Surface Bonding And/or Assembly Therefor Patents (Class 156/60)
  • Patent number: 11367860
    Abstract: A bonding device and a bonding method for an irregular-shaped curved cover plate and a flexible screen are disclosed. The bonding device includes: a support body supporting the flexible screen; and a bonding body supporting the flexible screen together with the support body and pressing the flexible screen. The bonding body has a cylindrical shape. A cross-sectional shape of the bonding body along an axial direction matches with a cross-sectional shape of the irregular-shaped curved cover plate. The support body is located at a radial end of the bonding body. The bonding body can be expanded along the axial direction, to have opposite sides thereof abutted against the arc hook areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: YUNGU (GU'AN) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaolong Zhang
  • Patent number: 11369051
    Abstract: A shielding member is provided. The shielding member includes a shielding layer having flexibility, and an insulating layer stacked on the shielding layer. The shielding layer includes a nanofiber layer including nanofibers plated to have electrical conductivity and coated with an adhesive material, and conductive particles disposed in the nanofiber layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junghwan Kim, Jaedeok Lim, Hyein Park
  • Patent number: 11360032
    Abstract: Strontium tetraborate is used as an optical coating material for optical components utilized in semiconductor inspection and metrology systems to take advantage of its high refractive indices, high optical damage threshold and high microhardness in comparison to conventional optical materials. At least one layer of strontium tetraborate is formed on the light receiving surface of an optical component's substrate such that its thickness serves to increase or decrease the reflectance of the optical component. One or multiple additional coating layers may be placed on top of or below the strontium tetraborate layer, with the additional coating layers consisting of conventional optical materials. The thicknesses of the additional layers may be selected to achieve a desired reflectance of the optical component at specific wavelengths. The coated optical component is used in an illumination source or optical system utilized in a semiconductor inspection system, a metrology system or a lithography system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: KLA Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Ho Alex Chuang, Yinying Xiao-Li, Elena Loginova, John Fielden
  • Patent number: 11347142
    Abstract: A pellicle suitable for use with a patterning device for a lithographic apparatus. The pellicle comprising at least one breakage region which is configured to preferentially break, during normal use in a lithographic apparatus, prior to breakage of remaining regions of the pellicle. At least one breakage region comprises a region of the pellicle which has a reduced thickness when compared to surrounding regions of the pellicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignees: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., ASML HOLDING N.V.
    Inventors: David Ferdinand Vles, Erik Achilles Abegg, Aage Bendiksen, Derk Servatius Gertruda Brouns, Pradeep K. Govil, Paul Janssen, Maxim Aleksandrovich Nasalevich, Arnoud Willem Notenboom, Mária Péter, Marcus Adrianus Van De Kerkhof, Willem Joan Van Der Zande, Pieter-Jan Van Zwol, Johannes Petrus Martinus Bernardus Vermeulen, Willem-Pieter Voorthuijzen, James Norman Wiley
  • Patent number: 11325317
    Abstract: A method wherein a bulky three-dimensional emblem can be made of a thermoplastic synthetic resin containing a vapor-deposited-metal laminated film. An apparatus for producing a three-dimensional emblem made of a thermoplastic synthetic resin includes a slide jig in which an electrode flat plate die and an electrode projecting die are slidable in a horizontal plane, an electrode recessed die capable of approaching and separating from the slide jig in a vertical direction and at a position where it can oppose the electrode flat plate die and the electrode projecting die, and a high-frequency oscillator that performs high-frequency dielectric heating by continuously generating a high-frequency voltage across the opposing dies, wherein recesses form in a surface of the electrode flat plate die opposing the electrode recessed die, and during high-frequency dielectric heating, a portion of the lower layer material enters the recess and is held on the electrode flat plate die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Takeshi Kuroda
  • Patent number: 11311423
    Abstract: Provided is a facial patch including a support, a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer, and a release layer in this order, in which (a) the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer satisfies the following conditions (a-1) to (a-3): (a-1) the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer contains a styrene-isoprene-styrene block copolymer, a tackifier resin, and a softening agent; (a-2) the ratio (mass ratio) of the styrene-isoprene-styrene block copolymer and the tackifier resin is 1:2 to 1:4; and (a-3) the content of the softening agent is 40% to 60% by mass; and (b) the support has elastic moduli with a Young's modulus of 0.01 GPa to 0.5 GPa, and also provided is a method for producing the facial patch, the method including a step of forming a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer on the upper surface of the release layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: NICHIBAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Kawahara, Takao Hiraoka, Mariko Tanaka, Chihiro Kenmochi
