Patents Examined by Michael Tolin
  • Patent number: 11909027
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electrode disclosed herein includes: steps of forming a coating film composed of an electrode material by passing the electrode material through a gap between a rotating first roll and a rotating second roll; adhering the coating film to the second roll and conveying the coating film; and transferring the conveyed coating film onto an electrode current collector conveyed by a conveying device to form an electrode mixture layer composed of the coating film. The speed ratio between a peripheral speed of the second roll and a conveying speed of the electrode current collector is changed by changing the peripheral speed of the second roll on the basis of the thickness of the coating film or the width of the gap. The timing of the change in the speed ratio is allowed to be based on the Equation (1) described in the description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Tetsuya Mimura, Katsushi Enokihara
  • Patent number: 11904496
    Abstract: A process for the production of OSB wood-based panels including: a) producing wood strands from suitable wood logs; b) treating at least part of the wood strands with steam at a temperature between 80° C. and 120° C. and a pressure between 0.5 bar and 2 bar; c) drying the steam-treated wood strands; d) gluing the steam-treated and dried wood strands and, optionally, gluing the non-steam treated wood strands with at least one binder; e) scattering the glued wood strands onto a conveyor belt; and f) pressing the glued wood strands into an OSB wood-based board. The steam treatment takes place after the wood strands have been produced and made available, or after the wood strands have been sifted and separated according to the use of the wood strands for the middle and top layers of the panel. Also, an OSB wood-based panel made using the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SWISS KRONO Tec AG
    Inventor: Norbert Kalwa
  • Patent number: 11904786
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an interior material for a vehicle and a method for molding the interior material for the vehicle, and more specifically the method for molding an interior material for a vehicle according to the present disclosure includes heating a skin inserted into an upper end heater and a lower end heater spaced apart from each other; preforming the heated skin using an upper mold having a mold temperature set to have a set shape and a lower mold having a second mold temperature; and pressing the preformed skin and a core using a 1-1 mold and a 1-2 mold having set mold temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation, KBI DONGKOOK IND. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hyun An, In Soo Han, Woo Hyun Lim, Kyu Ha Yoo, Dong Il Son, Dong Hyuk Choi, Chang Woo Kang, Chang Bok Park, Wan Gyu Choi
  • Patent number: 11903801
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing an elastic composite structure for an absorbent sanitary product includes an anvil with weld pattern comprising at least one anchoring region and at least one deactivating region. The anchoring region includes anchoring welds that form anchoring bonds that fuse facing web layers and anchor elastic thread(s) in position relative to the facing web layers. The deactivating region includes a break bar constructed to sever the thread(s). A method of manufacturing the elastic composite structure includes positioning a tensioned elastic thread between web layers, fusing the web layers to form an anchored zone that includes anchoring bonds that fuse the web layers and anchor the tensioned elastic thread therebetween, and cutting the thread to form a deactivated zone between adjacent portions of the anchored zone that is free of tensioned threads. The method further includes fusing the web layers within the deactivated zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Earl Andrews, David Edward Schuette, Jeffrey Wayne Fritz, Justin Marshall Lafferty
  • Patent number: 11897212
    Abstract: A glazing panel repair device (1) has coupling means (27) for coupling a pump arrangement (22) to the device to provide holding suction to secure the device to the glazing panel and pressure cycling to a repair zone. In one embodiment, the coupling means is for coupling a single pump to provide holding suction to secure the device to the glazing panel and pressure cycling to a repair zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Belron International Limited
    Inventor: Paul Syfko
  • Patent number: 11891548
    Abstract: A tube used or medical or other purposes is concentrically bonded to an inner lining tube by sequentially inserting a core within the inner lining tube, creating an adhesive layer on the outer surface of the inner lining tube, inserting the inner lining tube and core into the lumen of the outer tube, and then activating the adhesive to bond the inner tune to the outer tube before removing the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventors: Scott T. Johnson, Frank Smaron, Steve Leseman
  • Patent number: 11884115
    Abstract: The reinforcing structure for a tire is in the form of a stratified assembly formed of two layers of reinforcing strips of completely connected cross section, and flattened in shape. According to the method, the strips of each layer are laid side by side in a main direction of laying. The strips of the first layer are spaced apart by a distance that is less than the width of the strips of the second layer and in such a way that the edges of the strips of the first layer overlap the edges of the strips of the second layer. The two layers of strips are separated by a layer of uncoupling rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventors: Thomas Fabre, Frédéric Pialot, Bertrand Boisdon
  • Patent number: 11885119
