Patents Examined by Michael Tolin
  • Patent number: 10710471
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a seat cushion material, the seat cushion material including a front layer part and a back layer part having a back side surface, the method including: preparing for molding the seat cushion by attaching the back layer part to an upper die having an upper cavity surface; molding the seat cushion material by adding foamed resin raw material forming on a lower cavity surface of a lower die and then by closing the upper die to which the back layer part is attached, the lower cavity surface being provided with a plurality of protrusions which is configured to be brought into contact with a seating surface side of the back layer part and press the back layer part against the upper cavity surface when the upper die to which the back layer part is attached is closed; and demolding the molded seat cushion material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Murata, Tomohiro Sakashita, Kensuke Inuzuka
  • Patent number: 10682780
    Abstract: A facer facing the ends of polyolefin pipes for butt fusion is modular in the sense that it employs three types of modules, a drive unit, two blade holders and a motor assembly, that are separable from one another and each independently light enough to be hand-lifted along walls and up to ceilings. The drive unit module is adjustable to accommodate different guide rail spacings. The blade holder modules are interchangeable to accommodate different diameters of pipe. The motor assembly module has multispeed capability to accommodate the total area of material to be faced. Each module can be exchanged or modified without use of tools to change the geometry of the assembled facer to accommodate different fusion machines and/or diameters of pipe within working spaces dictated by the diameter of the pipe and not by a fixed geometry of a facer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MCELROY MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Thoman, Arthur H. McElroy, II, Jason A. Lawrence, Paul John Donaldson, Brian M. O'Connell, Seth P. Ahrens
  • Patent number: 10682818
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing a structural member includes moving fibers (130) along an assembly line (100), applying binder to spaced apart fibers (130) extending across a first area, and applying a traction agent (178) to at least one of the fibers and the binder. A tapered die (180) has a first portion (195) with a first greater diameter positioned to receive the fibers and a second portion with a second lesser diameter positioned downstream of the first portion. Guiding the fibers along the die and decreasing a distance between the plurality of fibers with the die. After decreasing the distance between the plurality of fibers, the fibers extend across a second area that is smaller than the first area, and the plurality of fibers are shaped with a shaping station. Traction agent increases friction between at least one of the fibers and either an adjacent fiber or the die during shaping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Neuvokas Corporation
    Inventors: Erik John Kiilunen, Kenneth Brian Keranen, Matthew Paul Kero
  • Patent number: 10675828
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a midsole including a polymeric bladder element enclosing a fluid-filled interior cavity, a first outsole component secured to a bottom surface and to a side surface of the polymeric bladder element, and a second outsole component. The first outsole component includes a first base, and a wall integral with the first base. The second outsole component includes a second base secured to the first base, and a wall integral with the second base and secured to the outer surface of the wall of the first outsole component. A method of manufacturing the article of footwear includes thermoforming the bladder element and the first outsole component, and securing the second outsole component to the first outsole component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidencio Campos, II, Frederick J. Dojan, Zachary M. Elder, Eric L. Fliss, Samuel Heinzman, Troy C. Lindner, Benjamin J. Monfils, Melanie N. Moteberg, Lee D. Peyton, Eric S. Schindler
  • Patent number: 10675838
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present technology include molding processes for metallic foams, apparatuses, and products. An example method includes placing an uncompressed charge of conductive metal foam into a cavity disposed on a first tool, wherein the first tool is located on a first portion of a compression mold apparatus, translating the first portion of the compression mold apparatus towards a second portion of the compression mold apparatus so as to compress the uncompressed charge of conductive metal foam, creating a compressed charge of conductive metal foam, and overmolding around and through the compressed charge of conductive metal foam with an overmolding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Fourté International, SDN. BHD
    Inventors: James J. Farquhar, Darryl G. McBride
  • Patent number: 10675575
