Patents Examined by Michael W. Ball
  • Patent number: 6896755
    Abstract: Processes for producing a holographic material wherein the holographic image is formed on a polished, substantially smooth surface of a printing element and then transferred the holographic image to a substrate. A coating is applied to the smooth surface of the printing element to provide a coated surface, the coated surface is embossed or engraved to provide the holographic image, and the holographic image is then transferred to a substrate via a bonding material, thereby producing the holographic material. The holographic material may be used to provide a decorative cover for an object or item, such as a floral grouping or a potted plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 6783617
    Abstract: A filter rod making machine wherein successive increments of a stream constituting a converted tow of filamentary filter material for tobacco smoke are contacted by a compressing tool which is vibrated at a frequency and/or amplitude sufficient to prevent over-heating of the tool and/or of filaments of filter material, such as acetate fibers. Conversion of the tow into the stream and the wrapping of the compressed stream into a running web of filter paper are carried out in a conventional manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Hauni Maschinenbau AG
    Inventor: Heinz-Christen Lorenzen
  • Patent number: 6780271
    Abstract: Process for the continuous solvent-free and mastication-free production of self-adhesive compositions based on non-thermoplastic elastomers in a continuously operating apparatus having a filling section and a compounding section, comprising a) feeding the solid components of the self-adhesive composition, such as elastomers and resins, into the filling section of the apparatus, optionally feeding of fillers, colorants and/or crosslinkers, b) transferring the solid components of the self-adhesive composition from the filling section to the compounding section, c) adding the liquid components of the self-adhesive composition, such as plasticizers, crosslinkers and/or further tackifier resins to the compounding section, d) preparing a homogeneous self-adhesive composition in the compounding section, and e) discharging the self-adhesive composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: tesa AG
    Inventors: Axel Burmeister, Sven Hansen, Frank Henke, Ralf Hirsch, Heiko Leydecker, Klaus Massow, Jochen Stähr
  • Patent number: 6758931
    Abstract: An apparatus for retreading tires is disclosed. The apparatus has a rotatable hub for the mounting of a buffed tire casing. The apparatus also has a cushion gum applicator that is configured to stretch a length of cushion gum onto a tire casing. Further, the apparatus has a tread dispenser that is configured to automatically dispense a length of tire tread based on the circumference of at least one of the tire casing and the tire casing plus the cushion gum. Further still, the apparatus includes a tread applicator that is configured to stretch the length of tire tread onto the cushion gum. The entire apparatus including the cushion gum applicator, the tread dispenser, and the tread applicator are integrated into a single tire bench machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Bandag, Incorporated
    Inventors: Estes M. Daugherty, Steven W. Mory
  • Patent number: 6736921
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting and staking a pile weatherstrip to an extrusion in an inline process is disclosed. The insertion assembly includes a removable/replaceable pile channel. The staking assembly includes a linear translating staking pin moveably mounted relative to an extrusion path such that the pin travels with the extrusion from an upstream position to a downstream position during contact with the extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Schlegel Corporation
    Inventors: Eric A. J. Saward, Allan J. Moon
  • Patent number: 6736176
    Abstract: A tire capable of stably running even if the tire is subjected to external injury without sacrificing rolling resistance and ride comfort in the usual running before being subjected to external injury, is provided. A composite body consists of a continuous phase of a resin and closed cells arranged in an inside of a hollow doughnut-shaped tire and the composite body has a cell content of 80.00 vol % to 98.75 vol %, and an internal pressure at 25° C. in the closed cell included therein is not less than 150 kPa as an absolute pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Teratani
  • Patent number: 6706133
    Abstract: A method for end-to end joining of paper rolls into a continuous core master is provided. The primary goal of the method is to produce usable paper roll cores from those returned for recycling after use. According to the aforementioned method, the ends of core sections are reworked into complementary shapes required for mating a joint, glue is applied to the complementary mating surfaces of the joint, the ends of the core sections are pushed in an axial direction abutting each other and the glue is set. The cross section of the cores is trued circular at least over the area of the joined core sections by applying a radial, compressive trueing force on the joint. The trueing force is also used for braking axial travel of the core sections during the joining of the core sections. An apparatus for implementing the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: A.P.E.-Trading Oy
    Inventor: Matti Erkkilä
  • Patent number: 6702978
