Prior To Assembly Patents (Class 156/256)
  • Patent number: 11977242
    Abstract: Provided is a processing method for a single-column and multi-row equivalent negative refractive flat lens, including: processing an optical material into parallel plates including upper and lower surfaces each being a polished surface; cutting the parallel plates into strip-shaped optical waveguides; plating each polished surface with an aluminum film; attaching and gluing the surfaces together to form a single-column and multi-row strip-shaped optical waveguide array; curing the strip-shaped optical waveguide array through heating treatment; cutting the plate of the strip-shaped optical waveguide array into two sets of plates of strip-shaped optical waveguide array arranged in a direction of 45 degrees; and gluing the two sets of plates in such a manner that arrangement directions of the two sets of plates are perpendicular to each other, and then adding protective window sheets on both sides of the glued plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventors: Chao Fan, Dongcheng Han, Liangliang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11951693
    Abstract: A method for reinforcing a panel according to its thickness, including: a step a) of providing a reinforcing element which is elongated, flexible, with two longitudinal ends having a length strictly greater than twice the thickness of the panel; a step b) of positioning and holding the reinforcing element on one side of the panel, called the insertion side; a step c) of gripping the reinforcing element, in its middle, on the insertion side, an insertion step d) wherein the reinforcing element gripped by its middle is pulled through a bore passing through the panel, by folding the reinforcing element back on itself, and to a final position, wherein the two longitudinal ends project or not from the bore on the insertion side, a loop of the reinforcing element projecting or not from the bore on the side of the panel opposite to the insertion side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Philippe Marcovich, Philippe Sajet, Xavier Couvreur, Charles Lestoquoy, Cyril Laine
  • Patent number: 11857399
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for transferring cut-out nonwoven material members, the method including feeding a continuous web of a nonwoven material towards cutter and anvil roll, passing the continuous web between the cutter and anvil roll, the cutter roll having knives protruding from the circumferential surface, the knives having an edge with a first outline shape seen in a circumferential direction of the cutter roll, cutting the continuous web thereby forming cut-out nonwoven material members having a second outline shape corresponding to the first outline shape of the respective edge of the knives, and transferring the cut-out members to a vacuum roll having an outer circumferential surface that includes a plurality of vacuum ports arranged in a pattern, the pattern including pattern units each having a third outline shape, the pattern units fitting within the second outline shape of the cut-out members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventors: Sofia Ekstedt, Caj Hanson
  • Patent number: 11754902
    Abstract: Onboard EC window controllers are described. The controllers are configured in close proximity to the EC window, for example, within the IGU. The controller may be part of a window assembly, which includes an IGU having one or more EC panes, and thus does not have to be matched with the EC window, and installed, in the field. The window controllers described herein have a number of advantages because they are matched to the IGU containing one or more EC devices and their proximity to the EC panes of the window overcomes a number of problems associated with conventional controller configurations. Also described are self-meshing networks for electrochromic windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Erich R. Klawuhn, Trevor Frank, Douglas Silkwood
  • Patent number: 11529796
    Abstract: A coated sheet metal strip includes a rolled sheet metal strip having a first flat side and a second flat side. A first layer over the first flat side includes a carrier layer. The carrier layer contains a reaction accelerator for an adhesive and stores the reaction accelerator on a physical basis. A second layer, including the adhesive, is applied over the second flat side. The second layer is free of the reaction accelerator or any reaction accelerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventor: Ronald Fluch
  • Patent number: 11415823
    Abstract: A display unit manufacturing system including: a panel conveyance route including an optical film attaching unit configured to attach an optical film to a panel; an inspection unit which inspects whether the panel having the optical film attached thereto is defective and identifies a defective panel; a panel storing unit which stores the defective panel after the optical film is separated therefrom; and a control unit which controls whether the panel stored in the panel storing unit is supplied to the panel conveyance route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Beom Seok Lee, Yu Jin Lim, Hang Suk Choi, Eung Jin Jang
  • Patent number: 11345081
