US Pat. No. 10,479,403

VEHICLE DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle driving assistance system for assisting a driver in driving a vehicle, comprising:a sensor positioned to acquire forward information for an own vehicle;
a turning intention receiver comprising one of a turn signal lever, a switch, or a voice recognition device to receive an intention of the driver to turn the own vehicle to the right or the left;
a steering-force motor coupled to a steering shaft of the vehicle to apply a steering force to a wheel of the vehicle; and
an assistance processing executing device comprising a computer programmed to function as:
a traveling track identifying portion that identifies a traveling track of a preceding vehicle that travels ahead of the own vehicle, based on the forward information acquired by the sensor;
a preceding vehicle turning recognizing portion that recognizes turning of the preceding vehicle to the right or the left;
an own vehicle turning recognizing portion that recognizes turning of the own vehicle and a direction of the turning of the own vehicle, based on the intention of the driver received by the turning intention receiver; and
a steering-force control portion that executes a steering-force control in turning in which the steering-force motor applies, to the wheel, the steering force for assisting the turning of the own vehicle along the traveling track of the preceding vehicle identified by the traveling track identifying portion, when the turning of the preceding vehicle recognized by the preceding vehicle turning recognizing portion is turning at an intersection that is present on a traveling path of the own vehicle and a direction of the turning of the preceding vehicle at the intersection coincides with the direction of the turning of the own vehicle recognized by the own vehicle turning recognizing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,389

COLLAPSIBLE SEAT ASSEMBLY AND A STROLLER WITH THE SAME

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A collapsible seat assembly mounted on a frame of a stroller which is operable between folded and unfolded states, comprising:a joint member;
a backrest support member having a backrest pivot portion which is pivotably mounted on said joint member;
a leg support member having a leg pivot portion which is pivotably mounted on said joint member such that said collapsible seat assembly is operable between a folded position, where said backrest support member is proximate to said leg support member, and an unfolded position, where said backrest support member is distal from said leg support member;
a locking mechanism disposed between said backrest pivot portion and said leg pivot portion, and operable between a locking position, where said backrest pivot portion is retained to said leg pivot portion so as to hold said collapsible seat assembly in the unfolded position, and an unlocking position, where said backrest pivot portion is movable relative to said leg pivot portion so as to permit movement of said collapsible seat assembly to the unfolded position, said locking mechanism being actuated to move from the locking position to the unlocking position by changing the frame of the stroller from the unfolded state to the folded state, said locking mechanism including a first locking member which is slidable relative to said joint member and which is disposed to retainingly engage both said backrest pivot portion and said leg pivot portion in the locking position, and to be disengaged from one of said backrest pivot portion and said leg pivot portion in the unlocking position, said locking mechanism further including a second locking member which is disposed to be slidable relative to said backrest pivot portion, said second locking member having a plurality of retaining grooves which are angularly displaced from each other about a central axis; and
an angle adjusting mechanism which includes a retaining member that is disposed to be engaged in a selected one of said retaining grooves so as to retain an angular position of said backrest support member relative to said second locking member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,386

COLLAPSIBLE CART ASSEMBLY

1. A collapsible cart assembly being configured to transport objects between a vehicle and a building, said assembly comprising:a frame being configured to be gripped, said frame includes a first vertical member and a second vertical member;
a pair of supports, each of said supports being pivotally coupled to said frame, each of said supports being selectively positioned in a first position having each of said supports extending away from said frame, each of said supports being selectively positioned in a second position having each of said supports resting against said frame, each of said supports comprising
a rod having a first end and a second end, said rod being curved between said first end and said second end of said rod, said first end of said rod being pivotally coupled to said frame, and
a plurality of arms, each of said arms being coupled to and extending away from said rod, each of said arms having a distal end with respect to said rod, said distal end corresponding to each of said arms being pivotally coupled to said frame, each of said arms having a convex upper surface;
said pair of supports including a first support and a second support, said rod and each of said arms corresponding to said first support being positioned on said first vertical member of said frame, said rod in each of said arms corresponding to said second support being positioned on said second vertical member of said frame;
a base being pivotally coupled to said frame, said base being selectively positioned in a deployed position having said base being oriented perpendicular with respect to said frame such that the frame, supports and base defines a cart, said base being selectively positioned in a folded position having said base being oriented collinear with said frame; and
a plurality of boxes, each of said boxes being removably coupled between horizontally aligned pairs of said arms of said pair of supports wherein said plurality of boxes is vertically arranged between said pair of supports and each of said boxes is configured to contain objects for transporting the objects in said cart; and
a plurality of engagements, each of said engagements being coupled to an associated one of said boxes, each of said engagements engaging and associated one of said arms on an associated one of said supports, said plurality of engagements having a distal end with respect to said associated box, each of said engagements being concavely arcuate between said associated box and said distal end of said engagements complementary to convexity of said upper surface of said associated arm such that each of said engagements conforms to said associated arm.

US Pat. No. 10,479,381

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A LEVEL CROSSING

ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLO...

1. A system for controlling a level crossing comprising:one or more transceivers located in proximity of a level crossing area on a first side of a railway track;
one or more corresponding passive reflective targets located in proximity of the level crossing area on a second side of the railway track opposite to the first side where each transceiver is located; and
a control unit connected to each transceiver;
wherein
each target is arranged to receive Radio Frequency signals (RF signals) coming from each transceiver and to send back corresponding reflected signals;
each transceiver is arranged to elaborate said reflected signals so as to calculate predetermined parameters values;
the control unit is arranged to acquire said parameters values from each transceiver and to elaborate them so as to detect the presence of a train in an area around the level crossing area and, in case of presence of said train, to send a warning message and/or close bars of the level crossing,
wherein said parameters value include, for each transceiver:
a first angle defined by a horizontal line extending between the transceiver and its corresponding directly opposite target and a horizontal line extending parallel to the railway track in the level crossing area; and
a second angle defined by a horizontal line extending between the transceiver and its corresponding diagonally opposite target and the horizontal line extending parallel to the railway track in the level crossing area.

US Pat. No. 10,479,374

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CUSTOMIZING VEHICLE CONNECTIONS OF OCCUPANTS EQUIPPED WITH WEARABLE DEVICES

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

1. A system comprising:a memory that stores instructions for customizing connections to a vehicle of one or more occupants equipped with a wearable device; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions, wherein the instructions cause the processor to:
detect one or more occupants of the vehicle equipped with a respective wearable device;
determine a status of each of the one or more occupants equipped with the wearable device based on one or more motions;
distinguish between a driver of the vehicle and one or more passengers of the vehicle; and
customize the connections to the vehicle based on the status of each of the one or more occupants by prioritizing a secondary device of the driver equipped with the wearable device over other secondary devices in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,368

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, AND DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a driver assistance system of a motor vehicle, which includes multiple wheels in contact with a roadway, the driver assistance system including at least one unit which includes a friction coefficient model and at least one sensor, which provides an input signal for the friction coefficient model, the method comprising:ascertaining a friction coefficient between at least one of the wheels and the roadway with the aid of the friction coefficient model;
setting or calibrating the driver assistance system as a function of the ascertained friction coefficient;
wherein a plurality of friction coefficients are ascertained with the aid of multiple of the units, simultaneously or almost simultaneously ascertained friction coefficients are compared to one another, at least one valid friction coefficient of the plurality of friction coefficients being determined with the aid of the comparison, and the driver assistance system is set or calibrated as a function of the valid friction coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,479,363

DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving assist apparatus comprising:a lane recognition section which obtains an own lane width which is a length in a lateral direction of an own lane which is a lane in which an own vehicle is traveling, and an own lane deviation which is a separation amount of said own vehicle from a lateral center of said own lane;
a target detection section which detects targets present around said own vehicle and obtains a target lateral position which is a position of each of said targets in the lateral direction in relation to said own vehicle; and
a control execution section which executes a lane change assist control for assisting, by controlling a turn angle of turnable wheels of said own vehicle, a lane change from an original lane which is said own lane at a point when said lane change is started to a target lane which is a lane adjacent to said original lane, said control execution section executing said lane change assist control when said control execution section determines that said lane change does not cause a collision with a target lane other vehicle which is another vehicle travelling in said target lane, said target lane other vehicle being extracted from among said detected targets on the basis of said target lateral position and said own lane deviation, wherein
during execution of said lane change assist control, said control execution section executes at least one of a first extraction process of extracting said target lane other vehicle on the basis of said target lateral position and a value obtained by subtracting said own lane width from said own lane deviation and a second extraction process of extracting said target lane other vehicle on the basis of said target lateral position and a value obtained by adding said own lane width to said own lane deviation, said control execution section executing said first extraction process when said own lane deviation increases by said own lane width due to occurrence of own lane switching in which said own lane deviation obtained by said lane recognition section switches from a separation amount of said own vehicle from a lateral center of said original lane to a separation amount of said own vehicle from a lateral center of said target lane, and said control execution section executing said second extraction process when said own lane deviation decreases by said own lane width due to occurrence of said own lane switching.

US Pat. No. 10,479,361

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BRAKING OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling braking of a vehicle, comprising:determining, by a first controller, a required deceleration based on a running state of other vehicle ahead;
determining, by the first controller, a maximum value of a maximum creep torque of a motor and a maximum creep torque of a battery as an amount of available creep torque;
determining, by the first controller, a smaller value of a required deceleration and the amount of available creep torque as the creep torque;
determining, by the first controller, a motor torque based on the creep torque;
performing, by a second controller, regenerative braking by controlling the motor so as to follow the determined motor torque;
calculating, by the first controller, a deceleration torque based on the creep torque and calculating an amount of hydraulic braking based on the deceleration torque; and
performing, by a third controller, hydraulic braking according to the calculated hydraulic braking amount.

US Pat. No. 10,479,360

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IDLE COASTING MANAGEMENT OF A VEHICLE HAVING PREDICTIVE CRUISE CONTROL

Cummins Inc., Columbia, ...

1. A method comprising:operating a vehicle including an engine that is selectively engageable to a driveline;
monitoring, with a predictive cruise control module, a speed of the vehicle and a grade of terrain upon which the vehicle is operated;
with predictive cruise control of the speed being inactive, operating the vehicle in an idle coasting management mode with the driveline disengaged from the engine in response to at least one idle coasting management enablement condition being present; and
with predictive cruise control of the speed being active, disabling the idle coasting management mode of operation of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,359

RESTART CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A restart control device applied to a vehicle which is provided with an internal combustion engine, an electric motor which is connected to an output shaft of the internal combustion engine so that a torque is applied to the output shaft to increase a rotation speed of the internal combustion engine, a driving wheel, a clutch device which is engaged or disengaged to permit or prohibit a power transmission between the output shaft of the internal combustion engine and the driving wheel, and a vehicle speed detector which detects a vehicle speed, the restart control device comprising:a computer configured to:
determine whether a performing condition is established for the vehicle to perform a coasting;
terminate a fuel supply to the internal combustion engine and disengage the clutch device to perform a coasting of the vehicle when the computer determines that the performing condition is established;
determine whether a restart condition for restarting the internal combustion engine is established while the vehicle is coasting;
perform push-start by engaging the clutch device to increase a rotation speed of the internal combustion engine by a driving force generated by the coasting, and reopening the fuel supply to the internal combustion engine to start the internal combustion engine;
perform start-up by increasing the rotation speed of the internal combustion engine using the electric motor, and reopening the fuel supply to the internal combustion engine to start the internal combustion engine; and
try to start the internal combustion engine by one of the push-start and the start-up when the computer determines that the restart condition is established, and try to start the internal combustion engine by another one of the push-start and the start-up when the internal combustion engine has not been started,
wherein the push-start includes:
trying to start the internal combustion engine without any drive assistance of the electric motor when the vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed detector is higher than a specified speed, and
trying to start the internal combustion engine with drive assistance of the electric motor when the vehicle speed detected by the vehicle speed detector is lower than the specified speed.

US Pat. No. 10,479,356

ROAD SEGMENT SIMILARITY DETERMINATION

Lyft, Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:determining, by a computing system, a road segment;
determining, by the computing system, a set of features associated with the road segment based at least in part on data captured by one or more sensors of a vehicle;
determining, by the computing system, a level of similarity between the road segment and each of a set of road segment types by comparing the set of features to features associated with each of the set of road segment types;
classifying, by the computing system, the road segment as a road segment type based on the level of similarity;
determining, by the computing system, scenario information associated with the road segment based on the road segment type;
logging, by the computing system, the road segment type and the scenario information as being associated with the road segment in a scenario information database; and
generating, by the computing system, an instruction associated with operation of the vehicle based at least in part on the road segment type of the road segment and the scenario information.

US Pat. No. 10,479,353

VEHICLE SURROUNDING SITUATION ESTIMATION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle surrounding situation estimation device comprising:sensors configured to detect a surrounding environment outside a vehicle; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) programmed to:
determine that the vehicle will collide with a first object outside the vehicle;
estimate a position of a second object outside the vehicle at a collision time based on a detection result of the sensors obtained before the collision;
record the position of the second object outside the vehicle that has been estimated;
after the collision is detected, determine whether there is damage to the sensors mounted on the vehicle;
estimate a position of the second object outside the vehicle in a vehicle surrounding area around the vehicle after the collision has been detected using, (i) from the sensors that are determined to be damaged after the collision, the position of the second object outside the vehicle, which was recorded before the detection of the collision, and (ii) from the sensors that are determined as normal by the ECU after the collision has been detected, a current detection result; and
perform traveling control for controlling a behavior of the vehicle based on the position of the second object outside the vehicle surrounding area that has been determined after the collision has been detected.

US Pat. No. 10,479,343

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENGINE-OFF DISENGAGEMENT OF A VEHICLE PARK STATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A system, comprising:an engine;
a dual clutch transmission coupled to the engine, the dual clutch transmission including a parking pawl and a hydraulic pump in fluidic communication with the parking pawl;
an electric machine coupled to, and positioned downstream of, the dual clutch transmission; and
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory to disengage the parking pawl via supplying hydraulic fluid to the parking pawl via the hydraulic pump in response to a request to propel a vehicle via power supplied solely from the electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,479,342

ELECTRICALLY POWERED BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake device comprising:a brake rotor;
a friction member;
a friction member operator configured to bring the friction member into contact with the brake rotor;
an electric motor configured to drive the friction member operator;
a rotation angle estimator configured to estimate a motor rotation angle of the electric motor;
a braking force estimator configured to estimate a braking force; and
a control device configured to control the braking force by use of the electric motor so as to achieve a target braking force,
wherein the braking force estimator includes:
a direct estimator configured to convert, into an estimated braking force, output of a braking force sensor which detects a load or displacement corresponding amount acting on one of the friction member, the friction member operator, and a member supporting the friction member or the friction member operator; and
an indirect estimator configured to estimate the braking force on the basis of information other than the output of the braking force sensor, and
wherein a range below a predetermined threshold value in which the braking force is only estimated by the direct estimator is a specified low-braking-force range, and in a specified high-braking-force range above the predetermined threshold value and beyond the specified low-braking-force range, estimation of the braking force is only performed by the indirect estimator.

US Pat. No. 10,479,334

METHOD TO AUTOMATICALLY ADJUST A TRAILER BRAKE CONTROLLER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle brake system, comprising:a vehicle brake pedal;
a position sensor coupled with the vehicle brake pedal, measuring a position of the vehicle brake pedal within a range of movement thereof, and outputting a signal corresponding with the position of the vehicle brake pedal;
a vehicle acceleration sensor outputting a vehicle acceleration signal; and
a trailer brake controller:
connected with the position sensor and the vehicle acceleration sensor;
outputting an initial trailer brake torque demand signal readable by an external electronic brake unit correlated with the signal from the position sensor;
determining an expected negative acceleration value correlated with the signal from the position sensor using one of a predetermined formula or a table;
receiving a vehicle acceleration signal from the acceleration sensor; and
adjusting the initial trailer brake torque demand signal to converge the vehicle acceleration signal to the expected negative acceleration value.

US Pat. No. 10,479,331

TRAILER DOCKING REPOSITIONABLE SUPPORT

Stabilock, LLC, Loveland...

1. A method of stabilizing a parked trailer, the method comprising:repositioning a portable trailer stabilizing device underneath a forward portion of a parked trailer, the portable trailer stabilizing device comprising a frame operatively coupled to wheels, a kingpin receiver operatively coupled to the frame, and a repositionable tailhook operatively coupled to the frame;
receiving a signal, from a sensor, indicative of at least one of a kingpin of the parked trailer is received by the kingpin receiver and that the repositionable tailhook engages a ground cleat; and,
transmitting a signal to a loading dock receiver indicating at least one of the kingpin is received by the kingpin receiver and the repositionable tailhook engages the ground cleat.

US Pat. No. 10,479,330

ROTARY BRUSH FOR WASHING SYSTEMS, PARTICULARLY FOR VEHICLES

FAVAGROSSA EDOARDO S.R.L....

1. A rotary brush for automatic vehicle washing systems, said brush comprising a central unit (2) and a plurality of cleaning elements (3), operatively supported by and coupled to said central unit (2) through removable coupling means (7); said cleaning elements (3) being removable from said central unit (2) and may be replaced and/or removed without requiring the removal of said central unit from the rotary structure; said central unit (2) comprising a rigid shaft (4) that supports a plurality of supporting elements (5) comprising a plurality of lugs (53) to which the cleaning elements (3) are connected; said cleaning elements (3) comprising a plurality of bands (33), fringed and/or fringeless, helically arranged on said central unit (2) in such a way that each band (33) is coupled to a plurality of supporting elements (5); said removable coupling means (7) being selected from the group consisting of hook-and-loop fastener, zips, buttons, clips, hooks, pins, and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,479,327

VEHICLE CAMERA CLEANING SYSTEM

THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY ...

1. A vehicle camera cleaning system, comprising:an air nozzle arranged proximate to a camera lens, the air nozzle being configured to expel air onto the camera lens; and
a central controller comprising a processing unit including one or more processors, the central controller configured to control the operation of the air nozzle, wherein the central controller is further configured to:
determine whether there are water drops on the camera lens;
in response to determining there are water drops on the camera lens, generate a first instruction to activate the air nozzle to expel air onto the camera lens to remove the water drops;
in response to the air nozzle having expelled air onto the camera lens, determine whether there are residual water drops remaining on the camera lens; and
in response to determining there are residual water drops on the camera lens, performing the following:
determining a temperature of the camera lens;
comparing the temperature of the camera lens with a threshold temperature value;
generating a second instruction to remove the residual water drops using a heated water flow based on a result of the comparison; and
generating a third instruction to activate the air nozzle to expel air onto the camera lens to further remove the residual water drops; and
after the third instruction is generated, determining whether there are residual water residual water drops on the camera lens, and in response to determining there are residual water drops on the camera lens,
generating a fourth instruction to remove the residual water drops using the heated water flow; and
generating a fifth instruction to activate the air nozzle to expel air onto the camera lens to further remove the residual water drops.

US Pat. No. 10,479,324

WINDSCREEN WIPER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device (100) for a vehicle having a fastening element (52), the device comprisingan installation element (40) which is configured for being installed on the fastening element (52), and
a wiper blade (2) having
an elongate upper part (10) which is at least partially of flexible form,
an elongate lower part (12) which is at least partially of flexible form,
multiple connecting elements (18) connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), and wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part relative to one another with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), and
a wiper blade-side fastening part (20) extending from an end of the wiper blade, wherein the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) is configured such that, by way of a rotation of the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) relative to the installation element (40) a portion of the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) extends into and rotates relative to the installation element (40) and an engagement action is realized in order to connect the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) to the installation element (40), wherein the entire wiper blade is configured to rotate to form the engagement and connect the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) to the installation element (40), wherein the wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) includes an engagement element (21) which is configured to form an engagement with a securing element (41) of the installation element (40) during rotation of the wiper blade-side fastening part (20), and wherein the securing element (41) is of spiral shape.

US Pat. No. 10,479,311

AIRBAG COVER

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An airbag cover adapted to be jointed with an airbag housing for covering an airbag which is housed in the airbag housing in a folded-up configuration, the airbag cover comprising:a door that is openable when pushed by the airbag as inflated for allowing airbag emergence;
a hinge region of the door that holds the door as opened; and
a tearable region that is disposed in a circumference of the door and configured to break when pushed by the airbag for allowing the door to open, the tearable region comprises:
a bridged tear region that includes a plurality of perforations formed through the airbag cover and a plurality of bridging regions disposed between the perforations, and is configured to break when the bridging regions break, the bridged tear region being disposed at a leading end portion of the door as opened, distant from the hinge region; and
a plurality of thinned tear regions, each thinned tear region of the plurality of thinned tear regions includes a continuous thinned region and is configured to break when the thinned region breaks, one of the thinned tear regions being disposed in an area ranging from a first end of the hinge region to a first end of the bridged tear region and another one of the thinned tear regions being disposed in an area ranging from a second end of the hinge region to a second end of the bridged tear region,
wherein the bridged tear region is arranged in a U shape and includes a leading end region which is disposed distant from the hinge region, corners which bend from both ends of the leading end region, and two regions which extend from the corners and continued to the thinned tear regions.

