By Tackifying Substance Of Self-sustaining Lamina To Be Bonded; E.g., Autogenous Bonding, Etc. Patents (Class 156/308.2)
  • Patent number: 11639581
    Abstract: A layered fibrous structure having a first layer including a co-formed fibrous structure containing a plurality of first filaments and a plurality of solid additives and a second layer different from the first layer, wherein the second layer includes a plurality of second filaments is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Steven Lee Barnholtz, Paul Dennis Trokhan, Michael Donald Suer
  • Patent number: 11637072
    Abstract: A semiconductor package includes a substrate, a semiconductor die, a ring structure and a lid. The semiconductor die is disposed on the substrate. The ring structure is disposed on the substrate and surrounds the semiconductor die, where a first side of the semiconductor die is distant from an inner sidewall of the ring structure by a first gap, and a second side of the semiconductor die is distant from the inner sidewall of the ring structure by a second gap. The first side is opposite to the second side, and the first gap is less than the second gap. The lid is disposed on the ring structure and has a recess formed therein, and the recess overlaps with the first gap in a stacking direction of the ring structure and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kai-Ming Ching, Shu-Shen Yeh, Chien-Hung Chen, Hui-Chang Yu, Yu-Min Cheng
  • Patent number: 11596765
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a catheter shaft includes extruding an inner polymeric layer having a main lumen and two or more side lumens spaced about the main lumen; forming an outer polymeric layer about the inner polymeric layer; and inserting at least one elongate member, such as a wire, through each side lumen of the inner polymeric layer. The side lumens are less than about ? the size of the main lumen. The method may further include the step of forming a braided layer between the inner polymeric layer and the outer polymeric layer. In an alternate embodiment, the method includes co-extruding an inner polymeric layer and a multi-lumen layer, the multi-lumen layer having two or more side lumens; forming an outer polymeric layer about the multi-lumen layer; and inserting at least one elongate member through each side lumen. Catheter assemblies made according to the described methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventors: Martin Maitre Grasse, James V. Kauphusman
  • Patent number: 11584814
    Abstract: Provided are an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer having a high degree of crosslinking by controlling a temperature difference in an autoclave reactor and an input ratio of an initiator during polymerization, even though a reduced amount of a crosslinking agent is used, and a preparation method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventors: Yutaek Sung, Youn Sun Nam, Choong Hoon Lee, Young Hoon Na, Jeongyong Lee, Hyojoon Lee
  • Patent number: 11491734
    Abstract: Bag-sealing apparatus is provided for heat-sealing a bag. The apparatus has a heater arrangement operable to apply heat to heat-seal an open end of the bag. A bag detector detects the location of the bag relative to the heater arrangement. The heater arrangement is formed of plural heater portions. The heater arrangement is operable such that only the or each heater portion that overlies the bag as detected by the bag detector is caused to operate to apply heat to the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Mert Kahyaoglu, Erkan Tunay
  • Patent number: 11485559
    Abstract: An inflatable web is disclosed. The web includes first and second film plies sealed together via a plurality of generally transverse seals to define a first and second inflatable chambers and an inflation region. The chambers are inflatable with a fluid and operable to contain the fluid. The sealed plies have a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge. The web defines a separation region extending at least partially transversely across the web between the first and second inflatable chambers and is configured to facilitate separation thereof. The separation region includes a tear propagation line extending transversely across at least a portion of the web with an end of the tear propagation line terminating proximal to the first longitudinal edge of the web. The separation region includes a tear initiation feature including edges spaced apart from one another longitudinally to form a permanent opening in the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging LLC
    Inventor: Thomas D. Wetsch
  • Patent number: 11426948
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to an apparatus for producing a plug-through connection arrangement of a plurality of electrical cables (1a-1d) and/or fluid-conducting hoses, having a sheathing (2) consisting of a plastic, which extend, arranged adjacently spaced apart from each other, through associated openings (3a-3d) of a plastic component (4), comprising the following steps: providing (A) the plastic part (4) with the pre-produced plurality of openings (3a-3d), installing (B) the electrical cables (1a-1d) and/or fluid-conducting hoses through the associated openings (3a-3d), such that the outer wall of the sheathing (2), which consists of plastic, comes into contact with the inner wall of the respective openings (3a-3d) of the plastic component (4), thermal welding (C) of the electrical cables (1a-1d) and/or fluid-conducting hoses to the plastic component (4) in the region of the respective opening (3a-3d), in order to produce an integrally sealing component bond, wherein at least two laser beam un
