US Pat. No. 10,557,611

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING OUTPUT LIGHT COLOR OF VEHICULAR HEADLAMP UNIT

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A method for adjusting output light color of a vehicular headlamp unit, the vehicular headlamp unit including:a light source;
an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information on an area in front of a vehicle on which the vehicular headlamp unit is installed;
an irradiation pattern calculation unit configured to determine an irradiation pattern selective to the area in front of the vehicle on a basis of the information acquired by the information acquisition unit;
a voltage application unit configured to apply a voltage to a liquid crystal element on a basis of the irradiation pattern determined by the irradiation pattern calculation unit;
the liquid crystal element configured to have light control regions and change a transmittance of each of the light control regions on a basis of the voltage from the voltage application unit; and
a projection optical system configured to perform light distribution control of light emitted from the light source and controlled to be transmitted by the liquid crystal element,
the method for adjusting output light color comprising adjusting the color of light emitted from the vehicular headlamp unit by the voltage applied to the liquid crystal element.

US Pat. No. 10,557,603

EMBEDDED PLATFORM LIGHTS

Altec Industries, Inc., ...

1. A utility platform assembly comprising:at least one sidewall;
a floor;
a lip,
wherein the utility platform presents a cavity configured to support a utility worker therein;
at least one light for illuminating the utility platform,
wherein the at least one light is configured to be attached to the utility platform, and
an insulative liner covering at least a portion of the at least one light and providing electrical insulation,
wherein the insulative liner comprises at least one insulative sidewall and at least one insulative floor for fitting within the utility platform cavity,
wherein the insulative sidewall extends from the floor to the lip of the utility platform.

US Pat. No. 10,557,602

ILLUMINATED STROLLER ASSEMBLY

1. An illuminated stroller assembly having an integrated heating a cooling fan wherein said assembly is configured to enhance comfort for a child riding in said assembly, said assembly comprising:a stroller having a frame, a plurality of front wheels, a plurality of rear wheels, a seat and a handle, said seat being positionable between and upright position for sitting and a reclined position for sleeping, said frame being collapsible into a stored position and expandable into a deployed position;
a control circuit being coupled to said handle;
a heating element being coupled to said handle, said heating element being electrically coupled to said control circuit;
a cooling unit being coupled to said handle, said cooling unit being electrically coupled to said control circuit;
a blower being coupled to said handle, said blower being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said blower urging air into said seat when said blower is turned on wherein said blower is configured to enhance comfort to the child in said stroller;
a receiver being coupled to said handle, said receiver being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said receiver being in remote electrical communication with an audio source for receiving an audio signal; and
a pair of speakers, each of said speakers being coupled to said handle for emitting audible sounds outwardly therefrom, each of said speakers being electrically coupled to said control circuit, each of said speakers receiving the audio signal from said receiver, each of said speakers being positioned on a respective one of said rod sections of said handle.

US Pat. No. 10,557,592

CORNER STRUCTURE OF LNG STORAGE TANK

KC LNG TECH CO., LTD., B...

1. A corner structure of an LNG storage tank installed at a corner of the LNG storage tank comprising a sealing wall, the corner structure comprising:a securing member secured to a hull of a ship;
a movable member supported on the securing member to be linearly movable;
a stop member attached to the securing member to prevent the movable member from being separated from the securing member; and
a heat insulating member interposed between the sealing wall and the hull,
wherein the securing member comprises a guide groove, the movable member comprises a guide projection inserted into the guide groove, and the guide projection is movable in the guide groove,
wherein the guide projection has a smaller length than the guide groove such that the movable member is supported on the securing member to be movable in a longitudinal direction,
wherein the guide projection has a smaller width than the guide groove such that the movable member is supported on the securing member to be movable in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,588

PIPE REPAIR FITTING WITH END SEALS

Krausz Industries Ltd., ...

1. A pipe repair fitting comprising:a pair of opposed generally semi-cylindrical sleeve members comprising side flanges and first fasteners that engage said side flanges for fastening and encircling said sleeve members together onto a pipe to be repaired, each of said sleeve members comprising a central longitudinal semi-cylindrical portion;
a first seal member disposed in at least one of said longitudinal semi-cylindrical portions for sealing said sleeve members with respect to each other when fastened on the pipe to be repaired, said first seal member being radially thinner than a radial thickness of said at least one of said longitudinal semi-cylindrical portions; and
semi-annular clamp housings extending from opposite ends of said longitudinal semi-cylindrical portion, wherein ends of said semi-annular clamp housings comprise opposing clamp members and one or more second fasteners for tightening said clamp members towards each other so as to apply a clamping force on the pipe to be repaired, and at least one end seal disposed in each of said semi-annular clamp housings, and wherein said semi-annular clamp housings have a smaller diameter than said semi-cylindrical sleeve members and said first seal member comprises a portion that extends radially inwards to each of said semi-annular clamp housings adjacent each said at least one end seal, said portion of said first seal member extending longitudinally outwards of all of said first fasteners but longitudinally inwards of said one or more second fasteners;
wherein said at least one end seal comprises a multi-layer seal; and
wherein said multi-layer seal comprises concentric inner and outer sealing rings, wherein in a first operative configuration, both of the inner and outer scaling rings are present and in a second operative configuration, the inner sealing ring is removed so that only the outer sealing ring is present for sealing against the pipe to be repaired.

US Pat. No. 10,557,578

PIPE CONNECTOR SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS

QuickHub, LLC, Tacoma, W...

18. A gasket for connecting two pipe ends, the gasket comprising:a rounded sidewall defining a channel therethrough in a first direction, the sidewall comprising a top end, a middle portion, and a bottom end opposite the top end,
wherein the top and bottom ends each have a smaller width and circumference in a contracted configuration compared to an expanded configuration, due to clamping of the gasket about the two pipe ends to force the gasket from the expanded configuration into the contracted configuration, and
wherein in the expanded configuration the top and bottom ends each have a larger width than the middle portion;
the top and bottom ends each comprising a first sidewall portion at least partially separated from a second sidewall portion by a gap formed circumferentially therebetween, wherein the sidewall at the gap is thinner than each of the first and second sidewall portions, the gaps configured to collapse upon contraction of the respective top and bottom ends to bring the first and second sidewall portions closer together to form the contracted configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,557,533

LINEAR MOTION MECHANISM FORMED INTEGRALLY

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A linear motion mechanism comprising:an elastic elliptical ring, wherein one end of a major axis of the elastic elliptical ring is fixed and the other end of the major axis is movable, the elastic elliptical ring transforming a displacement in a direction of a minor axis of the elastic elliptical ring to an output displacement in a direction of the major axis;
an operating member arranged to deform the elastic elliptical ring in the direction of the minor axis, the operating member comprising a pair of spring members sandwiching the elastic elliptical ring in the direction of the minor axis; and
a movable member fixed to the elastic elliptical ring to move in the direction of the major axis by the output displacement, wherein
when the pair of spring members are pressed or stretched in mutually opposite input directions by an input displacement, the elastic elliptical ring is deformed by the displacement in the direction of the minor axis,
a ratio between the input displacement and the output displacement of the movable member is determined by a combination of a spring constant of the elastic elliptical ring and a different spring constant of the pair of spring members, and
the different spring constant of the pair of spring members is smaller than the spring constant of the elastic elliptical ring.

US Pat. No. 10,557,514

SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd., ...

1. A suspension system for a vehicle, comprising:a housing;
a damper part disposed within the housing and to extend through the housing;
a transfer part surrounding the damper part and coupled to the damper part;
a damper mount coupled to the transfer part, disposed between an inner wall of the housing and the transfer part, and configured to absorb a vibration of the transfer part;
a fixing part stacked over the damper mount and fixed to the inner wall of the housing;
an anti-leakage part coupled to the fixing part and configured to prevent air leakage between the fixing part and the damper mount; and
a second sealing member installed between an outer wall of the fixing part and the inner wall of the housing while surrounding the fixing part, the second sealing member being configured to prevent the air leakage.

US Pat. No. 10,557,511

AIR SPRING UNIT

Thyssenkrupp Bilstein Gmb...

9. An air-spring module for an air spring for a vehicle, comprisingan air-spring module connector configured to connect to a load to be suspended, and
air-spring module bellows, wherein the air-spring module bellows are connected to the air spring module connector in an airtight manner on a side of the air-spring module bellows facing the air-spring module connector,wherein the air-spring module has at least one connecting element configured to provide an airtight connection of the air-spring module to a rolling piston, the air-spring module bellows provide an airtight connection between the air-spring module connector and the connecting element, anda plurality of guide ribs are arranged on the connecting element.

US Pat. No. 10,557,502

ROLLING BEARING DEVICE AND OIL SUPPLY UNIT

JKTEKT CORPORATION, Osak...

11. An oil supply unit that supplies oil to a rotary portion, the oil supply unit comprising:a pump that has a pressure chamber portion that stores lubricating oil and a piezoelectric element that is deformable by application of a voltage to vary a volume of the pressure chamber portion, the pump ejecting lubricating oil in the pressure chamber portion as the volume is reduced;
a tank that is connected to the pump and that stores lubricating oil to be supplied to the pump for replenishment;
a sensor that detects a pressure in an oil region which extends from the pressure chamber portion to the tank and in which lubricating oil is present, or a state of the rotary portion;
a pressure adjustment portion that selectively adjusts a pressure of lubricating oil in the oil region which extends from the pressure chamber portion to the tank and in which lubricating oil is present; and
a control portion that controls at least one of the pressure adjustment portion and the piezoelectric element on the basis of a detection result from the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,557,485

ACTUATOR

1. A control element with at least one elastic internal part that can be connected, via an attachment, to a pressurized fluid source and/or a vacuum source, which permits pressurization or evacuation of a cavity in the internal part, characterized in that the modulus of elasticity of a wall delimiting the internal part is formed differently in certain sections such that, instead of a homogeneous increase or decrease in volume under pressurization or evacuation, a directed change of shape takes place, between a resting state and a pressurized or evacuated state, that describes a control path of the control element, wherein structural elements form a limit on an expansion capacity of the at least one elastic internal part, such that the at least one elastic internal part, under pressurization, expands only in a desired direction which makes a contribution for the control path, wherein said structural elements increase the modulus of elasticity of the otherwise homogeneously elastic sheath of the expansion element in certain sections of said elastic sheath, such that a desired change of shape takes place under pressurization, and wherein the structural elements are composed of a sequence of mutually articulated members as modules, between which a plurality of the at least one internal parts are arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,557,483

ELECTROHYDRAULIC VALVE NORMALLY OPERATING IN PRESSURE RELIEF MODE AND CONFIGURED TO OPERATE IN VENTABLE MODE WHEN ACTUATED

Sun Hydraulics, LLC, Sar...

1. A valve comprising:a pilot seat member comprising: (i) one or more channels fluidly coupled to a first port of the valve, (ii) a pilot seat, and (iii) a pilot sleeve portion comprising a pilot chamber and a cross-hole disposed in an exterior peripheral surface of the pilot sleeve portion;
a pilot check member disposed in the pilot chamber and subjected to a biasing force of a setting spring disposed in the pilot chamber to seat the pilot check member at the pilot seat; and
a solenoid actuator sleeve slidably accommodated about the exterior peripheral surface of the pilot sleeve portion of the pilot seat member, wherein the solenoid actuator sleeve includes a first cross-hole disposed in an exterior peripheral surface of the solenoid actuator sleeve and a second cross-hole disposed in the exterior peripheral surface of the solenoid actuator sleeve axially spaced from the first cross-hole, wherein the first cross-hole and the second cross-hole of the solenoid actuator sleeve are fluidly coupled to a second port of the valve, and wherein:
when the valve is unactuated, the first cross-hole of the solenoid actuator sleeve is aligned with the cross-hole of the pilot sleeve portion, such that when pressure level of fluid at the first port overcomes the biasing force of the setting spring on the pilot check member, the pilot check member is unseated and a first pilot flow path is formed from the first port to the second port, thereby causing a piston to move axially and open a main flow path from the first port to the second port, and
when the valve is actuated, the solenoid actuator sleeve moves axially, thereby fluidly coupling the second cross-hole of the solenoid actuator sleeve to the one or more channels of the pilot seat member to form a second pilot flow path from the first port to the second port, and cause the piston to move and open the main flow path from the first port to the second port.

US Pat. No. 10,557,479

FLUID PUMP WITH FLOW IMPEDANCE MEMBER

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES IP LI...

1. A fluid pump comprising:an inlet for introducing fluid into said fluid pump;
an outlet for discharging said fluid from said fluid pump;
a motor having an armature which rotates about an axis such that said armature is supported at one end by a first bearing and at a second end by a second bearing, said motor also having a stator which circumferentially surrounds said armature such that a fluid passage is defined radially between said armature and said stator through which said fluid flows from said inlet to said outlet;
a pumping arrangement which is rotated by said armature and which pumps said fluid from said inlet to said outlet;
a flow impedance member extending axially in said fluid passage which impedes circumferential flow of said fluid within said fluid passage, thereby generating a pressure gradient circumferentially within said fluid passage which applies a lateral force to said armature, wherein a distance from said armature to said flow impedance member in a direction radially relative to said axis is less than a dimension of said fluid passage in a direction radially relative to said axis at a location that is diametrically opposed to said distance from said armature to said flow impedance member.

US Pat. No. 10,557,470

AIR COMPRESSOR PROVIDED WITH BELT GUARD

ABAC ARIA COMPRESSA S.p.A...

1. Air compressor comprising:a reservoir containing compressed air;
a pump unit for producing the compressed air to be fed to the reservoir;
a motor for driving the pump;
a driving pulley rotating about a first axis, the driving pulley being torsionally coupled to a shaft of the motor;
a driven pulley rotating about a second axis parallel to the first axis, the driven pulley being torsionally coupled to a shaft of the pump to transmit torque from the shaft of the motor to the shaft of the pump, wherein the driven pulley comprises:
a ring,
a hub mounted on the shaft of the pump, and
spokes connecting the hub to the ring, the spokes being configured as fan blades, wherein the driven pulley transmits torque to the shaft of the pump and cools the pump;
a transmission belt wound around the driving pulley and around the ring of the driven pulley; and
a belt guard which encloses the transmission belt, the driving pulley and the driven pulley;
wherein the belt guard is made as a cover and comprises a front wall, in which slits are provided aligned with the driving pulley and the driven pulley for allowing air to be drawn from outside by the spokes of the driven pulley, a side wall which encloses laterally a space around the transmission belt and around the driving pulley and the driven pulley, the side wall being a continuous wall surrounding the transmission belt over an entire length of the transmission belt and having a portion curving around the driven pulley, and a rear wall which closes on a rear side space around the transmission belt and around the driving pulley and the driven pulley and has an opening through which the pump unit extends, and
wherein the rear wall of the belt guard forms a funnel-shaped portion that tapers to the opening along a direction parallel to the second axis and partially encloses the pump and is configured to cover the pump by at least 30% of a depth of the pump and less than an entire depth of the pump along a direction aligned with the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,557,457

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE ACTIVE POWER OUTPUT OF A WIND FARM

Nordex Engery GmbH, Hamb...

1. A method for controlling active power output (Pact) in a wind farm having at least two wind turbines, each having a wind turbine controller to control power output for each of the at least two wind turbines, the method comprising:inputting an active power setpoint value (Pset, Pset,global) of the wind farm into a wind farm model;
splitting the active power setpoint value (Pset, Pset,global) of the wind farm among models of each of the at least two wind turbines;
determining a modeled active power setpoint value (P?set) of the wind farm as a sum of modeled active power setpoint values (psimO,1, psimO,2, psimO,n) of the wind farm model, wherein the modeled active power setpoint values (psimO,1, psimO,2, psimO,n) depend on a portion of the active power setpoint values (psimI,1, psimI,2, psimI,n) apportioned to the respective models of each of the at least two wind turbines;
determining a system deviation (e) as a difference between the modeled active power setpoint value (P?set) and an actual value of the active power output (Pact) of the wind farm;
inputting the system deviation (e) into a power controller which outputs a controller manipulated variable (ureg);
determining a feedforward controller manipulated variable (uff) independently of operating states of the at least two wind turbines of the wind farm or the actual value of the active power output (Pact); and
determining an overall manipulated variable (u) as a sum of the feedforward controller manipulated variable (uff) and the controller manipulated variable (ureg).

US Pat. No. 10,557,452

MICROWAVE SPARK PLUG FOR INJECTING MICROWAVE ENERGY

MWI Micro Wave Ignition A...

1. A microwave spark plug for injecting microwave energy into a combustion chamber of an engine, the microwave sparkplug comprising:an elongated housing, including
an elongated chamber forming a hollow conductor in an interior of the housing, and
a microwave window arranged at a first end of the hollow conductor in the housing, wherein the microwave window closes the hollow conductor relative to a combustion chamber of an engine,
wherein the hollow conductor includes a connection element for a high frequency feed conductor at a second end of the hollow conductor arranged distal from the microwave window,
wherein the connection element includes a high frequency inlet cross section geometry which differs from a high frequency outlet cross section geometry at the microwave window,
wherein a transition from the high frequency entry cross section geometry at the first end of the hollow conductor to the high frequency outlet cross section geometry at the second end of the hollow conductor is provided continuously expanding from the second end to the first end of the hollow conductor, and
wherein a thread for threading into an engine housing defining the combustion chamber is arranged at an outer circumference of the elongated housing.

US Pat. No. 10,557,450

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA C...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:a spark plug protruding into a combustion chamber, the spark plug comprising:
a central electrode; and
a ground electrode including:
an arm portion that is bent toward the central electrode; and
a tip portion that protrudes from a side of the arm portion in a direction opposite to a direction in which the spark plug protrudes into the combustion chamber, such that a spark is generated between the central electrode and the ground electrode by electrical discharge, wherein:
a downstream end of the tip portion of the ground electrode and a downstream end of the arm portion of the ground electrode are both placed upstream of a tip of the central electrode with respect to an air flow through the combustion chamber;
the downstream end of the tip portion of the ground electrode is further upstream with respect to the tip of the central electrode than the downstream end of the arm portion of the ground electrode;
at least one of the downstream end of the tip portion and the downstream end of the arm portion of the ground electrode functions as a vortex generator that separates an air flow near the ground electrode from the ground electrode and generates a trailing vortex at a downstream side;
the central electrode and the ground electrode are placed in a manner such that the spark or a flame deformed by an air flow flowing between the central electrode and the ground electrode enters the trailing vortex, or the spark penetrates through an inside of the trailing vortex; and
an angle between (i) a straight line connecting an end on a downstream side of an upper end surface of the ground electrode and an end on an upstream side of a lower end surface of the central electrode and (ii) a direction of an air flow at the upstream side of the spark plug is zero or positive, provided that:
the angle is positive in a case where a direction from the upper end of the ground electrode toward the lower end of the central electrode is more upward than the direction of the air flow at the upstream side of the spark plug.

US Pat. No. 10,557,445

HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A high-pressure fuel supply device for an internal combustion engine comprising:a high-pressure fuel pump including an intake valve, a plunger rod which is formed as a separate element from the intake valve, an elastic member which biases the plunger rod in a valve-opening direction of the intake valve, and a solenoid which draws the plunger rod in a valve-closing direction of the intake valve when supplied with electricity; and
a control device including
a first control unit which applies a first current to the solenoid during a pumping cycle to close the intake valve, and
a second control unit which applies a second current to the solenoid during the pumping cycle: i) at a predetermined time that is after a time at which the first current reaches a current value of zero, and ii) before the plunger rod collides with the intake valve during the pumping cycle due to biasing force of the elastic member, wherein
a current value of the second current is smaller than a maximum value of the first current, and
the entire second current is supplied before a piston plunger, which pressurizes a fuel, reaches a top dead center position during the pumping cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,557,442

PURGE EJECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR AN ENGINE

1. A purge ejector assembly for an engine, comprising:a first fluid passage defining a fluid connection between an engine manifold port and air inlet channel port;
a nozzle device disposed in said first fluid passage and configured to raise the flow velocity of the air flowing in said first fluid passage;
a first valve disposed in said first fluid passage at a position in-between said engine manifold port and said nozzle device, said first valve being configured to permit fluid to flow through said first valve from said engine manifold port toward said nozzle device, while restricting fluid to flow through said first valve from said nozzle device toward said engine manifold port;
a second fluid passage defining a fluid connection between a purge flow port connectable to a canister purge passage and said engine manifold port;
a second valve disposed in said second fluid passage at a position in-between said engine manifold port and said purge flow port, said second valve being configured to permit fluid to flow through said second valve from said purge flow port toward said engine manifold port, while restricting fluid to flow through said second valve from said engine manifold port toward said purge flow port, thereby enabling evaporated fuel to flow in said second fluid passage from said canister purge passage to said engine manifold port when said assembly is subjected to a negative pressure via said engine manifold port;
a third fluid passage defining a fluid connection between said purge flow port and said air inlet channel port, and extending from a second fluid passage position located between said purge flow port and said second valve to a first fluid passage position located between said nozzle device and said air inlet channel port;
a third valve disposed in said third fluid passage and configured to permit fluid to flow through said third valve from said purge flow port toward said air inlet channel port, while restricting fluid to flow through said third valve from said air inlet channel port toward said purge flow port, thereby enabling evaporated fuel to flow in said third fluid passage from said canister purge passage to said air inlet channel port when said assembly is subjected to a positive pressure via said engine manifold port forming a negative pressure in said third fluid passage,
wherein the purge ejector assembly is an assembled single unit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,441

EVAPORATED FUEL PROCESSING DEVICE

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An evaporated fuel processing device comprising: a canister configured to adsorb fuel evaporated in a fuel tank; a purge passage that is connected between the canister and an intake passage of an engine, and through which a purge gas sent from the canister to the intake passage passes; a control valve provided on the purge passage, an aperture of the control valve being variable, and the control valve configured to control an introduction amount of the purge gas to the intake passage by changing the aperture; a pump provided on the purge passage between the control valve and the canister, the pump is configured to discharge the purge gas from the canister to the intake passage; and a concentration sensor configured to detect a purge gas concentration of the purge gas passing through the purge passage based on a pressure difference between an upstream side and a downstream side of the control valve anda solenoid valve provided on the purge passage on an intake passage side relative to the control
valve, and configured to switch between a communication state and a cutoff state, the communication state being a state in which the canister and the intake passage communicate with each other via the purge passage, and the cutoff state being a state in which communication between the canister and the intake passage is cut off on the purge passage; and a branch passage including one end connected to the purge passage between the control valve and the solenoid valve, and another end connected to the purge passage on a canister side relative to the pump, wherein the evaporated fuel processing device is configured to circulate the purge gas through the control valve in a case where the pump is driven with the solenoid valve being in the cutoff state.

