With Permanent Bending Or Reshaping Or Surface Deformation Of Self Sustaining Lamina Patents (Class 156/196)
  • Patent number: 11141936
    Abstract: A fiber width adjusting apparatus includes a rotary body. The rotary body is configured to rotate around a rotation axis while interposing a sheet-shaped fiber, and cause, by frictional force generated between the rotary body and the sheet-shaped fiber, force to act on the sheet-shaped fiber while feeding the sheet-shaped fiber in a feed direction to vary a width and an orientation angle of the sheet-shaped fiber. The sheet-shaped fiber is impregnated with a resin or is before the impregnation with the resin. The rotation axis is parallel to a thickness direction of the sheet-shaped fiber. The force contains a component that is in a direction perpendicular to the thickness direction and to the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Daisuke Hirabayashi, Tamotsu Osada
  • Patent number: 11059933
    Abstract: Isocyanate-modified polyester-epoxide polymer (i-PEEP) compositions are disclosed. The i-PEEP compositions comprise a reaction product of a polyepoxide compound, a polyisocyanate, and a polyester polyol composition. The ratio of epoxy equivalents to hydroxyl equivalents is within the range of 0.2 to 2. The i-PEEP index as defined herein is within the range of 100 to 200. The i-PEEP composition has a Tg within the range of ?30° C. to 35° C. Low- and elevated-temperature processes catalyzed by bases or Lewis acids for making the i-PEEP compositions are also disclosed. In a simple yet innovative approach, a new class of polymers useful for coatings, elastomers, adhesives, sealants, and other valuable products is assembled from readily available starting materials without reliance on the polyamines typically used to cure epoxy systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: STEPAN COMPANY
    Inventors: Warren A. Kaplan, Jennifer S. Westfall
  • Patent number: 10996459
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transmittance-variable element. The transmittance-variable element of the present application may comprise two substrates each comprising an electrode, an electrophoresis layer provided between the substrates, and a plurality of wiring groups, and may control transmission regions of the element in a stripe form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Young Sik Yoon, Tae Gyun Kwon, Moon Soo Park
  • Patent number: 10903712
    Abstract: A motor includes a rotor including a shaft extending along a central axis, a stator radially facing the rotor, a circuit board electrically connected to a coil of the stator, and a motor case. The motor case includes a first case portion with a bottomed tubular shape to accommodate the rotor, the stator, and the circuit board, and a second case portion with a bottomed tubular shape that axially faces the first case portion and is connected to the first case portion. A grounding terminal to electrically connect an inner peripheral surface of the second case portion and a grounding electrode on the circuit board is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Runxiang Mao, Makoto Yajima
  • Patent number: 10882683
    Abstract: A method of forming a shipping container includes mixing paper fibers with a binder fiber to form a mixture; disposing the mixture onto a surface to form a layer of the mixture; applying heat to form a paper fiber batt from the mixture having a fixed width and fixed length; and inserting the paper fiber batt within an interior of a corrugated box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Pratt Retail Specialties, LLC
    Inventors: Alan B. Collison, Reid Borgman
  • Patent number: 10821695
    Abstract: A method and system for manufacturing a conical shaped acoustic structure. A sheet of acoustical material is cut to form individual pieces using a cutter system. Each individual piece in the individual pieces has a flat pattern for the conical shaped acoustic structure. An individual piece is positioned around a mandrel with a conical shape using an actuator system. Two edges of the individual piece are positioned for joining. The two edges of the individual piece positioned around the mandrel are joined to form the conical shaped acoustic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eric Herrera, John Scott Bauman, Peter James Oberst
  • Patent number: 10799326
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for positioning a blank (116), which after insertion in a holder is in contact therewith, wherein the holder has a structural element. The blank (16) is positioned in the holder by way of an adapter (118), which is inserted in both the holder or the structural element and the blank, wherein the adapter positively engages with the holder or the structural element and with the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Gebhardt, Stefan Fecher, Lothar Volkl
  • Patent number: 10786956
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for forming composite parts. One embodiment is a method that includes receiving flat unidirectional tape that is continuous and fiber-reinforced, and drawing the tape through a fixed die that heats and plastically deforms the tape into a gap filler having a non-flat cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Randall D. Wilkerson, Donald C. Besselsen, Philip P. Steinacher, Jerry Lee Newland
