Sheet, Web, Or Layer Weakened To Permit Separation Through Thickness Patents (Class 428/43)
  • Patent number: 10710922
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for cutting a substrate are disclosed. In one arrangement, a plurality of recesses are formed in the surface of the substrate. The recesses as such that a stress can be applied to the substrate that is concentrated by the recesses. The concentrated stress causes the substrate to be cut along a cutting line that passes through the recesses. The cutting occurs via propagation of a crack through the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: National University of Ireland, Galway
    Inventors: Gerard O'Connor, Adam Collins
  • Patent number: 10661546
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing an adhesive tape, in particular a wrapping tape to be wrapped around cables in automobiles. In said method, at least one face of a perforated support (1) is coated with an adhesive. According to the invention, a mechanically and/or chemically reinforced nonwoven fabric is used as the perforated support (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: certoplast Technische Klebebaender GmbH
    Inventor: Rene Rambusch
  • Patent number: 10624506
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a paper towel product that will capably separate from the paper towel roll as a full sheet, a half sheet or a quarter sheet. A method of making a paper towel with machine direction perforations is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Steven R. Olson, David A. Hoadley, Thomas J. Daul
  • Patent number: 10604323
    Abstract: In a zig-zag folded stack of paper web, particularly a stack of recycling paper web, wherein at least one fold of the zag folded stack of paper web is provided with a perforation-tie-row, wherein the ties of the fold coupled to folding-web-she folded above one another, wherein the fold tie in the perforation, each, comprise a maximal longitudinal direction [respective] in the longitudinal fold direction, it is provided that at least one section of a fold comprises a perforation-fold-row of at least five alternatingly arranged ties and perforations, wherein a ratio of a summed up combined longitudinal extension of the folding ties within the section in relation to a summed up combined longitudinal extension of the perforations of the same number within the folding section is larger than or equal to 0.8, preferably larger than or equal to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sprick GmbH Bielefelder Papier- und Wellpappenwerke & Co.
    Inventor: Andreas Sprick-Schuette
  • Patent number: 10525628
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling support structures in manufacturing are provided. In particular, the present disclosure provides systems and methods for characterizing the support volume in the design phase based on a perimeter length of a boundary with undercut, projected along a build direction, referred to as a projected undercut perimeter (PUP). By constraining this PUP, the amount of support structures in resulting designs are effectively controlled. By constraining overhang able based PUP, the resulting designs can self support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventor: Xiaoping Qian
  • Patent number: 10518489
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite structure, comprises applying a first composite layer to a tooling surface of a tool positioning an additive manufactured component over at least a portion of the first composite layer, and applying a second composite layer over at least a portion of the composite layer and at least a portion of the additive manufactured component, wherein at least a portion of the additive manufactured component is embedded between the first and second composite layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: P. Graves H. Riley, Daniel S. Campbell, Daniel Cottrell
  • Patent number: 10479311
    Abstract: An airbag cover adapted to be jointed with an airbag housing for covering an airbag housed in the housing. The airbag cover includes a door. In a circumference of the door, there are a hinge region which holds the door as opened, and a tearable region configured to break when pushed by the airbag. The tearable region includes a bridged tear region which includes perforations formed through the airbag cover and bridging regions disposed between the perforations, and is configured to break when the bridging regions break, and a thinned tear region which includes a continuous thinned region and is configured to break when the thinned region breaks. The bridged tear region is disposed at a leading end of the door as opened, distant from the hinge. The thinned tear region is disposed between both ends of the hinge region and both ends of the bridged tear region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichiro Takebayashi, Kento Maeda, Shinsuke Odai
  • Patent number: 10462903
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a display substrate and a connector connected to one side of the display substrate and having a dummy pattern. A cutting part is formed in the display substrate and the connector, and the cutting part is formed adjacent to the dummy pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hyun Woo Sim, Yong Hwa Kim
  • Patent number: 10427365
