Direct Application Of Fluid Pressure Differential To Permanently Shape, Distort, Or Sustain Work Patents (Class 264/500)
  • Patent number: 11066533
    Abstract: Halogen-free flame retardant compositions comprising thermoplastic elastomers, which exhibit flame retardance and low-smoke emission. The flame retardant compositions comprise (a) one or more thermoplastic elastomers; and (b) a flame retardant mixture comprising: magnesium hydroxide, aluminium trihydrate, melamine cyanurate, and optionally a phosphate ester flame retardant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: DUPONT POLYMERS. INC.
    Inventor: Eleni Karayianni
  • Patent number: 10792848
    Abstract: A method is provided to fabricate an injection molded piece with a weakened portion in an injection molding system having a cavity defined by a fixed mold part and a moveable mold part. The method comprises injecting raw material in a liquid state into the cavity to form the injection molded piece; moving a weakening insert into the injection molded piece from a first surface of the injection molded piece; injecting a gas to the first surface of the injection molded piece with a controlled pressure, wherein moving the weakening insert into the injection molded piece and injecting the gas are performed while the injection molded piece is in the liquid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Jacob Alexander
  • Patent number: 10479888
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoplastic composition with improved hydrolytic stability, comprising: 30 to 50 percent by weight of a polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) having a carboxylic end group concentration (CEG) of 40 to 120 mmol/kg and an intrinsic viscosity of 0.63 to 0.68 dl/g as measured in a 60:40 phenol/tetrachloroethane; 0.01 to 0.1 percent by weight of a catalyst; 0.01 to 5 percent by weight of an epoxy chain extender; wherein all weight percents are based on the total weight of the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Husnu Alp Alidedeoglu, Yuzhen Yang, Prashant Kumar
  • Patent number: 10195605
    Abstract: The method comprises the step of forming pipes (12) by clamping a bag between shells (13, 14) and by injecting an inflating agent via an inflating connector. The circuit comprises a bag (126) and a press (10) comprising two shells (13, 14) clamping said bag in a state in which pipes (12) are formed between the films (25, 26) of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Rene Reinbigler, Jean-Louis Weissenbach
  • Patent number: 9920420
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus that includes a molding die for producing a sintered body. The molding die is configured for cold isostatic pressing and includes a knockdown mold frame comprised of plural frame members and a bottom plate provided in contact with the knockdown mold frame. An upper punch is provided to be movable along the inner surface of the knockdown mold frame. The frame members configured to be movable relative to each other to accommodate an expansion of a green body which takes place at the time of reducing the pressure after the completion of pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: TOSOH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi Itoh, Masami Mesuda, Hitoshi Nagayama, Tetsuo Shibutami, Shunsuke Yatsunami
  • Patent number: 9331328
    Abstract: A prosthetic stented heart valve which includes a compressible and expandable stent structure having first and second opposite ends, an expanded outer periphery, and a compressed outer periphery that is at least slightly smaller than the expanded outer periphery when subjected to an external radial force. The valve further includes a valve segment comprising a dual-layer sheet formed into a generally tubular shape having at least one longitudinally extending seam, and a plurality of leaflets formed by attachment of an outer layer of the dual-layer sheet to an inner layer of the dual-layer sheet in a leaflet defining pattern. The valve segment is at least partially positioned within the stent structure. The valve may further include at least one opening in the outer layer of the dual-layer sheet that is spaced from both the first and second ends of the stent structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol Elsa Eberhardt, Janice Lynn Shay
  • Patent number: 9132594
    Abstract: A method for laminating a film on to an optical article and a bi-layer adhesive for use in the method. The bi-layer adhesive includes a latex adhesive layer and an HMA layer sequentially disposed on the film and dried to form a solid layer of uniform thinness throughout to provide optical quality. Various types of films may be employed to provide an optical function. Following optional pre-treatment steps, the adhesives are coated on to the film. An optical hot press technique is used to deliver heat and pressure over a short period of time to form a functionally-enhanced optical article with high adhesive strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Générale d'Optique)
    Inventors: Arnaud Glacet, Peiqi Jiang, Bruce Keegan
  • Patent number: 9122149
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus which cures a resin dispensed on a substrate while the resin and a pattern surface of a mold are in contact with each other, comprises a supply portion configured to supply a gas, used to accelerate filling of a concave portion of the pattern surface of the mold with the resin, to a space which the pattern surface of the mold faces, and a controller configured to control the supply portion to supply the gas to the space before the resin and the pattern surface of the mold are brought into contact with each other, wherein the supply portion is configured to supply the gas to the space via a porous portion formed in at least part of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sato, Hideki Ina
