Work Traversing Type Patents (Class 156/523)
  • Patent number: 10597250
    Abstract: The present invention provides an elastic hair tie material and an elastic hair tie dispenser for dispensing varying lengths of elastic hair tie material. More particularly, the present Elastic Hair Tie Dispenser device has been configured with a flexible cover, a pivoting cutting blade actuator and cutting blade to conveniently dispense elastic hair tie material of varying color, cut to any desired length by the user of the dispenser, to be worn by women or men to restrain their hair in many varying different stylish configurations and for varying purposes, and wherein the dispenser is refillable by either winding hair tie material onto a spool rotatably housed within the dispenser or inserting a new coil of hair tie material sold separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TIY Products, LLC
    Inventor: Jerritt K. Elliott
  • Patent number: 10549942
    Abstract: A hand-held handle dispenser comprising: a main frame (12) having a handle (14), an adhesive tape roll (16) provided on a rear side of the main frame for delivering an adhesive tape, an application element (18) provided on the front side of the main frame for applying the adhesive tape onto a parcel and a cutting blade (20) for cutting the adhesive tape, and further comprising an insert strip roll cartridge (26) for storing an insert strip roll (28), transport and affixing elements (26, 30) for conveying the insert strip (24) from the cartridge to the application element and affixing it against the adhesive tape to form a handle, and a holding structure (13) supporting a system (32) for cutting the insert strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Yann Le Rigoleur
  • Patent number: 10544002
    Abstract: A tape dispenser housing wound adhesive tape includes a brake spoke tapering (i.e., narrowing) from a distal radial end to a proximal radial end relative to a tape rotational axis, wherein the brake spoke effectuates the braking of wound adhesive tape on a hub by contacting the wound adhesive tape, the hub, or both simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Kitaru Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: John Gordon Murphy
  • Patent number: 10533326
    Abstract: A plaster taping apparatus comprises a compartment for holding plaster taping mix and receiving a supply of tape and a removable attachment attachable to the plaster taping apparatus for applying the tape comprising the plaster taping mix exiting the compartment to a surface. The removable attachment comprises a body having a mounting member attachable to a clip arrangement on an outer wall of the compartment. The body comprises a first wheel arrangement at or towards a first end of the body for applying the tape to flat joints and a second wheel arrangement at or towards a second end of the body for applying the tape to internal joints. The plaster taping apparatus comprises an adjustment lever or dial accessible when the removable attachment is attached to the plaster taping apparatus for adjusting a thickness of the plaster taping mix coating the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PHAANIX PTY LTD
    Inventor: Daniel Luke Owens
  • Patent number: 10457517
    Abstract: A device for separating a gummed paper and a lining paper of a double-sided tape is provided. In an example, the device includes a housing, a first rotating structure and a second rotating structure which are provided within the housing and a control part. A chamber for accommodating a double-sided tape coil is provided in the housing. The control part fits the chamber, and the double-sided tape coil is rotatable around the control part. The housing is provided with a sliding groove for accommodating the first rotating structure. When the first rotating structure abuts against the second rotating structure, the first rotating structure is positioned in a first limiting part of the sliding groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ziran Zhao, Tao Wang
  • Patent number: 10160616
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an adhesive tape dispenser, for an adhesive tape roll having a core element, said dispenser essentially consisting of or comprising a carrier unit, in particular a housing, at least one grip member being connected, in particular via a connecting member, to the carrier unit for handling of the adhesive tape dispenser, a first bearing member essentially consisting of or comprising a rotatable bearing shaft arranged and adjusted for receiving the core element of an adhesive tape roll and for rotatably supporting said roll which is directly or indirectly arranged on and/or fastened to the carrier unit, a second bearing member essentially consisting of or comprising an, in particular non-rotatable, bearing shaft, which is directly or indirectly arranged on and/or fastened to the carrier unit, and a receiving member arranged and adjusted for receiving the core element of an adhesive tape roll that is rotatably arrangeable or supported on said second bearing shaft, an, in particular
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BORGMEISTER & SOEHNE LTD.
