Of Wire, Rod, Tube Or Filament Patents (Class 156/158)
  • Publication number: 20150043878
    Abstract: A multi-core optical fiber may include a cladding with a cross section having a central region and an outside diameter. Multiple transmission cores are arranged symmetrically within the central region of the cladding, extending parallel to a central axis of the multi-core optical fiber. Multiple alignment cores are arranged within the cladding, extending parallel to the central axis of the multi-core optical fiber and near the outside diameter of the cladding so that each of the multiple alignment cores are visible through a side view of the cladding. Ends of similarly configured multi-core optical fibers may be mated and aligned. Alignment cores of a first multi-core optical fiber may be aligned with alignment cores of a second multi-core optical fiber using a side view of the mating interface. Aligning the alignment cores causes multiple transmission cores with the multi-core optical fibers to also align.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: David Z. Chen
  • Patent number: 8951374
    Abstract: The invention is a method of bonding a first fluid conduit (14) to one or more other fluid conduits (12) or elements such as an electrode (92) or heating element. The method comprises positioning a first fluid conduit (14) substantially in contact with the other fluid conduits or elements (12) wherein a bond region (16) is created. The bond region is wetted with a liquefied thermoplastic polymer (34) which is then subsequently cooled forming a substantially fluid tight bond between the first fluid conduit (14) and the other fluid conduits or elements (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Theodore Dourdeville, Dennis DellaRovere
  • Patent number: 8941025
    Abstract: Plume shield shroud (10) for a plasma gun (30) includes a substantially tubular member (14) comprising an axial length, a plume entry end (11), and a plume exit end (13). The shroud (10) is adapted to be mounted to a plasma gun (30). A method of protecting, confining or shielding of a gas plume of a plasma gun (30) includes mounting (20) a gas plume shroud (10) on the plasma gun (30) such that the shroud (10) is sized and configured to substantially surround at least a portion of the gas plume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Oerlikon Metco (US) Inc.
    Inventors: Richard McCullough, Mark F. Spaulding, Robert F. Savill, Jr., Ronald J. Molz
  • Publication number: 20150020954
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus and methods for growing fullerene nanotube forests, and forming nanotube films, threads and composite structures therefrom. In some embodiments, an interior-flow substrate includes a porous surface and one or more interior passages that provide reactant gas to an interior portion of a densely packed nanotube forest as it is growing. In some embodiments, a continuous-growth furnace is provided that includes an access port for removing nanotube forests without cooling the furnace substantially. In other embodiments, a nanotube film can be pulled from the nanotube forest without removing the forest from the furnace. A nanotube film loom is described. An apparatus for building layers of nanotube films on a continuous web is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Alexander B. Lemaire, Charles A. Lemaire, Leif T. Stordal, Dale J. Thomforde
  • Patent number: 8906188
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for use in a fusion process for conduit. The method includes: heating and melting at least a portion of the terminal edges of the first conduit portion and the second conduit portion; and butt fusing the melted terminal edge of the first conduit portion with the melted terminal edge of the second conduit portion, thereby creating a fused joint area. A fusion apparatus for employing this method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Underground Solutions Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan St. Onge, Henri St. Onge, Thomas Marti
  • Publication number: 20140299258
    Abstract: A method of preparing a pipe for joining to another pipe, the method including the steps of fixing a cutting tool to one side of a fusion welding machine; fixing a pipe to an other side of the welding machine; moving the cutting tool with respect to the pipe so that the cutting tool engages an internal wall of the pipe to thereby cut the internal wall of the pipe, preparing the pipe for joining to another pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Murphy Pipe & Civil IP Pty Ltd
    Inventor: James Francis Darcy
  • Publication number: 20140255637
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing tubular bodies (1) exhibiting an inner circumferential surface (8) and outer circumferential surface (7) for packaging tubes out of a strip-shaped film substrate (2), which exhibits at least one weldable plastic layer (3) or consists of the latter, and which encompasses a first edge face (5) extending in the longitudinal direction of the film substrate (2) or a second edge face (6) spaced apart from the first edge face (5) by the width of the film substrate (2), wherein the first edge face (5) runs at a first angle (?) relative to a first thickness extension direction on a first radially innermost border (9) of the first edge face (5), and the second edge face (6) runs at a second angle (?) relative to a second thickness extension direction on a second radially outermost border of the second edge face (6), and wherein the first and second edge faces (6) are placed opposite each other and joined together during exposure to heat, wherein the first angle (?) and second angle (?) differ
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: PACKSYS GLOBAL (SWITZERLAND) LTD.
