With Separate Permanent Mechanical Joining Means (riveted, Sewed, Stapled, Etc.) Patents (Class 156/91)
  • Patent number: 8431866
    Abstract: A heat pad assembly for installation and/or removal of a bracket from a structure comprises a heating element. The heat pad assembly may have at least one and, more preferably, a plurality of perforations formed therein. The heating element may be configured to generate heat upon the application of electrical current passing therethrough. The heat pad assembly may be used for temporary installation of a bracket to a mounting surface through the use of an adhesive which is installable between the bracket and the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mark H. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130098535
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for repairing the wall of a conduit where a coating is placed onto a conduit lining using a non-absorbent bladder preferably made of polyurethane and material capable of curing and hardening, such as a grout or thermoset resin, preferably an epoxy. The coating is to be formed on the conduit lining after the lining is placed against the walls of the conduit. The non-absorbent bladder and the material capable of curing and hardening should be compatible for adhesion. The material capable of curing and hardening is placed between the wall of the pipe and the non-absorbent bladder by an inversion technique, and the non-absorbent bladder permanently bonds to the material capable of curing and hardening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: LMK ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Larry W. Kiest, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130095312
    Abstract: A method for providing a textile product includes the steps of providing yarns, contacting the yarns with a support material to form an intermediate product and bonding the yarns to the support material to form the textile product, wherein the bonding takes place by providing a reactive nucleus precursor at a site where the yarns contact the support material, and converting the precursor into a compound having multiple reactive nuclei in the presence of a compound having multiple nucleophilic groups, as well as a textile product obtainable by the method, uses of that product and lignin for use in producing such a textile product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: ERUTAN BV
    Inventors: Christiaan Mathias Hubertus Gerard Reutelingsperger, Tzanko Kaloyanov Tzanov, Carlos Diaz Blanco
  • Publication number: 20130092334
    Abstract: The invention relates to a screen tensioning system having a mesh screen and a U-shaped channel that engages an edge of the mesh screen. A clamp engages the U-shaped channel and the mesh screen. A frame having a substantially H-shaped cross section, wherein parallel side members converge to define a longitudinal slot permit the mesh screen to extend through the longitudinal slot, yet the clamp remains secured within the frame. A plurality of fasteners secure the clamp to the frame and are tightened to apply varying degrees of local tension to the screen. Preferably, no fasteners are used to secure the screen to the clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin Terry
  • Patent number: 8414067
    Abstract: A mobile vehicle comprising body shell composite panels and a method of joining body shell composite panels of a mobile vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Bailey Caravans Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas George Howard, Andrew Grant Linklater
  • Publication number: 20130081347
    Abstract: A composite structural panel is provided. The panel comprises a top reinforced fibre layer, a top infusion medium layer, a core, a bottom infusion medium layer, and a bottom reinforced fibre layer. The composite structural panel is infused with a potting material, preferably an epoxy resin, that extends throughout the composite structural panel to provide composite action. The wood core comprises wood beam elements aligned in the longitudinal direction relative to the steel beams or girders of a supporting frame. Mechanical and chemical means are utilized to connect the composite structural panel to the supporting frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Crawford Dewar, Josh Dewar, Ben Dewar
  • Publication number: 20130069388
    Abstract: A sliding sun visor for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The sun visor includes a first and second visor body shell. At least one of the shells having a retaining channel for engaging and retaining a floating carrier on a visor pivot rod. It is also contemplated that the sun visor may have a snap in vanity system and rotating pin on a D-ring associated therewith. The visor body also may include a wire routing option to route a wire from the electrical system of a vehicle to a light bulb in a vanity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: David Lee Huff, Leslie Raymond Hinds, Bryan Wesley Busha, Donald Joseph Woodward, Joseph Peter Wieczorek
  • Publication number: 20130071181
    Abstract: A connection between components includes a first component, a second component, and at least two pairs of fixing elements spaced apart by which the two components are detachably connected. Each pair of fixing elements has a female fixing element and a male fixing element that is inserted into the female fixing element. A fixing element of each pair of fixing elements is provided on the first component and the other fixing element of each pair of fixing elements is provided on the second component. The fixing elements are arranged such that on detachable connection of the two components by the pairs of fixing elements in the two components, a bending stress results in the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130059116