    Inventors: Gerard Clayson, Daniel Brusius
  • Patent number: 10132606
    Abstract: A tape measure having a housing, a marking device for applying a mark to a surface to be marked, and a carriage member connected to a constant force spring for advancing a marking substance against a marking wheel configured for applying a mark to a surface to be measured and marked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Dane Scarborough
  • Patent number: 10048092
    Abstract: In a torsional moment and angle sensor for determining a torsional moment to be transferred from a drive member to a driven member, an at least partially circumferential drive side encoder ring section is provided. A contactless sensor scans the drive side encoder ring section. A driven side encoder ring section is provided via which an angular position of the driven member is scanned. The sensor for scanning the drive side encoder ring section is coupled to the drive side encoder ring section via a torsion spring bridge having a predetermined torsional elasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Stefan Kolbenschlag
  • Patent number: 10046937
    Abstract: Provided is a tape applicator tool for the placement of adhesive backed tape onto a surface. The tool comprises a frame unit having a handle; a rotatable spool which frictionally engages a roll of tape, a static front shoe which engages the tape by drawing the tape around the front shoe, thereby applying the tape to the surface, the front shoe having a slot, and a static rear shoe which forces to the tape towards the surface. The rotatable spool, the front shoe and the rear shoe are spaced apart in triangulation and are on parallel axes. The tool further comprise a removable measuring stop extending from the frame, adjacent the front shoe and away from the front shoe. Optionally, the tool comprises a removable cutter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: John L. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9873586
    Abstract: A manually operated taping device has a drawback mechanism to draw back the landing end of the tape immediately after the tape is cut and tape tension removed by extending a tape path between the tape source from which the tape is dispensed and an applicator for applying the tape and/or by minimizing the spacing between the applicator and the cutting knife used to cut the tape at the time the tape is cut. The device may also include a guide to better ensure the device is moved during tape application in the direction relative movement between the tape and device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: LAMUS TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Joe Augustine S. T. Lam
  • Patent number: 9849635
    Abstract: A compaction device for use with an automated fiber placement machine includes multiple compaction rollers mounted for independent displacement on a supporting frame. The attitude of the compaction rollers change relative to each other when fiber tows are laid up at an angle over an edge of a tool in order to maintain compaction pressure on the tows and thereby reduce non-compacted areas of the tows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Robert Chapman, Robert M. Watson, Stephen Howard Williams
  • Patent number: 9669609
    Abstract: A single axis application unit for processing a glass workpiece includes a workpiece supporting table, an applicator movable on a traveler shiftable along a first linear axis and a central suction unit that is activateable to grip the glass workpiece that travels along a second linear axis oriented generally perpendicular to the first linear axis. A central suction unit brake selectively secures the central suction unit both rotationally and translationally. The central suction unit is freely moveable both translationally and rotationally when the central suction unit brake is released. A mid-peripheral suction unit is located at a fixed location remote from the central suction unit and selectively activateable to grip the glass workpiece to hold the glass workpiece in a fixed orientation. A corner suction gripper is movable with the applicator parallel to the first linear axis, and is selectively activateable to grip the glass workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Erdman Automation Corporation
    Inventor: Morgan Donohue
  • Patent number: 9493322
    Abstract: An improved manually operated taping device provides for control of the leading end or a tape being applied, which may be obtained by a brake action of adhesive grip or both and may also include controlled tape cutting action and a safety cutting knife retaining mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: LAMUS TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Joe Augustine S. T. Lam
  • Patent number: 9162843
    Abstract: A portable adhesive tape cutting device includes a main body, a cutting unit fixedly on the main body, a handle pivotally connected to two side walls of the main body, and a cover pivotally connected to the handle. The present invention can be used quickly and conveniently for cutting a desired length of adhesive tape. The portable adhesive tape cutting device is provided with the handle for the user to change the position of the portable adhesive tape cutting device conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Hsiu-Man Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 9080024
    Abstract: A heat control system for an adaptive consolidation roller (8) for the production of consolidated layers (2) made of fiber reinforced polymers comprising the adaptive consolidation roller (8) for applying, on an application surface (3), a band (4) formed of at least one resin pre-impregnated flat tape (5), and a heating system (6, 7) adapted to emit heat radiation directed towards the band (4). Said adaptive consolidation roller (8) is rotatable on a spindle (9) and comprises a surface made of an elastic deformable, flexible material. At least one additional roller (10) with thermal control means is provided and said at least one additional roller (10) is pressed from radial outside against the surface of the adaptive consolidation roller (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Weimer, Florian Dorn, Jens Mack
  • Patent number: 9027624
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tape guiding mechanism (10) of a tape device (100). The tape device (100) comprises a strip of tape (20) having supply tape (22) and take up tape (24); a spool portion (130); a supply spool (40) disposed at the spool portion (130) for winding the supply tape (22); a take up spool (50) disposed at the spool portion (130) for winding the take up tape (24); an application tip (12); and a spool mechanism (70) for allowing the supply and the take up spools (40 & 50) to rotate such that the tape travels from the supply spool (40), around the applicator tip (120), and to the take up spool (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Widetech Manufacturing SDN. BHD.