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Guido Bernd Finnah
  • Patent number: 11415255
    Abstract: This document describes aseptic fluid coupling devices for fluid systems and methods of manufacturing such aseptic fluid coupling devices. For example, this document describes aseptic fluid coupling devices that include removable membrane strips that protect the interior of the aseptic fluid coupling devices from contamination prior to use. Methods for attaching removable membranes to the aseptic fluid coupling devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Colder Products Company
    Inventor: Thomas Michael Stierns
  • Patent number: 11376762
    Abstract: A medical device-includes a scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. The scaffold is crimped to the balloon by a process that includes inflating the delivery balloon during a diameter reduction to improve scaffold retention and maintaining an inflated balloon during the diameter reduction and prior and subsequent dwell periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Lily Ayo Roberts, Sean A. McNiven, Kathleen Yan, Boyd V. Knott, Jeremy B. Beer, Mark C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11358349
    Abstract: A method of manufacture of a composite component is provided, the method comprising the steps of providing two layers of pre-preg composite material, one of which has an edge adjacent a surface of the other. Pressure and, optionally, vibrational energy is applied to the edge to thereby smooth the ply drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Marco Arcidiacono
  • Patent number: 11338543
    Abstract: Light-permeable multilayer composite film made of plastic as the surface coating of an article, wherein the composite film comprises at least one outer, at least partially light-permeable top layer optionally provided with a lacquer and at least one further layer arranged on the back of the top layer, wherein arranged on the back side of the top layer is at least one sheetlike, optically active textile layer, preferably a textile layer comprising threads made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and/or made of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), wherein the textile layer has light-transmitting, light-refracting and light-reflecting properties or a combination thereof and the transmission, refraction and reflection properties are such that illumination of the textile layer, in particular back side illumination of the textile layer, results in preferably uniformized light transmission through the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Benecke-Kaliko AG
    Inventors: Jens Juenemann, Kristina Hahn
  • Patent number: 11254063
    Abstract: Described is a heating means for thermally connecting two objects each having a plastic material, wherein, during the connecting, a first inner object is surrounded at least partially by a second outer object, and the heating means surrounds the first inner object at least partially along a complete circumferential course around the first inner object, and is located between the first inner object and the second outer object. The heating means has a ribbon-type structure. The ribbon-type structure has an auxiliary heating material, which is inductively heatable, wherein the auxiliary heating material is spatially distributed or arranged along the circumferential course such that an electrical conductivity is interrupted at at least one position along the complete circumferential course around the first inner object. Further described are an arrangement and a system each having such a heating means as well as a method for thermally connecting two plastic objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Brugg Rohrsystem AG
    Inventors: Karl Rametsteiner, Urs Hunziker
  • Patent number: 11220218
    Abstract: A method of making a rearview assembly includes operably coupling a rearview device with a front housing. A bonding material is applied to the front housing and a printed circuit board is operably coupled with the front housing. A rear housing is engaged with the front housing. Energy is applied to bond the front housing with the rear housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher D. Pollack
  • Patent number: 11207844
    Abstract: Described is a heating device for thermally connecting a pipe, which has a first plastic material, to a bushing, which has a second plastic material, and which surrounds at least a section of the pipe, wherein an inductively heatable heating means is located between the pipe and the bushing and/or integrated in the pipe and/or the bushing. The heating device has a coil arrangement, which is excitable by a generator, and which has a first coil, which has at least one complete winding within a first cross-sectional area, and a second coil, which is electrically coupled to the first coil, and which has at least one complete winding within a second cross-sectional area. The first cross-sectional area is different from the second cross-sectional area. Furthermore, a heating system having such a heating device as well as a method for thermally connecting a pipe to a bushing are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ke Kelit Kunststoffwerk GmbH
    Inventors: Karl Rametsteiner, Urs Hunziker
  • Patent number: 11071581
