Uniting Spaced Preforms Or Solidified Layers By Introducing Foamable Material Therebetween Patents (Class 264/46.5)
  • Patent number: 10808987
    Abstract: A refrigerator cabinet is provided. The refrigerator cabinet includes an inner liner and an external wrapper. The inner liner is positioned within the external wrapper such that a gap is defined between the external wrapper and inner liner. A first insulator is positioned within the gap, and a second insulator is positioned within the gap. A pressure within the gap is below about 1000 Pa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Abhay Naik
  • Patent number: 10751971
    Abstract: A panel assembly for use in an aircraft includes a surface. The panel assembly further includes a body portion including a honeycomb material having multiple body volumes oriented perpendicular to the surface. The panel assembly further includes an edge portion extending around an edge of the panel assembly and including the honeycomb material having multiple edge volumes oriented parallel to the surface in order to increase edge strength of the panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brandon Hein
  • Patent number: 10723110
    Abstract: What is described is a method for manufacturing a profile element for sealing building-structure joints, especially for sealing against sound and smoke and optionally against fire, to an apparatus for manufacturing such a profile element and to the use of the profile element manufactured according to the invention for the acoustic, smokeproof and/or fireproof sealing of connecting joints in drywalls, especially of expansion joints. In particular, an improved method is described for continuous and endless manufacture of such a profile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Ober, Markus Weiling
  • Patent number: 10399316
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for uniform growth of nanostructures such as nanotubes (e.g., carbon nanotubes) on the surface of a substrate, wherein the long axes of the nanostructures may be substantially aligned. The nanostructures may be further processed for use in various applications, such as composite materials. For example, a set of aligned nanostructures may be formed and transferred, either in bulk or to another surface, to another material to enhance the properties of the material. In some cases, the nanostructures may enhance the mechanical properties of a material, for example, providing mechanical reinforcement at an interface between two materials or plies. In some cases, the nanostructures may enhance thermal and/or electronic properties of a material. The present invention also provides systems and methods for growth of nanostructures, including batch processes and continuous processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Brian L. Wardle, Anastasios John Hart, Enrique J. Garcia, Alexander H. Slocum
  • Patent number: 10259925
    Abstract: In the manufacture of composite product, raw composite is layered on a shape or form and cured at a higher temperature. With some shapes, it is difficult or impossible to apply sufficient pressure to force and consolidate the composite material to adequately conform to the desired final shape during the curing process. The expandable tacky tape of this invention is comprised of a viscous medium incorporating thermally expandable material. Applied over the raw composite, the expandable tacky tape effectively forces the composite to conform to the desired shape during curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Matt Wallen
  • Patent number: 10041193
    Abstract: A sandwich core material for a sandwich laminate is disclosed. The sandwich core material includes a number of flexible core material elements having a longitudinal structure. A flexible core material for a sandwich core material, a sandwich laminate and a wind turbine blade including such a sandwich core material are provided. In addition, the present a method of manufacturing such a sandwich core material is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S
    Inventor: Erik Grove-Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9969338
    Abstract: The interior component of the invention has a core material and a skin material arranged to cover a surface of the core material. The core material is provided with a top plate, an outer wall portion having a round shape at a corner portion, and a plurality of drop-off prevention ribs arranged adjacent to the outer wall portion. A resin band is mounted to an inner surface of a peripheral edge portion of the skin material. The resin band and the peripheral portion of the skin material are fitted and fixed to the outer wall portion of the core material by using reaction force generated when the resin band is elastically folded into the corner portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Howa Kasei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsugiaki Kajitani, Hidekazu Oike
  • Patent number: 9743513
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the disclosure, a flexible electronic device is provided. The flexible electronic device includes a flexible substrate, at least one component and at least one stress buffer. The component may be disposed on the flexible substrate and having a lateral surface. The stress buffer may be disposed adjacent to the lateral surface of the component and has a stiffness which is getting larger toward the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Shu-Wei Kuo, Kuo-Lung Lo, Cheng-Che Wu, Chen-Chu Tsai
  • Patent number: 9688050
    Abstract: A panel structure and a method of forming the panel structure are disclosed. The panel structure typically includes at least one panel associated with a material. The panel structure has been found particularly advantageous for use as an interior panel of an airplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ZEPHYROS, INC.
