By Bending, Drawing Or Stretch Forming Sheet To Assume Shape Of Configured Lamina While In Contact Therewith Patents (Class 156/212)
  • Patent number: 11364670
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to further develop conventional devices for stretching and/or shaping and/or applying a lamination of a film element. This aim is achieved, according to the invention, by a device for stretching and/or shaping and/or applying a lamination of a film element, which device comprises a support frame for gripping the film element relative to a shaping tool or to a component to be laminated, and having grippers for gripping the film element, which are mounted so as to be movable relative to the support frame, said device being characterized in that grippers are arranged in a multi-axially adjustable manner relative to the support frame in order to adapt the film element more precisely to a contour of the shaping tool or of the component to be laminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: LISA DRÄXLMAIER GMBH
    Inventors: Hubert Rehrl, Andreas Dandl, Andreas Jung
  • Patent number: 11298870
    Abstract: A method of forming a composite panel includes providing an initial composite material, heating the initial composite material, molding the initial composite material to form a preliminary composite panel having a main body connected to an outer edge and a laminate layer secured to the outer edge, and folding an exterior edge portion of the outer edge over an interior edge portion to provide an external folded edge having the laminate layer on at least a portion of an outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Karen L. Hills, Lon E. Switzer
  • Patent number: 11291112
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a flexible panel is provided, and the method includes following steps. A column is formed on a carrier substrate. A flexible layer is formed on the carrier substrate, where at least a part of a side surface of the column is surrounded by the flexible layer, so as to form a through hole in the flexible layer. A component layer is formed on the flexible layer, and the column and the carrier substrate are removed. No chars, cracks, and cutting marks are formed on an edge of the through hole of the flexible panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: HannStar Display Corporation
    Inventors: Yao-Chih Chuang, Mei-Ling Chou, Chih-Wei Chen, Ming-Chang Yu, Chia-Yu Liu, Yen-Chung Chen
  • Patent number: 11267185
    Abstract: A forming tool is used, which has a tool trough arranged in a stationary manner and a pressure bell, which can be lowered onto and lifted away from the tool trough. An arrangement is created in which a single- or multi-layer, initially flat, flexible laminate separates the trough interior from the pressure-bell interior in a pressure tight manner. A table, on which the 3-D substrate to be coated is located, assumes a lowered position within the trough interior; there is a considerable, free intermediate space (between the laminate and the 3-D substrate. A radiant-heater assembly is inserted into said intermediate space. The radiant-heater assembly has a carrier, on the top side of which radiant heaters that can be activated are attached and on the bottom side of which radiant heaters that can be activated are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Drexler, Curt Niebling
  • Patent number: 11267187
    Abstract: A mold which can improve an appearance of a molded body is provided. A mold includes a cavity, the mold being capable of subjecting a resin sheet under reduced pressure suction via a plurality of reduced pressure suction holes thereby shaping the resin sheet to follow a shape of an inner surface of the cavity; wherein: the inner surface includes a base surface and a plurality of island-like concave portions provided in the base surface; and a concave portion reduced pressure suction hole index defined by an in-concave reduced pressure suction hole ratio divided by a concave portion area ratio is 0.5 or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Fukuda, Yuki Harasawa, Ryosuke Oki
  • Patent number: 11251395
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a display device includes the steps of: placing a panel having a first portion and a second portion on a deformable pad having a core member and placing a cover window on the panel; and moving the core member disposed inside the pad from the first portion to the second portion of the panel and pressing the panel to bond the cover window to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Young Sim, Seon Ah Kim, Kyung Ho Jung, Ni El Han
  • Patent number: 11230365
    Abstract: A leading-edge component for an aircraft includes at least a part of a flow body having a front skin and at least one rib, wherein the front skin includes a top section, a bottom section and a leading edge arranged therebetween, wherein the rib extends from the bottom section to the top section, wherein the rib includes at least one kink separating the rib into a first section and at least one second section, and wherein main extension planes of the first section and the at least one second section enclose an angle of at least 10°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Stefan Bensmann
  • Patent number: 11198267
    Abstract: An example apparatus for fabrication of a co-cured composite assembly includes a layup tool body with a cavity, a thermal expansion insert inserted into the cavity of the layup tool body and a first uncured composite part of the composite assembly is positioned onto the thermal expansion insert, and a solid internal mandrel configured for insertion onto the first uncured composite part. During curing, the first uncured composite part compacts and reduces in thickness while the solid internal mandrel and the thermal expansion insert each increase in size to apply pressure to the first uncured composite part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard E. Heath, III, Richard A. Prause, Eileen Miller
