Single Inlet, Plural Shaping Orifices Patents (Class 425/464)
  • Patent number: 11254487
    Abstract: A molding head includes: an outer casing unit that has a top wall portion which is installed above a discharge hole and in which a plurality of shaping holes are formed, and that causes a molding surface of the top wall portion to discharge the content which has passed through the shaping holes; and an inner plate that is disposed inside the outer casing unit and defines a dispersion chamber between the inner plate and a supply surface of the top wall portion, in which a guide protrusion portion with which the content collides to be introduced to openings of the shaping holes on the molding surface side is formed on at least one of inner surfaces of the plurality of shaping holes, or in at least one of circumferential opening edge portions of the plurality of shaping holes on the supply surface side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Mai Kase
  • Patent number: 10994378
    Abstract: A die body apparatus (101) includes a first discharge member (105) configured to be bonded with respect to a base member (103) such that aligned elongated openings (209) of the base member (103) and first discharge member (105) provide a plurality of elongated feed passages placing a plurality of feed holes (106) of the base member (103) in fluid communication with a first honeycomb network of discharge slots (415) of the first discharge member (105). In further examples, methods of assembling a die body apparatus (101) includes the step of bonding a selected discharge member (105) of at least one discharge member with respect to a base member (103). In further examples methods of extruding batch material into a honeycomb body includes the steps of bonding a selected discharge member (105) with respect to a base member (103) and extruding a quantity of batch material through the die body apparatus (101) into an extruded honeycomb body with a honeycomb network of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Timothy Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 10989235
    Abstract: An inlet flow structure can comprise: a plurality of bellmouth elements, each of the plurality of bellmouth elements including a bellmouth and a diffuser; a plurality of supply plenums, each of the plurality of supply plenums surrounding a respective one of the plurality of bellmouth elements, wherein the plurality of supply plenums are divided by a wall which provides equivalent air flow to each bellmouth element. The inlet flow structure comprises an inlet plenum disposed on the plurality of supply plenums and an outlet plenum disposed on the plurality of bellmouth elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Andrew Green, Matthew Montgomery
  • Patent number: 10751292
    Abstract: Recently, we have introduced fibrous dosage forms that enable predictable microstructures with a greater range of pharmaceutically relevant properties. Presented herein, accordingly, are a method and an apparatus for the manufacture of such fibrous dosage forms. The method includes extruding a plasticized matrix through an exit port of an extrusion channel to form at least one plasticized fiber, and structuring said at least one plasticized fiber to a three dimensional structural network of fibers. The apparatus includes an internally hollow housing defining an extrusion channel, a conveying element for extruding a plasticized matrix in the extrusion channel through an exit port to form at least one plasticized fiber, and a unit for structuring said at least one plasticized fiber to a three dimensional structural network of fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Aron H. Blaesi
  • Patent number: 10485251
    Abstract: A spaghetti-like long shaped pasta has a continuous internal longitudinal cavity communicating with the outside through a co-extended longitudinal slot with convex edges that delimit the internal cavity. A device for the production of such pasta includes an extrusion drawing having, at the entry front, a plurality of holes with complementarily identical openings that lead into respective channels of identical shape, configuration and size, which end in a joint discharge channel, near an edge of an expanded head. An occlusion at the outlet hole of the discharge channel includes a septum separating the delivery channels and causing the two flows of extruded pasta to join solely on a peripheral portion, opposite to the cavity edge, with the expanded head producing the internal cavity that develops longitudinally within the finished product and communicates with the outside through a co-extended cutting or fissure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Andrea Cardinali
  • Patent number: 10150239
    Abstract: An extruder for a three-dimensional additive printer can be used to receive and dispense material. The extruder can include a number of different components including a nozzle with an adjustable opening configured to discharge material. The nozzle can be configured to be moved and rotated so as to align the adjustable opening with a plurality of paths along which the material is configured to be deposited for generating a three-dimensional object. The adjustable opening can comprise a first orifice and an obstruction member configured to move with respect to the first orifice. The position of the obstruction member can adjust the size of the opening area of the adjustable opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Robert P. Ryan, Dean Mitcham Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20150149125
