By Bending, Drawing Or Stretch Forming Sheet To Assume Shape Of Configured Lamina While In Contact Therewith Patents (Class 156/212)
  • Patent number: 11931970
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing a film-covered component, having at least one assembly nest with at least one component section, on which a component to be covered can be arranged includes operating a film severing device. The film severing device is arranged on the assembly nest and has a severing element. The film severing device surrounds the component section at least partially laterally at a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Torsten Voigt, Aydemir Kaplangiray, Stefan Martin Buerger
  • Patent number: 11926131
    Abstract: A composite material is capable of suppressing decrease in the strength, which is caused by bending of fibers of a skin material during the time when the composite material is cured. A composite material is provided with a honeycomb core, a first skin material, a second skin material, a thunder-resistant mesh and a resin material; and the resin material is not arranged in a neighborhood portion which is the region corresponding to the region at the front end of the honeycomb core. A first film adhesive is arranged between the first skin material and the honeycomb core; a second film adhesive is arranged between the second skin material and the honeycomb core; and a fourth film adhesive is arranged in the neighborhood portion of the resin material in a weight per square meter, which is lower than those of the first film adhesive and the second film adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Kazuki Noma, Hiromichi Akiyama, Toshio Kozasa, Masayuki Kanemasu, Shunichi Morishima
  • Patent number: 11905038
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for assembling a section of a fuselage of an aircraft. The method includes pulsing a half barrel section of the fuselage along a track in a process direction, utilizing an indexing feature associated with the half barrel section to determine a desired contour for a portion of the half barrel section, and enforcing the desired contour onto the half barrel section using components that enforce an inner mold line and components that enforce an outer mold line when the half barrel section is out of tolerance from the desired contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel R. Smith, Darrell D. Jones
  • Patent number: 11858221
    Abstract: Certain configurations of multilayer assemblies are described. In certain embodiments, the multilayer assembly can include a core layer, a skin layer and one or more depressions in a surface of the multilayer assembly. In other configurations, the multilayer assembly can include a core layer, a skin layer, one or more depressions in a surface of the multilayer assembly and one or more additional layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Hanwha Azdel, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Thomas Evers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11858180
    Abstract: Methods and systems for consolidating an additively manufactured piece. In one embodiment, methods include the step of combining the additively manufactured piece with another piece, for example with another additively manufactured piece or with a piece that is not additively manufactured (e.g. an insert, foam, etc.), so that during a consolidation step, those pieces are assembled or connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: 9T Labs AG
    Inventors: Chester Houwink, Giovanni Cavolina
  • Patent number: 11840361
    Abstract: The magnetic handling systems comprise a bladder and a magnetic carriage system. The bladder is configured to be received within a stringer interior volume of a hat stringer and comprises a magnetic insert having a plurality of magnetic walls, each configured to align with a respective wall portion of the hat stringer. The magnetic carriage system comprises a carriage having a magnetic head that comprises a bracket and a plurality of magnetic sources supported by the bracket. Each magnetic source is configured to magnetically couple with a respective magnetic wall of the magnetic insert to produce an attractive magnetic force therebetween. The methods comprise disposing a bladder having a plurality of the magnetic inserts within the hat stringer, magnetically engaging a plurality of the magnetic heads with the plurality of magnetic inserts, and conforming the hat stringer by moving at least one magnetic head relative to another magnetic head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Young Ahn, Christopher Robert Brown, Ricardo Andreas Fritzke, Shuonan Dong, Bonnie Ann Keefe, Jonathan Alejandro Santiago
  • Patent number: 11766638
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an ion-exchange membrane that includes a supporting substrate impregnated with an ion-exchange material. The supporting substrate includes an imprinted non-woven layer, and the imprinting includes a plurality of deformations at a surface density of at least 16 per cm2. The supporting substrate may lack a reinforcing layer. In some examples, the supporting substrate may include only a single layer of the imprinted non-woven fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Inventors: Yonghong Zhao, John H. Barber
  • Patent number: 11738183
    Abstract: A plurality of structural layers having different properties are nested together to form the medical balloon. Certain embodiments include at least one layer comprising a fiber-reinforced polymer. The layers of the balloons can slide relative to one another in use. A structural layer may comprise metal reinforcing fibers suspended in a polymer matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kumin Yang, Frederick Feller