    Abstract: A principal film comprising a first polymeric component wherein the principal film has: (1) first and second major faces; (2) a land portion wherein the principal film is capable of thermally-induced self-forming; and (3) one or more modification zones, each comprising a central portion and a rim portion surrounding the central portion and being surrounded by land portion, wherein the average thickness of each rim portion is greater than the average thickness of the land portion surrounding the modification zone, the average thickness of each central portion is less than the average thickness of the land portion surrounding the modification zone and is greater than zero. Also methods for making such films and articles comprising such films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Patrick J. Hager, Mark A. Strobel, Joel A. Getschel, Shujun J. Wang, Adam O. Moughton, Neelakandan Chandrasekaran
  • Patent number: 10413136
    Abstract: A stack of web material for hygiene products, for use in a dispenser, including at least one continuous web material being Z-folded about transverse folding lines, the panels being piled on top of each other to form a height of the stack extending between a first end surface and a second end surface of said stack, and the first end surface being provided with a first connector, and the second end surface being provided with a second connector. At least one of the first and second connectors comprises a first mechanical connector structure and a second mechanical connector structure, the first and second mechanical connector structures being two corresponding structures, each structure being capable of forming a mechanical interconnection with the other structure, and being incapable of forming a mechanical interconnection with an identical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Björn Larsson
  • Patent number: 10351461
    Abstract: A cutter edge is caused to slide to generate a plastic deformation on a first surface of a brittle substrate, thus forming a trench line. The trench line is formed so as to obtain a crack-free state in which the brittle substrate seamlessly continues in a direction intersecting the trench line directly below the trench line. The crack-free state is then maintained. A crack of the brittle substrate in its thickness direction is extended along the trench line to form a crack line. The brittle substrate is divided along the crack line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBOSHI DIAMOND INDUSTRlAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Soyama
  • Patent number: 10310648
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a reinforced glass substrate includes forming a plurality of groove patterns in at least one surface of a plate glass, applying an ion exchange paste to the at least one surface in which the groove patterns are formed, applying an electric field to the plate glass coated with the ion exchange paste to form a reinforced plate glass, and cutting the reinforced plate glass to form a reinforced glass substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Kim, Hoikwan Lee, Seungho Kim, Jeongwoo Park
  • Patent number: 10257986
    Abstract: A continuous roll of wrapping material for crops such as baled cotton wherein wrapping segments are set off by spaced transverse lines of slits or scoring for predictable separation during the wrapping process. Protection of the transverse lines and sealing assistance may be included by the addition of an adhesive layer and a V-fold over the transverse lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: L.P. BROWN COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Porter, James L. Hayes
  • Patent number: 10259641
    Abstract: A plurality of stacked, interconnected wipes that collectively define a stack. Each wipe is connected to at least one other wipe on only one of the right side and the left side of the stack via a connection. In particular embodiments, immediately successive connections in a stacked direction are on alternating right and left sides of the stack. In other embodiments, immediately successive connections in a stacked direction are on the same side of the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kristina Marie Price, Sarah Elizabeth Knight, Finbarr Charles Ronald Williamson, Ryan Leslie Fulscher, Gerald Keith Sosalla, Kendall Jean Wendrick, Gary Alan Turchan
  • Patent number: 10226958
    Abstract: A printable blank sheet includes a sheet with defined separation lines, a first layer with cuts running through the first layer along the defined separation lines, and a second layer attached to a bottom side of the first layer, with perforations running through the second layer along the defined separation lines. A method for creating custom print cards includes running a printable blank sheet through a printer to print on defined print areas, wherein the sheet includes slit-over-perforation lines defining a periphery of an object in the sheet, bending the sheet along the slit-over-perforation lines to weaken and separate the slit-over-perforation lines, and detaching the object from the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Blank Acquisition, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Todd Carroll
  • Patent number: 10202499
