Laser Ablative Shaping Or Piercing (i.e., Nonetching, Devoid Of Chemical Agent Other Than Air) Patents (Class 264/400)
  • Patent number: 10703927
    Abstract: An adhesion promoter coating composition includes an oligomeric alkylalkoxysiloxane and a compound comprising an electrophile moiety and an alkoxysilyl moiety. The electrophile moiety may contain a sulfide functional group, for example. A dust suppression coating composition includes an acrylic polymer comprising a quaternary ammonium moiety; and an oligomeric alkylalkoxysiloxane. The coating composition may be applied to roofing granules, and/or asphaltic compositions, among other things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Mahfuza B. Ali, Susannah C. Clear, Terry R. Hobbs, Jeffry L. Jacobs, Hae-Seung Lee, Mary Lou Morris
  • Patent number: 10682808
    Abstract: A fabrication method includes laminating a fabrication material to form an object, and applying a release material on a surface of the object to form a release layer on the surface of the object. A surface free energy of the release material is equal to or smaller than 25 mN/m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Fujita, Akira Saito, Kiichi Kamoda, Yasutada Shitara, Kazuhiko Watanabe, Hitoshi Iwatsuki, Yuuya Endoh, Kazufumi Kimura, Yasuyuki Yamashita, Shinnosuke Koshizuka, Yuuki Kamon, Nozomu Tamoto
  • Patent number: 10603602
    Abstract: The present invention regards a metallic component of a distillation and/or fermentation apparatus, characterized by being covered with at least one layer of nanostructured copper, said layer of nanostructured copper possibly comprising also nano-particles of TiO2. Furthermore, the present invention regards methods for covering said metallic component with at least one layer of nanostructured copper which may also comprise nanoparticles of TiO2. Finally, the present invention regards the use of said components in distillation and/or fermentation processes, in particular for the alcoholic distillation of spirit beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GREEN ENGINEERING S.R.L.
    Inventors: Eugenio Macchia, Rolando Barbucci, Serena Fedi, Lorenzo Mencuccini
  • Patent number: 10591821
    Abstract: A flexographic printing precursor includes a support and a photopolymerisable layer including a monomer, an initiator and having a thickness between 0.5 mm and 7.0 mm, characterized in that the photopolymerisable layer contains magnetic or magnetisable particles. A method of developing the flexographic printing precursor to obtain a printing element with a relief image using a magnetic field is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: AGFA NV
    Inventors: Johan Loccufier, Thomas Billiet
  • Patent number: 10586903
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a printed board includes steps of; providing a starting board comprising a base member having a plate-like shape, having an upper surface and a lower surface opposite the upper surface, and having an insulation property, a first metal layer disposed on the upper surface, and a second metal layer disposed on the lower surface; and laser machining a through-hole penetrating the starting board in a thickness direction of the starting board by irradiating a laser beam irradiation area of the starting board with a laser beam from a side of the starting board on which side the first metal layer is disposed. The method further includes a step of etching the second metal layer so as to remove a portion of the second metal layer located in the laser beam irradiation area, prior to the step of laser machining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki Katsumata, Masakazu Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10525552
    Abstract: The present invention involves laser machining polymer substrates to form a stent with laser parameters that minimize damage to the substrate in a surface region adjacent to the machined edge surface. The wavelength and pulse width are selected for this unique application and they can be controlled to minimize the surface modifications (such as voids, cracks which are induced by the laser-material interaction) which contribute to the variation in mechanical properties with distance from the edge surface, bulk mechanical properties, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Joel Harrington, Ryan Vaughan, Kevin Jow, William Pippey, Yung-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 10502550
    Abstract: A method for non-destructive testing a cutting insert to determine coating thickness id disclosed. The method includes the steps of using a source of electromagnetic energy to ablate a surface of the cutting insert to non-destructively form a geometric feature and expose the substrate and each layer of the coating; and measuring the thickness of each layer of the coating. In one example, the geometric feature is a groove with a generally trapezoidal shape. In other examples, the groove can have a U-shape, V-shape, and the like. The thickness of each layer of the coating is determined using focus variation, contrast detection, confocal microscopy, an interferometric microscopy, an imaging interferometric microscopy, or similar technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: KENNAMETAL INC.
