Deforming The Surface Only Patents (Class 264/284)
  • Patent number: 10283284
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for producing a microporous metal foil by forming fine pores in a metal foil passing through a gap between a pattern roll having high-hardness fine particles on the surface and a hard metal roll; (a) a plastic sheet laminate comprising a soft plastic layer and a hard plastic layer having high tensile strength being interposed between the metal foil and the hard metal roll, with the soft plastic layer on the metal foil side; and (b) mechanical vibration being given to at least one of the pattern roll and the hard metal roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Seiji Kagawa
  • Patent number: 10280044
    Abstract: A servicing device for a belt of an elevator system is provided including a housing and a guide member coupled to the housing. The guide member and the housing are disposed on opposite sides of the belt. At least one reservoir is disposed within the housing. The at least one reservoir contains one or more restoring materials. An applicator is configured to apply the one or more restoring materials to an adjacent surface of the belt. Application of the one or more restoring materials is configured to modify the geometry of the belt such that the modified geometry is substantially identical to the original geometry of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Alan Eastman, John P. Wesson, Daniel A. Mosher, Wenping Zhao, William Eaton Holden, III, Michael Paul Humbert, Brad Guilani, Gopal R. Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10226803
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide an embossed thermoplastic resin sheet that is capable of enhancing deaeration during production of laminated glass and suppressing optical distortion of the resulting laminated glass to improve the visibility when used as an interlayer film for laminated glass. The present invention also relates to an engraved roll used for production of the embossed thermoplastic resin sheet, a production method of the engraved roll, an interlayer film for laminated glass including the embossed thermoplastic resin sheet, and a laminated glass. The present invention relates to an embossed thermoplastic resin sheet having a large number of recesses and a large number of projections on at least one surface, the recesses each having a groove shape with a continuous bottom and being regularly arranged side by side in parallel with one another, the thermoplastic resin sheet having not more than three defects of the projections per mm2 on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Nakayama, Hiroaki Inui
  • Patent number: 10227163
    Abstract: A plastic bag has a closure comprising first and second mutually interlocking profiles and a slider on the closure adapted to engage the interlocking profiles in locking relationship when the slider is moved across the profiles in a locking direction and to disengage the interlocking profiles when the slider is moved across the profiles in an opening direction opposite the locking direction. Topographical features are spaced periodically along the width of the closure. The topographical features are arranged for engagement with the slider as the slider moves across the profiles. Engagement between the topographical features and the slider produces a locking tactile and audible sensation upon closing the closure which is different from an opening tactile and audible sensation upon opening the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Interplast Group Corporation
    Inventors: Ben Tseng, Jyh-yao Raphael Li, Kelvin Yang
  • Patent number: 10150246
    Abstract: A method for the surface treatment of a thermoplastic polyurethane texture to provide laminated deep and shallow impressions, includes first preparing an unfinished thermoplastic polyurethane sheet. Then, a surface of the unfinished sheet is roll pressed by a first embossed roller set so that a shallow impression is printed onto it to obtain a first embossed sheet. The first embossed sheet is double pressed by a second embossed roller set so that a deep impression is printed onto it to obtain a second embossed sheet with laminated shallow and deep impressions. Finally, the second embossed sheet is cut into predetermined lengths to provide the thermoplastic polyurethane texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: DingZing Advanced Materials Inc.
