Preform Reshaping Or Resizing Means: Or Vulcanizing Means Including A Conforming Preform Support Patents (Class 425/383)
  • Patent number: 11980196
    Abstract: A station for covering a bread roll half of a bread roll with a sauce in a preparation line of a fast food restaurant, comprising: a table by which a user standing at a front side can cover a bread roll half with sauce, a container comprising the sauce and arranged over the table at a working distance from the front side and from which an outlet nozzle oriented towards the table protrudes at a vertical distance from the table, so that the bread roll half which is to be covered with sauce can be placed on the table below the outlet nozzle, and a pressure actuator that can be actuated by the user and which is designed to dispense the sauce from the container onto the bread roll half when actuated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: MKV GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Kühlwein
  • Patent number: 11794379
    Abstract: A turning system for turning wind turbine blade shell part carriers between an open position and a closed position about a turning axis, comprising: a lower blade shell part carrier having a support surface for receiving and supporting a lower wind turbine blade part; an upper blade shell part carrier and having a support surface for receiving and supporting an upper wind turbine blade part; and at least one turning device each including: a lower hinge element, such as a beam, arranged under the support surface of the lower blade shell part carrier; and a turning hinge having a lower hinge part attached to the respective lower hinge element, an upper hinge part attached to the upper blade shell part carrier, and an actuator configured for turning the lower and upper hinge parts relative to each other about the turning axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: LM WIND POWER A/S
    Inventors: Maria De L. M. Arias, Rune Brøgger Hahn, Ivan Kaab Mosegaard
  • Patent number: 11772846
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a pharmaceutical package may include a glass container and a coating. The glass container may include a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The first surface may be an outer surface of the glass container. The coating may be positioned over at least a portion of the first surface of the glass container. The coating may include one or more polyimide compositions and one or more metal oxide compositions. The one or more polyimide compositions and the one or more metal oxide compositions may be mixed in the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Inventors: David Henry, Valerie Claudine Lacarriere
  • Patent number: 11667067
    Abstract: An extruder assembly includes a rolling assembly. An extrusion block includes a plurality of extruding ports that receive an extrudable material from the rolling assembly. A regulating mechanism is positioned within, above, or otherwise near each extruding port of the plurality of extruding ports. The regulating mechanism is operable with respect to the rolling assembly to modify a flow of extrudable material through each respective extruding port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Baker Perkins Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Alan Smith, James E. Jett, II, David E. Rhodea
  • Patent number: 11510447
    Abstract: An article including one or more moisture wicking layers and one or more fibrous layers. The fibrous layers may have generally vertically oriented fibers, which may be oriented generally perpendicularly to a surface having or producing moisture. The article may be adapted to remove moisture form the surface having or producing moisture. The article may be breathable. The article may be quick drying. The article may provide cushioning. The article may be a wearable item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Thompson, Marc Engel, Christophe Chaut
  • Patent number: 11358173
    Abstract: In this method for manufacturing a vehicle part, the following steps are implemented, applying a first varnish coat to a transparent part, applying a paint coat to the first varnish coat, applying a second varnish coat to the paint coat, and irradiating the paint coat and the second varnish coat in part with laser radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Sophie Vidal, Stéphane Guillier
  • Patent number: 11305478
    Abstract: A multi-sheet component for a utility vehicle that includes at least one gap between at least two of the sheets, thereby providing a component that enhances worker safety by increasing component stiffness and reducing component thickness. The component is manufactured through multi-sheet thermoforming and uses a conical frustum corrugation to increase stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Ryan J. McKinney, Brad Harju
  • Patent number: 11044918
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to food products having a dough component with a unique appearance and texture. The food product may be a pizza product. In a general embodiment, the dough component of the food product includes malted barley flour in an amount greater than 1% to about 3%, which helps to create and maintain the unique appearance and texture of the food product. Methods for making a dough-based food product are also provided and include mixing a dough having malted barley flour in an amount from about 0.5% to about 3.0%, fermenting the dough, pressing the dough with a die having unique characteristics, and baking the dough to form a baked dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Frank Arthur Cole, James Christian Studtmann, Jeremy Hardwick
  • Patent number: 10945483
    Abstract: A one-piece rubber boot shell is created by a process comprising the steps of disposing rubber pieces within a cavity of a molding machine, the molding machine having an upper mold, a lower mold, and a last suspended between the upper mold and the lower mold. The process includes closing the molding machine by moving at least one of the upper mold, the lower mold, and the last toward each other so that they are adjacent each other, heating the rubber pieces to flow within the cavity and around the last to form a one-piece rubber boot shell, and opening the molding machine by moving at least one of the upper mold, the lower mold, and the last away from each other so that they are spaced apart from each. The one-piece rubber boot shell is then removed from the last.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Weyco Group, Inc.
