With Preliminary Edge Treatment Or Joining Of Edges Of Irregular Shape; E.g., Tongue And Groove, Beveled, Etc. Patents (Class 156/304.5)
  • Patent number: 9394697
    Abstract: Described herein are flooring systems comprising: a first floor panel and a second floor panel, each of the first and second floor panels comprising: a top surface, a bottom surface, and a plurality of peripheral edges extending between the top and bottom surfaces; and a coupling surface formed on one peripheral edge; the coupling surfaces of the first and second floor panels being disposed proximate to each other forming a joint; and a thermally activated solid adhesive interspersed between the coupling surfaces of the first and second floor panel. Methods of installing these systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: AFI Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Sunil Ramachandra
  • Patent number: 9290039
    Abstract: A production method of workpiece is provided. First, an adhesive layer is applied on a workpiece. The adhesive layer is impressed by a mold, so that the adhesive layer forms a three-dimensional pattern. A first curing process with a first irradiating energy is performed on the adhesive layer. The workpiece is punched after the first curing process is performed on the adhesive layer, so that the workpiece forms a three-dimensional workpiece. A second curing process with a second irradiating energy is performed on the adhesive layer after the workpiece is punched, wherein the second irradiating energy intensity is higher than the first irradiating energy intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Wan-Li Chuang, Chien-Min Chang, Tsung-Sheng Chuang
  • Patent number: 8905106
    Abstract: End portions of a sheet-shaped rubber member are manually and firmly joined together. A pair of opening/closing members is arranged to sandwich and move along the end portions. An opening/closing mechanism opens/closes the pair of opening/closing members between an open position and a closed position where the end portions are joined together. A pair of guiding rollers is provided to one opening/closing member and guides each of the end portions to a joining position. A pressing roller is provided to the other opening/closing member and presses each of the end portions onto the guiding roller. A pair of joining rollers is provided to the pair of opening/closing members, respectively, and sandwiches each of the end portions guided by the pair of guiding rollers. The joining rollers roll on each of the opposing end portions and abut and join the end portions to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichiro Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8840744
    Abstract: A method of preventing a handheld electronic device from slipping in relation to a smooth hard surface having a low coefficient of friction is disclosed. The method includes forming a decorative layer from a label stock; forming a contoured surface on an anti-slip layer; bonding the decorative layer and the anti-slip layer together to form an anti-slip skin; and adhering the anti-slip skin to the handheld electronic device. The contoured surface prevents the handheld device from slipping on the hard surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Fred A. Antonini
  • 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: 8815038
    Abstract: A curved composite structure, comprises at least two curved composite panel segments joined together. Each of the panel segments includes a fluted core sandwiched between first and second facesheets. A layer of adhesive is used to rigidly bond the panel segments together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas A. McCarville, Juan C. Guzman
  • Patent number: 8752293
    Abstract: A large scale composite structure is fabricated by forming a plurality of composite laminate modules and joining the modules together along their edges using scarf joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Darrell D. Jones, Arvid J. Berg, Joseph D. Brennan, Travis J. Sherwood
  • Patent number: 8741090
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for firmly joining fiber-reinforced, plastic-based adherends, wherein depressions are introduced into opposing lateral surfaces of the adherends, and have injected into them a fiber-reinforced plastic material that serves as an adhesive, a device for implementing such a method, as well as a component joined in this way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Alexander Goehlich, Malte Sander
  • Publication number: 20140134379
    Abstract: A sandwich-structural composite is assembled from a front sheet and a back sheet that sandwich between them first and second open cell core panels that are spliced together along intermeshing edges of the panels with projections from the panels engaging into slots into the panels. There is no adhesive substance employed between the intermeshing edges of the two core panels. The joining and splicing of the intermeshing core panel edges retains the structural and acoustic capability of the composite without the need for adhesives (film, foaming, paste, potting compound, etc.) between the intermeshing edges of the core panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Geoffrey E. Harrison, Adam J. Sawicki, Torben Syberg
  • Patent number: 8721829
