Reshaping Means Utilizing Fluid Pressure Directly Contacting Work Patents (Class 425/503)
  • Patent number: 10369741
    Abstract: While naturally suctioning air between a first thermoplastic resin sheet (20) and a second thermoplastic resin sheet (21) from a fluid passage (23) formed in a first thermoplastic resin sheet (20), the first thermoplastic resin sheet (20) is subjected to vacuum-molding by a first vacuum molding die (2), a first shaping section is formed in the first thermoplastic resin sheet (20) by a molded section (5) of the first vacuum molding die (2), the second thermoplastic resin sheet (21) is subjected to vacuum-molding by a second vacuum molding die (3), a second shaping section is formed in the second thermoplastic resin sheet (21) by the molded section (11) of the second vacuum molding die (3), and a hollow section (300) is defined between the first thermoplastic resin sheet (20) and the second thermoplastic resin sheet (21) by the first shaping section and the second shaping section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MORIROKU TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasufumi Sugauchi, Jungo Horiyama, Hidetoshi Morohashi
  • Patent number: 10350813
    Abstract: A system combining a machine for blow-molding articles with a universal in-mold labeling apparatus. The apparatus has a frame on which turntables are mounted. Each turntable has an air rotary union, facilitating rotation of the respective turntable, and suction cups adapted to pick, hold, and release labels. The turntables deliver labels to the open molds of the machine. The apparatus also has a vertical slide positioned between the turntables. A placement head engages the turntables and moves up the vertical slide to a position in the open molds. At least one label magazine is affixed to the frame and retains the labels. Strategically placed air valves provide air and vacuum to pick, hold, and release labels. A human machine interface facilitates communication between an operator of the system and the system. Finally, a control system is provided to allow the operator to program and control both the machine and apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Roman Justice, Robert P. Bartnik, Gregory D. Taylor, Ryan Smith, Scott E. Bysick
  • Patent number: 9962880
    Abstract: A blow molding device and method capable of forming a blow molded article having a built-in part with a good yield rate. The blow molding device has a die core, a blow mold, a parison holding unit and a built-in part holding unit. The parison holding unit has parison expanders and a parison outer holding plate. The built-in part holding unit has an airtight guide tube and a holding rod. After a lower end of a parison is expanded with a plurality of parison expanders, and an upper end of the airtight guide tube is inserted in the lower end of the parison, the lower end of the parison is held between the upper end of the airtight guide tube and the parison outer holding plate, and the pre-blowing is carried out. After the built-in part is positioned in an interior space of the parison, and the parison and built-in part are held between the slide cores, the blow mold is closed and blowing is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Yukimaru, Koji Sugiura, Toshiaki Asahara, Kouji Ito
  • Patent number: 9199404
    Abstract: A linear machine for blow molding hollow bodies includes: an extruder feeding a head for extruding juxtaposed parisons lying on an imaginary vertical plane parallel to or coincident with the imaginary plane containing the longitudinal axis of the extruder itself; mold and counter-mold assemblies with respective grippers which can be alternately moved along an axis contained in the imaginary vertical plane of the extrusion head itself; and a unit for transferring the containers cyclically formed by the molds onto a single conveyor located laterally to the path of the mold and counter-mold assemblies. The conveyor resides longitudinally under the extruder. The mold and counter-mold assemblies can move horizontally. Components cyclically and linearly raise and lower the extruder and/or the head, preventing the parison products from interfering both with each other and with the molds as they come out in a closed condition due to the cooperation with the extrusion head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: DINAMICA 3000 S.R.L.
