With Bending, Folding, Winding, Or Wrapping Means Patents (Class 156/443)
  • Patent number: 10021818
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems disclosed herein relate to the application of a protective film on a surface of an electronic device that instantly reduces air bubbles and eliminates the waiting time usually required when using a wet fluid solution. In one embodiment, a roller device may include a carriage or housing and one or more rollers coupled or integrated with the housing, configured to apply a protective material to a surface of the electronic device in a first orientation, and configured to function as a device stand in a second orientation. In addition or alternatively, a roller guide apparatus and/or a wedge may be utilized to assist the roller device in applying the protective material to the surface of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Shraddha Patel, Charlie LaColla, Thai Dinh, Vivian Chou
  • Patent number: 10000307
    Abstract: System including a stamping device configured to apply stamps to first and second products having target surfaces. The stamping device applies the stamps when the target surfaces are moved into a stamp-application region. The system also includes a first transporter device having a receiving side. The first transporter device is configured to hold the first products such that the target surfaces of the first products are exposed along the receiving side. The system also includes a second transporter device having a receiving side. The second transporter device is configured to hold the second products such that the target surfaces of the second products are exposed along the receiving side of the second transporter device. The first and second transporter devices are configured to hold the respective first and second products such that the target surfaces of the first and second products face in a generally common direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph M. Fisher
  • Patent number: 9969143
    Abstract: A bag forming apparatus includes a pair of opposed sealing bars arranged on opposite sides of a forming plane, a pair of guide arms, each extending from a first arm end through the forming plane to a second arm end and carrying a respective one of the pair of opposed sealing bars, a mounting frame to which the pair of guide arms are movably mounted between the first and second arm ends, and a drive shaft connected to the second arm end of each of the pair of guide arms such that shaft rotation is operable to move the pair of opposed sealing bars into and out of engagement across a web of bag forming material traveling therebetween in the forming plane. The drive shaft can be translatable relative to the mounting frame to adjust a closure gap between the pair of opposed sealing bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Donald Scott Peebles
  • Patent number: 9868559
    Abstract: A label sticking device has a shaft, a cable holder, a drive, a press, and an actuator. The shaft has a rotational axis, and a cable receiving passageway extending along a longitudinal axis aligned with the rotational axis. The cable holder is positioned along the longitudinal axis and the rotational axis. The drive rotates the shaft about the rotational axis. The press has a body rotatably connected to the shaft, and a foot positioned on the body. The foot is movable between a pressing position proximate to the rotational axis, and a non-pressing position distal to the rotational axis. The actuator moves the press between the pressing position and the non-pressing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: TE Connectivity Corporation, Suzhou Hanchuan Co., Ltd., Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiguo Li, Dandan Zhang, George Dubniczki, Roberto-Francisco Lu, Huiyou Zhou
  • Patent number: 9786416
    Abstract: A tape dispensing tool includes holder assembly and an applicator member. The holder assembly has a base portion and a retainer head that are spaced apart by a recess. A leader tape segment extends across the recess from a tape roll held by the base portion to the retainer head. The applicator member is moveably coupled to the holder assembly rearward of the leader tape segment. The applicator member includes a receiving surface and a pressing surface angled relative to one another. The cable bundle forces a proximal portion of the leader tape segment against the receiving surface as the cable bundle is received in the recess, which moves the applicator member. The movement of the applicator member causes the pressing surface to force a distal portion of the leader tape segment against the cable bundle to adhere the leader tape segment to the cable bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Chadwick Alan Kerstetter, Matthew Steven Houser
  • Patent number: 9511538
    Abstract: A fabrication method of forming thermoplastic composite laminate parts with tailored and varying thickness in a continuous process. Automated equipment or hand lay-up are used to collate parts or components into a multi-layer stack. Each stack contains all plies, including ply build-up areas, tacked in the proper location to maintain orientation and location. Ply consolidation tooling contains all necessary part features and is coordinated to the customized multiple ply stacks to form a single integrated thermoplastic composite laminate potentially having areas of differing thickness from the multiple ply stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Alexander M. Rubin, James R. Fox, Randall D. Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 9242832
