US Pat. No. 10,988,146

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING SPEED THRESHOLDS FOR VEHICLES

SmartDrive Systems, Inc.,...

1. A system configured for managing speed thresholds for a fleet of vehicles, wherein the vehicles include a first vehicle located at a current vehicle location, the system comprising:one or more hardware processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
receive input, wherein the input represents a first association between a first weather-related condition and a first arithmetic operation used to determine a given current speed threshold in case a posted speed limit falls within a first range of speed limits, wherein the given current speed threshold is determined by applying the first arithmetic operation to the posted speed limit,
and wherein the input further represents a second association between the first weather-related condition and a second arithmetic operation used to determine the given current speed threshold in case the posted speed limit falls within a second range of speed limits, wherein the given current speed threshold is determined by applying the second arithmetic operation to the posted speed limit; and
an event detector configured to detect vehicle events, wherein the event detector is carried by the first vehicle, wherein the event detector includes a processor configured by particular machine-readable instructions to:
obtain information that represents the first association and the second association;
obtain weather-related information for at least two different weather-related conditions, wherein the at least two different weather-related conditions include rain, wherein the weather-related information indicates the first weather-related condition is currently present at the current vehicle location;
obtain information regarding a current posted speed limit at the current vehicle location;
determine the current speed threshold based on the current posted speed limit, wherein
(i) responsive to the current posted speed limit falling within the first range of speed limits and further responsive to the first weather-related condition being currently present at the current vehicle location, the current speed threshold is determined by applying the first arithmetic operation to the current posted speed limit, and wherein
(ii) responsive to the current posted speed limit falling within the second range of speed limits and further responsive to the first weather-related condition being currently present at the current vehicle location, the current speed threshold is determined by applying the second arithmetic operation to the current posted speed limit;
obtain a current speed of the vehicle;
detect an occurrence of a vehicle event responsive to the current speed of the vehicle exceeding the current speed threshold;
responsive to detection of the occurrence of the current vehicle event, generate one or more notifications regarding the current vehicle event; and
provide the one or more notifications to one or more of the vehicle operator, a stakeholder of the fleet of vehicles, and/or a remote computing server.

US Pat. No. 10,988,144

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR DISPLAYING AN AUGMENTED REALITY

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A driver assistance system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first assistance subsystem configured to capture a first sub-area of an environment of the motor vehicle and a second assistance subsystem configured to capture a second sub-area of the environment, wherein the first assistance subsystem is configured to generate a first image of the first sub-area and the second assistance subsystem is configured to generate a second image of the second sub-area and the driver assistance system has a display device for displaying at least the first image, wherein the display device is configured to display a first augmented reality, wherein the first augmented reality is generated by superimposing the first image with first assistance information of the first assistance subsystem generated on the basis of the first image as first augmented reality content and by superimposing second assistance information of the second assistance subsystem generated on the basis of the second image as second augmented reality content;
wherein the first augmented reality content is constructed as a driving channel and the second augmented reality content is constructed as longitudinal distance information to an object or transverse distance information to an object; and
wherein the driver assistance system is configured to display the first augmented reality content and the second augmented reality content during semi-autonomous or autonomous driving of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,142

DETERMINING FRICTION COEFFICIENT OF A TIRE/SURFACE INTERFACE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle having a set of tires, the method comprising:applying torque to one or more tires from the set of tires to cause the vehicle to move along a surface;
reducing an amount of downward force applied to the surface by a first tire from the set of tires using an active suspension component to define a reduced downward force for the first tire;
while the first tire is at the reduced downward force, controlling a dynamic response of the first tire relative to the surface using one or more actuators to vary a magnitude of the dynamic response of the first tire relative to the surface;
determining, using one or more sensors, and while controlling the dynamic response of the first tire using the one or more actuators, multiple traction force values that each represent traction of the first tire relative to the surface at a different value of the magnitude of the dynamic response of the first tire relative to the surface;
determining a maximum available traction force based on the multiple traction force values and corresponding values for the magnitude of the dynamic response;
determining a friction parameter for the first tire relative to the surface based on the maximum available traction force and the reduced downward force; and
controlling an operation of the vehicle based on the friction parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,988,140

OPTIMIZATION OF CONCURRENT OPERATION OF PREDICTIVE CRUISE CONTROL AND IDLE COAST MANAGEMENT CONTROL

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a powertrain including a prime mover and a clutch, the clutch being electronically controllable to selectably couple and decouple the prime mover with one or more ground contacting wheels; and
an electronic control system in operative communication with the prime mover and the clutch, the electronic control system comprising a predictive cruise control (PCC) controller configured to vary a cruise control vehicle speed target from an operator set point subject to a PCC upper speed limit and to couple the prime mover with the one or more ground contacting wheels in response to the PCC upper speed limit being exceeded, and an idle coast management (ICM) controller configured to control the clutch to decouple the prime mover from the one or more ground contacting wheels subject to an ICM upper speed limit and to couple the prime mover with the one or more ground contacting wheels in response to the ICM upper speed limit being exceeded;
wherein the electronic control system is configured to concurrently operate the PCC controller and the ICM controller and to at least one of:
(a) identify a first operating condition of the vehicle system where a first idle coast operation would end due to the ICM upper speed limit being exceeded while the PCC upper speed limit has a greater value than the ICM upper speed limit, in response to identification of the first operating condition increase the ICM upper speed limit, and control the powertrain and thereby continue the first idle coast operation under the first operating condition,
(b) identify a second operating condition of the vehicle system where a second idle coast operation would end due to the PCC upper speed limit being exceeded while the ICM upper speed limit has a greater value than the PCC upper speed limit in response to identification of the second operating condition increase the PCC upper seed limit, and control the powertrain and thereby continue the second idle coast operation under the second operating condition,
(c) identify a third operating condition of the vehicle system where initiation of a third idle coast operation would be inhibited due to the ICM upper speed limit being exceeded while the PCC upper speed limit has a greater value than the ICM upper speed limit, in response to identification of the third operating condition increase the ICM upper speed limit, and control the powertrain and thereby initiate the third idle coast operation under the third operating condition, and
(d) identify a fourth operating condition of the vehicle system where initiation of a fourth idle coast operation would be inhibited due to the PCC upper speed limit being exceeded while the ICM upper speed limit has a greater value than the PCC upper speed limit, in response to identification of the fourth operating condition increase the PCC upper speed limit and control the powertrain and thereby initiate the fourth idle coast operation under the fourth operating condition.

US Pat. No. 10,988,135

METHODS TO DETECT LATERAL CONTROL OSCILLATIONS IN VEHICLE BEHAVIOR

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for detecting a lateral oscillation of a vehicle having a vehicle control system, the method comprising:providing the vehicle control system, wherein the vehicle control system includes a first sensor configured to measure a yaw rate of the vehicle, a second sensor configured to measure a lateral acceleration of the vehicle, an actuator configured to control a vehicle operating condition, and a controller electronically connected to the first and second sensors and the actuator;
monitoring, by the controller, yaw rate data received from the first sensor and lateral acceleration data received from the second sensor;
analyzing, by the controller, the yaw rate and lateral acceleration data to generate a yaw rate signal energy distribution and a lateral acceleration signal energy distribution, wherein analyzing the yaw rate and lateral acceleration data comprises applying a Fourier transform to the yaw rate data to generate the yaw rate signal energy distribution, applying a Fourier transform to the lateral acceleration data to generate the lateral acceleration signal energy distribution, and analyzing the yaw rate and lateral acceleration signal energy distributions at a plurality of predetermined frequencies;
determining, by the controller, whether a first condition is satisfied;
if the first condition is satisfied, determining, by the controller, whether a second condition is satisfied;
if both of the first and second conditions are satisfied, determining, by the controller, whether a third condition is satisfied; and
if the third condition is satisfied, automatically controlling, by the controller, the actuator to reduce the lateral oscillation of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,133

VEHICLE EXHAUST SOUND CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

15. A method for controlling a hybrid vehicle exhaust sound comprising:outputting a negative engine torque upon a driveshaft during deceleration to oppose vehicle motion and to increase an audible exhaust system sound; and
in response to the negative engine torque exceeding an engine torque threshold, activating an electric motor to apply positive torque to the driveshaft such that an input torque to a torque converter does not exceed a transmission input torque threshold during deceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,988,131

VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENGINE STARTUP REFERENCE POWER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) having an engine and a motor, and traveling using a power of the engine and an electric power of the motor, the vehicle comprising:a battery configured to supply a drive energy of the motor;
a battery sensor configured to measure a state of charge (SOC) per cycle of the battery; and
a controller configured to:
estimate an average mileage per cycle established using traveling information of the vehicle,
estimate an average SOC per cycle using the SOC per cycle, and
control a reference power needed for driving the engine according to the average mileage per cycle and the average SOC per cycle,
wherein the controller estimates an All Electric Range (AER) by converting the average SOC per cycle into a mileage value, and
wherein the controller selects one of a plurality of driving modes by comparing the average mileage per cycle with the AER.

US Pat. No. 10,988,130

MODEL-PREDICTIVE CONTROL OF A POWERTRAIN SYSTEM USING PREVIEW INFORMATION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for controlling multiple continuous actuators of one or more prime movers in a powertrain system, the method comprising:receiving, via a controller, a set of preview information from at least one sensor, the set of preview information describing a required future dynamic state of the powertrain system at a future time point;
providing control inputs for the multiple continuous actuators to the controller inclusive of the set of preview information, wherein the controller includes a dynamical predictive model of the powertrain system, and wherein the required future dynamic state collectively describes a future torque or speed output state of the powertrain system at the future time point;
processing the control inputs via the dynamical predictive model, in real time, to determine a set of possible control solutions to implement at a present time point in order to achieve the future torque or speed output state at the future time point;
using a cost function logic block of the controller to identify, from among the set of possible control solutions, a lowest opportunity cost control solution based on predetermined cost criteria;
processing the lowest opportunity cost control solution through a real-time optimization logic block of the controller to determine an optimized solution; and
executing the optimized solution at the present time point via the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,988,127

BRAKE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a brake device for a vehicle provided with an electric booster and an electronic parking brake, the brake device comprising a master cylinder configured to receive pedaling force outputted from the electric booster and generate a brake liquid pressure; a liquid pressure supply device configured to generate the brake liquid pressure according to a driver's pedal-operational value detected by a brake pedal sensor and supply the brake liquid pressure to a wheel brake of each wheel; a hydraulic pressure supply line connected from the liquid pressure supply device to the wheel brake of each wheel to enable the brake liquid pressure to be supplied from the liquid pressure supply device to the wheel brake; a backup line connected from the master cylinder to the hydraulic pressure supply line to enable the brake liquid pressure to be supplied from the master cylinder to the hydraulic pressure supply line; a cut valve disposed on the backup line and configured to selectively shut off the brake liquid pressure; and a fallback valve disposed on the hydraulic pressure supply line connected to the wheel brake of the wheel on which the electronic parking brake is installed, the fallback valve being configured to selectively shut off the brake liquid pressure supplied to the wheel brake, the method comprising:diagnosing a state of the brake device including the electric booster by a controller, and allowing the brake device to enter a backup mode by the controller in a case where the brake device is in a malfunction state when a driver operates a brake pedal;
generating the brake liquid pressure in the master cylinder according to the pedaling force as a driver operates a brake pedal;
in the backup mode, controlling, by the controller, the fallback valve disposed on the hydraulic pressure supply line to become in a closed state in a state in which the cut valve disposed on the backup line is opened; and
performing, by the controller, dynamic parking brake control in which braking force for vehicle deceleration is generated by using the electronic parking brake.

US Pat. No. 10,988,125

FLUID CONTAINER COMPRISING A FLOW-OPTIMISED CONNECTING PIECE

1. A fluid container having at least one internal chamber for receiving a fluid, and having at least one connector for hydraulically connecting the internal chamber to a downstream hydraulic apparatus, wherein the connector at the end thereof toward the internal chamber has a mouth portion, wherein the connector has an opening shape with an escape value of more than 0.82, and the mouth portion in relation to a container wall region that directly surrounds the mouth portion is at least in portions designed so as to be raised in the direction of the internal chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,988,123

SIMULATOR VALVE AND ELECTRONIC BRAKE SYSTEM USING THE SAME

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. An electronic brake system comprising:a master cylinder provided with at least one cylinder chamber having a volume changeable according to operation of a pedal;
a pedal simulator connected to the cylinder chamber, configured to provide reaction force corresponding to a pedal effort of the pedal;
a hydraulic-pressure supply device configured to provide hydraulic pressure to at least one wheel cylinder;
an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to operate the hydraulic-pressure supply device; and
a simulator valve provided in a flow passage through which the master cylinder is connected to the pedal simulator, and provided with a unidirectional flow passage that allows fluid to flow from the pedal simulator to the cylinder chamber and a bidirectional flow passage configured to be opened or closed,
wherein the simulator valve includes:
a sleeve, an upper part of which is coupled to a magnet core and a lower part of which is coupled to a valve housing provided with an orifice;
an armature configured to move upward and downward in the sleeve;
a first elastic member disposed between the magnet core and the armature to provide elastic force to the armature; and
a lip seal coupled to an outer surface of the valve housing, and provided with an inclined protrusion,
wherein the unidirectional flow passage is opened in response to an inward deformation of the inclined protrusion when pressure of the pedal simulator is higher than pressure of the master cylinder,
wherein the bidirectional flow passage is opened, in response to a movement of the armature by the magnet core receiving a current to open the orifice, and
wherein the sleeve is press-fitted into an inner surface of the valve housing and is coupled to the valve housing by welding.

US Pat. No. 10,988,120

COLLISION AVOIDANCE BRAKING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An automatic braking system for a vehicle having pneumatic brakes, a vehicle brake pedal, a left turn signal, a left turn signal activator, a right turn signal and a right turn signal activator, the system comprising:a) an actuation apparatus comprising at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve, wherein each of said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve comprises a solenoid, wherein each of said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve opens and remains open when the solenoid is energized, and closes and/or remains closed when the solenoid is not energized;
b) a collision warning device directly or indirectly electrically connected to said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve, wherein the collision warning device continuously monitors the presence of obstacles in front of the vehicle and continuously calculates a closure time of the vehicle with a detected obstacle, wherein said collision warning device causes the solenoid of each of said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve to be energized when said closure time is at or below a pre-set time to collision value and causes the solenoid of each of said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve to remain energized until said closure time is above said pre-set time to collision value or until either the left turn signal is activated by the left turn signal activator or the right turn signal is activated by the right turn signal activator;
c) a first air pressure reservoir pneumatically connected to said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve;
d) front pneumatic brakes pneumatically connected to said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve, said front pneumatic brakes comprising a left front brake assembly and a right front brake assembly; and
e) rear pneumatic brakes pneumatically connected to said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve, said rear pneumatic brakes comprising a left rear pneumatic brake unit and a right rear pneumatic brake unit, wherein each pneumatic brake unit comprises at least one pneumatic brake assembly;
wherein opening the at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve activates automatic braking, wherein when the at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve is open, air flows from the first air pressure reservoir through the at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve and then concurrently flows to all of the front pneumatic brake assemblies and rear pneumatic brake assemblies, thereby concurrently engaging the front pneumatic brake assemblies and engaging pneumatic brake assemblies of the rear pneumatic brake units, and wherein activating either the left turn signal or the right turn signal causes the solenoid of each open solenoid operated pneumatic valve to de-energize, thereby causing all of said open solenoid operated pneumatic valves to close, and thereby deactivating automatic braking.

US Pat. No. 10,988,112

DISTRIBUTED VEHICLE AUTHORIZED OPERATIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:store an electronic ledger that specifies an authorized operation for an entity to perform for a vehicle;
receive a request, including an entity identifier for an entity making the request, to perform a requested operation;
query the electronic ledger to determine that the requested operation is the authorized operation; and
actuate the vehicle based on the authorized operation;
wherein the computer is in the vehicle;
wherein the electronic ledger is a distributed electronic ledger shared between at least the computer and an entity computer remote from the vehicle and associated with the entity.

US Pat. No. 10,988,111

USER IDENTIFICATION METHOD AND APPARATUS USING LEVER-TYPE DOOR GRIP PATTERN RECOGNITION

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A user identification method using recognition of a grip pattern of a lever-type door, comprising:sensing, by a controller, a grip pattern using a sensing module;
identifying, by the controller, a user profile that corresponds to the grip pattern;
activating, by the controller, a user-customization module in response to the identified user profile; and
activating, by the controller, the sensing module disposed in a lever of a vehicle door when a smart-key is detected,
wherein the grip pattern includes a grip image pattern,
wherein the lever-type door is a vehicle door and the lever is an exterior handle mounted on the vehicle door, and
wherein the grip image pattern includes a 3-dimensional (3D) image that represents gripping the exterior handle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,106

SEAT BELT SAFETY APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A seat belt safety apparatus for a vehicle, the seat belt safety apparatus, comprising:a webbing wound into or drawn out of a retractor to hold a passenger in a seat; and
a pretensioner spaced apart from the retractor and including a plurality of guides around which the webbing is wound and an actuator providing actuating force to the guides,
wherein one of the plurality of guides is configured to move away from another of the plurality of guides to apply a holding force to the passenger by pulling the webbing when the actuator is operated and the guides are moved away from each other, and
wherein the retractor and the pretensioner are installed on a seat frame, the retractor is disposed under the pretensioner, and the webbing extends upward diagonally with respect to the seat frame and is wound around the guides without overlapping.

US Pat. No. 10,988,104

AIRBAG ASPIRATION MODULES AND RELATED VALVE ASSEMBLIES

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag cushion assembly, comprising:an airbag cushion;
an inflation module comprising an aspiration side and an inflation side, the inflation module comprising:
an inflator;
a plurality of inflation nozzles fluidly coupled with the inflator, wherein the plurality of inflation nozzles is configured to deliver inflation gas from the inflator into the airbag cushion from the inflation side of the inflation module, and wherein each of the plurality of inflation nozzles is fluidly coupled with at least one inflation conduit having a cross-sectional diameter that tapers along at least a portion thereof, wherein the at least one inflation conduit comprises a closed terminal end, and wherein each of the plurality of inflation nozzles is configured to deliver an at least substantially uniform distribution of gas relative to each other;
a housing coupled to the airbag cushion adjacent to the inflation side of the inflation module, wherein the housing comprises an aspiration inlet defined by a plurality of cross-members, wherein the aspiration inlet is configured to allow for receipt of ambient air into the airbag cushion during inflation of the airbag cushion, and wherein the plurality of inflation nozzles is configured to, upon actuation of the inflator, draw ambient air into the airbag cushion along with the inflation gas from the inflator;
a valve assembly comprising at least one valve flap configured to open upon actuation of the inflator, wherein the at least one valve flap is biased towards a closed position, wherein the at least one valve flap is configured to close during inflation of the airbag cushion to prevent air and inflation gas from exiting through the aspiration inlet, wherein the at least one valve flap is positioned between the aspiration inlet and the plurality of inflation nozzles, wherein the at least one valve flap further comprises at least one groove configured to function as a hinge to facilitate opening and/or closing of the at least one valve flap during inflation, wherein the at least one valve flap is coupled to at least one of the plurality of cross members along an inner surface of the at least one of the plurality of cross members facing towards the plurality of inflation nozzles, and wherein the at least one groove extends at least substantially parallel to at least one of the plurality of cross-members.

US Pat. No. 10,988,102

FRONT AIRBAG FOR VEHICLE OCCUPANTS

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, Alf...

1. A front airbag for vehicle occupants, comprising a front face (16) facing the vehicle occupant in the inflated state, a rear panel (14) facing the vehicle front end and a chamber defining the interior of the inflated airbag (10), wherein,relating to the front face (16), a central sub-chamber (18) starting from the front face (16) is provided which is defined by a central front panel (20) forming part of the front face (16) and an outward facing peripheral central side panel (22),
wherein the central side panel (22) protrudes into the envelope of the inflated airbag (10), and
in that at least one outer chamber (30) laterally adjacent to the central sub-chamber (18) and surrounding the sub-chamber (30) at least partially on the outside is provided which includes an outer front panel (32) forming part of the front face (16) and an inward facing inner side panel (34) which is separate from and adjacent to the central side panel (22), the inner side panel (34) and central side panel (22) facing one another in the inflated state.

US Pat. No. 10,988,101

VEHICLE SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle side airbag device that is stored inside a seatback of a vehicle seat, the vehicle side airbag device comprisingan airbag that inflates and deploys between a seated occupant and a side door, an interior of the airbag being partitioned into a plurality of chambers including a high-pressure chamber, and the high-pressure chamber inflating and deploying so as to vertically straddle a door beltline as seen in vehicle lateral view and so as to restrain a shoulder region; and
an inflator; wherein
the interior of the airbag is partitioned into a front chamber and a rear chamber by a front-rear dividing tether, the rear chamber being the high-pressure chamber,
the inflator is inside the high-pressure chamber,
a communication hole connects the rear chamber with the front chamber at the front-rear dividing tether, and
the airbag has an increased thickness toward an outer side in a vehicle width direction at a position at which the airbag restrains the shoulder region such that the airbag is asymmetrical in the vehicle width direction at the shoulder region, the shoulder region being further toward a top of the vehicle than the door beltline.

US Pat. No. 10,988,100

SIDE AIRBAG INCLUDING NON-EXPANDABLE REGION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An assembly comprising:a seatback; and
a side airbag supported by the seatback;
the side airbag having a first panel and a second panel, the first panel and the second panel having an expandable region including an inflation chamber, and the first panel and the second panel being connected to each other defining a substantially non-expandable region; and
the first panel and the second panel being connected to each other around an opening, the opening extending through the first panel and the second panel, the opening being between and adjacent to the substantially non-expandable region and the expandable region.

US Pat. No. 10,988,099

COVER BODY FOR AIR-BAG DEVICE

NIHON PLAST CO., LTD., F...

1. A cover body of an air-bag device for covering an air bag, comprising:a cover body part; and
a decoration member attached to a front side of the cover body part, wherein
the decoration member includes:
a light source;
a decoration body configured to cover the light source, the decoration body having light transmittance; and
a retainer body fixed to the cover body part to retain an outer circumferential part of the decoration body, wherein
the decoration body includes:
a decoration part; and
an engagement part provided on an outer circumferential part of the decoration part and configured to engage with retainer body, and
wherein the engagement part includes a first protruding part and a first groove part respectively provided on a front side of the engagement part,
the retainer body includes a retainer part configured to overlap with the front side of the engagement part, and
the retainer part includes a second groove part configured to be fitting to the first protruding part and a second protruding part configured to be fitting to the first groove part.