    Inventor: Julius Läubli
  • Publication number: 20140241676
    Abstract: Furcating fiber optic cables without direct coupling of optical fibers to strength members are disclosed. Related methods and assemblies are also disclosed. The furcation includes shrink tube(s) securing optical fiber(s) to their fiber sub-unit jacket(s). The shrink tube(s) is secured inside a cable jacket of the fiber optic cable to secure fiber sub-unit(s) and their optical fiber(s) as part of the furcation. The strength member(s) of the fiber optic cable is also secured to the cable jacket as part of the furcation. The shrink tube(s) prevents direct coupling of the optical fiber(s) to the strength member(s) in the furcation. By not directly coupling the optical fiber(s) to the strength member(s), cable strain can be directed to the cable jacket and the fiber sub-unit jacket(s). The shrink tube(s) can also prevent or reduce micro-bubbles from forming around the optical fiber(s) in the furcation which may cause attenuation from optical fiber micro-bending.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Wade Smith
  • Patent number: 8815369
    Abstract: An adhering jig for an adhesive connecting member is provided, in which the adhesive connecting member can be adhered without being broken even if it is twisted during connection of an optical fiber. The adhesive connecting member of the present invention has a tabular member having insertion holes fitting a shape of the optical connector, and an adhesive connecting member having a certain size. The adhesive connecting member has a strongly adhesive layer and non-adhesive layer, and the adhesive connecting member was arranged at a bottom of the insertion hole via the weakly adhesive layer, so that the non-adhesive layer is lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Tomoegawa Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Hashimoto, Makoto Gotou
  • Patent number: 8764317
    Abstract: An optical fiber end processing method includes fixing two portions of an optical fiber, heating and fusing the optical fiber between the two fixed portions, to form a first heat fusion region, heating and fusing the optical fiber fixed between the two fixed portions unit while fixing the two fixed portions, moving a heat fusion unit from a side of the first heat fusion region toward a base end side of the optical fiber, and pushing a heat fusion portion of the optical fiber in a direction of shortening a length of the heat fusion portion, to form a second heat fusion region continuous to the first heat fusion region and in which the air holes of the optical fiber disappear; and removing the first heat fusion region by cutting the optical fiber within the second heat fusion region after the second heat fusion forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Tachikura, Noribumi Shiina, Tatsuo Teraoka, Yoshiyuki Hiramoto, Mitsumasa Zobuchi, Fumi Miyata
  • Patent number: 8747584
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for welding ends of two separate articles or a single article to form a single welded article. The apparatus comprises first and second molds for supporting and clamping first and second ends of at least one article and an infrared heating element for thermally energizing over a prescribed period of time the first and second ends of the at least one article to a welding condition. The apparatus further comprises a regulator for altering the power supplied for energizing the infrared heater over at least a portion of the prescribed period of time to achieve increased electromagnetic radiation penetration into the body of the at least one article beyond the first and second ends. The apparatus also comprises an actuator for advancing the first and second ends into a contacting position to form a single welded article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: SpringSeal, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Knapp
  • Patent number: 8721815
    Abstract: Methods for assembling fiberglass reinforced plastic sucker rods include transporting fiberglass reinforced plastic sucker rod sections from an off-site location to an assembly facility at or near a point of use, and transporting a sufficient number of metallic end fittings to connect respective ends of the plurality of sucker rod sections in series at the assembly facility. Systems for assembly of completed sucker rods from sucker rod sections transported from off-site location to or near a point of use. The systems may include a female threaded end component, collar and machine mount that allows completed sucker rods to be pull tested, and record load, peak load, and elongation during the pull test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Centrax International Corp.