    Inventors: Tong Shan Wong, De Yi Quah
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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: 8955572
    Abstract: A trigger-operated adhesive dispenser includes a rack, a handle affixed to the rack, a swing frame pivotally mounted at the rack, a cutter blade fixedly mounted at the rack, a stopper member pivotally mounted at the rack, and a trigger mounted at the handle. When the trigger is not pressed, the swing frame is stopped by the stopper member and prohibited from being biased, allowing the adhesive tape to be pulled out and adhered to the object to be packed. When pressing the trigger, the trigger will push the stopper member to release the swing frame, enabling the swing frame to be biased, and thus the cutter blade can forced to cut off the applied adhesive tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Harrison Huang
  • Patent number: 8951381
    Abstract: A double sided tape applicator can include a quick release head to facilitate, for example, cleaning and tape threading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Maus, Thomas Truman
  • Patent number: 8944131
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an adhesive tape dispenser adapted for use with adhesive tape having a releasable backing such as wax paper, foil or vinyl often used in HVAC applications. The adhesive tape dispenser includes a handgrip for holding the tape dispenser in one hand during use, a finger switch provided on the handgrip and activated to operate a motorized gearing system for automatically removing and storing the releasable backing simultaneously while applying the adhesive tape to a surface, and a light source for illuminating dark or low lit surface areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jerry Williams
  • Patent number: 8925611
    Abstract: An adhesive tape dispenser is provided that includes a lower housing (200) that includes a pivot post (212) substantially perpendicular to a back wall of the lower housing, a back plate (230) assembly that includes a push button (244) assembly, a tape unwind spool (234), a lower pin (236), an upper pin (238), and a wedge (240) that is slideably engaged with the lower housing, and a blade assembly unit (260) that includes a cutter arm (262). The cutter arm includes a cutting blade (264) and a semi-tubular opening (270) that slideably engages the pivot post (212) of the lower housing. The cutter arm also includes an outer edge that guides along the wedge and lifts the forward end of the cutter arm (that includes the cutting blade) when the back plate assembly is urged forward by pressing the push button assembly forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Joel K. Hagglund, Gerald E. Mueller, Joy A. Packard, Arthur V. Lang, Jia Hu
  • Patent number: 8919410
    Abstract: A fiber placement system for producing small sized flat laminates having a length and width that extends in the X and Y axes, and a constant height measured in the Z-axis includes a fixed creel for delivering fiber used by the system, and a fixed bracket attached to the creel. A fiber placement head is supported by the fixed bracket and a movable table for supporting a tool is positioned under the fiber placement head. The fiber placement head is fixed in the X, Y, and Z-axis during the application of fiber to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall A. Kappesser, Michael A. Noel, Richard A. Curless, Daniel D. Janka
  • Patent number: 8919409
    Abstract: A fiber placement machine has a fiber placement head and a K-axis housing that is supplied with fiber tow from a creel. The fiber placement head is mounted on the front of the K-axis housing. The fiber placement head has a compaction roller and a cut, clamp, and restart mechanism positioned adjacent to the compaction roller that receives fiber tow from the K-axis housing. A separable coupling connects the fiber placement head to the K-axis housing, whereby the fiber placement head may be disconnected from the K-axis housing for docking purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Borgmann
  • Patent number: 8915280
    Abstract: A system and method for automated application of adhesive, buffer, and/or liner to I-joists, whereby a controlled amount of adhesive, glue, buffer material, and/or a protective liner, are successively applied to the exposed flange of an I-joist. An air-activated side pressure wheel first pushes one flange of an I-joist against an opposing friction-reduced straight edge, then at least one adhesive/glue head extrudes adhesive and/or buffer material onto the opposing exposed flange of the I-joist. An overhead liner applicator may then place a protective liner upon the applied adhesive and/or buffer material. An applicator roller bearing and a pressure roller bearing press the adhesive/buffer/liner to the desired mil thickness, after which the liner applicator cuts the protective liner according to the cut pattern instructions received from a controller. A cooler can be used to cool the adhesive/buffer before release liner application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn Robell
  • 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: 20140332152
