With Sonic Or Ultrasonic Treatment Patents (Class 156/73.1)
  • Patent number: 11358343
    Abstract: A method of bonding a first object to a second object, including the steps of: providing a profile body having a first profile body portion; providing the first object, wherein the first object has thermoplastic material; providing the second object, wherein the profile body is separate from and attachable to the second object or wherein the second object includes the profile body; embedding the profile body in the first object such that the first profile body portion is within the thermoplastic material of the first object. Embedding 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: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: MULTIMATERIAL-WELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Mario Lehmann, Martin Rhême
  • Patent number: 11351737
    Abstract: An energy apparatus can be configured for providing energy to an item being transferred over a rotatable drum. The energy apparatus can include a first energy mechanism configured to be fixedly coupled to the rotatable drum and rotate with the rotatable drum. The energy apparatus can also include a second energy mechanism configured to rotate around a circumference of the rotatable drum. The energy apparatus can additionally include a translation system coupled to the second energy mechanism and configured to move the second energy mechanism to an end position that allows the second energy mechanism and the first energy mechanism to provide energy to the item while there is no relative motion between the first energy mechanism and the second energy mechanism. Methods of providing energy to an item utilizing an energy apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael L. Lohoff, Craig R. Roble, Greg Rajala, Katherine M. Nackers, Kelly D. Farmer, Jason K. Sieck, Joseph D. Coenen, Jerry L. Hameister
  • Patent number: 11331223
    Abstract: The methods herein relate to assembling an elastic laminate with a first elastic material and a second elastic material bonded between first and second substrates. During assembly, an elastic laminate may be formed by positioning the first and second substrates in contact with stretched central regions of the first and second elastic materials. The elastic laminates may include two or more bonding regions that may be defined by the various layers or components of the elastic laminate that are laminated or stacked relative to each other. In some configurations, a first plurality of ultrasonic bonds are applied to the elastic laminate to define a first bond density in the first bonding region, and a second plurality of ultrasonic bonds are applied to the elastic laminate to define a second bond density in the second bonding region, wherein the second bond density is not equal to the first bond density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Todd Douglas Lenser, Urmish Popatlal Dalal, Uwe Schneider, Todd Joseph Statt, Joerg Mueller, Melanie Acevedo
  • Patent number: 11325318
    Abstract: The relates to a method of mechanically securing a first object to a second object and includes the steps of: providing the first object including thermoplastic material in a solid state, providing the second object with a generally flat sheet portion having an edge, positioning the first object relative to the second object and bringing the first object and the second object to a relative movement to each other. The relative movement includes a rotational movement, such that a melting zone including flowable thermoplastic material is formed and such that thermoplastic material of the melting zone flows around the edge to at least partially embed the edge in the thermoplastic material. The invention further concerns a connector that is suitable for being used in a method according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Laurent Torriani, Joakim Kvist, Patrick Mooser
  • Patent number: 11312085
    Abstract: Embodiments herein include a system for joining components. The system can include a rotating base platform, a plurality of receptacles mounted to the base platform, and a rotating sonotrode platform. A plurality of sonotrodes are mounted to the sonotrode platform. Each sonotrode can correspond to a receptacle. Each sonotrode can move in a reciprocating motion between a release position distant from a corresponding receptacle and a compressing position proximal to the corresponding receptacle. The compressing position occurs at a first angular position of the sonotrode platform. Each sonotrode is energized at the compressing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Campbell Soup Company
    Inventor: Mark Robert Watts
  • Patent number: 11298886
    Abstract: A process for joining two sheeting articles reinforced with unidirectionally aligned endless-fibres by ultrasonic welding, wherein the fibres are embedded in a matrix of polycarbonate and the sheeting articles have abutting ends that are substantially rectangular and substantially even. The process comprises (1) arranging the sheeting articles next to one another end-to-end in the region of the abutting ends in a welding apparatus between a sonotrode and an anvil, (2) welding the sheeting articles by means of ultrasound, wherein the sonotrode and the anvil exert pressure on the to-be-welded sheeting articles in the melting region between the sheeting articles and perpendicularly to the abutting ends of the sheeting articles, and (3) removing the sheeting articles that are welded to one another from the welding apparatus. Also provided is a second process for joining two sheeting articles, a sheeting article, an apparatus, and a multilayer composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Covestro Deutschland AG
