Obtaining Plural Composite Product Pieces From Preassembled Workpieces Patents (Class 29/411)
  • Patent number: 9669547
    Abstract: A producing method of a fuel cell stack includes a transfer robot configured to clamp and to transfer a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) and a gas diffusion layer (GDL) component. A feeding testing unit is configured to check a stacked status of the MEA and the GDL component while the MEA and the GDL component are transferred and stacked by the transfer robot. A control unit is configured to receive a signal of the feeding test unit and to transmit an error signal when it is determined that the MEA and the GDL component are erroneously stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Cho, Joook Park, Nam Gu Lee
  • Patent number: 9529155
    Abstract: Gradient index (GRIN) lens chips and associated small form factor optical arrays for optical connections, and related fiber optic connectors are disclosed. By aligning GRIN lenses within a GRIN lens chip, a more precise and reliable alignment may be achieved with respect to optical fibers than if a single conventional ferrule is utilized to align and secure both GRIN lenses and optical fibers. The GRIN lens chip may include a GRIN lens received and thereby aligned within a groove disposed between a fiber end and a terminal end of a GRIN lens holder body. The optical fibers may also be received and thereby aligned within a groove of a ferrule body. In this manner, when the GRIN lens chip containing the GRIN lenses is aligned with a ferrule body containing the optical fibers, then the GRIN lenses may be precisely located relative to the optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Venkata Adiseshaiah Bhagavatula, George Davis Treichler, Kevin Andrew Vasilakos
  • Patent number: 9021705
    Abstract: A fully or partly edged panel (10; 200) of wood or wood fiber. The panel (10; 200) includes a sandwich blank (10*; 200*) having outer layers (11) of solid consistency, and at least one supple inner layer (12) with a lightweight, possibly “honeycomb” or supple foam material, structure. The panel (10; 200) is characterized by having at least one spacer (13; 213) inserted between the two outer layers (11) of the blank (10*; 200*) at at least one corner thereof. The peripheral outer faces (15) of the blank (10*; 200*) may be edged with an adhesive edging strip (16). Also described are methods (100; 1000) for manufacturing the panel (10; 200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Valter Naldi
  • Publication number: 20140347572
    Abstract: A near-eye display device includes (a) a display unit having a liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) display and a first polarizing beam splitter interface for (i) reflecting illumination light from an illumination module towards the liquid-crystal-on-silicon display and (ii) transmitting display light from the LCOS display based on the illumination light, and (b) a viewing unit having an imaging objective that forms an image of the LCOS display for the pupil based on the display light, and a second polarizing beam splitter interface for (i) reflecting reflected display light from the imaging objective towards the pupil and (ii) transmitting ambient light from an ambient scene towards a pupil, the second polarizing beam splitter interface and the first polarizing beam splitter interface being orthogonal to a common plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Wei Liu, Wei-Feng Huang, Yen-Sung Wang, Chun-Sheng Fan
  • Patent number: 8789278
    Abstract: A method of forming a composite link fitting including joining two opposed bearing supports with an inner laminate core having a longitudinal axis extending there between. Each bearing support including a bearing bore formed as an aperture, a first stepped portion, a separate second stepped portion and a recess formed therein. The recess extending toward the bearing bore between an extent of the first and second stepped portions to a recess bottom. The inner laminate core including a central elongate layer, a first outer layer and a second outer layer, with the first and second outer layers disposed on opposed first and second sides of the central elongate layer. First and second ends of the central elongate layer disposed within respective recesses. Also, the method including wrapping an outer band around the two bearing supports and the inner laminate core to form the composite link fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Blair HSM Composites LLC
    Inventor: Vincent Padden
  • Patent number: 8726505
    Abstract: A technique and apparatus for heat dissipation in electrical devices is described. A bulk body may be configured with a plurality of radiating devices so that the bulk body may be divided into smaller bulk bodies to be used in conjunction with other electrical type assemblies to quickly and efficiently provide for a heat dissipation sub-assembly. In one aspect, the bulk bodies may be configured with internal voids such as a duct or tunnel interconnecting at least one input port and at least one output port for aiding in heat dissipation of an electrical device employing bulk body technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Flint
  • Patent number: 8510947
    Abstract: A method includes joining an integral bulkhead and a blade shell to form a blade and separating the blade into two blade segments at a location including the integral bulkhead such that each blade segment comprises a portion of the integral bulkhead and a portion of the blade shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bowden Kirkpatrick, Peggy Lynn Baehmann, Shu Ching Quek, Grama Narasimhaprasad Praveen, Youdong Zhou
  • Publication number: 20130118685
    Abstract: A wafer lens member producing method includes post-curing lens portions made of a light-curing resin formed on at least one face of a substrate so as to promote curing of the light-curing resin. The post-curing includes first post-curing and second post-curing. The first post-curing performs heating at a first post-curing temperature, which is a glass transition temperature of the light-curing resin to the glass transition temperature+100° C., for 30 minutes to two hours. The second post-curing performs heating at a second post-curing temperature, which is lower than the glass transition temperature, and lower than the first post-curing temperature by 25° C. or more, for three hours to six hours.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Konica Minolta Advanced Layers, Inc.