    Inventors: David Carlson, Brandon Madaus, Matthew Harthcock, Kearney Barton, Charles L. Taylor, Jason Walker
  • Patent number: 9463586
    Abstract: A production device (20) of a molded foam body includes an upper mold (21) and a lower mold (22) having a cavity (23) formed between mold surfaces (21a, 22a) facing each other, wherein a raw foam material is supplied on the mold surface (22a) of the lower mold (22) and a hard material (3) is detachably arranged on the mold surface (21a) of the upper mold (21), and the raw foam material is foamed in the cavity (23) with the hard material (3) arranged on the mold surface (21a) of the upper mold (21) to form a foam body and a portion other than a projection portion (11) of the hard material (3) is fixed to the foam body to form the molded foam body in which the projection portion (11) projects from the foam body, and wherein on the mold surface (21a) of the upper mold (21), a concave arrangement portion (28) that is opened toward the lower mold (22) side and on which the projection portion (11) is arranged is formed, and a pivotable mold (27) that opens and closes the concave arrangement portion (28) from the lo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masakazu Igarashi
  • Patent number: 9257706
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing a composite separator for a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell. The method comprises: preparing a prepreg as a continuous carbon fiber-reinforced composite and a graphite foil; allowing the cut prepreg and graphite foil to pass through a stacking/compression roller to be compressed; allowing the prepreg in which the graphite foil is integrally stacked to be heated and pressed by a hot press such that hydrogen, air, and coolant flow fields are formed or to pass through a hot roller to be formed into a separator; removing unnecessary portions from the heated and pressed separator using a trim cutter; and post-curing the thus formed separator, wherein the graphite foil may be stacked on the prepreg as the continuous carbon fiber-reinforced composite such that a graphite layer is integrally formed with the prepreg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Dai Gil Lee, Ha Na Yu, Jun Woo Lim, Sae Hoon Kim, Jung Do Suh, Byung Ki Ahn
  • Patent number: 9242391
    Abstract: A simulated commodity tropical hardwood-based panel includes an engineered veneer face including a first wood from one or more sustainable sources of wood. The face has a dyed coloring, a simulated grain, or a dyed coloring and a simulated grain that is substantially similar to the coloring, grain, or coloring and grain of a tropical hardwood veneer. The panel further includes a back and a core disposed between the face and back. The face, the core and back are stacked and adhered together to form a laminated panel. The face of the simulated commodity tropical hardwood-based panel has an appearance that is substantially similar to the appearance of the face veneer of a commodity tropical hardwood-based panel that includes the tropical hardwood veneer. The panel comprises no tropical hardwood from a non-sustainable source of wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Greene Rev LLC
    Inventor: Paul D. Senior
  • Patent number: 9188315
    Abstract: A fixing system for lighting fixture parts, especially the lights of an automobile, includes a thermoplastic outer lens (2), which is installed in a thermoplastic encircling housing (3) by means of a sealing adhesive (4) and secured by fastening elements. The fixing element is a brad pin (1) which is shot through a groove (31) of the encircling housing (3) and a lug (21) of the outer lens (2), with a profile in the shape of a circle flattened at least at two diametrically opposite places, having a longitudinally smooth brad pin shank (14) along its entire length, which is covered by an adhesive (112) to hold the brad pins (1) together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: VARROC LIGHTING SYSTEMS, S.R.O.
    Inventors: Milan Cejnek, Jindrich Chylek, Robert Rysavy
  • Patent number: 9051453
    Abstract: A polypeptide solution of the present invention is a polypeptide solution in which a polypeptide derived from natural spider silk proteins is dissolved in a solvent. The solvent contains at least one selected from the following (i)-(iii): (i) DMSO; (ii) DMSO with an inorganic salt; and (iii) DMF with an inorganic salt. Further, in the present invention, an artificial polypeptide fiber is obtained by: using the polypeptide solution as a dope solution; and extruding the dope solution from a spinneret into a desolvation bath so as to eliminate the solvent from the dope solution and form a fiber to produce an undrawn yarn. Moreover, in the present invention, a polypeptide is purified by subjecting the polypeptide solution to heat treatment and thereafter removing an undissolved substance therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: SPIBER INC.
