US Pat. No. 10,392,341

COMPOUNDS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR INTRACELLULAR DELIVERY OF THERAPEUTIC AGENTS

ModernaTX, Inc., Cambrid...

1. A compound of Formula (I):or its N-oxide,or a salt thereof, wherein
R1 is selected from the group consisting of C5-30 alkyl, C5-20 alkenyl, —R*YR?, —YR?, and —R?M?R?;
R2 and R3 are independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-14 alkyl, C2-14 alkenyl, —R*YR?, —YR?, and —R*OR?, or R2 and R3, together with the atom to which they are attached, form a heterocycle or carbocycle;
each R5 is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-3 alkyl, C2-3 alkenyl, and H;
each R6 is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-3 alkyl, C2-3 alkenyl, and H;
M and M? are independently selected from —C(O)O—, —OC(O)—, —OC(O)-M?-C(O)O—, —C(O)N(R?)—, —N(R?)C(O)—, —C(O)—, —C(S)—, —C(S)S—, —SC(S)—, —CH(OH)—, —P(O)(OR?)O—, —S(O)2—, —S—S—, an aryl group, and a heteroaryl group, in which M? is a bond, C1-13 alkyl or C2-13 alkenyl;
R7 is selected from the group consisting of C1-3 alkyl, C2-3 alkenyl, and H;
each R is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-3 alkyl, and C2-3 alkenyl;
each R? is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-18 alkyl, C2-18 alkenyl, —R*YR?, —YR?, and H;
each R? is independently selected from the group consisting of C3-15 alkyl and C3-15 alkenyl;
each R* is independently selected from the group consisting of C1-12 alkyl and C2-12 alkenyl;
each Y is independently a C3-6 carbocycle;
each X is independently selected from the group consisting of F, Cl, Br, and I;
R10 is selected from the group consisting of alkylamino and dialkylamino;
m is selected from 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13; and
n is selected from 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

US Pat. No. 10,392,339

POLYMERIZABLE POLAR COMPOUND, LIQUID CRYSTAL COMPOSITION, AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY ELEMENT

JNC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A compound, represented by formula (1):wherein, in formula (1),R1 is alkyl having 1 to 15 carbons, and in the alkyl, at least one —CH2— may be replaced by —O— or —S—, and at least one piece of —(CH2)2— may be replaced by —CH?CH— or —C?C, and in the groups, at least one hydrogen may be replaced by halogen;
MES is a mesogen group having at least one ring;
Sp1 is a single bond or alkylene having 1 to 10 carbons, and in the alkylene, at least one —CH2— may be replaced by —O—, —CO—, —COO—, —OCO— or —OCOO—, and at least one (CH2)2— may be replaced by —CH?CH— or —C?C—, and in the groups, at least one hydrogen may be replaced by halogen;
M1 and M2 are independently hydrogen, halogen, alkyl having 1 to 5 carbons, or alkyl having 1 to 5 carbons in which at least one hydrogen is replaced by halogen; and
R2 is a group represented by formula (1a), formula (1b) or formula (1c):
wherein, in formula (1a), formula (1b) and formula (1c),Sp2 and Sp3 are independently a single bond or alkylene having 1 to 10 carbons, and in the alkylene, at least one —CH2— may be replaced by —O—, —NH—, —CO—, —COO—, —OCO— or —OCOO—, and at least one —(CH2)2— may be replaced by —CH?CH— or —C?C— and in the groups, at least one hydrogen may be replaced by halogen;
S1 is >CH— or >N—;
S2 is >C< or >Si<; and
X1 is a group represented by —OH, —NH2, —OR3, —N(R3)2, formula (x1), —COOH, —SH, —B(OH)2 or —Si(R3)3, in which R3 is hydrogen or alkyl having 1 to 10 carbons, and in the alkyl, at least one CH2— may be replaced by —O—, and at least one —(CH2)2— may be replaced by —CH?CH—, and in the groups, at least one hydrogen may be replaced by halogen, and w in formula (x1) is 1, 2, 3 or 4:

US Pat. No. 10,392,337

PROCESS FOR PURIFICATION OF METHYL METHACRYLATE

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A process for purifying methyl methacrylate; said method comprising: (a) feeding a product mixture comprising methyl methacrylate, methanol, water and oligomers of methyl methacrylate to a divided section of a distillation column comprising a dividing wall; (b) removing an overhead stream and a bottoms stream from the distillation column, and removing a middle side draw stream from the distillation column; wherein the crude product enters the dividing wall distillation column in a divided section on an opposing side of the dividing wall from the middle side draw stream; and (c) removing an upper side draw stream from a point above the dividing wall and below the top of the distillation column, separating a portion of water from the upper side draw stream to produce a dewatered upper side draw stream and returning the dewatered upper side draw stream to the distillation column.

US Pat. No. 10,392,335

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HYDROXYPIVALALDEHYDE

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical C...

1. A method for producing hydroxypivalaldehyde, the method comprisingreacting isobutyraldehyde with formaldehyde to obtain a reaction solution containing hydroxypivalaldehyde,
subsequently extracting the reaction solution with an aldehyde solvent represented by formula (1) under basicity to obtain an extract containing hydroxypivalaldehyde, and
subsequently distilling the extract and then collecting hydroxypivalaldehyde from a still residue:

wherein R represents a saturated alkyl group having 3 or more and 7 or less carbon atoms,
wherein said distilling occurs in the presence of water, and an amount of water which is subjected to said distilling is 100 parts by mass or more and 2,000 parts by mass or less with respect to a total amount, 100 parts by mass, of isobutyraldehyde derived from a raw material and an aldehyde solvent represented by the formula (1) in the extract which is subjected to said distilling.

US Pat. No. 10,392,332

FLUORINATED TENSIDES

MERCK PATENT GmbH, Darms...

1. A compound of formula (I)
where
R is equal to H, alkyl, —OH or —CH2—O-A?-Rf?,
Rf, Rf? and Rf? are each, independently of one another, equal to CF3—CF2—CF2—O—CF(CF3)—CH2— or CF3—(CF2)n—(CH2)m—,
n is equal to 1-2,
m is equal to 1,
R1-R4 are each, independently of one another, equal to hydrogen or a C1-C4 alkyl group,
o and p are each, independently of one another, 0-4, wherein o+p?2, q?1,
A, A? and A? are each, independently of one another, equal to (O—(CR5R6)r—(CR7R8)s)t,
R5-R8 are each, independently of one another, equal to hydrogen or a C1-C4 alkyl group,
r and s are each, independently of one another, 0-4,
t is equal to 0 or 1,
B is equal to (CH2)0-1—O or (CH2)0-1—NR?,
R? is equal to H or linear or branched alkyl, and
X is equal to H or linear or branched alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,392,324

XYLENE SEPARATION PROCESS

EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL PATEN...

1. A process for separating paraxylene and at least one other C8 aromatic from a mixture of paraxylene (PX), metaxylene (MX), orthoxylene (OX), and ethylbenzene (EB) in a simulated moving bed adsorption apparatus having 24 adsorbent beds in two columns, wherein each column contains 12 adsorbent beds, and wherein the 24 absorbent beds comprise a first absorption zone containing 8 to 16 absorbent beds and a second absorption zone containing the balance of the 24 adsorbent beds, wherein each adsorption zone performs a different separation and contained in a single column or span both columns;wherein PX is separated from the mixture in the first adsorption zone to produce a raffinate comprising MX, OX, and EB, and separating at least one of MX, OX, and EB from the raffinate in the second adsorption zone;
wherein a first feed stream and a first desorbent stream are introduced into the first adsorption zone,
wherein a first extract stream and a first raffinate stream are withdrawn from the first adsorption zone,
wherein a second feed stream and a second desorbent stream are introduced into the second adsorption zone,
wherein a second extract stream and a second raffinate stream are withdrawn from the second adsorption zone,
wherein the second feed stream comprises at least a portion of the first raffinate; and
wherein the flow rate of at least one of the streams introduced into or withdrawn from the first adsorption zone is varied during a step time of interval X.

US Pat. No. 10,392,321

PROCESSES FOR TRANSALKYLATING AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A process for transalkylating aromatic hydrocarbon compounds, the process comprising:introducing a heavy alkylbenzene rich stream and a benzene rich stream to a transalkylation zone;
introducing a water source to the transalkylation zone, the water source being in an amount to provide 80 to 120 wppm of water based upon the mass of the feed stream;
contacting the heavy alkylbenzene stream and the benzene stream with a transalkylation catalyst in the transalkylation zone under transalkylation conditions comprising a transalkylation temperature of greater than 130° C. to less than 230° C. in the presence of the water to provide a transalkylation reaction effluent; and
wherein the deactivation rate of the transalkylation catalyst is less than 0.2 wt. %/hr and the conversion of heavy alkylbenzene is greater than 50 wt. %.

US Pat. No. 10,392,317

METHODS OF PRODUCING PARA-XYLENE AND TEREPHTHALIC ACID

MICROMIDAS, INC., West S...

1. A method for producing one or more compounds of formula I:wherein each R1 and R2 is independently hydrogen or alkyl, the method comprising:combining one or more compounds of formula A:

one or more compounds of formula B:

any combination of one or more compounds of formula A and one or more compounds of formula B, wherein R1 and R2 in formulae A and B are as defined in formula I above, with
(i) ethylene, and
(ii) a sulfonic acid, or an ester, anhydride or resin thereof, or
a sulfonimide or a sulfonimide salt,to produce one or more compounds of formula I from at least a portion of the one or more compounds of formula A, the one or more compounds of formula B, or any combinations thereof, and at least a portion of the ethylene.

US Pat. No. 10,392,313

METHOD FOR APPLICATION OF BIOCHAR IN TURF GRASS AND LANDSCAPING ENVIRONMENTS

Cool Planet Energy System...

25. A method for applying biochar to an area of soil prior to installing turf grass seed in order to improve survivability and decrease water use, where the method comprises the step of adding the biochar to the top 1-4 inches of the soil prior to the installation of turf such that the average concentration of biochar in the top 1-4 inches of soil by volume is greater than 0.01% and less than 60%.

US Pat. No. 10,392,311

COMPOSITE CERAMICS AND CERAMIC PARTICLES AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING CERAMIC PARTICLES AND BULK CERAMIC PARTICLES

Dynamic Material Systems,...

1. A polymer derived ceramic (PDC) particle, wherein the particle material is derived from at least one of a binary PDC system, a ternary PDC system or a quaternary PDC system formed in a spraying process for producing bulk ceramic components from an agglomeration of partially cured polymer ceramic precursor resin material, the final PDC particle consisting of:a plurality of liquid pre-catalyzed polymeric ceramic precursor resin droplets that are injected into a drop tower heated by radiant energy and as the liquid resin droplets fall from the top portion of a drop tower, a plurality of non-porous partially-cured globules of polymer ceramic precursor material is formed, and
a plurality of powder particles that are functional material fillers is sprayed onto the structure of the partially-cured globules of polymer ceramic precursor material that is subsequently fully cured, chemically bonded together, then fired to produce a uniform, fully-dense, solid, single, continuous ceramic part having a particle size of approximately 2.1 mm to approximately 300 mm in diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,392,305

ADDITION OF CARBON DIOXIDE TO CONCRETE MIXTURES

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for manufacturing concrete comprising:(a) contacting a first slurry comprising a calcium-rich cementitious material in water with a carbon dioxide-rich gas to form a second slurry; and
(b) adding ordinary Portland cement to the second slurry without reducing the amount of water present in the second slurry from step (a),
wherein the concrete comprises calcite nanoparticles produced in situ and exhibits an increase in compressive strength of at least 10% compared to an identical concrete formed without the carbon dioxide-rich gas.

US Pat. No. 10,392,303

CEMENT CLINKER LINE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING A CEMENT CLINKER LINE

1. A method for manufacturing clinker, the method comprising:sintering raw meal in a kiln to clinker,
preheating raw meal in a preheater using a main flue gas stream from the kiln as a heat source,
dedusting the main flue gas stream downstream from the preheater at a temperature below the boiling point of mercury to produce mercury-loaded dust,
branching off an auxiliary flue gas stream from the main flue gas stream at an auxiliary flue gas stream branch prior to cooling the main flue gas stream to the temperature below the boiling point of mercury, wherein said branching is carried out either at a location downstream from the preheater or at an intermediate gas exit of the preheater,
dedusting the auxiliary flue gas stream to obtain at least essentially mercury-free dust and dedusted auxiliary flue gas stream,
binding mercury of the auxiliary flue gas stream to an adsorbent, wherein the binding comprises injecting the adsorbent into the dedusted auxiliary flue gas stream and cooling the auxiliary flue gas stream, and
removing the adsorbent from the dedusted auxiliary flue gas stream to form removed adsorbent and further processing the dedusted auxiliary flue gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,392,299

GLAZING PROVIDED WITH A THIN-LAYER STACK FOR SOLAR PROTECTION

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A solar protection glazing comprising a substrate, provided with a stack of thin layers which act on solar radiation, in which said stack consists of the succession of the following layers, starting from the surface of the glass:an underlayer or a set of underlayers, said underlayer(s) each consisting of a dielectric material;
a layer comprising titanium oxide and silicon and having an overall Si/Ti atomic ratio from 0.01 and 0.25, wherein Si and Ti represent at least 90% of the atoms other than oxygen, and wherein the layer has a thickness between 20 and 70 nm; and
an overlayer or a set of overlayers, said overlayer(s) each consisting of a dielectric material,
wherein the dielectric material constituting the underlayers is at least one selected from the group consisting of a zinc oxide, a silicon oxide, a tin oxide, a zinc tin oxide, a silicon nitride, an aluminum nitride, a silicon aluminum nitride, a silicon oxynitride, an aluminum oxynitride, and a silicon aluminum oxynitride, and
wherein the dielectric material constituting the overlayers is at least one selected from the group consisting of a zinc oxide, a silicon oxide, a tin oxide, a zinc tin oxide, a silicon nitride, an aluminum nitride, a silicon aluminum nitride, a silicon oxynitride, an aluminum oxynitride, and a silicon aluminum oxynitride or a titanium oxide having formula TiOx.

US Pat. No. 10,392,296

SEALED STRUCTURAL BODY AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A sealed structural body including an internal space and made of glass, wherein:at least a part of a boundary between the internal space of the sealed structural body and an outside is separated by a sealing material containing a metal material and a lead-free oxide glass, the lead-free oxide glass containing Te, V, and at least one of element Ag or P,
the metal material has a lower melting point than a softening point at which the lead-free oxide glass begins to flow,
the metal material has a crystalline structure,
the lead-free oxide glass has a non-crystalline structure, the metal material maintains an original particle shape,
a particle diameter of the metal material is 0.5 to 1 times the thickness of the internal space, and
the internal space has a thickness of 70 ?m or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,392,287

MACHINE FOR MANUFACTURING A HOLLOW ARTICLE MADE OF THIN GLASS

Pochet du Courval, Paris...

1. A machine for manufacturing a hollow glass article comprising at least one thin side wall, said machine comprising:at least one molten glass parison distributor,
a blank mold comprising a cavity designed to successively receive at least one parison of molten glass,
a first blowing nozzle connected to a source of pressurized gas for forming a blank of said article in the blank mold,
a finishing mold,
a handling arm for transferring the blank into a cavity of the finishing mold,
a second blowing nozzle connected to a source of pressurized gas for forming the article in the finishing mold,
wherein the cavity of the finishing mold comprises at least one side part provided with a concave cavity to form, on the side wall of the article, a convex bulge directed towards the exterior of said article, wherein the cavity is adapted to form a planar inner face on the side wall of the article,
wherein the machine comprises a cutter to remove the bulge to give the side wall of the article a substantially constant thickness, said
cutter configured to cut the bulge so as to form an exterior face of the side wall of the article, and
a polisher configured to polish the exterior face.

US Pat. No. 10,392,268

OIL-SKIMMING TUBE WITH STIFFENING INSERT MEMBER

OIL SKIMMERS, INC., Nort...

20. A method for oil collection, comprising:removing oil from a liquid surface by passing an oil collection tube over the surface;
the oil collection tube including:
a tube having an elongated, hollow structure with an inner surface bounding a hollow portion of the tube, and an outer surface defining an exterior surface of the tube; and
an elongated stiffening member disposed within the hollow portion of the tube that extends the length of the tube, the stiffening member having a stiffness of at least 0.5 times that of the tube;
wherein the tube is joined in a looped configuration and the exterior surface of the tube is oleophilic
wherein the stiffening member has a smaller diameter than the inner surface bounding the hollow portion of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,392,255

METHOD OF MAKING COHESIVE CARBON ASSEMBLY AND ITS APPLICATIONS

Yazaki Corporation, Toky...

16. A method of preparing a cohesive carbon assembly comprising:a. obtaining a functionalized carbon starting material in a form of powder, particles, flakes, loose agglomerates, aqueous wet cake, or aqueous slurry; said functionalized carbon starting material is a carbon starting material which has been covalently or non-covalently functionalized such that it is dispersible in water;
b. dispersing the functionalized carbon starting material in an aqueous solution in a prescribed ratio to form a dispersion;
c. applying the dispersion to an inner surface of a container; and
d. removing greater than 99% of the liquid portion from the dispersion in a controlled manner by evaporation without a mechanical force to form a cohesive carbon assembly having a monolithic structure inside the container.

US Pat. No. 10,392,247

FABRICATION PROCESS FOR A SYMMETRICAL MEMS ACCELEROMETER

CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENC...

1. A process for fabricating a symmetrical MEMS accelerometer, comprising:fabricating a pair of half parts for an accelerometer, for each half part:
etching a plurality of holes on the bottom surface of the silicon-on-insulator wafer with depth to the buried oxide layer using photolithography and deep etching, thus forming the first connecting part, the second connecting part, the resilient beams, and the comb structures;
etching a plurality of hollowed parts on the top surface of the silicon wafer using photolithography and deep etching;
forming a silicon dioxide layer on the top and bottom surface of the silicon wafer using thermal oxidation or chemical deposition;
bonding the top surface of the silicon wafer with the bottom surface of the silicon-on-insulator wafer;
depositing silicon nitride on the bottom surface of the silicon wafer, then removing part of the silicon nitride and the silicon dioxide layer on the bottom surface of the silicon wafer using photolithography and etching to expose part of the bottom surface of the silicon wafer;
deep etching the exposed parts of the bottom surface of the silicon wafer to the silicon dioxide layer to form the mass, and reducing the thickness of the silicon-on-insulator wafer; and
removing the silicon nitride layer and exposed parts of silicon dioxide layer on the bottom surface of the silicon wafer by etching;
bonding the two half parts of the accelerometer along their bottom surface;
removing the top silicon layers and silicon dioxide layers to form the accelerometer using deep etching and etching;
fabricating the bottom cap by hollowing the corresponding area, and depositing metal as electrodes;
bonding the accelerometer with the bottom cap; and
depositing metal on the first silicon wafer to form electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,392,245

SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED DEVICE WITH ELECTRICAL CONTACTS BETWEEN STACKED DIES AND CORRESPONDING MANUFACTURING PROCESS

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L....

1. An integrated device, comprising:a first die;
a second die coupled in a stacked way to the first die along a vertical axis;
a mechanical coupling structure arranged between facing surfaces of the first die and of the second die, respectively, which face one another along the vertical axis and lie in respective horizontal planes orthogonal to said vertical axis, the mechanical coupling structure fixedly coupling said first die and said second die and spacing the facing surfaces of the first and second dies from each other;
electrical-contact elements carried by the facing surfaces of the first die and of the second die, aligned in pairs along the vertical axis;
conductive regions arranged between the pairs of said electrical-contact elements carried by the facing surfaces of the first die and of the second die, for electrical coupling of said first die and said second die; and
supporting elements arranged at the facing surface of at least one of the first die and the second die and configured to elastically support the electrical-contact elements, respectively, wherein the electrical-contact elements, conductive regions, and supporting elements are distinct from the mechanical coupling structure.

US Pat. No. 10,392,235

LIGHTING AND SENSORY SYSTEM FOR A PULLING TOOL

WARN INDUSTRIES, INC., C...

1. A lighting control system for a winch, comprising:a plurality of lights coupled to the winch;
a plurality of sensors coupled to the winch; and
a controller including memory with instructions for:
adjusting an output of the plurality of lights in response to one or more signals received from one or more of the plurality of sensors to indicate an operational status of the winch, wherein adjusting the output of the plurality of lights includes changing one or more of a color, brightness, and flashing frequency of light output by the plurality of lights.

US Pat. No. 10,392,225

SUSPENSION AND LIFT MOTOR SYSTEMS FOR A PLURALITY OF ELEVATOR CABS AND COUNTERWEIGHTS THAT MOVE INDEPENDENTLY OF EACH OTHER IN DIFFERENT SECTIONS OF A HOISTWAY

Smart Lifts, LLC, Menlo ...

