US Pat. No. 10,457,650

TRIAZINE COMPOUNDS AS PHOTOSTABILIZING AGENTS

3V Sigma S.P.A., Milan (...

1. Triazine compounds of general formula (I):
wherein:
X is an —O— or —NH— group,
R is a straight, cyclic or branched C1-C18 alkyl group,
and the groups A and B can be, independently of one another:
a group of formula (II)

wherein R1 and R2 can be, independently of one another, H, straight, cyclic or branched C1-C22 alkyls or C1-C18 hydroxyalkyl or C2-C18 alkoxyalkyl, polyalkylene glycols
or a group of formula (III)

wherein Y, independently of the value di X, is a —O— or —NH— group
R3 is a straight, cyclic or branched C1-C18 alkyl group which is the same or different from R
or a group of formula (IV)

wherein Z, independently of the value of X and Y, is an —O— or —NH— group
R4 is a straight, cyclic or branched C1-C18 alkyl group which is the same or different from R and R3.

US Pat. No. 10,457,647

AMINO PYRIMIDINE DERIVATIVES

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. A method of treating a disease which is treated by the modulation of Btk, wherein the method comprising administration of a therapeutically acceptable amount of a compound of formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
wherein,
R1 is methyl or hydroxymethyl;
R2 is fluoro;
R3 is hydrogen;
R4 is hydrogen;
R5 is fluoro;
or R4 and R5 are attached to each other and stand for —CH2—CH2—, or —CH?CH—;
R6 is H and R7 is cyclopropyl;
R8, R9, R10 and R11 independently from each other stand for H, or C1-C6 alkyl; or any two of R8, R9, R10 and R11 together with the carbon atom to which they are bound may form a 3-6 membered saturated carbocyclic ring;
R and R? are H;
R12 is hydrogen or C1-C6 alkyl optionally substituted by halogen or C1-C6 alkoxy;
or R12 and any one of R8, R9, R, R?, R10 or R11 together with the atoms to which they are bound may form a 4, 5, 6 or 7 membered azacyclic ring, which ring may optionally be substituted by halogen, cyano, hydroxyl, C1-C6 alkyl or C1-C6 alkoxy;
n is 0 or 1; and
R13 is C2-C6 alkenyl optionally substituted by C1-C6 alkyl, C1-C6 alkoxy; or C2-C6 alkynyl optionally substituted by C1-C6 alkyl or C1-C6 alkoxy,
and wherein the disease is selected from chronic autoimmune urticaria.

US Pat. No. 10,457,640

SYNTHESIS OF INHIBITORS OF EZH2

Constellation Pharmaceuti...

1. A method for preparing a diastereomerically enriched sulfinamide compound having the formula:
wherein R1 is halo(C1-C6)alkyl and R2 is (C1-C6)alkyl,
the method comprising
reacting an optically active sulfinylimine compound of the formula
with a nucleophile of the formula R2MgX, wherein X is bromide, iodide, or chloride to form the diastereomerically enriched sulfinamide compound.

US Pat. No. 10,457,638

SULPHAMOYLPYRROLAMIDE DERIVATIVES AND THE USE THEREOF AS MEDICAMENTS FOR THE TREATMENT OF HEPATITIS B

Janssen Sciences Ireland ...

1. A method of treating Hepatitis B virus infection in a subject in need thereof comprising administering to said subject a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of Formula (ID)
or a stereoisomer or tautomeric form thereof, wherein:
each X is independently CR7;
Ra, Rb and Rc are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, fluoro, bromo, chloro, —CHF2, —CF2-methyl, —CH2F, —CF3, —OCF3, —CN, C1-C3alkyl and C3-C4cycloalkyl;
Rd is hydrogen or fluoro;
R4 is hydrogen, C1-C3alkyl or C3-C4cycloalkyl;
R5 is hydrogen;
R6 is selected from the group consisting of C2-C6alkyl, C1-C4alkyl-R8 optionally substituted with one or more fluoro, C1-C4alkyl-R9 optionally substituted with one or more fluoro, and a 3-7 membered mono or polycyclic saturated ring optionally containing one or more heteroatoms each independently selected from the group consisting of O, S and N, such 3-7 membered saturated ring or C2-C6alkyl optionally substituted with one or more substituents each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, —OH, fluoro, oxo, R9, R10 and C1-C4alkyl optionally substituted with R10;
R7 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, —CN, fluoro, chloro, bromo, —CHF2, —CF2— methyl, —CH2F, —CF3, C1-C3alkyl optionally substituted with methoxy, C2-C3alkenyl and C3-C4cycloalkyl;
R8 is a 3-7 membered saturated ring optionally containing one or more heteroatoms each independently selected from the group consisting of O, S and N, such 3-7 membered saturated ring optionally substituted with one or more C1-C4alkyl optionally substituted with R10;
R9 is selected from the group consisting of C1-C4alkyloxy, —SO2-methyl, —C(?O)—OR11 and —C(?O)—N(R11)2;
R10 is selected from the group consisting of —CN, —OH, fluoro, —CHF2, —CH2F and —CF3;
R11 is hydrogen or C1-C3alkyl;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or a solvate thereof wherein such compound is not

US Pat. No. 10,457,637

BENZENESULFONAMIDE DERIVATIVES AS INVERSE AGONISTS OF RETINOID-RELATED ORPHAN RECEPTOR GAMMA (ROR?(T))

1. A compound of formula (II), or a pharmaceutically acceptable addition salt thereof:
in which:
q denotes zero or a natural integer ranging from 1 to 3,
R1 represents a linear or branched C3-C5 alkyl radical, a C3-C5 cycloalkyl radical, a linear or branched C2-C5 alkenyl radical,
R2 represents a hydrogen atom or a halogen atom, a linear or branched C1-C5 alkyl radical, a linear or branched C2-C4 alkenyl radical, a C1-C4 alkoxy radical, a cyano group —CN; the alkyl, alkenyl and alkoxy radicals optionally being substituted with one or more halogen atoms,
R3 represents a C1-C3 alkyl radical,
R4 represents a hydrogen atom or a (CHR5)n—(Z)0—(CHR?5)p—R6 group,
n, o and p, which are identical or different, denote zero or a natural integer ranging from 1 to 3,
Z represents a divalent group chosen from —CH2—, —NH— and —O—,
R5 and R?5, which are identical or different, represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl radical —CH3, a hydroxyl radical —OH, a C1 hydroxyalkyl radical, a carboxylic radical —COOH,
R6 represents:
a hydrogen or halogen atom,
a heterocyclic radical optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms, one or more linear or branched C1-C3 alkyl groups, one or more —OH groups, one or more carbonyl functions ?O, one or more linear or branched C1-C4 hydroxyalkyl groups, a pyrrolidine ring, one or more amino groups, one or more —C(?O)R7 groups, one or more S(?O)2R7 groups; wherein the heterocyclic radical is a monocyclic heterocyclic ring having 2-6 carbon atoms and 1 to 4 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of a sulfur atom, a nitrogen atom, and an oxygen atom; R7 representing a linear or branched C1-C3 alkyl radical, a hydroxyl radical —OH, a linear or branched C1-C4 alkoxy radical, or an amino radical N(R7a)(R7b); with R7a and R7b, which are identical or different, denoting a hydrogen atom, a linear or branched C1-C3 alkyl radical or a cyclopropyl radical,
a C3-C6 cycloalkyl radical optionally substituted with one or more —OH groups;
an aromatic or heteroaromatic radical optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms, one or more linear or branched C1-C3 alkyl groups optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms, one or more C1-C3 alkoxy groups, one or more amino groups —NR11R12, one or more —COR11 groups, one or more —OR11 groups, one or more C1-C4 hydroxyalkyl groups, one or more —COOR11 groups, one or more amido —CONR11R12 groups, one or more —SOR11 groups, one or more —SO2R11 groups, one or more —NHCOR11 groups, one or more —NHCOOR11 groups, one or more —SO2NR11R12 groups or one or more —CN groups; wherein the heteroaromatic radical is a 5- or 6-membered monocyclic heteroaromatic ring having 1 to 3 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of a sulfur atom, a nitrogen atom, and an oxygen atom; R11 and R12, which are identical or different, representing a hydrogen atom or a linear or branched C1-C3 alkyl radical optionally substituted with one or more halogen atoms;
A1 represents a divalent group selected from the group consisting of —NRa, —O—, —S—, —SO—,
—SO2—, —SO(?NH)—, —CH2—, —C?C—, and —CH(Ra)—;
given that:
Ra represents a hydrogen atom, a linear or branched C1-C3 alkyl radical or an acetyl radical —C(?O)CH3,
Rb represents a hydrogen atom, a linear or branched C1-C3 alkyl radical or a cyclopropyl group,
Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 and Q5 each represent a —CR?2 group,
R?2 represents a hydrogen atom or a linear or branched C1-C5 alkyl radical,
Ra and R3 can form, together with the carbon atoms to which they are attached, a C3-C4 heterocycloalkyl group comprising one sulfur atom and 0 to 1 nitrogen atom, which are optionally substituted with one or more carbonyl functions, one or more C1-C3 alkyl radicals,
when A1 represents —NRa—, then Ra and R4 can form, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached, a C2-C10 heterocycloalkyl group optionally comprising 1 to 3 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of a sulfur atom, a nitrogen atom and an oxygen atom; said heterocycloalkyl group being optionally substituted with at least one radical R14, and
R14 represents a linear or branched C1-C3 alkyl radical, a linear or branched C1-C3 alkoxy radical, a halogen atom, a hydroxyl group —OH, a cyano group —CN, a —CONR15R16 group, a —SO2R16 group, a —COR15 group or an amino group —CONR15R16 group, a —SO2R16 group, a —COR15 group or an amino group —NR15R16; R15 and R16, which are identical or different, representing a hydrogen atom or a linear or branched C1-C3 alkyl radical.

US Pat. No. 10,457,632

PRODUCTION METHOD FOR ISOCYANATE COMPOUND

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A process for producing an isocyanate compound of formula (2):
wherein R1 represents a methyl group, a cyclopropyl group, a chlorine atom, a bromine atom, an ethyl group, or a methoxy group, and R2 represents an alkyl group having one to six carbon atoms, which comprises reacting a compound of formula (1):

wherein R1 and R2 are the same as defined above, with phosgene in the presence of a tertiary amine at 9° C. to 16° C. in one or more solvents selected from the group consisting of toluene and xylene.

US Pat. No. 10,457,627

PRODRUGS OF GAMMA-HYDROXYBUTYRIC ACID, COMPOSITIONS AND USES THEREOF

XW LABORATORIES INC., Gr...

1. A compound having the chemical structure shown in Formula (IA):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein,
Rg is hydrogen or C1 alkyl; and
Rh and Rf are independently hydrogen, unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 alkoxylcarbonyl, or C3-6 cycloalkoxylcarbonyl.

US Pat. No. 10,457,617

PROCESS AND PLANT FOR OBTAINING AN ETHYLENE PRODUCT IN A SUPERCRITICAL STATE

LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A method for obtaining an ethylene product in a supercritical state, in which a gas mixture containing predominantly or exclusively ethylene and ethane is separated in a distillation column, which is operated at a distillation pressure level of from 5 to 15 bar, into an overhead product containing predominantly or exclusively ethylene and a bottom product containing predominantly or exclusively ethane, the overhead product being withdrawn in the gaseous state from the head of the distillation column and a first portion thereof being liquefied and returned as reflux to the distillation column and a second portion thereof being converted into a supercritical state and being used as the ethylene product, characterised in that, for converting the second portion into the supercritical state, multi-stage compression from the distillation pressure level via a plurality of intermediate pressure levels to a supercritical pressure level is carried out, the second portion in the multi-stage compression being converted predominantly or exclusively directly from the gaseous into the supercritical state.

US Pat. No. 10,457,599

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING CEMENT CLINKER

1. Method for chloride bypass gas treatment, comprising:providing a chloride bypass gas flow by drawing at least a fraction of a main exhaust gas flow from a kiln,
a first cooling step of cooling the chloride bypass gas flow by mixing it with a cooling gas to form a mixed chloride bypass gas flow,
dedusting the mixed chloride bypass gas flow, and
a second cooling step of cooling the dedusted-and-mixed chloride bypass gas flow by bringing the dedusted mixed chloride bypass gas flow into thermal communication with at least one heat carrier fluid which is heated as a result of the thermal communication with the dedusted mixed chloride bypass gas flow,
wherein at least a part of the cooled dedusted-and-mixed chloride bypass gas flow obtained after the second cooling step is used as cooling gas in the first cooling step.

US Pat. No. 10,457,591

SUBSTRATE PROVIDED WITH A STACK HAVING THERMAL PROPERTIES COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE NICKEL OXIDE LAYER

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A transparent substrate provided, on a main face, with a stack of thin layers comprising at least one metallic functional layer having properties of reflection in the infrared region and/or in the solar radiation region, and two antireflective coatings, said antireflective coatings each comprising at least one dielectric layer, said functional layer being positioned between the two antireflective coatings, wherein at least one nickel oxide NixO layer is located under said functional layer in the direction of the substrate and/or above said functional layer, with interposition of at least one layer or of just one layer made of a different material between said nickel oxide NixO layer and said functional layer, and wherein said nickel oxide NixO layer is superstoichiometric in oxygen.

