Applying Superposed Diverse Coatings Or Coating A Coated Base Patents (Class 427/258)
  • Publication number: 20140109917
    Abstract: Polymeric articles, such as condoms or gloves, including a decoration, are disclosed. The polymeric article comprises at least two polymeric layers, and a decoration comprising at least one of a polymeric film, a decal or a temporary tattoo is disposed between the at least two polymeric layers. Methods for manufacturing polymeric articles including a decoration are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Ansell Limited
    Inventors: KC Nguyen, Beng Sim Chuah, Chayaporn Pongthanomsak, Chintana Netrung, Matthew Steven Groskorth, Utain Pattanapradit, Paul D'Aguiar
  • Patent number: 8703294
    Abstract: The present invention provides a functionally graded bioactive glass/ceramic composite structure or bioactive glass/ceramic/bioactive glass sandwich structure for use in such applications as damage resistant, ceramic dental implants, immediate tooth replacement, endodontic posts, orthopedic prostheses, orthopedic stems, bone substitutes, bone screws, plates, and anchors, nonunion defects repair, alveolar ridge augmentation, missing small bone parts (e.g. fingers, toes, etc), maxilla facial reconstruction, spinal fusion, and scaffolds for bone regeneration, comprising a residual bioactive glass or glass-ceramic layer at all accessible surfaces, followed by an underlying graded glass-ceramic layer, and then an dense interior ceramic. Further, the invention provides methods for making the same structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: Yu Zhang, Racquel Legeros, Jae-Won Kim
  • Publication number: 20140106072
    Abstract: A method of generating a composition for identifying goods, the composition comprising an indicator material and a plurality of separately identifiable trace materials combined in such a manner to produce unique trace material combinations, the method comprising: defining a group of trace materials; selecting a plurality of trace materials from the group of trace materials to produce a unique combination; maintaining a record of the trace material combination; comparing further combinations of the trace materials to the record of trace material combinations; and either: if the further combination of trace materials is not found in the record, then generating a trace material combination based on the selected plurality of trace materials and recording the generated trace material combination in the record; or if the further combination of trace materials is found in the record of trace material combinations, re-selecting a different combination of trace materials and comparing this different combination to the
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: SMARTWATER LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael Cleary
  • Patent number: 8697186
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a mask having submillimetric openings, in which: for a masking layer, a first solution of colloidal nanoparticles in a first solvent is deposited, the particles having a given glass transition temperature Tg, the drying of the masking layer, known as the first masking layer, is carried out at a temperature below said temperature Tg until a mask having a two-dimensional network of substantially straight-edged submillimetric openings, that defines a mask zone known as a network mask zone is obtained, a solid mask zone is formed by a liquid deposition, on the face, of a second masking zone, the solid mask zone being adjacent to and in contact with the network mask zone, and/or at least one cover zone is formed, the cover zone being in contact with the network mask zone, and/or after the drying of the first masking layer, a filled mask zone is formed by filling, via a liquid route, openings of a portion of the network mask zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Georges Zagdoun, Bernard Nghiem, Emmanuel Valentin, Svetoslav Tchakarov
  • Publication number: 20140097035
    Abstract: An acoustic insulator for a motor vehicle is provided comprising a mass providing an acoustic barrier and a spring providing an acoustic absorber overlying the mass. The mass comprises a first acoustic mass layer underlying a second acoustic mass layer. The first acoustic mass layer is provided by a thermoplastic sheet having a thickness in a range of 0.5 mm to 1 mm. The second acoustic mass layer is provided at one or more localized areas formed in place on a backside surface of the first acoustic mass layer to increase an overall thickness of the mass at the one or more localized areas. The spring layer is formed in place on a backside of the second acoustic mass layer and the backside of the first acoustic mass layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt STARLING, John LAHL, Rose Ann RYNTZ, Terrence M. McROBERTS
  • Publication number: 20140087173
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a substrate with a solid support coated with a porous hydrophobic polymer layer or film, wherein said polymer layer or film is coated with a water-immiscible hydrophobic liquid forming a stable film on the polymer surface. The present invention further relates to a method of forming a protein- and cell-repellent surface, comprising the steps of providing a substrate with a solid support coated with a porous hydrophobic polymer layer or film, and applying a water-immiscible hydrophobic liquid to said porous hydrophobic polymer layer or film, a respective method of preventing the formation of biofilms, adhesion of cells and bacteria, and/or migration of cells and bacteria on a surface, as well as the use of a porous hydrophobic polymer layer or film that is coated with a water-immiscible hydrophobic liquid for forming a protein-, cell- and bacteria-repellent surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Karlsruher Institut fur Technologie
