And Simultaneously Bonding (e.g., Cut-seaming) Patents (Class 156/251)
  • Patent number: 10427334
    Abstract: Method of making an inventive golf ball incorporating a novel compression molded outer layer comprised of inventive first and second half-shells that are molded from preforms of extrudate, each preform created using a novel flying knife such that a cross-sectioned face of the preform has a curved depth which may be up to 20% greater than the depth of a preform created using a conventional straight edge and/or straight-faced flying knife. In one embodiment, the subassembly of the golf ball is a rubber spherical inner core, and the inventive compression molded outer layer is a rubber outer core layer. In a specific such embodiment, the rubber of the inner core and the rubber of the outer core layer differ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Richard Strozyk, Felix Egbe, Stephen K. Scolamiero, Bradford Hughes Hartwell
  • Patent number: 10414098
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sealing device, including a horn having a sealing surface, an anvil having a sealing surface, at least one of the horn and the anvil being moveable to engage the respective sealing surfaces, the sealing surfaces of the horn and the anvil including a plurality of protrusions and a recess between each of the protrusions, each of the protrusions having a flat distal surface and sloped sidewalls with curved edges therebetween and each of the recesses including a flat recess surface with curved edges, wherein, upon engagement of the sealing surface of the horn with the sealing surface of the anvil, the flat distal surfaces of each of the protrusions on each of the sealing surfaces engage corresponding ones of the flat recess surfaces of each of the recesses on each of the sealing surfaces and define gaps between the sloped sidewalls of each adjacent protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Sonics & Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Aurand, Sigfredo Vargas, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10414099
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sealing device, including a horn having a sealing surface, an anvil having a sealing surface, at least one of the horn and the anvil being moveable to engage the respective sealing surfaces, the sealing surfaces of the horn and the anvil including a plurality of protrusions and a recess between each of the protrusions, each of the protrusions having a distal surface and sloped sidewalls with curved edges therebetween and each of the recesses including a recess surface with curved edges, wherein, upon engagement of the sealing surface of the horn with the sealing surface of the anvil, the distal surfaces of each of the protrusions on each of the sealing surfaces engage corresponding ones of the recess surfaces of each of the recesses on each of the sealing surfaces and define gaps between the sidewalls of each adjacent protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Sonics & Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Aurand, Sigfredo Vargas, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10391660
    Abstract: Systems and methods utilizing stationary and/or moveable cutting components provide limited interference with web processing operations, such as pad spin and pitch alteration. Heat, laser, fluid, or mechanical cutting operations may be used, including respectively, a heated element (e.g., wire, ribbon, bar, or embossing or perforating element) that may be triggered inductively, water or steam jets, or improved knife/anvil cooperation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. McCabe, Jeff Middlesworth, Darren Horness, Peter J. Jenquin, Gottfried J. Hohm, Daniel A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10315837
    Abstract: An overwrap envelope (7) containing a filter bag (1) for infusion products comprises a sheet (2) of overwrapping material folded into a U shape along its transversal axis (X) around the filter bag (1). The overwrap envelope (7) has two longitudinal sides (3, 4) and one transversal side (5) sealed by at least two sealing lines (6) which are uninterrupted along the longitudinal sides (3, 4) and along the transversal side (5). Each scaling line (6) is defined by two longitudinal stretches and one transversal stretch which are joined to obtain an uninterrupted shape and which form an uninterrupted perimeter seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: IMA INDUSTRIES S.R.L.