US Pat. No. 10,988,098

AIR BAG MOUNTING INTERIOR TRIM AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An air bag mounting interior trim comprising:a retainer having mounted thereto a case housing an air bag, the retainer having a first wall portion disposed at a deployment side with respect to the air bag; and
a panel having a second wall portion disposed so as to be opposed to the first wall portion of the retainer, at the deployment side of the air bag with respect to the first wall portion, the panel configured to be welded to the retainer, wherein
the first wall portion and the second wall portion each have an inclined face inclined with respect to a pressurizing direction in which the retainer and the panel are moved relative to each other at a time of assembly thereof for welding,
the retainer has a first rib protruding along the pressurizing direction from the inclined face of the first wall portion toward the panel,
the panel has a second rib configured to be welded to the first rib, the second rib protruding along the pressurizing direction from the inclined face of the second wall portion toward the retainer, and
the first rib and the second rib respectively have a same width and weld end faces, the weld end faces of the first and second ribs face each other, are parallel to each other and extend orthogonally relative to the pressurizing direction; and the weld end faces of the first and second ribs have matching contact surface areas and are welded together without one of the weld end faces surrounding another of the weld end faces.

US Pat. No. 10,988,097

RETRACTABLE PEDAL ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

6. A pedal assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a hollow cylindrical housing comprising a recessed area on an interior surface of the housing and an opening through the housing opposite to the recessed area;
at least one pedal comprising a pedal arm, a pedal interface, an alignment member comprising a tab configured to move and engage within the recessed area of the housing, at least one retention member, and a stowing member, the stowing member enclosed within the housing and the pedal arm extending through the opening in the housing;
a retaining member operably and removably coupled to the at least one pedal; and
an actuator enclosed within the housing and operably coupled to the at least one pedal, the actuator configured to selectively move the at least one pedal between a deployed position with respect to the housing and a stowed position with respect to the housing, the actuator being configured to actuate the at least one pedal to the deployed position in response to a deploy command from a controller and to actuate the at least one pedal to the stowed position in response to a stow command from the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,988,096

PROTECTIVE DEVICE FOR A TRIP CIRCUIT FOR A PERSONAL PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE, AND TRIP CIRCUIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A protective device for a trip circuit for a personal protection device for a vehicle, comprising:a high-side interface for contacting the protective device to a high-side terminal of an ignition device and a low-side interface for contacting the protective device to a low-side terminal of the ignition device, the trip circuit having the ignition device, a high-side end stage for connecting the high-side terminal of the ignition device to a first voltage potential and a low-side end stage for connecting the low-side terminal of the ignition device to a second voltage potential;
a suppressor diode connected between the high-side interface and a terminal that, in an operation-ready state of the protective device, conducts the first voltage potential; and
at least one first diode connected between the low-side interface and another terminal that, in an operation-ready state of the protective device, conducts the second voltage potential;
wherein the trip circuit is configured to protect against undesired effects of an injection current that, for a collision of the vehicle and a resulting deformation of the vehicle, can be injected into a conductor segment of the trip circuit,
wherein the high-side end stage has functionalities of a driver, a regulator, and of a device that realizes a logic system via which a switch, which is a transistor of the high-side end stage, is controlled, and
wherein the low-side end stage has functionalities of a driver, a regulator, and of a device that realizes a logic system, via which a switch, which includes a transistor of the low-side end stage, is controlled.

US Pat. No. 10,988,095

ADAPTIVE MULTI-FORCE SAFETY SYSTEM (ADMUS)

1. An on-board vehicle adaptive multi-force safety mixed system, comprising:an electronic computing and control unit connected to vehicle internal sensors and to a vehicle main computer, the vehicle main computer being connected to crash sensing related sensors and vehicle driving sensors;
occupant weighing devices connected to seats of passengers which are operatively connected to inflators through controllers which are connected to the electronic computing and control unit, the occupant weighing devices are configured to weigh an occupant when the occupant provides a force in a horizontal direction of a predetermined value to a vertical surface of a vehicle and the occupant simultaneously lifts their feet above a floor of the vehicle when the occupant's weight is measured by at least one of the occupant weighing devices, and wherein a restraint power line of an air bag of a child seat is connected to a non-pyrotechnical air bag source configured for use with the child seat, the non-pyrotechnical air bag source is connected to and controlled by the electronic computing and control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,988,093

VEHICULAR STATIC ELIMINATING DEVICE AND VEHICLE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vehicular static eliminating device (i) provided in a vehicle on which positive static electric charges accumulate and (ii) configured to eliminate static electricity from a static elimination target spot in the vehicle, the static elimination target spot being predetermined and positively charged, or to negatively charge the static elimination target spot,said vehicular static eliminating device comprising:
a negative ion generating section; and
a guide device configured to guide negative ions generated by the negative ion generating section, and release the negative ions from an emission port to the static elimination target spot,
the guide device including:
a guide member defining a passage through which to guide the negative ions, the guide member being made of a resin which is negatively charged in a triboelectric series; and
a tip-shaped part configured to discharge, by corona discharge, negative electric charges, which have accumulated on the guide member, to the static elimination target spot, the tip-shaped part being provided in a part defining the emission port and in proximity to the static elimination target spot.

US Pat. No. 10,988,092

VEHICULAR CIRCUIT BODY

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicular circuit body comprising:a plurality of control boxes disposed in a distribution manner along a vehicle body and including a first control box, a branch control box and a second control box;
a first trunk line that includes a power source line having a predetermined current capacity and a communication line having a predetermined communication capacity, the first trunk line is routed in the vehicle body to extend in a front-and-rear direction of the vehicle body;
a second trunk line that includes a power source line having a predetermined current capacity and a communication line having a predetermined communication capacity, the second trunk line is routed in a vehicle body to extend in a leftward-and-rightward direction of the vehicle body, and a routing material that constitutes the power source line of the second trunk line includes a first end that terminates at the first control box and a second end that terminates at the second control box, and the routing material of power source line of the second trunk line extends through the branch control box from the first end to the second end in the leftward-and-rightward direction;
a power source;
a main power source cable extending from the power source to one of the control boxes; and
a rising portion extending from the first trunk line to the branch control box, and a routing material constituting the rising portion includes a first end that terminates at the branch control box,
wherein the first trunk line extends from one of the control boxes in the front-and-rear direction, and
wherein the branch control box distributes power from one of the first trunk line and the second trunk line to the other one.

US Pat. No. 10,988,090

WIRE HARNESS SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A wire harness system comprising:a wire harness including a standard sub-harness configured by standard circuit lines and an optional sub-harness configured by selection circuit lines, and
a connection unit including a circuit network configuring a part of circuit lines for realizing selectively added specification in the wire harness,
wherein a portion of the optional sub-harness is bundled to the standard sub-harness such that the portion of the optional sub-harness extends together with the standard sub-harness to form a trunk line,
the optional sub-harness in the wire harness includes a branched portion that is branched from the trunk line of the wire harness and extends from the trunk line to the connection unit,
the selection circuit lines of the optional sub-harness branched from the trunk line of the wire harness are connected to the circuit network of the connection unit,
the connection unit includes a case that removably contains the circuit network within the case, the case has an outer surface and a groove in the outer surface,
the trunk line extends along the case in the groove such that the trunk line lies outside of the case,
the wire harness is disposed on a body of a vehicle,
the connection unit is stacked on an upper side of the trunk line of the wire harness,
the outer surface contacts and is supported by the body of the vehicle, and
the trunk line is located between the groove, of the outer surface of the case, and the body of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,089

SLIDABLE OPERATOR-DISPLAY SUPPORT

Manitou Equipment America...

1. A mounting arrangement, for slidably mounting a display unit, comprising:a first bracket, having a first face and a second face, and first and second holes extending through the first bracket from the first face to the second face, the first face of the first bracket being attachable to the display unit adjacent to the display unit;
a second bracket having a third face and a fourth face, the second bracket including a slot spanning at least a portion of a width of the second bracket, and extending from the third face to the fourth face,
first and second nylon washers each having a central hole;
third and fourth nylon washers each having a central hole;
first and second resilient washers each having a central hole, the resilient washers having a resiliency greater than a resiliency of each of the first, second, third and fourth nylon washers;
fifth and sixth washers each having a central hole;
at least first and second bolts each having a head and a threaded shaft, the bolts extending through the respective holes in the first bracket, the respective holes of the first and second nylon washers, the slot of the second bracket, the respective holes of the third and fourth nylon washers, the respective holes of the first and second resilient washers and the respective holes of the fifth and sixth washers such that the third face of the second bracket frictionally engages the first and second nylon washers, the fourth face of the second bracket frictionally engages the third and fourth nylon washers, and the first and second resilient washers are each located between the respective third and fourth nylon washers and the fifth and sixth washers; and
first and second nuts engaging the respective threads of the first and second bolts such that the first and second resilient washers are compressed with a respective compressive force between the respective nylon washers to support the first bracket and the second bracket relative to each other and permit the first bracket and the second bracket to slide relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,988,087

MIDSIZE VEHICLE STORAGE SYSTEM

DECKED, LLC, Ketchum, ID...

1. A vehicle storage system, comprising:a deck;
four support feet including two front support feet and two rear support feet, wherein the front support feet are dimensionally smaller than the rear support feet, wherein each front support foot is situated at a respective front corner of the deck and is configured to support the deck, and each rear support foot is situated at a respective rear corner of the deck and is configured to support the deck;
a center support extending in a longitudinal direction of the deck between the support feet and configured to support the deck; and
a front vertical transverse support disposed perpendicularly to the deck, wherein the front vertical transverse support:
is configured to support the deck;
is configured to secure the two front support feet; and
has a profile that tapers from an upper portion of the front vertical transverse support toward a lower portion of the front vertical transverse support, wherein the tapered profile of the front vertical transverse support corresponds to a profile of the front support feet for engagement with the front support feet.

US Pat. No. 10,988,082

HOUSING FOR A REAR VIEW ELEMENT OF A REAR VIEW DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE

1. A housing for a rear view element of a rear view device for a vehicle, comprising:a scalp portion forming an outermost surface of the housing comprising a first joint section at a first circumferential edge extending at least partially around an opening of the scalp portion; and
a bezel portion comprising a second joint section at a second circumferential edge extending at least partially around the bezel portion, wherein the first joint section of the scalp portion and the second joint section of the bezel portion are connectable to each other at a separation edge,
wherein the first joint section and the second joint section are connectable to each other by a clamping connection,
the first joint section comprises at least one clamp and the second joint section comprises at least one protrusion or vice versa,
the clamp is adapted to at least partly overlap the protrusion to obtain a flush surface at the separation edge, which is located at least partly at an inside panel of the bezel portion,
wherein the separation edge is located between the first rim and the inside panel of the bezel portion,
wherein at least one of the first joint section comprises at least a continuous clamp extending along the first circumferential edge in its entirety, and the second joint section comprises at least a continuous protrusion extending along the second circumferential edge in its entirety, and
wherein the clamp is adapted to at least partly overlap the protrusion to obtain a flush surface at the separation edge, and the clamp is curved at approximately 180° to hold the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,988,080

LIGHT GUIDE PLATE INTEGRATED TRIM PANEL FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of manufacturing a trim panel for a vehicle which manufactures the trim panel comprising a light guide plate configured to evenly diffuse light emitted from a light source and a base attached to one side surface of the light guide plate, and mounted to a vehicle interior, the method of manufacturing the light guide plate integrated trim panel for the vehicle comprising:seating the light guide plate on the bottom surface of an upper mold;
closing a lower mold which ascends a first lower mold and a second lower mold installed to be movable upward and downward below the upper mold;
first injecting which forms a part of the base on the circumference of the light guide plate by injecting molten resin between the upper mold and the first lower mold;
opening the second lower mold which descends the second lower mold so that the second lower mold contacting the bottom surface of the light guide plate is spaced apart from the bottom surface of the light guide plate; and
second injecting which injects the molten resin between the light guide plate and the second lower mold.

US Pat. No. 10,988,076

STEERING COLUMN CONTROL MODULE

BCS AUTOMOTIVE INTERFACE ...

1. A steering column control module comprising:a stalk assembly pivotably connected to a control module housing;
a printed circuit board;
a carrier member movable by the stalk assembly so as to slide across the printed circuit board;
a plurality of magnets connected to and movable by the stalk assembly, at least one of the magnets being provided on the carrier member;
a plurality of sensors for sensing the positions of the plurality of magnets and sending signals indicating the positions of the magnets; and
a controller for receiving the signals to control vehicle functions.

US Pat. No. 10,988,074

METHOD FOR DETERMINING CONTROL PARAMETERS FOR LIGHT SOURCES OF A VEHICLE HEADLAMP

DAIMLER AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. A method for adjusting a light distribution of a vehicle headlight having a plurality of light sources, the method comprising:receiving user-specified parameters for an illumination distribution of the light distribution of the headlight, wherein the illumination distribution specifies a desired light intensity for different positions within the light distribution of the headlight; and
adjusting the illuminance distribution within the light distribution based on the user-specified parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,988,072

LASHING HOOK, LASHING DEVICE, AND LASHING METHOD

AVIELAN CORPORATION, Owa...

9. A method for lashing a lashing target using a lashing device comprising a lashing hook including a hook portion hooked to a fixing member of a lashing target and a body portion integrated with said hook portion, whereinsaid body portion comprises a connection portion for connecting a belt equivalent for transmitting tension, and
said hook portion comprises:
a base portion connected to said body portion; and
a curved portion existing between said base portion and a tip portion, wherein
said curved portion has an outer shape having an opening between said base portion and said tip portion and having a space for accommodating said fixing member inside said opening, and wherein
when a direction in which said body portion and the vicinity of said base portion have a thickness is a Z direction, said curved portion has a bend in a Z direction so as not to overlap the z directional position of said tip portion and the Z directional position of said base portion, further comprising:
a belt equivalent connected to the body portion of said lashing hook on one side;
a fixing hook connected to the other side of said belt equivalent; and
a tension generating device for applying tension to said belt equivalent between said lashing hook and said fixing hook, the method comprising:
hooking said lashing hook to a fixing member provided on said lashing target from below;
hooking said fixing hook to an immovable member installed in a region where the position of the lashing target is fixed at; and
operating the tension generating device so that tension is applied to the belt equivalent after the hooking of the lashing hook and the hooking of the fixing hook are completed.

US Pat. No. 10,988,071

HEAVY DUTY RATCHET

1. A heavy duty ratchet comprising:(a) a pair of frames joined by a connection plate;
(b) a spool rotatably mounted intermediate said pair of frames said spool comprising a singular contiguous body;
(c) a pair of toothed wheels mounted in spaced apart relationship upon and in locking relationship with said spool;
(d) a handle pivotally mounted between said pair of frames, said handle including a pair of protrusions for engaging the teeth of a respective one of said pair of toothed wheels to urge rotation of said spool in one direction upon pivotal movement of said handle in the one direction;
(e) a pair of spring-loaded pawls mounted intermediate said pair of frames for engaging a respective one of said pair of toothed wheels to prevent rotation of said spool in the other direction;
(f) a spring-loaded lever for disengaging said protrusions from said toothed wheels to permit pivotal movement of said handle without corresponding rotation of said spool.

US Pat. No. 10,988,069

VEHICLE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

15. A delivery vehicle comprising:a first bed of rollers that includes a first section located in an enclosed portion of the delivery vehicle and a second section located in a first alcove that is accessible from outside the delivery vehicle through a first exterior-facing door;
at least one memory that stores computer-executable instructions; and
at least one processor configured to access the at least one memory and execute the computer-executable instructions to at least:
identify a location of a first item placed upon the first section of the first bed of rollers; and
activate at least some rollers in the first bed of rollers, to move the first item from the location in the first section to the first alcove in the delivery vehicle, wherein the first section of the first bed of rollers comprises:
a first compartment for storing the first item upon the first bed of rollers;
a second compartment for storing a second item upon the first bed of rollers; and
a repositionable first panel located between the first compartment and the second compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,988,056

CHILD RESTRAINT HEADREST WITH SIDE-WING MOVER

DOREL JUVENILE GROUP, INC...

1. A child restraint comprisinga seat bottom and
a seat back including a backrest arranged to extend upwardly from the seat bottom and a head receiver coupled to the backrest and arranged to lie above the seat bottom,
wherein the head receiver comprises an adjustable-width headrest and a headrest-width changer, the adjustable-width headrest includes a center head support associated with the backrest, a first movable head support mounted on one side of the center head support for lateral sliding movement relative to the center head support, and a second movable head support mounted on an opposite side of the center head support for lateral sliding movement relative to the center head support, and the headrest-width changer includes converter means for moving the first and second movable head supports away from one another to provide a large head-receiving space between the first and second movable head supports and establish a wide mode of the adjustable-width headrest and toward one another to provide a relatively smaller head-receiving space between the first and second movable head supports in response to movement of one of the movable head supports away from the center head support to establish a narrow mode of the adjustable-width headrest, and
wherein the converter means is a linear motion converter that is arranged to lie above the seat bottom and to interconnect the first and second movable head supports to convert lateral movement of the first movable head support in a first direction relative to the backrest automatically into lateral motion of the second movable head support in an opposite second direction relative to the backrest and the linear motion converter includes a first rack strip coupled to the first movable head support to move therewith, a second rack strip coupled to the second movable head support to move therewith, and a motion-transfer gear arranged to lie between the first and second rack strips and include gear teeth that engage and mesh with rack teeth included in each of the first and second rack strips.

US Pat. No. 10,988,054

VEHICLE SWIVEL SEAT

Seating Technologies, Inc...

1. A vehicle seat apparatus comprising:a bottom assembly that is attached to a floor of the vehicle;
a top assembly that is for the support of a seat structure;
a turntable that is mounted to the bottom assembly and the top assembly and rotatable to allow rotational motion of the top assembly relative to the bottom assembly, wherein the turntable includes an inner turntable disc and an outer turntable disc, the inner turntable disc having a first inner opening defined by an inner disc inner edge concentric about a centroid of the inner turntable disc, and the outer turntable disc having a second inner opening defined by an outer disc inner edge concentric about a centroid of the outer turntable disc, wherein the inner turntable disc and the outer turntable disc are rotatably and coaxially secured together for relative rotation about their centroids, and wherein a first set of screws secures one of the turntable discs to the top assembly and a second set of screws secures the other of the turntable discs to the bottom assembly, each of said first and second sets of screws extending through a respective one of the turntable discs and a respective one of the assemblies;
a lever mechanism secured to the top assembly and pivotal relative to the bottom assembly in order to pivot the top assembly and the seat structure from a more forward position to a more sideways position so as to provide enhanced access to the seat structure;
a pivot member that functions as a pivot axis of the top assembly and the one of the turntable discs relative to the bottom assembly and the other of the turntable discs; and
a cylindrical bushing fixed to one of the assemblies and positioned within the first inner opening on the centroid of the inner turntable disc, spaced from the inner turntable disc, and between the pivot member and the inner turntable disc, wherein the bushing is positioned within the second inner opening on the centroid of the outer turntable disc, spaced from the outer turntable disc, and between the pivot member and the outer turntable disc to allow for rotational motion of the inner turntable disc relative to the outer turntable disc, wherein the cylindrical bushing is in direct contact with the pivot member within the first inner opening and the second inner opening.

US Pat. No. 10,988,053

SWIVEL ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A swivel assembly for a vehicle seating assembly comprising:a fixed plate defining a first opening;
a rotating plate defining a second opening, wherein the rotating plate is positioned substantially parallel to the fixed plate;
a gear ring positioned about a periphery of the first opening;
an inner retaining bracket received by the first and second openings, the inner retaining bracket coupled with the gear ring;
an outer retaining bracket coupled with the rotating plate and defining a channel, wherein the fixed plate is at least partially received by the channel;
a washer positioned between the fixed plate and the rotating plate; and
a bearing member including first and second legs, wherein the first leg is positioned between the rotating plate and the fixed plate, and further wherein the second leg is positioned between the fixed plate and the inner retaining bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,988,052

SEAT FOR VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a seat assembly that is mounted on the vehicle and includes a seatback and a seat cushion;
a footrest that is provided in front of the seat assembly and on which an occupant can put a foot; and
a drive mechanism configured to control at least a position of the seatback and the seat cushion, in response to the foot of the occupant being put on the footrest, to position an upper end of the seat assembly upward on a rearward side of the upper end, wherein a line of sight of the occupant remains substantially similar before and after the drive mechanism controls the position of the seatback and the seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,988,050

SECTION INSULATING DEVICE AND USE OF SAME

1. A section disconnect device for a contact line assigned to railborne vehicles as overhead line and carrying high voltage, comprising:a line section arrangement (10) with multi-section extending, said line section arrangement being configured to be tensioned between two contact-wire connecting heads (12, 14) and provided with insulator means (36, 38),
said line section arrangement being constructed being mountable by means of respective accommodating sections (66) of the contact-wire connecting heads in an electrically and mechanically contacting manner between free ends (16, 18) of the contact line,
wherein, at least one of the contact-wire connecting heads (12, 14) has adjustable level equalization means (66, 68, 70) for interacting with a head-side end (20, 24) of the line section arrangement (10), which are constructed in such a manner that, with respect to a current-collector-contact side of the contact line and/or a current-collector-contact plane, the free end of the contact line is configured to be brought into a common plane with the end of the line section arrangement and/or seamlessly aligned with the same, wherein the end of the line section arrangement is constructed as a continuous, diverted line section (20, 24), which is guided around a roller (66) or a circular section and/or ring section of the level equalization means for forming a spread, and
wherein the roller or the circular section or ring section is configured to be adjusted along an adjustment axle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,048

CHARGING METHOD FOR STABLY CHARGING BATTERY AND EXTENDING POWER SUPPLY PERIOD FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

DAR YUN ENERGY SCIENCE TE...

1. A charging method for stably charging battery and extending power supply period for an electric vehicle, the method comprising:(1) calculating a required voltage for a driving motor of an electric vehicle;
(2) providing a first battery group, wherein the first battery group comprises at least two or more than two first batteries that are electrically connected with each other and each of the first batteries has a first internal resistance;
(3) separately providing at least one second battery, wherein the second battery is electrically connectable with the first battery group, a voltage of the second battery being equal to a voltage of the first batteries, and the second battery has a second internal resistance;
(4) electrically connecting each of the first batteries that has an internal resistance difference between the first internal resistance thereof and the second internal resistance smaller than or equal to 1.5? to the second battery so as to have a total voltage of the first battery group in electrical connection with the second battery equal to the required voltage for the driving motor of the electric vehicle;
(5) charging the first battery group and the second battery, with a voltage value that is 75%-95% of an average voltage of the first battery group being set as a charging termination point and a voltage value of 75%-95% of a voltage of the second battery being set as a charging termination point;
wherein during charging, charging to the first battery group is constrained in a voltage range that is 75%-95% of an average thereof and charging to the second battery is constrained in a voltage range that is 75%-95% of a voltage thereof, so that the first battery group and the second battery are stably charged and thermal energy generated during charging is reduced, and during discharging, a battery capacity of the second battery provides replenishment for a battery capacity of the first battery group to thereby enhance discharging performance of the first battery group.

