Patents Examined by Shibin Liang
  • Patent number: 10960708
    Abstract: A semi-pneumatic tire includes a tread portion configured to make contact with a road surface, a non-pneumatic portion coupled to an inner circumferential surface of the tread portion. The semi-pneumatic tire further includes a pneumatic portion coupled to an inner circumferential surface of the non-pneumatic portion and provided with a space into which an air is filled, and bonding layers respectively interposed between the tread portion and the non-pneumatic portion and between the non-pneumatic portion and the pneumatic portion. The non-pneumatic portion includes a band portion including an inner band coupled to an outer circumferential surface of the pneumatic portion and an outer band spaced apart from the inner band and surrounding an outer circumferential surface of the inner band, and spokes provided between the inner band and the outer band to connect the inner band and the outer band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: KUMHO TIRE CO., INC.
    Inventors: Chul-Woo Kwark, Kee-Woon Kim, Chang-Jung Park, Gwi-Sung Shin, Soon-Wook Hwang
  • Patent number: 10953584
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a pressure vessel liner are disclosed. One method includes forming an extruded tube by extruding a parison through a die and a mandrel and forming main body sections and return line sections in the extruded tube according to a first pattern. A cross-sectional area of the return line sections is smaller than a cross-sectional area of the main body sections. The method further includes changing the pattern according to which the main body sections and the return line sections are formed from the first pattern to a second pattern without stopping the forming of the extruded tube and forming the main body sections and the return line sections in the extruded tube according to the second pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Third Shore Group, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher T. Kondogiani, Michael F. Donoughe
  • Patent number: 10940643
    Abstract: A method of removing a printed item from a 3D printer. The method may include loading a print bed into a 3D printer, where a bottom surface of the print bed may be removably attached to a print stage. The printed item may be printed by a tool head of the 3D printer atop the print bed. The print bed together with the printed item may be unloaded from the 3D printer upon completion of the printing, where unloading the print bed may include detaching the print bed from the print stage. The printed item may then be released from the print bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew C. Hicks, Michael P. Lyons, Miles C. Pedrone
  • Patent number: 10940722
    Abstract: A tire (1) for a motorcycle comprises a tread portion (2) comprising main grooves (3) and narrow grooves (4). The main grooves (3) include first main grooves (5) and second main grooves (6) arranged on an axially outer side of the first main grooves (5). The narrow grooves (4) include open narrow grooves (7) and semi-open narrow grooves (8). Each of the open narrow grooves (7) is arranged such that one end (7a) is substantially connected with respective first main groove (5) and the other end (7b) is substantially connected with respective second main grooves (6). A first end (8a) of each of the semi-open narrow grooves (8) is substantially connected with one of the first main grooves (5) or the second main grooves (6). A second end (8b) of each of the semi-open narrow grooves (8) terminates on a ground contacting surface (2a) of the tread portion (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mamoru Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10940670
    Abstract: A method of preparing an aerogel composite, which includes a wetting pretreatment step for suppressing the generation of air bubbles in a fibrous material such as a mat, and a step of impregnating the fibrous material with a precursor by injecting the precursor in a vessel under a reduced pressure. The method provides a high quality, high insulation aerogel-impregnated composite without air bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SKC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyun-Chol Kim
  • Patent number: 10933587
    Abstract: A method of removing a printed item from a 3D printer. The method may include loading a print bed into a 3D printer, where a bottom surface of the print bed may be removably attached to a print stage. The printed item may be printed by a tool head of the 3D printer atop the print bed. The print bed together with the printed item may be unloaded from the 3D printer upon completion of the printing, where unloading the print bed may include detaching the print bed from the print stage. The printed item may then be released from the print bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew C. Hicks, Michael P. Lyons, Miles C. Pedrone
  • Patent number: 10899062
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for producing large-volume container trays of plastic. A tubular preform is guided over a mold frame which is facing two blow molds. During the closure of the blow molds, an encircling flange is formed on the outer edge of the container trays. After blow molding, the container trays are cut free from the mold frame along said mold frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Bodo Richter