    Inventor: Roberto Pinato
  • Publication number: 20150064379
    Abstract: The plastic structural article includes an elongated tubular shell having opposed end sections, a middle section there between and an interior cavity. The interior cavity has a foam core situated therein. The foam core comprises steam expandable polymer beads which when expanded substantially fill the interior cavity. The bead and shell are of a similar plastic composition enabling the articles to be reground and recycled. An apparatus for forming the articles and an associated method of manufacture are also disclosed. A thermal management system includes a panel having a periphery, and a skin having a thermal bond to an in-situ foam core. The panel has a thermal transmittance u-value ranging from 0.1 to 0.17 W/m2° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Richard W. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140346715
    Abstract: A method for producing a tubular structural component and device for production thereof are disclosed. A tubular moulding tool has an inner mould surface shaped corresponding to an outer surface of the structural component. A support surface of an expandable support, formed corresponding to the moulding tool shape such that in an unexpanded state the support fills the moulding tool while the support surface and the mould surface run parallel leaving an expansion spacing of the support surface to the mould surface, is covered with a tubular non-crimp fibre fabric, such that fibres of a fibre layer of the non-crimp fibre fabric run diagonally around the support. After the support has been arranged in the moulding tool, the non-crimp fibre fabric is pressed against the mould surface by expanding the support with radial expansion of the non-crimp fibre fabric. The non-crimp fibre fabric is infiltrated by a curable matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: HAUKE LENGSFELD, VOLKER REYE
  • Publication number: 20140265052
    Abstract: A blow molding device capable of forming a blow molded article having a built-in part with a good yield rate, and a blow molding method. The blow molding device has a blow mold, a parison holding unit and a built-in part holding unit. The parison holding unit has parison expanders and a parison outer holding plate. The built-in part holding unit has an airtight guide tube and a holding rod. After a lower end of a parison is expanded with a plurality of parison expanders, and an upper end of the airtight guide tube is inserted in the lower end of the parison, the lower end of the parison is held between the upper end of the airtight guide tube and the parison outer holding plate, and the preblowing is carried out. After the built-in part is positioned in an interior space of the parison, and the parison and built-in part are held with the slide cores, the holding rod is removed from the blow mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahisa MAJIMA, Toshiaki Asahara, Koji Sugiura
  • Publication number: 20140246814
    Abstract: Method and mould for producing air ducts (P) from plastic material, especially soft plastic material, with a hardness of between Shore 5 and Shore 65, of the type comprising a hollow main body (P1) provided with at least one protuberance or nipple (P2) that projects from the exterior wall of the main body (P1), the method comprising the steps of injection-moulding at least one nipple (P2) from plastic material inside a first cavity (1) of a mould (M); interconnecting the first cavity (1) with a second cavity (3) arranged in the same mould (M) and located adjacent to said first cavity (1), in order to form a single volume; and blow-moulding a hollow body from a mouldable plastic-material parison inside the second cavity (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicants: SOGEFI FILTRATION, S.A., FUNDACIO PRIVADA ASCAMM
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Planta Torralba, Jose Manuel Navarro Robles
  • Patent number: 8794957
    Abstract: A forming tool and method for its use with flat pre-preg composite laminate assemblies which incorporates a mandrel segmented into multiple forming blocks, the forming blocks sized to receive a draped composite laminate assembly with all portions of the composite laminate assembly spaced from a shaping surface on each block. A spline plate engages the shaping surface of the forming blocks to provide a neutral axis for maintaining the entire composite laminate assembly in tension during forming. In the exemplary embodiments, the draped composite laminate assembly is formed to the forming blocks from the flat composite laminate assembly and maintained in contact with the forming blocks using a vacuum bag. The mandrel forming blocks are then displaced to a desired curvature on the spline plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Peter D. McCowin, Paul E. Nelson, Worm Lund
  • Patent number: 8741208
    Abstract: Manufacturing of a composite component, such as a composite component of an aircraft, is provided with a molding tool that includes, but is not limited to a first mold, a second mold and a pressure generator. Between the first mold and the second mold, a membrane is arranged so that between the first mold and the membrane a first region is formed, and between the second mold and the membrane a second region is formed. In the first region, a fibrous mat is arranged. In the second region with the use of the pressure generator 116 counter-pressure can be produced so that the membrane is pressed in the direction of the fibrous mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Nothdurft, Günther Dressler, Rolf-Georg Sundermann, Georg Lonsdorfer