  • Patent number: 11197383
    Abstract: A housing, a housing manufacturing method, and a mobile terminal. The housing comprises a metal body, and a connecting body; the metal body at least comprises a first body, and a second body; the connecting body at least comprises a first connecting body. The first body and the second body are connected by means of the first connecting body. A plurality of mating structures are formed at the joint of the first body, the second body and the first connecting body. Each mating structure comprise at least one of a groove tension structure, a protrusion tension structure, a rib tension structure, a through-hole fastening structure, a hole-site knurling rib structure and an inner-hole groove structure. Structural stability of the joint of the housing can be effectively enhanced by means of the described manners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG EVERWIN PRECISION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhigao Ye, Xiaohong Zou, Jifeng Lai, Hongjin Tan
  • Patent number: 11173696
    Abstract: A method of laminating a contoured part including heating a flexible membrane, positioning the heated flexible membrane into thermal contact with the contoured part, maintaining the heated flexible membrane in thermal contact with the contoured part to raise a surface temperature of the contoured part, moving the flexible membrane out of thermal contact with the contoured part, positioning a laminate between the flexible membrane and the contoured part, conforming the laminate to a surface of the contoured part, and heating the conformed laminate and contoured part to adhere the conformed laminate to the surface of the contoured part. The laminate may be conformed to a surface of the contoured part by applying a vacuum between the flexible membrane and the contoured part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Gibbons
  • Patent number: 11149708
    Abstract: The subject matter is directed to a method of mounting flow-altering devices on wind turbine blades, the mounting device and the flow-altering device. The flow-altering devices having a base with an inner side for attaching to a blade, and an outer side with flow-altering device parts protruding from the base. The method provides for a mounting device with a mounting panel supporting one or more flow-altering devices; arranging the mounting panel on an area of application on the surface of the blade with an adhesive material between the inner side of the device and the surface of the blade, and with a seal between the mounting panel and the surface to form a cavity between the mounting panel and the surface of the blade; applying a negative pressure in the cavity; releasing the negative pressure; and removing the mounting panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: LM WIND POWER US TECHNOLOGY APS
    Inventors: Kim Ansholm Rasmussen, Jesper Høeg, Kristian Lehmann Madsen
  • Patent number: 11079543
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a multilayer dielectric (MLD) diffraction grating by providing a multilayer stack having a grating layer, and anisotropically etching the grating layer to form grating lines having an initial lineheight, an initial linewidth, and an initial grating duty cycle, that are greater than a target lineheight, a target linewidth, and a target grating duty cycle, respectively. An isotropic wet etch solution is then used to etch back the grating lines to the target lineheight, the target linewidth, and the target grating duty cycle so as to minimize electric field intensities and maximize diffraction efficiency for a given set of MLD illumination conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Jerald A. Britten, Cindy C. Larson, Hoang T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11046029
    Abstract: A composite material component manufacturing method including a first thermoforming step for creating a first three-dimensional prepreg sheet by thermoforming a thermoplastic first prepreg sheet into a three dimensional shape, a laminate body creating step for creating a prepreg sheet laminate body by layering the first three-dimensional prepreg sheet and a second prepreg sheet; and a laminate body molding step for molding the prepreg sheet laminate body by applying heat and a pressing force to the prepreg sheet laminate body with a pressing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: JAMCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Okamoto, Masato Ishii
  • Patent number: 11014310
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for connecting two joining elements, these elements being connected by means of a thermally activatable adhesive with a flat heating element arranged therein, by suitable heating of the adhesive. The invention also relates to an assembly produced in this way from two joining elements and to an arrangement designed for carrying out a corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: IONIC MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Andreas Lühring, Malte Kleemeier
  • Patent number: 10994982
    Abstract: A liquid saving device having a container, a lid for attaching to the container, the lid having a top side and a bottom side, a finger element attached to the lid, and a closure for covering the top side of the lid. The liquid saving device also having an inner cover for covering the bottom side of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Juan A. Bowers
  • Patent number: 10987880
