Heating Patents (Class 425/508)
  • Patent number: 10625474
    Abstract: A low mass staking module includes a punch having a cavity on a first side, a contact surface on the second side opposite the first side, and a circular flange extending about an outer edge thereof, the punch formed of a thermally-conductive material, an annular housing engaged with the punch about the circular flange at a first end, and a heating element located inside the annular housing. The heating element has an output side in contact with the contact surface of the punch, the contact surface having a shape conforming to a shape of the output side of the heating element. The punch is desirably a low thermal mass punch, while the heating element may be a high power (watt) density, solid state, ceramic, resistant heating element (e.g., aluminum nitride or boron nitride heaters).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Extol, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew A. VanKlompenberg, Marc Meeuwsen
  • Patent number: 8939753
    Abstract: The high straightness arrow in the present invention is designed to improve the straightness of the archery arrow by adopting new manufacturing technique and method. Chamber and post are made of dissimilar metals and the chamber includes a wall that creates an external housing and defines an internal airspace. Once the post with shaft is positioned through chamber, nuts are tightened securely, forming an assembly, to straighten post. Due to the different coefficients of thermal expansion of chamber and post, when they are heated simultaneously, the chamber expands more than the post, creating a natural tension along post which results in a near perfectly straight shaft. As the assembly cools, the post and chamber return to their original length, yet the shaft retains its straightened form and thus this manufacturing process yields an arrow shaft that is straighter than shafts made of the same materials but with a traditional manufacturing technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Aldila Golf Corp.
    Inventor: Martin T Connolly
  • Patent number: 8932043
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plastic trim reclaim process that recycles otherwise wasted trim into for reuse or densified composite bricks for resale. The device combines four sections to process trim scrap from a typical plastic extrusion process. The four sections comprise an input and feed section, a grinding and pre-sizing section, a compaction and sizing section, and a repelletizing and recovery section. The final product takes one of two forms: a compacted plastic brick or pellet-sized beads that can be directly reused in a new extrusion process. The compaction and sizing section utilizes a heating chamber and ram to force ground trim through an extruder, which is then cut into sections to form brick. The repelletizing and recovery section utilizes an extrusion process that feeds into a cutting plate, whereafter the sized pellets are cooled to solidify their structure prior to being vacuum transported into a container for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Brandon Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 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
  • Patent number: 8858208
    Abstract: Climbing products containing rails decorated using veil products colored, patterned, painted or in combination with marking methods such as company names and logos and resin formulation designed to withstand exposure to UV radiation with minimal change in appearance which create specific appearances for applications, enhance weathering performance, and facilitate processing efficiency. A combination of a filler free resin or resin with filler and coated veil systems to create a synergistic weather resistance surface with self-contained color, pattern, picture, logo or combination of said same for climbing products. A system for producing components at a rate of greater than 5 ft/min. Various methods, system, a ladder rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Werner Co.
    Inventor: James Vincent Gauchel
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8834768
    Abstract: A process and a facility for manufacturing foam molded resin articles are provided which facilitate for a secondary material at least partially formed of a synthetic resin to be arranged so as to extend along a curved surface of a mold inner surface, and further to be released from the mold after molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Oota
  • Publication number: 20140252678
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a grain bin sensor cable including a plurality of mold members defining a mold cavity. A pre-formed cable with wires disposed therein is placed into the mold cavity, heated, and formed into a post-formed cable. The post-formed cable includes a recessed portion and a pair of end caps. Apertures are created within the recessed portion so as to expose a portion of the wires. The end caps are generally cone-shaped and include vertical walls. The post-formed cable is removed from the mold cavity and a sensor package is coupled to the wires exposed in the recessed portion and captured between the vertical walls of the end caps. A housing is coupled about the sensor package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: CTB, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent J. BLOEMENDAAL
  • Publication number: 20140183784
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a reinforced thermoplastic composite part comprises moving a laminate of reinforcing fibers embedded in a thermoplastic matrix for sequential operations through a heating station and then a forming station. The heating station is used to soften the thermoplastic matrix in a portion of the laminate while the forming station is used to impart a geometry to a portion of the laminate whose thermoplastic matrix had just been softened. The softening and the forming are performed simultaneously on different portions of the laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8740606
