US Pat. No. 10,457,389

MULTICOPTER-ASSISTED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LAUNCHING AND RETRIEVING A FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT

Hood Technology Corporati...

1. A multicopter comprising:a hub;
an arm attachable to the hub, the arm including a rotor and a rotor motor drivingly engaged to the rotor, the rotor motor defining multiple cooling channels; and
a cooling fan attachable to the rotor motor, the cooling fan defining multiple radially oriented cooling channels,
wherein the cooling fan is positionable relative to the rotor motor so that the cooling channels of the cooling fan at least partially align with the cooling channels of the rotor motor.

US Pat. No. 10,457,388

ROTOR ASSEMBLY WITH HIGH LOCK-NUMBER BLADES

Bell Helicopter Textron, ...

1. An aircraft rotor assembly, comprising:a central yoke;
a plurality of rotor blades coupled to the yoke for rotation with the yoke about an axis, each blade having a Lock number of approximately 5 or greater; and
a lead-lag pivot for each blade, each pivot being a radial distance from the axis and allowing for in-plane lead-lag motion of the associated blade relative to the yoke, each pivot allowing for in-plane motion from a neutral position of at least 1 degree in each of the lead and lag directions;
wherein lead and lag motion of each blade is opposed by a biasing force that biases the associated blade toward the neutral position; and
wherein the biasing force is selected to achieve a first in-plane frequency of greater than 1/rev for each blade.

US Pat. No. 10,457,387

AUTOGYRO WITH A STREAMLINED OUTER CONTOUR

Christoph Fraundorfer, N...

1. A gyroplane, comprising:a fuselage defining a forward end and a rear end displaced apart downstream from the forward end along a longitudinal direction of the fuselage;
a mast arranged between the forward end and the rear end of the fuselage, a free end of the mast extending away from the fuselage in a vertical direction;
a rotor arranged in a rotatable manner at the free end of the mast, the rotor being configured and disposed so that the rotor can be set in autorotation by an air flow flowing from the forward end toward the rear end of the fuselage and thereby generate lift transmitted to the fuselage via the mast;
a propeller configured and disposed in the area of the rear end of the fuselage and drivable to produce propulsion of the gyroplane;
a horizontal stabilizer arranged downstream of the propeller;
a strut connecting the horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage and including a first section that extends away from the propeller in the longitudinal direction;
a horizontal stabilizer extension disposed between the rear end of the fuselage and the horizontal stabilizer and extending in a coaxial manner with respect to the rear end of the fuselage, the horizontal stabilizer extension being spaced from the rear end of the fuselage in such a manner that a gap is formed between horizontal stabilizer extension and the rear end of the fuselage; and
wherein the rear end of the fuselage and the horizontal stabilizer extension together form a streamlined outer contour.

US Pat. No. 10,457,376

AIRCRAFT STRETCHER CONNECTOR

AIRMEDIC, North Hollywoo...

1. A block and bolt connector comprising:a block having an aperture with a lower opening and an upper opening which is smaller than the lower opening, the aperture extending through the block from the lower opening to the upper opening, the aperture having a first portion and a second portion;
a bolt having a head portion which may pass through the lower opening but not the upper opening and a shaft which may pass through the lower opening and the upper opening, the head portion of the bolt being received within aperture of the block and the shaft extending at least partially outside of the block beyond the upper opening thereof, the first and second portions of the aperture being configured so as to permit selected movement of the bolt within the aperture relative to the block; and
wherein the connector connects a medical stretcher to floor tracks in an aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,457,372

PROPULSION DEVICE FOR SHIP

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A propulsion device for a ship, comprising:an input shaft connected to a driving source;
a forward gear provided on the input shaft;
a reverse gear provided on the input shaft;
an output gear engaged with the forward gear and the reverse gear;
an output shaft configured to receive driving power transmitted from the output gear;
a forward and reverse switching clutch configured to transmit driving power from the input shaft to the forward gear or the reverse gear;
a forward one-way clutch disposed between the input shaft and the forward gear, the forward one-way clutch connecting the forward gear and the input shaft to each other in a case where the forward gear is rotated at a higher speed than a speed at which the input shaft is rotated; and
a reverse one-way clutch disposed between the input shaft and the reverse gear, the reverse one-way clutch connecting the reverse gear and the input shaft to each other in a case where the reverse gear is rotated at a higher speed than a speed at which the input shaft is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,457,366

FISH WITH VARIABLE HYDRODYNAMIC LIFT AND TOW LINE COMPRISING THE FISH

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A fish intended to be submerged and towed by a cable, the fish comprising:a supporting structure configured to move in water in a horizontal main direction and at least one appendage configured to generate, for the fish, a hydrodynamic lift directed downwards when the fish moves in the water under the towing effect, wherein the appendage is orientable between a first position generating a maximum value of the hydrodynamic lift of the fish and a second position generating a reduced value of the hydrodynamic lift of the fish, and wherein the fish comprises a lock which, in a locked configuration, keeps the appendage orientated in the first position and which, in an unlocked configuration, frees the orientation of the appendage, and wherein the appendage is configured to move from the first position to the second position under the effect of a hydrodynamic lift specific to the appendage; and
a first stop and a second stop configured to limit movement of the appendage, wherein in the locked configuration, the lock keeps the appendage bearing against the first stop and, wherein in the unlocked configuration, the appendage bears against the second stop due to the hydrodynamic lift generated by the appendage.

US Pat. No. 10,457,361

SELF-RIGHTING LIFE RAFT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A life raft comprising:a base comprising a first side and a second side; and
an inflatable canopy coupled to the first side of the base and configured to inflate and extend across the first side of the base to form a first chamber defined between the first side of the base and the inflatable canopy;
wherein the inflatable canopy is configured to inflate in response to deploying the life raft;
wherein the inflatable canopy is coupled along and extends from at least 50% of a circumference of the base;
wherein the inflatable canopy comprises a dome having an inner layer and an outer layer, wherein an internal inflatable volume of the inflatable canopy is defined between the inner layer and the outer layer;
wherein the base comprises an inflatable border tube defining a first inflatable volume;
wherein the internal inflatable volume of the inflatable canopy is a second inflatable volume; and
wherein the first inflatable volume is in fluidic communication with the second inflatable volume.

US Pat. No. 10,457,360

METHOD OF REMOVING AQUATIC WEEDS FROM WATERCRAFT TRAILERS

1. A method to remove weeds, milfoil, invasive species from watercraft trailers while out of the water utilizing a tool in the form of right angles with a head and side edge's with capture and collecting means, scrapes in the form of sharpened edge on perimeter edges, sharp edges to cut weeds pinched between boat and trailer, hooks at the leading and trailing edges, the tool also including a handle, with the angles and size of the tool allowing the tool to be moved along a rail to remove weeds, milfoil, invasive species from watercraft trailers and tight beam intersections while out of the water.

US Pat. No. 10,457,358

MARINE SAFETY LIGHTING

Peter Granata Design, LLC...

1. A method for increasing visibility of a motorboat having an operating engine in the vicinity of other boats, comprising the steps of:providing a light emitting safety lighting device positioned in the bow area of the motorboat to controllably cast safety light in an outward direction from the motorboat;
connecting the safety lighting device with a power source, the engine of the motorboat, and a circuit; and
providing a switch in the circuit situated so at automatically energize and illuminate the light emitting safety lighting device with the power source in response to operation of the engine of the motorboat, whereby cast safety light from the safety lighting device increases visibility of the motorboat to other boats in the vicinity of the motorboat whenever the engine thereof is operating, for safety purposes.

US Pat. No. 10,457,352

BICYCLE FRAME, ELECTRIC BICYCLE AND ENERGY ACCUMULATOR

BIKETEC AG, Huttwil (CH)...

1. A Bicycle frame having at least one frame portion which is configured for the removable mounting of at least one separate energy storage device, characterized in that the frame portion configured for the removable mounting of the energy storage device has an asymmetric cross section with respect to a frame centre plane, wherein the frame portion has an L-shaped cross section at least along portions of the frame portion, which extend in a direction perpendicular to said L-shaped cross section, and wherein the cross section of the frame portion and the cross section of the energy storage device complement one another to form a substantially rectangular total cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,457,350

BICYCLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control system comprising:a power supply;
a first bicycle electric component electrically connected to the power supply to receive electrical power from the power supply;
a second bicycle electric component electrically connected to the power supply to receive electrical power from the power supply; and
a controller programmed
to monitor an electrical communication of the first bicycle electric component,
to place the first bicycle electric component in a suspend mode for a predetermined suspend period to reduce electrical power consumption upon the controller determining no electrical communication to or from the first bicycle electric component,
to stop electrical power from the power supply to the first bicycle electric component upon determining no electrical communication to or from the first bicycle electric component for a first predetermined inactivity period when an operation mode of the first bicycle electric component is in the suspend mode,
to monitor an electrical communication of the second bicycle electric component,
to stop electrical power from the power supply to the second bicycle electric component upon determining no electrical communication to or from the second bicycle electric component for a second predetermined inactivity period,
to individually and independently set the first predetermined inactivity period and the second predetermined inactivity period, and
to enable a user to individually and independently set the first and second predetermined inactivity periods to desired time periods.

US Pat. No. 10,457,343

TRACK CHAIN ASSEMBLY OF UNDERCARRIAGE WITH LINK HAVING INCREASED PITCH

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A track chain assembly comprising:a plurality of link subassemblies, each of the plurality of link subassemblies being connected to an adjacent link subassembly such that the plurality of link subassemblies has a first end and a second end, each of the plurality of link subassemblies including a link, the link defining a pair of pin passages in spaced relationship to each other by a standard link pitch; and
a master link subassembly, the master link subassembly connected to the first end and the second end of the plurality of link subassemblies, the master link subassembly including a master link, the master link defining a pair of master link pin passages in spaced relationship to each other by a master link pitch, wherein the master link pitch is greater than the standard link pitch in a range up to twice the standard link pitch, wherein the master link includes a first master link portion and a second master link portion, the first master link portion defining one of the pair of master link pin passages, the first master link portion including a first profiled surface, the second master link portion defining the other of the pair of master link pin passages, the second master link portion including a second profiled surface, the second profiled surface having a complementary configuration relative to the first profiled surface and being in contacting relationship with the first profiled surface such that a mating interface of the first master link portion and the second master link portion is defined therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,457,337

VEHICLE BED EXTENDER

Lund Motion Products, Inc...

1. A vehicle bed extender for use with a vehicle having a storage bed having a front end, a rear end, a first side panel defining one side of said bed, a second side panel defining an opposite side of said bed, a bottom surface, and a tailgate at a rear end, said vehicle bed extender comprising:a plurality of wall portions located in different vertical planes, each of the plurality of wall portions comprising:
a first side wall tube comprising a first portion configured to be positioned adjacent the first side panel of the storage bed and a second portion extending from the first portion at a first bend, the second portion angled with respect to the first portion;
a connecting wall tube non-integral with the first side wall tube, the connecting wall comprising a first end portion, a second end portion opposite the first end portion, and a middle portion between the first and second end portions, the first end portion extending from the middle portion at a second bend, the second end portion extending from the middle portion at a third bend, wherein the first end portion of the connecting wall tube is configured to connect to the second portion of the first side wall tube in a first telescoping arrangement; and
a second side wall tube non-integral with the connecting wall tube, the second side wall tube comprising a first portion configured to be positioned adjacent the second side panel of the storage bed and a second portion extending from the first portion at a fourth bend, the second portion angled with respect to the first portion, wherein the second portion of the second side wall tube is configured to connect to the second end portion of the connecting wall tube in a second telescoping arrangement;
a first strut configured to hold the plurality of wall portions, the first strut attached to the plurality of wall portions between the first bend of the first side wall tube and the second bend of the connecting wall tube of each of the plurality of wall portions; and
a second strut configured to hold the plurality of wall portions, the second strut attached to the plurality of wall portions between the third bend of the connecting wall and the fourth bend of the second side wall tube of each of the plurality of wall portions.

US Pat. No. 10,457,334

STEERING SUPPORT STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A steering support structure comprising:a circular tubular instrument panel reinforcement pipe that extends in a width direction of a vehicle and that supports a steering column placed in a front-and-rear direction of the vehicle;
a cowl-to brace that extends in the front-and-rear direction of the vehicle, that has a front end fixed to a cowl panel placed in a farther front side of the vehicle than the instrument panel reinforcement pipe, and that comprises a joint portion to be joined with the instrument panel reinforcement pipe between the front end and a rear end; and
a floor brace that extends in an up-and-down direction of the vehicle, and that has a lower end fixed on a floor tunnel and an upper end fixed to the rear end of the cowl-to brace, wherein
the joint portion of the cowl-to brace is formed in a ring shape to be fitted and inserted into the instrument panel reinforcement pipe, and is joined over the entire circumference of the instrument panel reinforcement pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,457,333

RIGHT-HAND DRIVE DASH ASSEMBLY AND CONVERSION PROCESS

SportChassis, LLC, Clint...

1. A right-hand drive dash assembly for use in a cab of a medium duty truck, the assembly comprising:a firewall;
a unitary main dash having a bottom surface, a left side, a right side, and a back edge;
a left bracket secured to the left side of the dash, the left bracket connectable to a left side cab wall;
a center bracket secured to the back edge of the dash and connectable to the firewall;
a steering column bracket secured to the back edge of the dash, the steering column bracket connectable to a steering column mount;
a right bracket secured to the right side of the dash, the right bracket connectable to a right side cab wall; and
a water separator comprising:
a housing having a top portion and a bottom portion;
an intake opening on a first side of the housing;
a primary baffle disposed vertically in the housing, extending from the top portion to a position proximate the bottom portion;
a second baffle disposed laterally adjacent the primary baffle, extending from the bottom portion to a position proximate the top portion; and
an HVAC intake disposed on a second side of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,457,320

WATER DETECTION SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A water detection system for detecting a leak of water into an apparatus mounted on a vehicle, the water detection system comprising:a transmission-side unit provided in the apparatus mounted on the vehicle, the transmission-side unit including a water detection element configured to detect the water, a transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit an output signal of the water detection element, and a power source configured to supply power to the water detection element and the transmitter;
a reception-side unit spaced apart from the transmission-side unit, the reception-side unit including a receiver configured to receive the output signal wirelessly transmitted from the transmitter and a determination circuit configured to determine, based on the output signal received by the receiver, whether there is the leak of the water into the apparatus mounted on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,318

POWER STEERING ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A power steering adjustment device comprising:a steering control information acquirer acquiring steering control information representing control information of assist power of steering;
a steering control information calculator calculating a graph of steering control information in accordance with the steering control information acquired by the steering control information acquirer;
a mark information inputter acquiring mark information representing a point being an adjustment candidate of the steering control information;
a mark information processor setting a mark in accordance with the graph of the steering control information when the mark information inputter acquires the mark information; and
an adjustment information display displaying the graph of the steering control information and the mark being set by the mark information processor.

US Pat. No. 10,457,313

ADAS WHEEL LOCKING DEVICE

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A steering column assembly comprising:a first shaft assembly having a first shaft having a first shaft first end and a first shaft second end;
a second shaft assembly having a second shaft that is at least partially received within the first shaft, the second shaft having a second shaft first end and a second shaft second end, the second shaft first end being disposed proximate the first shaft second end; and
a locking assembly disposed about at least one of the first shaft and the second shaft and arranged to inhibit rotation of at least one of the first shaft and the second shaft, the locking assembly comprising:
a shaft lock sleeve disposed about the first shaft; and
a jacket sleeve disposed about and spaced apart from the second shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,457,311

FRAME STRUCTURE OF A PERAMBULATOR

16. A shell element of the frame structure of a perambulator, child seat or infant carrier, comprising:a sleeve;
an inwardly projecting first protrusion;
on one side surface only of the sleeve includes at least one through-hole configured as a fastening arrangement, and that extends through the first protrusion; and
a second inwardly projecting protrusion;
wherein a blind hole is located in the second protrusion, and wherein the blind hole opens into an inner space of the sleeve; and
wherein the profiled frame element is a one-piece body.

US Pat. No. 10,457,310

CONVERTIBLE CARGO CASE

Radio Flyer, Inc., Chica...

1. A convertible cargo case for a wagon having a plurality of hangers extending therefrom, comprising:a frame having a first vertical member in a first plane, a second vertical member in the first plane and spaced a distance from the first vertical member, a third vertical member in a second plane different from the first plane, a fourth vertical member in the second plane and spaced a distance from the third vertical member, a first cross member connecting a first end of the third vertical member with a first end of the fourth vertical member, the first cross member being in the second plane, a second cross member connecting a second end of the first vertical member with a second end of the third vertical member, the second cross member being substantially perpendicular to the first plane and the second plane, and a third cross member connecting a second end of the second vertical member with a second end of the fourth vertical member, the third cross member being substantially perpendicular to the first plane and the second plane;
a first receiver adjacent a first end of the first vertical member for releasably engaging one of the plurality of hangars of the wagon to assist in securing the cargo case to the wagon in a cargo use position;
a second receiver adjacent a first end of the second vertical member for releasably engaging another of the plurality of hangars of the wagon to assist in securing the cargo case to the wagon in a cargo use position; and,
a housing having a first side wall, a second side wall opposing the first side wall, a third side wall joining one end of the first side wall and one end of the second side wall, a fourth side wall opposing the third side wall and joining an opposing end of the first side wall and an opposing end of the second side wall, and a bottom wall joining a bottom end of the first side wall, second side wall, third side wall and fourth side wall to define a cavity of the housing, the housing having a rigid member at the bottom wall, and the bottom wall and the rigid member each having an opening to allow a hand grip of the wagon to pass therethrough; and,
a lock to releasably secure the housing to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,457,309

CARRIER FOR TRANSPORTING A COOLER AND A GRILL, AND RELATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS

1. A carrier for transporting a grill and cooler over difficult terrain, the carrier comprising:a chassis that includes a first frame and a floor wherein:
the first frame has:
a front end that includes a front axle to which a front wheel is couplable with and rotatable about,
a rear end that includes a rear axle to which a rear wheel is couplable with and rotatable about,
a longitudinal bar that includes the first frame's front end, and that has a third end, and
a link that includes the first frame's rear end, and that has a fourth end that is coupled with the longitudinal bar between the first frame's front end and the longitudinal bar's third end, and
the floor is coupled with the first frame, and together, the first frame and the floor define a receptacle disposed between the front and rear wheel and configured to hold a cooler; and
a second frame coupled with the chassis and operable to hold a grill, the second frame positionable relative to the first frame to:
a first position where the grill is operable to cook food when the second frame holds the grill, and
a second position where the grill is stored for transportation when the second frame holds the grill.

US Pat. No. 10,457,303

VIBRATION NOTIFICATIONS RECEIVED FROM VIBRATION SENSORS

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRIS...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of vibration sensors arranged in a predetermined order on a track, wherein each of the plurality of vibration sensors is to:
generate electrical charge in response to vibrations;
transmit vibration notifications in response to vibration levels above a threshold level; and
transmit, with each vibration notification, a sensor identification code stored on the respective vibration sensor; and
a receiver module to:
receive vibration notifications and sensor identification codes from the plurality of vibration sensors;
identify, based on a position of a train along the track, a subset of the plurality of vibration sensors from which vibration notifications are expected; and
determine whether vibration notifications have not been received from consecutive, with respect to the predetermined order, vibration sensors in the subset;
wherein the receiver module is communicatively coupled to the plurality of vibration sensors and to the train.

US Pat. No. 10,457,290

HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A hybrid vehicle control device for a hybrid vehicle, wherein:the hybrid vehicle includes a driveline, wherein the driveline includes an engine, a motor, and a belt-type continuously variable transmission;
the belt-type continuously variable transmission includes a primary pulley, a secondary pulley, and a belt, wherein the belt is wound over the primary pulley and the secondary pulley, and configured to be clamped by a primary pulley pressure at the primary pulley and a secondary pulley pressure at the secondary pulley; and
the hybrid vehicle employs an HEV mode and an EV mode as drive modes, wherein the HEV mode employs the engine and the motor as drive sources, and wherein the EV mode employs the motor as a drive source without employing the engine as a drive source;
the hybrid vehicle control device comprising a pulley pressure correction control section configured to determine the primary pulley pressure and the secondary pulley pressure, based on an input torque component inputted to the belt-type continuously variable transmission, and a brake torque correction quantity as an inertia torque correction component, under brake-deceleration;
wherein the pulley pressure correction control section is further configured to set smaller the brake torque correction quantity under brake-deceleration with the EV mode selected than that with the HEV mode selected.

US Pat. No. 10,457,289

ACCELERATION LEARNING/PREDICTION FROM LEARNED DECELERATION AREA

1. A method of acceleration learning or prediction for a vehicle at learned deceleration areas, the method comprising:while approaching a learned deceleration area, acquiring, using one or more sensors, deceleration data for the vehicle, the deceleration data including a current accelerator off speed;
determining whether there is an acceleration learning record for the learned deceleration area, the acceleration learning record including one or more prior accelerator off speeds for the learned deceleration area;
responsive to determining that there is an acceleration learning record for the learned deceleration area, determining whether the current accelerator off speed meets a qualification rule based on the one or more prior accelerator off speeds for the learned deceleration area;
responsive to determining that the current accelerator off speed meets the qualification rule based on the one or more prior accelerator off speeds for the learned deceleration area, predicting an acceleration of the vehicle from the learned deceleration area, the acceleration being from a starting speed at the learned deceleration area to a cruising speed, the cruising speed being substantially equal to the current accelerator off speed; and
causing the vehicle to implement one or more vehicle controls based on the predicted acceleration of the vehicle from the learned deceleration area.