1. An elevator system comprising a plurality of elevator cabs operating independently of each other in an elevator shaft of a structure, the elevator system comprising:at least two elevator cabs positioned vertically in the elevator shaft, each cab comprising:
a first set of suspension cables and a second set of suspension cables, equally spaced apart from a center of each cab and substantially parallel to a front wall and a rear wall of each cab,
wherein for at least one elevator cab of the at least two cabs, each set of cables connected to each cab by two sets of cab pulleys located at a bottom of the cab such that each set of cables is slung under the bottom of the cab, wherein the two sets of cab pulleys for each set of suspension cables are symmetrically positioned at the bottom of the cab;
wherein for at least one other elevator cab of the at least two cabs, each set of cables connected to each cab by two sets of cab pulleys located at a top of the at least one other cab such that the at least one other elevator cab is suspended from suspension cables that engage cab pulleys above the at least one other elevator cab;
a lift motor at a top surface of the shaft comprising an axle and a first traction sheave at a first end of the axle and a second traction sheave at a second end of the axle, wherein the first traction sheave engages the first set of suspension cables and the second traction sheave engages the second set of suspension cables;
a counterweight for each set of suspension cables connected to a counterweight pulley, the first set of suspension cables connected at a first end to the top surface of the shaft, engaging a first counterweight pulley connected to a first counterweight, engaging the first traction sheave, engaging two opposing cab pulleys at the bottom of the at least one elevator cab or at the top of the at least one other elevator cab, and connected at a second end to the top surface of the shaft; the second set of suspension cables connected at a first end to the top surface of the shaft, engaging a second counterweight pulley connected to a second counterweight, engaging the second traction sheave, engaging another two opposing cab pulleys at the bottom of the at least one elevator cab or at the top of the at least one other elevator cab, and connected at a second end to the top surface of the shaft;
wherein each lift motor of each cab moves its corresponding two sets of suspension cables in unison with equal force and each cab is moveable rectilinearly within the elevator shaft independently of each cab; and
wherein the two opposing cab pulleys for each set of suspension cables of each cab, from each cab to a next cab of the at least two cabs, are progressively and symmetrically located closer to the center of each cab with respect to the front wall and the rear wall, such that for each cab, suspension cables, counterweights, pulleys, lift motors, axles, and traction sheaves will not horizontally or vertically conflict with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,392,215

SPLICING DEVICE

BHS CORRUGATED MASCHINEN-...

1. A splicing facility for splicing material webs to output an endless material web, the splicing facility comprising:a first dispensing device for dispensing a finite first material web from a first material web roll;
a second dispensing device for dispensing a finite second material web from a second material web roll;
a third dispensing device for dispensing a third material web, the third dispensing device being configured as an unwinding device;
a first splicing device for splicing together the finite first material web and the finite second material web, wherein the first dispensing device comprises a first feed device configured to feed the finite first material web from the first material web roll to the first splicing device and the second dispensing device comprises a second feed device configured to feed the finite second material web from the second material web roll to the first splicing device and the first splicing device comprises at least one joining unit for splicing together the finite first material web and the finite second material web to comprise the endless material web;
a second splicing device for splicing together the third material web and the endless material web comprised of one of the group comprising the finite first material web and the finite second material web, wherein the third dispensing device comprises a third feed device configured to feed the third material web from the third material web roll to the second splicing device and the second splicing device comprises at least one joining unit for splicing together the third material web and the endless material comprised of one of the group comprising the finite first material web and the finite second material web;
a fourth feed device configured to feed the endless material web to the second splicing device; and
an outlet for the endless material web from the splicing facility, wherein the first splicing device and the second splicing device are arranged at different heights.

US Pat. No. 10,392,213

SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING THE SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A sheet conveying device comprising:a pair of sheet holding rollers configured to shift and rotate a sheet;
a detector configured to detect a position of the sheet during conveyance of the sheet in a sheet conveying direction; and
a controller configured to shift, rotate, or both shift and rotate the pair of sheet holding rollers in at least one of a width direction and a rotational direction,
the detector being configured to perform a primary detection, with the pair of sheet holding rollers being at an initial position, to detect a position of the sheet, before the pair of sheet holding rollers holds the sheet,
the controller being configured to perform a first drive of the pair of sheet holding rollers, to shift, rotate, or both shift and rotate the pair of sheet holding rollers from the initial position to a first position, based upon a result of the primary detection,
the detector being configured to perform a secondary detection to detect a position of the sheet, the pair of sheet holding rollers being at the first position and contacting the sheet, and
the controller being configured to perform a second drive of the pair of sheet holding rollers to shift, rotate, or both shift and rotate the pair of sheet holding rollers from the first position to a second position while contacting the sheet, in a direction different from the first drive of the pair of sheet holding rollers, based upon a result of the secondary detection.

US Pat. No. 10,392,208

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet support portion configured to support a sheet;
an ascending portion configured to cause the sheet support portion to ascend;
a feeding portion configured to feed the sheet supported by the sheet support portion;
a moving portion configured to support the feeding portion such that the feeding portion is movable between a separated position and a feeding position below the separated position, the separated position being a position at which the feeding portion is separated from the sheet supported by the sheet support portion, the feeding position being a position at which the feeding portion is capable of feeding the sheet;
a holding portion configured to move between a holding position and an allowing position, the holding position being a position at which the holding portion holds the moving portion in a state in which the feeding portion is positioned at the separated position, the allowing position being a position at which the holding portion allows the feeding portion to move to the feeding position;
a drive source configured to generate driving force; and
a transmission unit comprising a first transmission portion and a second transmission portion, the first transmission portion being configured to transmit the driving force from the drive source to the ascending portion, the second transmission portion being configured to transmit the driving force from the drive source to the holding portion,
wherein the holding portion moves toward the allowing position in a case where the driving force from the drive source is transmitted to the ascending portion and the holding portion respectively through the first transmission portion and the second transmission portion, and the sheet support portion is caused to ascend by the ascending portion,
wherein the second transmission portion branches from the first transmission portion,
wherein the transmission unit comprises a regulation portion configured to regulate movement of the holding portion from the holding position to the allowing position in a case where the drive source is stopped, and
wherein the regulation portion comprises a worm and a worm wheel which engages the worm.

US Pat. No. 10,392,180

PORTABLE STORAGE CONTAINER

Otter Products, LLC, For...

1. A portable insulated storage container comprising:an outer layer;
an inner liner positioned inside the outer layer, the inner liner bounding an internal storage volume inside the portable insulated storage container;
insulation positioned between the inner liner and the outer layer for thermally insulating the internal storage volume;
a closable opening extending through the outer layer and the inner liner for accessing the internal storage volume from outside the portable insulated storage container; and
a closure mechanism having a first rigid member hingedly attached to a second rigid member, the closure mechanism configured for permitting access to the internal storage volume through the closable opening when the closure mechanism is an opened position and configured for closing the closable opening when the closure mechanism in a closed position, wherein the closure mechanism extends around a perimeter of the closable opening, wherein the first rigid member and the second rigid member each extend around respective portions of the perimeter of the closable opening, wherein the first rigid member and the second rigid member are configured to pivot in opposite directions to transition the closure mechanism from the closed position to the opened position and are in substantially a same plane when the closure mechanism is in the opened position, and wherein the closure mechanism is configured to maintain the opened position without continuous application of an external force.

US Pat. No. 10,392,168

CONTAINER POURING SPOUT SEALING STRUCTURE

KOSE Corporation, Chuo-k...

1. A pouring spout sealing structure of an inside plug to be attached to a neck part of a container, the sealing structure comprising:a sealing member including a bottom part that seals an opening of a pouring spout of the inside plug, a peripheral wall that rises from a peripheral edge of the bottom part, and a knob part that extends from the peripheral wall,
wherein the sealing member is connected to an upper end of the opening of the pouring spout at the peripheral edge of the bottom part,
a connected portion constituting a thin pan breakable by a certain pulling force,
the sealing member is welded to the inside plug through a planar part molded integrally via the thin part, and
the peripheral wall is inclined upwardly and outwardly from the opening of the pouring spout and is inclined at an angle ? from 20 degrees to 80 degrees with respect to the planar part.

US Pat. No. 10,392,151

LIGHTWEIGHT CONTAINER BASE

Amcor Rigid Plastics USA,...

1. A mold system for forming a container, the container defining a longitudinal axis and a transverse direction that extends transverse to the longitudinal axis, said mold system comprising:a sidewall system for molding the sidewall portion of the container; and
a base system for molding the base portion of the container, said base system operable for forming the entire base portion of the container including a central pushup portion, a contact surface for supporting the container, and at least one strap extending along said base portion in the transverse direction, said strap defining a strap surface, said strap surface being spaced offset in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis from said contact surface, said strap surface extending in the transverse direction to be adjacent said sidewall portion such that said at least one strap surface is visible from a side of the container;
wherein the strap surface, in a plan view directed along the longitudinal axis, is stepped in the transverse direction.

US Pat. No. 10,392,144

HYDRAULIC STEEL STRAPPING MACHINE

MEISHAN CRRC FASTENING SY...

1. A hydraulic steel strapping machine comprising:a clamping and cutting section, comprising:
a support frame;
a linkage mechanism comprising two groups of connecting rods, each of the groups comprising four connecting rods, two lower connecting rods of the four connecting rods biting against a buckle and a steel strip inside the buckle at four bite points;
a clamping cylinder disposed on a top portion of the support frame along a Z direction and driving the linkage mechanism;
a cylinder pin disposed in the linkage mechanism along the X direction, and sleeved by a lifting lug fixed onto a bottom surface of a piston of the clamping cylinder;
a pressing part sleeved around the cylinder pin;
a cutter, a return spring and a transverse cutter, wherein each of the cutter, the return spring and the transverse cutter is disposed below the pressing part; and
a distance between a back surface of the buckle and the cutter along the X direction is 3-10 mm;
a tensioning section comprising:
two tensioning cylinders;
a tensioning mechanism disposed between the tensioning cylinders;
a piston rod of each of the tensioning cylinders fixed onto two ends of a back rest along a Y direction, two side rests disposed along the X direction, a first end of each of the side rests fixed on the back rest, a second end sleeved onto an end of a pin of an eccentric wheel;
a guide bar disposed on a surface of each of the tensioning cylinders;
an end of the steel strip pressed by a clamping tooth of the eccentric wheel and a working surface of a supporting table disposed under the eccentric wheel;
a kicker pin disposed to abut against the eccentric wheel;
two ends of a tensioning spring tied to the two side rests respectively, and the tensioning spring passing through a hole of the eccentric wheel; and
a thickness of the steel strip being 0-1.5 mm; and
a hinge system disposed on front ends of the two tensioning cylinders in an axial direction, comprising:
a hinge pin disposed along the Y direction, a cutter frame, and a hinge return spring;
the hinge pin fixed onto a rear end surface of a back plate of the support frame by two trunnion seats disposed along the Y direction;
the cutter frame comprising two side frames and a cutter platform under the side frame, the side frames respectively fixed onto the two tensioning cylinders along the X direction and sleeved around two ends of the hinge pin through a hole drilled on the side frame; and
a back end of the hinge return spring disposed in a spring hole of the cutter frame.

US Pat. No. 10,392,143

PERFECTED WINDING DEVICE

Italdibipack S.p.A., Pog...

1. A winding device (1,10,100,1000) adapted to wrap a load with an extensible plastic film, comprising:a reel-holder roll (2) adapted to receive a reel of the extensible plastic film;
a vertical column (3), the roll (2) being movable along the column (3); and
a lifting plane (4) adapted to support the load, the lifting plane (4) being movable along the column (3),
wherein the column (3) comprises a sliding cavity (31) which extends along the column, a sliding cursor (41) being engaged in the sliding cavity (31) and coupled to the lifting plane (4), and
wherein the roll (2) and the lifting plane (4) are joined to one another and rotatably coupled with the column (3) and movable between a first lifting position for lifting the load, in which the lifting plane (4) is substantially orthogonal to the column (3), and a second winding position for winding the load, in which the lifting plane (4) is parallel to the column (3).

US Pat. No. 10,392,138

METHOD OF FILLING VISCOUS CONTENT

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

1. A method of filling a viscous content by:providing a container that has an inner surface formed of an olefin resin;
applying an edible oil or a liquid paraffin on the inner surface of the container to form an oil film thereon; and
filling the container that has the oil film formed on the inner surface thereof with a viscous content that has a viscosity at 25° C. of not less than 100 mPa·s,
wherein the olefin resin forming the inner surface of the container is blended with a bleeding additive comprising an ester of a fatty acid.

US Pat. No. 10,392,122

INERTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN AIRCRAFT USING EXHAUST AIR

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. An inerting system for an aircraft, the inerting system comprising:an inert gas generation apparatus configured to produce an inert gas;
an air supply line connected to an exhaust air system of the aircraft;
a compressor, which is configured to supply the inert gas generation apparatus with supply air from the air supply line in a form of compressed air having a pressure necessary for operation of the inert gas generation apparatus;
a heat exchanger configured to cool the compressed air to a temperature necessary for operation of the inert gas generation apparatus;
a bypass line connected downstream of the compressor such that at least a portion of the supply air circumvents the heat exchanger to control a temperature of the supply air input into the inert gas generation apparatus; and
an inert gas line, which is configured to conduct the inert gas from the inert gas generation apparatus to an inert gas consumer.

US Pat. No. 10,392,100

MECHANICAL LOAD LIMITING AND ELECTRICAL LOAD SENSING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A device for monitoring a load or applied force, the device comprising:a body having a first end and a second end;
a plate;
a force-providing member comprising a rod and connected to the plate;
a first biasing member in contact with a first side of the plate, the first biasing member disposed between a portion of the body at or about the first end and a portion of the plate;
a second biasing member in contact with a second side of the plate opposite the first side, the second biasing member disposed between a portion of the plate and a portion of the body at or about the second end; and
a first sensor configured to sense a displacement of the plate;
wherein the body includes a portion configured to connect to or apply a force to another component, and wherein the first biasing member is configured to substantially retain the plate in an initial position during normal operation of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,392,093

SHIP COMPRISING ENGINE

13. A method comprising:1) performing multistage compression with respect to boil-off gas (BOG) discharged from a storage tank;
2) dividing some of the BOG subjected to multistage compression, which is referred to as a first flow, followed by expanding the divided BOG;
3) performing heat exchange with respect to the other BOG subjected to multistage compression, which is referred to as a second flow, with the first flow expanded in step 2);
4) performing heat exchange with respect to the second flow b-subjected to heat exchange with the first flow in step 3) with the BOG discharged from the storage tank in a first self-heat exchanger; and
5) expanding the second flow subjected to heat exchange with the BOG discharged from the storage tank in step 4).

US Pat. No. 10,392,092

VERTICAL AXIS DRIVE SYSTEM

COX POWERTRAIN LIMITED, ...

1. A drive system for a marine outboard motor, the drive system comprising an internal combustion engine connected to a propulsion device, the internal combustion engine comprising a crankshaft for driving the propulsion device, wherein, in use, the crankshaft is arranged to rotate about a substantially vertical crankshaft axis, and wherein the internal combustion engine further comprises a camshaft for operating one or more cylinder valves of the engine, said camshaft being arranged for rotation about a camshaft axis arranged substantially parallel to the crankshaft axis, the drive system further comprising a fuel pump for pressurizing fuel used to operate the internal combustion engine, said fuel pump being configured to be driven by the camshaft, wherein the fuel pump comprises an input shaft arranged to rotate about an input shaft axis, said input shaft axis being arranged at an angle between 30 to 150 degrees with respect to said camshaft axis.

US Pat. No. 10,392,091

OUTBOARD MOTOR AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

ROBBY GALLETTA ENTERPRISE...

1. An outboard motor for attachment to a transom of a craft, said outboard motor comprising:a stationary powerhead affixed to the transom of the craft;
a drive shaft rotationally positioned therein a rotatable drive shaft housing, said rotatable drive shaft housing having a first housing end rotationally connected to said powerhead and a second housing end connected to a gear case housing;
a first housing bearing to rotationally support said first housing end and a second housing bearing to rotationally support said second housing end; and
a steering mechanism affixed thereto a support structure of said stationary powerhead and coupled to an exterior of said rotatable drive shaft housing;
wherein said steering mechanism is configured to provide independent rotation of said rotatable drive shaft housing coupled to said gear case housing and a propeller shaft relative to said stationary powerhead to facilitate 360 degree navigational control of the craft.

US Pat. No. 10,392,083

VESSEL AND BOOM CONSTRUCTION

SAFEWAY B.V., La Dordrec...

1. A vessel provided with a boom construction for transferring persons and/or cargo from said vessel to an offshore object or vice versa, the boom construction comprising:an elongated mast structure extending in a direction substantially upwards from a deck of said vessel, wherein said mast structure is pivotally mounted with respect to a hull of the vessel in a manner such as to be pivotable with respect to said hull about a single pivot axis only;
a boom connected to the mast structure and extending from the mast structure in a lateral direction; and
at least one actuator for pivoting the mast structure in order to compensate for at least a part of a roll movement of the hull of the vessel; and at least one counterweight, disposed at an end of said boom, for compensating for a moment exerted on the mast structure by the boom at least partly, said at least at least one counterweight having a center of mass located at a side of the mast structure substantially opposite to a side of the mast structure at which said boom extends from said mast structure.

US Pat. No. 10,392,068

HANDLEBAR LIGHTS WITH TURN ACTUATOR FOR A BICYCLE

1. A bicycle including:a handlebar, said handlebar attached to a frame at substantially a midpoint;
a first set of light sources disposed a first lateral direction from the midpoint and further disposed to project light in a first forward direction, said first set of light sources including a fixed light source and a motorcontrolled light source;
a second set of light sources disposed a second lateral direction from the midpoint, and further disposed to project light in a second forward direction said second set of light sources including a fixed light source and a motorcontrolled light source;
a controller, said controller disposed on the handlebar, said controller coupled to the first set of light sources and the second set of light sources;
a rotation sensor operable to sense movement of the handlebar relative to the frame, said rotation sensor coupled to the controller,
wherein the motor-controlled light sources move in response to a position of the rotation sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,392,065

BICYCLE SEAT AND LOCK ASSEMBLY

Ino Vision Ltd., Herzliy...

1. A bicycle seat assembly comprising:a bicycle seat comprising a front portion and a rear portion; and
a mounting platform attachable to a bicycle seat post or seat post adaptor of a bicycle, wherein a first portion of said bicycle seat releasably attaches to a portion of said mounting platform and wherein a second portion of said bicycle seat, independently of attachment of the first portion of said bicycle seat, releasably attaches to another portion of said mounting platform;
wherein said mounting platforms comprises a front member and a rear member, and said rear portion of said bicycle seat releasably attaches to said rear member and said front portion of said bicycle seat releasably attaches to said front member.

US Pat. No. 10,392,045

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF DECOUPLING VEHICLE STEERING ASSEMBLIES WITH INDICATION OF VEHICLE DIRECTION

1. A vehicle comprising:a steering column assembly comprising a steering column;
a steering wheel apparatus connected to the steering column, the steering wheel apparatus comprising:
a steering wheel hub that is connected to the steering column;
a steering wheel rim that is connected to the steering wheel hub; and
a clutch mechanism that selectively decouples the steering wheel rim from the steering wheel hub thereby allowing rotation of the steering wheel hub relative to the steering wheel rim within an opening of the steering wheel rim.

US Pat. No. 10,392,043

CART

Otter Products, LLC, For...

1. A cart for transporting an object, the cart comprising:a first member including a first wheel and a second wheel, the first member further including at least one support surface positioned at least partially between the first wheel and the second wheel for supporting the object when the object is placed on the cart;
a second member including a ground contacting member, at least one of the first member and the second member including a first aperture and a second aperture and the other of the first member and the second member including a third aperture; and
a fastener including a first ledge and a second ledge, the first ledge configured to be received within the first aperture and the second ledge configured to be received within the third aperture to secure the first member to the second member in a first configuration of the cart and the first ledge configured to be received within the second aperture and the second ledge configured to be received within the third aperture to secure the first member to the second member in a second configuration of the cart, the first configuration of the cart having a shorter distance between the first wheel and the ground contacting member than the second configuration of the cart.

US Pat. No. 10,392,042

FOLDABLE WAGON

Radio Flyer Inc., Chicag...

1. A foldable wagon, comprising:a frame having a first end assembly and an opposing second end assembly;
a handle connected to the first end assembly;
a floor assembly comprising a first floor assembly pivotally connected to the first end assembly, and a second floor assembly pivotally connected to the second end assembly, the first floor assembly pivotally connected to the second floor assembly;
a linkage assembly connected to the first end assembly and the second end assembly, the linkage assembly having a first linkage pivotally connected to the first end assembly, a second linkage pivotally connected to the second end assembly, and wherein the first linkage is also pivotally connected to the second linkage; and,
a flexible housing over a portion of the frame, wherein the foldable wagon is moveable between an open configuration and a folded configuration, wherein the linkage assembly is positioned below the floor assembly in both the open configuration and the folded configuration, and wherein the floor assembly moves in a first plane extending between from the first end assembly and the second end assembly during a transition of the foldable wagon from the open configuration to the folded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,392,039

GROUND CONTROL DEVICE AND WIRELESS TRAIN CONTROL SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A ground control device installed on a ground, whereinthe ground control device sets a stop limiting point of a wireless-control compliant train by a track circuit in which a tail end position of a wireless-control noncompliant train is present, and
determines update of the stop limiting point of the wireless-control compliant train, based on a track-circuit state signal indicating that the track circuit is turned on or turned off and a time-element-added track-circuit state signal indicating turn-off after a set time has passed after the track-circuit state signal has indicated turn-off.

US Pat. No. 10,392,037

AUTOMATED WARNING TIME INSPECTION AT RAILROAD GRADE CROSSINGS ON A GIVEN TRACK ROUTE

Siemens Mobility, Inc., ...

1. An automated warning time inspection system comprising:a track circuit disposed adjacent a railroad crossing to detect presence of a train on a train track, the track circuit is configured to activate when the train enters the track circuit;
a crossing warning system configured to activate when the train activates the track circuit;
an event recorder configured to record a first log time for activation of the crossing warning system;
a camera to detect a first motion detection indication in a motion detection zone of the camera if there is any motion, wherein the event recorder to record a second log time for the first motion detection indication if received; and
an island circuit to detect a presence of the train as the train enters an island, wherein the event recorder to record a third log time for activation of the island circuit;
wherein the camera to detect a second motion detection indication in the motion detection zone of the camera after the activation of the island circuit if there is any motion, wherein the event recorder to record a fourth log time for the second motion detection indication if received,
wherein the event recorder to calculate and record a warning time as a difference between the first log time and the third log time and based on a motion detection before or after the activation of the island circuit and whether the warning time was more than or equal to a threshold time and whether the train travelled more than or equal to a threshold speed a passing or a failing of the warning time inspection is logged into the event recorder in a given route of the train travelling on the train track.

