Including Nonapertured Component Patents (Class 428/138)
  • Patent number: 10807345
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a construction material, to a method for preparing a construction material, and to the use of a construction material. The construction material of the invention comprises a perforated sheet of metal and on at least one side of the perforated sheet of metal a thermoplastic layer comprising poly(vinyl butyrate), wherein said thermoplastic layer has i) a modulus of elasticity as measured according to ISO 527 of 0.6-2.0 MPa, preferably in the range of 0.8-1.8 MPa, ii) a shore A hardness as measured according to ISO 7619-1 in the range of 25-65, preferably in the range of 35-50, and iii) an elongation at break as measured according to ISO 527 of 250-400%, preferably 275-375%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Redeahold Apeldoorn B.V.
    Inventors: Lawrence Fabian Batenburg, Henricus Johannes Maria Van Tilburg
  • Patent number: 10811162
    Abstract: Provided are method for healing defect of conductive layer, method for forming metal-carbon compound layer, 2D nano materials, and transparent electrode and method for manufacturing the same. According to an embodiment of present invention, the method for healing defect of conductive layer comprises: forming a conductive layer on a first metal substrate; contacting the first metal substrate with a salt solution containing a second metal in an ionic form, and forming a second metal particle at least in a portion of a conductive area, the second metal having greater reduction potential than a first metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Yonsei University, Incheon University Industry Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Taeyoon Lee, Jong Hyun Ahn, Juree Hong, Jae-Bok Lee, Han-Bo-Ram Lee
  • Patent number: 10792870
    Abstract: The application relates to a process for forming a nonwoven composite. The process includes forming a lofty nonwoven layer, obtaining a thermoplastic polymer, and applying the thermoplastic polymer to the second surface of the nonwoven layer, where the thermoplastic polymer is in the form of a molten polymer, semi-molten polymer, or solid film. Next, pressure and optionally heat is applied to the nonwoven layer and thermoplastic polymer, where the thermoplastic polymer and the second surface of the nonwoven layer are subjected to a textured surface forming a plurality of peak regions and a plurality of valley regions in the second surface of the nonwoven layer and embedding a portion of the primary fibers from the nonwoven layer into the thermoplastic polymer within the valley regions. The thermoplastic polymer is cooled forming a thermoplastic film and the nonwoven layer which together form the nonwoven composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Sara A. Arvidson, Ryan W. Johnson, Randolph S. Kohlman, Patrick A. Petri
  • Patent number: 10772472
    Abstract: A loofah includes an inner core and an outer portion. The inner core includes a natural material. The outer portion includes a natural material. A water absorbency of the inner core is less than a water absorbency of the outer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: XAMAX INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Martin Weinberg
  • Patent number: 10779067
    Abstract: A grille configured for shielding a microphone cavity. The grille includes a first side. The first side includes a first plurality of parallel slats defining a first plurality of channels extending along a first direction. The grille includes a second side opposite the first side. The second side includes a second plurality of parallel slats defining a second plurality of channels extending along a second direction at a first angle relative to the first direction. The first plurality of parallel slats and the second plurality of parallel slats define a lattice having a plurality of openings extending through the grille. The openings are configured to diffuse air moving across the lattice. The channels and slats are configured to induce capillary action on water coming in contact with the lattice to drain water from the openings and the microphone cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles B. Harmke, Oleg G. Harizanov, Geng Xiang Lee, Kuang Eng Lim, Michael Page, William Robertson
  • Patent number: 10723098
    Abstract: A composite sandwich panel comprises a top layer, a bottom layer, and a honeycomb core layer sandwiched between the top layer and the bottom layer. The honeycomb core layer includes an array of hollow cells formed between vertical walls. This array of hollow cells is recessed in the form of a channel network running from a first side face of the sandwich panel through the honeycomb core layer to a second side face, opposite to the first side face of the sandwich panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Nabankele Martial Somda, Inge Sanders, Bastian Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10710335
