Mechanically Securing Parts Together By Reshaping Joint Portion Only Patents (Class 264/249)
  • Patent number: 10493716
    Abstract: A heat stake for a plastic part includes a body having a proximal end, a flared section and a distal end. The proximal end has a first cross-sectional area A1 and the flared section has a second cross-sectional area A2 where A1<A2. The distal end has a dual taper. That plastic part incorporating the heat stake is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Liying Qi, Jeffrey Peter Webb, Frank Qiukui Liu, Linh Doan
  • Patent number: 10389049
    Abstract: A conductor terminal with an insulating material housing and a spring-force terminal connection. The spring-force terminal connection has a contact body which is shaped out of a sheet element and has a base portion, lateral wall portions that protrude from the base portion and are mutually spaced, and solder connection contact tongues. The base portion together with the lateral wall portions forms a conductor receiving channel for receiving an electric conductor, and leaf spring tongues protrude from the lateral wall portions so as to face one another, each leaf spring tongue has a clamping edge for clamping an electric conductor received in the conductor receiving channel. The insulating material housing has a conductor insertion opening which leads to the conductor receiving channel on the front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Konrad Stromiedel, Henry Stolze
  • Patent number: 10314705
    Abstract: A device for loading a prosthesis onto a delivery system includes a first housing having a central bore. One or more actuators on the first housing may be actuated radially inward to selectively compress a discrete portion of the prosthesis disposed in the central bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Neovasc Tiara Inc.
    Inventors: Colin A. Nyuli, Randy Matthew Lane
  • Patent number: 10220573
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for operating a staking assembly includes a housing defining a machining passage having a longitudinal axis, an actuator rod disposed for axial movement along the longitudinal axis in the machining passage, having a first end configured to connect to a linear-reciprocating source of movement and a second end having a tool configured to deform a boss, and an air source configured to selectively provide a source of heated air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Proficient Machine and Tool, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Andrew McDonald
  • Patent number: 10202233
    Abstract: An aerosol container includes a main body portion that is constructed and arranged to withstand aerosol pressurization within a range that is about 90-180 psig and a threaded finish portion that is unitary with the main body portion. The threaded finish portion has at least one helical thread, a support ledge beneath the helical thread and a secondary flange that is positioned beneath the support ledge. The secondary flange has an outer circumference that is noncircular in at least one location, whereby it may be engaged during a capping operation to prevent rotation of the container during capping. A method of making an aerosol container in which a preform is capped before the blow molding process is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Tapan Y. Patel, Thomas E. Nahill, Stephen R. Guerin
  • Patent number: 10016275
    Abstract: A device for loading a prosthesis onto a delivery system includes a first housing having a central bore. One or more actuators on the first housing may be actuated radially inward to selectively compress a discrete portion of the prosthesis disposed in the central bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Neovasc Tiara Inc.
    Inventors: Colin A. Nyuli, Randy Matthew Lane
  • Patent number: 9945423
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, a method for providing a slide arrangement is provided, comprising: coupling a first rail part with a second rail part; deforming at least one of the first rail part and the second rail part for reducing a separation distance between the first rail part and the second rail part; and configuring the first rail part and the second rail part for relative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Provenance Asset Group LLC
    Inventors: Mikko Juhani Timperi, Tommi Antero Teuri
  • Patent number: 9873224
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for reshaping a workpiece, in which a reshaping force is exerted on the workpiece by means of a reshaping tool and the workpiece is heated during or before the reshaping of the workpiece, wherein the heating of the workpiece is performed by the at least partial absorption of an ultrasonic vibration in the workpiece. In order to provide a method and a device for reshaping a workpiece that avoids the aforementioned. disadvantages, in particular when reshaping materials with a highly temperature-dependent damping constant, it is proposed according to the invention that, before the reshaping force is applied to the workpiece, at least a first portion of the workpiece is brought to a temperature which differs from the temperature of a second portion of the workpiece that comes into contact with the reshaping tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hermann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulf Riehm
  • Patent number: 9694502
