In Configured Mold Patents (Class 156/245)
  • Patent number: 11478967
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a plastic part forming a human-machine control interface includes formation of a decorative film, formation of a technical film including a layer of haptic actuators and a layer of capacitive sensors, assembly to form an interface film, positioning in an injection mould, including an upper portion and a lower portion including a moveable support pad capable of coming into contact with the interface film such that a thickness is left free between the interface film and the lower portion of the injection mould outside of the support pad, injection of a plastic material into the free thickness on either side of the support pad, and opening of the injection mould and ejection of the plastic part formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignees: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, SYMBIOSE
    Inventors: Antoine Latour, Antoine Gras, Sebastien Pawlak
  • Patent number: 11426951
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for utilizing pellet-loaded bladders to consolidate and/or harden composite parts. One embodiment is a method for fabricating a composite part. The method includes laying up a preform that is made of fiber reinforced material and that includes a cavity, inserting one or more bladders that are loaded with expandable pellets into the cavity, inflating the bladders in response to a triggering condition, consolidating the preform while the bladders are inflated, deflating the bladders, and removing the bladders from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Xiaoxi Wang, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 11396153
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, devices, and systems for manufacturing wind turbine blades which in some instances require using new blade joint designs. The blade joint designs described herein may allow for contact in places where welds will be made, which allows for existing manufacturing tolerances to be used while still enabling the use of thermal welding for wind turbine blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Robynne E. Murray, Joseph Owen Roberts, Ryan Andrew Beach, Jason Markos Roadman
  • Patent number: 11387395
    Abstract: A lighting device disclosed in an embodiment of the invention includes a substrate; a plurality of light emitting devices disposed on the substrate; a resin layer disposed on the substrate and the plurality of light emitting devices and including a lens portion; and a plurality of recess portions that seal a periphery of each of the light emitting devices and form a space spaced apart between the lens portion and the substrate. The resin layer includes a flat upper surface and a lower surface disposed on the substrate, and the lens portion may include a protrusion portion protruding toward a central portion of the light emitting device, a first incident surface having a convex curved surface around the protrusion portion, and a second incident surface extending perpendicular to the substrate from a lower portion of the first incident surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Duk Hyun Yun, Dong Il Eom
  • Patent number: 11357999
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure relates to an electronic device, and more particularly, to an electronic device that may include: a substrate; a plurality of light emitting devices, disposed on the substrate; a wavelength converting layer, disposed on the substrate, wherein the plurality of the light emitting devices emit a light of same color, wherein light emitted from the light emitting devices is converted by going through the wavelength converting layer, wherein the converted light is extracted to outside of the electronic device, and has a wavelength longer than that of the light emitted from the light emitting devices. Through this, an electronic device can be provided emitting light having a wavelength from which effects of inflammation treatments and skin regeneration can be acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: JungHyoung Lee, Jaemin Moon, Jina You
  • Patent number: 11305823
    Abstract: An assembly for utility truck bodies having metal and/or composite reinforcement(s) and/or foam reinforcements and/or honeycomb reinforcements and/or wood reinforcements encapsulated within a thermoformed thermoplastic, or thermoset or fiber-reinforced thermoset walking surface floor structure of the truck bed assembly or other composite floor structure with attachable components and junctions, e.g., sidepack(s), and methods of making the same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: ALTEC INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan J. McKinney, Austin Graham, Kyle E. Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 11279096
    Abstract: A method for welding a first hose end at a joint with a second hose end in a seam that extends on a circumference of the first hose end, the method comprising the steps: applying a protective layer at the joint to an inside of the first hose end; pushing the second hose end beyond the joint over the first hose end; pressing the first hose end and the second hose end together flat at the joint between two first damping jaws that are moved towards each other; welding the first hose end and the second hose end together by two first partial seams while pressed together, wherein the protective layer prevents a welding of the inside of the first hose end; releasing the first hose end and the second hose end from the two first clamping jaws after welding the two first partial seams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TPU Plus GmbH
    Inventor: Patrick Mattfeld
  • Patent number: 11267208
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods of improving manufacture of a composite wind turbine blade are provided to reduce cure time, and minimize consumable waste. After layup of a plurality of fiber panels along a blade mold, a pre-kitted vacuum bag can unrolled and overlaid on top of the fabric panels. The vacuum bag includes a plurality of fluid channels within the bag which have a pre-formed spring element embedded therein to allow for distribution a flowable resin to permeate the fiber panels and form a fiber-reinforced structural component, e.g. wind turbine blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: TPI Composites, Inc.
