Indefinite Or Running Length Flexible Strand, Rod, Tube, Or Filament Uniting Patents (Class 156/433)
  • Patent number: 10779565
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a filter manufacturing apparatus comprising: • a feed path adapted to continuously feed a filter material along a longitudinal transport direction; • a forming device connected to a terminating end of the feed path and adapted to form the filter material into a continuous filter body and to deliver the formed continuous filter body, the forming device including: • a tubular element (8) adapted to allow the filter material to pass therethrough to form the filter tow material into the continuous filter body; and • a steam generator (9) adapted to produce steam, the steam generator being in fluid communication with the tubular element to supply steam to the filter material; • a drain channel (10) in fluid communication with the tubular element adapted to drain fluid from the tubular element; • a valve adapted to open and close the drain channel so as to allow or block discharge of fluid from the tubular element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Gianni Caprini, Pietro Davide La Porta
  • Patent number: 10569984
    Abstract: An insert sheet loading device (10) comprising a movable carriage (12; 12?) for inserting insert sheets into a receiving area (2) of a blank-receiving station (500). The movable carriage (12; 12?) has a plurality of longitudinal bars (27a, 27b). At least one longitudinal bar (27a) has a suction channel (35) leading out, via at least one suction opening (30), onto the surface of the longitudinal bar (27a) for receiving an insert sheet, the suction channel (35) is connected to a vacuum source (31) for holding, by suction, the insert sheet transported by the movable carriage (12; 12?). Also a blank-receiving station, a sheet-shaped element processing machine, and a method for transporting an insert sheet in a receiving area of a blank-receiving station are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: BOBST MEX SA
    Inventors: Patrice Chatry, Anthony Paubel, Maude Steiner
  • Patent number: 10562242
    Abstract: There is provided a method for applying thermosetting tape on contoured resilient surfaces off an object which comprises biasing selected section(s) of the resilient member to minimize tape and object distortion. There is also provided a tape laying apparatus configured to enable the optimization of automatic tape application on resilient contoured surfaces and minimize tape and object distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MI INTEGRATION S.E.N.C.
    Inventors: Yves Martin, Claude Houle, Yannick Longpré, Nicolas Nadeau
  • Patent number: 10384403
    Abstract: A process produces an electrical line which extends in the longitudinal direction and the line has a line core and an outer shell. In a continuous shaping process, individual shell portions of the outer shell are formed successively by surrounding the line core with a curable plastic substance. In at least one portion, the outer shell is produced having a cross-sectional geometry which can be varied in the longitudinal direction of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: LEONI Kabel GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Stadler, Joerg Wenzel
  • Patent number: 10369594
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fiber application head for manufacturing composite material pars and to a corresponding manufacturing method, said head including: an application roll for applying a band formed of one or more fibers onto an application surface; a main guide system for guiding at least one fiber towards said application roll; a heating, system capable of emitting thermal radiation towards the band just before application by the application roll; a cooling system capable of cooling, the application roil from the outside, such as a gas flow; and a drive system capable of rotating the application roll when the roll is not in contact with the application surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Coriolis Group
    Inventor: Olivier Leborgne
  • Patent number: 10207465
    Abstract: A fiber application machine comprising a fiber application head, a displacing system to displace said fiber application head, fiber storage, and a fiber conveyor to convey the fibers from the fiber storage to the application head. The machine further comprises a safety system comprising at least one perimeter barrier defining a safety zone wherein the displacing system carrying the application head is placed, the fiber storage being arranged outside of said safety zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Coriolis Group
    Inventor: Alexander Hamlyn
  • Patent number: 10195797
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for storing and dispensing nanostructure material that can maintain the morphology of the nanostructures. The nanostructures are disposed on a flexible substrate that is spooled into a roll. The substrate can be provided with raised edges that space adjacent portions from each other in the roll to protect the nanostructures from damage or misalignment. The roll can be provided to a cassette that can be sealed to protect the nanostructure material from exposure to unwanted environments and to protect individuals from exposure to the nanostructure material. The substrate can be unrolled in the cassette to permit the nanostructure material to be applied to an item outside the cassette while maintaining the morphology of the nanostructures. Various controls can be provided to unroll the substrate and deposit the nanostructure material with high precision and repeatability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: N12 TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan D. Williams, David A. Degtiarov
  • Patent number: 10173377
    Abstract: A fiber composite laying device for manufacturing a fiber composite scrim for forming a fiber composite component, includes a laying head, which is configured to supply a fiber composite band continuously in a supply region. A laying roller is configured to receive the fiber composite band from the supply region to unroll it towards a laying surface and to press it onto the laying surface in a laying region. A press is located between the supply region and the laying region and is configured to press the fiber composite band onto the laying roller in a pressing region. A cutter is configured to cut the fiber composite band to length between the supply region and the pressing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Claus Fastert, Mohamed-Mourad Sayeh
  • Patent number: 10100463
    Abstract: Methods for non-destructive testing of synthetic ropes is described, where the rope in use is subjected to X-ray, terahertz, permanent magnetic field or electromagnetic analysis to determine a pattern, the results of the analysis are compared with a standard pattern determined by the analysis, and the results of the comparison are used in determining whether the rope is fit for use; where the rope comprises at least two types of fibers, the first fiber type has a density which differs from the density of the second fiber type and the second fiber type is of the same polymer material as the first fiber type, but provided with a high-density or low-density material. Ropes suitable for use in this method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TEIJIN ARAMID B.V.
