Specified Structure Of Sonic Or Ultrasonic Work Contacting Surface Patents (Class 156/580.2)
  • Patent number: 11446021
    Abstract: A device for positioning in the body of an animal, the device comprising a first portion and a second portion that may be positioned in contact with one other, the first portion and the second portion each comprising a biocompatible conductive thermoplastic material, such that when the device is positioned in the body of an animal and electric current flows from the first portion to the second portion, heat is generated by electrical resistance at the point of contact between the first portion and the second portion so as to melt regions of the first portion and the second portion, and when the electric current is thereafter terminated, the melted regions of the first portion and the second portion re-solidify so that a weld is formed between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Egan Design LLC
    Inventor: Thomas D. Egan
  • Patent number: 11422114
    Abstract: The present disclosure can provide for an ultrasonic welding method for a pair of workpieces. The method can include first pressing an ultrasonic welding stack against a first workpiece in the pair so that the first workpiece comes into contact with a second workpiece in the pair. The method can then provide for initiating a weld phase by outputting energy from the ultrasonic welding stack to the first workpiece. The method can provide for monitoring, with at least one sensor, a sensed parameter. The sensed parameter can be, for example, weld force and/or weld force rate of change. The method can provide for determining whether the sensed parameter has reached a predetermined level. Based on determining that the sensed parameter has reached the predetermined level, the method can provide for ending the weld phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Dukane IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Leo Klinstein, Paul J. Golko, Charles Leroy Leonard, Matthew James Dittrich
  • Patent number: 11413830
    Abstract: A vibration measurement device measures vibration of at least one of the first sealing member and the second sealing member. A determination device determines quality of the sealing process according to a measurement result of the vibration measurement device from before the first sealing member and the second sealing member reach the closed position to after the first sealing member and the second sealing member reach the closed position. The sealing drive unit causes relative movement between the first sealing member and the second sealing member from an open position at a moving speed determined according to a type of the bag, to place the first sealing member and the second sealing member in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: PACRAFT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsumura, Shinichiro Hyodo, Kyoji Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 11376630
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an ultrasonic vibration unit having a converter (1) for converting an electric ac voltage into a mechanical ultrasonic vibration and a sonotrode which is vibrationally coupled to the converter (1), wherein the sonotrode and the converter (1) are matched to each other in such a way that the ultrasonic vibration unit can vibrate with a natural frequency f, in which a standing longitudinal wave having at least one vibration node and at least two vibration antinodes is formed within the ultrasonic vibration unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: HERRMANN ULTRASCHALLTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Gabriel Ertz, Jens Twiefel, Jorg Wallaschek, Ulrich Vogler
  • Patent number: 10946591
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making bags or pouches is disclosed. An ultrasonic sealer may be used to form the seals. Sealing patterns may be used to provide a desired strength profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CMD Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher L. White, Gregory J. Prellwitz, Timothy J. Rymer, Curt A. Frievalt
  • Patent number: 10889066
    Abstract: An apparatus for fabricating an elastic nonwoven material generally includes a first bonding module and a second bonding module. The second bonding module is positionable in close proximity to the first bonding module. At least one of the first bonding module and the second bonding module has a face with a width dimension and a circumferential axis and is rotatable about a rotation axis. The face has a plurality of ridges. The ridges are positioned such that at least two adjacent ridges overlap along the circumferential axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: DUKANE IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Leo Begrow, Daniel James Sorensen, Thomas David Ehlert
  • Patent number: 10857739
    Abstract: A maple sap line system and method for spin welding provides secure, unobstructed lines for collecting sap by creating a hermetically sealed connection between a lateral line and a mainline. A fitting connects the mainline to the lateral line. The fitting is spin welded to the mainline at a contact interface. The fitting comprises a protruding member that easily melts to create the frictional weld. The fitting has an elongated body comprising barbs that receive the lateral line. The fitting has a channel that enables fluid communication between the mainline and the lateral line. The flanges in the fitting register with a chuck to rotate the fitting against the main line at a high rpm. Molten debris formed in the channel is dislodged by drilling with a collared drill. The drilling provides fluid communication and creates a smooth inner surface in the mainline, and cuts off flanges from the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Charles Welch
