With Measuring, Testing, Or Inspecting Patents (Class 156/64)
  • Patent number: 10737475
    Abstract: A thermo-compression bonding tool with a high temperature elastic element, and methods of bonding a metal sheet to a substrate using a thermo-compression bonding tool are described. In an example, a system for bonding a metal sheet to a substrate includes a stage to support the substrate and an elastic roller located above the stage. The elastic roller includes a high temperature material. The system also includes a heated backing plate located above the elastic roller. The backing plate is configured to apply pressure and heat to the elastic roller as the elastic roller rolls across a metal sheet disposed above the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Hamilton Sewell, Thomas P. Pass
  • Patent number: 10737446
    Abstract: A system for process control of a composite fabrication process comprises an automated composite placement head, a vision system, and a computer system. The automated composite placement head is configured to lay down composite material. The vision system is connected to the automated composite placement head and configured to produce image data during an inspection of the composite material, wherein the inspection takes place at least one of during or after laying down the composite material. The computer system is configured to identify inconsistencies in the composite material visible within the image data, and make a number of metrology decisions based on the inconsistencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffery Lee Marcoe, Jan Wei Pan
  • Patent number: 10733915
    Abstract: In a printing apparatus for performing printing on labels of roll paper formed by winding a label sheet with the labels peelably attached to the label sheet, a label remaining number detecting unit, during a printing operation, determines a thickness of the label sheet from a length between the labels included in the label sheet fed out from a label sheet feed-out unit to a printing unit, the length being determined by a label length detecting unit while a distance to a cylindrical outer surface of the roll paper detected by a distance sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Yamada
  • Patent number: 10730275
    Abstract: A membrane material lamination device and a membrane material laminating method using the same are provided. The membrane material lamination device includes: two support structures, each support structure includes a support surface, the two support structures is capable of being in either a first state where the support surfaces are located in an identical plane or a second state where the support surfaces are located in different planes; a pressure application mechanism configured to be located at a first position when the two support structures are in the first state to support the membrane material through the support surfaces of the two support structures, and moved to a second position when the two support structures are in the second state to support the membrane material through the pressure application mechanism and a first support structure; a first driving mechanism; and a second driving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zengsheng He, Changhai Feng, Zhaohui Li
  • Patent number: 10717251
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of repairing a composite structure comprising fiber-reinforced polymer plies each with unidirectional fibers. The method comprises removing a damaged portion of the composite structure to form a void in the composite structure. The method also comprises positioning an adhesive layer into the void. The method further comprises positioning a first nanotube sheet ply and a first fiber-reinforced polymer repair ply into the void, by first positioning one of the first nanotube sheet ply or the first fiber-reinforced polymer repair ply into the void over the adhesive layer. The first nanotube sheet ply is fiberless and the first fiber-reinforced polymer repair ply comprises unidirectional fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Zeaid F. Hasan
  • Patent number: 10717242
    Abstract: A compaction device for use with an automated fiber placement machine includes multiple compaction rollers mounted for independent displacement on a supporting frame. The attitude of the compaction rollers change relative to each other when fiber tows are laid up at an angle over an edge of a tool in order to maintain compaction pressure on the tows and thereby reduce non-compacted areas of the tows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael Robert Chapman, Robert M. Watson, Stephen Howard Williams
  • Patent number: 10717235
    Abstract: A method and a device for three-dimensional joint color and translucency printing, wherein at least a first non-transparent printing material with a first printing material color and at least one transparent printing material (6) is used to construct a printing object (7), wherein an arrangement of the printing materials is determined based on a desired color reproduction of the printing object (7), wherein the arrangement of the printing materials is determined based on a desired translucency reproduction of the printing object (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Alan Brunton, Can Ates Arikan, Philipp Urban, Tejas Madan Tanksale
  • Patent number: 10710309
    Abstract: A sonic label welding device for welding multiple labels together using ultrasonic welding is disclosed. The sonic label welding device comprises a digital controls main menu screen which includes touch screen buttons that are utilized to go to specific screens to program the device to perform in a certain manner. For example, a user can press the cut to length button if wanting to cut a label to a specific length, or the label weld count button to specify the number of labels being sonically welded. Further, the sonic label welding device comprises a head for allowing multiple labels to be assembled under pressure and an anvil for directing the high frequency vibrations. A method of manufacturing a multi-layer care label is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Caldwell, Paul Chamandy, Derrick Harrison
