Including Both Heating And Cooling Means Patents (Class 425/384)
  • Patent number: 10426917
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a catheter includes at least first and second controllable rate material feeders that feed at least first and second materials into a temperature-controlled mixer to form a compound material that varies in flexibility and/or strength with the respective first and second materials and material feed rates. An extruder extrudes the compound material onto a rotating and translating mandrel to thereby form a variable stiffness profile along a length of the catheter that depends on respective rates of rotation and translation of the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: Stryker Corporation, Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Porter
  • Patent number: 10207451
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoform packaging machine with a forming station. The forming station can include a forming tool lower part with at least one mold insert that is movable relative to the forming tool lower part. The present invention also relates to a method of forming a film including the step of moving the mold insert, relative to the forming tool lower part and the formed film, to a removal position while the film is clamped between the forming tool upper part and the forming tool lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Multivac Sepp Haggenmueller SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Hubert Baur, Florian Ferk
  • Patent number: 10137607
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for curing curved cylinder-like workpieces (e.g., in the shape of a half or full barrel) made of composite material, such as nacelle honeycomb core composite sandwich structures. These methods enable tailored curing of composite nacelle structures, to significantly reduce capital cost and fabrication cycle time. In lieu of an autoclave or oven, a pressurized ring-shaped cure volume is defined by a partitioned enclosure that mimics the cylinder-like shape of the composite nacelle structure with only limited clearance (e.g., a partitioned enclosure comprising inner and outer concentric cylinder-like walls). A tool (e.g., a mandrel) and at least one composite nacelle structure supported thereon are placed in the cure volume for curing. Integrally heated tooling, optionally in combination with other heating methods, such as infrared heaters, is utilized to provide the temperature profile necessary for cure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Brian L. Riedel
  • Patent number: 9913958
    Abstract: A process for making a sheath used to protect a medical device. The medical device includes a polymer scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. A sheath is placed over the crimped scaffold after crimping to reduce recoil of the crimped polymer scaffold and maintain scaffold-balloon engagement relied on to hold the scaffold to the balloon when the scaffold is being delivered to a target in a body. The sheath is removed by a health professional either by removing the sheath directly or using a tube containing the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Cornel I. Ciurea, Karen J. Wang, David Hart, Mark Ritchie, Jessie Madriaga
  • Patent number: 9242440
    Abstract: Cells of a composite cell array are cured by placing tool blocks in the cells and inserting thermally conductive elements in each of the tool blocks. The thermally conductive elements are convectively heated by a flow of hot air. The heated conductive elements conduct heat to the tooling blocks, which then conduct heat to the cells to cure the composite and adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter, Joseph A. Marshall, IV
  • Patent number: 9126364
    Abstract: A press die is provided which includes a lower die having a lower core and an upper die having an upper core, the upper die includes moving blocks installed movably in a first horizontal direction and a bending shaft installed to the moving blocks, and the bending shaft presses a plate against a side surface forming portion of the lower core as the moving blocks move in the first horizontal direction, thereby enabling the plate to be deformed in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Cheol Ki
  • Patent number: 9079718
    Abstract: A thermoformer apparatus has sheet supporting rails which are divided into sections hinged together to facilitate widening of the spacing between the rails with adjuster drive mechanism as the sheet moves through an oven to eliminate sagging of the sheet as it becomes heated. Thermoformer chains are driven by a pair of independently operable servo motors each associated with a respective thermoformer chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Brown Machine, LLC
    Inventors: Victor Chun, James Martin, Steve Keeley, Keith Redburn, Phil Eichbauer
  • Publication number: 20150123316
    Abstract: A method and assembly for reshaping an elongated plasticized article including a pair of first and second spaced apart fixtures adapted to supporting extending ends of an elongated article. The fixtures each exhibit a contoured upper surface upon which the elongated article is adapted to being supported in adhering fashion. A heated airflow is delivered in communication with at least one surface of the article and, upon cooling, the article exhibits an extending profile matching the contoured upper surface. A pre-heat station pre-softens at least an extending subset portion of the article prior to transfer to the fixture. Pluralities of gripping fingers communicate with an underside of the contoured upper surface and are adapted to engage at least underside accessible cross sectional profile locations of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Steve Porter, Gerald N. Strich