US Pat. No. 10,392,036

TRAIN CONTROL SYSTEM, BASE STATION CONTROL DEVICE, AND GROUND WIRELESS BASE STATION SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A train control system comprising:an on-vehicle wireless station mounted on a following train following a preceding train and connected to an on-vehicle control device of the following train;
a plurality of ground wireless base stations configured to wirelessly communicate with the on-vehicle wireless station; and
a base station control device to control the ground wireless base stations, wherein
one or a plurality of third ground wireless base stations are located between a first ground wireless base station that is the ground wireless base station with which the on-vehicle wireless station is communicating and a second ground wireless base station forming a communication area including a travelling permission point determined by a position of the preceding train for permitting the following train to travel to the travelling permission point, and
the base station control device includes:
a processor to execute a program; and
a memory to store the program which, when executed by the processor, performs a process of reserving radio resources of the second ground wireless base station and the third ground wireless base station while communicating with the first ground wireless base station.

US Pat. No. 10,392,030

AERIAL CABLEWAY SYSTEM

Innova Patent GmbH, Wolf...

1. An aerial cableway system, comprising:at least two stations between which vehicles for transporting passengers are conveyed by cable;
said stations containing a loading area for passengers to board the vehicles and an unloading area for passengers to disembark;
a sensor disposed for activation by a vehicle entering a station;
at least one delimited area in the station;
at least one restrictor, including an exit restrictor to exit from said delimited area and an entry restrictor to enter said delimited area; and
a controller for said at least one restrictor, said controller being activated by said sensor; and
wherein said entry restrictor is opened only when said exit restrictor is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,392,028

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An autonomous driving system mounted on a vehicle and comprising a control device configured to control autonomous driving of the vehicle and to issue a notification to a driver of the vehicle during the autonomous driving,wherein:
the notification is a proposal or a previous notice of a vehicle action, or a request for manual driving;
necessary vehicle control required in connection with the vehicle action includes acceleration/deceleration control and steering control;
necessary vehicle control required in connection with the manual driving includes deceleration control that decreases a vehicle speed to a target speed or lower before arriving at a predetermined position;
a notification timing is a timing when the control device issues the notification to the driver;
a start timing limit is a slowest timing to start the necessary vehicle control with which acceleration/deceleration and a steering speed during the necessary vehicle control can be respectively suppressed to predetermined values or lower, and
in a situation where the start timing limit is earlier than the notification timing, the control device starts preliminary control, which is at least a part of the necessary vehicle control, at or before the start timing limit.

US Pat. No. 10,392,020

BICYCLE COMPONENT CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle component control system comprising:an electronic controller being configured to output a control signal to operate both of a first bicycle electric component and a second bicycle electric component in accordance with a correspondence table between an operating state of the first bicycle electric component and an operating state of the second bicycle electric component,
the first bicycle electric component including one of a height adjustable seatpost and a suspension, and the second bicycle electric component includes one of a gear transmission and the other of the height adjustable seatpost and the suspension.

US Pat. No. 10,392,019

VEHICLE CONTROLLER

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A vehicle controller configured to control an actuator that generates power for steering steered wheels and that applies the power to a steering mechanism of a vehicle, the vehicle controller configured to control the actuator using at least one of a first component that is a command calculated based on an operation state quantity that varies in response to a driver's operation of the steering mechanism and a second component that is a command calculated based on a vehicle surrounding environment, the vehicle controller comprising:a count amount calculating circuit configured to calculate a count amount that is an index for determining whether a driver has indicated an intention to intervene in the steering steered wheels, based on the operation state quantity;
a sum calculating circuit configured to calculate a sum by adding together a count amount calculated by the count amount calculating circuit and the count amount calculated in a prescribed past period by the count amount calculating circuit;
a determination circuit configured to determine whether or not the driver has an intention to intervene in the steering based on whether or not the sum calculated by the sum calculating circuit is equal to or greater than a count amount threshold value; and
a switching circuit configured to decrease the second component when the determination circuit determines that the driver has an intention to intervene in the steering, and configured to maintain the second component when the determination circuit determines that the driver does not have an intention to intervene in the steering.

US Pat. No. 10,392,017

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control system that is applied to a vehicle having a power source, a drive motor, a brake device that applies braking torque to a wheel, and a steering system that turns the wheels, comprising:a controller that controls the drive motor, the brake device and the steering system to operate the vehicle autonomously,
a relay switch that is manipulated by the controller to selectively connects and disconnects the drive motor to/from the power source,
wherein the controller comprises a drive controller which controls the drive motor and to which electric power is supplied from the power source,
wherein the vehicle control system further comprises a main switch that is manipulated by the controller to selectively connect and disconnect the drive controller to/from the power source,
wherein the controller is configured to automatically turn on the main switch if a passenger is detected within a predetermined area at a pickup location after propelling the vehicle autonomously to the pickup location to pick up the passenger, and
wherein the controller is further configured to turn off the relay switch if an elapsed time from a time point at which the passenger was detected to a time point at which the passenger commands the vehicle to start autonomous propulsion is longer than a first predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 10,392,016

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UPDATING A SPEED CALIBRATION OF A WORK VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A control system of a work vehicle, comprising:a controller having a memory and a processor, wherein the controller is configured to:
receive a first signal from a spatial locating device indicative of a spatial locating speed of the work vehicle or a spatial locating position of the work vehicle for determining the spatial locating speed;
determine a sensed speed of the work vehicle based on a calibration and a second signal indicative of a rotational rate of a wheel of the work vehicle;
determine whether a difference between the sensed speed and the spatial locating speed exceeds a calibration threshold;
in response to determining that the difference exceeds the calibration threshold, update the calibration such that the sensed speed is substantially equal to the spatial locating speed, and update the sensed speed based on the updated calibration and the second signal; and
instruct a speed control system to limit a ground speed of the work vehicle based on the sensed speed.

US Pat. No. 10,392,011

VEHICLE OCCUPANCY INDICATION AND UTILIZATION THEREOF

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:determining, by a processor associated with a vehicle, occupancy information regarding a number of occupants and a type of occupants in the vehicle; and
indicating, by the processor, the occupancy information in either or both of a human-perceivable way and a machine-perceivable way.

US Pat. No. 10,392,010

EVACUATION TRAVEL ASSIST APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An evacuation travel assist apparatus comprising:a driver-state determination section, using a processor, that determines whether or not a vehicle driver of an own vehicle is in a state of being able to drive the own vehicle properly;
an information acquisition section, using a processor, that acquires information regarding a state of the own vehicle and a state of a surrounding environment of the own vehicle;
an evacuation route setting section, using a processor, that determines a stop lane an evacuation place in the stop lane in which the own vehicle should be urgently stopped based on the information acquired by the information acquisition section when the driver-state determination section determines that the vehicle drive is not in a state of being able to drive the own vehicle properly, and a stop transverse position, the stop transverse position being a position in a transverse direction of the evacuation place in the stop lane so as to ensure a space for the vehicle driver and passengers to enter and exit the own vehicle safely at a side of the own vehicle; and
an evacuation travel control section, using a processor, that causes the own vehicle to travel to the evacuation place in the stop lane depending on the stop lane and the stop transverse position determined by the evacuation route setting section,
wherein, when an adjacent lane is present on one side of the stop lane, the evacuation route setting section determines, as the stop transverse position, a position which is between the own vehicle and an edge opposite to the adjacent lane of the stop lane and in which a space for getting on and off the own vehicle is ensured, and
wherein, when no adjacent lane is present on either side of the stop lane, and an obstacle to getting on and off the own vehicle is present on a left edge of the stop lane, the evacuation route setting section determines, as the stop transverse position, a position which is between the own vehicle and a left edge of the stop lane and in which a space for getting on and off the own vehicle is ensured.

US Pat. No. 10,392,009

AUTOMATIC PARKING SYSTEM AND AUTOMATIC PARKING METHOD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An automatic parking system, comprising:a camera processor configured to acquire images around a subject vehicle, and convert the acquired images into external images and synthesize the external images;
a sensor processor configured to measure spaced distances between the subject vehicle and surrounding vehicles;
a parking space recognizing unit configured to periodically receive the spaced distances and the external images and sequentially compare the consecutive external images with the spaced distances using an image recognition technology to recognize parking areas; and
a controller configured to calculate a moving path between a current position of the subject vehicle and an optimal parking area among the parking areas and operate the subject vehicle based on the moving path,
wherein the parking space recognizing unit is configured to detect the parking areas based on a length and a width of the subject vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,392,008

CONTROL DEVICE FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a four-wheel drive vehicle, which is applied to a four-wheel drive vehicle having:a driving unit which generates a driving force;
a center differential device which transmits the driving force to a front wheel rotary shaft and a rear wheel rotary shaft and allows a differential operation between the front wheel rotary shaft and the rear wheel rotary shaft;
a differential restriction device which varies a differential restriction degree between the front wheel rotary shaft and the rear wheel rotary shaft;
a braking device which applies a braking force to each of a plurality of wheels of the vehicle,
wherein, a braking force distribution ratio of rear wheels to front wheels is set so as to be lower than an ideal distribution ratio which is based on a ground contact load ratio of the rear wheels to the front wheels when the differential restriction degree by the differential restriction device is set at a first restriction degree,
the control device comprising:
wheel speed sensors, each detecting a wheel speed which is a rotational speed of each of a plurality of the wheels,
a yaw rate sensor for detecting a yaw rate of the vehicle, and
a control unit configured to:
vary the braking force applied to each of the wheels in response to a braking operation performed by the driver of the vehicle;
estimate a speed of a body of the vehicle as an estimated vehicle body speed using a maximum wheel speed among a plurality of the detected wheel speeds;
calculate a braking slip ratio of each of the wheels based on the estimated vehicle body speed and the respective wheel speeds;
execute an anti-skid control for adjusting the braking force applied to the respective wheels based on the braking slip ratio of the respective wheels; and
set the differential restriction degree by the differential restriction device to a second restriction degree which is larger than the first restriction degree, when the braking operation is being performed,
wherein,
the control unit is configured to:
determine whether a specific state has occurred in which the detected yaw rate is lower than a predetermined yaw rate threshold and a magnitude of a decreasing amount of the maximum wheel speed among a plurality of the detected wheel speeds for a predetermined time is larger than a decreasing amount threshold when the braking operation is being performed; and
set the differential restriction degree by the differential restriction device to a third restriction degree which is smaller than the second restriction degree when it is determined that the specific state has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,392,007

STABILITY CONTROL SYSTEM

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A drive and control system for use on a vehicle having a prime mover, the drive and control system comprising:a first hydraulic ground drive engaged to and independently driving a first driven wheel, and a first electric actuator engaged to the first hydraulic ground drive to control the output thereof;
a second hydraulic ground drive engaged to and independently driving a second driven wheel, and a second electric actuator engaged to the second hydraulic ground drive to control the output thereof;
an operator mechanism disposed on the vehicle and configured to generate a drive signal and a steering signal, wherein:
the drive signal corresponds to a neutral drive position of the operator mechanism or to one of a plurality of non-neutral drive positions of the operator mechanism; and
the steering signal corresponds to a neutral steering position of the operator mechanism or to one of a plurality of non-neutral steering positions of the operator mechanism;
a plurality of sensors disposed on the vehicle and capable of generating sensor signals corresponding to sensed roll parameters, sensed pitch parameters and sensed yaw parameters; and
a stability control module comprising a processor connected to the operator mechanism for receiving the drive signal and the steering signal, the stability control module being connected to and capable of providing output signals to the pair of electric actuators;
wherein the processor is configured to:
(a) load an initial roll parameter, an initial pitch parameter, and an initial yaw parameter;
(b) if the drive signal corresponds to one of the non-neutral drive positions, and if the steering signal corresponds to the neutral steering position, activate a steering correction feature;
(c) if the drive signal corresponds to one of the non-neutral drive positions, perform a roll comparison by comparing at least one of the sensed roll parameters to the initial roll parameter and, in response to a first outcome of the roll comparison, limit power supplied to the pair of hydraulic ground drives, enforce a first predetermined maximum vehicle speed, or provide an audible or visual warning; and
(d) if the drive signal corresponds to one of the non-neutral drive positions, perform a pitch comparison by comparing at least one of the sensed pitch parameters to the initial pitch parameter and, in response to a first outcome of the pitch comparison, limit power supplied to the pair of hydraulic ground drives, enforce a second predetermined maximum vehicle speed or provide an audible or visual warning.

US Pat. No. 10,392,004

HYBRID VEHICLE

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

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an electric generator configured to be driven by the engine;
a battery electrically connected to the electric generator;
an electric motor configured to be driven by the electric generator and/or the battery, and to drive a driven wheel of the vehicle;
an engine temperature sensor for measuring or estimating a temperature of the engine; and
a control unit for controlling a load of the electric generator to operate the engine, according to a predetermined operating condition defined by a rotational speed and a torque of the engine;
wherein the operating condition includes a first operating condition and a second operating condition that coincides with the first operating condition when the torque is equal to or lower than a prescribed torque determination value,
wherein the control unit switches the operating condition from the first operating condition to the second operating condition when, in a case where the operating condition is the first operating condition, the temperature of the engine becomes equal to or lower than a prescribed temperature determination value and the torque is equal to or lower than the prescribed torque determination value, and
wherein the control unit switches the operating condition from the second operating condition to the first operating condition when, in a case where the operating condition is the second operating condition, the temperature of the engine becomes higher than the prescribed temperature determination value and the torque is equal to or lower than the prescribed torque determination value.

US Pat. No. 10,392,003

NAVIGATION-ENHANCED BATTERY STATE OF CHARGE MAINTENANCE

1. A method comprising:determining a vehicle is approaching a downgrade;
determining relevant mass of the vehicle and road load associated with the vehicle;
calculating potential kinetic energy available from the downgrade based upon the relevant mass and road load associated with the vehicle, and one or more characteristics of the downgrade;
determining a potential braking force available from an engine of the vehicle during travel over the downgrade;
determining a target driving force to achieve a desired battery state of charge upon completing travel of the downgrade;
determining an amount of positive motor torque of an electric motor of the vehicle, the amount of positive motor torque determined based on a difference between the target driving force and the potential braking force; and
depleting a battery of the vehicle such that upon completing travel of the downgrade, the desired battery state of charge is achieved through operating the engine and the electric motor of the vehicle in a regenerative braking travel mode relative to the potential kinetic energy available from the downgrade.

US Pat. No. 10,392,002

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING ENGINE IDLE-STOP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:evaluating traffic conditions including a length of a line of vehicles directly ahead of a vehicle and road segment characteristics including a gradient of a road immediately ahead of the vehicle based on data received from a remote source;
estimating a duration of engine shut-down of the vehicle responsive to the evaluated traffic conditions and road segment characteristics;
modifying one or more vehicle thresholds responsive to the estimated duration of engine shut-down, and
responsive to the vehicle exceeding the one or more vehicle thresholds, initiating an engine idle-stop,
wherein the one or more vehicle thresholds include a duration of engine shut-down threshold, and a state of charge of an electric motor battery threshold, where an electric motor battery supplies energy for engine cranking immediately after the engine shut-down.

US Pat. No. 10,391,999

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR DIESEL ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus for a diesel engine, comprising:a diesel engine having a throttle valve disposed in an intake passage and a fuel injection valve that supplies fuel into a cylinder;
an electric driving machine that assists in drive of the diesel engine; and
a controller configured to:
stop the diesel engine automatically when a first condition for automatically stopping the diesel engine is established during an operation of the diesel engine,
operate the throttle valve to a closing side in response to establishment of a second condition that is established prior to establishment of the first condition, and
stop supply of fuel by the fuel injection valve in response to subsequent establishment of the first condition,
wherein the second condition is a condition that is established when the first condition is determined to be established after a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,391,997

SPRING BRAKE ACTUATOR WITH A CAGING BOLT BEARING JOINING A PRESSURE PLATE AND ACTUATOR TUBE

HALDEX BRAKE PRODUCTS COR...

1. A pneumatic brake actuator, comprising:a housing;
a divider dividing the housing into a pressure chamber and a spring chamber, wherein the divider presents an opening surrounded by an interior surface;
an actuator tube that abuts the divider, wherein the actuator tube comprises an inner surface, wherein the inner surface comprises a first aligned portion, and wherein the interior surface of the divider comprises a second aligned portion that is aligned with the first aligned portion; and
a bearing comprising a cylindrical outer surface, wherein the cylindrical outer surface comprises a first section that is in direct contact with and is directly joined to the first aligned portion, wherein the cylindrical outer surface comprises a second section that is in direct contact with and is directly joined to the second aligned portion, and wherein the second section of the cylindrical outer surface does not extend radially outward beyond the first section of the cylindrical outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,994

BRAKE SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

1. A brake system for motor vehicles comprising:hydraulically actuable wheel brakes;
a first electrohydraulic brake control device having a pressurizing-medium reservoir, wherein the pressurizing-medium reservoir is under atmospheric pressure;
the first electrohydraulic brake control device comprising;
a first electrically controllable pressure-providing device for supplying the hydraulically actuable wheel brakes;
an electrically actuable inlet valve for each of the hydraulically actuable wheel brakes;
an electrically actuable outlet valve for adjusting wheel-specific braking pressures; and
a wheel-specific output pressure connection for each of the hydraulically actuable wheel brakes, wherein the output pressure connections are connected to the pressurizing-medium reservoir via the outlet valves;
a second electrohydraulic brake control device comprises
a second electrically controllable pressure-providing device, the second electrically controllable pressure-providing device comprising
at least a first pump having a suction side and a delivery side for supplying at least a first wheel brake of the hydraulically actuable wheel brakes; and
wherein the second electrohydraulic brake control device is connected downstream of the first electrohydraulic brake control device and the suction side of the first pump is connected to a first output pressure connection of the output pressure connections of the first electrohydraulic brake control device, wherein a non-return valve which opens in the direction of the first output pressure connection is connected in parallel with the outlet valve associated with the first output pressure connection.

US Pat. No. 10,391,989

ABSOLUTE ACCELERATION SENSOR FOR USE WITHIN MOVING VEHICLES

Vision Works IP Corporati...

1. A vehicle monitoring system comprising:a. an accelerometer for detecting a lateral acceleration of the vehicle;
b. a speed reduction activation circuit; and
c. a control device, wherein the control device receives a signal from the accelerometer and sends a signal to the speed reduction activation circuit based upon the signal from the accelerometer, wherein the control device sends a signal to the speed reduction activation circuit to reduce a speed of the vehicle based on a heading of the vehicle and if the lateral acceleration is greater than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,391,988

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN AUTOMATED PARKING BRAKE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating an automated parking brake in a motor vehicle, having a hydraulic actuator for producing a hydraulic force component and an electromechanical actuator for producing an electromechanical force component, the method comprising:superimposing the hydraulic force component and the electromechanical force component to obtain a total clamping force for a parking brake operation;
maintaining the total clamping force by self-locking of the automated parking brake;
setting, during the parking brake operation, at least one defined hydraulic pressure level with the hydraulic actuator;
locking-in the at least one defined hydraulic pressure level with a valve when the at least one defined hydraulic pressure level is reached;
detecting a parking brake demand; and
shutting off inlet valves at the front axle when the parking brake demand is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,391,984

WHEEL SPEED SENSOR DRIVING MECHANISM

1. A wheel speed sensor driving mechanism, comprising a motorcycle front wheel hub axle tube, a driving member, a follower unit, a housing having a central axle tube, and a sensing unit, wherein:said motorcycle front wheel hub axle tube comprises two opposing protruding lugs axially forwardly extended from a distal end thereof, and two opposing recessed gaps defined between said two opposing protruding lugs at two opposite sides;
said driving member is mounted in the distal end of said motorcycle front wheel hub axle tube, comprising a chamfered edge at one end thereof, a plurality of driving blocks equiangularly spaced around an inner perimeter thereof, each said driving block having a chamfered edge at a distal end thereof, and two arched driving blocks extended around an outer perimeter thereof and respectively inserted into said two opposing recessed gaps of said motorcycle front wheel hub axle tube;
said follower unit is concentrically mounted on said central axle tube of said housing, comprising a tubular shaft, a plurality of ribs equiangularly arranged around the periphery of one end of said tubular shaft, a mounting groove defined between each two adjacent said ribs, and a magnetic domain element mounted around said tubular shaft at a front side relative to said ribs, each said rib having a chamfered edge at each of axial and radial ends thereof;
the number of said ribs of said follower unit is divisible by the number of said driving blocks of said driving member;
said sensing unit comprises a sensing element mounted in said housing and adapted for detecting changes in magnetic domains around said magnetic domain element upon rotation of said follower unit with said driving member and outputting the detected data through a signal line to a computer of an ABS (anti-lock brake system) control unit for indicating the speed and distance.

US Pat. No. 10,391,980

END CAP FOR WIPER ASSEMBLY

Trico Products Corporatio...