US Pat. No. 10,457,288

STRADDLED VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddled vehicle comprising:a vehicle main body;
a first driving source that generates a driving force for a forward movement of the vehicle main body based on an operation of a rider during a normal traveling mode;
a second driving source, separate from a starting motor, that generates a driving force for forward and backward movements of the vehicle main body based on an operation of the rider during an auxiliary moving mode;
a speed detector that detects a traveling speed of the vehicle main body;
a speed presenter that presents the traveling speed detected by the speed detector to the rider;
a physical quantity detector that is provided separately from the speed detector, and detects a physical quantity that changes depending on a moving speed of the vehicle main body during the auxiliary moving mode; and
a driving controller that controls the second driving source based on the physical quantity detected by the physical quantity detector during the auxiliary moving mode such that the moving speed of the vehicle main body is close to or coincides with a target speed that is equal to or lower than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,457,287

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A vehicle control system comprising a speed control system,the speed control system being configured automatically to attempt to cause a vehicle to operate in accordance with a target vehicle speed value by causing a first vehicle speed value determined according to a first predetermined method to become or be maintained substantially equal to the predetermined target vehicle speed value at least in part by causing application of positive drive torque to one or more wheels by means of a powertrain,
wherein the speed control system is configured to impose a constraint on the amount of driving torque that may be demanded of the powertrain in dependence on the target vehicle speed value and a second vehicle speed value determined according to a second predetermined method, said a second predetermined method being based on the mean speed of the driven wheels of the vehicle;
wherein the speed control system is configured to constrain the amount of driving torque that may be demanded of the powertrain when a predetermined condition is met in respect of the target vehicle speed value and the second vehicle speed value; and
wherein the predetermined condition includes the condition that the second vehicle speed value exceeds the target vehicle speed value by a predetermined excess vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,286

DRIVER SCHEDULED VEHICLE COAST DOWNSHIFT CONTROL AND SHIFT DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control and diagnostic system for an automatic transmission of a vehicle, the transmission including a dog clutch, the system comprising:a set of sensors configured to measure a position of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle, a speed of a torque generating device of the vehicle, and a speed of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to detect whether a coast downshift of the transmission to a desired gear ratio and involving the dog clutch is to be performed and, in response to detecting that the coast downshift involving the dog clutch is to be performed:
disabling a shift malfunction diagnostic timer;
determining whether the accelerator pedal has been depressed indicating a request for increased torque generating device speed/torque;
when the accelerator pedal is depressed, enabling the shift malfunction diagnostic timer and performing a downshift of the transmission;
while the accelerator pedal is not depressed:
determining whether a synchronization point of the vehicle speed relative to the torque generating device speed has been reached, and
when the vehicle/torque generating device speed synchronization point has been reached, enabling the shift diagnostic timer and performing the downshift of the transmission; and
detecting a shift malfunction when the shift malfunction diagnostic timer expires before the desired gear ratio of the transmission is achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,457,275

HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising;a planetary gear set having a sun gear, a carrier, and a ring gear;
a gearbox configured to transmit power from the ring gear to vehicle wheels;
an electric machine fixedly coupled to the sun gear;
an engine selectively coupled to the ring gear via a first selectable one-way clutch and selectively coupled to the carrier via a second selectable one-way clutch; and
a controller programmed to, in response to a command operate the electric machine to deliver power to the ring gear alone, disengage the first selectable one-way clutch, disengage the second selectable one-way clutch, and hold the carrier against rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,457,274

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising an engine, a motor, and a control device configured to control the engine and the motor, whereinat a time of a request for stopping the engine,
when a temperature of a catalyst in an exhaust emission control device mounted in an exhaust system of the engine is equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature, the control device performs an autonomous operation of continuing fuel injection of the engine until a predetermined condition is satisfied in which an air-fuel ratio in the catalyst reaches a stoichiometric ratio and stops fuel injection of the engine on satisfaction of the predetermined condition, and
when the temperature of the catalyst is lower than the predetermined temperature, the control device immediately stops fuel injection of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,457,271

ENHANCED ENGINE AND BATTERY OPERATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:receive information of a plurality of locations on a route for a vehicle;
identify a plurality of segments of the route based at least in part on the information;
specify a speed to be attained by the vehicle for each of the plurality of segments;
specify a state of charge of a vehicle battery and a power output of an engine, which the vehicle is to attain, for each of the plurality of segments based at least in part on the specified speed; and
actuate one or more vehicle subsystems to navigate each of the plurality of segments to change a current state of charge of the vehicle battery to the specified state of charge for each of the plurality of segments.

US Pat. No. 10,457,269

VEHICLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A vehicle energy management device which is mounted on an electric vehicle and performs a management of energy of said electric vehicle,said electric vehicle comprising
a motor and an engine which drive said electric vehicle,
a generator which generates electric power by using rotating force of said engine and generates electric power when said electric vehicle is braked by said motor, and
a battery which supplies electric power for driving said motor and stores electric power generated by said generator,
said vehicle energy management device comprising:
a vehicle information receiver to receive vehicle information including at least information on a vehicle speed of said electric vehicle and information on a state of charge of said battery;
a route information receiver to receive route information to a destination; and
a processing circuitry configured to perform
a vehicle information acquisition process of acquiring vehicle information including at least information on said vehicle speed of said electric vehicle and information on said state of charge of said battery,
a route information acquisition process of acquiring route information to said destination,
an optimal plan calculation process of making a target vehicle speed plan for said destination and a driving necessity plan for said motor, said engine, and said generator on the basis of said route information and said vehicle information, and
a vehicle control process of controlling said motor, said engine, and said generator on the basis of said driving necessity plan made by said optimal plan calculation process,
wherein said optimal plan calculation process makes said driving necessity plan and said target vehicle speed plan in consideration of engine efficiency so that fuel consumption needed to get to said destination is minimized by calculating an optimization problem with at least said route information and said vehicle information as constraint conditions by using said fuel consumption needed to get to said destination as an objective function on the basis of said route information and said vehicle information,
said vehicle control process controls said motor, said engine, and said generator in accordance with at least said driving necessity plan,
said processing circuitry is configured to perform a speed range calculation process of calculating a speed range allowed in a route toward said destination on the basis of said route information, and
said optimal plan calculation process makes said driving necessity plan and said target vehicle speed plan using also said speed range calculated by said speed range calculation process as a constraint condition.

US Pat. No. 10,457,267

VALVE CONTROL SYSTEM CONFIGURED TO CONTROL AN OPENING AND CLOSING OF A VALVE DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A controller configured to control an opening and a closing of a valve device, the controller comprising:a driver circuit configured to output a drive signal to a driver to control a driving of a valve body between a closed position, a closure release position, and an open position, and to release a closure of a valve passage by driving the valve body from the closure release position to the open position;
a detector configured to detect a load of the driver; and
a determiner configured to determine whether the closure of the valve passage is released; wherein
the determiner determines that the closure of the passage is released when a magnitude of a change to the load of the driver is equal to or greater than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,457,262

ACTUATING DEVICE OF A BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A brake system actuating device controlled by a brake pedal and/or a brake management system for supplying brake circuits with pressurized brake fluid, comprising:a master cylinder connected to the brake circuits and comprising a primary piston;
an electric motor controlled for a braking action;
a ball nut/screw transmission configured to transform a rotational movement of the electric motor into a translational movement of the primary piston;
a nut which is rotationally free and translationally locked, the nut configured to move forward in a fail-soft mode, and the nut driven by the electric motor;
a screw translationally free and rotationally locked; and
a free connection rod pressed between a bottom of the primary piston and the screw, free of any fixed connection, and configured to transmit a thrust from the screw to the primary piston.

US Pat. No. 10,457,251

PACKAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING A HOLDER FOR HOLDING A WINDSCREEN WIPER DEVICE

Trico Belgium SA, Aubang...

1. A method for supporting a windscreen wiper device comprising an elastic elongated carrier element and an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material that can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped, the wiper blade including at least one longitudinal groove including a longitudinal strip disposed therein, wherein opposing ends of the wiper blade and the longitudinal strip are interconnected by a respective connecting piece, the carrier element biasing the wiper blade in a curved position, and the windscreen wiper device including a connecting device for pivotally connecting an oscillating wiper arm thereto near one end thereof, said method including:providing a holder for holding the windscreen wiper device, wherein the holder comprises an elongated structure extending the longitudinal length of the wiper device;
releaseably engaging the windscreen wiper device with the holder at engaging locations along opposing longitudinal sides of the connecting device, wherein the elongate structure and the connecting device are directly interconnected at the engaging locations; and
releaseably engaging each of the connecting pieces with the holder for biasing the windscreen wiper device in a less curved position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,250

MEMBER FOR A SYSTEM FOR CONNECTING A WIPER BLADE TO A WINDSCREEN WIPER ARM

1. A member for a connection system for connecting a wiper blade to a windscreen wiper arm, comprising:articulation means about an axis of pivoting and configured to interact with complementary means protruding from a second member of the connection system, wherein the articulation means is secured to the second member by the complementary means being coaxially inserted in the articulation means,
wherein the articulation means comprise at least one hole comprising at least two portions of a cylinder having radii, each portion having a constant radius along the axis of pivoting, and the radii of the at least two portions being different from each other, each portion forming a rotation bearing,
wherein said at least one hole traverses a flank of said member from one side of said member to an opposite side of said member, said flank being configured to be received in a housing of said second member, and
wherein said flank comprises lateral notches which extend from a ridge of the flank that delimit the flank and that open out in said at least one hole, wherein ramps of the complementary means bear on a surface of the lateral notches.

US Pat. No. 10,457,247

SEAT BELT BUCKLE PRESENTER

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, Alf...

1. A belt buckle feeder comprising a stationary base (12) adapted to be fixedly mounted on the vehicle and a carriage (14) movable in a linear traversing direction (V) to a retracted position and to an extended position vis-à-vis the base (12), which carriage is connected to a belt buckle (20) via an intermediate plate (22; 122) provided between the belt buckle (20) and the carriage (14), wherein the intermediate plate (22; 122) is tightly connected to the belt buckle (20), and wherein as the carriage (14) moves in the linear traversing direction (V) to the extended position, the intermediate plate (22; 122) is moved in the linear traversing direction (V) by the carriage (14) and pivoted a predetermined degree with respect to the carriage (14) in a tilting direction (N) by a positive guidance so that in addition to the traversing movement of the carriage (14), the belt buckle (20) reversibly tilts along the tilting direction (N) from a home position to an inclined position, and wherein a spring element (42; 142) is provided which exerts a force (F) along the tilting direction (N) on the intermediate plate (22; 122).

US Pat. No. 10,457,246

CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR JUVENILE VEHICLE SEAT

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A child restraint comprisinga juvenile seat including a seat bottom and a seat back extending upwardly from the seat bottom to provide a child-seating space,
a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat, the child-restraint harness including a crotch belt and first and second side belts configured to mate with the crotch belt in a closed child-restraining mode to restrain a child seated in the child-seating space of the juvenile seat, and
side-belt mover means for automatically raising shoulder-gripping portions of the first and second side belts located above the seat bottom to open the child-seating space to receive a child to be seated on the seat bottom so that an opened child-seating-and releasing mode of the child-restraint harness is established and for lowering the shoulder-gripping portions of the first and second side belts automatically to engage shoulders of a child seated in the child-seating space in response to movement of the crotch belt relative to the seat bottom and toward mating engagement with the first and second side belts so that the closed child-restraining mode of the child-restraint harness is established.

US Pat. No. 10,457,241

AIRBAG ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A DEFLECTOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An airbag assembly comprising:a housing;
an airbag supported by the housing;
a deflector pivotally coupled to the housing;
a lock between the deflector and the housing, the lock being moveable by the airbag relative to the deflector and the housing from an unlocked position disengaged with at least one of the deflector and the housing to a locked position engaged with both the deflector and the housing; and
a hinge coupling the deflector to the housing, wherein the lock is disposed on the hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,457,239

FRONTAL AIRBAG SYSTEMS AND USES THEREOF

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An inflatable airbag system that is configured to be mounted at a frontal region of a vehicle, the inflatable airbag system comprising:an inflatable airbag cushion configured to expand and deploy out of a first housing from a packaged configuration to a deployed configuration to provide occupant crash protection during a collision event, wherein the first housing is configured to be mounted to a steering wheel of a vehicle; and
an inflatable support member configured to deploy out of a second housing from a packaged configuration and to expand upward and rearward over a steering wheel to a deployed configuration, wherein the inflatable support member in the deployed configuration is configured to contact the inflatable airbag cushion in the deployed configuration and urge a portion of the inflatable airbag cushion in a car-rearward direction that is towards an occupant of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,229

BRANCH STRUCTURE AND WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A branch structure comprising:a trunk-line harness in which a plurality of trunk lines including a routing member having a rod conductor are disposed in parallel;
a branch-line harness that has a plurality of branch lines; and
a connection terminal that electrically connects a branch line of the plurality of branch lines to a trunk line of the plurality of the trunk lines by being joined to the trunk line,
wherein the connection terminal includes a connection plate portion which has a width dimension in an arrangement direction of the plurality of trunk lines smaller than the width of the trunk line in the arrangement direction, and a contact surface of the connection plate portion is joined in a state of being in surface contact with an outer peripheral surface of the rod conductor in the trunk line,
wherein the contact surface of the connection plate portion extends in the arrangement direction, and
wherein the connection plate portion is joined to the trunk line at a position where the connection plate portion is orthogonal to the arrangement direction of the plurality of trunk lines.

US Pat. No. 10,457,223

ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS CLUSTER WITH INTERLOCKING BRACKETS

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A method of constructing and mounting an electronics systems cluster to a windshield of a motor vehicle, comprising:interconnecting, by an interlocking feature, a plurality of brackets carrying a plurality of electronic devices; and
staggering said plurality of brackets with respect to one another in order to accommodate curvature of said windshield and allow for proper windshield mounting;
allowing, by said interlocking feature, freedom of movement between said plurality of brackets perpendicular to a tangent plane of said windshield.

US Pat. No. 10,457,219

PROTECTION DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPARTMENT

1. A protection device for a vehicle interior compartment, comprising a flexible planar structure displaceable between a rest position and a protective position, the planar structure having an end region provided with a dimensionally stable guiding profile, the guiding profile being guided in vehicle-fixed guiding tracks on opposite sides thereof, each side of the guiding profile being associated with a coupling member in operative connection with an entrainer guided in the respective guiding track by a retaining device acting in a force-limited manner, the entrainers being shiftable in mutual synchronization within the guiding tracks by a drive system, the coupling members being in operative connection with the entrainers eccentrically offset in relation to a central longitudinal axis of the guiding profile, the coupling members being removable from the entrainers in response to external strains exerted on the guiding profile with directional components orthogonal to a plane of deployment of the planar structure, each retaining device being disposed on the respective coupling member or on the respective entrainer for rotation about a rotational axis oriented in parallel to the central longitudinal axis of the guiding profile, each retaining device including at least one unilaterally clamped leaf spring.

US Pat. No. 10,457,215

VEHICLE MIRROR DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A vehicle mirror device comprising:a support body that is supported on a vehicle body side;
a housing body that configures part of a swing body, which is supported by the support body, is provided with a mirror, and is configured to swing with respect to the support body, the housing body housing the mirror in a state in which a mirror surface side of the mirror is exposed, and that includes a first bottom wall section having an exterior side and an interior side, the first bottom wall section being provided at a base portion side of the housing body so as to form a gap between the first bottom wall section and the support body;
a covering body that configures part of the swing body, that covers the housing body at a back face side of the mirror, and that includes a second bottom wall section having an exterior side and an interior side, the second bottom wall section being provided at a base portion side of the covering body and disposed side-by-side with the first bottom wall section so as to form a gap between the second bottom wall section and the support body;
up-down restricting sections that are provided at mutually adjacent sides of the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section, the up-down restriction sections abutting each other in an up-down direction so as to restrict relative movement of the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section in the up-down direction;
horizontal displacement restricting sections that are provided at mutually adjacent sides of the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section, the horizontal displacement restricting sections abutting each other along a boundary between the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section in a bottom view so as to restrict relative movement of the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section along the boundary; and
engagement sections that are provided at mutually adjacent interior sides of the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section, the engagement sections interferingly engaging with each other in a state bearing tension in a direction to separate the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section from each other in a bottom view, the direction of tension being transverse to the direction of the boundary, and pulling the first bottom wall section and second bottom wall section together at the boundary.

US Pat. No. 10,457,213

DOOR MIRROR DEVICE AND DOOR MIRROR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A door mirror device comprising:a first structural body that configures a casing covering a mirror provided at a vehicle door, and that is provided with a first facing portion and a second facing portion;
a second structural body that configures the casing, and that is provided with a first disposition portion disposed at a back side of the first facing portion so as to face and engage with the first facing portion in a second direction in an assembled state of the first structural body and the second structural body and a second disposition portion disposed at a back side of the second facing portion so as to face and engage with the second facing portion in a first direction in the assembled state;
a fixing portion that is provided at the first structural body;
a fixed-to portion that is provided at the second structural body and that is fixed to the fixing portion; and
an abutting portion that is provided at the first structural body and that is disposed at a location which is further toward one side in the second direction with respect to the fixing portion, the abutting portion being configured such that:
the first disposition portion is separated from the first facing portion in the first direction and the second disposition portion is separated from the second facing portion in the second direction when the fixed-to portion is abutted to the abutting portion, and
the first disposition portion is disposed at the back side of the first facing portion so as to engage with the first facing portion, and the second disposition portion is disposed at the back side of the second facing portion so as to engage with the second facing portion by the fixed-to portion being abutted to the fixing portion due to the fixed-to portion being moved from the abutting portion to the fixing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,210

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A vehicle control device that operates in an autonomous driving mode, the vehicle control device comprising:a controller that is configured to:
obtain vehicle driving information of a vehicle,
in a state in which (i) the vehicle moves within a first distance from a destination or (ii) the vehicle receives a stop request while the vehicle is travelling, search for at least one available stopping area based on the vehicle driving information, and
display information about the at least one available stopping area on a display unit or transmit the information to a terminal,
wherein the controller is further configured to:
determine a location of an occupant inside the vehicle, and
display the information about the at least one available stopping area on any one selected display inside the vehicle according to which display corresponds to the location of the occupant inside the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,209

VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM WITH MULTI-PANED VIEW

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vehicle vision system comprising:a camera configured to be positioned on a vehicle;
a processing system operatively coupled to said camera, wherein said processing system is operable to process image data captured by said camera, the captured image data representative of a scene viewed by said camera;
wherein said processing system is operable to generate an image having three individual image panes including a first image pane derived from a first subset of image data, a second image pane derived from a second subset of image data and a third image pane derived from a third subset of image data;
wherein said processing system is operable to output the image to a display for viewing by a driver of the vehicle, wherein said display comprises a single display screen for displaying images for viewing by the driver of the vehicle;
wherein, when the image is displayed at said single display screen of said display, said first image pane comprises a central image pane of the displayed image and said second image pane is at a left side of said central pane and said third image pane is at a right side of said central pane;
wherein, when the image is displayed at said single display screen of said display, each of said first, second and third image panes displayed at said single display screen has an upper edge and a lower edge;
wherein said upper edge of said second image pane is generally parallel to said lower edge of said second image pane, and wherein said upper edge of said third image pane is generally parallel to said lower edge of said third image pane, and wherein said upper and lower edges of said second image pane are not parallel to said upper and lower edges of said third image pane; and
wherein said upper and lower edges of said second image pane are not parallel to said upper and lower edges of said first image pane and wherein said upper and lower edges of said third image pane are not parallel to said upper and lower edges of said first image pane.

US Pat. No. 10,457,208

VEHICLE PASSENGER SENSING AND REPORTING SYSTEM

FREEDMAN SEATING COMPANY,...

1. A reporting module for a seat sensing system for a vehicle, the reporting module comprising:a display configured to be disposed proximate an operator of the vehicle;
a receiver configured to receive wireless communications;
a computer-readable memory;
a universal power supply; and
a computing device configured to:
determine a passenger status and restraint status of each of a plurality of seats in the vehicle based on the communications;
operate the display to output the passenger status and restraint status of each of the plurality of seats for the operator of the vehicle;
transfer the passenger status and restraint status of each of the plurality of seats to the memory for storage;
receive an indication from the universal power supply that a primary power source has been deactivated during a pending transfer of the passenger status and restraint status of at least one of the seats and, responsive to receiving the indication:
complete the pending transfer; and
shut down after completing the pending transfer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,201

BADGE ASSEMBLIES THAT EMANATE VISIBLE IRIDESCENT PATTERNS

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A badge assembly, comprising:a translucent, polymeric badge comprising an edge and an interior surface with an integral diffraction grating having a thickness from 500 nm to 750 nm and a period from 150 nm to 400 nm;
LED sources oriented toward the edge; and
fascia configured to obscure the sources,
wherein the diffraction grating diffracts light from the LED sources through the badge as a visible iridescent pattern, and
further wherein the badge comprises glass fillers in the range of 1 to 15% by volume.