US Pat. No. 10,457,580

DEVICE FOR TREATING A BLACK AND ODOROUS WATER BODY WITH A BIONIC PROCESS

Beijing University of Civ...

1. A device for treating a black and odorous water body comprising:(a) a pre-treatment unit for pre-treating the black and odorous water body, wherein the pre-treatment unit comprises a water pump, a water inlet, a water outlet, and barriers with different thicknesses for physically filtering the black and odorous water body, and a biological enzyme is added into the pre-treatment unit;
(b) a tubular purification system which has an intestinal-like structure in communication with the pre-treatment unit, wherein the tubular purification system comprises a water pump, a water inlet, a water outlet and one or more tubular structures, each comprising an outer wall and a folded inner wall which imitates the inner wall of small intestine; villus-like structures which imitate small intestine villi are densely disposed on the folded inner wall; the villus-like structures are capable of providing support for intestinal probiotics; and an aeration unit is disposed at the bottom of the tubular structures, and is able to provide oxygen into the tubular structures;
(c) a microbial fuel cell in communication with the tubular purification system, wherein the microbial fuel cell has two chambers, one comprising a microbial anode and the other comprising an air cathode; a glass fiber membrane is provided between the anode chamber and the cathode chamber as a proton exchange membrane; an external circuit connects the anode with the cathode through a conducting wire; a mixed microflora is attached to the surface of the anode, and can further degrade the organic materials in the water body treated by the tubular purification system under an anaerobic environment in the anode chamber; and the aeration unit disposed at the bottom of the tubular structure of the tubular purification system is capable of providing oxygen for the cathode chamber;
(d) an inclined tube sedimentation tank in communication with the microbial fuel cell, wherein the inclined tube sedimentation tank comprises a water inlet, a honeycomb-like inclined tube sedimentation area, a water collecting tube, a water outlet, a sludge collecting bucket, a perforated sludge discharge tube, and a sludge tank; the water inlet is positioned below the honeycomb-like inclined tube sedimentation area and the water outlet is positioned above the honeycomb-like inclined tube sedimentation area; the honeycomb-like inclined tube sedimentation area comprises a plurality of inclined tube structures; the inclined tube structures are able to accumulate the suspended or solidified materials from the incoming water into a thin sludge layer on the bottom surface of the inclined tube structures; the thin sludge layer slides back to a sludge suspension layer under gravity, and then sinks into the sludge collecting bucket, and is discharged into the sludge tank via the perforated sludge discharge tube; and a supernatant rises to the water collecting tube and is discharged via the water outlet;
(e) one or more solar cell panels;
wherein the energy to be consumed by the device is from the energy generated by the one or more solar cell panels and the microbial fuel cell.

US Pat. No. 10,457,578

AUTOMATED SULFUR BURNER FOR AGRICULTURAL IRRIGATION

1. A system, comprising:a sulfur burner coupled to an irrigation pipe, the sulfur burner including a tank holding sulfurous acid, a variable speed injection pump having an inlet and an outlet, and a conduit that fluidically couples the tank to the inlet of the pump;
an inlet pipe having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet of the inlet pipe coupled to the irrigation pipe at a first joint and the outlet of the inlet pipe coupled to the sulfur burner;
an outlet pipe having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet of the outlet pipe coupled to the outlet of the pump and the outlet of the outlet pipe coupled to the irrigation pipe at a second joint, the second joint downstream of the first joint along the irrigation pipe;
a pH sensor coupled to the irrigation pipe at a measurement location, the measurement location downstream of the second joint along the irrigation pipe; and
an electronic control system;
wherein the electronic control system is electronically and communicatively coupled to the pH sensor to receive data representative of pH measurements taken by the pH sensor from pH sensor;
wherein the sulfur burner includes an electrically-powered hot surface igniter and the electronic control system is electronically and communicatively coupled to the hot surface igniter to provide commands to the hot surface igniter;
wherein the sulfur burner includes an electrically-powered air intake valve and the electronic control system is electronically and communicatively coupled to the air intake valve to provide commands to the air intake valve;
wherein the sulfur burner includes an electrically-powered water intake valve and the electronic control system is electronically and communicatively coupled to the water intake valve to provide commands to the water intake valve;
wherein the sulfur burner includes a pressure transducer to measure a liquid level within the tank, and the electronic control system is electronically and communicatively coupled to the pressure transducer to receive data representative of liquid level measurements taken by the pressure transducer from the pressure transducer; and
wherein the electronic control system is electronically and communicatively coupled to the pump to provide commands to the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,457,576

APPARATUS FOR REMOVAL OF IONS FROM WATER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

VOLTEA B.V., Sassenheim ...

1. An apparatus for removal of ions from water, the apparatus comprising:a carbon coated first current collector;
a second current collector;
a spacer in between the first and second current collectors to allow water to flow through the spacer in between the first and second current collectors;
a first charge barrier in between the carbon coated first current collector and the spacer to selectively allow anions or cations to flow through the first charge barrier; and
a second charge barrier coated onto the carbon coated first current collector and in contact with the first charge barrier, the second charge barrier being between 1 to 40 microns thick.

US Pat. No. 10,457,574

REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEMS WITH BUILT IN PRESSURE REGULATION

Topper Manufacturing Corp...

1. A reverse osmosis filtration system comprising, as a single self-contained assembly:a manifold assembly with a lower side to which parts of the reverse osmosis filtration system are attached, including a product water storage tank, cartridges that contain a reverse osmosis filtration membrane and other filters, and a control valve hydraulically controlling the operation of the reverse osmosis filtration system; and
a raw water pressure regulator contained within the self-contained reverse osmosis filtration system and coupled to the lower side of the manifold assembly, the raw water pressure regulator having a raw water inlet for coupling to a source of raw water and a pressure regulated outlet coupled to the manifold assembly;
the raw water pressure regulator operating independently of the control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,457,570

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF BALLAST WATER TREATMENT WITH CONTINUOUS BIOFOULING CONTROL

1. A ballast water treatment system suitable for ballasting and de-ballasting water on a ship or sea-going vessel, the system comprising:a primary filtration system adapted to remove particles from a ballast water;
at least one biofouling control (BFC) unit;
at least one ultraviolet (UV) disinfection chamber;
wherein the at least one BFC unit comprises a power supply, a generator configured to generate a plurality of electromagnetic waves, and a propagation apparatus configured to propagate the plurality of electromagnetic waves, wherein the at least one BFC unit is adapted to generate and propagate through the ballast water the plurality of electromagnetic waves during a ballasting process for receiving the ballast water into a ballast tank on the ship or sea-going vessel and a de-ballasting process for discharging the ballast water from the ballast tank,
wherein the at least one UV disinfection chamber comprises at least one ultraviolet (UV) lamp adapted to irradiate filtered ballast water exiting the primary filtration system during the ballasting process and the de-ballasting process, wherein the at least one UV disinfection chamber is adapted to be inactivated during a re-circulation process taking place in an absence of both the ballasting process and the de-ballasting process;
a first pipe which fluidly connects the primary filtration system and the at least one UV disinfection chamber; and
a second pipe which fluidly connects the at least one UV disinfection chamber and the ballast tank;
wherein the at least one BFC unit is disposed at at least one of the first pipe and the second pipe,
wherein the ballast water treatment system is adapted such that, during the re-circulation process, holding water in ballast water pipes, including the first and the second pipe, is re-circulated intermittently or continuously through the primary filtration system and the at least one BFC unit, and
wherein the at least one BFC unit is adapted to at least intermittently generate and propagate through the ballast water the plurality of electromagnetic waves having pulsed peak-to-peak voltage, in a range of 12V to 200V, and at least one desired time-varying frequency range, which is within 50 Hz to 2,000,000 Hz, during the re-circulation process to continuously control multiplication of marine organisms in the ballast water and on a plurality of surfaces in contact with the ballast water, wherein the plurality of electromagnetic waves are adapted to produce an avalanche current in the ballast water to kill the marine organisms without requiring an active substance or chemical.

US Pat. No. 10,457,568

METHOD FOR DESALINATION

MURDOCH UNIVERSITY, Natio...

1. A method of removing dissolved elements from a liquid, the method comprising:a) heating the liquid in a first heating step using a first heat source;
b) introducing said heated liquid from the first heating step into a plurality of distillation steps for purifying the liquid heated by the first heating step, each of the plurality of distillation steps comprising at least one evaporation step and at least one condensation step, each of the plurality of distillation steps producing a distillate and a residual concentrate; and
c) a second heating step for heating an additional volume of liquid;
d) introducing heated liquid from the second heating step into a plurality of flashing chambers, each generating a volume of vapor;
wherein at least a portion of the vapor from at least one of the plurality of flashing chambers is introduced into at least one of the plurality of distillation steps through one of a plurality of inputs consisting of a first input and a series of subsequent inputs, the vapor being introduced having a higher temperature than the temperature in the distillation step that is being introduced into.

US Pat. No. 10,457,567

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISTRIBUTED UTILITIES

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A method for monitoring a water purification device comprising:providing a water purification device for converting an available resource to a desired utility, the water purification device characterized by a plurality of operating parameters;
coupling an input sensor for measuring the available resource entering the water purification device;
coupling an output sensor for measuring the amount of desired utility leaving the water purification device;
coupling a local controller to the input and output sensor for concatenating the measured available resource entering and the amount of desired utility leaving the water purification device on the basis of the input and output sensors;
providing a remote controller for modifying the operation of the water purification device based on the concatenated measured available resource entering and desired utility leaving the water purification device;
providing a self-locating device having an output to the remote controller indicative of a geographical location of the water purification device;
providing communication between a telemetry module and the remote controller; and
providing communication between the telemetry module and a monitoring station,
wherein the self-locating device is a global positioning system, and
wherein the remote controller modifies operation of the water purification device based on the geographical location of the water purification device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,560

SYNTHESIS OF MESOPOROUS SILICA SHAPES USING SODIUM SILICATE AS A SILICA SOURCE

Clarkson University, Pot...

1. A method for preparation of nanoporous silica particles, having a self-sealed property, comprising either nanoporous silica spheres, nanoporous silica discoids, or a mixture of nanoporous silica spheres and nanoporous silica discoids, the method comprising the steps of:combining sodium silicate, an aqueous solvent, an acidic catalyst, and a structure directed agent (SDA) into a precursor solution; and
forming said nanoporous silica spheres and/or nanoporous silica discoids via a molecular self-assembly process, wherein each particle is formed by a plurality of hexagonally organized pore channels running along the circumference of the particle axis forming the shape of the particle, wherein the ends of these hexagonally organized pore channels join together, such that the nanoporous particles are self-sealed, the process comprising the step of incubating said precursor solution at a predetermined temperature for a predetermined amount of time in order to obtain said self-sealed nanoporous spheres and/or discoids; and
collecting said nanoporous silica spheres and/or discoids using gravitational precipitation, centrifugation, filtration, dialysis, and/or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,457,558

METHOD TO PRODUCE URANIUM SILICIDES

Westinghouse Electric Com...

1. A method comprising:forming uranium dioxide;
reacting uranium dioxide with carbon to produce uranium carbide; and,
reacting uranium carbide with a silicon based reactant comprised of a silane, a silicon halide, a siloxane, and combinations thereof, in the presence of excess hydrogen to form a uranium silicide product,
wherein uranium dioxide is formed by a process selected from the group consisting of an ammonium uranyl carbonate process, an ammonium diuranate process, and an integrated dry route process.

US Pat. No. 10,457,552

FLOW SENSING OZONE CONVERTER

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A flow sensing ozone converter, comprising:an inlet housing having an inlet housing first end, an inlet having a constant diameter extending from the inlet housing first end, and an inlet housing second end, the inlet housing defining a first pressure port and varying in diameter between the inlet housing first end and the inlet housing second end;
an outlet housing having an outlet housing first end, an outlet housing second end, and an outlet extending from the outlet housing second end, the outlet housing defining a second pressure port; and
a central housing extending between the inlet housing second end and the outlet housing first end.

US Pat. No. 10,457,548

INTEGRATING MEMS STRUCTURES WITH INTERCONNECTS AND VIAS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An electronic device comprising:a back end of line (BEOL) structure comprising a beam over a substrate, wherein the beam is clamped by one or more vias; and
a conductive interconnect contact region on and above the beam, the conductive interconnect contact region vertically over one of the one or more vias, wherein the conductive interconnect contact region, the beam and the one of the one or more vias are monolithic and comprise a continuous metal liner along sidewalls of the conductive interconnect contact region, the beam and the one of the one or more vias.

