Joining Of Nonplanar Elements; E.g., Configured Hollow Objects, Etc. Patents (Class 156/304.2)
  • Patent number: 10806893
    Abstract: A guiding catheter has a proximal portion constructed of a tubular braid and a shape-retentive distal portion including a superelastic hypotube cut to define particular mating, support, shape-retentive and flexibility characteristics. A tubular liner extends through both of the tubular braid and the hypotube. The hypotube is joined to the braid using a mechanical interlock that has high torque transfer from the braid to the hypotube. A short portion of high stiffness polymer tube is provided at a joint between the braid and the hypotube. A polymeric outer jacket is provided over the proximal and distal portions, including the polymer tube. The jacket is heat set over the hypotube to remove residual stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Surefire Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: David Benjamin Jaroch
  • Patent number: 10047932
    Abstract: An LED tube light which includes LED light sources mounted in LED leadframes is disclosed. The LED leadframe has a recess, a first sidewall and a second sidewall. Each LED light source includes an LED leadframe and an LED chip, in which LED chip is disposed in recess of LED leadframe. A height of first sidewall of LED leadframe is lower than a height of second sidewall thereof. Inner surface of the first sidewall is a sloped flat or curved surface facing towards outside the recess. First sidewalls of the LED leadframe are arranged along a length direction of the light tube, and second sidewalls of the LED leadframe are arranged along a width direction of the light tube. The LED tube light further includes an LED light bar. The LED light sources together with the LED leadframes are mounted on the LED light bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Jiaxing Super Lighting Electric Appliance Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Jiang, Li-Qin Li
  • Patent number: 10047892
    Abstract: The invention provides improvements to electrofusion fitting methods that allow for continuity and repeatability of welds between an electrofusion fitting and a pipe lining (or stand-alone pipe). An electrofusion fitting for joining sections of lined pipe has heating elements configured to create at least one weld between the electrofusion fitting and a pipe lining, however prior to the weld step taking place the electrofusion fitting is heated and expands accordingly to ensure contact with the pipe lining. Preheating the electrofusion fitting also provides a predetermined starting temperature for the fitting and the lining which results in improved fusion cycle reliability. Furthermore, the need for clamps or support frames to support the electrofusion fitting in situ is removed, with corresponding reductions in cycle times, complexity, and hence cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Pioneer Lining Technology Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Barnes
  • Patent number: 9868238
    Abstract: A moldable material shaping system for shaping a moldable material, the system comprising a thermal transfer mold having an internal cavity configured to receive a moldable material, the internal cavity further comprising an internal mold shape, a thermally controlled heat source subsystem configured to heat the thermal transfer mold and the moldable material received in the thermal transfer mold thereby reshaping the moldable material to a deformed moldable material shape conforming to the internal mold shape. Some embodiments further comprise a cooling source subsystem configured to cool the thermal transfer mold and stabilize the moldable material inside the thermal transfer mold to maintain the deformed moldable material shape. Methods of molding a moldable material are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CATHETER DYNAMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul M. Scopton, Yem Chin, Thomas R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9849264
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for making one or more tubular components of medical catheters or other tubular bodies using a strip of polymer material including a length, a width, and a first surface including a lubricious or other coating or surface modification. The strip is directed adjacent an elongate mandrel, such as beading, such that the length of the strip extends along the mandrel and the coating is disposed towards the mandrel. The strip is rolled at least partially around the mandrel such that the coating or surface modification is disposed inwardly towards the mandrel, and one or more strip-constrainment members are wrapped around the rolled strip. The directing, rolling, and wrapping steps may be substantially continuous to create one or more strip-mandrel-constrainment member subassemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: CLPH, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen A. Leeflang
  • Patent number: 9827706
    Abstract: A mobile waterstop welding apparatus includes a first and second support member for supporting a first and second waterstop section, respectively. The second support member is movable between a loading configuration, a heating configuration, and a welding configuration. In the loading configuration, the first and second support members are spaced apart so that the first and second waterstop sections may be loaded onto the first and second support members. In the heating configuration, the first and second support members are spaced apart so that a heating iron may be placed in-between respective welding ends of the first and second waterstop sections. In the welding configuration, the first and second support members are moved towards each other so as to weld the first and second waterstop sections together at their respective welding ends. During the welding process, a spring assembly may urge the first and second support members towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: William S. Callaway, III