    Inventors: Erica Boles, Pavel Levkin, Ursula Obst, Thomas Schwartz, Junshen Li
  • Patent number: 8679573
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a piezoelectric print head capable of ejecting a droplet of a coating substance towards a stent strut, a sensor capable of sensing a parameter of the droplet, and a controller, communicatively coupled to the print head and the sensor, capable of determining if the parameter of the droplet meets a requirement. A method includes ejecting a droplet of a coating substance towards a stent strut with a piezoelectric print head, sensing a parameter of the droplet, and determining whether the parameter of the droplet meets a requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Van Sciver, Greg Teaby, Phil Foreman, Manish Gada
  • Publication number: 20140065378
    Abstract: In one aspect, inks for use with a 3D printer are described herein. In some embodiments, an ink comprises a polymerizable material and a reactive wax comprising a saturated alkyl moiety bonded to an ethyleneically unsaturated moiety through a urethane, urea, ester, or carbonate ester linkage, wherein the ink is free or substantially free of non-reactive wax.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Pingyong Xu
  • Publication number: 20140057089
    Abstract: A hardmask layer is formed with an increased etch resistance based on alternating nanolayers of TiN with alternating residual stresses. Embodiments include depositing a first nanolayer of TiN, and depositing a second nanolayer of TiN on the first nanolayer, wherein the first and second nanolayers have different residual stresses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventor: Robin Abraham KOSHY
  • Patent number: 8658245
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a z-directed component for insertion into a mounting hole in a printed circuit board according to one example embodiment includes depositing a liquid based material onto a top surface of a rotatable plate. The top surface of the rotatable plate has at least one cavity formed thereon that defines the shape of a layer of the z-directed component. The rotatable plate is spun to level a top surface of the liquid based material in the at least one cavity. The liquid based material is cured to form the layer of the z-directed component. A conductive material is applied to at least one surface of the formed layer. The z-directed component is formed including a stack of component layers that includes the formed layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Kevin Hall, Keith Bryan Hardin, Zachary Charles Nathan Kratzer, Qing Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140050903
    Abstract: A method of printing articles having variable conductivities, including those having conductivity gradients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Vorbeck Materials Corp.
    Inventors: John S. Lettow, Christy Martin, Dan Scheffer
  • Publication number: 20140037917
    Abstract: A printed laminate includes a substrate and a priming layer positioned over the substrate, wherein digital printing is applied to the priming layer. A top coat layer is applied over the digital printing and the priming layer, the top coat layer being composed of a clear hot melt polyurethane first top coat layer and a clear UV cured acrylic second top coat layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Wilsonart LLC
    Inventors: Joe E. Branch, Eric W. Kendall, Robert R. Krebs, John P. McSpedon, Janet Stepan, Joel L. Williams
  • Publication number: 20140035210
    Abstract: Flexible spring members can be dimensioned for securement to an associated gas spring end member. The flexible spring member can be at least partially formed from elastomeric material. The flexible spring member can also include a marking disposed along a surface thereof that includes one or more indicia. The marking can be at least partially formed by an indicia layer and an outer layer. The indicia layer can include one or more quantities of material that at least partially form the one or more indicia. The outer layer can be formed from a quantity of material that is disposed overtop of the indicia layer such that the one or more indicia of the indicia layer are substantially encapsulated. Gas spring assemblies, suspension systems, methods of manufacture and manufacturing systems are also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC
    Inventor: Graham R. Brookes
  • Publication number: 20140023996
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a three dimensional model object, a method of producing the three dimensional model object, and a kit comprising the three dimensional model object and a scaled measurement device. The method in accordance with the present invention includes surveying a constructed structure which is georeferenceable in the real world, obtaining spatial data associated with the constructed structure, generating a digital three dimensional model of the constructed structure in a computer, and producing a physical model object with accurately surveyed as-built data of the constructed structure. The physical model object of the constructed structure can incorporate, on its surface, surveyed and measured useful real world intelligence, such as dimensions, georeference data, or orientation, associated with the constructed structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: F3 & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Finn, Mike Heitman
