Including Variation In Thickness Patents (Class 428/156)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10195789
    Abstract: This structure is provided with a first composite material 11, a second composite material 12 joined to the first composite material 11 by a film adhesive 21 provided between the first composite material 11 and the second composite material 12, and a corner fillet part 13 provided on a corner part 15 formed by the first composite material 11 and the second composite material 12. The shape of the corner fillet part 13 is a design shape P designed in advance, and the corner fillet part 13 is formed by curing the film adhesive 21 after arranging the film adhesive 21 on the corner part 15 so as to fit into the design shape P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshio Abe, Kiyoka Takagi, Takayuki Koyama, Kazuaki Kishimoto, Koichi Saito, Takashi Ishida
  • Patent number: 10190927
    Abstract: To provide a tactile sensor that allows a contact to be displaced largely and can detect fine ruggedness, flexibility, and other features of a surface of a measuring object. A sensor part S includes a frame 10 that includes a side part of a substrate B, a contact 20 that is disposed in parallel to the substrate B so that a tip of the contact 20 projects from a side face of the substrate B, a suspension 30 that supports the contact 20 to the frame 10, and displacement detectors 41 and 42 each of which detects displacement of the contact 20. The side face of the substrate B functions as a sensing surface. The contact 20 coming in contact with a measuring object O is displaced on a level parallel to the substrate B. Since the sensor part S can be configured widely in a planar manner along the substrate B, the structure has higher flexibility of design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION KAGAWA UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Hidekuni Takao
  • Patent number: 10160906
    Abstract: We describe a method for patterning of colloidal nanocrystals films that combines a high energy beam treatment with a step of cation exchange. The high energy irradiation causes cross-linking of the ligand molecules present at the nanocrystal surface, and the cross-linked molecules act as a mask for the subsequent cation exchange reaction. Consequently, in the following step of cation exchange, the regions that have not been exposed to beam irradiation are chemically transformed, while the exposed ones remain unchanged. This selective protection allows the design of patterns that are formed by chemically different nanocrystals, yet in a homogeneous nanocrystal film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Roman Krahne, Karol Miszta, Andrea Toma, Fanny Greullet, Sergio Marras, Mirko Prato, Milena Arciniegas, Liberato Manna
  • Patent number: 10143596
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods for deforming a web comprising the steps of supplying a first layer of a web; weakening the first layer at a plurality of locations to create a plurality of weakened, melt-stabilized locations in the first layer; supplying a second layer of the web onto at least part of the first layer; and forming a plurality of first features in the first layer and a plurality of second features throughout the first and second layers of the web in the z-direction, wherein the plurality of first and second features are formed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard George Coe, Kevin Gerard Muhs, Robert Karl Isburgh, Rong Deng, Amit Kumar Kaushik, Mathias Johannes Hilpert
  • Patent number: 10137661
    Abstract: A structural body which comprises a base and a microrelief structure layer having a microrelief structure. The microrelief structure layer is laminated on the base so as to form the surface layer of this structural body, and the microrelief structure layer has at least one physical property selected from the group consisting of (A) and (B) described below. (A) The elastic modulus at 25° C. is 50 MPa or more, and the elastic modulus at 80° C. is 30 MPa or less. (B) The tensile elongation at break at 80° C. is from 20% to 100% (inclusive).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Takihara, Eiko Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10135011
    Abstract: A display device including: a plurality of unit portions repeatedly arranged in a first direction and a second direction, wherein the second direction is different from the first direction; a plurality of display units respectively arranged above the plurality of unit portions; and a plurality of encapsulation layers respectively encapsulating the plurality of display units, wherein each of the plurality of unit portions includes an island where a display unit and an encapsulation layer are located, and at least one connection unit connected to the island, and islands of two unit portions adjacent to each other are spaced apart from each other, and connection units of the two unit portions adjacent to each other are connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gyungsoon Park, Ilgon Kim, Minjae Jeong
  • Patent number: 10133124
    Abstract: The array substrate comprises a transparent substrate and a film layer which covers the transparent substrate and which is provided with a groove, wherein the film layer is further provided with protrusions which extend from sidewalls of the groove and are away from a bottom surface of the groove; and wherein the groove is used for accommodating frame adhesive. The frame adhesive is injected into a surface of a film layer along the groove, and part of the frame adhesive can flow into the groove and fill the groove. After the frame adhesive is solidified, a clamping connection can be formed between the frame adhesive in the groove and the film layer, so that the frame adhesive and the array substrate can be connected with each other more firmly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei Cheng
  • Patent number: 10100147
