Of Multiple Spaced Elements Between And Transverse Of Parallel Webs (e.g., Venetian Blind Ladders) Patents (Class 156/65)
  • Patent number: 10995513
    Abstract: Air supported structures forming an enclosure via internal pressurized air, and methods of making same, are disclosed. The structures include an outer membrane defining an outer surface of the structure. The structures include an inner liner blanket coupled to the outer membrane via a plurality of spaced baffles extending from the outer membrane into the enclosure, the inner liner blanket and the inner surface of the outer membrane forming a heating pocket therebetween within the enclosure extending along a first portion of the outer membrane. The structures also include at least one input channel in communication with the heating pocket, and at least one heated air system configured to selectively direct a flow of heated air through the at least one input channel and into the heating pocket to heat the first portion of the outer membrane to remove and/or prevent frozen precipitation accumulation on the outer surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Air Structures American Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Denise Fraioli, Donato Joseph Fraioli, Donato Michael Fraioli
  • Patent number: 10605000
    Abstract: We disclose a window blind which purifies the surrounding air using electrostatic interactions. The window blind includes slats which may have a strip of positively charged material, a strip of negatively charged material, or both attached to the top of the slat. In some embodiments, the positively charged material and the negatively charged material are attached to alternating slats. In other embodiments, the positively charged material and the negatively charged material are attached to the top of the same slate with a strip of insulating material positioned between them. The window blind may include an air-moving device which moves air past the slats so that dust particles with either a net positive charge or net negative charge may be attracted to the oppositely charged material on the slat. The air-moving device may be a vacuum or a fan. The positively and negatively charged materials may be removeable for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Austin Carlson, Emily Brimhall, Terrece Pearman, Jennifer Stevens
  • Patent number: 10544619
    Abstract: A self-cleaning window blind includes a thin layer of photocatalytic material on at least one surface of the slats. The window blind includes an ultraviolet light source which directs ultraviolet light onto the photocatalytic material. Consequently, the window blind is not dependent on available sunlight. The ultraviolet light source is located in either the headrail or the bottom rail of the window blinds. Upon exposure to ultraviolet light, organic material on the slats which may include dust, grease, or microorganisms, is converted to carbon dioxide and water. One or both of the horizontal edges of the slats may include a lip which collects water formed by the photocatalytic reaction. In some embodiments, the slats are slightly convex. This shape may inhibit water from collecting in droplets on the slat and help direct the water towards the lip. Consequently, water spots are not created on the slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Terrece Pearman, Emily Brimhall
  • Patent number: 10053910
    Abstract: A removable multi-decorative cover for a vertical window blind is disclosed. The cover includes a first portion having a first top portion and a first bottom portion seamed to each other along a first bottom edge, a first left edge, and a first right edge. The first portion is shaped substantially as a sleeve to enclose the vertical blind. The cover includes a second portion having a second top portion and a second bottom portion seamed to each other along a second top edge, a second bottom edge, a second left edge, and a second right edge. The second portion may be seamed to the first left edge or the first right edge of the first portion along the second left edge or the second right edge. The second portion may be configured to fold over the first portion along the first left edge or the first right edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: LaVonne Avinger
  • Patent number: 9834910
    Abstract: A device for utilizing a surface, such as the surface of a floor, outside wall or roof, for a variable function, including a first functional element with an active surface area the size of at least a part of the surface, at least one second functional element with an active surface area the size of at least a part of the surface, and a rotatable carrier for varying, on at least a part of the surface, the functional element with which the surface is utilized. A method for utilizing a surface for a variable function is also shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Cablean IP B. V.