    Inventors: Naveen Kumar Kondameedi, Christoph Gey
  • Patent number: 10304690
    Abstract: A method of can be used to generating a fluid droplet pattern for an imprint lithography process. A fluid dispense head can include a set of fluid dispense ports, wherein the fluid dispense ports are in a fixed arrangement. The method can include rotating the set of the fluid dispense ports to a rotation angle to change a fluid droplet pitch in a first direction; moving a substrate and the set of the fluid dispense ports relative to each other in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction; and dispensing fluid droplets onto the substrate while moving the substrate and the set of the fluid dispense ports relative to each other. The method can be used in the formation of an electronic component within or over a semiconductor substrate. The apparatus can be configured to carry out the methods as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Niyaz Khusnatdinov, Dwayne L. LaBrake
  • Patent number: 10131016
    Abstract: A laser system includes a buffer material at an entry surface of a substrate in which laser-induced channels are formed. The laser beam propagates through the buffer material and impinges the substrate with a central axis of the laser beam at an oblique angle of incidence. The buffer material has a refractive index that may be closer to that of the substrate than is the refractive index of the atmosphere, such as air, in which the laser system operates. The buffer material facilitates forming laser-induced channels at relative large angles with respect to the substrate surface by attenuating energy loss or other effects on the laser beam that are normally caused by the mismatch in refractive index between the environment and the substrate in the absence of the buffer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman, David J. Cammenga, Niels A. Olesen, Henry A. Luten, William L. Tonar
  • Patent number: 10029421
    Abstract: A 3D printer device utilizing at least one Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) image head having at least one beam focused in a focal plane of the device for building on a surface of the device a 3D model of a target object from a digital image. The inventive 3D printer is more compact in size due to the use of QCL image heads, which provides focused wavelengths of QCLs matching the absorption properties in plastics for more efficient absorption of the radiant energy. Each QCL channel power in the inventive 3D printer can be doubled by combining two lasers with a polarization beam splitter. The QCL image head is provided with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) for compensating for imaging speed. The invention includes a method for scaling up the building speed of 3D printing regardless of detail level. The invention discloses an affordable 3D printer using QCL technology while maintaining high standards of resolution, use of quality materials, and rapid building speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: 3DM Digital Manufacturing Ltd
    Inventor: Daniel Majer
  • Patent number: 9881817
    Abstract: Methods, tools and systems for patterning of substrates using charged particle beams without photomasks, without a resist layer, using multiple different processes (different chemistry processes and/or different ones of material deposition, removal and/or modification) in the same vacuum space, wherein said processes are performed independently (without cross-interference) and simultaneously. As a result, the number of process steps can be reduced and some lithography steps can be eliminated, reducing manufacturing cycle time and increasing yield by lowering the probability of defect introduction. Also, because such processes are resist-less, layer-to-layer registration and other column control processes can be performed by imaging previous-layer features local to (or in contact with) features to be written in a next layer as designated by the design layout database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: David K. Lam, Kevin M. Monahan, Michael C. Smayling, Theodore A. Prescop
  • Patent number: 9776906
    Abstract: An internal feature can be laser machined in strengthened glass sheets or panels by first laser machining a first scribe in a first surface proximate to the internal feature to be laser machined. The internal feature can be then laser machined by positioning a beam waist of a laser beam proximate to an opposite second surface by focusing the laser beam through the strengthened glass panel from the first surface. The internal feature is laser machined by repositioning the beam waist from the second surface to the first surface while removing material from a kerf surrounding the internal feature. When the laser beam waist is finally positioned proximate to the first surface material, the internal shape formed by the laser machining is easily and cleanly removed from the surrounding glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew Rekow, Yun Zhou, Nicolas Falletto
  • Patent number: 9744625