  • Patent number: 8628818
    Abstract: A system and method for forming conductive lines on a substrate comprising depositing a precursor onto at least a portion of the substrate, depositing a thin layer of conductive material over the precursor, forming a negative-patterned mask over a portion of the thin layer of conductive material to form an exposed pattern, forming conductive lines in the exposed pattern, removing the patterned mask thereby uncovering an exposed portion of the conductive layer that substantially corresponds to the negative pattern portion, and removing the exposed portion of the conductive layer so as to uncover substrate that substantially corresponds to the exposed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Sunity K. Sharma, Francesco Fornasiero, Jaspreet Singh Dhau
  • Patent number: 8623458
    Abstract: A layered structure comprising a self-assembled material is formed by a method that includes forming a photochemically, thermally and/or chemically treated patterned photoresist layer disposed on a first surface of a substrate. The treated patterned photoresist layer comprises a non-crosslinked treated photoresist. An orientation control material is cast on the treated patterned photoresist layer, forming a layer containing orientation control material bound to a second surface of the substrate. The treated photoresist and, optionally, any non-bound orientation control material are removed by a development process, resulting in a pre-pattern for self-assembly. A material capable of self-assembly is cast on the pre-pattern. The casted material is allowed to self-assemble with optional heating and/or annealing to produce the layered structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joy Cheng, Matthew E. Colburn, Stefan Harrer, William D. Hinsberg, Steven J. Holmes, Ho-Cheol Kim, Daniel Paul Sanders
  • Publication number: 20140004286
    Abstract: A balloon made from a laminate film including at least one bio-based polyester layer of at least about 19.0 pMC of radiocarbon (14C) content is disclosed. The laminate film could further have additional layers such as a second bio-based polyester resin-containing layer of at least about 21.5 pMC of radiocarbon (14C) content, a linear low density polyethylene bio-based resin-containing layer of at least about 94 pMC of radiocarbon (14C) content, a metal layer, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.
    Inventors: Stefanos L. SAKELLARIDES, Keunsuk P. Chang
  • Patent number: 8617656
    Abstract: A liquid processing apparatus processes an object to be processed W including a body part Wi and a plurality of projecting-shape parts Wm disposed on the body part Wi, with an inorganic film and a different film being laminated to each other. The liquid processing apparatus comprises: a support part 50 configured to support the body part Wi; a hydrophobic-liquid supply mechanism 30 configured to supply a hydrophobic liquid to the object to be processed W; and a rinse-liquid supply part 22 configured to supply a rinse liquid to the object to be processed W to which the hydrophobic liquid has been supplied. The hydrophobic-liquid supply mechanism 30 includes: a first hydrophobic-liquid supply part 32 configured to supply a first hydrophobic liquid for making hydrophobic the inorganic film; and a second hydrophobic-liquid supply part 37 configured to supply a second hydrophobic liquid for making hydrophobic the different film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Mitsunori Nakamori, Akira Fujita, Takayuki Toshima
  • Publication number: 20130344242
    Abstract: The use of self-assembled block copolymer structures to produce advanced lithographic patterns relies on control of the orientation of these structures in thin films. In particular, orientation of cylinders and lamellae perpendicular to the plane of the block copolymer film is required for most applications. The preferred method to achieve orientation is by heating. The present invention involves the use of polarity-switching top coats to control block copolymer thin film orientation by heating. The top coats can be spin coated onto block copolymer thin films from polar casting solvents and they change composition upon thermal annealing to become “neutral”. Top coats allow for the facile orientation control of block copolymers which would otherwise not be possible by heating alone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Carlton Grant Willson, Christopher John Ellison, Takehiro Seshimo, Julia Cushen, Christopher M. Bates, Leon Dean, Logan J. Santos, Erica L. Rausch, Michael Maher
  • Patent number: 8609204
    Abstract: A Solid Freeform Fabrication system, apparatus and method is provided, that includes a movable fabrication tray adapted to hold an object being fabricated; a depositing surface to hold deposited materials, and ink jet printing heads to selectively deposit a plurality of building materials on the depositing surface; wherein the deposited materials are merged to the object being fabricated, when said fabrication tray moves said object being fabricated to be in contact with said deposited materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Stratasys Ltd.