    Inventors: Sauro Rivola, Claudio Betti
  • Patent number: 10315790
    Abstract: A method of producing packages from a tube of packaging material for a liquid food product, comprises reforming a flat web of packaging material into a cylindrical tube, feeding the tube of packaging material in first direction, filling the tube with a liquid food product, transversally sealing the tube, at regular intervals, into separate package volumes, wherein a longitudinal axis of every second transversal seal being parallel to each other, and a longitudinal axis of each adjacent transversal seal being perpendicular to each other, and wherein a longitudinal axis of each transversal seal is angled in a range between 15-30° in relation to a plane which is orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the tube of packaging material. Also disclosed is a packaging material for use in the method, a package produced with the method, and a filling machine performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Mattias Lennartsson, Mårten Andersson
  • Patent number: 10306940
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing outdoor clothing requiring no seam tape and having an enhanced waterproof function in which a waterproof function is further improved. The method includes: preparing an outer fabric in which surface contact portions of a first outer fabric and a second outer fabric are bonded to a bottom surface of the first outer fabric; preparing a structure in which a first adhesive layer, a membrane, and a second adhesive layer are sequentially disposed on an upper surface of the inner fabric; and bonding the structure and the outer fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMAX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kee Soo Han
  • Patent number: 10272586
    Abstract: A rotary tool ejection technology utilizing air to eject contents from the dies of a rotary cylinder. The dies include orifices positioned therein. The orifices are assembled with porous material. The orifices are capable of receiving air from an internal chamber and delivering it to the outer surface of a rotary cylinder. Air is supplied to the internal chamber by an internal shaft. The internal shaft contains a channel in fluid communication with outlets extending radially outward from the channel to locations on the outer surface of the shaft. The shaft is optionally assembled with a manifold having a conduit. The conduit is positioned for intermittent alignment with the orifices in the rotary cylinder as the rotary cylinder rotates relative to the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Weidenmiller Company
    Inventors: Rich Paul Budek, Stephen J. Kras
  • Patent number: 10239644
    Abstract: A vertical form fill and seal system supports a sheet of material having material segments and a tube sized for drawing edges of the elongated sheet of material together in an overlapping configuration to form the sheet into a substantially tube shape. The VFFS also includes a sealer that seals the edges of the material to one another and a gusseting mechanism sized for forming a gusseted tuck in each of a left panel portion of the material and a right panel portion of the material. A cutting mechanism removes a first portion and a second portion of a first segment of the material segments in order to form a first cut and a second cut in the first segment and a sealing mechanism folds and seals the first segment at the first cut and at the second cut to provide an end wall with a substantially flat, rectangular-shaped footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventor: John Joseph Michels
  • Patent number: 10232565
    Abstract: A thermal welder is configured to weld a back seam of a bag formed of thermoplastic sheet material. The welder may include a weld heater and a compression mechanism downstream of the weld heater to compress the sheet material to form the back seam. The welder may also include a weld breaker downstream of the compression mechanism to break apart incidental welds which are formed adjacent the back seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Miller Weldmaster Corporation
    Inventor: Brian D. Henry
  • Patent number: 10222883
    Abstract: A conductive film for use in a touch panel, and including a sensor electrode formed on a base member in a sensor area and a non-active area, the sensor electrode including nano-material conductors defining a network structure; an over-coating layer configured to cover the sensor electrode in the sensor area and the non-active area; and a wiring electrode formed on the over-coating layer in the non-active area. Further, the over-coating layer includes a first portion located between the sensor electrode and the wiring electrode and includes a recess, the recess including at least one of a perforation formed through the over-coating layer and a thin film portion providing the first portion with a smaller thickness than a remaining portion of the over-coating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Weonwoong Lee