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for making a novel liquid gel mixture comprising at least one flexible polymer carrier, parachlorobenzotrifluoride, optional thermally-conductive materials, and optional performance-enhancing additives; using the liquid gel mixture for making surface-infused layers on layering substrates; and using combinations of surface-infused gel layer and layering substrate in cushioning foams and mattresses. Layering substrates are surface-infused with a liquid gel mixture and may be compressed to increase the penetration depth of liquid gel mixture into the substrate layer surface. This compositions may be used in mattresses, mattress topper pads, pillows, bedding products, furniture upholstery, pet beds, medical cushioning foams, seat cushions and backs, automotive foam, sports cushioning, transportation cushioning, headrests, arm rests, personal protective equipment, toys, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: PETERSON CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Mark L. Crawford, Bruce W. Peterson, Matthew D. McKnight, Jonathon M. Walker
  • Patent number: 10188242
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a paper towel product that will capably separate from the paper towel roll as a full sheet, a half sheet or a quarter sheet. A method of making a paper towel with machine direction perforations is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Steven R. Olson, David A. Hoadley, Thomas J. Daul
  • Patent number: 10160885
    Abstract: A double-sided pressure-sensitive adhesive tape includes a support base member having a hand tearable property, a first acrylic adhesive layer on one surface of the support base member, and a second acrylic adhesive layer on another surface of the support base member. The first acrylic adhesive layer has a thickness t1 that is 5 ?m or more and 50 ?m or less, the second acrylic adhesive layer has a thickness t2 that is greater than the thickness t1 of the first acrylic adhesive layer and is 20 ?m or more, the second acrylic adhesive layer has gel fraction X2 that is 20 mass % or more and 75 mass % or less, and the second acrylic adhesive layer has adhesive force greater than adhesive force of the first acrylic adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takatoshi Kawamoto, Izumi Shimizu, Ikkou Hanaki, Kiichiro Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10005197
    Abstract: A web includes a curvilinear line of weakness. The curvilinear line of weakness includes a plurality of perforations. Each of the plurality of perforations is separated by a bond area. Each of the plurality of perforations has a perforation length and each bond area has a non-perforation length. In one embodiment, at least two of the perforations lengths are substantially equal. In an alternate embodiment, at least two of the non-perforations lengths are substantially equal. In yet another embodiment, at least two of the non-perforations lengths are substantially unequal and at least two of the perforation lengths are substantially unequal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kathryn Christian Kien, Deborah Sue Slovut, Jeffrey Moss Vaughn
  • Patent number: 9914320
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide secure value bearing indicia using clear media are shown. Embodiments of the invention provide value bearing indicia on clear media having security features to discourage reuse and/or copying. Embodiments provide value bearing indicia on clear media having controlled cuts in the surface of the clear media to facilitate the destruction of the value bearing indicia when removal is attempted after affixing to a host object. Patterns in which controlled cuts are provided in the clear media are preferably adapted to facilitate desired destruction of the value bearing indicia on clear media. Embodiments may utilize adhesive patterning to facilitate destruction or otherwise disabling the clear fungible postage indicia when removal from a host object is attempted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery M. Carberry, David E. Rosen, John R. Clem, Haining B. Zhang
  • Patent number: 9911366
    Abstract: A shield strip includes an elongated central web, a plurality of printable identification plates for identifying electrical components, the plurality of identification plates being arranged on two sides of the central web in each case in succession along the central web and being connected to the central web via connecting webs, and at least two holding pins of a different shape and/or size being arranged on the central web, wherein the at least two holding pins are formed in each case for engagement in an associated mounting of a magazine of a printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Markus Hilmstedt, Thomas Poelker, Uwe Frigge, Albrecht Schierholz, Joachim Jacke, Fabian Haak, Sandra Klocke
  • Patent number: 9902017
    Abstract: A laser processing device comprises a laser light source emitting the laser light, a spatial light modulator modulating the laser light emitted from the laser light source, and a converging optical system converging the laser light modulated by the spatial light modulator at the object. A plurality of rows of modified regions include at least an entrance-surface-side modified region located on the laser light entrance surface side, an opposite-surface-side modified region located on the opposite surface side of the laser light entrance surface, and a middle modified region located between the entrance-surface-side modified region and opposite-surface-side modified region. When forming the middle modified region, the spatial light modulator displays an axicon lens pattern as a modulation pattern so as to form converging points at a plurality of positions juxtaposed close to each other along a laser light irradiation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kawaguchi, Tsubasa Hirose, Keisuke Araki