  • Patent number: 11307521
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus may include: a fixer that includes a fixing nip and makes an image formation medium pass through the fixing nip, to apply heat and pressure to the image formation medium, and fix toner containing wax to the image formation medium, an image formed with the toner having been transferred onto the image formation medium; and a hardware processor that controls the fixer in such a manner that an amount of wax precipitating on a surface of the image formation medium, when a laminating process is performed on the image formation medium to which the toner has been fixed, becomes smaller than when the laminating process is not performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 11298513
    Abstract: A serration balloon can have a number of different components and can be made in a number of different manners. One or more longitudinally extending members with periodic raised wedges can be attached to a medical balloon. They can be attached with a fiber coating, a polymer coating, or other methods. A polymer matrix can be used to bond the longitudinally extending member to the surface of the balloon. The fiber coating can be, for example, a thread or mesh that secures the longitudinally extending member to the balloon. The medical balloon can be an angioplasty balloon, such as an off-the-shelf angioplasty balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: CAGENT VASCULAR, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Schneider, Robert M. Giasolli
  • Patent number: 11302476
    Abstract: A capacitor component includes a body having a stacked portion in which first internal electrodes and second internal electrodes are alternately stacked with each other and with dielectric layers therebetween in a first direction, and having first and second connection portions disposed on opposite surfaces of the stacked portion, respectively, in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. First and second external electrodes are disposed on the first and second connection portions, respectively. The first and second connection portions each include a metal layer disposed on the stacked portion and a ceramic layer disposed on the metal layer. Corners of the body have a rounded shape in a cross-section of the body extending in the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Park, Ki Pyo Hong, Jung Tae Park, Jong Hwa Lee
  • Patent number: 11292216
    Abstract: A method for designing fiber-composite parts in which part performance and manufacturing efficiency can be traded-off against one another to provide an “optimized” design for a desired use case. In some embodiments, the method involves generating an idealized fiber map, wherein the orientation of fibers throughout the prospective part align with the anticipated load conditions throughout the part, and then modifying the idealized fiber map by various fabrication constraints to generate a process-compensated preform map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Arris Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Escowitz, J. Scott Perkins, Riley Reese, Erick Davidson, Sean Hennessee
  • Patent number: 11286077
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a label to a spool or reel containing wire and a wire tail extending from the spool or reel, the apparatus comprising a wire tail sensor, wherein the wire tail sensor identifies the location of the wire tail protruding from the spool or reel and a label application mechanism, wherein the labeling mechanism applies a label to the spool or reel and wherein the label does not contact the wire tail protruding from the spool or reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Encore Wire Corporation
    Inventors: William T. Bigbee, Jr., Clifton S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 11279093
    Abstract: A connection arrangement includes a first plastic component, a second plastic component, and a closed induction ring. The first plastic component has a first joining region designed as a receptacle, and at one end, the second plastic component has a second joining region introduced into the first joining region. At the joining regions, the induction ring is at least partially fused into the two plastic components such that at one contact region between a first plastic melt of the first plastic component and a second plastic melt of the second plastic melt, a material-conclusive connection is generated. In this case, the induction ring is melted into the first plastic component while forming at least one first undercut, and is melted into the second plastic component while forming at least one second undercut such that between the plastic components and the induction ring, one each form-fitting connection is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Till Schade, Werner Steinberger
  • Patent number: 11283078
    Abstract: A slurry or paste for the manufacture of electrodes for secondary batteries such as lithium ion containing electrochemical cells. The slurry comprises a water-based binder with CMC, SBR and PVDF as binder materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Leclanche' S.A.