  • Patent number: 10772769
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for forming a composite structure, preferably for use in an absorbent structure used within the personal hygiene industry, such as for instance feminine hygiene garments, baby diapers and pants and adult incontinence garments. The present invention preferably provides a method and apparatus for depositing and positioning particulate materials in a desired pattern onto a moving carrier layer. The method allows accurate forming of a pattern of particulate material clusters at high production speed having improved attachment properties, with reduced raw material usage and relative low cost. The present invention foresees in the need for improved thin, flexible, lightweight absorbent structure having optimal absorption, distribution and retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Drylock Technologies NV
    Inventor: Marleen Van De Maele
  • Patent number: 10773469
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide an apparatus, method, and/or system by which fiber, e.g., in the form of tow or tow, is used to create a shaped ply by facilitating drawing fiber from a supply along a fiber axis between two sets of pins; moving the pins across the fiber axis to form a fiber web in the desired ply shape; fixing the fiber web to form the shaped ply; and releasing the shaped ply. By enabling formation of shaped plies (including plies with doubly curved surfaces and simultaneous sequences of strategically shaped plies) directly from a single piece of fiber tow, various embodiments discussed herein enable substantial reductions in labor and materials costs that are conventionally associated with construction of composite preforms and accompanying composite products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SERIFORGE INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Worthy Hollander, Eric Gregory, Marco Zvanik
  • Patent number: 10752379
    Abstract: A replacement vibration absorbing device for replacing a wear wrap on a flexbeam includes a sleeve having a plurality of layers of vibration absorbing material, wherein an edge of the sleeve is cut so that the sleeve may be installed around a generally central portion of a flexbeam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Joshua Mancher, Lewis L. Kristie, Marcus D. Cappelli
  • Patent number: 10675838
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present technology include molding processes for metallic foams, apparatuses, and products. An example method includes placing an uncompressed charge of conductive metal foam into a cavity disposed on a first tool, wherein the first tool is located on a first portion of a compression mold apparatus, translating the first portion of the compression mold apparatus towards a second portion of the compression mold apparatus so as to compress the uncompressed charge of conductive metal foam, creating a compressed charge of conductive metal foam, and overmolding around and through the compressed charge of conductive metal foam with an overmolding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Fourté International, SDN. BHD
    Inventors: James J. Farquhar, Darryl G. McBride
  • Patent number: 10641560
    Abstract: A joint structure jointing a ceramic member and a metal member is a joint structure jointing a ceramic member and a metal member that are provided in a device provided on a portion through which gas passes. The joint structure has a joint portion that joints the ceramic member and the metal member. The joint portion includes a glass portion made of a glass and a metal solder portion having higher corrosion resistance with respect to the gas than the glass. An area where the metal solder portion contacts to the gas is larger than an area where the glass portion contacts to the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Rentaro Mori, Sumio Kamiya, Hitoshi Ishii
  • Patent number: 10603888
    Abstract: Filling and leveling methods and apparatus for building tight tolerance surfaces are disclosed. An example method includes applying one or more of a tape or a sealant along an interior of a recess of a vehicle to move through a fluid. The example method includes leveling the one or more of the tape or the sealant to a first height at a first edge of the recess and a second height at a second edge of the recess to modify a fluid dynamic property of a fluid flow over the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ronald Yick Wu, Tho Ngoc Dang
  • Patent number: 10578372
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to prevent efflux of a heat storage material composition from a porous substrate in a heat reservoir. The heat reservoir of the present invention is characterized in that a porous substrate is impregnated with a latent heat storage material and a hydrogenated styrene-based thermoplastic elastomer. When the weight-average molecular weight of the elastomer is designated as X×104 and the amount of the elastomer is designated as Y parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the latent heat storage material in the heat storage material composition, the following conditions are satisfied: 5?X?17; 5?Y?25; if 5?X<10, Y??2X+25; and if 14<X?17, Y??5X+90.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: EIDAI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanobu Kawazoe, Jiro Nishio
