With Formation Of Lamina Of Continuous Length By Molding Or Casting On Endless Carrier Patents (Class 156/231)
  • Patent number: 10694804
    Abstract: Footwear fabrication methods are disclosed, having reduced material consumption and/or waste requirements, compared to conventional methods, as well as the footwear articles made by such methods. The fabrication methods and articles are characterized by the selective use of a bonding agent, in the form of a powder or tackified (e.g., preheated) powder, to bond various material panels, such substrate, mesh, and/or skin panels in the formation of a composite panel (e.g., a bonded mesh composite panel), which may in turn be used to provide a footwear upper and ultimately an article of footwear. The bonding agent is particularly applicable to fabrication processes utilizing a combination of heat and pressure for bonding or fusing material panels, each having a suitable composition, size, shape, and thickness, into the particular configuration of the footwear upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Lyttle, Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10607883
    Abstract: A semiconductor device having a semiconductor element (a thin film transistor, a thin film diode, a photoelectric conversion element of silicon PIN junction, or a silicon resistor element) which is light-weight, flexible (bendable), and thin as a whole is provided as well as a method of manufacturing the semiconductor device. In the present invention, the element is not formed on a plastic film. Instead, a flat board such as a substrate is used as a form, the space between the substrate (third substrate (17)) and a layer including the element (peeled layer (13)) is filled with coagulant (typically an adhesive) that serves as a second bonding member (16), and the substrate used as a form (third substrate (17)) is peeled off after the adhesive is coagulated to hold the layer including the element (peeled layer (13)) by the coagulated adhesive (second bonding member (16)) alone. In this way, the present invention achieves thinning of the film and reduction in weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Maruyama, Toru Takayama, Yuugo Goto
  • Patent number: 10547044
    Abstract: A dry electrode manufacturing process employed for low cost battery through a dry mixing and formation process. A thermal activation renders the dry fabricated electrode comparable to conventional slurry casted electrodes. The dry electrode mixture results from a combination of a plurality of types of constituent particles, including at least an active charge material and a binder, and typically a conductive material such as carbon. The process heats the deposited mixture to a moderate temperature for activating the binder for adhering the mixture to the substrate; and compresses the deposited mixture to a thickness for achieving an electrical sufficiency of the compressed, deposited mixture as a charge material in a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignees: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, The Curators of the University of Missouri
    Inventors: Yan Wang, Zhangfeng Zheng, Brandon Ludwig, Heng Pan
  • Patent number: 10518388
    Abstract: A coated abrasive article maker apparatus including a first web path guiding a production tool such that it wraps a portion of the outer circumference of an abrasive particle transfer roll; a second web path for a resin coated backing guiding the resin coated backing such that it wraps a portion of the outer circumference of the abrasive particle transfer roll with the resin layer positioned facing the dispensing surface of the production tool this is positioned between the resin coated backing and the outer circumference of the abrasive particle transfer roll; and wherein abrasive particles are transferred from cavities in the production tool to the resin coated backing as the resin coated backing and the production tool traverse around the abrasive particle transfer roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott R. Culler, John T. Boden, Steven J. Keipert, Negus B. Adefris, Karan Jindal, Aaron K. Nienaber, David L. Morrison, Peter T. Benson, Pratik Pranay, Bradford B. Wright
  • Patent number: 10295818
    Abstract: A flexible display device includes a flexible display panel and a window member. The flexible display device includes a folding area and a peripheral area disposed adjacent to the folding area. The window member includes at least first and second base layers. The second base layer is overlapped with the first base layer and has a modulus of elasticity that is higher than that of the first base layer. A thickness of a first portion of the first base layer, which is overlapped with the folding area, is greater than a thickness of a second portion of the first base layer, which is overlapped with the peripheral area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: SeungWook Nam, Kyu Young Kim, Ahyoung Kim, Gui-Nam Min, Kyu-taek Lee, Yong Cheol Jeong, Soyeon Han
  • Patent number: 10093074
