Patents Examined by Queenie Dehghan
  • Patent number: 9828279
    Abstract: A device for manufacturing an optical preform by means of an internal vapour deposition process including an energy source, a hollow substrate tube having a supply side and a discharge side and the energy source being moveable along a length of the hollow substrate tube, and an elongation tube connected to the hollow substrate tube at the discharge side thereof, wherein the hollow substrate tube extends into an interior of the elongation tube and an internal diameter of the elongation tube is at least 0.5 millimeters larger than an external diameter of the hollow substrate tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Draka Comteq B.V.
    Inventors: Igor Milicevic, Johannes Antoon Hartsuiker, Mattheus Jacobus Nicolaas Van Stralen, Gertjan Krabshuis, Eric Aloysius Kuijpers
  • Patent number: 9822580
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to edge sealing techniques for vacuum insulating glass (VIG) units. More particularly, certain example embodiments relate to techniques for providing localized heating to edge seals of units, and/or unitized ovens for accomplishing the same. In certain example embodiments, infrared (IR) heating elements are controllable to emit IR radiation at a peak wavelength in the near infrared (NIR) and/or short wave infrared (SWIR) band(s), and the peak wavelength may be varied by adjusting the voltage applied to the IR heating elements. The peak wavelength may be selected so as to preferentially heat the frit material used to form a VIG edge seal while reducing the amount of heat provided to substrates of the VIG unit. In certain example embodiments, the substrates of the VIG unit do not reach a temperature of 325 degrees C. for more than 1 minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Guardian Glass, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Cooper, Ryan L. Dear, Robert A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9816178
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of removing a substrate tube from the deposited layer inside of said substrate tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Igor Milicevic, Johannes Antoon Hartsuiker, Mattheus Jacobus Nicolaas van Stralen, Gertjan Krabshuis
  • Patent number: 9816179
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for manufacturing a precursor for a primary preform for optical fibers via an internal plasma deposition process. An exemplary method includes creating a first plasma reaction zone having first reaction conditions in the interior of a hollow substrate tube to deposit non-vitrified silica layers on the inner surface of the hollow substrate tube, and subsequently creating a second plasma reaction zone having second reaction conditions in the interior of the hollow substrate tube to deposit vitrified silica layers on the deposited, non-vitrified silica layers. Thereafter, the hollow substrate tube is removed from the deposited, vitrified silica layers to yield a deposited tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Igor Milicevic, Johannes Antoon Hartsuiker, Mattheus Jacobus Nicolaas van Stralen, Gertjan Krabshuis
  • Patent number: 9815144
    Abstract: Methods of laser processing a transparent material are disclosed. The method may include positioning the transparent material on a carrier and transmitting a laser beam through the transparent material, where the laser beam may be incident on a side of the transparent material opposite the carrier. The transparent material may be substantially transparent to the laser beam and the carrier may include a support base and a laser disruption element. The laser disruption element may disrupt the laser beam transmitted through the transparent material such that the laser beam may not have sufficient intensity below the laser disruption element to damage the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard Grundmueller, Frank Fabian Herrnberger, Michael Klein, Florian Spaeth
  • Patent number: 9802852
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an SiO2—TiO2 based glass upon a target by a direct method, includes a first process of preheating the target and a second process of growing an SiO2—TiO2 based glass ingot to a predetermined length upon the target which has been preheated, wherein the target is heated in the first process such that, in the second process, the temperature of growing surface of the glass ingot is maintained at or above a predetermined lower limit temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshio Yoshinari, Tadahiko Saito
  • Patent number: 9782796
    Abstract: An apparatus for and method of color-striking a color-strikable article. The method includes the steps of: conveying a color-strikable article within a proximity of an energizer, and selectively color-striking said article with said energizer to produce a predetermined pattern on the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Chisholm
  • Patent number: 9777922