    Inventors: Hilmi Buqa, Werner Scheifele, Pierre Blanc
  • Patent number: 11253908
    Abstract: A method for joining dissimilar materials is provided. The method includes a solid-state joining process in which a rivet is plunged into a predrilled hole in a top workpiece. When the rivet contacts the bottom workpiece, ultrasonic vibration by oscillatory motion of a sonotrode, such as horizontal, vertical, or rotational motion, creates frictional heat at the interface between the rivet and the lower workpiece. With the aid of frictional heat and axial compression, metallurgical bonding is achieved at the interface between the rivet and the bottom sheet, while being below the melting temperature of the bottom workpiece. The sonotrode is retracted while the rivet remains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Yong Chae Lim, Zhili Feng, Jian Chen, Xin Sun, Richard W. Davies
  • Patent number: 11234699
    Abstract: A buttress assembly is configured to temporarily adhere to a wet surgical stapler end effector. The buttress assembly includes a buttress body and a humidity tolerant adhesive material. The humidity tolerant adhesive material is applied to at least one side of the buttress body. The humidity tolerant adhesive material is configured to hold the buttress body to an underside of an anvil or a deck of a staple cartridge for at least five minutes in an environment of 100% relative humidity at approximately 37° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Prudence A. Turner, Jackie Donners, Mark Timmer, Rao S. Bezwada, Aidan Craigwood, Caroline Hagerman, Ashley Easter, Kathrin Holtzmann
  • Patent number: 11234351
    Abstract: Embodiments herein address these and other issues by providing a display assembly system with a pick-up tool having 6 degrees of freedom (6DOF) coupled with a pick-up head having an at least partially transparent adhesive element to which light-emitting structures may be adhered for picking and placement during the display manufacture process. Embodiments further include a touchdown sensor coupled with the pick-up tool and pick-up head that allow sensing of a force applied to the pick-up head in an upward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Pooya Saketi
  • Patent number: 11199520
    Abstract: An electrochemical chlorine gas sensor is disclosed with a working electrode, a counter electrode, and a reference electrode. The working electrode may be coated with a nanoporous gold layer, a first solution comprising an ionic liquid, and a second solution that may be selected from a Nafion solution, a chitosan solution, an agar solution, or combinations thereof. The reference and counter electrodes may be further coated with the ionic liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Mahmoud Amouzadeh Tabrizi, Mojtaba Shamsipur, Reza Saber, Saeed Sarkar
  • Patent number: 11193045
    Abstract: A multi-material assembly is provided, as well as methods of making a multi-material assembly. The multi-material assembly includes a first coated structural component and a second structural component. The first coated structural component includes a first uncoated portion, and an adhesive is positioned between the second structural component and the first uncoated portion that secures the first coated structural component to the second structural component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Derik Thomas Voigt
  • Patent number: 11186422
    Abstract: An insulating device can include an aperture having a waterproof closure which allows access to the chamber within the insulating device. The closure can help prevent any fluid leakage into and out of the insulating device if the insulating device is overturned or in any configuration other than upright. The closure may also prevent any fluid from permeating into the chamber if the insulating device is exposed to precipitation, other fluid, or submersed under water. This construction results in an insulating chamber that is substantially impervious to water and other liquids when the closure is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Roy Joseph Seiders, Chris Keller, Derek G. Sullivan, Erik Steven Larson, Alex Baires, Andrew M. Bosway, Karl Fritzsche, Laura Flores
  • Patent number: 11186074
    Abstract: An embosser/laminator machine has an adhesive unit releasably connectable with a main frame structure of the machine, and a roll extractor configured to move a roll between the main frame structure and an exchange position between the main frame structure and the adhesive unit when the adhesive unit is spaced from the main frame structure during removal and installation of the roll. The sub-frame comprising the adhesive unit may be formed with a bearing cap that cooperates with the main frame structure such that when the adhesive unit is connected with the main frame structure, the roll is operatively secured to the machine between main frame structure and the sub-frame of the adhesive unit for normal operation of the machine. When the sub-frame comprising the adhesive unit is released and spaced from main frame structure, the roll may be removed from and installed into the main frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY
    Inventors: Cory P. Gussert, Tyler D. Bushelle, Stefano Spinelli
  • Patent number: 11179898
    Abstract: A device for sealing sample tubes comprises a tool assembly configured to interface with a rack holding a plurality of sample storage tubes, the tool assembly holding a plurality of punches and a die plate including a plurality of cutting holes, with each of the plurality of cutting holes accepting one of the plurality of punches. The tool assembly receives a foil sheet between the punches and the die plate. The device includes an actuator enabling linear movement of the tool assembly. Linear movement of the tool assembly towards the rack engages the die plate against the rack and punches the punches through the cutting holes of the die plate to punch a plurality of sealing sections from the foil sheet and to press and seal each of the sealing sections against a top end of each of the plurality of sample storage tubes in the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: BROOKS AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventor: Beat Reuteler
  • Patent number: 11173674
    Abstract: An applicator assembly for applying pressure to a composite structure includes an external frame, an applicator casing disposed substantially within the external frame, and an applicator disposed substantially within the applicator casing. The applicator casing includes a first membrane, and a first jamming material disposed within the first membrane. The applicator includes a second membrane, and a second jamming material disposed within said second membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew Harper Hockemeyer, Younkoo Jeong, James Duvall Bollacker, Shatil Sinha
  • Patent number: 11168479
    Abstract: A roof assembly comprising: a roof deck; a thermoplastic membrane covering the deck; and a fabric having disposed thereon expandable graphite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Firestone Building Products Company, LLC
    Inventors: Wensheng Zhou, Michael J. Hubbard, Allen Sopko, Joseph Carr
  • Patent number: 11167502
    Abstract: A fiber-reinforced polymeric composite structure having chemically active thermoset particles positioned in an interlaminar region between adjacent layers of reinforcement fibers and method of making the same. Upon curing of the composite structure, the chemically active functional groups on the thermoset particles form covalent bonds with the matrix resin surrounding the particles. In one embodiment, the particles are formed of a partially cured thermoset polymer with a degree of cure of less than 100%. In another embodiment, the particles are derived from a thermosettable resin composition, wherein the stoichiometry is such that there is a deficiency or an excess in the amount of curing agent that is necessary for reacting with 100% of the thermoset resin component. In some embodiments, the composition of the chemically active thermoset particles is the same or substantially the same as that of the matrix resin of the composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cytec Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Aerts, William Jacobs, James Martin Griffin
  • Patent number: 11161322
    Abstract: Provided is a reinforced composite material, comprising: a laminate of a plurality of fiber reinforced sheets; and a surface material on at least one surface of the laminate. Each of the fiber reinforced sheets comprises: a fiber reinforcing material having orientation; and a resin base material. The plurality of fiber reinforced sheets comprise: at least one first fiber reinforced sheet including a fiber reinforcing material having directionality in a first direction having an angle of +1° to +44° with respect to a reinforcement required direction; and at least one second fiber reinforced sheet including a fiber reinforcing material having directionality in a second direction having an angle of ?1° to ?44° with respect to the reinforcement required direction. The surface material comprises a metal sheet having a mesh structure. Also provided is an article including the reinforced composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG HAUSYS, LTD.
    Inventors: Ae-Ri Oh, Han-Na Choi, Jong-Sung Park, Hee-June Kim
  • Patent number: 11156217
    Abstract: A pumpable resin system for installation of mine bolts includes a resin injection cylinder comprising a resin chamber and a resin hydraulic cylinder, a catalyst injection cylinder including a catalyst chamber and a catalyst hydraulic cylinder, with the resin hydraulic cylinder synchronized with the catalyst hydraulic cylinder, a hydraulic pump in fluid communication with the resin hydraulic cylinder and the catalyst hydraulic cylinder, a hydraulic reservoir in fluid communication with the hydraulic pump, and a delivery line in fluid communication with the resin injection cylinder and the catalyst injection cylinder. The delivery line is configured to deliver resin and catalyst from the resin injection cylinder and catalyst injection cylinder into a borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: J-LOK Co.