US Pat. No. 10,457,200

ABANDONED OCCUPANT DANGER ALERT SYSTEM

1. An abandoned occupant alert system comprising:an exterior body portion having an exterior face and at least one alerting device;
at least one noxious gas detector disposed in an interior body portion;
an analyzer which determines that an alert condition presently exists or will exist within a period of time according to one or more signals received from the at least one noxious gas detector, and which operates the at least one alerting device;
an attachment device disposed between the exterior body portion and the interior body portion, for receiving the system onto a body component of a vehicle such that the at least one noxious gas detector is in gaseous communication with an interior space of the vehicle, and such that the alerting device is in a position exterior to the vehicle; and
a switch cooperative with the attachment device for automatically turning on and off at least the alerting device when the system is not attached to a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,199

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

MAXELL, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An image projection system that improves visibility of a projected images on a road surface adjacent to a vehicle, the system comprising:a projector that projects images on to the road surface;
a first plurality of sensors that measure conditions outside of the vehicle, wherein the first plurality includes at least one sensor that acquires comparison images of the images projected by the projector on the road surface;
a second plurality of sensors that measure parameters of the vehicle;
a processor communicatively coupled to the first plurality of sensors, the second plurality of sensors and the projector, wherein the processor:
receives, from the first plurality of sensors, the comparison images,
receives, from the second plurality of sensors, the parameters of the vehicle determines a projection image based on the parameters of the vehicle,
calculates an amount of correction required for the projection image based on the comparison images,
on a condition that the amount of correction required is less than a threshold,
corrects the projection image by the correction amount to form a corrected image, and
controls the projector to project the corrected image on the road surface; and
on a condition that the amount of correction required it not less than the threshold,
controls the projector to not project the projection image on the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,190

EXPANDING HARD SIDE TRAILER

1. A camper trailer system, comprising:a base frame including a hitch, at least one axle and at least one wheel;
substantially rigidly mounted to the base frame parallel with the at least one axle, a floor having a perimeter;
a base wall including:
a first side rigidly coupled with the floor substantially perpendicular thereto and having interior surfaces and exterior surfaces;
a second side rigidly coupled with the floor substantially perpendicular thereto, opposite the first side wall and having interior surfaces and exterior surfaces;
a front side rigidly coupled with the floor substantially perpendicular thereto, having interior surfaces and exterior surfaces and extending substantially between the first side wall and the second side wall;
a rear side rigidly coupled with the floor substantially perpendicular thereto, having interior surfaces and exterior surfaces and extending between the first side wall and the second side wall and having an interruption;
a first flange projecting from the floor substantially perpendicular thereto and intersecting the interior surface of the first side of the base wall;
a second flange projecting from the floor substantially perpendicular thereto and intersecting the interior surface of the second side of the base wall, the second flange being spaced from and substantially coplanar with the first flange;
a first shell pivotably coupled with the first side of the base wall;
a second shell pivotably coupled with the second side of the base wall;
a third shell pivotably coupled with the front side of the base wall; and
a fourth shell pivotably coupled with the first and second flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,457,184

CART ASSEMBLY FOR USE WITH A WORK PIECE AND METHODS OF USE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A cart assembly configured to move a work piece about a work floor, the cart assembly comprising:a base having a top side and a bottom side spaced from the top side, the bottom side configured to be supported on the work floor;
a table positioned on the top side of the base and comprising a first end, a second end spaced from the first end, a pivot disposed towards the first end, and a work surface that extends between the first and second ends and configured to support the work piece, the table pivotally mounted to move about the pivot between a horizontal position and a vertical position;
a tilt mechanism comprising an elongated arm that is coupled to the table and configured to rotate the table about the pivot between the horizontal position and the vertical position;
a lift mechanism comprising an elongated body that is disposed between the base and the table, the lift mechanism configured to move the table relative to the base between a lowered position defining a first distance above the work floor and a raised position defining a second distance above the work floor that is greater than the first distance; and
a trolley comprising wheels configured to be supported on the work floor, the trolley connected to the base and horizontally movable relative to the base along the work floor between a retracted position and an extended position;
wherein in the retracted position, the trolley is vertically below and overlapped by the pivot that is disposed towards the first end of the table and in the extended position the trolley is horizontally spaced away from the pivot that is disposed towards the first end of the table.

US Pat. No. 10,457,178

ARMREST DEVICE

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. An armrest device, comprising:an interior member provided on an inboard side of a vehicle door; and
an armrest main body supported by the interior member so as to be moveable between an initial position and a projecting position more inboard and forward than the initial position,
wherein
the interior member includes a main body portion extending along the inboard side of the vehicle door and an armrest base portion projecting in an inboard direction from the main body portion,
the armrest base portion is provided with a base side wall portion extending vertically on an inboard side thereof,
the armrest main body is provided with a main body side wall portion extending in a fore and aft direction and opposing the base side wall portion in a spaced apart relationship,
the main body side wall portion is provided with a load absorbing member for absorbing an impact load,
the base side wall portion inclines in the outboard direction as one moves rearward, and
the load absorbing member has a progressively increasing lateral width toward the rear.

US Pat. No. 10,457,176

CONVEYANCE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A conveyance seat comprising:a seat frame; and
a buffering body bridged over the seat frame and configured to elastically support a seated occupant;wherein:the buffering body has a linear member having both end portions attached to the seat frame, and a restriction member configured to support at least a portion of the linear member to restrict deflection of the portion of the linear member;
the linear member includes
first and second extending portions that extend in a seat right-to-left direction, and
a coupling portion coupling the first and second extending portions; and
the restriction member is made of a resin material, and supports the first and second extending portions;
the restriction member includes a plate-shaped horizontally-extending plate disposed substantially horizontal to extend in the seat right-to-left direction and a plate-shaped vertically-extending plate formed to stand upwardly from a back end portion of the horizontally-extending plate;
the linear member is supported by the horizontally-extending plate and the vertically-extending plate; and
the first and second extending portions are supported by the vertically-extending plate.

US Pat. No. 10,457,171

FLEXIBLE MOTOR VEHICLE WORK SURFACE FOR LAPTOPS AND TABLETS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A flexible motor vehicle work surface operably coupled with a motor vehicle seating assembly comprising:a deployable support structure operably coupled with the motor vehicle seating assembly, the deployable support structure comprising a base disposed on an upper surface thereof; and
a pair of foldable wings operably coupled with the deployable support structure, the pair of foldable wings having a first stored position and a deployed second position forming a movable horizontal surface;
wherein the pair of foldable wings are each operably coupled with the base of the deployable support structure; and
wherein each of the pair of foldable wings further comprises a hinge proximate a forward and side portion of the foldable wing at an angle oblique to the longitudinal centerline of the motor vehicle and the upper surface of the deployable support structure and the pair of foldable wings form a substantially continuous upper surface when in the deployed second position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,168

CHILD SAFETY SEAT

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A child safety seat comprising:a support base suitable for placement on a vehicle seat, the support base including an anchoring portion and a bearing portion connected with each other, the anchoring portion having a belt path for passage of a fastening belt to attach the child safety seat on a vehicle seat;
a rotary platform pivotally connected with the bearing portion of the support base about a pivot axis; and
a child seat connected with the rotary platform, wherein the child seat, the rotary platform and the bearing portion are movable in unison relative to the anchoring portion, and the child seat and the rotary platform are rotatable in unison as a seat unit relative to the support base between a plurality of positions including a forward facing position, a rearward facing position and a sideways facing position;
wherein the support base further includes a first and a second flange portion vertically spaced apart from each other, the second flange portion being located below the first flange portion and each of the first and second flange portions having a curved shape that extends transversally from a left to a right side of the support base, the seat unit comprised of the child seat and the rotary platform being respectively engaged with the first and second flange portions in the forward facing position with the first flange portion located adjacent to a shoulder support region of the child seat, and the seat unit being engaged with the second flange portion and disengaged from the first flange portion in the rearward facing position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,167

SEATBACK STRUCTURE HAVING PIVOTABLE UPPER SEATBACK SUPPORT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A seatback structure for a vehicle seat, comprising:a pair of lower side frames extending vertically;
a pair of upper side frames having lower end portions pivotally connected to upper end portions of the respective lower side frames around a laterally extending rotational center line;
an upper frame fixedly connected between upper ends of the upper side frames;
at least one actuator fixedly secured to one of the lower side frames and including an output end configured to move linearly along a length of the lower side frame; and
a link having an upper end pivotally connected to a part of the corresponding upper side frame and a lower end pivotally connected to the output end of the actuator;
wherein the upper end portion of the one lower side frame and the lower end portion of the corresponding upper side frame comprise plate members facing laterally each other in an overlying relationship, and at least partly interposing the link therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,457,158

VEHICLE ARCHITECTURES, ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, AND CONTROL ALGORITHMS FOR ARBITRATING VEHICLE CHARGING

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for managing charging of an electrical storage unit of a motor vehicle at a vehicle charging station, the motor vehicle having wireless and wired charging interfaces both electrically connected to the electrical storage unit, the method comprising:determining, via a vehicle controller, if the wireless charging interface of the motor vehicle is available for wireless power transfer, including determining if the wireless charging interface is present, malfunctioning, and/or operatively aligned for wireless power transfer;
determining, via the vehicle controller, whether or not the vehicle charging station has an electrical connector and/or the electrical connector is coupled to the wired charging interface of the motor vehicle, the electrical connector including a button configured to physically secure the electrical connector to the wired charging interface;
responsive to the electrical connector being coupled to the wired charging interface, determining a duration of time during which the button is depressed;
responsive to a determination that the vehicle charging station has the electrical connector and/or the electrical connector is coupled to the wired charging interface, initiating a wired charge power mode; and
responsive to a determination that the wireless charging interface is available for power transfer and a determination that the duration of time the button is depressed is greater than a calibrated time period, initiating a wireless charge power mode.

US Pat. No. 10,457,151

POWER CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A power conversion apparatus, comprising:a main battery;
a power converter having a plurality of conversion modules connected in parallel to each other for executing a high power conversion mode that generates a high power and a low power conversion mode that generates a low power using an input power from the main battery;
an auxiliary battery configured to receive and charge the low power; and
an inverter configured to convert the high power to a driving power to drive a motor,
wherein one conversion module among the plurality of the conversion modules operates in the low power conversion mode and the other conversion modules operate in the high power conversion mode, when the high power conversion mode and the low power conversion mode are executed simultaneously,
wherein all of the plurality of conversion modules operate in the high power conversion mode when only the high power conversion mode is executed,
wherein the main battery includes a plurality of main batteries connected in series,
wherein the power converter is a bi-directional converter in the high power conversion mode,
wherein the high power conversion mode is executed with the lower power conversion mode simultaneously or alone,
wherein the low power conversion mode is executed when an electrical load is used, and
wherein the plurality of conversion modules all have the same function.

US Pat. No. 10,457,145

METHOD OF DETERMINING AND PREVENTING A DRIVER MISUSE IN A REAR AUTOMATIC BRAKING SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A method of determining and preventing driver misuse in a rear automatic braking system of a motor vehicle having an automatic transmission and a brake pedal, the method comprising:a. detecting the automatic transmission being shifted to reverse;
b. detecting rearward movement of the vehicle after the transmission is shifted to reverse;
c. if the vehicle is detected as moving rearwardly after the transmission is shifted to reverse, starting a first timer, the first timer being a total reverse timer and which is a tabulation of the total amount of time that the transmission is in reverse;
d. when the first total reverse timer is started, simultaneously starting a second timer, the second timer being a no brake applied timer, which is a tabulation of the time that the transmission is in reverse with the vehicle moving rearwardly without the brake pedal being depressed;
e. after the second timer is started and while the vehicle is moving rearwardly detecting a vehicle brake actuation;
f. when the vehicle brake is actuated, stopping the second, no brake applied timer;
g. detecting when rearward movement of the vehicle has stopped responsive to brake actuation and thereafter, detecting the automatic transmission being shifted from reverse to either drive or park;
h. when rearward movement has stopped and when the transmission has been shifted to either park or drive, dividing the value of the second, no brake applied timer by the value of the first, total reverse Method of Determining and Preventing a Driver Misuse in a Rear Automatic Braking System timer to obtain a ratio of the no brake applied time to the total reverse time;
i. determining whether the ratio of the no brake applied time to the total reverse time is greater than a predetermined threshold value;
j. incrementing a no brake assist counter when the ratio of the no brake applied time to the total reverse time is less than a predetermined threshold value;
k. storing the value of the no brake assist counter in a non-transitory memory device;
l. repeating steps a.-j. each time the vehicle transmission is shifted to reverse;
m. when the no brake assist counter value exceeds a second predetermined threshold, displaying an alarm message on an indicator visible to an operator of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,143

FASTENING STRUCTURE AND ACCELERATOR PEDAL DEVICE USING SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fastening structure comprising:a first fastened member that includes a portion defining a threaded hole;
a second fastened member that is combined with the first fastened member, the second fastened member includes a screw insertion hole, and the second fastened member includes an annular space between an edge of the screw insertion hole and an edge of the threaded hole; and
a screw that is inserted into the screw insertion hole from a side of the second fastened member facing away from the first fastened member, the screw being screwed into the threaded hole to fasten the first fastened member and the second fastened member,
the second fastened member includes a head receiving portion that receives and supports a head of the screw at a bottom of the head receiving portion,
the second fastened member includes a recess portion with a diameter larger than a diameter of the screw insertion hole,
the screw insertion hole extends between a bottom of the recess portion and the bottom of the head receiving portion,
a thickness of the head receiving portion in an axial direction of the screw is smaller than a length of the threaded hole of the first fastened member in the axial direction of the screw,
an inner diameter of the annular space is larger than an outer diameter of the head of the screw,
the first fastened member includes a position fixing projection with a diameter larger than the diameter of the screw insertion hole,
the position fixing projection is fitted into the recess portion,
the annular space is also between the position fixing projection and the head receiving portion,
the position fixing projection and the portion defining the threaded hole are a first unitary component made of resin, and
the recess portion and the head receiving portion are a second unitary component made of resin.

US Pat. No. 10,457,140

ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a frame;
at least one seat coupled to the frame for a rider;
a pair of front wheels operably coupled to the frame;
a pair of rear wheels operably coupled to the frame;
a rear suspension including right and left lower control arms, each lower control arm having an inner pivot coupling operably coupled to the frame and an outer pivot coupling operably coupled to one of the rear wheels;
the rear suspension further includes right and left upper control arms, each upper control arm having an inner pivot coupling operably coupled to the frame and an outer pivot coupling operably coupled to one of the rear wheels;
an engine coupled to the frame including at least one cylinder and a crankshaft driven by the at least one cylinder, the engine having an output shaft;
a continuously variable transmission (CVT) having a drive clutch and a driven clutch, the drive clutch being rotatable along a first axis and the driven clutch being rotatable along a second axis, with the engine being coupled to the drive clutch and the first axis is parallel to the second axis;
a transmission having an input shaft driven by the driven clutch and being rotatable along the second axis, a second shaft being rotatable along a third axis, the third axis is parallel to the first axis, a first shaft drivingly coupled to the rear wheels and being rotatable along a fourth axis, a third shaft drivingly coupled to the front wheels through a front drive shaft coupled to the third shaft at a first connection, the third shaft being rotatable along a fifth axis, the first connection being in a non-intersecting relationship with the fourth axis, a first gear carried by the first shaft and a second gear carried by the third shaft, the second gear being intermeshed and directly coupled with the first gear, wherein the fourth axis is spaced apart and parallel to the first axis, and the fifth axis is spaced apart and parallel to the fourth axis.

US Pat. No. 10,457,132

TWIN MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEM FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A vehicle, comprising:an engine including an engine block and an oil pan mounted to the engine block;
two rear wheels driven by the engine;
two front wheels not rotationally coupled to the engine;
two, independent, electric motors, where each motor of the two electric motors drives a different one of the two front wheels and is coupled to an opposite, different side of each of the oil pan and the engine block; and
two reduction gearboxes, each reduction gearbox coupled between and to each of an output of one of the two electric motors and one of the two front wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,457,130

LOCK BODY ASSEMBLY, POWER BATTERY, LOCK-UP MECHANISM AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF, AND VEHICLE

NIO NEXTEV LIMITED, Hong...

1. A lock assembly for a battery lock-up mechanism, wherein the battery lock-up mechanism further comprises a fixing assembly for connecting to a new energy vehicle, the lock assembly comprising:a hollow casing which is opened at a bottom end and has a first through hole at a top end;
a stop end plate formed with a second through-hole at the center of the stop end plate and formed with a groove in an indexed arrangement that passes through the second through-hole, the stop end plate and the casing engaging with each other to define an accommodation space; and
a hollow central pull shaft having a columnar portion, a lug portion, and a flange portion between the columnar portion and the lug portion, the columnar portion having a closed top end that passes through the second through hole of the stop end plate and the first through hole of the casing, the closed top end having a first connection structure for engaging with a second connection structure on the fixing assembly for restricting a relative axial movement of the fixing assembly and the lock assembly, the columnar portion being formed with a radially penetrating notch at a position adjacent to the flange portion, and the flange portion having a diameter larger than a diameter of the columnar portion and a diameter of the lug portion, and also larger than a diameter of the second through hole;
the lock assembly further comprises a return spring, a push rod and a locking pin, wherein:
the return spring is positioned in the hollow central pull shaft, one end of the push rod has a radially penetrating third through hole and extends into the hollow central pull shaft, another end of the push rod extends out of the hollow central pull shaft from the lug portion of the hollow central pull shaft, the return spring urges the push rod, and the locking pin passes through the radially penetrating notch of the columnar portion of the hollow central pull shaft and the radially penetrating third through hole of the push rod in the accommodation space.

US Pat. No. 10,457,127

FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE CONNECTORS

1. A connector for a flexible substrate, comprising:a first connector piece including a first plurality of through holes;
a second connector piece including a second plurality of through holes, the second connector piece disposable in opposition to the first connector piece to align the first plurality of through holes and the second plurality of through holes to define, via the first plurality of through holes and the second plurality of through holes, a grommet, a plurality of first fastener receivers and a plurality of second fastener receivers; and
a channel, defined at least in part by the first connector piece, extending across the first connector piece,
wherein the plurality of first fastener receivers are disposed on a first side of the channel and the plurality of second fastener receivers are disposed on a second side of the channel,
wherein the first side of the channel corresponds to a position at which a flexible substrate is disposable between the first connector piece and the second connector piece, and
wherein the second side of the channel corresponds to a position at which a flexible substrate is not disposed between the first connector piece and the second connector piece.

US Pat. No. 10,457,118

VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COOLING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a first cooling loop including a compressor and a chiller;
a second cooling loop including a valve and an evaporator, and extending from an input side to an output side of the chiller on the first loop; and
a controller programmed to, responsive to operation of the chiller but not the evaporator, close and intermittently pulse open the valve each time a discharge pressure of the compressor exceeds a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,457,116

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A method for operating a vehicle temperature control system, wherein the vehicle temperature control system comprises:a vehicle data bus;
a blower control unit in data exchange connection with the vehicle data bus for generating actuating commands at least for at least one vehicle blower;
an air-conditioning control unit in data exchange connection with the vehicle data bus for generating actuating commands at least for at least one air flow influencing unit, wherein the air-conditioning control unit is configured to receive actuating commands generated by the blower control unit at least for the at least one vehicle blower via the vehicle data bus and to actuate the at least one vehicle blower corresponding to the actuating commands received;
a vehicle heater providing heat to be transferred to the air to be introduced into a vehicle interior, wherein an operating device for inputting or generating or both inputting and generating information defining a heating operation to be carried out is associated with the vehicle heater, wherein the vehicle heater is in actuating connection with the blower control unit; and
a vehicle data bus disconnect unit for disconnecting the vehicle data bus such that a partial vehicle data bus permitting the data exchange connection between the blower control unit and the air-conditioning control unit is provided, wherein the vehicle data bus disconnect unit is in actuating connection with the blower control unit, in which method after activating the vehicle heater comprises the steps of:
with the vehicle heater sending an activation actuating command to the blower control unit;
with the blower control unit sending a vehicle data bus disconnect command to the vehicle data bus disconnect unit in response to the receipt of the activation actuating command from the vehicle heater;
with the vehicle data bus disconnect unit disconnecting the vehicle data bus for providing the partial vehicle data bus in response to the receipt of the vehicle data bus disconnect command from the blower control unit;
with the blower control unit sending an activation actuating command to the air-conditioning control unit after providing the partial vehicle data bus; and
with the air-conditioning control unit putting the at least one vehicle blower or the at least one air flow influencing unit or both the at least one vehicle blower and the at least one air flow influencing unit into a specified operating state in response to the receipt of the activation actuating command from the blower control unit;
wherein the air-conditioning control unit is put into an operating state by the sending of the activation actuating command sent by the blower control unit, wherein in the operating state, the air-conditioning control unit puts the at least one vehicle blower or the at least one air flow influencing unit or both the at least one vehicle blower and the at least one air flow influencing unit into an operating state specified by the activation actuating command from the blower control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,115

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An air conditioning system for a vehicle comprising:an air-conditioning case having a cold air passageway extending in an air flow direction and having a heat exchanger for cooling and a warm air passageway extending in the air flow direction and having a heat exchanger for heating;
an air blower which is mounted at an inlet of the air-conditioning case to blow air to the cold air passageway and the warm air passageway;
an indoor and outdoor air supplying means which is connected to the air blower to supply indoor air and outdoor air; and
a controller configured to control the indoor and outdoor air supplying means to inhale the indoor air of the vehicle, to pass the indoor air through the heat exchanger for cooling, and to discharge some or the whole of the indoor air to the exterior of the vehicle and configured to control the indoor and outdoor air supplying means to inhale the indoor air and the outdoor air of the vehicle and supply mixed air of the indoor air and the outdoor air to the heat exchanger for cooling and to the heat exchanger for heating;
wherein the air blower comprises a first blower for blowing air to the cold air passageway and a second blower for blowing air to the warm air passageway;
wherein the first blower includes a scroll case which is connected to the inlet of the cold air passageway of the air-conditioning case, a blast fan rotatably mounted inside the scroll case, an inlet ring which is formed on one side of the scroll case to induce indoor air and outdoor air, and a motor which is mounted on the other side of the scroll case to rotate the blast fan;
wherein the second blower includes a scroll case which is connected to the inlet of the warm air passageway of the air-conditioning case, a blast fan rotatably mounted inside the scroll case, an inlet ring which is formed on one side of the scroll case to induce indoor air and outdoor air, and a motor which is mounted on the other side of the scroll case to rotate the blast fan;
wherein the indoor and outdoor air supplying means comprises:
an intake duct which is communicatingly connected with the first and second blowers and has an indoor air inlet and an outdoor air inlet;
a first indoor and outdoor air converting door which selectively opens the outdoor air inlet and the indoor air inlet relative to the first blower;
a second indoor and outdoor air converting door which selectively opens the outdoor air inlet and the indoor air inlet relative to the second blower;
wherein the first blower and the second blower are spaced from one another in a horizontal direction;
wherein the intake duct is mounted between the first blower and the second blower in the horizontal direction and extends continuously in a vertical direction being perpendicular to the horizontal direction between an upper part defining the outdoor air inlet and a lower part defining the indoor air inlet;
wherein the first and second indoor and outdoor air converting doors are positioned in the intake duct between the outdoor air inlet and the indoor air inlet in the vertical direction, and between the first and second blowers in the horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,110

VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle suspension system, comprising;an actuator interposed between a sprung member and an unsprung member of a vehicle and applying a drive force to cause a relative displacement between the sprung member and the unsprung member by an extending and retracting movement;
a sensor acquiring the extending and retracting movement of the actuator;
an onboard camera acquiring road surface image information; and
a control unit configured to perform a control including the extending and retracting movement of the actuator, wherein the control unit is configured to:
compute an unsprung member demand load to reduce vibration of the unsprung member,
compute a sprung member demand load to suppress vibration of the sprung member,
determine an existence of a first warning condition when a wheel of the vehicle is passing road surface irregularities including rumble strips and/or bumps provided on the road surface based on the extending and retracting movement of the actuator,
compute a first warning demand load to perform a first warning control including the extending and retracting movement of the actuator at a first frequency when first the warning condition is determined,
determine an existence of a second warning condition when the road surface image information indicates that the wheel of the vehicle is traveling near or on a road line provided on the road surface,
compute a second warning demand load to perform a second warning control including the extending and retracting movement of the actuator at a second frequency when the second warning condition is determined, and
compute a target load of the actuator based on at least the unsprung member demand load, the sprung member demand load, the first warning demand load, and the second warning demand load.