  • Patent number: 10479029
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a composite structure. The apparatus comprises a base, a plate, a number of movement systems, and a number of sheets. The number of movement systems move one of the base and the plate relative to the other. The number of sheets is connected to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Tibor A. Koncz
  • Patent number: 10479126
    Abstract: A transaction instrument comprising a blended composite of metal and plastic and a method(s) for making a transaction instrument comprising a blended composite of metal and plastic. In an aspect of the invention, the blended composite of metal and plastic is a metal-filled plastic, more particularly a heavy-gravity compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Paul Vittimberga, Kristine Ing, John Wright
  • Patent number: 10427722
    Abstract: In a reinforcing system for reinforcing a cavity of a structural element, a support element is connected to the structural element in the structural element for reinforcement purposes. The support element has channels, an adhesive is disposed in the cavity between the support element and the structural element, and the adhesive can be introduced into the cavity between the support element and the structural element by means of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Norman Blank, Jürgen Finter, Vincent Belpaire
  • Patent number: 10383230
    Abstract: An electronics device, including: a printed circuit board having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first major surface, and a plurality of side surfaces disposed along a periphery of and between the first and second surfaces, each of the side surfaces being smaller in area than the first and second surfaces; and a plurality of electrical components coupled to the printed circuit board along the first surface thereof, at least some of the plurality of electrical components being electrically coupled together via the printed circuit board. The printed circuit board includes a plated aperture defined in the printed circuit board along a side surface thereof. The printed circuit board provides electrical connectivity to the plated aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry Romero
  • Patent number: 10345597
    Abstract: By forming a hard coat layer on a bonding surface which is a surface of a bonding region between a first base material and a second base material, smoothing is achieved, and as a smoothing assisting treatment before forming the hard coat layer, the surfaces of the base materials are flattened by polishing on the bonding surface or a region corresponding to the bonding surface. By the synergistic effect of smoothing by formation of the hard coat layer and a flattening treatment by polishing as the smoothing assisting treatment, sufficient smoothing is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Toshiaki Miyao, Masayuki Takagi, Takashi Takeda, Akira Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10315363
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for attaching functional elements of metal to a component, in particular to a component comprising fiber reinforced plastic, using a setting head, wherein the functional element has a contact surface (12) provided with adhesive. In this respect, the adhesive within the setting head is applied to the functional element before the attachment of the functional element to the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Oliver Diehl, Richard Humpert
  • Patent number: 10320098
    Abstract: A connector for surface mounting with a solder reflow process with solder masses fused to mounting ends of contacts exposed in a mounting surface of the connector. The solder masses may be attached to edges of the mounting ends using a pin transfer method to apply flux to the edges. The edges may have a concave shape to both increase the length of the edge to which the solder masses are attached and position the solder masses with respect to the mounting ends. Solder paste may be omitted in attaching the solder balls to the contacts, reducing the capacitance of the contact and promoting uniformity of the impedance of the signal paths through the mounting interface of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FCI USA LLC
    Inventors: Madhumitha Rengarajan, Lewis Robin Johnson
  • Patent number: 10278462
    Abstract: A luggage shell or case made from a sheet formed by compacting and heating a mat made of either a mixture of randomly oriented first discontinuous non-woven plastic fibers (42) having a first melting temperature and randomly oriented second discontinuous reinforcing non-woven plastic fiber (46) having a second melting temperature higher than the first melting temperature, or a bicomponent fiber having a first plastic portion having a first melting temperature and a second plastic portion having a second melting temperature. The non-woven mat is heated at a temperature between the first melting temperature and the second melting temperature, as well as by forming the compacted non-woven sheet (64) into the luggage shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a r.l.