  • Publication number: 20150091220
    Abstract: A shaping method and a shaping device are provided which can easily and inexpensively form a curved face in a film including a micropattern. A shaping method is for forming, in a predetermined shaping-target area of a film including a patterned face with a micropattern, and a rear face opposite to the patterned face, a curved face beyond the thickness of the film, and includes a fixing step for fixing an outer edge of the shaping-target area of the film by fixing means, a first heating step for heating the film 20 by heating means 95, and a pressure adjusting step for producing a predetermined pressure difference between both faces of the film by the pressurizing means in such a way that pressure at a side where the film is fixed in the fixing step becomes small to form a pre-curved face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Hirosuke Kawaguchi, Tatsuya Hagino, Satoru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8933150
    Abstract: This invention describes a composite molded material consisting of granular ceramic or ceramic coated material and liquid epoxy or urethane resin or vinyl ester resin or polyester resin or mixtures thereof in various ratios by weight and the processes by which the invention is produced. This invention results in a composite material of two or more dissimilar materials which improves the characteristic properties, such as wear, stain and abrasion resistance, oxidation resistance, corrosion resistance, heat resistance, electrical and thermal conductivity, and mechanical strength for which a monolithic material is not satisfactory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Grenite Sustainable Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: John G. Carpenter, Richard E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8920585
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for elimination of lamination defects on progressive addition lenses. The lamination method uses a flexible bladder designed to apply pressure evenly across the lens surface. A spacer is positioned between a Hard Multi-Coat carrier and the flexible bladder. The spacer is located in a region of the carrier which is designated to deliver a coating to a section of the lens which is farthest from the carrier. The spacer asymmetrically increases the pressure applied to the carrier to eliminate lamination defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Générale d'Optique)
    Inventors: Haifeng Shan, Peiqi Jiang, Steven Weber
  • Publication number: 20140367022
    Abstract: A method and system for manufacturing complex, three-dimensional textile structures is disclosed. These textile structures may be large and heavy and difficult to maneuver without damaging them. The method enables various types of joints to be constructed between textile panels plus the application of patches and details onto the surface of these panels. The method minimizes handling and damage to the textile material. The method also reduces the manpower required during the manufacturing process, thus minimizing manufacturing time and cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Steve Wallace
  • Publication number: 20140300035
    Abstract: Use of optimized piston member for generating peak liquid pressure. A one-step hydraulic blow molding system and method for forming a preform and a liquid filled container from the preform. The machine and method include a sealing mechanism that forms a seal primarily utilizing compressive forces in an axial direction to prevent the leakage of liquid blow medium. The sealing mechanism includes an axial end face of a forming head and an upper axial surface of a neck ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: DISCMA AG
    Inventors: Theodore F. Eberle, Luc Desoutter
  • Patent number: 8784724
    Abstract: To prevent defective molding, a base member is set between split molds of a metal mold, a molding rubber material is injected into an endless shape cavity defined between the base member and the split mold, an injection amount thereof is made such that the molding rubber material fills the cavity and thereafter flows from an air vent hole open to a confluence position in the cavity into a surplus material reservoir provided downstream but does not fill the surplus material reservoir, pressure drop due to flow resistance is caused to the molding rubber material flowing into the surplus material reservoir, and thereby pressure in the cavity is maintained to be not lower than pressure required to mold a gasket and lower than pressure causing leakage from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: NOK Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeru Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20140187023
    Abstract: Apparatus and processes for preparing heterostructures with reduced strain are disclosed. The heterostructures may include a semiconductor structure that conforms to a surface layer having a different crystal lattice constant than the structure to form a relatively low-defect heterostructure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: SunEdison, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Falster, Vladimir V. Voronkov, John A. Pitney, Peter D. Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20140187022
