Vacuum Or Suction Patents (Class 425/504)
  • Patent number: 10603842
    Abstract: An integrated 3D printing system (1) includes a server (6) and multiple 3D printers (4) respectively implementing different printing types. The server (6) opens up a 3D object (50) which is consisted of multiple separable sub-objects (51-57) through a graphic user interface (GUI, 61). The GUI (61) obtains a designated characteristic of each sub-object (51-57) for performing a characteristic-classification to the multiple sub-objects (51-57). The server (6) provides a plurality of configuration tools (31-33) through a processor (62). Each of the plurality of configuration tools (31-33) performs a slicing process on the sub-object (51-57) with the corresponding characteristic for generating slicing data, and transmits the slicing data with the corresponding characteristic to one of the multiple 3D printers (4) with a corresponding printing type for being printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: XYZPRINTING, INC., KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Peng-Yang Chen
  • Patent number: 9597826
    Abstract: A method of the present disclosure includes of repairing a core stiffened structure with structural foam. Another method includes splicing core members together using structural foam. Another method includes joining a core member to a structure using structural foam. Another method includes using structural foam to stabilize a core member during a machining process. Another method includes stabilizing a core member with structural foam to prevent the core member from crushing in autoclave pressure. The present disclosure further includes a core stiffened structure have a core member with structural foam therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Suvankar Mishra, Carl May, Robert Mark Chris
  • Patent number: 9321213
    Abstract: A template system, and a nano-imprint method using the same, include a template having a nano-pattern and configured to transfer the nano-pattern to a resin material on a substrate, and a pressure controlling apparatus configured to change a pressure of the template with respect to the substrate according to an intensity of bubbles captured between the substrate and the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki-yeon Yang, Woong Ko, Jae-kwan Kim, Du-hyun Lee, Byung-kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 9144959
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assembling a skin of a composite structure are disclosed herein. The methods include operatively attaching a charge of composite material to a flexible substrate to define an initial conformation for a composite-substrate assembly, deforming the composite-substrate assembly to an intermediate conformation that is different from the initial conformation, affixing the charge of composite material to an outer surface of a layup mandrel, and releasing the charge of composite material from the flexible substrate while retaining the charge of composite material on the outer surface of the layup mandrel. The systems include the flexible substrate, an assembly deformation structure that is configured to deform the composite-substrate assembly from the initial conformation to the intermediate conformation, and the layup mandrel that receives the charge of composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel M. Rotter, Arvid J. Berg, Joseph D. Anderson, Kurtis Shuldberg Willden, Richard V. Phillips, Stephen Lee Metschan, Brad Andrew Coxon, Joseph J. Pruss
  • Patent number: 9034137
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a repair laminate for a composite part having an exposed surface includes applying a bonding material to the exposed surface and forming an uncured ply stack assembly on the bonding material. The uncured ply stack assembly is formed by forming and compacting a series of uncured ply stacks. The ply stack assembly and bonding material are then cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Denver R. Whitworth, Vance N. Cribb, Dumitru R. Jitariu
  • Patent number: 8992207
    Abstract: A tool for curing a composite layup comprises a tool body having a surface adapted to support a composite layup thereon. The tool includes an integrated breather for allowing removal of air from the layup during curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Dull, Michael K. Louie, Gordon M. Cox
  • Patent number: 8986490
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a component having first and second layers, the first and/or second layers including one or more depressions provided on a surface of the respective layer. The method including: arranging the first and second layers so that they face one another and with the depressions on inner facing surfaces of the layers; diffusion bonding the first and second layers together about their edges; applying a first differential pressure across each of the first and second layers to evacuate an inner space defined by the layers, thereby forming one or more depressions on an outer facing surface of the first or second layer; and applying a second differential pressure across each of the first and second layers to expand the inner space defined by the layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Oliver M. Strother
  • Publication number: 20150076745
    Abstract: A vacuum forming apparatus includes a die set including an upper die and a lower die. The upper die is configured to move in a horizontal direction from a normal position at which the upper die is initially set. The lower die includes a suction channel through which a vacuum is applied to a cover. The lower die is opposite the upper die that is at the normal position. The upper die is configured to move from the normal position to a space lateral to the lower die so as not to face the lower die after the die set is opened, and return to the normal position before the die set is closed. The lower die is configured to move downward during opening of the die set and upward during closing thereof. The die set is configured to form the base member with the cover into a predetermined shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Makoto SOTOKAWAUCHI
