Feed Control Of Material En Route To Shaping Area Patents (Class 425/145)
  • Patent number: 11141941
    Abstract: A moulding device, for forming lenses by moulding, includes: a moulding element including indentations formed in a face of the moulding element; a transparent plate held with respect to the moulding element so as to form, with the indentations, a cavity intended to allow the formation of a plurality of lenses; at least one injection passage intended to allow moulding product to be introduced into the cavity, the injection passage being arranged between the transparent plate and the moulding element; a moulding product injector arranged so as to allow moulding product to be introduced into the injection passage. The injector is removable, and the moulding device is configured so as to allow the injector to be removed while at the same time keeping the transparent plate held with respect to the moulding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'energie atomique et aux energies alternatives
    Inventors: Arnaud Ritou, Philippe Voarino
  • Patent number: 11135754
    Abstract: A remote controller can be provided on any apparatus that employs feedback control from a native controller to add functionality to the apparatus where the native controller is not capable of providing such functionality independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: IMFLUX INC.
    Inventors: Brian Matthew Burns, Gene Michael Altonen
  • Patent number: 11117307
    Abstract: A system for depositing a composite filler material into a channel of a composite structure includes an end-effector configured to extrude a bead of the filler material into the channel. The filler material can comprise a first group of relatively long fibers, a second group of relatively short fibers and a resin. A drive system is configured to move the end-effector relative to the channel, and a position sensor is configured to detect the position of the bead relative to the channel. A controller is configured to operate the drive system in response to the detected position and to operate the end-effector to heat and compress the filler material so as to orient the longer fibers in a substantially longitudinal direction relative to the channel and the shorter fibers in substantially random directions relative to the channel when the bead is extruded into the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Weidong Song, Daniel J. Perron, Stephen G. Moore, Jamie J. Langabeer, Jonathan D. Robbins, Jeffrey Olberg
  • Patent number: 10981332
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing material management station, comprising: a build material supply conduit (382, 582) with a build material supply connector (385, 585) to releasably connect between a management station body and a build material supply container to couple a flow of a fluid carrying a building material supply from within the supply container to the management station body; and a station data processor, wherein the supply connector comprises: a connector body; a suction nozzle (597) projecting from the connector body to form a mating fit with an outlet of a build material supply container in use; and a data communicator to provide data communication between the station data processor and a data memory chip (394) of the supply container (314).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ismael Chanclon, Xavier Alonso, Jorge Castano
  • Patent number: 10974430
    Abstract: A method of monitoring and controlling a molding clamping apparatus in an injection molding or other molding process is disclosed. The method includes creating a target strain profile, receiving a deviation limit, receiving a change in strain relating to a mold while it is closing from a first strain gauge, identifying a deviation from a target strain profile based on the output from the first strain gauge, determining that the deviation exceeds the deviation limit, and adjusting the rate or force of clamp movement. The target strain profile may have a first portion relating to a clamp closing process, a second portion relating to a filling process, and a third portion relating to a clamp opening process. The first portion relating to the clamp closing process may include an intermediate portion relating to a coining process having an intermediate clamp force setpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: IMFLUX INC.
