Providing Escapeways For Gases Trapped Or Generated Between Layers Patents (Class 156/87)
  • Patent number: 10839280
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method for forming a core layer for at least one information carrying card, and resulting products. The method includes forming an inlay layout, and dispensing a crosslinkable polymer composition over the inlay layout and contacting the inlay layer so as to form the core layer of the information carrying card. The inlay layout includes at least one inlay layer coupled with a first thermoplastic layer. The first thermoplastic layer comprises a thermoplastic material, and defines at least one hole therein. The at least one inlay layer is disposed at least partially inside a respective hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: X-Card Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. Cox
  • Patent number: 10697697
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated door structure includes a first wall having a first edge and a barrier layer, a second wall having a second barrier layer and a second edge coupled to the first wall member proximate the first perimetrical edge. The second wall includes at least four inner side walls and a back wall that defines a second wall offset. At least one tubular member extends between the first wall member and the second wall offset, wherein an inner conduit surface of the tubular member provides fluid communication between the first wall outer facing surface and the second wall outer facing surface. A cavity insulation material is disposed within a cavity volume defined between the first and second walls, wherein the cavity volume is hermetically sealed, and wherein the cavity volume includes an at least partial vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat Cur, Guolian Wu
  • Patent number: 10456961
    Abstract: The bonding apparatus of the present invention is an apparatus that bonds a patch containing a reinforcing fiber to a bonded section of a corner section CR of an object member. The bonding apparatus has s heater mat, a pushing member, a bag member having a decompression port, a mold releasing film, a breather, a heater mat and a sealant. A pushing member has a first cowl plate, a second cowl plate and an elastic pressuring body. A pressuring section of the pushing member has the surface shape corresponding to a corner section design value after the patch is bonded. By protruding from a gap between a first cowl plate and a second cowl plate to a direction of the corner section CR, the patch is pushed to the bonded section and the generation of a wrinkle in the reinforcing fiber can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Akihiro Terasaka, Jun Eto, Yasunobu Ishida
  • Patent number: 10369770
    Abstract: PURPOSE: The present invention provides a molded article which comprises a substrate whose surface is covered with a film, has good appearance, and does not deteriorate in the appearance even in severe environment where the article is actually used, such as high-temperature environment. CONSTITUTION: A molded article comprising a substrate whose surface is partially or wholly covered with a film, wherein the film has an adhesive layer, the adhesive layer is in contact with the substrate and the surface of the substrate, which surface is in contact with the adhesive layer, has a surface roughness (A) of 3 to 20 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9751710
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a spreader roll (101) that can help spread webs laterally in a web processing operation, in particular to reduce or remove the presence of wrinkles or bagginess in the web. The spreader roll can be a reverse crown roll that is covered with a resilient material (160) to assist spreading the web to remove wrinkles. The surface curvature of the spreader roll (101) can be formed using layers of material such as a tape, to easily and readily approximate the shape of a reverse crown roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kevin B. Newhouse, Bruce E. Tait, Onyinye Chiejina
  • Patent number: 9446498
    Abstract: A chemical mechanical polishing pad is provided having a polishing layer; an endpoint detection window; subpad; and, a stack adhesive; wherein the subpad includes plurality of apertures in optical communication with the endpoint detection window; and, wherein the polishing surface of the polishing layer is adapted for polishing of a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Rohm and Hass Electronic Materials CMP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph So, Bainian Qian, Janet Tesfai
  • Patent number: 9339985
    Abstract: A transfer layer is transferred well to a step portion. In a transfer mold body, a projection and indentation portion is formed to a front face of a bottom wall of a step portion. When covering a transfer film over a base member, air between the transfer film and the step portion is accordingly expelled from between indented portions of the projection and indentation portion and the transfer film at an edge portion of the bottom wall. The transfer film can accordingly be covered over the step portion whilst suppressing air from remaining between the transfer film and the step portion. A transfer layer of the transfer film can accordingly is transferred well to the front face of the step portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Takashi Ichikawa, Eiji Yamada, Atsushi Tsukihara, Kenichi Sugisaka, Ryusuke Sadamatsu, Katsuyuki Imaeda, Soichiro Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9052020
    Abstract: A shut-off member of a pressure reducing valve of a pressure regulator device, such as a diaphragm-type first stage for scuba diving, includes an enlarged head connected to a shaft and cooperating with a valve seat that separates a chamber supplied with high pressure gas from a chamber in which gas is at a lower pressure. The enlarged head and an end section of predetermined length of the shaft, connected to the enlarged head, are seamlessly coated with at least one layer of elastomeric material. Such coating of elastomeric material is limited to an end portion of the shaft connected to the enlarged head and the coated shaft portion is entirely contained in the high-pressure chamber in any operating position of the shut-off member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: MARES S.P.A.
