Including Variation In Thickness Patents (Class 428/156)
  • Patent number: 10718575
    Abstract: An apparatus and heat transfer system, the apparatus comprising: a substrate; a plurality of nucleation sites provided on the substrate; a nanostructured surface surrounding the nucleation sites arranged to enable coalescence induced droplet jumping; wherein both the plurality of nucleation sites and the nanostructured surface are hydrophobic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technolgies Oy
    Inventors: Ryan Enright, Ross Lundy, Shenghui Lei, Shreyas Chavan
  • Patent number: 10716649
    Abstract: Provided is a powder material for forming a three-dimensional object, the powder material containing granulated particles containing: a resin; and inorganic particles of which primary particles have a volume average particle diameter of 1 micrometer or less, wherein the granulated particles have a volume average particle diameter of 10 micrometers or greater but 70 micrometers or less and a BET specific surface area of 6 m2/g or greater but 8 m2/g or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10711468
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rectangular panel intended for lining a substrate, which panel comprises a base element comprising a decorative design on the visible surface thereof remote from the substrate. The decorative design depicts a plurality of strips shaped as parallelograms, one pair of parallelogram sides in each case forming a portion of the long side of the panel while the two other sides of the parallelogram extend obliquely to the longitudinal direction of the panel. According to the invention, at least two strips have a strip width that is different from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KAINDL FLOORING GMBH
    Inventor: Gerhard Duernberger
  • Patent number: 10703122
    Abstract: A method for matching and tracking workpieces in laser etching operation includes generating by the computer a label image that uniquely identifies the workpiece, moving a laser head to the workpiece, setting the laser head to a first power level by a power controller, etching the product image on the workpiece using a laser beam emitted from the laser head, wherein the laser beam is modulated at the first power level in accordance with a product image in a pixel wise fashion across the workpiece, moving the laser head to the label by the transport mechanism, setting the laser head to a second power level by the power controller, etching the label image on the workpiece using a laser beam emitted from the laser head, wherein the laser beam is modulated at the second power level in accordance with the label image in a pixel wise fashion across the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Shutterfly, LLC
    Inventors: David Lynn Hall, Michael Lane Polk, Gregory Lee Franklin
  • Patent number: 10678050
    Abstract: A projection arrangement for a head-up display (HUD) is presented. The arrangement has a vehicle windshield that includes an outer pane and an inner pane bonded to one another via a thermoplastic intermediate layer. The vehicle windshield has an upper edge, a lower edge, and an HUD region. The thickness of the thermoplastic intermediate layer in the vertical course between the upper edge and the lower edge varies, at least in the HUD region, according to a wedge angle. The arrangement also has a projector that is aimed at the HUD region to generate a virtual image at a projection distance of at least 5 m. According to one aspect, a vertical radius of curvature in the HUD region is at least 6 m and a maximum value of the wedge angle is less than or equal to 0.3 mrad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Stephan Kremers, Martin Arndt, Stefan Gossen
  • Patent number: 10669085
    Abstract: The invention relates to a strip-shaped plastic object (1), having a longitudinal extent (2) and, perpendicular thereto, a strip width (3) and a strip thickness (4), wherein the strip-shaped plastic object (1) comprises an at least partially crystalline, thermoplastic plastic material, which is stretched monoaxially, or predominantly monoaxially, in the direction of the longitudinal extent (2). The strip width (3) and the longitudinal extent (2) form an upper (5) and a lower surface (6), which surfaces (5, 6) are spaced apart from each other by the strip thickness (4), wherein at least one of the surfaces (5, 6) has an embossment (7). The embossment (7) is formed by embossing impressions (8) distributed over the strip width (3) and over the longitudinal extent (2), wherein the embossing impression (8) has a length (9), a width (10), and a depth (11) extending in the direction of the strip thickness (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Teufelberger Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Thomas Gahleitner
  • Patent number: 10655257
    Abstract: A nonwoven fabric. The nonwoven fabric can include a first surface and a second surface and a visually discernible pattern of three-dimensional features on one of the first or second surface. Each of the three-dimensional features can define a microzone comprising a first region and a second region. The first and second regions can have a difference in values for an intensive property, and wherein in at least one of the microzones, the first region is hydrophobic and the second region is hydrophilic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Arman Ashraf, Paul Thomas Weisman, Adrien Grenier, Martin Ian James, Stefano Michele Sinigaglia
  • Patent number: 10654239
    Abstract: The cellulose product comprises at least a first ply of embossed cellulose material and a second ply of embossed cellulose material, glued together. The first ply comprises: a first series of embossing protuberances with a first height (H?1) and a top surface to which a glue is applied which bonds the first ply and the second ply to one another; a second series of micro-embossing protuberances with a second height (H?2) lower than the first height (H?1); a third series of micro-embossing protuberances with a third height (H?3) lower than the second height (H?2). The protuberances of the first series are distributed over areas of the first ply, where the micro-embossing protuberances of the second series and the micro-embossing protuberances of the third series are absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SOFIDEL S.P.A.
