Prior To Assembly Patents (Class 156/256)
  • Patent number: 8986485
    Abstract: A fabrication method of a touch panel is provided. In the fabrication method, the two substrates are provided, and a plurality of touch units are formed on each of the substrates. A sealant and a plurality of first spacers are provided between the substrates, and the substrates are bonded through the sealant, so that the touch units are sealed between the substrates. The touch units and the first spacers are surrounded by the sealant. The substrates are thinned. The thinned substrates are cut into a plurality of sub-mounts separated from one another. Each of the sub-mounts has one of the touch units thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Sheng-Chin Fan, Tun-Chun Yang, Seok-Lyul Lee, Wei-Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 8986476
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for fulfillment of patient prescription orders by adapting a standard or stock container pre-filled with medication or the like for use as a patient-specific container through precise application of patient-specific information to the pre-filled container. Precise placement of the patient-specific information to the pre-filled container enables pharmacy management to fully utilize valuable information provided with the pre-filled container, thereby improving the quality of service to the patient while making the process of prescription order fulfillment more efficient. In general, preferred embodiments comprise control apparatus and information-application apparatus. In embodiments, the information-application apparatus is adapted to place a patient-specific label on the container. Preferred forms of the information-application apparatus include a label printer and a positioner. The preferred printer applies patient-specific information on a label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob A. Dent, Brian Gorman, Mark Bidus
  • Publication number: 20150074932
    Abstract: Apparatus and Method for manufacturing a cleaning body 1, consisting of a first plate 10 made of melamine resin foam and a second plate 20 made of melamine resin foam, wherein the first plate 10 comprises at a first side 12 thereof a burled surface and the second plate 20 comprises at a first side 22 thereof a burled surface, wherein the first plate 10 is adhered at the burled surface of the first side 12 by means of at least one adhesive layer 30 with the burled surface of the first side 22 of the second plate 20.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Jöst
  • Patent number: 8980024
    Abstract: A system, method, and process for fabricating solid surface inserts for solid surface materials is provided. The solid surface inserts provide additional decorative and/or functional elements to a solid surface material. The solid surface inserts are designed and fabricated to capture the salient features of a desired design in order to integrate the desired design into the solid surface base to create an assembled solid surface. To create the assembled solid surface, the solid surface base has a pocket formed to accept the solid surface inserts. Then, the solid surface inserts are fabricated from other solid surface materials. The fabricated solid surface inserts are then assembled, interlocked, and secured, either with each other and/or with the solid surface base, using an adhesive to create the assembled solid surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Custom Solid Surface, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bielek, Christopher J. Corradino, Marc Corradino
  • Publication number: 20150072097
    Abstract: Labels having identification tags and tamper evident pattern release layers and methods of producing such labels are disclosed. An example method includes moving a first substrate in a direction. The first substrate has a first side opposite a second side. The first side has a first adhesive and a pattern release layer. The method also includes coupling a third side of a tag to the first side of the first substrate. The tag includes the third side and a fourth side opposite the third side. The method also includes mating transfer tape of a second substrate over the first side and the fourth side. The second substrate includes a liner layer and the transfer tape. The transfer tape is to be positioned immediately adjacent the tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventors: Gretchen M. Tobol, James Warmus
  • Publication number: 20150055915
    Abstract: Light-coupling apparatus and methods for light-diffusing optical fibers are disclosed. The light-coupling apparatus includes a light-diffusing fiber bundle having an end section made up of tightly packed cores by removing the claddings. The spaces between the cores are filled with a material having a refractive index equal to or less than that of the cores. A light-emitting diode light source can be butt-coupled to the bundled-core end of the light-diffusing fiber bundle or can be coupled thereto via a reflective concentrator. A method of forming a flat and smooth end on a cleaved fiber that has a rough end is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephan Lvovich Logunov, Nikolay Timofeyevich Timofeev
  • Patent number: 8961724
    Abstract: A structural panel includes a closed-cell foam core formed of a metallic material; a first carbon-fiber panel bonded to a first side of the closed-cell foam core; and a second carbon-fiber panel bonded to a second side of the closed-cell foam core such that the foam core is disposed between the first carbon-fiber panel and the second carbon-fiber panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Paul E. Krajewski
