Pricking Patents (Class 83/866)
  • Publication number: 20150068042
    Abstract: A non-visible tear seam can be formed in a vehicle interior panel in a mechanical piercing process with a piercing tool that radially supports a needle during the process. The radial support enables the use of higher gauge needles and the formation of non-visible microholes through a visible surface of the panel. The piercing tool is capable of forming each of the microholes of the tear seam individually and may be disposable and/or may be configured with a replaceable needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Twork, Mathew Barr
  • Publication number: 20140251110
    Abstract: A machine includes a frame, a conveyor with a plurality of open-top bottom-apertured recesses for receiving, conveying and dropping skin-containing berries. Upper and lower needle assemblies are supported on the frame above and below the conveyor. Each needle assembly includes a plurality of needles with five-star-knife-edged sharp tips and an actuator mechanism for oscillatingly moving the needles as the recesses pass the needles, the needles being movable between an extended position where the sharp tips penetrate opposing sides of the skin of the berries but with a stroke causing the tips to only penetrate partially into an interior of the berries causing star-shaped slit patterns. The actuator mechanism also moves the needles to a retracted position where the sharp tips are fully retracted. A related method is provided for piercing multiple sides of the skin of berries without unacceptably damaging the appearance or shape or internal mass of the berries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gerald D. Miller
  • Publication number: 20130327199
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for rotatably retaining a roller for rolling along a work-surface. The apparatus include an axle adapted to engage the roller for rotation about a rotational axis, a first handle connected to the axle and radiating outward from the rotational axis, and a second handle connected to the axle and radiating outward from the rotational axis at an angle to the first handle. Optionally, the roller has outwardly radiating protrusions, for example to perforate drywall when the roller is rolled along a drywall surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Dwayne EAGLE
  • Publication number: 20130138077
    Abstract: An infusion catheter includes an elongate catheter body having a longitudinally extending fluid supply passage, and a plurality of stellate side ports for infusing a treatment fluid from the fluid supply passage into a body lumen of a passage. Each of the stellate side ports is defined by sets of at least three convergent leaves having an attached basal edge, a terminal tip, and first and second free edges extending between the attached basal edge and the terminal tip. Making an infusion catheter includes forming a plurality of stellate side ports in fluid communication with a fluid supply passage of an elongate catheter body, each of the stellate side ports being defined by a set of at least three convergent leaves, and setting an infusion length of the infusion catheter during the forming step via spacing the stellate side ports between proximal and distal ends of the elongate catheter body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Therese J. O'Day
  • Publication number: 20120076558
    Abstract: The invention describes a method and a device for generating a prespecified gloss pattern on a toner image in order to develop a detection property of said toner image. In the method, toner that is first heated to above its glass transition temperature is brought into contact with a glosser belt, said glosser belt having—corresponding to the gloss pattern to be generated—at least one first area displaying a first surface roughness and at least a second area displaying a second surface roughness and/or displaying a different elevation whereas a plurality of second areas is provided within the first area displaying a specific pattern, which repetition on other glosser belts is not allowed so that an identification of specific glosser belts and thus an identification of a glosser device is easier. Subsequently, while the toner is in contact with the glosser belt, said toner is cooled to below its glass transition temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Detlef Schulze-Hagenest
  • Publication number: 20110266331
    Abstract: A cutting blade for a wire bonding system is provided. The cutting blade comprises a body portion having an end portion. The end portion includes a blade tip configured to penetrate into a conductive material The end portion further includes a stepped portion proximate the blade tip that is configured to limit penetration of the blade tip during use thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: ORTHODYNE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Theodore J. Copperthite
  • Publication number: 20110221090
    Abstract: A method of deforming an outer wall of polymer pipe is provided. The method includes: forming dual-wall pipe having a smooth wall and a corrugated wall; extruding an outer wall of pipe onto the corrugated wall of the dual-wall pipe; penetrating the outer wall of pipe with a vacuum punch; and drawing a vacuum between the corrugated wall and the outer wall via the vacuum punch; wherein the vacuum drawn between the corrugated wall and the outer wall causes the outer wall to deform in a direction towards the corrugated wall. An apparatus for forming an outer wall of pipe and a mold configured to form a coupling preform in a segment of continuously-extruded and molded polymer pipe are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Gerald S. Sutton
  • Patent number: 7975588
    Abstract: In a glass cutter wheel where a blade edge is formed on a disk-shaped wheel, grooves having a predetermined shape are formed at a predetermined pitch in a 1/4 or smaller or 3/4 or smaller blade edge line portion of the entire perimeter of the blade edge. The ratio of the groove portion to the entire perimeter, which largely contributes to a scribing characteristic, is changed such that a desired scribing characteristic can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsuboshi Diamond Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Takamatsu, Kazuya Maekawa, Noriyuki Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 7523846
