Including Forming A Hollow Article Patents (Class 264/515)
  • Patent number: 10696553
    Abstract: A method of forming carbon fibers having internal cavities. The method includes applying a polymer material to a tooling component to form carbon fiber precursor hollow tubes, oxidizing the carbon fiber precursor hollow tubes, and carbonizing the carbon fiber hollow tubes to form carbon fibers, each having a hollow inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Haibo Zhao, Patrick James Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10363399
    Abstract: An expandable medical balloon, the expandable medical balloon comprising a first balloon wall, the first balloon wall comprising a first balloon layer of polyethylene terephthalate having a first intrinsic viscosity, the first layer is outer to a second layer of polyethylene terephthalate, the second balloon layer of polyethylene terephthalate having a second intrinsic viscosity, the second layer is an inner layer, wherein the intrinsic viscosity of the first balloon layer is higher than the intrinsic viscosity of the second balloon layer by about 0.05 dl/g or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: John Jianhua Chen, Daniel James Horn, Adam Joseph Royer
  • Patent number: 10293775
    Abstract: Airbag assemblies are disclosed that can reduce rotational velocity of an occupant's head during a collision event and thereby mitigate traumatic brain injury/head injury to an occupant. An airbag includes a pair of lobes or protrusions to deploy and extend from the rear face of the airbag on either side of the occupant's head to limit rotation of the head. A pair of vertical tethers within an interior of the airbag configure the lobes and contour the rear face to form one or more low fabric tension zones or bubbles. The lobes maintain high fabric tension, similar to a pressurization of a main inflatable chamber of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaohong Wang, Changsoo Choi, Jeffrey D. Williams
  • Patent number: 10166712
    Abstract: A plurality of preforms are positioned in relation to each other and an incompressible fluid is injected into a cavity of each of the preforms to induce them to expand into containers. A portion of the surface of each of the preforms comes into abutment with a portion of the surface of at least one other preform during the injecting step, such that the expansion of the preforms is constrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DISCMA AG
    Inventors: Frederic Drzewiecki, Klaus Hartwig, Damien Kannengiesser
  • Patent number: 10086969
    Abstract: The invention relates to a molded article with a body having a top and a bottom; an opening proximal to the top; and a handle integrally located on at least one side of the body and positioned between the top and the bottom. The handle having at least one innermost surface, one external surface and at least one transition surface positioned between the innermost surface and the external surface, the handle forming at least one semi-enclosed recess positioned between the external surface and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: An De Coninck, Christian Gerhard Friedrich Gerlach, Jean-Luc Azzani
  • Patent number: 9987814
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a method for co-molding. A first element has a top surface, an edge, and a protuberance with a base extending down from the top surface. A second element has an edge, an upper surface, and a lower surface. The mold includes a first mold portion defining a co-molding upper surface, and a second mold portion defining a co-molding mold cavity. The first element is placed into the second mold portion with the protuberance base in contact with the second mold portion. The second element is placed on top of the first element. The mold is closed, thereby producing the second element as a chamber. Fluid under pressure introduced into the chamber forces the second element to conform to the shape of the mold, thereby to affix the first element to the second element. Energy is applied to the mold to co-mold the elements together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidencio Campos, II, Benjamin J. Monfils, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 9883178
    Abstract: A method for measuring performance parameters of an infrared focal plane array (IRFPA) module has steps of capturing continuous digital images from the IRFPA module, performing image division on each of the continuous digital images, and measuring multiple performance parameters of each divided digital image, including signal transmission function, a temporal noise equivalent temperature difference, a spatial noise equivalent temperature difference, non-uniformity and operability, thereby increasing accuracy in measuring the performance parameters of the IRFPA module. Also, a method for detecting bad pixels of an IRFPA module includes a gain value method, an offset value method, a temporal noise method and a spatial noise method, is applicable to the IRFPA module with more than two response areas, and avoids incorrect detection to treat pixels in different response areas as bad pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Yu-Chiao Chiu, Le-Yen Chang, Yim-Min Chen
