Patents Examined by Monica A. Huson
  • Patent number: 10995032
    Abstract: A method of making a glass mat includes providing an assembly of glass fibers, applying a binder composition to the assembly of glass fibers, wherein the binder includes an organic resin, and curing the binder composition while dimensionally constraining the assembly of glass fibers. Dimensional constraining includes directly contacting a first major surface and a second major surface of the assembly of glass fibers between two substantially parallel surfaces. Further provided is a glass mat that includes an assembly of glass fibers, wherein the assembly of glass fibers are substantially randomly oriented with a tensile anisotropy of less than about 6 in any two directions. The glass mat has a decreased surface roughness and a decreased caliper compared to an equivalent glass mat having an assembly of naturally packed glass fibers with an equivalent fiber diameter size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN ADFORS CANADA, LTD.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Peet, Nancy E. Brown, Tao Yu, Gary Charles Hildreth
  • Patent number: 10995194
    Abstract: The invention relates to elastomeric compositions containing filler particles that are predominantly two-dimensional in shape. The elastomeric compositions exhibit significantly improved thermal, chemical, and mechanical properties as compared with elastomers containing conventional fillers such as natural clay, carbon black, and carbon fiber. In addition, the elastomeric compositions of the invention exhibit improved resistance to solvent-induced swelling and to unwanted permeation of gases such as hydrogen sulfide. The invention also provides a method of forming such elastomeric compositions and methods of using such elastomeric compositions to prepare elastomeric articles with improved resistance to thermal, chemical, and mechanical stresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HYDRIL USA DISTRIBUTION LLC
    Inventors: Sitaraman Krishnan, Malavarayan Sankarasubramanian, John C. Moosbrugger, Monavareh Torabizadeh, Zackary Putnam, Ming Yu Huang, Yuhua Dong
  • Patent number: 10995909
    Abstract: A hydrogen tank body includes a base layer formed of a synthetic resin selected from the group consisting of silicon resin, polyphenylene sulfide, polybutylene terephthalate, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene, polyethylene, and polycarbonate, and a liner layer formed of hydrogen impermeable resin, on an inside wall surface of the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuki Imai
  • Patent number: 10987881
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a turbine-engine blade from a preform made from polymerized composite material in a mold comprising a bottom part and a top part, comprising at least one closure step during which the top part of said mold is attached to the bottom part of the mold containing the preform, wherein it comprises, prior to said closure step, at least one insertion substep during which a first end of an immobilization element is inserted in a bottom part of the preform in a substantially transverse direction, and a positioning substep during which a second, opposite end of said element is disposed in a complementary reception cavity emerging in the bottom part of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Nicolas Ashtari, Marc-Emmanuel Techer
  • Patent number: 10981311
    Abstract: An injection-molding method for manufacturing a sleeve (1) comprising a cylindroconical body comprising at least one deformable bellows portion (2) arranged in line with a base (3), by means of tooling comprising a mold (8) formed of at least two portions (81, 82) defining a mold cavity and a core that can be inserted into the mold cavity, and comprising a first cylindroconical portion (11) provided externally with a helical thread that is complementary to a helical thread of the mold (8) and a second portion (15) that is complementary to a recessed portion of the mold (8), said method comprises a step of filling the mold spaces left free between the core and the inside of the mold cavity (9), a step of opening the mold (8) during which, or at the end of which, the second portion (15) of the core is moved axially in a direction parallel to the winding axis (XX?) of the threads of the helical thread going away from the first portion (11) of the core, and a step of driving relative turning movement of the sleev
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Bernard Renzo
  • Patent number: 10981339
    Abstract: A luggage shell fabrication method includes the step of making a thermoplastic sheet into a shell using a vacuum molding method, the step of placing the shell in a female mold area of a heating mold, the step of applying a molten thermosetting plastic layer to the inner surface of the shell; and the step of pressing the thermosetting plastic layer toward the inner surface of the shell and simultaneously heating the molten thermosetting plastic layer and the shell for causing the shell and the thermosetting plastic layer to be combined with each other to form a luggage shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Quest Composite Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan-Hong Liao, Su-Chun Wu
