US Pat. No. 10,793,352

LOCKING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LOCKING A WHEEL TRACK TO AN END BEAM, CARTON FLOW BED RACK AND USE

INTERROLL HOLDING AG, (C...

1. A locking device for locking a wheel track (30) of a carton flow bed rack to an end beam (10; 20) of the carton flow bed rack in a mounting position, the locking device comprising:a locking plate (50) for connecting the wheel track (30) to the end beam (10; 20) and
a cover rail (40) for fixing the locking plate (50) to the wheel track (30); wherein
the locking plate (50) comprises a mounting end (51) configured to engage the end beam (10; 20) in the mounting position;
the locking plate (50) further comprises an elongated protrusion (52) configured to protrude out of the end beam (10; 20) in the mounting position;
the cover rail (40) is configured to encase at least partially both the protrusion (52) of the locking plate (50) and an end section of the wheel track (30) in the mounting position;
the locking plate (50) is substantially L-shaped and has a longer L-leg and a smaller L-leg, the protrusion (52) of the locking plate (50) forming the longer L-leg and the mounting end (51) of the locking plate (50) forming the smaller L-leg.

US Pat. No. 10,793,351

LEAF COLLECTION VEHICLE

Curbtender, Inc., Waterl...

9. A leaf collection vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having a receiving hopper for receiving leaves, a storage compartment for receiving leaves, a tailgate mechanism for accessing the storage compartment, and an operator cab compartment;
a frame structure for holding the vehicle body;
a divider wall member separating the receiving hopper from the storage compartment, the divider wall having at least one opening therein for allowing leaves from the receiving hopper to be transferred to the storage compartment;
a fan assembly removably attachable at a location within the receiving hopper, the fan assembly providing suction for gathering leaves;
a suction tube having one end portion thereof removably attachable to the fan assembly for collecting and transferring leaves initially to the receiving hopper and when the receiving hopper is full, then to the storage compartment;
a boom member for cradling the suction hose, the boom member being hydraulically operated from a control unit in the vehicle cab compartment, the boom member being movable from a side storage position to an operative position angularly related thereto; and
a packer device located in the receiving hopper for compacting the leaves collected therein and for transferring the compacted leaves to the storage compartment, the compaction of leaves in the receiving hopper occurring simultaneously with the collection of leaves by the suction hose.

US Pat. No. 10,793,350

SUBSEA STORAGE UNIT, SYSTEM AND METHOD

SUBSEA LOGISTICS AS, Lei...

1. A subsea storage unit, comprising:a pressure hull having a cargo hold configured for storing cargo, wherein the pressure hull having a movable hatch providing access to the cargo hold;
a base configured for supporting the storage unit on a seabed;
a suspension configured to lift and lower the storage unit in a body of water; and
a plurality of ballast compartments and ballasting pumps, wherein the ballasting pumps fluidly connected to inlet/outlet ports having valves, and the valves are remotely controlled by a controller;
an on-board battery, wherein the ballasting pumps are powered by the on-board battery, and wherein the on-board battery is postitioned in a watertight casing in a dry enviornment within the subsea storage unit,
wherein a buoyancy of the storage unit is controlled by the plurality of ballast compartments and ballasting pumps.

US Pat. No. 10,793,349

INTERMODAL STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION CONTAINER

Proppant Express Solution...

1. In an intermodal container with a fill gate at a top of the container, and rectilinear sidewalls descending from the top towards an inwardly tapered discharge opening, the container being constructed and arranged for the transport of proppant in support of hydraulic fracturing operations, the improvement comprising:the intermodal container having dimensions of about 8 feet in width, from 7½ feet to 8 feet in length, and from 7½ to 8½ feet in height,
the intermodal container having internal dimensions such that when filled with sand to an internal angle of repose two such containers in combination weigh between 48,000 and 54,000 pounds.

US Pat. No. 10,793,348

PACKAGE FOR A BEVERAGE PREPARATION

Spotless Tea Bag Oy, Tam...

1. A package comprising:a water permeable polyhedral filter bag containing solid raw material for a beverage packed in said filter bag;
an openable protective package made of a package material, enclosing the bag packed in said protective package and being fully sealed aroma-tight in closed position; said protective package having a front wall, a rear wall, side edges, a lower edge, an upper edge, and a bottom, said front wall and rear wall joining together at their both vertical edges which form the side edges of the protective package and the front wall and the rear wall being seamed together at their upper edges, said protective package being openable by forming an opening between the front wall and the rear wall by tearing the package open at a pre-marked location close to the upper edge of the package,
both the front wall and the rear wall ending at their respective separate supporting edges at the bottom, the lower edge of the package in flat, closed position consisting of said separate supporting edges, which can be brought apart to form an expanded bottom structure which keeps the package upright supported by said supporting edges brought apart, and the opening formed for taking out the bag being widenable by pressing the vertical edges closer to each other for placing the bag back into the package, the package material of the protective package forming a bottom that is liquid tight throughout at least between the supporting edges,
the package having rectangular form where the vertical edges of the package form shorter sides and the bottom and the opening of the package are formed along longer sides, and
both separate supporting edges at the bottom being constituted of folds defined by folding lines, where the package material is sealed together on a short length on both sides of each folding line.

US Pat. No. 10,793,347

MACHINE FOR FORMING FILTER BAGS FOR INFUSION PRODUCTS

1. A machine for making filter bags for infusion products starting from individual pieces of filter material, each of the filter bags containing at least one dose of infusion product and advancing along a feed line, comprising:a first movement carousel for continuous rotary movement about a first axis of rotation;
a plurality of first gripping devices including grippers positioned along, and continuously movable with, the first movement carousel, each of the first gripping devices being configured for holding a respective piece of filter material being formed;
a plurality of first operating stations positioned along, and continuously movable with, the first movement carousel, each first operating station including a corresponding one of the first gripping devices and being configured to operate on the piece of filter material in order to form, at least partly, a filter bag along at least one predetermined angular stretch of rotation of the first movement carousel;
a plurality of first translation devices, associated with the first movement carousel and configured for translating, mutually, the first operating stations and the corresponding ones of the first gripping devices along a direction parallel to the first axis of rotation, the first translation devices including at least one chosen from a cam mechanism and an electric motor for performing the translating.

US Pat. No. 10,793,346

CAPSULE FOR BEVERAGES

1. Capsule, comprising:a casing that includes:
a base wall and a side wall defining a cavity that contains a food preparation;
a flange-shaped edge extending from the side wall;
wherein the side wall is deformable along preset lines of pliability to enable the casing to be compressed along a direction that is transverse to the base wall; and
wherein the base wall comprises an outlet opening for the exiting of the food preparation from the capsule; wherein the capsule further comprises:
a cover element fixed to the flange edge for closing hermetically the cavity;
a closing element fixed in a partially detachable manner at least to the base wall for closing hermetically the outlet opening;
a nozzle fixed to the cover element, wherein the nozzle comprises:
a first end and a second end that are opposite from each another;
a first portion that includes the first end and comprises a plurality of openings for supplying air to the cavity;
a second portion that includes the second end extends through the outlet opening and comprises a first tubular part with a constant section, and a second part that gradually flairs out towards the end of the second part with respect to the first part, wherein the second portion further comprises an outer flange that peripherally surrounds the second end and closes the outlet opening when the capsule is in a first, undeformed, configuration,
wherein the first portion of the nozzle comprises a base wall that is devoid of openings and is a separating baffle between the first portion and the second portion;
wherein the outer flange of the nozzle is configured for pushing the closing element outwards to open the capsule, when the capsule is compressed to pass from the first configuration to a second, deformed, configuration; and
the second part of the nozzle is configured for projecting beyond the base wall of the capsule when the capsule is further compressed by passing from the second configuration to a third configuration, which is deformed further, and
the second part of the nozzle is shaped into a divergent form so as to guide the food preparation that exits the outlet opening pushed by pressurised air when the capsule is in the second configuration or in the third configuration; and
the base wall of the capsule comprises an inner annular edge surrounding the outlet opening of the base wall of the capsule into which the nozzle is inserted and slides into the outlet opening;
wherein when the capsule is in the second configuration or in the third configuration, between the annular edge and the second portion of the nozzle there is defined an annular opening through which the food preparation exits the cavity, and the first tubular part of the nozzle is devoid of openings
and the second part of the nozzle comprises a side wall provided with a plurality of outlet openings to enable the food preparation to exit the capsule also through the second part when the air is delivered into the cavity, the second portion of the nozzle being hollow.

US Pat. No. 10,793,345

PRE-FILLED WINE GLASS PRODUCT

CELEBRATE EVERYWHERE, LLC...

1. A stemmed glass comprising:a bowl possessing an open end defining a rim, the bowl also possessing an outer surface, the rim lying in a plane;
a circular base possessing an outer diameter;
a stem which is integrally formed with the bowl and the circular base to connect the bowl to the circular base, said stem possessing an outer diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the circular base;
a circular ledge disposed on the outer surface of the bowl in a plane that is substantially parallel to the plane of the rim, the circular ledge possessing an outer diameter; and
the stemmed glass is made from moldable man-made material other than glass and is configured so that, when the stemmed glass is arranged side-by-side with an identical stemmed glass, the circular ledge of the stemmed glass contacts the circular ledge of the identical stemmed glass,
wherein the circular ledge of the stemmed glass has a thickness of at least 1 mm and an outer edge with a flat profile in a cross-sectional view.

US Pat. No. 10,793,344

HERMETICALLY SEALED POUCH FOR ELONGATED OBJECTS

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

14. A pouch for welding electrodes, comprising:two sheets of foil laminate material initially sealed together along three edges to form a master body;
a plurality of longitudinal seals formed on the master body at spaced intervals and orthogonal to an initial unsealed edge of the master body to form a plurality of individual pockets;
a plurality of caps adapted to fit over ends of respective bundles of welding electrodes, each individual pocket being adapted to receive a bundle of welding electrodes with caps applied; and
a label applied to at least one side of the master body, the label having a plurality of sections respectively associated with the plurality of individual pockets,
wherein the plurality of longitudinal seals and the label are perforated such that respective perforations align when the label is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,793,343

AEROSOL VALVE

1. An aerosol valve comprising a cap, a valve tube, a gate, a spring, a body and a pickup tube;the cap has an internal port that on a first end terminates at an aperture and on a bottom end connects with the valve tube so that an interior of the valve tube is in fluid communication with the aperture;
the gate and the spring are contained within a cavity inside the body;
entirely around an upper circumference of the gate is a seat;
entirely around an upper circumference of the cavity is a washer;
the spring biases the seat towards the upper edge of the cavity so that the seat and the washer form an impermeable seal;
the valve tube passes through a ring that seals a top of a can;
an inner surface of the body has a plurality of parallel channels that taper until an upper end of the inner surface;
a top edge of the body is affixed to the ring inside the can;
the pickup tube is affixed to a bottom end of the body and extends to a bottom interior of the can;
when the cap is pressed the valve tube presses against the gate against the bias of the spring causing the seat to separate from washer causing a fluid inside the can to be forced up the pickup tube then through the body passing through the channels and past the seat then into the valve tube then through the port and then out through the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,793,342

CREDIT CARD DISPENSER

John Minson, Salt Lake C...

1. A consumer card dispenser, comprising:a planar sleeve shaped to receive a plurality of consumer cards within a card chamber and having a dispense opening shaped to pass the plurality of consumer cards edgewise, the card chamber being defined at least in part by solid side panels disposed opposite one another and a solid bottom edge opposite the dispense opening;
an actuator extending along an edge of the planar sleeve from the dispense opening to the solid bottom edge and forming a solid sidewall of the card chamber, said actuator pivotable about an actuator pivot fixed relative to the sleeve and located between a retaining end and an actuation end of the actuator such that the actuator pivots from a retaining position to a dispense position, said retaining position orienting a card contact surface of the retaining end against the plurality of consumer cards to prevent removal of the plurality of consumer cards; and
a lifter assembly associated with the actuation end and contained entirely within the card chamber adjacent a bottom edge of the card chamber, and adapted to apply force to at least one of the plurality of consumer cards, upon movement of the actuator to the dispense position, sufficient to dispense at least one of the plurality of consumer cards from the dispense opening, wherein the lifter assembly includes an elongate lifter arm that interfaces with the actuator within the card chamber and which rotates about a lifter pivot from a rest position to a lift position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,341

GRANULAR DISPENSER

Sonoco Development, Inc.,...

1. A dispenser for dispensing a flowable product, the dispenser comprising:a body for holding a flowable product, the body having a bottom wall and a sidewall extending upward from a periphery of the bottom wall and terminating at a top rim, the bottom wall and the sidewall defining a compartment for holding the flowable product, the top rim defining an opening through which the flowable product may be introduced into the compartment, the bottom wall defining a bottom opening;
a base attached to the body and comprising a planar platform, an upper portion and a chute, the upper portion extending upward from the platform and secured to the body, the upper portion separating the body bottom wall and the platform, the chute extending downwardly from the platform, the platform defining a dispensing opening directly above and in fluid communication with the chute, the base further comprising a lower portion extending downward from the upper portion and legs for supporting the dispenser on a surface;
a handle extending from and stationary with respect to the body;
a trigger moveably attached to the body or the handle, the trigger including a retaining end for operably connecting the trigger to a slider; and
a slider comprising an elongated slider body, a metering chamber extending downwardly from the slider body and attachment means attached to the slider body that cooperate with the retaining end to operably connect the slider to the trigger, the metering chamber defining an intake opening at its top end, the metering chamber extending downward from its top end to a bottom end, the slider being slidably and reciprocally moveable between a closed position and an open position; wherein
in the closed position, the bottom opening in the bottom wall is aligned with the intake opening in the slider and the bottom end of the metering chamber is sealed off by the platform; and
in the open position, the bottom opening in the bottom wall is sealed off by the slider and the bottom end of metering chamber is aligned with the chute so that a discrete amount of flowable product located in the metering chamber can be dispensed through the chute.

US Pat. No. 10,793,340

CARTRIDGE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A cartridge for dispensing two-part fluids, the cartridge comprising:a cartridge body having a dispensing end and defining:
a first fluid reservoir defining a first inner surface;
a second fluid reservoir positioned at least partially within the first fluid reservoir and spaced apart from the first inner surface at a first radial distance, the dispensing end defining a plurality of apertures spaced apart from each other, each of the plurality of apertures being fluidly connected to the first fluid reservoir and having a width of a second radial distance, the second radial distance being less than the first radial distance;
a shoulder integrally connecting a dispensing conduit to the second fluid reservoir at the dispensing end;
wherein the plurality of apertures are disposed on the shoulder; and
a nozzle member engageable with the cartridge body to form an outlet and to fluidly connect the plurality of apertures to the outlet, wherein a first portion of the cartridge body is connectable with the nozzle member and spaced apart from the first inner surface at a third radial distance, the third radial distance being greater than the second radial distance and less than the first radial distance± wherein the shoulder extends in a plane that is coplanar with the first portion of the cartridge body and the plurality of apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,793,339

AIRLOCK APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A device for transferring matter from a first compartment to a second compartment, said device comprising:a first compartment, sized and shaped to accommodate at least one article or matter, the first compartment having a first open end, and a second open end opposite the first open end;
a second compartment, sized and shaped to accommodate at least one article or matter, the second compartment having a first open end, and a second open end opposite the first open end;
a valve element disposed between the first compartment and the second compartment, the valve element having a first open end in communication with the second open end of the first compartment, and a second open end opposite the first open end of the valve element, said second open end of the valve element in communication with the first open end of the second compartment, the valve element being movable between a closed position in which the first compartment is not in communication with the second compartment, and an open position in which the first compartment is in communication with the second compartment; and
a transfer element advancing said at least one article or matter from the first compartment to the second compartment, said transfer element operable with the valve element such that the valve element is prevented from opening when the transfer element is not in the first compartment, said transfer element further operable with the valve element to prevent articles and particulates, fluids, gases, odors, and matter from the second compartment from entering the first compartment when the valve element is open.

US Pat. No. 10,793,338

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR TRANSPORTING AND CONDITIONING PANELS CONTAINING PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS

Fisher Clinical Services ...

1. A rack for holding flat panels containing phase change material (PCM) while the flat panels are conditioned, comprising:a frame structure including a front side, a rear side, a top side, a bottom side, and at least two additional sides to define an interior, the frame structure formed from a plurality of frame members through which a conditioning air flow is adapted to be directed, the interior including a plurality of vertically spaced shelves for supporting the flat panels in a vertically spaced apart arrangement, with each of the vertically spaced shelves being located immediately adjacent to a respective adjoining one of the vertically spaced shelves, wherein each of the flat panels includes an upper surface and a lower surface, and the shelves are configured to hold the flat panels with at least a majority of the upper and lower surfaces in contact with the conditioning air flow; and
first and second flanges spaced apart in a horizontal direction and fixed to respective frame members to define each of the vertically spaced shelves, the first and second flanges extending toward each other to define a slot for receiving at least one of the flat panels alongside edge portions thereof and creating an air space between the first and second flanges for exposing a majority of the upper and lower surfaces of the flat panel to the conditioning air flow,
wherein the shelves are configured in at least first and second compartments to form respective first and second vertical arrangements of the shelves having respective first and second front openings accessed from the front side of the rack, and
wherein each of the slots is configured so as to permit the flat panels to be loaded into, and unloaded entirely from, the slots.

US Pat. No. 10,793,337

FOLDING CORNER PROTECTORS

1. A corner protector comprising a single sheet of material folded along a plurality of lines of weakness to define:a triangular outer front wall section having first, second and third outer front wall sides, an outer front wall notch being defined along the third outer front wall side;
a triangular inner front wall section having first, second and third inner front wall sides, an inner front wall notch being defined along the third inner front wall side, the third inner front wall side being connected to the third outer front wall side and the triangular inner front wall section being folded to lie adjacent to the triangular outer front wall section therealong;
first and second inner wall reinforcement sections being connected to the first and second inner front wall sides, respectively, and folded therealong to lie adjacent to the triangular inner front wall section such that the triangular inner front wall section lies between the triangular outer front wall section and the first and second inner wall reinforcement sections;
a triangular inner rear wall section connected to the first outer front wall side and folded therealong to lie adjacent to the first and second inner wall reinforcement sections such that the first and second inner wall reinforcement sections lie between the triangular inner front wall section and the triangular inner rear wall section;
a triangular outer rear wall section having first, second and third outer rear wall sides, the first outer rear wall side being connected to the second outer front wall side and folded therealong to lie adjacent to the triangular inner rear wall section such that the triangular inner rear wall section lies between the first and second inner wall reinforcement sections and the triangular outer rear wall section; and
a retention flap connected to the third outer rear wall side and folded therealong to lie between the triangular inner front wall section and the triangular inner rear wall section.

US Pat. No. 10,793,336

CROSSED, STAGGERED AND STACKED-TYPE AIR PACKAGING DEVICE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Shanghai Air-Paq Composit...

1. A crossed staggered and stacked-type air packaging device for packaging a corner of an electronic product, comprising an inflatable main body, wherein said inflatable main body comprises:an inner inflation packaging main body layer which comprises a plurality of inner inflation units, wherein said inner inflation packaging main body layer has an accommodation cavity for receiving the corner of the electronic product being protected by said inner inflation units; and
an outer inflation packaging main body layer which comprises a plurality of outer inflation units which is respectively communicated with said inner inflation units, wherein said inner inflation packaging main body layer is received in said outer inflation packaging main body layer in such a manner that said inner inflation units are respectively overlapped with said outer inflation units in a crossed and staggered manner, wherein said inflatable main body further comprises a plurality of turning seams, wherein said inner inflation packaging main body layer is folded along said turning seams to overlap with said outer inflatable packaging main body layer, wherein said inner inflation packaging main body layer forms a front side wall and a rear side wall, wherein each of said front side wall and said rear side wall is a triangle wall which is folded along said turning seam.

US Pat. No. 10,793,335

TAMPER EVIDENT BAG

Inteplast Group Corporati...

1. A tamper evident bag comprising:a front panel and a rear panel having front and rear surfaces and top, bottom, and opposite first and second side edge margins, the front and rear panels being connected together along the first and second side edge margins and the bottom edge margin to define a bag interior between the front surface of the rear panel and the back surface of the front panel, the front surface of the rear panel and the top edge margin of the front panel defining a first bag opening therebetween sized and shaped for inserting one or more items into the bag interior;
a closure panel configured to close the first bag opening, the closure panel mounted on the rear panel, closure panel including a flap portion and a handle mount portion; and
a handle connected to the bag, the handle and first bag opening both disposed adjacent to the top edge margins of the front and rear panels, the handle including a first handle member joined to the rear panel and a second handle member joined to the handle mount portion of the closure panel;
the front and rear panels each having a tear line with a first end and a second end, the first and second ends being located at the first side edge margin, the first and second ends being spaced from the top and bottom edge margins and from each other, each tear line extending over the front and rear panels defining a respective tear out section therein, the tear lines being everywhere spaced from the second side edge margin, the tear out sections being joined along the first side edge margin and configured to be removed to create a second bag opening in the front and rear panels.

US Pat. No. 10,793,334

PACKAGING BAG

TOYO SEIKAN CO., LTD., T...