    Inventor: Keng-Hsien Lin
  • Patent number: 10105640
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas separation composite which has high heat resistance and mechanical strength, prevents a support layer from being deformed or damaged by heat during formation of a gas separation membrane and heat during a gas separation operation, and properly supports a gas separation layer to obtain high gas permeability and gas separation properties; and a method of producing the gas separation composite. The gas separation composite includes a metal support having a plurality of through holes in the thickness direction and a gas separation layer laminated on the surface of the metal support. The thickness of the gas separation layer is in a range of 0.1 to 5 ?m, the average opening diameter of the through holes of the metal support is in a range of 0.1 to 30 ?m, and the opening ratio thereof is in a range of 0.05% to 10%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Kasuya, Hisashi Hotta, Takayasu Nagai
  • Patent number: 10035285
    Abstract: A method is provided for making an embossing drum that is useable to emboss tape media. The method includes assembling together multiple stamper plates that each have embossing features for embossing tape media, and the stamper plates include at least one first plate and at least one second plate. Furthermore, the embossing features of each first plate are inverted with respect to the embossing features of each second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Faramarz Mahnad
  • Patent number: 10025178
    Abstract: Disclosed is a patterning device. The patterning device may include a substrate; a patterned layer disposed on the substrate and including a first pattern formed on a surface thereof; a heat generating layer disposed on the patterned layer, including a second pattern (corresponding to the first pattern) formed on a surface thereof, and generating heat when electric power is supplied; and a first electrode and a second electrode disposed on the heat generating layer, spaced apart from each other, and electrically connected to the heat generating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Research & Business Foundation Sungkyunkwan University
    Inventors: Tae Il Kim, Kwang-Su Kim, Jong-Uk Kim, Piljin Yoo, Hyowon Tak
  • Patent number: 9994423
    Abstract: A resurfacer for a belt of an elevator system includes a resurfacing roller having a selected surface roughness and a heater element to heat the belt to a selected temperature. A biasing element urges the resurfacing roller into contact with the belt and applies a selected pressure to the belt. A method for altering a surface roughness of a belt of an elevator system includes positioning a resurfacing roller having a selected surface roughness at an outer surface of the belt and heating the belt to a selected temperature. A selected pressure is applied to the belt via the resurfacing roller. The belt is passed along the resurfacing roller and the surface roughness of the belt is altered via the resurfacing roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Brad Guilani
  • Patent number: 9947871
    Abstract: A surface modifier for a metal electrode containing a reactive silyl compound represented by General Formula (1) Rf—X-A-SiR13-n(OR2)n??(1) wherein, Rf is an aryl group having 6 to 10 carbon atoms that may have an alkyl substituent having 1 to 5 carbon atoms or an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, wherein at least one hydrogen atom is replaced with a fluorine atom, X represents a divalent group selected from —O—, —NH—, —C(?O)O—, —C(?O)NH—, —OC(?O)NH—, and —NHC(?O)NH—, or a single bond, A represents a straight chain, branched chain or cyclic aliphatic divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an aromatic divalent hydrocarbon group having 6 to 10 carbon atoms, or a single bond, R1 is a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R2 represents a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, an acetyl group, a propanoyl group, or a hydrogen atom, and n is an integer of 1 to 3, a metal electrode surface-modified with the surface modifier, and a method for producing a s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Itoh, Ayumu Kiyomori
  • Patent number: 9915034
    Abstract: Products having improved caliper, sheet bulk and absorbency and methods for making those products are described. The method comprises producing a multi-ply product having different emboss patterns on each ply where the emboss patterns are made up of emboss elements having an aspect ratio of from about 1 to about 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: John H. Dwiggins
  • Patent number: 9878478
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roller device for treating sheet-form material, in particular for smoothing films (F*) or sheets, comprising a first roller unit 1 and a second roller unit 2, wherein each roller unit (1, 2) comprises: at least one drive motor with a motor moment of inertia JM, a roller (10, 20) with a roller moment of inertia JW, and at least one gear for the kinematic coupling of the roller (10, 20) to the at least one drive motor with a transmission ratio iMW between the at least one drive motor and the roller (10, 20), wherein the roller (20) of the second roller unit (2) is rotatable in the opposite direction to the roller (10) of the first roller unit (1), and wherein there is formed between the roller (10) of the first roller unit (1) and the roller (20) of the second roller unit (2) a first roller gap (40) through which the sheet-form material (F) is guided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Flecke, Alexander Paulus, Jörg Nickel, Andreas Weistroffer