  • Patent number: 8974624
    Abstract: A label applicator that includes an applicator housing having a flow chamber and a suction side. The suction side has one or more openings that allow air to pass therethrough. The label applicator also includes first and second air flow generators that are fluidly coupled with the flow chamber. The first and second air flow generators are configured to generate first and second air flows, respectively, through the flow chamber. The label applicator also includes a valve mechanism that is positioned in the flow chamber to direct the first and second air flows through the flow chamber of the applicator housing. The valve mechanism includes a diverter valve and an electric actuator. The actuator is configured to move the diverter valve within the flow chamber to different positions during a label application operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Bixen
  • Patent number: 8974623
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for placing fiber-reinforced, pre-impregnated, planar semi-finished products on a placement tool for the manufacture of a non-crimp fabric, wherein a placement film is clamped on the placement tool for purposes of holding the non-crimp fabric, and by means of evacuation and/or the application of pressure is fixed in position on the placement tool and/or can be released from the latter. Also disclosed is a placement tool for the execution of such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Lemckau, Sönke Harders, Sophie Kerchnawe
  • Publication number: 20150056562
    Abstract: A candle magazine has a multiplicity of deep-drawn cup-like structures in which there is provided in each case one candle composed of a combustible material and of a wick. A candle, a method for producing a candle or a candle magazine, and a deep-drawing apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Lydia KLEFFMANN, Andrea STEINMEIER, Linette INDERBIETHEN
  • Patent number: 8961732
    Abstract: A bow wave in a composite laminate generated during part consolidation is reduced by transmitting atmospheric pressure loads to a region of the part having low compaction pressure due to bridging of a vacuum bag at an edge of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Kennedy, David A. Fucci
  • Publication number: 20150050380
    Abstract: A new and improved method and apparatus for producing a temporary wheel protective cover or shield which can be temporarily installed on the wheel of the vehicle to protect it during the time interval between its manufacture date and its delivery to a customer. A tooling apparatus is used to form a cylindrical hub portion in the protective cover which includes a hub forming member, a reciprocally movable operating member slidably supported by a hub and a camming element operatively attached to the operating member. A plurality of radially extendable fingers are held in associated pockets and each of the fingers defines a cam contact surface abutably engageable with the camming element such that movement of the camming element towards the cam contact surfaces defined by the fingers, urges the fingers radially outwardly. When the camming element moves away from the finger cam contact surfaces, the fingers are allowed to retract in order to release the molded hub portion of the protective cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory A. Shteyngarts
  • Patent number: 8926784
    Abstract: A resin laminate manufacturing method includes providing a pair of split mold blocks one of which has a cavity provided with a plurality of protrusions extending toward the other mold block, preparing two molten thermoplastic resin sheets each having an adjusted thickness, feeding the two molten thermoplastic resin sheets between the pair of split mold blocks with a predetermined gap left therebetween, forming a hermetic space between one of the sheets and the cavity of the one mold block opposed to an outer surface of the one sheet, sucking air in the hermetic space from the side of the one mold block, pressing the outer surface of the one sheet against the cavity of the one mold block to shape the one sheet, forming cup-shaped portions, and clamping the pair of mold blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Kyoraku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takehiko Sumi, Yoshitaka Matsubara
  • Patent number: 8916018
    Abstract: An apparatus for fabricating an organic light emitting display panel is disclosed. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes i) a first roll around which a film is wound to be continuously drawn, ii) a second roll arranged to face the first roll and around which the film is continuously wound, iii) a plurality of chambers disposed between the first and second rolls and through which the film passes, and in which laser induced thermal imaging (LITI) is performed on a substrate by forming a transfer layer on the film, and iv) a gate unit installed at least one of the chambers and disposed at at least one of a film inlet and a film output of the chambers that are installed, to maintain a substantially vacuum state in the chambers during passing of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung-Chul Lee, Jae-Seok Park, Jae-Ha Lim, Jin-Han Park, Dong-Sul Kim
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8882951
    Abstract: A method for producing an analysis tape for fluid samples, in particular body fluids, is proposed. The method comprises providing a laminate tape having a laminate carrier tape and at least one diagnostic functional layer, and cutting the laminate tape in such a way that a diagnostic auxiliary label arises; transferring the diagnostic auxiliary label to a vacuum roller; and transferring the diagnostic auxiliary label to a carrier tape. In general, at least one vacuum roller is used for the transfer of the diagnostic auxiliary label to the carrier tape. The cutting of the diagnostic functional layer is effected in such a way that a free end of the diagnostic functional layer is lifted off from the laminate carrier tape by guiding the laminate carrier tape around a cutting edge with a small radius, wherein the diagnostic functional layer is cut at a predetermined distance from the lifted off free end by means of a cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralf Dagenbach, Daniel Aigl, Wolfgang Ditscher, Peter Stubenbord, Ronald Hofstadt, Andreas Krontal, Stefan Link, Klaus Lurg, Stefan Pflaesterer, Andreas Trapp, Eric Voelschow, Peter Vetter, Ulf Sprung