    Abstract: A hand-carried taping machine for taping an elongated object is disclosed. The machine includes a powered gear set operably coupled to a body and powered by a drive system. An applicator head includes a substantially C-shaped gear in meshing engagement with the powered gear set such that the substantially C-shaped gear rotates about an application axis under control of the drive system, and a tape reel mount for rotatably mounting a reel of tape on the substantially C-shaped gear for rotation about the application axis and application of the tape to the elongated object. A non-powered guide system operably couples to the body for guiding the applicator head along the elongated object with transient engagement with the elongated object such that the elongated object is maintained in a vicinity of the reel of tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jacob Wade Word, Adam Scott Carberry, Richard Michael Hatley, Michael Steven Olle
  • Patent number: 9169595
    Abstract: A system and method for welding edge seams at the edges of fabric is presented. A method begins by lowering a fabric pre-fold bar onto a piece of fabric. A pre-aligned portion of the fabric is pushed on top of the pre-fold bar so that the pre-fold bar is between the portion of fabric on top of the fabric pre-fold bar and other fabric below the pre-fold bar. The fabric on top of the fabric pre-fold bar is folded edge fabric and fabric not on top of the fabric pre-fold bar is not folded edge fabric. A folded edge is formed between these two sections of fabric. The method pinches some of the fabric at the folded end and then pulls the folded edge fabric off of the fabric pre-fold bar. After that, the method welds at least some of the folded edge fabric to the not folded edge fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Miller Weldmaster Corporation
    Inventor: Brian D. Henry
  • Publication number: 20150129118
    Abstract: A tool for compression molding a composite laminate charge has a tool face for compressing the charge. A flexible tool feature on the tool face forms a shape in the charge and compensates for tool surfaces that may be out-of-tolerance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory James Schoepen Hickman, Randall Dow Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 9028634
    Abstract: The embodiments are directed to a method and apparatus for preferably producing a two layer off-axis composite prepreg material in tape form that has fiber direction at angles such as plus or minus five degrees to the longitudinal direction of the backing paper. The use of such off-axis prepreg composite material tape is primarily for fabricating high length-to-width ration parts such as composite wing stringers or spars for aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Paul E. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20150122408
    Abstract: A method of applying adhesive to a napkin includes spraying first and second adhesive portions on to a first surface of a napkin, and folding the napkin along a fold such that the first and second adhesive portions are brought into engagement with each other, in which the adhesive is of a type that will allow the first and second adhesive portions to separate and allow the napkin to be adhered to an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Gail Shaw
  • Patent number: 9016343
    Abstract: An apparatus for welding a tubular lining of a wastewater pipe includes a retainer for the butt-jointed longitudinal edges, which are to be welded, of a plastic panel bent to form a pipe, and a welding apparatus. The retainer includes one respective clamping device for each edge formed by a stationary clamping bar on the outside of the pipe and a movable clamping bar on the inside of the pipe which is connected to an actuating drive. The stationary clamping bars are located opposite of one another with respect to the butt joint between the two longitudinal edges while leaving a gap open. At least one of the two movable clamping bars forms a stop for one longitudinal edge of the plastic panel in a position placed against the associated stationary clamping bar. A guide is provided along the gap between the stationary clamping bars for the welding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Johann Schluesselbauer
  • Patent number: 9010396
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems disclosed herein relate to the application of a protective film on a surface of an electronic device that instantly reduces air bubbles and eliminates the waiting time usually required when using a wet fluid solution. In one embodiment, a well apparatus graspable by a user's hand for receiving any of a plurality of mobile communication device inserts is provided. Each of the plurality of mobile communication device inserts may have a mobile communication device receiving cavity of a different shape or size configured to receive a mobile communication device of a particular shape and size. After inserting a mobile communication device insert into the well apparatus, a user may insert a mobile communication device into the receiving cavity and apply a protective layer with a roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Superior Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Shraddha Patel, Charlie LaColla, Vivian Chou
  • Publication number: 20150101738
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a bend in composite panel. A method for forming a bend in a composite panel comprises forming a slot having a curved flange in the composite panel, inserting a sheet into the curved flange, and bending the composite panel with the slot and the sheet within the curved flange about a longitudinal axis of the slot to form the bend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen M. Young, Carl Aaron Davison, Will George Pfeffer
  • Publication number: 20150096127
    Abstract: A mattress (22) having a core structure (8) wherein side walls (15) are compressed inward and held in place using a preferably non-woven strip of fabric (21) or similar non-elastic or non-stretchable material that is wrapped around the side walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen J. Schiller
  • Publication number: 20150096686