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing method includes removing material from a sheet to create a plurality of individual layer segments formed, placing at least two first layer segments adjacent to each other at the same height to form a first layer having a hollow interior, the at least two first layer segments defining a first portion of an exterior of a part, and placing at least one second layer segment above the at least two first layer segments to form a second layer having a hollow interior, the at least one second layer segment defining a second portion of the exterior of the part. The method includes attaching the first layer to the second layer and removing material from the first layer and from the second layer to form the part having a continuous surface that extends along the first layer and the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Susnjara
  • Patent number: 11325339
    Abstract: In an example, a composite structure having a variable gage is described. The composite structure includes a first end having a first gage, a second end having a second gage, which is less than the first gage, a plurality of continuous plies, and a plurality of drop-off plies. Each continuous ply extends from the first end to the second end. Each drop-off ply includes a tip having a tapered shape. Each drop-off ply extends from the first end to a respective position of the tip of the drop-off ply between the first end and the second end. The tips of the plurality of drop-off plies are arranged in a monotonically-inward pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jiangtian Cheng
  • Patent number: 11279859
    Abstract: Methods of passivating an adhesive via printing an ink onto a release liner, and adhesive articles or products made by the same are provided. An ink pattern is printed onto a release liner to form a pattern of features. The features are at least partially embedded in an adhesive layer such that when the release liner is peeled from the adhesive layer, the passivation features remain with the layer of adhesive to form selected areas having adjusted adhesive functionality. Articles including the passivated adhesive on a release liner are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Matthew R. D. Smith, Matthew S. Stay, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Daniel J. Theis, Thomas J. Metzler, Shawn C. Dodds
  • Patent number: 11009338
    Abstract: A liquid droplet measurement method and a liquid droplet measurement device with which the luminance contrast can be improved without making changes in, for example, the numerical aperture of a lens when the quantity of reflected light from the surface of the measurement target liquid droplet alone cannot provide a sufficient luminance contrast. A method and an apparatus for manufacturing a device are also provided. The liquid droplet measurement device includes: a measurement table having a surface with a recess and for holding a translucent sample substrate; an imaging section that applies light onto the sample substrate having formed thereon a liquid droplet, and measures quantities of reflected light from the sample substrate and the liquid droplet; and a measurement control unit that determines a volume or a surface shape of the liquid droplet using luminance information of the reflected light quantities measured by the imaging section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Satoshi Suemasu, Keijiro Masunaga
  • Patent number: 10994471
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a sleeve applicator system for applying a heat-shrinkable sleeve to an object that moves in a first direction. The present invention further relates to a corresponding method. According to the invention, a second mandrel is mounted in a flexible manner to a first mandrel. A second drive system is used for moving the heat-shrinkable sleeve from the first mandrel over the second mandrel towards the object. The second drive system is further configured to push the second mandrel such that the second mandrel moves along with the moving object during the application of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeroen Gerrit Anton Gebbink, Lucas Van Rijsewijk
  • Patent number: 10994502
    Abstract: A manufacturing system includes a plurality of lamination heads statically positioned in end-to-end relation to each other and defining a lamination station, and configured to dispense a layup material along a dispensing direction. The manufacturing system also includes a lamination surface movable underneath the lamination station. The lamination heads are configured to sequentially apply the layup material onto the lamination surface and onto previously applied layup material as the lamination surface passes through the lamination station to thereby form a composite laminate having a stack of composite plies arranged in a desired ply stacking sequence defined by positions of the lamination heads relative to each other within the lamination station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Andrew E. Modin, Darrell D. Jones, Kurtis S. Willden
  • Patent number: 10987918