    Inventors: Mathieu Vandevelde, Pauline M. Koslowski
  • Patent number: 10245776
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display with a bent portion such as one or more bent edge portions. The display may be formed from a flexible display layer such as an organic light-emitting-diode layer. The organic light-emitting-diode layer may include a substrate layer such as a sheet of polymer. The flexible display may be attached to a support structure such as a flexible support layer using adhesive. To facilitate bending, the display may be heated. Bending and heating equipment may simultaneously heat the display layer and the flexible support layer to form a bent edge portion for the display. The bending and heating equipment may include heated structures for pressing the display layer into a desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy C. Franklin, Scott A. Myers, Stephen Brian Lynch, John Raff
  • Patent number: 10162195
    Abstract: The method for manufacturing relates to an ophthalmic lens comprising a substrate and a functional film securely fastened to a curved face of said substrate. This method comprises a method for gluing the functional film, which is initially flat, to said curved face. The interferential and organic filtering film selected as said functional film filters a preset band of wavelengths and the gluing method is carried out so that the maximum of the degree of major deformation experienced by the film on a surface is lower than 3%. In the ophthalmic lens, the wavelength at which maximum filtration is observed at the center of the lens and the wavelength at which maximum filtration is observed at the periphery of the useful area of the lens differ by a less than 5%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Christelle Marck
  • Patent number: 10086575
    Abstract: Systems and methods for smoothing a lens are disclosed herein. A monomer used to make or augment the lens according to an additive method is deposited on the lens surface to be smoothed. A film or membrane with certain elastic properties is pressed against the layered (stepped) surface, with the monomer in between the lens and the membrane. The pressure of the membrane spreads the monomer over the surface of the lens, filling the spaces between the layered (stepped) surface and the membrane. A curing agent is applied to transition the monomer into a polymer coating matching the curve of the membrane. The membrane is removed, leaving a clean, smooth lens surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Indizen Optical Technologies of America, LLC
    Inventors: Diego Rodriguez, José Alonso Fernández, Juan Antonio Quiroga, Daniel Crespo Vázquez
  • Patent number: 10091886
    Abstract: In an LC composite component, a chip capacitor is built in a multilayer substrate including base material layers made of a thermoplastic resin. The number of the base material layers in a portion overlapping the component as seen from a lamination direction is equal to the number of the base material layers in a portion around the component as seen from the lamination direction. Wiring patterns that adjust the thickness of the multilayer substrate are provided around the chip capacitor as seen from the lamination direction, and on principal surfaces of the base material layers, so as to surround the chip capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Kosuke Nishino, Kuniaki Yosui
  • Patent number: 10078197
    Abstract: A foam sandwich reflector and a method for making a foam sandwich reflector. The reflector and method incorporate a foam slab having a top and bottom surface. Each of the top and bottom surface of the foam slab have a coating of an adhesive layer. The adhesive coating on the bottom surface of the foam slab is a lower bonding layer that bonds the foam slab to the bottom high modulus layer. The adhesive coating on the top surface of the foam slab is an upper bonding layer that bonds the foam slab to the top high modulus layer; bottom high modulus layer composed of a metal, e.g., aluminum or steel. The reflector and method also include an optically smooth, highly reflective high modulus layer. The reflector is curved in one dimension, and the curve is configured to concentrate light when the reflector is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Randall B. Olsen
  • Patent number: 10077758
    Abstract: A pre-cured laminate plate for use within a component of a wind turbine rotor blade may generally include a plate body extending in a thickness direction between a first side and a second side and in a widthwise direction between a first end and a second end. The plate body may define a plate thickness between the first and second sides. The pre-cured laminate plate may also include a plurality of channels formed in the plate body between the first and second ends. Each channel may extend in the thickness direction between a top end that is open along the first side of the plate body and a bottom end that terminates at a location between the first and second sides of the plate body such that the plate body defines a reduced thickness between the bottom end of each channel and the second side of the plate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron A. Yarbrough, Christopher Daniel Caruso, Donald Joseph Kasperski
  • Patent number: 10076897