    Abstract: As provided in the present invention, a shaving aid element includes a novel shaving aid holder having one or more “undercut elements” incorporated on its upper surface. These undercut elements provide an interlocking mechanism to retain a shaving aid portion to the shaving aid holder. The interlocking mechanism of the undercut element comprises an interlock area of the shaving aid portion and an interlock area of the shaving aid holder. The undercut elements include one or more protrusions or cavities, in the upper surface of the shaving aid holder, and may be curved hook-like structures or mushroom shaped structures, straight-line structures, or angled structures, in any combination. The shaving aid portion, as not being disposed on a lower surface of the shaving aid holder, provides utility for disposing at least one aesthetic element (e.g., indicia), at least one functional element (e.g., exfoliation) or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventor: Vitaly Pesikov
  • Patent number: 9416897
    Abstract: A pipe fitting and method therefor includes one or more indicators to provide a visual indication that the fitting has been properly pressed around a tube and that the correct amount of pressure has been provided to create a permanent seal. In embodiments, the present invention includes a fitting having a main body component with at least a first segment having an axially inner portion, an axially intermediate portion and an axially outer portion, with a retaining compartment defined therein. The retaining compartment can retain one or more sealing rings, including an indicator sealing ring having an indicator flange extending from its outer surface. An external indicator band can be securely retained around the external surface of the pipe fitting, and can be adapted to change color upon receiving sufficient force, thereby indicating that the fitting has been properly pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Quick Fitting, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Crompton, Libardo Ochoa Dias
  • Patent number: 9314990
    Abstract: Linking parts are formed on one end of a first resin composite member and on one end of a second resin composite member in order to bond the ends together. For example, the linking parts may be wavy parts containing concave portions and convex portions. In this case, the wavy parts initially are heated and softened. Then, in a molding unit, respective pairs of confronting convex portions are overlapped with each other, and respective pairs of confronting concave portions are utilized to form a non-overlapping space. The overlapped convex portions are pressed and crushed, such that a base thermoplastic resin and fibers contained therein flow toward the non-overlapping space. Thereafter, the thermoplastic resin is cooled and hardened, whereby the first resin composite member and the second resin composite member are bonded integrally to obtain a resin composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichi Sato, Daiya Yamashita, Hiroshi Kato, Toshiaki Fujii
  • Patent number: 9278332
    Abstract: An insulator unit for a multipurpose flow module, such as a plate reactor, comprising a plurality of thermally insulating layers arranged in a sandwich structure with a plurality of plates, to provide thermal insulation across the sandwich structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventors: Kasper Hoglund, Magnus Lingvall
  • Patent number: 9227356
    Abstract: In a pressure vessel which is formed by blow molding a plastic liner with a mouth member fitted on a blow pin, a rotational torque is prevented from being applied between the mouth member and the blow pin when removing the blow pin. A parison is placed around the mouth member which is fitted on the blow pin, and is blow molded with a die assembly placed around the parison so that a vessel shaped plastic liner is formed. An engagement structure which is provided between the mouth member of the pressure vessel and the blow pin includes a ball moveably received in a radial through hole of the peripheral wall of the blow pin, and a release groove formed on an inner circumferential surface of the mouth member and having a prescribed depth. When the blow pin is introduced into the mouth member until the ball and the release groove oppose each other, the ball moves radially outward and becomes partly received by the release groove to engage the mouth member with the blow pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsushi Tani, Jun Ohashi, Masahiro Tashiro
  • Patent number: 9231313
    Abstract: A finger friendly twist-on wire connector having a spiral coil and an open end rigid shell secured to the spiral coil with the rigid shell having an outer surface with a circumferential band and a closed end supporting a finger cushion material integral to at least a portion of the outer surface of the rigid shell with the finger cushion material including a plurality of circumferentially spaced elongated ribs resiliently deformable in response to radially and tangential finger forces thereon as rotational finger forces are transmitted to the rigid shell through the finger cushion material to thereby inhibit finger fatigue and finger injury while allowing the user to maintain a feel of the wire engagement within the wire connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: THE PATENT STORE LLC
    Inventors: L. Herbert King, Jr., James Keeven, Steven Rhea
  • Patent number: 9081029
    Abstract: An apparatus for scanning over a surface of an arbitrarily sized sample in magnetic resonance force microscopy comprising a cantilever for holding a magnetic particle at the cantilever tip, an RF antenna, positioned around the cantilever, for emitting an RF magnetic field across a portion of the sample causing spin of particles in the sample to reverse attracting and opposing the magnetic particle at the cantilever tip, an optical fiber, positioned close to the cantilever tip, for measuring displacements of the cantilever tip where the RF antenna, cantilever, magnetic particle and optical fiber are in fixed positions relative to each other and the sample is positionable according to a sample stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Doran Smith