  • Patent number: 9901034
    Abstract: A continuous roll of wrapping material for crops such as baled cotton wherein wrapping segments are set off by spaced transverse lines of slits or scoring for predictable separation during the wrapping process. Protection of the transverse lines and sealing assistance may be included by the addition of an adhesive layer and a V-fold over the transverse lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: L.P. BROWN COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Porter, James L. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9891384
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multiple-pass stripping of an optical fiber are disclosed. The method include irradiating a first portion of the coating with a first beam of radiation having a wavelength at which the coating is substantially transparent and an intensity that exceeds the optical-damage threshold of the coating to form a first damaged coating portion. The method also includes receiving at least a portion of the first radiation beam and redirecting it as a one or more redirected radiation beam to either the first portion of the coating to assist in forming the first damaged coating portion, or to one or more second portions of the coating to form one or more second damaged coating portions. The method additionally includes exposing a section of the central glass portion damaged portions of the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Sebastian Bauco, Klaus Hartkorn, Daniel Max Staloff
  • Patent number: 9803369
    Abstract: A flexible cladding wrap (10) for an exterior or interior wall of a building, a building wall panel, and/or a building surface is provided, the flexible cladding wrap (10) comprising a flexible facing layer (16) including a, preferably absorbent and more preferably porous, flexible facing substrate (22) and powdered aggregate (24) bonded to the facing substrate (22); and a flexible backing layer (12) including a flexible backing substrate (20) to which the facing layer is attached. A system utilizing said flexible cladding wrap (10) to create a continuous aesthetic impression of the building is also provided, in addition to methods of making and using said flexible cladding wrap (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Paul James Bishop IP Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Paul Bishop
  • Patent number: 9710745
    Abstract: An automated conveyor system extends a continuous layer of plastic onto a moving conveyor. A pair of damming strips may be applied to the continuous layer of plastic as the conveyor advances. A liquid material may be sprayed between the damming strips and electronic assemblies may be robotically picked and placed onto the continuous layer of plastic between the damming strips and on top of the liquid material. Additional liquid material may be sprayed on top of the electronic assemblies as the conveyor moves. A continuous top plastic layer may be extended on top of the electronic assemblies, while a roller compresses the electronic assemblies between the top plastic layer and bottom plastic layer. A transparent clamp holds a portion of the compressed sub-assembly in place while the sub-assembly is cured. A sheering station sheers the sub-assembly as the conveyor indexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventor: Norman E. O'Shea
  • Patent number: 9682521
    Abstract: A metal mold forming method for an indoor illuminating lamp lens for a motor vehicle using a metal mold having a cavity having a form of the indoor illuminating lamp lens to be provided with an entire surface as a designed part, the indoor illuminating lamp lens having a prescribed thickness and a rib in a back surface thereof, comprises providing a gate to the rib and the thickness, injecting a molten resin into the cavity of the metal mold from the gate, separating the rib from the gate by inserting a cut pin having a same width as a width of the gate into the rib and the gate at a root of the gate after the step of injecting is completed, and taking out the lens from the metal mold by moving the cut pin backward after the step of separating is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Haruhito Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 9604753
    Abstract: An adhesive tape system, for opening cardboard packaging, having an adhesive tape A furnished on at least one side with an adhesive coating and having a film carrier, the film being a polyolefin film oriented monoaxially in the longitudinal direction of the strip, and the film comprising a mixture of an olefinic polymer and a polar nonolefinic polymer. The adhesive tape system also has an adhesive tape B furnished on at least one side with an adhesive coating and having a film carrier, wherein the adhesive tapes A and B are disposed one above the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: tesa SE
    Inventors: Christian Krause, Ulrich Otten, Tanja Urban, Patrick Kerep
  • Patent number: 9598532