    Inventor: Emi Stefani
  • Patent number: 10636988
    Abstract: A flexible substrate are disclosed comprising an amorphous inorganic composition, wherein the substrate has a thickness of less than about 250 ?m and has at least one of: a) a brittleness ratio less than about 9.5 (?m)?1/2, or b) a fracture toughness of at least about 0.75 MPa·(m)1/2. Electronic devices comprising such flexible devices are also disclosed. Also disclosed is a method for making a flexible substrate comprising selecting an amorphous inorganic material capable of forming a substrate having a thickness of less than about 250 ?m and having at least one of: a) a brittleness ratio of less than about 9.5 (?m)?1/2, or b) a fracture toughness of at least about 0.75 MPa·(m)1/2; and then forming a substrate from the selected inorganic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Sean Matthew Garner, Gregory Scott Glaesemann, James Joseph Price
  • Patent number: 10633488
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an organic zinc catalyst which exhibits more improved catalytic activity than conventional organic zinc catalysts during a polymerization process for the preparation of a polyalkylene carbonate resin and is capable of preventing an aggregation phenomenon during a reaction, a method for preparing the same, and a method for preparing a polyalkylene carbonate resin using the organic zinc catalyst. The method for preparing an organic zinc catalyst includes the step of reacting a zinc precursor with a dicarboxylic acid in the presence of a polyether derivative to form a zinc dicarboxylate-based catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Kyoung Kim, Seung Young Park
  • Patent number: 10611667
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein relate to methods, systems, and system components for creating and arranging small (micron and smaller) defects or perforations in transparent materials in a particular manner, and, more particularly, to the arrangement of these defects, each of which has an average crack length, in a predetermined spaced-apart relation (each defect separated from an adjacent defect by a predetermined distance) defining a contour in a transparent material to lower the relative interface fracture toughness for subsequent planned induced separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Dana Craig Bookbinder, Stephan Lvovich Logunov, Albert Roth Nieber, Pushkar Tandon, Sergio Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10615453
    Abstract: A porous electrolyte membrane including a first main surface and a second main surface that are separated by a thickness, where carbon nanotubes, defining through-pores or through-channels that are open at their two ends, have a diameter smaller than or equal to 100 nm, are oriented in the direction of the thickness of the membrane, and are all substantially parallel over the entire thickness of the membrane, connect the first main surface and the second main surface; the carbon nanotubes are separated by a space, and the space between the carbon nanotubes is completely filled with at least one solid material, and an electrolyte is confined inside the carbon nanotubes. A method for preparing the membrane and an electrochemical device, such as a lithium accumulator or battery, including the electrolyte membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Zanotti, Quentin Berrod, Jean Dijon, Filippo Ferdeghini, Patrick Judeinstein
  • Patent number: 10604609
    Abstract: To provide a curable composition for nanoimprinting that can form a cured product that has a sufficiently cured surface and is less prone to a pattern collapse defect even when the curable composition is cured by a photo-nanoimprint method at a low exposure dose. To provide a nanoimprint method for forming such a cured product. To provide a cured product that is less prone to a pattern collapse defect even when cured at a low exposure dose, a method for producing such a cured product, a method for manufacturing an optical component, a method for manufacturing a circuit board, and a method for manufacturing an electronic component. A curable composition that satisfies the formula (1) in a cured state: Er1/Er2?1.10??(1) wherein Er1 denotes the surface reduced modulus (GPa) of a cured product of the curable composition, and Er2 denotes the internal reduced modulus (GPa) of the cured product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Kato, Youji Kawasaki, Shiori Yonezawa, Toshiki Ito
  • Patent number: 10606171
    Abstract: A body of a superstrate can be used to form an adaptive planarization layer over a substrate that has a non-uniform topography. A body of a superstrate can have bending characteristics that are well suited to achieve both conformal and planarization behavior. The body can have a surface and a thickness in a range of t1 to t2, t1=(Pd4/2Eh)1/3; t2=(5Pd4/2Eh)1/3; P is a pressure corresponding to a capillary force between the body and a planarization precursor material; d is a bending distance; E is Young's modulus for the body; and h is a step height difference between two adjacent regions of a substrate. In an embodiment, a thickness can be selected and used to determine the maximum out-of-plane displacement, wmax, for conformal behavior is sufficient and that wmax for planarization behavior is below a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Dwayne L. LaBrake, Niyaz Khusnatdinov
