With Measuring, Testing, Or Inspecting Patents (Class 156/64)
  • Patent number: 9827148
    Abstract: A machine for making absorbent sanitary articles, where each article includes components progressively positioned relative to each other and assembled along a production line. The machine includes a programmable electronic controller device having a shift register, at least one optical inspection system connected to the programmable electronic controller device, and an operator interface connected to the electronic controller. The programmable electronic controller device generates a machine sync signal, a trigger signal for activating the optical inspection system in phase with the sync signal and a shift register shift command. The optical inspection system receives the trigger signal and has a defined maximum response time which produces at least one band of uncertainty. The operator sets with the operator interface the instant of activating the shift register shift command outside the band of uncertainty and between two consecutive sync signals defining a machine step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GDM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Matteo Piantoni, Alberto Perego
  • Patent number: 9823153
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving tire uniformity using estimates of process harmonic magnitude(s) from static balance measurements for a set of tires are provided. In particular, a sequence of observed magnitudes of static balance can be obtained for a set of tires. The sequence of observed magnitudes can be analyzed in conjunction with a baseline magnitude pattern associated with the process harmonic to derive a magnitude of the process harmonic. The magnitude of the process harmonic can be used to improve the uniformity of tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: William David Mawby, Steve Simons, James Michael Traylor, Anton Felipe Thomas, Jonathan Sauls
  • Patent number: 9817452
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes one or more systems, methods, routines and/or techniques for thermal management. One or more systems, methods, routines and/or techniques may provide advice or guidance (e.g., to a repair technician) regarding how to perform a hot bond repair, for example, on an aircraft component that has been damaged. The thermal management advisor may provide advice or guidance regarding how to prepare a repair field prior to running a thermal survey. For example, thermal management advisor may recommend a particular heat blanket, a configuration of the heat blanket, placement of various temperature sensors and other preparation guidance. The thermal management advisor may provide advice or guidance regarding how to alter or manage the repair setup during a thermal survey and during the actual curing process. For example, thermal management advisor may recommend particular temperature sensors or areas of the repair field that should be insulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael W. Evens, Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter, Joel Patrick Baldwin, Ronald G. Turner, Megan N. Watson
  • Patent number: 9810596
    Abstract: A leak through the thickness of a structure is detected from one side of the structure using a leak detection layer. The leak detection layer exhibits visually observable changes when exposed to an air leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles William Thomas, Kenneth M. Dull
  • Patent number: 9784648
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems for facilitating automated or semi-automated collection of tissue samples cut by a microtome. In one example, a collection apparatus may be moved back and forth between respective positions at which the collection apparatus is operatively coupled to a microtome so as to collect cut tissue samples, or routine access to the microtome is provided. Relatively easy movement and positioning of the collection apparatus is facilitated, while at the same time ensuring structural stability and appropriate alignment and/or isolation between the collection apparatus and the microtome. A fluid reservoir receives samples cut by the microtome, and the collection apparatus may collect samples via a conveyor-like substrate disposed near/in the reservoir. A linear movement of the substrate may be controlled based on a cutting rate of the microtome, and the fluid level in the reservoir may be automatically maintained to facilitate effective sample collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Kenneth Jeffrey Hayworth, Richard Schalek, Juan Carlos Tapia, Narayanan Kasthuri, Jeff Lichtman
  • Patent number: 9764350
    Abstract: A method of applying a marking onto a metrological scale. The method includes locating one or more markings on the scale substrate in a provisional state; checking whether the one or more markings located on the scale substrate are acceptable; and finalizing the one or markings which are acceptable so as to transform the one or more markings into a finalized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: Marcus Ardron, Richard John Hoodless, David Jonathan Walshaw
  • Patent number: 9751652