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are terpolymers that can function as pressure-sensitive adhesives. The disclosed articles comprise the terpolymers adhered to a release liner. The disclosed implant devices comprise the pressure-sensitive adhesive terpolymer adhered to a surface thereof. The pressure-sensitive adhesive terpolymer can promote adhesion of the implant device to a location in a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Surmodics, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Bowman, Bruce W. Hudson
  • Patent number: 9580164
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for joining composite structures of aircrafts are disclosed. An example apparatus includes an inboard composite wing panel having a first end portion configured to be coupled to upper and lower inboard fittings composed of a metallic material and an outboard composite wing panel having a first end portion configured to be coupled to upper and lower outboard fittings composed of a metallic material. A side of body rib has a plate shaped first end portion composed of a metallic material. A fuselage frame is configured to be joined at one end of the upper inboard fitting, and the upper and lower inboard fittings and the upper and lower outboard fittings are coupled to the side of body rib at the plate shaped first end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Young Zeon, Gerfried Rudolf Achtner, Joseph Strachila
  • Patent number: 9580037
    Abstract: A shaped trim part configured to cover an airbag for a motor vehicle, and which includes at least one support which is weakened along an opening line which delimits an opening cover, and a decorative layer composed of leather and arranged on and/or over the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA INTERIORS (EUROPE) GMBH
    Inventor: Anton Tomaj
  • Patent number: 9473005
    Abstract: Disclosed stator core for motor is comprising: more than one stator core body; a fixing unit, which is arranged at both ends of the stator core body and fixes the stator core body to be a cylindrical shape; a first insulator, which is integrally formed by mold in order to wrap a part of the stator core body and a side surface of plural teeth simultaneously; and a second insulator, which is arranged to have a form corresponding to the first insulator, and which is integrally formed by mold in order to wrap a part of the stator core body and a side surface of plural teeth simultaneously through the assembly with the first insulator, wherein the first simulator and the second simulator are separated from each other by the section wrapping the teeth during the bending process of the stator core body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Byeongjong Yu
  • Patent number: 9408754
    Abstract: The process enables production of sanitary articles that can be worn as a pair of pants (such as, for instance, nappies or bariatric pants) comprising a central body (2), which can be set in a concave configuration around the crotch region of the user and at least one pair of side panels (3, 4), which are connected to the central body (2) and are to define at least in part the waistband of the article (1). The process envisages obtaining an intermediate product constituted by one or more assembly webs (1000; 1000a, 1000b) which carries/carry applied thereon, on at least one of its sides, a plurality of said side panels (3, 4), each having a proximal edge (6) applied on said assembly web (1000; 1000a, 1000b). The side panels (3, 4) are connected to the central body (2) by connecting to the central body (2) itself a portion of assembly web (1000; 1000a; 1000b) which carries applied thereon a respective side panel (3, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: FAMECCANICA.DATA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gabriele Sablone
  • Patent number: 9381756
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes a cassette case, a tape roll, a tape feed roller, and a head insertion portion. The cassette case has a top face, a bottom face, a front face, a rear face, a pair of side faces and a connecting face. The pair of side faces includes a left side face and a right side face that are opposed to each other. The tape feed roller is provided on a right side of the left side face and is provided in a front left corner portion. The head insertion portion is configured such that a head of a printer is inserted thereinto. The head insertion portion is an opening that is formed on a right side of the tape feed roller and extends from the bottom face toward the top face. At least one third line passes through the head insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 9358752
    Abstract: A nonwoven industrial textile for conveying in an industrial process, seaming elements and methods of manufacture. The textile comprises at least first and second layers of film. Each layer comprises protrusions separated by land areas and each defining an aperture for a flow path through the layer. For at least one of the layers, the protrusions comprise a first set having first and second ends integral with contiguous land areas, and at least a second set of protrusions each comprising a first end integral with a contiguous land area and an opposing second end having a configuration selected from a detached free end; and a weakened end portion integral with but detachable from a contiguous land area in response to strain. The construction allows for relative movement of the layers during travel over machine components such as rolls, reducing internal strain and risk of delamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: ASTENJOHNSON, INC.