  • Patent number: 10201934
    Abstract: An applicator mitt assembly system comprises an applicator mitt tooling including: a tooling body having a mitt-perimeter cutter and weld bead thereon which are shaped to a perimeter of an applicator mitt to be cut; a heating element associated with the tooling body, the heating element being shaped so as to match or substantially match a shape of the weld bead so as to create a perimeter weld for the applicator mitt when engaged with the tooling body; and an ejector platen which is actuatable relative to the tooling body to eject a cut and welded mitt away from the tooling body. The system can further comprise a conveyor device adapted to feed uncut and unwelded mitt material towards the applicator mitt tooling and a tooling actuator adapted to actuate the applicator mitt tooling relative to the conveyor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Synlatex Ltd
    Inventors: Tim Cound, Jeremy Jones, John Teece
  • Patent number: 10183448
    Abstract: A thermal welder is configured to weld a back seam of a bag formed of thermoplastic sheet material. The welder may include a weld heater and a compression mechanism downstream of the weld heater to compress the sheet material to form the back seam. The welder may also include a weld breaker downstream of the compression mechanism to break apart incidental welds which are formed adjacent the back seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Miller Weldmaster Corporation
    Inventor: Brian D. Henry
  • Patent number: 10105925
    Abstract: An apparatus for making a self-opening bag pack includes a supply of film material. An extruder forms a continuous tube of film. A flattener flattens the tube. A corona treater treats at least one surface of the flattened tube. A first sealer forms a bottom seam across a width of the flattened tube. A cutter cuts the flattened tube into bag blanks at a predetermined distance from the bottom seam. A stacker forms the bag blanks into a bag pack. An adhesion knife penetrates the bag pack and adheres adjacent bag blanks together in the bag pack. An aperture maker forms means for suspending the bag pack from a dispensing rack. The pack is attached to the dispensing rack and the front wall of the subsequent bag will be adhered to the rear wall of a first bag, thereby causing the first bag to open when pulled from the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Gregorio Lim Tan
  • Patent number: 10081135
    Abstract: An integrated system for fusing and sealing of a plurality of tubes is disclosed. The integrated system includes one or more fusing units configured to cut one or more tubes of multiple tubes simultaneously, and fusing the one or more tubes together along their respective cut ends; one or more sealing units configured to seal an end of the tube of the multiple tubes; and a control unit for controlling functions of the one or more fusing units and the one or more sealing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: Haresh Digambar Patil, Partha Sarathy Doddapadam Srinivasa Raghavachar, Ganesan Mariyappan, Prashanth Hosabettu Mohan
  • Patent number: 10059091
    Abstract: A partition is disclosed having a two sided lamination thereon for protecting products in containers and bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Anthony Roudonis
  • Patent number: 10017862
    Abstract: The process of forming a partial gold-plating pattern on a stainless substrate includes a first plating step, a second plating step, and a stripping step. In the first plating step, pretreatment is applied to a stainless substrate including opposite main planes and a processing site formed of a plane different from the main planes, after which a first gold-plating layer is formed all over the surface of the stainless substrate using a hydrochloric acid plating solution. In the second plating step, mask plating is used to form a second gold-plating layer on the first gold-plating layer that covers the processing site in a desired pattern, and in the stripping step, a portion of the first gold-plating layer in an area where there is none of the second gold-plating layer is stripped off using an alkaline stripping solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nagata
  • Patent number: 10000016
    Abstract: A film edge sealing device is disclosed herein which has a groove defining a base. The base of the groove of the edge sealing device is oriented at a skewed angle with respect to a longitudinal direction of the conveyor of the heat sealing machine. Edges of a thermoplastic sheet or two stacked layers of thermoplastic sheets are introduced into the groove of the edge sealing device and placed in contact therewith to both heat and melt the edges of the thermoplastic sheet(s) to form a bead and join the edges thereof to form an edge bead seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: EXTREME PACKAGING MACHINERY, INC.