    Inventors: Matthias Knaupp, Thomas Grimm, Henning Börger
  • Patent number: 11278833
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward assembly of pleat packs using a welder and an anvil that can push adjacent pleat panels together along a crease. Other aspects are directed to welding pocket pleats and welded pocket pleats formed thereby that are suitable for filter fluid and ultrasonically cutting and sealing seams into filter media using a welding assembly such as an ultrasonic sonotrode and an anvil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Parker-Hamilton Corporation
    Inventors: Jason LaMarr Tate, Farrell F. Calcaterra, Thomas B Green, Charles R. Wick
  • Patent number: 11278686
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, apparatuses, and methods for assembling cartridges for aerosol delivery devices. A system may include assembly cells each including an assembly track and assembly carriages that ride thereon and which engage components of partially-assembled cartridges. A transfer apparatus may transfer partially-assembled cartridges between the assembly cells. In another example system, cartridges may be assembled on platforms on a rotary track. The platforms may include assembly grippers with sequentially-opening clamps configured to receive the components of the partially-assembled cartridges. Related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: William Robert Collett, Quentin Paul Guenther, Jr., Paul Andrew Brinkley, Jeffrey Edward Allgeyer, Ethan Matthew Bernhardt, Andrew Ross Matthews, Roger Ritter, Stephen Todd Schafer, Mathieu Leboeuf, Martin Lee Maple, Trenton S. Noonan, Kevin Paul Schafer
  • Patent number: 11273514
    Abstract: Aspects relate to systems, methods, and apparatus for a manufacturing tool. The manufacturing tool is comprised of a vacuum tool and an ultrasonic welder as a unified manufacturing tool. The manufacturing tool may be used to pick and position a manufacturing part that is then welded with the associated ultrasonic welder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Conall Regan, Chih-Chi Chang, Kuo-Hung Lee, Ming-Feng Jean
  • Patent number: 11266543
    Abstract: The methods herein relate to assembling an elastic laminate with a first elastic material and a second elastic material bonded between first and second substrates. During assembly, an elastic laminate may be formed by positioning the first and second substrates in contact with stretched central regions of the first and second elastic materials. The elastic laminates may include two or more bonding regions that may be defined by the various layers or components of the elastic laminate that are laminated or stacked relative to each other. In some configurations, a first plurality of ultrasonic bonds are applied to the elastic laminate to define a first bond density in the first bonding region, and a second plurality of ultrasonic bonds are applied to the elastic laminate to define a second bond density in the second bonding region, wherein the second bond density is not equal to the first bond density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Todd Douglas Lenser, Urmish Popatlal Dalal, Uwe Schneider, Todd Joseph Statt, Joerg Mueller, Melanie Acevedo
  • Patent number: 11241265
    Abstract: A perforated sheath is anchored in a tissue opening with the aid of a tool, wherein the anchorage is achieved with the aid of mechanical vibration and a material which is liquefiable by the vibration. The tool includes a vibrating element and a counter element. Distal portions of both elements are introduced into the sheath to be in contact with each other at an interface. The vibrating element is connected to a vibration source and the vibrating element and the counter element are held against each other for effecting liquefaction of the liquefiable material at the interface. Under the effect of the force applied to the vibrating and counter element for holding them against each other, the liquefied material flows from the interface through the sheath perforation and penetrates the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Mario Lehmann, Andrea Muller, Urs Weber, Philipp Seiler
  • Patent number: 11220018
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an ultrasonic cutting holder for a honeycomb core, including a holder, a swing mechanism, a transducer, a first-stage amplitude transformer, a second-stage amplitude transformer, an ultrasonic cutting tool, and an ultrasonic power transmission mechanism. The present disclosure provides an ultrasonic cutting holder for a honeycomb core with large amplitude output capacity and considering the interchangeability requirements among different vibration systems, which solves the problem of the applicability of ultrasonic cutting holder on the universal machine tool and improves the automation level of ultrasonic cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Renke Kang, Zhigang Dong, Yidan Wang, Xianglong Zhu, Shang Gao, Yan Bao
  • Patent number: 11219556
