Collapsible Article (e.g., Jointed, Elastic, Etc.) Patents (Class 428/12)
  • Patent number: 10691068
    Abstract: A mobile hologram apparatus is disclosed. An example apparatus includes a sheet folded along preformed creases into a pyramid structure configured to be actuated between a compressed state and an uncompressed state. The pyramid structure has a base section and a top section connected by four side sections. The pyramid structure in the compressed state has a height that is less than 1/10th the height of the pyramid structure in the uncompressed state. The apparatus also includes an elastic band connected to a perimeter of the base section of the pyramid structure and configured to cause the pyramid structure to self-actuate from the compressed state to the uncompressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: VIRTUAL MARKETING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Matthew Steven Murphy, Jacob W. Beckley
  • Patent number: 10190629
    Abstract: A structure generally comprising a support structure with a rotating form is disclosed. The support structure may be an upright tube or other shape, and the rotating form may be a ring or other shape configured with the tube. Holes may be in the outer circumference of the tube and in the inner circumference of the opening of the ring. Pressurized air may pass into the tube and out its holes, and then into the ring. In this way, the air may apply a lift to the ring and may minimize friction between the tube and the ring, thus allowing it to rotate freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Sarmen Bagumyan, Arthur Bagumyan, Andranik Andy Bagumyan
  • Patent number: 10184249
    Abstract: An expandable panel, constructed such that the expandable panel can at least expand in at least one direction, includes a panel having a front face and rear face bordered by side edges, end edges and a thickness dimension extending between the front and rear faces and includes discretely spaced cuts extending from the front face to the rear face or rear to front face. The cuts form bridging members between living hinges and are elongate and extend in a spaced longitudinal manner including at least one cut forming a side of the expandable panel located on one side of the cut, and at least two cuts located on a side of the expandable panel. The at least one cut on side and the other cuts on side together forming at least one pair of lines being substantially parallel, offset mirror images of each other and being intermeshed but not touching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AUTEX INDUSTRIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Jonathan Seymour Mountfort, Luke Clifford Walker
  • Patent number: 10131125
    Abstract: A method of forming three-dimensional composite comprising steps of: (a) manufacturing at least one shaping member; (b) fitting each of the at least one shaping member on each of at least one mold; (c) adhering at least one connection sheet on said each shaping member so as to form each of at least one semi-finished product; (d) fixing said each semi-finished product in a cavity; and (e) heating said each semi-finished product and vacuuming the cavity. Said shaping member has at least one orifice and covers said each mold, and each connection sheet has a substrate and an adhesive layer, a melting point of the adhesive layer is less than the substrate. Said each semi-finished product in the cavity is heated until the adhesive layer melts, and the cavity is vacuumed so that the adhesive layer penetrates into said each shaping member, thus producing a three-dimensional finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CHAEI HSIN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shui Mu Wang
  • Patent number: 10109816
    Abstract: A display unit includes a display panel and a first protective sheet. The display panel has a light-emitting surface. The first protective sheet is provided on the light-emitting surface. The first protective sheet provided in the display unit includes a first impact dispersion layer, a first strain relaxation layer, and a gel-like first impact absorption layer. The first impact dispersion layer has a pencil hardness of 3H or higher. The first strain relaxation layer has flexural strength and tensile strength both higher than the flexural strength and the tensile strength of the first impact dispersion layer. The gel-like first impact absorption layer has a thickness of a submillimeter order or more. The first impact absorption layer, the first strain relaxation layer, and the first impact dispersion layer are arranged in this order from the light-emitting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: JOLED Inc.