    Inventor: Akiko HARA
  • Publication number: 20120205044
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for forming a filter mat (1) suitable for filtering fluids, comprising at least one web section (39) of a mat web (9), at least one welding line (13, 15, 41) that seals the layers of at least one web section (39) of the mat web (9) to each other being formed. The invention is characterized in that subsequently at least one cut (19, 37) is carried out along the at least one welding line (13, 15, 41) such that the at least one web section (39) is cut forming at least one sealed edge region (43).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Harald Mees
  • Patent number: 8241724
    Abstract: A system for making and using composite material components is disclosed. Composite material components are preferably constructed in patterns where every part needed for a given filler is included in a single series pattern. Using these series patterns, the material can be cut, folded and the parts created in a manner such that the individual parts forming a single filler are releasably attached to one another, thus resulting in effective and efficient organization of these parts. The filler panels can then be arranged into a folding stack of offset edges. Two shapes are preferably used with subtle differences between each at the fold area. Different patterns can be used to have the first two panels in the series positioned at 0 degrees, followed by two panels positioned at 45 degrees, and then alternating the angle positions throughout the pattern. The pattern preferably incorporates triangular portions or tabs between each set of panels in the series to help in establishing a fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Charles Edward Arnold, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120111495
    Abstract: A silicon substrate 12 has a main face in a (100) plane, whereby a fracture 17 generated from a molten processed region 13 acting as a start point extends in a cleavage direction of the silicon substrate 12 (a direction orthogonal to the main face of the silicon substrate 12). Here, a rear face 1b of an object to be processed 1A and a front face 10a of an object to be processed for separation 10A are bonded to each other by anode bonding, whereby the fracture 17 reaches a front face 1a of the object 1A continuously without substantially changing its direction. When generating a stress in the object for separation 10A, the fracture 17 has reached a rear face 10b of the object for separation 10A and thus easily extends toward the object 1A.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Hideki Shimoi, Naoki Uchiyama, Daisuke Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 7793400
    Abstract: A system and method for making and using composite material components is disclosed. Composite material components are preferably constructed in patterns where every part needed for a given filler is included in a single series pattern. Using these series patterns, the material can be cut, folded and the parts created in a manner such that the individual parts forming a single filler are releasably attached to one another, thus resulting in effective and efficient organization of these parts. The filler panels can then be arranged into a folding stack of offset edges. Two shapes are preferably used with subtle differences between each at the fold area. Different patterns can be used to have the first two panels in the series positioned at 0 degrees, followed by two panels positioned at 45 degrees, and then alternating the angle positions throughout the pattern. The pattern preferably incorporates triangular portions or tabs between each set of panels in the series to help in establishing a fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Charles E. Arnold, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7784384
    Abstract: A method of making a power transmission belt/belt sleeve by bias cutting sides thereof using a cutter. A belt/belt sleeve preform is trained around at least two spaced shafts and driven as the sides are reconfigured by the cutter. The cutter may reside within a cutting space bounded by an inner circumference of the traveling belt/belt sleeve preform. The belt/belt sleeve preform has a starting shape wherein spaced sides thereof are parallel to each other. Parts of the sides may be maintained parallel after the bias cutting is performed. A power transmission belt with bias cut side surfaces is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Hara, Akihiro Nagata, Yoshihiro Kanayama, Eisuke Kitamura
  • Patent number: 7770293
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing frame-type composite panels to a desired length comprises forming an elongate core-frame composite in which frame members have been received in slots on a slab of core material. The composite is cut to the desired length and the frame is finished by application of end members. The method described herein allows composite frame panels to be formed without restriction on the length typically due to the length of the mold in which the core is formed. A drum for use in a system for creating composite panels is disclosed having protruding rings concentric to the drum. A slab of core material is passed between two such drums which form slots in the slab for receiving frame members when they contact the slabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Victor Amend