  • Publication number: 20140327182
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention is a container that includes a microwave interactive web at least partially overlying and joined to a three-dimensional support, wherein the three-dimensional support may be formed prior to having the microwave interactive web mounted thereto. The three-dimensional support may be a preformed container that is sufficiently rigid and dimensionally stable for use in containing food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Brian R. O'Hagan, Laurance M.C. Lai, Joseph Walsh, William Cox, George Hackel, Neilson Zeng, Michael Shaw, Timothy Henry Bohrer
  • Patent number: 8871135
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hausladen, Christian Popp, Werner Britten
  • Patent number: 8864484
    Abstract: A transfer device (10) for an IML process for transporting and inserting a label (8) into an annular gap-shaped mold cavity (9) of a multi-part injection molding tool (1), in particular for manufacturing of tubes or other containers of circular, oval, square or other shaped cross-section. This device (10) comprises at least one transfer tube (13) with a suitably shaped annular gap (21) for receiving and transferring a label (8), wherein the annular gap (21) is formed by an inner core tube (22) and an outer tubular shell (23). Ejection means are provided within the annular gap (21) to enable inserting of a label, which is lying therein, into the mold cavity (9). This ejection means may comprise an air pressure wave or at least a displaceably arranged ejector member (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Beck Automation AG
    Inventor: Nicolas Beck
  • Patent number: 8858213
    Abstract: An apparatus for the application of atomized fluid to a permeable web material is disclosed. The apparatus has a fluid source and a receipt plenum. The fluid source is disposed in proximate fluid contact with the first surface of the web material. The fluid source has a positively pressured permeable roll having atomized fluid and at least one aperture disposed therein. The apertures provide fluid communication between an inner portion of the roll and a surface thereof. The fluid is disposable from the inner portion to the surface through the apertures into contacting engagement with the permeable web material. The receipt plenum has an opening disposed adjacent to the second surface of the web material that provides a source of negative pressure to the second surface of the web material that causes the fluid to traverse through the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: André Mellin, Kevin Benson McNeil, Peter David Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140300022
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for the production of plastic containers, in particular, plastic tanks, for example, fuel tanks for motor vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: MAGNA STEYR Fuel Systems GesmbH
    Inventors: Mario DREBES, Jörg GROSS
  • Patent number: 8851879
    Abstract: Boeing is actively engaged in the production of lightweight composite airframes for both military and commercial applications. The double bag vacuum infusion process of the present invention provides a low cost, method for producing complex composite assemblies without an autoclave. It also enables the production of highly innovative structures. The quality of the composites produced using such an infusion process are comparable to composites made using prepregs, hand layup or fiber placement, and autoclave curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John C. Waldrop, William R. Burkett, Carmine J. Sesti, Bruce Harshman, Alan F. Tegeler, Wesley P. Weinman
  • Patent number: 8851134
    Abstract: A vacuum device includes a main body and an adjustment assembly connected to the main body. The main body includes a frame, a loading member, and an elastic film. The loading member and the elastic film are arranged at opposite end surfaces of the frame. A chamber is cooperatively formed by the frame, the loading member, and the elastic film. The adjustment assembly adjusts the inner air pressure of the chamber. The loading member includes an absorption area connecting the chamber to outside the main body. The absorption area changes the air pressure inside the chamber. Also provided is a bonding apparatus using the vacuum device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Sheng Lin, Tzyy-Chyi Tsai, Jian-Jun Li
  • Patent number: 8845844
    Abstract: A vacuum lamination system and a vacuum lamination method are provided in which, when a laminate film and laminate base items are laminated and an excessive portion of the laminate film is cut from the laminated item having the laminate film laminated thereon, a high precision lamination is enabled and the cutting process including a conveying device for cutting the excessive portion of the laminate film can be simplified. In the vacuum lamination system, a laminate film and laminate base items that are conveyed on the carrier film are laminated by the batch type vacuum laminating device, and the laminate film is cut from the laminated item having the laminate film laminated thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Meiki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Koji Ishikawa, Tomoaki Hirose
  • Publication number: 20140287085
    Abstract: An in-mold grain application system includes a forming machine and an adhesive applicator. The adhesive applicator is configured to apply adhesive to a cover stock sheet prior to the sheet entering the forming machine. A controller is connected to the adhesive applicator and configured to command the adhesive applicator and control the adhesive application to the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: NYX, Inc.