    Abstract: A flexible window and flexible display are disclosed. In one aspect, the flexible window includes a first film having a first Young's modulus, a second film positioned over the first film and having a second Young's modulus that is greater than the first Young's modulus, and a first adhesive layer interposed between the first film and the second film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Wook Nam, Ah Young Kim, Yong Cheol Jeong, Heon Jung Shin
  • Patent number: 9949524
    Abstract: Footwear fabrication methods are disclosed, having reduced material consumption and/or waste requirements, compared to conventional methods, as well as the footwear articles made by such methods. The fabrication methods and articles are characterized by the selective use of a bonding agent, in the form of a powder or tackified (e.g., preheated) powder, to bond various material panels, such substrate, mesh, and/or skin panels in the formation of a composite panel (e.g., a bonded mesh composite panel), which may in turn be used to provide a footwear upper and ultimately an article of footwear. The bonding agent is particularly applicable to fabrication processes utilizing a combination of heat and pressure for bonding or fusing material panels, each having a suitable composition, size, shape, and thickness, into the particular configuration of the footwear upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Lyttle, Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 9860430
    Abstract: A sensor system assembly for a grille of a motor vehicle includes a camera, a cover assembly, and a radar unit covered by the cover assembly. The cover assembly includes a first thermoplastic layer having an outer edge and an inner edge defining a first opening for receiving the camera, a second thermoplastic layer having an outer edge and an inner edge defining a second opening for receiving the camera, the second opening being aligned with the first opening, the outer edge of the second thermoplastic layer being interlocked with outer edge of the first thermoplastic layer, and the inner edge of the second thermoplastic layer being interlocked with the inner edge of the first thermoplastic layer, and an emblem between the first thermoplastic layer and the second thermoplastic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian A. Penza, Ryan L. Kabbes, Erich W. Bauer, Patrick M. Shafer
  • Patent number: 9821524
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a raw blank of a tyre includes using a calender to produce a ply. The calender includes two rollers with a gap situated therebetween. A ply that includes a first rubber material is formed in the gap of the calender, with a bead of the first rubber material being formed upstream of the gap. The bead and the gap of the calender are fed with a second rubber material, different from the first rubber material, to form at least one insert in the ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN, MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: Franck Denavit, Christian Beccavin, Michael Petrovich, Patrice Monnereau
  • Patent number: 9717273
    Abstract: There is provided a method of manufacturing a combustible heat source having a barrier, the method including providing a mold defining a cavity; placing a particulate component in the mold cavity; placing a laminar component, adjacent the mold, to cover the cavity opening; and compressing the particulate component to form the combustible heat source, wherein, during the compression step, the barrier is formed by punching the laminar component using a punch and the mold, the punch acting on the barrier to compress the particulate component and affix the barrier to the combustible heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Laurent Edouard Poget, Oleg Mironov, Guenter Rinn, Hans Lippert
  • Patent number: 9573359
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing and transferring diffractive microstructures to a printing material include applying a fluid to an embossing cylinder and there, during the rotation of the embossing cylinder, solidifying the fluid to such an extent that the fluid is transferred to a printing material in the manner of a film with a solidified microstructure. The embossing cylinder has a cover which is preferably constructed to be either soft as a “flexoshim” or hard as a “nickel shim.” A web-fed or sheet-fed rotary printing press having the device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Immanuel Fergen, Martin Schmitt-Lewen, Andreas Henn, Joachim Sonnenschein, Karl-Heinz Walther, Thorsten Euler, Martin Haas, Evgeny Kurmakaev, Marcel Mahner
  • Patent number: 9370855
    Abstract: A structured abrasive article having an extensible base member; a three-dimensional element including abrasive particles and binder therefore; and a resin layer that binds the extensible base member and the three-dimensional element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michihiro Ohishi, Yoko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9340712