US Pat. No. 10,457,538

WATER DISCHARGE DEVICE

Coway Co., Ltd, (KR)

1. A water discharge device comprising:a main body including a flow channel in which water flows and an outlet connected to the flow channel and the outside to allow water flowing in the flow channel to be discharged to the outside;
an opening and closing part including an opening and closing member movably provided in the flow channel to open and close an opening and closing hole formed in the flow channel; and
an operating part including a rotating rotary member and enabling the opening and closing member to move in the flow channel according to rotation of the rotary member in conjunction with the main body and the opening and closing part,
wherein the opening and closing part includes a movement switching member to which a connection part included in the opening and closing member is connected, the movement switching member moving in a length direction of the flow channel, while rotating according to rotation of the rotary member, and
wherein the movement switching member has a guide protrusion inserted into a guide hole formed in the main body to move and rotate, along the guide hole.

US Pat. No. 10,457,534

HEAVY-DUTY LIFT TRUCK

1. A heavy-duty lift truck which is designed as a mast-based apparatus having a mast, wherein a load pick-up device is disposed so that it can be raised and lowered on the mast and the heavy-duty lift truck is arranged at least for a maximum load capacity of 8 t, wherein the heavy-duty lift truck comprises a power train with a travelling drive, wherein the travelling drive comprises an electric drive unit, and wherein the electric drive unit comprises an assembly with a direct voltage supply bus, an inverter connected thereto, a braking resistor connected to the inverter and an electric motor which can be actuated via the inverter and the electric motor is drivingly connected to a driving axle of the heavy-duty lift truck, and wherein the electric drive unit is connected via an electric line to a battery in order to be supplied with power, and wherein a direct current power controller is connected via a second electric line to the first electric line and a system battery and a vehicle computer are connected to the direct current power controller.

US Pat. No. 10,457,531

WINCH AND SAFETY DEVICE THEREOF

NINGBO CHINA WINCH CO., L...

1. A safety device of a winch, comprising:a power module;
a detection module;
a control module;
a display driving module; and
a display module;
wherein the display driving module is electrically connected to the display module; the display driving module and the detection module are electrically connected to the power module; the power module, the detection module and the display driving module are electrically connected to the control module;
wherein the control module is configured to convert a signal detected by the detection module into a control signal, and the control signal controls the display driving module to drive the display module to display;
wherein the power module includes a voltage boosting unit, a first voltage reducing and stabilizing unit, and a second voltage reducing and stabilizing unit,
wherein the first voltage reducing and stabilizing unit and the second voltage reducing and stabilizing unit are electrically connected to the voltage boosting unit, the first voltage reducing and stabilizing unit is electrically connected to the display driving module, the detection module and the control module are electrically connected to the second voltage reducing and stabilizing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,530

LIFT CRANE WITH MOVEABLE COUNTERWEIGHT

Manitowoc Cranes, LLC, M...

1. A mobile lift crane adapted to be configured in both a first configuration and a second configuration, the mobile lift crane comprising:a) a carbody;
b) moveable ground engaging members mounted on the carbody allowing the crane to move over the ground;
c) a rotating bed rotatably connected to the carbody about an axis of rotation; and
d) a boom pivotally mounted on the rotating bed and including a hoist line for handling a load;
e) a counterweight support frame connected to the rotating bed;
f) a moveable counterweight unit;
g) wherein in the first configuration,
i. a first mast is connected to the boom;
ii. a second mast pivotally is connected to the rotating bed, the second mast being connected to the first mast during at least a first pick, move, and set operation;
iii. a moveable counterweight support beam is coupled to the counterweight support frame and configured to move relative to the counterweight support frame while moving toward and away from the boom for use during the at least first pick, move, and set operation; and
h) wherein in the second configuration,
i. the first mast is absent from the mobile lift crane; and
ii. the mobile lift crane is configured such that it can perform at least a second pick, move, and set operation where the first mast is absent and the second mast is connected to the boom and the second mast can pivot in order to change the angle of the boom; and
i) wherein in the first and second configuration, the moveable counterweight unit is never supported by the ground other than indirectly by the moveable ground engaging members on the carbody during the at least first pick, move, and set operation and the at least second pick, move, and set operation;
m) wherein the mobile crane is adapted to be configured according to the first and the second configuration by at least:
the moveable counterweight unit adapted to (i) suspend below the rotating bed such that the moveable counterweight unit is operable to support counterweights positioned on opposing sides of the rotating bed and (ii) couple alternatively to the moveable counterweight support beam in the first configuration and to the counterweight support frame in the second configuration; and
the counterweight support frame adapted to couple alternatively to the moveable counterweight support beam and the moveable counterweight unit such that the moveable counterweight support beam is operable to move toward and away from the boom in the first configuration and the moveable counterweight unit is operable to move toward and away from the boom in the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,457,528

DAVIT ARM

Engineered Supply, LLC, ...

1. A davit arm system comprising:an anchor fixedly attached to a building, the anchor comprising an anchor aperture;
a davit body attached to the anchor, said davit body having a length and comprising a mounting portion, a tension line and a mount, the mount moveable along the length of the davit body, the mount comprising a receptacle that defines a cavity, the tension line arranged to move the mount along the length of the davit body as the tension line is shortened, the mounting portion arranged to engage the anchor, the mounting portion comprising a body aperture, the body aperture aligned with the anchor aperture; and
an arm attached to the mount and supported by said davit body, a portion of the arm oriented in the cavity, a longitudinal axis of said arm oriented perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of said davit body, said arm moveable along the length of the davit body with the mount.

US Pat. No. 10,457,527

OPERATION DEVICE FOR MANUAL CONTROL OF A LOAD SUSPENDED IN THE OPERATION DEVICE

BINAR QUICK-LIFT SYSTEMS ...

1. An operation device for a manual control of a load suspended by the operation device comprising:a) a housing configured for suspending the load;
b) a first connection means, at least indirectly carried by the housing, for the connection of the operation device to a lifting device for the lifting and lowering of the operation device with the load;
c) a second connection device, at least indirectly carried by the housing, for the connection of the operation device to the load;
d) a handle, which is movably arranged in relation to the housing and the second connection device and which has a rest position between two end positions;
e) a sensor arranged inside the housing for the detection of a motion by the handle in relation to the housing and the second connection device, which sensor emits a signal corresponding to the movement of the handle from its rest position; and
f) a control unit for receiving the signal and as a result thereof control the lifting and lowering of the operation device with the load, wherein said sensor is an electromagnetic induction sensor comprising more than two coaxial coil components and a ferromagnetic core component, which is coaxially movable in relation to the coil components.

US Pat. No. 10,457,525

HANDRAIL SYSTEM OF A PEOPLE MOVER AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING INJURIES IN A HANDRAIL SYSTEM OF A PEOPLE MOVER

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A handrail system of a people mover, the handrail system comprising:a circulating handrail;
a safety system of a handrail inlet in a handrail housing, the safety system including,
a hatch associated with the handrail inlet in the handrail housing, the hatch including a first hatch part and a second hatch part, the first hatch part and the second hatch part configured to launch together simultaneously inwards into the handrail housing to form an opening around the handrail, and
a triggering device operationally connected between the hatch and the handrail housing to launch the hatch from a first position inwards into the handrail housing to a second position in response to an object touching either one of the first hatch part or the second hatch part or arriving to a safety area in front of the hatch; and
a coupling operatively connecting the circulating handrail and the safety system, the coupling configured to stop the handrail in response to one or more of (i) the launch of the hatch inwards into the handrail housing and (ii) a detection, by a sensor, of the object arriving to the safety area in front of the hatch.

US Pat. No. 10,457,520

FILM ROLL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FILM ROLL

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A film roll comprising:a cylindrical core; and
a film wound around an outer peripheral surface of the core,
the core including:
a ring-shaped outer peripheral part defining an outer diameter of the core;
a ring-shaped inner peripheral part, provided inside the outer peripheral part, defining an inner diameter of the core; and
a plurality of ribs which extend between the outer peripheral part and the inner peripheral part in a direction of a radius of the core so as to connect the outer peripheral part and the inner peripheral part,
the ring-shaped inner peripheral part and the ring-shaped outer peripheral part each being substantially uniform in thickness,
the core satisfying the following inequality:
D×0.0017+0.63 wherein D (mm) denotes a difference between the outer diameter of the core and the inner diameter of the core, T1 (mm) denotes a thickness of the outer peripheral part, and T2 (mm) denotes a thickness of the inner peripheral part.

US Pat. No. 10,457,518

WINDING MACHINE

1. A winding machine for a traversing application of a winding material to a spool sleeve comprisinga) a spindle,
said spindle being supported for being rotated and for having a fixed axial position and
said spindle having an inner recess,
b) a drive driving the spindle for a rotational movement,
c) a traversing carriage, said traversing carriage being supported on the spindle for being movable with a traversing motion in an axial direction relative to the spindle,
d) a first coupling element for transmitting the rotational movement of the spindle to the traversing carriage and
e) a second coupling element for transmitting the traversing motion of the traversing carriage to the spool sleeve,
f) an actuation mechanism,
said actuation mechanism executing the traversing motion,
said actuation mechanism comprising a coupling device which is coupled to the traversing carriage for transmitting the traversing motion from the actuation mechanism to the traversing carriage and
said actuation mechanism extending through the inner recess of the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,512

AUTOMATIC LAPLESS BUTT MATERIAL SPLICE

New Era Converting Machin...

1. A web splicer for on-the-fly splicing of an outgoing web with a replacement web arranged about a replacement roll and having a leading edge, the web splicer comprising:a cutting blade configured to cut the outgoing web to create a trailing edge;
a bump roller rotatable about a central axis and configured to rotate in communication with the outgoing web, the bump roller arranged proximate to the replacement roll and further configured to press the trailing edge of the outgoing web against a first adhesive surface coupled to the replacement web;
a splicer backup roller rotatable about a central axis and configured to rotate in communication with the outgoing web; and
a splicer roller rotatable about a central axis, arranged proximate to the splicer backup roller, and configured to receive a second adhesive surface, the splicer roller configured to selectively press the second adhesive surface against the leading edge of the replacement web and the trailing edge of the outgoing web;
wherein the web splicer produces a web splice having the first adhesive surface arranged on a first side of the splice and extending across both the leading edge of the replacement web and the trailing edge of the outgoing web, and the second adhesive surface arranged on a second side of the splice and extending across both the leading edge of the replacement web and the trailing edge of the outgoing web.

US Pat. No. 10,457,502

TOOL AND METHOD FOR LAYER DEPALLETIZING

SYMBOTIC CANADA ULC, Laf...

1. A tool for layer depalletizing comprising:a frame for mounting the tool to a robot;
clamps movably mounted to the frame to grip a pallet layer;
curtains mounted to the frame below the clamps and being disposed so as to move relative to the clamps under the pallet layer while the pallet layer is gripped by the clamps, where a pressure on the clamps against the pallet layer is automatically adjusted by a controller depending on a movement resistance of the curtains against products in the pallet layer with the curtains movement relative to the clamps for insertion under the pallet layer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,501

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONVERTER BED UNLOADING AND LOADING

Cyclone Catalyst Properti...

1. A system for unloading material from a converter bed, the system comprising:(a) a vacuum source;
(b) a dust collector connected to the vacuum source by a first vacuum hose;
(c) a cyclone, the cyclone comprising:
(i) an outer chamber wall forming a housing;
(ii) an inner chamber wall, the inner chamber wall defining an inner chamber, wherein the inner chamber further comprises a drop-out region;
(iii) an inline feed inlet forming a passage into the inner chamber, wherein a terminal end of the inline feed inlet pipe does not extend substantially past the inner chamber wall, wherein a portion of the inline feed inlet pipe that forms the passage extending from outside an exterior of the outer chamber wall to the inner chamber is not angled and comprises a substantially uniform diameter, and wherein the inline feed inlet pipe forms the passage to the inner chamber through a vertical side portion of the cyclone and is substantially perpendicular relative thereto;
(iv) an outlet forming a passage out of a top portion of the cyclone;
(v) a material drop-out outlet forming a passage out of the drop-out region of the inner chamber, wherein the material drop-out outlet is disposed at a bottom portion of the cyclone; and
wherein the cyclone is operatively connected to the vacuum source through the dust collector, and wherein the cyclone is connected to the dust collector by a second vacuum hose; and
(d) a feed hose connected to the cyclone.

US Pat. No. 10,457,499

HANDLING DEVICE WITH SUCTION CUP FOR FOODSTUFF

Piab Aktiebolag, Taby (S...

1. A suction cup for handling foodstuff, comprising:a suction opening for applying a suction force to a surface of the foodstuff to be handled,
a drive opening for receiving a separate drive nozzle, and
an outlet nozzle integrally formed with the suction cup as a unitary piece and having at least one constriction, wherein the outlet nozzle is aligned with the drive opening, and wherein the suction cup is configured for being removably attached to a docking piece for supporting the suction cup,
the suction cup being configured such that the drive nozzle, when received in the drive opening, and the outlet nozzle cooperate to form an ejector for providing a suction force to the suction opening.

US Pat. No. 10,457,495

OPERATION OF AN ACTIVE CONTROL ROLLER TOP CONVEYING ASSEMBLY

Rexnord Industries, LLC, ...