    Abstract: The present invention involves laser machining polymer substrates to form a stent with laser parameters that minimize damage to the substrate in a surface region adjacent to the machined edge surface. The wavelength and pulse width are selected for this unique application and they can be controlled to minimize the surface modifications (such as voids, cracks which are induced by the laser-material interaction) which contribute to the variation in mechanical properties with distance from the edge surface, bulk mechanical properties, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Joel Harrington, Ryan Vaughan, Kevin Jow, William Pippey, Yung-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 9703111
    Abstract: A laser processing machine includes: a laser oscillator which emits laser light; a scanning unit which scans a processing target surface of a work by deflecting the laser light emitted from the laser oscillator; and a focusing unit which is disposed between the laser oscillator and the scanning unit and which focuses the laser light emitted from the laser oscillator. The focusing unit is set so as to focus the laser light at a second position that is more distant from a first position where the laser light is incident vertically than a third position that is farthest from the first position in the processing target surface of the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INDUSTRIAL DEVICES SUNX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Miyazaki, Tomoki Komiya, Takuya Yoshimi
  • Patent number: 9676167
    Abstract: A method of laser processing a material to form a separated part. The method includes focusing a pulsed laser beam into a laser beam focal line, viewed along the beam propagation direction, directed into the material, the laser beam focal line generating an induced absorption within the material, the induced absorption producing a hole or fault line along the laser beam focal line within the material, and directing a defocused carbon dioxide (CO2) laser from a distal edge of the material over the plurality of holes to a proximal edge of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Sasha Marjanovic, Garrett Andrew Piech, Sergio Tsuda, Robert Stephen Wagner
  • Patent number: 9580851
    Abstract: In at least one implementation, a method for forming openings for a stitched seam in a composite panel having an outer layer, and a substrate behind the outer layer includes providing a laser beam onto the substrate, with the laser beam forming an opening through the substrate but not through the outer layer, and moving at least one of the laser or the substrate relative to the other so that a new opening can be formed that is spaced from the already formed opening. Successive openings can be formed in desired locations around the panel to facilitate subsequent panel stitching. In at least some implementations, the laser may form such openings while stitches are formed in the panel, wherein a stitch is provided in a previous opening while or nearly at the same time the laser forms a different opening for a subsequent stitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventor: Gordon Davies
  • Patent number: 9579688
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide methods of making ceramic articles and cold-set plugs for ceramic honeycomb bodies. The methods of making ceramic articles include providing a ceramic honeycomb body and applying an aqueous composition to the ceramic honeycomb body to form a cold-set plug. The aqueous composition includes a refractory filler, an inorganic binder, and an organic binder. The refractory filler includes particles having a d50 ranging from about 10 ?m to about 40 ?m, a d10 greater than about 2 ?m, and a d90 less than about 110 ?m. Embodiments also provide methods of making the cold-set plug that include preparing the aqueous composition and forming the cold-set plug by applying the composition to the ceramic honeycomb body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Keith Norman Bubb, Anthony Joseph Cecce, Thomas Richard Chapman
  • Patent number: 9551421
    Abstract: Object: To provide a sliding member with a low friction coefficient in which, when fine dents are formed in a surface of the sliding member by dimpling using a laser, no hard raised portions are generated, and which does not damage a mating member; and to provide a process for producing the sliding member. Solution Means: A sliding member comprising a polyamide resin and 10 to 50 wt % of a fibrous filler selected from the group consisting of carbon fibers, aramid fibers, and whiskers, and having fine dents formed in a sliding surface thereof by dimpling using a laser; and a process for producing a sliding member comprising adding 10 to 50 wt % of a fibrous filler selected from the group consisting of carbon fibers, aramid fibers, and whiskers to a polyamide resin, and forming fine dents in a sliding surface of the sliding member by dimpling using a laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: NOK Corporation
    Inventors: Yuhei Tabuchi, Yoshiyuki Abe, Toshiyuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 9533910
    Abstract: A method for cutting a glass article from a strengthened glass substrate having a surface compression layer and a tensile layer includes forming an edge defect in the surface compression layer on a first edge of the strengthened glass substrate. The method further includes propagating a through vent through the surface compression and tensile layers at the edge defect. The through vent precedes a region of separation along a cut line between the glass article and the strengthened glass substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Xinghua Li, Lisa Anne Moore