    Inventors: Takahiro Seki, Michitoshi Tsuchiya, Makoto Noda
  • Patent number: 9983424
    Abstract: A foldable display device comprises a display panel; and a backplate on a surface of the display panel, the backplate including a folding region and unfolding regions at both sides of the folding region, the backplate including at least two opening patterns in the folding region that are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-Woo Kim, Gee-Sung Chae, Joo-Hye Park, Noh-Jin Myung, Seung-Hee Lee, Sang-Hak Shin, Tae-Hyeong Kwak
  • Patent number: 9878261
    Abstract: A toy flowerpot with a movable toy flower includes a battery to power a mechanism in the toy flower. The flower includes the parts of a stem, sepal, petals and a front flower face around which the petals are mounted, at least one of which parts is a reactive part. A mechanism moves one or more parts of the flower; and includes an actuator with a magnet and electromagnetic coil with the flower. A signal receiver or sensor of changes causes at least one of movement of the flower parts. A microprocessor processes the signal or sensed change and generates instructions to change the operation of the electromagnetic coil in response to the signal or sensed change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: DONGGUAN SILVERLIT TOYS, CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Choi Kei Fung
  • Patent number: 9809012
    Abstract: A flexible display device includes: a display panel to generate an image; and a window member on the display panel, the window member including: a base film; and a polymer layer including a first part and a plurality of second parts having lower hardness than that of the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lei Xie
  • Patent number: 9645561
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for optimizing a value of a dispensing parameter of a product dispenser based at least in part on product usage data. The dispensing parameter may include any suitable adjustable parameter of the product dispenser including, but not limited to, a dispense duration, a volume of product (e.g., a shot size), a sheet length, a capability of a user sensor to distinguish between genuine and false triggers of the sensor, a delay setting that specifies a delay time between successive dispenses, or the like. The value of the dispensing parameter may be optimized to align an actual performance outcome with a target performance outcome. The target performance outcome may include, for example, minimizing product usage per user, maximizing user sensor reliability (e.g., a percentage of dispenses that occur in response to genuine user-initiated triggering events), and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Brian Scott Borke, Antonio Michael Cittadino, David Warren Murphy
  • Patent number: 9427676
    Abstract: A curvilinear tetrahedral enhanced building block may be formed. The block may include sigmoid or reverse sigmoid curve edges, and may include curved vertices. The shape various planes or vertices of the block may be selected or adjusted to exert a force against a surrounding viscous medium. The block may include a conductive element configured to generate an electrostatic field, and may include a magnetic element configured to generate a magnetic field. The block may be configured to conduct electricity to a surrounding dielectric fluid, and the block's generation of a magnetic field may induce magnetohydrodynamic motion within the dielectric fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: T. Dashon Howard
  • Publication number: 20150140236
    Abstract: An articulated modular doormat is composed of a series of identical transversal modules mutually connected with means that allow both for translation and rotation between adjacent modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: THE WHEEL WORKS (PVT) LTD.
    Inventor: Sauro Rosolani
  • Publication number: 20150099617
    Abstract: An intermediate product for making bag closures wherein an elongated substrate has formed on it a pair of elongated attachment lanes having complementary fastening elements to provide an attachable-detachable closure. The lanes extend parallel and are spaced apart. A perforation line is formed in the substrate between the lanes. The tape is folded by being pulled through a slot along the perforation line to place said lanes in face-to-face engagement. The product is used in a method for making bags or pouches and on a machine modified to seal partially one side of the closure to one side of the mouth of bags or pouches being made and to seal completely the other side of the closure to the other side of the bag of pouch mouth. The perforation is separated to separate the lanes and create an attachable-detachable closure. Interlocking projections can be included in the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: James F. PEASE
  • Patent number: 8962110
    Abstract: A cross device may include a bottom wall, a first sidewall being pivotably connected to the bottom wall, a second sidewall being pivotably connected to the bottom wall, a third sidewall being pivotably connected to the bottom wall, a fourth sidewall being pivotably connected to the bottom wall, and a top wall being pivotably connected to the first sidewall. The cross device may be movable between a first position in the form of a cross and a second position in the form of a rectangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Julian Garcia