    Inventor: Dante Noceti
  • Publication number: 20150130234
    Abstract: A bicycle seat apparatus including at least one rail and a saddle shell. The at least one rail can include a first mounting portion. The first mounting portion can include an ankle. A cross section of a terminus of the ankle can be larger than a cross section of the at least one rail. The saddle shell can include at least one mounting cup configured to mate with the first mounting portion of the at least one rail. A cross section of a base of the at least one mounting cup can be larger than a cross section of the terminus of the ankle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Trek Bicycle Corp.
    Inventors: Jess Bailie, Jenn Campbell, Andrew Wilcox-Hull
  • Patent number: 9023163
    Abstract: A method for laminating essentially plate-shaped work pieces with a thermally activated adhesive layer, particularly photovoltaic modules. Work pieces are inserted into a vacuum chamber having a compression element dividing the vacuum chamber in a gas tight fashion that can be raised and lowered by pressure differences. The compression element presses against the work piece which in turn presses against a heating plate which forms a lower side of the vacuum chamber, with processing heat being transferred into the work piece to soften the adhesive. The work piece is first impinged by the compression element with a slight load from approx. 2% to 10% of the defined processing load, and is simultaneously kept below the adhesive activation temperature. Thereafter, the slight load is lifted off the work piece and the work piece is heated to the activation temperature and impinged via the compression element with the processing load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bürkle GmbH
    Inventor: Norbert Damm
  • Patent number: 9023162
    Abstract: Protective laminate films protect an underlying windshield from damage due to impacting rocks and other debris. The protective laminate films generally include a flexible polymer substrate having a scratch resistant coating and an adhesive layer on opposing surfaces thereof. Each layer is transparent such that, when applied to a windshield, the laminate film does not inhibit visibility. Each layer may also be flexible so that the laminate films can be molded to a curved windshield. Generally, the scratch resistant coating protects the laminate films from scratching or other damage from impacting debris and/or from windshield wipers. The substrate provides structural integrity to the laminate films and may provide some degree of impact dispersion. The adhesive layer, in addition to adhering the laminate films to the windshield, may also provide significant impact resistance that helps protect the windshield from cracks or chips due to impacting rocks or other debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Clearplex Corporation
    Inventors: Chris E. McCormick, A. Brent Strong, Mike D. Ridges, Kevin A. Plumb, Jeff Smith
  • Patent number: 9005381
    Abstract: A method of molding a wind turbine blade in a mold is provided. The method includes applying a film to an inside surface of a mold, assembling component layers for the wind turbine blade on the film, performing curing to harden the component layers, and subsequently removing the cured wind turbine blade from the mold. Also provided is a film suitable for use in a wind turbine blade molding process and a mold suitable for molding a wind turbine blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Karsten Schibsbye
  • Patent number: 8986487
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a consolidated composite pre-form for reinforcing a composite structure, said pre-form comprising fibers and a binding agent, said pre-form having a sheet-like structure with an upper major surface and a lower major surface, and said pre-form being provided with recesses on at least a portion of at least one of said major surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Knud Stenbaek Nielsen, Henning Schroder
  • Patent number: 8940115
    Abstract: An adhesive layer that bonds the back surface of a plate capable of attracting a wafer and the front surface of a cooling plate together that includes a main adhesive portion, which is made of a hardened matter of a fluid adhesive, and an outer peripheral adhesive portion, gas-supply-hole adhesive portions, lift-pin-hole adhesive portions, and terminal-hole adhesive portions made of a double-faced tape. The tape portions bond the outer peripheral edge on the back surface of the plate and the outer peripheral edge on the front surface of the cooling plate together, and the outer peripheral edges of the holes on the back surface of the plate and the outer peripheral edges of these holes on the front surface of the cooling plate together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Norifumi Shimazu
  • Publication number: 20140356595
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing an interface module (1), the interface module (1) including a display member (7) that is to be visible through a transparent slab (S), characterized in that it comprises the steps of: silk-screening an opaque ink (9) onto certain areas of a film (3) so as to define frames or symbols; depositing adhesive (C) between the film (3) on the silk-screened ink (9) side and the transparent slab (S) of the interface module (1); and adhering, and laminating the film (3) onto the transparent slab (S) of the interface module (1). The invention also relates to the associated interface module produced according to said method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Maryline Thorailler, Frédéric Autran