    Abstract: An organic zinc catalyst having more uniform and fine particle size and showing more improved activity in a polymerization process for the preparation of a poly(alkylene carbonate) resin and a preparation method thereof, and a method of preparing a poly(alkylene carbonate) resin using the organic zinc catalyst, are provided. The preparation method of the organic zinc catalyst includes the steps of surface-treating a zinc precursor with a dispersant, and reacting the surface-treated zinc precursor with dicarboxylic acid to form a zinc dicarboxylate-based catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Seong Kyun Kang, Sung-Kyoung Kim, Jun Wye Lee, Eun Kyoung Park, Seung Young Park, Hyeon Choi
  • Patent number: 10101504
    Abstract: An optical element includes a substrate and a resin and satisfies the following formula, RTmax/RTmin?9/5, wherein RTmin represents the resin thickness at the thinnest regions of a major patterned component that is made of the resin, and RTmax represents the resin thickness at the thickest regions of the major patterned component which is made of the resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NLT TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Matsushima, Koji Shigemura
  • Patent number: 10040432
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for automatically maintaining cleanliness of an vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving, by a processor, at least one sensor signal from a sensor that monitors for particulates within an interior of a vehicle; determining, by the processor, a level of uncleanliness of the vehicle based on the sensor signal; and selectively generating, by the processor, at least one of a control signal to a cleaning element of the vehicle and a notification message based on the determining to achieve the level of cleanliness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Louise E. Stauffer, Spencer W. Chamberlain, Joseph Neighbors, Mary E. Decaluwe, Jim K. Rainbolt, Janet S. Goings, William J. Ochalek, Joseph F. Szczerba, Roy Mathieu, Paul W. Alexander, Dorel Sala, David R. Fischer, Joseph M. Bilderbeck, Ann K. Duffy, Sandra N. Thomson
  • Patent number: 10029780
    Abstract: A stiffened panel comprises a composite panel, and a stiffener including a base flange on the composite panel. The base flange is tapered towards the panel. The stiffened panel further comprises a composite overwrap layer on only the composite panel and a tapered surface of the base flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joshua Amory Ross, Shane Frank Cuda, Mark Ronald McLaughlin, Michael Robert Rush, Colin Lee Farr, David Bruce Smith, Nihar Ashokkumar Desai, Thomas Joseph Kennedy, Lyle Ray Deobald
  • Patent number: 10011916
    Abstract: Methods for producing a superhydrophobic anodized surface including anodizing a surface of a substrate in an anodization acid to form a plurality of pores, etching the surface with an etchant to widen an edge of each of the plurality of pores; repeatedly anodizing the surface in the anodization acid and etching the surface with the etchant until the edges of the plurality of pores overlap to form a plurality of nano-sharp ridges, and coating the surface with a hydrophobic polymer to render the surface superhydrophobic, such that the surface exhibits a contact angle of at least 150 degrees with a drop of water. Articles including a surface having a series of nano-sharp pore ridges defined by a series of pores and a sub-?m thick layer of a hydrophobic polymer on said surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Charlotte N. Barbier, John T. Simpson, Brian R. D'Urso, Elliot Jenner
  • Patent number: 9994538
    Abstract: Compounds of the formula (I) and (IA) wherein X is —O(CO)—; R1 is C1-C12haloalkyl or C6-C10haloaryl; R2 is located in position 7 of the coumarinyl ring and is OR8; R2a, R2b and R2C independently of each other are hydrogen; R3 is C1-C8haloalkyl or C1-C8haloalkyl; R4 is hydrogen; and R8 is C1-C6alkyI; are suitable as photosensitive acid donors in the preparation of photoresist compositions such as used for example in the preparation of spacers, insulating layers, interlayer dielectric films, insulation layers, planarization layers, protecting layers, overcoat layers, banks for electroluminescence displays and liquid crystal displays (LCD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Keita Tanaka, Yuki Matsuoka, Kazuhiko Kunimoto, Toshikage Asakura, Hisatoshi Kura
  • Patent number: 9966184
    Abstract: An inductor includes a stacked body having a first through hole, and an insulation film covering the stacked body. The stacked body includes a first wiring, a first insulation layer stacked on the first wiring and including a second through hole exposing the first wiring, a first adhesive layer stacked on the first insulation layer and including a third through hole communicating with the second through hole, a second wiring stacked on the first adhesive layer and including a fourth through hole communicating with the third through hole, a second insulation layer stacked on the second wiring and including a fifth through hole communicating with the fourth through hole, and a first through electrode with which the second to fifth through holes are filled. The first and second wirings are connected to form a helical coil. The fifth through hole has a larger planar shape than the fourth through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Nakamura, Tsukasa Nakanishi, Kiyokazu Sato
  • Patent number: 9950390
    Abstract: A method for making laser engravings on a web of paper, including prearranging a paper web conveying device; defining a working area along a path of the web; prearranging an emitter of laser pulses; prearranging a movable pointing device, selecting an engraving pattern to be engraved on the web; calculating an instruction file containing pointing instructions; selecting an emission power of the emitter of laser pulses; emitting laser pulses through the emission power; and operating the movable pointing device according to the instruction file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: EL. EN. S.P.A., HUNKELER.IT S.R.L.
