US Pat. No. 10,168,850

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A display panel, comprising:a first edge and a third edge arranged to be opposite to each other;
a second edge and a fourth edge arranged to be opposite to each other;
at least one notch arranged on one or more of the first edge, the second edge, the third edge and the fourth edge respectively; and
a display region surrounding by a non-display region,
wherein both the first edge and the third edge extend in a first direction, both the second edge and the fourth edge extend in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and adjacent two of the first edge, the second edge, the third edge and the fourth edge of the display panel are connected by a predefined angle,
wherein at least one side of the notch comprises a protrusion structure, the non-display region comprises at least one first non-display region arranged along edges of the protrusion structure, and wherein the first non-display region comprises at least one first pressure sensor,
wherein the first pressure sensor comprises a first strain detection direction and a second strain detection direction, an included angle between the first strain detection direction and the first edge of the display panel is greater than or equal to 65 degrees and less than or equal to 115 degrees, an included angle between the second strain detection direction and the first edge of the display panel is greater than or equal to ?25 degrees and less than or equal to 0 degree, wherein the non-display region comprises a control chip, and the first edge is an edge of the display panel close to the control chip.

US Pat. No. 10,168,778

USER STATUS INDICATOR OF AN AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEM

DAQRI, LLC, Los Angeles,...

1. A device comprising:a biometric sensor configured to measure biometric information of a user of the device;
a display configured to display augmented reality (AR) content;
a light source configured to output any of a plurality of visual signals; and
one or more hardware processors comprising a disruption indicator application, the disruption indicator application configured to perform operations comprising:
identifying a task being performed by the user of the device;
determining a disruption level based on a combination of the AR content, the task, and the biometric information; and
causing the light source to output a visual signal corresponding to the disruption level and selected from the plurality of visual signals, the visual signal being configured to visually alert other users of other devices to avoid engaging the user of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,168,702

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING CONTROL DEVICE

CLARION CO., LTD., Saita...

1. An autonomous driving control device mounted on a vehicle and controlling autonomous driving, comprising:a storage unit that stores map information;
a route extraction unit that extracts a plurality of routes from an origin to a destination based on the map information;
a determination unit that determines whether or not to change to another route in response to a situation of an intersection when the vehicle approaches the intersection while the vehicle is traveling on one route of the routes extracted by the route extraction unit; and
an autonomous driving control unit that controls autonomous driving based on determination of the determination unit,
wherein the determination unit
determines whether or not to change to the other route from the one route in accordance with a signal state of an intersection.

US Pat. No. 10,168,689

MACHINE TOOL

DMG Mori Co., Ltd., Nara...

1. A machine tool, comprising:a motion mechanism part including a spindle;
a numerical controller controlling operation of the motion mechanism part in accordance with a numerical control program; and
a tool changer, the tool changer including:
a tool magazine having a plurality of tool holders, wherein each of the plurality of tool holders holds a respective tool therein, and the plurality of tool holders are indexable such that each of the plurality of tool holders is movable, as required, to a tool change position for exchange of the respective tool held therein with a tool attached to the spindle, and the plurality of tool holders are also indexable such that each of the plurality of tool holders is movable, as required, to a tool attachment/detachment position for a manual exchange by an operator of the respective tool held therein;
a tool changing mechanism having a change arm for changing the tool attached to the spindle with the respective tool that is held by a selected one of the plurality of tool holders that is positioned at the tool change position;
a tool change control part controlling operations of the tool changing mechanism; and
a manual operation device at which the operator inputs into the tool change control part an operation signal for selectively moving a particular one of the plurality of tool holders to the tool attachment/detachment position, wherein the manual operation device includes an announcement part for announcing an alarm to the operator, the machine tool further comprising:
a tool information storage storing therein used tool information for, when the numerical controller executes the numerical control program, specifying the respective tool used in a machining operation using the numerical control program, wherein
the tool change control part is configured to check the used tool information stored in the tool information storage when receiving the operation signal from the manual operation device during execution of the numerical control program by the numerical controller, and, in a case where the respective tool held by the particular one of the plurality of tool holders corresponding to the operation signal is not used in the numerical control program, move the particular one of the plurality of tool holders to the tool attachment/detachment position and, in a case where the respective tool held by the one of the plurality of tool holders corresponding to the operation signal is used in the numerical control program, cause the announcement part to announce the alarm.

US Pat. No. 10,168,676

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTELLIGENT CUSTOMIZATION OF AN AUTOMATION CONTROL SERVICE

Cox Communications, Inc.,...

1. A method for automation control, comprising:accessing, by a computing system comprising at least one memory device and at least one processor, one or more information streams from a group of agents associated with an operational environment of a physical premises, wherein the group of agents transmits the one or more information streams over one or more network links to a gateway device, further wherein the one or more information streams are indicative of interactivity between the group of agents and one or more automation control assets of the operational environment;
determining, by the computing system and based at least on one of the one or more information streams, intelligence that is indicative of a behavior of an agent of the group of agents with an automation control asset of the one or more automation control assets;
supplying, by the computing system, a recommendation for an automation control service for the operational environment based at least on the determined intelligence; and
transmitting, by the computing system, instructions to hardware that is in electrical communication with the automation control service based upon the recommendation, wherein the instructions regulate operation of the hardware,
wherein determining, by the computing system, the intelligence comprises determining a correlation between events associated with at least one second agent of the group of agents, the at least one second agent being in at least one of (i) a specific control state of a control sequence based at least on the automation control service or (ii) a specific agent state,
wherein the control state comprises a condition of the operational environment, the condition being responsive to implementation of the control sequence, and
wherein an agent state comprises a condition of the at least one second agent responsive to one or more of activities within the operational environment or the control state.

US Pat. No. 10,168,672

AUTO-TUNING

GENCOA LTD., Liverpool (...

1. A method of automatically calculating controller parameters to be applied in a system comprising a controller operatively connected to a sensor and an actuator, comprising:automatically performing a series of actuator actions controlled by a controller;
determining, with a processor, a sensor response for the series of actuator actions, the sensor response being based on an actuator input;
performing, with the processor, an automatic sensor calibration procedure to determine a window of operation for the controller between a determined maximum sensor level and a determined minimum sensor level, the automatic sensor calibration procedure comprising:
performing a series of first actuator ramps as a first actuator ramping and recording first sensor responses;
determining a maximum sensor value and a minimum sensor value recoded during the first actuator ramping;
recording an actuator value corresponding to the minimum sensor value;
recording an actuator value corresponding to the maximum sensor value;
determining the window of operation of the controller to be a range of actuator values falling between the actuator value corresponding to the minimum sensor value and the actuator value corresponding to the maximum sensor value;
performing, with the processor, a system identification procedure for determining information on dynamics of the system to be controlled, the performing the system identification procedure comprising:
selecting an actuator value u0 falling within the window of operation of the controller;
performing a second actuator ramping about the selected actuator value u0;
analysing the sensor response by recording the gradient of the sensor response dy/dt at an actuator value ?u offset from u0; and
determining a relationship B that is characteristic of a dynamic system parameter according to a relationship B=f(dy/dt, ?u);
automatically calculating, with the processor, controller parameters to achieve a specified dynamic response based on the calibration and system identification procedures; and
applying, with the processor, the controller parameters to the controller to achieve the specified dynamic response.

US Pat. No. 10,168,669

TIMELINE USER INTERFACE

Amer Sports Digital Servi...

1. An apparatus comprising at least one processing core, at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code being configured to, with the at least one processing core, cause the apparatus at least to:obtain at least one of a sunrise time and a sunset time for a current location of the apparatus, the current location being determined from a satellite position receiver;
obtain a plurality of calendar events occurring during a same day from a calendar application;
display a time axis on a screen, and display, relative to the time axis at parts of the time axis that are selected based on scheduled times of day of the calendar events, a plurality of symbols, the symbols corresponding to at least two of the plurality of calendar events, and
display, relative to the time axis, at least one of:
an indication of sunrise corresponding to the sunrise time in connection with a part of the time axis corresponding to the sunrise time, and
an indication of sunset corresponding to the sunset time in connection with a part of the time axis corresponding to the sunset time.

US Pat. No. 10,168,621

RADIATION BEAM APPARATUS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An adjustable diffraction grating comprising:an optical element having an optical surface to receive an input radiation beam, the optical element comprising a plurality of closed channels below the optical surface, above each closed channel the optical surface being formed from a membrane of material; and
a distortion mechanism comprising one or more actuators that are operable to distort the membranes over the closed channels so as to control a shape of the optical surface and to form a periodic structure on the optical surface which acts as a diffraction grating such that the input radiation beam is diffracted from the optical element to form a plurality of angularly separated sub-beams.

US Pat. No. 10,168,619

OPTICAL DEVICE FOR A LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Obe...

1. An optical device, comprising:an optical element;
a supporting frame supporting the optical element;
a sensor frame mechanically decoupled from the supporting frame, a gap being present between the supporting frame and the sensor frame; and
a sensor arrangement configured to determine a width of the gap in a non-contact manner,
wherein:
the sensor arrangement comprises a contact element and a contact surface; and
the contact element is configured to contact the contact surface to limit a relative movement of the supporting frame relative to the sensor frame.

US Pat. No. 10,168,606

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT AND PROJECTOR

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A light source unit comprising:a first light source for emitting light in a first wavelength range;
a luminescent wheel device comprising a luminescent wheel including (i) a second light source for emitting light in a second wavelength range which is luminous light excited by the light in the first wavelength range, and (ii) a third light source for emitting light in a third wavelength range which is luminous light excited by the light in the first wavelength range and whose wavelength differs from a wavelength of the light in the second wavelength range, the second light source and the third light source being disposed end to end in an adjacent fashion in a circumferential direction;
a fourth light source for emitting light in a fourth wavelength range which is of the same color system as the light in the second wavelength range or which is of the same color system as the light in the third wavelength range; and
a control unit for controlling the fourth light source and the luminescent wheel device so that the fourth light source is illuminated during a first color mixing period during which a boundary between the second light source and the third light source is situated on an optical path of the light in the first wavelength range,
wherein a transmitting segment which transmits the light in the first wavelength range is provided end to end with the second light source and the third light source in an adjacent fashion on the luminescent wheel, and
wherein the control unit performs control so that the fourth light source is illuminated during a second color mixing period during which a boundary between the third light source and the transmitting segment is situated on the optical path of the light in the first wavelength range or a third color mixing period during which a boundary between the transmitting segment and the second light source is situated on the optical path of the light in the first wavelength range.

US Pat. No. 10,168,602

PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTOR

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A projection optical system that projects, while enlarging, an image displayed on an image display surface and performs zooming by moving a plurality of lens groups arranged along a same optical axis, the projection optical system comprising, from an enlargement side:a first lens group having a negative refractive power;
a second lens group having a negative refractive power and movable during zooming;
a third lens group having a positive refractive power and movable during zooming; and
a lens group disposed at a most reduction-side position,
wherein
the first lens group comprises, from the enlargement side:
a front group having a negative refractive power; and
a rear group having a positive refractive power and comprising, from the enlargement side, a negative lens element and a positive lens element,
for zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end, the third lens group moves toward the enlargement side monotonically, and
conditional formulae (1) and (2) below are fulfilled:
0.3<|flf|/L1r<1.4  (1)
0.1 where
flf represents a focal length of the front group;
L1r represents a distance from a vertex of a most enlargement-side surface in the front group to a vertex of a most enlargement-side of the rear group;
L2max represents a maximum amount of movement of the second lens group; and
L3max represents a maximum amount of movement of the third lens group.

US Pat. No. 10,168,600

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTICAL SAMPLING WITHOUT AN OPTICAL SOURCE

1. A system for the sampling of an optical input signal by generating a plurality of copies of the spectrum of the said optical input signal including:at least one sampling block for the convolution between the optical input spectrum and an optical comb; wherein
the said sampling block includes a modulator, and a bias voltage generator,
the said sampling block is driven by an electrical comb generator and a phase shifter,
the said electrical comb generator being configured to generate a number of N lines, with N from one to infinity, in the radio frequency domain, equally spaced in frequency and locked in phase,
the said phase shifter being configured to shift the phase of the electrical comb lines in respect to the phase of the signal-to-sample,
the said modulator being configured to generate a plurality of 2N+1 copies of the input spectrum from (i) the signal spectrum and (ii) a number of N lines provided by the said electrical comb generator,
the modulator being further configured to ensure a fixed phase relationship between the plurality of copies using an input bias voltage from the bias voltage generator and a voltage amplitude of the frequency comb.

US Pat. No. 10,168,595

ELECTRODEPOSITION ELEMENT AND MIRROR DEVICE

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. An electrodeposition element comprising:a first substrate including a first base substrate made of a first material, a first member arranged on the first base substrate and made of a second material different from the first material, and an electrode arranged above the first member;
a second substrate arranged opposite to the first substrate and including an electrode;
an electrolyte layer arranged between the electrodes of the first substrate and the second substrate, the electrolyte layer including an electrodeposition material that contains silver; and
a mirror arranged on a surface of the first substrate at a side away from the electrolyte layer,
wherein the first member has a micro-prism shape including concavities and convexities, and
wherein, when a voltage is applied between the electrodes of the first substrate and the second substrate such that the first substrate side is negative and the second substrate side is positive, a reflective surface made of a silver thin film and reflecting light, which is incident from a direction normal to the first and second substrates, in a direction not parallel to the incident direction of the light is formed above the electrode of the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,168,555

WIRING IN A HEAD-MOUNTABLE DEVICE

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A head mountable apparatus comprising:two rims, wherein
an inner top portion of each rim comprises a rim cavity,
each rim cavity comprises a first section and a second section,
a depth of the first section extends from an edge of the respective rim cavity to a first depth,
a depth of the second section extends from the first depth to a bottom of the respective rim cavity,
the first section is operable to secure a lens,
the second section is part of a wire channel that is operable to secure one or more wires, and
a first side of the first section is longer than a second side of the first section;
a nose bridge connecting the two rims, wherein
a back of the nose bridge comprises a bridge cavity that connects between the second section of each rim cavity, and
the bridge cavity is part of the wire channel;
two contoured end-pieces, wherein
a first end of each contoured end-piece is connected to one of the two rims,
each contoured end-piece comprises an end-piece cavity that connects to the second section of the rim cavity of the rim to which the contoured end-piece is connected, and
each end-piece cavity is part of the wire channel; and
two side-arms, wherein
each side-arm is connected at a first end to a second end of one of the two contoured end-pieces, and
a touchpad is arranged on one of the side-arms.

US Pat. No. 10,168,549

OPTICAL VISUAL AID WITH ADDITIONAL ASTIGMATISM

Carl Zeiss Vision Interna...

1. An optical visual aid comprising:at least one spectacle lens of an observer for looking at an object,
wherein the at least one spectacle lens of the optical visual aid has a dioptric power matched to an eye of the observer for at least one viewing direction (A, B), the dioptric power including a plurality of dioptric power components (K1, K2, K3, K4),
wherein a first dioptric power component (K1, K3) of the plurality of dioptric power components (K1, K2, K3, K4) has a first corrective power for the at least one viewing direction (A, B) of the eye of the observer at a defined distance AS of the object from a corneal vertex of the eye,
wherein a further dioptric power component (K2, K4) of the plurality of dioptric power components (K1, K2, K3, K4) has an additional astigmatic power for the at least one viewing direction of the eye of the observer at the defined distance AS,
wherein the first corrective power of the first dioptric power component contributes to an overall dioptric power of the visual aid by bringing a refraction for correcting a refractive error of the observer to a maximum visual acuity of the observer, up to ? D of a prescribed spherical power and up to ? DC of a prescribed astigmatic power, and an axis location of ±5° of the prescribed astigmatic power in a TABO scheme,
wherein the additional astigmatic power for the at least one viewing direction (A, B) at the defined distance AS of the object reduces the visual acuity of the observer by no more than 0.2 log MAR in relation to the visual acuity obtained by the first dioptric power component,
wherein the first dioptric power component (K1) has a power which, for a distance AS?4 m of the object from the corneal vertex of the eye, corrects the eye of the observer for the at least one viewing direction (A),
wherein the further dioptric power component (K2) has an additional negative astigmatic power for the eye of the observer for the at least one viewing direction (A), and
wherein the additional negative astigmatic power is a cylindrical refractive power BK with ?1.0 DC?BK??0.125 DC and with an axis location ?, specified in the TABO scheme, with 70°???110°, or with an axis location ?, specified in the TABO scheme, with ?20°???20°.

US Pat. No. 10,168,543

COLLIMATING LENS

Himax Technologies Limite...

1. A collimating lens, comprising:a first lens group and a second lens group disposed in an order from an object side to an image side, each of the first lens group and the second lens group having an aspherical surface;
a flat diffraction lens arranged in the second lens group and disposed nearest to an image plane; and
a ring spacer disposed between and in contact with peripheries of the first lens group and the second lens group;
wherein the first lens group includes a flat first lens and a negative-powered second lens in the order from the object side to the image side; and the second lens group includes a positive-powered third lens, a flat fourth lens and the flat diffraction lens in the order from the object side to the image side.

US Pat. No. 10,168,479

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MODIFYING DIMENSIONS OF A WAVEGUIDE

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHN...

1. A method for modifying dimensions of a waveguide, the method comprising:positioning a shadow mask, with an aperture, above the waveguide fabricated on a substrate;
spatially filtering a substance through the aperture of the shadow mask on a portion of the waveguide, wherein the substance is a vaporizing material deposited with the portion of the waveguide to modify a cladding of the waveguide; and
obtaining an adiabatic spot size converter at least at one end of the waveguide, by adjusting a distance between the shadow mask and the portion of the waveguide, to modify the dimensions of the waveguide.

US Pat. No. 10,168,474

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL INPUT/OUTPUT DEVICE

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical input/output device, the method comprising:providing a bulk silicon substrate;
monolithically integrating a vertical-input light detection element on a portion of the bulk silicon substrate; and
monolithically integrating a vertical-output light source element on another portion of the bulk silicon substrate,
wherein monolithically integrating the vertical-output light source element comprises:
forming an element passivation layer covering the vertical-input light detection element on the portion of the bulk silicon substrate;
bonding a wafer including a III-V compound semiconductor light source active layer on the III-V compound semiconductor substrate to the other portion of the bulk silicon substrate;
removing the III-V compound semiconductor substrate;
device-fabricating the III-V compound semiconductor light source active layer to form the vertical-output light source element on the bulk silicon substrate; and
forming a passivation layer on the vertical-input light detection element and the vertical-output light source element,
wherein the portion of the bulk silicon substrate is on a same plane of the bulk silicon substrate as the other portion of the bulk silicon substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,168,470

PLANAR LIGHTING DEVICE

MINEBEA CO., LTD., Nagan...

1. A planar lighting device comprising:a plurality of point light sources;
a circuit board provided with the point light sources;
a light guide plate including an end surface along which the point light sources are disposed in a facing manner and a surface to which a portion of a front end of the circuit board is fixed; and
a fixing member that fixes the circuit board to the light guide plate, the fixing member having a two-layer structure formed by a plurality of small-piece double-sided adhesive members and a single-sided adhesive member, wherein:
the single-sided adhesive member corresponds to a first layer of the two-layer structure, and the plurality of small-piece double-sided adhesive members correspond to a second layer of the two-layer structure;
the single-sided adhesive member
is configured to integrally support the small-piece double-sided adhesive members arranged in a manner separated from one another and adhesively fixed on the single-sided adhesive member, and
includes a front end side disposed at the portion of the front end of the circuit board, and a plurality of branch portions extending from the front end side in a direction from a first end surface toward a second end surface of the light guide plate, the first end surface being an end surface opposite to the second end surface, the second end surface being the end surface along which the point light sources are disposed in a facing manner;
an adhesive surface of the single-sided adhesive member is adhesively fixed to the circuit board;
a first adhesive surface of each of the small-piece double-sided adhesive members is adhesively fixed to a non-adhesive surface of a respective branch portion of the single-sided adhesive member; and
a second adhesive surface of each of the small-piece double-sided adhesive members is adhesively fixed to the light guide plate.

US Pat. No. 10,168,446

MOBILE RADIOGRAPHIC INSPECTION SYSTEM AND LIFTING DEVICE FOR MOBILE RADIOGRAPHIC INSPECTION SYSTEM

Nuctech Company Limited, ...

1. A lifting device for a mobile radiographic inspection system, the device comprising:a driving motor; and
at least two screw lifters;
wherein the driving motor is connected to each of the screw lifters via a transmission, and a lower end of a lifting rod of the screw lifter is configured to connect with a radiographic inspection device; and
wherein the lifting device further comprises a mounting assembly, which is adapted to connect the lifting device to a vehicle body of the mobile radiographic inspection system.

US Pat. No. 10,168,435

DEAD-TIME CORRECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

THERMO EBERLINE LLC, Oak...

1. A dead-time correction system for a pulse rate measurement device, the system comprising:a. a pulse counter that increments in response to pulses, the pulse counter having a selectable pulse counter read-out rate;
b. a pulse counter read-out (PCRO) storage register that stores an immediately preceding PCRO count;
c. a pulse-burst counter that also increments in response to pulses, the pulse-burst counter having a pulse-burst counter read-out rate that is faster than all but the fastest selectable pulse counter read-out rate;
d. a subtractor module in electronic communication with the pulse counter and the PCRO storage register that subtracts the preceding PCRO count from the pulse counter read-out count to output an uncorrected pulse count;
e. a selection module in electronic communication with the pulse-burst counter that selects the pulse counter read-out rate in response to input from the pulse-burst counter;
f. a multiplexer (MUX) in electronic communication with the subtractor module and the selection module, the MUX selecting from among at least two dead-time correction transforms (DTCT), the DTCT corresponding to the selected pulse counter read-out rate; and
g. a control-and-readout module in electronic communication with the MUX that applies the DTCT selected by the MUX to the uncorrected pulse count divided by the pulse counter read-out rate to output a dead-time corrected pulse rate.

US Pat. No. 10,168,432

DISTRIBUTED ELECTROMAGNETIC INSTRUMENT SYNCHRONIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND ...

1. A distributed electromagnetic instrument synchronization method, wherein the instrument comprises a transmitter and a receiver, comprising:establishing a connection between the transmitter and the receiver via a satellite;
realizing location positioning and time synchronization;
the transmitter and the receiver each acquiring a pulse per second signal and each adjusting a temperature compensated crystal oscillator according to the pulse per second signal to reach a preset value; and
performing communication between the transmitter and the receiver through the satellite.

US Pat. No. 10,168,421

WEIGHT-LOADED TARGET CARRIER FOR LASER TRACKING

The United States of Amer...

1. A laser tracking system comprising a laser target assembly, said laser target assembly including a generally rectangular member, four legs, a shaft, at least one weight, and a retroreflective target, said generally rectangular member characterized by four corners and a central aperture extending therethrough, said shaft characterized by a shaft axis, said four legs each connected to said generally rectangular member at each corner of said rectangular member, said shaft passing through said central aperture, said retroreflective target connected to said shaft at an axial end of said shaft, said at least one weight connected to said shaft so that said shaft when in a vertical position exerts a downward force against said retroreflective target in the vertical axial direction of said shaft, wherein said laser target assembly is positionable upon a surface at each of plural locations of said surface whereby said legs and said retroreflective target are contiguous said surface, and wherein at each said location of said surface said retroreflective target is contiguous said surface in accordance with said downward force exerted by said at least one weight.

US Pat. No. 10,168,414

WIRELESS SIGNALS AND TECHNIQUES FOR DETERMINING LOCATIONS OF OBJECTS IN MULTI-PATH ENVIRONMENTS

Origin Wireless, Inc., G...

1. A method comprising:at a first device, receiving a probe signal sent from a second device through a multipath channel, the probe signal received at the first device having a waveform that is different from the waveform sent by the second device due to influence of the multipath channel;
estimating a channel impulse response based on the probe signal received at the first device;
determining a time-reversed signal based on the estimated channel impulse response;
computing coordinates of a position of the second device based on a combination of (i) the time-reversed signal, (ii) stored first data representing channel impulse responses derived from probe signals sent from a third device at a plurality of positions in a venue, and (iii) second data representing coordinates of the plurality of positions in the venue that are stored in a storage device, in which the second device is located at one of the plurality of positions or in a vicinity of one of the plurality of positions, and determining coordinates of the position of the second device comprising determining which of the channel impulse responses represented by the first data more closely matches the channel impulse response estimated based on the probe signal sent from the second device as compared to the other channel impulse responses represented by the first data;
for each of a plurality of positions, determining a feature value based on a function of the time-reversed signal and the stored channel impulse response associated with the position, and
determining the position of the second device based on the position associated with a largest feature value among the feature values,
wherein at least one of (i) the feature value associated with a position is a function of the stored channel impulse response or responses associated with one or more neighboring positions, (ii) the feature value associated with a position is a function of the stored channel impulse responses derived from probe signals sent from the position at a plurality of time periods, or (iii) determining the feature value associated with a position comprises calculating a convolution of the time-reversed signal and the stored channel impulse response associated with the position.