    Inventor: Raymond Uttaro
  • Patent number: 9993978
    Abstract: The present disclosure encompasses three-dimensional articles comprising flexible-composite materials and methods of manufacturing said three-dimensional articles. More particularly, the present system relates to methods for manufacturing seamless three-dimensional-shaped articles usable for such finished products as airbags/inflatable structures, bags, shoes, and similar three-dimensional products. A preferred manufacturing process combines composite molding methods with specific precursor materials to form fiber-reinforced continuous shaped articles that are flexible and collapsible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: CUBIC TECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roland Joseph Downs, Christopher Michael Adams, Jon Michael Holweger
  • Patent number: 9972851
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a membrane/electrode assembly, including the steps of: providing a proton exchange membrane comprising a first electrode and a second electrode; placing a first reinforcement with an overlapping portion vertically adjacent to the periphery of the membrane, and with an extension portion made of a polymer material extending laterally beyond the membrane; placing a second reinforcement with an overlapping portion that is vertically adjacent to the periphery of the membrane, and with an extension portion of said second reinforcement extending laterally beyond the membrane and being vertically adjacent to the extension portion of the first reinforcement; applying a laser beam to the vertically adjacent extension portions such as to define an opening through the extension portions and such as to weld the extension portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ÉNERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ÉNERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Remi Vincent, Julien Tard, Denis Tremblay
  • Patent number: 9956738
    Abstract: Automated bag forming systems and methods for their use are disclosed. The automated bag forming systems described herein can be configured to receive a web of bag material and produce individual bags through a sealing and cutting process possessing a high degree of speed, precision, and reproducibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Paul A. Olson, Donald W. Olson
  • Patent number: 9940853
    Abstract: The present invention relates to brand identifiers, more particularly to woven labels used to mark, advertise or otherwise brand apparel and other consumer articles to identify the source of the particular goods. The woven labels of the present invention are preferably composed of post consumer waste or recycled materials, such as polyethylene, PET, polyester, cellulosic and other readily available materials that may be converted for the purpose of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Webb, George Hoffman, Harry Meredith
  • Patent number: 9857413
    Abstract: Systems and methods provided for testing remote frequency identification (RFID) straps on a web. Testing system includes a test head having a pair of contact pins configured to be moved toward the web (or configured to make contact with web moved towards them) and into contact with the web or RFID strap. Conveyor continuously moves the web to move individual RFID straps into and out of alignment with the test head. Controller causes the contact pins to move toward the web at a frequency that's greater than the frequency at which the conveyor moves consecutive RFID straps into alignment with the test head. Alternatively or additionally, the test head may have a mount formed of a compliant material that allows at least a portion of the test head to deflect while the contact pins are in contact with a continuously moving RFID strap, thereby maintaining contact between contact pins and strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian N. Farr, Ian James Forster
  • Patent number: 9757930
    Abstract: A sealing apparatus 200 for sealing together two film portions 202, 204 may include a heating element 206 positioned in relation to a pair of nip pressure devices 208, 210 for creating a seal 311 between the two film portions 202, 204 and trimming the two film portions 202, 204 at the created seal. A controller 214 is connected to the heating element 206 and is for connection to a power source for applying a variable amount of power to the heating element 206. The amount of power varies based on at least a speed of the two film portions 202, 204 passing the heating element 206.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: TEXWRAP PACKAGING SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Brian R. Stork, Keith E. Witte
  • Patent number: 9681680
    Abstract: A food condiment slice, method of using, composition and method for making, and methods for manufacturing are described. The food condiment slices are used with sandwiches, other food products, and beverages. The food condiment slices may have different structures such as face-fused, side-fused, face-fused-side-fused, woven, and chopped. The food condiment slices are formed from condiments such as catsup, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, jellies, jam, preserves, butter, margarine, marinades, creamers, and syrups. More than one food condiment can be integrated into a single food condiment slice. The food condiment slices eliminate the need and inconvenience of using and carrying spreadable, squeezable, and pourable food condiments. Also included are beverage condiment slices or discs such as coffee or tea dairy and non-dairy creamers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Robin Scott Gray