    Inventors: Donald Mike Johnson, Stephen Morris
  • Publication number: 20140096861
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a bio-degradable polymer composition comprising: 30% to 50% (w/w) of an extrusion grade bio-degradable polymer; and 50% to 70% (w/w) of an injection molding grade bio-degradable polymer. The bio-degradable polymer composition of the present disclosure is used for manufacturing bio-degradable article, such as bio-degradable tubes. The present disclosure further provides a process for manufacturing of bio-degradable tube. These and other features, aspects, and advantages of the present subject matter will become better understood with reference to the following description and appended claims. This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Essel Propack Limited
    Inventors: Chandrashekhar Ramchandra Abhyankar, Mrinal Kanti Banerjee
  • Publication number: 20140062083
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for reinforcing a connection tube having an expansion part, and to a connection tube having an expansion part reinforced by said method, characterized in that, in the method, a reinforcing tube manufactured using a homogeneous or heterogeneous synthetic resin, which is mounted on the outer surface of one end of a tube body formed by extruding a synthetic resin, and said tube body, in which the expansion part is to be formed, are heated to the glass transition temperature thereof. Then, the end of the tube body is fitted and fixed into an external former mold for expansion within a range in which said reinforcing tube is mounted, and an expansion member is inserted into the tube body so as to expand and form the end of the tube body on which the reinforcing tube is mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jin-Uk Shin
  • Publication number: 20140041791
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus and methods for growing fullerene nanotube forests, and forming nanotube films, threads and composite structures therefrom. In some embodiments, an interior-flow substrate includes a porous surface and one or more interior passages that provide reactant gas to an interior portion of a densely packed nanotube forest as it is growing. In some embodiments, a continuous-growth furnace is provided that includes an access port for removing nanotube forests without cooling the furnace substantially. In other embodiments, a nanotube film can be pulled from the nanotube forest without removing the forest from the furnace. A nanotube film loom is described. An apparatus for building layers of nanotube films on a continuous web is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: GrandNano, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander B. Lemaire, Charles A. Lemaire, Leif T. Stordal, Dale J. Thomforde
  • Publication number: 20130312899
    Abstract: A butting step S1 of butting end surfaces of multi-core fibers against each other by aligning central axes CA of clads 20 of the multi-core fibers to cause each core 11 of one multi-core fiber 1a and each core 11 of the other multi-core fiber 1b to face each other, and a fusing step S2 of fusing the multi-core fibers to each other by carrying out discharge by a pair of discharge electrodes 50a and 50b that sandwich a butted position of the multi-core fibers and face each other are provided. The fusing step S2 causes tips 51a and 51b of the discharge electrodes to perform reciprocating motion such that a straight line SL that connects the tips 51a and 51b of the discharge electrodes moves while describing a surface perpendicular to the central axes CA.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventor: Fujikura Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130306223
    Abstract: A fusion splicing apparatus includes discharge electrodes 13 and 15 to discharge-heat and fusion-splice end faces 5a and 7a of optical fibers 1 and 3, fiber holders 17 and 19 to hold the optical fibers 1 and 3, V-groove blocks 21 and 23 to receive, position, and fix parts of the optical fibers 1 and 3 on the end face sides of the fiber holders 17 and 19, V-groove-block moving mechanisms 33 and 35 to move the V-groove blocks 21 and 23 so as to shift an axial center of the optical fibers 1 and 3 from a straight line between the discharge electrodes 13 and 15, and holder moving mechanisms 37 and 39 to move the fiber holders 17 and 19 so as to shift the axial center of the optical fibers 1 and 3 from the straight line between the discharge electrodes 13 and 15.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Kouichi YOKOTA, Katsumi SASAKI, Noriyuki KAWANISHI
  • Publication number: 20130285366
    Abstract: A method for forming a connection between two tubular sections having a polymeric outer surface jacket, using induction heat to fusion bond a casing of similar, non-crosslinked polymer to the outer surface of the tubular sections. Casing with a configuration capable of such fusion bonding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: SHAWCOR LTD.