US Pat. No. 10,168,402

TRANSMIT/RECEIVE SWITCH, A TRANSMIT COIL ARRAY AND A RECEIVE COIL ARRAY FOR MRI

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft z...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus for magnetic resonance imaging of a subject of investigation, comprising:a) a coil arrangement for at least one of
a1) transmitting an excitation signal into the subject thereby exciting nuclear spins within the subject and
a2) receiving a response signal emitted by excited spins from the subject,
b) a high-power radio-frequency amplifier for generating the excitation signal to be transmitted into the subject,
c) a low-noise amplifier for receiving and amplifying the response signal from the subject,
d) a transmit/receive switch arranged between the coil arrangement on the one hand and the low-noise amplifier and the high-power radio-frequency amplifier on the other hand, the transmit/receive switch having a receive path between the coil arrangement and the low-noise amplifier, wherein the transmit/receive switch is alternatively operable in
d1) a transmit mode, in which the transmit/receive switch transmits the excitation signal from the high-power radio-frequency amplifier to the coil arrangement, while the transmit/receive switch protects the low-noise amplifier from an outgoing excitation signal, and
d2) a receive mode, in which the transmit/receive switch routes an incoming response signal to the low-noise amplifier
e) a quarter-wavelength segment arranged in the receive path of the transmit/receive switch, wherein the quarter-wavelength segment corresponds to a quarter wavelength of the Larmor frequency, and
f) a diode arranged at one end of the quarter-wavelength segment to short-circuit the receive path at said end of the quarter-wavelength segment, thereby creating an open circuit at the other end of the quarter-wavelength segment and thus preventing the outgoing excitation signal from reaching the low-noise amplifier.

US Pat. No. 10,168,392

TUNABLE ANISOTROPY OF CO-BASED NANOCOMPOSITES FOR MAGNETIC FIELD SENSING AND INDUCTOR APPLICATIONS

Carnegie Mellon Universit...

1. A nanocomposite comprising cobalt (Co), 30 atomic % or less of Iron (Fe) or Nickel (Ni) and 50 atomic % or less of one or more metals comprising boron (B), carbon (C), phosphorous (P), silicon (Si), chromium (Cr), tantalum (Ta), niobium (Nb), vanadium (V), copper (Cu), aluminum (Al), molybdenum (Mo), manganese (Mn), tungsten (W), and zirconium (Zr);wherein the nanocomposite further comprises:
a composite structure with crystalline grains less than approximately 50 nanometers in average diameter embedded within an amorphous matrix; and
a strain-annealed magnetic core formed through a thermo-mechanical process that includes at least one mechanical operation and at least one thermal operation, wherein the strain-annealed magnetic core comprises an induced anisotropy;
wherein the crystalline grains each comprise a close-packed crystal structure comprising a plurality of aligned faults in the close-packed crystal structure, with each of the faults aligned in a plane of the crystal structure, wherein the plurality of aligned faults in the close-packed crystal structure is configured to cause the induced anisotropy.

US Pat. No. 10,168,376

LEAKAGE CURRENT DETECTION CIRCUIT, HIGH VOLTAGE DIRECT CURRENT SYSTEM, AND DETECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A leakage current detection circuit, comprising:a first resistor coupled to a positive direct current (DC) bus;
a second resistor coupled to a negative DC bus;
a third resistor coupled in series to the first resistor and to the positive DC bus;
a fourth resistor coupled in series to the second resistor and to the negative DC bus; and
a detection processing circuit separately connected to the first resistor and the second resistor, the first resistor and the second resistor either:
coupled to a trunk circuit in a system comprising the positive DC bus, the negative DC bus and a first load coupled to and located between the first resistor and the second resistor; or
coupled to and located on a same branch circuit in the system, the detection processing circuit being configured to:
detect a first current flowing through the first resistor;
detect a second current flowing through the second resistor;
detect a third current flowing through the third resistor;
detect a fourth current flowing through the fourth resistor;
determine a difference between the first current and the second current as a first leakage current;
determine an insulation fault occurs in a circuit comprising the first load when the first current is equal to the second current and the third current is equal to the fourth current; and
determine that insulation of the system is normal when the first leakage current is equal to zero.

US Pat. No. 10,168,372

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LEAKAGE CURRENT AND FAULT LOCATION DETECTION IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE DC POWER CIRCUITS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:a DC power circuit including:
a DC bus comprising a pair of conductors;
one or more energy storage devices connected to the DC bus to provide a DC power thereto;
one or more power converters connected to the DC bus and configured to condition the DC power; and
one or more loads positioned to receive power from the DC bus or the one of the respective one or more power converters; and
a plurality of DC leakage current detectors positioned throughout the DC power circuit, the plurality of DC leakage current detectors configured to sense and locate a leakage current fault in the DC power circuit;
wherein each of the plurality of DC leakage current detectors is configured to generate a net voltage at an output thereof indicative of whether a leakage current fault is present at a location at which the respective DC leakage current detector is positioned.

US Pat. No. 10,168,356

TEST AND MEASUREMENT PROBE WITH ADJUSTABLE TEST POINT CONTACT

Tektronix, Inc., Beavert...

1. A probe for making electrical contact with a test point in a device-under-test, the probe comprising:a body;
a rigid member structured to be able to travel linearly with respect to the body;
a flexible arm having a test point contact disposed at a first end, and fastened at a second end to the rigid member; and
a flexible linkage fixed to the body and connected to a point on the flexible arm between the first end and the second end, the flexible linkage structured to cause the flexible arm to bend in response to travel of the rigid member in a first direction, and to unbend in response to travel of the rigid member in a second direction, wherein the flexible linkage is substantially nonplanar with the flexible arm.

US Pat. No. 10,168,315

SENSOR TECHNOLOGY FOR DIAGNOSING TUBERCULOSIS

1. A method of diagnosing tuberculosis caused by M. tuberculosis bacteria in a subject, the method comprising the steps of:(a) providing a sensor comprising at least one of gold nanoparticles coated with dodecanethiol and single walled carbon nanotubes coated with 2-methyl-2-butene;
(b) exposing the sensor to a test sample comprising volatile organic compounds from exhaled breath or from at least one bodily fluid or secretion of the subject;
(c) measuring an electrical signal upon exposure of the sensor to the test sample using a detection means; and
(d) diagnosing tuberculosis caused by M. tuberculosis bacteria if the electrical signal is greater than a reference electrical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,168,298

ELECTRICALLY DETERMINING MESSAGES ON AN ELECTROPHORETIC DISPLAY

Chromera, Inc., Poway, C...

1. A verifiable display, comprising:a set of display pixels, each pixel having at least two optical states and a first electrode and a second electrode, wherein the first and second electrodes are positioned adjacent the top and bottom of each respective pixel;
a first electrical signal generator coupled to the first electrode and the second electrode, the first signal generator generating a write signal that creates a first electrical differential between the electrodes to set a pixel into a desired optical state that changes the visible perceptibility of the pixel;
a second electrical signal generator coupled to the first electrode and the second electrode, the second signal generator generating a second electrical signal such that the application of the second signal across first and second the electrodes does not change the visible perceptibility of the pixel;
a detection circuit coupled to the first and second electrodes of the pixel for measuring an electrical response to the second electrical signal that correlates with the contrast level of the pixel; and
wherein the contrast level is used to evaluate the visible perceptibility of the pixel at the time the second electrical signal was applied.

US Pat. No. 10,168,296

FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTOR AND METHOD AND CONTROL UNIT FOR OPERATING A FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

7. A method for operating a field-effect transistor including a control electrode configured as a heating unit, the control electrode having two terminals for feeding a current through the control electrode for heating the control electrode, the method comprising:heating the control electrode by supplying a heating voltage between the two terminals of the control electrode in order to heat the control electrode to a predetermined temperature;
supplying a first voltage between a source electrode and a drain electrode of the field-effect transistor and supplying a second voltage between the source electrode and the control electrode; and
detecting a current between the source electrode and the drain electrode, the detected current representing a measured variable of the field-effect transistor,
wherein a supply resistance of the two terminals of the control electrode is less than a heating resistance of the control electrode between the two terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,168,278

TOTAL PROTEIN MEASUREMENT USING WHOLE BLOOD REFRACTOMETRY

Instrumentation Laborator...

1. A method for measuring total protein in whole blood, the method comprising:performing refractometry on a whole blood sample; and
determining a total protein content of the whole blood sample based on the refractive index, wherein the performing the refractometry comprises directing a refractometer at the whole blood sample and determining a refractive index of the whole blood sample, wherein determining the refractive index comprises:
sensing an intensity of refracted light for each of a plurality of pixel locations across a surface to generate an angular spectrum image of the sample; and
determining a boundary location on the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,168,260

SELF-FILLING SOIL PROCESSING CHAMBER WITH DYNAMIC EXTRACTANT VOLUME

WINFIELD SOLUTIONS, LLC, ...

1. A soil analysis device comprising:one or more reservoirs configured to store an extractant and/or a cleaning fluid;
a mixing chamber coupled to the one or more reservoirs and configured to receive the extractant from the one or more reservoirs and to receive raw soil samples;
a mixing assembly coupled to the mixing chamber and configured to mix contents of the mixing chamber;
a measurement cell coupled to the mixing chamber and configured to analyze a soil sample solution;
a drain box coupled to the mixing chamber and configured to evacuate the contents of the mixing chamber; and
a control system configured to:
cause the mixing chamber to receive an amount of the extractant from the one or more reservoirs;
cause the mixing chamber to receive a raw soil sample;
cause the mixing assembly to mix contents of the mixing chamber to produce the soil sample solution;
cause the measurement cell to receive and analyze the soil sample solution;
cause the drain box to evacuate a substantial portion of the soil sample solution from the mixing chamber;
cause the mixing chamber to receive an amount of the cleaning fluid from the one or more reservoirs;
cause the mixing assembly to move the amount of the cleaning fluid within the mixing chamber to clean leftover particulates of the soil sample solution from the mixing chamber; and
cause the drain box to evacuate the amount of the cleaning fluid from the mixing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,168,235

STRETCHABLE PIEZOELECTRIC SENSOR APPLIED TO LOGISTICS FOR REAL-TIME MONITORING

Southern Taiwan Universit...

1. A stretchable piezoelectric sensor applied to logistics for real-time monitoring comprising a stretchable flexible substrate and a conductive layer formed on the flexible substrate, and the stretchable piezoelectric sensor is in the form of a ring, a plurality of sensing members corresponding to a number of end faces of a packaging box adhered to the conductive layer, when two ends of the piezoelectric sensor are stretched and fitted on diagonal corners of the packaging box, the sensing members are located on the respective end faces of the packaging box.

US Pat. No. 10,168,228

THERMOCOUPLE APPARATUS AND METHOD

Cambridge Enterprise Limi...

1. A thermocouple, comprising:a metal alloy outer sheath;
a first thermoelement,
wherein the first thermoelement extends within the metal alloy outer sheath;
a second thermoelement,
wherein the second thermoelement extends within the metal alloy outer sheath; and
a nickel-based inner sheath containing less than 10 wt % chromium,
wherein the nickel-based inner sheath contains greater than 90 wt % nickel, and
wherein the nickel-based inner sheath is positioned between the first thermoelement and the metal alloy outer sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,168,191

METHODS FOR FABRICATING APPARATUS HAVING A HERMETIC SEAL

DUNAN SENSING LLC, San J...

1. An apparatus having a hermetic seal comprising:a housing with a top and bottom and a first hole that passes through the housing from the top to the bottom wherein the housing further comprises a first cavity with an inner wall, outer wall and first cavity bottom and the first cavity extends down into the housing from the top and surrounds the first hole and wherein the housing further comprises a second cavity that extends down into the housing from the top and surrounds, and is coaxial with, the first cavity;
a disk shaped metal seal with a second hole through a center of the disk wherein the disk shaped metal seal is located on the first cavity bottom wherein the disk shaped metal seal surrounds and is coaxial with the inner wall;
an isolation member coupled to a sensor and extending down into the first cavity on top of the disk shaped metal seal between the inner wall and outer wall of the first cavity; and
a collar pressed down into the housing and into the second cavity wherein the collar has a third hole that passes through the collar and the sensor extends up into the third hole and wherein the collar crimps the outer wall against the isolation member.

US Pat. No. 10,168,187

EVALUATION CIRCUIT FOR A CAPACITIVE SENSOR, CAPACITIVE SENSOR, AND ACTUATOR IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

IFM ELECTRONIC GMBH, Ess...

1. Evaluation circuit for a capacitive sensor for detecting a distance, a speed or a position of an object, comprising: a reference capacitance and two measuring capacitances, wherein the reference capacitance and the measuring capacitances are supplied with a square-wave voltage via a resistor and by means of a logic unit a time variable pulse is obtained the duration of which is a measure for the respective measuring capacitance, characterized in that the reference capacitance is connected to the input of a first switching stage and the measuring capacitances are connected to the inputs of further switching stages, wherein at least one of the measuring capacitance is capacitively coupled to an auxiliary electrode, wherein the switching stages are part of the logic unit which is designed so that the reaching of a threshold voltage of the first switching stage determines the switch-on time of an output signal and the reaching of a threshold voltage of a further switching stage determines the switch-off time of the output signal, and wherein the output of the logic unit is connected to the input of an integration stage, wherein a charging capacitor is charged or discharged via the output of the integration stage, wherein the capacitive coupling between the auxiliary electrode and at least one measuring electrode for the formation of at least one of the measuring capacitance is accomplished by an electric field extending outside a sensor assembly comprising the auxiliary and measuring electrodes, such that the capacitive coupling can be influenced by the object, which is structurally located outside the sensor assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,168,186

SENSOR FOR DETECTING A PERIOD MAGNETIC FIELD

NTN-SNR ROULEMENTS, Anne...

1. A detection sensor for detecting a periodic magnetic field comprising a measuring assembly integrating at least one magnetoresistive element, electrical resistance of the magnetoresistive element varies as a function of the amplitude of the component of said periodic magnetic field in a direction X, said magnetoresistive element comprising a stack of two conductive magnetic layers indicated as reference and sensitive layers, respectively, a separation layer is disposed between the reference and sensitive layers, so that the electrical resistance of said stack is dependent on the relative orientation of the magnetization of the reference and sensitive layers, said detection sensor further comprising an electronic circuit configured to use the variations in said electrical resistance in order to deliver a signal representing the magnetic field to be detected, the reference layer having magnetic anisotropy in the direction X and the sensitive layer having magnetic anisotropy in a direction Y perpendicular to the direction X, said detection sensor including a permanent polarization magnet having a surface extending in a plane of directions X and Y and having a symmetry plane of directions X and Z, the direction Z being perpendicular to the directions X and Y and being the direction along which the magnetic field of said permanent polarization magnet mainly extends, the measuring assembly being disposed with respect to the symmetry plane of the permanent polarization magnet so that the reference layer, the sensitive layer, and the separation layer of the magnetoresistive element are disposed in a plane parallel to the surface while being offset from said plane in the direction Y by a distance (?y) that is arranged so that the magnetic field of the permanent polarization magnet orients the magnetization of the sensitive layer in the direction Y while allowing variations in the orientation of said magnetization according to the component of the direction X of the magnetic field to be detected, said variations in magnetization causing a linear variation in the electrical resistance of the magnetoresistive element over a magnetic field range to be detected, and the measuring assembly being offset from the symmetry plane by a distance (?y) that lies between 5 and 15% of the dimension (Dy) of the surface of the polarization magnet in the direction Y.

US Pat. No. 10,168,136

CLEARANCE GAGE

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A clearance gage comprising:an elongated shaft having a first end and a second end; wherein the elongated shaft is a flexible material configured to bend along a longitudinal axis of the elongated shaft;
a gage element connected to the first end of the elongated shaft, wherein the gage element defines a first width and a second width measured perpendicular to the elongated shaft, wherein the first width is larger than the second width, wherein a thickness of the elongated shaft is not more than the second width, and wherein the first width defines a size of the gage element to assess a gap clearance between two components;
a marker connected to the elongated shaft, wherein the marker is positioned at a predetermined distance from the gage element along the elongated shaft, wherein the marker defines a marker width measured in a direction perpendicular to the elongated shaft that is greater than the second width of the gage element; and
a handle, separate from the marker, at the second end of the elongated shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,168,116

SELF-RELEASING MAGAZINE AND FOLLOWER ASSEMBLY THEREOF FOR FIREARMS

Strike Industries, Inc., ...

1. A magazine follower assembly implementable in a magazine of a firearm, comprising:a casing; and
a self-releasing actuator received in the casing,
wherein, when in use, the magazine follower assembly generally moves along a first axis with respect to the casing between a first position in the magazine when the magazine is fully loaded and a second position in the magazine when the magazine contains no ammunition cartridge, and
wherein, when the magazine follower assembly is at the second position in the magazine, the self-releasing actuator is configured to actuate a magazine release mechanism of the firearm to disengage the magazine from the firearm so that the magazine is detachable from the firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,168,109

HEADER PLATE FOR A HEAT EXCHANGER, HEADER BOX AND HEAT EXCHANGER

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A header plate for a heat exchanger, comprising:a wall provided with orifices, and through which tubes arranged in rows in a longitudinal direction are intended to pass, wherein:
said wall has, in cross section, a profile made up of a central portion and of two lateral portions,
the two lateral portions overall follow a first curve with a first radius of curvature,
the central portion overall follows a second curve with a second radius of curvature, smaller than the first radius of curvature, and
at least one of the orifices comprises a collar that covers part of the wall of the tube passing through the wall via the at least one orifice, the collar projecting toward the outside of the header.

US Pat. No. 10,168,104

FILLING PIPE FOR USE IN HIGH-TEMPERATURE HEAT PIPE FILLING OPERATION

TAMKANG UNIVERSITY, Taip...

1. A filling pipe for use in a high-temperature heat pipe comprising:an alkali metal filling unit for filling a plurality of alkali metals into a metallic pipe, having:
a filling body;
a receiving space disposed in the filling body;
a feed inlet disposed at a top of the filling body and in communication with the receiving space;
a feeding pipe disposed at a bottom of the filling body and in communication with the receiving space;
a first connecting portion disposed at the bottom of the filling body; and
a vacuum-generating component disposed at the filling body and in communication with the receiving space;
a metallic pipe fixing unit, having:
a fixing body;
a taper opening disposed at a bottom of the fixing body and adapted to limit an opening end of the metallic pipe; and
a second connecting portion disposed at a top of the fixing body and connected to the first connecting portion,
wherein, when the first connecting portion gets connected to the second connecting portion, the feeding pipe of the alkali metal filling unit is inserted into an opening-disposed end of the metallic pipe;
a hermetic seal cover separably covering the feed inlet of the alkali metal filling unit; and
a stopping net movably disposed in the receiving space of the alkali metal filling unit.

US Pat. No. 10,168,101

CERAMIC HEAT EXCHANGE PLATE AND AIR PRE-HEATER ASSEMBLED THEREBY

CAS SUPER ENERGY TECHNOLO...

1. An air pre-heater, comprising a housing (20) and a heat exchange core (900),wherein the housing (20) comprises a lining (21), an access hole (22), a flue gas inlet, an air inlet, a flue gas outlet, and an air outlet,
wherein the heat exchange core (900) is integrally sintered and comprises a plurality of standard modules (200) assembled together along an X-axis, a Y-axis, or a Z-axis,
wherein each of the plurality of the standard modules (200) comprises: a first ceramic heat exchange plate and the second ceramic heat exchange plate,
wherein each of the first ceramic heat exchange plate and the second ceramic heat exchange plate comprises:
a central heat exchange plate (120) having a flat plate with a first face and a second face that are opposite to each other;
four sides consisting of a first side (111), a second side (112), a third side (113), a fourth side (114);
four corners consisting of a first corner (101), a second corner (102), a third corner (103), and a fourth corner (104);
a first plurality of fins (121), the first side (111), and the third side (113) disposed on the first face of the flat plate in a direction parallel to the X-axis; and
a second plurality of fins (122), the second side (112), and the fourth side (114) disposed on the second face of the flat plate in a direction parallel to the Y-axis,
wherein each of the four sides has a bolt hole located thereon, and each bolt hole is oriented along the Z-axis, and each of four corners has a bolt hole located thereon and oriented along the Y-axis,
wherein the four sides, the four corners, and the central heat exchange plate (120) are assembled to form the first or the second ceramic heat exchange plate,
wherein each of the first or the second ceramic heat exchange plate further comprises:
a pair of U-shaped grooves, one defined on the second side (112), the second corner (102), and the third corner (103), the other defined on the fourth side (114), the second corner (102), and the third corner (103);
a pair of inverted U-shaped grooves, one defined on the first side (111), the first corner (101), and the second corner (102), the other defined on the third side (113), the third corner (103), and the fourth corner (104);
a first pair of linear grooves (44), one defined on the second side (112), the second corner (102), and the third corner (103), the other defined on the fourth side (114), the second corner (102), and the third corner (103); and
a second pair of linear grooves (43), one defined on the first side (111), the first corner (101), and the second corner (102), and the other defined on the third side (113), the third corner (103), and the fourth corner (104),
wherein the first ceramic heat exchange plate is superimposed on the second ceramic heat exchange plate along the Z-axis while the second ceramic heat exchange plate is rotated by 90° in an XY plane formed by the X-axis and the Y-axis, thereby:
two side sealing strips (3) fill the second pair of grooves (43) of the second ceramic heat exchange plate and the first pair of grooves (44) of the first ceramic heat exchange plate, and
the middle portions of each of the two side sealing strips (3) is fastened by a side connecting bolt assembly (4),
wherein a first standard module (200) is superimposed on top of a second standard modules (200), thereby forming
a split heat exchange core (300) that further comprises
I-shaped sealing grooves (45) and II-shaped sealing grooves (46);
wherein a plurality of split heat exchange cores (300) are fastened together in the XY plane by corner connecting bolt assemblies (9), and I-shaped sealing strips (8) or II-shaped sealing strips (10) thereby forming a combined heat exchange core, and
a plurality of combined heat exchange cores are stacking along the Z-axis to form the heat exchange core (900).

US Pat. No. 10,168,100

FURNACE STAVE

Berry Metal Company, Har...

1. A furnace stave comprising a plurality of internal channels or conduits for circulating cooling fluid through the stave; wherein the stave comprises first and second opposite ends and each of the plurality of internal channels run between the first and second opposite ends;a plurality of cooling fluid inlet conduits defined by the first end of the stave;
a plurality of cooling fluid outlet conduits defined by the second end of the stave;
a plurality of inlet channels, wherein each inlet channel is defined by the first end of the stave and is associated with one of the plurality of internal channels;
a plurality of outlet channels, wherein each outlet channel is defined by the second end of the stave and is associated with one of the plurality of internal channels;
wherein each cooling fluid inlet conduit only feeds the inlet channels of two non-consecutive internal channels.

US Pat. No. 10,168,093

DOOR GUIDE ASSEMBLY AND REFRIGERATOR HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a main body having a storage chamber;
a first door rotatably connected to a front surface of the main body, configured to open or close the storage chamber, and having an opening in which at least one door guide assembly is arranged; and
a second door rotatably connected to a front surface of the first door, and configured to open or close the opening,
wherein the door guide assembly includes:
a guide removably fixed on side walls of the opening, and including a catching portion having catching projections arranged in an up-down direction,
a door guide including an accommodating groove to accommodate the guide at side walls of the accommodating groove, and guided by the guide to move in the up-down direction,
a stopper disposed in an inside of the accommodating groove, and caught by or released from the catching projections to adjust a position of the door guide, and
a fixing rib disposed in the guide, and configured to fix the stopper released from the catching projections, if the door guide moves up to a top of the guide.