    Abstract: A shoe-reinforcement material having a fiber combination with a first fiber component and a second fiber portion having a second fiber component, whereby the first fiber component has a first melting point and a first softening-temperature range lying below it, and a first fiber portion of the second fiber component has a second melting point and a second softening-temperature range lying below it; the first melting point and the first softening-temperature range are higher than the second melting point and the second softening-temperature range, the second fiber portion of the second fiber component has a higher melting point and a higher softening temperature lying above it than the first fiber portion, and the fiber combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Marc Peikert, Thorger Hubner
  • Publication number: 20130043348
    Abstract: A reduction of the multiple costs of manufacture, assembly use, and upkeep connected with the assembly of window frames on aircraft fuselages. To this end, the invention provides a particular shape for the frames connected to the fuselage skin according to a specific assembly method. The shape enables, among other things, the window frames to be fitted onto the skin by means of adhesion and also frames to be dispensed with between the fuselage and the window. In one embodiment, composite material window frame has a wall totally in the shape of a crown that is connected, through co-adhesion, to the inner surface of the fuselage skin, also made of composite material. The skin is cut into a window-receiving opening, and the frame has a T-shaped cross section, wherein the bar of the “T” that forms the crown includes two portions having substantially equal lengths “T.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Jerome Milliere
  • Patent number: 8372225
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assembling a plurality of independently formed solid components is provided thereby forming a single delivery vehicle for a pharmaceutical or pharmaceutical-like product. The solid components can be held and fed to the apparatus via a plurality of magazines. Pusher rods and the like can be used for positioning each of the solid components. Where the components are connected via a bonding liquid, a sprayer is provided and compression pins or the like press the components with the bonding liquid together to form the final product. A rivet or other connection structure can also be used and driven through holes in each of the solid components to form the final product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Bailey, Ronnie Benditt, Nigel Brewerton, Steven D. Finkelmeier, Robert Glinecke, Luigi Martini, Paul Simmons
  • Publication number: 20130032681
    Abstract: A fitting including at least one composite material bracket with two flat segments forming an angle less than 180° on an inside of the bracket and an angle greater than 180° on an outside of the bracket, together with a stiffener extending on the inside of the bracket between the two flat segments is disclosed. The bracket presents a slot crossing a straight line between the two flat segments, the slot extending into the two flat segments. The stiffener is folded in register with the slot and includes tabs fastened to each of the two flat segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: SAFRAN
    Inventor: Wouter BALK
  • Patent number: 8366849
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for lining a container, especially a reservoir, a tank or a basin in a water-tight manner. In order to avoid possible leakages and/or contaminations, the walls of the large container are provided with hook-and-loop-type fastening elements. Sealing webs are attached to these fastening elements by means of fastening elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sika Technology AG
    Inventors: Moritz Buchi, Josef Von Rotz
  • Publication number: 20130011602
    Abstract: A C/C composite material and a method of manufacturing the same are provided that can improve the thermal conductivity in a stacking direction at room temperature while at the same time improving the flexural strength and the interlaminar shear strength. A C/C composite material includes a laminated material having two or more layered materials (1) laminated on one another, each of the layered materials (1) having a felt (10) and carbon fiber unidirectional cloths (11), (12), and contains a matrix component made of a vapor-phase pyrolytic carbon inside the laminated material. The extending direction of the carbon fibers in the carbon fiber unidirectional cloth (11) is arranged to be at a right angle to the extending direction of the carbon fibers in the carbon fiber unidirectional cloth (12), and the carbon fibers of the felt (10) are disposed in the stacking direction of laminated material by needle punching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: TOYO TANSO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Machino, Toshiharu Hiraoka, Yuji Tomita, Yuji Fujioka
  • Publication number: 20130008587