1. A method of turning an object on a conveyor assembly, the method comprising:supporting the object on first rollers of the conveyor assembly defining a first motion zone, wherein a first clutch is operably connected to the first rollers by a first roller axle, the first clutch including a first driven member fixed to the first roller axle and a first driving member adjacent to the first driven member, and second rollers of the conveyor assembly defining a second motion zone, wherein a second clutch is operably connected to the second rollers by a second roller axle, the second clutch including a second driven member fixed to the second roller axle and a second driving member adjacent to the second driven member, and wherein the first rollers and the second rollers move along a length of the conveyor assembly;
activating the first clutch such that the first driven member engages with the first driving member to drive the first roller axle to rotate the first rollers in a first direction when moving along the length of the conveyor;
activating the second clutch such that the second driven member engages with the second driving member to drive the second roller axle to rotate the second rollers in a second direction, opposite the first direction, when moving along the length of the conveyor; and
turning the object as a result of the relative rotation of the first rollers and the second rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,457,493

INDEXING CONVEYOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

SST Systems, Inc., Sturg...

1. A conveyor system comprising:a rail defining a path of conveyance;
a plurality of sequential work stations positioned along the path of conveyance;
a plurality of carriages slidable along the rail, the plurality of carriages including
a first carriage supporting a load through the plurality of sequential work stations, and
a second carriage in a leading or downstream position with respect to the first carriage, the second carriage being unloaded;
an indexing system adapted to drive the plurality of carriages in discrete steps, each step advancing the plurality of carriages by an index length equal to a length of each of the plurality of sequential work stations; and
a work station skipping device operable to engage the load and transfer the load from the first carriage to the second carriage for skipping over a predetermined one of the plurality of sequential work stations.

US Pat. No. 10,457,491

CONVEYING SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE

1. A conveying system assembly, comprising:a. a conveyor for moving items along a conveying path;
b. at least one lateral sidewall positioned longitudinally along said conveyor, and
c. a sweeping device operable to clear said items from said conveyor by moving along a length of said conveyor, said sweeping device being positioned on a first side of said at least one lateral sidewall and magnetically coupled to a driving mechanism positioned on a second side of said at least one lateral sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,457,490

TRANSFER APPARATUS AND HOLDING APPARATUS

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A transfer apparatus, comprising:a base;
a first linear motion member supported by the base and movable in a first direction;
a second linear motion member supported by the first linear motion member and movable in a second direction crossing the first direction;
a moving conveyor supported by the second linear motion member and including a belt for conveying an article;
an extraction arm that extracts the article and places the article on the belt; and
a holding part, provided at an end of the extraction arm, that holds the article, the holding part including an elastic passive joint provided at the end of the extraction arm, and a first end member and a second end member connected to the elastic passive joint, the first end member and the second end member being held by the elastic passive joint to be approximately orthogonal to each other in a state where the first end member and the second end member are out of contact from the article, and to be approximately orthogonal or approximately parallel to each other in a state where the first end member and the second end member are in contact with the article.

US Pat. No. 10,457,483

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STORING OR RETRIEVING ITEMS

OPEX CORPORATION, Moores...

15. A material handling system, comprising:a storage and retrieval system, comprising:
a plurality of storage locations for storing items;
a plurality of independently operable displaceable storage and retrieval vehicles operable to retrieve an item from one of the storage locations and convey the item to a transfer location;
an input/output system operable to transfer items to and from the transfer location, wherein the input/output system comprises:
a plurality of picking vehicles for transporting items;
a picking track for guiding the picking vehicles, wherein the track comprises a loop;
an input/output station along the track configured to facilitate removal of an item from one of the delivery vehicles;
wherein the picking vehicles circulate around the loop between the input/output station and the transfer location;
wherein the picking vehicles are configured differently than the displaceable storage and retrieval vehicles and a stop impedes displacement of the storage and retrieval vehicles into the picking track.

US Pat. No. 10,457,482

METHOD FOR FETCHING A TARGET BIN STORED IN A STORAGE SYSTEM

Autostore Technology AS, ...

5. A storage system, comprising:a three-dimensional storage grid containing a plurality of bins stacked in vertical stacks;
supporting rails on the grid structure;
a plurality of vehicles controllably arranged to move on the supporting rails; and
a control device, wherein the control device is configured to enable fetching of a target bin stored in the storage system by:
controlling a plurality of non-target vehicles, wherein each of the non-target vehicles operates as an intermediate storage for a single bin located vertically above the target bin;
controlling a target vehicle to pick up the target bin; and
controlling the plurality of non-target vehicles and the target vehicle to be positioned adjacent to each other in a linear manner on the supporting rails, wherein the plurality of non-target vehicles and the target vehicle are the same type of vehicle able to lift only a bin at the time,
wherein the control device is configured to control each of the plurality of non-target vehicles to operate as intermediate storage for the single bin located vertically above the target bin by:
controlling the non-target vehicle to move to a target location above the target bin;
controlling the non-target vehicle to pick up a single bin from the vertical stack at the target location;
controlling the non-target vehicle to rest at a neighbour location; and
determining if the target bin has become an upper bin in the vertical stack at the target location, and if this is not true, repeating the controlling steps until the target bin has become the upper bin in the vertical stack at the target location.

US Pat. No. 10,457,481

STRUCTURE PROTECTOR

C. B. Medina Casado, Vil...

1. Structure protector to prevent damage to support legs of warehouse shelf structure by forklift equipment, said structure protector comprising:a covering element (1) for a corresponding one of the support legs, said covering element (1) formed by a profile (1.1) with a C-shaped cross-section, said covering element suitable for being installed around an exterior lateral contour of the corresponding one of the support legs, said covering element (1) having a surface defined around said profile (1.1), said covering element having a height which covers a lower part of the corresponding one of the support legs, said covering element having a support base (1.2) fastened to the ground; and
at least one of an element with a hollow truncated pyramid shape (2) having three inclined sides (2.1) and one open side, an open lower base and an upper base smaller than the lower base, said upper base open towards the open side, said upper base having a horizontal flat surface (2.2) in a contour corresponding to the same hollow truncated pyramid shape, said contour corresponding to the three inclined sides (2.1), said horizontal flat surface (2.2) having an interior contour shape suitable for fitting to said surface around said profile (1.1) of said covering element (1).

US Pat. No. 10,457,479

NESTED LINER ASSEMBLY FOR A TRASH RECEPTACLE WITH LID

1. A nested liner assembly, comprising:a. a plurality of liners, a liner of the plurality of liners being inside a next liner of the plurality of liners, the liner having an edge defining an opening into an interior of the liner, the plurality of liners including an innermost liner and an outermost liner;
b. an insert operable to be inserted into a trash receptacle, the insert defining a channel and wherein the plurality of liners are configured to be removably attached to the insert, wherein the insert operable has an outer portion dimensioned to surround the trash receptacle, wherein the outer portion has a first end and a second end, and wherein the first end and the second end overlap;
c. a lifter dimensioned to fit into the channel; and
d. at least one lift strap attached to the lifter and operable to lift the lifter from the channel of the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,457,474

INDIVIDUAL PILL DISPENSER

T Graziano Product Develo...

1. A pill dispenser for dispensing a pill, said dispenser comprising:a container defining an interior cavity for storing pills to be dispensed terminating in an upper neck comprising a sidewall having a neck pill outlet through-aperture spanning less than half of a neck circumference; and
a cap comprising a cap top bearing a downwardly protruding peripheral cap wall, adapted to rotate about, and in close proximity to, an exterior of said container neck and a downwardly protruding central wall abutting a central cap chamber and wholly circumscribed within said peripheral cap wall; wherein said peripheral cap wall includes a cap pill outlet through-aperture; and wherein said central wall includes an outer surface bearing a latitudinally-recessed, pill cavity, spanning less than half of a cap circumference, longitudinally spanning to a nadir of said central wall, said pill cavity offset from said pill aperture, wherein said cap is adapted to occupy at least two positions about said neck: (i) a load position characterized by said neck pill outlet through-aperture being aligned with said cap pill cavity; and a (ii) dispense position, occupied subsequent to said pill load position, characterized by said cap pill outlet through-aperture being aligned with said neck pill outlet through-aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,457,468

THERMALLY PROTECTED SHIPPING CONTAINER

Call2Recycle, Inc., Atla...

1. A container comprising:an open-top box having an upper edge and including a top flap attached to the upper edge along a first fold line; and
a lid assembly attached to the upper edge of the open-top box along a second fold line and comprising:
a back panel;
a front panel attached to the back panel and including an opening; and
a pair of side flaps attached to at least one of the back panel and the front panel along a pair of fold lines,
wherein the lid assembly has a first configuration in which the lid assembly is coupled to the top flap such that the opening in the front panel provides access to an interior of the open-top box with the pair of side flaps folded to form a side closure to the lid assembly; and
wherein the lid assembly has a second configuration in which the pair of side flaps secure the lid assembly to the open-top box such that the container is sealed for shipment, and
a thermally protective lining, consisting of polyethylene terephthalate, secured to an inner surface of at least a portion of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,457,466

MICROWAVE HEATING CONSTRUCT

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A construct for heating a food product, the construct comprising:a plurality of panels forming an interior space of the construct, the plurality of panels comprise a first main panel, a first minor panel foldably connected to the first main panel at a first longitudinal fold line, a second minor panel foldably connected to the main panel at a second longitudinal fold line, a first major panel foldably connected to the first minor panel at a third longitudinal fold line, and a second major panel foldably connected to the second minor panel at a fourth longitudinal fold line, the first major panel and second major panel being overlapped to form a second main panel, at least one panel of the plurality of panels comprising a microwave energy interactive material;
a plurality of end panels foldably connected to a respective panel of the plurality of panels for closing a first end of the construct, the plurality of end panels comprise a first end panel foldably connected to the first main panel, a first partial end panel foldably connected to the first major panel, and a second partial end panel foldably connected to the second major panel, the first partial end panel and the second partial end panel being overlapped to form a second end panel foldably connected to the second main panel,
the first end panel comprises a female locking feature and the second end panel comprising a male locking feature for being received in the female locking feature to close the first end of the construct,
further comprising an edge being in a lateral direction transverse to the longitudinal direction of the construct, a second end opposite the first end, the second end is an open end defined by the edge.

US Pat. No. 10,457,462

SNAP CLOSE PEEL RESEAL PACKAGE

Bemis Company, Inc., Nee...

1. A package, comprising:a tray having a recessed portion and a flange, the recessed portion defining a product-receiving cavity and the flange including two opposed edges defining a width of the tray; and
a lidding film extending across the cavity;
wherein the flange comprises a margin portion and a frame portion, the frame portion surrounding the cavity and the margin portion being disposed alongside the frame portion, wherein the margin portion has a margin width, and wherein a ratio of the margin width to the width of the tray is in a range of 0.8 to 1.2;
wherein the lidding film attaches to both the frame portion and the margin portion of the flange and the lidding film comprises a peelable/resealable film; and
wherein the recessed portion includes a side wall having a first imperforate locking feature, and wherein the margin portion includes a second imperforate locking feature configured to mate with the first imperforate locking feature by pivotably rotating the margin portion towards the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,457,457

FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS WITH BOTTOM SUPPORT STRUCTURE

1. A disposable stand-up flexible container comprising:a product volume made from a flexible material;
a plurality of structural support members, which supports the product volume, wherein each of the structural support members includes an expanded structural support volume made from a flexible material and expanded by an expansion material above atmospheric pressure, and wherein the plurality of structural support members includes:
a front middle structural support member, oriented about vertically, and disposed on a front of the container and on a first side of the container, and extending from a top portion of the container through a middle portion of the container into a bottom portion of the container;
a back middle structural support member, oriented about vertically, and disposed on a back of the container and on the first side of the container, and extending from a top portion of the container through a middle portion of the container into a bottom portion of the container;
a bottom structural support member, oriented horizontally and substantially laterally, disposed on a front of the container and in a bottom portion of the container;
a bottom middle structural support member, oriented horizontally and substantially perpendicular to the bottom structural support member, wherein an end of the bottom structural support member is joined to an end of the bottom middle structural support member; and
wherein:
at least part of the front middle structural support member is in contact with at least part of the back middle structural support member; and
a lower portion of the front middle structural support member is spaced apart from a lower portion of the back middle structural support member by a reinforcing seal that is formed by sealed portions that are bounded by edges that are shared with the bottom portions of front middle structural support member and the back middle support member and a middle portion of a bottom middle structural support member, on at least the first side, such that each reinforcing seal has an overall shape that is a substantially triangular shape.

US Pat. No. 10,457,452

SAFETY CAPSULE FOR A CONTAINER

BORMIOLI PHARMA S.P.A., ...

