With Measuring, Testing, Or Inspecting Patents (Class 156/64)
  • Patent number: 11063301
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus creates an electrode laminate in which an electrode is sandwiched between first and second separators. A first sensor detects a first lateral positional displacement amount in a width direction of the first separator with respect to a predetermined reference position. An electrode supply unit supplies the electrode to a predetermined electrode supply position. A second sensor detects a second lateral positional displacement amount in a width direction of the second separator with respect to a predetermined reference position. A control unit corrects a position of the first separator based on the first lateral positional displacement amount and corrects a position of the second separator based on the second lateral positional displacement amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichiro Fujiwake, Hideyasu Kamigawa, Takeshi Yamamoto, Sadao Nishida, Jiro Kamiura
  • Patent number: 11049816
    Abstract: An alignment mark, a semiconductor device, and fabrication methods of the alignment mark and the semiconductor device are provided. The method includes providing a first base substrate, and forming a plurality of alignment marks on the first base substrate. The method also includes dicing the first base substrate to form a plurality of alignment dies. Each alignment die includes a diced first base substrate and at least one alignment mark diced from the plurality of alignment marks on the diced first base substrate. In addition, the method includes providing a second base substrate for aligning, and forming a bonding film on the second base substrate. Further, the method includes attaching an alignment die of the plurality of alignment dies to the bonding film on an alignment region of the second base substrate using a die attach process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Ningbo Semiconductor International Corporation
    Inventor: Mengbin Liu
  • Patent number: 11047514
    Abstract: An airtight connection device capable of receiving at least one product from at least one product discharge pipe and transmitting the product to a storage tank. The device includes a first part including at least one coupling for connecting to the product discharge pipe in an airtight manner; and a second part including a coupling for mounting the device to the storage tank in an airtight manner. The second part is coupled to the first part in an airtight manner and is capable of receiving the product from the first part and discharging the product to the storage tank. The device also includes a position sensor that can be operated during the airtight coupling to the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: BIOMERIEUX
    Inventors: Giorgio Lazzari, Francesco Mancini, Paolo Labrini
  • Patent number: 11034539
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to minimize waste and improve quality and production in web processing operations. The apparatus and methods provide defect detection in deposition of acquisition material, which on current machines frequently flips and is difficult to detect when it has flipped causing manufacturers to scrap thousands of products. Using the present invention, defects are able to be detected by discerning a difference in the appearance from side to side with a vision camera, and an acquisition inverter can flip the material to a correct orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam D. DeNoble, Jeffrey Dale Brown, Robert E. Andrews, Gottfried Jason Hohm, Dennis J. Faucher
  • Patent number: 11034100
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a composite object. A first plurality of tows is laid up over a tool according to a first path. A second plurality of tows is laid up over the tool according to a second path. A first portion of the first plurality of tows runs non-parallel to a second portion of the second plurality of tows. First ends of the first portion of the first plurality of tows and second ends of the second portion of the second plurality of tows meet at a merge zone along the tool to form a ply of a composite laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael Kenneth-Que Louie, Jeron D. Moore, Gagandeep Saini, Luis A. Perla, Brice Aaron Johnson, Stewart James Ibbotson, Timothy D. Jackson, Robert G. Meyer, Robert Graham Albers
  • Patent number: 11028957
    Abstract: A method of installing a liner assembly for pipeline repair or reinforcement includes: pulling a prepared liner assembly into position in the pipeline, the liner assembly including an outer tubular liner and an inner inflatable bladder positioned longitudinally within the tubular liner, the tubular liner being wetted with a curable compound; introducing fluid into the inflatable bladder so that the inflatable bladder expands to bring the tubular liner into firm contact with an interior surface of the pipeline; flowing the fluid continuously through the bladder and discharging the fluid into the pipeline, while maintaining the liner assembly in an inflated condition for a time period sufficient for the tubular liner to cure; and deflating the inflatable bladder and retrieving at least a portion of the liner assembly from the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Nu Flow Technologies 2000 Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Corneil, Grant Duxbury, Cameron Manners
  • Patent number: 11029713
    Abstract: A method and system for expanding the range of working environments in which a 3-D or depth sensor can operate without damaging or degrading the measurement performance of the sensor are provided. The sensor has a rigid support structure and a plurality of optoelectronic components fixedly supported on the support structure. The system includes an enclosure for enclosing the support structure and the supported optoelectronic components within an interior of the enclosure. A temperature control circuit includes a controller to monitor interior temperature within the enclosure and to regulate temperature within the enclosure to be within an operational temperature range of the sensor based on the monitored temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Liberty Reach Inc.