    Abstract: In a method for producing a filter medium, at least one substrate layer of a nonwoven comprising cellulose fibers and/or synthetic polymer fibers is provided and a fiber layer of polymer fibers is deposited on the at least one substrate layer. Prior to depositing the fiber layer, a solvent is applied to the at least one substrate layer, wherein a material of the substrate layer and/or a material of the fiber layer is soluble in the solvent. A filter medium produced by the method has material-fused connections at crossing points of the polymer fibers and/or cellulose fibers of the substrate layer with the polymer fibers of the fiber layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Neumann, Anton Kreiner, Markus Weindl, Christian Zisslsberger
  • Patent number: 10663101
    Abstract: A method is shown for installing a heat tube on a section of pre-insulated piping. A metal carrier pipe is covered with a first layer of foam insulation. Next, a routing device is used to cut a longitudinal slot along the length of the pipe so that the pipe exterior surface is exposed from the insulation. A heat tube is then installed within the longitudinal slot, whereby the heat tube contacts the exterior surface of the metal carrier pipe. A second layer of foam insulation is then sprayed onto the exterior of the metal carrier pipe, covering the previously formed longitudinal slot and installed heat tube. A polyolefin coating is then applied over the insulation to form a protective outer jacket for the insulated pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Thermacor Process, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Keyes, Clinton James Riggin
  • Patent number: 10655255
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a nonwoven fabric having high tensile strength and high tear strength. The laminate nonwoven fabric of the present invention is a laminated nonwoven fabric obtained by thermally press-contacting a thermoplastic continuous fiber layer as an outer layer with both surfaces of an interlayer, wherein the ratio (F1/F2) between the average oblateness (F1) of the thermoplastic continuous fiber present on the surface side and the average oblateness (F2) of the thermoplastic continuous fiber present on the inner side is 1.20 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI FIBERS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Inokuma, Norihisa Matsuo, Minoru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10646385
    Abstract: A medical device including a plasma-treated porous substrate that is functionalized to provide a hydrophilic surface, and a process for preparing such a medical device, are disclosed. The method includes plasma treating at least a portion of a surface of a porous substrate with a gas species selected from oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and combination thereof. The gas species is configured to functionalize the surface of the medical device and form a hydrophilic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Gerald Hodgkinson
  • Patent number: 10648534
    Abstract: A link belt is provided wherein the link belt is formed of a plurality of links forming a series of links in successive overlapping relation. The link belt includes a first end having a first connector and a second end having a second connector so that the first connector is connected with the second connector to form a continuous loop of link belt. The link belt is formed by applying a lateral force against the assembled link belt while the link belt is under an axial tension to stretch the belt. After the step of stretching the belt, the first connector is connected with the second connector to form a continuous belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FENNER U.S., INC.
    Inventors: Eric S. Mosser, Tyson Gabler
  • Patent number: 10639856
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a part for a wind turbine blade, and in particular a part of a shear web for a wind turbine blade, is described. The method comprises pultruding the part, wherein an in-line shaping of the part is performed, to provide a part having a cross-sectional profile which varies in the longitudinal length of the part. Providing a shear web having a portion which varies in cross-sectional profile results in production of a wind turbine blade part which can be accurately controlled to have precise geometrical profile corresponding to a desired blade profile, with minimal waste of materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: LM WP PATENT HOLDING A/S
    Inventor: Lars Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10632670
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an object, comprising depositing a first layer of first object material on a support substrate electrode; applying a conductive agent material onto the first layer; depositing a first layer of charged powder on an intermediate substrate; conveying the first layer of charged powder on the intermediate substrate proximate to the first layer of first object material; and applying a transferring electric field to cause transfer of the first layer of charged powder from the intermediate substrate onto the first layer on the support substrate electrode, to form a first powder layer on the first layer on the support substrate electrode. Multiple powder layers may be deposited on the first layer. The method may be further comprised of fusing the powder layer(s) to form a first fused layer on the support substrate electrode. A related object fabrication apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Xactiv, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan A. Hays, James Mason, Peter J. Mason, Robert Edward Zeman, David Jackson