    Inventors: Quirino Sestini, Giovanni Masotti, Carlo Giovannucci
  • Patent number: 9925714
    Abstract: A method for printing a three-dimensional part with an additive manufacturing system includes providing a consumable feedstock material comprising a semi-crystalline polymer containing one or more secondary materials, wherein the consumable feedstock material has a process window in which crystalline kinetics are either accelerated or retarded. The consumable feedstock material is melted in the additive manufacturing system. At least a portion of the three-dimensional part from the melted consumable feedstock material in a build environment maintained within the process window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke M. B. Rodgers, Vittorio L. Jaker
  • Patent number: 9920008
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a catalyst for synthesizing ethylenimine as well as a preparation method and application thereof. The related catalyst comprises a carrier and metal ions loaded on the carrier; the carrier is a composite oxide comprising titanium, silicon and phosphorus elements; the metal ions are magnesium ions, iron ions and cesium ions; the molar ratio of the magnesium ions to the iron ions to the cesium ions is (1-10):1:0.1; the mass of all metal ions is 0.5-10 percent of that of the carrier. In the related preparation method, a catalyst precursor is roasted at the temperature of 350-650° C., so that the catalyst is obtained; the catalyst precursor is the mixture of the carrier, soluble salt of magnesium, soluble salt of iron and soluble salt of cesium. The present invention also provides the application of the catalyst to synthesis of the ethylenimine by using amino alcohol as the raw material. Compared with a common catalyst which has the requirement on the temperature of over 400° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: XI'AN MODERN CHEMISTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jianming Yang, Jian Lu, Suning Mei, Qinwei Yu, Feng Hui, Yani Li, Fengwei Zhao, Weiqiang Wang, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9902186
    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: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Whiteman, Alice Smith, Adam Lister
  • Patent number: 9884447
    Abstract: A tool for making retroreflective articles comprises (a) a substrate comprising a patterned surface comprising an array of microstructured retroreflective elements and (b) a welding seam through at least a portion of the array. An optically degraded area adjacent the welding seam on the patterned surface has a width of about 400 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Przemyslaw P. Markowicz
  • Patent number: 9861536
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for modifying the physical characteristics of a web which involves passing the web between at least one pair of interengaged rolls to incrementally stretch the web, and then withdrawing the incrementally stretched web from between the rolls under tension. A web modified according to the disclosed method has desirable breathability and liquid impermeability, as well as extensibility and a soft, cloth-like textured surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Barry Jay Anderson, Todd Leon Mansfield, George Christopher Dobrin, Suna Polat
  • Patent number: 9865856
    Abstract: In a porous layer of the present invention, in a case where the porous layer is divided into 32 sections, a degree of variability in voidage that is measured in the 32 sections is 16.0% or lower. Each of the 32 sections is a rectangular parallelepiped whose longitudinal length is 2.3 ?m, transverse length is 2.3 ?m, and thickness is identical with that of the porous layer. The porous layer of the present invention and a separator formed by laminating the porous layer are suitable as a member for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that has an excellent cycle characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Chikara Murakami, Kosuke Kurakane, Syusaku Hara
  • Patent number: 9856591
    Abstract: There is provided a nonwoven fabric excellent in the balance among fuzz resistance, softness and tensile strength. The nonwoven fabric comprises an embossed portion and a non-embossed portion; the embossed portion comprising an emboss pattern that comprises unit patterns each delimited by emboss lines; the emboss lines each comprising a plurality of emboss element parts that are continuously arranged with a predetermined interval; wherein in the direction in which the distance from any arbitrarily-defined point in the non-embossed portion within the unit pattern toward the outside of the emboss lines that delimit the non-embossed portion is shortest, at least one of the plurality of emboss element parts is disposed so as to block the direction in which the distance from the arbitrarily-defined point toward the outside of the emboss lines that delimit the non-embossed portion is shortest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Taro Ichikawa, Yoshihisa Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9848755