  • Patent number: 10710761
    Abstract: A gap sensor assembly for a labelling machine, the labelling machine configured to convey label web along a web path. The gap sensor assembly comprises a roller configured to guide the label web along the web path, and a sensor arrangement configured to produce a sensor signal which is a function of a property of a portion of label web. The roller comprises at least a portion of the sensor arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: VIDEOJET TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Martin McNestry, Keith Buxton
  • Patent number: 10708476
    Abstract: A method of assembling a vehicular camera includes providing a printed circuit board and dispensing an adhesive in an uncured state at the printed circuit board. A front camera housing is mated with the circuit board, and the lens optics are aligned with respect to the imaging array at the circuit board by utilizing a multi-axis positioning device operable to translate the circuit board or lens assembly relative to the other along one or more orthogonal translational axes and manipulate the circuit board or lens assembly relative to the other about one or more orthogonal rotational axes. After aligning the lens optics with respect to the imaging array, the adhesive is cured to a first cure level and the joined lens assembly and the front camera housing are moved to a further curing station, where the adhesive is further cured to a second cure level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Sesti, Robert A. Devota, Yuesheng Lu, Steven V. Byrne, Joel S. Gibson
  • Patent number: 10702928
    Abstract: An acoustic perforation method and assembly for forming holes or perforations into a face sheet of a sandwich panel without damaging a honeycomb core thereof. The method may include photographing or otherwise scanning the face sheet bonded to the honeycomb core after cure, then detecting locations of cell walls of the honeycomb core via image processing or analysis of scan data obtained. For example, discolorations on the face sheet or coatings applied thereto may indicate locations of the cell walls of the honeycomb core. A perforation pattern may then be generated or altered based on the detected locations of the cell walls, and a perforation device may be commanded to perforate the face sheet in accordance with the perforation pattern at locations where the cell walls are not located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt D. Bickhard, Mark Wadsworth, Floyd Stephen Corby, Brian Kitt
  • Patent number: 10692783
    Abstract: A bonding machine for bonding semiconductor elements, the bonding machine including: a support structure for supporting a substrate; a bond head assembly, the bond head assembly including a bonding tool configured to bond a plurality of semiconductor elements to the substrate; an alignment structure including first alignment markings; an alignment element configured to be placed on the alignment structure using the bonding tool, the alignment element including second alignment markings; an imaging system configured to image relative positions of the first alignment markings and corresponding ones of the second alignment markings; and a computer system configured to provide an adjustment to a position of at least one of the bonding tool and the support structure during bonding of ones of the plurality of semiconductor elements to the substrate, the computer being configured to provide the adjustment at least partially based on the relative positions of the first alignment markings and the corresponding ones of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KULICKE AND SOFFA, INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: James E. Eder, David C. Schalcosky
  • Patent number: 10682841
    Abstract: An optical bonding machine is provided, including a transparent datum located within the optical bonding machine, wherein the transparent datum supports a first substrate, a robotic placement head configured to pick up a second substrate and place the second substrate into contact with the first substrate, on the transparent datum, a camera disposed proximate the transparent datum, the camera capturing a video of a flow of an optically clear adhesive between the first substrate and the second substrate, and a curing source disposed proximate the transparent datum, the curing source emitting UV rays that pass through the transparent datum and the first substrate to cure an optically clear adhesive between a bonded substrate comprising the first substrate, the optically clear adhesive, and the second substrate. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: PRECISION VALVE & AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew John Nally, Alexander M. Giordano, Edward F. Carey, Jonathan Neal Urquhart
  • Patent number: 10672594
    Abstract: An atmospheric pressure plasma system includes an atmospheric pressure plasma source that generates a glow discharge-type plasma. The atmospheric pressure plasma source comprises a plasma head, a heating element and an active cooling element and the heating element and active cooling element control the plasma head temperature to a set-point temperature independent of variations in plasma generating power or plasma power ON/OFF status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ONTOS EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Emmett Hughlett, Matthew Sheldon Phillips, Eric Frank Schulte, Michael Dow Stead
  • Patent number: 10624202
