Having Variation In Thickness Patents (Class 428/600)
  • Patent number: 10529531
    Abstract: Provided is a tip capable of repeatedly regenerating a single-atom termination structure in which a distal end is formed of only one atom. A tip (1) having a single-atom termination structure includes: a thin line member (2) made of a first metal material; a protruding portion (4) made of a second metal material, which is formed at least in a distal end portion (2a) of the thin line member (2), and has a distal end terminated with only one atom; and a supply portion (5) made of the second metal material to be supplied to the protruding portion (4), which is formed in the vicinity of the distal end portion (2a) of the thin line member (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Chuhei Oshima, Masahiko Tomitori, Anto Yasaka, Tatsuya Shimoda
  • Patent number: 10493508
    Abstract: Metal work rolls texturized with engineered textures can impart desired impression patterns on metal strips. Engineered textures can be controlled with particularity to achieve desired surface characteristics (e.g., lubricant trapping, coefficient of friction, or surface reflectivity) on work rolls and metal strips, and to allow for impression patterns to be imparted on metal strips during high percentages of reduction of thickness (e.g., greater than about 5% or greater than about 15%, such as around 30%-55%). Engineered textures can be applied by focusing energy beams at specific points of an outer surface of a work roll to impart texture elements on the work roll. In some cases, an engineered texture element that can be used to generate a generally circular impression element can be generally elliptical in shape, having a length that is shorter than its width by a factor dependent on the reduction of thickness percentage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: NOVELIS INC.
    Inventors: Corrado Bassi, Joerg Mathieu, Susanne Glock, Daniel Winkler
  • Patent number: 10441754
    Abstract: Intravascular devices, systems, and methods are disclosed. In some instances, the intravascular device is a guide wire having a core wire formed of multiple materials. For example, a sensing guide wire is provided that includes a core member having an inner section and an outer section surrounding the inner section, wherein the inner section is formed of a first material and the outer section is formed of a second material that is different than the first material; and a sensing element coupled to a distal portion of the core member. Methods of making, manufacturing, and/or assembling such intravascular devices and associated systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Richardson
  • Patent number: 10418636
    Abstract: A current-collector metal foil has at least at least one roughened surface and numerous recessed parts are present on the roughened surface. Each recessed part has an edge part that surrounds a bottom-surface part and is raised above the bottom-surface part. The average Feret diameter Lave of the recessed parts is 0.5-50 ?m. The current-collector metal foil is suitable for use, e.g., as an electrode current collector for a lithium-ion secondary battery, a sodium secondary battery, an electric double-layer capacitor, or a lithium-ion capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Koichi Ashizawa, Tetsuya Motoi, Atsushi Koishikawa, Yasushi Funato
  • Patent number: 10213818
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of pressure treatment of metals and can be used in the production of a cold-rolled strip. The problem addressed by the invention is that of being able to exclude a pickling operation in the preparation of semifinished rolled stock for cold rolling. Complete de-scaling of the surface of the semifinished rolled stock without using picking is provided by carrying out preliminary cold rolling of the semifinished rolled stock in rolling-mill rolls according to prescribed values for compression and for the ratio of compression to deformation zone length. The rolling can be carried out in one of two consecutively mounted mills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Ivan T. Totsky
  • Patent number: 10138538
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for producing a sheet. The method includes providing a substrate, depositing a metal coating over at least one surface by dipping the substrate in a bath in order to obtain the sheet, wiping the metal coating by means of at least one nozzle projecting through at least one outlet a wiping gas onto the metal coating, the sheet being run in front of the nozzle, the wiping gas being ejected from the nozzle along a primary direction of ejection (E), a confinement box delimiting a confined zone at least downstream of the zone of impact (I) of the wiping gas on the sheet and solidifying the metal coating. The method satisfying: Z d ? 12 ? ? and ? ? f O 2 ? 10 - 4 W 2 ? ( 0.63 + 0.4 + 94900 * W 2 ) ? ? with ? ? W = PdZ V .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Mataigne
  • Patent number: 10118209
    Abstract: This disclosure presents methods and/or processes for forming a garage door façade using variable pressure. The forming processes, different from common stamping processes, creates a shaded design in a garage door section such that a continuous pattern is realized in the length direction (i.e., the longest side of the garage door section). The forming processes also produces significantly deep and smooth impressions that deform the center of the design. The forming process may be preceded by a texturing process, for example, each garage door section may first be textured and then sent for forming the design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Andrew Haba, Dwayne Joseph Kornish, Daniel Christian, Robert E. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 10029076