1. An end cap for a wiper assembly comprising:an integral one-piece body adapted to be pressed longitudinally in a first direction onto respective end portions of a plurality of splines of the wiper assembly, which said splines are longitudinally elongate and terminate at said end portions disposed at opposite ends of said splines; and
said body including a pair of side walls, an end wall extending laterally between said side walls, a top wall and a bottom wall joined to said side walls to define longitudinally-spaced first and second body ends and a cavity which opens longitudinally outwardly from said first body end in said first direction, wherein said side walls, said end wall, said top wall and said bottom wall are formed integrally as one piece prior to assembly to said splines so as to move longitudinally together as one piece in said first direction onto said end portions at one of said opposite ends of said splines, and said second body end of said body including a separator comprised of a pair of channels extending longitudinally through said end wall and opening longitudinally in said first direction toward said splines to longitudinally receive said end portions of the splines of the wiper assembly by longitudinal movement of said body in said first direction onto said end portions, said channels arranged in spaced relation in said end wall with an intermediate portion of said end wall extending laterally between said channels to maintain lateral separation between said splines, said channels and said intermediate portion of said end wall being adapted to cooperate with the splines of the wiper assembly to separate and retain the splines laterally from movement with respect to said side walls of said body for a wiping element of the wiper assembly disposed between the splines, said channels extending along said first direction through the entire thickness of said end wall to permit water to drain longitudinally out of said cavity through said end wall.

US Pat. No. 10,391,979

WIPER BLADE CLIP

1. A wiper blade comprising:a clip configured to be interposed between an end-piece of the blade and an aerodynamic spoiler of a longitudinal cover member of the blade;
the end-piece; and
the aerodynamic spoiler, wherein the clip comprises:
a base connected to two flanges in a U-shaped manner;
first means for securing the end-piece, wherein the first means collaborates by at least one selected from a group consisting of friction and anchorage with the end-piece; and
second means for securing the aerodynamic spoiler, wherein the second means collaborates by at least one selected from a group consisting of friction and anchorage with the aerodynamic spoiler,
wherein the two flanges and the base define a central housing configured to accept the aerodynamic spoiler, and
wherein each of the two flanges comprises both the first means and the second means.

US Pat. No. 10,391,977

METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR DETECTING TAMPERING OF A VEHICLE AND NOTIFYING AN OWNER OF THE VEHICLE

1. A device for detecting tampering of a vehicle and notifying an owner of the vehicle, the device comprising:a vehicle key including a key fob and a key fob speaker, said key fob communicates with said vehicle, said vehicle key generates an audible alarm through said key fob speaker in the case that said owner of said vehicle is to be notified;
at least one Infrared Light Emitting Diode (LED) adapted to detect said vehicle key being in proximity to the vehicle and to detect infrared energy, wherein if said at least one Infrared Light Emitting Diode (LED) detects heat being radiated above a predetermined certain level, but not said vehicle key then an unauthorized user is also detected;
a motion sensor to detect motion of the vehicle, said device configured to switch to a sleep mode wherein minimum energy is used by said device when said motion sensor has detected no movement of the vehicle:
a camera mounted to a rear view mirror of said vehicle facing an interior space of said vehicle, adapted to capture the image of said unauthorized user, said camera configured to turn only when said device detects that said vehicle is in motion and said vehicle key is not in the vehicle; and
a transceiver to transmit an alert, such that when the motion sensor detects motion of the vehicle or the camera captures movement of the occupant unauthorized user in the vehicle when the vehicle key is not in the vehicle, the transceiver transmits a notification to an owner of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,391,976

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESSLY ROSTERING A VEHICLE

1. A method of automatically generating a roster of drivers and passengers for vehicles comprising:a) determining an identification associated with a person occupying a vehicle, by a rostering system (RS) at least partially on-board a vehicle, the RS comprising at least one processor having access to a memory, a clock, a wireless communication module, and a database, the determining an identification comprising at least one of:
a1) establishing communication, with the wireless communication module, between the RS and a mobile device of the person, the mobile device providing the identification to the RS in response to the establishing communication, and
a2) taking biometric data of the person with the RS, the biometric data corresponding to the identification;
b) making, by the RS in response to step a), a record in the memory, the record comprising the identification, the record further comprising a time stamp based on the clock; and,
c) determining an authentication of the person, by the RS, as authenticated if an identity in the database corresponds to the identification and not authenticated otherwise;
d) wherein steps a), b), and c) are performed, at a plurality of events, for persons occupying the vehicle;
whereby a roster of occupants for the vehicle comprises the records.

US Pat. No. 10,391,975

METHOD TO PROVIDE WARNING TO RELAY ATTACKS ON KEYLESS ENTRY AND START SYSTEMS

1. A method of authentication for a vehicle equipped with a passive keyless entry and start (PKES) system that includes a network access device (NAD) configured to communicate with a key fob and a mobile device, comprising:sending a request for unlock or ignition start from the key fob to the NAD;
sending a first challenge signal from the NAD to the key fob;
determining if the key fob is within range of the NAD based on the first challenge;
sending a second challenge signal from the NAD to the mobile device;
determining if the mobile device is within range of the NAD based on the second challenge; and
sending a warning to the mobile device when at least the mobile device is not within range of the NAD.

US Pat. No. 10,391,971

SEAT BELT RETRACTOR AND SEAT BELT APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

TAKATA CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A seat belt retractor characterized by comprising:a frame;
a seat belt;
a spool that is rotatably supported by the frame and winds the seat belt;
a lock mechanism that allows a rotation of the spool when the seat belt retractor is in a non-operating state and prevents a rotation of the spool in a seat withdrawal direction when the seat belt retractor is in an operating state; and
an energy absorbing mechanism that absorbs and alleviates the energy of a vehicle occupant by limiting a load applied to the seat belt, wherein
the energy absorbing mechanism includes:
a first energy absorbing mechanism that is coaxially incorporated in the spool, the first energy absorbing mechanism having one end portion that is retained by the spool and another end portion that can be locked by the lock mechanism, and obtains a rotational force when being twisted; and
a second energy absorbing mechanism that includes:
a first rotating member rotatable together with the spool, the first rotating member has an engaging part;
an abutting member relatively rotatable with respect to the first rotating member by a predetermined angle, the abutting member has an engaged part engaged with the engaging part, and the engaging part and the engaged part can be relatively moved in a circumferential direction by the predetermined angle;
a second rotating member relatively rotatable with respect to the abutting member; and
an energy absorbing member having one end portion that is fixed to and supported by the second rotating member and another end portion that abuts against the abutting member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,968

AIRBAG ASSEMBLY INCLUDING INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL TETHERS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An airbag assembly comprising:a base;
an airbag supported by the base and defining an inflation chamber;
the airbag including a panel including an internal surface facing the inflation chamber and an external surface facing away from the inflation chamber;
the airbag including an extension extending transverse to the panel, the extension being elongated along an axis;
an internal tether extending from the base to the internal surface of the panel; and
a first external tether and a second external tether each extending from the extension to the external surface of the panel, the first external tether and the second external tether being spaced from each other along the axis;
wherein the panel is sandwiched between the internal tether and the first external tether;
a second internal tether, and wherein the panel is sandwiched between the second internal tether and the second external tether;
a second extension spaced from the extension transverse to the axis;
a third internal tether and a fourth internal tether each extending from the base to the internal surface of the panel;
a third external tether and a fourth external tether each extending from the second extension to the external surface of the panel, the third external tether and the fourth external tether being spaced from each other along the axis;
wherein the panel is sandwiched between the third internal tether and the third external tether and between the fourth internal tether and the fourth external tether; and
wherein the first and second external tethers are spaced from the third and fourth external tethers transverse to the axis by an impact panel, the impact panel extending transverse to the axis from the first external tether to the third external tether and from the second external tether to the fourth external tether.

US Pat. No. 10,391,966

VEHICULAR OCCUPANT RESTRAINING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular occupant restraining device, comprising:a side air bag including a first inflator, the side air bag arranged on an outer side, in a vehicle width direction, of a side frame in a side section on an outer side, in the vehicle width direction, of a seat back of a vehicular seat, the side air bag receiving a gas supply from the first inflator to deploy by inflation, and the side air bag being interposed between an occupant seated in the vehicular seat and a vehicle interior side section; and
an inside air bag including a second inflator, the inside air bag arranged on an inner side, in the vehicle width direction, of the side frame in the side section, the inside air bag receiving a gas supply from the second inflator, the inside air bag deploying by inflation in the side section earlier and at a higher pressure than the side air bag, and the inside air bag pressing a seated occupant to an inner side in the vehicle width direction,
wherein the inside air bag is configured so as to deploy by inflation in a region more to a vehicle upper side than a second-from-bottom rib of six ribs provided in a torso of an AM50 type international standard side collision dummy, in a state in which the dummy is seated in the vehicular seat,
wherein the side frame includes a side frame main body and a reaction force plate that is formed separated from the side frame main body and is fixed to the side frame main body,
wherein the reaction force plate has a reaction force exerting section, to which the inside airbag is attached, and which exerts a reaction force from an outer side in a vehicle width direction to the inside air bag when deploying by inflation, and
wherein the reaction force exerting section is inclined such that the reaction force exerting section extends toward the vehicle front side as the reaction force exerting section extends toward an outer side in the vehicle width direction when viewed in plane cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,391,965

TUBULAR SEAT BELT SYSTEM HAVING AIR DELIVERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat belt system comprising:a seat belt comprising a tubular seat belt webbing defining a passageway and a plurality of pressure controlled valves; and
an air delivery device supplying air to the seat belt, wherein the valves allow the supplied air to exit openings in the seat belt webbing at a first air pressure and block the supplied air from exiting the openings at a second air pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,964

VEHICLE OCCUPANT PROTECTION APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle occupant protection apparatus comprising:a seat for an occupant of a vehicle;
a three-point seat belt device for restraining an upper body of the occupant in the seat;
an airbag device comprising a front airbag configured to deploy in front of the upper body of the occupant in the seat; and
an inflator configured to supply gas to the front airbag,
wherein by being supplied with gas, the front airbag is capable of deploying so as to receive the upper body that has been displaced forward from a seating position on the seat, and
wherein the front airbag comprises a pair of shoulder-receiving projections capable of receiving a first side shoulder of the upper body that is held by the three-point seat belt device and a second side shoulder of the upper body that is not held by the three-point seat belt device by projecting rearward at both sides of the front airbag in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle in a deployed state,
wherein the pair of shoulder-receiving projections comprises a first air chamber and a second air chamber different from the first air chamber,
wherein the inflator supplies gas to the first air chamber and the second air chamber,
wherein the first air chamber at a first side in the vehicle width direction for the first side shoulder projects further toward a rear of the vehicle than the second air chamber at a second side in the vehicle width direction for the second side shoulder, and
wherein, when a predetermined collision condition is satisfied, the inflator supplies gas to the first and second air chambers in such a manner that an inner pressure of the second air chamber is higher than an inner pressure of the first air chamber, so that one of the pair of shoulder-receiving projections for the second side shoulder expands so as to be harder than an other of the pair of shoulder-receiving projections for the first side shoulder.

US Pat. No. 10,391,962

METHOD FOR ACTIVATING A PASSENGER PROTECTION DEVICE OF A VEHICLE AND A CONTROL UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for activating a passenger protection device of a vehicle, the method comprising:reading in a relative velocity value which represents a relative velocity between the vehicle and an object;
ascertaining a velocity reduction value which represents a velocity decrease of the vehicle when the vehicle collides with the object, using the relative velocity value; and
generating an activation signal for activating the passenger protection device using the velocity reduction value;
wherein the reading in includes reading in at least one correction value, and the ascertaining includes ascertaining the velocity reduction value using the correction value, and
wherein the object is another vehicle, and wherein a control unit is configured to read in the at least one correction value via an interface to a vehicle-external database, which is connected via an additional interface to the another vehicle, wherein the vehicle and the another vehicle are each connected via an interface to the vehicle external database, or wherein the control unit is configured to read in the at least one correction value via the another vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,391,960

ELECTRONIC MODULE ASSEMBLY FOR CONTROLLING AIRCRAFT RESTRAINT SYSTEMS

AmSafe, Inc., Phoenix, A...

1. An electronic module assembly for controlling the deployment of one or more airbags in a vehicle, comprising:a power source;
a crash sensor configured to produce a signal in response to a crash event;
an accelerometer that is configured to produce a signal in response to a crash event;
a processor configured to receive the signals from the crash sensor and the accelerometer, wherein the processor is configured to:
start a timer upon detection of the signal from the crash sensor;
determine if a signal has been received from the accelerometer indicating the occurrence of the crash event;
if signals from both the crash sensor and the accelerometer indicate a crash event then
read a timing value selected for an inflator in a memory associated with the inflator;
determine if the timer has a value equal to the timing value selected for the inflator; and
produce a signal to fire the inflator when the timer has a value equal to the timing value selected for the inflator.

US Pat. No. 10,391,958

METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO CUSTOMIZE A VEHICLE COMPUTING SYSTEM BASED ON AN ELECTRONIC CALENDAR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a processor in communication with a first nomadic device and programmed to:
receive calendar information from the first nomadic device;
parse the calendar information for a calendar entry based on a predefined time window;
adjust, by the processor, a vehicle setting for a vehicle feature associated with one or more categorized items correlated with the calendar entry;
communicate with a second nomadic device based on a unique user identification retrieved from the one or more categorized items; and
parse calendar information of the second nomadic device for the vehicle setting.

US Pat. No. 10,391,953

SKIN-COVERED INTERIOR TRIM PAD

NIHON PLAST CO., LTD., S...

1. A skin-covered interior trim pad, comprising:a main portion;
an eaves portion extending out from an outer edge of the main portion; and
a skin covering the main portion and the eaves portion,
wherein the skin includes:
an end edge portion curving along an end portion of the eaves portion,
an eaves-front-surface portion adhered with an adhesive agent to a front surface of the eaves portion on a side of the front surface of the eaves portion to cover the front surface of the eaves portion, and
an eaves-back-surface portion which extends on a side of a back surface of the eaves portion toward the outer edge of the main portion to be adhered with another adhesive agent to the back surface of the eaves portion to cover the entire back surface of the eaves portion, the eaves-back-surface portion having the same thermal shrinkage rate as the eaves-front-surface portion, and the eaves-front-surface portion being located across the end edge portion from the eaves-back-surface portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,944

MODULAR RAIL AND STEP SYSTEM

LUND, INC., Buford, GA (...

1. A modular rail and step assembly for a vehicle, the assembly comprising:a side rail having a length extending between a first end and a second end and width extending away from the vehicle, the side rail having a top surface, a bottom surface, an outer surface, and an inner surface, the side rail main body configured to extend at least partially along a length of the vehicle;
a removable step spaced apart from the side rail, wherein the removable step has a length extending a majority of the length of the side rail,
wherein the removable step comprises a support bar attached to a step portion; and
at least one bracket configured to attach the side rail to the vehicle, the at least one bracket configured to insert into a channel in the side rail;
wherein the removable step is configured to be removably attached to the side rail at a plurality of positions along the length of the side rail and a plurality positions along a width of the side rail.

US Pat. No. 10,391,935

VEHICLE APPROACH NOTIFICATION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A vehicle approach notification device mounted on a vehicle, the vehicle approach notification device externally making a notification about approach of the vehicle, the vehicle approach notification device comprising:a sound source configured to output a signal corresponding to one sound for making the notification about the approach of the vehicle;
an amplifier configured to amplify the signal output from the sound source;
a first speaker system including a first speaker configured to output a sound based on the signal amplified by the amplifier and a second speaker configured to output a sound having an opposite phase to the sound output from the first speaker; and
a second speaker system including a third speaker configured to output a sound having a same phase as the sound output from the first speaker and a fourth speaker configured to output a sound having an opposite phase to the sound output from the third speaker,
wherein the first speaker system and the second speaker system are disposed so that the first speaker and the third speaker are located closer to a longitudinal center plane of the vehicle than the second speaker and the fourth speaker.

US Pat. No. 10,391,928

LIGHTING TOOL FOR VEHICLE

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A lighting tool for a vehicle that radiates light from the vehicle toward a road surface, the lighting tool for the vehicle comprising:a light source device;
a light modulation device that modulates light emitted from the light source device to form multi-gradation light including a high gradation part, a low gradation part and a zero gradation part;
a projection unit that projects the multi-gradation light emitted from the light modulation device to the road surface as a light distribution pattern; and
a control unit that controls the light source device and the light modulation device,
wherein
the light modulation device forms a drawing pattern as the high gradation part which is surrounded by the low gradation part in the light distribution pattern,
the light modulation device is a digital mirror device that includes a reflection control surface configured by arranging a plurality of mirror elements that are tiltable,
the light source device has a light source unit in which a plurality of light emitting elements are arranged,
the control unit has a luminescence amount controller that individually varies luminescence amounts of the plurality of light emitting elements,
the plurality of light emitting elements emits light to the light modulation device, the light is reflected at the reflection control surface, and thereby, a synthetic light distribution pattern is formed on the road surface, the synthetic light distribution pattern being generated by synthesizing a plurality of light distribution regions corresponding to each of the plurality of light emitting elements,
the light emitting element that radiates a light distribution region which includes the drawing pattern among the plurality of light distribution regions is made to emit at a high illuminance compared to an illuminance of the light emitting element that radiates a light distribution region which does not include the drawing pattern among the plurality of light distribution regions, and
the plurality of mirror elements of the digital mirror device, which reflects light toward the light distribution region including the drawing pattern, includes a mirror element that is controlled so as to form the drawing pattern as the high gradation part.

US Pat. No. 10,391,924

LIGHTING DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A lighting device control system comprising:an instruction signal generation unit that generates an instruction signal used for controlling a state of a lighting device mounted to a vehicle; and
a control unit that controls the state of the lighting device according to the instruction signal, wherein
the instruction signal generation unit generates a plurality of instruction signals, and
the control unit controls the state of the lighting device so as to be brought into a predetermined turn-on or turn-off state according to an on or off state of the plurality of the instruction signals,
wherein
when the lighting device is off, the control unit controls the state of the lighting device according to a reference instruction signal included in the plurality of instruction signals, and
when the lighting device is on, the control unit keeps the lighting device turned on, on the condition that at least one of the plurality of instruction signals provides a turn-on instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,922

DRONE-ENHANCED VEHICLE EXTERNAL LIGHTS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A drone device, comprising:a memory that stores computer executable components; and
a processor that executes the computer executable components stored in the memory, wherein the computer executable components comprise:
a monitoring component that monitors one or more conditions associated with a vehicle; and
a response component that, in response to identification of a defined condition of the one or more conditions:
moves the drone device to a defined position relative to the vehicle and determined based on the defined condition, wherein the defined condition comprises an activation of an anti-lock braking system of the vehicle, the defined position is relative to an external brake indicator signal; and
initiates the drone device to perform an indication operation determined based on the defined condition, wherein the indication operation comprises a visual indication, via a display device of the drone device, of the activation of an anti-lock braking system of the vehicle in operation.

US Pat. No. 10,391,921

CARGO RESTRAINT SYSTEM

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing configured for attachment to a frame of a vehicle;
a coupler reciprocally actuatable between a retracted position and an extended position and comprising:
a pin having a longitudinal axis, the pin being sized and oriented to enter an aperture in a sidewall of a corner fitting of an intermodal cargo container when the coupler is moved into the extended position; and
a bottom support in a fixed, spaced apart relationship relative to the pin, thereby defining a vertical gap sized to receive a bottom surface of the corner fitting when the coupler is moved into the extended position; and
an actuator coupled to the housing and operable to move the pin and the bottom support of the coupler from the retracted position to the extended position and from the extended position to the retracted position along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,391,915

BREAKOVER RELEASE PIN

Textron Innovations, Inc....

1. A system for use with a chair, the chair having a footrest, the system comprising:a chair frame supporting a release pin assembly;
a footrest supported on a front portion of the chair frame, the footrest being supported by at least one pivotal member;
the pivotal member having a plurality of angularly spaced apart apertures made there through, each of said apertures adapted to receive a release pin, each of said apertures further serving to, when the pin is disposed therein, to position the footrest in a first respective angular position, the release pin being adapted to be retractable to enable removal from one of said apertures to allow for rotation of the pivotal member from the first position to snap the release pin into another of said apertures and thus putting the footrest into a second angular position;
the release pin being included in a housing, the housing being subject to a break-over pivot;
a first resistance system providing resistance against rotation of the pin, and configured to allow the pin to break out of an aperture in the plurality into which the pin is secured when a predetermined load maximum has been reached to prevent overloading of the pivotal member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,912

LAY IN PLACE CAPILLARY CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AIR SUSPENDED SEATING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A bladder unit, comprising:upper and lower sheets defining opposed portions of a first bladder having an interior;
a tube extending through the interior of the first bladder and defining an outlet in communication between the tube and the interior; and
a first extruded element having:
upper and lower faces respectively coupled with the upper sheet and the lower sheet at a portion of a first boundary of the first bladder; and
a first capillary extending through the first extruded element and across the portion of the first boundary, the tube being in fluid communication with the capillary.

US Pat. No. 10,391,905

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat back including:
a back pad configured to support a back of an occupant; and
a back cover covering the back pad,
wherein the back pad is provided with a recess portion opened forward and configured to accommodate an armrest, a plurality of through holes penetrating in a front-and-rear direction are provided in an outer peripheral edge portion of a rear wall portion of the recess portion, and a flat-plate-shaped board is mounted on a rear wall portion side of the back cover which covers the rear wall portion,
wherein at least one protrusion portion extending toward an outer side in an in-plane direction of the rear wall portion is provided on a part of the board corresponding to at least one of the plurality of through holes, and
wherein when the back pad is covered by the back cover, the back cover covers an inner surface of the recess portion, and the at least one protrusion portion inserted into the at least one of the plurality of through holes is engaged and mounted on a back surface portion of the back pad on an opposite side of the rear wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,391,904

INERTIA LATCH FOR A VEHICLE ARMREST USING A SPRING LOADED CAM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:an armrest having a retention pin and operable about a first pivot;
an inertial lock operable about a second pivot to define an idle position defined by the inertial lock biased distal from the retention pin, and a deployed position defined by an opposing directional force biasing the inertial lock into selective engagement with the retention pin and holding the armrest in a predetermined rotational position;
a cover plate that defines a rotation space within which the inertial lock rotates between the idle and deployed positions, wherein the cover plate at least partially conceals the inertial lock in each of the idle and deployed positions;
a bushing that separates the inertial lock from an armrest bracket; and
a pivot pin that defines the second pivot and extends through the inertial lock, the cover plate and the bushing.