US Pat. No. 10,168,089

REFRIGERATOR

Dongbu Daewoo Electronics...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a refrigerator main body configured to define an outer shell of the refrigerator;
a door configured to open and close an internal space of the refrigerator main body;
an ice-making unit provided in the door;
a cold air generation unit configured to circulate a refrigerant so that a cold air is supplied to the internal space;
an ice-making pipe installed within the ice-making unit so that he ice-making unit makes heat exchange with the refrigerant;
a refrigerant pipe installed in the refrigerator main body so as to receive the refrigerant from the cold air generation unit; and
a soft pipe disposed around a folding portion of the refrigerator main body and the door and configured to interconnect the ice-making pipe and the refrigerant pipe in a stretchable manner,
wherein the soft pipe is configured to interconnect the ice-making pipe and the refrigerant pipe in a stretchable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,168,063

FAN COIL APPARATUS INCLUDING A HUMIDIFICATION UNIT AND A HUMIDIFICATION UNIT

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A humidification unit for a fan coil comprising:(a) a water mist production member:
(b) an inner container housing the water mist production member, the inner container comprising a water supply for the water mist production member and an inner container water level detector, the inner container water level detector sensing a high water level in the inner container when a water level in the inner container is at a high water level position;
(c) an outer container comprising a reservoir and an outer container water level detector, wherein the outer container is positioned to receive water which leaks from the inner container, the outer container water level detector sensing a high water level in the outer container when a water level in the outer container is at a high water level position;
(d) a water supply conduit connectable to a source of water and in fluid flow communication with the inner container; and,
(e) a shut off valve provided in the water supply conduit, the shut off valve operable between an open position and a closed position,
wherein the shut off valve is in the closed position when the inner container water level detector senses a high water level in the inner container or when the outer container water level detector senses a high water level in the outer container.

US Pat. No. 10,168,058

DEHUMIDIFIER WITH SECONDARY EVAPORATOR AND CONDENSER COILS

Therma-Stor LLC, Madison...

1. A dehumidification system, comprising:a primary metering device;
a secondary metering device;
a secondary evaporator operable to:
receive a flow of refrigerant from the primary metering device; and
receive an inlet airflow and output a first airflow, the first airflow comprising cooler air than the inlet airflow, the first airflow generated by transferring heat from the inlet airflow to the flow of refrigerant as the inlet airflow passes through the secondary evaporator;
a primary evaporator operable to:
receive the flow of refrigerant from the secondary metering device; and
receive the first airflow and output a second airflow, the second airflow comprising cooler air than the first airflow, the second airflow generated by transferring heat from the first airflow to the flow of refrigerant as the first airflow passes through the primary evaporator;
a secondary condenser operable to:
receive the flow of refrigerant from the secondary evaporator; and
receive the second airflow and output a third airflow, the third airflow comprising warmer and less humid air than the second airflow, the third airflow generated by transferring heat from the flow of refrigerant to the third airflow as the second airflow passes through the secondary condenser;
a sub-cooling coil operable to:
receive the flow of refrigerant from the primary condenser;
output the flow of refrigerant to the primary metering device; and
receive the third airflow and output a fourth airflow, the fourth airflow comprising warmer and less humid air than the third airflow, the fourth airflow generated by transferring heat from the flow of refrigerant to the fourth airflow as the third airflow passes through the sub-cooling coil;
a primary condenser operable to:
receive the flow of refrigerant from the compressor; and
receive the fourth airflow and output a dehumidified airflow, the dehumidified airflow comprising warmer and less humid air than the fourth airflow, the dehumidified airflow generated by transferring heat from the flow of refrigerant to the dehumidified airflow as the fourth airflow passes through the primary condenser;
a compressor operable to receive the flow of refrigerant from the primary evaporator and provide the flow of refrigerant to the primary condenser, the flow of refrigerant provided to the primary condenser comprising a higher pressure than the flow of refrigerant received at the compressor; and
a fan operable to generate the inlet, first, second, third, fourth, and dehumidified airflows.

US Pat. No. 10,168,057

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MOISTURE

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC A...

1. A method for controlling moisture content of a gaseous flow comprising:providing a pair of desiccant contact structures each desiccant contact structure having a process side adapted to pass through a process gaseous stream for altering moisture content of the gaseous stream, and a regeneration side adapted to pass through a regeneration gaseous stream for altering moisture content of a desiccant in said contact structure, wherein
the process side of a first desiccant contact structure is fluidly connected to the regeneration side of a second desiccant contact structure with a first closed recirculation loop, or
the regeneration side of the first desiccant contract structure is provided with a second closed recirculation loop,
said gaseous flow being provided to the process side of the second desiccant contact structure to thereby control its moisture content.

US Pat. No. 10,168,051

COMBUSTOR ASSEMBLY FOR A TURBINE ENGINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine, the combustor assembly comprising:an annular dome including an enclosed surface defining a slot;
a liner at least partially defining a combustion chamber and extending between an aft end and a forward end, the forward end of the liner received within the slot of the annular dome; and
a mounting assembly including a pin extending through the slot and an opening in the forward end of the liner, the mounting assembly further including a metal grommet positioned in the opening in the forward end of the liner around the pin to protect the liner;
wherein the mounting assembly further includes a bushing, wherein the bushing is positioned around the pin within the slot, and wherein the grommet is positioned around the bushing and configured to slide along the bushing;
wherein the liner is comprised of a ceramic matrix composite material, and wherein the annular dome is comprised of a metal material;
wherein the grommet includes an inner collar positioned adjacent to an inner surface of the liner, an outer collar positioned adjacent to an outer surface of the liner, and a body between the inner collar and the outer collar, and wherein at least one of the inner collar or the outer collar is attached to the body by swaging.

US Pat. No. 10,168,043

LIGHT-EMITTING ACCESSORY HAVING A LIGHT GUIDE BODY WITH AN INCLINED PORTION

HAYASHI TELEMPU CO., LTD,...

1. A light-emitting accessory comprising:a light source;
a light guide body that guides a light radiated from the light source;
a case body that holds the light source and the light guide body and has an attachment to an outside thereof; and
a cover body formed by a light permeable material and being attached to the case body to cover the light source and the light guide body,
wherein the light guide body has a back surface facing the light source, a front surface opposite to the back surface and an inclined portion formed on the front surface, in the vicinity of a center of the light guide body, the inclined portion being inclined with respect to a direction of thickness of the light guide body,
wherein the light source is disposed in a position in alignment with the inclined portion and the light guide body is configured such that light from the light source exits from the front surface, and
wherein a light transmissive picture sheet is arranged between the cover body and the light guide body.

US Pat. No. 10,168,022

ATTACHMENT FOR ILLUMINATION DEVICE

Keyence Corporation, Osa...

1. An attachment for an illumination device detachably attached to a ring-shaped illumination device, the ring-shaped illumination device including: a main case that includes a first opening section which is a substantially circular opening formed on an upper surface, a second opening section which is a substantially circular opening formed on a lower surface and which has a first center axis common to the first opening section, and a first hollow section which includes the first center axis and is connected to the first opening section and the second opening section; a plurality of light-emitting elements that is annularly arranged in the main case so as to surround the first hollow section; and a light emitting opening section that is an opening having a substantially annular shape whose center is located on the first center axis and having a width in a vertical direction of the main case, the light emitting opening section guiding light emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements downward of the first center axis from the first hollow section, the attachment for the illumination device comprising:a dome member that includes a small-diameter opening section which has an substantially annular shape and has an opening diameter smaller than a diameter of the first opening section of the ring-shaped illumination device, a large-diameter opening section which has a substantially annular shape, has a second center axis common to the small-diameter opening section, and has an opening diameter larger than the opening diameter of the small-diameter opening section, and a side-surface section which has a contour shape widening from the small-diameter opening section to the large-diameter opening section along the second center axis and has a second hollow section inside, and at least a part of which transmits light from outside while diffusing the light to the second hollow section, the small-diameter opening section being inserted into the first hollow section of the ring-shaped illumination device from the second opening section to the first opening section of the ring shaped illumination device in a state where the second center axis common to the small-diameter opening section and the large-diameter opening section substantially matches the first center axis of the ring-shaped illumination device when the attachment for the illumination device is fitted to the ring-shaped illumination device; and
a first shielding member that includes a first inner peripheral end section which is connected to the small-diameter opening section of the dome member after the dome member is fitted to the ring-shaped illumination device, extends over an entire periphery from the first inner peripheral end section in a direction perpendicular to the center axis of the small-diameter opening section, covers a space formed between an annular end section of the small-diameter opening section of the dome member and an annular end section of the first opening section of the ring-shaped illumination device, and is connected to the ring-shaped illumination device,
wherein the annular end section of the large-diameter opening section of the dome member engages with the ring-shaped illumination device so as to cover a space formed between the annular end section of the large-diameter opening section of the dome member and the annular end section of the second opening section of the ring-shaped illumination device when the dome member is fitted to the ring-shaped illumination device.

US Pat. No. 10,167,990

CAMERA MOUNTING SYSTEM

TOMTOM INTERNATIONAL B.V....

1. A camera, comprising:a substantially cylindrical camera body defining a longitudinal axis;
a lens barrel arranged on the longitudinal axis; and
a mounting system rotatably connected to the camera body, wherein the mounting system comprises:
a base portion for mounting the camera to another object, the base portion extending along a side wall of the camera body; and
at least one ring member engaging around a circumference of the camera body, such that the mounting system is rotatable around the camera body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,978

DISPLACEMENT CONTROL VALVE

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A displacement control valve comprising a valve housing, a valve element fitted in a guide passage of the valve housing, for opening and closing a control passage, and a solenoid for driving the valve element to open and close the valve element, whereinthe control passage comprises at least a discharge-side port as a discharge-side passage or a suction-side port as a suction-side passage provided in the valve housing,
the guide passage is provided between the discharge-side port and the suction-side port,
the valve element comprises a first valve section on one side and a second valve section on the other side, for opening and closing the discharge-side port and the suction-side port,
a tapered portion is provided at one of an outer peripheral surface of the valve element facing the guide passage and a guide surface of the guide passage, and a spiral groove is provided in the other,
the tapered portion is set so that a gap between the outer peripheral surface of the valve element and the guide surface of the guide passage is larger toward a low-pressure side than on a high-pressure side, and
the tapered portion and the spiral groove are provided so that a starting point of the tapered portion is located within a region of the spiral groove in an entire range between a starting point and an ending point of a stroke of the valve element.

US Pat. No. 10,167,966

VENTILATING VALVE FOR A SEWER PIPE

Capricorn S.A., Swiebodz...

1. A ventilating valve comprisinga tubular body (1) having an inside, a bottom end and a top end, the bottom end configured as a fastening piece (2) for mounting on a sewer pipe and the top end configured as a ventilating valve head (3), wherein the ventilating valve head comprises:
ribs (6) extending upwards from the fastening piece (2),
concentric rings (5.1-5.4) arranged spaced apart and one above the other on the ribs (6), wherein inlet openings (4) for the inlet of air into the sewer pipe are defined between the ribs (6) and the concentric rings (5.1-5.4), the concentric rings including an upper concentric ring (5.4),
an essentially flat disk-shaped annular membrane (9) having a radially inner edge, a radially outer edge, a bottom side (9.1) and a top side (9.2),
a radially inner circumferential valve seat ring (7) for the annular membrane (9),
a radially outer circumferential valve seat ring (8) for the annular membrane (9), wherein said radially inner and radially outer circumferential valve seat rings (7, 8) define between them a vent opening through which the tubular body inside communicates with the ambient environment, wherein the annular membrane (9) is flat on the bottom side (9.1) and tapers on the top side, in each case, from the edges towards the center of the ring,
a lid (10) arranged in a sealing manner on the upper concentric ring (5.4),
a sieve (11) connected to the radially inner circumferential valve seat ring (8) and
guide pins (12) connected to said sieve (11) and projecting above the radially inner circumferential valve seat ring (7),
wherein said ventilating valve head is configured such that:
(a) when a pressure in the inside of the tubular body is equal to atmospheric pressure, the disk-shaped annular membrane (9) rests on the radially inner and radially outer circumferential valve seat rings (7, 8) sealing the vent opening defined between the radially inner and radially outer circumferential valve seat rings (7, 8), and
(b) when a pressure in the inside of the tubular body is below atmospheric pressure, the disk-shaped annular membrane (9) is raised by the atmospheric pressure, the radially inner edge of the disk-shaped annular membrane (9) guided by contact with said guide pins (12), to allow communication between the outside atmosphere and the inside of the tubular body (1).

US Pat. No. 10,167,965

NON RETURN VALVE FOR USE IN WATER LINE

Jain Irrigation Systems L...

1. A non-return valve, comprising:a housing;
a guiding element mounted in the housing, wherein the guiding element has a frame structure with guide rails;
a floating element mounted in the guiding element, having a transitional motion with respect to the guiding element, wherein the floating element has a hemispherical structure on an external side and a hollow structure on an internal side;
a support plate positioned below the floating element; and
a plurality of sealing elements mounted in the housing;
wherein the guiding element enables the transitional motion to the floating element seated on at least one of the plurality of sealing elements, so as to move from a first position to a second position within the guiding element and thereupon to return to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,954

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR STABILIZING A PISTON RING IN A CROSSHEAD ENGINE

1. A device for stabilizing a piston ring, comprising:a piston (1) of a crosshead piston engine, the piston having a top, a skirt depending from the top and a piston ring groove (5) formed in the skirt, the piston having a high piston crown wherein said piston ring groove (5) is positioned in an area near a bottom of the piston skirt;
a piston ring (6) received with radial and axial clearance in the piston ring groove (5) of the piston (1),
wherein the piston ring (6) is adapted to be put into contact, by its radially outer circumferential surface, with the bearing surface of a cylinder bush (9) receiving the piston (1) and is subjected on its inner circumferential surface to a gas pressure present at the top of the piston ring (6), and the underside of the piston ring (6) contacts the opposed, lower support face of the associated piston ring groove (5), and from there in a nonloaded state, a gap opening radially outward in height is formed between the underside of the piston ring (6) and the opposed, lower support face of the piston ring groove (5), wherein the piston (1) has a property of warping by a rise in the temperature from the cold ambient state up to operating temperature, so that a radially outer region of the lower support face of the piston ring groove (5) is shifted upward relative to a radially inner region and whereby the cross sections of the piston ring (6) and of the piston ring groove (5) are configured correspondingly such that even in a warped state of the piston as long as no gas pressure is present said gap opens outward in the radial direction; and also the piston ring (6) is acted upon on its radially inner circumferential surface by the gas pressure at its top.

US Pat. No. 10,167,950

VEHICLE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle comprising:a driving source;
a drive wheel;
a fluid transmission device provided in a power transmission path between the driving source and the drive wheel;
an oil pump configured to operate with rotation of the driving source;
a lockup clutch configured to selectively directly couple input and output sides of the fluid transmission device;
the lockup clutch configured such that:
i) working fluid is supplied to an engaging-side hydraulic chamber and a releasing-side hydraulic chamber of the lockup clutch by using a hydraulic pressure of the working fluid that is discharged from the oil pump as a source pressure,
ii) the working fluid is supplied to the releasing-side hydraulic chamber when the lockup clutch is released, and
iii) the working fluid is supplied to the engaging-side hydraulic chamber when engagement of the lockup clutch is initiated; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
(a) initiate engagement of the lockup clutch after ensuring that a working fluid amount that is supplied to the releasing-side hydraulic chamber has reached a predetermined value or larger, and
(b) determine the predetermined value on the basis of a hydraulic pressure of the working fluid flowing through a fluid passage that communicates with the oil pump.

US Pat. No. 10,167,944

AXLE ASSEMBLY HAVING A LUBRICANT RESERVOIR

ArvinMeritor Technology, ...

1. An axle assembly comprising:an axle housing having a center portion that receives a differential and an arm portion that extends from the center portion and receives an axle shaft; and
a dam that is disposed in the axle housing and that cooperates with the arm portion to define a reservoir that retains lubricant in the arm portion, wherein the dam has a dam panel that extends from the arm portion and a brace panel that extends from the dam panel to the center portion, wherein lubricant flows from the reservoir to the center portion by flowing through an orifice in the dam panel and around the brace panel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,919

CYLINDER DEVICE AND COVER MEMBER

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A cylinder device, comprising:a cylinder that has one end from which a piston rod extends;
a pipe-shaped cover member that has an extendable bellows portion and a small-diameter portion whose inner diameter is smaller than an inner diameter of the bellows portion, the cover member being configured to protect the piston rod; and
a capping member fitted into the cylinder, the capping member having a convex portion to which the small-diameter portion of the cover member is locked, at an outer periphery, wherein
at the small-diameter portion of the cover member, a bulge portion that bulges outside in a radial direction is formed, and
a rigidity at an open end side of the bulge portion is lower than a rigidity at a base end side of the bulge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,816

ENGINE COWLING OF AN AIRCRAFT GAS TURBINE

1. An engine cowling of an aircraft gas turbine, comprising:a front area, and
a rear area that is displaceable in an axial direction,
a plurality of thrust reversal actuators that are length-adjustable and arranged at a non-zero angle to one another, the plurality of thrust reversal actuators each having a first end and a second end, the first ends being mounted to the aircraft gas turbine to support the plurality of thrust reversal actuators,
wherein the rear area is directly mounted to, and supported by, the second ends of the plurality of thrust reversal actuators,
wherein the plurality of thrust reversal actuators form a framework structure between the first ends and the rear area.

US Pat. No. 10,167,774

TURBOMACHINE

Cummins Ltd., Huddersfie...

1. A variable geometry turbine comprisinga turbine wheel mounted for rotation about a turbine axis within a housing, the housing defining an annular inlet surrounding the turbine wheel and defined between first and second inlet sidewalls; and
a cylindrical sleeve axially movable across the annular inlet to vary the size of a gas flow path through the inlet;
wherein the annular inlet is divided into at least three axially offset inlet passages by two or more inlet passage walls disposed between the first and second inlet sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,167,739

CENTERING ARRANGEMENT OF TWO PARTS RELATIVE TO EACH OTHER

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. Centering arrangement comprising:a ring-like inner part and a ring-like outer part, whereby said outer part surrounds said inner part in a concentric arrangement and with an interspace established between said outer part and said inner part, and whereby said outer part and said inner part are subject to a differential radial expansion; and
a centering contact element, which procures a centering mechanical contact between said outer part and said inner part at a plurality of circumferentially distributed contact points, and which is deformable in order to compensate for differential radial expansion, wherein the centering contact element is a part of the outer part or the inner part.

US Pat. No. 10,167,729

KNIFE EDGE WITH INCREASED CRACK PROPAGATION LIFE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A knife edge seal having opposing sides, comprising:a pedestal;
a knife edge including a tip and a bottom portion, the tip being spaced apart from the bottom portion and the bottom portion being arranged on the pedestal, the knife edge has a cross-section providing a linear first surface arranged at each of the opposing sides and extending from the tip to a radius and the pedestal has a cross-section providing a linear second surface that adjoins an outer edge surface of the pedestal, at each of the opposing sides, the linear second surface of the pedestal being in connection with the radius and downwardly and outwardly extending away in relation to the linear first surface and the radius at each of the opposing sides to adjoin with the outer edge surface, the starting location of the outer edge surface of the pedestal having an underlying, spaced relationship with the radius that is also outbound from the radius, the linear first surface and the second linear surface are arranged at each of the opposing sides so as to have a connecting, tangential relationship with the radius that adjoins the linear first surface to the linear second surface at each of the opposing sides, and the tip has a first width and the pedestal has a second width, the second width being between the outer edge surfaces at the opposing sides,
wherein a ratio of the second width to the first width is in a range of 5:1 to 15:1, and
wherein an angle between each of the linear first surface and the linear second surface that has the connecting, tangential relationship with the radius at each of the opposing sides is in a range of 110 to 160 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,167,711

PRESSURE ACTIVATED COMPLETION TOOLS AND METHODS OF USE

INTERRA ENERGY SERVICES L...

1. A hydraulic fracturing apparatus for perforating a subterranean formation, the apparatus comprising:(i) a tubular body configured to be in fluid communication with a downhole completion string having an upstream and a downstream, the tubular body having at least one burst port configured to receive a burst plug wherein the burst plug is configured to burst at a threshold pressure;
(ii) a movable inner sleeve within the tubular body that can slide inside of the tubular body from a first position to a second position when exposed to hydraulic pressure;
(iii) a fluid compartment positioned between the movable inner sleeve and the tubular body, the fluid compartment configured to receive a compartment fluid and operable for fluid communication of the compartment fluid from inside the fluid compartment to outside the burst port, the communication of the compartment fluid to outside the burst port being prevented by the burst plug when disposed in the burst port and the compartment fluid being able to pass to outside the burst port when the burst plug is not disposed in the burst port; and
(iv) at least one flow-port operable for fluid communication of pressurized fluid from inside the tubular body to outside the tubular body, the communication of the pressurized fluid from inside the tubular body to outside the tubular body being prevented by the movable inner sleeve when the movable inner sleeve is in the first position and the pressurized fluid being able to pass through the at least one flow-port to outside the tubular body when the movable inner sleeve is in the second position,
wherein in operation:
the burst plug that is disposed within the at least one burst port bursts in response to hydraulic pressure equal to or greater than the threshold pressure that is transferred from the pressurized fluid down the downhole completion string to the movable inner sleeve through the compartment fluid that is received by the fluid compartment to the burst plug; and
upon the bursting of the burst plug, the compartment fluid passes to outside the burst port and the movable inner sleeve slides from the first position to the second position such that the pressurized fluid can pass through the opened at least one flow-port.

US Pat. No. 10,167,698

CONFIGURABLE BRIDGE PLUG APPARATUS AND METHOD

GEODYNAMICS, INC., Mills...

1. A configurable composite bridge plug for use as a downhole tool in a wellbore casing, said plug comprising:(a) a body configured with a cylindrical hollow inner mandrel, an upper threaded end and a lower threaded end; said upper threaded end configured with inner threads disposed on an inner surface of said body;
(b) a release ring configured with outer threads disposed on an outer surface of said release ring; said outer threads configured to be threaded into said inner threads;
(c) an upper restriction element configured to plug an upper end of said hollow inner mandrel;
(d) a lower restriction element configured to plug a lower end of said hollow inner mandrel;
(e) a stand-off pin configured to restrain said lower restriction element in place;
(f) a ball seat configured to be inserted in a cavity in said upper threaded end proximal to said upper restriction element, the release ring retaining the ball seat within the cavity;
(g) a cage retainer configured to be mechanically coupled to said ball seat; and
(h) a ball configured to seat in said ball seat;
wherein
said configurable bridge plug is configured to be transformed to a frac plug by removing said upper restriction element and said lower restriction element.

US Pat. No. 10,167,685

MACHINE AND METHOD FOR EARTH-WORKING

BAUER Maschinen GmbH, Sc...

1. A machine comprising a mast, along which a top drive can be moved vertically by means of an adjusting device, through which top drive a telescopic kelly bar is displaceably guided, which has at least one outer kelly bar which is designed to come to lie on the top drive, and one inner kelly bar which comprises a rope suspension for a rope, through which the inner kelly bar can be moved vertically by means of a main rope winch,wherein
an automatic control device is provided, which is designed to automatically control the adjusting device for the top drive and/or the main rope winch for the kelly bar in such a way that the inner kelly bar can be moved relative to the top drive in some areas in a rapid travel mode at a first speed and in some areas in a conservative travel mode, in which the speed is reduced with respect to the first speed of the rapid travel mode,
the automatic control device provides movement according to the rapid travel mode or the conservative travel mode before or after a drilling operation, and
the movement in the conservative travel mode is realized at a transition, at which the inner kelly bar is moved inside the outer kelly bar,
wherein
the outer kelly bar has a first locking element,
the inner kelly bar has a second locking element, and
in the conservative travel mode, the first locking element is configured to move past the second locking element without locking being provided.

US Pat. No. 10,167,672

STEERABLE HYDRAULIC JETTING NOZZLE, AND GUIDANCE SYSTEM FOR DOWNHOLE BORING DEVICE

COILED TUBING SPECIALTIES...

1. A hydraulic jetting nozzle, comprising:a tubular stator body forming a bore along a longitudinal axis of the nozzle;
a tubular rotor body residing within the bore of the stator body, and also forming a bore along the longitudinal axis of the nozzle;
one or more bearings residing between the stator body and the surrounding rotor body to accommodate relative rotational movement between the rotor body and the stator body;
electro-magnetic coils designed to induce the relative rotational movement between the rotor body and the stator body in response to electrical current;
a proximal end configured to sealingly connect to a distal end of a jetting hose, and to receive a jetting fluid, wherein the jetting hose comprises electrical wires delivering current to the jetting nozzle during operation; and
a discharge slot at a distal end of the rotor body configured to deliver the high pressure jetting fluid at a designated spray angle for erosional excavation of a rock matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,167,658

SIDE-LOAD HUNG WINDOW ASSEMBLY WITH SASH GUIDES

Caldwell Manufacturing Co...