    Abstract: A guidewire for use in a medical procedure includes an elongate guide member dimensioned for insertion within a body vessel of a subject. The guide member defines a longitudinal axis and has trailing and leading end segments. The leading end segment has a reduced cross-sectional dimension relative to a cross-sectional dimension of the trailing end segment. The leading end segment includes a first core element comprising a first material and a second core element comprising a second material different from the first material and being forward of the first core element. The first material of the first core element has greater rigidity than the rigidity of the second material of the second core element, to thereby facilitate advancement of, and application of torque to, the leading end segment while minimizing deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Alan Eskuri
  • Patent number: 9981451
    Abstract: The present invention relates to filled polymeric materials 16 including a thermoplastic polymer 18 and a metallic fiber 20 and to light weight composite materials 10, 12 which comprise a metallic layer 14 and a polymeric layer, the polymeric layer containing the filled polymeric material 16. The composite materials of the present invention may be formed using conventional stamping equipment at ambient temperatures. Composite materials of the present invention may also be capable of being welded to other metal materials using conventional welding techniques. The composites exhibit resistance to delamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Shimon Mizrahi, Moshe Narkis
  • Patent number: 9981296
    Abstract: A method for producing an internally and/or externally toothed pot-shaped sheet metal part having teeth extending toward the pot center axis, wherein an un-toothed pot-shaped sheet metal part is inserted into a die and then, by means of a relative movement between the sheet metal part and associated profile rollers, a profile is rolled onto the pot-shaped sheet metal part by the profile rollers applied to the sheet metal part and thus alternating internal and external gear teeth are applied to the sheet metal part, wherein the profile rollers form the sheet metal part oriented radially from the inside toward the outside, in that the profile rollers roll along the inner circumference of the sheet metal part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Dietmar Schlayer, Norbert Ziesel
  • Patent number: 9889632
    Abstract: A stiff, lightweight metal laminate includes a first continuous metal layer, a second continuous metal layer, and a reduced density metal core layer disposed between the first and second continuous metal layers. The reduced density metal core layer comprises a core metal and has an average density that is less than the density of the core metal. Planar metallurgical bonds secure the first and second continuous metal layers to the reduced density metal core layer. The metal laminate may be manufactured by press rolling the reduced density metal core layer sandwiched between the two continuous metal layers, after removing or overcoating the native oxide layer on each layer surface that contacts another layer in the metal laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph G. Kaiser, Aaron M. Vodnick
  • Patent number: 9702034
    Abstract: A roll for a hot-dip metal coating bath has a substantially cylindrical shape. At least an outer peripheral surface of the roll is formed of a ceramic material. A relatively coarse groove is formed on the outer peripheral surface of the roll in a direction crossing the rotation axis. A plurality of relatively fine grooves is formed in the bottom surface of the coarse groove along the longitudinal direction of the coarse groove. In place of the fine grooves extending in the longitudinal direction of the coarse groove, a plurality of rows of fine grooves may be formed along the crosswise direction of the coarse groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Shinichi Koga, Taizo Matsuda, Eisuke Ogawa, Makoto Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9123961
    Abstract: Provided are a three-dimensional net-like aluminum porous body in which the diameter of cells in the porous body is uneven in the thickness direction of the porous body; a current collector and an electrode each using the aluminum porous body; and methods for producing these members. The porous body is a three-dimensional net-like aluminum porous body in a sheet form, for a current collector, in which the diameter of cells in the porous body is uneven in the thickness direction of the porous body. When a cross section in the thickness direction of the three-dimensional net-like aluminum porous body is divided into three regions of a region 1, a region 2 and a region 3 in this order, the average cell diameter of the regions 1 and 3 is preferably different from the cell diameter of the region 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Ota, Akihisa Hosoe, Masatoshi Majima, Koji Nitta, Hajime Ota, Kazuki Okuno, Koutaro Kimura, Kengo Goto, Junichi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9105532
    Abstract: A semiconductor device has a semiconductor die with a first conductive layer formed over the die. A first insulating layer is formed over the die with a first opening in the first insulating layer disposed over the first conductive layer. A second conductive layer is formed over the first insulating layer and into the first opening over the first conductive layer. An interconnect structure is constructed by forming a second insulating layer over the first insulating layer with a second opening having a width less than the first opening and depositing a conductive material into the second opening. The interconnect structure can be a conductive pillar or conductive pad. The interconnect structure has a width less than a width of the first opening. The second conductive layer over the first insulating layer outside the first opening is removed while leaving the second conductive layer under the interconnect structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: STATS ChipPAC, Ltd.