US Pat. No. 10,988,047

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A CAPACITY OF A BATTERY CELL, EVALUATION DEVICE, MONITORING APPARATUS, HIGH-VOLTAGE BATTERY AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

10. An evaluation apparatus for a monitoring device for monitoring a high-voltage battery of a motor vehicle, which evaluation apparatus is configured to:receive at least three open circuit voltage values, measured at different measurement times, of the battery cell;
determine state of charge values of the battery cell from the at least three open circuit voltage values on the basis of a predetermined open circuit voltage curve that describes a relationship between the open circuit voltage and the state of charge of the battery cell;
form at least two pairs of values of the open circuit voltage or of the state of charge by combining in each case two of the at least three open circuit voltage values or state of charge values, wherein a binomial coefficient is determined on the basis of a number of the received open circuit voltage values and a number, corresponding to the binomial coefficient, of pairs of values is determined;
determine respective charge throughput values, specific to the pairs of values, of the battery cell by integrating a measured current of the battery cell over a time interval between the two measurement times of the associated open circuit voltage values;
determine respective capacity raw values specific to the pairs of values based on the associated charge throughput value specific to the pairs of values and the associated state of charge values specific to the pairs of values; and
determine the capacity of the battery cell based on the at least two capacity raw values specific to the pairs of values.

US Pat. No. 10,988,041

CABLE HEAT EXCHANGER FOR A POWER CONNECTOR

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A power connector comprising:a housing extending between a front and a rear, the housing having a chamber at the rear, the housing having a terminal channel between the front and the rear;
a terminal coupled to the housing, the terminal including a mating pin at a front of the terminal and a cable connector at a rear of the terminal, the mating pin positioned in the terminal channel for mating with a charging connector, the cable connector positioned in the chamber at the rear of the housing;
a power cable terminated to the cable connector at the rear of the terminal, the power cable including a conductor; and
a cable heat exchanger positioned in the chamber, the cable heat exchanger being thermally coupled to the conductor of the power cable, the cable heat exchanger including a coolant channel for coolant flow through the cable heat exchanger for actively cooling the conductor of the power cable.

US Pat. No. 10,988,040

CHARGING GUN WITH GOOD HEAT CONDUCTION AND HEAT DISSIPATION PERFORMANCE

ROCKING ENERGY INTELLIGEN...

1. A charging gun with good heat conduction and heat dissipation performance, wherein the charging gun with good heat conduction and heat dissipation performance includes a gun body, terminals, insulating sleeves, and a metal heat dissipation member suitable for dissipating heat to outside air; there are a plurality of terminals and a plurality of sleeves; rear end portions of the plurality of terminals respectively pass through the plurality of sleeves which are independent of each other, the metal heat dissipation member is provided with a plurality of mounting holes, the plurality of sleeves pass through the plurality of mounting holes and are fixed to the mounting holes, respectively, and the metal heat dissipation member is fixed to the gun body.

US Pat. No. 10,988,039

POWER TRANSFER DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

DAIHEN Corporation, Osak...

1. A power transfer device, comprising:a power transfer coil;
a case that has a surface extending along a direction perpendicular to an axial direction of the power transfer coil and stores the power transfer coil;
a rotating shaft rotatable about the shaft that extends in the axial direction of the power transfer coil at a central portion in a radial direction of the power transfer coil and has an end penetrating the surface and protruding outward through the surface;
a foreign object remover that projects outwardly from the end of the rotating shaft in a radial direction of the rotating shaft and moves on the surface;
a driving source that provides the rotating shaft with power;
a processor that determines whether or not a vehicle is present;
a foreign object detector that detects a foreign object
wherein
the driving source is driven if the processor determines that the vehicle is present,
the driving source is driven if the processor determines that the vehicle is present and a foreign object is detected by the foreign object detector,
the driving source includes a motor,
the processor determines whether or not a foreign object is detected by the foreign object detector after rotation of the motor;
the processor changes a rotation speed of the motor to a rotation speed higher than a current rotation speed or a driving duration of the motor to a driving duration longer than a current driving duration if the processor determines that a foreign object is detected, and
the motor is driven based on a rotation speed or a driving duration changed by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,988,038

DYNAMIC WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK WITH A PLURALITY OF AERIAL DRONES

T-Mobile USA, Inc., Bell...

1. A cellular tower, comprising:a processor;
a network interface coupled to the processor configured to enable communications via a dynamic wireless communication network;
a storage device for content and programming;
a program stored in the storage device, wherein execution of the program by the processor configures the cellular tower to perform acts comprising:
receiving a request, from a mobile device, to setup a wireless hotspot within the dynamic wireless communication network;
determining a distance between a geographic area associated with the mobile device and the cellular tower;
determining a number of autonomous aerial vehicles to dynamically create a data pipeline to the geographic area, based at least in part on the distance;
deploying the number of autonomous aerial vehicles between the geographic area and the cellular tower;
creating the data pipeline with the deployed autonomous aerial vehicles;
determining whether creating the wireless hotspot is feasible;
upon determining that creating the wireless hotspot is feasible, deploying additional autonomous aerial vehicles between the data pipeline and the mobile device;
creating the wireless hotspot with the deployed additional autonomous aerial vehicles; and
communicatively linking the wireless hotspot to the data pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,988,031

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING A TORQUE OF A DRIVEN WHEEL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle including an electric machine configured to be operatively connected to at least one driven wheel of the motor vehicle, and a safety device assigned to a driven wheel, is independent of the electric machine, and is configured to apply a torque to the driven wheel, the method comprising:operating the electric machine by an inverter;
monitoring a plurality of currently present control times of a plurality of switching elements of the inverter;
comparing each of the plurality of currently present control times being monitored to each of a plurality of setpoint control times;
determining an incorrectly set torque based on the comparison; and
actuating the safety device according to a direction or a magnitude of the incorrectly set torque prior to the incorrectly set torque being applied to the driven wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,988,027

WHEEL WELL HEATING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

2. A wheel well heating method, comprising:generating thermal energy to heat a wheel well area of a vehicle; and
adjusting the generating of the thermal energy in response to a state of charge of a power supply of the vehicle, wherein the power supply is a traction battery of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,023

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, AUTONOMOUS DRIVING MONITORING DEVICE, ROAD MANAGEMENT DEVICE, AND AUTONOMOUS DRIVING INFORMATION GATHERING DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An autonomous driving assistance system comprising:a road management device to generate location information indicating locations of vehicles on a managed road to be managed by using data detected by a monitoring camera to detect the vehicles moving on the managed road, and transmit the generated location information;
an autonomous driving monitoring device to receive the location information, determine whether or not at least an event of either congestion or an accident has occurred on the managed road on the basis of the location information, and transmit a manual driving instruction signal instructing manual driving that is manual driving by a driver independent of autonomous driving if the event is determined to have occurred; and
an autonomous driving information gathering device to transmit three-dimensional road alignment data indicating a zone in which autonomous driving is prohibited when the manual driving instruction signal is transmitted.

US Pat. No. 10,988,021

IN-WHEEL MOTOR POWERTRAIN

HYUNDAI TRANSYS INCORPORA...

1. An in-wheel motor powertrain comprising:an input gear directly connected to a motor;
an output gear disposed in parallel to the input gear;
at least one intermediate gear including a first gear and a second gear integrally and concentrically coupled to the first gear, the first gear being meshed with the input gear, and the second gear being meshed with the output gear having a pitch circle diameter different from that of the first gear; and
a planetary reduction mechanism including three rotating elements,
wherein one of the three rotating elements is concentrically connected to the output gear and another of the three rotating elements is connected to a wheel hub.

US Pat. No. 10,988,020

DRIVE TRAIN MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A CLUTCH WHICH COMPRISES A PRESSURE EQUALIZATION DEVICE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A drivetrain module for a motor vehicle, comprising:a clutch with an input area and with an output area, a mutual rotational driving of the input area and output area is influenceable by an action of the clutch, the clutch comprises:
a clutch housing with a clutch space formed therein that is closed so as to be substantially tight against fluid relative to a surrounding area of the clutch space;
wherein the input area and the output area are at least partially arranged in the clutch space, wherein the clutch space is at least partially filled with a fluid or with a paste; and
a pressure compensation device configured to compensate a pressure difference acting between the clutch space and the surrounding area thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,988,018

TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE, DRIVE ARRANGEMENT, METHOD FOR THE OPERATION THEREOF, AND HYBRID VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. Transmission arrangement for a hybrid vehicle, in which a connection for an internal combustion engine, a connection for an electric machine, and a transmission part are arranged in a manner able to be coupled to each other, wherein:the transmission part comprises exactly two clutches comprising a first clutch and a second clutch, exactly two brakes comprising a first brake and a second brake, as well as a Ravigneaux planetary gear set, wherein the Ravigneaux planetary gear set is composed of precisely one ring gear, a first and a second sun gear, a first and a second planetary gear set, and a planet gear carrier, on which the two planetary gear sets are rotatably mounted,
the connection for an internal combustion engine can be coupled via the first clutch to the first sun gear and via the second clutch to the planet gear carrier,
the connection for an electric machine is mechanically coupled to the first sun gear and can be coupled via the first clutch to the connection for the internal combustion engine,
the first brake is designed for the detachable engagement of the planet gear carrier,
the second brake is designed for the detachable engagement of the second sun gear,
the ring gear is coupled to a spur and bevel gear transmission, which forms a power takeoff of the transmission arrangement, and
wherein the first clutch, the second clutch, the first brake, and the second brake are all arranged in a common transmission range.

US Pat. No. 10,988,017

TRANSMISSION MOUNT FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A transmission mount for a vehicle, comprising:a housing that is configured to be inserted and mounted in a mounting hole formed in a side member of a vehicle body;
an insulator that has a plurality of support blades formed integrally on an outer surface thereof to be inserted and mounted in the housing;
a metal core that is inserted into the insulator; and
an outer bracket that is inserted into the housing together with the insulator in a state of being in contact with a surface of each of the plurality of support blades to be fastened to the housing,
wherein the housing is provided with a pair of fitting holes at regular intervals along a circumferential direction, and fastening pins that are inserted into the fitting holes and fastened are integrally formed on an outer surface of the outer bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,988,015

MULTI-POSITION MOUNT SYSTEM

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A multi-position mount system for a powertrain component, comprising:a mount assembly comprising a mount housing, the mount housing having a first mount edge defining a rectangular mount opening, the first mount edge comprising a plurality of mount notch openings;
a sleeve insert comprising an insert body having a first side, a second side, a third side, and a fourth side such that that the insert body forms a rectangle, the insert body having an insert edge and an exterior edge spaced apart from the insert edge, the exterior edge comprising a plurality of insert tabs extending from the exterior edge, the insert edge defining a rectangular insert opening, the first insert edge comprising a plurality of insert notch openings; and
a damping assembly comprising a damper body, the damper body having an exterior edge comprising a plurality of alignment tabs;
wherein the sleeve insert interfaces with the mount opening such that the plurality of insert tabs interface with the plurality of mount notch openings, the sleeve insert is rotatable within the mount opening, the damping assembly interfaces with the insert opening such that the plurality of alignment tabs interface with the plurality of insert notch openings, and a center of the insert opening is spaced apart from a center of the mount opening.

US Pat. No. 10,988,012

AUTOMOBILE DOOR SEALING STRUCTURE

NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD...

1. An automobile door sealing structure comprising:a glass run mounted to a window frame defining a window opening of an automobile door to provide a seal between the window frame and a window glass; and
a weather strip mounted to the window frame and located closer to a cabin than the glass run is, wherein
the glass run includes an upper glass run portion extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle along an upper frame portion of the window frame,
the upper glass run portion includes a glass run body having an insertion groove into which a glass run mount of the upper frame portion is inserted,
the glass run body includes an upper plate portion extending along an upper surface of the glass run mount, a lower plate portion extending along a lower surface of the glass run mount, and an exterior plate portion extending from an exterior end of the upper plate portion to an exterior end of the lower plate portion,
the glass run body has a door panel sealing lip protruding downward from an interior end of the upper plate portion to contact the upper frame portion, the door panel sealing lip extending in the front-rear direction,
the weather strip includes an upper weather strip extending in the front-rear direction along the upper frame portion, and mounted to a lower portion of a step part in the upper frame portion, the step part being located closer to the cabin than the glass run mount is, and having an exterior upper portion away from the cabin and an interior lower portion closer to the cabin,
the upper weather strip includes a hollow seal part configured to elastically deform upon compression by a vehicle body and an outer sealing lip protruding upward from an exterior part of the hollow seal part to contact an interior end surface of the upper plate portion and an interior part of the door panel sealing lip of the glass run body,
a center portion of the upper weather strip and a center portion of the upper glass run portion in the front-rear direction extend generally parallel to each other in the front-rear direction, and the upper weather strip extends downwardly apart from the upper glass run portion toward an end in the front-rear direction,
the door panel sealing lip has a cut or a notch formed upward from a lower end of the door panel sealing lip for enabling deformation of the door panel sealing lip, the cut or the notch being formed at a position immediately before where the upper weather strip extends downwardly apart from the upper glass run portion,
the door panel sealing lip has a portion located closer to the center portion of the of the upper glass run portion in the front-rear direction than the cut or the notch is, contacting the upper surface of the glass run mount of the upper frame portion and bent outward away from the cabin, and the door panel sealing lip has another portion located closer to an end in the front-rear direction than the cut or the notch is, extending downward, and contacting an interior part of a vertical surface of the step part in the upper frame portion.

US Pat. No. 10,988,010

WEATHER STRIP FOR AUTOMOBILE

NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD...

1. A weather strip for an automobile, the weather strip comprising:an installation base member operably couplable to a flange formed along a circumferential edge of a door opening of an automobile body, the installation base member having a substantially U-shaped cross section including an outer-cabin side wall, an inner-cabin side wall, and a connecting wall which connects the side walls; and
a hollow seal member which projects outwardly toward an exterior of the automobile and is configured to make elastic contact with a door of the automobile,
the hollow seal member in cross section including:
a first wall having a first base root forming a part of the first wall, the first base root being on the outer-cabin side wall of the installation base member close to a top end of the flange, the first wall extending from the first base root toward the top end of the flange and outwardly toward the exterior of the automobile to a first bent point which is an end of a part extending from the first base root, turning toward a base root of the flange on the first bent point, and protruding and curving outwardly toward the exterior of the automobile to a part of the hollow seal member closest to the exterior of the automobile; and
a second wall having a second base root forming a part of the second wall, the second base root being on the outer-cabin side wall of the installation base member close to the base root of the flange, the second wall extending from the second base root toward the base root of the flange and outwardly toward the exterior of the automobile to the second bent point which is an end of a part extending from the second base root, turning toward the top end of the flange on the second bent point, and protruding and curving outwardly toward the exterior of the automobile to the part of the hollow seal member closest to the exterior of the automobile,
wherein substantially an entirety of an inside surface of the hollow seal member between the first bent point and the second bent point comprises a foamed material, and substantially an entirety of an outside surface of the hollow seal member between the first bent point and the second bent point is a film which comprises a non-foamed material, and
wherein an interval of the hollow seal member between the first bent point and a reference point comprises only the non-foamed material, the reference point being closer to the exterior of the automobile than the first bent point, and a part of the hollow seal member adjacent to the reference point is continuous with the film.

US Pat. No. 10,988,007

HANGER AND ASSOCIATED HANGER-BASED MOUNTING PACKAGE FOR A SUNROOF ASSEMBLY AND A ROOF CROSSBEAM

Aisin Technical Center of...

1. A mounting package, comprising:a sunroof assembly, the sunroof assembly including a guiderail;
a roof crossbeam; and
a hanger hanging the roof crossbeam underneath the sunroof assembly, the hanger including a lower hook hooked with the roof crossbeam, and an upper hook hooked with the guiderail, the hanger configured to flexibly accommodate multidirectional movement of the roof crossbeam relative to the guiderail, the multidirectional movement including lifting movement of the roof crossbeam relative to the guiderail.

US Pat. No. 10,988,003

VEHICLE VISOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a support structure;
a headliner disposed proximate the support structure and including a substrate and a cover stock disposed over the substrate, wherein the substrate defines an elongated recess;
a visor assembly including a visor coupled to the headliner via a shaft on a first side of the visor, wherein the visor includes a coupling member on a second opposing side of the visor; and
a check assembly coupled to the headliner within the elongated recess and selectively engaging the coupling member of the visor, wherein the check assembly includes an upper check member and a lower check member configured to at least partially separate from the upper check member and translate along the elongated recess in response to a predetermined force acting on the lower check member.

US Pat. No. 10,988,001

AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

MARELLI CABIN COMFORT JAP...

1. An air conditioning device for a vehicle comprising:a first flow path through which air subject to dehumidification flows;
a second flow path through which air for recovery flows;
a desiccant part fluidly communicated with both the first flow path and the second flow path, and configured to adsorb moisture contained in the air subject to dehumidification to dehumidify the air subject to dehumidification, and to discharge the moisture to the air for recovery; and
a controller configured to control an air volume of the air subject to dehumidification in the first flow path and an air volume of the air for recovery in the second flow path to change correlation between the air volume of the air subject to dehumidification and the air volume of the air for recovery between before and after the air volume of the air for recovery reaches a prescribed air volume for achieving a target dehumidification amount of the air subject to dehumidification so that the air volume of the air for recovery after reaching the prescribed air volume is less than the air volume of the air for recovery corresponding to the air volume of the air subject to dehumidification before achieving the target dehumidification amount.

US Pat. No. 10,987,997

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A climate control system of a motor vehicle comprising:a refrigeration circuit; and
a coolant circuit, the refrigeration circuit further comprising:
a compressor;
a refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger operable as a condenser/gas cooler for heat exchange between a refrigerant and a coolant of the coolant circuit; and
a first refrigerant-air heat exchanger for conditioning an intake air for a passenger compartment having a first expansion element arranged upstream in a flow direction of the refrigerant,
the coolant circuit further comprising:
a first conveyor device; and
at least one first coolant-air heat exchanger for heating the intake air for the passenger compartment and the first refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger, wherein the refrigeration circuit is formed having a supplemental refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit for exchanging heat between the refrigerant and ambient air, wherein the supplemental refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit is arranged downstream of the first refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger in the flow direction of the refrigerant and an expansion element is upstream of the supplemental refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit in the flow direction of the refrigerant, wherein the refrigeration circuit is formed having a second refrigerant-air heat exchanger for conditioning the intake air for the passenger compartment, wherein a second expansion element is upstream of the second refrigerant-air heat exchanger in the flow direction of the refrigerant, and the coolant circuit is formed having a second coolant-air heat exchanger for heating the intake air for the passenger compartment, wherein the first refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit and the first coolant-air heat exchanger of the coolant circuit are arranged inside a first component of an air conditioner and so the intake air for the passenger compartment can be applied to the first refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit and the first coolant-air heat exchanger of the coolant circuit in succession in a flow direction of the intake air, and wherein the second refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit and the second coolant-air heat exchanger of the coolant circuit are arranged inside a second component of the air conditioner, wherein the second component comprises an opening formed in a wall of a housing for discharging air into surroundings and an air guiding unit for opening and closing the opening, and wherein the opening is formed arranged downstream of the second refrigerant-air heat exchanger in the flow direction of the air.

US Pat. No. 10,987,990

SEMI-ACTIVE ANTI-ROLL STABILIZER BAR

DAEWON KANG UP CO., LTD.,...

1. A semi-active anti-roll stabilizer bar comprising:an outer housing having a hollow cylindrical accommodation space therein;
an inner housing disposed in the accommodation space;
at least one elastic element, which is elastically deformed when the outer housing and the inner housing are rotated relative to each other;
a rotational bearing disposed between the outer housing and the inner housing;
a first step bar, which is connected at one end thereof to one wheel of a vehicle and is connected at the other end thereof to the outer housing; and
a second step bar, which is connected at one end thereof to the other opposite wheel of the vehicle and is connected at the other end thereof to the inner housing,
wherein one of the outer housing and the inner housing includes at least one elastic element receptor adapted to receive the elastic element and a remaining one of the outer housing and the inner housing includes a support,
wherein, when the elastic element is elastically deformed between the outer housing and the inner housing, one end of the elastic element is supported by the support and the other end of the elastic element is supported by the elastic element receptor,
wherein the elastic element receptor includes a first elastic element receptor disposed in a counterclockwise direction from the support and a second elastic element receptor disposed in a clockwise direction from the support, wherein the elastic element includes a first elastic element, which is disposed in the first elastic element receptor and which is compressed by the support thereby applying elastic force in the clockwise direction when the outer housing is rotated in the counterclockwise direction, and a second elastic element, which is disposed in the second elastic element receptor and which is compressed by the support thereby exerting elastic force in the counterclockwise direction when the outer housing is rotated in the clockwise direction,
wherein each of the first and second elastic elements includes a plurality of elastic elements arranged in a longitudinal direction of the inner housing,
wherein ends of the plurality of first elastic elements that face the support are spaced apart from the support at different angles or distances, and
wherein ends of the plurality of second elastic elements that face the support are spaced apart from the support at different angles or distances.

US Pat. No. 10,987,989

ADJUSTABLE VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A method of controlling a damping characteristic of an adjustable shock absorber of a vehicle being operated by a driver, the driver steering the vehicle by actuating a steering device with the hands of the driver and the driver braking the vehicle by actuating a driver actuatable brake input, the method comprising the steps of:(a) electronically controlling with at least one controller the damping characteristic of the adjustable shock absorber based on a plurality of inputs from a plurality of sensors supported by the vehicle at a first time;
(b) receiving at a second time subsequent to the first time a driver initiated request to alter an operation of the vehicle through a driver actuatable device, the driver actuatable device being a dual purpose device capable of receiving a first input indicative of a first driver initiated request type and a second input indicative of a second driver initiated request type, the first driver initiated request type being to alter the damping characteristic of the adjustable shock absorber;
(c) altering with the at least one controller, at a third time subsequent to the second time, the damping characteristic of the adjustable shock absorber based on the received driver initiated request by deviating a stiffness of the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber relative to the stiffness of the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber at the first time, wherein (i) when the received driver initiated request has a first characteristic indicative of the received driver initiated request being of the first driver initiated request type the stiffness deviation is a first stiffness deviation and (ii) when the received driver initiated request has a second characteristic indicative of the received driver initiated request being of the second driver initiated request type the stiffness deviation is a second stiffness deviation, the second stiffness deviation being different from the first stiffness deviation.

