Forming, Or Cooperating To Form Cells Patents (Class 428/178)
  • Patent number: 7566489
    Abstract: A shock-absorbing structure component has two cover layers and an intermediate layer that is arranged between them. The intermediate layer extends in an alternating form between the cover layers, with the material of the intermediate layer being selected such that it has a higher capacity elongation prior to breaking than that of the outer cover layer. The energy of an impact can thus be absorbed as the intermediate layer is stretched into a bag shape and the inner cover layer breaks off progressively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Starke
  • Patent number: 7550191
    Abstract: A web for the manufacture of fluid filled units with a novel machine and process is disclosed. The web includes an elongate heat sealable, flattened plastic tube comprised of face and back imperforate layers. The layers are imperforately joined together along spaced side edges. The layers include superposed longitudinal lines of weakness disposed generally transversely midway between the side edges. The web has longitudinally spaced, pairs of transverse seals. Each transverse seal extends from a respective side edge to an end near but spaced from the longitudinal lines of weakness. The transverse seal pairs include transverse lines of weakness extending from one side edge to the other generally centrally of each seal in a longitudinal direction. The side edges, transverse seals and lines of weakness together delineating two oppositely oriented strings of pouches with each pouch having three imperforate sides and a centrally located fill opening at its fourth side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Hershey Lerner
  • Publication number: 20090155542
    Abstract: A lightweight multilayer heat reflective concrete cure blanket having a moisture-impervious top outer layer, a moisture-impervious bottom outer layer, and the top and bottom layers sealingly connected to each other at the boundaries of the layers to form a moisture-impervious chamber between the first and second layers. The chamber includes at least one bubble type insulative layer therein, and the bottom surface of the blanket comprises a heat reflective material to reflect heat emanating from the concrete when the blanket is placed over the concrete. In a further embodiment, heat reflective material is applied to at least one inner bubble type layer to reflect additional heat which radiates from the concrete through the insulative layer and back towards the concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Midwest Canvas Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Handwerker
  • Publication number: 20090142615
    Abstract: A composite structure for microlithography, in particular a holding device for a wafer, has two or more components, the surfaces of which are bonded together at least at one bond. At least one of the components consists of cordierite (Mg2Al4Si5O18) or of silicon carbide (SiC). Also disclosed is an optical arrangement, in particular a projection illumination apparatus for microlithography, having at least one such composite structure, preferably a wafer stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: Carl Zeiss SMT AG
    Inventors: Claudia EKSTEIN, Hubert HOLDERER
  • Patent number: 7541084
    Abstract: A multiphase polymeric material comprises a first rigid continuous phase and a second elastic phase dispersed in the first phase. The multiphase polymeric material may be formed into polymeric strips and used to make a cellular confinement system which is suitable for use in cold areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: PRS Mediterranean Ltd.
    Inventors: Izhar Halahmi, Oded Erez, Adi Erez
  • Patent number: 7541085
    Abstract: A flexible core element having a large bonding surface area suitable for sandwich type construction comprising a plurality of first hexagonal nodes defining a first surface, a plurality of second hexagonal nodes defining a second surface spaced apart from and parallel to the first surface, and a plurality of rectangular wall members which interconnect said first hexagonal nodes to said second hexagonal nodes and define the depth of the core element. Each hexagonal node corresponds to an open hexagonal cell on its obverse surface and serves as a bonding surface. The core element is fabricated from a continuous sheet of material that has been die-cut with a repeating geometrical design, creased and folded, concertina style, in upon itself to make a double-sided core material that is flexible, able to vent, exhibits good bend and shear strength, and has a large surface bonding area rendering it suitable in the construction of lightweight sandwich panels and offering a wide array of other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Robert L. J. Burdon
  • Publication number: 20090123708
    Abstract: Three simple tools are used to both preform and mold a composite layup into a J-beam. A first composite charge is preformed into a C-channel using a first tool, and a second composite charge is formed into a Z-channel using both the first tool and a second tool. The C-channel and Z-channel are laid up between the first and second tools, following which a perform composite cap and third tool are added to complete the layup and the tool assembly. The layup may be molded using vacuum bagging techniques and subsequently cured while held in the tool assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Edoardo P. Depase, Christopher V. Grubbs, Grant C. Zenkner
  • Patent number: 7521111