US Pat. No. 10,557,408

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A UNIT CONSISTING OF ECCENTRIC ROD AND PISTON OF A CONNECTING ROD OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A method for producing an assembly that includes an eccentric rod and a piston of a connecting rod of an internal combustion engine that has an adjustable compression ratio, the method comprising:providing the eccentric rod having a first end for attachment to an eccentric lever of an eccentric adjusting device of the connecting rod and a second end in the form of a ball head for attachment to a piston having a ball shell segment, the piston configured to be guided in a hydraulic chamber of the connecting rod;
providing the piston which, in the mounted state of the connecting rod, is guided in the hydraulic chamber of the connecting rod;
arranging the ball head of the eccentric rod partially into the ball shell segment of the piston;
introducing an injection-molding tool into the piston by placing the injection-molding tool on a portion of the ball head of the eccentric rod that projects out of the ball shell segment so that the ball head is pressed against the ball shell segment;
displacing at least one of the ball head and the injection molding tool in a defined manner relative to the piston to set a defined gap between the ball head and the ball shell segment;
injection-molding a circumferentially closed retaining ring between the piston, the portion of the ball head of the eccentric rod projecting out of the piston and the injection-molding tool; and
removing the injection-molding tool.

US Pat. No. 10,557,395

THERMOELECTRIC GENERATING UNIT, THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR USING THE THERMOELECTRIC GENERATING UNIT, MOUNTING STRUCTURE OF THE THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR, AND EXHAUST DUCT AND ENGINE INCLUDING THE MOUNTING STRUCTURE

YANMAR CO., LTD, Osaka (...

1. A thermoelectric generator comprising:one or more thermoelectric generating units, each thermoelectric generating unit of the one or more thermoelectric generating units comprising:
a thermoelectric transducer that comprises:
a cooling part on a cold side of the thermoelectric transducer; and
a heating part on a hot side of the thermoelectric transducer for supplying steam of a heating medium, and which is configured to generate electric power by a temperature difference between the cold side and the hot side,
wherein the heating part comprises:
a plate-like hollow member provided along a hot-side surface of the thermoelectric transducer, the plate-like hollow member forming a plate-like cavity inside; and
a tubular member having two open ends being positioned distantly from each other and connected to the plate-like hollow member, the tubular member forming a tubular cavity communicating the plate-like cavity with the two open ends, the tubular member heated from outside by a hot fluid, and
wherein the plate-like cavity and the tubular cavity form a circulation path in which a heating medium charged in the cavities circulates.

US Pat. No. 10,557,393

POROUS MATERIAL, HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING POROUS MATERIAL

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A porous material comprising:aggregate particles including particle bodies; and
a binding material that contains cordierite and zircon particles and binds said aggregate particles together in a state where pores are formed,
wherein an oxide film is provided on or around surfaces of the particle bodies, and
wherein a major axis of said zircon particles is greater than or equal to 2.0 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,557,379

CONTROL VALVE CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE, AND POWER GENERATING PLANT UTILIZING SAME

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

5. A control device for a control valve comprising:a first input device for a set value;
a second input device for a process value;
a controller outputting, based on the set value and the process value received from the respective input devices, an open level instruction value to a control valve so as to make the process value approach the set value in accordance with a predetermined sampling cycle, the controller decreasing the open level instruction value to the control valve when the set value increases to a certain value; and
a corrector correcting the set value from the input device to decrease the open level instruction value when the open level instruction value from the controller exceeds a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,557,360

VANE INTERSEGMENT GAP SEALING ARRANGEMENT

United Technologies Corpo...

13. A gas turbine engine, comprising:a turbine section; and
a stator vane assembly in the turbine section, the stator vane assembly comprising:
a stator vane having a first end opposite a second end;
an ID stator vane rail coupled to the first end; and
an OD stator vane rail coupled to the second end, wherein the OD stator vane rail comprises:
an OD forward rail; and
an OD aft rail located axially opposite the OD forward rail, wherein the OD stator vane rail comprises:
a first axial surface extending between the OD forward rail and the OD aft rail;
a first feather seal slot disposed in the first axial surface, wherein a terminus of a radial portion of the first feather seal slot is radially spaced from a circumferential surface of the OD aft rail;
a second axial surface extending between the OD forward rail and the OD aft rail, wherein the second axial surface is located circumferentially opposite the first axial surface; and
a second feather seal slot disposed in the second axial surface, wherein a radial portion of the second feather seal slot is circumferentially aligned’ with the radial portion of the first feature seal slot, and
the radial portion of the second feather seal slot extends from the circumferential surface of the OD aft rail.

US Pat. No. 10,557,353

HOLLOW FAN BLADE CONSTRAINED LAYER DAMPER

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A fan blade having a damping system, the fan blade comprising:a fan blade body having a first compartment proximate a root end of the fan blade body, a second compartment proximate a tip end of the fan blade body, a base, and a cover attached to the base;
a full rib extending from the base to the cover, wherein the full rib separates the first compartment into a first sub-compartment located proximate a leading edge of the blade and a second sub-compartment located proximate a trailing edge of the blade;
a damping material located only within the first sub-compartment, the full rib keeps the damping material in the first sub-compartment;
one or more partial ribs originating at the fan blade body and extending into at least one of the first sub-compartment and the second sub-compartment, wherein each of the one or more partial ribs terminate at a distal end; and
one or more damping plates, wherein each of the one or more damping plates are attached to a distal end of a partial rib, wherein the damping material is located between each of the one or more damping plates located in the first sub-compartment and the fan blade body.

US Pat. No. 10,557,351

CENTER VENT TUBE ALIGNING MECHANISM AND CENTER VENT TUBE SUPPORT DEVICE

IHI Corporation, Koto-ku...

1. A center vent tube aligning mechanism which aligns a center vent tube inserted into a hollow shaft comprising:an annular portion which is coaxially provided with the center vent tube in an outer side of the center vent tube in a radial direction thereof;
a flexible portion which protrudes in a direction along an axis of the center vent tube from the annular portion;
an abutting portion which is connected to the flexible portion and which abuts an inner circumferential surface of the shaft;
a cylindrical sleeve which surrounds the center vent tube from the outer side in the radial direction of the center vent tube and which is supported by a reaction force that the abutting portion receives from the inner circumferential surface of the shaft; and
a spacer ring which is provided to abut an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical sleeve and an outer circumferential surface of the center vent tube.

US Pat. No. 10,557,349

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REPAIRING A TURBOMACHINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method to repair a turbomachine comprising:assigning blades and a shroud in a row of the turbomachine to a group;
measuring, for each blade in the group, a clearance between a tip surface of the blade and a surface of the shroud facing the tip surface;
removing the blades and/or shroud from the row;
calculating a difference between the clearance of associated each blade and a design clearance;
determining, for each blade, if the difference may be minimized by adding material to the surface of the shroud;
adding material to the surface of the shroud, wherein the addition of material to the facing surfaces results in the shroud having at least one dimension that exceeds an original design dimension of the shroud sections, and
installing the group of the blades and/or the shroud with the added material to a row of a turbomachine, wherein at least one of the blades has at least one dimension that does not conform to an original design specification for the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,557,342

SURFACE EXCITATION RANGING METHODS AND SYSTEMS EMPLOYING A CUSTOMIZED GROUNDING ARRANGEMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A surface excitation ranging method that comprises:estimating grounding impedance for a target well based at least in part on one or more testing operations that measure the grounding impedance;
installing a customized grounding arrangement for a power supply located at earth's surface, wherein the customized grounding arrangement is based at least in part on the estimated grounding impedance for the target well;
conveying an electrical current output from the power supply along the target well with a metal casing;
sensing electromagnetic (EM) fields emitted from the target well due to the electrical current; and
using distance or direction information obtained from the sensed EM fields to guide drilling of a new well relative to the target well.

US Pat. No. 10,557,337

DOWNHOLE CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATION AND REMOVAL OF SAND FROM WELLS USING PROGRESSING CAVITY PUMP

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method for removing sand from fluid in a subterranean hydrocarbon development well, the method including:producing a cyclonic flow pattern of a sandy fluid of a subterranean well within a wellbore of the subterranean well with tangentially formed openings along a fluid flow path of the sandy fluid, where the cyclonic flow pattern causes sand traveling in the sandy fluid to fall downhole as separated sand, and causes a de-sanded fluid stream to be directed uphole towards a production tubing;
producing the de-sanded fluid stream through the production tubing;
collecting the separated sand proximate to a suction end of a progressing cavity pump; and
operating the progressing cavity pump so that the separated sand flows through the progressing cavity pump and out a discharge end of the progressing cavity pump, to produce the separated sand through a sand discharge tube, where a flow path of the sand discharge tube is separate from a flow path of the production tubing.

US Pat. No. 10,557,328

THERMAL LOAD BASED AUTOMATIC VALVE ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A thermal load based automatic valve arrangement comprising:an actuator responsive to fluid temperature flowing through the arrangement;
a closure member operably connected to the actuator; and
a seat configured to receive the closure member when actuated such that fluid flow through the arrangement is prevented or restricted in a first direction while fluid flow through the arrangement is still allowed in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,327

BRIDGE PLUGS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

9. A system for well operations, comprising:a slickline; and a bridge plug attached to the slickline, the bridge plug comprising:
an actuator member that moves from a first position such that the bridge plug is in a retracted position and a second position such that the bridge plug is in a deployed position;
a slip section comprising one or more slips that grip a surface radially outward of the bridge plug in the deployed position;
a petal section positioned downward of and adjacent to the slip section, the petal section comprising a plurality of petals that fan radially outward from the bridge plug in the deployed position to catch a slurry; and
a centralizer section positioned downward of and adjacent to the pedal section, the centralizer section including a plurality of centralizers, wherein each centralizer is hingedly fixed at a first end to a tip member positioned downward of the centralizer section such that the plurality of centralizers are adapted to rotate from a retracted position and ramp outwardly in an upward direction in the deployed position for centralizing the bridge plug within a wellbore or casing.

US Pat. No. 10,557,305

TRANSMISSION STOPPING DEVICE FOR CORDLESS CURTAIN

ZHEJIANG WANBAO WEAVING A...

1. A transmission stopping device for a cordless curtain, comprising a box assembly and a stop wheel assembly transversely disposed in the box assembly, the stop wheel assembly including a torsion wheel and a stop wheel, the torsion wheel and the stop wheel being arranged side by side and meshed with each other, the box assembly including an upper cover and a lower cover, the torsion wheel having a first wheel body and a first wheel body rotating shaft disposed at a center of the first wheel body, the stop wheel having a second wheel body and a second wheel body rotating shaft disposed at a center of the second wheel body, the first and second wheel body rotating shaft being hollow, the lower cover being provided with two lower cover shafts each corresponding in position to one of the first and second wheel body rotating shafts, a center of each of the two lower cover shafts being provided with a cavity, the upper cover being provided with two upper cover shafts each corresponding in position with one of the first and second wheel body rotating shafts, an outer diameter of the two upper cover shafts being less than an inner diameter of the cavity of the two lower cover shafts, the stop wheel being provided with balls therein, a rotation-stopping assembly being provided between the stop wheel and the box assembly;wherein the rotation-stopping assembly includes a brake chamber disposed at one end of the stop wheel, the brake chamber is provided with three curved walls integrally formed with the brake chamber and arranged along a circumference thereof, the curved walls are provided with hook-shaped walls integrally formed with the curved walls and equiangularly arranged, the balls are disposed in the hook-shaped walls respectively, the stop wheel is provided with a brake chamber lid, the brake chamber lid is provided with a stop disc having an outer diameter slightly less than a circumference of the curved walls, and the stop disc is provided with stop notches equiangularly arranged, and wherein another end of the stop wheel, opposite to the end provided with the brake chamber, is provided with a torsion spring, one end of the torsion spring is an engaging end, the engaging end is tangent to the wheel body rotating shaft, the upper cover is provided with an annular wall around the upper cover shaft, the annular wall is provided with a notch corresponding in shape to the engaging end, and the engaging end is engaged with the notch.

US Pat. No. 10,557,298

LOCKING APPARATUS FOR COVERING AND RELEASING A CHARGING INTERFACE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A locking apparatus for covering and releasing a charging interface of a motor vehicle, comprising:a cover element, which can be pivoted about a mounting position relative to a component that is stationary relative to the charging interface, the cover element capable of being moved to a closed position in order to cover the charging interface and moved to an open position in order to release the charging interface; and
a flexible connection element, which is connected at an upper end region of the cover element, along the whole of the upper end region of the cover element, wherein:
the cover element is sealingly coupled via the flexible connection element to the component so as to protect the charging interface from incident foreign material;
the cover element can be additionally moved to a protective position that is different from the open position, in which the charging interface is protected by the cover element and the connection element can then be protected from incident foreign objects when a vehicle-external charging plug, which is at least partially covered by the cover element, is electrically connected to the charging interface; and
in the protective position, when the charging plug is electrically connected to the charging interface, the charging plug is blocked by the cover element from being removed, and the locking apparatus is provided with a displacement sensor for detecting a displacement of the cover element from the protective position and generates a control signal for interrupting a charging operation.

US Pat. No. 10,557,293

CLOSURE LATCH ASSEMBLIES

AMI INDUSTRIES, INC., Co...

1. A latch assembly for opening and closing an openable structure, the latch assembly comprising:a housing defining a cavity;
a handle movably mounted to the housing; and
a latching mechanism in the cavity and disposed between the handle and the housing, the latching mechanism comprising:
at least one guide pin mounted to the housing;
a first body movable along the at least one guide pin, the first body having a first latching element extending through the housing;
a second body movable along the at least one guide pin, the second body having a second latching element extending through the housing;
a first link attached to the first body;
a second link attached to the second body; and
a link connector operably connecting the first link to the second link, wherein movement of the link connector urges the first latching element and the second latching element apart through movement of the first link and the second link and the first body and the second body.

US Pat. No. 10,557,270

RAILING SYSTEM

1. A railing system comprising:a railing;
a railing panel frontage extending continuously along the course of the railing the railing panel frontage comprising a plurality of mutually adjacent railing panels vertically embedded with their lower marginal region in a holding profile fastened to a structural body or in a recess defined in a structural body;
a handrail profile mounted on an upper marginal region of the railing panel frontage; and
a securing element extending between the handrail profile and the structural body or the holding profile;
wherein the securing element connects the handrail profile to the structural body or the holding profile,
wherein the securing element is guided in one or more tubular sleeves.

US Pat. No. 10,557,267

TRUSS STRUCTURE

Isotruss Industries LLC, ...

1. A three-dimensional (3D) load bearing structure, comprising:a transverse frame including a plurality of transverse members sequentially arranged so as to define a plurality of 3D polyhedral structures arranged in a helical pattern along a longitudinal direction of the load bearing structure; and
a plurality of longitudinal members integrally coupled with the transverse frame, wherein
the plurality of longitudinal members are arranged in parallel to a central longitudinal axis of the load bearing structure, and extend longitudinally along a length of the transverse frame, and
each of the plurality of longitudinal members is integrally coupled, at a corresponding point of intersection, to a corresponding outer peripheral portion of a transverse member of the plurality of transverse members defining the plurality of 3D polyhedral structures of the transverse frame,
wherein the integral coupling between the plurality of longitudinal members and the transverse frame includes an integral weaving of a plurality of longitudinal fibers of the plurality of longitudinal members and a plurality of transverse fibers of the plurality of transverse members at the respective points of intersection, and
wherein a fiber pattern at each of the points of intersection includes:
a first section including an interweaving of a first portion of the transverse fibers of the respective transverse member and a first portion of the longitudinal fibers of the respective longitudinal member;
a second section adjacent to the first section, the second section including an arrangement of a second portion of the longitudinal fibers of the respective longitudinal member; and
a third section adjacent to the second section, the third section including an interweaving of a second portion of the transverse fibers of the respective transverse member and a third portion of the longitudinal fibers of the respective longitudinal member.

US Pat. No. 10,557,264

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CONSTRUCTING A CONCRETE STRUCTURE

Tindall Corporation, Spa...

1. A structure comprising:a pre-cast concrete component including at least one horizontal duct;
a post-tensioning tendon extending through the duct, a portion of the post-tensioning tendon extending beyond a perimeter of the pre-cast component; and
a poured in place concrete body disposed above and coupled to the pre-cast concrete component,
wherein the poured in place concrete body comprises a first stage composite pour and a second stage composite pour, the first stage composite pour is directly coupled to at least a portion of the perimeter of the pre-cast component and surrounds the portion of the post-tensioning tendon extending beyond the perimeter of the pre-cast component, and the second stage composite pour is directly coupled to an upper surface of the first stage composite pour and an upper surface of the pre-cast component.

US Pat. No. 10,557,260

AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR DRAINING, CLEANING AND SANITIZING OF PORTABLE TOILET SEWAGE HOLDING TANK USED IN RECREATIONAL VEHICLES SUCH AS CAMPERS, CARAVANS, BOATS ETC

1. A semi-automatic machine for emptying and cleaning a portable sewage-holding tank, comprising an upright casing with an opening for the insertion of the sewage-holding tank, a safety opening, a means for horizontal rotation for emptying the tank, and a means for internal rinsing of the tank,wherein the tank is placed on a sliding plate, and the sliding plate is positioned to assist horizontal movement of the tank to its correct position within the casing,
wherein a detection system recognizes the correct insertion of the tank and the type of tank inserted,
wherein a rotating platform comprises a means for lifting the tank vertically to empty it and wherein the rotating platform is set in motion by a motor fixed in the machine
wherein the center of the platform consists of a parallelepiped-shaped container void of a front side and void of a top side further consisting of two lateral slots along the sides close to the base,
wherein the container is attached to the platform, along its shorter side, by a hinge,
wherein the inside of the container consists of two optical sensors,
wherein a motor-reducer with a worm screw is positioned between the platform and the container for operating a lever which lifts the container by pivoting it on the hinge until it reaches a vertical position,
wherein the base of the container holds a rolling trolley plate secured thereto by two extendable telescopic guides and the plate further comprises an optical sensor and a latch for holding the inserted tank,
wherein the rolling trolley plate is set in motion by two motors fixed to the outer sides of the container itself that, by means of gears through the lateral slots along the container sides, transmit the motion to two cogwheel racks fixed on the insides of the same container.

US Pat. No. 10,557,247

REINFORCEMENT UNIT AND METHODS FOR CREATING A FOOTING FOR SUPPORTING A STRUCTURE

Glen Raven, Inc., Glen R...

1. A reinforcement unit for creating a footing for supporting a structure, comprising:a base extending in a first direction; and
a tower extending in a second direction from a first end of the base that is generally perpendicular to said base, a top portion of the tower having a width or a diameter smaller than a width or diameter of a bottom portion of the tower, the tower defining a cavity for receiving a portion of the structure and an anchoring material, wherein the portion of the structure is inserted into the cavity by way of a top of the cavity, and the width or diameter of the top portion of the tower is substantially greater than the outer dimensions of the portion of the structure so that the anchoring material can be introduced into the cavity by way of the top of the cavity while the portion of the structure is positioned within the cavity,
wherein a second end of the base comprises a pocket substantially similar in width or diameter to the top portion of the tower such that a second identical reinforcement unit can be inverted and stacked on top of the reinforcement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,245

VIBRATORY PILE-DRIVING DEVICE

BAUER Maschinen GmbH, Sc...

1. A vibratory pile-driving apparatus comprising:a carrier implement with a mast;
a vibration generator for the purpose of generating vibrations, the vibration generator comprising:
a transmission housing;
at least one pair of rotatably supported unbalanced units arranged in the transmission housing; and
at least one rotary drive, which is a hydraulic motor;
a soundproof housing;
damping elements;
at least one oil supply line;
at least one oil discharge line;
hydraulic/transmission oil; and
a joint hydraulic/transmission oil tank, which is arranged on the carrier implement,
wherein
the at least one pair of rotatably supported unbalanced units is driven in a rotating manner by the at least one rotary drive,
the transmission housing is substantially surrounded by the soundproof housing,
the transmission housing is supported within the soundproof housing by the damping elements,
the at least one oil supply line and the at least one oil discharge line are led out of the soundproof housing,
the vibratory pile-driving apparatus is configured to cool the hydraulic/transmission oil outside the soundproof housing,
the hydraulic/transmission oil flows inside the hydraulic motor,
the hydraulic/transmission oil flows inside the transmission housing,
the hydraulic/transmission oil flows between the hydraulic motor and the joint hydraulic/transmission oil tank and between the transmission housing and the joint hydraulic/transmission oil tank,
on an underside of the transmission housing, a holding unit for clamping and holding a driving material is mounted,
the soundproof housing is spaced from the holding unit through an annular gap that is covered by an elastic cover element, and
the cover element is designed as a bellows with a first end fixed on the soundproof housing and a second end fixed on the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,237

CURBSTONE DEFLECTOR FOR A SNOW-CLEARING STRIP

1. A curbstone deflector for protection of a lateral end region of a snow-clearing strip attached to a snowplow clearing blade,wherein the curbstone deflector has a round or polygonally rounded-off wear edge and is provided with a recess that surrounds the end region of the snow-clearing strip, wherein the curbstone deflector has a front support surface supported on a front side of the snow-clearing strip, and a lateral support surface supported on a side edge of the snow-clearing strip,
wherein the front support surface is configured to be braceable against the front side of the snow-clearing strip via a screw connection,
wherein the screw connection has at least first and second attachment screws,
wherein the front support surface has a triangular basic shape and has an upper support edge that runs parallel to the longitudinal expanse of the snow-clearing strip, and has a lateral support edge that runs parallel to the side edge of the snow-clearing strip,
wherein the expanse of the front support surface in a longitudinal direction of the snow-clearing strip is greater by 1.5 times than the distance between the lateral support surface and the wear edge of the curbstone deflector, and
wherein the first attachment screw is disposed in the region of the upper support edge of the front support surface, and the second attachment screw is disposed in the region of the lateral support edge of the front support region and at a lowermost region of the front support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,557,233

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A HOISTING ROPE, HOISTING ROPE AND ELEVATOR USING THE SAME

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for manufacturing a hoisting rope, the method comprising:providing a plurality of elongated composite members, each elongated composite member of the plurality of elongated composite members including a composite material, the composite material including reinforcing fibers embedded in a polymer matrix;
arranging the plurality of elongated composite members to form an elongated row of parallel composite members such that the elongated row of parallel composite members includes the plurality of elongated composite members, the elongated row of parallel composite members having a longitudinal direction, a thickness direction and a width direction, wherein, in the elongated row of parallel composite members, the plurality of elongated composite members positioned side by side in the width direction such that the plurality of elongated composite members extend in parallel in the longitudinal direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members and are spaced apart at a particular distance in the width direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members, wherein
each elongated composite member of the plurality of elongated composite members is substantially larger in the width direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members than in the thickness direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members and includes
two opposite sides facing in the thickness direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members, and
two opposite sides forming flanks facing in the width direction of the elongated row of parallel composite members, and
each flank of said each elongated composite member of the plurality of elongated composite members has a convex shape,
wherein the arranging of the plurality of the elongated composite members to be positioned side by side in the width direction, is performed by guiding said each elongated composite member under tension;
directing plasma treatment on the elongated row of parallel composite members and thereby on one or more outer surfaces of said each elongated composite member of the elongated row of parallel composite members while continuing the guiding to keep the elongated composite members spaced apart at the particular distance in the width direction;
embedding the plurality of elongated composite members of the elongated row of parallel composite members in fluid polymer material while keeping the elongated composite members spaced apart at the particular distance in the width direction, subsequently to the directing the plasma treatment, to establish a product having the plurality of elongated composite members embedded in the fluid polymer material where the elongated composite members embedded in the fluid polymer material are positioned side by side with said each elongated composite member spaced apart at the particular distance in the width direction; and
solidifying the fluid polymer material of the product to form the hoisting rope.