    Abstract: Apparatus and processes for preparing heterostructures with reduced strain are disclosed. The heterostructures may include a semiconductor structure that conforms to a surface layer having a different crystal lattice constant than the structure to form a relatively low-defect heterostructure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: SUNEDISON, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Falster, Vladimir V. Voronkov, John A. Pitney, Peter D. Albrecht
  • Patent number: 8735523
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides polymer crystalline materials containing crystals of the polymer and satisfying the following requirements (I) and (II) or the following requirements (I) and (III): (I) the polymer crystalline materials a crystallinity of 70% or greater; (II) the crystals are 300 nm or less in size; and (III) the crystals have a number density of 40 ?m?3 or greater. This allows an embodiment of the present invention to provide polymer crystalline materials which are excellent in properties such as mechanical strength, heat tolerance, and transparency or, in particular, polymer crystalline materials, based on a general-purpose plastic such as PP, which is excellent in properties such as mechanical strength, heat tolerance, and transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hiroshima University
    Inventors: Masamichi Hikosaka, Kaori Watanabe, Kiyoka Okada
  • Publication number: 20140135469
    Abstract: A film formed from a polymer composition containing one or more thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers is provided. The specific nature of the polymer or blend of polymers is selectively controlled so that the resulting polymer composition possesses both a low viscosity and high melt strength. The present inventor has discovered that this unique combination of thermal properties results in a composition that is both highly melt processible and stretchable, which allows the resulting film to be oriented to a degree greater than previously thought possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Ticona LLC
    Inventors: Young Shin Kim, Xinyu Zhao
  • Publication number: 20140117030
    Abstract: A beverage container lid includes an interior cover, an exterior cover, and a hinge connecting the interior cover to the exterior cover. The beverage container is versatile in that it may be adapted for use with a beverage container containing a cold beverage, a hot beverage, or a foamy or creamy beverage. The beverage container lid preferably includes a spout, straw perforations, an elevated portion, a reservoir bottom, a well portion, and a pair of retaining walls preventing direct flow of beverage from a pair of openings in the interior cover to the spout. Methods of use and methods of making a the beverage container lid are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: ENTERPRISE EXPRESS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Milan
  • Publication number: 20140093716
    Abstract: A film comprising stripes alternating with strands is disclosed. In some embodiments, the strands have a core and a sheath. The core is more elastic than both the sheath and the strands. In some embodiments, the film has an elongation of at least 75 percent, the width of the strands is in a range from 100 micrometers to 750 micrometers, and a portion of each strand forms part of at least one major surface of the film. An extrusion die useful for making the film and a method for making the film using the extrusion die are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas P. Hanschen, Ronald W. Ausen, Paul S. Wallis, William J. Kopecky, Vathsala Rajagopal, William H. Sikorski, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140087108
    Abstract: Thus, the extrudable composition may comprise an extrudable composition having a heat deflection temperature greater than about 50° C. and a melting point between 80° C. to 190° C., the extrudable composition comprises 0 to 100% amorphous polylactic acid, 0 to 100% crystalline polylactic acid, 0.1 to 4% natural oil, 0.01 to 5% nanofibers, 0.05 to 8% cyclodextrin, 0 to 10% crystallinity agent, 0 to 1% starch-based melt rheology modifier, 0 to 1% polysaccharide crystallinity retarder, 0 to 1% natural wax, and 0 to 1% plasticizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: EARTH RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Richard Peter Scalzo, James Etson Brandenburg, Marvin Lynn Mitchell, Paula Hines Mitchell, Melvin Glenn Mitchell, Cynthia Gail Mitchell, Thomas Jason Wolfe, Amber Layne Wolfe
  • Publication number: 20140061980
    Abstract: A first sealing member and a second sealing member are disposed respectively on a lower mold and an upper mold. During a process of closing the lower mold and the upper mold, a gap between the molds is sealed by the first sealing member, thereby forming an enclosed space between the molds. Thereafter, a gas in the enclosed space is discharged. As the closing process progresses, the enclosed space is divided by the second sealing member into a sealed room and a production cavity, followed by a liquid resin being supplied to the production cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Kobayashi, Masaki Namaizawa, Makoto Nasu
  • Publication number: 20140038019