    Abstract: An adhesive fastening element (602) for holding a workpiece (608), the adhesive fastening element (602) comprising: a body (604, 606) defining a recess (642) for receiving a protrusion (644) of the workpiece (608); wherein, in use, adhesive is applied between an end surface of the recess (642) and an end surface of the protrusion (644) and between a side surface of the recess (642) and a side surface of the protrusion (644) to bond the workpiece (608) to the adhesive fastening element (602). The workpiece (608) may be aligned with a reference point on the adhesive fastening element (602) and the adhesive cured to fix the position of the workpiece (608) relative to the adhesive fastening element (602).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Mark H. RAFFLES, Helen L. LLEWELLYN-POWELL, Colin J. HIGH
  • Publication number: 20130000821
    Abstract: An apparatus may comprise a first skin panel having a first surface, a second skin panel having a second surface, a first flange located at an end of the first skin panel, a second flange located at an end of the second skin panel, and a strip having a third surface. The first skin panel may be located adjacent to the second skin panel such that the first flange and the second flange form a channel. The strip may be bonded in the channel. Fluid flow over the third surface of the strip, the first surface of the first skin panel, and the second surface of the second skin panel may have a desired state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Pradip Girish Parikh, Henry John Koppelman, Todd Matthew Harris, Frederick M. Swanstrom
  • Publication number: 20120320501
    Abstract: Disclosed is a protective cover for a portable electronic device that includes a flexible cushioning cover, as well as a hard plastic removable cover to protect the touch screen of the portable electronic device. The plastic screen cover covers substantially all of the touch screen, while allowing a user to access a portion of the touch screen to answer an incoming call. The screen cover can remain in place while answering an incoming call to provide protection of the touch screen and allow the user to quickly answer incoming calls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Ackloo
  • Publication number: 20120321376
    Abstract: A method of forming an aerodynamic arrangement (10) comprises providing a plurality of segments (16), providing elongate connecting means (20). The segments are connected to one another with the elongate connecting means. The method further includes introducing a curable securing composition into the connecting means, and allowing the securing composition to cure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Albert Edward David Walters
  • Publication number: 20120319312
    Abstract: A fill pack assembly and method for assembling a fill pack from individual sheets utilizes integrally bonded sheet pairs. Each sheet pair is a pair of two individual adjacent fill sheets which have been bonded together via any suitable bonding method. A plurality of the thus formed sheet pairs can then be attached together to form an entire fill pack or portion of a fill pack. Such fill packs are useful in heat exchange devices such as industrial cooling towers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: SPX COOLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Eldon F. Mockry, Ohler L. Kinney, JR., Kenneth P. Mortensen, Glenn S. Brenneke
  • Publication number: 20120297546
    Abstract: The support characteristics within a foam mattress body may be varied by inserting reinforcements into channels cut or otherwise formed within the foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Ferrell Gladney
  • Publication number: 20120297726
    Abstract: A molding for attachment to a flange portion includes a retention portion having first and second legs defining a channel for receiving the flange portion, and a support member coupled to the retention portion and movable relative thereto. The support member includes an outboard surface and an inboard surface. A film is disposed along the outboard surface of the support member. A clip is formed along and extends out from the first leg of the retention portion. The clip is engageable with the support member to lock the support member in place relative to the retention portion for positioning the film along the flange portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Ellis, Haruhisa Kawase, Avi Zohar, Malcolm Ward
  • Publication number: 20120291905
    Abstract: Connector for a fluid line, a fluid line and a method of forming a fluid line. The connector includes a housing having an outlet opening through which at least one auxiliary element is guidable out of the housing, a pipe connection connectable to a pipe, a connection geometry connectable to a counter element, and an elastomeric body structured and arranged so that the at least one auxiliary element is guidable therethrough in a passage direction. The elastomeric body is structured so that, in the event of an application of pressure parallel to the passage direction, the elastomeric body expands perpendicularly to the passage direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: NORMA GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Carsten ECKARDT, Knut SEIBEL, Bruno JACKSTEIT, Cameron READ, Andreas BAUER, Stephan MANN
  • Patent number: 8308882