US Pat. No. 10,557,232

TREATMENT LIQUID COMPOSITION AND INK JET TEXTILE PRINTING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A treatment liquid composition for use in ink jet pigment textile printing and used by attaching the composition to fabric, the composition comprising:at least one cationic compound;
at least one compound selected from polyvinylpyrrolidones, polyethylene oxides, carboxymethyl celluloses, hydroxyethyl celluloses, and polyvinyl alcohols;
a surfactant having an HLB of 13 or more, and
water, wherein
the fabric contains polyester.

US Pat. No. 10,557,229

BLOCKAGE DETECTION IN A DRYER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dryer appliance comprising:a cabinet;
a drum rotatably mounted within the cabinet, the drum defining a drying chamber for receipt of clothes for drying;
an exhaust conduit defining an exhaust passage, the exhaust conduit having a first cross-sectional area and being in fluid communication with the drying chamber, the exhaust conduit further having a flow restriction having a second cross-sectional area less than the first cross-sectional area;
an air handler operably coupled to the exhaust conduit for urging a flow of air through the exhaust passage;
a differential pressure sensor operably coupled to the exhaust conduit, the differential pressure sensor comprising an upstream conduit fluidly coupled to the exhaust conduit upstream of the flow restriction and a downstream conduit fluidly coupled to the exhaust conduit proximate the flow restriction; and
a controller operably coupled to the differential pressure sensor, the controller being configured for detecting a blockage within the exhaust passage.

US Pat. No. 10,557,226

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS AND DOOR OF A LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A laundry treatment apparatus comprising:a cabinet having an opening in the front;
a drum rotatably provided inside the cabinet; and
a door assembly pivotably provided at the cabinet to open or close the opening,
wherein the door assembly includes:
an inner body configured to open or close the opening and having a first height, a first surface, and a second surface;
an outer body having a first surface and a second surface, the second surface configured to be coupled to the first surface of the inner body, and having a second height;
a control panel provided on an upper side of the inner body and configured to receive an input from a user and to display information;
a control panel cover provided on a rear surface of the control panel; and
an outer cover provided on the first surface of the outer body and formed of a transparent material,
wherein the second height is greater than the first height such that a portion of the second surface of the outer body is exposed above the inner body, and
wherein the control panel cover is configured to be detachably coupled to the second surface of the outer body and is positioned above the inner body to define a rear upper surface of the door assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,225

SEWING MACHINE

YAMATO MISHIN SEIZO KABUS...

1. A sewing machine comprising:a cylinder unit configured to support two materials having annular edges by being inserted therethrough, with one of the two materials being located on an inner side and the other one of the two materials being located on an outer side;
a stitch plate configured to support said one of the two materials on the inner side supported by the cylinder unit by abutting said one of the two materials on the inner side from below;
a material presser configured to press the other one of the two materials on the outer side supported by the cylinder unit above the stitch plate; and
a material sandwiching unit provided on the near side of the stitch plate and the material presser and configured to sandwich, from above and below, the two materials stacked, with the one of the two materials on the inner side being located on the lower side and the remaining one of the two materials on the outer side being located on the upper side.

US Pat. No. 10,557,224

THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES WITH IMPROVED THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

Hanwha Azdel, Inc., Fore...

1. A method of producing a thermoplastic composite article comprising:adding discontinuous reinforcing basalt fibers, expandable microspheres and a thermoplastic resin to an agitated liquid-containing foam to form a dispersed liquid mixture of the thermoplastic resin, expandable microspheres and the discontinuous reinforcing basalt fibers;
depositing the dispersed liquid mixture of the discontinuous reinforcing basalt fibers, the expandable microspheres and the thermoplastic resin onto a forming support element;
evacuating the liquid from the deposited dispersed mixture to form a web from the discontinuous reinforcing mineral fibers, the expandable microspheres and the thermoplastic resin;
heating the web above a softening temperature of the thermoplastic resin of the web;
compressing the web to a predetermined thickness to form a porous thermoplastic core sheet material comprising the web formed from the discontinuous reinforcing basalt fibers and the thermoplastic resin; and
disposing a first skin layer on a first surface of the porous thermoplastic core sheet material to form a porous moldable thermoplastic composite sheet article, wherein the basalt fibers are present in the porous thermoplastic core sheet material from about 45 weight percent to about 55 weight percent, and wherein the formed porous moldable thermoplastic composite sheet article comprises a lower sag, a higher peak load value in the machine direction, a higher flexural strength value in the machine direction, a higher flexural modulus in the machine direction and a higher flexural slope in the machine direction when compared to a reference porous moldable thermoplastic composite sheet article that is substantially the same as the formed porous moldable thermoplastic composite sheet article except having glass fibers in place of the basalt fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,557,219

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR COOLING YARNS AND FABRICS COMPRISING A CELLULOSIC FIBER, AND ARTICLES COMPRISING SAME

1. A single covered yarn comprising:(a) a core fiber comprising a composite fiber; and
(b) a first fiber comprising a cellulosic fiber;
wherein the composite fiber comprises a core component and a sheath component;
wherein the core component comprises a polyester polymer and a first cooling composition;
wherein the sheath component comprises a polyamide polymer and a second cooling composition;
wherein the first cooling composition is present in an amount of about 1 wt % to about 20 wt % based on the weight of the polyester polymer and the first cooling composition;
wherein the first cooling composition comprises Ag, Al, Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Si, Ti, or combinations thereof present in at least one ionic or covalent compound;
wherein the second cooling composition is present in an amount of about 1 wt % to about 20 wt % based on the weight of the polyamide polymer and the second cooling composition;
wherein the second cooling composition comprises Ag, Al, Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Si, Ti, or combinations thereof present in an at least one ionic or covalent compound; and
wherein the first fiber is wound around the core yarn to form a single covered yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,557,208

METHOD OF PRODUCING REINFORCED CONTAINER

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A method for manufacturing at least a portion of a reinforced container, comprising:forming, with a first material via an additive manufacturing process, a shaped substrate having mutually opposed first and second substrate surfaces;
disposing, within the substrate, a plurality of transverse members each of which includes mutually opposed first and second member ends exposed at least partially at the first and second substrate surfaces, respectively;
applying a coating of a second material to the first and second substrate surfaces to form first and second substrate coatings bonded to the first and second member ends, respectively;
removing substantially all of the first material such that the first and second substrate coatings remain in a mutually opposed disposition and define an interior region among the plurality of transverse members between the first and second substrate coatings; and
filling substantially all of the interior region with a third material.

US Pat. No. 10,557,202

METHOD OF PROCESSING A SUBSTRATE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. An apparatus for forming a protective layer on a substrate support assembly, comprising:a chamber wall enclosing a processing region;
a support disposed in the processing region for supporting a substrate support assembly during processing;
a shield coupled to the support;
a rotary assembly coupled to the shield;
a plate coupled to the chamber wall, wherein the support is supported by the plate; and
a material source positioned to deliver a flux of material to a substrate supporting surface of the substrate support assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,193

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THIN FILMS BY UTILIZING SHORT LASER PULSES AND COMPOSITE TARGET MATERIALS

Pulsedeon Oy, Tampere (F...

1. A method for manufacturing a thin film type of coating by means of laser pulses, said method comprising the steps of:providing a coated powder, formed of at least a first and a second material, wherein the first material is metallic, inorganic or organic material, and the second material is a powdery substance, and the ablation threshold (J/cm2) of the first material is lower than the ablation threshold of the second material, and the first material forms a coating on the second material particles;
manufacturing a target of a desired shape from the coated powder by means of pressure and/or temperature by compressing;
directing laser pulses to the target for detaching the target materials and for forming particles with a desired size and material distribution, wherein the duration of an individual laser pulse is less than 10 ns; and
directing the materials detached from the target towards a substrate to form a coating on the surface or part of the surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,185

FREE-CUTTING COPPER ALLOY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FREE-CUTTING COPPER ALLOY

Mitsubishi Shindoh Co., L...

3. A method of manufacturing a free-cutting copper alloy worked material, the method comprising:any one or both of a cold working step and a hot working step; and
a low-temperature annealing step that is performed after the cold working step or the hot working step, wherein in the low-temperature annealing step, conditions are as follows:
the material's temperature is in a range of 240° C. to 350° C.;
the heating time is in a range of 10 minutes to 300 minutes; and
when the material's temperature is represented by T° C. and the heating time is represented by t min, 150?(T-220)×(t)1/2?1200 is satisfied,
the manufactured free-cutting copper alloy worked material comprises:
75.0 mass % to 78.5 mass % of Cu;
2.95 mass % to 3.55 mass % of Si;
0.07 mass % to 0.28 mass % of Sn;
0.06 mass % to 0.14 mass % of P;
0.022 mass % to 0.25 mass % of Pb; and
a balance including Zn and inevitable impurities,
a total amount of Fe, Mn, Co, and Cr as the inevitable impurities is lower than 0.08 mass %,
when a Cu content is represented by [Cu] mass %, a Si content is represented by [Si] mass %, a Sn content is represented by [Sn] mass %, a P content is represented by [P] mass %, and a Pb content is represented by [Pb] mass %, the relations of
76.25?f1=[Cu]+0.8×[Si]?8.5×[Sn]+[P]+0.5×[Pb]?80.3 and
61.5?f2=[Cu]?4.3×[Si]?0.7×[Sn]?[P]+0.5×[Pb]?63.3
are satisfied,
in constituent phases of metallographic structure of the manufactured free-cutting copper alloy worked material, when an area ratio of a phase is represented by (?)%, an area ratio of ? phase is represented by (?)%, an area ratio of ? phase is represented by (?)%, an area ratio of K phase is represented by (?)%, and an area ratio of ? phase is represented by (?)%, the relations of
25?(?)?65,
0?(?)?1.5,
0?(?)?0.2,
0?(?)?2.0,
97.0?f3=(?)+(?),
99.4?f4=(?)+(?)+(?)+(?),
0?f5=(?)+(?)?2.5, and
27?f6=(?)+6×(?)1/2+0.5×(?)?70
are satisfied,
the length of the long side of ? phase is 30 ?m or less,
the length of the long side of ? phase is 25 ?m or less, and
? phase is present in a phase.

US Pat. No. 10,557,183

WORK HARDENABLE YIELD RATIO-CONTROLLED STEEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHIN...

1. A method of manufacturing a yield ratio-controlled steel, comprising the steps of :subjecting an alloy of steel, comprising 0.10 to 0.40 wt % carbon (C), 0.90 to 1.50 wt % manganese (Mn), 0.50 to 2.50 wt % silicon (Si), and 0.060 wt % or less but exceeding 0 wt % aluminum (Al), with a remainder of iron (Fe) and unavoidable impurities, to rolling or wire drawing, thus obtaining a material;
performing a first heat treatment on the material, in which the material is heated to and maintained for a first predetermined period of time at a first temperature ranging from Ac1 to Ac3, which are Ac1 and Ac3 transformation temperatures; and
immediately after the end of the first predetermine period of time, cooling the material to a second temperature ranging from (25° C+Ms)/2 to Ms, where Ms is a martensite start temperature;
performing a second heat treatment immediately after the material is cooled to the second temperature, in which the material is maintained at the second temperature for a second predetermined period of time; and
generating in the material bainite or martensite based on ferrite.

US Pat. No. 10,557,167

BIOMOLECULE SEQUENCING DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

QUANTUM BIOSYSTEMS INC., ...

1. A system for detecting a biomolecule using at least one pair of nanogap electrodes, comprising:a fluid flow unit comprising at least one pump for directing a plurality of monomers with reference substances bound thereto to the at least one pair of nanogap electrodes, wherein the reference substances comprise a first reference substance bound to a first monomer and a second reference substance bound to a second monomer, wherein the first reference substance is different than the second reference substance; and
a computer processor coupled to the at least one pair of nanogap electrodes and programmed to:
(a) measure tunneling nanocurrent signals resulting from the plurality of monomers with reference substances bound thereto using the at least one pair of nanogap electrodes, wherein the tunneling nanocurrent signals correspond to the reference substances, wherein the first reference substance and the second reference substance correspond to different tunneling nanocurrent signals; and
(b) identify a monomer of the plurality of monomers with reference substances bound thereto based on the tunneling nanocurrent signals measured in (a).

US Pat. No. 10,557,165

NUCLEIC ACID DETECTION METHOD AND ASSAY KIT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A method for detecting target nucleic acid in a sample, the target nucleic acid including a first sequence, the method comprising:(A) forming a reaction field by placing a reaction mixture on an electrode,
the reaction mixture comprising:
the sample;
a primer set for amplifying the first sequence to obtain an amplification product, wherein the primer set contains at least a first primer complementary to a terminal of the first sequence and a second primer homologous to the other terminal of the first sequence;
a corresponding amplification enzyme;
4 mM to 30 mM in concentration of magnesium ion; and
a redox probe having an oxidation reduction potential of ?0.5 V to 0.5 V, which generates a detectable electric signal;
(B) maintaining the reaction field under an amplification reaction condition to generate the amplification product, wherein, with the increase in the amount of the amplification product, a magnesium pyrophosphate is generated from the magnesium ion and the magnesium pyrophosphate precipitates with the redox probe on the electrode;
(C) chronologically detecting the electric signal from the redox probe with the electrode while maintaining the reaction field under the amplification reaction condition, wherein the electric signal increases with the increase in the amount of the amplification product present in a reaction field; and
(D) determining existence or quantity of the target nucleic acid based on chronological variation in the amplitude of the electric signal, obtained in (C).

US Pat. No. 10,557,090

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING TRANSPORT FUEL BLENDSTOCK

Patrick James Cadenhouse-...

1. A process for producing transport fuel blendstocks, the process comprising:providing a first feedstock comprising butane and propane, and a second feedstock comprising benzene;
dehydrogenating the first feedstock in a first reactor to produce a C4 product comprising butane and butene and a C3 product comprising propane and propylene;
splitting, via a C3/C4 splitter, the C4 product from the C3 product that are produced in the first reactor;
oligomerizing the C4 product in a second reactor to produce a first transport fuel blendstock; and
alkylating the C3 product with the second feedstock in a third reactor to produce a second transport fuel blendstock.

US Pat. No. 10,557,000

METHOD FOR PREPARING OBLATE POLYMER PARTICLE

1. A method for preparing oblate polymer particles, comprising the steps of:(A) preparing spherical polymer particles;
(B) preparing a polymer film including the spherical polymer particles;
(C) adhering polymer sheets to both sides of the polymer film to form a multi-layer structure;
(D) heating the multi-layer structure to a temperature equal to or higher than the highest temperature of the respective glass transition temperatures of the polymer particle, the polymer film, and the polymer sheets, and lower than the lowest temperature of the respective melting temperatures thereof;
(E) squeezing in a direction perpendicular to each polymer sheet and toward the polymer film of the multi-layer structure to deform the polymer particles into an oblate shape; and
(F) dissolving the polymer film in a solvent to obtain the polymer particles of oblate shape.

US Pat. No. 10,556,918

METHOD FOR PREPARING AMINOSILANE-BASED COMPOUND

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A method for preparing an aminosilane-based compound of the following Formula 1, the method comprising:dissolving each of a compound of the following Formula 2 and a compound containing at least one nitrogen atom in an organic solvent to prepare a solution of the compound of the following Formula 2 and a solution of the compound containing at least one nitrogen atom,
mixing the solution of the compound of the following Formula 2 and the solution of the compound containing at least one nitrogen atom, and
reacting the compound of the following Formula 2 with the compound containing at least one nitrogen atom,
wherein the compound containing at least one nitrogen atom is an aliphatic amine having 1 to 20 carbon atoms or a five-member or six-member ring compound containing 1 to 3 nitrogen atoms, and optionally at least one hydrogen atom in the compound is independently substituted with an alkyl group of 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group of 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an aryl group of 6 to 12 carbon atoms, a halogen group, a carboxyl group, an aldehyde group, an acyl group or a cyano group,

in Formula 1 and Formula 2,
A is an aliphatic amino group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms or a four-member or six-member ring containing 1 to 3 nitrogen atoms, and optionally at least one hydrogen atom in the aliphatic amino group or the five-member or six-member ring is independently substituted with an alkyl group of 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group of 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an aryl group of 6 to 12 carbon atoms, a halogen group, a carboxyl group, an aldehyde group, an acyl group or a cyano group,
X1 is a halogen group,
Y is a divalent hydrocarbon group of 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and
Z1 and Z2 are each independently a group of the following Formula 3:

in Formula 3,
“a” is an integer of 0 to 2,
R1 and R2 are each independently a monovalent hydrocarbon group of 1 to 10 carbon atoms, and
W is a divalent hydrocarbon group of 1 to 10 carbon atoms, which is unsubstituted or substituted with an alkyl group of 1 to 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,556,896

CRYSTALLINE FORMS OF (3-AMINO-OXETAN-3-YLMETHYL)-[2-(5,5-DIOXO-5,6,7,9-TETRAHYDRO-5LAMBDA*6*-THIA-8-AZA-BENZOCYCLOHEPTEN-8-YL)-6-METHYL-QUINAZOLIN-4-YL]-AMINE

Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., ...

1. A method for the treatment or prophylaxis of respiratory syncytial virus infection or a disease caused by respiratory syncytial virus infection, which method comprises administering a therapeutically effective amount of the crystalline form of the compound of formula (I):
or a salt, solvent or combination of salts and solvates thereof; wherein the crystalline form is Form A, Form B, Form C, Form D, Form E or Form F, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,556,894

ANTI-HCMV COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS

Evrys Bio, LLC, Doylesto...

5. A composition comprising a compound of Formula VII or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof:
wherein X1 and X2 are independently selected from CH and N,
p is 0 or 1,
when p is 0, Z1 is CH2,
when p is 1, Z1 is CH2, O, S, or NR7,
R1 is H, halo, —CN, —NO2, —C(O)NR6R7, or C(O)OR6,
R2 is H or a lower straight or branched alkyl or alkenyl optionally substituted with one heteroatom selected of N and O,
R4 is H or a saturated 5- or 6-membered aryl or cycloalkyl with up to two heteroatoms selected from N, O and S,
R6 and R7 are independently selected in each instance from H and lower straight chain or branched alkyl,
when Ring A is aromatic, X5 is CH, CR1, or N, and
when Ring A is not aromatic, X5 is CH2, CHR1, O, S, or NR7.

US Pat. No. 10,556,887

PROCESSES FOR THE PREPARATION OF VELIPARIB AND INTERMEDIATES THEREOF

Apotex Inc., Toronto, On...

1. A process for preparing Veliparib (1):
or a salt thereof, comprising
(i) cyclizing, in the presence of an acid (A1), a compound of Formula (3):

wherein
G is CONH2 or R;
R is CO2R1 or CN; and
R1 is selected from the group consisting of H, an aliphatic group, a substituted aliphatic group, aryl, substituted aryl, arylalkyl and substituted arylalkyl;
to provide either Veliparib (1) when G is CONH2, or,
when G is R, a compound of Formula (2):

 and
wherein
R is CO2R1 or CN; and
R1 is selected from the group consisting of H, an aliphatic group, a substituted aliphatic group, aryl, substituted aryl, arylalkyl and substituted arylalkyl; and
(ii) when G is R, converting the compound of Formula (2) to Veliparib (1).

US Pat. No. 10,556,881

NRF2 ACTIVATING COMPOUNDS AND USES THEREOF

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, In...

1. A compound of formula (I):wherein:X1 and X2 are each independently selected from N and CH, wherein at least one of X1 and X2 is N;
either Y1 is sulfonyl and Y2 is hydrogen, or Y2 is sulfonyl and Y1 is hydrogen; and
R1 is R15, wherein R15 comprises a linking group and a compound of formula (I);
or a salt or stereoisomer thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,556,865

SYNERGISTIC HERBICIDAL COMPOSITION CONTAINING CERTAIN PYRIDINE OR PYRIMIDINE CARBOXYLIC ACIDS AND CERTAIN CEREAL AND RICE HERBICIDES

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A synergistic herbicidal mixture comprising an herbicidally effective amount of (a) a first herbicide selected from the group of a pyridine or a pyrimidine carboxylic acid of the formula (I)
wherein X represents CH, hal represents F, Cl or Br, and R represents methyl or ethyl,
or an agriculturally acceptable salt, ester or amide thereof, and (b) a second herbicide selected from the group consisting of aminopyralid, bispyribac, cyhalofop, triclopyr and mixtures thereof; wherein
the weight ratio of the first herbicide to aminopyralid ranges from 3.5:1 to 14:1;
the weight ratio of the first herbicide to bispyribac ranges from 1:6.39 to 2.5:1;
the weight ratio of the first herbicide to cyhalofop ranges from 70:90 to 4.38:200; or
the weight ratio of the first herbicide to triclopyr ranges from 1:16 to 1:32.

US Pat. No. 10,556,853

ANTICONVULSANT COMPOUNDS

OWEN-BARRY PHARMACEUTICAL...