    Inventors: Won Kyoung Choi, Pandi C. Marimuthu
  • Patent number: 9068260
    Abstract: A knife structure including a knife body having a cutting surface, a relief surface and a knife clamp surface. The cutting surface and the relief surface intersect at an apex region of the knife body. The knife clamp surface intersects with an end of the relief surface opposite an end of the relief surface that intersects with the cutting surface at the apex region. In one embodiment, the apex region is comprised of an alloy of a base material for the knife body and a boron containing compound. The thermally conductive plating is present on at least the knife clamp surface, the cutting surface and the release surface of the knife body. The thermally conductive plating is not present on the apex region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jennings Drake Carlisle
  • Publication number: 20150147924
    Abstract: The present invention provides metallic materials for electronic components, having low degree of whisker formation, low adhesive wear property and high durability, and connector terminals, connectors and electronic components using such metallic materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Shibuya, Kazuhiko Fukamachi, Atsushi Kodama
  • Publication number: 20150140352
    Abstract: A semifinished product for an implant and implants produced from the semifinished product, the semifinished product comprising or consisting of a region of a magnesium alloy, which is characterized by a grain size gradient of the magnesium alloy between two opposed surfaces from ?3 ?m to ?8 ?m, in each case in relation to the average grain size. Use of the semifinished product for producing corresponding implants, and also a method for producing semifinished products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ullrich Bayer, Okechukwu Anopuo, Bernd Block
  • Patent number: 9033398
    Abstract: One embodiment includes providing a contiguous tubular member including at least one of a first material or a second material, so that the tubular member has a wall thickness that varies along the length of the tubular member; bending the tubular member; and hydroforming the tubular member into a part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Mark W. Verbrugge, Anil K. Sachdev, Robert R. Mayer, Richard M. Kleber
  • Publication number: 20150132598
    Abstract: Manufacturing an exterior decor panel for a home appliance includes laminating a photosensitive dry film on a front surface of a metal sheet, the photosensitive dry film having a higher etch resistance than the metal sheet against an electrolytic solution, photo-masking the photosensitive dry film attached to the metal sheet to create a pattern having a minimum width of 0.1 mm in the photosensitive dry film to thereby expose the front surface of the metal sheet corresponding to the pattern in the photosensitive film, electrolytic-polishing the photo-masked metal sheet by dipping the photo-masked metal sheet in an electrolytic bath to allow the electrolytic solution to contact the exposed front surface of the metal sheet and form the pattern in the front surface of the metal sheet, and performing post-treatment on the metal sheet, the post-treatment including washing and removing the photosensitive dry film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Wonseok CHOI, Taihun LIM, Seonkyu KIM, Bonghyang KIM
  • Publication number: 20150132599
    Abstract: An electrode (2) of metallic material comprising an axis of revolution (6) and a bottom face (2a) of outer diameter greater than the outer diameter of a top face (2b), characterized in that it comprises a fin (10) of revolution about said axis of revolution (6), on the bottom part of the lateral face (2c), said fin (10) having a radial length L and a thickness h such that the ratio L/h is below a threshold, L and h observing the following relationship: ? ? ? indicates text missing or illegible when filed ? in which: E represents the Young's modulus of the metallic material; X represents the minimum deflection tolerated by the fin; and ? represents the thermal stress acting on the fin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Alexandre Mary, Dominique Foucret
  • Patent number: 9023485
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electro-optical or electromechanical structural component, in particular, an LED, connector or stamped grid, or sliding element, made of a rolled metal substrate of a metal strip, or a sheet produced therefrom, made of Cu or a Cu alloy strip, Al or an Al alloy strip, Fe or a Fe alloy strip, Ti or a Ti alloy strip, Ni or a Ni alloy strip or a stainless steel strip, which has a specially structured surface. The structure of the surface allows joining using optical methods, even in the case of highly reflective surface coatings, and simultaneously improves the functional properties of the components used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Wieland-Werke AG
    Inventors: Isabell Buresch, Dieter Stock, Thorsten Weireter
  • Publication number: 20150110637
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hollow component, such as a fan blade for a gas turbine engine, includes the steps of: (a) providing first and second panels and a membrane; (b) providing a stop-off material on at least one of the first and second panels and the membrane to define regions where no diffusion bonding is to take place; (c) assembling the panels and the membrane together so the membrane is between the panels; (d) diffusion bonding the panels and the membrane together. The method is such that when assembled in step (c) the membrane does not extend to at least one edge of the first and second panels, so that in that region the first and second panels are diffusion bonded directly to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Ian John ANDREWS, Michael James WALLIS, Ian FEARN
  • Patent number: 9005769
    Abstract: Substrates for joints for orthopaedic implants are described, wherein at least one of the sliding surfaces of non-ferrous metal alloys, in particular of cobalt, chromium, molybdenum alloys, has a coating consisting of niobium nitride nanolayers alternating with chromium nitride nanolayers, the lot being protected by a chromium nitride microlayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Medacta International S.A.