    Abstract: A bipolar ion exchange membrane suitable for use in ZnBr batteries, LiBr batteries, and electrolyzers. The membrane is produced by hot pressing or extruding a mixture of an anion exchange ionomer powder, a cation exchange ionomer powder, and a non-porous polymer powder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Qinbai FAN
  • Publication number: 20140030538
    Abstract: The subject of the present invention is a semi-rigid or flexible and low-gloss impact-reinforced acrylic material. The acrylic material according to the invention comprises a nanostructured matrix constituted of at least one thermoplastic acrylic block copolymer and at least one highly crosslinked acrylic copolymer. The matrix comprises at least one thermoplastic acrylic block copolymer. The highly crosslinked acrylic copolymer comprises, as sole monomer or as predominate monomer, MMA, that is to say that it comprises, by weight, more than 50%, advantageously more than 65% of MMA. The acrylic material according to the invention comprises from 60% to 99% by weight of matrix for 40% to 1% by weight of crosslinked copolymer. These materials may be converted by injection molding, extrusion, co-extrusion, extrusion-blow molding for producing parts, profiles, sheets or films for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Arkema France
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Boutillier, Jean-Pierre Disson
  • Patent number: 8632330
    Abstract: Tools for manufacturing composite parts and methods for using such tools are disclosed herein. A method in accordance with one aspect of the invention includes manufacturing a fiber-reinforced resin part from a plurality of fibers positioned on a tool having a female mold surface. The mold surface can include a first side region, a second side region, an interior region between the first and second side regions, and transition regions between the first and second side regions and the interior region. The method includes positioning a compaction tool over the mold surface. The compaction tool includes a first pressing device and a second pressing device carrying the first pressing device. The method further includes pressing a first portion of the fibers against the transition regions with the first pressing device without generally compacting the portions of the fibers outboard of the transition regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Darrell D. Jones, Joseph D. Brennan, Mark W. King, Kurtis S. Willden, George D. Hempstead
  • Patent number: 8632722
    Abstract: A blow molded synthetic resin bottle has a body and an elongated neck with the body providing a shoulder extending about the base of the neck. The neck has a first collar extending thereabout spaced adjacent the shoulder and at least one additional collar extending thereabout adjacent the upper end of the neck. The resin in the neck is substantially unoriented. To produce the bottle, a synthetic resin preform is injection molded with a generally tubular body and the elongated neck. This preform is placed in a blow mold cavity having a body receiving portion and a neck receiving portion that has a recess extending thereabout seating the first collar therein. The additional collar is disposed outwardly of the mold cavity and is disposed on the upper surface of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Silgan Plastics LLC
    Inventors: Randal Porter, Neal Thomas
  • Publication number: 20130313760
    Abstract: An autoclave (1) is one in which a heat application target molded material (W) is retained in shape by a retaining jig (4) which has a cavity (15) therein, and is heat-cured with high temperature gas. The autoclave is provided with: a pressure vessel (2) in the interior of which the molded material (W) is arranged; a high temperature gas supplying device (5) which supplies the high temperature gas to the molded material (W) within the pressure vessel (2); and an auxiliary high temperature gas supplying device (7) which supplies the high temperature gas into the interior of the cavity (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kondo, Koichi Tanimoto, Yukio Takeuchi, Yusuke Yanase
  • Patent number: 8591789
    Abstract: In a belling machine and in a method of forming a socket at the heated end of a pipe made of thermoplastic material, an end (20) of a pipe (2) made of thermoplastic material on which a socket is to be formed is heated until it is in a deformable state, inserted in a forming chamber (1) and formed into a socket shape. Process air, taken from a compressed air source (30), is conveyed by a process air feed line (3) into an evaporator (40) of a refrigerating machine (4) using a refrigerant recirculating in a closed circuit and passes through the evaporator (40), resulting in transfer of heat from the process air to the refrigerant inside the evaporator (40). The process air treated in this way in the evaporator (40) is then conveyed by the process air feed line (3) to the forming chamber (1) into which it is introduced through an inlet (10), at least to cool the material of the end (20) of the pipe (2) at least by means of a process air flow inside the forming chamber (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sica S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Tabanelli
  • Publication number: 20130300036