  • Patent number: 10744591
    Abstract: An ultrasonic bonding jig includes: a base; and a protrusion portion which has a protrusion portion end surface approximately parallel to the base and which has a pair of first walls, the pair of first walls being disposed upright approximately perpendicular to the base from opposed sides of the protrusion portion end surface. A bonding structure includes a bonding portion of a metal plate and a base material. The bonding portion has a recessed portion with a closed bottom on a surface of the metal plate, and the recessed portion has a pair of walls approximately perpendicular to the surface of the metal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON MEKTRON, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miyashiro, Yoichi Suruga, Shuhei Koyano
  • Patent number: 10561539
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a disposable undergarment, with the lateral edges of the undergarment bonded by means of an ultrasonic horn. When a blank is formed for an individual undergarment, the lateral edges of opposing edges of the blank will form the seam. When the edges are sealed together, a seam is formed. The individual undergarments may be later separated along the seams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: David Edward Schuette, Joram L. McClurg, Jon Allen Pelland, Jeffrey W. Fritz, Daniel A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10549479
    Abstract: A maple sap line system and method for spin welding provides secure, unobstructed lines for collecting sap by creating a hermetically sealed connection between a lateral line and a mainline. A fitting connects the mainline to the lateral line. The fitting is spin welded to the mainline at a contact interface. The fitting comprises a protruding member that easily melts to create the frictional weld. The fitting has an elongated body comprising barbs that receive the lateral line. The fitting has a channel that enables fluid communication between the mainline and the lateral line. The flanges in the fitting register with a chuck to rotate the fitting against the main line at a high rpm. Molten debris formed in the channel is dislodged by drilling with a collared drill. The drilling provides fluid communication and creates a smooth inner surface in the mainline, and cuts off flanges from the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: LES ÉQUIPMENTS D'ÉRABLIÈRE CDL INC.
    Inventor: Charles Welch
  • Patent number: 10406757
    Abstract: A first object is anchored in a second object. The first object has a material with thermoplastic properties, and the second material has a material that is solid and is penetrable by the first material when in a liquefied state. The second object has an insertion face with an opening having a mouth in the insertion face, and the first object has an insert portion that for anchoring is placed in the opening or about the mouth thereof. For anchoring, energy suitable for liquefaction of the first material impinges in an amount and for a time sufficient for at least partial liquefaction of the first material and interpenetration of the first and second materials. The second object, around the opening, has an anisotropic strength with respect to forces perpendicular to the opening axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: WOODWELDING AG, INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Mario Lehmann, Jörg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann, Laurent Torriani, Muthumariappan Sankaran, Håkan Käll
  • Patent number: 10391715
    Abstract: An ultrasonic welding system that includes a rotary sonotrode, having a body that includes a first horizontal side having a first antinode; a second horizontal side having a second antinode; a first vertical side having a first node; a second vertical side having a second node; and a middle region, an upper region, and a lower region, wherein the length of the middle region is greater than the length of the upper region and greater than the length of the lower region; at least one ultrasonic transducer that is transversely aligned with the rotary sonotrode; and at least one input tool disposed between the rotary sonotrode and the transducer that includes a node and is an integral part of the transducer or is a component separate from the transducer, wherein the input tool is connected to the rotary sonotrode at the middle region thereof on either the first vertical side or the second vertical side, and wherein the connection point between the input tool and the sonotrode is located a predetermined distance aw
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Edison Welding Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Paul Matheny, Beau Joseph Brown
  • Patent number: 10369657
    Abstract: A distal end portion for pressing an object to be joined of one of a resonator and a reception jig is constituted as a protrusion having an outer face not including an angular sharp edge, such as a hog-backed shape or a semispherical shape, and during joining, while metal foils stacked are being laterally thinly stretched with lateral vibration from the resonator and atoms of the metal foils are being moved laterally without the protrusions forcibly holding down the metal foils, a metal amount corresponding to a volume stretched is smoothly discharged along a curved face without breaking the metal foils, and even when the stacked metal foils are used as the object to be joined, breaking of the metal foils is not generated during joining, so that a step of protecting the metal foils with a protection member is unnecessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ULTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeru Sato
