuhara
  • Patent number: 11972880
    Abstract: A wire waterproof structure including a water-stopping material, wherein: the water-stopping material is configured to seal at least a partial region of a conductor comprising an assembly of a plurality of strands, the water-stopping material contains a resin material, and a filler dispersed in the resin material, and the filler has an average particle size of 1 ?m or more and 15% or less of an outer diameter of the strands, and a content in the water-stopping material of 1 mass % or more and 20 mass % or less, relative to the resin material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignees: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yusaku Maeda, Takashi Takada, Kenji Ito
  • Patent number: 11964458
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for teaching a laminating method as well as operating a laminating device, the both being for laminating a film element on a substrate part, in which designated path routes, in particular designated path curves, along which grippers for gripping the film element are subsequently moved to laminate the film element, are determined and taught by way of CAD data of the substrate part as well as the film element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: DRÄXLMAIER GROUP
    Inventors: Andreas Jung, Hubert Rehrl, Josef Rehrl
  • Patent number: 11964507
    Abstract: A method for producing a printed material includes forming a color image having an image area ratio of 20% or less on a peripheral edge portion of a recording medium by using a coloring material; providing pressure-induced phase transition particles to a region of the recording medium, the region including the peripheral edge portion; bonding the color image and the pressure-induced phase transition particles onto the recording medium; and folding the recording medium having the color image and the pressure-induced phase transition particles bonded thereon and pressure-bonding the folded recording medium, or pressure-bonding the recording medium having the color image and the pressure-induced phase transition particles bonded thereon and another recording medium placed on top of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Sumiaki Yamasaki, Sakae Takeuchi, Hiroshi Saegusa, Yoichiro Emura, Yoshifumi Iida, Satoshi Kamiwaki, Susumu Yoshino
  • Patent number: 11958280
    Abstract: A stretchable electronic device is provided. The stretchable electronic device includes a stretchable elastomer polymer base substrate; a plurality of electronic devices; and a plurality of recesses partially extending into the stretchable elastomer polymer base substrate. The stretchable elastomer polymer base substrate includes a plurality of stiffened portions respectively in a plurality of stiffened regions spaced apart by one or more elastomeric portions in one or more elastomeric regions. A respective electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices is at least partially in a respective recess of the plurality of recesses, and is in a respective stiffened region of the plurality of stiffened regions. The respective electronic device in the respective recess is stacked on a respective stiffened portion of the plurality of stiffened portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignees: Chengdu BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd., BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yingsong Xu
  • Patent number: 11951697
    Abstract: There is provided a scalable area gripper that includes a structural frame and variable vacuum zones coupled to the structural frame. Each variable vacuum zone includes (i) vacuum ports, (ii) one or more movable barrier elements, and (iii) an actuator assembly to move each of the one or more movable barrier elements across one or more of the vacuum port(s), to cause the one or more vacuum port(s) to go between a closed state and an open state. One or more of the variable vacuum zone(s) is configured to be adjusted to each provide an adjusted vacuum zone that corresponds to a corresponding identified section of a material having a start portion and an end portion. Each adjusted vacuum zone is configured to be positioned adjacent to its corresponding identified section of the material, and is configured to be activated to pick up the material during a material handling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Shaun A. McFetridge, Benjamin S. Zielinski
  • Patent number: 11951712
    Abstract: A glass facer for a constructions board includes a first non-woven layer of coarse fibers and a second non-woven layer of coarse fibers and microfibers. The glass facer also includes a binder that simultaneously binds or adheres the coarse fibers of the first non-woven layer together, the coarse fibers and the microfibers of the second non-woven layer together, and the first non-woven layer to the second non-woven layer. The first non-woven layer has a porosity and air permeability that enables the first non-woven layer to absorb a material of the construction board when the glass facer is positioned atop the construction board during manufacture of the construction board. The second non-woven layer is configured to block the material of the construction board from passing through the glass facer to an exterior surface of the second non-woven layer so that the material is not externally visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Souvik Nandi, Glenda B Bennett, Thomas Matthews
  • Patent number: 11945202