1. A safety capsule for a container, comprising:i) a cap (2) for closing the container, said cap (2) being made of a plastic material and comprising a thread (20) for connection to the container;
ii) a cover (3) for said cap (2), said cover (3) comprising a base (30) and a lateral wall (31) that extends from said base (30); said base (30) and said lateral wall (31) overlying said cap (2), said base (30) being at the opposite end with respect to a zone (4) of the capsule in which an intactness band (8) is located; the intactness band (8) being designed to be connected with the container;
iii) a press-fit engagement means (5) that sets said cap (2) and said cover (3) into operative communication, enabling transmission of motion from the cover (3) to the cap (2) for a purpose of making it possible to unscrew said cap (2);
iv) means (6) for preventing extraction of the cover (3) from the cap (2), comprising a first connecting means (61) for connecting the cover (3) to the cap (2); said engagement means (5) and said first connecting means (61) being at least partly incorporated in said cap (2) and cover (3);
v) means for re-closing the cap on the container after it has been opened, comprising:at least a first flexible tab (23) incorporated in the cap (2) and projecting towards the lateral wall (31) of the cover (3); said first tab (23) surmounting a first part of the cap (2), a first concavity (24) being wedged between the first tab (23) and said first part of the cap (2);a second flexible tab (32) projecting from the lateral wall (31) of the cover (3) towards the cap (2); the second tab (32) surmounting one zone of the lateral wall (31) of the cover, a second concavity (33) being wedged between said second tab (32) and said zone of the lateral wall (31);a first direction of rotation of the cover (3) determining a simultaneous insertion of the first tab (23) in the second concavity (33) and an insertion of the second tab (32) in the first concavity (24) so as to enable the transmission of motion from the cover (3) to the cap (2), and the cap (2) to be screwed onto the container as a result;a second direction of rotation of the cover (3) determining a sliding of the first tab (23) over the second tab (32).

US Pat. No. 10,457,449

CONTAINER HINGE

Inline Plastics Corp., S...

1. A method of forming a plastic container comprising:providing a sheet of plastic material that is at least partially transparent;
forming a first portion including an outwardly extending peripheral flange;
forming a second portion including an outwardly extending peripheral flange, the first portion and the second portion defining a container volume; and
forming a hinge joining the peripheral flange of the first portion and the peripheral flange of the second portion, the hinge having a pivot line tangent to the peripheral flange of the first portion, wherein the flange of the first portion extends further than the flange of the second portion proximate each end of the pivot line to create a seamless periphery about the hinge relative to a periphery of the first portion when the container is closed,
wherein forming the hinge further comprises forming at least two inward facing arcuate perimeter segments, each arcuate perimeter segment formed adjacent to respective ends of the pivot line, wherein the pivot line is tangent to at least a portion of each arcuate perimeter segment.

US Pat. No. 10,457,447

PACKAGED CONSUMER PRODUCT

1. A packaged consumer product comprising:a package container;
a consumer product disposed within the package container;
a package closure disposed in communication with the package container;
an indicia comprising an array of discrete visual elements disposed in two or more layers upon adjacent surfaces of the package container and package closure, wherein the package container comprises two or more discrete visual elements and the package closure comprises two or more discrete visual elements, wherein the array of discrete visual elements comprise a network of elements that form a composite image; and
an interface gap between the package container and the package closure, wherein the indicia comprises an image-free zone corresponding to the location of the interface gap.

US Pat. No. 10,457,446

CONTAINMENT SYSTEM HAVING A ROTATABLE COVER

2think, LLC, Windsor, CO...

1. A containment system comprising:a container having a container sidewall disposed between opposing container first and second ends;
a lateral cavity disposed in said container sidewall;
a cover configured for concentric disposition about said container sidewall; and
an aperture element disposed in said cover, said aperture element defining an aperture element opening communicating between cover inner and outer surfaces;
wherein said cover is rotatable about said container sidewall between first and second positions;
wherein in said first position, said aperture element opening aligns with said lateral cavity, thereby allowing access to said lateral cavity; and
wherein in said second position, a portion of said cover overlays said lateral cavity to enclose said lateral cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,457,442

COMPOSITE PALLET

INTEGRATED COMPOSITE PROD...

1. A rail-rackable composite pallet, comprising:a base layer comprising two or more thermoplastic base members, wherein each thermoplastic base member of the two or more thermoplastic base members defines a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein each thermoplastic base member of the two or more thermoplastic base members extends between a first end and a second end;
an intermediate layer comprising two or more thermoplastic intermediate members, wherein each thermoplastic intermediate member of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members defines a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein each thermoplastic intermediate member of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members extends between a first end and a second end;
two or more thermoplastic support blocks removably attached to the base layer proximate the first surfaces of the two or more thermoplastic base members and removably attached to the intermediate layer proximate the second surfaces of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members such that the two or more thermoplastic support blocks are positioned between the base layer and the intermediate layer, wherein the two or more thermoplastic support blocks separate the base layer from the intermediate layer;
wherein the two or more thermoplastic support blocks include a first support block and a second support block, the first support block having a first section with a first width extending between opposing outer surfaces of the first support block in the first section and a second section with a second width extending between opposing outer surfaces of the first support block in the second section, wherein the second width is different from the first width, the second support block having a substantially constant width extending between opposing outer surfaces of the second support block; and
a top layer comprising two thermoplastic top outside members removably attached to the intermediate layer proximate the first surfaces of the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members, wherein each thermoplastic top outside member of the two thermoplastic top outside members defines a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein each thermoplastic top outside member of the two thermoplastic top outside members extends between a first end and a second end,
wherein at least some of the two or more thermoplastic base members, the two or more thermoplastic intermediate members, and the two thermoplastic top outside members are thermoplastic structural members, wherein each thermoplastic structural member comprises two or more ribs extending away from the second surface to a rib end portion between the first and second ends of the thermoplastic structural member, wherein each thermoplastic structural member comprises fiber dispersed in a thermoplastic material and each of the two or more ribs of the thermoplastic structural member comprises a continuous fiber bundle within each rib proximate the rib end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,439

SAG-RESISTANT CONTAINERS AND BLANKS FOR MAKING THE SAME

WestRock Shared Services,...

1. A container formed from a blank of sheet material, the container comprising:a bottom wall;
two opposing end walls, each end wall including at least an end panel extending from an end edge of the bottom wall;
two opposing side walls each extending from an opposing side edge of the bottom wall;
an upper reinforcing assembly at least partially extending from each end panel; and
a side reinforcing assembly extending from opposing side edges of each end panel,
wherein the upper reinforcing assembly comprises a top end flap extending from a top edge of the end panel and a top side flap extending from a side edge of the top end flap, the top side flap being coupled to one of the two side walls in a substantially face-to-face relationship,
wherein the side reinforcing assembly comprises an outer reinforcing panel extending from a side edge of the end panel and an inner reinforcing panel extending from a side edge of the outer reinforcing panel, wherein the outer reinforcing panel is positioned in a substantially face-to-face relationship with the inner reinforcing panel and the inner reinforcing panel is coupled to one of the two side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,457,434

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PACKAGING INJECTION MOULDINGS

HEKUMA GMBH, Eching (DE)...

1. A method for transferring injection-molded components (P) in the form of pipette tips (P) from an injection-molded machine into packaging containers (V1 to V4), comprising the following steps:withdrawing the injection-molded components (P) in a ring-shaped arrangement from a tool (W) of the injection molding machine by a withdrawal grab (100),
transferring the ring-shaped arrangement into an in-line configuration of the injection-molded components (P) in a transfer station (101),
positioning the injection-molded components (P) in the transfer station (101) according to positioning in a workpiece holder (102), and
transporting the injection-molded components (P) into the workpiece holder (102) by means of the transfer station (101), whereupon the injection-molded components (P) from the workpiece holder (102) are inserted into the packaging containers (V1 to V4), whereinin the withdrawal grab (100) injection-molded components (P), arranged along a straight line (Y) in an opposite manner, are withdrawn from the ring-shaped arrangement and are transferred into the in-line configuration in the transfer station (101),whereupon the remaining injection-molded components (P) of the ring-shaped arrangement, which face each other along the straight line (Y) complete the already present in-line configuration in the transfer station (101) such that from the ring-shaped arrangement of the injection-molded components (01 to 08) on the withdrawal grab (100) at least one line or row is formed in the transfer station (101), whereingroups of rings (R1 to R8) of injection-molded components at the withdrawal grab (100) are transferred in groups of rows in the transfer station (101) such that in the groups of rows numbering of the injection-molded components (P) corresponds continuously to the numbering in the ring-shaped arrangement, whereinthe in-line configuration of the injection-molded components (P) in the transfer station (101) is compacted to a compact in-line configuration by moving single injection-molded components and/or portions of single rows in relation to each other in which the injection-molded components (P) and groups of rows of the injection-molded components have a predetermined distance to each other which corresponds to the positioning in the workpiece holder (102), whereingroups of rows (R1 to R8) in the transfer station (101) corresponding to one shot of the injection molding machine are inserted into the workpiece holder (102) such that the order of the groups of rings in the injection molding tool corresponds to the order of groups of rows in the workpiece holder (102), whereby the transfer station repeatedly charges the workpiece holder (102), and wherein,the workpiece holder (102) is designed by means of rod-shaped workpiece holder units (102.1, 102.2, . . . ), having receiving holes (B) for the injection-molded components (P), the rod-shaped workpiece holder units (102.102.2, . . . ) are attached to a support device (102a) in a manner displaceable relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,432

APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING PACKAGES OF INFUSION PRODUCTS

1. An apparatus for producing packages of infusion products, said packages comprising a bag (3) filled with a dosed quantity of a product, a tag (4), and a length of thread (2) attached at opposite ends to said bag (3) and said tag (4) respectively, said apparatus comprising:a forming group (30,40) of said filled bag (3);
a feeding group (50) that feeds said filled bag after forming;
a cutting and feeding group (60) of said length of thread (2); and
a sewing head (70) of said length of thread (2) to said filled bag (3), wherein said feeding group (50), said cutting and feeding group (60), and said sewing head (70) are capable of rotating around respective rotation axes,
wherein said feeding group (50) of said filled bag also feeds said tag (4), and said sewing head (70) sews said length of thread (2) also to said tag (4), and
wherein said sewing head (70) peripherally carries one or more movable sewing units (80), said one or more sewing units (80) being caused, in succession, to move and interact with said cutting and feeding unit via a first tracking motion of said cutting and feeding unit (60), to receive said length of thread via a second tracking motion of said feeding group (50) of said filled bag and said tag (4), and to sew ends of said length of thread (2) received by said cutting and feeding (60) group, to said bag (3) and to said tag (4) carried in a continuous movement by said feeding group (50).

US Pat. No. 10,457,422

WEIGHTS FOR WATER IMMERSION TESTING

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An apparatus for securing a rotor blade, comprising:a base having a length alignable along a length of the rotor blade, the rotor blade positioned against a set point;
a first slidable component configured to slide within the base along the direction of the length of the base;
a first clam shell assembly supported by the first slidable component and receptive of the rotor blade at the selected location of the rotor blade;
a second slidable component configured to slide within the base along the direction of the length of the base;
a second clam shell assembly supported by the slidable component and receptive of the rotor blade; and
an offset member secured to the base and configured to maintain the base at a distance from a set point for receiving the rotor blade at the first clam shell assembly and the second clam shell assembly, wherein a length of the offset member is selected to place a center of gravity of the received rotor blade at a midpoint between the first clam shell assembly and the second clam shell assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,457,420

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING MAINTENANCE AND SHELTER TO DRONE

Sharper Shape Oy, Espoo ...

1. An apparatus for providing maintenance and shelter to at least one drone, the apparatus comprising:at least one maintenance unit operable to provide maintenance to a drone that has arrived for maintenance;
a base structure fixed within a ground pit to a support, the base structure being configured for providing support to the at least one maintenance unit;
at least one landing structure suitable for the drone to land on, wherein each landing structure comprises a first actuator that is operable to move the at least one landing structure in relation to the base structure, so as to align the drone landed on the at least one landing structure with respect to the at least one maintenance unit, thereby enabling the at least one maintenance unit to provide maintenance to the drone; and
wherein the support is configured to lower and raise the apparatus into and out of the ground pit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,417

FLIGHT INSTRUMENT WARNING DISPLAY

Bell Textron Inc., Fort ...