    Inventor: Karsten Schibsbye
  • Patent number: 11268396
    Abstract: A turbine fan fairing platform is disclosed. The turbine fan fairing platform includes a platform body including a first side portion arranged to abut a first fan blade, a second side portion arranged to abut a second fan blade, and a central portion extending between the first side portion and the second side portion. A seal member is disposed over the platform body. The seal member includes a first side portion over the platform body first side portion, a central portion over the platform body the central portion, and a second side portion over the platform body second side portion. An erosion protection layer is disposed over the seal member over the central portion of the platform body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter Karkos, Darin S. Lussier
  • Patent number: 11267411
    Abstract: A vehicle upholstery member includes a base member extending along a predetermined principal plane. The base member includes multiple regions each having a predetermined basic shape, each of the regions is provided with a flat surface having a center located on a common hypothetical reference plane parallel with the principal plane, and the flat surface of each region forms an angle relative to the hypothetical reference plane such that the flat surface of the region extends in a tangential direction of a three-dimensional hypothetical surface defined along the principal plane at a position corresponding to the center of the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Takase, Ikuo Shimada
  • Patent number: 11260639
    Abstract: The present document describes an apparatus for reducing fabric dimpling in electronic devices and associated methods. The apparatus is used during assembly to prevent fabric, which is stretched over a perforated part (e.g., speaker housing), from dimpling into the holes (e.g., perforations) of the perforated part. The apparatus includes protrusions (e.g., pins), which act as a negative of the holes in the perforated part, to support the fabric as it is stretched over the perforated part. In particular, the protrusions are inserted through the perforations via an interior surface of the perforated part such that the protrusions are “proud” (slightly projecting from a surface) with respect to an exterior surface of the perforated part. The proudness of the protrusions may vary based on a degree of curvature of the perforated part at a location corresponding to a respective protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Phanindraja Ancha, Yu Wei Chen, Brian Huynh
  • Patent number: 11241842
    Abstract: Methods for microwave melting of fiber mixtures to form composite materials include placing the fiber mixture in a receptacle located in a microwave oven. The methods further include microwave heating the mixture, causing a heat activated compression mechanism to automatically increase compressive force on the mixture, thereby eliminating air and void volumes. The heat activated compression mechanism can include a shape memory alloy wire connecting first and second compression brackets, or one or more ceramic blocks configured to increase in volume and thereby increase compression on the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, inc.
    Inventors: Umesh N. Gandhi, Michael Paul Rowe, Yuyang Song
  • Patent number: 11235538
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling welding. One embodiment is a method for controlling welding of a composite part. The method includes locating a linear fiber optic sensor along a composite part comprising a matrix of thermoplastic reinforced by fibers, measuring temperatures along the weld line via the linear fiber optic sensor, performing induction welding at the composite part along the weld line, determining a continuum of weld temperatures along the weld line, and controlling the induction welding based on the continuum of weld temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Yannick Martijn Buser, Ulrich Sachs, Pedro Pablo Martin Alonso, Francis J. Samalot, Alexander Rubin
  • Patent number: 11230037
    Abstract: This mold device has a rotary core that rotates about a shaft member as a rotation center by being provided with a rotational driving force directly from a rotation driving means. A restriction core is interposed between the rotary core and a mold body to restrict the rotation of the rotary core. That is, the rotary core becomes rotatable when the restriction core is withdrawn from between the rotary core and the mold body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Uchi, Hiroshi Matsushima
  • Patent number: 11214685
    Abstract: A curable organopolysiloxane composition is provided. The curable organopolysiloxane composition comprises: (A) a diorganopolysiloxane having at least two silicon-bonded alkenyl groups per molecule; (B) an organopolysiloxane resin; (C) a mixture of (C1) a diorganopolysiloxane endblocked with silicon-atom bonded hydrogen atoms at both molecular terminals and (C2) an organohydrogenpolysiloxane having at least three silicon-bonded hydrogen atoms per molecule; (D) a polyether having at least one aliphatic unsaturated group per molecule; and (E) a hydrosilylation catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: DOW SILICONES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lei Fang, Qi Chen, Qiang Huang, Yi Zhao
  • Patent number: 11203138