US Pat. No. 10,479,307

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING CRASH PAD LINKED WITH VEHICLE SEAT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CRASH PAD FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for controlling a crash pad, the apparatus comprising:a hinge disposed at a lower portion of a knee bolster of the crash pad;
a first guide rail configured to drive the hinge;
a second guide rail configured to drive the hinge;
a first gear configured to drive the first guide rail;
a second gear configured to drive the second guide rail;
a first actuator configured to drive the first gear in response to a signal to operate a vehicle seat; and
a second actuator configured to drive the second gear in response to a seat operation signal for a vehicle,
wherein the first actuator and the second actuator are operated with a same stroke or with different strokes in response to the seat operation signal,
wherein the seat operation signal for the vehicle rotates the vehicle seat, and
wherein when the vehicle seat is rotated, the first actuator and the second actuator are operated with the different strokes.

US Pat. No. 10,479,305

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DETERMINING A SEAT BACK STATUS OF A PASSENGER SEAT IN A VEHICLE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

17. A vehicle comprising:a stationary object;
at least one reference orientation sensor coupled to the stationary object, the at least one reference orientation sensor configured to determine an orientation of the vehicle relative to Earth;
a plurality of passenger seats that each comprise a seat bottom and a seat back that is rotatable relative to the seat bottom;
a seat back system coupled to the seat back of each passenger seat, the seat back system comprising:
at least one seat back orientation sensor configured to determine an orientation of the seat back relative to Earth; and
a control unit in communication with the at least one seat back orientation sensor and the at least one reference orientation sensor, wherein the control unit is configured to determine an orientation of the seat back relative to the vehicle based on a comparison between the orientation of the seat back and the orientation of the vehicle relative to Earth; and
a remote monitoring unit configured to receive seat back orientation data, of the seat back relative to the vehicle, from the control unit, wherein the remote monitoring unit is configured to display a first notification when the seat back is not fully upright.

US Pat. No. 10,479,301

JOINT STRUCTURE OF A BUMPER REINFORCEMENT AND A SIDE MEMBER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A joint structure of a bumper reinforcement and a side member, the joint structure comprising:a bumper reinforcement that is provided at a vehicle front-rear direction end portion of a vehicle so as to extend in a vehicle width direction, and that includes:
a vertical wall disposed with a plate thickness direction in a vehicle front-rear direction, and
a pair of horizontal walls provided respectively extending from both vehicle vertical direction end portions of the vertical wall toward a vehicle inner side, substantially along the vehicle front-rear direction;
a left and right pair of side members that are respectively provided at the vehicle inner side of the bumper reinforcement so as to extend in the vehicle front-rear direction with leading ends of the side members fastened to the vertical wall of the bumper reinforcement; and
fastening extensions that are provided at the respective leading ends of the side members, that project out toward a vehicle width direction outer side with respect to a respective side member, and that are fastened to at least one of the horizontal walls and to the vertical wall of the bumper reinforcement.

US Pat. No. 10,479,298

INTELLIGENT DETERMINATION AND USAGE OF ENERGY IN ENERGY SYSTEMS

MAHINDRA ELECTRIC MOBILIT...

6. A system for controlling internal reserve energy usage, said system comprising:an energy usage optimization module including an input/output (I/O) module;
a reserve energy estimation engine;
a mission priority and decision management engine;
a control strategy engine;
a memory module; and
a battery module interface,
wherein
said Reserve Energy Estimation engine is configured to:
determine an amount of said internal reserve energy in an energy system, wherein said determination further comprises:
determining a capacity of the energy storage system by collecting at least one of a data related to the energy storage system;
collecting a historical data relating to the energy storage system;
determining a state of health of the energy storage system based on the collected historical data;
determining a current state of the energy storage system; andcomputing the amount of internal reserve energy available below a threshold level based on at least one of the determined capacity, the state of health, or the current state of the energy storage system; andgenerate at least an energy distribution mode, wherein said energy distribution mode comprises an energy estimation for at least one of a propulsion requirement or an auxiliary load requirement;
said mission priority and decision management engine is configured to verify said generated energy distribution mode, wherein said verification of generated energy distribution mode comprises:
conducting a safety analysis of said energy distribution mode, wherein when said safety analysis is negative, said generated energy distribution mode is configured to be overridden by at least a default energy distribution mode; and
verifying the energy distribution mode to be in line with at least a user preference;
said control strategy engine is configured to calculate a value of at least one parameter associated with said generated energy distributed mode,
said reserve energy estimation engine is configured to create a distribution optimization profile, wherein said distribution optimization profile possesses said calculated value of said at least one parameter associated with said generated energy distribution mode; and
said control strategy engine is configured to control said energy distribution to at least one component based on said at least one calculated value of said parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,479,295

CONTROLLER FOR A MULTI-VOLTAGE ON-BOARD POWER SUPPLY

1. A control device for a multi-voltage on-board electrical system of a vehicle, wherein the multi-voltage on-board electrical system has a first electrical subsystem, which is configured to be operated with a first supply voltage from a first voltage supply source, and a second electrical subsystem, which is configured to be operated with a second supply voltage from a second voltage supply source; the control device comprising:a transceiver, which is connected to ground via a first ground terminal of the first electrical subsystem and which is configured for communicating with a communication component of the first electrical subsystem;
a control unit, which is connected to the same ground via a second ground terminal of the second electrical subsystem and which is configured for controlling a power component of the second electrical subsystem;
a transmission path, which couples a signal output of the control unit to a signal input of the transceiver, wherein the transmission path is configured for transmitting a control signal provided by the control unit at the signal output towards the signal input of the transceiver;
a diode arranged in the transmission path, the cathode terminal of said diode being coupled to the second ground terminal; and
a number of field effect transistors, wherein the number of field effect transistors on the one hand couples the transmission path to the first voltage supply source and/or to the second voltage supply source and on the other hand couples said transmission path to the first ground terminal and/or to the second ground terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,479,292

INTERIOR TRIM ELEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An interior trim element for a motor vehicle, comprisinga body with a U-shaped cross section comprising at least one clip element pivotably attached to the body on a shoulder created on the body side on an edge portion of the body that delimits an interior space,
wherein the shoulder is physically offset inward toward the interior space with respect to a free end of the edge portion, whereby the shoulder projects into the interior space of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,479,287

DUAL PLANE HEATER FOR VEHICLE SENSOR SYSTEM

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An adapter for a through-windshield sensor, comprising:a housing having a first face attachable to an inner surface of a windshield and a second face attachable to the through-windshield sensor to define an enclosed volume therebetween, the enclosed volume located with respect to the through-windshield sensor to permit sensing by the through-windshield sensor through an area of the windshield abutting the enclosed volume; and
an electrical resistance heater supported by the housing and framing a field of view of the through-windshield sensor, and communicating with the enclosed volume to heat air within the enclosed volume to improve transparency of the windshield against environmental moisture by heating the area of the windshield abutting the enclosed volume,
wherein the electrical resistance heater includes a first portion extending inside the enclosed volume to attach to the windshield at a periphery of the area of the windshield abutting the enclosed volume, and
wherein the electrical resistance heater is a conductive polymer on a flexible substrate and further includes a second portion deformable with respect to a plane of the first portion to attach to a wall of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,286

APPARATUS FOR LIGHT INTENSITY ADJUSTMENT

1. An apparatus for light intensity adjustment mountable on an automotive camera, comprising:at least one first linear polarizing filter, at least one second linear polarizing filter, the first linear polarizing filter and the second polarizing filter are arrangeable in front of a lens unit of an automotive camera such that incident light passes through the at least one first linear polarizing filter and the at least one second linear polarizing filter before entering the lens unit of the automotive camera; and
at least one actuator for moving at least one of the at least one first linear polarizing filter and the at least one second linear polarizing filter with respect to each other such that an intensity of emergent light is adjustable,
wherein an intensity of emergent light is configured to be adjusted by moving at least one of the first linear polarizing filter and the second linear polarizing filter with respect to each other, using the actuator, based on a frame rate of an image sensor of an automotive camera so that integration time of the image sensor is maintained at a maximum,
wherein the actuator is configured to move at least one of the first linear polarizing filter and the second linear polarizing filter in response to a change in lighting conditions as detected by the image sensor,
wherein the first linear polarizing filter is approximately formed as a circle, having a center coinciding with an optical axis of the lens unit when the apparatus is mounted on the camera, and that the second linear polarizing filter is approximately formed as a semicircle, having a center coinciding with a rotation axis of the actuator, and
wherein an area of the second non-polarizing filter is larger than an area of the first non-polarizing filter so that an outer edge of the second non-polarizing filter encompasses a larger area than an outer edge of the first non-polarizing filter, and the second non-polarizing filter fully covers and overlaps the first non-polarizing filter.

US Pat. No. 10,479,283

RACK ASSEMBLY FOR MOWER

1. A rack assembly to be selectively coupled to a riding lawn mower, the rack assembly comprising: a rack configured to have a forward and a rearward edge; one or more support members configured to extend forward from the rack proximate the forward edges and having coupling members respectively fixed proximate distal ends of the one or more support members and configured to extend downward to be at least partially received in recesses of a riding lawn mower frame; a stability support configured to extend downward and forward from the rack proximate the rearward edge and to rest upon a trailer hitch mechanism of the riding lawn mower frame, wherein the one or more support members comprise two support members respectively extending from the rack proximate opposite ends of the forward edge, wherein the coupling members are configured as mounting pins configured to form a slip fit in the recesses of the lawn mower frame, and wherein the support members are configured to be pivotably coupled to the rack such that an angle from which the one or more support members extend from the rack is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,479,267

LIGHT ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A light assembly for a motor vehicle, comprising:a light source; and
a lens arrangement configured to direct light from the light source in a first direction toward a running board and a second direction away from the vehicle,
wherein the lens arrangement comprises a first outer optic and a second outer optic, the first outer optic configured to direct light in the first direction and the second outer optic configured to direct light in the second direction, and
wherein the first outer optic is a lens.

US Pat. No. 10,479,264

OPTICAL UNIT

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. An optical unit comprising:a light source including a plurality of light emitting elements, the plurality of light emitting elements including:
a first light emitting element; and
a second light emitting element; and
a rotating reflector configured to rotate about an axis of rotation while reflecting light emitted from the light source; and
a controller configured to control magnitudes of drive currents of the first and second light emitting elements and configured to control timing of the first and the second light emitting elements being turned on and turned off while the rotating reflector is rotating to generate a light distribution pattern including:
a first light distribution pattern including a first maximum luminosity and first drive current; and
a second light distribution pattern including a second maximum luminosity and a second drive current,
wherein in the first and second light distribution patterns, a first irradiation range to be irradiated by light emitted from the first light emitting element and a second irradiation range to be irradiated by light emitted from the second light emitting element overlap with each other,
when the second maximum luminosity is higher than in the first maximum luminosity, the controller is configured to control the second drive current is lower than the first drive current and/or configured to control the timing of the first and the second light emitting elements being turned on and turned off so that a second light distribution pattern range of the second light distribution pattern is smaller than a first light distribution pattern range of the first light distribution pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,479,259

COMPOSITE DESIGN BUNK RAIL SYSTEMS

1. A composite design bunk rail system comprising a supporting structure, vehicle slides, and adjustable support frames,wherein the vehicle slides are attached to the adjustable support frames,
wherein the vehicle slides are a composite design with a low coefficient of friction sliding surface adhered to a shock absorbing base,
wherein the shock absorbing base is a rubber with a 40 to 70 Shore durameter hardness rating, which serves as a vibration isolator,
wherein each of the adjustable support frames comprises an aperture and radial slots and is bolted to the given frame support permitting rotation of the adjustable support frame with the vehicle slide to conform to a supported vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,253

VEHICLE MOUNTED LOADING AND UNLOADING APPARATUS

1. A loading and unloading apparatus comprising:a mounting rack configured to removably attach to a roof of a vehicle, and including a mounting frame defining a first plane and having a front mount portion, a rear mount portion, and a pair of opposing lateral mount portions;
a top rack slidably and pivotally connected to the mounting rack, and including a base frame defining a second plane and having a front wall at a front end of the top rack, a rear wall at a rear end of the top rack, and a pair of opposing lateral wall portions defining a container space for storing cargo;
an adjustment mechanism adapted to slidably and pivotally move the top rack relative to the mounting rack from a transporting position in which the respective first and second planes of the mounting frame and the base frame are substantially parallel, to a loading/unloading position in which the second plane of the base frame is slanted and lowered with respect to the first plane of the mounting frame; and
a movable shelf unit provided on the top rack for assisting with loading and unloading cargo, the shelf unit including a shelf frame adapted to slide between a position adjacent the rear end of the top rack and a position adjacent the front end of the top rack, wherein the movable shelf unit maintains a predetermined fixed orientation relative to the top rack as the movable shelf unit slides between the position adjacent the rear end of the top rack and the position adjacent the front end of the top rack.

US Pat. No. 10,479,252

CUP HOLDER FOR A VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A cup holder for a vehicle, the cup holder comprising:a cup-shaped, cylindrical or conical receiving portion having an open upper surface and a closed lower surface when disposed in the vehicle, the cup-shaped receiving portion being configured to receive a beverage container through the open upper surface; and
an elastic insert being attached to the cup-shaped receiving portion, the elastic insert being configured to hold respective beverage containers having a plurality of shapes and sizes,
wherein the elastic insert includes a textile fabric being fixed to an upper end portion and a lower end portion of the cup-shaped receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,251

LEG-REST FOR VEHICLE

DAE WON SAN UP CO., LTD.,...

1. A leg-rest for a vehicle, which is switchable at a front lower end of a seat between a receiving position in which the leg-rest is folded on the seat and a deploying position in which the leg-rest is drawn out to support calves of a passenger, the leg-rest comprising:a support panel including a front end rotatably connected to an extending slider which is folded at the receiving position and unfolded at the deploying position;
a tilt link which is spaced apart from a connection point between the support panel and the extending slider so that one end thereof is rotatably connected to the support panel;
a slider which is rotatably connected with another end of the tilt link and tilts up or down the support panel when sliding;
a tilt motor which slides the slider;
a fixing bracket which is fixed to the seat;
a rotary arm including one end rotatably connected to the fixing bracket;
a base slider which is slidably coupled to the rotary arm in a longitudinal direction, wherein the extending slider is slidably coupled to the base slider in the longitudinal direction and coupled with the support panel;
a rotary assist arm including one end spaced apart from the rotary arm to be rotatably connected to the fixing bracket and another end rotatably connected with the base slider; and
a sliding device which slides the rotary arm and the extending slider in opposite directions to each other from the base slider,
wherein when the sliding device slides the rotary arm and the extending slider from the base slider in opposite directions to each other, movement of the extending slider is performed so that the support panel is switched between the receiving position and the deploying position due to a difference in trajectory between the rotary arm and the rotary assist arm.

US Pat. No. 10,479,250

STRUCTURE OF LEG-REST

DAE WON SAN UP CO., LTD.,...

1. A structure of a leg-rest which is switchable at a front lower end of a seat between a receiving position where a support panel is folded on the seat and a deploying position where the support panel is drawn out to support a leg of a seated person, the structure comprising:a fixing bracket which is fixed to the seat;
a rotary arm of which one end is rotatably connected to the fixing bracket;
a base slider which is slidably coupled to the rotary arm in a longitudinal direction;
an extending slider which is slidably coupled to the base slider in the longitudinal direction and mounted with the support panel;
a rotary assist arm of which one end is separated from the rotary arm to be rotatably connected to the fixing bracket and the other end is rotatably connected to the base slider; and
a sliding device which slides the rotary arm and the extending slider in opposite directions to each other from the base slider,
wherein when the sliding device slides the rotary arm and the extending slider from the base slider in the opposite directions to each other, a movement of the extending slider is performed so that the support panel is switched between the receiving position and the deploying position due to a difference in trajectory between the rotary arm and the rotary assist arm.

US Pat. No. 10,479,248

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a surface cover covering a surface of the vehicle seat;
a pad;
a shape change unit including an air bag configured to expand and contract and configured to change a shape of the surface of the vehicle seat; and
a buffer member provided between the air bag and the surface cover,
wherein the buffer member is configured to be deformed elastically in an expansion/contraction direction of the air bag by expansion and contraction of the air bag, such that a thickness portion of the buffer member is reduced, and
wherein the buffer member includes a fixed portion fixed to a portion of the shape change unit except for the air bag.

US Pat. No. 10,479,246

LATTICE BASED SEAT CUSHION TO IMPROVE COMFORT AND VIBRATION ISOLATION

1. A seat for a vehicle, the seat comprising a seat cushion having:a seating surface configured to support an occupant;
a vibration isolation structure comprising a plurality of individual lattice blocks, the plurality of individual lattice blocks comprising a bi-stable lattice and forming a two-dimensional lamina, the vibration isolation structure defining a first surface and opposite second surface, wherein the plurality of individual lattice blocks occupy a pattern that is based on a spatial weight distribution of an average-sized occupant, and each of the plurality of individual lattice blocks has a stiffness value based upon a location in the pattern such that the plurality of individual lattice blocks cooperate to provide an even pressure distribution against forces exerted by the occupant; and
a foam structure placed adjacent the first surface of the vibration isolation structure,
wherein the vibration isolation structure exhibits an overall negative stiffness value configured to enhance a vibrational energy absorbance of the seat cushion in a range from about 0.5 Hz to about 5.0 Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,479,243

AIR CHANNEL THERMOCOMFORT FOAM PAD

Ford Global Technologies,...

10. A seat cushion assembly comprising:a first foam pad defining, at least in part, vertically elongate air cooling columns disposed therethrough;
a topper pad disposed over the first foam pad;
a second foam pad disposed below the first foam pad, wherein the first and second foam pads define a flow channel in fluid communication with and linking the air cooling columns; and
an air mover moving air through the flow channel; wherein at least one of the first foam pad and the second foam pad comprises an L-shaped section and the other of the first foam pad and the second foam pad comprises a protruding portion section that together with the L-shaped section defines at least a portion of the flow channel that interconnects the air cooling columns.

US Pat. No. 10,479,240

VEHICLE SEAT AND SEAT ELEMENT EQUIPPED WITH A VENTILATION SYSTEM COMPRISING A DUCT

1. Seat element comprising a supporting structure, padding configured to serve as a support for a user when located between the supporting structure and the user, and a ventilation system comprising at least one fan and a duct defining an air passageway placing the fan and the padding in communication, wherein the duct comprises a first member and a second member fixed to one another, the first member being arranged between the supporting structure and the padding, the second member being arranged between the first member and the padding and having a symmetrical shape comprising distinct left and right arms which join together at one end and extend separately along the first member on opposite sides of a plane of symmetry of the second member such that a central area of the padding between the left and right arms is in direct contact with the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,237

REBOUND BAR ADAPTED FOR BEING SUPPORTED BETWEEN A CHILD SAFETY SEAT AND A BACKREST OF A CAR SEAT AND CHILD SAFETY ASSEMBLY THEREWITH

Wonderland Switzerland AG...

1. A rebound bar adapted for being supported between a child safety seat and a backrest of a car seat, the rebound bar comprising:a main body connected to one of a seat portion and a base portion of the child safety seat; and
at least one shock absorbing portion combined with the main body for absorbing an impact from the backrest, wherein the at least one shock absorbing portion is a sandwich structure, the at least one shock absorbing portion comprises a first lamination, a second lamination, a honeycomb component and at least one resilient component, the at least one resilient component is connected to the first lamination and the second lamination, the honeycomb component is installed between the first lamination and the second lamination and separated from at least one of the first lamination and the second lamination when the first lamination and the second lamination are unforced, and deformation of the at least one resilient component occurs before crack of the honeycomb component when the first lamination and the second lamination are forced to move close to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,479,226

MANAGEMENT OF MOBILE DEVICE CONTROL OF VEHICLE SYSTEMS USING POLICIES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a vehicle configured to, responsive to receiving a request from a mobile device associated with a particular seat location to access a secure vehicle function, request driver authorization for the mobile device to access the function based on the seat location associated with the mobile device and a query of a local policy table defining which vehicle functions accessible to the mobile device require driver authorization based on the associated seat location.

US Pat. No. 10,479,225

METHOD OF CONFIGURING A VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of configuring a vehicle seating assembly, comprising:providing said vehicle seating assembly having a headrest rotational member that rotatably couples a headrest to a seatback and a seatback rotational member that rotatably couples a seat to the seatback;
receiving input of a user's desired configuration of said vehicle seating assembly;
actuating at least one of the headrest rotational member and the seatback rotational member responsive to the input;
adjusting the pressure of a plurality of fluid cells that are provided in an inflatable member of said vehicle seating assembly; and
actuating the headrest rotational member such that the headrest nests within a recess of the seatback.