    Inventors: Dilip Kumar Tailor, Ronald J. Dunn, Pascal Laferriere, Aaron Klejman
  • Patent number: 8562771
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems and methods for assembly of tubular joints which overcome the drawbacks and limitations of conventional joints. In certain embodiments, the tubular joints may comprise threaded joints used in oil exploration. Joints may be assembled using a combination of a) position control, b) specific production tolerances for thread parameters, and c) coatings applied on threaded areas of the joint. In further embodiments, the tubular joints may have no torque shoulder and/or metal to metal seals. In additional embodiments, the joints may be further assembled and disassembled several times without application of dope or grease and exhibit enhanced sealability. Beneficially, embodiments of the present disclosure may provide high tolerance, precisely assembled joints that provide improved performance (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Tenaris Connections Limited
    Inventors: Jesus Casar Ribalta, Diego Nicolás Dell'erba, Gabriel Eduardo Carcagno
  • Publication number: 20130213562
    Abstract: Method and article of manufacture are disclosed for onsite-manufacturing of any length, any shape, size, and any thickness pipe. Sheets of fabrics saturated with resin may be wrapped around desired shape mandrels, cured, and removed to form such pipes onsite. Cured laminated sheets of resin-saturated fabrics may be wrapped around to also form onsite manufactured pipes. Disclosed pipes eliminate almost all weaknesses of plastic, metal and concrete pipes and noticeably reduce costs of transportation as well as manufacturing. One of the advantages of the disclosed pipes is that they have few joints, limiting the leakage and other problems associated with joints in ordinary pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Mohammad R. Ehsani
  • Publication number: 20130183106
    Abstract: A conveying pipe for transporting solids includes a pipe body and a pipe collar connected to at least one end of the pipe body. The pipe collar and the pipe end are coupled to each other by an interference fit at least in some sections in a coupling region in a longitudinal direction of the pipe body. In the coupling region, an anaerobically hardening adhesive is optionally arranged in craters or depressions. The conveying pipe is produced by roughening the pipe collar inner surface and/or the pipe end outer surface in a coupling region, cleaning the pipe collar inner surface and/or the pipe end outer surface, applying an anaerobic hardenable adhesive the pipe collar inner surface and/or the pipe end inner surface, and pressing the pipe collar onto the pipe end and/or pressing the pipe end into the pipe collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Putzmeister Engineering GMBH
    Inventors: Raimund Mäckle, Karl Westermann
  • Patent number: 8475616
    Abstract: An RF inductor such as a Tesla antenna splices nanotube ends together to form a nanostructure in a polymer foam matrix. High Internal Phase Emulsion (HIPE) is gently sheared and stretched in a reactor comprising opposed coaxial counter-rotating impellers, which parallel-align polymer chains and also carbon nanotubes mixed with the oil phase. Stretching and forced convection prevent the auto-acceleration effect. Batch and continuous processes are disclosed. In the batch process, a fractal radial array of coherent vortices in the HIPE is preserved when the HIPE polymerizes, and helical nanostructures around these vortices are spliced by microhammering into longer helices. A disk radial filter produced by the batch process has improved radial flux from edge to center due to its area-preserving radial vascular network. In the continuous process, strips of HIPE are pulled from the periphery of the reactor continuously and post-treated by an RF inductor to produce cured conductive foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: McCutchen Co.