    Abstract: A process and assembly for incorporating a molded automotive fluid dispensing and manifold distribution system into an injection molded panel, including the steps of providing a mold and forming in a first injection molded shot a thermoplastic panel of a first material, opening the mold and positioning against a surface of the panel a previously produced manifold distribution system including at least a main manifold section and at least one branching section communicating with a nozzle outlet and reclosing the mold and subsequently forming in a second injection molded shot a second softer thermoplastic material in order to bond the manifold system to the first show panel. Other steps include forming the manifold distribution system in a secondary cavity with the first shot panel, following which a pick-and-place robot aligns the panel and manifold prior to the shot of softer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: U.S. Farathane Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne Bland
  • Patent number: 11187615
    Abstract: A system for monitoring of the resin front during resin infusion into a fiber preform for the manufacturing of composites. Such monitoring is based on Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry by emitting light pulses through optic fibers which forms a resin infusion mesh in a fiber preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.L.U.
    Inventors: Carlos De Miguel Giraldo, José Sánchez Del Rio Sáez
  • Patent number: 11174647
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a floor panel with a substrate and a top layer of laminate, which floor panel, at one or more edges, is provided with a lower edge region, where the laminate extends in one piece from the actual upper surface of the substrate over the lower edge region at least up to a point. The laminate surface is situated at a level in a horizontal plane which intersects the substrate and that the substrate material, at the location of the lower edge region, has the same or a lower density than at the actual upper surface of the substrate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventor: Christof Vandevoorde
  • Patent number: 11161627
    Abstract: A bond fixture includes a first fixture having a heater and a plurality of clamps. Each of the plurality of clamps includes a first member and a second member rotatable between a first position and a second position. A second fixture includes a root end lift translatable vertically between a retracted position and an extended position and a root end clamp translatable along a horizontal axis. The root end clamp is configured to cooperate with the root end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sven Roy Lofstrom, David Littlejohn, Eric Boyle, Scott Oren Smith
  • Patent number: 11047239
    Abstract: A method of making a master cure tool for applying a texture to an aerodynamic surface includes the steps of: providing a foil which is metallic and has a textured surface; applying the foil to a forming surface of a rigid forming tool which is compound curved, and plastically deforming the foil to conform to the forming surface, so as to define a foil layer; annealing the foil layer using heat or a combination of heat and pressure; and bonding the foil layer to a support body, thereby defining the master cure tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hannah Rice James, Kenneth Paul Zarnoch, Wendy Wenling Lin, Scott Michael Miller, Laura Liou
  • Patent number: 11027311
    Abstract: A flow aid for an infusion arrangement for infiltrating a resin into a fiber material, wherein at least two different resin-permeable plies, which lie atop one another and are joined to one another in the region of their faces lying atop one another, with one ply being a peel ply which on its exposed face is covered sectionally or over the full area with an adhesive agent, which is covered with a removable protective ply, or which can be activated after the mounting of the flow aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Eleftherios Gerolymos
  • Patent number: 11014271
    Abstract: A column or other elongate molded part is molded using an elongate tubular mold having a closed end, an open end, and a flexible sidewall. After the column or other molded part is formed, it is extracted from the mold by pulling the column or other molded part axially through the open end of the mold. The column may be extracted using an expandable plug that is inserted into the interior of the column or other molded part through the open end of the mold. The expandable plug, if used, may be expanded to engage and seal against an inner surface of the elongate molded part. A pressurized gas is introduced into the interior of the elongate molded part through the plug to expand the mold before pulling the column through the open end of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Digger Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Douglas Koren
  • Patent number: 11007732
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a locally-reinforced profile component. The method includes the following steps: providing a primary profile to be reinforced which is made of fiber-reinforced plastic; providing a secondary profile made of plastic for local reinforcement of the primary profile; arranging the secondary profile on an outer surface of the primary profile to create the profile component; heating the profile component (IO); integrally-bonded connecting of the primary profile and the secondary profile by applying pressure to an outer surface and simultaneous use of a counter pressure to apply pressure to an inner surface of the profile component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Clemens Stefanziosa