    Abstract: A sheet component in layered construction, having a supporting body bounded by two flat sides and at least one cover ply bonded by a mineral type of adhesive layer to the supporting body on the latter's flat side. The cover ply has an air transmission rate between 6.0 and 21 l/dm2/min in the uninstalled state, while the adhesive layer bonded to the cover ply forms a watertight composite. The composite forms a barrier to the still uncured particles of adhesive and ensures that the air is capable of escaping through the structure of the cover ply not only during the step of laying on the cover ply but also in the early curing process of the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: wedi GmbH
    Inventor: Stephan Wedi
  • Patent number: 10703068
    Abstract: A fiber-bound engineered material is provided that imparts an intended characteristic at an intended relative location. A fiber layer is entangled with additional fibers in a manner to create a non-uniform engineered material. The lack of uniformity of a fiber-bound engineered material may be accomplished through manipulation of the fibers and/or through fiber binding a scrim. The fiber layer binds with additional fibers through entanglement such that a mechanical connection between the entangled fibers is provided. This entanglement allows the fibers to bind without supplemental adhesives, interlacing, or connections. Variations in the fibers and/or inclusion of scrim materials prior to entanglement allows for an intended characteristic (e.g., a functional characteristic) at an intended relative location (e.g., a position determined by an article to be formed therefrom).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Pamela S. Greene, Bruce J. Kilgore, Thomas J. Rushbrook
  • Patent number: 10687986
    Abstract: A wound closure device and a method of its use are disclosed. The wound closure device comprises a wound closure strip, the wound closure strip comprising a wound-facing side and a top side, the wound-facing side comprises an adhesive applied over at least a portion of the wound facing side of the wound closure strip and a non-symmetric, two-part release liner assembly detachably adhered to the adhesive, the release liner assembly comprising a first section and a second section with the second section comprising a wound closure strip-free portion forming a tab. In an alternate embodiment, the device is multi-segmented and the wound closure strip may be coextensive with the release liner assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Julian Quintero
  • Patent number: 10676351
    Abstract: A NEMS device structure and a method for forming the same are provided. The NEMS device structure includes a substrate and an interconnect structure formed over the substrate. The NEMS device structure includes a dielectric layer formed over the interconnect structure and a beam structure formed in and over the dielectric layer, wherein the beam structure includes a plurality of strip structures. The NEMS device structure includes a cap structure formed over the dielectric layer and the beam structure and a cavity formed between the beam structure and the cap structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsin-Ping Chen, Carlos H. Diaz, Ken-Ichi Goto, Shau-Lin Shue, Tai-I Yang
  • Patent number: 10668991
    Abstract: A mat storage system including a shaft that is configured to be coupled to a mat. The shaft is configured to rotate to wrap the mat around the shaft. The mat is preferably inflatable, and a motor is preferably coupled to the shaft for rotating the shaft. The mat storage system is preferably used with a watercraft, and the shaft is preferably coupled to a portion of the watercraft. The shaft is preferably positioned in a mat compartment, and the mat compartment is preferably positioned adjacent a stern of the watercraft. The mat compartment is preferably defined by a deck of the watercraft and positioned beneath at least a portion of a floor of the deck. The mat compartment is preferably sized for receiving an inflatable mat that is deflated and wrapped around the shaft. A method for using the mat storage system is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: COBALT BOATS, LLC
    Inventors: Brett L. Champlin, Michael J. Turner, Timothy W. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10633775