  • Patent number: 7735220
    Abstract: A circuit board for a brushless DC motor whose rotation is controlled based on data stored on a rewritable non-volatile memory of a micro-computer mounted on the circuit board includes a substrate defined by a plurality of a circuit areas and a non-circuit area. The circuit areas and the non-circuit area are connected by a plurality of conductive patterns. The micro-computer having the rewritable non-volatile memory is mounted on each of the circuit areas. The rewritable non-volatile memory is connected to writing terminals arranged on the non-circuit area by the conductive patterns. By connecting a program writer to the writing terminals and activating the program writer, data are written to the rewritable non-volatile memory of each of the circuit areas. After writing data, the circuit areas are detached from the substrate, and a plurality of circuit boards are manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Nidec Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuhisa Fujii, Tomotaka Yonemitsu
  • Patent number: 7569081
    Abstract: A method is provided for automated converting of a web of a thin patterned catalyst-coated membrane to separate membrane sheets for fuel cell assembly. The membrane typically has a thickness of about one thousandth of an inch. Automated web converting involves transporting, with use of a movable vacuum, an end portion of the membrane web from a first location to a second location. With use of respective first and second vacuums at the first and second locations, and after removal of the movable vacuum, the end portion of the membrane web is releasably secured at the first and second locations. The membrane web is cut within a gap defined between a single catalyst pattern of the membrane web end portion and an adjacent catalyst pattern to produce a membrane sheet. The membrane sheet is precisely positioned to a desired orientation to facilitate subsequent processing of the membrane sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Gary William Schukar, John Russell Mlinar, Mark Hyland Smith, Steven Mark Spicer
  • Publication number: 20090082791
    Abstract: A self-anchoring tissue lifting device for use with facial cosmetic reconstructive surgery includes an implant and a removable foil cover disposed on the implant. The implant includes an elongated mesh strip having a distal end on which is situated a tissue anchoring fleece material. Opposite lateral edges of the mesh material are preferably laser cut during the manufacturing process of the implant to provide a plurality of tissue engaging prickles along the longitudinal length of the implant. For treating the mid face and jowl, a stab incision is made within the hairline of the temple region of the patient and the device is applied from the temporal area to the peak of the ipsilateral cheek to capture the malar fat pad to correct midface abnormalities or the ptotic tissue causing the jowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jens Schroeder, Susanne Landgrebe, Burkhard Peters, Barbara Schuldt-Hempe
  • Publication number: 20080264257
    Abstract: An enclosed chamber for illuminating and removing airborne impurities includes at least one air cleaner for removing airborne impurities. The enclosed chamber also includes a means for illuminating the airborne impurities. Airborne impurities can be introduced into the enclosed chamber through an aperture in a chamber housing of the enclosed chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: Oreck Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Ventorina Ryder III, Doug Peter Magyari, Shane Perry Cohen
  • Patent number: 7360972
    Abstract: A method of making a cutting insert includes: (i) forming a blank having a substrate and superhard material, the substrate having more than 4 pockets, the superhard material disposed within the pockets; (ii) removing cutting tips from the blank by cutting the blank along cutting lines; (iii) providing a cutting insert body having a plurality of cavities for receiving a corresponding number of cutting tips; (iv) inserting a cutting tip into each of the plurality of cavities; and (v) brazing the cutting tips to the cutting insert body. A related cutting insert includes: a cutting insert body having a plurality of cavities formed therein; a plurality of cutting tips, each of the plurality of cutting tips disposed in a respective cavity, the cutting tips having a geometry that provides a mechanical retention or lock when inserted into the cavities of the cutting insert body, the cutting tips further being brazed in the cutting insert body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Sandvik Intellectual Property AB
    Inventor: Clas E. Sjögren
  • Patent number: 7246423
    Abstract: A system and a method for in-line production of insulated glass units (IGU) for custom windows. The system and method schedule IGU production based on the order in which the cut glass is available, or broken out, from a glass cutting station. Once the IGUs are assembled, they are then sorted into the order in which they are to be further processed, i.e., into the order in which the corresponding windows are to be produced and shipped. Thus, the sorting, or carting, step occurs after the cut glass is contained in sealed IGUs, and the workers who perform the sorting step do not have to directly handle the pieces of cut glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Simonton Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Holden, Brian Stewart