  • Patent number: 10992199
    Abstract: An insulation system and method are disclosed for insulating formed coils of hydroelectric machines, such as a hydroelectric generator. The system includes strand/turn insulation that may include one or more layers of different materials, depending upon the dielectric requirements. A ground wall insulation is applied over the group of turns. The coil may be sized in a slot cell section. Additional insulation layers are provided, including a slot corona suppression insulation that extends just beyond stator slots, a voltage grading layer, and an armor layer. Time temperature profiles and preheating may be used to cure coil sections via press and heat. The resulting system is suitable for installation in situ, and affords superior resistance to degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Integrated Power Services
    Inventors: Mark D. Nikrant, Donald Dolence, Ray Thomas Reid
  • Patent number: 10965197
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for composing a sleeve assembly suitable for use in containment purposes in high-speed machine that are subjected to high operational temperatures. The method has the steps of providing a composite sleeve and winding at least two layers of woven fabric on top of the composite sleeve and each other, where the woven fabric is impregnated with a thermoset resin. The method additionally has the step of optionally winding a perforated layer on top of an outermost layer of the layers of woven fabric to remove excess resin when the woven fabric is wound over the composite sleeve. The method also includes the steps of wrapping an absorption layer over the composite sleeve for absorbing the excess resin, curing the thermoset resin, and removing the absorption layer and the perforated layer after the curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: ATLAS COPCO AIRPOWER, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP
    Inventor: Aleksandr Pulnikov
  • Patent number: 10953575
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enhancement of vacuum bagging processes for a composite part. One system includes dispensers configured to dispense materials onto a forming tool for a composite part, and a controller. The controller is able to identify a location for placing the composite part on the tool, and to direct the dispensers to lay up a laminate of constituent material for the composite part at the location. The controller is also able to direct the dispensers to spray vacuum bag material atop the laminate to form a vacuum bag that covers the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Keith Daniel Humfeld, Arthur August Rugtvedt, Jeffrey Lynn Duce
  • Patent number: 10954915
    Abstract: Method of bonding a shear web (50) to a wind turbine blade shell (75) and the obtained blade, wherein the shear web (50) comprises a web and a mounting flange (56) oriented transverse to the web (50). The method involves: providing a seal (66, 68) on the mounting flange (56) of the shear web (50) such that when the mounting flange (56) is positioned against the blade shell (75), a cavity (76) is defined by the seal between the mounting flange (56) and the blade shell (75). The air of the cavity (76) is then evacuated and adhesive is injected into the cavity (76). The use of pieces (80) to keep the distance between the mounting flange (56) and the blade shell (75) is preferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Jonathan Smith, Steve Wardropper
  • Patent number: 10953310
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a skateboard, includes steps of: foaming an organic polymer material with steam with a temperature at a range of 160-180° C. to produce a foam board as the internal core board; sending the organic polymer material into an oven for heating to 190-210° C. to perform foam molding; cutting the foam board into an internal core layer; cutting the foam board into an upper surface layer and a lower surface layer; and then adhering the upper surface layer and the lower surface layer with the internal core layer together by EVA resin, and wrapping the internal core layer between the upper surface layer and the lower surface layer; printing a pattern layer on a surface of the plate body by laser printing; and casting a layer of the plastic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Aifu Shen
  • Patent number: 10947855
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reinforcement, containing fibers and resin, for an element made of a composite material, particularly a wind turbine blade, characterized in that the reinforcement is produced by stacking at least two parts produced by pultrusion. A reinforcement, containing fibers and resin, for an element made of a composite material, particularly a wind turbine blade, is characterized in that the reinforcement is produced by stacking at least two parts produced by pultrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: EPSILON COMPOSITE
    Inventors: Stéphane Lull, Denis Ferrer, José Portoles
  • Patent number: 10913207
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a device for producing three-dimensional models, wherein binding/bonding material is applied in layers to a building platform and media are selectively applied which delay or completely prevent the binding of the applied material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: VOXELJET AG
    Inventors: Ingo Ederer, Daniel Günther, Florian Mögele
