The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 12.21.11

Electric can opener having removable opener tools
Patent 8,079,152
An electric can opener for opening a top of a metal can which includes a housing that has a top end and a front side. A can cutting mechanism is on the front side of the housing proximate the top end of the housing. A hand held jar grip is removably mounted on the top end of the housing. The top end of the housing includes a recess that receives an interior surface of the hand held jar grip.
Inventors: Michael Garman (Midlothian); Brandon Song (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc (Glen Allen)
Dec. 20, 2011

Ballistic shield composites with enhanced fragment resistance
Patent 8,080,486
Consolidated, layered composites having high penetration resistance to both bullets and fragments are described. The composites comprise, in order, a first non-woven fabric comprising one or a plurality of unidirectionally oriented high tenacity fibrous layers, a felt material comprising high tenacity felt fibers, and a second non-woven fabric comprising one or a plurality of unidirectionally oriented high tenacity fibrous layers. The non-woven fabrics and intermediate felt material are consolidated at facing lateral surfaces.
Inventors: Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond); Brian D. Arvidson (Chester); Henry G. Ardiff (Chesterfield); David A. Hurst (Richmond); Terry S. Chern (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
Dec. 20, 2011 [private]

Decomposition of decimal floating point data, and methods therefore 
Patent 8,082,282
A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format.
Inventors: Shawn D. Lundvall (Midlothian); Eric M. Schwarz (Gardiner, N.Y.); Ronald M. Smith, Sr. (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.); Phil C. Yeh (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
Dec. 20, 2011

Custom content compilation using digital chapter marks
Patent 8,078,036
Digital marks are used to define segments that are sequenced in a custom content compilation that provides a virtual program. A system is configured to receive definitions of digital marks that locate segments within program content. The segments are scenes or other portions of programs that constitute less than the entirety of the program content. A series of digital marks are associated as being within a content compilation sequence. Playback of the virtual program entails sequential output of the segments corresponding to the digital marks. Alternative content includes user photos, video clips and audio clips. The virtual program may also be automatically built through access to user profile or related information.
Inventors: Michael A. Bergeron (Richmond); Yuko Nishikawa (La Jolla, Calif.); Nga Marie Phan Nguyen (Carlsbad, Calif.); Ronaldo Diaz (San Diego)
Assignee: Sony Corporation (Tokyo, Japan); Sony Electronics, Inc. (Park Ridge, N.J.)
Dec. 13, 2011

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Non-fibrous high modulus ultra high molecular weight polyethylene tape for ballistic applications
Patent 8,075,979
A non-fibrous ultra high molecular weight polyethylene tape having a width of 1-inch or greater and a modulus of 1,400 grams per denier or greater. The non-fibrous UHMWPE tape is obtained by compression molding ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene powder at a temperature below its melting point and then drawing and stretching the entire resultant compression molded UHMWPE sheet, with no slitting or splitting of the sheet, at a draw ratio of at least 100:1. The UHMWPE tape can be produced in weights of 6,000 to 90,000 denier or greater. The UHMWPE tape of the present invention minimizes the effect of stress concentrators that are prevalent with fibers and thereby enables the tape to be drawn at much higher draw ratios than is possible with fibrous UHMWPE. When used in ballistics panels, the high modulus high molecular weight polyethylene tape of the present invention improves ballistic performance by providing enhanced dissipation of the impact energy of a projectile.
Inventors: Gene C. Weedon (Richmond); Kenneth C. Harding (Midlothian); Lisa Owen (Charlotte, N.C.)
Assignee: BAE System Tensylon H.P.M., Inc. (Monroe, N.C.)
Dec. 13, 2011

Stabilized compositions comprising ammonium nitrate
Patent 8,075,660
Dec. 13, 2011
Preferred aspects of the present invention provide ammonium nitrate compositions comprising ammonium nitrate and at least one stabilizing agent, and preferably a third compound. In certain preferred embodiments, the stabilizing agent, together with third compound, is present under conditions and in amounts effective to substantially reduce the detonation sensitivity of the composition and/or to otherwise improve a desired property of the composition.
Inventors: James A. Kweeder (Chesterfield); Richard J. Williams (Wharton, N.J.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)

Polysiloxane block copolymers
Patent 8,076,440
Dec. 13, 2011
The invention relates to polysiloxane block copolymers of the formula A[LB(S)Q].sub.m, where A is a polysiloxane block, L is a divalent organic linker, B is a polymer block composed of radically polymerizable monomers, S is a sulfur atom and Q is a monovalent organic radical and m is an integer from 1 to 50, to a method for their production, and to their use in cosmetics or personal care.
Inventors: Dirk Kuppert (Recklinghausen, Germany); Burghard Gruning (Essen, Germany); Brian Yang (Midlothian); Sven Balk (Hanau, Germany); Gerd Lohden (Essen, Germany)
Assignee: Evonik Goldschmidt GmbH (Essen) [/private]

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