Patents Examined by Michael P. Colaianni
  • Patent number: 7033530
    Abstract: A side-by-side or eccentric sheath-core bicomponent fiber wherein each component comprises a different poly(trimethylene terephthalate) composition and wherein at least one of the compositions comprises styrene polymer dispersed throughout the poly(trimethylene terephthalate), and preparation and use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Jing C. Chang, Joseph V. Kurian, Ray W. Miller
  • Patent number: 7033535
    Abstract: For the manufacture of a polyethylene terephalate (P.E.T.) bottle with an off-centre neck, a preform is heated and its body is slightly angled with respect to its neck by sideways displacement. The preform is inserted in a blowing mould. A tilted stretching rod is advanced into the preform at the same time as it is blown to shape in the mould. The finished bottle has its neck off-centre with respect to the rest of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Tjandra Limanjaya
  • Patent number: 7025923
    Abstract: A thin-walled polymeric component that may have a selected complex shape, and a method of forming the component. The method includes heating a portion of a polymeric film to a selected malleable temperature, and forming a protrusion in the heated portion while it is malleable. The protrusion defines a protrusion having a first shape. The method also includes positioning a forming tool in the protrusion's interior and drawing a partial vacuum from within the protrusion so as to exert a force on the protrusion and move the protrusion's sidewalls inwardly into engagement with the forming tool. As the partial vacuum is drawn, the protrusion moves to a second shape that may be different than the first shape and that closely conforms to the selected shape of the forming tool. The protrusion is cooled below the malleable temperature and the forming tool is then removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Vision Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Paul Harhen, James M. Goddard
  • Patent number: 7021919
    Abstract: A mold for forming blocks with at least one textured surface, the mold comprising a structure defining a cavity open at opposite ends thereof for receiving a block forming material at one of the open ends and discharging a block formed from the block forming material at the other of the open ends; and a continuous web surrounding at least a portion of the structure and movable relative to the structure for acting on the block forming material received within the cavity to impart a texture to a surface of the block, the web being mounted to move around the portion of the structure when the block is discharged from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Tom Griffith
  • Patent number: 7022276
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a circuit board with high thermal dissipation includes the following steps: preparing a thermal conductive resin composition including 70 to 95 mass % of an inorganic filler and 5 to 30 mass % of a resin composition that includes a liquid thermosetting resin, a thermoplastic resin powder, and a latent curing agent; bonding the thermal conductive resin composition and a metal foil together by heating at a temperature lower than a temperature at which the thermosetting resin starts to cure while applying pressure so that the thermal conductive resin composition increases in viscosity and thus is solidified irreversibly; providing holes and curing the thermosetting resin to form an insulating substrate; and forming through holes and a circuit pattern. This method can achieve improved productivity and low cost in processing the holes. It is preferable that the thermal conductive resin composition is integral with a reinforcing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Hirano, Yoshihisa Yamashita, Seiichi Nakatani
  • Patent number: 7018577
    Abstract: A method of forming a liner for a passage such as a sewer includes forming panels composing the liner using a neat resin of a first density and a polymer concrete of a second, higher density. The neat resin is inserted into a mold cavity before the polymer concrete and is displaced upwardly by the polymer concrete pour to impregnate a fiber layer disposed along the periphery of the mold cavity. Resulting panels preferably have an offset joint to increase the joint strength between upper and lower panels forming the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: INA Acquisition Corporation
    Inventors: Walter R. Bilgram, Lynn E. Osborn, James D. Caldwell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7008585
    Abstract: An assembly disposed within a mold for forming openings in a plastic part includes a punch pin and a backing pin having faces disposed flush with a surface of a mold cavity. The backing pin is disposed opposite the punch pin. The punch pin is driven into the completed plastic part removing material to form an opening. The waste material is driven into a bore housing the backing pin. The backing pin recedes into the bore to accept the waste material. Upon ejection of the plastic part the waste material ejects from the mold cavity as the backing pin moves back to a position flush with the surface of the mold cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Build A Mold Limited
    Inventor: Tony Romanello
  • Patent number: 7001555
    Abstract: A melt spinning apparatus including a spinpack with a die tip block having a recess with a converging portion, such as an angled trough, which terminates in a row of filament discharge outlets. The recess selectively receives a configuration insert, such as a side-by-side insert or a sheath-core insert, that separates the converging portion of the recess into two sheets of liquid that combine at the filament discharge outlets. The spinpack may be configured by inserting either of the inserts to produce filaments having different cross sectional configurations of two different materials. Separation of the two liquids prevents premature interaction between the two liquid flows which minimizes instabilities between the liquid flow interface. The minimization of these instabilities can result in less formation of shot and improve other significant finished product properties. In addition, each type of liquid material may be maintained at an optimum temperature for proper extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Rachelle Bentley, Steve Clark
  • Patent number: 7001551
    Abstract: A method of forming a bone composite, comprising: providing bone tissue; grinding said bone tissue to form ground tissue; molding the ground bone tissue into a bone composite; applying a binder to the bone composite; applying a vacuum to the mold, and optionally milling or refining the bone composite to the desired shape. Additionally, bone tissue composites made therefrom are included. The composites may be, for example, a bone pin, screw, or prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Allograft Research Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7001545
    Abstract: Disclosed is a compression molding method comprising the steps of: calculating an average value of mold clamping forces sensed in a plurality of mold clamping mechanisms for clamping a stationary and a movable mold half; obtaining a first control signal on the basis of deviation between a preset target mold clamping force and an average value of sensed mold clamping forces; sensing positions of movable members of the mold clamping mechanisms; obtaining an average value of sensed positions; setting the average value as a successive target position; obtaining a second control signal on the basis of deviation between each of the sensed positions and the successive target position; and obtaining a clamping control signal for each of the clamping mechanisms by adding the first control signal and the second control signal. An apparatus suitable for implementing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Meiki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Shoji Okado, Yasuhiro Yabuki