    Abstract: A press device for the energy-efficient curing of a sandwich component for an aircraft, includes an open and mechanically adequately loadable core structure with cover layers applied to one side or to both sides. The sandwich component is restrained between a pressure piston, an abutment and sidewalls of the press device, thus forming an essentially closed interior space. At least one of at least one cover layer and the core structure includes a curable duroplastic plastic material. A conveying device feeds heated air through the core structure of the sandwich component in a closed heated-air circuit or preferably in an open heated-air circuit in order to ensure energy-efficient curing of the sandwich component from the inside out. The heated air is temperature-controlled by a heater. In the case of an open heated-air circuit, heat recovery by a heat exchanger is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz-Peter Busch, Stephan Bonk
  • Publication number: 20140131923
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a porous fluid treatment element, e.g. a filter element, includes forming a layered structure having at least two layers and subjecting the layered structure to at least a heat treatment. The step of forming a layered structure includes forming a first layer including particulate matter including at least a binder and applying a second layer including particulate matter including at least a binder directly onto the first layer on a first side thereof. The step of forming a layered structure further includes applying at least one of radiation and heat to at least the first side of the first layer prior to applying the second layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: BRITA GMBH
    Inventors: Maria Festner, Simon Floren, Timm Wulff
  • Publication number: 20140125917
    Abstract: A method for producing a light guide plate includes forming a light introduction part that introduces light incident through an end face, and forming a light guide plate body that has a thickness less than a maximum thickness of the light introduction part, forming the light guide plate body to be continuously joined to the light introduction part, and forming the light guide plate body so as to cause a light controller to output the incident light to an outside. The light guide plate producing method further includes a conveying step of conveying a resin sheet between a first die and a second die, which are disposed while facing each other, wherein a transfer surface is provided in at least one of surfaces facing each other in the first and second dies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isao Makuta, Koichi Takemura, Tomofusa Shibata, Yoshihisa Yamanaka, Norikazu Kitamura, Masayuki Shinohara, Kazuhide Hirota, Yoshikaga Taguchi, Masayuki Kojima, Yukihiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8714962
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mold for thermoforming food pots having a decoration, and to an associated method, the mold (1) being in the form of a plate in the thickness of which at least one cell (2) for thermoforming a pot is formed, characterized in that it comprises an element (3) with an effusivity less than that of the mold, which is arranged on at least a part of the peripheral wall (21) of the cell, the said part being intended to be in contact with an overlap zone of the decoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: A.R.C.I.L.
    Inventor: Paul Le Roi
  • Patent number: 8696346
    Abstract: A counterband tape for use in the heat setting tunnel of a carpet yarn heat setting machine. The tape is constructed from polyphenylene sulfide yarns. The counterband tape may be formed as a single layer woven fabric with a twill weave construction. The tape also may include a herringbone pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventor: Vinod Kumar Chahal
  • Publication number: 20140072736
    Abstract: A process for producing an internal cavity in a CMC article and mandrels used therewith. The process entails incorporating a mandrel made of a material that is substantially absorbed during thermal treatment of a preform to form the CMC article. The mandrel material is preferably reactive with one or more constituents of the CMC preform during the thermal treatment. The material is preferably silicon or a silicon alloy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
  • Publication number: 20130323461
    Abstract: A door including a decorative panel is provided. The door may include a door liner, an outer door connected to the door liner, an insulation material disposed between the door liner and the outer door, and a decorative panel provided on an outer surface of the outer door. The decorative panel may include a front surface and a side surface extending at a bend from the front surface. The door may be coupled to a refrigerator or other home appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Jinwoo SHIM, Byeongkyun Seo
  • Patent number: 8597015
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for shaping an airfoil. A prepreg assembly is positioned relative to a part in a plurality of parts for a tool for the airfoil using a positioning section for a frame. The positioning section is configured to move relative to the tool and a base of the frame and move a number of parts in the plurality of parts for the tool relative to each other. A number of sections in the prepreg assembly are heated. A force is applied to the number of sections in the prepreg assembly that have been heated to conform to the tool to cause the number of sections in the prepreg assembly that have been heated to conform to the tool with a shape for a component of the airfoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Raymond Neil Henderson
  • 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: 8291593
    Abstract: A process for preparing interior trim components of a motor vehicle from a support having at least two decorative layers, wherein in a first step the decorative layers are heated to a specific temperature range and are e ared b molding, in a second step the decorative layers are trimmed, and in a third step the decorative layers are positioned in mutual orientation and fixed by reduced pressure, and in a fourth step the decorative layers are transferred to a backing mold and molded with component support (1) on the surface opposite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Boshoku Automotive Europe GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Gutt, Oliver Kleint, Roland Unger, Alfred Dittrich, Stefan Riesinger