    Inventor: Pieter Johannes Van Dommele
  • Patent number: 9513657
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a first portion having a length substantially the same as a length of a gap of a slot of a free link of a reel feeder. The device is configured to be placed in the gap to limit movement of a take-up arm along the slot. In another aspect, a method includes placing a device in a gap of a slot of a free link of a reel feeder to limit movement of a take-up arm along the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: W. Royce Taylor, IV, Ryan J. Koller
  • Patent number: 9475252
    Abstract: A method and system for forming a honeycomb panel structure. The method includes the steps of compressing the honeycomb panel structure in a first panel region and reinforcing the first panel region. Reinforcing the first panel region may include the steps of drilling a plurality of holes in the first panel region; inserting pins into the first panel region; and welding pins into a face sheet of the honeycomb panel structure. Alternatively, the step of reinforcing the first panel region may include the step of adding an additional face sheet to the honeycomb panel structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David S. Nansen, Trevor J. Violett
  • Patent number: 8944131
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an adhesive tape dispenser adapted for use with adhesive tape having a releasable backing such as wax paper, foil or vinyl often used in HVAC applications. The adhesive tape dispenser includes a handgrip for holding the tape dispenser in one hand during use, a finger switch provided on the handgrip and activated to operate a motorized gearing system for automatically removing and storing the releasable backing simultaneously while applying the adhesive tape to a surface, and a light source for illuminating dark or low lit surface areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jerry Williams
  • Publication number: 20140332139
    Abstract: An internal tensioning structure for use in an inflatable product fulfills the basic function of maintaining two adjacent inflatable surfaces in a desired geometric arrangement when the inflatable product is pressurized. The tensioning structure is formed by connecting a pair of plastic strips sheets via spaced-apart strands, such as strings or wires. When pulled taut, the strands provide a high tensile strength between the two opposed plastic strips. At the same time, the plastic strips facilitate a strong, long-lasting weld between the tensioning structure and the inflatable product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Hua Hsiang Lin, Yaw Yuan Hsu
  • Publication number: 20140260084
    Abstract: A support beam and method for making a support beam, the support beam having a plurality of panels arranged side by side. The panels each have a core of insulative material and outer layers laminated to the core. The panels are adhered to one another and to top and bottom beam supports using bonding material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MILLPORT ASSOCIATES S.A.
    Inventor: Ulrich Schwartau
  • Publication number: 20140261964
    Abstract: A method of making a plurality of foldable, collapsible window shades from a continuously moving strip of material. The method described herein is directed to a variety of methods of handling and processing preforms generated from the strip of material in order to ensure continuous movement of the strip of material during the process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: JAMES BARSS, Thomas J. Marusak, John A. Corey, Rodney Akers
  • Patent number: 8834993
    Abstract: A thermoplastic single ply protective roof covering may have two pressure sensitive rubber-based adhesive backings These dual-adhesive backings may be used to provide for a non-heat welded seam having a combination of good seam strength and fire performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventor: Li-Ying Yang
  • Publication number: 20140009837
    Abstract: A method for providing a supporting structure in a flat-plate display is disclosed. The display has a display panel, a diffuser panel, a reflector panel to reflect light from a backlight unit towards the diffuser panel in order to illuminate the display panel. The supporting structure has a plurality of support pins located in that gap between the diffuser panel and the reflector panel for supporting the diffuser panel. The support pins are either molded with the diffuser panel, fused into the diffuser panel or attached to the diffuser panel using an index matching optical adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Meng-Chang Liu, Meng-Jia Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8608882
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for manufacturing a composite web for use in a disposable product, the process comprising the steps of: a) providing a continuous web of material; b) creating in the web a longitudinally repeating pattern of windows; and c) attaching at least one strip to the web, said strip at least partially covering the windows and having different functional characteristics than the web. The present invention also relates to a composite web formed in accordance with this process and to panels obtainable by cutting said web in cross direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Johann F. Petersen