    Abstract: Described herein is a printing template for use during an aqueous inkjet printing process in which ink is transferred onto a printable layer. The printing template includes a printable layer having a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and a shaped perimeter, the first side defining a printable surface. The printing template further includes a carrier layer sized and configured to entirely encompass the shaped perimeter of the printable layer. The carrier layer includes a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The first side includes an adhesive coating causing the first side of the carrier layer securely associated with the second side of the printable layer during the printing process, and is thereafter allowing removal of the carrier layer from the printable layer after completion of the printing process. Further, a predefined number of parts in a desired shape are die cut through the printable layer up until the carrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Christian Carter Noterman
  • Patent number: 10793751
    Abstract: The invention relates to a block copolymer-containing pressure-sensitive adhesive comprising e) 52% by weight to 65% by weight, preferably 55% by weight to 62% by weight, of an elastomer component, f) 30% by weight to 45% by weight, preferably 35% by weight to 42% by weight, of at least one bonding resin, g) 0% by weight to 15% by weight, preferably to 10% by weight, of at least one softening resin and h) 0% by weight to 18% by weight, preferably to 10% by weight, of further additives, where the elastomer component (a) consists to an extent of at least 90% by weight of polyvinylaromatic-polybutadiene block copolymers, where the polyvinylaromatic-polybutadiene block copolymers include at least one type of diblock copolymer (a1) and at least one type of tri- or multiblock copolymer (a2), the at least one diblock copolymer (a1) has a vinylaromatic content of 15% by weight to 45% by weight, within the elastomer component (a) the proportion of tri- or multiblock copolymer (a2) is between 25% by weight and 50% by w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TESA SE
    Inventors: Thilo Dollase, Gregor Osterwinter
  • Patent number: 10759076
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the manufacture of pharmaceutical patches, a method for the manufacture of pharmaceutical patches, and a package comprising a pharmaceutical patch obtainable by said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Luye Pharma AG
    Inventors: Ludwig Grader, Holger Piotrowski
  • Patent number: 10703526
    Abstract: A machine for applying tubular film to products includes a film feed path along which a supply of continuous tubular film is fed, and a sleeve eject station at which the film tubing is cut into sleeves that are ejected onto products passing the sleeve eject station. At least one sensor is positioned along the film feed path upstream of the sleeve eject station for detecting a splice in tubular film traveling along the film feed path. A controller is configured for controlling the machine such that, upon detection of a splice in the tubular film, a defective sleeve that includes the splice thereon is ejected into a gap between successive products so as to prevent application of the defective sleeve to any product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: AXON LLC
    Inventors: Adam W. Duncan, Christopher R. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10668558
    Abstract: A metal wiring bonding structure 100 comprises contacts 753 of connection FPC 75 and heater lands 46 of a sheet heater 30 to be bonded by a solder bonding member 766. A connection FPC 75 includes contact opposed lands 754 famed of metal and disposed at positions respectively opposed to the plurality of contacts 753 on a surface of a support layer 751 opposite from a surface on which metal wires 750 are provided, and through holes 755 penetrating the contact opposed lands 754, the support layer 751, and contacts 753. Solder bonding members 756 cover surfaces of contact opposed lands 754 and are filled inside through holes 755 and in a bonding space C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takebayashi, Natsuki Hirata, Rishun Kin
  • Patent number: 10548222
    Abstract: Disclosures of the present invention mainly describe an embedded passive device structure, constituted by a first electrically conductive layer, a resistor layer, a dielectric layer, a support layer, a joint layer, and a second electrically conductive layer. Particularly, it is able to form an electronic circuit topology comprising at least one thin film resistor, at least one thin film capacitor and at least one thin film inductor on the embedded passive device structure by applying two times of photolithography processes to the embedded passive device structure. In addition, the resistor layer, formed on the first electrically conductive layer through sputter-coating process, is made of Ni, Cr, W, or compound thereof so as to show the lowest resistance less than or equal to 5 ?/sq because of having good film continuity and surface densification. Moreover, the use of sputter-coating technology is helpful in reduction of industrial waste water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FLEX TEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsung-Her Yeh
  • Patent number: 10348013