  • Publication number: 20120213882
    Abstract: There is provided a solar cell module manufacturing device that includes a molding tool used to mold a solar cell module and a heating unit heating the molding tool. The solar cell module manufacturing device includes heat supply suppressing means that is provided on the molding tool and suppresses the supply of heat to the sealing member when the molding tool in which a sealing member and solar cells have been received is heated by the heating unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shintaro Inoue
  • Patent number: 8182259
    Abstract: A molding apparatus comprises an upper molding box, a lower mold box, an upper flexible membrane covering an opening of the upper mold box, a lower flexible membrane covering an opening of the lower mold box, a heating system located in the upper mold box, a set of ports located between the upper flexible membrane and the lower flexible membrane capable of being used to draw a vacuum between the upper flexible membrane and the lower flexible membrane, and a displacement system located in the lower mold box under the lower flexible membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael P. Kuntz, Mark L. Younie
  • Patent number: 8108982
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a tool for forming an article in a molding operation has a tool body formed from a non-particulate material, with a particulate material bonded to the body. The body provides a forming surface for forming the article. The particulate material, or the particulate material and the tool body collectively provide a duct for conveying a fluid for transfer of heat with the forming surface. In another embodiment, the tool has a tool body formed from a non-particulate material with a cavity and the particulate material is disposed within the cavity. A heat transfer material is disposed in the cavity bonding the particulate material to the tool body. Methods for manufacturing such tools are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Floodcooling Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark Manuel, Thomas N. Greaves, Matthew T. Lowney, Michael Wasylenko
  • Patent number: 8092205
    Abstract: Systems and methods of generating a recycled output are disclosed. This recycled output may include a fabric produced by fusing reclaimed plastic bags. The reclaimed plastic bags are fused together using a material manufacturing system. This system is typically configured to heat the plastic bags to a temperature wherein the plastic bags fuse together but do completely melt. Some embodiments include the addition of different types of plastic or non-plastic materials to the recycled output. Also disclosed are systems and methods of controlling textures and patterns within the recycled output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventors: Brian Benjamin Witlin, Anne Elizabeth Fletcher, Douglas Charles Patt, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110189331
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for producing hollow bodies from thermoplastic material in which web- or strip-type preforms of plasticised plastics material are shaped in a multi-part tool which forms a mould nest, with two outer moulds and a central mould which perform opening and closing movements with respect to one another. The central mould 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 mould of the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Buchholz, Dirk Eulitz, Harald Lorenz, Gerd Wolter
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7914272
    Abstract: The system for stretch-forming composite material bands (3) includes, in addition to an unrolling head (20), an original assembly composed of a light source (4) for heating the band (3) and hardening the composite and a pair of rollers (6a and 6b) applying the desired pressure to assemble the band to a laminated composite (2) already deposited or applying it to the support (1). As the application of heat is concentrated at a distance from the rollers (6a and 6b) and with a perpendicular incidence, the rollers can be conveniently made of an elastic material, which enables them to adapt to the transverse curvature of the support equipment (1) and to apply a uniform pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignees: European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, Dassault Aviation
    Inventor: Eric Soccard
  • Publication number: 20110062636
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for binding of particulate materials to manufacture articles including continuous panels or sheets (22). Particulate feed materials are mixed with a heat curable binder and the mixture (21) is fed to and compressed in a die (25). A radio frequency (RF) field is applied across electrodes (28, 29) between which the mixture is held compressed to inductively or dielectrically heat and cure the binder. Prior to entering the die (25) the mixture is first fed to an intake zone (32) where the mixture is shaped into substantially the same shape as the shape of the mixture in the die so that any curing of the binder due to heating of the mixture in the intake zone (32) occurs while the mixture is in the desired final shape. Operating parameters including shape and dimensions of the intake zone, mixture advancement lengths, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: PANEL BOARD HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Richard Laurance Lewellin
  • Patent number: 7824173
    Abstract: First and second semi-finished molded articles and a third semi-finished molded article are molded simultaneously so as to have joint end faces by using a slide die, a fixed die, and first and second slide cores fitted to the fixed die. The slide die with the third semi-finished molded article remaining thereon is moved toward the first and second slide cores, and their respective joint end faces are registered. Heating surfaces are inserted between the joint end faces. After melting the joint end faces, the heating surfaces are retracted, and the molding device is closed to weld the joint end faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: The Japan Steel Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoso Nishida