  • Patent number: 10889043
    Abstract: A device for cleaning an extruder includes a frame that supports a screw and a barrel. When driven by a driver, the screw is rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the barrel. The barrel includes a feed inlet and an outlet that opens directly into an extrusion die mounted on a support. The frame is translationally movable relative to the die and the support in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis between a first position, in which the barrel and the die are in sealed contact, and a second position, in which the barrel is moved away from the die in order to allow cleaning to be performed. The device also includes an automatic coupling mechanism that enables quick locking and unlocking of the barrel and the die, so that the frame can move between the first and second positions when the barrel and the die are unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventor: Christophe Hombert
  • Patent number: 10882364
    Abstract: A tire having a central axis and a radius further includes a circumferential tread having a convex cross-section. The convex cross-section is defined by a radius that is less than a maximum radius of the tire. A pair of sidewalls extends from opposite sides of the circumferential tread. Each of the pair of sidewalls has a concave cross-section that is defined by a radius that is greater than a maximum radius of the convex cross-section of the circumferential tread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Sharon E. Reinhardt, William H. Durivage
  • Patent number: 10875244
    Abstract: An extrusion head for a three-dimensional printer is disclosed including a feed tube, a heater, a cooler, and a bridge. The feed tube can be made of metal and has an inlet for receiving a forwardly driven filament of solid deposition material, an outlet, a downstream portion adjacent to the outlet, an upstream portion upstream from the downstream portion, and an internal passage extending from the inlet to the outlet. The heater is thermally coupled with the downstream portion of the feed tube for heating a filament to provide softened fluid deposition material. The cooler is thermally coupled with the upstream portion and spaced generally axially from the heater to define a generally axially extending gap traversed by the feed tube. The bridge traverses the gap and provides a rigid mechanical connection between the heater and the cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Slice Engineering LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Mark Montgomery
  • Patent number: 10870236
    Abstract: A printing module and a 3D printing apparatus including a frame having a printing area and a standby area and a control module are provided. The printing module includes a carriage assembly disposed on the frame and electrically connected to the control module, a first base disposed on the carriage assembly and having a first latch movably disposed along a first axial direction, a fixing frame disposed in the standby area and having a first stopping portion and a second stopping portion arranged along the first axial direction, a second base movably disposed in the standby area along the first axial direction and located between the first stopping portion and the second stopping portion and having a second latch movably disposed along the first axial direction, and a printing head assembly having a first latching portion and a second latching portion disposed along a second axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Chi-Chieh Wu
  • Patent number: 10857714
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus comprising an injection machine, a manifold, a mold, a clamp plate, an actuator interconnected to a valve pin and an external actuator controller, the actuator controller comprising a controller housing adapted to control upstream flow of drive fluid from an upstream actuator drive chamber such that the rate of travel of the drive piston is selectively adjustable to a first rate of travel or velocity over a first course of travel from a gate closed position to a predetermined position of upstream travel and such that the rate of travel of the drive piston beyond the predetermined intermediate upstream position occurs at a second rate of travel or velocity that is higher than the first rate of travel or velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Lee
  • Patent number: 10857837
    Abstract: A tire 1 comprises a tread portion 2 provided with blocks 10 so that the tread portion has a land ratio of from 18% to 35%. The blocks 10 include grooved blocks 10 provided with a zoning groove 16 which defines a tall section 12 of the grooved block having a ground contacting higher top surface 13, and a short section 14 of the grooved block having a ground contacting lower top surface 15 positioned radially inside the higher top surface 13. The depth da of the zoning groove 15 measured from the lower top surface 15 is less than 20% of the maximum radial height H1 of the grooved block 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Sueishi
  • Patent number: 10857818