    Inventors: Junichi Sugahara, Kazuhide Sekiyama, Ryota Sato, Kaori Sekiyama, Mizuki Ishikawa, Shinya Murata, Kazuko Otomo
  • Publication number: 20150118440
    Abstract: A sandwich structure based on a composite panel made of a thermoplastic core layer connected to at least one fiber-reinforced thermoplastic layer, in particular in-situ manufactured sandwich panels, comprises a thermoplastic core, which is arranged between two cover layers, in which the core is reinforced with fiber-reinforced thermoplastic reinforcing ribs which extend between the cover layers. Preferred methods for the manufacture are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Theodoor de Groot
  • Publication number: 20150118476
    Abstract: The present invention discloses the production of panels by a discontinuous process. The panels are produced by injecting a polyisocyanurate foam forming composition into the mold cavity at reduced pressure. The combination of certain polyisocyanurate foam forming formulation and the reduced pressure in the mold cavity allows production of and resulting sandwich panels in a discontinuous process where the produced panels are characterized by improved fire resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Luigi Bertucelli, Giuseppe Fantera, Paolo Golini
  • Patent number: 8993091
    Abstract: A foam-filled panel is provided. The foam-filled panel can have a substrate layer with a padded area, an unpadded area, an opening within said unpadded area, and a bounding region between the padded area and the unpadded area. A skin can extend across the padded area of the substrate layer and a foam layer can be present between the padded area of the substrate layer and the skin. In addition, a disposable foam injection port is attached to the substrate layer at the bounding region of the padded area and can extend into and be an obstruction to the opening. The disposable foam injection port can be in fluid communication with the foam layer and unattaching the disposable foam injection port from the substrate layer can remove the obstruction to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kerry Scott Zellner, Jr., Chase Nelson
  • Publication number: 20150072107
    Abstract: To obtain an integrated foam-molded product whose manufacturing cost is reduced and which makes an effective use of a property of an integration target. Foaming heat generated at the time of the foaming of a polyurethane foam raw material, whose influence has been conventionally prevented by contriving a special measure, is positively used. The integration target is influenced by foaming heat generated at the time of the foaming of the polyurethane foam raw material in a mold, to thermally deform into a desired shape along a mold shape. Consequently, it is possible to mold the integration target into an arbitrary shape in a step of integrating the integration target with a polyurethane foam layer in the mold by integrated foaming, and therefore, there is no need to work the integration target to a state closer to a final shape in a step before it is disposed in the mold, which can simplify manufacturing steps and reduce manufacturing cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Delta Kogyo Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Etsunori FUJITA, Yumi OGURA, Seiji KAWASAKI, Shigeki WAGATA, Yoshimi ENOKI
  • Publication number: 20150054270
    Abstract: According to a method of forming a crash pad and a crash pad formed thereby according to the present invention, skin is formed to be minimized in size so as to have a shape similar to a final shape, thereby minimizing portions of the skin which are discarded, and reducing manufacturing costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Byung Young KANG
  • Patent number: 8959873
    Abstract: A seal assembly (10) is provided for sealing a core hole (52) formed in a concrete slab (54) having opposite first and second surfaces, with the core hole (52) extending between the first and second surfaces. The seal assembly (10) comprises a cover assembly (12) having a cover plate (14) that is configured for engaging the first surface of the concrete slab (54) and seating over and covering the core hole (52). The cover assembly (12) has a lower plate (16) that is configured for being received within the core hole (52). The lower plate (16) is coupled to the cover plate (14) through a support member (20) so that the lower plate (16) is spaced apart from the cover plate (14) when the cover plate (14) is seated over the core hole (52) to define a cavity between the lower plate (16) and the cover plate (14). A locking element carrier (26) is coupled to the cover assembly (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Longhenry Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles C. Longhenry
  • Patent number: 8950071
    Abstract: During the manufacturing of heat-insulated pipes (1) with an inner duct (3) and an outer duct (2) and a foamed insulation (14) arranged in between, the inner duct is placed on a tension member (10). The latter is tensioned between tensioning means by means of a tensile force, such that it runs straight and that the inner duct is held straight. The latter is held on centering elements (16, 17) which are spaced from one another in a defined way by means of spacers (18). In this straight position the inner duct may be surrounded with foam inside of the outer duct, without needing spacers between the ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Brugg Rohr AG Holding
    Inventor: Karl Knecht
  • Publication number: 20150013880