  • Patent number: 9821539
    Abstract: A method for connecting thermoplastic components, in which the opposing surfaces thereof are at least partially melted by introducing energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA Exteriors GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Götzelmann, Heiner Salzmann
  • Patent number: 9568376
    Abstract: A temperature detecting circuit and method thereof, adapted to a voltage converter circuit which includes a current detecting circuit having a detecting output port outputting a current detecting signal proportional to an output current of the voltage converter circuit, includes: a current signal processing unit, having a signal input port coupling to the detecting output port, a first detecting output port generating a first processing signal with a first temperature coefficient, a second detecting output port generating a second processing signal with a second temperature coefficient, wherein the first and the second processing signals are proportional to the current detecting signal; and, a temperature calculating unit, receiving the first and the second processing signals and performing calculation to derive a temperature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: RICHTEK TECHNOLOGY CORP
    Inventors: Sheng-Fu Hsiao, Hung-Shou Nien, Kuang-Feng Li, Yu-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 9366583
    Abstract: A self-calibration temperature control method and device includes a temperature feedback and control unit, a precise temperature measurement unit, and a temperature calibration unit. The temperature feedback and control unit has a negative temperature coefficient thermistor and an analog feedback control circuit that are connected with a controlled heating element. The temperature calibration unit includes a CPU, a data latch circuit with an input end connected with the CPU through a bus, and a digital potentiometer connected with the temperature feedback and control unit, an output end of the data latch circuit being connected with the digital potentiometer through the bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: EDAN INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Xiaofei Xiang, Zhixiang Zhao, Shaoguo Chai
  • Patent number: 9039854
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for connecting a first tube to a second tube, the tubes being interconnected in an overlapping region by means of an adhesive that fills a gap in the overlapping region between the tubes. Said method is characterized in that: a) adhesive is applied to the overlapping region of at least one of the tubes and the adhesive is selected in such a way that it is solid at temperatures of below 30° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Andrea Ferrari, Eugen Bilcai
  • Patent number: 9023263
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for use in a fusion process for conduit. The method includes: heating and melting at least a portion of the terminal edges of the first conduit portion and the second conduit portion; and butt fusing the melted terminal edge of the first conduit portion with the melted terminal edge of the second conduit portion, thereby creating a fused joint area. A fusion apparatus for employing this method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Underground Solutions Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan St. Onge, Henri St. Onge, Thomas Marti
  • Publication number: 20150053329
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cylindrical thermal insulation wall body having a holding unit of a heater element formed in an inner peripheral surface includes processing a plate-shaped thermal insulation member such that a plurality of groove portions are formed at a predetermined pitch, processing the thermal insulation member such that an angle between either of the first surface and the second surface, and a third surface on which the groove portions are formed, is 90+180/n degrees, and manufacturing the cylindrical thermal insulation wall body by bonding a plurality of sectional thermal insulation members, wherein the plurality of sectional thermal insulation members are bonded such that the groove portions of the adjacent sectional thermal insulation members are aligned with each other and to form the holding unit in the inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical thermal insulation wall body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Makoto KOBAYASHI
  • Patent number: 8951374
    Abstract: The invention is a method of bonding a first fluid conduit (14) to one or more other fluid conduits (12) or elements such as an electrode (92) or heating element. The method comprises positioning a first fluid conduit (14) substantially in contact with the other fluid conduits or elements (12) wherein a bond region (16) is created. The bond region is wetted with a liquefied thermoplastic polymer (34) which is then subsequently cooled forming a substantially fluid tight bond between the first fluid conduit (14) and the other fluid conduits or elements (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Theodore Dourdeville, Dennis DellaRovere
  • Patent number: 8906188
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for use in a fusion process for conduit. The method includes: heating and melting at least a portion of the terminal edges of the first conduit portion and the second conduit portion; and butt fusing the melted terminal edge of the first conduit portion with the melted terminal edge of the second conduit portion, thereby creating a fused joint area. A fusion apparatus for employing this method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Underground Solutions Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan St. Onge, Henri St. Onge, Thomas Marti