  • Patent number: 9856077
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process for the production of a container, in particular a fuel tank of thermoplastic material, by extrusion blow molding, wherein during shaping of the container within a multi-part tool the container is provided with at least one connecting element passing through the wall thereof, wherein with at least a part of the connecting element as a lost shaping male die the wall of the container is displaced from one side into a tool placed on the oppositely side of the container wall and removed. The invention further concerns a fuel tank with at least one connecting element which is connected to the tank wall at least in region-wise manner by intimate joining of the materials involved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Borchert, Gerd Wolter, Harald Lorenz, Dirk Eulitz, Timo Kramer
  • Patent number: 9457506
    Abstract: A process for producing and assembling a medical operations syringe (20) comprising in the order the operations of extruding plastic material in order to obtain an intermediate tubular element (1) made of plastic material at least partially at molten state, performing on the intermediate tubular element (1) a blow molding in order to obtain at least a hollow body (2), inserting firmly and at least partially a thrust piston (3) into the hollow body (2) immediately after the blow molding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: BREVETTI ANGELA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Roberto Consolaro, Rajeev Kabbur
  • Patent number: 9358740
    Abstract: A production apparatus includes the following stations juxtaposed in the following sequence: a parison forming station for forming a parison; a built-in part attachment station where opposite sides of a center die provided with a built-in part are held between a pair of molding dies to locate the center die in the molding dies with the parison between the center die and the molding dies, and the built-in part being attached to the parison transferred to the molding dies; a molding station where the molding dies are closed to mold the hollow molded product; and a conveyance station for taking the hollow molded product out of the molding dies and conveying the hollow molded product. The center die is fixed at the built-in part attachment station, and the molding dies are configured to be movable back and forth between the built-in part attachment station and the molding station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: Takatoshi Watanabe, Satoru Araya, Masahiro Niihori, Wataru Iwase, Naoya Tabuchi, Kazuhiro Ohtaki, Yuji Hisatomi, Naoto Saito, Naoyuki Murata, Ryuichi Kawachi, Yuji Ito
  • Publication number: 20150091221
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a balloon catheter in which an extruded tubular balloon parison is attached to a component of a catheter shaft prior to blow molding a balloon from the extruded tubular balloon parison. A distal end region of the tubular balloon parison is attached to the outer surface of the elongate catheter shaft component to form a distal bond region between the tubular balloon parison and the catheter shaft component, and then the assembly is positioned in a balloon mold. An annular space between an inner surface of the tubular balloon parison and the outer surface of the elongate tubular member is pressurized to expand the tubular balloon parison in the cavity of the balloon mold to form an inflatable balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150061193
    Abstract: A vessel is configured to hold a product in an interior region formed in the vessel. The vessel includes an inner layer arranged to define the interior region and an outer layer. The vessel is formed using a blow-molding process in which a multiple layer parison is blow molded to form the vessel. The multiple layer parison is formed in an extrusion process in which a number of extruders are arranged to co-extrude associated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: David Dezhou Sun, Philip A. Driskill, Jeffrey C. Minnette, Birju A. Surti, Anthony R. Guarnera, Jonathan K. Williams
  • Publication number: 20150061192
    Abstract: A vessel is configured to hold a product in an interior region formed in the vessel. The vessel includes an inner layer arranged to define the interior region and an outer layer. The vessel is formed using a blow-molding process in which a multiple layer parison is blow molded to form the vessel. The multiple layer parison is formed in an extrusion process in which a number of extruders are arranged to co-extrude associated inner and outer parisons to establish the multiple layer parison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: David Dezhou Sun
  • Publication number: 20150061194