    Inventor: Wilmot H. McCutchen
  • Patent number: 8419887
    Abstract: A composite structural member is provided. The structural member includes a tubular shaft having a mating region of stiffness, and possibly thickness, greater than another region of said shaft. The shaft defines a lumen, and a fitting is disposed in the lumen. The fitting has a coupling region that defines at least one recessed portion bounded by one or more non-recessed portions, and the mating region mates with the coupling region of said fitting. As such, the shaft and fitting are mechanically restrained from at least some relative movement due to interference of the shaft and the fitting. A sleeve may be coupled to said shaft, for example, by including a tubular inner surface that proximately surrounds at least part of said shaft and mating region, for discouraging expansion of the mating region of said shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Dennis K. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8408264
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for joining plastic tubes is provided. The apparatus comprises a treatment body which is arranged above a depositing surface of the apparatus and is guided over a joining section of the plastic tubes during the joining operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Roland Ederer
  • Patent number: 8372229
    Abstract: A method for coupling corrugated pipe segments is disclosed. The method includes providing first and second thermoplastic corrugated pipe segments arranged to form a fluid flow path and aligning ends of the pipe segments adjacent one another to form a joint. The method further includes providing a coupling assembly having a thermoplastic sheet with a flexible weld rod of a thermoplastic material attached thereto and circumferentially contacting the coupling assembly with the first and second thermoplastic pipe segments. An electrical current is applied to the weld rod to cause the weld rod, sheet and pipe segments to fuse to one another and form a circumferential weld seam on each side of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Lane Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome S. Silagyi, Mark Dick, Brian Chestnut
  • Patent number: 8345001
    Abstract: A technique is provided related to an input interface wherein entertainment is enhanced by an information processing system that includes means for producing a computer image that prompts a player to virtually touch a plurality of touch points; means for accepting input of a video image of the player captured by image pickup means; display control means for causing a display device to display and superimpose the video image and the computer image on each other; means for analyzing the video image during display of the computer image to detect virtual touches of any of the plurality of touch points; and means for executing predetermined processing when the detecting means detects virtual touches that are performed on a predetermined number of touch points in a predetermined order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masami Yamamoto, Nobuhito Kuramochi, Akira Imagawa
  • Publication number: 20120325397
    Abstract: A method for fusing a first conduit to a second conduit. The first conduit and the second conduit each include a linear portion having a linear portion inside diameter, and at least one bell portion with a first end and a second end and having a bell portion inside diameter that increases from the first end to the second end. The method includes: melting at least a portion of each of the second end of the bell portion of the first conduit and the second end of the bell portion of the second conduit; and engaging the melted second end of the bell portion of the first conduit with the melted second end of the bell portion of the second conduit, thereby creating a fused joint area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Underground Solutions Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Becker, Thomas Marti, Eric Kerner, Michael Benvenuti, Michael McKanna, Douglas Urbanek
  • Publication number: 20120226229
    Abstract: To provide a balloon catheter and an apparatus and method for manufacturing the balloon catheter, whereby the degree of welding can be appropriately adjusted and the balloon catheter can be formed so as to have a desired surface profile suitable for various uses including medical use. With a shaft 14 inserted through a catheter tube 30a inserted into an end portion 28b of a balloon and also with a pressure tube 32a fitted around a welding section where the end portion 28b of the balloon 28 is lapped over the catheter tube 30a, the shaft 14 is heated by emitting laser light from a laser radiation unit 8 to the welding section while the shaft 14 is rotated by a chuck, to weld the welding section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: Kimihiko Watanabe, Hirotoshi Fuse, Takakazu Tomizawa, Yoshiyuki Sugawara, Yoshio Fukamatsu, Eji Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20120216903
    Abstract: A multi-layer tube (MLT) to inhibit transmission of water vapor and for flame resistance greater than UL-94 HB includes an inner layer having a melt-extrudable polymeric material including a fluoropolymer and at least one additional layer positioned radially outward of the inner layer and including a flame resistant melt-extrudable polymeric material configured to minimize oxygen permeation. Additional layers may be configured to provide flexibility, oxygen and/or nitrogen barriers, thermal insulation, non-reactive materials, transparency, translucency, structural reinforcement, thermal and/or electrical conductivity, and/or dissipative properties. The MLT may be encased in a bundle cover with another tube element and/or electrically conductive element to form a tube bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Flo-Link, LLC
    Inventor: Sean Osborne
  • Publication number: 20120170901
    Abstract: An optical fiber end processing method includes fixing two portions of an optical fiber, heating and fusing the optical fiber between the two fixed portions, to form a first heat fusion region, heating and fusing the optical fiber fixed between the two fixed portions unit while fixing the two fixed portions, moving a heat fusion unit from a side of the first heat fusion region toward a base end side of the optical fiber, and pushing a heat fusion portion of the optical fiber in a direction of shortening a length of the heat fusion portion, to form a second heat fusion region continuous to the first heat fusion region and in which the air holes of the optical fiber disappear; and removing the first heat fusion region by cutting the optical fiber within the second heat fusion region after the second heat fusion forming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: Hitachi Cable, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Tachikura, Noribumi Shiina, Tatsuo Teraoka, Yoshiyuki Hiramoto, Mitsumasa Zobuchi, Fumi Miyata
  • Publication number: 20120164359
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for manufacturing plastic packaging in tubular form, which process comprises a wrapping step during which a laminate (11) is wrapped, an abutting step during which the edges (8, 9) of the laminate (11) are butted together and a fastening step during which said edges (8, 9) of the laminate (11) are welded together, characterized in that a bead (12) of plastic in the molten state is extruded and deposited on the internal face of the packaging so as to cover at least the weld zone (10) defined between the edges. The energy needed to produce the weld (10) comes from the plastic bead (12). The invention also relates to packaging obtained from the aforementioned process and to a device for implementing said process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: AISAPACK HOLDING S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Voigtmann
  • Publication number: 20120145309
    Abstract: A method of joining pipes to produce underwater pipelines, wherein the facing free ends of two adjacent pipes, aligned along an axis, are welded to define a cutback; a protective sheet of plastic material is extruded close to the cutback; and the protective sheet is wound about the cutback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: SAIPEM S.p.A.