    Abstract: A perforated plate for producing granulate or microgranulate from a thermoplastic plastic material and a method of manufacturing a perforated plate for producing granulate or microgranulate from a thermoplastic plastic material, wherein the perforated plate comprises a plurality of nozzle bores. The lengths of the nozzle bores are respectively sized such that each nozzle bore of the plurality of nozzle bores allows a substantially uniform flow rate of a melt material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Helmuth Meidhof
  • Publication number: 20150147522
    Abstract: A tube mat comprises a plurality of tube portions having a tube longitudinal axis in each case and at least one web portion connecting two tube portions, the tube mat being produced in one piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Raumedic AG
    Inventors: Dominik Erhard, Martin Stöcker
  • Publication number: 20150099023
    Abstract: A nozzle plate for a granulating device. The nozzle plate has a plurality of nozzles for the passage of melt, wherein the nozzles are arranged such that they lie on a circle about a center axis. Each nozzle has a nozzle channel and at least one nozzle opening. A recess for receiving a melt flow is formed on the surface of the nozzle plate opposite the surface comprising the nozzle opening. The recess can also be centered on the center axis. A plurality of flow channels in fluid communication with the recess and at least one flow channel are formed in the nozzle plate extending radially away from the center. A granulating device having such a nozzle plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Reinhardt-Karsten Murb
  • Publication number: 20150086671
    Abstract: A width-direction multilayer laminated film having a large area and uniform optical properties is provided. A light guide, a light diffusion film, a light collecting film, a viewing angle control film, and an optical waveguide film, which are low cost and have excellent optical properties, as well as an illuminating device, a communication device, and a display using these films. The laminated film may include at least a structure in which a layer made of resin A (layer A) and a layer made of resin B (layer B) are alternately laminated in the width direction, wherein the width of the film is 400 nm or more and the number of layer Bs, each having a cross-sectional width from 0.1 ?m to 10,000 ?m, is 10 or larger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
  • Patent number: 8956141
    Abstract: A die piece for extrusion molded noodles is a die piece in which a contact angle of a water droplet on a die piece surface is 61 to 73 degrees and a water absorption of the die piece is 0.01 to 0.15% by weight after the die piece is immersed in water for 24 hours. The use of the die piece for extrusion molded noodles makes it possible to produce pasta, spaghetti, or any other extrusion molded noodles with no increase or decrease in its surface roughness (degree of surface roughness) over time and also makes it possible to stably produce, over a prolonged period of time, extrusion molded noodles having proper surface roughness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nisshin Foods Inc.
    Inventors: Takuya Satou, Masahiro Higuchi
  • Patent number: 8944801
    Abstract: A pellet press for producing pellets from material which is to be compressed. In the pellet press, the biomass is compressed through the holes of the die by at least one press device comprising a roller which rolls on the die, to form pellets. The die and/or the roller move in relation to each other during the production thereof. Provides essential machine elements or modules which are simple to access and also quick to exchange. The construction and operation of the pellet press should be modular so that the production power can be variably adjusted and/or the production is independent of the repairs of individual modules. At least one press device comprising at least one roller and/or the die is arranged inside a press frame in the pellet press, the press frame being embodied in the form of at least one C-frame and/or at least one window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
    Inventors: Frank Heymanns, Gernot von Haas, Günter Natus, Detlef Kroll
  • Patent number: 8936454
    Abstract: This invention provides a resin extrusion die capable of suppressing die drool generation and contamination of a resin molded form with generated die drool serving as foreign substances. The resin extrusion die includes a cap through which a molten resin is extruded, and a cover that includes a gas outlet for forming a gap around the tip of a discharge nozzle and covers at least part of the cap so as to form a space between the cap and the gas outlet. The gas outlet forms, around the tip of the discharge nozzle, the gap whose maximum width/minimum width ranges from 1.05 to 2.0, thereby changing a gas supplied into the cover and flowing out of the gap to a turbulent flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Tajiri
  • Patent number: 8926307
    Abstract: A dough depositing machine adapted for use in the manufacture of non-traditional baked goods and methods related thereto. Non-traditional dough (e.g., gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegetarian, or vegan dough) may have properties that are more difficult to accommodate during manufacturing than the properties of traditional dough. Accordingly, various components of the dough depositing machine may be adapted to operate with non-traditional dough. For example, at least one of a dough delivery mechanism, a forming portion, a cutting assembly and a controller of the dough depositing machine may be adapted for use with non-traditional dough. These components of a dough depositing mechanism may be provided as originally manufactured equipment or may be retrofit to an existing dough depositing machine designed for use with traditional dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Dale Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 8920154
