Patents Examined by Vishal I Patel
  • Patent number: 10843303
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a wind turbine blade is described which utilizes a post-moulding station in the manufacturing process. A blade shell forming part of a wind turbine blade is initially moulded in a blade mould, the blade shell subsequently transferred to a post-moulding station which allows for various post-moulding operations to be carried out on the blade shell away from the mould, thereby increasing the productivity of the blade mould in the manufacturing process. The post-moulding station may be operable to perform the closing of first and second blade shells to form a wind turbine blade, and may be formed from an adjustable structure which can provide relatively easy access to the contained blade shell for working thereon. Accordingly, the manufacturing equipment may be of reduced cost, combined with an increase in the overall productivity of the manufacturing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: LM WP PATENT HOLDING A/S
    Inventor: Bernard Willem De Waal Malefijt
  • Patent number: 10828847
    Abstract: A fiber placement system including a fiber placement station at a first location, the fiber placement station including a tool and a fiber placement assembly configured to construct a reinforcement layup on the tool, the first fiber placement assembly including a compaction roller rotatable about an axis of rotation, the compaction roller at least partially defining a nip, a thermoplastic composite ply extending through the nip and a heating unit positioned to heat the thermoplastic composite ply proximate the nip, and a consolidation station at a consolidation location, the consolidation location being different from the first location, the consolidation station including a consolidation tool and a consolidation system configured to consolidate a reinforcement layup assembly that includes the reinforcement layup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Marc R. Matsen, Mark A. Negley, Jeffery L. Marcoe, Stephen G. Moore, Brice A. Johnson, Alexandra K. Dillon, Megan M. Petersen
  • Patent number: 10828204
    Abstract: Several variations of core formation techniques and machines to produced cores are disclosed, including a large and small discrete core, formed on a screen and combined; a large and small continuous core, formed on a web; and two and three-dimensional cores, formed on a screen, and core formation on a non-woven web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Nelson, Collin Heinz
  • Patent number: 10832596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flexible hanging label manufacturing method and structure, the manufacturing method includes the following steps: a. printing a label paper strip; b. attaching a first flexible paper layer and a second flexible paper layer to an attached portion of the label paper strip; and c. cutting. The flexible hanging label manufactured by the above steps would achieve consistent production operations, to thereby improve the anti-pull strength of the flexible hanging labels, to effectively reduce the fraction defective caused by use damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Hui Tu Lin
  • Patent number: 10821031
    Abstract: A method for making absorbent sanitary articles whereby each absorbent article is provided with at least one pair of side tabs. The method includes the steps of feeding a single continuous web with a longitudinal axis towards at least one cutting station where the continuous web is divided, by a succession of cuts transverse to the longitudinal axis, into a first and a second series of side tabs, each of which has an asymmetrical shape and separately applying each rotated side tab of the first series and each side tab of the second series along a continuous strip of a material for making the absorbent articles, in such a way that each rotated tab of the first series is juxtaposed with a respective tab of the second series to define a respective pair of side tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GDM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Valerio Soli, Matteo Piantoni, Mauro Pietralunga, Federico Tordini, Marco Rosani
  • Patent number: 10822667
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a breathable hybrid leather includes: a raw material supply step of supplying the natural leather of recycled leather; a step of applying a hot-melt adhesive to the upper surface of the leather raw material; a bonding step of supplying a fabric to the upper surface of the adhesive layer and applying heat and pressure to the leather raw material, the adhesive layer, and the fabric to obtain a bonded fabric; and a step of ironing and coating the bonded fabric a plurality of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ATKO PLANNING INC.
    Inventors: Jieon Kim, Bong Jin Choe, Kang Gu Lee, Young Hyeon Choe
  • Patent number: 10821655
    Abstract: For producing a dome-shaped element (2) provided with thermal protection for a solid propellant rocket engine, a coupling annular body (4) is arranged in a mold (5) and has a surface (20) that is clean and activated, by an atmospheric-pressure plasma treatment, before depositing a primer layer (26) and an adhesive layer (27) on the surface (20); ablative material is then automatically applied to the adhesive layer and to an area (17) of the mold (5) so as to form a series of superimposed layers (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: AVIO S.P.A.