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a tablet printing apparatus includes: a conveyor configured to convey tablets sequentially supplied thereto while sucking and holding the tablets by a suction chamber 14; a print head located to face the conveyor and configured to elect ink to the tablet conveyed by the conveyor to perform printing; and partition walls 144, 144 and suction paths 1421, 1422 that serve as a suction force adjusting device configured to reduce a suction force applied to the tablet at a conveyance position facing the print head to be lower than a suction force applied to the tablet at conveyance positions in front of and behind the conveyance position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Ogimoto, Ryo Ikuta, Yutaka Okabe, Hitoshi Aoyagi, Hikaru Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10828829
    Abstract: A print head is disclosed for use with an additive manufacturing system. The print head may include a matrix reservoir, and a nozzle base connected to an end of the matrix reservoir. The nozzle base may have a plurality of attachment features formed within an exposed surface. The print head may further include a plurality of available dies separately connectable to the nozzle base via the plurality of attachment features. Attachment of the plurality of available dies to the nozzle base may establish fluid communication with the matrix reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Continuous Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Tyler, Ryan C Stockett
  • Patent number: 10792842
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for molding systems that have a low thermal mass. One embodiment is a first tool that includes a first frame. The first frame includes a first set of plates of magnetically permeable material, and a material disposed between plates of the first set. The first tool also includes a first set of induction coils that are disposed within the first frame and that generate a first electromagnetic field, and a first susceptor that extends from the first set of plates. The first susceptor generates heat in response to the first electromagnetic field. The first tool further includes a mold that extends from the first susceptor and receives heat via conductive heat transfer from the first susceptor. Each plate of the first set is thinner than a skin depth at which the first electromagnetic field would generate an electrical induction current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Marc R. Matsen, William C. Dykstra, Lee Charles Firth, Landon K. Henson, Tunde A. Olaniyan, John R. Hull
  • Patent number: 10766310
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a tread portion provided with a crown land region and middle land regions provided with only sipes, and shoulder land regions provided with shoulder rug grooves and connecting sipes. The tread portion is provided with a crown tread profile having a radius of curvature, a middle tread profile having a radius of curvature, and a shoulder tread profile having a radius of curvature which satisfy a magnitude relation Rc>Rm>Rs. First interconnecting positions at which the crown tread profile connects with the middle tread profiles are positioned in the respective middle land regions. Second interconnecting positions at which the middle tread profiles connect with the shoulder tread profiles are positioned in the respective shoulder land regions and axially inside the inner ends of the shoulder rug grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kujime, Hiroshi Okagawa
  • Patent number: 10688834
    Abstract: A tire 1 comprises a tread portion 2 provided with an outboard shoulder land region 8 with outboard shoulder sipes 26. The outboard shoulder sipe 26 comprises a deep bottom part 27 and a shallow bottom part 28. The shallow bottom part 28 comprises an axially outer part 30 extending axially inwardly from the axially inner end 27i of the deep bottom part 27, an axially inner part 31 extending axially outwardly from the outboard shoulder main groove 4, and a middle part 32 connecting therebetween. The axially outer part 30, axially inner part 31 and middle part 32 have different angles with respect to the tire axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Ryota Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10682890
    Abstract: A vehicle tire includes a tread portion provided in the tread surface with a circumferentially continuously extending groove having a bottom and a pair of opposite side walls, wherein at least one of the side walls is provided with protrusions protruding into the groove and arranged in the tire circumferential direction. The protrusion has a gradually increasing part in which the area of the cross section of the protrusion being parallel with the tread surface is gradually increased toward the radially outer side of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Okagawa, Tomoyuki Kujime, Minoru Nishi
  • Patent number: 10675804
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for producing liquid-contents-filled containers (22) from preforms (1) by contents being introduced into the preform (1) under a filling pressure, wherein the contents are placed under pressure by a pressure pump (7) and are introduced into the preform (1) at a molding and filling station (3) by a filling valve (6). A pressure accumulator (10) arranged between the pressure pump (7) and the filling valve (6) is subjected to pressure and is filled with a volume of contents by the pressure pump (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Litzenberg, Michael Linke, Frank Berger, Benjamin Jaiser