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for producing a skirting strip prefinished at the factory of the nature of a skirting for floor coverings made of plastic, PVC, rubber, linoleum, or related materials for producing a moisture-tight wall transition. The device consists of a melting and application unit (10) and an edge support wedge molding profile (21), which is functionally connected via a transport device (4) for the strip-shaped blank (6) to the shaping unit (1), and which molds, calibrates, and simultaneously attaches to the convex curvature of the strip-shaped blank (6), the edge support wedge made of molten plastic or hot-melt adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Walfred Prossegger
  • Patent number: 8999096
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a curved part of composite material, during which the layers of fibers of composite materials that will compose the part are held taut at least during the bending step, and displacement of the layers with relation to each other is controlled, is disclosed. A device capable of implementing this type of processs is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventor: Denis De Mattia
  • Patent number: 8999100
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for applying a label to an article travelling along an article path, said label being received on a movable surface at an input location to be retained against said surface whilst being glued and advanced to an output location, at which the label is transferred to the article; the article being rotated with a tangential speed about an axis whilst travelling at a speed along the path including providing at least three portions of surface with independent and controllable vacuum means for retaining the label, including curtailing the application of vacuum means at the first portion of the surface upon the first portion reaching the output location and interrupting the application of vacuum means at the third portion of the surface, with the trailing edge of the label being retained at the second portion of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventor: James Carmichael
  • Publication number: 20150090394
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatuses and processes for forming tabs on adhesive backed products. Specifically, the apparatus of the present invention provides a sequential series of mechanisms to form a tab on an adhesive-backed product, such as adhesive tape, so that the same may be easy to remove from an article at a later date. More specifically, the apparatus of the present invention provides a sequential series of mechanisms to form a tab that is formed solely of the adhesive-backed product itself, which may be utilized for the subsequent removal thereof after placement on an article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Jerry Chern, Detlef Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8991460
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the description of machine-assisted production assemblies and to the optimization thereof, said assemblies having, built therein, a patented device for folding into deep coated folds, thus making it possible to create paper packaging for fast food, said assemblies all comprising a folded element from a folded paper strip 31. Said machines are modular and all comprise, upstream, an assembly of modules 5, 6, and 7 that supply a folded paper strip 31 that is then converted in a specific finishing module 8 for making, from said lidded paper strip, a packaging for a sandwich or loose product such as fries or chicken pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Gilbert Capy, Akiva Buchberg
  • Patent number: 8987040
    Abstract: A production device (2) and a method for forming multilayered (3, 4, 5, 6, 7) modules, in particular solar modules (1), which have at least one translucent sheet-like layer (3, 6) and at least one solar- or light-active element is provided. The production device (2) forms the layer structure and has an applicator (33) for a connecting layer (5, 7) for the aforementioned layers (3, 4, 6). Furthermore, the device has a controllable curve(arch)-forming device (17) for bending and rolling a sheet-like layer (3, 6) while the layers are being applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Kuka Systems GmbH, Dirk Albrecht
    Inventors: Dirk Albrecht, Jürgen Liepert, Michael Büchler, Rudolf Huber, Thomas Kugler, Peter Kiemstedt
  • Patent number: 8967219
    Abstract: A spacer applicator assembly includes tooling having a plurality of spacer retention devices. Each of the spacer retention devices is movable in a first direction. An actuator is coupled to the spacer applicator tooling. The actuator is adapted to rotate the spacer applicator tooling about an axis. The spacer applicator tooling is adapted to move in a direction that is generally parallel to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Guardian IG, LLC
    Inventors: Raimo T. Nieminen, Eric B. Rapp
  • Patent number: 8956495
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing “T” shaped stringers for an aircraft whereby the “T” shaped stringers have a stringer web and a stringer foot, the method comprising: a first step of hot-forming a carbon fiber laminate in order to achieve semi-stringers with an “L” shaped cross-section, a second step of placing together two hot-formed “L” shaped semi-stringers in order to form a “T” shaped stringer, a third step of co-bonding the resulting “T” shaped stringer on a cured skin with an adhesive line between them, and a fourth step of curing the obtained “T” shaped stringer inside a vacuum bag using invar alloy angles as curing tools. The invar alloy angles are cut at a radius area eliminating a part of the invar alloy angles covering the stringer foot in order to define an invar alloy piece having no foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations, S.L.