    Abstract: A labelling machine with a labelling device, which has a feeder unit for feeding a backing strip, which is provided with detachable labels, and a transfer unit for transferring the labels from the backing strip onto an object that is to be labelled. The labelling machine further has a winding device for winding a section of the backing strip from which labels have been detached, containing at least one guidance unit with a guidance element, along which the backing strip section can be guided in a direction of transport, and a winding unit, which is mounted downstream of the at least one guidance element, and includes fixing means, on which a free end section of the backing strip section can be fixed, whereby the fixing means are arranged on a winding core that can rotate about an axis of rotation, and follow a rotational movement of the winding core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Espera-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Wolff
  • Patent number: 9744719
    Abstract: A method of bonding materials may comprise defining a bond interface between two materials in a cure zone on a surface of an object, and non-conductively heating the bond interface without directly heating the surface outside of the cure zone. Non-conductively heating the bond interface may involve applying microwave radiation to the bond interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Moushumi Shome, Adriana Willempje Blom, Sahrudine Apdalhaliem, Waeil M. Ashmawi
  • Patent number: 9746435
    Abstract: A nondestructive inspection apparatus of a structure includes: an inspection apparatus body 1 provided with an infrared light irradiation unit irradiating a structure 3 to be inspected with heating infrared light, a temperature variation measuring unit measuring a variation in temperature of the structure due to the irradiation with infrared light from the infrared light irradiation unit, a drive-control-and-accumulation unit performing drive control of the infrared light irradiation unit and the temperature variation measuring unit and performing data accumulation; and a self-running mechanism unit 2 enabling the inspection apparatus body 1 to move along the structure 3. The structure 3 is inspected for an internal defect by irradiating the structure 3 with heating infrared light while the apparatus moves along the structure 3 through the use of the self-running mechanism unit 2 and measuring the variation in temperature of the structure 3 due to the irradiation with infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: V TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Kajiyama, Michinobu Mizumura, Yoshinori Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9726916
    Abstract: To provide a member bonding apparatus that can accurately position two members for bonding. Member alignment preprocessing device 15 adjusts to align one of the two members received by member receiving device 11 with another member in X and Y-axis directions so that the positions of bonding surfaces of the two members approximately correspond, adhesive application device 12 applies adhesive to a bonding surface of one of the two members approximately aligned, member alignment device 16 adjusts to align another member with one of the two members in X, Y, Z-axis and ?, ?, ?-axis directions based on images of the two members captured by a CCD camera so that positions of the bonding surfaces of the two members correspond, member bonding device 13 makes the bonding surfaces of the two members aligned be bonded to each other through the adhesive, and member delivery device 14 unloads and delivers the bonded member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Origin Electric Company, Limited
    Inventors: Koji Yamaguchi, Yutaka Matsumoto, Hisashi Shimizu, Tetsuya Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9694537
    Abstract: A bonding method includes ultrasonically welding a protruding portion extending on a surface of a first substrate member to a surface of a second substrate member by applying ultrasonic vibration to the first substrate member. A protruding stopper portion for stopping welding is provided on the surface of the first substrate member formed with the protruding portion, or on the surface of the second substrate member to come in contact with the protruding portion in a pressed state, to be disposed around the protruding portion in the pressed state. The ultrasonically welding includes a first process for applying ultrasonic vibration at amplitude as a first value to the first substrate member, and a second process for applying ultrasonic vibration to the first substrate member at amplitude as a second value lower than the first value after the first process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kota Kato
  • Patent number: 9691043
    Abstract: A sample, which is embedded in a paraffin block, is placed on a tissue cassette (22) which carries a label (20) which may a bar code. When the sample is to be processed, the cassette is given to a microtome operator who scans the label (20) with, for example, a bar code reader (4). Scanning causes information to be displayed on a screen (12) and the operator verifies that what is on the screen matches what was on the label. The paraffin block is then placed in a microtome chuck (26) and sections are cut from the block. Concurrently with, or prior to sectioning, a number of slides (18) are dispensed (2) and are printed with a label (16) so that the sections can be mounted thereon. The slide label (16) is related to the cassette label (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: LEICA BIOSYSTEMS MELBOURNE PTY LTD
    Inventor: Phillip Clyde Roberts Gurney
  • Patent number: 9676066
    Abstract: An anisotropic conductive adhesive in which high thermal dissipation is provided. Conductive particles and solder particles are dispersed in a binder. In a thermally compressed LED device manufactured using this anisotropic conductive adhesive, terminals of the LED device are electrically connected to terminals of a substrate via particles and the terminals of the LED device and the terminals of the substrate are solder bonded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Ishigami, Shiyuki Kanisawa, Hidetsugu Namiki, Masaharu Aoki