US Pat. No. 10,457,107

ASSEMBLY FOR RECEIVING A SUSPENSION SPRING OF A SUSPENSION STRUT, AND ASSOCIATED SPRING SEAT

THYSSENKRUPP BILSTEIN GMB...

1. A spring strut comprising:a piston rod;
a protective element that surrounds the piston rod and protects the piston rod from at least one of contaminants or moisture;
a suspension coil spring; and
a plastic spring plate that is positioned on a damper tube and supports an end of the suspension spring, wherein the spring plate is attached to the protective element and is configured to guide the protective element around an outside of the damper tube so as to minimize contact between the protective element and the damper tube.

US Pat. No. 10,457,105

AUTOMOBILE UNDERCARRIAGE COMPONENT

KOBE STEEL, LTD., Kobe-s...

1. An automobile undercarriage component comprising at least three elongated arms, each of said arms comprising:a web; and
a rib connected to the web in a direction parallel to the plane of the web and transverse to the direction of elongation of the web, the rib having an inner wall surface extending from the rib to terminate at a leading end which is the end of the rib farthest from the web in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the web;
wherein one of said three elongated arms is a first arm having a first one of said ribs;
wherein at least one of said three elongated arms is a second arm having a second one of said ribs;
wherein for each of said second ones of said ribs, the leading end of the respective second one of said ribs has a width in the direction parallel to the plane of the web and transverse to the direction of elongation of the arm which is narrower than the width of a leading end of the first one of said ribs, as an inner wall surface is disposed closer to an opposing outer wall surface in the respective second one of said ribs as compared to the first one of said ribs;
wherein the first one of said ribs includes a first inner wall surface formed and a first outer wall surface opposing the first inner wall surface, the first inner wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?a (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the first inner wall surface having a curvature radius R of Ra (mm), the first outer wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?b (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the first outer wall surface having a curvature radius R of Rb (mm), and a planar portion formed between the two angular portions having a width of ws (mm);
wherein the second one of said ribs includes a second inner wall surface and a second outer wall surface, the second inner wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?a? (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the second inner wall surface having a curvature radius R of Ra? (mm), the second outer wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?b? (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the second outer wall surface having a curvature radius R of Rb? (mm), and a planar portion formed between the two angular portions having a width of ws? (mm); and
wherein, when wa, wb, wa?, and wb? are defined to satisfy the equations wa=Ra×cos ?a?(Ra?Ra×sin ?a)×tan ?a, wb=Rb×cos ?b?(Rb?Rb×sin ?b)×tan ?b, wa?=Ra?×cos ?a??(Ra??Ra?×sin ?a?)×tan ?a?, and wb?=Rb?×cos ?b??(Rb??Rb?×sin ?b?)×tan ?b?, the difference L (mm) in width between the first one of said ribs and the second one of said ribs is expressed by the equation L={(wa?wa?)+(wb?wb?)+(ws?ws?)} and L>0.

US Pat. No. 10,457,102

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:four main grooves formed on a tread portion such that the four main grooves extend in a tire circumferential direction;
a plurality of lateral grooves formed on the tread portion; and
five block rows each including a plurality of blocks defined respectively by the main grooves and a pair of the lateral grooves disposed adjacently to each other in the tire circumferential direction, the blocks arranged in a row in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein a mounting posture of a pneumatic tire with respect to a vehicle body in a tire width direction is designated,
wherein the main grooves comprise:
an inner main groove positioned on an innermost side in the tire width direction in a state where the tire is mounted on the vehicle;
an outer main groove positioned on an outermost side in the tire width direction in a state where the tire is mounted on the vehicle;
a first center main groove disposed adjacently to an outer side of the inner main groove in the tire width direction; and
a second center main groove disposed adjacently to an inner side of the outer main groove in the tire width direction,
wherein the block rows comprise:
an inner shoulder row positioned inside the inner main groove in the tire width direction;
an outer shoulder row positioned outside the outer main groove in the tire width direction;
an inner intermediate row positioned between the inner main groove and the first center main groove;
an outer intermediate row positioned between the outer main groove and the second center main groove; and
a center row positioned between the first center main groove and the second center main groove,
wherein a groove width of the first center main groove and a groove width of the second center main groove is larger than a groove width of the inner main groove and a groove width of the outer main groove,
wherein the lateral groove includes a plurality of first lateral grooves formed at intervals in the tire circumferential direction so as to define blocks belonging to the inner shoulder row,
wherein a first raised portion which connects the pair of blocks belonging to the inner shoulder row to each other is formed in the first lateral grooves every one other on an inner main groove side, and a depth of the first lateral groove in the first raised portion is smaller than a depth of the first lateral groove in other portions,
wherein a second raised portion is formed on the outer main groove in a region defined by an imaginary line which connects the block belonging to the outer intermediate row and the block belonging to the outer shoulder row, and a depth of the outer main groove in the second raised portion is smaller than a depth of the outer main groove in other portions, and
wherein the depth of the first lateral groove in the first raised portion is set to 0.4 to 0.6 times inclusive as large as the depth of the first lateral groove in other portions.

US Pat. No. 10,457,101

PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TIRE

Continental Reifen Deutsc...

1. A pneumatic vehicle tire comprising:a radial ply casing;
a multi-ply belt and a profiled tread which, as viewed in the axial direction, has a central portion and two shoulder portions, wherein the shoulder portions are composed of a first rubber compound that has a lower dynamic modulus of elasticity E? at 55° C. and 8% elongation according to DIN 53513 than a second rubber in the central portion of the pneumatic tire profiled tread, and wherein the first rubber compound comprises a solution styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR) having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of between ?24° C. to 17° C. and the second rubber compound comprises an SSBR having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of between ?30° C. to ?25° C.; and,
wherein a base of the central portion has extensions positioned laterally substantially parallel to the tread substructure,
wherein the base of the central portion has extensions positioned radially within and over the width of the shoulder portions,
wherein separating each shoulder portion from the central portion is a shoulder-side circumferential groove that encircles the tire in a substantially rectilinear manner in the circumferential direction,
wherein each shoulder-side circumferential groove is bonded by a first groove flank on an inner side of the tread, a second groove flank on an outer side of the tread, and a third groove flank that is a groove base,
wherein the first groove flank and the second groove flank are inclined at an acute angle of up to 10 degrees with respect to the radial direction, and
wherein the first rubber compound comprises 40 phr of silica and 14 phr of carbon black, and wherein the second rubber compound comprises 96 phr of silica and 14 phr of carbon black.

US Pat. No. 10,457,093

STRUCTURE OF BICYCLE WHEEL RIM

Alex Global Technology, I...

1. A structure of a bicycle wheel rim, comprising:an inner rim frame having an inner rim part corresponding to a plurality of spokes, and two lateral ring parts respectively disposed on both sides of the inner rim part, the inner rim frame defining an internal space extending radially from an opening formed between the two lateral ring parts; and
a composite rim body encapsulating the inner rim part and the two lateral ring parts of the inner rim frame, the composite rim body having a first ring segment encapsulating the inner rim part of the inner rim frame, two second ring segments encapsulating the two lateral ring parts of the inner rim frame, a third ring segment having two protrusions and encapsulating terminals of the two lateral ring parts of the inner rim frame, and a supporting part covering the opening of the internal space of the inner rim frame to enclose the internal space defined by the inner rim frame.

US Pat. No. 10,457,087

SECURITY ELEMENT FORMED FROM AT LEAST TWO MATERIALS PRESENT IN PARTIALLY OR FULLY OVERLAPPING AREAS, ARTICLES CARRYING THE SECURITY ELEMENT, AND AUTHENTICATION METHODS

SICPA HOLDING SA, Prilly...

1. A security element comprising a first material MAT1 and a second material MAT2, which are formed in or on a substrate, in such a manner that areas occupied by MAT1 and MAT2 overlap partially or fully so that there are three areas recognizable: an area wherein MAT1, but not MAT2 is provided, an area wherein MAT2, but no MAT1 is provided, and an area wherein both MAT1 and MAT2 are provided,the first material MAT1 comprising a phosphorescent pigment (donor),
the second material MAT2 comprising a fluorescent dye or pigment (acceptor),
wherein the phosphorescent pigment present in MAT1 emits phosphorescence radiation in at least one first phosphorescence emission wavelength range ?1e upon excitation by electromagnetic radiation falling within a phosphorescence excitation wavelength range ?1a, and
the fluorescent dye or pigment present in MAT2 emits fluorescence radiation in at least one second fluorescence emission wavelength range ?2e upon excitation by electromagnetic radiation falling within an fluorescence excitation wavelength range ?2a of the fluorescent dye or pigment, and
said first phosphorescence emission wavelength range ?1e of the phosphorescent pigment present in MAT1 overlaps with the excitation wavelength range ?2a of the fluorescent dye or pigment present in MAT2, so that after irradiation of the security element with electromagnetic radiation within the phosphorescence excitation wavelength range ?1a, the emission of fluorescence radiation in the emission wavelength range ?2e is observable.

US Pat. No. 10,457,083

BINDING FOLDER

UNIBIND LIMITED, Nicosia...

1. A binding folder for binding a bundle of leaves (4), the binding folder (1) essentially comprising:a spine (2) for enclosing an edge (3) of the bundle of leaves (4);
two cover sheets (5) attached to the spine,
wherein at least a first one of the two cover sheets is made of a synthetic material; and
a top sheet (10) provided against a side (11) of at least one of the two cover sheets (5), the side (11) of the at least one of the cover sheets (5) being provided with the top sheet (10) being oriented towards an inside of the binding folder (1),
wherein the top sheet is provided with an adhesive,
wherein the top sheet (10) is attached, by the adhesive, to the side (11) of the at least one of the two cover sheets (5) in a removable way, whereby lifting of the top sheet detaches the adhesive and the top sheet from the side (11) of the at least one of the two cover sheets (5).

US Pat. No. 10,457,082

FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATE WITH IMPROVED STORAGE STABILITY

MacDermid Graphics Soluti...

1. A method of making a relief image printing element comprising a plurality of relief printing dots, the method comprising the step of:a) providing at least one photocurable layer disposed on a substrate, the at least one photocurable layer being capable of being selectively crosslinked and cured upon exposure to actinic radiation, the at least one photocurable layer comprising:
i) an ethylenically unsaturated monomer;
ii) a binder; and
iii) a photoinitiator, the photoinitiator exhibiting a quantum yield of initiation (Qi) of more than 0.05 at a 365 nm wavelength;
wherein the substrate comprises a flexible polymer sheet with an ultraviolet absorbing compound incorporated therein, and wherein the substrate has an optical density from 0.5 to 5 in the wavelength range of 365 nm to 450 nm but allows transmission of from 0.1% to 10% of incident light in the wavelength range of 365 nm to 450 nm;
b) imagewise exposing the at least one photocurable layer to actinic radiation to selectively crosslink and cure portions of the at least one photocurable layer; and
c) developing the relief image printing element to separate and remove uncrosslinked and uncured portions of the at least one photocurable layer to reveal a relief image therein, wherein the relief image comprises the plurality of relief printing dots, and
wherein the plurality of relief printing dots exhibit an edge sharpness of the dots such that the ratio of the radius of curvature at the intersection of the shoulder and the top surface of the dot, re, to the width of the top of the dot, p, is less than 5%, and wherein the printing element exhibits improved storage stability and shelf life.

US Pat. No. 10,457,077

PRINTER

CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., ...

1. A printer comprising:a conveying unit conveying a continuous sheet in accordance with an input print instruction;
a plurality of sensors detecting a mark serving as a reference for positioning a print area on the continuous sheet, wherein the plurality of sensors adopt marks different from each other as detection targets;
a printing unit printing on a print area of the continuous sheet;
a storage unit storing priority information about a sensor to be used preferentially among the plurality of sensors; and
a control unit controlling the conveying unit so that the print area is positioned at a print position of the printing unit, on the basis of both the priority information and a detection result indicating whether each of the plurality of sensors has detected the mark or not during conveying of the continuous sheet, wherein the priority information is stored in advance in the storage unit before conveying for detecting the mark is performed,
wherein the priority information specifies at least a sensor whose priority rank is the highest, and
the priority rank is unchanged regardless of the detection result.

US Pat. No. 10,457,076

INK JET PRINTING METHOD AND INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing method comprising:an ink image forming step of forming an ink image containing an aqueous liquid component and a coloring material, by applying a reaction liquid for thickening ink and ink containing an aqueous liquid medium and the coloring material onto an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing step of performing a liquid absorption treatment in which the aqueous liquid component is at least partially absorbed from the ink image by a porous body of a liquid absorbing member, by contacting a liquid absorbing surface of the porous body of the liquid absorbing member with the ink image in a liquid absorption treatment region;
a conveying step of conveying the porous body, conveyed from the liquid absorption treatment region, to the liquid absorption treatment region again; and
a porous body checking step of forming a test pattern for testing image quality, detecting an image quality of the test pattern, subjected to the liquid absorbing step, by an image quality detecting device, and determining a state of the porous body from the obtained detection results.

US Pat. No. 10,457,075

PRINT ENGINE FOR COLOR DIGITAL INKJET PRESS

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. A print engine comprising:a media support chassis having a plurality of guide rollers mounted between opposite sidewalls thereof, the plurality of guide rollers defining a media feed path;
a maintenance chassis pivotally mounted on the media support chassis, the maintenance chassis comprising a plurality of maintenance modules fixedly mounted thereto and aligned along the media feed path;
a print bar chassis movably mounted on the maintenance chassis, the print bar chassis comprising a plurality of print modules, each print module having a printhead;
a pivot actuation mechanism for pivoting the maintenance chassis between an open and closed position; and
a lift mechanism for raising and lowering the print bar chassis relative to the maintenance chassis between a maintenance position a printing position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,069

APPARATUS FOR REPEATABLE STAGING AND HOLDING OBJECTS IN A 3-D PRINTER USING AN ARRAY OF PINS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A universal apparatus for staging objects and precisely holding the objects prior to removal therefrom by a gripper, comprising:an upper support frame;
a datum plate connected to said upper support frame;
an array of contour pins positioned to extend above said datum plate;
biasing members for biasing said array of contour pins against the weight of objects placed upon said datum plate; and
a clamping plate through which said array of contour pins extend, said clamping plate including compliant fingers, and wherein said compliant fingers include elongated portions that allow the clamping plate to deflect while applying force to said array of contour pins.

US Pat. No. 10,457,067

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head provided with a discharge port array in which a plurality of discharge ports for discharging an ink is arranged in an array direction and configured to scan a recording medium based on recording data;
a test pattern recording unit configured to record a test pattern on a recording medium using the recording head;
a reading unit configured to read the test pattern by relative movement between the recording unit and the recording medium, on which the test pattern is recorded, in the array direction, a reading resolution of the reading unit in the array direction being lower than the arrangement resolution of the plurality of discharge ports;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data corresponding to an image recorded by discharge from the plurality of the discharge ports;
a correction unit configured to correct the image data based on a read result of the test pattern; and
a generation unit configured to generate the recording data based on image data corrected by the correction unit,
wherein the test pattern recording unit records the test pattern so that K (K?2) number of first areas recorded in each of the K times of scanning by the recording head using a first discharge port at an edge portion in the array direction in the discharge port array and a second area recorded in each of L (L?1) times of scanning by the recording head using a second discharge port at a center side area in the array direction than the edge portion of the discharge port array are aligned in the array direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,056

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a mounting portion on which a liquid container capable of accommodating liquid is mounted in a detachable manner; and
a liquid ejecting head configured to eject the liquid which is supplied from the liquid container,
wherein the mounting portion has a locking portion capable of locking the liquid container, a movement path extending toward the locking portion, and a first pressing portion and a second pressing portion capable of pressing the liquid container in a direction in which the liquid container is away from the locking portion,
wherein the second pressing portion presses the liquid container on the movement path on which the liquid container is away from the locking portion, and the second pressing portion and the first pressing portion press the liquid container when the liquid container is locked by the locking portion, and
wherein the second pressing portion is located midway in the movement path and the first pressing portion is located closer to a terminating end in the movement path than the second pressing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,053

INK JET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An ink jet printer comprising:a first ink head including a plurality of first nozzles arranged in a first direction and a first nozzle surface on which the first nozzles are disposed;
a second ink head disposed at a side of the first ink head in a second direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the first direction, the second ink head including a plurality of second nozzles arranged in the first direction and a second nozzle surface on which the second nozzles are disposed, a portion of the second nozzles being disposed at a position identical to a portion of the first nozzles in the first direction, the second ink head being shifted from the first ink head in the first direction;
a third ink head disposed at a side of the second ink head opposite to the first ink head in the second direction and at a position identical to a position of the first ink head in the first direction, the third ink head including a plurality of third nozzles arranged in the first direction and a third nozzle surface on which the third nozzles are disposed, the third nozzles being disposed at a position identical to a position of the first nozzles in the first direction;
a fourth ink head disposed at a side of the third ink head opposite to the second ink head in the second direction and at a position identical to a position of the second ink head in the first direction, the fourth ink head including a plurality of fourth nozzles arranged in the first direction and a fourth nozzle surface on which the fourth nozzles are disposed, a portion of the fourth nozzles being disposed at a position identical to the position of the second nozzles in the first direction;
a first wiper that extends in the first direction and wipes the first nozzle surface and the third nozzle surface, and does not wipe the second nozzle surface and the fourth nozzle surface, at a predetermined first position;
a second wiper that extends in the first direction, is disposed at a side of the first wiper in the second direction and is disposed partially at a position identical to a position of the first wiper in the first direction, pivots to an angle identical to an angle of the first wiper and wipes the second nozzle surface and the fourth nozzle surface, and does not wipe the first nozzle surface and the third nozzle surface, at a predetermined second position;
a cleaner that supplies a cleaning solution to the first wiper at a predetermined third position and supplies the cleaning solution to the second wiper at a predetermined fourth position at an identical time;
a remover that removes the cleaning solution remaining on the first wiper at a predetermined fifth position and removes the cleaning solution remaining on the second wiper at a predetermined sixth position at an identical time;
a first driver that moves the first wiper to the first position, the third position, and the fifth position; and
a second driver that moves the second wiper to the second position, the fourth position, and the sixth position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,052

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a plurality of head arrays each including a plurality of liquid discharge heads to discharge a liquid from nozzles onto a medium;
a drum to rotate and convey the medium to a position facing the plurality of head arrays; and
a wiper to wipe the plurality of liquid discharge heads;
wherein each of the plurality of head arrays includes at least two lines of the plurality of liquid discharge heads spaced over a circumferential portion of the drum, and the plurality of liquid discharge heads are inclined at different angles in each of the two lines, and
the wiper includes a web having a width to cover the two lines of the plurality of liquid discharge heads, and the web includes a plurality of wiping surfaces
inclined at the different angles in accordance with the two lines of the plurality of liquid discharge heads.

US Pat. No. 10,457,051

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer comprising:a scanner;
a printing unit; and
a controller configured to:
receive a copy instruction including an operation mode information;
cause the scanner to read an image formed on an original based on the operation mode information in response to reception of the copy instruction;
generate image data representing the read image;
determine a standby period based on the operation mode information;
execute a pre-print process in response to an elapse of the determined standby period from the reception of the copy instruction; and
cause the printing unit to print an image based on the image data after completion of the pre-print process.

US Pat. No. 10,457,048

INK JET PRINTHEAD

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printhead, comprising:a single resistor window in a conducting layer within the printhead; and
a plurality of resistors formed in a resistor film deposited over the single resistor window, each resistor corresponding to a nozzle from which droplets are ejected,
wherein:
the plurality of resistors have two different widths;
each of the two different widths is to eject a different droplet size when energized; and
the single resistor window comprises an alternating width to give alternating shorter resistors and longer resistors, wherein the shorter resistors are narrower than the longer resistors.

US Pat. No. 10,457,040

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING AN ARRAY OF INKJET PRINT ELEMENTS

1. An electronic circuit for driving an inkjet print element in an array of print elements with an electric waveform, the inkjet print element comprising a piezo transducer for converting the electric waveform in a mechanical displacement, the electric waveform being tunable for an individual print element, the electronic circuit comprising:a common waveform generator connected to the piezo transducer through a first print data dependent switch for providing a common electric waveform, independent of the inkjet print element; and
a waveform tuning part, dependent on the print element and the print data, for controlling a second switch that adds electric energy from a fixed voltage source to the common electric waveform,
wherein the first and second switches are operable in either a saturation state or a blocking state to limit an amount of dissipation in the first and second switches.

US Pat. No. 10,457,038

INK JET PRINTER PROVIDED WITH MOVABLE SHUTTLE

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printer comprising:a shuttle including an inkjet head and a main scanning driver configured to move the inkjet head in a main scanning direction;
a sub-scanning driver configured to move the shuttle in a sub-scanning direction; and
a controller configured to control the inkjet head, the main scanning driver, and the sub-scanning driver and alternately repeat a first operation and a second operation to form an image on a print medium, the first operation being an operation of driving the inkjet head to eject ink from the inkjet head to the print medium while driving the main scanning driver to move the inkjet head in the main scanning direction, the second operation being an operation of driving the sub-scanning driver to move the shuttle in the sub-scanning direction, wherein
the controller is configured to
perform a multi-stage brake control to stop the shuttle in the second operation, and
in a second stage and a stage after the second stage of the multi-stage brake control, apply brake to the shuttle at such a timing that a direction of vibration of the shuttle and a direction of force of inertia of the shuttle in braking of the shuttle are opposite to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,026

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING COMPOSITE SHEETS USING MULTIPLE LAMINATION

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe...