    Abstract: In a glass cutter wheel where a blade edge is formed on a disk-shaped wheel, grooves having a predetermined shape are formed at a predetermined pitch in a ¼ or smaller or ¾ or smaller blade edge line portion of the entire perimeter of the blade edge. The ratio of the groove portion to the entire perimeter, which largely contributes to a scribing characteristic, is changed such that a desired scribing characteristic can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsuboshi Diamond Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Takamatsu, Kazuya Maekawa, Noriyuki Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 7503120
    Abstract: The present invention involves a hand-held cutter device that is adapted to be held by a human hand, over a human finger, or between the human fingers. The cutter device includes a generally cylindrical inner sleeve slideably engaged with a generally cylindrical outer sleeve, where each sleeve includes an open end and a closed end. The inner sleeve has an extended position and a retracted position. A blade for cutting various materials is attached to the closed of the inner sleeve. A biasing element is confined between the sleeves and urges the inner sleeve into the retracted position. The closed end of the outer sleeve may include a plurality of flat guide surfaces, at least one straight guide groove, and or at least one guide rib. At least two of the plurality of flat guide surfaces may intersect at about a 90 degree angle and the at least one straight guide groove may be located within any of the plurality of flat guide surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Henkel Corporation
    Inventor: Irene E. Williams
  • Patent number: 6994018
    Abstract: Apparatus for extracting oil from the peel of whole citrus fruit includes a frame and a plurality of parallel horizontal rolls including toothed projections for piercing the outer surface of the whole fruit. Each of the plurality of rolls is rotatably supported via a rotatable shaft that is mounted to the frame. A plurality of motors are secured to the frame, each of the plurality of motors are mechanically coupled to a corresponding shaft of the rolls, wherein each motor independently rotates the shaft and roll. The apparatus also includes a controller for individually controlling the rotational speed of each of the rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Brown International Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald C. Bushman, Scott R. Alexander, David J. Hancock
  • Patent number: 6629483
    Abstract: A hole-forming device includes a base member having a hole-forming projection facing a bottom of a can. The hole-forming projection is formed on an upper surface of the base member. The base member is slidable upward to the upper part of a case by pushing a pressing member. The hole-forming projection is normally held in the case for safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Iwazaki
    Inventor: Shin Iwao
  • Publication number: 20020117040
    Abstract: A hole-forming device includes a base member having a hole-forming projection facing a bottom of a can. The hole-forming projection is formed on an upper surface of the base member. The base member is slidable upward to the upper part of a case by pushing a pressing member. The hole-forming projection is normally held in the case for safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Iwazaki
    Inventor: Shin Iwao
  • Patent number: 6412384
    Abstract: A hole-forming device includes a base member having a hole-forming projection facing a bottom of a can. The hole-forming projection is formed on an upper surface of the base member. The base member is slidable upward to the upper part of a case by pushing a pressing member. The hole-forming projection is normally held in the case for safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Iwazaki
    Inventor: Shin Iwao
  • Patent number: 6401586
    Abstract: A tax stamp perforator and notcher applies a diagonal line of spaced apart perforations on a tax stamp for subsequent application to a cigarette pack. The stamp is glued or otherwise applied to the cigarette pack normally across the back of the pack and one of the sides thereof. When the cigarette pack is opened the tax stamp is torn along the line of perforations. In order to facilitate rapid application of tax stamps to a production line of cigarette packs, notches in the form of lines of increased densification are applied to each stamp in the area where the stamp is bent around the side of the cigarette pack. These lines of increased densification are arranged parallel to the edge of the cigarette pack, and preferably one of the lines lies along the edge of the cigarette pack to thereby reduce the ability of the tax stamp to spring back away from the pack when glued to the pack. This feature enables the stamps to be applied to the packs at high production rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventor: John P. Wood
  • Patent number: 6227093
    Abstract: The preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises a pizza docking device having a pair of guides atop a pan and retaining a roller therein. Said roller has a plurality of pins thereon in spiral orientation. The device is dimensioned such that when an uncooked pizza crust is place on said pan, said roller may be traversed across said crust, docking it with perforations of a desired spacing and depth. A pair of shelves is provided in an elevated portion of said guides for placement of said roller up and away from said pan such that crusts may be placed and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Inventor: Bernard J. Rensky, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6103163
    Abstract: Open-cell plastic foam sheets with smooth, closed surfaces are heated up to a predetermined temperature after extrusion, are thermoformed in a thermoforming unit with the aid of a vacuum on both sides and are thermoset. One of the two closed surface skins of the plastic foam sheet is perforated with the aid of needles 4 arranged movably in a mold block 11. The mold block 11 is a component part of a thermoforming unit 10 and, together with a further mold block 9, forms the mold of this thermoforming unit. The mold block 11 for the inner side 13 of a plastic foam sheet 16 includes a male mold 1, a cooling plate 2, a vacuum plate 3, the movable needles 4, a needle plate 5, springs 6 for the return of the needle plate and also diaphragms 7 and a mounting plate 8, which are held together by screws 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Depron B.V.