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of cutting off laminate layers for use in a fiber-reinforced laminate object comprising a number of combined laminate layers, wherein, along a section of the at least one rim of the laminate layer, a tapering cut is performed through the thickness of the laminate layer, whereby the thickness of the laminate layer is reduced. Since not only the number of laminate layers, but also the thickness of the individual laminate layers are reduced, a laminate layer is accomplished that can be used in a laminate object, by which both the issues of areas rich in resin, air pockets and the risk of delamination are reduced. The invention also relates to a laminate layer for use in a fiber-reinforced laminate object comprising a number of combined laminate layers and a fiber-reinforced laminate object in the form of the blade of a wind turbine, wherein the blade of the wind turbine comprises a number of combined laminate layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: LM Glasfiber A/S
    Inventors: Torben Krogsdal Jacobsen, Morten Dahl
  • 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: 8591691
    Abstract: Semi-floating floorboards/building panels having mechanical joint systems, a core with curved edge portions so the surface layer on top of the core will be located below the panel surface, and where the edges of the floorboard have a bevel such that in which the joint system, when two floorboards are joined and pressed towards each other, the surface layer 31 and a part of the core 30 of the joint edge portion 19 in the second joint edge 4b overlaps the surface layer 31 that is substantially parallel to the horizontal plane of the first joint edge 4a of the other floorboard. Further, floorboards/building panels are produced by machining the surface structure with a plurality of core grooves 20, 20? and applying the surface layer 31 on the upper side of the core 30 to at least partly cover a floor element. A pressure is applied and the surface layer 31 forms around the core grooves 20, 20?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Magnus Wallin
  • Patent number: 8540841
    Abstract: A rubber sheet jointing apparatus is provided with first holding means for releasably holding a joint end portion of one of two rubber sheets, second holding means provided movably relative to the first holding means for releasably holding a joint end portion of the other of the two rubber sheets, and operating means for pressure-contacting the end surfaces of the two rubber sheets respectively held by the first and second holding means by moving the second holding means relative to the first holding means. Mutually facing surfaces of the first and second holding means are respectively provided with holder portions which are formed as rugged portions each taking a comb tooth shape and which are able to partly overlap to mesh with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignees: Fuji Shoji Co., Ltd., Fuji Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chikara Takagi
  • 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: 8419883
    Abstract: A fiber reinforced core panel is formed from strips of plastics foam helically wound with layers of rovings to form webs which may extend in a wave pattern or may intersect transverse webs. Hollow tubes may replace foam strips. Axial rovings cooperate with overlying helically wound rovings to form a beam or a column. Wound roving patterns may vary along strips for structural efficiency. Wound strips may alternate with spaced strips, and spacers between the strips enhance web buckling strength. Continuously wound rovings between spaced strips permit folding to form panels with reinforced edges. Continuously wound strips are helically wrapped to form annular structures, and composite panels may combine both thermoset and thermoplastic resins. Continuously wound strips or strip sections may be continuously fed either longitudinally or laterally into molding apparatus which may receive skin materials to form reinforced composite panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Stephen W. Day, G. Scott Campbell, Danny E. Tilton, Frederick Stoll, Michael Sheppard, Robin Banerjee
  • Patent number: 8414731
    Abstract: A method matching and splicing ends of carrier tape. A Uniquely patterned tab can be provided at an end/edge of carrier tape A and a uniquely patterned notch can be provided at an end/edge of carrier tape B. The uniquely patterned notch is complimentary to the uniquely patterned tab. The edge of carrier tape A is indexed (matched) to the edge of carrier tape B. The end/edge of carrier tape A and end/edge of carrier tape B can be secured together with adhesive tape that can be placed on at least one surface of carrier tape A and B. The uniquely patterned notch is complimentary to the uniquely patterned tab identify matching electronic components carried by carrier tape A and B. Indicia printed at the ends of carrier tape can also be used to identify component values in addition to use of unique tabs and notches formed at edge of tapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick Rome
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8394217
    Abstract: A floor plank having a wear layer, a pattern film, and a magnetic base layer. The floor plank may have a length, a width, and a thickness, wherein the length and the width are substantially larger than the thickness. The magnetic base layer may have a magnetic field which is in a direction substantially parallel to a plane defined by the length and the width of the floor plank, and wherein the direction of the magnetic field is substantially perpendicular to the thickness of the floor plank. The floor plank and an identical floor plank may be placed on the subfloor so that the two floor planks are adjacent one another and so that a magnetic pole of a magnetic base layer of one floor plank is attracted to an opposite magnetic pole of a magnetic base layer of the other floor plank to thereby connect the two floor planks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Advance Vinyl Floor Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Chao Kang Pien
  • Patent number: 8382934