  • Publication number: 20130306218
    Abstract: A base structure and associated method for converting the base structure into an operable vane on a shade for an architectural opening. The base structure includes a back sheet and a front sheet attached together in engagement regions spaced along the length of the back sheet and front sheet. The front sheet is separated into front strip sections having a free end. Operating elements are positioned along the back sheet and situated so as to move relative thereto. The operating elements are attached adjacent to a free end of the front strip. Movement of the operating elements actuates the free end of the front strip to move from a closed position to an open position as desired by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Holt, Marcus Long, Kelly Q. Rahn, Jason T. Throne, Stephen T. Wisecup
  • Patent number: 8496768
    Abstract: A base structure and associated method for converting the base structure into an operable vane on a shade for an architectural opening. The base structure includes a back sheet and a front sheet attached together in engagement regions spaced along the length of the back sheet and front sheet. The front sheet is separated into front strip sections having a free end. Operating elements are positioned along the back sheet and situated so as to move relative thereto. The operating elements are attached adjacent to a free end of the front strip. Movement of the operating elements actuates the free end of the front strip to move from a closed position to an open position as desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Holt, Marcus Long, Kelly Q. Rahn, Jason T. Throne, Stephen T. Wisecup
  • Publication number: 20120244312
    Abstract: Cushioning elements include a breathable material configured to allow gases to pass through at least a portion thereof, and a plurality of discrete segments of thermoplastic elastomeric gel (“gel”) heat-fused or otherwise attached to the breathable material. The gel comprises an elastomeric polymer and a plasticizer, with a plasticizer-to-polymer ratio of from about 0.3 to about 50. The plurality of discrete segments defines at least one breathable gap between adjacent discrete segments. Methods of forming cushioning elements include forming a plurality of discrete segments of gel, securing each segment to a breathable material, and providing a gas path through the breathable material and between adjacent segments. Another method includes providing molten gel within a mold, providing at least a second portion of the gel within a permeable material, and solidifying the gel to form discrete segments of gel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: EDIZONE, LLC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Russell B. Whatcott, LaVon Lee Bennett
  • Publication number: 20120211174
    Abstract: Membrane body (1) comprising at least one pair of panels (10, 11) connected together in an adhesive manner and for each pair of said panels (10, 11), at least one flexible sheath (15) arranged stably according to a set pattern to resist membrane stress acting on the panels (10, 11); each sheath (15) housing a respective tie rod (16), connected to the panels (10, 11) in an end position in a set manner in such a way as to be suitable for resisting normal stress to free the panels (10, 11) from the respective membrane stress, thereby maintaining the—group of the panels (10, 11) flexible and maintaining the corresponding production method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: PierCarlo MOLTA, Enrico Grassi
  • Publication number: 20120199266
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for manufacture of a solar panel string assembly for a solar canopy including: horizontally aligning two solar panel support channels substantially parallel to one another; applying an adhesive with a robotic tool to an upper portion of the solar panel support channels, the robotic tool comprising a fixed track aligned parallel with the two solar panel support channels, a robotic arm assembly movably supported by the track, a positioning member for adjusting the position of the robotic arm assembly along the track, and wherein the robotic arm comprises an adhesive applicator and a vacuum lift component; and lifting with the vacuum lift component of the robot arm assembly of the robotic tool and aligning a solar panel on top of the two solar panel support channels near opposing edges of the solar panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: CHEVRON USA INC.
    Inventors: David S. Potter, Nathan Dion Fleischer, Jeffrey Paul Munoz
  • Publication number: 20110273823