    Abstract: Deformed web materials are disclosed. The web materials have discrete deformations formed therein. The deformations may be features in the form of portions of a web with apertures therein, protrusions, depressed areas, and combinations thereof. These features may extend out from the surface on one side of the web, or from both of the surfaces of the web. Different features may be intermixed with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Lee Hammons, Jill Marlene Orr, John Joseph Curro, John Brian Strube, Keith Joseph Stone
  • Patent number: 10600726
    Abstract: A leadframe includes first and second surfaces, a plurality of leads, and a hole-defining wall unit including a plurality of first-hole defining walls each defining a first through hole and a plurality of second-hole defining walls each defining a second through hole. Each of the first and second through holes is formed between two adjacent ones of the leads. Each of the first hole-defining walls has top and bottom edges respectively forming arcuate and burr regions with the first and surfaces at junctions therebetween. Each of the second hole-defining walls has top and bottom edges respectively forming burr and arcuate regions with the first and second surfaces at junctions therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: CHANG WAH TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chia-Neng Huang
  • Patent number: 10583051
    Abstract: A method of creating a topsheet for an absorbent article is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: obtaining a pre-cursor web of material, the pre-cursor web of material having a first surface and an opposing second surface, wherein the pre-cursor web of material is a composite or laminate web having a first layer and a second layer, wherein the first layer is a film and the second layer is a nonwoven material having a plurality of fibers; forming a first plurality of apertures having sidewalls extending in a first direction from the pre-cursor web of material; forming a second plurality of apertures having sidewalls extending in a second direction from the pre-cursor material, wherein the first direction and the second direction are different; and forming a plurality of embossments in the pre-cursor web of material, wherein the embossments are oriented in a third direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hugh Joseph O'Donnell, Robert Haines Turner, Vincent Sean Breidenbach, Douglas Herrin Benson, Timothy Ian Mullane, Karen Denise McAffry, John Lee Hammons, Kelyn Anne Arora
  • Patent number: 10557061
    Abstract: An adhesive tape including a particular foam base is provided. An average bubble diameter in a machine direction (MD) and an average bubble diameter in a cross-machine direction (CD) of the foam base are each 150 ?m or less, the ratio of the average bubble diameter in the machine direction/an average bubble diameter in a vertical direction (VD) and the ratio of the average bubble diameter in the cross-machine direction/the average bubble diameter in the vertical direction are each 6 or less, and the foam base has an interlaminar strength of 20 N/cm or more. With this adhesive tape, good followability to an adherend and excellent impact resistance can be realized. The adhesive tape of the present invention can be suitably used in portable electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and game machines, whose screen size has been increasing and for which a requirement for flexible design is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: DIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Komatsuzaki, Takeshi Iwasaki, Hideaki Takei
  • Patent number: 10500104
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to sanitary articles such as disposable diapers, adult incontinent pads, feminine hygiene products, and sanitary napkins comprised of biodegradable polymers with higher biobased content. The sanitary articles include a topsheet, an absorbent core, and a backsheet. The topsheet is comprised of biodegradable polyester polyol polymer foam which may be configured to wick liquid away from a wearer's body and may be impregnated with superabsorbent polymer. The absorbent core may be comprised of superabsorbent polymer including a cross-linked and/or partially neutralized polyacrylic acid polymer, cross-linked polyacrylic acids or cross-linked starch-acrylic acid graft polymers. The backsheet may be comprised of poly-lactone polymers having generally hydrophobic characteristics. In preferred embodiments, the polymeric materials comprising the topsheet, absorbent core, and backsheet are formed from raw materials with high biobased content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Novomer, Inc.