    Abstract: A triaxial acceleration sensor which has a structure including a cover joined to a substrate including a mechanically operable functional unit to be sealed, is adapted in such a way that the joined state can be reliably obtained so as to not interfere with a displacement of the functional unit. A sealing frame is made of a heated polyimide on a periphery of an upper main surface of a substrate provided with a functional unit, and a sealing layer made of a polyimide is formed over an entire lower main surface of a cover. For integrating the substrate and the cover so as to seal the functional unit, the sealing frame and the sealing layer are joined to each other by heating and pressurizing the sealing frame and the sealing layer at a temperature that is about 50° C. to about 150° C. higher than a glass transition temperature of the polyimide while bringing the sealing frame and the sealing layer into contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Horiguchi, Yuji Kimura, Kazuhiro Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20120328820
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for firmly joining fiber-reinforced, plastic-based adherends, wherein depressions are introduced into opposing lateral surfaces of the adherends, and have injected into them a fiber-reinforced plastic material that serves as an adhesive, a device for implementing such a method, as well as a component joined in this way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Robert Alexander GOEHLICH, Malte SANDER
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8303760
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide a method for producing a combined optical film that includes opposing the end faces of a plurality of optical films to one another and can narrow the gap between the opposed end faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Yamada, Satoru Yamamoto
  • 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: 8268110
    Abstract: A method comprising the steps of putting together a first piece including a wear layer, a pattern layer, and a base layer, arranged in a sandwich manner, such that the wear layer is on top of the pattern layer, the pattern layer is on top of the base layer, and the pattern layer is in between the wear layer and the base layer. The method may also include removing portions of the first piece to form a first floor plank, such as by removing a first substantially L-shaped portion of the wear layer, removing a second substantially L-shaped portion of the pattern layer, and removing a third substantially L-shaped portion of the base layer. Adhesive may be applied to locations on the first floor plank where substantially L-shaped portions have been removed to adhere the first floor plank to one or more substantially identical floor planks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Advance Vinyl Floor Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Chao Kang Pien
  • Patent number: 8257526
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system of jointing and finishing plasterboard sheets. The system comprises adjacently abutted first and second plasterboard sheets and a connective material. The connective material is applied to a region at or near the side edge portions of the first and second plasterboard sheets and which securely joins the side edge portion of the first plasterboard sheet to the side edge portion of the second plasterboard sheet. There is also provided a joint filling compound and a finishing compound, which are optionally also applied to the region of the first and second plasterboard sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: CSR Building Products Limited
    Inventors: Bill Thompson, Doug Lavender, Edward Gale
  • Patent number: 8236127
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing a continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin pellet are provided which can smoothly carry out a continuous drawing-out operation for a reinforcing fiber bundle (continuous fiber-reinforced resin strand). With respect to a terminal end of a reinforcing fiber bundle A of a roving package being exhausted and a front end of a reinforcing fiber bundle B of a new roving package, fiber quantity-halved end portions A1 and B1 each about half of the original fiber quantity are formed respectively, then reinforcing filaments in those fiber quantity-halved end portions are entangled by an air splicer to form an entangled portion C1, and reinforcing filaments in a portion downstream of the fiber quantity-halved end portion in the reinforcing fiber bundle B of the new roving package are entangled by an air splicer to form an entangled portion C2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Tashiro, Takayasu Fujiura, Kaduya Takamura, Seiji Zenke
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8182643
    Abstract: In a process for fabricating large structures, a composite material panel is continuously pultruded in a pultrusion die assembly and cut transversely to the process direction to provide panel sections. The panel sections can be sufficiently long to extend from one end to an opposite end of the structure. The panel sections are assembled with a joint along adjacent edges using steel-to-composite and composite-to-composite joining technology. The joints can be integrated into the panel longitudinal edges, or separate joint assemblies can be fabricated. In this manner, fewer joints are required. A variety of in-plane and out-of-plane joint assemblies are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: KaZaK Composites, Incorporated
    Inventors: Jerome P. Fanucci, Michael McAleenan
  • Patent number: 8173237