  • Patent number: 7127813
    Abstract: A method for the production of pistons having depression edge armoring for internal combustion engines, in which a more heat-resistant armoring ring, in comparison with a forged piston blank having a combustion depression, is connected with the piston blank in the region of the depression edge. The method comprises the following steps: a first piston blank is set on a projection of the armoring ring in the region of the depression edge; the armoring ring is connected with the first piston blank by friction-welding; a second piston blank is set onto the projection of the armoring ring, in such a manner that the two piston blanks do not touch; the second piston blank is connected with the armoring ring by means of friction-welding; a the armoring ring is cut between the piston blanks, and the pistons are given their final shape by a cutting work method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Mahle GmbH
    Inventors: Karlheinz Bing, Gerhard Bucher
  • Patent number: 7059040
    Abstract: A method of forming an optical module includes mounting an image sensor to a base of a substrate and bonding a lens housing to a sidewall of the substrate. A mounting surface of the lens housing includes a locking feature having a horizontal surface and a vertical surface. The sidewall of the substrate includes a joint surface. To bond the lens housing to the sidewall of the substrate, a bond is formed between the horizontal surface of the locking feature of the lens housing and the joint surface of the sidewall. Further, a bond is formed between the vertical surface of the locking feature of the lens housing and an interior surface of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Amkor Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Webster, Thomas P. Glenn, Roy Dale Hollaway
  • Patent number: 6957486
    Abstract: In order to provide a device for the production of gasket layers for single or multiple layered gaskets from one respective gasket layer section of a starting material comprising several continuous gasket layer sections, comprising a follow-on combination tool with several machining stations which follow one another along a direction of feed and in which the gasket layer sections are machined during operating cycles, wherein at least one of the machining stations is designed as a station for cutting outer contour lines, in which facing outer contour lines of two adjacent gasket layers are cut by means of a tool for cutting outer contour lines, and a feeding device, by means of which the gasket layer sections are moved further along the direction of feed by a feed distance v between two operating cycles, with which the outer contour lines of the gasket layers are cut with less resources and the starting material can be better utilized it is suggested that the tool for cutting outer contour lines be designed su
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Elring Klinger AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Fritz
  • Patent number: 6848170
    Abstract: A magnet for magnetic resonance imaging has an interior working space within the magnet frame sufficient to accommodate a physician and a patient. Because the physician is positioned inside the magnet frame, the physician has unimpeded access to the patient. Elements of the magnet frame desirably encompass a room, and the magnet frame may be concealed from view of a patient within the room. Preferred embodiments facilitate MRI imaged guided surgery and other procedures performed while the patient is being imaged, and minimize claustrophobia experienced by the patient. Also provided is a magnet having field coils disposed about the of pole portions of the magnet. A diagnostic facility for high volume MRI use is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Fonar Corporation
    Inventors: Jevan Damadian, John Linardos, Gordon T. Danby, Raymond V. Damadian
  • Patent number: 6787382
    Abstract: A method for singulating a substrate containing semiconductor components is performed using a nest for holding the substrate, a prestage alignment base for aligning the substrate during a prestage alignment step, and a vacuum cutting base for holding the nest and the substrate during a cutting step. The prestage alignment base includes locator pins configured to engage locator openings on the substrate to align the substrate on the nest. As the cutting base does not include the locator pins, the cutting step can be performed without saw scrap collecting on the locator pins. A system for performing the method includes the nest and the prestage alignment base having the locator pins configured to engage the locator openings on the substrate. The system also includes the sawing base which includes pedestals with vacuum conduits for holding the substrate stationary on the nest for sawing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Wing, Gregory M. Chapman
  • Publication number: 20040168305