    Abstract: A curved surface lamination device, comprising a profiling jig (01), the profiling jig (01) comprising a base (101) and a profiling portion (102), with the profiling portion (102) being configured to support a carrier film (02), and the side of the base (101) facing away from the profiling portion (102) being provided with an opening; and a lower jig (03), comprising a first sinking groove (301), with part of the base (101) being inserted into the first sinking groove (301), such that the lower jig (03) encloses a hollow structure (E) with the base (101) at the opening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignees: Chengdu BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd., BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xingguo Liu, Wei Qing, Qiang Tang, Shaokui Liu, Wenwei Mo
  • Patent number: 11945200
    Abstract: Provided is a method for producing a glass unit. The method comprises a step (A) of obtaining a glass plate comprising a glass substrate and a Low-E layer placed on the glass substrate; a step (B) of applying a protective sheet to the Low-E layer surface of the glass plate; an optional step (C) of subjecting the glass plate to at least one process selected from the group consisting of transportation, storage, processing, washing and handling; a step (D) of removing the protective sheet from the glass plate; and a step (E) of assembling a glass unit using the glass plate. The protective sheet comprises a waterproof layer, and a PSA layer provided to at least one face of the waterproof layer. The PSA layer has a surface hardness of 0.5 MPa or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignees: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, NITTO BELGIUM NV
    Inventors: Kousuke Yonezaki, Hakaru Horiguchi, Peter Gruyters, Donald Pinxten
  • Patent number: 11949197
    Abstract: A method for joining two workpiece parts during a manufacturing process includes forming a first workpiece part having a first mating surface and forming a second workpiece part having a second mating surface. The first and second workpiece part may be separately distributed or may be joined for distribution. To join the parts, an energy director is formed in the first mating surface by an automated process, the energy director comprising an end portion projecting from the first mating surface such that the projecting end portion of the energy director engages the second mating surface when the first and second workpiece parts are brought into engagement with each other. In one example, the first and second workpiece parts are ultrasonically welded by pressing the parts together while vibrating at least one of the first workpiece part or the second workpiece part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert William Sutter
  • Patent number: 11945905
    Abstract: Embodiments of this invention are directed to bio-based epoxy compositions, and method of their preparation and use. Other embodiments are directed to cured bio-based epoxies, and manufactured articles having bio-based epoxy coatings, adhesives, or composites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Washington State University
    Inventors: Jinwen Zhang, Tuan Liu
  • Patent number: 11931993
    Abstract: A bonding method and a bonding device for a flexible panel. In the process of bonding a protective cover plate and the flexible panel, a heated-type optical adhesive is used, the optical adhesive at normal temperature has relatively low viscosity and the viscosity thereof is below a bondable threshold, so that before the flexible panel and the edge of the protective cover plate are bonded, the optical adhesive and the edge of the protective cover plate come into contact in advance and then can be effectively separated, thus poor bonding in a bending region is avoided, the risk of generating bubbles and cracks is small, and the bonding yield can be improved. Moreover, the optical adhesive is increased in viscosity after heated, thereby ensuring that the flexible panel is bonded to the protective cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jia Deng, Jialin Wang, Rongkun Fan, Shengqiang Wu, Xue Meng, Yuanhong Wen, Senlin Ma, Chaoxue Qin, Peng Wang
  • Patent number: 11919248
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a connector element (10) in a receiving object (66) comprises inserting a distal end of the connector element (10) into a mounting hole in an insertion direction along an insertion axis; inserting a sleeve (36) comprising a thermoplastic material into the mounting hole, the sleeve (36) enclosing the connector element (10); and transferring energy to liquefy at least a portion of the thermoplastic material of the sleeve (36). A machine (500) configured for carrying out the method and a connector element anchoring kit comprising a connector element (10) and a sleeve (36) comprising thermoplastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignees: IKEA Supply AG, WoodWelding SA
    Inventors: Muthumariappan Sankaran, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Patent number: 11912006
    Abstract: A continuous manufacturing equipment of an elastic three-dimensional fabric and a continuous manufacturing method thereof are disclosed. The continuous manufacturing equipment includes: a film conveying device having a thermal melting film and a conveying mechanism; a cutting device used for cutting a plurality of cutting gaps on the thermal melting film; a first fabric laminating device adhering an outer fabric on one surface of the thermal melting film; and a second fabric laminating device adhering an elastic fabric on another surface of the thermal melting film in a manner of elastically stretching and then elastically recovering. As such, effects of automatic, continuous, and simple steps in manufacturing and having a high yield rate are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TAIWAN TEXTILE FEDERATION, R.O.C.
    Inventors: Shu-Hui Huang, Hung-Kung Chien, Yu-Han Tsai