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AGC Inc | Date: 2015-09-21

A window trim is used with a fixed window of a vehicle. The fixed window is fixed to the vehicle and has interior and exterior surfaces and a window edge. The window trim includes a trim body having a first section having a substantially linear configuration and a second section having an at least partially arcuate configuration defining a bend such that the second section extends back toward the first section and presents a contact surface engaging the window edge. The first section extends beyond the contact surface and along the interior surface. The window trim includes a reinforcement element having first and second reinforcement portions configured to correspond to the substantially linear and at least partially arcuate configurations of the trim body, respectively. The first and second reinforcement portions continuously extend as a single unit within the first and second portions, to support the trim body.


Patent
AGC Inc | Date: 2017-02-01

An antenna includes a ground element defining a straight edge extending along a first axis. A radiating element is spaced apart from the ground element. A feeding element has a first conductor coupled to the ground element and a second conductor coupled to the radiating element. The radiating element includes two radiating segments extending substantially parallel to one another along a second axis transverse to the first axis with each radiating segment defining a width measured perpendicular to the second axis. The width of one radiating segment is greater than the width of the other radiating segment. A coupling portion connects the radiating segments and includes a straight edge facing the straight edge of the ground element. The straight edge of the coupling portion extends along a third axis that is transverse to the first axis. When combined with a substrate, the antenna is a component of a window assembly.


Patent
AGC Inc, Asahi Glass Co. and AGC Glass Europe S.A. | Date: 2015-11-16

A method of producing a plasma is provided. The method includes providing at least three hollow cathodes, including a first hollow cathode, a second hollow cathode, and a third hollow cathode. Each hollow cathode has a plasma exit region. The method further includes providing a source of power capable of producing multiple output waves, including a first output wave, a second output wave, and a third output wave. The first output wave and the second output wave are out of phase, the second output wave and the third output wave are out of phase, and the first output wave and the third output wave are out of phase. Each hollow cathode is electrically connected to the source of power such that the first hollow cathode is electrically connected to the first output wave, the second hollow cathode is electrically connected to the second output wave, and the third hollow cathode is electrically connected to the third output wave. Electrical current flows between the at least three hollow cathodes that are out of electrical phase. A plasma is generated between the hollow cathodes.


Patent
AGC Inc, Asahi Glass Co. and AGC Glass Europe S.A. | Date: 2015-11-16

A plasma source is provided. The plasma source includes at least three hollow cathodes, including a first hollow cathode, a second hollow cathode, and a third hollow cathode, each hollow cathode having a plasma exit region. The plasma source includes a source of power capable of producing multiple output waves, including a first output wave, a second output wave, and a third output wave, wherein the first output wave and the second output wave are out of phase, the second output wave and the third output wave are out of phase, and the first output wave and the third output wave are out of phase. Each hollow cathode is electrically connected to the source of power such that the first hollow cathode is electrically connected to the first output wave, the second hollow cathode is electrically connected to the second output wave, and the third hollow cathode is electrically connected to the third output wave. Electrical current flows between the at least three hollow cathodes that are out of electrical phase. The plasma source is capable of generating a plasma between the hollow cathodes.


Patent
AGC Inc, Asahi Glass Co. and AGC Glass Europe S.A. | Date: 2015-12-18

An ion source includes a chamber. The ion source further includes a first hollow cathode having a first hollow cathode cavity and a first plasma exit orifice and a second hollow cathode having a second hollow cathode cavity and a second plasma exit orifice. The first and second hollow cathodes are disposed adjacently in the chamber. The ion source further includes a first ion accelerator between and in communication with the first plasma exit orifice and the chamber. The first ion accelerator forms a first ion acceleration cavity. The ion source further includes a second ion accelerator between and in communication with the second plasma orifice and the chamber. The second ion accelerator forms a second ion acceleration cavity. The first hollow cathode and the second hollow cathode are configured to alternatively function as electrode and counter-electrode to generate a plasma. Each of the first ion acceleration cavity and the second ion acceleration cavity are sufficient to enable the extraction and acceleration of ions.


Patent
AGC Inc, Asahi Glass Co. and AGC Glass Europe S.A. | Date: 2015-12-18

A method of extracting and accelerating ions is provided. The method includes providing a ion source. The ion source includes a chamber. The ion source further includes a first hollow cathode having a first hollow cathode cavity and a first plasma exit orifice and a second hollow cathode having a second hollow cathode cavity and a second plasma exit orifice, the first and second hollow cathodes being disposed adjacently in the chamber. The ion source further includes a first ion accelerator between and in communication with the first plasma exit orifice and the chamber. The first ion accelerator forms a first ion acceleration cavity. The ion source further includes a second ion accelerator between and in communication with the second plasma orifice and the chamber. The second ion accelerator forms a second ion acceleration cavity. The method further includes generating a plasma using the first hollow cathode and the second hollow cathode. The first hollow cathode and the second hollow cathode are configured to alternatively function as electrode and counter-electrode. The method further includes extracting and accelerating ions. Each of the first ion acceleration cavity and the second ion acceleration cavity are sufficient to enable the extraction and acceleration of ions.


A window pane has a daylight opening and includes a substrate having a first surface. The window pane further includes an electrical device including a first busbar, a second busbar, and a gridline portion with each independently including a conductive material. The gridline portion has a first end operatively connected to and abutting the first busbar and a second end operatively connected to and abutting the second busbar. A gridline length is defined between the first and second ends of the gridline portion. The gridline portion is completely and directly disposed on the first surface along the gridline length. The first busbar and second busbar each independently includes a first layer of the conductive material disposed on the substrate. At least one of the first and the second busbars each independently includes a second layer of the conductive material disposed on the first layer.


A sliding window assembly is used with a vehicle. The sliding window assembly includes at least one fixed panel having first and second edges, with the fixed panel also having an arcuate configuration between the first and second edges. The sliding window assembly includes at least one rail coupled to the fixed panel and having first and second rail ends. The rail extends along an axis between the first and second rail ends. The rail defines a rail channel having a substantially linear configuration along the axis. The sliding window assembly includes a sliding panel at least partially disposed within the rail channel and movable along the rail and the axis relative to the fixed panel between open and closed positions. The first edge of the fixed panel is spaced from the second edge of the fixed panel along the axis that the rail extends along.


Patent
AGC Inc and Agc Glass Europe | Date: 2016-05-11

A window assembly includes a substrate with an electrically conductive transparent layer that defines an area having a periphery. An outer region devoid of the transparent layer is defined adjacent to and along the periphery. An elongated antenna element is disposed in the outer region. A feeding element couples to the antenna element for energizing the antenna element. The area of the transparent layer defines at least two protrusions being spaced apart from one another and extending integrally from the area and into the outer region. The antenna element abuts and is in direct electrical contact with the at least two protrusions. The feeding element couples to the antenna element at a location between the at least two protrusions or at one of the at least two protrusions.


A window assembly includes an electrically conductive transparent layer and an antenna element disposed on a substrate. The transparent layer has an area defining a periphery with a plurality of edges. An outer region devoid of the transparent layer is defined adjacent the transparent layer along the periphery. The antenna element includes a first antenna segment and a second antenna segment. The first antenna segment is elongated and disposed in the outer region and spaced from the periphery and extends solely along one edge of the periphery. The second antenna segment extends integrally from the first antenna segment towards the transparent layer such that the second antenna segment crosses a periphery of the transparent layer. A feeding element is coupled to the first antenna segment to energize the antenna element and the transparent layer such that the antenna element and the transparent layer collectively transmit and/or receive radio frequency signals.

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