    Abstract: A vessel is configured to hold a product in an interior region formed in the vessel. The vessel includes an inner layer arranged to define the interior region and an outer layer. The vessel is formed using a blow-molding process in which a multiple layer parison is blow molded to form the vessel. The multiple layer parison is formed in an extrusion process in which a number of extruders are arranged to co-extrude associated inner and outer parisons to establish the multiple layer parison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: David Dezhou Sun, Philip A. Driskill, Jeffrey C. Minnette, Birju A. Surti, Jonathan K. Williams
  • Patent number: 8968633
    Abstract: Provided is a footwear last, being of a structure where its interior is hollow. The method includes steps of installing a parison for manufacturing a plastic vessel between left/right molds for manufacturing the footwear last, with the left/right molds opened; injecting a last manufacturing material into a tube of the parison; blowing air while closing the left/right molds; molding the material in a temperature of about 400 C to 70° C. and under an injection pressure of about 600 kg/cm2 to 1400 kg/cm2; and completing the last whose interior is hollow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoo-Heung Yoon, Yong-Joo Chon, Sin-Woo Kim, Kil-Po Kim, Won-Kwon Lee
  • Publication number: 20150042020
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multilayered container having an intermediate layer comprising an oxygen-absorbable barrier resin composition showing excellent processability upon molding. Specifically disclosed is a multilayered container which comprises an inner layer and an outer layer each comprising an olefin resin and an intermediate layer provided between the inner layer and the outer layer and comprising an oxygen-absorbable barrier resin composition, wherein the oxygen-absorbable barrier resin composition has a cooling crystallization peak temperature lower than that of a base resin (an oxygen barrier resin) which constitutes the oxygen-absorbable barrier resin composition, the multilayered container is formed by a solid-phase-forming process at a temperature lower by 1 to 15° C. than the cooling crystallization starting temperature (Tc2) of the base resin, and the body of the container shows a calorific value of less than 0.5 J/g by the isothermal crystallization after heating from 30° C. to 130° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Ishihara, Atsushi Kikuchi, Hiroaki Gotou, Shinji Tanaka, Kengo Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20150014897
    Abstract: A blow molding device and method capable of forming a blow molded article having a built-in part with a good yield rate. The blow molding device has a die core, a blow mold, a parison holding unit and a built-in part holding unit. The parison holding unit has parison expanders and a parison outer holding plate. The built-in part holding unit has an airtight guide tube and a holding rod. After a lower end of a parison is expanded with a plurality of parison expanders, and an upper end of the airtight guide tube is inserted in the lower end of the parison, the lower end of the parison is held between the upper end of the airtight guide tube and the parison outer holding plate, and the pre-blowing is carried out. After the built-in part is positioned in an interior space of the parison, and the parison and built-in part are held between the slide cores, the blow mold is closed and blowing is carried out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: FTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Yukimaru, Koji Sugiura, Toshiaki Asahara, Kouji Ito
  • Publication number: 20150001229
    Abstract: Method of producing a composite pressure vessel (1) having an inner vessel (4) made of thermoplastic material, having at least one end piece (6) provided in a neck region (2), and having a wrapping (5) which reinforces the inner vessel (4) and is made of a fibre material, wherein the method includes production of the inner vessel (4) by extrusion blow moulding and the end piece (6), while the inner vessel is being shaped, is formed on the inner vessel such that the end piece (6) is at least partially enclosed by the inner vessel (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co.KG
    Inventors: Raimund Helmig, Ulrich Karsch, Harald Lehmann
  • Publication number: 20150001117
    Abstract: Multi-layered plastic polymeric container useful for the storage and conservation of pharmaceutical compositions, sterile or non sterile, which comprises an inner layer and an outer layer, a gas barrier layer, and adhesive layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Sandrine Lacoste, Laurence Peyrot, Eliane Boivin
  • Publication number: 20140370255
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of producing a coextrusion blown film is described. The method involves coextruding a blown film having 3 to 11 layers, including a first skin layer and a second skin layer, the first skin layer comprising nylon, and the second skin layer having a different melting temperature than the first skin layer. The film is then cooled before being passed through steam. The method can be used to produce a coextrusion blown film that has reduced curling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Alros Products Limited