  • Publication number: 20150050444
    Abstract: Two film webs (1), (2) (in each case transfer film or laminating film) with a carrier film (11) and decorative layer (14), in particular metal layer and/or color layer (14), are to be joined to each other. Instead of using a conventional adhesive tape with cold-setting adhesive as hitherto, in the present case a hot-melt adhesive or an adhesive which can be cured using (UV) radiation is used. For example, using hot stamping, a carrier (63) with a PET layer (64) and an adhesive (65) can be applied which joins together two film webs (1, 2) which are in abutment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Bernet, Fabian Arnold, Volker Oestreich
  • Patent number: 8956493
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a leg and flap elastics composite for use in an absorbent article includes joining a leg elastic member to a web moving in a machine direction. A flap elastic member is joined to the web and spaced from the leg elastic member. The web is fed to a chopper assembly wherein portions of the leg and flap elastic members are rendered less elastic at spaced-apart intervals to define deadened portions of the leg and flap elastic members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Alberto Tenorio, Jeffrey Alan DeBroux, David Kyle Stankewicz, Darin Allen Engelhart, James Richard Schermerhorn, Michael Donald Sperl, Daniel Mark Duhm, Michael Lee Lohoff, Anita Marie-Nanette Gilgenbach, Kenneth James Quella
  • Publication number: 20150044447
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to use of a particle accelerator beam to form thin layers of material from a bulk substrate. In particular embodiments, a bulk substrate (e.g. donor substrate) having a top surface is exposed to a beam of accelerated particles. In certain embodiments, this bulk substrate may comprise a core of crystalline sapphire (Al2O3) material. Then, a thin layer of the material is separated from the bulk substrate by performing a controlled cleaving process along a cleave region formed by particles implanted from the beam. Embodiments may find particular use as hard, scratch-resistant covers for personal electric device displays such as mobile phones or tablets, or as optical surfaces for fingerprint, eye, or other biometric scanning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Francois J. HENLEY
  • Publication number: 20150041841
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an LED/phosphor structure is described where an array of blue light emitting diode (LED) dies are mounted on a submount wafer. A phosphor powder is mixed with an organic polymer binder, such as an acrylate or nitrocellulose. The liquid or paste mixture is then deposited over the LED dies or other substrate as a substantially uniform layer. The organic binder is then removed by being burned away in air, or being subject to an O2 plasma process, or dissolved, leaving a porous layer of phosphor grains sintered together. The porous phosphor layer is impregnated with a sol-gel (e.g., a sol-gel of TEOS or MTMS) or liquid glass (e.g., sodium silicate or potassium silicate), also known as water glass, which saturates the porous structure. The structure is then heated to cure the inorganic glass binder, leaving a robust glass binder that resists yellowing, among other desirable properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Grigoriy Basin, Stein Kuiper, Paul Scott Martin
  • Publication number: 20150041589
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a wing and a wing box. The wing is joined to the wing box at a side of body joint. The wing and the wing box each includes lower skin and a plurality of stringers on the skin. Ends of at least some of the stringers at the side of body joint have a web cutout and a base that is spanwise tapered to a knife edge at the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Zeaid Fouad Hasan, Jeffrey F. Stulc, Phillip Roger Pratt, James A. Backlund, JR., Nickolas Scott Ellerbeck, Lyle Ray Deobald
  • Patent number: 8953912
    Abstract: A simple method of making robust radiation sensor cables using a special fiber cap that holds a scintillating fiber therein directly abutting an end of a fiber optic cable, thus providing a clean and protected connection therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: RadiaDyne, LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Lepke, Eric Hyman, John Isham, Randy Dahl
  • Publication number: 20150035228
    Abstract: A method of handling a web-like labelling material in an automated labelling process is disclosed. The method comprises feeding a succession of labels at an input station; and conveying the labels along a circular label path from the input station to an application station located at a first angular distance from the input station as measured about an axis, at the application station means being provided for applying the labels onto respective articles fed, in succession, to the application station. The method further comprises selectively conveying the labels along the circular label path past the application station and to a discarding station located at a second angular distance from the input station as measured about an axis, the second angular distance being greater than the first angular distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: James CARMICHAEL, Gabriele GIULIANI
  • Publication number: 20150027624