    Abstract: An adhesive material comprises a polymeric component, a heat conductive filler and a curing agent. The polymeric component comprises 30%-60% by volume of the adhesive material, and comprises thermoset epoxy resin and polymeric modifier configured to improve impact resistance of the thermoset epoxy resin. The polymeric modifier comprises thermoplastic, rubber or the mixture thereof. The polymeric modifier comprises 4%-45% by volume of the polymeric component. The heat conductive filler is evenly dispersed in the polymeric component, and comprises 40%-70% by volume of the adhesive material. The curing agent is capable of curing the thermoset epoxy resin at a temperature below 140° C. The adhesive material has a heat conductivity greater than 3 W/m-K.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: POLYTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Kuo Hsun Chen, Meng Chun Ko, Yi An Sha, Hsiang Yun Yang
  • Patent number: 9259907
    Abstract: A first process for making labels comprises the steps of feeding a laminated combination of a face stock and a process liner to a cutting station such as a microperforator or die-cutter and thereafter stripping the process liner from the face stock and further processing the face stock. The process liner may be recycled and reused. A second method includes all of the steps described above along with the further step of laminating the cut or perforated face stock, immediately after stripping off the process liner, to a second lighter liner which carries the face stock, minus the web or matrix of waste material, to a roller. A complete description of the machinery is given herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: ETI Converting Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic LaBrie, Yves St-Amant, Francois Bayzelon
  • Patent number: 9254627
    Abstract: There is provided a manufacturing method for a transparent substrate excellent in bending property, flexibility, impact resistance, and external appearance. A manufacturing method for a transparent substrate according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a step A of applying a thermoplastic resin (A) composition solution onto a support backing having solvent permeability to form an applied layer; a step B of attaching at least one surface of an inorganic glass and the applied layer to each other via an adhesive composition to form a laminate; a step C of subjecting the laminate to a first heat treatment to reduce an amount of a solvent remaining in the applied layer to a predetermined amount; and a step D including peeling the support backing from the laminate and subjecting the resultant to a second heat treatment to dry the applied layer, thereby forming a thermoplastic resin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Hattori, Takeshi Murashige, Tadayuki Kameyama
  • Patent number: 8980038
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a method for producing a membrane electrode assembly with excellent electrode transfer ability to electrolyte membrane. Disclosed is a method for producing a membrane electrode assembly, the assembly comprising an electrolyte membrane and an electrode which are attached to each other, the method comprising: a hot pressing step in which an electrolyte membrane and an electrode, the electrode comprising an electroconductive material and an electrolyte resin and being formed on a flexible substrate, are hot pressed to produce a laminate in which the electrolyte membrane, the electrode and the flexible substrate are laminated in this order, and a bending step in which the laminate is bent so that the flexible substrate side becomes concave, thereby removing the flexible substrate from the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Yamaue, Shigeaki Murata, Masahiro Imanishi, Shigeki Hasegawa, Ryoichi Nanba, Kyohei Kadota
  • Publication number: 20150043072
    Abstract: A method for producing a long retardation film having an optical axis in an oblique direction relative to the length direction of the long retardation film is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Mitsutaka SASE, Nobuyuki HATANAKA, Tadahiro KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20150024149
    Abstract: The polarizing plate has a high contrast and little image inconsistency (corner inconsistency) as well as curl stability and durability under a high-temperature and high-humidity environment. The polarizing plate is a laminate of a substrate with a hard coat layer and a polarizer. The polarizer is formed by applying a stretching process after laminating a hydrophilic polymer layer on which a dichroic material is absorded, onto a thermoplastic resin layer by a coating technique. The thickness of the hydrophilic polymer layer is within the range of 0.5 to 10 ?m and the thickness of the hard coat layer is within the range of 1.0 to 5.0 ?m. The substrate having the hard coat layer satisfies a condition prescribed by the following formula (1): Formula (1): 3<T<18, where T (N/10 mm)=(tensile strength)×(rupture elongation)1/2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Watanabe, Kentaro Yano