    Inventor: Eliahu M. Kritchman
  • Publication number: 20130330476
    Abstract: A method is provided for processing a rasterized relief image, comprising customary color channels for indicating a color of each pixel and a height channel for indicating a height of each pixel into several pass images that are printed using a printer with several colorants including a white colorant. For each pixel a relief part, a white part and a skin part are discriminated in order to combine the demands for height and color variation across the surface of the image. The skin part comprises pixels for which a colorant composition based on the color channels of the rasterized relief image is established. In order to print a color in the skin part that is independent of a height of the pixel and independent of the colorant composition of a neighboring pixels, pass images are composed that include only neighboring pass pixels that do not disturb the color forming of a pass pixel contributing to a skin part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Koen J. KLEIN KOERKAMP, Jacques C.E. PERVILLÉ
  • Publication number: 20130330501
    Abstract: A hierarchical surface having improved control of the wetting characteristics and methods for forming the same is described. The hierarchical surface includes a primary structure having at least one primary characteristic features; a secondary structure having at least one secondary characteristic features, wherein the size of the at least one secondary characteristic features are larger than the size of the at least one primary characteristic features. Moreover, the primary structure and the secondary structure synergistically provide improved mechanical properties and control of the wetting characteristics over that of the primary structure or the secondary structure alone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Joanna Aizenberg, Philseok Kim
  • Patent number: 8596985
    Abstract: A method of protecting a component, in particular a turbine blade, from the effects of hot corrosion includes the steps of applying a chromium diffusion coating to the component and applying a coating of a ceramic material to one or more selected regions of the chromium diffusion coating. The selected regions are regions which, in subsequent use of the component, are subjected to temperatures lower than a predetermined temperature. The ceramic material preferably includes a binder combined with a metal oxide. In a preferred embodiment, a turbine blade is coated over the whole of its internal and external surfaces with the chromium diffusion coating; an aluminum diffusion coating is then applied, through a mask, to the aerofoil surfaces and the internal surfaces of the blade; the mask is removed and the ceramic material is applied as an overlay to the chromium diffusion coating in a region between the platform and the root of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Paul Mathew Walker, Mick Whitehurst
  • Publication number: 20130302575
    Abstract: The present invention describes a method for building models in layers, wherein a first material and subsequent thereto selectively a second material are applied in layers in a build space, and these two application steps are repeated until a desired model is obtained. The two materials form a solid object in a suitable mixing ratio, the first material including a particulate material and the second material being applied with the aid of a print head. The first material, the second material and/or the particulate material include one or more diamines and/or one or more dicarbonyl compounds as the binder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicants: VOXELJET TECHNOLOGY GMBH, TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT MUNCHEN
    Inventors: Florian Mögele, Imke Nora Kellner
  • Publication number: 20130303431
    Abstract: The present application relates to a visually perceivable image-forming dye scavenging article capable of absorbing and/or inhibiting transfer of fugitive dyes released during laundering, the article comprising (i) a support substrate with an imprint of an image on at least one surface of the substrate; (ii) at least one dye scavenging compound fixably adhered to the imprinted image; (iii) optionally, a film forming agent; (iv) optionally, a cross-linking agent; (v) optionally, a rheology modifying agent; and (vi) optionally, a catalyst to accelerate the polymerization reaction. Also disclosed is a method of manufacturing the article and use of the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: ISP Investments Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Hood, Surya Kamin
  • Patent number: 8580344
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods, devices and systems for using a stamp to enhance selectivity between surface layers of a substrate, and to facilitate functionalizing selected layers. An array of flat stamps may be used to concurrently stamp multiple regions of a substrate to transfer one or more substances to the topmost layer or layers of the substrate. If desired, the affected regions of the substrate may be isolated from each other through the use of a reactor plate that, when clamped to the substrate's surface, forms reaction wells in the area of stamping. The stamp area can, if desired, be configured for stamping the substrate after the reactor plate has been fitted, with the individual stamps sized and arranged in a manner that permits stamping within each reaction well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil D. Kalyankar, Zachary Fresco, Chi-I Lang
  • Patent number: 8574171