  • Patent number: 9011745
    Abstract: It is an object to stably provide a thin-walled flexible medical tube having excellent kink resistance and tensile strength by a simple manufacturing method. The object is achieved by a method for manufacturing a medical tube that includes a coil layer on an inside of an outer layer tube made of a resin, and the method includes inserting the coil layer into the outer layer tube and heating the outer layer tube at a molding temperature lower than a melting point of the outer layer tube, thereby bringing the outer layer tube into contact with the coil layer to slidably fix the outer layer tube onto the coil layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kaneka Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Tahara, Akitoshi Sakata
  • Publication number: 20150101387
    Abstract: A cam follower for a ram assembly. The cam follower includes a bearing positioned on a shaft. The bearing includes an outer ring having an exterior surface and an inner ring coaxially disposed in the outer ring. A plurality of rolling elements is disposed between the outer ring and the inner ring. A tire manufactured from a composite material is positioned on the exterior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: ROLLER BEARING COMPANY OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Robert A. Pallini
  • Publication number: 20150069657
    Abstract: The present application relates to a method of injection molding a resin such as a RTM mold. The method enables to manufacture a composite part comprising a resin body and a sheet or strip, forming a surface of the composite part. The composite part can be an annular compressor casing of an axial turbomachine, with a composite annular wall. The method includes the steps of: (a) placing and holding the sheet against a mold surface by fastening means such as welds or microwelds; (b) injection and solidification of the resin in the mold so as to form the body by binding it to the sheet; (c) release of the sheet by the fastening means when a release force is exerted on the composite and release part of the composite part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Techspace Aero S.A.
    Inventor: Benoit Hannecart
  • Patent number: 8973248
    Abstract: A connection assembly for attaching metallic and plastic components by a heat staking operation includes a first component, a second component, a compressible protrusion, an annular collar, and a deformable stud. The first component is formed of a metallic material and includes an inner surface. The second component includes an interior surface facing the inner surface of the first component and an opposite exterior surface. The second component includes a plurality of apertures which extend between the interior surface and the exterior surface. During the heat staking operation the deformable stud is deformed so as to restrain relative movement between the first and second components. The compressible protrusion plastically deforms to absorb pressure to prevent cracking of the second component and the annular collar absorbs heat to prevent the second component adjacent the aperture from melting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Shashikumar Honnikoppa
  • Publication number: 20150061184
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a vessel closure for vessels comprising an opening that is to be closed by the vessel closure, an inner diameter of more than two cm and surrounds a polymer-based sealing element that is arranged in the vessel closure in such a manner that is sealingly rests on the opening of the vessel in the closed state. A polymer material becomes sufficiently free-flowing by warming and is applied to the vessel closure in the region of the sealing element that is to be produced, and optionally, is mechanically formed into the desired shape which it maintains after cooling. The invention also relates to a metal or plastic vessel closures for vessels for receiving drinks or food, and comprises a sealing insert, the material thereof being selected so that the migration of material components into the drink or food, that are a health risk, is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Christiane POEL-ASENDORF, Rüdiger WITTENBERG, Georg SCHLENK
  • Patent number: 8961848
    Abstract: A medical device-includes a scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. The scaffold is crimped to the balloon by a process that includes inflating the delivery balloon during a diameter reduction to improve scaffold retention and maintaining an inflated balloon during the diameter reduction and prior and subsequent dwell periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Lily Ayo Roberts, Sean A. McNiven, Kathleen Yan, Boyd V. Knott, Jeremy B. Beer, Mark C. Johnson
  • 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: 20150011981
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed relating to a combination sheath and collection bag for a catheter assembly. A catheter sheath and a collection bag are manufactured as one receptacle. Though in early phases of manufacture the catheter sheath and collection bag are in fluid communication, the two are partitioned before the catheter assembly is complete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Adapta Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Jamie Glen House
  • Publication number: 20150000872