  • Publication number: 20150023858
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to methods of forming a reinforcing material by: (1) depositing a first material onto a catalyst surface; and (2) forming a second material on the catalyst surface, where the second material is derived from and associated with the first material. In some embodiments, the first material includes, without limitation, carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoribbons, boron nitride nanotubes, chalcogenide nanotubes, carbon onions, and combinations thereof. In some embodiments, the formed second material includes, without limitation, graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, chalcogenides, and combinations thereof. In additional embodiments, the methods of the present disclosure also include a step of separating the formed reinforcing material from the catalyst surface, and transferring the separated reinforcing material onto a substrate without the use of polymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: William Marsh Rice University
    Inventors: James M. Tour, Zheng Yan, Zhiwei Peng, Robert H. Hauge, Yilun Li
  • Patent number: 8916012
    Abstract: The present invention provides a nonwoven substrate comprising a fibrous web defining a surface; and a layer of a benefit agent wherein said benefit agent is selected from an additive composition, an enhancement component and combinations thereof; wherein said benefit agent is frothed and bonded to the fibrous web surface through a creping process. Additionally, the present invention provides for a method of creping a nonwoven substrate and also provides for a nonwoven substrate comprising an adhesive film of an aqueous, frothed, benefit agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Qin, Deborah J. Calewarts, Jeffrey F. Jurena, Keyur M. Desai, Donald E. Waldroup
  • Patent number: 8906182
    Abstract: A method for preparing a composite fabric includes: casting a foamed liquid adhesive onto a smooth release-coated web; applying a fabric to the wet adhesive; fixing the adhesive to the fabric by drying; removing the release-coated web from the adhesive coated intermediate; depositing onto an embossed casting substrate a layer of liquid skin coat composition; applying the porous adhesive layer of the adhesive-coated intermediate to the wet skin layer; drying to fix the skin layer to the adhesive-coated intermediate; and separating the embossed casting substrate from the dried composite to provide the composite fabric. The resulting composite fabrics look and feel like soft shell composite fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dartex Coatings, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas C. Colasanto
  • Patent number: 8906183
    Abstract: A photochromic polyurethane laminate that is constructed to solve certain manufacturing difficulties involved in the production of plastic photochromic lenses is disclosed. The photochromic laminate includes at least two layers of a resinous material and a photochromic polyurethane layer that is interspersed between the two resinous layers and which contains photochromic compounds. The polyurethane layer is formed by curing a mixture of a solid thermoplastic polyurethane, at least one isocyanate prepolymer, at least one photochromic compound, and a stabilizing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Insight Equity A.P.X, LP
    Inventors: Xuzhi Qin, Hideyo Sugimura, Michael S. Boulineau
  • Publication number: 20140356728
    Abstract: A thin film production apparatus of the present invention includes: a substrate feeding mechanism configured to continuously feed a substrate; a substrate receiving mechanism configured to receive the substrate; a substrate conveying mechanism; a film formation roller; a first film formation source configured to form a first thin film on a film formation surface of the substrate traveling on an upstream side of the film formation roller in a substrate conveyance direction along the substrate conveying mechanism; and a second film formation source configured to form a second thin film on a roller circumferential surface of the film formation roller. The film formation roller is placed so that a surface of the second thin film is joined in a face-to-face manner to a surface of the first thin film formed on the substrate. The substrate receiving mechanism winds thereon or stores therein the substrate, the first thin film, and the second thin film which have been integrated together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi HONDA
  • Patent number: 8882951