  • Patent number: 8900385
    Abstract: A composite for on demand release of fragrance, comprising a foam layer imbibed with fragrance; a top polymer layer, impermeable to said fragrance but containing perforations; and a bottom double sided film adhesive layer with a releaser liner on the outside surface; such that said foam layer is in between said top and bottom layer and when compressed by a user said fragrance is released thru the perforations in said top layer. Related method of manufacture and use of the composites in a book are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Gough, Margaret Hyde, Timothy Thomson
  • Publication number: 20140332142
    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
  • Patent number: 8857490
    Abstract: A method of laminating a surface of a flexible material to a surface of a rigid, curved material. The method includes pressing an area of the surface of the flexible material into the surface of the rigid, curved material with a holder to create a contact area while the flexible material is conformed to the holder, which has a curvature greater than a curvature of the rigid, curved material surface; and changing the contact area between the surface of the flexible material and the surface of the rigid, curved material while maintaining pressure on the contact area until the surface of the flexible material and the surface of the rigid curved material are laminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kuo-Hua Sung, Troy Edwards, Casey Feinstein, John Zhong, Steven Porter Hotelling, Andrew David Lauder
  • Publication number: 20140261970
    Abstract: A method of making a laminate component and method of removing voids from a pre-preg ply and pre-preg component are provided. The method of making a laminate includes laying up a plurality of pre-preg plies in a desired geometry, the plurality of pre-preg plies having a plurality of fibers and a resin. The method includes creating at least one void-reducing channel in at least one ply of the plurality of pre-preg plies, the void-reducing channel being perpendicular to a fiber orientation in the at least one ply. The void reducing channel locally re-orients the fibers adjacent to the void-reducing channel in the at least one pre-preg ply. The method includes laminating the plurality of pre-preg plies. The resin fills the at least one void-reducing channel and the laminate component has a porosity margin of about 1.5%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Michael MOORS, Amir Riahi
  • Patent number: 8808477
    Abstract: The invention provides a display unit which can realize reduction in thickness and weight of the display unit by omitting a void between a touch panel and a display panel, and its manufacturing method. Whole faces of the touch panel and the display panel are directly bonded together with an adhesive layer in between. The display panel has a structure wherein a driving substrate in which organic light emitting devices are formed and a sealing substrate are bonded together with an adhesive layer in between. The touch panel has a structure wherein a lower plastic film in which a transparent electrode is formed and a touch-side plastic film in which a transparent electrode is formed are layered so that the transparent electrodes are placed opposite. The display panel is constructed with only the driving substrate, and the organic light emitting devices are sealed by the touch panel instead of the sealing substrate. Therefore, thickness and weight of the display unit can be further reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Iwase
  • Publication number: 20140224408
    Abstract: A method for stabilising a honeycomb core for a sandwich-type structural component includes configuring the honeycomb core. A hardenable adhesive layer is applied to at least one exterior surface of the honeycomb core. A semi-permeable membrane is positioned on the at least one exterior surface. The membrane is gas-permeable and liquid-impermeable. Air in the honeycomb core is drawn off through the semi-permeable membrane. The adhesive layer is hardened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Julian Kuntz, Juergen Klenner, Ralf Trost, Joseph Micheler
  • Patent number: 8784592
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing flat, single or double curved core composites 1, 23 with at least one folded honeycomb core 4, 19. Prior to applying the initially not yet hardened cover layers 2, 3, 13, 22 a curable and later removable core filler material 15, 16 is introduced into full-length drainage-enabling channels 5, 6 of the folded honeycomb core 4, 19 in order to prevent telegraphing of the cover layers 2, 3, 13, 22 into the channels 5, 6 of the folded honeycomb core when arranging and/or hardening the cover layers 2, 3, 13, 22 and to produce edge-free and polygon-free surfaces of the core composite 1, 23. The core composites 1, 23 made according to the method have optimum structural mechanical properties, an ideal surface quality from the aerodynamic and aesthetic point of view, whereby a direct reprocessing of the core composites 1, 23 is possible without the need for further time and cost-intensive as well as in some circumstances weight-increasing finishing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kolax, Wolf-Dietrich Dolzinski