    Abstract: Foams for filling cavities and crevasses and for forming foamed products are provided. The latex foam may include an A-side containing a functionalized latex and a B-side that contains a crosslinking agent and optionally a non-functionalized latex. The A- and/or B-side contain a blowing agent package or components forming the blowing agent package. The blowing agent package may be the combination of two or more chemicals that when mixed together form a gas or a chemical compound that, when activated by heat or light, forms a gas. In an alternate embodiment, the latex foam includes a functionalized latex, an acid, and an encapsulated crosslinking agent and base. Alternatively, the spray latex foam may include a functionalized latex, a crosslinking agent, and an encapsulated dry acid and dry base. The encapsulating agent may be a protective, non-reactive shell that can be broken or melted at the time of application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Michelle L. Korwin-Edson, Robert J. O'Leary, Robert Edwin Quinn, Fatemeh Nassreen Olang
  • Patent number: 8932499
    Abstract: Method for producing an SMC multi-layer component in a production process. The component has a sandwich structure. At least one foam material layer (3) is embedded between two SMC cover layers (2, 2?). An insert layer arrangement comprising at least one first and one second SMC semifinished product cover layer (2, 2?) is positioned in a press mold comprising a punch (1) and a die (1?). A first and a second SMC semifinished product cover layers (2, 2?) are shaped into two SMC cover layers (2, 2?) by applying pressure to the layer arrangement. Curing of the first and the second SMC semifinished product cover layers (2, 2?) is initiated. The punch (1) and the die (1?) are moved away from each other, until the distance provided therebetween corresponds to a thickness of the SMC multi-layer component to be produced. A foaming process of a material (3?) that can be foamed, which is provided between the two SMC cover layers (2, 2?) is initiated, producing the foam material layer (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Jens Goedecke, Karl-Heinz Ilzhoefer
  • Patent number: 8926876
    Abstract: A method for making a shapeable article from poly(lactic acid) includes treating solid poly(lactic acid) that results in the solid poly(lactic acid) having a crystallinity of at least 20% by weight based on the weight of the solid poly(lactic acid) and a gas concentration of 6% to 16% by weight based on the weight of the solid poly(lactic acid); and heating the solid poly(lactic acid) having said minimum crystallinity and gas concentration to produce a cellular poly(lactic acid) article that is shapeable. The shapeable cellular poly(lactic acid) article is advantageous in that the article can be further shaped by heat and/or pressure (or vacuum), such as via thermoforming, into a variety of useful products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: University of Washington through its Center for Commercialization
    Inventors: Vipin Kumar, Krishna V. Nadella, Stephen Probert
  • Patent number: 8911656
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing a composite fan inlet housing are disclosed. The methods include inserting a first piece of composite material and a second piece of composite material into a molding tool, inserting an inflatable bladder between the first piece and the second piece, and pressurizing the inflatable bladder to a curing pressure for a length of time sufficient to allow the first piece and second piece to cure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Doddman, Robert Saunders Murray
  • Publication number: 20140331584
    Abstract: A dividing wall panel comprises at least one elongate, fire-resistant hardboard sheet, and an elongate insulating foam slab joined to the at least one hardboard sheet. The insulating foam slab is formed from a molded, continuous foam body compressed either during molding or after molding, or both, to improve its sound insulation properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Victor AMEND
  • Patent number: 8875402
    Abstract: A low volatile organic emission method for making a door using a liquid hardenable flowable material. The liquid hardenable flowable material expands upon contact with a blowing agent forming a foam, wherein the liquid material is formed from plant materials, and a door formed from the method. The method forms a door with sound deadening qualities, increased impact resistance, and resistance to burning and capable of sustaining at least hurricane force winds without deforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Glasscraft Door Company
    Inventor: John B. Plummer
  • Patent number: 8871122
    Abstract: A method facilitates fabricating a cellular cushion. The method comprises injecting material into a mold in an injection molding process to form a cushion first layer that includes a plurality of hollow cells that extend outward from the base and are each coupled together in flow communication, coupling a second layer to the first layer, and coupling an injection stem in flow communication to the plurality of hollow cells to enable an operating pressure within the cells to be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Star Cushion Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Gerard Fraser
  • Publication number: 20140302306
    Abstract: A surrogate multilayered material includes a first fiber reinforced layer; the first reinforced layer including a crosslinked polymer and fibers; a second fiber reinforced layer; the second reinforced layer including the crosslinked polymer and the fibers; a foam layer; the foam layer disposed between the first fiber reinforced layer and the second fiber reinforced layer; where opposite faces of the foam layer are in direct contact with the first fiber reinforced layer and the second fiber reinforced layer; the foam layer having a compressive strength of about 3.5 to about 4.5 MPa, when measured as per ASTM-D-1621-73, and a shear strength of 1.50 to about 2.15 MPa, when measured as per ASTM-C-273.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Andrew C. Merkle, Jack C. Roberts, Catherine M. Carneal, Jeffrey M. Paulson, Matthew S. Johannes, Liming M. Voo
  • Publication number: 20140291880
