Patents Examined by Monica A. Huson
  • Patent number: 11655571
    Abstract: A nonwoven web is made by first depositing fibers as a nonwoven web in a deposition area, then conveying the web away from the deposition area in a web-travel direction, preconsolidating the web in the path, and passing the preconsolidated web between a pair of rollers that compress and final consolidate the preconsolidated web, One of the rollers is separated from the web such that final consolidation of the web at a starting level is stopped and at the same time or immediately beforehand upstream preconsolidation of the web increased. After separating the one roller from the web, another roller is engaged with the web at the consolidation station and then final consolidation is recommenced, whereupon upstream preconsolidation of the web is reduced back to the starting level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: REIFENHAEUSER GMBH & CO. KG MASCHINENFABRIK
    Inventors: Detlef Frey, Hans-Georg Geus, Michael Maas, Martin Neuenhofer, Michael Nitschke, Christine Noack, Hartmut Kopp
  • Patent number: 11648712
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprises a supply unit configured to supply an imprint material to the substrate; a contact unit configured to contact the imprint material that has been supplied to the substrate with a mold; a substrate stage configured to move the substrate; a gas supply unit that is provided between the supply unit and the contact unit, and supply gas toward the substrate; and a flow volume adjustment unit configured to adjust a flow volume of the gas that is supplied from the gas supply unit, while the substrate stage moves the substrate from a supply position at which the imprint material is supplied by the supply unit to a contact position at which the imprint material is contacted with the mold by the contact unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahiro Toyoshima
  • Patent number: 11648725
    Abstract: Provided is a method for heating plastic preforms, wherein the plastic parison are transported along a predetermined transport path and are heated during this transport, wherein at least one first heating section with at least one first heating element as well as at least one second heating section with at least one second heating element is arranged along the transport path, by a first temperature measuring device an actual temperature of the plastic preforms is measured in or before a start region of the transport path, and as a function of this actual temperature of the plastic preforms the at least one first heating element is controlled in such a way that the plastic preforms reach a predetermined target temperature after heating by this at least one first heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Dieter Finger, Thomas Kitzinger
  • Patent number: 11648726
    Abstract: A method for inspecting a device for forming plastic preforms into plastic containers, the device having a transport unit, at which a plurality of forming stations for forming plastic preforms into plastic containers is arranged, and an inspection unit that is arranged after the forming stations in a transport direction of the plastic containers and that determines a wall thickness of these plastic containers in at least one region of the plastic containers produced, includes the following steps: introducing at least one test container that has a predetermined and/or known wall thickness a least in sections, and determining a first wall thickness in at least one area of the container by the inspection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Andreas Stopfer, Stefan Piana, Stefan Schober
  • Patent number: 11642829
    Abstract: A molding device suitable for performing at least one of injection molding of preforms and blow molding of the preforms includes a pitch changing device including: N holding units capable of holding the preforms and arranged at a predetermined pitch in a predetermined direction, N being inter equal to or larger than 2; a coupling unit coupling the holding units adjacent to each other such that the pitch is changeable; a drive unit configured to generate a predetermined drive force; and a drive force transmission unit configured to transmit the drive force to each of one end-side and the other end-side, in the predetermined direction, of the coupled N holding units. The one end-side and the other end-side are configured to be moved in the predetermined direction by the drive force to change the pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: NISSEI ASB MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuji Sakabe
  • Patent number: 11639019
    Abstract: A fin block is provided for a calibrating device for the calibrating of an extruded plastic profile, wherein the fin block includes a back structure and a fin structure having a plurality of fins. The fins are spaced apart from one another and arranged on the back structure in longitudinal direction (L) of the back structure. The back structure of the fin block has a plurality of apertures, the shape and/or arrangement of which within the back structure depends on a predetermined mechanical load capacity for the back structure. Furthermore, a method for the production of the above-mentioned fin block and a calibrating device, which includes a plurality of the above-mentioned fin blocks, is provided. Furthermore, a system for the additive manufacture of the above-mentioned fin block, a corresponding computer program and a corresponding data set is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: KRAUSSMAFFEI TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Esswein, Aron Altmann
  • Patent number: 11639017