1. A method for reducing the severity of convulsant activity, comprising administering to a subject a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of formula (I):
wherein,
R1=R2=CH3 or R1=H and R2=H;
R3=H;
F;
C(O)R5, wherein R5=H, CH3, C2H5, CH(CH3)2, CHCH3CN, or aryl, wherein aryl is a compound selected from the group consisting of:
phenyl, unsubstituted or substituted with one or two compounds selected from the group consisting of CH3, OH, OCH3, SO2CH3, SO2Ph, F, Cl, CF3, CN;
1- or 2-naphthyl;
2-, 3-, or 4-pyridyl, unsubstituted or substituted with one or two compounds selected from the group consisting of CH3, OCH3, SO2CH3, SO2Ph, F, Cl, CF3, CN;
2- or 3-furyl, unsubstituted or substituted with one or two compounds selected from the group consisting of CH3, OCH3, SO2CH3, SO2Ph, F, Cl, CF3, CN; and
2-or 3-thienyl, unsubstituted or substituted with one or two compounds selected from the group consisting of CH3, OCH3, SO2CH3, SO2Ph, F, Cl, CF3, CN;
C(O)—O?, or C(O)—O—R6, wherein R6=H, straight or branched C1 to C6 alkyl, phenyl,
CH2C6H5, or CH(CH2)n, and wherein n=2-5;
C(O)NH2, C(O)NHR6 or C(O)NR7R8 wherein R7 and R8 independently =straight or branched C1 to C6 alkyl, CH2C6H5, aryl, or R7 and R8 together =(CH2)n, and wherein n=3-5;
OH, OCH3, O—C(O)CH3 or OCH2C6H5;
S—CH3, S—C6H5, S(O)CH3, S(O)C6H5, SO2CH3, or SO2C6H5;
NO2, NH2, NHR6, NR7R8;
C?C—C(O)CH3, C?C—C(O)CH(CH3)2, C?C—C(O)C2H5, C?C—C(O)C6H5, C?C—C(O)—OH, or C?C—C(O)—O?; or
CN; and
R4=one or two compounds selected from the group consisting of H, CH3, OH, OCH3, SO2CH3, SO2Ph, F, Cl, CF3, or CN,
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein when R1 and R2 are both H and R4 is OH, then R3 is not OH or OCH3.

US Pat. No. 10,556,847

PROCESSES AND APPARATUSES FOR METHYLATION OF AROMATICS IN AN AROMATICS COMPLEX

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for the methylation of toluene in an aromatics complex, comprising:passing a stream comprising crude A7 and an overhead stream comprising A9+ from a heavy aromatics column to a transalkylation reaction zone to produce a transalkylation product stream comprising xylene isomers, wherein the stream comprising crude A7 further includes up to 40% by weight non-aromatic toluene co-boilers;
passing a processed toluene stream and a methanol feed stream to a toluene methylation reaction zone to produce a toluene methylation reaction zone product stream comprising xylene isomers;
passing the toluene methylation reaction zone product stream and the transalkylation product stream to a benzene column to obtain a benzene column overhead stream comprising benzene and a benzene column bottoms stream comprising A7+;
passing the benzene column bottoms stream comprising A7+ to a toluene column to obtain a toluene column overhead stream comprising toluene and a toluene column bottoms stream comprising A8+, wherein the processed toluene stream is the toluene column overhead stream;
passing the toluene column bottoms to a xylene column to obtain a xylene column overhead stream comprising A8 and a xylene column bottoms stream comprising A9+; and
passing the xylene column bottoms stream to the heavy aromatics column.

US Pat. No. 10,556,842

DRY POWDER PROCESSING

YORK POTASH LTD, London ...

1. A fertiliser product in the form of pellets comprising: at least 80% by mass of an evaporite mineral powder having a mean grain size in the range from 50 to 400 ?m, the evaporite mineral being polyhalite; and a binder comprising starch.

US Pat. No. 10,556,827

METHOD FOR MODIFYING THE TRANSMISSION OF GLASSES AND GLASS CERAMICS AND GLASS OR GLASS CERAMIC ARTICLES THAT CAN BE PRODUCED ACCORDING TO THE METHOD

SCHOTT AG, Mainz (DE)

18. A product, comprising:a volume-colored monolithic glass or glass ceramic element consisting of a first region and a second region adjacent to one another within the monolithic glass or glass ceramic element,
the first and second regions having different colorations so that an absorption coefficient of the first region and a light transmission through the first region are different from an absorption coefficient of the second region and a light transmission through the second region,
the first region having a spectral transmission that is greater than a spectral transmission in the second region within an entire spectral range between 420 nanometers and 780 nanometers, and
the first region having a light scattering that differs from a light scattering in the second region by not more than 20 percentage points.

US Pat. No. 10,556,826

METHODS FOR REGENERATING LITHIUM-ENRICHED SALT BATHS

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A method for regenerating a salt bath comprising:contacting at least a portion of an ion-exchangeable substrate comprising lithium cations with a salt bath comprising at least one of KNO3 and NaNO3,
wherein upon contacting the at least a portion of the ion-exchangeable substrate with the salt bath, the ion-exchangeable substrate diffuses lithium cations from the ion-exchangeable substrate at a rate of greater than or equal to 1,000 ?m2/hr and less than or equal to 8,000 ?m2/hr; and
selectively precipitating, not during the contacting, dissolved lithium cations from the salt bath by adding greater than or equal to 2 wt % and less than or equal to 10.0 wt % of a phosphate salt,
wherein the concentration of lithium cations in the bath, after the adding, is greater than or equal to the concentration of phosphate salt in the salt bath, and
wherein the concentration of dissolved lithium cations in the salt bath, after the selectively precipitating, is greater than or equal to 0 wt % lithium cations and less than or equal to 2.0 wt % lithium cations.

US Pat. No. 10,556,814

DENITRIFICATION BIOFILTER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TREATING WASTEWATER

NANJING UNIVERSITY, Nanj...

1. A device, comprising:a) a regulating pool, the regulating pool comprising a first inlet and a first outlet;
b) a reactor body, the reactor body comprising a uniform water distributor, a filler layer, a buffer layer, a filter layer, a supporting layer, a filler supporting plate, a second outlet, a third outlet, and a second inlet;
c) a water tank;
d) a first doser, the first doser comprising a dosing tube;
e) a second doser;
f) a backwash pump;
g) a water inlet pump; and
h) a blower;whereinthe dosing tube is extended into the regulating pool;
the first outlet of the regulating pool is connected to the water inlet pump and a top of the reactor body via pipes;
the reactor body is in a cylinder structure;
the uniform water distributor, the filler layer, the filler supporting plate, the buffer layer, the filter layer, and the supporting layer are disposed inside the reactor body from top to bottom in that order;
the filler layer is disposed in an upper portion of the reactor body;
the buffer layer is disposed in a middle portion of the reactor body;
the filter layer is disposed in a lower portion of the reactor body;
the filler layer comprises nitrifying bacteria;
the filter layer comprises denitrifying bacteria;
the filler supporting plate is disposed between the filler layer and the buffer layer;
a plurality of curved holes is disposed at a periphery of the filler supporting plate;
the second outlet is disposed on a sidewall of the buffer layer;
the third outlet and the second inlet are disposed at a bottom of the reactor body and are connected to the water tank via pipes, respectively;
the backwash pump is disposed on a pipe between the second inlet and the water tank;
the second doser is connected to the sidewall of the buffer layer via a pipe;
the filler layer is filled with zeolites having a grain size of between 4 and 8 mm, a density of between 1.9 and 2.6 g/cm3, a porosity of more than or equal to 48%, and a specific surface area of between 570 and 670 m2/g; and
when in use,
wastewater comprising ammonium is introduced into the filler layer, and ammonium is converted to nitrate and nitrite by the nitrifying bacteria via a nitrification process;
the wastewater from the filler layer flows into the buffer layer and then to the filter layer; and
a source of carbon is added into the buffer layer via the second doser and is then consumed by the denitrifying bacteria in the filter layer,
and nitrate and nitrite are reduced into nitrogen by the denitrifying bacteria via a denitrification process.

US Pat. No. 10,556,813

METHOD FOR TREATING CONDENSED VAPOR STREAMS CONTAINING ODOROUS COMPOUNDS

1. A method for reducing odor-causing compounds in a rendering process, comprising:condensing a first vapor stream produced in a rendering process comprising at least one vaporous odor-causing compound to condense at least a portion of said first vapor stream and said at least one vaporous odor-causing compound to produce a first condensate stream comprising at least one soluble odor-causing compound condensed from said first vapor stream;
adding an oxidizer to said first condensate stream to oxidize said at least one soluble odor-causing compound;
condensing at least a portion of a second vapor stream produced in the rendering process to produce a second condensate stream;
mixing said first condensate stream and said second condensate stream to produce a combined condensate stream; and
discharging said combined condensate stream from the rendering process, wherein said discharging comprises adding said combined condensate stream to a liquid effluent from a waste-water pre-treatment system.

US Pat. No. 10,556,806

TWO-STAGE CALCINATION METHOD, AND PLANT FOR SAME

Claudius Peters Projects ...

1. A method for calcining gypsum, comprising:calcining the gypsum in a first stage with flash calcination,
guiding the gypsum from the first stage to a second stage via a transfer line, and
calcining the gypsum to completion in a reaction vessel in a second stage using indirect heating wherein, in the second stage, water vapor is recirculated without external vapor or water being supplied.

US Pat. No. 10,556,805

SYSTEM FOR TAIL GAS TREATMENT OF SULFUR RECOVERY UNITS

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A system for recovering sulfur from a tail gas stream, the system comprising:an air reactor, where the air reactor operates at an air reaction temperature and an air reaction pressure, where the air reactor comprises a fluidized bed reactor, where the fluidized bed comprises calcium carbonate;
an air reactor separator fluidly connected to the air reactor and a calciner separator, where the air reactor separator comprises a solid-gas separation unit;
the calciner unit fluidly connected to the air reactor separator and a calciner separator, where the calciner unit operates at a calciner reaction temperature and a calciner reaction pressure;
the calciner separator fluidly connected to the calciner unit and a fuel reactor, where the calciner separator comprises a solid-gas separation unit;
the fuel reactor fluidly connected to the calciner separator, where the fuel reactor operates at a fuel reaction temperature and fuel reaction pressure, where the fuel reactor comprises a fluidized bed reactor, where the fluidized bed comprises calcium carbonate; and
a fuel reactor separator fluidly connected to the fuel reactor and the air reactor, where the fuel reactor separator comprises a solid-gas separation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,556,803

AMMONIA SYNTHESIS USING A CATALYTIC NITROGEN-SELECTIVE MEMBRANE

Colorado School of Mines,...

1. A method of producing a nitrogen-hydrogen compound, comprising:providing a metallic membrane, wherein the metallic membrane is an alloy comprising a Group V element;
providing a nitrogen (N2) stream to a first side of the metallic membrane;
dissociating the N2 into atomic nitrogen (N) with the metallic membrane;
reacting the dissociated nitrogen with a hydrogen gas on a second side of the metallic membrane;
forming at least one nitrogen-hydrogen compound, wherein the nitrogen-hydrogen compound is selected from the group consisting of NH, NH2, NH3, and combinations thereof;
desorbing the nitrogen-hydrogen compound from the metallic membrane; and
reacting the nitrogen-hydrogen compound with hydrogen to form an ammonium cation at a temperature between about 200° C. and about 1000° C.

US Pat. No. 10,556,793

THERMAL MEASUREMENTS USING MULTIPLE FREQUENCY ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY

Oxford Instruments Asylum...

1. An atomic force microscope, comprising:a cantilever probe providing two separate legs culminating at a tip, and operable for carrying out thermal measurements;
a connection to the probe, which is energized for heating the tip;
a controller that controls heating the tip of the cantilever probe;
a feedback loop, controlling a distance between a base of said cantilever probe and a surface of a sample to maintain the tip of the cantilever probe at a specified location relative to the surface in a Z-axis direction;
a driver, exciting the cantilever probe with at least multiple harmonic frequencies of the cantilever probe; and
a measurement part, measuring amplitude, frequency and/or phase of the cantilever at different excitation frequencies,
wherein said microscope stores a calibration table indicative of calibrating a bending amount of the cantilever probe during heating, by ramping a temperature of the cantilever tip between different temperatures while measuring deflections over a temperature range, and uses the information indicative of calibration deflection to compensate said deflections of the cantilever probe caused by said heating of the tip.

US Pat. No. 10,556,778

WORK MACHINE WITH MULTIPLE SENSORS

SUMITOMO(S.H.I.) CONSTRUC...

1. A work machine comprising:a traveling undercarriage;
an upper rotating structure swingably mounted on the traveling undercarriage;
a cab mounted on the upper rotating structure;
a cab elevator configured to move up and down the cab;
an attachment including a plurality of work elements, the attachment being attached to the upper rotating structure;
an end attachment attached to an end of the attachment;
a first sensor configured to obtain angles of rotation of the work elements;
a second sensor configured to obtain an angle of rotation of the end attachment; and
a control device configured to restrict or stop a motion of reducing a distance between the end attachment and the cab in response to determining that the end attachment has entered a predetermined region based on outputs of the first sensor and the second sensor,
wherein the control device is configured to set the predetermined region according to a position of the cab, and vertically move up the predetermined region as the cab is vertically moved up by the cab elevator and vertically move down the predetermined region as the cab is vertically moved down by the cab elevator.

US Pat. No. 10,556,775

SURFACE CONSTRUCTION OF ELEVATOR BELT

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A belt for suspending and/or driving an elevator car, comprising:a plurality of tension elements extending longitudinally along a length of the belt;
a jacket at least partially encapsulating the plurality of tension elements, the jacket defining a traction surface of the belt configured to be interactive with a drive sheave and a back surface opposite the traction surface, the jacket formed from a first material;
one or more material strips disposed at one or more of the traction surface or the back surface to improve one or more operational characteristics of the belt, the one or more material strips formed from a second material different from the first material; and
one or more grooves formed in the jacket, wherein the one or more material strips are inserted into the one or more grooves, the one or more grooves including an interlocking notch extending laterally along a width direction of the belt into which the one or more material strips are inserted to lock the one or more material strips in place at the one or more grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,556,763

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, comprising:a tray unit configured to be capable of moving to a closed position at which the tray unit is closed with respect to an apparatus main body and to an opened position at which the tray unit is opened with respect to the apparatus main body, the tray unit including (1) a sheet stacking tray on which a sheet is stacked and (2) tray arms disposed on both sides, in a direction perpendicular to a sheet conveying direction, of the sheet stacking tray, the tray arms having holes which are engaged with a shaft fixed to the apparatus main body, wherein the tray unit is configured to swing around the shaft engaged with the holes;
a pickup roller configured to feed the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking tray;
a roller holder rotatably provided on the apparatus main body, the roller holder being configured to support the pickup roller such that the pickup roller is capable of moving to a feeding position for feeding the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking tray and to a storage position at which the pickup roller is separated from the sheet stacking tray by being rotated upward from the feeding position; and
a pressure spring configured to urge the pickup roller toward the feeding position,
wherein the roller holder includes an abutting portion, which is provided on at least one end portion of the roller holder, the abutting portion being configured not to abut any of the tray arms when the tray unit stays at the opened position and the pickup roller is positioned at the feeding position and to abut against at least one of the tray arms when the tray unit moves from the opened position to the closed position such that the pickup roller is moved to the storage position.

US Pat. No. 10,556,750

SENSING AN ARTICLE IN A CONVEYOR

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A conveyor comprising:a belt for moving an article along a conveying direction, the belt having a first pair of rows of holes extending along the conveying direction; and
a sensor associated with each row of the first pair of rows,
wherein the sensors and the first pair of rows of holes are arranged such that the article is detectable when both the sensors sense a material simultaneously, and
wherein the sensors and the first pair of rows of holes are arranged such that for substantially any position of the belt in the conveying direction at least one of the sensors is aligned with one of the holes of the first pair of rows.

US Pat. No. 10,556,747

CONVEYANCE DEVICE USING CARRIAGE

Daifuku Co., Ltd., (JP)

1. A conveyance device using a carriage, comprising:a horizontal travel route having a storage route part for storing conveyance carriages in a state where the conveyance carriages are adjacent in a forward/backward direction and a drive route part for causing the conveyance carriages fed out from the storage route part to be forcibly driven to travel at set intervals;
the storage route part having drive conveyor chains that support the conveyance carriages via wheels of the conveyance carriages, such that the conveyance carriages travel freely;
the drive route part having guide rails that support the conveyance carriages via the wheels, such that the conveyance carriages travel freely, and drive cord-like bodies that include, at regular intervals, carriage propulsion claw parts into which driven pins provided in the conveyance carriages and directed laterally horizontally are fitted such that the driven pins are freely fitted and detached into and from the carriage propulsion claw parts;
the driven pins of a conveyance carriage that is fed from the storage route part into the drive route part with predetermined timing are fitted into the carriage propulsion claw parts that are turned around guide rings at a beginning of the drive route part; and
a carriage positioning means to position a conveyance carriage, via the driven pins, at a fixed position directly before a turning route around the guide rings of the carriage propulsion claw parts, such that the conveyance carriage is prevented from being moved forward and backward and in which the positioning is freely released; and
a carriage pushing-out means to push out the conveyance carriage at the fixed position at a timing when the driven pins are fitted into the carriage propulsion claw parts;
where the carriage positioning means and the carriage pushing-out means are provided separately from the drive conveyor chains of the storage route part.

US Pat. No. 10,556,739

RIGID PACK FOR TOBACCO ARTICLES WITH LID AND PROVIDED, AT THE BOTTOM, WITH A PULL-OUT CONTAINER

1. A rigid pack (1) for tobacco articles comprising:a group of tobacco articles;
a container (2), which houses the group of tobacco articles and comprises: a top opening, a front wall (6), a rear wall (8) opposite the front wall (6), and two side walls (7) opposite one another;
a lid (8), which comprises: a top wall (10), a front wall (11), a rear wall (12) opposite the front wall (11) and connected to the rear wall (6) of the container (2) and two side walls (13) opposite one another;
a drawer (23) which is mounted in a sliding manner in the container (2) between a closed position, in which the drawer (23) is completely arranged inside the container (2), and an open position in which the drawer (23) is partially pulled out of the container (2), projects outwards from the container (2) and is accessible from the outside;
a limit stop device (29), which fulfils the function of stopping the outward movement of the drawer (23) from the container (2), namely of preventing the drawer (23) from being completely pulled out of the container (2), thus establishing a maximum limit for the outward movement of the drawer (23) from the container (2); and
a dividing wall (19), which is parallel to the top wall (10) of the lid (8) and divides the inner volume of the container (2) into a top chamber (17), which houses the group of tobacco articles, and a bottom chamber (18), which houses the drawer (23);
wherein the drawer (23) comprises: a bottom wall (25), a front wall (26), a rear wall (27) opposite the front wall (26) and two side walls (28) opposite one another;
the rigid pack (1) for tobacco articles is characterized in that:
the container (2) has a pull-out opening (24), which is opposite the top opening and through which the drawer (23) moves; and
the drawer (23) moves longitudinally, namely with a moving direction that is perpendicular to the top wall (10) of the lid (8) and parallel to the side walls (7) of the container (2) and to the side walls (13) of the lid (8).

US Pat. No. 10,556,710

LIGHTWEIGHT PASSIVE ATTENUATOR FOR SPACECRAFT

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE,...

1. A lightweight passive attenuator for spacecraft, comprising:two metallic omega cross-section rings, placed symmetrically and defining a gap therebetween, the two omega cross-section rings being a main load path of the lightweight passive attenuator, and
a plurality of damper elements placed in the gap defined between the two omega cross-section rings and out of the main load path of the lightweight passive attenuator,
wherein the omega cross-section rings and the damper elements are assembled at ends by attachment means, and the omega cross-section rings have a protruding central part with a plurality of holes for connection with adjacent structures of the spacecraft;
wherein the damper elements comprise aluminum and vulcanized elastomer.

US Pat. No. 10,556,699

AIRCRAFT ENGINE ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A PYLON LEADING EDGE INCORPORATED WITH AN ANNULAR ROW OF UNFAIRED AFTER-GUIDE VANES

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. An engine assembly for aircraft comprising:a part of the fuselage of an aircraft;
a turbomachine comprising an unfaired propeller, together with an annular row of unfaired after-guide vanes located aft of the propeller and rotationally fixed in relation to a longitudinal axis of the turbomachine; and
a pylon for mounting the turbomachine on part of the fuselage, the pylon incorporating a leading edge of the pylon,
wherein at least part of the leading edge of the pylon is incorporated within the annular row between two after-guide vanes thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,556,684

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN INTEGRATED USER INTERFACE SYSTEM AT A SEAT

Panasonic Avionics Corpor...

1. A user interface system, comprising:an interface housing mounted at a seat and having a transparent face panel and a port panel region forming a plurality of port openings and disposed at a selected port panel region angle between thirty-five degrees and fifty-five degrees relative to the transparent face panel; and
a plurality of user interface system components including a video interface system having a touchscreen display for presenting control indicia and a plurality of communication ports, the touchscreen display disposed adjacent to the transparent face panel, the communication ports each disposed adjacent to a respective port opening of the port panel region,
wherein a selected communication port enables the video interface system to couple with a user peripheral device via a selected port opening of the port panel region.

US Pat. No. 10,556,682

RETURN DEVICE FOR RETRACTING A MOVABLE ATTACHMENT DEVICE, AND AN AIRCRAFT FITTED WITH SUCH A RETURN DEVICE

AlRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A return device for retracting an attachment device of an aircraft, the attachment device being movable between a retracted storage position and a deployed working position, the return device tending to place the attachment device in the retracted storage position in the absence of an external load, while allowing the attachment device to move towards the deployed working position in the presence of an external load, the return device comprising:resilient return means for exerting a traction return force on the attachment device and automatically bringing the attachment device into the retracted storage position;
a force-reduction member for reducing the traction return force exerted by the resilient return means on the attachment device; and
a line element having a first free end secured to the attachment device and a second free end secured to the force-reduction member;
wherein the force-reduction member comprises a pulley block that is stationary relative to a support structure of the return device and a pulley block that is movable relative to the support structure of the return device, each of the stationary pulley block and the movable pulley block having at least two independent pulleys, each having a degree of freedom to move in rotation, the at least two pulleys of the stationary pulley block being free to move in rotation about a first axis of rotation, and the at least two pulleys of the movable pulley block being free to move in rotation about a second axis of rotation, the first and second axes of rotation being parallel to each other, the at least two pulleys of the stationary pulley block and the at least two pulleys of the movable pulley block enabling the line element to be wound over the at least four pulleys so as to form at least two go paths and two return paths between the stationary and movable pulley blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,556,670

LAMINAR FLOW PANEL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aerodynamic body defining a chord-wise direction relative to an airflow over the aerodynamic body, comprising:an outer panel skin having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a plurality of perforations extending from the inner surface to the outer surface, the outer panel skin extending around an interior of the aerodynamic body and defining a leading edge of the aerodynamic body; and
a micro-lattice stiffener structure including:
a plurality of main beams each having at least a first end connected to the inner surface of the outer panel skin, and
a plurality of diagonal support struts each extending diagonally between and connected to adjacent main beams, Wherein the micro-lattice stiffener structure extends along the inner surface of the outer panel skin downstream of the plurality of perforations, and the plurality of main beams and the plurality of diagonal support struts define airflow gaps there between; and
an inner panel skin disposed within the aerodynamic body proximate the leading edge and extending rearward with the inner panel skin being connected to corresponding ones of the plurality of main beams at second ends that are opposite the first ends of the corresponding ones of the plurality of main beams, wherein the inner panel skin does not have perforations, and the outer panel skin and the inner panel skin define an airflow channel there between through which air entering the aerodynamic body through the plurality of perforations flows through the airflow channel in the chord-wise direction to the interior of the aerodynamic body downstream from the inner panel skin in the chord-wise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,556,659

BOAT WITH ELECTRIC DRIVE

Torqeedo GmbH, Gilching ...