1. A aircraft display, comprising:a calculation unit configured to receive inputs from one or more aircraft systems and to determine if warnings should be displayed based on current aircraft flight conditions and aircraft propulsion system parameters; and
a display unit configured to receive input from the calculation unit and to generate graphics for a flight instrument display, wherein the graphics comprise one or more warnings indicating a low power condition during low altitude flight or low airspeed flight,
wherein the graphics comprise one or more warning bands having a plurality of segments, each segment is associated with:
a different airspeed warning zone, and each zone is defined based upon a current aircraft power available and a current aircraft height above surface, or
a different altitude warning zone, and each zone is defined based upon a current aircraft power available and a current aircraft airspeed, or
a different power warning zone, and each zone is defined based upon a current aircraft airspeed and a current aircraft height above surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,416

PARACHUTE LANDING ASSISTANT

1. A parachute landing assistant comprised of a battery pack; a power switch; an LED indicator light; an audio jack; a microcontroller; and LIDAR ground proximity sensor, whereinthe battery pack is comprised of an alkaline or lithium ion battery system that supplies 5 V DC power to the microcontroller and other components; the power switch allows a parachutist to enable or disable operation of Parachute Landing Assistant;
the LED indicator light informs the parachutist as to whether the Parachute Landing Assistant operation is enabled or disabled;
the audio jack permits a tone or tones to be transmitted from the Parachute Landing Assistant to a headset or helmet of the parachutist to alert the parachutist with a tone or tones as to proximity of the parachutist to the ground;
the microcontroller controls the components of the Parachute Landing Assistant;
the microcontroller receives signals from the LIDAR ground proximity sensor, interprets those signals, and alerts the parachutist when the parachutist reaches a pre-set distance from the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,457,411

LIGHTNING STRIKE DISPERSION FOR COMPOSITE AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A lightning strike dispersion structure comprising:a composite component having an outboard surface, wherein the composite component is electrically nonconductive;
a metal sheet coupled to and extending across a minority portion of the outboard surface of the composite component, wherein the metal sheet is electrically conductive and comprises a ductile material;
a metal stud coupled to and in electrical contact with the metal sheet, the metal stud extending completely through the composite component, wherein the metal stud comprises a head and a tip longitudinally opposite the head, wherein the metal stud is electrically conductive and the head of the metal stud is fixedly embedded in the ductile material of the metal sheet; and
a metal mesh coupled to and extending across a majority portion of the outboard surface of the composite component, wherein the metal mesh is electrically conductive and the majority portion of the outboard surface of the composite component is inclusive of the minority portion of the outboard surface of the composite component such that the metal mesh extends across and is in electrical contact with the metal sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,457,410

MAGNETIC CARBON NANOTUBE CLUSTER SYSTEMS AND METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method comprising:receiving a magnetic particle;
forming a plurality of carbon nanotube catalyst nanoparticles on an outer surface of the magnetic particle; and
forming a plurality of carbon nanotubes extending from the catalyst nanoparticles while the magnetic particle is levitated within a nanotube growth chamber to form a magnetic carbon nanotube cluster, wherein the forming the plurality of carbon nanotubes extending from the catalyst nanoparticles comprises controlling a magnetic field generator to levitate the magnetic particles in a growth region of the nanotube growth chamber, and wherein the growth region comprises a carrier gas configured to supply carbon atoms to form the plurality of carbon nanotubes.

US Pat. No. 10,457,405

COMPOSITE AEROSTRUCTURE WITH INTEGRATED HEATING ELEMENT

TRIUMPH AEROSTRUCTURES, L...

1. A heated aerostructure, comprising:a composite structure, comprising:
a reinforced thermoplastic upper layer forming a load bearing element of the aerostructure wherein the thermoplastic of the upper layer has a first glass transition temperature;
a reinforced thermoplastic lower layer forming a load bearing element of the aerostructure wherein thermoplastic of the lower layer has a second glass transition temperature;
a thermoplastic heater layer wherein the thermoplastic of the heater layer has a third glass transition temperature and the heater layer comprises:
a plurality of electrically conductive fibers;
a first electrode electrically connected with the conductive fibers; and
a second electrode electrically connected with the conductive fibers, so that the conductive fibers provide an electrical pathway between the first electrode and the second electrode;
wherein the conductive fibers of the thermoplastic heater layer are substantially similar to the reinforcing fibers of the upper layer and the lower layer;
a first fiber reinforced thermoplastic insulative layer disposed between the heater layer and the upper layer wherein the thermoplastic of the first insulative layer has a fourth glass transition temperature;
a second fiber reinforced thermoplastic insulative layer disposed between the heater layer and the lower layer wherein the thermoplastic of the second insulative layer has a fifth glass transition temperature;
wherein the third glass temperature is within 25 percent of the glass transition temperature of the first and second glass temperature;
a sensor operable to sense a characteristic indicative of the formation of ice on the upper layer;
a controller connected with the sensor and an electrical power source for controlling the power provided to the first electrode;
wherein the first electrode and the electrically conductive fibers are connected such that electric power applied to the first electrode is conducted to the electrically conductive fibers to provide resistive heating sufficient to heat the composite structure to impede formation of ice on the composite structure or to remove ice formed on the composite structure.

US Pat. No. 10,457,403

DUAL-CHANNEL DEICING SYSTEM FOR A ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of deicing a rotary wing aircraft, comprising:providing a first electrothermal heating element located along a leading edge of a main rotor blade over a stagnation line, a second electrothermal heating element located aft of the first electrothermal heating element along an upper surface of the main rotor blade, a third electrothermal heating element located aft of the first electrothermal heating element along a lower surface of the main rotor blade, and a fourth electrothermal heating element located aft of the third electrothermal heating element along the lower surface of the main rotor blade;
operating the third electrothermal heating element prior to the first electrothermal heating element, the first electrothermal heating element prior to the second electrothermal heating element, and the fourth electrothermal heating element subsequent to the second electrothermal heating element in response to a heating cycle defined by a controller, the heating cycle including an on-time and an off-time; and
communicating between the controller and another controller, such that the another controller is operable to define the heating cycle upon a failure associated with the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,457,401

DUAL-USE AIR TURBINE SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A dual-use air turbine system for a gas turbine engine of an aircraft, the dual-use air turbine system comprising:a variable area air turbine mechanically linked to a spool of the gas turbine engine through a multi-speed gear set;
a plurality of valves in pneumatic ducting operable to direct an engine start air flow through an inlet of the variable area air turbine and drive rotation of the spool during an engine start mode of operation, wherein the valves comprise a first check valve, a high pressure shutoff valve, a main valve located upstream of the inlet of the variable area air turbine, a starter air valve located downstream of an outlet of the variable area air turbine, and a second check valve located between the outlet of the variable area air turbine and the main valve; and
a controller configured to direct an engine bleed air flow from a compressor section of the gas turbine engine through the inlet of the variable area air turbine and drive rotation of the spool during an environmental control system active mode of operation of an environmental control system that provides conditioned air to a cabin of the aircraft, wherein the engine bleed air flow is provided from a lower pressure tap of the compressor section by the first check valve to the main valve and to the inlet of the variable area air turbine or the engine bleed air flow is provided from a higher pressure tap of the compressor section by the high pressure shut-off valve to the main valve and the inlet of the variable area air turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,457,398

COLLAPSIBLE BACKREST

AMI INDUSTRIES, INC., Co...

1. A collapsible backrest, comprising:a cover;
a back panel retained within a first compartment of the cover;
a base panel flexibly coupled to the back panel and retained within a second compartment of the cover;
a central panel flexibly coupled to the base panel and retained within a third compartment of the cover; and
an end panel flexibly coupled to the central panel and retained within a fourth compartment of the cover, wherein the base panel, the central panel, and the end panel form a triangular support structure in a deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,397

AIRCRAFT SEAT STRUCTURE

JAMCO CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An aircraft seat structure comprising:a first seat unit having a first seat region that includes a first seat that can be changed between a seat configuration and a bed configuration, and a first protruding region that protrudes adjacent to the first seat region in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the first seat region, which are surrounded by a plurality of partition walls; and
a second seat unit having a second seat region that includes a second seat that can be changed between a seat configuration and a bed configuration, and a second protruding region that protrudes adjacent to the second seat region in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the second seat region, which are surrounded by a plurality of partition walls,
a third seat unit includes a third seat that can be changed between a seat configuration and a bed configuration,
wherein the first protruding region of the first seat unit and the second protruding region of the second seat unit are formed so as to protrude in opposite directions relative to the first seat region and the second seat region, and
the first seat unit is arranged in such a manner that a longitudinal direction thereof matches a front-rear direction of the aircraft, and the second seat unit is arranged in such a manner that a longitudinal direction thereof matches the front-rear direction of the aircraft, the first seat unit and the second seat unit being connected in a state where a portion of the second seat region of the second seat unit is inserted in the first protruding region of the first seat unit,
the third seat unit is arranged to the second seat unit in a manner of side-by-side two rows,
an intermediate portion is received in a space below the second seat portion or in an accommodating portion of the second protruding portion, at the second seat unit, and
wherein the bed configuration is formed, by positioning the intermediate portion taken therefrom between the seat portion of the second seat of the second seat unit and a footrest portion arranged in an inner space of the first protruding portion of the first seat unit, heights of the top surfaces thereof being the same as each other,
the second seat of the second seat unit and the third seat of the third seat unit are connected when a partition wall arranged between the second seat unit and the third seat unit is slid to open.

US Pat. No. 10,457,393

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR RECEIVING AERIAL VEHICLE DELIVERY

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. An apparatus for receiving aerial vehicle delivery comprising:a receiving pad configured to receive a package released by an aerial vehicle hovering over the receiving pad;
one or more accessory couplers attached to the receiving pad and configured to allow a receiving pad accessory to couple to and uncouple from the receiving pad; and
a wall portion surrounding at least a portion of the receiving pad, the wall portion being removably coupled to the receiving pad via an accessory coupler; and
wherein the receiving pad is coupled to a motorized retractor configured to retract and extend the receiving pad; and
wherein the motorized retractor is configured to automatically extend the receiving pad in response to the aerial vehicle approaching the receiving pad.

US Pat. No. 10,457,389

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

Hood Technology Corporati...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,388

ROTOR ASSEMBLY WITH HIGH LOCK-NUMBER BLADES

Bell Helicopter Textron, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,387

AUTOGYRO WITH A STREAMLINED OUTER CONTOUR

Christoph Fraundorfer, N...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,381

TORQUE-SENSITIVE LOCKING AND RELEASE MECHANISM FOR A BISTABLE PITCH PROPELLER

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. A bistable pitch propeller, comprising:a ball;
a spring;
a clutch module, wherein:
the clutch module has a range of rotational movement between a locked end position and a released end position;
the clutch module includes a detent, the ball sits in the detent when the clutch module is in the locked end position, and the ball sits outside of the detent when the clutch module is in the released end position;
the clutch module rotates toward the released end position in response to an input torque; and
the clutch module rotates toward the locked end position in response to a spring force from the spring; and
an aircraft blade, wherein:
the aircraft blade has a range of rotational movement between a first pitch angle and a second pitch angle;
the aircraft blade is mechanically coupled to the clutch module;
the aircraft blade is at the first pitch angle when the clutch module is in the locked end position; and
the aircraft blade is at the second pitch angle when the clutch module is in the released end position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,380

ARTICULATED ROTOR SYSTEMS WITH PITCH INDEPENDENT DAMPING

Bell Textron Inc., Fort ...

1. A proprotor system operable for use on a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter flight mode and an airplane flight mode, the proprotor system comprising:a rotor hub;
a plurality of proprotor blades coupled to the rotor hub such that each proprotor blade has three independent degrees of freedom relative to the rotor hub including blade pitch about a pitch change axis, blade flap about a flapping axis and lead-lag about a lead-lag axis;
a plurality of twin spherical elastomeric centrifugal force bearings each coupling one of the proprotor blades with the rotor hub and each providing a coincident hinge with a center point for the respective pitch change, flapping and lead-lag axes between a pair of oppositely disposed spherical surfaces; and
a plurality of lead-lag dampers each coupling one of the proprotor blades with the rotor hub, each lead-lag damper aligned with the pitch change axis of the respective proprotor blade, thereby providing pitch independent lead-lag damping.

US Pat. No. 10,457,376

AIRCRAFT STRETCHER CONNECTOR

AIRMEDIC, North Hollywoo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,372

PROPULSION DEVICE FOR SHIP

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,366

FISH WITH VARIABLE HYDRODYNAMIC LIFT AND TOW LINE COMPRISING THE FISH

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,365

UNDERWATER SYSTEM AND METHOD

Elta Systems Ltd., Ashdo...

1. A system for underwater use, comprising:an autonomous mother unmanned underwater vehicle (AMUV) and at least one auxiliary unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV),
the AMUV being configured for autonomously searching for and detecting undersea objects potentially present in an undersea region of interest (ROI), for generating object information relating to the objects detected thereby to enable identification and location of at least one object of interest (OOI) among the detected objects, and for selectively transporting said at least one UUV to at least within a predetermined distance from said location of said at least one OOI,
wherein said AMUV is configured for autonomously identifying at least one said OOI among the detected objects in said ROI by processing said object information, and
said at least one UUV being configured for autonomously interacting with said at least one OOI at least within said predetermined distance, responsive to said control information being provided, wherein said interaction comprises neutralizing the at least one OOI.