    Abstract: A method for molding a composite material in which a curved corner is formed between two planes by using a molding jig includes: shaping a laminated body in such a manner that a thickness of the laminated body is decreased from an outer side toward an inner side of the corner, by using the molding jig in which the angle formed by the two planes is a first bending angle, the laminated body including fiber sheets laminated so as to have the corner curved at the first bending angle; and shaping the laminated body in such a manner that the thickness is decreased from the outer side toward the inner side by curving the corner so as to form a second bending angle, by using the molding jig in which the angle formed by the two planes is the second bending angle smaller than the first bending angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tokutomi
  • Patent number: 10948120
    Abstract: An object is to provide a heat insulating sheet that is easily attachable even if a size is increased, and to provide a method for manufacturing the same. A heat insulating sheet includes nonwoven fabric, and heat insulating body carrying xerogel in a space inside nonwoven fabric. Heat insulating body includes first region carrying the xerogel, and second region not carrying the xerogel and provided inside an outer periphery of heat insulating body. The heat insulating sheet is configured such that each of both surfaces of heat insulating body is provided with protective sheet, and in a periphery of heat insulating body and in second region, protective sheets are mutually joined or protective sheets and second region are joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujii, Kazushige Koyama, Yuuichi Abe, Rikako Shono
  • Patent number: 10882243
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for adjusting membrane height for hot drape forming. The apparatus includes a frame including an enclosable interior space and sidewalls defining a perimeter of the interior space. The apparatus further includes an adjustable collar within the interior space of the frame. The adjustable collar extends about the perimeter of the interior space and is configured to move translationally within the interior space of the frame along the sidewalls in a first direction. The apparatus further includes a membrane extending across the interior space in a second direction, perpendicular to the first direction, and co-movably coupled with the adjustable collar, wherein a position of the membrane within the interior space is adjustable in the first direction as the adjustable collar moves translationally within the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jordan S. Erickson, P. Chace Wilcoxson
  • Patent number: 10854858
    Abstract: A case for a rechargeable battery and a rechargeable battery including the case, the case including a sequentially deposited first resin layer and second resin layer, wherein the second resin layer includes a butyl-based resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-Yup Yang, Jun-Won Suh, Jeong-Doo Yi, Jan-Dee Kim, Bong-Kyoung Park, Ju-Hyeong Han, Ju-Hee Sohn, Da-Woon Han, Hye-Ri Eom, Hyun-Hwa Song, Sol Choi, Seok-Hun Hong
  • Patent number: 10836150
    Abstract: The surface roughness of a polymer film laminated to a metal substrate can be improved through the use of sufficient heating after application of a wax layer to the polymer film. In some cases, a thin liquid film or layer of a waterborne wax dispersion can be applied to the surface of a metal substrate laminated with a polymer film. After heating the polymer film and wax layer to a point at which the polymer film and wax layer begin to become molten, the surface roughness of the polymer film can become improved due to the presence of the wax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NOVELIS INC.
    Inventors: Christian Tussing, Heinrich Prinzhorn, Dhiren Bhupatlal Ruparelia, Andy Preston
  • Patent number: 10814942
    Abstract: Surfboards may have at least one structural layer disposed between a foam core and fiberglass layers. The at least one structural layer may strengthen the surfboard as compared against surfboard without such a structural layer. The at least one structural layer may minimize and/or prevent overheating of the surfboard from sunlight exposure and/or from excessive heat. Surfboards may have at least one heat-release-valve installed within the given surfboard. The at least one heat-release-valve may minimize and/or prevent overheating of the surfboard from sunlight exposure and/or from excessive heat. Surfboards may have at least one structural layer disposed between a foam core and fiberglass layers and surfboards may have at least one heat-release-valve installed within the given surfboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Universal Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Cecola, Sophia Cecola
  • Patent number: 10759121
    Abstract: A system for forming stacked material is provided. The system may include a housing defining an interior space and comprising a bottom wall and a side wall coupled to said bottom wall; at least one tool configured to shape the stacked material, said at least one tool disposed within said interior space; a membrane extending at least partially over said bottom wall and spaced a distance from said bottom wall, said membrane configured to move towards said bottom wall; and at least one intensifier mechanism disposed in said interior space and configured to induce a force against a portion of the stacked material and against said at least one tool as said membrane is moved towards said bottom wall. Methods are also providing for forming such a stacked material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Pedro D. Marquez
  • Patent number: 10710289