    Inventors: G. Neil Haven, David J. Witalka
  • Patent number: 10981337
    Abstract: A process for producing a component from a fiber-reinforced plastic with a thermoset matrix. The process includes the steps providing a first and second thermoset prepreg layer, producing a cutout in the first thermoset prepreg layer, providing a thermoplastic layer in the semifinished product between the first and the second thermoset prepreg layer in the region of the cutout, and manufacturing the component with a first and second thermoset layer and a thermoplastic layer in the region of the cutout, where the thermoplastic layer is locked between the two thermoset layers. The component may be used in a vehicle, where the component has been produced from a fiber-reinforced plastic with a thermoset matrix by the abovementioned process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Ing. Thiemo Erb, Markus Brunner, Benjamin Müller, Kersten Hauschildt
  • Patent number: 10985132
    Abstract: There is provided a bonding apparatus for bonding substrates together, which includes: a first holding part configured to adsorptively hold a first substrate by vacuum-drawing the first substrate on a lower surface of the first substrate; a second holding part provided below the first holding part and configured to adsorptively hold a second substrate by vacuum-drawing the second substrate on an upper surface of the second substrate; a pressing member provided in the first holding part and configured to press a central portion of the first substrate; and a plurality of substrate detection parts provided in the first holding part and configured to detect a detachment of the first substrate from the first holding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Otsuka, Takashi Nakamitsu, Yosuke Omori, Kenji Sugakawa
  • Patent number: 10978623
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor element, a base body, a conductive adhesive member, and a sealing member. The semiconductor element includes a substrate, a semiconductor element structure provided on the substrate, and p-electrode and n-electrode provided on the semiconductor element structure. The semiconductor element is disposed on the base body. The conductive adhesive member electrically connects the p-electrode and the n-electrode to the base body. The sealing member is provided to cover the semiconductor element on an upper surface of the base body. The conductive adhesive member contains particles selected from a group of (i) surface-treated particles having a particle diameter of 1 nm or more and 100 ?m or less and (ii) particles that coexist with a dispersing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masafumi Kuramoto, Toshifumi Imura, Tomoki Tanisada
  • Patent number: 10974465
    Abstract: A method and system for forming a composite laminate. A layup plan is generated for laying up a plurality of plies having a plurality of merge zones, each ply of the plurality of plies having a corresponding merge zone at which ends of a first plurality of tows for each ply and ends of a second plurality of tows for each ply meet. The locations of the plurality of merge zones are offset relative to each other through a thickness of the composite laminate. The plurality of plies is then laid up according to the layup plan to form a composite laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeron D. Moore, Michael Kenneth-Que Louie, Gagandeep Saini, Luis A. Perla, Brice Aaron Johnson, Stewart James Ibbotson, Robert G. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10974466
    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: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeron D Moore, Brice A Johnson, Samuel F Pedigo, Sayata Ghose
  • Patent number: 10953646
    Abstract: A dual roll laminating film cartridge includes a body defining a first end supporting first ends of first and second rolls of continuous translucent laminating film. The body further defines a second end supporting second ends of the first and second rolls, wherein facing surfaces of the films extended from the first and second rolls in an advancing direction are coated with a heat-activated adhesive. A bridge extends between the first and second ends of the body at a position between the first and second rolls, the bridge defining an article chute for the reception of articles to be laminated by the films of the first and second rolls. The cartridge further includes a code indicative of one or more characteristics of the film of the first and second rolls, the code comprising a predetermined flag pattern of coding tabs that project outward from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventor: Aaron Melamed
  • Patent number: 10946593
    Abstract: Closed-loop systems and methods for controlling the temperature at the compaction point as an automated fiber placement (AFP) machine is placing material over complex surface features at varying speeds. The closed-loop system starts with multiple infrared temperature sensors directed at the layup surface in front of the compaction roller and also at the new layup surface behind the compaction roller. These sensors supply direct temperature readings to a control computer, which also receives speed data and a listing of active tows from the AFP machine and is also programmed with the number of plies in the current layup. In accordance with one embodiment, the heater control system uses a proportional-integral-derivative loop to control the temperature at the compaction point (e.g., at the interface of the compaction roller and a newly laid tow) and regulate the heater power to achieve the desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brice A. Johnson, Samuel F. Pedigo, Sayata Ghose, John Z. Lin
  • Patent number: 10946480
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system includes a foil supply drum, a melting energy source, and a processor. The foil supply drum is configured to be rotated for dispensing a foil sheet over a substrate surface supported by a build element. The melting energy source is configured to direct at least one melting energy beam onto a non-melted region of the foil sheet located over the substrate surface. The processor is configured to execute computable readable program instructions based on a three-dimensional digital definition of the object, and control the melting energy beam to selectively melt at least some of the non-melted region into melted portions forming a material layer of the object onto the substrate surface while separating the melted portions from non-melted portions, and command rotation of the foil supply drum for dispensing the foil sheet during manufacturing of the object in correspondence with the digital definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mitchell Loren Ray Mellor, Troy Allan Haworth, Matthew Ryoichi Soja
  • Patent number: 10934047
    Abstract: A high-speed print-and-apply label applicator includes a conveyor system, a control and monitoring system, a label web feeding assembly, a label printer and encoder system, and a tamp pad assembly driven by a linear motor having a shaft that is formed at least partially by a composite material. The tamp pad assembly includes a tamp pad having an upturned label ramp at the trailing edge of the tamp pad, an upturned anti-catch ramp at the leading edge of the tamp pad, and a flexible applicator. The flexible applicator may be secured to the leading edge of the tamp pad and extends at least partially over the generally horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: National Presort, L.P.