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating tamper-respondent assemblies with bond protection are provided which include at least one tamper-respondent sensor having unexposed circuit lines forming, at least in part, one or more tamper-detect network(s), and the tamper-respondent sensor having at least one external bond region. The tamper-respondent assembly further includes at least one conductive trace and an adhesive. The conductive trace(s) forms, at least in part, the one or more tamper-detect network(s), and is exposed, at least in part, on the tamper-respondent sensor(s) within the external bond region(s). The adhesive contacts the conductive trace(s) within the external bond region(s) of the tamper-respondent sensor(s), and the adhesive, in part, facilitates securing the at least one tamper-respondent sensor within the tamper-respondent assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Brodsky, James A. Busby, Zachary T. Dreiss, Michael J. Fisher, David C. Long, William Santiago-Fernandez, Thomas Weiss
  • Patent number: 10610960
    Abstract: Pin tool assemblies for friction stir welding and apparatus and methods that include the pin tool assemblies. The pin tool assemblies include an outer member, an inner member, and a stop. The outer member includes an inner surface that defines an elongate internal cavity and an external shoulder that includes an opening to the elongate internal cavity. The inner member includes a welding end, extends at least partially within the elongate internal cavity, and projects from the opening such that the welding end is external the elongate internal cavity. The pin tool assembly is configured to permit motion of the inner member relative to the outer member. The stop defines a plurality of stop configurations. Each of the stop configurations restricts motion of the inner member relative to the outer member in a stop direction to define a corresponding stop distance between the welding end and the external shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Michael Comfort, Mark A. Fischer, Joseph Andrew Querin
  • Patent number: 10606244
    Abstract: A method of inwardly decreasing a coloring contour of a color 3D object includes: performing an object-slicing on a 3D object to generate records of object print-route information of printing layers; performing an image-slicing on the 3D object to generate records of color-printing information of the printing layers, wherein each color-printing information respectively involves an original coloring contour (3) of each printing layer; performing an inward decrease on the records of color-printing information to generate records of updated color-printing information, wherein each updated color-printing information involves an inwardly decreased coloring contour (4) of each printing layer, and the inwardly decreased coloring contour (4) is spaced from the original coloring contour (3) by an inwardly decreased distance (D); and causing a storage to store the records of object print-route information as route files, and storing the records of updated color-printing information as image files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: XYZPRINTING, INC., KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Kwan Ho, Kuo-Yen Yuan, Ko-Wei Shih
  • Patent number: 10577188
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for fulfillment of patient prescription orders by adapting a standard or stock container pre-filled with medication or the like for use as a patient-specific container through precise application of patient-specific information to the pre-filled container. Precise placement of the patient-specific information to the pre-filled container enables pharmacy management to fully utilize valuable information provided with the pre-filled container, thereby improving the quality of service to the patient while making the process of prescription order fulfillment more efficient. In general, preferred embodiments comprise control apparatus and information-application apparatus. In embodiments, the information-application apparatus is adapted to place a patient-specific label on the container. Preferred forms of the information-application apparatus include a label printer and a positioner. The preferred printer applies patient-specific information on a label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ARxIUM, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob A. Dent, Brian Gorman, Mark Bidus
  • Patent number: 10579000
    Abstract: A fixing member comes in contact with a recording material, and the fixing member includes: an inner layer; an outer layer; and a graphite layer provided between the inner layer and the outer layer, wherein the graphite layer is bonded to at least any one of the inner layer and the outer layer, and a surface of the graphite layer to be bonded to the at least any one of the layers is ozone-treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Masanori Murakami
  • Patent number: 10578524
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing a coated analytic substrate using a compact and portable automated instrument located in the laboratory setting at the point of use which can consistently produce one or a plurality of coated analytic substrates “on demand” for using the analytic substrate immediately after coating, preferably without a step of rinsing the coated analytic substrate before use. The apparatus preferably uses applicator cartridges having a reservoir containing the coating compositions used to form the coatings. Preferably the cartridges are removable and interchangeable to facilitate the production of individual analytic substrates having different coatings or different coating patterns. These coated analytic substrates have superior specimen adhesion characteristics due to the improved quality of the coatings applied by the coating apparatus and due to the quickness with which the coated analytic substrates can be used in the lab after production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Lee H. Angros
  • Patent number: 10570736