  • Patent number: 9682374
    Abstract: A method for fabricating microfluidic structures is provided. The method includes: a belt is provided and an adhesion layer is formed on at least one surface of the belt; the belt is cut for forming a first microfluidic channel thereon, wherein the first microfluidic channel has an accommodating space; a second microfluidic channel is provided, wherein a line-width of the second microfluidic channel is smaller than a line-width of the first microfluidic channel; the second microfluidic channel is disposed in the accommodating space of the first microfluidic channel; and a substrate is adhered to the belt via the adhesion layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Chien-Chong Hong, Shih-Hong You, Wen Chung
  • Patent number: 9616640
    Abstract: The present invention provides a composite film having a linearly-scratched, thin metal film and a plastic film, which has good absorbability to electromagnetic waves in various frequencies, as well as reduced anisotropy in electromagnetic wave absorbability, suitable for electromagnetic wave absorbers, and its production apparatus. The composite film having a linearly-scratched, thin metal film and a plastic film according to the present invention comprises a plastic film, and a single- or multi-layer, thin metal film formed on at least one surface of the plastic film, the thin metal film being provided with large numbers of substantially parallel, intermittent, linear scratches with irregular widths and intervals in plural directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SEIJI KAGAWA
    Inventor: Seiji Kagawa
  • Patent number: 9604402
    Abstract: A transfer device includes a holding body that holds a molded material; a first roller that holds, together with the holding body, a wound mold and the molded material held by the holding body so as to carry out a transfer, and rotates about a central axis to move with respect to the holding body; and a second roller on which the mold extending from the first roller is wound in a direction away from the molded material held by the holding body, the second roller rotating about a central axis to relatively move together with the first roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Sugiura, Mitsunori Kokubo, Isao Matsuzuki, Takato Baba, Toru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9548145
    Abstract: A method of forming a microelectronic assembly includes positioning a support structure adjacent to an active region of a device but not extending onto the active region. The support structure has planar sections. Each planar section has a substantially uniform composition. The composition of at least one of the planar sections differs from the composition of at least one of the other planar sections. A lid is positioned in contact with the support structure and extends over the active region. The support structure is bonded to the device and to the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Invensas Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Nystrom, Giles Humpston
  • Patent number: 9440394
    Abstract: Methods of mechanically deforming a material are disclosed. The methods of mechanically deforming a material involve using forming members that are moving at different surface speeds relative to each other to form deformed web materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Joseph Curro, Jill Marlene Orr, John Brian Strube, Leroy Joseph Kocher
  • Patent number: 9272448
    Abstract: A cellulosic resin film which is wide and, despite this, is extremely reduced in breakage during a stretching step; a process for producing the film; and an antireflection film, a polarizer, and a liquid-crystal display each comprising or employing the film. The process for cellulosic resin film production comprises casting a liquid cellulosic resin on a support to form a web, peeling the web from the support, subsequently drying the web in a first edge gripping step (105) while gripping both edges, temporarily eliminating the edge gripping, and then stretching both edges in the width direction in a second edge gripping step (109). The process is characterized in that the first edge gripping step is followed by a heat treatment step in which both edge parts of the web relieved from the edge gripping are heated with heating rolls (107 and 108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventors: Noriyasu Kuzuhara, Takashi Murakami
  • Patent number: 9162438