    Inventors: William Francis Lawless, III, Rick Alan Pollard, Chow-Chi Huang, Gene Michael Altonen
  • Patent number: 10960632
    Abstract: A process for producing a substantially dry product, according to various embodiments, may include receiving wet grain at a first screw The process includes receiving the wet grain at a second screw from the first screw. The process includes compressing the wet grain between the first screw and the second screw and dehydrating the wet grain when the wet grain is located within at least one zone of the first screw and the second screw to cause a physical property change to the wet grain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Nationwide 5, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Ray Thomas
  • Patent number: 10959788
    Abstract: A surgical system for selective connection to a robotic arm includes an instrument drive unit and a surgical instrument detachably coupled to the instrument drive unit. The instrument drive unit includes a first actuator, a linkage member having opposing first and second portions, and a drive member. The first portion of the linkage member is operatively coupled to the first actuator such that actuation of the first actuator moves the first portion in a first direction and the second portion in a second direction opposite of the first direction. The drive member is operatively coupled to the second portion of the linkage member. The surgical instrument includes a driven member operatively associated with the drive member of the instrument drive unit and an end effector operatively coupled with the driven member, wherein translation of the driven member effects a first function of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Simon Grover, Daniel Fuller, Charles Kilby
  • Patent number: 10940632
    Abstract: A liquid blow molding method of molding a synthetic resin preform having a mouth portion into a liquid container of a predetermined shape, the method including: an air-liquid replacement step of exhausting the air inside the preform to the outside while a liquid is supplied into the preform from the mouth portion through a blow nozzle; an air-liquid separation step of separating the air from the liquid inside the preform by rotating the preform about an axial center of the mouth portion; and a blow molding step of molding the preform into a container of a predetermined shape by supplying a pressurized liquid into the preform from the mouth portion through the blow nozzle, after the air-liquid separation step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Shiokawa, Yuichi Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10926231
    Abstract: The invention relates an extrusion device (100) for extruding a semi-finished product made of elastomeric material, comprising an extrusion body (10) extending along a feeding direction (A) and a pump (20) arranged downstream of the extrusion body (10) along said feeding direction (A). The extrusion body (10) comprises a hopper (30) for loading an elastomeric material and an extrusion screw (50) extending along said feeding direction (A) and having an inlet portion (50a) arranged close to the hopper (30) and an exit portion (50b) arranged close to the pump (20). The extrusion body (10) also comprises a motorised roller (40) arranged at the inlet portion (50a) of the extrusion screw (50) and configured to receive the elastomeric material from the hopper (30) and feed it to the extrusion screw (30). The extrusion screw (50) has a length and a diameter such that the ratio between length and diameter is comprised between 4 mm and 8 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Cesare Emanuele Amurri, Gaetano Lo Presti
  • Patent number: 10790086
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a metal nano coil which is suitable for mass production and results in a lower manufacturing cost. The method of manufacturing a metal nano coil includes the steps of: forming, with tension applied to a core member composed of nanofiber of a polymer, a metal thin film on a surface of the core member to fabricate a metal-covered nanofiber; reducing the tension of the metal-covered nanofiber; and heating, with the tension reduced, the metal-covered nanofiber to at or above a boiling point or a thermal decomposition temperature of the polymer and at or below the melting point of the metal thin film to vaporize the core member and shrink the metal thin film into a coil form, so that a hollow metal nano coil is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., AKITA UNIVERSITY, TSUCHIYA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mikio Muraoka, Nobuyuki Kamihara, Naomoto Ishikawa, Toshiyuki Takayanagi, Hideki Horizono, Hiroaki Hayashi, Osamu Yoshida, Kotaro Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10773423
    Abstract: A device is provided for layered manufacture of at least a three-dimensional product by an additive manufacturing technique based on a powder. The invention therefore relates to a device for the layered manufacturer of a product based on a powder, in particular a metal powder. This device is fitted with a build chamber with a vertically movable build platform on which said product is manufactured and contains a powder dispenser for application of the successive powder layers on the build platform in a horizontal build surface. The powder dispenser can be moved back and forth over the build surface along a horizontal dispensing direction in order to apply said powder layers. Moreover, the device contains a hopper that must contain said powder in order to supply powder to the powder dispenser. This hopper has a bottom with a dosing opening that lets out into the build chamber and that works in combination with a dosing valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Luc Cuyt, Kurt Verelst, Jonas Van Vaerenbergh, Jozef Verheyen
  • Patent number: 10730213
    Abstract: An inclined type injection molding machine, comprising an injection part with a glue injection spray nozzle, an injection platform seat and a rack. The rack comprises a die closing and locking mechanism configured to install a die having a die pouring gate on the top center of the die. The injection platform seat has a horizontal base and an inclined surface, and the injection part is erected on the inclined surface with the injection platform seat horizontally erected at the part of the rack. The central line of the injection part is inclined to the central line of the die closing and locking mechanism, and the die closing and locking mechanism drives the die to perform a die opening and die closing motion in which the glue injection spray nozzle is able to keep contact with or be separated from the die pouring gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG WEIDA INTELLIGENT EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hanrui Chen, Yongjun Huang, Zhongtiao Chen
  • Patent number: 10696033
    Abstract: An applicator die for creating undivided ribbons of polymeric film and a method of using the die to apply an emulsified polymeric material in ribbons to a fully or partially finished surface of an automobile body. In one application, the ribbon is applied as a peelable film to an automobile body and in another application, a ribbon is applied to a rocker panel as an anti-chip coating. For both applications, the applicator die has an internal gallery and an outlet slot with flared edge surfaces to emit a laminarized ribbon of polymer-based material at a distance from the target surface where the opposite edges of the ribbon have become essentially parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: EXEL INDUSTRIES
    Inventors: Michael DeFillipi, Vipin Patel
  • Patent number: 10648745
    Abstract: A thermal management system includes a heat transport component and a water-based azeotropic mixture disposed within the heat transport component to move heat from one portion of the heat transport component to another. The mixture includes at least 50% water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Thermal Corp.