    Abstract: Provided is a method for producing a granular powder-containing sheet containing a granular powder in separated container rooms between two sheet materials. After the container rooms are formed in a first sheet material, the first sheet material is transported on the circumferential surface of an anvil roller. In the process of transportation, the granular powder that is fed from a granular powder feeding hopper through a feeding passage is received in the container rooms. Thereafter, the container rooms are covered with a second sheet material, and the two sheet materials are joined to each other on the peripheries of the container rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tsujimoto, Yukihiko Fujita
  • Patent number: 10046525
    Abstract: A composite radius filler include a base portion and a tip portion. The base portion is formed of composite plies varying in overall width along an overall lengthwise direction and defining a variable cross-sectional shape of the base portion along the lengthwise direction. The base portion includes at least one transition zone having a transition start and a transition end along the lengthwise direction. The composite plies of the base portion are arranged in one or more stacks each stack having a predetermined fiber orientation angle sequence and a stack width that changes within the transition zone. The tip portion includes a plurality of composite plies formed into a generally triangular cross-sectional shape and stacked on top of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gabriel Z. Forston, Benjamin Wen-Jun Su, Russell Rufino
  • Patent number: 10040269
    Abstract: A present system of the present application provides for reticulating adhesive to the surface network of cellular core. As such, the present invention allows for substantial improvements over prior systems. The present invention may be implemented with any aircraft, wind turbine, rocket, space satellite, or land vehicle, but there is nothing within the spirit and scope of the present invention limiting it to any particular application. The teachings of the present invention are useful to any composite structure utilizing cellular core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Reller, Paul Oldroyd
  • Patent number: 10015260
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive sensor data from a vehicle sensor. The processor is also configured to determine an existence of a condition for which information display has been designated. The processor is further configured to determine a non-vehicular device predesignated for receipt and display of the information and responsive to the condition determination, transfer the information to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Donald A. Perlick, Jerry Alex James, Howard Churchwell
  • Patent number: 10005159
    Abstract: Method of trimming weld flash from a weld joint formed between a first component and a second component. The method provides a rotary shear tool having a rotary blade and a second blade. The second blade may be a fixed blade. The method further includes shearing the weld flash from the weld joint by passing the weld flash between the rotary blade and second blade of the rotary shear tool. Also provides a rotary shear tool for trimming weld flash from a weld joint formed between a first component and a second component. The rotary shear tool includes: a rotary blade; a second blade; and a mounting portion for mounting the rotary shear tool on a robotic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Paul Philip Sweeting
  • Patent number: 10007062
    Abstract: An optical fiber assembly includes a ferrule and a plurality of optical fibers. Each optical fiber has an end portion positioned generally adjacent a front face of the ferrule. The end portion of each optical fiber has an end face for engaging a mating optical component and an enlarged portion with at least a portion thereof engaging the ferrule generally adjacent the front face of the ferrule. A method of fabricating an optical fiber assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm H. Hodge
  • Patent number: 9944415
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a filling container including a joint, where a side of the joint is provided with an inlet, another side of the joint is provided with a tube insertion cavity, and an inner end of the tube insertion cavity is connected to the inlet; a hollow tube bundle, including several hollow tubes, where an upper part of the hollow tube bundle is entirely inserted into the tube insertion cavity; a container, mounted at a lower end portion of a hollow tube by using an elastic fastener, where an inner cavity of the container is in communication with an inner passage of the hollow tube; and a holding mechanism, mounted on the joint at the tube insertion cavity, where the holding mechanism enables the tube insertion cavity to contract and hold the hollow tube bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 9888837
    Abstract: A fiber optic illumination device suitable for use in medical procedures and other application requiring the delivery of light to limited access locations is disclosed. The illumination device defines a proximal terminal structure derived from the optical fiber having a greater surface area than the diameter of the optical fiber and a distal terminal structure derived from the optical fiber having a greater surface area than diameter of the optical fiber. An integral light communication path is defined between the proximal terminal structure and the distal terminal structure. A method of manufacturing the fiber optic illumination device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: I-Tek Medical Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Haley, Ronald Zimmermann, Mark Peterson