    Abstract: A three-dimensional hollow fiber component includes a first sheet having first; second, third, fourth and fifth consecutive adjacent sheet sections, the first and fifth sections being end sections, the sheet shaped so as to surround a first chamber such that the first and fifth sections overlap to form a top wall of the first chamber and are stitched to each other by at least one seam and a second sheet having first, second, third, fourth and fifth adjacent consecutive sheet section, the first and fifth sections being end sections, the sheet sections shaped so as to surround a second chamber such that the first and fifth sections overlap to form a top wall of the second chamber and are stitched to each other by at least one seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Weimer
  • Publication number: 20120281283
    Abstract: Identical plastic hemispheres are first treated with organic solvent, which is smeared by a pillow of microporous silicon rubber to achieve a slippery surface upon the hemispheres. The slippery surface upon the hemispheres may comprise a layer of melted plastic. Hemispheres are then placed under an application chamber, where hot gas under pressure softens, deforms and transports a sheet of marker foil over the hemisphere. Two hemispheres are then joined together by use of asymmetric voids and a clip pin inserted, while under compression, into the hemispheres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: X12 CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jordan Danchov Jordanov, Dancho Iliev Jordanov
  • Publication number: 20120276362
    Abstract: A method of sealing between two components includes applying and curing a layer of fay surface sealant to a first component. A layer of liquid shim is applied to one or more of the first component and a second component. The first component is assembled to the second component with the layer of fay surface sealant and the layer of liquid shim therebetween. An assembly of two components includes a first component and a layer of fay surface sealant applied and cured to a first facing surface of the first component. A second component includes a second facing surface, such that the second facing surface and the layer of fay surface sealant define a gap therebetween. A layer of liquid shim is located between the second component and the layer of fay surface sealant thereby substantially filling the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul H. Denavit, William E. Hovan, III, Christian A. Rogg, Jonathan Bremmer, Jeffrey G. Sauer, Chandira McNeill
  • Patent number: 8287673
    Abstract: A method of joining dissimilar materials having different ductility, involves two principal steps: Decoration of the more ductile material's surface with particles of a less ductile material to produce a composite; and, sinter-bonding the composite produced to a joining member of a less ductile material. The joining method is suitable for joining dissimilar materials that are chemically inert towards each other (e.g., metal and ceramic), while resulting in a strong bond with a sharp interface between the two materials. The joining materials may differ greatly in form or particle size. The method is applicable to various types of materials including ceramic, metal, glass, glass-ceramic, polymer, cermet, semiconductor, etc., and the materials can be in various geometrical forms, such as powders, fibers, or bulk bodies (foil, wire, plate, etc.). Composites and devices with a decorated/sintered interface are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The Regents of The University of California
    Inventors: Michael C. Tucker, Grace Y. Lau, Craig P. Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20120247649
    Abstract: A method of securely mounting a stent on a balloon of a catheter. The method generally includes crimping a stent on a balloon of a catheter at least one time, and positioning the balloon with the stent thereon within a polished bore of a mold formed at least in part of a metallic material. The balloon is pressurized and heated within the mold, or within a sheath, in two stages as the stent is restrained from radially expanding. The method may include crimping the stent onto the balloon one or two times during processing. The method increases retention of the stent on the balloon catheter following sterilization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Sean McNiven, Jonathan Durcan, Boyd V. Knott, Jeremy Stigall
  • Patent number: 8277588
    Abstract: Dissolving paper (22) covers pressure sensitive adhesive (20) on a mounting face (18) of an object (16) to be mounted on an exterior surface of a body panel (10) of a motor vehicle by a mechanical fastening system (24). The mounting is exposed to a water wash. Water begins to be absorbed by the dissolving paper through the edge of the paper's outer perimeter. As the paper increasingly absorbs water, it dissolves in the water exposing the adhesive which then adheres to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Gayle Goodrich, Scott Watkins
  • Publication number: 20120241560
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprises a first section, a second section, and a middle section. The first section is configured to be connected to a first structure. The second section is configured to be connected to a second structure. The first structure and the second structure are connected to each other at a joint. The middle section is located between the first section and the second section. The middle section has a length that is configured to change in response to a movement between the first structure and the second structure. The first section, the middle section, and the second section form a cover that is configured to form a seal for the joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Marcus Alexander Clarence Erickson
  • Publication number: 20120234464