1. A packaging bag comprising:a sealed part provided around an end of a front film and a back film being superimposed on each other, the sealed part being unsealed from a sealed part on an unsealing start side of the package bag to a sealed part on an unsealing terminal side of the package bag across an accommodation part;
an easily-openable part being provided on the sealed part on the unsealing start side, and,
in the accommodation part between the sealed part on the unsealing start side and the sealed part on the unsealing terminal side or in an inner edge of the sealed part on the unsealing terminal side, a front unsealing guide line provided on the front film and a back unsealing guide line provided on the back film are provided, the front unsealing guide line and the back unsealing guide line extending in an inclined manner with respect to an unsealing virtual straight line linearly drawn in an unsealing direction from the easily-openable part to the sealed part on the unsealing terminal side,
wherein an end of the front unsealing guide line on the unsealing terminal side and an end of the back unsealing guide line on the unsealing terminal side are superimposed on each other on the inner edge or in the vicinity of the inner edge of the sealed part on the unsealing terminal side or on a lower edge or in the vicinity of the lower edge of the sealed part on the unsealing start side,
wherein, when the packaging bag is unsealed, a break line of the front film and/or a break line of the back film are guided by the front unsealing guide line and/or the back unsealing guide line so that the break line of the front film and the break line of the back film are joined in a superimposed manner to arrive at the same point on the unsealing terminal side,
wherein the front unsealing guide line and the back unsealing guide line are formed as an inner edge inclined part that is an inner edge of the sealed part on the unsealing terminal side,
wherein the inner edge inclined part is inclined at an inclination angle of 60 degrees or less relative to the unsealing virtual straight line, and
wherein a virtual opening width that is a gap between an inner edge of the sealed part on the unsealing start side and an inner edge of the sealed part on the unsealing terminal side on the unsealing virtual straight line is 35 mm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,793,333

INFLATABLE PACKAGING WITH OFFSET TEAR INITIATION FEATURES

PREGIS INNOVATIVE PACKAGI...

1. An inflatable web, comprising:a first film ply; and
a second film ply sealed to the first ply via a plurality of generally transverse seals to define a first and second inflatable chambers therebetween and an inflation region, the chambers being inflatable with a fluid and operable to contain the fluid, the sealed plies having a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge,
wherein the web defines a separation region extending at least partially transversally across the web between the first inflatable chamber and the inflatable second chamber, the separation region being configured to facilitate separation of the first and second inflatable chambers,
wherein the separation region includes:
a tear propagation line extending transversally across at least a portion of the web with an end of the tear propagation line terminating proximal to the first longitudinal edge of the web or the inflation region, and
a tear initiation feature at least partially longitudinally offset from the tear propagation line, and close enough to the tear propagation line that a force imparted to the web via the tear initiation feature will facilitate the initiation of a tear of the web such that the tear propagates to an end of the tear propagation line and allowing for the tearing of the web to separate the first inflatable chamber from the second inflatable chamber propagation line initiation feature initiation feature initiation feature propagation line.

US Pat. No. 10,793,332

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PALLETLESS SHIPMENT OF GAS CYLINDER ARRAYS

YSN Imports, Inc., Garde...

1. A method of packaging an array of gas cylinders for palletless shipment thereof, said method comprising:providing a base tray element;
placing a first subarray of said gas cylinders on said base tray element, wherein said first subarray has at least three columns extending in a depth direction and at least three rows extending in a width direction, each said gas cylinder including a handle portion and an opposing foot portion;
providing a pair of first tunnel elements, each being configured to releasably receive a corresponding forklift tong;
positioning said first tunnel elements between pairs of said handle portions of said first subarray such that said first tunnel elements extend in said width direction; and
placing a second subarray of said gas cylinders on top of said first subarray such that the foot portions of said second subarray are in nesting engagement with said handle portions of said first subarray.

US Pat. No. 10,793,331

METHODS OF ERECTING CARRIER PACKAGES

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A method of erecting a carrier package, comprising:obtaining a blank, the blank comprising a bottom panel, a top panel, a first side panel having a first upper section spaced apart from a first lower section by at least a medial section, and a second side panel;
forming a substantially tubular form from the blank; and
loading containers into the substantially tubular form, wherein the first upper section and the first lower section move out of plane with the medial section of the first side panel.

US Pat. No. 10,793,330

BUNDLE WITH DIFFERENT INFORMATION LEAFLETS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUCH A BUNDLE

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTE...

1. A method for producing a bundle of different information leaflets, comprising the steps of:producing the bundle from a sheet of a flat material having at least two different sections which form the different information leaflets,
folding the sheet in at least two folding processes,
forming at least one protruding fold between sections of the sheet of flat material produced by said folding processes, wherein the protruding fold has a folded edge that protrudes beyond a folded edge of other folds formed with said sections of the sheet of flat material between which said at least one protruding fold is formed, and
separating the information leaflets and forming the bundle of different information leaflets by separating the at least one protruding fold.

US Pat. No. 10,793,329

CINCHING WITH TOUCH FASTENING STRAPS

Velcro BVBA, Deinze (BE)...

1. A cinching device comprising:a buckle comprising a frame defining an opening;
an elongate flexible strap coupled to one portion of the frame and extending away from the frame to a freestanding tongue receivable by the opening of the frame, the strap comprising a first face carrying a plurality of loop-engageable discrete fastening elements and an opposing second face carrying a loop material, the plurality of fastening elements disposed in an array spanning a length between a proximal region of the strap coupled to the frame and a distal region of the strap including the tongue, and a significant majority of the plurality of fastening elements extending unidirectionally to overhang the first face of the strap; and
a tab coupled to another portion of the frame, the tab including an exposed touch fastening face engageable with at least one of: the plurality of fastening elements of the first face of the strap or the loop material of the second face of the strap,
wherein the significant majority of the plurality of fastening elements is configured to interface with the touch fastening face of the tab within the opening of the frame, such that movement of the strap through the opening in a tightening direction is permitted and movement of the strap through the opening in a loosening direction is inhibited by engagement of the significant majority of fastening elements with the touch fastening face of the tab.

US Pat. No. 10,793,328

PACKAGE OR PRODUCT HAVING A USE INDICATOR

Owens-Brockway Glass Cont...

1. A product that includes:a container; and
a use indicator carried inside the container so that, upon removal of a closure from the container or upon removal of flowable product from within the container, a coloration of the product changes irreversibly to indicate to a user that the product has been used, wherein the indicator includes a material with microcapsules carried in a forward osmosis membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,793,327

LYOPHILIZATION CONTAINER AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Terumo BCT Biotechnologie...

1. A multi-part lyophilization container, the container comprising:a front surface;
a back surface;
a non-breathable section including a port region;
a breathable section including a breathable membrane; and
an occlusion zone encompassing a boundary bridging the non-breathable section and the breathable section,
wherein the non-breathable section and the breathable section are disposed on opposite sides of the occlusion zone.

US Pat. No. 10,793,326

CLOSURE FOR A PACKAGE

Closure Systems Internati...

1. A closure comprising:a polymeric top wall portion;
a polymeric annular skirt portion depending from the polymeric top wall portion, the annular skirt portion including an internal thread formation for mating engagement with an external thread formation of a container;
a polymeric liner; and
a polymeric disc having an exterior surface, the polymeric disc being located between the polymeric top wall portion and the polymeric liner, the polymeric disc including a plurality of channels formed therein, the plurality of channels assisting in allowing liquid to travel on the exterior surface of the polymeric disc and between the polymeric annular skirt portion and an external finish of a container, the polymeric disc having a radially outward end opposite of its center, the polymeric disc being held in place in a position within the closure at the radially outward end by an internal protrusion of the closure,
wherein the internal protrusion of the closure is the internal thread formation.

US Pat. No. 10,793,325

FOOD STORAGE AND COOKING VESSEL

Meyer Intellectual Proper...

1. A vessel for one of cooking and storing one or more food items, comprising:a) a container having a bottom and an upward extending sidewall that terminates in a rim that defines an upper opening of the container, the upward extending sidewall having an external surface that defines a horizontally outermost portion of the sidewall, the upward extending sidewall further having an internal surface that defines a horizontally innermost portion of the sidewall;
b) a removable lid for the container, the lid comprising:
i) a central portion having an outer peripheral region;
ii) an annular gasket positioned to surround a perimeter of the central portion, the annular gasket comprising:
(1) an upper portion coupling the gasket to the central portion, the upper portion including an inner groove for receiving the outer peripheral region of the central portion, wherein the outer peripheral region of the central portion is positioned within the inner groove of the upper portion;
(2) a vertical portion descending downward from the upper portion of the gasket, the vertical portion having an outer side that is positioned horizontally inward from an external edge of the upper portion of the gasket; and
(3) a flexible skirt extending horizontally outward from the outer side of the vertical portion of the gasket, wherein the flexible skirt terminates in a rounded portion that is configured to be in contact with the internal surface of the sidewall of the container when the lid is positioned on the rim of the container, wherein the flexible skirt has an upward curvature in an un-deformed state, wherein the flexible skirt is further configured to deform upward and inward from the un-deformed state when the lid is positioned on the rim of the container so as to seal the vessel, and wherein the flexible skirt is further configured to release the rounded portion from contact with the internal surface of the sidewall when the pressure inside of the vessel is reduced to form a vacuum and reseal with the internal surface of the sidewall when the vacuum level has been partially reduced such that the atmospheric pressure outside the vessel remains greater than the pressure inside of the vessel;
iii) an annular lid rim positioned to surround a perimeter of the upper portion of the gasket, the annular lid rim applying pressure to one or more portions of the upper portion of the gasket, wherein the annular lid rim has an external edge that extends horizontally outward past at least the internal surface of the sidewall while the vessel is sealed by the lid so as to prevent the annular lid rim from being vertically displaced below the rim;
c) wherein the central portion of the lid has one or more valves configured to selectively allow air to vent out of a fluid retaining interior region of the container while the vessel is sealed by the lid; and
d) wherein the vessel is configured to be heated in a microwave oven while the vessel is sealed by the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,793,324

CONTAINER SYSTEMS

1. A container system comprising:a container body having an opening that provides access to a storage volume,
a hinged lid having a closed position that covers the opening,
the lid further having a predetermined intermediate open position that forms a first angle to the closed position and
a predetermined fully open position that forms a second angle relative to the closed position,
where the first angle is from about 5° to about 90°,
where the second angle is from about 90° to about 180°, and
where the second angle is greater than the first angle,
a locking means that secures the lid in the closed position, and
a biasing means that urges the lid to the intermediate open position and/or the fully open position,
wherein the biasing means is an elastic insert,
wherein the elastic insert comprises a thermoplastic elastomer, and wherein the elastic insert is characterized by one or more of the following:
(a) a Tensile Elongation value (200 mm/min; Across Flow: Break; 2.00 mm) of about 300% to about 500%, as determined according to test method ISO 37; and/or
(b) a Tensile Elongation (200 mm/min; Flow: Break; 2.00 mm) of about 300% to about 500%, as determined according to test method ISO 37; and/or
(c) a Shore Hardness value (Shore A; 3 sec) of about 40 to about 100, as determined according to test method ISO 868;
where upon a first accessing step, the locking means is disengaged to allow the lid to be moved from the closed position to the intermediate open position, where a user must activate the biasing means by urging the lid from the intermediate open position to the fully open position,
where upon a second accessing step, the activated biasing means urges the lid from the closed position to the fully open position when the locking means is disengaged.

US Pat. No. 10,793,323

CONTAINER WITH TAPERED CONNECTOR

Weiler Engineering, Inc.,...

1. A hermetically sealed container of a thermoplastic material and comprising a hollow body portion, a neck portion unitary with the body portion and terminating in a circumferential, inwardly extending sealing flange which defines an opening sized to receive a tapered male connector, and a removable cap joined to the sealing flange by a frangible web unitary with the removable cap and with the sealing flange;the neck portion defining an access passageway to the hollow body portion, the access passageway including an antechamber and a throat region configured as a tapered female connector sized to receive a tapered male connector, and
a pair of opposed lugs on the neck portion below the sealing flange.

US Pat. No. 10,793,322

MULTIPLE ZIPPER SLIDER BAG

1. A storage bag comprising:(A) a first sidewall;
(B) a second sidewall connected to the first sidewall so as to form an interior of the bag with an opening to the interior;
(C) a first zipper profile positioned adjacent to the opening of the bag, the first zipper profile comprising (i) a first closure element attached to the first sidewall and (ii) a second closure element attached to the second sidewall and extending substantially parallel to the first closure element, the first closure element and the second closure element both extending along the length of the first zipper profile between a first side of the first zipper profile and a second side of the first zipper profile, and the first closure element being configured to interlock with the second closure element to form a seal for the opening of the bag;
(D) a second zipper profile positioned underneath the first zipper profile, the second zipper profile comprising (i) a third closure element attached to the first sidewall and (ii) a fourth closure element attached to the second sidewall and extending substantially parallel to the third closure element, the third closure element and the fourth closure element both extending along the length of the second zipper profile between a first side of the second zipper profile and a second side of the second zipper profile, and the third closure element being configured to interlock with the fourth closure element to form a second seal for the opening of the bag;
(E) a first isolation section positioned between the first closure element and the third closure element;
(F) a second isolation section positioned between the second closure element and the fourth closure element; and
(G) a slider positioned in a straddling relation with the first zipper profile and the second zipper profile, the slider being configured to slide along the first and second zipper profiles (a) to occlude the first and second closure elements of the first zipper profile and the third and fourth closure elements of the second zipper profile when the slider is slid in a first direction, and (b) to de-occlude the first and second closure elements of the first zipper profile and the third and fourth closure elements of the second zipper profile when the slider is slid in a second direction, the slider including:
(a) a top wall;
(b) a first zipper profile opening member that (i) extends directly from the top wall, and (ii) is configured to only de-occlude the first and second closure elements of the first zipper profile when the slider is slid in the second direction; and
(c) a support member that extends directly from the top wall to a distal end thereof, the support member including (i) a second zipper profile opening member at the distal end thereof, the second zipper profile opening member (1) being disposed between the first isolation section and the second isolation section, (2) being configured to only de-occlude the third and fourth closure elements of the second zipper profile when the slider is slid in the second direction, and (3) being separate and distinct from the first zipper profile opening member, and (ii) at least a first retaining member configured only to retain the slider on the bag.

US Pat. No. 10,793,321

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR HOLDING A THIN FLEXIBLE MATERIAL

Lisa Reid, Milwaukie, OR...

1. A method of securely holding a thin flexible material comprising:providing an apparatus with a first securing member having an outer circumference and a first shape, a second securing member having an inner circumference and a second shape, the inner circumference having a tapered flange, wherein the second inner circumference is about the same size, or slightly smaller than, the first securing member's first outer circumference, such that the second securing member positioned upon the first securing member creates static friction between the outer circumference and the inner circumference, and a backing support that is in physical connection with, or incorporated as part of, either the first member or the second member;
placing a thin flexible material placed between the first securing member and the second securing member; and
securely positioning the first securing member and second securing member together to create the static friction such that the flexible material is immobilized and not sheared.

US Pat. No. 10,793,320

DRINKING CUP TAKEOUT BAG

Yi Ting Non-Woven Co., Lt...

1. A drinking cup takeout bag comprising:a bag body formed by folding an elongated film into two overlapping film bodies and bonding the film bodies at opposite edges of the film bodies, the bag body having
an inner space;
a joined opening communicating with the inner space;
an annular edge formed around the joined opening;
two through openings respectively formed through the film bodies and located near top edges of the film bodies;
multiple first bonding portions bonding the opposite edges of the film bodies and arranged along the opposite edges of the two overlapping film bodies at spaced intervals from the joined opening of the bag body toward a bottom of the bag body to form the inner space between the opposite edges of the two overlapping film bodies, and each first bonding portion being a transversely curved bonding line;
multiple second bonding portions bonding the opposite edges of the film bodies and arranged along the opposite edges of the two overlapping film bodies at spaced intervals from the bottom of the bag body to the first bonding portions, and each second bonding portion being a transversely curved bonding line; and
a third bonding portion bonding the two overlapping film bodies at a middle segment of the film bodies.

US Pat. No. 10,793,319

ORIGAMI ENVELOPE

1. A method of forming an origami envelope comprising:providing a sheet of material having a top right corner, a top left corner, a bottom right corner, and a bottom left corner, a top edge extending between the top right corner and the top left corner, a bottom edge opposite of the top edge, extending between the bottom right corner and the bottom left corner, and a first and second side extending between the top and bottom edges, the first side extending between the top left corner and the bottom left corner, and the second side opposite of the first side, extending between the top right corner and the bottom right corner;
orienting the sheet of material such that the top and bottom edges extend width wise, and the first and second sides extend length wise;
folding the sheet of material to create at least five fold lines, the at least five fold lines comprises:
a first fold line extending diagonally between a first side point positioned at one of the first and second sides and a first edge point positioned at one of the top and bottom edges;
a second fold line extending diagonally between a second side point positioned adjacent the first side point and a second edge point positioned at the edge opposite to the edge having the first edge point;
a third fold line extending diagonally between a first endpoint positioned adjacent to the second edge point and a third side point positioned at the side opposite to the first and second side points;
a fourth fold line extending diagonally between a second endpoint and a third endpoint, wherein an orthogonal projection of the second endpoint onto the first fold line is located between the first edge point and the first side point and the orthogonal projection of the third endpoint onto third fold line is located between the first endpoint and the third side point; and
a fifth fold line extending diagonally between a fifth edge point positioned adjacent to the first edge point and a sixth side point positioned at the same side as one of the top or bottom corners.

US Pat. No. 10,793,317

ORGANIZING ASSEMBLY WITH TRAYS MOUNTED ON A SPINDLE

1. An organizing assembly comprising:a base, the base being circularly shaped wherein the base is configured for positioning on a bottom of a container that is cylindrically shaped;
a spindle coupled to and extending axially from the base, the spindle being tubular;
a plurality of couplers removably couplable to the spindle;
a plurality of trays, the trays being circularly shaped;
a plurality of orifices, each orifice being centrally positioned in a respective tray such that the orifice is positioned for inserting the spindle positioning the respective tray on a respective coupler wherein the respective tray is configured for stowing and organizing items of a user;
a plurality of pairs of holes positioned in the spindle such that the holes of each pair of holes are opposingly positioned in the spindle; and
each coupler comprising:
a first tube,
a pair of apertures positioned in the first tube such that the pair of apertures is selectively alignable with a respective pair of holes, and
a pin selectively positionable through the pair of apertures and the respective pair of holes for fixedly coupling the first tube to the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,316

METHOD FOR TRANSPORTING MATTRESSES AND SHIPPING CONTAINER HOLDING AN ASSEMBLY OF STACKED BEDDING PRODUCTS

PRIMO BEDDING INC., Mont...

18. A shipping container holding an assembly of bedding products, said assembly of bedding products comprising:i) a first pallet;
ii) a second pallet;
iii) a plurality of bedding products positioned between the first pallet and the second pallet wherein;
1) the plurality of bedding products is in a compressed state between the first pallet and the second pallet; and
2) straps engage the first pallet and the second pallet to restrain expansion of the plurality of bedding products;
iv) wherein the second pallet is comprised of:
1) a supporting member; and
2) a plurality of reinforcing members extending across the supporting member, wherein elongated strap guiding members are mounted to at least some of the reinforcing members and extend longitudinally along the at least some of the reinforcing members;
v) wherein at least some of the straps that engage the first pallet to the second pallet to restrain expansion of the plurality of bedding products engage respective ones of the elongated strap guiding members.

US Pat. No. 10,793,315

CUSTOM PACKAGING CENTER AND PACKAGING FOR USE IN THE CUSTOM PACKAGING CENTER

1. A method for creating a customized package of a plurality of food items comprising:a. providing an automated custom packaging center that includes a loading station, an automated packaging station and an automated identification arrangement, the loading station selectively positionable between a loading position and a processing position, the loading position to receive the plurality of food items, the automated identification arrangement comprising a bar code scanner and a scan zone to identify each of the plurality of food items loaded into the loading station by scanning each of the plurality of food items using the bar code scanner when each of the plurality food items is positioned in the processing position of the loading station and within the scan zone, the automated identification arrangement further comprising a processor configured to create an identification code that identifies each of the plurality of food items loaded in the loading station, the automated packaging station configured to support a removable packaging and to position the removable packaging to receive the plurality of food items when the plurality of food items are directed from the loading station and after the automated identification arrangement has identified each of the plurality of food items loaded into the loading station;
b. loading the plurality of food items into the loading station;
c. moving the plurality of food items to the processing position by repositioning the loading station from the loading position;
d. identifying each of the plurality of food items using the bar code scanner;
e. loading each of the plurality of food items into the removable packaging positioned within the automated packaging station by directing each of the plurality of food items from the loading station; and
f. generating the identification code that identifies each of the plurality of food items loaded in the loading station;
wherein the plurality of food items are selected from the group consisting of cans, containers, pet food, canned soup, soup containers, canned meat, meat containers, canned seafood, seafood containers, canned fruit, fruit containers, canned vegetables, vegetable containers, containers of sauces, containers of mints/breath fresheners, containers of gum, containers of candy, beverage containers, spice containers, frozen beverage concentrates containers, containers of yogurt, containers of refrigerated goods, and containers of frozen goods,
wherein a bottom flange, a top flange, and a back surface of the automated packaging station define a tray box, the tray box movable between a load/remove position and a fill position, the tray box in the load/remove position is configured to enable the removable packaging to be inserted into the tray box, removed from the tray box, or combinations thereof, wherein the tray box in the fill position is configured to position the removable packaging to receive the plurality of food items after the automated identification arrangement has identified at least one of the plurality of food items.