1. A sash guide assembly for a hung window having a window sash, a window jamb, and a window balance assembly, the sash guide assembly comprising:a spacer comprising:
a cover portion having a horizontal upper wall, wherein a bottom surface of the horizontal upper wall contacts a top surface of an upper rail of the window sash in an installed configuration;
a first vertical side wall and a second vertical sidewall, each of the first vertical side wall and the second vertical side wall extending vertically from the horizontal upper wall and disposed generally perpendicular to the horizontal upper wall, the first vertical side wall being substantially parallel to the second vertical side wall;
a lower wall extending between the first vertical side wall and the second vertical side wall;
a latch member extending from the bottom surface of the horizontal upper wall, the latch member comprising a projection portion disposed at a lower end of the latch member, the projection portion having a first ramped surface and a second ramped surface adjacent to the first ramped surface; and
a recess defined by the horizontal upper wall, an inner surface of the first vertical side wall, and an inner surface of the second vertical side wall;
a receiver comprising:
a base portion;
an upper portion;
a front wall extending between the base portion and the upper portion, the front wall having an inner surface comprising a third ramped surface, a fourth ramped surface adjacent to the third ramped surface, and a fifth ramped surface adjacent to the fourth ramped surface, wherein the fifth ramped surface engages the second ramped surface of the spacer, the fifth ramped surface being substantially parallel to the second ramped surface in the installed configuration;
a third vertical side wall and a fourth vertical side wall extending between the base portion and the upper portion, the third vertical side wall being substantially parallel to the fourth vertical side wall;
a channel defined by the inner surface of the front wall, an inner surface of the third vertical side wall, and an inner surface of the fourth vertical side wall; and
an aperture extending between the inner surface of the front wall and an outer surface of the front wall; and
a fastener engaging the aperture of the receiver and a side rail of the window sash,
wherein the sash guide assembly is movable with the window sash with respect to the window jamb in the installed configuration, and wherein the recess of the spacer provides clearance for the sash guide assembly to pass over an uncurled end portion of a curl spring of the window balance assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,167,641

AIR CONTROL TRIGGER FOR INTEGRATED HANDHELD TEXTURE SPRAYER

Graco Minnesota, Inc., M...

1. A handheld sprayer comprising:a housing through which an air flow passage extends;
a compressed air source configured to generate an airflow within the air flow passage;
a spray tip positioned to receive airflow from the air flow passage;
a hopper connected to the housing and configured to discharge a fluid into the air flow passage
a first valve that modulates air flow within the air flow passage;
a bleed line extending between an outlet of the compressed air source and the hopper;
a trigger mounted to the housing;
a second valve that is positioned in the bleed line and connected to the trigger, and that modulates bleed airflow to the hopper from the compressed air source;
wherein actuation of the trigger controls discharge of the fluid from the hopper into the air flow passage, controls the first valve to change the airflow within the air flow passage, and controls the second valve to change the bleed airflow within the bleed line;
wherein actuation of the trigger increases both the discharge of the fluid from the hopper into the air flow passage and the bleed airflow from the compressed air source to the hopper.

US Pat. No. 10,167,309

ASYMMETRIC AUXILIARY GROUP

WAVE LIFE SCIENCES LTD., ...

1. A chiral reagent or a salt thereof, wherein the chiral reagent has the structure of the following chemical formula (I?):
wherein G1 is a hydrogen atom, a nitro group, a halogen atom, a cyano group, or a group of formula (II), (III) or (V), G2 is a nitro group, a cyano group, or a group of formula (III) or (V), or both G1 and G2 are taken together to form a group of formula (IV),

wherein G21 to G23 are independently a hydrogen atom, a nitro group, a halogen atom, a cyano group or C1-3 alkyl group,

wherein G31 to G33 are independently C1-4 alkyl group, C1-4 alkoxy group, C6-14 aryl group, C7-14 aralkyl group, C1-4 alkyl C6-14 aryl group, C1-4 alkoxy C6-14 aryl group, or C6-14 aryl C1-4 alkyl group,

wherein G41 to G46 are independently a hydrogen atom, a nitro group, a halogen atom, a cyano group or C1-3 alkyl group,

wherein G51 to G53 are independently a hydrogen atom, a nitro group, a halogen atom, a cyano group, C1-3 alkyl group or C1-3 alkyloxy group.

US Pat. No. 10,167,302

PHOSPHONATE NUCLEOSIDES USEFUL IN THE TREATMENT OF VIRAL DISEASES

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, ...

1. A compound of formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, or prodrug thereof selected from a phosphoramidate derivative, a SATE (S-acyl-2-thioethyl) ester derivative, a pivaloyloxymethyl (POM) derivative, an isopropyloxymethylcarbonyl (POC) derivative, a cyclo-saligenyl (cycloSal) derivative and an alkyloxyalkyl derivative,
wherein:
X is selected from O and NR11;
Y is selected from O, S and NR12;
A is selected from —(CR1R2)n-, —(CR9R10)—, —(CR9R10)—(CR1R2)n-, —(CR1R3)—(CR2R4)—(CR1R2)n-, —CR3?CR4—(CR1R2)n- and —C?C—(CR1R2)n-;
R1 and R2 are independently selected from H, alkyl, hydroxyl, hydroxymethyl and halogen;
R3 and R4 are independently selected from H and alkyl, or R3 and R4 together with the carbon atoms to which they are attached form a mono or bicyclic ring system selected from cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocycloalkenyl, aryl and heteroaryl;
R5 is selected from H, P(?O)(OH)2 and P(?O)(OH)—O—P(?O)(OH)2;
R6 is selected from H and alkyl;
R7 and R8 are independently selected from H, alkyl, halogen and hydroxymethyl
R9 and R10 together with the carbon atom to which they are attached form a mono or bicyclic ring system selected from cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocycloalkyl and heterocycloalkenyl;
R11 is selected from H and alkyl;R12 is selected from H and alkyl;
m is 0, 1, 2 or 3;
n is 1, 2 or 3;
p is 0 or 1;
q is 0, 1, 2 or 3;
r is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5;
s is 0 or 1;
Base is a natural or non-natural nucleobase; and
wherein each alkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocycloalkyl, heterocycloalkenyl, aryl and heteroaryl may be optionally substituted.

US Pat. No. 10,167,282

1-(5-TERT-BUTYL-2-ARYL-PYRAZOL-3-YL)-3-[2-FLUORO-4-[(3-OXO-4H-PYRIDO [2, 3-B]PYRAZIN- 8-YL)OXY]PHENYL]UREA DERIVATIVES AS RAF INHIBITORS FOR THE TREATMENT OF CANCER

CANCER RESEARCH TECHNOLOG...

1. A method of treating a disorder comprising administering to a subject in need of treatment thereof a therapeutically-effective amount of a compound selected from compounds of the following formulae and pharmaceutically acceptable salts and N-oxides thereof:
wherein the disorder is:
malignant melanoma; colorectal carcinoma; metastatic colorectal carcinoma; follicular thyroid cancer; insular thyroid cancer; papillary thyroid cancer; ovarian carcinoma; low grade ovarian carcinoma; non-small cell lung cancer; hairy cell leukemia; cholangiocarcinoma; pediatric low-grade glioma; pilocytic astrocytoma; ganglioglioma; pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma; multiple myeloma; medullary carcinoma of the pancreas; pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma; pancreatic cancer; non-small cell lung cancer; ovarian neoplasms; peritoneal neoplasms; fallopian tube neoplasms; lung cancer and associated pleural effusion; recurrent or metastatic squamous cell cancer of the head and neck; locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma; glioblastoma; glioblastoma multiforme; giant cell glioblastoma; gliosarcoma; diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma; HIV-related kaposi sarcoma; multiple myeloma; renal cell carcinoma; metastatic gastric adenocarcinoma; acute myeloid leukemia; hepatocellular carcinoma; dermatofibrosarcoma; medullary thyroid cancer; papillary thyroid cancer; follicular thyroid cancer; myelodysplastic syndrome; neurofibromatosis type 1; plexiform neurofibroma; spinal cord neurofibroma; breast cancer; biliary tract neoplasms; cervical cancer; prostate cancer; melanoma; bladder carcinoma; urethra carcinoma; ureter carcinoma; renal carcinoma; pelvis carcinoma; sarcoma; liposarcoma; colon cancer; osteosarcoma; synovial carcinoma; neuroblastoma; or rhabdomyosarcoma.

US Pat. No. 10,167,268

PROCESS FOR PURIFYING A CRUDE COMPOSITION OF DIALKYL ESTER OF 2,5-FURANDICARBOXYLIC ACID

Synvina C.V., Amsterdam ...

1. A process for purifying an ester composition comprising at least 90% wt of the dialkyl ester of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid as starting dialkyl ester concentration and up to 5% wt of the monoalkyl ester of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid as starting monoalkyl ester concentration, the percentages being based on the weight of the ester composition, which process comprises subjecting the ester composition to melt crystallization to yield a purified dialkyl ester composition containing a dialkyl concentration higher than the starting dialkyl ester concentration and a melt residue containing a monoalkyl ester concentration higher than the starting monoalkyl ester concentration,wherein the melt residue is subject to conversion into a monoalkyl ester-rich intermediate product containing a momoalkyl ester concentration of at least 10% wt, based on the weight of the intermediate product, and
wherein the monoalkyl ester-rich intermediate product that is subjected to melt crystallization has a temperature in the range of 180 to 250° C.

US Pat. No. 10,167,236

METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN INORGANIC COATING TO AMMONIUM NITRATE-BASED PARTICLES

YARA INTERNATIONAL ASA, ...

20. A method for reducing caking of an ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer, the method comprising applying the inorganic coating according to 13 on a particulate ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,226

ANTI-STATIC AGENT FOR GLASS FIBER INSULATION

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A composition comprising:ground glass fiber trimmings, wherein the ground glass fiber trimmings are formed from trimming edges of a batt or roll formed from glass fibers;
a polyether antistatic agent, wherein the polyether antistatic agent has a molecular weight of less than about 2000; and
a dedusting agent, wherein the dedusting agent comprises less than 0.3% by weight of the composition.

US Pat. No. 10,167,209

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISINFECTION AND FOULING PREVENTION IN THE TREATMENT OF WATER

DREXEL UNIVERISITY, Phil...

1. A treatment system comprising:a chamber having an inlet and an outlet;
a cathode and an anode located within the chamber for applying a plasma spark discharge to contents of the chamber; and
at least two electrodes located in the chamber for applying an RF oscillating energy field within the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,167,198

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FLAKE GRAPHITE, AND FLAKE GRAPHITE

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A method for producing exfoliated graphite, comprising steps of:preparing a composition which comprises graphite or primary exfoliated graphite and a polymer and in which the polymer is fixed to the graphite or primary exfoliated graphite; and
pyrolyzing the polymer contained in the composition to exfoliate the graphite or primary exfoliated graphite and remove the polymer by burning the polymer off such that it disappears through pyrolysis of the polymer,
wherein in the step of preparing the composition, the polymer is grafted on the graphite or primary exfoliated graphite in the composition in which the polymer is fixed to the graphite or primary exfoliated graphite.

US Pat. No. 10,167,192

PERFORATED CONTACT ELECTRODE ON VERTICAL NANOWIRE ARRAY

The United States of Amer...

1. A structure comprising:a support;
a plurality of nanowires perpendicular to the support; and
an electrode in contact with a first end of each nanowire;
wherein each nanowire has a second end in contact with the support; and
wherein the electrode contains a plurality of perforations;
wherein each perforation comprises an open space forming a straight line path normal to the support and completely through the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,167,142

ARTICLE TRANSPORT FACILITY

Daifuku Co., Ltd., Osaka...

1. An article transport facility comprising:a plurality of ceiling guided vehicles that travel along a traveling rail provided on a ceiling side, wherein each of the ceiling guided vehicle includes:
a holding portion that holds an article to be transported;
a body portion that supports the holding portion such that the holding portion can be moved up and down;
a power-driven travel driving portion that drives the ceiling guided vehicle to travel;
a power-driven elevation driving portion that drives the holding portion to move up and down; and
a control portion that outputs a control signal and controls operation of the travel driving portion and the elevation driving portion;
an auxiliary unit that supplies, to the ceiling guided vehicle, one or both of power for driving the travel driving portion and the elevation driving portion and the control signal, the auxiliary unit provided so as to be attachable to and removable from the ceiling guided vehicle, the auxiliary unit including a supported portion configured to be supported in a suspended state on a supporting portion provided on the ceiling guided vehicle; and
an abutment portion configured to abut against the ceiling guided vehicle in a plurality of abutment areas disposed at different positions in plan view,
wherein the abutment portion includes a pair of abutting parts,
wherein each of the pair of abutting parts is configured to be switchable between a hold orientation in which the abutting part is caused to abut against the corresponding abutment area, and a hold-release orientation in which the abutting part is moved away from the abutment area, and
wherein the abutment areas are provided at positions lower than the supporting portion in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,140

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSPORTING ELONGATED METAL MATERIAL

Muhr und Bender KG, Atte...

1. A device for transporting elongated metal material, comprising:a controllable first chain drive unit including a continuous first chain;
a controllable second chain drive unit including a continuous second chain;
wherein the first and the second chain drive unit are arranged such that the elongated material is passed between the first and the second chain with frictional contact so that, by operating the first and the second chain drive units, the elongated material is moved in a direction of movement of chain portions contacting the elongated material;
a controllable first pressure unit configured to apply a first pressure force to the first chain towards the elongated material;
a controllable second pressure unit configured to apply a second pressure force to the second chain towards the elongated material; and
at least one controllable adjusting unit mechanically connected to at least one of the first and second chain drive units and configured to move the at least one of the drive units in a longitudinal direction of the elongated material during operation;
wherein the first chain drive unit, the first pressure unit and the at least one adjusting unit can be controlled independently from one another, so that the speed of feed of the elongated material is adjustable independently of the pressure force of the first pressure unit.

US Pat. No. 10,167,127

CYLINDRICAL BOTTLE WITH BOTTOM

YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD...

1. A bottle formed of a synthetic resin material and having a bottomed cylindrical shape, the bottle comprising:a bottom wall portion of a bottom portion, the bottom wall portion including:
a grounding portion that is located at an outer circumferential edge of the bottle,
a rising circumferential wall portion that is continuous with the grounding portion on a radially inner side of the grounding portion and that extends upward, and
a movable wall portion that protrudes from an upper end of the rising circumferential wall portion on a radially inner side of the rising circumferential wall portion,
wherein:
a connected portion connects the rising circumferential wall portion with the movable wall portion,
the movable wall portion is movable upward around the connected portion,
a plurality of ribs are radially disposed around a bottle axis on the movable wall portion,
the ribs include a plurality of main recesses, which are each recessed upward, and a connection recess,
the main recesses of the plurality of main recesses are arranged at predetermined intervals in a radial direction of the bottle,
the connection recess connects adjacent main recesses of the plurality of main recesses that are adjacent to each other in the radial direction of the bottle,
a bottom surface of the connection recess is convex toward a bottom side of the bottle, and
a depth ratio D2/D1 is greater than 2/9 and less than 1 such that D2 is a depth of the connection recess and D1 is a depth of each main recess of the plurality of recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,167,120

TRAVEL BOTTLE WITH TWISTING LOCKING LID

Navajo Manufacturing Comp...

1. A cap of a dispensing bottle, said cap comprisinga main body,
a valve body pivotably mounted on the main body, and
a twisting ring body rotatably mounted on the main body, said twisting ring body mounting said valve body in a fixed position on said main body in a locked position of said twisting ring body and said twisting ring body allowing said valve body to be pivoted on said main body in an unlocked position of said twisting ring body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,099

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXPANDING AND ERECTING COLLAPSED OR FOLDED CARDBOARD PACKAGINGS TO STANDING ARRANGED COMPARTMENTS AND/OR OUTER PACKAGINGS

Krones Aktiengesellschaft...

1. An apparatus (01) for expanding and erecting collapsed or folded cardboard packagings (02) to standing compartments and/or outer packagings (03), comprising:a cardboard packaging supply (04) comprising at least one stack (41) of flatly collapsed cardboard packagings (02) arranged lying on top of each other,
an erecting device (05) arranged next to the cardboard packaging supply (04) as seen in the direction of a horizontal axis (11), and
a gripping device (06) for the simultaneous seizing one topmost cardboard packaging (02) from each stack (41) of the cardboard packaging supply (04), wherein:
the cardboard packagings (02) comprise a plurality of cardboard packaging walls (22) interconnected with each other, one forming a top flat side (23) and one forming a bottom flat side (24) of a flatly collapsed cardboard packaging (02),
the gripping device (06) has at least one tool (61) for holding the top flat side (23) of the cardboard packaging wall (22),
the gripping device (06) has at least one manipulator (62) with a manipulator head (63) that is at least movable along a horizontal axis (11), wherein the at least one tool (61) is arranged at the manipulator head (63) so that the at least one tool (61) is movable at least horizontally between the cardboard packaging supply (04) and the erecting device (05),
the erecting device (05) has at least one carrier (51) that is rotatable about a horizontal pivoting axis (13) from a horizontal position to a vertical position and vice versa,
the erecting device (05) has at least one tool (52), arranged at its at least one carrier (51), for each cardboard packaging (02) that is simultaneously seizable by the gripping device (06),
the at least one tool (52), in its horizontal position, seizes each cardboard packaging (02), at its bottom flat side (24),
each cardboard packaging (02) is expanded to a set of compartments and/or to an outer packaging (03) by an increase of the distance between the at least one tool (61) of the gripping device (06) and the at least one tool (52) of the erecting device (05) along a vertical axis (12), and
the at least one tool (52) holds each cardboard packaging (02) at least until the at least one carrier (51) has rotated about the horizontal pivoting axis (13) from its horizontal position into its vertical position so that access openings through which articles can be introduced into the expanded compartments and/or outer packaging (03) are in a vertical plane.

US Pat. No. 10,167,095

BRAKE SYSTEM OF WIRE REEL IN REINFORCING BAR BINDING MACHINE

MAX CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A reinforcing bar binding machine which includes a binding machine body, wherein the reinforcing bar binding machine feeds a wire fed from a wire reel rotatably supported on the binding machine body, winds the fed wire about reinforcing bars, and twists the wire to bind the reinforcing bars, the reinforcing bar binding machine comprising;a shaft that is supported by the binding machine body;
a stopper lever that includes a hole into which the shaft is inserted, that is rotatable about the shaft, that includes a lacking portion which is engageable with the wire reel, wherein, by rotation of the shaft, the locking portion is movable between an engaged position at which the locking portion engages with the wire reel to brake the wire reel and a disengaged position at which the locking portion releases the wire reel so that the wire reel is rotatable;
a solenoid that is arranged to be slidable, that includes a core which is connected to the stopper lever and that rotates the stopper lever through the shaft by slide of the solenoid; and
a cover that partitions a portion between the wire reel and the solenoid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,076

CORRUGATED LIFT FAN ROTOR

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. A rotor, comprising:an upper skin;
a lower skin; and
an at least partly corrugated core encased between the upper skin and the lower skin;
wherein the core includes a first portion associated with a central disk portion of the rotor and a second portion associated with one or more rotor blade portions of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,167,052

LINEAR GEAR SHIFT MECHANISM FOR CHAINLESS VEHICLE

MOTIVE POWER INDUSTRY CO....

1. A linear gear shift mechanism for chainless vehicles, comprising:a gear shift unit having a support rotator, a plurality of transmission balls and a plurality of driving posts, with the transmission balls spaced apart from each other and movably disposed on the support rotator, with a cylindrical receiving portion disposed on each said transmission ball along a radial direction thereof, wherein the driving posts have inward ends movably disposed in the cylindrical receiving portions, respectively, along a radial direction of the support rotator and rotate from the radial direction of the support rotator to but not reach an axial direction of the support rotator;
an axial power input rotator having an inward-tilted power input annular surface and inputting power along the axial direction of the support rotator;
an axial power output rotator having an inward-tilted power output annular surface and outputting power along the axial direction of the support rotator, wherein the transmission balls are movably clamped between the inward-tilted power input annular surface, the inward-tilted power output annular surface and the support rotator;
a transverse power source for meshing with the axial power input rotator along the radial direction of the support rotator;
an axial power transfer portion for meshing with the axial power output rotator along the axial direction of the support rotator; and
a transverse power output portion for meshing with the axial power transfer portion along the radial direction of the support rotator;
wherein the axial power input rotator and the axial power output rotator are disposed on two opposite sides of the transmission balls, respectively, to movably clamp the transmission balls between the inward-tilted power input annular surface, the inward-tilted power output annular surface and an outer circumferential surface of the support rotator, with the cylindrical receiving portion being a cylindrical receiving recess, wherein the inward ends of the driving posts are movably disposed in the cylindrical receiving recesses, respectively, along the radial direction of the support rotator, wherein the gear shift unit has a driving ring, wherein outward ends of the driving posts are pivotally connected to the driving ring, and the driving ring moves along the axial direction of the support rotator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,051

ASSISTIVE DRIVING SYSTEM FOR A WHEELCHAIR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ASSISTIVE DRIVING SYSTEM

MAX MOBILITY, LLC, Antio...

1. A method for activating an assistive drive force to a wheelchair, comprising:providing a user with an element configured to be worn on the user's hand or wrist and comprising a sensor configured to detect acceleration;
activating the assistive drive force in response to a detection of at least a first acceleration and a second acceleration, each of the first and second accelerations having
(i) an axis that is substantially normal to the user's palm, and
(ii) a threshold magnitude,and wherein(iii) the second acceleration occurs within a predefined time interval after the first acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,167,023

VEHICLE UNDERBODY STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE BODY

ArcelorMittal, Luxembour...

1. A vehicle underbody structure, comprising:a floor panel; and
an underbody reinforcement element, said underbody reinforcement element comprising at least a front transversal beam and a rear transversal beam, said front and rear transversal beams extending parallel to each other and being attached to the floor panel, wherein
the front transversal beam and the rear transversal beam are made of a press hardening steel having a tensile strength higher than or equal to 1300 Mpa,
the floor panel comprises a longitudinal floor tunnel forming a recess in the floor panel,
the underbody reinforcement element comprises
two intermediate transversal beams each extending between and parallel to the front transversal beam and the rear transversal beam on either side of the longitudinal floor tunnel
a tunnel transversal beam extending across the floor tunnel, the tunnel transversal beam being transversally unaligned with the intermediate transversal beams, so that a longitudinal offset exists between the tunnel transversal beam and the intermediate transversal beams such that a transversal cross-section of the vehicle underbody structure crossing the intermediate beams does not cross the tunnel transversal beam.

US Pat. No. 10,167,008

STROLLER FRAME

SUNNYLOVE BABY PRODUCTS Z...