    Abstract: A method for producing an analysis tape for fluid samples, in particular body fluids, is proposed. The method comprises providing a laminate tape having a laminate carrier tape and at least one diagnostic functional layer, and cutting the laminate tape in such a way that a diagnostic auxiliary label arises; transferring the diagnostic auxiliary label to a vacuum roller; and transferring the diagnostic auxiliary label to a carrier tape. In general, at least one vacuum roller is used for the transfer of the diagnostic auxiliary label to the carrier tape. The cutting of the diagnostic functional layer is effected in such a way that a free end of the diagnostic functional layer is lifted off from the laminate carrier tape by guiding the laminate carrier tape around a cutting edge with a small radius, wherein the diagnostic functional layer is cut at a predetermined distance from the lifted off free end by means of a cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralf Dagenbach, Daniel Aigl, Wolfgang Ditscher, Peter Stubenbord, Ronald Hofstadt, Andreas Krontal, Stefan Link, Klaus Lurg, Stefan Pflaesterer, Andreas Trapp, Eric Voelschow, Peter Vetter, Ulf Sprung
  • Publication number: 20140242354
    Abstract: Provided are an encapsulation film formed by stacking at least one bilayer including a thin layer composed of graphene oxide or reduced graphene oxide and an organic polymer layer and a method for forming the same. Since the encapsulation film is formed by stacking at least one bilayer including a thin layer composed of graphene oxide or reduced graphene oxide, the encapsulation film can represent an excellent blocking property with respect to oxygen and moisture. Parallel diffusion of the oxygen and the moisture in the encapsulation film may be significantly limited by maximizing a thickness of the organic polymer layer formed between the thin layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicants: Jae-Sang RO
    Inventors: Keun Soo LEE, Jae-Sang RO
  • Publication number: 20140215850
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for production of artificial leather comprising top coat, polyurethane layer and optional substrate layer, said process comprising i) providing a release layer, ii) applying one or more than one layer of a top coat to the release layer to an overall top coat layer thickness in the range from 1 to 500 ?m, iii) applying first polyurethane system components comprising an isocyanate component (A) and a polyol component (B) to the top coat to form a first polyurethane layer, wherein the isocyanate index of the first polyurethane system components is in the range from 101 to 140, iv) optionally applying further polyurethane system components to the first polyurethane layer to form further polyurethane layers, v) optionally applying a substrate layer to the polyurethane system components, vi) curing the polyurethane system components to form a polyurethane layer, and vii) separating the release layer from the top coat, wherein the overall thickness of the first and optional
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Franz Xaver Redl, Andreas Emge, YueXia Feng, Cheun-Gwo Chen, Xiao-Kun Yang, Oliver Reese
  • Patent number: 8709192
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective cover sheet comprising a low birefringence protective polymer film and a layer that promotes adhesion to poly(vinyl alcohol), the protective cover sheet comprising at least one functional layer containing a UV-absorbing polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Yongcai Wang, Hwei-Ling Yau, Timothy J. Hubert, Alain E. Gros, Timothy C. Schunk, Paul M. Hoderlein
  • Patent number: 8661634
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flexible piezoelectric device including laminating a first metal layer on a silicon oxide layer on a silicon substrate. The method further includes laminating a device on the first metal layer and annealing the first metal layer to oxidize the first metal into a first metal oxide. The method further includes etching the first metal oxide to separate the device from the silicon oxide layer and transferring the separated device to a flexible substrate using a transfer layer. The metal oxide layer laminated on the silicon substrate is etched to separate the device from the substrate. As a result, physical damage of the silicon substrate is prevented and a cost of using expensive single-crystal silicon substrate is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Keon Jae Lee, Suk Joong L. Kang, Jaemyung Chang, Kwi-il Park, Seungjun Kim, Sang Yong Lee
  • Publication number: 20140034223
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to the targeted deposition of particles below 100 microns onto a substrate such as a film, tape, adhesive, fabric, fibers or a combination thereof. The targeted deposition may be accomplished by a dual-component electro-static deposition process. In one embodiment, the substrate having at least one layer of particles thereon may be combined with a prepreg. Prepregs manufactured according to embodiments of the invention may be used to manufacture composites with more robust mechanical and strength characteristics relative to conventional composites manufactured using conventional prepregs in addition to providing improved processed performance during the manufacture of the particle-coated substrate. In another embodiment, targeted deposition may be applied directly to a composite article to achieve similar benefits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Cytec Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Scott Alfred Rogers, Mark Roman, Abdel Qader Abusafieh