    Inventors: Otto Grabandt, Bertil Van Berkel, Folkert Oosterhuis, Tony Mathew, Peter Gerard Akker
  • Patent number: 10052654
    Abstract: A deposition device for controlled deposition of reinforcing fiber bundles on a surface, including a deposition head and a controllable positioning unit, means for providing at least one strand of reinforcing fibers provided with a binder, and a first conveying device, arranged on the deposition head conveys the at least one strand to the deposition head, wherein, when viewed in the conveying direction, means for spreading the at least one strand are arranged on the deposition head, and the deposition head has a second conveying device arranged after the first conveying device, a longitudinal splitting device, arranged between the first and second conveying devices, with at least one splitting element for splitting the at least one strand along the longitudinal extension thereof into two or more partial strands, and a cut-to-length unit arranged after the second conveying device for cutting-to-length the two or more partial strands into fiber bundles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TEIJIN CARBON EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Schneider, Björn Lehmhaus
  • Publication number: 20150107776
    Abstract: The present invention provides a non-return valve for a resin injection system, especially for use in electrical cable joints, comprising: a valve housing which includes an outlet for a fluid flowing through the valve; and a valve body which is held by the valve housing and is freely movable between a closed position, in which the outlet is substantially sealed or closed to fluid flow by the valve body, and an open position, in which the outlet is substantially open to fluid flow. Thus, with the present invention, the valve body can be loosely held by the valve housing and the valve need not include any spring means to bias the valve body to the closed position. The invention also provides a resin injection system for sealing a localised breach in an object, such as an electrical cable joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Bernd Schubert, Werner Roehling, Rolf Karkowski
  • Patent number: 8997818
    Abstract: A device for fabricating a composite structure comprises a multi-axis positioner and an attached end effector comprising an integrated head and creel. The head has a clamp, cut and restart mechanism and a compaction roller with a rotary axis. The creel has a prismatic shape with a coupling device on the top of the creel for attachment to the multi axis positioner and a centerline which passes through the center of the creel and intersects the axis of rotation of the compaction roller. A composite placement head is attached to the bottom of the creel. A plurality of composite material supply spools are mounted on the sides of the creel and face outward from the creel. A plurality of rollers are mounted on the outside surface of the creel for directing the composite material from the supply spools to the fiber placement head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Milo M. Vaniglia, James S. Ritchie, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20150075720
    Abstract: The stack manufacturing apparatus includes a first supporting body supply unit which is configured to intermittently unroll a roll sheet-shaped first supporting body and includes one of a pair of tension applying devices capable of applying tension to the unrolled first supporting body; a first adhesive layer formation unit configured to form a first adhesive layer over the first supporting body while the first supporting body supply unit suspends unrolling of the first supporting body; a first bonding unit configured to bond the first supporting body and a sheet-shaped member using the first adhesive layer; and a control unit which is configured to hold an end portion of the first supporting body and includes the other of the pair of tension applying devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Hirakata, Satoshi Seo
  • Publication number: 20140367031
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for depositing one- or two-dimensional fiber structures in order to form a two- or three-dimensional fiber structure, in particular a fiber structure in the form of a fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) or FRP semi-finished product, using a production machine including at least one depositing device and at least one fiber support. The one- or two-dimensional fiber structures have at least one unidirectional fiber layer. The depositing device deposits the one- or two-dimensional fiber structures onto the fiber support in a depositing direction in a controlled manner such that the fiber directions of the deposited one- or two-dimensional fiber structures assume an angle ?>20°, preferably ?>60°, and a maximum of ?=90°, relative to the depositing direction. The one- or two-dimensional fiber structures are deposited on the fiber support in a substantially tension-free manner with respect to the fiber direction of the fiber structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicants: VOITH PATENT GMBH, AUDI AG
    Inventors: Jaromir Ufer, Marco Göttinger
  • Patent number: 8911579
    Abstract: A pressure head for use in a fiber placement system for thermoplastic composite materials is disclosed. Plies of thermoplastic composite tape are placed onto a mandrel to form a shaped object. The pressure head includes a nozzle and at least one delivery tube for providing fluid medium mixture to the nozzle body, wherein the nozzle directs the fluid medium onto a surface of the shaped object thereby providing a pressure on the surface without direct physical contact of the nozzle with the plies of thermoplastic composite tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ADC Acquisition Company