    Abstract: A casing component according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a decorating film and a casing part. The decorating film is formed on a base film by vapor deposition and includes a metal layer, fine cracks being formed in the metal layer by stretching the base film. The casing part has a decorated region, the decorating film being adhered to the decorated region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Abe, Fujio Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10677566
    Abstract: A blast panel assembly includes a laminate formed of a plurality of glued together sheets of plywood mounted in a metal frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Stone Protective Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Alexander Dantzer, Khaled Aly El-Domiaty
  • Patent number: 10661582
    Abstract: A tape has one or more first areas and one or more second areas. One of the second areas is connected to each of the first areas, and is shorter than the first areas in a direction. A control unit controls to print on a first area of the tape and to cut a second area. In some examples, the tape is divided into two portions by pre-cut contours. A control unit controls to divide one of the portions into two parts and to print on at least one of the parts. Additionally or alternatively, a tape may include a first sheet and a second sheet. The second sheet pasted on the first sheet, is divided into a first area and a second area by a slit, and has a perforation line. A control unit controls to print on the second sheet, and to cut partially through the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kiasha
    Inventors: Harumitsu Inoue, Shimako Nakai
  • Patent number: 10563308
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a three-dimensional structure includes: at least one photopolymer having at least one metal dispersed throughout at least portions of a bulk of the structure. The structure is characterized by features having a horizontal and/or vertical feature resolution in a range from several hundred nanometers to several hundred microns. The portions of the bulk throughout which metal is dispersed may optionally be selectively determined. In more embodiments, the structure may have electroless plated metal formed on surfaces thereof, alternatively or in addition to the metal dispersed throughout the bulk of the structure. The electroless plating may be achieved without the use of a surface activation bath. Corresponding methods for forming various embodiments of such three dimensional structures are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security
    Inventors: Alexandra Golobic, Eric Duoss, Julie A. Jackson, Andrew Pascall
  • Patent number: 10549442
    Abstract: Self-guiding cutting tool (100) for cutting an adhesive film (20) applied to the roof panel (30) of a car, wherein the roof panel is connected to a side panel (31) of the car by a joint area (32) containing a welding ditch channel, said cutting tool (100) comprising a cutting device (6), at least one guiding means (2) guiding the cutting device (6) over the welding ditch channel of the joint area (32), and at least one transporting means (3) allowing the cutting device (6) to be moved over the welding ditch channel of the joint area (32). Also provided is a method of applying adhesive films to the roof panels of a car using the cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Martin Sekanina, Lukas Marsoun, Rudolf Melezinek, Petr Ludvik
  • Patent number: 10518516
    Abstract: A method and associated system for forming composite materials is presented, including providing a composite charge having applied release films to top and bottom surfaces and positioned on a contoured forming tool such that a portion of the composite charge over hangs a second upper surface of forming tool. A fairing bar abuts the forming tool that has an uppermost surface positioned above the second upper surface of the forming tool. The combination of the positioning of the fairing bar and the use of release film in contact with the composite charge allows the composite charge to conform to the contoured forming tool without bridging or wrinkling the composite charge when a forming membrane and applied vacuum are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Doan Dinh Pham, William Brent Harlow
  • Patent number: 10514787
    Abstract: The conductor for a touch panel is manufactured by forming, on an insulating transparent cover member, at least one the thickness changed part obtained by changing a thickness of a portion to be deformed during forming with respect to a thickness of other portion in advance, forming a conductive film laminate by disposing a conductive member on a surface of the cover member, and performing collective forming into a three-dimensional shape such that the conductive film laminate is deformed at a portion where the thickness changed part is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Haruhiko Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10486359
    Abstract: Prepared is a film device (FD) in which a first thermoplastic film (141), a device layer (110) (i.e., a multi-layer product including a polyimide film and a device body), and a second thermoplastic film (142) are arranged. The film device (FD) is pressed against a forming mold (150) and heated at a lower temperature than the temperature limit of the polyimide film, such that the first thermoplastic film is stretched to conform to the shape of the forming mold (150).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Misono
  • Patent number: 10458455