    Inventors: Henk Joppen, Paul Daniels, Jan op den Buijsch
  • Patent number: 6007470
    Abstract: A method is disclosed of folding a honeycomb panel, the panel preferably comprising a honeycomb core having opposing face sheets. A slit is preferably cut through one face sheet and the underlying honeycomb core and a wedge is driven into the honeycomb panel at the location of the slit. The wedge crushes the honeycomb core to a preselected depth with a preselected angle whereby the crushed honeycomb core forms a hinge. The honeycomb panel can then be folded along the hinge in a direction opposite the intact face sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Tenneco Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Dale W. Komarek, Paul Moser, George T. Wroblewski, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5935682
    Abstract: A facing sheet (10) for absorbent articles is disclosed in the form of a laminate made up of at least a first layer (12) and a second layer (14). The first layer is intended to face a wearer when the absorbent article is in use and presents a plurality of through holes (16) delimited by an upper perimeter (18) and a lower perimeter (20) to thereby permit liquid to migrate through to the second layer (14). The second layer presents first depressions (22) which are arranged such that the lower perimeter (20) of each hole in the first layer (12) is aligned with an associated depression in the second layer (14). The invention further relates to a method which may be used to produce such a facing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: SCA Molnlycke AB
    Inventor: Leif Wallstrom
  • Patent number: 5720915
    Abstract: Open-cell plastic foam sheets with smooth, closed surfaces are heated up to a predetermined temperature after extrusion, are thermoformed in a thermoforming unit with the aid of a vacuum on both sides and are thermoset. One of the two closed surface skins of the plastic foam sheet is perforated with the aid of needles 4 arranged movably in a mold block 11. The mold block 11 is a component part of a thermoforming unit 10 and, together with a further mold block 9, forms the mold of this thermoforming unit. The mold block 11 for the inner side 13 of a plastic foam sheet 16 comprises a male mold 1, a cooling plate 2, a vacuum plate 3, the movable needles 4, a needle plate 5, springs 6 for the return of the needle. plate and also diaphragms 7 and a mounting plate 8, which are held together by screws 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: Depron B.V.