    Inventors: William Combs, He Chao Feng
  • Patent number: 10442237
    Abstract: A pencil sharpener is disclosed. The pencil sharpener may include a housing and a sharpener assembly disposed within the housing. The sharpener assembly is configured to sharpen an end of a pencil. The pencil sharpener also includes a heating element coupled to the sharpener assembly that is configured to heat the end of the pencil. The pencil sharpener may also include a sanitation element to sanitize the tip of a pencil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Regina M. Garcia, Eric R. Garcia
  • Patent number: 10363513
    Abstract: A method form forming fluted filtration media is provided. The method includes forming fluted filtration media having a repeating pattern of flutes wherein at least one flute in the repeating pattern of flutes comprises at least one ridge in a flute period between adjacent same side peaks, the flutes showing a tapered cross sectional area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ted A. Moe, Gregory J. Fesenmaier, Gary J. Rocklitz, Ming Ouyang, Anitha M. Mathew
  • Patent number: 10144172
    Abstract: The range of stretch-tunability of sinusoidal wrinkled surfaces that are obtained by compression of supported thin films is limited by the emergence of a period-doubled mode at high compressive strains. This disclosure presents a method to suppress the emergence of the period-doubled mode at high strains. This is achieved by compressing pre-patterned supported thin films, wherein the pre-patterns are substantially similar to the natural pattern of the supported thin film system. As compared to flat thin film systems, pre-patterned thin film systems exhibit period doubling behavior at a higher compressive strain. The onset strain for emergence of period-doubling is tuned by altering the amplitude of the pre-patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Sourabh Kumar Saha
  • Patent number: 9341168
    Abstract: A device for applying a directed contact pressure force to a multitude of samples. A first part of the device includes a multitude of sample receptacles that receive a multitude of joining surface modules of the same kind, and a second part of the device is connected to the first part in such a manner that a multitude of fluidically intercommunicating hydraulic cylinders in one of the two parts can load the joining surface modules simultaneously in a loading direction at a predetermined force that is substantially identical in respect to all samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, vertreten durch das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie, dieses vertreten durch den Präsidenten der BAM, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und—prüfung
    Inventors: Uwe Beck, Stefan Hielscher, Matthias Weise, Kai Kittler
  • Publication number: 20150140288
    Abstract: A system and method for constructing a molded fiber article capable of having detailed indicia embossed thereon is provided. A molded fiber article having a smooth surface with detailed indicia is also provided. The system includes using a wire mesh structure coupled with an embossing plate such that the embossing plate imparts a smooth surface with indicia onto the molded fiber article during formation. The smooth surface if the embossing plate allows for greater detail than that of the textured surface created by the wire mesh structure. The system may also include a forming die that generally conforms to the wire mesh structure to facilitate formation of the molded fiber article. The wire mesh structure may include a recessed area for housing the embossing plate, which may be attached to the wire mesh structure using fasteners and a backing plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Keegan Y. Yang, Donald V. Breton, James Michaud
  • Patent number: 9004895
    Abstract: A thermoforming device heats a plastic film to a substantially uniform temperature, in order to impart a curved shape to said film. The device includes a chamber, the internal pressure of which is variable and which is closed by the film, a system for measuring a sag in the film arranged outside the chamber and opposite said film, and a system for heating the film. The heating system includes a hot air blowing unit which is suitable for producing a hot airflow flowing parallel to the film between two opposite edges of said film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d'Optique)
    Inventor: Eric Roussel
  • Publication number: 20150084237
    Abstract: A preform station for forming a flexible semi-finished product and for transforming a flexible semi-finished product into a geometrically stable preform is provided. The preform station comprises a first pin array having a multitude of pins, on which the semi-finished product can be draped. Furthermore, the pins are movable along their longitudinal directions in order to form the flexible semi-finished product. Furthermore, the preform station comprises an activation device for activating a binder of the semi-finished product such that the semi-finished product can be transformed into the geometrically stable preform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Paulin Fideu SIAGAM, Hauke SEEGEL, Claus FASTERT, Bernard DUPRIEU, Axel Siegfried HERRMANN