  • Patent number: 8778119
    Abstract: A convective underbody blanket has a head portion and a body portion. Provided at the head portion is a non-inflatable head area surrounded by a channel that has arranged thereat at least one row of air apertures that are oriented toward the non-inflatable head area when the channel is inflated. At the body portion there is provided a non-inflatable body area. Along each longitudinal side of the body area there is at least one longitudinal channel. Each of the longitudinal channels is in fluid communication with the channel that surrounds the non-inflatable head area. The longitudinal channels that sandwich the non-inflatable body area extend substantially along the length of the non-inflatable body area and are in fluid communication with each other by way of a cross channel formed at the foot end of the blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Smiths Medical ASD, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachel Starr, Joseph Pierre, Daniel Reardon, Alan Stec
  • Publication number: 20140174632
    Abstract: Curable prepregs possessing enhanced ability for the removal of gases from within prepregs and between prepreg plies in a prepreg layup prior to and/or during consolidation and curing. Each curable prepreg is a resin-impregnated, woven fabric that has been subjected to a treatment to create an array of openings in at least one major surface. The location of the openings is specific to the weave pattern of the fabric. Furthermore, when these prepregs are laid up and subjected to a debulking process to form a composite part, a shorter debulking time can be achieved as compared to using prepregs without the same surface openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Roman, Stephen J Howard, Jack D Boyd, Scott Lucas
  • Patent number: 8753469
    Abstract: A method of vacuum-assisted RTM includes disposing a resin distribution medium on one surface of a reinforcing-fiber substrate, covering the whole with a bag material, reducing the pressure inside the bag material, and injecting a resin into the resin distribution medium to distribute the resin substantially in in-plane directions and then impregnate the resin into the reinforcing-fiber substrate in the thickness direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignees: Toray Industries, Inc., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Nishiyama, Fumihito Takeda, Hiroshi Odani, Masumi Mizobata
  • Publication number: 20140158282
    Abstract: A device and method with at least one base molding tool, at least one release layer and an aeration material, for the manufacture of a bonded component from fiber-reinforced plastic, wherein the bonded component, the aeration material and the release layer are covered with a vacuum envelope sealed with respect to the base molding tool. The aeration material is attached to the base molding tool by at least one fixing element, in particular a Velcro-type tape with hooks or mushroom heads, wherein the fixing element can be repeatably released and attached, and can be used on multiple occasions. The tape with hooks or mushroom heads operating on one or both sides allows for the rapid fixing of location of the aeration material that is necessary within the device. After the completion of the curing process in the autoclave, the aeration material can be released rapidly from the base molding tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Heinz Bardenhagen
  • Publication number: 20140150179
    Abstract: A heated air cushion cover, especially for heat regulation of patients during surgeries, having at least one first material layer connected to at least perforated second material layer so as to form at least one hollow chamber through which an air stream can flow to the outer, patient side of the second material layer is improved by a homogeneous warm air output being produced on the patient side. The homogeneous warm air output is attained by an air-permeable third material layer being at least partially connected to the outer side of the second material layer. The third material layer diffusely distributes the air stream penetrating the perforations of the second material layer upon passing through the third material layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: GFM Ingenieur-und Produktionstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Herbert Gawarecki
  • Patent number: 8715438
    Abstract: A computing device includes a touchpad having a plurality of internal diaphragms that allow the touchpad to sense downward force inputs. The diaphragms are evenly glued about their circumferential edge portions to an internal flat surface by way of a gimbal press. The gimbal press can include a force delivery component coupled to an upper plate having an internal depression, a lower plate having a ball bearing that accepts force from the upper plate via the internal depression, a flexible ring member, and a compliant annular component. Both plates have a plurality of interlocking features with grooves extending therethrough that accept the flexible ring member. Force is evenly distributed to the diaphragm via a gimbal effect at the ball bearing, and the flexible ring member centers the upper and lower plates with respect to each other while permitting some relative tilt and rotation between the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Kessler