    Abstract: There is described a method of increasing the output of a transfer film (1) upon embossing, in particular hot embossing, wherein the transfer film (1) has a carrier film (1a) and a transfer layer portion (1b) which is releasable from the carrier film (1a). During a first embossing operation first regions (10) of the transfer layer portion (1b) which are arranged removed from each other at a spacing a are transferred by means of a first embossing tool from the transfer film (1) onto at least one substrate (2), wherein first openings (10a) are produced at the spacing a in the transfer layer portion (1b) of the transfer film (1). After the first embossing operation the transfer film (1) is wound up after the first embossing operation and fed to at least a further embossing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: LEONHARD KURZ STIFTUNG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ljubisa Drinic, Ralf Friedmann
  • Patent number: 9146460
    Abstract: An imprinting method forms a pattern in a resist surface of a substrate coated with a thermoplastic resist by using a mold having a pattern of projections and recesses formed in a transfer surface. The method includes an alignment step, a heating step, a press step, a cooling step, and release step, wherein the steps are performed in a plurality of units selected from independent units, composite units, and combinations of independent units and composite units. A mold and a substrate are paired with each other and conveyed between the units. An imprinting apparatus includes a plurality of units which perform the steps in the imprinting method and which are selected from independent units, composite units, and combinations of independent units and composite units. Conveying devices are provided which convey the mold and the substrate paired with each other between the plurality of units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji Uchida
  • Patent number: 9128371
    Abstract: An imprint method includes an inspection step of inspecting a substrate to obtain information of a foreign substance on the substrate; and a film forming step of forming a film covering the foreign substance, using the information of a foreign substance on the substrate, wherein the film forming step is performed before the contact step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 9051673
    Abstract: A method of conveying and treating a web, wherein the web is first conveyed over a transport surface and then over a rotating transfer roller at the end of the transport surface. The web is transferred from the transfer roller to a treatment roller at a spacing from the transfer roller. The conveying of the web is performed with the proviso and particularly a spacing a between the transfer roller and the treatment roller is set such that the web wraps around the treatment roller over a wrap angle ? from 15° to 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: REIFENHAEUSER GMBH & CO. KG MASCHINENFABRIK
    Inventors: Detlef Frey, Peter Schlag, Hans-Georg Geus, Claudio Cinquemani
  • Patent number: 9039402
    Abstract: There is provided an imprinting apparatus that transfers a pattern of a mold to a resin on a substrate, the imprinting apparatus including a deposition mechanism configured to deposit the resin onto the substrate; a first driving mechanism configured to change a relative position, on a plane parallel to the surface of the substrate, of the substrate and the mold; a second driving mechanism configured to change the relative position, on a plane parallel to the surface of the substrate, of the substrate and the deposition mechanism; and a control unit configured to control the deposition mechanism and the driving mechanism so as to perform a resin deposition process of depositing the resin onto the substrate and an imprint process of transferring the pattern of the mold to the resin on the substrate in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eigo Kawakami, Shingo Okushima, Hideki Ina, Junichi Seki, Atsunori Terasaki, Motoki Okinaka
  • Publication number: 20150140309
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for embossing relatively rigid polymeric panels having precise microstructured surfaces on at least one face of the panel including using a continuous press having upper and lower belts; providing tools with the embossing pattern(s); feeding the tools and panels juxtaposed thereon through the press where heat and pressure are applied to form the em bossed precise microstructured surface and cooling the embossed panel, all while maintaining pressure on the panel and the tool, and thereafter separating the embossed polymeric panel from the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Robert M. Pricone
  • Patent number: 8986584
    Abstract: A process for making an embossed web. A precursor web is provided between a forming structure and a compliant substrate. The forming structure has a plurality of discrete protruded elements and lands completely surrounding them. Pressure is provided between the compliant substrate and the forming structure to conform the precursor web to the forming structure to form the embossed web. The resulting embossed web has a plurality of discrete extended elements completely surrounded by land areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Keith Joseph Stone, Roger Dale Young
  • Patent number: 8961850