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for joining two strips, where the two strips each include a laminate of a release liner and a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer, and the release liner extends from the corresponding pressure-sensitive adhesive layer in a longitudinal end region of at least one of the two strips. The method includes butting cross-sections of longitudinal ends of the pressure-sensitive adhesive layers of the two strips to bond the two pressure-sensitive adhesive layers; and superposing end regions of the release liners of the two strips and fixing the release liners so that surfaces of the release liners in portions at least 1 mm long inward from the longitudinal ends are not in contact with surfaces of the pressure-sensitive adhesive layers. This method gives a continuous strip from which the release liner can be smoothly removed without “binding” even at the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Tokuhisa Kosaka, Masatoshi Mamiya, Isao Hirose, Shinji Inokuchi
  • Patent number: 8127817
    Abstract: A rubber sheet jointing apparatus is provided with a first holding member for releasably holding a joint end portion of one of two rubber sheets; a second holding member provided movably relative to the first holding member for releasably holding a joint end portion of the other of the two rubber sheets; and an operating member for pressure-contacting the end surfaces of the two rubber sheets respectively held by the first and second holding member by moving the second holding member relative to the first holding member. Mutually facing surfaces of the first and second holding member are respectively provided with holder portions which are formed as rugged portions each taking a comb tooth shape and which are able to partly overlap to mesh with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignees: Fuji Shoji Co., Ltd., Fuji Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigemasa Takagi
  • Patent number: 8118966
    Abstract: A flat belt 20 is prepared. A first belt end 21 of the belt 20 has a finger shape and a second belt end 22 of the belt 20 has the complimentary shape to the first belt end 21. An adhesive is applied to one of an end face 21K of the first belt end 21 and an end face 22K of the second belt end 22 or to both. Next, both end faces 21K and 22K are butted. The butted portion B of the first and second belt ends 21 and 22 are pressed in the belt width direction. Due to this, the end faces 21K and 22K are bonded by the adhesive so that the first and second belt ends 21 and 22 become joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Nitta Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiro Tamaki, Akimitsu Tsuji, Yoshihiro Konishi, Takashi Yamamoto, Norio Shirai, Yasuaki Taniguchi, Tetsuro Fujima, Koji Uchida
  • Publication number: 20120018091
    Abstract: Means for installation of panels, the panels comprising a core, a decorative upper surface and edges provided with joining means for positioning the panels towards one another. Predetermined portions of the edges are provided with an encapsulated agent which is made present on the edges of the surface elements before assembly and which encapsulation is ruptured by means of assembly making the agent available to the core. The surface elements are hereby joined to one another by use of the joining means wherein a unit of a plurality of surface elements is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Ake Sjoberg, Sven Kornfalt
  • Patent number: 8088242
    Abstract: A bonded composite joint may include a base having a foot configured to couple to a member. The base may include a flange extending outward from the foot. The joint further may include a panel having a core positioned between opposing skins, where the skins have inner walls proximate the core and the skins extend outward beyond the core on at least one end of the panel to define a recess between the skins. The recess between the skins may receive the flange. A bonding agent may be used to couple the flange to the inner walls of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas A. Frisch, Marc J. Piehl, Douglas L. Grose, Joseph L. Sweetin, Michael R. Chapman
  • Patent number: 8082965
    Abstract: A rubber sheet joining apparatus includes a cutting unit for cutting a ribbon of rubber sheet reinforced with cords to generate rubber sheet strips having different lengths; a sheet overlapping unit for overlapping and joining the rubber sheet strips having different lengths to make an overlapped and joined strip. First holding members hold a front end portion of a following overlapped and joined strip. Second holding members hold a rear end portion of a preceding overlapped and joined strip. Support guides movably support the first holding members relative to the second holding members. An operating unit moves the first holding members relative to the second holding members to butt-join the side surfaces of two successive overlapped and joins strips held respectively by the first holding members and the second holding members to generate a ply sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignees: Fuji Seiko Co., Ltd., Fuji Shoji Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigemasa Takagi, Chikara Takagi, legal representative
  • Patent number: 8038818
    Abstract: A connection method for interconnecting end portions of a thermoplastic resin long body in which conductive unstretchable members are embedded within the thermoplastic resin along a longitudinal direction, wherein the unstretchable members in each of specific sections in the both end portions of the thermoplastic resin long body are heated using an induction heating portion so that the thermoplastic resin coating the unstretchable members is removed by melting for the unstretchable members to be exposed, after which the both end portions are interconnected while they are held in a state where the unstretchable members being exposed in the respective end portions are butt-connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Murata, Yoshiyasu Ogata, Jinichi Furukawa, Yoshio Ochi, Keizo Makino