    Abstract: Systems and methods for utilizing a trimming device to trim an edge of a plastic card having round corners, are provided. The plastic card has an overlay laminated on a major surface of the plastic card. The periphery of the overlay overhangs the edge of the plastic card. The trimming device trims the overhanging part of the laminated overlay by moving the trimming device along the edge of the personalized document in a direction generally parallel to the major surface of the plastic card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: DATACARD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard C. NUBSON, David A. ADKINS, Timothy J. FLITSCH
  • Patent number: 8875769
    Abstract: An apparatus for an adhesive tape dispenser/applicator is disclosed. The adhesive tape dispenser/applicator includes an ergonomically shaped housing and tape applicator/cutter assembly that permits one-handed dispensing of pressure sensitive adhesive tape from a roll while simultaneously applying the tape to a substrate. The adhesive tape dispenser/applicator allows all operations to be performed single-handedly, and without the user ever having to directly touch the tape. In addition, there is no need to pre-measure or estimate the length of tape needed as the desired length of tape is dispensed as it is being applied to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Cory Lee Dean Walker
  • Patent number: 8863805
    Abstract: A pressing-on device for pressing fiber-reinforced thermoplastic materials onto a mold is described. The pressing-on device has a main body and a pressing-on layer provided on a surface of the main body. The pressing-on layer is implemented in this case using an inorganic material, preferably a ceramic material, and has a flexibility because of its structure which allows it to adapt itself to the contour of a mold. Increased heat resistance of the pressing-on device and improved properties of the processed fiber-reinforced thermoplastic material can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Niko Naumann
  • Patent number: 8820382
    Abstract: A tape dispenser having a tape housing adapted for receiving a tape roll of painting and caulking tape. The housing includes a closed front portion and an open rear portion. The rear portion is used for inserting the tape roll on a tape ring. The housing also includes a small semi-circular nose with one end of a flat first tape engaging surface and with one end of a flat second tape engaging surface extending outwardly from the nose at a selected acute angle “?”. The angle “?” provides for cutting the tape to an exact length to an intersection of two right angle surfaces. A large semi-circular handle is integrally formed at opposite ends of the first and second tape engaging surfaces. The handle is used for gripping the housing and dispensing tape therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Michael F. Renkert
  • Patent number: 8794291
    Abstract: The invention is based on the aim of providing a novel office tool, and a corresponding method, wherein various application advantages of known office tools are combined. The invention provides an adhesive tape stamp 1 that is configured to implement a course of movement, wherein an adhesive tape section having a defined length is pressed onto an object in a stamping device, having a separating device 12, which is configured and/or disposed in order to separate an adhesive tape end as the adhesive tape section 23 from a continuous adhesive tape 19 at a separation point 22, and having a stamping device 11, wherein the stamping device 11 is configured and/or disposed to press the adhesive tape end and/or the adhesive tape section 23 onto the object in the stamping direction 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Boehler GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Boehler, Dieter Lessig
  • Patent number: 8794292
    Abstract: Provided is double-faced adhesive tape joining apparatus that allows accurate joining of a double-faced adhesive tape on a tape joining surface of a workpiece in a curved or bent shape with no damage on a surface of a separator joined to the double-faced adhesive tape and no floating of the separator. Specifically, a hand-operable base includes a tape guide for guiding the double-faced adhesive tape successively supplied, and a joining head for pressing against the joining surface of the workpiece the double-faced adhesive tape supplied to a front end of the base. The base and the joining head are configured as to rotate relatively about a support axis toward a longitudinal tape direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Inokuchi, Kazuhiko Kinpara, Naoto Kato, Isao Hirose
  • Patent number: 8763667
    Abstract: A packaging cushion insert is useful for cushioning a packaged object. The insert comprises a top sheet, a bottom sheet; and a plurality of interior sheets between the top and bottom sheets. The top sheet, the bottom sheet, and the plurality of interior sheets are in stacked and laminated arrangement. The top sheet, bottom sheet, and plurality of interior sheets each comprise one or more materials selected from an air-cellular cushioning material, cellular foam material, and crumpled paper material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventor: Nicholas P. De Luca
  • 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: 8746313