  • Publication number: 20150123315
    Abstract: An assembly for reshaping an elongated plasticized article includes a heated fixture upon which the elongated article is supported in adhering fashion to a contoured upper surface. Following heating, the article is transferred to a cooling fixture exhibiting a further contoured upper surface and, upon subsequent cooling, the article exhibits a final multi-dimensional extending profile matching the contoured upper surface of the cooling fixture. A further variation of the assembly includes an elongated and bowed track supporting a fixed jig at an end thereof. A slidable jig is traversable along the track and actuated by a ram in directions towards and away from the first jig.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Steve Porter
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8939753
    Abstract: The high straightness arrow in the present invention is designed to improve the straightness of the archery arrow by adopting new manufacturing technique and method. Chamber and post are made of dissimilar metals and the chamber includes a wall that creates an external housing and defines an internal airspace. Once the post with shaft is positioned through chamber, nuts are tightened securely, forming an assembly, to straighten post. Due to the different coefficients of thermal expansion of chamber and post, when they are heated simultaneously, the chamber expands more than the post, creating a natural tension along post which results in a near perfectly straight shaft. As the assembly cools, the post and chamber return to their original length, yet the shaft retains its straightened form and thus this manufacturing process yields an arrow shaft that is straighter than shafts made of the same materials but with a traditional manufacturing technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Aldila Golf Corp.
    Inventor: Martin T Connolly
  • Publication number: 20150021798
    Abstract: Aimed at providing a method for molding a thermoplastic resin product and a molding apparatus therefor that enable productivity, transfer quality or the like to be improved. Provided is a method for molding a thermoplastic resin product that includes a heating step, a transfer step, a cooling step and a mold-releasing step, and wherein, in the heating step, a stamper is irradiated with infrared rays in a state where a cooling member is not irradiated with infrared rays, and at least in the final stage of the transfer step, the stamper and the cooling member are brought into contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Satoo Kimura, Masaki Aoya, Tsutomu Iwasaki
  • Publication number: 20150017390
    Abstract: According to a molding method for a fiber reinforced composite material, a cavity forming surface 13 of a second mold 12 with a recessed portion 14 for molding a thick portion is brought into contact with a fiber reinforced composite material 15. The fiber reinforced composite material 15 is heated in a state in which the temperature of the cavity forming surface 13 is higher than that of a cavity forming surface 11 of a first mold 10. After that, the first mold 10 and the second mold 12 are closed with a pressure to the fiber reinforced composite material 15 so as to pass the fiber reinforced composite material 15 into the recessed portion 14. This can integrally mold the thick portion with the main body of a molded component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Hideo MINE, Takeshi KIRITOSHI, Kazuyuki HARADA
  • Patent number: 8932043
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plastic trim reclaim process that recycles otherwise wasted trim into for reuse or densified composite bricks for resale. The device combines four sections to process trim scrap from a typical plastic extrusion process. The four sections comprise an input and feed section, a grinding and pre-sizing section, a compaction and sizing section, and a repelletizing and recovery section. The final product takes one of two forms: a compacted plastic brick or pellet-sized beads that can be directly reused in a new extrusion process. The compaction and sizing section utilizes a heating chamber and ram to force ground trim through an extruder, which is then cut into sections to form brick. The repelletizing and recovery section utilizes an extrusion process that feeds into a cutting plate, whereafter the sized pellets are cooled to solidify their structure prior to being vacuum transported into a container for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Brandon Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 8926310
    Abstract: A cup thermoforming machine includes a frame, a movable upper platen, a clamping grid and a movable lower platen. The movable upper platen is supported for vertical reciprocation by the frame, and carries a male die. The clamping grid is carried by the frame above a sheet of thermoformable material and has a clearance aperture for the male die. The lower platen is supported for vertical reciprocation by the frame beneath the clamping grid and carries a female die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Jere F. Irwin
  • Patent number: 8919729