US Pat. No. 10,479,223

CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF ELECTRIC OR HYBRID AIRCRAFT

H55 SA, Sion (CH)

1. A power management system for a vehicle having one or more transducers, the one or more transducers being configured to propel the vehicle using energy from one battery and charge the one battery, the power management system comprising:a first battery configured to power a first transducer to propel a housing, the first transducer being supported by the housing;
a second battery configured to power a second transducer to propel the housing, the second battery being different from the first battery, the second transducer being supported by the housing and configured to charge the second battery; and
electronic circuitry configured to:
cause the first battery to power the first transducer to propel the housing,
cause the second transducer to charge the second battery, and
cause the second battery to power the second transducer to propel the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,220

HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH DUAL ENERGY STORAGE DEVICES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A powertrain for a vehicle, the powertrain comprising:an engine;
an electrical circuit including:
a motor-generator coupled to the engine, and operable as either a motor to provide power to the engine, or as a generator to generate an electrical current from power supplied from the engine;
a starter mechanism coupled to the engine and operable to start the engine from a cranking current;
a first energy storage device disposed in a parallel electrical relationship with the starter mechanism, wherein the first energy storage device is operable to supply the cranking current to the starter mechanism;
a second energy storage device disposed in a parallel electrical relationship with the motor-generator, wherein the second energy storage device is operable to receive a current from the motor-generator, or provide a current to the motor generator;
a first auxiliary electric system disposed in a parallel electrical relationship with both the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device;
wherein the electrical circuit exhibits a first electrical resistance between the first energy storage device and the motor-generator, and exhibits a second electrical resistance between the second energy storage device and the motor-generator, with the first electrical resistance being greater than the second electrical resistance so that electrical energy from the motor-generator more easily flows to the second energy storage device than the first energy storage device, and so that the motor-generator more easily draws electrical energy from the second energy storage device than from the first energy storage device; and
characterized by the electrical circuit lacking a switch disposed between the first energy storage device and the motor-generator.

US Pat. No. 10,479,218

ELECTRIC VEHICLE POWER SYSTEM WITH SHARED CONVERTER

1. A power system for an electric vehicle in a grid-connected mode or in a stand-alone mode, the power system comprising:a battery control unit configured to be in the grid-connected mode or the stand-alone mode based on operation of the electric vehicle;
a shared boost converter connected to a battery, the shared boost converter configured to:
receive power from an alternating current (AC) power source, step up voltage and convert the received AC power to direct current (DC) power, and output converted and stepped up DC power for storage in the battery when the battery control unit is in the grid-connected mode,
receive DC power from the battery, step up voltage of the received DC power, and output stepped up DC power when the battery control unit is in the stand-alone mode, and
receive generated DC power, step down voltage of the generated DC power, and output the stepped down DC power for storage in the battery when the battery control unit is in the stand-alone mode;
an inverter connected to the shared boost converter and configured to receive the stepped up DC power from the shared boost converter when the battery control unit is in the stand-alone mode, convert the received stepped up DC power to AC power, and output converted AC power; and
a motor/generator connected to the inverter and configured to receive the converted AC power for powering a drivetrain of the electric vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,216

LINEAR MOTOR TRANSPORT FOR PACKAGING AND OTHER USES

Rockwell Automation Techn...

1. A transport system comprising:a linear synchronous motor guideway in or on which one or more vehicles are propelled, where each such vehicle includes magnets;
wherein the guideway comprises one or more modules, each module comprising a plurality of propulsion coils, and
wherein each of the propulsion coils in a region of the guideway comprises turns that are disposed about a common axis, such that the respective common axes of the plurality of propulsion coils in the region are substantially aligned with one another, and orthogonal to a direction in which the vehicles are to be propelled in the region; and
wherein the plurality of propulsion coils of the region are disposed on two opposing sides of and in laterally facing relation to the magnets of the vehicles propelled on the region, and the propulsion coils exert a propulsive force of substance on the magnets of the vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,479,215

FUEL CELL VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A fuel cell vehicle comprising:a hydrogen tank which is mounted on the vehicle so as to have a center axis generally substantially parallel to a front/rear direction of the vehicle;
a high-voltage electric component which is positioned either forward or rearward of the hydrogen tank and which operates on high voltage;
an aftercooler placed between the hydrogen tank and the high-voltage electric component on a common plane, wherein the aftercooler, the hydrogen tank and the high-voltage electric component are in the common plane, and the common plane is substantially parallel to the front/rear direction of the vehicle, wherein the high-voltage electric component is adapted to cool compressed air; and
a fuel cell stack which is supplied with the cooled compressed air.

US Pat. No. 10,479,205

PLUG-IN VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A plug-in vehicle, comprising:a first controller configured to recognize whether a charging connector is connected to the vehicle;
a second controller configured to recognize whether a charging inlet door is open or closed; and
a third controller configured to determine whether the charging inlet door is open or closed through the second controller when the vehicle is stopped and recognition of a connection of the charging connector to the vehicle through the first controller is disenabled, and to execute transition of the vehicle from a first state restricting generation of driving power to a second state permitting generation of driving power, in response to determining that the charging inlet door is closed,
wherein the recognition of the connection of the charging connector to the vehicle through the first controller is enabled further includes disenabling communication between the first controller and a fourth controller, wherein the fourth controller is configured to operate the first controller and to manage a battery charged with power transmitted through the charging connector,
wherein the third controller is further configured to:
determine whether a state of charge (SOC) of the battery is increased prior to transition of the vehicle to the second state;
determine that charging of the battery was normally executed at least during the charging, when the SOC of the battery satisfies a designated increase reference; and
execute transition of the vehicle from the first state to the second state, when the SOC of the battery satisfies the designated increase reference,
wherein the third controller is configured to restrict transition of the vehicle from the first state to the second state in response to determining that the charging inlet door is open,
wherein the third controller is configured to determine that the vehicle is stopped, in response to determining that a vehicle speed is zero or is equal to or less than a predetermined speed using a speed sensor, and
wherein the first controller is an on-board charger (OBC), the second controller is a body control module (BCM), the third controller is a hybrid controller or an electric vehicle control unit, and the fourth controller is a battery management system (BMS).

US Pat. No. 10,479,200

THROTTLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

MAGTEC PRODUCTS, INC., C...

1. A method of controlling a throttle on a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving speed data of a vehicle speed;
receiving location data of a vehicle location;
receiving an input voltage from a throttle controller;
accessing a maximum speed threshold value corresponding to the vehicle location;
comparing the vehicle speed with the maximum speed threshold value; and
providing a throttle signal to the throttle;
wherein the throttle signal corresponds to the input voltage where the speed data is indicative of the vehicle speed being below the maximum speed threshold value; and
the throttle signal corresponds to a lowered input voltage value for controlling vehicle deceleration where the speed data is indicative of the vehicle speed being greater than the maximum speed threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,479,199

DISCONNECTABLE POWER TRANSFER UNIT

GKN Driveline Japan Ltd, ...

1. A power transfer unit intermissively transferring torque about a first axis toward a second axis different from the first axis, comprising:a hollow input shaft rotatable about the first axis and so dimensioned as to allow penetration of an axle along the first axis;
an intermediate shaft rotatable independently from the input shaft about the first axis;
an output shaft in mesh with the intermediate shaft and rotatable about the second axis;
a clutch disconnectably and drivingly coupling the input shaft with the intermediate shaft;
a motor including a rotor rotating about the first shaft;
an input member coupled with the rotor to be rotatable about the first axis and including an eccentric shaft eccentric from the first axis;
a fixed member immovable about the first axis;
an intermediate member fitting on the eccentric shaft to make an eccentric motion and meshing with the fixed member to make a rotary motion about the eccentric shaft;
an output member rotatable about the first axis and engaging with and following the intermediate member; and
a cam mechanism interposed between the output member and the clutch and converting the rotary motion of the output member into a motion in a direction of the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,192

VEHICLE RADIATOR HAVING TWO DIFFERENT COLORS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle radiator gill having two different colors, comprising:a base component having a first color and forms an exterior of a radiator grill while providing a vent component having a plurality of air passages formed therethrough and blocked parts disposed at both sides of the vent component; and
an image component having a second color different from the color of the base component,
wherein the first color of the base component is formed by a first injection and the second color of the image component is formed by a second injection,
wherein the image component is integrally formed with the base component by the first injection and the second injection such that the second color is exposed toward the front of the radiator grill through an air passage to form an image of two colors of the radiator grill, and
wherein the image component coupled to the vent component of the base component further comprises:
a cross-coupling component which is coupled to a rear surface of the base component along a lower edge of the air passage, partially protrudes toward the air passage, and is exposed toward the front of the radiator grill to form an image of two different colors; and
a longitudinal-coupling component which connects the cross-coupling component in the vertical direction while being coupled to the rear surface of the base component and strengthens the coupling force between the base component and the cross-coupling component.

US Pat. No. 10,479,190

ELECTRIC WHEEL HUB AND DRIVING WHEEL

ZHEJIANG LINIX MOTOR CO.,...

1. An electric hub, comprising a hub and an inner gear ring; wherein the inner gear ring and the hub are separated from each other, and the inner gear ring and the hub are fixed coaxially and rotate synchronously; the hub has a hollow inner chamber within which a driving motor is provided; the driving motor comprises a housing and a motor shaft; there is a gap between an outer wall of the housing and an inner wall of the inner chamber of the hub; and, one end of the motor shaft is matched with the inner gear ring via a planet speed-reduction mechanism, while an electromagnetic brake mechanism is provided at the other end of the motor shaft;wherein a left hub end cover and a right hub end cover are fitted at two ends of the inner chamber of the hub, respectively; the planet speed-reduction mechanism comprises a planet carrier; and, the planet carrier is fixed to one end of an electric hub mounting shaft, while the other end of the electric hub mounting shaft extends outside the right hub end cover; and
wherein, the driving motor comprises a rear motor end cover and a front motor end cover; a cylindrical bearing chamber is formed on the rear motor end cover; the cylindrical bearing chamber extends outside the left hub end cover and is fixed to an electric hub mounting plate; and, the planet carrier is fixed to the front motor end cover.

US Pat. No. 10,479,172

WINDOW TINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system for an activation or deactivation of one or more electrochromic windows of a vehicle, the system comprising:a memory configured to comprise one or more executable instructions;
a controller configured to execute the executable instructions;
a vehicle comprising one or more electrochromic windows, wherein upon receiving an activation the one or more electrochromic windows will be in a dimmed state and upon receiving a deactivation the one or more electrochromic windows will be in a transparent state; and
wherein the executable instructions enable the controller to:
receive dimming information;
analyze the dimming information;
based on the dimming information analysis, generate the activation or deactivation for at least one of the one or more electrochromic windows; and
transmit the activation or deactivation to at least one of the one or more electrochromic windows;
a data center remotely located from the vehicle and remotely located from a tint restriction data module;
the tint restriction data module configured to produce window tint restriction data for a select location;
wherein the vehicle is further configured to generate vehicle location data, the vehicle is further configured to transmit the vehicle location data to the data center;
wherein, upon receiving the vehicle location data, the data center will:
receive restriction output data, compressed in a binary form, from the tint restriction data module, to identify one or more window tint restrictions at the vehicle location; and
based on the one or more window tint restrictions at the vehicle location, produce restriction output information;
wherein the dimming information is, at least in part, defined by the restriction output information and provided by the data center;
wherein the controller analyzes the dimming information to determine whether the restriction output information is present; and
wherein the controller will generate the deactivation when the restriction output information is present.

US Pat. No. 10,479,164

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An air conditioning system for a vehicle comprising:a blower unit mounted at an inlet of an air-conditioning case and including a first blower and a second blower in coaxial alignment with one another, an air inlet positioned axially between the first and second blowers, and indoor and outdoor air converting doors for selectively allowing the blower unit to blow indoor or outdoor air;
the blower unit having a first outer surface and a second outer surface extending generally perpendicularly to one another;
the first blower having a motor installed on the first outer surface of the blower unit to operate the first blower;
cable connectors coupled with and extending from the at least one motor;
at least one actuator installed on the second outer surface of the blower unit to operate the indoor and outdoor air converting doors;
a protecting cover mounted on the first and second outer surfaces of the blower unit, the protecting cover being a single integral cover having a first cover part surrounding the cable connectors and overlying the first outer surface of the blower unit, and a second cover part extending generally perpendicularly to the first cover part and from the first cover part and surrounding the actuator and overlying the second outer surface of the blower unit.

US Pat. No. 10,479,136

WHEEL FRAME COMPONENT

Rotacaster Wheel Limited,...

1. A component for a wheel frame for a multiple directional wheel, the wheel frame component comprising:a hub having a main axis about which the multiple directional wheel is adapted to rotate;
a hub rim radially surrounding the hub;
a first plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms radially extending from the hub rim and lying in a first plane,
a second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms, each peripheral roller supporting arm of the second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms being circumferentially offset with respect to diagonally adjacent peripheral roller supporting arms of the first plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms,
wherein:
the wheel frame component comprises a plurality of beams corresponding to the number of peripheral roller supporting arms of the second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms, each peripheral roller supporting arm of the second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms having a radially inner base; and
the second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms lie in a second plane normal to the main axis, spaced from, and parallel to, the first plane,
wherein each of the plurality of beams are cantilevered from the hub rim, are substantially linear and aligned parallel to the main axis, extending from the hub rim to the corresponding radially inner base of the peripheral roller supporting arm of the second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms.

US Pat. No. 10,479,121

PROCESSING AN OBJECT FOR PRINTING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method for processing an object for printing, the object comprising a plurality of properties defined at each of a plurality of locations within the object, each property represented by a metamer set of possible combinations of proportions of at least one of a set of printing materials, the method comprising:selecting a combination of the metamer sets of a given location of the plurality of locations within the object that provides all of the plurality of properties defined for the given location.

US Pat. No. 10,479,110

PARTIALLY DRIED INKJET MEDIA FUSERS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A device, comprising:a plurality of fusers aligned to receive partially dried inkjet media from a printing device, wherein the plurality of fusers each comprise a top roller and a bottom roller to apply pressure to the received partially dried inkjet media; and
a finisher to receive the partially dried inkjet media from the plurality of fusers.

US Pat. No. 10,479,108

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror including a plurality of reflection surfaces each configured to deflect the light beam emitted by the light source so that the light beam scans a surface of a photosensitive member;
plural count value holding units of a number that corresponds to a number of the plural reflection surfaces;
a light receiving portion configured to output a light receiving signal by receiving the light beam reflected by each of the plurality of reflection surfaces;
a conversion unit configured to convert the light receiving signal to a pulse signal;
a measurement unit configured to measure pulse widths of a plurality of pulse signals corresponding to the plurality of reflection surfaces, respectively, wherein the measurement unit includes: a clock signal generation unit configured to generate a clock signal of a predetermined frequency; and a count unit configured to count the clock signal; and
an identification unit configured to identify a rotation phase of the rotary polygon mirror based on a measurement result of the measurement unit and reference values to be compared with the measurement result,
wherein the measurement unit measures pulse widths of the plurality of pulse signals by count values of the count unit, and
wherein the count unit causes the count value holding units of the number of the reflection surfaces to sequentially hold the count values.

US Pat. No. 10,479,107

PRINTER

SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer, comprising:a housing;
a printer cover that is rotatable relative to the housing about a first rotary axis;
a thermal head configured to print on print medium;
a connector capable of being electrically connected to and disconnected from the thermal head; and
a head cover that is rotatable about a second rotary axis parallel to the first rotary axis, the head cover pivotally supported at the printer cover, the head cover rotating between a first position at which the head cover encloses the connector and a second position at which the head cover does not enclose the connector to electrically connect and disconnect the thermal head and the connector, wherein a space is defined between the head cover located at the second position and the printer cover, and
the connector is exposed through the space.

US Pat. No. 10,479,106

DROP DETECTOR

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A drop detector, comprising:a printed circuit board (PCB) comprising:
a number of optical channels each formed by a light emitter and a light detector;
a number of holes defined in the PCB over which the optical channels pass over and through which a number of ejected drops from a number of printheads pass through;
wherein each of the number of holes defined in PCB are sized to contour the shape of the number of the printheads.

US Pat. No. 10,479,102

METHOD OF ESTIMATING AMOUNT OF INK CONSUMED AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING AMOUNT OF INK CONSUMED

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A method of estimating an amount of ink consumed when an inkjet printing apparatus performs printing, the method comprising:a printing data obtaining step of obtaining printing data;
a region setting step of setting at least two regions in a printing region determined based on the printing data, the two regions including a first region and a second region;
a first estimating step of calculating a first amount of ink for each ink color, the first amount of ink being an amount of ink required to print a high-resolution image created based on the printing data and corresponding to the first region;
a second estimating step of calculating a second amount of ink for each ink color, the second amount of ink being an amount of ink required to print a low-resolution image created based on the printing data and corresponding to the second region; and
a total-amount-of-ink calculating step of calculating, for each ink color, a total amount of ink consumed by printing of the printing data, from the first amount of ink and the second amount of ink, wherein
in the printing data obtaining step, data generated by performing a rasterizing process on printing original data is obtained as the printing data, the printing original data including a plurality of types of objects, and
in the region setting step, the first region and the second region are set based on a type of object included in data of each pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,100

PRINTER WITH AN AIR PRESSURIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF BUILDING UP AIR PRESSURE IN A PRINTING FLUID SUPPLIER

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printer comprisinga printing fluid circuit having at least one printing fluid supplier;
an air pressurization system to build up air pressure inside the at least one printing fluid supplier, wherein the air pressurization system is fluidly connected to the at least one printing fluid supplier; and
a controller to:
determine a time T used to build up a given air pressure inside the at least one printing fluid supplier by the air pressurization system,
compare the determined time T to a plurality of given times corresponding to a plurality of degradation levels of the air pressurization system, and
determine a degradation of the air pressurization system based on the comparing of the determined time T to the plurality of given times, the determined degradation being a selected degradation level of the plurality of degradation levels.

US Pat. No. 10,479,090

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK DISCHARGE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a recording unit including a first ink ejection port array and a second ink ejection port array;
a first ink storage unit configured to store ink to be supplied to the first ink ejection port array;
a second ink storage unit configured to store ink to be supplied to the second ink ejection port array;
a discharge unit configured to perform a discharge operation of discharging at least one of the ink and air from the first ink ejection port array and the second ink ejection port array for a predetermined time;
a first detection unit configured to detect that an amount of the ink stored in the first ink storage unit is below a first predetermined amount;
a second detection unit configured to detect that an amount of the ink stored in the second ink storage unit is below a second predetermined amount;
a control unit configured to control the discharge unit to perform the discharge operation until the first detection unit detects that the amount of the first ink is below the first predetermined amount and the second detection unit detects that the amount of the second ink is below the second predetermined amount;
a first counter configured to count, as a first number of times, how many times the discharge operation is performed until the first detection unit detects that the amount of the first ink is below the first predetermined amount; and
a second counter configured to count, as a second number of times, how many times the discharge operation is performed until the second detection unit detects that the amount of the second ink is below the second predetermined amount,
wherein the control unit controls the discharge unit to perform the discharge operation a determined number of times based on the first number and the second number.

US Pat. No. 10,479,087

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD MANUFACTURE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:a plurality of element substrates each configured to include an ejection opening face on which an ejection opening is formed and an element for ejecting ink through the ejection opening;
a plurality of first retention members configured to retain the element substrates;
a second retention member configured to retain the plurality of first retention members;
a cover member configured to be provided on an upper side of the first retention members so as to extend along a first direction along which the plurality of first retention members are arranged, the cover member including a face on which a cap member covering the ejection opening face is abutted; and
a sealing member disposed in a space surrounded by the plurality of first retention members, the second retention member, and the cover member,
wherein the sealing member contacts with opposed portions of the first retention members that are adjacent to each other in the first direction to seal between the opposed portions of the first retention members that are adjacent to each other, the opposed portions of the first retention members that are adjacent to each other opposing one another.

US Pat. No. 10,479,082

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method for recording an image by ejecting ink from a recording head including (i) an ejection orifice for ejecting the ink, (ii) an ejection element generating energy for ejecting the ink, and (iii) first and second flow paths that communicate between the ejection orifice and the ejection element and in which the ink flows, the ink jet recording method comprising:an ejection step of ejecting the ink from the ejection orifice; and
a flow step of flowing the ink from the first flow path to the second flow path separately from the ejection step,
wherein the ink is an aqueous ink having a dynamic surface tension of 35 mN/m or more to 48 mN/m or less at 10 milliseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,479,081

PRINTHEAD WITH FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printhead comprising:multiple printhead dies, the printhead dies comprising a number of nozzles to deposit an amount of fluid onto a print medium;
a fluid delivery system to deliver the amount of fluid from a fluid supply to the number of nozzles;
a number of electrical circuits to electronically couple the multiple printhead dies with a printing device; and
a flexible substrate on which the multiple printhead dies and the number of electrical circuits are mounted, wherein the flexible substrate is curved to follow a contour of a media transport assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,479,078

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a flow path forming substrate in which an individual flow path of a plurality of individual flowpaths is formed, wherein the individual flow path communicates with a nozzle opening that discharges liquid, the flow path forming substrate including a pressure generation chamber; and
a communication plate in which a recess portion which configures at least a part of a common flow path that is common to and communicates with the plurality of individual flow paths is provided to be open on a side opposite to the flow path forming substrate,
wherein the recess portion includes a first recess portion and a second recess portion which is deeper than the first recess portion and less deep than the communication plate,
wherein the communication plate includes:
a supply path which extends completely through the communication plate, is provided to be open on a bottom surface of the first recess portion, communicates with the recess portion and the individual flow path, and becomes a throttle portion that throttles a flow path with respect to the individual flow path, and
a communication path which communicates with the individual flow path and the nozzle opening, and
wherein, in the individual flow path, a throttle portion which throttles the individual flow path from a part that communicates with the supply path to a part that communicates with the communication path, is not provided in the pressure generation chamber of the flow path forming substrate such that the width and depth of the pressure generation chamber are substantially constant along the length of the pressure generation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,479,076

DROPLET DEPOSITION HEAD AND MANIFOLD COMPONENTS THEREFOR

XAAR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, ...