US Pat. No. 10,793,314

FOLDABLE PIZZA BOX AND METHOD

1. A foldable pizza box, comprising:a rectangular bottom wall flexibly connected to each of a bottom left rectangular sidewall by a left edge thereon, a bottom right rectangular sidewall by a right edge thereon, a bottom forward rectangular sidewall by a forward edge thereon, and a bottom rearward rectangular sidewall by a rearward edge thereon;
a rectangular top wall flexibly connected to each of a top left rectangular sidewall by a left edge thereon, a top right rectangular sidewall by a right edge thereon, a top forward sidewall by a forward edge thereon, and the bottom rearward rectangular sidewall by a rearward edge thereon;
wherein the rectangular bottom wall and the rectangular top wall each comprises a plurality of linearly arranged perforations bisecting the rectangular bottom wall and bisecting the rectangular top wall, wherein each plurality of linearly arranged perforations is perpendicular to the rectangular bottom wall rearward edge;
wherein the bottom forward rectangular sidewall comprises a removable triangular piece defined by a triangular pattern of a plurality of perforations, and wherein the bottom rearward rectangular sidewall comprises a removable triangular piece defined by a triangular pattern of a plurality of perforations;
wherein a first vertex of each of the bottom forward rectangular sidewall removable triangular piece and the bottom rearward rectangular sidewall removable triangular piece is disposed adjacent the rectangular top wall;
wherein a second vertex and a third vertex of each of the bottom forward rectangular sidewall removable triangular piece and the bottom rearward rectangular sidewall removable triangular piece is disposed adjacent to the rectangular bottom wall;
wherein a side of each of the bottom forward rectangular sidewall removable triangular piece and the bottom rearward rectangular sidewall removable triangular piece defined between the second vertex and the third vertex is parallel to the rectangular bottom wall;
wherein the bottom forward rectangular sidewall removable triangular piece aligns with the bottom rearward rectangular sidewall removable triangular piece when the foldable pizza box is assembled.

US Pat. No. 10,793,313

ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A WIDE-MOUTH PLASTIC PREFORM OR CONTAINER HAVING A REINFORCED NECK FINISH AND A SCREWABLE CLOSURE

1. An assembly comprising plastic preform or container and a removable closure that can be screwed onto the plastic preform or container, wherein the plastic preform or container comprises a hollow body and a neck finish terminated by a wide-mouth opening, the neck finish comprising a neck support ring and a neck portion extending between the wide-mouth opening and the neck support ring, wherein the neck portion has a height and is provided with a thread for screwing the removable closure onto the neck portion, and comprises an upper portion and a reinforced lower portion, wherein the upper portion is extending between the wide-mouth opening and the reinforced lower portion, wherein the reinforced lower portion is extending between the upper portion and the neck support ring, wherein an inner face of the reinforced lower portion is transitioning to an inner face of the upper portion along a transition step in such a way that the reinforced lower portion is thicker than the upper portion at least in a top part of the reinforced lower portion, wherein the assembly includes (i) a junction between a top end of the transition step and the inner face of the upper portion that is concave and defines an inward transition radius, and (ii) a junction between a bottom end of the transition step and the inner face of the reinforced lower portion that is convex and defines an outward transition radius, and wherein the removable closure comprises a deformable sealing material, and when the removable closure is screwed onto the neck finish of the preform or container, the neck support ring is disposed below the removable closure and the upper portion of the neck portion is in contact with the deformable sealing material, and a seal is achieved only between the upper portion of the neck portion and the removable closure.

US Pat. No. 10,793,312

AGITATING DEVICE FOR INFUSING FOOD FLAVORS INTO A SURROUNDING LIQUID AND AN INFUSION DEVICE HAVING SAME

1. An agitating device comprising:a rim;
an interior portion having a plurality of apertures and a plurality of projections that extend from the interior portion; anda plurality of tabs that mechanically couple the rim and the interior portion, wherein a first set of the plurality of apertures are arranged proximate to the rim along a circumferential direction, a first set of the plurality of projections are arranged proximate to the first set of the plurality of apertures along the circumferential direction, a second set of the plurality of apertures are arranged proximate to the first set of the plurality of projections along the circumferential direction, a second set of the plurality of projections are arranged proximate to the second set of the plurality of apertures along the circumferential direction, and wherein the agitating device is configured to extract food particles from food suspended in a liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,793,311

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT LABELING

MHI Health Devices, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus for the application of labels to items wherein the apparatus heat shrinks the labels to cover the items with the labels, comprising a means to superheat a liquid, a chamber and a fluid aperture communicating between the means to superheat the liquid and the chamber, wherein the fluid aperture is configured to allow the unpressurized introduction of an atmosphere of superheated fluid in which the items are entirely enveloped by and unforcefully contacted by the superheated fluid, wherein the chamber is configured to contain the atmosphere of superheated fluid after the liquid has been superheated into the superheated fluid, wherein the chamber is further configured to accept and hold the items and the labels to be treated by the superheated fluid, wherein the means to superheat a liquid comprises a bare electrically coupled heating element, a misting means to convert the liquid into a droplet form positioned directly above the bare electrically coupled heating element, wherein the liquid in the droplet form is projected by the misting means and falls downward into direct contact with the bare electrically coupled heating element due to the positioning of the misting means above the bare electrically coupled heating element, thereby superheating the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,793,310

LABEL FITTING SYSTEM

Fuji Seal International, ...

1. A label fitting system that fits a cylindrical label to an outer periphery of a cylindrical container, the label fitting system comprising:a label arrangement mechanism that arranges the cylindrical label supplied above the cylindrical container, on the outer periphery of the cylindrical container by pushing down the cylindrical label,
wherein
the label arrangement mechanism includes:
a base in an annular shape capable of ascending and descending; and
a plurality of legs extending downward from the base,
each leg of the plurality of legs has elasticity capable of being displaced in a radial direction and further has a lower end portion that comes into contact with an upper end of the cylindrical label, and
when the base descends, the lower end portion of each leg of the plurality of legs pushes down the cylindrical label as descending along an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical container.

US Pat. No. 10,793,309

FLEXIBLE LOOP APPLICATOR AND METHOD

Northfield Corporation, ...

1. A method of applying a tag to a product, each tag having an elastic loop connected to a connection point on the tag, the method comprising:receiving and securing the tag to a pair of rollers;
inserting a pair of tag hooks, each positioned at the end of a respective arm, into the elastic loop by extending a moveable portion of a linear actuator pivotably connected to both arms, wherein the linear actuator is capable of extending the movable portion with respect to a stationary portion of the linear actuator;
separating the tag hooks from one another by further extending the moveable portion of the linear actuator such that the arms are separated against a spring bias via engagement with one or more fixed position separators, thereby forcing the loop to expand into a triangular open position extending between the separated tag hooks and the connection point;
receiving the product into the loop; and
releasing the tag.

US Pat. No. 10,793,308

PACKAGING SYSTEM

Ishida Co., Ltd., Kyoto ...

1. A packaging system formed by connecting an external server to a plurality of packaging apparatuses via a network, whereinthe external server stores control parameters for the packaging apparatuses to package a first article to be packaged with a first film, the control parameters including a parameter set, which is specified by a tray code or a film code, including two or more of a plurality of parameters associated with each other that include a film cut length corresponding to a tray size, an adjustment value of tension on the first film during wrapping, a stretch amount for stretch of the first film in advance of packaging corresponding to material property of the film, a shift amount for relative position of the stretched first film and the article to be packaged, a delay time until the first film is opened after a folding plate starts to come into contact with the first film to be wrapped onto the article to be packaged, and a lifting return, and
the packaging apparatus includes
a communication unit configured to communicate with the external server and download the control parameters,
a storage unit configured to store the control parameters downloaded by the communication unit, and
a control unit configured to control a packaging operation on the basis of the control parameters stored in the storage unit,
wherein, when the control unit determines that the control parameters are not stored in the storage unit, the control unit is configured to control the communication unit to automatically download the control parameters from the external server,
wherein, when the control parameters are not stored in the storage unit and not registered in the external server, the control unit is configured to obtain newly set control parameters and configured to automatically control the communication unit to upload the newly set control parameters to the external server.

US Pat. No. 10,793,306

SEALING STATION FOR SEALING OF FILM BAGS AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

INDAG POUCH PARTNERS GMBH...

1. A sealing station in a film bag filling device for sealing film bags after a filling process, the sealing station comprising:a first sealing arm and a second sealing arm for sealing two or more filled film bags that are arranged next to one another, each of the filled film bags being a bag that is open in an upper area, wherein the first sealing arm is moveable with a first drive shaft and the second sealing arm is movable with a second drive shaft, wherein the sealing arms each comprise several sealing bars that are arranged next to one another along the sealing arm; and
a servo engine disposed on the first drive shaft, wherein a drive movement of the first drive shaft is transferred from a first gear wheel to a second gear wheel that encroaches in the first gear wheel, and from the second gear wheel to the second drive shaft;
and the sealing arms being configured that during a closing process of the sealing arms, the filled film bags can be held in the upper area between the respective sealing bars and can subsequently be sealed in the upper area.

US Pat. No. 10,793,305

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A PACKED FILTER TOW BALE

Rhodia Acetow GmbH, Frei...

1. A method for producing a packaged filter tow bale,wherein the method comprises the following steps:
i) producing a compressed filter tow bale in a baling press; and
ii) wrapping the compressed filter tow bale with an airtight packaging sleeve, which completely encloses the compressed filter tow bale,
wherein step ii) further includes applying the airtight packaging sleeve to the compressed filter tow bale in such a way that at least 80% of the airtight packaging sleeve does at least one of: (1) directly adjoins and therefore contacts the compressed filter tow bale; and (2) is spaced apart from the compressed filter tow bale by less than 15 mm,
wherein step ii) further includes wrapping the compressed filter tow bale with the airtight packaging sleeve in such a way that a volume enclosed by the airtight packaging sleeve can increase by at least 32 liters after the packaged filter tow bale is released from the baling press without thereby extending or stretching the airtight packaging sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,793,304

HIGH-FLOW, LOW-VELOCITY GAS FLUSHING SYSTEM FOR REDUCING AND MONITORING OXYGEN CONTENT IN PACKAGED PRODUCE CONTAINERS

Dole Fresh Vegetables, In...

1. A system for reducing oxygen in a package of produce product, the system comprising:a partially-enclosed cavity for containing the produce product, the partially-enclosed cavity having a cavity opening;
a lance manifold adapted to be interested into and removed from the partially-enclosed cavity through the cavity opening while the partially-enclosed cavity is stationary, the lance manifold having a first end and a second end,
the first end adapted to receive an input gas flow,
the second end adapted for placement in the partially-enclosed cavity, the second end comprising:
a plurality of exit ports adapted to produce an output gas flow having:
an approximately oxygen-free composition, a combined flow rate of at least 100 standard cubic feet per hour (SCFH), and
a flow direction approximately 90 degrees away from a primary axis of the lance manifold and toward the partially-enclosed cavity, the primary axis of the lance manifold being the axis that is approximately parallel to the direction of the gas flow while it is routed through the lance manifold; and
a sampling port; and
an oxygen analyzer adapted to detect an oxygen content of gas inside the partially-enclosed cavity using the sampling port,
wherein a pressure above atmospheric pressure is maintained within the partially-enclosed cavity,
wherein the oxygen content of gas inside the partially-closed cavity is adapted to be maintained after the lance manifold is removed from the partially-enclosed cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,793,303

EXTERNALLY-POWERED STRAPPING TOOL AND A STRAPPING TOOL ASSEMBLY UTILIZED THEREIN

Golden Bear LLC, Columbu...

1. An externally-powered strapping tool, comprising:a strapping tool assembly configured to perform one or more strapping operations, said strapping tool assembly including a housing portion having a bottom surface, said strapping tool assembly further including a power transfer subassembly with a shaft portion, said one or more strapping operations performed by said strapping tool assembly including tensioning plastic, steel, or cord strappings, said strapping tool assembly further comprising a tensioner shaft operatively coupled to said shaft portion of said power transfer subassembly, said tensioner shaft including an elongate slot formed therethrough for receiving a portion of a strap during the tensioning of said strap, at least a portion of said elongate slot of said tensioner shaft being disposed external to said housing portion; and
an external power source operatively coupled to said strapping tool assembly, said external power source including a power generation portion and a handle portion extending generally perpendicularly from said power generation portion, said handle portion of said external power source being configured to function as a support handle for a user performing said one or more strapping operations with said strapping tool assembly, said power generation portion of said external power source including a drive component, said drive component being coupled to said shaft portion of said power transfer subassembly.

US Pat. No. 10,793,302

APPARATUS FOR UPHOLSTERING TRUSS AND METHOD OF USING SAME

1. An apparatus for upholstering a truss for a bedding foundation with fabric, the apparatus comprising:a base;
two sides secured to the base;
a first vise mechanism secured to one side of the apparatus for gripping and rotating one side of the truss;
a second vise mechanism secured to another side of the apparatus for gripping and rotating another side of the truss, at least one of the vise mechanisms being movable to pinch the truss between the vise mechanisms so the vise mechanisms may rotate the truss;
a truss fixture table movable between raised and lowered positions by pneumatically controlled cylinders;
a rotatable tension roller surrounding a shaft, the shaft extending between bearing assemblies attached to the sides of the apparatus;
a spring-loaded brake assembly at one end of the rotatable tension roller.

US Pat. No. 10,793,301

FILM TRANSPORT APPARATUS, FILM TRANSPORT METHOD, AND FILM ATTACHMENT APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A film transport apparatus, comprising:a film holder configured to hold a long-length film; and
a film cutter configured to cut out the film, wherein the film holder holds a plurality of the films, and the film transport apparatus further comprising:
a temporary holder configured to include a plurality of temporary holding mechanisms that temporally hold the films between the film holder and the film cutter; and
a first transport arm configured to select and pull out one selected film from the plurality of films which are held in the temporary holder,
wherein the plurality of temporary holding mechanisms are configured so that a relative distance between each of the holding mechanisms can be respectively changed, and
the plurality of temporary holding mechanisms are movable such that a relative vertical distance between a first temporary holding mechanism that holds the one selected film and a second temporary holding mechanism is increased during selection of the one selected film.

US Pat. No. 10,793,300

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FORMING A CUSTOM-SIZED PACKAGE

1. A method for realizing a box starting from a cardboard band for packaging and for packing a plurality of articles within the box, comprising steps of:providing a reusable crate comprising an external wall, a chamber, a first internal wall, a bottom wall with a projection, the first internal wall being mobile to vary the volume of the chamber, the bottom wall being constrained to the external wall so as to be slidable along a part of an edge of the external wall so as to be disposable with respect to the external wall in a first closed position, wherein the bottom wall closes the chamber with a bottom-wall portion projecting from the external wall, and in a second open position wherein the bottom wall opens the chamber;
arranging a plurality of articles to be packed in the chamber of the reusable crate with the bottom wall in the first closed position;
moving the first internal wall of the reusable crate such as to minimize the volume of the chamber and, thereafter, detecting volume data on the volume of the articles within the chamber;
cutting a cardboard band for packaging according to the volume data, obtaining a portion of cardboard band in a flat configuration comprising a central region dimensioned to restingly receive the articles contained in the chamber of the reusable crate and a peripheral region surrounding the central region;
reciprocally positioning the portion of cardboard band and the reusable crate such that the central region of the portion of cardboard band is placed below the chamber of the reusable crate and can receive the articles from the chamber of the reusable crate when the bottom wall is moved to the second open position;
gripping the projection of the bottom wall of the reusable crate in the first closed position and moving the bottom wall from the first closed position to the second open position to open the chamber so that the articles can be released from the chamber onto the central region of the portion of the cardboard band;
folding the peripheral region portion of the cardboard band in the flat configuration with respect to the central region around the articles resting on the central region so as to form a box containing the articles,
wherein the folding of the peripheral region of the portion of the cardboard band includes drawing the portion of the cardboard band towards and against two folding elements, each of the two folding elements encountering the peripheral region of the portion of the cardboard band and folding the peripheral region with respect to the central region around the articles resting on the central region so as to form the box,
wherein the drawing of the portion of the cardboard band towards and against the two folding elements includes pushing the articles contained in the chamber against the central region of the cardboard band and thus pushing the portion of the cardboard band along with the articles towards and against the two folding elements and, simultaneously with the pushing, aspirating the central region of the portion of the cardboard band to draw the portion of the cardboard band towards and against the two folding elements.

US Pat. No. 10,793,299

METHOD AND UNIT FOR THE STERILE FILLING OF A FINAL BASIC CONTAINER WITH CONTENT INTENDED FOR THE BIOPHARMACEUTICAL FIELD

SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS,...

1. A process for the sterile filling of at least one final container with a content that can be distributed in a fluid form, said process comprising:providing a sterile chamber that has a wall and at least one sterile entry door;
providing a source container that contains a content in a sterile manner and which is located outside of the chamber;
providing at least one final container which is located outside of the chamber;
providing elements which are located outside of the chamber,
the elements comprising i) at least one communication element, ii) at least one distribution element, and iii) at least one sterile filling element, forming, when being all assembled, a sterile fluid transfer and filling line that has an intake and at least one outlet,
the elements being divided into one or more elements being
i) external elements to be located outside of the chamber when the fluid transfer and filling line is assembled and during a filling stage,
ii) internal elements to be located inside the chamber when the fluid transfer and filling line is assembled and during the filling stage, and
iii) an engaging communication pipe segment that is initially exterior to the chamber and that passes through the wall of the chamber in a sterile manner when the fluid transfer and filling line is assembled and during the filling stage,
the internal elements being disposable for the intended filling;
providing a sterile individual unit which is located outside of the chamber, the sterile individual unit comprising a sterile pocket having a wall that limits a sterile inner space and that is equipped with an opening and an associated door that is complementary to the entry door of the chamber, the sterile inner space of the pocket comprising the internal elements arranged in a sterile state, the sterile individual unit also comprising the engaging communication pipe segment that is placed into the sterile inner space of the pocket and an intake communication segment that is placed outside of the pocket, the intake communication segment being an external element;
mating the sterile individual unit to the chamber;
with the entry door of the chamber and the door of the pocket being in the open state, transferring the internal elements between the sterile inner space of the pocket and the interior of the chamber in a sterile manner, the internal elements having overall dimensions that allow passage through the entry door of the chamber, the internal elements being introduced into the interior of the chamber as an assembled unit, an end part that is downstream from the engaging communication pipe segment being preassembled with an end part that is upstream from the internal elements;
arranging the transfer and filling line such that the transfer and filling line goes through the wall of the chamber in a sterile manner, with the intake of the transfer and filling line being located outside of the chamber and in sterile fluid communication with the source container;
the at least one filling element at the at least one outlet of the transfer and filling line, being located inside the chamber and positioned to be able to be operating;
introducing the at least one final container into the chamber in a sterile manner;
structurally mating the at least one final container to the at least one filling element at the at least one outlet of the transfer and filling line;
in the filling stage, sampling the content of the source container, passing the content of the source container into the transfer and filling line, and delivering a desired quantity of the content into the at least one final container;
once the filling is carried out, evacuating the internal elements in a sterile manner from the chamber, allowing initiating another filling without having to sterilize the interior of the chamber;
wherein:
i) in a first phase, the at least one final container is a first final container and the at least one filling element is a first filling element, a first transfer and filling line is formed, the sterile filling of the first final container is initiated with a first content that is originally located in a first source container, and after the filling stage, the at least one first final container and the at least one first filling element are separated,
ii) in a second phase, the at least one final container is a second final container and the at least one filling element is a second filling element, a second transfer and filling line is formed, the sterile filling of the second final container is initiated with a second content that is originally located in a second source container, and after the filling stage, the at least one second final container and the at least one second filling element are separated, and
iii) the operation moves from the first phase to the second phase without sterilizing the interior of the chamber again.

US Pat. No. 10,793,297

PASSIVE THERMAL SYSTEM COMPRISING COMBINED HEAT PIPE AND PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL AND SATELLITES INCORPORATING SAME

WORLDVU SATELLITES LIMITE...

1. An apparatus comprising a passive thermal system, the passive thermal system comprising:a housing, wherein the housing comprises:
an outer wall;
an inner wall having a plurality of fins projecting toward the outer wall;
an outer chamber defined between the inner wall and the outer wall, the plurality of fins projecting into the outer chamber and there being a gap between a tip of each of the plurality of fins and the outer wall;
an inner chamber circumscribed by the inner wall, wherein the inner wall further comprises a plurality of projections extending into the inner chamber;
heat pipe working fluid contained in the inner chamber, wherein the heat pipe working fluid is configured to pass from a first liquid state to a vapor state when a heat source provides a first heat to the inner chamber; and
phase change material (PCM),
wherein the PCM is contained in the outer chamber, and
wherein the PCM is configured to pass from a solid state to a second liquid state when the heat pipe working fluid in the vapor state provides, via the plurality of fins, a second heat to the outer chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,793,296

DEPLOYABLE SOLAR ARRAY FOR SMALL SPACECRAFT

SolAero Technologies Corp...