  • Patent number: 8882958
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for welding profiled parts (8), in particular plastics profiled parts, having at least one welding head (1) that can be positioned in a predetermined or predeterminable target welding position (6) relative to another welding head (1, 9) and/or relative to a holding device. According to the invention the welding head (1) and/or a part of the welding head (1), that comprises at least one heating element, such as a heating plate, for melting the profiled parts, can be positioned and/or is movable in accordance with at least one dimensional variation of at least one of the profiled parts (8) from a target dimension in a spatial tolerance range (5) around the target welding position (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: ROTOX Besitz-und Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Bernd Eisenbach, Hans Schmitt
  • Patent number: 8857485
    Abstract: An apparatus for welding together thermoplastic hoses comprising two clamping units which in part can be rotated and displaced relative to each other. The two clamping units each have two clamping jaws which comprise through-passages between the clamping jaws in which the hoses can be inserted continuously parallel to each other and squeezed transversely to each other. The apparatus further comprises a heatable blade for severing the hoses and melting the cut edges thereof between the clamping units. An intermediate piece is disposed between the clamping jaws of the clamping units, thereby separating the clamped hoses from each other, and at least one of the two clamping units has inner and outer clamping jaws, wherein the inner clamping jaws are held by the outer clamping jaws and can be adjusted together. In a closed position, the inner clamping jaws and the intermediate piece can be rotated with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Reed Electronics AG
    Inventors: Peter Bühler, Willy Fluder
  • Patent number: 8834667
    Abstract: Fluted core sandwich panels are joined together to form a composite structure. Variations in panel ends are accommodated by a core stiffener insert installed in a joint between ends of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas A. McCarville, Juan C. Guzman, Michael Leslie Hand
  • Patent number: 8815369
    Abstract: An adhering jig for an adhesive connecting member is provided, in which the adhesive connecting member can be adhered without being broken even if it is twisted during connection of an optical fiber. The adhesive connecting member of the present invention has a tabular member having insertion holes fitting a shape of the optical connector, and an adhesive connecting member having a certain size. The adhesive connecting member has a strongly adhesive layer and non-adhesive layer, and the adhesive connecting member was arranged at a bottom of the insertion hole via the weakly adhesive layer, so that the non-adhesive layer is lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Tomoegawa Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Hashimoto, Makoto Gotou
  • Patent number: 8808479
    Abstract: A method of repairing a composite component having a damaged area including: laying a composite patch over the damaged area; activating the shape memory polymer resin to easily and quickly mold said patch to said damaged area; deactivating said shape memory polymer so that said composite patch retains the molded shape; and bonding said composite patch to said damaged part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick J. Hood
  • Publication number: 20140227437
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are presented for a prosthetic injectable intraocular lens. The lenses can be made from silicone, fluorosilicone, and phenyl substituted silicone and be semipermeable to air. One or more silicone elastomeric patches located outside the optical path on the anterior side but away from the equator can be accessed by surgical needles in order to fill or adjust optically clear fluid within the lens. The fluid can be adjusted in order to set a base dioptric power of the lens and otherwise adjust a lens after its initial insertion. The elastomeric patches are sized so that they self-seal after a needle is withdrawn. A straight or stepped slit in the patch can allow a blunt needle to more easily access the interior of the lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicants: California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California
    Inventors: Charles DeBoer, Yu-Chong Tai, Mark Humayun, Wendian Shi
  • Patent number: 8801329
    Abstract: One invention relates to a liner (5) for repairing the connection between a main pipeline (100) and a lateral pipe (200). The liner (5) includes a main pipeline lining part (12) that in use forms a tubular portion for lining an inner circumferential portion of the main pipeline (100) and a lateral pipe lining part (14) that in use forms a tubular portion for lining an inner circumferential portion of the lateral pipe (200). Located between the lateral pipe lining part (12) and the main pipe lining part (14) there is a transition zone (16) that in use is arranged to line a junction zone (150) between the main pipeline (100) and the lateral pipe (200). The transition zone (16) of the liner (5) is formed integrally with the main pipeline lining part (12) and the lateral pipe lining part (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Interflow Holdings Pty Limited
    Inventors: Ian Bateman, Kyle Twidale
  • Patent number: 8747584