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an absorbent article including a fastening system having a primary fastening system and a secondary fastening system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method can include providing an absorbent assembly, providing a web of primary second fastening component material, and providing a carrier web including a secondary first fastening component material. The method can further include coupling the carrier web to the web of primary second fastening component material to form a composite web, cutting the composite web to form a discrete composite web component, and coupling the discrete composite web component to the outer cover of the absorbent assembly, with the discrete composite web component forming the primary second fastening component of the primary fastening system and the at least one secondary first fastening component of the secondary fastening system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Enz, Robert Lee Popp, David Fleger Bishop, Wendy Lynn VanDyke, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Catherine Marguerite Hancock-Cooke
  • Publication number: 20150020963
    Abstract: An automatic applicator of a sticky back material to a printing sleeve is disclosed. The applicator includes a controller that is programmable with data relating to the size and desired positioning of the sticky back material to the sleeve. The sticky back material is secured to a transport system and cut to the desired size by a cutter, creating a sheet. The sheet is then transported between a pressure roller and the sleeve. The pressure roller applies pressure to the sticky back sheet, applying the sheet to the sleeve. A mandrel grips and rotates the sleeve to apply the sticky back sheet around an exterior surface of the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Charles B. Leader, Michael J. Manzella, Rusty L. Schaffner
  • Publication number: 20150024168
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an engineered architectural material suitable for flooring or cladding walls which is capable of withstanding heat and humidity and methods of manufacturing thereof The architectural material of the present invention is particularly suited for use with natural stone veneers and when constructed in accordance with the present invention such flooring is resistant to cracking and delamination. An embodiment of the invention further comprises an integrated electric resistance heater embedded in the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: SKALA STONE, INC.
    Inventor: Yu-Sung Son
  • Publication number: 20150024154
    Abstract: A film including a first surface and an opposite second surface. A first layer includes the first surface. A second layer arranged onto the first layer includes the second surface. The second layer includes thermally activatable material. In a thermal activation process, wherein the temperature of the thermally activatable material rises above an activation temperature, adhesion properties of the material change such that before thermal activation, material of the second layer is solid and non-sticky, and after thermal activation, material of the second layer is viscous and forms an active adhesive. The first layer includes material that is resistant to temperatures higher than the activation temperature. Material of the first layer, material of the second layer, or the film including the first and second layers is capable of absorbing electromagnetic energy. An item including a body labelled with the film. A method for labelling a body using the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: UPM RAFLATAC OY
    Inventor: Ted HOERIG
  • Publication number: 20150014298
    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: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Protecto Wrap Company
    Inventor: John R. Hopkins, II
  • Patent number: 8926780
    Abstract: A method for reinforcing, baffling or sealing a vehicle structure by providing a die-cut expandable material that enters and seals a cavity or multiple cavities and corners, cracks, or seams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery A. Bradley
  • Publication number: 20150004382
    Abstract: In some implementations, an electronic device includes a display stack to display content. The display stack can include a number of substrates coupled using a first optically clear adhesive (OCA) and a second OCA. In an implementation, the first OCA includes an acrylic-containing OCA and the second OCA includes a silicon-containing OCA. In some instances, the first OCA can include an additive to filter ultraviolet radiation. In a particular implementation, the first OCA can have a total luminous transmittance of no greater than approximately 30% for at least a portion of the UV spectrum radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Anoop Menon, Robert Waverly Zehner, John-Paul Clement Perron
  • Patent number: 8920590
    Abstract: A seal formed of laminated films adhered to a peel strip. The seal includes a target area free of adhesive, and adhesive surrounding the target area. The seal is formed so that the target area is visually distinguished from the surrounding adhesive to facilitate placement of the seal on a medical container by a user. The use of a colored adhesive, reflectivity of the adhesive, a colored laminate, or a colored target background can be utilized to make the target area visually different from the surrounding adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Winfield Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary W. Cummings, Christopher A. Davies, Richard B. Davies