    Inventor: Sadesh H. Sookraj
  • Patent number: 10421259
    Abstract: Multi-layer, perforated polyolefin films comprising at least one polyolefin layer having a high visible light absorbance and at least one polyolefin film having a high opacity, a support layer interposed between the first and second layers, a plurality of perforations penetrating from the first and second layers, a shore D hardness of at least (35) and wherein at least one of the first two layer has a surface tension of at least (34) dyne/cm are provided. Methods for preparation and use of the poly olefin films are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Achilles USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Bach Nguyen, Vince Dean, Frank He, Anthony R. Elfeghih
  • Patent number: 10368716
    Abstract: A foam panel for use in a dish treating appliance having a door. The foam panel comprises areas of differing densities. The foam panel comprises uncompressed and compressed areas to form at least some of the areas of differing densities. The foam panel also comprising at least one wiring attachment provided with the foam panel wherein the wiring attachment comprises at least one rib formed in the foam panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Venkata S. Dirisala, Aaron P. Bennett, Amirkhan A. Modi
  • Patent number: 10356511
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a ultrathin acoustic impedance converter belonging to the acoustic field, which is characterized by comprising one or a plurality of impedance conversion units, wherein each impedance conversion unit is composed of a frame, a plurality of prestressed membranes or prestressed string nets, and multiple layers of acoustic materials, wherein a through cavity is fabricated in the frame, the prestressed membranes or string nets and the acoustic materials are alternately arranged in the cavity, i.e., a prestressed membrane or string net is arranged, and then a layer of acoustic materials is arranged, and so on until the through cavity is fully filled. The cavity can be designed in different shapes either with a variable cross section or a uniform cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yulin Mei, Xiaoming Wang, Yixuan Mei, Yuanxiu Wang
  • Patent number: 10347561
    Abstract: A semiconductor apparatus includes a housing in a shape of a panel, a cooling fan configured to exhaust from a top surface of the housing, and provided on the top surface, a partition plate configured to vertically partition a space below the cooling fan into a first space and a second space, and including opening portions through which a cooling airflow produced by the cooling fan passes from the first space to the second space, semiconductor units cooled by the cooling airflow, and vertically disposed in the first space, and a slit plate attached to at least one of the opening portions of the partition plate, and configured to limit an airflow speed of the cooling airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MITSUBISHI-ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takaaki Harada
  • Patent number: 10342127
    Abstract: An electronic device including reinforced printed circuit board is provided. The electronic device includes the printed circuit board including a first area, and a second area that extends from a first end of the first area. A width of the second area is smaller than a width of the first area, and at least a portion of a surface of the second area is covered by a material layer that provides the second area with a specific strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jung Hoon Park, Jin Woo Kim, Dae Kwang Kim
  • Patent number: 10319601
    Abstract: A slurry for chemical mechanical planarization includes water, 1-3 wt. % of abrasive particles having an average diameter of at least 10 nm and less than 100 nm and an outer surface of ceria, and ½-3 wt. % of at least one amine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Ranga Rao Arnepalli, Prerna Goradia, Prayudi Lianto, Jie Zeng, Arvind Sundarrajan, Robert Jan Visser, Guan Huei See
  • Patent number: 10293073
    Abstract: There is provided an absorbent system for wound care products having a liquid-absorbing, wound-contacting, lower layer and a more highly absorbent upper layer in liquid communication with said lower layer. Liquid communication may be provided by pores running between the layers. The dressing may include antimicrobial agents, agents to promote healing and other functional agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Gann, Dave A. Soerens
  • Patent number: 10280516
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate to methods and apparatus for increasing rigidity of a metal housing while maintaining or reducing a wall thickness of the metal housing. More particularly a method for embedding a stiffener layer within an aluminum substrate is discussed. In one exemplary embodiment the stiffener layer can be a carbon fiber sheet applied to an inside surface of an unfinished housing and then subsequently covered by depositing a layer of aluminum over the carbon fiber in a solid-state deposition process. The deposited aluminum can adhere to the unfinished housing around or through the carbon fiber layer to bond with the unfinished housing. Deposition parameters can be controlled to prevent damage to the carbon fiber sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Collin D. Chan, Matthew W. Crowley, Jude Mary Runge