    Abstract: A dual-use ladder and bridge modular system preferably includes tubes, gussets, flanges, and/or joints. In a preferred embodiment, the tubes, gussets, flanges, and/or joints are made of carbon fiber. A method connects and disconnects modular carbon fiber ladder segments. Another method creates a lightweight carbon-fiber beam with exceptionally high stiffness and strength using a combination of carbon-fiber braid material, uni-directional cloth, and pultruded carbon-fiber strips. A carbon fiber ladder segment and tube connectors are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: ALLRED & ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Jimmie B. Allred, III, Joseph Kummer, Michael D. Griswold, Michael J. Hall, Matthew A. Bush
  • Publication number: 20120224304
    Abstract: A replaceable assembling element for fixing structures is suitable for an electronic device. The electronic device has a first structure component and a second structure component. The assembling element includes a main part and a hook part. The main part is fixed at the first structure component, the hook part is connected to the main part and buckled to the second structure component so as to lock the first structure component to the second structure component firmly. In addition, an assembling method for structure components of an electronic device is also involved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Chun-Hsien Huang
  • Publication number: 20120210787
    Abstract: A measurement device (10) mounting arrangement includes a support member (30) and a sensing device (12) in a circuit housing (22). The circuit housing (22) is electrically and mechanically connected to the support member (30) through a mounting structure (32). The circuit housing (22) has a resonance frequency and the sensing device (12) has an operational resonance frequency. The sensing device (12) measures a physical parameter and provides a signal indicative thereof. An under-fill material (40) is located between the support member (30) and the circuit housing (22) for shifting the resonance frequency of the circuit housing (22) away from the operational resonance frequency of the sensing device (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Mike Babala, Carl A. Munch, Paul Zatyko, Michael F. O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20120207986
    Abstract: A structural reinforcement material is provided that includes a base material selected from thermosets, low viscosity thermoplastics with short transition phases and low viscosities, low melting point metallic alloys, and combinations thereof. At STP, the structural reinforcement material is a solid or a formable dough or a mixture thereof. When heated to an activation temperature, the structural reinforcement material becomes flowable into a cavity. Following cooling, the structural reinforcement material is a solid or a thermoset with a strength sufficient to reinforce the cavity. A structural reinforcement insert comprising the structural reinforcement material is also provided, as is a reinforced cavity of an automobile and a method of reinforcing a cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventors: Vincent BELPAIRE, Dominique MELLANO, Norman BLANK, Juergen FINTER
  • Publication number: 20120199271
    Abstract: A composite structural member is provided. The structural member includes a tubular shaft having a mating region of stiffness, and possibly thickness, greater than another region of said shaft. The shaft defines a lumen, and a fitting is disposed in the lumen. The fitting has a coupling region that defines at least one recessed portion bounded by one or more non-recessed portions, and the mating region mates with the coupling region of said fitting. As such, the shaft and fitting are mechanically restrained from at least some relative movement due to interference of the shaft and the fitting. A sleeve may be coupled to said shaft, for example, by including a tubular inner surface that proximately surrounds at least part of said shaft and mating region, for discouraging expansion of the mating region of said shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Dennis K. Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20120201628
    Abstract: The present invention relates to aqueous-based compositions suitable for use in threadlocking applications comprising: a) at least one carboxyl group containing (co)polymer; b) at least one polymerizable monomer A containing one acryloyl group; c) at least one polymerizable compound B containing at least two acryloyl groups; d) at least one encapsulated free radical initiator; and e) water. The inventive aqueous-based compositions are preferably substantially free of volatile organic solvents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: HENKEL IRELAND LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter Wrobel
  • Publication number: 20120186724
    Abstract: A decorative covering for a flower pot is formed when a sheet of material having embossed and printed patterns thereon is formed about at least a portion of the flower pot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8226792