    Abstract: A treatment instrument includes a treatment section treating a target of treatment such as a living tissue. The treatment section has an outer surface. A first resin film (first resin coating) covers part of the outer surface of the treatment section. A second resin film (second resin coating) covers at least a boundary between a region covered by the first resin film and a region not covered by the first resin film on the outer surface of the treatment section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Tsunetaka Akagane
  • Patent number: 10899903
    Abstract: The scope of this invention is to disclose the method of foaming a superior impact mitigation material, namely semi-closed cell hybrid polyurea foam, using scalable manufacturing process that is geometry-independent and allows for greater control of the resulting foam properties. while the process discussed herein, can be easily used to make complex geometries (e.g., padding foam for helmets, outsoles for walking and running shoes, body armors or other protection applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: San Diego State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: George Youssef, Nathan Reed
  • Patent number: 10854887
    Abstract: A porous carbon sheet includes a carbon fiber and a binding material, wherein when in a measured surface depth distribution, a ratio of an area of a portion having a depth of 20 ?m or less in a measured area of one surface is a surface layer area ratio X, and a ratio of an area of a portion having a depth of 20 ?m or less in a measured area of another surface is a surface layer area ratio Y, the surface layer area ratio X is larger than the surface layer area ratio Y, and a difference between the surface layer area ratios is 3% or more and 12% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Tanimura, Takashi Chida, Toru Sugahara, Masamichi Utsunomiya, Toshiya Kamae, Katsuya Sode, Takashi Ando
  • Patent number: 10756354
    Abstract: A membrane catalyst layer assembly production method is provided for producing a membrane catalyst layer assembly by discharging catalyst ink having a solvent and a solid component onto an electrolyte membrane. The membrane catalyst layer assembly production method includes forming a first catalyst ink layer having a first porosity on the electrolyte membrane by controlling a porosity of a catalyst ink layer that is formed by the catalyst ink making impact with the electrolyte membrane by adjusting an amount of solvent in the catalyst ink in drop form prior to impact with the electrolyte membrane, and forming a second catalyst ink layer having a second porosity, which is different from the first porosity, on the first catalyst ink layer, by adjusting the amount of solvent in the catalyst ink in drop form prior to impact with the first catalyst ink layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michito Kishi, Tooru Kosemura, Takayuki Hirao, Hiroshi Miyaoka, Yasuhiro Numao, Jun Inomata, Kimio Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10581052
    Abstract: A separator for a bobbin-style electrochemical cell is inserted into an interior opening within a ring-shaped cathode in an electrochemical cell can. An expansion force is then applied to an interior surface of the separator to press the separator against the interior walls of the cathode. A tool may then remove various creases and/or wrinkles in the separator and/or may then heat seal at least a portion of the tubular walls of the separator to minimize the void space between the separator and active material (e.g., cathode and/or anode) within the electrochemical cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Energizer Brands, LLC
    Inventors: David Kalisz, Johnson Mark, Allen Stieg, Maria Verikakis, Chris Bolyos
  • Patent number: 10556974
    Abstract: A curable and hygroscopic resin composition for sealing electronic devices, having at least a (meth)acrylate oligomer (a) having the number-average molecular weight of 1,500 to 5,000, a low molecular weight (meth)acrylate (b) having an average molecular weight of 170 to 500, a moisture-reactive organometallic compound (c), and a polymerization initiator (d), wherein the (meth)acrylate oligomer (a) and the low molecular weight (meth)acrylate (b) are multifunctional (meth)acrylates in which the number of (meth)acryloyl groups is from 1.5 to 3 in one molecule of each of the (meth)acrylate oligomer (a) and the low molecular weight (meth)acrylate (b); a sealing resin; and an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Tetsuya Mieda, Takumi Asanuma, Yasushi Ishizaka
  • Patent number: 10461683
    Abstract: A moon roof assembly includes a moon roof housing, a sliding moon roof panel and a hybrid solar trim panel. The hybrid solar trim panel is carried on the moon roof housing and extends at least partially around the sliding moon roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Nania
  • Patent number: 10108029
    Abstract: A sealant composition particularly suitable for a plastic substrate is disclosed. The sealant composition contains: a partially (meth)acrylated epoxy resin, a hydrophobic oligomer having a flexible hydrophobic backbone moiety and at least one functional group co-curable with the partially (meth)acrylated epoxy resin, and a latent epoxy-curing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HENKEL AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventor: Chenfu Chen
  • Patent number: 10059076