    Inventors: Kurt J. Kimball, John R. Michasiow, Robert J. Langone, Zachary A. August
  • Publication number: 20140360653
    Abstract: A tool (2, 102, 202) is constructed from a plurality of tessellating elements (34, 134, 234) to form a mandrel for the deposition of composite fibres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: SURFACE GENERATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Ben Halford
  • Patent number: 8906178
    Abstract: An optical fiber is permanently routed easily, quickly, and unobtrusively at a customer premises using an inventive hand tool, without staples or other fasteners. The fiber has an adhesive outer coating that is activated as the fiber is applied by the tool on an exposed surface such as a wall, ceiling, molding, groove, or corner at the premises. When the activated coating hardens, the fiber is bonded to the surface on which it was applied, and the hardened coating also provides physical protection for the fiber. In the disclosed embodiment, the coated fiber is supplied on a spool that mounts on the tool, and the coating is activated by guiding the fiber as it unwinds from the spool through a chamber containing an activating substance. The fiber with the activated coating is then guided to an applicator wheel on the tool which applies the fiber to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: OFS Fitel, LLC
    Inventors: Denis E. Burek, Paul R. Dickinson, John George, Daniel Hendrickson, Willard C. White, Joseph E. Bradley, Adam Gregg Malofsky, Bernard Miles Malofsky, William H. Mann
  • Publication number: 20140352874
    Abstract: A method for laying a fibre material on a mould surface is provided, in which rovings of the fibre material are laid on the mould surface or on a fibre material already laid on the mould surface, wherein the rovings are rolled from a reel which is held by a movable support which is being moved in a desired direction along the mould, wherein the support has at least one roller connected to the movable support by at least one articulated joint such that the roller holds down laid out rovings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Kristian Lehmann Madsen, Steen Madsen
  • Patent number: 8893758
    Abstract: The invention concerns a pressure application roller unit 2 for the laying down of fiber strips 80 on a surface 82, with a pressure application roller 7 mounted in a mounting unit 35 such that it can rotate about a shaft 10. In accordance with the invention the pressure application roller 7 is subdivided into a multiplicity of roller segments 4, 6 arranged next to one another, which in each case are mounted in the mounting unit 35 such that they can be displaced. As a consequence of this configuration an optimal adaptability of the pressure application roller unit 2 to a surface 82 of a molding tool 84 that is curved in one or two dimensions is provided. By this means the pressure application roller unit 2 can be guided by means of a robot arm 102, even over molding tool surfaces that are more highly spherically curved in some sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Marcel Genssen
  • Publication number: 20140338837
    Abstract: A method for producing a fiber preform by winding at least one thread in a groove of a mold. The method involves using a flexible element which is capable of becoming deformed by means of flexion, in a plane which contains the winding axis, in order to penetrate into the groove in order to push the sections of the thread(s) towards the base of the groove and/or towards zones which cannot be accessed directly by the thread(s). A set of tools for implementing the method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Denis De Mattia
  • Publication number: 20140299266
    Abstract: A fiber placement system for manufacturing composite components includes at least one material storage enclosure including a material spool assembly, a swiveling roller assembly, and a redirect roller assembly, for each tow to be produced per course, at least one material feeding/cutting station configured with a nip roller drive system, and a cutting mechanism, at least one material transfer station configured with an individual, moveable guide tray for each tow to be produced per course, the moveable guide trays respectively being configured with a vacuum system, and at least one layup station comprising a vacuum table/layup surface, and a pick-and-place device equipped with an end-effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
    Inventors: Robert E. BORGMANN, Wendell BEACHY, Don O. EVANS, Christina M. McCLARD
  • Publication number: 20140287216
    Abstract: The inventive method includes the following steps: bringing a plurality of disjointed ribbons (32) of fibers into parallel, at least one ribbon (32) containing long natural fibers; dispersing the adjacent ribbons (32) through a field of tips (60) to form a strip (62) of parallel fibers; tensioning and stretching the strip (62) in the field of tips (60) parallel to an axis of travel (B-B?); binding the fibers of the stretched strip (62) to form the web (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Faurecia Automotive Industrie
    Inventors: Jacques Decorme, Arnaud Duval, Eric Vanfleteren, François Vanfleteren
  • Publication number: 20140262049
    Abstract: A thread material cutting device is provided which is used in an extraction bag sheet manufacturing apparatus, the thread material cutting device having a compact apparatus configuration without the use of a cutter. An extraction bag manufacturing apparatus with the thread material cutting device incorporated therein includes welding means (first sealing device) in which tags retained on a carrying face of a carrier at prescribed intervals and a thread material arranged so as to be placed over the tags are press-heated and thereby welded on the carrier. The thread material cutting device has tension application means such as a pressing plate configured to engage with the thread material placed between adjacent tags so as to apply tension to the thread material. While the welding means is press-heating the thread material onto the tags, the tension application means applies tension to the thread material so as to cut the thread material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: OHKI CO., LTD., FABRICA TOYAMA CORPORATION, TSUBAKIMOTO KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Takemoto, Nobuhito Yamauchi, Takeo Yamamura, Mitsunori Saitoh, Yoshiyuki Tsuji