    Inventors: Vijay Kanakamedala, Joseph E. Packett
  • Patent number: 8840393
    Abstract: A system for fabricating a composite item from a layup may comprise a debulking device, a vacuum generator and a curing device. The debulking device may include a vacuum chamber, an envelope and a heater. The vacuum chamber may have a chamber pressure. The envelope may be contained within the vacuum chamber and may have an envelope pressure. The layup may be received within the envelope. The heater may heat the layup. The vacuum generator may be in fluid connection with the debulking device. The curing device may cure the layup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Arvid J. Berg
  • Publication number: 20140265055
    Abstract: A method for making a hollow box includes a step of cutting a plate into identification members; a step of sucking the plate to be attached on a fixed area of a female mold by a suction device; a step of squeezing melting and semi-solidified thermo-plastic material and sealing a lower end of the melting and semi-solidified thermo-plastic material, the melting and semi-solidified thermo-plastic material being expanded by the air introduced therein; a step of clamping the melting and semi-solidified thermo-plastic material by a female mold and a male mold; a step of expanding the melting and semi-solidified thermo-plastic material until the melting and semi-solidified thermo-plastic material contacts against insides of the female and male molds; a step of melting the surface of the identification member which is connected to the hollow box; a step of cooling obtaining the product by separating the female and male molds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: CHIEN-MIN HSIAO, JUI-FENG HSIEH
  • Patent number: 8815045
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a semi-finished blank for a varifocal liquid crystal lens includes coating the front of a first substrate and/or the rear of a second substrate with an adhesive agent, leaving an adhesive agent-free region that surrounds a liquid crystal holder; after said coating operation, reducing the pressure inside a sealed vessel that holds the first substrate and the second substrate, with respect to atmospheric pressure; affixing the second substrate over the front of the first substrate in the reduced pressure environment produced in said reducing the pressure operation; performing a standby operation including continuing the affixed state between the first substrate and the second substrate for a specific length of time in the reduced pressure environment produced in said reducing the pressure operation after the substrates have been affixed; and after said standby operation, restoring the pressure of the sealed vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Honda
  • 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: 8784092
    Abstract: A device for producing a composite material part designed to be in contact with aerodynamic flows, in particular a portion of the fuselage, whereby the device includes at least one mold (32), elements (34, 36, 38) for compressing the part that is to be produced, as well as a system for drainage of the gases emanating from the part that is to be produced that includes at least one plate (42), characterized in that the at least one plate (42) includes a number of openings (44) whose shapes and/or arrangement limit the degradation of the aerodynamic characteristics of the part that is to be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Aurelien Boyeldieu, Virginie Charbonnier
  • Publication number: 20140193577
    Abstract: A pre-form CMC cavity and method of forming pre-form CMC cavity for a ceramic matrix component includes providing a mandrel, applying a base ply to the mandrel, laying-up at least one CMC ply on the base ply, removing the mandrel, and densifying the base ply and the at least one CMC ply. The remaining densified base ply and at least one CMC ply form a ceramic matrix component having a desired geometry and a cavity formed therein. Also provided is a method of forming a CMC component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Philip Harold MONAGHAN, John McConnell DELVAUX, Glenn Curtis TAXACHER
  • 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: 20140125959
    Abstract: A thin film mirror, comprising: a mirror shell (605); a reflective film (601) stretched between forming structures (603) provided on said mirror shell and reflective film being arranged such that they form a chamber which is capable of being placed under at least partial vacuum; the mirror shell having an inner surface which forms an inner wail of said chamber, wherein the mirror shell is a moulded part where its inner surface is a controlled surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: THALES HOLDINGS UK PLC
    Inventors: Graham Olive, Graham Barnes, Henry Nicholson-Cole
  • Patent number: 8715450
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foamed member capable of inhibiting or preventing foam breakage at the time when the foam member is peeled from a carrier tape, even when the foamed member has a high expansion ratio. The foamed member has a thermoplastic resin foam layer containing a thermoplastic resin foam formed through a step of impregnating a high-pressure inert gas into a thermoplastic resin and subsequently reducing pressure, and at least one of a thermoplastic polyester-based resin layer and a thermoplastic elastomer resin layer disposed on at least one side of the thermoplastic resin foam layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Saitou, Yasuyuki Tokunaga, Hideki Nagatsu