    Abstract: A method of fastening an edge structure to a construction element includes providing the construction element, being a planar structure with with two cover regions and a middle region between the cover regions; providing the edge structure being continuously extended, the edge structure having contact surfaces with a thermoplastic material shaped to lie against the cover regions in an outer surface of the construction element, and, opposite the contact surfaces, a coupling-in surface for coupling energy into the edge structure; coupling energy into the edge structure and pressing the contact surfaces against the cover regions until at least a portion of the thermoplastic material is liquefied and pressed into the cover regions; and repeating or continuing the steps of coupling and pressing until the edge structure is attached to the building element at a plurality of discrete locations or over an extended region along an edge of the construction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Laurent Torriani, Mario Lehmann, Marcel Aeschlimann
  • Patent number: 10057993
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of power-module substrate (10), the power-module substrate (10) being obtained by joining a circuit layer (12) made of copper to one surface of a ceramic substrate (11) and joining a heat-radiation layer (13) made of aluminum to the other surface of the ceramic substrate (11), including: a circuit layer bonding step in which the circuit layer (12) is brazed on the ceramic substrate (11), a surface treatment step after the circuit layer bonding step in which a thickness of an oxide film on the other surface of the ceramic substrate (11) is made 3.2 nm or less at least at a peripheral part of an intended bonding area between the ceramic substrate (11) and the heat-radiation layer (13), and a heat-radiation layer bonding step in which the heat-radiation layer (13) is brazed on the other surface of the ceramic substrate (11) after the surface treatment step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Hiroya Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9943447
    Abstract: An ultrasonic welding device includes a rotary support mechanical assembly rotatable about a rotation axis and operable to support a sheet over a circumference centered on the rotation axis, the sheet being continuously supplied; a horn and an anvil attached to the rotary support mechanical assembly to thereby revolve about the rotation axis and sandwich the sheet supported over the rotary support mechanical assembly to weld the sheet; a cam drum and a cam follower for driving the anvil in such a manner that the anvil moves relative to the horn; a holding member body; and a power transmission mechanism for distributing a power generated by the cam and the cam follower in such a manner the power is transmitted to the anvil and holding member body in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Yukihiko Fujita, Hideyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9872385
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flexible copper clad laminate including a first copper foil layer, a composite layer, and a second copper foil layer. Preferably, the composite layer includes a polyimide layer and a plurality of thermoplastic polyimide layers as an outermost layer thereof being the thermoplastic polyimide layers. In particular, with respect to a total thickness of the composite layer, a total thickness of the plurality of thermoplastic polyimide layers is in a range of from about 15 to about 50%, and a total thickness of the polyimide layer is in a range of from about 50 to about 85%. Each thickness of the first copper foil layer and the second copper foil layer is in a range of from about 30 to about 80 ?m, and the total thickness of the composite layer is in a range of from about 40 to about 60 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung Woo Choi, Sung Cheul Jeong, Ho Sub Kim, Young Do Kim, Cheol Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9796021
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a porous metal substrate structure with high gas permeability and redox stability for a SOFC and the fabrication process thereof, the porous metal substrate structure comprising: a porous metal plate composed of first metal particles; and a porous metal film composed of second metal particles and formed on the porous metal plate; wherein the porous metal plate has a thickness more than the porous metal film, and the first metal particle has a size more than the second metal particle. Further, a porous shell containing Fe is formed on the surface of each metal particle by impregnating a solution containing Fe in a high temperature sintering process of reducing or vacuum atmosphere, and the oxidation and reduction processes. The substrate uses the porous shells containing Fe particles to absorb the leakage oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Chang-Sing Hwang, Chun-Huang Tsai, Jen-Feng Yu, Chun-Liang Chang, Jun-Meng Lin, Shih-Wei Cheng
  • Patent number: 9671257
    Abstract: An arrangement measures coordinates of a workpiece and/or machines the workpiece. The arrangement has a first part and a second part that can be moved relative to the first part. The relative mobility of the first and second parts is specified in addition to a possible mobility of a probe that is optionally additionally fixed to the arrangement. The mobility of the probe is specified by a deflection of the probe from a neutral position during a mechanical probing of the workpiece for the purpose of measuring the coordinates. A measuring body is arranged on the first or second part, and at least one sensor is arranged on the other part, i.e. on the second or first part. The sensor generates a measurement signal corresponding to a position of the measuring body and thus corresponding to the relative position of the first and second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Held, Rainer Sagemueller, Dominik Seitz, Tobias Woletz