    Inventor: Allan R. Manninen
  • Patent number: 9352717
    Abstract: A composite layer for covering an automotive airbag, which includes a carrier layer and a decorative layer which are connected to one another via an adhesive, and a default tear line in a designated area, the default tear line having a material weakening which is implemented at least in sections in the carrier layer and/or the decorative layer, and no adhesive is located between the carrier layer and the decorative layer in at least one section of the default tear line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA INTERIORS (EUROPE) GMBH
    Inventor: Anton Tomaj
  • Patent number: 9339417
    Abstract: A long cut line 21 extending along a virtual cutting line D is arranged in a central region A of an adhesive tape 1. The length of the long cut line 21 is made longer than a length of a second adjacent cut line 22 arranged in an adjacent region B and an outer cut line 23 arranged in an outer region C. The adjacent region B and the outer region C of the adhesive tape 1 have a tensile strength that can withstand the tensile stress generated when the adhesive tape 1 is fed out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Makiko Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9339999
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a splicing tape (1) for continuous roll change, the splicing tape comprising: a) a first tape component including a first backing layer (2) and a first adhesive layer (3) on a first surface of the first backing layer (2); b) a second tape component including a second backing layer (4) and a second adhesive layer (5) on a first surface of the second backing layer (4); and c) a splitting layer (6) joining the first backing layer (2) and the second backing layer (4) together, such that the first and second adhesive layers (3,5) are facing away from the splitting layer (6), wherein the splitting layer (6) comprises a continuous and uninterrupted middle area (7) extending in the longitudinal direction of the splicing tape (1) and provided with repeating tapered protrusions (2) with flattened tips projecting from the middle area (7) towards both longitudinal edges of the splicing tape and to a method for manufacturing and using such a splicing tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert G. Shaw, Benjamin S. Korth
  • Patent number: 9298322
    Abstract: A touch panel and a method for fabricating the same are presented. The method includes the following steps. A glass substrate is strengthened through a chemical method. The glass substrate includes alkali oxide. An indium tin oxide (ITO) layer is formed below the glass substrate. A sensing circuit, a driving circuit, and an interconnection circuit therebetween are formed in the ITO layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Winsky Technology Limited
    Inventor: Winston Chan
  • Patent number: 9283585
    Abstract: A sheet of masking means (1) which extends in a first direction wherein the sheet (1) has its longest extension, comprising a plurality of flat masking means (2, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d) with an upperside (3a) and an underside (3b), the masking means (2, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d) comprising a corner portion (4a) which comprises a triangle surface which has a first side edge (5a, 6a, 7a, 8a) and a second side edge (5b, 6b, 7b, 8b) further comprising an angle ? which is defined between the first and second side edge where a first masking means (2a) has the apex of the angle ? directed perpendicular to the first direction a second masking means (2b) has the apex of the angle ? directed perpendicular to the first direction in an opposite direction in relation to the apex ? of the first masking means (2a) where the first side edge (5a) of the corner portion (4a) of the first masking means (2a) runs parallel to the first side edge (6a) of the corner portion (4a) of the second masking means (2b) a third masking means (2c) which has th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Smart Masking AB
    Inventor: Ebrahim Isaacs
  • Patent number: 9269857
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and system for eliminating yellow ring phenomenon occurring on the white light emitting diode (LED) based on a blue light chip exciting yellow phosphor powders and having a packaging surface enclosing thereon. Lightspot images are repeatedly acquired outside the white LED, and then each analyzed to see if the yellow ring still exists on a lightspot. If yes, a further atomization process is performed on the packaging surface of white LED, until the acquired and analyzed image shows no yellow ring exists. A lightspot-by-lightspot basis is used in the yellow ring elimination task. In the image analysis, a look up table may be provided in advanced or established at the same time simultaneously with the yellow ring elimination task. The atomization performed on the lightspot may also consider a width issue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: NATIONAL APPLIED RESEARCH LABORATORIES
    Inventors: Ching-Ching Yang, Hsin-Yi Tsai, Yi-Ju Chen, Kuo-Cheng Huang
  • Patent number: 9242451
    Abstract: A printing module comprising a support and a self-adhesive rectangular sheet element having a first face coated with adhesive and arranged on the support and a second face configured to receive signs (PRT) by means of priming. The sheet element having preferential breaking lines which delimit a sheet binding element comprising: a rectangular element and a plurality of flexible tabs arranged as a comb which integrally extend along a first lamer side of the rectangular element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: PRIMA S.r.l.