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a method for producing a tube preform using an injection moulding method. The inventor of the present invention has found that in the case of using an injection moulding method to produce tube preforms which can be constructed with either one layer or a plurality of layers, and of subsequent extension, in particular by heating the preform, and biaxial expansion by means of compressed air, a tube can be obtained which, on the one hand, has a tube shoulder with the strength required by industrial thread and, on the other hand, has a lateral surface which exhibits the softness desired for a tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: Hans Kuehn
  • Patent number: 6701990
    Abstract: The roll forming machine comprise a series of rollers 14, 20, 28 and 36 for shaping a fabric 13 such as a fabric impregnated with a curable matrix. A feed roller 36 is provided for feeding a length of material 37 such as a tow of fibres onto the fabric during or subsequent to the shaping process. The roll forming process is particularly useful in the manufacture of blade stiffeners for an aircraft wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Airbus UK Limited
    Inventors: Graham J. Burley, Stephen Williams, Allan J. Kaye
  • Patent number: 6698485
    Abstract: A device for fast, easy and cost-effective de-airing of different shape, size and thickness laminates that comprises a flexible vacuum ring with a built-in longitudinal channel that can be matingly mounted about a periphery of a multi-ply laminate, and a male connector part attached to one end of the flexible vacuum ring, where the male connector is shaped such that the longitudinal channel can slide onto the male connector to form an airtight seal while still providing gas flow through the flexible vacuum ring mounted about the periphery of the laminate. The device can be readily applied to and removed from the assemblies to be laminated, and is constructed to be applicable to any size, shape or thickness laminate, particularly the one with sharp corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Solutia, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan H. L. Crommen, Swaminathan S. Kalyana
  • Patent number: 6695942
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing motor car steering wheels with an external shell made of composite materials, which comprises preparing a pile of sheets of composite materials, hot molding thereof for obtaining respective half-shells with a shape corresponding to that of respective halves of the steering wheel being manufactured, mechanical flattening of the front surfaces of the two half-shells, applying the two half-shells to opposite parts of a steering wheel body formed by a metallic core covered by resin, and mutual fixing of the two half-shells along said front surfaces. After flattening, the front surfaces of the two half-shells are mechanically worked to form respective complementary teeth which can be male-female coupled when the two half-shells are applied around the steering wheel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Breed Automotive Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Testa
  • Patent number: 6692603
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for producing absorbent articles comprising molded airlaid webs and other molded fibrous webs. The molded webs can offer improved body fit and/or improved fluid handling. Molded airlaid webs, for example, can be formed having a central longitudinal hump and flexure zones longitudinally removed from the central hump to provide good contact with the body and improved fit when the article is squeezed from the sides. Molding can be achieved when a binder material is activated by an energy source and the web is held against a molding substrate. Energy sources can include microwaves, heated air, heated metal surfaces, ultraviolet radiation, ultrasonic energy, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dean Lindsay, Fung-jou Chen, Robert Eugene Vogt, Julie Marie Bednarz, Tong Sun, Kambiz Bayat Makoui
  • Patent number: 6692602
    Abstract: A machine for producing corrugated cardboard incorporates a corrugating roll and a glue roll extending parallel to the former in such a way that a glue gap is formed between the two. To adjust the glue gap, the bearing of the glue roll is pushed against the bearing of the corrugating roll with a contact-pressure force A. By means of an adjusting unit the distance of the two bearings is reduced until the force of the bearing contact pressure, which is measured by a force measuring unit, decreases due to a contact occuring between the glue roll and the corrugating roll. The glue roll may have stop rings at its ends to prevent a direct contact between the glue roll and the corrugating roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: BHS Corrugated Maschinen-und Anlagenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann-Josef Mensing, Reinhard Sternitzke, Josef Puff
  • Patent number: 6692610
    Abstract: An improved method of fabricating a device such as OLED is disclosed. The method includes applying an adhesive on a cap or substrate. The adhesive is partially cured to initiate the cross-linking process while remaining in the liquid phase. The cap is then mounted onto the substrate and the adhesive is cured to encapsulate the device. By partially curing the adhesive prior to mounting the cap, the curing of the adhesive can be achieved without prolonged exposure to UV radiation or high temperatures which can adversely impact the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH
    Inventors: Hong Yee Low, Soo Jin Chua, Ewald Karl Michael Guenther
  • Patent number: 6691757
    Abstract: A radial tire for vehicles, comprising two side-cut shields, which are disposed on both sidewalls of the radial tire, the side-cut shields comprising at least two plies, which comprise a first filament array, which consists of mutually substantially parallel filaments, and a second filament array, which consists of mutually substantially parallel filaments, the filaments in the first filament array being at an angle &agr; relative to the filaments of the second filament array, the angle &agr; being 20-90°, and the side-cut shields being disposed to extend from the bead areas of the radial tire to the shoulder areas of the radial tire such that the edges of the side-cut shields facing the shoulder area are disposed between the belt layers and the plies. A method for manufacturing such a radial tire is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Nokian Renkaat Oyj
    Inventor: Veikko Oksanen
  • Patent number: 6692609
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a laminated electronic component, in which magnetic layers and conductive patterns for coil are sequentially provided, a coil pattern is enclosed between the magnetic layers inside a laminated body, and a nonmagnetic section is provided between adjacent conductive patterns for coil, the coil pattern being provided by repeatedly performing: a first step of providing a second magnetic layer over the entire top face of a first magnetic layer, which a first conductive pattern for coil is provided on; a second step of providing a loop-shaped groove in the second magnetic layer by using laser processing; a third step of providing a nonmagnetic section in one portion of the loop-shaped groove; and a fourth step of printing a second conductive pattern for coil so that one end section thereof overlaps the end section of the first conductive pattern for coil and the other end section extends to the surface of the nonmagnetic section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Toko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiichi Kobayashi, Tadayoshi Nagasawa, Yutaka Noguchi, Hiroyasu Mori, Mitsuo Sakakura
  • Patent number: 6689248
    Abstract: Process for producing an elastomer substrate web, comprising the following process steps: a) feeding in a polymer mixture, in particular into a mixer, b) conveying the ready-prepared polymer mixture to a calender, comprising at least two rollers, c) forming the polymer mixture out in the calender into a web, d) applying an auxiliary substrate in web form by means of a pressure-exerting roller, which is in contact with the last forming calender roller, for receiving the web, and e) if appropriate, cooling, crosslinking and/or winding up the web located on the auxiliary substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventors: Jochen Stähr, Axel Burmeister, Hermann Neuhaus-Steinmetz, Uwe Schümann
  • Patent number: 6689246
    Abstract: A box-structure airfoil is constructed of a composite material uppers skin, a composite material lower a skin 12 and a spar. Ribs and an elongate projection are formed integrally on the inner surface of each of the two skins. The upper and lower skins and the spar are simultaneously bonded by an adhesive to form a single structure. Since the ribs and the elongate projection are one-piece formed with each skin, it is possible to reduce the number of principal constituent components. Furthermore, since assembly operation is made by using the adhesive, there is no need for fasteners or the like for assembling. Moreover, the flanges on both sides of the spar can also be bonded to the respective skins. According to the invention, it is possible to reduce the number of principal constituent components and that of assembling components of an airfoil, thereby achieving its cost reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Japan Aircraft Development Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Hirahara, Yasuo Isano, Ryuhei Shimizu, Kazuaki Amaoka
  • Patent number: 6688358
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire comprises a pair of sidewall portions each provided on the axially outer surface thereof with a side protector, the side protector comprising at least two concentric ribs and at least one circumferential groove defined therebetween, the circumferential groove composed of a series of deep parts and shallow parts which alternate in the tire circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6685792
    Abstract: An optical panel having a small inlet, and a method of making a small inlet optical panel, are disclosed, which optical panel includes a individually coating, stacking, and cutting a first plurality of stacked optical waveguides to form an outlet face body with an outlet face, individually coating, stacking, and cutting a second plurality of stacked optical waveguides to form an inlet face body with an inlet face, and connecting an optical coupling element to the first plurality and second plurality of stacked optical waveguides, wherein the optical coupling element redirects light along a parallel axis of the inlet face to a parallel axis of the outlet face. In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the inlet face is disposed obliquely with and askew from the outlet face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Brookhaven Science Associates
    Inventors: James T. Veligdan, David E. Slobodin