  • Patent number: 9645418
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an optical display device comprises: sequentially peeling a plurality of optical film sheets continuously supported via an adhesive layer on one of opposite surfaces of a carrier film, together with the adhesive layer from the carrier film under peeling action of the movable peeling member by winding a long web of the carrier film in a state where the other of opposite surfaces thereof being folded to inside at a tip-end of the movable peeling member having the tip-end and passed around the peeling member; and laminating the plurality of optical film sheets to one of opposite surfaces of respective ones of panel components via the adhesive layer under laminating action of the closed lamination rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomokazu Yura, Akira Tawada, Satoru Koshio, Jun Mishima, Takuya Nakazono
  • Patent number: 9645293
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a thin film polarizer includes forming a film laminate by allowing a non-oriented polyvinyl alcohol-based film to be bonded to and sandwiched between two or more non-oriented polymer films using attractive force or an adhesive layer, orienting the film laminate so that the polyvinyl alcohol-based film has a thickness of 10 ?m or less, and separating the polymer films and the polyvinyl alcohol-based film of the oriented film laminate from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Hyun Nam, Jong-Hyun Jung, Kyun-Il Rah, Hye-Min Yu
  • Patent number: 9634292
    Abstract: A sealant curing system and a method of curing a sealant using the same are disclosed. The sealant curing system includes a curing room and a UV light outputting panel. The curing room is used for receiving a display panel having the sealant which is ready to be cured. The UV light outputting panel is used for displaying a sealant curing image according to a preset displaying data, and is used for producing a UV light. The UV light is used for irradiating and curing the sealant of the display panel. The present invention is capable of eliminating a process in which different masks are replaced for display panels of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qingdou Yang, Yawei Liu
  • Patent number: 9623643
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for manufacturing an optical display device by sequentially peeling a plurality of optical film sheets continuously supported on a long web of a carrier film and laminating the plurality of optical film sheets to a plurality of panel components are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomokazu Yura, Tokuhide Koyanagi, Shoji Shibata, Takuya Nakazono
  • Patent number: 9618655
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an optical display device comprising: after completing lamination of a preceding optical film sheet to one of opposite surfaces of a preceding panel component at the predetermined laminating position, unwinding the carrier film in a state where another surface thereof folded to inside at a tip-end configuring a head portion of a peeling member and the carrier film is passed around the peeling member, and backwardly feeding a leading end of the optical film sheet supported on the carrier film to a predetermined feeding position provided at upstream of the tip-end of the peeling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomokazu Yura, Satoru Koshio, Kazuo Kitada, Takuya Nakazono
  • Patent number: 9618420
    Abstract: A system and method for a surface strain gauge is described which has direct application to wind turbine structures and wind turbine blades and wind turbine struts. The invention is equally applicable to other airfoil structures such as aircraft wings and aircraft fuselages. The strain gauge comprises an array of carbon fiber material integrated with one or more microcontroller modules wherein the entire array may be incorporated into the surface of the structure to be monitored during manufacture of the structure. The array comprises separate sheets of carbon fiber reinforced epoxy which are linked together and which each comprise a separately addressable element such as a microcontroller wherein the microcontrollers are connected to a power supply and to a central bus which itself links to a central system controller. Differential measurements of the resistance of separate carbon fiber reinforced epoxy sheets may be determined in real time as well as the resistance between two or more sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Philip Wesby, Christopher Turner
  • Patent number: 9604403
    Abstract: A method of assessing bond quality of a bond between first and second composite parts may include bonding an indication film to the first composite part. The indication film may include NDI-detectable particles arranged in a pattern and bound to polymer chains located inside particle regions. The polymer chains and particles may be stationary during bonding of the indication film to the first composite part. The method may additionally include bonding the first and second composite parts along an assembly bondline during which the particles in the indication film migrate with the polymer chains. The method may further include NDI-inspection of the assembly bondline by observing the appearance of the particles along a direction locally normal to an in-plane direction of the assembly bondline, and determining the bond quality of the assembly bondline based on particle density in the in-plane direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Phillip J. Crothers