  • Patent number: 10314576
    Abstract: An active anvil assembly for use in forming a looped suture is provided. The active anvil assembly includes an anvil member, a first sensor operably connected to the anvil member, and a control assembly. The first sensor is configured for measuring at least one of force, torque, and distance feedback. Also provided are systems and methods for forming a looped suture including an active anvil assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Nicholas Maiorino, Timothy Kosa, Mark Buchter, Keith Kroeber, Richard Casey Hart, Gary Suszynski
  • Patent number: 10315361
    Abstract: A method for forming a knockout on a raceway includes removing a knockout from the raceway to form an opening, positioning the knockout within the opening, and thereafter attaching the knockout to the raceway by welding the knockout and the raceway together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CUP ACQUISITION, LLC
    Inventors: David Bauer, Scott Kletzien, Jim Smith
  • Patent number: 10300665
    Abstract: A gas-permeable porous fluororesin membrane (4) made of a fluororesin is welded to a resin component (2) made of a thermoplastic resin using a welding horn (62) having a working surface (62p) adapted to be brought into contact with a work object and provided with a projection (62t). The working surface (62p) of the welding horn (62) is provided with, for example, a plurality of projections (62t). The plurality of projections (62t) may be arranged in a grid pattern on the working surface (62p).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyoko Ishii, Youzou Yano
  • Patent number: 10279542
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sealing anvil is provided which is capable of applying an optimal pressure to an overlap part in the absence of misalignment between the overlap part and the anvil, and preventing application of an excessive pressure in the occurrence of misalignment. An ultrasonic sealing anvil is configured to seal a tubular material having an overlap part extending in one direction, in a sealing direction crossing the overlap part. The anvil is provided with a step that can be abutted with the overlap part R, and a pair of grooves arranged sandwiching the step in the sealing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOPPAN PRNTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noritaka Yuhara, Yo Akiba, Yasuhiko Kimura, Junichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10265913
    Abstract: A horn for an ultrasonic welding apparatus includes a body having an outer diameter surface and a convex welding tip having a first curved surface and a second curved surface. A peak curvature point is defined by the second curved surface. A base curvature point is defined at an intersection between the outer diameter surface and the first curved surface. An inner diameter is defined at an intersection between the first curved surface and the second curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Ingrid A. Rousseau
  • Patent number: 10259165
    Abstract: An apparatus for fabricating an elastic nonwoven material generally includes a rotary ultrasonic horn and a rotary anvil positionable in close proximity to the ultrasonic horn. The anvil has a face with a width and a circumferential axis. The face has a plurality of ridges each of which defines a plurality of interspaced lands and notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AURIZON ULTRASONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas David Ehlert, Patrick Sean McNichols, Daniel James Sorensen, Casey John Morin, Brandon Leo Begrow, Michael A Snyder, Thomas Arthur Bett
  • Patent number: 10245790
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a component connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Clemens Stefanziosa, Johann Van Niekerk, Maik Hammer
  • Patent number: 10239150
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a weld gun and a method of operating the weld gun including a motor operably coupled to a converter. The converter may be operably coupled to a booster. A horn may be operably coupled to the booster. An anvil may be operably coupled to the horn wherein vibration of the horn may be caused by the motor. Moreover, the vibration of the horn may produce heat in order to weld a piece which may be disposed adjacent to the horn. The weld gun may not require separate or additional tooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Fred C. Cooper, Bradley J. Blaski, David J. Stasiak
  • Patent number: 10173370
    Abstract: A joining method for joining a first member having a hole that is opened on at least one surface, to a second member including a material of which a melting temperature is lower than that of a constituent material of the first member, includes: laminating the second member on the first member so as to cover an opening of the hole; and introducing that material of the second member which is softened or melted into the hole through the opening and curing the material of the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ueno, Takaaki Kiyono, Toyokazu Hirota, Koichi Inazawa, Tatsuro Nakata
