Patents Examined by Michael Tolin
  • Patent number: 11453960
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an algae modified pp spunbond non-woven fabric, which contains 0.1-2% of alginate. The algae modified pp spunbond non-woven fabric has a moisture regain of 0.2-3.5%, and an antibacterial rate ?98%. The algae modified pp spunbond non-woven fabric prepared in the invention contains modified alginic acid, and also has hydrophilic functional groups, such as hydroxyl and amido groups, and hydrophobic functional groups such as branched alkyl groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignees: SINOTECH ACADEMY OF TEXTILE (Qingdao) Co., LTD., BESTEE MATERIAL (Tsingtao) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaohua Huang, Xiaoqian Huang, Yu Liu, Jie Liu, Xiaolong Huang, Li Zhen
  • Patent number: 11446886
    Abstract: Plastic profiles are produced by a pultrusion method. For this, a mold is moved periodically relative to the stationary plastic profile and said profile is held by a holding means and transported away. In particular, the starting and the stopping of the method are problematical, since a tensile stress must be applied, by which both “slack” fibers and “rigid” profiles can be drawn through the mold. The invention creates a method and a device for simple and reliable manufacture of plastic profiles. For this, it is provided that at least one cross section of a receiving space of the at least one holding means is changed along a longitudinal axis of the holding means in order to grasp a reinforcement and/or the plastic profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Thomas GmbH + Co. Technik + Innovation KG
    Inventor: Klaus Jansen
  • Patent number: 11446845
    Abstract: In the method for adhering a resin film with an aggregate under an atmospheric pressure in which workability is excellent and spouting of the resin from an edge portion of the aggregate can be suppressed, the present invention provides a method for producing an FRP precursor with excellent resin filling property into bulk voids of the aggregate as well as a method for producing an FRP. Specifically, provided is the method for producing the FRP precursor by adhering a thermosetting resin film to one surface of an aggregate that is in a form of a sheet under an atmospheric pressure, wherein the method includes a process in which the thermosetting resin film and the aggregate are press-adhered by heating by means of a pressure roll having a temperature in a range of +5° C. to +35° C. relative to a temperature at which a minimum melt viscosity of the film is exhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Showa Denko Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohta Sasaki, Yukio Nakamura, Kazutoshi Danjoubara, Takeshi Saitoh, Shintaro Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11420405
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing webs (1) that are intended to be involved in the makeup of a reinforcing ply (2) for a pneumatic tyre (20), said method comprising a preparation step (a), during which a plurality of straight-thread strips (7, 107, 207), which are each formed of a plurality of continuous reinforcing threads (4) that are embedded in a layer of rubber (5), are prepared, a butt-joining step (b), during which said straight-thread strips (7, 107, 207) are butt-joined in pairs to form a straight-thread ply (3), then a cutting step (c), during which the straight-thread ply (3) is inserted into a cutter (8) and the straight-thread ply (3) is severed transversely so as to form webs, wherein, in said method, the frontal width (W3) of the straight-thread ply (3) that is produced during the butt-joining step (b) and then inserted into the cutter (8) is equal to or greater than 50%, equal to or greater than 75%, equal to or greater than 80%, or even equal to or greater than 90%,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale Des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Lhospitalier
  • Patent number: 11401653
    Abstract: A method of making a floor covering including a tufted textile substrate and a reinforcement backing system. A layer of reinforcement fibers is positioned on the ends of yarn stitches. Applicators are operationally connected such that adhesive is forced into the reinforcement fiber layer towards a primary backing substrate, and adhesive is also substantially simultaneously directed to form a pool of adhesive between the applicators, and a portion of the pool of adhesive is also substantially simultaneously applied as a layer of adhesive on the reinforcement fiber layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Higgins Research & Development, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth B. Higgins
  • Patent number: 11398639
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for the manufacture of membrane electrode assemblies, comprising: a first carriage traversable along a first track, the first carriage having a support platform; a second carriage traversable along a second track, the second carriage having a support platform; sheet supplying means for supplying sheets comprising a gas diffusion layer onto the support platforms of the carriages; and supply means for supplying a continuous web comprising an ion-conducting membrane between at least a portion of the first and second tracks, wherein the system is arranged to align the first and second carriages either side of the continuous web with the support platforms of the first and second carriages facing the continuous web, whereby the system is suitable for adhering sheets carried thereby to opposite sides of the continuous web in an aligned configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Limited
