Fusion Bonding Of Preformed Bodies And Shaping At Joint Only Patents (Class 264/248)
  • Patent number: 10647127
    Abstract: Peripheral portion of filters includes short-side portions and long-side portions. A first component and a second component each include a first holding section and a second holding section, the long-side portion of the filter being compressively held between the first holding sections, and the short-side portion of the filter being compressively held between the second holding sections. At least one of the first component and the second component includes a wall portion configured to isolate the long-side portion and the resin from each other. The short-side portion and the resin are in contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Atsushi Omura, Kazuhiko Okito, Yukuo Yamaguchi, Kyosuke Toda, Keiichiro Tsukuda
  • Patent number: 10406344
    Abstract: A drug transfer assembly including a connector connectable to a portion of an intravenous line adapted for connection to a patient's bloodstream and an adapter cap removably connectable with the connector is disclosed. The connector is formed of a rigid material and the adapter cap is formed of a pliable material. With the adapter cap connected to the connector, the adapter cap protectively surrounds and shields the connector. The adapter cap provides a cushioning surface which prevents rubbing of the connector against the skin of a patient. In this manner, the adapter cap prevents the connector of a drug transfer assembly from causing irritation and/or infection to the skin of a patient. Furthermore, the adapter cap provides a protective shield which prevents the connector of a drug transfer assembly from becoming contaminated with undesirables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson and Company Limited
    Inventor: Milan Ivosevic
  • Patent number: 10322906
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for forming three dimensional structures from a sheet of material of a desired medium are described. Examples described include an apparatus for folding a sheet of material to create a folded structure, the apparatus having a first and second array of creasing elements, and at least one actuator for causing relative movement of the first and second array of creasing elements from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Tessellated Group, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory W. Gale
  • Patent number: 10254458
    Abstract: Provided are a base film, a laminate, and a method of forming a polarizing film. Particularly, a base film which may effectively form a polarizing film having a thickness of approximately 10, 8, 7, 6, or 5 ?m or less and exhibiting excellent functions such as polarizing performance, a laminate, and a method of forming the same are provided. Therefore, a polarizing film may be formed by preventing tearing or curling during an elongation process, and easily elongating a polarizing material such as a polyvinylalcohol-based resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Se Woo Yang, Sung Hyun Nam, Yoon Tae Hwang, Jong Hyun Jung, Suk Ky Chang, Kyun Il Rah
  • Patent number: 10106109
    Abstract: A connector includes a housing configured to be supported by an attachment object and a terminal configured to be supported by the housing, and the terminal is configured to be electrically connected to a counterpart terminal of a counterpart connector when the counterpart connector is fitted to the connector. The housing includes a body portion having an inner cylinder portion to which the terminal is assembled and to which a counterpart housing of the counterpart connector can be fitted and an attachment portion having an outer cylinder portion which is configured to be fixed to the attachment object and to which the inner cylinder portion is fitted. The body portion is assembled to the attachment portion in a state that the inner cylinder portion fitted to the outer cylinder portion penetrates the outer cylinder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Ryuji Kawai, Tomokazu Iwami, Michitake Masuda
  • Patent number: 9923107
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module includes: a flexible printed circuit; and a plurality of power generating elements mounted on the flexible printed circuit, wherein the flexible printed circuit includes a turning portion, and strip-shaped portions of the flexible printed circuit which are located on opposite sides of the turning portion are aligned so as to oppose each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Toya, Takashi Iwasaki, Youichi Nagai, Koji Mori, Kenji Saito, Rui Mikami
  • Patent number: 9849346
    Abstract: In a golf ball having a core and a cover, the core is formed of a rubber composition, has center and surface portions which are unfoamed regions and has an intermediate portion containing a foamed region. The core is produced by charging the rubber composition, which contains a blowing agent, into a first curing mold and curing under given conditions, then removing the molded rubber material in a semi-cured state from the first mold, transferring the semi-cured material to a second curing mold and curing under given conditions. The foamed region of the core deforms by a certain degree at the time of impact, decreasing the radius of gyration of the ball and enabling a lower spin rate to be achieved. The decrease in resilience due to expansion of the molded material can be held to a minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9782959
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for laminated iron cores includes processing a metal sheet to form product sheets, in each of which iron core pieces are arranged inside an outer frame piece and the iron core pieces are connected to the outer frame piece in such a way that outer peripheral sides of the iron core pieces are connected to nearest parts of the outer frame piece through bridge pieces, laminating the product sheets and temporarily fixing the product sheets adjacent to each other in a vertical direction together to form a sheets laminated body including iron core pieces laminated parts and bridge pieces laminated parts, sealing the iron core pieces laminated parts by a resin while being pressurized to form pre-formed laminated iron cores, and separating the bridge pieces laminated parts from the pre-formed laminated iron cores to form the laminated iron cores which are individually separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUI HIGH-TEC, INC.
