Shaping Is Subsequent To Expansion Patents (Class 264/534)
  • Patent number: 10737435
    Abstract: To reliably perform partial decoration forming by avoiding crush deformation of a hollow structure due to a change into a pressure-reduced state even in a case where part of the hollow structure is included in a partial decoration forming range of a formed plate material. A surrounding frame body (33) is brought into contact with an upper portion of a body to be coated to surround the decoration forming range, and the body to be coated is accommodated, and an upper space (A) in a sealed state and a lower space in a sealed state are formed. A surrounded space in a sealed state whose top and bottom are surrounded by a decorative film and the body to be coated in the decoration forming range is formed after the lower space and the upper space (A) in the sealed state are brought into a predetermined first pressure state where the pressures in the lower space and the upper space (A) are equal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FU-SE VACUUM FORMING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Miura
  • Patent number: 10675387
    Abstract: This invention discloses a process for preparation of a balloon expandable biodegradable polymer stent with thin struts (strut thickness 130 ?m or less, preferably 100-110 ?m) with high fatigue and radial strength. The invention discloses a process for the preparation of a biodegradable polymer stent which involves radially deforming the biodegradable polymer tube by applying pressure to it with an inert gas at a predefined temperature in multiple stages with each successive stage having a pressure higher than the pressure applied in a previous stage. The process further involves maintaining the predefined temperature and pressure conditions of each stage for a specified time period after application of the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MERIL LIFE SCIENCES PVT. LTD.
    Inventors: Rajnikant Gandalal Vyas, Pramod Kumar Minocha, Deveshkumar Mahendralal Kothwala
  • Patent number: 10611075
    Abstract: Container having a body and a bottom that together delimit an internal primary volume of the container, this container also comprising a protruding base comprising an outer wall and an inner wall, the base comprising a skirt which protrudes from the region of the join between the body and the bottom, and a foot which lies at a lower end of the skirt and defines a setting-down plane for the container, in which container: —the walls are locally welded together in the region of the skirt; —the foot forms a hollow bulge, and the outer wall, the inner wall and the setting-down plane together define a secondary volume isolated from the primary volume by the weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Mikael Derrien
  • Patent number: 9757891
    Abstract: A mold for blow molding a container from a preform, the container including a wall portion and a base including a high standing ring and a central outwardly-inclined invertible diaphragm, the mold including sidewalls forming a counter print of the wall portion of the container (1) and a mold base (36) having an upper surface (37) defining a counter print of the container base, wherein the upper surface (37) includes: an annular peripheral face (43) corresponding to an annular support flange of the container base; a frusto-conical outer face (44) corresponding to an inner portion (11) of the high standing ring, the outer face (44) protruding upwardly with a draft angle (A2) from an inner edge of the peripheral annular face (43) up to a sharp apex (45), and a frusto-conical downwardly inclined inner face (46) corresponding to the invertible diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Christophe Bunel, Florian Godet
  • Patent number: 9511533
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a base assembly (100) for forming a base portion of a plastic container. The base assembly comprises a base pedestal (104), a base mold attached to the base pedestal, a push rod (102) movable between a first position and a second position with respect to the base mold to reposition a portion of the plastic container, and an activation mechanism adapted to move the push rod between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Kent Goss, Paul Kelley, Scott Bysick, Philip Sheets
  • Patent number: 9469064
    Abstract: A side blow molding apparatus of (100) includes upper guide rails (106) and lower guide rails (108). The apparatus (100) includes a side blow device (110) having a blow pin assembly (112) and an inner support assembly (114). The blow pin assembly (112) includes a blow pin driver (116) formed as a cylinder (118). The blow pin assembly (112) also includes a blow pin (122) connected to a shuttle system (124) which, in turn, is connected to the cylinder (118). The shuttle system (124) operates so as to move the blow pin (122) in a linear manner. The inner support assembly (114) includes an inner support driver (138) connected to an extender (144). The inner support driver (138) extends and retracts the extender (144) for raising and lowering the inner support (142). The blow pin (122) is positioned on the shuttle system (124) so that the pin (122) can be shuttled in and out of a parison during the blow molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: GEMINI GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Clifford John Braun, Gregory Robert Schave, Christopher L. Verellen