US Pat. No. 10,391,902

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seatback including a seatback frame and a backrest attached to the seatback frame for supporting a back of an occupant sitting on the vehicle seat,
wherein the backrest includes
a first supporting area configured to receive a load of a shoulder of the occupant including a shoulder blade, and
a second supporting area configured to receive a load of a spine area of the occupant between the shoulders,
wherein vertical support stiffness in the first supporting area for a load perpendicular to the backrest is lower than that in the second supporting area, and
wherein shear support stiffness in the second supporting area for a load in a shearing direction is higher than that in the first supporting area.

US Pat. No. 10,391,899

MOTION SICKNESS MITIGATION

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. An occupant support for use in a vehicle, the occupant support comprisinga seat adapted to support an occupant above a floor of the vehicle, the seat including a seat bottom, a seat back that extends upwardly away from the seat bottom, and a seat base coupled to the seat bottom for movement with the seat bottom,
a seat mount adapted to couple to the floor of the vehicle for movement with the vehicle, and
a motion-sickness mitigation system configured to allow the seat to move relative to the seat mount in response to an acceleration of the seat mount, the motion-sickness mitigation system including a plurality of motion controllers coupled to the seat and the seat mount, and each motion controller includes a lower curvilinear guide rail coupled to the seat mount, a upper curvilinear guide rail coupled to the seat base, and a slide unit,
wherein the slide unit is coupled to the lower curvilinear guide rail and the upper curvilinear guide rail to allow relative movement between the lower curvilinear guide rail and the upper curvilinear guide rail in response to the acceleration of the seat mount to allow the seat to move relative to the seat mount and minimize a magnitude of an acceleration experienced by the occupant so that motion sickness of the occupant is minimized.

US Pat. No. 10,391,898

TORSO EQUIPMENT SUPPORT SYSTEM (TESS)

1. A torso equipment support system, for use with a seat bucket of an aviation or a ground vehicle, comprising:a base that mounts to the seat bucket at a first lower location;
a flexible column coupled to the base and biased toward a vertically upright orientation;
a support beam coupled to and vertically disposed above the flexible column; and
a shoulder harness assembly coupled to the support beam and configured for releasable attachment with shoulder belts worn by the occupant, the shoulder harness assembly comprising:
an adjustable yoke slideably coupled to the support beam at a first vertically oriented portion permitting vertical height adjustment and having a second portion that is split into two horizontally projecting members for extension over a shoulder of an occupant; and
a set of restraint shoulder straps that project inwardly for extension over the shoulder of the occupant from at least one retractor located at a second upper location on the seat bucket, and that extends to a fixed engagement with the two horizontally projecting members.

US Pat. No. 10,391,894

VEHICLE SEAT RECLINING DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle seat reclining device comprising:a first bracket;
a second bracket that rotates relative to the first bracket in positive and negative directions;
a cam that rotates or moves relative to the first bracket; and
a plurality of pawls moved in a radial direction of the first bracket and engaged with the second bracket by rotation or movement of the cam, wherein
each of the pawls is biased toward a radially outer side and moved in the radial direction in cooperation with the rotation or the movement of the cam,
a first pawl and a second pawl of the plurality of pawls each include a limitation portion that limits movement in the radial direction,
the second bracket includes
an outer circumferential wall including inner teeth that mesh with outer teeth of the pawls, and
a first pawl restriction portion and a second pawl restriction portion arranged respectively in correspondence with the first pawl and the second pawl to engage the corresponding limitation portions and restrict movement of the first pawl and the second pawl in the radial direction,
the second pawl restriction portion is located toward the positive direction and a radially inner side from the first pawl restriction portion,
negative direction ends of the first pawl restriction portion and the second pawl restriction portion are arranged to contact positive direction corners of the limitation portions of the first pawl and the second pawl when a rotation angle of the second bracket relative to the first bracket is a specified angle,
the first pawl restriction portion allows movement of the second pawl toward the radially outer side,
the first pawl restriction portion extends in the positive direction to the negative direction end of the second pawl restriction portion, and
the first pawl restriction portion restricts movement of the first pawl toward the radially outer side when the second bracket is located toward the negative direction from the specified angle and allows movement of the second pawl toward the radially outer side when the second bracket is located toward the positive direction from the specified angle.

US Pat. No. 10,391,893

VEHICLE SLIDE RAIL DEVICE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle slide rail device comprising:a slide rail which is capable of adjusting a seat position when a lock mechanism is released;
a memory mechanism which includes a memory member configured to define a default position of the memory mechanism operably connected to the slide rail, which is the seat position before change, by mechanical engagement to allow the seat position to return to the default position;
a release operation mechanism, operably connected to the slide rail, which is configured to release the lock mechanism from a locked state and slide together with the memory member in a sliding direction by removing the memory member from a state of defining the default position; and
a memory operation mechanism which is configured to release the lock mechanism from the locked state while leaving the memory member in the state of defining the default position,
wherein, before operation of the release operation mechanism, the release operation mechanism is inserted into a concave portion formed in the memory member, the concave portion being a recess in a direction substantially perpendicular to the sliding direction, and the release operation mechanism is in an engagement state of being engaged integrally with the memory member in the sliding direction,
wherein, when the release operation mechanism is operated, the release operation mechanism pushes the concave portion within the slide rail device in a direction substantially perpendicular to the sliding direction and removes the memory member from the state of defining the default position and
wherein, when the memory operation mechanism is operated, the memory operation mechanism removes the release operation mechanism from an inside of the concave portion and releases the release operation mechanism from the engagement state with the memory member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,891

SEAT SLIDE DEVICE

Toyota Body Seiko Co., LT...

1. A seat slide device provided in a vehicle, the seat slide device comprising:a lower rail fixed to a floor of the vehicle;
an upper rail fixed to a seat of the vehicle and supported to be movable with respect to the lower rail, the upper rail being provided with a sliding member brought into contact with a slid surface of the lower rail from above, sliding resistance borne by the sliding member when the upper rail is moved is changed in accordance with a load in a vertical direction borne by the seat;
a lock member configured to perform an operation for switching between a lock state in which movement of the upper rail is restricted and an unlock state in which the movement of the upper rail is allowed;
a movable member held by the upper rail and which enters a state in contact with a contacted surface which is a part of the lower rail in the lock state and enters a state separated away from the contacted surface in the unlock state; and
an interlock configured to move the movable member along the moving direction of the upper rail in conjunction with the movement of the lock member, the movable member to be guided along an inclined surface formed on the upper rail when the interlocking mechanism moves the movable member, whereby a distance between the movable member and the contacted surface is changed;
wherein the upper rail has a configuration in which a plate-shaped plate member is fixed to a body section which is a portion on which the lock member is provided;
the plate member has:
a horizontal section which is a portion in contact with a bottom surface of the body section and is in parallel with the bottom surface; and
a perpendicular section extending from the horizontal section to an upper side;
the inclined surface is formed at a distal end of the perpendicular section.

US Pat. No. 10,391,889

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING REAR SEAT ACCORDING TO SEATING MODE AND METHOD THEREFOR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for controlling a rear seat of a vehicle, the system comprising:a central control unit of the vehicle;
a passenger recognition unit actuated by the central control unit to sense whether a passenger is present on a front seat of the vehicle;
a seating mode setting unit inputting a selection signal of a seating mode of the rear seat; and
a seat control unit including a front seat control unit and a rear seat control unit sequentially driving respective electrically-powered portions of the front seat and the rear seat installed in the vehicle according to input of a passenger sensing signal of the passenger recognition unit and the selection signal of the seating mode of the seating mode setting unit,
wherein the seating mode is selectable between a relax mode, a monitor mode, and a reading mode, in which the seating mode setting unit includes a relax mode switch for selecting the relax mode, a monitor mode switch for selecting the monitor mode, and a reading mode switch for selecting the reading mode,
wherein in the relax mode, the seat control unit is configured to sequentially drive the respective electrically-powered portions of the rear seat to a position to ensure ride quality to the passenger who is seated on the rear seat,
wherein in the monitor mode, the seat control unit is configured to sequentially drive the respective electrically-powered portions of the rear seat so as to allow the passenger to view a monitor apparatus attached to a rear surface of the front seat, and
wherein in the reading mode, the seat control unit is configured to sequentially drive the respective electrically-powered portions of the rear seat so as to allow the passenger to perform reading by using a lighting lamp attached to a rear seat region.

US Pat. No. 10,391,887

ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE SEAT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. An occupant-support system comprisinga vehicle seat including a seat bottom adapted to move relative to a floor of a vehicle and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom to move relative to the seat bottom and
a seat-motion system including a seat-movement unit coupled to the vehicle seat to move the seat bottom and the seat back, a monitoring unit configured to provide sensor information in response to sensing occupant input, and a controller configured to receive sensor information from the monitoring unit and cause the seat-movement unit to move the vehicle seat based on the sensor information received,
wherein the monitoring unit includes a first seat-back sensor unit including a first sensor coupled to the seat back and arranged to face toward an occupant resting on the vehicle seat and a second sensor coupled to the seat back and arranged to face away from the occupant and the first and second sensors being arranged to lie in spaced-apart relation to one another to locate a portion of the vehicle seat therebetween;
wherein the controller is configured to determine a first amount of force sensed by the first sensor of the first seat-back sensor unit and a second amount of force sensed by the second sensor of the first seat-back sensor unit; and
wherein the controller is configured to command the seat-movement unit to cause the seat back to pivot toward the seat bottom when the first amount of force is greater than the second amount of force and pivot away from the seat bottom when the second amount of force is greater than the first amount of force.

US Pat. No. 10,391,886

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR SAFETY-RELEVANT SYSTEMS IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH, V...

1. A power supply system for safety-relevant systems in a motor vehicle comprising:a first supply path having a first connection point coupled to a first voltage source, at least one first supply point operable to be coupled to a safety-relevant load, and a first fuse between the first connection point and the first supply point; and
a second supply path electrically coupled to the first supply path, the second supply path having a second connection point coupled to a second voltage source, at least one second supply point operable to be coupled to the safety-relevant load, and an electronic second fuse between the second connection point and the second supply point,
wherein at least one of the first fuse and the second fuse is a disconnecting element operable to isolate a fault and arranged between the first supply point and the second supply path and between the second supply point and the first supply path.

US Pat. No. 10,391,885

METHOD FOR DETERMINING PERFORMANCE INFORMATION OF A BATTERY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE ON-BOARD POWER SYSTEM THAT IS CONNECTED TO A DIRECT CURRENT CONVERTER, AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for determining a performance information of a battery of a first on-board power network of a motor vehicle, wherein the first on-board power network is connected to a DC converter, the method comprising:impressing, by the DC converter, at least one AC current with at least one predetermined frequency into the first on-board power network;
deriving the performance information, including capacity information, from at least one first electrical parameter at an output of the DC converter to the first on-board power network and from at least one second electrical parameter describing a reaction of the battery to the impressed at least one AC current;
determining a plurality of component values of an equivalent circuit of the battery using the at least one first electrical parameter and the at least one second electrical parameter,
wherein the determining the plurality of component values comprises:
using the at least one AC current, having a plurality of different predetermined frequencies that overlap one another, wherein the number of the plurality of different predetermined frequencies used is at least equal to the number of the plurality of component values to be determined; or
using a plurality of AC currents, each impressed in a temporal sequence; and
deriving the capacity information from the plurality of component values.

US Pat. No. 10,391,881

VEHICLE HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY APPARATUS WITH COOLING UNIT

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle high voltage battery apparatus to be mounted in a lower portion of a vehicle, the battery apparatus comprising:a plurality of battery modules; and
a cooling unit having a plurality of cavities in which the battery modules are inserted and fixed, and having a hollow portion through which cooling water flows,
wherein the cooling unit is configured to cool the battery modules using the cooling water,
wherein the cooling unit includes:
a cooling plate through which the cooling water flows and having a plurality of fixing grooves in an upper surface thereof, the fixing grooves being spaced from each other by a distance that corresponds to a length of the battery modules; and
a main cooling frame through which the cooling water flows and that is arranged at an edge of the upper surface of the hollow cooling plate, and
wherein the hollow cooling plate includes:
a hollow lower plate;
a plurality of hollow upper plates in contact with lower surfaces of the battery modules to cool the battery modules, the hollow upper plates being arranged above and spaced from the hollow lower plate and providing the cavities thereon;
a plurality of supporting members interposed between the hollow lower plate and the hollow upper plates to allow the hollow lower plate and the hollow upper plates to communicate with each other therethrough; and
a plurality of cooling water supply and discharge members that branches off from the main cooling frame and through which the cooling water is supplied to and discharged from the hollow upper plates.

US Pat. No. 10,391,874

METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN ARRANGEMENT OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND ARRANGEMENT DETERMINATION UNIT

1. A method for determining an arrangement of an electric vehicle relative to a charging point in which an alternating magnetic field is transmitted by a transmitting device arranged on or fixed in relation to the charging point, the method comprising:receiving the alternating magnetic field at a location of the electric vehicle;
inferring the arrangement based on the received alternating field; and
activating a charging field to charge the electric vehicle when the arrangement is inferred to be within a tolerance range,
wherein the inferring comprises determining an x-coordinate and a y-coordinate of the electric vehicle from an origin located at the charging point.

US Pat. No. 10,391,872

ELECTROMAGNETIC CHARGE SHARING AND LOW FORCE VEHICLE MOVEMENT DEVICE AND SYSTEM

1. A charging and force movement system for a first vehicle, comprising:a high voltage battery for providing an electrical charge;
an inductive loop configured to charge or move a second vehicle; and
an electronic control unit connected to at least one of the high voltage battery or the inductive loop and configured to:
determine whether the first vehicle is in a charging mode or in a force movement mode; and
control the high voltage battery and the inductive loop to receive from or provide a charge to the second vehicle when in the charging mode and repel or attract the second vehicle when in the force movement mode.

US Pat. No. 10,391,871

CONTROLLING CURRENT FLOW PATH IN WIRELESS ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEMS FOR MITIGATING RF RADIATED EMISSIONS

WiTricity Corporation, W...

1. A power transfer device of a wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) system, the power transfer device comprising:a ferrite material and at least one electrically conductive coil, the ferrite material and the at least one electrically conductive coil configured to wirelessly transfer energy from an electromagnetic field comprising first electromagnetic radiation emissions; and
at least one shield structure positioned on a side of the ferrite material opposite the at least one electrically conductive coil and comprising a plurality of electrically conducting regions and one or more electrically insulating regions,
wherein the electromagnetic field induces currents in the at least one shield structure, the currents generating second electromagnetic radiation emissions,
wherein the one or more electrically insulating regions are located between two or more of the plurality of electrically conducting regions, and
wherein the plurality of electrically conducting regions and the one or more electrically insulating regions are arranged in a pattern that generates the second electromagnetic radiation emissions with an opposite phase from the first electromagnetic radiation emissions and substantially cancels at least a portion of the first electromagnetic radiation emissions that do not contribute to the energy transfer via the first electromagnetic field and the at least one electrically conductive coil.

US Pat. No. 10,391,870

MODULAR POWER ELECTRONICS SYSTEM FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED VEHICLE

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

1. A power electronics system for charging at least one electrically operated vehicle, the power electronics system comprising:at least two modules, each module having at least one terminal pair with DC output, at least one rectifier, at least one AC input, at least one DC link, and switching elements having switching states, the switching elements arranged between the DC outputs of the at least two modules such that, between the at least two modules, at least one series and one parallel circuit configuration is selectively dynamically set by the switching states of the switching elements,
wherein:
the switching elements include an inner switching element connected between a respective terminal pair of the at least two modules;
for each module, the switching elements include a respective pair of outer switching elements connected to the respective terminal pair of each module,
when the inner switching element and the respective pair of outer switching elements are closed, the at least two modules are connected in the series circuit configuration, and
when all of the outer switching elements are closed and the inner switching element is open, the at least two modules are connected in the parallel circuit configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,391,861

AXLE ASSEMBLY WITH DISCONNECTING DIFFERENTIAL OUTPUT

1. A disconnecting differential assembly comprising:a differential case defining a cavity, the differential case being configured to rotate about a first axis, the differential case including a first end wall;
a differential gearset received in the cavity in the differential case, the differential gearset having a plurality of differential pinions and first and second side gears, the differential pinions configured to transmit rotary power between the differential case and the first and second side gears;
a first dog coupled to the first side gear for rotation therewith;
an output hub received in the differential case and having an internally splined aperture, the output hub being rotatable relative to the differential case; and
a second dog fixedly coupled to the output hub;
wherein the output hub and the second dog are movable relative to the differential case along the first axis between a first position, in which the second dog is spaced apart from the first dog along the first axis to thereby rotationally decouple the first side gear from the output hub and permit relative rotation therebetween, and a second position in which the second dog is engaged to the first dog to thereby rotationally couple the first side gear and the output hub.

US Pat. No. 10,391,860

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INSTALLING AND SEALING FUEL PUMP IN FUEL TANK

Holley Performance Produc...

1. A method for installing and sealing a fuel pump in a fuel tank, comprising:providing an opening in a fuel tank;
securing a split clamping ring, of a fuel pump hanger assembly, adjacent to the opening on the inner surface of the fuel tank;
positioning a plurality of clamping lugs of the fuel pump hanger assembly through the opening and through the split clamping ring;
inserting a fuel pump hanger assembly into the opening;
securing a plurality of assembly screws in the top of the fuel pump hanger assembly; and
moving said clamping lugs from a generally circumferentially aligned first elevation adjacent to a lower surface of one of a plurality of bosses to a second elevation, non-circumferentially aligned position, and causing the plurality of clamping lugs to move to a position at least partially radially outward of the opening, and to engage an adjacent one of said plurality of bosses and tighten against the split clamping ring.

US Pat. No. 10,391,849

VEHICLE DRIVE DEVICE

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A vehicle drive device comprising:a rotating electrical machine that together with an internal combustion engine serves as a driving force source for wheels,
a speed change device disposed next to the rotating electrical machine in an axial direction, or a direction in which a rotation axis of the rotating electrical machine extends,
a drive device case formed by joining a first case accommodating the rotating electrical machine and a second case accommodating the speed change device,
the first case having a first open end, which is an end that opens to an axial first direction side, or one side in the axial direction, and a first flange formed around the first open end and extending outward in a radial direction perpendicular to the axial direction so as to have an increased diameter,
the second case having a second open end, which is an end that opens to an axial second direction side, or the other side in the axial direction, and a second flange formed around the second open end and extending outward in the radial direction so as to have an increased diameter, and
the first flange and the second flange being fastened together by a fastening member to form a joint flange, and
a rotating electrical machine control device that controls the rotating electrical machine and that is fixed to outside of one of the first case and the second case, wherein
the rotating electrical machine control device has a wide component and a narrow component having a smaller length in the axial direction than the wide component,
the narrow component and the wide component are arranged so as to overlap each other as viewed in a specific radial direction, or a specific direction in the radial direction, and such that the narrow component is located inside in the radial direction of the wide component,
the narrow component is disposed so as not to overlap the joint flange as viewed in the specific radial direction but to overlap the joint flange as viewed in the axial direction, and
the wide component is disposed so as to overlap the joint flange as viewed in the specific radial direction but not to overlap the joint flange as viewed in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,391,843

VEHICLE SUN VISOR

KYOWA SANGYO CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle sun visor comprising:a sun visor body supported with respect to a vehicle ceiling so as to be freely rotated between a storage position and a use position; and
a mirror mounted in a mounting part provided in the sun visor body, wherein:
the sun visor body includes a lower surface area that is located directly below the mirror mounted in the mounting part of the sun visor body in the use position,
a plurality of reinforcement ribs are only located in the lower surface area and a second plurality of ribs are located in a remainder of the sun visor body, the plurality of reinforcement ribs extending in a short-axis direction of the sun visor body and arranged in the lower surface area in parallel with one another at predetermined intervals in a long-axis direction of the sun visor body, the predetermined intervals being measured between an adjacent pair of reinforcement ribs of the plurality of reinforcement ribs, the predetermined intervals including at least a first interval measured between at least one first adjacent pair of reinforcement ribs and a second interval measured between at least one second adjacent pair of reinforcement ribs, the first interval being different than the second interval, each of the predetermined intervals of the plurality of reinforcement ribs is shorter than a height of the lower surface area in the short-axis direction of the lower surface area, and
the sun visor body includes a lateral reinforcement rib extending in the long-axis direction, the lateral reinforcement rib intersecting with all of the plurality of reinforcement ribs located in the lower surface area, the lateral reinforcement rib intersecting with the plurality of reinforcement ribs at a portion other than an end of each of the plurality of reinforcement ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,391,829

ASSEMBLY CONSISTING OF A FRAME ELEMENT, A CONNECTING ELEMENT AND A PART SECURED TO THE CONNECTING ELEMENT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An assembly, comprising:a frame element of a motor vehicle;
a connecting element fastened to the frame element; and
a component fastened for rotation relative to the connecting element, wherein
a modulus of elasticity of at least one of: (i) an integrally bonded connection provided between the connecting element and the frame element, and (ii) the connecting element, is less than a modulus of elasticity of the component fastened to the connecting element.