  • Patent number: 9590460
    Abstract: An electrical machine includes a rotor, a stator having a slot liner including an electrical insulator which extends beyond the stator ends, and a strengthening element provided at each of the slot liner ends, wherein the strengthening strip reduces the splitting of the corresponding slot liner end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: Hao Huang, Xiaochuan Jia
  • Patent number: 9533473
    Abstract: A chip card substrate is provided that includes a first polymer layer including a first polymer material. The chip card substrate further includes an intermediate layer disposed over the first polymer layer and including polyolefin including a plurality of micro pores, an adhesive layer disposed over the intermediate layer and including an adhesive, and a second polymer layer disposed over the adhesive layer and including a second polymer material different from the first polymer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Siegfried Hoffner, Mohammed Reza Hussein, Frank Pueschner, Thomas Spoettl
  • Patent number: 9469067
    Abstract: An apparatus for fabricating a fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite structure is described. The apparatus comprises a localized heat source arranged to heat a portion of a stack of fiber reinforced thermoplastic material layers and an ultrasonic transducer arranged to locally introduce ultrasonic energy waves to the heated portion of the fiber reinforced thermoplastic material layers. The apparatus makes it possible to achieve ultrasonic consolidation of the layers occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: David Inston
  • Patent number: 9456702
    Abstract: In a seat with ventilation property, at least one three-dimensional network cushion element is provided in a foam padding(s) of the seat at at least one point on which at least one body portion of a seat occupant is to be substantially contacted. The three-dimensional network cushion element is formed by a plurality of fibers, each being composed of a core portion and a sheath portion covering the core portion, such that all the fibers are bonded with one another at the respective sheath portions thereof. Preferably, each of the fibers may be an helical fiber of eccentric core type wherein the core portion is eccentrically positioned in the sheath portion. Further, the three-dimensional network cushion element(s) may be arranged in the foam padding so as to prevent intensive exertion of a load from the seat occupant's body portion(s) upon the three-dimensional network cushion element(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Miyata, Junpei Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9403349
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heat welding system comprising a dispenser for dispensing coverings, at least one structure (1) with coupling means (4) for coupling to a traction vehicle, where said structure (1) comprises a heat welding device (3) for adhering the overlapped longitudinal edges of adjacent coverings to one another, and having coupling means (4) for coupling said heat welding device (3) to the structure (1). The present invention also relates to the use of said heat welding system which comprises the steps of: (i) deploying the means for preparing the terrain arranged on the sides of a structure linked to a traction vehicle; (ii) starting the vehicle in one direction and initiating the system; (iii) retracting the means of phase (i) from one side and deploying a heat welding device (3) on said side; (iv) actuating the system in the direction opposite that of phase (ii); (v) repeating phases (iii) and (iv) intercalating the means and devices of both sides as many times as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Antonio Carrera Arenas, Emilio José Garijo Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9366033
    Abstract: An improved lath is disclosed having a water drainage layer provided in association with the lath. The water drainage layer serves to remove water that might otherwise build up between the lath and wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Gary R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9163339
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite article may include providing a plurality of fibers. At least a portion of the plurality of fibers may be substantially optically transparent. The method may further include forming the fibers with at least one base surface and a pair of side surfaces oriented in non-perpendicular relation to the base surface. The method may additionally include positioning the fibers in a layer in side-by-side relation to one another such that the side surfaces overlap one another when viewed along a direction normal to a plane of the layer. The method may also include embedding the fibers at least partially in a substantially optically transparent polymeric matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Keith J. Davis, Michael P. Kozar, Mark S. Wilenski
  • Publication number: 20150147515