  • Patent number: 9254604
    Abstract: A mold for forming a plastic container having an integrally formed standing ring. The mold includes a first mold portion and a second mold portion. The second mold portion is movable relative to the first mold portion. The first mold portion and the second mold portion together define at least in part a mold cavity for molding a plastic container. The first mold portion and the second mold portion together define a standing ring slot for forming a standing ring on a base portion of the plastic container. The standing ring slot is defined at an interface between the first mold portion and the second mold portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: George David Lisch, Terry D. Patcheak, Kirk Edward Maki, Christopher Howe
  • Patent number: 9193495
    Abstract: Blow molding tools and a method of blow molding which provide that the tool have a retractable push up section in the base which allows for the article molded by the tool to have a recessed base internal to an otherwise hollow structure. As the push up is moveable, adjustment of the push up portion can be performed during an automated blow molding operation so as to allow release of the blow molded article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pretium Packaging, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Raymond C. Eble
  • Patent number: 9180031
    Abstract: A stent comprising a stent body and a plurality of cells is disclosed. Each cell includes two structural members extending in an undulating pattern. Each structural member includes a plurality of cell segments defining a plurality of peaks and valleys therebetween. A first segment and a second segment defining a first peak, the second segment and a third segment defining a first valley, the third segment and a fourth segment defining a second peak, the fourth segment and a fifth segment defining a second valley, the fifth segment and a sixth segment defining a third peak. The first peak, the second peak and the first valley include a first radius of curvature. The third peak and the second valley include a second radius of curvature. The first radius of curvature is larger than the second radius of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jeffrey H Vogel, Paul Noffke, Zhiyong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8961862
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating a polymeric implantable device with improved fracture toughness through annealing are disclosed herein. A polymeric construct is annealed with no or substantially no crystal growth to increase nucleation density. After the annealing, crystallites are grown around the formed nuclei. An implantable medical device, such as a stent, can be fabricated from the polymer construct after the crystallite growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Yunbing Wang, James Oberhauser
  • Patent number: 8881937
    Abstract: Mold for manufacturing, by blowing blanks made of plastic material, containers having a body and a bottom and a wall defining a cavity around a principal axis of the mold and a lateral surface. The wall has, in a lower part, an opening defining a passage for a mold bottom, an upper surface that confers at least in part the shape to the bottom of the container, with said opening having an upper edge. The mold, in any plane containing the axis of the wall: the ratio between a transverse dimension of the upper edge of the opening and a transverse dimension of a lower end of the lateral surface of the wall is greater than 0.95, and the tangent to the lateral surface of the wall, at the lower end thereof, forms with the axis of the wall an angle equal to or less than 30°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Mikael Derrien, Michel Boukobza
  • Publication number: 20140312538
    Abstract: A molding system for molding a container includes a first blow mold operable for blow molding a first form of the container and a second blow mold operable for blow molding a second form of the container. The system further includes a counter stretch rod and/or a base pushup operable for reducing a height of the first form of the container before blow molding the second form of the container. A corresponding method of forming a container is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: AMCOR LIMITED
    Inventors: Bradley Wilson, Peter Bates, Frederick C. Beuerle, George David Lisch, Reinhard C.J. Luchies, Luke A. Mast
  • Patent number: 8858863
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a balloon (1) for treating stenosis and the method for obtaining this balloon. The method comprises the steps of: bringing the balloon in the deployed configuration; placing a plurality of stylets (17) that are arranged in the axial direction along the outer wall (10) of the balloon; pushing the stylets towards the balloon core (11) in the radial direction such as to form a plurality of laps (12); laying the laps about the core in the tangential direction such as to lay each lap on an adjacent stylet; removing the stylets such as to form a plurality of cavities (13) comprised between each lap and the balloon core; filling the cavities with the drug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Invatec S.p.a.