    Inventors: Augusto Pérez Pastor, Julián Sánchez Fernández, Fernando Esquivias Garía
  • Publication number: 20150044430
    Abstract: A system for diffusing wrinkles in a composite laminate may include at least one wrinkle diffuser. The wrinkle diffuser may include a diffuser body may be mounted to a tool in a manner such that a composite ply at least partially overlaps the wrinkle diffuser. A plurality of diffuser elements may be formed in the diffuser body to define a corrugated surface. The corrugated surface may cause a portion of the composite ply to assume a corrugated shape when a compaction pressure is applied to force the composite ply against the corrugated surface. The wrinkle diffuser may include an indexing feature to index the wrinkle diffuser to a ply edge of the composite ply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Tristan E. Lee, Andrew M. Hopkins, William T. Kline
  • Publication number: 20150041048
    Abstract: Apparatus for forming composite plies on a contoured tool includes a forming head for forming the composite plies on the tool. The forming head is mounted on a manipulator and includes a compliant nosepiece adapted to conform to the contoured tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Robert Anderson, Daniel M. McDonagh, Ryan Christopher Lucas, Mark Klewiada, James N. Buttrick
  • Patent number: 8950457
    Abstract: A slip-on corner protector for rectangular picture frames includes a flat cardboard pre-form which is bent into the shape of a hollow triangular cross-section prism having right triangularly-shaped front and rear frame face cover panels joined at vertical and horizontal sides thereof by a vertical and horizontal rectangularly-shaped frame edge cover panel, respectively. Triangularly-shaped spring flaps bent inwardly from hypotenuse edges of the front and rear triangular panels are pressed against and thus grip a frame inserted between the front and rear triangular panels because of the elasticity of the cardboard pre-form. A machine and method for manufacturing corner protectors from a stack of pred-forms bends panels perpendicularly upwards from a pre-form by linear actuators, spays a hot melt adhesive blob onto an upright panel, and presses it against another upright panel to form an adhesive bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph S. Parcels
  • Publication number: 20150034503
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing packs (1) made of plastics film, having at least one compartment (7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 7f), for articles, in particular for containers. According to the invention, two layers (4, 5) made of plastics film which are located one above the other are welded continuously or cyclically with at least one longitudinal weld (8), subsequently at least one further outer layer (3, 6) made of plastics film is placed on the two welded inner layers (4, 5) and is fastened continuously or cyclically to these already welded inner layers (4, 5). Furthermore, the invention relates to a device (15a, 15b) for producing packs (1) made of plastics film, having at least one compartment (7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 7f), for articles, in particular for containers. The invention also relates to a pack (1) for articles, in particular for containers. Furthermore, the invention relates to a row of packs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Marco Kettwig
  • Publication number: 20150027641
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flexible roll forming device including bases respectively disposed on opposite sides with respect to a process direction center line in a left/right direction of which rails are configured thereon along a lateral direction of the process, forward/backward moving means having a slide plate provided to be movable along the rails on the base, turning means rotatably provided to the slide plate, and roll forming means provided on the turning means to include an upper forming roll and a lower forming roll inclined with respect to the upper forming roll for subjecting a material fed thereto to flexible roll forming by using the upper and lower forming rolls while varying positions in the lateral direction of processing with the forward/backward moving means, and angles from a process direction with the turning means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: SUNGWOO HITECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mun Yong LEE, Kuk-Rae Cho
  • Patent number: 8939187
    Abstract: A machine uses a method for producing a cup from an outer shell and inner cup. For this purpose, the machine includes first holding devices that are arranged on a first rotatably housed star- or wheel-like holding device carrier, and second holding devices arranged on a second rotatably housed star- or wheel-like holding device carrier. Further, a first working station arranged at least in the region of the first holding devices for carrying out first working steps and at least one second working station arranged in the region of the second holding devices for carrying out second working steps are provided. Finally, the machine includes a transfer station for transferring a finished outer shell from a first holding device to a second holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignees: Rundpack AG, Michael Hörauf MaschinenfabrikGmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Steffen Riethmueller, Uwe Messerschmid
