Of Plural Layers Patents (Class 156/123)
  • Patent number: 10662329
    Abstract: Chemical compositions are provided having a structure in accordance with with the R group having a structure in accordance with R1 includes an alkyl group, R2 includes an alkylene group, and R3 includes an alkylene group in accordance with (CH2), with x?2, and R4 includes the structure of Formula (II) or Formula (III). R5 includes a meta-substituted or para-substituted phenyl moiety. Additionally, elastomers produced by cross-linking the chemical composition of Formula (I) are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Jalapeno Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Richard D. Hreha, Joel P. Brubaker, Frank M. Zalar, Michael D. Rauscher
  • Patent number: 10639948
    Abstract: An assembly for mounting an electronics package to an interior of a tire includes a carriage configured to receive an electronics package. The assembly also includes an attaching device having a first side and a second side. The first side of the attaching device is permanently affixed to the interior of the tire. The second side of the attaching device has an attaching structure. The attaching structure is configured to receive the carriage to form a secure and locked connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Sheel P. Agarwal, Adam K. Nesbitt
  • Patent number: 10611110
    Abstract: A toroidal forming drum and a process for budding tyres. The toroidal forming drum is expanded within a shaped carcass sleeve for supporting the carcass sleeve against an abutment surface externally provided by the forming drum. An elementary semi-finished product is applied around the shaped carcass sleeve by pressing the elementary semi-finished product toward the abutment surface. The abutment surface has circumferential rows of solid portions alternated with hollow portions. The solid portions, arranged along axially opposite circumferential edges of the abutment surface, have a transverse size between 10% and 60% of a transverse size presented by the solid portions arranged in proximity to an axial centreline plane of the abutment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Silvio Montanari, Maurizio Marchini, Oliver Haupt, Mario Mariani, Davide Lupo Conti
  • Patent number: 10532529
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus configured to adhere a belt-shaped tire member onto a mold drum including: a feeding device including the belt-shaped tire member arranged so as to be capable of being fed and a transferring and adhering device configured to transfer the belt-shaped tire member from the feeding device side to the mold drum side and adhere the belt-shaped tire member onto the mold drum, wherein the transferring and adhering device includes: a transferring device configured to circulate between the feeding device side and the mold drum side and transfer the belt-shaped tire member sucked on the feeding device side to the mold drum side; and a separating unit configured to separate the transferred belt-shaped tire member on the mold drum side from the transferring device and adhere the belt-shaped tire member onto the mold drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Nakatani, Tomoyuki Kobayashi, Yasuhisa Masuda, Makoto Komo, Taizo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10525685
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to couple a decorative composite having a reinforcing layer to a panel are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a decorative layer and a first reinforcing layer coupled to the decorative layer. The example apparatus includes a coil reduction layer that is to apply a force to the first reinforcing layer to reduce coiling of the first reinforcing layer. The example apparatus includes an adhesive layer applied to the coil reduction layer that is coupled to the first reinforcing layer to enable the decorative layer to be coupled to a panel. A rigidity of the first reinforcing layer is to enable the first reinforcing layer to distribute a force exerted by at least one of gas or vapor disposed between the first reinforcing layer and the decorative layer to impede separation of a portion of the decorative layer from the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Xiaoxi Wang, John Wilde, Jason Drexler
  • Patent number: 10500803
    Abstract: In an inner mold method, a pull-out force of extracting inner mold segments from a vulcanized tire is reduced. A rigid inner mold 1 is provided with an annular inner mold body 2 having a tire molding surface S. A rigid core 1 is put into a vulcanization mold B for each green tire T formed on the tire molding surface S, whereby the green tire T is vulcanization-molded between the vulcanization mold B and the inner mold body 2. The inner mold body 2 comprises a plurality of inner mold segments 5 divided in the circumferential direction. A coating layer 11 having rubber release property is formed on the tire molding surface S.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kei Kohara
  • Patent number: 10434828
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting an object within a tire includes a ply having a first side for mounting against an innerliner of the tire and a pedestal extending upwards from a second side of the ply. The pedestal has a recessed planar top surface, with an elongated front cavity, an elongated rear cavity, and a substantially cylindrical central cavity disposed therein. The substantially cylindrical cavity is defined by an internal sidewall. The internal sidewall includes mating structure selected from the group consisting of threads and a plurality of downwardly extending slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Paul B. Wilson, John D. Rensel
  • Patent number: 10414217
    Abstract: A patch is provided for an electronic device of a tire. The patch includes first and second compartments. The first compartment, which does not include an opening, is structured to house therein an electronic identification module. The second compartment, which includes a reclosable opening, is structured to house therein an electronic module having a complementary function to a function of the electronic identification module. The electronic module is adapted to receive identification data from the electronic identification module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Establissments Michelin