  • Publication number: 20140117590
    Abstract: A slide-room for installation in a recreational vehicle or other structure is disclosed. The slide-room comprises a shell, which can be constructed from fiberglass. The shell comprises an end wall, a ceiling, a floor, two opposing side walls, and a flange extending from the end wall, wherein the end wall, the ceiling, the floor, the side walls and the flange comprise a one-piece, unitary construction. Also disclosed are methods for molding composite components, such as slide-room. In one specific implementation, the shell for a slide-room is formed from fiberglass using a vacuum-assisted resin transfer process. During the vacuum-assisted resin transfer process, a mold apparatus can include a perimeter seal system to inhibit resin from flowing into spaces between mating components of the mold. The perimeter seal system can include clamp seal assemblies and/or vacuum seal assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Composite Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Dame, Jeffrey Chase
  • 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: 8673106
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of forming a molded thermoplastic piece are provided. The molded thermoplastic piece can have an outer layer of one or more sheets of reinforced flexible thermoplastic and a porous layer, such as cork. The outer layer can a mechanical bond with the porous layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Bounce Composites, LLC
    Inventors: Mark W. Jolley, James Hedgecock
  • Patent number: 8662880
    Abstract: Soluble pouches are formed on a continous motion rotating thermoforming machine having cavities in the surface of a drum into which a web of polymeric film is drawn by a vacuum to form pockets. The pockets are filled with one or more components and closed by a further web of polymeric film. Shrink-back of the polymeric film within the cavities is reduced by heating the cavities with heaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rideau Machinery Inc.
    Inventors: James Fowler, Boris Makutonin
  • Publication number: 20140057012
    Abstract: The present invention is a process for performing a planarization treatment of pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA). The process includes positioning a first substrate onto a support surface of a planarization tool. The process further includes placing at least one layer of PSA onto the first substrate. The process further includes positioning a second substrate onto the layer(s) of PSA. The process further includes applying a pressure to the second substrate via a flexible membrane, said pressure being applied in a generally uniform, unidirectional and localized manner. Further, the applied pressure flattens the PSA between the first substrate and the second substrate for promoting suitability of the PSA for use in rigid-to-rigid lamination processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: James D. Sampica, Paul R. Nemeth, Tracy J. Barnidge, Vincent P. Marzen
  • Patent number: 8641406
    Abstract: A device for the production of rotor blades (1) for wind power plants with a multi-part manufacturing mold (20, 21, 22) for a rotor blade (1) that along a longitudinal extension, which extends from a rotor blade root (2) substantially to a rotor blade tip (3), has at least one area in which the rotor blade (1) has an aerodynamic airfoil section (4), which has an airfoil leading edge (5) and an airfoil trailing edge (6) that are connected via a suction side (8) and a pressure side (7) of the airfoil section (4), wherein at least two partial molds (21, 22; 34, 35) are provided for at least two shell parts (23, 24; 36, 37) of a rotor blade (1), of which a first shell part (23; 36, 37) and a second shell part (24; 36, 37) substantially lying flat on each other in the area of the airfoil trailing edge (6) are to be connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Repower Systems SE
    Inventor: Jens Kulenkampff
  • Patent number: 8636868
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a laminated board, comprising: preparing a first and a second prepregs 30a, 30b with a carrier by laminating the carrier with an insulating resin layer in which a fiber cloth is embedded, and laminating the first and the second prepregs 30a, 30b with a carrier by bonding the insulating resin layer in the first prepreg 31a with a carrier and the insulating resin layer in the second prepreg 31b with a carrier directly or via an additional member under reduced pressure and heating it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Yoshizaki, Maroshi Yuasa
  • Patent number: 8628319
    Abstract: An apparatus for vacuum thermoforming and printing plastic articles from a continuous web of plastic material in which a rotatable vacuum thermoforming drum has a plurality of vacuum thermoforming dies mounted on circumferentially surfaces. The drum further comprises a gear path and a cam path, each with a plurality of substantially flat and curved sections. A print structure in a frame includes a device for imparting ink to the articles after they are formed, and a linear bearing adapted to allow the printing cylinder to move in a constrained motion substantially normal to the central axis. The printing cylinder comprises a shaft with a pinion gear to engage the gear path and a cam roller to engage the cam path. As the drum rotates, the articles are formed, printed and separated in substantially a single operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: IVMA Holdings Company