1. A manifold component for a droplet deposition head, comprising:a plurality of layers extending substantially normal to a first direction, the plurality of layers providing:
a plurality of curved fluid paths located in a plane parallel to the layers; and
a plurality of perpendicular fluid paths that extend substantially perpendicular to the layers and that fluidically connect the plurality of curved paths of different planes,
wherein:
the plurality of perpendicular fluid paths and the plurality of curved fluid paths include a plurality of branched fluid paths, each branched path having a main branch that branches at one or more branching points into two or more sub-branches and that ends in a plurality of end sub-branches, and
a sub-branch of one branched path crosses a sub-branch of another branched path when viewed in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,071

DECORATION METHOD, CONTROL SYSTEM AND DECORATION MACHINE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A decoration method for applying a new décor on a surface of an object including an existing décor, the method comprising:measuring at least two identification points of the existing décor applied on the surface of the object;
identifying localization points to be used for applying the new décor on the surface of the object, the localization points identified using information relating to a theoretical décor and the at least two identification points that are measured, wherein the theoretical décor represents an intended placement of the new décor on the surface of the object; and
applying the new décor on the surface of the object using the localization points,
wherein the existing décor and the new décor comprise neighboring borders that are rectilinear and substantially parallel projected in a plane,
wherein the identification points are measured only along a first direction,
wherein the new décor is applied such that a substantially constant gap between the existing décor and the new décor is defined along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,068

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING VERTICAL STAGE FOR MOVING PHOTOCURED MATERIAL IN A NON-PERPENDICULAR DIRECTION FROM THE IMAGE PLANE

3D Systems, Inc., Rock H...

1. An additive manufacturing system for creating an object from cured photocurable material based upon an object design, the additive manufacturing system comprising:an actinic radiation source, wherein the actinic radiation source selectively projects actinic radiation generally upwardly that corresponds to cross-sectional areas of the object design;
a material tray having a bottom surface with a radiation transparent film containing the photocurable material, wherein the projected actinic radiation passes up through the radiation transparent film and defines an image plane along an x-,y-plane above the radiation transparent film within the photocurable material, the image plane defines a z-axis perpendicular to the x-, y-plane;
a rail that defines a path that is not parallel to the z-axis; and
a platform upon which the cured photocurable material object is supported above the radiation transparent film, the platform is constrained to move along the path defined by the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,479,049

PART MADE FROM COMPOSITE MATERIAL, COMPRISING A REINFORCEMENT AGAINST DELAMINATION, AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

1. A composite material workpiece comprising:a soleplate;
a T-shaped reinforcement comprising a first L-shaped member and a second L-shaped member arranged back-to-back to form a T, wherein the first L-shaped member includes a first base and the second L-shaped member includes a second base, the first and second bases each extending on the soleplate, wherein the first L-shaped member includes a first rib and the second L-shaped member includes a second rib, the first and second ribs attached back-to-back to form a web, wherein the first L-shaped member includes a first connecting portion and the second L-shaped member includes a second connecting portion that connects said ribs on said first and second bases;
a plurality of needles connecting the soleplate on the T-shaped reinforcement in a vicinity of said first and second connecting portions, and extending in several directions through the soleplate and the T-shaped reinforcement; and
a core housed in a cavity delimited by a junction area between the soleplate, the first connecting portion, and the second connecting portion, wherein
the plurality of needles pass through said core,
at least one portion of the plurality of needles extends radially along a radius of curvature of the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion,
at least another portion of the plurality of needles extends in a direction of the first and second ribs, and
the plurality of needles extend in a star configuration by intersecting at a center of the core and said workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,479,038

JUICING SYSTEM WITH VARIABLE PRESSING PARAMETERS

FRESH PRESS LLC, San Fra...

1. A juicer cartridge comprising:a liquid impermeable compartment at least partially surrounding food matter; and
an information region associated with the liquid impermeable compartment, wherein the information region includes information for controlling at least one pressing parameter for pressing the juicer cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,479,036

TIRE BUILDING DRUM WITH A TURN-UP MECHANISM

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

1. A tire building drum for building a tire having tire components of rubber, including two beads, the tire building drum comprising:a drum shaft;
two bead holders arranged around the drum shaft, the bead holders being mutually spaced apart in the axial direction of the drum shaft to support the tire components at the location of the beads, first portions of the tire components being situated between the two bead holders and being configured to be radially expanded;
a turn-up mechanism configured to turn-up second portions of the tire components situated outside of the bead holders around the beads against the expanded first portions of the tire components to form the tire, the turn-up mechanism comprising
a respective group of arms arranged on each side of the drum shaft outside of the bead holders,
the arms of each group being coupled to the drum shaft via a respective axially moveable arm support at a first end,
the arms extending from the arm support of the respective group of arms towards the bead holders in radial planes equally distributed about the drum shaft,
the arms being tiltable in said radial planes about a coupling part with the arm support of the respective group of arms between a low position and a high position,
each group of arms comprising primary arms and secondary arms interposed between the primary arms,
the primary arms and the secondary arms, at a second end opposite to the first end, being provided with primary pressing devices and secondary pressing devices, respectively, configured to exert a pressing force onto the tire components during the turning-up, the primary pressing devices being in a leading position,
the secondary arms being provided with pneumatic drives configured to displace the secondary pressing devices from an axially trailing position with respect to the axial position of the primary pressing devices in the leading position towards the same axial position as the primary pressing devices in the leading position,
wherein the secondary pressing devices are configured to be moved from the trailing position into the leading position when the primary arms are tilted from low positions into high positions,
during the tilting of the primary arms from the low positions to the high positions, the primary pressing devices are configured to diverge with respect to each other in the circumferential direction of the drum shaft, and
the pneumatic drives are configured to displace the secondary pressing devices from the trailing position to the leading position when the space consumed by the individual secondary pressing devices in the circumferential direction of the drum shaft is less than the smallest space between two directly subsequent primary pressing devices in the same circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,034

METHOD AND MOULDING SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING A FIBRE-REINFORCED POLYMER OBJECT VIA A FEEDBACK SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING RESIN FLOW RATE

1. A method of manufacturing a fibre-reinforced polymer object by means of vacuum-assisted resin transfer moulding (VARTM), wherein a fibre lay-up is impregnated with a liquid resin in a mould cavity comprising a rigid mould part having a mould surface defining an outer surface of the object, said method comprising the steps of:a) arranging the fibre lay-up on the mould surface, wherein the fibre lay-up includes a plurality of fibre layers;
b) arranging at least one resin inlet above the fibre lay-up;
c) attaching one or more pressure sensors to the at least one resin inlet, above the fibre lay-up;
d) arranging a vacuum bag on top of the rigid mould part and sealing the vacuum bag to the mould part to define the mould cavity;
e) evacuating the mould cavity;
f) supplying the liquid resin to the mould cavity via the at least one resin inlet to impregnate the fibre lay-up, the liquid resin being supplied at a resin flow rate;
g) monitoring a pressure with the one or more pressure sensors and generating a signal indicative of said pressure;
h) feeding said signal to a control unit that controls the resin flow rate supplied to the at least one resin inlet, wherein the control unit is configured such that the resin flow rate of the liquid resin is increased if the pressure monitored by the one or more pressure sensors, in step g), at the at least one resin inlet drops below a lower pressure threshold, wherein the control unit is further configured such that the resin flow rate of the liquid resin is decreased if the pressure monitored by the one or more pressure sensors, in step g), at the at least one resin inlet is above a higher pressure threshold, and wherein the higher pressure threshold is higher than the lower pressure threshold; and
j) curing the resin to form the fibre-reinforced polymer object,
wherein a further pressure sensor measures the pressure of a plurality of separate segments of the mould cavity via a respective resin outlet of each of said segments, said control unit configuration factoring in the measured pressure from said further pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,028

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAKING SOCKETS FOR PROSTHETIC LIMBS

3D SYSTEMS, INC., Rock H...

1. A method for creating a socket for a prosthetic limb comprising: making a first cast of an end portion of a residual limb of a patient; deforming the first cast by applying a compression on a lateral aspect of the first cast and applying an elongation on a ventral aspect and a dorsal aspect of the first cast such that axial displacement is prevented; placing plaster over interior surfaces of the first cast to make a second cast from the first cast; applying markings to the second cast that indicate locations of anatomic features; using a three dimensional scanning device to measure an exterior surface shape of the second cast and markings and generate scan data; creating a digital representation of the residual limb from the scan data of the second cast and markings; creating a master design from the digital representation and modifications to the digital representation; and fabricating a master from the master design.

US Pat. No. 10,479,024

DEVICE FOR SETTING A SETTING ELEMENT IN A COMPONENT

Weber Schraubautomaten Gm...

1. An apparatus for setting a setting element comprising a first plastic material in a component comprising a second plastic material, the apparatus comprising:a rotary feed unit by which the setting element can be set into rotation about an axis of rotation and simultaneously an axial force acting in the direction of the axis of rotation can be exerted onto the setting element to drive the setting element into the component while producing a friction welding connection between the setting element and the component;
a differential distance measuring device for measuring a differential distance between a surface of the component and a surface of the driven setting element; and
a control unit for controlling the rotary feed unit in dependence on the measured differential distance, wherein the control unit is configured to control the rotary feed unit such that on reaching a predefined differential distance, representing a maximum penetration depth of the setting element in the component comprising the second plastic material, the setting element is rotated before the end of a setting procedure over a predetermined period of time with an axial force reduced to approximately zero.

US Pat. No. 10,479,022

APPARATUS FOR THE TRANSVERSE WELDING OF A MOVING TAPE

FAMECCANICA.DATA S.p.a, ...

1. An apparatus for the transverse welding of a tape traveling in a machine direction,comprising:
a stationary structure;
a rotary structure rotatable with respect to the stationary structure about a rotation axis perpendicular to said machine direction; and
a plurality of welding units carried by said rotary structure and spaced apart in a circumferential direction, wherein each of said welding units comprises an inner welding element fixed relative to the rotary structure, and an outer welding element cyclically movable with respect to the rotary structure, between a release position and an operative position, and vice versa and wherein each of said outer welding elements during the movement from said release position to said operative position, and vice versa, performs an angular rotation movement about a respective radial axis perpendicular to said rotation axis and a linear translation movement along said radial axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,021

CURVED PLATE PRODUCTION BY ADDITIVE LAYER MANUFACTURE

Rolls-Royce plc, London ...

1. A method of producing a curved plate by additive layer manufacture, the method including:building up the plate layer-by-layer such that a first layer forms a bottom edge of the plate and the plate is additively extended upwards therefrom by subsequent layers such that a last layer forms an opposing top edge of the plate, wherein spaced, first and second lateral edges of the plate each grow layer-by-layer to extend between respective ends of the bottom and top edges, and the plate thus built up arches over from the bottom edge to adopt a curved shape on cross-sections through the plate normal to the bottom edge;
simultaneously building up layer-by-layer with the plate first and second sacrificial plate additions along respectively the first and second lateral edges, each sacrificial plate addition continuing the geometry of the plate beyond its lateral edge such that the additions also arch over from the bottom edge to adopt a curved shape on cross-sections through the additions normal to the bottom edge; and
removing the sacrificial plate additions.

US Pat. No. 10,479,020

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING RADIATED THERMAL ENERGY DURING AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OPERATION

SIGMA LABS, INC., Santa ...

1. An additive manufacturing method, comprising:generating a plurality of scans of an energy source across a build plane;
measuring an amount of energy radiated from the build plane during each of the plurality of scans using an optical sensor monitoring the build plane;
determining an area of the build plane traversed during one or more scans of the plurality of scans of the energy source;
determining a thermal energy density for the area of the build plane traversed by the one or more scans of the plurality of scans based upon the amount of energy radiated and the area of the build plane traversed by the plurality of scans;
mapping the thermal energy density to one or more locations of the build plane;
determining that the thermal energy density is characterized by a density outside a range of density values; and
thereafter, adjusting subsequent scans of the energy source across or proximate the one or more locations of the build plane.

US Pat. No. 10,479,019

METHOD OF FORMING A TEXTURED EFFECT ON A SUBSTRATE

NEOLT ASIA PTE LTD, Sing...

1. A method of forming a textured effect on a sheet of glass, the method comprising the steps of:a) creating a data file of an image to be formed as the textured effect on the sheet of glass, the data file comprising at least one print image and a number of times specified for printing of the at least one print image;
b) preparing the data file for surface deposition by a printer;
c) providing the sheet of glass on the printer;
d) printing, with the printer, the at least one print image in the data file on the sheet of glass using a clear ink to form a layer of ink;
e) UV curing, with the printer, the layer of ink;
f) repeating steps (d) and (e) for every print image of the at least one print image for the number of times specified in the data file so that the image formed as the textured effect on the sheet of glass comprises a plurality of layers of printed and UV cured clear ink.

US Pat. No. 10,479,007

INJECTION MOLDED COMPONENT AND METHOD OF INJECTION MOLDING

REHRIG PACIFIC COMPANY, ...

1. A method of forming an injection molded component comprising the steps of:locating a sensor against a first surface of a mold, wherein an edge of the sensor is surrounded by a wall extending from the first surface of the mold; and
injecting an injectable material into the mold such that the injectable material travels over an inner surface of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,004

MATERIAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE FOR AUXETIC FOAMS

The Florida State Univers...

1. A method for producing an auxetic foam, comprising:providing a flexible foam having an initial volume, the foam comprising a plurality of cells, and further comprising a soft domain, a hard domain, and a filler polymer;
placing the foam into a pressure chamber and compressing the foam to a compressed volume less than the initial volume, such that the cells are deformed;
exposing the compressed foam within the pressure chamber to a compressed gas, and maintaining the pressure chamber at a predetermined temperature and predetermined pressure for a predetermined time;
dissolving at least a portion of the compressed gas into the filler polymer and reducing a glass transition temperature of the filler polymer such that the filler polymer transitions from a glassy state to a rubbery state, wherein a shape of the filler polymer changes from generally spherical to generally ellipsoidal when the compressed gas dissolves into the filler polymer; and
allowing the foam to reach atmospheric pressure and removing the foam from the pressure chamber such that the filler polymer transitions from the rubbery state to the glassy state and fixes the cells of the foam in the deformed state.

US Pat. No. 10,478,997

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HEATING PIPES MADE OF THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL

SICA S.p.A., Alfonsine (...

1. An apparatus for heating end portions of pipes made of thermoplastic material, comprising:an internal heating element, configured to be inserted at least partially inside an end portion of a pipe made of thermoplastic material for heating an inner cylindrical surface of the portion,
the internal heating element comprising an infra-red ray radiation unit which has an operating zone arranged to face at least partially the inner cylindrical surface, the operating zone extending longitudinally along a predetermined direction, parallel to a central axis of the pipe to be heated,
a conditioning device for conditioning infra-red rays emitted by the infra-red ray radiation unit, the conditioning device being configured to limit, in an intermediate position along a longitudinal extension of the operating zone, the heating of the inner cylindrical surface;
wherein the conditioning device comprises a first screening element including an annular extension about the infra-red ray radiation unit, for partially screening the infra-red rays emitted by the infra-red ray radiation unit, the first screening element being connected relative to the infra-red radiation unit, such that during operation, the first screening element maintains with respect to the infra-red radiation unit, a predetermined intermediate position along the longitudinal extension of the operating zone.

US Pat. No. 10,478,993

SUPPORT BLOCK FOR BOARD CUTTING

JCK Tools, LLC, Earlham,...

1. A block for supporting one end of a board being cut with a saw, comprising:a unitary body substantially triangular in cross section so as to have three base surfaces and three board surface each being opposite and parallel to a respective one of the board surfaces, and the board surfaces being formed by truncated tips of the body to define heights from each base surface to the respective opposite parallel board surface;
the heights varying for each base surface; and
wherein the body is selectively set on one of the base surfaces to support the end of the board on the respective opposite board surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,992

SELF-POWERED TIMBER SLASHER

Spruce Creek Mechanical L...

1. A self-powered timber slasher comprising:a self-propelled carrier;
the self-propelled carrier comprising a frame and an engine for generating power to the self-propelled carrier;
the frame comprising a first end and a second end;
a hydraulic powered saw;
the hydraulic powered saw being mounted on the first end of the frame;
the hydraulic powered saw being configured to cut timber;
a wireless controller;
the wireless controller being electrically coupled to the hydraulic powered saw;
a hydraulic tank;
the hydraulic tank being configured to store a hydraulic fluid;
a hydraulic motor;
the hydraulic motor being coupled to the hydraulic powered saw;
the hydraulic motor being configured to impart a rotational motion to the hydraulic powered saw based on a flow of the hydraulic fluid;
the hydraulic motor being in fluid connection with the hydraulic tank;
a hydraulic pump;
the hydraulic pump being configured to transport the hydraulic fluid between the hydraulic tank and the hydraulic motor;
the hydraulic pump being in fluid connection with each of the hydraulic tank and the hydraulic motor;
the engine being mounted on the second end of the frame;
the engine being configured to generate power for the hydraulic pump and the hydraulic powered saw;
the hydraulic pump being coupled to the engine;
the hydraulic powered saw being rotationally coupled to the engine;
the wireless controller being electrically coupled to the engine of the self-propelled carrier; and
the wireless controller being configured to control operation of the engine of the self-propelled carrier and the hydraulic powered saw based on a command received over a wireless communication channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,984

CHEMICALLY SHARPENING BLADES

Hutchinson Technology Inc...

1. A method for forming a metal base, the method comprisingapplying a first mask and a second mask to a first side of the metal base to form a first window between the first mask and the second mask;
applying a third mask and a fourth mask to a second side of the metal base to form a second window between the third mask and the fourth mask;
applying a first variable permeability mask adjacent to the third mask of the second side of the metal base; and
chemically etching the metal base at the first window and the second window in a first stage to form a first void on the first side and a second void on the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,478,981

ELECTRIC SHAVER

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. An electric shaver comprising a handle portion, a shaver head supported by said handle portion and including at least one drivable cutter element, and at least one rinse opening for rinsing water or other fluids through the interior of said shaver head, wherein said rinse opening forms a funnel-like inlet channel having a horn- or funnel-shaped contour with a cross-section continuously expanding towards the ambience of the shaver, wherein said shaver head has a functional face to be contacted with the skin to be shaved, a pair of oblong side faces neighboring said functional face and a pair of small side faces neighboring said functional face and said oblong side faces, wherein said at least one rinse opening opens toward one of said small side faces.

US Pat. No. 10,478,974

END OF ARM TOOLS FOR SOFT ROBOTIC SYSTEMS

Soft Robtics, Inc., Bedf...

1. A soft robotic grasping system for grasping a target object, comprising:a gripper hub having an axial center region about an axial center line, the gripper hub extending from the axial center line in a lateral direction;
a soft robotic finger supported by the hub, the soft robotic finger including an elastomeric outer surface surrounding an internal void, and configured to curl when a pressure change occurs within the internal void;
a linkage extending from a proximal end of the soft robotic finger to the gripper hub;
a pivot point at which the linkage is rotatably connected to the gripper hub;
a linear actuator disposed between the pivot point and the proximal end of the soft robotic finger and configured to move in the lateral direction; and
a controller configured to actuate the linear actuator to move the linear actuator in the lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,972

METHOD OF COVERING A SURFACE OF A BUILDING AND ROBOT THEREFOR

Q-Bot Limited, London (G...

1. A method of forming an insulative covering on an internal surface of a building, the method comprising:introducing a robotic vehicle into an underfloor cavity of the building, wherein the underfloor cavity comprises a space between an underside of a suspended floor and the ground;
spraying, by the robotic vehicle, a thermally insulating material in at least one layer onto the internal surface, wherein the internal surface comprises the underside of the suspended floor, wherein the robotic vehicle comprises a spray nozzle coupled to a hose that is coupled to a source of the thermally insulating material, and further wherein the source is located outside of the underfloor cavity;
supplying, by the source, the thermally insulating material to the spray nozzle of the robotic vehicle via the hose; and
allowing the thermally insulating material to solidify, wherein the solidified thermally insulating material forms the insulative covering of the internal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,965

ROBOT SYSTEM

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A robot system comprising:a robot;
a control device configured to control the robot according to an operation program;
a portable teach pendant configured to be connected to the control device, and to perform a teaching operation regarding the operation program; and
a teaching handle configured to be attached to the robot, to be connected to the control device, and to perform lead-through teaching, wherein
the teach pendant is provided with a first enable switch configured to be switched to an on state in a state where the teach pendant is gripped, and to permit operation of the robot by manual operation of the teach pendant,
the teaching handle is provided with a second enable switch configured to be switched to an on state in a state where the teaching handle is gripped, and to permit operation of the robot by the teaching handle,
the control device enables operation of the robot by the teaching handle only when the first enable switch is in an off state and the second enable switch is switched to the on state, and enables operation of the robot by the teach pendant only when the second enable switch is in an off state and the first enable switch is switched to the on state, and
the control device shuts off power to the robot at a time point of both the first enable switch and the second enable switch being switched to the on state.

US Pat. No. 10,478,950

POWER TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A power tool comprising:a tool-main-body part that houses an electric motor that serves as a drive source;
a grip part extending downward from the tool-main-body part and configured to be gripped by a user;
a battery attaching portion located at a lower portion of the grip part and configured such that a battery pack can be attached to the battery attaching portion;
a circuit board configured to determine a remaining charge level of the battery pack attached to the battery attaching portion and/or to control the operation of the electric motor; and
a display configured to communicate with the circuit board and to indicate the remaining charge level of the battery pack and/or the operating state of the electric motor;
wherein the circuit board and the display are located at the battery attaching portion, each has a flat-plate shape and the circuit board and the display are disposed facing each other; and
at least a first portion of the display projects beyond an end edge of the circuit board when viewed from an upper side of the power tool.