    Abstract: An adjustable thermal die assembly is provided. The thermal die assembly includes a thermal forming die and at least one insert. The thermal forming die has at least one die cavity of a select shape. The die further has at least one opening to the at least one die cavity. The at least one insert has at least one internal passage that is conformed to have a shape of the at least one opening to the at least one die cavity of the die. Moreover, the at least one insert is configured and arranged to be selectively coupled to the die with the at least one internal passage of the at least one insert aligning with the at least one opening of the at least one die cavity to selectively increase a depth of a forming cavity of the thermal forming assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hormel Foods Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel S. Miller, Steven E. Sampson, LouJean Reid, Frank D. Fryer, Danny K. Petersen, Kurt A. Lindsey
  • Publication number: 20140367893
    Abstract: A method for forming a polycarbonate panel, the method comprising the steps of cutting a flat polycarbonate panel to the desired final dimensions, inserting the panel between the two portions of a die, forming the panel by means of compression between the two portions of the die, overbending the panel between 1-12 degrees to achieve a predetermined angle of bends in the panel and repeating these steps until the panel is fully corrugated. The method further includes the steps of heating the die and/or the panel by means of an electric strip temperature of between 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit. An apparatus is also provided for forming a polycarbonate panel. The apparatus includes a die where the die includes a first portion and a second portion. The die being automatically adjustable in height and width. The first portion and the second portion movable with respect to each other and the first portion and the second portion operable to compress and overbend a panel to form a bend in the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen J. Motosko, Stephen J., Motosko, III, Catherine Motosko
  • Publication number: 20140352036
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of manufacturing a body made of composite material such as a shell of a helmet. Said body constitutes a multilayer structure where each layer is formed by superposed strata comprising portions of fabrics preimpregnated with thermoplastic resin in which at least some of said layers are formed by woven or non-woven LFRTP-type preimpregnated fabrics. The outer layer is formed by strata of portions of “veil” type or “felt” type fabrics, with non-woven and non-oriented fibers of lengths comprised between 5 and 20 mm. In the method, the multilayer structure arranged in a mold is subjected to the action exerted by a bag that is inflated due to pressure occupying the cavity of the mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: MAT GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, S.L.
    Inventor: Javier Cadens Ballarin
  • Publication number: 20140306373
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus and method for volumetric reduction of polymeric material and in particular synthetic polymeric textile materials. Such materials are typically used in hospital operating rooms and have material memory meaning that they re-expand after compression. Consequently they are difficult to process as waste material. The present invention is a method and apparatus for thermally compacting a polymer comprising a first and second heated surface inclined downwardly towards each other and providing with a passage at their lower ends through which melted polymeric material may pass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Styromelt Limited
    Inventor: David Scheeres
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140117587
    Abstract: An apparatus for molding a thermoplastic resin product includes a heating apparatus which conducts heating by radiation of infrared rays by using a light source; a stamper which is radiation heated by infrared rays radiated from the light source; a cooling member which cools the stamper by contacting the stamper which is radiation heated; a first mold which holds the stamper and/or the cooling member in a movable manner, thereby enabling the stamper and the cooling member to be in contact with or remote from with each other; and a second mold which holds a thermoplastic resin to which a structure of a shape-forming surface of the stamper is transferred. The stamper is radiation heated at least in the state where it is remote from the cooling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Aoya, Satoo Kimura, Tsutomu Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 8696346
    Abstract: A counterband tape for use in the heat setting tunnel of a carpet yarn heat setting machine. The tape is constructed from polyphenylene sulfide yarns. The counterband tape may be formed as a single layer woven fabric with a twill weave construction. The tape also may include a herringbone pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Vinod Kumar Chahal
  • Patent number: 8685300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoforming device for thermoforming a product (1) from a plastic foil (23), and to a corresponding method. The invention relates particularly to a thermoforming process and device in which a slot (2) is arranged in a product (1) to be formed. The invention also relates to a product (1), particularly a flowerpot, manufactured using this thermoforming device or method. The thermoforming device is characterized in that the cutting sleeve (10) and cutting plate (7) and/or hold-down element (8) define an auxiliary cutting line through which the plastic foil (23) is cut in order to arrange a slot (2) in the product (1) to be formed. The functions of slot-forming and product-foil separation are hereby performed by substantially the same components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Bosch Sprang Beheer B.V.