    Inventor: Maxime Urbin-Choffray
  • Patent number: 10377104
    Abstract: A composite skin material for a vehicle includes a fibrous substrate, a polyurethane resin layer provided on the front side of the fibrous substrate, and a woven fabric adhered to the back side of the fibrous substrate through an adhesive layer comprising a polyurethane resin. Openings penetrating the fibrous substrate from the front of the polyurethane resin layer are provided in the composite skin material, and an opening ratio on the front of the polyurethane resin layer is 1 to 15%. The woven fabric has a warp density of 25 to 50 yarns/25.4 mm and a weft density of 30 to 50 yarns/25.4 mm, and the mass per unit area of the adhesive layer is 15 to 100 g/m2. The composite skin material has air permeability of 5 to 100 cm3/cm2·s, tear strength of 20 to 150N, and tensile strength of 50 N/cm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: Seiren Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukito Kaneko, Tomoyuki Uemura, Sugiaki Yamazato
  • Patent number: 10343360
    Abstract: The present invention glues a rubber strip on the surface of a non-right circular cylindrical winding body with good precision. The present invention reduces the space occupied by the apparatus. The tire member-forming apparatus is provided with a transport conveyor with a conveyor belt that is guided by guide rollers so that the conveyor belt is able to circle. The conveyor surface of the conveyor belt is provided with a conveyor surface width center line that extends in a straight line over the entire length thereof. The guide rollers are grouped into guide rollers on the front side of the conveyor direction and guide rollers on the back side of the conveyor direction. The front guide rollers are held so as to be capable of tilting around the conveyor surface width center line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Masafumi Otani
  • Patent number: 10183454
    Abstract: Provided are a method and device for forming a cylindrical member for accurately forming belt-like members into a cylindrical shape without meandering. A pre-winding position sensor detects a position of a member reference line extending in a longitudinal direction of a belt-like member along the entire length of the belt-like member in the longitudinal direction thereof before the belt-like member is placed on a transport conveyor belt, transported to a forming drum, and wound around the forming drum. The belt-like member is wound around the forming drum and formed in a cylindrical shape while the forming drum is relatively moved in the drum width direction with respect to the transport conveyor belt by a controller and the member reference line, based on the detected data and a position data of the drum reference line orthogonal to the drum axial center of the forming drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Kensuke Matsumura
  • Patent number: 9962891
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a motorcycle tire comprises: building a raw tire main body, building a breaker, sticking the breaker, and building a band. The building of the breaker comprises: moving two cylindrical support rings to operating positions, swelling the raw tire main body to have its crown portion protruding from the support rings through a gap therebetween, and winding a breaker ply material on the support rings to form a cylindrical breaker ply whose inner surface is adhered to the raw tire main body. The sticking of the breaker comprises: expanding a profiled deck to swell the raw tire main body into a second swollen state, and turning down both edge portions of the breaker while being supported by the profiled deck. The building of the band comprises: spirally winding a tape on the curved breaker ply while being supported by the profiled deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Masafumi Otani
  • Patent number: 9868263
    Abstract: A supply apparatus of tire material members includes a feeder that feeds out first and second continuous material members from which first and second material member is to be cut out, respectively, a conveyer that conveys the first and second continuous material members, a cutter that cuts the first and second continuous material members at a cutting position extending perpendicularly to a conveyance direction every time when the first and second continuous material members are conveyed by a predetermined length, a position detector that detects positions of the first and second continuous material members during a conveyance by the predetermined length from the cutting position, and a position adjuster that, during the conveyance by the predetermined length from the cutting position, adjusts conveyance distances of the first and second continuous material members based on the detected positions of the first and second continuous material members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohei Shimuta, Shuzo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9852977
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a package substrate which includes a rigid dielectric material layer, a first wiring layer having at least one first metal wire formed on the rigid dielectric material layer, and a first flexible dielectric material layer formed on the first wiring layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: PHOENIX PIONEER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Yu, Pao-Hung Chou
  • Patent number: 9853045