    Inventors: Nelson J. Gernert, John H. Rosenfeld, Mark T. North
  • Patent number: 10607868
    Abstract: A manufacturing cell includes an allowable range setting unit configured to set an allowable range for physical quantity data or statistical processing data, and data output unit configured to output, in a case where the physical quantity data or the statistical processing data deviates from the allowable range, output information. The manufacturing cell further includes an abnormality information determination unit configured to compare the physical quantity data or the statistical processing data of a manufacturing cell as an abnormality source, with the retained physical quantity data or the retained statistical processing data of the manufacturing cell, to determine whether or not the abnormality is inherent to the manufacturing cell as the abnormality source, and a determination result notification unit for notifying a determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wataru Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10569458
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus (10) comprising a signal converter (1500) interconnected to a machine controller (MC) of an injection molding machine (IMM) that generates standardized signals (VPS), the signal converter (1500) receiving and converting the standardized signals (VS) to a command signal (MOPCS, PDCVS) that is compatible with a signal receptor or interface of an electrically powered actuator (940e, 941e, 942e) or a signal receptor, interface or driver of a proportional directional control valve (V, V1, V2) that drives a fluid driven actuator (940p, 941p, 942p) to respectively operate the electrically powered actuator (940e, 941e, 942e) or the proportional directional control valve (V, V1, V2) to move in a direction that operates to either begin an injection cycle and to end an injection cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Vito Galati, Lin Yang, Ling Feng, Sergio Ribeiro de Oliveira Antunes
  • Patent number: 10549472
    Abstract: A heating device for the thermal conditioning of preforms made of a thermoplastic material at a temperature profile that is suitable for a blow molding, and a blow molding machine having such a heating device. The heating device includes a plurality of heating units arranged one behind another along a heating section. The preforms are transported on a transport path along the heating section and along the heating units. The heating section includes a first heating section portion provided with first heating units for the uniform heating of the preforms in their peripheral direction, and a second heating section portion provided with second heating units for the non-uniform heating of the preforms in their peripheral direction. A method for the thermal conditioning of preforms is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Klatt, Rolf Baumgarte, Jan Fabian Meyer, Frank Lewin
  • Patent number: 10434699
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating plastic preforms includes a first transport device that transports the plastic preforms in a separated manner, wherein said first transport device has a plurality of recesses for receiving the plastic preforms, and a second transport device that takes over the plastic preforms transported by the first transport device and transports said plastic preforms along a predetermined transport path. The second transport device has a plurality of holding elements for holding the plastic preforms. The apparatus also includes at least one heating device that heats the plastic preforms transported by the second transport device, wherein at least the first transport device is a circulating transport device, wherein a relative position of the recesses of the first transport device in the circulation direction of the first transport device relative to a position of the holding elements in respect of the transport path can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Schoenberger
  • Patent number: 10399262
    Abstract: A remote controller can be provided on any apparatus that employs feedback control from a native controller to add functionality to the apparatus where the native controller is not capable of providing such functionality independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: IMFLUX INC
    Inventors: Brian Matthew Burns, Gene Michael Altonen
  • Patent number: 10384264
    Abstract: A material deposition head may include a ring configured to rotate about a first body portion and cause axial translation of the first body portion relative to a second body portion, where one or more nozzles are coupled to the first body portion. In some examples, at least one anti-rotation pin may substantially prevent rotation of the first body portion while the first body portion axially translates, and a seal may substantially prevent external contaminants from invading an interior portion of the material deposition head. In addition, a pointer tool attached to the head and an external translational measurement tool may permit measurement of an axial position of the one or more nozzles without requiring disassembly of the head or disruption of a substantially inert environment within which additive manufacturing may proceed. A method of axially translating the first body portion of the head also is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Peter E. Daum, Scott Greene
  • Patent number: 10279580
    Abstract: A method of additively manufacturing a composite part comprises depositing a segment of a continuous flexible line along a print path. The continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and further comprises a photopolymer-resin component that is uncured. The method further comprises delivering a predetermined or actively determined amount of curing energy at least to a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line at a controlled rate while advancing the continuous flexible line toward the print path and after the segment of the continuous flexible line is deposited along the print path to at least partially cure at least the portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Faraón Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10214004