    Abstract: A heat dissipating device includes a heat dissipating module, a heat pipe, and an injection molded member formed by molding and solidifying. The heat pipe has a transfer segment, a heat input segment, and a heat output segment. The heat input segment and the heat output segment are respectively integrally extended from two opposite ends of the transfer segment. The heat input segment and the heat output segment each has a contact surface, and at least one of the contact surfaces contacts the heat dissipating module. The injection molded member connects to the heat dissipating module and a portion of the heat pipe, which contacts the heat dissipating module, for keeping the connection of the heat dissipating module and the contact surface of the heat pipe. The instant disclosure also provides a manufacturing method of the heat dissipating device by using connection of the injection molded member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: YUNG-LI JANG, KAI-HUA WANG, MING-CHIH CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140353317
    Abstract: A thermally insulated VIP sandwich shipper for a temperature sensitive payload is provided. The shipper comprises an outer shell, an inner shell and vacuum insulated panels sandwiched therebetween. The outer shell and the inner shell may be unitary rigid structures made of an expanded foam material and comprising a bottom having a perimeter and sides extending from the bottom perimeter and terminating in a rim. The inner shell rim may be spaced from the outer shell rim to define a gap, the gap being sealed to create an enclosed space within which the vacuum insulated panels are located. Each vacuum insulated panel may be oriented substantially orthogonally to at least one adjacent vacuum insulated panel and have an edge that abuts the adjacent vacuum insulated panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Ajit Ranade, John Stephan
  • Patent number: 8850666
    Abstract: A button includes a button body that is placed over a first main surface of a sheet having the first main surface and a second main surface opposing to the first main surface, the button body having a hole over the first main surface; a fixing member including a base that is placed over the second main surface, and a shaft that projects from the base and passes through the hole from the second main surface towards the first main surface side, in which a distal portion of the shaft includes: a plate-like base portion provided over the button body and covering the hole; and a plurality of ribs integrally formed with the base portion and onto a surface of the base portion, and radially extending from a center to a circumference of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Hasegawa, Hiroyuki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 8844113
    Abstract: A medical device includes a polymer stent scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. A process for forming the medical device includes placing the scaffold on a support supported by an alignment carriage, and deionizing the scaffold to remove any static charge buildup on the scaffold before placing the scaffold within a crimper to reduce the scaffold's diameter. The polymer scaffold is heated to a temperature below the polymer's glass transition temperature to improve scaffold retention without adversely affecting the mechanical characteristics of the scaffold when deployed to support a body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yunbing Wang
  • Publication number: 20140272243
    Abstract: Linking parts are formed on one end of a first resin composite member and on one end of a second resin composite member in order to bond the ends together. For example, the linking parts may be wavy parts containing concave portions and convex portions. In this case, the wavy parts initially are heated and softened. Then, in a molding unit, respective pairs of confronting convex portions are overlapped with each other, and respective pairs of confronting concave portions are utilized to form a non-overlapping space. The overlapped convex portions are pressed and crushed, such that a base thermoplastic resin and fibers contained therein flow toward the non-overlapping space. Thereafter, the thermoplastic resin is cooled and hardened, whereby the first resin composite member and the second resin composite member are bonded integrally to obtain a resin composite structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichi Sato, Daiya Yamashita, Hiroshi Kato, Toshiaki Fujii
  • Patent number: 8808600
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a barrier assembly includes: forming a barrier inside a mold using a polymeric material; removing the formed barrier from the mold while the barrier is still warm; inserting an elongated coupler into a passage on the barrier while the barrier is still warm, the coupler including a shaft and a securing member outwardly projecting from the shaft, the passage having a constricting portion, the warm constricting portion of the barrier pliably bending as the securing member passes throughthrough; and allowing the formed barrier to cool and harden, the hardened constricting portion of the barrier preventing or limiting the securing member of the connector from passing back through the constricting portion of the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Off the Wall Products, LLC
    Inventors: Marc E. Christensen, James Schaffner
  • Publication number: 20140180397
    Abstract: A multilayer stent configured for implantation in a body lumen, including a tubular outer layer comprising a first plurality of struts defining an outer layer mesh pattern extending between first and second ends of the outer layer, and a tubular inner layer comprising a second plurality of struts defining an inner layer mesh pattern extending between first and second ends of the inner layer. The inner-layer is at least partially disposed within the outer layer, wherein at least a portion of the inner layer is attached to, or integrally formed with, at least a portion of the outer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicants: Stryker NV Operations Limited, Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Brent C. Gerberding, Ted W. Layman, Clay W. Northrop