    Abstract: An apparatus and method provide for automated converting of a web of a thin patterned catalyst-coated membrane to separate membrane sheets for fuel cell assembly. The membrane typically has a thickness of about one thousandth of an inch. Automated web converting involves transporting, with use of a movable vacuum, an end portion of the membrane web from a first location to a second location. With use of respective first and second vacuums at the first and second locations, and after removal of the movable vacuum, the end portion of the membrane web is releasably secured at the first and second locations. The membrane web is cut within a gap defined between a single catalyst pattern of the membrane web end portion and an adjacent catalyst pattern to produce a membrane sheet. The membrane sheet is precisely positioned to a desired orientation to facilitate subsequent processing of the membrane sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Gary William Schukar, John Russell Mlinar, Mark Hyland Smith, Steven Mark Spicer
  • Patent number: 6740131
    Abstract: An apparatus and method provide for automated converting of a web of a thin patterned catalyst-coated membrane to separate membrane sheets for fuel cell assembly. The membrane typically has a thickness of about one thousandth of an inch. Automated web converting involves transporting, with use of a movable vacuum, an end portion of the membrane web from a first location to a second location. With use of respective first and second vacuums at the first and second locations, and after removal of the movable vacuum, the end portion of the membrane web is releasably secured at the first and second locations. The membrane web is cut within a gap defined between a single catalyst pattern of the membrane web end portion and an adjacent catalyst pattern to produce a membrane sheet. The membrane sheet is precisely positioned to a desired orientation to facilitate subsequent processing of the membrane sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Gary William Schukar, John Russell Mlinar, Mark Hyland Smith, Steven Mark Spicer
  • Patent number: 6705509
    Abstract: Discarded printed circuit boards are sorted according to the alloying elements in solder used on the printed circuit boards. After sorting, the printed circuit boards are heated to melt the solder, and the molten solder is collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Senju Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sakari Tada, Eietsu Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 6668451
    Abstract: Electrical circuit trimming methods. In one aspect of the invention, a trimming method includes assembling one or more components of an electrical circuit onto a printed circuit board having one or more electrical connections coupled to the said one or more components. An electrical parameter of the electrical circuit is then trimmed. The trimming of the electrical parameter of the electrical circuit includes removing a portion of the printed circuit board to break the electrical connection on the printed circuit board. In another aspect of the invention, the trimming the electrical parameter of the electrical circuit includes electrical programming of the electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventor: Balu Balakrishnan
  • Publication number: 20030188413
    Abstract: Stacking porous and non-porous material layers involves applying vacuum to a first porous layer to stabilize same relative to a support structure. The support structure and/or a non-porous layer are moved to establish contact between the non-porous layer and the first porous layer. The first porous and non-porous layers define a sub-assembly. While applying vacuum to the sub-assembly, one or both of the support structure and a second layer are moved to establish contact between the second layer and the non-porous layer. Vacuum applied to the sub-assembly maintains positional stability of the sub-assembly layers relative to the support structure while the second layer is moved into contact with the non-porous layer. Vacuum is subsequently removed to facilitate transporting of the material layer stack. Material layers of a fuel cell, including first and second fluid transport layers and a membrane, are well suited for automated stacking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John Russell Mlinar, Gary William Schukar
  • Patent number: 6609294
    Abstract: A novel process for fabricating metal clad laminates used in the manufacture of printed wiring boards. The process which eliminates multiple use separator plates within laminate books during buildup and pressing, utilizes a sacrificial separator sheet between copper sheets and wherein the separator sheet remains intact throughout the pressing and cutting steps and is finally removed after the laminates have been sized to the desired dimensions. This process provides time and cost savings, as well as a significant increase in quality and quantity of the laminates produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Polyclad Laminates, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Vernon Smith, Richard Allen Correia, Ed Carignan
  • Patent number: 6557232
    Abstract: A method of making snap type hook-and-eye fasteners for garments such as brassieres in which the fabric halves are injection molded on respective tapes, the tapes are covered with brushed fabric which is welded to the tapes along longitudinal welds having gaps in them. The tapes are cut across at the gaps leaving pockets into which parts of the garment can be introduced to secure the tapes on the garments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Fildan Accessories Corporation
    Inventors: Gerhard Fildan, Karl Wanzenböck
  • Patent number: 6481094