1. A stroller frame comprising:a body having
a front end having two sides;
a rear side;
a front wheel bracket having
a front;
a rear;
a top; and
two top portions disposed at a spaced interval and inclined toward the top of the front wheel bracket from the front of the front wheel bracket to the rear of the front wheel bracket;
two first joint assemblies respectively disposed on the two top portions of the front wheel bracket;
a seat supporting bracket disposed on the two first joint assemblies;
a seat plate disposed on the seat supporting bracket and having a middle section and a rear section;
two inclined rods respectively disposed on the two first joint assemblies;
two second joint assemblies respectively disposed on the two inclined rods;
a handle disposed across the two second joint assemblies and having
two longitudinal portions respectively disposed on the two second joint assemblies; and
a transverse portion disposed across the two longitudinal portions and having an operating assembly disposed on the transverse portion, wherein the operating assembly controls the two first joint assemblies and the two second joint assemblies;
a first transverse rod disposed across the two first joint assemblies below the seat supporting bracket;
a second transverse rod disposed across the two top portions of the front wheel bracket below the seat supporting bracket, parallel with the first transverse rod, located ahead and below the first transverse rod, and having two ends; and
a linkage shaft disposed below the rear section of the seat plate, and linkingly connected between the two first joint assemblies;
two front wheel assemblies respectively and pivotally disposed on the two sides of the front end of the body, and each front wheel assembly having
a front wheel seat pivotally disposed on the body; and
a front wheel pivotally disposed on the front wheel seat;
a seat supporting mechanism moveably disposed below the seat plate of the body, and having a first arc-shaped plate, a second arc-shaped plate, and a supporting plate, a top end of the first arc-shaped plate pivotally disposed on the middle section of the seat plate, a bottom end of the second arc-shaped plate pivotally disposed on the second transverse rod, a top end of the supporting plate connected to the linkage shaft, and a bottom end of the first arc-shaped plate, a top end of the second arc-shaped plate, and a bottom end of the supporting plate connected with each other by a pivoting shaft; and
a rear wheel folding mechanism disposed on the rear side of the body, and having
two rear wheel assemblies moveably disposed on the first transverse rod of the body, and each rear wheel assembly having
a rear wheel seat having a top portion and a side;
a rear wheel having a wheel shaft pivotally disposed on the side of the rear wheel seat, and the wheel shaft having a longitudinal direction and a central line defined along the longitudinal direction of the wheel shaft;
a connecting rod securely disposed on the top portion of the rear wheel seat and having a longitudinal direction, a central line defined along the longitudinal direction of the connecting rod, and a top end, wherein an angle is defined between the central line of the connecting rod and the central line of the wheel shaft and is an acute angle; and
a connecting seat pivotally disposed on the top end of the connecting rod, obliquely and securely mounted on the first transverse rod, and having
a pivoting portion pivotally disposed on the top end of the connecting rod by a pivoting pin and having a top end and a bottom end;
a fixing portion formed on the top end of the pivoting portion, and the connecting seat securely mounted on the first transverse rod by the fixing portion; and
a stopping portion formed on the bottom end of the pivoting portion and located behind the top end of the connecting rod for limiting a backward rotating angle between the connecting rod and the connecting seat;
wherein the connecting seats of the two rear wheel assemblies are inclined outwardly from top to bottom of the body, and the two connecting rods are symmetrical and are splayed from top to bottom of the body, when the two rear wheel assemblies are expanded, a distance between the two rear wheels is larger than a distance between the two front wheels, and when the two rear wheel assemblies are folded, the two rear wheels move between the two front wheels by the connecting seats inclined and the two connecting rods splayed; and
two linkage assemblies respectively disposed on the two ends of the second transverse rod, and respectively located at outer sides of the connecting rods and connected to the connecting rods of the two rear wheel assemblies, and each linkage assembly having
a first linkage rod, a second linkage rod, a first multi-directional connector, and a second multi-directional connector, an end of the first linkage rod connected to the second transverse rod, the other end of the first linkage rod combined to the first multi-directional connector to connect to an end of the second linkage rod, and the other end of the second linkage rod combined to the second multi-directional connector to connect to a middle section of a corresponding one of the connecting rods.

US Pat. No. 10,166,963

SERVICE BRAKE CHAMBER MANUFACTURED WITH COMPOSITE PRESSURE HOUSING AND NON-PRESSURE HOUSING AND A CONNECTION METHOD OF THIS CHAMBER

ARFESAN ARKAN FREN ELEMAN...

1. A method for realizing a service brake chamber used in an air brake system of heavy vehicles, in which the chamber is formed by connecting a pressure housing and a non-pressure housing,wherein the method connects the pressure housing and the non-pressure housing of the service brake chamber, wherein the pressure housing and the non-pressure housing are made by composite material composed of non-metallic polymeric matrices, reinforced with glass fibers or carbon fibers and produced by a plastic injection molding process, wherein the method comprises the following steps:
compressing the pressure housing, the non-pressure housing and a diaphragm by means of a press machine;
forming keyways by aligning halves of recesses of the pressure housing with other halves of the respective recesses of the non-pressure housing by compressing the diaphragm to provide sealing;
forming at least six wedge mounting spaces during the step of compressing, wherein the wedge mounting spaces are required for an insertion of wedges in the keyways in a radial direction, wherein the wedge mounting spaces are formed simultaneously with the keyways;
placing the wedges into the wedge mounting spaces and driving the wedges to into the keyways in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,954

BRAKE-BY-WIRE SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE WITH AN ADJUSTABLE BRAKE PEDAL EMULATOR ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A brake pedal assembly comprising:a support structure;
a brake pedal pivotally engaged to the support structure at a first pivot axis; and
a brake pedal emulator assembly extending between and pivotally engaged to the brake pedal and the support structure at respective second and third pivot axis, the brake pedal emulator assembly including a brake pedal emulator and an adjustment mechanism aligned along a centerline intersecting the second and third pivot axis, and wherein the brake pedal emulator is constructed and arranged to displace axially when the brake pedal is actuated and the adjustment mechanism is constructed and arranged to adjust axial displacement, wherein the adjustment mechanism includes a threaded rod constructed and arranged to rotate about the centerline and a carriage threadably coupled to the threaded rod for axial movement along the centerline and engaged to the brake pedal emulator.

US Pat. No. 10,166,953

VEHICLE SHIFT CONTROL SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle shift control system comprising:a parking lock device that changes rotation teeth, rotating integrally with a drive wheel, between a locked state where a lock tooth engages the rotation teeth and a non-locked state where the locked state is released;
a lock indicator lamp that, when lit, indicates the parking lock device is in the locked state; and
an electronic control unit configured to automatically control the lock indicator lamp to be either on or off, without user intervention, in accordance with a status of power supplied to a vehicle,
wherein the parking lock device is activated on the basis of a request signal to change the rotation teeth between the locked state and the non-locked state to thereby electrically change a shift position for vehicle driving,
the status of power supplied to the vehicle is at least one of:
a power off status for disabling the vehicle from running and having all systems, including ignition and accessories, off,
a partially power on status for disabling the vehicle from driving but allowing operation of only part of functions of the vehicle while a display device for indicating vehicle information related to the vehicle driving remains turned off, and
a power on status for turning on the display device and enabling the vehicle to run,
when the status of power supplied to the vehicle is the power off status for disabling the vehicle from running, the electronic control unit is configured to automatically control the lock indicator lamp to be off, without user intervention, and
when the status of power supplied to the vehicle is raised from the power off status to the partially power on status for disabling the vehicle from driving but allowing operation of only part of functions of the vehicle while the display device for indicating vehicle information related to the vehicle driving remains turned off, the electronic control unit is configured to automatically control the lock indicator lamp to be off irrespective of ambient lighting, without user intervention, even if the request signal is for changing to the locked state.

US Pat. No. 10,166,950

ELECTRONIC KEY SYSTEM, ONBOARD APPARATUS, AND PORTABLE APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic key system comprising:an onboard apparatus that is mounted to a vehicle; and
a portable apparatus that is carried by a user,
wherein:
the electronic key system establishes wireless communication with a secret key common to the onboard apparatus and the portable apparatus, and authenticates the portable apparatus registered as the portable apparatus of an authorized user through wireless communication;
the portable apparatus includes a portable apparatus code transmitter that transmits to the onboard apparatus a portable apparatus code unique to the portable apparatus when the portable apparatus of the authorized user is to be registered;
the onboard apparatus includes an onboard code transmitter that transmits to the portable apparatus, an onboard apparatus unique code as an onboard code different from the portable apparatus code when the portable apparatus of the authorized user is to be registered, wherein the onboard apparatus unique code is a code unique to the onboard apparatus;
the onboard apparatus further includes
a portable apparatus code receiver that receives the portable apparatus code transmitted from the portable apparatus code transmitter of the portable apparatus when the portable apparatus of the authorized user is to be registered, and
an onboard-side key generation portion that generates the secret key by a cryptographic algorithm common to the portable apparatus while using the onboard apparatus unique code and the portable apparatus code received by the portable apparatus code receiver; and
the portable apparatus further includes
an onboard code receiver that receives the onboard apparatus unique code from the onboard code transmitter when the portable apparatus of the authorized user is to be registered,
a portable-apparatus-side key generation portion that generates the secret key by the cryptographic algorithm common to the onboard apparatus while using the portable apparatus code and the onboard apparatus unique code received by the onboard code receiver, and
a temporary storage that temporarily stores the onboard apparatus unique code received by the onboard code receiver;
the temporary storage erases the onboard apparatus unique code which is temporarily stored, when, at a latest, the portable apparatus of the authorized user is completely registered; and
the portable apparatus only transmits the portable apparatus code.

US Pat. No. 10,166,949

VEHICLE SAFETY AND SECURITY SYSTEM

1. A vehicle safety and security system comprising:one or more vehicle cameras, a control box, and a remote control device;
wherein the vehicle safety and security system is adapted to enable a vehicle owner to monitor activities in and around a vehicle from a remote location;
wherein the control box records at least one imaging channel obtained from the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the control box triggers security alerts based upon the content of the at least one imaging channel;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras are mounted to the vehicle and provide imaging data to the control box via the at least one imaging channel;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras comprise one or more external vehicle cameras;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras comprise one or more internal vehicle cameras;
wherein the at least one imaging channel delivers the imaging data from the one or more vehicle cameras to the control box;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras provide an alert signal to the control box when motion is detected in front of the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the one or more external vehicle cameras comprises weather-resistant housings, transparent weatherproof lenses covering the optical components, and mounting provisions suitable for external mounting;
wherein the one or more external vehicle cameras comprises a top mount camera and a side mount camera;
wherein the top mount camera is intended to be mounted outside of the vehicle on a substantially horizontal surface;
wherein the top mount camera comprises a positioning mechanism to rotate camera optics within a substantially horizontal plane;
wherein the top mount camera comprises the positioning mechanism to tilt the camera optics up and down to change the viewing angle;
wherein the top mount camera comprises the positioning mechanism to raise and lower the camera optics to adjust the height of the camera optics over the body of the vehicle;
wherein the side mount camera is intended to be mounted outside of the vehicle on a substantially vertical surface;
wherein the side mount camera comprises the positioning mechanism to pivot the camera optics side-to-side within a substantially horizontal plane;
wherein the positioning mechanism to tilt the camera optics components up and down to change the viewing angle;
wherein the top mount camera comprises a mounting magnet to allow mounting of the top mount camera without drilling holes in the vehicle;
wherein the side mount camera comprises the mounting magnet to allow mounting of the side mount camera without drilling holes in the vehicle;
wherein the one or more internal vehicle cameras mount within a passenger compartment of the vehicle;
wherein the control box comprises a housing, one or more camera connection ports, control electronics and a power connection;
wherein the control box is a focal point within the vehicle for receiving the imaging data from the one or more vehicle cameras and then processing and/or storing the imaging data;
wherein the control box is detachable and therefore removable from the vehicle;
wherein the control electronics comprises recording circuitry to record the at least one imaging channel provided by the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the recording circuitry comprises components configured to function as a digital video recorder;
wherein once the control electronics has been made aware of the incident, the memory used to store recordings in temporal proximity to the incident is preserved by being marked as ‘reserved’ and not recorded over;
wherein the control electronics is adapted to be made aware of the incident through direct interaction with the vehicle owner or by detecting events within a field of view of the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the control electronics comprises a control transceiver to provide a wireless control connection between the control electronics and the remote control device;
wherein the control electronics comprises circuitry to select one of the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the control electronics transmit status alerts to a remote location;
wherein the control electronics comprises a clock circuit and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver;
wherein the control electronics combines date and time metadata obtained from the clock circuit and location metadata obtained from the global positioning system (GPS) receiver with the imaging data that is recorded or transmitted by the control box;
wherein the control box is in communication with a remote security monitoring service which receives the status alerts initiated by the control electronics;
wherein the remote security monitoring service assumes control of the control electronics for the purpose of viewing the imaging data obtained from the one or more vehicle cameras and to change settings within the control electronics.

US Pat. No. 10,166,945

FAR SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A far side airbag device for a vehicle, comprising:an inflator that is disposed within a side support portion at a vehicle transverse direction central side of a seat back;
an airbag that is stored within the side support portion, that receives a supply of gas from the inflator, that expands and deploys while rupturing a planned rupture portion that is installed at the side support portion and is formed by sewing together a plurality of seat skins, and that is adapted to protect a region at least from a head portion to a chest portion of a vehicle occupant; and
a partitioning portion that partitions the airbag into a main chamber and a chamber for rupturing that is provided at a rear side and a lower side of the main chamber and that houses the inflator, at least a lower end side region of the chamber for rupturing, in an expanded and deployed state, protruding further toward a vehicle front side than the planned rupture portion, with communication ports, that communicate the respective chambers with one another, being formed at an upper end side and a lower end side of the partitioning portion,
wherein a depression of a seat cushion is disposed within a width of the airbag in the vehicle transverse direction, and the planned rupture portion is offset toward a vehicle inner side, with respect to a location of the depression of the seat cushion, in the vehicle transverse direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,941

LIGHT HOUSING FOR MOUNTING LIGHT ON BUMPER OF AUTOMOBILE

WARNER SCIENCE APPLICATIO...

1. A light housing adapted to be installed on a bumper of an automobile, comprising:a cylindrical member, the cylindrical member defining an inner surface having a shape of a round cylinder, with a front opening which has a shape defined by an intersection of the inner surface with a first plane that is non-perpendicular to a cylindrical axis of the cylinder; and
a mounting ring joined to the cylindrical member at the front opening, the mounting ring having an oval shape as view in a direction perpendicular to the first plane, the mounting ring having an outer rim which is located outside of the cylindrical member and extends toward a back end of the cylindrical member, the outer rim having a shape that conforms to a second plane which is parallel to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,166,940

EXTENDABLE VEHICLE GRILLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a base;
a grille supported by the base, and movable between a retracted position and an extended position;
a bumper supported by the base; and
a first linear actuator and a second linear actuator connected to the grille and the base, the second linear actuator between the first linear actuator and the bumper;
wherein in the retracted position the grille is offset from a front terminal portion of the bumper, and in the extended position the grille is generally aligned with the front terminal portion of the bumper.

US Pat. No. 10,166,939

VEHICULAR POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE AND A CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicular power supply control device for shutting off DC electric power to be supplied from a vehicular DC power supply to a load via a parallel circuit of a plurality of electrical wires by turning off respective semiconductor switching devices on the electrical wires based on respective temperatures of the electrical wires, comprising:a current measurement unit configured to measure passing currents each flowing through each of the semiconductor switching devices;
a wire temperature estimation unit configured to estimate a temperature of each of the electrical wires from the passing currents;
a duty ratio determination unit configured to determine a duty ratio of PWM control of each of the semiconductor switching devices for which respective estimated temperatures for each of the electrical wires are matched; and
a PWM control unit configured to PWM-control each of the semiconductor switching devices with the determined duty ratio of the PWM control of each of the semiconductor switching devices to match one of a minimum and an intermediate one of the estimated temperatures for each of the electrical wires.

US Pat. No. 10,166,935

TRIM ARTICLE WITH REFLECTANCE REDUCING FEATURES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A dimmable trim component for a vehicle interior, comprising:a trim panel including an elongate accent trim portion having a reflective layer; and
a photoreactive layer disposed over the reflective layer and operable between a ground state, wherein the photoreactive layer transmits ambient light from within the vehicle interior to the reflective layer, and an excited state, wherein the photoreactive layer reduces an amount of light reflected by the reflective layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,934

CAPTURING DRIVING RISK BASED ON VEHICLE STATE AND AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF A STATE OF A LOCATION

Lytx, Inc., San Diego, C...

1. A system for capturing an event, comprising:an interface to receive a vehicle location based at least in part on a GPS data;
a processor to:
determine that a vehicle is approaching a location of interest based at least in part on the vehicle location;
determine an estimated image capture time for the location of interest, wherein determining the estimated image capture time is based at least in part on a driver profile;
capture an image of the location of interest at the estimated capture time;
determine a state of the location of interest; and
detect an event based at least in part on the state of the location of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,166,928

STORAGE COMPARTMENT DIVIDER HAVING PARTITION WITH HINGED TELESCOPING SECTIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage compartment divider, comprising:a partition including (a) a first section with a first peg connected to (b) a second section with a second peg by (c) a hinge; and
a base including (a) a plurality of sockets receiving said first peg and said second peg and holding said partition in a plurality of positions and (b) a receiver shaped to receive and hold said partition at said hinge when said first section and said second section are folded together about said hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,166,925

REAR VIEW ELEMENT FOLDING DEVICE

1. A rear view element folding device for a motor vehicle for approaching at least one rotational position of an element housing relative to an element foot than can be mounted on the motor vehicle, and for locking or unlocking at least one resting position of the element housing relative to the element foot, whereina first actuator for a translation movement of a first engagement element that is firmly connected to the element housing relative to a second engagement element that is connected to the element foot along a rotation axis, wherein the first engagement element and the second engagement element in locking position, such as a locked resting position of the element housing, stand in a fixed engagement with each other and in an unlocking position, such as an unlocked resting position of the element housing, the engagement is released by a certain translation movement, and
a second, separate actuator for a rotational movement for rotating the first engagement element relative to the second engagement element around the rotation axis, wherein through a first rotational movement, a first rotation position of the element housing can be approached from the unlocked resting position, and through a second rotation movement of the element housing, which is counter to the first rotational movement, the unlocked resting position can be approached from the first rotational position, wherein the second actuator comprises a Bowden cable having an inner cable comprising at least one of an active material or a shaped memory alloy, wherein the inner cable connects the first engagement element to the element foot.

US Pat. No. 10,166,922

ON-VEHICLE IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, ON-VEHICLE IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD FOR VEHICLE, AND ON-VEHICLE IMAGE SETTING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An on-vehicle image display device comprising:a display unit;
an imaging unit configured to capture an imaging area on a side of a vehicle and behind the vehicle, the imaging area including at least a part of a rear wheel of the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit configured to determine whether the vehicle will turn and travel, the electronic control unit is configured to display a first portion of the imaging area, captured by the imaging unit, on the display unit as a non-turning-time image for the vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the vehicle will travel without turning, and the electronic control unit is configured to display a second portion of the imaging area, captured by the imaging unit, on the display unit as a turning-time image for the vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the vehicle will turn and travel,
wherein a greater amount of the rear wheel is visually displayed on the display unit in the second portion of the imaging area than is visually displayed on the display unit in the first portion of the imaging area.

US Pat. No. 10,166,918

DRIVE ASSISTING APPARATUS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A drive assisting apparatus comprising:an electronic control unit having a microcomputer as a main component and configured to implement control elements that correspond to respective software processes executed by at least one of the microcomputer and a dedicated hardware element, the control elements including:
a running state detection unit which detects a running state of a vehicle;
a manipulation detection unit which detects a drive manipulation of a driver on the vehicle;
a line-of-sight direction detection unit which detects a line-of-sight direction of the driver;
a pattern storage unit which is stored in advance with data indicating combinations of a vehicle running state and a driver drive manipulation and a driver line-of-sight direction pattern; and
a warning signal output unit which outputs a warning signal if a combination of the running direction detected by the running state detection unit, the drive manipulation detected by the manipulation detection unit, and the line-of-sight direction detected by the line-of-sight direction detection unit is different from any of the combinations of the data stored in the pattern storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,907

RETRACTOR WITH SPACE-SAVING FEATURES

Valeda Company, , FL (US)...

1. A retractor comprising: a spool disposed inside of a housing, a guide having a rotational movement whereby the guide is rotatable around at least a portion of a circumference of said spool and with respect to said housing, and a belt being wound about said spool and being passable through a guide opening in said guide, wherein the housing comprises an opening that restricts the rotational movement of the guide within a predetermined range of angles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,897

SEAT

DELTA KOGYO CO., LTD., H...

1. A seat comprising:a seat frame including a first frame member and a second frame member juxtaposed at a predetermined distance therebetween;
an elastic sheet extending from the first frame member to the second frame member in a tensioned state, the elastic sheet including a fastening section that has a gap in a region located between the first frame member and the second frame member; and
a trim provided independently from the elastic sheet to cover a top surface of the elastic sheet at least in the region located between the first frame member and the second frame member, the trim including a trim body and a fastened portion that is attached to the trim body, the fastened portion of the trim being inserted in the gap of the fastening section of the elastic sheet and fastened to the fastening section in the region located between the first frame member and the second frame member with the trim body being stretched.

US Pat. No. 10,166,849

TONNEAU COVER SYSTEM AND MULTI-LINK AND/OR OVER-CENTER CLAMP

Extang Corporation, Ann ...

1. A tonneau cover system for a cargo box of a pickup truck, the cargo box comprising a sidewall including a ledge having an underside and a flange extending downwardly from the ledge, the tonneau cover system comprising:a tonneau cover positioned over the cargo box; and
a clamp coupled to the tonneau cover to secure the tonneau cover to the cargo box, the clamp comprising:
a first link slidably coupled to the tonneau cover;
a clamping link pivotably coupled to the first link and having a first end and a clamping surface remote from the first end; and
a handle member pivotably coupled to the first link and the clamping link and moveable between a lowered position and an upper position, wherein movement of the handle member causes the clamping link to pivot relative to the first link to raise the clamping surface from an unclamped position to a clamped position;
wherein in the clamping position the clamping surface is positionable to apply a clamping force against the underside of the ledge of the cargo box.

US Pat. No. 10,166,822

TIRE POSITION DETERMINATION SYSTEM

PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., L...

1. A tire position determination system that determines a position of each tire of a plurality of tires in a vehicle body, the system comprising:a plurality of tire air pressure detectors respectively coupled to the plurality of tires, wherein each tire pressure detector is capable of transmitting a tire air pressure signal, waits to transmit a radio signal including the tire air pressure signal in a first period, and is allowed to transmit the radio signal in a second period;
a plurality of axle rotation detection units respectively arranged on a plurality of axles of the plurality of tires, wherein each axle rotation detection unit detects a rotation amount of the corresponding axle and generates axle rotation amount information; and
a receiver included in the vehicle body, wherein the receiver receives the tire air pressure signal from each tire air pressure detector and monitors air pressure of the corresponding tire, wherein
each tire air pressure detector includes:
a detector angle monitor that monitors whether or not the tire air pressure detector of the corresponding tire is rotated to a certain detector angle;
an information storage that stores a plurality of pieces of timing information, which indicate a plurality of timings when the tire air pressure detector of the corresponding tire is rotated to the certain detector angle, in the first period, during which the tire air pressure detector of the corresponding tire waits to transmit the radio signal, and
a radio transmission control unit that transmits the plurality of pieces of timing information, which are stored in the information storage, to the receiver in the second period, during which the radio signal transmission is allowed, and
the receiver includes:
an axle rotation amount reader that receives the axle rotation amount information generated in each axle rotation detection unit, and
a position determination unit that calculates an axle rotation amount corresponding to a point of time when each tire air pressure detector of the corresponding tire is rotated to the certain detector angle based on the plurality pieces of timing information, which is received from the radio transmission control unit of the tire air pressure detector coupled to the corresponding tire, and the axle rotation amount information of the corresponding tire, which is received from the axle rotation amount reader and corresponds to the plurality pieces of timing information of the corresponding tire, to determine a position of the corresponding tire using the calculated axle rotation amount.

US Pat. No. 10,166,813

AXLE WHEEL END AXIAL THRUST ASSEMBLY

KOYO BEARINGS NORTH AMERI...

1. An axle assembly of vehicle, comprising: a differential assembly; a first axle tube extending outwardly from a first side of the differential assembly, the first axle tube including a proximal end adjacent the differential assembly, an opposite distal end, and an axle bore extending therebetween; a first axle shaft rotatably received in the first axle tube, the first axle shaft including a proximal end disposed in the differential assembly, an opposite distal end extending outwardly from the distal end of the first axle shaft, and an annular groove extending radially inwardly from an outer surface of the first axle shaft;a retaining nut axially fixed to the distal end of the first axle tube; and a snap ring received in the annular groove of the first axle shaft,
wherein the snap ring bears against the retaining nut, thereby preventing outward motion of the first axle shaft with respect to the first axle tube.

US Pat. No. 10,166,809

OPTICALLY VARIABLE DEVICES, THEIR PRODUCTION AND USE

Bank of Canada, (CA)

1. An optically variable device, the device comprising:a control element or layer comprising a magnetic material that is permanently or temporarily magnetic, such that a magnetic field emanates from the material;
one or more responsive optical element(s);
the control element or layer and the responsive optical element(s) moveable in the device relative to one another upon application of an external influence upon the device, to change the distance of separation of the control element or layer from the responsive optical element(s), and therefore to change the strength of the magnetic field impinging upon the responsive optical element(s) from the magnetic material of the control element or layer;
the relative movement and/or the change of the strength of the magnetic field impinging upon the responsive optical element(s), causing a change of perceivable or detectable optical properties of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,806

COATED PRINT MEDIUM

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A coated print medium, comprising:a substrate; and
a coating applied to the substrate, comprising, by dry weight:
5 wt % to 30 wt % of a polymeric binder,
20 wt % to 50 wt % of a cationic latex,
5 wt % to 15 wt % of a multivalent cationic salt, and
1 wt % to 20 wt % of a sulfonic acid- or sulfonate-containing stilbene optical brightener.

US Pat. No. 10,166,796

TENSIONING DEVICE FOR PRINTER, UNWINDING DEVICE FOR PRINTER, AND PRINTER

BIXOLON CO., LTD., Seong...