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a flooring product with integrated circuitry, comprising the steps of providing a plurality of pieces (6), stacking said pieces on top of each other, displaced in relation to each other to form an offset stack (10), and compressing said offset stack to form said flooring product. The method further comprises arranging flexible circuitry (7) on an upper surface of at least one piece, so that, when said pieces are stacked, a first portion (7a) of flexible circuitry on the at least one piece is exposed, said first portion (7a) including circuitry for interacting with the environment. By arranging the circuitry in the flooring during such a manufacturing process, a flooring product is achieved where only a portion of the circuitry is exposed, and another portion is embedded in the flooring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Antonius Hendricus Maria Holtslag, Evert Jan Van Loenen, Georg Sauerlaender, Harald Josef Gunther Radermacher, Matheus Franciscus Antonius Van Hugten
  • Patent number: 8226783
    Abstract: In a pneumatic tire (20) on which a transponder (1) is mounted, a securing member (3) for securing the transponder (1) is fixed to an inner surface of the tire in an area (S) between a tire maximum-width position (A) and a bead toe (B). Thereby, a large centrifugal force and a large impact force do not act on the transponder (1) storing various pieces of information, and the transponder can be mounted quickly and securely. Also, the weight of the transponder is remarkably reduced, and thus uniformity of the tire (20) is enhanced. Additionally, dynamic balance correction is made easier. Even in a large tire, reduction in durability is minimized through suppressing heat generation and heat accumulation of the tire (20) due to the transponder (1) and the securing member (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Shimura
  • Publication number: 20120171871
    Abstract: A showerhead electrode for a plasma processing apparatus includes an interface gel between facing surfaces of an electrode plate and a backing plate. The interface gel maintains thermal conductivity during lateral displacements generated during temperature cycling due to mismatch in coefficients of thermal expansion. The interface gel comprises, for example, a silicone based composite filled with aluminum oxide microspheres. The interface gel can conform to irregularly shaped features and maximize surface contact area between mating surfaces. The interface gel can be pre-applied to a consumable upper electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Rajinder Dhindsa
  • Publication number: 20120160324
    Abstract: A concentrating solar mirror panel assembly having a reflective sheet with a reflective major surface and an opposing major surface and a corrugated stiffener having ridges and troughs each having an outer surface with land areas, wherein the land areas of at least a portion of the ridges are joined to at least a portion of the opposing major surface of the reflective sheet. The concentrating solar mirror panel assembly is non-planar and substantially rigid. The concentrating solar mirror panel assembly is assembled such that a desired non-planar shape is maintained: either using a locking sheet or having the corrugated stiffener attached so that its principal axes of corrugation are substantially perpendicular to the axis of curvature of the assembly. Methods of making the concentrating solar mirror panel assembly are also disclosed. Concentrated solar power systems and solar collection devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Attila Molnar, Duane M. Hart, Dylan T. Cosgrove, Scott E. Simons
  • Publication number: 20120160555
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for connecting a plurality of elements for a circuit board, comprising the following steps: providing the elements of a circuit board to be connected to each other, the elements having contours adapted to each other; arranging the elements to be connected to each other in close proximity in at least one of two peripheral areas that have complementary contours, while maintaining a distance between opposing peripheral areas; and mechanically connecting the opposing peripheral areas by means of at least one sub-area thereof in order to connect the elements of the circuit board to be connected to each other. Furthermore, a circuit board produced from a plurality of elements connected to each other is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Christoph Thumser, Gerhard Freydi
  • Publication number: 20120138434
    Abstract: A conveyor belt for a belt conveyor is made of rubber or a rubber-like plastic and is reinforced by steel cables extending in the longitudinal direction of the conveyor belt and running at least approximately parallel to one another. The conveyor belt is formed of portions which are connected one to another by vulcanization. The mutually prolonging steel cables located in successive portions are, at least in the majority, spliced together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: INNOVA PATENT GMBH
    Inventor: HERBERT TRIEB
  • Publication number: 20120136396
    Abstract: Systems for reducing a fracture in a bone, comprising a bone plate and a polyaxial fastener. In some examples the head of the polyaxial fastener has a deformable portion. As a fastener is inserted into an opening of a bone plate, threads located within the opening deform the deformable portion to secure the fastener in place at a desired angle within the opening. The head of the fastener also includes a bottom portion that bears against a portion of the opening to move the bone plate relative to the underlying tissue. A securing member or other structure may be included at the interface of the head and the deformable portion to secure the deformable portion to the head. At least one flute may be included on the deformable portion that provides a lead-in for the threads within the opening to cut into the deformable portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Charles R. Baker, Sied W. Janna, Daniel C. Zahrly, David E. Chreene