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a coated medical device, such as a medical guide wire, including at least applying a first colored coating to at least a first portion of an outer surface of a medical guide wire, securing a first end of the medical guide wire, and for each a designated quantity of turns, turn a second end of the medical guide wire upon a longitudinal axis of the medical guide wire. The method of manufacturing also includes securing the second end of the medical guide wire, blocking at least a first portion of the coated surface of the medical guide wire, applying a second contrasting colored coating to at least a second, unblocked portion of the outer surface of the medical guide wire and releasing the first end and the second end of the medical guide wire to display at least one spiral marking formed along a length of the medical guide wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Innovatech, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Nesbitt, Charles Berkelhamer
  • Patent number: 8568835
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an apparatus and a method for injecting assuredly a given amount of a coloring agent to an outer surface of an electric wire and coloring it. An apparatus for coloring an electric wire 1 includes coloring nozzles 31. The coloring nozzles 31 each has a solenoid valve 51 to inject or stop injection of a coloring agent to an outer surface 3a of an electric wire by opening or closing the solenoid valve. A spike voltage is applied to a coil 40 of the solenoid valve 51 when the coloring agent is injected. The spike voltage is a voltage applied to the coil 40 which is necessary to open the solenoid valve 51. The spike voltage is applied to the coil 40 to open the solenoid valve 51 and stopped after a given period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kamata, Keigo Sugimura, Sei Saito, Kiyoshi Yagi
  • Publication number: 20130273282
    Abstract: The invention related to a method of colouring portions of a tyre and to a tyre obtained by said method. The method includes: forming a highly impermeable protective layer by depositing an aqueous emulsion on a part of the tyre to be coloured; and depositing a coloured layer on the protective layer. The aqueous emulsion has at least a cross-linkable polymer base, and a surfactant of molecular formula (I): (R1CONR2CHR3COO?)nXn+ where R1 is an aliphatic group C6-C23, R2 is H or an aliphatic group C1-C8, R3 is H or an aliphatic or aromatic group C1-C8, X is a metal cation, preferably an alkaline cation, and n is an integer of 1 to 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Salvatore Cotugno, Matteo Simone Almi, Martina Gruarin, Giovanni Alessandro Pertusio
  • Publication number: 20130251769
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, the invention relates to an article having a liquid-impregnated surface. The surface includes a matrix of solid features (e.g., non-toxic and/or edible features) spaced sufficiently close to stably contain a liquid therebetween or therewithin, wherein the liquid is non-toxic and/or edible. The article may contain, for example, a food or other consumer product, such as ketchup, mustard, or mayonnaise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jonathan David Smith, Rajeev Dhiman, Adam T. Paxson, Christopher J. Love, Brian R. Solomon, Kripa K. Varanasi
  • Publication number: 20130251920
    Abstract: A flexography substrate for making I-plates with liquid photopolymers has, in addition to the tie-coat applied to one side to hold the photopolymers in place on the substrate, an adhesive layer applied to the other side. A clear release liner is applied to the adhesive layer, the adhesive layer adhering less firmly to the release liner than to the substrate. An inkjet-receptive coating is applied to the clear release liner. The masking image for the I-plate is applied to the clear release liner using an inkjet printer. After the substrate has been used to make a flexographic plate, the release liner is peeled off of the adhesive layer. The flexographic plate can then be applied to a print roll without the step of manually applying adhesive to it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Chemence Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Battisti, Joseph F. Rach, John P. Maneira
  • Publication number: 20130251922
    Abstract: A textured heat transfer label includes a textured portion formed from a highly cross-linked UV ink and a thermoplastic background ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Michael B. Colella, James E. Moore
  • Publication number: 20130251897
    Abstract: A process of printing applies printing ink to the surface of a product of thermoplastic rubber compounds containing upwards of 95% mineral oil. The process uses ink compositions of resins, mineral oil, solvents, colorants, and additives. The process involves preparing a product from copolymer resins and other components, and blending an ink from copolymer resins and other components. Next, the process prints the desired multi-color image on the treated surface followed with a top coat on the surface of the substrate to protect the printed image. The top coat and ink stretch with the product so that the image remains intact. The process uses pad printing to print the image upon the surface of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Yuh-Jye Uang
  • Patent number: 8535762
    Abstract: A threaded joint for pipes includes a pin member and a box member, the pin member having an external thread configured to correspond to an internal thread of the box member, a thread form of the internal and external threads having generally dovetail-shaped profile with stab flanks and load flanks and flat roots and crests, wherein the internal threads are increasing in width in one direction on the box and the external threads are increasing in width in the other direction on the pin, so the roots, crests, and flanks of the threads move together and form seals that resist the flow of fluids between the seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Tenaris Connections Limited