US Pat. No. 10,391,827

WHEEL SUSPENSION FOR THE REAR AXLE OF A VEHICLE

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

1. A wheel suspension for a rear axle of a vehicle, the wheel suspension comprising:a wheel carrier for fastening a rear wheel of the vehicle,
a link system comprising at least two links is fastened on the wheel carrier,
wherein the wheel carrier has a link portion for fastening on the vehicle body of the vehicle via a coupling link,
wherein the links of the link system comprises a spring link, a track rod, a control blade, and the coupling link, and
wherein the spring link, the track rod and the control blade are arranged in one plane, which is below a plane which passes through a wheel center.

US Pat. No. 10,391,825

HITCH WITH SELECTIVE TOW BALL

1. A hitch, comprising:a coupling member comprising a rear end, a front end, and a plurality of mounting apertures thereon, the coupling member configured to be received by a vehicle's tow box;
a spring pin bracket connected to the front end of the coupling member, the spring pin bracket including a vertical member oriented perpendicular to the coupling member and a horizontal portion extending in a forward direction and oriented parallel to the coupling member, the horizontal portion including a spring pin aperture thereon;
a shaft extending from the vertical portion of the spring pin bracket in a forward direction, the shaft oriented parallel to the coupling member, the shaft including a shaft aperture thereon;
a cylinder including a plurality of selection apertures, a front end, a rear end, and a channel extending therethrough, wherein the shaft is inserted through the rear end of the channel, and wherein the cylinder is rotatable about the shaft;
a spring pin including a lower end inserted through the shaft aperture and one of the plurality of selection apertures, the spring pin biased downward toward the cylinder such that the spring pin exerts a force against the horizontal portion of the spring pin bracket; and
a plurality of tow balls disposed on the front end of the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,391,824

TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROL

ArvinMeritor Technology, ...

1. A method of controlling inflation of a tire comprising:determining a tire pressure by:
providing a pulse of pressurized gas to a tire valve, wherein the pulse of pressurized gas does not open the tire valve when the tire pressure is greater than or equal to a target tire pressure;
measuring a pressure of the pulse of pressurized gas to obtain a measured pressure; and
comparing the pressure of the pulse of pressurized gas to a pressure of a previous pressure pulse of pressurized gas to determine whether there is confidence that the measured pressure is accurate when the pressure is less than the target tire pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,823

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A PRESSURE DEVIATION BETWEEN A SETPOINT TIRE PRESSURE AND AN ACTUAL TIRE PRESSURE FOR A TIRE OF A VEHICLE AS WELL AS FOR DETERMINING A WHEEL LOAD

VOLKSWAGEN AG, Wolfsburg...

1. A method for indicating a vehicle tire pressure, the vehicle including a control device, a force sensor, wheel sensor, and a display, the method comprising:ascertaining, by the force sensor, a wheel load for the tire;
ascertaining, by the wheel sensor, a dynamic tire radius of the tire; and
determining, by the control device, a pressure deviation as a function of the wheel load and the dynamic tire radius;
wherein a non-loaded tire radius of the tire is specified in a non-loaded state, and the actual tire pressure is calculated, by the control device, as a function of the wheel load, the non-loaded tire radius, and the dynamic tire radius using a tire rigidity function;
wherein the tire rigidity function is specified, and the control device is configured to calculate a tire rigidity of the tire as a function of the wheel load, the actual tire pressure, and a velocity, at which the vehicle is currently traveling; and
wherein constants of the tire rigidity function are learned in that measured values for the velocity and the wheel load are ascertained for multiple points in time and in that for these measured values the constants are determined such that an estimation error is minimized; and
displaying, on the display, a setpoint tire pressure and the actual tire pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,391,817

THIN REINFORCED PRODUCT AND TIRE COMPRISING SAID PRODUCT

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire comprising:a crown surmounted by a tread;
two sidewalls;
two beads, each sidewall connecting each bead to the crown;
a carcass reinforcement anchored in each of the beads and extending through the sidewalls as far as the crown, and
a crown reinforcement interposed radially between the carcass reinforcement and the tread,
wherein the tire is a passenger vehicle tire, and
wherein the crown reinforcement is a reinforced product comprising:
an elastomer matrix,
several reinforcing elements embedded in the elastomer matrix, the reinforcing elements being arranged side by side in a main direction, each reinforcing element comprising:
at least one filamentary element comprising a single monofilament, and
at least one sheath coating the filamentary elements and comprising at least one layer of a thermoplastic polymer composition,
wherein a mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.95 mm;
wherein a pitch P at which the reinforcing elements are laid in the main direction is less than or equal to 1.1 mm;
wherein the ratio R1=ODO/E of the mean minimum thickness ODO of elastomer present on the sheath to the mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.17, the mean minimum thickness of elastomer ODO and mean thickness E of the reinforced product being measured in a direction substantially perpendicular to the main direction;
wherein the ratio R2=B/E of the mean minimum thickness B of elastomer separating two successive reinforcing elements in the main direction to the mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.3;
wherein each filamentary element has a mean bulk D in the direction substantially perpendicular to the main direction, and wherein the ratio R3=D/E of the mean bulk D to the mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.6.

US Pat. No. 10,391,810

PAGE TURNING DEVICE

1. A page turning assembly for enabling a user to more easily turn paper sheets, the page turning assembly comprising, in combination:a writing implement, the writing implement comprising an implement end; and
a page turning device, the page turning device being formed from an elastic material, the elastic material being elastically deformable and having an inherent spring constant for returning deformed portions of the elastic material to equilibrium, the elastic material being formed so as to provide a female receptacle for receiving the implement end and an outer sheet-engaging surface, the outer sheet-engaging surface for providing gripping action at a paper surface for enabling the user to turn the paper sheet, the female receptacle being characterized by comprising a receptacle mouth, a receptacle bottom, and a series of inwardly and radially extending rib formations extending intermediate the receptacle mouth and the receptacle bottom, the receptacle mouth extending in a receptacle mouth plane, each rib formation comprising an innermost edge and an oblique portion adjacent the receptacle mouth, the innermost edges extending orthogonally relative to the receptacle mouth plane and being elastically deformable radially outwardly when receiving the implement end, each oblique portion extending in an oblique angle relative to the receptacle mouth plane and the innermost edges for guiding the implement end into the female receptacle when being inserted thereinto, the implement end comprising an outer implement surface, the outer implement surface for elastically deforming the innermost edges radially outwardly when inserted into the female receptacle, each rib formation for directing restorative forces toward the outer implement surface for holding the page turning device upon the implement end, the writing implement and page turning device together thus enabling the user to engage and turn paper sheets via the outer sheet engaging surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,804

SECURITY PRODUCT OR VALUABLE PRODUCT HAVING AN ELECTROLUMINESCENT SECURITY ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

BUNDESDRUCKEREI GMBH, Be...

1. A security product or product of value (100) with a passive, electroluminescent security element (10) which includes a field-induced electroluminescent component (20), wherein the electroluminescent component (20) contains only an electroluminescent layer (30) disposed between two layered electrodes (22, 24), the electroluminescent layer comprising a mixture of at least one electroluminescent dye embedded in a transparent dielectric material, characterized in that the electroluminescent layer (30) directly adjoins and contacts the electrodes (22, 24), and electroluminescent dye embedded in the transparent dielectric material is positioned between the electrodes (22, 24).

US Pat. No. 10,391,794

DEFECT DETECTION FOR PRINT MEDIA

1. An apparatus for defect detection in a sheet printing system, comprising:a sheet sensing transport path;
a first and a second sheet quality detection device positioned along the sheet sensing transport path and configured for sensing sheets on the sheet sensing transport path, the first and second sheet quality detection devices defining respectively a first and a second sheet rejection threshold to which a sensed sheet is compared for determining its suitability for printing;
a controller configured to designate each sheet in a print job on each pass of a sheet over the sheet sensing transport path to one of the first and the second sheet quality detection devices, such that each sheet is sensed by its designated one of the first and the second sheet quality detection devices.

US Pat. No. 10,391,793

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a first selection screen on which can be selected first print target data as print target data if a first selection item is selected via a predetermined screen, wherein, if a second selection item is selected via the predetermined screen, the display control unit causes the display unit to display a second selection screen on which can be selected second target data as the print target data, wherein the predetermined screen is displayed before the first and second selection screens are displayed;
a determination unit configured to automatically determine a first sheet attribute as a sheet attribute if the first selection item is selected via the predetermined screen, wherein, if the second selection item is selected via the predetermined screen, the determination unit automatically determines a second sheet attribute as the sheet attribute; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit data to cause an image forming apparatus to print after the print target data is selected using the first or second selection screen,
wherein if the first sheet attribute is determined as the sheet attribute by the determination unit and the determined first sheet attribute corresponds to at least one of first sheet information set in a first sheet tray of the image forming apparatus and second sheet information set in a second sheet tray of the image forming apparatus, print processing based on the transmitted data is executed,
wherein, if the first sheet attribute is determined as the sheet attribute by the determination unit and the determined first sheet attribute corresponds to neither the first sheet information set in the first sheet tray of the image forming apparatus nor the second sheet information set in the second sheet tray of the image forming apparatus, a third selection item including, as a display content, the first sheet information set in the first sheet tray of the image forming apparatus and a fourth selection item including, as the display content, the second sheet information set in the second sheet tray of the image forming apparatus, are displayed concurrently, and
wherein, if the third selection item is selected, a print processing corresponding to the third selection item is executed, while, if the fourth selection item is selected, a print processing corresponding to the fourth selection item is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,391,789

NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS WITH INTELLIGENT MICROPRINT

Deluxe Corporation, Shor...

1. A device configured to be operated by an operator for printing a plurality of negotiable instruments according to a customer order, the device comprising:a user interface configured to receive identification information relating to the customer order from the operator, the identification information including information specific to printing of the plurality of negotiable instruments as execution of the customer order;
an image generator configured to generate images each to be printed at a microprint level on each negotiable instrument of at least a subset of multiple negotiable instruments of the plurality of negotiable instruments, the images each including an intelligent microprint identifier generated using at least the identification information received from the operator; and
a printing module configured to print the plurality of negotiable instruments, each negotiable instrument of the plurality of negotiable instruments including an image of the generated images.

US Pat. No. 10,391,788

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:a plurality of printing elements configured to discharge liquid;
a plurality of first driving elements disposed in correspondence with the plurality of printing elements and configured to drive the plurality of printing elements;
a plurality of heating elements configured to heat the element substrate, the heating elements not causing liquid discharge from the printing elements;
a plurality of second driving elements disposed in correspondence with the plurality of heating elements and configured to drive the plurality of heating elements;
a plurality of latch circuits disposed in correspondence with the plurality of second driving elements, and configured to output heat data signals to the plurality of second driving elements based on latch signals; and
a delay unit configured to delay timing of driving the plurality of second driving elements to drive the plurality of second driving elements at a predetermined time difference when driving the plurality of second driving elements simultaneously,
wherein the delay unit comprises a plurality of delay circuits disposed in correspondence with the plurality of latch circuits and configured to delay either the latch signals or the heat data signals.

US Pat. No. 10,391,782

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus which ejects different types of ink on a medium, the apparatus comprising:a recording head;
a collected ink storage unit which collects and stores ink ejected from the recording head for each of the types of the ink;
an ink supplement flow path through which virgin ink is supplied to the collected ink storage unit according to an amount of the ink collected from the recording head to the collected ink storage unit;
a diluted solution flow path through which a diluted solution is supplied to the collected ink storage unit according to viscosity of the ink of the collected ink storage unit; and
an ink supply flow path through which the ink stored in the collected ink storage unit is supplied to the recording head.

US Pat. No. 10,391,779

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a plurality of liquid discharge heads to discharge liquid; and
a plurality of head tanks communicating with the plurality of liquid discharge heads, respectively,
each of the plurality of head tanks including a liquid chamber to store the liquid and a gas chamber separated from the liquid chamber by a diaphragm, and
the gas chamber of one of the plurality of head tanks communicating with the gas chamber of another of the plurality of head tanks.

US Pat. No. 10,391,776

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage container comprising:a liquid storage chamber configured to store a liquid;
a support part provided in the liquid storage chamber; and
a rocking body having, on one hand, a float part that moves in accordance with a height of a liquid surface of the liquid within the liquid storage chamber via a supported part that is supported rotatably by the support part, and on the other hand, a detection target part that is used to detect an amount of the liquid within the liquid storage chamber, and configured to rock with the support part as a fulcrum,
wherein the detection target part is coupled to the supported part via an arm part, and
wherein the arm part extending from the detection target part and an another arm part extending from the float part both extend to a lower side in the vertical direction from the supported part.

US Pat. No. 10,391,772

SILICON SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A silicon substrate processing method comprising:providing a silicon substrate with a sacrificial layer formed in a form of an island on a front surface thereof, the front surface being a surface on a side where a flow path of an ejection port for ejecting liquid is to be formed, the sacrificial layer having a higher etching rate than the silicon substrate;
forming a mask layer on a back surface of the silicon substrate, the back surface being a surface opposite from the front surface, the mask layer being a layer that does not include an opening at a portion of the back surface opposite from the sacrificial layer;
forming a non-penetrating hole from an opening on the back surface of the silicon substrate; and
forming a beam on the back surface side by performing anisotropic etching on the silicon substrate in which the non-penetrating hole is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,391,768

PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING DROPLET JETTING DEVICES

1. A process of manufacturing droplet jetting devices comprising:bonding together a nozzle wafer defining nozzles of the jetting devices, a membrane wafer carrying, on a membrane, actuators for generating pressure waves in a liquid in pressure chambers that are connected to the nozzles, and a distribution wafer forming a distribution layer that defines supply lines for supplying the liquid to the pressure chambers from a liquid reservoir formed on a side of the distribution layer opposite to the membrane wafer; and
dicing the bonded wafers,
wherein the distribution layer has a thickness larger than a thickness of each of the membrane wafer and the nozzle wafer, and a restrictor for controlling an inertance of the supply lines is formed through the distribution layer in a direction normal to the plane of the distribution layer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,747

SWELLING TAPE COMPRISING POLYURETHANE FILM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

SEIL HITEC CO., LTD., Ch...

1. A method for manufacturing a swelling tape, comprising:(1) coating a first carrier film with a liquid urethane resin, that is composed of a chain of organic units of the following Chemical Formula 1 joined by urethane links as a result of reaction between a liquid polyol and an isocyanate, followed by thermally drying to form a base layer on the first carrier film;
(2) applying an adhesive to a second carrier film to form an adhesive layer on the second carrier film;
(3) laminating the base layer of step (1) with the adhesive layer of step (2), winding the laminated structure and then incubating the structure at 40° C. to 65° C. for 24 hours to 96 hours;
(4) removing the first carrier film;
(5) forming a release layer on a second surface of the urethane base layer; and
(6) removing the second carrier film,
wherein the Chemical Formula 1 is:

US Pat. No. 10,391,703

NANOSCALE FIBER FILMS, COMPOSITES, AND METHODS FOR ALIGNMENT OF NANOSCALE FIBERS BY MECHANICAL STRETCHING

Florida State University ...

1. An article comprising:a sheet comprising a network of nanoscale fibers and a matrix material, wherein the matrix material comprises a resin,
wherein the network has been mechanically stretched to align at least a portion of the nanoscale fibers, and
wherein the network has (i) a Young's modulus ranging from about 5 GPa to about 25 GPa in the direction of the nanoscale fiber alignment or greater than 25 GPa in the direction of the nanoscale fiber alignment, and (ii) a tensile strength (a) ranging from about 200 MPa to about 668 MPa in the direction of the nanoscale fiber alignment, or (b) greater than 668 MPa in the direction of the nanoscale fiber alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,391,698

METHOD FOR FORMING A CONTAINER BY MOVING THE HANDLE DURING BLOWING

DT Inventions, Houston, ...

1. A method for forming a blown container from a preform, comprising:placing the preform in a blow mold, the preform comprising:
an expandable main body having an interior cavity, and
a handle attached to an exterior wall of the main body at two attachment points; and
blowing the preform to form the blown container,
wherein, when placing the preform in the blow mold, the handle is disposed in an initial position, and
wherein, while blowing the preform, the handle is moved to a final position different from the initial position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,693

DISTRIBUTION OF DRIVING PRESSURE ABOUT A FILAMENT'S CIRCUMFERENCE IN AN EXTRUSION DEVICE

WobbleWorks, Inc., Wilmi...

1. An extrusion device comprising:a housing configured to fit in a user's hand and shaped to allow manipulation of the housing like a pen, the housing having an outlet and an aperture for introduction of a filament into the housing;
a motor disposed within the housing, the motor comprising a rotor and a motor passage extending through the motor along a central axis of the motor to permit movement of the filament through the motor along the axis;
a driver operatively coupled with the motor via a gear train such that the driver is rotated about the axis of the motor by operation of the motor, the driver having a driver passage extending through the driver along the axis of the motor, the axis of the motor extending through the driver passage and the motor passage, the driver comprising a filament-engaging member positioned in the driver passage and configured to engage the filament extending through the driver passage such that rotation of the driver moves the filament along the axis relative to the driver, the driver positioned such that a first direction of rotation of the driver urges the filament along the axis toward the outlet; and
a heater configured to melt the filament and disposed between the driver and the outlet to receive the filament from the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,391,654

SHAVING SYSTEMS

ShaveLogic, Inc., Dallas...

1. A replaceable shaving assembly comprising:a blade unit;
an interface element configured to removeably connect the blade unit to a handle, on which the blade unit is pivotably mounted, the interface element including an elastomeric return element configured to provide a return force between the blade unit and the handle;
the angle of the blade unit with respect to the handle ranges from 15 degrees while the blade unit is at rest to 105 degrees while the blade unit is fully angled during shaving; and
one or more support features located on the blade unit that act as a stop for a distal end of the return element;
wherein the interaction of the support feature(s) with the return element provides a return force between the blade unit and the handle throughout the range of the angle of the blade unit with respect to the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,391,635

POSITIONING A ROBOT

KUKA Deutschland GmbH, A...

1. A positioning device for a robot having an end effector, the positioning device comprising:a base;
a flange adapted to couple with the robot, wherein the flange is connected to the base by a kinematic system comprising at least two joints;
the flange adjustable relative to the base by the kinematic system from a first position to a second position spaced apart from the first position; and
an orientation means for reorienting the flange from a first orientation in the first position into a second orientation in the second position as a result of the adjustment from the first position into the second position;
wherein the kinematic system comprises three rotary joints arranged in series connecting the base and the flange, the three rotary joints connecting the base and the flange having parallel axes of rotation wherein a four-bar guide mechanism is formed by the orientation means;
the four-bar guide mechanism comprising the serially arranged rotary joints of the kinematic system and one virtual point of rotation that is stationary relative to the base, with parallel axes or rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,391,621

HANDHELD POWER TOOL

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A handheld power tool comprising:a tool receptacle for accommodating a tool on a working axis;
an electric motor;
a pneumatic percussion mechanism having an exciter moved back-and-forth by the motor periodically in parallel to the working axis;
a striker movable on the working axis and coupled via a pneumatic spring to the exciter; and
an anvil situated movably on the working axis and downstream from the striker in the percussion direction;
the anvil having a cylindrical anvil section having a diameter and multiple longitudinal channels extending over an entire length and distributed around a circumference of the cylindrical anvil section, a cross-sectional area of the anvil section being at most 5% less than a circular area defined by the diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,608

BACKSIDE POLISHER WITH DRY FRONTSIDE DESIGN AND METHOD USING THE SAME

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A wafer polishing apparatus, comprising:a polishing module that includes a bearing surface configured to deliver gas to a gap between the bearing surface and a first surface of a wafer, such that the polishing module applies air pressure to the first surface of the wafer while performing a polishing process on a second surface of the wafer.

US Pat. No. 10,391,605

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING POROUS ADVANCED POLISHING PADS USING AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A polishing article, comprising:a first polishing element formed of a plurality of sequentially formed layers, wherein the plurality of sequentially formed layers comprise:
a first layer, comprising:
a first pattern of porosity-forming agent containing regions that are disposed on a surface on which the first layer is formed; and
a first structural material containing region, wherein the first structural material containing region is disposed on the surface and between adjacently positioned porosity-forming agent containing regions of the first pattern; and
a second layer disposed on a surface of the first layer, the second layer comprising:
a second pattern of porosity-forming agent containing regions that are disposed on the surface of the first layer; and
a second structural material containing region, wherein the second structural material containing region is disposed on the surface of the first layer and between adjacently positioned porosity-forming agent containing regions of the second pattern, and wherein the first and the second structural material containing regions each comprise a material that is formed from a first resin precursor component, a second resin precursor component, and a first curing agent.

US Pat. No. 10,391,599

ELECTRIC POWER TOOL

KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., ...

1. An electric power tool comprising:a motor;
a main switch configured to be manually operated by a user of the electric power tool for switching the motor between driving and stopping,
a mode change switch configured to be manually operated by the user; and
a control unit configured to drive the motor in one of a plurality of driving modes having different rotational speeds,
wherein the control unit is configured to switch the operation mode in accordance with operation of the mode change switch by the user even during motor driving,
wherein when a load on the motor is equal to or larger than a predetermined value, the control unit is configured to keep on driving the motor without performing the switching of the operation mode even if the mode change switch is operated during motor driving.