    Inventor: Serafino CITTADINI BELLINI
  • Publication number: 20120148838
    Abstract: A method for connecting a tail end portion of a reinforcing fiber bundle of a preceding wound body to a front end portion of a reinforcing fiber bundle unwound from a new wound body by blowing pressurized air to both of the ends to unravel and entwine both of the reinforcing fiber bundles, wherein the method includes a preparation step for adjusting the amount of a sizing agent contained in the front end of the reinforcing fiber bundle unwound from the new wound body and the tail end of the preceding wound body to not less than 0 wt % and not more than 4 wt %, and the reinforcing fiber bundles are connected after the preparation step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko(Kobe Steel Ltd.)
    Inventors: Hodaka Miura, Kazuya Takamura, Takayasu Fujiura, Naoyuki Tashiro, Seiji Zenke
  • Patent number: 8182642
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes obtaining a tubular structure having a passageway and comprising a fiber reinforced plastic material, and then attaching a flange structure comprising an aperture coupled to the tubular structure using an attachment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: ATS Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Wellman, Doug Williams
  • Patent number: 8127818
    Abstract: A method of jointing a cord fabric when the cord fabric for topping is alternately drawn from two supply positions for continuous supply. During drawing to supply of the cord fabric on one side, a start end portion of the cord fabric on other side is locked to hold by a locking pin of a jointing holder, and is set to a jointing mounting portion in a state where an unvulcanized jointing rubber member is pasted thereto. When a final end of the cord fabric on the one side comes closer, a finish end portion thereof is pasted to the start end portion of the cord fabric held by the holder by interposing the rubber member therebetween. The finish end portion and the start end portion are squeezed for joint from upper and lower sides by press members, thereafter, the holder is removed, and the cord fabric on the other side is drawn to supply continuously to the cord fabric on the one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Takatsuka, Taizo Yamamoto, Makoto Koumo, Yu Hatayama
  • Publication number: 20120045177
    Abstract: A fiber optic ferrule includes a body extending from a first end to a second opposite end, with the body including an axial passage extending between the first and second ends. The axial passage includes a first diameter portion having a diameter of at least 125 microns, and a second diameter portion having a diameter of at least 250 microns and less than a diameter of the buffer, the second diameter portion positioned between the first diameter and the second end. The axial passage further defines a tapered shape at the second end extending inward from the second end to the second diameter portion. A hub holds the ferrule. A method of assembling a terminated fiber optic cable is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Droege, Steven C. Zimmel
  • Publication number: 20120027357
    Abstract: An optical fiber connector is disclosed. The optical fiber connector comprises a form having a curved surface with a first end near the bottom surface of the form. The curved surface is perpendicular to the bottom surface of the form at the first end. A first plurality of active optical fibers are positioned along the curved surface of the form in a side-by side arrangement with the tips of each of the first plurality of optical fibers adjacent to the first end of the curved surface. The ends of each of the first plurality of active optical fibers have been striped down to cladding and the cladding of each optical fiber contacts the cladding of the adjacent optical fibers. An inner cover is attached to the form thereby capturing the first plurality of active optical fibers between the curved surface of the form and an inside curved surface in the inner cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Paul Kessler Rosenberg, Sagi Varghese Mathai, Michael Renne Ty Tan, Moray McLaren
  • Publication number: 20120018081
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems and methods for assembly of tubular joints which overcome the drawbacks and limitations of conventional joints. In certain embodiments, the tubular joints may comprise threaded joints used in oil exploration. Joints may be assembled using a combination of a) position control, b) specific production tolerances for thread parameters, and c) coatings applied on threaded areas of the joint. In further embodiments, the tubular joints may have no torque shoulder and/or metal to metal seals. In additional embodiments, the joints may be further assembled and disassembled several times without application of dope or grease and exhibit enhanced sealability. Beneficially, embodiments of the present disclosure may provide high tolerance, precisely assembled joints that provide improved performance (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: TENARIS CONNECTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Jesus Casar Ribalta, Diego Nicolás Dell'erba, Gabriel Eduardo Carcagno