    Abstract: A decorative article is provide which comprises a substrate including a front side, a rear side and a perimeter side, with the perimeter side of the substrate including at least one perimeter corner of the substrate. An elongated slot is formed in the rear side of the substrate. The elongated slot includes at least one slot corner and at least one slot corner extension, with the slot corner extension extending from the slot corner to the perimeter corner of the substrate. A decorative covering which covers the front side, the perimeter side and a peripheral region of the rear side of the substrate, with the decorative covering being located in and terminating the slot including the slot corner and the slot corner extension to conceal a perimeter edge of the decorative covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Chad ROMANELLI, Neil A. HULL, David VanHORN
  • Publication number: 20150144261
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flexible non-porous laminate film structure is provided comprising a textile substrate having a fluorinated film laminated thereto, which is laminated at a temperature lower than the softening point of the predominant polymeric component of the fluoropolymer fiber. The resulting product is resistant to delamination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Peter B. Thornton, Arthur Russell Nelson
  • Patent number: 9040152
    Abstract: A profiled retaining section for positioning a seam connecting two decorative layers includes an upper region, a center region and a lower region forming at least one anchor. The upper region is designed as a piping, or in the manner of a piping, for protruding over a visible side of the skins to be positioned. The center region includes two sides to be sewn to the decorative layers. The anchor is designed to be introduced in a groove having a lesser width than the anchor itself and to exert a force on the groove in the lateral direction. The upper region, the center region and the anchor are integral with each other and arranged in the vertical direction relative to each other. Also described is a composite part that uses the profiled retaining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Faurecia Innenraum Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schäfer, Wilfrid Bergeret
  • Publication number: 20150140470
    Abstract: A microporous layer for use in a fuel cell includes a first carbon black having carboxyl groups at a concentration less than 0.1 mmol per gram of carbon, a hydrophobic additive and a hydrophilic additive. A method for producing a membrane electrode assembly includes preparing a microporous layer ink, applying the microporous layer ink to a first side of a gas diffusion substrate, sintering the gas diffusion substrate to form a gas diffusion layer having a first side with a microporous layer, and thermally bonding the first side of the gas diffusion layer to an electrode layer. The microporous layer ink includes a suspension medium, a first carbon black having carboxyl groups at a concentration less than 0.1 mmol per gram of carbon, a hydrophobic additive and a hydrophilic additive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Ballard Power Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Siddique Ali Khateeb Razack, Robert Mason Darling
  • Publication number: 20150140252
    Abstract: A variable interlayer laminate panel can include resin material derived from other resin panels, enabling use of waste trimmings from the manufacture of the other resin panels. Implementations therefore enable manufacturers to produce high-fashion but waste conscious resin panels that have a high degree of recycled content. In one implementation, a manufacturer forms a laminate panel by positioning a plurality of independent resin portions over a first resin substrate, and then by positioning a second resin substrate over the resin portions. The resin portions comprise embedded decorative elements, and at least two different resin portions comprise different types of decorative elements. The manufacturer then forms the laminate panel through the application of pressure and heat. The resulting panel has a variable interlayer formed from the independent resin portions. The laminate panel is usable as part of a panel system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: 3FORM, INC.
    Inventors: R. Talley Goodson, Rocky Joseph Lopez, Douglas Mitchell Underwood, John E.C. Willham
  • Publication number: 20150140294
    Abstract: The disclosure describes preformed thermoplastic pavement marking material composition comprising an intermix and drop-on combination of glass beads and long term skid resistance aggregate provided in the necessary proportions to achieve high skid resistance of Class S5 while maintaining high retroreflectivity of Class R5 using non-clustered regular glass beads per standard IS EN 1436. More specifically the composition particularly pertains to markers such as lines, legends, arrows, indicia, and decorative markings including pavement marking patterns utilizing thermoplastic sheeting which utilize an adhesive (sprayable or otherwise) to maintain the integrity of the pattern prior to and during its application to a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Simon Yakopson, Robert W. Greer
  • Publication number: 20150130234
    Abstract: A bicycle seat apparatus including at least one rail and a saddle shell. The at least one rail can include a first mounting portion. The first mounting portion can include an ankle. A cross section of a terminus of the ankle can be larger than a cross section of the at least one rail. The saddle shell can include at least one mounting cup configured to mate with the first mounting portion of the at least one rail. A cross section of a base of the at least one mounting cup can be larger than a cross section of the terminus of the ankle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Trek Bicycle Corp.
