Patents Examined by Xue Liu
  • Patent number: 10436983
    Abstract: A system may include a fiber distribution hub including a plurality of fiber-optic cables, wherein a particular one of the plurality of fiber-optic cables includes a machine-readable identifier; and a robotic device configured to access particular ones of the plurality of fiber-optic cables. The robotic device may include a print head configured to splice together the particular ones of the plurality of fiber-optic cables by three-dimensional printing of a silane material. A hand-held unit may also include a print head configured to splice together fiber-optic cables by three-dimensional printing of a silane material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: John Scott Perez
  • Patent number: 10307974
    Abstract: Ply wrinkling during hot drape forming of a composite laminate is reduced at corner radii. A tensioning material placed over an uncured composite laminate charge maintains a compressive force on the laminate charge as the charge is formed over a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William Thomas Kline, Christopher Gary Harris
  • Patent number: 10265199
    Abstract: The method for manufacturing a made-to-measure prosthetic sleeve from a thermoformable preform includes: providing a reduced positive mold corresponding to the copy of the shape of the stump of the residual limb reduced by 3 to 5% of all of the circumferences of the shape of the stump; providing a preform made from a thermoformable elastomer base, the preform presenting an open proximal end, a closed distal end, a uniform wall thickness and a hardness of more than 40 Shore A; placing the preform on the reduced positive mold to form a preform/mold assembly; shaping the preform by heating the preform/mold assembly to a temperature between 60° C. and 150° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Pierre Chabloz
  • Patent number: 10173357
    Abstract: Extrudable hydrogel compositions for printing 3D objects, such as cell growth scaffolds, are provided. Also provided are methods for making the crosslinked hydrogel compositions and the printed objects and methods for culturing cells using the cell growth scaffolds. The hydrogel precursor solutions are aqueous solutions comprising a biocompatible polymer, functionalized polyethylene glycol as a crosslinker and, optionally, cells and/or bioactive factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Alexandra L. Rutz, Ramille N. Shah
  • Patent number: 10173382
    Abstract: A blow molding machine with a stationary and a rotating part, comprising a tempering device for tempering blow molds of the blow molding machine using a medium, and a respective method, characterized in that the tempering device is arranged within the blow molding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Thomas Höllriegl, Andreas Brunner
  • Patent number: 10104209
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is provided. The mobile terminal includes a terminal main body having a display module to display visual information, a window disposed above the display module and having a pattern layer to recognize a user's touch input, a key region formed on one surface of the window near one side thereof, and a light emitting module configured to illuminate the key region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Insu Song, Younghwan Moon, Youngmin Lee, Hyosung Park
  • Patent number: 10100528
    Abstract: A corner trim material that is made of a material that will bond with current industry mastics such as all purpose joint compounds, resists impact, resists abrasion, and readily accepts common coatings such as drywall mud, texture and paints. The surface of this material generally does not need to be covered by any secondary fiber based material such as paper to improve bonding or coating on the inside or outside. The material generally consists of a polymer mixed with a fibrous material like pulp or glass fiber. A corner trim piece can be directly extruded from the mix. The corner trim piece can have a center hinge, can be bullnose, and the flanges can optionally have holes or optionally be coated with adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Douglas J. Wambaugh
  • Patent number: 10081136
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention implement additive manufacturing techniques that employ different sets of deposition characteristics and/or material formation characteristics during the additive manufacture of an object so as to strategically build up the object. In many embodiments, material used to build up an object is deposited at different deposition rates during the additive manufacture of the object, and the object is thereby strategically built up. In one embodiment, a method of additively manufacturing an object includes: depositing material onto a surface at a first deposition rate so as to define a first region of the object to be additively manufactured; and depositing material onto a surface at a second deposition rate so as to define a second region of the object to be additively manufactured; where the second deposition rate is different from the first deposition rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Douglas C. Hofmann, John Paul C. Borgonia
  • Patent number: 10059072
