Patents Examined by Robert B. Davis
  • Patent number: 11964793
    Abstract: This resin-made container is provided with: a neck portion having a content inlet-outlet portion; a lateral surface portion connected to the neck portion; and a bottom portion that is disposed on the side opposite to the neck portion and that is connected to the lateral surface portion. The resin-made container is produced by a stretch blow molding process. The bottom portion has formed therein a bulge section that protrudes downward in the vertical direction. The bulge section is disposed in an eccentric region, of the bottom portion, positioned outside a region demarcated by perpendicularly projecting an opening plane of the inlet-outlet portion of the neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: Masayuki Usami
  • Patent number: 11958229
    Abstract: The present application includes an injection molding step and a stretch blow molding step. The stretch blow molding step is configured to include: a first step in which preliminary blow air is introduced into a preform to stretch the preform in a state in which a stretching rod does not contact the bottom of the preform; a second step which is executed after the first step, and in which the preliminary blow air is introduced into the preform and the stretching rod is moved at a set speed and pressed against the bottom of the preform to stretch the preform; and a third step which is executed after the second step, and in which final blow air is introduced into the preform to stretch the preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Kiyonori Shimada
  • Patent number: 11958231
    Abstract: There is provided a resin container manufacturing apparatus configured to stretch a preform disposed in a stretch blow molding mold by a stretching rod and stretch the preform by introducing blow air into the preform so as to form a resin container. The resin container manufacturing apparatus includes detection means for detecting an actual position of the stretching rod inserted into the preform, and supply control means for controlling a supply state of the blow air based on a detection result of the detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Hidaka, Tomoaki Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11958230
    Abstract: A manufacturing method includes an injection molding process of injection-molding a preform, a temperature adjustment process of temperature-adjusting the preform while cooling the preform, and a blow molding process of blow-molding the temperature-adjusted preform to manufacture a resin container. In the injection molding process, a step portion thicker than at least an engagement groove of a neck portion is formed between the neck portion and a body portion of the preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Toshiaki Misaizu
  • Patent number: 11952204
    Abstract: Methods of making an aerosol container having an open neck at the top and a closed end bottom longitudinally spaced therefrom. The container has a valve cup and bag. The valve cup and bag are integral. The valve cup is attachable to the neck in sealing relationship. This arrangement provides for propellant to be disposed intermediate the container and bag. Product can be disposed in the bag for selective dispensing by a user actuated valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Douglas Bruce Zeik, Matthew Aaron Neumann, Scott Edward Smith
  • Patent number: 11938661
    Abstract: A device for injection molding a molded part having an insert includes a mold having a mold cavity, an insert loading device having an insert push rod for positioning an insert in the mold cavity, a magazine having inserts arranged side by side and aligned with the insert push rod, and an insert feed channel ending in the mold cavity and into which the insert aligned with the one insert push rod can be pushed out of the one magazine by means of the insert push rod. The magazine has a horizontally aligned insert receiving surface having adjacent placement positions for the inserts, the placement positions being adapted to the contour of the inserts. The magazine has a loading region having at least one freely accessible placement position for mechanically loading the same with an insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: IMS GEAR SE & CO. KGAA
    Inventor: Michael Dold
  • Patent number: 11938691
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a thermoplastic prepreg product includes a belt or conveyor, a prepreg applicator that positions a thermoplastic prepreg atop the belt or conveyor, a foam applicator that applies a foam mixture atop the thermoplastic prepreg, a heating mechanism that heats the thermoplastic prepreg and the foam mixture to cause the foam mixture to react atop the thermoplastic prepreg, and a laminator that is configured to press the thermoplastic prepreg and foam mixture to control a thickness of the resulting thermoplastic prepreg product. The thermoplastic prepreg includes a fabric, mat, or web of fibers and a thermoplastic material that is impregnated within the fabric, mat, or web of fibers. The thermoplastic material is formed from in situ polymerization of monomers and oligomers. The foam mixture includes an isocyanate, a polyol blend, and a blowing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Malay Nandi, Mingfu Zhang, Lance Wang, Jawed Asrar
  • Patent number: 11938033
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a prosthetic component include injection molding a prosthetic component with a polymeric material. The prosthetic component includes a final surface positioned on one side and multiple coring features positioned on an opposite side. The coring features may include multiple ribs and slots. The method further includes machining the prosthetic component to remove the coring features and form a final surface on the opposite side. The prosthetic component may be a femoral component for a prosthetic knee joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Rajendra K. Kasinath, Jeffrey A. Rybolt, David A. B. Smith
  • Patent number: 11931976
    Abstract: A system for fabrication of a wind turbine blade including a laser projection which identifies the dimensions for a plurality of layup segments; determines the sequence of layup segments within first and second sections of the mold, wherein the sequence of layup segments within the second section of the mold are synchronized with the layup segments within a first section of the mold. The system also includes a projection device visually depicting the boundaries of a plurality of layup segments onto the mold. This system automates fabrication of composite structures by setting a pace for each task and ensuring operators complete each task within the allotted period. The projection system and layup delivery mechanism can advance with respect the mold to ensure the pace is maintained and an overall product cycle time is adhered to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TPI COMPOSITES, INC.