  • Patent number: 10220800
    Abstract: An insulation element for insulating a structural element in a vehicle includes a support element having a first surface and a second surface and an expandable material, which is arranged at least on partial areas of the first surface of the support element. The support element has at least one penetration and the expandable material projects through the penetration and forms a protrusion on one side of the second surface of the support element. The protrusion is dimensioned and the expandable material designed in such a way that the protrusion has a larger cross section after expansion than a cross section of the penetration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventor: Nicolas Brichet
  • Patent number: 10160185
    Abstract: The claimed invention differs from what currently exists as Kevlar core is encased by resinated Jute/burlap, with optional addition of one or more layers of resinated Kevlar, and/or Carbon Fiber for additional structural support. Insulation and barrier is inserted to overcome backface deformation and blast overpressure to the composite. Less the 0.2 mm aluminum sheeting is inserted to deflect electromagnetic pulse jamming. Entire composite is then coated with insulating intumescing or other class A fire resistant coating. This results in a Composite which becomes very strong with a reduction in raw material costs, that is not only resistant to projectiles, but is also resistant to acid, blast overpressure, backface deformation, electromagnetic pulse and direct flame in excess of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Aron Elizabeth Sexton, Eston Fraizer Livingston
  • Patent number: 10128092
    Abstract: A miniature mass spectrometer is disclosed comprising an atmospheric pressure ionization source, a first vacuum chamber having an atmospheric pressure sampling orifice or capillary, a second vacuum chamber located downstream of the first vacuum chamber and a third vacuum chamber located downstream of the second vacuum chamber. A first vacuum pump is arranged and adapted to pump the first vacuum chamber, wherein the first vacuum pump is arranged and adapted to maintain the first vacuum chamber at a pressure <10 mbar. A first RF ion guide is located within the first vacuum chamber. An ion detector is located in the third vacuum chamber. The ion path length from the atmospheric pressure sampling orifice or capillary to an ion detecting surface of the ion detector is ?400 mm. The mass spectrometer further comprises a split flow turbomolecular vacuum pump comprising an intermediate or interstage port connected to the second vacuum chamber and a high vacuum (“HV”) port connected to the third vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MICROMASS UK LIMITED
    Inventors: David Gordon, Daniel James Kenny
  • Patent number: 10047465
    Abstract: A fiber composite component includes a composite including cured matrix material and a fiber material embedded therein. At least one partial area of the fiber composite component is provided with at least one thread, which undulates as it extends along a surface area of the composite, so that sections of the thread alternately run inside of the composite and outside of the composite. An adhesive arrangement for such fiber composite components is also disclosed. Finally, methods for manufacturing such a fiber composite component or for manufacturing such an adhesive arrangement are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Meer
  • Patent number: 10042242
    Abstract: An object is to provide a transparent screen which can clearly project and display an image without degradation of transmission visibility and a method for manufacturing the transparent screen. A thin film 4 in which a large number of regular hexagonal hole portions 3 that are identical to each other are opened, in a transparent sheet 2, in a web-like manner is applied to a transparent screen 1. The regular hexagonal hole portions 3 are segmented with web-like line portions 6 formed by connecting the sides 5 of the adjacent regular hexagonal hole portions 3 so as to have an even width, image light projected from a projector 7 is reflected off the web-like line portions 6 and is shown on the transparent screen 1 and a background on the back surface side of the transparent screen 1 can be visually recognized through the regular hexagonal hole portions 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ARC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kosuke Mizoshita
  • Patent number: 10035449
    Abstract: A deformable wheel pad for receiving a wheel of a vehicle and assisting in securing the received wheel in place on a cargo bed or other transporting surface includes a multilayered pad member having a top layer constructed of an elastic material, a middle layer constructed of a rigid material, and a bottom layer constructed of a an elastic material, with layers arranged on top of one another. When the pad member is placed on the cargo bed of a convention truck or trailer, the top layer can contour its shape to grip a wheel which has been strapped thereto and bottom layer's forms to and grips factory bed ribs. The elasticity of the top layer and the bottom layer, with the middle layer disposed therebetween, provides two discrete shock absorption surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Eddie J. Pena