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a conveyance seat having a pad structure including a seat pad and a back face member includes integrally molding the seat pad with the back face member in a state where the back face member is arranged so as to cross over at least part of a parting line that is formed by laying a first sub element and a second sub element of a molding die on top of each other, the molding die being formed of at least the first sub element and the second sub element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoki NII, Yoshiyuki MURATA
  • Patent number: 8834768
    Abstract: A process and a facility for manufacturing foam molded resin articles are provided which facilitate for a secondary material at least partially formed of a synthetic resin to be arranged so as to extend along a curved surface of a mold inner surface, and further to be released from the mold after molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Oota
  • Publication number: 20140239678
    Abstract: A seat incorporating insert(s) intermediate its upper and lower surfaces. A seat insert for the support of the users buttocks conforms to the user's body, has “rebound” properties, and areas adapted to underlie the perineum and/or ischiums of a user softer than the rest of the seat insert. Alternatively, a perineal insert and/or ischium inserts may be used without the seat insert described. Finally, a heatable insert can be used in conjunction with or in the absence of said seat inserts to provide heat for the comfort of a seat user. In all cases, the aforesaid inserts are preferably completely encapsulated and enclosed by the foam materials making up the seat, which can be accomplished by molding the seat around the insert(s), creating a seat with various internal density zones, adjustable heat, and enhanced abilities to conform to the user's body, while limiting pressure on perineum and/or ischiums.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Todd
  • Publication number: 20140210233
    Abstract: An exterior module of a motor vehicle has an exterior panelling for a modularly constructed housing component. The exterior module has a multilayer construction, which includes an inner surface layer and an outer surface layer with an exterior skin arranged thereon, which forms the exterior panelling. At least the inner surface layer is a thermoplastic FRP surface layer having stiffening elements on the side facing away from the outer surface layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Wojciech Brymerski, Michael Fuetterer, Eckhard Reese
  • Publication number: 20140202482
    Abstract: A disclosed decorative device includes an elongate, flexible foam body, an elongate, pliable core element, a pair of adapters, and a pair of end pieces. A method for making the decorative device is described, as is a method for retaining hair using the decorative device. The decorative device includes the elongate, flexible foam body surrounding the elongate, pliable core element along its length. The pair of adapters are each configured to fixably receive an end of the elongate, pliable core element, with the pair of end pieces, each being configured to connect to one of the pair of adapters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Federico Didieu
  • Patent number: 8784708
    Abstract: Methods of producing a custom-fitted prosthetic socket device for a residual limb include covering the distal end thereof with a liner, positioning the covered end within a socket cup to maintain a spaced relationship between the exterior of the liner and the interior of the socket cup, introducing an expandable, hardenable filler material into the socket cup, expanding the material to fill the volume between the liner and the socket cup, hardening the material, and removing the socket cup, hardened filler material, and liner, from the residual limb. Some methods include a filler material that hardens into a flexible solid foam cushioning layer which may optionally form a bond between the socket cup and the liner, embedding the liner in the cushioning layer. Some methods include selecting a socket cup from a plurality of sized socket cups, and/or providing the plurality of sized socket cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Armstrong, Wayne Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20140167306
    Abstract: A sealing apparatus of a foam injection mold that includes an upper mold that is disposed on an upper side as a movable mold to inject a core and a vacuum forming mold to form a skin. The upper mold and the vacuum forming mold are operated integrally and a lower mold is used during injection-molding and foaming of the core. A resilient sealing unit is integrally formed with the core when the core is injection-molded between the upper mold and the lower mold, to attach the core and the skin while the lower mold in which the core is formed and the vacuum forming mold in which the skin is formed are combined using a resilient restoring force. The resilient sealing unit seals a foaming space between the core and the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicants: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Byung Seok Kong
  • Publication number: 20140159357
    Abstract: A molding apparatus and method for manufacturing a crash pad of a vehicle. The molding apparatus includes a foam skin forming upper mold, a lower mold, and a slide mold. A bubble solution is injected into the lower mold and combined with the foam skin forming upper mold. The slide mold is configured to be slidable toward the lower mold at an end portion of the foam skin forming upper mold. In addition, the slide mold includes a protrusion part that protrudes towards the lower mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Byung Seok Kong
  • Publication number: 20140151918