  • Patent number: 8696846
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of manufacturing a pneumatic tire, which can prevent an air pocket from being generated in a vicinity of a spliced portion of a sheet member (B) to be attached to an inner liner, even in the case of using, as the inner liner, a sheet member (A) made of a composition containing a resin component. The method includes a step of laminating a sheet member (A) and a sheet member (B) while being pressed on a making drum. The sheet member (B) is made of a rubber composition, and has two end portions in the circumferential direction overlapped and spliced with each other. In the method, a cut line of each end of the sheet member (B) in the circumferential direction has a vertex in the intermediate point in the width direction of the sheet member (B). Moreover, the cut line is displaced in the opposite direction to the rotational direction of the making drum as extending from the vertex to each of the right and left edges in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Matsuda
  • Publication number: 20140093695
    Abstract: A padded layer arrangement (01) and a method for the production thereof are provided. The padded layer arrangement (01) includes a plurality of hollow bodies (05), which are filled with elastic shaped particles and which are formed in a layer composite between a thermoplastically deformable base layer (03) and a thermoplastically deformable cover layer (02). In order to achieve a particularly cost-effective design, the base layer (03) is formed as a pocket-shaped protuberance (07) and, in the same orientation, the overlying cover layer (02) is formed with a projection (08) that extends into the protuberance (07) in order to form an individual hollow body (05).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Julian Botsch
  • Patent number: 8652281
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for making transparent ceramic spinel windows, domes and other complex shapes via edge bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jasbinder S. Sanghera, Shyam S. Bayya, Guillermo R. Villalobos, Ishwar D. Aggarwal, Robert E Miklos
  • Patent number: 8608896
    Abstract: Methods for liquid adhesive lamination for precision adhesive control are provided. Precision liquid adhesive control can be obtained by first patterning liquid adhesive in a thin pre-coat layer on a substrate. A second adhesive layer can then be patterned on top of the pre-coat layer. When the second substrate is pressed onto the first substrate, the second substrate first comes into contact with the second adhesive layer. The adhesive can then be spread uniformly across the two substrates without forming voids. Alternatively, a single liquid adhesive layer can be formed in a three dimensional gradient pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ralf Horstkemper, Casey J. Feinstein, Kuo-Hua Sung
  • Patent number: 8586159
    Abstract: A breathable, heat-sealable, composite film comprising a perforated polymeric substrate layer having a first and second surface and disposed on a surface of the substrate layer an unperforated barrier layer wherein: (i) the thickness of the unperforated barrier layer is no more than about 12 pm; and (ii) the perforated substrate layer has a degree of perforation of from about 0.1 to about 78%, wherein the perforations have an average diameter of between 0.05 and 1.5 mm; and a process for the production thereof, suitable for use in the packaging of freshly cut plants such as flowers, vegetables, fruits and salads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: DuPont Teijin Films U.S. Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Stephen William Sankey, Ken Evans, Pierre G. O. Moussalli, Stephen Keith Franzyshen, David Voisin
  • Patent number: 8529726
    Abstract: A method for producing a hollow product comprises a film arrangement step wherein a film is arranged on a fiber layer; a molded body arrangement step wherein a molded body having a recess is arranged on the film after the film after the film arrangement step in such a manner that the opening of the recess faces the film; the gas present between the fiber layer and the film is evacuated; the gas present between the film and the molded body is evacuated; a film-molded body bonding step wherein the film and the molded body are bonded together after the step of gas evacuation from between the film and the molded body; and a fiber layer-film bonding step wherein the fiber layer and the film are bonded together after the step of gas evacuation from between the fiber layer and the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Nippi Corporation
    Inventors: Terukuni Fukuoka, Keiichi Hosoda
  • Patent number: 8512491
    Abstract: A method of bonding a first substrate and a second substrate includes the steps of rotating first substrate with an adhesive mass thereon, and second substrate contacting the mass and overlying the first substrate, controlling a vertical height of a heated control platen spaced apart from and not contacting the second substrate so as to control a temperature of the adhesive mass, so as to at least one of bond the first and second substrates in alignment with one another, or achieve a sufficiently planar adhesive interface between the first and second substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Tessera, Inc.
