Patents by Inventor Laurent Torriani

Laurent Torriani has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210162675
    Abstract: A cover layer is joined to an object by a pressing force and mechanical vibration. The cover layer has a cover layer contact surface, and the object has an object contact surface, and the cover layer contact surface and the object contact surface face each other. At least one of the cover layer and the object include a joining material. The cover layer contact surface is brought into contact with the object contact surface, and a sonotrode presses the cover layer against the object and applies mechanical vibration to an outer surface of the cover layer for a time sufficient for activating the joining material. Cover layer and object are conveyed relative to the sonotrode in a continuous manner in a conveying direction throughout the steps of arranging, of bringing into contact, of pressing and of applying vibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani, Patricia Poschner
  • Publication number: 20210146635
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a connector in a first object is provided, wherein the connector includes thermoplastic material in a solid state. The method includes bringing the connector into physical contact with the first object, rotating the connector relative to the first object around a proximodistal rotation axis and exerting a relative force by the connector onto the first object, until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material of the connector becomes flowable and flows relative to the first object, and stopping rotation of the connector, whereby the flow portion anchors the connector relative to the first object, wherein a distal end of the connector is equipped for cutting/punching into the first object and/or for removing material therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Slobodan Glavaski, Joakim Kvist
  • Publication number: 20210129450
    Abstract: A method for joining two objects by anchoring an insert portion provided on one of the objects in an opening provided on the other one of the objects. The anchorage is achieved by liquefaction of a thermoplastic material and interpenetration of the liquefied material and a penetrable material, the two materials being arranged on opposite surfaces of the insert portion and the wall of the opening. Before such liquefaction and interpenetration, an interference fit is established in which such opposite surfaces are pressed against each other, and, for the anchoring, mechanical vibration energy and possibly a shearing force are applied, wherein the shearing force puts a shear stress on the interference fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Publication number: 20210122121
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a lightweight building element having a first building layer and an interlining layer distally of the first building layer, and possibly a second building layer distally of the interlining layer. For anchoring, the the distal end of a connector element is inserted into a mounting hole in the lightweight building element, and also a sleeve including a thermoplastic material is inserted into the mounting hole, the sleeve enclosing the connector element. Then, a distally facing liquefaction face of the sleeve is caused to be in contact with a proximally facing support face of the connector element. Energy impinges to liquefy at least a flow portion of the thermoplastic material of the sleeve, and the liquefaction face is pressed against the support face to cause at least a fraction of the flow portion to flow radially outward. After the flow portion has re-solidified, it anchors the connector element in the receiving object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani, Muthumariappan Sankaran, Joakim Kvist
  • Patent number: 10981369
    Abstract: A method and installation for joining a cover layer to an object in a continuous process. Joining is effected with the aid of a joining material having thermoplastic properties, wherein the joining material is arranged between the cover layer and the object and is liquefied using ultrasonic vibration energy. Before application of the ultrasonic vibration energy, the joining material is preheated in a contactless manner with the aid of electromagnetic induction in the region of the glass transition temperature of the joining material or above this glass transition temperature. The object is in particular a chip board and the cover layer an edge strip to be joined to an edge of the chip board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Elmar Mock, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani, Jörg Mayer
  • Patent number: 10919231
    Abstract: A method for joining two objects by anchoring an insert portion provided on one of the objects in an opening provided on the other one of the objects. The anchorage is achieved by liquefaction of a thermoplastic material and interpenetration of the liquefied material and a penetrable material, the two materials being arranged on opposite surfaces of the insert portion and the wall of the opening. Before such liquefaction and interpenetration, an interference fit is established in which such opposite surfaces are pressed against each other, and, for the anchoring, mechanical vibration energy and possibly a shearing force are applied, wherein the shearing force puts a shear stress on the interference fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: WOODWELDING AG, INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Publication number: 20210031461
    Abstract: The relates to a method of mechanically securing a first object to a second object and includes the steps of: providing the first object including thermoplastic material in a solid state, providing the second object with a generally flat sheet portion having an edge, positioning the first object relative to the second object and bringing the first object and the second object to a relative movement to each other. The relative movement includes a rotational movement, such that a melting zone including flowable thermoplastic material is formed and such that thermoplastic material of the melting zone flows around the edge to at least partially embed the edge in the thermoplastic material. The invention further concerns a connector that is suitable for being used in a method according to the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Laurent Torriani, Joakim Kvist, Patrick Mooser
  • Patent number: 10807316