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method or producing a sole (1) or a sole part of a shoe (2), in particular of a sports shoe. To obtain a lightweight shoe which has good rebound characteristics, the invention provides the following steps: a) Producing plastic elements (3), the extent (a, b, c) of which in the three spatial direction lies between 2 mm and 15 mm, preferably between 3 mm and 9 mm, wherein the plastic elements (3) consist of a foamed thermoplastic elastomer based on urethane (TPU, E-TPU, TPE-U) and/or based on polyether block amide (PEBA); b) Introducing the plastic elements (3) into a moulding tool which has a cavity which corresponds to the shape of the sole (1) or the sole part to be produced; c) Connecting the plastic elements (3) located in the moulding tool to one another, wherein a binder is put into the moulding tool to make the connection and/or wherein heat is allowed to act on the plastic elements (3) to make the connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: PUMA SE
    Inventor: Matthias Hartmann
  • Patent number: 8728604
    Abstract: A vehicle interior part may include a base member, a foamed resin material covering a surface of the base member, and a surface cover member covering a surface of the foamed resin material and a periphery of the base member. The base member has a plurality of through holes that penetrates the same in a thickness direction thereof. The foamed resin material has a squeezed out portion that is squeezed out via the through holes formed in the base member. The squeezed out portion is adhered to the surface cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kojima Press Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Setoguchi, Jouhou Hosoi
  • Patent number: 8679384
    Abstract: A weatherseal adapted to be installed in a door or window opening includes a spine, a resilient foam core, an intumescent material, and a liner. The spine has first and second ends, the first end adapted for mounting the weatherseal to the door or window opening. The resilient foam core is attached to the spine, proximate the second end of the spine. The intumescent material is arranged proximate the foam core. The liner encloses the flexible foam core and the intumescent material. The weatherseal or a portion may be color-coded to identify the weatherseal for fire rated applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Schlegel Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Foster, Craig W. Lund
  • Publication number: 20140072753
    Abstract: The present invention relates to processes for producing sandwich elements, where the sandwich elements comprise a rigid polyurethane foam as core foam surrounded entirely or to some extent by a plastics resin comprising reinforcing-agent layers, by producing the rigid polyurethane foam on the reinforcing-agent layers and then saturating the reinforcing-agent layers in a liquid resin and hardening the resin. The present invention further relates to sandwich elements that can be produced by a process of the invention, and also to the use of these sandwich elements as wind-turbine blade, aircraft wing, wind-turbine nacelle, boat-hull, or housing for vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Frank Prissok, Yingchun He, Joerg Poeltl, Daniel Freidank, Christophe Hebette
  • Patent number: 8663514
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an article made from co-injection molding using gas-assist. The article has an inner material and an outer material. The inner material has a blowing agent uniformly distributed throughout the inner material. The outer material surrounds the inner material. The use of the blowing agent in the inner material produces a repeatable and consistent structure, as the blowing agent is uniformly activated through the product. The use of the gas-assist the heat and pressure associated with the blowing agent is allowed to out gas, thereby insuring that the finished molded chair or other item is aesthetically pleasing while providing increased strength and reduced weight compared to traditional plastic chairs formed with known methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Daniel Deskevich, Hendrik Richard Van Hekken, Richard A. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 8661758
    Abstract: A seal assembly (10) is provided for sealing a core hole (52) formed in a concrete slab (54) having opposite first and second surfaces, with the core hole (52) extending between the first and second surfaces. The seal assembly (10) comprises a cover assembly (12) having a cover plate (14) that is configured for engaging the first surface of the concrete slab (54) and seating over and covering the core hole (52). The cover assembly (12) has a lower plate (16) that is configured for being received within the core hole (52). The lower plate (16) is coupled to the cover plate (14) through a support member (20) so that the lower plate (16) is spaced apart from the cover plate (14) when the cover plate (14) is seated over the core hole (52) to define a cavity between the lower plate (16) and the cover plate (14). A locking element carrier (26) is coupled to the cover assembly (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Longhenry Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles C. Longhenry
  • Patent number: 8658071
    Abstract: A method for enabling a lining (14) to be applied to a pipe elbow or bend C comprises the steps of connecting a tie member (12) to an end of a flexible elongate mandrel (1), drawing the tie member through the elbow or bend so as to draw the mandrel therethrough and locate opposing ends of the mandrel adjacent to opposing respective ends of the elbow or bend, and securing the mandrel ends in relation to the respective ends of the elbow or bend. The mandrel can be adapted to the elbow or bend by locating the elbow or bend in a given orientation and deriving a profile S of the elbow or bend while in that orientation, removing the elbow or bend and then locating the mandrel in the given orientation, and adjusting the mandrel in relation to the profile of the elbow or bend to adapt it thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Weir Vulco, S.A.