    Abstract: Methods for forming absorbent articles and side seam bonds of absorbent articles are described. In one embodiment, a method of forming absorbent articles may comprise advancing webs, coupling absorbent cores to the webs intermittently to form open absorbent article chassis, folding the absorbent article chassis, forming a first side seam bond first bond pair between a first region of the webs and a second region of the webs with a first ultrasonic horn, forming a second side seam bond of the bond pair between the first region and the second region with a second ultrasonic horn, the first bond being associated with a first absorbent article chassis and the second side seam bond being associated with a second absorbent article chassis, and cutting the folded absorbent article chassis between the first bond and the second bond to separate the first absorbent article chassis from the second absorbent article chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael D. Meisner, John W. Hoffman, John J. Garcia
  • Patent number: 11214017
    Abstract: An ultrasonic vibration welding apparatus includes an air cylinder that is coupled to an ultrasonic welding head unit and executes a pressurizing operation of pressurizing on the ultrasonic welding head unit, and a lifting-lowering servomotor that executes a lifting-lowering operation including a lowering operation of lowering the ultrasonic welding head unit and the air cylinder at once, as components separate from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MITSUBISHI-ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihito Yamada, Akihiro Ichinose
  • Patent number: 11214011
    Abstract: A sealing device for sealing edges of composite fiber components includes a strip feeder to apply a thermoplastic semifinished product to a cut edge of a composite fiber component, and an ultrasonic welding apparatus to thermoplastically or integrally join the thermoplastic semifinished product to the cut edge of the composite fiber component by ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Born
  • Patent number: 11198258
    Abstract: A device for joining material by anchoring an insert comprising a first material in a structure comprising a second material is provided. The first material is solid and comprises thermoplastic properties and the second material is solid and is penetrable by the first material when in a liquefied state. The device comprises a vibration device being configured to transmit vibrations to said insert to cause at least partial liquefaction thereof and being arranged to move, relative to said structure, along an insertion direction (ID) to insert said insert at least partly into said structure, a contact sensor being connected to the vibration device and being adapted to move together with the vibration device along the insertion direction (ID), the contact sensor having a sensor body being adapted to detect contact with said structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignees: IKEA Supply AG, WoodWelding SA
    Inventors: Håkan Käll, Muthumariappan Sankaran, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Patent number: 11192310
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the speed of both a continuous web and a bonding apparatus is provided in order to effectuate stronger bonds in the web. The bonding system includes a velocity changing device for increasing and decreasing a velocity of the web in a machine direction, an anvil and a corresponding ultrasonic horn that interact to form ultrasonic bonds on the web, and an anvil actuator configured to control a movement of the anvil. A control system is also included in the bonding system for controlling operation of the anvil actuator the velocity changing device, with the control system programmed to decrease a moving velocity of the web from a feed velocity to a bonding velocity as the web passes between the anvil and the ultrasonic horn and control movement of the anvil to synchronize the movement of the anvil with the moving velocity of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: David Edward Schuette, Jeffrey Wayne Fritz, Justin Marshall Lafferty
  • Patent number: 11173072
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing an elastic composite structure includes a first roller configured to transport a web layer in a machine direction and a laydown guide configured to guide a laydown pattern of a plurality of elastic threads. A rotary anvil comprises a first weld line having a first notch formed in a contact surface of the first weld line, the first notch having a first interior configured to receive a portion of a first elastic thread of the plurality of elastic threads and a portion of the web layer therein. The first notch comprises a facing surface defining at least a portion of the first interior. A smallest orientation angle of a first face axis normal to the facing surface with respect to a contact surface axis normal to the contact surface is a first angle that is less than 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Fritz
  • Patent number: 11148409
    Abstract: Various embodiments related to three dimensional printers, and reinforced filaments, and their methods of use are described. In one embodiment, a void free reinforced filament is fed into an conduit nozzle. The reinforced filament includes a core, which may be continuous or semi-continuous, and a matrix material surrounding the core. The reinforced filament is heated to a temperature greater than a melting temperature of the matrix material and less than a melting temperature of the core prior to drag the filament from the conduit nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: MARKFORGED, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Thomas Mark, Antoni S. Gozdz
  • Patent number: 11143336