US Pat. No. 10,987,987

VEHICLE HAVING ADJUSTABLE COMPRESSION AND REBOUND DAMPING

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A recreational vehicle comprising:a plurality of ground engaging members;
a frame supported by the plurality of ground engaging members;
a plurality of suspensions, wherein each of the plurality of suspensions couples a ground engaging member, from the plurality of ground engaging members, to the frame, wherein the plurality of suspensions includes a plurality of adjustable shock absorbers;
at least one sensor positioned on the recreational vehicle and configured to provide airborne information and landing information to a controller; and
the controller operatively coupled to the at least one sensor and the plurality of adjustable shock absorbers, wherein the controller is configured to:
receive, from the at least one sensor, the airborne information;
determine, based on the airborne information, an airborne event indicating the recreational vehicle is airborne;
provide, based on the airborne event, one or more first commands to result in decreasing a rebound damping characteristic for the plurality of adjustable shock absorbers from a pre-takeoff rebound value to a free-fall rebound value;
receive, from the at least one sensor, landing information;
determine, based on the landing information, a landing event indicating the recreational vehicle has landed subsequent to the airborne event;
determine, based on the airborne event and the landing event, a time duration that the recreational vehicle is airborne;
provide, based on the landing event and the time duration the recreational vehicle is airborne, one or more second commands to result in increasing the rebound damping characteristic for the plurality of adjustable shock absorbers from the free-fall rebound value to a post-landing rebound value to prevent a landing hop; and
provide one or more third commands to result in decreasing the rebound damping characteristic for the plurality of adjustable shock absorbers from the post-landing rebound value to the pre-takeoff rebound value.

US Pat. No. 10,987,986

SUSPENSION DEVICE

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

1. A suspension device for a steering vehicle having a plurality of arms that retain a wheel, comprising:a retention member that rotatably retains the wheel;
an actuator that steers the wheel;
a tie rod that is connected to the actuator and driven back and forth by the actuator;
a bracket that is rotated by the tie rod; and
a lower arm attached to the bracket,
wherein
the bracket is rotatable between the retention member and the lower arm,
the tie rod is attached to a first end portion of the bracket at a first attaching point,
the lower arm is attached to a second end portion of the bracket at a third attaching point,
the retention member is attached to the bracket between the first end portion and the second end portion at a second attaching point, and
the first attaching point, the second attaching point, and the third attaching point are lined up along a substantially vertical direction of the steering vehicle and spaced away from one another at predetermined intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,987,985

LOAD LEVELLING DEVICE FOR TOWED VEHICLE COUPLINGS

Lovells Springs Pty Ltd, ...

1. A load levelling device for adjusting the pitch of a first towing vehicle relative to a ground surface when the first towed vehicle is coupled to a second towed vehicle, the load levelling device comprising:a towing pillar having a longitudinal axis;
a towing tongue adapted for attachment to the first towing vehicle and mounted on the towing pillar for sliding engagement therewith;
a clutch housing radially supported on the towing pillar beneath the towing tongue for sliding engagement with the towing pillar, the clutch housing including a blade recess in a lateral portion thereof, the blade recess extending orthogonally to the longitudinal axis of the towing pillar;
a tensioning blade having a leading end and a trailing end, the leading end adapted for being removably securable in the blade recess of the clutch housing and the trailing end being adapted for attachment to the second towed vehicle;
and a user operational force application device for selectively applying a vertical force to the trailing end of the tensioning blade, whereby an upwardly applied force on the trailing end of the tensioning blade imparts a counter-clockwise moment to the tensioning blade, which counter-clockwise moment is transmitted through the clutch housing, the towing pillar and the towing tongue, so as to level the pitch of a first towing vehicle to which the load levelling device is attached, relative to the ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,987,980

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

Huf Baolong Electronics B...

1. A tire pressure monitoring system for a vehicle for ascertaining tire-specific parameters, the tire pressure monitoring system including a valve body, at least one fastening element, and a tire inflation pressure sensor having a housing in which is accommodated a sensor for determining at least one tire-specific parameter and for wirelessly transmitting the at least one tire-specific parameter to a control unit on the vehicle,wherein the housing has a fastening region, and the valve body includes a fastening section,
wherein the fastening section of the valve body is detachably engaged with the fastening region of the housing with the aid of a fastening element,
wherein the fastening element and the housing of the tire inflation pressure sensor are integrally formed from a thermoplastic plastic, and
wherein the fastening section of the valve body includes a ramp-like inclined surface that is molded on a circumferential surface of the valve body and over which an elastically supported fastening element can be pushed during installation of the valve body on the tire inflation pressure sensor in order to bring the fastening section of the valve body into engagement with the fastening element of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,987,978

SELECTABLE TIRE PRESSURE SYSTEM IN-WHEEL

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An in-wheel tire pressure system for use with a rim of a wheel of a vehicle, the system comprising:a fluid storage area integrated into the wheel for holding a quantity of compressible fluid suitable for inflating a tire mounted on the rim;
a micro-compressor mounted on the wheel for pressurizing the fluid storage area with the compressible fluid;
a liquid separator positioned upstream of the micro-compressor and located on the wheel;
a fluid pressure release valve for releasing fluid contained in the tire to atmosphere;
a wireless electrical charging subsystem including a first component associated with the wheel and rotatable with the wheel, and a second component fixedly mounted to a portion of the vehicle located adjacent to the first component, for providing electrical power to the micro-compressor; and
a control for enabling user control over the micro-compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,987,977

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING TIRE WEAR USING EMBEDDED IMAGE SENSORS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A tire wear tracking system comprising:network interface hardware configured to communicatively couple a vehicle with a remote server;
a processor; and
a memory module that stores one or more processor-readable instructions that when executed by the processor cause the tire wear tracking system to:
receive image data of one or more tires of a vehicle from one or more image sensors;
determine tire information associated with the one or more tires;
detect tire condition data of the one or more tires, wherein the tire condition data comprises at least one of a location of the vehicle or a driver profile;
retrieve reference image data based on the determined tire information;
filter the retrieved reference image data based on the tire condition data;
generate a current conditions factor;
compare the received image data with the retrieved and filtered reference image data;
apply the current conditions factor to the comparison between the received image data and the retrieved and filtered reference image data; and
generate an alert based on the comparison between the received image data and the retrieved and filtered reference image data with the current conditions factor applied thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,987,976

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

10. A pneumatic tire, comprising:a tread that contacts a road surface;
a plurality of lug grooves that are provided at the tread, that extend from a tire width direction center side of the tread toward a ground contact edge of the tread, and that partition a land portion; and
a plurality of shoulder-side circumferential direction grooves, each of which couples together one of the plurality of lug grooves and another of the plurality of lug grooves, which are adjacent to each other in a tire circumferential direction,
wherein, when viewing a cross-section of each of the lug grooves along a groove length direction, in a state in which the tire is mounted to an applicable rim and inflated to a maximum air pressure corresponding to a tire standard maximum load capacity while in a non-loaded state:
each of the lug grooves has a groove bottom formed at an incline with respect to a tread face of the tread, such that a groove depth at a ground contact edge side of the lug grooves becomes shallower in depth on progression from a tire equatorial plane side toward the ground contact edge; and
an average angle of inclination ?2 formed between the tread face between the ground contact edge and a ? point P2, and the groove bottom between an intersection point P1 and an intersection point P3, is set to be no more than 5°, P1 being an intersection point between the groove bottom of the lug grooves and an imaginary line passing through the ground contact edge and extending in a direction at a right angle to the tread face, P3 being an intersection point between the groove bottom of the lug grooves and an imaginary line passing through the ? point P2 on the tread face and extending in a direction at a right angle to the tread face, and P2 being ? of the distance of a tread half-width from the ground contact edge toward a tire equatorial plane side,
wherein a ratio b/c is 0.07 or more and 0.60 or less, wherein b is a cross-sectional area of a connecting portion between one tire circumferential direction side end portion of one of the plurality of shoulder-side circumferential direction grooves and one of the plurality of lug grooves, and c is a cross-sectional area of the one of the plurality of lug grooves at the ground contact edge, and
wherein the tread is formed with different kinds of shoulder-side blocks in a circumferential direction dimension, and a radius of curvature Ra on a tread-in side and a radius of curvature Rb on a kick-off side of the lug grooves partitioning the shoulder-side blocks having a short circumferential direction dimension are larger than a radius of curvature Ra on the tread-in side and a radius of curvature Rb on the kick-off side of the lug grooves partitioning the shoulder-side blocks having a long circumferential direction dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,987,975

MOTORCYCLE TIRE

Sumitomo Rubber Industrie...

1. A motorcycle tire comprising:a tread portion curved convexly and having a first tread edge and a second tread edge,
the tread portion provided with first inclined main grooves and second inclined main grooves which are arranged alternately in the tire circumferential direction while inclining in opposite directions to each other, wherein
the first inclined main grooves extend from the first tread edge toward the second tread edge across the tire equator to the respective second inclined main grooves which extend from the second tread edge toward the first tread edge across the tire equator to the respective first inclined main grooves which are respectively next to the above-said first inclined main grooves,
the tread portion is provided with a first region delimited by the first tread edge, two of the first inclined main grooves and one of the second inclined main grooves,
all blocks disposed in the first region respectively have ground contacting top surfaces each of which has vertices each having an angle of not less than 45 degrees in a block top view,
each of the first inclined main grooves and the second inclined main grooves comprises a main portion and an axially outer portion,
the main portion extends across the tire equator and is inclined at an angle ?2 with respect to the tire axial direction,
the axially outer portion extends axially outwardly from the main portion to the adjacent first or second tread edge while inclining at an angle ?3 with respect to the tire axial direction which is smaller than the angle ?2,
the first region is provided with inclined sub-grooves each extending from the first tread edge to said one of the second inclined main grooves delimiting the first region, while inclining in the same direction as said two of the first inclined main grooves delimiting the first region,
the inclined sub-grooves include:
a first inclined sub-groove which is continuous with the second inclined main groove at a position on the first tread edge side of the tire equator, and
a second inclined sub-groove which is continuous with the second inclined main groove at a position on the second tread edge side of the tire equator,
each of the first inclined sub-groove and the second inclined sub-groove is composed of:
an axially outer gently inclined portion extending axially inwardly from the first tread edge while including at a smaller angle with respect to the tire axial direction, and
an axially inner steeply inclined portion extending from the gently inclined portion toward the tire equator while including at a larger angle than the smaller angle of the gently inclined portion with respect to the tire axial direction,
the first region is provided with a first inclined auxiliary groove, a second inclined auxiliary groove, a third inclined auxiliary groove, and a fourth inclined auxiliary groove,
the first inclined auxiliary groove extends from the axially outer portion of one of the two first inclined main grooves to the gently inclined portion of the first inclined sub-groove,
the second inclined auxiliary groove extends from a junction of the steeply inclined portion and the gently inclined portion of the first inclined sub-groove to the steeply inclined portion of the second inclined sub-groove,
the third inclined auxiliary groove extends from the main portion of the other of the two first inclined main grooves to the gently inclined portion of the second inclined sub-groove, and
the fourth inclined auxiliary groove extends from the main portion of the other of the two first inclined main grooves to the steeply inclined portion of the second inclined sub-groove.

US Pat. No. 10,987,972

WHEEL APPARATUS FOR SELF-PROPELLED IRRIGATION SYSTEM

1. A wheel apparatus for an irrigation system, comprising:a center portion configured to couple with a hub on an axle of the irrigation system, said center portion having an axis of rotation;
a rim assembly comprising a plurality of rigid members that are spaced apart from each other, said plurality of rigid members having longitudinal axes that are parallel with each other and that are equidistant from said axis of rotation, and said plurality of rigid members having first and second ends and a mounting portion between said first and second ends; and
a support structure disposed between the center portion and the rim assembly configured to support the plurality of rigid members in a fixed position relative to said center portion, said mounting portion of said plurality of rigid members being connected to said support structure;
said plurality of rigid members each have outer surfaces arranged to contact a ground surface to support the irrigation system above the ground surface with spaces between said plurality of rigid members allowing mud and debris to pass freely between the plurality of rigid members during operation to enhance traction while minimizing mud from being forced out of a wheel track with the irrigation system supported by contact between the outer surfaces of the plurality of rigid members and the ground surface;
wherein said center portion and said support structure are integral with each other and constructed of a rigid metal plate, said plurality of rigid members are fixed to an outer periphery of said rigid metal plate and extend generally perpendicular to a plane of said rigid metal plate, said plurality of rigid members each comprises a length of pipe, said outer surfaces of said plurality of rigid members are cylindrical outer surfaces, said first and second ends of said plurality of rigid members are free of any structural elements extending between adjacent rigid members, and wherein spaces between said plurality of rigid members, with the exception of a width of the rigid metal plate, are open and unobstructed to allow mud and debris to pass between and around said plurality of rigid members.

US Pat. No. 10,987,969

WHEEL ASSEMBLY INCLUDING LATERAL STOPS AND RELATED METHODS

GACW INCORPORATED, Chand...

1. A wheel assembly to be coupled to a hub of a vehicle, the wheel assembly comprising:an inner rim to be coupled to the hub of the vehicle;
an outer rim surrounding the hub;
a plurality of gas springs operatively coupled between said inner rim and said outer rim to provide a gas suspension for relative movement between said inner rim and said outer rim;
a disk coupled to said inner rim; and
a plurality of inboard lateral stops carried by an inboard interior surface of said outer rim, and a plurality of outboard lateral stops carried by an outboard interior surface of said outer rim so that said plurality of inboard lateral stops and plurality of outboard lateral stops cooperate to limit relative lateral movement between said disk and said outer rim.

US Pat. No. 10,987,968

NON-PNEUMATIC SUPPORT STRUCTURE

1. A method for non-pneumatically supporting a mobile vehicle comprising the steps of:rotating an inner central rim about a horizontal axis;
mounting the inner central rim on to a flexible ring;
forming the flexible ring from a uniform rubber material;
extending a spoke structure axially and radially between the inner central rim and the flexible ring;
defining a plurality of axially extending cavities and alternating radially extending openings concentrically about the inner central rim;
defining a plurality of triangular openings disposed at the flexible ring and between the cavities and the alternating radially extending openings;
vertically loading the flexible ring such that the flexible ring and a part of the spoke structure adjacent to the flexible ring both deflect vertically; and
interlacing a reinforcing layer circumferentially and radially about the plurality of cavities and the plurality of alternating openings for further tuning the flexibility/stiffness of the flexible ring.

US Pat. No. 10,987,960

COUNTERFEIT DETECTION USING MACHINE READABLE INDICIA

Digimarc Corporation, Be...

1. An image processing method comprising:obtaining n images, where n is an integer greater than 2;
transforming each of the n images with digital watermarking, in which the digital watermarking includes a unique plural-bit payload for each of the n images, in which said transforming yields watermarked n images;
generating a composite interlaced image by interlacing the watermarked n images; and
attaching the composite interlaced image with a lenticular lens structure, said attaching yielding a lenticular image article, in which said transforming utilizes different embedding signal strengths such that the composite interlaced image comprises multiple different embedding signal strengths.

US Pat. No. 10,987,959

TAPE CARTRIDGE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A tape cartridge for detachable installation in a tape printing apparatus having a cartridge installation portion on which the tape cartridge is installed, a tape feeding mechanism portion that feeds a printing tape from the installed tape cartridge, a ribbon feeding mechanism portion that feeds an ink ribbon in synchronization with the feeding of the printing tape, a printing head portion that performs printing on the printing tape and is configured to be movable between a printing position and a retracting position, a head cover that is provided on the cartridge installation portion in a projecting manner, covers the printing head while allowing the printing head to move, and has a plurality of corners, and a first convex portion and a second convex portion that are provided on the head cover and guide installation of the tape cartridge, the tape cartridge comprising:a platen roller configured to receive power from the tape feeding mechanism portion and face the printing head portion in a state where the printing tape and the ink ribbon are disposed between the platen roller and the printing head at the printing position;
a winding up core configured to wind up the ink ribbon;
a cartridge casing that accommodates the printing tape, the ink ribbon, the platen roller, and the winding up core,
an insertion hole on the cartridge casing, the insertion hole being configured to have the head cover inserted therein when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion;
a first inner wall of the insertion hole disposed on a side of an accommodation portion of the printing tape;
a second inner wall of the insertion hole provided on a side of the winding up core;
a first concave portion on the first inner wall and configured to face the first convex portion when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion; and
a second concave portion on the second inner wall and configured to face the second convex portion when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,958

PRINTER COVER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A printer cover that is configured to be mounted on a tape printer that includes: (i) a plurality of housing faces that have mounting-side housing faces in which corresponding cavity opening portions of a cartridge mounting section into which a tape cartridge is mounted are formed, and (ii) a cartridge lid that openably closes the cavity opening portions, the printer cover comprising:an integrally-formed elastic body that is formed as one-piece, the integrally-formed elastic body including:
a plurality of cover faces comprising mounting-side cover faces that are configured to cover the corresponding mounting-side housing faces of the tape printer, and
a plurality of lid exposure openings that are provided in the corresponding mounting-side cover faces and through which the cartridge lid is configured to be exposed, the plurality of lid exposure openings including:
a first lid-exposure opening that is provided in a first mounting-side cover face that is disposed on a first surface of the tape printer and through which the first lid portion is configured to be exposed, and
a second lid-exposure opening that is provided in a second lid portion disposed on a second surface of the tape printer that is different from the first surface, the second lid-exposure portion continuously extending from the first lid-exposure opening and through which the second lid portion is configured to be exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,987,957

LIQUID CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid container loaded, in a use orientation, on a carriage of a liquid ejecting apparatus including a liquid ejecting head that ejects liquid and the carriage that reciprocates the liquid ejecting head in a first scanning direction and a second scanning direction opposite to the first scanning direction, the liquid container supplying the liquid to the liquid ejecting head and comprising:a liquid accommodating chamber configured to accommodate the liquid;
a filter for filtering the liquid;
a filter chamber in which the filter is disposed; and
a partition wall that divides the liquid accommodating chamber and the filter chamber, wherein,
in the use orientation, the filter chamber is disposed below the liquid accommodating chamber in a vertical direction, and
the partition wall has a flow-out path that has an outlet covered by the filter and through which the liquid having passed through the filter flows to the liquid ejecting head, and communication paths that are provided at positions different from the position of the flow-out path and that communicate with the liquid accommodating chamber and the filter chamber via a first communication port and a second communication port that are open in the filter chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,987,955

PRINTER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:a first roller;
a second roller;
a motor configured to drive the first roller and the second roller to convey a sheet in a conveyance direction from the first roller toward the second roller;
a head disposed between the first roller and the second roller in the conveyance direction, the head comprising a plurality of nozzles aligned in the conveyance direction, the plurality of nozzles comprising a first nozzle and a second nozzle positioned in a downstream side from the first nozzle in the conveyance direction; and
a controller, when printing a test pattern for correcting a conveyance amount of the sheet, the test pattern comprising a first pattern and a second pattern, the controller is configured to:
control the head and the motor to print the first pattern comprising a plurality of first pattern elements on the sheet by alternately repeating:
ejecting at least one liquid droplet from the first nozzle toward the sheet to print only one of the first pattern elements on the sheet; and
conveying the sheet in the conveyance direction by a first distance,
after printing the first pattern on the sheet, control the motor to convey the sheet in the conveyance direction by a second distance where one of the first pattern elements of the first pattern faces the second nozzle during ejecting at least one liquid droplet from the second nozzle for one of a plurality of second pattern elements of the second pattern toward the sheet; and
control the head to eject respective liquid droplets from the second nozzle toward the sheet to print the plurality of second pattern elements of the second pattern on the sheet without conveying the sheet between the printing of each of the second pattern elements of the second pattern, a respective first pattern element and the one of the plurality of second pattern elements being disposed at a same location in a direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction,
wherein, during printing a test pattern comprising the first pattern, the second pattern, a third pattern and a fourth pattern, the controller is configured to:
if the sheet is positioned in a first conveyance section, control the head and the motor to print the first pattern and the second pattern on the sheet;
if the sheet is positioned in a second conveyance section, control the head to eject respective liquid droplets from the first nozzle toward the sheet to print a plurality of third pattern elements of the third pattern on the sheet without conveying the sheet between the printing of each of the third pattern elements of the third pattern;
after printing the third pattern on the sheet, control the motor to convey the sheet in the conveyance direction by a third distance where one of the third pattern elements of the third pattern faces the second nozzle;
control the head and the motor to print the fourth pattern, the fourth pattern comprising a plurality of fourth pattern elements, by alternately repeating:
ejecting at least one liquid droplet from the second nozzle toward the sheet to print one of the fourth pattern elements on the sheet; and
conveying the sheet in the conveyance direction by the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,987,952

CHAMBERED VACUUM TRANSPORT PLATEN ENABLED BY HONEYCOMB CORE

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A chambered platen for use in a media transport system operatively associated with a printing system, the chambered platen comprising:a chambered honeycomb core having a plurality of hollow columnar cells formed between vertical walls, the plurality of hollow columnar cells being arranged into a plurality of rows, each row of the plurality of rows including two or more adjacent hollow columnar cells; and
at least one face layer as an outermost layer of the platen, the at least one face layer operatively connected to the honeycomb core and including a plurality of slots in vacuum communication with the plurality of hollow columnar cells;
wherein at least one surface of the chambered platen is configured to operatively connect to a vacuum source and communicate a negative pressure through the plurality of hollow columnar cells and plurality of slots;
wherein at least a first hollow columnar cell within at least a first row of the plurality of rows is in vacuum communication with at least a second hollow columnar cell within the first row via an aperture; and
wherein at least a third hollow columnar cell within at least a second row of the plurality of rows is in vacuum isolation from at least a fourth hollow columnar cell within the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,987,951

PRINT MEDIA EDGE REPAIR

HP SCITEX LTD., Netanya ...

1. A system comprising:a first repair element disposed relative to a media handling path to repair a first edge of a sheet of print media as the sheet of print media moves along a first direction into a position relative to a printing system;
a second repair element disposed opposite the first repair element across the media handling path to repair a second edge of the sheet of print media as the sheet of print media moves along the first direction into the position relative to the printing system, wherein the first direction is parallel to each of the first edge and the second edge;
a guide element to guide, along a second direction, the sheet of print media after the repairs by the first repair element and the second repair element, toward a print engine to apply a printing material to a surface of the sheet of print media, wherein the second direction is different from and angled with respect to the first direction; and
a damage sensor to detect damage to the first edge or the second edge, wherein the system is to:
selectively use the first repair element to repair the first edge in response to the damage sensor detecting the damage to the first edge, and
selectively use the second repair element to repair the second edge in response to the damage sensor detecting the damage to the second edge.