US Pat. No. 10,457,361

SELF-RIGHTING LIFE RAFT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,360

METHOD OF REMOVING AQUATIC WEEDS FROM WATERCRAFT TRAILERS

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,358

MARINE SAFETY LIGHTING

Peter Granata Design, LLC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,356

METHOD FOR HANDLING A FAIRED CABLE TOWED BY A VESSEL

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A method for handling a cable that is faired by means of a fairing, said cable being towed by a ship on board which is there is carried a winch allowing the faired cable to be wound in and paid out through a faired-cable guide device, the method comprising:a first step of monitoring the cable, making it possible to detect whether the fairing is experiencing a double twist around the cable comprising an immersed full twist and an airborne full twist,
and, when a double twist is detected, a first step of hauling in the faired cable, during which step the faired cable is hauled in, the first hauling step being carried out in such a way that the immersed full twist at least partially leaves the water and does not enter the guide device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,353

BICYCLE REAR SPROCKET ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear sprocket assembly comprising:a first sprocket and a second sprocket, the second sprocket being adjacent to the first sprocket in an axial direction parallel to a rotational center axis of the bicycle rear sprocket assembly without another sprocket disposed between the first sprocket and the second sprocket, the first sprocket including
a first sprocket body;
a plurality of first sprocket teeth provided to an outer periphery of the first sprocket body, the plurality of first sprocket teeth including a first shifting initiation tooth and a second shifting initiation tooth, a plurality of first circumferential areas each of which has a first circumferential length corresponding to a single tooth pitch defined from a driving surface of a tooth of the first sprocket teeth to a driving surface of an adjacent tooth of the first sprocket teeth, the adjacent tooth being adjacent to the tooth without another tooth of the first sprocket teeth therebetween;
a first total number of the plurality of first circumferential areas is an even number;
a first shifting facilitation area in which the first shifting initiation tooth is disposed, the first shifting facilitation area including a first axially recessed portion to facilitate an upshifting operation;
a second shifting facilitation area in which the second shifting initiation tooth is disposed, the second shifting facilitation area including a second axially recessed portion to facilitate an upshifting operation;
a third shifting facilitation area configured to facilitate a shifting operation from the second sprocket to the first sprocket, the third shifting facilitation area including a third axially recessed portion to facilitate a downshifting operation, the third axially recessed portion being disposed between the second axially recessed portion and the first axially recessed portion in a driving rotational direction configured to move a bicycle in the forward direction; wherein the third axially recessed portion is adjacent to the first axially recessed portion;
a first circumferential area counting number from a driving surface of the first shifting initiation tooth to a driving surface of the second shifting initiation tooth in the driving rotational direction with respect to the rotational center axis of the bicycle rear sprocket assembly being an odd number; and
a second circumferential area counting number from the driving surface of the second shifting initiation tooth to the driving surface of the first shifting initiation tooth in the driving rotational direction being an odd number; and
the first circumferential area counting number being different from the second circumferential area counting number.

US Pat. No. 10,457,352

BICYCLE FRAME, ELECTRIC BICYCLE AND ENERGY ACCUMULATOR

BIKETEC AG, Huttwil (CH)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,350

BICYCLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,343

TRACK CHAIN ASSEMBLY OF UNDERCARRIAGE WITH LINK HAVING INCREASED PITCH

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,334

STEERING SUPPORT STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,333

RIGHT-HAND DRIVE DASH ASSEMBLY AND CONVERSION PROCESS

SportChassis, LLC, Clint...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,326

VEHICLE TRAILER CONTROL SYSTEM WITH SPEED CONTROL

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A method of controlling a speed of a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving, at a human machine interface (“HMI”), a command from an operator to begin an autonomous backup of the vehicle;
receiving, at the HMI, a set point speed from the operator; and
automatically controlling, from a processor in communication with the HMI, a powertrain and/or a brake system of the vehicle to regulate the vehicle to travel at the set point speed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,322

MOTOR CONTROL UNIT AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A motor control unit that comprises a current command value calculating section that calculates a current command value of a motor applying a steering assist torque to a steering system of a vehicle, and a feedback section that controls a motor current flowing to said motor through a feedback mechanism based on said current command value, comprising:a control unit state detecting section that detects at least one state of said motor control unit, and outputs said state as a control unit state; and
a characteristic changing section that changes a setting of a closed loop response characteristic of said feedback section in real time depending on said control unit state;
wherein said characteristic changing section comprises:
a stationary gain calculating section that calculates a set value of stationary gain of said closed loop response characteristic depending on said control unit state;
a response frequency calculating section that calculates a set value of a response frequency of said closed loop response characteristic depending on said control unit state; and
a coefficient calculating section that calculates coefficients of a transfer function of a control section in said feedback section, said coefficients being used to achieve each set value of said stationary gain and said response frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,457,320

WATER DETECTION SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,318

POWER STEERING ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,313

ADAS WHEEL LOCKING DEVICE

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,311

FRAME STRUCTURE OF A PERAMBULATOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,310

CONVERTIBLE CARGO CASE

Radio Flyer, Inc., Chica...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,309

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,303

VIBRATION NOTIFICATIONS RECEIVED FROM VIBRATION SENSORS

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRIS...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,291

VEHICLE POWERTRAIN LASH CROSSING CONTROL STRATEGY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a powertrain including a powerplant; and
a controller programmed to,
responsive to a tip-in resulting in a powertrain torque direction reversal and upon obtaining a base value of a desired powertrain lash angle, adjust a powerplant torque schedule, and
subsequently adjust the desired powertrain lash angle from the base to an adjusted value based on an observed powertrain lash angle that corresponds to a maximum powertrain acceleration during the tip-in.

US Pat. No. 10,457,290

HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,289

ACCELERATION LEARNING/PREDICTION FROM LEARNED DECELERATION AREA

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,288

STRADDLED VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,287

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,279

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL SYSTEM

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A vehicle speed control system for a vehicle having a plurality of wheels, the vehicle speed control system configured to automatically control the speed of the vehicle in dependence on an input target set-speed and comprising:an electronic processor having an electrical input and an electrical output; and
an electronic memory device electrically coupled to the electronic processor and having instructions stored therein,
wherein the processor is configured to access the memory device and execute the instructions stored therein such that it is operable to:
receive at the electrical input thereof one or more signals indicative of a user input of a target set-speed at which the vehicle is intended to travel; and
output at the electrical output thereof a powertrain torque request signal to request a powertrain of said vehicle to produce a desired torque to propel the vehicle at the target set-speed;
wherein the system further comprises an input device to enable the user to incrementally increase the target set-speed by pressing and holding a target set-speed + button, and
wherein the processor is further operable to incrementally increase the target set-speed while it receives said one or more signals indicative of a user input of a target set-speed while the set-speed + button is held, and, once said processor stops receiving said one or more signals indicative of a user input of a target set-speed when the set-speed + button is released, to set the target set-speed to a value equal to the instantaneous vehicle speed +? V set max, wherein ? V set max defines a maximum value by which the target set-speed is allowed to exceed the instantaneous vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,275

HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,274

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,271

ENHANCED ENGINE AND BATTERY OPERATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,270

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HYBRID STARTER AND GENERATOR FOR IMPROVING FUEL EFFICIENCY AND ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for controlling a hybrid starter and generator (HSG), the method comprising:dividing, by a controller, a HSG torque-output limiting control into an HSG driving mode and an HSG regeneration mode; and
dividing, by the controller, the HSG regeneration mode into a former regenerative torque output control and a later regenerative torque output control,
wherein, in the former regenerative torque output control, an engine RPM is converted into a regenerative torque output of the HSG when an engine starts idling during a former part set time to charge a battery, and in the latter regenerative torque output control, the engine RPM is converted into the regenerative torque output of the HSG during a latter part set time following the former part set time to continue to charge the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,457,269

VEHICLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,268

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DRIVE MOTOR FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A system of controlling a drive motor for a vehicle which includes an engine and the drive motor as power sources, the system comprising:a data detector including a plurality of sensors configured to detect a state data for controlling the drive motor; and
a vehicle controller configured to:
set a motor demand power and a gear stage based on the state data,
generate a motor demand torque based on the motor demand power and the gear stage,
detect a motor power and a motor torque of the drive motor after driving the drive motor,
check a motor temperature when the motor power and the motor torque are equal to the motor demand power and the motor demand torque, respectively, after driving the drive motor, and
change the gear stage based on the motor temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,457,267

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

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,261

ELECTRONIC BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. An electronic brake system comprising:a hydraulic pressure supply apparatus which generates a hydraulic pressure by using a piston operated by an electrical signal output corresponding to a displacement of a brake pedal, and includes a first pressure chamber provided at one side of a piston movably accommodated in a cylinder block to be connected to one or more wheel cylinders and a second pressure chamber provided at the other side of the piston to be connected to one or more wheel cylinders;
a first hydraulic passage communicating with the first pressure chamber;
a second hydraulic passage branched from the first hydraulic passage;
a third hydraulic passage branched from the first hydraulic passage;
a fourth hydraulic passage communicating with the second pressure chamber;
a fifth hydraulic passage branched from the fourth hydraulic passage to join with the second hydraulic passage;
a sixth hydraulic passage branched from the fourth hydraulic passage to join with the third hydraulic passage;
a first control valve provided on the second hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a second control valve provided on the third hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a third control valve provided on the fifth hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a fourth control valve provided on the sixth hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a first hydraulic circuit configured such that the second hydraulic passage or the fifth hydraulic passage is connected to two wheel cylinders, respectively; and
a second hydraulic circuit configured such that the third hydraulic passage or the sixth hydraulic passage is connected to two wheel cylinders, respectively,
wherein the first control valve to the fourth control valve are provided as check valves that allow the flow of oil in the direction from the hydraulic pressure supply apparatus to the wheel cylinders and blocks the flow of oil in the opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,258

BRAKE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A brake control apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a master cylinder configured to output a brake fluid at a master pressure;
a master pressure changing device configured to change the master pressure irrespective of an operation of a brake pedal;
a brake actuator configured to supply the brake fluid output from the master cylinder to a wheel cylinder of each of wheels and that can control a brake pressure of the brake fluid supplied to the wheel cylinder; and
a control unit configured to execute antilock control of preventing locking of a target wheel by reducing the brake pressure of the target wheel irrespective of the operation of the brake pedal during braking, wherein
modes of the antilock control include a normal mode and a pseudo mode, and
the control unit is configured to
in the normal mode, operate the brake actuator to obtain a target value of the brake pressure of the target wheel,
in the pseudo mode, operate the master pressure changing device such that the master pressure obtains the target value, and change the brake pressure of the target wheel such that the brake pressure of the target wheel and the mater pressure are substantially a same pressure over time, and
execute the antilock control in the pseudo mode when the normal mode is unavailable.

US Pat. No. 10,457,256

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member;
an electrical switch disposed at the base member;
a brake operating member that is a single one-piece member and is movably coupled to the base member, the brake operating member including an operating structure movable relative to the base member in a first direction, the operating structure including:
a user interface movable relative to the base member in a second direction different from the first direction; and
a switch operating member provided fixedly on the user interface in the base member, the switch operating member being configured to contact the electrical switch to cause the electrical switch to provide an electric signal when the brake operating member is moved in the second direction regardless of a movement of the brake operating member in the first direction; and
a wireless communication unit connected to the electrical switch to transmit a wireless signal based on the electric signal.

US Pat. No. 10,457,254

JACK ASSEMBLY

BOS FABRICATION ENGINEERI...

1. A jack assembly including:a telescopic column with a threaded rod that is rotated to extend and retract the column;
a gear box with an input and output gear; and
a gear module that houses first and second bevel gears:
wherein the gear module includes a housing with a rotary input at a first end that is fixed to the first bevel gear, an opening in a base of the housing through which a neck of the second bevel gear is accessed and a side passage that aligns with a lateral hole in the neck of the second bevel gear; and
wherein the gear module is provided as a pre-assembled unit mounted into the column and a head of the threaded rod is mounted into the module by being inserted into the neck and fixed to the second bevel gear by a pin that extends through the hole and into a corresponding lateral bore in the head of the threaded rod, and the output gear of the gearbox is coupled to the rotary input whereby rotational drive applied to the input gear of the gearbox is translated into a rotation of the threaded rod.

US Pat. No. 10,457,251

PACKAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING A HOLDER FOR HOLDING A WINDSCREEN WIPER DEVICE

Trico Belgium SA, Aubang...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,250

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,247

SEAT BELT BUCKLE PRESENTER

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, Alf...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,246

CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR JUVENILE VEHICLE SEAT

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,241

AIRBAG ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A DEFLECTOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,239

FRONTAL AIRBAG SYSTEMS AND USES THEREOF

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,231

ELECTRONICS INSTALLATION SYSTEM, AIRCRAFT OR SPACECRAFT, AND METHOD

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An electronics installation system for an aircraft, comprising:a mechanical installation structure comprising:
a plurality of installation slots, each configured to receive a different electronic module, wherein each electronic module provides aircraft functions for operating the aircraft;
a first wiring configuration slot configured to receive wiring configuration modules, and a second wiring configuration slot configured to receive wiring configuration modules; and
a first power supply slot configured to receive a first power supply unit, and a second power supply slot configured to receive a second power supply unit;
a connection matrix comprising a plurality of data connections, wherein the connection matrix includes at least one data connection between each of the plurality of installation slots and the first wiring configuration slot, at least one redundant data connection between each of the plurality of installation slots and the second wiring configuration slot, at least one data connection between the first wiring configuration slot and the second wiring configuration slot, first power lines configured to connect a first group of the plurality of installation shots to the first power supply slot, and second power lines configured to connect a second group of the plurality of installation slots to the second power supply slot, wherein the first power lines are provided in a first power bus and the second power lines are provided in a second power bus;
a first wiring configuration module installed in the first wiring configuration slot and coupled to data connections of the first wiring configuration slot, the first wiring configuration module comprising reconfigurable internal interconnection paths providing direct data communication between specific data connections of the first wiring configuration slot, the internal interconnection paths providing data interconnections for direct data transmission between electronic modules installed in the plurality of installation slots, wherein changing the reconfigurable internal interconnection paths of the first wiring configuration module changes a wiring configuration of the plurality of installation slots;
a second wiring configuration module installed in the second wiring configuration slot and coupled to data connections of the second wiring configuration slot, the second wiring configuration module comprising reconfigurable internal interconnection paths for direct data transmission between the second wiring configuration module and electronic modules installed in the plurality of installation slots, wherein changing the reconfigurable internal interconnection paths of the second wiring configuration module changes the wiring configuration of the plurality of installation slots; and
at least one protection unit configured to protect electronic modules supplied by the first power bus and electronic modules supplied by the second power bus from failure of any of the electronic modules or failure of any of the wiring configuration modules, by separating a failed electronic module or a failed wiring configuration module from the first power bus and/or the second power bus.