    Inventors: Daniele Schiariti, Massimiliano Cardelli
  • Patent number: 10808147
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for manufacturing an adhesive tape. An example method includes: providing a plurality of adhesive webs, wherein each web includes a hot melt adhesive adhered to a backing material; providing a fabric web having a fabric material; guiding a first adhesive web from the plurality of adhesive webs into a first position proximate a first side of the fabric web; guiding a second adhesive web from the plurality of adhesive webs into a second position proximate a second side of the fabric web; applying heat and pressure to form a web of the baffle tape in which the first adhesive web is bonded to the first side of the fabric web and the second adhesive web is bonded to the second side of the fabric web; and rewinding the web of the baffle tape into a roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BEMIS ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Man Fai Lo, Stephen Topper, Jared Ide, Daryl Johnson
  • Patent number: 10807325
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of fabricating a composite structure using a pre-cured composite stiffener and a dry fabric component. In one example, the method includes the steps of: wrapping an adhesive film and a resin film around an edge of said pre-cured composite stiffener; inserting the edge of said pre-cured composite stiffener into a clevis of a dry fabric component to form a composite structure assembly; securing the pre-cured composite stiffener substantially perpendicularly to the base portion of the dry fabric component; and starting a consolidated infusion and cure process. The consolidated infusion and cure process applies a first temperature to the composite structure assembly for a first predetermined period of time to infuse the dry fabric component, and the increases the first temperature to a second temperature for a second predetermined period of time to cure the composite structure assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Benjamin Cottrell
  • Patent number: 10807299
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a structural component for motor vehicles by hot forming of a plate-shaped semi-finished product reinforced of thermoplastic material with embedded continuous fibers (“organo-sheet”) regions of the organo-sheet (2) provided for accommodating the organo-sheet (2) in a hot forming device (1) and/or portions (21, 22) of the structural component (5) manufactured from the organo-sheet (2), which are exposed to an increased load, are structured more strongly and/or are subjected to a particular thermal treatment during hot forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Michael Thienel, Olaf Kriese, Markus Schultz, Werner Stammberger, Stephan Nerb
  • Patent number: 10801668
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a tank is a method of manufacturing a tank by winding fibers impregnated with a resin in a plurality of layers on an outer circumference of a liner, and the manufacturing method includes: laminating a plurality of hoop layers by hoop-winding the fibers impregnated with the resin; and laminating a plurality of helical layers by helical-winding the fibers impregnated with the resin such that the helical layers wrap the hoop layers. When laminating the helical layers, a temperature of the fibers impregnated with the resin is adjusted at 40° C. or more and 60° C. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Iida
  • Patent number: 10773493
    Abstract: One example provides a method. The method includes printing an image on a surface of laminate, the laminate including: a backing layer; and a transparency disposed over the backing layer. The transparency may have a first side having the image printed thereon and a second side disposed over a first side of the backing layer, the second side opposite the first side. The method may include detaching the second side of the transparency from the first side of the backing layer and reattaching the first side of the transparency to the first side of the backing layer to form a laminated image. The method may include disposing the laminated image over a substrate surface having a curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Greg S Smith, David R Parry
  • Patent number: 10766212
    Abstract: A plurality of segments of radius filler is positioned onto a radius filler forming tool. The plurality of segments of radius filler is applied to a stringer in a single placement step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James R. Kendall, Paul D. Shaw, Raviendra Sidath Suriyaarachchi, Sadie Lee Fieni
  • Patent number: 10751966
    Abstract: A single facer comprises: a swingable frame supporting a press roll in such a manner as to allow a gap between one of a pair of corrugating rolls and the press roll to be changed; an adjusting screw contactable with a contact member coupled to the swingable frame; an encoder for detecting vibration of the press roll occurring during formation of a corrugated medium by the pair of corrugating rolls; and a control section for controlling drive of a motor for displacing the adjusting screw. The control section is configured to execute a first control processing of driving the motor until a magnitude of the vibration is reduced to a given value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA ISOWA