US Pat. No. 10,987,948

INKJET PRINTER WITH EJECTION ADJUSTMENT FUNCTION BASED ON TEST PATTERN

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printer comprising:print heads arranged in a zigzag manner in a main scanning direction, each of the print heads including nozzles arranged in the main scanning direction and configured to eject ink from the nozzles to a print medium conveyed in a sub-scanning direction orthogonal to the main scanning direction; and
a controller configured to control the print heads, wherein
the controller is configured to
control the print heads to print a test pattern on the print medium, the test pattern including: a single head reference straight line extending in the main scanning direction and printed by a reference print head of the print heads; and head adjustment straight lines extending in the main scanning direction and printed with respect to the single head reference straight line by each of non-reference print heads of the print heads other than the reference print head at timings corresponding to timing adjustment values, and
in response to input of information specifying the head adjustment straight line with a smallest print misalignment amount in the sub-scanning direction with respect to the single head reference straight line for each of the non-reference print heads, determine, for each of the non-reference print heads, the timing adjustment value corresponding to the head adjustment straight line specified by the input information as an adjustment value of an ink ejection timing in the non-reference print head in normal printing.

US Pat. No. 10,987,934

SEALING STRUCTURE AND LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A sealing structure for a liquid storage container, comprising:a liquid supplying section having:
an opening configured to supply a liquid in the liquid storage container; and
a flow path forming member having:
a flow path communicating with the opening;
a welding protrusion that protrudes from the flow path forming member on an opening side; and
six regulating protrusions disposed on the welding protrusion;
a sealing member disposed in the flow path, the six regulating protrusions being configured to regulate movement of the sealing member toward the opening side; and
a film member that covers the opening, is welded to the welding protrusion, and is spaced apart from the sealing member.

US Pat. No. 10,987,933

PLATEN ASSEMBLY FOR SHEET FED PRINTER

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. A printer comprising:a platen having an ink-collection slot extending at least partially across a width thereof;
a wick bar received in the ink-collection slot, wherein an upstream gap and a downstream gap are defined at either side of the wick bar relative to a media feed direction;
a printhead positioned at least partially over the wick bar; and
a vacuum chamber in fluid communication with the ink-collection slot, wherein:
the wick bar is absent from a mid-portion of the platen; and
the mid-portion of the platen is aligned, in the media feed direction, with an upstream media picker.

US Pat. No. 10,987,930

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID SUPPLY COMPONENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a liquid supply component in which a liquid supply path is formed between a first constituent component and a second constituent component that are joined with molten resin, the method comprising:a first step of preparing the first constituent component and the second constituent component;
a second step of causing the first constituent component and the second constituent component to face each other and forming an orifice portion and a reservoir portion between a mold and a surface of either of the first constituent component and the second constituent component; and
a third step of pouring the molten resin between the first constituent component and the second constituent component so that the molten resin flowing from between the first constituent component and the second constituent component flows into the reservoir portion through the orifice portion,
wherein a wall portion provided on the surface of either of the first constituent component and the second constituent component is located between the reservoir portion and a joining portion of the first constituent component and the second constituent component joined with the molten resin,
wherein the orifice portion is formed between the mold and a notch provided on the wall portion, and
wherein, in the second step, a projection portion provided in the mold is brought into contact with at least a part of a surface of the wall portion located at the reservoir portion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,926

CONTINUOUS INKJET PRINTERS

Domino UK Limited

3. A continuous inkjet printer operable to execute prints with gaps there-between and to undertake phase testing between prints, the printer comprising an amplifier operable to amplify charges measured during phase testing, wherein the amplifier comprises first and second stage amplifiers configured to run as ac coupled differentiators, the printer further comprising a controller operable to switch out at least one of the amplifiers between phase tests.

US Pat. No. 10,987,924

METHOD FOR PRINTING AN IMAGE USING LIQUID INK

Heidelberger Druckmaschin...

1. A method for printing an image using liquid ink, the method comprising the following steps:using a pump to pump the ink to a print head;
using the print head to print rows of the image onto a moving printing substrate;
calculating respective values correlated with an amount of ink required for the rows for a plurality of individual rows or for a plurality of grouped rows of the image;
preemptively controlling the pump with a preemptive control signal based on the calculated values;
recognizing line-by-line ink consumption fluctuations within a print image; and
preemptively controlling the pump with a preemptive control signal based on the line-by-line ink consumption fluctuations.

US Pat. No. 10,987,920

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND PRINTING METHOD

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A handheld printing apparatus, comprising:a memory; and
processing circuitry configured to
generate a plurality of pieces of image data;
sort the plurality of pieces of image data in an order and store the sorted plurality of pieces of image data in the memory; and
print the plurality of pieces of image data one by one in the order, wherein
the processing circuitry prints a piece of image data in response to a scan operation and identifies a next piece of image data in the order as the piece of image data to be printed in response to a next scan operation.

US Pat. No. 10,987,918

PRINTABLE FILM LAYER WITH CARRIER LAYER AND METHOD OF USE

1. A printing template for use during an aqueous inkjet printing process in which ink is transferred onto a printable layer, comprising:the printable layer having a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and a shaped perimeter, the first side defining a printable surface; and
a carrier layer sized and configured to entirely encompass the shaped perimeter of the printable layer, the carrier layer comprising a first side and a second side opposite the first side, the first side including an adhesive coating causing the first side of the carrier layer securely associated with the second side of the printable layer during the printing process, and is thereafter allowing removal of the carrier layer from the printable layer after completion of the printing process,
wherein a predefined number of parts in a desired shape are die cut through the printable layer up until the carrier layer, and
wherein the predefined number of parts are categorized into a first portion and a second portion, where the first portion having a number of parts die cut in same shape and size, while the second portion having only one-part die cut in the printable layer.

US Pat. No. 10,987,917

MACHINE ARRANGEMENT WITH PRINTING UNIT FOR THE SEQUENTIAL PROCESSING OF SHEET-TYPE SUBSTRATES

1. A machine arrangement for the sequential processing of sheet-type substrates having multiple different processing stations (01; 02; 03; 04; 06; 07; 08; 09; 11; 12), wherein multiple processing stations (01; 02; 03; 04; 06; 07; 08; 09; 11; 12) each have a substrate guiding unit (24) and a substrate processing unit (26), wherein at least one of the processing stations (01; 02; 03; 04; 06; 07; 08; 09; 11; 12) has, as a substrate processing unit (26), at least one non-impact printing unit (06; 37) for printing each of the substrates, wherein the relevant processing station that has the at least one non-impact printing unit (06; 37) has a printing cylinder (22; 38), wherein the respective non-impact printing unit (06; 37) is arranged on the periphery of the printing cylinder (22; 38) in each case, wherein the respective printing cylinder (22; 38) in each case is configured as triple-sized or quadruple-sized, wherein a double-sized or triple-sized transfer drum (43) or a corresponding feed cylinder (43) is located immediately upstream of the respective printing cylinder (22; 38) in each case, and/or in that a double-sized or triple-sized transfer drum (44) or a corresponding transport cylinder (44) is located immediately downstream of said printing cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,987,916

SCREEN PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRINTING INCLUDING CONTROLLING THE HEIGHT OF THE INK DROOP

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

1. A combination of a resin material, an ink, and a printing apparatus, the printing apparatus for printing the ink on a top surface of a projection of the resin material, the projection relatively projecting continuously from a recessed portion recessed from one end side toward another end side of the resin material, the combination of the resin material, the ink, and the printing apparatus comprising:a pedestal portion supporting the resin material;
a screen formed with an opening through which the ink passes,
wherein a size of the opening of the screen is greater than a size of the top surface of the projection,
the opening of the screen and the projection are arranged in a manner that an ink droop of the ink is formed at an edge of the opening in a state where the ink is applied to the top surface of the projection, and
the printing apparatus is configured to form the ink droop to have a height smaller than a depth of the recessed portion at a position facing the ink droop.

US Pat. No. 10,987,915

REGISTRATION SYSTEM WITH A SPLINE AND YOKE

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. A registration system for a printing device, comprising:a lead screw motor;
a lead screw coupled to the lead screw motor; and
a carriage coupled to the lead screw, the carriage comprising:
two drive rollers, wherein each drive roller is coupled to a respective splined shaft coupled to a respective yoke, wherein the respective yoke is coupled to a drive pulley and a drive motor that is in a fixed position, wherein movement of the carriage causes the respective splined shaft of the two drive rollers to move guided by the respective yoke.

US Pat. No. 10,987,913

PAD REMOVAL DEVICE AND METHOD

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A pad removal device comprising:a pad guide extending along a first direction, wherein the pad guide comprises:
a first affixing component configured to affix a first end of the pad guide to a pad at a first pad edge location, and
a second affixing component configured to affix a second end of the pad guide to the pad at a second pad edge location opposite the first pad edge location, wherein a central portion of the pad guide between the first affixing component and the second affixing component is free of any affixing components;
an actuator attached to the pad guide; and
a control assembly coupled to the actuator, the control assembly configured to cause the actuator to move the first end toward the second end along the first direction,
wherein the pad guide is configured to extend in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction by an amount dependent on a distance between the first end and the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,987,911

METAL-CLAD LAMINATE SHEET MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND METAL-CLAD LAMINATE SHEET USING THE SAME

KURARAY CO., LTD., Kuras...

1. A metal-clad laminate sheet, comprising:a thermoplastic liquid crystal polymer film; and
a metal foil bonded to at least one surface of the thermoplastic liquid crystal polymer film, wherein a surface of the metal foil bonded to the at least one surface of the thermoplastic liquid crystal polymer film has a surface roughness of less than 2.0 ?m,
wherein the thermoplastic liquid crystal polymer film is provided with a skin layer on the at least one surface, and
the skin layer has a thickness less than or equal to the surface roughness of the metal foil.

US Pat. No. 10,987,906

MOLDING MATERIAL FOR MULTI-LAYERED STRUCTURE AND MOLDED ARTICLE OF MULTI-LAYERED STRUCTURE

Teijin Limited, Osaka (J...

1. A molding material for a multi-layered structure, comprising:a thermoplastic resin layer (X) including carbon fibers (A) having a weight-average fiber length of 0.01 mm to less than 3 mm; and
a thermoplastic resin layer (Y) including carbon fibers (B) having a weight-average fiber length of 3 mm to 100 mm,
wherein a density parameter PY of the thermoplastic resin layer (Y) expressed by the following Equation (1) is 1×102 to less than 1×104, and
wherein a density parameter PX of the thermoplastic resin layer (X) expressed by the following Equation (1) is more than 1×101:
P=(q×Ln3)/h  (1)
wherein q is the number of flow units of carbon fibers included in the thermoplastic resin layer per 1 mm2 unit area;
Ln is a number-average fiber length (mm) of the carbon fibers; and
h is a thickness (mm) of the thermoplastic resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,987,900

ARTICLE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An article comprising:a substrate including at least one metered hole;
a structure of additively manufactured material attached to the substrate, the structure including at least one aperture having a profile;
a passageway through the structure that includes the at least one aperture of the structure and the at least one metered hole of the substrate such that the at least one aperture of the structure and the at least one metered hole of the substrate are in fluid communication with one another; and
a joint disposed between the structure and the substrate and attaching the structure to the substrate, the joint being a braze joint including a braze material or a weld joint including a weld filler material.

US Pat. No. 10,987,897

LAMINATE AND WINDOW FILM AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A laminate comprising:a substrate,
a self-healing layer on the substrate, and having a thickness of greater than or equal to about 50 micrometers,
a protective layer between the substrate and the self-healing layer, and
a surface layer on the self-healing layer, and having a thickness of about 20 nanometers to about 300 nanometers,
wherein the self-healing layer has a first elastic modulus and the protective layer has a second elastic modulus,
wherein the second elastic modulus is about 1.2 times to about 50 times greater than the first elastic modulus, and
wherein the surface layer has a friction coefficient of less than or equal to about 1.

US Pat. No. 10,987,891

SINGLE-LAYER FOLDING CORE

1. A structural part comprising:a first folding core and a second folding core, the first folding core and the second folding core being slotted together,
wherein the first folding core is produced by a method comprising:
a first method step, wherein bending lines are applied onto a deformable flat semi-finished product, which is deformed in two congruent partial areas having square outer contours and a shared bending line, with a deforming tool comprising two tool halves, whereby a first tool half from among the two tool halves generates a first deformation force, which is directed against a second deformation force generated by a second tool half from among the two tool halves, wherein the first and second deformation forces act orthogonally in relation to the deformable flat semi-finished product; and
a second method step after the first method step, wherein the first folding core is produced, whereby simultaneously, transverse forces are applied, which have an orthogonal direction of impact in relation to each other and to the first and second deformation forces,
wherein the first tool half has bending lines, which, in a center in a section of the first tool half provided for a first partial area from among the two congruent partial areas, form a square, the edges of which are to run parallel to the outer contours of the first partial area,
wherein the first tool half has additional bending lines, which, in a section of the first tool half provided for a second partial area from among the two congruent partial areas, form two rectangles, each of which are to lie on the outer contours of the second partial area with one edge respectively,
wherein the first tool half and the second tool half have collinear bending lines, the stringing together of which are to halve each of the two congruent partial areas with square outer contours into two rectangles and are to divide the two congruent partial areas with square outer contours into four rectangles in total, and
wherein the first tool half and the second tool half have diagonally aligned bending lines, the extensions of which are to cut the outer contours at a 45-degree angle, wherein all diagonal bending lines which are assigned to the first tool half and lie in the section for the first partial area have a total length that is identical to that of all diagonal bending lines of the first tool half in the section for the second partial area, and all diagonal bending lines which are assigned to the second tool half and lie in the section for the first partial area have a total length that is identical to that of all diagonal bending lines of the second tool half in the section for the second partial area.

US Pat. No. 10,987,889

METHODS AND MACHINE FOR FORMING A SHIPPING CONTAINER WITH AN ARTICLE RETAINING WEB

WESTROCK SHARED SERVICES,...

1. A machine for forming a blank assembly having a blank and a retaining web coupled to the blank, said machine comprising:a deck coupled to a frame;
a blank transfer assembly associated with said frame, said blank transfer assembly configured to place the blank on said deck in a first position, wherein the blank includes a plurality of adjacent panels for forming sidewalls of a container formed from the blank assembly, each panel including at least one side flap extending therefrom;
a web transfer assembly associated with said frame and extending from a first end to a second end, said web transfer assembly comprising a pick-up assembly moveable between said first end and said second end, said pick-up assembly configured to lift the web from a platform proximate said first end using a plurality of vacuum cups, transfer the web from a position proximate said first end to a position proximate said second end, and lower the web to deposit the web proximate said second end in an at least partially overlying relationship with the blank placed on said deck in which a first offset distance is defined between a bottom free edge of the web and a leading edge of the blank; and
a first compression member coupled to the web transfer assembly via at least one spring and extending parallel to a transverse longitudinal edge of the blank when the blank is placed on said deck and configured to compress a coupling region of the web against a corresponding region of the plurality of panels of the blank on said deck to form the blank assembly, wherein a downstream edge of the first compression member is offset upstream, with respect to a blank loading direction X, by the first offset distance from the leading edge of the blank, wherein the coupling region of the web includes an adhesive material applied to a portion of the web along only one transverse edge of the web, the coupling region defining an adhered portion of the blank assembly in which the coupling region of the web is adhered to the corresponding region of the plurality of panels of the blank, the web further including a free portion in which the web is not adhered to the plurality of panels of the blank, wherein the free portion extends from a free edge of the web to the coupling region, and the free portion of the web is foldable inside the container formed from the blank assembly for retaining product within the container.

US Pat. No. 10,987,887

METHOD FOR LOADING A GREEN TYRE FOR BICYCLE IN A VULCANISATION MOULD AND APPARATUS FOR MOULDING AND VULCANISING

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A method for loading a green tyre for a bicycle in a vulcanisation mould, comprising:picking up the green tyre and hanging the green tyre by a gripping device defining a gripping axis (Z);
aligning the gripping device, which holds the green tyre, up to a geometric axis of rotation (X) of the green tyre with a reference axis (K) of a central body of the vulcanisation mould;
arranging the green tyre in a radially outer position with respect to the central body of the vulcanisation mould;
axially positioning the green tyre with respect to the central body, wherein an axial centreline plane (M) of the green tyre is arranged at an axial reference arranged at a predetermined height along the reference axis (K) of the central body;
exerting a thrust action by the central body, wherein the thrust action is directed radially outwards on a radially inner surface of the green tyre;
keeping the green tyre in position on the central body by the thrust action; and
disengaging the gripping device from the green tyre to release the green tyre on the central body with the axial centreline plane (M) centred and positioned in an axial position corresponding to the predetermined height,
wherein picking up the green tyre comprises activating at least one gripping area of a gripping sector of the gripping device against a radially outer surface of the green tyre, and the gripping device retains the green tyre from the exterior; and
wherein activating the gripping area against the radially outer surface of the green tyre comprises exerting an attraction force (A) on the radially outer surface of the green tyre moving away from the geometric axis of rotation (X).

US Pat. No. 10,987,885

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BELT MEMBER AND THE BELT MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an endless belt member configured to be abutted against a cleaning blade which cleans residual toner from an outer surface of the endless belt member, the method comprising:a first process of forming a belt member by extruding a thermoplastic resin material in a cylindrical shape and cutting the extruded thermoplastic resin material to a predetermined length;
a second process of mechanically polishing the outer surface of the belt member after the first process to form stripes extending in a circumferential direction of the belt member on the outer surface of the belt member; and
a third process of heating the belt member in a state wherein the outer surface of the belt member is in contact with an inner circumferential surface of a cylindrical heated mold so as to reduce burrs caused by the second process and to leave the stripes formed in the second process on the outer surface of the belt member.

US Pat. No. 10,987,879

METHODS OF MANUFACTURING ROTOR BLADE COMPONENTS FOR A WIND TURBINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of manufacturing a component of a rotor blade of a wind turbine, the method comprising:placing at least one lower first pultruded member into a curved component mold, the at least one lower first pultruded member being configured to sit substantially flush against an inner surface of the curved component mold, the at least one lower first pultruded member having a width which is less than an overall width of the component of the rotor blade;
placing at least one upper first pultruded member atop the at least one lower first pultruded member, the at least one upper first pultruded member having a flat upper and lower faces, the flat upper face having a width that is greater than a width of the flat lower face, the at least one upper first pultruded member further comprising tapered side edges that taper from the flat lower face to the flat upper face;
placing at least one second pultruded member atop the flat upper face of the at least one upper first pultruded member; and
infusing the at least one upper first pultruded member, the at least one lower first pultruded member, and the second pultruded member together to form the component of the rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,987,878

DETECTION AND USE OF PRINTER CONFIGURATION INFORMATION

MakerBot Industries, LLC,...

1. A method comprising:receiving a request to fabricate an object from a three-dimensional model at a remote print server;
determining a target printer to fabricate the object at the remote print server;
querying the target printer from the remote print server for configuration information of the target printer including configuration information relevant to creation by a slicing engine of a printable model for fabrication of the object on the target printer;
receiving, from the target printer, a dictionary of configuration information containing one or more properties of the target printer that affect fabrication capabilities of the target printer;
creating a fabrication profile for fabrication of the object on the target printer based on the one or more properties, the fabrication profile specifying one or more parameters of the printable model consistent with the fabrication capabilities of the target printer; and
processing the three-dimensional model with a slicing process at the remote print server according to the fabrication profile to generate a machine-ready representation of the processed three-dimensional model consistent with the fabrication capabilities of the target printer and executable by the target printer to fabricate the object based on the one or more properties.

US Pat. No. 10,987,874

HEAT STAKES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of staking an interfacing part to a base, the method comprising:simultaneously attaching a stake and an interfacing part to the base, wherein the stake is temporarily attached to the interfacing part, and
passing a rod through the stake after simultaneously attaching the temporarily attached stake and interfacing part to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,987,870

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A printing system for three-dimensionally printing a three-dimensional object, the system comprising:a control unit configured to store and execute a robot program;
an industrial robot which is controlled by the control unit, the industrial robot including an arm including a plurality of members, the arm including , according to path data of the robot program;
a printing unit, mounted on the tip of the arm, and controlled by the control unit, the printing unit including a print nozzle configured to apply pointwise a respective portion of a print material at respective coordinates according to object data of the robot program; and
wherein the control unit is configured to make an anticipatory determination of a real actual position of the print nozzle,
wherein the system is configured to suppress an application of a respective portion of print material if a difference between an anticipatory determined real actual position of the print nozzle and a respective coordinate according to the object data of the robot program exceeds a certain limit, and
wherein the system is configured to three-dimensionally print the three-dimensional object by pointwise applying a plurality of the respective portion of the print material that hardens after application into a point- and layerwise solid printed object.

US Pat. No. 10,987,869

CONTINUOUS PULL THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A system comprising:a robot comprising an articulated robotic arm having a range of movement with at least two degrees of freedom;
a base plate coupled to the articulated robotic arm;
a resin container positioned between a light source and an initial position of the base plate; and
one or more computers and one or more storage devices storing instructions that are operable, when executed by the one or more computers, to cause the one or more computers to perform operations comprising:
obtaining a plurality of layer representations of a plurality of layers of the three-dimensional object to be printed; and
causing the robot and the light source to iteratively perform operations until the plurality of layers of the three-dimensional object have been formed in a sequence, the operations comprising:
emitting, by the light source into the resin container, a light pattern to form a current layer in the sequence of the plurality of layers of the three-dimensional object, the light pattern being defined by a respective layer representation for the current layer, and
pulling, by the articulated robotic arm, the base plate away from the resin container at an angle defined by a shape of a next layer of the plurality of layers that is subsequent to the current layer in the sequence of the plurality of layers of the three-dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,987,866

REMOVING BUILD MATERIAL

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system comprising:a build platform having a bottom surface and a top surface, a plurality of protrusions extending above the top surface of the build platform to separate chunks of build material on the build platform, and a plurality of apertures to receive the build material on the build platform, wherein the chunks of build material do not form a printed 3D object;
a vibration generator coupled to the build platform to vibrate the build platform and move build material on the build platform; and
an air handler to apply airflow to the build platform in a first airflow mode and a second airflow mode, wherein in the first airflow mode, build material on the build platform is removed through the plurality of apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,987,865

3D PRINTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS THEREOF

VIRGINIA TECH INTELLECTUA...