    Inventor: Brent Daboub
  • Patent number: 10928340
    Abstract: An infrared camera is directed aft of a compaction roller of a composite laying head. Heat is applied to a substrate by a heater mounted forward of the compaction roller. Infrared images are captured of composite tows laid down on a substrate by the compaction roller. Whether the composite tows have sufficient contact is determined using the infrared images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brice A. Johnson, Sayata Ghose, Tyler M. Holmes, Hong Hue Tat, Gary Ernest Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10929971
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method by a controller that includes: executing a model of a material based on a geometric template of the material defined by geometric parameters and at least one geometric constraint of the material; determining a value of an objective function based on differences between a three-dimensional representation of the material based on measurements of the material and the model of the material based on the geometric template of the material; and determining updated values of the geometric parameters of the geometric template. The method further includes iterating the executing the model of the material, the determining the value of the objective function, and the determining the updated values of the geometric parameters until a parameter associated with the objective function satisfies a criterion and, outputting the updated values of the geometric parameters associated with the objective function that satisfies the criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew James Ritchey, Kong Ma, Joseph Peter Henderkott, Michael George Glavicic
  • Patent number: 10917548
    Abstract: A method of providing a camera sub-assembly for a vehicular camera includes providing a lens barrel, a lens holder and a printed circuit board, and dispensing an adhesive in an uncured state at one or both of (i) an annular attaching surface at an outer end of a receiving structure of the lens holder and (ii) an annular attaching surface of an annular flange of the lens barrel. With the adhesive contacting both of the annular attaching surfaces, the lens optics are aligned with respect to the imaging array at the printed circuit board by utilizing a multi-axis positioning device. After aligning the lens optics with respect to the imaging array, the adhesive is cured to a first cure level and the lens barrel and the lens holder joined together by the adhesive are moved to a further curing station, where the adhesive is further cured to a second cure level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Sesti, Robert A. Devota, Yuesheng Lu, Steven V. Byrne, Joel S. Gibson
  • Patent number: 10899089
    Abstract: An inspection device. The inspection device includes a gas dispenser aimed at a workpiece; and a camera aimed at a gas impingement point on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Sean Christian Webb
  • Patent number: 10896950
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a thin film capacitor a silicon substrate having a silicon dioxide layer; an adhesion layer on the silicon dioxide layer, wherein the adhesion layer is a polar dielectric; a first electrode layer on the adhesion layer; a dielectric layer on the first electrode layer; and a second electrode layer on the dielectric layer. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Marina Zelner, Andrew Vladimir Claude Cervin, Edward Horne
  • Patent number: 10864778
    Abstract: A tyre condition monitoring system comprising a sensing unit adapted for approximation to a tyre to take a measurement of, or at least from which can be derived, tread depth, the sensing unit being adapted for deployment by manual approximation to a tyre and to store and/or transmit measurement data from one or more or all of a set of tyres on a vehicle as well as for mechanical approximation to a tyre for continuing and/or programmed measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Pre-Chasm Research Ltd.