  • Publication number: 20150079218
    Abstract: An optical fiber length adjuster includes an entrance and an exit 16 for an optical fiber, and a holding portion to hold the optical fiber so that the optical fiber is deformed. The holding portion is configured to decrease the length of the part of the optical fiber that is held, when tensile force applied to the optical fiber is increased, and increase the length of the part of the optical fiber that is held, when the tensile force applied to the optical fiber is decreased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Satoshi OHARA
  • Patent number: 8956138
    Abstract: A cookie decorating tool includes a main body having attachment points for a plurality of decorating tool heads. In one version, the tool heads are in the form of one or more interchangeable stamps or rollers, each having a different design that may be imparted onto cookie dough to leave an impression prior to baking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Progressive International Corporation
    Inventor: Sul Gi Myoung
  • Patent number: 8932042
    Abstract: A lithography apparatus comprises a projection system arranged to transfer a pattern from a patterning device onto a substrate, a carrier, and a drive system for moving the carrier relative to the projection system in a plane defined by reference to orthogonal axes X and Y. The drive system comprises a shuttle moving parallel to the Y-axis, a shuttle connector connecting the shuttle to the carrier, the shuttle connector allowing movement of the carrier in a direction parallel to the X-axis relative to the shuttle, and a shuttle driver driving movement of the shuttle parallel to the Y-axis. The shuttle is located to one side of the carrier in a direction parallel to the X-axis and it is desirable if only one of the shuttle is connected to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Petrus Martinus Bernardus Vermeulen, Antonius Franciscus Johannes De Groot, Theodorus Petrus Maria Cadee, Jeroen De Boeij
  • Patent number: 8926305
    Abstract: A dispensing mechanism that deploys a roll of web material having slit cuts and expands it into a web with a cellular structure. This is accomplished by mounting the roll of unexpanded web material on an axle that is positioned at a first angle to a guide wheel assembly. That first angle is not perpendicular to the direction of deployment. The material moves through the guide wheel assembly longitudinally in such a way that tension is applied at a second angle to the direction of deployment. This diagonal tension causes the web material to expand and form cells. Single axle as well as multi-axle systems are disclosed. In this way, a plurality of rolls of web material may be deployed and expanded as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: KUCHARCO Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Kuchar, David M. Kuchar
  • Publication number: 20140361452
    Abstract: A method of making a taper in an optical fiber including: securing the optical fiber in a first holder and a second holder, heating the optical fiber, and moving the first holder in a first direction with a pulling speed and at the same time moving the second holder in the first direction with a feeding speed, wherein a ratio of the pulling speed to the feeding speed is greater than one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventor: Wenxin Zheng
  • Publication number: 20140284836
    Abstract: Ply wrinkling during hot drape forming of a composite laminate is reduced at corner radii. A tensioning material placed over an uncured composite laminate charge maintains a compressive force on the laminate charge as the charge is formed over a tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8840317
    Abstract: An optical fiber includes an interlocking microstructure formed on an outer periphery of the fiber that configures the fiber to be interlocked with another optical fiber including a complementary interlocking microstructure coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kallay, Scott G. Fleischman
  • Patent number: 8834145
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gypsum board forming device which provides improved slurry spread. The device includes a forming table with an arcuate or angled profile that promotes a uniform slurry spread. An arcuate or angled hinge plate can also be included to further promote the uniform distribution of slurry prior to an extrusion plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P Fahey
  • Publication number: 20140246807
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming a melt-resistant glass fiber product, by applying an insulating material to a glass fiber product comprised of filiform glass fibers so as to substantially coat each of the filiform glass fibers therewith, such that the coated filiform glass fibers render the glass fiber product resistant to heat. In one aspect, such a method comprises forming a wetted mixture including filiform glass fibers and insulating material comprising a fire-retarding solution, wherein the wetted mixture has a solids content of the fire-retarding solution substantially uniformly and thoroughly dispersed therethrough. An associated apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: BLH Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Baroux