    Inventor: Andrea Venturelli
  • Publication number: 20140265056
    Abstract: A multifunctional detabber apparatus and method for producing bottles having a bottom surface with a hook projection integrally molded with and extending from the bottom surface in a deployed position. The bottom surface also includes at least one locking channel in order to receive and releasably secure the hook projection in a non-deployed position. The multifunctional detabber apparatus includes at least a grabber, a trimmer, and a hook closer. The grabber includes first and second jaws which surround the bottle and prevent movement. The trimmer includes first and second strikers for creating an outer periphery of the hook projection and an opening in the hook projection. The hook closer includes a mandrel that extends to bend and secure the hook projection in the locking channel in the bottom surface of the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Leszek Kozak, Grzegorz Woinski, Slawomir Strupinski
  • Publication number: 20140262882
    Abstract: A package for a medical device having an elongated shaft and a proximal luer fitting includes a one-piece body formed as a single structure via blow molding. The blow-molded one-piece body includes at least a spiral casing formed therein, the spiral casing defining a spiral lumen configured to receive the elongated shaft of the medical device. Webbing is disposed between adjacent curved portions of the spiral casing. The one-piece body formed via blow-molding may also include a removable reversible loading tube, a luer retainer, a cannula holder, one or more slots for attaching an information card thereto, a fastener for clipping the medical device thereto, and a compartment for holding an oxygen scavenger. Further, the one-piece body formed via blow-molding may include non-circular lumens and may be configured to receive multiple medical devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Barnell
  • Publication number: 20140252005
    Abstract: A method of blow molding a reservoir, such as an automotive fuel tank, may include one or more steps. In one step, the reservoir is at least partially formed to have a first wall and a second wall. The first wall defines a first interior and the second wall defines a second interior that may be open to the first interior. In another step, the second wall is contracted inwardly before its material hardens. After contraction, the volume of the second interior is reduced. The contraction may be performed via a mold tool assembly having one or more moveable tool segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: TI AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Albert J. Boecker, Andreas W. Dobmaier, Alex Ehler, Patrick Gmuend, Peter Grauer, Gerrit A. Michaelis
  • Patent number: 8795579
    Abstract: A process for producing containers includes the steps of providing a container having a shaping region, the shaping region comprising a thermoplastic material; applying an ink to the shaping region; discretely heating the shaping region to a shaping temperature; and discretely shaping the shaping region to take a desired three dimensional shape. A system for producing containers having three dimensional decorations, and containers having three dimensional decorations, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Altira, Inc.
    Inventor: Faustino Poo
  • Publication number: 20140214068
    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. While in the mold, the tubular leg portions 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. Anomalies on tapered parts of the mold may include ribs or spiral ribs to assist in the creasing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Yidong M. Zhu, Marlowe E. Patterson, Dan C. Larsen
  • Publication number: 20140197580
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a bio-PET polymer comprising the following steps: Step A) providing at least one diacid compound, comprising a terephtalate compound; Step B) providing at least one diol compound, comprising monoethylene glycol; wherein—at least one of the terephtalate compound and/or the monoethylene glycol is obtained from at least one bio-based material, and—at least one of the diacid compound and/or the diol compound further comprises at least one crystallization retarding compound; and Step C) copolymerizing a mixture of the diacid compound and the diol compound to obtain a bio-PET polymer comprising diacid units and diol units, comprising up to 7.5 mol % of unit(s) corresponding to the at least one crystallization retarding compound, based on the total number of moles of diacid units contained in the bio-PET.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Francoise Poulat
  • Patent number: 8747727
    Abstract: A container forming assembly and method includes receiving a parison within a cavity of a mold, enclosing the parison within the mold having a wall with a recess, inflating the parison in the mold to form a blow molded container where the blow molded container has a sidewall, a movable region formed at the recess, and a hinge circumscribing an interface between the sidewall and the movable region, and moving or repositioning the movable region toward an interior of the blow molded container about the hinge before filling. The movable region can form a deep-set grip. Further, multiple movable regions can be provided, each of which may form respective deep-set grips. The container shape can be symmetrical or asymmetrical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Trude, Paul Kelley
  • Patent number: 8741206
    Abstract: An improved stretch rod tip having a hollowed area for receipt of a portion of a preform and at least a portion of a sprue during stretch blow molding of a container. Upon hardening of the container, the received portion of the preform becomes a protective dome over the received portion of the sprue that is at least partially internal to the container and that greatly reduces cracking, shearing, or other fracturing of the container due to a drop impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventor: Robert Ellis McCrary
  • Patent number: 8741207
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a plastic fuel tank including a built-in neck, by molding a parison in a mold. The neck is molded by locally deforming the parison using a concave counter-form and a convex form configured to enter the counter-form, these two parts being secured one of them to the mold and the other to a core located inside the mold, or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research S.A.