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a gate stack including gate electrodes stacked vertically on a substrate. Channel holes penetrate through the gate stack to extend vertically to the substrate. Each of the channel holes includes a channel region. First channel pads are each disposed at an end of a respective channel hole opposite the substrate. Each of the first channel pads includes at least one first conductivity-type impurity. Second channel pads are each disposed at an end of a respective channel hole opposite the substrate. Each of the second channel pads includes at least one second conductivity-type impurity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Min Hwang, Jang Gn Yun, Ahn Sik Moon, Se Jun Park, Zhiliang Xia, Joon Sung Lim
  • Patent number: 9789657
    Abstract: In a process for building tires, a carcass structure which includes at least one carcass ply and a belt structure, is formed. Manufacture of the belt structure includes: forming a first portion of at least one cushion insert through spiralling of a continuous elongated element; forming at least one first belt layer in a radially external position to the first portion in such a manner that the first portion axially projects from one of the axially opposite side edges of the first belt layer, forming a second portion of the cushion insert through spiralling of a continuous elongated element in a radially external position to the side edge of the first belt layer and to a stretch of the first portion projecting from the side edge itself, so as to enclose the side edge between the first and second portions of the cushion insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gianni Mancini
  • Patent number: 9724887
    Abstract: In the method for producing a tire carcass ply for a vehicle, the ply is wound onto a drum and contains reinforcements running in planes that are radial to an axis of the drum, of which: at least one assembly member (51, 52) mounted such that it can move in relation to the drum brings the ends of the ply together and assembles them by travelling over the ply in a direction (X) parallel to the ends; and prior to assembly, a blade independent of the one or of each assembly member extends between the drum and the ends without extending between the drum and the rest of the ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN, MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: Guy Lacouture, Nicolas Perrichot, Philippe Vilmus, Rémi Herbreteau
  • Patent number: 9457628
    Abstract: An electronic device, which is intended to be incorporated into a tire, includes an electronic comprises, a conductor, and a support for the electronic component. The support and the conductor are joined together by a first part for attachment of the support and a second part for attachment of the conductor. A rigidifying casing of the device is overmoulded over at least the first part for attachment of the support and the second part for attachment of the conductor. At least one intermediate transition layer is at least partially overmoulded over the rigidifying casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignees: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN, MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventor: Michel Robert
  • Patent number: 9327554
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a process to produce a laminate comprises coating at least an outer surface of a dynamically vulcanized alloy film with an adhesive composition to produce the laminate, wherein the adhesive layer has a thickness of less than or equal to about 5 microns, wherein the dynamically vulcanized alloy film comprises a thermoplastic elastomer composition containing a thermoplastic resin as a continuous phase, and a rubber composition dispersed therein, as a dispersed phase. A laminate and a pneumatic tire comprising the laminate are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Porter C. Shannon, Jay K. Keung, Peter William Manders, Dennis E. McGee
  • Publication number: 20150136294
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire comprises an overlay wherein the overlay is positioned above the belt plies but beneath the tread, and at least one overlay end is folded and extends inwards toward the center line of the tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventors: MARK ALLAN LAMONTIA, DERYA GULSEN ONBILGER, BRIAN R. FRANCE
  • Patent number: 9028630
    Abstract: In the invention, at least a tire outer circumferential side portion of a tread portion is formed of a non-conductive rubber layer. The non-conductive rubber layer is formed by winding and laminating a non-conductive rubber ribbon along a tire circumferential direction. A conductive layer is provided on an outer circumference of the non-conductive rubber ribbon, and the conductive layer continuously and spirally extends along the tire circumferential direction, and is exposed on a tread surface from a bottom surface of the non-conductive rubber layer toward a tire outer circumferential side. Accordingly, an electricity generated in a vehicle body is discharged to a road through the conductive layer. Since the conductive layer is scattered within the non-conductive rubber layer and exposure on the tread surface is preferably secured, it is possible to achieve an excellent conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Asayama, Eiji Azuma
  • Patent number: 9017500
    Abstract: A belt structure for a two-wheeled vehicle made by means of strip-like segments or elements, each including parallel cords embedded in an elastomeric layer, sequentially laid along the circumferential extension of a toroidal support so as to form a reinforcing layer having a continuous circumferential extension around a geometric rotation axis of the toroidal support, wherein each strip-like element is laid in a laying trajectory defining, at each point, a laying angle; at each point of the laying trajectory a laying gap is formed between adjacent strip-like elements; the laying trajectory is formed starting from preselected laying angles on the shoulder and on the crown of the tire; the laying gap between adjacent strip-like elements varies along at least one length of said laying trajectory between crown and shoulder so as to cause variation of the laying angle and obtain the preselected angles on the shoulder and on the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.