5. A multi-material 3D additive manufacturing system comprising:a Y-axis jethead, wherein the Y-axis jethead comprises:
a body portion;
one or more printing material dispensers that are each coupled to feedstock material reservoirs and the body portion;
a brush, wherein the brush is coupled to the body portion
a cleaning solution dispenser; wherein the cleaning solution dispenser is coupled to the body portion such that when in operation cleaning solution that is dispensed from the cleaning solution dispenser contacts the brush;
an X-axis cartridge, wherein the X-axis cartridge comprises:
a body portion;
a transparent window, wherein the transparent window is coupled to the body portion;
a first fin and a second fin, wherein the first fin and the second fin are coupled to the body portion such that the first fin and the second fin are on opposite sides of the transparent window; and
a fluidic channel system, wherein the fluidic channel system is coupled to the body portion and wherein the fluidic channel system is configured to receive cleaning solution that is dispensed from the cleaning solution dispenser and is further configured to remove used cleaning solution from the transparent window,
and wherein the brush contacts the first and the second fins twice per motion of the Y-axis jethead during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,987,864

FLUSHING A FLUID EJECTION DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluid ejection device controller for controlling a fluid ejection device of a three dimensional printing system, the fluid ejection device controller comprising a processor and a memory, the memory comprises executable instructions that when executed by the processor causes the fluid ejection device controller:to control a motion of the fluid ejection device while print agent is printed onto a layer of build material in a build area; and
to flush agent through at least one nozzle of the fluid ejection device in response to detecting, by the fluid ejection device controller, an erroneous stopping of the motion of the fluid ejection device with the fluid ejection device positioned on top of the build area.

US Pat. No. 10,987,863

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO RECYCLE 3D BUILD MATERIAL

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A 3D printer, comprising:a build platform;
a vibration generator to alternately apply a first vibration mode to the build platform to move build material on the build platform in a first direction, and to apply a second vibration mode to the build platform to move the build material in a second direction; and
an air handler to generate an airflow to remove the build material from the build platform.

US Pat. No. 10,987,862

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPING DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A three-dimensional shaping device comprising:a melting section configured to melt a material to generate a shaping material;
a supply flow channel which is communicated with the melting section, and through which the shaping material flows;
a nozzle communicated with the supply flow channel and configured to eject the shaping material;
an ejection amount control mechanism provided to the supply flow channel, and configured to control a flow amount of the shaping material to be ejected from the nozzle;
a branch flow channel branched from a second partial flow channel as a flow channel between the ejection amount control mechanism out of the supply flow channel and the nozzle out of the supply flow channel, and communicated with a first partial flow channel as a flow channel between the melting section and the ejection amount control mechanism; and
a transfer mechanism which includes:
a cylinder having a cylindrical shape and communicated with the branch flow channel;
a plunger reciprocating in the cylinder; and
a check valve which is disposed in a part between the second partial flow channel and the cylinder out of the branch flow channel, and is configured to prevent outflow of the shaping material from the cylinder to the second partial flow channel,
wherein the transfer mechanism is configured to transfer the shaping material in the second partial flow channel to the first partial flow channel via the branch flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,987,860

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING THREE DIMENSIONAL (3D) OBJECT, PART AND COMPONENT MANUFACTURE INCLUDING DISPLACEMENT/VIBRATION WELDED OR HEAT STAKED LAMINATES

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An object manufacturing system, comprising:a laminate cutter for cutting two-dimensional (2D) slices from sheets of material, each of the 2D slices constituting an individual layer among a plurality of layers forming an in-process three-dimensional (3D) object;
a transport mechanism for transporting each of the cut 2D slices from the laminate cutter to a 3D object build platform to form the plurality of layers of the in-process 3D object;
a layer-to-layer adhering unit associated with the 3D object build platform that executes a layer-to-layer adhering process for affixing each of the 2D slices in sequence to form the plurality of layers of the in-process 3D object, the layer-to-layer adhering unit configured to execute at least one of a displacement welding and vibration welding process in which energy directors are applied between pairs of 2D slices and the pairs of 2D slices are the at least one of a displacement welded and vibration welded together at the positions of the energy directors; and
a surface finishing device that surface finishes the in-process 3D object to produce a finished 3D object.

US Pat. No. 10,987,858

THREE DIMENSIONAL CONTINUOUS FABRICATIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An additive production method with a tank, having a radiation-curable liquid and at least one radiation-penetrable sidewall, the additive production method comprising:sending a beam through the sidewall of the tank containing UV-curable liquid and hardening the UV-curable liquid in the tank that is adjacent the sidewall and forming an object, wherein the sidewall extends perpendicular to a horizontal direction, and
transporting the object being formed by hardening of the UV-curable liquid along a transporting direction in a sideward direction away from the sidewall using a row of continuous conveyors comprising parallel pairs of continuous conveyors, wherein the object is transported between the parallel pairs of continuous conveyors, and wherein the UV-curable liquid flows into a gap created between the object and the sidewall as successive buildup of the object is carried out and a hardened region of the object is formed and is separated from and transported away from the sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,987,857

ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED POLYMERIC COMPONENTS

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A method comprising:depositing, on or adjacent a substrate, a first volume of a polymeric material at a first deposition rate and a first temperature using an additive manufacturing technique for depositing volumes of the polymeric material, wherein the first volume of the polymeric material has a first degree of polymer orientation associated with the first deposition rate and the first temperature, and
depositing, on or adjacent the substrate or the first volume of material, at least one second volume of the polymeric material at a second deposition rate and a second temperature, wherein the second volume of the polymeric material has a second degree of polymer orientation associated with the second deposition rate and the second temperature, wherein the first volume and the second volume are configured to respond to a shape change stimulus by exhibiting a respective first change in dimension and a second change in dimension, wherein the first change in dimension is different from the second change in dimension by a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,987,856

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING AN OBJECT BY USING A 3D PRINTING DEVICE

Wacker Chemie AG, Munich...

1. In a method of producing an object using a 3D printing device having at least one printhead having at least one discharge device,wherein the discharge device is set up to place curable print materials at target positions of the print materials in order to additively manufacture the object, the improvement comprising:
constantly determining the actual position of the printhead and the instantaneous speed of the printhead by a position measurement unit,
placing the print materials at the target positions of the print materials by the discharge device depending on the constantly determined actual position of the printhead and on the constantly determined instantaneous speed of the printhead.

US Pat. No. 10,987,855

SCREEN PROTECTOR APPLICATOR

1. A screen protector applicator, comprising:a screen protector assembly comprising a cover layer, a screen protector layer and a retention layer, wherein the cover layer is bonded on a first side of the screen protector layer by a first glue layer provided on the screen protector layer to provide protection for the first glue layer, wherein the retention layer is bonded on a second side of the screen protector layer by a second glue layer provided on the retention layer to provide retention for the screen protector layer to an external device, and the second side is opposite to the first side, and wherein an interlayer is provided between the retention layer and the screen protector layer for reducing strength of bonding between the retention layer and the screen protector layer;
an applicator tray having a base with a device side and an opposing side,
walls at four edges of the base, and
a positioning ridge on the device side of the base and along an interior side of the walls;
wherein the retention layer of the screen protector assembly is bonded to the base of the applicator tray;
wherein the base and the positioning ridge form a first space in which the screen protector assembly is accommodated;
wherein a height of the walls is greater than a height of the positioning ridge, and the walls higher than the positioning ridge form a second space above the first space, wherein the second space is capable of accommodating a device laying horizontally, and when the device is accommodated in the second space, a surface of the device is in contact with the positioning ridge;
wherein the base has an opening for a user to access and apply force to the screen protector assembly from the opposing side of the base;
wherein when the user places the screen protector applicator onto a screen to which the screen protector layer is to be applied, and applies force to a back of the screen protector layer through the opening at the base, a part of the screen protector layer is detached from the retention layer through its making contact to the screen and the whole screen protector layer is bonded to the screen, whereas the retention layer is still bonded to the base;
wherein the screen protector assembly is tilted with respect to the screen to which the screen protector layer is to be applied when the user places the screen protector applicator onto the screen; and
wherein the applicator tray comprises, on the device side of the base, a first set of limiting protrusions provided on a first end of the base and a second set of limiting protrusions provided on a second end of the base, wherein the first end and the second end are in a longitudinal direction of the base, and the second end is opposite to the first end; wherein the first set of the limiting protrusions have the same height, and the second set of limiting protrusions have the same height; wherein a height of the first set of limiting protrusions is greater than a height of the second set of limiting protrusions, and a sum of a height of any one of the first set or second set of limiting protrusions and a thickness of the screen protector assembly is smaller than a height of the positioning ridge; wherein when the screen protector assembly is accommodated in the first space, one end of the screen protector assembly is in contact with the first set of the limiting protrusions, and another end of the screen protector assembly is in contact with the second set of the limiting protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,987,852

BLOWING TOOL FOR A BLOW MOLDING MACHINE

KAUTEX MASCHINENBAU GMBH,...

1. A blowing tool for a blow molding machine for producing hollow members with angled necks, comprising:a blow mold delimiting at least one cavity for forming a hollow member with an angled neck;
a blowing mandrel retention member;
at least one blowing mandrel arranged on the blowing mandrel retention member, each said at least one blowing mandrel having a longitudinal axis inclined with respect to horizontal at an angle of inclination; and
a handling device for temporarily introducing the at least one blowing mandrel into the blow mold and for calibrating the angled necks of the hollow members to be produced, the handling device including a biaxial system configured to move the blowing mandrel retention member in a first direction and a second direction which is different from the first direction within a plane.

US Pat. No. 10,987,850

NOZZLE PISTON AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAID NOZZLE PISTON

1. A molding system for hydraulic blow molding of a container from a preform, the molding system comprising:a pressurization unit that is configured to receive liquid molding medium from a source;
a fill head unit coupled to the pressurization unit to receive the liquid molding medium therefrom;
a mold assembly having mold halves defining a mold cavity in the shape of the container, the mold assembly being configured to receive the preform therein, wherein the fill head unit is moveable to engage at least one of the mold assembly and the preform; and
the fill head unit including a housing, a nozzle piston and a seal pin, the nozzle piston being moveably received within a bore of the housing and being moveable within the bore between retracted being disengaged from the mold assembly or preform and extended position engaged with the mold assembly or preform, the seal pin being slideably received within the nozzle piston for movement between an opened position and a closed position, in the closed position an outlet of the nozzle piston being closed off by the seal pin, the nozzle piston further defining a receiving chamber located between the nozzle piston and the housing that is coupled to the pressurization unit to receive the molding medium, the receiving chamber having a constant volume during movement of the nozzle piston between the retracted and extended positions within the housing, in the open position the outlet of the nozzle piston being unobstructed by the seal pin and in fluid communication with the receiving chamber, the nozzle piston further including a leading head in liquid sealing engagement with the bore of the housing during movement of the nozzle piston between the retracted and extended positions.

US Pat. No. 10,987,848

ARTICLE WITH DIFFERENT TEXTURED SURFACES

1. A method of blow molding an article the method comprising:providing a parison comprising thermoplastic material;
heating a mold having an inner surface with two or more areas of different surface textures to a first temperature of greater than about 55° C. to form a heated mold;
feeding the parison into the heated mold, wherein the parison comprises at least two layers of said thermoplastic material;
blowing the parison against the inner surface of the mold to form the article comprising an inner surface and an outer surface;
subsequently lowering the temperature of the mold to a second temperature of between about 20° C. to about 55° C. while the outer surface of the article is in contact with the inner surface of the mold;
forming an article comprising an outer layer and an inner layer, wherein the article has at least two areas and there is a difference of at least about 20 between Glossiness Values of the at least two areas, or a difference of at least about 5 between the dullness values of the at least two areas, and
wherein a temperature cycle time (tct) of the mold is less than 250 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,987,845

MULTI-MATERIAL EXTRUDER AND EXTRUSION METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) PRINTING

STRUCTUR3D PRINTING INCOR...

1. An apparatus for extruding materials for three-dimensional printing, comprising:a frame adapted to receive and hold a removable syringe, the syringe having a barrel containing extrudable material and having a piston depressible within the barrel;
a gearing having at least a first gear and a second gear rotating on different axes and rotationally coupled to one another to increase at the second gear a torque applied to the first gear;
an extruder motor under control of an extruder logic component, the extruder motor coupled to the first gear to rotate the first gear to cause the second gear to rotate to a linear actuator to depress the piston of the syringe, the linear actuator coupled to the second gear and being disposed non-coaxially with the extruder motor; a plunger gripper coupled to the linear actuator, the plunger gripper adapted to have the piston removably mounted thereon, the linear actuator causing relative movement between the piston and the barrel for extruding the extrudable material; and
a flexible length of tubing connectable to a tip of the syringe received in the frame, an opposite end of the tubing mountable to an extrusion nozzle for extruding the extrudable material for three-dimensional printing.

US Pat. No. 10,987,844

CLAMPING MECHANISM ASSEMBLY

Coretech System Co., Ltd....

1. A clamping assembly, in operative connection with a mold of an injection-molding apparatus, comprising:a fixed plate;
a rear plate spaced apart from the fixed plate;
a plurality of tie bars interlinked with the fixed plate and the rear plate and provided with a plurality of channels extending therethrough in a longitudinal direction;
a movable plate capable of moving with respect to the fixed plate along the tie bars;
a driving module interlinking the rear plate and the movable plate; and
a temperature adjuster employed to supply a fluid into the channels to remove heat from the tie bars.

US Pat. No. 10,987,843

PRESSURE SENSOR FOR A METAL OR PLASTICS PROCESSING TOOL

Kistler Holding AG, Wint...

1. Pressure sensor for a metal or plastics processing tool, comprising:a) a sensor housing, that can be connected to the tool;
b) a pressure transducer arranged within the sensor housing;
c) wherein the pressure sensor has a first front face with a first cast-compatible mark;
d) wherein the pressure sensor additionally has a second front face with a second cast-compatible mark; and
e) wherein the first front face and the second front face are adjustable against one another.

US Pat. No. 10,987,840

EJECTION-MATERIAL EJECTION APPARATUS AND IMPRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ejection-material ejection apparatus comprising:an ejection head that ejects an ejection material which is electrically conductive;
a storing container with an internal space separated by a flexible membrane into a first storing space storing the ejection material to be supplied to the ejection head, and a second storing space storing an operating liquid which is electrically conductive;
a pressure controller that controls internal pressure of the second storing space; and
a detector that detects a change in electrical conductivity between a pair of electrodes disposed to face each other inside the flexible membrane,
wherein the detector detects a change in electrical property of the flexible membrane resulting from entry of at least one of the ejection material and the operating liquid to inside of the flexible membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,987,839

DISPENSER PART

ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH...

1. A dispenser part for a dispenser of consumable material, said dispenser part comprising:a first injection moulded plastic component part formed by a first injection moulding, the first injection moulded plastic component part having an associated first mating surface along a first edge and the first injection moulded plastic component part being transparent;
a second injection moulded plastic component part formed by a second injection moulding after the first injection moulding, the second injection moulded plastic component part having an associated second mating surface and the second injection moulded plastic component part being opaque; and
an injection moulded seam formed during the second injection moulding whereby the first injection moulded plastic component part is mated directly to the second mating surface of the second injection moulded plastic component part to define the dispenser part, the second injection moulded plastic component part being at a temperature that melts at least the first edge of the associated first mating surface of the first injection moulded plastic component part during the second injection moulding of said second injection moulded plastic component part, and
wherein a transverse cross section of the injection moulded seam comprises a plurality of steps forming corners and at least one contact surface intermediate an outer and an inner surface of the dispenser part, and
wherein the corners of the plurality of steps and the at least one contact surface are melted during the second injection moulding whereby the first injection moulded plastic component part is merged with the second injection moulded plastic component part throughout the transverse cross section of the injection moulded seam and the transverse cross section of the seam comprises rounded surfaces at corners of the plurality of steps.

US Pat. No. 10,987,834

APPARATUS FOR TAKING OUT MOLDED PRODUCT

YUSHIN PRECISION EQUIPMEN...

1. An apparatus for taking out a molded product, comprising:a positioning servomechanism;
a pull-out frame;
one or more movable bases movably provided on the pull-out frame and controlled by the positioning servomechanism;
one or more approach frames respectively attached to the movable bases;
one or more attachments respectively mounted at leading ends of the approach frames, the one or more attachments including a take-out head; and
an active vibration suppressing system configured to perform active control to suppress a displacement vibration of the one or more attachments using a vibration generated by driving one or more actuators, wherein:
the one or more actuators are one or more electromagnetic actuators; and
the one or more electromagnetic actuators are disposed at a portion of one of the approach frames positioned opposite to the attachment mounted on the one of the approach frames with respect to one of the movable bases;
the active vibration suppressing system includes a displacement vibration detecting section configured to detect the displacement vibration of the one or more attachments; and
the active vibration suppressing system suppresses the displacement vibration of the attachment by causing the one or more electromagnetic actuators to generate a vibration in the same phase as the displacement vibration of the attachment to be detected by the displacement vibration detecting section.

US Pat. No. 10,987,833

MANUFACTURING FIBER-REINFORCED COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

WILLIAMS ADVANCED ENGINEE...

1. A method of manufacturing a three dimensional composite structure having an internal space, the method comprising steps:(a) arranging a preform of fiber reinforced material in a first generally flat configuration in which the preform is supported by a support structure;
(b) selectively curing the preform when laid out on the support structure to produce an intermediate preform, the intermediate preform comprising at least two selectively cured portions interconnected by at least one non-selectively cured portion;
(c) adding at least one component onto a selectively cured portion of the preform when it is in the first generally flat configuration; and
(d) moving the two selectively cured portions with respect to one another to form the three dimensional composite structure in which the two portions at least partially surround the internal space of the structure and the at least one component is located within the internal space of the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,987,832

METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR MAKING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT AND A MEMBRANE THEREFORE

ADAPA APS, Aalborg (DK)

1. An apparatus for making a three-dimensionally curved object, said apparatus comprising:a membrane having a reconfigurable double curved moulding surface, the membrane being composed of a mixture of rubber material and magnetic powder;
the membrane being configurable into a predetermined shape by individually adjusting an array of actuators acting on a surface opposite the moulding surface of said membrane; and
the actuators acting on a magnetic joint system provided with magnetic joints which is holding the magnetic membrane, wherein the magnetic joints are slidable on the surface of the magnetic membrane while being connected to the membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,987,831

DIES FOR FORMING A PART AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A die for forming a part, the die comprising:a base, comprising a heat-platen interface surface and a part interface surface, and wherein the heat-platen interface surface and the part interface surface are separated by a thickness of the base; and
inserts, embedded within and circumferentially closed by the base, spaced apart from each other, and extending in a first direction from the heat-platen interface surface toward the part interface surface; and
wherein:
the base is made of a first material having a first thermal conductivity;
the inserts comprise at least one first insert made of a second material having a second thermal conductivity and at least one second insert made of a third material having a third thermal conductivity;
the first thermal conductivity is different than the second thermal conductivity; and
the third thermal conductivity is different than the first thermal conductivity and the second thermal conductivity.

US Pat. No. 10,987,830

FORMING STATION FOR A THERMOFORM PACKAGING MACHINE AND METHOD OF EXCHANGING A MALE DIE PART

1. A forming station for a thermoform packaging machine, comprising a forming tool upper part with a die lid and a forming tool lower part, wherein the forming tool upper part comprises a male die part holding plate including at least one male die part fixed thereto and which is displaceable along at least one rail provided on or in the die lid;and wherein the forming station comprises a male die part drive, which is drivingly connected to the male die part holding plate for generating a stroke movement of the male die part holding plate relative to the die lid,
wherein the male die part holding plate has provided thereon at least one guide element, which is movable relative to the male die part holding plate between an engagement position, in which the guide element is adapted to be brought into engagement with an associated rail, and a retracted position in which the guide element is out of engagement with the associated rail.

US Pat. No. 10,987,828

CONCRETE PRODUCT MACHINE MOLD ASSEMBLY STRIPPER HEAD SUPPORT

Besser Company, Alpena, ...

1. A stripper head support device for supporting a stripper head of a concrete product machine mold assembly, on a mold box of the mold assembly, where the stripper head comprises a stripper head plate and stripper head plungers supported on and extending downwardly from the stripper head plate, and where the mold box has plunger receptacles for receiving the stripper head plungers when the stripper head is lowered into a working position relative to the mold box; the stripper head support device comprising:a stand-off leg; and
a leg attachment that:
is configured to connect the stand-off leg to the stripper head plate in a position extending downwardly from the stripper head plate such that a lower end of the stand-off leg will engage an upper surface of the mold box of the mold assembly and support the stripper head on the mold box in a raised position above the working position, with the stripper head plungers disposed in respective protected positions within the respective plunger receptacles of the mold box,
comprises a fastener attachable to the stripper head plate, and
comprises a magnet fixed to either:
the fastener in a position to releasably magnetically engage a ferrous metal or magnetic portion of the stand-off leg; or
the stand-off leg in a position to releasably magnetically engage a ferrous metal or magnetic portion of the fastener, and
the stand-off leg being shaped to support the weight of the stripper head while keeping a gap between the magnet and the ferrous metal or magnetic portion of the fastener or stand-off leg.

US Pat. No. 10,987,827

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CURING CONCRETE

Transhield, Inc., Elkhar...

1. An apparatus for curing concrete, including:a film having a first outer layer and a second outer layer, the second outer layer including a polar copolymer of polyethylene, a first inner layer adjacent the first outer layer and a second inner layer adjacent the second outer layer, the second inner layer including high density polyethylene, and a third inner layer adjacent the first inner layer and a fourth inner layer adjacent the second inner layer and the third inner layer, the third and fourth inner layers including an ethylene polypropylene copolymer;
an absorbent layer including a nonwoven fabric;
an adhesive material adhering the second outer layer of the film to the absorbent layer; and
wherein the water vapor transmission rate of the second outer layer of the film is greater than the water vapor transmission rate of the second inner layer of the film, the second inner layer forming a barrier that hinders migration of water from the second outer layer to the fourth inner layer.

US Pat. No. 10,987,826

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CERAMIC SINTERED BODY, AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING CERAMIC MOLDED BODY

Japan Fine Ceramics Cente...

1. A method for producing a ceramic compact on a substrate, the method comprising:heating the substrate at a temperature ranging from 150° C. to less than 400° C. to prepare a heated substrate,
spraying a surface of the heated substrate with a slurry comprising a plurality of ceramic particles, a liquid dispersion medium, and a dispersant;
and volatilizing the liquid dispersion medium;
wherein a concentration of the ceramic particle in the slurry is from 20% to 40% by volume, and
wherein a content of the dispersant in the slurry is from 0.1 to 10 parts by volume based on 100 parts by volume of the ceramic particles.

US Pat. No. 10,987,824

METHOD FOR COATING UNEVEN SURFACES, APPARATUS AS WELL AS COMPONENT

HOMAG GmbH, Schopfloch (...