    Abstract: Electronic device comprising frame and trim. Trim wrapped around at least three sides of the frame. Trim comprising an outer piece and an inner assembly. Outer piece of substantially continuous flexible tactile material comprising a substantially elongate first side portion, a substantially elongate second side portion substantially parallel to the first side portion, and at least one substantially elongate cross portion connecting the first and second side portions. The inner assembly comprising a substantially rigid first side inner piece substantially coextensive with the outer piece first side portion; a substantially rigid second side inner piece substantially coextensive with the outer piece second side portion; and at least one substantially rigid inner cross piece. Each cross piece substantially coextensive with the short dimension of the outer piece cross portion, and shorter than the long dimension of the outer piece cross portion, thereby creating at least one gap in the inner assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Ramon Lamers, Albert Pegg, Martin Mape
  • Publication number: 20110126959
    Abstract: A base structure and associated method for converting the base structure into an operable vane on a shade for an architectural opening. The base structure includes a back sheet and a front sheet attached together in engagement regions spaced along the length of the back sheet and front sheet. The front sheet is separated into front strip sections having a free end. Operating elements are positioned along the back sheet and situated so as to move relative thereto. The operating elements are attached adjacent to a free end of the front strip. Movement of the operating elements actuates the free end of the front strip to move from a closed position to an open position as desired by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Holt, Marcus Long, Kelly Q. Rahn, Jason T. Throne, Stephen T. Wisecup
  • Patent number: 7833368
    Abstract: In a method for making a window covering the user selects a first segment of cellular material in which there is a top cell having a top surface, at least one glue line on the top surface and a strip of fabric on the at least one glue line. The strip of fabric and at least a portion of the glue line are removed from the top surface of the top cell. and a second glue line is applied to that top surface. A second segment of cellular material is place over the second glue line on the top surface of the top cell of the first segment. The glue line cures and bonds the second segment of cellular material to the first segment of cellular material. If the cellular material has tabbed cells the processes can be used to join the tabs of the two segments together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventors: Ren Judkins, John D. Rupel
  • Publication number: 20100258198
    Abstract: The invention provides apparatuses and techniques for controlling flow between a manifold and two or more connecting microchannels. Flow between plural connecting microchannels, that share a common manifold, can be made more uniform by the use of flow straighteners and distributors that equalize flow in connecting channels. Alternatively, flow can be made more uniform by sections of narrowed diameter within the channels. Methods of making apparatus and methods of conducting unit operations in connecting channels are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: Velocys Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Lee Tonkovich, Bin Yang, Steven T. Perry, Sean P. Fitzgerald, Ravi Arora, Robert Luzenski, Thomas D. Yuschak
  • Publication number: 20090194219
    Abstract: A solid oxide fuel cell component (12) comprises a plurality of solid oxide fuel cells (24) arranged in spaced apart relationship, and in electrical series, on a surface of the porous gas permeable support structure (16). Each solid oxide fuel cell (24) comprises a dense gas tight electrolyte member (28), a porous gas permeable first electrode (26) and a porous gas permeable second electrode (30). Each electrolyte (28) is arranged in contact with a corresponding one of the first electrodes (26), each second electrode (30) is arranged in contact with a corresponding one of the electrolytes (28). Each of the first electrodes (26) is arranged in contact with the surface of the support structure (16). The interconnectors (32), the peripheral seal layer (34) and the electrolytes (28) are arranged to encapsulate all of the first electrodes (26) except for the surfaces of the first electrodes (26) in contact with the surface of the support structure (16) to prevent leakage of reactant from the first electrodes (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: MICHAEL J. DAY, FREDERICK J. GARDNER, MARK CASSIDY, NIGEL BRANDON, NIGEL T. HART
  • Publication number: 20090165921
    Abstract: A method of forming electrode structures comprising a plurality of electrode pads and a plurality of electrically conducting wires extending from the electrode pads. The method comprises coating an electrode structure with a relatively electrically insulating material, arranging each of the electrode pads in a first arrangement; arranging the wires relative to each other to provide a sufficient gap of separation between neighboring wires; securing the wires to a remotely positioned anchor member to preserve a gap of separation between neighbouring wires, and applying a coating of relatively electrically insulating material to the electrode structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: COCHLEAR LIMITED
    Inventor: Thomas Kaiser
  • Publication number: 20090117337