    Inventors: Bjorn Criel, Serge Dupont
  • Publication number: 20140106097
    Abstract: Process to produce improved biodegradable plastic films, comprising producing a biodegradable plastic film by bubble blowing, then subjecting it to monoaxial or biaxial cold stretching with a stretch ratio in the range from 1:1 to 1:4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Novamont S.p.A.
    Inventors: Catia Bastioli, Gianfranco Del Tredici, Italo Guanella
  • Patent number: 8679398
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding a pre-pleated catheter balloon comprises a stationary base member; a rotatable drive hub which is moveable in relation to the stationary base member; and a folding head aligned with respect to the stationary base member and to the rotatable drive hub. The folding head includes at least three segments, each having a proximal end and an angled distal end with at least one angled side face terminating in an edge of a predetermined length. The segments are arranged so that the segment distal ends are disposed adjacent to and defining a central aperture The segment distal ends move closer to the central point upon rotation of the rotatable hub member in a predetermined direction, whereby the balloon is folded around the shaft substrate upon rotation of the rotatable hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Machine Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Motsenbocker, Edward Goff, Daniel J. Kasprzyk
  • Patent number: 8663543
    Abstract: A process for blow-molding a container, the container having a handle, whereby the process includes the steps of: (i) introducing a preform into a mold cavity and stretching the preform with a stretch rod; (ii) increasing the pressure within the preform so that the preform expands within the mold cavity in a first blowing step, the pressure in the first blowing step is from 1 to 10 bar; (iii) inwardly moving jaws within the mold cavity so that the expanding preform is partially gripped between the jaws in the handle region; (iv) subsequently increasing the pressure within the preform wherein the maximum pressure in the second blowing step is greater than 10 bar, so that the preform expands to the limits of the mold cavity in a second blowing step to form a container; and wherein the inward movement of the jaws is completed within the first blowing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Patrick Jean-Francois Etesse, William John Cleveland Connolly
  • Patent number: 8658081
    Abstract: Stents and methods of manufacturing a stents with enhanced fracture toughness are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Gale, Bin Huang, Timothy Limon, Vincent J. Gueriguian
  • Patent number: 8636944
    Abstract: A method of plastic container having a deep inset base of the type that has a standing ring for supporting the container on a flat surface includes steps of molding a container blank having a standing ring and a base projection portion that is formed beneath the standing ring and relatively displacing the base projection portion upwardly with respect to the standing ring until the base projection portion is positioned above the standing ring. An improved plastic container having a deep inset base is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company L.P.
