Patents Examined by Thiem D Phan
  • Patent number: 11567410
    Abstract: Provided are a pattern formation method including a step of preparing a base material which has an etching layer transparent to an exposure wavelength on each of two surfaces thereof and is transparent to the exposure wavelength, a step of forming a photosensitive resin layer, in which an optical density to the exposure wavelength is in a range of 0.50 to 2.50, on the etching layer on each of the two surfaces of the base material, a step of pattern-exposing the photosensitive resin layer, a step of developing the photosensitive resin layer to form a resist pattern on two surfaces, a step of removing the etching layer on a portion that is not coated with the resist pattern, and a step of peeling the resist pattern off, in this order, a laminate, and a method of producing a touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Kanna, Takashi Aridomi
  • Patent number: 11557944
    Abstract: A rotor assembly system for a manufacturing cell includes a central robotic system comprising a multi-axial central robot and a conveyor platform and one or more multi-axial auxiliary robotic systems secured at one or more locations within the cell. The conveyor platform is operable to move the central robot within the cell. The central robotic system and the one or more auxiliary robotic systems are configured to perform a plurality of rotor manufacturing processes on at least one rotor component in coordination with one another, and the central robotic system is configured to transfer the at least one rotor component between one or more rotor manufacturing processes of the plurality of rotor manufacturing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, ABB, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E Briscoe, Nick Sochacki, Al Marrocco, Jeffrey Cameron, Michael Mollan
  • Patent number: 11557431
    Abstract: Provided is a motor capable of having an improved output while keeping the mechanical strength of the stator core. A motor includes: a stator including a stator core including an annular yoke having an outer part and an inner part and teeth extending inwardly from the inner part of the yoke, and a coil wound around the teeth; and a rotor rotatably disposed inside of the stator. The stator core includes the lamination of sheet members made of a soft magnetic material. Each sheet member has a binding part to bind the sheet members in the lamination at a first part corresponding to the outer part of the yoke. At least the binding part of the first part is made of an amorphous soft magnetic material. The sheet member has a second part other than the first part, and the second part is made of a nanocrystal soft magnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventors: Fumitaka Yoshinaga, Akira Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11557714
    Abstract: An end effector assembly for use with an electrosurgical instrument is provided. The end effector assembly has a pair of opposing jaw members. One or more of the jaw members includes a support base, an electrical jaw lead, and a sealing plate coupled to the electrical jaw lead. The sealing plate has a stainless steel layer and one or more piezo electric sensors. The jaw member also includes an insulative plate disposed between the support base and the sealing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Glenn A. Horner, Christina A. Oliver, Kim V. Brandt
  • Patent number: 11548106
    Abstract: An automated, high throughput system that mechanically separates electrode tips from spark plugs to facilitate recovery of platinum group metals in the electrodes. Spark plugs may be fed into the system in bulk and an automated mechanism under computer control executes a sequence of operations to feed plugs in a fixed orientation and at a controlled rate to a robot arm. The robot arm has a gripper that securely holds a set of spark plugs and passes them across a cutting tool to separate tips from the bodies. The gripper has independently actuated finger assemblies that accommodate plugs of varying shapes. A visual inspection system ensures that spark plugs are oriented with the tips facing in the same direction to simplify operation of the robot and the cutting tool. The tips may be processed to extract the contained valuable metals; the remaining bodies may be recycled as iron scrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventor: Edmund Schwenk
  • Patent number: 11546528
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing method for easily viewing images obtained by imaging multiple components at a time, the method including image capturing processing of capturing each component holding state relating to multiple suction nozzles mounted on a mounting head as one image, image dividing processing of dividing a region relating to a predetermined component holding state for image data of the multiple component holding states obtained by the image capturing processing, direction conversion processing of converting a direction of the component holding state for divided image data divided by the image dividing processing, and display processing of displaying an image based on the divided image data subjected to the direction conversion processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Masafumi Amano, Yuta Yokoi
  • Patent number: 11543315
    Abstract: Provided is a fixed-state testing device including a pressing part that presses a battery, a load detection part that detects a pressing load with which the battery is pressed, and a determination part that determines whether the state of fixing of the battery to a retention hole is good or bad. The determination part determines the fixed state of the battery to be good when the battery is able to maintain the pressing load within a first test load range for a first pressing time and, moreover, to thereafter maintain the pressing load within a second test load range of which an upper limit load is smaller than a lower limit load of the first test load range for a second pressing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Hideto Mori
  • Patent number: 11545880