  • Patent number: 8941833
    Abstract: An optical reader for interrogating an optical analyte sensor includes a housing, comprising in its interior: at least one light source, a detector, and a programmable logic device. The housing has a registration feature configured to align the optical reader with an optical analyte sensor. Methods for confirming alignment of such optical readers are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kiran S. Kanukurthy, Neal A. Rakow
  • Publication number: 20150004334
    Abstract: A foldable transparent composite cover window, a manufacturing method therefore, and a display device including the foldable transparent composite cover window are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Byeong-Soo BAE, Gwang-Mun CHOI, Ji-Hoon KO
  • Publication number: 20140377480
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cover for an airline tray table. Specifically, the invention relates to an airline tray table cover that provides a sanitary cover that can be reversibly fitted to an airline tray table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Elizabeth Davino, Stacy Weber
  • Publication number: 20140377481
    Abstract: Copolymers having a substantially heterogeneous composition distribution and strong UV absorption comprise the direct reaction product of an isoolefin and at least one terpene having the molecular formulae of (C5H8)n where n is equal to or greater than two, and optionally additional monomers. More specifically, the invention relates to copolymers of isobutylene and alloocimene that exhibit thermoplastic elastomeric properties and exhibit strong filler interaction. The present invention also relates to methods for producing copolymers of at least one isoolefin and at least one terepene by a two-phase living polymerization that produces a substantially linear diblock, triblock, and multiblock copolymer having substantially heterogeneous distribution of the isoolefin and terpene units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
    Inventors: Judit E. Puskas, Gabor Kaszas
  • Publication number: 20140370206
    Abstract: An inflatable structural component having a longitudinal first braided material layer and a longitudinal second braided material layer each forming a panel having a width-wise dimension transverse to a length-wise direction of the component bounded by first and second longitudinal edges along the length-wise direction of the component, the first and second braided material layers enveloping at least a portion of an inflatable longitudinal bladder, the first and second braided material layers arranged such that the first longitudinal edges of the first and second braided material layers are approximately aligned and connected together along a first side of the bladder and the second longitudinal edges of the first and second braided material layers are approximately aligned and connected together along a second side of the bladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew A. Head, Michael S. Braley, Victor M. Ivers
  • Publication number: 20140363590
    Abstract: A fabric decoration comprised of an outer casing of material having a slit opening, and a trim material attached to either side of the slit opening. The outer casing is composed of a textured or layered material, where layered is comprised of a base material on which one or more other materials are attached by some means, like embroidery, creating a material with more depth than the base material. The outer casing encapsulates a balloon of stretchable material having an air passage stem, which when unconfined is capable of being inflated to assume the predetermined shape of the outer casing. In its deflated state, the balloon is inserted into the outer casing through the slit opening. The trim material on either side of the slit opening can be used for various display purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Tracey Lynn Gianakas
  • Publication number: 20140329034
    Abstract: According to the invention, an extendable member is disclosed. The extendable member may include a structure having a first state and a second state. The structure may be deformable between the first state and the second state. In the first state the structure may include a compact form. In the second state the structure may include a hollow longeron having a slit along the entire length of the hollow longeron. One or both longitudinal edges along the slit of the hollow longeron may have lateral protrusions. The lateral protrusions of a longitudinal edge may act in such a way with the other edge, and possibly its protrusions, to at least partially inhibit relative motion of the edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Taylor, Dana Turse, Larry G. Adams, Mark Reavis, Doug Richardson
  • Publication number: 20140314970
    Abstract: A three dimensional visual display device kit made of paper or plastic materials, comprising a multitude of interchangeable stemmed panels of varying shaft lengths and shapes for user to insert into a decorative collapsible base structure that houses a foam-like material for anchoring stemmed image panels. Said stemmed panels having printed graphics and visual enhancements. A support structure attached to top of base structure with multiple slits to stabilize, space and support upright angled stemmed panels. To be assembled into a free standing three-dimensional arrangement of blooming panels that can be viewed from multiple angles like a bouquet of flowers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Lou George Patrou, John Dallas Phelps