    Abstract: A card tray for holding a card in a mobile terminal, a method for preparing the card tray, and a mobile terminal are disclosed. The card tray includes a card tray base, a first insulation layer disposed on the card tray base, and a second insulation layer covering the first insulation layer. Hardness of the first insulation layer is higher than hardness of the second insulation layer. When inserting a card to a mobile terminal, burrs or sharp parts on the card may pierce the second insulation layer, whereas the first insulation layer can block the burrs or the sharp parts, preventing an insulation coating on the card tray base from being scratched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Ming Cai
  • Patent number: 10293522
    Abstract: A multi-piece mold for use in a method for making a slurry distributor includes a plurality of mold segments adapted to be removably secured together. The mold segments are configured such that, when the mold segments are assembled together, the assembled mold segments define a substantially continuous exterior surface adapted to be a negative image of an interior flow region of a slurry distributor molded thereupon. Each mold segment has a maximum cross-sectional area in a plane substantially transverse to a direction of movement of the mold segment along a removal path out of a respective opening of the molded slurry distributor. The maximum cross-sectional area of each mold segment is up to about 150% of the smallest area of the interior flow region of the molded slurry distributor through which the mold segment traverses when moving along the respective removal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Alfred Li, Chris C. Lee, Cesar Chan, Ronald E. Schenck, Weixin D. Song, Curt Loring, James Wittbold, William Rago
  • Patent number: 10286603
    Abstract: The present disclosure various apparatuses, and systems for 3D printing. The present disclosure provides three-dimensional (3D) printing methods, apparatuses, software and systems for a step and repeat energy irradiation process; controlling material characteristics and/or deformation of the 3D object; reducing deformation in a printed 3D object; and planarizing a material bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: VELO3D, INC.
    Inventors: Benyamin Buller, Tasso Lappas, Erel Milshtein, Rueben Mendelsberg, Kimon Symeonidis, Alan Rick Lappen
  • Patent number: 10265220
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus for manufacturing a composite sheet associated with an absorbent article, including: a producing device that produces a substrate sheet by fixing a stretchable sheet to at least low-extensible sheet, the stretchable sheet continuing along a transporting direction, the stretchable sheet being in an extended state in which the stretchable sheet is extended in the transporting direction, the producing is performed while the producing device is transporting the stretchable sheet; a reference-section forming apparatus that forms a physical reference section on the substrate sheet, the substrate sheet being in a first extended state and being transported; a contraction apparatus in which the substrate sheet that has the reference section formed on it contracts until the substrate sheet becomes in a second extended state whose extension ratio is smaller than an extension ratio of the first extended state; and a processing apparatus that performs the certain process to the substrate sheet, t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamamoto, Yoshihiko Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10259162
    Abstract: A laser module with removable structures of three-dimensional printer includes a platform, a carrying seat and a laser module. The platform has a working side and a movement mechanism; the movement mechanism at least has a displacement rod. The carrying seat is disposed on the displacement rod, and the movement mechanism drives the carrying seat to move on the working side along the displacement rod. The carrying seat has an assembly portion, and the laser module is disposed on the assembly portion of the carrying seat and detachably integrated with the assembly portion as a whole. Thereby the purposes of fast and convenient disassembly can be achieved through assembling the laser module on the carrying seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Chao-Yu Yen, Chen-Fu Huang, An-Hsiu Lee
  • Patent number: 10259208
    Abstract: A three-dimensional shaped object manufacturing device is adapted to manufacture a three-dimensional shaped object by laminating a layer formed using a three-dimensional shaping composition including three-dimensional shaping powder. The three-dimensional shaped object manufacturing device includes a shaping section configured and arranged to shape the three-dimensional shaped object, a layer forming unit configured and arranged to form the layer constituted by the three-dimensional shaping composition in the shaping section, and a distance detecting unit configured and arranged to detect a distance from a predetermined reference position to the layer forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Goto
  • Patent number: 10207527