1. A device for producing a strip-shaped composite sheet that includes a plastic film disposed between two outer metal cover sheets, the device comprising:a first laminating device for laminating the plastic film between the two outer metal cover sheets, wherein the first laminating device includes two laminating rolls forming a first laminating gap;
a first heating zone positioned downstream of the first laminating gap, the first heating zone including heating means for heating the plastic layer film and the two outer metal cover sheets after a first laminating step in the first laminating gap to a laminating temperature;
a second laminating device positioned downstream of the first heating zone, wherein the second laminating device includes two laminating rolls forming a second laminating gap; and
a cooling zone positioned downstream of the second laminating gap.

US Pat. No. 10,457,023

BI-AXIALLY STRETCHED ARTICLE AND SILAGE FILM

SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CO...

1. A biaxially stretched article obtained by stretching a thermoplastic composition in a machine direction and a transverse direction at elevated temperature, said thermoplastic composition comprising:a polyolefin phase containing a polyolefin,
a starch phase containing thermoplastic starch,
compatibiliser selected from the group consisting of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymers, block saponified polyvinyl acetate and random terpolymers of ethylene, butylacrylate and maleic anhydride,
wherein the total of the polyolefin, the thermoplastic starch and the compatibiliser is more than 80 wt % of the weight of the thermoplastic composition; and
wherein the article has a layered morphology with alternating layers of starch phase and polyolefin phase, said layers of starch phase and polyolefin phase extending in machine direction and transverse direction;
wherein the thermoplastic composition comprises
from 10-70 wt % of the polyolefin
from 10-70 wt % of the thermoplastic starch
from 5-40 wt % of the compatibiliserthe weight percentages being based on the weight of the thermoplastic composition; andwherein the thermoplastic starch comprises borax at a concentration of 0.5 wt % to 8 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,457,019

LIGHT WEIGHT COMPOSITE MATERIAL SYSTEMS, POLYMERIC MATERIALS, AND METHODS

PRODUCTIVE RESEARCH LLC, ...

1. An automotive part comprising:a light weight composite material including a first metallic layer, a second metallic layer and a polymeric sheet of a filled polymeric material interposed between the first metallic layer and the second metallic layer, wherein the filled polymeric materials comprises:
i. one or more polymers including a polyolefin polymer having a crystallinity of about 20 wt. % to about 80 wt. % as measured using differential scanning calorimetry and a melting point greater than about 100° C., as measured according to ASTM D3418-08; and
ii. a metallic filler;
wherein the automotive part has a coated face surface; and
an edge of the light weight composite material is sealed or includes a coating or a protective layer attached to the filled polymeric material;
the sheet is an extruded sheet having a thickness;
the metallic filler includes greater than 5 volume percent and less than 25 volume percent based on the total volume of the filled polymeric material of a mass of metallic fibers distributed within the polymer the mass spanning a thickness of the extruded sheet and including ribbon fibers having a weight average length greater than about 200 ?m and less than about 25 mm;
the ribbon fibers have a width and a thickness, wherein the ratio of the width to the thickness of the ribbon fibers is about 3 or more;
the one or more polymers includes a second polymer, wherein the weight ratio of the second polymer to the polyolefin polymer is about 3:97 or more and about 40:60 or less; and
wherein the one or more polymers has a drop impact performance of about 100 g or more as measured according to ASTM D1790A at a thickness of 2 mil.

US Pat. No. 10,457,012

METHOD FOR FABRICATING COLUMNAR OR LAMELLAR STRUCTURES OF ORGANIC MOLECULES ALIGNED INTO LARGE-AREA SINGLE DOMAIN

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE ...

1. A method for fabricating columnar or lamellar structures of organic molecules aligned in a large-area single domain, the method comprising the steps of:(a) spatially confining organic molecules between a bottom substrate and a top substrate; and
(b) heating the organic molecules confined spatially between the bottom substrate and the top substrate, at a temperature of at least the isotropic transition temperature of the organic molecules, and then cooling the organic molecules, thereby vertically aligning the organic molecules between the bottom substrate and the top substrate,
wherein the large-area single domain has a size ranging from 0.1 mm×0.1 mm to 1 m×1 m and
the organic molecules are supramolecular dendrimer having self-assembly property.

US Pat. No. 10,457,004

METHOD FOR CENTERING A TIRE COMPONENT

VMI HOLLAND B.V., Epe (N...

1. A method for centering a tire component with the use of a centering assembly, wherein the tire component comprises a leading end, a trailing end and a main part between the leading end and the trailing end, wherein the tire component is provided with a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge extending at least along the main part, wherein the centering assembly comprises a first conveyor, a second conveyor and a drum, wherein the method comprises the steps of;a) placing the tire component on the first conveyor with its leading end facing in a first direction of conveyance defined by the first conveyor;
b) conveying the tire component from the first conveyor towards the second conveyor in the first direction of conveyance;
c) determining, at or near the leading end of the tire component, a lateral position of the first longitudinal edge with respect to a second direction of conveyance defined by the second conveyor;
d) moving the first conveyor transverse to the second direction of conveyance and thereby aligning the first longitudinal edge laterally, at least at the leading end, with respect to the second direction of conveyance along a first edge reference for said first longitudinal edge on the second conveyor;
e) conveying the tire component from the first conveyor onto the second conveyor in the first direction of conveyance while determining a lateral position of the second longitudinal edge with respect to the second direction of conveyance to thereby determine a lateral center of the tire component between the determined lateral positions of the first longitudinal edge and the second longitudinal edge as the tire component is conveyed from the first conveyor onto the second conveyor;
f) conveying the tire component from the second conveyor towards the drum in the second direction of conveyance;
g) moving the drum laterally with respect to the second direction of conveyance to align a lateral center of a desired application position of the tire component on the drum with the determined lateral center of the tire component; and
h) conveying the tire component from the second conveyor onto the drum for application of the tire component at the desired application position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,003

METHOD OF PRODUCTION FOR ATTACHING A PROFILE TO A TOOTHED BELT

1. A method of production for attachment by cohesive bonding of a profile having at least one profile element onto a toothed belt previously produced as a semi-finished product and having a tooth side with a toothing and a toothed belt back located on the back of the tooth side of the toothed belt, comprising:building up the at least one profile element layer by layer from at least one first profile element layer and a second profile element layer on the toothed belt back, by an application of an application compound to the toothed belt back at a profile element position by means of melt layer printing.

US Pat. No. 10,457,002

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING AN OBJECT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method for treating an object manufactured from a material having a defined melting temperature, wherein the method comprises the following steps:subjecting the object to hot isostatic pressing for reducing the porosity and increasing the density of the object, wherein the hot isostatic pressing comprises
arranging the object inside an interior cavity of a pressure chamber,
submerging the object in a liquid which is disposed inside the interior cavity and partially fills the interior cavity, such that the liquid has a free liquid surface above which a portion of the interior cavity is located,
heating the liquid to a first temperature below the melting temperature,
pressurizing the liquid by providing pressurized gas in a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface,
maintaining the object inside the liquid heated to the first temperature and pressurized by the pressurized gas, and
arranging the object outside the liquid in a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface,
subsequently heating the liquid to a second temperature above the melting temperature,
after the liquid has been heated to the second temperature, moving the object from a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface into the liquid and submerging the object again within the liquid for reducing the surface roughness of the object, and subsequently
withdrawing the object from the liquid and moving it into a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,001

METHOD FOR FORMING A MATRIX COMPOSITE LAYER AND WORKPIECE WITH A MATRIX COMPOSITE LAYER

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method comprising:forming a wall around a metallic surface such that the wall extends in a vertical direction from a plane formed by the metallic surface of a workpiece;
depositing a filler material in a walled area on the metallic surface;
depositing a plastic material on the filler material; and
performing a vacuum treatment of the filler material and the plastic material thereby forming a matrix composite layer disposed on the metallic surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,991

SPACER FOR USE IN PRECISION BONDING APPLICATIONS THAT PROVIDES ENHANCED SHEAR STRENGTH

ALTEC INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A spacer-locator for spacing and locating at least two objects along mating surfaces, the position of the at least two objects described with an x-axis and a y-axis along the mating surfaces, a z-axis perpendicular to the mating surfaces, a psi angle around the z-axis, a phi angle around the x-axis, and a theta angle around the y-axis; the spacer-locator comprising:at least one spacer tab;
the at least one spacer tab constructed with a predetermined thickness;
the at least one spacer tab operable for separating the at least two objects a predetermined distance along the z-axis; and
at least two locator pins connected by the at least one spacer tab, wherein at least one of the at least two locator pins is operable for constraining movement of the at least two objects along the x-axis and y-axis and the phi angle and theta angle;
wherein the spacer-locator provides a controlled alignment of the at least two objects at the mating surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,456,987

LASER WELDABLE COMPOSITIONS, ARTICLES FORMED THEREFROM, AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A laser weldable composition comprisinga polyester component comprising a poly(butylene terephthalate) homopolymer, a poly(ethylene terephthalate) homopolymer, a poly(cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate) homopolymer, a poly(butylene terephthalate) copolymer, a poly(ethylene terephthalate) copolymer, a poly(cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate) copolymer, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing;
5 to 50 weight percent of a filler; and
10 to 30 wt. % of a poly(ester-carbonate) copolymer comprising
carbonate units of the formula
andester units of the formula

wherein:
T is a C2-20 alkylene, a C6-20 cycloalkylene, or a C6-20 arylene;
R1 and J are each independently
(a) a bisphenol A divalent group of the formula
and(b) a C16 or higher divalent group (b1), (b2), or (b1) and (b2), wherein
(b1) is a phthalimidine divalent group of the formula

wherein
Ra and Rb are each independently a C1-12 alkyl, C2-12 alkenyl, C3-8 cycloalkyl, or C1-12 alkoxy,
each R3 is independently a C1-6 alkyl,
R4 is hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, or phenyl optionally substituted with 1 to 5 C1-6 alkyl groups,
p, q, and j are each independently 0 to 4, and
(b2) is a third divalent group of the formula

wherein
Rc and Rd are each independently a C1-12 alkyl, C2-12 alkenyl, C3-8 cycloalkyl, or C1-12 alkoxy,
each R6 is independently C1-3 alkyl or phenyl,
Xa is a C6-12 polycyclic aryl, C3-18 mono- or polycycloalkylene, C3-18 mono- or polycycloalkylidene, (Q1)x-G-(Q2)y- group wherein Q1 and Q2 are each independently a C1-3 alkylene, G is a C3-10 cycloalkylene, x is 0 or 1, and y is 1, and
m and n are each independently 0 to 4;whereinthe C16 divalent group (b1), (b2) or a combination of (b1) and (b2) is present in an amount of 40 mol % to 50 mol % based on the total moles of the bisphenol A divalent groups and the C16 divalent group; and
the composition, when molded into an article having a 2.0 mm thickness, provides a near infrared transmission at 960 nanometers of greater than 50% and a thermal resistance according to HDT 1.8 MPa flat (ISO 75/Af) of greater than 160° C.

US Pat. No. 10,456,986

METHOD FOR REINFORCING AND/OR LINING MATERIAL

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

1. A method of manufacturing a heterogeneous composite, the method comprising the steps of:providing a first constituent and a second constituent,
wherein the first constituent is porous or capable of developing pores when under hydrostatic pressure,
and the second constituent comprises a solid having thermoplastic properties;
positioning the second constituent adjacent to the first constituent;
coupling energy into the second constituent to cause at least portions of the second constituent to liquefy and to penetrate into pores or other structures of the first constituent, whereby the first constituent is interpenetrated by material of the second constituent to yield a composite comprising the first constituent, the second constituent, and an interpenetration zone between the first and second constituents; and
providing an irreversible transition at least of the second constituent to yield a modified composite, wherein the irreversible transition comprises a chemical reaction taking place within the second constituent or between the first and second constituents.

US Pat. No. 10,456,974

PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION, METHODS FOR PRODUCING FILM, OPTICAL COMPONENT, CIRCUIT BOARD, AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT BY USING THE SAME, AND CURED PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a patterned film, the method comprising:a step of placing a photocurable composition on a substrate; a step of bringing the photocurable composition into contact with a mold in an atmosphere containing a 1,1,1,3.3-pentafluoropropane condensable gas, the mold having an original pattern for transferring a pattern shape;
a step of irradiating the photocurable composition with light to form a cured film; and
a step of separating the cured film and the mold from each other, wherein the photocurable composition is a photocurable composition used for performing imprint in an atmosphere containing a condensable gas, the photocurable composition comprising:
a component (A) which is a (meth)acrylate monomer; a component (B) which is a photopolymerization initiator; and a component (C) which is a mold releasing agent, wherein a saturated solubility of the component (C) in the condensable gas at 5 degrees (Celsius) and 1 atm is 5% by weight or less, the condensable gas being in a liquid state at 5 degrees (Celsius) and 1 atm.

US Pat. No. 10,456,972

MOLDING UNIT FOR CONTAINERS, EQUIPPED WITH A BOXING INSERT WITH AIR CIRCULATION

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. Molding unit (1) for the forming of a container (2) provided with a hollow recess (3) toward the interior of the container (2), this forming unit (1) comprising:a mold (5) provided with a lateral wall (6) defining a cavity (7) having the impression of at least one portion of the container (2) and that extends along a main axis (X) defining a vertical direction, this lateral wall (6) being provided with a pocket (9) that comes out into the cavity (7);
a boxing device (11) comprising:
an insert (12) mounted in translation relative to the lateral wall (6) along a transverse axis (T) defining a radial direction, between a retracted position in which the insert (12) is at least partially retracted in the pocket (9), and a deployed position in which the insert (12) projects at least partially into the cavity (7) outside of the pocket (9),
an actuator (16) integral with the insert (12) and provided with a piston (17) mounted in translation along the transverse axis (T):
wherein:
the insert (12) is provided with at least one passage (81) that extends from one rear end (82), by which it opens into the pocket (9), to a front end (83) by which it opens onto a front face (13) of the insert (12);
the piston (17) is mounted in a chamber (22) defined in the wall (6) of the mold (5), the piston (17) subdividing the chamber (22) into a rear half-chamber (22A) in communication with a primary fluid duct (46), and a front half-chamber (22B), in communication with both a secondary fluid duct (50), as well as the pocket (9).

US Pat. No. 10,456,964

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SUPPORT ELEMENT FOR A VEHICLE

FAURECIA INNENRAUM SYSTEM...

1. A method for producing a support element for a transport means, wherein the method comprises the steps of:providing a polypropylene-natural fiber mat, wherein the mat has a basis weight below 1150 g/m2, wherein the polypropylene-natural fiber mat comprises a first type of natural fibers,
pre-heating the mat,
placing the mat in a tool, wherein the tool has a rib-shaped cavity,
pressing the mat into a predefined form by the tool such that the thickness of the mat after the pressing is less than 1.5 mm,
immediately and directly after the pressing, insert molding the mat by injecting a polypropylene-containing material into the rib-shaped cavity, wherein, on account of the insert molding, the material forms stiffening ribs bonded integrally to the mat,
demolding the mat comprising the stiffening ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,456,959

BAMBOO RAILROAD TIE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

TieBam, Inc., San Franci...

1. A method of manufacturing railroad crossties from bamboo, the method comprising:cutting bamboo stalks to be of equal length;
mashing the cut bamboo stalks;
heat-treating the mashed bamboo stalks to remove starch therefrom;
dipping the heat-treated bamboo stalks into a resin;
drying the dipped bamboo stalks in storage;
stacking the dried bamboo stalks tightly within a press mold of a hydraulic press;
compressing the stacked bamboo stalks in the press mold via the hydraulic press;
locking the compressed bamboo stalks under pressure within the hydraulic press so as to form densified compressed bamboo;
releasing the locking pressure of the hydraulic press;
heating the densified compressed bamboo in an oven while still within the press mold for at least two hours at 70 degrees Celsius;
removing the heated and densified compressed bamboo from the oven;
cooling the heated and densified compressed bamboo; and
removing the cooled and densified compressed bamboo from the press mold as a bamboo railroad crosstie.

US Pat. No. 10,456,957

MOLDING METHOD AND MOLD THEREFOR

KAGA SANGYO CO., LTD., N...

1. A method of molding a product by rotating a mold, comprising:(i) filling the mold with a material while the mold is not rotating;
(ii) after the mold has been filled with the material, exposing the mold to a partial vacuum while the mold is in an open position and imparting a rotary motion to the mold while subjecting the mold to the partial vacuum, thereby agitating and degassing the material, and thereby initiating rotational molding the product; and
(iii) after the rotational molding is initiated, shifting the mold from the open position to a closed position while the mold is rotating, thereby allowing the mold to define a final shape of the product.

US Pat. No. 10,456,955

NUT FOR A CLAMPING MECHANISM OF A VULCANIZING PRESS, CLAMPING MECHANISM, VULCANIZING PRESS AND SUPPORT DEVICE FOR COMPONENTS OF A VULCANIZING PRESS

REMA TIP TOP AG, Poing (...

1. A nut for a clamping mechanism of a mobile vulcanizing press, the nut comprising:a nut body, which has a blind hole including an internal thread for receiving a tie bolt, and
a groove and an access bore in the nut body for receiving a fixing element, wherein:
the groove is arranged in a circumferential portion of the blind hole and the access bore connects an exterior side of the nut body to the groove,
a fixing element is arranged in the groove and the access bore in such a way that the fixing element occupies at least a sub-portion of the access bore and/or the groove, and
a fastening means is arranged in the access bore and the fixing element occupies at least a sub-portion of the access bore and it fully occupies the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,456,945

TOOL FOR MANUALLY OPERATING OSCILLATING MOTORIZED TOOL ACCESSORY

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A tool system, comprising:an accessory tool including a working end and a mounting end extending from the working end, the mounting end defining a plurality of openings arranged in a desired configuration;
an oscillating power tool including a first tool holder having a first mounting structure including a first plurality of protrusions arranged in the desired configuration and configured to be received by the plurality of openings to connect the mounting end of the accessory tool to the oscillating power tool; and
a handheld tool assembly including a second tool holder having a second mounting structure including a second plurality of protrusions arranged in the desired configuration and configured to be received by the plurality of openings to connect the mounting end of the accessory tool to the handheld tool assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,456,944

MULTIFUNCTION CUTTING TOOL GUIDE

Affinity Tool Works, LLC,...

1. A cutting tool guide system comprising:a base plate being unitary and having a top surface and a bottom surface, said top surface of said base plate top surface including connection points for connecting a power tool to said top surface of said base plate top surface;
said bottom surface having a first track extending longitudinally along said bottom surface of said base plate, said track being defined by first and second spaced walls protruding from said bottom surface of said base plate with at least one of said first and second spaced walls being movable with respect to said other first or second walls, said first track having a first axis extending along said first track;
said base plate defining a channel extending laterally along said bottom surface of said base plate, said channel having a second axis extending along said channel with said first axis intersecting said second axis at a right angle, said channel widening as it extends toward said bottom surface;
a rip straight edge having a second track with a groove extending along said second track and having a laterally extending rip guide whereby said rip straight edge engages said bottom surface of said base plate without touching said top surface of said base plate, said second track narrowing as it extends upward to said base plate bottom surface;
a locking member having a wedge engaged in said groove to pull said rip straight edge to said base plate, with said narrowing second track centering itself in said widening channel; and
whereby the power tool is attached to said base plate and positioned upon a straight edge with said base plate being movable along the straight edge to make a straight cut in a piece of material wherein the straight edge and said channel interacts to guide the power tool, or the power tool is attached to said base plate and said channel of said base plate is mounted to a guide and make a straight cut in a piece of material using the material's edge to guide said base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,936

ADJUSTABLE SPACING COMB, ADJUSTMENT DRIVE AND HAIR CUTTING APPLIANCE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An adjustment drive for an adjustable spacing comb for a hair cutting appliance comprising:a housing portion,
a cutting unit including a blade set,
the adjustable spacing comb including: a movable comb portion movable with respect to the housing portion of the hair cutting appliance, the adjustment drive, and a manually operable rotation element configured to receive manually applied rotary movements by a user, the rotation element being rotatingly mounted to the adjustment drive and supported at the housing portion of the hair cutting appliance, the rotation element being at least partially covered by the housing portion, wherein a circumferential portion of the rotation element is accessible through an opening portion of the housing portion,
the adjustment drive being manually operable by the rotation element, the adjustment drive comprising:
an actuator configured for actuating the movable comb portion of the adjustable spacing comb with respect to a blade set of the hair cutting appliance,
a rotary encoder directly coupled to the rotation element and configured to detect rotary movements of the rotation element applied by a user, the rotary encoder being further configured to output a respective user input signal corresponding to the detected rotary movements applied by the user to the rotation element, and
a control unit respectively coupled to the actuator and to the rotary encoder,
wherein the control unit is configured to convert the detected user input signal output from the rotary encoder into an actuator operating signal, output by the control unit to the actuator to enable the control unit to electronically control the movable comb portion in response to the detected user inputs,
wherein the control unit is further configured to move the movable comb portion in accordance with an adjustment position speed calculated as a function of a difference between relative positions between the rotation element and the movable comb portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,929

NEGATIVE PRESSURE ACTUATED SOFT BENDING ACTUATOR

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A soft bending actuator finger for use in conjunction with an evacuator, comprising:a first layer of a first elastomeric material having an outer surface and an inner surface, said first elastomeric material being relatively stiff;
a second layer of a second elastomeric material, said second elastomeric material being relatively compliant relative to said first elastomeric material, said second layer of elastomeric material having a plurality of walls including an outer surface and an inner engagement surface opposite said outer surface, said second layer of elastomeric material defining a plurality of interconnected voids creating pressure equalization of the voids in the second layer and a vacuum port in one of said plurality of walls of the second layer, the vacuum port being in fluid connection with the voids and adapted to be coupled to the evacuator, said second layer bonded to said first layer of elastomeric material along said outer surface of said second layer and said inner surface of said first layer,
wherein, in a first configuration where said plurality of interconnected voids are maintained at a pressure equal to an ambient environment pressure, said soft bending actuator assumes a first position, and in a second configuration where said plurality of interconnected voids are maintained at a pressure below the ambient environment pressure, said soft bending actuator assumes a second, bent position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,928

VACUUM GRIPPER UNIT COMPRISING VACUUM PUMP

VTEC CO., LTD., Sasang-G...

