Patents Examined by P. W. Echols
  • Patent number: 6757973
    Abstract: A method for forming a throughhole in an ink-jet print head of a bubble-jet system includes the steps of: forming a bubble-generator which is adjacent to a throughhole-forming region on one side of a substrate, and which includes a heater; forming a first mask layer for covering portions excluding the throughhole-forming region on a first side of the substrate; forming a second mask layer for covering portions excluding the throughhole-forming region on a second side of the substrate; forming a first well with a predetermined depth on the throughhole-forming region of the substrate not covered by the first mask layer by spraying sand under high pressure and at a high speed onto the first side of the substrate; forming a second well corresponding to the first well on the throughhole-forming region of the substrate not covered by the second mask layer by spraying sand under high pressure and at a high speed onto the second side of the substrate; forming a throughhole by overlap of the first well and the second
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lae-soo Park
  • Patent number: 6708865
    Abstract: A machining device comprising five axial kinetic coordinate systems that can be controlled simultaneously, three axes of which are linear moving axes and two axes of which are rotary axes, with one axis of the five axes being provided with a tool rotating function, whereby said machining device is equipped with a cutting tool 51 and a friction stir welding tool 52. The current value observed when a large-diameter portion of said tool 52 contacts the work object is set in advance, and by observing the torque current of the rotary shaft of the tool 52 during friction stir welding, the insertion depth of the tool 52 can be controlled by maintaining the observed torque current above the preset current value, thus providing a good weld. A single device can provide both the cutting and the welding. Thus, it is possible to reduce equipment cost, installation space, plant area, lead time and production cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Fumio Yoshinaga
  • Patent number: 6687969
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of fixturing and processing flexible circuit substrates. Flexible circuit substrates are removably coupled with a processing carrier in certain aspects of the invention. Such coupling is preferably void of any adhesive. According to preferred embodiments of the present invention, the coupling surface is configured for reuse and a second flexible circuit substrate is positioned upon the coupling surface following the removal of the first flexible circuit substrate therefrom. Ideally, the coupling surface remains upon the processing carrier during the separation of a flexible circuit substrate from the coupling surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Ross S. Dando
  • Patent number: 6668453
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an ink jet recording head comprising a discharging orifice for discharging an ink, a discharge pressure generating element for generating energy for ink discharge, and an ink flow path communicating with the discharging orifice, said method comprising a step of preparing a first substrate provided with the discharge pressure generating element, a step of forming a removable pattern material for forming the ink flow path on the first substrate, a step of preparing a second substrate provided with an ink feed opening for feeding the ink to the ink flow papth, a step of fixing the first substrate and the second substrate with the interposition of a predetermined space via the pattern material, a step of injecting a resin for forming an ink flow path wall into a space between the first substrate and the second substrate, a step of curing the resin, a step of simultaneously cutting the first substrate, the second substrate and the cured resin to divide them into individual ink jet record
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Shibata
  • Patent number: 6668456
    Abstract: In order to manufacture the display element intended for a timepiece, a sheet of plastic material shaped in a tape (3) is provided. The sheet is then deformed using tools (4, 6) by thermoforming to give it a profile (10, 11, 13, B) corresponding to the outer contour (20) of said elements. Such an element can be a date disc or a dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Eta sa Fabriques d'Ebauches
    Inventors: Ernst Moser, Theodor Schoenenberger
  • Patent number: 6662447
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for the production of double-walled hollow sections by means of internal high-pressure forming, a first hollow section being inserted into a second hollow section, after which the double-walled hollow section thus formed is subjected to high internal fluid pressure in such a way in an internal high-pressure forming die that the double-walled hollow section is expanded. During this process, an air gap is formed between the first, inner, hollow section and the second, outer, hollow section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Stephan Lothar Kuschel, Stefan Schwarz
  • Patent number: 6651336