    Abstract: A fitting or connector for use in constructing a tubing assembly is made by bonding an olefin gasket to an end face of a polypropylene fitting member. The gasket is bonded to the fitting member via a heat fusion technique that causes localized melting together of the gasket and the fitting and generates a composite fitting or connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Paul Robert DuPont, Jr., Christopher R. Ray, John A. Capra
  • Patent number: 11145924
    Abstract: A battery structure is disclosed. The battery structure includes a first current collector layer, a first active material layer, a spacer layer, a first plastic frame, a second active material layer and a second current collector layer. The first active material layer is disposed on the first current collector layer. The spacer layer is disposed on the first active material and completely covers the top surface of the first active material layer. The first plastic frame is disposed on the side wall of the spacer layer and the top of the first plastic frame has a protruding part which extends to the top surface of the spacer. The second active material layer is disposed on the spacer layer and the protruding part. The second active material is isolated from the first active material via the space layer and the protruding part. The second current collector layer is disposed on the second active material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignees: PROLOGIUM TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., PROLOGIUM HOLDING INC.
    Inventor: Szu-Nan Yang
  • Patent number: 11123934
    Abstract: A method of bonding a first web of material to a second web of material to form a composite material is disclosed herein. First, a first web of material and a second web of material moving in a machine direction is provided. The webs of material pass over a first energy application device extending transverse in the cross-machine direction. The first energy application device includes a primary bonding pattern and a secondary bonding pattern. The primary bonding pattern in combination with the secondary bonding pattern extends continuously across the first energy application device in the cross-machine direction. In addition, a second energy application device is provided. The second energy application device is moved in the cross-machine direction, and thereby extending the second energy application device over the first energy application device and operating the first and second energy application devices in combination to bond a composite web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory John Rajala, Jason Kyle Sieck, Kenneth John Wagner
  • Patent number: 11117541
    Abstract: An airbag arrangement comprising a flap, which closes a passage opening for an airbag, a hinge section along a side of the flap, an chute wall, which is connected to the flap via the hinge section; and a material web, which is partially arranged in the flap and partially in the chute wall, and transverses the hinge section, wherein the material web is molded into the chute wall and is anchored in the material of the chute wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Siegfried Lesnik, Michael Loch
  • Patent number: 11110261
    Abstract: An infusion tube system and a method for manufacture are provided, An infusion tube system including an infusion tube and a connector attached to the infusion tube at an end of the infusion tube is disclosed. The connector has a proximal end and includes a connector body extending from a distal end to a proximal end along a center axis and defining a cavity. The connector body includes an end wall with an inner surface, and at least one vent opening, and a sidewall extending from the end wall along the center axis with an inner and outer surface. The connector includes a membrane covering the at least one vent opening, the membrane being welded to the inner surface of the end wall along at least one welding seam including a first welding seam such that the membrane covers and seals the at least one vent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: UNOMEDICAL A/S
    Inventors: Peter Fruerlund, Jacob Andersen
  • Patent number: 11107790
    Abstract: A laser bonding method includes forming a bonding part including an adhesive layer and a conductive particle disposed within the adhesive layer on a substrate; aligning a bonding target by disposing the bonding target on a surface of the bonding part opposite the substrate; disposing a pressing part on a surface of the bonding target that is opposite to the bonding part and pressing the bonding target onto the bonding part through the pressing part; heating the bonding target by irradiating at least the pressing part with a laser and conducting heat from the pressing part to the bonding target and from the bonding target to the bonding part; and bonding together the bonding part and the bonding target by the heat conducted from the bonding target to the bonding part so that the conductive particle electrically connects the substrate and the bonding target. The pressing part may be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Kwang-Seong Choi, Yong Sung Eom, KeonSoo Jang, Seok-Hwan Moon, Hyun-cheol Bae
  • Patent number: 11090199
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for making an absorbent structure for an absorbent article, comprising a supporting sheet and thereon an absorbent layer, the absorbent layer comprising an absorbent material. According to the present invention a first moving endless surface is provided which has one or more substantially longitudinally extending first mating strips, and at least one further auxiliary moving endless surface is provided which acts against the first mating strips. Pressure is applied between the first moving endless surface and the auxiliary moving endless surface to the first and second supporting sheets at least within a part of the area of the channels, so as to adhere together the first and second supporting sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Peter Armstrong-Ostle, Jan Michael Trinkaus, Lothar Volker Kuntze