    Abstract: A correction tape dispenser includes a body having a plurality of body teeth disposed on an inner surface thereof, an applicator tip mounted in the body, and a supply and take-up assembly mounted in the body, the supply and take-up assembly being biased away from the body teeth with a biasing element. The supply and take-up assembly includes a supply reel and a take-up reel. The supply reel and the take-up reel have a common axis of rotation. One of the supply reel and the take-up reel include a plurality of teeth that engage the plurality of body teeth during correction tape re-tensioning when the biasing force from the biasing element is overcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sanford, L.P.
    Inventor: Andrew Kropp
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8728262
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a composite part including reinforcing fibers comprises fabricating a masterless layup mandrel tool at a fabrication site. The tool includes a composite face sheet that provides a layup surface. The method further comprises using the masterless tool at that site to form a layup of the reinforcing fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Miller, Stephen J. Dostert, Michael J. Louderback
  • Patent number: 8720521
    Abstract: A tape dispenser assembly facilitates dispensing and cutting tape. The assembly includes a housing having side panels and upper wall and lower walls extending between the side panels. The upper and lower walls are spaced defining an interior space therebetween. A forward edges of the upper and lower walls form a dispensing opening in the housing. A tape formed into a roll positioned in the interior space. The roll of tape has a free end extendable through the dispensing opening. A roller assembly coupled to the housing includes a roller positioned proximate the dispensing opening. A non-sticky side of the tape abuts the roller proximate the free end of the tape. A blade is positioned proximate the roller assembly to cut the tape by manipulating the housing such that the blade engages the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Leonora Peary
  • Patent number: 8709188
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for producing a component (37) for aerospace, with the following method steps: supplying a lay-up arrangement (1) to be laid by means of a tape-laying machine (25), with a glass-fiber lay-up (8), which is preimpregnated with a resin matrix (10), and/or supplying a structural arrangement (12) to be laid by means of a tape-laying machine (25), with a structure (16) which is made of metal and is preimpregnated with a resin matrix (18), laying the lay-up and/or structural arrangement (1; 12) on a laminating apparatus (23) by means of a tape-laying machine (25), and curing the lay-up and/or structural arrangement (1; 12) and therefore forming the component (37).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Olaf Rocker, Manuel Jung, Thorsten Bleck
  • Patent number: 8709189
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an integrated lightning strike protection system adapted for automated placement on a composite structure having a surfacing layer consisting of an organic polymer resin, a conductive layer of an expanded metal foil, an isolation/tack layer, and a carrier paper layer. In another embodiment of the invention, there is provided an integrated lightning strike protection system having an integrated lightning strike protection material consisting of an expanded metal foil encapsulated in organic polymer resin mounted on a carrier paper, and an automated placement machine suitable for placing the material on an aircraft composite part for protection of the composite part from lightning strikes. In another embodiment of the invention, there is provided a method for fabricating a composite structure with lightning strike protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: America Olsen Schaaf, Anthony Huy Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8678062
    Abstract: A collection bobbin is provided on a vertical line that travels a center of a supply bobbin. A pair of connection mechanisms is provided at front both sides of a tape housing chamber. An adhesive tape transport carriage with connection portions at a forward end of a carriage frame is connected to the connection mechanisms in the apparatus body. Loading of a master roll of an adhesive tape to the supply bobbin and unloading of a roll of a residual cut tape may be performed at the same position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Ishii, Masayuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8677871
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cutting device for, in a cutting direction, cutting a belt layer from a web of unvulcanised rubber having mutually substantially parallel cords that are at a cord angle, comprising: a blade which sideward with respect to the cutting direction, is freely movable; a first detector for during cutting detecting a sideward displacement of the +0d5; a control computer, operationally coupled to the first detector, for giving control instructions on the basis of displacement information from the detecting means regarding sideward displacement of the +0d5; at least one actuator, operationally coupled to the control means for during cutting adjusting the cutting direction of the +0d5 on the basis of the control instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: VMI Epe Holland B.V.