    Abstract: An adaptor for securing a second object includes an anchoring part and an adjustment part, wherein the anchoring part includes a distally facing anchoring surface and a proximally facing first control surface. The adjustment part has a distally facing second control surface positioned to abut against the first control surface. The anchoring part and the adjustment part define a common axis that is not perpendicular to the z direction, wherein the first control surface and possibly also the second control surface is/are helical with respect to the axis. Thereby a relative z position of the adjustment part with respect to the anchoring part is defined by the relative orientation of the adjustment part with respect to the common axis while the second control surface abuts against the first control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: MULTIMATERIAL-WELDING AG
    Inventors: Joakim Kvist, Philipp Bernhard, Martin Sigrist, Laurent Torriani, Mario Weiss, Hannes Merz, Antonino Lanci, Samuel Malzach
  • Publication number: 20200298504
    Abstract: A device for joining material by anchoring an insert comprising a first material in a structure comprising a second material is provided. The first material is solid and comprises thermoplastic properties and the second material is solid and is penetrable by the first material when in a liquefied state. The device comprises a vibration device being configured to transmit vibrations to said insert to cause at least partial liquefaction thereof and being arranged to move, relative to said structure, along an insertion direction (ID) to insert said insert at least partly into said structure, a contact sensor being connected to the vibration device and being adapted to move together with the vibration device along the insertion direction (ID), the contact sensor having a sensor body being adapted to detect contact with said structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Håkan KÄLL, Muthumariappan SANKARAN, Mario LEHMANN, Laurent TORRIANI
  • Patent number: 10758372
    Abstract: A method of implanting a contact implant includes providing the contact implant, providing a plurality of anchoring implants having a plurality of through openings, placing the contact implant at an implantation location, and introducing a first one of the anchoring implants through a first of the plurality of through openings. Mechanical oscillations are applied, along a first axis, to the first one of the anchoring implants, thereby causing thermoplastic material of the implant to liquefy and interpenetrate portions of the tissue. A second one of the anchoring implants is introduced through a second one of the through openings to bring it in contact with the live tissue. Mechanical oscillations are applied, along a second axis, to the second one of the anchoring implants to cause thermoplastic material to be liquefied. The first and first and second axes are at a nonzero angle to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Christoph Rusch, Stéphane Gillieron
  • Publication number: 20200147896
    Abstract: A method of mechanically securing a first object including a thermoplastic material in a solid state to a second object with a generally flat sheet portion, with a perforation of the sheet portion, and with the sheet portion having an edge along the perforation is provided, wherein the first object is positioned relative to the second object so that the edge is in contact with the thermoplastic material and wherein mechanical vibration energy is coupled into the assembly including the first and second objects until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material due to friction heat generated between the edge and the thermoplastic material becomes flowable and flows around the edge to at least partially embed the edge in the thermoplastic material. After the mechanical vibration stops, the thermoplastic material is caused to re-solidify, whereby the re-solidified thermoplastic material at least partially embedding the edge anchors the first object in the second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist, Philipp Bernhard, Laurent Torriani, Mario Weiss, Antonino Lanci, Martin Sigrist, Hannes Merz, Samuel Malzach
  • Patent number: 10562233
    Abstract: A method of mechanically securing a first object including a thermoplastic material in a solid state to a second object with a generally flat sheet portion, with a perforation of the sheet portion, and with the sheet portion having an edge along the perforation is provided, wherein the first object is positioned relative to the second object so that the edge is in contact with the thermoplastic material and wherein mechanical vibration energy is coupled into the assembly including the first and second objects until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material due to friction heat generated between the edge and the thermoplastic material becomes flowable and flows around the edge to at least partially embed the edge in the thermoplastic material. After the mechanical vibration stops, the thermoplastic material is caused to re-solidify, whereby the re-solidified thermoplastic material at least partially embedding the edge anchors the first object in the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist, Philipp Bernhard, Laurent Torriani, Mario Weiss, Antonio Lanci, Martin Sigrist, Hannes Merz, Samuel Malzach
  • Publication number: 20200030115
    Abstract: An implant or endoprosthesis suitable to be implanted in human or animal tissue includes two (or more than two) parts to be joined in situ. Each one of the parts includes a joining location, the two joining locations facing each other when the device parts are positioned for being joined together, wherein one of the joining locations includes a material which is liquefiable by mechanical vibration and the other one of the joining locations includes a material which is not liquefiable by mechanical vibration and a structure (e.g. undercut cavities or protrusions) suitable for forming a positive fit connection with the liquefiable material. The joining process is effected by pressing the two device parts against each other and by applying ultrasonic vibration to one of the device parts when the two parts are positioned relative to each other such that the two joining locations are in contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Andrea Müller, Thomas Knecht, Philipp Seiler, Urs Weber, Christopher Rast, Jörg Mayer, Stephanie Mehl, Milica Berra
  • Patent number: 10532517