  • Patent number: 8545661
    Abstract: A process for the manufacture of organically developable, photopolymerizable flexographic elements on flexible metallic supports by coating a flexible metallic support with a tack-free adhesive coating composition which is insoluble and non-swelling in printing inks and organic developers, attaching an elastomeric, photopolymerizable layer to a protective film, and laminating the photopolymerizable layer to the metallic support coated with said adhesive coating composition. A photopolymerizable flexographic element comprising a photopolymerizable layer which is attached to a metallic support by means of a tack-free adhesive film that is non-swelling and insoluble in printing inks and organic developers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: XSYS Print Solutions Deutschland, GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Knöll, Thomas Telser, Hans Menn
  • Patent number: 8518202
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatae used to prepare a shaped and molded multilayered article formed from a heated thermoplastic sheet and a first plastic sheet that are driven into melt-bonding contact by a stream of gas. The method involves applying a stream of gas (450) against the first surface (417) of a first plastic sheet (411) so as to drive a second surface (420) of the first plastic sheet against and into contact with the first surface (432) of a heated thermoplastic sheet (423) as the heated thermoplastic sheet is formed (e.g., extends downstream from the sheet slot 426 of a sheet die 429). The second surface of the first plastic sheet is defined by a thermoplastic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: LRM Industries International, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Leslie Polk, Albert H. Berghuis, Dale E. Polk, Jr., Victor Wolynski
  • Publication number: 20130126077
    Abstract: A photochromic polyurethane laminate that is constructed to solve certain manufacturing difficulties involved in the production of plastic photochromic lenses is disclosed. The photochromic laminate includes at least two layers of a resinous material and a photochromic polyurethane layer that is interspersed between the two resinous layers and which contains photochromic compounds. The polyurethane layer is formed by curing a mixture of a solid thermoplastic polyurethane, at least one isocyanate prepolymer, at least one photochromic compound, and a stabilizing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Xuzhi Qin, Hideyo Sugimura, Michael S. Boulineau
  • Patent number: 8435373
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed by which patterns of various materials can be formed on flexible substrates by a continuous roll-to-roll manufacturing process. The patterns may include metallic, transparent conductive, or non-metallic elements with lateral dimensions including in the range from below 100 nanometers to millimeters and with thickness dimensions including the range from tens of Angstroms to greater than 10,000 Angstroms. The substrate may be any material capable of sufficient flexibility for compatibility with roll-based processing equipment, including polymeric films, metallic foils, and thin glass, with polymeric films representing a particularly broad field of application. Methods may include the continuous roll-to-roll formation of a temporary polymeric structure with selected areas open to the underlying substrate, the continuous addition or subtraction of constituent materials, and the continuous removal, where necessary, of the polymeric structure and any excess material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Microcontinumm, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Dennis Slafer
  • Patent number: 8430987
    Abstract: A method for applying markings to substrate surfaces by means of a transfer method, whereby a transfer layer located on a pre-printed release carrier film is transferred from the film onto the substrate surface, creating an adhesive image which has to be destroyed to be removed. The transfer layer comprises at least one RFD module comprising of an RFD chip and an antenna which is printed onto the release carrier film. Preferably, the RFD module is applied to a covering film sheet that can be removed from the release carrier film during transfer, and can be stuck to the substrate surface in an air-tight and water-tight manner after the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Gisela Simons
  • Publication number: 20130075013
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system comprising a transfer medium configured to receive the layers from a imaging engine, a heater configured to heat the layers on the transfer medium, and a layer transfusion assembly that includes a build platform, and is configured to transfuse the heated layers onto the build platform in a layer-by-layer manner to print a three-dimensional part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: STRATASYS, INC.