    Inventors: Gerard Johannes Van Laar, Franciscus Cornelis Bierens, Franciscus Johannes Wilhelums Kooiman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8656976
    Abstract: An adhesive tape dispenser is provided that is operable by a single hand, and is applicable to a variety of adhesive tapes. The provided adhesive tape dispenser overcomes the problem of jamming due to tape accumulation behind the blade by providing a switchable double cam system that allows adhesive tape to be dispensed, the cutter blade to be urged suddenly downward to cut the tape, and then the cutter blade suddenly retracted during one rearward motion of the tape-cutting button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Jia Hu
  • Patent number: 8641847
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include various exemplary methods relating to composite lamination using one or more arrays of parallel material dispensing heads. In one example, a method of fabricating a high aspect ratio composite article is disclosed which may involve applying a first strip material to a work surface datum at a first angle with a first material dispenser, and applying a plurality of second strip materials to a work surface datum each at a second angle with a plurality of rotatable parallel material dispensers. The method may also involve advancing the first material dispenser and the rotatable parallel material dispensers as a unit the width of the second strip material and continuing application of the first strip material by the first material dispenser and a plurality of second strip materials by the rotatable parallel material dispensers until a desired length is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Paul E. Nelson, Robert A. Kramp, Jr., Matthew K. Lum
  • Patent number: 8640758
    Abstract: A tracer wire applicator preferably includes a base frame, a wire spindle, a tape spindle and a pipe roller. The base frame preferably includes a base frame member, a support frame member and an upper frame member. One end of the upper frame member is removably secured to one end of the base frame member. One end of the support frame member is removably attached to the base frame member and the other end is attached to the upper frame member. The pipe roller is rotatably retained on the other end of the base frame member. The tape spindle extends from the base frame member to rotatably receive a roll of tape. A wire spindle extends from the base frame member to rotatably receive a wire reel. A wire guide tube is preferably retained by the upper frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: John J. Grosskruetz
  • Patent number: 8640757
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for manufacturing multiple layer composite structures and structures containing components made of multiple layer composite structures, comprising dispensing layers of composite material, trimming each layer to its final shape as it is being dispensed, and positioning it properly with respect to prior layers in the part lay-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Peter D. McCowin, Darrell D. Jones, David P. Banks, Grant C. Zenkner
  • Patent number: 8631849
    Abstract: A transfer tool A in the present preferred embodiment is provided with a refill 3 including a reel section 31 for holding a transfer tape T therein, a transfer head 35 capable of transferring a transferring material attached to the transfer tape T onto a transfer target, and a support plate 34 having the reel section 31 fixed thereto and being integrated with a base end 351 of the transfer head 35, wherein a engaging section 5 capable of prohibiting a relative turn between the base end 351 and each of a first case member 1 and a second case member 2 is provided between the base end 351 and each of the first case member 1 and the second case member 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kokuyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Kai, Takashi Mitsui, Hideto Shima
  • 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