    Abstract: An extruder or other similar tool head of a three-dimensional printer is slidably mounted along a feedpath of build material so that the extruder can move into and out of contact with a build surface according to whether build material is being extruded. The extruder may be spring-biased against the forward feedpath so that the extruder remains above the build surface in the absence of applied forces, and then moves downward into a position for extrusion when build material is fed into the extruder. In another aspect, modular tool heads are disclosed that can be automatically coupled to and removed from the three-dimensional printer by a suitable robotics system. A tool crib may be provided to store multiple tool heads while not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MakerBot Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Joseph Schmehl, Aljosa Kemperle, Stewart Schmehl
  • Patent number: 10189242
    Abstract: A method of additively manufacturing a composite part is disclosed. The method comprises depositing a segment of a continuous flexible line along a print path. The continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a thermosetting resin component that is not fully cured. The method further comprises, while advancing the continuous flexible line toward the print path, delivering a predetermined or actively determined amount of curing energy at least to a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line at a controlled rate after the segment of the continuous flexible line is deposited along the print path to at least partially cure at least the portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Faraón Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10183479
    Abstract: A method of additively manufacturing a composite part comprises applying a first quantity of a first part of a thermosetting resin to a first element of a non-resin component by pulling the first element through a first resin-part applicator and applying a second quantity of a second part of the thermosetting resin to a second element of the non-resin component by pulling the second element through a second resin-part applicator. The method also comprises combining the first element with the first quantity of first part and the second element with the second quantity of second part, to create a continuous flexible line. The method additionally comprises routing the continuous flexible line into a delivery guide and depositing, via the delivery guide, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Faraón Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10179446
    Abstract: A method of additively manufacturing a composite part comprises applying a thermosetting resin to a non-resin component to create a continuous flexible line by pulling a non-resin component through a first resin-part applicator, in which a first quantity of a first part of the thermosetting resin is applied to the non-resin component, and by pulling a non-resin component through a second resin-part applicator, in which a second quantity of a second part of the thermosetting resin is applied to at least a portion of the first quantity of the first part of the thermosetting resin, applied to the non-resin component. The method further comprises routing the continuous flexible line into a delivery guide and depositing, via the delivery guide, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Faraón Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10166752
    Abstract: A method of additively manufacturing a composite part comprises applying a photopolymer resin to a non-resin component while pushing a continuous flexible line through a delivery assembly. The continuous flexible line comprises the non-resin component and a photopolymer-resin component that comprises at least some of the photopolymer resin applied to the non-resin component. The method also comprises depositing, via the delivery assembly, a segment of the continuous flexible line along a print path. The method further comprises delivering curing energy to at least a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line deposited along the print path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Faraón Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10166753
    Abstract: A method of additively manufacturing composite part comprises depositing a segment of a continuous flexible line along a print path. The continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and further comprises a photopolymer-resin component that is uncured. The method further comprises delivering a predetermined or actively determined amount of curing energy at least to a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line at a controlled rate while advancing the continuous flexible line toward the print path and after the segment of the continuous flexible line is deposited along the print path to at least partially cure at least the portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Faraón Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10168099
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating plastic preforms includes a first transport device that transports the plastic preforms in a separated manner, wherein said first transport device has a plurality of recesses for receiving the plastic preforms, and a second transport device that takes over the plastic preforms transported by the first transport device and transports the plastic preforms along a predetermined transport path. The apparatus has at least one sensor device that detects at least one measured value that is characteristic of at least one of the two drive devices, and a control device that is designed to control the drive device for moving the holding elements as a function of this characteristic measured value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Schoenberger
  • Patent number: 10131132