  • Patent number: 7780432
    Abstract: A method of connecting a plastic workpiece to a further workpiece and a device for carrying out the method are shown and described. The object of providing a method with which a positive-locking connection between a plastic workpiece and a further workpiece can be produced in a short time and without considerable outlay in terms of apparatus is achieved by a method comprising the following steps: providing a plastic workpiece and a further workpiece, placing the further workpiece against the plastic workpiece, providing a connecting element on a surface of the plastic workpiece, this surface being opposite the surface against which the further workpiece bears, producing a recess in the further workpiece, this recess being provided on the surface bearing against the plastic workpiece, heating the connecting element, so that the material of the connecting element is plasticized, and pressing plasticized material into the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH
    Inventors: Sergio De Traglia Amancio Filho, Jorge F. Dos Santos, Matthias Beyer
  • Publication number: 20100181018
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for consolidating and curing a composite part places and registers a composite laminate layer of thermoset polymer matrix and reinforcing fibers onto the temperature-controlled curing surface of a heated curing mold and provides a base mold with base surface covered by a rubber mask having a mask surface. Three-dimensional surfaces of the curing, base and mask surfaces complement each other so with the curing and base molds adjacent, a pressure space is formed between the base and curing surfaces that contains the compressed rubber mask, a bleeder layer for removing excess air and polymer matrix, and the composite laminate, the pressure space having a perimeter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel Walczyk, Casey Hoffman, Michael Righi, Suvranu De, Jaron Kuppers
  • Publication number: 20100124659
    Abstract: A composite structure is fabricated by staging at least a portion of an uncured, first composite component. The first composite component is assembled with a second composite component, and the staged portion of the first composite component is cocured with the second composite component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: Karl M. Nelson, Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Kurtis S Willden
  • Publication number: 20100112140
    Abstract: By the method of producing popcorn confectionery a first sugar/glucose substance is produced. This substance is boiled at 170-2100C for approx. 3-10 hours until the substance is dark brown/black and viscous, whereafter it is cooled down. Hereafter a second sugar/glucose substance is produced, which is boiled at 100-1300C for approx. 1-10 hours. The first substance and the second substance are mixed at a weight ratio of 1:2-1:6, whereafter the resulting mixture is boiled and popcorn is added. This mixture can be formed in formed pieces in a machine 1 including a cylindrical, horizontal buffer tank 3, which is surrounded by a chamber 11 filled with oil, and a cylindrical, horizontal main tank 2 surrounded by a chamber 23 filled with oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Double Pop License ApS
    Inventors: Kim Jacobsen, Karsten Jørgensen
  • Patent number: 7698817
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an article such as vehicle interior trim component including a decoupler layer is disclosed. The method comprises the conveying of materials into an enclosure to form a preform having a shape of the enclosure, heating the preform to a temperature such that adjacent materials may bond to one another upon cooling and forming the heated preform into a predetermined three-dimensional decoupler configuration via a mold. The enclosure has a perforated portion and at least one panel movable relative to the enclosure so as to selectively expose portions of the perforated portion. The density of the preform may be varied as the at least one panel is moved to expose the perforated portion of the enclosure. A system for manufacturing articles such as a vehicle interior trim component including a decoupler layer is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Surendra Khambete, William Griffin, Fred Skidmore, Sandip Mehta
  • Patent number: 7670133
    Abstract: A method and a plant for twin-sheet thermoforming of fuel tanks; first and second sheets (SA, SB) of thermoformable plastic material, are separately fed along respective processing lines (10A, 10B). The sheets (SA, SB) are heated and gripped along their peripheral edges by a pneumatically actuate suction and vacuum holding device (15A, 15B), for supporting the heated sheets (SA, SB) in a substantially flat condition while they are moved towards a respective thermoforming station (16A, 16B). Both the molds (17A, 17B) are disposed side by side with their open cavity facing upwards. After thermoforming of the plastic sheets (SA, SB), one of the molds (17B) is turned upside down onto the other mold (17A), to overlap and weld superimposed sealing areas of the two thermoformed shells (GA, GB). Cooling of the molds and thermoformed tank may be performed on a side of the processing lines (10A, 10B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Canon S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gabriele Binda, Francesco Fiorentini, Davide Mariani, Loredano Sbrana, Carlo Ortenzi
  • Patent number: 7665982
    Abstract: A twin-sheet thermoforming process and associated apparatus which enables placement of an insert between upper and lower sheets before the sheets are actually heated and formed is described herein. Since the insert is positioned before molding takes place, the insert does not cause the formed panels to rest and cool down before fusing is finally carried out to capture the insert and seal the panels to each other. Panel fusing may therefore be performed at an optimal temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Les Produits Plastitel Inc.