    Abstract: A bamboo-surfaced laminated louver curtain slat and a method of manufacturing the same. The bamboo-surfaced laminated louver curtain slat comprises two peeled bamboo veneer layers and at least one filler layer sandwiched between the two bamboo veneer layers. The peeled bamboo veneer layers and the filler layer(s) are bond together in a glued manner. The production method comprises follow steps: thin peeled bamboo veneer layers are peeled from a massive bamboo board and after being cut into a specified width, the peeled bamboo veneer layers, together with filler material, are put into moulds for hot-pressing and gluing; or thin peeled bamboo veneer layers are peeled from a massive bamboo board made by gluing and pressing bamboo material, a first peeled bamboo veneer layer, filler material, and a second peeled bamboo veneer layer are glued and press-formed in sequence into a piece of ply-bamboo, then, laminated louver curtain slats of a specified width are cut from the ply-bamboo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Yuqiang Chen
  • Publication number: 20090109445
    Abstract: A method for forming a structure comprising multiple parallel surfaces having a precise separation is disclosed. Precise separation and parallelism of the surfaces is achieved through the use of an adhesive mixture that comprises a plurality of spacers having a dimension substantially equal to the desired separation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: SYMPHONY ACOUSTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Dustin Wade Carr, Gregory Robert Bogart
  • Patent number: 7511622
    Abstract: An RFID label assembly and method of manufacturing the same. In one embodiment, the manufacturing method comprises the steps of (a) providing an RFID label assembly, the RFID label assembly comprising a common web, the common web having a top surface and a bottom surface, a plurality of RFID labels spaced apart from one another and releasably mounted on top of the common web, at least some of the RFID labels being defective and at least some of the RFID labels not being defective, and an eye mark printed on the bottom surface of the common web for each of the RFID labels, each eye mark having a length corresponding to the length of its corresponding RFID label; (b) testing each of the RFID labels for the purpose of detecting defective RFID labels; and (c) removing from the common web all RFID labels found in step (b) to be defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Eugene C. Korzeniewski
  • Publication number: 20090050555
    Abstract: To provide a method for manufacturing a module having a selectively permeable membrane wherein the surface of the selectively permeable membrane thereof can be washed with good efficiency and further contaminants having been exfoliated from the surface of the membrane by a washing operation can be discharged from the inside of a housing with good efficiency; and the above module having a selectively permeable membrane. A method for manufacturing a module having a selectively permeable membrane, characterized in that in the manufacture of a module wherein a selectively permeable membrane is held in a housing and both ends of the above selectively permeable membrane are fixed, the both ends of the above selectively permeable membrane are fixed to an upper holder and an under holder connected by at least one washing tube, and then, the membrane is held in the housing; and a module having a selectively permeable membrane manufactured by the above manufacturing method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: TOYO BOSEKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Baba, Toshiyuki Yagi
  • Publication number: 20090039010
    Abstract: The structure can be made simple, and the reuse of a housing can be attained. A hollow fiber membrane module 100 including a hollow fiber membrane unit 10 which has plural hollow fiber membranes 11, and a first seal-fixing section 12 and a second seal-fixing section 13 for seal-fixing both ends of these hollow fiber membranes 11 to make the insides of the hollows therein open, and which is constructed in a state that outer wall faces of these seal-fixing sections are uncovered, and a housing 20 for containing the hollow fiber membrane unit 10, wherein the housing 20 has first ports 22a and 23a constituting a channel leading to the insides of the hollows in the hollow fiber membranes 11, and second ports 21a and 21b constituting a channel leading to the side of outer wall faces of the hollow fiber membranes 11, and the hollow fiber membrane unit 10 is constructed to be freely put on and taken off from the housing 22.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: NOK Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7306694
    Abstract: A plastic product is fabricated from plastic sheets by heat sealing the plastic sheets to form an enclosure member. In order to strengthen the heat-sealed joints of the plastic sheets, the plastic sheets are thickened at portions where the heat-sealed joints are to be formed. Preferably, the heat-sealed joints are formed in such a manner that the cross-section of the heat-sealed joints is smaller than that of the thickened portions of the plastic sheet, thereby preventing effectively the non-thickened portions of the plastic sheets from being affected adversely by the heat sealing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Team Worldwide Corp.