1. A boat comprising:a battery located within an interior of a battery housing, the battery housing including a waste gas outlet comprising a gas-permeable seal and a pressure relief valve,
wherein the battery housing is gastight and watertight with the exception of the waste gas outlet,
wherein the gas-permeable seal is water-impermeable and comprises a semi-permeable diaphragm that allows the passage of water vapor out from the interior of the battery housing, but prevents the passage of water vapor into the interior of the battery housing, so as to affect pressure compensation of pressure differences between the interior of the battery housing and an environment exterior to the battery housing during normal battery operation, and
wherein the gas permeable seal and the pressure release valve together form a combined seal unit.

US Pat. No. 10,556,644

COUPLING DEVICE FOR RECOVERING UNMANNED SHIP AND COUPLING CONTROL METHOD USING SAME

1. A coupling device for recovering an unmanned ship, the coupling device comprising:a coupling unit lifted and lowered by being connected to a crane provided in a mother ship, one side thereof selectively protruding expansively along a circumference thereof;
an accommodation unit provided in the unmanned ship, and having a vertically communicating coupling hole such that at least a portion of the coupling unit is inserted therein; and
a guide unit performing guiding such that the coupling unit is coupled to the accommodation unit, and including a towing line coupled to the coupling unit in a state in which one end thereof passes through the coupling hole, and a winch connected to another end of the towing line so as to selectively wind or unwind the towing line,
wherein when an intensity of a tension applied to the towing line by a driving of the winch is a preset value or higher, the coupling unit is configured to be lowered in correspondence to a length of the towing line wound by the winch and to be coupled to the accommodation unit, and
wherein the coupling unit comprises:
a body including an upper portion which is connected to the crane;
a wing unit configured to be rotatable in a vertical direction at a portion along a longitudinal direction of the body, and having one side protruding from the body when rotating;
a lifting and lowering unit coupled to other side of the wing unit in the body, and adjusting a location thereof in a vertical direction to control a protrusion of the wing unit; and
a driving unit selectively moving the lifting and lowering unit in a vertical direction in the body.

US Pat. No. 10,556,642

WATERCRAFT

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A watercraft comprising:a deck;
a central pod connected to a bottom of the deck, the central pod being laterally centered relative to the deck, the central pod comprising:
a central hull defining a central tunnel, the central tunnel having two side walls and a top wall, the central hull having a central keel;
a motor connected to the central hull and disposed at least in part in the central hull; and
a jet propulsion system operatively connected to the motor, at least a portion of the jet propulsion system being disposed in the central tunnel, the jet propulsion system having a steerable nozzle;
a left pod connected to the bottom of the deck, the left pod being disposed at a left of the central pod and being laterally spaced from the central pod, the left pod comprising a left hull, the left hull being narrower than the central hull, the left hull having a left keel;
a right pod connected to the bottom of the deck, the right pod being disposed at a right of the central pod and being laterally spaced from the central pod, the right pod comprising a right hull, the right hull being narrower than the central hull, the right hull having a right keel; and
a helm assembly disposed on the deck and being operatively connected to the steerable nozzle,
the central keel being lower than the left and right keels,
a first line extending left from the central keel at a transom deadrise angle of the central hull intersects a left vertical plane containing the left keel at a point vertically above the left keel and vertically below a top of the left pod, and
a second line extending right from the central keel at the transom deadrise angle of the central hull intersects a right vertical plane containing the right keel at a point vertically above the right keel and vertically below a top of the right pod.

US Pat. No. 10,556,638

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. An electronic device that controls at least one bicycle component in correspondence with operation of an operation device, the electronic device comprising:a receiver that receives operation information corresponding to the operation of the operation device;
a first wireless transmitter;
a memory device that stores an actuation command of the bicycle component in correspondence with the operation information; and
an electronic controller that transmits the actuation command from the first wireless transmitter upon the receiver receiving the operation information, the transmitted actuation command corresponding to the received operation information;
the memory device being configured to allow the actuation command that is stored in correspondence with the operation information to be changed, the memory device being further configured to allow the actuation command stored in correspondence with the operation information to be changed in correspondence with information input from an external device.

US Pat. No. 10,556,637

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member including
a first end to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar, and
a second end opposite to the first end;
an operating member pivotally coupled to the base member about a first pivot axis;
a hydraulic unit coupled to the operating member to operate a bicycle component in response to an operation of the operating member, at least part of the hydraulic unit being disposed closer to the second end than the first pivot axis when viewed from a first direction parallel to the first pivot axis;
an electrical switch to be activated by an input operation from a user;
a wireless communicator electrically connected to the electrical switch to wirelessly transmit a signal via an antenna to an additional component in response to the input operation; and
a power supply electrically connected to the wireless communicator to supply electrical power to the wireless communicator, at least one of the wireless communicator and the power supply being at least partly disposed closer to the first end than the first pivot axis when viewed from the first direction, wherein
the power supply is disposed below the first pivot axis when viewed from the first direction, and/or
the antenna is disposed above the electrical switch when viewed from the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,556,621

STEERING ASSIST APPARATUS

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering assist apparatus for use in a vehicle steering system including right and left steering operation mechanisms that are configured to respectively steer right and left steered wheels and are respectively driven by right and left steering motors when a steering member to be manipulated to steer a vehicle in a desired direction is mechanically coupled to neither of the right and left steering operation mechanisms, the steering assist apparatus comprising:a processor programmed to:
acquire a lateral deviation of the vehicle from a target travel line and/or a lateral deviation change rate, and a curvature of the target travel line, the lateral deviation change rate being a rate of change in the lateral deviation per unit time;
set, in accordance with the curvature of the target travel line, a left base target steered angle and a right base target steered angle to cause the vehicle to travel along the target travel line;
calculate a base target steered angle correction amount in accordance with the lateral deviation and/or the lateral deviation change rate;
detect whether the vehicle is making a right turn or a left turn;
when the vehicle is making a right turn, reduce the base target steered angle correction amount so as to set the reduced base target steered angle correction amount to be a left target steered angle correction amount, and in other states, set the base target steered angle correction amount to be the left target steered angle correction amount on an as-is basis;
when the vehicle is making a left turn, reduce the base target steered angle correction amount so as to set the reduced base target steered angle correction amount to be a right target steered angle correction amount, and in other states, set the base target steered angle correction amount to be the right target steered angle correction amount on an as-is basis;
add the left target steered angle correction amount to the left base target steered angle so as to calculate a left target steered angle; and
add the right target steered angle correction amount to the right base target steered angle so as to calculate a right target steered angle;
a left motor controller configured to control the left steering motor in accordance with the left target steered angle; and
a right motor controller configured to control the right steering motor in accordance with the right target steered angle.

US Pat. No. 10,556,613

STEERING WHEEL COVER

Hopkins Manufacturing Cor...

1. A steering wheel cover comprising:an inner core comprising a plurality of ribs separated by openings;
an outer casing that at least partially encloses the inner core;
front and rear spines, the ribs extending in arcs between the front and rear spines;
each of the ribs includes:
a stem connected to the front spine and a stem connected to the rear spine; and
a plurality of branches connected to each stem and separated by a slot.

US Pat. No. 10,556,599

CONDITIONAL PROGRESSIVE DEGRADATION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a power source;
an electric motor electrically connected to the power source, wherein the power source is configured to provide electrical energy to the electric motor according to a selective power capability; and
a power management controller electrically interconnected with the power source, the power management controller comprising:
a microprocessor; and
a computer readable medium coupled to the microprocessor and comprising instructions stored thereon that cause the microprocessor to:
determine a first power capability of the power source, wherein the first power capability corresponds to a capacity of electrical charge set as available for the power source;
receive, at a first time, a first power degradation signal from a remote administrative server to selectively degrade the first power capability of the power source;
determine, based on the first power degradation signal received, that the electric vehicle is not authorized to receive power at the first power capability from the power source;
degrade, based on the first power degradation signal received, the first power capability of the power source to a decreased second power capability of the power source, wherein the decreased second power capability corresponds to a reduced percentage of the capacity of electrical charge set as available for use by the electric vehicle;
receive, at a second time, a second power degradation signal from the remote administrative server to selectively degrade the decreased second power capability of the power source:
determine, based on the second power degradation signal received, that the electric vehicle is not authorized to receive power at the decreased second power capability from the power source; and
degrade, based on the second power degradation signal received, the decreased second power capability of the power source to a further decreased third power capability of the power source, wherein the further decreased third power capability maintains a minimum usable capacity of electrical charge for the power source.

US Pat. No. 10,556,542

REAR BACKUP SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A rear backup system for a vehicle, said rear backup system comprising:a rear backup video camera disposed at a rear portion of a vehicle equipped with said rear backup system;
said rear backup video camera having a rearward field of view external of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said rear backup video camera is operable to capture image data rearward of the equipped vehicle during a rear backup maneuver of the equipped vehicle;
a display device comprising a video screen operable to display video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said rear backup video camera for viewing by a driver of the equipped vehicle who is operating the equipped vehicle;
wherein video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said rear backup video camera are displayed by said video screen of said display device when a transmission of the equipped vehicle is shifted into reverse gear by the driver;
wherein an overlay is displayed with video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said rear backup video camera during maneuvering of the equipped vehicle to connect a trailer hitch of the equipped vehicle to a trailer tongue of a trailer;
wherein said overlay displayed with video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said rear backup video camera guides the driver when hitching the trailer hitch of the equipped vehicle to the trailer tongue of the trailer;
wherein, when the trailer hitch of the equipped vehicle is within the field of view of said rear backup video camera, said overlay guides the driver to connect the trailer hitch of the equipped vehicle to the trailer tongue of the trailer; and
wherein display by said video screen of said video device of video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said rear backup video camera continues during short term forward movement of the equipped vehicle when maneuvering the equipped vehicle to connect the trailer hitch of the equipped vehicle to the trailer tongue of the trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,556,537

VEHICLE MESSAGING SYSTEM

1. A vehicle messaging system, comprising:a transparent member attached to a surface of a window of a motorized vehicle;
a message attached to the transparent member;
a light unit spaced apart from the message such that the light unit does not obscure a line of sight through the transparent member, wherein the light unit illuminates the message when the light unit is activated and wherein the light unit does not illuminate the message when the light unit is deactivated, wherein the message is viewable by a person outside of the motorized vehicle when the light unit is activated and wherein the message is not viewable by a person outside of the motorized vehicle when the light unit is deactivated; and
a control unit in communication with the light unit, wherein the control unit determines a state of a turn signal controller of the motorized vehicle, wherein the control unit is programmed to automatically activate the light unit after the turn signal controller transitions from having a turn signal activated to having a turn signal deactivated.

US Pat. No. 10,556,532

SEATING SYSTEM HAVING SEAT WITH INDIVIDUALLY CONTROLLABLE THERMAL UNITS

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seating system comprising:a seat;
first, second, and third sets of serially-connected thermal units individually positioned at respective locations in first, second, and third zones, respectively, within the seat corresponding to anatomical locations of a person sitting in the seat, the thermal units to generate heat when activated;
a switching assembly connected to a power supply, the switching assembly having first, second, and third input ports and first and second output ports;
a first switch having fourth and fifth input ports and third, fourth, and fifth output ports;
a second switch having sixth and seventh input ports and sixth and seventh output ports;
wherein the first set of thermal units is connected between the switching assembly and the first switch by being connected between the first output port and the fourth input port, the second set of thermal units is connected between the first switch and the second switch by being connected between the fourth output port and the seventh input port, and the third set of thermal units is connected between the second switch and the switching assembly by being connected between the seventh output port and the third input port;
wherein the switching assembly and the first switch are directly connected via the first input port and the third output port, the switching assembly and the second switch are directly connected via the second input port and the sixth output port, and the first switch and the second switch are directly connected via the fifth output port and the sixth input port;
a plurality of individually selectable and controllable air bladders individually positioned at respective locations within the seat corresponding to at least some of the anatomical locations of the person sitting in the seat, the air bladders to inflate and deflate when activated;
wherein at least some of the thermal units are respectively positioned in front of an A-side of at least some of the air bladders;
a plurality of fidget sensors individually positioned at respective locations within the seat corresponding to at least some of the anatomical locations of the person sitting in the seat, the fidget sensors to detect locations of fidgeting of the person sitting in the seat, wherein the fidget sensors are piezo sensors;
a controller to control the switching assembly, the first switch, and the second switch to deliver electrical current from the power supply through
(I) the first output port across the first set of thermal units to the fourth input port to activate and control temperature settings of the first set of thermal units and therefrom through
(A) the third output port to the first input port to the power supply, and/or
(B) the fourth output port across the second set of thermal units to the seventh input port to activate and control temperature settings of the second set of thermal units and therefrom through
(b1) the sixth output port to the second input port to the power supply, and/or
(b2) the seventh output port across the third set of thermal units to the third input port to activate and control temperature settings of the third set of thermal units and return to the power supply, and/or
(C) the fifth output port to the sixth input port and therefrom through
(c1) the sixth output port to the second input port to the power supply and/or
(c2) the seventh output port across the third set of thermal units to the third input port to activate and control temperature settings of the third set of thermal units and return to the power supply, and/or through
(II) the second output port to the fifth input port and therefrom through
(A) the fourth output port across the second set of thermal units to the seventh input port to activate and control temperature settings of the second set of thermal units and/or
(B) the fifth output port to the sixth input port and therefrom either through
(b1) the sixth output port to the second input port to the power supply and/or
(b2) the seventh output port across the third set of thermal units to the third input port to activate and control temperature settings of the third set of thermal units and return to the power supply,for the activated thermal units to deliver heat to the anatomical locations of the person sitting in the seat corresponding to the respective locations within the seat of the activated thermal units, in accordance with a suggested heat treatment plan based on the detected locations of fidgeting of the person sitting in the seat;the controller to individually activate and control inflating and deflating of the air bladders, for the activated air bladders to massage the anatomical locations of the person sitting in the seat corresponding to the respective locations within the seat of the activated air bladders, in accordance with a suggested massage treatment plan based on the detected locations of fidgeting of the person sitting in the seat; and
the controller to control inflating and deflating of the air bladders having the activated thermal units positioned thereon in conjunction with activating the activated thermal units to move the activated thermal units towards and away from the person sitting in the seat in accordance with the suggested heat treatment plan.

US Pat. No. 10,556,531

HEADREST ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...

1. A multi-headrest assembly for a vehicle, comprising:first and second headrests for first and second seats of the vehicle, respectively;
a multi-headrest mount having a crossbar and first and second brackets coupled to and spaced along the crossbar for supporting the first and second headrests, respectively, wherein the crossbar has a length for defining a space between the first and second headrests to align the first and second headrests with the first and second seats, respectively, when mounted in the vehicle; and
first and second seatback portions configured to be coupled to and supported by the first and second brackets, respectively;
wherein each of the first and second headrests extends downward and over a front surface of a respective seatback portion when the first and second headrests and the first and second seatback portions are coupled to the multi-headrest mount.

US Pat. No. 10,556,522

ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR AN OCCUPANT SUPPORT

FAURECIA AUTOSITZE GMBH, ...

1. A height adjustment device of a vehicle seat for adjusting a vehicle seat component, the height adjustment device comprisinga transverse pipe rotatably supported with two ends thereof configured to provide a bearing region in a hole of a seat member side frame, and
two links positioned on the transverse pipe in a rotationally secure and axially secure manner, the two links each having a lower end that is rotatably supported on a vehicle structure and a bearing hole by means of which they rest on the bearing regions, a central region of the transverse pipe having a larger diameter, the central region arranged between the bearing regions, and the links are arranged to face away from the central region and are axially secured by means of an adjacent bead in one direction on the transverse pipe,
wherein the transverse pipe further includes a diameter step formed between the central region and the bearing regions there is arranged by a conical abutment face of the transverse pipe, with which a conical abutment shoulder formed in the bearing hole is in abutment so that the links are also axially secured in the other direction to the transverse pipe, and
wherein at least one axial groove is formed in the bearing hole and material for securing the links to the transverse pipe in a rotationally secure manner is configured to flow into the at least one groove during a production process.

US Pat. No. 10,556,519

VEHICLE CABIN CONFIGURING APPARATUS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle cabin configuring apparatus, comprising:a rail assembly, comprising:
a first channel comprising power connectors;
a second channel comprising a drive cable; and
a seating assembly comprising:
a drive arm selectively engagable with the drive cable;
locking pins selectively engagable with the rail assembly; and
rollers that engage with a third channel of the rail assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,556,511

AMUSEMENT RIDE WITH SPEED TRIM SYSTEM

VEKOMA RIDES ENGINEERING ...

1. An amusement ride, comprising:at least one passenger vehicle;
a vehicle track, which vehicle track comprises a vehicle track structure for supporting the passenger vehicle and which vehicle track structure is configured for guiding the passenger vehicle along the vehicle track in a direction of travel;
a speed trim system for reducing the speed of the at least one passenger vehicle traveling along the vehicle track, the speed trim system comprising:
a magnet arrangement located on the at least one passenger vehicle, which magnet arrangement comprises at least one row of magnets;
at least one trim brake located along the track, which trim brake comprises:
an induction blade, the induction blade having an elongated braking edge for passing closely along the at least one row of magnets of the magnet arrangement of the passenger vehicle;
an induction blade support, which induction blade support pivotably supports the induction blade, such that the induction blade can be pivoted about an induction blade pivot axis between an active position, for trimming the speed of the passenger vehicle while it passes the trim brake, and an inactive position:
in which active position the induction blade is supported with its braking edge extending substantially parallel to the direction of travel of the passenger vehicle passing the trim brake, and with its braking edge located in the trajectory of the magnet arrangement of the passing passenger vehicle; and
in which inactive position the induction blade is supported with its braking edge extending at an angle to the trajectory of travel of the passenger vehicle passing the trim brake, and with its braking edge located outside the trajectory of the magnet arrangement of the passing passenger vehicle; and
an actuator, which can pivot the induction blade between its active and its inactive position; and
one or more sensors for measuring the speed of the passenger vehicle approaching and/or passing the trim brake; and
a control system, which control system is configured for receiving speed information from the one or more sensors and for comparing the speed measurement with a reference speed, and for controlling the actuator to pivot the induction blade into and/or out of its active position to trim the speed of the passenger vehicle passing the trim brake, to trim the speed of the passing passenger vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,556,510

ACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF THE STATE OF CHARGE OF ELECTROCHEMICAL CELLS

California Institute of T...

1. A method for characterizing the state of charge of an electrochemical cell, said method comprising the steps of:generating a multidimensional state of charge profile corresponding to said electrochemical cell;
measuring a plurality of open circuit voltages of said electrochemical cell via a voltage monitoring circuit, said plurality of open circuit voltages corresponding to a plurality of temperatures of said electrochemical cell;
determining a plurality of thermodynamic parameters corresponding to said electrochemical cell via a thermodynamic measurement circuit, wherein said thermodynamic parameters are selected from the group comprising: a change in enthalpy (?H), a change in entropy (?S) and a change in free energy (?G);
characterizing said state of charge of said electrochemical cell using said multidimensional state of charge profile and said thermodynamic parameters via a state of charge calculating circuit; and
determining a state of safety of said electrochemical cell using said state of charge determined for said electrochemical cell, wherein said state of safety is determined by using said state of charge and a temperature of said plurality of temperatures to calculate the probability of a thermal runaway corresponding to said electrochemical cell, wherein said state of safety is a function of the probability of a thermal runaway; and wherein said state of safety corresponds to an onset temperature of a thermal event within said electrochemical cell at said state of charge.

US Pat. No. 10,556,498

CVT DRIVE TRAIN

1. A CVT drive train, said drive train comprising:a primary drive source,
a continuously adjustable variator having a variator input and a variator output, and operatively connected to the primary drive source and to a transmission input shaft,
a start-up device including a startup clutch connected between the primary drive source and the variator,
a secondary drive source disposed coaxially with the transmission input shaft and arranged between the primary drive source and the variator,
a first additional clutch for coupling the secondary drive source to a direct drive stage,
a second additional clutch for coupling the secondary drive source to a variator input,
a third additional clutch is positioned on an output side, connected to the variator output, and configured to selectively decouple the variator on the output side, and
a sub-transmission connected to the variator output and including:
a planetary gear set, and
a shifting apparatus for switching between a first range low and a second range high at the variator output.

US Pat. No. 10,556,497

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING BATTERY STATE OF CHARGE PARAMETERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hybrid powertrain comprising:an electric machine;
a traction battery configured to power the electric machine; and
a controller having associated memory that includes a neutral state of charge (NSOC), the controller being programmed to,
generate, for a specific future window of time, a predicted future vehicle speed profile having upper and lower speed thresholds,
determine an actual state of charge (SOC) of the traction battery,
calculate an adjusted NSOC based on an amount of predicted distance or an amount of predicted time for which the vehicle speed profile is less than the lower speed threshold, wherein the adjusted NSOC is zero when the vehicle speed profile is not less than the lower speed threshold during the window and is zero when the vehicle speed profile does not exceed the upper threshold during the window,
calculate an adjusted battery SOC by subtracting the adjusted NSOC from the actual SOC, and
command a negative torque to the electric machine to charge the battery based on the adjusted battery SOC, which is artificially low when the adjusted NSOC is greater than zero to encourage charging of the battery in excess of the NSOC to pre-charge the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,556,469

HUB CAP ASSEMBLY AND A WHEEL END ASSEMBLY FOR A TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A wheel end assembly for a tire inflation system, comprising:a spindle having a passage formed therein;
a hub cap assembly having an inner housing and an outer housing, wherein the inner housing has an end surface which is spaced apart axially from an end portion of the outer housing, the inner housing and outer housing being in fluid communication via through an air passage;
an air spindle having an inboard portion disposed in the spindle and an outboard portion disposed in the inner housing, the air spindle having a fluid passage in fluid communication with the passage formed in the spindle and the air passage formed in the hub cap assembly;
a rotary air seal disposed around the air spindle; and
a rotary oil seal disposed around the air spindle and spaced apart from the rotary air seal.