  • Patent number: 10884163
    Abstract: The disclosed aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane composition is well suited for use in thin, flexible light directing articles to impart flexibility, toughness, or protection to the light directing articles that contain optically active elements. The disclosed aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethanes have improved thermostability at higher temperatures. Specifically, the disclosed aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethanes have a cross-over temperature greater than 110° C. In one embodiment, the cross-over temperature is greater than 130° C. In one embodiment, the cross-over temperature is less than 170° C. and a Tg greater than 35 C and less than 70 C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Bimal V. Thakkar, Jay M. Jennen, Robert D. Hamann, Ryan M. Braun, Robert F. Watkins, Joseph D. Rule, Todd D. Jones, Charlie C. Ho
  • Patent number: 10857757
    Abstract: A reinforcing article includes a porous substrate layer separating a plurality of parallel first continuous fiber elements spaced apart from each other and extending along a first direction from a plurality of parallel second continuous fiber elements spaced apart from each other and extending along a different direction. Each first and second continuous fiber elements include a plurality of parallel and co-extending continuous fibers embedded in a thermoplastic resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Integrated Composite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Clare Hawley, Derek Joel Mazula
  • Patent number: 10850456
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an airfoil element out of composite material, comprises: making a fiber preform (300), said preform being impregnated with resin; polymerizing the resin with a matrix so as to obtain an airfoil element made of composite material comprising fiber reinforcement densified by a matrix; and fastening metal reinforcement on the composite material airfoil element, the metal reinforcement being fastened on the airfoil element by rivets. The method further comprises, prior to impregnating the fiber preform (300) with resin, inserting spacer elements (10) between the fibers of the fiber preform (300) and removing said spacer elements after the resin has been polymerized so as to form at least one passage between the fibers of the fiber reinforcement of the composite material airfoil element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventor: Eric Lucien Chassignet
  • Patent number: 10836328
    Abstract: A vehicle upholstery member includes a base member provided with a surface layer having a three-dimensional shape. An outer surface of the surface layer is formed of planar surface elements arranged without gaps therebetween, each planar surface element having a polygonal planar shape with a predetermined size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Takase, Yuki Takamura
  • Patent number: 10829942
    Abstract: A floor panel with a substrate and a top layer of laminate, which floor panel, at one or more edges, is provided with a lower edge region, wherein the laminate extends in one piece from the actual upper surface of the substrate over the lower edge region at least up to a point, wherein the laminate surface is situated at a level in a horizontal plane which intersects the substrate, and that the substrate material, at the location of the lower edge region, has the same or a lower density than at the actual upper surface of the substrate material. The invention also relates to a method for realizing such floor panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: UNILIN, BVBA
    Inventor: Christof Vandevoorde
  • Patent number: 10814566
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a stiffened panel. Layers of composite material are placed on a surface of an inner-mold-line tool having protrusions that extend from the surface of the inner-mold-line tool. The layers of composite material laid-up on the surface of the inner-mold-line tool are compacted to form compacted layers of composite material. The compacted layers of composite material are cured to form an inner-mold-line layer having corresponding protrusions. The inner-mold-line layer is joined to an outer-mold-line layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas Karl Tsotsis, Roscoe C. Litchard, III
  • Patent number: 10792884
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for fabricating a composite structure. The method comprises defining a shape for the composite structure with a first face sheet. The method places core sections on the shape defined by the first face sheet. The method places an adhesive in a group of joint cavities. The method places a second face sheet on the core sections placed on the first face sheet, wherein the first face sheet, the core sections, and the second face sheet, define a structural assembly in which the group of joint cavities are present. The method cures the structural assembly with the adhesive in the group of joint cavities to fabricate the composite structure in which the adhesive fills the group of joint cavities when the adhesive is cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Weidong Song
  • Patent number: 10773464