  • Patent number: 10982027
    Abstract: A polymer composition adapted for use in injection stretch blow molding may include a metallocene random propylene-based copolymer in the absence of a clarifier. The metallocene random propylene-based copolymer may exhibit a melting point of from 105° C. to less than 175° C., a recrystallization temperature ranging from 85° C. to 100° C. as measured by DSC, a microtacticity ranging from 89% to 99%, a molecular weight (Mw) ranging from 170,000 to 210,000, and a melt flow rate of from about 1 dg/min. to about 40 dg/min. A method of forming an injection stretch blow molded (ISBM) article may include providing the metallocene random propylene-based copolymer, injection molding the metallocene random propylene-based copolymer in the absence of a clarifier into a preform, and stretch-blowing the preform into an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Luyi Sun, Mark Leland
  • Patent number: 10981307
    Abstract: A method of producing a molded product includes preparing a mold for insert molding, setting an insert member, forming a cavity in a condition in which the insert member is disposed by closing the mold and injecting a molten resin into the cavity. The mold for insert molding includes first and second molds, and the first mold has a guide surface provided at a part corresponding to a trunk portion of the molded product within a wall surface defining a groove portion which constitutes a part of the cavity. The insert member is set at the groove portion of the first mold while the projecting portion being guided by the guide surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaaki Udagawa, Yohei Doi, Daigo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10974444
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a hyper-elastic three-dimensional (3D) sandwich panel is disclosed, the method comprising printing a plurality of layers, the plurality of layers comprising a central composite core and upper and lower sandwich face layers; and regulating a temperature of each printed layer to match melting point temperature of a consecutive layer being subsequently printed on top of a previously printed layer, wherein the plurality of layers are printed one layer at a time. The multi-layered and multi-material hyper-elastic three-dimensional (3D) sandwich panel is a central composite rubber core stacked between upper and lower sandwich face layers made of reinforced glass-fiber, wherein the central composite rubber core further comprises a core lower face layer, a central core layer and a core upper face layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Waleed Khalil Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10967584
    Abstract: The method of forming reinforced fiber base material is provided with: arranging, on the mold having a projection with a upper surface, a platform that is adjacent to the projection and has a flat upper surface at the same height as the upper surface of the projection; forming the laminate by placing reinforced fiber base material in layers on the upper surface of the projection; placing an end of the laminate in the width direction extending out of the upper surface of the projection, on the upper surface of the platform, with the end of the laminate in the width direction sandwiched in a vertical direction by a pair of the films of which outer ends in the width direction are fixed to each other; and removing the platform and pulling out the pair of the films while shaping the laminate along the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: Kensuke Matsumoto, Toru Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10967556
    Abstract: A medical device includes a balloon expanded scaffold (or stent) crimped to a catheter having a balloon. The scaffold is crimped to the balloon by a process that includes using protective polymer sheaths or sheets during crimping, and resetting the sheaths or sheets during the crimping to avoid or minimize interference between the polymer material and scaffold struts as the scaffold is reduced in size. Balloon pressure is adjusted when the polymer material is reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Karen J. Wang, Boyd V. Knott, Edward P. Garcia
  • Patent number: 10968323
    Abstract: A reinforced polymer composite includes a polymer matrix, a strengthening agent, and a dispersing agent. The strengthening agent is a natural fiber having an aspect ratio between 6 and 12 and is included in the composite in amounts up to 30 wt %. The dispersing agent is coconut shell powder having an aspect ratio between 1 and 3 and is included in the composite in amounts up to 10 wt %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ESSENTIUM, INC.