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of manufacturing a flexible tubular body for catheter, sheath or similar medical device. The method comprises pre-extruding an inner layer of the body from a thermoplastic polymer and then pulling the inner layer over a mandrel and tightening the layer down. If wire lumens were not integrally formed in the inner layer when pre-extruded, then two polymer spaghetti tubes, each with wire lumens, are laid 180 degrees apart axially along the outer surface of the inner layer. Deflection wires are then fed into the wire lumens. A cylindrical wire braid is woven or pulled over the inner layer (and the spaghetti tubes, as the case may be) and tightened down. The aforementioned components are then encased in an outer polymer layer. A heat-shrinkable tube is then placed over the outer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Eric John Wilkowske, Allan Manuel Fuentes, Xiaoping Guo, Xuan Yen Khieu, Linda Kay Nemec, Richard E. Stehr
  • Publication number: 20130285294
    Abstract: A method of making a double-sided embossed non-woven fabric includes: forming a stack of semi-molten fibers on a screen assembly, the screen assembly including a first layer structure that has a plurality of suction holes arranged into a first pattern, and a second layer structure that is disposed on the first layer structure and that has a plurality of elements arranged into a second pattern; and embossing the stack of the semi-molten fibers on the screen assembly by suctioning the stack of the semi-molten fibers using a suctioning device such that the stack of the semi-molten fibers is drawn into the holes to wrap the elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Chen-Cheng Huang, Pao-Hao Huang, Pao-Han Huang
  • Publication number: 20130273289
    Abstract: A fuel line comprising a thermoplastic composition is described. The thermoplastic compositions exhibit high strength and flexibility and can be used to form one or more layers of single layer or multi-layer fuel lines. Methods for forming the thermoplastic compositions are also described. Formation methods include dynamic vulcanization of a composition that includes an impact modifier dispersed throughout a polyarylene sulfide. A crosslinking agent is combined with the other components of the composition following dispersal of the impact modifier. The crosslinking agent reacts with the impact modifier to form crosslinks within and among the polymer chains of the impact modifier. The compositions can exhibit excellent physical characteristics at extreme temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: TICONA LLC
    Inventors: Rong Luo, Xinyu Zhao, Joseph Grenci
  • Publication number: 20130263862
    Abstract: Heat and/or mechanical treatments on a post-molded article to create designs or textures that extend minimally above or below a surface of the article are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Eva Grace Nellenbach, Hinrich Knuth, Matthew Howard Wasson
  • Patent number: 8529819
    Abstract: Articles are provided having no orientation or a multi-directional orientation. Such articles may be in the form of films, ribbons, sheets, and/or tapes and may be utilized as buttresses with a surgical stapling apparatus or as reinforcing means for suture lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Roland Ostapoff, Brian Nentwick, Richard Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20130231238
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention includes a refractory material, said material comprising: (i) at least 20 wt. % of a first grain mode stabilized zirconia based upon the total weight of said material, said first grain mode having a D50 grain size in the range of from 5 to 2000 ?m, said stabilized zirconia including a matrix oxide stabilizer; (ii) at least 1 wt. % of a second grain mode having a D50 grain size in the range of from 0.01 ?m up to not greater than one-fourth the D50 grain size of said first grain mode zirconia, based upon the total weight of said material; and (iii) at least 1 wt. % of a preservative component within at least one of said first grain mode stabilized zirconia, said second grain mode stabilized zirconia, and an optional another grain mode; wherein after sintering, said material has porosity at 20° C. in the range of from 5 to 45 vol %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: ChangMin CHUN, Frank Hershkowitz
  • Patent number: 8524132
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating veins and venous conditions, such as chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, are provided. In one aspect, the disclosed subject matter provides an intraluminal scaffold having a generally tubular body with a lumen defined therethrough, the tubular body having a compressed condition for delivery and an expanded condition for implant within a vessel having a distended portion, at least a length of the tubular body configured to form an enlarged portion in the expanded condition to engage a wall of the distended portion of the vessel. Methods for fabricating and using the scaffold, methods for remodeling a vein, and methods of deploying a medical device in a vessel without negatively impacting the function of a valve of the vessel, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Randolf Von Oepen, Kevin J. Ehrenreich
  • Publication number: 20130221698
    Abstract: A method of forming a thermoplastic sheet for use with a vehicle interior panel includes a negative thermoforming process. The negative thermoforming process can provide a grained and/or coated show surface of the thermoplastic sheet with decorative features that are more sharply defined that those produced using a positive thermoforming process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS, INC.