    Abstract: Stator cores and methods for fabricating stator cores are provided. An exemplary stator core includes a stack of laminations. Each lamination in the stack of laminations comprises a yoke and a plurality of tooth segments fixed to the yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: John S. Agapiou, James G. Schroth
  • Patent number: 11527943
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a permanent magnet motor rotor includes a first-end positioning assembly, a plurality of connectors, and a second-end positioning assembly. The first-end positioning assembly is utilized to fix a first-end rotor core. The second-end positioning assembly is utilized to fix a second-end rotor core. The connectors are utilized to connect and fix the first-end positioning assembly with the second-end positioning assembly. Each first longitudinal axis of each first positioning element of the first end positioning assembly is different from each second longitudinal axis of each second positioning element of the second end positioning assembly. In addition, a method for assembling a permanent magnet motor rotor is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventors: Ming-Hsiang Chen, Po-Ju Huang, Lian-Shin Hung
  • Patent number: 11527860
    Abstract: A wire terminating apparatus and method which allows for determining the quality of a wire termination. The method includes terminating the wire, monitoring the thermal properties of the termination with one or more thermal sensors and comparing the monitored thermal properties to stored thermal properties to determine if the termination is defective. If the termination is defective, the termination is discarded. The apparatus includes a wire termination zone. A thermal sensor is mounted on the wire terminating apparatus proximate the wire termination zone. The thermal sensor monitors the thermal properties of the termination to determine if the termination is defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventors: Robert Allen Dubler, Matthew Orlowski, Jonathan Roberts
  • Patent number: 11519438
    Abstract: A method of assembling a fastener structure on a plate body is introduced. The fastener structure includes a body portion and a fastening body. The body portion has a solderable layer, and the solderable layer is soldered to a plate body. The fastening body combines movably with the body portion. The fastening body has a head and a fastening portion. The body portion or the fastening body is provided on the plate body for soldering after it is picked up by a tool so that the body portion can combine with the plate body. Also, the body portion or the fastening body combines with an assisting pickup unit, and the fastener structure is provided on the plate body for soldering after it is picked up by a tool through the assisting pickup unit so that the body portion can combine with the plate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventor: Ting-Jui Wang
  • Patent number: 11522422
    Abstract: A method to produce rotors or stators of electric machines having radial grooves into which webs of flat windings having parallel webs and winding heads connecting said webs being pulled, wherein a winding is produced on a rotating, strip-shaped flat former shorter than the winding such that windings are pulled off the former and transferred into a linear transfer device, which transports the windings to a removal position at which the windings are transferred into radial grooves of a rotor or of the transfer tool for transfer into radial grooves of a stator, wherein the former, the transfer device, and the rotor or the transfer tool being jointly rotated about an axis of rotation of the former when rotated to form windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler ELMOTEC STATOMAT GmbH
    Inventors: Sadik Sadiku, Keith Alan Witwer
  • Patent number: 11515766
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of an electric pump includes engaging and welding first and second extended portions with first and second hooks, respectively, and cutting a plurality of connecting portions after the engaging and welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: SHINANO KENSHI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 11515768
    Abstract: An assembly for assembling a winding group of a bar winding for an electric machine is provided. The winding group includes a plurality of bar conductors, each bar conductor having a first leg, a second leg and a bridge portion connecting the first leg to the second leg, and being shaped so that the first and second legs are mutually spread by a predetermined distance. The assembly includes an annular fixture delimiting a plurality of slots, each slot receiving at least one portion of either the first leg or the second leg, a guiding device defining an annular containment housing, receiving at least partially the first and second legs of the plurality of legs of the plurality of bar conductors that are housed in the plurality of slots, forming at least one radial containment wall for the first and second legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: TECNOMATIC S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Ruggieri, Sergio Tancredi, Maurilio Micucci, Giuseppe Ranalli
  • Patent number: 11510319
    Abstract: A connecting structure includes an insulation base, first pads, and second pads. The insulation base includes a first surface, a second surface, and a lateral surface connecting therebetween. First grooves are defined on the first surface, second grooves are defined on the second surface, third grooves are defined on the lateral surface. Each third groove connects one first groove and one second groove. The first pads are deposited in the first grooves. The second pads are deposited in the second grooves. Wiring portions are deposited in the third grooves, each wiring portion connects one first pad and one second pad. A conductive ink layer is coated on the first and the second pads. A protective ink layer is coated on the wiring portions and the insulating base except for the first and the second pads. The first and the second grooves are stepped grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: QING DING PRECISION ELECTRONICS (HUAIAN) CO., LTD, Avary Holding (Shenzhen) Co., Limited.