  • Publication number: 20140171760
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein that generally involve CED devices with various features for reducing or preventing backflow. In some embodiments, CED devices include a tissue-receiving space disposed proximal to a distal fluid outlet. Tissue can be compressed into or pinched/pinned by the tissue-receiving space as the device is inserted into a target region of a patient, thereby forming a seal that reduces or prevents proximal backflow of fluid ejected from the outlet beyond the tissue-receiving space. In some embodiments, CED devices include a bullet-shaped nose proximal to a distal fluid outlet. The bullet-shaped nose forms a good seal with surrounding tissue and helps reduce or prevent backflow of infused fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Deep Arjun Singh, PJ Anand
  • Publication number: 20140131918
    Abstract: Method for stake-fastening an accessory (4) into a plastic fuel tank, whereby: the accessory (4) is equipped with at least one orifice (5) which passes right through the accessory (4); at least some of the plastic of which the wall of the tank (1) is made is melted; and some of the molten plastic is forced through the orifice (5) of the accessory without becoming detached from the remainder of the molten plastic; the protruding molten plastic is given an appropriate shape (8) to obtain a self-formed plastic rivet, and is left to solidify; the size and shape of the orifice (5) and/or of the solidified plastic (8) being such that the accessory (4) is mechanically fastened to the tank by at least some of the solidified plastic (8), the stake-fastening of the accessory (4) occurring at the time of manufacture of the tank (1) through the moulding of a split or at least two-part parison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: INERGY AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS RESEARCH (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Bjorn CRIEL, Jules-Joseph VAN SCHAFTINGEN, Pascal DE HENAU
  • Publication number: 20140110011
    Abstract: A corrugate tube with a clamp integrally includes a straight tube portion and a bellows tube portion and a locking clamp is provided on the straight tube portion. The straight tube portion provided with the clamp is thicker than the bellows tube portion. A slit in a longitudinal direction of the tube is provided in an opposite direction of the clamp. A hole is provided communicating with the slit. A groove or a hole is provided on the straight tube portion. A radius d2 of a hill portion of the bellows tube portion is sufficiently larger than a radius d of a valley portion of the bellows tube portion, and a thickness T of the hill portion is gradually smaller as the bellows tube portion extends toward a tip. The bellows tube portions are arranged in between straight tube portions, and the clamps are provided on required straight tube portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeyuki Omura, Makoto Katsumata, Hiroshi Ishiuchi, Hiroshi Ichikawa, Masahisa Sugimoto
  • Publication number: 20140096366
    Abstract: A connection assembly for attaching metallic and plastic components by a heat staking operation includes a first component, a second component, a compressible protrusion, an annular collar, and a deformable stud. The first component is formed of a metallic material and includes an inner surface. The second component includes an interior surface facing the inner surface of the first component and an opposite exterior surface. The second component includes a plurality of apertures which extend between the interior surface and the exterior surface. During the heat staking operation the deformable stud is deformed so as to restrain relative movement between the first and second components. The compressible protrusion plastically deforms to absorb pressure to prevent cracking of the second component and the annular collar absorbs heat to prevent the second component adjacent the aperture from melting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8647553
    Abstract: In a process of producing a stretch sheet, a strip-shaped laminate sheet 10A having an elastically stretchable elastic layer 1 and substantially inelastic, inelastic fiber layers 2 and 3 partially joined to each other at bonds 4 or a strip-shaped fibrous sheet containing an elastic component and a substantially inelastic component and having embossed regions formed by embossing in parts is stretched in directions starting from the bonds 4 or the embossed regions to obtain a stretch sheet 10. The stretch sheet has raised ridges and recessed grooves extending in the direction perpendicular to the stretch direction, and the bonds 4 or the embossed regions are present in the ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kobayashi, Koji Kanazawa, Akihiko Gunji, Tetsuya Masuki
  • 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: 8539664
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of fastening first and second thermoplastic parts of a motor vehicle, the first part having a protuberance projecting from a face and the second part having an engagement surface, the method consisting in bringing the second part into contact with the face of the first part, in heating the protuberance, and in plastically deforming the protuberance towards the second part so that the second part is gripped between the face of the first part and an end portion of the protuberance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventors: David Tresse, Marc Verwaerde
  • Patent number: 8512027
