Patents Examined by Yunju Kim
  • Patent number: 10286737
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire of the present technology includes a tread portion, sidewall portions, bead portions, and a belt-shaped sound-absorbing member bonded to a region on a tire inner surface corresponding to the tread portion along the tire circumferential direction with an adhesive layer disposed between the tire inner surface and the sound-absorbing member. In such a pneumatic tire, an air agitation portion formed by an interruption in the sound-absorbing member is disposed in at least one location on the tire circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Tanno
  • Patent number: 10279533
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming at least one curved polymeric microneedle, wherein the microneedle includes a base portion and an elongated body portion terminating in a sharp tip, said elongated body portion comprising a lower portion that is 15% to 25% of the height of the microneedle, said elongated body portion being connected to said base layer. The method comprises: heating an array comprising said base layer and at least a segment of said elongated body portion; passing the heated array against a fixed member to bend the microneedles; and allowing the bent, heated array to be cooled. The heat applied to the base layer and elongated body portion is sufficient to cause the heated microneedle to be at or above the glass transition temperature of the polymer of the microneedle, but below a temperature that would cause the lower portion to bend during the passing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: John C. Nelson, Robert M. Pricone, Gregory D. Shields, William T. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10272725
    Abstract: Performance on snowy roads is improved. Provided is a pneumatic tire, of which the mounting orientation on a vehicle is indicated. An outer middle land part is formed between a first major groove and a second major groove. The first major groove has first portions and second portions alternately formed in the tire circumferential direction, the second portions being wider than the first portions. The outer middle land part is provided with a plurality of middle inclined grooves not directly interconnected with either the first major groove or the second major groove, a plurality of outer middle lug grooves connecting the second portions of the first major groove and the middle inclined grooves, and inner middle lug grooves connecting the middle inclined grooves and the second major groove. The outer middle lug grooves are provided to different positions in the tire circumferential direction than the inner middle lug grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Keiji Takagi, Yoshiaki Kanematsu, Hiroshi Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 10266013
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire in which a tread part is provided with a pair of central main grooves extending continuously around the circumference of the tire on both sides of a tire equator C, and central thin grooves extending continuously around the circumference of the tire on the tire-axially inner sides of the central main grooves and having less groove width than the central main grooves. The central thin grooves include a linear first central thin groove running along the tire circumference, and zigzagging second central thin grooves. The first central thin groove is provided on the tire-axially inner sides of the second central thin grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Tadashi Ito
  • Patent number: 10232563
    Abstract: A method of producing an undercover for a vehicle includes: placing a first component including a planar surface, second components including planar surfaces, and a third component including a cavity with an opening in a surface such that the third component is sandwiched between the second components with the surfaces of the second components and the surface of the third components opposed to the surface of the first component; placing the sheet that is softened between the first component and the second components; vacuuming the sheet with the first component until a first surface thereof is pressed against the surface of the first component; bringing the surfaces of the second components into contact with a second surface of the sheet; and moving the third component toward the first component until the cavity is filled with a portion of the sheet while maintaining the first component and the second components thereat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Oohashi, Makoto Kawamoto, Takuya Shimokawa
  • Patent number: 10214054
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a block pitch length of an outer block row that is greater than a block pitch length of the inner block row. The dimensions in the tire width direction of the regions interposed between two circumferential grooves are smaller in the order of the rib, the outer block row, and the inner block row. The inclined grooves defining and forming the rib open only to the circumferential groove in the vehicle mounting inner side region defining and forming the rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Takahisa Murata
  • Patent number: 10213959
    Abstract: A method for removing substrate material from a part produced by a 3-D printer. The method includes providing a housing having a working chamber defined therein. The method further includes providing a spray header disposed along at least a portion of the perimeter of the working chamber. A pump is configured and arranged to convey a fluid at varying pressures through the spray header. Fluid contacts a part inserted into the working chamber and then flows to the bottom of the working chamber to a fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Audubon Machinery Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph M. McMahon, Scott Alexander Gilmour, Adam Michael Moehlau, Joshua J. Yagy, Daniel J. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 10207326