US Pat. No. 10,478,945

ABRASIVE RECOVERY ASSEMBLY FOR A WATERJET CUTTING SYSTEM

HMCC ACQUIRECO2, LLC, Bu...

1. An abrasive recovery system for a waterjet cutter, the abrasive recovery system comprising: a drain assembly including a drain coupler including at least one drain nozzle, the drain nozzle having at least one wall defining a drain nozzle bore, the drain coupler defining a drain opening wherein the drain opening is in fluid communication with the drain nozzle bore;a flexible hose coupled to the drain nozzle to establish fluid communication between the drain opening and the flexible hose; and
a water jet cutting nozzle configured to perform a cutting operation; and
a tank, the drain assembly and the flexible hose being supported within the tank below the water jet cutting nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,478,938

POLISHING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Ebara Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A polishing method for polishing a plurality of substrates, comprising:polishing a surface of a first substrate by pressing the first substrate against a polishing pad on a polishing table by a top ring, said polishing being executed in accordance with a preset polishing recipe; and
cleaning the polishing pad for removing foreign matters on said polishing pad by ejecting a cleaning fluid onto said polishing pad;
determining whether the first substrate is a last substrate to be polished;
wherein, when the first substrate is the last substrate to be polished, said cleaning after the completion of said polishing recipe is continued for a predetermined time and is then terminated after the elapse of said predetermined time, and when the first substrate is not the last substrate to be polished said cleaning after the completion of said polishing recipe is terminated by detecting a position of a subsequent substrate to be polished which is undergoing a substrate transferring process in which the first substrate is removed from said top ring at a substrate transferring position whether it's the last substrate or not.

US Pat. No. 10,478,936

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING SURFACE PROPERTIES OF POLISHING PAD

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A method of measuring surface properties of a polishing pad, comprising:swinging a light source to apply a laser beam to a surface of a polishing pad at a plurality of incident angles, wherein the plurality of incident angles are different from each other;
receiving light reflected by the surface of the polishing pad at a plurality of reflection angles; and
performing a Fourier transform on the received light reflected at the plurality of reflection angles to determine surface properties of the polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,478,923

LASER MACHINING DEVICE AND LASER OSCILLATION CONTROL METHOD

AMADA COMPANY, LIMITED, ...

1. A laser machining device, comprising:a laser oscillator for oscillating a laser beam to have a variable output according to a machining condition,
an optical fiber for propagating said laser beam,
a photoelectric sensor for detecting an intensity of light leaking from a cladding side face of said optical fiber and outputting a detection signal indicating said intensity, and
a laser oscillation control device for controlling an operation of said laser machining device based on said detection signal,
the laser oscillation control device comprising:
a control unit,
said photoelectric sensor, and
a monitor unit comprising a CPU and a memory, said monitor unit being configured to receive the detection signal outputted by the photoelectric sensor and to carry out signal exchanges with the control unit,
an output display and/or speech unit configured to output information from the control unit externally,
an input unit configured for a user to input information to the control unit,
wherein said CPU compares a first light value threshold that is set according to a laser beam output with said intensity or an amount of light obtained from said detection signal, when an output of said laser oscillator is less than or equal to a prescribed output, and
compares a second light value threshold that is set according to the laser beam output with an intensity or an amount of light obtained from said detection signal, when an output of said laser oscillator is greater than said prescribed output, and
generates a command signal to the laser oscillator to stop an oscillation of the laser beam at said laser oscillator to thereby prevent an occurrence of a defect of the optical fiber,
wherein the first and the second light value thresholds are each set based upon respective predetermined reference levels.

US Pat. No. 10,478,905

MACHINE TOOL FOR FORMING RADIATING CABLE

Trilogy Communications, I...

15. A method of forming a radiating cable, comprising:forming, by a radiating machine tool, a plurality of slots along a longitudinal length of an outer conductor of a coaxial cable by:
receiving, by a cable receiving channel of the radiating machine tool, the coaxial cable, wherein the coaxial cable passes through an aperture of a carriage of the radiating machine tool, and
causing, by a controller in communication with the radiating machine tool, the carriage to rotate about an axis that is coaxial with the cable receiving channel such that one or more milling cutters of the carriage form one or more of the plurality of slots along the longitudinal length of the outer conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,904

HOLE SAW ASSEMBLY

GRIPP-X B.V., Ede (NL)

1. A hole saw assembly comprising a hole saw and an arbor for coupling said hole saw to a driving tool, said hole saw comprising a bottom wall provided with a hole with internal thread having a major and a minor thread diameter, and said arbor comprising a clamping device having a first and a second thread-engaging part,said first thread-engaging part extending in a longitudinal direction and having a first external surface for in use engaging the internal thread;
said second thread-engaging part extending in said longitudinal direction and having a second external surface for in use engaging the internal thread;said first and second thread-engaging parts moveable with respect to one another with a component in a direction perpendicular to said longitudinal direction, allowing said first and second thread-engaging parts to displace between a first or disengaged position with respect to one another for together providing a first circumference allowing retraction from or insertion in said hole in a substantially longitudinal direction, and a second or engaged position having a second circumference that is larger than the first circumference, and in said second position said first and second external surfaces engaging said internal thread for clamping said clamping device in said hole.

US Pat. No. 10,478,899

METHOD OF MAKING A TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE COMPOSITE MATERIAL

NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVER...

1. A method of making a transparent conductive material, comprising steps of:a) preparing a precursor solution that contains a metal salt, a templating reagent, a buffer agent, and a first solvent which also serves as a reducing agent;
b) preparing a graphene oxide solution by dispersing a graphene oxide in a second solvent which is miscible with the first solvent; and
c) slowly adding the graphene oxide solution to the precursor solution at an elevated temperature of no smaller than 150° C. and less than 290° C. so as to permit growth of graphene on metal nanowire seeds which are formed as a result of a reduction of the metal salt to thereby obtain a network structure which includes a plurality of core-shell nanowires interconnected to each other and a plurality of nanowebs of graphene extending from the core-shell nanowires.

US Pat. No. 10,478,896

POROUS COPPER BODY, POROUS COPPER COMPOSITE PART, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POROUS COPPER BODY, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POROUS COPPER COMPOSITE PART

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A porous copper body, comprising:a skeleton having a three-dimensional network structure,
wherein an oxidation-reduction layer formed by an oxidation-reduction treatment is provided on a surface of the skeleton,
the skeleton is constituted by a sintered body made of a plurality of copper fibers,
in each of the copper fibers, a diameter R is set to be in a range of 0.05 mm to 1.0 mm, and a ratio L/R of a length L to the diameter R is set to be in a range of 4 to 2500, and
an average crystal grain size of an entirety including the skeleton and the oxidation-reduction layer is in a range of 5% to 300% of a diameter of the copper fibers in the skeleton.

US Pat. No. 10,478,891

SYSTEM FOR IMPREGNATION OF CASTINGS

1. A system for impregnation and washing of castings, comprising:a vacuum chamber for impregnation of castings with a sealant;
at least one wash chamber for washing the castings after impregnation of the castings with the sealant;
a storage chamber for storing the sealant;
a valve connected to and in fluid communication with the vacuum chamber and the storage chamber, wherein the valve controls flow of the sealant to and from the storage chamber into and out of the vacuum chamber;
a basket comprising
(i) a plurality of bins to hold the castings without causing the castings to come in contact with each other during impregnation of the castings with the sealant,
(ii) a partition sheet lining each of the plurality of bins, the partition sheet being configured with a plurality of perforations and a plurality of slots that facilitate the washing of the castings, and
(iii) stubs configured on each of first and second ends of the basket for orientation thereof;
a gantry configured to place the basket into the vacuum chamber before the impregnation of the castings, to remove the basket from the vacuum chamber after impregnation of the castings and a return of the sealant to the storage chamber, and to place the basket into the at least one wash chamber after the impregnation of the castings; and
at least one gripper disposed on the gantry for gripping and lifting the basket through the stubs, wherein the at least one gripper comprises pins configured to prevent sticking of the sealant therein, thereby preventing jamming of the system.

US Pat. No. 10,478,885

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SHAPING METAL PRODUCT

Capital One Services, LLC...

15. An apparatus for shaping a blank, the apparatus comprising:a first die and a second die;
a support structure attached to the first and second dies and configured to bring the first and second dies together to form a seal around the blank; and
a hydraulic cylinder configured to supply a pressurized molten salt at a temperature greater than 800° C. into a space between the blank and the second die, such that the molten salt provides a hydraulic pressure to the blank to force the blank against an inner surface of the first die,
wherein the blank is preheated by placing the blank onto a surface of a molten salt reservoir before loading onto the first die or the second die.

US Pat. No. 10,478,884

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FORMING FROM A FLAT SHEET MATERIAL A CORNER BOUNDED BY THREE SIDES

1. A system for trimming a three-dimensional corner region manufactured from a flat plate by a tool having a top face and shaping surfaces adapted to form two folded-down intersecting side walls of the flat plate in the corner region having free end faces and an excess projection in the corner region where the side walls intersect which comprisesa clamping device for clamping the flat plate to the top face of a tool;
first and second supports for said two folded down intersecting side walls, said supports being adapted to support the free end faces of the side walls;
a knife having a first planar face and a die having a second planar face, said first and second planar faces being disposed in abutting relationship and defining a virtual plane therebetween, said first planar face being displaceable with respect to said second planar face between a first position and a second position said knife also being displaceable with respect to said folded down side wall whereby movement of said knife from said first position to said second position severs a free end of said side walls;
said virtual plane being disposed in oblique relationship to said sidewalls, said virtual plane being oblique to a plane that is normal to the side walls whereby an edge is formed on the free end face of each side wall that is perpendicular to the sidewall and has more points on the edge formed on the free end that are disposed in a single plane that is perpendicular to the sidewall than if the virtual plane is disposed in a direction that is parallel to a plane is normal to the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,478,881

CIRCUIT FOR CONDUIT BENDER

Greenlee Tools, Inc., Ro...

1. A circuit for controlling the bending operation performed by a bender on a conduit, the circuit comprising:a microprocessor in communication with a motor used to rotate a shoe about which the conduit is to be bent, wherein the microprocessor is configured to provide a motor control signal to the motor to control the bending operation;
wherein the microprocessor is configured to determine a stop position for rotation of the shoe to achieve the desired bend to the conduit; and
wherein the motor control signal provided to the motor to drive the motor is configured to be ramped down prior to the shoe reaching the stop position to stop rotation of the shoe at the stop position without the use of a mechanical brake.

US Pat. No. 10,478,856

LINEAR VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A linear vibration motor, comprising:a base having accommodating space;
a vibrating unit located in the accommodating space; and
an elastic member suspending the vibrating unit in the accommodating space;
wherein the vibrating unit comprises a first side wall and a second side wall oppositely arranged along a direction perpendicular to a vibrating direction of the vibrating unit, the elastic member comprises a first elastic member and a second elastic member which are spaced from each other,
wherein the first elastic member comprises a first fixing arm fixed on the base and arranged opposite to and spaced from the first side wall, two first elastic arms respectively extending from two ends of the first fixing arm and surrounding the vibrating unit, and two first connecting arms respectively extending from ends of two first elastic arms and surrounding the vibrating unit, wherein the two first connecting arms are respectively fixed on the second side wall;
wherein the second elastic member comprises a second fixing arm fixed on the base and arranged opposite to and spaced from the second side wall, two second elastic arms respectively bending and extending from two ends of the second fixing arm and surrounding the vibrating unit, and two second connecting arms respectively bending and extending from ends of two second elastic arms and surrounding the vibrating unit; wherein two second connecting arms are respectively fixed on the first side wall, and are located between the first side wall and the first fixing arm;
wherein the first elastic member further comprises two first avoiding holes penetrating through the first fixing arm; each of the first avoiding holes is respectively arranged directly facing a corresponding second connecting arm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,850

POWDER CUP SPRAY GUN AND SPRAY-COATING DEVICE COMPRISING A POWDER CUP SPRAY GUN

Wagner International AG, ...

1. A powder cup spray gun, comprising:a housing at a rear end of which an injector with a powder inlet is included,
a grip for the housing, the grip including a trigger for activating the spray gun, and
a funnel-shaped powder cup and a receptacle for the powder cup,
wherein the powder inlet of the injector is connected to the receptacle,
wherein the powder cup and the receptacle have a fitted connection therebetween so that the powder cup can be slidably engaged with the receptacle,
wherein the grip for the housing is included with a connection for conveying air, a connection for atomising air and a connection for metering air that are each arranged outside a body of the grip and extending from a lower end of the grip,
wherein the grip houses a plurality of compressed air lines, and each of the connection for the conveying air and the connection for the metering air are connected to the injector via the compressed air lines housed in the grip and running from the lower end of the grip to the injector.

US Pat. No. 10,478,847

COATING SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED OPERATING METHOD

1. A Coating system for coating components, having:a) a coating booth,
b) a conveyor for conveying the components through the coating booth,
c) at least one applicator inside the coating booth for applying a spray jet of a coating agent to the components to be coated, a portion of the applied coating agent being deposited on the components to be coated, while another portion of the applied coating agent floats in the booth interior as overspray,
d) a cleaning device for reducing the overspray from the booth interior by an additional measure in addition to the reduction of the overspray by a vertically downwardly directed air flow that is generated by a filter ceiling wherein the cleaning device is on a movable manipulator having a plurality of movement axis; the cleaning device has a blowing nozzle arrangement which delivers the air flow downwards through at least one blowing nozzle in order to blow the troublesome overspray downwards out of the booth interior, and
the movable manipulator is arranged above the conveyor, and
the blowing nozzle arrangement extends through the coating booth transversely to the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,843

LIQUID HAND WASH CONTAINER

Huoxian Xie, Shenzhen, G...

1. A liquid hand wash container, comprising: an outer casing, a rear casing, a liquid storage bottle, a liquid discharging pump module, a pressing plate, a pressing base, two thrust arc plates and a compression rod module, wherein:the liquid discharging pump module comprises a liquid discharging pump and a liquid discharging tube; the outer casing and the rear casing are connected with each other to form an accommodating cavity through a buckle; all of the liquid storage bottle, the liquid discharging pump module, the pressing base and the compression rod module are disposed within the accommodating cavity; all of the liquid storage bottle, the liquid discharging pump module and the compression rod module are fixedly disposed on the rear casing; an upper portion of the liquid discharging pump is connected with the liquid storage bottle through the liquid discharging tube, a lower portion of the liquid discharging pump is movably connected with the pressing base; a bottom of the outer casing has an opening, the pressing plate is correspondingly disposed at the opening and is movably connected with the outer casing; one end of each of the thrust arc plates is fixedly connected with the pressing plate, the other end of each of the thrust arc plates is a concave arc-shaped end which presses against the compression rod module; the compression rod module is disposed below the pressing base and presses against a bottom of the pressing base;
the compression rod module comprises two compression rods, a compression rod column, a compression rod rotary shaft and a compression rod fixed frame, wherein the compression rod fixed frame is fixedly connected with the rear casing; one end of each of the compression rods is fixedly connected with a side wall of the compression rod column, the other end of each of the compression rods is movably connected with the compression rod fixed frame through the compression rod rotary shaft; the compression rod column and the compression rods are at a same plane and perpendicular to each other, the compression rod column is parallel to the compression rod rotary shaft, the side wall of the compression rod column presses against the concave arc-shaped end of each of the thrust arc plates;
the two compression rods are symmetrically disposed; a first compression rod, namely, one of the two compression rods is fixedly connected with a side wall at one end of the compression rod column; a second compression rod, namely, the other of the two compression rods is fixedly connected with a side wall at the other end of the compression rod column; the compression rod column, the compression rod rotary shaft and the two compression rods are connected with each other to form a quadrilateral component;
the bottom of the pressing base has a liquid outlet which is connected with a liquid discharging nozzle; an outer diameter of the liquid discharging nozzle is smaller than an outer diameter of the pressing base; the liquid discharging nozzle passes through the quadrilateral component from top to down; the quadrilateral component is disposed at a joint of the pressing base and the liquid discharging nozzle, a whole side wall of the compression rod column presses against the bottom of the pressing base;
the two thrust arc plates are symmetrically disposed; a first thrust arc plate is corresponding to the first compression rod; one end of the compression rod column is disposed between the first thrust arc plate and the first compression rod; a second thrust arc plate is corresponding to the second compression rod, the other end of the compression rod column is disposed between the second thrust arc plate and the second compression rod.

US Pat. No. 10,478,840

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONVERTING LIQUID STREAM INTO FINE DROPLETS

INDIAN OIL CORPORATION LI...

1. An apparatus for mixing and atomizing a hydrocarbon stream using a dispersion stream, said apparatus comprising:an inner conduit having a first inlet for receiving the hydrocarbon stream and a second inlet for receiving a primary dispersion stream, the inner conduit producing a primary mixture comprising the hydrocarbon stream and the primary dispersion stream;
said second inlet for receiving the primary dispersion stream including a first axial pipe and at least one further axial pipe connected in a direction of flow of the primary dispersion stream, the first axial pipe being adapted to receive the primary dispersion stream and the second axial pipe defining a first set of orifices for exit of the primary dispersion stream thereto, the first set of orifices being located at the same horizontal plane as that of the first inlet;
an outer conduit having a third inlet for receiving a secondary dispersion stream, said inner and outer conduits together defining an annular passage for downstream flow of the secondary dispersion stream;
a distal end of the annular passage defining a second set of orifices for allowing the secondary dispersion stream flowing there-through to come in contact with the primary mixture and to thereby form a secondary mixture; and
an outlet for dispensing the secondary mixture comprising the hydrocarbon stream, the primary dispersion stream and the secondary dispersion stream.

US Pat. No. 10,478,839

PORTABLE ULTRAFINE NEBULIZER

AIROFOG MACHINERY CO., LT...

1. A portable ultrafine nebulizer comprising:a housing (1);
an air turbine (3) and a water pump (5) located inside the housing (1);
an atomizing means for atomizing water comprising anatomizing nozzle (2) and an air flow guide device (4);
the atomizing nozzle (2) comprises a nozzle housing (24) with an inner cavity (241), an inner core (25) deposited at a front section of the inner cavity (241), a first block (26) deposited in the inner cavity (241) and located at a rear end of the inner core (25), and a junction (27) inserted in a rear section of the inner cavity (241), the junction (27) is connected with the water pump (5) by a transfusion tube (6), a spray port (23) is placed at a front end of the nozzle housing (24), an outer wall of the first block (26) is bonded to an inner wall of the nozzle housing (24);
a liquid flow space is formed between an outer wall of the inner core (25) and an inner wall of the nozzle housing (24), and between a rear end of the inner core (25) and a front end of the first block (26), respectively; a spiral channel (21) is placed at the outer wall of the inner core (25), the first block (26) is provided with a first through hole (261) penetrated through forwards and backwards, the junction (27) is provided with a second through hole (271) penetrated through forwards and backwards; the first through hole (261), the second through hole (271) and the liquid flow space are communicated to form a fluid channel;
the air flow guide device (4) comprises a connection lid (11) and a fixed disc (42) with a plurality of air flow guide blades (41) distributed uniformly around the atomizing nozzle (2), the air flow guide blades (41) extends forward from the fixed disc (42) into an inner chamber of the connection lid to define an air flow passage;
wherein, the air flow passage comprises an inner chamber of the connection lid (11) having a ring shape entrance between the inner wall of the connection lid (11) and the fixed disc (42) and an air outlet (111) in a center part of bottom of the connection lid (11), a plurality of air flow guide ways created by the plurality of air flow guide blades (41) in the inner chamber;
wherein, the nozzle housing (24) fixedly penetrates in a center of the fixed disc (42); the fixed disc (42) is provided with a plurality of connection parts (421), which are fixedly connected to the housing (1).

US Pat. No. 10,478,834

FOAM DISPENSING CONTAINER

Kao Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A foam dispensing container comprising:a container body that reserves a liquid agent;
a head part that has an outlet, and dispenses the liquid agent delivered from the container body through the outlet as a foamy liquid agent; and
a dispensing operation part that allows dispensing of a predetermined amount of the foamy liquid agent through the outlet each time the dispensing operation part accepts a user's operation, wherein
the outlet is an opening with a contiguous geometry narrowed from an intended shape, and is designed to build up the foamy liquid agent, dispensed through the outlet as a result of a single or multiple operations made on the dispensing operation part, into the intended shape in a plan view seen in a dispensing direction,
the outlet has a linear opened part, and
the outlet has a narrowly-opened part as the linear opened part; and a widely-opened part that communicates with the narrowly-opened part and is made wider than the narrowly-opened part.

US Pat. No. 10,478,830

FLOTATION SEPARATION DEVICE AND METHOD

Eriez Manufacturing Co., ...