    Abstract: An inflatable cellular cushioning material (300) having an pipe entry line (314) to be inflated by an inflating device through the use of an air inlet pipe, the inflatable cushioning material comprising at least two layers of plastic welded in such a manner so as to form a substantially horizontally oriented longitudinal lines forming at least one row of cells (320) having at least one opening (336) forming a brick like formation along the horizontal axis of the inflatable cellular cushioning material, such that a flow of air is possible from one cell to another along the horizontal span of the inflatable cellular cushioning material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Green Magic Wrap Packaging Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Hasdi Matarasso
  • Publication number: 20090081416
    Abstract: A novel packaging wrap is used in cushioning a product for shipment and is formed from the combination of a layer of pleated sheet material, the pleated material being creased at the apices of each pleat, and a planar layer of sheet material which is adhered to, and preferably, adhesively bonded, to a pleated sheet of kraft paper. The pleated sheet material has a weight in the range from about 30 to 50 pounds and the planar sheet material is preferably tissue paper having a weight of less than about 20 pounds. The pleated sheet material preferably, has a pleat angle in the range from above 45 degrees to below 85 degrees, and most preferably the pleats have an angle of about 50 to 65 degrees. Preferably, the pleats have a height in the range from about 3 sixteenths of an inch to about one half inch, in terms of distance between top planar sheet and bottom planar sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: David P. Goodrich
  • Patent number: 7507380
    Abstract: Embodiments of an apparatus, system, and method for chemical synthesis and/or analysis are disclosed. One embodiment of a disclosed apparatus comprises a laminated, microfluidic structure defining a reactor and a separator. Such apparatuses, or portions thereof, generally have dimensions ranging from about 1 micrometer to about 100 micrometers. To implement synthetic processes, disclosed embodiments of the apparatus generally include at least one valve, and often plural, selectively actuatable valves. Detectors, including optical detectors, also can be used to detect product and other materials as they flow by, or are otherwise presented to, the detector. Individual apparatuses may be coupled both in series and in parallel to form a system for making chemical compounds. The apparatus is particularly useful for making compounds requiring iterative reaction schemes, and further can be used to make compounds having morphological structures that resemble the morphology of the apparatus itself, such as dendrimers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: State of Oregon Acting By and Through the State Board of Higher Education on behalf of Oregon State University
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Chang, Brian Kevin Paul, Vincent Thomas Remcho
  • Publication number: 20090061164
    Abstract: A cold-formable laminate made of an aluminium foil (26, 46) covered on both sides with plastics material for producing base parts of blister packagings for pharmaceutical products which are freeze dried in the base part has the layer sequence layer A (22)/layer B (24)/aluminium foil (26)/layer C (28)/layer D (30), wherein the layer A is a film 10 to 100 ?m thick made of COC/PE blend or coextruded COC-PE, the layers B and C are films 10 to 50 ?m thick made of oPA, oPP or PET and the layer D is a film 10 to 100 ?m thick made of COC/PE blend, coextruded COC-PE or PVC, the layers A and D being different, or layer A (22)/layer B (24)/aluminium foil (26)/layer C (28)/layer D (30), wherein the layer A is a film 4 to 20 ?m thick made of oPP or PET, the layers B and C are films 10 to 50 ?m thick made of oPA or PET and the layer D is a film 10 to 100 ?m thick made of COC/PE blend or coextruded COC/PE, or layer B (44)/aluminium foil (46)/layer C (48)/layer D (50), wherein the layers B and C are films 10 to 50 ?m thic
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Erwin Pasbrig, Oliver Brandl
  • Patent number: 7487576
    Abstract: A drill assembly, for example for drilling or coring concrete, has a drill column formed from a composite material. A track for a wall saw or for supporting other structures for movement along the track is formed from a composite material. A composite column, rail or other longitudinally extending composite structure having a hollow interior portion includes an internal support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Husqvarna Outdoor Products Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Baratta, Luciano Cuevas
  • Patent number: 7482051
    Abstract: A bubble wrapping sheet has a simple structure and can easily inflate all of the air bubbles to wrap a product to be protected. The air bubbles can be constructed by tube partition seals that create air tubes and by bubble partition seals that divide the air tubes into a plurality of series connected air bubbles. The shape and size of the tube partition seals and bubble partition seals can be modified to change the shape of air bubbles and the density of the air bubbles on the bubble wrapping sheet. A check valve for the bubble wrapping sheet is provided to each air tube. The check valve may be configured by an air flow maze portion having a zig-zag air passage and a common air duct portion which provides the air to the air flow maze portion of a current air tube as well as to the air flow maze portion of a next air tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Air-Paq, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuzumi Tanaka, Wei-Wen Peng
  • Patent number: 7467429