  • Patent number: 8501078
    Abstract: A method for blow molding containers having cross-sections of a non-circular shape from preforms, in which a temperature profile varying at least in the circumferential direction of the preform is produced by means of at least one heat transfer element, for which purpose the preform and at least the heat transfer element are oriented toward one another by a relative rotational movement in the circumferential direction of the preform, the heat transfer element is rotated relative to the stationary preform about a heat transfer element axis during the relative rotational movement. Further, a device for blow molding such containers where the heat transfer element and the holder are rotatable about a heat transfer element axis and are coupled with a rotational drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Rupert Meinzinger
  • Patent number: 8501287
    Abstract: The invention is generally directed to baby bottles and other articles produced by blow molding from polymeric materials having glass transition temperatures ranging from 100° C. to 130° C., as well as to processes for producing them. These articles can be exposed to boiling water and can be produced by using a suitable combination of a stretch ratio of less than 3 and a preform temperature at least 20° C. greater than the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Pecorini, Spencer Allen Gilliam, Alan Keith Phillips, Robert Ellis McCrary
  • Patent number: 8501292
    Abstract: The invention is generally directed to baby bottles and other articles produced by blow molding from polymeric materials having glass transition temperatures ranging from 100° C. to 130° C., as well as to processes for producing them. These articles can be exposed to boiling water and can be produced by using a suitable combination of a stretch ratio of less than 3 and a preform temperature at least 20° C. greater than the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Pecorini, Spencer Allen Gilliam, Alan Keith Phillips
  • Publication number: 20130172477
    Abstract: Provided are a tetrafluoroethylene copolymers having a melting point of at least 317° C., a melt flow index (MFI) at 372° C. and a 5 kg load (MFI 372/5) of from about 0.60 g/10 min up to about 15 g/10 min. Also provided are methods of forming a shaped article using the copolymers described above, shaped articles made with those copolymers and compositions containing such copolymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Klaus Hintzer, Harald Kaspar, Ludwig Mayer, Tilman C. Zipplies
  • Publication number: 20130154307
    Abstract: An impact absorbing member includes a hollow body having a plurality of ribs, and the hollow body includes a low rib density portion being a portion where density of the ribs is low, and a high rib density portion being a portion where density of the ribs is high. The hollow body may include a thin portion and a thick portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130143457
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a halogen-free thermosetting composition including a benzoxazine compound, a monobenzoxazine monomer, and a naphthalene epoxy. The halogen-free thermosetting composition is especially suited for use in aerospace, automobile, rail and marine applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: HUNTSMAN ADVANCED MATERIALS AMERICAS LLC
    Inventor: James Hoge
  • Patent number: 8431068
    Abstract: A process for producing thermoplastic containers (13) extrudes a plastic tube into opened movable mold parts (5, 7, 9). The main mold parts (7) form the container main part (18). The bottom parts are closed to close and weld the tube bottom end. The tube (3) is widened by a pressure gradient acting on it, forcing the tube against the wall of the mold parts (7, 9) to form the container. The mold parts are then moved into the position to open the mold for removal of the formed container (13). The container bottom is made in the form of a cup-like bottom part (19) axially extending into the container main part (18) by the bottom part being everted into the interior of the container (13) to form a bottom elevation (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Bernd Hansen
  • Publication number: 20130101774
    Abstract: A stone based copolymer substrate includes calcium carbonate (CaCO3) from approximately fifty to eighty-five percent (50-85%) by weight and varying in size generally from 1.0 to 3.0 microns, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from approximately two to twenty-five percent (2-25%) by weight and a biopolymer from approximately two to twenty-five percent (2-25%) by weight. The substrate may include a biodegradation additive from approximately three fourths of a percent to two percent (0.75-2%) by weight. By selectively adjusting the ranges of the substrate's components, various products can be made to replace current tree-based and plastic-based products. The substrate can be configured to be tear proof, water proof, fade resistant and fire retardant while utilizing less energy and producing less waste during its manufacture. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the stone used in the substrate includes limestone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: GREEN FOLKS & MACLEOD, LLC
    Inventor: Mathew D. MacLeod
  • Publication number: 20130096231
    Abstract: The instant invention provides a masterbatch composition, method of producing the same, polymeric compositions suitable for films, and films made therefrom. The masterbatch composition according to the present invention comprises: (a) from 70 to 90 percent by weight of a filler comprising calcium carbonate; and (b) from 10 to 30 percent by weight of a propylene/alpha-olefin copolymer composition, wherein said propylene/alpha-olefin copolymer composition has a crystallinity in the range of from 1 percent by weight to 30 percent by weight, a heat of fusion in the range of from 2 Joules/gram to 50 Joules/gram, and a DSC melting point in the range of 25° C. to 110° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Dow Global Technologies LLC.