US Pat. No. 10,556,465

CONSTRUCTIVE ARRANGEMENT OF A FLEXIBLE WHEEL FOR WHEELBARROW OR MANUALLY TRACTIONED INDUSTRIAL CARTS

1. A wheel constituted by a single block that comprises:(a) an outer ring (1) having a tread surface (15) that faces outwardly from said wheel, said tread surface (15) having a first side tread surface (12) and a second side tread surface (12a) arranged tangentially on each side of said tread surface (15); said first and second side tread surfaces (12,12a) have a plurality of first and second radial cavities (11,11a) are spaced around the circumference of said wheel and positioned so that said plurality of said first radial cavities (11) on said first side tread surface are not aligned opposite to said plurality of second radial cavities (11a) on said second side tread surface (12a); wherein said tread surface (15), that faces outwardly from said wheel, is formed into a curved rim and said first and second radial cavities (11a, 11b) are formed by three parallel, flexible edges (141, 142, 143), connected at extremities of said radial cavities (11a,11b) by two non-deforming, radial edges;
(b) a center wall (2) comprising a flat, solid, ring-shaped wall in a central plane of said wheel where said central plane is parallel to said outer ring (1) of said wheel;
each side of said center wall (2) having a plurality of flexible structures (14) spaced around the circumference of said wheel; and
(c) said center wall (2) having an inner ring portion (3) comprising a circular wall (31), a reinforcement rim (32) and recesses with radial walls.

US Pat. No. 10,556,460

WRITING INSTRUMENT WITH SELF-BLOCKING ASSEMBLY

SOCIETE BIC, Clichy (FR)...

1. A writing instrument extending in a longitudinal direction and having a circumferential direction and a radial direction, the writing instrument comprising: a first barrel, a second barrel, and a self-blocking assembly system for assembling together the first barrel and the second barrel, the self-blocking assembly system comprising a blocking device for blocking the first barrel relative to the second barrel in the longitudinal direction and a locking device for locking the blocking device, the locking device comprising a slot arranged in the first barrel and two ramps carried by the second barrel, the slot extending in the longitudinal direction and presenting two longitudinal edges, while the two ramps are configured to move the two longitudinal edges of the slot apart progressively in the circumferential direction during assembly of the first and second barrels, the writing instrument including a window extending in the longitudinal direction and arranged between the two ramps, and also a side button received at least in part in the window, the window including guide surfaces for guiding the side button.

US Pat. No. 10,556,459

WRITING INSTRUMENT FOR FORMING THERMOCHROMIC HANDWRITING

KABUSHIKI KAISHA PILOT CO...

1. A writing instrument comprising:an ink storage cylinder having an ink composition loaded therein, the ink composition comprising a reversible thermochromic microcapsule pigment;
a ball-point pen refill including a ball-point pen tip attached to a front end portion of the ink storage cylinder; and
a pressurization mechanism that applies pressure from a rear end side of the ink storage cylinder to the ink composition.

US Pat. No. 10,556,440

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:an installation case that receives a cartridge, the cartridge including:
a first liquid chamber which stores a liquid;
a first flow path which includes one end communicating with the first liquid chamber and the other end communicating with an outside; and
a second flow path which includes one end communicating with the first liquid chamber and the other end communicating with the outside;
a tank that includes:
a second liquid chamber;
a third flow path which includes one end communicating with the outside and the other end communicating with the second liquid chamber, at least one of the first flow path and the third flow path configured to communicate with the first chamber of the cartridge installed in the installation case and the second chamber;
a fourth flow path which is below the third flow path in a vertical direction and communicates with the second liquid chamber; and
a fifth flow path which includes one end communicating with the second liquid chamber and the other end communicating with the outside;
a sensor;
a head that communicates with the other end of the fourth flow path;
a notification device; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to:
receive a first signal from the sensor, the first signal output by the sensor in response to a liquid level in the second liquid chamber being equal to or below a specific position, the specific position being equal to or above the other end of the third flow path;
control the notification device to activate a first notification indicating the cartridge in response to receiving the first signal from the sensor;
receive a discharging instruction to discharge the liquid via the head;
count a count value indicating an amount of liquid instructed to be discharged with the discharging instruction in response to receiving the discharging instruction after receiving the first signal from the sensor;
determine whether the count value reaches a first threshold; and
control, in response to determining that the count value reaches the first threshold, the notification device to activate a second notification different from the first notification,
wherein, at the notification device activating the second notification, the liquid level of the second chamber is between the other end of the third flow path and the one end of the fourth flow path in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,556,434

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:an ink ejection surface including an ink ejection port from which ink is ejected;
a washing liquid storage portion including a supply surface adjacent to the ink ejection surface, and storing washing liquid used for washing the ink ejection surface;
a washing liquid nozzle including a communicating hole that is communicated from a supply port formed in the supply surface of the washing liquid storage portion to an inside of the washing liquid storage portion, and configured to form a concave meniscus by a surface of the washing liquid in the communicating hole;
a metal-made mesh sheet provided in close contact with an opposite rear surface of the supply surface of the washing liquid storage portion, the mesh sheet having an opening that is smaller in size than an inner diameter of the communicating hole; and
a sponge member provided in a compressed state in the inside of the washing liquid storage portion and configured to absorb and hold the washing liquid and press the mesh sheet toward the opposite rear surface of the supply surface so that the mesh sheet comes in close contact with the opposite rear surface of the supply surface.

US Pat. No. 10,556,419

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MISSING EJECTOR COMPENSATION IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTING

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional object printer that compensates for inoperative ejectors comprising:a platen;
a memory that stores image data values corresponding to layers of a three-dimensional object to be printed by the three-dimensional object printer;
a plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of material towards the platen;
a source of colored material, an inoperative ejector in the plurality of ejectors being operatively connected to the source of colored material; and
a source of clear material, an operative ejector in the plurality of ejectors being operatively connected to the source of clear material;
a source of material that is different than the colored material and different than the clear material and other operative ejectors in the plurality of ejectors are operatively connected to the source of material that is different than the colored material and different than the clear material; and
a controller operatively connected to the memory and the plurality of ejectors, the controller being configured to:
identify image data values stored in the memory that are associated with the inoperative ejector in the plurality of ejectors;
identify image data values associated with the other operative ejectors, the identified image data values being located within predetermined volumes about the identified image data values associated with the inoperative ejector;
replace the image data values associated with the inoperative ejector in the plurality of ejectors that are stored in the memory with image data values associated with the operative ejector in the plurality of ejectors that is configured to eject drops of the clear material that is different than the colored material ejected by the inoperative ejector in the plurality of ejectors;
replace the identified image data values associated with the other operative ejectors that are stored in the memory with image data values associated with the operative ejector that correspond to the clear material; and
operate the plurality of ejectors with reference to the image data values and the replaced image data values stored in the memory so the operative ejector in the plurality of ejectors ejects drops of the clear material that is different than the colored material ejected by the inoperative ejector in the plurality of ejectors into the three-dimensional object at positions where the inoperative ejector in the plurality of ejectors would have ejected material and so the operative ejector in the plurality of ejectors ejects drops of the clear material that is different than the material ejected by the other operative ejectors into the three-dimensional object at positions where the other operative ejectors would have ejected the material that is different than the colored material and different than the clear material.

US Pat. No. 10,556,414

METHOD FOR THE FULL-SURFACE CONNECTION OF ANTIPARALLEL CONTACT SURFACES OF A FIRST AND A SECOND JOINING PARTNER BY MEANS OF A BLANK

PREH GMBH, Bad Neustadt ...

1. A method for a full-surface connection of contact surfaces, which form a cavity between them and extend in an antiparallel manner, of a first transparent joining partner and a second joining partner, comprising the following steps:providing and arranging the first joining partner having a first contact surface, the second joining partner having a second contact surface, and a blank made of an elastic material, such that the blank is disposed in the cavity formed between the first contact surface and second contact surface extending in an antiparallel manner, and wherein the blank has an outer adhesive layer;
heating the blank by irradiation with microwave radiation or infrared radiation (IR); and
curing or cross-linking the adhesive layer of the blank in order to form a layer structure of the first joining partner, the blank and the second joining partner.

US Pat. No. 10,556,409

POLYETHYLENE FILM

TOYOBO CO., LTD., Osaka-...

1. A polyethylene film wherein in at least either face, a ratio between an arithmetic mean roughness in a machine direction of film (Ra (MD) [?m]), and an arithmetic mean roughness in a direction perpendicular to the machine direction (Ra (TD) [?m]) satisfies the following formula (1):1.2?Ra(TD)/Ra(MD)?3.6  (1)
wherein Ra (MD) is an arithmetic mean roughness measured in the machine direction of film, and
Ra (TD) is an arithmetic mean roughness measured in the direction perpendicular to the machine direction of film, and wherein
a three-dimensional arithmetic mean roughness SRa of the film surface satisfying the formula (1) is greater than or equal to 0.05 ?m and less than 0.2 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,556,403

WELDING PROMOTING ELEMENT FOR A CLOSURE OF AN OPENING DEVICE

1. A welding promoting element for an opening device, the welding promoting element being insertable into a lid of the opening device to connect the lid to a closing element closing a pour opening of the opening device, the welding promoting element comprising:a sheet element comprising:
a conductive layer of electrically-conductive material,
a first layer of heat-sealable plastic material, and
a second layer of heat-sealable plastic material arranged on opposite sides of the conductive layer,
wherein:
the conductive layer has a thickness in the range of 5-15 ?m,
each of the first layer and second layer has a thickness in the range of 10-50 ?m,
the first layer comprises a first layer element and a further first layer element that is interposed between the first layer element and the conductive layer,
the second layer comprises a second layer element and a further second layer element that is interposed between the second layer element and the conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,556,385

COMPOSITE COMPONENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche A...

1. A composite component for a motor vehicle, the composite component comprising:a first section comprising a metallic material, the first section including a first base region; and
a second section comprising a plastic, the second section including a second base region and a plurality of ribs extending from the second base region toward the first section, each of the ribs having a free end opposite the second base region;
wherein the first section further includes a plurality of projections provided on the first base region and extending from the first base region toward the second section,
wherein the projections have undercuts, and
wherein the projections are anchored in the free ends of the ribs in order to establish a connection between the first section and the second section, and
wherein the second section forms a plurality of channels, each of the channels being formed between a respective pair of adjacent ribs and extending between the first base region and the second base region.

US Pat. No. 10,556,382

METHOD AND A SYSTEM TO OPTIMIZE PRINTING PARAMETERS IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Arevo, Inc., Milpitas, C...

1. A method for optimizing an additive manufacturing process for generating a three-dimensional (3D) object using a 3D printer, comprising:(a) providing a first set of printing instructions generated based at least in part on (i) a model of said 3D object in computer memory and (ii) a first set of one or more printing parameters;
(b) using said first set of printing instructions or said first set of one or more printing parameters to compute an object model corresponding to said 3D object;
(c) identifying a mismatch between (i) said object model and (ii) at least one property requirement of said 3D object;
(d) upon identifying said mismatch in (c), generating a second set of printing instructions based at least in part on (i) said model of said 3D object in computer memory and (ii) a second set of one or more printing parameters, which second set of one or more printing parameters is different than said first set of one or more printing parameters; and
(e) transmitting said second set of printing instructions, or said first set of printing instructions for which there is no mismatch between a computed object model and said at least one property requirement, for printing said 3D object with said 3D printer,
wherein (a)-(d) are performed prior to initiating printing of said 3D object with said 3D printer.

US Pat. No. 10,556,371

GLOSSY CONTAINER

1. A method of blow molding a glossy article, the method comprising the steps of:providing a parison comprising an outer layer of thermoplastic material and an inner layer of thermoplastic material, wherein the inner layer has a lower melt flow index than the outer layer;
heating a mold to a first temperature of greater about 55° C., wherein the mold has an inner surface with at least a portion of SPI finish standard selected from the group consisting of A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1, B-2 and B-3 mold, wherein the first temperature is greater than about 5° C. above a heat distortion temperature of the outer layer of the thermoplastic material and the inner layer of thermoplastic material;
feeding the parison into the heated mold;
blowing the parison against the inner surface of the heated mold to form the article;
subsequently lowering the temperature of the mold to a second temperature of between about 10° C. to about 55° C. while an outer surface of the article touches the inner surface of the mold, wherein the second temperature is less than about 5° C. below the heat distortion temperature of the outer layer and the inner layer, and
wherein the cycle time (tct) of the mold is less than 250 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,556,365

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CERAMIC STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A method of manufacturing a ceramic structure comprising:a dry-mixing step of dry-mixing by a batch process a raw material for forming a ceramic formed body;
a wet-mixing step of adding a liquid including at least one of water, surfactant, lubricant, and plasticizer to a dry mixture obtained by the dry-mixing step and performing wet-mixing;
a kneading step of kneading a wet mixture obtained by the wet-mixing step;
a liquid adding step, performed in the kneading step, of further adding the liquid to a kneaded material formed by kneading the wet mixture;
a forming step of extruding a forming material of which viscosity is adjusted by the kneading step and the liquid adding step into a ceramic formed body;
a drying step of drying the ceramic formed body; and
a dimension measuring step of measuring a dry dimension of a ceramic dried body obtained by the drying step, wherein
in the liquid adding step,
an amount of the liquid to be added to the kneaded material is adjusted based on a result of measuring the dry dimension of the ceramic dried body in the dimension measuring step.

US Pat. No. 10,556,362

TOE NOTCH PLATE

1. A system, comprising:a router comprising a router bit;
a plate detachably attachable to the router, wherein the plate comprises:
an edge guide configured to contact an edge of a work piece;
a router mounting surface comprising a router bit clearance hole through which the router bit is configured to be positioned
a work piece contact area configured to contact a face of the work piece, the work piece contact area comprising a first planar surface and a second planar surface;
a first bend that connects the edge guide and the router mounting surface at an angle such that the edge guide is configured to rest flatly against an edge of the work piece while the work piece contact area is contacting the face of the work piece;
a second bend that connects the router mounting surface and the first planar surface of the work piece contact area; and
a third bend that connects the first planar surface and the second planar surface of the work piece contact area;
wherein the plate is configured to position the router bit at a predetermined depth and a predetermined angle relative to a face of a work piece and guide the router to create a groove a predetermined distance from an edge of the work piece when the router is pulled along the edge of the work piece;
wherein the predetermined angle of the router bit causes the groove to comprise a first linear surface and a second linear surface perpendicular to the first linear surface, the first linear surface and the second linear surface being recessed in the face of the work piece; and
wherein the second linear surface has a surface angle and a surface depth sufficient for a nose of a pneumatic nail gun to rest thereon and provide an entry point for a nail or a staple to secure the work piece to another piece.

US Pat. No. 10,556,346

INSPECTING CLEARANCE SIZE BETWEEN MECHANICAL PARTS

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method for inspecting a clearance size between a hole and an object inserted in the hole, comprising:controlling a robot arm by performing a predetermined motion to move the object inserted in the hole;
monitoring a response to the predetermined motion from the hole and the object; and
calculating information on the clearance size between the hole and the object using the response to the predetermined motion, wherein calculating information on the clearance size includes estimating the clearance size by referring to a relation between the hole and the object clearance size and a response force/moment to the predetermined motion for the hole and the object clearance size, the relation being learned in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,556,340

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOVING OBJECT, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM IN WHICH PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING METHOD IN COMPUTER IS RECORDED

Korea Aerospace Research ...

1. An apparatus for controlling a moving object, the apparatus comprising:a trajectory control unit configured to control a trajectory of the moving object; and
a position control unit configured to control a position of the moving object,
wherein the trajectory control unit and the position control unit use an error quaternion of the moving object to control the trajectory of the moving object and the position of the moving object, respectively,
wherein the error quaternion of the moving object is extracted from a quaternion indicating a trajectory of a current point of the moving object and a quaternion indicating a trajectory of a target point of the moving object, and
wherein the error quaternion (qe) of the moving object is obtained by the following equation:
qe=qt*?q
where qt* is a conjugate of the quaternion (qt) indicating the trajectory of the target point and q is the quaternion indicating the trajectory of the current point.

US Pat. No. 10,556,339

MOBILE ROBOT, MOVEMENT CONTROL SYSTEM, AND MOVEMENT CONTROL METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A mobile robot comprising:a sensor; and
a processor programmed to:
detect a moving image surrounding the mobile robot from the sensor;
recognize a person in the moving image as a client candidate;
determine whether the person in the moving image is performing one of predefined gestures;
in response to determining that the person in the moving image is performing one of the predefined gestures:
determine the person to be a client;
recognize a request for a service from the client based on the predefined gesture performed by the client, each of the predefined gestures being linked to a different one of services to be provided by the mobile robot;
output a notification identifying the recognized request for confirmation by the client, the outputting of the notification including performing an operation oriented toward the client;
after receiving the confirmation of the recognized request from the client, cause movement of the mobile robot toward a user designated as a receiver of the service in accordance with the recognized request; and
provide the service.

US Pat. No. 10,556,338

COMPLIANT FINGER TIP FOR ITEM MANIPULATION

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An apparatus, comprising:a robotic manipulator;
a first end effector connected to the robotic manipulator and configured to grasp an item using a first grasping function; and
a second end effector connected to the robotic manipulator and configured to grasp the item using a second grasping function, the second end effector comprising:
a first elongate finger comprising a first finger attachment connected to the first elongate finger via one or more biased members, with a first protruding tip connected to the first finger attachment at a distal end of the first finger attachment, wherein at least one of the first finger attachment or the first protruding tip deviates from an equilibrium position when an external force is applied at a distal end of the first protruding tip; and
a second elongate finger being opposite the first elongate finger and comprising a second protruding tip disposed at a distal end of the second elongate finger, the first protruding tip and the second protruding tip protruding towards each other, the first elongate finger and the second elongate finger being slidably mounted relative to each other such that the first elongate finger and the second elongate finger are moveable towards each other and away from each other,
wherein when the first elongate finger and the second elongate finger are moved towards each other:
the first elongate finger and the second elongate finger contact opposite surfaces of the item; and
the first protruding tip and the second protruding tip extend underneath bottom edges of the item.

US Pat. No. 10,556,336

DETERMINING ROBOT INERTIAL PROPERTIES

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:obtaining, by a robot management system operating a real-world robot, a plurality of joint physical parameter measurements for the joints of the real-world robot; and
adjusting, by the robot management system and using the plurality of joint physical parameter measurements, an estimate of one or more inertial properties of the real-world robot used by a virtual robot dynamic model to simulate interactions of the real-world robot with an environment, comprising:
determining, by the robot management system and using the virtual robot dynamic model and in accordance with a current estimate of the one or more inertial properties, a respective plurality of simulated joint physical parameter values corresponding to each of the plurality of joint physical parameter measurements;
adjusting, by the robot management system, the current estimate of the one or more inertial properties utilized by the virtual robot dynamic model to minimize a summation of differences between each simulated joint physical parameter value of the plurality of simulated joint physical parameter values and the corresponding joint physical parameter measurement of the plurality of joint physical parameter measurements in a nonlinear least squares equation.

US Pat. No. 10,556,332

DRIVING DEVICE

HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A driving tool, comprisinga handheld housing, having a piston member accommodated therein for transmitting energy to a fastening element to be driven in, the piston member having a starting position; a propellant charge;
a combustion chamber arranged between the propellant charge and the piston member, extending about a central axis (A);
a first control element, for variably adjusting energy transmitted from the propellant charge to the piston member, the first control element comprising a movable slide, wherein moving the slide exposes a blow-out channel connected to the combustion chamber;
and, a second control element for variably adjusting the starting position of the piston member, wherein the first and second control elements are linked to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,556,331

IMPACT DEVICE FOR AN ELECTRIC NAIL GUN

Basso Industry Corp., Ta...

1. An impact device for an electric nail gun, the electric nail gun including a supporting bracket and a flywheel that is rotatably disposed on the supporting bracket and that is capable of being electrically driven to rotate, said impact device comprising:a swing arm unit adapted to be pivotally disposed on the supporting bracket, and including a magnetically conductive component that is magnetically conductive; and
an impact unit including an impact member that is adapted to be disposed between the flywheel and said swing arm unit, and a magnetic element set that is mounted to said impact member, that is spaced apart from said swing arm unit to form a gap therebetween, and that provides a magnetic force which magnetically attracts said magnetically conductive component so that said impact unit is in contact with said swing arm unit;
wherein, said swing arm unit is movable between a pre-firing position, where said impact member is not in contact with the flywheel, and a firing position, where said impact member is in contact with the flywheel such that rotation of the flywheel drives said impact unit to move on said swing arm unit in a nail-striking direction for performing a nail striking operation.

US Pat. No. 10,556,330

POWER TOOL OPERATION RECORDING AND PLAYBACK

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A method for controlling a power tool by an external device, the method comprising:establishing, via a communication interface of the external device, a first wireless communication link with a first power tool, the external device including a memory and an electronic processor coupled to the memory and the communication interface;
receiving, by the electronic processor of the external device via the first wireless communication link, a recorded motor parameter from the first power tool, wherein the recorded motor parameter is recorded by the first power tool during an operation of the first power tool and is based on an output from a sensor of the first power tool;
establishing, via the communication interface of the external device, a second wireless communication link with a second power tool; and
transmitting, by the external device via the second wireless communication link, the recorded motor parameter to the second power tool, wherein the second power tool is configurable to replicate the operation of the first power tool by playing-back the recorded motor parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,556,321

SURFACE MODIFIED ABRASIVE PARTICLES, ABRASIVE ARTICLES AND METHODS OF FORMING THEREOF

1. A surface modified abrasive particle comprising:a core abrasive particle having a median particle size of at least about 0.06 microns; and
a coating material functionally connected to a surface of the core abrasive particle,wherein the coating material comprises a compound selected from the group consisting of dopamine, tyrosine, dihydroxyphenylalanine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, normetanephrine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid, tannic acid, pyrogallic acid or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,556,313

GRINDING OR SANDING MACHINE

1. Grinding or sanding machine for grinding or sanding a surface of a workpiece, comprising:at least one transportation device for transporting the workpiece in a transportation direction;
at least one revolving grinding or sanding belt;
at least one pressure beam for exerting a pressure in a direction towards the transportation device on the grinding or sanding belt;
a plate mounted so as to be movable in a plane that is perpendicular to the direction in which the at least one pressure beam exerts pressure, wherein the plate is disposed between the grinding or sanding belt and the at least one pressure beam, and wherein the plate is moveable in moving directions which are different from the transportation direction of the at least one transportation device, and
at least one drive device which is configured for moving the plate randomly in the moving directions in terms of either or both direction and speed.