    Inventors: Hisashi Hayashi, Takahiro Yamada, Naoki Mori
  • Patent number: 10737475
    Abstract: A thermo-compression bonding tool with a high temperature elastic element, and methods of bonding a metal sheet to a substrate using a thermo-compression bonding tool are described. In an example, a system for bonding a metal sheet to a substrate includes a stage to support the substrate and an elastic roller located above the stage. The elastic roller includes a high temperature material. The system also includes a heated backing plate located above the elastic roller. The backing plate is configured to apply pressure and heat to the elastic roller as the elastic roller rolls across a metal sheet disposed above the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Hamilton Sewell, Thomas P. Pass
  • Patent number: 10737435
    Abstract: To reliably perform partial decoration forming by avoiding crush deformation of a hollow structure due to a change into a pressure-reduced state even in a case where part of the hollow structure is included in a partial decoration forming range of a formed plate material. A surrounding frame body (33) is brought into contact with an upper portion of a body to be coated to surround the decoration forming range, and the body to be coated is accommodated, and an upper space (A) in a sealed state and a lower space in a sealed state are formed. A surrounded space in a sealed state whose top and bottom are surrounded by a decorative film and the body to be coated in the decoration forming range is formed after the lower space and the upper space (A) in the sealed state are brought into a predetermined first pressure state where the pressures in the lower space and the upper space (A) are equal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FU-SE VACUUM FORMING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Miura
  • Patent number: 10737436
    Abstract: To reliably perform partial decoration forming by avoiding crush deformation of a hollow structure due to a change into a pressure-reduced state even in a case where part of the hollow structure is included in a partial decoration forming range of a formed plate material. A surrounding frame body (33) is brought into contact with an upper portion of a body to be coated to surround the decoration forming range, and the body to be coated is accommodated, and an upper space (A) in a sealed state and a lower space in a sealed state are formed. A surrounded space in a sealed state whose top and bottom are surrounded by a decorative film and the body to be coated in the decoration forming range is formed after the lower space and the upper space (A) in the sealed state are brought into a predetermined first pressure state where the pressures in the lower space and the upper space (A) are equal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FU-SE VACUUM FORMING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Miura
  • Patent number: 10730249
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for bi-directional cutters for Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machines. One embodiment includes a bi-directional cutter for Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) manufacturing. The cutter includes a cutter body that has an upper edge and a lower edge, and has an opening placed between the upper edge and the lower edge that is dimensioned to enable passage of a tow of fiber through the cutter body. The cutter also includes a first blade disposed on the lower edge of the cutter body that is oriented to cut the tow when the cutter is driven downward, and a second blade disposed on an edge of the opening in the cutter body that is oriented to cut the tow when the cutter is driven upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Andrew Elmer Modin, Allen Halbritter, Tu N. Hoang
  • Patent number: 10730715
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to manufacturing elastomeric laminates that may include a first substrate, a second substrate, and an elastic material located between the first substrate and second substrate. Methods and apparatuses may be configured to automatically isolate elastic strands that may break during the assembly process. As discussed in more detail below, the apparatuses may include a snare member extending adjacent to and across a travel path of elastic materials in a converting process. Thus, during the manufacture process, stretched elastics strands may advance past the snare member without contacting the outer circumferential surface of the snare member before being joined with a substrate. In the event that an elastic strand breaks, an upstream end portion of the elastic strand may retract back toward the snare member, wherein the upstream end portion wraps partially or completely around the outer circumferential surface of the snare member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ricky Reynaldo Yanez, Jr., Nicholas Paul Goyette, Tina Brown, Gregory Hugh Dean
  • Patent number: 10723091
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a semi-finished product with a strip of sealing compound for building tyres, having at least one unsaturated styrene thermoplastic elastomer, one bonding resin and one cross-linking agent is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Monterosso, Alberto Scurati, Stefano Testi