US Pat. No. 10,391,593

MASS PRODUCTION OF INDIVIDUALIZED MEDICAL DEVICES

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A method of selecting a medical device for implantation in a patient, the method comprising:maintaining an inventory of medical devices that includes a plurality of medical devices configured to replicate a portion of the anatomy of patients within an identified patient population in at least a first dimension, wherein the plurality of medical devices includes a first medical device, a second medical device, and a plurality of intermediate medical devices, the first medical device having a first value for the first dimension that is equal to an established minimum value for the first dimension, the second medical device having a second value for the first dimension that is equal to an established maximum value for the first dimension, each of the plurality of intermediate medical devices having a value for the first dimension that is greater than one of the first value of the first medical device and the value of another of the plurality of intermediate medical devices by no more than an acceptable tolerance within the identified patient population for the first dimension and that is less than one of the second value of the second medical device and the value of another of the plurality of intermediate medical devices by no more than the acceptable tolerance;
receiving a request from a surgeon for a medical device to be implanted in a target patient to replicate a portion of the anatomy of the target patient in at least a first target dimension that corresponds to the first dimension of the portion of the anatomy of the patients within the identified patient population, wherein the request includes a measurement of the first target dimension;
referencing the measurement of the first target dimension against a database that includes values for the first dimension for the plurality of medical devices; and
selecting from the plurality of medical devices a preferred medical device for implantation in the patient that has a value for the first dimension that most closely matches the measurement of the first target dimension from the request.

US Pat. No. 10,391,585

ACOUSTO-OPTIC DEFLECTOR APPLICATIONS IN LASER PROCESSING OF DIELECTRIC OR OTHER MATERIALS

ELECTRO SCIENTIFIC INDUST...

1. A system comprising:an acousto-optic deflector (AOD) subsystem including:
a first AOD arranged to receive a laser beam input to the AOD subsystem, wherein the first AOD is operative to generate an acoustic waveform therein sufficient to diffract the input laser beam in a first direction and thereby output a first diffracted laser beam when driven by a first radio frequency (RF) signal;
a second AOD arranged to receive the first diffracted beam, wherein the second AOD is operative to generate an acoustic waveform therein sufficient to diffract the first diffracted laser beam in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction when driven by a second RF signal and thereby output a second diffracted laser beam from the AOD subsystem;
a computer coupled to the first AOD and the second AOD and operative to execute machine-readable instructions to control an operation of the first AOD and the second AOD; and
a non-transitory machine-readable medium coupled to the computer, the machine-readable medium having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the computer, cause at least one selected from the group consisting of the first AOD and the second AOD to generate therein a chirped acoustic waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,391,582

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF WELDING A WORKPIECE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:while electrodes are continually engaged with a workpiece, sequentially performing operations of
concurrently applying to the workpiece, via the electrodes, a force and current to break through surface contaminants and check resistance without welding,
responsive to the resistance falling within a predetermined range, decreasing the force and increasing the current according to a weld profile selected according to the resistance to weld the workpiece to form a welded workpiece, and
increasing the force and decreasing the current to forge/heat treat the welded workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,391,578

ARC WELDING CONTROL METHOD

DAIHEN CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An arc welding control method comprising:cyclically alternating a forward feeding period and a reverse feeding period as to a feeding rate of a welding wire, to generate short-circuiting periods and arc periods;
performing shifting to the arc period by reducing a welding current, in response to a detection of a constriction of a droplet formed on the welding wire during the short-circuiting period,
changing sensitivity of the detection of constriction according to a waveform parameter of the feeding rate,
wherein the constriction of the droplet is detected when one of a voltage increasing value and a voltage differential value of a welding voltage reaches a voltage threshold,
the sensitivity is defined by the voltage threshold and is changed by changing the voltage threshold,
wherein the waveform parameter of feeding rate is at least one or more of an amplitude, a cycle and a forward/reverse ratio, which is a ratio between the forward feeding period and the reverse feeding period of a waveform of the feeding rate,
wherein the feeding rate of the welding wire is controlled by controlling a feeding motor based on a control signal generated by adjusting a predetermined average feeding-rate setting signal with an amplitude fine-adjustment value for finely adjusting the amplitude of the feeding rate, a cycle fine-adjustment value for finely adjusting the cycle of the feeding rate, and a forward/reverse ratio fine-adjustment value for finely adjusting the ratio between the forward feeding period and the reverse feeding period of the feeding rate,
wherein the sensitivity is determined so that:
the sensitivity decreases as the amplitude fine-adjustment value increases and the sensitivity increases as the amplitude fine-adjustment value decreases;
the sensitivity decreases as the cycle fine-adjustment value increases and the sensitivity increases as the cycle fine-adjustment value decreases; and
the sensitivity decreases as the forward/reverse ratio fine-adjustment value increases and the sensitivity increases as the forward/reverse ratio fine-adjustment value decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,391,577

HYBRID WELDING CONTROL TECHNIQUE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding system comprising:a generator;
an engine configured to drive the generator to produce a first power output;
an energy storage device configured to discharge energy to produce a second power output; and
a controller configured to control delivery of a weld power output from the welding system, the weld power output including power from at least one of the first power output or the second power output, wherein the controller, in operation, receives feedback from the weld power output and, automatically and in a closed loop manner based at least in part on the feedback, enables the energy storage device to provide the second power output as part of the weld output power during welding operations based at least in part on a preset threshold of a parameter of the welding power output, and enables the engine to provide the first power output to charge the energy storage device independent of a charge state of the energy storage device between weld operations based at least in part on the preset threshold of the parameter of the welding power output.

US Pat. No. 10,391,576

CALCULATING OUTPUT INDUCTANCE OF A WELD SECONDARY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding system, comprising:a welding-type power supply to output welding-type power;
a controller connected to the welding-type power supply configured to:
set a value of a control variable of a control loop of the welding-type power supply, the control loop controlling the welding-type power;
adjust the value of the control variable while monitoring the control loop; and
in response to detecting oscillation in the control loop, compare the control variable value corresponding to the detected oscillation to a list of control variable values;
determine a control variable value in the list of control variable values that matches the control variable value corresponding to the detected oscillation; and
identify an inductance value corresponding to the control variable value as a weld circuit inductance associated with a weld circuit of the welding-type system based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,391,573

METHOD OF CUTTING AND REMOVING ADHESIVE MATTER AT END OF CUBOID METAL MATERIAL AND REMOVAL APPARATUS

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A method of removing adhesive matter remaining on upper and lower surfaces of a longitudinal end of a slab by corner removing cutting, comprising:in a predetermined position in a width position of the slab, moving a distance measurement device in the longitudinal direction of the slab and measuring a distance to the upper surface or the lower surface of the slab;
using a base metal part of the slab to which adhesive matter does not adhere as a reference line of the upper surface and the lower surface of the slab to provide distance distribution data, wherein a part to which adhesive matter adheres is nearer than the reference line of the upper surface or the lower surface of the slab;
determining a corner position of the slab as an intersecting point between the reference line of the slab and a curve of the distance distribution data;
obtaining a distance of the part to which adhesive matter adheres from a slab end in the longitudinal direction and the corner position of the slab;
setting an amount and a position of cutting by the cutting tool by setting a distance to be cut by the cutting tool in the longitudinal direction from the corner position more than or equal to the distance of the part to which adhesive matter adheres; and
performing corner-removing cutting on the upper and lower surfaces of the longitudinal end of the slab using the cutting tool in accordance with the determined amount and position of cutting,
wherein the cutting tool has a truncated cone-shaped tool body and a plurality of cutting tips provided on a conical surface of the tool body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,566

MILLING KIT INCLUDING BORE-LESS INDEXABLE INSERT AND POSITIONING TOOL HAVING AN INSERT HOLDING SURFACE

Iscar, Ltd., Tefen (IL)

1. An insert positioning tool (16, 116, 216, 316) configured to retain a bore-less indexable cutting insert (14, 114, 214), the insert positioning tool (16, 116, 216, 316) comprising:a tool body (26) having a front and rear tool ends (20, 22);
a positioning head (24) provided at the front tool end (20) of the tool body (26); and
an outwardly facing insert holding surface (28) provided on the positioning head (24), wherein:
the insert holding surface (28) has an elongated shape which corresponds to a shape of a side of the cutting insert (14, 114, 214); and
the insert holding surface (28) applies an attractive force configured to establish an orientation and retain the cutting insert (14, 114, 214), for positioning the cutting insert in an insert pocket (18) belonging to a cutting tool separate from the insert positioning tool.

US Pat. No. 10,391,559

MACHINE TOOL

OKUMA CORPORATION, Niwa-...

1. A machine tool comprising:a workpiece spindle device that rotates a workpiece;
a tool post that can move a tool in a first axis direction which is a radial direction of the workpiece, and a second axis direction which is an axial direction of the workpiece; and
an articulated robot including a plurality of arms, a plurality of joints, and an end effector, wherein
the plurality of joints connect the arms in a manner to be rotatable around an axis parallel to a third axis orthogonal to the first axis and the second axis,
the end effector moves in a plane parallel to a movement plane of the tool, and
the robot is attached on the tool post, and moves in the first axis direction and the second axis direction with the tool post.

US Pat. No. 10,391,557

CLADDED ARTICLES AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A composite article comprising:a metallic substrate; and
a composite cladding metallurgically bonded to one or more surfaces of the metallic substrate, the composite cladding including cobalt-based alloy having a chromium gradient, wherein chromium content increases in a direction from the composite cladding surface to an interface of the composite cladding with the metallic substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,391,556

POWDER TRANSFER APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

1. An additive manufacturing apparatus, comprising:a work surface having an opening therethrough;
a vertically slidable build platform aligned with the opening such that a surface of the build platform is exposed through the opening;
a first slide defining a first powder transfer window therethrough and a second slide positioned on top of the first slide and defining a second powder transfer window therethrough, wherein the first slide scrapes across the work surface and the second slide scrapes across the first slide;
a compactor including a compactor piston movable into alignment with both the opening in the work surface and the surface of the build platform and, when in alignment, is extendable through at least the second of the first and second powder transfer windows so as to compact powder deposited on the build platform;
a powder handling system having a powder supply portion and a powder recovery portion; and
a directed energy source configured to melt powder exposed on the build platform,
wherein the first and second slides are individually movable between a loading position laterally spaced away from the opening in the work surface and in alignment with the powder supply portion of the powder handling system, the first and second powder transfer windows configured to receive powder when in the loading position, and a supply position where the first and second powder transfer windows are in alignment with the opening in the work surface, the build platform and the compactor, the first and second powder transfer windows configured to deposit powder on the build platform when in the supply position,
wherein the first slide comprises a trailing section that maintains a load on compacted powder residing on the build platform as the first slide traverses across the work surface from the supply position to the loading position;
wherein the first and second slides are configured to collect excess powder and transfer said powder to the powder recovery portion; and
a compactor platform lying on top of the second slide and having a compactor opening aligned with the opening in the work surface, and a powder supply opening laterally spaced-away from the compactor opening and aligned with the powder supply and powder recovery portions of the powder handling system.

US Pat. No. 10,391,551

MOLD BODY WITH INTEGRATED CHILL

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

13. A mold kit, comprising:a plurality of mold bodies, at least one of the mold bodies comprising:
a mold cavity;
a chill cavity formed adjacent the mold cavity and separated from the mold cavity by a chill wall; and
a fill channel in communication with the chill cavity and with an exterior surface of the mold body; and
a chill material to be inserted into the chill cavity through the fill channel, the chill material being one of metallic beads, zircon sand, chromite sand, ceramic beads, or olivine sand and having a thermal conductivity that is greater than the thermal conductivity of the mold body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,546

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FORGED CRANKSHAFT

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method for producing a forged crankshaft including journals serving as a center of rotation, pins decentered from the journals and located at a first position, a second position and a third position, respectively, having phase differences of 120 degrees thereamong, crank arms connecting the journals and the pins, and counterweights integrated with some or all of the crank arms, the method comprising:a first preforming step of pressing a workpiece by a first pair of dies to decrease sectional areas of portions of the workpiece to be formed into the pins and sectional areas of portions of the workpiece to be formed into the journals, thereby forming the portions to be formed into the pins and the portions to be formed into the journals into flat portions, and to decenter one of the flat portions to be formed into the pin located at the second position;
a second preforming step of pressing an initial blank obtained by the first preforming step by a second pair of dies with a direction perpendicular to the decentering direction of the portion to be formed into the pin located at the second position set as a pressing direction to decenter the portion to be formed into the pin located at the first position and to decenter the portion to be formed into the pin located at the third position to a side opposite to the portion to be formed into the pin located at the first position;
a final preforming step of pressing an intermediate blank obtained by the second preforming step by a third pair of dies to further decenter the portion to be formed into the pin located at the first position and to further decenter the portion to be formed into the pin located at the third position, wherein:
the workpiece is a billet or a stepped blank;
the stepped blank has small sectional areas in the portions to be formed into the pins and in the portions to be formed into the journals, the small sectional areas being smaller than a total of a sectional area of a portion to be formed into a crank arm incorporating a counterweight and a sectional area of a portion to be formed into the counterweight integrated with the crank arm;
the first pair of dies includes pin processing portions to come into contact with the portions to be formed into the pins and journal processing portions to come into contact with the portions to be formed into the journals; and
in the first preforming step, the workpiece is pressed by the pin processing portions and the journal processing portions, whereby the flat portions are formed.

US Pat. No. 10,391,545

SELF-ALIGNING RIVETING METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of installing a rivet for coupling a first part with a second part using a self-aligning riveting tool, the method comprising:positioning an aligning sleeve of the self-aligning riveting tool over a rivet head of the rivet,
the rivet head protruding from a first part,
the aligning sleeve maintaining a concentric orientation of a first die relative to the rivet;
contacting a shank end of the rivet with a second die of the self-aligning riveting tool,
the second die maintaining a concentric orientation of a die holder relative to the rivet;
advancing the first die toward the die holder until the rivet head contacts the first die and until the die holder contacts an inner contact surface of the second die; and
forming a rivet tail of the rivet at the shank end.

US Pat. No. 10,391,544

GAUGE CUTTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A gauge cutting system comprising:a cutting apparatus coupled to a track for cutting a wire; and
a movable measurement apparatus comprising a hub, the hub for looping the wire around before returning to the cutting apparatus, the movable measurement apparatus spaced from the cutting apparatus and coupled to the track, the measurement apparatus for measuring a length of wire extending from the cutting apparatus toward the movable measurement apparatus by looping said wire around said hub and returning a cut end of the wire to the cutting apparatus, wherein a distance of the measurement apparatus from the cutting apparatus is proportional to the length of wire to be cut; and
a wire end securing structure coupled to the cutting apparatus to secure the cut end of the wire after the wire is looped around the hub, wherein responsive to the wire end securing apparatus being actuated in a first manner, the wire end securing structure directly frictionally retains the cut end of the wire against the track and responsive to the wire end securing apparatus being actuated in a second manner, the first manner different than the second manner, the wire end securing structure releases the cut end of the wire.

US Pat. No. 10,391,540

BOWL FORMING DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A bowl forming device, the device comprising:a mandrel sleeve having a stem cavity, a bowl mating surface, and a sleeve surface;
a stem mandrel having a stem surface and a neck, wherein the neck is tapered to a point;
a bowl mandrel having a sleeve mating surface and having a conically shaped hollow area formed by a conically shaped neck mating surface for accepting the neck of the stem mandrel; and
wherein the bowl mandrel is configured to mate with both the mandrel sleeve and the stem mandrel so that when the stem mandrel is received within a stem cavity of the mandrel sleeve, the sleeve mating surface on the bowl mandrel contacts the bowl mating surface on the mandrel sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,391,530

LIQUID-REPELLENT SURFACES MADE OF ANY MATERIALS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A liquid-repellent artificial surface comprising:a surface containing thereon a plurality of microstructures extending away from the surface and separated by a pitch of less than 500 ?m and having a doubly re-entrant topology situated atop respective base structures with a liquid disposed on the surface and in contact with the plurality of microstructures and a liquid-solid contact fraction (fs) of less than 50%, wherein the doubly re-entrant topology comprises a cap portion and downwardly extending lip extending from a periphery of the cap portion, the downwardly extending lip comprising a substantially uniform thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,391,529

EXHAUST SYSTEM, SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE EXHAUST SYSTEM

TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATIO...

13. A semiconductor manufacturing equipment comprising:a chamber configured to perform processing of a processing body;
a gas supply mechanism configured to supply a gas to the chamber, the gas being used in the processing; and
an exhaust system configured to exhaust the chamber,
the exhaust system comprising:
a first pump unit, the first pump unit including a first exhaust chamber, a first intake port, a first exhaust port, and a first rotor, the first intake port, the first exhaust port, and the first rotor being provided in the first exhaust chamber;
a second pump unit, the second pump unit including a second exhaust chamber, a second intake port, a second exhaust port, and a second rotor, the second intake port, the second exhaust port, and the second rotor being provided in the second exhaust chamber;
a shaft, the shaft linking the first rotor and the second rotor; and
a motor, the motor being configured to cause the first rotor, the second rotor, and the shaft to rotate;wherein the chamber includes a chamber exhaust port,and the semiconductor manufacturing equipment further comprising:a first exhaust pipe connected to the chamber exhaust port;
a second exhaust pipe connected to the first exhaust pipe and the first intake port of the exhaust system;
a third exhaust pipe connected to the first exhaust pipe and the second intake port of the exhaust system;
a first valve provided in the second exhaust pipe; and
a second valve provided in the third exhaust pipe,and further comprising:a vent line connected to the gas supply mechanism,whereinthe gas supply mechanism is configured to further supply a cleaning gas, and
a supply path of the cleaning gas includes
a first path via the chamber; and
a second path via the vent line.

US Pat. No. 10,391,526

ELECTROSTATIC CHUCK CLEANING FIXTURE

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A cleaning fixture assembly for protecting an electrostatic chuck during a wet cleaning process, the electrostatic chuck being suitable for supporting semiconductor substrates, the cleaning fixture assembly comprising:a sealing plate capable of aligning with and engaging a backside of the electrostatic chuck, the sealing plate including:
a pocket formed on a surface of the sealing plate, the pocket having a pocket depth and being capable of receiving the backside of the electrostatic chuck; and
an annular seal portion surrounding the pocket, the annular seal portion having a diameter greater than that of the backside of the electrostatic chuck such that the annular seal portion extends outwardly beyond the backside of the electrostatic chuck and is capable of surrounding the backside of the electrostatic chuck with which the sealing plate is aligning;
a first O-ring engaging the annular seal portion of the sealing plate;
a plurality of through-holes in the pocket of the sealing plate, the plurality of the through-holes being all of the through-holes formed in the pocket; and
a plurality of second O-rings each surrounding corresponding one of the plurality of through-holes in the pocket of the sealing plate such that all of the through-holes formed in the pocket of the sealing plate are surrounded by the second O-rings,
wherein:
the plurality of through-holes are arranged to align with passages formed in the backside of the electrostatic chuck, the passages including lift pin holes and helium holes in the backside of the electrostatic chuck, the through-holes being capable of providing fluid communication with the passages thereby allowing cleaning media to circulate therethrough, and
the plurality of second O-rings are positioned to allow the cleaning media to engage the passages in the electrostatic chuck while sealing the cleaning media from reaching the backside of the electrostatic chuck during the wet cleaning process.

US Pat. No. 10,391,522

CLEANING DEVICE FOR A PROCESSING PLATEN PRESS

BOBST MEX SA, (CH)

1. A device for cleaning a platen of a processing platen press, whereinthe processing platen press comprises a lower platen and an upper platen, at least one of the platens is movable toward or away from the other of the platens and at least one of the platens is arranged to allow tools to process a plate element fed between the lower and the upper platen;
the device comprising:
a frame having a base defining a base plane substantially parallel to a surface on which the frame is positioned; the frame comprises moving elements configured for moving the frame relative to the surface on which the frame is positioned;
a lift member arranged at the frame and the lift member is configured such that a relative movement can be executed between the frame and the lift member in a direction substantially perpendicular to the base plane;
a pneumatic lifting device configured for moving the frame relative to the lift member; and
a rotating element arranged on the lift member and configured to rotate around an axis substantially parallel to the direction of relative movement between the frame and the lift member.

US Pat. No. 10,391,520

PRESSURE WAVE GENERATOR WITH A SABOT LAUNCHED PISTON

General Fusion Inc., Bur...

1. A pressure wave generator for generating a pressure wave, the pressure wave generator comprising:a piston having a body with a first surface and a second surface;
a housing having an inner bore, a first end, and a second end;
a sabot configured to carry the piston within the inner bore from the first end towards the second end along a longitudinal axis of the inner bore;
an impact surface at the second end of the housing in communication with the inner bore, the impact surface capable of being coupled to a medium;
a driver configured to apply a force to the sabot to accelerate the sabot towards the second end of the inner bore; and
a brake configured to apply a restraining force to the sabot to slow down the sabot so that the piston becomes at least partially separated from the sabot.

US Pat. No. 10,391,518

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TRANSPARENT PATTERN PRINT STEEL PLATE

POSCO, Pohang-si, Gyeong...

1. A method of manufacturing a transparent pattern printed steel plate, comprising:forming a printed paint film layer by jetting transparent ink onto at least one surface of a steel plate at a rate of 1 kHz to 20 kHz;
curing the printed paint film layer with ultraviolet light to form a cured printed paint film layer; and
after the forming of the printed paint film layer, drying the printed paint film layer at room temperature for a period of time exceeding 0 seconds to 2 seconds or less.

US Pat. No. 10,391,517

DISPENSER ASSEMBLY

SULZER MIXPAC AG, Haag (...

1. A dispenser assembly, comprising:a rod having a plunger receiving end with a clip receiving portion;
a plunger having a rod receiving structure with a rod engaging clip biased to fit to the clip receiving portion of the rod for movement therewith; and
a stopper having a plunger receiving space that defines an aperture extending through the plunger receiving space with the rod extending through the aperture, the plunger receiving space being dimensioned such that with the rod receiving structure of the plunger located within the plunger receiving space, movement of the rod engaging clip is restricted by contact with surfaces of the plunger receiving space preventing release of the rod from the plunger, and, the stopper being further configured such that with the rod receiving structure being spaced apart from the plunger receiving space, movement of the rod engaging clip is unrestricted.