    Inventors: Normand Lucier, Stéphane Poirier
  • Publication number: 20100031567
    Abstract: A plant receptacle with at least one opening, the receptacle preferably formed of a fibrous web or sheet material, where the web or sheet material preferably is a non-woven cotton fibre material, e.g. vlies, with a first structural strength, where the plant receptacle has at least one structural area with a different and greater strength, where this different structural area is formed by wetting, compressing and subsequent drying of a part of the web or sheet material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Øjvind Ellegaard
  • Publication number: 20100009026
    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: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: HERBERT REYES, ROBERT S. GONCZI, CRAIG E. ABBOTT, JAMES D. MARINEZ
  • Publication number: 20090309270
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing hollow bodies from thermoplastic material in which web- or strip-type preforms of plasticised plastics material are shaped in a multi-part tool which forms a mould nest, with two outer moulds and a central mould which perform opening and closing movements with respect to one another. The central mould 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 mould of the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: KAUTEX TEXTRON GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Buchholz, Dirk Eulitz, Harald Lorenz, Gerd Wolter
  • Publication number: 20090267264
    Abstract: Described are methods for processing material, material processing systems, and processable materials. Preferred embodiments relate to a method of and apparatus for producing formable products such as polymer products and thermoplastic materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: Paul Tranter, Richard Walker Adam, Stephen John Ison, Andrew Miles
  • Patent number: 7568905
    Abstract: The electric service load of a machine having at least one electric heater and at least one electric motor may be managed as follows. Where the electrical service load of the machine exceeds a threshold, which may result from transient in-rush current attendant upon start-up of an electric motor, or where this load is expected to exceed the threshold, at least one of the heaters may be de-energized. The heater may remain de-energized either for a pre-determined period of time or until the electrical service load falls below a further threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Gregory Michael Cooke
  • Patent number: 7567313
    Abstract: Improved electronic display module for surface mount construction. Plastic components are heat-stake mounted to a printed circuit board substrate. Providing recesses for the reflowed plastic heat stakes reduces or eliminates rework required to provide flat surface needed for surface mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Avago Technologies ECBU IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Seng Geap Goh, Yi Feng Hwang, Heng Yow Cheng
  • Patent number: 7094048
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising a support member having a flat surface adapted to receive and support a seam region of a flexible belt comprising thermoplastic polymer material having a predetermined glass transition temperature, a heatable member having a smooth heatable flat surface for compressing at least a portion of the seam region of a flexible belt placed on the smooth flat surface of the support member to heat the portion to at least the glass transition temperature of the thermoplastic polymer material, the smooth surface of the heatable member having a profile which is parallel to the smooth flat surface of the support member, and wherein the heatable flat surface comprises a low surface energy or abhesive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Satchidanand Mishra, Robert C. U. Yu, Anthony M. Horgan, Bing R. Hsieh, Donald C. VonHoene, Edward F. Grabowski, Richard L. Post, Edward A. Domm
  • Patent number: 7045086
    Abstract: A simultaneous twinsheet thermoforming system having a carousel rack to simultaneously move two sheets of thermoplastic together through a heating station and a forming station. The two thermoplastic sheets are vertically disposed on upper and lower tiers of the rack. The single heating station includes vertically disposed upper and lower ovens, which both sheets pass through simultaneously. The ovens each include upper and lower heating platens, the lower platens being movable to accommodate for sagging thermoplastic. The forming station includes upper and lower vacuum molds that are movable from an open position to a closed position. In the open position, the two sheets are moved in between the mold faces. The molds are driven together to contact the sheets and simultaneously form the two sheets to the two molds. At least one of the two molds is further moved to establish contact between at least portions of the two sheets, thus fusing them together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Soroc Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James Richard Fitzell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6994766
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method, apparatus, and design of a fusion welded pipe wherein the effects of an inner bead of the fusion weld are minimized. The internal shape of the pipe prior to welding may be configured in several different shapes so that the beads or lips produced by the fusion welding process are unobtrusive and do not interfere with the function of the pipe. In a likewise manner, the outer shape of the pipe prior to welding may be configured so that the lips are unobtrusive on the external surface of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: PE Fusion, LLC