  • Patent number: 10155341
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced plastic joined body is provided, in which a fiber-reinforced molded article (X) containing carbon fibers and a thermoplastic resin and having a joining surface (x), and a thermoplastic resin member (Y) having a joining surface (y) are welded via the joining surfaces (x) and (y) by applying ultrasonic to the molded article (X), and in which: (1) a maximum value of tan ? by viscoelastic measurement of the molded article (X) is less than 70% of a maximum value of tan ? by viscoelastic measurement of the thermoplastic resin contained in the molded article (X) within a range of a glass transition temperature ±100° C. of the thermoplastic resin contained in the molded article (X), (2) at least one of the joining surfaces (x) and (y) has an energy director, and (3) an application surface of the molded article (X) to which ultrasonic sound is applied is smooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Teijin Limited
    Inventors: Takeru Ohki, Hiroki Sano
  • Patent number: 10005150
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electronic device using ultrasonic joining, when the component members of the electronic device includes different structures. The method includes obtaining a joining condition that provides press-down amounts for the materials to be joined at predetermined values. The press-down amount generated by a horn and a supporting member biting into the materials during ultrasonic joining is predetermined for each specific structure of the component member of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Kanryo, Hiroki Endo, Hideyuki Fujiki
  • Patent number: 9956721
    Abstract: There is described a sonotrode for sealing an opening device onto a hole of a packaging material destined to from a sealed package, comprising: a sealing surface adapted to cooperate with packaging material in order to seal the opening device to the packaging material; a cavity bounded by an opening of sealing surface and adapted to receive the opening device and a ring made in an elastomeric material, partially protruding inside the cavity, and adapted to center a first axis of the opening device on a second axis of the sonotrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Jurgen Abt, Steffen Polster
  • Patent number: 9914293
    Abstract: The invention describes a system for preparing and producing a stamp plate, comprising at least one input device, a control device, and a processing device, with a processing insert and apertures arranged therein. The processing device, in particular a laser plotter, comprises a processing table, which is designed to accommodate and position the processing insert, in particular a tray or jig for at least one stamp plate blank, wherein a removal aid is allocated to at least one aperture of the processing insert, and/or this aperture preferably comprises means for guiding and positioning the insert. In particular the stamp plate blank and/or the workpiece. In order to attain an even surface of a base material of the stamp plate blank, for further processing the base material is positioned on a base plate in a removable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Trodat GmbH
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Pinot, Stéphanie Verrier
  • Patent number: 9903697
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for the non-contact support of a sensor and/or actuator device with respect to a substrate which reflects sound at least in regions has a moving suspension device, a sensor and/or actuator device which is mechanically connected to the suspension device, and a positioning device which is mechanically connected to the suspension device and which has at least one non-contact bearing for the non-contact support of the sensor and/or actuator device with respect to the substrate. The positioning device has at least one sonotrode for emitting an ultrasonic field which, between the sonotrode and the substrate, forms acoustic levitation waves for the non-contact support of the sensor and/or actuator device with respect to the substrate by a non-contact bearing which is designed as an ultrasonic bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: voestalpine Stahl GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Gstoettenbauer, Leopold Stegfellner, Gunter Lengauer
  • Patent number: 9755195
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an apparatus and method for sealing a pouch case that optimizes a sealing shape or structure of a sealing portion at an inner side of the pouch case to ensure insulation of a secondary battery. The apparatus for sealing a pouch case of a pouch-type secondary battery according to the present disclosure includes an upper compression jig to apply pressure to a sealing portion of the pouch case in a downward direction, and a lower compression jig to apply pressure to the sealing portion of the pouch case in an upward direction, and at least one of the upper compression jig and the lower compression jig applies the pressure to the pouch case at different depths at an inner side end and an outer side end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-Su Cho, Seung-Don Choi, Dae-Sik Choi, Hong-Sin Kim
  • Patent number: 9611065