  • Patent number: 8083879
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide methods for inserting a non-metallic multi-strand braid through a coil tube. Techniques for bonding one end of a lead line to one end of a multi-strand non-metallic braid are provided. There are also embodiments of steerable instruments described having a plurality of hinged segments; a multi-strand non-metallic braid connected distally to one segment of the plurality of segments and proximally to an actuator; and a steering controller adapted to control the actuator to move the hinged segment using the multi-strand non-metallic braid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Swinehart, Lawrence Kerver, Chris Julian
  • Publication number: 20110276033
    Abstract: A method for making a wire guide (62) is provided. The method comprises forming a distal end portion (26) of a proximal core wire (10). The distal end portion has a first variable diameter (32) less than a maximum diameter of the proximal core wire. The first variable diameter is configured to flare distally along at least a partial length of the distal end portion. A proximal end portion (28) of a distal core wire (12) is formed. A proximal end portion has a second variable diameter less than the maximum diameter of the distal core wire. The second variable diameter is configured to flare proximally along at least a partial length of the proximal end portion. The distal and proximal end portions are overmolded with polymeric material to form a joining member that couples the distal and proximal end portions together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Albert Kay, James C. Elsesser
  • Publication number: 20110270296
    Abstract: A combined rolling membrane-balloon catheter, in particular for expanding stenoses in bodily vessels, including: an outer shaft (1) and an inner shaft (4) which is axially displaceable therein, an intermediate shaft (7) situated between the inner and outer shafts (4, 1) which is likewise axially displaceable, a rolling membrane (12) which is attached in a pressure-tight manner between the distal end (2) of the outer shaft (1) and the distal end (11) of the inner shaft (4), and which may be displaced between a passive position within the outer shaft (1) and an active position which is distally expanded from the outer shaft (1) by the action of pressure, and a dilatable balloon (14) which is attached in a pressure-tight manner between the distal end (11) of the inner shaft (4) and the distal end of the intermediate shaft (7), and which may be displaced between a passive position within the outer shaft (1) and proximally in front of the rolling membrane (12), and an active position which is distally expanded fro
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: BIOTRONIK AG
    Inventors: Matthias Wesselmann, Hans Lang, Susanne Pfenninger-Ganz
  • Patent number: 8038818
    Abstract: A connection method for interconnecting end portions of a thermoplastic resin long body in which conductive unstretchable members are embedded within the thermoplastic resin along a longitudinal direction, wherein the unstretchable members in each of specific sections in the both end portions of the thermoplastic resin long body are heated using an induction heating portion so that the thermoplastic resin coating the unstretchable members is removed by melting for the unstretchable members to be exposed, after which the both end portions are interconnected while they are held in a state where the unstretchable members being exposed in the respective end portions are butt-connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Murata, Yoshiyasu Ogata, Jinichi Furukawa, Yoshio Ochi, Keizo Makino
  • Patent number: 8034211
    Abstract: It is the object of the present invention a thermoplastic element for the protection against corrosion in the thermofused splicing of a thermoplastic tube to a thermoplastic connection, which element has the shape of a fully thermoplastic tubular sleeve, able to be introduced into a socket mouth formed by the expansion of the tube end, said splice element bearing only one internal diameter and two external diameters which define a cylindrical external portion of larger diameter and a tubular projection which diameter is smaller than the former, and which is introduced into the thermoplastic tube, a lateral wall of the external portion defining a front butt of said thermoplastic element against the end of the thermoplastic tube. Said splicing element also exhibits an auxiliary ring which operates as a reference point for the assembly thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Florencia Andersen
  • Publication number: 20110192527