  • Patent number: 9983038
    Abstract: A housing defines a bypass passage and a sub-bypass passage. The bypass passage draws a part of air flowing through an interior of a duct. The sub-bypass passage is branched from the bypass passage to draw a part of air flowing through the bypass passage. A flow sensor is equipped in the sub-bypass passage to cause heat transfer with air, which passes through the sub-bypass passage, and to generate an electric signal according to a flow quantity of air in the duct. An intake-air temperature sensor is configured to measure a temperature in the duct. A moisture sensor is configured to measure a humidity in the duct. The flow sensor and the multiple sensors are equipped in the sub-bypass passage and are located along a direction of flow of air in the sub-bypass passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichi Kamiya
  • Patent number: 9963781
    Abstract: Carbon nanotubes grown on nanostructured flake substrates are disclosed. The nanostructured flake substrates include a catalyst support layer and at least one catalyst layer. Carbon nanotubes grown on the nanostructured flake substrates can have very high aspect ratios. Further, the carbon nanotubes can be aligned on the nanostructured flake substrates. Through routine optimization, the nanostructured flake substrates may be used to produce single-wall, double-wall, or multi-wall carbon nanotubes of various lengths and diameters. The nanostructured flake substrates produce very high yields of carbon nanotubes per unit weight of substrate. Methods for making the nanostructured flake substrates and for using the nanostructured flake substrates in carbon nanotube synthesis are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, WILLIAM MARSH RICE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Howard K. Schmidt, Robert H. Hauge, Cary L. Pint, Sean T. Pheasant, Kent E. Coulter
  • Patent number: 9922634
    Abstract: Sound insulation constructions, multilayer constructions for acoustically insulating a source of sound from a receiver that include one or more sound insulation constructions, structures comprising one or more sound insulation constructions and/or multilayer constructions, and a method for acoustically insulating a source of sound from a receiver. In some embodiments, the sound insulation construction includes a first layer and a second layer. The first layer can include a bonded fiber nonwoven web exhibiting a work of compression of at least about 0.7 kJ/m3 and an airflow resistance of no greater than 10,000 Rayls/m. The second layer can exhibit an airflow resistance of greater than 10,000 Rayls/m. In some embodiments, the method includes coupling the first layer to a surface of a vehicle to attenuate sound in at least a portion of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Delton R. Thompson, Jr., Ronald W. Gerdes, Brian L. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9888101
    Abstract: A mobile device is disclosed. The mobile device includes a frame structure including a side edge frame and a horizontal baffle, the side edge frame forming side edges of the mobile device, the horizontal baffle including a rim connected with interior walls of the side edge frame; and a screen module including side edges sized to fit in a space surrounded by the interior walls of the side edge frame, a bottom surface of the screen module being connected with an upper surface of the horizontal baffle, each of the side edges of the screen module being attached to a corresponding interior wall of the side edge frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Lixin Al, Kesheng Yan, Jinchao Li, Shaoxing Hu
  • Patent number: 9861220
    Abstract: A moveable anti-fatigue mat that can be moved by a user's foot without the need for the user to bend over. In one embodiment, the anti-fatigue mat comprises a cushioned top layer affixed to a high friction bottom layer, wherein a low friction activation pad is positioned on or within the bottom layer. The activation pad can be attached so that a bottom surface protrudes below or is flush with the bottom surface of the bottom layer, and the activation pad is preferably located near the edge of the bottom layer. The anti-fatigue mat may be slid laterally on a floor or surface by a user's foot when a user places his foot on the mat directly above the activation pad and applies pressure downward and in the direction the user wishes the mat to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: John Charles Burkhalter
  • Patent number: 9808387
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a disposable absorbent pad comprising multiple layers. In particular, the absorbent pad of the present invention maintains skin dryness by absorbing moisture while preventing leakage to the skin or the bed linens, allowing air circulation at the surface of the patient's skin to prevent heat buildup, and is strong enough to allow the patient to be repositioned, even when the pad is wet. In a particular embodiment the first layer is comprised of a fluid-permeable, porous material, the second layer is disposed under the first layer and is comprised of at least one super absorbent material, and a base layer disposed under the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Love, Scott A. Smith, Steve A. Maskrey, Paul I. Bottcher