1. A vacuum gripper unit including a vacuum pump, the vacuum gripper unit comprising:a vertical main body (11) having a common vacuum chamber (14) defined therein;
first and second mounting containers (12a and 12b) that are cylindrical members horizontally arranged on left and right sides of the main body to be parallel to each other, and provide an additional mounting space to the main body (11), the first and second mounting cylinders having a generally ‘H’-shape when seen from outside, including the main body (11) that connects centers thereof to each other, the first and second mounting cylinders having passages (15) respectively provided at first sides thereof that face each other and communicating with the common vacuum chamber; and
a suction pad (13) connected to a lower portion of the main body (11) so as to communicate with the common vacuum chamber (14),
wherein the first mounting container (12a) has the vacuum pump (16) inserted and mounted therein and operating to allow exhaust of air from the common vacuum chamber (14) so as to create a vacuum therein upon supply and discharge of compressed air, and
the second mounting container (12b) selectively has the vacuum pump (16) inserted and mounted therein or a release valve (20) inserted and mounted therein, the release valve being opened to allow air to flow into the common vacuum chamber (14) when the vacuum pump stops operating; and
wherein the vacuum pump (16) is a pipe vacuum pump in which first and second ends thereof are an inlet (17) and an outlet (18) for the compressed air, respectively, and a side wall thereof has a through hole (19) formed therein so as to communicate with the common vacuum chamber (14), and
the vacuum pump is mounted in the first mounting container (12a) in such a manner that the inlet (17) is inserted through a front insertion hole (23) of the first mounting container (12a) into a rear air supply hole (24) so as to communicate therewith, the vacuum pump being mounted in the second mounting container (12b) in the manner as above described.

US Pat. No. 10,456,924

COORDINATED, COMPLEMENTARY WATER ENVIRONMENT MOBILE ROBOTS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A two-part, selectively dockable robotic system providing counterbalanced stabilization during performance of an operation on an underwater target structure, comprising:a first underwater robotic vehicle sized and shaped to at least partially surround the underwater target structure;
a second underwater robotic vehicle sized and shaped to at least partially surround the underwater target structure and be at least partially orientated in a position opposite the first underwater robotic vehicle;
complementary docking mechanisms supported by the first and second underwater robotic vehicles and arranged so the first and second underwater robotic vehicles can selectively couple to each other with the underwater target structure disposed at least partially between the first and second underwater robotic vehicles;
a tool that exerts a first force against the underwater target structure in a first direction, the tool being supported by one of the first and second underwater robotic vehicles; and
a stabilization module that exerts a second force against the underwater target structure in a second direction to at least partially counteract the first force, the stabilization module being supported by the other of the first and second underwater robotic vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,456,921

INDUSTRIAL-ROBOT CONTROL DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An industrial-robot control device comprising:a microphone attached to an industrial robot; and
a processor comprising a controller and a specific sound detector, the processor configured to:
detect, by the specific sound detector, a specific sound from a sound picked up by the microphone; and
activate the industrial robot from a stopped state to an operation state when the specific sound is detected by the specific-sound detector and changing the industrial robot from the operation state to a stopped state when the specific sound is not detected.

US Pat. No. 10,456,919

MANIPULATOR ARRANGEMENT AND MOVEMENT DEVICE

AMST-Systemtechnik GmbH, ...

1. A movement device being a centrifuge, a medical centrifuge or a training centrifuge, the movement device comprising:a carrier element;
at least one fixing device for accommodating, laying on and/or fixing a human or animal body, said at least one fixing device disposed on said carrier element being disposed rotatably around a main axis;
a manipulator configuration being suitable for contact and/or invasive examination or treatment of the human or animal body under an influence of permanently increased and/or changing acceleration, wherein said manipulator configuration having a functional head, wherein the increased and/or the changing acceleration being defined as a state of acceleration in which said manipulator configuration experiences increased or changing acceleration forces, and as a result of movement and as a result of a change in the movement, the acceleration forces act on said manipulator configuration and on said functional head, and the acceleration forces diverging from acceleration forces of surroundings; and
said manipulator configuration further containing a base and drive devices and at least one of said drive devices is a force-limited drive device having a pressure valve, wherein said functional head being movable relative to said base along a plurality of degrees of freedom movable by said drive devices, wherein a position and/or a contact force of said functional head touching the body is variable with respect to the body under an influence of the increased and/or changing acceleration, wherein a contact force is systemically limited, whereby inadvertent injuries to the body due to said functional head and/or said manipulator configuration are prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,456,909

MULTI-JOINT INDUSTRIAL ROBOT-BISPIR

Foshan Huashu Robotics Co...

1. A Multi-joint Industrial Robot, comprisingan upper arm (2) having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a first motor (5) arranged at the second end of the upper arm (2) and having a first output shaft (51);
a lower arm (3) having a third end rotationally connected to the second end of the upper arm (2) through the first output shaft (51) and a fourth end opposite the third end; and
a wrist (8), rotationally connected to the fourth end of the lower arm (3) through a transverse spindle (121), wherein the upper arm (2) and the wrist (8) are arranged on opposite sides of the lower arm (3) along an axial direction of the first output shaft (51); and
a first arm wire jacket (62) having a fifth end arranged at a first side of the upper arm (2) where the lower arm (3) rotates, and a sixth end connected to a second side of the upper arm (2) opposite the first side so that the first arm wire jacket (62) strides over the lower arm (3) and the upper arm (2) or is connected to a hole (9) arranged at the first side of the upper arm (2).

US Pat. No. 10,456,907

ROBOT ARM AND ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot arm comprising mounting interface portions at both ends of a long resin arm body,wherein each of the mounting interface portions is provided with: a connecting section that is formed of resin and that is connected to the arm body; and a metal member that is formed of a flat plate-like member or a washer-like member and that is embedded in the resin that forms the connecting section, and that forms a mounting surface; and
the metal member is provided with at least one through-hole that penetrates therethrough in a thickness direction of the flat plate-like member or the washer-like member and through which a mounting screw passes and is embedded in the resin while exposing the mounting surface and a seating surface, for the mounting screw, around the at least one through-hole, the seating surface being located at an opposite side from the mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,906

MECHANICAL TOWER CLIMBER FOR OPERATIONS ON CELL TOWERS

ETAK Systems, LLC, Hunte...

1. A mechanical tower climber system for performing operations on a cell tower, the mechanical tower climber system comprising:a body;
a plurality of robotic arms connected to the body and being rotatable or moveable with respect to the body, each of the robotic arms comprising one or more robotic hands, each of the robotic hands comprising a plurality of robotic digits that mimic human fingers;
a wireless interface configured to receive commands from a remote operator; and
a processing device configured to control actions of the body, robotic arms, robotic hands, and robotic digits based on the commands to enable the body, robotic arms, robotic hands, and robotic digits to climb the cell tower install and/or manipulate cell site components associated with the cell tower.

US Pat. No. 10,456,897

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE ACTUATION OF A GAS-POWERED FIXING TOOL AND THE CORRESPONDING DEVICE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method for controlling electronic ignition of a gas-powered fastener-driving tool, the method comprising:detecting a first mechanical event at a first point in time;
detecting a second mechanical event at a second point in time; and
after detecting the second mechanical event, if a time elapsed between the first and second points in time exceeds a first predetermined time period, generating a control signal to trigger ignition of a fuel/air mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,456,893

CLUTCH WRENCH DEVICE

1. A clutch wrench device comprising:an elongated body including:
an elongated center portion;
a handle portion;
wherein said handle portion at located on a proximal end of said body; and
a head portion located on a distal end of said body, comprising:
a head encasement;
wherein said head encasement is formed having a round central opening therethrough; and
wherein said head encasement is formed having a notch within an inner surface forming said central opening;
a race member;
wherein said race member is formed having a ring-shape having an interior surface and an outer surface and is adapted to fit within said round central opening;
wherein said outer surface of said race member is adapted to include a keyway for holding a key;
an engagement member including:
an outer circumference having a circular shape and adapted to engage with and rotate with a sprag member;
an inner circumference having a polygonal shape adapted to releasably connect with a polygonal head of a bolt member;
a sprag member;
wherein said sprag member is formed having a ring-shape and is adapted to fit and rotate within said race member; and
wherein said sprag member includes a plurality of spaced sprags adapted to pivot and to lock against of said interior surface of said race member and against said outer circumference of said engagement member, such that said sprag member is adapted to frictionally grip to said race member when rotated in one direction, and move freely when turned in an opposing direction; and
a key;
wherein said key is adapted to have a rectangular shape to fit within said keyway of said outer surface of said race member and align with and fit within said notch in said inner surface of said central opening of said head encasement to lock and prevent rotation of said race member in relation to said head encasement.

US Pat. No. 10,456,891

GRINDING WHEEL

SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., L...

1. A grinding wheel comprising a plurality of vitrified bonded grindstone chips arranged on an outer periphery of an annular base metal thereof, the grinding wheel being configured to grind a workpiece with the use of the grindstone chips while rotating the annular base metal,wherein each of the vitrified bonded grindstone chips is configured in such a manner that:
in a rectangular parallelepiped comprising:
a rectangular grinding surface that is placed on an opposite side of the annular base metal and grinds the workpiece; and
four side surfaces adjacent to the grinding surface,
four ridge portions, each of which is provided between the side surfaces, are C-chamfered;
the rectangular grinding surface comprises a plurality of long sides and a plurality of short sides;
each long side is longer than each short side;
each long side of the grinding surface is arranged along the outer periphery of the annular base metal; and
each of the four ridge portions is C-chamfered in a range that is ? or more of a length of each short side of the grinding surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,889

SHEAR CUTTER WITH IMPROVED WEAR RESISTANCE OF WC—CO SUBSTRATE

SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC....

1. A method of forming a cutting element comprising:sintering together a plurality of metal carbide grains and a metal binder to form a substrate;
forming at least two binder gradients in the substrate; and
mounting an abrasive layer to the substrate at an interface,
wherein forming the at least two binder gradients comprises forming a binder gradient in a first region extending from the interface to a depth of the substrate wherein the amount of binder material decreases along at least one direction of the longitudinal axis of the substrate to form a first binder gradient, and
wherein forming the at least two binder gradients further comprises forming a binder gradient in a second region from the first region toward the opposite end of the substrate, wherein the second region comprises a radial binder gradient and a constant binder concentration along the longitudinal axis of the substrate to form a second binder gradient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,887

VALVE GRINDING TOOL

JEFFRO, INC., Jacksonvil...

1. A valve grinding system comprising:a coupling, a threaded sleeve, an alignment tube, a rotary tool, and a grinding disk assembly,
the rotary tool including a motor, threaded collar and a chuck coupled to the motor;
the grinding disk assembly including an abrasive disk attached to a shank, the shank being retained in the chuck of the rotary tool;
the coupling including a first end, a second end and a coupling central channel extending from the first end of the coupling to the second end of the coupling, the first end of the coupling being open and including internal threads for connecting to a rotary tool, the second end of the coupling being open and opposite to the first end of the coupling; and
the alignment tube including a first end, a second end and an alignment tube channel extending from the first end of the alignment tube to the second end of the alignment tube and having a central alignment tube longitudinal axis, the first end of the alignment tube being open and including internal threads for connecting to the threaded sleeve;
the threaded sleeve including a central channel, and the threaded sleeve coupling the second end of the coupling to the first end of the alignment tube, a distance between the second end of the coupling and the first end of the alignment tube being adjustable by threadedly receiving a portion of the threaded sleeve in one of the central channel of the coupling and the channel of the alignment tube, and the central channel of the threaded sleeve having a central longitudinal axis; and
the second end of the alignment tube and the central channel of the alignment tube being sized to receive an end of a stem of a valve to be ground, and the alignment tube channel being sized to receive the abrasive disk attached to the shank of the grinding disk assembly, the valve grinding system being separate from the valve and the stem of a valve to be ground.

US Pat. No. 10,456,885

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A REFERENCING ELEMENT TO AN OPTICAL LENS MEMBER

Essilor International, C...

1. A method for providing a referencing element to an optical lens member, the method comprising:measuring a first optical surface of an optical lens member, the optical lens member comprising the first optical surface comprising a surface design associated with a first reference system including translational and rotational parameters and a second optical surface to be manufactured, the first and second optical surfaces being connected by an external periphery surface,
determining the first reference system, wherein the first reference system is determined according to the shape and orientation of the first optical surface, wherein the first reference system is unique to the first optical surface; and
adding a referencing element to the optical lens member, wherein the referencing element identifies the first reference system, the referencing element comprising at least a sub-surface element located between the first and second optical surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,456,884

LINER SYSTEM FOR A MILL SHELL

Polycorp Ltd., Elora, On...

1. A liner system for installation in a rotatable mill shell having an inner side and an opposed outer side, the liner system comprising:at least one lifter bar comprising:
a body thereof;
a channel plate secured to the body and defining a channel axis;
the channel plate comprising a central portion aligned with the channel axis and at least one lateral extension extending transversely from the central portion in relation to the channel axis;
the channel plate additionally comprising at least one outer arm and a cavity that is at least partially defined by said at least one outer arm;
at least one insert element positioned between said at least one lateral extension and the inner side of the mill shell, for resisting outward movement of said at least one lateral extension toward the inner side;
at least one attachment assembly comprising:
a fixing washer at least partially positioned in the cavity and engaged with said at least one outer arm, said at least one outer arm being formed to resist movement of the fixing washer outwardly, toward the inner side of the mill shell;
a bolt defining a bolt axis and extending between inner and outer ends, the bolt comprising a head at the inner end engageable with the fixing washer, the bolt being positionable in a predetermined position relative to the mill shell in which the bolt axis is substantially aligned with the channel axis, with the inner end engaged with the fixing washer and the outer end positioned outside the mill shell;
a nut threadably engageable with the bolt at the bolt's outer end;
an outer washer between the nut and the outer side of the mill shell, and engageable with the outer side of the mill shell when the nut is tightened to subject the bolt to tension, to urge the head outwardly toward the inner side of the mill shell, securing the lifter bar inside the mill shell; and
said at least one insert element being configured to maintain the bolt in the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,881

MACHINE TOOL

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A machine tool, comprising a machine base, two guide rails and a movable main structure, the movable main structure slidably disposed on the machine base via the two guide rails, each of the two guide rails having a plurality of bearing surfaces facing and configured to guide the movable main structure, the machine tool having an X-axis, a Y-axis and a Z-axis perpendicular to one another, the Z-axis substantially parallel to an axis of a chuck of the machine tool, and the Y-axis substantially parallel to a sliding direction of the movable main structure with respect to the machine base;wherein normal directions of the plurality of bearing surfaces of the two guide rails are not parallel to the X-axis, the Y-axis, the Z-axis of the machine tool, and a reference line that passes through the two guide rails.

US Pat. No. 10,456,865

WELDING METHOD AND WELDING STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A welding method comprising:overlapping a plurality of welding objects constituted by at least one aluminum alloy; and
emitting, from a thickness direction of the overlapped welding objects, laser light to a surface of one of the welding objects to join together the welding objects by making a weld that includes a plurality of nuggets formed along a closed curve on the welding objects, each of the nuggets being formed by scanning the laser light along a spiral-shaped path at a position that the nugget is to be formed, wherein:
the surface is arranged during the emitting of the laser light in a direction having a nonzero vertical component,
a ratio of a diameter of each of the nuggets to a pitch dimension between ones of the nuggets that are adjacent to each other is larger than ½ and no more than 1,
a ratio of the diameter of each of the nuggets to a thickness of the overlapped plurality of welding objects is no more than 3, and
the thickness of the overlapped plurality of welding objects corresponds to a total value of thicknesses of the overlapped plurality of welding objects and a thickness of a gap between the welding objects.

US Pat. No. 10,456,863

SUCTION METHOD, SUCTION DEVICE, LASER PROCESSING METHOD, AND LASER PROCESSING DEVICE

FUKUI PREFECTURAL GOVERNM...

1. A suction method of depressurizing a predetermined range of a surface of a target by depressurizing a pressure reduction chamber communicating with a suction port arranged a predetermined operating distance apart from the target installed in an open system, and sucking a gas from the suction port, wherein:a pressure of an inside of the pressure reduction chamber is set equal to or less than a critical pressure at which a speed of the gas sucked from the suction port is brought into a critical state;
a jet speed of the gas in a jetting port from which the gas is jetted toward the target is set more than a Mach number of 0.2, the Mach number being obtained by dividing a jet speed of the gas by a sound speed when the gas jetted from the jetting port is in a steady and stationary state;
the gas is jetted from the jetting port and is sucked by the suction port;
a swirl flow is formed so as to surround the suction port between the surface of the target and the suction port; and
thus a pressure of a central region of the swirl flow from the suction port to the surface of the target is reduced to the critical pressure or less and suction is performed,
wherein the jetting port is arranged with respect to the suction port so as to satisfy Formula 1 and Formula 2 below, by using the equivalent circular diameter D which is the diameter where the area is equivalent in a case where the shape of the suction port is approximated as a circle, a distance r between centers of the suction port and the jetting port and an angle ?h formed by a straight line connecting the center of the jetting port and the center of the suction port and a velocity vector of the gas jetted from the jetting port, when the suction port and the jetting port are projected on a reference plane that is a tangent plane at a center of the plane formed by the suction port:

US Pat. No. 10,456,859

LASER BEAM IRRADIATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE BY USING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A laser beam irradiation apparatus comprising:a laser source configured to emit light;
a collimator configured to collimate the emitted light;
a scanner configured to adjust the collimated light to change an irradiation direction thereof;
a first lens part configured to focus the adjusted light to irradiate a laser beam on a sealing part;
a camera configured to receive visible light passing through the scanner;
a heat sensing part configured to receive infrared (IR) light passing through the scanner; and
a control part configured to control a moving direction and an intensity of the laser beam,
wherein:
the moving direction follows a rotation motion;
the circumference of a path of the rotation motion is divided into a plurality of segments, each segment subtending the same angle of the rotation motion; and
the control part comprises a laser driver and is configured to vary an amount of power applied to produce the laser beam by the laser source in order to vary the intensity of the laser beam to be different in each of the plurality of segments independently of the motion of the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,456,857

ELECTRON BEAM MELTING AND CUTTING COMPOSITE 3D PRINTING APPARATUS

Yuanmeng Precision Techno...

1. An electron beam melting and cutting composite 3D printing apparatus, comprising:a box defining a cavity in a vacuum state, the cavity containing a cutting structure, a first Y-direction guide rail, a Y-direction movable platform movably connected to the first Y-direction guide rail and movable along the first Y-direction guide rail, and a second Y-direction guide rail parallel to the first Y-direction guide rail and located above the first Y-direction guide rail, wherein the Y-direction movable platform is provided thereon with a Z-direction movable platform that is movable up and down with respect to the Y-direction movable platform and configured for metal powder to be spread thereon;
an electron beam gun mounted on the box and configured to emit an electron beam into the cavity to melt the metal powder spread on the Z-direction movable platform, wherein the cutting structure comprises a cutting head configured for cutting a structural component formed by the melted metal powder on the Z-direction movable platform;
a three-axis movable structure in the cavity and configured for driving the cutting head to move in space, wherein the three-axis movable structure comprises a Y-direction movable rod, an X-direction movable block, and a Z-direction movable head, wherein the Y-direction movable rod is movably connected to the second Y-direction guide rail and is provided thereon with an X-direction guide rail extending in the X direction, wherein the X-direction movable block is movably connected to the X-direction guide rail and is provided thereon with a Z-direction guide rail extending in the Z direction, wherein the Z-direction movable head is movably connected to the Z-direction guide rail, and wherein the cutting head is connected to the Z-direction movable head; and
a shielding case arranged in the cavity between the electron beam gun and the Z-direction movable platform, wherein the shielding case defines a through-cavity between an upper opening and a lower opening of the shielding case, wherein the upper opening of the shielding case is aligned with the electron beam gun, and the lower opening of the shielding case is aligned with the Z-direction movable platform.

US Pat. No. 10,456,840

PIPE CUTTING TOOL AND METHODS FOR USE

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. An apparatus for cutting a pipe, the apparatus comprising:(a) a base comprising a pipe support having at least one set of lower rollers;
(b) an upper frame supporting a cutting apparatus and at least one upper roller, the upper frame being moveable relative to the base between an open position in which the pipe may be inserted between the at least one set of lower rollers and the at least one upper roller, and a clamping position in which the pipe is in contact with the at least one set of lower rollers and the at least one upper roller;
(c) the cutting apparatus comprising a grooving member configured to provide an annular groove on an outer surface of the pipe, a cutting member configured to cut off a section of the pipe, and a chamfering member configured to provide a chamfer on the outer surface of the pipe between a location of the annular groove and a location of the cut in the pipe;
(d) a drive motor drivingly connected to at least one roller of the at least one set of lower rollers; and,
(e) an actuator operatively connected to the drive motor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,822

TANDEM WATER SPOT COOLING DEVICE FOR TOP DIE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD, ...

1. A tandem water spot cooling device for a top die, comprising:a spot cooling device main body, a lower sealing plate, an outer-ring circular track, an inner-ring serpentine passage, outer-ring flow dividing baffles, inner-ring flow dividing baffles, outer-ring through holes, inner-ring through holes, bolt hole reservation positions, stripper rod reservation positions, and water inlet and outlet connection through holes, wherein the spot cooling device main body is a steel disc, and comprises the outer-ring circular track and the inner-ring serpentine passage which are connected together end to end, respectively; the outer-ring through holes and the outer-ring flow dividing baffles are provided in the outer-ring circular track, and the outer-ring through holes are connected to cooling holes in a top die of a die; the inner-ring through holes and the inner-ring flow dividing baffles are provided in the inner-ring serpentine passage, and the inner-ring through holes are connected to the cooling holes in the top die of the die; the spot cooling device main body is provided with the stripper rod reservation positions at an inner side of the inner-ring serpentine passage; the spot cooling device main body is provided with the bolt hole reservation positions; the lower sealing plate is disposed below the spot cooling device main body, and the spot cooling device main body and the lower sealing plate are configured to encircle the outer-ring circular track and the inner-ring serpentine passage to form closed ducts; and the outer-ring circular track and the inner-ring serpentine passage of the tandem water spot cooling device for the top die are connected to the water inlet and outlet connection through holes, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,456,819

MEMORY INTERFACE CONFIGURABLE FOR ASYNCHRONOUS AND SYNCHRONOUS OPERATION AND FOR ACCESSING STORAGE FROM ANY CLOCK DOMAIN

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A system comprising:a memory controller; and
a memory device coupled to and external to the memory controller, the memory device comprising:
a storage array having dual configurability to support both synchronous and asynchronous modes of operation; and
a control logic including a control signal multiplexer coupled to a chain of registers, wherein the control signal multiplexer is configured to selectively forward a clock signal or an asynchronous control signal to the chain of registers depending on a selected mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,814

METHOD FOR TREATING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. A method of treating a sensor array, the sensor array including a plurality of sensors, a sensor of the plurality of the sensors including a sensor pad, a well structure defining a well array having a plurality of wells, a well of the plurality of wells disposed over each sensor of the sensor array and providing an opening to the sensor pad, a lid attached over the sensor array and the well structure and including a fluid port, a space defined between the lid and the well structure, the method comprising:applying a treatment solution through the fluid port into the space and waiting for a first period between 30 seconds and 30 minutes, the treatment solution entering the well and contacting the sensor pad, the treatment solution including an organo-silicon compound, an organic acid and an organic solvent, the organic solvent has a normal boiling point in a range of 36° C. to 345° C.;
applying a basic solution through the fluid port into the space and waiting for a second period between 20 seconds and 15 minutes, the basic solution entering the well and contacting the sensor pad; and
applying a rinse solution through the fluid port the rinse solution entering the well and contacting the sensor pad.