    Abstract: The method for producing a planet carrier for a planetary gear which has one spider shaft (1) and two guide plates (2, 3) disposed parallel to each other consists in that the guide plates (2, 3) are produced as precision blanked parts and that each of two guide plates (2, 3) located upon the spider shaft (1) are interconnected in one stroke in a pressing process via rivets (4), that in the shoulders (9) of the rivets (4) provided with tappets (5) annular projections (7, 8) are fashioned and that the tool (6) of the press impinging on the guide plates (2, 3) in direction of the shoulders (9) is provided with an annular projection (7) adapted to the annular projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Gert Bauknecht, Alfred Skrabs
  • Patent number: 6651339
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a bandlike-elongated, spring-elastic element (12) for supporting a rubber-elastic wiper strip (22) of a windshield wiper for vehicles, which element has two spring rails (26, 28), located with a spacing (24) from one another and essentially parallel to one another, which at least on both of their end portions are solidly joined together by transverse ribs (30) that are disposed on the one band face (14) of the spring rails and that span the spacing (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Julius Mazurkiewicz, Paul Criel, Peter De Block, Peter Wijnants
  • Patent number: 6640413
    Abstract: An improved hunting decoy is made by securing an outer skin around a buoyant core. A buoyant core body is formed from buoyant core material into a shape approximating that of a desired animal. The core body may include a head or be headless. After the buoyant core body has been formed in the desired shape, a rigid outer skin is secured about the buoyant core body. Securing the outer skin is accomplished by vacuum-forming a sheet of deformable material about the buoyant core body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventors: James Robert Martin, By Mary L. Schreiber, By Theresa Ann Martin
  • Patent number: 6629369
    Abstract: A process for the assembling of a gear component having a gear housing which has a substantially cylindrical interior space for the reception of individual gear elements; at least two bar-form guide elements which, as viewed in an axial direction, extend over and are adjacent to at least a part of the axial extent of the cylindrical interior space and on which there are mounted a gear element. The bar-form guide elements are adjacent to the cylindrical interior space and outside of the zone having the greatest dimensions of the cylindrical interior space in the height direction. The individual gear elements are threaded successively from one housing end onto the guide elements and are slid into their installation position in the gear housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Tillmann K├Ârner, Achim Paul Schieder
  • Patent number: 6622384
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming spring units for use in a mattress, bed, divan bed, or other upholstered unit, the method including the step of inserting a second spring (12A) into a first spring immediately prior to said first spring being formed into a pocketted spring. The second spring (12A) may be formed into a pocketted spring prior to insertion into said first spring. The apparatus includes means (4) for feeding a second spring (12A) to a composite spring forming station (6) immediately prior to a first spring being fed to said station, means to compress and rotate the formed composite spring (30) through substantially 90°, means to insert the composite spring into a sleeve of material, and means to form said composite spring and a portion of said sleeve into a pocketted spring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: A Harrison (Bedding) Limited
    Inventors: Peter Douglas Spinks, Simon Paul Spinks
  • Patent number: 6615491
    Abstract: An ornament is provided that is useful in causing negative ions to be generated from the surface, thereby improving the immunity strength, improving psychological stability and bodily functions, improving the discharge of egesta and the function of the respiratory organs, and reducing fatigue of the person wearing the ornament. The ornament includes a plating layer which is formed by mixing a pulverized multiple element mineral powder and a pulverized sandstone powder. The negative ions are always generated, which act on the blood of a human body and put the human body in a state that is slightly inclined towards negative ions, thereby causing the body to be balanced, the metabolism to become activated, and the body to become healthy and resistant to aging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Create Co., LTD
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Kaizuka
  • Patent number: 6601301
    Abstract: Process for making jewels such as necklaces, bracelets or the like with different colors on at least two of their faces in sight so that a user can choose to put on the necklace or jewel so as to show one face or the other of the jewel according to the wished color, for instance the user can show a white gold face or a yellow gold face. In general, the process in question consists of a first phase in which noble metal bands (3, 4) showing different colors are put near each other. Then, the bands (3, 4) are coupled by welding (6) and are subjected to a second working phase in which they are bent and welded longitudinally so as to obtain a pipe (19) showing a multiple color. From this pipe (19) it is possible to obtain hollow links to be then mounted and fixed on a flexible core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventors: GianPaolo Lacchetti, GianFranco Lacchetti
  • Patent number: 6598287