    Abstract: A method of making a structured surface is disclosed. The method includes providing a thermoplastic backing with multiple rows of upstanding elements. The upstanding elements include stems with proximal ends attached to the thermoplastic backing and distal caps, and each distal cap has an overhanging portion that extends beyond the stem in a first direction. For at least some of the multiple rows, an implement is passed between two adjacent rows, wherein the implement contacts the overhanging portion of at least some of the distal caps in the two adjacent rows such that at least part of the overhanging portion is turned in a second direction, different from the first direction. A structured surface that can be prepared by the method is also provided along with a fastening laminate that includes a carrier and the structured surface and an absorbent article that includes the fastening laminate. A tool useful for carrying out the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Leigh E. Wood, Timothy P. Pariseau
  • Patent number: 8961166
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a light guide film may comprise a feed roller, a receiving roller, a separating device, a hot press printing device and a recombining device. Firstly, the separating device may separate a protective layer from a substrate layer of the light guide film. Secondly, a surface of the substrate layer to be manufactured may be impressed with light guide dots by the hot press printing device, and the recombining device recombine the peeled protective layer to the substrate layer. And lastly, the finished light guide film is recycled by the receiving roller. The apparatus may have advantages such as high output and low cost, and it may manufacture a large dimensioned product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: SVG Optronics Co., Ltd., Suzhou University
    Inventors: Zhihua Wu, Xiachong Zhou, Zongbao Fang, Su Shen, Guojun Wei, Donglin Pu, Linsen Chen
  • Publication number: 20150035203
    Abstract: A composition for making a cast, thermoformable sheet or slab having a matte surface comprising a syrup comprising about 90% SSI—acrylic pre-polymerized syrup at 20% solids; and about 4-10% particles of about 10-15 microns in diameter of a copolymer of methyl methacrylate and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate or such particles of barium sulfate, calcium carbonate and/or silica. A method for producing a they article having a matte surface comprising mixing a syrup comprising about 90% SSI—acrylic pre-polymerized syrup at 20% solids; and about 4-10% particles of about 10-15 microns in diameter of a copolymer of methyl methacrylate and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate or such particles of barium sulfate, calcium carbonate and/or silica; heating the syrup; casting the syrup into a sheet; and thermoforming the cast sheet against a mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Aristech Surfaces LLC
    Inventors: Scott LaFollette, Mark Gatman, Jim Cannoy
  • Patent number: 8926883
    Abstract: The present invention relates to method of forming a material, including the steps of, presenting a formable material to a space from where the material can be carried by and/or between opposing surfaces of the space, as the opposing surfaces advance in an advancing direction. Also pressurising, as the opposing surfaces advance, the material between the opposing surfaces in a reduced space between the opposing surfaces defining at least in part a pressure forming zone. The reduced space between the opposing surfaces being maintained at least substantially constant until such time as the form of at least one of the opposing surfaces is profiled into the material and is retainable thereon. Thereafter releasing the now profiled material from between the opposing surfaces, as the space increases between the opposing surfaces as the surfaces advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Manufacturing Systems Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Leo Haynes, Christopher John Nicholls, Gabriel Ioan Giurgiu, Samuel Gwynn Buckingham
  • Publication number: 20140374955
    Abstract: A pressing assembly (10) and a method for forming a depression (105) within a moving, wet gypsum board (100) is disclosed. The assembly comprises a pressing head (16) comprising a pressing surface which is arranged to contact the board, and a support member (17), the pressing head (16) being arranged to compress a portion of the board between the pressing surface and the support member (17) to form a depression (105) within the board (10). The pressing surface comprises a first and second surface portion (24, 25) separated by a relief portion (27), which is arranged to press the board (100) toward the support head (17) with less compressive force than the first and second surface portion (24, 25).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN PLACO SAS
    Inventors: Remi Jean, Jean-Louis Mongrolle, Dariusz Drag, Richard Morlat
  • Patent number: 8877104