    Inventor: Cheng-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 7303641
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing cellular laminate structural panels includes one or more supply stations of a flexible strip material including folding rollers for sequentially folding the strip material into cellular structures and feeding the cellular structures into a conveyor where the cellular structures are held in compression. The apparatus further includes a laminating station where the folded cellular structures are laminated to an upper and/or lower sheet material to which lines of a bonding medium have been applied prior to engagement with the cellular structures. The folded cellular structures are heated before engaging the sheet material so as to enhance the bonding of the sheet material to the cellular structures and subsequent to bonding, the laminate is passed through a cooling station to set the bonding medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Swiszcz, Ko Kuperus, Tim Jeske, Eugene Ballard, Stephen Cook
  • Patent number: 7273529
    Abstract: In a method for making a window covering the user selects a first segment of cellular material in which there is a top cell having a top surface, at least one glue line on the top surface and a strip of fabric on the at least one glue line. The strip of fabric and at least a portion of the glue line are removed from the top surface of the top cell and a second glue line is applied to that top surface. A second segment of cellular material is place over the second glue line on the top surface of the top cell of the first segment. The glue line cures and bonds the second segment of cellular material to the first segment of cellular material. If the cellular material has tabbed cells the processes can be used to join the tabs of the two segments together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Inventors: Ren Judkins, John D. Rupel
  • Patent number: 7146694
    Abstract: An apparatus for fabricating tubular vanes and adhering the vanes to a plurality of associated ladder tapes for use in a blind assembly for an architectural opening is described. The apparatus includes a first section for unrolling resin impregnated fabric tape, folding the tape, and cutting the tape to a predetermined length. In a second section of the apparatus, the cut and folded tape is bonded to together along its longitudinal edges to form a tubular vane. In the third and final section, the completed vane is positioned between the vertical cords of a plurality of associated ladder tapes and the vane is adhesively bonded to a cross rung of each. After the vane has been bonded to the cross rungs, the ladder tapes are advanced and prepared for receipt of the next vane. The resulting subassembly of vanes is used to fabricate blind assemblies through the addition of headrails and bottom rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Daniel M. Fogarty, Todd B. Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 7045191
    Abstract: A stuffed textile article and method of manufacturing the same has at least one compartment having a baffle gate which receives a tube-like stuffing tool through which loose stuffing is blown into the compartment. Upon removal of the tool, the surrounding layers and panels which define the compartment are placed under tension by the stuffing causing the baffle gates to automatically close upon removal of the tool permanently preventing migration of the stuffing out of the compartment. The gate has a primary panel secured to the top and bottom layers of the article and an adjacent secondary panel at least partially covering the primary panel. The primary panel has a slit and the secondary panel has a slot. Taken individually, the slit and slot are each preferably longer than the thickness of the stuffed textile article and longer than half the circumference of the stuffing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: American Quality Assurance Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Huntley
  • Patent number: 7014522
    Abstract: Barrier ribs 18 formed on a back substrate PA2 are brought into contact with a bonding paste layer 40 having an even surface, applying a bonding agent Bd evenly to the tops of the barrier ribs. Furthermore, a gas discharge panel having a structure in which discharge mainly occurs at locations distanced from parts of the panel connected using the bonding agent Bd is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Hibino, Choujurou Yamamitsu, Hiroyuki Yonehara, Yoshiki Sasaki, Katuyoshi Yamashita, Nobuyuki Kirihara, Kazuo Ootani, Yuusuke Takada, Hideaki Yasui, Ryuichi Murai, Hidetaka Hiagshino, Nobuaki Nagao, Masafumi Ookawa, Hiroyosi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6989066
    Abstract: A cellular structure such as a honeycomb window treatment and method for making the cellular structure is provided by securing a plurality of rows of elongated cells to one another. Each of the plurality of rows is constructed by providing a first longitudinally extending length of material. This first material includes a first surface and a second surface. The first material further includes a lesser width portion and a greater width portion. A second longitudinally extending length of material is also provided. The second material also includes a first surface and a second surface of the first material. The second surface of the second material is secured to the first surface over the greater width portion of the first material along a plurality longitudinally extending locations, preferably defined by glue or adhesive lines, on the second surface of the second material to form a row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Teh Yor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fu-Lai Yu