  • Patent number: 11090758
    Abstract: An ultrasonic systems and methods for sealing complex interfaces or for metal forming. Complex interfaces, such as a Gable top, have multiple and a variety of layers across the interface, or an oval or round spout having a complex geometry. An example system includes two ultrasonic horns arranged opposite a gap between which the interface is provided. The frequency and phase of the ultrasonic energy are synchronized as the energy is applied simultaneously while the interface is pressed between a jaw and the energy is applied to both sides of the interface. Another example system includes two ultrasonic transducers synchronized in frequency and phase and used to vibrate a horn mechanically to facilitate a sealing or welding interface or to assist in a metal-forming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Dukane IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Leo Klinstein, Charles Leroy Leonard, Matthew James Dittrich, John Putnam Hays, IV, Petr Vasko, Robert Edward Aldaz, Joseph Re, Andrew Germaine
  • Patent number: 11077622
    Abstract: A method of producing a golf ball applies ultrasonic welding on two half shells to form at least one intermediate layer, at least one cover layer, or at least one intermediate layer and at least one cover layer. The ultrasonic welding may include pressing the two half shells together, delivering a high power electrical signal to a welding stack, and converting the high power electrical signal at the welding stack to ultrasonic energy. The converting may include converting the high power electrical signal into a mechanical vibration, modifying an amplitude of the mechanical vibration to generate a modified mechanical vibration, and applying the modified mechanical vibration to an interface of the two half shells to weld them together ultrasonically. Aspects also relate to golf balls, or one or more layers thereof, made using ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignees: Masion de Golf, Qingdao SM Parker Golf, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Jin Kim, Ki Jung Kim, Deuk Ho Song
  • Patent number: 11072128
    Abstract: A method for producing an axially movable connection between two tubular components with a plastic as a sliding material therebetween may involve providing the components to be joined where either at least one of the two components has a plastic coating or a plastic sleeve is provided between the components, joining the components to form a unit via a pressing force in an axial direction, clamping the unit in a device in which the components can be clamped and subjected to a displacement force in the axial direction, pressing a sonotrode against an outer of the two components, injecting an ultrasound signal into the sonotrode at a frequency close to the resonance frequency of one of the components, and moving the tubular components back and forth in the axial direction until the displacement force or the displacement velocity reaches a target, and ending the ultrasound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: thyssenkrnpp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventor: Peter Hirschauer
  • Patent number: 11071654
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to assembling elastic laminates that may be used to make absorbent article components. Methods herein may include an anvil adapted to rotate about an axis of rotation, wherein first and second spreader mechanisms adjacent the anvil roll are axially and angularly displaced from each other with respect to the axis of rotation. During the assembly process, a substrate may be advanced in a machine direction onto the rotating anvil. The first spreader mechanism stretches a first elastic material in the cross direction, and the second spreader mechanism stretches a second elastic material in the cross direction. The stretched first and second elastic materials advance from the spreader mechanisms and onto the substrate on the anvil roll. The combined and elastic materials may then be ultrasonically bonded together on the anvil to form at least one elastic laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Todd Douglas Lenser, Urmish Popatlal Dalal
  • Patent number: 11035168
    Abstract: A vacuum insulating glazing unit (VIGU) comprises two or more glass lites (panes) spaced apart from one another and hermetically bonded to an edge seal assembly therebetween. The resulting cavity between the lites is evacuated to create at least one insulating vacuum cavity within which are disposed a plurality of stand-off members to maintain separation between the lites. The edge seal assembly is preferably compliant in the longitudinal (i.e., edgewise) direction to allow longitudinal relative motion between the two lites (e.g., from thermal expansion). The longitudinal compliance may be obtained by imprinting a three-dimensional pattern into the edge seal material. The edge seal assembly is preferably bonded to the lites with a first bond portion that is hermetic and a second bond portion that is load-resistant. Methods for producing VIGUs and/or compliant edge seal assemblies and VIGU and edge seal apparatus are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: ASTRAVAC GLASS, INC.