  • Patent number: 10632717
    Abstract: A fiber placement system including a compaction roller rotatable about an axis of rotation, the compaction roller including a reflective layer that includes a reflective material dispersed in a polymeric material, and a light source positioned to project a beam of electromagnetic radiation proximate the compaction roller, the beam having a wavelength, wherein the reflective material has a reflectance of at least 80 percent at the wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Stephen G. Moore, Alexandra K. Dillon, Alan G. Burg, Megan M. Petersen
  • Patent number: 10624998
    Abstract: A medical device including a plasma-treated porous substrate that is functionalized to provide a hydrophilic surface, and a process for preparing such a medical device, are disclosed. The method includes plasma treating at least a portion of a surface of a porous substrate with a gas species selected from oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and combination thereof. The gas species is configured to functionalize the surface of the medical device and form a hydrophilic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Gerald Hodgkinson, Ahmad Robert Hadba, Michael Prescott, Richard P. Stevenson, Arthur Hislop
  • Patent number: 10618197
    Abstract: Provided is a gypsum-based board producing apparatus including: a mixer configured to prepare a gypsum slurry; a foaming apparatus; and a pump configured to convey foam generated by the foaming apparatus to the mixer, wherein the pump is a positive displacement pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: YOSHINO GYPSUM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Hirooka, Seigo Ishibashi, Masaru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10618248
    Abstract: A system for forming a facer includes a hydroformer that receives a first fluid and a second fluid. A first fluid line is configured to deliver the first fluid to a first inlet pipe and a second fluid line configured to deliver the second fluid to a second inlet pipe. The first fluid line includes a first fiber source that stores a first type of fibers and a first thick stock pump that pumps the first type of fibers to the first inlet pipe. The second fluid line includes a second fiber source that stores a second type of fibers and a second thick stock pump that pumps the second fluid to the second inlet pipe. The first fluid and second fluid are simultaneously poured or delivered onto a porous belt or surface to form the facer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Souvik Nandi, Glenda B Bennett, Thomas Matthews
  • Patent number: 10611594
    Abstract: An apparatus for coating a part that has an asymmetrical edge. The apparatus includes a film dispenser, a film retriever, a mandrel; and a part holder. Preferably one or both of the mandrel and the part holder move in an angular relationship to one another, and the film dispenser and the film retriever move co-operatively in at least two dimensions with respect to the part holder. There is further provided a film having a first edge and a second edge, and the film can be a decorative coating, a protective coating or combinations of these. The film dispenser holds the first edge of the film, the film is positioned between the mandrel and the part holder and the film retriever holds the film second edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Norm H. Tiilikka, Susana E. Borrero, Ingo Dieter Erhardt, Stefan Rudi Wicklein, Werner Mischer
  • Patent number: 10611889
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the production of saturated fiber structures. The process includes (a) introduction of a fiber structure onto a conveyor belt; (b) application of a solution including monomer and optionally including activator, and optionally including catalyst in at least one line to the fiber structure; (c) passage of the fiber structure with the solution through at least one roll pair in which pressure is exerted on the fiber structure; and (d) cooling of the saturated fiber structure, so that the monomer solidifies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Philippe Desbois, Andreas Wollny, Max Ehleben, Maurice Bitterlich, Katja Zeuner
  • Patent number: 10611058
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of manufacturing a fibre-reinforced polymer composition comprising the steps of providing at least one multifilament strand comprising a plurality of continuous fibre filaments, applying an impregnating agent to said strand to form an impregnated continuous multifilament strand, and embedding the impregnated continuous multifilament strand in a thermoplastic polymer material for providing said fibre reinforced polymer composition, wherein said impregnating agent has a low viscosity at application temperature and is applied by jetting said impregnating agent onto the at least one continuous multifilament strand. The invention is further directed to a device for use in such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Davy Wilhelmus Anna Brands, Tim Dassen
  • Patent number: 10612710
    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: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Robert J. Morrow