    Inventors: Pierangelo Misani, Fiorenzo Mariani, Marco Cantu′
  • Patent number: 8999093
    Abstract: On a tire inner surface “is” facing a tire cavity “i” surrounded by a rim 2 and a pneumatic tire 3, the tire is provided with a noise damper 4 made of a spongy material and extending in the circumferential direction of the tire. Noise dampers 4 having the same cross sectional shape are used in a size group of tires which include a minimum volume tire that the cross sectional area S of the tire cavity on the meridian cross section has a minimum value Smin and a maximum volume tire that the cavity cross section area S has a maximum value Smax, and which have sizes such that the cavity sectional area ratio Smax/Smin falls within the range of 1.00 to 1.95.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Yukawa
  • Patent number: 8997812
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pneumatic tire having an inner liner formed from a rubber composition that includes a butyl rubber in which the Mooney viscosity measured at 130° C. of an unvulcanized rubber of the rubber composition is at least 45, wherein the average value and standard deviation of the butyl rubber gauge of shoulder portion of a finished tire satisfy: (Standard deviation of butyl rubber gauge)/(Average value of butyl rubber gauge)?0.060. The rubber gauge of the tire exhibits improved uniformity and is superior in air permeability resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takafumi Taguchi
  • Patent number: 8980030
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for forming a multi-layered tire component, the steps of the method including providing a mechanical system, the system including a plurality of cutting members; translating a sheet of material along a translation path through the mechanical system; cutting a first strip from the sheet with one or more of the plurality of cutting members, this step occurring during the step of translating; mechanically applying the first strip to a building surface, this step occurring during the step of translating; cutting a second strip from the sheet subsequent to the step of cutting the first strip, this step occurring during the step of translating; mechanically applying the second strip to a building surface, this step occurring during the step of translating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Rey, Larry Satterfield
  • Publication number: 20150068656
    Abstract: A crown reinforcement of a tyre includes at least one crown triangulation belt having a given width value (R). The belt essentially includes elementary widths each having a given width value (B). Each of the elementary widths has a flattened cross section and forms an angle (?) with a circumferential direction of the tyre, the angle (?) being between 10° and 80°. Adjacent elementary widths, which are positioned directly next to each other, are separated by a groove of a given width value (j) and are connected to each other by one or more weak bridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Henri Hinc, Christian Beaudonnet, Francis Aubarede
  • Publication number: 20150053324
    Abstract: The present invention relates to pneumatic tires having a laminated innerliner with reinforced splice. The laminated innerliner is a pre-formed laminate comprised of an innerliner film which contains an RFL adhesive coating on both sides for which the innerliner film is cohesively bonded through the RFL adhesive to an uncured tire rubber carcass ply. The uncured splice is comprised of overlapping end portions of the uncured laminated innerliner cohesively bonded together through the RFL adhesive which provides building tack. The uncured splice is reinforced by a an uncured rubber strip cohesively bonded to the laminate by the building tack-providing RFL adhesive for which the strip abridges, the overlapping end portions of the splice, or is sandwiched between the overlapped end portions of the splice, to form a cohesively bonded composite. The assembly, or composite, thereof is cured to adhesively bond the splice and rubber strip together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Byoung Jo Lee, John Fleming Brainerd, II, Philip Alan Dunker, Joseph Alan Incavo, Brandon Clifford Goad
  • Patent number: 8961857
    Abstract: An expandable bladder has at least one first layer of butyl material and one second layer of silicone material, radially external to the first layer. The first and second layers have an undulated interface profile defining mechanical-engagement elements between the first and second elastomer materials. A process for manufacturing bladder as well as a tire molding and vulcanizing apparatus incorporating the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gaetano Lo Presti, Rodolfo Noto, Ignazio De Gese, Giovanni Pozzati, Massimo Loprevite
  • Publication number: 20150047770