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a chip PTC thermistor utilizes a piece of conductive polymer having a PTC characteristic and metal foils formed by patterning and provided on the upper and the lower sides of the piece under pressure integrally into a sheet, making a hole part in the sheet, applying a protective coating serving as plating resist to upper and lower sides of the sheet, forming an electrode on the sheet by electroplating, and cutting the sheet into a chip. The protective coating is made of a material applicable at a temperature equal to or lower than the melting point of the conductive polymer. The processing temperatures at the step from the step of making a hole part in the sheet to the pre-processing step of the step of forming an electrode by electroplating on the sheet are not above the melting point of the conductive polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ikeda, Kiyoshi Ikeuchi, Koichi Morimoto, Junji Kojima
  • Patent number: 6381822
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing a plurality of friction plates obtained by adhering friction members to substantially annular core plates, comprising the steps of simultaneously stamping a plurality of coaxial core plates having different diameters with remaining joint portions therebetween, simultaneously stamping a plurality of substantially annular and coaxial friction members having different diameters corresponding to the core plates and with remaining joint portions therebetween to permit adhesion to the core plates, and stamping the joint portions of the friction members and the core plates when or after the friction members are adhered to the core plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: NSK-Warner K.K.
    Inventors: Tadashi Watanabe, Ken Haginoya
  • Patent number: 6256880
    Abstract: A circuit substrate utilizes buried edge connectors. The buried edge connectors are mechanically disposed within the edge of the substrate and have substantial thickness. The configuration and method for making the same provides relatively large edge connectors mechanically constrained in the edge of a circuit substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Intermedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Ulmer, John M. Cecere
  • Patent number: 6182357
    Abstract: A manufacturing method and apparatus for dicing printed circuit boards is disclosed that permits PCB's to be manufactured with greater component density and cut less expensively. The disclosed method includes forming a raw substrate to include conductive traces, mounting components on the substrate, testing the PCB and then cutting off the waste edges. The PCB can be formed and tested with components mounted on one or both sides of the PCB, and the waste edges can be cut off even with components mounted on both sides of the board. A workpiece fixture is provided that includes a recessed cavity into which PCB components extend. Double-sided boards can be cut using the disclosed workpiece fixture. The cavity includes a vacuum hole through which suction is provided to hold the PCB in place during cutting. Additional vacuum holes preferably are provided to hold the wings in place after they are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Intermedics Inc.
    Inventors: Philip H. Chen, John C. Munson, Timothy M. Gadd
  • Patent number: 6148508
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a capillary element for electrokinetic transport of materials. The method comprises providing a first capillary element which has a first capillary channel disposed through its length. The capillary channel comprises first and second ends and an outer surface. A continuous layer of an electrically conductive material is applied along a length of the outer surface such that the continuous layer of electrically conductive material extends along the outer surface to a point proximal to, but not up to at least one of the first and second ends. The capillary element is then segmented into at least first and second separate capillary element portions at an intermediate point of the capillary element and the continuous layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Caliper Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Wolk
  • Patent number: 5948233
    Abstract: Electric component which can be mounted on the surface of a printed circuit board as well as a method of manufacturing such components. The invention relates to an electric component (surface mountable component) which can be mounted on the surface of a printed circuit board, and to a method of manufacturing said component. Such a component comprises a thin, electroconductive layer or stack of layers which is provided with end contacts and arranged on a support of an electrically insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. De Samber, Gerjan F. A. Van De Walle
  • Patent number: 5930882
    Abstract: A method of making pairs of thread splits inserts used to injection mold bottle preforms. Machining a hollow outer part of the pair of thread split inserts with an opening therethrough and outer portions of two cooling conduits extending from the opening therethrough to respective inlets and outlets. Making an inner part of the pair of thread split inserts by injection molding a ceramic core with the required shape and investment casting the inner part around the ceramic core. The outer surface of the inner part having grooves to partially form inner portions of the two cooling fluid conduits. Then machining the cast inner part to fit in the opening through the outer part. Mounting the outer part around the inner part with the inner and outer portions of the two cooling fluid conduits aligned. Applying brazing material between the inner and outer parts and heating them in a vacuum furnace to integrally braze them together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Jobst Ulrich Gellert