  • Publication number: 20140261979
    Abstract: An apparatus for enrobing a product portion can include at least one polymer spray head adapted to create at least one flow of polymeric fibers to produce at least one polymer enrobing zone and a conveyor system adapted to move at least one product portion from at least one position below at least one polymer enrobing zone and to at least one position above at least one polymer enrobing zone to drop each product portion through one or more polymer enrobing zones a plurality times at different orientations to enrobe each product portion with polymeric fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll, Shannon Maxwell Black, Yan Helen Sun, William J. Burke, Robert Smith
  • Publication number: 20140246149
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite core can include: wrapping a mandrel in a mandrel wrapping process by securing a mandrel with a winding jig; orienting the composite material at a wrap angle to the mandrel; and depositing the composite material around a circumference of the mandrel. The method can further include assembling the wrapped mandrels in a tool and applying a pressure to the composite material during a curing cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Phillip A. Kendrick, Paul K. Oldroyd, Levi H. Armstrong, Elizabeth Oberle
  • Publication number: 20140216633
    Abstract: The present invention is a stitching apparatus and method of use wherein large spools of material can be used and driven into position in a sewing, embroidery or other stitching machine, thereby decreasing the complexity of the stitching process and reducing breakage and thread depletion. The apparatus generally comprises an upper thread feeding assembly, a lower thread feeding assembly, a stitching surface area and an activation assembly, wherein the activation assembly bonds the upper thread to the lower thread at the stitching surface area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Geoff McCue
  • Patent number: 8783317
    Abstract: A panel former is provided for producing a panel that is formed from polymer tubing for solar collectors, heat exchangers, and other devices. The panel former can receive the tubing and continuously wrap the tubing around a drum so that support members can be welded to the tubing. After the support members are welded to the tubing, the tubing can be cut along a line substantially parallel to the support members to remove the tubing from the panel former and to form the risers in a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Richard O. Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20140199504
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus for producing filament-wound products such as pressure vessels and pipes includes a mandrel for supporting a pre-form vessel, a mandrel driver structured to rotate the pre-form vessel, and an array of individual filament supports for guiding individual filaments used in producing the vessel. Using the unique aspects of the apparatus which avoids the customary high-angle fiber crossings significantly speeds up manufacturing and thus lowers product cost, increases product lifetime, reduces fatigue stress, and reduces weight of the finished product. Methods of production are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph W. Anderson, Leigh C. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140182787
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fiber application machine, for making components out of composite materials, comprising a fiber application head, fiber storing means, and means for conveying the fibers from said storage means to the application head. The conveying means comprises first flexible tubes, that receive one fiber into its internal passage. Each flexible tube is provided with at least one longitudinal flexible blade of rectangular cross section. Each first flexible tube and its associated flexible blade are placed in a second flexible tube so that the second flexible tube holds the flexible blade substantially against the first flexible tube, while allowing relative longitudinal movement of the flexible blade in relation to the first flexible tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: CORIOLIS COMPOSITES
    Inventors: Johann Caffiau, Olivier Le Borgne, Yvan Hardy, Alexander Hamlyn
  • Publication number: 20140182232
    Abstract: A lattice support structure or tower comprising one or more open matrix composite strut members connecting a series of interlocking connectors to create a ridged support platform for telecommunications, surveillance, renewable energy, lighting and energy transmission applications. Embodiments of the invention are telescoping for ease of transport and erection. The erection and deployment can be achieved through means of automatic deployment or manual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Drew Ryan Holt
  • Patent number: 8763669