    Inventor: Koji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9581730
    Abstract: There are provided a substrate film, a laminate, and method of manufacturing a polarizing film. The present application provides a substrate film capable of effectively manufacturing a polarizing film having a thickness of about 10 ?m or less, about 8 ?m or less, about 7 ?m or less, about 6 ?m or less, or about 5 ?m or less and having an excellent function such as polarization performance, a laminate, and a method of manufacturing the same. According to the invention, it is possible to prevent tearing, curling, or the like from occurring in the elongation process and manufacture a polarizing film by easily elongating a polarization material such as a PVA-based resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Se Woo Yang, Sung Hyun Nam, Kyun Il Rah, Yoon Tae Hwang, Jong Hyun Jung, Hye Min Yu, Ji Young Hwang, Eun Suk Park
  • Patent number: 9545762
    Abstract: A coupling made of composite material including a polymer matrix reinforced by a fiber structure is disclosed. The coupling includes a structural portion reinforced by a main fiber structure, and a first machining portion reinforced by a first fiber structure that is distinct from the main fiber structure. The matrices of the structural portion and of the first machining portion are identical. The first machining portion is situated on at least a fraction of the main face of the structural portion and is machined in a first machining surface. There is no intersection between the first machining surface and the fibers of the main fiber structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Francois Marie Paul Marlin, Philippe Verseux
  • Patent number: 9457240
    Abstract: A golf ball including one or more configurable materials allows the attributes of the golf ball, including physical properties and play characteristics, to be changed by selective exposure of energy from an energy source to the golf ball. The exposure to the energy from the energy source causes certain configurable materials within the golf ball to undergo a physical change in structure, thereby changing the attributes of the modified golf ball. A method of post production modification of a golf ball allows the attributes of the golf ball to be changed to meet the desired attributes of a consumer. A customization system including multiple stock golf ball sets with different configurations is used with different energy sources to produce a variety of modified golf balls having different attributes. A distribution system processes stock golf balls using post production modification processes to produce different modified golf balls to consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Kennedy, III
  • Patent number: 9403614
    Abstract: A method for producing a re-closable container. The method includes sealing a lidding film (10) on the upper surface (6) of the peripheral flange (5) and on the upper surface (11) of the peripheral frame member (9). During the sealing step, the bridging elements (13) of the discontinuous die-cut line (12) are broken by displacing the peripheral frame member (9) by means of the seal tool to a lower level than the peripheral flange (5). When opening the container, the lidding film (10) is peeled off from the container body (1) but stays adhered to the peripheral frame member (9) of the lid (2). The container can easily be opened since the bridging elements (13) between the lid (2) and the container body (1) are broken during the heat sealing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Laurent Vanmechelen
  • Patent number: 9333393
    Abstract: A method and system for making a golf ball core is disclosed. The method may generally include forming a golf ball core out of a raw core material. The golf ball core may be rapidly heated to begin curing (or vulcanizing) from the outermost surface toward the center of the golf ball core. Before curing the entire golf ball core, the golf ball core may be quenched to stop the curing process. As a result, the golf ball core may include an outer cured zone and an inner uncured zone. In this state, the golf ball core may be incorporated into a finished golf ball to be sold to consumers. Following a set of instructions provided with the golf ball, the consumer may heat the golf ball to customize the properties of the golf ball core, and, thus, the characteristics of the golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Craig Bender
  • Patent number: 9249763
    Abstract: A hollow plastic part may include at least two plastic shells connected with one another at a respective edge along at least one joining plane. Each plastic shell may have at least a first component and a second component, wherein the plastic of the first component may have a lower melting temperature than the plastic of the second component. The first component may extend on at least one plastic shell in a caterpillar-like manner along at least part of the respective edge of the second component of this plastic shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Grass, Sven Alexander Kaiser
  • Patent number: 9112232
    Abstract: A composition including a compound having a fluorine functional group, a polymer as a polymerization product of the composition, an electrode and an electrolyte membrane for a fuel cell, which include the composition or the polymer thereof, and a fuel cell including at least one of the electrode and the electrolyte membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Seong-woo Choi, Jung-ock Park
  • Patent number: 9108365