  • Patent number: 8037657
    Abstract: A joint for panels, the panels comprising a core, a decorative upper surface and edges provided with joining means for positioning the panels towards one another. Predetermined portions of the edges are provided with a layer of polymer. The panels are joined to one another by use of the joining means where the polymer forms a seal in the joint preventing penetration of water into the joint wherein a highly water resistant unit of a plurality of panels is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Pergo AG
    Inventors: Ake Sjoberg, Hakan Wernersson, Krister Hansson, Magnus Nilsson, Nils-Erik Engstrom, Sven Kornfalt
  • Patent number: 8016968
    Abstract: There is provided a process for producing a seamed, flexible electrostatographic imaging member belt comprising providing a flexible, substantially rectangular, electrostatographic imaging sheet having a first major exterior surface opposite and parallel to a second major exterior surface and a first marginal end region of said sheet opposite and parallel with a second marginal end region; shaping said first marginal end region at an angle to form a first new sloping surface between the first major exterior surface and the second major exterior surface, shaping said second marginal end region at an angle to form a second new sloping surface between the first major exterior surface and the second major exterior surface, wherein the second new sloping surface is substantially parallel with the first new sloping surface; forming the sheet into a loop and overlapping said first new sloping surface with said second new sloping surface to form a mated region; and, joining said first new sloping surface to said seco
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Stephen Roetker, Donald Laflair, David Martin, Felix J. Santana, John Joseph Darcy, III, Scott Griffin, Robert C. U. Yu
  • Patent number: 8002942
    Abstract: A triaxial acceleration sensor which has a structure including a cover joined to a substrate including a mechanically operable functional unit to be sealed, is adapted in such a way that the joined state can be reliably obtained so as to not interfere with a displacement of the functional unit. A sealing frame is made of a heated polyimide on a periphery of an upper main surface of a substrate provided with a functional unit, and a sealing layer made of a polyimide is formed over an entire lower main surface of a cover. For integrating the substrate and the cover so as to seal the functional unit, the sealing frame and the sealing layer are joined to each other by heating and pressurizing the sealing frame and the sealing layer at a temperature that is about 50° C. to about 150° C. higher than a glass transition temperature of the polyimide while bringing the sealing frame and the sealing layer into contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Horiguchi, Yuji Kimura, Kazuhiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 7989044
    Abstract: Means for installation of panels, the panels comprising a core, a decorative upper surface and edges provided with joining means for positioning the panels towards one another. Predetermined portions of the edges are provided with an encapsulated agent which is made present on the edges of the surface elements before assembly and which encapsulation is ruptured by means of assembly making the agent available to the core. The surface elements are hereby joined to one another by use of the joining means wherein a unit of a plurality of surface elements is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Pergo AG
    Inventors: Ake Sjoberg, Sven Kornfalt
  • Patent number: 7972462
    Abstract: This invention provides a method for manufacturing a combination-type optical film comprising a plurality of optical films each having at least one end face at which the optical films are opposed to one another, comprising the steps of: (1) opposing the end faces of the optical films to one another with a gap provided therebetween; (2) entirely holding the opposed portions of the optical films with a holding member placed on at least one side; (3) connecting an organic solvent- or adhesive-containing vessel to one side of the gap between the opposed portions of the optical films to charge the organic solvent or the adhesive into the gap with the aid of a negative pressure state; and (4) removing the organic solvent or the adhesive under reduced pressure to bond the opposed end faces to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Yamamoto, Hiroaki Mizushima
  • Patent number: 7918956
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a polymeric inner liner for a storage tank, particularly a hydrogen storage tank, comprising: providing a cylindrical body of polymer material, having a first open end and a first peripheral connection tab at the first open end, the cylindrical body comprising a structural layer and a barrier layer; providing a dome-shaped end cap of polymer material having a base with a cross-section essentially corresponding to a cross-section of the first open end of the cylindrical body and having a second peripheral connection tab at a peripheral end portion of such end cap; placing the end cap with its base onto the first open end of the cylindrical body and with the first and second peripheral tabs in contact with each other; and welding both peripheral connection tabs together. A storage tank made using such liner. Use of such tank for storing hydrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (S.A.)