1. A spacecraft comprising:a housing having deployment apertures;
a spool disposed within the housing;
first and second deployable arrays, each of the deployable arrays including:
an array of photovoltaic devices, each of which has a backside surface mounted on a polyimide carrier; and
a flexible sheet for supporting the array of photovoltaic devices,
wherein each of the sheets is composed, respectively, of a composite laminate to which the polyimide carrier is bonded,
wherein the spool is operable to support the sheet of each of the deployable arrays in a stowed configuration in which the sheets are coiled under compressive force, wherein, in the stowed configuration, each of the sheets is wound about the spool, and wherein each respective sheet is operable to curl into a curvilinear sheet when the sheet is unwound from the stowed configuration, wherein a respective end of a first one of the sheets directly contacts and overlaps a respective end of a second one of the sheets in the stowed configuration and in a deployed configuration; and
a structure operable to enable automatic unwinding of the sheets from the spool during a deployment operation so that the sheet of the first deployable solar array is deployed through a first one of the deployment apertures in a first direction from the spacecraft and the sheet of the second deployable solar array is deployed through a second one of the deployment apertures in a same plane as the sheet of the first deployable solar array but in an opposite direction from the spacecraft.

US Pat. No. 10,793,295

ASTEROID REDIRECTION FACILITATED BY COSMIC RAY AND MUON-CATALYZED FUSION

1. An ion thruster comprising:a source of deuterium-containing fuel material disposed on an asteroid surface;
a reaction volume directed upward from the asteroid surface and open at the top;
a flue coupled to the source and reaction volume for dispersing fuel material into the reaction volume;
a set of turbines arranged around the reaction volume, wherein the set of turbines are directly exposed to the dispersed fuel material in the reaction volume a set of electrical generators coupled to the respective set of turbines to convert mechanical motion of the set of turbines into electricity; and
an ion thrust engine powered by the generated electricity for producing thrust in a specified direction.

US Pat. No. 10,793,294

NANO-ENERGETIC APPLICATIONS FOR AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An applique, comprising:a planar substrate;
a plurality of nano-energetic actuators affixed to the planar substrate, each configured for creating a plurality of controlled combustions in response to thermal energy; and
an adhesive affixed to the planar substrate, such that the applique can be adhered to a structural element.

US Pat. No. 10,793,293

MONITORING MOBILE AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES

SELL GmbH, Herborn (DE)

1. A system for monitoring mobile accessories in an aircraft, the system comprising:a stationary sensor for detecting the mobile accessories;
a central controller connected to the stationary sensor for evaluating a current security status of the mobile accessories based on detection results from the stationary sensor reported to the central controller; and
a mobile sensor for detecting, from among the mobile accessories within a specified distance, one of the mobile accessories that is movable relative to the mobile sensor, and for reporting a respective detection result to the central controller, the central controller being designed to evaluate a current security status of the mobile accessories as reported by the stationary sensor to the central controller while taking into consideration the detection results from the mobile sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,292

METHODS OF REPAIRING AN ACOUSTIC SANDWICH PANEL AND ACOUSTIC SANDWICH PANEL REPAIR KITS THEREFOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An acoustic sandwich panel repaired using a bonding material, the repaired acoustic sandwich panel comprising:a honeycomb structure comprising a plurality of tightly packed acoustic core cells, wherein at least one acoustic core cell of the plurality of tightly packed acoustic core cells comprises a septum and a damaged wall; wherein the damaged wall comprises a crack in the wall of acoustic core cell, which is left in place; wherein the damaged wall comprises a crack that is left in place, and
a core repair splice connected with a bonding material to the damaged wall of the acoustic core cell without the bonding material substantially affecting attenuation capacity of the septum originally disposed in the cavity of the acoustic core cell, the core repair splice comprising a surface shaped to conform to the damaged wall of the acoustic core cell.

US Pat. No. 10,793,291

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CLEANING INTERIOR PORTIONS OF A VEHICLE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal cabin including a lavatory having a lavatory water supply and a waste disposal system;
a docking station within the lavatory; and
an autonomous cleaning system located within the lavatory of the internal cabin, wherein the autonomous cleaning system comprises a cleaning robot that cleans a portion of the lavatory,
wherein the cleaning robot is housed within the docking station, wherein the cleaning robot is deployed from the docking station during a cleaning cycle,
wherein the cleaning robot directly couples to the lavatory water supply and the waste disposal system when the cleaning robot is housed within the docking station.

US Pat. No. 10,793,290

STOP DEVICE AND AERIAL VEHICLE USING THE SAME

SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO...

1. A stop device comprising:a first shift lever comprising a first shifting part configured to rotate around a rotation axis to form a first motion trajectory;
a second shift lever comprising a second shifting part partially within the first motion trajectory, the first shifting part being configured to drive the second shifting part to rotate around the rotation axis to form a second motion trajectory; and
a stopping boss located on a periphery of the first motion trajectory and partially within the second motion trajectory;
wherein the second shift lever is configured to rotate to drive the second shifting part to contact a first side of the stopping boss when rotating in a first direction and to contact a second side of the stopping boss when rotating in a second direction opposite to the first direction, the first side of the stopping boss and the second side of the stopping boss facing away from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,793,289

OPTICAL PATH LENGTH ADJUSTMENT

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A system for adjusting an optical path length, comprising:a camera body having a camera body opening;
an image sensor coupled to the camera body;
a first optical device movably coupled to the camera body via a first actuator, the first actuator being configured to move the first optical device to a first plurality of longitudinal coupling positions; and
a second optical device movably coupled to the camera body via a second actuator and a third actuator, the second actuator being configured to move the second optical device to a second plurality of longitudinal coupling positions, and the third actuator being configured to move the second optical device to a plurality of latitudinal positions;
wherein:
the first and the second optical devices have variable thicknesses along the longitudinal direction; and
the first, the second, and the third actuators are controlled to move the first and the second optical devices to continuously vary a combined thickness of the first and the second optical devices that intersects a path between the image sensor and the camera body opening while keeping the first and the second optical devices in contact, the combined thickness being continuously varied between a first combined thickness and a second combined thickness different from the first combined thickness, and the first and the second optical devices being kept in a continuous contact during a continuous change in the combined thickness from the first combined thickness to the second combined thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,793,288

AIRCRAFT VERTICAL STABILIZER ILLUMINATION LIGHT AND METHOD OF OPERATING AN AIRCRAFT VERTICAL STABILIZER ILLUMINATION LIGHT

GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS...

1. An aircraft vertical stabilizer illumination light, configured for being arranged in a rotatable horizontal stabilizer of an aircraft and for being oriented towards a vertical stabilizer of the aircraft for illuminating the vertical stabilizer, comprising:a LED group, comprising a plurality of LEDs,
an optical system, comprising at least one optical element, the optical system being associated with the LED group for shaping a light output from the light emitted by the LED group,
an image generator, arranged within the aircraft vertical stabilizer illumination light for being oriented towards the vertical stabilizer, the image generator being configured to provide image data of the vertical stabilizer, and
a controller, coupled to the image generator for receiving the image data,
wherein the controller is configured to operate the aircraft vertical stabilizer illumination light in a plurality of operating modes, with different sets of the plurality of LEDs being switched on in the plurality of operating modes and with different light outputs being emitted by the aircraft vertical stabilizer illumination light in the plurality of operating modes,
wherein the controller comprises an object detection unit configured to detect at least one object in the image data received and wherein the object detection unit is configured to detect a rotation angle indication (?) from the detected at least one object, the rotation angle indication (?) indicating a rotation angle of the rotatable horizontal stabilizer, and
wherein the controller is configured to select a particular operating mode in response to the rotation angle indication (?) indicating the rotation angle of the rotatable horizontal.

US Pat. No. 10,793,287

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING WARNING LIGHTS OF AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND A SYSTEM FOR APPLICATION THEREOF

AEROBITS SP. Z O.O., Szc...

1. A method for controlling the warning lights of an unmanned aerial vehicle, in a system, in which one or more warning lights are connected to a controller, which controller is also connected via a communication interface to a decision subsystem adapted to receive an activation signal from a delivery module providing the activation signal, which method comprises the following steps:a) delivery of the activation signal by the delivery module providing the activation signal to the decision subsystem
b) generation of a request to turn the warning lights on or off by the decision subsystem based on the activation signal, and transfer of this request via the interface to the controller
c) turning the warning lights on or off by the controller according to the request received in step b)
characterised in that the delivery module generates the activation signal due to failure of one or more subsystems of the unmanned aerial vehicle or due to the unmanned aerial vehicle exit beyond a specified airspace being defined earlier as a spatial solid or its projection on the ground surface in which the unmanned aerial vehicle can stay and move.

US Pat. No. 10,793,286

VISION BASED AUTONOMOUS LANDING USING FLIGHT PATH VECTOR

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...

1. A computer apparatus comprising:at least one camera;
at least one processor in data communication with a memory storing processor executable code for configuring the at least one processor to:
receive a video stream from the camera;
receive data corresponding to a desired runway and an area surrounding the desired runway;
receive aircraft state data corresponding to an energy state of an aircraft;
identify, via at least one neural network, a plurality of landmarks in at least one frame of the video stream, the plurality of landmarks corresponding to components of the desired runway and the area surrounding the desired runway;
determine, via the at least one neural network, that the video stream depicts the desired runway;
determine, via the at least one neural network, if the video stream depicts a stable approach vector to the desired runway based on the aircraft state data and video stream by calculating a flight path vector of the aircraft from the aircraft state data, calculating an approach vector, and comparing the flight path vector to the approach vector;
if the at least one neural network determines that the video stream does not depict a stable approach vector:
produce an output that indicates a go-around operation is advisable;
determine, via a first neural network in the at least one neural network, a stable approach vector based on the aircraft state data;
determine, via a second neural network, one or more flight control inputs to align the flight path vector with the stable approach vector; and
determine if the stable approach vector from the first neural network and the flight control inputs from the second neural network conflict;
identify, via the at least one neural network, one or more landing obstacles in the video stream; and
produce an output that executes a go-around operation if the at least one neural network identifies one or more landing obstacles.

US Pat. No. 10,793,285

FUSELAGE EMBEDDED FUEL TANK

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. A system comprising:a fuselage comprising a plurality of frame members disposed along a length of the fuselage, wherein each of the frame members extends from a first side of the fuselage to a second side of the fuselage and has a substantially U-shaped bottom portion;
a fuel tank comprising a pressure vessel for storing fuel for a vehicle, the fuel tank disposed within a fuselage of the vehicle and extending a majority of an entire length and width of the fuselage, wherein a center of gravity of the fuel tank is substantially aligned with a center of gravity of the fuselage;
wherein the fuel tank comprises a plurality of C-channels around a circumference of the fuel tank and disposed along a length of the fuel tank, the system further comprising a plurality of straps, wherein each of the straps is disposed within a top portion of a corresponding one of the C-channels, each of the straps having a first end attached to a corresponding one of the frame members on a first side of the fuel tank and a second end attached to the corresponding one of the frame members on a second side of the fuel tank;
wherein the substantially U-shaped bottom portion of each of the frame members is received within a bottom portion of a corresponding one of the C-channels such that a bottom of the fuel tank is supported by the frame members.

US Pat. No. 10,793,284

MULTIMODE CLUTCH ASSEMBLIES FOR ROTORCRAFT

Bell Textron Inc., Fort ...

1. A multimode clutch assembly for a rotorcraft, the multimode clutch assembly comprising:a freewheeling unit having an input race and an output race, the freewheeling unit having a driving mode in which torque applied to the input race is transferred to the output race and an overrunning mode in which torque applied to the output race is not transferred to the input race;
a bypass assembly having an engaged position in which the bypass assembly couples the input and output races of the freewheeling unit and a disengaged position in which the bypass assembly does not couple the input and output races of the freewheeling unit; and
a four port, three position hydraulic control valve having an engagement configuration supplying an engagement pressure signal to shift the bypass assembly from the disengaged position to the engaged position and a disengagement configuration supplying a disengagement pressure signal to shift the bypass assembly from the engaged position to the disengaged position;
wherein, in the disengaged position of the bypass assembly, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is enabled such that the multimode clutch assembly is configured for unidirectional torque transfer from the input race to the output race; and
wherein, in the engaged position of the bypass assembly, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is disabled such that the multimode clutch assembly is configured for bidirectional torque transfer between the input and output races.

US Pat. No. 10,793,283

ARTICULATING BIFURCATED INTEGRATED TRANSITION DUCT ASSEMBLY

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. A transition duct assembly, comprising:a main rotor gearbox;
a cooling apparatus connected to and downstream from the main rotor gearbox;
a shared connector connected to the cooling apparatus, wherein the shared connector comprises an articulatable partition; and
at least two primary cooling pathways connected to the shared connector for cooling one or more systems or components, wherein each primary cooling pathway comprises:
a transition duct in fluid communication with the shared connector; and
a transition connector in fluid communication with the transition duct, wherein articulation of the articulatable partition from a first to a second position allows for air flow over most or all of the cooling apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,793,282

LINER ASSEMBLY, ENGINE HOUSING, AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A liner assembly comprising:a core;
a septum coupled to said core; and
a facesheet coupled to said septum, said facesheet comprising an array having a plurality of slots defined therethrough with intervening strips, said slots parallel to adjacent slots in the array with the intervening strips extending between the slots, wherein the slots and intervening strips are continuous over a selected surface covered by the liner assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,793,281

PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR AN AIRCRAFT

General Electric Company,...

1. An aircraft having propulsion system and a wing assembly, the aircraft comprising:a turbomachine comprising a first turbine;
a primary fan mechanically driven by the first turbine of the turbomachine;
an electric generator mechanically driven by the first turbine of the turbomachine; and
an electric fan assembly, the electric generator electrically connected to the electric fan assembly for powering the electric fan assembly, the electric fan assembly including at least one blade disposed longitudinally-forward of the wing assembly and longitudinally-rearward of at least one blade of the primary fan;
wherein the turbomachine and primary fan are an under-wing mounted engine mounted to the wing assembly, and wherein the electric fan assembly is an under-wing mounted electric fan assembly mounted to the wing assembly at one or more locations spaced apart from the turbomachine and primary fan.

US Pat. No. 10,793,280

EVACUATION SYSTEM WITH WIND LIFT DETERRENT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An evacuation system, comprising:an evacuation slide comprising an inboard tube and an outboard tube; and
a first underwing tube coupled to at least one of the outboard tube of the evacuation slide or the inboard tube of the evacuation slide, wherein the first underwing tube comprises a conical member having a first base portion and a first tip portion, a width of the first tip portion being less than a width of the first base portion, and wherein the first tip portion of the first underwing tube is configured to extend away from an underside surface of the evacuation slide in response to inflation of the first underwing tube, and wherein the first underwing tube and the least one of the outboard tube or the inboard tube define a space configured to receive an aft edge of an aircraft flap in a flap down position, and wherein the first underwing tube is configured to extend forward of the aircraft flap and engage an underside of the aircraft flap in the flap down position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,279

CABIN BLOWER SYSTEM

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. An aircraft cabin blower system comprising:a first transmission configured to receive mechanical power from a first part of a gas turbine engine in the form of a first transmission input; and
an electrical circuit comprising a first electrical machine, a second electrical machine, and a power management system,
wherein an output of the first transmission is configured to drive a cabin blower compressor when operating in a blower mode, the first electrical machine being configured to receive mechanical power from a second part of the gas turbine engine and act as a generator to provide electrical power to the power management system, and the second electrical machine being configured to act as a motor providing mechanical power to the first transmission in the form of a second transmission input, the second electrical machine being driven by electrical power from the power management system.

US Pat. No. 10,793,278

SEAT POSITIONING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A seat positioning system for an internal cabin of a vehicle, the seat positioning system comprising:a seat track; and
a keying assembly that provides expanded openings in relation to the seat track,
wherein the expanded openings are arranged in a pattern for proper positioning of a seat assembly,
wherein the expanded openings are configured to receive securing studs of the seat assembly, and
wherein the expanded openings are in a non-uniform distribution over a length of the seat track.

US Pat. No. 10,793,277

ELECTRONIC STOWAGE BIN CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A stowage bin control system for a vehicle, the stowage bin control system comprising:stowage bin assemblies, wherein each of the stowage bin assemblies is configured to be selectively moved between an open position and a closed position; and
a master control device that is separate and distinct from the stowage bin assemblies, wherein the master control device is communicatively coupled through one or more wireless connections to the stowage bin assemblies and is configured to operate the stowage bin assemblies,
wherein the master control device is configured to automatically move the stowage bin assemblies between the open position and the closed position, and
wherein the master control device is configured to open or close the stowage bin assemblies in an automatically synchronized and staggered fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,793,276

CLASS DIVIDER FOR AN AIRCRAFT PASSENGER CABIN

C SERIES AIRCRAFT LIMITED...

1. A passenger cabin of a mobile platform, the passenger cabin comprising:a pivoting luggage bin disposed inside the passenger cabin and above a passenger seat, the pivoting luggage bin being movable from a closed position to an open position through an allotted space inside the passenger cabin; and
a divider at least partially separating two zones inside the passenger cabin, the divider comprising a curtain mounted inside the passenger cabin and extending into the space allotted for movement of the pivoting luggage bin, the curtain being resiliently deformable to accommodate the movement of the pivoting luggage bin,
wherein the curtain comprises an inboard portion attached to an inboard structure inside the cabin and an outboard portion elastically attached to an outboard structure inside the cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,793,275

ROTATABLE AND EXTENDABLE DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM

Bell Textron Inc., Fort ...

1. A deployment system, comprising:a rotatable frame configured to rotate between a stowed position and a deployment position;
at least one extendible arm attached to the frame, the extendible arm configured to move between a retracted position and a plurality of extended positions, the extendible arm having a fixed end and a moving end; and
a payload mounting point on the moving end.

US Pat. No. 10,793,274

PAYLOAD COUPLING APPARATUS FOR UAV AND METHOD OF DELIVERING A PAYLOAD

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. A payload coupling apparatus comprising:a housing;
wherein the housing is adapted for attachment to a first end of a tether;
a slot extending downwardly from an outer surface of the housing towards a center of the housing thereby forming a lower lip on the housing beneath the slot;
wherein the slot is adapted to receive a handle of a payload; and
wherein there are no moving parts in the payload coupling apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,793,273

PAYLOAD DROPPING MECHANISM FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

MICRODRONES GMBH, (DE)

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle having a dropping device for a first load and a second load, the dropping device comprising an actuation element which performs a first movement in order to drop the first load and which performs a second movement in order to drop the second load, the aerial vehicle having a first passage opening in a structural component, through which a projection of the first load can be led, and a second passage opening in the structural component, through which a projection of the second load can be led, and the dropping device comprising a first locking element which, in a connected state of the first load, engages into an opening of the first load, and a second locking element which, in a connected state of the second load, engages into an opening of the second load.

US Pat. No. 10,793,272

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND TECHNIQUES FOR SECURING A PAYLOAD TO THE UAV IN A DESIRED ORIENTATION

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle system comprising:an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) having a fuselage;
a tether having a first end secured to a winch system positioned in the UAV and a second end secured to a payload coupling apparatus;
a payload coupling apparatus receptacle positioned in the fuselage of the UAV;
a payload having a handle directly connected to a top of the payload, wherein the handle of the payload is positionable within a slot in the payload coupling apparatus; and
wherein the payload coupling apparatus comprises a housing;
wherein the housing is attached to the second end of the tether;
wherein the slot extends inwardly and downwardly from an outer surface of the housing towards a center of the housing thereby forming a lower lip on the housing beneath the slot;wherein a first cam and a second cam extend outwardly from an outer surface of the housing of the payload coupling apparatus, and wherein the first and second cams are adapted to engage mating cams positioned within the payload coupling apparatus receptacle positioned in the fuselage of the UAV to force rotation of the payload coupling apparatus and the handle of the payload coupling apparatus into a desired position within the payload coupling apparatus receptacle positioned in the fuselage of the UAV.

US Pat. No. 10,793,271

DRONE AND ASSOCIATED AIRBORNE INTERVENTION EQUIPMENT

DAE, Ciboure (FR)

1. A drone comprising:a fuselage equipped with means of lift capable of allowing a belly-to-ground flight position and an inverted flight position,
at least one propulsion unit,
autonomous navigation instruments,
an axial compartment forming a recess incorporated in an upper part of the fuselage to receive a parachutist in a prone position the axial compartment having a top opening, and
avionics provided with programmable control means coupled to the autonomous navigation instruments,
wherein the avionics comprise means of controlling a rolling procedure for rolling the drone from the belly-to-ground flight position to the inverted flight position and for maintaining the inverted flight position until the parachutist has been dropped,
wherein the at least one propulsion unit comprises two turbojets positioned laterally on an outside and on either side of a median portion of the fuselage in which the axial compartment is located,
wherein the fuselage is devoid of a tail fin projecting upwards from the upper part of the fuselage in relation to the belly-to-ground flight position, and
wherein the drone is devoid of any part which, with reference to a forward direction of motion of the drone in the belly-to-ground flight position, when projected on a transverse projection plane perpendicular to the forward direction of motion and located behind the drone, is overlapped by a projection on said transverse projection plane of a region located directly above the top opening of the axial compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,793,270

FOLDABLE UAV

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the UAV comprising:a central body having a plurality of sides; and
a plurality of arms extendable from the central body, wherein each arm of the plurality of arms comprises a plurality of foldable sections and holds a set of rotor blades via a rotor shaft,
wherein each arm of the plurality of arms is configured to transform between:
a flight configuration in which the plurality of foldable sections in the each arm are extended away from the central body, and
a compact configuration in which the plurality of foldable sections in the each arm are folded toward a corresponding side of the central body such that the plurality of foldable sections and the corresponding set of rotor blades are substantially parallel to one another and substantially parallel to the corresponding side of the central body and the corresponding rotor shaft is arranged substantially at a center of the corresponding side of the central body.

US Pat. No. 10,793,269

VISION BASED CALIBRATION SYSTEM FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Zipline International Inc...