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method for manufacturing a FRC/FRP-component component from rovings by means of a molding tool with a mold surface, featuring the steps of: applying rovings formed of dry fibers onto the mold surface by depositing the rovings under tension with predetermined orientations between deflection devices by means of an application device, applying binder material onto the tensioned rovings; consolidating the arrangement of fiber strands and binder material by applying heat and pressure in order to produce a preform for the component to be manufactured; separating the preform from the deflection devices and removing the preform from the molding tool; and carrying out an injection process or infusion process in order to manufacture the component after separating the preform from the deflection devices; as well as to a molding tool and a device for implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Carsten Barlag
  • Patent number: 9023263
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for use in a fusion process for conduit. The method includes: heating and melting at least a portion of the terminal edges of the first conduit portion and the second conduit portion; and butt fusing the melted terminal edge of the first conduit portion with the melted terminal edge of the second conduit portion, thereby creating a fused joint area. A fusion apparatus for employing this method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Underground Solutions Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan St. Onge, Henri St. Onge, Thomas Marti
  • Publication number: 20150108682
    Abstract: The invention relates to an injection molding process to make a sealing surface about a periphery of a filter cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: Theresa M. Spear
  • Patent number: 8980151
    Abstract: A method and system for compression molding a dual core of a golf ball is disclosed. The method may include a first cycle in which a top mold plate, a middle mold plate, and a bottom mold plate may be used to compression mold concave shells. During the first cycle, the top mold plate and the bottom mold plate may be held at a first temperature T1 and the middle mold plate may be held at a second temperature T2. During the first cycle, the mold plates may be pressed together with a first pressure P1 for a first time t1. A second cycle may include compression molding the concave shells about a solid core. During the second cycle, the top mold plate and the bottom mold plate may be held at the first temperature T1 and pressed together with a second pressure P2 for a second time t2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Chien-Hsin Chou, Chin-Shun Ko, Chun-Ting Chiang, Chen-Tai Liu, Takahisa Ono
  • Patent number: 8956484
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods for bonding refractory substrates, such as zircon substrates, without the use of a bonding agent. Exemplary methods include (a) providing a plurality of refractory components, each component having at least one surface to be bonded, (b) polishing each surface to be bonded to a surface roughness (Ra) of 200 nm or finer, (c) contacting the surfaces to be bonded to form an unbonded refractory substrate, (d) firing the unbonded refractory substrate, and (e) subjecting the surfaces to be bonded to a compressive force during firing. Methods for making refractory forming bodies are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: William Peter Addiego, Michael John Bennett, Michael Patrick Carson, Jeffrey Scott Davis, Martin Herbert Goller, Benjamin Zain Hanson, Tracey Lynn Timmons
  • Patent number: 8945448
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, devices, and methods for the delivery of substances to, or the sampling of substances from, a patient using a portable and preferably implantable device. The substances introduced to and/or taken from the patient are preferably fluidic and are driven by a miniature pump, such as a microimpedance pump. A number of design variations are explicitly and implicitly described, such as the use of multiple pumps and multiple reservoirs for containing medicaments. Methods of manufacture of these systems and devices are also described, for instance, using molding, micromachining, or lithographic processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Derek Rinderknecht, Hasham Azizgolshani, Mortez Gharib
  • Patent number: 8932502
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses disclosed herein relate to a recyclable thermoplastic unit that includes a casing body composed of a first thermoplastic having a first melting point. The casing body also includes a first locking mechanism that is configured to mate with a second locking mechanism of a sacrifice layer. The sacrifice layer is composed of a second thermoplastic and includes the second locking mechanism. The sacrifice layer has a melting point that is greater than the melting point of the casing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Aya Seike
  • Publication number: 20150011335
    Abstract: A method of forming a golf ball includes forming a pair of thermoplastic hemispherical shells from an elastomer compound including an elastomer and first, second, and third free radical initiators, with the elastomer being pre-crosslinked to a first crosslinking density, then positioning a spherical component between the hemispherical shells and compression molding and curing the hemispherical shells to a second crosslinking density around the spherical component. The method uses three different crosslinking temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Chen
  • Publication number: 20140361455
    Abstract: In the manufacturing method of the present invention, as preparation for providing a mold 30 with protrusions 31 and 32 to be printed on an FRP material of a skin 1 in co-bold molding, which requires resetting of the skin 1 to the mold 30, a long protrusion 32A and a short protrusion 32B are interchangeable as one protrusion 32. The long protrusion 32A is printed to form a second recessed part 12 in the skin 1, and before the skin 1 is reset, the long protrusion 32A is replaced with the short protrusion 32B. In this way, as the short protrusion 32B is housed in the second recessed part 12 formed during elongation of the mold 30, the skin 1 can be reset in the state of being positioned relative to the mold 30 by the first protrusion 31 and the short protrusion 32B.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Tomohiro Murai, Wataru Naganawa, Hiroshi Tokutomi, Masaaki Nishiguchi