    Abstract: An apparatus for fabricating a three-dimensional object includes a fabrication stage and a flattener. A fabrication layer in which powder particles are bound together is formed layer-by-layer on the fabrication stage. The flattener relatively moves in a moving direction along a stage surface of the fabrication stage and flattens a surface of powder on the fabrication stage to form a powder layer. The fabrication stage and the flattener are arranged to be relatively movable in a height direction. In formation of the powder layer on the fabrication layer formed on the fabrication stage, the apparatus performs an operation to increase a distance between the flattener and the fabrication stage in the height direction when the flattener moves to a position near an edge of the fabrication layer in the moving direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Soyoung Park, Shinichi Kakuda, Shozo Sakura
  • Patent number: 10207545
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire has a main groove (3) provided to a tread part (2). A groove bottom (12) includes a protrusion portion (13) that is convex outward in a tire radial direction. The protrusion portion (13) continues along the main groove (3). The width (W3) of the protrusion portion (13) in a direction perpendicular to a groove center line (G1) of the main groove (3) is 50% to 100% of the groove width (W1) of the main groove (3). The protrusion portion (13) juts outward in the tire radial direction from an imaginary groove bottom (12A) that connects an inner end (10i) of a first groove wall (10) and an inner end (11i) of a second groove wall (11) in a straight line, and the cross-sectional area of the protrusion portion (13) is 3% to 15% of the transverse cross-sectional area of the main groove (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Kishida
  • Patent number: 10201853
    Abstract: A device for additive manufacturing of components by selective irradiation of a powder bed, having a processing chamber—in which at least one powder bed chamber and at least one radiation source are arranged such that the radiation source can irradiate a powder in the powder bed chamber, and wherein the device includes at least one induction coil, so that a component which is produced by irradiation of the powder bed can be at least partially inductively heated, and wherein the induction coil is movable relative to one or more powder bed chambers. A method for additive manufacturing of components by selective irradiation of a powder bed, in which method the component being manufactured is inductively heated at the same time, wherein the position of one or more induction coils for inductive heating is determined and adjusted based on the geometry of the component to be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MTU Aero Enginges AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Retze, Andreas Jakimov, Herbert Hanrieder
  • Patent number: 10189313
    Abstract: Tire comprising a tread (40) extending between an outboard axial edge (45) and an inboard axial edge (46), over a width L, in which the tread comprises at least 4 circumferential ribs (411-414) separated by grooves (421-423), in which the circumferential rib (411) adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread extends from the outboard axial edge over a width of at least 0.6·L and comprises a portion (411a) with a width of at least 0.1·L made from a first rubber composition and an axially adjacent second portion (411b) made from a second rubber composition, the first rubber composition having values for the elastic modulus at 300% deformation, the Shore A hardness and the complex modulus G* at 60° C. which are respectively comprised between 1.1 and 2.1 times, 0.95 times and 1.20 times, and 1.00 times and 2.10 times the corresponding values of the second rubber composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Luc Schaffhauser, Vincent Tourneux, Laurent Huc
  • Patent number: 10183420
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of forming a composite component. The method includes laying one or more layers of uncured composite material onto a mandrel. The mandrel which includes a plurality of conductive media dispersed in a thermoplastic material. An electric current is supplied to the mandrel to resistively heat the one or more layers of uncured composite material to a temperature sufficient to cure the one or more layers of uncured composite material to form a cured composite component. The mandrel is removed from the cured composite component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Aaron Todd Sellinger
  • Patent number: 10173473
    Abstract: A pneumatic motorcycle tire includes a tread portion provided in each half tread region with a unit pattern repeatedly arranged in the tire circumferential direction to form a unidirectional tread pattern. The unit pattern includes a first groove extending axially outwardly from a vicinity of the tire equator, while inclining to the opposite direction to the intended tire rotational direction; a second groove disposed on the heel-side in the tire rotational direction of the first groove and extending along the first groove; a third groove disposed on the heel-side of the second groove and extending along the second groove; a fourth groove disposed on the heel-side of the third groove and extending along the third groove; and a narrow groove extending from an axially inner end of the first groove to an axially inner end of the fourth groove, while inclining to the intended tire rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD., THE GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY
    Inventors: Masafumi Otani, Sebastien Willy Fontaine, Armand Rene Gabriel Leconte, Julien Michel Sylvain Seguy, Jean-Luc Faure, Auguste Elichiry