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sizing a galvanized tube, in which two sizing stations are used. A first sizing station having at least one sizing roll is used for sizing the tube prior to the galvanizing process. A second sizing station is then used, the station having at least one resilient sizing roll which is used for sizing the tube after the galvanizing process. By using a first sizing stand, which does most of the sizing work, the rolls in the second sizing stand need not pull the galvanized tubes with as much force. The advantage of the present invention is that cooler temperatures, faster mill speeds, and less cosmetic flaws in the finished galvanized product are seen, due to the lower force applied by the second sizing stand rolls to the galvanized product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Western Tube & Conduit Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Carroll
  • Patent number: 6598277
    Abstract: Setting of gems is accomplished by applying torque to flanges which extend from prongs that hold the gem in the setting. The flanges form integral lever extensions to provide a secure handle by which a force or torque can be applied without the risk of slipping and damaging the setting or gemstone. Notches or bendable sections of the prongs are located at grip locations and when the prongs engage the gemstone, the prong bends about the bendable section to secure the gem. To set a gem, the worker applies a clamping tool to individual ones of the levers, which results in the prong bending inward and gently twisting over the gemstone in a controlled manner. This allows the worker to control the pressure applied to the stone by the prong, thus limiting breakage of the gem. The levers are then removed from each prong by cutting and/or grinding, and the surface of each prong is then polished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Joel Schecter
  • Patent number: 6598296
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a wheel rim for a two-piece vehicle wheel assembly. The method includes the step of providing a one-piece alloy wheel form defining an integrally-formed annular rim blank and a rigidifying flange. The rim blank includes first and second edge portions. At least one of the first and second edge portions of the rim blank is shaped. After the shaping step, the one-piece wheel form is cut to separate the shaped wheel rim from the rigidifying flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Larry C. Smyth
  • Patent number: 6594902
    Abstract: A method of controlling the spring rate of a spring region of an unassembled load beam for a disk drive head suspension by partially etching the spring region and providing the partially etched spring region with a number of bridges which may then selectively opened to achieve a target spring rate. Adjusting the spring rate before assembly of the load beam enables tighter control of resulting performance characteristics of the head suspension. In one aspect, a data set of spring rate reductions corresponding to bridge sets removed is predetermined and used with the corresponding type of load beam to determine the bridges to remove to approximate the target spring rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael W. Davis
  • Patent number: 6594903
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a shaped-spring assembly. The method and apparatus utilizes a spring forming apparatus which facilitates the forming of shaped springs without adversely effecting the characteristics of the spring, and a magazine arrangement which stores and loads shaped springs, while maintaining the shape of the springs. The magazine arrangement further permits the storage of a plurality of the shaped springs without fatiguing a leading edge of the spring. With the apparatus and method of the present invention, it is possible to load empty shaped spring cavities at a select location, such as at a field site, and also have a steady supply of shaped springs available for quick replacement. The forming apparatus is designed so as to easily cooperate and/or be mounted onto the magazine arrangement so as to facilitate the transfer of shape springs which are shaped by the forming apparatus into the magazine arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Scott M. Fitzgerald, Jan A. Chrisler, Daniel M. Pagano
  • Patent number: 6594901
    Abstract: The present invention discloses novel methods for producing raised and sculpted ornamentation or designs on metal, including metal pieces such as jewelry. Also disclosed are pieces of metal, including jewelry, produced by using the disclosed methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Zoltan David
  • Patent number: RE38396
    Abstract: A method of making pairs of thread splits inserts used to injection mold bottle preforms. Machining a hollow outer part of the pair of thread split inserts with an opening therethrough and outer portions of two cooling conduits extending from the opening therethrough to respective inlets and outlets. Making an inner part of the pair of thread split inserts by injection molding a ceramic core with the required shape and investment casting the inner part around the ceramic core. The outer surface of the inner part having grooves to partially form inner portions of the two cooling fluid conduits. Then machining the cast inner part to fit in the opening through the outer part. Mounting the outer part around the inner part with the inner and outer portions of the two cooling fluid conduits aligned. Applying brazing material between the inner and outer parts and heating them in a vacuum furnace to integrally braze them together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Jobst Ulrich Gellert