    Inventors: Amirhossein Salimi, Carlos Ramirez
  • Patent number: 11926115
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a sole (1) of a shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: PUMA SE
    Inventors: Mauro Bonin, Matthias Hartmann, Reinhold Sussmann
  • Patent number: 11919259
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a central caisson of an aircraft wing including a frame formed from U-section crossmembers. Formation of at least one crossmember includes forming a stack comprising at least one layer of resin film applied to a layer of dry fibers, pressing this stack to confer on it a U-section form and such as to compress the layers thereof, and pre-polymerization and/or polymerization of the resin of the stack. The manipulated fiber layers are layers of dry fibers, such that manipulation thereof by an automated machine may be effected for a reasonable cost and at a high throughput. Deposition of resin films carried by removable leaves, i.e., of which one of the faces is not adhesive, likewise facilitates manipulation by an automated installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Jago Pridie
  • Patent number: 11919221
    Abstract: A blow molding device is provided in which a preform is injection-molded. The injection-molded preform is temperature-controlled by a temperature adjusting unit, and the temperature-adjusted preform is blow-molded, wherein the temperature adjusting unit has a multistage structure in which an uppermost stage has the highest temperature structure, and the mold surface temperatures of lower stages and other than the uppermost stage are set to be 10° C. or more lower than the glass transition temperature of the preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Manabu Ogihara, Atsushi Nagasaki, Kazuhiro Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 11918732
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an spray device includes assembling at least one spray nozzle plate into a thermoplastic holder, while controlling the temperature of the spray nozzle plate and/or the holder and as a result at least locally plastically deforming the holder permanently. After the thermoplastic deformation of a seat of the holder, a diameter of the seat of the holder upstream of the spray nozzle plate exceeds a diameter of the seat of the holder downstream of the nozzle plate. The thermoplastic holder may have a tapered seat, where the smallest cross section of the tapered seat is smaller than the spray nozzle plate, where a widest side of the tapered seat is pointing towards a supply side of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: MEDSPRAY B.V.