    Inventor: William J. Temple
  • Patent number: 6966767
    Abstract: An apparatus (2) comprises: first clamp means (30) for indexing sheet material (6, 10) through its own forming means (24, 26, 28), further clamp means (52; 54) for advancing said sheet material (6; 10) towards said first clamp means (30) synchronously; the first clamp means (30) and/or the further clamp means (52; 54) are coupled to electronic control means and are mechanically disconnected to each other; a method comprises: indexing sheet material (6, 10) through its own forming means (24, 26, 28) by acting on a region of said sheet material (6; 10), controlling said advancing by acting on a further region of said sheet material (6, 10) disposed upstream said region; said advancing and said controlling take place by using electronic auxiliary means; a container comprises first and second wall means connected to each other along a peripheral sealing (130) in order to define an internal space (132) and regions (104, 110) positioned in a pre-established manner on faces (106, 112) of said wall means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Elopak Systems AG
    Inventors: Alessandro Bianchini, Sal DiGrande
  • Patent number: 6913454
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for attaching filamentary members to a substrate are disclosed. The substrate includes a plastic layer and the apparatus includes an anvil, a needle and a swaging tool movable relatively to the anvil. The method includes the steps of penetrating the substrate with the needle to create an opening, positioning the filamentary member in the opening, and compressing the substrate between the swaging tool and the anvil so as to deform the plastic layer and swage the filamentary member to the substrate. The needle is heated to melt the plastic layer so that it fuses with the filamentary member upon swaging. Motion of the needle and swaging tool is controlled by cams under the command of a microprocessor control unit. A substrate to which filamentary members are swaged is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: SKH Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Ronald C. Schwar
  • Patent number: 6881296
    Abstract: A method and system of manufacturing an air bag cover assembly utilizing infrared radiation is disclosed. The assembly includes a front panel, a back plate, a switch and infrared-absorbing material. Initially, the front panel and the back plate are positioned so that inner surfaces of the front panel and the back plate define a switch pocket therebetween. Then the switch is positioned in the switch pocket. Thereafter, infrared radiation is directed at the infrared-absorbing material for a time sufficient to heat the infrared-absorbing material to a desired temperature. The amount of heat applied to the infrared-absorbing material by the infrared radiation is controlled by a controller. Finally, the heated material cools to fixedly secures the back plate to the front panel. The heated material may be forced to flow prior to cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Patent Holding Company
    Inventors: Jason T. Murar, John F. Murphy
  • Patent number: 6872346
    Abstract: A problem in the manufacture of filters using tubular membrane bundles is keeping potting material from flowing into the openings at the ends of the tubes. A preferred embodiment of a method for manufacturing a tubular membrane filter employs a non-contact heat source such as radiant heating to melt the tips of the tubular membranes. This prevents the migration of potting material into the tubes when the potting material is flowed into the ends of tube bundles during the manufacturing process for a filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: NxStage Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Stillig
  • Patent number: 6840755
    Abstract: A staking apparatus is provided for use in assembling two or more workpieces, wherein one of the workpieces is made from a thermally softenable and pressure deformable material. The staking apparatus includes a first end plate, an intermediate plate aligned with and spaced apart from the first end plate and a first extensible member disposed therebetween. A second end plate is provided that is extensible in relation to the intermediate plate by the first extensible member. A vent tube, which supplies a flow of air unto the workpiece, and a second extensible member are secured for movement with the second end plate. A staking tool is mounted to the second extensible member and is extensible between a working position, wherein a portion of the thermally softenable workpiece is deformed, and a storage position. A method of operating the staking apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Cook
  • Publication number: 20040251575
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for use in a fusion process for conduit. The method includes the steps of: removably positioning a first terminal edge of a first conduit portion with a first terminal edge of a second conduit portion; facing the terminal edges of the first conduit portion and the second conduit portion; aligning the terminal edges of the first conduit portion and the second conduit portion; melting at least a portion of the terminal edges of the first conduit portion and the second conduit portion; engaging the melted terminal edge of the first conduit portion with the melted terminal edge of the second conduit portion; maintaining pressure between the engaged terminal edges, thereby creating a fused joint area; and removing at least a portion of the resultant external bead extending around the fused joint area. A fusion apparatus for employing this method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventors: Bryan St. Onge, Henri St. Onge