  • Publication number: 20140367025
    Abstract: A simple method of making robust radiation sensor cables using a special fiber cap that holds a scintillating fiber therein directly abutting an end of a fiber optic cable, thus providing a clean and protected connection therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: RADIADYNE, LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. LEPKE, Eric HYMAN, John ISHAM, Randy DAHL
  • Publication number: 20140352882
    Abstract: A system for applying a material to a substrate comprising: a feed section that comprises a feed roll and configured for advancing a material along a predetermined path; a material applicator roll configured to receive the material from the feed roll and apply a cut length of material to a substrate; a knife element located between the feed section and the material applicator roll; and a non-vacuum anvil roll positioned near the knife element, wherein the knife element and the non-vacuum anvil roll are positioned along the path of the material and engage the material to cut the material into the cut length of material for applying to the substrate, and wherein the material contacts the peripheral surface of the non-vacuum anvil roll only at a cut engagement point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
  • Patent number: 8900395
    Abstract: A pant-type absorbent article including a first body panel having a body facing side and a garment facing side and a second body panel having a body facing side and a garment facing side, the body facing sides of first and second body panels are held together in a face-to-face relationship along lateral edges to form side connections. The article further including a first fastening member hingedly attached to or near a lateral edge of the body facing side of the first body panel and having a portion which is unattached to said first body panel, said portion is refastenably attached to a complementary second fastening member provided on the body facing side of the second body panel. A recess forming a finger grip may be provided in the lateral edge of the first body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Lennart Nilsson, Ingemar Fernfors, Christian Järpenberg
  • Publication number: 20140346305
    Abstract: Multi-layer paper structures and processes of producing the same are described. A method includes moving a backer web within an in-line process and die cutting the backer web associated with a backer web roll to define a support structure, the backer web comprising a front face and a back face. The method includes moving a display web within the in-line process and at least one of printing or imaging the display web associated with a display web roll, the display web comprising a front face and a back face. The method includes applying first adhesive via pattern or solid pasting to the front face of the backer web or the back face of the display web and coupling the backer web and the display web via the first adhesive to form a web of easels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventor: Joshua Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140338739
    Abstract: An integrated back-sheet for a back contact photovoltaic module is provided. The integrated back-sheet is formed from a polymer substrate and a conductive metal foil that is die cut to provide a metal foil circuit that is adhered to the polymer substrate. A back contact solar cell module incorporating the integrated back-sheet with the die cut metal foil circuit is also provided. Processes for forming such integrated back-sheets and back contact solar cell modules are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Zelin Liu, Qiuju Wu
  • Publication number: 20140338673
    Abstract: A cuff for placement on the outside surface of a first tube, for example, a tracheostomy or endotracheal tube, and a method of making the cuff. A pattern of the cuff including first and second end regions by which the cuff is to be attached to the first tube is RF welded onto second tube of a thin pliable RF weldable polymer. Polymer material outside the pattern is removed, leaving the length of the cuff including the first and second end regions. The length of the cuff including the first and second end regions is turned inside out to place the cut edge of the weld of the RF welded seam on the inside. The first end region is slipped onto an end of the first tube. The first end region is turned inside out again to orient the cut edge of the weld of the RF welded seam away from the first tube. The first end region is attached to the first tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Brad H. Quinn
  • Publication number: 20140342126
    Abstract: A massaging floor mat includes a layer of gel that penetrates into the cells of a layer of memory foam. The layer of foam sits on a foundation layer of hard plastic. A plurality of protrusions are distributed over the upper surface of the foundation layer. The protrusions provide a massaging sensation to the user of the mat. The protrusions also hold the layer of foam in place obviating the need to glue the foam to the foundation layer. The gel is spread over the foam as the foam moves along a conveyor belt. The gel is then cured using hot air. The foundation layer is held in place in an indentation of a bottom cover of flexible plastic without using any glue. A top cover is placed over the layer of gel, and the peripheries of the top and bottom covers are attached to each other using high-frequency welding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Zinus Inc.