  • Patent number: 8721954
    Abstract: In some examples, a method for densifying a material via pitch comprises inserting the material to be densified into a mold, wherein the mold is part of an apparatus. The apparatus may include a ram configured to apply a ram pressure sufficient to force a pitch into the mold to densify the material, a gas source configured to apply a gas pressure sufficient to force the pitch into the mold to densify the material, and a vacuum source operable to create a vacuum pressure in the mold at least prior to application of either the ram pressure or the gas pressure. The method may further comprise densifying the material in the mold via pitch using a selectable one of the ram, the gas source, the ram and the vacuum source, or the gas source and the vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. La Forest, Roger L. Klinedinst, David M. Wright
  • Publication number: 20140110491
    Abstract: The plastic structural article includes an elongated tubular shell having opposed end sections, a middle section there between and an interior cavity. The interior cavity has a foam core situated therein. The foam core comprises steam expandable polymer beads which when expanded substantially fill the interior cavity. The bead and shell are of a similar plastic composition enabling the articles to be reground and recycled. An apparatus for forming the articles and an associated method of manufacture are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Richard W. Roberts, JR.
  • Patent number: 8673205
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a piece made of composite material that includes fibers that are immersed in a resin matrix, whereby the piece is placed in a first chamber with at least one flexible wall. The process includes a thermal cycle with essentially a first phase (50) at a first temperature during which the resin is liquid or in the “gel” state, and then a second phase (52) at a second temperature that is higher than the first during which solidification of the piece takes place by polymerization of the resin. An external pressure is applied to the outside of the first chamber and an internal pressure is generated inside the first chamber, wherein during the first phase (50), the relative internal pressure is less than 0 during a first period, and then greater than 0 during a second period preceding the beginning of the polymerization for reducing the porosity rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventor: Denis De Mattia
  • 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: 20130300029
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a lined waterproof footwear product, and footwear product formed there from, are provided. A last, having an exterior surface configured to correspond to the size and shape of the interior surface of the footwear product, is covered with a microcellular lining material. An injection mold comprises shells having a pre-determined configuration to cooperate with the exterior surface of the lining covered last to form: (i) a pre-injection cavity between the shells and the lining covered last when in position in the mold for injection molding; and, (ii) an injection cavity, defining the configuration of the footwear product, between the shells and the lining covered last when injection material is being injected into the injection cavity whereby the injection pressure causes the microcellular lining material to reconfigure the pre-injection cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: GENFOOT INC.
    Inventor: GENFOOT INC.
  • Publication number: 20130285275
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for manufacturing a melt-blown fabric web, by which a melt-blown fabric web having improved filament cohesion and excellent bulky characteristics and sound-absorbing performance is manufactured. The apparatus includes a heat extruder for heating a thermoplastic resin composition and extruding the melted thermoplastic resin, a melt-blown fiber spinner for spinning the extruded thermoplastic resin as a melt-blown fiber in a filament form, a variable gas injector for injecting gas whose injection speed and injection quantity are continuously changed at random to the melt-blown fiber spun from the melt-blown fiber spinner to cause the injected gas to collide with the spun melt-blown fiber, and a collector for collecting the melt-blown fiber, which is spun from the melt-blown fiber spinner and collides with the gas, to form a melt-blown fabric web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicants: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, SUN JIN INDUSTRY CO., LTD., IKSUNG CO., LTD., KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jung Wook Lee, Gi Won Kim, Hyeon Ho Kim, Won Jin Seo, Dong Uk Lee, Moon Soo Lim, Min Su Kim, Jin Ho Hwang, Ki Wook Yang, In Hee Song
  • Patent number: 8540919
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of housing of electronic device comprises following steps: providing a metal member; forming a plurality of micro anchored apertures on a surface of the metal member; placing the metal member in a plastic injection mold, wherein the plastic injection mold is set at a first temperature; and providing a molten plastic material in the plastic injection mold for integrating with the surface of the metal member with an injection molding manner, wherein the plastic injection mold is set at a second temperature, and the second temperature is higher than the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Shu-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 8512623