  • Publication number: 20140361460
    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 extrusion 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 extruding the filament from the extrusion nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Thomas Mark
  • Patent number: 8906280
    Abstract: A method of forming a midsole includes the steps of placing a first mold member and a second mold member in contact with one another, injecting a first material into the first mold member to form first and second portions of a midsole preform, positioning the first and second portions in a third mold member of a second mold assembly; placing a second material in the third mold member; placing the third mold member and a fourth mold member in contact with one another, subjecting the second material and the first and second portions to heat to form a midsole preform, placing the midsole preform in a fifth mold member, placing the fifth mold member and a sixth mold member in contact with one another; and subjecting the midsole preform to heat and pressure to form a midsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Estelle A. Maranan, Michael Hochdoerffer, Jason C. Mayden, Jun Peng
  • Publication number: 20140354029
    Abstract: A seat cushion body and method of producing the same are provided. In a method of producing a seat cushion body, fiber material is inserted into a mold. Heat is supplied to the fibers to cause thermal activation of binding fibers, so as to effect thermal cross-linking. The resulting seat cushion body includes a resilient portion formed from the fibers and having a fiber orientation along a main load direction of the seat cushion body. The seat cushion body may include at least one further portion formed from the fibers, which has a fiber orientation and/or a density different from the fiber orientation and/or different from a density of the resilient portion. The resilient portion and the at least one further portion may be integrally formed from the cross-linked fiber material as a unitary body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jan Petzel, Alenka Fäller
  • Patent number: 8895135
    Abstract: A main body member, a first member, and a second member are joined together to form a laminate. A first edge of a first peripheral portion of the first member and a second edge of a second peripheral portion of second member are welded to each other along a parting line. A height position of the parting line in a thickness direction of the laminate is different between first and second portions defined in a peripheral direction of the laminate. Each of a first curvature radius of a curved shape of the first peripheral portion and a second curvature radius of a curved shape of the second peripheral portion is different between the first and second portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Meiwa Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Nonaka
  • Publication number: 20140339729
    Abstract: A sealing unit for sealing a gap between a pair of surfaces, the apparatus comprising a nozzle for injecting sealant into the gap; two or more rollers; an endless track which passes round the rollers; and a curing device for directing energy into the gap to initiate cure of the sealant. The sealing unit is moved along the length of the gap. A sealant is injected into the gap from the nozzle and the track is rotated around the rollers as they are moved along the length of the gap. The track is pressed onto the first and second surfaces so the sealant in the gap is constrained by the track to lie substantially flush with the first and second surfaces. Energy is directed into the sealant with the curing device, the curing energy initiating cure of the sealant. The sealing unit is moved along the length of the gap at a rate such that the sealant becomes sufficiently cured when it is in contact with the track so that the track can be peeled away from the sealant as the track rotates round the second roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Jeremy BRADLEY
  • Patent number: 8865051
    Abstract: A process for making a crosslinked assembly includes steps of: selecting a desired performance parameter for a molded assembly of a first polymeric component and a second polymeric component bonded to the first polymeric component, controlling a first crosslinking percentage for the first polymeric component and a second crosslinking percentage for the second polymeric component independently to provide the desired performance parameter for the assembly, orienting the assembly at an angle between an orientation axis of the assembly and a electron beam direction, exposing the oriented assembly a predetermined number of times (N) to the electron beam operable to deliver a predetermined amount of radiation (R) in the electron beam direction providing a total radiation exposure proportional to (N×R) providing the first component crosslinking percentage and the second component crosslinking percentage, the resulting assembly having the desired performance parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Mercury Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: William W. Rowley
  • Patent number: 8852473
    Abstract: A pin or tube reinforced polymeric foam and a method of manufacture thereof. The reinforcing pins or tubes are incorporated into the polymeric foam during or after fabrication of the reinforced polymer foam and are preferably coated with an adhesive or binder layer prior to fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Wright Materials Research Co.