  • Patent number: 8801424
    Abstract: A device for expanding a hollow body includes a plurality of sector-shaped expandable jaws disposed in a holder and distributed about a central axis. The expandable jaws extend along the axis to a free end and are radially movable with respect to the axis. Each of the expandable jaws includes: a cylindrical surface having a radius corresponding to a radius of the expanded hollow body and an inward radial taper at an area of the free end; and a plurality of projections and recesses disposed in a joint region and arranged in an alternating manner with each other along the axis and at least partially extending into the area of the free end. The cylindrical surfaces are rounded off to transition to respective outer surfaces of the projections. The outer surfaces of the projections extend, at least at ends of the projections, radially inward with respect the cylindrical surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Rothenberger AG
    Inventors: Knut Lindner, Thoralf Krause, Arnd Greding
  • Publication number: 20140167322
    Abstract: This invention provides a method and system for manufacturing rubber parts that utilize a high temperature and high pressure molding process. In this method and system, uncured rubber in sheet form is contained within a metallic or other type of rigid mold cavity along with a pressure applicator which expands due to the heating and pressurizes the mold cavity. The pressure applicator may be made from silicone rubber, or other types of rubber exhibiting high coefficient of thermal expansion, and resistance to high temperatures. The assembly of the uncured rubber sheet, the pressure applicator, and the mold is heated to a specified temperature, and the thermal expansion of the pressure applicator consolidates the rubber sheet into the desired form as the rubber cures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Finley Benjamin Miller
  • Publication number: 20140151920
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of fabricating bitumen impregnated cellulose ridge tiles, each ridge tile having the general shape of a profiled ridge tile plate of cross-section symmetrical about a vertical longitudinal midplane and that includes a downwardly concave central ridge extended laterally on either side by a flat that terminates in a downwardly concave corrugation, the ridge tile further including a series of ribs at each longitudinal end, the panel being in the form of a section member of cross-section that is made up by juxtaposing at least two cross-sections, each identical to the cross-section of the ridge tile plate, with transverse ribs in the vicinity of the longitudinal ends of the panel and on either side of at least one virtual transverse separation line extending between longitudinal panel edges. The panel is cut along a longitudinal line between the juxtaposed ridge tile sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: ONDULINE
    Inventors: Jean-Claude LEMAITRE, Ethem SAKIOGLU
  • Patent number: 8741199
    Abstract: The present application relates to a full wafer nanoimprint lithography device comprises a wafer stage, a full wafer coated with a liquid resist, a demolding nozzle, a composite mold, an imprint head, a pressure passageway, a vacuum passageway and a UV light source. The present application also relates to an imprinting method using the full wafer nanoimprint lithography device comprises the following steps: 1) a pretreatment process; 2) an imprinting process; 3) a curing process; and 4) a demolding process. The device and the method can be used for high volume manufacturing photonic crystal LEDs, nano patterned sapphire substrates and the like in large scale patterning on the non-planar surface or substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Qingdao Technological University
    Inventors: Hongbo Lan, Yucheng Ding
  • Patent number: 8727763
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of forming selected portions of integral sheets of material are disclosed. Unformed portions of the sheets may remain undistorted during the forming process, allowing them to contain text, art work, or other desired information without material risk of the information being degraded or becoming unintelligible during the forming process. This result may be accomplished, moreover, with less trim than usually occurs in conventional forming processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: William C. Shanley, IV
  • Patent number: 8721320
    Abstract: A device for stretching a plastic ring which comprises pushing means (2) and a loading body (5) which are reciprocally slidable across a plurality of ribs (4) solidly constrained to the pushing means (2), and a plurality of grooves (6) afforded on the loading body (5). The loading body (5) exhibits a first substantially conical portion (7) exhibiting a base (7a), having an external diameter (D) and an apex (7b). The loading body (5) further comprises a second portion (8), contiguous to the first conical portion (7) and exhibiting a proximal end (8a) and a distal end (8b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: THD S.p.A.