    Abstract: A labeler for labeling plastic containers in the blow mold as well as to a labeling method for use of the labeler, where due to the fact that the rotating insertion device of the labeler comprises articulated arms having each rotatably supported thereon a gripper, it is possible to remove labels from stationary magazines at a comparatively low relative speed. The articulated arms are able to follow the path of the blow molds during insertion of the labels with high speed. The grippers are rotatably supported which allows an exact radial orientation of the gripper with respect to the axis of rotation of the blow wheel that continues to rotate during insertion of the labels, to thus allow a particularly accurate and reliable labeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hausladen, Christian Popp, Johannes Weiss
  • Patent number: 8500429
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for lining the wall of a manhole. The apparatus may include a liner assembly, which includes an expansion device, an auxiliary bladder, a primary bladder, and a liner. The auxiliary bladder is first inflated near the top of the manhole. Next the primary bladder may be expanded to press the liner against the wall of the manhole. The liner, being impregnated with a resinous material, is pressed against the wall until the resinous material cures and hardens. The expansion device, auxiliary bladder, and primary bladder are then removed from the manhole. The result is a repaired manhole wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: LMK Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry W. Kiest, Jr., Jason M. Mathey
  • 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: 8475153
    Abstract: Strips containers are formed using two continuous webs in thermoformable and heat-sealable material facing each other. The webs are indexed along a feed line through different operating stations that transform the webs into a continuous strip of containers, each one of which is provided with a mouth. The containers are arranged according to two parallel rows that are opposed to a longitudinal median zone. The mouths of the containers of the upper row are arranged on the upper longitudinal edge of the strip and face upwards, whilst the mouths of the containers of the lower row are arranged on the lower longitudinal edge and face downwards. The method enables productivity to be increased and waste to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Sarong Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Primo Finetti, Andrea Bartoli
  • Patent number: 8393371
    Abstract: A system for processing a composite material may comprise a chamber, a mandrel, an upper ramp, and an upper diaphragm. The chamber generally provides structural support while a vacuum is applied to the system and may have a six-sided generally rectangular box shape. The mandrel generally provides support for the composite material, and may be located within the chamber. The upper ramp generally provides a path for the upper diaphragm to follow under vacuum, and may be located adjacent to the mandrel and tilted at approximately 45 degrees downward thereto. The upper diaphragm may be placed over an opening along one side of the chamber. During processing, a vacuum may be applied to chamber and the upper diaphragm may be pulled inward through the opening to press the composite material against the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: William Joseph Bryant, Christopher J. Morrow, Kenneth I. Fried
  • Patent number: 8376731
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for producing hollow bodies from thermoplastic material in which web- or strip-type preforms of plasticized plastics material are shaped in a multi-part tool which forms a mold nest, with two outer molds and a central mold which perform opening and closing movements with respect to one another. The central mold is provided with at least one device for receiving and manipulating components to be fastened in the interior of the hollow body by means of a material and/or form-fitting joint. Prior to the fastening of the components to the inner wall of the hollow body to be produced, the components are heated by means of a radiant heating device. The radiant heating device is advantageously integrated in the central mold of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Buchholz, Dirk Eulitz, Harald Lorenz, Gerd Wolter
  • Patent number: 8356991
    Abstract: A continuous blow molding machine includes a mechanism for shifting molds upstream after closing to reduce between-mold flash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Graham Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Paul M. Oles
  • Publication number: 20120248662
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thermoforming mold that defines a surface of a thermoformed part, a cavity recess that defines part of the interior space of the thermoformed part, a bond flange ridge, a vent recess and a chamber recess in an offal region outside of the surface of the thermoformed part, where the chamber recess, the vent recess and the cavity recess collectively define a continuous recess and where the part does not extend substantially beyond the bond flange ridge. Also disclosed is a manufacturing method including molding a first and second plastic sheet to thermoforming molds, impressing the first and second plastic sheets together between the thermoforming molds to define the part, a seam, a vent and a chamber then inserting a blow needle into the chamber and using that blow needle to move a fluid through the interior space of the part through the vent and then removing the offal and the chamber from the part. Also disclosed is a thermoformed part manufactured using the mold and method described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher S. Klem, Brent Buschkoetter, Jay A. Kerkhoff