    Inventors: Blake Teipel, Elisa Teipel, Matt Kirby, Ryan Vano
  • Patent number: 10960592
    Abstract: A computer-implemented simulation method for use in a molding process by a computer process is disclosed. The method includes steps of specifying a simulating domain comprising a mold cavity and a barrel of an injection machine, wherein the barrel is configured to connect to the mold cavity; creating at least one mesh by dividing at least part of the simulating domain; specifying boundary conditions of the mesh by taking into consideration at least one motion of a screw in the barrel; and simulating a first injection-molding process of a molding material by using the boundary conditions to generate a plurality of molding conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Coretech System Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Chung Hsu, You-Sheng Zhou, Chia-Hsiang Hsu, Rong-Yeu Chang
  • Patent number: 10953588
    Abstract: According to the present invention, in order to improve the productivity of an injection stretch blow molding machine, when a core mold is lifted during mold opening at an injection molding part of the injection stretch blow molding machine, stress is dispersed so as not to concentrate at an area where the thickness changes between a preform opening and a preform body so that the preform body is inhibited from being lifted at a skin layer formed in the area where the thickness changes between the preform opening and the preform body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: A.K. Technical Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventor: Shigeto Aoki
  • Patent number: 10954337
    Abstract: A container made by blow molding out of crystallisable polymers having regular sequence of variations in molecular pre-alignment/orientation between different locations of the cross-section of the preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: KEIRYO PACKAGING SA
    Inventor: Steven Dircx
  • Patent number: 10946609
    Abstract: A method for wrapping a stream of material or stream of layers of materials includes feeding a stream of material or stream of layers of materials into a die containing a wrapping deflector which acts to wrap the stream into a tubular or profile shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Guill Tool & Engineering Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Guillemette, Robert Peters
  • Patent number: 10946595
    Abstract: An apparatus for molding a part includes a plunger cavity, a plunger, and a mold cavity, wherein the plunger is oriented out-of-plane with respect to a major surface of the mold cavity, and first and second vents couples to respective first and second portions of the mold cavity. In a method, resin and fiber are forced into the mold cavity from a plunger cavity, and at least some of the fibers and resin are preferentially flowed to certain region in the mold cavity via the use of vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Arris Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Erick Davidson, Ethan Escowitz, Sean Hennessee, Riley Reese
  • Patent number: 10933577
    Abstract: A unitary deflection member and a method for making a unitary deflection member is disclosed. The method can include the steps of: providing an additive manufacturing making apparatus; providing a material for the unitary deflection member, the material being compatible for use with the additive manufacturing making apparatus; generating a 3-D digital image of objects in a repeat element of the unitary deflection member, the objects including at least a reinforcing member and at least one protuberance of the unitary deflection member; assembling the objects into a digitized file including the at least one protuberance being on said reinforcing member; importing the digitized file to make numerical control file; and depositing the material using the additive manufacturing making apparatus to make the unitary deflection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Allen Manifold, John Leslie Brent, Jr., James Michael Singer
  • Patent number: 10933567
    Abstract: A method of producing a molded product includes preparing a mold for insert molding, setting an insert member, forming a cavity in a condition in which the insert member is disposed by closing the mold and injecting a molten resin into the cavity. The mold for insert molding includes first and second molds, and the first mold has a guide surface provided at a part corresponding to a trunk portion of the molded product within a wall surface defining a groove portion which constitutes a part of the cavity. The insert member is set at the groove portion of the first mold while the projecting portion being guided by the guide surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaaki Udagawa, Yohei Doi, Daigo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10933622
    Abstract: Methods of creating and heat-treating 3D-printed objects may involve creating an object utilizing a 3D printer. The object may be moved from the 3D printer to a heat-treatment apparatus. The object may be exposed to an elevated temperature and pressure may be applied to the object utilizing a pressure-transmission medium of the heat-treatment apparatus. The 3D printer and heat-treatment apparatus may in a unified process flow volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Madison S. Burns, Luke Alan Boyer, Christoph Wangenheim, James Andy Oxford, Sobieslaw Gacek