    Abstract: A device and method for handling fluids released during a procedure employs a floormat with opposing surfaces. The floormat is formed, at least in part, of compressible and resilient material. An absorbent sheet is attached to one of the opposing surfaces of the floormat. At least part of the absorbent sheet is stacked to extend peripherally beyond the floormat. The floormat and absorbent sheet are placed where a user is expected to stand during the procedure, and are stacked with at least part of the absorbent sheet extending beyond the floormat. A user stands atop the floormat and absorbent sheet during at least part of the procedure. During the procedure, fluids that fall onto the absorbent sheet are absorbed into it. The floormat and absorbent sheet are vacated and discarded before starting another procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: David R. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9840109
    Abstract: An apparatus structured to contact external tissue, such as skin, of a user includes an elastomeric contacting portion that is structured to directly engage the external tissue. The contacting portion has an engineered surface (64A, 64B) that includes a plurality of non-random, predesigned surface features (70, 74B, 76B, 78B) designed to reduce friction and improve user comfort. In one implementation, the pitch (P) between each immediately adjacent pair of the surface features (70, 76B) is less than or equal to a predetermined maximum pitch value, and the height (H) of each of the surface features (70, 76B) is less than or equal to a predetermined maximum height value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Petrus Hendriks, Rudolf Maria Jozef Voncken, Willem Potze, Nicolaas Petrus Willard, Joyce Van Zanten, Mareike Klee
  • Patent number: 9840054
    Abstract: A large number of green veneers for plywood respectively having high water contents and formed in a rectangular shape are vertically laminated to obtain a veneer laminate having a quadrangular prismatic shape. The veneer laminate is located between upper and lower platen members so that two opposite side faces of the veneer laminate vertically form cut face gathering planes. The upper and lower platen members are moved toward each other to apply a pressing force to the veneer laminate. The pressing force applied to the veneer laminate is released or weakened while the water drawn through the cut face gathering planes by the pressing force is dripping downward along the cut face gathering planes of the veneer laminate vertically formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: TAIHEI MACHINERY WORKS, LTD
    Inventors: Mitsumasa Narita, Yasuyuki Ohdaira
  • Patent number: 9828248
    Abstract: A method for making a variable-density carbon nanotube film is provided. A drawn carbon nanotube film, including a number of carbon nanotubes aligned along an aligned direction, is prepared. A number of thin regions are formed in the drawn carbon nanotube film along the aligned direction by reducing density of carbon nanotubes in each of the plurality of thin regions. A variable-density carbon nanotube film is provided and includes a number of thin regions and at least one normal region having a density of carbon nanotubes greater than that of the thin regions. The at least one normal region includes a number of carbon nanotubes substantially aligned along an aligned direction. The thin regions are arranged in the form of at least one row extending along the aligned direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Beijing FUNATE Innovation Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Liang Liu
  • Patent number: 9826625
    Abstract: Stretchable electronic structure comprising one intrinsically fragile thin film integrated on or within a soft heterogeneous substrate. The invention also relates to a process for manufacturing such a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    Inventors: Hugues Vandeparre, Stephanie Lacour
  • Patent number: 9824802
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an Ni—Zn—Cu—Co ferrite sintered plate having a composition comprising 45 to 50 mol % of Fe2O3, 10 to 25 mol % of NiO, 15 to 36 mol % of ZnO, 2 to 14 mol % of CuO and 0.1 to 3.5 mol % of CoO, all of the molar amounts being calculated in terms of the respective oxides, and a ferrite sintered sheet that is provided on a surface thereof with a groove and further with an adhesive layer and/or a protective layer. The ferrite sintered sheet is capable of exhibiting an increased ?? value of a magnetic permeability while maintaining a small ?? value of the magnetic permeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TODA KOGYO CORP.