    Abstract: A head assembly (10) is provided for use in a rotary head extruder (12) for extruding a food product. The head assembly (10) includes an annular-shaped stator plate (20) and a rotating blade plate (22). The blade plate (22) preferably includes at least six blades, each with a wedge shaped profile, and the stator plate (20) includes extrusion channels that extend at an angle in the range of 20°-50° from tangent to a circle defined by an inner surface (30) of the plate (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: American Extrusion International
    Inventors: Jeff Dean Carlson, Henry Zollinger Miller, Richard Jarvis Warner
  • Patent number: 8882485
    Abstract: A spinneret bundle for producing fibers from a polymer melt includes an elongated nozzle plate that has a feed channel on an upper face and at least one row of nozzle bores that are arranged next to one another on a lower face. A distributing plate lies on the upper face of the nozzle plate and has a distributing chamber that faces the feed channel and a melt inlet that is connected to the distributing chamber. A perforated plate with a plurality of through-bores is provided between the distributing chamber of the distributing plate and the feed channel of the nozzle plate in order to achieve a redistribution and uniformity of the melt when the melt is introduced into the feed channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Günter Schütt, Volker Birkholz, Nicola Efftunge-Reichau, Sebastian Kohl
  • Publication number: 20140234605
    Abstract: Method and extrusion die (1030) for producing a three-dimensional polymeric strand netting, wherein a plurality of the polymeric strands (1070a, 1070b, 1070c) are periodically joined together in a regular pattern at bond regions throughout the array, wherein a majority of the polymeric strands (1070a, 1070b, 1070c) are periodically bonded to at least two (three, four, five, six, or more) adjacent polymeric strands, and wherein no polymeric strands are continuously bonded to a polymeric strand. Three-dimensional polymeric strand netting described herein have a variety of uses, including wound care, tapes, filtration, absorbent articles, pest control articles, geotextile applications, water/vapor management in clothing, reinforcement for nonwoven articles, self bulking articles, floor coverings, grip supports, athletic articles, and pattern coated adhesives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Ronald W. Ausen, Timothy J. Diekmann, Thomas P. Hanschen, William J. Kopecky, Shou-Lu Wang
  • Patent number: 8727754
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter relates to a rotary die device for producing soft capsules, comprising a capsule forming unit for forming a soft-capsule shell and a dosing unit for feeding a filling material into the capsule forming unit, characterized in that the dosing unit comprises a conveying apparatus of viscous melts and a portioner, wherein the portioner is connected at an end thereof to the conveying apparatus of viscous melts and is arranged in a filling wedge with a section in such a way that filling material from the portioner reaches the location of the capsule filling directly or by means of one or more channels having a length of at most 30 mm. Using said device, high-viscosity filling materials can be filled and thus novel soft capsules can be made accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Swiss Caps Rechte und Lizenzen AG
    Inventors: Erich Brocker, Alois Peter, Georg Sydow
  • Patent number: 8728363
    Abstract: A die plate for a die block can have a coat-hanger-shaped flow path for extruding a molten foamable thermoplastic resin in a form of a sheet. The die plate can be on a downstream side of the coat-hanger-shaped flow path to make a flow rate of the molten foamable thermoplastic resin uniform in a width direction. The die plate can have a multiplicity of delivery apertures. The delivery apertures in opposite side regions can have a diameter greater than a diameter which the delivery apertures in a center region have. A die unit can include a die block, which has a multiple bifurcated manifold terminating in plural coat-hanger-shaped flow paths at downward ends thereof, and a like plural number of similar die plates as described above. A process for producing a wide thermoplastic resin foam can use the die unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Asahi Fiber Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Itadani, Masaaki Ono
  • Patent number: 8727762
    Abstract: In order to ensure quality of pellets by eliminating temperature differences among extrusion nozzle holes with use of a heating medium flowing through heating channels only once and flowing out through a heating medium outlet, provided is a die plate for resin granulation, in which a plate main body (1) is divided into regions (A to n) for every 360/n (n=4, 6, or 8) degrees, or into first to fourth regions (A to D) for every 90 degrees, and an inner annular heating passage (4) and an outer annular heating passage (5) are formed. A heating medium (F) supplied through a heating medium inlet (2) flows through heating channels (8) only once, and then flows out through a heating medium outlet (3) to an outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Japan Steel Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Makida, Kenji Nishimoto, Osamu Sumida, Tomonori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 8727761