    Inventors: John Bettey, Richard Cunliffe, Stewart Huxley, Lee Alan Sweetland
  • Patent number: 11390040
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method by which stitch openings in the area of a seam in a plastic skin (10), in particular a PVC or TPU skin, are sealed, said PVC or TPU skin being provided for a foamed part. Foamed parts of this type are used especially as interior fitting parts, e.g. as a dashboard, in the field of automobile manufacturing. The invention further relates to a PVC or TPU skin comprising a seam of said type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: FRIMO GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Oliver Massbaum, Jürgen Bäumker
  • Patent number: 11390060
    Abstract: A method for surface preparation of composite substrates prior to adhesive bonding. A curable surface treatment layer containing blocked isocyanate compounds is applied onto a curable composite substrate, followed by co-curing. The surface treatment layer may be a resin layer without fibers or a removal peel ply composed of resin-impregnated fabric. After surface preparation, the composite substrate is provided with a chemically-active, bondable surface that can be adhesively bonded to another composite substrate to form a covalently-bonded structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Jessica L. Wallick, Leonard A. MacAdams
  • Patent number: 11376887
    Abstract: A hot-stamping foil has a carrier that is a base film or a coated base film, and a laminated optical decoration formed on the carrier in a removable manner. The laminated optical decoration includes a laminated optical structure, an anchor layer formed on the laminated optical structure at a side opposite against the carrier, the anchor layer being a mixture of an acid-modified polyolefin and a vinyl chloride-vinyl acetate copolymer, and an adhesive layer which is formed on the anchor layer at a side opposite against the laminated optical structure. The adhesive layer has an adhesive domain containing an acid-modified polyolefin as a major component, and a non-adhesive domain containing a blocking preventing agent as a major component. The blocking preventing agent is one or both of a resin filler and an inorganic filler. A glass transition point of the blocking preventing agent is greater than 60° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Hanako Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11364858
    Abstract: Methods of producing core layers with a variable basis weight across a width of the core layer are described. The core layers can be used in vehicle headliners to permit proper side air bag deployment in the vehicles during crashes. Systems and various materials used to produce the core layers are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Hanwha Azdel, Inc.
    Inventors: Peng Cheng, Mark O. Mason, Andrew Anderson, Mark Fero, Shriram Joshi, Jonathan Rosin, Anthony Messina
  • Patent number: 11351766
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method of making synthetic turf. The method comprises applying an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer adhesive to a first primary surface of a tufted primary backing to form a coating thereon and wherein the primary backing is tufted with a plurality of synthetic filaments to form a face pile extending outwardly from a second primary surface of the synthetic turf opposite the first primary surface and heating the ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer adhesive to a temperature above its melting point so that the ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer adhesive melts and at least partially flows into the primary backing. The method also comprises heating a linear low-density polyethylene film to a temperature below the softening point of the film and pressing the heated linear low-density polyethylene film into contact with the polymer coated first primary surface of the tufted primary backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Textile Rubber and Chemical Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Giuseppe V Tambasco
  • Patent number: 11350701
    Abstract: Described is a shoe upper for a shoe, in particular an athletic shoe, wherein the shoe upper is laceless and comprises: (a.) a lateral portion; (b.) a medial portion; and (c.) at least an elastic intermediate portion between the lateral portion and the medial portion, wherein the stiffness of at least one of the lateral portion and the medial portion is at least 2 times higher than the stiffness of the elastic intermediate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: ADIDAS AG
    Inventors: Fu Wen Lee, LuLu Chen, Sam Forester
  • Patent number: 11357143
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems disclosed herein relate to the application of a protective film on a surface of an electronic device that instantly reduces air bubbles and eliminates the waiting time usually required when using a wet fluid solution. In one embodiment, a roller device may include a carriage or housing and one or more rollers coupled or integrated with the housing, configured to apply a protective material to a surface of the electronic device in a first orientation, and configured to function as a device stand in a second orientation. In addition or alternatively, a roller guide apparatus and/or a wedge may be utilized to assist the roller device in applying the protective material to the surface of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Shraddha Patel, Charlie LaColla, Thai Dinh, Vivian Chou