    Abstract: The joint device for a tire forming machine comprises a joint device connection frame, composite part laminating device, and cord fabric stitching device, wherein the joint device connection frame axially slides along a portal frame through a connection frame drive device, and is located above the vertical direction of a tire body drum; the composite part laminating device is carried on a joint device connection frame through a composite part frame body; the composite part laminating device comprises an axial laminating drive device and a vertical laminating drive device for controlling and driving a compression roller component located on a composite workstation on the tire body drum; the cord fabric stitching device is carried on the joint device connection frame through a main stitching frame; the cord fabric stitching device comprises an axial stitching drive device and a vertical stitching drive device for controlling and driving a stitching wheel component located on a stitching workstation on the tire
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: MESNAC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiguo Cheng, Fude Zhou, Rui Shao, Chunhai Dai
  • Patent number: 8945447
    Abstract: A method of preparing a green tire innerliner, the method comprising mixing one or more vulcanizable rubbery polymers, less than 0.75 parts by weight zinc oxide, less than 0.75 parts by weight magnesium oxide, and less than 0.75 parts by weight sulfur, per 100 parts by weight rubber, to form a vulcanizable mixture and extruding the mixture to form a green tire innerliner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Ulmer, Robert Gibbons Barned, Lisa Marie Dinger, Joseph Lanzarotta
  • Publication number: 20150013863
    Abstract: Methods of making tires with features such as ribs, lugs, or tread blocks include shaping at least one feature onto an uncured tire tread prior to vulcanization. One aspect of these methods may include shaping a feature onto the tread while the tread is associated with the tire. Shaping devices may include shaping rollers, stitching rollers, pre-molds, and annular, curved, or flat stamping plates. An additional aspect of these methods may further reduce the amount of air between a tread and carcass prior to vulcanization. These methods may be used in conjunction with manufacturing processes used on various types of tires, and are particularly suitable for use in large tire manufacturing processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Dennis W. Snyder, Samuel Givens, Jacob Walters, Adam K. Nesbitt, Jon I. Stuckey
  • Patent number: 8926774
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing a pneumatic tire capable of easily and appropriately winding a sheet lamination body formed by a resin film and an unvulcanized rubber sheet around a shaping drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Suzuki, Takashi Nishiyama, Masami Adachi, Daisaku Takabayashi
  • Patent number: 8916010
    Abstract: A modular composite manufacturing method. An illustrative embodiment of the method includes providing a plurality of composite modules; inspecting the composite modules; providing a curing tool; and placing the composite modules on the curing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brennan, Darrell D. Jones, Kurtis S. Willden
  • Patent number: 8900389
    Abstract: A method for producing a pneumatic tire according to the present invention can use existing facilities without change and does not make the spliced parts of an inner liner easily opened even if the tire is produced with use of an inner liner having a low adhesion. In a method for producing a pneumatic tire having steps of winding an inner liner 8? around a tire building drum 21 to form a cylindrical body, the cylindrical body is formed by attaching a winding-starting end 8?a of the inner liner 8? to the building drum 21 via an uncured tacky member 9?, winding the inner liner 8? attached to the building drum 21 around the building drum21, and splicing a winding-finishing end side of the wound inner liner 8? with the winding-starting end 8?a of the inner liner 8? via the uncured tacky member 9?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Hashimura, Yoshiaki Kirino
  • Publication number: 20140348559
    Abstract: A fixing belt includes an inner layer, serving as a sliding layer, in which filler particles having an aspect ratio of 5 or more are oriented substantially in the longitudinal direction of the fixing belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Miyahara
  • Patent number: 8894785
    Abstract: An annular rubber member is molded, across a through hole, on a support surface of a support device that includes the support surface and the through hole which opens to the support surface. The rubber member molded on the support surface is arranged so as to oppose a sidewall unit of a shaped tire intermediate body. The support device is moved close to the tire intermediate body and the rubber member on the support surface is brought into contact with the sidewall unit. The rubber member is adhered to the sidewall by moving the press member that presses the rubber member to the side wall unit via the through hole, in a tire radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiharu Teshima