    Inventor: Anthony David George Rhoades
  • Patent number: 10847569
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for proving a sensor assembly. Embodiments can include employing a circuit assembly having a first layer bonded to a second layer with an oxide layer, depositing bonding oxide on the second layer of the circuit assembly, and thinning the first layer of the circuit assembly after depositing the bonding oxide. A coating can be applied over at least a portion of the first layer of the circuit assembly after annealing the circuit assembly. After polishing the bonding oxide on the second surface of the second layer of the circuit assembly, a shim can be secured to the bonding oxide on the second surface of the second layer of the circuit assembly to reduce bow of the assembly. Embodiments can provide a sensor useful in focal plane arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Jeffery H. Burkhart, Sean P. Kilcoyne, Eric Miller
  • Patent number: 10818882
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a secondary battery and a battery module. The secondary battery comprises: a case having an accommodation space and a first opening in communication with the accommodation space; an electrode component disposed in the accommodation space; a cover plate being installed at the first opening; wherein a connection slot is formed at a joint between the cover plate and the case, and the connection slot extends in a direction away from the accommodation space and throughout a top surface of the cover plate; and a first connection member being disposed in the connection slot, wherein the cover plate and the case are hermetically connected via the first connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Jie Zhang, Xiaorong Liu, Zhijun Guo, Peng Wang, Guowei Li
  • Patent number: 10807313
    Abstract: A profile body of a not liquefiable material is used as a connecting element between a first object and a second object. The profile body may especially be metallic and/or may be bendable. The profile body, in contrast to a conventional wire, however, has a shape defining a first and a second undercut. The method includes embedding the profile body in the second object so that the second undercut is within material of the second object, and embedding the profile body within material of the first object so that the first undercut is within the first object, and wherein at least embedding of the profile body in the first object is caused by mechanical energy impinging on the first object and/or on the second object while the first object and the second object are pressed against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Joakim Kvist, Patricia Poschner, Marcel Aeschlimann
  • Patent number: 10808354
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method to manufacture a textile product comprising a first sheet having polymer yarns fastened to this sheet to form a pile thereon, the method comprising providing the sheet, stitching the polymer yarns through the sheet to form the pile on a first surface of the sheet and loops of the yarns at a second surface of the sheet, heating the second surface of the sheet to at least partly melt the loops of the yarns to fasten the yarns to the sheet, wherein the method comprises measuring a roughness of the second surface with the at least partly molten loops of the yarns thereon, after the at least partly molten loops have solidified and, if the roughness differs from a predetermined surface roughness, adapting the method to manufacture the textile product, in order to obtain a second surface roughness that differs from the measured surface roughness. The invention also pertains to a device for applying this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventor: Chris Reutelingsperger
  • Patent number: 10800115
    Abstract: A method for designing fiber-composite parts in which part performance and manufacturing efficiency can be traded-off against one another to provide an “optimized” design for a desired use case. In some embodiments, the method involves generating an idealized fiber map, wherein the orientation of fibers throughout the prospective part align with the anticipated load conditions throughout the part, and then modifying the idealized fiber map by various fabrication constraints to generate a process-compensated preform map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Arris Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Escowitz, J. Scott Perkins, Riley Reese, Erick Davidson, Sean Hennessee
  • Patent number: 10800568
    Abstract: A labeling assembly for labeling machines which includes a base frame which is adapted to be associated with a conveyor of containers to be labeled and which supports elements for labeling the containers; elements are provided for at least partially delimiting the work area of the labeling elements; the delimiting elements include at least one protective body which can move slideably, with respect to the base frame, between an active position, in which it is adapted to delimit at least partially the work area of the labeling elements, and at least one inactive position, which is spaced with respect to the active position, in which it allows access from the outside to the work area of the labeling elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: P.E. LABELLERS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Nicola Schinelli
  • Patent number: 10792877
    Abstract: Provided is a validation tool and a method for validating optical equipment that is used for measuring a plurality of characteristics of one or more tyre components during winding application of said tyre components around a tyre building drum, wherein a first tyre component of the one or more tyre components includes a first characteristic of the plurality of characteristics which, after measuring, is overlapped by the same or another tyre component of the one or more tyre components including a second characteristic of the plurality of characteristics, wherein the validation tool is provided with a first reference element that is arranged to represent the first characteristic and a second reference element that is arranged to represent the second characteristic, wherein the second reference element is offset with respect to the first reference element to at least partially expose the first reference element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: VMI HOLLAND B.V.