    Inventors: Antoni Bosch, Martijn Haex
  • Publication number: 20140047859
    Abstract: A system for forming frozen liquids is disclosed in which a device with first and second dies cooperate to form a frozen liquid preform into a frozen shape with indicia marked into the frozen shape. The device forms the frozen shape such that it maintains the indicia portion facing substantially upwards when the frozen shape floats in a liquid. The device may have warming fins, heat transfer passages, air and liquid passages, or temperature controlled electric heaters to aid on the forming of the frozen shape. The system may also include a frozen shape remover, a drip tray, or a frozen liquid preform tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Kyle E. E. Schwulst
  • Patent number: 8616875
    Abstract: A stamp includes a metal supporting layer, a pattern forming layer and an adhesive layer. The metal supporting layer has a first thermal conductivity. The pattern forming layer is disposed on the metal supporting layer and has a surface with a molding pattern formed thereon. The adhesive layer is disposed between the metal supporting layer and the pattern forming layer to couple the pattern forming layer to the metal supporting layer, and has a second thermal conductivity lower than the first thermal conductivity. Thus, strength of the stamp may be improved, and deformation of the stamp during the process of manufacturing a light guide plate may be reduced or prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho-Han Ryu, Tae-Seok Kim, Seung-Pyo Hong, Seung-Yeop Lee
  • Patent number: 8602763
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for heating of preforms formed of plastic with infrared radiation, whereby the preform is struck by cooling air at its neck finish and on its body. Furthermore, the infrared radiators are struck by cooling air at their ends. The invention relates to a heating device in which the three cooling air streams may be controlled or regulated independently from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Christian Stoiber, Wolfgang Schönberger
  • Patent number: 8591217
    Abstract: In a belling machine and in a method of forming a socket at the heated end of a pipe, an end of a pipe made of thermoplastic material on which a socket is to be formed is heated until it is in a deformable state, inserted in a forming chamber and formed into a socket shape. Process air, taken from a compressed air source, is conveyed into an evaporator of a refrigerating machine using a refrigerant recirculating in a closed circuit and passes through the evaporator, resulting in transfer of heat from the process air to the refrigerant inside the evaporator. The process air is then conveyed to the forming chamber through an inlet, at least to cool the material of the end of the pipe at least by means of a process air flow inside the forming chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sica S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Tabanelli
  • Patent number: 8585392
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide methods and apparatus for cooling a mold in a compression or injection molding assembly, thereby enabling increased cycling speed and efficiency. Embodiments include a coolant flow path that transports a fluid coolant into and out of a cooling ring around the molding assembly's core. The coolant flow path may divide into several channels within the cooling ring. The coolant flow path may also include a series of stages with varying volumes or cross sectional areas designed to regulate the flow of coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: F&S Tool, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Barnes
  • Patent number: 8580178
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a transversely curved or formed strip of material which can be cut to length for use in a fabric for coverings for architectural opening includes a supply role of a flexible fabric strip material that is sequentially passed through a heating chamber with an elongated upwardly convex extrusion across which the strip material is drawn and a cooling station before being wrapped on a take-up drum. The apparatus includes driven rollers about which the strip material passes and the strip material is exposed to tension detectors and controlled temperatures such that the strip material formed in the apparatus is uniform along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph G. Jelic, William L. Teter, Paul G. Swiszcz, Kevin M. Dann, Steven J. Carroll, Thomas E. Sevcik, Stephen T. Wisecup, Michael J. Siebenaller
  • Publication number: 20130285288
    Abstract: An apparatus includes one or more die groups which are movable independently of one another, each including a female part having a matrix cavity and a male part destined to penetrate into the cavity such as to define a forming chamber of the product, the cavity configured to contain a batch of material. The apparatus further includes a heating station having a heater to bring the plastic material to the fluid state, and a die group cooling station downstream of the heating station. The die groups are free to be cyclically inserted in the heating station and subsequently transferred to the cooling station. A thrust group is associated to a respective die group and is configured to provide a thrust for penetrating the male part into the cavity during the stage of forming the product, the thrust group being integral with the respective die-group in displacements during the operations performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: C.G.M. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Corrado Saverio Parmigiani