1. A flotation separation system for partitioning a slurry, the slurry including a hydrophobic species that can adhere to gas bubbles formed in the slurry, said flotation separation system comprises:a flotation separation cell that comprises a sparger unit and a separation tank;
said sparger unit comprises:
a slurry inlet located at a first portion of a sparging mechanism, said slurry inlet for receiving a slurry;
a gas inlet located at said first portion of said sparging mechanism, said gas inlet for introducing a gas into the slurry, the gas having enough pressure to form gas bubbles in the slurry;
said sparging mechanism for dispersing the gas bubbles within the slurry, the effective open area in said sparging mechanism is substantially the same as the effective open area in said sparger unit both upstream and downstream from said sparging mechanism, said sparging mechanism is constructed such that the slurry flows through said sparging mechanism in a substantially unrestricted manner, the pressure across said sparging mechanism during the operation of said flotation separation system is about 10 psig or less;
a high shear element located within said sparging mechanism between said first portion and a second portion of said sparging mechanism, said high shear element for sparging the gas bubbles so as to form a bubble dispersion that causes adhesion of the hydrophobic species to the gas bubbles within said sparger unit;
wherein said high shear element comprises a rotating high shear element; and
a slurry outlet located at said second portion of said sparging mechanism, said slurry outlet for discharging the slurry and the bubble dispersion into said separation tank; and
said separation tank constructed to allow the bubble dispersion to form a froth at the top of the slurry contained in said separation tank.

US Pat. No. 10,478,827

DEVICES FOR MANIPULATING MAGNETIC PARTICLES, AND METHODS OF FABRICATING THE DEVICES AND THE USE THEREOF

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY, Ham...

1. A device for manipulating magnetic particles, the device comprising:a substrate;
a conductive element formed onto the substrate in a meandering design pattern shaped to enhance a magnetic field generated in response to a current applied to the conductive element, the conductive element including one of a microstructure having a high aspect ratio and a nanostructure having a high aspect ratio, the conductive element having a wrinkled structure resulting from the substrate being shrunk during fabrication of the device;
an insulating layer; and
a magnetic element formed onto the insulating layer, the insulating layer isolates the conductive element from the magnetic element, and the magnetic element enhances a magnetic force resulting from the magnetic field generated by the conductive element.

US Pat. No. 10,478,825

PORTABLE ELECTRIC AND HAND OPERATED HERB GRINDER

LUVNKURE INC., Ottawa, O...

1. A portable herb grinder comprising:a top section having a motor, and a bottom opening;
a disc having a plurality of top grinding knives, wherein the disc is connected to the motor for rotation within the bottom opening of the top section, and wherein the plurality of top grinding knives are oriented to protrude downward;
a middle section having a top opening that is removably inserted into the bottom opening of the top section, a bottom opening, and a plate, wherein the plate comprises a plurality of bottom grinding knives protruding upward and a plurality of apertures; and
a bottom section having a top opening that is removably attached to the bottom opening of the middle section, wherein the disc only rotates within the bottom opening of the top section when powered by the motor, thereby allowing the portable herb grinder to be operated manually and electrically.

US Pat. No. 10,478,824

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING HAMMERS

Bliss Industries, LLC, P...

1. A hammer for use in a rotatable hammermill assembly comprising:a hammer body comprising:
a hammer body front surface;
a hammer body rear surface opposite the hammer body front surface;
a first end; and
a second end for contact and delivery of momentum to material to be comminuted, wherein said second end has a weld hardened edge;
a front plate secured to the hammer body front surface at the first end, including a front plate thickness, and not being integrally formed with the hammer body front surface;
a rear plate secured to the hammer body rear surface at the first end, including a rear plate thickness different from the front plate thickness, and not being integrally formed with the hammer body front surface;
a rod hole passing through the hammer body, the front plate, and the rear plate.

US Pat. No. 10,478,822

AUTOMATED CELL PROCESSING INSTRUMENTS COMPRISING REAGENT CARTRIDGES

Inscripta, Inc., Boulder...

1. An automated multi-module cell processing instrument comprising:a housing;
a reagent cartridge, wherein the reagent cartridge comprises:
a thermal block with block reservoirs defined therein;
a cover disposed upon the thermal block with cover reservoirs defined therein, wherein the cover reservoirs and block reservoirs are coincident and together define reservoirs in the reagent cartridge;
an insert comprising a transformation module, wherein the transformation module is a flow-through electroporation device;
a script readable by a processor;
at least two additional inserts configured to reside within the reservoirs in the reagent cartridge; and
reagents dispensed in one or more of the reservoirs;
a growth module;
a cell concentration module;
an editing module; and
the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,819

SORTING PARTICLES IN A MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A method of producing a sample enriched in particles of a first type, the method comprising:obtaining a fluid sample comprising particles of the first type;
altering a size of the particles of the first type in the fluid sample to provide particles of the first type having an increased effective size in the fluid sample; and
flowing the fluid sample containing the particles of the first type having the increased effective size into a particle sorting region of a microfluidic device comprising
a first outer wall of the particle sorting region;
a second outer wall of the particle sorting region;
a first microfluidic channel extending longitudinally along the particle sorting region between the first outer wall and the second outer wall;
a second microfluidic channel extending longitudinally between the first microfluidic channel and the first outer wall;
a first array of islands separating the first microfluidic channel from the second microfluidic channel, wherein each island in the first array is separated from an adjacent island in the first array by an opening that fluidly couples the first microfluidic channel to the second microfluidic channel;
a third microfluidic channel extending longitudinally between the first microfluidic channel and the second outer wall;
a second array of islands separating the first microfluidic channel from the third microfluidic channel, wherein each island in the second array is separated from an adjacent island in the second array by an opening that fluidly couples the first microfluidic channel to the third microfluidic channel;
wherein, over a length of the particle sorting region that includes a plurality of islands from the first array and from the second array, a distance from the first outer wall to the first array of islands increases so that a fluidic resistance of the second microfluidic channel decreases along a longitudinal direction of the particle sorting region relative to the fluidic resistance of the first microfluidic channel, such that a portion of fluid from the fluid sample in the first microfluidic channel passes through the first array into the second microfluidic channel, and
wherein, over the length of the particle sorting region that includes the plurality of islands from the first array and from the second array, a distance from the second outer wall to the second array of islands decreases so that a fluidic resistance of the third microfluidic channel increases along the longitudinal direction of the particle sorting region relative to the fluidic resistance of the first microfluidic channel, such that a portion of fluid from the fluid sample in the third microfluidic channel passes through the second array into the first microfluidic channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,802

ANTI-FINGERPRINT PHOTOCATALYTIC NANOSTRUCTURE FOR TRANSPARENT SURFACES

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE O...

1. A structure comprising:a transparent substrate; and
a multi-layer optically transmissive nanoparticle structure residing on the substrate comprising an outermost layer of titanium dioxide nanoparticles wherein the outermost layer of titanium dioxide nanoparticles of the multi-layer structure is superhydrophilic and oleophilic, and alternating layers of low and high index of refraction materials below the outermost layer to provide broadband anti-reflectivity
wherein the alternating layers of low and high index of refraction materials form a nanoporous coating and have a smaller refractive index than the substrate and
the optically transmissive nanoparticle structure capable of wicking sebum into the nanoporous coating of the nanoparticle structure followed by photocatalytic degradation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,797

BIO-SENSING AND TEMPERATURE-SENSING INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:two or more rows of heating elements;
two or more columns of heating elements;
a plurality of sensing areas, each sensing area of the plurality of sensing areas being between two adjacent rows of the rows of heating elements and being between two adjacent columns of the columns of heating elements; and
a control unit configured to receive:
a first digital code based on a plurality of bio-sensing signals corresponding to the plurality of sensing areas; and
a second digital code based on a plurality of temperature-sensing signals corresponding to the plurality of sensing areas.

US Pat. No. 10,478,796

CONTROL OF FOULING IN HIGH PRESSURE POLYETHYLENE MANUFACTURE

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. A high pressure polyethylene polymerization system comprising a reactor, a primary compressor, and a secondary compressor, the secondary compressor comprising:a. a first stage, wherein the first stage comprises at least two cylinders, and the discharge pipes of the at least two cylinders are fluidly connected by a first stage discharge cross-connect pipe;
b. a second stage;
c. an interstage; and
d. a first cooler applied to the interstage piping at a location within 10 meters downstream of the first stage discharge pipe cross-connect.

US Pat. No. 10,478,793

REACTOR FOR CARRYING OUT EQUILIBRIUM-LIMITED REACTIONS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A reactor for carrying out equilibrium-limited reactions, the reactor comprising:a reaction chamber for receiving a catalyst;
a sorption chamber for receiving a sorption agent;
a feedstock feeding device;
a sorption agent feeding device;
a sorption agent discharge device for removing sorption agent from a lower region of the reactor; and
a gas-permeable element separating the reaction chamber from the sorption chamber, wherein the gas-permeable element repels particles of the sorption agent;
wherein the sorption agent feeding device provides sorption agent to an upper region of the reactor; and
the gas-permeable element exhibits a liquid drop repellent effect decreasing from the upper region to the lower region.

US Pat. No. 10,478,792

CYLINDRICAL WALL FOR FILTERING SOLID PARTICLES IN A FLUID

Total Raffinage Chimie, ...

1. A cylindrical wall for filtering solid particles in a fluid, through which this fluid is likely to circulate, this wall comprising:a perforated cylinder extending in a longitudinal direction, the cylinder being produced from at least one perforated plate,
a grating assembly, of generally cylindrical form, intended to be in contact with the solid particles, the grating assembly and the perforated cylinder being concentric, the grating assembly comprising at least one grating element, the grating element comprising a plurality of wires each extending in the longitudinal direction, and
means for assembling the at least one grating element so as to form the grating assembly of generally cylindrical form, the assembly means being arranged to ensure fixing of the at least one grating element on the perforated plate that can be dismantled.

US Pat. No. 10,478,767

AIR PURIFICATION METHODOLOGY AND APPARATUS

Yi Fang, Dallas, TX (US)...

1. An air purification apparatus, comprising: a water tank to hold water;a first stage air bubble size reduction module integrated with a bottom of the water tank and designed to reduce air bubble sizes of air entering to the water held in the water tank;
an electrical blower coupled to the first stage air bubble size reduction module and configured to inject the air into the water tank starting with reduced air bubble sizes; and
a second stage air bubble size reduction module disposed in said water tank to further reduce the air bubble sizes of the air in the water inside of the water tank.

US Pat. No. 10,478,760

FILTER ELEMENT WITH A LUMINESCENT MARKER

1. A filter element for fluid filtration, comprising:a filter mat with a first axial end;
a fluid-permeable supporting tube being a hollow cylinder adjacent said filter mat;
a first end cap having a recess receiving said first axial end of said filter mat; and
a luminescent marker mixed in and not merely on an adhesive bed in said recess joining said first axial end of said filter mat to said first end cap, said luminescent marker being excited to a characteristic and detectable wave emission when exposed to at least one of a certain exciter wave or wave spectrum, being organic and being a fluorescent material,
said fluorescent material including a host lattice and an activator producing an emitted wave image,
said host lattice being made of an oxidic material,
said activator being made of at least one of rare earth or transition metals.

US Pat. No. 10,478,753

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FLUID DURING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

CH INTERNATIONAL EQUIPMEN...

1. A hydraulic fracturing system comprising: a liquid source, an additive source, a blender, a pump in fluid communication with the blender, and a gas-liquid two-phase flow separator system having a liquid outlet and a gas outlet, the gas-liquid two-phase flow separator system disposed inline between the blender and the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,478,750

TECHNIQUES FOR ACCELERATING THERMAL EQUILIBRIUM IN A CHROMATOGRAPHIC COLUMN

Waters Technologies Corpo...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing computer-executable code;
a liquid chromatography column having an inner diameter of greater than or equal to about 1.0 mm, the liquid chromatography column comprising an inlet end and an outlet end arranged opposite the inlet end;
a plurality of temperature control units each in thermal contact with a different portion of the liquid chromatography column;
a plurality of thermocouples each for sensing a temperature at a different portion of the liquid chromatography column;
at least one processor operative to execute the computer-executable code to cause the apparatus to:
determine a plurality of temperatures of the liquid chromatography column from the plurality of thermocouples, the plurality of temperatures comprising an inlet temperature Tin of the inlet end and an outlet temperature Tout of the outlet end, and
individually control at least one of the plurality of temperature control units based on at least one of Tin and Tout.

US Pat. No. 10,478,734

GAME CONTROL PROGRAM, GAME CONTROL METHOD, AND GAME CONTROL DEVICE

CYGAMES, INC., Tokyo (JP...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing a game control program for causing a computer having a processor coupled to a memory, wherein the game control program controls an execution of a game to execute control processing while the game control program discriminates between different kinds of touch operations on a touchscreen operating as an input/output device for the game, wherein the game involves a movement of a character on the touchscreen, the control processing comprising:determining, by the processor, as a first touch operation, an operation in which contact with the touchscreen is maintained and in which a contact position is moved continuously;
generating, by the processor, an anticipated movement trajectory of the character in the game before moving the character in the game in accordance with a direction amount and a movement amount of the first touch operation;
determining, by the processor, as a second touch operation, new contact with the touchscreen while the contact in the first touch operation is being continued;
changing, by the processor, the anticipated movement trajectory when the second touch operation is a tap operation;
moving, by the processor, the character based on the anticipated movement trajectory in response to a termination of the first touch operation; and
disabling, by the processor, the first touch operation on the touchscreen while the character is moving in response to the termination of the first touch operation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,726

GAME MACHINE AND PROGRAM

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINM...

1. A game machine comprising:one or more non-transitory computer readable memories that store one or more software components that include computer executable program instructions; and
one or more computers that execute the computer executable program instructions to cause the one or more computers to:
accept one or more game operations by a player;
determine whether or not the one or more game operations that are accepted satisfy one or more predefined skill conditions;
consume a game value based on a determination that the one or more game operations by the player which are accepted satisfy the one or more predefined skill conditions; and
determine a reward to the one or more game operations based on a determination that the one or more game operations that are accepted satisfy the one or more predefined skill conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,720

DYNAMIC ASSETS FOR CREATING GAME EXPERIENCES

Unity IPR ApS, Copenhage...

1. A system comprising:one or more memories:
one or more hardware processors; and
an asset player module incorporated into the one or more memories and, executable by the one or more hardware processors, and configured to perform operations during a time interval between a first frame and a second frame of a game or video to generate media output for the second frame, the operations comprising:
identifying a playable asset configuration for a first playable asset associated with media, the playable asset configuration including a first graph configuration identifying a plurality of processing nodes connected by at least one directed edge, each node in the graph configuration representing a media processing component configured to modify one or more media inputs to generate the media output, the first playable asset accepting one or more input media components;
constructing and altering a graph in the memory based on the first graph configuration and a plurality of events from a game system that occurred prior to the first frame;
receiving a first set of media inputs and preparing the first set of media inputs and other data for the graph;
executing the media processing components in an order based on the graph configuration;
using the first set of media inputs and the other data as the one or more input media components;
based on said executing, performing the generating of the media output for playing by a conventional media player.

US Pat. No. 10,478,682

GOLF CLUB SET

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club set comprising golf clubs having different loft angles, said golf clubs including:at least one first golf club having a loft angle not less than 46 degrees and less than 56 degrees,
at least one second golf club having a loft angle not less than 56 degrees and less than 60 degrees, and
at least one third golf club having a loft angle more than 60 degrees and not more than 64 degrees,whereinsaid at least one first golf club, said at least one second golf club and said at least one third golf club each comprise a face provided with score lines,
the score lines are each formed by a groove having a groove bottom and a pair of opposite groove walls which are inclined at an inclination angle with respect to a normal direction to the face so that the groove width between the opposite groove walls is increased from the groove bottom toward the face,
the inclination angle of the groove walls of the score lines of said at least one first golf club is in a range from 28 to 42 degrees,
the inclination angle of the groove walls of the score lines of said at least one second golf club is in a range from 23 to 37 degrees and smaller than that of the first golf club, and
the inclination angle of the groove walls of the score lines of said at least one third golf club is in a range from 20 to 30 degrees and smaller than that of the second golf club.

US Pat. No. 10,478,680

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a plurality of weight portions;
a body portion having an interior cavity, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a back portion, a front portion, and a plurality of ports, at least one port of the plurality of ports configured to receive a weight portion of the plurality of weight portions;
a hosel portion extending from the top portion, the hosel portion configured to receive a shaft; and
a spacer portion coupled to the hosel portion at a position between the body portion and the shaft, wherein the hosel portion extends through the spacer portion, and wherein the spacer portion includes an inside surface that curves outwardly in an upward direction along the hosel portion, the inside surface configured to engage matingly with an outside surface of the shaft that curves inwardly in a downward direction along the hosel portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,677

SPORTS TRAINING BALL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SPORTS TRAINING BALL

SWAX LAX LLC, Summit, NJ...

1. A lacrosse training ball comprising:a shell defining an enclosure having an interior volume, the shell including a plurality of pads connected along a plurality of seams sewn with a thread having a finishing knot; and
a filler consisting essentially of a mixture of a first material being a plurality of pellets formed by a process comprising grinding an elastic material, and a second material being a plurality of grains of sand that substantially occupies the interior volume,
wherein the shell has a substantially spherical shape having a circumference in the range of 19.0 to 21.0 centimeters, and
wherein the lacrosse training ball has a weight of 5 ounces to 5.25+/?5% ounces.

US Pat. No. 10,478,669

EXERCISE MOTION TRACKING ASSEMBLY, EXERCISE MOTION TRACKING SYSTEM, AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

Jenkins Asia Tech (Shangh...

1. An exercise motion tracking assembly, comprising:a base unit comprising a tracker engagement side and an equipment engagement side,
wherein the tracker engagement side comprises a plurality of attachment arms and a plurality of trigger columns on the tracker engagement side; and
a tracker comprising a base engagement panel having a plurality of column ports, a printed circuit board (PCB), a plurality of sensors coupled to the PCB, a microcontroller unit (MCU) coupled to the PCB, a plurality of switching components coupled to the PCB, a rechargeable battery configured to power the MCU and the plurality of sensors, and a tracker housing configured to engage with the base engagement panel to enclose the PCB, the plurality of switching components, the plurality of sensors, the MCU, and the rechargeable battery,
wherein the tracker is configured to be detachably coupled to the base unit by the plurality of attachment arms, and
wherein at least one of the plurality of sensors is activated when the tracker is detachably coupled to the base unit causing at least one of the plurality of trigger columns to extend through at least one of the plurality of column ports and actuate at least one of the plurality of switching components.

US Pat. No. 10,478,661

EXERCISE MAT WRAP AND ENSEMBLE

1. An exercise mat ensemble comprising:a base portion having a left edge and a right edge extending in a longitudinal direction, and a top surface operable to be substantially planar and extend between the left edge and the right edge;
an exercise mat coupled to the top surface of the base portion, the exercise mat having two longitudinal edges;
a left pocket attached to a left edge of the base portion, the left pocket including a first enclosure accessible from a side proximate to the left edge of the base portion, wherein the left pocket is formed by an upper left pocket portion attached to a lower left pocket portion, the left pocket being operable to fold across the top surface of the base portion;
a right pocket attached to a right edge of the base portion, the right pocket including a second enclosure accessible from a side proximate to the right edge of the base portion, wherein the right pocket is formed by an upper right pocket portion attached to a lower right pocket portion, the right pocket being operable to fold across the top surface of the base portion;
a left flap attached to the left edge of the base portion, the left flap being offset from the left pocket in a longitudinal direction, the left flap being operable to fold across the top surface of the base portion; and
a right flap attached to the right edge of the base portion, the right flap being offset from the right pocket in the longitudinal direction, the right flap being operable to fold across the top surface of the base portion;
wherein a majority of the exercise mat is covered by the left pocket, the right pocket, the left flap, and the right flap when the left pocket, the right pocket, the left flap, and the right flap are folded across the top surface of the base portion; and
wherein the upper left pocket portion, the lower left pocket portion, the upper right pocket portion, and the lower right pocket portion comprise semicircles.

US Pat. No. 10,478,651

SENSOR INTEGRATION IN MECHANICAL FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS

Tyco Fire Products LP, L...

1. A fire suppression system comprising:a nozzle;
a cartridge containing a pressurized gas;
an agent tank coupled to the cartridge and having stored within a fire suppression agent;
distribution piping providing a conduit that allows the fire suppression agent when expelled from the agent tank to flow from the agent tank to the nozzle;
a release assembly coupled to the cartridge,
wherein, upon activation of the release assembly, the cartridge releases the pressurized gas causing the fire suppression agent to expel from the agent tank through the distribution piping to the nozzle;
one or more sensors to measure a current state at the nozzle, the cartridge, the agent tank, or the release assembly;
a communications module to receive measurements of the current state from the one or more sensors and transmit the current state to a remote monitoring platform, and receive a bypass signal to suppress an alarm within the fire suppression system; and
wherein, in response to the bypass signal, alarm signals are prevented from being generated and transmitted during a period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,478,645

SAFETY REMOVABLE ANCHORING DEVICE

ZEDEL, Crolles (FR)

1. A removable anchoring device, designed to be fixed in a bore hole and able to be easily disassembled and recovered from the bore hole, the removable anchoring device comprising:a fixed first part with an expansion head,
a second movable control part having wedging means collaborating with the expansion head to perform blocking or releasing of the removable anchoring device inside the bore hole, and a gripping knob connected to the wedging means by operating rods, and
a spring biasing the wedging means in a blocking direction, wherein the gripping knob is associated with a stop arranged on the fixed first part, and the gripping knob being movable with respect to the stop by a relative translational movement to disable any release command in a predefined position of the gripping knob,
wherein the wedging means comprise at least two half-rings driven by the operating rods solidly attached to a drive sleeve, the gripping knob being mounted on the drive sleeve, and
wherein the gripping knob comprises a tapped axial bore, the tapped axial bore collaborating with a conjugate thread provided on the drive sleeve to move the gripping knob between a first axial adjustment position offset from the stop to indicate a non-locked state enabling the release command, and a second axial adjustment position in engagement against the stop to indicate a locked state and to disable the release command.