    Inventors: Philippe Lambert, Alessandro Farinotti
  • Patent number: 9005768
    Abstract: The invention is directed at composite materials, articles including the composite materials, and methods for producing and using them. The composite material includes regions that differ in one or more properties. The composite material generally includes a first metallic sheet, a second metallic sheet; one or more metallic inserts interposed between the first and second metallic sheets; and a polymeric layer (e.g., a core layer) interposed between the first and second metallic sheets. The polymeric layer preferably includes a thermoplastic polymer. Preferably, the composite material includes a first region having an insert interposed between the metallic sheets so that the first region (relative to the second region) has a high tensile strength, a high thickness, a high density, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Productive Research
    Inventors: Shimon Mizrahi, Eyal Mizrahi
  • Publication number: 20150079418
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a thread rolling fixed length, spiral rib steel wire used in prestressed concrete sleepers and track plates, including a 2.5 m long spiral rib prestressed steel wire, where both ends of said steel wire have continuous external thread section whose length is 30±2 mm, wherein, the surface of said steel wire has four parallel winding spiral ribs whose cross section is trapezoidal and lead is 41˜55 mm, the nominal diameter of said steel wire is 9.5 mm, 10.0 mm, or 10.5 mm, and the elastic-limit of said steel wire is larger than 1200N/mm2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Tieqiao Xie
  • Patent number: 8980953
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there are provided a food and a food additive obtained using an alkaline decomposition product of a hop extract, and an agent for suppressing fat accumulation or for suppressing weight gain comprising the same as an active ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kirin Holdings Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Taniguchi, Fumitoshi Manabe, Yumie Kobayashi, Mikio Katayama
  • Patent number: 8980397
    Abstract: A composite sheet comprising two sheets joined by material closure provides on the one hand high global and local bending stiffness, and on the other hand very good forming behavior and very high load capacity in case of great deformations, as in case of a crash for example. Both sheets of the composite sheet comprise an at least partially structured surface and a smooth surface and both sheets are at least partially joined by material closure via the structured surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
    Inventors: Lothar Patberg, Klaus Blümel
  • Patent number: 8974913
    Abstract: There is provided a thin-plate shaped chassis for an electronic apparatus, which has a plurality of step portions extended substantially in parallel with each other in such a way as to form at least one bulge portion which is bulged in a convex shape. The step portions are formed to have a larger thickness than that of other thin-plate portion having a predetermined thickness, and wherein there is provided at least one rib having a predetermined height which extends from the step portion to the thin-plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kawamoto, Yoshinari Matsuyama, Yoshiaki Nagamura
  • Publication number: 20150064492
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides materials exhibiting improved properties arising from a surface treatment thereof. In particular, thin films can be provided with a patterned surface, the patterned thin films exhibiting improved properties such as in relation to coercivity, mechanical coupling, and magnetic coupling. The disclosure further provides layered composites comprising one or more patterned thin films. The disclosure also provides methods of forming patterned thin films.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Goran Rasic, Justin Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20150055310
    Abstract: An embodiment of a solder wettable flange includes a flange body formed from a conductive material. The flange body has a bottom surface, a top surface, sidewalls extending between the top surface and the bottom surface, and one or more depressions extending into the flange body from the bottom surface. Each depression is defined by a depression surface that may or may not be solder wettable. During solder attachment of the flange to a substrate, the depressions may function as reservoirs for excess solder. Embodiments also include devices and systems that include such solder wettable flanges, and methods for forming the solder wettable flanges, devices, and systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: LAKSHMINARAYAN VISWANATHAN, Jaynal A. Molla, Mahesh K. Shah
  • Publication number: 20150050514
    Abstract: A coating method for producing a function layer on mechanically loaded components or surfaces includes providing or applying a first material layer of a first material or substrate matrix having a mechanical flexibility higher than that of a second material on a substrate constituting the component or the surface, respectively, structuring the first material layer such that the material layer surface of the first material layer, which is opposite to the substrate, obtains a three-dimensionally moulded basic structure with projections and recesses, and coating the material layer surface of the first material layer with a second material layer of the second material in such a way that the second material layer adopts substantially the basic structure of the material layer surface with the projections and recesses. Also, surface layer structures can be produced by this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Stefan Storm, Erhard Brandl, Dominik Raps