  • Patent number: 9530530
    Abstract: A method is provided for manufacturing a scintillator panel including a substrate and a scintillator layer containing a plurality of crystals formed by depositing a scintillator material on a deposition surface of the substrate. The method includes depositing the scintillator material on the deposition surface of the substrate such that the scintillator material incidents on the deposition surface obliquely with respect to the normal to the deposition surface, and varying the angle between a reference direction on the deposition surface and a projected incident direction that is obtained by projecting the direction of the scintillator material incident onto the deposition surface. In the vapor deposition, the amount of the scintillator material deposited on the deposition surface changes according to the angle between the projected incident direction and the reference direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Oike, Yoshinori Shibutani, Nobuhiro Yasui, Toru Den
  • Patent number: 9528048
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for preparing hierarchically ordered structures of inorganic phosphate particles, homogeneously deposited on the surface of a phyllosilicate, which is characterized in that it comprises the following steps: a) obtaining an acid solution of precursor compounds of an inorganic phosphate; b) preparing a dispersion of particles of a phyllosilicate in aqueous medium and acidifying the phyllosilicate dispersion by adding at least one acid, thereby obtaining an acid dispersion; c) mixing the acid solution obtained in step a) with the dispersion obtained in step b); and d), with stirring, adding a base to the mixture obtained in step c) until the required pH value for precipitating the corresponding inorganic phosphate on the phyllosilicate particles has been achieved, resulting in a hierarchically ordered structure of homogeneously distributed submicrometric or nanometric inorganic phosphate particles supported on the phyllosilicate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TOLSA, S.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Esteban Cubillo, Julio Santaren Rome, Eduardo Aguilar Diez, Antonio Alvarez Berenguer, Elena Palacios Zambrano, Maria Pilar Leret Molto, Jose Francisco Fernández Lozano, Antonio Heliodoro De Aza Moya, Miguel Angel Rodriguez Barbero
  • Patent number: 9488921
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus configured to project each of a plurality of radiation beams onto a respective location on a target, the plurality of radiation beams forming a desired dose pattern via a plurality of spot exposures, the nominal position of a characteristic point in the dose distribution of each of the spot exposures lying at points defining a first grid. The apparatus has, or is provided data from, a controller configured to: calculate a target intensity value for each of the plurality of radiation beams to expose the target to the desired dose pattern, the calculation using as input a rasterized representation of the desired dose pattern, the rasterized representation including a dose value defined at each of a plurality of points on a second grid, the first and second grids having the same geometry, and control the exposure apparatus to emit beams with the target intensity values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Patricius Aloysius Jacobus Tinnemans, Wouter Frans Willem Mulckhuyse
  • Patent number: 9427909
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for patterning internal and/or external doubly-curved surfaces by use of a light source, three-dimensional scanning optics, computer controller, and a multi-axis robot. The system is capable of digitally receiving shape, location, and pattern data of a three-dimensional doubly-curved surface and applying said pattern over large areas with high precision in a seamless fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: II-VI Incorporated
    Inventors: David M. Casale, Derek S. Rollins
  • Patent number: 9421937
    Abstract: A panel having a deployable cover for an airbag module is provided. The panel having: an outer layer having a show surface and an inner surface opposite the show surface; a tear seam formed in the outer layer, the tear seam defined by a plurality of holes formed in the outer layer extending from the inner surface towards the show surface, wherein a residual wall thickness of the outer layer is located between each of the plurality of holes and the show surface, wherein the outer layer includes at least one filler material, that exhibits an absorbance of a wavenumber of a laser used to form the plurality of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: John F. O'Gara, Srimannarayana Kakarala, Donna Hawes
  • Patent number: 9383597