US Pat. No. 10,478,628

TECHNIQUES FOR LOGGING AND USING PROGRAMMING HISTORY IN A NEUROSTIMULATION SYSTEM

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A system for use in evaluating stimulation parameter sets used by a neurostimulator to deliver neurostimulation, the system comprising:a user interface including a display screen and one or more stimulation parameter controls configured for being actuated by a user to define or adjust any of the stimulation parameter sets for the neurostimulator to use to deliver the neurostimulation;
a memory; and
a controller configured to, when defining or adjusting one of the stimulation parameter sets, log a stimulation event in a historical log file stored in the memory including log stimulation parameter values for the stimulation parameter set corresponding to the stimulation event in the historical log file, wherein the historical log file stored in the memory is configured to include a plurality of stimulation events and corresponding parameter sets including stimulation parameter values associated with the corresponding parameter sets, wherein the system is configured to display information icons on the display screen, the information icons being associated with respective stimulation events in the historical log file of stimulation events, each information icon being selectable to display the stimulation parameter values associated with the stimulation parameter set corresponding to the respective stimulation event.

US Pat. No. 10,478,622

SYNERGISTIC MUSCLE ACTIVATION DEVICE

Sage Products, LLC, Cary...

1. A method of delivering more than one type of energy waveform to a patient, comprisingpositioning an electrode on a patient's skin, the electrode adapted to be in communication with an energy delivery control unit;
combining more than one type of electrical energy waveform into a multiplexed signal, each type of electrical energy waveform having a repeating frequency; and
delivering the multiplexed signal to a muscle through the skin of the patient from the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,478,620

INTERVENTIONAL MEDICAL SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS OF USE

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method for deploying an implantable medical device to a target implant site located in a chamber of a patient's heart, the device comprising a hermetically sealed housing containing an electronic controller, a pacing electrode electrically coupled to the controller and mounted in proximity to a distal end of the housing, and a plurality of elastically deformable fixation fingers spaced apart from one another around a perimeter of the distal end of the housing an elastically deformable between an extended condition, a relaxed condition, and a compressed condition, wherein each fixation finger includes a first segment and a second segment, each first segment extending from a fixed end of the corresponding finger to the corresponding second segment, and each second segment extending from the corresponding first segment to a free end of the corresponding finger, and wherein, when the plurality of fingers are in the relaxed condition, each free end is closer to the housing than when the plurality of fingers are in the extended condition and, when the plurality of fingers are in the compressed condition, each free end is closer to the housing than when the plurality of fingers are in the relaxed condition, the method comprising:loading an entirety of the medical device into a distal-most portion of a deployment tube of a delivery tool such that a proximal end of the device abuts a distal end of an inner member of the tool, and such that each fixation finger is deformed into the extended position with each finger extending distally from the distal end of the housing, the distal-most portion of the tool holding the fixation fingers in the extended position, and the inner member of the tool extending within a lumen of the deployment tube;
navigating the delivery tool with the device loaded therein through a venous system of the patient to locate the distal-most portion of the tool in the chamber of the heart;
retracting the deployment tube of the delivery tool with respect to the inner member and the loaded device to expose the fixation fingers out through a distal opening of the lumen of the deployment tube, the distal opening terminating the distal-most portion of the tube, and the exposed fixation fingers being released to the relaxed condition with each finger extending in a proximal direction and outward from the housing; and
advancing the delivery tool toward the target implant site, after retracting the deployment tube, and thereby wedging the exposed fixation fingers into the compressed condition and between opposing tissue surfaces of the implant site, the wedged fingers being compressed to hold the pacing electrode of the device in intimate tissue contact by a spring force that passively fixates the implantable medical device to tissue at the implant site without penetrating the tissue at the implant site.

US Pat. No. 10,478,610

METHOD FOR ELECTROTHERAPY DRUG DELIVERY

Encore Medical Asset Corp...

1. A method of manufacturing a current distribution element for an electrotherapeutic system, the current distribution element including a power source connector for connecting to a power source, the current distribution element further including a first electrode connected to a first conductor, and a second electrode connected to a second conductor, the first and second conductor being operably coupled to the power source connector, the method comprising:utilizing a first metallic composition for the first electrode and the first conductor;
simultaneously printing the first electrode and the first conductor, wherein the first conductor is electrically connected to the first electrode;
utilizing a second metallic composition for the second electrode and the second conductor;
simultaneously printing the second electrode and the second conductor, wherein the second conductor is electrically connected to the second electrode, wherein the second conductor is separated from the first conductor by a gap;
providing a power source connector comprising a power source and a conductive bracket; and
operably attaching the power source connector to the first conductor and the second conductor using a Z-axis conductive tape that extends across the gap between the first conductor and the second conductor, the Z-axis conductive tape being exclusively electrically conductive in its Z-axis direction, and the Z-axis conductive tape being adapted to adhere and electrically connect the power source to one of the first conductor and the second conductor and the conductive bracket to the other of the first conductor and the second conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,606

MEDICAL CONNECTOR

Sunder Biomedical Tech. C...

1. A medical connector, comprising:a receiving element having an enclosing wall, a first tube, and a second tube, the enclosing wall having a portion extending radially and inward to form a first end wall to connect with the first tube, the enclosing wall having an end extending radially and inward to form a second end wall to connect with the second tube, the first tube having an end which protrudes from the first end wall and has a mouth, wherein an inner diameter of the first tube is least at the mouth, and the first end wall has at least one first limiting aperture, and the second end wall has two second flanges protruding toward the first end wall;
a moving element having a basal portion and at least one protruding portion connected to the basal portion, the basal portion being disposed in the receiving element and having a second limiting aperture, the protruding portion penetrating the first limiting aperture and protruding from the receiving element; and
a resilient element having a first peripheral wall extending in a circle to take on a tubular shape and a second peripheral wall extending in a circle to take on a tubular shape, the first peripheral wall having at least one through hole, the first peripheral wall having an end being a closed end, the first peripheral wall having another end extending radially and outward to form a connection portion to connect with the second peripheral wall, the second peripheral wall having a free end abutting against the second end wall, and the free end is clamped between the two second flanges, wherein the first peripheral wall and the second peripheral wall together define annularly a cavity in communication with the second tube, the first peripheral wall penetrating the second limiting aperture and being disposed in the first tube, the closed end movably closing the mouth, the connection portion abutting against the basal portion,
wherein the moving element moves from the first end wall to the second end wall and thereby presses against the second peripheral wall, causing the closed end to exit the mouth so that the resilient element is in an open state during which the mouth, the through hole, the cavity, and the second tube are in communication with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,478,601

APPLICATOR

KAKEN PHARMACEUTICAL CO.,...

1. An applicator, comprising a solution container having a neck portion, which is provided with a circular opening, and a columnar brush member obtained by impregnating a bundle of synthetic fibers with an adhesive and then grinding the bundle of synthetic fibers, whereinthe columnar brush member is disposed at the opening of the solution container, and
a tip portion of the columnar brush member is a brush and is disposed outside the solution container, and an end face of the columnar brush member is put in the solution container,
a tip portion of the columnar brush member has a fan shape extending in a perpendicular lateral direction against a vertical longitudinal direction, and
a thickness of the fan-shaped tip portion of the columnar brush member decreases in a perpendicular lengthwise direction against the vertical longitudinal direction toward the tip portion of the columnar brush member, wherein
the perpendicular lateral direction and the perpendicular lengthwise direction are directions orthogonal to each other on a plane perpendicular to the vertical longitudinal direction, and
a capillary is formed as a gap for supplying a solution between the synthetic fibers inside the columnar brush member from an end face of the columnar brush member to the tip portion opposite to the end face of the columnar brush member by capillarity thereof,
wherein the columnar brush member is formed by bundling synthetic fibers 7 to 50 ?m in diameter so that the density ranges from 0.15 to 0.65, wherein the density is the rate of synthetic fibers per sectional area to an adhesive gluing the same, with a cross section cut perpendicular to the vertical longitudinal direction of the columnar brush member,
a bottomed tubular holder having a tubular body and a bottom portion is provided between the solution container and the columnar brush member,
the bottomed tubular holder comprises a supporting member inside said holder, the bottomed tubular holder is inserted into the opening of the solution container,
the bottom portion of the bottomed tubular holder has at least one pore and the solution enters the bottomed tubular holder via said at least one pore, and
the columnar brush member is inserted inside of the tubular body of the bottomed tubular holder, wherein
the applicator is retained with the columnar brush member facing downward, and a solution placed inside the solution container enters the bottomed tubular holder via the at least one pore provided at the bottom portion of the bottomed tubular holder to reach an end face of the columnar brush member, and
the solution in the solution container is an athlete's foot medicine or a liquid tinea unguium medicine.

US Pat. No. 10,478,599

COMPRESSION TORQUE DEVICE

Vascugenix LLC, Little R...

1. A compression torque device, consisting of:a housing, comprising
a body,
a handle,
a leading portion, and
an actuator opening, in the body,
a first opening on the leading portion,
a second opening on the handle,
an actuator, operably coupled to the housing at the actuator opening,
a flexible clamping member,
optionally, an introducer, coupled to the housing, and
a linear lumen, passing through the housing and contiguous with the actuator opening,
wherein the actuator and the flexible clamping member are monolithic and formed of the same material,
the housing is monolithic, and
the actuator pivots between a first position and a second position about a hinge point between ends of the actuator, such that the flexible clamping member extends further into the lumen when the actuator is in the first position and extends less into the lumen when the actuator is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,598

CATHETER SYSTEM

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A catheter system comprising:an elongate catheter defining a longitudinal axis, a first lumen, a second lumen, and a third lumen;
a guidewire configured to be positioned within the second lumen, wherein the guidewire and the elongate catheter are movable relative to each other; and
a fastening structure configured to be positioned within the second lumen or the third lumen, wherein the fastening structure is configured to selectively engage the guidewire to secure the guidewire with respect to the elongate catheter such that movement of the guidewire causes deflection of the elongate catheter with respect to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,594

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING DEVICES FOR REDUCING LEFT ATRIAL PRESSURE

V-Wave Ltd., Caesarea (I...

1. An apparatus for coupling to an atrial shunt for regulating blood pressure between a patient's left atrium and right atrium, the apparatus comprising:a catheter having a proximal region and a distal region, the distal region sized and shaped to be advanced to the patient's atrial septum;
one or more latching legs disposed at the distal region of the catheter, the one or more latching legs having a hook portion and a ramp portion disposed proximal to the hook portion;
a ring coupled to the one or more latching legs;
an actuator disposed at the proximal region of the catheter, the actuator configured to move the ring between a first position, where the ring contacts a first section of the ramp portion such that the one or more latching legs extend radially outward, and a second position, where the ring contacts a second section of the ramp portion such that the one or more latching legs move radially inward; and
a ring base coupled to the ring and the actuator, wherein the actuator causes the ring base to move the ring between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,570

MEDICATION DELIVERY APPARATUS AND ACCOMPANYING SYSTEM FOR THE APPLICATION OF LOCAL ANESTHETICS TO A TREATMENT SITE AND METHOD FOR USE OF SAME

Dualams, Inc., Dallas, T...

1. A medication delivery apparatus for the application of a local anesthetic to a treatment site, the medication delivery apparatus comprising:a housing;
a reservoir configured to contain the local anesthetic, the reservoir disposed in fluid communication with a supply channel and a circulation channel;
a nebulization housing including a lower chamber and an upper chamber; the lower chamber being disposed in fluid communication with the supply channel and the circulation channel;
a fluid circuit being defined by flow from the reservoir to the supply channel to the lower chamber to the circulation channel;
an upper channel being disposed in fluid communication with an airflow channel and a delivery channel;
an ultrasonic transducer positioned in the lower chamber, the ultrasonic transducer configured to generate, upon energization, ultrasonic energy;
a control valve interposed between a source of positive pressure air and the airflow channel, the control valve configured to selectively apply air to the airflow channel;
a medical device coupling located at a distal end of the delivery channel, the medical device coupling being accessible externally of the housing; the housing being sized so as to be securable to a hand-held medical device via the medical device coupling;
the reservoir, the supply channel, the circulation channel, the nebulization housing, the fluid circuit, the upper channel, the airflow channel, the delivery channel, and the control valve being located in the housing; the control valve being controllable by a controller, the controller being externally positioned on the housing;
a first operational state of the control valve, wherein the control valve is open, wherein the local anesthetic is configured to circulate from the reservoir to the lower chamber, wherein the ultrasonic transducer is configured to apply ultrasonic energy to the local anesthetic, thereby producing a nebulized local anesthetic adapted to be carried by the application of air to the delivery channel; and
a second operational state of the control valve, wherein the control valve is closed, wherein the local anesthetic is configured to circulate from the reservoir to the lower chamber, wherein the ultrasonic transducer is configured to apply ultrasonic energy to the local anesthetic, thereby producing a nebulized local anesthetic adapted to remain in the upper chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,566

HUBER SAFETY NEEDLE

Medical Components, Inc.,...

1. A Huber safety needle assembly comprising:a body having an upper portion, a lower portion, and a hinge mechanism;
a needle configured to be received in the body, wherein the needle extends in a first direction from a rear of the assembly to a front of the assembly, makes a 90-degree bend, and extends in a second direction toward a bottom of the assembly which then leads to a needle tip; and
an upper gripping portion coupled to the upper portion and a lower gripping portion coupled to the lower portion;
wherein the hinge mechanism is configured to operably transition the body between a closed configuration and an open configuration by displacing the upper portion and the lower portion from each other relative to a longitudinal axis extending through the needle along the second direction, the closed configuration allowing at least a portion of the needle including the needle tip to extend below a bottom surface of the lower portion of the body, and the open configuration allowing the needle tip to be securely received within the lower portion such that it does not extend below the bottom surface of the lower portion;
wherein the hinge mechanism includes an upper portion, a middle portion, and a lower portion and has a plurality of pivot points, wherein the upper portion of the hinge mechanism couples the hinge mechanism to the upper portion of the body and the lower portion of the hinge mechanism couples the hinge mechanism to the lower portion of the body,
wherein the upper portion of the hinge mechanism is substantially U-shaped and the lower portion of the hinge mechanism is substantially U-shaped such that each of the upper portion of the hinge mechanism and the lower portion of the hinge mechanism can accommodate the needle, and
wherein the hinge mechanism comprises:
an upper pivot point comprising an upper rotatable pin arrangement having a plurality of rotatable pins and configured for coupling the upper portion of the hinge mechanism to each side of the upper portion of the body,
a middle pivot point being a thinned area of material configured to allow the material to bend at the middle portion, and
a lower pivot point comprising a lower rotatable pin arrangement having a plurality of rotatable pins and configured for coupling the lower portion of the hinge mechanism to each side of the lower portion of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,478,557

PERSONALIZED PARAMETER MODELING METHODS AND RELATED DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., ...

1. A method of operating a sensing device associated with a patient, the sensing device including a control module coupled to a sensing element configured to measure a physiological condition in a body of the patient, the method comprising:obtaining, by the control module of the sensing device, current operational context information associated with the sensing device;
obtaining, by the control module, an expected calibration factor parameter model associated with the patient;
calculating, by the control module, an expected calibration factor value based on the expected calibration factor parameter model and the current operational context information;
obtaining, by the control module, one or more electrical signals from the sensing element of the sensing device, the one or more electrical signals having a signal characteristic indicative of the physiological condition in the body of the patient;
converting, by the control module, the one or more electrical signals into a calibrated measurement value for the physiological condition in the body of the patient using the expected calibration factor value; and
outputting, by the control module, the calibrated measurement value for the physiological condition in the body of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,478,556

PROBABILITY BASED CONTROLLER GAIN

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A method for estimating glucose level of a person having diabetes and selecting automatically open-loop and closed-loop control for a connected therapy delivery device, the method comprising:receiving into a blood glucose management device having a microcontroller a plurality of measured glucose results and corresponding impedance values from a glucose sensor coupled to the person;
using the microcontroller to analyze the plurality of measured glucose results and corresponding impedance values with a probability analysis tool configured to determine a total quality score Qtotal that is based on the minimum constraint of a set of quality metrics which comprises a probability of glucose sensor accuracy PA based on the plurality of measured glucose results and a probability of sensing quality Qac based on the impedance values;
using the microcontroller to estimate the glucose level of the person with a recursive filter configured to estimate the glucose level based on the plurality of measured glucose results weighted with the total quality score Qtotal; and
switching, via the microcontroller, the connected therapy delivery device automatically between open-loop control and closed-loop control based on the value of the total quality score Qtotal .

US Pat. No. 10,478,539

CATHETER DEVICE

AIS GMBH AACHEN INNOVATIV...

1. A catheter device comprising:a drive shaft having a proximal end and a distal end;
a rotor, connected to the drive shaft;
a pump head comprising an inlet, an outlet, and an expandable and collapsible pump housing having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the rotor is located in the expandable and compressible pump housing;
a body cap, wherein the body cap has a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being coupled to a distal end of the pump head by a body element, and wherein the body cap comprises an atraumatic ball; and
the body element is an elongate tubular flexible projection, having proximal and distal ends, that projects distally away from the distal end of the pump housing and forms a flexible connection between the body cap and the distal end of the pump housing, wherein the proximal end of the atraumatic ball is positioned distally relative to the distal end of the body element.

US Pat. No. 10,478,538

FLEXIBLE CATHETER WITH A DRIVE SHAFT

ECP ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCH...

1. A flexible catheter comprising:a drive shaft;
a sleeve surrounding the drive shaft; and
a sheath surrounding the drive shaft and the sleeve, wherein the drive shaft, the sleeve and the sheath are configured to be pliable, wherein the drive shaft at a proximal end of the drive shaft comprises a coupling element for connecting the drive shaft to a drive motor; and
wherein the drive shaft has an outer diameter of less than 1 mm, and at least in regions consists of a material configured to have a tensile strength between 1800 N/mm2 and 2400 N/mm2.

US Pat. No. 10,478,526

SKIN SUBSTITUTES AND METHODS FOR HAIR FOLLICLE NEOGENESIS

The Henry M. Jackson Foun...

1. A skin substitute comprising, in a suspension,(i) epithelial cells; and
(ii) isolated mesenchymal cells that are derived from the temporal region of a scalp, wherein the skin substitute induces hair follicle neogenesis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,518

METHOD FOR DISINFECTING CONTACT LENSES

Better Vision Solutions L...

1. A method for disinfecting contact lenses, the method comprising:immersing the contact lenses in a volume of cleaning agent comprising about 3% hydrogen peroxide for up to 4 hrs; and
increasing the disinfection efficacy of and creating stable hydroxyl groups in the hydrogen peroxide by immersing up to 0.7 g of a fibrous catalyst enhancer material in the volume of cleaning agent for up to 4 hrs, the fibrous catalyst enhancer material being immersed simultaneously with the contact lenses, wherein the fibrous catalyst enhancer material comprises covalently attached iron cation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,514

METHODS FOR INACTIVATING, ON MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS AND DEVICES, VIRUSES CONTAINING RNA AND DNA, AND APPARATUSES FOR IMPLEMENTATING SAME

1. A method for inactivating RNA and DNA contained in viruses on medical instruments, comprising:preparing a methylene blue aqueous solution having a concentration from about 0.01% to about 0.02%,
immersing at least one medical instrument into a container containing said methylene blue aqueous solution, said container being within a housing;
sealing said container within said housing; and
irradiating, by a monochromatic light source within said housing and above said container, said methylene blue aqueous solution in said container with monochromatic radiation for at least about 90 minutes,
wherein said monochromatic light source emits a total light output of said monochromatic radiation on said methylene blue aqueous solution greater than about 280 lumens,
whereby RNA and DNA of viruses on said at least one medical instrument are inactivated.

US Pat. No. 10,478,513

NITROXIDE CONTAINING AMYLOID BINDING AGENTS FOR IMAGING AND THERAPEUTIC USES

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of imaging amyloid, comprising:administering to a subject an effective amount of a compound having the structure of Formula I:
X—(Y)n  (I)
wherein
X is an amyloid beta binding compound selected from the group consisting of:

wherein
Ra and Rb are each independently H or C1-4 alkyl;
Z is selected from the group consisting of I, 123I, 125I, 131I, Br, 76Br, 77Br, F, 18F, and —O-tosyl; and
q is an integer from 2 to 5;
Y is a nitroxide selected from the group consisting of:

n is an integer from 1 to 3;
such that the compound binds to the amyloid; and
detecting the compound bound to the amyloid, thereby imaging the amyloid.

US Pat. No. 10,478,512

CHARGE-BALANCED IMAGING AGENTS

Beth Israel Deaconess Med...