  • Publication number: 20150044494
    Abstract: A sandwich structure is provided that includes a corrugated layer with at least one core layer (structure) made of a periodic array of adjacent truncated upward facing peaks and truncated downward facing valleys. Each truncated peak has a bonding land of an area A1. Each truncated valley has a bonding land of an area A2. A ratio of A1/A2 is less than 2. A distance D is between neighboring peaks, and a distance D is also between neighboring valleys. The corrugated layer is made from an initially flat sheet thickness of t. A first sheet layer is physically coupled to bonding lands of the truncated peaks. A second sheet layer is physically coupled to bonding lands of the truncated valleys.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: CELLTECH METALS, INC.
    Inventor: Fabien Ebnoether
  • Publication number: 20150037601
    Abstract: An additive layer manufacture (ALM) machine comprises an energy source (180) for selectively melting a layer of metal powder (500), and an electron beam (110) for determining the shape of the selectively melted solid layer (320) once it has solidified. The shape is determined by detecting backscattered electrons (130) from the interaction between the electron beam (110) and the solid layer (320). If the shape of the solid layer (320) is outside a determined tolerance, it may be corrected before proceeding. The process may be repeated to generate a finished component (300) with good mechanical properties and accurate geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Lewis BLACKMORE
  • Publication number: 20150037602
    Abstract: A die casting and a method for die casting a metal having a melting temperature of at least 1500° F. (815° C.) are disclosed. A molten volume of metal is injected to a casting die which includes a main cavity corresponding to an as-cast structure, a first reservoir, and a first runner arrangement. The first runner arrangement is configured to fluidly communicate molten metal between the first reservoir and the main cavity. After the injecting step, the casting die is sealed. The injected molten volume of metal is equiaxially solidified generally from a first portion of the main cavity distal to the first reservoir toward a second portion of the main cavity proximal to the first reservoir. During the equiaxial solidifying step, the main cavity is backfilled with at least a portion of the injected molten volume via the first runner arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Lea Kennard Castle, Mario P. Bochiechio
  • Publication number: 20150024232
    Abstract: The invention concerns the production of segmented nanowires and components having said segmented nanowires. For the production of the nanowire structural element, a template based process is used preferably, wherein the electrochemical deposition of the nanowires in nanopores is carried out. In this manner, numerous nanowires are created in the template foil. For the electrochemical deposition of the nanowires, a reversed pulse procedure with an alternating sequence consisting of cathodic deposition pulses and anodic counter-pulses is carried out. By this means, segmented nanowires can be produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Cornelius, Wolfgang Ensinger, Reinhard Neumann, Markus Rauber
  • Publication number: 20140370325
    Abstract: Markings on products are disclosed. In one embodiment, the products have housings and the markings are to be provided on the housings. For example, a housing for a particular product can include an outer housing surface and the markings can be provided on the outer housing surface so as to be visible from the outside of the housing. The markings may be precisely formed using a laser. Processing may be used to increase reflectivity of the markings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael S. Nashner, Peter N. Russell-Clarke
  • Patent number: 8911878
    Abstract: Metal-clad polymer articles containing structural fine-grained and/or amorphous metallic coatings/layers optionally containing solid particulates dispersed therein. The fine-grained and/or amorphous metallic coatings are particularly suited for strong and lightweight articles, precision molds, sporting goods, automotive parts and components exposed to thermal cycling although the CLTE of the metallic layer and the one of the substrate is mismatched. The interface between the metallic layer and the polymer is suitably pretreated to withstand thermal cycling without failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Integran Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Tomantschger, Jonathan McCrea, Nandakumar Nagarajan, Francisco Gonzalez, Gino Palumbo, Konstantinos Panagiotopoulos, Herath Katugaha
  • Publication number: 20140345559
    Abstract: A mechanical component for an internal combustion engine includes a mechanical component body made of one of aluminum and aluminum alloy and used for the internal combustion engine, a nickel plating layer formed to cover a surface of a predetermined portion of the mechanical component body, and a reforming layer formed between the surface of the predetermined portion of the mechanical component body and the nickel plating layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hajime MINAKI, Hiroaki Sasayama, Akihiro Okamoto, Takuya Niimi