    Abstract: A method for joining a device to an object with the aid of a combination of ultrasonic vibration energy and induction heating, wherein the device includes a portion of a thermoplastic polymer and a susceptor additive wherein this portion is at least partly liquefied or plasticized through the ultrasonic vibration energy in combination with the induction heating and wherein the joining includes establishing a connection between the device and the object which connection is at least one of a positive fit connection, a weld, a press fit connection, and an adhesive connection. The induction heating is applied for rendering the device portion suitable for absorption of ultrasonic vibration energy than other device portions by raising its temperature above the glass transition temperature of the polymer. The ultrasonic vibration energy is used for liquefying or at least plasticizing the thermoplastic polymer of the named device portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Elmar Mock, Laurent Torriani, Mario Lehmann, Patricia Poschner, Joakim Kvist, Jörg Mayer
  • Publication number: 20190358908
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a connector element (10) in a receiving object (66) comprises inserting a distal end of the connector element (10) into a mounting hole in an insertion direction along an insertion axis; inserting a sleeve (36) comprising a thermoplastic material into the mounting hole, the sleeve (36) enclosing the connector element (10); and transferring energy to liquefy at least a portion of the thermoplastic material of the sleeve (36). A machine (500) configured for carrying out the method and a connector element anchoring kit comprising a connector element (10) and a sleeve (36) comprising thermoplastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Muthumariappan SANKARAN, Mario LEHMANN, Laurent TORRIANI
  • Patent number: 10470893
    Abstract: An implant or endoprosthesis suitable to be implanted in human or animal tissue includes two (or more than two) parts to be joined in situ. Each one of the parts includes a joining location, the two joining locations facing each other when the device parts are positioned for being joined together, wherein one of the joining locations includes a material which is liquefiable by mechanical vibration and the other one of the joining locations includes a material which is not liquefiable by mechanical vibration and a structure (e.g. undercut cavities or protrusions) suitable for forming a positive fit connection with the liquefiable material. The joining process is effected by pressing the two device parts against each other and by applying ultrasonic vibration to one of the device parts when the two parts are positioned relative to each other such that the two joining locations are in contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Andrea Müller, Thomas Knecht, Philipp Seiler, Urs Weber, Christopher Rast, Jörg Mayer, Stephanie Mehl, Milica Berra
  • Publication number: 20190315110
    Abstract: A method and installation for joining a cover layer to an object in a continuous process. Joining is effected with the aid of a joining material having thermoplastic properties, wherein the joining material is arranged between the cover layer and the object and is liquefied using ultrasonic vibration energy. Before application of the ultrasonic vibration energy, the joining material is preheated in a contactless manner with the aid of electromagnetic induction in the region of the glass transition temperature of the joining material or above this glass transition temperature. The object is in particular a chip board and the cover layer an edge strip to be joined to an edge of the chip board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Elmar Mock, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani, Jörg Mayer
  • Patent number: 10427359
    Abstract: A joining element has an anchoring portion for in-depth anchoring in the object and a head portion arranged proximally of the anchoring portion with respect to an insertion axis. The head portion has a lateral outer surface that has a structure that is well-defined, especially within tight tolerances. The joining element is positioned relative to an object of a non-liquefiable material such that the anchoring portion reaches into an opening of the object or is placed adjacent a mouth thereof. Then, the joining element is pressed towards a distal direction, to press the anchoring portion into the opening, while mechanical vibration energy is coupled into the joining element by a tool, in an amount and for a time sufficient for liquefaction of a portion of the thermoplastic material to cause interpenetration of the thermoplastic material into structures of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: WOODWELDING AG, INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Nihat Dizdar, Håkan Käll, Pontus Håkansson, Muthumariappan Sankaran, Mario Lehmann, Jörg Mayer, Laurent Torriani, Marcel Aeschlimann
  • Patent number: 10406757
    Abstract: A first object is anchored in a second object. The first object has a material with thermoplastic properties, and the second material has a material that is solid and is penetrable by the first material when in a liquefied state. The second object has an insertion face with an opening having a mouth in the insertion face, and the first object has an insert portion that for anchoring is placed in the opening or about the mouth thereof. For anchoring, energy suitable for liquefaction of the first material impinges in an amount and for a time sufficient for at least partial liquefaction of the first material and interpenetration of the first and second materials. The second object, around the opening, has an anisotropic strength with respect to forces perpendicular to the opening axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: WOODWELDING AG, INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Mario Lehmann, Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Muthumariappan Sankaran, Håkan Käll
  • Patent number: 10336029
    Abstract: A method of fastening an edge structure to a construction element includes providing the construction element, being a planar structure with two cover regions and a middle region between the cover regions; providing the edge structure being continuously extended, the edge structure having contact surfaces with a thermoplastic material shaped to lie against the cover regions in an outer surface of the construction element, and, opposite the contact surfaces, a coupling-in surface for coupling energy into the edge structure; coupling energy into the edge structure and pressing the contact surfaces against the cover regions until at least a portion of the thermoplastic material is liquefied and pressed into the cover regions; and repeating or continuing the steps of coupling and pressing until the edge structure is attached to the building element at a plurality of discrete locations or over an extended region along an edge of the construction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Laurent Torriani, Mario Lehmann, Marcel Aeschlimann