    Abstract: In controlling light condensing irradiation with laser light using a spatial light modulator, an incident pattern of the laser light and respective refractive indices of first and second propagation media on a propagation path are acquired, the number of light condensing points, and the light condensing position and the light condensing intensity at each light condensing point are set, an aberration condition caused by the first and second propagation media is derived, and by taking the aberration condition into account, a modulation pattern to be presented in the spatial light modulator is designed. Further, in designing the modulation pattern, a design method focusing on an effect of a phase value at one pixel is used, and in evaluating the light condensing state at the light condensing point, a propagation function that takes the aberration condition into account is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Naoya Matsumoto, Takashi Inoue, Yuu Takiguchi
  • Patent number: 9274081
    Abstract: Performing an electrokinetic treatment on different samples includes identifying an electrical signal that is appropriate for use in the treatment of each sample. The identification of the electrical signals results in different electrical signals being identified for different samples. The electrokinetic treatment of a sample results in that sample being exposed to the electrical signal identified for that sample. Accordingly, different samples are exposed to different electrical signals. An electrokinetic treatment employs one or more electrokinetic phenomena to cause movement of one or more agents within the sample relative to the sample. In some instances, the method also includes using each of the electrokinetically treated samples to generate an electrochemical sample and then performing an electrochemical analysis on each of the electrochemical samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: GeneFluidics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jen-Jr Gau
  • Patent number: 9209443
    Abstract: The disclosure relates, in one aspect, to porous solid-state films with controlled pore structures obtained by laser perforation. A thin laser-perforated film can comprise a slab defining a plurality of pores distributed in a predetermined arrangement, the plurality of pores having a distribution of sizes bound by a predetermined magnitude. In an aspect, the plurality of pores are formed in the slab with a laser having a wavelength less than about 400 nm and the slab has a transmission of the laser light of equal to or less than about 70% measured at a thickness of the slab of 100 micrometer or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: SABIC Global Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Roy Martinus Adrianus L'Abee, Tony Farrell
  • Patent number: 9205583
    Abstract: A housing element of a product includes a foil having a decorated side, where this decorated side of the foil is covered by a grip layer for realizing a grip effect. The other side of the foil is covered by a supportive layer. The grip layer may have a rib structure. Each of the supportive layer and the grip layer is applied to the foil in an injection molding process. A processing temperature of the material of the grip layer is significantly lower than an activation temperature of printing ink of a decorative covering of the foil, so that washout of the printing ink is prevented. Further, material of an adhesive layer of the foil is configured to establish adhesion to the material of the grip layer at this relatively low temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Hubert Petz, Marinus Arnoldus Martinus Vugts, Michel Bleeker, Johannes Bernardus Valentinus Van Opzeeland, Geert Mulder, Erwin Bodewits
  • Patent number: 9168611
    Abstract: The laser cutting method for cutting a pair of plate materials, each of which has a different thickness and melting point, by irradiating them with a laser is provided with a plate material placement process for placing the pair of plate materials side by side so that, out of the pair of plate materials, an opposite surface of a laser irradiated surface of a plate material with a lower melting point protrudes more than an opposite surface of a laser irradiated surface of a plate material with a higher melting point, a focus adjustment process for aligning a focus position of the laser with an undersurface opposite the laser irradiated surface of the plate material with a higher melting point out of the pair of plate materials, and a plate material cutting process for cutting the pair of plate materials through irradiation with the laser according to a series of operations while sustaining a focus position of the laser to the pair of plate materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuji Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9156299
    Abstract: A laser-engravable composition comprises one or more elastomeric rubbers including at least 10 parts of one or more CLCB EPDM elastomeric rubbers, based on parts per hundred of the total weight of elastomeric rubbers (phr). The laser-engravable composition further comprises 2-30 phr of a near-infrared radiation absorber and either 1-80 phr of an inorganic, non-infrared radiation absorber filler, or a vulcanizing composition that comprises a mixture of at least two peroxides. One first peroxide has a t90 value of 1-6 minutes as measured at 160° C., and a second peroxide has a t90 value of 8-20 minutes as measured at 160° C. This laser-engravable composition can be used to form a laser-engravable layer on a compressible layer that is disposed on a substrate, and to form various flexographic printing precursors. The compressible layer can also be laser-engravable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Mazi Amiel-Levy, Ophira Melamed, Ido Gal