    Inventors: Vage Oganesian, Belgacem Haba, Ilyas Mohammed, Piyush Savalia, Craig Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20130196119
    Abstract: A light transmissive bendable wood panel provides a wood panel that may be finished in a similar manner to traditional wood panels, but is light transmissive to allow the light transmissive bendable wood panel to be illuminated. The light transmissive bendable wood panel may be formed with a bendable substrate to allow various curves or other shapes to be formed. The light transmissive bendable wood panel may comprise a face layer having a permeable backing to ensure full adhesion with the substrate. A back layer may be provided to stabilize the light transmissive bendable wood panel and prevent curling, cupping, and delaminating. The light transmissive bendable wood panel may be backlit or edge lit. One or more illuminated designs may be formed in a face layer of the light transmissive bendable wood panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Gilbert Dobecz, Zsolt Polk
  • Publication number: 20130145664
    Abstract: The invention relates to a label for a thermally insulating item which comprises material formed by using a gaseous expansion agent. The label comprises a face material and an adhesive layer, wherein at least one component of the adhesive layer is capable of dealing with the expansion agent escaping from the material of said item. The invention further relates to a labelled thermally insulating item and a method for attaching a label to an item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: UPM RAFLATAC OY
    Inventor: Noel Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20130143006
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing porosity in a composite structure. A first layer of composite material may be applied over a surface. A venting layer may be applied over the first layer of composite material. A second layer of composite material may be applied over the venting layer. The first layer of composite material, the venting layer, and the second layer of composite material may form a composite layup for the composite structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Kathy Lynn Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8435370
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process for making a scrim-reinforced prepreg for use in building low-porosity lay-ups, characterized in that a conventional prepreg is formed of a fibrous reinforcement and a heat-curable resin, the prepreg having suitable viscosity and sufficient tackiness to hold a scrim which is adhered to the prepreg by applying light pressure, so that the scrim is impressed onto the prepreg to such a degree, that less than half of the circumference of the scrim strands becomes coated by the prepreg-resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Hexcel Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Kruger, Gerhard Entholzen
  • Patent number: 8404075
    Abstract: A bonding method between at least two substrates comprises deposition of at least one drop of liquid adhesive on one of the two substrates and bringing the two substrates into contact causing spreading of the liquid adhesive followed by formation of a solidified adhesive layer between the two substrates. One of the two substrates is further provided, at the surface thereof, with at least one salient rim in which at least one slit is formed, designed to remove the excess liquid adhesive when the two substrates are brought into contact. Finally, the volume of liquid adhesive deposited on one of the two substrates is greater than the volume of the bonding space delineated by said rim between the contacted substrates, and the deposited drop of liquid adhesive presents a strictly greater height than the height of the rim. A defect-free solidified adhesive layer of calibrated thickness can thus be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventor: Abdenacer Ait-Mani
  • Patent number: 8398795
    Abstract: In a process of producing a composite fiber component, fiber-containing layers pre-impregnated with resin and dry fiber-containing layers are alternately deposited on one another. The pre-impregnated fiber-containing layers have an excess of resin. The fiber composite component is integrated by causing the excess resin of the pre-impregnated layers to infiltrate the adjacent dry fiber-containing layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Gerd Berchtold, Stefan Utecht
  • Patent number: 8394219
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hollow core door is disclosed, as well as a corresponding hollow core door. The method includes the steps of providing a solid flat door skin, moisturizing the flat skin, applying a conditioning resin thereto, pre-heating the flat door skin, and thereafter pressing the flat door skin between a pair of heated platens in a press in order to reform the flat skin into a molded skin including a plurality of panels defined therein. The press continuously closes in order to reform the flat skin into the molded skin, with the rate of press closure being a function of the determined hardness of the flat skin to be reformed. The resulting door skins have an improved bond strength, and are efficiently manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Hartley Moyes
  • Patent number: 8388783
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing a hull for vessels, containers or equivalents. The method comprises the steps: preparing an elastic or viscoelastic glue through mixing of at least two components; monitoring and/or controlling the mixing for determining if a correct desired mixing product has been achieved; applying a layer of the glue onto the hull (2) or on a first side of a sheet (4) of cellular plastic or other light weight material; mounting the sheet onto the hull, the sheet being equipped with a multiplicity of through-going air evacuation holes (12); placing an air permeable material (6) on top of the other side of the sheet (4), mounting a vacuum foil (8) onto the other side of the sheet; gluing by vacuum suction; observing visually if the glue exits out of the air evacuation holes on the other side of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Fagerdala Marine Systems AB