  • Patent number: 9597853
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for producing corrugated cardboard products. Said apparatus comprises a first one-sided machine and a second one-sided machine which are configured in each case for producing a single flute corrugated cardboard web. Furthermore, the apparatus has a combining means which is configured for connecting the single flute corrugated cardboard webs. Here, the combining means is provided with a convergence region which is configured for mutual adaptation of the single flute corrugated cardboard webs. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method for producing corrugated cardboard products, in which method a first single flute corrugated cardboard web is connected to a second single flute corrugated cardboard web. During connection, a first single flute corrugated cardboard web and a second single flute corrugated cardboard web run through a convergence region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PROGROUP AG
    Inventor: Christophe Haessig
  • Patent number: 9592654
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for manufacturing an optical display device by sequentially peeling a plurality of optical film sheets continuously supported on a long web of a carrier film and laminating the plurality of optical film sheets to a plurality of panel components are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomokazu Yura, Kazuo Kitada, Satoru Koshio, Takuya Nakazono
  • Patent number: 9588362
    Abstract: A method for assembling a liquid crystal display includes fixing a liquid crystal panel and a touch panel together to form a touch display screen; inspecting the touch display screen; if no defect is identified in inspecting the touch display screen, fixing the touch display screen and a backlight unit together to form a touch display backlight module screen; and inspecting the touch display backlight module screen. The method for assembling the liquid crystal display helps reduce waste of backlight units and increases yield rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Gege Zhou, Qing Guo
  • Patent number: 9586699
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for repairing a damaged area of an airplane fuselage made from fiber-reinforced composite material. In one embodiment, an intelligent patch is provided comprising a first electronic communication device to communicate information from at least one sensor regarding the presence of compression induced microfractures within the patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Smart Drilling and Completion, Inc.
    Inventors: William Banning Vail, III, Tomislav Skerl
  • Patent number: 9586391
    Abstract: A bonding apparatus includes a substrate holder holding the second substrate; a pusher pushing a back surface of the second substrate; a substrate support unit including a support talon supporting a circumferential edge portion of the first substrate to oppose the second substrate with a prescribed spacing between the second substrate and the circumferential edge portion of the first substrate; and a controller controlling a lifting/lowering operation of the pusher. The pusher pushes one prescribed point of the back surface of the second substrate, the one prescribed point corresponding to a position where a distance between a bonding surface of the first substrate and a bonding surface of the second substrate is shorter than a distance from the circumferential edge portion of the bonding surface of the first substrate to the bonding surface of the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Shibaura Mechatronics Corporation
    Inventors: Konosuke Hayashi, Daisuke Matsushima
  • Patent number: 9573356
    Abstract: An information storage/readout device for use in a system for continuously manufacturing liquid-crystal display elements comprises an information storage medium which stores therein slitting position information created based on the position of a defect detected by an inspection of a continuous polarizing composite film included in a continuous optical film laminate including a continuous polarizing composite film formed with an adhesive layer and a continuous carrier film releasably laminated on the adhesive layer, to indicate defective-polarizing-sheet slitting positions defining a defective or defect-containing polarizing sheet, and normal-polarizing-sheet slitting positions defining a normal or defect-free polarizing sheet, in the continuous inspected optical film laminate, and a roll of the continuous inspected optical film laminate which is provided with an identification indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouji Kimura, Kazuo Kitada, Tomokazu Yura, Satoru Koshio, Fumihito Shimanoe, Takuya Nakazono
  • Patent number: 9568259
    Abstract: A heat-conductive connection arrangement for connecting a printed circuit board to a cooling body. The connection arrangement has a carrier which is flat. At least part of the carrier includes at least one balloon body which faces away from the carrier and is connected to the carrier. The balloon body includes an envelope which encloses an interior, and the interior is at least in part filled with a preferably free-flowing, in particular viscous, heat-conducting substance. The envelope is configured so as to tear open under the influence of pressure and to thus release the heat-conducting substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Mayer, Juergen Jerg