1. An unwinding device for unwinding a sheet from a sheet roll disposed in a printer, and the sheet roll being inserted onto the device, the device comprising:a shaft;
a first rotating member and a second rotating member into which the shaft is inserted, configured to be rotatable with rotation of the sheet roll, the sheet roll being inserted onto the first rotating member and the second rotating member;
a first elastic member disposed between the first rotating member and the shaft, the first elastic member being configured to provide first back tension to the sheet when the first rotating member rotates;
a second elastic member disposed between the second rotating member and the shaft, the second elastic member being configured to provide second back tension to the sheet when the second rotating member rotates; and
a back tension controlling member disposed between the second elastic member and the shaft,
wherein the second back tension is not provided when the back tension controlling member is located in a first position, and
wherein the second back tension is provided when the back tension controlling member is located in a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,787

PRINTER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Shandong New Beiyang Info...

1. A control method of a printer, comprising:printing a first positioning mark and a first printing content on printing paper when printing is executed using a ribbon of a reference color, wherein the first positioning mark is used for marking a position of a first page on the printing paper and the first printing content is printed by using the ribbon of the reference color; and
firstly detecting the first positioning mark on the printing paper and then transmitting a starting position of the first page to a printing position of a printing head according to the first positioning mark and a printing position deviation compensation value to print the printing content of the first page in an ith printing content when printing is executed using a ribbon of an ith color;
wherein the printer comprises a mark sensor for detecting a positioning mark on the printing paper and a printing head for executing printing on the printing paper; the printing position deviation compensation value is a distance between a starting position of the first positioning mark when the mark sensor detects that the first positioning mark reaches the detection position of the mark sensor and a detection position of the mark sensor; the ith color is a color except the reference color; and the ith printing content is printed by using the ribbon of the ith color.

US Pat. No. 10,166,748

MULTI-STAGE DEBULK AND COMPACTION OF THICK COMPOSITE REPAIR LAMINATES

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

3. The method according to claim 1, wherein at least one of the uncured ply stacks comprises fewer than ten uncured plies.

US Pat. No. 10,166,733

EXPANSION CONTROL DEVICE AND TIRE MOLD USING SAME

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

7. A mold device for a pneumatic tire, comprising:a segmented tire mold comprising:
a plurality of mold segments each having a radially inner surface and a radially outer surface, wherein the radially inner surface of each mold segment has a molding surface,
a first axial half, and
a second axial half;
at least one expansion control device having a radially inner surface comprising:
a first portion, and
a second portion; and
a first tension bladder having a radially inner surface and a radially outer surface;
wherein the first tension bladder is oriented circumferentially around the radially outer surface of the first axial half of the segmented tire mold;
a second tension bladder having a radially inner surface and a radially outer surface,
wherein the second tension bladder is oriented circumferentially around the radially outer surface of the second axial half of the segmented tire mold
wherein the radially inner surface of the first and second tension bladders is oriented circumferentially around, and radially outwardly of, the radially outer surface of the mold segments,
wherein the radially inner surface of the expansion control device is oriented circumferentially around, and radially outwardly of, the radially outer surface of the first and second tension bladders,
wherein the first portion of the expansion control device is oriented circumferentially around, and radially-outwardly of, the radially outer surface of the first tension bladder,
wherein the second portion of the expansion control device is oriented circumferentially around, and radially-outwardly of, the radially outer surface of the second tension bladder,
wherein the expansion control device applies a force radially inwardly to the mold segments,
wherein the tension bladder is configured to be expandable in volume, wherein expansion in volume of the tension bladder places the expansion control device in tension, and
wherein the expansion control device is at least one of: a cable and a ring.

US Pat. No. 10,166,729

DEVICE FOR CONSOLIDATING A PREFORM

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A device for consolidating a thermoplastic preform, comprising:a heating element for heating the preform; and
a consolidation element for exposing the preform to pressure and for cooling the preform,
wherein, to consolidate the preform, the heating element and consolidation element are arranged and are movable relative to each other in such a way that the preform is exposed to pressure and cooled by the consolidation element after being heated by the heating element,
wherein the consolidation element comprises at least two adjacent consolidation rollers,
wherein the heating element and the consolidation rollers are configured and arranged to be moved along the preform in such a way that the preform is heated region by region by the heating element, and subsequently pressurized and cooled by the consolidation rollers,
wherein the consolidation rollers are configured and arranged to be guided along the preform by a web guide,
wherein the web guide comprises a guide groove and a guide arm, at least one of the heating element and the two consolidation rollers being arranged on the guide arm,
wherein a shape of the guide groove corresponds to a shape of the preform and enables guiding the consolidation rollers along the shape of the preform,
wherein the guide arm comprises a connecting part having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end opposing the first longitudinal end, the heating element and the two consolidation rollers being attached to the first and second longitudinal ends, respectively, thereby being spaced apart from each other,
wherein the guide arm further comprises a guide part joined to the connecting part at a right angle to form a single part, and the consolidation rollers are mounted at a first longitudinal end of the guide part facing the connecting part,
wherein the guide part is, at a second longitudinal end facing away from the connecting part, hinged in the guide groove, and
wherein the heating element is pivotably secured to the connecting part so that the heating element can pivot around a longitudinal axis of the heating element, so that the preform is radiated at various angles, and can thus be heated at varying intensities.

US Pat. No. 10,166,727

POLYMERIC MATERIALS

VICTREX MANUFACTURING LIM...

1. A process for manufacturing an object, the process comprising:(i) selecting a powder comprising a polymeric material having a repeat unit of formula
—O—Ph—O—Ph—CO—Ph—  Iand a repeat unit of formula—O—Ph—Ph—O—Ph—CO—Ph—  IIwherein Ph represents a phenylene moiety; and(ii) selectively sintering the powder to produce the object;
wherein said powder selected in step (i) of the process is a blend of virgin and recycled powder comprising said polymeric material; and
wherein the tensile strength and elongation at break of the object are substantially the same as for an object made from virgin powder comprising said polymeric material without recycled powder comprising said polymeric material.

US Pat. No. 10,166,724

METHOD FOR PROVIDING SPACERS

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A method for providing spacers on a construction component to be adhered, the method comprising:placing a planar formation on the construction component to be adhered, wherein the planar formation comprises passages, wherein the planar formation comprises fibers, wherein the fibers are fluoropolymer fibers; and
introducing a curable liquid into the passages of the planar formation so that the liquid forms spacers on the construction component to be adhered after curing and peeling off of the planar formation, the spacers ensuring a predetermined bond gap thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,166,701

MOULD TOOL

SURFACE GENERATION LIMITE...

1. A mould tool comprising:a mould tool component comprising:
a thermal transmission face;
a temperature control face opposite the thermal transmission face and a plurality of sidewalls extending from the temperature control face defining a plurality of individual fluid chambers adjacent the temperature control face; and
a fluid based temperature control apparatus associated with at least some of the plurality of fluid chambers, each temperature control apparatus being configured to produce a fluid jet directed to a respective impingement region on the temperature control face;
wherein at least some of the plurality of fluid chambers of the mould tool component define at least one rib extending into the respective fluid chamber from the temperature control face and extending from the impingement region on the temperature control face towards at least one of the plurality of sidewalls, and
wherein at least one rib has a concave and arched profile in a cross section extending away from the temperature control face.

US Pat. No. 10,166,688

METHOD FOR OBTAINING ONE OR A NUMBER OF STRIPS OF A BAND MATERIAL AND A CUTTING DIE FOR PUTTING THE METHOD INTO PRACTICE

Girnet Internacional, S.L...

1. A method for obtaining one strip (4) or a number of strips from a band material (1) which extends in a longitudinal direction (Y), comprising using a die carrier (8) and a cutting die (2) which has at least two cutting edges (3) of equal length which are repeatedly applied in consecutive cutting operations against longitudinally contiguous sections of the band and cooperate in order to cut two portions of band (1a) therebetween which are connected in order to form a continuous strip (4), there being at least two theoretic cutting start and end points (A, B) on each one of the cutting edges (3) which determine a predetermined cutting pattern between each other, wherein a cutting die (2) is used, the cutting edges (3) of which extend in at least one cutting line (7) beyond the theoretic cutting start point (A) or theoretic cutting end point (B), or in both, and said cutting lines (7) comprise a correcting section (7b) which extends in a direction that is not parallel to the cited longitudinal direction (Y), said correcting sections (7b) of the cutting lines (7) so as to compensate for a lateral discrepancy between the theoretic cutting start and end points (A) and (B) between two consecutive cutting operations.

US Pat. No. 10,166,655

CARBONATE PCD WITH A DISTRIBUTION OF SI AND/OR AL

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A method for making a carbonate polycrystalline diamond body, comprising:combining a first quantity of diamond particles with a first quantity of magnesium carbonate to form a first layer for forming a working surface;
combining a second quantity of diamond particles with a second quantity of magnesium carbonate to form a second layer, wherein the second quantity of magnesium carbonate is greater than the first quantity of magnesium carbonate, and the second layer is formed adjacent to the first layer, the first layer and the second layer together creating an assembly;
placing a quantity of at least one of silicon or aluminum in or adjacent to at least a portion of the assembly; and
sintering the assembly including the quantity of at least one of silicon or aluminum at high pressure and high temperature, causing the silicon or aluminum to infiltrate at least one layer of the assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,166,644

PROCESSING INSPECTION WORKPIECE FOR MACHINE TOOL, AND ON-MACHINE MEASUREMENT METHOD USING SAID WORKPIECE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An on-machine measurement method using a processing inspection workpiece for a machine tool, the method comprising:Using the processing inspection workpiece which has at least one processing surface, and at least one reference surface facing in a direction in which the processing surface faces, and having a plurality of in-plane measurement points whose coordinates are known;
replacing an attachment of the machine tool with a measurement sensor configured to detect a contact position with the processing inspection workpiece, after the machine tool processes the processing inspection workpiece;
performing a first measurement to measure the measurement points on the reference surface by using the measurement sensor;
performing, after the first measurement, a second measurement to measure a measurement point on the processing surface near the measurement points on the reference surface by using the measurement sensor; and
detecting coordinates of all the measurement points by alternately performing the first measurement and the second measurement on all of the reference surface and the processing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,166,614

ORBITAL CUTTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF FREELY AND SELECTIVELY CONTROLLING PLURALITY OF CUTTING TOOLS WITHIN ROTATING BODY BY USING ROTATIONAL SPEED RATIO

DCSENG CO., LTD., Chungc...

1. An orbital cutting apparatus that is capable of freely and selectively controlling a plurality of cutting tools within a rotary body using a rotational speed ratio, the orbital cutting apparatus comprising:a spindle rotating unit coupled to any one surface of a main body so as to rotate (C axis);
a plurality of tool units coupled to reciprocate (X axis) toward a center of the spindle rotating unit on a front surface of the spindle rotating unit so as to cut a clamped material in an orbital manner;
a relative movement unit coupled to the main body to be rotatable in synchronization with the spindle rotating unit, and configured to transmit a rotational power from the relative movement unit to the plurality of tool units so as to cause the plurality of tool units to reciprocate;
each tool unit of the plurality of tool units includes a connection gear formed at an end of a driving shaft so as to be selectively engaged with the relative movement unit so as to receive the rotational power of the relative movement unit;
an operation unit configured to cause one of the connection gears to be engaged with or be disengaged from the relative movement unit; and
a control unit configured to control movements of the spindle rotating unit and the relative movement unit,
wherein each of the connection gears are engaged with or disengaged from the relative movement unit as a result of being reciprocated on the end of the respective driving shaft by the operation unit so as to activate or deactivate a tool.

US Pat. No. 10,166,607

TETRAHEDRON-SHAPED CUTTING INSERT, INSERT HOLDER AND CUTTING TOOL

Iscar, Ltd., Tefen (IL)

1. A two-way indexable cutting insert (22) comprising:a regular tetrahedral basic shape defined by exactly four insert corner portions (30); and four insert face surfaces (32) mutually intersecting each other and comprising:
a first rake face surface (34a) and a first relief face surface (36a) that intersect to form a first major cutting edge (44a); and
a second rake face surface (34b) and a second relief face surface (36b) that intersect to form a second major cutting edge (44b) wherein:
each of the four insert face surfaces (32) has only one rake face surface (34a, 34b) or one relief face surface (36a, 36b), and none of the insert face surfaces has both a rake face surface (34a, 34b) and also a relief face surface (36a, 36b).

US Pat. No. 10,166,596

FORGING APPARATUS WITH FORGING RAMS GUIDED IN THE DIRECTION OF STROKE AND ACCOMMODATING FORGING TOOLS

GFM-GmbH, Steyr (AT)

1. A forging apparatus, comprising:(a) first and second forging rams guided in a stroke direction and comprising a first abutment and a second abutment, respectively;
(b) first and second forging tools accommodated in the first and second forging rams, respectively;
(c) first and second shafts having a first shaft axis and a second shaft axis, respectively;
(d) first and second lifting drives driven by the first and second shafts, respectively, and supported on the first and second abutments, respectively, the first and second abutments being held in contact on the first and second lifting drives, respectively;
(e) a frame; and
(f) first and second support bearings disposed on the frame;
wherein the first shaft comprises first and second drive cams angularly offset by 180° in relation to each other, centrally symmetric with respect to the first shaft axis, and cooperating with the first abutment;
wherein the second shaft comprises third and fourth drive cams angularly offset by 180° in relation to each other, centrally symmetric with respect to the second shaft axis, and cooperating with the second abutment;
wherein the first shaft is rotatably guided between first and second bearing shells, wherein the first bearing shell is arranged in the first abutment and the second bearing shell is arranged opposite of the first bearing shell in the first support bearing supported in the stroke direction on the frame;
wherein the second shaft is rotatably guided between third and fourth bearing shells, and the third bearing shell is arranged in the second abutment and the fourth bearing shell is arranged opposite of the third bearing shell in the second support bearing supported in the stroke direction; and
wherein the first support bearing is mounted perpendicularly to the first shaft and is displaceably mounted in the frame perpendicularly to the stroke direction and the second support bearing is mounted perpendicularly to the second shaft and is displaceably mounted in the frame perpendicularly to the stroke direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,586

REFORM TUB IRIS TO ALSO INCLUDE COIL SHEAR

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES US...

1. A combined iris and shear unit for a coil forming device, the unit comprising:an actuator and a plurality of support members coupled together in series to support formation of a coil and connected to the actuator; wherein each support member further comprises a retractable shear blades of a combined iris and shear unit, the actuator adapted to cause movement of the support members between an open position with the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit being retracted away from a reform tub wall, so that coil forming takes place within the reform tub without interference;
a support position with the retractable blades extended into the reform tub and providing support for the coil; or a shear position for cutting the coil before it is extracted, wherein the actuator receives signals from a controller to cause the retractable shear blades of the combined iris and shear unit to move to a required position where movement of each of the retractable shear blades occurs in conjunction with movement of one or more supporting member, and
a coil height sensor that is positioned at the top of the reform tub and a controller, whereby retraction or extension of the supports is controlled in response to signals from the height sensor received by the controller, wherein when the coil height sensor is triggered a first time the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit performs the support function of an iris and is used to provide a gradual coil build up needed within the reform tub, when the coil height sensor is triggered a second time the combined iris and shear unit is opened to let the coil drop to a coil plate, having weight sensors, until a specified coil weight has been achieved and then the combined iris and shear unit is closed, the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit are moved into a cutting position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,579

GAS VENT WITH LOW-PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE FOR LANDFILLS

WATERSHED GEOSYNTHETICS L...

1. A gas vent for a landfill, the landfill having a geomembrane, the gas vent comprising:a sub-surface gas collection manifold for collecting sub-surface gas from beneath a geomembrane, the collection manifold comprising a plenum for receiving sub-surface gas, the plenum defining an interior volume;
a conduit connected to and extending upwardly from the plenum, the conduit communicating with the interior volume of the plenum and having an upper discharge end, the conduit being adapted and provided for extending through an aperture in the geomembrane for communicating sub-surface gas from within the interior volume of the plenum through the geomembrane;
a hood positioned adjacent an upper portion of the conduit and defining a discharge chamber therein into which gas from the discharge end of the conduit is discharged, the hood also having a discharge outlet for venting gas from within the discharge chamber; and
a low-pressure relief valve associated with the conduit and being operative for opening when positive pressure exists within the conduit, the low-pressure relief valve comprising a valve membrane normally resting upon a seat and lifted off the seat by low positive pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,573

ECCENTRIC ASSEMBLY FOR A VIBRATION COMPACTING MACHINE

Volvo Construction Equipm...

1. An eccentric assembly for a vibration compacting machine, the eccentric assembly comprising:a housing driven and rotated by a motor;
an eccentric shaft installed in the housing so as to have a changeable angular position by rotating relative to the housing;
a locking device adopted to lock the eccentric shaft by engaging with one side of the eccentric shaft, and to unlock the eccentric shaft when a rotational speed of the housing is greater than a predetermined locking critical speed ??;
a clamping device adopted to clamp an opposite side of the one side of the eccentric shaft that engages with the locking device, and to release clamping to the eccentric shaft when a rotational speed of the housing is greater than a predetermined clamping critical speed ox; and
a stopper installed in the housing so as to limit a rotation angle of the eccentric shaft generated when locking and clamping to the eccentric shaft are released.

US Pat. No. 10,166,564

FLUID PRODUCT DISPENSER WITH CAPTIVE PUSHER

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. A fluid dispenser comprising:a fluid reservoir that defines an opening;
a dispenser member that is mounted in the opening of the reservoir and that includes an actuator rod;
a pusher for mounting on the actuator rod of the dispenser member; and
a covering shell in which an assembly, formed by the reservoir and the dispenser member, is adapted to be held in removable manner, the pusher being held captive by the covering shell so that said actuator rod can be connected to the pusher only in the covering shell, the pusher being axially movable in the covering shell over a limited stroke that is defined by a low abutment and a high abutment;
magnetic means act between the covering shell and the pusher so as to hold the pusher, by magnetic attraction/repulsion, in a determined position that is stationary relative to the covering shell, when the actuator rod is disconnected from the pusher.

US Pat. No. 10,166,562

PROTECTIVE CAP WITH DETACHABLE NOZZLE AND NOZZLE HOLDER

TOP SECRET INC., Santa M...

1. An apparatus for dispensing dry powder, said apparatus comprising:an applicator device having a spray outlet hole; and
a protective applicator cap, comprising:
a) a top wall horizontal to the base of the applicator device when said applicator cap is attached to the applicator device;
b) a downward terminating cylindrical side wall descending all around from said top wall;
c) a spray nozzle which is a hollow tube insertable into said spray outlet hole;
d) a cutout for said spray nozzle which is a single opening in the cylindrical side wall, said applicator cap being rotatable between an open position overlying the spray outlet hole of said applicator device whereby it can receive and communicate with said spray nozzle, and a closed position wherein said opening is not overlying the spray outlet hole, the spray outlet hole being closed by said applicator cap;
e) a nozzle holder clamp attached to said cylindrical wall and adapted to receive the spray nozzle when said spray nozzle is not in use, wherein said spray nozzle being movable between an inserted position wherein it is attached to the spray outlet hole through said cutout, and a detached position when it is held by said nozzle holder clamp;
wherein the applicator cap prevents discharge of dry powder in both the open position and the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,556

PULSATING HIGH PRESSURE AIR AND WATER NOZZLE

VAC-TRON EQUIPMENT, LLC, ...

1. A pulsating nozzle, the nozzle comprising:an impeller adapted to rotate about an axis;
an annular housing securing the impeller therein;
a supply aperture secured to the annular housing, wherein the supply aperture is orientated to direct a stream of pressurized fluid to impact the impeller; and
a discharge port secured to the annular housing to discharge a pulsating stream of fluid;
the impeller comprising
a plurality of radial spaced vanes positioned to cause the impeller to rotate by the stream of pressurized fluid, wherein the plurality of vanes is configured to intermittently block the discharge port as the impeller rotates to generate the pulsating stream of fluid; and
a cavity formed between each vane of the plurality of vanes, wherein each cavity having an opening and a closed bottom to fill the respective cavity with a volume of the pressurized fluid at the supply aperture and to discharge the volume of pressurized fluid back through the opening at the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,166,552

VALVE FOR DRAINING OFF GAS FROM A CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATOR

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A valve for draining off gas from a centrifugal separator, said valve comprising:a valve body having a central axis around which said valve may be rotated;
a cavity arranged at a radial distance from said central axis and comprising a valve ball and a valve seat;
at least one drain channel extending from said valve seat of the cavity to an outside of said valve body; and
at least one gas intake extending from the outside of said valve body to said cavity,
wherein said valve ball is in a relaxed state within said cavity and is arranged to float on a liquid surface present within the cavity, and the valve ball is movable in said cavity in the radial direction from the central axis from a closed position, in which the hall rests against the valve seat and blocks gas in the cavity from entering said at least one drain channel, to an open position, in which the valve ball is at a longer radial distance from the central axis compared to the closed position, and in which open position said valve ball does not block said valve seat and allows gas in said cavity to drain from said valve via said drain channel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,549

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR THE SELECTION AND/OR PROCESSING OF PARTICLES, IN PARTICULAR FOR THE SELECTIVE AND/OR OPTIMISED LYSIS OF CELLS

Menarini Silicon Biosyste...

1. A method for selecting and processing of first particles sensitive to the application of an external stimulus and lysing at least one selected first particle, comprising the steps of:a) providing an array of electrodes, each electrode having dimensions comparable to or smaller than those of said first particles and each electrode being a selectable electrode;
b) selectively energizing said array of electrodes to apply to all of said electrodes a first pattern of voltages to generate a first field of force having first points of stable equilibrium each positioned at a first position, wherein the first particles are attracted towards the first points of stable equilibrium and are situated at the first position;
c) applying to all of said electrodes of said array a second pattern of voltages, different from the first pattern of voltages, to generate a second field of force having at least one second point of stable equilibrium positioned at a second position in a gap between at least two adjacent electrodes in proximity of the at least one selected first particle to be lysed; wherein the at least one selected first particle to be lysed is attracted to the at least one second point of stable equilibrium and shifted to the second position, and wherein:
i) said second field of force applies, only at the second position at which at least one second point of stable equilibrium is generated, a stimulus to lyse the at least one selected first particle to be lysed and said second field of force being designed such that at least one first particle that is not selected to be lysed remains at the first position;
ii) said first pattern of voltages and said second pattern of voltages are applied in a time sequence to the same said electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,166,548

DUST COLLECTION ASSEMBLY, AIR PURIFICATION DEVICE AND AIR CONDITIONER

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

1. A dust collection assembly, comprising:a first annular ring having a first outer ring and a plurality of first blades disposed in an inner surface of the first outer ring along a circumferential direction, wherein the first annular ring has a first electrically connecting piece configured to be connected with one of a positive pole and a negative pole of a power source;
a second annular ring having a second outer ring and a plurality of second blades disposed in an inner surface of the second outer ring along a circumferential direction, wherein the second annular ring is disposed below the first annular ring, the plurality of second blades and the plurality of first blades are arranged to be staggered in the circumferential direction, and the second annular ring has a second electrically connecting piece configured to be connected with the other one of the positive pole and the negative pole of the power source;
an insulation spacing assembly disposed between the first annular ring and the second annular ring and spacing the first annular ring and the second annular ring apart; and
an air guide configured to have an annular shape and fitted over the first annular ring and/or the second annular ring, wherein the air guide is connected with the first annular ring and/or the second annular ring by means of a snap, and an external diameter of an upper end of the air guide is larger than an external diameter of an lower end of the air guide.

US Pat. No. 10,166,543

CELL CAPTURING CARTRIDGE

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. A cell capturing cartridge comprising:a lower substrate having one side, the another side disposed opposite to the one side, and an upper surface connecting the one side to the another side;
a structure provided on the upper surface of the lower substrate and having a first side surface facing the one surface of the lower substrate and a second side surface disposed opposite to the first side surface and having a width greater than that of the first side surface; and
an upper substrate provided on the structure,
wherein the structure comprises:
first structures arranged in a first direction parallel to the one side of the lower substrate; and
a second structure that is offset from one of the first structures in the first direction, and
the first structures are disposed closer to the one side of the lower substrate than the second structure,
wherein the structure comprises a capturing part recessed from the first side surface to the second side surface thereof,
wherein the capturing part comprises:
a first portion disposed adjacent to the first side surface; and
a second portion connected to the first portion
wherein a width of the second portion is greater than a width of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,533

METHODS FOR PRODUCING BORYLATED ARENES

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A process for preparing a borylated aromatic compound comprising contacting an aromatic substrate with a catalytic cobalt complex and a borylation reagent under conditions effective to form the borylated aromatic compound,wherein the borylated aromatic compound comprises a boronic acid or a boronic acid derivative covalently bound to a carbon atom of an aromatic ring,
wherein the catalytic cobalt complex comprises a complex defined by the formula below

wherein
Z is, independently for each occurrence, a halide, a C1-C6 alkyl group, or an aryl group,
n is 2,
R5 is, individually for each occurrence, a halogen, —OR7, —NR7R7, —C(?O)R8, a nitrile group, a C1-C6 alkyl group, an aryl group, or a C1-C6 haloalkyl group,
m is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4,
R6 is selected from one of the following:

R7 is, individually for each occurrence, hydrogen or a C1-C6 alkyl group, and
R8 is, individually for each occurrence, hydrogen, —OR7, —NR7R7, or a C1-C6 alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,166,511

METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A HOLLOW FIBER MODULE, AND HOLLOW FIBER MODULE

Sartorius Stedim Biotech ...