    Abstract: A method of additively manufacturing a composite part comprises depositing a segment of a continuous flexible line along a print path. The continuous flexible line comprises a non-resin component and a photopolymer-resin component that is partially cured. The method also comprises delivering a predetermined or actively determined amount of curing energy at least to a portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line at a controlled rate while advancing the continuous flexible line toward the print path and after the segment of the continuous flexible line is deposited along the print path to at least partially cure at least the portion of the segment of the continuous flexible line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Faraón Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10124570
    Abstract: A method of additively manufacturing a composite part is disclosed. The method comprises applying a thermosetting resin to a non-resin component of a continuous flexible line while pushing the non-resin component through a delivery guide and pushing the continuous flexible line out of the delivery guide. The continuous flexible line further comprises a thermosetting resin component that comprises at least some of the thermosetting resin applied to the non-resin component. The method further comprises depositing, via the delivery guide, a segment of the continuous flexible line along the print path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nick S. Evans, Faraón Torres, Ryan G. Ziegler, Samuel F. Harrison, Ciro J. Grijalva, III, Hayden S. Osborn
  • Patent number: 10076861
    Abstract: A low constant pressure injection molding machine forms molded parts by injecting molten thermoplastic material into a mold cavity at low substantially constant pressures of 6,000 psi and less. As a result, the low constant pressure injection molding machine includes a mold formed of easily machineable material that is less costly and faster to manufacture than typical injection molds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: IMFLUX INC
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Ralph Edwin Neufarth, Gary Francis Schiller
  • Patent number: 9707709
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of injection molding at low, substantially constant melt pressures. Embodiments of the disclosed method now make possible a method of injection molding that is more energy—and cost—effective than conventional high-velocity injection molding processes. Embodiments of the disclosed method surprisingly allow for the filling of a mold cavity at low melt pressure without undesirable premature hardening of the thermoplastic material in the mold cavity and without the need for maintaining a constant temperature or heated mold cavity. Heretofore, it would not have been expected that a constant pressure method could be performed at low pressure without such premature hardening of the thermoplastic material when using an unheated mold cavity or cooled mold cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: IMFLUX INC
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Charles John Berg, Jr., Ralph Edwin Neufarth, Gary Francis Schiller, John Moncrief Layman, Rainer Scharrenberg
  • Patent number: 9645058
    Abstract: A sample encapsulation system includes a base, a chamber having an inlet and a chamber housing in which the chamber is housed. The chamber is fixedly mounted at least in part within the housing and the housing is movably mounted to the base. The system includes a cap, a first ram operably mounted to the cap for engaging the chamber inlet and a second ram positioned in the chamber opposite the inlet. The second ram is movable toward and away from the first ram. The chamber and housing are movable toward the cap for engaging the first ram with the chamber inlet during an encapsulation cycle and away from the cap, disengaging the first ram from the chamber inlet following an encapsulation cycle. The system includes heating and cooling assemblies and a temperature sensor located remotely from the chamber interior to automatically isolate cooling water to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence L. Freson, Kurt G. Adair, Charles E. Shewey, Douglas A. Ceckowski, Sean O'Flaherty, Anatoly Gosis, Yury Shkolnikov, Michael F. Hart, Daniel P. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9623593
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a molding machine and a method of molding a part. The molding machine may include multiple molding systems (e.g., extruders) for pumping molten material into one or more mold cavities. The multiple molding systems may pump the same material or different materials into the one or more mold cavities. The multiple molding systems may be individually and/or collectively controlled. A method of molding a part may include pumping material into one or more mold cavities via multiple molding systems, ceasing pumping material into the one or more mold cavities when one or more pressures associated with the multiple molding systems are achieved, and releasing a molded part from the one or more mold cavities after the one or more pressures are achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: EXTRUDE TO FILL, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Ernest Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 9604398
    Abstract: A low pressure injection mold includes a failsafe pressure mechanism that prevents the low pressure injection mold from being subjected to excessive injection pressures or excessive clamping tonnage that could damage the low pressure injection mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: IMFLUX INC
    Inventors: Gene Michael Altonen, Ralph Edwin Neufarth, Vincent Sean Breidenbach, Dennis James Pratel, Walter Thomas Davis, III, Danny David Lumpkin
  • Patent number: 9387617