  • Patent number: 8239284
    Abstract: A customer sends a CAD file for the part to be manufactured to the system. The system assesses the CAD file to determine various pieces of manufacturing information. One or more acceptability criteria are applied to the part, such as whether the part can be machined in two opposing orientations in a 3 axis CNC machine. If not, the system sends a file to the customer graphically indicating which portions of the part need modification to be manufacturable. The system provides the customer with a quotation form, that allows the customer to select several parameters, such as number of cavities or parts per workpiece block, surface finish and material, which are independent of the shape of the part. The quotation module then provides the customer with the cost to manufacture the mold or a number of parts, which may include both molded parts and total profiled machined parts. Budget-driven quotation is possible, wherein proposed modifications in the molding process are controlled by the budget of the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Proto Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Lukis, Christopher Walls-Manning, Mark R. Kubicek
  • Patent number: 8221666
    Abstract: A method for producing a composite structure and a composite structure obtained by the method is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: LM Glasfiber A/S
    Inventors: Tommy Mikkelsen, Morten Stage
  • Patent number: 8215945
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a hollow FRP article by internal pressure molding includes a vacuum chamber, a forming die positioned in the vacuum chamber, a vacuum-chamber opening/closing mechanism, a composite-body support device for supporting a composite body without making the composite body come into contact with the forming die in a state where the forming die is opened by the vacuum-chamber opening/closing mechanism, the composite body including an airtight internal-pressure holding tube and a prepreg fitted on said airtight internal-pressure holding tube, an evacuation system for evacuating the vacuum chamber, an internal-pressure supplying device for applying pressure to an inside of the internal-pressure holding tube, and a controller for actuating the vacuum-chamber opening/closing mechanism to clamp the forming die to thereby bring the forming die and the composite body into intimate contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Fujikura Rubber Ltd.
    Inventors: Norio Matsumoto, Akiyasu Higuchi, Masaki Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 8211263
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an air-filled cellular structure for use as a resilient cushion. The method includes providing a molding structure including a shelf substantially surrounding a depression, and a platform that fits within the depression and is selectively movable between a plurality of positions relative to the shelf, moving the platform to a preselected position relative to the shelf, wherein the preselected position corresponds to a substantially predetermined amount of air to be contained by the air-filled cellular structure, and using a vacuum device to draw air from within the depression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Applied FT Composite Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Kim
  • Patent number: 8202078
    Abstract: A blow molding device capable of securely closing a lower end of a parison to prevent the parison from being crushed. The blow molding device includes a blow mold and a parison holding unit. The parison holding unit includes an inner holding plate adapted to be inserted in an interior of the lower end of the parison, and an outer holding plate adapted to hold an outer surface of the lower end of the parison, and the outer holding plate has a recess conforming to a configuration of the inner holding plate and is split into a plurality of holding plate members such that each of the split holding plate members is capable of sliding to hold the lower end of the parison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: FTS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohide Aoki, Takahisa Majima, Soji Hamaji
  • Patent number: 8197244
    Abstract: A multilayer, flexible planar material for delimiting a matrix supply chamber during the production of fiber-reinforced plastic components made of fiber composite semifinished products includes a multifunction laminate, which has a diaphragm, a textile layer, which is laminated on the diaphragm, and a spacer layer, which is disposed on the textile layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignees: Trans-Textil GmbH, Eads Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Utecht, Wilhelm Krings, Manfred Hänsch
  • Patent number: 8186993
    Abstract: A blow mold for a mannequin, comprising a model cavity having a profile, an inserting part, and a drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Jinghui Liu
  • Publication number: 20120104659