    Inventor: Sven Jönsson
  • Publication number: 20130048195
    Abstract: When a liquid crystal panel in which a liquid crystal is enclosed between two substrates is manufactured, a space is provided as an aperture when the liquid crystal is injected, and a sealant for bonding the two substrates is applied to one of the two substrates along a first path encompassing a first area in which the liquid crystal is enclosed, and a second path encompassing a second area facing the first area with the space interposed between the areas. The two substrates to one of which the sealant is applied are bonded. In the system according to the present invention, only the sealant applied along the second path is hardened first on the bonded two substrates. After hardening the sealant applied along the second path, a hole which is an aperture for forcibly removing a gas generated when the sealant of the first path is hardened is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Kazuya OHASHI, Hidenobu HAMADA, Junji TOMITA
  • Patent number: 8365787
    Abstract: The pneumatic tire includes: an air permeation preventive layer disposed in the inner surface of the tire; a belt layer buried in a tread part; and a cord layer formed by arranging a plurality of cords. The cord layer is disposed between the air permeation preventive layer and the belt layer, and extends to a bead part side further from a tire maximum width position. In addition, at least a part of the cord layer is located close to the outer surface of the tire, at a position closer to the bead part side than the tire maximum width position, so that the distance between the cords and the outer surface of the tire is not more than 1 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Matsuda, Yoshiaki Hashimura
  • Patent number: 8354139
    Abstract: A system for impregnating a liner with a curable substance enables the liner to be used to repair or refurbish an underground conduit. The system includes a vacuum pump having a vacuum line communicably connected thereto. The vacuum line has a vacuum inlet formed therein. The vacuum line supports the liner such that the liner covers and encloses the inlet. A supply of a curable substance has an applicator line connected thereto. The applicator line is proximate the vacuum line and has a discharge port located proximate the liner supported on the vacuum line. An applicator pump moves the curable substance through the applicator line and discharge port onto the liner while the vacuum pump draws a vacuum on the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth S. Barton
  • Publication number: 20120328847
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a lightweight structural trim part is comprising the following steps: (A) inserting a plurality of layers into a molding tool comprising a first molding half (6) and a second molding half (7). The second molding half (7) comprises a plurality of cup-like indentation (8). The plurality of layers at least comprises a first air permeable skin layer (1) facing the first molding half (6), a second air tight skin layer (3,4) facing the second molding half (7), and a film layer (2) between the two skin layers. (B) Closing the molding tool and discharging gas from one side in order to press the first skin layer against the first molding half. (C) Shaping and consolidating the first porous skin layer. (D) Charging with pressurized air the first space in order to press the second skin layer against the second molding half. (E) Shaping and consolidating the second skin layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Rieter Technologies AG
    Inventors: Bertrand Buska, David Simon, Virginie Auger
  • Patent number: 8316903
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a pneumatic tire having a built-in sealant layer and its preparation. In one embodiment, the pneumatic tire includes an outer circumferential rubber tread and a supporting carcass. An optional rubber inner liner is disposed inwardly from the supporting carcass. A built-in sealant layer is disposed inwardly from the rubber inner liner. The built-in sealant layer provides self-sealing properties to the pneumatic tire. A gas permeable layer is situated adjacent an innermost rubber inner liner and the built-in sealant layer. The innermost rubber inner liner has a plurality of spaced apart openings extending therethrough, which are covered by the gas permeable layer. The tire, with its innermost inner liner with holes and the gas permeable layer, allows for elimination or reduction in blister formation in the tire by permitting gas from the built-in sealant layer to escape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Ramendra Nath Majumdar, Aaron Scott Puhala
  • Patent number: 8298473
    Abstract: A method of making a tool for curing a composite layup and a method of removing air and volatiles from a composite layup during curing. The tool includes a tool body having a surface adapted to support a composite layup and includes an integrated breather for allowing removal of air from the layup during curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Dull, Michael K. Louie, Gordon M. Cox
  • Publication number: 20120267036
    Abstract: An apparatus for welding a covering film superimposed on a sheet of thermoformable plastic material provided with a plurality of containers thermoformed thereupon, includes a first plate arrangement provided with an operating wall for supporting the sheet and a second plate arrangement provided with a welding arrangement for pressing the film and the sheet against the operating wall such as to weld the film and the sheet. The sheet includes a plurality of through holes interposed between the containers, and the first plate arrangement includes a conduit arrangement leading onto the operating wall at the through holes for extracting air from the containers, and/or for directing a gas to the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Flavio Traldi, Gianni Cavazzoli