    Inventors: Henk Joppen, Paul Daniels, Jan op den Buijsch
  • Patent number: 5047200
    Abstract: A method of making a fire hose including the steps of extruding a tube having inner 12 and outer coverings of elastomeric material on a woven jacket made from woven synthetic textile yarns and having a weft which is unusually highly crimped. The extruded tube is placed in a confining mould or sheath having an internal diameter substantially the same as the external diameter of the hose, curing the material of the tube by internal application of heat and pressure, pressing the outer covering into tight engagement with the sheath. The sheath effectively prevents radial expansion of the hose during the curing and the outer covering is thus embossed with the surface topography of the inner surface of the sheath upon removal of the sheath. The hose thus formed has good diametral swell properties and consequently reduces the frictional forces in relation to the amount of water flowing through the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Assignee: Angus Fire Armour Limited
    Inventor: Robert M. Harcourt
  • Patent number: 4815351
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel apparatus for punching or drilling of a plurality of elongate, slanting bores or holes in a substantially solid slab made of a relatively rigid, penetrable material such as plastic. The apparatus comprises a punching or drilling chamber having a substantially planar top wall. A series of spikes angle downwardly and at an angle from the top wall. A feed end allows slabs of material to be fed into the punching chamber onto a planar support bed, where the slab is secured from further movement relative to the support bed. The support bed is movable in reciprocating motion upward and downward in the punching chamber in a direction parallel with the longitudinal axes of the spikes which extend downwardly from the top wall of the chamber. During the upward motion, the slab of material is forced into the spikes which pierce the slab and forms the elongated bores or holes therein. In the downward cycle, the spikes are withdrawn from the slab of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Inventors: Don L. Smith, Shirley J. Smith
  • Patent number: 4677888
    Abstract: A self-contained machine for simultaneously slicing and perforating severally the baked goods, such as English muffins, bagels, buns, rolls or the like, in two rows; the machine including a framework on which are mounted but a single motor, a split belt conveyor, a slicing station and a perforating station, and drive mechanisms severally operatively connecting the motor with the conveyor, slicing station and perforating station, the slicing station including a horizontal serrated wheel and guide cooperating with one of the split belts and each other for proper slicing of the baked goods in one row, and the perforating station including a cleated belt arranged on edge, a perforating member and a guide cooperating with the other split belt and each other, for proper perforating of the baked goods in the other row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Inventor: John Terragnoli
  • Patent number: 4326909
    Abstract: An insulation material having relatively high moisture permeability, includes an inner sheet of expanded polystyrene of substantial thickness. Attached to the polystyrene is an impermeable kraft supported aluminum foil outer layer having the paper side facing the polystyrene. An adhesive layer is provided to join the outer layer to the inner layer. Finally, a plurality of moisture permeation creating perforations are intruded through the outer layer and the adhesive layer and extend into the inner layer to render the outer layer and adhesive layer moisture permeable. The perforations are formed by bonding the layers with the adhesive, allowing the adhesive to set and thereafter passing the bonded layers against a means for forming perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Assignee: Minnesota Diversified Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond F. Slavik
  • Patent number: 4319589
    Abstract: A perforating device and a method for perforating double length filter cigarette assemblies, in which cigarettes are transferred from the drying drum, of a plug assembler onto a first conveyor which conveys them into the space between a straight flight of the first conveyor and a parallel flight of a second conveyor. The speed of the first conveyor is varied cyclically relative to that of the second by means of a speed modulator, so that the cigarettes are rolled in successive steps during their travel through the device so as to present successive different segments of the outer circumferential surface of the central filter portion to a perforator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1982
    Assignee: Molins Limited
    Inventor: Francis A. M. Labbe
  • Patent number: 4292872
    Abstract: Hollow cylinders of relatively rigidized paper are perforated in closely spaced circularly extending, axially spaced rows by perforating adjacent ones of the rows from opposite sides on the cylinders. Apparatus for perforating the cylinders uses a fixed rolling shoe and a rotating drum each of which carry needles to effect perforation. The method and apparatus are especially effective for perforating paper cylinder cigarette mouthpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1981
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventor: Reiner G. Brinker
  • Patent number: 4230011
    Abstract: A machine for production shops to make templates, the machine including a flat base having stops against which a template blank can be rested two tracks going north to south, or vice-versa, along which a first gauge carriage travels ONLY north to south, or vice-versa, and which carries also two tracks moving east to west, in which a second gauge carriage travels; the second gauge carriage also carrying a precision telescopic punch aimed against the template blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Inventor: Luciano Battaglia
  • Patent number: 4188847
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for perforating the walls of an assembled filter element used on smoking products including a continuously moving conveying means for receiving a plurality of said filter elements and means for retaining said assembled filter elements on said conveying means, a plurality of piercing elements positioned at right angles to the direction of movement of said assembled filter elements, and a means for manipulating the piercing elements so that it penetrates and withdraws from the walls of the filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1980
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Leslie E. Payne
  • Patent number: 4167130
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for cutting continuous reinforcing material in a sheet molding compound comprising passing the sheet molding compound into contact with a plurality of blades projecting from the exterior surface of a rotating roll. The blades pierce the sheet molding compound to sever the continuous reinforcing material located therein as the sheet molding compound is advanced past the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1979
    Assignee: Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
    Inventor: Everett R. Miller