1. A system for testing a flight control surface of an aircraft, the system comprising:a camera comprising:
a lens; and
an image sensor in optical communication with the lens;
a computer configured to:
receive, from the camera, an image that contains both:
a base fiducial attached to the aircraft; and
a movable fiducial attached to the flight control surface of the aircraft;
determine a real position of the flight control surface based at least in part on the image of the base fiducial and the movable fiducial;
compare the real position of the flight control surface to a reported position of the flight control surface; and
if a difference between the real position and the reported position is greater than a threshold amount, present a notification to a user of the system.

US Pat. No. 10,793,268

HVAC ARRANGEMENT INCLUDING A MOTOR VEHICLE AND A DRONE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An air-conditioning system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a drone configured to be secured to and released from the motor vehicle, wherein the drone is driven by propellers aligned parallel with a roof of the motor vehicle and perpendicular to the axes of rotation of the propellers, and, in a state of being secured to the motor vehicle, the propellers air-condition the motor vehicle through the roof via air flow through the roof.

US Pat. No. 10,793,267

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle comprising:a housing;
an inner structure disposed in the housing;
wherein the inner structure includes a first surface substantially perpendicular to a first direction and a plurality of sidewalls substantially perpendicular to the first surface, the first surface and the plurality of sidewalls forming an inner space positioned in a central area of the housing;
a battery mounted in the inner space;
a plurality of propellers connected to the housing, the plurality of propellers configured to rotate about an axis extending in first direction;
at least one motor configured to operate the plurality of propellers;
at least one printed circuit board (PCB) mounted on at least one of the plurality of sidewalls; and
a power management circuit mounted on the at least one PCB and electrically connected with the battery and the at least one motor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,266

COMMERCIAL SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

BOOM TECHNOLOGY, INC., E...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having instructions that, when executed: receive a first input corresponding to a departure location and an arrival location for a supersonic aircraft flight; receive a second input corresponding to wind speed information, including wind speeds as a function of time and altitude; receive a third input corresponding to speed/noise restriction information, including restrictions for supersonic overland flight; receive a fourth input corresponding to speed/fuel usage information for a supersonic aircraft; and based at least on the first, second, third and fourth inputs, determine a route between the departure location and the arrival location, with the route deviating from a great circle route, by seeking a minimum flight time for a flight conforming to the first, second, third and fourth inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,793,265

VERTICALLY ORIENTED TUBE-LAUNCHABLE ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT HAVING RESPECTIVE ROTORS AT OPPOSITE ENDS OF MAIN BODY

The Government of the Uni...

1. An expendable rotary wing unmanned aircraft capable of storage in a cylindrical housing, the aircraft comprising:a longitudinally extending body having an upper end and a lower end; and
a pair of counter-rotating coaxial rotors each located at respective ends of longitudinally-extending body, wherein each rotor includes two or more blades, each blade rotatably coupled to a remainder of the rotor at a hinged joint and thereby extending along a length of the body in a storage configuration and extending radially outward from the body in a flight configuration,
wherein each pair of blades fold along the body in a storage configuration and extend from their respective hinged joints toward the hinged joints of the other pair of blades, thereby causing each pair of blades to overlap the other pair of blades in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,793,264

FLEX BEAM CLAMP FOR ROTOR ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A rotor assembly for a rotary wing aircraft comprising:a rotor hub having a central axis, the rotor hub rotatable about the central axis;
a plurality of flexible structural members extending radially outwardly from the rotor hub, each flexible structural member being substantially U-shaped and having:
a first arm extending from the rotor hub;
a second arm extending from the rotor hub;
an end portion connecting the first arm to the second arm at a radially outboard end of the flexible structural member;
a rotor blade pin arranged at the end portion between the first arm and the second arm at the radially outboard end;
a clamp member including a first beam clamp coupled to a second beam clamp disposed radially outwardly of the rotor blade pin between the first arm and the second arm of each structural member and secured thereto to tie deflection of the first arm to deflection of the second arm, the clamp member including a beam channel receptive of the end portion and a circular opening receptive of the rotor blade pin;
a flange arranged in the beam channel;
a wear protective liner disposed between the beam channel and the end portion, the wear protective liner being disposed between the flange and the end portion; and
a rotor blade secured to each flexible structural member of the plurality of flexible structural members via the clamp member.

US Pat. No. 10,793,263

ROTOR FOR A HOVER-CAPABLE AIRCRAFT AND METHOD FOR DETECTING THE ATTITUDE OF A BLADE WITH RESPECT TO A HUB OF SUCH A ROTOR

LEONARDO S.P.A., Rome (I...

1. A rotor (3, 3?) for a hover-capable aircraft (1), comprising:a drive mast (6);
a hub (5) operatively connected to said drive mast (6) and rotatable about a first axis (A); and
at least two blades (9) hinged to said hub (5), via a rigid or elastically deformable connection, so as to be able to assume an attitude rotated about and/or translated along at least a second axis (B, C, D) with respect to said hub (5);
said rotor (3, 3?) further comprising sensor means (25) configured to detect said attitude of at least one said blade (9) with respect to said hub (5);
said sensor means (25) being configured to acquire an optical image associated with said attitude of at least one section of said blade (9) with respect to said hub (5);
characterized in that said sensor means (25) comprise a camera (26, 26?);
said sensor means (25) comprising at least one said camera (26, 26?) for each said blade (9).

US Pat. No. 10,793,262

MECHANICAL LINK WITH PRELOAD VERIFICATION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A mechanical link (100), comprising:a shaft (102), having a central axis (128) and comprising a first end portion (104) and a second end portion (106) that opposes the first end portion (104) along the central axis (128);
a first mounting interface (108), comprising an opening (142); and wherein:
at least a portion of the first end portion (104) of the shaft (102) is received within the opening (142) with a clearance fit, and
the shaft (102) is rotatable and translatable relative to the first mounting interface (108);
a second mounting interface (110), threadably coupled with the second end portion (106) of the shaft (102);
a tubular sleeve (114), circumscribing a portion of the shaft (102) between the first end portion (104) and the second end portion (106) and comprising a slot (116);
a pin (112), extending from the shaft (102) in a direction, perpendicular to the central axis (128), such that the pin (112) passes through the slot (116) of the tubular sleeve (114);
a stop (124), threadably coupled with the second end portion (106) of the shaft (102) and fixed to the shaft (102) at a predetermined location along the second end portion (106) of the shaft (102), such that the stop (124) is not rotatable relative to the shaft (102);
a washer (126), circumscribing a portion of the shaft (102) between the tubular sleeve (114) and the stop (124);
a spring (122), positioned between the first mounting interface (108) and the tubular sleeve (114) and biasing the tubular sleeve (114) toward the stop (124); and
a first jam nut (132), threadably coupled with the second end portion (106) of the shaft (102) and located between the second mounting interface (110) and the stop (124).

US Pat. No. 10,793,261

ELECTRO-MECHANICALLY BIASED SUPERCRITICAL FLIGHT CONTROL SURFACE LOADING TO REDUCE HIGH PRESSURE ACTUATION CYCLES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An actuator assembly configured to control movement of a flight control member of an aircraft, the actuator assembly comprising:a support strut operatively coupled to a hinge axis of a flight control member of an aircraft;
a hydraulic actuator coupled to the flight control member via a pivot element, and configured to pivot the flight control member about the hinge axis; and
an electro-mechanical actuator (EMA) comprising:
a first end operatively coupled to a support structure of the aircraft;
a second end, opposite the first end, operatively coupled to both the support strut and the hydraulic actuator; and
a biasing member configured to move between a compressed state and an expanded state responsive to a varying biasing load exerted on a surface of the flight control member.

US Pat. No. 10,793,260

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING AIRCRAFT FLIGHT PERFORMANCE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for controlling performance of an aircraft, the method comprising:obtaining, from an electronic control system of the aircraft, an aircraft performance requirement for the aircraft;
obtaining, from one or more sensors of the aircraft, a set of aircraft flight data;
obtaining main actuator performance data from a main actuator and alternate actuator performance data from an alternate actuator, the main actuator connected to and controlling a main control surface of the aircraft and the alternate actuator connected to and controlling an alternate control surface of the aircraft, wherein the main control surface is a control surface configured to perform a particular aircraft maneuver or operation, and the alternate control surface is configured to perform the particular aircraft maneuver or operation either alone or in conjunction with the main control surface;
obtaining, from the electronic control system, a main control law for controlling the main actuator, an alternate control law for controlling the alternate actuator, and a blended control law for controlling the main actuator and the alternate actuator together;
implementing the main control law in response to determining the main control surface meets the performance requirement independently;
implementing the blended control law, based on the set of aircraft flight data and the alternate actuator performance data, when the main control surface is unable to independently meet the performance requirement and when the alternate control surface is configured to be used in conjunction with the main control surface; and
implementing the alternate control law when the main control surface is unable to meet the performance requirement, when the alternate control surface is unable to be combined with the main control surface, and when the alternate control surface meets the aircraft performance requirement independently.

US Pat. No. 10,793,259

AUTOMATIC PILOT DEVICE FOR A ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT AND ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT COMPRISING SUCH DEVICE

Thales, Courbevoie (FR)

1. An automatic pilot device for a rotary wing aircraft, comprising:at least one automatic pilot assembly, each automatic pilot assembly comprising at least two primary actuators configured to act on the aircraft, in which at least one or each of the primary actuators incorporates an electronic computation unit configured to:
communicate with: i) a measuring system onboard the aircraft configured to generate measuring signals representative of flight parameters of the aircraft, and ii) a cockpit usable by a crew to pilot the aircraft and configured to generate control signals as a function of the actions by the crew, and
compute, as a function of at least one of the measuring signals and the control signals, a piloting setpoint for the primary actuator incorporating at least one of the computation unit and a piloting setpoint for at least one other primary actuator of the automatic pilot assembly, for the piloting of the aircraft by the automatic pilot device.

US Pat. No. 10,793,258

AIRCRAFT, TAKEOFF CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM, AND LANDING CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A landing control method for an aircraft, comprising:detecting whether a landing indication signal is received;
determining a pre-set landing mode as a ratio of a change of speed to a change of height of the aircraft;
controlling the aircraft to automatically land in the pre-set landing mode if the landing indication signal is received;
controlling, in the pre-set landing mode, the aircraft to descend with a speed drop to a superposed speed at a first specified height, when receiving a superposing command;
maintaining the aircraft at the superposed speed while allowing the aircraft to descend to a second specified height where the superposed speed and the second specified height fit the pre-set landing mode; and
resuming the pre-set landing mode and controlling the aircraft to a automatically descend according to the pre-set landing mode.

US Pat. No. 10,793,257

FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN AERIAL VEHICLE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system, comprising:a first controller in a cockpit of an aerial vehicle and configured to control a first flight control surface of the aerial vehicle;
a second controller in a cockpit of an aerial vehicle and configured to control a second flight control surface of the aerial vehicle;
a first override system comprising a mechanical linkage between the first controller and the second controller, wherein the first override system is configured such that:
(i) while less than a first threshold amount of force is applied to the mechanical linkage by the first controller and the second controller, movement of the first controller causes a corresponding movement of the second controller and movement of the second controller causes a corresponding movement of the first controller, and
(ii) while greater than the first threshold amount of force is applied to the mechanical linkage by the first controller and the second controller, the first controller and the second controller move separately relative to each other; and
a second override system operable to permanently disconnect the mechanical linkage between the first controller and the second controller responsive to greater than a second threshold amount of force applied to the mechanical linkage by the first controller and the second controller, and
wherein the second threshold amount of force is greater than the first threshold amount of force.

US Pat. No. 10,793,256

PROPELLER BLADE ANGLE CONTROL SYSTEM

8. A propeller blade angle control circuit, comprising:a propeller pitch change mechanism;
a fixed-displacement pump located upstream of the propeller pitch change mechanism and providing a supply of oil from an engine oil return system to the propeller pitch change mechanism; and
a valve disposed between the pump and the propeller pitch change mechanism, the valve having a valve body with a cavity therein, the valve body including an outlet port, an inlet port, and a pitch port, the inlet port fluidly communicating with the pump, the outlet port fluidly communicating with the engine oil return system via an oil cooling line, and the pitch port fluidly communicating with the propeller pitch change mechanism, the valve including a spool within the cavity displaceable between a first position and a second position within the valve body;wherein in the first position, the spool permits communication through the outlet port to the oil cooling line, and in the second position the spool substantially blocks the outlet port to permit oil to flow through the pitch port to the propeller pitch change mechanism, the spool displaceable within the cavity to always leave the pitch port at least partially unblocked.

US Pat. No. 10,793,255

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PROPELLER PITCH

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A pitch control system, comprising:a linear actuator engaged with a propeller blade crankshaft to vary propeller blade pitch, the actuator including:
a cylinder including a fluidly-sealed cylinder wall,
a piston translatably attached to the propeller blade crankshaft, the piston including a flange disposed within the cylinder to define a forward chamber and an aft chamber thereof, a projection extending from the flange through the cylinder aft chamber, and a coarse rotatable pipe attached to the piston and disposed through the cylinder forward chamber;
an oil transfer bearing (OTB) positioned along a central axis, the OTB being joined to the cylinder wall in fluid communication with the forward chamber; and
a fine stop collar annularly positioned above the OTB, the fine stop collar defining discrete first and second fluid passages, the first fluid passage being in fluid communication with the OTB and forward chamber during a ground-based mode of operation, the second fluid passage being in fluid communication with the OTB and forward chamber during a flight-based mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,793,254

SOFT-IN-PLANE PROPROTOR SYSTEMS

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A soft-in-plane proprotor system operable for use on a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter mode and an airplane mode, the proprotor system comprising:a hub;
a plurality of proprotor blades coupled to the hub such that each proprotor blade is operable to independently flap relative to the hub about a flapping axis and independently change pitch about a pitch change axis;
a plurality of blade support assemblies, each coupling one of the proprotor blades with the hub and each comprising:
a flapping bearing coupled to the hub;
a yoke having first and second longitudinal sections with substantially parallel and nonconverging outboard grip members defining an outboard edge and forming a gap therebetween and an inboard arcuate section connecting the first and second longitudinal sections, the inboard arcuate section coupled to the flapping bearing;
a lead-lag damper coupled between the hub and an inboard station of the respective proprotor blade, the lead-lag damper having a first in-plane spring rate;
top and bottom spacers disposed between the outboard grip members of the yoke; and
a twist shank coupled between the outboard grip members of the yoke and an outboard station of the respective proprotor blade such that the twist shank is disposed within the respective proprotor blade, the twist shank defining a virtual lead-lag hinge outboard of the yoke and coincident with the respective pitch change axis, the twist shank having a second in-plane spring rate;
wherein, during lead-lag motion, the lead-lag damper applies a first damping force at the inboard station of the respective proprotor blade and the twist shank applies a second damping force at the outboard station of the respective proprotor blade to counter the lead-lag motion, the inboard station located inboard of the virtual lead-lag hinge, the outboard station located outboard of the virtual lead-lag hinge;
wherein, the first damping force is independent of the second damping force;
wherein, each proprotor blade is coupled to the respective blade support assembly at two or more attachment stations including an inboard attachment station disposed inboard of the outboard edge of the yoke and an outboard attachment station disposed outboard of the outboard edge of the yoke;
wherein, the twist shank is coupled between the outboard grip members and between the top and bottom spacers using a fastener interface; and
wherein, the twist shank is configured to be interchangeable using the fastener interface.

US Pat. No. 10,793,253

AIRCRAFT WING COMPRISING A MOVABLE FLAP AND A HOUSING FOR ACCOMMODATING FLEXIBLE PIPING

SONACA S.A., Gosselies (...

1. An aircraft wing comprising:a fixed central body,
a movable flap which is located at the periphery of the fixed central body, wherein the movable flap is configured to be rotatably moved relatively to the fixed central body between a retracted position and an extended position,
a flexible piping comprising a first end connected to the fixed central body and a second end connected to the movable flap,
a guide rail for guiding the movable flap and the flexible piping, wherein the guide rail is configured to move between a retracted position and an extended position, when the movable flap moves from its retracted position to its extended position,wherein the wing further comprises:an accommodating housing for accommodating the flexible piping, the housing comprising a wall which is shaped such that the flexible piping coils up inside the housing by being pressed against the wall, when the guide rail moves from the extended position to the retracted position, and
a holding means for holding the flexible piping against or in the proximity of the guide rail, wherein the holding means is carried by the fixed central body, wherein the flexible piping runs externally along the guide rail and wherein the flexible piping is secured to the guide rail in the proximity of the distal end of the rail, wherein the rail is attached to the movable flap at the distal end of the rail, wherein the holding means comprises a pusher which is secured to the fixed central body.

US Pat. No. 10,793,252

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COVERING AN OPENING IN AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus for covering an opening in a fuselage of an aircraft, the apparatus comprising:a track; and
a plurality of panels coupled to the track, wherein at least one of the panels is movable along the track relative to an adjacent one of the panels between a first position and a second position; and
an aperture formed in one of the panels that is movable along the track, wherein the aperture is configured to receive a torque member that is coupled at one end to a flap of the aircraft and at another end to a flap support mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,793,251

HINGE PINS FOR FOLDABLE AIRCRAFT WINGS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a hinge pin to rotatably couple a foldable tip of an aircraft wing to a fixed structure of the aircraft wing, the hinge pin including:
a hinge bolt having a bolt shaft oriented along a central axis of the hinge pin, a first flange extending away from the bolt shaft, and a through hole oriented along the central axis and extending through the bolt shaft; and
a hinge nut having a second flange spaced apart from the first flange along the central axis, and a hinge nut through hole oriented along the central axis, the bolt shaft extending through the hinge nut through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,793,250

APPARATUS CONFIGURED AS A STRUCTURE COMPRISING A SKIN INCLUDING A BOND WITHOUT A SPLICE PLATE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus configured as a structure comprising a skin, the skin comprising:a stack comprising metal sheets;
a first section comprising a first composite laminate, the first composite laminate connected to a top side of a frame of the structure, and bonded to a first end of the stack to form a first composite-to-metal joint, wherein the metal sheets and the first composite laminate are non-interleaving except in the first composite-to-metal joint; and
a second section comprising a second composite laminate, the second composite laminate connected to a bottom side of the frame, and bonded to a second end of the stack to form a second composite-to-metal joint, wherein the metal sheets and the second composite laminate are non-interleaving except in the second composite-to-metal joint.

US Pat. No. 10,793,249

AIRCRAFT HAVING A THERMAL INSULATION COMPONENT

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE ...

1. An aircraft with at least one thermal insulation component comprising a nano-porous polymer aerogel without a pressure-tight outer envelope, a pore structure of which is open-pored such that when the aircraft is in flight operation, a pressure in the pores of the thermal insulation component corresponds to the ambient pressure at a flight altitude of the aircraft,wherein the aircraft is a HAPS, a weather balloon, a HALE UAV, a manned aircraft, a stratospheric balloon or a planetary probe.

US Pat. No. 10,793,248

DEVICES AND METHODS TO CAPTURE MOISTURE FROM A STRUCTURAL MEMBER

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A device to capture moisture from a structural member in an aircraft, the device comprising:an insulation layer positioned over the structural member in the aircraft, the insulation layer comprising an opening;
a flexible tray configured to snap-fit onto the insulation layer that is positioned over an exterior of the structural member, the flexible tray positioned vertically below the opening in the insulation layer to collect the moisture from the structural member that moves through the opening, the flexible tray comprising an elongated shape with a first end and a second end;
an outlet that extends through a bottom of the flexible tray between the first and second ends;
a diverter coupled to the flexible tray at the outlet and configured to divert the moisture collected by the flexible tray away from the structural member and towards a separate section of the aircraft, wherein the flexible tray and the diverter comprise an integrally formed unitary construction;
wherein the flexible tray comprises lateral sides configured to extend along opposing sides of the structural member and the bottom that extends between the lateral sides, the flexible tray forms a capture area underneath the insulation layer and the structural member;
wherein the flexible tray comprises an unflexed orientation with the lateral sides being angled inward with a width of an opening being less than a width of the bottom; and
wherein the flexible tray is flexible for the lateral sides to be spread-apart by an outside force and the flexible tray to rebound back towards the unflexed orientation to generate a compressive force to snap-fit onto the exterior of the structural member.

US Pat. No. 10,793,247

ENCLOSURE FOR STORING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS IN OVERHEAD SPACE OF AN AIRCRAFT

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An aircraft comprising:an enclosure positioned in a crown of the aircraft and extending in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the aircraft, the crown being above a passenger cabin of the aircraft;
an equipment rack coupled to a first side of the enclosure, the equipment rack configured to hold at least one electronic component; and
an entryway on a second side of the enclosure that is opposite to the first side, the entryway providing access to the enclosure from the passenger cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,793,246

ANTI-TILT ASSEMBLY FOR BALLOONS

Loon LLC, Mountain View,...

1. A system for limiting changes in the relative angular positions of two objects, the system comprising:an anti-tilt assembly including a support structure, the support structure including a plurality of support members arranged as a plurality of triangles; and
a plurality of support lines, at least one of the plurality of support lines extending from a first corner of one of the triangles, wherein a first pair of the plurality of support lines is configured to limit changes in the relative angular positions of the two objects.