  • Patent number: 10596784
    Abstract: There is provided an interlayer film for laminated glass with which double images in laminated glass can be considerably suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuusuke Oota
  • Patent number: 10575420
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a display device includes: a cover member curved when viewed in a first axis direction along a first axis; and a display panel disposed on one side of the cover member. The cover member has a first surface facing the display panel and a second surface on the opposite side of the first surface. The first surface forms a straight line and at least a part of the second surface forms a curved line in a cross-section orthogonal to a second axis that is along a straight line extending from one end to the other end of the cover member when viewed in the first axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Makoto Ishikawa, Manabu Mizuno, Shinichiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10563324
    Abstract: A consumable filament for use in an extrusion-based additive manufacturing system, where the consumable filament comprises a core portion of a matrix of a first base polymer and particles dispersed within the matrix, and a shell portion comprising a same or a different base polymer. The consumable filament is configured to be melted and extruded to form roads of a plurality of solidified layers of a three-dimensional part, and where the roads at least partially retain cross-sectional profiles corresponding to the core portion and the shell portion of the consumable filament and retain the particles within the roads of the printed part and do not penetrate the outer surface of the shell portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: STRATASYS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Scott Graley, Christine Lawrence Sumerel, James E. Orrock
  • Patent number: 10565903
    Abstract: There are provided a PI substrate, a preparation method thereof and a display device. The preparation method includes: forming a first separable film at an edge region of a substrate; forming a first-layer polyamic acid (PAA) film on the first separable film and the substrate; stripping the first separable film and the first-layer PAA film that covers the first separable film to expose the edge region of the substrate; and performing imidization on the first-layer PAA film on the substrate with the edge region exposed, to enable the first-layer PAA film to be transformed into a first-layer PI film, thereby avoiding uneven film thicknesses at edges of the first-layer PI substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuanzheng Guo, Mingche Hsieh, Ping Song, Youwei Wang, Weinan Dai, Mingwen Wang
  • Patent number: 10557010
    Abstract: A method of reducing aldehyde concentration in a vehicle cabin air, the method includes applying a solution comprising aldehyde scavenger(s) onto an outer surface of a foam article located or to be located within a vehicle cabin to form a top layer of the article such that aldehyde species are trapped within the article and prevented from being released into the cabin air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Jennifer Haijin Zhu, Ji Zhang, Mark Allen Dearth, Timothy James Hallifax, Mica Marie Debolt, Deborah Frances Mielewski
  • Patent number: 10543710
    Abstract: A security device is provided including a first pattern of elements and a second, overlapping, pattern of elements spaced by a transparent layer, the first and second patterns in combination obstructing the passage of light transmitted to a viewer through the device to a varying degree depending on the viewing position. The first and second patterns of elements are configured such that a first region of the device exhibits a maximum change in the degree of obstruction when the device is tilted relative to the viewer about a first tilt axis, and a second region of the device exhibits a maximum change in the degree of obstruction when the device is tilted relative to the viewer about a second tilt axis which is not parallel to the first tilt axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Whiteman, Alice Smith, Adam Lister
  • Patent number: 10538050
    Abstract: A panel assembly that includes at least a first upper base layer made of a thermoplastic material that includes fibers therein, at least a first lower base layer made of a thermoplastic material that includes fibers therein, and at least a first reinforcement layer sandwiched or positioned between the first upper base layer and first lower base layer. The upper and lower surfaces of the first reinforcement layer have a smaller surface area than the upper and lower surfaces of the first upper and first lower base layers. The lower surface of the first upper base layer is welded to the upper surface of the first reinforcement layer, and the lower surface of the first reinforcement layer is welded to the upper surface of the first lower base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventor: James Edward Del Pinto