  • Patent number: 9067399
    Abstract: A system for forming an image on a flexographic media includes a digital front end that provides a screened image; locating transition points from data regions to non-data regions in said screened image; determining a distance between pixels in adjacent data and non-data regions; if the distance is greater than a predetermined distance modify said screened image to remove a shoulder of pixels at the transition point; and an imaging device the screen modified image on the flexographic media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Alexander Krol, Lior Perry
  • Publication number: 20150131235
    Abstract: There are provided an electronic component module in which an external terminal is disposed outwardly from a mold part by a plating process and a manufacturing method thereof. The electronic component module includes a substrate, at least one electronic component mounted on the substrate, a mold part sealing the electronic component, and at least one connection conductor having one end bonded to one surface of the substrate and formed in the mold part so as to penetrate through the mold part. The connection conductor is formed to have a form in which horizontal cross-sectional areas of the connection conductor are gradually reduced toward the substrate and includes at least one step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Do Jae YOO, Eun Jung JO, Jae Hyun LIM
  • Publication number: 20150129688
    Abstract: Microfluidic flow-through elements and methods for forming and using the same, particularly, low cost, easily sterilized, disposable microfluidic flow-through elements may include an orifice region suitable, for example, for fluid jet formation (such as in a droplet sorter or flow cell) or sample injection or hydrodynamic focusing (such as in a non-droplet flow cytometer). Laser drilling, for example laser ablation, may be used to form an orifice region extending through an orifice wall section of a base substrate. The base substrate may be unitarily-formed by injection molding a polymeric material. The orifice region may be advantageously configured to form a predetermined geometry by controlling the characteristics of the ablating beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Kristopher Scott Buchanan, Johnathan Charles Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20150123318
    Abstract: A method for making laser engravings on a web of paper, including prearranging a paper web conveying device; defining a working area along a path of the web; prearranging an emitter of laser pulses; prearranging a movable pointing device, selecting an engraving pattern to be engraved on the web; calculating an instruction file containing pointing instructions; selecting an emission power of the emitter of laser pulses; emitting laser pulses through the emission power; and operating the movable pointing device according to the instruction file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicants: HUNKELER.IT S.R.L., EL.EN. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Quirino Sestini, Giovanni Masotti, Carlo Giovannucci
  • Publication number: 20150121962
    Abstract: A laser material processing system which includes a pulsed fiber laser source having a continuous wavelength bandwidth of larger than 100 nm and pulse width of from 100 femtosecond to 1 microsecond, a broad band laser emitted from one core of an optical fiber, where the broad band laser is applied to a subject material to produce removal of the subject material and/or color change of the subject material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Shibin Jiang, Jihong Geng, Qing Wang
  • Publication number: 20150126827
    Abstract: A covering cap, in particular for placing on a skin analyzer, contains an end wall bounded by a circumferential edge, and a circumferential wall adjoining the circumferential edge of the end wall. At least one part of the covering cap has a thickness that is less than a thickness of the circumferential wall in a portion of the circumferential wall that lies in the region or end of the circumferential wall remote from the end wall. The end wall is of a gas-permeable configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: HAGL Peter
  • Publication number: 20150123317
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of scoring packaging structures, including multi-layer polymeric films incorporating an encapsulated oxygen-impermeable layer, using laser energy. The methods are able to score structures which contain an oxygen-impermeable barrier without disrupting the permeability characteristics of the structure, and retain good printability, clarity, and gloss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Marc David Sorem, Josh Benjamin Ball
  • Publication number: 20150122774
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an inlaid ceramic element for a timepiece including: a) forming a ceramic or cermet body; b) etching at least one recess in one face of the ceramic or cermet body, each at least one recess forming a pattern cavity for a decoration; c) changing a surface state of a bottom of the at least one recess to increase contact surface thereof; d) filling the at least one recess with a composite ceramic to form the decoration; e) flattening the composite ceramic so that the composite ceramic remains only in a hollow of the at least one recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Maria Fernandez Ciurleo, Juliette Muller, Stewes Bourban