    Abstract: The bedding article includes upper and lower fabric layers which are substantially identical in configuration and are secured to each other around the peripheries thereof. A plurality of channels are defined by channel baffle members which extend in a longitudinal direction of the bedding article. A plurality of curved, cup-like baffle elements are positioned in the channels, attached to the upper and lower fabric sections. The baffle members alternate in orientation, i.e. their direction of opening, along the length of the channel, wherein adjacent baffles which curve toward each other are spaced apart so as to permit fill to be blown into the channels and the volumes bounded by the baffle elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Pacific Coast Feather Company
    Inventor: Tamara P. Soreano
  • Patent number: 7465484
    Abstract: A lightweight multilayer heat reflective concrete cure blanket having a moisture-impervious top outer layer, a moisture-impervious bottom outer layer, and the top and bottom layers sealingly connected to each other at the boundaries of the layers to form a moisture-impervious chamber between the first and second layers. The chamber includes at least one bubble type insulative layer therein, and the bottom surface of the blanket comprises a heat reflective material to reflect heat emanating from the concrete when the blanket is placed over the concrete. In a further embodiment, heat reflective material is applied to at least one inner bubble type layer to reflect additional heat which radiates from the concrete through the insulative layer and back towards the concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Midwest Canvas Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Handwerker
  • Patent number: 7445833
    Abstract: An ergonomic floormat has particular utility as a surgical mat to decrease musculoskeletal fatigue in humans during prolonged static postural stress, as occurs during standing. The floormat is constructed in a laminated fashion utilizing bubble shaped closed cellular materials, closed cellular polyethylene foam materials and/or closed cellular polypropylene foam materials. The design provides an ergonomically, non-compressible mat, which offers high support and high Indent Force Deflection. In a preferred embodiment, the mat is designed for single use only and is completely disposable. Additional features of the mat include being water repellant, anti-static and an anti-skid bottom surface of a low-tack, adhesive material to allow for greater securement to the surgical floor and to prevent slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Ergotech Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: John W Polley
  • Publication number: 20080233357
    Abstract: Sandwich structures and methods of making same. A core material structure based on blow molded segments has been developed to facilitate the use of very thick sandwich panels, 4 to 72 in. thick. The basic concept uses an array of hollow rectangular segments arranged in a sheet, to form the core, with sandwich face skins on top and bottom. The hollow core segments have wall thicknesses from about 0.015 to 0.250 in. Once the blow molded core (BMC) segments and skins are bonded together, using resin infusion (or other molding techniques) the sides of the segments form webs which act as though they were continuous; like a giant rectangular honeycomb. Sandwich structure thicknesses of 4 to 18 in. have been demonstrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Steven J. Winckler
  • Patent number: 7419717
    Abstract: A thermoplastic laminate plank is described wherein the thermoplastic laminate plank comprises a core, a print layer, and optionally an overlay. The core comprises at least one thermoplastic material and has a top surface and bottom surface wherein a print layer is affixed to the top surface of the core and an overlay layer is affixed to the top surface of the print layer. Optionally, an underlay layer can be located and affixed between the bottom surface of the print layer and the top surface of the core. In addition, a method of making the thermoplastic laminate plank is further described which involves extruding at least one thermoplastic material into the shape of the core and affixing a laminate on the core, wherein the laminate comprises an overlay affixed to the top surface of the print layer and optionally an underlay layer affixed to the bottom surface of the print layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Mannington Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao A. Chen, Richard Judd
  • Publication number: 20080202682
    Abstract: The invention provides a substantially two-dimensional element (2D element) which bonds adhesively without bubbles under heat activation and has at least one heat-activable adhesive, one side face of said element having a groove element. The groove element comprises at least one groove adapted for the transport of a fluid. The groove is set into the side face of the 2D element in such a way that it is open towards the side face. It runs continuously from one edge section of the side face to a further edge section of the side face. By way of the groove structure formed from the at least one groove, liquid or gaseous fluids which form or collect in the bond area can be drained from the plane of the bond, thereby improving the strength of the bond. The invention further offers methods of producing and employing this 2D element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: TESA AG
    Inventors: Marc Husemann, Frank Hannemann
  • Patent number: 7416775
    Abstract: A wall element, comprising two outer layers extending at least substantially parallel to each other, between which two or more intermediate layers are provided, characterized in that said intermediate layers extends between the outer layers in a zigzag fashion, wherein the intermediate layers are arranged in a nested fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Unda Maris B.V.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus J. R. K. Snel