  • Patent number: 10524357
    Abstract: A method for producing a flexible mounting substrate. The method comprises preparing a flexible substrate having a mounting region for mounting an electronic component on an arrangement surface of the flexible substrate, the electronic component including at least one bump, arranging a thermosetting anisotropic conductive film having conductive particles on the mounting region, arranging the electronic component on the anisotropic conductive film, and pressing the electronic component while heating to electrically connect the at least one bump of the electronic component to the mounting region of the flexible substrate, and adhering an adhesion film having an adhesive layer including an adhesive and a base film laminated together on a support surface that is opposite to the arrangement surface of the flexible substrate at least at a portion located on a back surface side of the mounting region before electrically connecting the electronic component and the mounting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10486348
    Abstract: A decorative resin molded article includes a resin sheet having, as formed on one side thereof, convex projections made of an ink containing a UV-curable resin and a colorant, and therefore having, on that one side thereof, a design of a color pattern and a concave and convex pattern synchronizing with each other, and a resin injection-molded body as laminated and integrated on the other side of the resin sheet through injection molding of a synthetic resin thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiren Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ikuhiro Tanida, Takaaki Ueki
  • Patent number: 10479052
    Abstract: A method of forming a 3D glass article from a glass sheet includes locating the glass sheet on a mold assembly including a mold surface with a 3D surface profile corresponding to that of the 3D glass article. The glass sheet is heated to a forming temperature. The forming temperature is greater than a temperature of the mold surface. The heated glass sheet is forced onto the mold surface by applying a pressurized gas to a first surface of the glass sheet opposite the mold surface to conform the glass sheet to the mold surface with the glass sheet at the forming temperature that is greater than the temperature of the mold surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ljerka Ukrainczyk, John Richard Ridge, Marianne Griesbach Park
  • Patent number: 10470948
    Abstract: An absorbent article, preferably a disposable absorbent article such as a diaper, is disclosed having an absorbent core which imparts increased wearing comfort to the article and makes it thin and dry. The absorbent core useful for an absorbent article comprises a substrate layer, a discontinuous layer of absorbent material, and a layer of thermoplastic material. A second surface of the discontinuous layer of absorbent material is in at least partial contact with a first surface of the substrate layer. Portions of a second surface of the layer of thermoplastic material are in direct contact with the first surface of the substrate layer and portions of said second surface of the layer of thermoplastic material are in direct contact with a first surface of the discontinuous layer of absorbent material. A process for providing a storage layer for an absorbent core useful in an absorbent article is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ludwig Busam, Uwe Jurgen Becker, Michael Divo, Bruno Johannes Ehrnsperger, Roland Engel, Torsten Lindner, Siegfried Link, Volker Maier, Sanaul Kabir Siddiquee, Gabriel Stiehl, Thomas Tombuelt-Meyer
  • Patent number: 10471692
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical member with which degradation of adhesion between a substrate containing triacetylcellulose and a polymer layer caused by moisture absorption is suppressed. An optical member according to the present invention includes a substrate and a polymer layer in direct contact with the substrate and having an indented structure on a surface thereof, the indented structure including multiple protrusions formed at a pitch not greater than a wavelength of visible light. Triacetylcellulose is present in at least a surface of the substrate on the polymer layer side, the polymer layer is formed from a polymerizable composition polymerizable by active energy ray irradiation, and the polymerizable composition contains 30 parts by weight or more and 75 parts by weight or less of a polyfunctional acrylate, 25 parts by weight or more and 60 parts by weight or less of a monofunctional monomer having a tertiary amide group, and 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shibai, Ken Atsumo, Hidekazu Hayashi, Nobuaki Yamada
  • Patent number: 10470318