    Abstract: An optical laminate produced by a process for producing an anti-dazzling laminate comprising a light transparent base material and an anti-dazzling layer provided on the light transparent base material. The process includes providing the light transparent base material and forming the anti-dazzling layer having a concavoconvex shape on the light transparent base material, wherein the concavoconvex shape of the anti-dazzling layer satisfies the following requirements: Sm is not less than 100 ?m and not more than 600 ?m, ?a is not less than 0.1 degree and not more than 1.2 degrees, and Rz is more than 0.2 ?m and not more than 1 ?m, wherein Sm represents the average spacing of concavoconvexes or profile irregularities in the anti-dazzling layer; ?a represents the average inclination angle of the concavoconvexes or profile irregularities; and Rz represents the average roughness of the concavoconvexes or profile irregularities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukimitsu Iwata, Koichi Mikami, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Takashi Kodama
  • Publication number: 20140312531
    Abstract: Provided is a corrugation device for sheets of paper material including two corrugation cylinders having work surfaces configured to substantially engage reciprocally so as to define a deformation zone and impress a deformation force on sheets of paper material and at least one thrust member suitable to define a working configuration in which it exerts on one of the work surfaces an additional pressure able to vary the deformation force and a rest configuration in which it does not exert the additional pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: ITALDRY S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe BRIVIO, Renato ROSSI
  • Patent number: 8865040
    Abstract: This invention provides a fuel cell flow field plate or bipolar plate having flow channels on faces of the plate, comprising an electrically conductive polymer composite. The composite is composed of (A) at least 50% by weight of a conductive filler, comprising at least 5% by weight reinforcement fibers, expanded graphite platelets, graphitic nano-fibers, and/or carbon nano-tubes; (B) polymer matrix material at 1 to 49.9% by weight; and (C) a polymer binder at 0.1 to 10% by weight; wherein the sum of the conductive filler weight %, polymer matrix weight % and polymer binder weight % equals 100% and the bulk electrical conductivity of the flow field or bipolar plate is at least 100 S/cm. The invention also provides a continuous process for cost-effective mass production of the conductive composite-based flow field or bipolar plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nanotek Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Bor Z. Jang, Aruna Zhamu, Lulu Song
  • Patent number: 8858213
    Abstract: An apparatus for the application of atomized fluid to a permeable web material is disclosed. The apparatus has a fluid source and a receipt plenum. The fluid source is disposed in proximate fluid contact with the first surface of the web material. The fluid source has a positively pressured permeable roll having atomized fluid and at least one aperture disposed therein. The apertures provide fluid communication between an inner portion of the roll and a surface thereof. The fluid is disposable from the inner portion to the surface through the apertures into contacting engagement with the permeable web material. The receipt plenum has an opening disposed adjacent to the second surface of the web material that provides a source of negative pressure to the second surface of the web material that causes the fluid to traverse through the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: André Mellin, Kevin Benson McNeil, Peter David Meyer
  • Patent number: 8851873
    Abstract: An automatic circle forming apparatus adapted for automatically forming OPP (O-phenylphenol) plastic circles includes a lower equipment cabinet, a first base plate, a transmitting module, an automatic separating module, an automatic tearing film module, a sucking waste mechanism, a displacement module, an automatic forming module and an upper equipment cabinet. The upper equipment cabinet is positioned on the first base plate for installing the transmitting module, the automatic separating module, the automatic tearing film module, the sucking waste mechanism, the displacement module and the automatic forming module therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ai-Jun Yan, Wei Wang, Wen-Zhi Xia
  • Patent number: 8795812
    Abstract: A glass substrate having an oleophobic surface. The surface is substantially free of features that form a reentrant geometry and includes a plurality of gas-trapping features extending from the surface to a depth below the surface and a coating comprising at least one of a fluoropolymer and a fluorosilane. The gas-trapping features are substantially isolated from each other, and trap gas below droplets to prevent wetting of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Prantik Mazumder
  • Patent number: 8784713
    Abstract: Super-hydrophobic and self-cleaning articles produced by imprinting exposed surfaces with suitable fine-grained and/or amorphous metallic embossing dies to transfer a dual surface structure, including ultra-fine features less than or equal to 100 nm embedded in and overlaying a surface topography with macro-surface structures greater than or equal to 1 micron are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Integran Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Jared J. Victor, Uwe Erb, Klaus Tomantschger, Nandakumar Nagarajan, Diana Facchini, Mioara Neacsu