    Abstract: A system (200) for making a fitted cap (300) comprises a fastener template (202), dimensionally identical to a portion (106) of a fastener (100) and extending from a support plate (210), and a first plurality of through-openings (212) penetrating the support plate (210) and arranged about the fastener template (202). The system (200) also comprises a precursor cap (320) that is geometrically complementary to the fastener template (202), first means (217) for heating a first polymer sheet (270), and second means (219) for applying suction to the first polymer sheet (270) through the first plurality of through-openings (212) to vacuum-form the first polymer sheet (270) over the precursor cap (320). After vacuum-forming the first polymer sheet (270) over the precursor cap (320), at least a portion of the first polymer sheet (270) forms the fitted cap (300). The fitted cap (300) is configured to apply a shaped sealant shroud (590) to the portion (106) of the fastener (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Ganesh R. Pillay
  • Patent number: 10457028
    Abstract: A laminating apparatus for laminating an adhesive film on a bent or curved cover window includes a rotation shaft extending in a first direction, a first frame configured to support the cover window, and including a first plate and a second plate facing each other to define an angle therebetween, and a curved connection portion between the first plate and the second plate, and a roller portion above the first frame, extending in the first direction, and configured to move in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, wherein the first frame is configured to rotate with respect to the rotation shaft according to movement of the roller portion to bond the adhesive film to the cover window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sungsang Ahn, Taehyeog Jung
  • Patent number: 10442100
    Abstract: A travelling planetary cutter (10), comprising: a cutting head assembly (11) comprising a rotating cutting assembly (30) comprising a blade guide block (32) carrying a cutting blade (34), wherein the blade guide block (32) is disposed for axial movement on a cutting block (33) so that cutting blade (34) may be moved towards and away from bearings (36) disposed on the cutting block (33); a blade cam block (42) also comprising part of the rotating cutting assembly (30) and itself comprising a blade cam (44) defining a cam surface (45), wherein axial movement of blade cam (44) of blade cam block (42) in direction (43) forces cam surface (45) to act upon a bearing (46) on blade guide block (32) to cause blade guide block (32) to move towards a workpiece to be cut (14) until cutting blade (34) engages workpiece (14) against bearings (36) while cutting blade (34) is rotated as part of rotating cutting assembly (30) to cut workpiece (14) wherein a speed of rotation of cutting blade (34) is maintained constant even w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: IPEG, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Yore, Jr., David H. Czarnik, Derik Gingery, Robert Henry Bessemer, Shawn Hitz
  • Patent number: 10443207
    Abstract: Pile foundations for power transmission towers or the like for installation in different types of soil prone to frost heaving include a casing pipe and a dipped pile, comprising a shaft and a toe bulb, secured at the bottom of the shaft. The pile comprises rigid elements that are mounted on the shaft in the direction of horizontal forces acting on the pile against the anticipated horizontal loads. The rigid elements transfer horizontal forces from the pile to the casing pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY “TRANSNEFT”, JOINT-STOCK COMPANY “TRANSNEFT SIBERIA”, L.L.C. “TRANSNEFT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE FOR OIL AND OIL PRODUCTS TRANSPORTATION”
    Inventors: Pavel Aleksandrovich Revel-Muroz, Nikolai Vladimirovich Smirnov, Vitaly Aleksandrovich Kumallagov, Evgenii Evgenievich Semin, Alexandr Vladimirovich Ivakin, Yury Vasilevich Bogatenkov
  • Patent number: 10391721
    Abstract: A method and device of positioning a ply of material for a composite component along an arcuate surface are presented. The ply comprises two end portions and a plurality of fiber tows extending longitudinally between the two end portions. The arcuate surface has a curved edge and a planar surface extending from the curved edge. The method comprises placing a first longitudinal edge portion of the ply along the curved edge; and rotating at least one of the two end portions away from the arcuate surface about a pivot axis normal to the ply, so as to cause sliding of at least some of the plurality of fiber tows relative to each other, and substantial aligning of the plurality of fiber tows in a curved direction along the arcuate surface. A method of positioning a ply of material for a composite component onto a curved mandrel is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Louis Laberge Lebel, Matei Dragutescu, Paul Trudeau, Gaetan Normandin, Mouhcine Rifay
  • Patent number: 10390912
    Abstract: A thermoforming aid for use in creating a thermoformed impression of an object such as a dental arch. The thermoforming aid has a thermoformable sheet which has inherent tendency to curl when unsupported, and a curl-resistant element which prevents the thermoformable sheet from curling. The thermoforming aid makes a person's task of placing a sheet of thermoformable material, especially a very thin sheet having an inherent tendency to curl, in proper position in a thermoforming machine less difficult and time-consuming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Loren S. Adell
  • Patent number: 10357952