    Abstract: A method for producing a decorated wall or floor panel, comprising placing a pourable granulate carrier material between two belt-like conveyors; molding the carrier material under the influence of temperature while forming a web-like carrier; compressing the carrier; treating the carrier under the influence of temperature and pressure by use of a dual-belt press; cooling the carrier; applying a decor simulating a decorative template onto at least a portion of the carrier; and applying a protective layer onto at least a portion of the decor. A wall or floor panel that is particularly stable, adaptable and high quality. An apparatus comprising elements for performing this method. A wall or floor panel comprising a plate-shaped carrier comprising a connecting element edge profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Akzenta Paneale + Profile GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Jürgen Hannig
  • Patent number: 10005220
    Abstract: The invention relates to an annular die (1) on an extrusion head for producing tubular or sheet-like preforms with an arcuate die gap and with a melt channel (4) delimited by a mandrel (2) and a die body (3), the cross-sectional profile of the melt channel (4) being variable by way of adjusting elements, the annular die according to the invention being distinguished by the fact that the outer circumference of the melt channel (4) is at least partially delimited directly by at least one radially adjustable slide (5), that the slide (5) is formed by a number of segments that can be adjusted together from at least one first position into at least one second position, and that the segments in each position form a respectively closed arc portion of the delimitation of the melt channel (4), the radius of the arc portion being different according to the position of the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Joachim Eckhardt, Thomas Froitzheim, David Schenkel
  • Patent number: 10008397
    Abstract: A die expansion tool and method for expanding foil of a foil carrier connected to a frame is disclosed. In the embodiment, the die expansion tool has an inner body within a cavity formed by an outer body. The frame of the foil carrier can be positioned within the outer body and a wafer attached to the foil of the foil carrier can be positioned over the inner body. A pressurized fluid system, also within the cavity of the outer body, is positioned such that the pressurized fluid system can move the frame axially around the inner body and expand the foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Nexperia B.V.
    Inventor: Jozef Petrus Wilhelmus Stokkermans
  • Patent number: 9987835
    Abstract: A multilayer stack of polymeric sheets can be used in thermoforming processes to make objects wherein each sheet has substantially the same shape. The stack includes at least one sheet of a thermoformable polymer, and can include many such sheets. A barrier layer is interposed between at least an overlapping portion at least two of the polymeric sheets in order to prevent fusion of the sheets in the overlapping portion during the thermoforming process. The barrier layer can include an adhesive that adheres the sheets in the overlapping portion. In formed articles including such an adhesive, the sheets can be manually peeled from one another if a suitable adhesive is selected. The stack (and object formed using the stack) can include polymeric sheets that are not thermoformable, but are adhered to the surface of a thermoformable sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Converter Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Millard F. Wallace
  • Patent number: 9987810
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a single layer rotomolded article prepared from a blend of polyethylene, functionalized polyolefin and one or more resins selected from polyetherester or saturated polyester or polycarbonate or polyamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Eric Maziers
  • Patent number: 9975280
    Abstract: A method of forming a material includes presenting a formable material to a space between opposing forming surfaces of opposed forming tools from when said material is carried as said opposing forming surfaces advance in a machine direction. The method includes pressurizing, as said opposing forming surfaces advance, said material between said opposing forming surfaces in a reduced space between said opposing forming surfaces defining at least in part a pressure forming zone, said reduced space between said opposing forming surfaces being maintained constant until a form of at least one of said opposing forming surfaces is profiled into said material and is retainable thereon. The method also includes releasing the profiled material from between the said opposing forming surfaces, as the space of the pressure forming zone increases between said opposing forming surfaces as the opposing forming surfaces advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Manufacturing Systems Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Leo Haynes, Christopher John Nicholls, Gabriel Ioan Giurgiu, Samuel Gwynn Buckingham
  • Patent number: 9975299
    Abstract: A method of moulding a composite structure using a tool having a core support section and a plurality of tool sections surrounding the core support section to define a tool surface on which a composite material can be placed, the core support section being selectively retractable from the tool sections. The composite material is laid on the tool surface and enclosed by a flexible, substantially non-permeable membrane. The enclosed composite material is then cured. The flexible, substantially non-permeable membrane is removed after curing. The core support section is retracted from the tool sections, allowing the tool sections to be collapsed inwardly, thereby releasing the cured composite material from the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Cytec Industrial Materials (Derby) Limited