    Inventor: Stratasys, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8404067
    Abstract: A production method according to the present invention is characterized in that the method comprises a step of obtaining a vinyl chloride resin paste sol by mixing a plasticizer and a vinyl chloride resin, a granulated material mixing step of mixing a granulated material having a grain size of 300 ?m or less obtained by granulating a discarded carpet material containing a vinyl chloride resin with the vinyl chloride resin paste sol, a filling material adding step of obtaining a backing composition by mixing an inorganic filling material with a paste sol obtained at the granulated material mixing step, and a step of integrally laminating the backing composition on a back surface of a surface skin member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Suminoe Textile Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideshi Yoshii
  • Publication number: 20130032277
    Abstract: There is provided a manufacturing method for a transparent substrate excellent in bending property, flexibility, impact resistance, and external appearance. A manufacturing method for a transparent substrate according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a step A of applying a thermoplastic resin (A) composition solution onto a support backing having solvent permeability to form an applied layer; a step B of attaching at least one surface of an inorganic glass and the applied layer to each other via an adhesive composition to form a laminate; a step C of subjecting the laminate to a first heat treatment to reduce an amount of a solvent remaining in the applied layer to a predetermined amount; and a step D including peeling the support backing from the laminate and subjecting the resultant to a second heat treatment to dry the applied layer, thereby forming a thermoplastic resin layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Hattori, Takeshi Murashige, Tadayuki Kameyama
  • Patent number: 8050799
    Abstract: A method for determining of spraying parameters for controlling a painting appliance which sprays and is moved over an area to be painted, in particular a robot with a painting application. A known spraying map is produced, using known spraying parameters and paint amount, for a predetermined movement speed of the painting appliance, and a paint amount is matched to a new movement speed in comparison to the predetermined movement speed. Furthermore, new spraying parameters are calculated for the adapted paint amount, while maintaining a spraying map which is similar to the known spraying map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: ABB Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Eickmeyer, Gunter Boerner
  • Publication number: 20110247859
    Abstract: The manufacture of a submillimetric grid includes the production of a mask having submillimetric openings, referred to as a network mask, on the main face, from a solution of colloidal nanoparticles with a given glass transition temperature Tg, the drying of the masking layer at a temperature below the Tg; the formation of the electroconductive grid from the network mask including in this order: deposition of at least one electroconductive material, referred to as grid material, having an electricity resistivity of less than 10?5 ohm.cm; removal of the masking layer, revealing the mother grid; optional deposition, by electrodeposition, of an electroconductive material, referred to as overgrid material, the surface subjacent to the mother grid then being dielectric; a detachment, of the mother grid or the overgrid, of a thickness of at least 500 nm. The invention also relates to the detached grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Georges Zagdoun, Bernard Nghiem, Emmanuel Valentin, Eddy Royer
  • Patent number: 8012290
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a heating station, a laminating and transfer-printing station, and a molding station in succession, and a transport arrangement that transports the material being processed among the stations. In the heating station, a substrate is pre-heated and consolidated. In the laminating and transfer-printing station, a decorative cover layer is laminated onto the substrate and simultaneously a surface decoration (design, pattern, image, colors, text, etc.) is transfer-printed by sublimation of inks or dyes from a transfer paper onto an outer surface of the decorative cover layer. The resulting laminated body with a transfer-printed surface decoration is then three-dimensionally deformed and molded to form a three-dimensionally contoured, molded, laminated article with the transfer-printed surface decoration. The article may be a motor vehicle interior trim component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Herbert Olbrich GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gerhard Spengler
  • Patent number: 7998301
    Abstract: Techniques to apply a label to an object are described. In one embodiment, the label application system can include a magazine, an indexer, a separator, an applicator and an impressor. The magazine may hold one or more sets of contiguous labels. The indexer advances a label from the contiguous set of labels. The separator separates the label from the contiguous set of labels. The applicator may apply adhesive to the separated label or, alternatively, a substrate of the object. The impressor presses the label onto the desired object to complete the attachment process. In one embodiment the indexer is mechanically implemented. Alternatively, the indexer can receive control signals from a processor which control the movement of the indexer through the desired indexing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Denholm, John C. Ford
  • Patent number: 7998298
    Abstract: The invention is aimed at shortening time and reducing labor in a work of fitting a multiplicity of cords, respectively, into grooves of a grooved press roll and of a grooved comb roll to align the same in a calender apparatus, in which rubber is topped on the multiplicity of cords as aligned, in an aligning work, the multiplicity of cords are first fitted into grooves on an upper surface side of the comb roll to be aligned, the press roll is then displaced to an alignment transfer position from a standby position close to a topping roll to be opposed to the upper surface side of the comb roll to thereby transfer an aligned state of the cords fitted into the grooves of the comb roll to the press roll as it is to fit the respective cords into grooves of the press roll and to displace the press roll to the standby position while maintaining the fitted state, to set the cords in an aligned state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Tatara, Tomoyuki Takatsuka, Hirokatsu Mizukusa, Osamu Fujiki