  • Patent number: 8562330
    Abstract: A rim rolling apparatus is provided having a plurality of rim rolling screws, a motor and a pneumatic cooling circuit. Each screw has a hot section and a cool section provided downstream of the hot section. The motor is configured to drive the screws in rotation to feed thermoformed articles between the screws to roll lips of the articles. The pneumatic cooling circuit extends within the screw from an exit end towards an entrance end. The cooling circuit is provided in thermally conductive relation with the cool section and insulated from the hot section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Jere F Irwin
  • Publication number: 20130256941
    Abstract: A method for producing a substantially shell-shaped, fiber-reinforced plastic part includes preheating a material blank that is formed of a fibrous material impregnated with a matrix material using a heating device to ensure the formability and placing the preheated material blank into a shaping tool having an upper die and a lower die. The shaping tool is then closed to form the material blank. Using a cooling device, at least one shaping surface of the shaping tool, with the material blank inserted, is at least partially cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: MBB Fertigungstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Buehlmeyer
  • Patent number: 8545210
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device with which it is possible to arrange complicated shapes with considerable differences in height in wood fiber board, and in particular but not exclusively so called MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). The deformation of the wood fiber board which can be achieved is known in the art as extrusion, wherein a considerable plastic deformation takes place accompanied by flow and stretch of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Masonite International Corporation
    Inventors: Maurice Frankefort, Alex Charles
  • Publication number: 20130221576
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of forming a thermoplastic work piece having a deformation temperature. The method comprises locally heating a desired portion, such as a crease line, of the work piece with a stream of a heated fluid, such as a gas, having a temperature at least as high as the plastic deformation temperature of the work piece, and forming the work piece at the heated portion. An apparatus for forming a thermoplastic work piece having a deformation temperature is also provided. The apparatus comprises a heated fluid nozzle operable to deliver a stream of a heated fluid, such as a gas, to a desired portion, such as a crease line, on the work piece to heat the portion to a deformation temperature, and a forming tool for forming the work piece at the heated portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Dana Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Dana Industries Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130207292
    Abstract: A fiber filling box divided into compartments by slotted divider walls, preferably comb-like divider fences with vertical tines extending downwardly from a top frame, is lowered onto an air-permeable conveyor over at least one vacuum box in a fiber filling station. A multi-axis controlled nozzle blows fiber material to different depths and/or densities in the individual compartments. The divider fences allow continuous intertwining of fibers between adjacent compartments, but sufficiently contain the fibers to maintain well-defined boundaries between different fiber depths and/or densities in the individual compartments. Hold-down plates are lowered onto the fiber material, the fiber filling box is lifted away, and then the hold-down plates are lifted to release a shaped fiber mass, which is then heated and compacted in a heating station to form a fiber preform. The hot fiber preform is then molded, compressed and cooled in a molding station to produce a molded fiber component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: HERBERT OLBRICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Gerhard SPENGLER
  • Patent number: 8485811
    Abstract: A fine structure formation apparatus includes a preheating heater to heat up the surface of belt-like mold alone, right before contacting the belt-like mold to heating and pressurizing rollers, the temperature of the surface of the belt-like mold is made equal to that of the heating and pressurizing rollers, enabling to reliably obtain a predetermined temperature, and cooling rollers or a cooling blower are arranged right after the heating and pressurizing rollers, enabling cooling by a forced cooling and pressure holding, and to transfer a pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Shimao, Takanori Yamasaki, Mitsuru Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 8454340
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are provided for heat treatment of a tubular preform material that is loaded onto the outer surface of an electrically conductive mandrel forming a rotatable tubular shaped resistance heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Radyne Corporation
    Inventors: Don L. Loveless, Valery I. Rudnev, John Justin Mortimer, Brian R. Gramoll
  • Publication number: 20130009343