  • Patent number: 9839951
    Abstract: A press-formed body (15) made of a high-tensile strength steel sheet of 390 MPa or more including a groove bottom part (15a), ridge line parts (15b, 15b) continuous to the groove bottom part (15a), and side wall parts (15c, 15c) continuous to the ridge line parts (15b, 15b), and in which an outward flange (16) is formed at an end part in a longitudinal direction is manufactured by a press-forming apparatus including a punch (11), a die (12), and a pad (14) which presses and binds a press-forming material (13) to the punch (11), thereby forming the press-formed body (15) without providing cutouts at a ridge line part flange portion of the outward flange, or generating lowering of material yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Ryuichi Nishimura, Kenichiro Otsuka, Yoshiaki Nakazawa, Yoshihiko Masuo, Toshiya Suzuki, Yoshiyuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9840051
    Abstract: A method for producing clad duct from a laminate is disclosed. The laminate is a sheet of thermoplastic material bonded to an insulative foam board. V-shaped grooves are formed in the foam board, opposite the sheet. The sheet is heated in the vicinity of one of the grooves, until pliable. The sheet is then bent, where it has become pliable, to close the groove. The heated and bent sheet is then cooled until it is no longer pliable and retains its bent shape. The heating, bending, and cooling steps are repeated for the other grooves until edges of the laminate are brought together. The edges are then sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Fran Lanciaux
  • Patent number: 9821538
    Abstract: A method may be present for securing a strip in a structure. A first surface of the strip may be masked with a first tape. A surface of the structure may be masked with a second tape, the surface of the structure defining a desired shape. A sealant may be applied in a groove in the structure. The strip may be positioned in the surface such that a second surface of the strip contacts the sealant; and a caul plate may be pressed against the first surface of the strip, the caul plate including a set of ribs that contact the fairing strip, and the plurality of ribs defining a shape that substantially matches the shape of the surface of the structure. Pressing the caul plate against the first surface of the strip may cause sealant to pass between the set of ribs onto the tapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Todd M. Harris, Frederick Marvin Swanstrom, Melinda Dae Miller, Jeffrey David Blanch
  • Patent number: 9791601
    Abstract: In a method for fabricating an embedded pattern using a transfer-based imprinting, an adhesive layer is formed on a substrate. The adhesive layer has a photo curable resin. A stamp having a protruded pattern is prepared. A thin-film layer is formed on an outer surface of the protruded pattern of the stamp. The stamp having the thin-film layer contact with the adhesive layer is pressed to selectively transfer the thin-film layer of the protruded pattern to the adhesive layer. Ultraviolet rays (UV) are irradiated to cure the adhesive layer. The stamp is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Jun-Hyuk Choi, Eung-Sug Lee, Ji-Hye Lee, Jun-ho Jeong, Joo-Yun Jung, Dae-Guen Choi, Cheol-Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 9775728
    Abstract: A prosthesis is disclosed for placement at an Os opening from a main body lumen to a branch body lumen. The prosthesis includes a radially expansible support at one end, a circumferentially extending link at the other end and at least one frond extending axially therebetween. The support is configured to be deployed in the branch body lumen, with the circumferentially extending link in the main lumen and the frond extendable across the Os.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Tryton Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Richard Davis, Aaron V. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 9682501
    Abstract: The instant disclosure relates to a manufacturing method of a sound playing assembly for micro-sized speaker. The method includes the following steps: providing a carrier having a strip-shaped grill member; cutting the carrier after it has been transferred into a cutting unit to obtain a trimmed grill member; transferring the trimmed grill member onto a machine plate; and performing injection molding with molten plastic after the trimmed grill member is transferred from the machine plate into a mold by a material handling equipment, in order to form a seat body having a speaker basket surrounding the trimmed grill member, with the speaker basket partially embedded in the grid structure of the trimmed grill member. The trimmed grill member and the seat body are thus formed integrally in providing a sound playing assembly. The assembly can help to improve production yield rate and be mass-produced in an automated process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventors: Shih-Chia Lai, Chin-Hsing Lee, Tong Su, Jie Wu
  • Patent number: 9683086
    Abstract: A biaxially oriented film includes a PLA and polyolefin (PLA/PO) blend. The film has a haze of 80% or greater as measured by ASTM-D1003 and a 45° gloss of less than 50% as measured by ASTM-D-2457.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fengkui Li, John Ashbaugh