    Inventors: Jae BAIK, Elvio Cavicchia
  • Publication number: 20140338816
    Abstract: A ducting and associated method is provide in which the ducting includes a pipe with a thermoplastic or thermoplastic elastomeric layer and a reinforcing layer. The pipe has a curved or bent geometry and the reinforcing layer is made of a composite material based on reinforcement in intimate and direct contact with the subjacent layer. The geometry is obtained by hot forming the inner layer to give the geometry, and the reinforcement is either impregnated with a thermosetting matrix to form a thermosetting composite, or reinforcing fibers are intermixed with thermoplastic fibers or powders, or impregnated with a plastic polymeric coating that is curable chemically. Alternatively, the inner layer is first covered with the reinforcing layer in which the reinforcement includes reinforcing fibers intermixed with a thermoplastic material in the form of fibers, film or powder is blow-molded to give the pipe its final geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Ciolczyk, Marc Dolez, Bertrand Florentz
  • Publication number: 20140326732
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating fluid tank (1), in particular a fuel tank composed of plastic having a substantially closed tank body composed of thermoplastic material, preferably based on polyethylene, and having a jacket composed of a multi-layer composite material surrounding at least parts of the tank body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Markus Hützen, Ulrich Karsch, Sebastian Spitzer
  • Patent number: 8877116
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a wind turbine blade shell part comprising fiber material impregnated with cured resin is described. The method comprises the steps of: a) providing a first mold part having a first forming surface with a contour that defines at least a part of an outer surface of turbine blade shell part, b) arranging fiber material in the first mold part, the fiber material comprising fibers of a magnetizable material, c) providing a resin in the first mold part simultaneous with and/or subsequent to step b), and d) curing the resin in order to form the wind turbine blade shell part or wind turbine blade. The fiber material is retained against the first forming surface by use of magnet means during step b) and/or step c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: LM Glasfiber A/S
    Inventor: Peter Grabau
  • Patent number: 8865037
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing foamed thermoplastic films and trash bags wherein a foaming agent is added to a base thermoplastic resin. The resultant foaming agent/base resin mixture is extruded to form a single-ply foamed thermoplastic film. The film may be formed into bag, such as a trash bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: VINXI, L.L.C.
    Inventor: John Charles Marrelli
  • Patent number: 8857661
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention relates to a container for a product for dispensing, including a relatively stiff outer container having at least one dispensing opening, and a deformable inner container to be filled with the product which is accommodated in the outer container and which likewise has a dispensing opening. The inner container is connected to the outer container both in the vicinity of the dispensing opening and at least at one location remote therefrom. The connection is formed in that the outer container has an opening through which protrudes at least one fixing element connected to the inner container. This fixing element is pin-like and has an end part of which the dimensions are larger than those of the opening. At least one embodiment of the invention further relates to a method for manufacturing such a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Dispensing Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Wilhelmus Johannes Joseph Maas, Petrus Lambertus Wilhelmus Hurkmans
  • Patent number: 8808595
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multilayer film for forming medical solution pouches that help prevent or reduce the presence of bubbles or foam in the solution after heat sterilization. In particular, the present invention provides a multilayer film for forming medical solution pouches that are capable of passing the bubble test as set forth in the Chinese State Drug Package Container Material Standard No. YBB00112005. In particular, the present invention provides a multilayer film in which polyamide 612 or calcium stearate component has been incorporated as an anti-foaming agent. The presence of polyamide 612 or calcium stearate in one or more layers of the film helps prevent the formation of foam in the solution after heat sterilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Babrowicz, Marvin Russell Havens, Jerry Christopher Richardson