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite sheet includes joining a first elastic strip member to a sheet by feeding and surface-contacting the first elastic strip member to a continuous body of the sheet; and joining a second elastic strip member to the sheet by feeding and surface-contacting the second elastic strip member to the continuous body. The first elastic strip member supplied toward a first spindle portion side roller is subsequently put around an outer circumferential face of the first spindle portion side roller and an outer circumferential face of a first oscillating end side roller. The second elastic strip member supplied toward the second spindle portion side roller of a second oscillating arm is subsequently put around an outer circumferential face of a second spindle portion side roller and an outer circumferential face of the second oscillating end side roller of the second oscillating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Taishi Nakamura, Shinichi Ishikawa, Jun Okuda
  • Patent number: 8758538
    Abstract: A system for applying composite fiber to a lay-up tool has a fixed creel for supplying fiber to the fiber placement dispensing head and a fixed arm having a first end attached to the creel and having a second end attached to the dispensing head. The dispensing head is fixed on the end of the arm. A robot having a first and second pivot axis and at least a first wrist supports the lay-up tool. The robot manipulates the tool for application of fiber from the head to the tool. Manipulating the tool instead of the dispensing head allows the path length for the fiber between the creel and head to be fixed in length and orientation during application of fiber to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Borgmann, Stephen J. Albers, R. William Kneifel, II
  • Patent number: 8747098
    Abstract: A thermoplastic pultrusion die system for pultruding a thermoplastic composite includes a first pultrusion die member with a curved, concave top surface; a second pultrusion die member with a curved, convex bottom surface; a curved die cavity gap formed between the a curved, concave top surface of the first pultrusion die member and the curved, convex bottom surface of the second pultrusion die member; a die cavity gap adjustment mechanism that imparts movement to at least one of the first pultrusion die member and the second pultrusion die member to vary the die cavity gap from closed to a specified location to open at a specified location; a pultrusion gripper mechanism having one or more grippers in series, and a computer numerical control (CNC) computer system controlling the die cavity gap adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Ebert Composites Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Johnson, Scott A. Garrett, Stephen G. Moyers
  • Publication number: 20140150971
    Abstract: A system and method for installing a fiber or cable on a wall or ceiling of a structure includes providing a fiber, wire or cable pre-coated with a hot melt adhesive that simply needs to be activated by the application of sufficient heat for a sufficient amount of time immediately before installation. Rolls or cartridges of wire or cable pre-coated with the hot melt adhesive are provided. The hot melt adhesive coated wire or cable is fed through a heated chamber, preferably a tip on a portable heating device such as a battery operated soldering iron, which activates the pre-coated hot melt adhesive prior to utilizing the heating tip to apply pressure to the adhesive wire directly to a wall or ceiling thereby adhering the fiber, wire or cable to the desired surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: William H. Mann
  • Patent number: 8741084
    Abstract: A tape laminating machine having a compaction roller lays up composite tape over a substrate having a convex radius. The compaction roller folds the tape as it moves over the convex radius, while simultaneously pivoting about a trailing edge of the tape to prevent the compaction roller from lifting off the tape laid just before the convex radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert A. Kisch, James Blades Andersen
  • Patent number: 8733417
    Abstract: A fiber application machine including a fiber application head with an application roller for the production of parts made of composite materials. The fiber application head further includes a guiding system to guide the fibers onto the application roller and/or means for the application of resin to each fiber as the fibers leave the guiding system. The fiber application machine can also include a fiber storing system and conveying means for conveying the fibers from the fiber storing system to the application head. The conveying means can comprise flexible tubes, each tube being able to receive a fiber in its inner channel. The conveying means can further include a tension limiting system positioned between the application head and the storing system. The fiber application machine can further include a system for moving the application head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Coriolis Composites
    Inventors: Alexander Hamlyn, Yvan Hardy
  • Publication number: 20140102642
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an optical fiber welding machine, including a device for butt joint of the optical fiber's core. The said device comprises a base and a number of units with V-shape groove. The base and the units are shaped respectively. The said units are mounted on the base fixedly. Comparing with the traditional overall molding device for butt joint of the optical fiber's core, the disclosed embodiment spats said traditional device, which has complicated structure and high accuracy requirements, into a base and a number of V-shape groove units, thus simplifies the shape of the components, which are shaped respectively, so as to facilitate the purpose of molding mould and shaping components, and then the v-shape groove units are mounted on the base. After completion of assembly, a v-shaped slot is grooved on top of each v-shape groove unit to ensure enough precision. The disclosed embodiment reduces both the mold manufacturing cost and the molding cost of components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: DH INFOTECH (WEIHAI) INC.