US Pat. No. 10,556,311

LOCK DEVICE FOR POWER TOOL ADJUSTMENT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A base assembly for a power tool, comprising:a base member configured to accept a motor housing of the power tool;
an adjustment mechanism attached to the base member and configured to adjust a position of the motor housing relative to the base member; and
a lock member attached to the base member, the lock member moveable relative to the adjustment mechanism between a first position that prevents rotation of the adjustment mechanism and a second position that permits rotation of the adjustment mechanism,
wherein the adjustment mechanism includes a first contact portion and a shaft portion extending axially from the first contact portion, the first contact portion configured to be actuated to rotate the adjustment mechanism,
wherein the lock member includes a second contact portion positioned proximate to the first contact portion and configured to be actuated to position the lock member in the second position, the position of the motor housing adjusted by simultaneous actuation of the first contact portion and the second contact portion by a user, and
wherein the lock member has a locking portion that prevents rotation of the adjustment mechanism by contact between the locking portion and a portion of the first contact portion when the lock member is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,556,286

RESISTANCE BRAZING FOR A SHAFT BALANCING SYSTEM

ArvinMeritor Technology, ...

1. A method of balancing a shaft, the method comprising:locating an imbalance location of the shaft, the shaft being made of cast iron;
applying an insert material, a flux, and a balance weight adjacent the imbalance location;
positioning a first electrode in contact with the balance weight and a second electrode in contact with a surface of the shaft;
providing current through the first and second electrodes to heat the shaft and the insert material, without melting the shaft; and
deactivating the first and second electrodes to permit the insert material to cool and secure the balance weight to the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,556,276

LOCKING CHUCK

APEX BRANDS, INC., Apex,...

1. A chuck for use with a manual or powered driver having a rotatable drive shaft, the chuck comprising:a generally cylindrical body having a nose section, a tail section and a center axis, the tail section being configured to rotate with the drive shaft and the nose section having an axial bore formed therein and a plurality of passageways formed therethrough and intersecting the axial bore;
a plurality of jaws movably disposed in the passageways;
a nut rotatably mounted about the body and in operative communication with the jaws so that rotation of the nut in a closing direction moves the jaws toward the center axis of the body and rotation of the nut in an opening direction moves the jaws away from the center axis;
a generally cylindrical sleeve rotatably mounted about the body, the sleeve including an inner surface defining a first recess, a second recess, and a drive slot, the sleeve being in operative communication with a drive dog that is slidably received in the drive slot and rotates with the nut so that the sleeve rotationally drives the nut via the drive dog but the sleeve is rotatable with respect to the nut between a first rotational position of the sleeve where the drive dog is adjacent a first side of the drive slot and a second rotational position of the sleeve where the drive dog is adjacent a second side of the drive slot;
an annular array of locking teeth non-rotatably fixed to the body; and
a locking pawl including a mounting portion and an engagement portion, the mounting portion being non-rotatably fixed to the nut in a fixed position by being mounted on the drive dog such that the locking pawl rotates with the nut, and the engagement portion having a biasing cam, and a first leg and a second leg extending radially inwardly therefrom so that the first leg and the second leg define an acute angle therebetween and the engagement portion defines a convex outer surface and a concave inner surface disposed in facing relationship with the locking teeth,
the engagement portion being radially movable with respect to the body, the engagement portion and the locking teeth being configured so that when the engagement portion engages the locking teeth, the engagement portion and the locking teeth prevent the nut from rotating in the opening direction with respect to the body,
wherein the biasing cam of the engagement portion is received in the first recess and is disengaged from the locking teeth so that the first leg and the second leg define a first acute angle value therebetween when the sleeve is in the first rotational position, and the biasing cam of the engagement portion is received in the second recess and engages the locking teeth so that the first leg and the second leg define a second acute angle value therebetween when the sleeve is in the second rotational position, the engagement portion being compressed between the locking teeth and the second recess in the second rotational position so that an amount of force is exerted on the nut in the closing direction by the engagement portion, and the second acute angle value is greater than the first acute angle value.

US Pat. No. 10,556,271

PIPE END TRUING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. Apparatus for truing a pipe end of a generally circular pipe having an inside diameter and a pipe axis, comprising:a jig comprising:
a body having a first end and a second end for placement within the pipe;
a sleeve for rotation about the first end of the body;
two or more standoffs extending radially from the body and operable between a retracted position and an expanded position, wherein in the expanded position the standoffs releasably engage the inside diameter of the pipe for locating the body generally concentric within the pipe along the pipe axis with the sleeve accessible from the pipe end; and
a tool supported from the sleeve for engaging the pipe end and rotatable thereabout with the sleeve;
wherein each standoff is a pantograph linkage comprising a pair of lever arms pivotally connected at an intermediate location, an inner end of each lever arm adjacent the body, one inner end fixed axially thereto and one inner end being axially actuable for scissoring the inner ends of the lever arms together and apart relative to the other whilst outer ends of each lever arm also move together and apart between the extended and retracted positions respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,556,259

DEVICES AND TECHNIQUES RELATING TO LANDFILL GAS EXTRACTION

Loci Controls, Inc., Fal...

1. A system for controlling extraction of landfill gas from a landfill via a gas extraction system, the gas extraction system comprising at least one vacuum source, well piping, and at least one well coupled to the at least one vacuum source through the well piping, the system comprising:at least one sensor configured to measure characteristics of extracted landfill gas being extracted from the landfill, the characteristics of the extracted landfill gas including a concentration of one or more constituent gasses in the extracted landfill gas;
at least one flow control mechanism disposed in well piping and configured to control flow rate of landfill gas through the gas extraction system; and
a controller configured to:
determine a measure of concentration of nitrogen in the landfill gas being extracted from the landfill at least in part by using the at least one sensor; and
automatically control the at least one flow control mechanism based at least on the measured concentration of nitrogen in the landfill gas being extracted from the landfill at least in part by:
determining whether the measure of concentration of nitrogen is different from a target constant nitrogen concentration; and
automatically controlling the at least one flow control mechanism to change concentration of nitrogen in landfill gas being extracted from the landfill when it is determined that the measure of concentration of nitrogen is different from the target constant nitrogen concentration.

US Pat. No. 10,556,255

AUTOMATIC CLEANING PROCESS, DRYING STATION AND CLEANING SYSTEM COMPRISING SUCH DRYING STATION

EXEL INDUSTRIES, Epernay...

1. An automatic cleaning system intended to be positioned inside a booth with a controlled atmosphere belonging to a coating facility, the automatic cleaning system comprising:a rinsing station comprising at least one nozzle for applying a liquid solvent on all or part of a spraying robot, wherein the spraying robot comprises a moving arm, a handle and a sprayer, wherein the handle is attached to an end of the moving arm and the sprayer is attached to the handle, and wherein the rinsing station is dimensioned to receive the sprayer completely, and
a drying station dimensioned to receive all or part of the spraying robot,
wherein an entire surface of the sprayer can be exposed, at least temporarily, to a liquid solvent jet applied by the nozzle or by one of the nozzles, and
wherein the drying station and the rinsing station are separate and comprise separate openings for receiving the sprayer.

US Pat. No. 10,556,238

DRIVE CONTROL METHOD AND DRIVE SYSTEM OPERATING ACCORDING TO SAID METHOD

1. A method of controlling a drive system for a vertical mill having a grinding plate driven by an electric motor and a drive train comprising a gearbox for rotation about a vertical axis, with the electric motor and the grinding plate representing mass inertia elements in an oscillating system which are connected by the gearbox operating as a torsion spring element, the method comprising:measuring a rotational speed variation of at least one of the mass inertia elements;
governing the electric motor by way of a controller to minimize the measured rotational speed variation;
parameterizing the controller for governing the electric motor with at least one adjustable controller parameter which is selected to minimize maximum reaction torques resulting in the gearbox when a sinusoidal excitation is imparted on the drive train by the grinding plate;
experimentally determining on the vertical mill or determining from a simulation of the vertical mill a plurality of degrees of damping as a function of the at least one adjustable controller parameter,
determining an extreme value by performing an extreme value search in the plurality of degrees of damping, and
applying to the controller the at least one controller parameter based on the determined extreme value.

US Pat. No. 10,556,220

MEDIA CARTRIDGE WITH ADJUSTABLE BYPASS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A media cartridge comprising:an inlet passing a fluid from the inlet to a feed chamber;
a feed separator;
a media compartment containing a media;
a tubular conduit connected to a mixing compartment and extending into the media compartment;
an adjustable bypass port in fluid communication with the feed chamber and the mixing compartment; the adjustable bypass port passing a fixed volume percent of the fluid between 1 vol % to 50 vol %;
a first fluid path from the feed chamber through the feed separator and into the media compartment such that the fluid flowing through the first fluid path contacts the media to form a treated fluid that then flows through the tubular conduit into the mixing compartment; and a second fluid path from the feed chamber through the adjustable bypass port into the mixing compartment such that the fluid flowing through the second fluid path does not contact the media and is an untreated fluid upon entry into the mixing compartment; and
wherein the treated fluid and the untreated fluid mix in the mixing compartment to form an outlet fluid which flows through an outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,556,209

PROTEIN BLENDER CUP

1. A manually operated blender, comprising:a lid with fully detachable components for cleaning which houses a detachable reverse planetary gear system;
the lid includes:
a stationary top cap having a spout opening;
a stationary bottom cap with an integral spout that extends out of the spout opening of the stationary top cap, with the stationary bottom cap detachably coupled with a cup body; and
a movable handle that is an integral part of a rounded body, forming a single piece unit;
the rounded body has an annular configuration, an inner circumference of which is comprised of a ring gear;
the rounded body with the associated ring gear is detachably positioned between the stationary top cap and the stationary bottom cap;
the handle is connected to an exterior circumference of the rounded body by two connection portions of the handle that extend a distance transverse a longitudinal axis of the blender, defining a handle opening with a plane that is oriented transverse the longitudinal axis of the blender, with the opening adapted for insertion of one or more fingers of a hand and for facilitating added torque;
the reverse planetary gear system in between the stationary top cap and the stationary bottom cap further includes:
two planetary gears; and
a sun gear;
the ring gear rotates around the two planetary gears that rotate on shafts that are integral with the stationary bottom cap as the handle is moved;
the sun gear is associated with a central housing that is integral with the stationary bottom cap;
the sun gear is positioned between the two planetary gears;
the two planetary gears simultaneously engage the ring gear at first ends of the two planetary gears and the sun gear at second ends, opposite the first ends of the two planetary gears;
center axes of the ring gear, the two planetary gears, and the sun gear are parallel;
centers of the two planetary gears and the sun gear are aligned and in series within the ring gear;
centers of the sun gear and the ring gear are concentric;
a stirrer is detachably connected with the sun gear;
the stirrer is comprised of pairs of side arms connected to a central shaft and a window paddle at bottom;
wherein: a movement of the movable handle moves the ring gear, which is meshed with the first ends of the two planetary gears to rotate the two planetary gears, with the second opposite ends of the two planetary gears meshed with the sun gear, which rotate the sun gear at a compound gear ratio for a desired rotational speed of the stirrer.

US Pat. No. 10,556,206

ISOTOPE SEPARATION METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Savannah River Nuclear So...

1. A system for removal and recovery of an isotope from an aqueous source, the system comprising:a separation device, the separation device including:
a first flow inlet and a first flow outlet;
a plurality of hollow fiber separation membranes between the first flow inlet and the first flow outlet, each hollow fiber separation membrane including an isotope selective layer and an ion conductive supporting layer, each hollow fiber separation membrane including an exterior surface and an interior surface that surrounds a hollow tubular interior, wherein the first flow inlet is in fluid communication with and upstream of the hollow tubular interior of each of the hollow fiber separation membranes, and the first flow outlet is in fluid communication with and downstream of the hollow tubular interior of each of the hollow fiber separation membranes;
a second flow inlet and a second flow outlet defining a first flow path there between, the first flow path contacting the exterior surface of each of the hollow fiber separation membranes, wherein the separation device is configured such that flow from the first flow inlet to the first flow outlet is counter-current to the first flow path; and
an electric circuit in electrical communication with each of the hollow fiber separation membranes and configured to apply a voltage between the interior surface and the exterior surface of each of the hollow fiber separation membranes.

US Pat. No. 10,556,194

OIL AND GAS WELL PRIMARY SEPARATION DEVICE

Stuart Petroleum Testers,...

1. An apparatus for separating natural gas from a production stream, the apparatus comprising:a housing having a first end, a second end and an interior cavity disposed at least partially therebetween;
an inlet port in fluid communication with the first end of the housing;
a flow sleeve disposed at least partially within the interior cavity of the housing and in fluid communication with the inlet port;
a first screen disposed at least partially within the flow sleeve and in fluid communication with the inlet port;
an annulus disposed radially between the first screen and the flow sleeve;
a baffle disposed within the interior cavity fluidically downstream from at least a portion of the first screen;
a liquid drain in fluid communication with the interior cavity and disposed fluidically downstream from the baffle;
a gas separator body extending from the housing and disposed in fluid communication with the interior cavity, the gas separator body having a gas outlet; and
a second screen disposed at least partially within the gas separator body, wherein at least a portion of the second screen is disposed fluidically between the interior cavity of the housing and the gas outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,556,167

EXERCISE ASSEMBLY FOR PERFORMING DIFFERENT ROWING ROUTINES

COREYAK LLC, Coral Gable...

1. An exercise assembly structured to perform different rowing routines, said exercise assembly comprising:a chamber including a resistance device movably disposed therein;
said resistance device structured to resist predetermined movement thereof within said chamber;
a drive assembly comprising at least two drive sections each movably and independently connected in driving relation to said resistance device;
a biasing member disposed in each of said two drive sections, said biasing members each movably and independently connected in reverse driving relation to said handle;
a handle connected in driving relation to said drive assembly; said handle concurrently movable with and relative to said driving assembly, through a plurality of different rowing motions;
a connector structure comprising at least two connector members each disposed in interconnecting relation between said handle and a different one of said drive sections,
said handle, movable by a user through a selected one of said plurality of different rowing motions being determinative of performance of a predetermined one of the different rowing routines, and
at least one of said plurality of different rowing motions defined by said at least two drive sections concurrently connected in driving relation to said resistance device and said two connector members concurrently connected in driven relation to said handle.

US Pat. No. 10,556,165

SYSTEMS AND METHODS UTILIZING A BALL INCLUDING ONE OR MORE SENSORS TO IMPROVE PITCHING PERFORMANCE

1. A system, comprising:a ball comprising:
at least one sensor;
at least one first processor; and
first communications circuitry; and
a user device comprising:
second communications circuitry;
memory comprising at least one predefined value for each of a plurality of pitches;
a display that displays the plurality of pitches, the display comprising a user interface configured to create a new pitch and parameters of the new pitch; and
at least one second processor operable to:
determine that a selection of a type of pitch for the ball to be thrown as has been made;
retrieve, from the user device's memory, the at least one predefined value for the selected type of pitch; and
send, using the second communications circuitry, the predefined threshold values to the ball's first communications circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,556,153

GOLF BALL HAVING NON-PLANAR PARTING LINE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having a non-planar parting line and comprising a plurality of dimples located adjacent to the parting line, wherein:the parting line results from superimposing of a base waveform with at least one shorter wavelength secondary waveform;
the secondary waveform is defined by a series of concentric arcs, wherein the arcs have radii, rARC, determined by corresponding dimples, the dimples having diameters, DDIMPLE, defined by the relationship

adjacent arcs being connected with a straight line that is tangent to the arcs creating an acute angle ?;
the length of the straight line, LLINE, is defined by
where r2 and r3 are the radii of the adjacent arcs that are connected with the straight line;the sum of the lengths of the straight lines are defined by the lengths of the arcs as (0.15) ?LARCS??LLINES?(0.50)?LARCS;
the length of the shortest line segment in the parting line, LMIN, relates to the smallest dimple diameter in the overall dimple pattern, DMIN, as follows:
LMIN>(0.05)DMIN; and
the plurality of dimples located adjacent to the parting line consists of a first portion of dimples, each dimple of the first portion having a wave relief distance of from 0.001 inches and 0.005 inches, and a second portion of dimples, each dimple of the second portion having a wave relief distance of 0.008 inches or greater, where wave relief distance is measured as the shortest distance from the average dimple diameter of the dimple to the parting line.

US Pat. No. 10,556,118

EXTRA-CARDIOVASCULAR PACING BY AN IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATOR

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An extra-cardiovascular implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) comprising:a high voltage therapy module including:
a high voltage capacitor having a first capacitance;
a high voltage charging circuit configured to charge the high voltage capacitor; and
first switching circuitry configured to couple the high voltage capacitor across extra-cardiovascular electrodes coupled to the ICD;
a low voltage therapy module including:
a plurality of low voltage capacitors each having up to a second capacitance that is less than the first capacitance;
a low voltage charging circuit configured to charge the plurality of low voltage capacitors; and
second switching circuitry configured to selectively couple the plurality of low voltage capacitors to the extra-cardiovascular electrodes coupled to the ICD; and
a control module coupled to the high voltage therapy module and the low voltage therapy module and configured to:
control at least one of the low voltage therapy module or the high voltage therapy module to perform a pacing capture test;
based on the pacing capture test, select a pacing output configuration from among at least a low-voltage pacing output configuration of the low voltage therapy module and a high-voltage pacing output configuration of the high voltage therapy module;
control a respective one of the low voltage therapy module and the high voltage therapy module to deliver extra-cardiovascular pacing pulses in the selected one of the low-voltage pacing output configuration or the high-voltage pacing output configuration via the extra-cardiovascular electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,556,117

IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER-DEFIBRILLATOR (ICD) SYSTEM INCLUDING SUBSTERNAL PACING LEAD

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:generating one or more pacing pulses with an implantable cardiac device;
delivering the one or more pacing pulses via at least one electrode of a pacing lead coupled to the implantable cardiac device and implanted at least partially along a posterior side of a sternum within an anterior mediastinum of a patient such that the at least one electrode is physically isolated from a pericardium of the patient, wherein the pacing lead comprises a first elongated body defining at least one lumen therethrough;
generating a defibrillation pulse with the implantable cardiac device; and
delivering the defibrillation pulse via at least one electrode of a defibrillation lead coupled to the implantable cardiac device, wherein the defibrillation lead comprises a second elongated body, separate from the first elongated body, defining at least one lumen therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,556,113

PATIENT-SPECIFIC MODELING OF VENTRICULAR ACTIVATION PATTERN USING SURFACE ECG-DERIVED VECTORCARDIOGRAM IN BUNDLE BRANCH BLOCK

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method comprising:receiving three-dimensional image data representative of a heart of a patient;
receiving electrical data representative of an electrophysiology of the heart;
generating a computational model of the heart by at least combining the received three-dimensional image data and the received electrical data, the computational model of the heart providing time-varying electrical dynamics of the heart;
determining, based at least on the computational model of the heart, a dyssynchrony metric predictive of a responsiveness of the patient to a cardiac pacing therapy; and
administering, based at least on the dyssynchrony metric, the cardiac pacing therapy, the dyssynchrony metric determining one or more lead placements and/or an interventricular stimulation delay for the administering of the cardiac pacing therapy.

US Pat. No. 10,556,110

EXTERNAL UNIT OF AN IMPLANTED MEDICAL DEVICE

Cochlear Limited, Macqua...

1. A method, comprising:operating an external component of an auditory prosthesis in a first mode to communicate with an implantable component of the auditory prosthesis via a first communications channel, wherein in the first mode the external component is coupled to the implantable component and the first communication channel is used for a first set of functions;
determining, at the external component, that the external component is no longer coupled to the implantable component; and
in response to determining that the external component is no longer coupled to the implantable component, operating the external component in a second mode to communicate with the implantable component via a second communication channel that is different from the first communication channel and is used for a second set of functions that are a subset of the first set of functions.

US Pat. No. 10,556,083

PATIENT INTERFACE DEVICE AND MAINTAINING APPARATUS AND MAINTAINING MEMBER THEREFOR

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A maintaining member for a patient interface device, the patient interface device comprising a cushion member structured to engage a face of a patient to deliver a flow of breathing gas to an airway of the patient, the maintaining member comprising:a body structured to be disposed on a single side of the face of the patient, the single side of the face of the patient being either a left side of the face or a right side of the face, the body comprising:
a coupling portion structured to be coupled to the cushion member; and
a maintaining portion extending from the coupling portion, the maintaining portion having a receiving portion disposed opposite and facing the coupling portion, the receiving portion being structured to be disposed on a back side of a head of the patient and being concave facing in a direction toward the coupling portion in order to maintain the patient interface device on the face of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,556,064

AUTO-INJECTOR

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. An auto-injector for administering a dose of a liquid medicament, the auto-injector comprising:a tubular chassis telescopable in a tubular case;
a carrier subassembly comprising a tubular carrier, a drive spring, and a plunger, wherein the tubular carrier is slidably arranged relative to the tubular chassis inside the tubular case, the tubular carrier configured to contain a syringe with a hollow injection needle, wherein the plunger is configured to forward a load of the drive spring to a stopper of the syringe, and wherein the syringe is lockable for joint axial translation with the tubular carrier;
a control spring arranged around the tubular carrier; and
a syringe retraction control mechanism configured to couple a distal end of the control spring to either the tubular carrier for needle retraction or to the tubular case otherwise.

US Pat. No. 10,556,012

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TOPICAL DELIVERY OF PROSTAGLANDINS TO SUBCUTANEOUS FAT

Topokine Therapeutics, In...

1. A composition comprising a compound of Formula (I):or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof; wherein:each instance of independently represents a single bond or a double bond, which can be in the cis or trans configuration;
A is optionally substituted C1-10 alkylene, optionally substituted C2-10 alkenylene, or optionally substituted C2-10 alkynylene, wherein the alkylene, alkenylene, or alkynylene group is optionally interrupted by one or more —O— or —S— groups;
B is hydrogen, optionally substituted C3-7 carbocyclyl, optionally substituted 3-8-membered heterocyclyl, optionally substituted 5-14-membered heteroaryl, optionally substituted C6-10 aryl, optionally substituted C1-30 alkyl, optionally substituted C2-30 alkenyl, or optionally substituted C2-30 alkynyl;
X is —OR4, —SR4, or —N(R4)2, wherein each instance of R4 is independently hydrogen, optionally substituted C1-30 alkyl, optionally substituted C2-30 alkenyl, optionally substituted C2-30 alkynyl, —C(?O)R5, or —C(?O)OR5, wherein R5 is optionally substituted C1-30 alkyl, optionally substituted C2-30 alkenyl, or optionally substituted C2-30 alkynyl, or two R4 groups are joined to form an optionally substituted 3-8-membered heterocyclyl or optionally substituted 5-14-membered heteroaryl ring;
Z is ?O, ?S, or ?NRZ, wherein RZ is selected from hydrogen, an amino protecting group, —OH, substituted hydroxyl, optionally substituted C1-10 alkyl, optionally substituted C2-10 alkenyl, optionally substituted C2-10 alkynyl, optionally substituted C3-7 carbocyclyl, optionally substituted 3-8-membered heterocyclyl, optionally substituted C6-10 aryl, or optionally substituted 5-14-membered heteroaryl, or Z represents two hydrogen atoms; and
one of R1 and R2 is ?O, —OH, or a —O(CO)R6 group, and the other one is —OH or —O(CO)R6, or R1 is ?O and R2 is H, wherein R6 is an optionally substituted C1-20 alkyl, optionally substituted C2-20 alkenyl, optionally substituted C2-20 alkynyl, or —(CH2)mR7, wherein m is 0 or an integer of between 1-10, inclusive, and R7 is optionally substituted C3-7 carbocyclyl, optionally substituted 3-8-membered heterocyclyl, optionally substituted C6-10 aryl, or optionally substituted 5-14-membered heteroaryl;
and isopropyl myristate.