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an apparatus and method for manufacturing a composite component. The apparatus includes a mold onto which the composite component is formed. The mold is disposed within a grid defined by a first axis and a second axis. The apparatus further includes a first frame assembly disposed above the mold and a plurality of machine heads coupled to the first frame assembly within the grid in an adjacent arrangement along the first axis. At least one of the mold or the plurality of machine heads is moveable along the first axis, the second axis, or both. At least one of the machine heads of the plurality of machine heads is moveable independently of one another along a third axis. A second frame assembly is moveable above the mold along the first axis, the second axis, or both. The second frame assembly includes a holding device. The holding device affixes to and releases from an outer skin to place and displace the outer skin at the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Robert Tobin, Stephen Bertram Johnson
  • Patent number: 10773463
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a composite part, in particular a flat composite part, having a foam core that has a first and second cover layer which are bonded to the foam core on a first surface and a second surface, respectively. The method has the following steps: (a) heating the cover layers and the foam core (b) positioning the cover layers on the surfaces of the foam core, (c) positioning the foam core and the cover layers in a press or a mold which forms the completed composite part, (d) reshaping the foam core and the cover layers in the press or in the mold, wherein the cover layers can be positioned on the surfaces of the foam core, (e) cooling and bonding the cover layers and the foam core in the press or in the mold, and (f) removing the composite part from the press or from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maik Hammer, Michael Conze
  • Patent number: 10765469
    Abstract: A branch is produced by means of an additive 3D production process for producing a metal part, which comprises at least two parts, namely a support section and a functional section. The metal part is a single-pieced part, in which the support section and the functional section are seamlessly interconnected by means of corresponding connecting webs. After the material is applied, the connecting webs are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ERBE ELEKTROMEDIZIN GMBH
    Inventors: Volker Mayer, Achim Brodbeck
  • Patent number: 10743677
    Abstract: A seating structure includes a frame, a carrier, and a suspension material. The frame includes first and second side frame members spaced apart in a first direction and defining an opening therebetween. The first and second side frame members have an inner portion facing the opening and an outer portion facing away from the opening, the outer portion including a plurality of first attachment features facing away from the first and second side frame members in the first direction. The carrier includes first and second side carrier members. The first and second side carrier members include a plurality of second attachment features facing the first and second side frame members in the first direction, the plurality of second attachment features engaging the plurality of first attachment features to attach the carrier to the frame. The suspension material is attached to the carrier and extends over the opening in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Johann Burkhard Schmitz, Carola Eva Marianne Zwick, Roland Rolf Otto Zwick, James Slagh, Brent Tracy, Michael D. Stanton, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10737757
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assembling a structurally reinforced composite structure are disclosed herein. The methods include deforming a composite tubular skin to a deformed conformation to generate clearance to permit a frame assembly to be conveyed into an internal volume that is defined by the composite tubular skin. The methods further include conveying the frame assembly into the internal volume, permitting the composite tubular skin to deform from the deformed conformation to the target conformation, and operatively attaching the frame assembly to the composite tubular skin to form the structurally reinforced composite structure. The systems include a frame support that is configured to support the frame assembly, a frame deformation assembly, a skin support that is configured to support the composite tubular skin, and a skin deformation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Tibor Albert Koncz
  • Patent number: 10724393
    Abstract: A seal assembly, comprising a first segment, a second segment, and a seal incorporated between the first segment and the second segment, the seal comprising a mesh. The first segment may comprise a blade outer air seal and the second segment may comprise a vane. In various embodiments, the first segment and the second segment may define a gap, and the seal may seal the gap. The seal may have a first member and a second member that enmeshes the first member. The seal may comprise a member that enmeshes a non-metallic member. The seal may comprise a ceramic fiber enmeshed by a member. The seal may comprise a non-metallic member enmeshed by a metallic member. The seal may comprise a plurality of annular connecting members, each annular connecting member extending about the seal. The seal may comprise a single annular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Timothy Davis
  • Patent number: 10710482