    Inventor: Filippo Bastia
  • Patent number: 8714961
    Abstract: A press with a pressure chamber and a lid. The chamber is filled with a substantially incompressible medium and the medium at least partially encloses an elastomeric pressure vessel. The vessel is filled with a substantially incompressible fluid that is in fluid communication with a pressurized source of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jamin Micarelli
  • Patent number: 8702417
    Abstract: Tooling aids for applying pressure in laminating, and methods for their use, are described herein. In one embodiment, a caul for applying pressure in laminating includes a base portion positioned between first and second corner portions. The base portion can have a curved shape when it is in a relaxed state, but it moves to a flatter shape when subjected to pressure during lamination. Movement of the base portion to the flatter shape causes the first and second corner portions to move outwardly and away from the base portion. In this manner, the caul can be used to compact laminating materials into corner regions of a corresponding female mold surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steven F. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20140084514
    Abstract: Frame assemblies, molds, and methods for forming rotor blades are provided. A frame assembly for a rotor blade mold includes a plurality of frames, at least one of the plurality of frames movable relative to the others of the plurality of frames, and a bed supported by the plurality of frames. Movement of the at least one of the plurality of frames causes a modification of the bed along a width-wise axis. A mold for forming a rotor blade includes a frame assembly and a mold material disposed in the bed of the frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Canan Uslu Hardwicke, Wendy Wen-Ling Lin, Arvind Rangarajan
  • Patent number: 8663727
    Abstract: A cooked rice molding method includes a first supplying step of spreading cooked rice in a plate form on rolling-up plates deployed horizontally, a second supplying step of placing a dried laver sheet and ingredients on the cooked rice, a first pressing step of folding a first rotating plate and a second rotating plate disposed on two sides of a base plate in a direction to erect at approximate right angles with respect to the base plate, and a second pressing step of folding the third rotating plate rotatably attached to the first rotating plate at a side opposite to the base plate, to a base plate side. Then, the method includes a repositioning step of deploying the rolling-up plates in the horizontal state, and rotating the cooked rice about 90 degrees on the rolling-up bamboo plate. Finally, the first pressing step is repeated again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Audio-Technica
    Inventors: Takashi Hosogane, Atsushi Numabe
  • Patent number: 8663529
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simplified manufacturing method for provision of a sound tube with a pre-formed shape, especially a sound tube for use in a BTE (Behind-The-Ear) hearing aid utilizing a holder with an external surface for imparting the shape of the surface to the sound tube, a first attachment element that is adapted to receive and hold a first connector at a first end of the sound tube, and a second attachment element that is adapted to receive and hold a second connector at a second end of the sound tube thereby keeping the sound tube in abutting contact with at least parts of the external surface whereby the external surface imparts the shape of the surface to the sound tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: GN Resound A/S
    Inventors: Klaus Sommer Ipsen, Dennis Norman Andersen
  • Patent number: 8651850
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for stiffening a flat component, a process for the production of a flat component, in particular a fiber composite component, and a fiber composite component. The device has a portion for producing a space for receiving a mold core for the transmission of a pressure for pressing the flat component and the device. It is characterised by means for positively lockingly and/or frictionally lockingly positioning the mold core in the space of the device. The process according to the invention includes the following steps: introducing the mold core into the portion of the device, positively lockingly and/or frictionally lockingly positioning the mold core in the portion of the device by means of the means, applying the device including the mold core to the non-hardened material layer or layers, pressing the material layers, and hardening the material layer or layers and joining the device to the material layer or layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Torben Jacob, Ivar Wiik
  • Publication number: 20130323345
    Abstract: A fixture for shaping a laminate substrate includes a trap ring, a base plate and a center button. The base plate includes a recess adapted to receive the laminate substrate. The center button is disposed in an opening in the base plate. The center button may be adjusted to shape the laminate substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Edmund D. Blackshear, Thomas E. Lombardi, Donald A. Merte, Steven P. Ostrander, Thomas Weiss, Jiantao Zheng
  • Patent number: 8597013