    Abstract: A processing system having at least one digital printing docking point for connecting at least one digital printing unit and at least one post-processing station, which are connected by a coupling station so that at least one input of the at least one post-processing station is connected to at least one digital printing docking point, and having a first control unit for controlling the coupling station and a second control unit for controlling the at least one post-processing station. The first control unit is supplied with information concerning the product output of the at least one digital printing unit and at least one processing attribute of the product output, and directly or indirectly transfers same to the second control unit with a dynamic data feed, and the at least one post-processing station is controlled by the second control unit with this information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Jürg Möckli
  • Patent number: 10201461
    Abstract: A disposal diaper (1) improves breathability by laminating a folded portion (46) and an opposing portion (47) to form a first waist circumferential region (407), which is an upper portion of a waist circumferential region (406). A second waist circumferential region (408) below the first waist circumferential region is formed by laminating the folded portion, an end sheet (5), a second exterior sheet (42), and the opposing portion, and a second waist elastic member (444) is joined between the folded portion and the end sheet. The folded portion has a horizontal bending resistance of 80 mm or less. This allows the second waist circumferential region to easily contract. The thickness and strength of the second waist circumferential region increase accordingly, and this makes it possible to reduce damage to an exterior sheet (4) in the waist circumferential region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Yuki Takahashi, Emi Amano, Tomohito Uda
  • Patent number: 10188164
    Abstract: Concepts provided are directed to garments and methods of making garments with enhanced cooling and airflow. The garments created are provided with airflow channels by lifting the garment off from the skin of a wearer. Particularly, the lift is created in areas of greater contact by providing a flocked silicone dimensional pattern aligned with a plurality of perforations. The enhanced airflow provided by the garments in accordance with aspects hereof also results in enhanced moisture evaporation from the wearer's skin, which also aids in the cooling of the wearer's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastian Huff
  • Patent number: 10138088
    Abstract: A finishing unit for applying a note onto a printed document that exits from an image forming apparatus is provided. The finishing unit, according to one embodiment, includes a note cutting unit for cutting a sheet of paper to a note of a desired size and a note pasting unit for applying the note onto the printed document that exits from the image forming apparatus. An image forming apparatus and method of applying a note onto a printed are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Gin Yoshidome
  • Patent number: 10133071
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a lens for a wearable projection system. The lens includes a lens blank and a holographic optical element. The holographic optical element can be removably attached to the lens. The holographic optical element is aligned to a position on the lens surface based on temporary alignment marks projected onto the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew Gardner Wade
  • Patent number: 9855767
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing decorative laminates includes the steps of a) inkjet printing a first decorative layer by a first multi-pass inkjet printer and delivering the inkjet printed first decorative layer to a laminate heating press where it is heat pressed into a decorative laminate; and b) inkjet printing a second decorative layer by a second multi-pass inkjet printer and delivering the inkjet printed second decorative layer to the same laminate heating press where it is heat pressed into a decorative laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AGFA GRAPHICS NV
    Inventor: Hans Strijckers
  • Patent number: 9776376
    Abstract: A 3D object according to the invention involves substrate layers infiltrated by a hardened material. The 3D object may be fabricated by a method comprising the following steps: Flatten a substrate layer. Position powder on all or part of a substrate layer. Repeat this step for the remaining substrate layers. Stack the substrate layers. Transform the powder into a substance that flows and subsequently hardens into the hardened material. The hardened material solidifies in a spatial pattern that infiltrates positive regions in the substrate layers and does not infiltrate negative regions in the substrate layers. In a preferred embodiment, the substrate is carbon fiber and excess substrate is removed by abrasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Impossible Objects, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Swartz, Buckley Crist, Eugene Gore, Joseph M. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9757906