  • Patent number: 11731309
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bamboo strip shaping method, which includes the following steps: S01: cutting a bamboo tube, and removing inner joints, outer joints and bamboo outer skin; S02: trisecting or quartering the bamboo tube in a longitudinal direction to obtain curved bamboo strips; S03: placing the curved bamboo strips in a bamboo strip shaping device for processing; S04: subjecting the curved bamboo strips to steam treatment and heating softening treatment; S05: pressing and shaping the curved bamboo strips to obtain flattened bamboo strips, and drying for a first time under a maintained pressure; S06: wetting bamboo outer skin surfaces and bamboo inner skin surfaces of the flattened bamboo strips, and drying for a second time; and S07: wetting the bamboo outer skin surfaces and the bamboo inner skin surfaces of the flattened bamboo strips, and drying for a third time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Nanjing Forestry University
    Inventors: Haiyang Zhang, Yanjun Li, Xinzhou Wang, Zhichao Lou
  • Patent number: 11710645
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a mounting structure includes: a step of preparing a mounting member including a first circuit member and a plurality of second circuit members placed on the first circuit member; a disposing step of disposing a thermosetting sheet and a thermoplastic sheet on the mounting member, with the thermosetting sheet interposed between the thermoplastic sheet and the first circuit member; a first sealing step of pressing a stack of the thermosetting sheet and the thermoplastic sheet against the first circuit member, and heating the stack, to seal the second circuit members and to cure the thermosetting sheet into a cured layer; and a removal step of removing the thermoplastic sheet from the cured layer. At least one of the second circuit members is a hollow member having a space from the first circuit member, and in the first sealing step, the second circuit members are sealed so as to maintain the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Inventors: Eiichi Nomura, Yutaka Miyamoto, Takayuki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11697623
    Abstract: A method to produce a ceramic matrix composite with controlled surface characteristics includes: applying a scrim ply to a surface of a fiber preform, where the fiber preform includes silicon carbide fibers coated with boron nitride; infiltrating the fiber preform and the scrim ply with a slurry, thereby forming an impregnated ply on an impregnated fiber preform; infiltrating the impregnated fiber preform and the impregnated ply with a melt comprising silicon, and then cooling, thereby forming a ceramic matrix composite having a ceramic surface layer thereon, where the ceramic surface layer has a predetermined thickness and is devoid of boron; machining or grit blasting the ceramic surface layer to form an intermediate layer suitable for coating; and depositing an environmental barrier coating on the intermediate layer. Thus, a ceramic matrix composite coated with the environmental barrier coating is formed with the intermediate layer in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Inventor: Jeffrey Crutchfield
  • Patent number: 11661150
    Abstract: A windshield cover and method for protecting a windshield of a towed vehicle, such as a boat, can be removably secured over the windshield when being pulled on a trailer. The cover matches the size and shape of the windshield and is flexible to conform to a curvature of the windshield. The cover has a soft, cushion layer and a waterproof and oil-resistant and non-absorbent material. The cover can have bifurcated panels with a partition corresponding to a passthrough of a boat windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Battery Doctors & Mild 2 Wild Motorsports
    Inventor: Jake Stewart
  • Patent number: 11647595
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a display panel including a folding portion overlapping with a folding axis, a first non-folding portion and a second non-folding portion, a support unit including a first support portion arranged under the first non-folding portion and a second support portion arranged under the second non-folding portion, an impact absorbing member interposed between the display panel and the support unit and coupled to the display panel, an adhesive member coupling the impact absorbing member to the support unit, a receiving portion defined in at least one of the first support portion or the second support portion, and a protrusion connected to the impact absorbing member and received in the receiving portion. A planar area of the protrusion is less than a planar area of the receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyoyul Yoon, Mingu Kim, Hyunsuk Nam, Kyoungah Lee, Dongjin Park, Sangwol Lee
  • Patent number: 11623156
    Abstract: A plush toy system is provided having a foam inner made with a compressible foam. A flexible outer covering surrounds the foam inner and has an inner surface for contacting the foam inner. The inner foam is compressed and constrained by the flexible outer covering such that it does not achieve a natural uncompressed size. The flexible outer covering is formed into a shape, or the inner foam is formed into the shape and the flexible outer covering is shaped to and aligned with the shape of the foam inner and entirely surrounding the foam inner such that the inner foam is not fully expanded and is constrained or compressed by the flexible outer covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventor: Jeremy Brian Medwed