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present disclosure provides a robot automated mining method. In one embodiment, a method includes a robot positioning a charging component for entry into a drill hole. In one embodiment, a method includes a robot moving a charging component within a drill hole. In one embodiment, a method includes a robot filling a drill hole with explosive material. In one embodiment, a method includes operating a robot within a mining environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Jianjun Wang, Carlos Martinez, Carlos Morato, Biao Zhang, Thomas Fuhlbrigge, Will Eakins, Sang Choi, Daniel Lasko, Jan Nyqvist, Remus Boca
  • Patent number: 10566197
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a film carrier, a film application apparatus, a film application, and a film to be applied used in a display panel. The film carrier comprises: a main body part and an attraction member. The main body part has a supporting surface and is configured to be rotatable to drive the supporting surface to swing about an axial direction of the main body part. The supporting surface has a curved projection in a plane perpendicular to the axial direction. The attraction member is disposed on the main body part for attracting the film to be applied on the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Biao Tian, Shihlun Chen, Litao Qu, Tao Jin, Jianhui Zhang, Jieshu Wu, Yong Cui
  • Patent number: 10556415
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a system and method for manufacturing a three-dimensional object from a stack of pre-stripped layers of substrate. Each object layer is formed by (i) providing substrate comprising waste portion(s) and substrate-retained portion(s) that are attached to each other and separated from one another by cut(s) within the substrate; (ii) subsequently, subjecting the subject of each layer to a stripping process which selectively strips away substrate-waste portion(s) from the substrate-retained portion(s). After stripping, the object layer is added to a stack of previously-stacked object layers to grow the stack. This process is repeated to further grow the stack. Object layers of the stack are bonded to each other to build the three-dimensional object therefrom. Apparatus and methods for stripping are also described—any teaching or combination of teaching(s) related to stripping substrate may be employed in any additive-manufacturing process described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: HIGHCON SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventors: David Ben-David, Eli Ireni, Michael Zimmer, Michael Karp, Claudio Rottman
  • Patent number: 10549481
    Abstract: An improved ultrasonic system and method. The ultrasonic stack is moved at a low, constant (or slowly varying) speed at the initiation of the welding operation, with this speed being maintained until the predetermined condition is satisfied. In some applications, this produces a higher quality weld, such as in applications involving plastic material that softens very quickly once ultrasonic energy is imparted to the workpieces being welded, which causes the force between the workpieces to decrease rapidly. Advancing the ultrasonic stack at a low speed or slow acceleration can avoid scuffing or marking of the surface of the workpiece in contact with the ultrasonic horn, decrease audible noise produced during the welding process, and improve the consistency of weld quality in such applications compared to conventional techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Dukane IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Leo Klinstein, Paul J. Golko
  • Patent number: 10525637
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for designing flat composites that are formed into 3D shapes. One embodiment is a method that includes loading data defining a three dimensional (3D) shape for a composite part, identifying constraints based on dimensions of the 3D shape, simulating flattening of the 3D shape into a planar shape, and acquiring a mandrel having the planar shape. The method also includes placing features at the mandrel which permit a laminate laid-up onto the mandrel to compensate for the constraints during forming of the laminate into the 3D shape, and generating a Numerical Control (NC) program that directs an Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine laying up the laminate. The NC program includes instructions for laying up tows of constituent material onto the mandrel having the features, to form layers of the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Amol Ogale, Phillip J. Crothers
  • Patent number: 10513103
    Abstract: An assembly for use in an additive manufacturing system to print a three-dimensional part that includes an extruder comprising a gear and a motor that turns the gear, wherein rotation of the gear regulates a flow of material out of the extruder. A controller, provides a control signal to the motor to control the rate at which the motor turns the at least one gear and incorporates a time-varying signal into the control signal to reduce ripples in the material output by the extruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: STRATASYS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul J. Leavitt, Andrew Rice, Timothy Hjelsand
  • Patent number: 10513455
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a fiber feeding system to deposit a fiber on an edge of the glass article and a laser system. The laser system is positioned to project a first and a second laser beam onto a first and a second side of the fiber, respectively. The laser system is positioned to project a third laser beam onto the edge of the glass article. A method includes advancing a glass article relative to a fiber; positioning the fiber in relation to an edge of the glass article, contacting a first side of the fiber with a first laser beam, contacting a second side of the fiber with a second laser beam, depositing the fiber on the edge of the glass article, and contacting the edge of the glass article with a third laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas Roger Cook, Christopher William Drewnowski, Peter Knowles, Geunsik Lim, Moussa N'Gom, Irene Mona Peterson, Robert Stephen Wagner