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus simultaneously produces a plurality of billets of a formable material with a press, which includes a plate-like female die, provided with nozzles in the form of continuous holes, and also a rotating hub provided with radially disposed rollers that are pressed onto the female die. The method provides that the female die is heated to a temperature above the boiling temperature of the moisture contained in the formable material, and in this way the material pressed through the hole-like nozzles of the female die is dried. The apparatus includes the female die having two plates resting closely and tightly against one another, and in at least one of the plates, a conduit for a heating medium or coolant is made in the surface facing toward the other plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: NCT GMBH
    Inventor: Marat Zangavar
  • Patent number: 8342835
    Abstract: A seal ring whose abutment joint portion is opened is fitted into an annular gap while the abutment joint portion is substantially closed. The annular gap is formed between an inner circumferential surface of a hole portion provided in an outer circumferential jig and an outer circumferential surface of an inner circumferential jig disposed in the hole portion, and has a heating region and a cooling region. The seal ring is passed through the heating region and then passed through the cooling region in the annular gap. The outer circumferential jig and the inner circumferential jig are maintained at a constant temperature higher than a glass transition temperature of a resin material for the seal ring in the heating region, and maintained at a constant temperature lower than the glass transition temperature of the resin material for the seal ring in the cooling region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nok Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Fukushima, Toshiyuki Kido, Toshihiro Amano, Takahiro Saeki
  • Patent number: 8333582
    Abstract: A method and machine for sealing at least one cut edge of a foam board is disclosed. The foam board has a top surface, a bottom surface and at least one cut edge extending between the top surface and the bottom surface. The cut edge is passed over a heated roller to soften the edge and then passed over a second roller having a temperature that is lower than the temperature of the first roller which seals the edge. The cut edge may be milled to square the edge relative to the top and bottom of the board before the cut edge is passed over the heated roller. Additional pairs of rollers may be provided to seal the top surface and the bottom surface of the foam board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: AZEK Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander James Kidwell, Stephen Idziur, Thomas Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8287270
    Abstract: Methods and systems for producing thermoformed articles from pre-cut thermoformable billets are provided. The system may include a heating apparatus for heating the billets, a billet thermoformer for thermoforming the billet into an article, a discharge system for evacuated the formed articles from the thermoformer, and an inspection system for inspecting each of the formed articles for the presence of a defect. Conveyors and billet carriers are provided for transporting the billets between the various components of the system, and loaders are provided for loading the billets onto the conveyor and/or billet carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Printpack Illinois Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Henry Lee, Jean-Marc Henri Kirouac, Matthew Neil Piercy
  • Patent number: 8282384
    Abstract: An apparatus for continuous curing of a plurality of extruded strands can include a rigid frame structure formed by interconnecting a plurality of rigid frame members. A rigid top plate member and a rigid bottom plate member are attached to the rigid frame structure. A plurality of upper spindle units is rotatably attached to the rigid top plate member and a plurality of lower spindle units is rotatably attached to the rigid bottom plate member. A pair of drive motors is attached to the rigid frame structure. A gear assembly attached to the rigid frame structure is operably engaged to the pair of drive motors and a chamber is supported on the rigid frame structure for curing the plurality of extruded strands. The pair of drive motors drives the gear assembly to continuously pass the plurality of extruded strands through the chamber for continuous curing and post-curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Michael R. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20120226363
    Abstract: A device for regenerating biological tissues, particularly for regenerating tissues of the peripheral nervous system, the respective manufacturing method and the instrument used in the method, the regeneration device comprising a hollow tubular structure based on biocompatible material and having a structural porosity in which the pores are oriented substantially radially with respect to its longitudinal axis so as to minimize the formation of scar tissue around the damaged site and allow the growth of the biological tissue inside the pores and inside the duct defined by the hollow tubular structure and facilitate the transport of nutrients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Alessandro Sannino
  • Patent number: 8226393