    Abstract: A transparent protection window, a flexible display apparatus, and associated method, the transparent protection window including a first area extending in one direction, the first area having a first thickness; a second area extending in a direction different from that of the first area, the second area having a second thickness; and a third area connecting the first area to the second area, the third area including a portion having a curved surface, wherein the first thickness of the first area is less than the second thickness of the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Woo Choi, Kwan-Young Han
  • Patent number: 10459131
    Abstract: A retroreflective sheeting, comprising a surface protective layer; the surface protective layer comprises at least one acrylic polymer; the glass-transition temperature (Tg) of the product generated from the reaction of the acrylic polymer is 10° C.-35° C. and the coagulation ratio is 0%-95%; such retroreflective sheeting has favorable weatherability, low-temperature embossing resistance and adhesion resistance; it also discloses a vehicle license plate adopting the retroreflective sheeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON CARBIDE INDUSTRIES (HANGZHOU) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Nakazawa, Shinya Kanamori, Yosuke Meta, Daisuke Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10450389
    Abstract: A curable composition for photoimprint at least includes a polymerizable compound component (A) and a photopolymerization initiator component (B) and satisfies expression (1) and (2): 0.800?Er10/Er200??(1) 2.55?Er10??(2) wherein, Er10 represents the reduced modulus (GPa) of a photocured film prepared by exposing a film of the curable composition for photoimprint to light of 10 mJ/cm2; and Er200 represents the reduced modulus (GPa) of a photocured film prepared by exposing a film of the curable composition for photoimprint to light of 200 mJ/cm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Honma, Toshiki Ito, Jun Kato, Shiori Yonezawa, Youji Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 10442098
    Abstract: A razor blade substrate having a substrate that includes a blade edge portion having a profiled geometry which is covered by a strengthening coating deposited on the razor blade substrate at least at the blade edge portion. The strengthening coating covering the blade edge tip, having a profiled geometry and having a tapering geometry with two coating sides converge toward a blade edge tip. The strengthening coating includes a strengthening layer made of a titanium- and boron-containing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BIC VIOLEX SA
    Inventors: Stergios Logothetidis, Nikolaos Kalfagiannis, Constantinos Mavroidis, Vassilis Papachristos, Michallis Karoussis
  • Patent number: 10442160
    Abstract: A method of forming a 3D glass article from a glass sheet includes locating the glass sheet on a mold assembly including a mold surface with a 3D surface profile corresponding to that of the 3D glass article. The glass sheet is heated to a forming temperature. The forming temperature is greater than a temperature of the mold surface. The heated glass sheet is forced onto the mold surface by applying a pressurized gas to a first surface of the glass sheet opposite the mold surface to conform the glass sheet to the mold surface with the glass sheet at the forming temperature that is greater than the temperature of the mold surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ljerka Ukrainczyk, John Richard Ridge, Marianne Griesbach Park
  • Patent number: 10434542
    Abstract: Substrates having a textured surface that can maintain or improve droplet mobility in both the Cassie and Wenzel states include a textured surface and a conformal lubricant layer thereover. The textured surface can include a plurality of raised first elements and a plurality of second elements thereon and the conformal lubricant layer over the plurality of raised first elements and covering the plurality of second elements. The plurality of raised first elements can have an average height of between 0.5 ?m and 500 ?m, and the plurality of second elements can have an average height of between 0.01 ?m and 10 ?m. Such substrates can be prepared by texturing a surface of a substrate with a plurality of raised first elements and a plurality of second elements thereon; optionally silanizing the textured surface and applying a lubricant layer over the plurality of raised first elements and between the plurality of second elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: THE PENN STATE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Xianming Dai, Birgitt M. Boschitsch, Jing Wang, Tak-Sing Wong, Nan Sun
  • Patent number: 10434686
