Patents by Inventor Matthew John Towner

Matthew John Towner 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).

  • Patent number: 10640304
    Abstract: An apparatus for locating a preform on a mold includes a preform handling tool and a force sensor coupled to the preform handling tool such that the force sensor is capable of sensing forces applied to the preform during handling of the preform by the preform handling tool. The apparatus includes a control device that is arranged and operable to move the preform handling tool relative to the mold. A method of locating the preform on the mold includes picking up the preform using the preform handling tool and placing the preform in a vicinity of the mold. Positions on the mold are mapped with an edge of the preform with the aid of the force sensor. The preform is paced on the mold according to the mapped positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kevin Thomas Morris, Andrew Nathan Nassau, Michael George Shultz, Matthew John Towner, Kevin William Uhlig, Ljerka Ukrainczyk, Thomas Achille Yorio
  • Publication number: 20180127300
    Abstract: A method for forming a hole in a glass or glass-ceramic sheets includes scoring a major surface of a glass or glass-ceramic sheet to define the hole, placing the sheet on receiving surface of a mount where a cavity is formed in the receiving surface such that a peripheral edge of the cavity is positioned external to the area bounded by the first score, and fracturing the sheet along the first score to break away the portion of the sheet defined by the first score, wherein the broken away portion of the sheet is contained within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: L. Urdenis Johnson, Michael Albert Joseph, II, Matthew John Towner, Kevin William Uhlig
  • Patent number: 9896373
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method for forming a hole in a glass or glass-ceramic sheets. The method includes scoring a major surface of a glass or glass-ceramic sheet to define the hole, placing the sheet on a cavity-containing receiving surface such that a peripheral edge of the cavity is positioned external to the area bounded by the first score, and fracturing the sheet along the score to break away the portion of the sheet defined by the first score. The method allows for the formation of large openings in thin glass sheets where the mother sheet is not broken or damaged by the formation of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: L. Urdenis Johnson, Michael Albert Joseph, II, Matthew John Towner, Kevin William Uhlig
  • Publication number: 20160167894
    Abstract: An apparatus for locating a preform on a mold includes a preform handling tool and a force sensor coupled to the preform handling tool such that the force sensor is capable of sensing forces applied to the preform during handling of the preform by the preform handling tool. The apparatus includes a control device that is arranged and operable to move the preform handling tool relative to the mold. A method of locating the preform on the mold includes picking up the preform using the preform handling tool and placing the preform in a vicinity of the mold. Positions on the mold are mapped with an edge of the preform with the aid of the force sensor. The preform is paced on the mold according to the mapped positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin Thomas Morris, Andrew Nathan Nassau, Michael George Shultz, Matthew John Towner, Kevin William Uhlig, Ljerka Ukrainczyk, Thomas Achille Yorio
  • Publication number: 20160152517
    Abstract: A method of edge coating includes preparing a stack including a plurality of articles interleaved with spacer pads. A layer of coating material is formed on a surface of a coating roller. A perimeter of the stack is positioned at a select coating gap relative to the surface of the coating roller, and the coating material is transferred from the surface of the coating roller to perimeter edges of the articles in the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Yu-Chin Chen, Liang-Chien Cheng, Tien-San Chi, Chao-Yin Chuang, Matthew John Towner, Kevin William Uhlig, Thomas Achille Yorio
  • Publication number: 20150144676
    Abstract: A method for forming a hole in a glass or glass-ceramic sheets includes scoring a major surface of a glass or glass-ceramic sheet to define the hole, placing the sheet on receiving surface of a mount where a cavity is formed in the receiving surface such that a peripheral edge of the cavity is positioned external to the area bounded by the first score, and fracturing the sheet along the first score to break away the portion of the sheet defined by the first score, wherein the broken away portion of the sheet is contained within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: L. Urdenis Johnson, Michael Albert Joseph, II, Matthew John Towner, Kevin William Uhlig
  • Patent number: 8951434
    Abstract: A glass etching medium and a method for etching the surface of a glass sheet to modify surface flaw characteristics without degrading the optical quality of the sheet surface, wherein the etching medium is a thickened aqueous acidic fluoride-containing paste comprising at least one dissolved, water-soluble, high-molecular-weight poly (ethylene oxide) polymer thickener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy Edward Myers, Shyamala Shanmugam, Alan Thomas Stephens, II, Matthew John Towner, Kevin William Uhlig, Lu Zhang
  • Patent number: 8919149
    Abstract: A glass melting furnace is operated under a set of control parameters. A glass batch is fed into the glass melting furnace and melted into molten glass. During the melting, a surface layer comprising a portion of the glass batch and foam forms over the molten glass. A plurality of thermograms of the interior of the glass melting furnace is obtained. The thermograms are analyzed to determine whether there is instability in the thermodynamics of the surface layer. The set of control parameters are then adjusted to reduce a determined instability in the thermodynamics of the surface layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Dale Madard Fisher, Jr., Guido Peters, Matthew John Towner, Piotr Janusz Wesolowski
  • Publication number: 20130299452
    Abstract: A glass etching medium and a method for etching the surface of a glass sheet to modify surface flaw characteristics without degrading the optical quality of the sheet surface, wherein the etching medium is a thickened aqueous acidic fluoride-containing paste comprising at least one dissolved, water-soluble, high-molecular-weight poly (ethylene oxide) polymer thickener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy Edward Myers, Shyamala Shanmugam, Alan Thomas Stephens, II, Matthew John Towner, Kevin William Uhlig, Lu Zhang
  • Publication number: 20120216568
    Abstract: A glass melting furnace is operated under a set of control parameters. A glass batch is fed into the glass melting furnace and melted into molten glass. During the melting, a surface layer comprising a portion of the glass batch and foam forms over the molten glass. A plurality of thermograms of the interior of the glass melting furnace is obtained. The thermograms are analyzed to determine whether there is instability in the thermodynamics of the surface layer. The set of control parameters are then adjusted to reduce a determined instability in the thermodynamics of the surface layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Dale Madard Fisher, JR., Guido Peters, Matthew John Towner, Piotr Janusz Wesolowski