    Abstract: A die for an underwater cutting type pelletizer, the die including a die orifice part in which a thermoplastic resin is inhibited from solidifying within the die orifices. The die can have a reduced difference in temperature between the die orifice part and an inner periphery-side fixing part for fixing the die orifice part to a mixer/extruder, and can thereby inhibit the generation of thermal stress. The die is characterized by being equipped with a heating jacket for heating the inner periphery-side fixing part, the heating jacket being disposed within the inner periphery-side fixing part along an inner annular passage formed within either the die orifice part or the inner periphery-side fixing part or both along the boundary between the die orifice part and the inner periphery-side fixing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Iritani, Shin Iwasaki, Nobuki Nagami
  • Patent number: 8721314
    Abstract: In an extruder-type noodle maker comprising a casing constituted as a cylindrical body, a screw, a nozzle unit, a connector, a hopper, and a drive unit, the nozzle unit is formed with many holes tapered in the outlet direction, an inner peripheral surface of the nozzle unit is provided with multiple engaging protrusions and depressions, an end surface of the distal end periphery of the cylindrical casing is provided at corresponding locations with multiple receiving depressions and protrusions for insertion into the engaging protrusions and depressions, and the cylindrical casing is constituted by forming a proximal end section thereof positioned under the hopper of resin and forming a distal end thereof near an outlet of metal, whereby it has a structure comprising a resin portion and a metal portion joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Eiji Sugano
  • Patent number: 8708688
    Abstract: An insulated die plate assembly for use in underwater pelletizing and other granulation processes includes a thin, continuous air chamber formed across the plate assembly generally parallel to the die face such that the heated upstream portion of the die plate assembly is thermally insulated from the downstream portion. The air chamber is atmospherically equilibrated by venting the air chamber to the atmosphere. The plurality of extrusion orifices, either individually or in groups, are formed in extrusion orifice extensions that extend through the insulation chamber so that the process melt to be granulated can pass therethrough. The orifice extensions and the components forming the air chamber around the orifice extensions channel heat along said extensions to maintain the process melt therein at a desired temperature, to help rigidify the die plate assembly and to better seal the air chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Fridley
  • Patent number: 8669200
    Abstract: A hollow fibre containing one or more layers having a mean pore size in one or more of said layers of less than 100?m. The invention also extends to a method for preparing porous hollow fibres and to the apparatus for preparing said fibres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: The University of Bath
    Inventors: Semali Priyanthi Perera, Chin-Chih Tai
  • Publication number: 20140015161
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for making high-performance polyethylene multi-filament yarn comprising the steps of making a solution of ultra-high molar mass polyethylene in a solvent; spinning of the solution through a spinplate containing a plurality of spinholes into an air-gap to form fluid filaments, while applying a draw ratio DRfluid; cooling the fluid filaments to form solvent-containing gel filaments; removing at least partly the solvent from the filaments; and drawing the filaments in at least one step before, during and/or after said solvent removing, while applying a draw ratio DRsolid, wherein in a draw ratio DRfluid=DRsp×DRag of at least 50 is applied, wherein DRsp is the draw ratio in the spinholes and DRag is the draw ratio in the air-gap, with DRsp greater than 1 and DRag at least 1. The invention further relates to a spinplate having spinholes of specific geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Joseph A.P.M. SIMMELINK, Jacobus J. MENCKE, Roelof MARISSEN
  • Patent number: 8551390
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide electrospinning devices, methods of use, uncompressed fibrous mesh, and the like, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: The UAB Foundation
    Inventors: Ho-Wook Jun, Ajay Tambralli, Bryan Adam Blakeney, Derrick Dean
  • Publication number: 20130217290
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spinneret for spinning threads from a spinning mass—in the form of a melt or solution of natural or synthetic origin—comprising a rotationally symmetrical spinneret. The rotationally symmetrical spinneret inner part is surrounded at least partially by a rotationally symmetrical outer part, wherein in the longitudinal direction between the spinneret inner part and outer part an insulating chamber is formed, in which a gas, preferably air, is received in order to form an insulating gas layer. The invention further relates to a spinning device for spinning threads from a spinning mass, comprising a spinneret part and a gas nozzle part arranged at a distance from the spinneret part. A plurality of spinnerets according to the invention are inserted in the spinneret part and project from the spinneret part, facing the gas nozzle part, and the gas nozzle part comprises a plurality of gas nozzles associated with the spinnerets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Luder Gerking