    Abstract: Three-dimensional polymeric article (100) having first (101) and second (102) opposed major surfaces, a first dimension perpendicular to a second dimension, a thickness orthogonal to the first and second dimensions, and a plurality of alternating first (107) and second (109) polymeric regions along the first or second dimensions, wherein the first (107) and second (108) regions extend at least partially across the second dimension, wherein the first regions (107) are in a common plane (115) and wherein some of the second regions (108) project outwardly from the plane (115) in a first direction (generally perpendicular from the plane), and some of the second regions (108) project outwardly from the plane (115) in a second direction that is generally 180 degrees from the first direction, where the first regions (107) have a first crosslink density, wherein the second regions (108) have a second crosslink density, and wherein the second crosslink density of the second regions (108) are less than the first crossl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Evan Koon Lun Yuuji Hajime, Jason D. Clapper, Kurt J. Halverson, Myungchan Kang
  • Patent number: 10427397
    Abstract: Disclosed is a conformable, stretchable and electrical conductive structure, which includes an auxetic structure, and a plurality of electrical conductors. The plurality of electrical conductors being incorporated within the auxetic structure, to form conformable, stretchable electrical interconnects, configured based on a design of the auxetic structure and placement of the electrical conductors incorporated with the auxetic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tse Nga Ng, Ping Mei, Corie Lynn Cobb, Steven E. Ready, John S. Paschkewitz
  • Patent number: 10413457
    Abstract: Disclosed is a disposable absorbent article with a chassis body having a first end margin and a second end margin longitudinally spaced from the first end margins. The article further includes a topsheet, a backsheet, and an absorbent composite disposed between the topsheet and backsheet. The absorbent composite includes a first fabric, a second fabric, and absorbent particles disposed between the first and second fabric. The first fabric is intermittently attached to the second fabric to define a plurality of containers situated therebetween, each containing an aggregate of absorbent particles. The absorbent composite includes regions of such absorbent particles aggregates, including a primary region having containers of a first size and a secondary region having a plurality of containers of a second size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DSG Technology Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew C. Wright, Eugenio Varona
  • Patent number: 10399255
    Abstract: Three-dimensional polymeric article (100) having first (101) and second (102) opposed major surfaces, a base body (103) having a first dimension, a second dimension perpendicular to the first dimension, and a thickness, wherein the thickness is orthogonal to the first and second dimensions, wherein the base body (103) comprises a plurality of alternating, adjacent first (107) and second (108) polymeric regions along the first dimension, wherein the second dimensions of the first (107) and second (108) regions extend at least partially across the second dimensions, wherein the first regions (107) have a first crosslink density, wherein the second regions (108) have a second crosslink density, wherein the second crosslink density of the second regions (108) are less than the first crosslink density of the first regions (107), wherein the first and second regions extend perpendicularly in two directions from a central plane (115) in the base body (103) parallel to the first and second dimensions of the polymeric
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Evan Koon Lun Yuuji Hajime, Jason D. Clapper, Kurt J. Halverson, Myungchan Kang
  • Patent number: 10396163
    Abstract: A silicon carbide epitaxial substrate includes a silicon carbide single crystal substrate and a silicon carbide layer. The silicon carbide single crystal substrate has a first main surface. The silicon carbide layer is on the first main surface. The silicon carbide layer includes a second main surface opposite to a surface thereof in contact with the silicon carbide single crystal substrate. The second main surface has a maximum diameter of more than or equal to 100 mm. The second main surface includes an outer peripheral region which is within 3 mm from an outer edge of the second main surface, and a central region surrounded by the outer peripheral region. The central region has a haze of less than or equal to 75 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Wada, Hironori Itoh, Takemi Terao, Kenji Kanbara, Taro Nishiguchi
  • Patent number: 10363696
    Abstract: Polyvinyl acetal films with less blocking tendency and which allow for escape of gas during laminating to form laminated composities are prepared by a process for embossing a film comprising plasticized polyvinyl acetal with a roughness Rz on at least one surfaces of 20 to 100 ?m by the steps of a. extruding of plasticised polyvinyl acetal to a film with a stochastic roughness of the surfaces of Rz =1 to 70 ?m, b. embossing at least one surface of the film obtained in step a) with channels having a depth of 5-50 ?m, a width of 10-200 ?m and a pitch of 50-2500 ?m, wherein c. the surface roughness of the elevations between the channels is at most 20% lower as obtained in step a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Keller, Shinichi Muguruma, Detlef Hanning, Jan Denis Rogall, Keisuke Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 10337129