  • Publication number: 20150020960
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a method for manufacturing an optical display panel. The method includes a feeding step including feeding an optical cell with a thickness of 0.2 mm to 1.0 mm by means of a feed roller unit arranged perpendicular to a direction in which the optical cell is fed; a bonding step including feeding a long carrier film from a continuous roll and bonding a sheet piece of the optical film to a lower surface of the optical cell with the pressure-sensitive adhesive interposed therebetween, wherein the lower surface is on a side in contact with the feed roller unit; and a rotation step including rotating the optical cell by 90° with respect to the direction in which the optical cell is fed which is bonded in the bonding step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Satoshi Hirata, Seiji Kondo, Seiji Umemoto
  • Publication number: 20140374010
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in formation of a composite structure about a mandrel. A generally flexible pneumatic tool and a generally rigid insert are inserted end to end in a cavity of the mandrel. A first end of the insert is positioned in the cavity, adjacent the pneumatic tool, and defines an interface therebetween. The retainer is connected to the insert proximate the first end of the insert. The retainer has an end that extends outwardly from the first end of the insert across the interface and over a portion of the end of the pneumatic tool. The uppermost surfaces of the insert, retainer, and pneumatic tool are generally flush with one another and facilitate a smooth surface being formed over such uppermost surfaces as the composite material is wound about the mandrel in the formation of the composite structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Loi K. Nguyen, Jesse M. Havens, Jean-Marc Morassutti
  • Publication number: 20140352877
    Abstract: A hybrid tool for curing composite structures for aircrafts, such as stringers, torsion boxes, skin panels, wing surfaces, horizontal tail or vertical stabilizers, etc. The hybrid tool comprises a metallic portion and an elastic portion arranged on a surface of the metallic portion. The elastic portion and the metallic portion are permanently joined to each other so that the metallic portion and the elastic portion together define a surface having a shape which copies at least part of a surface of a piece of composite material to be cured. The tool is capable of satisfactorily curing pieces of composite material which have a minimum thickness and/or a very aggressive change of thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Airbus Operations, S.L.
    Inventors: Alejandro Fernandez Alonso, Aquilino Garcia Garcia, Jorge Juan Galiana Blanco, Pablo Cebolla Garrofe, Carlos Romon Banogon
  • Publication number: 20140345790
    Abstract: An improved device and method for the application of adhesive-backed foil to the edges of stained glass and other materials is provided, the device comprising a groove comprising three or five segments—a base segment against which the glass edge is pressed onto the adhesive face of the foil; and second and third segments comprising sides extending upward from the base at an obtuse angle. Alternatively, the groove may comprise fourth and fifth segments comprising parallel sides extending vertically from the second and third segments and these being perpendicular to the base. The edge of the glass to be foiled is centered on the adhesive side of the foiling tape and pressed to the base. The angled sides initiate folding of the foil towards the side faces of the glass such that no tearing or distortion of the foil results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Sanders
  • Publication number: 20140341693
    Abstract: A device for removing a ring-shaped label from a pack of substantially identical, abutting ring-shaped labels comprises a pick-up head which is provided with a stop surface and retaining devices for holding a ring-shaped label against the stop surface. The device comprises a storage holder for accommodating the pack of ring-shaped labels. A displacement device can displace the pack of ring-shaped labels from a storage position, in which the pack of ring-shaped labels is situated at a distance from the stop surface of the pick-up head, to a discharge position, in which the pack of ring-shaped labels is pushed against the stop surface of the pick-up head by means of an outer ring-shaped label. A blast of air is delivered when the outer ring-shaped label is held against the stop surface of the pick-up head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: POLYMAC B.V.