  • Publication number: 20140349131
    Abstract: Provided are a method for splitting longitudinally an end part of a metal plate or a metal rod having a rectangular, polygonal, or elliptical shape, in which the length of incision in the split portion can be freely adjusted and smooth split face can be formed; a metal part manufactured by such method; and a method for bonding such metal part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Masakatsu Seki
  • Publication number: 20140335369
    Abstract: The process of forming a partial gold-plating pattern on a stainless substrate includes a first plating step, a second plating step, and a stripping step. In the first plating step, pretreatment is applied to a stainless substrate including opposite main planes and a processing site formed of a plane different from the main planes, after which a first gold-plating layer is formed all over the surface of the stainless substrate using a hydrochloric acid plating solution. In the second plating step, mask plating is used to form a second gold-plating layer on the first gold-plating layer that covers the processing site in a desired pattern, and in the stripping step, a portion of the first gold-plating layer in an area where there is none of the second gold-plating layer is stripped off using an alkaline stripping solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Masahiro NAGATA
  • Patent number: 8877348
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a surface-treated steel sheet which contains no Cr, which is excellent in wet resin adhesion, and which can be used as an alternative to a conventional tin-free steel sheet and to provide a resin-coated steel sheet produced by coating the surface-treated steel sheet with resin. A surface-treated steel sheet including an adhesive layer which is disposed on at least one surface of the steel sheet and which contains Ti and at least one selected from the group consisting of Co, Fe, Ni, V, Cu, Mn, and Zn, the ratio of the total amount of Co, Fe, Ni, V, Cu, Mn, and Zn to the amount of Ti contained therein being 0.01 to ten on a mass basis, and a method for producing the surface-treated steel sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yuka Nishihara, Takeshi Suzuki, Noriko Makiishi, Takumi Tanaka, Hiroki Iwasa, Norihiko Nakamura, Kaoru Sato, Takashi Kawano
  • Publication number: 20140302341
    Abstract: In a hot press molding method for press-molding a heated material and cooling the material while holding the material in a mold, during press molding of the material, shape changes including a portion that curves with respect to a longitudinal direction of the material are molded at longitudinal opposite end portions of the material and resistance to thermal contraction force of the material in the longitudinal direction during cooling is imparted. In one embodiment of the present invention, the shape changes molded on the material during the press molding are minute protrusions provided on surfaces of the longitudinal opposite end portions of the material. The invention makes it possible to suppress thermal contraction of the material during cooling in hot press molding to thereby prevent defects associated therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Tetsuji Egawa, Takanobu Suzuki, Hidetoshi Kimura, Hideaki Ikezawa, Kenji Kato, Masaki Furuhashi
  • Patent number: 8852752
    Abstract: A flow formed part includes a first end, a second end, and a side wall extending therebetween. A reinforcing member is disposed around the second end. The side wall has a profile formed along an inner surface of the side wall. The profile is adapted to be substantially burr free after windows are formed in the sidewall. A method of making a flow formed part includes the steps of disposing a preform on a tailstock, providing a plurality of rollers adjacent the tailstock, providing a mandrel having an outer surface including a plurality of alternating channels and protuberances, and causing the rollers to press the preform against the outer surface of the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Metal Forming & Coining Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Cripsey, Robert J. Herston
  • Publication number: 20140295201
    Abstract: Systems and method for controlling the flow and dissipation of thermal energy away from a weld between two components are provided. in one example embodiment, a structure may comprise a protrusion; a first component thermally coupled to the protrusion; a second component having a lower heat dissipation rate than the first component; a weld formed using a welding process to couple the protrusion to the second component, wherein the welding process generates thermal energy; and wherein the first component in combination with the protrusion dissipates the thermal energy from the welding process at about an equivalent rate as the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Martin, Louis DeRosa, Robert Gardner
  • Publication number: 20140295206
    Abstract: A substrate 41 for a photosensitive drum is formed from an uncut metal tube. In an observation visual field 52 in which an image forming surface 41aa of a surface 41a of the substrate 41 is observed in a visual field having an arbitrary size, a total occupancy area ratio of pits having an area ratio of 1 ?m2 or more with respect to the observation visual field area is 2% or more, and the average area per pit having an area of 1 ?m2 or more is greater than 8 ?m2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SHOWA DENKO K.K.