US Pat. No. 10,391,514

COATING APPLICATION WITH AUTOMATED BRUSHING

1. A device to apply a coating to a workpiece, the device comprising:a robot arm having one or more joints, the joints configured to allow rotational and/or translational movement, the robot arm comprising:
an application end having a base;
a nozzle operatively connected to the base, the nozzle configured to dispense the coating onto the workpiece;
an actuator operatively connected to the base; and
a brush connected to the actuator, the brush configured to brush a portion of the coating dispensed onto the workpiece, wherein the actuator is configured to rotate the brush relative to the base, and wherein the actuator is configured to move the brush between a retracted position and a deployed position in a direction that is substantially linear and substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the nozzle, the brush being positioned farther away from the nozzle in the deployed position than in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,391,512

MULTIFUNCTIONAL IRRIGATION PLIERS AND METHOD OF PIERCING, CUTTING AND FITTING AN IRRIGATION TUBE

1. An irrigation pliers, the pliers comprising:a first jaw and a second jaw being pivotally attached together at a pivoting joint to allow the jaws to be pivotally displaced toward and away from each other by moving a first handle and a second handle to and away from each other, the first jaw defined by a first gripping surface, the second jaw defined by a second gripping surface, whereby the gripping surfaces are generally opposed and complementary to each other;
a proximal concavity configured to fixedly retain a blade, the proximal concavity disposed on the first jaw;
a saddle disposed on the second jaw, and generally across from the blade, whereby closure of the jaws causes the blade to move towards the saddle;
a first middle concavity configured to fixedly retain a spike, the first middle concavity disposed on the first jaw;
a second middle concavity disposed on the second jaw, and generally across from the spike, whereby closure of the jaws causes the spike to move towards the second middle concavity;
a first terminal region disposed at the terminus of the first jaw, the first terminal region comprising a first distal concavity, the first distal concavity defined by a first slot having a first textured surface; and
a second terminal region disposed at the terminus of the second jaw, the second terminal region comprising a second distal concavity, the second distal concavity defined by a second slot having a second textured surface.

US Pat. No. 10,391,510

METHOD FOR NOZZLE FLOW DETECTION

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method for nozzle flow detection comprising:receiving a first fluid at a first inlet of a nozzle body and a second fluid at a second inlet of the nozzle body, the nozzle body including an outlet; and
interconnecting a mixing body to the nozzle body, the mixing body defining a mixing chamber in communication with the first and second inlets of the nozzle body with the mixing body connected to the nozzle body;
receiving the first and second fluids in the mixing chamber and mixing the first and second fluids in the mixing chamber to provide a mixed fluid;
operatively connecting a control valve to the mixing body;
adjusting the control valve to control a volume of the mixed fluid to be discharged from the outlet of the nozzle body
discharging the mixed fluid at the outlet of nozzle body;
using a microphone positioned proximal to the outlet to communicate acoustic data corresponding to the discharge of the mixed fluid at the outlet;
holding a calibration measurement in a data structure, the calibration measurement corresponding to a discharge of fluid at the outlet, the calibration measurement being derived from acoustic data provided by the microphone; and
receiving a flow measurement corresponding to a discharge of mixed fluid at the outlet, the flow measurement being derived from acoustic data provided by the microphone;
comparing the flow measurement to the calibration measurement to determine an error; and
implement closed loop Proportional-Integral-Derivative controller (PID) control to minimize the error.

US Pat. No. 10,391,509

PUMP DISPENSER AND SYSTEM COMPRISING A REFILL CARTRIDGE AND THE PUMP DISPENSER

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A system, comprising:a pump dispenser comprising:
a body defining a hollow interior and an opening through which at least a portion of a refill cartridge containing a flowable substance is receivable into the hollow interior;
a lid for closing the opening of the body; and
a pump for pumping the flowable substance from the refill cartridge when the portion of the refill cartridge is in the hollow interior and the lid closes the opening of the body;
wherein the lid comprises a dip tube with a lumen fluidly connected to the pump, the dip tube having a tapered end that is located in the hollow interior of the body when the lid closes the opening of the body; and
the refill cartridge, wherein the refill cartridge comprises a container defining a chamber containing the flowable substance and having a rim defining an opening through which the flowable substance is dispensable from the chamber, and a seal attached to the container and closing the opening, wherein the seal is attached to the rim;
wherein the seal consists of one of a film, a membrane, and a foil, and wherein
the seal is puncturable by the tapered end of the dip tube when the portion of the refill cartridge is in the hollow interior and the lid is moved relative to the body to close the opening of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,391,506

SPRAY APPLICATION SYSTEM COMPONENTS COMPRISING A REPELLENT SURFACE AND METHODS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A component of a spray application system, wherein the component is a liquid reservoir or a liquid reservoir liner comprising a liquid repellent surface such that the receding contact angle with water ranges from 90 degrees to 135 degrees and the liquid repellent surface repels water-based paint having a water soluble volatile organic solvent of at least 10 g/liter.

US Pat. No. 10,391,505

SPRAY NOZZLE APPARATUS FOR SPRAY-DRYING APPLICATIONS

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A single phase spray nozzle apparatus for a spraying apparatus, the nozzle apparatus comprising:a nozzle provided with at least one nozzle orifice for outputting spray droplets of a product to be dried and at least one inlet orifice for transferring the product into a nozzle chamber, the nozzle chamber comprising walls defining a volume of the nozzle chamber, the nozzle chamber further comprising an apparatus for adjusting a size of the outputted spray droplets inline during a spray drying process, the apparatus comprises a plunger for adjusting the volume of the nozzle chamber based on spray drying process parameters and product parameters obtained inline during the spray drying process, the walls of the nozzle chamber do not have a turbulence generating surface, and the product to be dried has a viscosity between 1 and 1000 mPa·s;
an electric drive for adjusting geometry of the nozzle chamber, the electric drive controlled by a control device based on the spray drying process parameters and the product parameters obtained inline; and
a connecting sleeve releasably fixed to the electrical drive and providing a longitudinal bore for rotatably accommodating a hollow shaft which transfers a rotating motion of an output shaft of the electrical drive to an adjusting pin driving the plunger into and out of the nozzle chamber, wherein the nozzle chamber is provided by a swirl chamber body inserted into an inner chamber of a nozzle body, the nozzle body releasably fixed to the connecting sleeve, the swirl chamber body is provided with an opening channel arranged in correspondence to the at least one inlet orifice for introducing the product into a swirl chamber of the swirl chamber body, the swirl chamber is provided with a helicoidal spiral-type tightening guiding face for accelerating the product into the direction of the at least one nozzle orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,391,504

WATER STOP SWITCH DEVICE AND SHOWER HEAD

XIAMEN SOLEX HIGH-TECH IN...

1. A water stop switch device, comprising: a main body, a retractable slide shaft driving mechanism and a sealing element; wherein: the main body includes a water passage; the sealing element is disposed in the water passage; one end of the sealing element is coupled to the retractable slide shaft driving mechanism; the sealing element moves in the water passage to open the water passage; another end of the sealing element and the main body form a chamber; a side wall of the sealing element includes a through hole connecting the water passage and the chamber; an external periphery of the sealing element includes a first sealing ring and a second sealing ring; the through hole is downstream of the first sealing ring and the second sealing ring in a water flow direction; and when the water passage is open, the chamber is full of water to reduce the pressure difference at the one end and the other end of the sealing element; the second sealing ring is coaxial with the first sealing ring and equal in size to the first sealing ring; and the second sealing ring always contacts an internal wall of a protruding ring of a spindle in a sealing way, to close a clearance between the sealing element and the protruding ring, so that the chamber is connected to the water passage only by the through hole, the main body further includes the spindle and a valve body; the spindle is connected to one end of the valve body in an axial direction of the valve body; and a connection of an inlet to the water passage is formed between the spindle and the valve body; and when the sealing element moves in a direction closing the water passage, the first sealing ring abuts against an internal wall of the valve body to break the connection of the water passage and the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,391,501

MOVABLE ATTACHMENT FOR ROLLER PRESSES AND A METHOD FOR REMOVING CERTAIN PARTS THEREOF

1. A roller press (1) comprising:a movable bearing housing (10);
a grinding roller (13);
a frame assembly comprising one or more of a plurality of top members (2) selectively separable from one or more of a plurality of side members (3) selectively separable from one or more of a plurality of bottom members (4); the one or more of a plurality of side members (3) extending in a z-axis (z) direction; the one or more of a plurality of top members (2) and the one or more of a plurality of bottom members (4) extending in a y-axis (y) direction which is perpendicular to the z-axis (z) direction; and
a force generation device (5) configured to apply force to the movable bearing housing (10) and being movably attached at one end of its two ends to the one or more of a plurality of said side members (3) by a mounting plate (6) and a connection device (7), and the other end of the two ends is a free end for sliding in relative to the movable bearing housing in an x-axis (x) direction;
wherein said force generation device (5) is configured to rotate or slide with respect to the frame assembly in the x-axis (x) direction which is perpendicular to both the z-axis (z) and the y-axis (y) directions so that said force generation device (5) is removable from the frame assembly when said plurality of top members (3) are connected to said side members (3) and fixed in a closed horizontal position;
wherein said connection device (7) comprises a hinge (8) that is rotatable about the y-axis (y) or rotatable about the z-axis (z), or wherein said connection device (7) comprises a sliding device that is slidable in an x-z plane (12) defined by the x-axis (x) and z-axis (z) directions.

US Pat. No. 10,391,498

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NUCLEIC ACID AMPLIFICATION

Spartan Bioscience Inc., ...

1. A system for substantially irreversibly sealing a nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel, comprising:a base, comprising:
a top surface of the base and a bottom surface of the base, and
an opening in the top surface of the base defining a passage that extends from the opening in the top surface of the base to an opening in the bottom surface of the base;
a nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel which is seated within the passage and protrudes through the opening in the bottom surface of the base, comprising:
a receptacle portion distal to the bottom surface of the base for holding a nucleic acid amplification reaction mixture,
walls of the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel, comprising an inner surface,
wherein the walls of the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel extend from the receptacle portion of the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel towards the bottom surface of the base,
a collection cap, comprising:
a sample collecting tip,
a top portion of the collection cap proximal to the sample collecting tip of the collection cap, and
an outer surface of the collection cap between the sample collecting tip of the collection cap and the top portion of the collection cap,
wherein when the collection cap is inserted through the passage and into the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel, the outer surface of the collection cap contacts the inner surface of the walls of the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel thereby creating a seal, wherein a hook, handle, or protrusion for grasping cannot be used to remove the collection cap from the nucleic acid amplification reaction vessel, thereby rendering the seal irreversible, and
wherein when sealed, the top portion of the collection cap is recessed beneath the opening in the top surface of the base so that the collection cap is inaccessible; and
a lid comprising at least one dimple or protrusion,
wherein the lid is moveable from a first position to a second position, so that when the lid is in the second position, (a) the lid covers the top surface of the base, (b) the at least one dimple or protrusion aligns with and extends into the opening in the top surface of the base, and (c) the lid is irreversibly locked to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,391,488

MICROFLUIDIC PROBE HEAD FOR PROVIDING A SEQUENCE OF SEPARATE LIQUID VOLUMES SEPARATED BY SPACERS

International Business Ma...

12. A microfluidic probe comprising:an inlet and an outlet;
a first fluid channel fluidly connected to the inlet, the first fluid channel configured for delivering an injection liquid from the inlet to a respective target area, wherein, in operation, the respective target area is positioned below a microfluidic probe head of the microfluidic probe and is covered by an immersion liquid, the respective target area comprises a respective target substance;
a second fluid channel fluidly connected to the outlet, the second fluid channel configured for delivering liquid volumes from the respective target area to the outlet, each liquid volume including at least some of the injection liquid, at least some of the immersion liquid and the respective target substance;
a spacer insertion unit fluidly connected to a spacer channel, the spacer channel fluidly connected to the second fluid channel at a spacer junction, the spacer insertion unit configured for inserting spacers into the second fluid channel between the liquid volumes to provide the sequence of separate liquid volumes separated by spacers;
a positioning device configured for positioning the microfluidic probe head above the respective target area; and
a detection unit installed inside the microfluidic probe head and connected to the spacer insertion unit, the detection unit configured for detecting the respective target substance,
wherein the detection unit is fluidly connected to a detection volume located inside the second fluid channel for identifying the sequence of separate liquid volumes that pass through the detection volume,
wherein upon identifying the sequence of separate liquid volumes, the detection unit generates a detection signal and transmits it to the spacer insertion unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,481

REGENERATION OF ACIDIC IONIC LIQUID CATALYSTS

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., San...

1. A process for regenerating an acidic ionic liquid catalyst which has been used to catalyze a reaction in a reaction zone and which has been deactivated during the reaction by a formation of complexes of conjunct polymers with an anion of the acidic ionic liquid catalyst, comprising removing the acidic ionic liquid catalyst from the reaction zone and breaking up the complexes of the conjunct polymers in the acidic ionic liquid catalyst in a separate regeneration zone to increase a catalytic activity of the acidic ionic liquid catalyst for the reaction; wherein the acidic ionic liquid catalyst is a fused salt ionic liquid composed of organic-based cations and inorganic anions.

US Pat. No. 10,391,464

CENTRIFUGAL BLOWER SYSTEM WITH INTERNAL GAS MIXING AND GAS PHASE CHEMICAL REACTOR INCORPORATING SAME

WATT FUEL CELL CORP., Mo...

1. A centrifugal blower system comprising:a) a series of blower units including at least a first blower unit and a second blower unit, the first blower unit in the series comprising a first casing having a first axial inlet, a first radial outlet, a first impeller disposed within the first casing for drawing a first gaseous medium at a first pressure into the first axial inlet and expelling the first gaseous medium at a second higher pressure through the first radial outlet into a duct having a gas flow passageway defined by a gas flow-confining wall and a motor for driving the first impeller;
b) the second blower unit comprising a second casing having a second axial inlet in communication with an outlet of the duct, a second radial outlet, and a second impeller disposed within the second casing for drawing the first gaseous medium into the second axial inlet and expelling a second gaseous medium through the second radial outlet:
c) a gas flow inlet in communication with the duct, for admitting the second gaseous medium to the gas flow passageway of the duct, the gas flow inlet being defined in or connected to the gas flow-confining wall of the duct, whereby the second gaseous medium, mixes with the first gaseous medium in second blower unit to form a gas mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,391,461

BABY BOTTLE WITH MIXER

1. A baby bottle with a mixer, comprising:a bottle having an open upper end and a closed lower end;
a cap having a central aperture formed therein, the cap being adapted for releasably covering and sealing the open upper end of the bottle;
a feeding nipple disposed over the central aperture formed through the cap for selectively dispensing liquid contained in the bottle to a baby;
a filter housing secured to an inner surface of the cap and extending toward the closed lower end;
a filter removably received within the filter housing;
an internal wall mounted within the bottle such that a fluid-tight chamber is defined between the internal wall and the closed lower end of the bottle and a liquid reservoir for containing milk and other liquids for administration to the baby is defined between the internal wall and the open upper end;
an agitator rotatably mounted on an upper surface of the internal wall and extending into the liquid reservoir a distance to be adjacent the filter housing for mixing formula in the liquid reservoir;
a motor mounted within the fluid-tight chamber, the motor being mechanically coupled with the agitator for selectively driving rotation thereof; and
a controller in communication with the motor, the controller selectively generating motor actuation signals to selectively actuate the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,391,451

OSMOSIS APPARATUS

I.D.E. TECHNOLOGIES LTD.,...

1. An osmosis element comprising a central permeate tube and a membrane element,the membrane element having a first part and a second part, the first part having a top edge for location adjacent the central permeate tube, the second part being disposed at the opposite edge, the first part comprising a material to allow water to flow therethrough, the second part comprising at least two nearby permeate spacers extending from the first part to allow water to flow therethrough, the at least two nearby permeate spacers having a semi-permeable membrane attached to opposed faces of the at least two nearby permeate spacers,
the central permeate tube comprising an external wall comprising a first end section and a second end section, the central permeate tube further comprising a longitudinally extending internal separator defining at least one first channel and at least one second channel each extending longitudinally from the first end section to the second end section within the central permeate tube, wherein the at least one first channel and the at least one second channel are open to flow at both the first end section and the second end section, at least one first aperture extending from the at least one first channel though the external wall and at least one second aperture extending from the at least one second channel through the external wall, the at least one first and second apertures being longitudinally offset.

US Pat. No. 10,391,450

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MITIGATING UREA DEPOSITS WITHIN AN SCR CATALYST SYSTEM

Cummins IP, Inc., Columb...

1. A system, comprising:a reductant delivery system configured to inject reductant into an exhaust gas stream upstream of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst in exhaust receiving communication with the exhaust gas stream, wherein the exhaust gas stream is produced by an engine system and flows from an engine of the engine system to a tailpipe of the engine system;
a combined SCR NOx—NH3 sensor in exhaust gas receiving communication with the exhaust gas stream; and
a controller having a SCR catalyst regeneration circuit in electrical communication with the reductant delivery system and the combined SCR NOx—NH3 sensor, the SCR catalyst regeneration circuit comprising:
a urea deposit accumulation circuit structured to determine a mass of an accumulated urea deposit present within the SCR catalyst and SCR piping from at least one input received from the reductant delivery system; and
an NH3 slip feedback circuit structured to determine an amount of NH3 passing through the SCR catalyst downstream of the urea deposit from sensor inputs received from the combined SCR NOx—NH3 sensor and reduce or stop reductant dosing based on the amount of NH3 passing through the SCR catalyst downstream of the urea deposit;
wherein the SCR catalyst regeneration circuit is structured to initiate a SCR regeneration event when the determined mass of the accumulated urea deposit is greater than a deposit upper threshold limit; and
wherein the SCR catalyst regeneration circuit is structured to terminate the SCR regeneration event when the level of NH3 passing through the SCR catalyst after initiation of the SCR regeneration event is less than a SCR NH3 regeneration threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,391,444

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DEBOTTLENECK AN INTEGRATED OIL AND GAS PROCESSING PLANT WITH SOUR GAS INJECTION

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A system for increasing oil and/or gas production in an integrated oil and gas production plant including hydrogen sulfide removal and sour-gas injection, comprising:a. a separator for separating produced fluid from a subterranean reservoir into an associated gas stream containing 1-50% hydrogen sulfide by volume, a water stream and an oil stream;
b. an associated gas compressor for compressing a first portion of the associated gas stream to form a first compressed associated gas stream;
c. a hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane to remove hydrogen sulfide from the first portion of the associated gas stream and form a permeate stream enriched in hydrogen sulfide and a retentate stream depleted in hydrogen sulfide and enriched in hydrocarbon gases; wherein the hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane is upstream or downstream of the associated gas compressor;
d. a first gas processing plant for receiving a feed gas stream comprising the retentate stream and a portion of the oil stream from the separator, wherein the first gas processing plant includes an amine unit for removing hydrogen sulfide from the feed gas stream and producing a hydrogen sulfide-enriched stream and a hydrocarbon-enriched stream; and a Claus unit for producing elemental sulfur from the hydrogen sulfide-enriched stream;
e. a second gas processing plant for receiving and compressing a second portion of the associated gas stream and a portion of the oil stream from the separator to form a second compressed associated gas stream, wherein the second gas processing plant includes one or more gas compressors;
f. a permeate compressor or an eductor for increasing a permeate stream pressure of the permeate stream to form a compressed permeate stream; and
g. a sour gas compressor for receiving and compressing the second compressed associated gas stream and the compressed permeate stream to form a sour gas injection stream for injecting into a subterranean formation;
wherein the hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane is upstream of the associated gas compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,391,435

STERILIZING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Turbett Surgical LLC, Ro...

12. A method of drying contents in a sterilization container, the method comprising:(a) placing contents in a sterilization container having a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, a right sidewall, a left sidewall, and a door defining an interior volume sized to receive a plurality of instrument trays, each instrument tray sized to retain a plurality of medical instruments, wherein each of the top wall, bottom wall, rear wall, right sidewall and left sidewall is an enclosing wall, and wherein an opening extends between the left sidewall and the right sidewall and between the top wall and the bottom wall and lying in a plane spaced from the rear wall, and wherein the opening is sized to receive the plurality of instrument trays;
(b) having an enclosing wall and at least one door defining an interior volume sized to receive at least one instrument tray retaining the contents;
(c) moving the door from an open position to a closed position to seal the sterilization container;
(d) venting the sterilization container through a venting pass through area having a filter occluding the venting passage area, wherein a ratio of the venting pass through area to the interior volume is at least 4 square inches to 250 cubic inches; and
(e) obtaining a drying of the contents in the sterilization container in less than 30 minutes.

US Pat. No. 10,391,434

COMPOSITE FILTER MEDIA UTILIZING BICOMPONENT FIBERS

Cummins Filtration IP, In...

1. A coalescing element comprising:a composite media comprising:
at least three layers of media material, the at least three layers of media material bonded together and include, from an upstream direction to a downstream direction, a Layer A, a Layer C, a Layer D,
wherein one or more layers adjacent to the Layer C consists of bicomponent polymeric fibers,
wherein the Layer A comprises polymeric media material having a nominal mean fiber diameter of greater than about 10 ?m; the Layer C comprises polymeric media material comprising nanofibers and having a mean pore size of 0.2-10 ?m; and the Layer D comprises polymeric media material having a nominal mean fiber diameter greater than about 10 ?m and provides support for the preceding layer,
wherein the composite media is configured as a pleated filter media,
wherein the pleated filter media ha a pleat density that exceeds 1/(2H), wherein H is a thickness of the composite media, and
wherein the polymeric media material of Layer D is textured and comprises grooves in a direction perpendicular to bend lines in pleats of the Layer D.