  • Publication number: 20120134638
    Abstract: Waveguide apparatuses and methods are provided. A waveguide method (700) can include stacking (710) a plurality of layers (110) to form a plurality of waveguides (120). Each of the plurality of layers can include at least one waveguide surface (140). The method can further include aligning (720) the plurality of layers using at least one alignment device (160). The method can also include trapping (730) the aligned, stacked plurality of layers between a first member (170) and second member (180).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Paul Kessler Rosenberg, Michael Renne Ty Tan, Sagi Varghese Mathai, Arlen L. Roesner
  • Publication number: 20120132343
    Abstract: An external covering and method of making an external covering for hiding the internal endoskeleton of a mechanical (e.g., prosthetic) device that exhibits skin-like qualities is provided. The external covering generally comprises an internal bulk layer in contact with the endoskeleton of the prosthetic device and an external skin layer disposed about the internal bulk layer. The external skin layer is comprised of a polymer composite with carbon nanotubes embedded therein. The outer surface of the skin layer has multiple cone-shaped projections that provide the external skin layer with superhydrophobicity. The carbon nanotubes are preferably vertically aligned between the inner surface and outer surface of the external skin layer in order to provide the skin layer with the ability to transmit heat. Superhydrophobic powders may optionally be used as part of the polymer composite or applied as a coating to the surface of the skin layer to enhance superhydrophobicity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: John T. Simpson, Ilia N. Ivanov, Jason Shibata
  • MAT
    Publication number: 20120124740
    Abstract: The present invention relates to mats, and in particular, to floor play mats for babies and children. The invention extends to uses of the play mat, and to methods of manufacturing such mats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Kerstin Castle
  • Publication number: 20120126062
    Abstract: An aircraft component and method of attaching an additional component to an aircraft component are described. The aircraft component includes an exterior surface exposed to external airflow during flight, an interior surface, and a locally thickened fastening portion between the exterior and interior surfaces. An area of the interior surface on the locally thickened fastening portion is substantially parallel to an area of the exterior surface on the locally thickened fastening portion. The thickness of the aircraft engine housing component between the exterior surface and the interior surface is greater at the fastening portion than at an area surrounding the fastening portion. When the additional component is fastened to the substantially parallel area of the interior surface on the fastening portion with mechanical fasteners, the mechanical fasteners do not penetrate the exterior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: John Ralph Stewart, III
  • Publication number: 20120120023
    Abstract: A touch screen display apparatus and a cover lens and an assembling method thereof are disclosed. The apparatus comprises the cover lens, a touch panel, a display panel and a backlight module. The cover lens comprises a plate body, a display area and a plurality of engage elements. The engage elements are disposed on one side of the plate body and around the display area for engaging with the backlight module. In the assembling method of the apparatus, the touch panel and the display panel are firstly disposed on the cover lens, and then the backlight module is engaged with the cover lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: HANNSTAR DISPLAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yung-li Huang, Chun-pin Liu, Yu-chieh Peng, Chia-chi Yeh
  • Publication number: 20120119031
    Abstract: A hybrid frame is fabricated by initially forming a stack of fibrous layers in an annular pattern. An annular metal trim is separately formed to conform with the annular pattern. The trim is trapped in a lower mold having a complementary lower mold channel. The stacked layers are trapped atop the trim in the lower mold channel. An upper mold is pressed atop the stacked layers for compression co-molding together in the lower mold the stacked layers and trim to co-form the hybrid frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Bobby Jack Ainsworth
  • Patent number: 8176714
    Abstract: Method for producing a capsule containing beverage ingredients designed for insertion in a beverage production device in which a liquid under pressure enters the capsule in order to interact with the ingredients in the capsule and to drain a beverage from the capsule, wherein the capsule includes a body with a sealing member attached thereto. The method includes providing the body with a main cavity, injecting at least one sealing material by injection-molding onto at least a portion of the external surface of the body to mold a sealing member sealingly attached to the body, filling the cavity with food ingredients and imperviously closing the cavity with a membrane to provide a closed capsule containing the food ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel Abegglen, Thomas Kaeser, Alexandre Kollep, Roland Huber