  • Publication number: 20140213970
    Abstract: A process for forming a catheter balloon includes subjecting a tubular parison in a mold to molding fluid pressure. The resulting catheter balloon includes a balloon portion having two ends and tubular leg portions extending from either end. The ends of the balloon portion are tapered to the tubular leg portions. The tapered ends have alternating elongate areas of greater and lesser resistance to deformation displaced circumferentially about the tapered ends. The elongate areas of greater and lesser resistance to deformation can include ridges which are either longitudinal or spiraled or rods imbedded in the body of the balloon. While in the mold, the tubular legs are drawn axially sufficiently to form permanent creases in the tapered ends. This drawing may be sufficient to cause the material of the tapered ends to exceed the yield strength, particularly with the balloon material in a malleable state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Yidong M. Zhu, Marlowe E. Patterson
  • Patent number: 8764101
    Abstract: A load bearing panel member having a first portion, a second portion, and an appearance surface portion is formed by injection molding such that the first portion includes a plurality of rib members forming a grid pattern on the first portion and another plurality of rib members extending toward the periphery of the first portion which may be non-orthogonal to each other and to the rib members forming the grid pattern. A tubular cavity may be formed within each of the non-orthogonal rib members by injecting a gas into the rib member during the molding process forming the panel. An appearance surface portion attached to the first portion and second portion of the panel member forms an integral hinge between the first and second portions of the panel member. The panel member may be configured as a floor panel of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Century Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Calvin A. Saur, Robert L. Becker
  • Patent number: 8747725
    Abstract: A blow head for production of a multilayer blown film with at least two plastic layers has melt guide areas, which are traversed in succession in the direction of flow (z) of the melt, including feed lines to at least two individual gaps for guiding an individual stream, and an annular gap for combining of the film composite. At least one thermocouple is arranged on at least one flow path of at least one individual stream before the stream reaches the annular gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Windmoeller & Hoelscher KG
    Inventors: Ansgar Avermeyer, Klemens Sensen, Martin Backmann
  • Patent number: 8734695
    Abstract: An endoscope flexible tube comprises: a tubular structure having flexibility; and a shell layer on an outer peripheral surface of the tubular structure, wherein the shell layer has a two-layer structure including a rigid resin layer of a rigid resin and a soft resin layer of a soft resin, and wherein the two-layer structure is maintained over the entire flexible tube in its length direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Fujinon Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Yago, Nobuharu Takahashi, Yoshiyuki Yoshimoto, Rei Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 8721956
    Abstract: A fluid receptacle may include an outer wall defining a periphery of the fluid receptacle, and an inner wall. The inner wall may be connected to the outer wall at certain locations and spaced from the outer wall at other locations providing gaps between the outer wall and the inner wall. In some implementations, the inner wall may be complete or continuous and liquid fuel may be contained within the inner wall. In other implementations, liquid fuel may be received between the inner and outer walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: TI Automotive Technology Center GmbH
    Inventors: Albert J. Boecker, Andreas W. Dobmaier, Alex Ehler, Peter Grauer, Matthias B. Olbrich, Bernd Weber
  • Patent number: 8715564
    Abstract: Methods and systems for manufacturing an implantable medical device, such as a stent, from a tube with desirable mechanical properties, such as improved circumferential strength and rigidity, are described herein. Improved circumferential strength and rigidity may be obtained by inducing molecular orientation in materials for use in manufacturing an implantable medical device. Methods of inducing circumferential molecular orientation by inducing circumferential flow in a molten polymer are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Huang, Stephen Schaible, Richard Kaufman, Jim Kennedy, David C. Gale, Suresh Amin, John Guardiano
  • Patent number: 8703260