  • Patent number: 10160267
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes a tread portion provided with a shoulder main groove and a crown main groove to form a middle land portion therebetween. The middle land portion is provided with a first middle lug groove including a first groove wall and a second groove wall, wherein the first groove wall includes a protrusion protruding toward the second groove wall on the side of the shoulder main groove. The protrusion includes a front wall located so as to form a sipe portion between the front wall and the second groove wall, a top wall, a first lateral wall located axially outward of the front wall and a second lateral wall located axially inward of the front wall. The front wall is configured to a triangular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Sawa Ogihara
  • Patent number: 10144205
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for making a three-dimensional object from a solidifiable material using a linear solidification device is shown and described. The apparatus includes a solidification substrate that is tiltable relative to a film about a tilting axis. Layers of the solidifiable material solidify in contact with a film located between the most recently solidified object layer and a solidification substrate that comprises the solidification substrate assembly. The tilting of the solidification substrate relative to the film allows the substrate to be used to squeeze excess solidifiable material from between the film and the most recently solidified object surface while minimizing or eliminating the formation of bubbles in the solidifiable material which can prolong object build times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Global Filtration Systems
    Inventor: Ali El-Siblani
  • Patent number: 10144166
    Abstract: This sheet manufacturing apparatus is provided with: a nozzle for extruding a heated resin sheet; a main roll with a surface on which microstructures are formed; a follower roll disposed at a distance from the main roll; and an electricity-supplying mechanism. The electricity-supplying mechanism heats an electrically conductive section of the main roll by supplying electricity to the electrically conductive section from both edges of the main roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC., MGC FILSHEET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Reiki Akita
  • Patent number: 10118205
    Abstract: A system uses microwave energy to remove support material from a three-dimensional printed object with reduced risk of damage to the object. The system includes a microwave source, a three port device, a susceptor, a temperature sensor, and a controller. The controller operates the microwave source to direct microwave energy into a first port of the three port device, which emits the microwave at a second port of the three port device to irradiate the three-dimensional object and melt the support material. Reflected microwave increases as the amount of support material contacting the object is reduced and enters the second port of the three port device, which directs the reflected energy to the susceptor coupled to a third port of the three port device. The controller monitors the signal generated by the temperature sensor and deactivates the microwave source in response to a predetermined condition being reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Ron E. Dufort, Erwin Ruiz, Linn C. Hoover, Andrew W. Hays, Patrick J. Howe, David K. Ahl
  • Patent number: 10118719
    Abstract: A thermoforming packaging machine with a top film forming station, wherein the forming tool upper part and the foaming tool lower part of the top film forming station are disposed above a transportation plane of a lower film. One of the forming tool upper part or the forming tool lower part are operably connected to a lifting mechanism by a traverse system. The lifting mechanism is disposed below the transportation plane of the lower film. The traverse system transfers a lifting force from the lifting device to one of the forming tool upper part or lower part through the transportation plane of the lower film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MULTIVAC SEPP HAGGENMUELLER SE & CO. KG
    Inventor: Elmar Ehrmann
  • Patent number: 10112344
    Abstract: A machine for processing a part produced by a 3-D printer. The machine includes a housing having a working chamber defined therein. A support structure is disposed at the bottom of the working chamber for supporting the part. The structure has at least one opening defined therein. A spray header is disposed along at least a portion of the perimeter of the working chamber. A pump is configured and arranged to convey a fluid at varying pressures through the spray header. The fluid contacts the part and then passes through the opening in the structure where it flows to the bottom of the working chamber to a fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Audubon Machinery Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. McMahon, Scott Alexander Gilmour, Adam Michael Moehlau, Joshua J. Yagy, Daniel J. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 10103393
    Abstract: A hot press device presses one or more objects to be pressed at a predetermined temperature, and includes: a roller around which a roll on which the objects to be pressed are disposed at predetermined intervals is wound; hot plates which are disposed to face one surface of the objects to be pressed while corresponding to the roll supplied from the roller; press units which are disposed to push the hot plates on the objects to be pressed; and a pitch changing unit which moves the hot plates in a direction in which the roll is moved or in a direction opposite to a direction in which the roll is moved, in accordance with a distance between the objects to be pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Sung Hoon Jeong, Jong Cheol Ahn