    Inventor: Suk Kan Oh
  • Patent number: 8887781
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a vacuum suction control mechanism apparatus capable of accurately bonding a film to a bonding object with a simple structure. A vacuum suction control mechanism apparatus according to the present invention includes a first member including a plurality of suction holes formed in a surface thereof, the plurality of suction holes being connectable to a decompression source, and a second member capable of contacting the plurality of suction holes, the second member being movable relative to the first member, wherein the second member includes connecting member connecting some of the suction holes, the number of which corresponds to a relative position between the first member and the second member, to the decompression source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: NLT Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Kodera
  • Publication number: 20140331532
    Abstract: Lighting strips and signs are produced using a flexible, clear and transparent substrate that is a good dielectric, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Flexible metallic power bus traces are formed on at least one surface of the substrate, extending along opposite edges of the strip, or to define the shape of alphanumeric letters or graphic designs on a sign. Conductive traces electrically coupled to the flexible power bus traces are electrically connected to a plurality of light emitting devices, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs). The flexible, clear and transparent lighting strips or signs can then be mounted or hung on a window or in a display case and provide decorative lighting and illumination without obscuring objects, since light is transmitted through the substrate. The light emitted by the light sources can be white or selected to be of one or more other colors for enhanced visual and decorative effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: ALMAX Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Robert W. Deppiesse
  • Publication number: 20140326391
    Abstract: This invention provides a cost-effective technique for mass-production of a cell culture vessel that allows mass cell culture to be performed in a manner that allows cells to be stably detached from the culture vessel. Specifically, the invention provides a method for producing a cell culture vessel suitable for large-capacity culture comprising cutting a long-sized cell support film to obtain a sheet-like cell support film, fixing the film to a first member, which is not closed, and bonding other members thereto. Thus, a cell culture vessel comprising a container section in which a cell support film is fixed to an inner wall surface can be produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Kuroda, Katsunori Tsuchiya, Masahiko Hase, Taro Nagai, Yumiko Narita, Kazumasa Yamaki
  • Publication number: 20140311665
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing the cushioning elements may include utilizing a die with a plurality of die elements positioned in a particular arrangement. A polymer material, which may be a polymer foam material, is located between the die and an extractor. The polymer material is compressed between the die and the extractor, and the die elements cut the polymer material to form a plurality of pad components, which are arranged like the die elements. The die and the extractor are separated, and the pad components are secured to the extractor in the arrangement of the die elements. Additionally, the pad components are bonded to at least one material layer such that the pad components remain in the arrangement of the die elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 8865042
    Abstract: A process for producing a heat-insulating cavity mold, characterized by producing two members, i.e., a metallic surface layer member (1) for forming a metallic surface layer (5) of a cavity mold in a mold for thermoplastic resin molding and a cavity mold main body member (9) for forming the cavity mold, forming a heat-insulating layer (10?) on a bonding surface of the member (9), bonding the two members to each other, and subsequently eliminating an unnecessary part (3, 12) of the metallic surface layer member to form the metallic surface layer (5); a heat-insulating cavity mold; and a mold for thermoplastic resin molding which employs the cavity mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Iwami
  • Publication number: 20140307309
    Abstract: Optical filter elements each include a parallelogram-shaped substrate with parallel light entrance and light exit surfaces and parallel slanted sidewalls slanted at an angle, and an interference filter disposed on one or both of the light entrance surface and the light exit surface. The optical filter elements are bonded together at the slanted sidewalls to form the optical filter array. Light is filtered by illuminating the optical filter array at an angle ? equal to or corresponding to the angle of the slanted sidewalls. In some embodiments the angle of the slanted sidewalls corresponds to the angle-of-incidence ? by Snell's law.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin R. Downing, Ian S. Tribick
  • Publication number: 20140299266
    Abstract: A fiber placement system for manufacturing composite components includes at least one material storage enclosure including a material spool assembly, a swiveling roller assembly, and a redirect roller assembly, for each tow to be produced per course, at least one material feeding/cutting station configured with a nip roller drive system, and a cutting mechanism, at least one material transfer station configured with an individual, moveable guide tray for each tow to be produced per course, the moveable guide trays respectively being configured with a vacuum system, and at least one layup station comprising a vacuum table/layup surface, and a pick-and-place device equipped with an end-effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