    Abstract: A pitch densification apparatus may be used to form a carbon-carbon composite material. In some examples, the apparatus is configured to pitch densify a material using one or more of a plurality of different pitch densification techniques. For example, the apparatus may densify a material with a selectable one of the resin transfer molding cycle, the vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding cycle, and/or the vacuum pressure infiltration cycle. The apparatus may respond to initial or changing properties of a material to be densified. In some additional examples, the apparatus includes a mold configured to receive a preform and a portion of solid pitch separate from the preform. The apparatus may include a heating source thermally coupled to the mold that is configured to heat the solid pitch above a melting temperature of the solid pitch. The apparatus may melt the pitch without external pitch melting equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Mark L. La Forest, Neil Murdie, Roger L. Klinedinst, David M. Wright
  • Patent number: 8162652
    Abstract: A forming tool (100) for and a method of making a three dimensional composite component using double diaphragm forming. The forming tool (100) comprises a forming side having two or more regions of changing profile and one or more through holes associated with each region, the through holes exit on the forming side and are connectable to one or more vacuum sources such that vacuum can be selectively and discretely applied to each region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: GKN Aerospace Services Limited
    Inventors: Giovanni Antonio Marengo, Paul Michael Roberts, Jonathan Moram
  • Patent number: 8137499
    Abstract: In a method for reinforcing a fiber composite component for aviation and space flight, a vacuum mat is configured with at least one receiving portion for reproducibly receiving at least one reinforcing element. The at least one reinforcing element is introduced into the at least one receiving portion of the vacuum mat. The vacuum mat with at least one introduced reinforcing element is applied reproducibly in a sealed manner to the fiber composite component to be reinforced to form a mold portion and at least the formed mold portion is cured to connect the at least one reinforcing element to the fiber composite component. The vacuum mat is then removed from the reinforced fiber composite component so that the vacuum mat can be reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Luebbering, Hauke Lengsfeld, Roland Brandenburg
  • Patent number: 8105528
    Abstract: An automotive fuel tank fabrication apparatus is provided. The automotive fuel tank has a blow mold and a built-in part holding unit. The built-in part holding unit includes a plurality of holding rods for holding a built-in part. The holding rods are made to freely advance and retreat in such a manner as to hold the built-in part in a position where the built-in part confronts cavities when the blow mold is opened and to retreat from the blow mold when the blow mold is closed with the built-in part left positioned in an interior of a parison. The holding rods are formed in such a manner that their diameters are reduced as they extend towards distal ends thereof and are inserted into insertion holes formed in the built-in part so as to hold the built-in part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: FTS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohide Aoki, Yoshinari Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8105068
    Abstract: A reusable apparatus and method for forming a composite part through vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM). The reusable apparatus may be configured to vacuum seal a curable material, such as composite material, against a tool and disperse a permeating substance such as liquid resin through the curable material. The reusable apparatus may comprise a sheet of material such as rubber having a plurality of surface deviations facing the curable material and the tool. The surface deviations may provide paths for evenly distributed air flow as air is evacuated from between the sheet of material and the tool. Additionally, the surface deviations may allow the permeating substance to be evenly dispersed throughout the curable material. A vacuum outlet of the tool may be positioned between two sealing apparatuses to provide continuous vacuum suction proximate a perimeter of the sheet of material to prevent air from leaking in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: William Tod Ross, Jeffery Max Buxman
  • Patent number: 8066499
    Abstract: Installation of a flexible cured in place liner by inverting the liner with air and curing the liner with steam introduced through a perforated lay flat hose without deflating the liner between the inversion and cure. The installation is performed with an apparatus having two independently operable glands with at least one fluid inlet port installed on the line downstream of the second gland liner. As the liner reaches the distal end of the conduit to be lined, it enters a sample and porting pipe with an exhaust pipe gland and exhaust pipe and it is pierced by a rigid porting tool. Steam is then introduced into the lay flat hose to cure the resin and is exhausted through an exhaust hose connected to a controllable exhaust pipe. After curing steam is replaced with air to cool the liner, the ends are cut to restore service through the host pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: INA Acquisition Corp.
