Patents Examined by Steven P. Griffin
  • Patent number: 7815844
    Abstract: A method for coating an inorganic substrate with an inorganic coating from low viscosity suspensions, and the articles produced thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Mohammad Behi
  • Patent number: 7815424
    Abstract: An imprinting machine that brings a mold having a pattern into contact with an object and transfers the pattern onto the object includes a measurement unit that measures a position of the mold when the mold contacts the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Nakamura, Hirohisa Ota, Eigo Kawakami, Kazuyuki Kasumi, Toshinobu Tokita
  • Patent number: 7802452
    Abstract: Inorganic fiber production processes and systems are disclosed. One process includes providing a molten inorganic fiberizable material, forming substantially vertical primary fibers from the molten material, and attenuating the primary fibers using an oxy-fuel fiberization burner. Other processes include forming a composition comprising combustion gases, aspirated air and inorganic fibers, and preheating a fuel stream and/or an oxidant stream prior to combustion in a fiberization burner using heat developed during the process. Flame temperature of fiberization burners may be controlled by monitoring various burner parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Harley Allen Borders, Michael R. Nijakowski, William J. Thome, Raymond L. McKenzie
  • Patent number: 7799267
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a method of manufacture of transparent ceramics such as yttrium aluminum garnet by tape casting. The method entails forming a mixture of ceramic oxide, dispersant and organic solvent, milling the mixture to produce a first slurry, mixing the first slurry with an organic binder and a plasticizer to form a treated slurry, milling the treated slurry to produce milled slurry, tape casting the milled slurry to produce cast tape, drying the cast tape to produce dried tape, stacking portions of dried tape to form an assembly, compressing the assembly to produce a preform, heating the preform to produce a green preform, and sintering the green preform to produce transparent yttrium aluminum garnet. The method may be used to produce a unitary ceramic product having differing transparent sections as well as transparent ceramic product having a dopant gradient across a portion of the thickness of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventors: Gary L. Messing, Elizabeth R. Kupp, Sang-Ho Lee, Garnia Y. Juwondo, Adam J. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 7798797
    Abstract: A foaming die device is provided, in which can be directly placed a basic armrest unit having a shaft element and a connecting bracket rotatably secured to the shaft element. The foaming die device comprises a lower die, an upper die, and an auxiliary die element of split type to be incorporated in a working die area defined by the lower and upper dies. The auxiliary die element comprises two die pieces that can be mated together so as to be in a slidable engagement about one end portion of the shaft element. Hence, the mated two die pieces or auxiliary die element is slidable along the shaft element for its partial engagement in a through-hole of the basic armrest unit, whereupon all the basic armrest unit and auxiliary die element may be directly placed in the working die area of lower and upper dies and subjected to foaming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Tabata
  • Patent number: 7788948
    Abstract: To provide a process for producing a reliable substrate in good yield, by suppressing bleeding of boric acid from a green sheet comprising a powder of borosilicate glass to improve printability of a conductive pattern thereby to prevent disconnection. A process for producing a substrate which comprises firing a green sheet comprising a powder of borosilicate glass, wherein the powder is one prepared by holding borosilicate glass before pulverization, at a temperature higher by at least 30° C. than the glass transition temperature and lower by at most 50° C. than the softening point of the borosilicate glass for at least 3 hours in the atmosphere, followed by pulverization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignees: Asahi Glass Company, Limited, Asahi Techno Glass Corporation
    Inventors: Jiro Chiba, Atsuo Hiroi, Ryosuke Sugiura, Ryoji Akiyama, Masaya Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 7790085
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a long molding having an axial bend, includes: forming a long first member; performing an axial bending process for the first member, when the first member passes through a gripping portion; and extruding a heated and molten liquid resin molding material for formation of a second member through a second member molding opening of a second member extrusion die while following a bend of the first member to integrate the second member made of the molding material with the first member. The second member extrusion die has a changeable substantial opening shape of the second member molding opening. The second member having a different cross sectional shape between one part and the other part in the longitudinal direction is extruded in accordance with a change of the opening shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Tokai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Yamaguchi, Katsura Sugiura
  • Patent number: 7785432
    Abstract: The invention describes a method and a device for positioning insulating glass panes (24, 25) that are arranged in pairs one opposite the other in a vertical assembly and pressing device for insulating glass panes which is part of a production line for insulating glass panes, in which a first glass sheet (24) and a second glass sheet (25) carrying a spacer (27), intended for one insulating glass pane, are fed into the assembly and pressing device in upright position, standing on a horizontal conveyor and leaning against a first supporting device (1, 31), the assembly and pressing device comprising an arrangement consisting of two pressure plates (la, 2a) that can be transferred from a first position, in which they are inclined in opposite directions, to a second position in which they are positioned one in parallel to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Karl Lenhardt
  • Patent number: 7785527
    Abstract: A method of making dielectric ceramics containing mixed metal oxides is provided. The method comprises the steps of at least partially coating a metal oxide powder with a metal hydroxide or metal oxide, compacting the coated powder with one or more additional metal compounds or metal compound precursors, and directly sintering the compact in a single step. The method of the invention may be used to avoid occurrence of significant quantities of one or more undesired but thermodynamically or kinetically favored side products. The method of the invention may also be used to synthesize perovskites, in particular lead-magnesium-niobium (PMN), lead-magnesium-niobium-lead-titanium (PMN-PT) perovskites, or lead zirconate titanate (PZT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Wei-Heng Shih, Huiming Gu, Wan Y. Shih
  • Patent number: 7780905