    Inventors: Ricardo Abarca Melo, Wilfredo San Martin Cisterna, Jaime Ramirez Toledo
  • Patent number: 8646182
    Abstract: Provided is a sandwich component with a core which comprises a foam material. A fibrous sheet-like material arranged in the foam material at least partially encloses a working region of the sandwich component in a sheet-like manner. At least one strut is incorporated in the foam material and extends from an entry surface of the foam material from outside the working region to at least the fibrous sheet-like material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jürgen Weber, Gregor Christian Endres
  • Patent number: 8632712
    Abstract: An internal stiffening member of varying configurations in which the stiffening elements support the skin using a compression-only load path is disclosed. A rib can be inserted into an assembled structural box beam, and a filler material can be used to fill any gaps between the slip-in rib and the interior surface of the structural box beam. The filler material is preferably an expandable material, such as an expandable foam-type material. However, in situations where a slip-in rib forms a primary structural rib, the filler material is preferably a structural adhesive or liquid shim material. A solid adhesive or filler would not crush under the clamping forces from fasteners or bolts at localized fitting attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: James Donn Hethcock, Rodney H. Jones
  • Publication number: 20140015156
    Abstract: A weatherseal adapted to be installed in a door or window opening includes a spine, a resilient foam core, an intumescent material, and a liner. The spine has first and second ends, the first end adapted for mounting the weatherseal to the door or window opening. The resilient foam core is attached to the spine, proximate the second end of the spine. The intumescent material is arranged proximate the foam core. The liner encloses the flexible foam core and the intumescent material. The weatherseal or a portion may be color-coded to identify the weatherseal for fire rated applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Mark D. Foster, Craig W. Lund
  • Publication number: 20130284329
    Abstract: A non-pneumatic wheel with reinforcement bands that provide structural support for the wheel and a method of manufacture of such a wheel are described. The reinforcement band forms part of an annular reinforcement structure that includes foam spacers positioned between the annular reinforcement band. The foam can be a reticulated foam into which a matrix material such as a polyurethane is introduced. The matrix material can also be used to form one or more features of the non-pneumatic wheel such as spokes, a mounting band, and a hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicants: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Brian D. Wilson, Michael Edward Dotson, Patrick A. Petri, Kirkland W. Vogt
  • Patent number: 8568858
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a composite part, in particular an internal paneling part for vehicles, having a multipart cover layer, and a composite part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Faurecia Innenraum Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Koetter, Bernhard Baumann, Harald Von Wantoch Rekowski
  • Patent number: 8551375
    Abstract: A filter element, and filter apparatus, include a filter pack, a seal member, and a seal support frame operatively connecting the seal member to the filter pack. The seal support frame includes an annular extension, which is preferably canted at an oblique angle to a longitudinal axis, for supporting the seal member. The seal support frame also preferably includes a first end thereof including the annular extension, and a second end thereof spaced from the first end thereof along the longitudinal axis, with the first and second ends of the seal support frame joined by a hub of the outer peripheral sidewall of the seal support frame to define a cavity within the seal support frame for receiving the filter pack. The first and second ends of the seal support frame, and the filter pack are preferably joined and sealed to one another by a single bead of adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Baldwin Filters, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene W. Brown, Steven J. Merritt