    Abstract: A catheter balloon and method involves extruded tubing with multiple layers of different durometer values, selected such that the blow up ratio (BUR) at the balloon's inner surface is increased. In one method a two stage blow mold process uses a small radius initial stage where radial growth is limited, followed by a second stage to a final dimension. A single stage blow mold process is also disclosed where the materials and processing are selected to approach the elongation to failure limit of the material. The single stage approach is preferably followed by a modified post-expansion heat set treatment to promote greater axial strength, leading to a preferred failure mode in the axial rather than radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Simpson, Sarah A. Nelson, Jonathan P. Durcan
  • Publication number: 20140012193
    Abstract: Multi-lumen catheter having a monolithic elongate tubular shaft member having a proximal end, a distal end and a longitudinal length therebetween. The tubular shaft member has an outer cross-sectional dimension that varies along the length of the tubular shaft member. The tubular shaft member has an inner core made of a first material and an outer layer made of a second material. The inner core has a first lumen and a second lumen defined therein, the first lumen having a first lumen cross-section and a length extending at least along a portion of the length of the tubular shaft member. The first lumen cross-section is substantially uniform along the length of the first lumen. The second lumen has a second lumen cross-section and a length extending along the length of tubular shaft member. The second lumen cross-section is substantially uniform along the length of the second lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Hua Qiu, Tung-Liang Lin
  • Patent number: 8609015
    Abstract: There is provided a method for forming a resin molded article characterized by comprising the steps of melting and kneading a thermoplastic resin, storing a predetermined amount of the melted and kneaded thermoplastic resin, extruding the stored thermoplastic resin intermittently in a predetermined extrusion amount per unit time from an extrusion slit provided in a T-die and having a predetermined gap and sandwiching the sheet-shaped resin between a pair of rollers arranged below the extrusion slit and feeding the resin downward at a feeding speed higher than, or equal to the predetermined extrusion speed by rotary driving of the rollers, disposing the sheet-shaped molten resin, fed by the rollers, near a side of a mold arranged below the pair of rollers, and forming the sheet-shaped resin in a shape conforming to a shape of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Kyoraku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takehiko Sumi, Shuji Ito, Tadatoshi Tanji
  • Patent number: 8608011
    Abstract: A fuel tank capable of strongly fusion-bonding a built-in part to an inner surface of an outer wall thereof while protecting the outer wall even when an impact, etc. are applied thereto. In the fuel tank for a motor vehicle, which is formed by blow molding, in which the built-in part is mounted, and which has the outer wall composed of a synthetic resin, a plurality of mounting members adapted to mount the built-in part to the fuel tank are provided on the built-in part so as to be fusion-bonded to the inner surface of the outer wall of the fuel tank. An abutment portion is formed on each of the mounting members for contacting the inner surface of the outer wall of the fuel tank, and an abutment surface and a plurality of abutment pins, each projecting from the abutment surface, are formed in the abutment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: FTS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Asahara, Tomohide Aoki, Yasuyuki Washiyama
  • Patent number: 8591798
    Abstract: Method for stake-fastening an accessory (4) into a plastic fuel tank, whereby:—the accessory (4) is equipped with at least one orifice (5) which passes right through the accessory (4); —at least some of the plastic of which the wall of the tank (1) is made is melted; and—some of the molten plastic is forced through the orifice (5) of the accessory without becoming detached from the remainder of the molten plastic; —the protruding molten plastic is given an appropriate shape (8) to obtain a self-formed plastic rivet, and is left to solidify; the size and shape of the orifice (5) and/or of the solidified plastic (8) being such that the accessory (4) is mechanically fastened to the tank by at least some of the solidified plastic (8), the stake-fastening of the accessory (4) occurring at the time of manufacture of the tank (1) through the moulding of a split or at least two-part parison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Bjorn Criel, Jules-Joseph Van Schaftingen, Pascal De Henau
  • Patent number: 8584339