    Abstract: Each platform mounted mold assembly for plastic tubing includes a circuit board containing parameters defining elements of the forming, molding, tipping or welding operation to be undertaken on the tubing. A control unit includes an RF generator for providing the RF energy to effect the forming, molding, tipping or welding process, a source of air under pressure to operate the mechanical elements attendant each mold assembly, various sensors and a multiplex unit. In operation, the control unit serially addresses each of the mold assemblies, senses the parameters attendant the mold and applies the appropriate power level of RF energy for a specific duration and temperature while activating the mechanical aspects of the mold assembly. The mold assemblies may be serially activated through a multiplex unit or in a particular sequence that may be operator controlled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: ENGINEERING & RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Minney, Tulsie P. Sumeer, Yee Chin Wong, Joseph G. Augustine
  • Patent number: 7985461
    Abstract: An adhesive connecting member and an optical connecting structure using the member, in which connection loss can be reduced and handling is facilitated, are provided. The adhesive connecting member optically connects an optical transmission medium and another optical transmission medium or an optical part by being intervened therebetween, and the member has a strongly adhesive face contacting the optical transmission medium and a weakly adhesive face contacting the other optical transmission medium or optical part. In addition, by this adhesive connecting member, the optical transmission medium and the other transmission medium or optical part can be optically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Tomoegawa Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Hashimoto, Masayoshi Suzuki, Tomoki Furue, Ken Sukegawa
  • Publication number: 20110168289
    Abstract: A method of connection of piping members made from a polyphenylene ether-based resin composition characterized in that the piping members made from a polyphenylene ether-based resin composition are comprised of a polyphenylene ether-based resin composition which has a polyphenylene ether-based resin in “a” parts by mass and a polystyrene-based resin in “b” parts by mass as essential ingredients, has the “a” and “b” satisfying the relationships of a+b=100 and a:b=(10 to 90):(90 to 10), and has a melt flow rate after kneading of 1.0 to 10.0 g/10 min, comprising heating and melting an outer circumferences of the pipe part and an inner circumferences of the mouth part of the piping members made from a polyphenylene ether-based resin composition parts by mass/100 parts by mass)}]±10° C. then inserting the pipe part into the mouth part to melt bond them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: ASAHI ORGANIC CHEMICALS INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidehiro Kourogi, Yoshihisa Kai
  • Patent number: 7964048
    Abstract: The present invention provides thermoplastic tubes, thermoplastic melting plates, thermoplastic tube connecting apparatus, and methods for using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: CaridianBCT, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Hlavinka, Keith Manica, Frank Corbin, III, Terrence M. Cussen
  • Publication number: 20110094656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for connecting a first tube to a second tube, the tubes being interconnected in an overlapping region by means of an adhesive that fills a gap in the overlapping region between the tubes. Said method is characterized in that: a) adhesive is applied to the overlapping region of at least one of the tubes and the adhesive is selected in such a way that it is solid at temperatures of below 30° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Andrea Ferrari, Eugen Bilcai
  • Publication number: 20110094613
    Abstract: A pipeline has a first pipe and a second pipe welded together by a weld seam, wherein the first and second pipes each have an inner side with a lining section of plastic material for protecting an inner side of the pipeline. The lining sections end at a spacing from the weld seam. The lining section of the first pipe abuts the lining section of the second pipe such that by an undercut provided on at least one of the lining sections a fill space is formed in a circumferential direction of the pipeline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: ROSEN SWISS AG
    Inventor: Hermann Rosen
  • Publication number: 20110091172
    Abstract: Fiber optic cable assemblies and related components, securing methods, and fiber optic cable preparation methods for securing of a fiber optic cable to a retention body and/or fiber optic connector are disclosed. An end portion of the fiber optic cable is prepared and inserted into a retention body or the like for securing the cable to the same. In one embodiment, a partially exposed portion of a strength component and a portion of a cable jacket are secured to a retention body while another portion of the strength component remains secured to the cable jacket. In this manner, the fiber optic cable is secured to the retention body while the strength component and the cable jacket also remain secured to each other for providing strain relief.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Casey A. Coleman, Thomas Theuerkorn