  • Patent number: 10507947
    Abstract: A labelling machine comprises a supply spool support for supporting a supply spool comprising label stock; a take-up spool support adapted to take up a portion of the label stock; a motive device configured to propel the label stock along a web path from the supply spool support towards the take up spool support; a first arrangement configured to produce a first signal indicative of a speed at which label stock is removed from the supply spool by the motive device; a controller configured to receive the first signal and output a brake assembly control signal based upon the first signal; and a brake assembly configured to apply a braking force to the supply spool support based upon the brake assembly control signal, the braking force resisting rotation of the supply spool support. The controller is configured to output the brake assembly control signal based upon a target supply spool speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: VIDEOJET TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Gary Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 10500802
    Abstract: A tyre building plant includes a forming drum and a supply device for supplying an elongated element toward the forming drum. The supply device includes at least one conveyor belt which extends in a supply direction between a loading region, in which the elongated element is loaded on the conveyor belt and an unloading region, a control unit for controlling the loading of the elongated element on the conveyor belt, at least a first detection element which is fixed with a first portion of the conveyor belt, a sensor which is fixed and independent with respect to the conveyor belt and which detects the position of the first portion with respect to the supply device. The loading of the elongated element on the conveyor belt is performed when the first portion is at a predefined reference distance from the loading region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventor: Davide Conti
  • Patent number: 10449717
    Abstract: An integrated cooling system for cooling filament of an additive manufacturing machine is provided. The integrated cooling system comprises a cooler and a delivery duct. The cooler is configured to circulate cool fluid. The delivery duct is connected to the cooler to receive cool air from the cooler. At least a part of the delivery duct defines an arch that circumferentially surrounds a nozzle assembly of the additive manufacturing machine. The delivery duct defines a plurality of vents for the cool air to exit the delivery duct. The vents are angled such that the cool air exiting the vents converge to an area on the print plate where the molten filament is getting deposited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Bulent Besim, Stephen Weatherly
  • Patent number: 10452054
    Abstract: A method of making an arch support for an article of footwear at a kiosk includes scanning a foot of a customer who has selected a shoe for purchase, determining dimensions of the customer's foot based on the scan, comparing the dimensions of the customer's foot with pre-determined dimensions of a last used to make the selected shoe, defining a shape characterized by the difference between the dimensions of the customer's foot and the dimensions of the last, and printing the arch support with a 3D printer. The arch support has the shape characterized by the difference between the dimensions of the customer's foot and the dimensions of the last.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Reebok International Limited
    Inventors: William McInnis, Robert Rich
  • Patent number: 10442651
    Abstract: A banknote processing apparatus capable of properly storing and dispensing a banknote is provided. The banknote processing apparatus includes: a transport unit that transports a banknote; a long-edge orientation storage unit that receives and stores, in a first orientation, the banknote transported by the transport unit, the first orientation being an orientation in which a short edge of the banknote is a leading edge thereof; a short-edge orientation storage unit that receives and stores, in a second orientation, the banknote transported by the transport unit, the second orientation being an orientation in which a long edge of the banknote is a leading edge thereof; and a control unit that selects, by controlling the transport unit, a storage destination for the banknote transported by the transport unit, from among any of the long-edge orientation storage unit and the short-edge orientation storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Yokawa
  • Patent number: 10442153
    Abstract: Provided are stiffened stringer panels with integrated indexing stacks. An example composite panel comprises a skin member having an inner surface. An index for positioning a support tool comprises a first set and second set of layered laminate stacks coupled to the inner surface such that a channel is formed between the first and second set of layered laminate stacks. The first and second set of layered laminate stacks is configured to cradle a support tool in the channel to automatically align the support tool relative to the panel. A stringer may include a cap portion that extends from the first set to the second set of layered laminate stacks to form flange portions on the inner surface of the skin member. The index and the skin member may be co-cured or co-bonded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John M. Shinozaki, Patrick B. Stickler, Jerry D. Chungbin
  • Patent number: 10442042