  • Patent number: 9643390
    Abstract: A method of joining substrate portions includes positioning the substrate portions such that the substrate portions overlap at an overlap area. The substrate portions each have a melting temperature and an outer surface. A fluid is heated to a temperature sufficient to at least partially melt the substrate portions. A jet of the heated fluid is directed from a fluid orifice onto the substrate portions at the overlap area. The heated fluid penetrates at least one of the outer surfaces of the substrate portions. The substrate portions are at least partially melted using the heated fluid. The substrate portions are compressed using a pressure applying surface adjacent the fluid orifice to join the substrate portions together at the overlap area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Uwe Schneider, Horst Blessing, Hans Adolf Jackels
  • Patent number: 9623289
    Abstract: An inflatable game ball and a method of constructing an inflatable game ball is described. Panel segments are formed from an outer panel portion and an inner panel portion having different sizes, with the inner panel portion being smaller than the outer panel portion. The inner panel portion and the outer panel portion are joined so that peripheral edges of the inner panel portion and the outer panel portion are aligned. Multiple panel segments are attached together to form a cover. Due to the differences in sizes between the inner panel portion and the outer panel portion, when an inflatable bladder within an interior of the cover is inflated to a fully inflated condition, variations in the dimensions of the ball caused by stretching of the cover may be reduced or minimized. In one embodiment, an alignment guide can assist with aligning the peripheral edges of the panel portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark McNamee
  • Patent number: 9457920
    Abstract: A food storage machine is provided that includes a film delivery mechanism, a cutting mechanism, a conditioning assembly and a drive mechanism. The film delivery mechanism has a support cradle for a roll of bag material and a feed roller assembly for dispensing the bag material. The cutting mechanism is disposed adjacent the film delivery mechanism and has a first sealing bumper and a shuttle member with a cutting portion. The shuttle member is arranged to cut transversely across the bag material dispensed from the film delivery mechanism. The conditioning assembly is pivotably disposed below the film delivery mechanism and has a heater member for sealing a portion of the bag material. The drive mechanism is operatively connected to the conditioning assembly and configured to pivot upwards to contact the first sealing bumper of the cutting mechanism and to pivot downwards to contact a second sealing bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jamal Hammad
  • Patent number: 9440760
    Abstract: Provided is a method and apparatus for generating a label for use in a medical application. Label content specified by a user that is to be applied to a surface of the label is received. The label content, which includes a machine-generated character, is printed on demand onto the surface of the label. The label bearing the label content is dispensed in a condition suitable for use in the sterile environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: CODONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence Srnka, Peter Botten
  • Patent number: 9434494
    Abstract: A bag making and packaging machine sandwiches a tubular film between a first horn and a first anvil and ultrasonically transversely seals it. The bag making and packaging machine includes: a knife disposed in an anvil-side knife movement space formed in the first anvil; a knife-driving part, and guides provided to each of two ends of the first anvil, on which guide spaces, by which movement of the knife is guided when the knife is driven by the air cylinder, are formed. The width of the guide spaces with respect to a direction orthogonal to both a length direction and a movement direction of the knife is less than the width of the anvil-side knife movement space with respect to the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takafumi Shimoda, Makoto Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9428624
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a wide film comprises a casting operation, a stretching operation, and a trimming operation. The casting operation is a process of casting a film using a wide casting belt including a central belt, a left belt having a right end formed integrally with a left end of the central belt through a left joint in a length direction of the central belt, and a right belt having a left end formed integrally with a right end of the central belt through a right joint in the length direction of the central belt. The stretching operation is a process of stretching a film stripped off from the wide casting belt using a tenter. The trimming operation is a process of trimming predetermined parts of left and right sides of the stretched film. In the trimming operation, mark parts by the left and right joints are also trimmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: SK INNOVATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyukjun Kim, Kwangjin Chung, Cholho Lee, Yooseock Hwang, Juntae Choi, Kinam Chung