  • Patent number: 8512021
    Abstract: A solid face die plate for an underwater pelletizer includes a carrier or holding plate having a circular slot for holding a hard anti-wear element of highly wear-resistant material through which the extrusion orifices open for extruding polymer. The solid face die plate eliminates the need for insulation or plugging material in the center of the die plate and, by embedding the hard anti-wear element within the carrier, protects the edges of the hard anti-wear element for longer wear life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Gala Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Broughman
  • Publication number: 20130140725
    Abstract: The present invention provides a nozzle plate and the use of the nozzle plate for producing filaments, preferably silica gel fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Maren Heinemann, Arne Braun, Thomas König, Karl-Robert Boos, Lars Lachmann
  • Patent number: 8408889
    Abstract: A device for meltblowing of synthetic fibers utilizes an elongated spinneret packet that is held at the bottom side of the spinneret carrier. In order to supply process air the two elongated air tubes extend at the opposite longitudinal sides of the spinneret carrier, which are connected to an air distribution device having an air channel system in the spinneret carrier. In order to avoid thermal stress in the expansion joints between the air distribution device and the spinneret carrier as much as possible, the air distribution devices are embodied by means of multiple distribution segments having an expansion joint between adjacent distribution segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gunter Schutt, Nicola Mueller-Reichau, Bernhard Potratz
  • Patent number: 8371835
    Abstract: There is provided a mold for extrusion forming of ceramic articles which is excellent in wear resistance and can remarkably decrease forming defects in the vicinity of outer peripheries thereof. The mold for the extrusion forming of the ceramic articles includes a die 1 having a plurality of back holes 9, and slits 8; a back pressing plate 12 and a back spacer 13 to adjust the amount of the kneaded clay to be supplied; and a pressing plate 11 and a spacer 10 to regulate the shape and size of the formed ceramic article. At least a portion of the supply end 22 of the die 1 which overlaps with the back pressing plate 12 is flattened, and a surface roughness (Ra) thereof is in a range of 0.05 ?m to 10 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Saito, Teruyoshi Mori, Takehide Shimoda
  • Patent number: 8366433
    Abstract: An extrusion die for extruding cooked dough includes at least one slot having an inlet, an outlet and a land. The land has a length and a depth, with the depth extending between the inlet and the outlet and the length extending between a first side and a second side of the land. The depth of the land varies along at least a portion of the length. A process for forming cereal flakes using the extrusion die includes the steps of extruding and cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Quaker Oats Company
    Inventors: Robert Edouard Chatel, Gary S. Moore
  • Patent number: 8348659
    Abstract: A honeycomb extrusion apparatus comprises a die body and a flow control device. The die body comprises an inlet end, an outlet end, a central axis, a first set of feedholes, a second set of feedholes, a set of central slots, and a set of outermost peripheral slots. The first set of feedholes extends from the inlet end to an interior interface portion of the die body. The second set of feedholes extends through the die body from the inlet end to the outlet end. The set of central slots extends from the outlet end to the interior interface portion of the die body. The set of outermost peripheral slots is disposed radially outwardly of the central slots. The interior interface portion of the die body is configured to allow flow of the batch material from the first set of feedholes to the central slots and to the outermost peripheral slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey O Foster, Robert Bernard Lubberts, Kenneth Charles Sariego, David Robertson Treacy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8342831
    Abstract: An electrospinning apparatus for spinning polymer fibers from a fluid delivered by a jet supply device, which apparatus comprises at least one collector of a plurality of collectors in electrical communication with an electrode of the jet supply device. Collectors are insulated from each other. At least one collector comprises a stretcher adapted to stretch polymer fibers. The stretcher is an integral part of at least one collector. A controller controls sequence and time duration at which collectors are in electrical communication with the electrode of the jet supply device creating a non-woven polymer fabric or weaving polymer fibers into a fabric. The electrospinning apparatus comprises a rotator adapted to rotate the stretcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Victor Barinov, Kalle Levon
  • Patent number: 8317503
    Abstract: A device for producing Lyocell fibers which are extruded from a cellulose solution of water, cellulose and tertiary amine oxide in a spinning head (25). The cellulose solution is obtained in a number of process steps directly from the cellulose (3, 4) or with the formation of a cellulose suspension. Since the degree of polymerization decreases in the course of processing the cellulose through to its extrusion in the cellulose solution, with the processing of celluloses with a low degree of polymerization there is the risk that the endless molded bodies (2) extruded in the spinning head (25) exhibit defective quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Zikeli, Michael Longin