  • Patent number: 7413792
    Abstract: A mesostructured material, which has plural tubular pores and is arranged on a polymer surface, characterized in that the pores are uniaxially oriented. The mesostructured material can be developed to functional devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Miyata, Kazuyuki Kuroda
  • Patent number: 7399517
    Abstract: A cushion pad for shows includes a top plate, a bottom plate and a flexible mediate portion connected between the top plate and the bottom plate. The flexible mediate portion includes a plurality of straight plates perpendicularly connected to the top plate and the bottom plate, and a serrated plate is connected between the straight plates extending from the top plate and the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: I Shing Trade Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jack Wang
  • Publication number: 20080145621
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an absorbent covering (1) having high damping power, secured on a structure (2) and comprising a dissipater mesh made up of a plurality of dissipating elements (3) and of nodes (4) each having its bottom end (4?) secured on said structure (2). In remarkable manner, said bottom ends (4?) of said nodes (4) project from said dissipating elements (3) so as to leave an empty space (5) between the dissipating elements (3) and said structure (2), said absorbent covering (1) including main absorbent elements (6) arranged in said empty space (5), each of said main absorbent elements (6) being secured firstly to a bottom face (3?) of a said dissipating element (3) and secondly to said structure (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventor: Thomas Manfredotti
  • Patent number: 7377084
    Abstract: A structural panel for use in building structures or in the formation, finish or decoration thereof includes an outer sheet and a connector sheet with a plurality of collapsible or compressible dividers therebetween. The panel in a rest condition is expanded and of a desired thickness for final use but can be compressed into a relatively thin thickness or profile for shipping purposes. The panel is very lightweight but structurally strong and can be selectively bent in one transverse direction if desired. The panel can be easily cut or formed into any predetermined size or shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Swiszcz, Ko Kuperus, Wendell B. Colson, Jason T. Throne
  • Patent number: 7371451
    Abstract: A structural panel comprised of a plurality of distinct layers of cylindrical foam elements each covered with a fiber-reinforced composite material. The cylindrical foam elements are arranged in layers such that the elements of adjacent layers are arranged non-parallel to one another. A pair of facesheets are secured to opposing surfaces of the cylindrical foam elements. The structural panel is high in strength, structural stiffness, and yet relatively low in weight, and is suitable for a variety of aerospace and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Ross Haynes Messinger
  • Patent number: 7368163
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a surface modified polymer comprising a surface which is covalently bonded to a surface modifying compound. Formation of the covalent bond between the polymer and the surface modifying compound is achieved by a reaction between an intrinsic functional group that is present in the polymer and the functional group of the surface modifying compound. By using a polymer having an intrinsic functional group, a separate surface activation step is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Fluidigm Corporation
    Inventors: Jiang Huang, Shoujun Xiao, Marc A. Unger
  • Patent number: 7361397
    Abstract: A machine which inflates and seals pillows in packaging is compact in overall size, can be conveniently operated to produce varied lengths of strips of inflated pillow-type packaging as needed, can begin production of inflated pillow-type strip packaging immediately after being held out of a production cycle for some period of time, and applies a heated sealing element directly to and in sliding contact with a web of film to securely seal the inlet port of an inflated pillow while the pillow is under pressure and as the web of film is continuously and uninterruptedly advanced through the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Free-Flow Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Perkins, Oliver M. Reyes, Philipp Borchard, Nicholas P. De Luca
  • Patent number: 7326458
    Abstract: An insulator is provided having a folded, stacked substrate with a plurality of insulating cells. The substrate is folded such that cells on one folded portion are interleaved with cells on another portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen W. Zagorski
  • Patent number: 7297387
    Abstract: The present invention provides an air-filling cushioning material which can sufficiently inflate cells and, in addition, which can hold the crease of the fold when being formed into a three-dimensional configuration. An air-filling cushioning material 1, in which a plurality of cells 2 having an air-fillable space are formed by adhering overlapped flexible sheets 1a, 1b at predetermined spots wherein one sheet 1a is flat while the other sheet 1b is molded beforehand into a configuration of the cells 2 in inflation at the position where the cells 2 are to be formed. Therefore, there is no such problem, as in the conventional case where the cells are formed by tucking the other sheet, the cells cannot inflate well. The cells 2 formed on the other sheet 1b can inflate sufficiently into a configuration as molded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Kashiwara Seitai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Koyanagi