    Inventors: Rui-Wu Liu, Ming-Jaan Ho, Man-Zhi Peng
  • Patent number: 11502586
    Abstract: An arm of a coil segment having an approximate U shape is placed in a slot of a stator core, and a portion protruding from the slot is bent in a circumferential direction. An arm is bent in a direction of an arrow A, and another arm positioned at an inner side in the radial direction in relation to this arm is bent in a direction of an arrow B. The arm positioned at the outer side has at least a part of a bending inner side surface of a bent portion hardened by pressurization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Yu Takanezawa, Daisuke Mizushima, Rikuto Takagi
  • Patent number: 11501906
    Abstract: An inductor manufacturing method includes making a coil with a wire member, the coil has two end portions, bending a dependent segment from one end portion of the coil, and bending a lateral extension from the dependent segment, bending a bent segment from the second end portion of the coil, and bending a lateral segment from the bent segment, a base member is then engaged into a space between the coil and the lateral extension and the lateral segment of the coil for forming a coil assembly, the coil assembly is then engaged into a mold cavity of a mold device and punched together with an iron powder, the lateral extension and the lateral segment of the coil are electroplated with an electroplating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Chia Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 11491590
    Abstract: A battery removal apparatus for use with portable comping devices is disclosed. The battery removal apparatus can be used to remove the battery from a portable computing device. One embodiment having a heating surface 118 used to soften the adhesive 206 which bonds the battery to the housing of the device. The device is placed on the heating surface 118 and secured to the housing of the apparatus with a clamping system 116. In addition, a vacuum suction cup 130 attaches to the battery 208 of the portable computing device. The suction cup 130 and the battery 208, is then lifted out of the portable computing device using a lifting system. As a result, there is a reduction in the risk of puncturing the battery during the removal process. Other embodiments are described and shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Kijanna Beckles
  • Patent number: 11495402
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (11) and a method for producing transformer cores (12), the device comprising a retaining system (19) having a stacking table (18) for collecting sheets of metal (16) from which a transformer core (12) is constructed and having at least two positioning aids for the sheets, the stacking table forming a positioning surface (26) for the positioning aids and being equipped with the positioning aids, the stacking table and the positioning aids being realized such that a free positioning and a location-independent fastening of the positioning aids within the positioning surface is possible, the device having a positioning system (25) by means of which the positioning aids can be disposed on and/or be removed from the stacking table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Volker Loth, Jost Friedrich
  • Patent number: 11489384
    Abstract: An EC motor is provided having a stator, in which an armature is rotatably supported, the armature including an armature shaft, on which an armature core having a plurality of permanent magnets is held, the armature core being electrically insulated against the armature shaft with the aid of a casting compound, and a balance ring being provided on at least one axial end of the armature core, which is accommodated on the armature shaft by a central recess, a gap between the armature shaft and the central recess of the balance ring being filled with casting compound, and the permanent magnets being held in pockets of the armature core by casting compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: C&E Fein GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Maier, Fabian Grass, Thomas Burkhardt