  • Patent number: 9555914
    Abstract: The use of a heat idler moveable along a path provides speed and flexibility in the heat labeling of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gavin John Broad, Adal Tecleab, Jason Lee Debruler
  • Patent number: 9550646
    Abstract: A printer 1 has a movable member 27 that can move following change in the tension on recording paper 3 between a roll paper compartment 7 and a conveyance mechanism 12 on the paper conveyance path 8. When recording paper 3 of which the end is glued to the core 2a of a paper roll 2 runs out, the tension on the recording paper 3 rises and the movable member 27 goes to a tension-side error determination range E1 in its range of allowable movement E0. When the movable member 27 is in the tension-side error determination range E1, the time the movable member 27 remains in the tension-side error determination range E1 is counted, and if this measured time exceeds an error determination time, an error detection unit 38 detects an error. No-paper errors can therefore be detected without using a dedicated sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Norio Horaguchi
  • Patent number: 9533458
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a reinforcing structure of a tire for vehicle wheels, is carried out on a toroidal support including an outer surface, by means of at least one laying element, which can be oriented in space in a controlled way; the laying element including a laying surface adapted to act on a portion of a rubberized strip-like element for laying the same on the outer surface of the toroidal support. The reinforcing structure includes at least a first and a second radially superimposed reinforcing layers, each including a plurality of strip-like elements; each reinforcing layer having a circumferential extension about a rotation axis of the tire and comprising thread-like reinforcing elements, arranged parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Cantu', Stefano Sangiovanni, Walter Mandelli
  • Patent number: 9486959
    Abstract: In the present technology, when rolling rubber material extruded from a first rubber extruder (32) with a first pair of rollers (36, 36) to form a first sheet-shaped member (S1) and layering and rolling the first sheet-shaped member (S1) and the second sheet-shaped member (S2) supplied from an original material with a second pair of rollers (38, 38) to contiguously produce a laminate having the first sheet-shaped member (S1) and a second sheet-shaped member (S2) laminated therein, the gap between the first pair of rollers (36, 36) is controlled on the basis of the detection result of the thickness (d1) of the first sheet-shaped member (S1) rolled by the first pair of rollers (36, 36), the detection result of the thickness (d2) of the second sheet-shaped member (S2) supplied from the original material, and the detection result of the thickness (d3) of the laminate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Urabe
  • Patent number: 9484241
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for holding a plurality of semiconductor devices during thermocompression bonding, comprising: a body; a plurality of support surfaces at a first side of the body, each support surface being configured for holding at least one semiconductor device during thermocompression bonding; and a plurality of internal conduits within the body, each internal conduit extending from an opening of a respective one of the support surfaces at the first side of the body to an opening at a second side of the body. In particular, the openings at the second side of the body are configured to be connected to separate pneumatic paths to be in fluid communication therewith, each pneumatic path having an independently controlled pneumatic suction force so that the openings of the support surfaces at the first side of the body are operative to selectively hold the one or more semiconductor devices against the support surfaces at the first side of the body or to release the same therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ASM TECHNOLOGY SINGAPORE PTE LTD
    Inventors: Man Chung Chan, Chun Ho Fan
  • Patent number: 9472531
    Abstract: Provided are a device packing facility and method using phthalate and a device processing apparatus utilizing the phthalate. The device packaging facility includes a mounting unit providing phthalate between first and second devices to attach the first and second devices to each other, a processing unit thermally processing the first and second devices that are attached to each other to remove the phthalate and fix the first and second devices to each other, and a transfer unit transferring the first and second devices that are attached to each other from the mounting unit to the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Semigear, Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Zhang, Joshua Pinnolis, Shijian Luo
  • Patent number: 9464951
    Abstract: A method for electrically setting a gap for a piezoelectric pressure sensor. The method includes positioning a piezoelectric flex element on a tray; attaching a voltage source to the piezoelectric flex element of a piezoelectric pressure sensor; applying a voltage from the voltage source to the piezoelectric flex element; curing an adhesive between the piezoelectric flex element and the tray while the piezoelectric flex element is deflected by the voltage; and stopping the voltage from the voltage source to the piezoelectric flex element when the adhesive has been cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: SERCEL INC.