  • Publication number: 20140295110
    Abstract: The present invention provides for the first time a foldable structure comprising a resilient frame and a coiling-assist assembly for facilitating coiling the resilient frame while folding. The coiling-assist assembly comprises a releasable grasp coupled to the resilient frame at a pre-determined first location. The releasable grasp temporarily holds the resilient frame in a first folding configuration, whereby the pre-determined second location of the resilient frame is diametrically opposed to the pre-determined first location of the resilient frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: William Coleman Lay
  • Publication number: 20140262624
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a device that is comprised of a flexible material and a roll mechanism associated with the flexible material. A bistable resilient member maintains the flexible material flat due to a tension force within the body of the bistable resilient member in a first stable state, and maintains the flexible material to a rolled-up, bundled closed position after the tension force within the body of the bistable resilient member is fully released (the second stable state). Further, the bistable resilient member compels the flexible material to a self-roll-up motion (during a transition state) while a tension force within the body of the bistable resilient member is released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ARHO Innovations
    Inventor: Aaron Thornton
  • Publication number: 20140205772
    Abstract: A circularly folding display stand that includes a plurality of sector-like partitioned, that can be compressed into storage mode by folding the partitions together to minimize sector area, and can be opened into a display mode by opening the partitions to maximize sector area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: OREN SITTON
  • Publication number: 20140134355
    Abstract: An air-impermeable fabric is disclosed. The air-impermeable fabric has a fabric substrate, which may also be referred to as a base fabric. Disposed over the fabric substrate is a barrier layer comprising a polymer binder and at least 20 weight percent graphene nanoplatelets, based on the total weight of the barrier layer. A barrier underlayer, which may or may not also include graphene nanoplatelets, is disposed between the fabric substrate and the barrier layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Anthony M. Mazany
  • Publication number: 20140134354
    Abstract: An air-impermeable fabric is disclosed. The air-impermeable fabric has a fabric substrate, which may also be referred to as a base fabric. Disposed over the fabric substrate is a barrier layer comprising a polymer binder and at least 20 weight percent graphene nanoplatelets, based on the total weight of the barrier layer. A barrier underlayer, which may or may not also include graphene nanoplatelets, is disposed between the fabric substrate and the barrier layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Anthony M. Mazany
  • Publication number: 20140106090
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for printing on balloons where the priming of the balloons to receive print is substantially free of bubbles, the system comprising locally applying to a balloon external surface or to a balloon precursor sheet in a defined, limited area one of: a) a pre-shaped self adhesive label comprising a layer of primer that is adhesive-backed; b) a coating of primer that will be formed into the external surface area of a balloon wherein the remaining external surface area of the balloon is coated with a primer repellent material; c) a coating of primer by a silk screen process wherein the applied primer is subjected to a partial vacuum to draw air out from the coating and/or is subjected to the action of a roller or scraper that is held or pressed lightly against the coating to squeeze air from the coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Aamer Shams
  • Patent number: 8697202
    Abstract: A polygonal sheet and a 3D structure formed therefrom, the polygonal sheet having a shape of an annulus sector comprising a first row and a second row, each comprising at least three panels. The 3D structure is formed by folding the sheet along the articulation between the first row and the second row, giving rise to a ridge when in an erect configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Tea and Lemon Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Levkovitch, Anat Stein, Hadas Kruk
  • Publication number: 20140065326
    Abstract: A foldable display device includes a flexible display panel and a cover window on an outside of the flexible display panel. The cover window includes a foldable region between plane regions that are on opposite sides of the cover window, and the plane regions have a first hardness and the foldable region has a second hardness that is smaller than the first hardness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Kyu-Taek LEE, Hak-Sun KIM, Akira HIRAI, Tae-Hyeog JUNG
  • Publication number: 20140014249