    Abstract: A belling machine (1) forms end sockets equipped with an integrated seal on pipes (3) made of thermoplastic material using a forming mandrel (4) on which an annular seal (5) was previously placed, diametrically expanded, coaxially and in a predetermined position. A loader (8) for loading the annular seal (5) on the mandrel (4) is able to move between a arming position, in which the loader is spaced from the belling axis (b) and does not interfere with the mandrel (4) movement along the belling axis (b), and a loading position, in which the loader is coaxial with the belling axis (b) and is located between the mandrel (4) back position, disengaged from the pipe (3) and the mandrel (4) forward position, inserted in the end (30) of the pipe (3). An annular seal (5) is placed in a positioner (10) which holds it in an operating position for the action of an arming device (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Sica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giorgio Tabanelli, Patrik Altini
  • Patent number: 8506667
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include filters and methods for imparting structural support to a pleated filter material. According to an example embodiment, the method includes forming a filter structure from one or more sections of pleated filter media, wherein the filter structure comprises one or more filter pleats. The method also includes extruding a banding material to form one or more radial support regions in at least circumferential contact with at least one of an inner or an outer surface of the filter structure, and maintaining spacing between the one or more filter pleats of the filter structure with the one or more radial support regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Przemyslaw Krzysztof Nikolin, Jamison William Janawitz, Jason Mei
  • Publication number: 20130189872
    Abstract: Aesthetically pleasing strain-relief members for cables and methods for making the same are disclosed. The strain-relief member include a tapered, inner strain-relief portion and an aesthetically pleasing outer strain-relief portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Apple Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130174527
    Abstract: A three-dimensional filter includes a filter frame having a three-dimensional skeletal structure with a filter media connected to the skeletal structure. The filters are nestable. The skeletal structure may be trimmed and provided with walls to create standard sized filters. Methods for making the three-dimensional filter include injection molding of the skeletal structure onto the filter media, injection molding the filter media and the filter frame together in a single molding process, thermoforming a molded or extruded skeletal structure and the filter media, and needle punching a molded or extruded skeletal structure to create filter media within the skeletal structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Diversitech Corporation
    Inventor: Diversitech Corporation
  • Patent number: 8480837
    Abstract: The seamless edge-sealing method of fluorine resin coating comprises following steps: (I) Putting the raw material of fluorine resin into a mold to obtain a cylinder (1) through one of the below ways: First, pressure maintaining and demolding, finally sintering the mold formed casting; Second, mechanical injecting; Third, mechanical vulcanizing; (II) Cutting the cylinder (1) into rings (3) and cutting each ring (3) to form an annular slot (31) on the inner wall of each ring; (III) Cutting a piece of base fabric of fluorine resin coating (2) into the shape adapted for the ring (3), and then stuffing the edge of the cut fabric of fluorine resin coating into the slot (31) of the ring; (IV) After hot-pressing, obtaining a piece of fabric of fluorine resin coating (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Ningbo Superbright Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yanyan Xue
  • Patent number: 8449800
    Abstract: A preventative maintenance method of strengthening the connection between high pressure, in situ piping. An encapsulation mold is installed over a properly functioning, non-leaking coupling or joint interconnecting pipe sections carrying gas in excess of 60 psi. A resin sealant having tensile strength in excess of 3000 psi fills the mold, so that it circumscribes the coupling and adjacent portions of the pipe sections extending from the coupling, forming a permanent bond to the coupling and pipe sections. The method prevents high pressure pipe connection pullout, which otherwise could lead to catastrophic failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Howard Hardwick
  • Patent number: 8444907
    Abstract: A large area patterned film includes a first patterned area; a second patterned area; and a seam joining the first patterned area and the second patterned area, wherein the seam has a width less than about 20 micrometers. A method for tiling patterned areas includes depositing a predetermined thickness of a curable material; contacting a first portion of the curable material with a mold; curing the first portion of the curable material; removing the mold from the cured first portion of the curable material; contacting a second portion of the curable material with the mold, such that the mold contacts a portion of the cured first portion of the curable material; curing the second portion of the curable material; and removing the mold to yield a seam between the cured first portion of the curable material and the cured second portion of the curable material, wherein the seam has a dimension less than about 20 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Liquidia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Ermochkine, Derek Schorzman, Jacob Sprague
  • Publication number: 20130119578