  • Patent number: 8303287
    Abstract: A spunbonding apparatus includes at least one nozzle, a coagulating tank, a deformation region, a slit passage, and a drawing flow pump. The nozzle extrudes at least one spinning solution. The coagulating tank contains coagulating liquid to coagulate the spinning solution into at least one fiber. The deformation region is located between the coagulating tank and the nozzle. The slit passage is connected to the coagulating tank and allows the fiber to pass therethrough. The drawing flow pump provides a drawing flow to the slit passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Textile Research Institute
    Inventors: Chao-Chun Peng, Tzu-Hsiang Huang
  • Patent number: 8303288
    Abstract: A machine for manufacturing a nonwoven fabric includes a conveyer net, a spunbonding apparatus, and a container. In use, the spunbonding apparatus can project at least one fiber onto the conveyer net. The container can contain liquid, wherein the liquid level of the container is higher than at least a part of the conveyer net which the fiber is projected onto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Textile Research Institute
    Inventors: Tzu-Hsiang Huang, Ming-Chih Kuo, Chao-Chun Peng
  • Patent number: 8293297
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for producing a colored structured protein product with protein fibers that are substantially aligned and the resultant product. Specifically, the plant protein is combined with a colorant and extruded, forming a colored structured protein product with protein fibers that are substantially aligned and the resultant product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Solae, LLC
    Inventors: Mac W. Orcutt, Izumi Mueller, Thomas J. Mertle, Arno Sandoval, Patricia A. Altemueller, Santiago Solorio
  • Patent number: 8287262
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for forming a single extrudable food stream such as a cooked cereal dough into a plurality of differently colored and/or flavored dough streams is disclosed including an extruder (12) having screw augers (15) for advancing a plastic food mass, a head or manifold (118) for dividing the plastic food mass into a plurality of substreams each in turn in fluid communication with a plurality of sub-divided dough passageways, and a die head (30) having a plurality of die ports (40). Each subpassage is separately supplied an additive and has disposed therein a multiplicity of in-line static mixer elements (59) to admix the additive into the substreams of the plastic food mass before passage through the die ports (40). In a preferred form, first and second substreams are intermixed in a non-homogenous manner before reaching the exit ports (40). The extrudates are severed into individual pieces (158) by a rotary cutter (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: James N. Weinstein, Kevin Wright
  • Patent number: 8226396
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the production of granulate grains from a plastic melt, having a nozzle plate with at least one nozzle opening from which a strand of the plastic melt is discharged into a processing chamber, and a cutting tool having at least one cutting blade that may be moved against the nozzle plate by means of a feed device, wherein the plastic strand discharged from the nozzle opening of the nozzle plate can be fragmented into granulate grains by the cutting blade moving relative to the nozzle opening. The nozzle plate has a diamond coating at least on the surface thereof facing the cutting tool, with the hardness of the diamond coating being greater than the hardness of the cutting blade, and with the average roughness of the diamond coating being greater than the average roughness of the cutting blade by at least a factor of two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH
    Inventors: Hans J. Scholl, Joachim Sommer
  • Patent number: 8186987
    Abstract: Provided is a nano-fiber manufacturing apparatus which manufactures nano-fibers by an electrostatic explosion, and has a low possibility of explosion even when a flammable solvent is used. The nano-fiber manufacturing apparatus (101) having an ejection unit (110) which ejects solution (200) that is raw material liquid for nano-fibers (200) to a manufacturing space in which the nano-fibers (200) are manufactured by an electrostatic explosion of the solution (200), and a charging unit which charges the solution (200). The nano-fiber manufacturing apparatus (101) includes a gas supply source (103) which supplies safety gas to change an atmosphere of the manufacturing space, in which the solution (200) is ejected, into a low oxygen atmosphere, and a partition (102) which maintains the manufacturing space at a lower oxygen atmosphere than an atmosphere of an outside space of the partition (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroto Sumida, Takahiro Kurokawa, Kazunori Ishikawa, Mitsuhiro Takahashi, Mikio Takezawa, Yoshiaki Tominaga
  • Patent number: 8171973
    Abstract: A nozzle for dispensing molten thermoplastic material includes non-circular outlets spaced apart from one another in a predetermined pattern. The nozzle may be used to dispense patterns of adhesive that form closed geometric shapes, such as for use in making hermetic seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Charles P. Ganzer, Edward C. Taylor, Leslie J. Varga