    Inventors: Paul V. Kelley, Scott E. Bysick, Brian A. Lynch, Thomas E. Nahill, Romuald Philippe
  • Patent number: 8568634
    Abstract: A blow-molding method for forming a squeezable or tubular plastic container is provided. The method includes molding a preform having a sidewall, an interior cavity, an open end, a closed end, and a neck adjacent the closed end of the preform. The neck of the preform has an engagement structure. The method includes providing a blow mold system including a blow mold cavity. The method includes placing at least a portion of the preform into the blow mold cavity, and blow molding a one-piece container body from the preform by inflating the preform within the blow mold cavity. The container body has an open end, a closed end and a neck adjacent to the closed end. Wherein the open end of the container body is formed from the open end of the preform, and the closed end of the container body is formed from the closed end of the preform. The method includes creating a dispensing opening through the closed end of the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Silgan Plastics LLC
    Inventors: Randal D. Porter, Daniel M. Futral, John K. Silva, William J. Peek, Brian J. Benell, Laura A. Flanagan-Kent
  • Patent number: 8540928
    Abstract: A process for blow-molding a container, the container comprising a handle, whereby the process comprises the steps of: (i) introducing a preform (2) into a mold cavity and stretching the preform (2) with a stretch rod; (ii) increasing the pressure within the preform (2) so that the preform (2) expands within the mold cavity in a first blowing step, the pressure in the first blowing step is from 1 to 10 bar; (iii) inwardly moving jaws (3, 4) within the mold cavity so that the expanding preform (2) is partially gripped between the jaws in the handle region; (iv) subsequently increasing the pressure within the preform (2) wherein the maximum pressure in the second blowing step is greater than 10 bar, so that the preform (2) expands to the limits of the mold cavity in a second blowing step to form a container; and wherein the inward movement of the jaws (3, 4) is completed within the first blowing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Patrick Jean-Francois Etesse, William John Cleveland Connolly
  • Patent number: 8535593
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating a polymeric implantable device with improved fracture toughness through annealing, nucleating agents, or both are disclosed herein. A polymeric construct that is completely amorphous or that has a very low crystallinity is annealed with no or substantially no crystal growth to increase nucleation density. Alternatively, the polymer construct includes nucleating agent. The crystallinity of the polymer construct is increased with a high nucleation density through an increase in temperature, deformation, or both. An implantable medical device, such as a stent, can be fabricated from the polymer construct after the increase in crystallinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Yunbing Wang, Lothar W. Kleiner
  • Publication number: 20130183468
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for blowing an article with at least one recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Christian Gerhard Friedrich GERLACH, Widalys Luz Desoto - Burt
  • Publication number: 20130181380
    Abstract: An endoprosthesis is made by radially expanding and axially extending a polymer tube. Next, portions of the polymer tube are removed to form an open framework of struts that define a tubular body. The tubular body has an end segment and an intermediate segment adjoining the end segment. The end segment includes a circumferential series of closed cells having a first W-shape closed cell. The intermediate segment includes a circumferential series of closed cells having a second W-shape closed cell. There are linear link struts at opposite ends of the individual first and second W-shape closed cells. The linear link struts of the first W-shape closed cell are longer than linear link struts of the second W-shape closed cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130146170
    Abstract: An air intake hose for a vehicle may include a blow molding portion formed in a hollow hose shape by blow molding, an injection molding portion formed in a hollow hose shape by injection molding, and a coupling portion formed at one end of the blow molding portion, wherein the blow molding portion and the injection molding portion may be coupled with each other by injecting a material forming the injection molding portion into an injection mold in a state in which the coupling portion may be inserted in the injection mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicants: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Akron Global Company
    Inventors: Young Hak Jang, Je Hui Jun, Jinwoong Shin
  • Publication number: 20130140860
    Abstract: An improved seating system that includes a blow molded seat back assembly that is fabricated to include a seat back comprising a double walled design having a foreword (14) and a rearward (16) wall wherein there is at least one or more sections comprising a single wall (213). Further, the blow molded seat back may include an integrated reinforcement structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Styron LLC
    Inventors: Padraig J. Naughton, Ashishkumar S. Lokhande, Gulub N. Malunjkar
  • 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
  • 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: 8394317