  • Patent number: 5928592
    Abstract: An electric dust-collection unit including needle electrodes for the purpose of charging particulates within the air by causing corona discharges around their tips, collector cells (collector electrodes) arranged in tubular shape corresponding to the needle electrodes for the purpose of attracting and collecting the charged particulates by static electricity, and deflecting electrodes which are arranged in such a way as to be inserted within the collector cells for the purpose of imparting a deflecting force on the charged particles in the direction of the collector cells. The deflecting electrodes being configured in the form of a hollow column including a forward plate section having a mounting hole for the purpose of fitting and retaining the needle electrode, and side plate sections facing the collector cell at a prescribed distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisya O-DEN
    Inventor: Kouzaburou Nojima
  • Patent number: 5826331
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a component formed of parts capable of being separated for reassembly around another component. The process starts by taking separate, e.g., rod and cap, forgings and coining or forging them together prior to machining. The mating surfaces of the forgings are formed with a ridge-groove or a dimple/lug-recess configuration giving them a self-locating ability. After machining, the forgings are fractured along the original division to obtain two uniquely matched surfaces that need no further processing before being reassembled, e.g., to form a connecting rod for an internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Cummins Engine Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin R. Myers, James W. Patten, Paul C. Becker, Terry M. McInerney, Dennis P. Potter, James M. Short, Paul Biggerstaff, Robert Stevens
  • Patent number: 5813105
    Abstract: A metal cutting insert comprises a carbide substrate, and at least one body of superhard abrasive material, such as PCD or PCBN, bonded to an edge surface of the substrate and extending from one side surface to the other side surface of the substrate. There can be a plurality of superhard bodies disposed at respective corners of the substrate. The abrasive material is applied to the substrate in a container and then sintered and simultaneously bonded to the substrate by an elevated pressure/temperature step. Inserts can be made in rod form (i.e., in one piece) and then the rod can be transversely sliced into thin inserts; or the inserts can be made in separate pieces, with or without separators within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignees: Smith International, Inc., Sandvik AB
    Inventors: Peter Littecke, Scott M. Packer, Ronald B. Crockett, Ghanshyam Rai
  • Patent number: 5759468
    Abstract: A cube corner article and method of manufacturing the article from a series of unitary substrates. A plurality of pins are assembled to form a mold having an array of cube corner elements on a surface. Then, a replica of the cube corner element array is produced in a substrate suitable for forming retroreflective surfaces. Portions of the replica substrate material are removed. The removal of these portions forms at least one cavity bounded by side walls in the replica at a depth at least that of the cube cube corner elements. The replica is replicated to produce an additional directly machinable substrate suitable for forming retroreflective surfaces having at least one raised section having sidewalls at a height at least that of the cube corner elements. At least one raised section is directly machined to form an array of cube corner elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Smith, Gerald M. Benson
  • Patent number: 5737821
    Abstract: A method of producing a shaped fibrous fabric structure is similar to that described in the parent application, in that a continuous filament sheet is subjected to a needle punching action, segments are cut from the sheet and these segments are assembled to form an annulus, and then subjected to rotary motion under a reciprocating needling head and continuing to add segments to build up a stack of layers while at the same time continuing the needling action, and lowering the base of the stack relatively to the needling head. However, in a final step, one or more layers of segments are added to the top of the stack, and these are needled into the stack without lowering the stack. Furthermore, these additional layers are preferably made entirely of stapled fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Aerospace Preforms Limited
    Inventors: Peter Geoffrey Lawton, Norman Smith
  • Patent number: 5722135
    Abstract: An umbrella fabrication method including the steps of (I) preparing a bamboo tube by cutting off nodes from a bamboo cane, (II) bonding a resin compound to the inside of the bamboo tube thus obtained, so as to obtain a resin bonded bamboo tube, and, (III) cutting the resin bonded bamboo tube into finished pieces, each finished piece having a flat bamboo base, and a resin rib body bonded to one side of the flat bamboo base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: Fang I-Tsung