US Pat. No. 10,555,997

ANTIGENS AND VACCINES DIRECTED AGAINST HUMAN ENTEROVIRUSES

SENTINEXT THERAPEUTICS Sd...

1. An expression cassette comprising a promoter operably linked to a nucleic acid sequence encoding a human enterovirus C P1 polypeptide, wherein the nucleic acid sequence encoding the human enterovirus C P1 polypeptide is operably linked to a nucleic acid sequence encoding a human enterovirus C Internal Ribosome Entry Site (IRES), wherein the nucleic acid sequence encoding the IRES is operably linked to a nucleic acid sequence encoding a human enterovirus C 3CD protease, wherein the human enterovirus C 3CD protease is under the translational control of the IRES.

US Pat. No. 10,555,974

METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION BY HUMAN BIRTH TISSUE MATERIAL COMPOSITION

BioDlogics, LLC, Cordova...

1. A composition for treating erectile dysfunction comprising:a human birth tissue material composition for topical application or introduction onto or into a penis affected by erectile dysfunction, the human birth tissue material composition comprising a therapeutically effective amount of a one or more components of a placental organ selected from the group consisting of morselized placental globe, morselized umbilical cord, umbilical cord blood, morselized chorionic membrane, morselized amniotic membrane, Wharton's jelly, amniotic fluid, and other placental gelatins, cells, and morselized extracellular material,
wherein the morselized placental component(s) is/are homogenized with a tissue suspension solution, the tissue suspension solution comprising human albumin 25% solution and dimethyl sulfoxide, and
wherein the composition is suitable for restoration of erectile function.

US Pat. No. 10,555,957

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR ENRICHING DHA LEVELS IN THE BRAIN

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A compound according to Formula 1
wherein R1 is —OH, and wherein R2 is EPA, or
wherein R1 is eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and wherein R2 is —OH.

US Pat. No. 10,555,922

METHOD OF TREATING A DOPAMINE RELATED DISORDER IN A SUBJECT BY ADMINISTERING LEVODOPA, IN COMBINATION WITH A DOPAMINE DECARBOXYLASE INHIBITOR AND A CATECHOL-O-METHYLTRANSFERASE INHIBITOR

LobSor Pharmaceuticals Ak...

1. A method of treating a dopamine related disorder in a subject who has received prior therapy with an intestinal gel that delivers levodopa in combination with a dopamine decarboxylase inhibitor (DDI) according to a reference regimen optimized for the subject, so that the subject received an optimized dose of the levodopa and DDI over a selected time period, the method comprising a step of:administering to the subject a combination therapy with levodopa in combination with both a DDI and a catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitor, so that, over the selected time period one or more of:
(i) the administered dose of levodopa is lower than the prior optimized dose;
(ii) the administered dose of DDI is lower than the prior optimized dose;
(iii) the dosing of levodopa is less frequent than in the reference regimen; or
(iv) the dosing of DDI is less frequent than in the reference regimen,wherein the DDI is selected from the group consisting of carbidopa, benzerazide, and combinations thereof, andwherein at least the levodopa and the DDI are administered via an intestinal gel.

US Pat. No. 10,555,884

2-PYRIDINOL-N-OXIDE DEODORANT AND ANTIPERSPIRANT COMPOSITIONS

1. A deodorant stick comprising:a. a substituted or unsubstituted 2-pyridinol-N-oxide material; and
b. a chelant, wherein the ratio of chelant to the substituted or unsubstituted 2-pyridinol-N-oxide material is at least about 4:1.

US Pat. No. 10,555,857

FLEXIBLE MEDICAL SUPPORTS

19. A patient support comprising a support for a patient's knees or legs, against which the patient can press as the patient rises from a seating position to a standing position, the support including a support structure and at least one support membrane connected to the support structure, the at least one support membrane configured to assist the patient in rising from the seating position to the standing position during which a front side of the patient's knee or leg is pressed against the at least one support membrane, the at least one support membrane having a thickness that increases gradually and uniformly from a bottom edge of the at least one support membrane to a top edge of the support membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,555,844

LIFT MECHANISM FOR WHEELCHAIRS IN VEHICLES

All-Terrain Conversions, ...

1. A combined wheelchair ramp and lift system for use with a sport utility vehicle (“SUV”) or a minivan, the system comprising:a ramp extension movable between a stowed position in which the ramp extension is positioned within a vehicle cabin of a sport utility vehicle (“SUV”) or a minivan and an extended position in which the ramp extension extends out of an opening in the vehicle cabin;
a ramp/lift assembly adjacent the ramp extension, wherein the ramp/lift assembly includes a ramp surface pivotal between a ramped position in which the ramp surface defines an inclined plane between a floor of the vehicle cabin and the ramp extension and a non-ramped position in which the ramp surface is substantially flush with the floor;
a first hinge configured to pivotally connect a first end of the ramp/lift assembly and the floor, wherein the first end of the ramp/lift assembly pivots about an axis extending substantially along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle cabin;
a second hinge configured to pivotally connect a second end of the ramp/lift assembly and the ramp extension, wherein the ramp extension pivots about an axis that is substantially parallel but offset from the axis about which the first end of the ramp/lift assembly pivots; and
a lift actuator configured to pivot the ramp/lift assembly between the ramped position and the non-ramped position, wherein the lift actuator has a lifting capacity configured to move the ramp surface to the non-ramped position under a weight of a wheelchair and wheelchair user.

US Pat. No. 10,555,839

WOUND DRESSING

1. A wound treatment apparatus, comprising:a dressing comprising:
a cover layer, the cover layer comprising at least one opening;
a wound contact layer;
a first layer disposed in a space between the cover layer and the wound contact layer, wherein the first layer comprises a foam material;
an absorbent layer positioned in fluid communication between the first layer and the wound contact layer, wherein the absorbent layer is below the first layer, wherein the absorbent layer comprises a lower surface configured to be facing a wound site when the dressing is applied over the wound site and an opposite upper surface and a plurality of through holes extending from the lower surface to the upper surface of the absorbent layer, wherein the absorbent layer is configured to distribute fluid throughout the absorbent layer via a wicking action so that fluid is drawn from the wound site and stored throughout the absorbent layer;
a connector in fluid communication with the space for connecting the space to a source of negative pressure; and
a hydrophilic member in fluid communication with the absorbent layer that permits moisture vapor and gas through, the hydrophilic member positioned in fluid communication between the first layer and the connector, wherein the hydrophilic member covers the at least one opening in the cover layer; and
a second layer disposed in the space, wherein the second layer is below the absorbent layer and above the wound contact layer, the first layer and the second layer have a larger perimeter than the absorbent layer.

US Pat. No. 10,555,829

ORTHOSIS JOINT

1. An orthosis joint, comprising:a base body comprising:
a receptacle for a proximal component;
a bearing point for a distal component pivotably coupled to the base body;
at least one receiving element releasably secured to and extending proximally beyond a proximal outer surface of the base body, the at least one receiving element having a bore;
a functional element arranged at least partially within the bore and configured to interact with the distal component, the functional element including a spring element, the functional element and the at least one receiving element being provided as an integrated, modular assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,555,826

HEMOSTASIS VALVE AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Bolton Medical, Inc., Su...

1. An x-valve, comprising:a) a valve housing;
b) at least one sealing component within the valve housing, the sealing component defining a plurality of slots that intersect with each other; and
c) a support layer that includes nitinol and partitions the sealing component, the support layer including a peripheral ring and a plurality of arms extending from the peripheral ring to points proximate to intersection of the plurality of slots, the plurality of arms embedded within the sealing component, whereby the x-valve can form a seal about a guidewire extending through the x-valve.

US Pat. No. 10,555,807

INTRAOCULAR LENS DELIVERY DEVICE WITH TELESCOPING PLUNGER

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. An intraocular lens (IOL) insertion apparatus comprising:a hand piece body having a distal tip;
a lumen formed within the hand piece body, the lumen comprising:
a folding chamber; and
a dwell position; and
a telescoping plunger moveable within the lumen over a selected distance, the telescoping plunger comprising:
a first plunger portion;
a second plunger portion, and
a pin coupler selectively connecting the first plunger portion and second plunger portion, wherein the first plunger portion and the second plunger portion are selectively coupled together to simultaneously advance toward the distal tip during a first portion of the selected distance, and wherein the first plunger portion and the second plunger portion being are selectively decoupled at a position along the selected distance such that only one of the first plunger portion and second plunger portion is advanced during a second portion of the selected distance.

US Pat. No. 10,555,793

SELF-LIGATING ORTHODONTIC BRACKETS

DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc., Yo...

1. An orthodontic bracket according to comprisinga base adapted to engage the tooth surface;
a bracket body extending in a substantially perpendicular direction from said base, said bracket body having an arch wire slot which extends in a mesiodistal direction;
a locking clip for opening or closing said arch wire slot; and
a locking mechanism form in a cavity of the body, the cavity being configured to receive a deformable member through an opening in the cavity, the deformable member having a biased state to allow the deformable member to extend through the opening cavity;
wherein the cavity includes a notched portion for engagement with the deformable member to secure the locking clip in a closed position;
wherein either the deformable member or the cavity is provided in the locking clip while the other is provided in the bracket body.

US Pat. No. 10,555,766

ACTIVE TENSION BONE AND JOINT STABILIZATION DEVICES

PANTHER ORTHOPEDICS, INC....

1. An orthopedic surgery system comprising:a spring member comprising a NiTi alloy and having an elongate stretchable structure with two lateral outer extents, the spring member comprising a plurality of beams arranged in pairs, wherein a first beam and a second beam of each pair are connected to each other only at the two lateral outer extents such that the first beam opposes the second beam, and wherein each pair of beams is connected to an adjacent pair of beams by only a medial connector such that gaps are present at the two lateral outer extents between each pair of beams and the adjacent pair of beams; and
an anchoring foot rotatable around a pivot located at a distal end of the spring member from a position at least partially aligned with the spring member to a position transverse to the spring member.

US Pat. No. 10,555,753

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CUTTING AND ABRADING TISSUE

1. An atherectomy catheter, comprising:a rotatable shaft having proximal and distal ends and a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal and distal ends, wherein the rotatable shaft is selectively rotatable about its longitudinal axis; and
a tissue-removing element adjacent the distal end of the rotatable shaft, the tissue-removing element having a length and an outer diameter, the tissue-removing element being coupled to the rotatable shaft for rotating the tissue-removing element about a longitudinal axis of the tissue-removing element, the tissue-removing element having
a first abrasive surface on a first longitudinal portion of the outer diameter surface of the tissue-removing element configured for abrading tissue as the tissue-removing element rotates,
a second abrasive surface on a second longitudinal portion of the outer diameter surface of the tissue-removing element configured for abrading tissue as the tissue-removing element rotates, and
a non-abrasive surface on a third longitudinal portion of the outer surface of the tissue-removing element disposed longitudinally between the first and second abrasive surfaces;
wherein each of the first abrasive surface, the second abrasive surface, and the non-abrasive surface is annular and extends about the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,555,748

FEATURES AND METHODS TO CONTROL DELIVERY OF COOLING FLUID TO END EFFECTOR OF ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An apparatus, comprising:(a) an acoustic waveguide;
(b) an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide;
(c) a liquid dispensing feature positioned adjacent to the ultrasonic blade, wherein the liquid dispensing feature is configured to deliver a flow of cooling liquid to the ultrasonic blade; and
(d) a control module, wherein the control module is operable to regulate fluid flow through the liquid dispensing feature,
wherein the control module is configured to direct activation of the ultrasonic blade according to a first pulsed drive signal and further direct activation of the liquid dispensing feature according to a second pulsed drive signal, wherein the first pulsed drive signal includes a plurality of first predetermined timed pulses each configured to activate the ultrasonic blade a first predetermined pulse time, wherein the second pulsed drive signal includes a plurality of second predetermined timed pulses configured to activate the liquid dispensing feature a second predetermined pulse time, and
wherein the control module is further configured to provide the plurality of second predetermined timed pulses respectively between the plurality of first predetermined timed pulses such that the plurality of second predetermined timed pulses do not overlap with the plurality of first predetermined timed pulses during at least a portion of the first pulsed drive signal to thereby inhibit converting the cooling liquid into a mist upon contact with the ultrasonic blade for delivering the cooling liquid to a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,555,746

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TREATING CONDITIONS CAUSED BY AFFARENT NERVE SIGNALS

HOLOGIC, INC., Marlborou...

1. A method of creating at least one dissection plane within a wall of a bladder trigone of a patient, the method comprising:advancing a visualization scope through a urethra of the patient until a distal end portion of the scope is positioned in the patient's bladder, the scope including a working channel therethrough;
advancing a guide wire through the working channel, until a tissue penetrating distal tip of the guide wire is advanced out an open distal end of the working channel and penetrates a wall of the bladder;
advancing the distal tip of the guidewire submucosally through the bladder wall until the distal tip of the guidewire is positioned within tissue of the bladder trigone;
advancing a balloon dilation catheter over the guidewire until a balloon carried on a distal end portion of the balloon dilation catheter is positioned proximate the distal tip of the guidewire within the bladder trigone tissue;
and
while the balloon is within the wall of the bladder trigone, inflating said balloon to form a first dissection plane between separated layers of tissue within the bladder trigone.

US Pat. No. 10,555,738

EMBOLIC CONTAINMENT

MicroVention, Inc., Alis...

1. A method of treating a neurovascular arteriovenous malformation comprising:providing a catheter with a mesh catch structure on the distal portion of the catheter, where the catheter is configured to deliver liquid embolic and dimethyl sulfoxide;
configuring said catheter with said mesh catch structure to be tracked through the venous system and placed on the venous side of the arteriovenous malformation;
delivering the liquid embolic and the dimethyl sulfoxide through the microcatheter and into the arteriovenous malformation;
wherein said mesh catch structure has pores sized to allow the passage of the dimethyl sulfoxide but not allow the passage of the liquid embolic.

US Pat. No. 10,555,718

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ALIGNMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF INTRACARDIAC DEVICES

Tendyne Holdings, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a handle assembly;
a tube assembly including an outer tube member defining a lumen and a coupling member coupled to a distal end portion of the outer tube member;
a needle assembly configured to be received through the lumen of the outer tube member, the needle assembly including an elongate needle having a distal tip configured to be inserted through the epicardial surface of a heart and extend within the left ventricle of the heart; and
an imaging probe coupled to the coupling member, the imaging probe including a cable and an imaging element disposed at, and directly coupled to, a distal end portion of the cable, the imaging probe configured to provide image data associated with a location of a commissural-commissural (C-C) plane and a location of the anterior-posterior (A-P) plane of the mitral valve and the annular region of the heart such that a prosthetic mitral valve can be deployed and positioned within the heart based at least in part on the C-C plane and the A-P plane,
wherein the cable includes a proximal end portion coupled to the handle assembly and an intermediate portion extending between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion, the intermediate portion of the cable being positioned within the outer tube member, the distal end portion of the cable exiting a distal end of the outer tube member so that the distal end portion of the cable of the imaging probe forms a targeting loop configured to contact a portion of the epicardial surface to help stabilize the needle assembly when inserted into the heart, the targeting loop configured to define an aperture through which the elongate needle is configured to travel.

US Pat. No. 10,555,716

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR EXTENDED LOW CONTRAST DETECTABILITY FOR RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING SYSTEMS

1. A device comprising:at least one radiographic imaging system;
a computer associated with the at least one radiographic imaging system;
the computer storing base relationship data representative of a mathematical relationship derived from a plurality of flux levels of a plurality of radiographic phantom images;
the computer operable to associate image quality metrics correspondingly with flux levels in accordance with the base relationship data;
the computer operable to store the base relationship data;
the computer operable to store image quality selection data corresponding to at least one selected image quality metric;
the computer further operable to calculate a unique dose control signal for at least one radiographic imaging operation in accordance with application of the image quality selection data to corresponding, pre-associated relationship data; and
the computer operable to relay each dose control signal to the at least one radiographic imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,555,714

X-RAY IMAGING DEVICE

Shimadzu Corporation, Ni...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus for performing X-ray imaging, comprising:X-ray irradiation means configured to irradiate an X-ray toward a subject;
photo pickup field setting means configured to select a photo pickup field among a plurality of photo pickup fields for an automatic exposure and set the selected photo pickup field for use;
lighting field detection means configured to detect whether at least a partial area of a sensitive area of a sensitive area of the selected photo pickup field is not included in an X-ray irradiation area based on positional information of the X-ray irradiation area irradiated by the X-ray irradiation means and the sensitive area of the photo pickup field; and
unused setting means configured to set the selected photo pickup field to be unused in response to the lighting field detection means detecting that at least a partial area of the sensitive area of the selected photo pickup field is not included in the X-ray irradiation area.

US Pat. No. 10,555,709

CHARGED PARTICLE TOMOGRAPHY SCANNER FOR REAL-TIME VOLUMETRIC RADIATION DOSE MONITORING AND CONTROL

Decision Sciences Interna...

1. A method for monitoring volumetric radiation dose in a medical application, comprising:delivering, from a charged particle delivery system, a charged particle beam of charged particles toward a region of interest of a subject, the region of interest including a tissue or organ of a human subject, the charged particle delivery system configured to direct at least a portion of the charged particle beam to the region of interest, wherein the charged particle beam is delivered after a pre-determined energy level of the charged particles is reached;
detecting, by an incoming charged particle detector, at least some of the charged particles passing through the incoming charged particle detector and entering the region of interest of the subject;
generating, by the incoming charged particle detector, a signal associated with the detected charged particles passing through the incoming charged particle detector and entering the region of interest of the subject;
detecting, by an outgoing charged particle detector, at least some of the charged particles passing through and exiting the region of interest of the subject;
controlling at least one characteristic of the charged particle beam delivered by the charged particle delivery system based on the signals associated with the detected charged particles entering and exiting the region of interest of the subject;
generating, by the outgoing charged particle detector, a signal associated with the detected exiting charged particles;
monitoring, in real time, a radiation dose of the region of interest of the subject based on the signals associated with the detected charged particles entering and exiting the region of interest of the subject; and
generating an image of the region of interest based on the signals associated with the detected charged particles entering and exiting the region of interest of the subject in real time, wherein the image is generated by combining any two or more types of:
measured data of trajectory changes of the at least some of the charged particles passing through and exiting the region of interest of the subject,
information on stopped charged particles trapped inside the region of interest of the subject, and
information on energy loss of the at least some of the charged particles passing through and exiting the region of interest of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,555,702

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CHARACTERIZING THE QUALITY OF AN ELECTROCARDIOGRAM SIGNAL

eResearchTechnology, Inc....

1. A method comprising:receiving an ECG signal generated by an ECG device coupled to a subject, the ECG signal comprising a plurality of consecutive cardiac beats;
determining ECG signal quality of the plurality of consecutive cardiac beats based on a dispersion coefficient and a deviation from an average of each of a plurality of ECG parameters; and
generating indexing information for a set of sequences from the plurality of consecutive cardiac beats, wherein each sequence of the set of sequences comprises a first predetermined number of consecutive cardiac beats, wherein the set of sequences are ordered based upon the ECG signal quality; and
determining subject participation in a study using the indexing information, wherein the subject participation comprises exclusion from the study when a QT evaluation comprises a QTc in excess of 450 milliseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,555,693

PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR NONINVASIVELY MEASURING BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVEL AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

Hoon Kim, (KR)

1. An operating method of a portable apparatus for noninvasively measuring blood glucose levels, comprising:(a) measuring a first signal value according to ambient environmental light and temperature by using a photodiode detector when an LED for measuring signals which emits light with a wavelength range to be absorbed into or scattered by glucose is switched off;
(b) measuring a second signal value according to light which is scattered by or transmitted through a subject tissue and enters the photodiode detector when the LED for measuring signals with the wavelength range is switched on;
(c) calculating a glucose concentration measurement of a subject by using the first signal value and the second signal value; and
(d) adjusting an intensity of the light radiated from the LED for measuring signals by feeding a difference between the glucose concentration measurement and a pre-established first reference value back to a driving current for the LED for measuring signals.

US Pat. No. 10,555,692

METHOD FOR SENSITIVELY AND SELECTIVELY SENSING SUGARS USING TERAHERTZ ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES AND DEVICE USED THEREFOR

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

1. A method for sensitively and selectively sensing sugars, using a sensing chip, comprising:applying a sample to be analyzed on the sensing chip having a meta device,
wherein the meta device includes a pattern in a form of slits that serves to amplify a frequency corresponding to an absorption frequency of a sugar of interest;
irradiating the sensor chip with terahertz electromagnetic waves;
amplifying waves reflected from the sample;
measuring the terahertz electromagnetic waves reflected from the sugar in the sample by frequency change of the terahertz electromagnetic waves;
determining a type of the sugar of interest using the measurement of terahertz electromagnetic waves; and
determining the type and concentration of the sample of the specified sugars, based on the fact that the frequency change is elevated when the absorption frequency of the target sugar of interest corresponds to a resonant transmission frequency of the meta device; and
analyzing the sugar of interest for type and concentration based on the determination of the type and concentration of the sample of the specified sugars.

US Pat. No. 10,555,683

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICE

iRhythm Technologies, Inc...

1. An electronic device for monitoring physiological signals in a mammal, the device comprising:a plurality of wings extending laterally from a housing, each flexible wing configured to conform to a surface of the mammal and comprising a lower substrate layer, an upper substrate layer, and a bottom surface comprising a long-term adhesive, the long-term adhesive configured to adhere to the skin of the mammal;
a hardware processor housed within the housing;
a flexible electrode positioned on each flexible wing, each flexible electrode configured to provide conformal contact with a non-planar surface of the skin of the mammal during movement of the mammal;
an electrode trace positioned between each upper substrate layer and each lower substrate layer, each upper substrate layer comprising a rim extending horizontally outward beyond the corresponding lower substrate layer, the rim being thinner in a vertical plane than an adjacent portion of the flexible wing and configured to reduce edge-lift of the flexible wing from the skin of the mammal; and
wherein each electrode trace extends outward from the housing, each flexible electrode and at least a portion of each electrode trace configured to remain conformal with the skin of the mammal during bending of the skin.