  • Patent number: 7001554
    Abstract: A durable erosion control blanket featuring a novel synthetic fiber filler is disclosed. The erosion control blanket of the present invention addresses the need for a particularly resilient erosion control blanket through the use of a post-consumer, crimped, polyester fiber filler material. In one embodiment, the post-consumer fiber material is of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) readily available in post-consumer form from the recycling of soda bottles. In short, a preferred filler material for the blanket of the present invention would utilize recycled soda bottle material which has been converted into a crimped, highly-resilient fibrous filler. It is, thus, possible to achieve the desired physical and mechanical properties in the erosion control blanket of the present invention while conserving natural resources to some extent by using a readily available post-consumer polymer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: American Excelsior Company
    Inventor: Gerald Davis Bohannon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6998091
    Abstract: A large plastic blow-molded bottle of at least 64 oz., preferably 96 oz. or larger, is provided with an insert-type handle that preferably extends substantially within a maximum circumference of the bottle. The bottle has a height-to-width ratio of less than 2:1. Sufficient moldability is achieved by providing a vertical elongation magnification of approximately 2:1 and a horizontal elongation magnification of at least 3:1. The bottle can be round or rectangular in shape and may include a narrow side dimension (depth) of less than about 120 mm, allowing it to fit within the side pocket shelving of most refrigerators. The bottle may have a maximum total height of 265 mm or less so that it can fit on a standard sized shelf designed for a 64 oz. bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Iizuka, Tetsuo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6998075
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for slip-form casting a concrete product, the product being made from at least two different grades of concrete so that the concrete mix grade can be changed in an uninterrupted fashion during casting at a desired point along the length of the casting bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Addtek Research & Development Oy AB
    Inventor: Leo Sandqvist
  • Patent number: 6994809
    Abstract: A hole in a wall is easily and quickly repaired by use of a precisely formed plug. The plug is used to draw an outline around the hole. The outline is then cut out to form an opening. The plug is inserted into the opening until a rear surface of the plug loosely contacts a parallel inner wall and an outer surface of the plug is slightly misaligned or moved inwardly from a front surface of the wall. The misaligned outer surface of the plug and the opening are then covered or plastered over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Walter H. Prior
  • Patent number: 6989123
    Abstract: The present invention provides various methods for producing gel sheets in a continuous fashion. The embodiments of the present invention help reduce the time of producing gel sheets that is suitable for industrial manufacturing. Such gel sheets are used in manufacturing aerogel blankets used in a variety of applications including thermal and acoustic insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
    Inventors: Kang P. Lee, George L. Gould, William Gronemeyer, Christopher John Stepanian
  • Patent number: 6988880
    Abstract: Apparatus for highly reliably cutting a rubber strip (12) even when reinforcement cords are embedded therein, and for shaping the upper surfaces of the trailing end of a resultant rubber band member (15) and the leading end of the remaining rubber strip (12) to have a slope inclined with a small angle relative to the general plane of the rubber strip (12) or rubber band member (15). An anvil (20) and a press cutter/shaper (39) are arranged opposite to each other, and a cutting blade (38) is gradually inserted into an anvil groove (22), with at least one surface (38a, 38) of the blade (38) pressed against a periphery (22a) of the anvil groove (22). The cutting blade (38) protrudes from the boundary between inclined a pair of shaping surfaces (34, 35) towards the anvil 20, and has a cutting blade angle (F) that is smaller than angle (G) between the inclined shaping surfaces (34, 35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Masami Adachi, Takao Urayama
  • Patent number: 6986656
    Abstract: A method and system of forming a fire door core are provided. Hydraulic binder and resin are supplied from raw material bins and mixed to provide a submixture. Exfoliated vermiculite is then mixed with the submixture to provide a mixture that is deposited into a plurality of compression molds. Each of the filled molds are pressed in a press at a predetermined temperature at a predetermined pressure for a predetermined period of time sufficient to harden the mixture into a hardened slab. The hardened slabs are then removed from the molds, impregnated with water or steam in a water impregnation assembly and dried in a drying assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Premdor International, Inc.
    Inventors: Hartley Moyes, Michael Windsor Symons
  • Patent number: 6979420
    Abstract: An apparatus for molding balloon catheters is disclosed. The balloon may be molded by providing a polymeric tube within a mold having an interior cavity in the shape of the desired balloon. Microwave energy, which may be generated by a gyrotron, may then be directed toward the mold, to heat the polymeric material without heating the mold. Once heated, pressurized fluid may be injected into the tube to blow the polymeric material against the interior cavity whereupon the material can cool to form the balloon or can be further heatset by additional microwave energy and be cooled to form the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Scimed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jan Weber
  • Patent number: 6979418
    Abstract: A method to create blocks having a weathered and aged look by modifying the blocks before they are cured. Green blocks exiting a block forming machine are conveyed along a path past brush elements which scrub block mix from the upper longitudinal corners of the formed, uncured blocks. The blocks are also passed longitudinally over tooth elements which irregularly remove block mix from the lower longitudinal corners of the green blocks. The modified green blocks are moved to a kiln for curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: King's Material, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Harrington
  • Patent number: 6973957
    Abstract: A mold shorter side frame of a continuous casting mold is exchanged integrally as it is to enable on-line change of the thickness of the case piece. As the method, a concave portion for engaging a portion of the moving device and an attaching/detaching mechanism having a fixing jig for fixing the portion of the moving device are disposed at the back of the shorter side frame. Particularly, an attaching/detaching mechanism comprising a concave forming portion having a downwarded opening and a bolt screw passing from the back of the concave forming portion through at least a portion of said portion of the moving device is suitable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Naito