  • Publication number: 20150114243
    Abstract: A cylindrical printing plate precursor of the present invention comprising a cured resin sheet formed into a cylindrical shape, the cylindrical printing plate precursor comprising an overlap margin part comprising opposite end parts of the cured resin sheet superimposed on one another, each end part of the cured resin sheet in the overlap margin part having a thickness that is smaller than the thickness of the cured resin sheet other than in the overlap margin part, and a joining part, in the overlap margin part, in which a hole providing communication between the opposite end parts of the cured resin sheet is filled with a cured resin, the overlap margin part having a specific width, the joining part having a specific size, and the joining part having a specific cross-sectional area in the plate surface direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke NAMBA
  • Publication number: 20150116910
    Abstract: A tantalum capacitor includes a capacitor body containing tantalum powder and having a tantalum wire extending downwardly; a molded part enclosing the capacitor body and exposing an end portion of the tantalum wire; a positive electrode lead frame disposed on a lower surface of the molded part and connected to the end portion of the tantalum wire; a negative electrode lead frame disposed on the lower surface of the molded part; and a conductive adhesive layer disposed between the capacitor body and the negative electrode lead frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Bum CHO, Kyoung Sup CHOI, Hong Kyu SHIN, Jeong Oh HONG, Wan Suk YANG, Hyun Sub OH
  • Publication number: 20150119238
    Abstract: A method for marking an item including a shape memory polymer (SMP) having a visual readable and/or machine readable graphic element on the surface of the item. The method includes pretreating the surface of the item; colouring the surface of the item with a dye solution containing an organic dye and an organic solvent; cleaning and drying the surface of the item; and engraving by at least partially ablating the surface of the item. The dyeing process is suitable for colouring the surface of a shape memory polymer (SMP), wherein the information is engraved in a form of a code or other label on the coloured surface. The colouring causes an increased contrast and thus facilitates machine readability of marking and coding without affecting the other properties of the SMP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Thorsten Pretsch, Melanie Ecker, Markus Schildhauer
  • Publication number: 20150114815
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a touch panel, including a substrate, at least one sensing electrode layer, a wire layer, a first light-shielding layer and a second light-shielding layer. The substrate has a visible region and a non-visible region. The wire layer corresponds to the non-visible region, wherein the wire layer includes signal lines and at least one gap therebetween, the signal lines electrically connect the sensing electrode layer. The first light-shielding layer is disposed within the non-visible region and between the substrate and the wire layer, wherein the first light-shielding layer includes at least one recess and a position of the recess corresponds to a position of the gap. The second light-shielding layer corresponds to the recess, wherein an area covered by the second light-shielding layer is equal to or greater than an aperture of the recess. The present disclosure also provides a method for manufacturing a touch panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Chen-Hsin Chang, Che-I Wu, Zhihong Ke, Lixian Chen, Wenzhi Qian
  • Publication number: 20150118740
    Abstract: Provided is a sample processing cartridge. The sample processing cartridge can include a housing and a channel disposed in the housing. The housing can include a sample inlet for receiving at least one biological sample. The channel can in fluidic communication with the sample inlet and can be defined by an upper surface and a lower surface. The upper surface can include a hydrophilic portion and a hydrophobic portion. The lower surface can include a hydrophilic portion and a hydrophobic portion. The hydrophilic and hydrophobic portions of the upper and lower surfaces of the channel can be configured to isolate at least one aqueous reagent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Tza-Huei Wang, Dong Jin Shin
  • Publication number: 20150107879
    Abstract: A wiring substrate includes a substrate main body which is formed of a ceramic laminate and has a rectangular shape in plan view, and which has a front surface and a back surface and has four side surfaces, each being located between the front surface and the back surface, and having a groove surface located on a side toward the front surface and a fracture surface located on a side toward the back surface; and a metalized layer which is formed on the front surface of the substrate main body so as to extend along the four side surfaces, and which has a rectangular frame shape in plan view, wherein a horizontal surface of the ceramic laminate of the substrate main body is exposed between the metalized layer and the groove surface of each side surface of the substrate main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicants: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD., NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masami Hasegawa, Satoshi Hirayama, Naoki Kito