    Inventors: Dakota Faulkner, Michael Weaver, Mark Crable
  • Patent number: 11155116
    Abstract: Embodiments include a cap or hat decoration method by providing a press including a lower platen and upper platen, and coupling a pad to the lower platen, where the pad is dimensioned based on one or more dimensions of the cap or hat, and positioning the cap or hat onto at least a portion of the pad. Further, the method includes positioning at least one decoration onto at least a portion of the cap or hat, where the at least one decoration includes a heat-activated adhesive, and heating and compressing the decoration onto the cap or hat by compressing the cap or hat and decoration between the lower platen and upper platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: WORLD EMBLEM INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Manuel Figueroa
  • Patent number: 11141931
    Abstract: Joints, such as adhesive and welded thermoplastic joints, comprising embedded and/or surface mounted components of a sensor system are provided. The embedded and/or surface mounted component can be an optical fiber. Strain and/or stress can be monitored in the joint in a spatially resolved manner periodically or continuously, for example, to warn of potential failure of the joint or estimate residual/remaining life of a bonded component. The stress and/or strain information can also be used to improve the design of the joint. Methods and systems for monitoring stress and/or strain in a joint, and methods of preparing the joints are provided, as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: University of Tennessee Research Foundation
    Inventor: Dayakar Penumadu
  • Patent number: 11131620
    Abstract: An adhesive composition may be applied to a surface, such as plastic, metal, wood, stucco, plaster, brick, concrete, glass, rubber, tile, fiberglass, ceramic, porcelain, canvas, stone, or drywall. The adhesive-containing surface is then pressed into contact with a second surface to create a strong, watertight bond. The methods disclosed herein may be used to assemble and/or repair a variety of articles and structures, such as roofs, gutters, boats, kayaks, personal watercraft, canoes, rafts, inflatable articles such as toys, sporting equipment, and air mattresses, outdoor equipment, mobile homes, recreational vehicles, campers, garden hoses, low-pressure PVC and plumbing pipes, tents, vinyl awnings, covers and tarps, swimming pools, windows, doors, walls, seams, vents, air ducts, HVAC systems, and the like. Also disclosed herein are methods of testing the bonding strength of an adhesive, methods of affecting underwater repairs, and methods of assembling an all-terrain vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Swift IP, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Swift
  • Patent number: 11131708
    Abstract: An aligning mechanism according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes a mounting table on which a substrate is placed; a holding section configured to hold the mounting table from below; lifting pins configured to raise or lower the mounting table with respect to the holding section; and an aligner configured to support the holding section from below, and to change a position of the holding section relative to the lifting pins. In the holding section and the aligner, through-holes are formed such that the lifting pins can penetrate the through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Tomoya Endo
  • Patent number: 11132030
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device including a base structure, panel, water blocking film and first glue structure. The base structure has a first surface and a second surface. The base structure includes a base body, receiving recess and slit. The panel is disposed in the receiving recess and on the second surface. The panel includes a panel body and a first signal transmission element connected to the panel body. The first signal transmission element passes through the slit. The water blocking film is disposed on the first surface of the base structure to cover the slit. A first hole is disposed between the base structure and first signal transmission element or between the water blocking film and first signal transmission element. The first glue structure is disposed in the first hole. A first water blocking region is formed between the base structure, water blocking film and first glue structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tzu-Chiu Huang, Juei-Chi Chang
  • Patent number: 11123229
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for mechanically bonding substrates together. The apparatuses may include a pattern roll including a pattern element protruding radially outward. The pattern element includes a pattern surface and includes one or more channels adjacent the pattern surface. The pattern roll may be positioned adjacent an anvil roll to define a nip between the pattern surface and the anvil roll, wherein the pattern roll is biased toward the anvil roll to define a nip pressure between pattern surface and the anvil roll. As substrates advance between the pattern roll and anvil roll, the substrates are compressed between the anvil roll and the pattern surface to form a discrete bond region between the first and second substrates. As such, during the bonding process, some yielded substrate material flows from under the pattern surface and into the channel to form a channel grommet region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Joseph Allen Eckstein, Hailing Bao, Robert Charles Dreisig, Howard Jay Kalnitz, Uwe Schneider
  • Patent number: 11117732
    Abstract: An insulating device can include an aperture having a waterproof closure which allows access to the chamber within the insulating device. The closure can help prevent any fluid leakage into and out of the insulating device if the insulating device is overturned or in any configuration other than upright. The closure also prevents any fluid from permeating into the chamber if the insulating device is exposed to precipitation, other fluid, or submersed under water. This construction results in an insulating chamber impervious to water and other liquids when the closure is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Roy Joseph Seiders, Christopher M. Keller