    Abstract: A method (500) of making charges (160) comprises forming a combined perimeter shape (130) having no circumferentially enclosed openings by geometrically combining primary perimeter shapes (132), corresponding to perimeter shapes of the charges (160), and secondary perimeter shapes (133), such that symmetry axes (138) of the primary perimeter shapes (132) are parallel to each other, lateral edges (134) of the primary perimeter shapes (132), adjacent to each other, are at least partially contiguous, and all boundary edges of the combined perimeter shape (130) are either parallel or perpendicular to the symmetry axes (138) of the primary perimeter shapes (132). The method also comprises contiguously depositing prepreg tows (172) to form prepreg composite plies (126) and laminating the prepreg composite plies (126) together to form a precursor sheet (128) having a precursor combined perimeter shape (174) that circumscribes the combined perimeter shape (130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jordan D. Charles
  • Patent number: 9751261
    Abstract: The invention is a stereolithography machine (1) comprising: a container (2) suited to contain a fluid substance (3) suited to solidify through exposure to predefined radiation (4a); means (4) suited to emit the predefined radiation (4a) and to solidify a layer of the fluid substance (3) having a predefined thickness and arranged adjacent to the bottom (2a) of the container (2); a modelling plate (5) suited to support the solidified layer (6); actuator means (7) suited to move the modelling plate (5) according to a direction perpendicular to the bottom (2a) of the container (2); levelling means (8) arranged in contact with the fluid substance (3), associated with power means suited to move them with respect to the container (2) so as to redistribute the fluid substance (3) in the container (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: DWS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Ettore Maurizio Costabeber
  • Patent number: 9747394
    Abstract: A system and a method assess the three dimensional (3D) printability of a 3D model. Slices of the 3D model are received or generated. The slices represent two dimensional (2D) solids of the 3D model to be printed in corresponding print layers. Further, printing of the slices is simulated to identify corresponding printable slices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Saigopal Nelaturi, Walter Kim, Arvind Rangarajan, Tolga Kurtoglu
  • Patent number: 9731856
    Abstract: Printing systems may include a rotatable tamp head that may be repositioned, as necessary, in order to cause a label to be printed in a specific location or in a certain alignment on an object. Such tamp heads may be repositioned as necessary where the label may cross a seam, a crease, a fold or another surface feature which might cause the label to be bowed or damaged in transit. The tamp head may be positioned in a manner that would enable any information, markings or bar codes thereon to remain legible and intact even if the label is applied across such a surface feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph Houlihan, David Arthur Ogle, II
  • Patent number: 9684863
    Abstract: A smart card is provided, including an external connector formed of an insulating support and a plurality of external metal contact pads arranged on an external face of the support, and a card body having a housing in which the external connector is arranged and includes an electronic unit and/or an antenna electrically connected to a plurality of internal metal contact pads arranged underneath the external connector and respectively aligned with the external pads. The external pads are respectively electrically connected to the internal pads by a plurality of metal parts, which are each at least partially formed by a solder material and which traverse the insulating support through respective apertures. The metal parts are respectively covered by the external pads, which close the apertures on the external face of the support, and respectively form connecting bridges between rear surfaces of the external pads and the internal pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Francois Droz
  • Patent number: 9630361
    Abstract: A top tool and a bottom tool which can be set relative to one another along an axis perpendicular to a workpiece plane are provided in an apparatus for punching and welding plastic parts. A punch die and a sonotrode are fastened to one of the tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Jochen Scheu, Thomas Baumeister, Volker Krell
  • Patent number: 9610732
    Abstract: A lamination molding apparatus 10 includes a powder layer forming apparatus 20, a recoating head 30, a servo motor 16, a laser irradiating device 40, a numerical control apparatus 52, a laser control apparatus 54 and a computer aided manufacturing (CAM) system 56. The blade 31 moves in the horizontal axis direction so as to form the powder layer on a predetermined molding region. The laser control apparatus 54 controls the laser irradiating device 40 and calculates an irradiation range of a laser beam for every powder layer. The numerical control apparatus 52 obtains data of the irradiation range from the laser irradiating device 40 and outputs a move command such that the blade 31 moves at a feed speed faster than a pre-set feed speed adapted for recoating, in the molding region outside of the irradiation range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SODICK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Kobayashi, Ichiro Araie
  • Patent number: 9583659