    Inventor: Clive Bennett
  • Patent number: 9975270
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing an aerogel-containing composite, said method comprising the steps of: providing fibers, at least some of which are first fibers, such as mineral fibers, polymer fibers, cellulose fibers, or other types of fibers, in an amount of from 3 to 80 wt % of the total weight of starting materials, providing an aerogel particulate material in an amount of from 10 to 75 wt % of the total weight of starting materials, providing a binder in an amount of from 1 to 30 wt % of the total weight of starting materials, suspending the fibers in a primary air flow and suspending the aerogel particulate material in the primary air flow, thereby mixing the suspended aerogel particulate material with the suspended fibers, mixing the binder with the fibers and/or aerogel particulate material before, during or after mixing of the fibers with the aerogel particulate material, collecting the mixture of fibers, aerogel particulate material and binder and pressing and curing the mixture to provide a consolidated c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventors: Kenn Christensen, Gorm Rosenberg, Ulrich Bauer, Dhaval Doshi, Elmar Pothmann
  • Patent number: 9957361
    Abstract: A process for providing indicia and an elastic-like behavior to a web substrate is disclosed. The process comprises the steps of: providing a web substrate; printing indicia on the web substrate; and, providing the web substrate with a plurality of first regions and a plurality of second regions comprising the same material composition. A portion of the first regions extend in a first direction while the remainder of the first regions extend in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction to intersect one another. The first regions form a boundary completely surrounding the second regions. The second regions comprise a plurality of raised rib-like elements. The first regions undergo a molecular level and geometric deformation and the second regions initially undergo a substantially geometric deformation when the web material is subjected to an applied elongation along at least one axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Laura Lynn Heilman, Jill Marlene Orr
  • Patent number: 9952505
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an imprint device includes a holding unit, a mounting unit, a moving unit, a curing unit, a pressing portion, and a detecting portion. The holding unit holds template having a pattern portion pressed onto a transfer portion provided on a substrate. The mounting unit mounts the substrate. The moving unit is provided on at least either the holding unit or the mounting unit. The moving unit moves the holding unit and the mounting unit in directions approaching each other or directions away from each other. The curing unit cures the transfer portion onto which the pattern portion of the template is pressed. The pressing portion pushes the template pressed onto the transfer portion in a direction intersecting a pressing direction of the template. The detecting portion detects a position of the template pushed by the pressing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Yosuke Okamoto, Nobuhiro Komine, Kazuhiro Segawa, Manabu Takakuwa, Kentaro Kasa
  • Patent number: 9948166
    Abstract: A method that can produce a high-performance stator by providing only an upper or lower fixed piece for latching a coil on an insulator and thus effectively suppressing loosening of the coil winding wire when resin is injected while improving the production efficiency of the insulator. The method includes producing an intermediate by disposing a coil around an insulator, which includes a tubular portion, a flange at one end thereof, and a fixed piece that, when the insulator is loosely fit around the tooth, extends in the radial direction of the tooth from an end side of the flange corresponding to an upper or lower end face of the tooth, and has a coil latching claw, and loosely fitting the insulator with the coil around the tooth; and placing the intermediate in a die and injecting resin from around a region where the coil is latched by the fixed piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Masahiro Kino, Masashige Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9937667
    Abstract: A method for determining a bed temperature setpoint for use with a powder in a selective laser sintering machine is disclosed. The method includes the step of providing a powder comprising a polymer for use in a selective laser sintering machine. The method further includes the step of determining a ratio of a liquid portion of the powder to a solid portion of the powder as a function of temperature within a temperature range. A bed temperature setpoint is selected in the temperature range corresponding to a desired ratio of the liquid portion of the powder to the solid portion of the powder. A temperature of a bed of a selective laser sintering machine is set to the selected bed temperature setpoint, and a part is built from the powder using the selective laser sintering machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Hexcel Corporation
    Inventors: Scott DeFelice, Anthony DeCarmine