    Abstract: A process for debundling a carbon fiber tow into dispersed chopped carbon fibers suitable for usage in molding composition formulations is provided. A carbon fiber tow is fed into a die having fluid flow openings, through which a fluid impinges upon the side of the tow to expand the tow cross sectional area. The expanded cross sectional area tow extends from the die into the path of a conventional fiber chopping apparatus to form chopped carbon fibers, or through contacting tines of a mechanical debundler. Through adjustment of the relative position of fluid flow openings relative to a die bore through which fiber tow passes, the nature of the fluid impinging on the tow, the shape of the bore, in combinations thereof, an improved chopped carbon fiber dispersion is achieved. The chopped carbon fiber obtained is then available to be dispersed in molding composition formulations prior to formulation cure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Structural Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Probir Kumar Guha, Michael J. Siwajek, Michael J. Hiltunen, Shane Skop, Christopher Hiltunen, Patrick Hale
  • Patent number: 10328656
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a laminated plate (laminated glass plate 102 for a vehicle) including a first plate (first glass plate 201) being curved in a first curved shape, a second plate (second glass plate 202) having a second shape that is different from the first curved shape, and an intermediate film 301 bonding the first plate and the second plate, in which the laminated plate has, in a planar view thereof, a peripheral region 313 and an in-plane region 314, and the peripheral region 313 has a flat region 313a and an undulating region 313b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AGC Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Notsu, Shunsuke Sadakane, Atsushi Nakano
  • Patent number: 10315365
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a three-dimensional object, the method comprises, a step of forming the three-dimensional object including a structure and a support body; a step of removing the support body from the three-dimensional object; wherein the step of forming the three-dimensional object comprising: a step of generating slice data of the three-dimensional object; a step of stacking a structural material constituting the structure and a support material constituting the support body based on the slice data; and the support material which is stacked based on the slice data has weakened parts dividing the support body into a plurality of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidefumi Osawa
  • Patent number: 10315382
    Abstract: A process for producing a textured laminate sheet includes a) positioning a substrate material adjacent a barbed face of a metal sheet. The barbed face has a plurality of barbs, and the metal sheet has an opposed face opposite the barbed face. The process further includes b) forcing the metal sheet and the substrate material together to impale the substrate material on the barbs and secure the substrate material and the metal sheet together as a laminate sheet, and c) debossing the opposed face to form a plurality of depressions in the laminate sheet and texture the laminate sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Gripmetal Limited
    Inventor: Ray Arbesman
  • Patent number: 10310214
    Abstract: An optical element includes first and second optical portions, and a first connection region. The first optical portion has first and second surfaces opposed each other. The first optical portion is light transmissive. The second optical portion has a third surface opposing the first surface and separated from the first surface, and a fourth surface on an opposite side to the third surface. The second optical portion is light transmissive. The first connection region connects at least a portion of an end of the first optical portion and at least a portion of an end of the second optical portion, and provides a seamless connection to the first and second optical portions. The first connection region is light transmissive. At least one of the first or second surfaces includes a portion slanted to a plane perpendicular to a first direction from the second optical portion toward the first optical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ohno, Takahiro Terada, Masayuki Tanaka, Hideshi Nakano, Kotaro Kobayashi, Shanying Pan
  • Patent number: 10301094
    Abstract: An object to be achieved is to provide a product conveyance film, the generation of powder or other foreign matter from which is suppressed under vibration during transport. As a means for achieving the object, a product conveyance film is provided which is placed between a product and a packing material in which the product is enclosed, wherein such product conveyance film is characterized in that the maximum static friction force on its face on the product side is greater than the dynamic friction force on its face on the packing-material side and the difference between the two forces is 0.30 N or more, and that the dynamic friction force on the face on the packing-material side is 0.80 N or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: AICELLO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Uchida, Tomohiro Niimi