    Inventors: William H. Francis, IV, Gregg E. Freebury, Neal J. Beidleman, Michael Hulse
  • Patent number: 11027497
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a connector in a heterogeneous first object that includes a first building layer and, distally of the first building layer, an interlining layer. The method includes providing the first object and the connector, which includes thermoplastic material in a solid state; contacting the connector with the first building layer; applying a first mechanical pressing force to the connector until the first building layer is pierced by the connector and a distal portion of the connector reaches into the interlining layer; applying a second mechanical pressing force and mechanical vibration to the connector until a flow portion of the thermoplastic material is flowable and penetrates structures of the first object, and a distally facing abutment face of the head portion abuts against the metal profile in a region next to the opening; and letting the thermoplastic material resolidify to yield a positive-fit connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MULTIMATERIAL-WELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Joakim Kvist, Mario Lehmann, Patricia Poschner
  • Patent number: 11001008
    Abstract: A fusion bonding process for polymeric components and welding heads for use in the process are described. Methods and devices can be utilized to weld polymer-based structural components to one another by use of an enhanced friction stir welding technology that combines heating, pressure, and polymer agitation to form a highly secure joint between polymeric structural components and a short fiber reinforced thermoplastic connection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: University of South Carolina
    Inventor: Michael Van Tooren
  • Patent number: 10981245
    Abstract: Apparatus are provided for ultrasonic welding of a workpiece of one or more components. The apparatus includes a horn configured to contact the workpiece and to transmit energy to the workpiece. The horn includes a shank and a tip disposed at an end of the shank facing the workpiece. The tip has a face that has a tip radius forming a curved surface at the face. A knurl is formed on the face across the curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Pei-chung Wang, Tae Hwa Lee, Bradley J. Blaski
  • Patent number: 10966876
    Abstract: The methods herein relate to assembling an elastic laminate with a first elastic material and a second elastic material bonded between first and second substrates. During assembly, an elastic laminate may be formed by positioning the first and second substrates in contact with stretched central regions of the first and second elastic materials. The elastic laminates may include two or more bonding regions that may be defined by the various layers or components of the elastic laminate that are laminated or stacked relative to each other. In some configurations, a first plurality of ultrasonic bonds are applied to the elastic laminate to define a first bond density in the first bonding region, and a second plurality of ultrasonic bonds are applied to the elastic laminate to define a second bond density in the second bonding region, wherein the second bond density is not equal to the first bond density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Todd Douglas Lenser, Urmish Popatlal Dalal, Uwe Schneider, Todd Joseph Statt, Joerg Mueller, Melanie Acevedo
  • Patent number: 10959887
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods for assembling elastic laminates that may be used to make absorbent article components. Particular aspects of the present disclosure involve a spreader mechanism operating to activate an elastic material by stretching the elastic material in to a first elongation. The elastic material is then consolidated to a second elongation, wherein the second the elongation is less than the first elongation. The consolidated elastic material is then joined to one or more substrates. In some configurations, the substrates may be nonwovens, and the elastic material may be an elastic film and/or an elastic laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Todd Douglas Lenser, Urmish Popatlal Dalal
  • Patent number: 10952906
    Abstract: A particulate material feeding device has a particulate material storage tank for storing particulate materials, a delivery device for continuously delivering the particulate materials stored in the particulate material storage tank, a chute which drops and transfers the particulate materials delivered from the delivery device to drop and feed the particulate materials to a feeding position, a blocking body which intermittently enters a blocking position for blocking at least a part of the particulate passage in a cross-sectional direction in the chute, from a non-blocking position, and a recovery path branched from the chute so as to discharge the particulate materials blocked by the blocking body to the outside of the chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sadanao Manabe, Ryoichi Ochi