1. A method for producing a hollow fiber module (1, 1?), comprising:inserting a hollow fiber bundle (3) into a module housing (2, 2?) that has an end closed by a cap (17) that defines a removable sprue cover (18, 18?, 18?);
filling a fluid first component (27) via a first inflow (26) and into an intermediate space arranged between the hollow fiber ends (6, 7) and the cap (17) to form a spacer, the fluid first component (27) being formed from a material that can assume a solid state and being filled so that the hollow fiber ends (6, 7) project into the first component (27);
introducing a fluid curable second component (4) upstream of the first component (27), directed away from the cap (17), via a second inflow (28);
curing the second component (4) to form a sealing layer (9) that embeds the hollow fiber bundle (3) and seals the hollow fiber bundle (3) with respect to an adjacent module housing wall (29, 29?);
applying a rotary pulling movement to the cap (17) and thereby severing the hollow fibers (5) in a boundary layer formed by the first component (27) and the second component (4); and
removing from the module housing (2, 2?) an assembly that includes: the cap (17), the first component (27) that has been solidified to form a plug (30), and the hollow fiber ends (6) embedded in the plug (30) and projecting out of the end face (10) of the layer (9) formed by the second component (4).

US Pat. No. 10,166,503

WATER CONTROL IN NON-AQUEOUS ACID GAS RECOVERY SYSTEMS

Research Triangle Institu...

17. A process for regulating water content and removing acid gases from a water-containing gas stream using a non-aqueous solvent (NAS) absorption liquid, wherein the NAS absorption liquid has a solubility of less than about 10 g of water per 100 g of NAS which comprises:(a) treating the gas stream in an absorption zone with the NAS absorption liquid under a first set of controlled conditions of temperature, pressure and flow rate to obtain an acid gas-depleted treated gas stream and an acid gas-loaded NAS absorption liquid;
(b) directing the acid gas-loaded NAS absorption liquid to a regeneration zone under a second set of controlled conditions of temperature, pressure and flow rate and regenerating the loaded NAS absorption liquid to expel a portion of the acid gases and obtain a regenerated NAS absorption liquid;
(c) directing the regenerated NAS absorption liquid to step a); and
(d) controlling the first and second set of conditions such that the temperature for the first set of controlled conditions is greater than 30° C. and less than 57° C. so as to (i) balance the water content entering the process in the water-rich gas stream with the water content leaving the process and
(e) remove acid gases from the water-rich gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,166,501

GAS GENERATOR

DAICEL CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A gas generator comprising a housing foamed by a diffuser shell provided with a gas discharge port, and a closure shell, a cylindrical filter disposed inside the housing, a first combustion chamber and a second combustion chamber arranged inside the cylindrical filter,the cylindrical filter being disposed such that an outer circumferential surface is spaced apart from the gas discharge port, a first annular end surface is abutted against a top plate of the diffuser shell, and a second annular end surface is abutted against a bottom plate of the closure shell,
the first combustion chamber being a space on the outer side of an ignition device chamber provided with an ignition device for a first-b gas generating agent filled inside the first combustion chamber, and the second combustion chamber being filled with a second gas generating agent,
the ignition device chamber being a space filled with a first-a gas generating agent and surrounded by a cylindrical first holder, a first igniter and a first cup member provided with a plurality of first communication holes penetrating a circumference wall thereof in a thickness direction,
the cylindrical first holder being fixed to a first hole of the bottom plate of the closure shell, the first igniter being fixed inside the cylindrical first holder, and the first cup member being press-fitted to an inner side of the cylindrical first holder from an opening of the first cup member,
the second combustion chamber being a space filled with the second gas generating agent and surrounded by a cylindrical second holder, a second igniter and a second cup member provided with a plurality of second communication holes penetrating a circumferential wall thereof in a thickness direction,
the cylindrical second holder being fixed to a second hole of the bottom plate of the closure shell, the second igniter being fixed inside the cylindrical second holder, the second cup member being press-fitted to an outer side of the cylindrical second holder from an opening of the second cup member, and a surface of the circumferential wall including the plurality of the second communication holes being covered with a cover member from the outside,
further, a support member for the cylindrical filter being disposed on a bottom surface of the closure shell,
the support member including a bottom surface provided with holes corresponding to the first hole and the second hole formed in a bottom plate of the closure shell, and an outer circumferential wall provided vertically from an outer circumference of the bottom surface,
part of the outer circumferential wall of the support member being held from both sides in a thickness direction between the first holder and the cylindrical filter,
the bottom surface of the support member being held from both sides in a thickness direction between the bottom plate of the closure shell and an annular end surface of the opening of the second cup member press-fitted to the cylindrical second holder,
the outer circumferential wall of the support member being abutted against an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical filter on the side of the second annular end surface so that a corner portion formed by the bottom surface and the outer circumferential wall of the support member is abutted against an abutting portion between the second annular end surface of the cylindrical filter and the bottom plate of the closure shell,
when the second igniter is actuated and the second gas generating agent in the second combustion chamber is ignited and burned to raise an internal pressure, a combustion gas flowing out between the second communication holes and the cover member in a direction of the bottom plate of the closure shell.

US Pat. No. 10,166,498

GAS-EVACUATING FILTER

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A filter for fluid systems, comprising:a vessel defining an inner chamber and having an inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with the inner chamber;
a filter cartridge positioned within the inner chamber of the vessel; and
a tubular assembly having an upper end including a tube inlet, a lower end, an inner cavity extending between the tube inlet and the lower end, an interlocking section for engaging a portion of the outlet, a flow path extending between the tube inlet to the outlet when the tubular assembly is engaged with the outlet, and a solid sidewall extending between the lower end and the upper end, the tubular assembly positioned within the filter cartridge and the inner chamber of the vessel so as to force at least a portion of fluid flowing through the filter to flow along the solid sidewall toward the upper end, through the tube inlet into the inner cavity, and through the tubular assembly flow path before exiting the outlet and forcing gas trapped in the vessel to be discharged from the vessel,
wherein the tubular assembly includes one or more apertures that permit at least a portion of fluid flowing through the filter to flow into the inner cavity of the tubular assembly through the one or more apertures and exit the outlet without first entering the tube inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,166,497

PLUNGER PUMPING ARRANGEMENT FOR A HOLLOW FIBER FILTER

Repligen Corporation, Wa...

23. A fluid filtration system, comprising:first and second process vessels;
a first filter housing having a first end in fluid communication with the first process vessel;
a second filter housing having a first end in fluid communication with the second process vessel;
a first plunger pump coupled to a second end of the first filter housing;
a second plunger pump coupled to a second end of the second filter housing;
a first actuator having a first movable plunger;
a second actuator having a second movable plunger;
wherein the first plunger pump includes a housing having a rigid portion and a flexible portion, the flexible portion having a plunger-engaging portion for coupling to the first movable plunger of the first actuator, the flexible portion being selectively deformable so that the flexible portion moves with respect to the rigid portion in response to movement of the first movable plunger by the first actuator, deformation of the flexible portion generating reciprocating vacuum and pressure to move fluid between the first plunger pump and the first process vessel;
wherein the second plunger pump includes a housing having a rigid portion and a flexible portion, the flexible portion having a plunger-engaging portion for coupling to the second movable plunger of the second actuator, the flexible portion being selectively deformable so that the flexible portion moves with respect to the rigid portion in response to movement of the second movable plunger by the second actuator, deformation of the flexible portion generating reciprocating vacuum and pressure to move fluid between the second plunger pump and the second process vessel; and
a controller in communication with the actuator for simultaneously actuating the first and second plunger pumps to cycle fluid between the first and second plunger pumps and the first and second process vessels.

US Pat. No. 10,166,483

TRAPDOOR DROP AMUSEMENT MECHANISM

WHITEWATER WEST INDUSTRIE...

1. An apparatus for initiating descent into a slide ride, comprising:a slide segment for receiving a rider;
a platform movable between a first position and a second position, the platform in the first position being configured such that the rider is capable of being positioned upon the platform, the platform in the second position being configured such that the rider descends into the slide segment after having been positioned upon the platform when the platform is in the first position; and
a control device configured to apply a force to the platform to move the platform from the second position to the first position, wherein the force and gravity are the only forces necessary to move the platform from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,464

PUZZLE

AGATSUMA CO., LTD., Toky...

1. A puzzle comprising:a housing main body;
three puzzle shafts secured relative to the housing main body, wherein each of the three puzzle shafts is fixed so as not to rotate around a shaft center thereof,
a plurality of pieces rotatably mounted on each of the three puzzle shafts so as to rotate around the shaft center, wherein puzzle patterns are provided on an outer periphery of each of the plurality of pieces, wherein each of the plurality of pieces includes a ratchet pawl; and
a ratchet mechanism configured with ratchet teeth formed on an outer periphery of each of the three puzzle shafts, wherein the ratchet pawl on each of the plurality of pieces is elastically configured to engage the ratchet teeth,
wherein the housing main body has two moving member main bodies disposed alongside the shafts used as right and left grip parts which are connected respectively to each of two outer puzzle shafts of the three puzzle shafts so as to move the two outer puzzle shafts in an outer direction orthogonal to a longitudinal extent of the three puzzle shafts,
wherein each of the two moving member main bodies is formed substantially with a shell shape, has a back face side that is hollow, and a front face side with finger-hooking recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,166,422

TRAMPOLINE SUPPORT FRAME

CROWNTEC (JIANG XI) SPORT...

1. A trampoline support frame comprising a plurality of transversal branch pipes connected to each other so as to form an annular frame provided for a bouncing component to be mounted at inner side thereof, and a plurality of longitudinal branch pipes provided to one of said transversal branch pipes, characterized in that each of said longitudinal branch pipes is respectively provided with a fitting portion, two reinforcing portions integrally extended from said fitting portion to corresponding two side surfaces of said transversal branch pipe and then fixed to said transversal branch pipe by welding, an accommodating space formed between said two reinforcing portions and provided for one of said transversal branch pipes to be located therein, and two bearing surfaces, each of which is formed between two ends of said two reinforcing portions and toward said accommodating space so as to support one of said transversal branch pipes; wherein each of said transversal branch pipes is respectively provided with a curved portion, a first connecting portion provided at one end of said curved portion, and a second connecting portion provided at another end of said curved portion and covering while being fixed to said first connecting portion of another transversal branch pipe, and said first connecting portion is provided with a first opening, and said second connecting portion is provided with a second opening covering said first opening, each of said first connecting portion is respectively provided with two first stepped surfaces located at two opposite outer sides of said first opening while in parallel with each other, and each of said second connecting portions is respectively provided with two second stepped surfaces located at two opposite outer sides of said second opening while in parallel with said two first stepped surfaces, said two reinforcing portions of each of said longitudinal branch pipes being attached to said two second stepped surfaces by welding.

US Pat. No. 10,166,406

RADIATION TREATMENT PLANNING AND DELIVERY USING COLLISION FREE REGIONS

Varian Medical Systems In...

1. A method of determining a radiation treatment plan for delivering radiation to a patient using an external-beam radiation treatment system, the method comprising:receiving, by a computer system, one or more class solutions, wherein each class solution includes field geometry limits for one or more treatment axes of the external-beam radiation treatment system and a corresponding collision free region, and wherein the collision free region comprises a three-dimensional space for allowed initial isocenter positions determined based on a delivery machine model and a patient model;
receiving, by the computer system, a three-dimensional image of the patient;
aligning the three-dimensional image of the patient with the collision free regions of the one or more class solutions;
receiving, via a user interface, a desired initial isocenter position;
determining, by the computer system, that the desired initial isocenter position is within at least one collision free region of the one or more class solutions;
identifying, by the computer system, one or more treatment fields within the field geometry limits of a class solution corresponding to the at least one collision free region; and
determining, by the computer system, the radiation treatment plan using the one or more identified treatment fields.

US Pat. No. 10,166,401

ANTIGEN DELIVERY DEVICE AND METHOD

PCI BIOTECH AS, Oslo (NO...

1. A device for activating light-induced rupture of endocytic vesicles in target cells of a patient so as to effect delivery of an administered antigen to cytosol in the target cells, the device being adapted to be worn by a patient over a region of the patient's skin where an antigen and a photosensitising agent have been or are to be administered, wherein the device comprises:a rear surface that is configured to be worn against the patient's skin;
a retaining part for retaining the device in place over the region of the patient's skin during an activation cycle;
a light source arranged to illuminate the region of the patient's skin from the rear surface of the device;
a control system to control the operation of the light source after initiation of the activation cycle; and
a power supply to power the light source and the control system,
wherein the control system is configured to vary the output of the light source with respect to time in accordance with a pre-configured output sequence, wherein the output sequence includes an initial stage of at least six hours where the output of the light source is set to be zero or generally below that which could deliver a light dose that can activate light-induced rupture of endocytic vesicles to allow time for the antigen and photosensitising agent to reach the target cells, and a later stage where the output of the light source is set to deliver a light dose to activate light-induced rupture of the endocytic vesicles for effecting the delivery of the administered antigen to the cytosol of the target cells, wherein the light dose is at least 0.05 J/cm2 and is delivered over 5 minutes to 15 hours at an intensity of 0.5 mW/cm2 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,166,371

NON-COMPLIANT MULTILAYERED BALLOON FOR A CATHETER

ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYS...

1. A method of making a multilayer balloon for a catheter comprising:selecting a first polymer material having a first maximum blow-up-ratio;
selecting a second polymer material having a second maximum blow-up-ratio greater than the first maximum blow-up-ratio;
selecting a third polymer material having a third maximum blow-up-ratio greater than the second maximum blow-up-ratio; and
forming a multilayer balloon having at least a first layer of the first polymer material, a second layer of the second polymeric material, and a third layer of the third polymeric material having a combined wall thickness, wherein the second layer is an inner layer relative to the first layer and the third layer is an inner layer relative to the second layer, and wherein the at least first, second, and third layers define a compliance less than that of a single layer balloon made of the first polymer material with a wall thickness equal to the combined wall thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,166,370

CATHETER INSERTION DEVICE

B. Braun Melsungen AG, M...

1. A catheter insertion device comprising:a catheter hub comprising a body having an interior surface defining a bore with a Luer taper, a shoulder inside the bore and distal of a proximal opening to the bore, and a catheter tube attached at a distal end of the catheter hub;
a valve comprising at least one slit located inside the bore of the catheter hub for limiting fluid flow through the bore and remaining inside the bore in a ready position and a needle guarded position;
a valve actuator slidably disposed in the bore of the catheter hub; said valve actuator comprising a nose section, a bore, a projection extending radially of a lengthwise axis of the valve actuator, and a plunger section comprising plunger components located proximally of the nose section, said plunger section comprising a gap between the plunger components to permit fluid flow through the gap and the bore of the valve actuator, wherein said plunger section comprises an abutting surface at a proximal end for pushing by a male Luer tip when said male Luer tip is located in said bore of said catheter hub;
a needle having a needle shaft defining a needle axis projecting distally of an end of a needle hub and through the catheter tube with a needle tip of the needle shaft extending out a distal end opening of the catheter tube; and
a needle guard comprising a surface for guarding the needle tip from unintended needle sticks when the needle tip is removed from the catheter hub, said surface of the needle guard being located to a side of the needle shaft in the ready position and being located distal of the needle tip in the needle guarded position to guard the needle tip.

US Pat. No. 10,166,369

DEVICES AND METHOD FOR MAXILLARY SINUS LAVAGE

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. A method for lavaging a maxillary sinus, said method comprising:(a) positioning a distal portion of a lavage catheter instrument in nasal anatomy of a patient, wherein the lavage catheter instrument comprises:
(i) an elongate shaft with a bend angle of between about 90 degrees and 140 degrees,
(ii) a distal irrigation tube in coaxial arrangement with said elongate shaft, the distal irrigation tube being coaxially surrounded by the elongate shaft, the distal irrigation tube having side irrigation holes and an atraumatic ball tip that blocks a distal end of the distal irrigation tube,
(ii) a handle comprising:
(A) a proximal end,
(B) a distal end, wherein the elongate shaft extends distally from the distal end, and
(C) an actuator, wherein the actuator is positioned between the proximal end of the handle and the distal end of the handle, and
(iv) a proximal portion comprising an irrigation luer and irrigation tubing, wherein the proximal portion extends proximally from the proximal end of the handle;
(b) connecting a fluid source to the irrigation catheter;
(c) with one hand, advancing the distal end of the irrigation tube into the maxillary sinus by sliding the actuator along the handle, wherein sliding the actuator along the handle comprises sliding the actuator from a proximal position to a distal position, wherein the proximal position is distal to the proximal end of the handle, wherein the distal position is proximal to the distal end of the handle; and
(d) delivering fluid to the maxillary sinus from the fluid source though the lavage catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,366

COMPACT URINARY CATHETERS AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME

HOLLISTER INCORPORATED, ...

1. A catheter sub-assembly comprising:a gripping member and a catheter tube carried by and attached to said gripping member, said catheter sub-assembly having a central longitudinal axis,
said catheter tube having a proximal end and a distal end and defining a flow path between said distal and proximal ends wherein said catheter tube is angularly adjustable relative to said axis; and
said gripping member including an outer gripping surface and an aperture in said outer gripping surface in liquid flow communication with said flow path of said catheter tube wherein said gripping member is configured for retaining said catheter tube in an angularly adjusted position relative to said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,166,363

CATHETER

ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD., ...

1. A catheter comprising:a tube body including an inner layer, a reinforcing body covering the inner layer, and an outer layer covering the reinforcing body;
a tubular metallic distal end tip provided at a distal end of the tube body;
a slit on the distal end tip; and
an outer coating on an outer peripheral surface of the distal end tip, at least part of the outer coating is disposed within the slit,
wherein:
the distal end tip has a tapered portion so that a diameter of the distal end tip decreases toward a distal end of the distal end tip, and
a depth of the slit gradually reduces towards the distal end of the distal end tip.

US Pat. No. 10,166,362

PULMONARY EMBOLISM APPARATUS

Sanford Health, Sioux Fa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first catheter having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein a distal portion of the first catheter includes a first plurality of outlets, and wherein the first catheter has an opening arranged between the proximal end of the first catheter and the first plurality of outlets;
a first tubular housing having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein an exterior surface of the first tubular housing is coupled to an exterior surface of the first catheter proximal to the first plurality of outlets;
one or more pressure sensors coupled to the distal end of the first tubular housing;
a second catheter having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein a distal portion of the second catheter includes a second plurality of outlets, and wherein the distal end of the second catheter is configured to be positioned substantially within the first catheter when the second catheter is in a first position, and wherein the distal end of the second catheter is configured to extend through the opening in the first catheter in a second position; and
a catheter diverter coupled to an interior surface of the first catheter and projecting inward from the opening of the first catheter towards the proximal end of the first catheter to partially obstruct a lumen of the first catheter, such that the second catheter is configured to contact the catheter diverter and is thereby directed through the opening of the first catheter as the second catheter moves from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,359

CONNECTOR FOR RESPIRATORY DUCTS

Intersurgical AG, Vaduz ...

1. A connector for connecting respiratory ducts together such that they are placed in fluid communication, the connector comprising:a first conduit having a female connector end; and
a second conduit having a male connector end adapted to be received within the female connector end of the first conduit such that the male and female connector ends overlap to provide a common conduit having an inner surface formed at least in part by the male connector end,
wherein the male connector end has a retaining formation which is adapted to abut a corresponding engagement formation on an overlapping portion of the female connector end so as to resist separation of the first and second conduits whilst permitting relative rotation thereof when connected,
and wherein the engagement formation comprises an annular recess on an inner surface of the female connector end shaped to accommodate the retaining formation with a close fit, and the inner surface of the overlapping portion of the female connector end comprises a plurality of depressions and raised portions in the regions between the depressions, the plurality of depressions and raised portions extending in a direction substantially parallel with an axis of the first conduit, the depressions leading into the annular recess.

US Pat. No. 10,166,345

SAFETY SYRINGE AND NEEDLE SHIELD

ULTIMED, INC., Exclesior...

1. A safety syringe comprising:a barrel having a distal end and a proximal end;
a plunger sealingly slidable within the barrel;
a collar having proximal and distal ends;
a hollow needle attached to the distal end of the barrel; and
an elongate generally tubular needle shield which is moveable over the barrel from a first proximally retracted configuration in which a distal portion of the hollow needle is exposed to a second distally extended configuration in which the hollow needle is fully within the elongate generally tubular needle shield, said elongate generally tubular needle shield having a proximal end, a distal end, a lumen therebetween, and a longitudinal axis,
wherein the hollow needle is attached to the barrel via a generally tubular needle hub integrally formed with the distal end of the barrel, said generally tubular needle hub having disposed about its external surface a plurality of ribs adapted to join the collar to the generally tubular needle hub;
wherein each rib of the plurality of ribs includes an at least partially relieved circumferential region;
further wherein the collar is adapted to be slidably received within the elongate generally tubular needle shield and to be prevented from being withdrawn proximally therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,166,344

INJECTION NEEDLE ASSEMBLY

SHL GROUP AB, Nacka Stra...

1. An injection needle assembly having opposite distal and proximal ends, comprising:(a) a tubular needle cover comprising,
an open distal end having an inner diameter;
an inner circumferential surface having,
a plurality of axially extending ledges; and
a first thread having a first pitch in a first direction;
(b) a tubular needle holder comprising,
an injection needle; and
an outer circumferential surface having two separate engagement devices, the first engagement device comprising cut-outs configured to engage the axially extending ledges of the needle cover and the second engagement device comprising a second thread having a second pitch in a second direction; and
(c) a tubular cap comprising,
an outer circumferential surface having a third thread that engages the first thread of the needle cover, a central passage having a diameter larger than the outer circumferential surface of the tubular needle holder and a fourth thread configured to engage the second thread of the needle holder, wherein the third thread is configured to threadedly engage a proximal end of a container attachment device that operatively connects to a proximal end of a medicament container,
wherein the inner diameter of the open distal end of the needle cover completely encloses the needle holder and the cap, where a protective cover seals the open distal end to maintain sterility of the needle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,339

DISINFECTING CAP FOR MEDICAL CONNECTORS

Merit Medical Systems, In...

1. A disinfecting cap for accepting a needleless injection site and applying an antiseptic agent to the needleless injection site, the cap comprising:a cap body defining a chamber having an opening at a proximal end for accepting the needleless injection site, the chamber having a proximal portion and a distal portion;
an antiseptic agent disposed in the distal portion of the chamber; and
a breakable seal located in the chamber between the proximal and distal portions so as to be spaced away from the opening, the breakable seal preventing evaporation of the antiseptic agent until the needleless injection site is accepted into the cap,
wherein the cap body includes a compliant wall about the proximal portion,
wherein the compliant wall deforms when the needleless injection site is inserted into the opening so that the compliant wall engages threading elements on the outer diameter of the needleless injection site to removably hold the cap on the needleless infection site.

US Pat. No. 10,166,330

PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM

1. A pharmaceutical drug delivery system having a heater, a base comprising at least two inlets, an outlet and a passive mixing chamber having micro pin fins with heights in the range of 10 to 100 ?m, wherein the micro pin fins enhance heat transfer from the heater and promote passive mixing by generating turbulence within a flowing fluid mixture thereby providing an even distribution of temperature and concentration within the passive mixing chamber, wherein a surface portion of the base is coated with a coating material different from a material of said surface portion of the base, wherein a height of said coating material from said surface portion of the base is in nano scale, wherein distribution of said coating material throughout said surface portion of the base varies from the inlets towards the outlet such that the surface portion of the base comprises a plurality of regions R1 to RN each having a different distribution of the coating material relative to each other, thereby establishing a surface tension gradient among regions R1 to RN for promoting fluid flow towards the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,166,329

PATCH-SIZED FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

DEKA Products Limited Par...