US Pat. No. 10,456,807

BEAD-APEX ASSEMBLY SYSTEMS

Bartell Machinery Systems...

1. A bead-apex assembly system, comprising:a bead forming system;
an apex application system; and
a supporting assembly; and
a separation system, the separation system including at least a first gripping element and a second gripping element configured to grip respective annular bead rings formed on a bead former of the bead forming system,
wherein the supporting assembly is located at least partially between the separation system and the apex application system,
wherein the supporting assembly includes a rotatable arm coupled to a chuck, wherein the chuck that is separate from, and movable relative to, the bead former of the bead forming system and the first and second gripping elements of the separation system,
wherein the first gripping element is movable axially relative to the second gripping element such that it is configured to space the respective annular bead rings in an axial direction such that they are positioned for receipt by the supporting assembly, and
wherein the supporting assembly includes at least two chucks for moving the respective annular bead rings from the separation system to the apex application system.

US Pat. No. 10,456,776

METHOD OF FABRICATING A PHOTOCATALYST FOR WATER SPLITTING

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A method of fabricating a photocatalyst for water splitting, comprising the steps of:providing a first semiconductor in nanoparticle form;
mixing a first solution including an organic solvent with a second solution including an organic solvent to provide an electrospinning sol-gel, the first solution including a polymer and the second solution including a zinc salt;
adding the first semiconductor in nanoparticle form to the electrospinning sol-gel to provide a colloidal solution;
stirring the colloidal solution for a first period of time;
electrospinning the colloidal solution after the first period of time to provide an electrospun nanofiber mat;
drying the nanofiber mat under vacuum for a second period of time; and
calcinating the nanofiber mat to provide the photocatalyst for water splitting, wherein the photocatalyst for water splitting includes nanofibers of a second semiconductor doped with the nanoparticles of the first semiconductor, the first semiconductor including a narrow band gap semiconductor selected from the group consisting of ZnS, CdS, CuO, CuS, and In2O3, the second semiconductor including zinc oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,456,765

INJECTION DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR FOR INJECTING A HYDROCARBON FEEDSTOCK INTO A REFINING UNIT

TOTAL RAFFINAGE CHIMIE, ...

1. An injection device configured to atomize a liquid into droplets using a gas, the injection device comprising:a body having a longitudinal axis, a first end, and a second axially opposite the first end, wherein the body includes a gas inlet orifice at the first end, an atomized-liquid outlet orifice at the second end, an inner cavity extending axially from the gas inlet orifice to the atomized-liquid outlet orifice, and a liquid inlet orifice extending radially through the body from a radially outer surface of the body to the inner cavity,
a gas injection assembly extending axially through the inner cavity of the body, wherein the gas injection assembly includes a tube, a rod element coaxially disposed within the tube, and a gas flow path radially positioned between the rod element and the tube, wherein the gas flow path is configured to flow the gas axially through the gas injection assembly from the gas inlet orifice to a gas outlet orifice positioned within the inner cavity, wherein
a radially inner surface of the body defines a converging constriction having a throat disposed along the inner cavity and axially positioned between the gas outlet orifice of the gas injection assembly and the atomized-liquid outlet orifice,
a liquid flow path is radially positioned between the gas injection assembly and the body, and wherein the liquid flow path is configured to flow the liquid axially through the inner cavity from the liquid inlet orifice to the converging constriction, and
the gas outlet orifice extends axially from the gas flow path of the gas injection assembly and is configured to direct a stream of the gas axially toward the throat of the converging constriction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,759

PAINT MAKER AND MIXING DEVICE

Crayola LLC, Easton, PA ...

1. A paint-making device comprising:a base;
a paint pot shaking component coupled with the base, the paint pot shaking component comprising:
a handle;
a slide crankshaft coupled with the handle;
a slide crankshaft joint coupled with and radially offset from the slide crankshaft; and
a slide crank arm coupled with and generally perpendicular to the slide crankshaft joint; and
a paint pot harness mount pivotably coupled with the slide crank arm, wherein the paint pot shaking component is effective to repetitively rotate the paint pot harness mount with respect to the slide crank arm about a pivot joint.

US Pat. No. 10,456,755

POLYANILINE MEMBRANES FORMED BY PHASE INVERSION FOR FORWARD OSMOSIS APPLICATIONS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A forward osmosis membrane, wherein the membrane consists essentially of a porous support material and a polymer layer; the polymer layer comprises a skin layer and a sublayer; the skin layer comprises a plurality of pores; the sublayer comprises a plurality of macrovoids; the polymer layer is polyaniline and a dopant, wherein the dopant is an camphor sulfonic acid; and the thickness of the polymer layer is from 20 ?m to 120 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,456,750

MEMBRANE CARTRIDGE SYSTEM

1. A cartridge element comprising a bundle of hollow fiber type membranes aligned in a cylindrical cartridge tube, tube sheets at each end of the membrane bundle, and end caps at each end of the cartridge tube, whereinthe cartridge tube has a wall thickness of 0.5 to 10 mm and comprises at least one fluid inlet or fluid outlet opening arranged between the end caps,
the end caps are made of a polymeric material
the end caps are permanently fixed to the cartridge element,
the tube sheets comprise a potting resin and are permanently fixed to the cartridge element, and
at least one end cap is partially slid onto or into the cartridge tube, said end cap comprises a cylindrical section with an inner diameter which is wider than an outer diameter of the cartridge tube or a cylindrical section with an outer diameter which is narrower than an inner diameter of the cartridge tube, and said cylindrical section of the end cap comprises spacers that center the cap onto or into the cartridge tube and leave space between the cartridge tube and the cylindrical section of the end cap which can be filled with said potting resin.

US Pat. No. 10,456,729

PROCESS FOR CARBON DIOXIDE RECOVERY FROM A GAS STREAM CONTAINING CARBON DIOXIDE AND HYDROCARBONS

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A carbon dioxide gas treating process, the process comprising:providing a carbon dioxide gas feedstream having one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon;
providing a first separation unit including a first adsorption unit and a first regeneration unit, the first adsorption unit including a first adsorption bed having a first adsorbent media that adsorbs the one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the carbon dioxide gas feedstream, the first adsorbent media being a copolymer of one or more monoaromatic monomers and one or more nonaromatic monovinylidene monomers and being a porous cross-linked polymeric adsorbent that adsorbs a C3 hydrocarbon of the one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the carbon dioxide gas feedstream, and the first regeneration unit including a microwave heating system;
passing the carbon dioxide gas feedstream through the first adsorption unit at a first flow rate, and generating a loaded first adsorbent media including the one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the carbon dioxide gas feedstream and a first treated carbon dioxide-rich gas stream;
regenerating the loaded first adsorbent media in the first regeneration unit by releasing the one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the carbon dioxide gas feedstream from the loaded first adsorbent media, forming regenerated first adsorbent media and released one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the first adsorbent media and recovering, further separating, providing as fuel for a combustion process, flaring, or a combination thereof the released one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the first adsorbent media;
providing the first treated carbon dioxide-rich gas stream to a second separation unit, the first treated carbon dioxide-rich treated gas stream having one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon, the second separation unit including a second adsorption unit and a second regeneration unit, the second adsorption unit including a second adsorption bed having a second adsorbent media that is a pyrolyzed macroporous polymeric adsorbent that adsorbs a C2 hydrocarbon of the one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the first treated carbon dioxide-rich gas stream and CO2, and the second regeneration unit including a microwave heating system;
passing the first treated carbon dioxide-rich gas stream through the second adsorption unit at a second flow rate, and generating a second loaded adsorbent media including the one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the first treated carbon dioxide-rich gas stream and a second treated carbon dioxide-rich gas stream;
regenerating the loaded second adsorbent media in the second regeneration unit by releasing the one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the first treated carbon dioxide-rich treated gas stream from the loaded second adsorbent media, forming regenerated second adsorbent media and released one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the second adsorbent media, and recovering, further separating, providing as fuel for a combustion process, flaring, or a combination thereof the released one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the second adsorbent media;
providing the second treated carbon dioxide-rich gas stream to a third separation unit, the second treated carbon dioxide-rich treated gas stream including one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon, recovering the C2 hydrocarbon of the one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the second treated carbon dioxide-rich treated gas stream in the third separation unit, and the third separation unit including a condenser or a chiller;
liquefying the one or more C1-C5 hydrocarbon of the second treated carbon dioxide-rich gas stream, and generating one or more liquefied C1-C5 hydrocarbon and a third treated carbon dioxide-rich gas stream in the third separation unit;
recovering the one or more liquefied C1-C5 hydrocarbon for transportation, providing as fuel for a combustion process, for flaring, or a combination thereof; and
providing the third carbon dioxide-rich gas stream to one or more additional separation unit for further treatment, injecting the third treated carbon dioxide-rich treated gas stream into an injection well, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,456,722

INTEGRATED OXYGEN REMOVAL UNIT AND FUEL FILTER

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A system for use in a gas turbine engine fuel supply comprising:a housing defining a fuel inlet, a fuel outlet and an oxygen outlet;
a filter positioned within the housing configured to allow fuel to pass radially through the filter; and
an oxygen removal unit positioned within the housing configured to remove oxygen from fuel encountering the oxygen removal unit after the fuel has passed through the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,700

SNOWMAN MAKING APPARATUS

1. A snowman making apparatus comprising: three bowl elements of different sizes, wherein the three different sizes are for three different segments of a snowman, a base segment, a mid-section segment and a head segment;wherein each bowl element is substantially hemispherical;
wherein each bowl element has an open top, and an aperture at a base of the bowl element to facilitate collection of snow in the bowl element, via dragging the bowl element in a horizontal position over a surface of snow, producing a formed hemisphere snow section;
the bottom aperture of the base segment and mid-section segment are substantially the same size in order to create a stable setting for the mid-section segment to sit securely on to the base segment as well as the base section to sit securely on to the ground;
the hemispherical bowl element interior is smooth for easy release of the formed hemisphere snow section;
the hemispherical bowl element exterior comprises a plurality of circumnavigating ribs, to add structural strength to the bowl element;
the apparatus is provided a fourth, smaller bowl element in order to form smaller size and combinations of snowmen.

US Pat. No. 10,456,693

RING SWING

1. A swing comprising:a ring;
a first handle projecting from an inner side of the ring on a first side of the ring;
a second handle projecting from the inner side of the ring on a second side of the ring, wherein the first handle and the second handle each forms a surrounded opening inwardly spaced from the ring for reception of portions of a user's hand and wherein the first handle and the second handle are each U-shaped with bottom flanges secured to the ring; and a seat, having an upper concave surface, mounted to the ring and extending along an interior of the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,456,684

ATTENTION CONTROL FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating an image obtained by imaging a player object and an attention object in a virtual space by using a virtual camera, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
control at least a position of the player object with any degree of freedom based on an input by a player;
set an object in the virtual space as the attention object; and
perform attention control for controlling position and direction of the virtual camera in such a manner that both of the player object and the attention object are included in an imaging range of the virtual camera based on the position of the player object and a position of the attention object, wherein when performing attention control, the degree of freedom of controlling the position is not limited,
wherein the attention control is executed during a period of time in which a first user interface receives a first preset operation, or during a period of time starting from when a second user interface receives a second preset operation to activate the attention control and ending when the second user interface receives another preset operation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,681

GAME SYSTEM, DISPLAY CONTROLLING METHOD, DISPLAY CONTROLLING PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A method for causing a game system to display a related picture, the method comprising:executing a game application for a first user using a processor of the game system,
wherein the first user controls a player character in the game application using a game controller;
displaying, on a display of the game system,
a full screen execution screen of the game application;
acquiring over a network, a related picture related to a current state of progress of the first user in the game application;
wherein the related picture is created by a second user different from the first user; and
displaying, on the display, the related picture;
wherein the related picture includes a plurality of play moving pictures uploaded to the network by the second user, the plurality of play moving pictures being that of a same game application as the game application executed for the first user on the game system,
wherein a first play moving picture of the plurality of play moving pictures depicts play information corresponding to a position of the player character that the player character has moved past;
wherein a second play moving picture of the plurality of play moving pictures depicts play information corresponding to a position close to a current position of the player character,
wherein a third play moving picture of the plurality of play moving pictures depicts play information corresponding to a position ahead of the current position of the player character,
wherein the first play moving picture, the second play moving picture, and the third play moving picture are displayed if each has a transmission date within a predetermined time period of a current date, and
wherein the first play moving picture, the second play moving picture, and the third play moving picture are all displayed concurrently and non-overlapping on the display superimposed on the full screen execution screen.

US Pat. No. 10,456,679

DISPLAY OF SYSTEM-LEVEL ACHIEVEMENTS WITH REAL-TIME UPDATING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method comprising:storing, at a cloud service, achievement data describing performance of a user in a gaming application for execution on a computing device;
receiving, at the cloud service, a request from the computing device for at least a portion of the achievement data;
responsive to the received request, filtering, by a processor, the achievement data based on contextual criteria on the cloud service;
providing, by the processor, the filtered achievement data to the computing device for display to a user during gameplay; and
updating, by the cloud service, the achievement data by:
intermittently receiving data corresponding to gaming progress based at least in part on the execution of the gaming application on the computing device;
generating, by the cloud service, additional achievement data based at least in part on the data corresponding to the gaming progress; and
providing, by the cloud service, the additional achievement data to the computing device for display to the user during the gameplay.

US Pat. No. 10,456,675

INTELLIGENT BOARD GAME SYSTEM WITH VISUAL MARKER BASED GAME OBJECT TRACKING AND IDENTIFICATION

Tweedletech, LLC, Ann Ar...

1. A game object for playing a board game, the game object comprising:a. a single body having a top surface;
b. a first unique visual object marker positioned on the top surface, wherein the first unique visual object marker comprises a first series of concentric rings that represent first data that uniquely identifies the game object; and
c. a second unique visual object marker positioned on the body, wherein the second unique visual object marker comprises a second series of concentric rings that represent second data.

US Pat. No. 10,456,674

TRACK BASED PLAY SYSTEMS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A set comprising:a computer game;
a plurality of passive physical play pieces, wherein the passive physical play pieces in the set are not configured to send or receive data with other physical play pieces or the computer game; and
a plurality of active physical play pieces, wherein at least one of the plurality of active physical play pieces in the set comprises one or more sensors configured to detect an arrangement of a proximate passive physical play piece and is configured to actively communicate with the computer game, wherein the computer game is configured to:
receive data from the at least one of the plurality of active physical play pieces;
based at least in part on the data received, assist the computer game to infer a shape of a path formed from the plurality of active physical play pieces;
generate a virtual model of a path based on the inferred shape of the path formed from the plurality of active physical play pieces; and
display the virtual model of the path on a display device separate from the plurality of active physical play pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,456,667

TOUCHSCREEN-BASED CONTROL METHOD AND TERMINAL

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. A touchscreen-based control method for improving user experience of online gaming, the method performed at a terminal having one or more processors, memory for storing programs, and a touchscreen display, the method comprising:detecting, by the terminal, a first user touch acting on a first icon displayed on the touchscreen display, the first icon corresponding to a first operation of an online game;
in response to detecting the first user touch:
displaying, by the terminal, an auxiliary control region and a candidate effect range region on the touchscreen display, wherein (1) the auxiliary control region is a first predetermined area of the touchscreen display, (2) the candidate effect range region is a second predetermined area of the touchscreen display, (3) the candidate effect range region occupies a larger area of the touchscreen display than the auxiliary control region and (4) the distance between the candidate effect range and the first icon is greater than the distance between the auxiliary control region and the first icon; and
establishing, by the terminal, a mapping relationship between a location of the candidate effect range region and a location of the auxiliary control region;
detecting, by the terminal on the touchscreen display, a user action dragging the first icon to a first position in the auxiliary control region;
responsive to the user action and in accordance with the mapping relationship, obtaining, by the terminal, a first effect range in the candidate effect range region according to the first position in the auxiliary control region; and
performing, by the terminal, the first operation corresponding to the first icon on a virtual target in the obtained first effect range.

US Pat. No. 10,456,666

BLOCK BASED CAMERA UPDATES AND ASYNCHRONOUS DISPLAYS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system for asynchronous display of a frame, comprising:a computing device to determine changes between a current frame and a previous frame; and
an asynchronous display coupled to the computing device to display an image;
wherein the computing device is to send frame updates asynchronously rather than at a fixed frame rate to the asynchronous display to only update areas of a currently displayed image that have changed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,651

GOLF SIMULATOR, AND GOLF SIMULATION METHOD

RD-TEK CO., LTD, Daejeon...

1. A golf simulator comprising:an optical sensor unit configured to detect a movement path of a golf ball using a plurality of optical sensors;
an image inputting unit configured to input a movement image of the golf ball using a spin camera sensor;
a movement information calculating unit configured to calculate a direction and velocity of the golf ball from information obtained from the optical sensor unit;
a spin information calculating unit configured to calculate a spin rate of the golf ball from the input movement image of the golf ball;
a flying trajectory calculating unit configured to calculate a flying trajectory of the golf ball using the calculated direction and velocity of the golf ball and the calculated spin rate of the golf ball; and
a spin rate comparison unit configured to compare the calculated spin rate and a spin rate calculated using data obtained by the optical sensors for excluding an error occurred in the spin rate calculated by the spin information calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,641

WEIGHT MEMBER FOR A GOLF CLUB HEAD

SRI SPROTS LIMITED, Kobe...

1. A method comprising:forming a first weight having a first finished mass and a second weight having a second finished mass that is different than the first finished mass, thereby defining a variation in finished mass, by:
(a) forming a first intermediate weight body having a first head, including a first head end, and a first shaft, including a first shaft end opposite the first head end, and a first shaft outer diameter the first shaft comprising a first shaft length;
(b) forming a second intermediate weight body having a second head, including a second head end, and a second shaft, including a second shaft end opposite the second head end, and a second shaft outer diameter that is substantially equal to the first shaft outer diameter;
(c) removing an amount of mass from the first intermediate body to form an internal bore extending inwardly through the first intermediate body from the first head end, resulting in a non-zero variation in mass between the first intermediate body and the second intermediate body at least partially contributing to the variation in finished mass, the internal bore comprising a bore depth that is greater than the first shaft length; and
(d) configuring the first and second intermediate weight bodies for interchangeable association within a weight port of a golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,456,638

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A putter-type golf club head that, when oriented in a reference position, comprising:a main body having a front surface, a rear surface, a top surface, and a bottom surface, the front surface being inclined forwardly in an upward direction at an angle ? relative to vertical as measured in a front-to-rear direction; and
a face component comprising:
a first element secured to the front surface of the main body, the first element formed of a resilient material and having a thickness that gradually increases toward a sole portion, the first element comprising a first element front surface, a first element rear surface opposite the first element front surface, and a first element side surface extending intermediate the first element front surface and the first element rear surface, the first element front surface being inclined rearwardly in the upward direction at an angle ? relative to vertical as measured in the front-to-rear direction, the angle ? being between 2° and 6°; and
a second element forward of the first element and comprising a rigid material, the second element secured directly to the first element.

US Pat. No. 10,456,625

SPORTING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

Delta Electronics, Inc., ...

1. A sporting apparatus, which is capable of continuously outputting electricity, comprising:a structure body;
an endless belt disposed on the structure body and rotated by kinetic energy by a user;
an electricity generating unit disposed in the structure body and configured to transform kinetic energy transmitted from the endless belt into electric power;
a position sensing unit disposed in the structure body and configured to sense a position of the user on the endless belt so as to generate a sensing signal; and
a modulation unit electrically connected with the electricity generating unit and the position sensing unit for receiving the sensing signal;
wherein, the modulation unit comprises a DC/AC inverter, a current sensing element, an inductor and a semiconductor switch with a controller, the current sensing element is configured to sense an armature current outputted from the electricity generating unit and output a signal to the controller, and the controller is configured to control the duty ratio of the semiconductor switch to control the armature current, so that a counter torque of the electricity generating unit is adjusted when the armature current is adjusted according to the sensing signal for controlling the rotation speed of the endless belt.

US Pat. No. 10,456,622

DETECTION OF BIKING, WALKING, AND RUNNING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A wearable device to be worn by a user during an activity, the wearable device comprising:a motion sensor to collect motion data of the user during the activity; and
processing logic stored in a memory element of the wearable device and comprising instructions executable by a processor to:
receive motion data collected by the motion sensor;
determine a magnitude of the motion data by taking the magnitude of an acceleration signal, applying a high-pass filter to the acceleration signal, and integrating the standard deviation of the high-passed acceleration signal over a period of time;
determine a frequency of the motion data; and
identify the activity in which the user is engaged based on the magnitude and the frequency of the motion data.