    Abstract: A container formed of a blank (2) consisting of first, second, third, fourth and fifth panels (4, 6, 8, 10, 12), respectively. The first, second, third, fourth and fifth panels (4, 6, 8, 10, 12) include respective top sealing sub-panels (14, 16, 18, 20, 22), of an outwardly bowed form bounded inwardly by respective score lines (15, 17, 19, 21, 23). The first, second, third, fourth and fifth panels (4, 6, 8, 10, 12) also include respective bottom sealing sub-panels (24, 26, 28, 32, 34) of a per se known form. The first and third panels (4, 8) also include respective intermediate panels (34,38) which are each uninterrupted by score lines, except that one intermediate sub-panel (38) is formed with a through hole (40) for receiving a pour spout fitment. The second and fourth panels (6, 10) include respective intermediate sub-panels (36, 40) which are divided by score lines into respective sub-sub-panels (42, 44), identically as between the sub-panels (36, 40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Elopak Systems AG
    Inventor: Ivica Franic
  • Patent number: 9561619
    Abstract: Described is an ultrasonic device for sealing material (1) in strips, comprising: a generator (9) of electrical power signals; a converter (9a) for converting the electrical power signals into mechanical vibrations; a sonotrode (2) rotating about a first axis (X2); an anvil (4) rotating about a second axis (X4) parallel to the first axis (X2); the sonotrode (2) having a circular groove (6) and the anvil (4) having a protruding element (7) which is annular in shape; the protruding element (7) is configured to operate in conjunction with the groove (6) along directions parallel to the first axis (X2) and to the second axis (X4) in such a way as to seal the sheet or strip of material (1) moved along a direction (A) transversal to the first (X2) and second (X4) axis of rotation and passing between the sonotrode (2) and the anvil (4) engaging the groove (6) and the protruding element (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.P.A.
    Inventor: Cristian Betti
  • Patent number: 9537185
    Abstract: A lithium ion (Li-ion) battery cell includes a housing. The housing includes side walls coupled to and extending from a first portion of the housing to form an opening in the housing opposite the first portion of the housing. The housing includes an electrically nonconductive polymeric (e.g., plastic) material. An electrochemical cell element is disposed in the housing and immersed in electrolyte that is also disposed in the housing. The Li-ion battery cell also includes a cover including an electrically nonconductive polymeric material. The cover is disposed over the opening in the housing and sealed to the housing via a seal. The seal is configured to resist or prevent ingress of moisture into the housing and to resist or prevent egress of the electrolyte from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Matthew R. Tyler, Kem M. Obasih
  • Patent number: 9496670
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ultrasound welding device for welding electrical conductors to produce a node between the conductors, comprising a compression space for receiving the conductors, which is delimited peripherally by two working surfaces delimiting the compression space on opposing sides and two lateral delimitation surfaces running transversely to the working surfaces, and the remaining sides are open. One of the working surfaces is a portion of a sonotrode, excitable in ultrasound oscillation, for the ultrasound welding device and the other working surface is a portion of a counterelectrode and at least the working surfaces are structured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SCHUNK SONOSYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Wagner, Dieter Stroh, Sinan Koc
  • Patent number: 9487317
    Abstract: A specially designed sonotrode and anvil are adapted to be used in combination for ultrasonic welding of work pieces, to produce a narrower weld region, but one exhibiting greater durability, thereby permitting use of less packaging material. The contact surfaces comprise a surface of the anvil having a plurality of energy directors, where the plurality of energy directors are arranged into a three-dimensional grid pattern to be capable of distributed vibration-transmissive contact. The energy directors may comprise a series of plateau surfaces being regularly spaced apart from each other in a first direction, and in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction, to form the grid pattern. The rectangular-shaped plateaus may be spaced apart by valleys. Engagement of the energy directors of the anvil with the corresponding surface of the sonotrode may cause minor elastic deformation of work pieces positioned therebetween prior to ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Rinco Ultrasonics USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon Hull
  • Patent number: 9468815
    Abstract: A sport ball may incorporate a casing that includes a plurality of joined panels. At least one of the panels may have a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer. The casing defines at least one indentation in the exterior surface, and the first layer is bonded to the third layer adjacent to the indentation. In some configurations, the casing may also define at least one indentations in a surface of the third layer, which may correspond in location with the indentation in the exterior surface. Additionally, the sport ball may include an intermediate structure and a bladder located within the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Berggren, Tal Cohen, Vincent F. White, Gary W. Glahn
  • Patent number: 9458629