    Abstract: A method for determining the elongation and/or compression of a profiled sealing element applied to a body includes drawing the profiled sealing element, which exists as an endless profiled element, from a store and, with the help of an application roller and by means of an adhesive surface present on the profiled sealing element, rolling the profiled sealing element onto the body part along a line intended for the attachment. A measuring roller, which rolls on the profiled sealing element without slip, is arranged at a small distance before a drive system for the profiled sealing element. The length sensed by the measuring roller corresponds to the length of the profiled sealing element applied to the body along an application distance having a defined length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TESLA GROHMANN AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Grohmann, Lothar Kotz, Michael Gilles
  • Patent number: 10421264
    Abstract: A method of producing a roll of an optical film laminate strip includes the steps of: forming an optical film laminate which includes an optical film having a continuous web of polarizing film, and a resin film bonded to the optical film; creating a reference mark to extend across the optical film laminate in a width direction thereof; performing a defect inspection for detecting a defect existing in the optical film, and, when a defect is detected, recording a position of the defect in the form of a laminate widthwise position and a laminate lengthwise position as measured from the reference mark; cutting the optical film laminate along a direction parallel to the length direction to form a plurality of continuous webs of laminate strips; based on the widthwise position of the defect detected by the defect inspection, determining which of the cut laminate strips has the defect, and, with respect to a specific laminate strip which is determined to have the defect, storing information about the defect together
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeharu Kitagawa, Takuya Nakazono, Shusaku Goto, Minoru Miyatake, Tomohiro Mori, Takashi Kamijo
  • Patent number: 10407201
    Abstract: Printing systems may include a rotatable tamp head that may be repositioned, as necessary, in order to cause a label to be printed in a specific location or in a certain alignment on an object. Such tamp heads may be repositioned as necessary where the label may cross a seam, a crease, a fold or another surface feature which might cause the label to be bowed or damaged in transit. The tamp head may be positioned in a manner that would enable any information, markings or bar codes thereon to remain legible and intact even if the label is applied across such a surface feature. An orientation of the object may be determined using one or more sensors aligned at various angles with respect to a direction of travel of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler B. Rodgers, Patrick Joseph Houlihan, David Arthur Ogle, II
  • Patent number: 10399082
    Abstract: A system may comprise a frame, a pair of rolls with each of the rolls comprising a roll body having opposite ends and a circumferential surface, a plurality of teeth being formed on the circumferential surface, and at least a portion of the circumferential surface being electrically conductive. The roll may also have a roll shaft having end portions extending from the roll body, with each of the end portions extending from one of the ends of the roll body. The system may also comprise roll supports configured to support the rolls on the frame in a manner such that at least one of the rolls is movable to adjust a separation gap between the rolls, a detection apparatus configured to detect contact between the rolls, and a signaling apparatus configured to produce a signal indicating a change in electrical potential is detected by the detection apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Alex Pearson, Blake Sandnes, Larry Rossow, Nick Hansen, Roy Olson
  • Patent number: 10391584
    Abstract: An ultrasonic bonding jig includes: a plurality of protrusions; and a planar portion among protrusions formed among base ends of the protrusions. The protrusions have side surfaces of tapered surfaces, the side surfaces being positioned in a vibration direction. At the tapered surfaces, an inclination of a tangent at distal ends of the protrusions, with respect to the vibration direction, is larger than an inclination of a tangent at the base ends of the protrusions, with respect to the vibration direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON MEKTRON, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miyashiro, Yoichi Suruga, Shuhei Koyano
  • Patent number: 10381958
    Abstract: A motor controller is provided that executes a commutation routine in one of a plurality of operating modes to regulate current provided to drive coils in a linear motion system. The motor controller generated currents for each of the drive coils in a first operating mode to minimize the copper losses in the drive coils, in a second operating mode to maximize the force applied to the mover, in a third operating mode to provide balanced currents between the drive coils, and in a fourth operating mode to provide currents according to a selected operating point that combines characteristics of the first three operating points. The motor controller may also monitor each of the drive coils for saturation and redistribute at least a portion of the current required to control operation of the mover to the other drive coils when one of the drive coils is saturated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jadav Das
  • Patent number: 10343338
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for curing inner linings of pipelines introduced into them in the form of lining tubes impregnated with a resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bolonia Servicios E Ingenieros, S.L.