    Abstract: A method for fastening a component to a lower internal wall of a fuel tank includes providing the tank with a fastening point close to the opening of the tank and located on an upper internal wall of the tank, and with one or more reliefs. The method also includes inserting the component into the tank via the opening, and the component is positioned on the lower internal wall with the aid of the one or more reliefs, and creating a mechanical connection between the fastening point and the component with the aid of a support. A fastening ring or disc is welded to the upper internal wall of the tank and is provided with one or more reliefs that enable the rapid and detachable fastening of a part provided with one or more complementary reliefs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Société Anonyme)
    Inventors: Edouard Mbog, Franck Lecrivain
  • Patent number: 8562898
    Abstract: A method for forming a resin molded article includes a step of extruding a thermoplastic resin intermittently at a predetermined speed from an extrusion slit, such that the resin droops downward in a shape of a sheet. The method further includes the steps of: feeding the extruded sheet-shaped resin downward by a pair of rollers; and forming the sheet-shaped resin with a mold. In the step of feeding the sheet-shaped resin, one of the rollers is pressed against the other, but not to the extent of crushing the sheet-shaped resin, regardless of the thickness of the sheet-shaped resin. In addition, a surface temperature of each of the rollers is set lower than a temperature of the sheet-shaped resin and within a predetermined temperature range. This method can prevent sliding contact between the rollers and the sheet, while preventing the sheet from being wound around the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Kyoraku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadatoshi Tanji, Shingo Nagashima
  • Patent number: 8551589
    Abstract: An extruded blow molded bottle comprises a neck portion and a body portion. The body portion comprises a first inner layer and a second layer. The first inner layer comprises a first material selected from a group consisting of polyester, phenoxy type thermoplastics, phenoxy-polyolefin thermoplastic blends, and combinations thereof. The second layer comprises a second material selected from a group consisting of virgin PET, recycled PET, PETG, foam, polypropylene, polyester, polyolefins, phenoxy type thermoplastic, phenoxy-polyolefin thermoplastic blends, regrind scrap materials, and combinations thereof. The second material is different from the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Concentrate Manufacturing Company of Ireland
    Inventors: Gerald A. Hutchinson, Robert A. Lee, Said K. Farha
  • Patent number: 8532806
    Abstract: An implant and process for manufacturing the implant for a joint of a patient comprises determining a dimension of a bone in the joint, generating a three-dimensional image of the bone, converting the image into a CAD model, determining a three-dimensional design for the implant according to the dimension of the bone, activating an electron beam melter, and additive-manufacturing the implant with the electron beam melter, the implant having a dimension equal to the dimension of the bone, the implant comprising a porous material. The porous material can be an osteoconductive material or an osteoinductive material or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Marcos V. Masson
  • Patent number: 8524340
    Abstract: The preform of the biaxially drawn, blow-molded bottle comprises polyethylene terephthalate layers 2 and at least a gas barrier layer 3 laminated with the polyethylene terephthalate layers. The gas barrier layer 3 extends downward from a level halfway to the height of the neck 4 including the neck ring 5, or at least from above the neck ring 5, down virtually to the lower end of body 6. The gas barrier layer 3 inside the wall of the neck 4 has an average thickness corresponding to a third (?) or less of the maximum thickness of the gas barrier layer 3 inside the wall of the body 6, allowing most of the gas barrier material to be located in the wall of the body 6. Thus, the gas barrier material is effectively utilized, and in the case of the heat-resistant bottle, the neck has the predetermined dimensions without fail after the whitening treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Hashimoto, Masato Suzuki, Tadashi Asai
  • Patent number: 8501077
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming the vessel is disclosed, the vessel having an injection molded interfacial layer formed on a penetrating element and a filament wound outer shell, the interfacial layer coupled to a blow molded inner shell, wherein a portion of the interfacial layer is coupled to the inner shell to facilitate forming a substantially fluid tight connection therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Ludger Strack
  • Patent number: 8491744
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a strand-shaped part, wherein a hollow section (16) of metal is extruded, the extruded metal hollow section (16) cools and/or is cooled, and a plastic strand (28) having one or more layers is extruded into the extruded metal hollow section (16) after or during cooling. The plastic strand (28) passes by a dispensing tool (24), exposed to the heat of the extruded metal hollow section (16) of an extruder (34). The dispensing tool is inserted into the metal hollow section (16) and comprises a dispensing outlet (26), which is disposed inside a region of the metal hollow section (16) in which the dispensing tool is cooled in relation to the temperature thereof during extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Uponor Innovation AB