    Abstract: Submerged combustion burners having a burner body, a burner tip connected thereto. Submerged combustion melters including the burners and methods of using them to produce molten glass. The burner body has an external conduit and first and second internal conduits substantially concentric therewith, forming first and second annuli for passing a cooling fluid therethrough. The burner tip body is connected to the burner body at ends of the external and second internal conduits. The burner tip includes a generally central flow passage for a combustible mixture, the flow passage defined by an inner wall of the burner tip. The burner tip includes a crown portion defining a circumferential concavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Johns Mansville
    Inventors: Subray R Hegde, Narayana Rao Chalasani
  • Patent number: 9772255
    Abstract: Methods and mechanisms for correcting a wavefront error in an optical element are disclosed. A wavefront error that is downstream of an optical element in an optical path is determined. A refractive index prescription that reduces the wavefront error is determined. A beam of energy is directed at a surface of the optical element in accordance with the refractive index prescription to alter the surface to change an index of refraction at multiple locations on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Gene D. Tener, Clara R. Baleine
  • Patent number: 9751795
    Abstract: A method for producing a vial with low alkali elution by removing a deteriorated region caused by processing on an internal surface of a vial is disclosed. The method involves forming vials from borosilicate glass tubes including a first step of forming a borosilicate glass tube into a cup-shaped body by formation of a bottom of a vial, and a second step of forming the cup-shaped body into the vial by formation of a mouth of the cup-shaped body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: NIPRO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideo Kuwabara, Hideki Yamauchi, Yoshitaka Ishimi, Shinichiro Senga
  • Patent number: 9746773
    Abstract: Methods for selecting titania-doped quartz glass which experiences a reduction in OH group concentration of less than or equal to 100 ppm upon heat treatment at 900° C. for 100 hours as suitable material for the EUV lithography member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Maida, Hisatoshi Otsuka, Tetsuji Ueda, Masanobu Ezaki
  • Patent number: 9738558
    Abstract: Provided is a method of processing a glass base material for optical fiber in which the glass base material for optical fiber is elongated to reduce a diameter thereof until reaching a final elongation diameter and form a completed base material. The method includes measuring an outer diameter distribution that includes an outer diameter of the glass base material for optical fiber; setting an effective region; calculating a target elongation diameter that is larger than the final elongation diameter and less than an average diameter of the effective region, and elongating the glass base material for optical fiber until reaching the target elongation diameter; and after reaching the target elongation diameter, further elongating the glass base material for optical fiber until reaching the final elongation diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Fujii
  • Patent number: 9725353
    Abstract: Provided is a laser fusing method for a glass sheet, including: cutting the glass sheet (G) by irradiating the glass sheet (G) with a laser (L) from a front surface (S) side thereof along a preset cutting line (X) extending in a surface direction of the glass sheet (G); and jetting a shaping gas (A3) so as to form a flow along at least one of the front surface (S) and a back surface (B) of the glass sheet (G), the shaping gas (A3) passing through an irradiation portion (C) of the laser (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naotoshi Inayama
  • Patent number: 9718719
    Abstract: Disclosed is a float bath which allows easy temperature control according to an internal position, and a glass manufacturing apparatus and glass manufacturing method including the float bath. The float bath includes a plurality of heaters provided at an upper portion of the float bath to supply heat into the float bath, and a shield provided between predetermined heaters among the plurality of heaters to block heat transfer therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoung-Hoon Min, Ye-Hoon Im, Su-Chan Park, Sang-Oeb Na, Won-Jae Moon
  • Patent number: 9718720
    Abstract: A cooling tube assembly is provided. The assembly includes a cylindrical cooling tube extending from a first end to a second end. The cooling tube has an inner surface, an outer surface, an inner diameter, and an outer diameter. The cooling tube includes a first plurality of throughbores and a second plurality of throughbores located axially between the first plurality of throughbores and the second end of the cooling tube. Each of the second plurality of throughbores is circumferentially offset from each of the first plurality of throughbores. The assembly includes a nozzle extending from a first end to a second end. The first end of the nozzle is located inside the cooling tube. The first plurality of throughbores is located axially between the second end of the cooling tube and the first end of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventor: Steven J. Brown