  • Patent number: 11121403
    Abstract: In a production method of an electrode for all-solid-state batteries, the electrode having an electrode mixture layer containing active material particles and solid electrolyte particles, the solid electrolyte particles include a first group of particles having an average particle diameter d1, and a second group of particles having an average particle diameter d2. The production method includes: a first mixing step of dry-mixing the active material particles and the first group of particles, to obtain a mixture A; a second mixing step of dry-mixing the mixture A and the second group of particles, to obtain a mixture B; and a pressing step of pressing the mixture B to form the electrode mixture layer. A ratio of the average particle diameter d2 to the average particle diameter d1:d2/d1 satisfies d2/d1?1.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Zosen Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Kawase, Risa Nagai
  • Patent number: 11107716
    Abstract: An automation line for processing a molded panel which is attached, via thermal release adhesive, to a first carrier. The automation line including a release workstation which includes a release unit having a carrier-engagement arrangement movable to engage the first carrier. The carrier-engagement arrangement includes a heating sub-arrangement to thermally contact the first carrier and an attachment sub-arrangement to attach the first carrier to the carrier-engagement arrangement, wherein the carrier-engagement arrangement is operable to heat the intermediate panel assembly to a release temperature of the thermal release adhesive and to separate the first carrier from the molded panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: PYXIS CF PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Amlan Sen
  • Patent number: 11097950
    Abstract: A graphene fabrication method which can obtain graphene of high quality and good characteristics by adjusting a size and a shape of a domain of graphene is provided. The method for fabricating graphene according to the present disclosure includes: a graphene pattern forming step of forming a graphene forming pattern on a graphene growth substrate; and a graphene forming step of forming a graphene layer on the graphene growth substrate having the graphene forming pattern formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Korea Electronics Technology Institute
    Inventor: Hyeong Keun Kim
  • Patent number: 11084230
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for positioning and bonding a nutplate to a substrate comprising at least one aperture, wherein the system includes a nutplate engagement fixture formed from a rigid tube and an elastomeric tube, a heater operable to deliver heat to a bonding surface of the nutplate, at least one temperature sensor operable to measure the temperature of the bonding surface of the nutplate, a temperature sensor retention fixture operable to position and secure the at least one temperature sensor to the nutplate, and a heater controller operable to control the output from the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Kineticure, LLC
    Inventors: Jason P. Rice, Mark C. Cridge, Christopher D. Hemmelgarn, Patrick J. Hood, Tat Hung Tong
  • Patent number: 11084269
    Abstract: A composite structure comprises stacked sets of laminated fiber reinforced resin plies and metal sheets. Edges of the resin plies and metal sheets are interleaved to form a composite-to-metal joint connecting the resin plies with the metal sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Harlan Griess, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 11083230
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to an apparel article, such as an article of clothing, that includes a pre-worn piece as a design element integral with the article of clothing. The pre-worn piece may be, for example, a cut-out of an athletic jersey, a uniform, a shirt or the like, formed in a particular design pattern, that was worn by a member of a sports team such as a professional sports team. In another aspect, the disclosure relates to a method for marketing an article or articles in a line of apparel, such as sporting goods apparel, with such pre-worn pieces affixed to the articles as integral design elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Greg Gibson
  • Patent number: 11084228
    Abstract: A first thermoplastic component and a second thermoplastic component including a first joint portion and a second joint portion, respectively, are provided. A least a portion of a surface area of each of the first and second joint portions include a respective first and second mating surface. The first and second mating surfaces of the respective first and second joint portions are positioned in contact with one another. The first and second joint portions are fusion joined. Fusion joining the first and second joint portions forms a fused unitary portion of the first and second thermoplastic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventors: Lamia Salah, Noushin Bahramshahi, Daniel O. Ursenbach
  • Patent number: 11077978
    Abstract: A product transfer apparatus includes a product suction pad part having a suction cup part capable of sucking a plate-like product, a transfer base whose lower part has the product suction pad part, and a label suction part having a label pad, which is able to suck a label to be pasted to the product, and an up-down function of moving the label pad up and down between a position upper than and a position lower than the position of a front end of the suction cup part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: AMADA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Hirono, Koji Tsuda, Hideto Fukushige, Kuniaki Abe, Ryoma Kitano
  • Patent number: 11056752