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating a polymeric implantable device with improved fracture toughness through annealing are disclosed herein. A polymeric construct is annealed with no or substantially no crystal growth to increase nucleation density. After the annealing, crystallites are grown around the formed nuclei. An implantable medical device, such as a stent, can be fabricated from the polymer construct after the crystallite growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Yunbing Wang, James Oberhauser
  • Patent number: 8372332
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating a polymeric implantable device with improved fracture toughness through annealing, nucleating agents, or both are disclosed herein. A polymeric construct that is completely amorphous or that has a very low crystallinity is annealed with no or substantially no crystal growth to increase nucleation density. Alternatively, the polymer construct includes nucleating agent. The crystallinity of the polymer construct is increased with a high nucleation density through an increase in temperature, deformation, or both. An implantable medical device, such as a stent, can be fabricated from the polymer construct after the increase in crystallinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Yunbing Wang, Lothar Kleiner
  • Publication number: 20130032517
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments include a unitary pool filter tank and/or an underdrain for a pool filter unit. Embodiments of the unitary pool filter tank can have an integrally formed housing and base. The filter tank can be formed using a blow molding process in which the base of the filter tank is reinforced using multiple polymer layers that have been folded and/or pinched together. Embodiments of the underdrain can be formed by interlocking top and bottom components. The top and bottom components can be interlocked by inter-component locking structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Benoit Joseph RENAUD, Alan R. Levin, Michael Andrew Liberti
  • Publication number: 20130009427
    Abstract: A table and chair set may include a table, a plurality of chairs and a storage case. The table may include a folding table top that has a footprint in the folded position. The chairs may be folding chairs that have a footprint generally equal to or slightly smaller than the footprint of the table in the folded position. The case may include an interior cavity that is sized and configured to receive at least a portion of the table and the chair in the folded positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: LIFETIME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mitch Johnson, David C. Winter, Wendell Peery, Joel Bennett, Brandon Smith
  • Patent number: 8323555
    Abstract: A container forming assembly and method includes receiving a parison within a cavity of a mold, enclosing the parison within the mold having a wall with a recess, inflating the parison in the mold to form a blow molded container where the blow molded container has a sidewall, a movable region formed at the recess, and a hinge circumscribing an interface between the sidewall and the movable region, and moving the movable region toward an interior of the blow molded container about the hinge before filling. Furthermore, a method for forming a container includes receiving a parison, enclosing the parison with a mold that includes a cavity, and inflating the parison in said mold to form a blow molded container with a moveable region at the cavity. The method further includes repositioning the moveable region before filling the blow molded container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Trude, Paul Kelley
  • Publication number: 20120301568
    Abstract: A method for forming a receptacle may include providing a mold having a forming surface and a recessed area defining part of the forming surface, the mold having sections that may be separated to open the mold and closed together to close the mold. A molten plastic parison may be provided into the mold when the mold is open, the mold may be closed and the parison may be expanded against the forming surface so that a portion of the parison enters the recessed area. The portion of the parison within the recessed area may be formed by moving a secondary forming feature relative to the mold and parison to define a mount feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: TI Automotive Technology Center GmbH
    Inventors: Karsten Hirth, Michael Kunz
  • Patent number: 8313686
    Abstract: Accordingly, the present disclosure provides a container and method of making a container. In one example, a preform is disposed into a mold cavity having a base forming assembly. The base forming assembly includes a base insert and a movable ring insert. The preform is blown against the mold cavity to form a body defining a base portion. The movable ring insert is advanced into the base portion to form a thinned flex point in the base portion while keeping the base insert fixed. The container is hot-filled with a commodity. The commodity is allowed to cool causing a vacuum in the container that results in the upward movement or inversion of a central inset portion defined at the thinned flex point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Frederick C. Beuerle, G. David Lisch
  • Patent number: 8293821