  • Patent number: 8771466
    Abstract: The invention proposes an embossed sheet (10) comprising at least one ply (12) of tissue having an embossing pattern comprising at least one series of protuberances (18) formed projecting from one surface of the said ply (12) of tissue, and at least one ply joined to the said at least one ply (12) of tissue and located opposite the said surface of the ply (14) of water-soluble material, characterized in that the ply (14) of water-soluble material is joined to the said at least one ply (12) of tissue at the summits (18a) of at least part of the protuberances (18). The invention also proposes a method for manufacturing such a multi-ply sheet (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Tissue France
    Inventors: Yoann Denis, Hubert Pfister
  • Publication number: 20140138874
    Abstract: A tire having aggressive tread features with improvements in uniformity that can also improve endurance is provided along with a method and apparatus for manufacturing such a tire. The tire and its manner of manufacture can achieve a reduction or elimination of certain non-uniformities that can occur during the molding of large tread blocks. The reduction or removal of these non-uniformities can improve temperature performance to provide increased tire endurance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Mayni
  • Patent number: 8668855
    Abstract: A product (10) made from an extruded sheet or web of material (42) having a non-linear cross-section, and the process of making the product (10) is provided. The extruded web or extrudate (42) is plastically deformed in selected areas and then folded. When folded into the appropriate shape, the extrudate (42) is formed into a product (10) having a plurality of cells (14). The cells (14a) may have one or more openings (34a), allowing access to an interior of the cell (14a) and reducing the weight of the product (10a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventor: Judson A. Bradford
  • Patent number: 8668860
    Abstract: An in-mold-decoration method for plastic articles is provided. An uninterrupted film is provided and transported into a mold. A predetermined area of the film attaches to an inner surface of a cavity of a female mold of the mold. The predetermined area of the film is cut from the uninterrupted film during closing the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Yuan Chang, Chung-Chi Tseng
  • Patent number: 8663523
    Abstract: A product 10 made from an extruded sheet or web of material 42 having a non-linear cross-section, and the process of making the product 10 is provided. The extruded web or extrudate 42 is plastically deformed in selected areas and then folded. When folded into the appropriate shape, the extrudate 42 is formed into a product 10 having a plurality of cells 14. Optionally, the cells 14a can include one or more openings 34a, allowing access to an interior of the cell 14a and reducing the weight of the product 10a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Judson A. Bradford, Calvin D. Nyeboer
  • Patent number: 8647097
    Abstract: An intermittent film forming system is provided, comprising a mold having a fine projections and depressions shape formed on the surface, a press for pressing a film to the surface of the mold, a transportation for carrying the film, and a releasing device for releasing the film from the mold surface. The releasing device is provided with a stripper roll for stripping the film, a means for rotary driving the stripper roll, an auxiliary roll arranged substantially in parallel with the stripper roll across a film path line, a means for moving the auxiliary roll on the periphery of the stripper roll such that the film embraces the stripper roll, and a guide for moving the stripper roll and the auxiliary roll in the vicinity of the surface of the mold in parallel therewith, while maintaining the relative positional relationship that the film embraces the stripper roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Minoura, Nobutsugu Chigira, Fumiyasu Nomura
  • Patent number: 8628711
    Abstract: Provided is an in-mold label and a method for producing the in-mold label which has a heat-sealable resin layer with a plurality of interlaced and continuous-arranged micro-protrusions. While the in-mold label is combined on a surface of a specific article, the micro-protrusions may provide multiple blister-exhausting paths. As a result, it is effective to drive out the blisters as combining the label and the article. The in-mold label particularly includes a substrate made of a thermoplastic resin material, a printed layer on the substrate's one surface, and the other surface made of heat-sealable resin. With an embossing process, the heat-sealable resin layer having the interlaced and continuous-arranged micro-protrusions is formed. The in-mold label can be sealed to the article surface excellently since the micro-protrusions form the multiple paths for exhausting the blisters effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Nan Ya Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Allen F.C. Lin, Hong Kuo Cheng