  • Patent number: 11345556
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes: a holding mechanism configured to hold suction members; and a driving device including a rotary shaft which is rotatable about a second axis parallel to the first axis and a connecting mechanism configured to connect the rotary shaft and suction members to each other; and a support mechanism configured to support the holding mechanism and the drive device. The connecting mechanism is connected to the suction members in a state where the suction members are movable in a radial direction of the circle about the first axis. The support mechanism supports the holding mechanism and the drive device such that the holding mechanism and the drive device are relatively movable from each other in a direction orthogonal to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sato, Takashi Arima, Kouji Utani
  • Patent number: 11338471
    Abstract: A sheet manufacturing apparatus includes a coarse crushing portion that crushes a raw material containing a fiber into coarse crushed pieces, a defibrating portion that defibrates the coarse crushed pieces into a defibrated material, a sieve portion that includes a plurality of openings, a sheet forming portion that uses the defibrated material passing through the opening of the sieve portion to form a sheet, and a transport passage that transports the defibrated material, which has not passed through the opening of the sieve portion, between the coarse crushing portion and the defibrating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuma Miyazawa, Toshiaki Yamagami, Masahide Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11339906
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for joining pipes includes a plate for melting mating surfaces of the pipes to be joined. Additionally, the apparatus utilizes a vacuum in order to push the first and second pipes together in lieu of hand or mechanical pressure which may be inconsistent. Additionally, the vacuum allows the pipes to be joined to settle on each other in order to create a pressure about a periphery of the end of the pipe being joined to the other pipe. The consistent pressure creates a very strong joint between the first and second pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Robert J. Morrow
  • Patent number: 11331864
    Abstract: Resin infusing a composite preform includes placing a first vacuum bagging film over a tool surface and the composite preform to define a sealed first chamber. A bridge structure has an underside defining a cavity above the first vacuum bagging film. A second vacuum bagging film is placed over the first vacuum bagging film and the bridge structure to define a sealed second chamber. At least partial vacuum pressure is applied to the first chamber to drive resin from a resin supply through the first chamber, infusing the composite preform with resin. Partial vacuum pressure is applied inside the second chamber and an exterior pressure is applied outside the second vacuum bagging film while. The exterior pressure exceeds the pressure applied to the first and second chambers, thereby compacting the composite preform outside of a region, with the bridge supporting the second vacuum bagging film against the exterior pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Richard Roberts
  • Patent number: 11326304
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for adhering a textile material to an elastomer, the process comprising the steps of pretreating the textile material with at least one polyester of an ?-?-unsaturated carboxylic acid, contacting the pretreated textile material with an unvulcanized elastomer, and vulcanizing the product obtained. The present invention additionally encompasses an elastomer article obtainable by this process and also the use of a polyester of an ?-?-unsaturated carboxylic acid for improving the adhesion of a textile material to an elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: ContiTech Antriebssysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Teves, Michael Well
  • Patent number: 11318727
    Abstract: Provided is a method for fixing particles on a two-dimensional filter medium with open pores. The particles are to be fixed on the upper side of the filter medium. The method involves contacting the particles with an adhesive solution from the lower side of the filter medium through the pores. The method makes it possible to fix particles in a simple and inexpensive manner to the filter medium, such that subsequent microscopic or SEM/EDX investigation is impaired as little as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Jörn Lepelmeier
  • Patent number: 11318647
    Abstract: A method of microcellular foam molding an article is provided with filling a mold with a polyolefin compound; forming crosslinks in the mold to obtain a crosslinked mold; dissolving a supercritical fluid into the crosslinked mold under a predetermined pressure and at a predetermined temperature for a predetermined period of time to obtain a second mold configured to allow the supercritical fluid to effuse through; and heating the second mold at a second predetermine temperature for a predetermined foaming time until a foamed article is finished in the second mold. A second embodiment involves using elastomers as foaming materials is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Zhenhuan Luo, Fuqi Liu