    Inventor: Adrian Jose Nunez
  • Publication number: 20130236643
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of printing an image on an object, such as a door facing or a door. An object having an exterior surface is provided. A first image component is printed on the exterior surface. A first transparent coat is applied on the exterior surface so as to cover the first image component. A second image component is printed on the first transparent coat. Optionally, a second transparent coat is applied to the first transparent coat and second image component so as to cover the first and second image components. The resulting object, such as a door, having the printed image thereon is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: MASONITE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry M. COGHLAN, Karine A. LUETGERT, Jimmy R. PARCHMENT, Stephen G. HUHN
  • Patent number: 8529984
    Abstract: Methods of producing an ombré finish for materials may comprise applying a stain to the surface of a material in a first concentration toward a first part of said surface and in a second concentration toward a second part of said surface, blending said stain from said first part to said second part to create a gradual transition in concentration, and sealing said surface. Said methods may also comprise applying a stain substantially uniformly to the surface of a material, removing said stain from said surface so as to create a gradual transition in concentration of said stain, and sealing said surface. Said methods may further comprise the steps of comparing the color of said material to a target color and toning said material until said color of said material matches said target color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Sally Sirkin Lewis
  • Patent number: 8530033
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an external wall panel which is excellent in ornamental design and weather resistance and a coating method for the external wall panel. An external wall panel of the invention comprises a base panel having a three-dimensional ornamental design surface, a lower coating layer formed on the surface of the base panel, a mid-coating layer formed on the lower coating layer, a first clear layer containing beads formed on the mid-coating layer, and a second clear layer made of a transparent layer or semi-transparent layer formed on the first clear layer wherein the second clear layer has a thick film layer portion in the vicinity of a corner edge of a convex portion of the three-dimensional ornamental design surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Nichiha Corporation
    Inventor: Syouzou Ohno
  • Publication number: 20130230653
    Abstract: It has now been determined that a first coating layer may be applied to a substrate by a first coating die in a much thinner layer than its rheological properties and/or surface properties would normally allow. This is accomplished by using a second coating fluid dispensed from a second coating die acting as a “dynamic liquid squeegee” to transport, spread, even, or meter the first coating layer on the substrate by varying a gap between the second coating die and the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: William R. Dudley, William Blake Kolb
  • Publication number: 20130222509
    Abstract: A thermal transfer ribbon comprises a substrate, and a clear thermal transfer coating disposed on one side of the substrate, wherein the clear thermal transfer coating is substantially devoid of pigment material. Also, a method of manufacturing a thermal transfer ribbon for finishing a printed label comprises applying to one major side surface of a substrate a clear thermal transfer coating which is substantially devoid of pigment material. Further, an apparatus comprises a label printer, a thermal transfer printer, and an in-line feeding mechanism which interconnects the label printer and the thermal transfer printer to feed a printed label from the label printer to the thermal transfer printer so that the thermal transfer printer can thermally transfer a clear thermal transfer coating to the printed label to provide a finished label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason L. Lence, Donald Eaton
  • Patent number: 8512808
    Abstract: An integrated composite structure with a graded coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) is formed by selecting a plurality of layers of materials with a graded CTE and using build-up (bottom-up) fabrication approaches such as metal deposition or powder metallurgy to produce a CTE-graded layered composite preform, which is then consolidated and heat treated to create the CTE graded integrated composite billet or near net shape. The integrated composite billet or near net shape is then processed to produce a first surface for attachment of a first structural member having a first CTE and to produce a second surface of for attachment of a second structural member having a second CTE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ali Yousefiani, John M. Comfort, John G. Vollmer, Michael L. Hand
  • Publication number: 20130210553
    Abstract: A golf ball may include one or more structural layers, including an outermost structural layer, and indicia applied in a localized area of the ball. Also, the golf ball may include an intermediate coating applied in the localized area over the indicia, wherein the intermediate coating is formulated to prevent alteration of the indicia by the application of the intermediate coating. The golf ball may further include a top coating applied over the entire ball, including the outermost structural layer and the localized area including the intermediate coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: NIKE, INC.