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for welding ends of two separate articles or a single article to form a single welded article. The apparatus comprises first and second molds for supporting and clamping first and second ends of at least one article and an infrared heating element for thermally energizing over a prescribed period of time the first and second ends of the at least one article to a welding condition. The apparatus further comprises a regulator for altering the power supplied for energizing the infrared heater over at least a portion of the prescribed period of time to achieve increased electromagnetic radiation penetration into the body of the at least one article beyond the first and second ends. The apparatus also comprises an actuator for advancing the first and second ends into a contacting position to form a single welded article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: SpringSeal, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Knapp
  • Publication number: 20140145032
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide for the construction of wing sections having multi-box wing spars. According to one aspect of the disclosure provided herein, an aircraft wing may be constructed by applying one or more layers of composite material onto a plurality of wing mandrels. The wing mandrels, when placed together, form the shape of the wing. After the layers of composite material are applied to each individual mandrel, the mandrels are abutted together. Thereafter, the mandrels are compressed using wing surface tooling applied to the plurality of wing mandrels. The composite material is thereafter cured. After curing, the wing surface tooling and mandrels are removed, resulting in a wing having multi-box wing spars and skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8727231
    Abstract: A sealed microfluidic conduit assembly is fabricated by forming a joint through which a first conduit fluidly communicates with a second conduit, by bringing the first conduit into contact with the second conduit. A layer of malleable material surrounding one or both conduits is compressed against the joint to fluidly seal the joint, by applying a radial force to an outer surface of a jacket surrounding the conduits and malleable layer. The respective compositions and/or sizes of the first conduit and second conduit may be different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: DH Technologies Development Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven Edward Hobbs
  • Patent number: 8722829
    Abstract: Described is a recloseable pack having a cold-sealed layer of adhesive which is recloseable after the pack has been opened, the layer of adhesive comprising an emulsion polymer composed to an extent of at least 60% by weight of principal monomers selected from the group consisting of C1 to C20 alkyl (meth)acrylates, vinyl esters of carboxylic acids comprising up to 20 C atoms, vinylaromatics having up to 20 C atoms, ethylenically unsaturated nitriles, vinyl halides, vinyl ethers of alcohols comprising 1 to 10 C atoms, aliphatic hydrocarbons having 2 to 8 C atoms and one or two double bonds, and mixtures of these monomers, the emulsion polymer being preparable by emulsion polymerization of free-radically polymerizable monomers in the presence of at least one protective colloid. Also described are aqueous polymer dispersions suitable for producing the pack of the invention, and polymer films coated with the polymer dispersions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Schumacher, Florian Büsch, Dieter Urban, Cornelis Petrus Beyers
  • Patent number: 8721822
    Abstract: A method of repairing a composite component having a damaged area including: laying a composite patch over the damaged area; activating the shape memory polymer resin to easily and quickly mold said patch to said damaged area; deactivating said shape memory polymer so that said composite patch retains the molded shape; and bonding said composite patch to said damaged part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick J. Hood
  • Patent number: 8715449
    Abstract: A container is formed to include and interior region and a mouth opening into the interior region. The container includes a floor, a side wall coupled to the floor to define the interior region between the floor and the side wall, and artwork on the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Chris K. Leser, Charles T. Wallace, Philip A. Driskill, John B. Euler, Jason J. Paladino, Milan C. Maravich, Daniel O. Davis, Jeffrey A. Mann, Randy A. Bowlds, Svetlana I. Contrada
  • Patent number: 8663770
    Abstract: A method of forming a composite structure can include providing a plurality of composite panels of material, each composite panel having a plurality of holes extending through the panel. An adhesive layer is applied to each composite panel and a adjoining layer is applied over the adhesive layer. The method also includes stitching the composite panels, adhesive layer, and adjoining layer together by passing a length of a flexible connecting element into the plurality of holes in the composite panels of material. At least the adhesive layer is cured to bond the composite panels together and thereby form the composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Zin Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart F. Zalewski, William B. Dial
  • Publication number: 20140034230
    Abstract: Fluid flow conduits (14a, 14b) and apparatus (40) and methods for joining the conduits (14a, 14b), preferably in a sterile manner, are disclosed. Each conduit (14, 14b) has a polymeric open end that is sealed by a sealing member (26a, 26b) that may include a heating element (28). The polymeric end material is melted, the sealing members (26a, 26b) are moved to expose the melted open ends of the conduits (14a, 14b) and the ends are brought together to form a fused or welded connection (12) between the conduits (14a, 14b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Wegener, Kyungyoon Min, Mark Brierton, Benjamin Kusters, James Madsen, William H. Cork