    Abstract: An adjustable mold is used to mold material to form a first support. A first ceramic article is supported by the first support during firing. The adjustable mold may be adjusted and used to mold material to form a second support having a second configuration. The second support is used to support a second ceramic article during firing. The first and second supports may advantageously be formed with projections which engage the ceramic articles during firing. The length of these projections may be varied by adjusting the mold. A second adjustable mold may be used to form a first retainer which limits upward movement of the first ceramic article during firing. The second adjustable mold may be adjusted and used to form a second retainer which limits upward movement of the second ceramic article during firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: PCC Airfoils, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald C. Dodds
  • Patent number: 7779651
    Abstract: In a process for manufacturing a micro-structured optical fibre, an intermediate preform is made by forming a sol; pouring the sol in a cylindrical mould including a set of structural generating elements defining internal structural elements of the intermediate preform; transforming the sol into a gel so as to obtain a cylindrical gel body defining the intermediate preform; and removing the cylindrical intermediate preform from the mould.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Prysmian Cavi E Sistemi Energia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Marco Arimondi, Giacomo Stefano Roba
  • Patent number: 7776238
    Abstract: This invention includes methods and systems for processing hydrogel lenses using aqueous solutions as leaching aids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventors: Douglas G. Vanderlaan, Dharmesh K. Dubey, James D. Ford, Frank F. Molock, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7767059
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flushable paper product comprising a fibrous substrate having (i) at least one strength region comprising a reacted cationic or a reacted nonionic strength agent and (ii) at least one dispersibility region, wherein the paper product has (a) a dispersibility of at least one tenth of a second, (b) a dry strength, and (c) a wet strength of at least about five percent of the dry strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Kemira Oyj
    Inventors: Michael Ryan, David L. Dauplaise
  • Patent number: 7767135
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of forming a structured sintered article including providing a mixture comprising a sinterable particulate material and a binder, the binder comprising, as a function of total resin content of the binder, at least 50% by weight of a thermoplastic binder material and at least 5% by weight of a radiation-curable binder material; shaping the mixture with a mold to form a structure; setting the structure by cooling the structure or by allowing the structure to cool; separating the structure from the mold; irradiating the structure so as to at least partially cure the radiation-curable binder material, and debinding and sintering the structure so as to form a structured sintered article. Shaping may include forming a structure having one or more open channels, and sintering may include sintering in together in contact with at least one additional structure so as to cover or enclose the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Diane Kimberlie Guilfoyle, Paul John Shustack, Lung-Ming Wu
  • Patent number: 7765833
    Abstract: An adjustable stacker bar assembly includes a pad assembly having a lower pad that is mounted to a push bar. The lower pad is in direct contact with and independently mounted to the push bar. An upper pad is mounted to and spaced apart from the lower pad by a spacer. The spacer is free of contact with the push bar. The pads contact and push glass articles into an annealing furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Poco Graphite, Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Isalberti, Elmer Christian Pennewaard, Thomas Warren Uhl
  • Patent number: 7765832
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of producing reflectors from glass or glass ceramics comprising the steps of: molding a reflector being open to the outside and having a closed bottom in a mold at a temperature above the transformation temperature; placing the reflector in a recess of a holder; heating up the reflector in the area of its bottom; lifting the bottom of the reflector from below using a die; punching out at least one opening from the bottom by moving at least one plunger into at least one matching opening in the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Hans-Walter Abraham, Armin Zehner, Gernot Frei, Hans-Juergen Klein, Thomas Niklos, Ulrich Zirfas, Willi Mattheis
  • Patent number: 7762105
    Abstract: A backup structure for an uprising pipe or a downfalling pipe of a vacuum degassing apparatus including the uprising pipe, a vacuum degassing vessel and the downfalling pipe, comprises the uprising pipe or the downfalling being made of platinum or a platinum alloy and having refractory bricks disposed therearound; and the refractory bricks having a thermal expansion relief member disposed on a top end thereof, the thermal expansion relief member comprising a material selected from a metal material and a ceramic material having a creep strength (JIS Z2271: 1993) of 35 MPa or above at 760° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Shinji Takeshita, Kazuhiko Ishimura, Sei Nagano
  • Patent number: 7758803
    Abstract: A resorbable, macroporous bioactive glass scaffold comprising approximately 24-45% CaO, 34-50% SiO2, 0-25% Na2O, 5-17% P2O5, 0-5% MgO and 0-1% CaF2 by mass percent, produced by mixing with pore forming agents and specified heat treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Jiang Chang, Weiming Gu, Jipin Zhong
  • Patent number: 7758790
    Abstract: A method of stably producing a ceramic sheet with good quality, where the tip portions of convex parts constituting numerous wrinkles on the surface of the ceramic sheet are not in contact with each other, and concave parts are open. To produce the ceramic sheet, clay is placed on the upper surface of a stretched rubber sheet, and the upper surface of the clay is covered by a surface layer made from a material that burns when the clay is baked. The rubber sheet is contracted to form wrinkles on the upper surface of the clay and the surface layer. The clay is baked and the surface layer is made to disappear by burning to obtain the ceramic sheet. Thus, the surface layer prevents the tips of the convex parts constituting the wrinkles from being in direct contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Mitsuko Itou, Hirobumi Itou
  • Patent number: 7758330
    Abstract: For forming a ready-to-bake, endless dough ring, a dough piece is first round kneaded in a round-kneading station and then fermented in a fermenting station. In a pressure station, flattening pressure is exerted on two sides of the dough piece for a flat round piece to produce. After a relaxation interval, an inside hole is punched into the relaxed dough piece in a punching station, with a dough ring being obtained. The individual stations of a corresponding dough treatment system are connected to each other by means of a conveyor. Then secondary fermenting of the shaped dough ring takes place, which is followed by baking of a ring article. The result is an efficient method of forming a ready-to-bake, endless dough ring. Producing the baked ring article can be completely automated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Neuenkirchener Maschinenfabrik Emil Kemper GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Peitzmeier, Ulrich Gerhardt