    Abstract: A composite fire-rated gasket for use in building construction is disclosed that comprises, in a multi-layered stacked configuration, the following elements: (1) a flexible flat sheet metal strip having a width and opposing first and second faces; (2) an intumescent strip adjacent to the first face of the sheet metal strip; (3) a first foamed plastic strip adjacent to the second face of the sheet metal strip; (4) a second foamed plastic layer adjacent to the intumescent strip; and (5) an elongated non-foamed protective material layer adjacent to the second foamed plastic layer. In a preferred embodiment, the flat metal strip is in the form of a spine having a plurality of ribs outwardly extending therefrom. The composite fire-rated gaskets and related building construction assemblies disclosed herein slow and impede the spread of fire and smoke (during a fire) and also reduces sound transmission between adjacent rooms in a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventor: James Alan Klein
  • Patent number: 11865746
    Abstract: In a composite sheet manufacturing device, a second roller having a plurality of first projections and a third roller are disposed so as to be adjacent to a first roller having multiple recessed areas. The outer diameters of the first and third rollers are the same size. The third roller is joined to the first roller with a first gear pair therebetween, so as to rotate at the same rotation frequency as that of the first roller. A first sheet that is fed in between the first roller and the second roller is shaped by being pushed into the recessed areas of the first roller by the first projections of the second roller. A second sheet is then superimposed onto the first sheet and is passed through the space between the first roller and the third roller, and the first and second sheets are thereby bonded to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventor: Takahito Manabe
  • Patent number: 11845215
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a three-dimensional shaped object includes: a first step of forming a first portion of the three-dimensional shaped object by discharging a shaping material containing a resin from a discharge portion toward a stage or a previously formed layer and pressing the discharged shaping material against a tip end surface of the discharge portion; a heating step of heating the first portion to a temperature less than a glass transition temperature of the resin; and a second step of forming a second portion of the three-dimensional shaped object by discharging the shaping material from the discharge portion toward the first portion heated in the heating step and pressing the discharged shaping material against the tip end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kenta Anegawa, Daizo Aoyagi, Yusuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11844674
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to methods and apparatuses for manufacturing absorbent articles, wherein discrete zones of protrusions may be formed on a substrate. In some configurations, the protrusions may be formed as hooks. When forming the discrete zones of protrusions, localized speed variances may be imparted to the advancing substrate to ensure the adequate time to form the protrusions is provided. As such, protrusions may be formed on portions of the substrate that have been temporarily stopped or slowed to relatively slow speeds. The substrates with zones of protrusions may then be incorporated into products, such as assembled absorbent articles, so as to place the protrusions in desired positions on the absorbent articles. As such, the methods and apparatuses herein allow for the use of hook forming techniques on substrates in article manufacturing processes that provide flexibility in such configurations without sacrificing desired manufacturing speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael Devin Long, Uwe Schneider
  • Patent number: 11840781
    Abstract: A system for thermally bonding nonwoven fibers of assemblages of nonwoven fibers loosely held together may include a processing duct including an inlet end, an outlet end, and an intermediate portion extending between the inlet end and the outlet end. The system also may include one or more heat inlets located in the intermediate portion and configured to facilitate introduction of heat and air flow into the intermediate portion. The system further may include an inlet air feed at the inlet end and configured to separate the assemblages upon entry into the inlet end and propel the assemblages into the intermediate portion. The system also may include one or more heating devices configured to heat the assemblages as the assemblages are conveyed toward the outlet end to form processed assemblages, each of the processed assemblages including at least some nonwoven fibers adhered to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventors: Kirk S. Morris, Dylan M. Morris
  • Patent number: 11839533
    Abstract: Improved absorbent core components including multiple layers configured to enhance fluid handling properties. The layers include absorbent material layers, with or without absorbent material-free lanes. The layers also include nonwoven layers, including air-through nonwovens, bulkified nonwovens, slitted nonwovens, and bulky nonwovens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: DSG Technology Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Eugenio Varona, Andrew Wright, Dennis Smid
  • Patent number: 11827006
    Abstract: The present invention relates to composite materials and the use thereof as energy resistant, for example blast-resistant, materials. Preferred aspects of the invention relate to layered composite panels comprising solid foam materials which have both a blast attenuation function and an anti-ballistic function. In further aspects, the invention provides novel composite panels which are suitable for use as blast resistant and/or anti-ballistic materials. In some examples described, the layered composite panel comprises a polymeric material (10) bonded to a first solid open-cell foam panel (12), and a cured polymeric material (14) penetrates a surface of the first solid open-cell foam panel (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Acell Industries Limited