  • Patent number: 9611654
    Abstract: A floor panel and a floating floor system include a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface has a visible decorative pattern and the bottom surface has a recess which extends about the periphery of the bottom surface. The recess has a recess surface. The floor panel includes a joining member with a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface of the joining member is adhered to the recess surface of the recess. The bottom surface of the joining member and the bottom surface of the floor panel are essentially flush which each other. The use of the joining member does not create any imprints on the top surface of the floor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AFI Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Dung V. Dao, Richard H. Balmer
  • Patent number: 9573355
    Abstract: A forming tool and method for its use with flat pre-preg composite laminate assemblies which incorporates a mandrel segmented into multiple forming blocks, the forming blocks sized to receive a draped composite laminate assembly with all portions of the composite laminate assembly spaced from a shaping surface on each block. A spline plate engages the shaping surface of the forming blocks to provide a neutral axis for maintaining the entire composite laminate assembly in tension during forming. In the exemplary embodiments, the draped composite laminate assembly is formed to the forming blocks from the flat composite laminate assembly and maintained in contact with the forming blocks using a vacuum bag. The mandrel forming blocks arc then displaced to a desired curvature on the spline plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Paul E. Nelson, Peter D. McCowin, Worm Lund
  • Patent number: 9555510
    Abstract: A body panel assembly and a method for manufacturing a body panel assembly are disclosed herein. In a non-limiting embodiment, the body panel assembly includes, but is not limited to, an inner panel having a lower portion. The body panel assembly further includes an outer panel that is connected to the inner panel. The outer panel has a main portion, a transitional portion, and a bent portion. The main portion and the bent portion are positioned on opposite sides of the lower portion. The main portion, the transitional portion, and the bent portion are arranged to form a cavity having an elongated configuration below the inner panel. The bent portion defines an opening extending therethrough. The opening is positioned at least partially below the lower portion of the inner panel. The opening provides ventilation to the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Guangling Song
  • Patent number: 9482015
    Abstract: Building panels, especially laminated floor panels are shown, which are provided with a locking system and several core grooves at the rear side in order to save material and decrease weight. Building panels, each having a surface layer on a front side, a backing layer on a rear side and an intermediate core, wherein the intermediate core and the surface and the backing layer all comprise wood fibers and thermosetting resins, said building panels are provided with a locking system for vertical and horizontal locking of a first edge of a first building panel to an adjacent second edge of a second building panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 9475569
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing a reinforced composite structure for an aircraft and devices used in such methods are provided. A method includes advancing a composite material layout through a cap-forming device. The advancing results in a preformed cap section, a first length of the layout and a second length of the layout. The layout is removed from the cap-forming device and the preformed cap section of the layout is arranged within a cavity of a flexible mandrel with a foot portion of the first length and a foot portion of the second length remaining outside the cavity of the flexible mandrel. The foot portion of the first length and the foot portion of the second length contact a skin structure. The layout is heated and pressurized using the flexible mandrel to cure the layout and form the reinforced composite structure affixed to the skin structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Aitken, Brenden Autry
  • Patent number: 9446570
    Abstract: Concave portions filled with particles of high-absorbent resin are arranged on a side surface of a cylinder part in its circumferential direction. When each concave portion passes about the lowermost portion, the particles are ejected. A first roller conveys a first sheet member so that the first sheet member passes near the above lowermost portion. A second roller is located anterior to the above lowermost portion with respect to a moving direction of the side surface of the cylinder part at the above lowermost portion, and conveys a second sheet member to the vicinity of the above lowermost portion, to place the second sheet member on the first sheet member which has been supplied with particles. In the second roller, annular grooves are formed on the side surface. Therefore, impact on particles which collide with the second sheet member on the second roller is absorbed and scattering of particles is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Kazuya Maruhata