  • Patent number: 5630577
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for clamping first and second objects together includes a sleeve adapted to fit within a first bore in the first object, the sleeve having a first end, a second end, and a slit extending from the first end to the second end. Bolt-driven sleeve-expansion components operate to radially expand the sleeve within the first bore of the first object while applying force to the sleeve axially toward the second object. One embodiment includes a cylindrically shaped, longitudinally split sleeve of resiliently deformable composition. A conically shaped member and a bolt having a conically shaped head and a shank adapted to screw into the second bore cooperate as sleeve expansion components. The tapered head of the bolt faces a first tapered inner surface of the sleeve, and a tapered exterior surface on the conically shaped member faces a second tapered inner surface of the sleeve. The shank of the bolt extends axially through the sleeve and the conically shaped member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Inventor: James E. Tankersley
  • Patent number: 5609652
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method of manufacturing a synthetic resin part integrally formed with metal members, including the steps of: integrally forming a plurality of metal member sets through coupling portions, each of the metal member sets including a plurality of coupled together metal members; inserting the metal member sets into the molding dies of a forming machine; injecting synthetic resin for molding into the molding die, and forming a synthetic resin part integrally formed with metal members in sequence to form a synthetic resin part continuum where a plurality of synthetic resin parts are connected; and cutting off the coupling portions to manufacture the plurality of synthetic resin parts, and a synthetic resin part manufactured according to the above-mentioned manufacturing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamada, Tadayuki Okuda, Masaki Hagiwara, Yoshihide Yoshida
  • Patent number: 5507090
    Abstract: A method for making a plurality of stress sensors includes creation of cavities and corresponding diaphragms in a thin metal front plate, preferably by an acid etching process. A thin back plate, preferably comprising metal, is secured to the front plate over the cavities, preferably by welding. A plurality of strain gages is bonded to the diaphragms in the front plate with a layer of bonding agent such as epoxy. The bond layer is of substantially uniform thickness on at least that portion of the front plate where the diaphragms are located. As the bond layer cures, a magnetic force is applied to the diaphragms to reduce their movement toward the back plate, and to thereby assist in creating a bond layer of substantially uniform thickness near the diaphragms. A suitable magnetic force may be applied by positioning a rare earth magnet near the diaphragms. The magnetic force may be supplemented by a mechanical force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Thiokol Corporation
    Inventors: John Shipley, Lloyd T. Johnson, Michael C. Harding, Boyd D. Bryner
  • Patent number: 5441333
    Abstract: A flexible, shape conforming pad for use in cleaning, smoothing or finishing. The pad has an abrasive cover and an absorbent core. The edges of the core are anchored to the edges of the cover by compressing and heat sealing the core's edges between the cover's edges. The cover is fabricated from an abrasive material or a combination of different materials. When a combination of the materials is used, the different materials cover separate areas of the pa to provide different surfaces. The fabrication of the cleaning pad is automated, and a plurality of the cleaning pads are fabricated at the same time by a plurality of sealing and cutting devices which simultaneously compress and heat seal spaced strips of the uncut cover and core blank and then the compressed strips are cut to form plural cleaning pads. In the fabrication method using two different materials, all four edges of the cleaning pad are heat sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignees: Bernard Kuh, Ki Il Kim
    Inventor: Ki Il Kim
  • Patent number: RE38396
    Abstract: A method of making pairs of thread splits inserts used to injection mold bottle preforms. Machining a hollow outer part of the pair of thread split inserts with an opening therethrough and outer portions of two cooling conduits extending from the opening therethrough to respective inlets and outlets. Making an inner part of the pair of thread split inserts by injection molding a ceramic core with the required shape and investment casting the inner part around the ceramic core. The outer surface of the inner part having grooves to partially form inner portions of the two cooling fluid conduits. Then machining the cast inner part to fit in the opening through the outer part. Mounting the outer part around the inner part with the inner and outer portions of the two cooling fluid conduits aligned. Applying brazing material between the inner and outer parts and heating them in a vacuum furnace to integrally braze them together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Jobst Ulrich Gellert