  • Patent number: 9701562
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile-display cover glass less susceptible to damage from impact caused upon dropping of a mobile display. A mobile-display cover glass (1) is a mobile-display cover glass configured to cover a display region (2a) and at least a portion of a side surface (2b) of a mobile display (2). The mobile-display cover glass (1) includes a flat sheet-like front portion (11) and a side portion (12, 13). The front portion (11) is configured to be disposed in front of the display region (2a). The front portion (11) extends in a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The side portion (12, 13) is configured to be disposed lateral to the mobile display (2). The side portion (12, 13) includes a bent portion (12a, 13a). The bent portion (12a, 13a) bends backward from one end of the front portion (11) in the first direction. A corner (12c, 13c) of the side portion (12, 13) has a rounded shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Wada, Osamu Odani, Masayuki Ikemoto
  • Patent number: 9701561
    Abstract: Hollow ingots of transparent synthetic vitreous silica glass of external diameter greater than 400 mm and internal diameter greater than 300 mm are disclosed. The ingots are substantially free from bubbles or inclusions greater than 100 ?m in diameter, have no more than 100 ppB of any individual metallic impurity, and have chlorine concentration less than 5 ppM. Also disclosed are methods for producing such ingots, in which a porous soot body of density greater than 0.4 g/cm3 is deposited on an oxidation resistant mandrel. The soot body is dehydrated on a mandrel comprising graphite, carbon fiber reinforced carbon, silicon carbide, silicon impregnated silicon carbide, silicon carbide-coated graphite or vitreous silica, either under vacuum or in the presence of a reducing gas, and then sintered to transparent pore-free glass under vacuum or in an atmosphere of helium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Heraeus Quartz UK Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Benjamin Coapes, Alan Mundy, Ian George Sayce
  • Patent number: 9695083
    Abstract: A method of forming high strength glass fibers in a refractory-lined glass melter, products made there from and batch compositions suited for use in the method are disclosed. The glass composition for use in the method of the present invention is up to about 64-75 weight percent SiO2, 16-24 weight percent Al2O3, 8-12 weight percent MgO and 0.25-3 weight percent R2O, where R2O equals the sum of Li2O and Na2O, has a fiberizing temperature less than about 2650° F., and a ?T of at least 80° F. By using oxide-based refractory-lined furnaces the cost of production of glass fibers is substantially reduced in comparison with the cost of fibers produced using a platinum-lined melting furnace. High strength composite articles including the high strength glass fibers are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: OCV Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Peter B. McGinnis, Douglas A. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 9682882
    Abstract: Methods for producing a glass ribbon include the step of drawing a glass ribbon from a quantity of molten glass and detecting an instability in the glass ribbon. In response to the detected instability, the method can further include the step of automatically adjusting an operating variable for each of a plurality of stabilizing elements simultaneously with a controller to at least partially counter the detected instability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Tomohiro Aburada, Jeffrey Robert Amadon, Adam Charles Berkey, Terrence Richard Horsfall, Gautam Narendra Kudva, Michael Yoshiya Nishimoto
  • Patent number: 9670085
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for manufacturing a hollow glass article comprising at least one thin side wall (42), in which process: at least one parison of molten glass is introduced into a blank mold, a blank of the article is formed in the blank mold from said parison, the blank of the article is transferred into a finishing mold, and the article is formed in the finishing mold. During forming of the article, excess glass is directed towards the exterior of the side wall of the article to form a convex bulge (43) and the bulge is removed to give the side wall of the article a substantially constant thickness. The invention also relates to a corresponding machine and product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Pochet Du Courval
    Inventors: Antoine Bruneau, Nicolas Castex, Denis Cavallucci, Sylvie Legastelois, Olivier Perrin