    Inventor: Seng Tan
  • Patent number: 8834669
    Abstract: A method for the at least partial connecting of walls of a hollow body of an elastic material with at least one opening, wherein a connecting material is introduced in viscous form into the opening of the pre-formed hollow body, the walls of which form a cavity, between two wall sections or surfaces of the wall sections facing each other are melted on for the purpose of the formation of a viscous connecting material, and then the connecting material is transferred into an elastic state with chemical or physical linking with the surfaces of the hollow body, so that the wall sections of the hollow body are at least partially connected with each other in the region of the connecting material, and a corresponding hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Mam Babyartikel Gesselschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Peter Röhrig, Thomas Rohaczek
  • Patent number: 8828295
    Abstract: A sealing unit for sealing a gap between a pair of surfaces includes a nozzle for injecting sealant into the gap, rollers, an endless track round the rollers, and a curing device. The sealing unit is moved along the length of the gap. A sealant is injected into the gap from the nozzle and the track is rotated around the rollers as they are moved along the length of the gap. The track is pressed onto first and second surfaces so the sealant in the gap is constrained by the track to lie substantially flush with the first and second surfaces. The sealing unit is moved along the length of the gap at a rate such that the sealant becomes sufficiently cured when it is in contact with the track so that the track can be peeled away from the sealant as the track rotates round the second roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Jeremy Bradley
  • Patent number: 8808599
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a damper assembly. In the method, a case constituting an appearance of the damper assembly and having an open surface is molded, the case is inserted in a jig, the case is filled with a thermal insulating material to blow and mold the thermal insulating material, and a closing plate is coupled to the case to cover the open surface of the case. The closing plate contacts the discharge duct when the damper assembly closes the discharge duct. Accordingly, dimension stability, a defect rate, and sealing and insulating performances of the damper assembly are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaeyoul Lee, Ilyoong Park, Changbong Choi, Miryoung Kang, Manho Park
  • Publication number: 20140135714
    Abstract: A novel design and method of attachment of a retention device to a monolithic thin walled deep drawn core provides an efficient system to produce a complete conjunct nozzle assembly. The design of the molded retention device contains the provision for joining the parts together without the use of adhesives or ancillary parts. Additional polymer in the correct amount is molded into the retention device in close proximity to the location where a mechanical lock must be formed to join the two components together. An inventive tool enables the technique for shut off of the monolithic core from the heated thermoplastic polymer allowing formation of a ledge that overhangs the flange of the core. Execution of the process is rapid, low cost and it eliminates damage to the thin wall of the core that would occur if the retention device were molded around the core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Leonard Verrilli
  • Patent number: 8721959
    Abstract: A system for self-repairing matrices such as concrete or cementitous matrices, polymeric matrices, and/or fibrous matrices, including laminates thereof The system includes repair agents retained in and/or on vessels, such as hollow fibers, within the matrix. Upon impact, the vessel rupture, releasing the chemicals. For multi-layer laminates, the systems provides a total dynamic energetic circulation system that functions as an in situ fluidic system in at least one layer or area. The energy from the impact ruptures the vessels to release the chemical(s), and mixes the chemical(s) and pushes the chemical(s) and/or resulting compound through the matrix. The repair agents can withstand high temperatures, such as the heat of processing of many laminates, e.g., 250-350° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Carolyn Dry
  • Patent number: 8721830