  • Patent number: 7297390
    Abstract: A composite structure, and method of manufacturing it, having a specified width, length, and height defining a top and bottom the composite structure. The composite structure includes a three dimensional structural core constructed of a polymer with a first series of a geometric pattern repeated along its length. The structural core also has a second series of the geometric pattern repeated along the width thereof. The geometric patter may be a sinusoidal curve or a substantially pyramidal shape. The composite structure also includes a first reinforcement layer made of a polymer positioned above the structural core and bonded thereto. It also includes a second reinforcement layer made of a polymer that is positioned below the structural core and bonded thereto. The composite structure may also include a decorative layer above the first reinforcement layer, an acoustical batting layer positioned between the first reinforcement layer and the structural core, and may include fire retardant chemicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventors: Richard A. Simmons, John R. Stoll, Keith Panik, F. Arthur Simmons
  • Patent number: 7291377
    Abstract: A novel design for dummy ribs in a plasma display panel. The plasma display panel includes upper and lower substrates which are installed to be spaced apart from each other by a predetermined distance and which contain therebetween a plurality of barrier ribs and discharge spaces that are between the barrier ribs. The plasma display panel has a display region for displaying images from the discharge spaces. Outside the display region are formed sets of dummy ribs which are positioned in parallel to each other and spaced by a predetermined distance from the display region. Dummy ribs serve to support the upper and lower substrates while maintaining a predetermined distance therebetween. Each set of dummy ribs has at least one reinforcing rib specially designed to be resilient to damage. When exposed to sandblasting, the reinforcing rib remains functional and continues to keep the upper and the lower substrates separated by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Keun Ahn, Hyun-Chul Song, Tae-Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 7279215
    Abstract: The invention features integrated membrane assemblies for selectively transferring a constituent to or from a fluid. The assemblies include two or more flat sheet membrane elements and at least one common manifold connected to the interior regions of the membrane elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Hester, David J. Colburn, Michael K. Domroese, Harold T. Freemyer, Robert S. Kody, David F. Slama, Peter B. Zenk
  • Patent number: 7223462
    Abstract: A machine which inflates and seals pillows in packaging is compact in overall size, can be conveniently operated to produce varied lengths of strips of inflated pillow-type packaging as needed, can begin production of inflated pillow-type strip packaging immediately after being held out of a production cycle for some period of time, and applies a heated sealing element directly to and in sliding contact with a web of film to securely seal the inlet port of an inflated pillow while the pillow is under pressure and as the web of film is continuously and uninterruptedly advanced through the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Free-Flow Packaging International, Inc
    Inventors: Andrew Perkins, Oliver M. Reyes, Philipp Borchard, Nicholas P. De Luca
  • Patent number: 7223461
    Abstract: An inflatable cushioning article is made from a multilayer film having a seal layer, a gas barrier layer, and a tie layer adhering the seal layer to the gas barrier layer. The cushioning article has a plurality of inflatable chambers, with each of the chambers having a plurality of cells connected in series to one another via inflation channels. Although the inflatable article can be made from relatively thin films, the article exhibits a relatively high burst pressure and can be inflated to, for example 3 psi, and withstand conditions such as 140° F. and high altitude, without film delamination, seal failure, or film rupture. Preferably, the tie layer comprises an anhydride modified polyolefin having an anhydride content of at least 150 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Michael Metta, Robert O'Dowd
  • Patent number: 7220476
    Abstract: An inflatable web, and method and apparatus for inflating the web, which generally includes two sheets having inner surfaces sealed to each other in a pattern defining a series of inflatable chambers of predetermined length, each of the chambers having at least one change in width over their length; an inflation port located at a proximal end of each chamber, the inflation ports being formed by intermittent seals between the sheets; and longitudinal flanges formed by a portion of each of the sheets that extend beyond the inflation ports and intermittent seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles R. Sperry, Suzanne Scott
  • Patent number: 7220471
    Abstract: An insert film having a printed part is integrally molded to a surface of a panel body made of a resin by an insert molding. The printed part is printed on a first binder layer applied to a resin film and also is formed on the resin film in a state such of being sealed with the first binder layer and a second binder layer applied on the printed part. The printed part is formed as a trimming portion (blackout) along a peripheral portion of the resin film, and an area is formed between the peripheries of the first binder layer and the second binder layer and the periphery of the resin film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kotaro Oami, Masaaki Suzumura