    Inventors: Shigeru Aoya, Masaaki Oide
  • Publication number: 20140295205
    Abstract: A hot press-forming method includes a forming step that clamps a steel sheet heated to a temperature not less than an austenite transformation temperature and press-forms the steel sheet into a desired shape by causing a forming concave of a die and a convex of a punch to be close to each other. A formed portion has side and top portions that merge. The side portion rises up from an inner circumferential edge of a flange portion having been clamped by the die and the blank holder. A cooling step cools a region of the steel sheet after the heating step has been completed and before the forming step is completed. The particular region is along an inter-edge area formed between an opening circumferential edge of the forming concave and a top circumferential edge of the forming convex before the forming step is completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Eiichi OTA, Atsunobu MURATA, Satoru MATSUSHIMA
  • Publication number: 20140272449
    Abstract: A block suitable for use in paving, edging or wall applications comprises a lower portion having parallel, substantially vertical side faces that are spaced apart by a first width, and an upper portion having parallel, substantially vertical side faces that are spaced apart by a second width. The second width is smaller than the first width of the lower portion, and the side faces of the upper portion are angled relative to the side faces of the lower portion. The block further comprises a transition portion between the upper and lower portions, having at least one slanted side extending between one or more sides of the lower portion and one or more sides, respectively, of the upper portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. MacDonald, Thomas S. Riccobene
  • Publication number: 20140255717
    Abstract: Disclosed are sintered silver bonded electronic package subcomponents and methods for making the same. Embodiments of the sintered silver bonded EPSs include topography modification of one or more metal surfaces of semiconductor devices bonded together by the sintered silver joint. The sintered silver bonded EPSs include a first semiconductor device having a first metal surface, the first metal surface having a modified topography that has been chemically etched, grit blasted, uniaxial ground and/or grid sliced connected to a second semiconductor device which may also include a first metal surface with a modified topography, a silver plating layer on the first metal surface of the first semiconductor device and a silver plating layer on the first metal surface of the second semiconductor device and a sintered silver joint between the silver plating layers of the first and second semiconductor devices which bonds the first semiconductor device to the second semiconductor device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew A. Wereszczak
  • Publication number: 20140248506
    Abstract: Techniques for graphic formation via material ablation described. In at least some implementations, a graphic is applied to a surface of an object by ablating layers of the object to form an ablation trench in the shape of the graphic. In at least some embodiments, an object can include a surface layer and multiple sublayers of materials. When an ablation trench is generated in the object, the ablation trench can penetrate a surface layer of the object and into an intermediate layer. In at least some implementations, height variations in an object surface caused by an ablation trench can cause variations in light reflection properties such that a graphic applied via the ablation trench appears at a different color tone than a surrounding surface, even if the ablation trench and the surrounding surface are coated with a same colored coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Thomas McCormack, Raj N. Master, Michael Joseph Lane, Krishna Darbha, Ralf Groene, James Alec Ishihara, Joshua James Fischer
  • Publication number: 20140242407
    Abstract: An in-situ compressed specimen of copper interconnection micro column, which is a circular metal column formed in a PDMS hole, includes: a specimen part and a fixed end part for fixing the specimen; wherein the fixed end part is a circular or square plate structure, the specimen part is an upper part of the fixed end part; a main body of the present invention is of micron order, a forced direction of the specimen is consistent with a growth direction of the metal column. A method of electroplating copper column by adopting PDMS as template substrate is applied to overcome a problem that TSV is corrosive to the copper column during a silicon etching process so as to affect a mechanical property accuracy test, the method is advanced in shortening test process period, achieving good reproducibility and high yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    Inventors: Hong Wang, Zhaoyu Wang, Ping Cheng, Guifu Ding, Ting Gu, Huiying Wang, Congchun Zhang