    Inventor: Francesco Rebora
  • Patent number: 9224078
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided with a storage unit for storing setting information including at least a size of a substitute recording medium, and a processing unit for executing a print instruction by automatically changing a size of a recording medium to be used to the size of the substitute recording medium based on the setting information stored in the storage means, when the size of the recording medium specified by the print instruction is not available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Nozomi Sawada
  • Patent number: 9208700
    Abstract: A sticker recording sheet includes an image-receiving paper portion having an receiving layer, an image-receiving base material, and an adhesive layer laminated on each other, and a release coated paper portion provided on a back surface side of the adhesive layer in a peelable manner, wherein the image-receiving paper portion is provided with a first half-cut portion cut in an approximately square shape, having an uncut bridge portion on at least one side of the approximately square shape, and a second half-cut portion cut from at least one side of the approximately square shape having the bridge portion toward an outer circumference of the image-receiving paper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yukiteru Yano
  • Patent number: 9162789
    Abstract: A package for display and sale of a card product including a first portion including a first panel connected to a second panel via a first fold line and a third panel connected to the second panel via a second fold line, the first panel including a first opening, the third panel including a second opening, which, in a folded state where the first panel has been folded to overlap the second panel via the first fold line and the second panel has been folded to overlap the third panel via a second fold line and the fourth panel has been folded to overlap the third panel via the third fold line, the first opening at least partially overlaps the second opening, a second portion foldably connected to the first portion, wherein the second portion displays information about the card product, a first fastener, and a second fastener releasably attached to the first fastener when the first portion and the second portion are in a closed position, wherein the first fastener and the second fastener re-attachably separate f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: BLACKHAWK NETWORK, INC.
    Inventors: Darren Beyer, Casey Bostwick
  • Patent number: 9115532
    Abstract: A light-blocking valance for a window treatment is an L-shaped member having a mounting face and a retaining face, the retaining face extending substantially perpendicular from the mounting face. At least one frangible width adjustment notch is disposed lengthwise along the retaining face for adjusting the width of the valance by breaking it along the desired notch. The mounting face is attached to a side of a window opening such that the retaining face extends outwardly from the side of the window opening to block light and retain the window treatment. When installed in a window opening, the retaining face is configured to be disposed between the window treatment and the window to keep the treatment away from the wall while also closing the gaps between the window opening and the edges of the window treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Brand Awareness, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Sherman
  • Patent number: 9096324
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising an elongated structure, a first plate, and a second plate. The elongated structure has a channel. The elongated structure is configured to be associated with a primary structure on a first side of the primary structure. The first plate is configured to be connected to the primary structure at a joint and cover a portion of the elongated structure. The first plate is connected to the primary structure on the first side of the primary structure. The second plate is configured to be connected to the primary structure on a second side of the primary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Marcus Alexander Erickson, Mahesh K. Chengalva, Aaron Stephen Pahs
  • Patent number: 9090403
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a carrier tape having pockets for carrying electronic components. The carrier tape includes a longitudinally extending elevated central portion having a plurality of pockets formed therein and two side portions, each side portion disposed on opposite sides of the elevated central portion and extending longitudinally therewith, wherein each side portion is attached to the elevated central portion by an inclined portion such that the central portion is higher than the side portions when disposed in a flat configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Chee Ming Ng, Shiow Shya Ling, Wai Thoo Leong
  • Patent number: 9049793
    Abstract: A multi-piece-array formed by laminating a plurality of ceramic layers includes: a product region where a plurality of wiring board portions having a rectangular shape in plan view and including cavities are arranged in matrix; a redundant portion that is positioned along a periphery of the product region; and dividing grooves that are formed on a front surface and/or a back surface along a boundary between the wiring board portions and a boundary between the wiring board portion and the redundant portion. A deepest portion of the dividing groove has an arc shape and the dividing groove includes a middle portion, and a width of the deepest portion is greater than a width of the groove inlet and a width of the middle portion is equal to or less than the width of the groove inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Yoshida, Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20150140251
    Abstract: A method for making objects by forming a thermoformable sheet material includes forming the objects by interaction of a die assembly and a forming assembly. The method further includes, compressing and crushing a first portion of the sheet material by a crushing punch device before forming the objects and maintaining the first portion crushed during the forming operation to reduce the thickness thereof and to orientate chains of molecules that compose a structure of the sheet material at the first portion, in order to weaken the structure and the first portion. The first portion is thus easily perforable, tearable and breakable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Flavio Traldi, Luca Mastropasqua