  • Patent number: 8628700
    Abstract: An optical sheet manufacturing apparatus includes a first master including a first three-dimensional structure, a second master including a second three-dimensional structure, a first processing unit to heat a first surface of a resin sheet to a first temperature and transfer the first three-dimensional structure onto the first surface heated, a second processing unit to cool the first surface to a second temperature lower than the first temperature, heat a second surface of the resin sheet to a third temperature higher than the second temperature, and transfer the second three-dimensional structure onto the second surface heated, a third processing unit to cool the second surface to a fourth temperature lower than the third temperature, a first conveyance mechanism to perform conveyance from the first processing unit to the second processing unit, and a second conveyance mechanism to perform conveyance from the second processing unit to the third processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Dexerials Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Ito, Akihiro Horii, Hiroshi Mizuno, Noriyuki Hirai, Shunichi Kajiya, Yuu Miura, Mitsuhiro Chida, Masashi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8617335
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a cell array structure includes a first step of laminating a deformable layer capable of causing plastic deformation on a substrate, the substrate being formed with plural, mutually separated depressions on a top surface thereof, such that the deformable layer forms a mutually isolated space in each of the plural depressions; and a second step of extending the space in each of the plural depressions by causing plastic deformation in the deformable layer, such that there are formed plural columnar cells respectively in correspondence to the plural depressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Kanematsu, Katsunori Suto, Tomohiro Harada
  • Patent number: 8613879
    Abstract: A method of forming a stamped feature (P) on a substrate (S) includes: applying a plurality of stamping tool segments (32, 40a, 40b, 40c, 50, 60, 70, 80, 92) to at least one surface of the substrate. An arrangement (30, 90) for forming a stamped feature (P) on a substrate (S) includes a plurality of stamping tool segments (32, 40a, 40b, 40c, 50, 60, 70, 80, 92) that actuatable individually, in concert in groups of more than one, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Mycrolab Diagnostics Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Micah James Atkin
  • Patent number: 8609010
    Abstract: A method for forming micro-structures on a molded particle, comprises: providing a mold with a male mold and a female mold defining a mold cavity, providing an attachment film with micro-structures; transporting the attachment film into the mold, and providing a predetermined section of the attachment film closely to the mold cavity; closing the mold, wherein a parting surface of the male mold and the parting surface of the female mold do not contact each other; closing the mold again, and enabling the parting surface of the male mold and the parting surface of the female mold to contact each other, and cutting the predetermined section from the attachment film; stopping injecting plastic material; opening the mold and pushing out a molded article with micro-structures. A molded article formed by the foregoing method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Yuan Chang
  • Patent number: 8585951
    Abstract: A process for making an embossed web. A precursor web is provided between a forming structure and a compliant substrate. The forming structure has a plurality of discrete apertures or depressions. Pressure is provided between the compliant substrate and the forming structure to force the precursor web into the apertures or depressions of forming structure to form the embossed web. The resulting embossed web has a plurality of discrete extended elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Proctor & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kevin Gerard Muhs, Richard George Coe, Keith Joseph Stone, Sarah Beth Gross
  • Patent number: 8580178
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a transversely curved or formed strip of material which can be cut to length for use in a fabric for coverings for architectural opening includes a supply role of a flexible fabric strip material that is sequentially passed through a heating chamber with an elongated upwardly convex extrusion across which the strip material is drawn and a cooling station before being wrapped on a take-up drum. The apparatus includes driven rollers about which the strip material passes and the strip material is exposed to tension detectors and controlled temperatures such that the strip material formed in the apparatus is uniform along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph G. Jelic, William L. Teter, Paul G. Swiszcz, Kevin M. Dann, Steven J. Carroll, Thomas E. Sevcik, Stephen T. Wisecup, Michael J. Siebenaller