1. A method for coating uneven surfaces of a workpiece, having the steps:supplying two coating materials, the coating materials each comprising a corresponding weakened area, and
applying the coating materials to at least two workpiece sides, respectively, which are arranged angularly to one another, the corresponding weakened area of each of the coating materials being positioned in a corresponding one of multiple transition sections of the at least two workpiece sides, and each of the transition sections of the at least two workpiece sides being formed to at least partially fill the corresponding weakened area,
the method characterized in that a connecting corner of the workpiece is coated using the two coating materials,
the connecting corner being formed by a longitudinal side and a transverse side of the workpiece, each of the longitudinal side and the transverse side having two of the at least two workpiece sides,
one of the at least two workpiece sides of the transverse side being identical to one of the at least two workpiece sides of the longitudinal side, each of the transition sections of the at least two workpiece sides being formed with a curved section or a chamfer at an angle of 45°, and
both coating materials, in a region extending away from one of the transition sections, have a complementary chamfer or curved section such that they can lie on top of one another without an increase in profile.

US Pat. No. 10,987,820

ADJUSTABLE BODY SHAVER, SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method of shaving hair located at one or more shaving areas to one or more desired lengths, comprising the following steps:providing a hand held wet shaver comprising a razor assembly including a cartridge having one or more hair cutting edges and an adjustable guard member in communication with the cartridge via a guide post and a threaded screw type member comprising a length and providing adjustment of the razor assembly according to the one or more desired lengths of hair, wherein the threaded screw type member is in threaded communication with the cartridge and in turnable communication with the adjustable guide member, wherein part of the length of the threaded screw type member comprises a non-threaded end portion and the adjustable guard member includes an inner surface operationally configured to receive and hold the non-threaded end portion in turnable communication, wherein the adjustable guard member is fixed at one of a plurality of distances from the cartridge after turning the threaded screw type member so that the adjustable guide member is moved to one of said plurality of distances from the cartridge according to the turnable communication between the inner surface of the adjustable guard member and the non-threaded end portion of the threaded screw type member;
establishing one or more shaving areas and desired length of hair to remain at the one or more shaving areas following shaving;
adjusting the adjustable guard member to a distance of the plurality of distances from the cartridge by turning the threaded screw type member according to a first established desired length of hair; and
shaving the hair located at the one or more shaving areas.

US Pat. No. 10,987,819

GRILLE FOR HAIR SHAVER

Haining Xinyi Machinery E...

1. A grille for a hair shaver, comprising:a first annular configuration of first support surfaces;
hair shaving long slots formed between the first support surfaces at first preset intervals, and hair shaving short slots formed between the first support surfaces at the first preset intervals, wherein each of the hair shaving long slots spans the first annular configuration from an inner radius thereof to an outer radius thereof, and a first end of each of the hair shaving long slots is connected to a first end of each of the hair shaving short slots.

US Pat. No. 10,987,814

COMPLIANT PERIMETER END EFFECTORS

SoftWear Automation, Inc....

1. A compliant perimeter end effector, comprising:a mounting bracket having a contact mounting flange, the mounting bracket configured to couple to a manipulator; and
a plurality of compliant material contact elements comprising individual contact elements coupled about a perimeter of the contact mounting flange, wherein each of the individual contact elements comprises:
a gripping unit having a contact interface configured to engage with a piece of material; and
at least one flexure arm extending between the gripping unit and the perimeter of the contact mounting flange.

US Pat. No. 10,987,812

ERROR ACCRUAL AND MITIGATION DURING ROBOTIC PROCESS

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:determining that, in a present form of a physical structure that a robot is producing in accordance with a production process, an effect of variations that (i) were individually introduced during completed steps of the production process and (ii) were individually determined to be acceptable, have accumulated to such an unanticipated extent that an overall accumulated variation on the present form of the physical structure as a whole has exceeded one or more predefined tolerances;
accessing a model that specifies multiple design constraints that are each associated with a different candidate adjustment to the production process that is for mitigating the overall accumulated variation on the present form of the physical structure as a whole, wherein the model orders each of the multiple design constraints according to relative priority;
selecting, from among the multiple design constraints that are each associated with a different candidate adjustment to the production process, a particular design constraint having a highest order according to the model;
adjusting the production process according to the adjustment to the production process that is associated with the particular design constraint; and
instructing the robot to continue to produce the physical structure from the present form, in accordance with the adjusted production process.

US Pat. No. 10,987,809

ROTARY TOOL ADJUSTER FOR ROBOT WITH END OF ARM TOOL HAVING MULTIPLE TOOLS

T.A. Systems, Inc., Roch...

1. A method of adjusting multiple tools on a common mount, the method comprising:interrogating first and second actual target positions on at least one workpiece using a controller;
determining a variance between the first and second actual target position and first and second theoretical target positions using the controller; and
moving at least one of the first and second tools relative to the other of the first and second tools from the first and second theoretical target positions to a desired spacing respectively aligned with the first and second actual target positions, wherein the moving step includes simultaneously rotating the first and second tools in an x-y plane to the desired spacing, pivotal axes of the first and second tools parallel to first and second tool axes along which the first and second tools translate.

US Pat. No. 10,987,808

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A CONTROL SOLUTION FOR AN ACTUATOR

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method of providing a control solution for an actuator comprising:receiving, at a first rate, a desired control force for the actuator from a haptic device;
generating, at a second rate, based on the desired control force, the control solution;
applying the control solution to the actuator;
receiving, at a third rate, a feedback force based on at least one of a force measurement and a position measurement from the actuator; and
applying, at the first rate, the feedback force to the haptic device;
wherein the generating of the control solution uses operational space control,
wherein the first rate is less than the second rate and the second rate is less than the third rate.

US Pat. No. 10,987,806

PRODUCTION METHOD AND PRODUCTION SYSTEM THAT USE ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A production method comprising:grasping a workpiece with a hand attached to an end of a robot equipped with a force sensor; and
pressing a subject flat surface of the grasped workpiece against a target flat surface at an even pressure distribution,
wherein:
the hand includes two grasping pieces that grasp the workpiece by sandwiching the workpiece in a width direction between two surfaces orthogonal to the subject flat surface, and pressing surfaces that abut against a to-be-pressed surface of the workpiece opposite to the subject flat surface;
when grasping the workpiece with the hand,
abutting the pressing surfaces against the to-be-pressed surface at a vicinity of a grasping position,
operating the robot on a basis of forces detected by the force sensor so that the robot assumes an orientation with which moments about axes that lie within the pressing surfaces are balanced, and
grasping the workpiece with the two grasping pieces of the hand at a position where the moments are balanced; and
operating the robot to assume an orientation with which the subject flat surface aligns with the target flat surface.

US Pat. No. 10,987,802

CONTROL DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A control device comprising:a casing;
a communication board configured in a plate shape;
a control board configured in a plate shape and having one side attached to the communication board;
an amplifier board configured in a plate shape and having one side attached to the communication board and provided with a power module for driving an actuator of an appliance; and
a brake power supply unit disposed opposite the communication board across the amplifier board and configured to drive an electromagnetic brake of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,987,787

ADJUSTABLE LIGHT ATTACHMENT FOR EXTENSION TOOL

1. A light attachment assembly configured to selectively couple to an elongated extension tool, the light attachment assembly comprising:(a) an elongated sheath extending along a first longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the elongated sheath defines a through hole extending between the proximal end and the distal end, wherein the through hole is dimensioned to slidably receive the elongated extension tool such that the light attachment assembly may rotate and translate relative to at least a portion of the elongated extension tool;
(b) a light source extending along a second longitudinal axis, wherein the light source is configured to transition between an activated state and a deactivated state; and
(c) a clamping assembly configured to fix the elongated sheath with the light source, wherein the clamping assembly comprises:
(i) a first body, wherein the first body comprises a first sheath clamping surface and a first light source clamping surface, and
(ii) a second body, wherein the second body comprises a second sheath clamping surface and a second light source clamping surface,
wherein the first sheath clamping surface and the second sheath clamping surface are configured to cooperatively engage the elongated sheath to fix the elongated sheath relative to the clamping assembly, wherein the first light source clamping surface and the second light source clamping surface are configured to cooperatively engage the light source to fix the light source relative to the clamping assembly, thereby fixing the light source relative to the elongated sheath,
wherein the elongated sheath is adjustable along the first longitudinal axis relative to the clamping assembly such that the clamping assembly is configured to selectively engage a first longitudinal portion of the elongated sheath and a second longitudinal portion of the elongated sheath to couple with the elongated sheath in a first configuration and a second configuration, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,987,783

SCREWDRIVER

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A screwdriver comprising:a handle including a first end and a second end and defining an axis therebetween, the handle including a body portion and a neck portion, the neck portion positioned proximate the second end of the handle, the neck portion having a diameter less than a diameter of the body portion, the body portion including a plurality of holes extending through the body portion parallel to the axis, the holes angularly spaced apart about the axis, each of the holes defining an opening positioned adjacent the neck portion;
a shank coupled to the handle, the shank including a first end and second end, the second end having a bore; and
a removable bit selectively positionable in the bore of the shank and one of the holes of the body portion;
wherein the handle further includes a rim positioned proximate the second end such that the neck portion is positioned between the rim and the body portion, wherein the diameter of the neck portion is less than a diameter of the rim;
wherein each of the holes of the body portion is configured to support the removable bit such that a working end of the removable bit is positioned below the rim and along the neck portion such that the working end of the removable bit is visible within a space between the body portion and the rim when viewed from a lateral side of the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,987,782

STRAIGHT EDGE CLAMP

Affinity Tool Works, LLC,...

1. A straight edge clamp comprising:an elongated body, a clamping head assembly and an end stop assembly;
said elongated body having opposed edges, a top and a bottom;
said elongated body defining a channel formed in said bottom, said channel having an inner surface extending along a longitudinal axis;
a pair of rails, located in said channel at said bottom, said pair of rails extending outwardly from said bottom towards said top;
said end stop assembly being at least partially disposed in and movable along said said channel, said end stop assembly including a locking member rotatable between a locked position and an unlocked position, said locking member having an axis of rotation that is generally perpendicular to said longitudinal axis and said bottom of said elongated body;
whereby said bottom of said elongated body is adapted to be positioned against a work surface having sides and said clamping head assembly and said end stop assembly are adapted to be positioned against the sides;
wherein said locking member is located in said channel and has an engagement surface protruding outwardly toward said inner surface and, in response to said locking member being in said unlocked position, said locking member being retained in said channel and said engagement surface is spaced apart from said inner surface and, in response to said locking member being in said locked position, said engagement surface is moved to engage said inner surface to lock said end stop assembly with respect to said elongated body;
wherein said pair of rails receives said end stop assembly to retain said locking member in said channel in said locked position and said unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,987,781

CLAMPING DEVICE FOR CLAMPING AT LEAST TWO COMPONENTS TO BE JOINED TOGETHER AND A METHOD FOR DESIGNING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A clamping device for clamping at least two components which are to be joined together, the clamping device comprising:a first carrier structure;
a second carrier structure which is connectable to the first carrier structure by a connector;
at least one positioning device provided on the first carrier structure or the second carrier structure to position one of the at least two components at a defined position with reference to the first or the second carrier structure; and
at least one tool guide provided on at least one of the first carrier structure and the second carrier structure to guide a tool to a defined position with reference to the first or second carrier structure or along a predetermined movement path.

US Pat. No. 10,987,780

SHAPED ABRASIVE PARTICLES WITH A SLOPING SIDEWALL

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. Abrasive particles comprising:shaped abrasive particles without a binder each having a sloping sidewall, each of the shaped abrasive particles comprising alpha alumina and having a first face and a second face separated by a thickness, t; and
the shaped abrasive particles further comprising a draft angle ? between the second face and the sloping sidewall, and the draft angle ? is between about 95 degrees to about 125 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,987,777

GRINDING LIQUID TROUGH ARRANGEMENT

TORMEK AB, Lindesberg (S...

1. A grinding machine configured to sharpen a metallic blade, the grinding machine comprising:a grindstone configured to be rotated in a direction of rotation to sharpen the metallic blade;
a trough configured to hold grinding liquid, the trough formed by a trough wall, wherein the trough is configured to be arranged with the grinding machine such that the trough encloses a portion of the grindstone, wherein the trough wall comprises at least one metal element which is attractable to magnets; and
a scraper comprising at least one magnetic element, the scraper configured to be detachably attached to an external side of the trough wall by means of magnetic attraction between the magnetic element of the scraper and the metal element, and wherein the trough wall comprises a bottom wall and a circumferential side wall, wherein said at least one metal element is arranged in the circumferential side wall, close to the bottom wall.

US Pat. No. 10,987,771

AIR REST BUTTON

Carr Lane Manufacturing C...

1. An air rest button system comprising:a body element comprising a top side having an axial body bore disposed therein having an interior surface defining a generally cylindrical hollow interior having a radius, and an opposing bottom side having an axial channel disposed centrally and longitudinally therein, said top side further comprising a rim having an underside, said rim circumscribing said axial body bore and protruding radially towards a center axis thereof, said rim and said body element being monolithic;
a plunger element having a radius corresponding to said radius of said generally cylindrical hollow interior so that said plunger element slides through said axial body bore and is capable of contacting said interior surface of said axial body bore, said plunger element comprising a bottom side and an opposing top side having an axial plunger bore disposed therein and configured to accept a rest button; and
a gasket disposed in said axial body bore between said plunger element and said rim, said gasket abutting said rim and said plunger and forming an airtight seal between said rim and said plunger element.

US Pat. No. 10,987,768

TORQUE TOOL WITH LATCH ASSEMBLY

FORUM US, INC., Houston,...

1. A torque tool configured to apply torque to a subsea component with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), comprising:a housing;
a socket drive rotatable within the housing;
a latch movable between an engaged position to engage the subsea component and a disengaged position to disengage the subsea component; and
a biasing mechanism at least partially positioned axially between the latch and an end of the housing and configured to move a collar to thereby move the latch from the engaged position to the disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,987,762

ARMBAND BASED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING WELDING EQUIPMENT USING GESTURES AND LIKE MOTIONS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system comprising:a detection component that is configured to detect a motion of an appendage of an operator of a welding system, wherein the detection component comprises one or more of: a camera, a magnetic sensor, a vibration sensor, a muscle movement sensor, a radio frequency energy detector, a sound sensor, a heat sensor, or a pressure sensor;
a gesture library comprising a plurality of stored motions and a plurality of stored commands, each stored motion of the plurality of stored motions being correlated with a stored command of the plurality of stored commands, each stored command being related to controlling a component or operation of the detection component or the welding system, and at least one stored command of the plurality of stored commands comprising a disable command;
processing circuitry that is configured to
determine whether the motion matches a stored motion of the plurality of stored motions,
in response to determining the motion does match the stored motion, determine a command of the plurality of stored commands that is correlated with the stored motion, and
execute the command, wherein execution of the command comprises disabling at least some portion or operation of the detection component when the command is the disable command.

US Pat. No. 10,987,760

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A HOLDING PLATE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A CLAMP FOR HOLDING WAFERS

16. A method of manufacturing of a holding plate having a ceramic material of a plurality of phases with at least two chemical elements and being configured for a holding apparatus for holding a component by electrostatic forces or vacuum, the method comprising:material removal from the holding plate by laser ablation, wherein by a laser irradiation a plurality of protrusions are formed on the holding plate, end faces of which span a carrier surface for the component, and
surface modification of the holding plate by the laser irradiation, wherein irradiation parameters of the laser irradiation are set such that at least one of the chemical elements of the ceramic material is enriched on the surface of the holding plate such that the stoichiometric ratio of the chemical elements on the surface, in comparison with the volume material, is shifted towards at least one of the chemical elements,
wherein the enrichment includes the formation of a surface layer which includes said plurality of phases and, by deviation from the volume material, has a higher proportion of at least one of the phases relative to remaining phases of said plurality of phases within said surface layer.

US Pat. No. 10,987,759

ADVANCED BACK-STRIKE PROTECTION PROCESS AND RELATED DEVICES FOR WATER JET GUIDED LASER PROCESS

1. A method of avoiding back-strike damage that may happen during a water jet guided laser machining processes comprising:providing a first body to be machined via a water jet guided laser, said first body having a plurality of walls defining an exterior surface and an interior surface, said interior surface of the first body defining a hollow interior volume;
connecting the first body to a volume vibrator via an inlet hole located on the first body to create a mechanical energy within said hollow interior volume, said volume vibrator pumping in and pumping out a media into the hollow interior volume of said first body to create the mechanical energy via the oscillation of the media;
providing the first body with an outlet hole may be plugged via a plug to control to ensure the vibrating media is located a laser beam breakthrough location by eliminating a path of least resistance;
filling the hollow interior volume of the first body with the media;
pumping in and out the media to the hollow interior volume to cause a vibration of the media within the hollow interior volume;
machining the exterior surface of the first body via providing the water jet guided laser which is a laminar flow to create the laser beam breakthrough location in a first portion of said plurality of walls such that when the water jet guided laser creates an opening through the first portion of said plurality of walls the laminar flow of said water jet guided laser meets the vibrating media within said hollow interior volume the mechanical energy disrupts the laminar flow of the water jet guided laser to scatter the laminar flow of the water jet guided laser such that the laser does not impinge on and start creating a deformity on a second portion of said plurality of walls defining the interior volume opposite of the first portion;
wherein the vibration of the media and plugging of the outlet hole if required ensures that the hollow interior volume is free of any dead corners such that all locations within the hollow interior volume are affected by the mechanical energy.

US Pat. No. 10,987,758

TEACHING DEVICE FOR LASER MACHINING

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A teaching device for a laser machining system configured to perform laser machining on a workpiece while moving an irradiation position of laser light using a robot, the teaching device comprising:a graphical user interface processing unit configured to display
machining periods, in each of which machining is performed by irradiating a corresponding one of a plurality of machining points set for the workpiece with the laser light while the robot moves along a machining path, and non-machining periods between the machining periods of the plurality of machining points, arranged in time series in a band-like region in a distinguishable manner,
a slider image having ends corresponding to a start time point and an end time point of a total movement time of the robot for completing machining of all of the plurality of machining points, and
a slide position of the slider image being set so as to be movable in a longitudinal direction of the band-like region.

US Pat. No. 10,987,755

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISTORTION CONTROL ON ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED PARTS USING WIRE FEED AND MAGNETIC PULSES

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE ...

1. A method of forming a freeform metal structure by wire feed additive manufacturing, wherein the method comprises:moving a holding structure in at least one moving direction, the holding structure holding the metal structure;
feeding a metal wire end along an area of deposition on the metal structure in the at least one moving direction;
heating the metal wire end to a melting temperature using a heat source, the metal wire end as melted being deposited on the metal structure as a metallic build-up material; and
subjecting the metallic build-up material after heating and during cooling in the at least one moving direction behind the area of deposition, when the metallic build-up material is non-liquid at 50%-80% of the melting temperature, to at least one pulsed magnetic field using a magnetic coil arranged after the heat source, wherein the at least one pulsed magnetic field produces opposite directed interaction to a current induced in the build-up material from deposition causing the build-up material to undergo plastic deformation with a strain rate in a range of 1000 l/sec-100 l/sec that influences grain refinement properties within the build-up material while reducing residual mechanical stress within the build-up material resulting from strain that provides mechanical stability within the build-up material during the plastic deformation.

US Pat. No. 10,987,754

CONTINUOUS FEED METHOD FOR FRICTION STIR PROCESSING

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATI...

1. A continuous feed method for friction stir processing, the method comprising:continuously feeding a tubular material having a first grain microstructure from a bulk source into a processing chamber;
forcing the tubular material between a die and a textured end portion of a mandrel as the tubular material is advanced through the chamber;
rotating the mandrel within the tubular material while forcing the tubular material across the textured end portion to friction stir process the tubular material and transform a structure of the tubular material from the first grain microstructure to a second grain microstructure,
wherein the second grain microstructure is a finer equiaxed grain microstructure than the first grain microstructure; and
converting the tubular material having the second grain microstructure into a stiffened sheet form.

US Pat. No. 10,987,749

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INDICATING A SCHEDULE IN A WELDING-TYPE TORCH

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding-type system, comprising:a welding-type power source to provide welding-type power;
a welding-type torch, driven by said welding-type power source, configured for applying welds; and
a welding-type connector configured for connecting the welding-type power source to the welding-type torch;
wherein:
said welding-type torch comprises one or more control elements for controlling welding-type operations, the controlling comprising or relating to triggering functions and scheduling functions;
said welding-type torch comprises one or more indication components configured for providing indications relating to at least one of said welding-type torch, status of welding-type operations, or welding-type parameters;
said one or more indication components are controlled from the welding-type power source based on operation of or interaction with said one or more control elements;
said welding-type connector comprises a 4-pin connector comprising four wires, with two wires for use in triggering functions and other two wires for use in supporting scheduling functions;
said one or more control elements comprise at least one triggering control element configured for controlling triggering functions and connected across said two wires and at least one scheduling control element configured for controlling scheduling functions and connected across said other two wires; and
the at least one of said one or more indication components is configured to provide indications based on both of:
user interaction with at least one of said one or more control elements, and
signals applied by said welding-type power source into one or more of said four wires.

US Pat. No. 10,987,747

BRAZING MATERIAL OUTER COAT AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF, IN-SITU SYNTHETIC METAL-COATED FLUX-CORED SILVER BRAZING MATERIAL, PREPARATION METHOD THEREOF, WELDING METHOD AND JOINT BODY

ZHENGZHOU RESEARCH INSTIT...

1. An in-situ synthetic metal-coated flux-cored silver brazing material, comprising a flux core and a brazing material outer coat wrapping the flux core, wherein the brazing material outer coat comprises, in percentage by weight:silver Ag 20.0˜36.0%, copper Cu 35.0˜45.0%, zinc Zn 27.0˜37.0%, tin Sn 1.0˜3.0%, phosphorus P 0.1%-0.5%, nickel Ni 0.5˜2.0%, germanium Ge 0.1˜0.3%, and lithium Li 0.1˜0.3%, and
the flux core comprises, in percentage by weight:
elemental boron micropowder 5.0˜10.0%, sodium borohydride 5.0˜10.0%, potassium fluoroborate 15.0˜30.0%, boric anhydride 25.0˜40.0%, sodium fluoride 10.0˜30.0%, sodium bifluoride 2.0˜4.0%, and copper sulfate 1.0˜5.0%.