    Inventors: Franklin Thomas Driver, Steve J. Hirtz, Richard C. Polivka, James H. Blasczyk, Neil T. Birchler, Kyle M. Costa
  • Publication number: 20110212212
    Abstract: A composite air and foam protective packaging product comprises a packaging cushion having, in cross-section, at least three plies of plastic film, foam between a first ply and a second ply of the three plies of plastic film, and air between the second ply and a third ply of the three plies of plastic film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: Storopack, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Slovencik
  • Patent number: 8007710
    Abstract: A green tire disposed on a toroidal support is introduced into a vulcanisation mold. The mold is closed through axial approaching of a pair of sidewall plates acting against the sidewalls of the tire. Circumferential sectors set to operate against the tire tread band are maintained spaced apart from the tread band itself during admission of a working fluid designed to press the tire against the toroidal support. Subsequently, the sectors are centripetally approached for penetration into the tread band concurrently with a step of full molding and vulcanisation of the tire carried out through admission of steam under pressure into the tire itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Marchini, Fiorenzo Mariani, Pierangelo Misani
  • Patent number: 7993127
    Abstract: A blow molding device capable of securely holding a built-in part in a prescribed position in an interior of a blow molded article with a compact equipment. The blow molding device includes a blow mold and a built-in part holding unit. The built-in part holding unit includes a holding rod adapted to hold the built-in part and arranged to freely advance and retreat to be removed from the blow mold. The blow mold includes a slide core in each of two mold members so as to freely advance and retreat relative to a cavity of the blow mold, and a drive control pin in each of mating faces of split two mold members, and the drive control pin and the slide core are linked with a linking member. The slide core is driven with the drive control pin such that when the blow mold is closed, the slide core retreats from an interior of the cavity to a molding surface defining the same at the same speed as the closing speed of the blow mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: FTS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soji Hamaji, Yasuaki Nakamura, Yuji Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20110180974
    Abstract: A labeler for in-mold labeling of plastic bottles as well as to a labeling method for use of the labeler, including that a transfer star wheel and a transfer device of the labeler move the preforms and the labels in a transfer region towards one another in such a way that a respective label is only affixed to a circumferential subarea of a perform. In this manner, the label can be inserted in the blow mold in a particularly fast and reliable manner and excessive stretching of the label during blow molding can be avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hausladen, Christian Popp, Werner Britten
  • Publication number: 20110183028
    Abstract: A labeler for labeling plastic containers in the blow mold in a rotary blow molder, with a blow wheel having arranged thereon a plurality of blow molds with a lowerable blow mold bottom, and at least one label dispenser used for providing tubular labels. The blow mold bottom is implemented such that a label can be introduced via the blow mold bottom into the blow mold before the blowing process takes place, which facilitates a spatial separation of the label supply from the feeder star wheel of the blow wheel and allows a substantially simultaneous insertion of the label and of the preform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Christian Popp, Werner Britten, Wolfgang Hausladen
  • Publication number: 20110156305
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a fiber composite component having an integral structural design includes positioning a sheet-like fibrous semi-finished product in a mold that defines an outer contour of the fiber composite component. Dimensionally stable fibrous semi-finished products, each having dimensions corresponding to a respective portion of the manufactured fiber composite component, are arranged on the sheet-like fibrous semi-finished product. The dimensionally stable fibrous semi-finished products are stabilized and fixed in place using mold cores. The semi-finished products are resin infiltrated using one of a first or a second gating process so as to form a construct. The first gating process includes gating via the mold cores at a head of each dimensionally stable fibrous semi-finished product and performing extraction in an area of the mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Georg Lonsdorfer, Hauke Seegel, Klaus Rode, Andreas Pau