    Abstract: A method for controlling an injection process in an open-loop or closed-loop manner in the production of a molded part injects melt mass by at least one injection unit into at least one cavity enclosed by a tool by means of at least one nozzle. The at least one cavity has at least one measuring location, which is coupled to a binary detector, which can change from a first defined state to a second defined state. The binary detector changes the state thereof at the time at which the melt mass arrives at the measuring location. On the basis of the state change of the binary detector, an open-loop or closed-loop control unit controls the injection velocity V of the at least one injection unit in an open-loop or closed-loop manner, the temperature T of the melt mass before the injection, the termination of the injection at the at least one nozzle, and/or the starting of a subsequent process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: KISTLER HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Juan Gruber, Max P. Waser
  • Patent number: 9370877
    Abstract: A tooling system for moulding a work piece is provided The tooling system comprises a mould tool (4) having a tool surface divided into a plurality of individual temperature controlled tool zones (6), and a control system for controlling the temperature of the plurality of individual zones of a tool surface, the control system comprising, a memory means (14) for storing desired curing parameters for the work piece, a plurality of sensors (12) associated with the individual tool zones (6) that sense and output a signal indicative of a property of the work piece or the tool surface in each tool zone (6), a main processor (16) and a controller (18) The main processor (16) is programmed to monitor said output signals so as to monitor said property of the work piece or tool surface and to read the desired curing parameters from the memory means (14) The controller (?8) is programmed to receive said signals and to receive information relating to said desired curing parameters of each tool zone (6) and, based on the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: SURFACE GENERATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Ben Halford
  • Patent number: 9327850
    Abstract: A powder doser for accurately dispensing powder, for example a pharmaceutical substance, into a receptacle, the powder doser comprising a hopper with a tip having an aperture through which powder may flow, a closure to close the aperture and a vibration device configured to agitate the hopper, wherein a first portion of the hopper is formed of flexible material and a second portion proximate the tip is formed of substantially rigid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: 3P INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas Bailey, Michael Edkins, David Seaward
  • Patent number: 9326829
    Abstract: To prevent a bursting sound generated when a mixed and kneaded material obtained by mixing and kneading predetermined amounts of a powder component and a liquid component in a capsule for a tooth restorative material is administrated to a position to be restored in a patient's tooth, the capsule is structured such that a protrusion portion (4c) having its inner end positioned slightly inside an outer periphery of a circular hole of a first opening forming portion (1b) is provided on a rear end portion of a nozzle (4) in such a manner as to be positioned at a position which is in the vicinity of the first opening forming portion (1b) to form the circular hole for an outlet of a mixed and kneaded material (C) of a powder component storing cup (1) and is away from at least a hinge portion of the circular hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: GC Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Kojima, Masayuki Takahashi, Tomohiro Uchida
  • Patent number: 9304507
    Abstract: A tool path display apparatus (20) includes a tool coordinate value calculation unit (22) that calculates tool commanded coordinate values and tool actual coordinate values, based on commanded value time series data of position commands for a plurality of axes, detected value time series data of position detected values for the plurality of axes, and the structure of a machine tool, an acceleration calculation unit (23) that calculates accelerations of a tip point of a tool using the tool commanded coordinate values and the tool actual coordinate values, and a display format selection unit (24) that selects display formats of the accelerations of the tool commanded coordinate values and the tool actual coordinate values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichi Tezuka, Hajime Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9283706
    Abstract: A fiber reinforced thermoplastic part with integral fittings is compression molded. A slug of pre-consolidated, fiber reinforced thermoplastic is heated until flowable and then injected into a mold tool to form both the part and the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Edward M. Fisher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9283705
    Abstract: A pusher plate is divided into two parts, first and second pusher plates, which can be connected to and disconnected from each other by a bolt. The first pusher plate is fitted with an injection screw and supported on a base by a position adjustment mechanism. The second pusher plate is fitted with a drive unit capable of moving the first pusher plate in a longitudinal direction and supported by a tie bar connecting a front plate and a rear plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoshi Yano
  • Patent number: 9186834
    Abstract: A injection molding machine includes a power device including a movable plate, a primary motorized cylinder having a primary threaded rod screwed through the movable plate, a secondary motorized cylinder having a secondary threaded rod screwed through the movable plate, a first starter mounted on the primary motorized cylinder and connected with a controller, and a second starter mounted on the secondary motorized cylinder and connected with the controller. The second starter contains a bias factor command and a preset output command. Thus, the normal torque output of the secondary motorized cylinder is close to that of the primary motorized cylinder by control of the bias factor command, and the preset output command limits and prevents the normal torque output of the secondary motorized cylinder from being greater than that of the primary motorized cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Chuan Lih Fa Machinery Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Teng Lin, Hsin-Ping Wang, Hou-An Lin, Tzu-Tse Wu