    Inventors: Mattheus Jacobus Kaagman, Jeroen Smeenk, Niels Tielenburg, John Van De Vrugt
  • Patent number: 10780658
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising a laser unit and a controller. The laser unit is configured to generate a number of laser beams. The controller is configured to operate the laser unit to generate the number of laser beams resulting in a desired level of heating of a composite patch that cures the composite patch on a composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Kimberly D. Meredith
  • Patent number: 10782128
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for detecting a fibre misalignment in an elongated structure, such as a wind turbine blade component. The elongated structure has a length along a longitudinal direction and comprises a plurality of stacked reinforcing fibre layers. The plurality of fibre layers comprises fibres having an orientation aligned, unidirectionally, substantially in the longitudinal direction. The method comprises scanning the elongated structure along at least a part of the length by emitting an x-ray beam in an angle compared to the orientation of the fibres. The method comprises detecting scattered rays, and determining an intensity of the detected scattered rays. The method comprises estimating a size of the fibre misalignment based on the determined intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: LM WP PATENT HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Lars Nielsen, Klavs Jespersen
  • Patent number: 10780688
    Abstract: Described are fabrication methods of highly wrinkled metal thin films for applications in electronics such as wearable devices, strain sensors, and capacitive sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Lancy Lin, Michelle Khine, Sun-Jun Park
  • Patent number: 10775296
    Abstract: A device and method are provided for testing the effectiveness of an adhesive composition to adhere a sheet of material to a substrate. A connector is attached to the sheet and the adhesive is used to adhere the sheet to the substrate and permitted to cure to a selected amount. After (or even before, if desired) the adhesive cures, a load is applied to the connector, having the effect of pulling the sheet away from the substrate. The duration of the pulling and the amount of the load can be varied. If too large a dome is formed under the location of the connector, the adhesive does not pass the test. Optionally, the adhesive formulation is adjusted to make it stronger to resist such doming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: W.F. TAYLOR LLC
    Inventors: Robert Kintu Ddamulira, Daniel Arnold Pelton
  • Patent number: 10762622
    Abstract: A fabric inspection device includes a sheet conveying portion, an image reading portion, a timing control portion, a storage portion, a comparing control portion, and a display portion. The image reading portion reads a plurality of images of the same pattern recorded repeatedly with a predetermined pitch on a recording sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying portion. The timing control portion regulates the timing of image reading by the image reading portion. The storage portion stores the plurality of images read by the image reading portion. The comparing control portion takes, out of the plurality of images stored in the storage portion, part of an image continuously recorded on the recording sheet corresponding to the forefront one pitch as a reference image and compares the image data of a comparison image recorded later than the reference image with image data of the reference image to check for image defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroko Sugimoto, Yukari Kida
  • Patent number: 10756046
    Abstract: There is provided a bonding apparatus for bonding substrates together, which includes: a first holding part configured to adsorptively hold a first substrate by vacuum-drawing the first substrate on a lower surface of the first substrate; a second holding part provided below the first holding part and configured to adsorptively hold a second substrate by vacuum-drawing the second substrate on an upper surface of the second substrate; a pressing member provided in the first holding part and configured to press a central portion of the first substrate; and a plurality of substrate detection parts provided in the first holding part and configured to detect a detachment of the first substrate from the first holding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Otsuka, Takashi Nakamitsu, Yosuke Omori, Kenji Sugakawa
  • Patent number: 10750814
    Abstract: Described are methods for the manufacture of sporting goods, in particular a shoe, sporting goods manufactured by such methods, for example a shoe, as well as a device for performing such methods. The method for the manufacture of sporting goods, in particular a shoe, is provided, wherein the sporting goods has a first component with a first connection surface and a second component with a second connection surface. The method includes activating at least one portion of the first connection surface by providing heat energy without contact, and connecting the first component with the second component by joining the first connection surface and the second connection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Christopher Edward Holmes, Jan Hill, Clemens Paul Dyckmans, Giridharan Kirupanantham, Gerd Rainer Manz, Dietmar Klaus Drummer
  • Patent number: 10746703
    Abstract: The present disclosure can provide for an ultrasonic welding method for a pair of workpieces. The method can include first pressing an ultrasonic welding stack against a first workpiece in the pair so that the first workpiece comes into contact with a second workpiece in the pair. The method can then provide for initiating a weld phase by outputting energy from the ultrasonic welding stack to the first workpiece. The method can provide for monitoring, with at least one sensor, a sensed parameter. The sensed parameter can be, for example, weld force and/or weld force rate of change. The method can provide for determining whether the sensed parameter has reached a predetermined level. Based on determining that the sensed parameter has reached the predetermined level, the method can provide for ending the weld phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DUKANE IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Leo Klinstein, Paul J. Golko, Charles Leroy Leonard, Matthew James Dittrich
  • Patent number: 10746670
    Abstract: An inspection system for detecting defects in a workpiece can include an illumination source for illuminating a first section of the workpiece with a patterned light, wherein the illumination source does not illuminate a second section of the workpiece. The inspection system further includes a feedback camera for imaging the first section and producing a first output, and a background camera for imaging the second section and producing a second output. A processor compares the first output with the second output, and a controller alters the patterned light that is output by the illumination source based on the comparison. This feedback control continues until the background is suitably homogeneous or camouflaged compared to the defect, such that the visibility and/or detectability of the defect is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Morteza Safai
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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