  • Patent number: 10953835
    Abstract: A module for a vehicle including a roof and a cabin includes a housing defining a chamber and having an opening in fluid communication with the chamber. The housing is configured for placement in the roof. An airbag is provided in the chamber and is inflatable to a deployed condition extending through the opening into the cabin. A door pivotably connected to the housing closes the opening. The door is pivotable away from the roof in response to deployment of the airbag to provide a reaction surface for the deploying airbag. The door has a first length while closing the opening and a second length greater than the first length when pivoted away from the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Douglas M. Gould, Tobias Klenk, David Varcoe, Joseph C. Popek
  • Patent number: 10946443
    Abstract: Removing unfused powder from internal passages of an additive-manufacture part includes attaching piezoelectric transducers to a plurality of locations on an exterior of the part. The part is vibrated by driving the piezoelectric transducers at varying amplitudes and frequencies. An amount of the unfused powder that exits the part is monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Nigel Palmer
  • Patent number: 10940055
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to sanitary absorbent articles and in particular to disposable feminine sanitary absorbent articles that are extremely thin, highly absorbent and have superior structural integrity properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: EDGEWELL PERSONAL CARE BRANDS, LLC
    Inventor: Ching-Yun Morris Yang
  • Patent number: 10926478
    Abstract: Welded headgear sections can be produced by using a weld tool having pins protruding from a weld region contact surface to deliver high-frequency electromagnetic energy to a weld region defined by overlapping top and bottom headgear straps. The pins fully penetrate the top strap and at least partially penetrate the bottom strap. The pins concentrate the electromagnetic energy to achieve a weld joint of acceptable weld strength and aesthetic appeal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Mark Arvind McLaren, Andrew James Webb
  • Patent number: 10869784
    Abstract: A stretchable elastic film is interposed in a stretched state between a first sheet layer having no elasticity and a second sheet layer having no elasticity. Heat melt energy is applied to a region of a large number of bonded portions spaced apart from each other by a heat melting apparatus from the outside of the first sheet layer and the second sheet layer to melt the elastic film. The first sheet layer and the second sheet layer are bonded directly or via an elastic film at the large number of bonded portions. The elastic film is caused to pass through the counter roll and the nip roll to pass along the counter roll and then pass along the anvil roll. The elastic film is stretched by making the circumferential speed of the anvil roll faster than the circumferential speed of the counter roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Tomonari Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10837169
    Abstract: A method for producing of a tubular sealing element for sealing a safing slot in a curtain wall construction is described, particularly for sealing the slot with regard to noise, smoke, and fire and if applicable with regard to water, and an apparatus for producing such a tubular sealing element, as well as to the use of the tubular sealing element produced according to the invention for fire-, smoke-, sound- and water-proof sealing of perimeter joints in curtain wall constructions are described. In particular, an improved method for continuous and endless production of a tubular sealing element for different safing slot dimensions is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Ober, Bjoern Bambach, Walter Braunmüller, Hanin Jildeh
  • Patent number: 10815945
    Abstract: An engine component includes an intake manifold of stratified layers defining a plurality of runners each having a gas outlet leading to a cylinder head, and a plenum including partial walls that form channels radiating from a common gas inlet and transitioning into the runners such that there is no seal between the plenum and runners. The partial walls form endoskeletal structure configured to support the intake manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Donald Wicks
  • Patent number: 10804622