    Inventor: John Hepp
  • Patent number: 9457523
    Abstract: Curved polarization filters and methods of manufacturing such filters are described in the present disclosure. An exemplary method includes laminating a planar polarization layer to a planar retarder layer at a predetermined orientation and bending the laminate to create a curved filter. The strain on the retarder layer results in stress-induced birefringence, and the predetermined orientation of the retarder substantially compensates for the stress-induced birefringence. In some embodiments, the predetermination is based on mathematical models. In some other embodiment, the predetermination is based on experimental data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: RealD Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Coleman, Gary D. Sharp
  • Patent number: 9462183
    Abstract: A rotating rotor in a turbine has blades attached. At least one blade is a reference blade of which a reference position is determined by a Once-Per-Rotation sensor. A camera positioned at a viewing port takes a sequence of images of all the blades during a rotation at a trigger moment determined by a controller. The controller receives a signal indicating that the reference blade passes its reference point. The controller is provided with data about the number of blades, the position of the camera and a desired dwell of an image related to the blade. The controller calculates the trigger moments and generates trigger signals to the camera. The trigger moment is adjusted for changing rotor speed by extracting a blade feature from blade images. The camera records images that are labeled and stored as image data on a storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Binglong Xie, Yakup Genc, Frank Dierkes
  • Patent number: 9450380
    Abstract: A sub-mount includes a sub-mount substrate, an Au layer placed above the sub-mount substrate, a barrier layer which is placed on the Au layer and has a barrier portion at least in a portion of its outer peripheral portion which is other than a portion corresponding to a side of an output end of a semiconductor laser, and a solder layer placed on the barrier layer in an area surrounded by the barrier portion, wherein the semiconductor laser is bonded to the sub-mount through the solder layer, in a state where the semiconductor laser is spaced apart by a predetermined interval from an inner surface of the barrier portion, and further, the output end protrudes, in a direction of output of the laser light, from an end of the solder layer which corresponds to the side of the output end of the semiconductor laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shuhei Yamamoto, Akira Nakamura, Kazutaka Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9443711
    Abstract: A room-temperature bonding apparatus of the present invention includes: a plurality of first beam sources configured to emit a plurality of first activation beams which are irradiated to a first activation surface of a first substrate; a plurality of second beam sources configured to emit a plurality of second activation beams which are irradiated to a second activation surface of a second substrate; and a pressure welding mechanism configured to bond the first substrate and the second substrate by bring the first activation surface and the second activation surface contact, after the first activation surface and the second activation surface are irradiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Kinouchi, Takayuki Goto, Takeshi Tsuno, Kensuke Ide, Takenori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9416584
    Abstract: A method for sealing insulating glass blanks (1), in which a sealing compound (3) is introduced from a sealing nozzle (7) into the outwardly open edge joint (2) of the insulating glass blank (1). A material tongue (15) of the sealing compound (3) emerging from the sealing nozzle (7) forms in front of the sealing nozzle (7). The size of the material tongue (15) is proportional to the amount of the sealing compound (3) introduced into the edge joint (2) per unit of time. Sealing is controlled in accordance with the length of the material tongue (15) detected by a sensor (10). In particular the amount of sealing compound (3) introduced per unit of time to the sealing nozzle (7) and/or the relative speed between the insulating glass blank (1) and the sealing nozzle (7) is controlled in accordance with the length of the material tongue (15) detected by the sensor (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: LISEC AUSTRIA GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Lininger, Alexander Kronsteiner, Mario Eder
  • Patent number: 9386182
    Abstract: A document reading apparatus includes a sensor configured to receive light from a document, an imaging lens configured to form an image of light from the document on the sensor, a first holding member to which the imaging lens is fixed, and a second holding member to which the sensor is fixed, wherein the first holding member and the second holding member are fixed using an adhesive and solder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9364995
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for three-dimensional (3D) printing and scanning (or rapid prototyping). For example, presented herein are 3D printing and scanning systems and methods to create a 3D replica of a 3D object on a build surface. Movements and/or controls of the system are generally based on polar coordinates relative to a center of a build surface. System components may generally include: (1) a rotatable build surface; (2) a media extruder positioned over the build surface; (3) a heating element to melt media as it is drawn into the extruder; (4) an extruder positioning system coupled to the extruder and configured to move the extruder over the build surface based on polar coordinates relative to a center of the build surface; and (5) an optical scanning system for scanning of a 3D object to obtain a plurality of two-dimensional (2D) images of the 3D object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Arthur L. Roberts, IV, Jerred Kiloh
  • Patent number: 9358766
    Abstract: The invention is a laminating process which is directed toward economical production methods for scalable amounts of production which develop properties suitable for a broad based product line. In particular, the product is capable of important key components of commercial properties such as adhesion, scratch resistance, chemical inertness, and bending without failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA), INC.