  • Patent number: 8114454
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for producing dimensionally stable low carbohydrate pet food compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry M. Clark, William D. Schoenherr, Craig R. Cowley, Kim G. Friesen
  • Patent number: 8080197
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a method for manufacturing filaments from an optically anisotropic spinning solution in which the spinning solution is extruded through a spinneret including a spinning field with a plurality of spinning orifices into a coagulation bath through a slot or diaphragm, the edges thereof being formed by plates with upper and lower sides. The upper sides of the plates are defined as the sides having the shortest distance to the spinning field, wherein the line through the center of the spinning field and perpendicular to the upper sides is located a distance (d) from a parallel line through the center of the slot or diaphragm. The projection of the slot or diaphragm has about the same size and shape as the projection of the spinning field. The plane of the upper side of one plate has a shorter distance to the center of the spinning field than the plane of the upper side of the other plate, and the line has a smaller distance to the edge of plate than to edge of plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Teijin Aramid B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Jacobus Meerman, Wilhelmus Marie Roelofs
  • Publication number: 20110229750
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to battery separators comprising layers of non-woven, melt-blown polyolefin fibers, and methods of making and using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: Nano Terra Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. McLellan, Xinhua Li, Shih-Chi Chen, David Picard
  • Publication number: 20110206896
    Abstract: An extrusion die and method for manufacturing an extrusion die for producing a honeycomb body. The honeycomb body includes a plurality of channels defined by intersecting internal walls. The channels have non-equal cross-sectional sizes arranged in an alternating pattern. The channels are divided into a first region including at least one row of channels adjacent an outer peripheral wall of the body, and a second region including remaining channels. The internal walls in the first region have a thickness that increases along an axis extending to the outer peripheral wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Mark Lee Humphrey, James Willis Suggs, JR.
  • Patent number: 7980838
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrospinning apparatus for mass-production of nanofibers, particularly to an electrospinning apparatus with an electric stability and an improved nozzle blocks. The bottom-up electrospinning apparatus for the mass-production of nanofiber comprises at least one nozzle block having a plurality of spinning nozzles arranged in the horizontal and vertical direction; a collector installed over the nozzle blocks in order to correspond to the nozzle blocks and maintain a certain distance in between; a power source to apply voltage difference between the nozzle block and the collector; and a spinning solution container to supply the spinning solution to the nozzle block, wherein the nozzle block and the collector are connected to the positive terminal and the negative terminal, respectively and among a plurality of spinning nozzles arranged along the horizontal line, a spinning nozzle in the middle and a spinning nozzle in the end have different height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Finetex Ene, Inc.
    Inventor: Jong-Chul Park
  • Patent number: 7959848
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for producing fibers made from one or more polymers or polymer composites, and to structures that can be produced from such fibers. In one embodiment, the fibers of the present invention are nanofibers. The present invention also relates to apparatus for producing fibers made from one or more polymers or polymer composites, and methods by which such fibers are made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: The University of Akron
    Inventors: Darrell H. Reneker, George Chase, Oludotun Dosunmu, Woraphon Kataphinan
  • Patent number: 7950916
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for producing a rolled snack piece using an extruder having typically a plurality of orifices through which an extrudate exits the extruder. Each of these orifices is spiral shaped. When a desired length of extrudate stream or rope protrudes from an orifice, it is cut at its base, thus producing individual snack pieces that appear to have been rolled after being sheeted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Sabritas, S. de R.L. de C.V.
    Inventors: Joaquín Fernández Baumeister, Armando Sedano Hernández, Elizabeth Quintana Romero, Irene Cruz Leyva
  • Patent number: 7951315
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fiber for artificial hair. The PVC fiber is manufactured by melt spinning a PVC resin composition with a nozzle, wherein the nozzle has a nozzle hole having a diameter D and a land length L, and a nozzle leading portion having a cone angle, and wherein a ratio of L/D is 1-3, a height of the nozzle leading portion is at least 4 mm, and the cone angle is 20°-90°. The resulting PVC fiber has an arithmetic mean roughness of 0.18-0.38 ?m and a maximum height of 0.5-3.5 ?m along a longitudinal direction, specified by JIS B 0601.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Sakurai, Akira Moroi