  • Patent number: 7207151
    Abstract: A structural panel for use in building structures or in the formation, finish or decoration thereof includes an outer sheet and a connector sheet with a plurality of collapsible or compressible dividers therebetween. The panel in a rest condition is expanded and of a desired thickness for final use but can be compressed into a relatively thin thickness or profile for shipping purposes. The panel is very lightweight but structurally strong and can be selectively bent in one transverse direction if desired. The panel can be easily cut or formed into any predetermined size or shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Swiszcz, Ko Kuperus, Wendell B. Colson, Jason T. Throne
  • Patent number: 7208217
    Abstract: An article having a top sheet, a core layer and, optionally, a barrier layer is configured to provide storage and metered release of a highly viscous fluid to a target surface. The core layer contains an array of three dimensional voids, which may be opened (i.e., apertured) or closed, that are configured to receive and store the fluid, and is formed of a material that is non-absorbent with respect to the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corporation
    Inventors: William D. Deep, Constance Shanahan Donnelly, James David Tribble
  • Patent number: 7194846
    Abstract: A structural panel for use in building structures or in the formation, finish or decoration thereof includes an outer sheet and a connector sheet with a plurality of collapsible or compressible dividers therebetween. The panel in a rest condition is expanded and of a desired thickness for final use but can be compressed into a relatively thin thickness or profile for shipping purposes. The panel is very lightweight but structurally strong and can be selectively bent in one transverse direction if desired. The panel can be easily cut or formed into any predetermined size or shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Swiszcz, Ko Kuperus, Wendell B. Colson, Jason T. Throne
  • Patent number: 7192631
    Abstract: An ergonomic floormat has particular utility as a surgical mat to decrease musculoskeletal fatigue in humans during prolonged static postural stress, as occurs during standing. The floormat is uniquely designed in a laminated fashion, utilizing bubble shaped closed cellular materials, closed cellular polyethylene foam materials and/or closed cellular polypropylene foam materials. The unique design allows an ergonomically, non-compressible mat, which offers high support and high Indent Force Deflection. The mat is designed for single use only and is completely disposable. The mat is water repellant and anti-static, and can include an anti-skid bottom surface of a low-tack, adhesive material to allow for greater securement to the surgical floor and to prevent slippage. While the floormat is designed with particular application for the operating theatre, it may find use in consumer and industrial situations as well, where a disposable mat is desired for maximum ergonomic and anti-fatigue properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Ergotech Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Polley
  • Patent number: 7169459
    Abstract: A collapsible cellular insulation panel for use with mobile shelters is provided. The panel comprises first and second outer sheets with a plurality of intermediate thin flexible membranes. The membranes are secured along first and second edges to inner surfaces of the outer sheets. The membranes are attached to adjacent membranes along strips that are parallel to and intermediate the first and second membrane edges. The interconnected membranes form cells that trap insulating air and break up convective currents between the outer sheets. Supported from underneath on a horizontal surface, the membranes lay substantially flat, such that a thickness of the panel substantially equals the sum of the thicknesses of the membranes and outer sheets. The panel is thus well adapted for use with mobile shelters, because it occupies little volume in the collapsed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: L'Garde, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lichodziejewski, Mitchell Thomas
  • Patent number: 7153560
    Abstract: A damping element for a shoe, especially for a sports shoe, having at least one first element which extends essentially in a load direction over a pre-determined height in the unloaded state of the damping element, and is embodied as a hollow body defining a receiving area in which an associated second element with a smaller cross-section can at least partially penetrate. The second element extends essentially in the load direction over a pre-determined height in the unloaded state of the damping element, and is arranged coaxially in relation to the first element. To improve the damping performance of the shoe, the second element is also embodied as a hollow body and the two associated elements are interconnected by means of an elastic connecting section which only extends between the first-element and the second element so that the elements together form a gas-tight chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Puma Aktiengesellschaft Rudolf Dassler Sport
    Inventor: Theodor Hofmann
  • Patent number: 7122232