  • Publication number: 20140027041
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of manufacturing a catheter wherein a dual lumen catheter body and at least one distal tip member are separately formed and the at least one distal tip member is subsequently assembled to the dual lumen catheter body. The components may be assembled using a heating process or, alternatively, using adhesives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: COVIDIEN LP
  • Publication number: 20130306187
    Abstract: A conveying pipe part (2) of a pneumatic material conveying system, more particularly of a conveying system for wastes, which conveying pipe part comprises a wall, which is formed from at least two layers, at least the first one of which is a plastic material layer (12) and extends to the outer surface of the pipe part (2). The plastic material layer (12) is of plastic material or of plastic composite material, and in that the wall of the pipe part (2) comprises a second layer, a reinforcement part (8), which reinforcement part is preferably tubular part, and arranged in the wall of the pipe part (2) at a distance inwards from the outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: MARICAP OY
    Inventor: Göran Sundholm
  • Patent number: 8561844
    Abstract: A container of a flexible material web of weldable plastic. A reinforcing element is attached on the exterior of a wall of the container. The container may be formed by drawing a flat material web of weldable plastic material over a core tube and welding a longitudinal seam for closing the flat material web to form a tube. A reinforcing element is welded on an exterior of the tube while employing the core tube as an internal cooperating support. The tube is divided and separated along transverse seams into cut-off containers to form the containers. A dispensing system for flowable products includes at least one of the containers and a dispenser provided with a container receiving device for holding the container without closure. The container is formed with sliding guide and a displaceable closure, which is preferably opened when the container is placed on the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Hans Georg Hagleitner
  • Patent number: 8529716
    Abstract: Methods and systems for forming a frame, such as door and window frames, are provided. In some implementations, a method for forming a frame includes clamping the frame on a rotation device, the frame having a plurality of frame members and a plurality of corners defined by the plurality of frame members. The rotation device is for rotating the frame and providing a liquid material into each corner of the frame through injection holes formed in frame members. The liquid material sets to form a solid structural member bridging and connecting the frame members. The liquid is poured into the corner area with the corner at the bottom and the members diverging upwardly and outwardly therefrom and the liquid material has a viscosity so that it settles to form a level height into and across each frame member but does not leak from the butting surfaces of the members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Omniglass SCT Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Jarrett Davies, Laurence William Davies
  • Patent number: 8506736
    Abstract: An automatic core joiner and cutter apparatus for use in the recycling of used cores and the manufacture of new conjoined cores is disclosed. The apparatus combines an infeed unit, a milling unit, and an outfeed unit, all controlled by a PC. The used core is milled by the infeed milling bit and the core remnant is milled by the outfeed milling bit. A glue applicator applies glue to at least one of the milled surfaces and the milled surfaces are mated together to produce a new conjoined core. The infeed cutting and milling operations and the outfeed cutting and milling operations are controlled by the controller and performed at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Automatic Handling Intl.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Pienta, David M. Pienta
  • Patent number: 8500945
    Abstract: A framing corner joint includes first and second framing rails of fiberglass-reinforced resin construction. The first and second framing rails have hollow mitered ends. A pair of thermoplastic plugs are received in the mitered ends of the respective framing rails. Each of the plugs includes a body inserted into the hollow interior of an associated framing rail and a flat plug flange at an angle of 45° to the body. The plug flanges extend outwardly from the peripheries of the bodies between the rail ends and have flat end faces that are bonded to each other. The bodies of the plugs preferably are hollow, and preferably are received by interference press-fit within the ends of the rails. The plug flanges of the plugs preferably are welded to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Milgard Manufacturing Incorporated
    Inventor: Randy J. Brown
  • Publication number: 20130197563
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are disclosed for medical treatment comprising bone access and dilatation and/or cavity creation or enlargement using a narrow gauge, preferably 11-gauge or smaller, cannula wherein a catheter/expandable element assembly meeting medical protocols for such procedures is designed, adapted and fabricated to fit through the interior of the associated 11-gauge or smaller cannula, and further including apparatus and methods for wrapping and/or folding the expandable element either before or after a procedure to reduce its profile to fit through the cannula.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: ADVANCED POLYMERS, INC.