    Abstract: A seat for vehicles including a seat cushion, a seat back, and a head rest has the following arrangement to ensure that a surface member can be relatively easily but positively removed from a urethane pad if a foam molding defect is found in the urethane pad in integral molding of the urethane pad and the surface member. In the seat for vehicles, any one of the seat cushion, seat back, and head rest has a configuration where a surface of the urethane pad is covered with the surface member. The urethane pad and the surface member are partially bonded together by integral molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takumi Hirano, Shinichi Mizuno, Tsuyoshi Tabata, Hiromi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10710314
    Abstract: A device and a method are provided for setting a press-in element into a workpiece at a predetermined location. The device includes main body; a fixing unit, which is attached to the main body and which is designed to fix the workpiece; and a processing unit, which is attached to the main body and includes: a boring unit, which is designed to create a bore in the workpiece fixed by the fixing unit; and a pressing unit, which is designed to press a press-in element into the bore. The method fixes the workpiece; creates a bore in the workpiece; positions a press-in element over the bore; and presses the press-in element into the bore, wherein a single device is used to carry out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fabian Fischer, Oguzhan Eroglu
  • Patent number: 10709202
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a shoe by which an outsole, a midsole, and an upper part are integrally manufactured in first-through third-stage molds without liquid primer or adhesive processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: In Kwon Kang
  • Patent number: 10707393
    Abstract: A light emitting device package including a cell array including first, second and third light emitting devices each including a first conductivity-type semiconductor layer, an active layer, and a second conductivity-type semiconductor layer, the cell array having a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, a light-transmissive substrate including a first wavelength conversion portion and a second wavelength conversion portion corresponding to the first light emitting device and the second light emitting device, respectively, and bonded to the first surface, and a eutectic bonding layer including a first light emitting window, a second light emitting window and a third light emitting window corresponding to the first light emitting device, the second light emitting device and the third light emitting device, respectively, and bonding the light-transmissive substrate and the first to third light emitting devices to each other may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Gun Lee, Yong Il Kim, Han Kyu Seong, Ji Hye Yeon, Jin Sub Lee, Young Jin Choi
  • Patent number: 10690819
    Abstract: The relates to multi-layer sealing films for microstructured articles. The multi-layer sealing film may include two or more layers. The multi-layer sealing film has an elastic modulus of at least 3.5×105 kPa and the flexural rigidity of the microstructured article is less than about 4.0×10?8 N·m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Bimal V. Thakkar, Jeffrey O. Emslander, Bryan C. Feisel
  • Patent number: 10672744
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a three-dimensional (3D) circuit that is formed by vertically stacking two or more integrated circuit (IC) dies to at least partially overlap. In this arrangement, several circuit blocks defined on each die (1) overlap with other circuit blocks defined on one or more other dies, and (2) electrically connect to these other circuit blocks through connections that cross one or more bonding layers that bond one or more pairs of dies. In some embodiments, the overlapping, connected circuit block pairs include pairs of computation blocks and pairs of computation and memory blocks. The connections that cross bonding layers to electrically connect circuit blocks on different dies are referred to below as z-axis wiring or connections. This is because these connections traverse completely or mostly in the z-axis of the 3D circuit, with the x-y axes of the 3D circuit defining the planar surface of the IC die substrate or interconnect layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: XCELSIS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Teig, Ilyas Mohammed, Kenneth Duong, Javier DeLaCruz
  • Patent number: 10672743
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a three-dimensional (3D) circuit that is formed by vertically stacking two or more integrated circuit (IC) dies to at least partially overlap. In this arrangement, several circuit blocks defined on each die (1) overlap with other circuit blocks defined on one or more other dies, and (2) electrically connect to these other circuit blocks through connections that cross one or more bonding layers that bond one or more pairs of dies. In some embodiments, the overlapping, connected circuit block pairs include pairs of computation blocks and pairs of computation and memory blocks. The connections that cross bonding layers to electrically connect circuit blocks on different dies are referred to below as z-axis wiring or connections. This is because these connections traverse completely or mostly in the z-axis of the 3D circuit, with the x-y axes of the 3D circuit defining the planar surface of the IC die substrate or interconnect layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Xcelsis Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Teig, Ilyas Mohammed, Kenneth Duong, Javier DeLaCruz