    Abstract: A method is provided for manufacturing an electrical connection assembly includes preparing a connector (CN) in which each terminal (20) has a conductor connection surface (27a) exposed from an insulating housing (30), bringing parts of conductors and the conductor connection surfaces (27a) corresponding thereto into contact and connecting both while tension is applied to a wiring material (10). The method further includes fixing the wiring material (10) to the insulating housing (30) by bringing the wiring material (10) and the insulating housing (30) into contact with each other at the fixing positions separated in the longitudinal direction of the wiring material (10) from the parts to be connected and solidifying the fixing portions (34) of the insulating housing (30) after melting the fixing portions at the fixing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Washio, Hiroki Hirai, Yasuo Omori, Toshio Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10765572
    Abstract: A method wherein a first unit (10) is provided having a field of grip elements (12), and a second unit (20) provided with retention elements (22) suitable for co-operating with the grip elements (12) of the first unit (10) in order to provide a self-gripping fastening. The first and second units are put into contact in such a manner that the grip elements (12) of the first unit and the retention elements (22) of the second unit provide a self-gripping fastening (F). A treatment zone of the self-gripping fastening is treated in order to deform the grip elements (12) of the first unit (10) and/or the retention elements (22) of the second unit (20), whereby the first and second units (10, 20) are permanently secured to each other, thereby forming an assembled structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: APLIX
    Inventor: Damien Pierre Antoine Bosser
  • Patent number: 10721988
    Abstract: Woven hats and methods for manufacturing woven hats by using an ultrasonic sewing technology without a sewing thread are disclosed. One illustrative method comprises steps such as: cutting a raw material of a hat crown into a plurality of pieces, then bonding such material in pairs using an ultrasonic sewing machine, applying to seam areas a hot-pressing bonding technology of heat-seal adhesive tape, and/or otherwise completing the manufacturing of the hat crown; manufacturing a visor by using a high-frequency hot-pressing technology; manufacturing a sweatband by using a one-time hot-pressing technology; bonding the hat crown, the visor, and the sweatband with an ultrasonic sewing machine; and fixing a rear fastener or a tail belt through rivets. The disclosed technology makes it easier to realize intelligent and automatic reformation of the manufacturing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Qingdao Qianfeng Capart Int'l Corp
    Inventor: Ai'mei Wang
  • Patent number: 10722973
    Abstract: An ultrasonic welder includes dynamic adjustment of a weld parameter used to control welds of weld cycles during serial operation of the ultrasonic welder. The ultrasonic welder includes a power supply controlled by a controller and the controller sets a value of the weld parameter for a next weld cycle based on a value of a stack heat energy parameter indicative of heat energy in the ultrasonic stack prior to beginning the next weld cycle. The controller controls the power supply based on the value set for the weld parameter to control a weld in the next weld cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Branson Ultrasonics Corporation
    Inventors: Andreas Hauck, Matthias Poth, Didier Perret, Christoph Manger, Thierry Maire
  • Patent number: 10719030
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a cartridge, the cartridge having a frame; a blade member fixed to the frame; a rotating member; and a bearing member for supporting the rotating member, the manufacturing method including: attaching the rotating member to the bearing member; fitting an adjustment shaft provided at the frame with an adjustment hole provided at the bearing member; adjusting a relative position of the bearing member with respect to the frame in a crossing direction crossing the rotational axial direction; and welding the frame and the bearing member after the adjusting, wherein at least one of the frame or the bearing member is melted such that a melted portion is formed between an inner peripheral surface of the adjustment hole and the adjustment shaft in the crossing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Hayashida, Tetsuya Numata, Naoki Maeda
  • Patent number: 10710268
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for connecting a connecting face of an edge material to a connecting face of a workpiece by a synthesis element, including the steps: of making available the workpiece, feeding the synthesis element, which is made available by at least one function film composed of an adhesive, activating the adhesive function film, applying the synthesis element to one of the connecting faces, connecting the synthesis element to the other of the connecting faces, wherein the workpiece and the edge material are connected by the synthesis element located between them. Furthermore, there is disclosed a synthesis element and a device for connecting a connecting face of an edge material to a connecting face of a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: HOMAG GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Compera, Markus Flik, Axel Petrak, Johannes Schmid