US Pat. No. 10,793,245

BOAT SAFETY SYSTEM

1. A boat safety system comprising:a kill switch having an on position and an off position, and further including a wireless receiver;
a fob that communicates wirelessly with said kill switch, so that said kill switch remains in said off position until such time as said fob is positioned within a predetermined proximity to said kill switch, and said kill switch remains in the on position so long as said fob is within said predetermined range of said kill switch;
a ladder sensor for detecting when a ladder is in a down position or an up position, wherein said ladder sensor is operatively connected to said kill switch so that upon detection of said ladder being in said down position, said kill switch moves to said off position; and
at least one proximity sensor for determining whether an object is positioned within a predetermined range of said proximity sensor, wherein said proximity sensor is operatively connected to said kill switch so that upon detection of said object, said kill switch moves to said off position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,244

OUTBOARD MOTOR RAISING/LOWERING DEVICE

SHOWA CORPORATION, Saita...

1. An outboard motor raising and lowering apparatus configured to raise and lower an outboard motor, the outboard motor raising and lowering apparatus comprising:one or more tilt cylinders;
one or more trim cylinders;
a hydraulic pressure source;
a first fluid passage that connects the hydraulic pressure source and one or more lower chambers of the respective one or more tilt cylinders;
a second fluid passage that connects the first fluid passage and one or more lower chambers of the respective one or more trim cylinders;
a switching valve provided at the second fluid passage; and
a control section configured to control the switching valve with reference to a watercraft status signal,
the watercraft status signal being an analog signal,
the control section including
a first switching element that includes a base electrode arranged to receive the watercraft status signal, and
a second switching element that includes (i) a gate electrode arranged to receive a signal corresponding to emitter current from the first switching element and (ii) a source electrode connected to the switching valve.

US Pat. No. 10,793,243

FOLDABLE PROPELLER AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLY

Flexofold ApS, Vejle (DK...

1. A foldable propeller for a boat, wherein the foldable propeller comprises a hub for directly or indirectly fastening to a driveshaft that is connected to a motor, the drive shaft defining a rotation axis and an axial direction; wherein the foldable propeller comprises a plurality of individual blades, where each of the blades comprises a blade root arranged to pivot around a corresponding pivot pin in the hub in order for the blades to be either in a first orientation, which is an operative orientation where each blade is extending from the blade root in a radial direction, or in a second orientation, which is an inoperative orientation where each blade is extending from the blade root in the axial direction; wherein the hub correspondingly comprises a plurality of hub flanges with a slot in between neighbouring hub flanges, each slot accommodating one of the blade roots; wherein each pivot pin comprises a stem between a first end and a second end, the stem extending through an aperture in the blade root in order for the blade with the aperture being mounted pivotal about the stem; each hub flange comprising a hole in which a first end of one of the pivot pins is accommodated and an aperture in which at least part of a second end of another of the pivot pins is accommodated such that each pivot pin extend from one of the hub flanges to another of the hub flanges, wherein the pivot pins are oriented in a plane perpendicular to the rotation axis of the propeller, wherein each of the pivot pins at its second end comprises a portion that is dimensioned larger than the first end, the portion forming a head with a recess that accommodates the first end of another of the pivot pins inside the head.

US Pat. No. 10,793,242

UNDERWATER VEHICLE HAVING DIRECTIONAL EFFECTOR

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. An underwater vehicle comprising:a plurality of releasable panel members that are initially in a storage state in which the plurality of releasable panel members form a closed housing and the underwater vehicle is neutrally buoyant; and
an effector that is retained in the closed housing and comprises a munition or an imaging device, the effector having an anchor and a positively buoyant upper unit opposite the anchor,
wherein when the plurality of releasable panel members are released to open the closed housing, the effector is separable from the plurality of releasable panel members and maintained in a vertically downward direction by the anchor and the positively buoyant upper unit.

US Pat. No. 10,793,241

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LAUNCHING AND RECOVERING UNDERWATER VEHICLES WITH AN AUTONOMOUS BASE

CGG SERVICES SAS, Massy ...

1. An autonomous underwater base for deploying and retrieving autonomous underwater vehicles, AUVs, equipped with seismic sensors for recording seismic signals during a marine seismic survey, the autonomous underwater base comprising:a storing module configured to store the AUVs;
an inlet/outlet module configured to control access of the AUVs inside the storing module; and
a control module having a positioning system configured to adjust a position of the base in water,
wherein the positioning system autonomously drives the storing module from a first position to a second position underwater.

US Pat. No. 10,793,240

SNORKEL WITH SMALLER RESPIRATORY DEAD SPACE AND METHOD THEREOF

1. A snorkel (100) comprising:a mouthpiece or mask (110) for a snorkeler to breathe air in and out;
a tube (120) comprising an inhalation lumen (130) and an exhalation lumen (140), wherein the tube (120) has a distal end that is open to ambient air when the snorkeler is snorkeling and a proximal end that is connected to the mouthpiece or mask (110) for air to inhale into the mouthpiece or mask (110) from the inhalation lumen (130) and to exhale from the mouthpiece or mask (110) to the exhalation lumen (140);
a distal one-way inhalation valve (150) placed inside the inhalation lumen (130);
a distal one-way exhalation valve (160) placed inside the exhalation lumen (140);
a proximal one-way inhalation valve (170) that is placed inside the inhalation lumen (130) and that is between the distal one-way inhalation valve (150) and the mouthpiece or mask (110);
a proximal one-way exhalation valve (180) that is placed inside the inhalation lumen (140) and that is between the distal one-way exhalation valve (160) and the mouthpiece or mask (110), for minimizing a volume of a respiratory dead space;
one or more anti-collapse one-way inhalation valves (190) that are placed inside the inhalation lumen (130) and between the distal one-way inhalation valve (150) and the proximal one-way inhalation valve (170); and
one or more anti-collapse one-way exhalation valves (200) that are placed inside the exhalation lumen (140) and between the distal one-way exhalation valve (160) and the proximal one-way exhalation valve (180);
wherein the anti-collapse one-way inhalation valve (190) and the anti-collapse one-way exhalation valve (200) are built as a single valve assembly comprising:
an integrated diaphragm including an inhalation diaphragm portion and an exhalation diaphragm portion;
a distal member including a seat for the inhalation diaphragm portion to sit on so as to seal the inhalation lumen, and a gate for receiving the exhalation diaphragm portion so as to open the exhalation lumen; and
a proximal member including a gate for receiving the inhalation diaphragm portion so as to open the inhalation lumen, and a seat for the exhalation diaphragm portion to sit on so as to seal the exhalation lumen;
wherein the integrated diaphragm, the distal member and the proximal member are secured together into one functional part.

US Pat. No. 10,793,239

DIVING MASK HAVING A BUILT-IN SNORKEL

1. A water-sport mask comprising:a rigid frame;
a faceplate surrounded by the rigid frame;
a flexible skirt mounted on the rigid frame, the flexible skirt comprising a partition delimiting an upper chamber and a lower chamber, the partition being arranged to bear upon the top of a user's nose when the water-sport mask is worn by the user so that the user's mouth and nose are positioned within the lower chamber, the partition having at least one passageway arranged to allow circulation of air from the upper chamber to the lower chamber during an inhalation phase;
a conduit having an inlet channel enabling entry of ambient air and a first escape channel enabling exit of exhaust air, the conduit extending at an upper part of the rigid frame, the inlet channel being in fluid communication with the upper chamber, and the first escape channel being in fluid communication with the lower chamber, the rigid frame comprising at least one first duct, the first duct having an upper end opening into the first escape channel, and a lower end opening into the lower chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,793,238

PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE

FT Systems, Inc., Troy, ...

1. A personal flotation device, comprising:a chest portion having a top region and a bottom region, wherein a bottom edge of the chest portion angles upwardly toward a centerline of the device;
a shoulder portion extending from the top region of the chest portion and arranged to extend across at least a portion of the wearer's neck;
an abdominal portion having a width arranged to extend only partially around a wearer's body; and
a connecting portion positioned between the bottom region of the chest portion and the abdominal portion and extending only from a center region of the chest portion, wherein the width of the connecting portion is smaller than the width of both the chest portion and the abdominal portion, wherein the connecting portion is configured in a manner to extend along a wearer's sternum such that at least a portion of the connecting portion does not overlie a wearer's ribs, wherein the width of the connecting portion is between approximately 1-5 inches, and the ratio of the width of the connecting portion to the width of the chest portion is at least approximately 1:3;
wherein the chest portion, the shoulder portion, the abdominal portion and the connecting portion are each configured to be buoyant.

US Pat. No. 10,793,237

SMALL WATERCRAFT LAUNCH

E-Z-DOCK, INC., Monett, ...

1. A watercraft launch for watercraft, the watercraft launch comprising:a watercraft receiving area defined by a bottom member and cradle sidewalls; said bottom member and cradle sidewalls defining a cradle;
opposed launch sidewalls extending upwardly from said cradle sidewalls; said opposed launch sidewalls each having an inner surface, an outer surface and a top surface; each of said opposed launch sidewalls extending substantially a length of said watercraft launch; said opposed launch sidewalls each including a plurality of notches extending downwardly from the top surface of each of said opposed launch sidewalls; the plurality of notches on a first of the opposed launch sidewalls being aligned with the plurality of notches on a second of the opposed launch sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,793,236

SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS FOR UV RADIATION IN AQUATIC APPLICATIONS

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A control system for an object that during use is at least partly submerged in water, comprising:a controller circuit, configured to:
control an anti-biofouling system comprising an UV emitting element,
wherein a light source of the UV emitting element is at least controllable between a first UV radiation level and a second UV radiation level,
wherein the first UV radiation level is larger than the second UV radiation level, and
wherein the control system is configured to control the UV radiation as function of input information comprising information of one or more of a location of the object, movement of the object, a distance of the object from a second object, and a position of the part of an external surface relative to water.

US Pat. No. 10,793,235

LYING RING FOR INFANTS

1. A lying ring for infants, comprising a main body (1); a bottom surface of the main body (1) is provided with a chest supporting cushion (2), and the inner side of the main body (1) is provided with a first waist protecting cushion (3) and a second waist protecting cushion (4), characterized in that:the lying ring further comprises a first shoulder strap (5) and a second shoulder strap (6); one end of the first shoulder strap (5) and one end of the second shoulder strap (6) extend to a back surface of the chest supporting cushion (2) and are merged to form a crotch connecting strap (7);
the first shoulder strap (5), the second shoulder strap (6) and the crotch connecting strap (7) are connected into a whole or integrated in one piece;
the main body (1) is an open loop; the main body comprises an inner core body and a sheath; the sheath is adapted with the shape of the inner core body and is sleeved on the surface of the inner core body; and the inner core body is foam material.

US Pat. No. 10,793,234

FIN FIXING SYSTEM

5. A fin box assembly for a fin fixing system providing a channel that can be altered to accept both a 1-tab fin and a 2-tab fin, additionally comprising a box, where the box comprises a channel, a cap, a spring embedded in a cavity, a wedge, a clip and a wedge adjustment screw, where the channel has a spring side and a wedge side.

US Pat. No. 10,793,233

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADAPTING STAND UP PADDLEBOARDS TO STABLE RECREATIONAL PLATFORMS

1. A conversion kit for a stand up paddleboard (“SUP”) having a front end, a rear end, a right side, and a left side, and a plurality of tie-down elements, a middle portion and a rear quarter portion, the conversion kit comprisinga storage container comprising
a storage container bottom,
a storage container top, such that the top is spaced apart from the bottom,
an SUP attachment element configured to attach the storage container to the middle or rear quarter portion of a SUP, so that the storage container functions as a seat;
a right side pontoon assembly comprising
a right pontoon, and
a right side frame having
a lateral frame element affixed to the storage container,
a pontoon fame segment attachable to the right pontoon, and
a diagonal frame segment between the lateral frame element and the pontoon fame segment, such diagonal frame segment is angled rearward of the storage container,
such that the right pontoon is positioned rearward of the storage container when the storage container is attached to the SUP; and
a left side pontoon assembly comprising
a left pontoon, and
a left side frame having
a lateral frame element affixed to the storage container,
a pontoon fame segment attachable to the left pontoon, and
a distal portion attachable to the left pontoon, and
a diagonal frame segment between the lateral frame element and the pontoon fame segment, such diagonal frame segment is angled rearward of the storage container,
such that the left pontoon is positioned rearward of the storage container when the storage container is attached to the SUP.

US Pat. No. 10,793,232

SYSTEM TO TRANSFER PEOPLE AND/OR CARGO DURING OFFSHORE OPERATIONS

Eagle-Access B.V., Zandv...

1. A vessel provided with a system to transfer people and/or cargo during offshore operations, the system comprising:a) a base with a stationary part and a moveable part that is rotatable relative to the stationary part about a substantially vertical first axis;
b) a support arm having a first free end and a second free end opposite the first free end of the support arm;
c) a boom having a first free end and a second free end opposite the first free end of the boom;
d) a load support element that is configured to be loaded with people and/or cargo;
e) a measurement system;
f) an actuator system; and
g) a control system,
wherein the support arm at a location in between the first and second free end of the support arm is mounted to the moveable part of the base such that the support arm is rotatable relative to the moveable part about a substantially horizontal second axis,
wherein the boom at a location in between the first and second free end of the boom is mounted to the first free end of the support arm such that the boom is rotatable relative to the support arm about a substantially horizontal third axis,
wherein the load support element is configured to be supported by the first free end of the boom and is configured to support the people and/or cargo during transfer,
wherein the measurement system is configured to measure relative movement of the load support element relative to a reference,
wherein the actuator system is configured to rotate the moveable part relative to the stationary part using a first actuator assembly, to rotate the support arm relative to the moveable part using a second actuator assembly, and to rotate the boom relative to the support arm using a third actuator assembly,
wherein the control system is configured to drive the actuator system in dependency of an output of the measurement system to compensate for the relative movement of the load support element,
wherein the support arm comprises a counterweight at the second free end of the support arm,
wherein the boom comprises a counterweight at the second free end of the boom,
wherein the second and third actuator assemblies comprise secondary and tertiary electric drives,
wherein the counterweight at the second free end of the support arm compensates for at least 25% of a moment (M2) that is present around the second axis to the support arm and that is equal to a sum of sub-moments caused by weight forces of the load support element, including people and/or cargo present therein during a transfer operation, of the boom, of the counterweight at the second free end of the boom, and of the support arm,
wherein the counterweight at the second free end of the boom compensates for at least 25% of a moment (M1) that is present around the third axis to the boom and that is equal to a sum of sub-moments caused by the weight forces of the load support element, including people and/or cargo present therein during a transfer operation, and of the boom,
wherein the second actuator assembly further comprises a cable extending between the moveable part of the base and the second free end of the support arm to be paid out or hauled in by the corresponding electric drive, and
wherein the third actuator assembly further comprises a cable extending between the first free end of the support arm and the second free end of the boom to be paid out or hauled in by the corresponding electric drive.

US Pat. No. 10,793,231

WEATHER MITIGATION ASSEMBLY

1. A weather mitigation assembly being configured to urge cold water from the bottom of the ocean upwardly toward the surface of the ocean for cooling the surface of the ocean and thusly depriving weather systems of thermal energy, said assembly comprising:a buoy being floated on the ocean, said buoy having a bottom side being submerged and a top side being exposed;
an air pump being coupled to said buoy, said air pump being positioned on said top side of said buoy, said air pump having an intake and an exhaust, said intake being positioned on said top said of said buoy, said exhaust being positioned on said bottom side of said buoy;
a plurality of tethers, each of said tethers being coupled between said buoy and the ocean floor for keeping said buoy in a selected spot;
a network of bubble pipes, each of said bubble pipes being laid along the ocean floor; and
a supply pipe being fluidly coupled between said air pump and said network of bubble pipes wherein said air pump is configured to pump air into said network of bubble pipes, each of said bubble pipes releasing air bubbles upwardly toward the surface of the ocean wherein said bubble pipes are configured to urge cool water on the ocean floor upwardly toward the surface of the ocean for cooling the water at the surface of the ocean thereby reducing thermal energy available for developing weather systems.

US Pat. No. 10,793,230

METHOD AND AN ARRANGEMENT FOR REMOVING STRETCH IN POLYESTER MOORING LINES WITH AN INLINE TENSIONER

SEASYSTEMS AS, Vestby (N...

1. A method for tensioning a mooring arrangement for a floating structure or a vessel, the mooring tensioning arrangement comprising a mooring line having a first mooring part and a second mooring part, divided by a midwater coupling, at least a portion of the mooring line is made of synthetic material, the mooring line is extending between an anchor arranged on the seabed and a pulling unit arranged separate from or attached to the floating structure or vessel, the mooring line is extending at least via a fairlead pulley or chain wheel arranged on the floating structure between the anchor and the pulling unit wherein the method comprising the following steps:a) imposing a pre-tensioning force on the mooring line by tightening the mooring line by the pulling unit, the force being directed towards the floating structure or vessel, until a pretension level in the mooring line is reached,
b) maintaining the pretension level in the part of the mooring line extending between the anchor and the floating structure,
c) arranging a second tensioning line between the midwater coupling and the pulling unit,
d) imposing a substantially transverse force on the part of the mooring line extending between the anchor and the floating structure in order to remove stretch in the mooring line; and
e) retightening of the mooring line.

US Pat. No. 10,793,229

MULTI-ANCHORING DEPTH CONTROL SYSTEM

CUTTING EDGE INNOVATIONS,...

1. A multi-anchor depth control system for a boat or other watercraft comprising a controller configured to:accept a desired depth input from a user;
receive depth information from a depth finder;
command the boat or other watercraft to navigate to a location having the desired depth input by the user based upon the depth information received from the depth finder; and
command a motor to release at least two anchors of the boat or other watercraft to a floor of a body of water based on the depth information received from the depth finder.

US Pat. No. 10,793,228

STRUCTURE AND ASSEMBLY FOR RECESSED DECK PORTION IN PONTOON BOAT

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A pontoon boat comprising:a first pontoon and a second pontoon, each of said first and second pontoon running longitudinally beneath the boat and providing buoyancy thereto;
a hull running longitudinally beneath the boat and providing buoyancy thereto, said hull positioned laterally intermediate said first and second pontoons and having a V-hull lateral cross-sectional configuration;
a deck framework mounted above and connected to the first and second pontoons and the hull;
a deck supported atop said deck framework;
a recessed deck portion extending downwardly through said deck and said deck framework into a longitudinal portion of said hull, said recessed deck portion forming a cavity into the deck including a bottom and side walls forming a basin extending into and beneath the deck;
at least one driver's seat positioned on the deck and having a seating surface positioned above the deck;
a first passenger's seat adjacent said recessed deck portion and mounted to said deck and having a seating surface below the seating surface of the driver's seat, the first passenger's seat facing a starboard side of the boat and oriented toward the recessed deck portion whereby a passenger sitting in the first passenger's seat may place legs in the recessed deck portion and remain positioned below the driver; and
a second passenger's seat adjacent said recessed deck portion and mounted to said deck and having a seating surface below the seating surface of the driver's seat, the second passenger's seat facing a port side of the boat and oriented toward the recessed deck portion whereby a passenger sitting in the second passenger's seat may place legs in the recessed deck portion and remain positioned below the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,793,227

COLUMN FLOATER WITH EXTENDED CYLINDER AND RING BUOY-GROUP

1. A column floater with extended cylinder comprising:an upright buoy, with two ends of top plate and bottom plate, which floats on a water surface, wherein a top of the column floater is above the water surface and a moonpool is or is not set in a center of the column floater through the top to a bottom;
an extended cylinder(s), comprising at least one layer of cylinder connected to a bottom plate of the upright buoy and extending downwards with an opening at a bottom, wherein the extended cylinder(s) have a same vertical central axis, and an anti-motion structure is installed around a bottom heel of an outer wall of an outermost extended cylinder; wherein the extended cylinder is a fixed cylinder and its outermost cylinder has a same outer diameter as an outer diameter of an outermost layer of the upright buoy, forming a column floater with a fixed extended cylinder, or the extended cylinder is a sliding cylinder and its outermost cylinder has an outer diameter larger than the outer diameter of the outermost layer of the upright buoy, forming a column floater with a sliding extended cylinder;
wherein the fixed extended cylinder is in a watertight connection to the bottom plate of the upright buoy to form a column floater with fixed extended cylinder with central entrained water/gas-floating compartment or a column floater with fixed extended cylinder with bottom entrained water/gas-floating compartment;
wherein at a top of the central entrained water/gas-float compartment and a top of the bottom entrained water/gas-float compartment, an inlet/outlet pipe installed upwards and plugging into an interior of or further penetrating a top of the upright buoy, and a valve is set in an upper part of an inflation/exhaust pipe, wherein a horizontal bottom damping plate is either or not set at a bottom of both the bottom entrained water/gas-float compartment and the central entrained water/gas-float compartment; and
wherein the sliding extended cylinder of the column floater is at least one layer of cylinder sleeved on an outer wall of the upright buoy which have a same perpendicular axis through a center, and the upright buoy can be with or without an outmost fixed extended cylinder; wherein a layer cylinder of each sliding extended cylinder is set or not set multiple damping holes;
a positioning system being a mooring system;
a topsides located on the top and/or in the interior of the upright buoy.

US Pat. No. 10,793,226

POWER BOOST REGULATOR

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A method of electrical power generation in a vehicle, the method including:receiving, by a power boost regulator, alternating current (AC) power from an AC generator coupled to an output of an engine of a vehicle, the engine being operatively coupled to a ground engaging member of the vehicle to move the vehicle;
detecting a rotational speed of the engine;
selecting, by an electronic controller of the power boost regulator, an operating point for the AC generator based on the detected engine speed and at least one operating parameter, the operating point being selected from a first operating point having a first voltage level and a first current level and a second operating point having a second voltage level and a second current level, wherein the AC generator is operative to provide the same power output level when operating at the first and second operating points; and
controlling, by the power boost regulator, the AC generator to generate the AC power at the selected operating point.