    Abstract: Cutting tool guide structure (1) for the cutting of an adhesive-backed film partially applied to a surface of a vehicle. The cutting tool guide structure (1) is removably attachable to a surface of a vehicle, contains a cutting slit (4) for receiving a cutting tool (6), and is dimensioned such that the cutting tool can be moved back and forth in one direction within the cutting slit (4) to carry out a cutting action. The guide structure (4) further comprises, at opposite ends, engaging areas (2) that are shaped and configured to match opposite surface areas (5) of the vehicle such that the cutting tool guide structure (1) can be placed with its engaging areas on the surface areas of the vehicle to provide an abutting fit. Further provided are methods of applying an adhesive-backed film to the surface of a vehicle and cutting the film to fit the surface, using the cutting tool guide structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Martin Sekanina, Lukas Marsoun, Rudolf Melezinek, Jiri Cerny
  • Patent number: 10228300
    Abstract: An apparatus for evaluating a watertight state of a vehicle and a method for controlling the apparatus may include an automatic ejection device having a plurality of nozzles to automatically eject water to the glass on the inside of the vehicle, an additional ejection device configured to additionally eject water separately from the automatic ejection device, a plurality of cameras configured to photograph flows of the water when water is ejected by the automatic ejection device and the additional ejection device, so that evaluation of a watertight state between the vehicle body and the glass may be preliminarily verified by allowing the water to a lower end portion of the glass through the automatic ejection device and the additional ejection device, photographing the flows of the ejected water through the cameras, and detecting whether water is introduced into the internal of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jong Gu Kim
  • Patent number: 10179433
    Abstract: A method of forming a headrest assembly includes providing a first mold that encloses a first cavity in a closed condition. A support is positioned in the first cavity. A first material is blow molded into the first cavity and around a portion of the support to form a core part. The core part and support are removed from the first mold. A second mold encloses a second cavity in a closed condition. The core part and the support are placed into the second mold in an open condition. A fluid is injected into the core part through the support. The second mold is converted to the closed condition. A second material is injection molded into the second cavity and around the core part to form an outer shell around the core part. A fluid is withdrawn from the core part through the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10124519
    Abstract: A method for producing hybrid parts (1) and to the uses of a ram (11) and an adhesive layer (21) that is to be applied to a part (2) during the production of the hybrid parts (1). The method for producing hybrid parts (1) is cost-effective and time-efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nolax AG
    Inventors: Christian Vogler, David Koch, Bruno Traber
  • Patent number: 10121760
    Abstract: A wafer bonding system and method using a combination of heat and a pneumatic force to bond two wafers held together in alignment. The wafers are heated via a non-contact, gaseous interface, thermal path between heating elements and the wafers. The pneumatic force is created by a pressure differential between a first pressure surrounding the two wafers and a second pressure, which is less than the first pressure, maintained between the two wafers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Alton H. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10112372
    Abstract: A device for producing composite sheets, in particular laminated glass plates, is proposed, comprising: an evacuating device (1), a vacuum-tight transporting surface (16) for conveying the sheets (6, 19, 20) to be laminated into the evacuating device and for conveying the sheets out of the evacuating device, and a vacuum-tight release sheet (14) that is transported along with the transporting surface, wherein the sheets to be laminated are placed between the transporting surface and the release sheet, characterized in that a seal (5) that runs around the sheets, is transported along with them and can be released is provided on the transporting surface and/or on the release sheet and allows an evacuation of the space between the transporting surface and the release sheet and thus allows a vacuum bag (18) containing the sheets to be formed in the evacuating device. A corresponding method and a corresponding vacuum bag (18) are likewise disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SM Innotech GMBH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hans Gerd Stevens
  • Patent number: 10100486
    Abstract: A method for installing pile foundations for power transmission towers or the like in different types of soil prone to frost heaving provides piles with bearing capacity against horizontal loads, reduced labor content and installation cost, and increased reliability against the impact of frost heaving forces of the soil on the pile. A casing pipe is driven in and then the pile is inserted into it, while installing rigid elements on the pile shaft by welding. When driving the pile, when a mark indicating a point of installation for a rigid element reaches the top of the casing pipe, a geometric measurement of gaps is made between the casing pipe and the pile. Based on the measurement, rigid elements are sized and welded in pairs on the opposite side in a vertical plane. The operation of placing and welding is then repeated during the pipe inserting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: Public Joint Stock Company “Transneft”, Joint-Stock Company “Transneft Siberia”, L.L.C. “Transneft Research and Development Institute for Oil and Oil Products Transportation”