  • Patent number: 9784738
    Abstract: A device includes multiple components that are independent from one another but are configured to be detachably coupled with one another so as to form a cartridge. One of the components is a clamp that is configured to hold the other components such that they are coupled together. The cartridge has one or more reservoirs, one or more functional chambers, and one or more channels configured to transport a liquid stored in at least one of the one or more reservoirs into the one or more functional chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: GeneFluidics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jen-Jr Gau
  • Patent number: 9770717
    Abstract: The present invention is notably directed to a microfluidic chip. The chip comprises a main microfluidic channel, on one side of the chip, and a bead integration system. The bead integration system is arranged on said one side of the chip. It comprises an auxiliary microfluidic channel transverse to and in fluidic communication with the main microfluidic channel, so as to form an intersection therewith. The intersection is delimited by structural elements arranged in the main microfluidic channel. The structural elements are configured to retain, at said intersection, beads flowed in a bead suspension liquid advancing in said auxiliary microfluidic channel and passing the intersection. In addition, such structural elements are configured to let liquid advancing in the main microfluidic channel pass the intersection through the structural elements. The invention is further directed to related devices and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Emmanuel Delamarche, Michel Lim, Yuksel Temiz
  • Patent number: 9724256
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a disposable absorbent pad comprising multiple layers. In particular, the absorbent pad of the present invention maintains skin dryness by absorbing moisture while preventing leakage to the skin or the bed linens, allowing air circulation at the surface of the patient's skin to prevent heat buildup, and is strong enough to allow the patient to be repositioned, even when the pad is wet. In a particular embodiment the first layer is comprised of a fluid-permeable, porous material, the second layer is disposed under the first layer and is comprised of at least one super absorbent material, and a base layer disposed under the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Love, Scott A. Smith, Steve A. Maskrey, Paul I. Bottcher
  • Patent number: 9721751
    Abstract: A method for preparing plan-view transmission electron microscopy specimens is disclosed. The method employs isotropic vapor-phase etching in conjunction with one or more integrated etch-stop layers that give rise to a support membrane having a well-controlled, substantially uniform thickness. In some embodiments, the support membrane comprises an etch-stop layer that is formed using a high-precision formation process, such as atomic-layer deposition, oxidation, and the like. As a result, formation of the support membrane does not require additional processes, such as mechanical polishing or ion milling, to achieve its desired thickness. The method enables reduced specimen-preparation time, as well as simultaneous preparation of multiple specimens having large, uniformly thick areas for imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Timothy Stephen English
  • Patent number: 9722255
    Abstract: A reinforced catalyst layer assembly, suitably for use in a fuel cell, said reinforced catalyst layer assembly comprising: (i) a planar reinforcing component consisting of a porous material having pores extending through the thickness of the material in the z-direction, and (ii) a first catalyst component comprising a first catalyst material and a first ion-conducting material, characterized in that the first catalyst component is at least partially embedded within the planar reinforcing component, forming a first catalyst layer having a first surface and a second surface is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan David Brereton Sharman
  • Patent number: 9707134
    Abstract: An easily applied and replaced flexible container pouch applied to the penis end and including a restricted opening collar to grasp the penis shaft. The container pouch comprises a plurality of walls having a fluid absorbent layer between at least 2 walls, the inner wall (proximal to the penis) include apertures allowing the fluid emitted by the penis to be received into the absorbent layer(s). In one embodiment, the inner layer(s) comprise fluid barriers (e.g. fluid impermeable or a thick member providing a mechanical spacing) between the fluid-filled absorbent layer(s) and the penis. The resulting device provides comfort and protection from unnecessary fluid immersion and ease of use, application and replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas J. Burke, Jack V. Fullman