    Abstract: Embodiments include inflatable articles that include an interior surface adapted for being in contact with the inflation gas, the interior surface coated with a parylene barrier. The parylene barrier may be formed of parylene N, parylene C, parylene D, another substituted parylene or combinations thereof. In particular embodiments, the inflatable article is a tire. Other embodiments include inflatable articles having composite layers, wherein at least two of the composite layers include surfaces that interface with one another and a parylene coating applied to at least one of the interfacing surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicants: MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A., COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventor: Brian R. Bergman
  • Publication number: 20140004278
    Abstract: A single wall airbeam constructed of a single layer material including a core of polyester fabric having a coating of adhesive on each surface of the polyester layer. A thin polyester film is applied to one of the adhesive layers. First and second polyurethane layers are applied to the other adhesive layer. The first polyurethane layer is a thicker, higher melt point polyurethane layer that may or may not be coated in a fire retardant material. The second polyurethane layer is a thinner, polyurethane layer having a lower melting point. An airbeam is constructed using one or more pieces of the fabric and heat sealing or welding the one or more polyurethane layers of fabric at seams, when the one or more layers are placed in a confronting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Nemo Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Cam Brensinger, Suzanne Turrell, Connie Yang
  • Publication number: 20130337198
    Abstract: An interactive whiteboard system that can be put on a desk or a floor surface is implemented. A reflection frame-equipped sheet in accordance with the present invention has a flexible sheet, and a retroreflective frame(s) that is/are fixed to given one side or given two opposite sides of the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: HITACHI SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Ueda
  • Publication number: 20130302540
    Abstract: An article such as a greeting card (10) comprising a sheet (11) defining at least one central portion (16) and at least one versatile portion (18) connected together via at least one fold (20). The central portion (16) has two opposing edges (26, 28) adapted to be drawn together to create a three-dimensional form. The fold (20) is located at a junction of the central portion (16) and versatile portion (18). These portions (16, 18) are foldably connected together whereby the versatile portion (18) can be folded and adapted for location adjacent to or at an angle to the three-dimensional form, and may be secured at that location. The greeting card (10) may further comprise numerous engagement means (30, 32), apertures (38) and cords (39). The greeting card (10) can be delivered in a collapsed condition and can be readily assembled into a three-dimensional form revealing the ingenuity of the card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Barbara Jean Vinecombe
  • Patent number: 8579183
    Abstract: A container for storage and shipping of objects includes a lid assembly having two configurations and an open-top box. In the first configuration the container can be loaded with objects for storage or collection while limiting physical and visual access to the contents of the box and in the second configuration, the container is sealed for shipping. The lid assembly contains side flaps which may be used to stabilize the lid assembly in the first configuration, and in the second configuration, secure the lid assembly to the open-top box. Preferably, the container is formed from one contiguous blank. The blank is preferably made of corrugated cardboard but may be formed from any substantially rigid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Call2Recycle, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Belfort, Gilberto Lopez, Robert McCaffery, Carl Smith, Cheryl Lofrano-Zaske, Linda Gabor
  • Publication number: 20130295301
    Abstract: Disclosed is an airbag module comprising a polyester airbag and a gas inflator, where the gas inflator provides a gas temperature that does not exceed the critical gas temperature of the polyester airbag. This design allows for the substitution of polyester airbags for nylon airbags in side curtain airbag modules and other airbag deployment applications, where the gas inflator temperature does not exceed the critical gas temperature. Also disclosed is a method that will facilitate the matching of specific polyester fabrics with gas inflators to create an airbag module that will not suffer catastrophic failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas E. Schmitt, Todd C. Barnes
  • Publication number: 20130287971
    Abstract: A lightweight, arm supported wing creature prop designed to be attached to the user's arm or wrist. The prop is made flexible, or semi-flexible foam designed to be folded into a compact configuration on one arm and then selectively unfolded and displayed on the arm. In one embodiment, the prop includes a wrist wrap with thumb and finger openings. Mounted on the dorsal side wrist wrap is a wing assembly with an intermediate section and two wings that extend laterally on opposite sides of the intermediate section. Also attached to the wrist wrap or to the wing assembly is a tail panel designed to simulate the tail of a wing creature. The wing assembly is made of foam material that sufficiently flexible so the wings may wrap around the user's wrist and held with a strap. In a second embodiment, the wrist wrap is replaced by a strap attached at one end to the wing assembly and extends under the user's wrist or palm and connects with a strut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Dennis Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20130287952