  • Patent number: 11597176
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a composite sandwich panel, a seal, and a hinge. The composite sandwich panel has a first edge in a first over-crush edge region, wherein a thickness of the composite sandwich panel decreases within the first over-crush edge region in a direction towards the first edge. The seal is bonded to the first over-crush edge region of the composite sandwich panel and extending past the first edge. The hinge is connected to the composite sandwich panel such that an axis of rotation of the hinge is positioned over the first over-crush edge region of the composite sandwich panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Stephen M. Young, Jason Turner, Kevin G. Swanson, Duane M. Egging
  • Patent number: 11585099
    Abstract: A wall structure having an inner wall, a bracket member, a non-combustible board, and an outer cladding coupled together and retaining insulation between the inner wall and the outer cladding. The non-combustible board is positioned between the bracket member and the outer cladding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Advanced Architectural Products, LLC
    Inventor: G. Matt Krause
  • Patent number: 11579478
    Abstract: In a display device using a substrate having flexibility, a drop in reliability due to defects such as cracks in the case where a substrate is made to curve is controlled. A display device is provided including a first substrate having flexibility, the first substrate including a curved part, an organic film covering a first surface of the first substrate and a second surface opposing the first surface in the curved part; and a pixel part and a drive circuit part arranged on the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventor: Hsiang Yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 11511847
    Abstract: A skin panel configured for attachment to an aircraft structure is constructed of a composite material and has a continuous, smooth outer surface; a continuous, smooth inner surface that is configured for attachment to an aircraft structure; a peripheral edge that extends entirely around the skin panel and has a continuous, smooth surface and a plurality of cavities inside the material of the skin panel. The cavities reduce the weight of the skin panel without significantly detracting from the compression strength and tensile strength of the skin panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steven P. Walker, Gregory M. Santini, Gary D. Oakes, Patrick B. Stickler
  • Patent number: 11491600
    Abstract: The present invention is a rapid pill canister adapter production system which provides a machine which will accept as input the details of a certain pill or tablet, such as its shape, size, weight and the like and produce a part for use within the pill canister of an automatic pill dispenser to properly line up the pills for dispensing. Once designed and verified, the device would rapidly produce the part for immediate use by the pharmacy. This would enable pharmacies to install new medications into their automatic pill dispensers with very minimal delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: In Touch Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Mitch Gaffigan
  • Patent number: 11476228
    Abstract: A method and system for heat bonding a chip to a substrate by means of heat bonding material disposed there between. At least the substrate is preheated from an initial temperature to an elevated temperature below a damage temperature of the substrate. A light pulse applied to the chip momentarily increases the chip temperature to a pulsed peak temperature below a peak damage temperature of the chip. The momentarily increased pulsed peak temperature of the chip causes a flow of conducted heat from the chip to the bonding material, causing the bonding material to form a bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Gari Arutinov, Edsger Constant Pieter Smits, Jeroen van den Brand
  • Patent number: 11456348
    Abstract: A display device includes a substrate, a pixel, an encapsulation film, a sensing electrode, a pad, a connection wire, and an extension pattern. The substrate include a display area, a non-display area outside the display area, an additional area at a side of the non-display area, and a bending area defined in at least a portion of the additional area. The pixel is on the display area. The encapsulation film is on the pixel. The sensing electrode is on the encapsulation film. The pad is on the additional area. The connection wire is on the non-display area and is directly connected to the sensing electrode. The extension pattern directly connects the pad and the connection wire to each other. The extension pattern traverses the bending area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki Ho Bang, Eun Hye Kim, Eun Ae Jung, Won Suk Choi
  • Patent number: 11383455
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a method for manufacturing a 3D structure includes: making a plurality of single piece molds having a same surface shape as a portion of a surface of the 3D structure; making a plurality of exterior members having the same surface as the portion of the surface of the 3D structure by using the respective single piece molds; and forming the 3D structure by connecting the plurality of exterior members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBIBLE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Won Seok Park
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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