    Abstract: The invention describes a tensioning rail (3) for a membrane (2) of a membrane press. To allow a simpler and more rapid assembly and disassembly of the membrane (2) than in known devices, the tensioning rail includes a support rail (8), in which at least one tensioning strip (13) is mounted detachably, whereby the tensioning strip (13) is designed for securely clamping onto the edge of the membrane (2). In this way it is possible to equip a new replacement membrane (2) with tensioning strips (13) independently and outside of the membrane press, which then only need to be attached to the support rail (8). In this case the support rail does not need to be disassembled, but remains on the membrane press the whole time. A further essential advantage is that the tensioning rail (3) can also be installed into existing membrane presses, for example as a replacement for an existing securing device for the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: 3S Swiss Solar Systems AG
    Inventors: Beat Strebel, Roland Kappaun, Roman Polo
  • Publication number: 20130270739
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlled shrinking of molten plastic sheet material comprises a series of parallel cylindrical rollers for moving the plastic sheet material from a first position to a second position. At least one heater is aligned with the rollers for maintaining the plastic sheet material in a molten state while the rollers move the plastic sheet material, and a drive mechanism rotates the rollers so that the tangential speed of the rollers progressively decreases from the first position toward the second position. As a result of the progressive decrease in tangential speed of the rollers, the speed of the plastic sheet material is progressively reduced as the plastic sheet material approaches the second position, so that portions of the plastic sheet material closer to the second position move toward the second position more slowly than portions of the plastic sheet material further from the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Miroslav Planeta, Harinder Tamber
  • Patent number: 8535042
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for manufacturing a flanged component from a composite lay-up are provided. The apparatus includes a support structure coupled to the composite lay-up and a mold ring coupled to the support structure. The mold ring includes a ring guide surface and a radial contact surface that is configured to couple to the composite lay-up. The apparatus further includes a mold plate coupled to the mold ring. The mold plate includes a recessed surface and a plate guide surface, where the recessed surface is configured to couple to the composite lay-up and the plate guide surface is configured to couple to the ring guide surface. The apparatus also includes an autoclave that applies pressure to the mold ring and the mold plate to move the plate guide surface along the ring guide surface to apply pressure to the composite lay-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bowden Kirkpatrick, Mark Ernest Vermilyea, Mitchell Harold Boyer, Ming Xie, Elliott Keller Schulte, Benjamin Wayne Ferrell
  • Patent number: 8523553
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for forming a composite part are provided. A method for forming a composite part may include placing initial composite material on a base tool, placing a tooling mandrel on the composite material, placing additional composite material over the tooling mandrel, covering at least a portion of the composite material that overlays the tooling mandrel with a composite forming tool, heating the composite material to at least partially cure the composite material, and permitting a first portion of the composite forming tool to change size during the heating of the composite material to a greater degree than a second portion of the composite forming tool. In this regard, the second portion of the composite forming tool is closer to the base tool than the first portion of the composite forming tool. A composite forming tool is provided that permits differential expansion of different portions of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Martin, Keith Rupel, Philip O. Chrissos, Neal A. Froeschner, Ronald J. Byington, Karen M. Jost, Jimmy S. Piszar
  • Publication number: 20130221580
    Abstract: The present application relates to a method and system that can be utilized to manufacturing composite structures in a closed cavity mold. The tool system includes a closed cavity tool with spring members that when in compression apply pressure to a preform located within the closed cavity mold. During a curing cycle, the spring members provide substantially constant pressure to the preform, thereby preventing voids and porosity in the cured composite structure. Further, the substantially constant pressure, provided by the spring members, acts to more effectively conform the preform to the geometry defined by a void in the closed cavity mold during the curing cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen K. Bishop, Robert J. Greenberg, Forrest W. Henry
  • Publication number: 20130214451