    Abstract: An improved composite wood adhesive extender, a method of producing the extender, and an adhesive mixture including the extender are provided, wherein the extender has performance satisfactory to the manufacturing needs of composite and ply wood products, while also extending the adhesive at a reasonable cost. The adhesive mixture may comprise a primary and secondary extender. The primary extender is composed of a wood-based product. The secondary extender of the present invention is composed of an amylaceous material comprising 100% substantially uncooked flour or starch, or an amylaceous material comprising 100% substantially uncooked flour or starch blended with a high fiber by-product. Alternatively, the secondary extender is composed of pre-gelatinized flour or starch and a mixture of pre-gelatinized flour or starch with flour comprising an advantageous quantity of raw starch. The secondary extender may substitute for about 25-40% of the primary extender on about a 1:1 ratio basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Ply-Bond Chemicals & Mill Supplies, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald N. Tillman
  • Patent number: 8292612
    Abstract: The mould top support (3) for shaping the bottom of a thermoplastic bottle by what is called the “boxed top” process comprises: a base (10) interposed between the said mould top (3) and a sliding bolster (11) which is guided on the frame (6) of the mould carrier unit, which base (10) is made in the form of a dual-acting cylinder actuator, the rod (14) of which supports said mould top (3). The base plate (17), which closes off the cylinder of the actuator is provided with a rapid assembly finger (18) on the bolster (11). This base plate (17) includes, around the finger (18), on the one hand, holes designed to allow the sealed passage of nozzles that deliver a heat-transfer fluid and demoulding air into the mould top (3) and, on the other hand, zones for the attachment of the feed nozzles for the chambers (21 and 22) of the cylinder actuator, which nozzles are all placed parallel to the axis x-x? of displacement of said mould top (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Jean-Christophe Langlois
  • Patent number: 8293166
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing lamp shell to improve structural strength and light penetration includes steps of: providing a plastic material, injecting the plastic material into a injection molding equipment to form a preform containing a first space with an opening and a connecting section at one end and a closed another end to form a light penetrating section, and placing the preform in a blow molding equipment and blowing the plastic material by injecting gas to inflate the preform through gas pressure to form a second space at a greater size than the first space to become a lamp shell. The lamp shell thus formed has a greater structural strength to meet safety requirements, and also provides improved light penetration, and can reduce material consumption of the lamp shell to save production cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Sheng-Yi Chuang
  • Patent number: 8257642
    Abstract: The method of an embodiment of the present invention comprises the following steps: (A) filling a melted thermoplastic material for a first time; (B) closing the forming mold and blowing air into the forming mold; (C) opening the first forming mold and removing the chair legs; (D) placing at least two of the chair legs into a second forming mold; (E) filling the melted thermoplastic material for a second time; and (F) closing the second forming mold and blowing air into the second forming mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Ching-Ching Trading Co.
    Inventor: Chun-Hsia Sun
  • Patent number: 8235704
    Abstract: A method for forming a container includes receiving a parison, enclosing the parison with a mold that includes a cavity, and inflating the parison in said mold to form a blow molded container with a moveable region at the cavity. The method further includes repositioning the moveable region before filling the blow molded container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Paul Kelley
  • Publication number: 20120167528
    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 moulding 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 moulding operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: BREVETTI ANGELA S.r.L
    Inventors: Roberto Consolaro, Rajeev Kabbur
  • Patent number: 8128860
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding a catheter balloon comprises a stationary base member; a rotatable drive hub which is moveable in relation to the stationary base member; and a pleating head aligned with respect to the stationary base member and to the rotatable drive hub. The pleating head includes at least three segments, each having a proximal end and an angled distal end with at least one angled side face terminating in an edge of a predetermined length. Each segment has a centerline between the proximal and distal ends, each segment having a proximal point and a distal point, and the proximal point being pivotally coupled by pins to the stationary base member and the distal point being pivotally coupled by pins to the rotatable hub member. The segments are arranged so that the segment distal ends are disposed adjacent to and a predetermined distance away from a central point and defining a central aperture with a spiral-pleat dimension having at least three channels in communication with a central aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Machine Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Motsenbocker, Edward Goff, Daniel J. Kasprzyk