    Abstract: A method for forming a knockout on a raceway includes removing a knockout from the raceway to form an opening, positioning the knockout within the opening, and thereafter attaching the knockout to the raceway by welding the knockout and the raceway together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: David Bauer, Scott Kletzien, Jim Smith
  • Patent number: 9278479
    Abstract: The linear friction welding apparatus of this invention includes two vibrating assemblies, which simultaneously vibrate both work pieces along different weld axis within the plane of the weld interface during the weld process. The LFW apparatus allows one or both work pieces to be independently vibrated against one another along different weld axis to control and concentrate the application of thermal energy across the weld surfaces caused by friction in certain areas of the weld surface and certain times during the weld process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: APCI, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9272493
    Abstract: A stamping head includes a stamping portion and a connection portion connected to the stamping portion. The stamping portion includes a top surface and four side surfaces. The stamping head defines a jag extending from a junction between a specific one of the side surfaces and the top surface toward a centre of the top surface. The jag passes through the specific side surface. When the stamping head presses a ACF onto a ceramic substrate, a residual air between the ACF and the ceramic substrate flows outside through the jag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Liang Chou, Fang Ye, Yu-Shu Lin, Shin-Wen Chen, Wen-Chang Chen, Yu-Tsan Cheng
  • Patent number: 9272802
    Abstract: A sonotrode and anvil are adapted for ultrasonic welding of work pieces, to produce a narrower weld region that exhibits greater durability, permitting use of less material per package. The horn-to-anvil contact is through a plurality of energy directors arranged into a three-dimensional grid pattern to be capable of distributed vibration-transmissive contact. The energy directors include a series of plateau surfaces regularly spaced apart in a first direction, and in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction, to form the grid pattern. The energy directors of the horn are configured to interlock with the energy directors of the anvil. The rectangular-shaped plateaus are spaced apart by angled side-surfaces that form valleys. A stepped transition to a corresponding region of reduced height for the energy directors of the sonotrode and anvil may form a cosmetic seal region with a lesser integrity, in addition to the main barrier seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Rinco Ultrasonics USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon Hull
  • Patent number: 9254585
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for thermally treating webs having thermoplastic respectively meltable compounds, thereby creating cylindrical or elliptic consolidation regions which may optionally have an aperture by employing a thermal energy source, such as ultrasonic energy, as well as to webs with elliptic consolidation regions. In a particular, the apparatus and methods create consolidation regions by using an anvil with a flexible elongated member, such as a wire, a chain or a tubular anvil with circumferential ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: CONCEPTS FOR SUCCESS (C4S)
    Inventor: Christoph Schmitz
  • Patent number: 9233501
    Abstract: The linear friction welding (LFW) apparatus of this invention, in various embodiments includes a vibrating assembly or assemblies, which simultaneously vibrates both work pieces along the weld axis during the weld process. In one embodiment, separate vibrating assemblies are used to vibrate each work piece along the weld axis relative to each other. Each vibrating assembly has its own oscillator mechanism with motors and cams that can be moved into and out of phase with that of the other vibrating mechanism to generate the relative movement between the work pieces. In another embodiment, the apparatus includes a vibrating assembly that uses a single oscillator and two sets of rocker arms supporting carriages operatively connected by a linkage mechanism to simultaneously vibrate both work pieces along the weld axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: APCI, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9205596
    Abstract: For use with the technique of transversely aligning the transducer in an ultrasonic welding assembly, the presently disclosed principles provide a unique ultrasonic sonotrode for use in ultrasonic welding assemblies having such a transversely aligned transducer. In one embodiment, an exemplary ultrasonic sonotrode comprises a body having nodal and anti-nodal regions, and configured to propagate ultrasonic waves received at a nodal region along a first direction. Such an exemplary sonotrode may further comprise a plurality of redirecting features formed in the body and configured to cause received ultrasonic waves propagating along the first direction to propagate along a second direction, perpendicular to the first direction, upon encountering one or more of the redirecting features. In such embodiments, the body is further configured to stretch and compress along the second direction based on corresponding peaks and valleys of the waves propagating along the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew A. Short
  • Patent number: 9096016