    Abstract: The invention describes a method of printing onto a balloon that includes the steps of: coating the printable outer surface of a balloon with a primer material; attaching the balloon about a supporting substrate to form a balloon blank; flattening the printable outer surface of the balloon on the upper surface of the substrate; attaching a first tab on a first end of the balloon blank; attaching a second tab on a second end opposite the first end of the balloon blank; applying the balloon blank to a printer, via the first tab, which in use prints a first image onto the printable surface; and moving the balloon blank back through the printer via the second tab, which in use prints a second image onto the printable surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Aamer Shams, Kazveen Aamer
  • Publication number: 20130276213
    Abstract: An airbag (20) for protecting the head of a user in case of an accident is hereby presented. The airbag comprises an inflatable inner bag (21, 40, 50, 60) surrounded by an outer bag (22), wherein the structure of the outer bag (22) defines the shape of the airbag (20) when the inner bag (21) is inflated, and wherein said inner bag (21, 40, 50, 60) comprises a plurality of elongate first chambers (28, 29, 210, 211, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 65, 66, 69, 610, 611, 612, 613, 614), each of which elongate first chambers forms a head protective part when inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: HOVDING SVERIGE AB
    Inventors: Dick Olsson, Ulf Sellergren
  • Publication number: 20130280444
    Abstract: Disclosed is a side curtain airbag and an airbag system including the same. The side curtain airbag according to the present invention comprises an inflating part having gas inflation, a non-inflating part supporting the inflating part, and an adhered part constituting a boundary between the inflating part and the non-inflating part. The adhered part is coated with a seam sealant and sewed. The initial maximum pressure of the inflating part is 40 kPa or more when injecting a gas therein with an instant pressure of at least 10 bar, and the pressure after 6 seconds is 25 kPa or more. The side curtain airbag may optimize to apply the method of seam sealant coating and sewing on the adhered part constituting a boundary between the inflating part and the non-inflating part. Thus, it can keep the internal gas pressure of the airbag to the extent of protecting passengers safely at rollover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Jae-Hyung KIM, Hee-Jun KIM, Jung-Hoon YOUN, Sang-Kil LEE, Dong-Jin KWAK, Ki-Jeong KIM, Sang-Mok LEE
  • Patent number: 8563098
    Abstract: An inflatable article is provided with a layer impermeable to inflation gases. The layer has an elastomer composition that includes at least, as a predominant elastomer by weight, a thermoplastic styrene (TPS) elastomer and a platy filler. The platy filler has an equivalent diameter (Dv (0.5)) of between 20 and 45 micrometers, and has a shape factor (F) greater than 65.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: Vincent Abad, Emmanuel Custodero, Vincent Lemal
  • Patent number: 8534538
    Abstract: A carton for containing a product. The carton comprises a back panel, a front panel, a bottom panel, and a top flap. A first compartment is foldably connected to the back panel, and a second compartment is foldably connected to the front panel. The top flap is operable to overlap the first and second compartments of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Publication number: 20130230671
    Abstract: An internal tensioning structure for use in an inflatable product fulfills the basic function of maintaining two adjacent inflatable surfaces in a desired geometric arrangement when the inflatable product is pressurized. The tensioning structure is formed by connecting a pair of plastic strips sheets via spaced-apart strands, such as strings or wires. When pulled taut, the strands provide a high tensile strength between the two opposed plastic strips. At the same time, the plastic strips facilitate a strong, long-lasting weld between the tensioning structure and the inflatable product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: INTEX RECREATION CORP.
    Inventors: Hua Hsiang Lin, Yaw Yuan Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130230670
    Abstract: An internal tensioning structure for use in an inflatable product fulfills the basic function of maintaining two adjacent inflatable surfaces in a desired geometric arrangement when the inflatable product is pressurized. The tensioning structure is formed by connecting a pair of plastic strips sheets via spaced-apart strands, such as strings or wires. When pulled taut, the strands provide a high tensile strength between the two opposed plastic strips. At the same time, the plastic strips facilitate a strong, long-lasting weld between the tensioning structure and the inflatable product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: INTEX RECREATION CORP.