    Abstract: The system for vacuum formation of a dental appliance is a fully automated vacuum formation machine for dental appliances, such as retainers and the like. The system includes a base having a perforated top vacuum plate in communication with a vacuum source. A heating unit is positioned above the perforated top vacuum plate, and a controller is in communication with the heating unit and the vacuum source for selective actuation thereof. A holder releasably receives a thermoplastic plate. The holder is selectively positionable vertically over the perforated top vacuum plate and a dental impression cast mounted thereon. The holder is positioned by a linear actuator or the like, in communication with the controller. A sensor is positioned adjacent the perforated top vacuum plate for measuring the thermoplastic plate's thickness as it is molded about the dental impression cast, and is communication with the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Mitesh Patel
  • Patent number: 8215943
    Abstract: A heat-transfer label assembly and an apparatus for applying heat-transfer labels. In a preferred embodiment, the heat-transfer label assembly includes a support. A plurality of labels are positioned over the support for transfer from the support to an article, each of the labels including an ink design. A plurality of spacers are positioned over the support but not over the label, the spacers not being transferable with the labels from the support to an article. The distance from the top of the spacers to the support exceeds the distance from the top of the labels to the support so that, when the assembly is wound into a roll, the labels do not come into contact with the bottom surface of an underlying portion of the support. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus for applying heat-transfer labels includes a pad, a die-mark reduction device on the pad, a heated die positioned over the pad, and a motor for moving the heated die into and out of engagement with the die-mark reduction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Kuolih Tsai, Dong-Tsai Hseih, Yi-Hung Chiao, Alan Morgenthau, Roger Recupero, Julio Adalberto De La Cruz Escobar
  • Patent number: 8206633
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a transversely curved or formed strip of material which can be cut to length for use in a fabric for coverings for architectural opening includes a supply role of a flexible fabric strip material that is sequentially passed through a heating chamber with an elongated upwardly convex extrusion across which the strip material is drawn and a cooling station before being wrapped on a take-up drum. The apparatus includes driven rollers about which the strip material passes and the strip material is exposed to tension detectors and controlled temperatures such that the strip material formed in the apparatus is uniform along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph G. Jelic, William L. Teter, Paul G. Swiszcz, Kevin M. Dann, Steven J. Carroll, Thomas E. Sevcik, Stephen T. Wisecup, Michael J. Siebenaller
  • Patent number: 8202077
    Abstract: A Styrofoam densification machine for melting used Expanded Polystyrene (Styrofoam) products. It includes a hopper for holding the disposed Styrofoam and a hopper discharge area for melting the used Styrofoam. The Hopper discharge area contains a heated tray compartment which holds a receiving tray for collection of melted Styrofoam. The compartment shall have two or less access area doors for the retrieval of the collection tray. The discharge and compartment tray areas have silicone heating pads on the outside of the panels for heat. The hopper is surrounded by a paneled cabinet which includes up to two inches of installation. The machine is loaded by way of mechanical hopper lid(s) which includes up to two lid panels, high temperature seals, hinges and handles for ease of opening. The machine sits on up to four (4) casters along with anchoring plates. The machine operates on 120 volts, 208 volts and 240 volts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: William C. Major
  • Patent number: 8182257
    Abstract: A light guide plate mold is configured for manufacturing a light guide plate having a number of microstructures. The light guide plate mold includes a substrate and a number of heating members. The substrate defines a number of grooves therein. The heating members are respectively received in the grooves. Each heating member has a height less than a depth of the corresponding groove. The grooves and the heating members cooperatively define a number of receiving spaces for forming the microstructures of the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jen-Tsorng Chang
  • Publication number: 20120085604
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing brake linings that comprises the stage of cold heating of the friction material and compaction by using a punch with a surface having sinuosity (10) that presses the friction material (100) forming undulations on the surface (110), and the stage of heat pre-molding of the friction material at a temperature lower than that of the resin polymerization for better shaping of the pre-mold, because the resin adheres in a form of a thin layer (film) onto the entire surface which defines a better shape of the pre-mold and, also, provides the material with the heat closer to that of polymerization, which ensures a better quality for the product, and then, the stage of heat molding of the pre-formed friction material and compaction by using a curve-like punch (20). Additionally, this invention discloses an obtained product that comprises friction material with bigger or smaller interspersed oriented density areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: DUROLINE S.A.
    Inventor: JACIR DALLEGRAVE