    Inventors: Mark V. Loen, James E Velliky, Jan K Moritz
  • Patent number: 9333729
    Abstract: A compacting device for a machine for winding a fiber texture on an impregnation mandrel, the device including a frame including mounted thereon a compacting roller for bearing against an outside surface of an impregnation mandrel of a winding machine, and two compacting wheels, each configured to bear against a corner formed between the outside surface and a side plate of the impregnation mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Richard Mathon, Antoine Phelippeau, Micah Gummel, Jean-Fran├žois Durand
  • Patent number: 9327343
    Abstract: Various embodiments include methods and related systems for laser-assisted casting. Some embodiments include a method including: performing laser ablation to a preliminary wax casting model to form a modified wax model including at least one surface texture element absent from the wax casting substrate; coating the modified wax model to form a mold shape around the modified wax model; and removing the modified wax model to leave a casting mold including the at least one surface texture element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Zhaoli Hu
  • Patent number: 9327345
    Abstract: Various embodiments include methods and related systems for laser-assisted casting. Some embodiments include a method including: performing laser ablation on a preliminary wax casting model to form a modified wax model including at least one additional feature absent from the preliminary wax casting model; coating the modified wax model to form a mold shape around the modified wax model; removing the modified wax model to leave a casting mold including the at least one additional feature; forming a shape from a casting material using the casting mold having the at least one additional feature; and scanning the modified wax model to image the at least one additional feature after the performing of the laser ablation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Zhaoli Hu
  • Patent number: 9324679
    Abstract: A two-shaft drive mechanism includes a processing unit, a first linear motor provided with a first movable portion and a first fixed portion, which elevates the processing unit along a first linear guide, and a second linear motor provided with a second movable portion and a second fixed portion, which moves the processing unit in a horizontal direction vertical to the direction for elevating the processing unit, a support body that fixes the first fixed portion, a second linear guide that is provided between the support body and the second fixed portion, and allows the second fixed portion to freely move, and a control unit that controls a position of the first movable portion in the horizontal direction based on an output of the linear sensor that detects a position of the first movable portion in a horizontal direction with respect to the support body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Fasford Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihide Ishii, Masayuki Mochizuki, Yoshihiro Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9316280
    Abstract: A spring unit including a resin spring that is made of a resin, has a structure having a single beam, and has a resin spring curved part between a pair of resin spring end parts; and a metallic spring that is made of a metallic wire and has a metallic spring curved part between a pair of metallic spring end parts, wherein each of the metallic spring end parts is attached to each of the resin spring end parts, wherein, in a state where each of the metallic spring end parts is attached to each of the resin spring end parts, the resin spring and the metallic spring are positioned on a same plane and are mutually separated at parts other than the resin spring end parts and the metallic spring end parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI STEEL MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Mitsui, Toru Hirokane
  • Patent number: 9315008
    Abstract: An alignment method for bonding a first component to a second component is described. A plurality of sliders having alignment markers are substantially aligned to the alignment markers of a plurality of illumination units and then positioned into alignment by moving the slider with respect to the illumination unit by an offset. The offset is calculated by scanning a light source around the waveguide to determine the distance that the alignment markers of the slider are separated from the alignment markers on the illumination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Chee Kheng Lim
  • Patent number: 9308703
    Abstract: A corrugator system for corrugating metallic foil tape. The corrugated metallic foil tape made by the system is suitable to be applied to contoured or three-dimensional surfaces, and is particularly suitable for use in sealing or joining components of heat, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Shurtape Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muzaffer Fidan, George Stamatoukos, Pete Elafros
  • Patent number: 9302455
    Abstract: A method for fast curing a component made from composite laminate. The method rapidly raising the temperature of the component by applying heat at an accelerated temperature for a ramp time, holding the temperature of the component at a set temperature for a set dwell time, and removing heat from the component to slow curing process. The method may additionally include inspecting the component after removing the component from heat, and curing the component a final time to equivalent or better strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Boone, Engin Sabuncu