    Inventor: Ivonis Mazzarolo
  • Publication number: 20140008845
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and claimed inventive concept(s) relates to a transparent and reusable vacuum infusion heating bag for heating one or more curable materials against a tool, dispersing a permeating substance through the curable material and forming composite parts. The transparent and reusable vacuum infusion heating bag comprises a substantially transparent laminate containing a heating element. The heating element is sandwiched between a first layer and a second layer of flexible polymer material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Mohammad Irfan Huda, Bernie Fu
  • Patent number: 8623167
    Abstract: A substrate sealing apparatus includes a chamber, at least one lower compressing member, and at least one lower compressing member. The lower compressing member includes a lower compressing surface for emitting heat, is configured to be elevated up and lowered down in a vertical direction with respect to the compressing surface, and rotates about the vertical direction. The upper compressing member includes a lower compressing surface for emitting heat, and is configured to be elevated up and lowered down in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong-Sul Kim
  • Patent number: 8616869
    Abstract: An in-mold labeling apparatus for an injection-molded product includes a label magazine, a handling tool, an injection mold, and a controller. The injection mold has a suction port disposed in the mold cavity. A pin may be fixedly or movably disposed in the suction port. A method of in-mold labeling an injection-molded product includes applying a static charge to the label using the handling tool, activating the suction port in the mold cavity, deactivating a suction port of the handling tool, and activating the injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Vention Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Houdeshell, Bradley A. Atkins
  • Patent number: 8613301
    Abstract: A flexible compaction sheet is used to compact uncured composite plies onto the surface of a ply layup. The compaction sheet includes a peripheral seal that seals the perimeter of the sheet to the surface of the part layup and forms a vacuum chamber over the plies which is evacuated through the sheet to apply compaction pressure to the plies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph D. Brennan, Travis J. Sherwood
  • Publication number: 20130313748
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a crash pad having a foam layer by injecting and foam-molding a foam liquid between a base and a skin may include a first mold and a second mold which mold the base by injecting molten resin into a base forming space formed in a mold-closed state and a vacuum mold for vacuum-molding the skin, in which when the vacuum mold to which the formed skin may be attached may be mold-closed with the first mold, a foam space may be formed between the skin and the base of the first mold, and an injection channel for injecting the molten resin into the base forming space and a foam liquid injection channel for injecting the foam liquid into the foam space may be provided in the first mold, such that the first mold may be used as a foam mold, together with the vacuum mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicants: Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Byung Seok Kong
  • Patent number: 8568131
    Abstract: Horizontal molding method and apparatus of an interior material of a vehicle are provided. The horizontal molding apparatus includes a preheating means for preheating a skin material; a transfer unit including fixing units for vertically attaching or detaching the preheated skin material on or from the transfer unit; a first mold disposed perpendicularly to a ground surface and including suction units for vacuum-sucking and fixing edges of the skin material, a base member having an embossed pattern printed on the skin material, fixing members for sealing an internal space between the skin material and the base member, and vacuum holes for vacuum-sucking the skin material onto the base member; a second mold disposed in parallel with the first mold and on which a base material is injected; and a mold moving means for horizontally moving the first or second mold and combining or separating the first and second molds to or from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Han Il E Hwa Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In Ho Song, Ji Hyun Cho
  • Patent number: 8556617
    Abstract: For manufacture of fiber-reinforced components, a positionable base frame is used on which a controllable holding device is provided for gripping and holding at least one reinforced fiber layer. A draping device is provided on the base frame, using which the reinforced fiber layer may be draped onto a mold core via the application of a vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Broetje Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Raphael Reinhold, Stefan Juergens