US Pat. No. 10,793,225

BICYCLE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD AND SYSTEM THEREOF

TEKTRO TECHNOLOGY CORPORA...

1. A wireless communication method adapted to an electrical gear-shifting system of a bicycle, comprising:establishing a first communication connection to an intermediate device by a master controller;
establishing a second communication connection to the intermediate device by a slave controller;
sending a control signal to the intermediate device through the first communication connection by the master controller; and
sending the control signal to the slave controller through the second communication connection by the intermediate device;
wherein the slave controller controls a motor driver to perform a gear-shifting operation according to the control signal;
wherein after the intermediate device is away from the electrical gear-shifting system, the first communication and the second communication are disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,793,224

BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE AND BICYCLE DRIVING DEVICE INCLUDING BICYCLE CONTROL DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control device comprising:an electronic controller that controls a motor, which assists with propulsion of a bicycle, the electronic controller having a memory,
the electronic controller being configured to control the motor so that the motor assists with propulsion of the bicycle in a case where a detected value of a traveling speed of the bicycle is less than or equal to a predetermined speed, the predetermined speed being a threshold speed in accordance with which the control of the motor is changed, the predetermined speed being stored in the memory, the electronic controller being configured to stop the motor in a case where the detected traveling speed of the bicycle is over the predetermined speed that is stored in the memory, and
the electronic controller being configured to change the predetermined speed that is stored in the memory in accordance with at least one of a usage environment of the bicycle and a posture of the bicycle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,223

BICYCLE TRANSMISSION HUB

Bok Soung Kim, Seoul (KR...

1. A bicycle transmission hub comprising:a hub shaft to which a rotation force is input, the hub shaft having a plurality of first pawls arranged on the outer peripheral surface thereof;
a transmission controller for controlling the appearing and disappearing of the first pawls;
a plurality of driving gears, each of which has a ratchet formed on the inner peripheral surface thereof to receive a rotation force transferred by the first pawls, the driving gears having a different number of teeth, the hub shaft extending through the center of each of the driving gears;
a plurality of driven gears, which are engaged with the driving gears, respectively, have a different number of teeth, and rotate while being coupled to each other;
an output wheel, which rotates while being coupled to a driving gear adjacent thereto among the driving gears and has a second pawl disposed on the outer peripheral surface thereof; and
a hub shell, which has a wheel spoke connected thereto and has a ratchet formed on the inner peripheral surface thereof to receive a rotation force transferred by the second pawl.

US Pat. No. 10,793,222

BICYCLE DERAILLEUR HAVING UPPER AND LOWER ALIGNMENT ASSEMBLIES

1. A rear derailleur for a bicycle, said rear derailleur comprising:an upper alignment assembly comprising a b-knuckle assembly pivotally attached to said bicycle via along a b-knuckle mounting axis; said upper alignment assembly further comprising a powered upper transmission assembly configured to pivot about an upper rotatable axis that is generally perpendicular to said b-knuckle mounting axis; and
a lower alignment assembly comprising a p-knuckle assembly pivotally connected to said upper alignment assembly via a linkage assembly; said lower alignment assembly pivotally connected to a pulley assembly along a p-knuckle mounting axis; said lower alignment assembly further comprising a powered lower transmission assembly configured to pivot about a lower rotatable axis that is generally perpendicular to said p-knuckle mounting axis;
wherein said powered upper transmission assembly and said powered lower transmission assembly are configured to maintain a generally parallel relationship of said b-knuckle mounting axis and said p-knuckle mounting axis.

US Pat. No. 10,793,221

FRONT STRUCTURE FOR STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A front structure for a straddle-riding vehicle comprising:a suspension supported by a support shaft installed between a pair of left and right arms of a straddle-type vehicle while being disposed at a position behind a steering shaft of the straddle-type vehicle and above a power source of the straddle-type vehicle; and
a cover that covers a space between the pair of left and right arms between the steering shaft and the suspension,
wherein a front section of the cover is fixed to a cylindrical holder that pivotably supports the steering shaft by a first fixing member.

US Pat. No. 10,793,220

BICYCLE COMPONENT OPERATING APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle component operating apparatus comprising:a first operating device including
a clamp configured to be coupled to a handlebar,
a housing connected to the clamp and having an attachment surface with at least one flange connected to the attachment surface having at least one receiving hole for receiving a locking member, the attachment surface being offset from the clamp, and
an operating member that extends from the housing and is movably arranged with respect to the clamp, the operating member being configured to perform an operation of at least one of a bicycle transmission component and a bicycle brake component; and
a second operating device including a housing having an attachment surface with at least one corresponding flange connected to the attachment surface of the second operating device having at least one corresponding receiving hole that is aligned with the at least one receiving hole of the first operating device for receiving the locking member so that the attachment surface of the second operating device is detachably and adjustably contacting the attachment surface of the housing of the first operating device via the locking member.

US Pat. No. 10,793,219

BICYCLE ELECTRIC TELESCOPIC APPARATUS, BICYCLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, AND BICYCLE ELECTRIC COMPONENT SYSTEM

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle electric telescopic apparatus comprising:a first tube having a center axis;
a second tube telescopically received in the first tube;
a positioning structure configured to relatively position the first tube and the second tube in a telescopic direction extending along the center axis of the first tube;
an electric positioning actuator configured to actuate the positioning structure;
a power supply to supply electricity to the electric positioning actuator, the power supply being configured to be detachably connected to an electric bicycle component other than the bicycle electric telescopic apparatus;
a connecting structure configured to be detachably connected to the power supply to electrically connect the power supply to the electric positioning actuator, the connecting structure being provided at an upper end of the second tube in a mounting state where the bicycle electric telescopic apparatus is mounted to a bicycle frame; and
a controller configured to control the electric positioning actuator based on a wireless signal, a distance defined between the connecting structure and the controller being longer than a distance defined between the connecting structure and the upper end of the second tube.

US Pat. No. 10,793,218

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HEATING AND COOLING A MOTORCYCLE SEAT

1. A method for heating or cooling a motorcycle seat comprising:locating a deformable cooling element inside the motorcycle seat wherein the deformable cooling element can deform to substantially conform with a rider's body shape resting on the motorcycle seat;
locating a deformable heating element inside the motorcycle seat wherein the deformable heating element can deform to substantially conform with the rider's body shape resting on the motorcycle seat;
providing a control panel for selecting a power state of the deformable cooling element and a power state of the deformable heating element; and
wherein the deformable cooling element and the deformable heating element are a thermoelectric device wherein one surface of the thermoelectric device is located proximate to the top of the motorcycle seat and wherein a second surface of the thermoelectric device is located distal to the top of the motorcycle seat and wherein a fan is located for providing forced air flows across the second surface of the thermoelectric device.

US Pat. No. 10,793,217

SADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A saddle-type vehicle provided with a rearview mirror, the rearview mirror comprising:a stay extending from a vehicle body outward in a vehicle width direction; and
a housing connected to an extending end portion of the stay and extending outward in the vehicle width direction, the housing comprising a mirror body;
wherein:
the housing further comprises an upper wall and a lower wall which are arranged at positions overlapping each other in a vertical direction of the vehicle body; and
in a cross-sectional view perpendicular to the vehicle width direction, the upper wall has an upper outer surface portion whose length in a front-rear direction is shorter than a length of a lower outer surface portion of the lower wall in the front-rear direction, wherein
an external surface of the upper outer surface portion is formed in a concave surface whose center portion in the front-rear direction is depressed downward.

US Pat. No. 10,793,216

ARTICLE ATTACHMENT APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method for attaching a U-lock to an upright bicycle frame using an apparatus comprising a main strap assembly for forming a secure loop by attachment of a main strap to itself and at least two parallel ancillary strap assemblies attached transversely to the main strap, each of the pair attached to a respective one of ancillary releasable engagement mechanisms at an end thereof, the method comprising:attaching the main strap parallel to an elongate structural member of the upright bicycle frame by the at least two parallel strap assemblies so that the secure loop is alongside the elongate structural member with a rubberized surface facing radially outward and loops around a vertically-oriented opening;
inserting the U-lock through the vertically-oriented opening of the secure loop; and
adjusting the main strap until the U-lock is snugly engaged in the secure loop.

US Pat. No. 10,793,215

FRONT LUGGAGE RACK FOR A MOTORCYCLE WITH LOAD-BEARING SHELL

1. A front luggage rack for a motorcycle with a loading-bearing shell, said load-bearing shell comprising a front shell part and a shell part operatively facing downwards, said luggage rack comprising:a luggage rack body; and
at least one anchoring element associated to the luggage rack body, said at least one anchoring element being configured so as to allow rigidly anchoring the luggage rack body in at least one point of the front shell part;
wherein the luggage rack body comprises a first and a second anchoring arm shaped so as to be able to be anchored to said shell part facing downwards; and
the luggage rack body further comprising third and fourth anchoring elements associated respectively to the first and second anchoring arm, which are configured so as to allow rigidly anchoring the first and second anchoring arm to said shell part facing downwards;
wherein the first and the second anchoring arm respectively comprise a first and a second anchoring portion and wherein said anchoring arms are configured so that said anchoring portions remain hidden in the lower part of the shell when the luggage rack is anchored to the shell such that the first and second anchoring portions are not visible during use of the luggage rack.

US Pat. No. 10,793,214

HEADLIGHT SUPPORT STRUCTURE OF SADDLE RIDING VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A headlight support structure of a saddle riding vehicle, in which a headlight support supporting a headlight is mounted on a bottom bridge connected between left and right sides of a front fork,wherein the headlight support is mounted in a headlight stay supporting the headlight in a swingable manner, the headlight stay being integrally molded, and
the headlight includes an aiming mechanism outside the headlight, the aiming mechanism adjusting an illuminating angle and being mounted in the headlight stay.

US Pat. No. 10,793,213

SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A saddle type vehicle including a seat rail to which a seat on which a user is seated is attached, wherein:the seat rail includes an outer edge that is placed on an outward side in a vehicle body width direction and an inner edge that is placed on an inward side in the vehicle body width direction and higher than the outer edge, and the outer edge and the inner edge each include a stepped structure where a step part is formed by consecutive vertical surfaces and inclined surfaces;
the seat includes a seat part on which the user is seated, a side part that is continuous with the seat part and extends toward a lower part of a vehicle body, and a sitting part that is provided to a reverse surface of the seat part, and a lowermost part of the side part is placed lower than a lowermost part of the sitting part; and
the sitting part that sits on an upper surface of the inner edge is surrounded by the side part.

US Pat. No. 10,793,212

BICYCLE HANGER FOR HUNG STORAGE OF A BICYCLE BY ITS SEAT AND SEAT POST

1. A bicycle hanger for storing a bicycle in an elevated and suspended state from a ceiling, said bicycle hanger comprisinga top plate configured to be mounted to the ceiling, a leg extending downwardly from the top plate,
a front support member extending generally perpendicularly from a bottom end of the leg, the front support member configured to span across an underside of a seat of a bicycle in front of a seat post of said bicycle, an intermediate support member configured to span across a front side of said seat post of said bicycle, and a rear support member configured to span across a rear side of said seat post of said bicycle,
a first linking member that extends between and connects the front support member to the intermediate support member,
a second linking member that extends between and connects the intermediate support member to the rear support member,
wherein the front support member, the first linking member, the intermediate support member, the second linking member, and the rear support member combined forms an S-shaped structure that is sloped relative to the leg.

US Pat. No. 10,793,211

FLOORING APPARATUS

1. A flooring apparatus, comprising:a member that includes a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein the top surface comprises a cutout portion that extends along at least a portion of the member; and
a friction-increasing insert positioned at least partially within the cutout portion and secured to the cutout portion, wherein at least a portion of the insert is vertically offset from the top surface of the member,
wherein the cutout portion includes a floor, a first sidewall and a second sidewall, and
wherein at least one of the first and second sidewalls and the floor of the cutout portion comprise a plurality of holes to receive an adhesive therein.

US Pat. No. 10,793,210

TRACK ASSEMBLY FOR POWER MACHINE

CLARK EQUIPMENT COMPANY, ...

1. A power machine having a frame, an engine supported by the frame, a transmission powered by the engine and a track assembly coupled to the frame and to an output of the transmission, the track assembly further comprising:a track frame including a primary portion and a secondary portion that is moveable with respect the first portion;
a track carried on the track frame and moveable about the frame to move the power machine over a support surface, wherein the track includes evenly spaced reinforcement members extending transversely relative to a longitudinal axis of the power machine and spaces between the reinforcement members;
a first idler pivotally mounted to the primary portion of the frame and positioned against track;
a second idler pivotally mounted to the secondary portion of the frame and positioned against the track, wherein each of the first and second idlers are positioned to engage the track to provide tension to the track;
a plurality of rollers pivotally mounted on a bottom side of the track frame, each of the rollers positioned to engage the track, wherein the plurality of rollers include first, second, third, and fourth rollers aligned with the first roller being located behind a center of gravity of the power machine, and wherein the second and third rollers are spaced such that they are simultaneously each positioned directly over one of the reinforcement members and spaces between reinforcement members; and
wherein movement of the secondary portion of track frame adjusts the tension applied against the track and wherein when the secondary portion of the track frame is fully extended, a perimeter of the second idler intersects a cylinder defined by a perimeter of one of the plurality of the rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,793,209

HITCH ASSEMBLY

1. A hitch assembly for coupling a trailer to a tow vehicle, said hitch assembly comprising:a first frame for being attached to said tow vehicle;
a second frame for being attached to said trailer and being movably engaged with said first frame, said second frame adapted for fore and aft movement relative to said first frame along a plurality of roller bearings within a predetermined range when said tow vehicle is towing said trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,793,208

MATERIAL HANDLING VEHICLE AND SYSTEM COMPRISING SUCH A VEHICLE

1. A material handling vehicle comprising:a chassis, comprising an upper surface on which a first loading surface is arranged, the chassis further comprises a plurality of components coupled thereto, the components including;
a power source,
a drive motor,
at least one drive wheel powered by the drive motor,
at least one stabilizing wheel,
at least one object sensor for detecting objects in the surroundings of the vehicle,
a wireless interface for communication with other units of a system,
a control unit, and
a navigation device,wherein the chassis further comprises at least one opening, arranged at a lowermost portion of the chassis, and extending from a first side portion of the chassis, the at least one opening being arranged to receive a material handling element, and comprises an upper abutment surface and sidewalls, extending along the extension of each opening.

US Pat. No. 10,793,207

TAILGATE REINFORCEMENT

Lund Motion Products, Inc...

1. A tailgate assembly comprising:a tailgate;
a first hinge;
a second hinge;
a reinforcement covering a portion of the first hinge and a portion of the second hinge on the tailgate; and
at least one fastener that attaches the reinforcement to the tailgate.

US Pat. No. 10,793,206

VEHICLE HAVING COOLING DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle comprising rear wheels, and a heat exchanging type cooling device through which a coolant flows and which includes a cooler body disposed in a rear portion of the vehicle and attached to a body of the vehicle, wherein an ambient air introduced into the cooler body to cool the coolant with heat exchanging between the coolant and the ambient air flows through the cooler body and is discharged downward through a lower surface of the cooler body, the cooling device comprising:an undercover disposed below the cooler body and having an air exhaust passage into which the ambient air discharged through the lower surface of the cooler body is introduced and through which the ambient air is exhausted into outside atmosphere, under a negative air pressure generated due to an air stream generated during running of the vehicle; and
an elastically deformable sealing member in a closed form interposed between the air exhaust passage and the lower surface of the cooler body, and
wherein the undercover is attached to the body of the vehicle, such that a gap is provided between the undercover and the lower surface of the cooler body, and such that the sealing member fluid-tightly closes the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,793,205

ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR ENABLING ROTATIONAL MOTION IN A VEHICLE OR MOBILE WORKING MACHINE

1. An assembly for enabling rotational motion in a vehicle or mobile working machine comprising:at least two sections arranged in at least a partially overlying position relative to a working surface of the vehicle or a working surface of the working machine, the at least two sections making up a top section and a bottom section, said top section and bottom section being coupled movably to each other by way of at least one trajectory element providing a curvilinear trajectory;
the bottom section having at least motion elements for enabling a movement of the vehicle or working machine;
the at least one trajectory element being configured to enable a motion of the top section with respect to the bottom section, the motion being arranged to proceed along the curvilinear trajectory and in a section plane which is in a perpendicular position relative to a substantially longitudinal rotation axis of the vehicle or working machine, wherein the curvilinear trajectory is at least over a part of its length in a shape of a circular arc with the trajectory extending around the vehicle's or working machine's longitudinal rotation axis;
at least one actuator fitted on the vehicle or working machine and bearing on the top section and/or the bottom section for generating motion; and
the bottom section being formed at least in part by a front section and a rear section, which are successive in lengthwise direction and connected to each other by a frame pivot with at least two degrees of freedom, said frame pivot being configured to allow a rotation of the front section and rear section with respect to the vehicle's or working machine's longitudinal rotation axis as well as with respect to a vertical axis extending through the frame pivot.

US Pat. No. 10,793,204

OPERATOR STATION SUSPENSION ISOLATION SYSTEM

1. An operator station suspension system for a vehicle that includes a chassis and an operator station, the operator station suspension system comprising:a subframe structure that includes a plurality of station connection locations;
a plurality of isolators;
suspension components configured to couple the subframe structure to the chassis to enable movement of the subframe structure relative to the chassis;
wherein the subframe structure is configured to be coupled to the operator station at the plurality of station connection locations with one of the plurality of isolators located between the subframe structure and the operator station at each of the plurality of station connection locations to reduce noise and vibration between the subframe structure and the operator station.

US Pat. No. 10,793,203

COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE

DAF Trucks N.V., Eindhov...

1. A commercial motor vehicle having a chassis, an engine compartment defined between parallel elongate beams of the chassis, and a driver cabin at least partially positioned over the engine compartment, the driver cabin being supported on the chassis by spaced resilient suspension devices, and includes an upper cabin part that is tiltable with respect to the chassis to allow access to the engine compartment by being hinged about a lower edge and a lower cabin part that is non-tiltable with respect to the chassis and that remains associated with the chassis when the upper cabin part is tilted, wherein the lower cabin part of the driver cabin is supported by the resilient suspension devices.

US Pat. No. 10,793,202

TAILGATE GAP COVER

1. A tailgate gap cover system for a tailgate of a vehicle, the tailgate being pivotally attached to a cargo area of the vehicle with a gap being defined between an edge of the tailgate and a floor of the cargo area, the system including a tailgate gap cover comprising:a cover member, having a first edge pivotally attached to the tailgate such that a second edge opposite the first edge rests on the cargo area floor beyond the gap when the tailgate is in a raised position or a lowered position,
wherein the cover member is disposed in a recess in the tailgate.

US Pat. No. 10,793,201

PICKUP TRUCK CARGO BOX SUBASSEMBLY

Aerlyte, Inc., Petoskey,...

1. A pickup truck cargo box subassembly comprising:a load floor composed of a sandwich structure having an upper skin, a lower skin and a core extending therebetween, the upper skin is formed of a composite material including continuous reinforcing fibers;
a left inner sidewall panel having a left inner sidewall panel joining channel extending horizontally along at least a portion of a length of the left inner sidewall panel;
a right inner sidewall panel having a right inner sidewall panel joining channel extending horizontally along at least a portion of a length of the right inner sidewall panel;
a headboard; and
a rear cross sill,
the left and right inner sidewall panel joining channels joining a peripheral portion of the load floor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,200

MODULAR TRUCK BED RACK SYSTEM AND PORTIONS THEREOF

1. A rack system for use in a truck bed, comprising:a pair of first side supports located, in use, on opposing sides of the truck bed;
a pair of second side supports located, in use, on opposing sides of the truck bed at locations spaced away from the pair of first side supports along a length of the truck bed;
an upper longitudinal rail and a lower longitudinal rail positioned on one of the opposing sides of the truck bed and extending between the first side support and the second side support on the one side;
a toolbox comprising:
a toolbox body having an upper wall, a lower wall, an end wall, and a pair of spaced-apart side walls, the upper wall, the lower wall, the end wall and the pair of side walls cooperating to define a storage space having an access opening defined by an open end of the toolbox body opposite the end wall;
an upper mount configured to support the toolbox relative to the upper longitudinal rail;
a lower mount configured to support the toolbox relative to the lower longitudinal rail;
wherein the upper longitudinal rail of the rack system is located closer to a lengthwise centerline of the truck bed than the lower longitudinal rail;
wherein the open end of the toolbox body is located further from the lengthwise centerline of the truck bed than the end wall with the access opening positioned between the upper longitudinal rail and the lower longitudinal rail.

US Pat. No. 10,793,199

VEHICLE SIDE PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle side portion structure, comprising:a cross member that is fixed onto an upper side of a floor panel in a vehicle so as to extend along a vehicle width direction;
a pillar that extends along a vertical direction at an end portion in the vehicle width direction of the vehicle; and
a gusset that connects an end portion in the vehicle width direction of the cross member to the pillar, wherein
the gusset includes a plate portion whose inner end portion in the vehicle width direction is fastened to the cross member, the plate portion being extended from a region including a position fastened to the cross member toward a pillar side, and having a portion upwardly inclined toward outside in the vehicle width direction at least until the plate portion reaches in a region on the pillar side to a pillar side end, the gusset further including a flange which is joined to the pillar side end of the plate portion and fastened to the pillar, and
a position at which the flange is fastened to the pillar is located upward of a position at which the inner end portion in the vehicle width direction of the gusset is fastened to the cross member.