    Inventors: Yangri Zhao, Dehai Ji
  • Patent number: 8684722
    Abstract: A thermoplastic pultrusion die system for pultruding a thermoplastic composite includes a first pultrusion die member; a second pultrusion die member; a die cavity gap formed between the first pultrusion die member and the second pultrusion die member; and a die cavity gap adjustment mechanism that imparts movement to at least one of the first pultrusion die member and the second pultrusion die member to vary the die cavity gap within a very tight die cavity gap tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ebert Composites Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Johnson, Scott A. Garrett, Stephen G. Moyers
  • Publication number: 20140083620
    Abstract: A fiber application head for a fiber application machine for the production of parts made of composite materials, comprising a compacting roller, said compacting roller comprising several independent roller segments mounted side by side on an axial rod. Each roller segment comprises a tubular central portion through which said segment is mounted on the axial rod, a tubular peripheral portion having a cylindrical outer surface and one or more curved spring plate arranged between the outer surface (31a) of the central portion and the inner surface of the peripheral portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: CORIOLIS COMPOSITES
    Inventors: Johann Caffiau, Loïc Gaillard, Yvan Hardy
  • Patent number: 8667999
    Abstract: A fiber application machine for the production of composite material parts, comprising a system for displacing a fiber application head, a fiber storage, and a fiber conveyor for conveying the fibers from the fiber storage to the application head, the fiber conveyor being placed in the internal passage of at least one flexible tubular sheath, the machine further comprising a cooling system adapted to inject cold gas in the internal passage of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Coriolis Composites
    Inventors: Alexander Hamlyn, Yvan Hardy
  • Publication number: 20140027046
    Abstract: A winding machine for winding a fiber texture on an impregnation mandrel, the winding machine including: a takeup mandrel for storing a fiber texture, the takeup mandrel having an axis of rotation; an impregnation mandrel for having superposed layers of the fiber texture stored on the takeup mandrel wound thereon, the impregnation mandrel having an axis of rotation that is substantially parallel to the axis of rotation of the takeup mandrel; at least one electric motor for driving the mandrels in rotation about their respective axes of rotation; and a control unit for controlling the at least one electric motor for driving the mandrels in rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Richard Mathon, Antoine Phelippeau, Micah Gummel, Jean-Francois Durand
  • Publication number: 20140018765
    Abstract: A method is provided for making an elastic composite for incorporation into a disposable absorbent garment. An elastic element applicator is provided that is configured to move a section of a continuous strand of elastic element generally about a plane. A first web of material is conveyed in a first web moving direction such that the first web intersects the plane. Then, the applicator is operated to move the elastic element about the plane, thereby applying the section of elastic element onto the first web along a direction generally transverse to the web moving direction and such that the first web draws the continuous elastic strand from the elastic element applicator as the first web is conveyed away from the plane. The elastic element applicator may be in the form of a spin cylinder or bracket that is operated to spin the elastic element about the moving first web, thereby applying the elastic element on the first web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: DSG Technology Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Shu Edward Chang, Anne Smid, Patrick King Yu Tsang, Andrew C. Wright
  • Patent number: 8617338
    Abstract: A method and a manufacturing line for manufacturing wind turbine blades having a composite shell structure comprising a matrix material and a fiber reinforcement material by use of a resin transfer moulding process. The method comprises a manufacturing line, where wind turbine blades are formed in a number of moulds. Each number of moulds comprising at least a first mould part comprising a first mould cavity. The manufacturing line further comprises a gantry means movable along the manufacturing line. The method comprises the following steps: a) arranging fiber reinforcement material in the first mould cavity of a first mould using the gantry means, b) moving the gantry means along the manufacturing line to a second mould, c) supplying curable matrix material into the first mould cavity of the first mould, while substantially simultaneously arranging fiber reinforcement material in the first mould cavity of a second mould using the gantry means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: LM Glasfiber A/S