  • Patent number: 9690190
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a pellicle includes forming a membrane on a first surface of a substrate from a chemical reaction in which the substrate serves as a catalyst, forming a protective pattern on a second surface of the substrate, immersing the substrate in an etchant solution, such that a portion of the substrate exposed through the protective pattern is removed to form a frame, and replacing the etchant solution with a solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SUNGKYUNKWAN UNIVERSITY'S RESEARCH & BUSINESS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Mun-Ja Kim, Tae-Sung Kim, Ji-Beom Yoo, Byung-Gook Kim, Soo-Young Kim, Dong-Wook Shin, Jae-Hyuck Choi
  • Patent number: 9631377
    Abstract: A joint connector for connecting abutting edges of tapered drywall is provided that includes a base, a column projecting forward from said base, and mud legs extending generally perpendicular to said column forming pockets for receipt of tapered edges of said drywall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Frank Michael Browne, Kyle Edward Seward
  • Patent number: 9623612
    Abstract: Composite fasteners have a high fraction of discontinuous, randomly oriented reinforcing fibers. A charge of thermoplastic fiber flakes are heated to melting temperature within a reservoir, flowed into multiple mold cavities and compression molded. The molded fasteners have high strength, exhibit quasi-isotropic properties and may be produced in high volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron William Bartel, Nathan A. Muntz
  • Patent number: 9616645
    Abstract: A laminating roller for laminating a sheet of a packaging laminate comprises at least one groove extending along the periphery of the roller and forming a border between two circumferential portions, wherein each of the two circumferential portions are extending continuously around the surface area of the roller. The laminating roller can also be used in a method for providing a packaging laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Ion Postoaca, Åke Persson, Sven Keiter, Krister Uvnäs, Andreas Hessmark, Magnus Just
  • Patent number: 9580913
    Abstract: Insulating panel (10) having a top face (12) and a bottom face (14) opposite the top face, comprising a body (20) made of stone wool of substantially uniform density, at least one profiled groove (22) being formed in said insulating panel starting from the top face, the top face (12) being made of stone wool, the groove (22) being formed in the stone wool, the number of grooves being less than or equal to three for 60 cm of a dimension of said panel perpendicular to the direction of the grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventors: Bruce Le Madec, Frederic-Jerome Cardona, Gilles Guyoton, Michel Guillon, Ismael Baraud
  • Patent number: 9581396
    Abstract: Heatshield with at least one hole, characterized in that an embossment pattern is arranged around the hole, whereby the embossment pattern comprises of a plurality of protruding elongated elements extending or radiating essentially perpendicular to the perimeter of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Autoneum Management AG
    Inventors: Marco Antonio dos Reis, Michael Hartmut Kiessig, Mark Melnykowycz, Marcos Antonio P. Sacramento
  • Patent number: 9580905
    Abstract: Insulating panel (10) having a top face (12) and a bottom face (14) opposite the top face, comprising a body (20) made of stone wool with a part of substantially uniform first density and a part of substantially uniform second density, different from the first density, at least one profiled groove (22) being formed in said insulating panel starting from the top face, the top face (12) being made of stone wool, the groove (22) being formed in the stone wool, the number of grooves being less than or equal to three for 60 cm of a dimension of said panel perpendicular to the direction of the grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventors: Bruce Le Madec, Frederic-Jerome Cardona, Gilles Guyoton, Michel Guillon, Ismael Baraud
  • Patent number: 9573403
    Abstract: A mess-free coloring system comprising a coloring medium and optionally one or more coloring utensils is disclosed. The coloring medium can include a substrate with or without decorative effects and one or more coating layers on a surface of the substrate. In various examples, the one or more coating layers include a color-triggering developer, e.g., in the form of a substantially clear resin, and an opaque pigment. Decorative effects integrated with or disposed on the substrate, while initially obscured by the one or more coating layers, can be revealed when the coating layers are mixed with at least one color precursor stored and dispensed from a coloring utensil. The opaque pigment is selected and configured such that, upon receipt of at least one color precursor by the one or more coating layers, a change in the pigment's reflective index occurs as the pigment dissolves into the clear resin developer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: NuCoat, Inc.
    Inventors: Nabil F. Nasser, Jodi A. Schwendimann, Earl Pickering