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a structural part including at least two wings extending in intersecting planes made of thermoplastic fiber-reinforced composite material including at least two plies of continuous fibers. The fibers extend from one wing to another. The method includes cutting the at least two plies in a fabric and/or a tape of fibers pre-impregnated with a thermoplastic resin; assembling the plies to create a preform; and compacting the preform to a final shape of the part by subjecting the preform to a defined cycle of temperature and pressure. A toolset can implement the method described above. Such a toolset includes a rigid punch and die such that closing the tool creates a sealed chamber in a shape of the part between the punch and the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Didier Kurtz, Florian Chotard
  • Patent number: 8715441
    Abstract: The invention primarily is directed to a medical tubing adapted for insertion into a body tissue or cavity and method of manufacturing different variations of the tubing along a length of the tubing. The tubing comprises a plurality of individual, discrete, generally ring-shaped elements arranged in series and fused or bonded together forming a continuous tubular structure. The ring-shaped elements may include a combination of flexible and rigid ring-shaped elements assembled along different portions or sections of the tubular structure. In another aspect of the invention, the medical tubing may further comprise a secondary lumen and a pull wire to control the tubular structure. In another aspect of the invention, the ring-shaped elements may vary in diameter and/or composition in different portions or sections of the tubular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Brustad, Said S. Hilal, Nabil Hilal, Charles C. Hart, Gary M. Johnson, Serene Hilal, Ghassan Sakakine, Donald L. Gadberry, Edward D. Pingleton, Matthew N. Petrime, Payam Adlparvar, Carl B. Hadley, Kenneth K. Vu
  • Patent number: 8709318
    Abstract: An improved pipe belling process is shown which features a mandrel having a specially designed backup or forming collar. The backup collar has an outer contact surface which forms an undulating pattern when viewed in cross section. The undulating surface reduces the contact area between the outer contact surface of the collar and the lip region of a plastic pipe being belled, thereby lowering the coefficient of friction that exists between the pipe lip region and the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: S & B Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Guillermo Monteil, Samuel Gjorven
  • Patent number: 8673102
    Abstract: A method of thermoforming an inflatable structure of dissimilar materials includes the steps of providing a first sheet formed of a first material and a second sheet formed of a second material different than the first material, the second sheet being spaced from the first sheet, and a valve being positioned between the first and second sheets; heating the first and second sheets to a temperature above their glass transition temperature and below their melting point; bonding the first and second sheets together in a mold having an opposed pair of cavities to form an inflatable structure having a seal around a periphery thereof, the valve extending through the seal and being in fluid communication with an interior and exterior of the inflatable structure; and trimming excess material from the periphery of the inflatable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kemery, Tobin N. Guild, Zvi Rapaport
  • Publication number: 20140053325
    Abstract: An athletic protector, such as an athletic cup, with regions formed of the same compositional material, which is more rigid in one such region than in another such region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy E. Murphy, Daniel J. Cram
  • Patent number: 8641857
    Abstract: Process for manufacturing a plastic fuel tank provided with at least one accessory (14) connected to the internal space of the tank via at least one orifice (12) in the wall (10) of the tank, the accessory including a projecting element (24) extending to the outside of the tank, the processing comprising the steps consisting in providing a film (22) that includes a peripheral region (28) and a border region (30) around an opening in the film, in placing the film on the wall of the tank and on the outer surface of the accessory in such a way that the projecting element passes through the film via the opening, in welding the film over its entire peripheral region to the wall of the tank, and in welding the film, over its entire border region, to the outer surface of the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (S.A.)