    Inventors: Satish V. Awate, Brad A. Cobler, Rajen M. Patel
  • Patent number: 8420003
    Abstract: A tube material is formed by continuously extruding a thermoplastic resin material in the shape of a cylinder that has a thickness of 100 ?m and a circumferential length of 800 mm. After that, in a polishing process, the tube material is rubbed with a lapping tape of #2000 while being rotated in one direction at a fixed speed, so that circumferential stripes are formed on the outer circumferential surface of the tube material. Then, the circumferential stripes are thermally transferred by pressing the outer circumferential surface of the heated tube material against a mold surface that is finished in the shape of circumferential stripes by a thermal transfer process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tominaga
  • Patent number: 8418740
    Abstract: Composite sections for aircraft fuselages and other structures, and methods and systems for manufacturing such sections, are disclosed herein. A method for manufacturing a shell structure in accordance with one embodiment of the invention includes applying composite material to an interior mold surface of a tool to form a skin extending 360 degrees around an axis. The method can further include positioning a plurality of stiffeners on an inner surface of the skin. After the stiffeners have been positioned, a vacuum bag can be installed over the stiffeners and evacuated to press the stiffeners and the skin outwardly against the interior mold surface of the tool. Next, the skin/stiffener combination can be cocured to bond the stiffeners to the skin and harden the shell structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Chapman, Robert M. Watson, Donald A. Anderson, Marc J. Piehl, Joseph L. Sweetin, Douglas L. Grose
  • Patent number: 8415021
    Abstract: Disclosed is a composition comprising an aliphatic-aromatic copolyester consisting essentially of a dicarboxylic acid component that includes a terephthalic acid component and a linear aliphatic dicarboxylic acid component; and a glycol component consisting essentially of a linear aliphatic glycol component and 0 to 4 mole percent based on 100 mole percent total glycol component of a dialkylene glycol component; starch; optionally water; and polyol plasticizer. Also disclosed are shaped articles such as films which exhibit greater than expected tear strength and methods for preparing the films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Barry Alan Morris, Edward J. Stancik, Mark F. Teasley
  • Publication number: 20130082064
    Abstract: Polyoxymethylene polymer compositions are disclosed that contain an impact modifier. In accordance with the present disclosure, the impact modifier is attached to the polyoxymethylene polymer and comprises a thermoplastic elastomer containing carbonate groups, such as polycarbonate groups. In one embodiment, a coupling agent bonds the impact modifier to the polyoxymethylene polymer. Incorporation of an impact modifier containing carbonate groups has been found to produce articles having good impact resistance properties while also preserving the permeability of the material. The polymer composition is well suited to producing containment devices, especially fuel tanks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: TICONA LLC
    Inventor: TICONA LLC
  • Patent number: 8409490
    Abstract: The technical problem to be solved by this invention is to develop a polyester resin container that can be retort-processed at a temperature in the range of above 120° C. to about 130° C. The object of this invention is to provide a polyester resin container, which is capable of improving the productivity and quality of retort foods, and a molding process thereof. The process of this invention is a double blow molding process, which comprises a primary blow molding step in which a preform is biaxially drawn and blow molded into a primary intermediate product, a thermally shrink-molding step in which the primary intermediate product is heated and forcibly shrink-molded into a secondary intermediate product, and a secondary blow molding step for blow molding the secondary intermediate product into a container, wherein the process is characterized in that a mold temperature higher than 210° C. is used in the secondary blow molding step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Shimizu, Toshimasa Tanaka, Takao Iizuka