    Inventor: Slawomir Kuźniar
  • Patent number: 10337659
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a device for curing inner linings dragged into pipelines in the form of tubes impregnated with a UV resin. The device is equipped with a central segment of a rotating housing (1), having the form of a monolithic solid with cross-section of the shape similar to a square with two opposite sides (2 and 3) being rounded and provided with radiators (21) on their outer arched surfaces, while LEDs (17) are installed on the two other flat faces (14) of the solids; moreover, the rotating housing (1) is coupled, via a gear transmission (40), with an electric motor (39) setting said housing in rotational motion, whereas the housing has also an coaxial straight-through assembly hole (4) for electric connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BOLONIA Servicios E Ingenierus, S.L.
    Inventor: Slawomir Kuźniar
  • Patent number: 10328639
    Abstract: An automated fiber placement (AFP) system includes a tool head with a compaction roller and a first variable heat source. The compaction roller is configured to receive at least one of a fiber and a plurality of fibers formed as a laydown tape, and is controlled to apply the laydown tape to a workpiece at a predetermined speed and direction. The first variable heat source is configured to apply a first amount of heat to the laydown tape. The first amount of heat applied is related to the predetermined speed. The AFP system further includes a second variable heat source configured to apply a second amount of heat to the workpiece. The second amount of heat applied is related to at least one of: a position on the workpiece, a thickness of the workpiece at that position, and a separation distance between the second variable heat source and the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Nicholas Joseph Kray, Stefaan Guido Van Nieuwenhove
  • Patent number: 10315918
    Abstract: Methods for reducing wafer bow induced by an anti-reflective coating of a cap wafer are provided. The method may utilize a shadow mask having at least one opening therein that is positioned opposite recessed regions in a cap wafer. The method may further include depositing at least one layer of an anti-reflective coating material through the shadow mask onto a planar side of a cap wafer to provide a discontinuous coating on the planar side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Roland W. Gooch, Buu Q. Diep, Stephen H. Black, Thomas A. Kocian, Adam M. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10300664
    Abstract: A system for welding two parts to be joined made of thermoplastic synthetic materials along a weld seam by a laser operating with a laser beam having a beam direction within an operating field by a control method with control data corresponding to the weld-seam course to be produced, including a beam dimension in the region around its focus causing the welding, which is smaller in the joint plane than the target width of the weld seam to be produced, and is dependent upon the angle of incidence of the laser beam on the joint plane and/or upon the position of the focus relative to the joint plane, is displaced in a first movement component in a principal forward-feed direction along the track of the weld-seam to be produced, in a second, oscillating movement component superimposed over the former to cover the weld-seam width transversely to the principal forward-feed direction with an oscillation amplitude value, and is adjusted with a control method in its oscillation amplitude width in inverse dependence upo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LPKF Laser & Electronics AG
    Inventors: Benjamin Knoll, Michael Jonathan Schwalme, Manuel Sieben
  • Patent number: 10293562
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing a composite layer of a flexible pipe are disclosed. The apparatus comprises a layer inspection station comprising at least one sensor, located down stream of and in an in-line configuration with an extrusion station or pultrusion station or winding station or deposition station for providing a tubular composite layer over an underlying substantially cylindrical surface via a continuous process. The inspection station automatically and continuously determines if at least one parameter of the tubular composite layer satisfies a respective predetermined condition in at least one region of the tubular composite layer as the tubular composite layer is transported proximate to the inspection station and indicates in real time at least one of a type, size and/or location of a defect in the tubular composite layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GE OIL & GAS UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Vineet Jha, Neville Dodds, James Latto, David Andrew Finch