    Inventor: Willem Van Den Brink
  • Publication number: 20140318695
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling diaper pants includes a drum rotatable about an axis of rotation. The drum has an outer surface. The outer surface includes a first lane of folding devices and a second lane of folding devices. Each folding device includes a chassis support member, a chassis folding member pivotally connected with the chassis support member, a first side panel folding member pivotally connected with the chassis support member, and a second side panel folding member pivotally connected with the chassis support member. The first lane of folding devices is offset from the second lane of folding devices in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Nicholas Paul Goyette, Joseph Hung Lam, Ronald Joseph Zink
  • Publication number: 20140306006
    Abstract: Advanced card machines and associated card merge methods are provided. A form may be provided from a first supply of forms to a first track that is configured to advance the form. A foldable payment card may be selected from a second supply of foldable payment cards, wherein the selection of the payment card does not result in the payment card being folded. The selected payment card may be advanced, without folding the payment card, along a second track to a position in which the payment card is supplied to the form Additionally, an adhesive may be applied to one of the form or the payment card, and the adhesive may attach the payment card to the form when the payment card is supplied to the form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Fred C. Casto, Jon A. Gates, Jeffery G. Nowlin, Corey D. Tunink
  • Publication number: 20140308483
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for making absorbent cores used in disposable hygiene pads, the method or device comprising three steps: (A) suctioning of wood pulp fibers mixed with super absorbent polymers into a net structure on a base tissue to form an absorbent core; (B) compressing and embossing absorbent material; and (C) shaping of the absorbent core. The method of the current invention can be used for making different kinds of absorbent pad products. While increasing the tear strength of the product, the method realizes and simplifies the process of making both the absorbent material and the hygiene pad utilizing the absorbent material on the same manufacturing line, and reduces the cost of making the absorbent pads. The absorbent core made by applying the method of the current invention has a new structure formed by super absorbent polymers and wood pulp fibers, wherein the structure enables the super absorbent polymers to be evenly distributed in between the wood pulp fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Qiuhong Li
  • Publication number: 20140299262
    Abstract: Systems, tools, and methods for forming composite tubular stringers and stiffened composite structures having composite tubular stringers are disclosed. Systems include a tool, a supply of pliable blanks for forming composite tubular stringers with the tool, a supply of skin segments for forming a skin, and a layup mandrel for receiving the composite tubular stringers and the skin to form a stiffened composite structure. Tools include a wrapping mandrel for forming from a pliable blank a tubular structure with a first circumferential profile, and a transition mandrel for conforming the tubular structure to a second circumferential profile. Methods include wrapping a pliable blank around a wrapping mandrel to define a tubular structure having a first circumferential profile, and transitioning the tubular structure from having the first circumferential profile to having a second circumferential profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8851137
    Abstract: A winding apparatus comprises a rotating winding drum, a lay down station, a cutting station, a web assembly hold down element and a wound assembly discharge station. The rotating winding drum further comprises a plurality of winding stations. Each winding station comprises a winding mandrel, a winding nip, a web stabilizing bed and a cutting anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dale F Bittner, Christopher R Lyman
  • Patent number: 8844597
    Abstract: A first base is interfolded along a folding line 1c extending in a flow direction thereof, one portion 1a of two portions divided by the folding line of the first base overlaps with a second base so as to be sealed thereto, a laminated structure formed by the first to third bases is punched into a predetermined shape so as to include the folding line portion, and a handle portion is formed by sealed portions of the first and second bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fujimori Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoko Kitamura, Yasuharu Takada, Tomoyuki Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20140283997
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a taping tool for taping gaps, seams, and/or joints between wallboard members that includes a simplified tape advance/actuation assembly. The taping tool has an elongate body portion with first and second ends, and a connected head portion that directs dispensed tape toward a joint between wallboard members. The tape advance/actuation assembly has a control member forming part of the tool's elongate body portion and a tape engagement member housed by the tool's head portion. The tape engagement member moves in substantial unison with and in response to movement of the control member. The tape engagement member engages or disengages the tape depending at least in part on the position and/or direction of movement of the control member. The extent of the engagement between the tape engagement member and the tape may be adjusted though manipulation of a single fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew W. Jungklaus, Steven J. Wrobel, Jeromy D. Horning
  • Publication number: 20140251638
    Abstract: Described herein is a tubular apparatus for making rigid tubular structures, comprising a flexible cylindrical wall (11, 11?) defining inside it a hollow passage (19), and suited for being wound, in particular on a spool, and continuously laid for use. According to the invention, said cylindrical wall (11, 11?) comprises a fabric (12, 13, 15, 12?, 13?, 15?) comprising inside it at least one gap (14;14?), which develops in the axial direction of said cylindrical wall (11, 11?), said fabric (12, 13, 15; 12?, 13?, 15?) comprising means suitable for operating under traction (15, 15?) when present within said at least one gap (14; 14?) is a fluid (20), injected under pressure for stiffening the tubular apparatus (10; 10?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Giordano Pinarello, Alessandro Bailini