  • Patent number: 9403337
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a thermoplastic bag with a substantially flat and rectangular bottom. The bag may also include a carrying handle and/or a tab with a mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: IPS INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Frank F. Su
  • Patent number: 9238343
    Abstract: A machine and method for making bags is described and includes a web traveling from an input section to a rotary drum, to an output section. The drum includes at least one seal bar, having a first sealing zone and an adjacent weakening zone. The weakening zone may be a heated perforator, heating wire, and/or may create an auxiliary sealed area. The heating wire is powered by a source of power at an adjustable voltage or magnitude, and/or pulsed, and/or with a feedback loop. The heating wire may make intermittent contact with the web and/or be disposed in an insert. The weakening zone may create a line of weakness that is uniform or varies in intensity, is a separating zone. The sealing zones may include temperature zones, cartridge heaters, cooling air, or heated air, or a source of ultrasonic, microwave or radiative energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Selle, Kenneth C. Radtke, Charles H. Sauder, Paul A. Johnson, Christopher Lee White, Arvid R. Johnson, Gregory T. Prellwitz, Michael J. Stickney, Thomas C. Jansen, Christopher A. Saucier, Terry L. Leitzke, Bradley J. Schmoll
  • Patent number: 9221050
    Abstract: This document provides conductive patterns, electrical sensors including conductive patterns, and methods of making conductive patterns used in electrical sensors. In some cases, the conductive patterns can define one or more microelectrodes. For example, thermal transfer printing techniques are described. In some cases, a microfluidics device can include one or more microelectrodes in a micro-channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Daktari Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Winston Etheredge, III, Aaron Oppenheimer
  • Patent number: 9174386
    Abstract: A device for butt-joining a product made of strips or webs of material includes a soldering and cutting workstation and a rolling workstation. The butt-joining device includes apparatus for adjusting the relative position of a rolling component and the soldering and cutting zone to be rolled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Pietro Abate
  • Patent number: 9048510
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of manufacturing an electrode assembly, the method including: preparing an electrode laminate including at least one negative electrode, at least one positive electrode, and at least one separation film; generating a separation film assembly by bonding remaining portions of the separation film positioned in regions not corresponding to shapes of the negative electrode and the positive electrode; and cutting the separation film assembly so as to correspond to the shapes of the negative electrode and the positive electrode, and an electrode assembly manufactured by the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Jin Kwon, Soon-Ho Ahn, Dong-Myung Kim, Ki-Woong Kim, Young-Hoon Kim, Sung-Han Yoon, Seung-Min Ryu
  • Patent number: 9011625
    Abstract: An elastic nonwoven composite that contains an elastic film laminated to one or more nonwoven web materials is provided. The composite is formed by passing the film through a nip to bond the film to the nonwoven web material(s). Concurrent with bond formation, apertures are also formed in the elastic film. The apertures are of a size sufficient to provide a desired level of texture, softness, hand feel, and/or aesthetic appeal to the composite without having a significant adverse effect on its elastic properties. Aperture and bond formation are accomplished in the present invention by selectively controlling certain parameters of the lamination process, such as film content, bonding pattern, degree of film tension, bonding conditions, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Siqueira, Ann L. McCormack, Norman Brown, Wing-Chak Ng, Howard M. Welch, Margaret G. Latimer
  • Patent number: 8992713
    Abstract: Multi-layer printed wiring boards may be produced by: (1) conveying an adhesive sheet from an adhesive sheet roll wherein an adhesive sheet having a prepreg formed on a support film is wound in a roll and placing the adhesive sheet such that a prepreg surface contacts one or both of the surfaces of a circuit board, (2) partially adhering the adhesive sheet to the circuit board by heating and pressing a part of the adhesive sheet from the support film side, and cutting the adhesive sheet according to the size of the circuit board with a cutter, (3) heating and pressing the temporarily fitted adhesive sheet under reduced pressure to laminate the adhesive sheet on the circuit board, (4) forming an insulating layer by thermally curing the prepreg, and (5) detaching the support film after the thermal curing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Shigeo Nakamura, Seiichiro Ohashi, Eiichi Hayashi, Tadahiko Yokota