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solar cell module. The solar cell module includes a substrate including at least one hole, and a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other; a solar cell panel located on the first surface and including a plurality of solar cells; a bus bar connected to one of the solar cells; and a cable for outputting a current of the solar cell panel to an outside, wherein the bus bar makes contact with the cable through the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyung Am Kim
  • Patent number: 9575343
    Abstract: A method includes a first bonding step including providing a first polarizing film obtained by transversely cutting a first long polarizing film having an absorption axis in its longitudinal direction, supplying the first polarizing film from a first optical film roll, and bonding the first polarizing film to a back side of the optical cell while feeding the optical cell; and a second bonding step including providing a linearly polarized light separating film obtained by transversely cutting a long linearly polarized light separating film having a reflection axis in its transverse direction, supplying the linearly polarized light separating film from a second optical film roll, and bonding the linearly polarized light separating film onto the first polarizing film bonded to the back side of the optical cell, while feeding the optical cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Kazuya Hada, Satoshi Hirata, Seiji Kondo
  • Patent number: 9527248
    Abstract: A system fabricating composite preforms includes a layer assembly stage with a first stage for receiving new layers, such as layer N; and a second stage for holding up to K layers, such as layers N?1 to N?K. An interlayer reinforcement insertion mechanism inserts interlayer reinforcements Q through layer N and the layers N?1 to N?K, using a first layer spacing between layer N?K and layer N?K?1 in a completed layer stage. Following the interlayer reinforcements Q insertion, the layer assembly stage transfers the layer N?K to the completed layer stage; closes the first layer spacing, bringing layers N?K and N?K?1 into contact; and transfers the layer N to the second stage. The system repeats this cycle of receiving new layers, inserting interlayer reinforcements using layer spacings between the second and completed layer stages, closing these layer spacings, and transferring layers to construct composite preforms with arbitrary numbers of layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SERIFORGE INC.
    Inventor: Jonathan Marc Hollander
  • Patent number: 9498943
    Abstract: A system for laminating an optical film according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure includes a panel transfer unit to transfer a panel, a first laminating unit installed on a transfer line of the panel to laminate an optical film on a first surface of the panel along a first direction parallel to a transfer direction of the panel, and a second laminating unit installed on the transfer line of the panel to laminate an optical film on a second surface of the panel, wherein the second laminating unit includes a laminating drum to laminate an optical film after adsorbing and rotating the optical film in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyoung-Sik Kim, Eung-Jin Jang, Suk-Jae Lee, Kyoung-Ho Cho, Cheon-Ho Park, Won-Cheul Ju, Beom-Seok Lee, Jea-Han Ryoo
  • Patent number: 9482283
    Abstract: A bearing system for a wind turbine with a generator with an outer rotor, the bearing system including: an inner bearing ring, an outer bearing ring, a first electrical insulation element, a second electrical insulation element, a plurality of roller elements, a first metal element and a second metal element is provided. Therein, the roller elements are arranged at an inner volume between the inner bearing ring and outer bearing ring. The first electrical insulation element includes the first metal element. The second electrical insulation element includes the second metal element. The first electrical insulation element is arranged at least partially around the inner bearing ring in order to provide an electrical shielding to the inner of the bearing system and the second electrical insulation element is arranged at least partially around the outer bearing ring in order to provide an electrical shielding to the inner of the bearing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Uffe Eriksen, Subhra Samanta
  • Patent number: 9426845
    Abstract: Provided herein is a self-adhesive underlayment and an apparatus for its manufacture. The apparatus is operative to remove portions of release sheets covering upper and lower adhesive membranes and compress resulting exposed adhesive surfaces of the membranes to upper and lower surfaces of a flexible heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: John R. Hopkins, II
  • Patent number: 9339418