    Abstract: Aspects relate to systems, methods, and apparatus for a manufacturing tool. The manufacturing tool is comprised of a vacuum tool and an ultrasonic welder as a unified manufacturing tool. The manufacturing tool may be used to pick and position a manufacturing part that is then welded with the associated ultrasonic welder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Conall Regan, Chih-Chi Chang, Kuo-Hung Lee, Ming-Feng Jean
  • Patent number: 9079358
    Abstract: A round sonotrode has a sonotrode body which has a receiving space for a workpiece at its front end. The receiving space is surrounded by an annular web which has a weld surface at its front end face. A workpiece holder is furthermore provided in the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: MS Spaichingen GmbH
    Inventor: Jochen Scheu
  • Publication number: 20150148766
    Abstract: An absorbent article having a plurality of granular particles placed between two liquid-permeable non-woven fabric sheets, the article including: a high-strength bonded portion formed in a loop-shaped pattern on the article such that the two non-woven fabric sheets are not separated even if the granular particles swell to thereby apply a separating force to a bonded position between the two non-woven fabric sheets; and a low-strength bonded portion formed in an inner area surrounded by the high-strength bonded portion such that the two non-woven fabric sheets are separated from each other at a bonded position when the granular particles swell to thereby apply a separating force to the bonded position between the two non-woven fabric sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: ZUIKO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaki Nakakado
  • Publication number: 20150144270
    Abstract: A device including: a plurality of protruding portions of an anvil roll; an ultrasonically vibrating horn; a suction hole for drawing granular particles together with non-woven fabric sheets so as to carry the non-woven fabric sheets and to prevent the granular particles from being placed on the non-woven fabric sheets over the protruding portions; and a ridge extending along an outer circumference of the suction hole with a protruding height lower than a protruding height of the protruding portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: ZUIKO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaki Nakakado
  • Patent number: 9038688
    Abstract: An active anvil assembly for use in forming a looped suture is provided. The active anvil assembly includes an anvil member, a first sensor operably connected to the anvil member, and a control assembly. The first sensor is configured for measuring at least one of force, torque, and distance feedback. Also provided are systems and methods for forming a looped suture including an active anvil assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Nicholas Maiorino, Timothy Kosa, Mark Buchter, Keith Kroeber, Richard Casey Hart, Gary Suszynski
  • Publication number: 20150129111
    Abstract: A stabilization device includes a molding tool onto which at least one fiber layer having a binder material is placed. The device also includes a consolidation device having sonotrode that applies ultrasonic energy to the fiber layer. The molding tool positions the fiber layer in a predetermined position relative to the sonotrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Bettina AROLD, Ulf Henning NEUMANN, Hermann SEEFRIED
  • Publication number: 20150090405
    Abstract: A sonotrode and anvil are adapted for ultrasonic welding of work pieces, to produce a narrower weld region that exhibits greater durability, permitting use of less material per package. The horn-to-anvil contact is through a plurality of energy directors arranged into a three-dimensional grid pattern to be capable of distributed vibration-transmissive contact. The energy directors include a series of plateau surfaces regularly spaced apart in a first direction, and in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction, to form the grid pattern. The energy directors of the horn are configured to interlock with the energy directors of the anvil. The rectangular-shaped plateaus are spaced apart by angled side-surfaces that form valleys. A stepped transition to a corresponding region of reduced height for the energy directors of the sonotrode and anvil may form a cosmetic seal region with a lesser integrity, in addition to the main barrier seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Gordon Hull
  • Patent number: 8978732
    Abstract: A sonotrode holder for the oscillatable fastening of a sonotrode at a carrier is provided, wherein a direction of oscillation extends from the carrier to the sonotrode and the sonotrode holder has at least one oscillating body having at least one cut-out and the oscillating body is connected to the sonotrode at one end and has a mount which is configured for fastening at the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: MS Spaichingen GmbH
    Inventors: Elmar Noder, Frank Eder
  • Publication number: 20150068663
    Abstract: A custom weld-repair tool, for use in repairing a discrepant weld between workpieces, including an extended portion and a cavity adjacent the extended portions. The discrepant weld includes an insufficient primary portion and the tool is configured to, when the extended portion is in contact with a proximate one of the workpieces, channel welding energy, received at or generated at the tool, to the proximate workpiece via the extended portion, to form or enlarge a weld at a periphery of the primary portion or directly adjacent the primary portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Pei-Chung Wang