    Inventors: Reinhold Freermann, Ralf Winterstein, Franz-Josef Riesselmann
  • Patent number: 8449800
    Abstract: A preventative maintenance method of strengthening the connection between high pressure, in situ piping. An encapsulation mold is installed over a properly functioning, non-leaking coupling or joint interconnecting pipe sections carrying gas in excess of 60 psi. A resin sealant having tensile strength in excess of 3000 psi fills the mold, so that it circumscribes the coupling and adjacent portions of the pipe sections extending from the coupling, forming a permanent bond to the coupling and pipe sections. The method prevents high pressure pipe connection pullout, which otherwise could lead to catastrophic failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Howard Hardwick
  • Publication number: 20130127094
    Abstract: Biocompatible materials may be configured into any number of implantable medical devices including intraluminal stents. The biocompatible material may comprise metallic and non-metallic materials in hybrid structures. In one such structure, a device may be fabricated with one or more elements having an inner metallic frame that is not degradable with an outer shell formed from a polymeric material that is biodegradable by extrusion blow molding. Additionally, therapeutic agents may be incorporated into the microstructure or the bulk material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Cordis Corporation
    Inventor: Cordis Corporation
  • Patent number: 8414823
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a process for producing a container having at least one layer and a top layer, wherein the layer contains polycarbonate and the top layer contains polyarylethersulfone or polyarylsulfone, characterised in that a) polycarbonate is melted on an extruder at 230-320° C., b) polyarylethersulfone or polyarylsulfone is melted on a further extruder, c) the melts obtained from steps a) and b) are shaped by coextrusion into a tube, which is then enclosed in a mould, d) the extrudate is inflated inside the mould and pressed against the wall of the mould, forming the shape of the container, and e) the container obtained from d) is trimmed and cooled, such containers and the use of the containers as bottles or medical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Bayer MaterialScience AG
    Inventors: Claus Rüdiger, Heinrich Hähnsen, Alexander Meyer, Klaus Kraner
  • Patent number: 8409487
    Abstract: Processes for manufacturing hollow structures such as spars for helicopter rotor blades, fixed wings for aircraft, and other aerostructures can include the provision of a path for gases to exit the material from which the spar is formed as the material is heated and cured, to help eliminate voids within the material caused by the presence of such gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Peter G. C. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8404755
    Abstract: Polyester compositions described herein have properties which are particularly suitable for extrusion blow molding (EBM). These properties relate primarily to the rate of crystallization and melt strength or melt viscosity. Articles prepared from the polyester compositions exhibit good clarity, aesthetics, and other physical properties. The polyester compositions also exhibit broad molecular weight distribution (MWD), resulting in improved processability and melt strength. The crystallization rate allows for good drying characteristics while also enabling the use of regrind. In addition, the compositions exhibit improved recyclability, such as in existing PET recycling streams. In one aspect, articles are prepared in an extrusion blow molding method by combining a dry first polyester copolymer component, a dry second polyester component, and a chain extender to form a feed material suitable for extrusion blow molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventor: Clarence Sequeira
  • Patent number: 8398914
    Abstract: A method of deforming an outer wall of polymer pipe is provided. The method includes: forming dual-wall pipe having a smooth wall and a corrugated wall; extruding an outer wall of pipe onto the corrugated wall of the dual-wall pipe; penetrating the outer wall of pipe with a vacuum punch; and drawing a vacuum between the corrugated wall and the outer wall via the vacuum punch; wherein the vacuum drawn between the corrugated wall and the outer wall causes the outer wall to deform in a direction towards the corrugated wall. An apparatus for forming an outer wall of pipe and a mold configured to form a coupling preform in a segment of continuously-extruded and molded polymer pipe are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald S. Sutton