    Abstract: A print medium that is expandable and collapsible comprises two sheets separated by at least one collapsible brace. The collapsible brace includes a first wall attached to one of the sheets and a second wall that swings in relation to the first wall. The swinging motion of the second wall in one direction expands a distance between the two sheets, while a swinging motion of the second wall in the opposite direction collapses the distance between the two sheets. At least one sheet of the paper may include an ink receiving layer. When the collapsible brace is expanded, the print medium becomes a substantially rigid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Nelson Robins, Heather Noel Bean
  • Patent number: 7115317
    Abstract: A seal has a non-woven fabric folded along lines transverse to the opposite side of the seal and secured by adhesive to fabric strips. The non-woven fabric forms elongated cells with a plurality of the cells receiving inserts to increase seal stiffness. By securing one of these strips to a stationary component of the sealing surfaces, the opposite strip may expand or collapse relative to a movable sealing surface to accommodate excursions of that surface. Multiple layers of cells may be provided in the seals. The inserts may have various cross-sectional configurations including circular, triangular or rhombic and formed of tubes, solid rods or coiled springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zhangqing Zhuo, Wei Tong
  • Patent number: 7101603
    Abstract: A first film plate 20 and a second film plate 40, each made of flexible resin film, are attached to a top surface and a bottom surface of a key top 30 made of mold-resin, respectively, so as to cover the key top 30. The first film plate 20 is pressed upward to form a recessed portion 23, the key top 30 is molded within this recessed portion 23. The second film plate 40 is arranged on the bottom surface of the key top 30. All of the first film plate 20, the key top 30, and the second film plate 40 are transparent. Decorative layers 21 and 41 are formed on the first film plate 20 and the second film plate 40, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Teikoku Tsushin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Okamura, Kimitane Kimura, Yasuo Kojima, Atsushi Hari, Shinji Mizuno
  • Patent number: 7090912
    Abstract: A machine which inflates and seals pillows in packaging is compact in overall size, can be conveniently operated to produce varied lengths of strips of inflated pillow-type packaging as needed, can begin production of inflated pillow-type strip packaging immediately after being held out of a production cycle for some period of time, and applies a heated sealing element directly to and in sliding contact with a web of film to securely seal the inlet port of an inflated pillow while the pillow is under pressure and as the web of film is continuously and uninterruptedly advanced through the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Free-Flow Packaging International Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Perkins, Oliver M. Reyes, Philipp Borchard, Nicholas P. De Luca
  • Patent number: 7074474
    Abstract: A composite material-stiffened panel has a skin obtained by molding a fiber-reinforced resin composite material into a flat skin, stiffeners arranged in rows on one surface of the skin, and a fiber-reinforced resin-composite material stitched on the skin covering the stiffeners. The composite material-stiffened panel can be manufactured as follows: A first fabric material is placed on a tool having a panel-shaped surface. Stiffeners are placed on the first fabric materials. A second fabric material is placed on the stiffeners to cover at least some of the stiffeners. The second fabric materials are reformed to match the shape of the stiffeners. The reformed second fabric material is stitched on the first fabric material along edges of the stiffeners. All the materials are covered with a bagging film for vacuum. Resin is infiltrated into the fabric materials by a RTM or a RFI method. The infiltrated resin is heated to be hardened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Toi, Masahiro Noda, Atsushi Harada, Shigeki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7041361
    Abstract: A web is formed from two sheets of polymeric material. An upper sheet includes pockets of any form. A lower sheet is subsequently bonded to the upper sheet which causes the sealing of each of the pockets. A web thus formed may be laminated with a metallic foil or metallized polymeric film. Such a web may also be laminated with a similar web in a face to face relationship so that the pockets interdigitate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventors: Peter Neils Thomsen, Patrick Joseph Byrne
  • Patent number: 7037571
    Abstract: A disposable shoe liner that is formed from a first substrate, a second substrate, and discrete regions of a functional material sandwiched therebetween is provided. In particular, the first and second substrates contain are fused together at certain portions such that fused portions and unfused portions are formed. The unfused portions form pockets that contain the functional material. In some embodiments, for example, the pockets contain activated carbon granules to provide comfort to the foot and to absorb odors exuded therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Fish, Naveen Agarwal
  • Patent number: 7033664
    Abstract: A crystalline substrate based device including a crystalline substrate having formed thereon a microstructure and at least one packaging layer which is formed over the microstructure and defines therewith at least one gap between the crystalline substrate and the at least one packaging layer and at least one opening in the packaging layer communicating with the at least one gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Tessera Technologies Hungary Kft
    Inventors: Gil Zilber, Reuven Katraro, Doron Teomim