  • Patent number: 6982020
    Abstract: A dual-laminate honeycomb panel permits the use of two or more different materials to form a single panel. In this manner, a retractable covering for an architectural opening may be formed that has a different appearance depending upon which side of the panel is being viewed. The resultant panel is formed by attaching a plurality of elongated precursor tubular cells, wherein each precursor tubular cell itself comprises two strips of material attached to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Swiszcz, Jason T. Throne
  • Patent number: 6800351
    Abstract: The invention relates to a folded honeycomb structure and to a method and device for producing said folded honeycomb structure from a corrugated core web. The folded honeycomb structure has a number of adjacent corrugated core strips which lie in one plane and are interconnected by cover layer strips. Said cover layer strips are folded about 180° and are perpendicular to said plane. According to the inventive method for producing the folded honeycomb structure, interconnected corrugated core strips are produced first by making a number of longitudinal scores in a corrugated core web. These corrugated core strips are then alternately rotated through 90° respectively so that the cover layer strips fold and the folded honeycomb structure is formed. The device corresponding to this method consists of a number of rotating blades for making the longitudinal scores and a number of guiding elements for rotating the interconnecting corrugated core strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: K.U. Leuven Research & Development
    Inventors: Jochen Pflug, Ignace Verpoest
  • Patent number: 6761782
    Abstract: A fabric for use in an architectural covering device includes a plurality of elongated vanes preferably of tubular configuration having a pair of flaps extending longitudinally along the entire length of the vane. A continuous face sheet material has elongated folds at spaced intervals that are secured along the flaps of the vanes so as to pivotally connect the vanes to the face sheet material at predetermined spaced intervals. The fabric is adapted to be supported with an operational system in an architectural opening so that if the vanes are suspended vertically they are slidably movable laterally of the window opening and pivotally movable about vertical longitudinal axes to extend and retract as well as open and close the covering. An apparatus and method for forming the fabric is also disclosed as well as systems for finishing the endmost vanes in the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Swiszcz, Wendell B. Colson
  • Patent number: 6673176
    Abstract: Expandable and collapsible window coverings are disclosed including a web of non-rigid material and a stiffener intermittently applied to the web to provide stiffened regions along the web separated by regions of the non-rigid material. In this manner, the regions of non-rigid material can act as hinges between the stiffened regions. Methods for forming these window coverings are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Springs Window Direct LP
    Inventor: John D. Rupel
  • Publication number: 20030084981
    Abstract: A fabric for use in an architectural covering device includes a plurality of elongated vanes preferably of tubular configuration having a pair of flaps extending longitudinally along the entire length of the vane. A continuous face sheet material has elongated folds at spaced intervals that are secured along the flaps of the vanes so as to pivotally connect the vanes to the face sheet material at predetermined spaced intervals. The fabric is adapted to be supported with an operational system in an architectural opening so that if the vanes are suspended vertically they are slidably movable laterally of the window opening and pivotally movable about vertical longitudinal axes to extend and retract as well as open and close the covering. An apparatus and method for forming the fabric is also disclosed as well as systems for finishing the endmost vanes in the fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventors: Paul G. Swiszcz, Wendell B. Colson
  • Patent number: 6527895
    Abstract: A multiple cell window covering having a fold and a tab is constructed using a strip of fabric as the input, which is then folded, welded, prepared with adhesive, stacked, and cured in an oven. The apparatus used to construct double, triple, and multi-cell honeycomb products includes a folder, ultrasonic welder, adhesive applicator and drier, a fabric accumulator, a cutter, a stacker, and an oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Newell Window Furnishings, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger C. Palmer
  • Patent number: 6478905
    Abstract: A fabric for use in an architectural covering device includes a plurality of elongated vanes preferably of tubular configuration having a pair of flaps extending longitudinally along the entire length of the vane. A continuous face sheet material has elongated folds at spaced intervals that are secured along the flaps of the vanes so as to pivotally connect the vanes to the face sheet material at predetermined spaced intervals. The fabric is adapted to be supported with an operational system in an architectural opening so that if the vanes are suspended vertically they are slidably movable laterally of the window opening and pivotally movable about vertical longitudinal axes to extend and retract as well as open and close the covering. An apparatus and method for forming the fabric is also disclosed as well as systems for finishing the endmost vanes in the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Swiszcz, Wendell B. Colson