    Inventors: Richard Lesschaeve, Pierre-Francois Tardy, Yannick Gerard
  • Patent number: 8636940
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a filter end disc (7), for example for a fluid filter (14) of a motor vehicle, a first plastic molding material (M1) and a second plastic molding material (M2) are injected in succession into a tool mold (1) in a monosandwich method or co-injection method in such a way that the second plastic molding material (M2) is substantially surrounded by the first plastic molding material (M1). To manufacture a fluid filter, the filter end disc (7) is further irradiated by a radiation beam (L) having pre-determined beam characteristics for melting the first plastic molding material (M1), and a filter material (15) is applied to the at least partially melted first plastic molding material (M1). A filter end disc (7), in particular for a fluid filter (14) of a motor vehicle, said disc being manufactured according to a monosandwich method or co-injection method, comprises a first outer plastic molding material (M1) and a second inner plastic molding material (M2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Mann + Hummel GmbH
    Inventors: Anton Kreiner, Josef Rohrmeier, Frank Pflüger
  • Patent number: 8597768
    Abstract: A laminated foam article contains at least two foam boards having mating peak and groove surface profiles where surface skin remains on at least a portion of the profiles and wherein the foam boards are laminated to one another in a mating orientation with the peaks of one foam surface within the grooves of the adjoining foam surface with an adhesive between the mating surfaces of the foams and wherein the laminated foam article has a thickness that exceeds 200 millimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: John Gordon-Duffy, Anett Borgwardt
  • Patent number: 8585950
    Abstract: A multilumen catheter assembly and method of making the catheter assembly is provided that involves providing a plurality of tubes, each tube having a first end, a second end, at least one lumen, and at least one surface, selectively heating at least a portion of the surface of at least a first tube of the plurality of tubes, and contacting the selectively heated portion of the tube with a portion of the surface of a second tube to form a multilumen catheter shaft that is joined together along at least a portion of the length of the catheter shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Appling, Theodore J. Beyer, Carol L. Lancette
  • Publication number: 20130287479
    Abstract: A multi-branch fitting includes at least three branches, molded from a composite material and, more precisely, from a fiber-reinforced thermoplastic or thermoset matrix. The fitting is intended for assembling components which are at an angle to one another. There are at least three flat or substantially flat branches or flanges extending radially from a joining zone, and at least one face or part of a face constituting a bearing face for one or more of the components that are to be attached. The joining zone has a cross section, in the transverse direction, in the shape of a polygon with concave sides. The connection of each of the branches or flanges with another adjacent branch or flange is achieved through a portion in the shape of a curved blade which gives the joining zone one of its concave shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: SKF Aerospace France
    Inventor: Guy Valembois
  • Patent number: 8568640
    Abstract: A breast prosthesis is adapted to massage a patient's chest so as to encourage circulation of interstitial lymph fluid. A breast form member has a front portion that has a shape corresponding to a human breast and a back portion. A protrusion member extends from the back portion. The protrusion member defines at least one protrusion extending outwardly therefrom. The protrusion is disposed so that when the breast prosthesis held against the patient at a preselected location, the protrusion will massage the preselected location, thereby encouraging circulation of interstitial lymph fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: American Breast Care, LP
    Inventors: Elisabeth C. Tassone, Leslie S. Amick
  • Publication number: 20130270735
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for securing a polymeric sheet to rib components of a frame structure, wherein the rib components are jointed at a hub to form an expandable and collapsible implant. In general, the method may include the steps of decreasing a diameter of the frame structure; placing the frame structure into an assembly fixture, wherein the assembly fixture is configured to hold the frame structure in a loaded configuration with a decreased diameter; placing a polymeric sheet into the assembly fixture; and heating the assembly under pressure to fuse the sheet to the frame structure. In general, a fixture may include a first and second platen having a shaping portion and a rim portion positioned around the periphery of the platen, wherein the shaping portions are configured to hold the rib components of the frame structure in a loaded configuration with a decreased diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Miles D. ALEXANDER
  • Patent number: 8545743
    Abstract: A method of forming an article of footwear includes injecting a first material into a first cavity of a mold assembly to form a sole assembly, injecting a second material into a second cavity of the mold assembly, a first last being suspended within the second cavity, to form an upper of the article of footwear about the first last. The upper and the sole assembly are positioned in contact with one another. The upper and the sole assembly are cured and bonded together to form an article of footwear. The article of footwear is removed from the mold assembly and from the first last and allowed to expand to a first size. The article of footwear is placed on a second last having a second size that is smaller than the first size, and heated and cooled until it shrinks to the second size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Spanks, Eric P. Avar, Tom Luedecke, Chiung Yao Lynn Chang
  • Patent number: 8518314
    Abstract: An anchoring method of anchoring an anchoring element in a construction object is provided, where a surface of which object has at least one of pores in a surface, structures in a surface (such as an arrangement of ridges with undercut), a inhomogeneous characteristic with makes the penetration of a surface by a liquid under pressure possible, thereby creating pores filed by the liquid underneath the surface, and of a cavity. The method includes the steps of: providing a first element and a second element, the first element comprising a thermoplastic material; positioning the first element in a vicinity of said surface and/or of said cavity, respectively, and positioning the second element in contact with the first element; and causing a third element to vibrate while loading the first element with a force, thereby applying mechanical vibrations to the first element, and simultaneously loading the first element with a counter-force by the second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Woodwelding AG
    Inventors: Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani, Jorg Mayer, Marcel Aeschlimann