    Inventor: Advanced Polymers, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130126021
    Abstract: A sealed microfluidic conduit assembly is fabricated by forming a joint through which a first conduit fluidly communicates with a second conduit, by bringing the first conduit into contact with the second conduit. A layer of malleable material surrounding one or both conduits is compressed against the joint to fluidly seal the joint, by applying a radial force to an outer surface of a jacket surrounding the conduits and malleable layer. The respective compositions and/or sizes of the first conduit and second conduit may be different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: DH Technologies Development Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven Edward Hobbs
  • Patent number: 8444800
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus of silicon seed rod in which two silicon seed rods are joined into one long silicon seed rod by welding, having: an upper seed rod holding part holding an upper silicon seed rod vertically; an elevating device holding a lower silicon seed rod which faces a lower end of the upper silicon seed rod in a state in which the lower silicon seed rod is movable vertically; an induction-heating coil being arranged around the lower end of the upper silicon seed rod; a preheating ring being disposed below the induction-heating coil; and a moving device of the preheating ring that moves the preheating ring between a heat position in which the preheating ring is induction-heated around an upper end of the lower silicon seed rod by the induction-heating coil and a wait position which is distant from the heat position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
    Inventors: Akimichi Nagaura, Mamoru Nakano
  • Patent number: 8430988
    Abstract: A reinforced multi-lumen catheter and method of manufacturing the same. An assembly for manufacturing the multi-lumen catheter includes a proximal catheter body substrate including a septum, a first and second distal catheter body substrate, a first and second mandrel, a reinforcing element and a sleeve. The reinforcing element is positioned over the proximal catheter body substrate and at least a proximal region of the first and second distal catheter body substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Patterson, Walter H. Shang
  • Patent number: 8409396
    Abstract: A connection between composites with non-compatible properties and a method of preparing of such connections are provided. The composites comprise first and second type fibers, respectively, as well as resin. The connection comprises a transition zone between the composites having a layered structure. The transition zone may optionally comprise a transition member and the transition member may optionally be integrated with one or more of the composites. Examples of non-compatible properties where the present connection will be appreciated are great differences in stiffness, e.g. Young's modulus, or in coefficient of thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Anton Bech, Frank A. Hoelgaard Hahn
  • Publication number: 20130068387
    Abstract: An attachment that is configured for attachment to an arm of a piece of construction equipment. The attachment includes a pair of grapple mechanisms mounted on a main beam. Each grapple mechanism includes opposing grab arms mounted to a grab arm housing. The grab arm housings of the grapple mechanisms are each individually adjustable separate from one another relative to the main beam in one or more directions generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the main beam. The attachment can fine adjust the positions of the pipe ends relative to one another until the ends align with each other, at which point the pipe ends can be welded or otherwise secured to each other while being held in position by the grapple mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: LAVALLEY INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: LAVALLEY INDUSTRIES, LLC
  • Patent number: 8394218
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of manufacturing a catheter wherein a dual lumen catheter body and at least one distal tip member are separately formed and the at least one distal tip member is subsequently assembled to the dual lumen catheter body. The components may be assembled using a heating process or, alternatively, using adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Michael R. Sansoucy
  • Patent number: 8382619
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a ball (1), especially a soccer ball, comprising the steps: a) Producing a flat, level base material (2), constructed in at least two layers (3, 4, 5, 6, 7) which comprises a cover layer (3) and at least one material layer (4, 5, 6, 7) below said cover layer; b) Cutting out panels (8) of the desired shape from the base material (2); c) Applying the panels (8) to a carrier body (9), especially to a ball bladder. In order to provide a more uniform hardness to the ball across the extend of the circumference, the invention proposes that before, during or after step b) at least the edge region (10) of the panel (8) is heated and a reforming of the edge area (10) takes place, such that the side of the panel (8) which is covered by the cover layer (3) takes on a convex shape (11) in the edges area (10). Furthermore, the invention relates to a ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Puma SE