  • Patent number: 7993478
    Abstract: A method for applying multiple polymeric coatings onto a fibrous substrate. More particularly, a method for applying multiple polymeric coatings onto fibrous substrates without regard to chemical or physical incompatibilities of the polymeric coating materials. A first polymeric material is applied onto at least one fibrous substrate, and a second polymeric material is applied onto a support. The fibrous substrate and support are joined, contacting the first polymeric material with the second polymeric material, followed by separating the support from the fibrous substrate, such that at least a portion of the second polymeric material remains on the first polymeric material on the fibrous substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry G. Ardiff, Brian D. Arvidson, Ashok Bhatnagar, Lori L. Wagner, Duane R. Prior
  • Patent number: 7964052
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a multi-layered preform molding material includes a reinforcement material and a resin material. The apparatus includes a mechanism for joining the reinforcement layers together by impregnation of the resin material into the reinforcement material to form the molding material, thereby obviating the need for any additional bonding to join the individual reinforcement layers before impregnation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Gurit (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Jeremy Dolby
  • Patent number: 7799163
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for preparing a substrate-supported aligned carbon nanotube film including: synthesizing a layer of aligned carbon nanotubes on the substrate capable of supporting nanotube growth, applying a layer of a second substrate to a top surface of aligned carbon nanotube layer, removing said substrate capable of supporting nanotube growth to provide an aligned carbon nanotube film supported on said second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: University of Dayton
    Inventors: Albert Mau, Li-ming Dai, Shaoming Huang
  • Publication number: 20100230038
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods of printing using ink-jet technology and offset printing capabilities are provided. The method can comprise jetting an ink onto a printing blanket, where the ink comprises a carrier and a pigment colorant, and where the carrier substantially free of polymers. Additional steps include developing the ink to create a print image on the printing blanket; applying a layer of wetting fluid to a surface of a print medium, where the surface includes a coating comprising a polymer; heating the surface to a print-receptive temperature that is lower than the softening temperature of the polymer, causing softening of the polymer; and transferring the print image from the printing blanket to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Omer Gila, Napoleon J. Leoni
  • Patent number: 7763190
    Abstract: Tough decorative printable film products having holographic-type images are provided that are low in cost. These film products include a relatively high temperature film that is made by continuous extrusion of the film resin onto a master film having pre-etched holographic-type imaging in order to provide a high-temperature primary film with conforming holographic imaging. This primary film provides a tough holographic-type image that is readily secured to any number of products to impart a holographic character to them. For example, this primary film is suitable for use on the surface of recreational sportsboards. When desired, sublimation printing can be used to impart indicia, text, images and colors, alone or in combination, to the primary film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Transilwrap Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Albert, Robert C. Flaherty
  • Patent number: 7709070
    Abstract: Articles for applying color on a surface comprise a sheet of dry color component and an adhesive on one surface of the sheet of dry color component. The article further includes a releasable liner, and the sheet of dry color component is arranged between the releasable liner and the adhesive. Methods for providing a substantially permanent color effect on an architectural surface comprise delivering such an article to the architectural surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Von Adoniram Kinsey, Shawn Christopher Pallotta, Michael John O'Brien, Andrew Julian Wnuk, John William Toussant, Robert Lawrence Prosise
  • Publication number: 20100101709
    Abstract: The invention provides a process to deliver an elastomeric composition to a substrate. The elastomeric composition is cooled. The cooling also results in substantially complete transfer of the elastomeric composition from the pattern roll to the substrate with a resulting reduction in elastomer degradation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Kenneth Stephen McGuire, Mary Lee Amirpour, Urmish Popatlal Dalal, Fred Naval Desai, Charles Bruce Lambert, David Richard Tucker
  • Publication number: 20100092735
    Abstract: The present invention provides a masking media for heat activated graphics. The masking media includes a film having a first release surface, an opposite. treated surface, and a two-part adhesive applied to the treated surface. The adhesive is adapted to secure graphics to the film to enable the graphics to be hot-pressed onto a fabric substrate. The adhesive includes acrylic and isocyanate in a ratio of isocyanate to acrylic of at least about 1.1%. The media can be wound upon itself with the adhesive contacting the release surface and subsequently being unwound with the adhesive releasing from the release surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Witold S. Perlinski, Philip J. Iwinski