    Inventors: Robert E. BORGMANN, Wendell BEACHY, Don O. EVANS, Christina M. McCLARD
  • Patent number: 8852376
    Abstract: A method for making a heater is related. A rotator having an axis and a flexible substrate with a plurality of electrodes located on a surface of the flexible substrate are provided. The flexible substrate is fixed on a surface of the rotator and a carbon nanotube film drawn from a carbon nanotube array is adhered on the surface of the flexible substrate. The rotator is rotated about the axis to wrap the carbon nanotube film on the surface of the flexible substrate to form a carbon nanotube layer. The flexible substrate and the carbon nanotube layer are cut along a direction to form the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Beijing FUNATE Innovation Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li Qian, Yu-Quan Wang, Chen Feng, Liang Liu
  • Publication number: 20140291351
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vacuum container in which a periphery of an inner container, a periphery of a film container, and an inner container cover are bonded through ultrasonic wave fusion and a method of manufacturing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Sungil Kang
  • Patent number: 8845838
    Abstract: A method for producing a steering wheel (10) including a multilayered decorative trim (16) comprises the following steps: providing a multilayered body composed of flat layers joined to each other, the body being bent transversely or perpendicular to the plane of the layers into a shape adapted to the geometry of a steering wheel body part (14), cutting off a thin arcuate decorative layer (26) from a lateral surface of the body, in particular essentially perpendicular to the bending axis, and adapting said decorative layer (26) to and applying it onto said steering wheel body part (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Safety Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Binder, Maik Adelberger, Norbert Zwiessler
  • Patent number: 8839836
    Abstract: A device for applying at spaced positions (P1, X) over a moving web of material (S) superposed strips of a first (A) and a second (B) includes a first (10, 12) and a second (20, 22) cutting unit arranged cascading with respect to each other. Each unit includes a rotary knife (10, 20) that can be fed with the respective material (A, B) and an anvil roll (12, 22) which cooperates with the respective knife (10, 20) to cut the abovementioned strips of material (A, B). The anvil rolls (12, 22) of the two units are arranged facing each other, movable of concordant motions with respect to each other and configured in such a manner to transfer the strips of the first material (A) from the first anvil roll (12) over the second anvil roll (22) superimposing them to the strips of the second material (B). The second anvil roll (22) then provides for passing over the moving web of material (S) the strips of the first (A) and second material (B) superimposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Fameccanica.Data S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nicola Cocozzella, Francesco D'Aponte
  • Publication number: 20140262004
    Abstract: The present invention describes methods for creating single-piece or multi-piece Rigid Inserts that may be included in an Ophthalmic Lenses or may comprise the Ophthalmic Lens, wherein the Rigid Insert may be formed through the processing of thin sheet material by thermoforming Single piece annular Rigid Inserts may perform the function of providing a template for printed patterns to be included in Ophthalmic Lenses. Single piece full Rigid Inserts may perform the function of polarizing light or filtering light based on the properties of materials used to form the insert. Multi-piece Rigid Inserts may incorporate activation and energization elements. The present invention also includes apparatus for implementing such methods, as well as Ophthalmic Lenses and inserts formed with the Rigid Insert pieces that have been thermoformed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Karson S. Putt, Edward R. Kernick, Douglas Lilac, Frederick A. Flitsch, Camille Higham, Sharika Snook
  • Publication number: 20140261977
    Abstract: Vascular treatment and methods include a plurality of self-expanding bulbs and a hypotube including interspersed patterns of longitudinally spaced rows of kerfs. Joints between woven structures and hypotubes include solder. Woven structures include patterns of radiopaque filaments measureable under x-ray. Structures are heat treated to include at least shapes at different temperatures. A catheter includes a hypotube including interspersed patterns of longitudinally spaced rows of kerfs. Heat treating systems include a detachable flange. Laser cutting systems include a fluid flow system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Insera Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Vallabh Janardhan, Vikram Janardhan
  • Publication number: 20140262005
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus at least for partially laminating a component (1), in particular of a motor vehicle, having a film (2) which is cut to a width which is selected to be slightly greater than a region (1.1) to be laminated of the component (1), wherein the film (2) is heated on both sides and is arranged in an upper die (4), wherein the component (1) is provided with an adhesive (6) and is arranged in a lower die (5), wherein the adhesive (8) is heated to be activated and a tool formed by the upper die (4) and the lower die (5) is closed for a pressing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Etem Ibrahim Uysal, Werner Klusmeier