    Abstract: A lamella block is provided for a calibrating device for calibrating an extruded profile, wherein the lamella block includes a lamella structure, which has a plurality of lamellae that are spaced apart from each other by grooves and arranged in the longitudinal direction of the lamella block. The lamella structure has a variably designed division in the longitudinal direction of the lamella block. Further provided is a method for manufacturing the aforementioned lamella block, as well as a calibrating device, which includes a plurality of the lamella blocks mentioned above. Also provided is a system for additively fabricating the lamella blocks mentioned above, a corresponding computer program and a corresponding dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: KRAUSSMAFFEI TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Esswein, Walter Breuning, Stefan Buhl
  • Patent number: 11639020
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for simultaneously forming and filling a plastic container without the use of a mold forming a mold cavity (116, 16) is provided. A pressure source (120, 20) includes an inlet (146, 150, 46, 50) and a piston-like device (140, 40). The piston-like device (140, 40) is moveable in a first direction wherein liquid is drawn into the pressure source (120, 20) through the inlet (146, 150, 46, 50) and in a second direction wherein the liquid is urged toward the preform (112, 12). A blow nozzle (122, 22) may be adapted to receive the liquid from the pressure source (120, 20) and transfer the liquid at high pressure (P2) into the preform (112, 12) thereby urging the preform (112, 12) to freely expand until an unopened end thereof contacts a platen (118). The platen (118) forms a bottom in a resultant container. The liquid remains within the container as an end product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: DISCMA AG
    Inventors: Jessica T. Brown, Brad Krzyzaniak, Corey Janes, Richard Sieradzki
  • Patent number: 11633899
    Abstract: A nozzle is provided for engaging with lightweight preforms for blow-molding the preforms into plastic containers without damaging the finish portion of the preforms. The nozzle includes a seal configured to engage with a stepped interior of the finish portion and enables stretching and/or blow-molding the preform into a container. The seal tightly engages a smooth surface inside the finish portion without damaging the surface or a sidewall of the finish portion. In some embodiments, the seal includes a profile shape that mates with a transitional surface comprising the stepped interior of the finish portion. The profile shape distributes the contact force of the seal over a maximal area of the transition surface so as to minimize the total pressure exerted onto the finish portion. The profile shape reduces potential cracking of a thin-walled region of the finish portion during stretching and/or blow-molding the preform to form the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Niagara Bottling, LLC
    Inventors: Jay Clarke Hanan, Ahmed Tasnub Takaddus, Naser Imran Hossain
  • Patent number: 11623794
    Abstract: A container includes a neck finish extending from a body and having at least two thickened wall portions circumferentially spaced apart and extending radially inwardly, and including interior surfaces disposed radially inwardly of a neck finish interior surface to at least partially establish an internal trough, and axially facing shoulders axially recessed with respect to a sealing lip of the neck finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Brozell, Edward A. Grant
  • Patent number: 11623370
    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: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Arris Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Erick Davidson, Ethan Escowitz, Sean Hennessee, Riley Reese
  • Patent number: 11618204
    Abstract: Thermoformed article including poly(ethylene-2,5-furandicarboxylate) polyester, which polyester has a weight average molecular weight (Mw) of at least 50,000, determined by gel permeation chromatography using polystyrene as standard and which polyester is semicrystalline, is prepared in a process including: providing a sheet that includes poly(ethylene-2,5-furandicarboxylate) polyester, which polyester has a weight average molecular weight (Mw) of at least 50,000, determined by gel permeation chromatography using polystyrene as standard and which polyester is semicrystalline; heating the sheet to a temperature above its glass transition temperature to obtain a pliable sheet; shaping the pliable sheet in a mold to a desired shape to obtain a pliable shaped article; cooling the pliable shaped article; and releasing the thus cooled shaped article from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Furanix Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Benoit Jacques Berny, Francesco Acquasanta, Julia Thérèse Paulette Flacelière, Jesper Gabriël van Berkel
  • Patent number: 11618606
    Abstract: Method of making a blow molded article from a preform including: a) providing a preform of a thermoplastic material having a plurality of effect structures each having an effect surface having a normal with an orientation, the preform having a body with one or more walls and an opening, wherein at least a portion of the one or more walls of the preform has a three-dimensional pattern of cavities and/or protrusions thereon; and b) blow molding the preform to form a blow molded article, wherein the step of blow molding the preform changes the orientation of the normal of at least some of the effect surfaces of the effect structures to create a visual effect in at least one wall of the blow molded article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Nicole Ashley Rizzo, Joseph Henry Nurre, Marc Andrew Mamak, Joseph Craig Lester