US Pat. No. 10,987,746

WIRE ELECTRIC DISCHARGE MACHINING APPARATUS

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. A wire electric discharge machining apparatus for pushing up a core cut out of a workpiece through wire electric discharge machining using a jet pressure of a jet flow and separating the core from the workpiece, the wire electric discharge machining apparatus comprising:an upper wire guide unit and a lower wire guide unit including wire guides installed above and below with the workpiece sandwiched therebetween and configured to position and guide a wire electrode, and a jet nozzle being configured to supply a jet flow of a working fluid coaxially with the wire electrode; and
a core holding pad in which a through-hole passing therethrough in an upward/downward direction, a plurality of protrusion sections having an equal distance from upper surfaces thereof to a lower surface of the workpiece, and gaps between the plurality of protrusion sections are formed, and the core holding pad has an upper surface and an outer lateral surface opened through the gaps between the plurality of protrusion sections and connected to the through-hole,
wherein the core holding pad is disposed on the lower wire guide unit such that the jet nozzle is disposed in the through-hole and the core holding pad approaches the lower surface of the workpiece as closely as possible to hold a lower surface of the core cut out of the workpiece, and
a working fluid injected during cutting-out and after cutting-out is discharged from the through-hole through the gaps between the plurality of protrusion sections toward the upper surface side and the outer lateral surface side.

US Pat. No. 10,987,742

METHOD OF CONTROLLING POSITIONING CONTROL APPARATUS AND POSITIONING CONTROL APPARATUS

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A method of controlling a positioning control apparatus configured to perform machining while pressing a tip end of a machining tool against a predetermined position on a machined surface of a workpiece, the machining tool being attached to an arm tip of the positioning control apparatus, the method comprising steps of:deriving a predetermined relational expression before the machining, the relational expression defining a relation between (i) a sideslip amount of the tip end of the machining tool in a second direction with respect to a pressing force generated when the tip end of the machining tool is pressed against the predetermined position in a first direction in a state where the tip end of the machining tool coincides with the predetermined position, and (ii) the sideslip amount of the tip end of the machining tool in the second direction with respect to a maximum pressing force that is equal to or greater than a machining reaction force, the second direction being parallel to the machined surface of the workpiece, the first direction being perpendicular to the machined surface of the workpiece;
detecting the pressing force during the machining by a force sensor;
calculating the sideslip amount corresponding to the pressing force detected by the force sensor, in accordance with the predetermined relational expression at any time;
correcting a position command value of the arm tip of the positioning control apparatus based on the calculated sideslip amount; and
machining the workpiece while moving the arm tip of the positioning control apparatus in accordance with the corrected position command value.

US Pat. No. 10,987,741

CUTTING INSERT, CUTTING TOOL, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:a first surface having a polygonal shape;
a second surface located on a side opposite to the first surface;
a third surface located between the first surface and the second surface; and
a cutting edge located on at least a part of a first ridge line where the first surface intersects with the third surface, wherein
the first surface comprises:
a first corner,
a first side extended from the first corner,
a second side extended from the first corner,
a first inclined surface that is located along the first side and has a height from the second surface that increases going away from the first side, and
a second inclined surface that is located along the second side and has a height from the second surface that increases going away from the second side;
in a plan view of the first surface, a width of the first inclined surface in a direction orthogonal to the first side becomes larger approaching the second side, and a width of the second inclined surface in a direction orthogonal to the second side becomes larger approaching the first side; and
the first inclined surface has a concave curvilinear shape in a cross-section orthogonal to the first side, and has a radius of curvature in the cross-section orthogonal to the first side that becomes larger approaching the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,987,739

CEMENTED CARBIDE AND CUTTING TOOL

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A cemented carbide comprising a hard phase containing tungsten carbide particles and a binder phase containing, as a main component, an iron-group element,wherein the formula B/A?0.05 is satisfied, where A represents the number of the tungsten carbide particles, and B represents the number of tungsten carbide particles whose number of contact points with other tungsten carbide particles is 1 or less,
wherein measuring the number of contact points of the tungsten carbide particles is configured to use an observation image that is obtained by a metallographic microscope or a scanning electron microscope,
wherein each of the contact points is a portion where the tungsten carbide particles are in contact with each other without the binder phase therebetween in a planar structure of the cemented carbide,
wherein the number of contact points is counted as 1 regardless of the size of thereof, in case that one of the tungsten carbide particles is continuously in contact with an adjacent tungsten carbide particle, and
wherein the number of contact points is configured to be measured by each of the tungsten carbide particles.

US Pat. No. 10,987,737

LAMINATE MOLDING APPARATUS

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. A laminate molding apparatus, comprising:a chamber enclosing a molding region;
a laser irradiation device which irradiates a predetermined irradiation region of a material powder layer formed for each of a plurality of division layers obtained by dividing a desired three-dimensional object at a predetermined height with respect to the molding region with a laser beam and forms a sintered layer;
an inert gas supply device which supplies an inert gas into the chamber;
a fume collector which includes a dust collecting device for removing fumes from the inert gas discharged from the chamber and returns the inert gas from which the fumes have been removed to the chamber;
at least one of an oxygen analyzer which measures an oxygen concentration in the chamber and an internal atmospheric pressure measuring meter which measures an atmospheric pressure in the chamber; and
an evacuate device which evacuates the inert gas to an outside of the laminate molding apparatus,
wherein the evacuate device comprises
a housing having an intake port formed on one end of the housing which is connected to any part of the laminate molding apparatus through which the inert gas flows and takes in the inert gas and an evacuate port formed on the other end of the housing which evacuates the inert gas from which the fumes have been removed to the outside of the laminate molding apparatus,
a filter portion provided in the housing between the intake port and the evacuate port which removes the fumes,
an evacuate amount adjusting portion provided in the housing between the intake port and the evacuate port which adjusts an evacuate amount of the inert gas to the outside of the laminate molding apparatus, wherein the evacuate amount adjusting portion has an adjustment valve which adjusts an evacuate amount of the inert gas to the outside of the laminate molding apparatus, an on-off valve which opens and closes a flow path of the inert gas, and an air blower which forms an air flow in an evacuate direction to the outside of the laminate molding apparatus, and
a controller which controls the evacuate amount adjusting portion to perform evacuate of the inert gas to the outside of the laminate molding apparatus such that the atmospheric pressure in the chamber and an external atmospheric pressure become uniform within a range in which leakage of the inert gas from the chamber is suppressed based on at least one of the oxygen concentration in the chamber and the atmospheric pressure in the chamber,
wherein the controller is connected to the at least one of the oxygen analyzer and the internal atmospheric pressure measuring meter, and to the on-off valve and the air blower of the evacuate amount adjusting portion,
wherein the intake port of the housing is connected to a downstream side of the dust collecting device at which the inert gas is returned from the dust collecting device to the chamber, or the intake port of the housing is directly connected to the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,987,728

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING METALLIC OR INORGANIC STRANDS HAVING A THICKNESS IN THE MICRON RANGE BY MELT SPINNING

15. A method for producing elongate strands of metal having at least one transverse dimension of 50 ?m or less and a length at least ten times greater than said at least one transverse dimension, the method comprising the steps of directing a molten metal through a nozzle having a rectangular cross-section with a width of a nozzle opening in a circumferential direction of rotation of a rotating wheel and a length transverse to a circumferential surface of the rotating wheel which is greater than the width onto the circumferential surface of the rotating wheel, by applying a gas pressure to the molten metal to move it through the nozzle opening and deliver it to the circumferential surface of the rotating wheel, providing the circumferential surface of the rotating wheel with circumferentially extending edges and recesses formed between or bounded by the edges and collecting solidified strands of metal formed on the circumferential surface from the molten metal and separated from the circumferential surface by centrifugal force generated by rotation of the rotating wheel, the method further comprising the steps of controlling the width of the nozzle opening, controlling the gas pressure applied to the molten metal to move it through the nozzle opening and deliver it to the circumferential surface of the rotating wheel and controlling a speed of rotation of the rotating wheel to reduce a flow of molten metal onto the circumferential surface of the rotating wheel to a level at which it is concentrated by the forces that are acting at said circumferentially extending edges and recesses formed between or bounded by the edges and using these edges to concentrate the molten metal at the edges to produce the desired elongate strands of metal, the nozzle opening having a width of between 10 ?m to 100 ?m and wherein the rotating wheel is mounted and configured to rotate within a chamber having an atmosphere at a higher pressure than ambient pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,987,726

WHEEL HUB MOLDING AND CASTING DIE AND PREPARATION PROCESS THEREOF

CITIC Dicastal Co., Ltd.,...

10. A preparation process of the wheel hub molding and casting die according to claim 1, comprising:1) preparatory work before pouring: fixedly mounting a lower die and an upper die on a module supporting plate, driving the module supporting plate and the lower die and the upper die which are fixed thereon to be retracted at a bottom of the molding cavity by using a lifting module, and moving and limiting removable plates at outer ends of removable plate slots to ensure that end parts of the removable plates do not extend into the molding cavity;
2) pouring: uniformly pouring metal liquid required by prefabrication of a wheel hub into a pouring cavity through pouring holes of the upper die;
3) normal-temperature cooling: after the pouring is completed for 20 to 30 min, driving the module supporting plate and the lower die and the upper die which are fixed thereon to extend out of an upper end of the molding cavity by using the lifting module, and standing under a normal-temperature condition for 10 to 12 h for cooling; and
4) taking out of a molded wheel hub: after the normal-temperature cooling is completed, adjusting a height of the module supporting plate by using the lifting module till annular slots in an outer side wall of the upper die are aligned with the removable plates, moving the removable plates to enable the end parts of the removable plates to be clamped in the annular slots, cyclically levering ends, away from the upper die, of the removable plates, removing and taking out the upper die, and then taking down the molded wheel hub from the lower die.

US Pat. No. 10,987,722

DIE CHANGER WITH REMOVABLE DIE ADAPTED THERETO AND DIE DOME AS WELL AS METHOD FOR REMOVING AND INSERTING THE REMOVABLE DIE

1. Removable die of a joining tool, wherein the removable die comprises:a. a die head having an upper side and a bottom side as well as
b. a die shaft extending perpendicularly from the bottom side of the die head, wherein a longitudinal extension of the die shaft defines a longitudinal axis of the removable die, and
wherein the removable die is adapted to be receivable and lockable in a die dome by means of a rotation-free linear inserting movement of the removable die along the longitudinal axis of the removable die,
wherein the die shaft comprises:
c. a free end opposite to the bottom side of the die head,
d. at least one first radial web extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the removable die and forming two axial undercuts, wherein one of the undercuts is formed by an upper side of the at least one first radial web being arranged opposite the bottom side of the die head and, thus, facing the die head, and wherein the other of the undercuts is formed by a lower side of the at least one first radial web being arranged opposite the upper side of the at least one first radial web and, thus, facing away from the die head, so that by means of the at least one first radial web, the die shaft is lockable in the die dome by a rotation-free linear inserting movement of the removable die along the longitudinal axis of the removable die,
e. at least one second radial web having a radial length, wherein the radial length is adapted to a diameter of the die dome to ensure a lateral guiding of the die shaft in the die dome, and the at least one second radial web is arranged between the die head and the at least one first radial web, wherein the at least one second radial web is formed by a radially tapered axial section at the bottom side of the die head, which radially tapered axial section extends in a direction of the longitudinal axis of the die shaft and the radially tapered axial section is adapted in its radial extension to the diameter of the die dome, wherein the radially tapered axial section is tapered compared to a radial extension of the die head at the bottom side of the die head,
f. the die shaft further has a radial tapering section attached to or adjoining the at least one second radial web and having a smaller radial extension than the at least one second radial web, the radial tapering section having a side more proximal to the die head and, thus, facing the die head, and the radial tapering section having a side more proximal to the die head and, thus, facing away from the die head, and
g. the die shaft comprises further a third radial web attached to or adjoining the side of the radial tapering section facing away from the die head, the third radial web being located between the at least one first radial web and the at least one second radial web, wherein
h. the die shaft extends axially beyond the at least one first radial web towards the free end, and the at least one first radial web is arranged spaced in the axial direction with respect to the third radial web as well as located between the free end and the at least one second radial web, and
i. an ejection surface by means of which the removable die can be moved out of the die dome, wherein the ejection surface is arranged adjacent to the free end of the die shaft and adjacent to the at least one first radial web.

US Pat. No. 10,987,721

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING COIL SPRING AND COIL SPRING MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

18. A cold-forming coil spring manufacturing apparatus comprising: a rotating body having an outer circumferential surface against which a wire rod being fed straight out is serially pressed for forming into a coil shape, the rotating body being connected to a rotary drive source such that the rotating body is rotated around an axis of the rotating body, the rotary drive source rotationally driving the rotating body as the wire rod is fed straight out, the rotary drive source being set in relation to the rotary drive of the rotating body such that a portion pressed against the wire rod on the outer circumferential surface of the rotating body moves toward the same side as the advancing side of the wire rod, the coil spring manufacturing apparatus comprising a shaft-shaped pitch processing tool pressed against the wire rod to displace the wire rod in an axial direction of the coil spring to be formed for performing pitch processing when the wire rod is formed into a coil shape, the pitch processing tool being connected to a pitch processing tool rotary drive source such that the pitch processing tool is rotated around an axis of the pitch processing tool, the pitch processing tool rotary drive source rotationally driving the pitch processing tool as the wire rod is fed out, the pitch processing tool rotary drive source being set in relation to the rotary drive of the pitch processing tool such that a portion pressed against the wire rod on an outer circumferential surface of the pitch processing tool moves toward the same side as the advancing side of the wire rod, wherein the pitch processing tool rotary drive source is adjusted to set a circumferential speed of the outer circumferential surface of the pitch processing tool to about a feed speed of the wire rod by using the feed speed of the wire rod as a target value, wherein the rotating body is a single rotating body, wherein a wire rod guide having a body including a guide hole straightly feeds out the wire rod, and stationary winding tool disposed adjacent to the wire rod guide winds a wire rod fed out from the wire rod guide into the coil shape, and wherein the wire rod is curved only by the stationary winding tool and the single rotating body between a first point (P1) corresponding to an exit of the wire rod guide and a second point (P2) corresponding to a closest point between the winding tool and the rotating body.

US Pat. No. 10,987,720

FLUID CIRCULATION TUBE AND A HEAT EXCHANGER COMPRISING SUCH TUBES

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A fluid circulation tube for a heat exchanger the tube comprising a wall defining a base portion and free end legs, turned perpendicularly toward the base portion, a disrupter with bends provided inside the tube, the disrupter having a central portion which is inserted between the end legs and the base portion, parallel to the latter, wherein the central portion of the disrupter has, between at least two adjacent bends, a width equal to a sum of a thicknesses of the free end legs, increased on each side by a safety distance configured for a range of inclinations which the legs assume relative to their nominal position perpendicular to the base portion;wherein the free end legs have crosscut terminal ends and the entirety of the terminal ends are in contact with one face of the central portion, and an opposite face of the central portion is in contact with the base portion;
wherein each of the safety distances are parallel to the base portion and equal to a protruded distance of a length of the free end legs, the length of the free end legs measured from the base portion to the terminal end, the free end legs being equal length, said range of inclinations including a first inclination position where both of the free end legs have an inclination of between 20° and 45° in a first lateral direction, and a second inclination position where both of the free end legs have an inclination of between 20° and 45° in a second lateral direction which is opposite the first lateral direction relative to its nominal position perpendicular to the base portion, with side surface of one of the free end legs in contact with side surface of the other of the free end legs and with the 20° and 45° being measured from an opposite side surface of each free end leg.

US Pat. No. 10,987,717

DEVICE FOR FIXING METAL TUBE WITH PLATE BY EXPANSION

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A device for fixing a metal tube with a plate by expansion, comprising a pressure head, a jacket and an expansion block, wherein the jacket is of a cylindrical structure having a bottom, the jacket is provided with a plurality of openings on a side having the bottom and near the bottom, and threads are provided on an inner wall of the jacket; threads are provided on an outer wall of the pressure head, and the threads on the outer wall of the pressure head are matched with the threads on the inner wall of the jacket; a cone head is fixed below the pressure head and has an outer surface in an inverted cone shape; the expansion block has an inner surface in an inverted cone shape, a plurality of extrusion heads are arranged on the outer surface, and the extrusion heads pass through the openings on the side of the jacket; and the inner surface of the expansion block is fitted with the outer surface of the cone head, wherein a through hole is provided inside the pressure head, a bolt is arranged in the through hole, a reset spring is arranged between the cone head and the bottom of the jacket, the bolt passes through the through hole inside the pressure head, and an end of the bolt is fixed to the jacket by a lock nut.

US Pat. No. 10,987,716

PRESS DIE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A press die comprising:a fixed die, a first movable die, and a second movable die configured to cut out a product from a metal plate member; and
a scrap cutter configured to cut scrap that is not part of the product, wherein:
the scrap cutter and the fixed die are integrally formed and protrude in a cantilever manner in a substantially horizontal direction from the fixed die;
the scrap cutter comprises a scrap-cutting blade configured to cut the scrap;
the fixed die comprises a fixed-die cutting blade configured to cut the metal plate member at a predetermined cutting line of the product;
the first movable die comprises a first movable-die cutting blade configured to cut the metal plate member at the cutting line of the product by a shearing process with the fixed-die cutting blade, and a movable-die scrap-cutting blade configured to cut the scrap by a shearing process with the scrap-cutting blade;
the second movable die comprises a second movable-die cutting blade configured to cut the metal plate member at the cutting line of the product by a shearing process with the fixed-die cutting blade;
the fixed-die cutting blade is configured to have a fixed-die cutting blade relief portion formed near a base end of the protruding scrap cutter and recessed inward to the product side from the cutting line of the product, the fixed-die cutting blade relief portion including a substantially arc-shaped cross-sectional portion corresponding to a machining radius of a machining tool for forming the scrap cutter, and
the first movable-die cutting blade comprises a movable-die cutting blade protrusion configured to cut the metal plate member inward to the product side from the cutting line of the product by a shearing process with the fixed-die cutting blade relief portion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,709

FREE RUNNING PIG FOR PIPELINE REMEDIATION

1. A remediation pig for cleaning a pipeline of wax or paraffin, comprisinga body having an axis,
an impeller mounted in said body to receive power from the flowing fluid within said pipeline,
wheels mounted on said body for contacting the internal bore of said pipeline, said wheels being powered by said power received from said impeller and being mounted in a skewed position relative to a plane perpendicular to said axis such that as said wheels roll on said internal bore said remediation pig will move along said pipeline,further comprising one or more rotating cutters proximate one end of said remediation pig to remove said wax from said bore.

US Pat. No. 10,987,708

DRAIN CLEANING SYSTEMS USING SHEATH PROTECTED FLEXIBLE SHAFT

Ridge Tool Company, Elyr...

1. A drain cleaning apparatus comprising:a drum housing defining an interior region;
a cable carrier rotatably mounted about a first axis within the interior region, wherein the drum housing includes a front wall, a rear wall spaced from the front wall and a generally circumferential side wall extending between the front and rear walls for containing the cable carrier within the interior region;
a transmission assembly mounted on the cable carrier and including
an input component for engagement to a rotary power source, wherein the input component is rotatable about a second axis independently from the cable carrier and
an output component for delivering rotary power to a drain cleaning cable end within the interior region,
wherein the first and second axes are parallel or coaxial.

US Pat. No. 10,987,705

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE REMOVAL AND/OR AVOIDANCE OF CONTAMINATION IN CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM SYSTEMS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A charged particle beam system, comprising:a beam generator module for generating a beam of charged particles;
a charged particle optical column comprising a charged particle optical element for projecting the beam of charged particles onto a target;
a source for providing cleaning agent;
a conduit connected to the source and arranged for introducing the cleaning agent towards the charged particle optical element; and
a restriction element provided between the beam generator module and the charged particle optical column to at least reduce a flow of the cleaning agent into the beam generator module,
wherein the source is configured to introduce the cleaning agent during operation of the beam generator module, and wherein the beam generator and the charged particle optical column are positioned in a common vacuum chamber during the operation of the beam generator module.

US Pat. No. 10,987,704

FAN OR PUMP ARRANGEMENT AND OPERATING METHOD

1. An electric fan or pump comprising:an electric motor including a rotor selectively drivable in both forward and reverse rotational directions,
at least one rotatable blade in driving relationship with the rotor and arranged to develop a flow of fluid in response to rotation in at least the forward rotational direction, and
a motor controller configured to operate in a self-cleaning mode to energise the rotor for rotation of the at least one blade in alternate forward and reverse directions to thereby create a vibration,
wherein the motor controller is configured to alternate the rotational direction of the at least one blade, at least during a part of the duration of the self-cleaning mode, at a reversal frequency that is at or near a resonant frequency of the at least one blade or of a rotating assembly of the motor, the rotating assembly including the at least one blade and the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,987,699

DENSITY SEPARATOR FOR WASTE MATERIAL

1. A density separator for waste material, comprising:a tank for receiving waste material and intended for containing a fluid to separate waste material by density into floating waste material and settled waste material;
automatic feed elements configured to feed waste material to the tank;
motorised conveyor belts, each one with a chassis and a conveyor belt, to remove waste material from the tank; and comprising:
a floating waste material conveyor to extract floating waste material from the surface of the water; and
a settled waste material conveyor to extract settled waste material from the bottom of the tank;
a blower sorting device, comprising:
an air turbine provides an airflow;
a duct which receives the airflow from the turbine and branches into a riser duct and a discharge duct; and
a diffuser located below the automatic feed elements and communicated with the riser duct to receive a first part of the airflow of the turbine and cause air to be expelled in the vertical or inclined direction, which raises light-weight waste material;
where the discharge duct transports a second part of the airflow, which causes air to be horizontally expelled to remove the light-weight waste material, once it is raised by the first flow, to a lateral pipe, preventing interferences with other heavier fractions of waste material.

US Pat. No. 10,987,698

HYDRAULIC VIBRATION GENERATING DEVICE

1. A hydraulic vibration generation device comprising:a manifold member comprising an inner volume, a fluid inlet orifice and a fluid outlet orifice;
a vibration generating member comprising a channel grooved drive and an off-center weight, wherein:
the vibration generating member is a cylindrical shaft; and
the channel grooved drive comprises:
a channel formed in an outer surface of the shaft around a circumference of the shaft the channel forming a bottom surface having a circumference less than the circumference of the shaft, the channel forming a lip on either side of the bottom surface and extending transverse from the bottom surface of the channel to the outer surface of the shaft, the bottom surface having a constant width; and
a plurality of recessed grooves formed in the bottom surface of the channel, wherein each recessed groove of the plurality of recessed grooves extend along the width of the channel and are evenly spaced around the circumference of the channel; and
two retaining plates, wherein:
the inner volume receives the vibration generating member within the inner volume;
the retaining plates retain the vibration generating member within the inner volume in response to coupling the retaining plates to opposing ends of the manifold member; and
the vibration generating member rotates and generates vibration in response to hydraulic oil flowing into the inner volume of the manifold member through the inlet orifice, wherein the hydraulic oil flows through the channel and a portion of the hydraulic oil engages the plurality of recessed grooves to rotate the vibration generating member, and the hydraulic oil flows out of the inner volume of the manifold member through the outlet orifice.