  • Patent number: 9168473
    Abstract: Plastic powder/dust is cyclonically pulled into the loading chamber by vacuum. The finer dust rises due to the flow of air upwardly through a separation chamber, and a coaxially arranged intensifying chamber communicates with the lower portion of the loading chamber by a tube that recovers the finer dust. At least two filters between the vacuum unit and the separator, are sequentially activated during phases of successive cycles, so the inactive filter can be cleared of dust by admitting ambient air so the cleared dust is delivered to the loading chamber. Multiple miniature cyclonic separators are provided atop the primary loader in a version without filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: ColourMate, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony MacGregor
  • Patent number: 9162386
    Abstract: In a molding cycle, one process (intermediate process) is provided between an injection process and a packing process, and conditions for switching from the injection process to the intermediate process and switching from the intermediate process to the packing process are set individually. In the intermediate process, an injection pressure is detected and a target pressure is obtained based on the injection pressure. Pressure control in the intermediate process is performed based on the set target pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shingo Komiya
  • Patent number: 9108353
    Abstract: This injection apparatus injects and fills the inside of a mold with a molding material, and increases the pressure. The injection apparatus is provided with a unit for a low speed step, a unit for a high speed step, a unit for a pressure increasing step, and an injection plunger. A rod of a first unit, which is any one of the three units, is mechanically coupled to the injection plunger. A rod of a second unit, which is one of the two units other than the first unit, is mechanically coupled to the first unit. A rod of a third unit, which is the unit other than the first and second units, is mechanically coupled to the second unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Yamaguchi, Kazuki Funahashi
  • Patent number: 9090015
    Abstract: In an injection molding machine provided with an injection member (injection screw or plunger) having a check valve, a process position of the injection member such as a metering completion position or an injection speed switching position is changed at every predetermined cycle. Thus, it is possible to periodically change a position inside a cylinder which is easy to wear and to reduce the frequency of performing the maintenance of a purging or disassembling and cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hajime Oono
  • Patent number: 9080651
    Abstract: Drive apparatus (1, 101), in particular for driving a worm of an injection molding machine, which worm is arranged coaxially with respect to an injection molding cylinder, having a housing (9, 109) which is mounted such that it can be displaced in an axial direction of the housing (9, 109) and is fixed rotationally, an output shaft (21, 121) which is mounted non-displaceably and rotatably in the housing (9, 109), a rotational drive (5) which is arranged in the housing (9, 109) for the rotational drive of the output shaft (21, 121), and a translatory drive (3) which is arranged in the housing (9, 109) for the translatory drive of the housing (9, 109).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Wittenstein AG
    Inventors: Michael Schwarzbach, Dieter Uhl
  • Patent number: 9044891
    Abstract: An injection molding machine includes a molding machine controller having a computer function to perform molding by controlling a mold clamping device that clamps a mold and an injection device that injects and charges resin, plasticized and molten by rotation of a screw inside a heating cylinder, into the mold by advancement of the screw. The molding machine controller includes a mode selecting function that selects either of two modes of an injection side setting priority mode for injecting and charging the resin by giving priority to a molding condition set on the injection device side and a mold clamping side setting priority mode for injecting and charging the resin by giving priority to a molding condition set on the mold clamping device side. A setting screen display function for displaying an injection side priority setting screen and displaying a mold clamping side priority setting screen is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: NISSEI PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirofumi Murata
  • Patent number: 9039948
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for producing and treating plastic pellets. According to said method, a melt of the plastic material is granulated to give pellets, the pellets are cooled in a cooling fluid, the pellets are separated from the cooling fluid and the pellets are crystallized. The device according to the invention is characterized by comprising a control unit which monitors the crystallization step and controls the method in such a manner that, in case of a disturbance of crystallization, the pellets are supplied to an intermediate storage alter separation of the pellets from the cooling fluid and, as soon as the disturbance is removed, the pellets temporarily stored in the intermediate storage are supplied to crystallization and are crystallized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: Rieter Automatik GMBH, Buhler Thermal Processes AG
    Inventors: Frank Glöckner, Fernando Eusebio, Brent Allen Culbert, Franziska Morganti