    Inventors: Saurin Mehta, David Hill, James Edward Thompson
  • Patent number: 7897005
    Abstract: A method of connecting structural components having a relatively low thickness, the method including pre-applying, at an off-site location, one of an adhesive and a substance which activates an adhesive to at least one of at least one of the sides of the groove of one of the structural components and at least one of the sides of the tongue of another of the structural components, and connecting, at a site different from the off-site location, the structural components together by causing the tongue to be inserted into the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: M. Kaindl
    Inventor: Franz Knauseder
  • Patent number: 7887659
    Abstract: A reuse method for utilising reject rolls being produced in paper and cardboard factories, wherein from the reject rolls (1) there are made straight roll cores (8) having the same size in their inner and external diameter and varying in length, the straight roll cores being defined by the width of each reject roll (2); the straight roll cores are joined end-to-end to form a long, continuous core tube (12), and the core tube is cut to size to form roll cores (14) of paper and cardboard industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Oy Core Handling Ltd.
    Inventors: Ari Piispanen, Pekka Amto
  • Patent number: 7867354
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide a method for producing a combined optical film that includes opposing the end faces of a plurality of optical films to one another and can narrow the gap between the opposed end faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Yamada, Satoru Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20110003127
    Abstract: An edge-fastening tape (10) is provided that affixes an edge portion (20A) of a coating film protective sheet (20) to an adherend (30) having a coating film (32). The tape (10) has a rubber pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) layer (16) provided on one surface of a sheet-shaped support (12). An adhesive strength raising agent (14) that raises the adhesive strength of the PSA layer (16) with the passage of time is disposed between the PSA layer (16) and the support (12). The adhesive strength raising agent (14) is an acid-modified polyolefin resin that does not have a dominant endothermic peak corresponding to a softening temperature and/or a chlorinated polyolefin resin having a glass transition temperature below 10° C. in a DSC measurement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Saitou, Kenichi Shibata, Toshitaka Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7833375
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for butt-jointing edges of an elastic material sheet is disclosed. The elastic material sheet is supported such that the two edges to be butt-jointed are oppositely opposed. By moving a pair of counterrotating conical surfaces along the edges, the surfaces of the edges portions are drawn toward the center between the two edges so that the edges are butt-jointed. Between the conical surfaces, a small space is provided so as to form a small rib-like protrusion along the butt-joint. Then, the small rib-like protrusion of the elastic material is pressed down to flatten. Therefore, at the butt-joint interface, the elastic material irregularly interfuses to increase the strength of the butt-joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gaku Tanaka, Kazuaki Yarimizu, Masayuki Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 7811399
    Abstract: A method of cutting an elastomeric strip of material is described. The method includes the step of advancing a strip of material 2 a predetermined distance by a conveyor means 30. Resisting reverse movement of the strip 2; tensioning the strip 2; and cutting simultaneously across the entire width of the strip 2 through the thickness of the strip 2 on a skive angle of 45 degrees or less preferably about 28 degrees to form a cut length of material thereby relaxing the tension in the strip as the skive cut ends 3 and 4 move apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: Robert Albert Lammlein, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7763142
    Abstract: A surgically implantable delivery or drainage catheter assembly includes a porous fiber membrane that is permeable to the intended drainage or delivery fluid, yet has an outer surface morphology and porosity that prevents the ingrowth of tissue. The porous fiber membrane is created using a phase-inversion process which is controlled to select a desired porosity. A reinforcement member is also disposed within the porous fiber membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: David A. Watson
  • Patent number: 7763143
    Abstract: Described is a simple and inexpensive method of manufacturing a floor panel (2) with which a floor panel (2) can be produced with a beveled or recessed edge (10a, 10b, 25, 26), a top surface layer (4) extending continuously and in one piece from a top side (3a) of a core (3) over the beveled edge (10a, 10b, 25, 26). A panel body (12) is first of all provided with a core (3, 13), a top side (3a, 13a) of the core (3, 13) being provided with a top surface layer (4). A recess (15) is then formed from a side surface (13b) into the panel body (12), the recess extending under the top surface layer (4) and leaving a freestanding ledge (16) which includes the top surface layer (4). The recess (15) is then closed by fixing the first and second recess surfaces (15a, 15b) to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Berry Finance, N.V.
    Inventor: Eddy Boucké
  • Patent number: 7731817
    Abstract: An improved method of joining fiber composite laminates is disclosed. Two fiber composite laminates may be joined together end-to-end. The bonding is done through the thickness of the fiber composite laminates. There are two ways to form the bond: (1) non-interlocking; and (2) interlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: James Donn Hethcock, Rodney H. Jones