  • Publication number: 20140251531
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a composite sheet metal part having at least one metallic region from a composite sheet metal blank which has two outer cover sheets of metal and at least one layer which is arranged between the cover sheets and consists of plastics material. The invention provides an apparatus and method by which complex formed composite sheet metal parts can easily be produced in a few steps and which still have metallic regions which can be used for joining to further parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
    Inventor: Azeddine Chergui
  • Patent number: 8826959
    Abstract: A bag may be formed from a tube of high strength packaging material by forming a heat seal in the end of the tube. As part of forming the heat seal, one or more supplying apparatuses, which may be air outlets, are positioned for being in opposing face-to-face relation with, and for causing heat transfer with, at least one outer portion of the tube while a transportation system transports the tube to a nipping apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Files, Scott Beckstrom
  • Publication number: 20140217781
    Abstract: A wheel house liner for a wheel house of a vehicle includes a main body and at least one flange along at least a portion of an end of the main body, the at least one flange forming a hemmed edge. The wheel house liner also includes a bonding agent to hold the at least one flange and the main body together, and at least one fastener hole. The main body is formed by a forming machine. The at least one flange is then formed by bending, by a bending tool, at least a portion of an end of the main body. The bonding agent may be applied to the portion of the end before or after the forming of the at least one flange. Finally, the hemmed edge is formed by folding, by the bending tool, the at least one flange against the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Wayne R. Witkop, Joseph C. Simmer
  • Publication number: 20140216661
    Abstract: The present invention includes clamp members, which preliminarily open a tubular label folded in a sheet; openable and closable expansion claws, which expand the preliminarily opened label; and a mounting, on which a bottle is mounted and which can rise and fall. The mounting on which the bottle is mounted rises, thereby inserting the bottle into the expanded label, and the expansion claws are removed from the label, thereby attaching the label to the bottle. A cam included in a rise and fall mechanism, which causes the expansion claw to rise and fall, includes: a fixed portion, of which a height position cannot be changed; a rise and fall portion, of which a height position can be changed; and a connection portion, which connects the fixed portion and the rise and fall portion so as to swing by following a rising and falling motion of the rise and fall portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Satoshi Nii
  • Patent number: 8783318
    Abstract: A wrapper assembly is disclosed that can be used, for example, to wrap a label around a wire. In the wrapper assembly, a pair of supports are spaced apart from one another and a plurality of rollers are disposed there between. The wrapper assembly further includes at least one yoke. Both the pair of supports and the yoke have positioning slots formed therein that support the rollers. By moving the yoke or yokes relative to the supports, the positioning slots in the yoke or yokes shifts relative to the positioning slots in the supports and thereby adjusting the positions of rollers relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Witkiewicz
  • Publication number: 20140182788
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in preparing heterostructures having a reduced concentration of defects including apparatus for stressing semiconductor substrates to allow them to conform to a crystal having a different crystal lattice constant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: SunEdison, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Falster, Vladimir V. Voronkov, John A. Pitney, Peter D. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 8747796
    Abstract: A carbon substrate, method, and a system for manufacturing the same. The method includes forming an oxidized carbon precursor fiber preweb comprising oxidized carbon precursor staple fibers and binder staple fibers; impregnating the oxidized carbon precursor fiber preweb with a slurry including a thermosetting resin and carbonaceous fillers and drying the resulting preweb to obtain an oxidized carbon precursor fiber web; applying heat and pressure to the oxidized and impregnated carbon precursor fiber web, to cure the thermosetting resin and press the oxidized carbon precursor fiber web; and heating the oxidized carbon precursor fiber web in an inert atmosphere, thereby stabilizing and carbonizing the oxidized carbon precursor staple fibers to obtain a carbon substrate. The present invention may utilize a combination of carbon precursor staple fibers in an oxidized form with low ductility and high stiffness; and binder staple fibers composed of a polymer resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hyup Jin I&C Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Woo Lee, Eun Sook Lee, Jy Young Jyoung, Do Hun Kim, Yong Won Jin, Jung Mi Gwak, Young Uk Jyoung
  • Patent number: 8744610
    Abstract: The present invention supplies practical procedures, functions or techniques for folding tessellations. Several tessellation crease pattern techniques, and the three-dimensional folded configuration are given. Additionally several new forming processes, including mathematical methods for describing the material flow are disclosed doubly-periodic folding of materials that name the doubly-periodic folded (DPF) surface, including vertices, edges, and facets, at any stage of the folding. This information is necessary for designing tooling and forming equipment, for analyzing strength and deflections of the DPFs under a variety of conditions, for modeling the physical properties of DPF laminations and composite structures, for understanding the acoustic or other wave absorption/diffusion/reflection characteristics, and for analyzing and optimizing the structure of DPFs in any other physical situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel H. Kling