    Inventors: Hua Hsiang Lin, Yaw Yuan Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130205505
    Abstract: An expandable structure is manufactured using sheets of thermoplastic material sealed together. The expandable structure has a concertina pattern on its sides that allows the structure to expand and collapse like an accordion. The concertina pattern is cut into the sheets of material rather than being folded into the material to speed up the manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Robert J. Mileti
  • Publication number: 20130196087
    Abstract: Mandrels of various configuration, and action, including collapsible mandrels, to be used in forming composite articles with preselected three dimensional shapes and construction are disclosed and described. In one aspect, such a mandrel may have a plurality of discrete segments coupled about a longitudinal axis and collectively forming an enclosure with a substantially continuous exterior working surface. The working surface can have a network of intersecting grooves formed therein, and such grooves can cooperatively establish a substantially continuous interconnected lattice corresponding to the three dimensional geometric configuration to be imparted to a composite article formed. The mandrel may optionally include a removable core assembly to aid in collapse of the mandrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Sigma-Tek, LLC
    Inventor: Sigma-Tek, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130196085
    Abstract: Elastomer composition having a self-sealing property which can be used in particular as puncture-resistant layer in an inflatable article, based on at least (phr meaning parts by weight per 100 parts of solid elastomer): a solid unsaturated diene elastomer; between 30 and 90 phr of a hydrocarbon resin; from 0 to less than 30 phr of filler; between 0.5 and 15 phr of thiuram polysulphide. Inflatable article, such as a tire, provided with a puncture-resistant layer comprising a composition according to the invention; the puncture-resistant layer is advantageously used in combination with an airtight layer, for example based on butyl rubber or TPS elastomer, in order to form, in the inflatable article, an airtight and puncture-resistant laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicants: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A., COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Bozena Voge, José Carlos Araujo Da Silva, Jose Merino Lopez
  • Publication number: 20130196086
    Abstract: A pneumatic object is provided with a layer that is airtight to inflation gases. The layer includes an elastomer composition having at least a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), as a sole elastomer or as a predominant elastomer by weight, and a hydrocarbon resin. A glass transition temperature of the hydrocarbon resin is above 0° C. The TPE is a copolymer that includes at least a central polyisobutylene block. Optionally, the elastomer composition includes an extender oil. Also optionally, the elastomer composition includes a platy filler selected from a group that includes graphites and phyllosilicates, such as micas, clays, and talcs. The pneumatic object may be an inner tube or a pneumatic tyre for a motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicants: MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A., COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Vincent Abad, Marc Greiveldinger
  • Publication number: 20130186320
    Abstract: There is discussed a sail apparatus having a sail with one or more battens. A furling system varies the area of deployed sail between a furled state and an unfurled state by rotating the sail about the leading edge. At least one batten comprises a single extendible sheet member operable to switch between a rigid three-dimensional longitudinal state and a coiled planar state, such that a deployed portion of said at least one batten is in said rigid, three-dimensional longitudinal state and a furled portion of said at least one batten is in a coiled planar state. The batten is resiliently baised towards the leading edge of the sail, while allowing movement of the batten towards the trailing edge of the sail during furling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Primrose Fry Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Primrose Fry Technologies Limited
  • Publication number: 20130095257
    Abstract: A surfactant composition is provided. The composition comprises (A) an acetylenediol ethoxylate capped by a glycidyl ether represented by the following structural formula (I): wherein R1 is hydrogen atom, or a C1-6 straight chain, branched or cyclic alkyl group, R2 is a C1-12 straight chain, branched or cyclic alkyl group, R3 is —CH2OR4, R4 is a C2-30 straight chain, branched or cyclic alkyl group, alkenyl group, aryl group, or aralkyl group, n, m, p, and q are a positive number with the average of (n+m) being 1 to 100, and the average of (p+q) being 0.5 to 5), and (B) a silicone surfactant. The coating solution prepared by blending the surfactant composition of the present invention can be coated without causing inconsistency since it does not experience foaming when coated on the rubber article, and industrially advantageous production of a rubber article with non-sticky surface is thereby enabled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicants: SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD., NISSIN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: NISSIN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD., SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130088056
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an airbag system formed of a plurality of tubular structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: ZODIAC AEROSPACE
    Inventors: Frederic QUATANENS, Jeremy CAILLETEAU