  • Patent number: 8888939
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a method for applying a flexible annular strip to a radially inward oriented surface of a tire. Moreover, the present invention is directed to a corresponding apparatus for carrying out the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: Rene Bormann
  • Publication number: 20140332130
    Abstract: A tire with a circumferential reinforcement layer formed by spirally winding rubber strips in the same direction from different positions arranged in the width direction of the tire. The rubber strips (12A and 12B) are arranged with spaces in a part or the entirety of the tire in the width direction; among those end portions of the rubber strips, at least medial end portions (12Bs and 12Ae) that are located on the equatorial plane side of the tire are arranged at positions where the medial end portions completely overlap with rib-form land portions (2a) in the width direction of the tire; and the width of the rib-form land portions overlapping with the medial end portions is defined as W and the width of the rubber strips is defined as G, wherein a relationship G<W is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke MAEHARA
  • Patent number: 8869857
    Abstract: A tire (1) comprising a crown reinforcing belt, formed of a plurality of reinforcing plies (13, 14) superposed on one another, each reinforcing ply resulting from the circumferential winding of one or more ply portions, in which tire the faces of the circumferential ends of the said portions (13, 14) are butted together to form a butt joint (130, 140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignees: Michelin Recherche et Techniques S.A., Compagnie Generale des Establissements Michelin
    Inventor: Henry Hinc
  • Publication number: 20140311645
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a rolled multilayer tire inner liner product and processes or methods for preparing a rolled multilayer tire inner liner product. The product comprises a film layer, two adhesive layers (each directly contacting one outer surface of the film layer) and at least one removable partitioning sheet layer contacting the outer surface of at least one of the adhesive layers. The process includes co-extrusion of a film layer and two adhesive layers, addition of at least one partitioning sheet layer to at least one of the adhesive layers either during the co-extruding step or directly thereafter (and may be a mixture of both if more than one partitioning sheet layer is present) and rolling of the layers together (such that if there is only one partitioning sheet layer it faces inward) to form a rolled multilayer tire inner liner product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Michael S. James
  • Patent number: 8852371
    Abstract: A method of forming an air passageway in a an air maintenance tire carcass includes: embedding an elongate strip within a pre-cured flexible tire component of a pre-cured tire carcass, the elongate strip extending in a longitudinal direction between an air inlet cavity and an air outlet cavity in the flexible tire component; curing the pre-cured tire carcass including the flexible tire component; extracting the elongate strip longitudinally end-to-end from occupancy within the flexible tire component; and defining an air passageway in the flexible component by the space previously occupied by the withdrawn elongate strip. A free end portion of the strip is accessible at either the air inlet cavity or the air outlet cavity, and the elongate strip may be extracted from either the air inlet cavity or the air outlet cavity by a tensile withdrawal force applied to the elongate strip free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Daniel Paul Luc Marie Hinque, André Cuny, Gilles Bonnet, Olivier Di Prizio, Jean-Claude Patrice Philippe Griffoin
  • Publication number: 20140295177
    Abstract: The subject invention relates to a method of preparing a tire inner surface to attain better adhesion of balance pads, puncture sealants, and noise reduction foams. In this method a strip of multi-axially stretchable film is adhered to the inner surface of an uncured tire with a pressure-sensitive adhesive. Then a release agent coating is applied to the film strip on the inner surface of the uncured tire which is subsequently cured in a suitable mold at an elevated temperature. The cured tire is then removed from the mold and after allowing the cured tire to cool the annular circumferential film strip is removed from the inner surface of the tire to provide a circumferential release coating-free tire inner surface onto which balance pads, puncture sealants, and noise reduction foams can be adhered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: THE GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY
    Inventor: Ramendra Nath Majumdar
  • Patent number: 8845836