    Abstract: The invention relates to a covering device, comprising a feeding device for a tread strip, by means of which the tread strip can be fed to a carcass, wherein a connecting device is provided which allows ends (21, 22) of the tread strip (14) to be connected to one another, and wherein a widening device (16) widens the tread strip (14) that is connected at the ends and is in the form of a ring until an inside diameter of the tread strip (14) is reached which corresponds to, or is greater than, the outside diameter of the carcass (48).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Florian Fischer
  • Publication number: 20130207298
    Abstract: A method for the manufacture of a hole in a component consisting of a composite material, such as a fiber reinforced plastic part or a fabric reinforced plastic part, which is characterized in that the component having first and second oppositely disposed sides is placed with its first side on a support having an iris diaphragm, in that a tip which diverges in the axial direction is pressed coming from the second side of the component through the component, which optionally has a pre-piercing, for the formation of the hole or for the enlargement of the pre-piercing and in that the iris diaphragm has a smaller starting opening which receives a narrower region of the tip and opens into a larger opening with increasing penetration of the component by the tip, whereby the component is supported during the hole formation over an as large as possible area from the first side. A piercing aid in the form of an iris diaphragm or a corresponding die button is likewise claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: PROFIL Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: PROFIL Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
  • Patent number: 8500085
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing a composite fiber component (1) the method comprising the following method steps: forming a moulding core (4) comprising a hollow profile (15) made of segments (16a . . . d) in order to establish an external geometry of the moulding core (4), wherein the segments (16a . . . d) of the moulding core (4) each extend in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the moulding core (4) and are each constructed so as to be pivotable about an axis running in the longitudinal direction of the moulding core (4), between a folded position (A), and an unfolded position (B) of the hollow profile (15) of the moulding core (4), wherein the segments (16a . . . d) are constructed so as to be coupled to one another via connections (18a . . . d, 19a . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Torben Jacob, Joachim Piepenbrock
  • Patent number: 8454339
    Abstract: To provide an eraser molding toy with which it is possible to mold an eraser having a colored pattern or design, a plurality of thermofusible eraser members 1 of differing colors are placed in succession inside a molding container 2 so as to form a required pattern or design etc., and the molding container 2 is heated in order to fuse the surfaces of the eraser members 1 together to mold an eraser P having a colored pattern or design in the mold shape of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Bandai Co., Ltd., Royal Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Namiko Ishii, Makoto Koike
  • Publication number: 20130134632
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and devices for the modelling tendinous tissue into a desired shape. The shaped tissue produced by the methods of the present invention is useful in any field relating to biological tissue, particularly in the field of medicine, most preferred in surgery, for intraoperative use or pre- or peri-operative preparation of the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Jess G. Snedeker, Dominik Christoph Meyer, Mazda Farshad Tabrizi
  • Publication number: 20130129854
    Abstract: The invention relates to equipment (3) for drawing a film made of synthetic material, which includes longitudinal drawing means (11) and transverse drawing means (15) comprising a drawing enclosure (16), an air outlet opening (17) leading into the enclosure and an air inlet opening (18) leading into the enclosure. The transverse drawing means further comprise an air recirculation circuit (19) connecting the air inlet and outlet openings (18, 17) and designed to redirect the air from the air outlet opening towards the air inlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Darlet
  • Patent number: 8444892
    Abstract: In order to manufacture articles in the form of sheets or blocks of conglomerate stone or stone-like material, single mixes are prepared in mixers (18a,b,c,) arranged in a line and at intervals along a conveyor belt (12), each mixer depositing on said conveyor belt a layer of single mix which is arranged on top of the mix deposited by the mixer immediately upstream, forming a multiple mix which is then fed in an axially offset position to a rotating support (24) provided with homogenizing means and then passes to the vacuum vibrocompression section, after a deaeration step. A crushing device (32) is inserted between each mixer and the underlying belt so as to control the size of the agglomerations in each mix. Means (34) are envisaged for cleaning the upper surface (12a) of the conveyor belt (12) and the crushing devices (32) between the cycles for preparation of the multiple mix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Luca Toncelli