  • Patent number: 8500230
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing a laminate product comprising at least a laminate layer with a decor sheet, wherein, for forming the laminate layer, at least a decor sheet is formed by providing in a decor application process a decor in the form of a motif on a decor carrier, wherein this decor carrier consists of a continuous material web, wherein the decor is applied by means of one or more digital printers and wherein the global decor during the processing of the material web is controlled in a varying manner, by means of controlling the one or more printers, as a function of varying external data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Bernard Thiers, Laurent Meersseman
  • Publication number: 20130192479
    Abstract: An embossing apparatus comprises an embossing die comprising a printed relief pattern, and a resilient surface for pressing media against the embossing die to emboss features corresponding to the printed relief pattern on the media, in which the printed relief pattern comprises a number of layers of a deposited material, and in which a number of layers of the deposited material closest to the top of the printed relief pattern comprises a deposited material with a relatively lower coefficient of adhesion than layers of the deposited material disposed under the deposited material closest to the top of the printed relief pattern. A printed relief pattern for embossing media comprises a number of preliminary layers, the preliminary layers comprising a first material, and a number of terminal layers, the terminal layers comprising a second material, in which the second material has a lower adhesive coefficient than the first material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Zvika Cohen, Eyal Peleg, Shahar Stein, Itzik Shaul
  • Publication number: 20130192992
    Abstract: An article is provided, the article including a substrate having a surface, a nano-structure array formed on the substrate, the nano-structure array including a plurality of nano-structures extending from the surface of the substrate, and a cover layer formed on and around the nano-structures to anchor the cover layer to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Peter Mardilovich, Anthony M. Fuller, Qingqiao Wei
  • Publication number: 20130196066
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a temperature resistant and fluid impermeable protective glove having front and back panels joined by at least one seam. During manufacture, the glove is dipped into a first thin liquid to coat the exterior surface of the glove. The first liquid penetrates through gaps in the seam and seals those gaps as it solidifies. The first liquid coated glove is then dipped into a second thicker liquid to coat the entire exterior surface including the sealed seam. A third coating may be applied to the interior surface of the glove prior to joining the front and back panels together. The glove may also include an interior liner and an exterior protective member for added comfort and protection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: SUMMIT GLOVE INC.
    Inventor: SUMMIT GLOVE INC.
  • Publication number: 20130189489
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of forming a relief pattern as part of a layered structure and comprising, forming a relief pattern on the surface of a layer of the said structure and subsequently forming a protective fixing layer on at least part of the said relief pattern and serving to protect the underlying relief pattern during any subsequent processing of the said structure, and thereby also provides for a layered structure, generally comprising a substrate having a relief pattern formed on a surface of the substrate and wherein at least a portion of the said relief has been provided with a protective fixing layer serving to retain the characteristics of the relief pattern during any subsequent processing of the structure such as, for example, when forming a laminate structure with the relief pattern provided therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Optaglio S.R.O.
    Inventors: Igor Jermolajev, Libor Kotacka, Tomas Tethal, Robert Dvorak
  • Patent number: 8491965
    Abstract: A method of orienting microphase-separated domains is disclosed, comprising applying a composition comprising an orientation control component, and a block copolymer assembly component comprising a block copolymer having at least two microphase-separated domains in which the orientation control component is substantially immiscible with the block copolymer assembly component upon forming a film; and forming a compositionally vertically segregated film on the surface of the substrate from the composition. The orientation control component and block copolymer segregate during film forming to form the compositionally vertically-segregated film on the surface of a substrate, where the orientation control component is enriched adjacent to the surface of the compositionally segregated film adjacent to the surface of the substrate, and the block copolymer assembly is enriched at an air-surface interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joy Cheng, Ho-Cheol Kim, Daniel P. Sanders, Linda Sundberg
  • Patent number: 8475871
    Abstract: A building board, in particular of wooden material, plastic or a mixture of wooden material and plastic, with a top side and an underside and side edges. A polyurethane layer is applied at least on the top side. A decorative layer imitating a natural material is applied onto the polyurethane layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Flooring Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Frank Oldorff
  • Publication number: 20130164447
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a material of energy product includes sufficiently stirring and mixing a naturally-mixed rare earth mineral of 25%-35% with a water-soluble essence of 65%-75% to form a base material for printing; setting up a print plate on a screen printing machine to carry out printing of the base material, followed by baking and drying, in a layer by layer manner with each layer being of a thickness of 0.04 mm; and repeating the steps of printing and baking and drying for several times to form an energy product material of an increased thickness that is applicable to decorations, textiles, personal daily commodities, and rehabilitation articles to provide a user with protection against adverse influences caused by positive ions, maintain natural balance of the body of the user, and facilitate blood circulation of the body of the user to thus improve metabolism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: LIANG-HAO WEI
  • Publication number: 20130164472
    Abstract: A housing includes a transparent substrate, a first ink layer formed on a surface of the substrate, and a metallic layer formed on the first ink layer. The first ink layer is at least translucent. The density of the first ink layer is gradually changed on the substrate. A method for making the housing is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicants: FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED, SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: XU LIU, DA-HUA CAO