    Inventors: Pavel Aleksandrovich Revel-Muroz, Nikolai Vladimirovich Smirnov, Vitaly Aleksandrovich Kumallagov, Evgenii Evgenievich Semin, Alexandr Vladimirovich Ivakin, Yury Vasilevich Bogatenkov, Mikhail Yurevich Zotov
  • Patent number: 10096405
    Abstract: A system for assembling and installing a wire bundle assembly group (WBAG) may include a fabrication table having first and second assembly panels, each configured to receive a WBAG, and an assembly frame having an adjustable pivot connected to the first and to the second assembly panels to hold the assembly panels in a spaced orientation relative to each other, and to pivot about an axis; and a transport tool having a WBAG receiving panel configured to receive and support an assembled WBAG from the fabrication table, and a transport frame having an adjustable support connected to the WBAG receiving panel, and the transport frame is positionable adjacent the fabrication table such that the WBAG receiving panel is located beneath the first assembly panel and the second assembly panel, whereby an assembled WBAG drops downwardly onto the WBAG receiving panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Shawn D. Mohlman, Bret H. Livingston, Tinh V. Truong, Lars E. Blacken
  • Patent number: 10010994
    Abstract: Method of taping an optical lens member (10) to be manufactured. An optical lens member providing step (S1) is performed during which an optical lens member (10) is provided, the optical lens member has a first optical surface (11) associated with a first reference system and a second optical surface (12) to be manufactured, the first and second optical surfaces being connected by a external periphery surface (14), the first reference system being identified by at least one referencing element (111) on the first optical surface and/or the external periphery surface of the optical lens member, a taping step (S2) during which an adhesive tape (17) is provided on the first surface of the lens member so as to cover at least part of the first surface and leaving the referencing element uncovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (COMPAGNIE GENERALE D'OPTIQUE)
    Inventors: Eric Gacoin, Luis Castro
  • Patent number: 10011080
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a composite part. The method comprises positioning a prepreg material relative to a composite forming tool. The composite forming tool comprises a frame associated with a shaping system, a base comprising at least one mold, and the shaping system associated with the frame and configured to move relative to the frame, the base, and the prepreg material. The method also lowers the shaping system of the composite forming tool towards the prepreg material. The method applies pressure to the prepreg material with a centerline presser of the shaping system. The method also applies a force to the prepreg material using a number of compliant elongate members of the shaping system to uniformly apply the prepreg material to the at least one mold of the base of the composite forming tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Silas Lawton Studley, Matthew Ray DesJardien, James N. Buttrick
  • Patent number: 9962890
    Abstract: A processing method for a lens film is provided. The lens includes a master slice and a base plate. The processing method includes: performing a shaping process on the base plate to form a curvature; performing a cleaning process to form a microstructure on a surface of the master slice; applying a fixed amount of adhesive between the base plate and the master slice, performing a pressing operation on the base plate and the master slice by the mold to form a lens; and performing a curing process on the lens to complete the processing of the lens film. Thus, an optimal attaching effect that the lens is attached without air bubbles and wrinkles can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: SHUOYAN OPTICS LIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: Han-Wei Tsao, Tung-Yen Wu
  • Patent number: 9950654
    Abstract: A method of making a headrest includes folding a first sheet of foam into a foam sleeve. The foam sleeve is slid over an internal core part of the headrest. The foam sleeve and the core part in turn are covered with an outermost cover. The cover is formed from (i) a first layer of material corresponding to a front face of the cover, (ii) a second sheet of foam having a periphery substantially the same shape as the first layer of material, affixed to a backside of the first layer, (iii) a second layer of the material corresponding to a rear face of the cover, and (iv) a third sheet of foam having a periphery substantially the same shape as the second layer of material, affixed to a backside of the second layer. The front and rear faces are joined together to form the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: FXI, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose D. M. Contreras, Jovan Rafael Phillips
  • Patent number: 9944059
    Abstract: Means for joining two surfaces comprise providing a heat activated sealant (7) at the end of one of the surfaces and inserting the end into a C or U shaped cup in the end of the other surface and heating to cause the sealant (7) to flow and join the surfaces. Preferably the sealant (7) is foamable, the invention is particularly useful in the production of automobile hem flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Zephryos, Inc.
    Inventors: Xavier Morral, Francisco Turegano, Ira Miller, Christophe Henry
  • Patent number: 9908309
    Abstract: In general, a decorative laminate construction (50, 60) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: CCL LABEL, INC.
    Inventors: Steven R. Bunch, Huimin Yang