  • Publication number: 20010035249
    Abstract: A method for producing a stepped semi-hardened product having a joggle in an edge portion, comprising: the first process where a plurality of first sheets made of a fiber-reinforced composite are laminated to each other, heated under a pressure and cooled under a pressure to provide a first flat plate-shaped laminate; the second process where the first flat plate-shaped laminate is softened by heating, placed on a first forming tool and formed by cooling under a pressure to prepare a simple shaped intermediate; and the third process where an edge portion of the simple shaped intermediate is heated under a pressure to form said joggle. A method for producing a preformed structure composed of the stepped semi-hardened product and a simple shaped semi-hardened product is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventors: Junichi Kondo, Nobuo Matsui
  • Patent number: 6148126
    Abstract: This invention discloses a dual-fiber optical collimator. The collimator includes a dual fiber pigtail and a GRIN lens wherein the dual fiber pigtail securely fixed to the GRIN lens by a ultraviolet-curing epoxy and a first heat-curing bonding epoxy. The collimator further includes a glass tube securely fixed to the dual fiber pigtail by a second heat-curing bonding epoxy. A stainless steel holder securely fixed to the glass tube by a third heat-curing bonding epoxy. The first, second and third heat-curing bonding epoxy is a heat-curing epoxy of 353ND epoxy. The ultraviolet-curing epoxy applied between the GRIN lens and the dual fiber pigtail is an ultraviolet-curing epoxy of ECI4481 epoxy or an ultravioet-curing epoxy of OG154 epoxy. The stainless steel holder securely fixed to the glass tube by a third heat-curing bonding epoxy is disposed a distance away from the first heat-curing bonding epoxy and the ultraviolet-curing epoxy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 6033512
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing and coloring a two tone Venetian blind tape is provided. The two tone Venetian blind tape is particularly adapted to be used in a Venetian blind having a succession of colored slats wherein the surfaces of one side of the slats are of a light color or substantially neutral, i.e., white or off-white and the surfaces on the reverse side of the slats are of any decorator color or pattern or contrasting color. In accordance with the present invention, the outer surface of the face fabric of the Venetian blind assembly is colored with a decorative color and/or pattern or in an alternative embodiment a decorative pattern may be applied to the outer surface of a pre-dyed face fabric by means of a thermal transfer printing process. The color or decorative pattern which is desired to be applied to the outer surface of the face fabric is provided on a conventional heat sensitive printing paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Julius Koch USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Lewis M. Coco, Michael J. Sitarz, Thomas P. Kefor
  • Patent number: 6001199
    Abstract: A method of making a fabric light control window covering in which fabric vanes are adhesively bonded between two sheer fabric sheets such that relative movement between the sheer fabric sheets in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the fabric vanes changes the angle of the fabric vanes and, thus, controls the amount of light admitted through the shade. The vanes are bonded to the sheer fabric sheets in a manner which tends to bias the sheer fabric sheets together to the nonlight admitting position. The method features linear application of adhesive to the vane material which provides for a uniform appearance in the finished product. A heat setting process and apparatus is disclosed in which the bonded layers of sheer fabrics and vanes are fed between belts over hot and cool surfaces, under uniform tension and pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Paul G. Swiszcz
  • Patent number: 5683525
    Abstract: The invention is a sidewall for a cargo vessel having a seamless, snag-free interior liner. The wall includes an exterior skin that is rivetted to a first side of a supporting sidepost, and a seamless, snag-free interior liner that is mounted to the second side of the sidepost. The method for making the sidewall includes rivetting the exterior skin to the first side of the supports, and then gluing the seamless interior liner material to the second side of the supports with or without tension, and so that the interior liner is not at all pierced by fasteners, or only pierced in areas that are not likely to contact cargo. In a preferred embodiment, the interior liner is mounted to the second side of the supports under tension to maximize the interior liners' ability to absorb and deflect cargo impact and remain snag-free, sag-free and puncture resistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Dorsey Trailers, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Kemp, Albert Hughes Berry, III
  • Patent number: 5656358
    Abstract: There is disclosed a sealant strip which can be used between substrate surfaces such as a pair of glass sheets or panes, the strip includes a shape retaining base member having an insulating body associated therewith. The body further incorporates an insulating material having a desiccant material impregnated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Inventor: Luc Lafond