    Abstract: A method of making a tire comprising the steps of providing a core; forming a first layer of ply by winding a strip of one or more rubber coated cords onto the core in a geodesic pattern extending from a first shoulder to a second shoulder opposite said first shoulder and being tangent to the bead at a location between said first shoulder and said second shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Robert Allen Losey, Samuel Patrick Landers, Thulasiram Gobinath, Luis Antonio Cabrera
  • Publication number: 20140283975
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire using, as an inner liner layer, a thermoplastic elastomer comprising a thermoplastic resin matrix, in which a rubber component is dispersed a surface of the inner liner layer is covered with a protective layer, whereby a weathering resistance, damage resistance and fatigue resistance of the film liner of the inner liner layer at the time of tire storage are improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kirino
  • Publication number: 20140261943
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to a pneumatic rubber tire which contains an outer, annular, circular groove which contains a flexible tube bonded to the walls of the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Carolin Anna Welter, Dinesh Chandra, Robert Leon Benedict
  • Publication number: 20140251522
    Abstract: According to a method for manufacturing a pneumatic tire of the present invention using a rigid core, high-speed durability may be improved. The present invention comprises manufacturing a green tire in which the green tire is manufactured by adhering tire component members in sequence onto the rigid core. The manufacturing of the green tire comprises forming a band ply in which a band forming member is spirally wound on the rigid core to form the band ply, the band forming member being configured by a band cord, or a narrow band-shaped strip coated with a topping rubber. In the formation of the band ply, the bend forming member is heated to a temperature of above 100 deg. C. while being wound spirally with the bend forming member being extended by at not less than 0.5%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 8821664
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire provided with a resin film at an outer surface of the tire side portion to be able to be exfoliated therefrom by pasting a smooth resin film having a melting point equal to or higher than 23° C., a Young's modulus equal to or larger than 2.5 GPa and a thickness of 10 through 150 ?m to an outer surface of a side portion of an unvulcanized tire and vulcanizing and molding the unvulcanized tire in a state of pasting the resin film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norihiko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8815353
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to wireless flexible hose articles and methods. Some embodiments include low-mass hoses. Furthermore, some embodiments can comprise methods for making and/or using such hose articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Veyance Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruno Ranieri Torchio, Antonio Rodrigues Da Silva
  • Patent number: 8815034
    Abstract: A pneumatic radial tire includes: at least one carcass layer suspended across left and right bead parts; a belt layer arranged on an outer circumferential side of the carcass layer; and a tread arranged on an outer circumferential side of the belt layer. The tread has a laminated structure in which a thermoplastic film layer of a thermoplastic resin or a thermoplastic elastomer composition is interposed between a tread-side rubber layer and a belt layer-side rubber layer. The thermoplastic elastomer composition is obtained by blending an elastomer in a thermoplastic resin. A process for producing a retreaded tire includes the steps of: forming a base tire from the pneumatic radial tire by softening the thermoplastic film layer through heating so as to separate and remove the tread-side rubber layer, the pneumatic radial tire having the tread worn away; and subsequently bonding a new tread-side rubber layer onto the base tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Koutoku, Mitsuo Sakurai
  • Patent number: 8815033
    Abstract: A method for producing a pneumatic tire in which an air-in phenomenon between an inner liner and a carcass is avoided by preventing adhesion of the inner liner to a bladder includes the following steps. A green tire using, as an inner liner, a polymer laminate including a first layer having a thickness of 0.05 mm to 0.6 mm made of a styrene-isobutylene-styrene triblock copolymer, and a second layer composed of at least one of a second A layer made of a styrene-isoprene-styrene triblock copolymer and a second B layer made of a styrene-isobutylene diblock copolymer, the second layer having a thickness of 0.01 mm to 0.3 mm, is prepared. The green tire is mounted in a mold for vulcanization with pressurization by the bladder to obtain a vulcanized tire. The vulcanized tire is cooled at 50 to 120° C. for 10 to 300 seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mutsuki Sugimoto