US Pat. No. 10,456,620

SQUAT AND SPINAL FITNESS AND REHABILITATION DEVICE

1. An exercise device that includes:a base that includes a unitary peripheral frame with a front side, a backside, and two lateral sides;
a platform disposed within the base for supporting a foot of a user;
a vertical stabilization bar coupled to each one of the lateral sides;
a horizontal lower leg stabilization bar disposed between each of the vertical stabilization bars;
a lower leg support brace mounted to the horizontal lower leg stabilization bar and configured for retaining a lower leg of the user when the foot of the user is disposed upon the platform; and
a vertical stabilization bar range of motion boot configured for guiding the vertical stabilization bar, the vertical stabilization range of motion boot configured to stabilize the vertical stabilization bars and permit a range of motion of the vertical stabilization bars between an upright position at a 90 degree angle from the platform and a forward position at an angle essentially parallel to the platform;
wherein the exercise device is configured to provide stability to the body of the user when performing squat exercises.

US Pat. No. 10,456,616

DEVICE FOR MODIFYING GRIPS FOR WEIGHTS

1. A weight grip comprising:a sloping upper surface the slope formed from a first high end to a second low end, the first high end being higher than the second low end;
a left side wall descending from the sloping upper surface;
a right side wall descending from the sloping upper surface;
a curved receiving portion substantially opposite the sloping upper surface, the curved receiving portion disposed between the left side wall in the right side wall; and
wherein the left side wall and the right side wall join the sloping upper surface and the curved receiving portion, the left side wall and the right side wall each having an upper portion that is substantially vertical and a lower portion that curves inward such that they are thinner at a bottom edge than at the sloping upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,614

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF AN ASSISTIVE FORCE FOR REHABILITATION/THERAPY AND WEIGHT TRAINING EXERCISE MACHINES AND STANDS

Omegamax Holding Company,...

1. An assist apparatus for delivering an assist force to a human subject at a rehabilitation/therapy exercise station comprising:a motorized assist assembly including a motor driven reel, the assembly configured to generate a non-zero assist force through the reel;
a flexible assist member having first and second opposing ends, the first end being secured to the reel so as to permit the member to be wound onto and from the reel by operation of the motorized assist assembly;
a harness configured to support the human subject, the harness being operably connected to the second end of the flexible assist member to apply the assist force generated by the motorized assist assembly to a human subject in the harness;
a human-machine interface configured to receive human input of variable parameters for assistance control including entry of at least a user selected non-zero assist force; and
a main digital controller operably connected with at least the motorized assist assembly and the human-machine interface, the main digital controller being programmed to automatically convert the user selected non-zero assist force into control signals suitable to operate the motorized assist assembly exclusive of further user input to provide the user selected non-zero assist force through the flexible assist member and harness to at least partially support the weight of the human subject during exercise,
wherein the human input of variable parameters comprises at least one of a number of repetitions of the exercise, or differing concentric and eccentric assist forces to be provided during the concentric portion and the eccentric portion of the exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,456,613

ADJUSTABLE STRETCHING APPARATUS

1. A stretching apparatus, comprising:a vertical post comprising a bottom end supported by a base;
said vertical post comprising a plurality of holes disposed therethrough, said plurality of holes being disposed along said vertical post in a vertically spaced relation to one another;
at least one horizontal support bar selectively positionable at least partially through one of said plurality of holes at a time, said at least one horizontal support bar comprising a proximal end and a distal end;
a stopper disposed at said proximal end of said at least one horizontal support bar, said stopper configured to restrict movement of said at least one horizontal support bar from being disposed completely through said each of said plurality of holes;
a plurality of fixed support bars respectively extending outward from said vertical post, each of said plurality of fixed support bars being fixedly attached to said vertical post at a position below at least two of the plurality of holes so as to allow a user to lean on one of said plurality of fixed support bars with an arm of the user extended downward while an ankle of the user rests on said at least one horizontal support bar; and
wherein said distal end of said at least one horizontal support bar is selectively disposable through one of said plurality of holes disposed along said vertical post, and said at least one horizontal support bar is positionable through said one of said plurality of holes until said stopper restricts further movement of said at least one horizontal support bar therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,456,611

OXYGEN REDUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING AN OXYGEN REDUCTION SYSTEM

AMRONA AG, Zug (CH)

10. A method for configuring an oxygen reduction system for an enclosed area, wherein the method comprises steps of:dividing a predefined time cycle into a plurality of consecutive time periods;
establishing an average total air exchange rate of the enclosed area for each of the time periods;
weighting the established average total air exchange rate in terms of respective durations of the corresponding time periods; and
adapting and/or selecting a gas separation system of the oxygen reduction system in consideration of weighted average total air exchange rates of the enclosed area such that an oxygen concentration in a spatial atmosphere of the enclosed area always remains within a range between a predefined operating concentration and a predefinable lower limit concentration when the gas separation system is continuously operated in a first operating mode in which a volume of an oxygen-reduced gas mixture or an oxygen-displacing gas within a predefined range or a definable range is continuously provided at an outlet of the gas separation system per unit of time.

US Pat. No. 10,456,610

STABILITY SYSTEM FOR A FIRE APPARATUS

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A fire apparatus comprising:a chassis;
a body assembly coupled to the chassis;
a front cabin coupled to a front end of the chassis forward of the body assembly;
a front axle coupled to the chassis, proximate the front end of the chassis;
at least one rear axle coupled to the chassis, proximate a rear end of the chassis;
a ladder assembly having a proximal end that is coupled to the chassis between the front axle and the at least one rear axle; and
a stability system including:
a pair of front downriggers coupled to the front end of the chassis, the pair of front downriggers selectively extendable to engage a ground surface;
a pair of rear downriggers coupled to the rear end of the chassis rearward of the at least one rear axle, the pair of rear downriggers selectively extendable to engage the ground surface; and
an outrigger assembly coupled to the chassis between the front axle and the at least one rear axle, the outrigger assembly including a pair of outriggers that are selectively extendable from the body assembly, wherein the pair of outriggers extend laterally from the body assembly at an angle relative to a horizontal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,609

BUFFERING BACKPACK DEVICE FOR FALLING PROTECTION

AKILA TECH CO., LTD., Ta...

1. A buffering backpack device, comprising:a backpack body, having an accommodation chamber defined therein, wherein said accommodation chamber has an opening on top thereof for an inside of said accommodation chamber to communicate outside of said accommodation chamber;
an energy absorption band arranged in said accommodation chamber and formed by a first layer and a second layer coincidingly bound with each other, wherein a top end of said first layer has a first connecting portion extended therefrom, wherein a top end of said second layer has a second connecting portion extended therefrom, wherein said first connecting portion and said second connecting portion divergently protrude from said backpack body via said opening, wherein said first connecting portion is for coupling with a safety harness, wherein said second connecting portion is for coupling with an anti-falling device; and
a restricting structure, controlling and positioning said first layer and said second layer of said energy absorption band in said accommodation chamber, wherein when a user of said buffering backpack device falls, said restricting structure releases said first layer and said second layer, such that said first layer and said second layer leaves said accommodation chamber via said opening for anti-falling suspension, wherein said backpack body further comprises a back board and a zipper arranged in a U-shape manner on a front of said back board for coupling with a front cover, so as to define said accommodation chamber between said back board and said front cover, wherein a left edge and a right edge of a top end of said front cover are sewn on said back board to form said opening at a center portion thereof to connect and communicate with said accommodation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,604

GARMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE THERAPEUTIC STIMULATION DELIVERY DEVICE AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A system for delivering therapeutic stimulation to a subject, the system comprising:at least one flexible compression garment configured to be worn on at least one body part of the subject, the at least one flexible compression garment defining an interior space configured to receive the at least one body part;
one or more sensors positioned and configured to sense at least one characteristic of the at least one body part that is related to at least one of movement or a physiological state of the at least one body part, the one or more sensors further configured to output one or more sensing signals indicative of the at least one characteristic;
an array of therapeutic stimulation delivery devices (“TSDDs”) positioned and configured to dynamically apply therapeutic radiation to the at least one body part;
a controller operably coupled to the one or more sensors to receive the one or more sensing signals therefrom and to the array of TSDDs, the controller including control electrical circuitry configured to direct the array of TSDDs to dynamically apply the therapeutic radiation to a region of the at least one body part responsive to one or more sensing signals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,601

METHOD OF CALIBRATION OF A STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A RADIO THERAPY TREATMENT APPARATUS

VISION RT LIMITED, Londo...

1. A method of calibrating a 3D camera. system for use with a radio therapy treatment apparatus, the method comprising:i) storing a reference 3D computer model of a reference surface of a reference calibration phantom, the reference calibration phantom being configured with a known surface, a known position, and a known orientation to a co-ordinate system of the camera system;
ii) positioning a physical calibration phantom in the radio therapy treatment apparatus, the physical calibration phantom having an iso-center which defines an original of the radio therapy treatment apparatus co-ordinate system;
iii) utilizing a 3D camera system to obtain images of the physical calibration phantom;
iv) irradiating the positioned physical calibration phantom using the radio therapy treatment apparatus to obtain irradiation images of the positioned physical calibration phantom;
v) determining a first transformation required to transform the position and orientation of the positioned physical calibration phantom into the co-ordinate system of the radio therapy treatment apparatus, by analyzing the images obtained in step iv);
vi) processing the images obtained by the 3D camera system in step iii) to generate a 3D computer model of a surface of the positioned physical calibration phantom;
vii) determining a second transformation required to transform the generated 3D computer model of the surface of the positioned physical calibration phantom into alignment with the reference surface of the reference calibration phantom; and
viii) applying the first and second transformations to transform generated 3D models obtained by the 3D camera system into corresponding positions and orientations in the co-ordinate system of the therapy treatment apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,456,600

GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF RADIATION THERAPY

RefleXion Medical, Inc., ...

1. A system for radiation therapy comprising:a rotatable gantry;
a gantry position sensor coupled to the rotatable gantry;
a therapeutic radiation source mounted on the rotatable gantry and movable to a plurality of gantry firing positions by rotating the gantry;
a radiation detector disposed in a radiation beam path of the therapeutic radiation source;
a beam-shaping component disposed in the radiation beam path of the therapeutic radiation source, the beam-shaping component configured to have a radiation-transmitting aperture with a size and shape;
a beam-shaping component sensor configured to detect the size and shape of the radiation-transmitting aperture; and
a display in communication with a controller, wherein
the controller comprises a machine-readable memory medium storing a value of a planned radiation delivery metric over time, and a processor configured to
calculate a real-time value of the radiation delivery metric at multiple time points during a radiation delivery session based on data acquired from the gantry position sensor and/or radiation detector and/or beam-shaping component sensor during the radiation delivery session,
generate a graphical representation depicting the planned radiation delivery metric value and the real-time radiation delivery metric value over the multiple time points, and output the graphical representation to the display.

US Pat. No. 10,456,599

ONLINE ANGLE SELECTION IN ROTATIONAL IMAGING AND TRACKING SYSTEMS

ACCURAY INCORPORATED, Su...

1. A radiation therapy apparatus comprising:a treatment couch;
a radiation treatment source, the radiation treatment source to deliver a radiation treatment beam to a target;
a first imaging device having a first fixed angle;
a second imaging device having a second fixed angle;
a third imaging device mounted to a rotatable ring; and
a processing device to control operation of the radiation therapy apparatus, wherein the processing device is to:
determine a set of angles that have a tracking quality metric value that satisfies a tracking quality metric criterion;
cause the first imaging device to generate a first tracking image;
cause the second imaging device to generate a second tracking image;
select a third angle from the set of angles;
cause the third imaging device to generate a third tracking image of the target from the third angle; and
perform target tracking to track a target based on at least one of the first tracking image, the second tracking image or the third tracking image.

US Pat. No. 10,456,595

PORTAL IMAGING FOR BRACHYTHERAPY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for interventional brachytherapy for generating data to be used directly for therapy and/or for therapy planning, said system comprising:a radiation source configured to be inserted into a patient to irradiate tissue of the patient;
one or more radiation detectors configured to be disposed outside the patient to detect radiation from the radiation source after the radiation has been transmitted through the patient and generate radiation dosage data in real time indicative thereof, the one or more radiation detectors being displaced from the patient and freely movable relative to the radiation source and the patient;
a plurality of position sensors including a first position sensor configured to determine a position of the radiation source in real-time and a second position sensor configured to determine a position of the one or more radiation detectors in real-time;
a localization unit, in communication with the plurality of position sensors, which generates position data indicative of the position of the radiation source;
an image database which stores one or more anatomical images of the patient; and
a dose calculation unit which co-registers the one or more anatomical images with the positional and radiation dosage data and generates dose monitoring data based on the co-registration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,586

USER INTERFACE FOR NEUROSTIMULATION WAVEFORM COMPOSITION

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A system for use by a user to program a neurostimulator configured to deliver neurostimulation to a patient, comprising:a first storage device configured to store waveform building blocks; and
a first user interface including a first display screen, a first user input device, and a first interface control circuit coupled to the first display screen and the first user input device, the first interface control circuit including a waveform composer configured to allow for composition of one of more building blocks of the waveform building blocks and composition of a pattern of neurostimulation pulses using one of more building blocks selected from the waveform building blocks, the waveform composer including:
a library controller configured to display a library management area on the first display screen, the displayed library management area allowing the user to manage the waveform building blocks stored in the storage device; and
a plurality of waveform building block editors each configured to allow the user to compose a type of the waveform building blocks of a plurality of types of the waveform building blocks, the plurality of waveform building block editors including:
a pulse editor configured to display a pulse composition area on the first display screen in response to a user selection for access to the pulse editor, the pulse composition area allowing the user to compose a pulse of the waveform building blocks; and
a burst editor configured to display a burst composition area on the first display screen in response to a user selection for access to the burst editor, the burst composition area allowing the user to compose a burst of the waveform building blocks, the burst including a group of pulses of the waveform building blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,456,584

USER INTERFACE FOR NEUROMODULATION LEAD

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A system for use with a neuromodulation system that includes a physical lead having one or more electrodes at least partially surrounding a circumference of the physical lead for electrically modulating a target tissue of a patient, the system comprising:a user interface including a display screen configured to display:
simplified graphical representations of the physical lead with at least one user-modifiable virtual electrode (VE) on the graphical representation of the physical lead, wherein the user-modifiable VE represents, as a single VE conforming to the lead representation, a combination of at least two physical electrodes on the physical lead, the simplified graphical representations including one or more of:
at least a first view of the lead representation to provide a longitudinal representation of the VE representing a longitudinal position of the VE along a length of the lead representation; or
at least a second view of the lead representation to provide a circumferential representation of the VE representing a circumferential position of the VE around at least a portion of a circumference of the lead representation;
control elements to enable a user to adjust the simplified graphical representations of the lead, the control elements including:
longitudinal control elements to enable the user to adjust the longitudinal representation of the VE including the longitudinal position of the VE along the length of the lead representation; and
circumferential control elements to enable the user to adjust the circumferential representation of the VE including the circumferential position of the VE; and
a programmer coupled to the user interface, configured to use the longitudinal representation of the VE and the circumferential representation of the VE to generate a neuromodulation parameter set.

US Pat. No. 10,456,567

TOPICAL COOLED DERMAL DEVICE

7. A method for conditioning a user's skin, the method implemented by a dermal device for skincare therapy including a fluid circuit including a fluid pump and a reservoir, and a dermal interface configured to contact the user's skin, the dermal interface including at least one electrode and being configured to contact the user's skin and further including part of the fluid circuit having at least one perforation, the at least one electrode being supported by a portion of the fluid circuit that directly contacts the user's skin and that is adjacent to the at least one perforation, wherein the at least one electrode is configured to deliver at least one energy pulse to the contacted skin, wherein the reservoir is configured to hold at least one topical, wherein the fluid pump is configured to pump the at least one topical through the fluid circuit and extrude the at least one topical through the dermal interface, wherein the fluid circuit has a curved shape at a distal portion of the dermal device that supports the at least one perforation and the at least one electrode, and the at least one perforation and the at least one electrode are configured to be disposed adjacent to each other along a portion of the curved shape that is configured to face the user's skin, the method comprising:chilling the at least one topical; and
applying the chilled at least one topical and the at least one energy pulse to the skin.

US Pat. No. 10,456,561

NON-COMPLIANT HIGH STRENGTH MEDICAL BALLOON

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A method of making a reinforced medical balloon, the balloon formed from a balloon structure and including a balloon body member having a circumferential dimension, a longitudinal dimension, and an annular shape in the circumferential dimension; including the steps of:fitting a reinforcement member to the balloon structure, the reinforcement member being formed of an array of reinforcement elements interleaved with one another so as to include a plurality of circumferential elements and a plurality of longitudinal elements, the plurality of longitudinal elements being disposed substantially parallel to the longitudinal dimension and alternatively extending over and then under adjacent ones of the plurality of circumferential elements so as to form the reinforcement member with woven or braided elements, the reinforcement member being fitted such that the plurality of circumferential elements extend in the circumferential dimension of the balloon and are disposed substantially transversally to the longitudinal dimension;
wherein the fitting step includes a step of solely tensing the plurality of circumferential elements following formation of the reinforcement member so as to cause both the plurality of circumferential elements to adopt a circular annular shape in the circumferential dimension and the plurality of longitudinal elements to adopt an undulating shape, and wherein the step of tensing the plurality of circumferential elements is performed without inflating the balloon body member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,558

APPARATUS AND METHODS FACILITATING THE REPOSITIONING OF IMPLANTED MEDICAL DEVICES

Medtonic, Inc., Minneapo...

1. A method for dislodging an anchor sleeve from around a body of an implanted elongate medical device, the method comprising:engaging a collar of a support portion of a tool with the implanted elongate medical device by positioning the collar of the support portion of the tool around the body of the implanted elongate medical device and adjacent to a distal end of the anchor sleeve;
positioning a sleeve dislodging element of the tool adjacent to a proximal end of the anchor sleeve opposite the distal end;
moving the positioned dislodging element toward the engaged collar to dislodge the anchor sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,552

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR INTRACRANIAL VESSEL ACCESS

1. A system for intracranial access through a patient's vasculature to access an intracranial occlusion, the system comprising:a variable diameter guide and support system for steering and advancing through the patient's vasculature, the variable diameter guide and support system having a distal tip region, a proximal support section, and an expanded section;
an axis of the variable diameter guide and support system passing centrally through the proximal support section, the expanded section, and at least partially through the distal tip region;
wherein the expanded section has a distal tapering surface that connects to and substantially symmetrically decreases in diameter to the distal tip region;
wherein the expanded section has a proximal tapering surface that connects to and substantially symmetrically decreases in diameter to the proximal support section;
wherein the expanded section proximal to the distal tapering surface and distal to the proximal tapering surface has a cylindrical surface having an outer diameter greater than both a diameter of the distal tip region and a diameter of the proximal support section; wherein the proximal support section has an outer diameter less than the cylindrical surface and is configured to advance the variable diameter guide and support system through a vasculature;
wherein the expanded section, the proximal support section, and the distal tip region have a passage therethrough configured for passage and relative movement of a wire; and,
a distal access catheter operatively connected to the variable diameter guide and support system and wherein the distal access catheter has a distal inner diameter substantially corresponding to the outer diameter of the cylindrical surface and wherein the cylindrical surface of the variable diameter guide and support system is maintained at least partially distal of a distal end of the catheter during advancement through the patient's vasculature wherein the inner diameter of the distal access catheter and the outer diameter of the cylindrical surface are sized to prevent coaxial separation between the variable diameter guide and support system and a distal edge of the distal access catheter while being advance through curved vasculature and the cylindrical surface has a length to allow torsional and coaxial movements of the variable diameter guide and support system relative to said distal access catheter while being advanced through curved vasculature without causing coaxial separation of the expanded section from the distal inner diameter of the distal access catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,542

INSERTABLE DEVICE TO PREVENT ASPIRATION OF STOMACH CONTENTS DURING VENTILATION AND INTUBATION

6. A nasogastric tube medical device for blocking the esophagus of a person to prevent gastric contents from being aspirated during a medical procedure, comprisingan elongated flexible inner tube having a first end and a second end and a first length, the inner tube having at least one suction hole disposed near or at the second end of the inner tube, said flexible inner tube having a first passageway extending from the first end to the second end;
a flange member disposed at the first end of the flexible inner tube;
a movable outer tube having a first end and a second end and a second length and slidably secured to an outside portion of the inner tube between the first end of the inner tube and the at least one suction hole, the second length having a size that is smaller in size to a size of the first length, the outer tube movable from a first position with respect to the inner tube to a second position with respect to the inner tube and to an intermediate position anywhere between the first position and the second position;
a first balloon member secured to the outer tube;
a first collapsible/extendable member secured at the first end of the outer tube and to a first outside area of the inner tube and a second collapsible/extendable member secured at the second end of the outer tube and to a second outside area of the inner tube, the first collapsible/extendable member and the second collapsible/extendable member restricting an amount that the outer tube is permitted to move with respect to the inner tube in either direction; wherein when the outer tube is at the first position the first collapsible/extendable member is in a collapsed configuration and the second collapsible/extendable member is in an extended configuration and when the outer tube is at the second position the first collapsible/extendable member is in an extended configuration and the second collapsible/extendable member is in a collapsed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,539

INHALER

KIND CONSUMER LIMITED, L...

1. An inhaler comprising:a reservoir for holding a plurality of doses of a composition to be inhaled;
a housing containing the reservoir and having an outlet end where each dose of the composition exits the inhaler and an opposite end;
a composition flow path extending from the reservoir to the outlet end of the housing along which the composition flows from the reservoir along the flow path and out of a composition orifice towards the outlet end of the housing;
a flexible diaphragm which does not form part of the composition flow path defining a suction chamber on one side of the diaphragm, the suction chamber extending from an air outlet proximate to the outlet end of the housing, and terminating part way along the housing such that the diaphragm separates the suction chamber on one side of the diaphragm from the remainder of the housing on the opposite side of the diaphragm;
a valve element movable with the diaphragm and biased by a biasing force into a first position in which it closes the composition flow path at a position between the reservoir and the composition orifice;
wherein suction on the outlet end reduces the pressure in the suction chamber thereby moving the valve element against the biasing force to a second position to open the composition flow path so that a single dose out of the plurality of doses of the composition held in the reservoir can flow uninterrupted from the reservoir through the composition orifice and out of the outlet end; and
wherein the said biasing force is arranged to return the valve element to the first position to close the composition flow path to stop the flow of the composition from the reservoir through the composition orifice once the single dose is complete and the suction ceases.