  • Publication number: 20140271209
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a soft in plane rotor yoke comprising two longitudinal side portions connected together via two outboard portions, wherein the outboard portions comprise a plurality of first layers formed of a first composite fabric material having a plurality of first fibers oriented in a first direction, and a plurality of second layers formed of a second composite fabric material having a plurality of second fibers oriented in a second direction. Included is an apparatus comprising a soft in plane rotor comprising two longitudinal side portions connected together via two outboard portions, wherein the outboard portions comprise a plurality of first layers formed of a first composite fabric material, and a plurality of second layers formed of a second composite fabric material, wherein the soft in plane rotor yoke does not comprise any narrow steered slit tape or filament windings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Wardlaw, Werner Idler, John R. McCullough, Patrick Ryan Tisdale, Frank Bradley Stamps, James L. Braswell, JR., Ronald J. Measom, Paul K. Oldroyd
  • Publication number: 20140264116
    Abstract: A method of installing a pipe fitting that includes providing a pipe fitting including an extended run portion having a length that is greater than a length of the opposing run portion of the pipe fitting, and removing a portion of a line of pipe to provide an opening. The extended run portion of the pipe fitting is slid over the first end of the line of pipe within the opening formed in the line of pipe. The pipe fitting may then be moved to a second position by sliding the opposing run portion of the pipe fitting over the second end of the line of pipe, while the extended run portion of the pipe fitting is still present over the first end of the line of pipe. The pipe fitting is fused to the first and second end of the line of pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Robert P. Cappadora, Nicholas Cappadora
  • Patent number: 8834660
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and a related systems and tools for dispensing an adhesive piece having damping qualities onto a component of a hard disk drive suspension. The adhesive piece can be commercially available layered strip sold as an adhesive layer having a first and a second liner adhered to each side. An exemplary method can cut an adhesive piece, separate the adhesive piece from a secondary liner, adhere the adhesive piece onto a component of a hard disk drive suspension, separate a primary liner from the adhesive piece, and dispose of the primary liner using a conventional gantry system. The method can be performed using a two-step operation of the gantry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Bryan J. Scheele, Neal T. Eidenschink, John L. Schumann, Trent A. Johnson, Daniel W. Scheele, Cameron T. Hempel, Scott J. Cray, Kenneth L. Bolster
  • Patent number: 8828174
    Abstract: A method wherein firstly a spacer arrangement and a first wafer are brought together with each other with a first portion of curable adhesive between a first side of the spacer arrangement and the first substrate, to produce a partial stack, and then a second wafer is brought together with a second side of the spacer arrangement, with a second portion of curable adhesive between the second side of the spacer arrangement and the second wafer. Then, the first portion of the curable adhesive and the second portion of the curable adhesive are cured simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Heptagon Micro Optics Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hartmut Rudmann, Susanne Westenhofer, Diane Morgan
  • Patent number: 8827655
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for preparing a pre-form comprising at least two layers of fiber tows, these layers being at least partly fixed by a resin. The method comprising steps of providing a work surface, and alternating distribution of layers of resin and layers of fiber tows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Anton Bech
  • Patent number: 8821674
    Abstract: Disclosed is a material roll that includes a roll of an optical film having defect information markings printed thereon and is resistant to the formation of a defect by the transfer of a bump/dent deformation at the marking site. The material roll includes a long sheet of an optical film with polarizer wound into roll shape; and marking(s) formed at or in a vicinity of at least one defect site. The marking has an optical density of 1.5 or more, and a thickness of a center part of the marking is 1.5 ?m or less. The marking preferably has an optical density per unit thickness of 2.5 ?m?1 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Nakazono, Seiji Umemoto, Tomohito Takita, Fumihito Shimanoe, Yuuki Yano, Teruaki Oosawa
  • Publication number: 20140241693
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a monolithic multi-optical-waveguide penetrator or connector. One example apparatus generally includes a plurality of large diameter optical waveguides, each having a core and a cladding, and a body having a plurality of bores with the optical waveguides disposed therein, wherein at least a portion of the cladding of each of the optical waveguides is fused with the body, such that the apparatus is a monolithic structure. Such an apparatus provides for a cost- and space-efficient technique for feedthrough of multiple optical waveguides. Also, the body may have a large outer diameter which can be shaped into features of interest, such as connection alignment or feedthrough sealing features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas W. F. Engel