  • Publication number: 20150064387
    Abstract: One surface of a belt-shaped sheet laminate (10) (continuous diaper strip), in which a plurality of sheets are laminated, is made to abut against a support member (21) having a light passage section (27) through which a laser beam (30) can pass, and the belt-shaped sheet laminate (10) which is in a pressurized state is irradiated, from the support member (21) side via the light passage section (27), with a laser beam (30) having a wavelength that is absorbed by the sheets constituting the sheet laminate (10) and that causes the sheets to generate heat, and thus, the belt-shaped sheet laminate (10) is cut and separated and, simultaneously, cut edge sections created, by the cutting/separation, in the plurality of sheets which are in the pressurized state are fusion-bonded together. Thus, sealed edge sections (4) (side seal sections) are formed by fusion-bonding the edge sections of the plurality of sheets in a state where the sheets' edge sections are superposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Imai, Shinji Hamamoto, Makoto Kokubo, Takuo Yanashima, Akio Morita
  • Patent number: 8956490
    Abstract: In a method of forming an identification card, a card substrate having a surface is provided. A film laminate comprising a backing layer and one or more dried transferable layers attached to the backing layer is provided. One of the transferable layers comprises a coating comprising an inorganic ceramic-like material and a water insoluble polymer binder. The film laminate is laminated to the surface of the card substrate such that an exposed surface of the one or more transferable layers adheres to the surface of the card substrate. The backing layer is then removed from at least a portion of the one or more transferable layers that remain adhered to the surface of the card substrate. Additional embodiments are generally directed to a method of protecting a surface of an identification card and identification card manufacturing devices for performing the methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventor: Karl A. Karst
  • Patent number: 8906187
    Abstract: The method comprises an automated technique for making and inserting flexible laminate film barrier liners into the shoulder/nozzles of product tube packaging. The shoulder/nozzles are made and oriented with the shoulder opening to be facing the laminate film. The film is fed to a station that forms the nozzle aperture, die cuts the laminate film to fit into the shoulder of the shoulder/nozzle, and inserts this laminate film into the shoulder/nozzle. The laminate film can be heat bonded to the shoulder nozzle at this station or in a subsequent sealing station. After the shoulder/nozzle leaves the station that forms and inserts the laminate film into the shoulder/nozzle there can be a detection station to determine if the laminate film is properly aligned in the shoulder/nozzle. There also can be a detection station after a subsequent sealing station. Shoulder/nozzles with sealed laminate film liner are then sent to tube making.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Christopher J. Miller, David C. Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20140353192
    Abstract: Plastic bags, rolls of plastic bags, and tubular blown film processes for making rolls of plastic bags. The rolls of plastic bags include a tubular blown film with a plurality of perforation lines along which plastic bags are separated from the roll. The perforation lines are formed so that portions of the lips of the plastic bags are offset from each other. The offset portions of the lips facilitate opening of the bags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: Brian C. Dais, Jose Porchia, Juan M. Garces
  • Patent number: 8834664
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments relate to techniques for creating improved photovoltaic (PV) modules. In certain example embodiments and first and second glass substrate are provided. A PV array is provided between the first and second glass substrates. The first and second substrates are laminated together with the PV array between the glass substrates. In certain example embodiments the PV module is dimensioned to be similar to an existing roof system (e.g., a sunroof) in a vehicle. In certain example embodiments, holes are provided in a PV module sandwiched between two substrates, the holes being shaped and arranged within the PV module so as to allow light transmission into the vehicle at desired level while still being substantially filled by the laminate or adhesive material used to secure the PV module to the two surrounding substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Greg Brecht, Vincent E. Ruggero, II, Timothy J. Frey, Robert A. Vandal
  • Patent number: 8741090
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for firmly joining fiber-reinforced, plastic-based adherends, wherein depressions are introduced into opposing lateral surfaces of the adherends, and have injected into them a fiber-reinforced plastic material that serves as an adhesive, a device for implementing such a method, as well as a component joined in this way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Alexander Goehlich, Malte Sander
  • Patent number: 8722357