  • Publication number: 20150108691
    Abstract: A method for producing a linear weakening in a flat decorative material having a point-like or spot-like area of action progressing along a machining direction of a laser light beam on the decorative material. The decorative material is set transversely with respect to the machining direction in the area of action in order to obtain a different weakening depth profile on the left and right of the weakening line predefined by the machining direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Anton Tomaj
  • Publication number: 20150108692
    Abstract: A solar cell is formed using a solar cell ablation system. The ablation system includes a single laser source and several laser scanners. The laser scanners include a master laser scanner, with the rest of the laser scanners being slaved to the master laser scanner. A laser beam from the laser source is split into several laser beams, with the laser beams being scanned onto corresponding wafers using the laser scanners in accordance with one or more patterns. The laser beams may be scanned on the wafers using the same or different power levels of the laser source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Gabriel HARLEY, Thomas PASS, Peter John COUSINS, John VIATELLA
  • Publication number: 20150102530
    Abstract: A method for producing a thin film lithium battery is provided, comprising applying a cathode current collector, a cathode material, an anode current collector, and an electrolyte layer separating the cathode material from the anode current collector to a substrate, wherein at least one of the layers contains lithiated compounds that is patterned at least in part by a photolithography operation comprising removal of a photoresist material from the layer containing lithiated compounds by a process including a wet chemical treatment. Additionally, a method and apparatus for making lithium batteries by providing a first sheet that includes a substrate having a cathode material, an anode material, and a LiPON barrier/electrolyte layer separating the cathode material from the anode material; and removing a subset of first material to separate a plurality of cells from the first sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Mark A. Wallace, Jody J. Klaassen, Jeffrey J. Sather, Stuart K. Shakespeare
  • Publication number: 20150093550
    Abstract: Solution casting a nanostructure. Preparing a template by ablating nanoholes in a substrate using single-femtosecond laser machining. Replicating the nanoholes by applying a solution of a polymer and a solvent into the template. After the solvent has substantially dissipated, removing the replica from the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: William Hudson Hofmeister, Alexander Yuryevich Terekhov, Jose Lino Vasconcelos de Costa, Kathleen Stacia Lansford, Deepak Rajput, Lloyd M. Davis
  • Publication number: 20150091215
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a skin system or its elements using a laser cutter. The laser cutter is controlled to perform multiple passes to selectively cut away layers of material on a surface of a sheet of cellular foam materials. Each layer of material to be removed is defined by a cut or texture pattern. The laser cutter is operated to cut deeper with each layer of material removed by setting a different resolution for the laser cutter for each layer. For example, a laser cutter may be selectively controlled to operate within a resolution range, and each layer defined by the same or different cut pattern is cut using a different resolution. The method includes associating lower resolution settings for the first or outer layers to remove a first depth of material from the skin sheet's surface and associating higher and higher resolution settings for additional layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: DANIEL REETZ, Philip John Jackson
  • Publication number: 20150091216
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to resin-soluble thermoplastic veils for use in liquid resin infusion processes, methods of manufacturing resin-soluble thermoplastic veils for use in liquid resin infusion processes, and methods of manufacturing composite articles using resin-soluble thermoplastic veils for use in liquid resin infusion applications. The resin-soluble thermoplastic veils according to embodiments of the invention and of which function as a toughening agent in composites having the veil incorporated therein have improved characteristics including, but not limited to, increased uniformity and decreased thickness relative to prior art veils. These characteristics translate into improvements in the processing of a composite article including, but not limited to, a substantial or complete elimination in premature dissolution of the veil during cure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: CYTEC TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Dominique Ponsolle, Robert Blackburn, Billy Harmon, Richard Price, Marc Doyle