  • Patent number: 10281616
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a transparent body for use in a touch screen panel is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Jürgen Grillmayer, Thomas Werner Zilbauer
  • Patent number: 10272836
    Abstract: A smart functional vehicle component includes a vehicle component, a leather sheet fixed over a surface of the vehicle component, a flexible electronic circuit contacting an A-surface of the leather sheet and including a printed and cured conductive ink, a light source that emits light when electrical power is supplied to the light source, the light source being electrically connected to the circuit, and a pigmented coating arranged over the electronic circuit and over the light source. The pigmented coating inhibits or prevents the circuit and the light source form being visible through the pigmented coating. Light emitted by the light source is visible through the pigmented coating. Light emitted by the light source provides visual indicators that convey information to a vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zainab I. Ali, Patricia A. Scott
  • Patent number: 10253207
    Abstract: Compositions and articles comprising a stress and crack resistant component comprising a thermoplastic component and an elongation component. In some examples, the invention is directed to a stress and crack resistant component comprising a thermoplastic component, an elongation modifier component and an elongation temperer; in preferred examples the thermoplastic component comprises a polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified (PETG) copolyester, the elongation modifier component comprises a halogenated polyolefin having a heat of fusion of 1 J/g or less, and the elongation temperer comprises a polystyrene acrylonitrile) (SAN). In preferred examples the stress-resistant component is comprised as a coating component covering at least one surface of a substrate, such as one comprising a medium density fiberboard (MDF), a particle board, an oriented strand board, fiberglass, a natural wood, a composite wood product, and a synthetic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Roderick Hughes
  • Patent number: 10239212
    Abstract: An ultrasonic tactile sensor for detecting a clamping force includes an ultrasonic detector and a sensing layer, and the sensing layer includes a first soft layer and a second soft layer, and the first soft layer has plural spherical microstructures arranged in contact with the ultrasonic detector, so that after a pressure is applied to the sensing layer, the ultrasonic detector generates an ultrasonic wave and receives a reflected wave signal, and the signal is provided for identifying the contact area of the spherical microstructures and deriving the force exerted on the tactile sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Cheng Hsin Chuang, Jia Wun Chen
  • Patent number: 10232528
    Abstract: A method of making a longitudinal reinforcing structure for a wind turbine blade. The method comprises a) providing an elongate master strip (62) of reinforcing material having substantially flat first and second surfaces, the distance between the first and second surfaces defining the thickness of the master strip; and b) dividing the master strip transversely to form a first strip and a shorter master strip, the respective strips being arranged end to end such that a trailing end of the first strip is located adjacent a new leading end of the master strip. The step of dividing the master strip comprises removing material from a dividing region extending through the entire thickness of the master strip, wherein the dividing region is shaped such that a chamfer (19c) at the trailing end (19b) of the first strip is created and a chamfer (63a) at the new leading end (63) of the master strip is created when the master strip is divided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Christopher Boon, John Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10196264
    Abstract: A reactor configured to release hydrogen from a hydrogen-bearing, liquid compound, having a reactor vessel which comprises at least one body with metallic support structure. A solid, highly porous coating is applied on said at least one body which comprises catalytically acting substances for the release of hydrogen from the liquid, hydrogen-bearing compound, wherein the at least one body with metallic support structure comprises at least one cutout with a volume that remains the same or becomes larger from along a cross-sectional dimension extending from bottom to top, based on the reactor vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Martin Eypasch, Michael Zenner, Peter Wasserscheid, Willi Peters