  • Patent number: 7967591
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for co-curing a multiple material golf club head is disclosed herein. The club head preferably is composed of a metal face component and an aft-body composed of a plurality of plies of pre-preg material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Herbert Reyes, Robert S. Gonczi, Craig E. Abbott, James D. Marinez
  • Publication number: 20100308514
    Abstract: A correcting apparatus of a seamless belt includes a bottomed cylindrical main body that has an inner peripheral surface formed of mirror surface and that accommodates a seamless belt at a distance from the inner peripheral surface, a lid body detachably attached to the main body, a fixing unit that fixes an upper end and a lower end of the seamless belt to the mirror surface, a pressing unit that presses the seamless belt accommodated in the main body against the mirror surface, and a heating unit that heats the mirror surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsunori Hashimoto, Yoshiyuki Mizumo
  • Publication number: 20100255234
    Abstract: A pressure tank blank made of a thermoplastic, having a body, which merges via a shoulder into a neck and a mouth, which is implemented for screwing in a valve, is usable for gases under high pressure, if the blank has a metal insert enveloped by the plastic on the interior to reinforce at least the shoulder of the blank. This pressure tank blank may be produced in an extrusion blow-molding method. For this purpose, with open blow mold, a metal insert having the inner contour of at least the shoulder of the blank is introduced into the corresponding area of the cavity of the blow mold and the tube, enclosing this metal insert, is extruded into the blow mold, before it is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: KUNSTSTOFFVERARBEITUNG KOETKE GMBH
    Inventor: Claus-Dieter Koetke
  • Patent number: 7806158
    Abstract: A security and/or tracking information and graphic image fusion system to be used with verification equipment to provide a tamper proof labeled article having security and/or tracking information thereon. The label comprises a printable sheet having at least one RFID device thereon, and an outer layer thereon. The RFID device provides security and/or tracking information for the labeled article. The label may further include at least one visible image printed thereon. To provide additional layers of security, at least one invisible IR or UV image, or both, may also be printed on the printable sheet to provide security and/or tracking information. The visible image provides the graphic image. The label is permanently fused by an in-mold molding process to an article made of plastic, rubber or the combination thereof to render it tamper proof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Standard Register Company
    Inventor: Robert Frank Freund
  • Publication number: 20100163178
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for forming a fiber reinforced resin composite component by a resin transfer infusion (RTI) process in which a preform is laid up on a hard base tool and a bagging blanket is applied as a flexible upper tooling. Edge and/or other regions of the preform are superimposed by localized control plates which, together with spacer pins passing through the preform, serve to determine localized dimensional accuracy in the component without the need for hard upper tooling throughout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: William James Trevor Millar
  • Publication number: 20100127427
    Abstract: A method for making a preform includes creating a pressure differential between an inside and an outside of a perforated shape memory polymer mandrel in its temporary shape. The pressure differential is such that pressure outside the perforated shape memory polymer mandrel is greater than pressure inside the perforated shape memory polymer mandrel. The perforated shape memory polymer mandrel has i) a predetermined preform shape as the temporary shape and ii) a shrunken shape as its permanent shape, wherein the shrunken shape is configured such that it is removable from the predetermined preform shape. The method further includes depositing, as the pressure differential is maintained, at least one material onto a surface of the perforated shape memory polymer mandrel. The at least one material is set in the predetermined preform shape, thereby forming the preform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Hamid G. Kia, Ingrid A. Rousseau, Elisabeth J. Berger, John N. Owens