  • Patent number: 10293590
    Abstract: A method of continuously manufacturing a display unit according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, which bonds sheet pieces of a polarizing film formed by cutting a roll-type optical film into sheet pieces having a predetermined sheet pieces to a panel to manufacture the display unit, continuously carries an optical film, detects a defect of the optical film, extracts a defective area based on information on the detected defect, forms a slit line in a horizontal direction with respect to a carrying direction of the optical film based on the defective area, determines whether the sheet piece of the polarizing film divided by the slit line is a defective sheet piece or a normal sheet piece, peels the sheet piece determined as a normal sheet piece from a release film, and bonds the normal sheet piece and a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Beom Seok Lee, Suk Jae Lee, Kyung Hyeok Park, San Park, Hang Suk Choi, Eung Jin Jang, Bong Su Jeung, Jea Han Ryoo
  • Patent number: 10293576
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of repairing a composite structure comprising fiber-reinforced polymer plies each with unidirectional fibers. The method comprises removing a damaged portion of the composite structure to form a void in the composite structure. The method also comprises positioning an adhesive layer into the void. The method further comprises positioning a first nanotube sheet ply and a first fiber-reinforced polymer repair ply into the void, by first positioning one of the first nanotube sheet ply or the first fiber-reinforced polymer repair ply into the void over the adhesive layer. The first nanotube sheet ply is fiberless and the first fiber-reinforced polymer repair ply comprises unidirectional fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Zeaid F. Hasan
  • Patent number: 10270068
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application provide a packaging apparatus and a method for packaging a display substrate, which belong to the technical field of display. The packaging apparatus includes a load bearing table arranged to load a substrate to be packaged, wherein the load bearing table includes at least one movable portions that are movable in a direction perpendicular to the substrate to be packaged. The present application can reduce the stripes on the surface of the substrate to be packaged and to enhance display effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Quan, Chia-Hao Chang, Qing Liu
  • Patent number: 10252478
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for dynamically managing heater position for an Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine. One embodiment is a method that includes retrieving distance data indicating predicted distances of a heating surface of a heater of the AFP machine to a surface of a laminate being laid-up by the AFP machine, for each of multiple locations along a path. The method also includes directing the AFP machine to lay up the laminate in accordance with a Numerical Control (NC) program, identifying a current location of the heater in the path, determining a speed at which the heater of the AFP machine is moving, correlating the current location of the heater with a predicted distance, and adjusting an amount of power for the heater at the current location based on the predicted distance that was correlated with the current location, and the speed at the current location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeron D Moore, Brice A Johnson, Samuel F Pedigo, Sayata Ghose
  • Patent number: RE48139
    Abstract: An ultrasonic processing method and an ultrasonic processing device may include a controlling/regulating module, preferably a digital controlling/regulating module, which is integrated into a signal processing of the ultrasonic generator so that a plurality of generator data with respect to the ultrasonic generator are processible in the ultrasonic generator. At this, a power actual value Pist is compared with a power reference value Psoll of the ultrasonic generator via a gap regulator in the controlling/regulating module to specify a position reference value POSsoll of the sonotrode relative to the roll for adjustment of the power reference value Psoll of the ultrasonic generator, and/or a power actual value Pist is compared with a power reference value Psoll of the ultrasonic generator via an amplitude regulator in the controlling/regulating module to specify an amplitude reference value Asoll to the ultrasonic generator for adjustment of the power reference value Psoll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BRANSON ULTRASCHALL Niederlassung der Emerson Technologies GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventor: Christian Heeg