    Inventors: Jess Bailie, Jenn Campbell, Andrew Wilcox-Hull
  • Publication number: 20150129125
    Abstract: Plastic films are prevented from being peeled off from each other at a joining portion. A composite film has superposed external and internal films and is superposed with an additional body. The films and the body are joined with each other to form a first joining portion between the films, and a second joining portion between the internal film and the body. The first joining portion has a first joining width and includes first outer and inner edges. The second joining portion has a second joining width and includes second outer and inner edges. The first or second joining width is adjusted such that the first joining width is less than the second joining width, with the first inner edge formed outwardly of the second inner edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Mikio TOTANI
  • Publication number: 20150129486
    Abstract: A multi-layer, fluid transmissive structure is provided that comprises first and second fiber layers each comprising a plurality of polymeric fibers bonded to each other at spaced apart contact points. The polymeric fibers of these fiber layers have diameters greater than one micron and collectively define interconnected interstitial spaces providing tortuous fluid flow paths through the first and second fiber layers. The structure also comprises a plurality of nanofibers disposed intermediate at least a portion of the first fiber layer and at least a portion of the second fiber layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Bennett C. Ward, Geoffrey M. Stoltz
  • Patent number: 9028643
    Abstract: A method of bonding a polymer film to a mating part, including: placing a mating part in a nest; contacting the polymer film and the mating part; heating a die including a thermally conductive silicone to a temperature at or above a glass transition temperature of the polymer film, the mating part, or both; actuating the die onto the polymer film, wherein the thermally conductive silicone contacts the polymer film and bonds the polymer film to the mating part to form a bonded article; and actuating the die away from the polymer film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Scott Mathew Bennett
  • Publication number: 20150124401
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are consumer electronics housings made from bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy materials having a ductile coating applied to all or a portion of the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy. Also disclosed are methods of making consumer electronic housings from bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy materials such that at least a portion of the bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy housing is coated with a ductile cladding material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Matthew S. Scott, Stephen P. Zadesky, Richard W. Heley, Dermot J. Stratton, Joseph C. Poole
  • Patent number: 9023174
    Abstract: A catheter having an elongated shaft and a balloon on a distal shaft section, the elongated shaft comprising an outer tubular member, and an inner tubular member which has a bonded portion along which an outer surface of the inner tubular member is bonded to an inner surface of the outer tubular member. The inner tubular member has a proximal portion proximal to the bonded portion, and a distal portion distal to the bonded portion with higher axial compression stiffness and column strength than the proximal portion thereof. The catheter has improved trackability, axial collapse resistance, pushability, and crossability, for improved ability to position the balloon at a desired location in a patient's body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Simpson, Jessie Delgado, Bruce Wilson, Lenny Barbod, Ramon Torres, Devon Brown, Quan Ritchie, William S. Chin
  • Publication number: 20150107768
    Abstract: A polycrystalline CaF2 member includes a combined assembly of a plurality of polycrystalline bodies made from CaF2 that are pressure bonded together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Naoyasu UEHARA
  • Publication number: 20150101749
    Abstract: Provided is a melamine decorative board having a milky-white core layer and less warpage. When the melamine decorative board is bonded onto a base plate such as a plywood, a particle board, and a steel board, a color tone of the base plate does not appear through to a decorative layer. Stacked and thermal-pressure-formed are: a resin-impregnated patterned paper as the decorative layer; multiple sheets of a resin-impregnated core paper, as the core layer, produced by impregnating a whitish fibrous base material with a resin liquid including: a condensate of melamine and formaldehyde, and a divalent polyalkylene glycol or a derivative thereof, or a tri- or more valent polyalkylene glycol polyvalent ether, and drying the whitish fibrous base material; and a resin-impregnated backside paper, as a backside layer, produced by impregnating a fibrous base material with a condensate of melamine and formaldehyde and drying the fibrous base material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: AICA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobumitsu MIYAZAKI, Tomoya OGINO, Koushi SUZUKI, Koutarou KODERA
  • Patent number: 9005388
    Abstract: A joining method for joining a resin member and a metal member by heating is provided. Joining of the resin member and metal member is performed by heating a joining interface of the resin member and metal member to a temperature in a range of equal to or higher than a decomposition temperature of the resin member and lower than a temperature at which gas bubbles are generated in the resin member and by cooling a surface of the resin member on the opposite side from a joining surface thereof with the metal member to a temperature that is lower than the melting point of the resin member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Sugiyama, Yoshinori Shibata