US Pat. No. 10,793,198

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A STRUCTURAL COMPONENT

MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A method of manufacturing a structural component for a vehicle comprising:providing a door ring blank including an upper rail portion, a lower rail portion, and a pillar portion extending between the upper and lower rail portions;
the upper rail portion, the lower rail portion, and the pillar portion defining a door opening portion, and the door ring blank including at least one reinforcement portion extending through the door opening portion between the upper and lower rail portions; and
hot stamping the pillar portion, the upper rail portion, the lower rail portion, and the at least one reinforcement portion of the door ring blank together to form a door ring including a pillar, an upper rail, a lower rail, a door opening, and at least one reinforcement extending through the door opening between the upper and lower rails.

US Pat. No. 10,793,197

STRUCTURAL BEAM WITH COVER PLATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING

AUTOTECH ENGINEERING S.L....

1. A structural beam comprising:a first beam and a cover plate configured to be attached to the first beam,
the first beam having
a cross-section with a substantially U-shape along at least a first portion of its length, the U-shape including a bottom wall, and two sidewalls, and wherein
the cross-section further comprises an outwardly projecting lateral flange at an end of one of the two sidewalls, and a groove in a junction between the sidewall and the outwardly projecting lateral flange, wherein
the groove has a first joining region at a bottom of the groove,
the first joining region being substantially flat, the outwardly projecting lateral flange extending from the groove further in a direction that is substantially parallel to the first joining region than in a direction that is substantially perpendicular to the first joining region, and
the cover plate having a substantially flat second joining region wherein the cover plate is welded to the first beam at the first and second joining regions, wherein the first joining region and the second joining region have a width of about 2-10 mm, and wherein an edge of the cover plate located at a terminating end of the flat second joining region does not extend beyond the first joining region located at the bottom of the groove between the side wall and the outwardly projecting lateral flange of the first beam.

US Pat. No. 10,793,196

STRUCTURAL BEAMS OF HARDENED UHSS WITH REINFORCEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING

AUTOTECH ENGINEERING S.L....

1. A structural beam comprising:a first beam and a reinforcement attached to the first beam,
the first beam having
a substantially U-shaped cross-section along at least a first part of its length, the U-shape including at least a bottom wall, and two sidewalls, wherein
the bottom wall is a linear wall, with no bends, extending into the sidewalls at opposing ends of the linear wall,
the bottom wall having a first joining region,
the reinforcement having a second joining region, the second joining region including a flat area, and
the first beam and the reinforcement being welded together at the first and second joining regions, wherein, the reinforcement is welded to the first beam at the bottom wall of the U-shape cross-section, and wherein,
the first beam and the reinforcement are made of hardened UHSS, and
the second joining region comprises a arcuated region in cross section which has the flat area, such that the first beam and the reinforcement are welded at the flat area of the second joining region.

US Pat. No. 10,793,195

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle body structure, comprising:a pair of side sills extending in a fore and aft direction along either lower side part of a vehicle body;
a floor panel having a vertically facing surface and attached to upper sides of the side sills along respective lateral side edges thereof; and
a pair of side members each having an outboard edge attached to an inboard side of the corresponding side sill and an inboard edge attached a lower surface of the floor panel so as to form a closed cross section structure in cooperation with the corresponding side sill and the floor panel;
wherein each side sill includes:
an outer panel formed as a channel member extending in the fore and aft direction and having an open side facing in an inboard direction;
an inner panel formed as a channel member extending in the fore and aft direction and having an open side facing in an outboard direction, the outer panel and the inner panel being joined to each other at upper and lower edges thereof;
a first stiffener extending in the fore and aft direction in a space defined between the outer panel and the inner panel and having a lower edge joined to the lower edges of the outer panel and the inner panel;
a second stiffener formed as a channel member extending in the fore and aft direction and having an open side facing in the inboard direction, the second stiffener having an upper edge and a lower edge attached to an outboard side of the first stiffener; and
a third stiffener extending in the fore and aft direction and in a transverse direction to have an outboard edge joined to the first stiffener and an inboard edge joined to the inner panel.

US Pat. No. 10,793,194

VEHICLE BODY FLOOR STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle body floor structure comprising:a floor panel having a side edge;
a side sill joined to the side edge of the floor panel;
a cross member connected to the side sill, the cross member extending in a direction that crosses a direction in which the side sill extends;
a first reinforcing member disposed at an internal corner defined by the side sill and the cross member, the first reinforcing member joined to the side sill and to a joint portion of the cross member; and
a second reinforcing member disposed at the joint portion of the cross member,
wherein the first reinforcing member has an end portion located on a side of the joint portion and having a weak portion,
wherein the first reinforcing member has a bead that extends in a vehicle width direction, and
wherein the bead extends further than the weak portion inward in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,793,193

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a pair of left and right suspensions provided below a vehicle body floor;
suspension mounting portions for mounting the suspensions to the vehicle body floor;
a power supply device that supplies power to drive a vehicle;
a frame that supports the power supply device; and
frame mounting portions for mounting the frame to the vehicle body floor, wherein
the frame mounting portions are disposed above the suspension mounting portions in a vertical direction, and the frame includes: a first frame part that extends in a vehicle width direction and is fixed to left and right side frames, and a second frame part that extends from the first frame part toward the suspension mounting portions,
wherein the second frame part is mounted on an upper side surface of the vehicle body floor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,192

BRACKET NODE ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE, VEHICLE FRAME ASSEMBLY HAVING SAME AND VEHICLE HAVING SAME

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A bracket node assembly for an off-road vehicle configured with a side-by-side seating arrangement, the vehicle including at least one suspension member that supports a respective wheel of the vehicle, the bracket node assembly comprising:a first frame member extending along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
a second frame member extending along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
a cross member extending in a transverse direction of the vehicle;
a passenger seat; and
a bracket configured to be connected to the suspension member, and the bracket is connected to each of the first frame member, the second frame member, the cross member, and the passenger seat.

US Pat. No. 10,793,191

LOWER VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A lower vehicle body structure, comprising:a vehicle body floor having a bottom surface part;
a floor tunnel bulging upwardly from the bottom surface part of the vehicle body floor, and extending in vehicle front-and-rear directions;
side sills extending in the vehicle front-and-rear directions along edge parts of the vehicle body floor in vehicle width directions;
hinge pillars extending upwardly from front end parts of the side sills;
first frames, each extending in the vehicle front-and-rear directions at least along an upper surface of the vehicle body floor, between the floor tunnel and one of the side sills;
lowered parts, each provided to the bottom surface part between one of the first frames and one of the side sills so as to be lowered below a part where the vehicle body floor and the side sills are joined; and
second frames, each provided so as to extend to one of the first frames, obliquely rearward from one of the side sills along an upper surface of the bottom surface part and inwardly in the vehicle width directions, and forming in a part including one of the lowered parts a closed cross-section with the bottom surface part.

US Pat. No. 10,793,190

ASSIST DEVICE FOR PULLING OUT OF PARKING SPOT

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A parking exit assist device comprising:one or more processors configured to:
obtain information from at least one sensor disposed on a host vehicle and use the information to detect a front obstacle present in front of the host vehicle and at least a frontward distance from the host vehicle to the front obstacle;
set a target steering angle of the host vehicle using the frontward distance and a position of the host vehicle;
perform an assist control in which a steering angle of the host vehicle is changed to the target steering angle; and
determine whether exit of the host vehicle from parking is possible or not based on a result of detection of the front obstacle, wherein
when the exit of the host vehicle from the parking is determined to be possible, the one or more processors perform the assist control in which the steering angle of the host vehicle is changed from the target steering angle to a neutral angle or to a neutral neighboring angle within a predetermined range from the neutral angle at an end of the exit of the host vehicle from parking operation.

US Pat. No. 10,793,189

KING-PIN JOINT ASSEMBLY

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A king-pin joint assembly, comprising:a king-pin having an outer surface;
an axle beam having a connector portion with a radially outboard end portion and a radially inboard end portion;
wherein an axle beam king-pin receiving aperture extends from said radially outboard end portion to said radially inboard end portion of said connector portion;
wherein at least a portion of an intermediate portion of said king-pin is received and/or retained within at least a portion of said axle beam king-pin receiving aperture;
a steering knuckle having a yoke portion;
wherein said yoke portion has a first yoke arm and a second yoke arm;
wherein a first yoke arm king-pin aperture having a first end portion and a second end portion extends from an inner surface to an outer surface of said first yoke arm;
wherein at least a portion of a first end portion of said king-pin and at least a portion of said radially outboard end portion of said connector are received and/or retained within at least a portion of said first yoke arm king-pin aperture;
wherein a second yoke arm king-pin aperture extends from an inner surface to an outer surface of said second yoke arm;
wherein at least a portion of a second end portion of said king-pin is received and/or retained within at least a portion of said second yoke arm king-pin aperture;
a first bearing assembly comprising a first bearing cup and one or more first rolling elements that are received and/or retained within at least a portion of said first yoke arm king-pin aperture;
wherein at least a portion of a first end of said first bearing cup of said first bearing assembly is in direct contact with at least a portion of said radially outboard end portion of said connector portion of said axle beam;
a second bearing assembly that is received and/or retained within at least a portion of said second yoke arm king-pin aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,793,188

HIGH BANDWIDTH UNIVERSAL ELECTRIC STEERING SYSTEM CONTROLLER

Steering Solution IP Hold...

1. An electric power steering (EPS) system that provides a motor torque command, the EPS system comprising:a motor; and
a controller configured to generate and send the motor torque command to the motor to generate torque, the controller configured to:
determine a torque reference twist based on a torque reference;
determine a motor angle reference twist based on an angle-difference by multiplying the angle-difference by an autonomous mode enable signal, the autonomous mode enable signal indicative that the EPS is operating in autonomous mode;
compute a total reference twist based on the torque reference twist and the motor angle reference twist;
compute a motor angle reference based on the total reference twist and a handwheel angle; and
generate the motor torque command using the motor angle reference, and send the motor torque command to the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,187

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS OF VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

9. A steering control apparatus of vehicle, the steering control apparatus comprisingcircuitry configured to
control a steering angle by driving, with an electric motor, a steering mechanism,
calculate a target yaw rate, the target yaw rate allowing a vehicle to travel along a traveling course that is set on a basis of external environment information and traveling information of the vehicle,
calculate target torque, the target torque being torque of the electric motor and allowing the target yaw rate to be generated, and
perform a correction process, the correction process calculating a correction gain directed to the target torque and correcting, with the correction gain, the target torque to thereby cause the target torque to be increased, the correction process being performed when an instruction value output to the electric motor varies at a constant rate and on a condition that an absolute value of a motor rotation angle variation amount becomes equal to or less than a set value, the instruction value determined by a rate limiter based on the target torque, the motor rotation angle variation amount being an amount of variation in rotation angle of the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,186

STEERING ASSISTANCE BASED ON DRIVER ANALYTICS AND BEHAVIOR

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, data identifying steering adjustments made by a driver of a vehicle;
determining, by the computing device, whether the driver is intending to change lanes or stay within a current driving lane based on a turn signal being active or inactive, and based on whether a degree of a turn of the vehicle indicated by the steering adjustments exceeds a threshold;
monitoring, by the computing device, steering assist variables which include a driver's profile, a frequency and degree of steering adjustments made by the driver, current road conditions, current driving conditions, vehicle analytics including vehicle maintenance and wheel alignment status, navigation directions, vehicle speed, environmental conditions, a presence of surrounding vehicles, a distance to surrounding vehicles, a time of day, and lighting conditions;
tracking, by the computing device, a distance between the vehicle and road markers after the steering adjustments are made by the driver;
identifying, by the computing device, a relative position between the vehicle and the road markers from the tracked distance;
monitoring, by the computing device, driver attention data using onboard cameras detecting an attention of the driver;
generating, by the computing device, steering assist instructions based on determining that the driver intends to maintain the vehicle's position within the current driving lane, the relative position between the vehicle and the road markers, the monitored steering assist variables and the attention of the driver; and
outputting, by the computing device, the steering assist instructions to counteract the steering adjustments made by the driver and maintain the vehicle's position within the current driving lane.

US Pat. No. 10,793,185

CHARGE PRESSURE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR STEERING CONTROL FOR A VEHICLE

1. A steering system for an agricultural vehicle having one or more steerable front wheels and one or more steerable rear wheels, the steering system comprising:a hydraulic charge pressure circuit configured to provide charge pressure to one or more hydraulic components of the agricultural vehicle;
a hydraulic drive pressure circuit configured to provide a working pressure to one or more other hydraulic components of the agricultural vehicle; and
at least one front hydraulic motor configured to rotate at least one of the one or more steerable front wheels in order to drive the agricultural vehicle;
wherein the at least one front hydraulic motor is driven to rotate the at least one steerable front wheel by the working pressure from the hydraulic drive pressure circuit; and
wherein, to steer the agricultural vehicle, the at least one front hydraulic motor is controlled according to a flow of hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic charge pressure circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,793,184

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRONIC POWER ASSISTED STEERING MOTOR IN RESPONSE TO DETECTING ENGINE STALL WHILE RESTARTING AN AUTO STOP-START ENGINE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a controller configured to:
ramp out current from an electronic power assisted steering (EPAS) motor in response to detecting that an auto stop-start engine has stalled while the auto stop-start engine is re-cranking from an auto stopped engine state;
invoke a first stall recovery attempt at the auto stop-start engine in response to the ramp out of current, wherein the invoking of the first stall recovery attempt increases an attempt count of a stall recovery attempt counter and commences a stall recovery attempt timer;
invoke a second stall recovery attempt at the auto stop-start engine in response to detecting that the auto stop-start engine has stalled in response to the first stall recovery attempt, that the stall recovery attempt timer has expired, and that the stall recovery attempt counter has not exceeded a stall recovery attempt counter threshold; and
ramp in current to the EPAS motor in response to detecting that the auto stop-start engine has been successfully restarted based on the second stall recovery attempt.

US Pat. No. 10,793,183

TORQUE OVERLAY STEERING APPARATUS

TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC, ...

1. A steering apparatus for assisting rotation of a steering shaft in a steering system, the apparatus comprising:a motor having a drive shaft that rotates about a drive shaft axis;
an output shaft that rotates about an output shaft axis, the output shaft axis extending parallel to the drive shaft axis, the output shaft being connected for rotation with the steering shaft; and
a gear train drivingly connecting the motor to the output shaft, the gear train including a worm screw and a worm wheel, wherein the gear train further includes a first gear provided on the drive shaft and being rotatable by the motor about the drive shaft axis, and a second gear driven by the first gear and rotatable with the worm screw for transferring rotation of the first gear to the worm screw.

US Pat. No. 10,793,182

INTEGRATED ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An integrated electric power steering apparatus in which a control unit for controlling a motor is disposed inside a housing, said control unit is disposed so as to be coaxial to an output shaft of said motor, and in which said control unit and said motor are integrated, wherein:said control unit includes a circuit board and an intermediate member;
main parts are mounted to said circuit board;
wiring is disposed on said intermediate member;
said circuit board and said intermediate member are stacked;
said parts are mounted to first and second surfaces of said circuit board; and
a portion of said housing and first surfaces of said parts disposed on the second surface of said circuit board are placed in direct contact or are placed in contact so as to have a heat-transferring member interposed,
wherein the second surface of said circuit board faces the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,181

ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A method of making multiple widths of all-wheel drive vehicles, comprising the steps of:providing a frame having a front portion and a rear portion;
providing a power train and coupling the power train to the frame, the power train comprising a primary motive unit, a transmission, a front final drive, a rear final drive and couplings between the transmission and the front and rear final drives;
providing a plurality of front and rear suspension components of different lengths;
providing a plurality of front and rear half shafts of different lengths;
selecting sets of front and rear suspension components and front and rear half shafts to define a measured distance from a longitudinal centerline of the vehicle;
providing front and rear wheels, where a distance measured from outside the front and rear wheels is different for the different sets;
providing front knuckles coupling the front wheels to the selected front suspension components; and
providing steering stops usable with all of the plurality of front suspension components of different lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,793,180

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A LENGTH-ADJUSTABLE STEERING SHAFT, AND LENGTH-ADJUSTABLE STEERING SHAFT

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A method for producing a length-adjustable steering shaft having a hollow shaft in which a toothed shaft is received so as to be telescopic in an axial direction, the toothed shaft having a toothing which has teeth on the external circumference that extend in the axial direction and which engages in a form-fitting manner in an inner toothing of the hollow shaft, wherein a sliding layer of thermoplastic plastics material is at least in portions attached between the inner toothing and the toothing, the method comprising:forming, in the region of the toothing of the toothed shaft or the inner toothing of the hollow shaft, form-fitting elements configured to provide a form-fitting connection effective in the axial direction, wherein the form-fitting elements are plastically formed in a surface of the toothing or of the inner toothing, wherein the form-fitting elements are rolled into the surface by means of rotating profiled rollers which roll in the axial direction on the surface of the toothing;
bringing the form-fitting elements into engagement with the sliding layer; and
attaching the sliding layer.

US Pat. No. 10,793,179

ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A steering column assembly, comprising:a jacket assembly extending along a steering column axis, the jacket assembly is connected to a support bracket;
a locking assembly connected to the support bracket, the locking assembly movable between a locked position that inhibits movement of the jacket assembly relative to the steering column axis and an unlocked position that facilitates movement of the jacket assembly relative to the steering column axis; and
an adjustment lever connected to the locking assembly and extending along a lever axis that is disposed parallel to the steering column axis, the adjustment lever being arranged to rotate about the lever axis to move the locking assembly between the locked position and the unlocked position,
wherein the locking assembly, further comprising:
a lock housing disposed on the support bracket, the lock housing defining a first pin pocket and a second pin pocket, the lock housing being fixed against rotation relative to the support bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,793,178

STEERING WHEEL ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An assembly, comprising:a steering wheel having a first member and a second member supported by the first member, the second member being extendable from the first member from a first position to an extended position;
a cylinder in the first member;
a piston slidably supported by the cylinder; and
a pyrotechnic in communication with the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,793,177

MULTIMEDIA OPERATING STATION FOR AUTOMATIC MACHINE OPERATORS

1. A multimedia operating station for operators of an automatic machine, comprising:a mobile carriage, which is movable on a treadable surface and supports a vertical frame including a lower, first portion, and an upper, second portion;
a screen for displaying graphical and alphanumeric data connected to the second portion of the frame;
a graphical and alphanumeric data processing unit for operative connection to at least one chosen from a component and to the operating system of the automatic machine; the processing unit being positioned on the first portion of the frame and connected to the screen;
a device for introducing commands to the processing unit positioned on the first portion of the frame and connected to the processing unit;
an autonomous electricity supply unit positioned in the first portion of the frame and powering the screen and the processing unit;
wherein the frame includes a main rigid core formed by a base, integral with the mobile carriage, two uprights and an upper transversal member rigidly connected to each other to define a delimited space; inside the delimited space of the frame being positioned two plates, vertical and independent from each other, to define a part of the first portion and, respectively, the second portion of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,793,176

PALLET LIFT

Rehrig Pacific Company, ...

1. A combination including a pallet lift and a pallet, the combination comprising:the pallet having a plurality of columns supporting a deck;
the pallet lift including:
a base having a proximal end and a distal end, the base including a pair of spaced apart rails capable of receiving columns of the pallet therebetween, wherein the base is open at the distal end to permit receiving the columns of the pallet therebetween;
a plurality of wheels supporting the base including distal wheels proximate the distal end of the base and proximal wheels proximate the proximal end of the base;
a pair of contact surfaces proximate the distal end of the base such that the pair of contact surfaces are capable of engaging lower surfaces of the pallet at approximately a center of the pallet, wherein a distance from the pair of contact surfaces to the base is fixed;
a handle projecting upward proximate the proximal end of the base, wherein the handle is fixed against rotation relative to the base; and
a rear support surface on the base between the contact surfaces and the handle;the plurality of columns received between the pair of spaced apart rails, wherein the pallet lift is capable of lifting the pallet off of a floor by rotating the handle relative to the floor while the handle is fixed against rotation relative to the base such that the pair of contact surfaces engage the lower surfaces of the pallet at approximately the center of the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,793,175

CARE OR ORGANIZATION TROLLEY AND CLAMPING RAIL

Zarges GmbH, Weilhelm (D...

1. A medical or organisation cart (100) with a clamping rail (10) for attaching accessories at the medical or organisation cart (100) which is provided in particular to be rectangular with at least slightly rounded corners, essentially when viewed from above, whereinthe medical or organisation cart (100) is provided with corner profiles (8, 8a, 8b) among which at least one is provided with a vertically extending undercut (9),
the clamping rail (10) is provided with a tension element (20), a counter hold element (30) and a connection strap (40) which connects the tension element (20) with the counter hold element (30) and which the accessories may be attached to or hanged on,
the tension element (20) may be positively connected with the corner profile (8a) at the vertical undercut (9),
the clamping rail (10) may be fixedly attached to the medical or organisation cart (100) and may be detached from said, both with the help of the tension element (20), and
the clamping rail (10) may be displaced vertically in an infinitely variable fashion and may be fixedly attached at any position of the vertical undercut (9) and at a position of an adjacent corner profile (8b) which horizontally corresponds to said first position.