    Inventors: Dennis André Børsting, Qinyin Zhou, Jacobus Johannes van der Zee
  • Patent number: 8613302
    Abstract: A reversing fiber placement head that is capable of bidirectional fiber placement on an application surface includes a feed mechanism for delivering fiber along two feed paths that are in a V-shaped orientation relative to one another. A pressure tip assembly including a compaction roller receives fiber from the two feed paths and applies the fiber to an application surface. A shifting mechanism shifts the pressure tip assembly from a first position on the fiber placement head to a second position on the fiber placement head to move the compaction roller along a linear path relative to the fiber placement head, allowing the compaction roller to change its direction of rotation in order to apply fiber to the application surface in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Publication number: 20130327483
    Abstract: Electric welding sleeve having a cylindrical sleeve body for the welding of pipes made of thermoplastic material or other weldable plastics, containing at least two heating zones having respectively a plurality of electrically conductive windings and contacts for the supply of the electric current, wherein at least one longitudinally running groove is arranged along the outer surface of the cylindrical sleeve body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Dirk Petry, Juergen Roesch, Bastian Luebke, Kresimir Pesic
  • Patent number: 8580060
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for preparing a pre-form including at least one layer of fiber tows being at least partly fixed by a resin. The apparatus includes a work surface, a fiber tow distribution device, a fiber tow retention device, and a manipulation, device which is adapted to move the fiber tow distribution device relative to the fiber tow retention device. The apparatus is arranged so that free ends of the fiber tows can be delivered from the fiber tow distribution device to the fiber tow retention device, and the fiber tow retention device is adapted for retention of the free ends so that mutual movement of the fiber tow distribution device and the fiber tow retention device away from each other causes drawing of the fiber tows through distribution passage and distribution hereof onto the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Anton Bech
  • Patent number: 8578995
    Abstract: The present invention relates to device and methods for fabricating a composite article having a plurality of material dispensers, which can increase productivity. In one embodiment, a device includes a structure defining a work surface datum, and material dispensers movable relative to the structure. Each material dispenser applies strip material to the work surface datum along a predetermined axis. The predetermined axes are generally parallel to one another. The strip material applied to the work surface datum forms a layer of the composite article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Paul E. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20130292039
    Abstract: In exemplary implementations of this invention, an actuated fabricator deposits structural elements (e.g., tensile structural elements) in a 3D pattern over large displacements. The fabricator is supported by at least three elongated support members. It includes onboard actuators that translate the fabricator relative to the ends of the support members. The fabricator is configured, by actuating different translations along different support members, to translate itself throughout a 3D volume. In some implementations, each of the actuators use fusible material to fuse metal tapes together, edge-to-edge, to form a hollow structure that can be shortened or lengthened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Benjamin Peters, Neri Oxman
  • Publication number: 20130284377
    Abstract: An optical fiber fusion-splicing device is equipped with a fusing unit disposed on a housing, which fuses optical fibers F to each other, and a windproof cover that prevents winds from entering the fusing unit. The windproof cover is provided with a blocking elastic body arranged so as to block, in cooperation with a blocking elastic body of the housing, an inlet for introducing the optical fiber F into the fusing unit, a bias spring that biases the blocking elastic body toward the blocking elastic body, and a transmission member that transmits a biasing force of the bias spring to the blocking elastic body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takayanagi, Ryuichiro Sato, Yasuhiro Sakamoto
  • Publication number: 20130269878
    Abstract: The invention describes an apparatus for welding a tubular lining of a wastewater pipe, comprising a retainer for the butt-jointed longitudinal edges (8, 9), which are intended to be welded, of a plastic panel (5) bent to form a pipe, and comprising a welding apparatus (25).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Johann Schluesselbauer