    Abstract: A method of connecting a component to a molded article may include disposing a component adjacent to a wall of the article being molded, overlapping a portion of the component with a portion of the wall of the article being molded while the wall is still at least partially molten, and permitting the wall of the article being molded to cool with said portion of the component still overlapped by the wall. Preferably, a portion of the component is overlapped on two sides by the wall of the article being molded to firmly retain the component relative to the article after the article is formed. The article may be a receptacle, or any other object, as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: TI AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventor: TI AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
  • Publication number: 20130099066
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a backplane, a back light module, and a method of locking a backplane stiffener. The backplane includes a backplane surface and a stiffener fixed on the backplane surface, and the stiffener is locked by the fastener which is integrated with said backplane surface and is formed on said backplane surface. In the present invention, because the stiffener is locked on the backplane by the fastener formed on the backplane surface, and the fastener is integrated with the backplane, the fastener is tightly fixed on the backplane and is difficult to loosen. Then, the stiffener locked by the fastener is tightly locked on the backplane, preventing the phenomenon that the stiffening function of the stiffener is weakened because of the clearance produced between the stiffener and the backplane; and the stiffening function of the stiffener to the backplane is guaranteed. Thus, the structure of the whole backplane tends to be more reliable, and the backplane tends to be thinner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Shih hsiang Chen, Gang Yu
  • Publication number: 20130102840
    Abstract: Injection ports are disclosed for use with a gastric band for the treatment of obesity. An injection port may include a septum having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side wall connecting the top surface to the bottom surface. The injection port may also include a housing including a first inner side wall being tapered inwards such that an opening defined at a first end is larger than an opening defined at a second end, the tapering of the first inner side wall being used to secure the septum within the housing. The housing may further include a second inner side wall having a first end and a second end, the first end of the second inner side wall joined to the second end of the first inner side wall, and a bottom surface joined to the second end of the second inner side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: ALLERGAN, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Franklin, Justin Schwab, Zachary P. Dominguez
  • Patent number: 8426006
    Abstract: An exemplary method for manufacturing and reinforcing a corner in an object made from a sandwich structure, having a thermoplastic core layer (18), which is arranged between two cover layers (16), at least one of which is a plastic cover layer, which method includes the steps of: producing an object including a corner between two object parts; positioning a thermoplastic core part (24) and an additional fiber-reinforced thermoplastic layer (26) in the corner, which thermoplastic core part has a shape adapted to the corner, in such a manner that the additional fiber-reinforced thermoplastic layer (26) substantially covers the exposed surface of the core part (24); and connecting a cover layer (16) of the sandwich structure to the additional fiber-reinforced thermoplastic layer (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: FITS Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Martin Th. de Groot
  • Publication number: 20130049256
    Abstract: In a pressure vessel which is formed by blow molding a plastic liner with a mouth member fitted on a blow pin, a rotational torque is prevented from being applied between the mouth member and the blow pin when removing the blow pin. A parison is placed around the mouth member which is fitted on the blow pin, and is blow molded with a die assembly placed around the parison so that a vessel shaped plastic liner is formed. An engagement structure which is provided between the mouth member of the pressure vessel and the blow pin includes a ball moveably received in a radial through hole of the peripheral wall of the blow pin, and a release groove formed on an inner circumferential surface of the mouth member and having a prescribed depth. When the blow pin is introduced into the mouth member until the ball and the release groove oppose each other, the ball moves radially outward and becomes partly received by the release groove to engage the mouth member with the blow pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Yachiyo Industry co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsushi Tani, Jun Ohashi, Masahiro Tashiro
  • Publication number: 20130001821
    Abstract: An sealing gasket is shown for use in forming joints of plastic pipe. The gasket is formed as a composite elastomeric body with a leading region formed of a thermoplastic elastomer material and with a trailing region formed of a synthetic plastic material. The gasket body has an outer circumferential region provided with a series of recessed pocket which give it a scallop-like appearance. The relatively harder plastic region of the gasket body deforms the associated pipe socket end during manufacture of the pipe end, whereby the gasket is integrally locked within an internal pipe groove in the pipe socket end upon completion of the pipe belling operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Guillermo Monteil