    Inventors: Aldino Albertelli, Michael Frieh
  • Patent number: 11826972
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a molded laminated structure having negative draft angles and methods of manufacturing a molded laminated structure having negative draft angles. A preliminary structure having a first outer layer and a second outer layer is molded with a bend that divides the preliminary structure into two sections with an angle between the two sections of less than 180-degrees. Portions that extends from the sections are at positive draft angles. A groove is formed in the preliminary structure at the bend but not formed in a constant cross-section of the second outer layer. The preliminary structure is folding along the bend to at least partially close the groove and form a molded laminated structure with portions that extend at a negative draft configuration while retaining the second outer layer continuous throughout the molded laminated structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey Wirrick
  • Patent number: 11826993
    Abstract: A thermally conductive curing process adds conductive additives to create pathways for dissipating heat during a curing process, thereby reducing the cure time, increasing the output capability, and reducing cost. Conductive particles or short fibers can be dispersed throughout the resin system or composite fiber layers in pre-impregnated or RTM-processed composite material. By disposing conductive particles or short fibers in a resin as part of the curing process, heat generated during the curing process can dissipate more quickly from any type of composite, especially thick composites. Conductive additive examples include multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), graphene/graphite powder, buckyballs, short fibrous particulate, nano-clays, nano-particles, and other suitable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Chiang, Jared M. Paulson
  • Patent number: 11827281
    Abstract: A connecting element for producing a structural connection between a first structural part and a second structural part by a foamable material, the connecting element includes a plug-in part and at least two chambers separated from one another in a fluid-tight manner by a partition, the at least two chambers each accommodating a reactant; a plug-in delimiting part mechanically connected to the plug-in part and configured to delimit displacement of the plug-in part in the plug-in direction; and a break-open mechanism configured to damage the partition, as a result of a break-open force supplied to the break-open mechanism, such that the fluid-tight manner between the at least two chambers is canceled, wherein reactants are selected such that mixing thereof causes a foaming reaction, which extends radially outward beyond the circumferential surface of the plug-in part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Baranowski, Maik Broda, Pascal Rebmann, Markus Franzen
  • Patent number: 11820112
    Abstract: A method to produce a wear resistant foil, including providing a first foil including a first thermoplastic material, applying wear resistant particles on the first foil, applying a second foil including a second thermoplastic material on the first foil, and adhering the first foil and the second foil to each other to form a wear resistant foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventors: Christer Lundblad, Niclas Håkansson, Göran Ziegler
  • Patent number: 11820088
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement for an article including a carrier (10) that includes: (i) a mass of polymeric material (12) having an outer surface; and (ii) at least one fibrous composite insert (14) or overlay (960) having an outer surface and including at least one elongated fiber arrangement (e.g., having a plurality of ordered fibers). The fibrous insert (14) or overlay (960) is envisioned to adjoin the mass of the polymeric material in a predetermined location for carrying a predetermined load that is subjected upon the predetermined location (thereby effectively providing localized reinforcement to that predetermined location). The fibrous insert (14) or overlay (960) and the mass of polymeric material (12) are of compatible materials, structures or both, for allowing the fibrous insert or overlay to be at least partially joined to the mass of the polymeric material. Disposed upon at least a portion of the carrier (10) may be a mass of activatable material (126).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Richardson, Nick Holstine
  • Patent number: 11820872
    Abstract: A method of manufacture of a composite moulding material (1100) comprising a fibrous layer (1102) and a graphene/graphitic dispersion (1104) applied to the fibrous layer (1102) at one or more localised regions (1106) over a surface (1108) of the fibrous layer(1102) in which the graphene/graphitic dispersion (1104) is comprised of graphene nanoplates, graphene oxide nanoplates, reduced graphene oxide nanoplates, bilayer graphene nanoplates, bilayer graphene oxide nanoplates, bilayer reduced graphene oxide nanoplates, few-layer graphene nanoplates, few-layer graphene oxide nanoplates, few-layer reduced graphene oxide nanoplates, graphene/graphite nanoplates of 6 to 14 layers of carbon atoms, graphite flakes with nanoscale dimensions and 40 or less layers of carbon atoms, graphite flakes with nanoscale dimensions and 25 to 30 layers of carbon atoms, graphite flakes with nanoscale dimensions and 25 to 35 layers of carbon atoms, graphite flakes with nanoscale dimensions and 20 to 35 layers of carbon atoms, or grap
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Applied Graphene Materials UK Limited
    Inventors: Nigel Ashley Blatherwick, Matthew David Sharp, William Weaver