    Abstract: A battery module is formed from a plurality of battery cells having top and bottom electrodes. Top and bottom collector plates overlay, and are electrically connected with, the battery cell top and bottom electrodes. The collector plates may be formed wholly or primarily from copper. Cell apertures may be formed within the collector plates overlying each cell, with collector arms extending into said apertures for connection with an underlying cell electrode. The collector arms may include a fusible link for each cell. A bridge collector plate may span subsets of cells, and include a module-level fusible link formed therein. A current concentrator, such as a dimple or depression, may be formed in a collector arm to facilitate resistance welding of the copper collector plates to underlying battery cells, which may include electrodes formed from steel or other material more resistive than the copper collector plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: LITHOS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: James Meredith, Erik Stafl, Katelyn Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11046054
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a sandwich structure including two steel skin layers separated by a polymeric layer is provided. The process includes dimensioning the sandwich structure according to a target to be attained by defining the target to be attained by three target values, i.e., tensile strength Tc expressed in kN/mm, bending stiffness Bc expressed in kN/mm, and surface mass Mc expressed in Kg/m2, defining a tolerance for the attainment of target values, defining the sandwich structure by five variables, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventor: Denis Jacquet
  • Patent number: 11014309
    Abstract: A rehabilitated pipe system and a method for rehabilitating a pipe system. A lines a host pipe and a coupling member configured for being operatively coupled to a mechanical coupler is positioned adjacent the host pipe so that a connecting section of the liner extends into the coupling member. The connecting section of the liner is adhesively bonded to the coupling member, and the mechanical coupler is installed to fluidly couple the liner to another fluid conducting structure. The connecting section of the liner can be formed in a portion of the host pipe that is removed after lining. The coupling member can be flanged or include a lateral coupling tube. The mechanical coupler can, e.g., be a ductile iron coupler or a bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: INA Acquisition Corp
    Inventors: Mark Hairston, Barry Paschall
  • Patent number: 10994917
    Abstract: An insulating device can include an aperture having a waterproof closure which allows access to the chamber within the insulating device. The closure can help prevent any fluid leakage into and out of the insulating device if the insulating device is overturned or in any configuration other than upright. The closure may also prevent any fluid from permeating into the chamber if the insulating device is exposed to precipitation, other fluid, or submersed under water. This construction results in an insulating chamber that is substantially impervious to water and other liquids when the closure is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Roy Joseph Seiders, Chris Keller, Derek G. Sullivan, Erik Steven Larson, Alex Baires, Andrew M. Bosway, Karl Fritzsche, Laura Flores
  • Patent number: 10994918
    Abstract: An insulating device can include an aperture having a waterproof closure which allows access to the chamber within the insulating device. The closure can help prevent any fluid leakage into and out of the insulating device if the insulating device is overturned or in any configuration other than upright. The closure may also prevent any fluid from permeating into the chamber if the insulating device is exposed to precipitation, other fluid, or submersed under water. This construction results in an insulating chamber that is substantially impervious to water and other liquids when the closure is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventors: Roy Joseph Seiders, Chris Keller, Derek G. Sullivan, Erik Steven Larson, Alex Baires, Andrew M. Bosway, Karl Fritzsche, Laura Flores
  • Patent number: 10991929
    Abstract: A battery connection assembly includes a frame including a plurality of posts that are spaced by a first distance. A flex foil includes a conductive layer and first and second insulating layers arranged adjacent to the conductive layer. A first plurality of traces is defined in the conductive layer. A plurality of fingers is defined in the conductive layer and partially released from the flex foil, wherein the first insulating layer is removed from the plurality of fingers to expose the conductive layer. A plurality of busbars is connected to the frame and including a first surface, a second surface and a hole from the first surface to the second surface. The plurality of fingers is attached to the first surfaces of the busbar at an attachment location and wherein adhesive in the hole attaches the flex foil to the busbar adjacent to the attachment location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Gentherm Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Horzella, Timothy Hughes
  • Patent number: 10981120
    Abstract: A method for the repair of defects in a graphene or other two-dimensional material through interfacial polymerization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Han Liu, Sarah M. Simon, Steven Lloyd Sinsabaugh
  • Patent number: 10967622
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coating device which, in particular, is used to coat a narrow side of a plate-shaped workpiece with a coating material. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a coating method which, in particular, is used to coat a narrow side of a plate-shaped workpiece with a coating material. The coating device comprises a detection device (S1, S2) for detecting a surface property on the surface of the workpiece (W) to be coated and a device for acting on the adhesive to be used based on the detection result of the detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HOMAG GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Schmid
  • Patent number: 10967591
    Abstract: A tire manufacturing method and system is provided for controlling a product profile having one or more elastomeric layers that are produced by continuously extruding an elongated element (200) of an elastomeric material and depositing the elongated element (200) upon a forming surface (100a) of a circumferentially rotating drum (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: David Bouchereau, Richard Moreau, Jeremy Reymond