  • Patent number: 11618205
    Abstract: A method for making a capsule provided with a body containing a filtering element suitable for receiving a product for preparing a beverage, including: supplying a first film of thermoplastic material and a second film of filtering material to a forming mold according to a supplying direction, superimposing the second film on the first film, the forming mold including a lower half mold in which a plurality of cavities is obtained and an upper half mold provided with a plurality of stretching elements, one for each cavity, which are movable in one direction that is perpendicular to the supplying direction; pre-heating to a softening temperature the first film of thermoplastic material, by a pre-heating device arranged upstream of the forming mold; closing the forming mold bringing the lower half mold and the upper half mold towards one another until they clamp between one another the first film of thermoplastic material and the second film of filtering material; simultaneously forming in the cavities the bodie
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Sarong Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Davide Capitini
  • Patent number: 11607833
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a container includes injecting a first material into a first mold to form a top portion of a preform. The first material and a second material are injected into the first mold to form a bottom portion of the preform. The preform is disposed in a second mold. The preform is blow molded into a finished container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: RING CONTAINER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Vincent Kelley, Michael Green, Douglas Miles Dygert, Daniel M. Futral
  • Patent number: 11607851
    Abstract: To provide a building method and a building apparatus for building an object having an inconspicuous deposition streak. The building method includes: receiving, from a user, a data on a thickness of a machining allowance added to the object; generating a building data to which a machining allowance having an input thickness is added; generating the object by depositing a building material based on the building data; and polishing a surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Tanaka, Hiroyoshi Ohi
  • Patent number: 11597592
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements for the manufacturing of a wave-cut bag of polymeric film, more specifically a wave-cut bag with a body having improved shock, tear and puncture resistance. The polymeric film has an embossed pattern of a plurality of embossed regions that are comprised of a plurality of parallel, linear embosses. Further disclosed is a process for intermittently applying the embossed pattern to a collapsed tube of a blown film extrusion process. The collapsed tube with the intermittently applied embossed pattern is particularly well suited for constructing wave-cut trash bags with the embossed pattern applied to a central body of the wave-cut bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Poly-America, L.P.
    Inventor: Brad A. Cobler
  • Patent number: 11590683
    Abstract: A molding-forming method, a molding mold, and a molding production apparatus with which efficient burrs removal is possible without requiring a large apparatus. A molding production method includes, in addition to a molding being formed inside a mold, burrs formed around the molding are separated from the molding. After formation of the molding, air is blown inside the mold on at least a portion of the burrs formed around the molding to cool the same, a projecting member is projected toward the cooled burrs, and the burrs are separated from the molding. After pressing the burrs toward the projecting member by the air blowing, the burr is pressed toward the mold surface facing the projecting member by projection of the projecting member to separate the burr from the molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kengo Shimada, Tadatoshi Tanji, Naoto Tani, Masaaki Onodera
  • Patent number: 11584060
    Abstract: A thermoplastic pre-container, typically a blow molded piece, is provided to form several hollow bodies. The pre-container is elongated along a central axis and includes a bottom section, an opened section and in-between at least one hollow body section. A plurality of circumferential grooves are provided in a pre-container sidewall, each with a bottom line formed in a virtual plane perpendicular to the axis. The bodies are obtained after cutting the pre-container in a direction transverse to the central axis and severing the end sections. Due to the cutting at several of the circumferential grooves, a top opening and a base opening are respectively obtained for at least two hollow bodies, each opening being delimited by an annular inner rim of a body flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GERVAIS DANONE
    Inventor: Alex James Orchard
  • Patent number: 11571847
    Abstract: A hollow article is molded in a state where an inner surface of a neck portion including an inner screw portion is held by an inner neck mold, and then, the hollow article is demolded from the inner neck mold by inserting an ejection rod into the hollow article to be engaged with an inner surface of the hollow article and rotating the hollow article together with the ejection rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: NISSEI ASB MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Soichiro Sato, Masayuki Usami