1. A method of imaging tissue or cells, the method comprising:(a) contacting the tissue or cells with an imaging agent comprising a dye;
(b) irradiating the tissue or cells at a wavelength absorbed by the dye;
(c) detecting an optical signal from the irradiated tissue or cells, wherein the signal-to-background ratio of the detected optical signal is at least about 1.1, thereby imaging the tissue or cells;
wherein the dye has the formula V:

wherein:
G is -L-TL, where TL is a targeting ligand comprising at least one binding moiety that binds to a biological target;
L has the formula:

E is absent or S;
Q is (CH2)q or a non-ionic oligomeric or polymeric solubilizing moiety;
J is C(O), C(O)O, or C(O)NH;
R17, R18, R19, and R12 are independently selected from H, an ionic group, a non-ionic oligomeric or polymeric solubilizing group, halo, cyano, nitro, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4 alkoxy, and C1-4 haloalkyl;
q is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8;
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, and R8 are independently selected from H, an ionic group, a non-ionic oligomeric or polymeric solubilizing group, halo, C1-6 alkyl, aryl, and heteroaryl, wherein said alkyl, aryl, and heteroaryl groups are optionally substituted with 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 groups independently selected from halo, cyano, nitro, and C1-4 haloalkyl;
or two adjacent R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, and R8 groups, together with the atoms to which they are attached, form a fused 5-7 membered aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, or heterocycloalkyl group, each optionally substituted with 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 substituents independently selected from halo, cyano, nitro, and C1-4 haloalkyl;
R9, and R10, are independently selected from an ionic group, a non-ionic oligomeric or polymeric solubilizing group, C1-6 alkyl, aryl, and heteroaryl, wherein said alkyl, aryl, and heteroaryl groups are optionally substituted with 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 groups independently selected from halo, cyano, nitro, and C1-4 haloalkyl;
R11 and R12 are independently selected from C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 halo;
R13 and R14 are independently selected from C1-4 alkyl optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 halo;
R15 and R16 are independently selected from H and C1-6 alkyl;
R22, R23, R24, R25, R26, and R27 are independently selected from independently an ionic group, a non-ionic oligomeric or polymeric solubilizing group, halo, C1-6 alkyl, aryl, and heteroaryl; and
v is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5,
wherein at least one of R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, and R10 is an ionic group,
or an ester thereof, which permits covalent conjugation of the fluorophore to targeting ligands.

US Pat. No. 10,478,460

METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A MAMMAL RECEPTIVE TO EMBRYO TRANSFER

J.R. Simplot Company, Bo...

1. A method for improving the pregnancy rate of a cow population via an embryo transfer procedure, comprising:a) synchronizing estrous cycles of a population of cows;
b) performing an estrus detection procedure upon said population of cows from step a) and identifying a subpopulation of cows, which are not in heat or do not show outward signs of heat, from said population of cows from step a) by performing the estrus detection procedure;
c) testing one or more cows from said subpopulation of cows from step b), which are not in heat or do not show outward signs of heat, for the presence or absence of a corpus luteum;
d) identifying a cow from step c) that has a corpus luteum based upon said testing; and
e) transferring an embryo to the cow identified as having the corpus luteum in step d) and testing said cow for pregnancy,
wherein an improved pregnancy rate of the cow population is achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,478,452

ANTIVIRAL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION FOR TOPICAL USE

QUIMICA LUAR SRL, Cordob...

1. An antiviral pharmaceutical composition for topical use against viruses with a lipid envelope, comprising active agents; a facilitating agent; and a cationic polymer, wherein the active ingredients consist of a cationic copolymer containing tertiary amine groups, and a cationic surfactant containing quaternary ammonium groups; wherein the facilitating agent for facilitating passage through skin includes sulfur groups; and wherein the cationic polymer contributes necessary viscosity to allow longer residence time on an applied area and comprises polyquaternium 10.

US Pat. No. 10,478,440

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS FOR INHIBITING ANGIOGENESIS COMPRISING PLANT-DERIVED NATURAL COMPOUND

INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERA...

1. A method for treating cancer selected from the group consisting of lung cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and glioblastoma the method comprising administering to a subject in need thereof, a composition comprising as an active ingredient a compound represented by Chemical Formula 1 below:wherein, R1, R2, and R3 each are independently hydrogen, C1-12 alkyl, C1-12 alkoxy, hydroxy, CN, CONH2, halo, oxazolyl, C1-12 alkylthio, or trifluoro(C1-2) alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,478,436

APPLICATION OF 5-HT6 RECEPTOR ANTAGONISTS FOR THE ALLEVIATION OF COGNITIVE DEFICITS OF DOWN SYNDROME

THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RE...

1. A method of improving cognitive function in a subject with Down syndrome, comprising administering to the subject a 5-HT6 receptor antagonist in an amount sufficient for a therapeutic effect by binding to a 5-HT6 receptor, wherein the subject has chronic cognitive impairment caused by a genetic anomaly, wherein the 5-HT6 receptor antagonist is an effective amount of a compound having a structure according to Formula I:
wherein, for compounds having a structure according to Formula I:
RA is selected from —H, —NH2, —NH(alkyl), —N(alkyl)2, —NH(aryl), —N(aryl)2, —N(aryl)(alkyl), —NH-heterocycle, or —NH-heterocycloalkyl, where, in the case of —N(alkyl)2 or —N(aryl)2, the alkyl groups or the aryl groups can be identical or different;
RB is selected from —H, —NH2, —NH(alkyl), —N(alkyl)2, —NH(aryl), —N(aryl)2, —N(aryl)(alkyl), —NH-heterocycle, or —NH-heterocycloalkyl, where, in the case of —N(alkyl)2 or —N(aryl)2, the alkyl groups or the aryl groups can be identical or different;
RC is selected from —H, —OH, —O(alkyl), —O(aryl), -halogen, -alkyl, or haloalkyl;
RD is selected from —H, -alkyl, -halogen, -haloalkyl, or -aryl;
RE is selected from —H, -halogen, —OH, —O(alkyl), —NH2, —NH(alkyl), or —N(alkyl)2, where, in the case of —N(alkyl)2, the alkyl groups can be identical alkyl chains or can be of different length alkyl chains;
RF is —H, —NH2, —NH(alkyl), —N(alkyl)2, —NH(aryl), —N(aryl)2, —N(aryl)(alkyl), —NH-heterocycle, or —NH-heterocycloalkyl, where, in the case of a dialkyl or diaryl nitrogen the alkyl groups or the aryl groups can be identical or different;
X and Y are independently —N— or —C(H)—; and
Z is selected from —CH2—, —CHX—, —CX2—, —CH(alkyl)-, —CH(aryl)-, —C(aryl)(alkyl)-, —C(alkyl)2-, —C(aryl)2-, —O—, —S—, —S(?O)—, or —S(?O)2—, where X is a halogen and where, in the case of —C(alkyl)2- or —C(aryl)2-, the alkyl groups or aryl groups can be identical or different;
and pharmaceutically acceptable hydrates, solvates, tautomers, salts, and complexes thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,478,430

COMPOUNDS USEFUL AS INHIBITORS OF ATR KINASE AND COMBINATION THERAPIES THEREOF

VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS IN...

1. A method of treating cancer in a patient, comprising administering to a patient with cancer a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of the following formula:or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof; anda poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, wherein the PARP inhibitor is Rucaparib and wherein the cancer is selected from the group consisting of melanoma, lung cancer, osteosarcoma, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, and breast cancer.

US Pat. No. 10,478,429

ABUSE DETERRENT DOSAGE FORMS

Patheon Softgels, Inc., ...

1. A controlled release oral pharmaceutical composition comprising:(a) about 35% to about 70% by mass glyceryl monolinoleate;
(b) about 20% to about 50% by mass polyethylene oxide having an average molecular weight (Mv) of about 1,00,000 to about 7,000,000; and
(c) one or more active pharmaceutical ingredients.

US Pat. No. 10,478,406

HIGH-PH SOLID-STATE EPINEPHRINE FORMULATION

HARC Therapeutics AG, Zu...

1. A process for manufacturing a solid-state epinephrine pharmaceutical dosage form, the process comprising: mixing epinephrine in an aqueous solvent and at least one basic-pH excipient to produce a mixture having a pH of about 8.5, whereby the epinephrine remains in solid state,wherein the mixture comprises an antioxidant and a chelating agent,
wherein the process comprises the step of removing the aqueous solvent to produce a dry dosage form, and
wherein the dry dosage form is a tablet.

US Pat. No. 10,478,387

COATING OF CLAY MICRO-TUBES ON SURFACES OF HAIR AND NATURAL FIBERS

Louisiana Tech Research C...

1. A biocide mixture for hair comprising:(a) a carrier liquid;
(b) alumino-silicate micro-tubes having a biocide loaded into a lumen of the micro-tubes;
(c) wherein the micro-tubes are present in the carrier liquid in a concentration of between about 3 mg/ml and about 100 mg/ml; and
(d) wherein the mixture has a pH of between about 3.5 and about 7.5.

US Pat. No. 10,478,372

MOTORCYCLE SEAT MASSAGE SYSTEM

1. A motorcycle seat-massage system, comprising:a dual motorcycle seat having a unitary body including a front seat having a front seat backrest extending vertically upwards from a rear end thereof, and a rear seat having a rear seat backrest extending vertically upwards from a rear end thereof, at least one of said front and rear seat backrests having a resilient cushioning backrest body defining a backrest body interior void;
a motorcycle frame including a front seat backrest body-supporting framework disposed within said front seat backrest body void and extending upwardly from a rear portion of said front seat, and a rear seat backrest body-supporting framework disposed within said rear seat backrest body void and extending upwardly from a rear portion of said rear seat, at least one of said front and rear seat backrest body-supporting frameworks including a first horizontally-oriented lateral frame member spanning a first pair of spaced-apart vertically-oriented longitudinal frame members, said first horizontally-oriented lateral frame member having an upwardly-arched curvature;
a first massage unit operably mounted to said first horizontally-oriented lateral frame member and laterally translatable therealong by a linear drive mechanism operably engaged therewith;
a first massage unit electric motor coupled to both said linear drive mechanism and to a first massage head of said first massage assembly for powered translation of said first massage unit along said first horizontally-oriented lateral member, said first massage head having a plurality of spherical massagers affixed thereto, said first massage head rotationally coupled to said electric motor;
a flexible seat cover fitted over said front and rear seats, and over the respective front and rear seat resilient cushioning backrest bodies and
a first controller electrically communicative with said first massage unit, said first controller operable to selectively engage and disengage said first massage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,363

CLAMPING CLAW FOR MOUNTING ON A SLIDING RAIL OF AN OPERATING TABLE

MAQUET GMBH, Rastatt (DE...

1. An operating table clamp for mounting on an operating table member, comprising:a base body;
a clamp assembly disposed on the base body, the clamp assembly having a bearing member configured to bear against the operating table member; and
an activating member that is connected to the clamp assembly, the clamp assembly being brought by the activating member into a locked state in which the bearing member of the clamp assembly bears against the operating table member;
wherein in the locked state of the clamp assembly, the bearing member engages with an edge region of the operating table member, the edge region including an edge that is disposed between a first operating table member surface and a second operating table member surface, the first and second operating table member surfaces being angled relative to each other;
wherein the bearing member includes a first contact surface, a second contact surface, and an edge recess, the edge recess being disposed between the first and second contact surfaces;
wherein the first contact surface bears against the first operating table member surface, and the second contact surface bears against the second operating table member surface;
wherein the edge recess receives the edge region of the operating table member without the edge of the operating table member contacting a surface of the edge recess; and
wherein the bearing member comprises a swivel bar having a first end and a second end, the swivel bar being pivotally mounted at its first end at the base body, and the swivel bar having two convex arched surfaces forming said first contact surface and said second contact surface at the second end of the swivel bar.

US Pat. No. 10,478,356

SOFT, LIGHT-WEIGHT MALE URINE RECEPTACLE AND METHOD OF USE

15. The method of claim 14, further comprising the step of using a positioning member on the receptacle to position the receptacle on the penis, wherein the handle is at least one of a handle and ears.

US Pat. No. 10,478,352

LENGTH-TO-SIDE SILHOUETTES OF ADULT DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT ARTICLES AND ARRAYS

1. An array of packages comprising two or more different sizes of disposable absorbent articles, the array comprising:a first package comprising a first disposable absorbent article, the first absorbent article comprising a first topsheet, a first backsheet, a first absorbent core and a first pair of side seams, the first absorbent article being a first size and in a closed form;
a second package comprising a second disposable absorbent article, the second absorbent article comprising a second topsheet, a second backsheet, a second absorbent core and a second pair of side seams, the second absorbent article being a second size and in a closed form;
wherein the second size is larger than the first size;
wherein the second absorbent article has one or more of:
(a) a larger Relaxed Product Side Length (303) than the first absorbent article; and
(b) a larger Relaxed Product Length (300) than the first absorbent article;
wherein a Product Length-to-Side Silhouette of the second absorbent article is equal to or greater than a Product Length-to-Side Silhouette of the first absorbent article; and
wherein the first package and the second package are in the same array.

US Pat. No. 10,478,348

UNIT FOR FEEDING A COMPONENT OF A HYGIENE ABSORBENT ARTICLE PROVIDED WITH A LINEAR ELECTRIC MOTOR

GDM S.p.A., Bologna (IT)...

1. A feeding unit (1) for feeding components (2) of a hygiene absorbent articles; the feeding unit (1) comprises:a plurality of sucking-holding heads (4), each of which is designed to receive and hold a corresponding component (2);
a conveyor (5) to cyclically move each holding head (4) along an annular application path (P);
an input station (S1), which is arranged along the application path (P) and in which each holding head (4) receives a corresponding component (2), which is connected—without gaps—to a continuous web (3);
a cutting station (S3), which is arranged along the application path (P) downstream of the input station (S1) and is provided with a cutting device (23), which cuts the continuous web (3) crosswise, so as to separate the component (2) held by each holding head (4) from the remaining part of the continuous web (3); and
an output station (S2), which is arranged along the application path (P) downstream of the rotation station (S4) and in which each holding head (4) releases the component (2);
wherein the conveyor (5) comprises:
an annular guide (8), which is arranged in a fixed position along the application path (P);
a plurality of slides (9), each of which supports a corresponding holding head (4) and is coupled to the guide (8) so as to freely slide along the guide (8), and
a linear electric motor (10), which comprises a single stator (11), which is arranged in a fixed position along the guide (8), and a plurality of mobile sliders (12), each of which is electro-magnetically coupled to the same stator (11) so as to receive, from the same stator (11), a driving force and is rigidly connected to a corresponding slide (9).

US Pat. No. 10,478,340

OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR A LASER THERAPY INSTRUMENT

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

15. An optical system for a laser therapy instrument, suitable for laser surgery of a cornea and/or a crystalline lens of an eye, comprising:a femtosecond laser radiation source that emits therapeutic laser radiation;
an objective from which the therapeutic laser radiation exits and is directed and focussed on to or into the eye at a focus position;
at least two optical assemblies that vary the focus of the therapeutic laser radiation, with a focus variation range ?z of the at least two optical assemblies differing in size;
a changing device that inserts one of the at least two optical assemblies at a time into a therapeutic laser beam path;
a first optical assembly that covers a first focus variation range ?z1 extending over the axial extension of the cornea; and
a second optical assembly that covers a focus variation range ?z2 extending over the axial extension of the crystalline lens.

US Pat. No. 10,478,334

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CUTTING LENTICULAR TISSUE

Carl Zeiss Meditec Catara...

1. A method of cutting a lens within a capsular bag of an eye, the lens having a posterior surface and an anterior surface, the method comprising:positioning a first portion of a cutting element of a device over the anterior surface of the lens with the cutting element in a first configuration, a second portion of the cutting element positioned within a lumen in a shaft of the device;
extending the second portion of the cutting element out of the lumen so that the cutting element expands toward a second configuration, the second configuration comprising an approximately closed loop formed entirely by the cutting element, said approximately closed loop having a first open area, wherein the first open area comprises a first, larger inner radius of curvature, a second, smaller inner radius of curvature, and wherein the approximately closed loop formed entirely by the cutting element extends both distally of a distal-most portion of the shaft and proximally of the distal-most portion of the shaft;
advancing the cutting element between the lens and the capsular bag so as to capture a portion of the lens within the first open area of the cutting element; and
tensioning the cutting element to cut the lens.

US Pat. No. 10,478,325

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROXIMAL TO DISTAL STENT DEPLOYMENT

Mubin I. Syed, Springfie...

11. A method comprising:delivering a stent deployment device to a treatment location, the stent deployment device comprising a catheter, a stent attached to the catheter, a membrane covering the stent, a ring attached to a distal end of the membrane, and a plurality of pull wires attached to the ring and extending through a space within the catheter;
aligning a proximal edge of the stent to the treatment location; and
retracting the ring and the membrane into the space within the catheter using the plurality of pull wires to expand the stent from its proximal end to its distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,478,321

VASCULAR IMPLANT WITH SIDE BRANCH

JOTEC GmbH, Hechingen (D...

1. A vascular implant for implanting into a blood vessel of a patient, the vascular implant being transformable from a compressed state into a self-expanded state, the vascular implant comprising:a hollow-cylindrical main body with a proximal end and a distal end, the hollow-cylindrical main body defining a main body lumen and a longitudinal axis;
at least one hollow-cylindrical side body that branches off from the main body and comprises a side body lumen and a side body implant material, the side body lumen being in fluidic connection with the main body lumen;
a plurality of stent springs successively arranged over the longitudinal axis of the main body, the plurality of stent springs including a first stent spring, a second stent spring, and a protruding stent spring;
an implant material fixed to the plurality of stent springs and connecting them, the stent springs being connected to one another via the implant material only and not connected by any other means between adjacent springs,
wherein the first stent spring, the second stent spring, and the protruding stent spring each have a plurality of legs and pointed arches, the pointed arches being defined by respective adjacent legs and a vertex or depression between the respective adjacent legs such that the pointed arches of the first and the second stent springs alternately face toward the proximal end and the distal end of the main body and parallel to the longitudinal axis thereof,
wherein at least three consecutive legs of each of the first stent spring, the second stent spring, and the protruding stent spring have different lengths, the at least three consecutive legs connecting a first vertex, a first depression following the first vertex in a circumferential direction, a second vertex following the first depression in the circumferential direction, and a second depression following the second vertex in the circumferential direction,
wherein respective vertices of the first stent spring are aligned circumferentially with respective depressions of the second stent spring and respective depressions of the first stent spring are aligned circumferentially with respective vertices of the second stent spring,
wherein the first stent spring, the second stent spring, and the protruding stent spring have an asymmetrical shape in which successive vertices have different heights in the proximal direction along the longitudinal axis and successive depressions have different depths in the distal direction along the longitudinal axis,
wherein the vertices of the first stent spring, the second stent spring, and the protruding stent spring include at least one maximum-height vertex that has a maximum height of respective vertices and the depressions of the first stent spring, the second stent spring, and the protruding stent spring include at least one maximum-depth depression that has a maximum depth of respective depressions,
wherein, in the self-expanded state, the at least one side body branching off from the main body is set up at an angle in relation to the longitudinal axis of the main body, the angle being defined by at least one pointed arch of the protruding stent spring of the main body, the at least one pointed arch angularly protruding in a preformed way in relation to the longitudinal axis of the main body in the self-expanded state, and
wherein the at least one pointed arch is formed by one of the at least one maximum-depth depressions of the protruding stent spring.

US Pat. No. 10,478,319

SYSTEM WITH TOOL ASSEMBLY AND EXPANDABLE SPINAL IMPLANT

Moskowitz Family LLC, Ro...

1. A system comprising:a tool assembly which comprises:
a first tool having a first proximal end and a first distal end with a first handle and a gripper, the gripper being positioned at the first distal end, cooperating with the first handle, and having first and second engagement prongs positioned at the first distal end, wherein the first tool defines an adjusting tool passage through the first tool; and
a second adjusting tool having a second proximal end and a second distal end with a second handle positioned at the second proximal end, a screw engagement portion positioned at the second distal end, and a shaft extending from the second handle to the screw engagement portion, wherein the shaft of the second adjusting tool is sized with a smaller diameter than that of the adjusting tool passage such that the second adjusting tool can extend through the adjusting tool passage of the first tool; and
an expandable spinal implant sized and configured to be implanted in a human spine, the expandable spinal implant comprising a first expandable spinal implant structure, a second expandable spinal implant structure, and an adjusting screw having a screw head and a threaded portion, wherein the expandable spinal implant is configured to expand the first expandable spinal implant structure with respect to the second expandable spinal implant structure in response to turning of the adjusting screw, wherein the expandable spinal implant defines first and second tool engagement indentations sized and configured for receiving the first and second engagement prongs of the first tool, wherein the adjusting screw is positioned within the expandable spinal implant in a screw location such that the second adjusting tool can extend through the adjusting tool passage of the first tool to engage the screw head of the adjusting screw while the first and second engagement prongs of the first tool are engaged with the first and second tool engagement indentations of the expandable spinal implant.

US Pat. No. 10,478,318

PROSTHESIS INSTALLATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Kambiz Behzadi, Pleasant...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a prosthetic tool;
a set of sensors mechanically coupled to said prosthetic tool, said set of sensors including one or more structures selected from the group consisting essentially of one or more accelerometers, one or more gyro meters, one or more magnetic sensors, and combinations thereof; and
a damper coupling said tool to said set of sensors wherein said prosthetic tool includes a housing, further comprising:
an alignment system mechanically coupled to said housing, wherein said alignment system incudes said set of sensors and a feedback system configured to provide an alignment variation indication during operation wherein said prosthetic tool includes a mounting system securing a prosthesis and wherein said housing contains an oscillation motor configured to vibrate said mounting system with a predetermined vibration profile.