15. A method of making a delivery device, the method comprising:providing a first housing portion;
providing a second housing portion comprising providing a housing structure with an internal volume configured to selectively engage with and disengage from the first housing portion;
supporting a rotatable rotor for rotation comprising supporting the rotatable rotor on the second housing portion outside of the internal volume, the rotor having at least one pad or roller for movement in an annular path with the rotation of the rotor;
providing a conduit having a flexible portion;
coupling an interior volume of a reservoir in fluid flow communication with the conduit, the interior volume of the reservoir for containing a fluid;
supporting the flexible portion of the conduit on the first housing portion and arranging the flexible portion of the conduit within at least a portion of the annular path of the at least one pad or roller to be engaged at locations along the annular path by the at least one pad or roller when the second housing portion and the first housing portion are engaged, the flexible portion of the conduit being resiliency collapsible at the locations of engagement of the at least one pad or roller to provide a pumping action as the rotor rotates while the first and second housing portions are engaged, the conduit being connectable in fluid flow communication with an injection site;
supporting a drive device on the second housing portion; and
operatively coupling the drive device to the rotor for selectively rotating the rotor to provide the pumping action while the first and second housing portions are engaged comprising extending a rotor shaft having a longitudinal axis into the interior volume of the second housing portion, operatively coupling the rotor shaft to the rotor and to the drive device to transfer drive force from the drive device to the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,328

INFUSION SYSTEM WHICH UTILIZES ONE OR MORE SENSORS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO MAKE AN AIR DETERMINATION REGARDING THE INFUSION SYSTEM

ICU Medical, Inc., San C...

1. An infusion system configured to be connected to a fluid delivery line and to an infusion container containing an infusion fluid, the infusion system comprising:a pump for pumping infusion fluid from the infusion container;
at least one force sensor connected to the pump or the fluid delivery line, the at least one force sensor configured to measure force on a plunger of the pump;
at least one processor in electronic communication with the pump and the at least one force sensor;
a memory in electronic communication with the at least one processor, the memory comprising programming code for execution by the at least one processor; and
wherein the programming code is configured to cause the at least one processor to:
estimate future derived force measurement based on an application of a Kalman filter on the measured force on the plunger, wherein the estimation of future derived force measurement comprises at least one of:
determine a mean force measurement based on the measured force;
determine a variance force measurement based on the measured force; and
determine a derivative force measurement based on the measured force;
calculate a residual between the future derived force measurement and the measured force;
construct a cumulative sum control chart based on the calculated residual; and
determine air in the fluid delivery line based on the cumulative sum control chart and volume of infusion fluid pumped from the infusion container.

US Pat. No. 10,166,324

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR TREATING ARTHRITIS

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An arthritis treatment method comprising:a gel injection step of injecting a gel-like material toward a lesion area in which crystal-induced arthritis occurs, wherein the gel-like material covers the lesion area;
an instrument introducing step of causing at least one instrument having a tubular shape to communicate with the lesion area, wherein the instrument is inserted between the gel-like material and the lesion area; and
a treatment step of removing a causative agent of the crystal-induced arthritis from the lesion area by perfusion and discharge of a lavage fluid through the at least one instrument while the instrument is inserted between the gel-like material and the lesion area, and wherein the lavage fluid is prevented from spreading from the lesion area via the gel-like material covering the lesion area during the treatment step.

US Pat. No. 10,166,320

DETECTING A HEATER BAG

Fresenius Medical Care Ho...

1. A peritoneal dialysis machine, comprisinga source of dialysate;
a patient line for passing dialysate to and from the patient's abdominal cavity;
a controller for delivering a quantity of dialysate to the patient's abdomen via the patient line;
a heater tray for heating a heater bag containing the dialysate before delivering it to the patient, the heater tray comprising a temperature sensor; and
at least one processor configured to receive input data from the temperature sensor and determine, based on input data received from the temperature sensor over a period of time, a status of the heater bag other than a temperature of the heater bag,
wherein the temperature sensor comprises a first thermistor and a second thermistor, wherein the processor is configured to determine whether the heater bag is positioned on the heater tray based on output of the first thermistor, and the processor is configured to determine whether the heater bag positioned on the heater tray is correctly positioned based on output of the second thermistor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,318

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE POSITION OF A LEVITATED ROTOR

TC1 LLC, Pleasanton, CA ...

1. A method of operating a blood pump, wherein the method comprises:applying a rotating magnetic field with a stator to rotate a rotor;
applying a first axial force on the rotor;
applying at least a second axial force on the rotor with the stator, wherein a combination of the first axial force and at least the second axial force suspends the rotor at a first balanced position; and
modifying a plurality of phase voltages provided to the stator to modify the second axial force such that the rotor is moved from the first balanced position to a second balanced position, wherein the second balanced position is different than the first balanced position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,311

TWIST ACTIVATED DISPENSER

F-MATIC, INC., Lehi, UT ...

1. A dispenser comprising:a container for storing a fluid, the container including a cap with a breakable seal, the cap attached to the container at a first end;
a lid fixedly attached to a second end of the container, the lid having a set of vents;
an absorbing device disposed around the outside of the container and cap;
a cage structure attached to the lid and a base, the cage structure, lid and base collectively being configured to enclose the container, cap and absorbing device;
the base including a set of blades positioned inside the base and aligned with the breakable seal in the cap; and
the cage structure and base being connected with a rotational connection, when rotated with respect to each other, the cage structure and base are drawn together, collapsing the dispenser on itself and pulling the set of blades into the container and puncturing the breakable seal.

US Pat. No. 10,166,295

PEGYLATED OXM VARIANTS

OPKO Biologics Ltd., Kir...

1. A method for the preparation of an oxyntomodulin (OXM) conjugate represented by the structure of formula II:
wherein R2 is H or SO3H;
said method comprises:
reacting MAL-Fmoc-NHS (R2?H) represented by the following structure:

MAL-FMS-NHS (R2?SO3H) represented by the following structure:

with a resin-bound oxyntomodulin of SEQ ID NO:1, wherein the amino side chains of Lys12 and Lys30 of said resin-bound oxyntomodulin are each protected by a protecting group, to obtain a resin-bound MAL-Fmoc-protected OXM or a resin-bound MAL-FMS-protected OXM, respectively;
followed by
(b) reaction of the resin-bound MAL-Fmoc-protected OXM or the resin-bound MAL-FMS-protected OXM with sulfhydryl PEG polymer (PEG-SH) and subsequently removing the protecting groups and said resin; or
(c) removal of the protecting group and the resin to provide MAL-Fmoc-OXM and a MAL-FMS-OXM, respectively, and subsequent reaction of the MAL-Fmoc-OXM or the MAL-FMS-OXM with sulfhydryl PEG polymer (PEG-SH);
to yield the structure of formula II, wherein the amino residue of His1 of said OXM is linked to said Fmoc or FMS.

US Pat. No. 10,166,250

BICYCLIC ARYL SPHINGOSINE 1-PHOSPHATE ANALOGS

BIOGEN MA INC., Cambridg...

1. A method for treatment of neuropathic pain in a mammal comprising administering to said mammal an effective amount of a compound of formula (IIa), (IIIa) or (IIIb):or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:each of X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, and X6, independently, is hydrogen, halo, hydroxy, nitro, cyano, alkyl, haloalkyl, cycloalkyl, halocycloalkyl, alkoxy, haloalkoxy, cycloalkoxy, halocycloalkoxy, acyl, aminoacyl, —N(RfRg), —N(Rf)SO2Rg, —SO2Rf, —S(O)2N(RfRg), —CO2Rf, trialkylamino, aryl, or heteroaryl;
W is —O—;
Cy has the formula:

wherein:
Z1 is —CH2CH2—;
Z2 is —CH2—;
Z3 is a bond;
R1a and R1b, independently, are hydrogen, halo, hydroxy, nitro, cyano, —NRfRg, alkyl, haloalkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, cycloalkylalkyl, cycloalkenylalkyl, heterocyclylalkyl, arylalkyl, heteroarylalkyl, alkoxy, cycloalkylalkoxy, cycloalkenylalkoxy, heterocyclylalkoxy, arylalkoxy, heteroarylalkoxy, acyl, cycloalkylacyl, cycloalkenylacyl, heterocyclylacyl, arylacyl, heteroarylacyl, thioalkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, or heteroaryl;
or R1a and R1b, when taken together, are C2-C5 alkylene or C2-C5 alkenylene;
R2a and R2b, independently, are hydrogen, halo, hydroxy, nitro, cyano, —NRfRg, alkyl, haloalkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, cycloalkylalkyl, cycloalkenylalkyl, heterocyclylalkyl, arylalkyl, heteroarylalkyl, alkoxy, cycloalkylalkoxy, cycloalkenylalkoxy, heterocyclylalkoxy, arylalkoxy, heteroarylalkoxy, acyl, cycloalkylacyl, cycloalkenylacyl, heterocyclylacyl, arylacyl, heteroarylacyl, thioalkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocyclyl, aryl, or heteroaryl;
or R1a and R2a, when taken together, are C1-C5 alkylene or C2-C5 alkenylene;wherein R1a, R1b, R2a, and R2b are each, independently, substituted with 0-5 substituents selected from halo, hydroxy, nitro, cyano, —NRfRg, or —CO2Rf;R3 is -L1-J-L2-T1;
L1 is —C(RfRg)—;
J is —N(Rf)—; or J is

wherein
each of D1 and D3, independently, is

D2 is —[C(RfRg)]k—, —[C(RfRg)]k—N(Rf)—, —[C(RfRg)]k—O—, —N(Rf)—, or —N(Rf)—[(CRfRg)]k—; and
D4 is —[C(RfRg)]m—;
wherein k is 1 or 2; and m is 0, 1, 2, or 3;
provided that no more than 2 ring atoms of D1-D4 are N or O;
L2 is —C(RfRg)—, —C(RfG)-, —C(G)2-, —C(RfRg)—C(RfRg)—, —C(RfRg)—C(RfG)-, —C(RfRg)—C(G)2-, or a bond;
T1 is —C(O)(ORf), —C(O)N(Rf)S(O)2Rf, tetrazolyl, —S(O)2ORf, —C(O)NHC(O)—Rf, —Si(O)OH, —B(OH)2, —N(Rf)S(O)2Rf, —S(O)2NRf, —O—P(O)(ORf)ORf, or —P(O)2(ORf);
each G, independently, is hydrogen, hydroxy, a halogen, or trifluoromethyl;
each Rf, independently, is hydrogen, hydroxy, halo, alkyl, haloalkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl, heterocyclyl or NH2; wherein each of alkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl and heterocycle are optionally substituted with 1 to 5 substituents independently selected from the group consisting of halo, oxo, —CN, —CHO, —CG3, —OH, —NO2, alkyl, —OCG3, alkoxy, cycloalkoxy, cycloalkenoxy, amino, alkylamino, dialkylamino, acylamino, aminoacyl, alkylsulfonyl, alkylaminosulfonyl, and dialkylaminosulfonyl; and
each Rg, independently, is hydrogen, hydroxy, halo, alkyl, haloalkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl, or heterocyclyl; wherein each of alkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, aryl, heteroaryl and heterocycle are optionally substituted with 1 to 5 substituents independently selected from the group consisting of halo, oxo, —CN, —CHO, —CG3, —OH, —NO2, alkyl, —OCG3, alkoxy, cycloalkoxy, cycloalkenoxy, amino, alkylamino, dialkylamino, acylamino, aminoacyl, alkylsulfonyl, alkylaminosulfonyl, and dialkylaminosulfonyl.

US Pat. No. 10,166,246

TGR5 AGONIST COMPLEXES FOR TREATING DIABETES AND CANCER

City of Hope, Duarte, CA...

1. A complex of the following structure:

US Pat. No. 10,166,218

3-(1H-INDOL-2-YL)-1H-PYRAZOLO[3,4-C]PYRIDINES AND THERAPEUTIC USES THEREOF

Samumed, LLC, San Diego,...

1. A compound, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, of Formula I:
wherein:
R1 and R4 are independently selected from the group consisting of H and halide;
R3 is selected from the group consisting of -heteroaryl optionally substituted with 1-4 R6 and -heterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R7;
X is CR5 or N;
R5 is selected from the group consisting of H, -heteroaryl optionally substituted with 1-4 R8, -heterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R9, and -aryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R10;
each R6 is independently selected from the group consisting of halide, —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), —(C2-6 alkynyl), —(C1-4 alkylene)pheterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R11, —(C2-4 alkenylene)pheterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R11, —(C2-4 alkynylene)pheterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R11, —(C1-4 alkylene)pcarbocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-12 R12, —(C2-4 alkenylene)pcarbocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-12 R12, —(C2-4 alkynylene)pcarbocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-12 R12, —(C1-4 alkylene)paryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R13, —(C2-4 alkenylene)paryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R13, —(C2-4 alkynylene)paryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R13, —NHC(?O)R14, —NR15R16, —(C1-6 alkylene)NR17R18, —(C2-6 alkenylene)NR17R18, —(C2-6 alkynylene)NR17R18, and —(C1-4 alkylene)pOR24;
each R7 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-4 alkyl), —(C2-4 alkenyl), —(C2-4 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, and —CN;
each R8 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), —(C2-6 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, —OCH3, —CN, and —C(?O)R19;
each R9 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), —(C2-6 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, —CN, and —OCH3;
each R10 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), —(C2-6 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, —CN, —(C1-6 alkylene)pNHSO2R19, —(C2-6 alkenylene)pNHSO2R19, —(C2-6 alkynylene)pNHSO2R19, —NR15(C1-6 alkylene)NR15R16, —NR15(C2-6 alkenylene)NR15R16, —NR15(C2-6 alkynylene)NR15R16, —(C1-6 alkylene)pNR15R16, —(C2-6 alkenylene)pNR15R16, —(C2-6 alkynylene)pNR15R16, and —OR27;
each R11 is independently selected from the group consisting of amino, —(C1-4 alkyl), —(C2-4 alkenyl), —(C2-4 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, and —CN;
each R12 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-4 alkyl), —(C2-4 alkenyl), —(C2-4 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, and —CN;
each R13 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-4 alkyl), —(C2-4 alkenyl), —(C2-4 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, and —CN;
each R14 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-9 alkyl), —(C1-4 haloalkyl), —(C2-9 alkenyl), —(C2-9 alkynyl), -heteroaryl optionally substituted with 1-4 R20, -aryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R21, —CH2aryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R21, -carbocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-12 R22, —CH2carbocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-12 R22, —(C1-4 alkylene)pNR25R26, —(C2-4 alkenylene)pNR25R26, —(C2-4 alkynylene)pNR25R26, -heterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R23, and —CH2heterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R23;
each R15 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), and —(C2-6 alkynyl);
each R16 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), —(C2-6 alkynyl), —CH2aryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R21, and —CH2carbocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-12 R22;
each R17 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), and —(C2-6 alkynyl);
each R18 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), —(C2-6 alkynyl), —CH2aryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R21, and —CH2carbocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-12 R22;
each R19 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), and —(C2-6 alkynyl);
each R20 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-4 alkyl), —(C2-4 alkenyl), —(C2-4 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, and —CN;
each R21 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-4 alkyl), —(C2-4 alkenyl), —(C2-4 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, and —CN;
each R22 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-4 alkyl), —(C2-4 alkenyl), —(C2-4 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, and —CN;
each R23 is independently selected from the group consisting of —(C1-4 alkyl), —(C2-4 alkenyl), —(C2-4 alkynyl), halide, —CF3, and —CN;
R24 is selected from the group consisting of H, —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), —(C2-6 alkynyl), —(C1-4 alkylene)pheterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R23, —(C2-4 alkenylene)pheterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R23, —(C2-4 alkynylene)pheterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R23, —(C1-4 alkylene)pcarbocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-12 R22, —(C2-4 alkenylene)pcarbocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-12 R22, —(C2-4 alkynylene)pcarbocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-12 R22, —(C1-4 alkylene)paryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R21, —(C2-4 alkenylene)paryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R21, —(C2-4 alkynylene)paryl optionally substituted with 1-5 R21, —(C1-6 alkylene)pNR25R26, (C2-4 alkenylene)pNR25R26, and —(C2-4 alkynylene)pNR25R26;
each R25 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), and —(C2-6 alkynyl);
each R26 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), and —(C2-6 alkynyl);
R27 is selected from the group consisting of H, —(C1-6 alkyl), —(C2-6 alkenyl), —(C2-6 alkynyl), —(C1-4 alkylene)pheterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R23, —(C2-4 alkenylene)pheterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R23, —(C24 alkynylene)pheterocyclyl optionally substituted with 1-10 R23, —(C1-6 alkylene)pNR25R26, —(C2-6alkenylene)pNR25R26, and —(C2-6 alkynylene)pNR25R26; and
each p is independently an integer of 0 or 1.

US Pat. No. 10,166,188

METHOD FOR VACUUM-ASSISTED PRESERVATION OF BIOLOGICS INCLUDING VACCINES

MERIAL, INC., Duluth, GA...

1. A process for vitrifying biological material comprising the steps of:(a) formulating a liquid biological preparation, wherein the liquid biological preparation comprises at least one active biologic ingredient selected from RNA and DNA viruses; and at least one stabilizer, wherein the at least one stabilizer comprises: 1) a bulking agent consisting of dextran, present in an amount of about 6% to about 10% w/v of the stabilizer: 2) one of the following combinations of sugars: glucose+raffinose; glucose+fructose; glucose+galactose; or glucose+sucrose, wherein the glucose is present in an amount of about 1% to about 5% w/v of the stabilizer and 3) optionally aspartic acid: wherein the stabilizer is capable of reducing or eliminating cryogenic damage to the biologic ingredient;
(b) adding a portion of the liquid biological preparation of step (a) to at least one vial;
(c) loading the at least one vial into a temperature-controlled container, wherein the temperature of the temperature-controlled container is between ?15° C. and 10° C.; and
(d) reducing the moisture content of the biological preparation to less than about 5% by weight by controlled changes in pressure and temperature, comprising the following steps in the following order:
1) reducing pressure from about 10-30 mbar to about 5 mbar, over about 5-15 minutes, then holding the pressure at about 5 mbar for about 40-50 minutes;
2) reducing pressure from about 5 mbar to about 3 mbar, over about 5-10 minutes, then holding the pressure at about 3 mbar for about 10-40 minutes; and
3) reducing pressure from about 3 mbar to about 1.5-2 mbar, over about 5-10 minutes, then holding the pressure at about 1.5-2 mbar for about 5-160 minutes;thereby reducing the moisture content of the biological preparation to less than about 5% by weight, and thereby vitrifying the biological material, and wherein the one or more biologic ingredients remains at least 85% viable for at least a year after vitrification, thereby the one or more biologic ingredients is stabilized.

US Pat. No. 10,166,172

DUAL CONFIGURATION BOTTLE ASSEMBLY

HANDI-CRAFT COMPANY, St....

1. A bottle assembly comprising:a container comprising an open end, a closed end, a base portion, a neck, and a rim on the neck of the container and defining the open end of the container, the container having a central axis;
a vent assembly positionable at least in part on the rim of the container to permit venting of the container during use and comprising at least one lateral vent extending other than parallel to the central axis of the container when the vent assembly is positioned on the rim of the container, the vent assembly further comprising an inner portion including a vent tube and a top wall oriented normal to the vent tube, the lateral vent extending upward from the top wall; and
a collar assembly generally defining a closure for the container and being releasably engageable with the neck of the container over the open end thereof, the collar assembly and vent assembly being configured relative to each other to permit selective configuration of the bottle assembly between:
a first configuration in which upon releasable engagement of the collar assembly with the neck of the container when the vent assembly is on the rim of the container, the collar assembly urges the vent assembly into substantially sealing engagement with the rim of the container such that at least a majority of a cross-section of the lateral vent is disposed below the rim; and
a second configuration in which upon releasable engagement of the collar assembly with the neck of the container when the vent assembly is omitted from the bottle assembly, the collar assembly substantially sealingly engages the rim of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,166,166

APPARATUS FOR APPLYING PERIODIC PRESSURE TO THE LIMB OF A PATIENT AND METHOD OF USE

1. An apparatus for applying periodic pressure to the limb of a patient, comprising:a cuff having a bladder, said cuff shaped and dimensioned to wrap around the limb of the patient;
a pump for inflating said bladder to a maximum cuff pressure, said maximum cuff pressure being 55 mmHg;
a plurality of pressure application modes each of which control operation of said pump;
a pressure application mode selector disposed at said cuff; and,
at least one of said plurality of pressure application modes being a step pressure application mode which includes a plurality of increasing pressure steps, followed by a dwell period at said maximum cuff pressure, followed by a plurality of decreasing pressure steps.

US Pat. No. 10,166,163

GLASS OBJECTS INCLUDING FLOATING CREMAINS IN THE FORM OF AN IMAGE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A method of making a glass object, the method comprising:contacting a colored glass article with a first gob of molten glass;
contacting a pattern of cremated remains with the first gob of molten glass to transfer the pattern of cremated remains to a surface of the first gob;
contacting the transferred cremated remains and the first gob with a second gob of molten glass; and
annealing the glass to form the glass object having an exterior surface,
the pattern of cremated remains being disposed between the colored glass article and the exterior surface of the glass object and forming an image that appears to float above the colored glass article.

US Pat. No. 10,166,150

THERAPEUTIC COMPRESSION DEVICE AND METHOD

Norton Salas Group, Inc.,...

1. A compression device for treating edema along a predetermined length and girth of a body part having a given contour, comprising:a mutually separated plurality of curved shells for encompassing the body part, each of said plurality of shells having an internal pad and a panel that is external to and stiffer than said internal pad, the stiffer panels of the mutually separated plurality of curved shells being arranged to encompass and confine the body part, each of said plurality of shells being adjacent to at least another one of said plurality of shells, each of said plurality of shells having a plurality of distinct edges, each adjacent pair of said plurality of shells being separated by a non-overlapping gap that is adapted to leave a portion of said body part uncovered by said plurality of shells and their internal pads; and
a ligature network routed across said plurality of shells, and atop said plurality of shells, said ligature network being divided into a plurality of independently adjustable circuits, said network including:
a plurality of tensioners directly attached to the panel of at least some of said plurality of shells, said plurality of tensioners being operable to separately adjust tension in different ones of said plurality of independently adjustable circuits to produce between said plurality of shells a pressure having a gradient for driving fluid in the body part in a desired direction, each of the independently adjustable circuits having separate portions that depart from an associated one of the plurality of tensionsers on an associated one of the plurality of shells to reach a separated pair of the plurality of distinct edges on the associated one of the plurality of shells, the separate portions adapted to be routed on the associated one of the plurality of shells in different directions relative to the girth of the body part, the separated pair of the plurality of distinct edges of the associated one of the plurality of shells facing away from each other, said plurality of tensioners contributing, compression forces perpendicular to the panels of the plurality of shells in order to apply compression forces between the panels along the length and girth of said body part, said panel having a stiffness that restricts flexing that is predominantly controlled by the contour of the body part, in order to avoid disparately redistributing compression force around the girth of said body part as tension changes in said plurality of circuits, the associated one of said plurality of tensioners being operable by increasing tension in one of said plurality of independently adjustable circuits to decrease the gap between the associated one of said plurality of shells and each of the plurality of shells adjacent to the separated pair of the plurality of distinct edges.

US Pat. No. 10,166,149

HARDENING INITIATION LAMP AND USE THEREOF

STRAXFIX.TECHNOLOGY IVS, ...

1. A hardening initiation lamp for illumination of a light-hardenable bandage, where said lamp is shaped so that it can at least partially enclose said bandage, where said lamp comprises:an inner side, which is substantially arranged to face inwards towards said bandage when the latter is illuminated;
an outer side, which is substantially arranged to face away from said bandages when the latter is illuminated, and where said lamp furthermore comprises:at least one hardening light source comprising means to initiate a hardening process in said bandage; andat least one illumination light source, which emits light in the visible spectrum, arranged to illuminate said bandage at least while said hardening process is initiated in said bandage, where both said hardening light source and said illumination light source are arranged to emit light from said inner side substantially in the direction of said bandage, and where said lamp furthermore comprises one or more transparent observation areas, where a light filter is arranged, which allows light from said illumination light source to pass through said lamp from said inner side and out through said outer side;
wherein the at least one hardening light source and the at least one illumination light source are arranged in a longitudinal direction along the hardening initiation lamp; and
wherein the one or more observation areas are interspersed between the at least one hardening light source and the at least one illumination light source.