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing an absorbent article having a first material and a second material includes (A) a holding body that includes a holding surface and that holds the first material with the holding surface and (B) a transfer section that transfers the first material to the second material by moving the holding body, that is holding the first material, to the second material. (C) The first material has a first portion and a second portion, the second portion having a thickness greater than that of the first portion in a thickness direction of the first material. (D) The holding surface has a first region and a second region, the second region being located at a position that is more recessed to an inner side than the first region in a height direction of the holding body. (E) The holding body holds the first material by causing the first portion to be held by suction on the first region and causing the second portion to be held by suction on the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Hamada
  • Patent number: 9222002
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing an adhesive tape (2). The adhesive tape (2) possesses a tapelike carrier (3) and at least one strip (4; 4a, 4b) of adhesive which is applied to the carrier (3) on at least one side. Here, first of all, a carrier web (1), coming from a supply unit (7), is supplied to at least one coating unit (9, 10). The coating unit (9, 10) then generates the at least one strip (4; 4a, 4b) of adhesive on the carrier web (1) in its longitudinal extent, by carrying out coating with an adhesive. Lastly, the carrier web (1) is slit in the longitudinal direction into the individual adhesive tapes (2); the two last-mentioned method steps may also be run in the opposite order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: certoplast VORWERK & SOHN GMBH
    Inventors: Thorsten Meier, Peter Rambusch, Kay Ruhnau
  • Patent number: 9180701
    Abstract: A recording medium post-processing apparatus includes: a stacker which is stacked with a plurality of sheet-like recording media with images being recorded thereon; an receiving device which receives at least one of information regarding the images to be recorded on the recording media and information regarding the recording media; an alignment device which applies an external force to the recording media stacked on the stacker so as to align the recording media; a controller which sets, on the basis of the at least one information received by the receiving device, at least one of (i) stacked-sheet number that is the number of the recording media, and (ii) a magnitude of the external force that is applied to the recording media and which controls the alignment device on the basis of the setted at least one of the stacked-sheet number and the magnitude of the external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Itogawa
  • Patent number: 9079387
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention disclose a method for preparing a color microcapsule electrophoresis display membrane by preparing individually various monochromatic microcapsule membranes, then binding each monochromatic microcapsule membrane together using a binding agent by stacking the membranes in sequence, so as to form multiple membrane layer units, and cutting the stacked multiple membrane layer units in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to a surface, thereby preparing the color microcapsule electrophoresis display membrane. The color microcapsule electrophoresis display membranes prepared by the method have high light reflectivity, high color contrast and precise color positioning. The invention further discloses a method for preparing a color microcapsule electrophoresis display comprising the color microcapsule electrophoresis display membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Ze Liu
  • Patent number: 9039851
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method of manufacturing a (plastic) card with a flexible inlay. Said method comprises following steps: manufacturing a upper housing and a lower housing; coating colloidal on inner surfaces of the upper housing and the lower housing; placing the inlay in said upper housing or the lower housing; closing the upper housing and the lower housing together to have a housing-closed card; laminating the closed housings to have a finished card. Preferably, there is provided in either the upper housing or the lower housing a slot(s) in match with the inlay(s); the inlay is placed within the slot accordingly. By means of the invention, a card with flexible inlay is manufactured, for example, an intelligent card (i.e., smart card) comprising a flexible and active circuit board and a flexible display, and properties of a new kind of card with flexible inlay are guaranteed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Hierstar Limited
    Inventors: Xueli Xie, Zheng Zhang, Jixiang Guo, Taoling Xie
  • Patent number: 9039860
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of manufacturing a polarizing plate having a polarizer layer and a protection film, sequentially having a drawing step of uniaxially drawing a stack film constituted of a base film and a polyvinyl alcohol based resin layer, a removal step prior to bonding of removing by cutting, opposing first end portions in a direction of width after dyeing and cross-linking the resin layer of the stack film, and a bonding step of bonding a protection film on a surface opposite to a surface on a side of the base film of the polarizer layer in the stack film from which the first end portions were removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Yuichiro Kunai