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated laser microdissection are disclosed including automatic slide detection, position detection of cutting and capture lasers, focus optimization for cutting and capture lasers, energy and duration optimization for cutting and capture lasers, inspection and second phase capture and/or ablation in a quality control station and tracking information for linking substrate carrier or output microdissected regions with input sample or slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas M. Baer, Michael G. Youngquist, Brian W. Donovan, Alan E. Wessel, Norbert H. Leclerc, Michael A. Smith, George M. Dawson, Craig S. Barker
  • Publication number: 20140124427
    Abstract: A floatable modular device for absorbing oil from a surface, includes a generally disk-shaped floatable cage tapering towards the periphery of the cage in a peripheral region thereof; and a water-repellent strip-shaped oil absorbent accommodated in the cage, wherein the cage further includes at least one connector element configured for joining plural ones of the modular devices together, to form an articulate oil absorber in which the individual cages are oriented in parallel to one another. A method of manufacturing the device includes providing a first, grid-like sheet made of plastics, positioning a water-repellent strip-shaped oil absorbent on the first grid-like sheet, positioning a second sheet on the oil absorbent, and welding the first and second sheets together at their peripheries, with the oil absorbent in between, wherein peripheral regions of the first and second sheets are bent towards one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Winfried A. Riedel
  • Patent number: 8715955
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated laser microdissection are disclosed. In one variation, targeted biological material is manually or automatically selected and a transfer film is placed in juxtaposition to the location of an interior of a cut path. In another variation, a sample of biological material is mounted onto a polymer membrane which is then placed onto a substrate. Targeted biological material is manually or automatically selected and a transfer film is placed in juxtaposition with the targeted biological material on the side of the biological material. In yet another variation, a sample of biological material is mounted onto a polymer membrane which is then inverted onto a substrate. Targeted biological material is manually or automatically selected and a transfer film is placed in juxtaposition with the targeted biological material on the side of the polymer membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Donovan, Thomas M. Baer
  • Patent number: 8702884
    Abstract: A method for preforming a textile semi-finished product, including arranging a textile having at least two layers of fibers, interwoven fibers and/or fiber bundles that are at least in part arranged on top of each other. The method also includes; fixing-in-position of the fibers of the textile against each other and then cutting-to-size of the textile. The fixing-in-position of the textile involves irradiating via a laser beam in order for the melt-on binder of the textile to be melted on only in a localized fashion and not evaporated. The fixing-in-position occurs along a fix-in-position line, the cutting-to-size occurs along a cut-to-size line, and the fix-in-position line is located at a distance relative to the cut-to-size line that is so small that any fraying of the textile is reduced or suppressed altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Julian Kuntz, Franz Stadler
  • Patent number: 8692674
    Abstract: This disclosure discloses an RFID tag supplying apparatus that supplies a substantially sheet-like antenna base on which an RFID circuit element provided with an IC circuit part that stores information and an antenna that transmits and receives information is disposed between a first tape and a second tape that are fed to a predetermined bonding position to be mutually bonded, comprising: a tape processing device that makes a tape orderly on said antenna base to prevent the generation of parts out of order in a tag tape including said first tape and said second tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitomi Hioki, Kiyoichi Ohta, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Ohashi
  • Publication number: 20140090148
    Abstract: A single use disposable glove having two or more layers with a thickness which can range from 0.02 mm to 0.04 mmm for food handling with satisfactory formfitting and durability, all the way up to about 0.10 mm and above for heavy duty applications while still maintaining comfort like that of natural and synthetic rubbers. Materials such as styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene (SEBS) or styrene-isoprene-styrene (SIS) may be used to produce single use disposable gloves employing the cutting and sealing method. The use of these compositions could have a thickness between about 0.02 mm and about 0.1 mm or above. More importantly, the use of these compositions in the cutting and sealing process would yield a glove having better elasticity. The film quality using the various extrusion techniques would outperform a glove produced by the dipping process, not only in integrity (pinhole rate) but also in a thickness profile (uniformity).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Foodhandler, Inc.
    Inventor: Jian Tao