    Inventor: Roy William Bulfin
  • Patent number: 8349122
    Abstract: A fitting for use in fusion welding mating thermoplastic components includes a weld bead chamber to capture and conceal a bead formed as a result of the fusion weld. The weld bead chamber integrates the bead into the fitting so that the joined parts have a finished look without mechanical polishing or grinding of the completed piece. A stop ledge included in the weld bead chamber prevents over insertion of a pipe or other component into the fitting. A view window in the fitting permits inspection of the finished bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Heateflex Corporation
    Inventors: Hector J. Castaneda, Jorge Ramirez
  • Publication number: 20120322517
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a mobile device accessory has a mobile device cover defining a mobile device receiving region, and a resilient material on the mobile device cover. The resilient material defines a plurality of peaks extending generally away from the mobile device receiving region. The plurality of peaks increase the surface area of the mobile device cover and provide shock absorption. Other objects having such a resilient material, and methods of making and distributing such objects, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Valdez
  • Patent number: 8317964
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a vehicle. A set of vehicle body structure components is assembled with interlocking mating features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Gregory Thomas Hedderly
  • Publication number: 20120289837
    Abstract: An imaging window of an imaging catheter includes a first imaging window section and a second imaging window section. The first imaging window section has a finite length and is formed from a first material having a flexural modulus. The second imaging window section has a finite length and is formed from a second material having a flexural modulus. The flexural modulus of the first material is different than the flexural modulus of the second material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: SILICON VALLEY MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert ZELENKA, Ruth E. BEEBY
  • Publication number: 20120247665
    Abstract: An apparatus for melting and dispensing thermoplastic material is provided that includes an un-heated hopper having an inlet for receiving particles of a thermoplastic material and an outlet for discharging the particles and a heated manifold including at least one cavity formed therein and having an inlet and an outlet the inlet communicating with the outlet of the hopper for receipt of the particles from the hopper. The hopper is disposed external of the heated manifold. The heated manifold is effective for melting the particles into molten thermoplastic material therein. The apparatus further includes a pump having an inlet in fluid communication with the cavity. An outlet of the pump is in fluid communication with an inlet of a dispenser and an outlet of the dispenser is effective for dispensing the molten thermoplastic material therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: NORDSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leslie J. Varga, Marcel Puffe
  • Patent number: 8273204
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for joining a first acoustic panel (2), having a cellular structure of the honeycomb type, with a second acoustic panel (2), wherein said method comprises the steps of: inserting at least one mandrel, (5, 8) having a shape adapted to the cells (3), into at least one cell (3) located in the vicinity of a junction edge (6) of the acoustic panel; passing a roller (12) on said junction edge of the acoustic panel; joining the junction edge of the acoustic panel together with a junction edge (6?) of the second panel and connecting the same by applying a linking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Aircelle
    Inventor: Jean-Bernard Vache
  • Patent number: 8221085
    Abstract: A method and system for assembling large wind turbine blades that includes providing a plurality of wind turbine blade segments. An adhesive distribution arrangement is disposed on a surface of at least one of the plurality of the wind turbine blade segments. The adhesive distribution arrangement includes a bonding grid having a plurality of adhesive distribution openings. The wind turbine blade segments are directed together and sufficient adhesive is provided to the bonding grid to substantially fill an area between the wind turbine segments. The adhesive is then cured to form a bonded joint, the bonding grid being incorporated into the bonded joint. A bonding grid for use with the method and system and a segmented wind turbine blade are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jamie T. Livingston, Howard Driver