    Inventors: Henri Van Egmond, Wilhelmus Petrus Johannes De Kruijf, Wietze Nijdam, Jeroen Mathijn Wissink, Cornelis Johannes Maria Van Rijn
  • Patent number: 11918766
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a flexible, narrow medical device (such as a micro-catheter or a guidewire) that is controllably moved and steered through lumens of a body. The medical device may include an electrically-actuatable bendable portion at a distal end, which may be provided by a polymer electrolyte layer, electrodes distributed about the polymer electrolyte layer, and electrical conduits coupled to the electrodes, such that the polymer electrolyte layer deforms asymmetrically in response to an electrical signal through one or more conduits. The disclosure further includes a controller for moving the device into and out of bodily lumens and for applying the electrical signal for steering the device. The device further includes methods of preparing the polymer electrolyte layer in tubular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Daniel H. Kim, Dong Suk Shin, Viljar Palmre
  • Patent number: 11911934
    Abstract: Methods for reshaping graphene oxide sheet-containing structures using water are provided. Graphene oxide sheet-containing structures can be reshaped by applying a force to a graphene oxide sheet-containing structure, wherein the force changes the initial shape of the structure to a new shape. While the force is still acting on the graphene oxide sheet-containing structure, liquid water is applied to the structure to dissipate stress induced by the force and the structure is then dried. When the force is removed, the graphene oxide sheet-containing structure remains fixed in the new shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Chong Luo, Jiaxing Huang
  • Patent number: 11904509
    Abstract: Methods of forming dual core golf ball constructions achieving consistent and repeatable concentricity by incorporating a pair of novel partially cured hemispherical shells produced using an inventive center plate button. The pair of resulting novel hemispherical shells may be collectively compression molded about and reliably center a spherical inner core there within due to the novel resulting centering features/structure provided on the inner surface of each partially cured hemispherical shell by the novel center plate button used to form same. Securing features/structure are thereby provided within/on inner surfaces of resulting partially cured hemispherical shells in order to prevent undesirable movement of the spherical inner core there within until the final compression molding step occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Edward Costa, Ian Coberly, Felix Egbe, Donald A. Serino
  • Patent number: 11904520
    Abstract: Systems and methods control the operation of a blow molder. An indication of a crystallinity of at least one container produced by the blow molder may be received along with a material distribution of the at least one container. A model may be executed, where the model relates a plurality of blow molder input parameters to the indication of crystallinity and the material distribution and where a result of the model comprises changes to at least one of the plurality of blow molder input parameters to move the material distribution towards a baseline material distribution and the crystallinity towards a baseline crystallinity. The changes to the at least one of the plurality of blow molder input parameters may be implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: AGR International, Inc.
    Inventors: Georg V. Wolfe, Jeff Schneider, William E. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11897165
    Abstract: A production line of a CA abrasive, including: a belt mold, the belt mold being provided with a cavity; a transmission device, configured to drive the belt mold to run; a slurry coating mechanism, configured to coat a slurry on a surface and into the cavity of the belt mold; a slurry scraping mechanism, configured to scrap the slurry coated on the surface of the belt mold into the cavity; a drying mechanism, configured to dry the belt mold so that the slurry is dried and precipitated into abrasive grains; a separation mechanism, arranged below the drying mechanism and configured to shake down the abrasive grains in the cavity of the belt mold by vibrating; a sweeping mechanism, configured to sweep slurry fragments of the belt mold after separation; and a release agent coating mechanism, configured to spray a release agent to the swept belt mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Changhe Li, Baoteng Huang, Han Zhai, Bingheng Lu, Huajun Cao, Zhen Wang, Naiqing Zhang, Min Yang, Yanbin Zhang, Yali Hou, Runze Li, Xin Cui, Mingzheng Liu, Teng Gao, Xiaoming Wang
  • Patent number: 11898645
    Abstract: A valve assembly with a multidirectional flow path includes a valve body that includes respective hinged portions defining respective passageways extending through the valve body when in a closed state. A flexible conduit or tubing having a loop portion and a plurality of branches extending from the loop portion is at least partially positioned within the valve body. Portions of the loop that extend beyond the valve body are encapsulated by respective rigid jackets. Multiple valves are situated on the valve body and are used to selectively pinch the loop portion in different pinching configurations to direct fluid to or from the particular branches. The valve assembly may be integrated into a manufacturing or other production process with optional additional jackets used to encapsulate the flexible conduit branches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Michael C. Gagne, Steven V. Cates, Dean C. Richards, Scott Bendon
  • Patent number: 11901199
    Abstract: A pressurizing device includes: a mounting base; an upper mold which pressurizes the target object mounted on the mounting base from above; a heating lower mold which is a lower mold heated in advance by a heater, and which heats the target object under pressure by sandwiching the mounting base with the upper mold; a cooling lower mold which is a lower mold cooled in advance by a cooler, and which cools the target object under pressure by sandwiching the mounting base with the upper mold; and a control device which switches the lower mold that contributes to the pressurization of the target object to the heating lower mold or the cooling lower mold in accordance with the status of progress of the pressurization process for the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: NIKKISO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Mori, Satoshi Idesako