    Inventors: Makoto Sadai, Tomohiro Dote, Yoji Okano
  • Patent number: 9789014
    Abstract: Disclosed is an absorbent core composite for a disposable absorbent article. The absorbent composite has a first fabric, a body side second fabric, and a plurality of aggregates of superabsorbent particles (SAP) situated between the first fabric second fabric. About each of a plurality of the SAP aggregates, an arrangement of spaced apart bond sites secure the second fabric to the first fabric and form a pocket in which the SAP aggregate is secured between the first fabric and the second fabric. The body side second fabric is a bulky nonwoven including fibers that entangle at least some particles in the SAP aggregate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: DSG Technology Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew C. Wright, Eugenio Varona, Anne Smid, Dennis Smid
  • Patent number: 9776360
    Abstract: A transfer printing apparatus includes a mold, a stamper, a pressing roller and a curing unit. The mold has a first surface with first and second concavities, the second concavity has first and second planes, the first plane is perpendicular to the first surface, and the second plane is inclined to the first surface. The stamper having a second surface is disposed in the first concavity. The first and second surfaces are coplanar, and the second surface has transfer printing microstructures. The first and second surfaces are suitable for coated an adhesive layer. The pressing roller presses a base film onto the adhesive layer, such that the adhesive layer is integrated with the base film. The curing unit cures the adhesive layer on the base film, such that a taper corresponding to the second concavity and optical microstructures corresponding to the transfer printing microstructures are formed on the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CORETRONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ching-Tang Yang, Fang-Hsuan Su, Shang-Wei Chen, Min-Yi Hsu
  • Patent number: 9770936
    Abstract: A security mark is produced on a micro-porous, synthetic paper, structure by changing light transmission properties of light pathways through the structure. The security mark is visible when the structure is illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: David Benderly
  • Patent number: 9755025
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transparent compound semiconductor and to a production method therefor, and is adapted to provide a transparent compound semiconductor of high stability and charge mobility while being transparent. The transparent compound semiconductor according to the present invention has a composition of Ba1?XLaXSnO3 (0<x<0.1) and has a charge mobility of at least 10 cm2/V·sec.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: RFTRON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kookrin Char, Jisoon Ihm
  • Patent number: 9748320
    Abstract: A thin-film transistor substrate and a display device comprising the same are provided which can improve display quality by reducing or preventing deterioration of the characteristics of thin-film transistors. The thin-film transistor substrate comprises thin-film transistors on a lower protective metal layer. Each thin-film transistor comprises a buffer layer, a semiconductor layer, a first insulating film, a gate electrode, a second insulating film, a source electrode and a drain electrode, and a first electrode. The lower protective metal layer is electrically connected to the gate electrode and overlaps the channel region of the semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sungki Hong, Byungyong Ahn, Sangkug Han, Seungmin Lee, Yujin Choi, Sunghoon Hong, Youngwoon Yoon
  • Patent number: 9708225
    Abstract: A method of treating a ceramic surface containing zirconia, whereby the ceramic surface is ablated by directing a laser beam with a diameter of 200-400 ?m produced by a CO2 laser with a pulse frequency of 1200-1800 Hz onto the ceramic surface, and a N2 assist gas is concurrently applied with a pressure of 550-650 KPa co-axially with the laser beam to form an ablated ceramic surface comprising microgrooves with ZrN present on a surface of the microgrooves, wherein the ablated ceramic surface has a higher surface hydrophobicity than the ceramic surface prior to the ablating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Bekir Sami Yilbas, Haider Ali
  • Patent number: 9666447
    Abstract: A method of etching a layer on a substrate is described. The method includes disposing a substrate having a heterogeneous layer composed of a first material and a second material in a processing space of a plasma processing system, wherein the heterogeneous layer has an initial upper surface exposing the first material and the second material to a plasma environment in the processing space, and performing a modulated plasma etching process to selectively remove the first material at a rate greater than removing the second material. The modulated plasma etching process includes a modulation cycle that preferentially reacts an etchant with the first material during a first phase of the modulation cycle, and differentially adheres a passivant on the second material relative to the first material during a second phase of the modulation cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Vinayak Rastogi, Alok Ranjan
  • Patent number: 9622625
    Abstract: Sanitary tissue products that exhibit novel free fiber numbers compared to known sanitary tissue products as measured according to the Free Fiber Test Method described herein, and methods for making same, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ryan Dominic Maladen, John Allen Manifold, Ward William Ostendorf, Jeffrey Glen Sheehan
  • Patent number: 9610741
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for preparing a customized polymeric article including: providing two mold half-sections, each half-section having an outer surface and an inner surface; assembling the two mold half-sections to form a mold assembly such that the inner surfaces define a cavity there between; applying one or more magnetic fluids to the inner surface of a mold half-section; inserting a fluid polymeric material into the cavity; controllably applying a magnetic field to the magnetic fluids to form a customized reversible surface in accordance with a predetermined specific surface topography; subjecting the mold assembly to conditions sufficient to effect polymerization or hardening of the fluid polymeric material; and separating the two mold half-sections. Articles prepared by the method also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Hickenboth, Matthew J. Kryger, Federico Menta, Keith M. Cross, David L. Lusher, II