US Pat. No. 10,457,229

BRANCH STRUCTURE AND WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,226

ACOUSTICAL ABSORBER HAVING A BODY AND AT LEAST ONE SERRATED WASHER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An acoustical absorber, comprising:a body made from a sound insulating material having a first material density D1; and
a first serrated washer made from a composite material having a second material density D2 where D1

US Pat. No. 10,457,223

ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS CLUSTER WITH INTERLOCKING BRACKETS

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,219

PROTECTION DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPARTMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,215

VEHICLE MIRROR DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,213

DOOR MIRROR DEVICE AND DOOR MIRROR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,211

DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A display control method for a vehicle having a front pillar, the method comprising:obtaining, from a camera, an image of a region about the vehicle, the region including a driver's blind spot caused by the front pillar of the vehicle;
extracting, from the obtained image, an image of the driver's blind spot in a shape of a curved display that is provided along a curved interior surface of the front pillar; and
causing the curved display to display the extracted image,
wherein, when a door of the vehicle is in an open state, the obtaining, the extracting and the causing the curved display to display the extracted image are not performed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,210

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,209

VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM WITH MULTI-PANED VIEW

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,208

VEHICLE PASSENGER SENSING AND REPORTING SYSTEM

FREEDMAN SEATING COMPANY,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,202

VEHICLE CABIN INTERIOR LIGHTING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle cabin interior lighting device comprising:a light source that emits light;
a polarizing member that converts the emitted light into p-polarized light; and
a projection portion that is provided at an upper portion of an instrument panel, and onto which the p-polarized light is projected, and that reflects the projected p-polarized light without changing its polarization characteristics, and that causes the projected p-polarized light to be incident on a front windshield glass at Brewster's angle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,201

BADGE ASSEMBLIES THAT EMANATE VISIBLE IRIDESCENT PATTERNS

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,200

ABANDONED OCCUPANT DANGER ALERT SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,199

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,193

VEHICLE LAMP AND VEHICLE LAMP CONTROL SYSTEM

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle lamp, comprising:a first light source that is configured to emit laser light and in which the laser light generated by the first light source is emitted forward from an emission end, directly to a portion of a front side of the vehicle lamp in which the laser light exits the vehicle lamp; and
a light-shielding member that shields the emission end from light from above to at least a horizontal position in front of the emission end toward the front side of the vehicle lamp, wherein
the laser light exits the vehicle lamp below the horizontal position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,190

EXPANDING HARD SIDE TRAILER

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,184

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

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,177

ARMREST

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. An armrest comprising:a base;
an arm support pivotal on the base about a pivot axis in two opposite pivot directions between a first end position and a second end position;
a latch for locking the arm support pivotally relative to the base in at least one pivot position, the latch having an angularly and axially movable array of axially extending first teeth rotationally fixed on the arm support or base and an angularly immovable array of axially extending second teeth that can be releasably engaged with the first teeth, the first teeth being movable between a locked position meshing with the second teeth and inhibiting pivoting of the arm support in at least one of the directions and a released position clear of the second teeth and allowing pivoting of the arm support in the one direction and oppositely the other direction;
spring means urging the first teeth into the locked position;
a control element operatively engageable with the first teeth in a predetermined angular position of the arm support for moving the first teeth into the released position; and
a manually operable actuating element separate from the control element and including axially extending arms connected to the first teeth for moving the first teeth into the released position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,176

CONVEYANCE SEAT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,168

CHILD SAFETY SEAT

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,167

SEATBACK STRUCTURE HAVING PIVOTABLE UPPER SEATBACK SUPPORT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,162

VEHICULAR OCCUPANT DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular occupant determination apparatus comprising:a load detection portion that detects a load of either a left part or a right part of a seat portion of a vehicle seat in a vehicle;
an occupant determination portion, provided in at least one ECU, that determines any one of occupant types on the vehicle seat based on the load detected by the load detection portion, and maintains or transits a determination result of the occupant types;
an acceleration detection portion that detects an acceleration in a width direction of the vehicle, the acceleration being generated in the vehicle;
a transition prohibition portion, provided in the at least one ECU, that prohibits a transition of the determination result of the occupant types in a transition prohibition state;
a drive state detection portion that detects a drive state of the vehicle to generate a detection value;
a prohibition release portion, provided in the at least one ECU, that releases the transition prohibition state so as to enable the transition of the determination result: and
a buckle switch that detects a wearing of a seatbelt by an occupant,
wherein:
the at least one ECU determines whether the acceleration in the width direction is greater than a predetermined acceleration threshold,
the at least one ECU also determines whether the vehicle is driving based on the detection value from the drive state detection portion,
the at least one ECU further also determines whether the wearing of the seatbelt is performed based on a signal from the buckle switch, and
the prohibition release portion permits the determination result to transit in response to a determination that the acceleration in the width direction is greater than the predetermined acceleration threshold, a determination that the vehicle stops and a determination that the seatbelt is not worn.

US Pat. No. 10,457,161

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR UNATTENDED CHILD DETECTION

1. A method for ascertaining whether a sleeping child is present within an automotive vehicle using a radar sensor system, the radar sensor system comprising a transmitter, at least one sensor, and processing circuitry, the method comprising:illuminating, using the transmitter, at least one occupiable position within the vehicle with radiation, the radiation exhibiting at least one frequency;
generating, using at least one sensor, radar sensor signals from radiation reflected as a result of the transmitted radiation; and
carrying out, using the processing circuitry, the following steps:
generating, based on the radar sensor signals, a first indicator value, the first indicator value indicating a degree of motion associated with the occupiable position;
determining whether the first indicator value satisfies a first predetermined criteria;
when the first indicator value satisfies the first predetermined criteria, generating, based on radar sensor signals, a second indicator value indicating a degree of repetitive pattern within the radar sensor signals, wherein the second indicator value is, or is derived from, the product of multiple breathing indices, each breathing index being related to breathing rate; and
determining that the sleeping child is present with respect to the at least one occupiable position within the automotive vehicle if the second indicator value satisfies a second predetermined criteria.

US Pat. No. 10,457,160

POWER CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A power control device for a vehicle in which an electric motor for driving the vehicle to travel is supplied with power from a battery and a power generation unit configured to consume fuel to generate power, the power control device comprising:a remaining fuel amount detection unit configured to detect a remaining fuel amount of the power generation unit that supplies power to the electric motor driving the vehicle;
a power generation start determination unit configured to perform a power generation start determination of the power generation unit;
a power generation control unit configured to control a power generation output of the power generation unit; and
a charging rate detection unit configured to detect a current charging rate of the battery,
wherein the power generation control unit sets a target charging rate of the battery in such a manner that the target charging rate decreases as the remaining fuel amount decreases after the power generation start determination is performed, and controls the power generation output based on a difference between the target charging rate and the current charging rate, and
wherein the power generation control unit decreases the target charging rate in such a manner that the remaining fuel amount reaches an attainment target remaining fuel amount, which is a remaining fuel amount required when travelling of the vehicle ends, and the target charging rate reaches an attainment target charging rate, which is a charging rate remaining when traveling of the vehicle ends, simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,457,155

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARGING ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE LOW-VOLTAGE BATTERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A charging system for a vehicle comprising:a controller programmed to, responsive to receiving parameters indicative of a full charge level of a traction battery and a depleted charge level of an auxiliary battery coupled to a power converter while a charger is coupled to a power source, decouple the traction battery from the power converter and the charger and reduce a charger output voltage supplied to the power converter to charge the auxiliary battery.

US Pat. No. 10,457,147

CONTROLLING OPERATION OF ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES TRAVELING ON INDUCTIVE ROADWAY TO INFLUENCE ELECTRICAL GRID

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for influencing the efficiency of an electrical grid, comprising:coordinating operation of a first electrified vehicle and a second electrified vehicle traveling along an inductive roadway and having opposite power needs in a manner that influences an amount of energy supplied by the electrical grid during an inductive roadway event; and
adding energy from the first electrified vehicle to the inductive roadway and then from the inductive roadway to the second electrified vehicle when the first electrified vehicle is traveling along an area of expected power absorption of the inductive roadway and the second electrified vehicle is traveling along an area of expected power usage of the inductive roadway.

US Pat. No. 10,457,145

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

Continental Automotive Sy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,140

ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,132

TWIN MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEM FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,131

TRANSMISSION FOR ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE, ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TRANSMISSION

Punch Flybrid Limited, N...

1. An energy storage and recovery system comprising an energy storage device coupled to a transmission for transmitting torque between the energy storage device and an energy source and/or sink, the transmission comprising a clutch control system and a transmission ratio adjuster, the transmission ratio adjuster including a first clutch and a second clutch in parallel with one another, each of the first and second clutches being arranged to transmit torque while slipping substantially continuously during a respective period when the other of the first and second clutches is not transmitting torque; andthe clutch control system being arranged to control the first and second clutches so as to transfer drive from one of the first and second clutches to the other by reducing the torque transmitted by said one of the first and second clutches at the same time as increasing the torque transmitted by the other of the first and second clutches so that there is a period of time in which both of the first and second clutches transmit torque while slipping, and controlling the first and second clutches so as to keep the total torque transmitted to the energy source/sink by the first and second clutches substantially at a predefined level or within a predetermined range throughout the said period of time in which both of the first and second clutches transmit torque while slipping.

US Pat. No. 10,457,130

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

NIO NEXTEV LIMITED, Hong...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,127

FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE CONNECTORS

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,121

ENCAPSULATED FIXED WINDOW MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

HUTCHINSON SEALING SYSTEM...

1. An encapsulated fixed window module for a motor vehicle, comprising:a fixed window pane having an exterior surface, an interior surface, and a peripheral edge extending between said exterior and interior surfaces,
an overmolded trim strip extending along at least a portion of said peripheral edge, said overmolded trim strip being secured by overmolding onto said at least a portion of said peripheral edge, said overmolded trim strip having an exterior edge, an interior edge, and peripheral edges extending between said exterior and interior edges, at least in a peripheral region of said fixed window pane, one of the peripheral edges of said overmolded trim strip covering at least in part said peripheral edge of said fixed window pane, and
at least in a peripheral region of said fixed window pane, an esthetic component covering at least a portion of said exterior edge and extending along at least a portion of said overmolded trim strip, said esthetic component having an esthetic exterior face,
wherein, at least in a peripheral region of said fixed window pane, at least one of said exterior edge and said esthetic exterior face is substantially coplanar with said exterior surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,119

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon-s...

1. An air conditioning system for motor vehicles, comprising:a blower configured to blow an air into a vehicle room;
a PTC heater configured to heat the air blown into the vehicle room, the PTC heater having a heat generation amount adjusted by PWM duty ratio control;
a blower air volume change amount measurement unit configured to measure a blower air volume change amount per unit time during a predetermined time period starting from a time point at which the air volume of the blower per unit time is initially changed; and
a controller configured to correct a PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater in view of the blower air volume change amount per unit time measured by the blower air volume change amount measurement unit,
wherein the controller is configured to receive an air volume control signal from an air volume change detection unit upon a determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time,
wherein the controller is configured to determine that the air volume of the blower has been changed per unit time and that the heat generation amount of the PTC heater is to be changed upon an inputting of the air volume control signal to the controller from the air volume change detection unit,
wherein, upon the controller determining the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, the controller is configured to enter a heater precedent control mode,
wherein the heater precedent control mode includes the controller configured to detecting a PWM duty ratio compensation value corresponding to the blower air volume change per unit time measured by the blower air volume change amount measurement unit, and
wherein the controller is configured to, upon the determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, correct the PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater in view of the blower air volume change amount per unit time and the PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater,
wherein the controller is configured to set a first target heating temperature based on an ejection air temperature of a vehicle room inputted from an ejection air temperature detection sensor and applies a PWM duty ratio corresponding to the first target heating temperature to the PTC heater, thereby controlling the heat generation amount of the PTC heater, and
wherein the controller is configured to, upon the determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, change the first target heating temperature to a second target heating temperature and control the heat generation amount of the PTC heater in conformity with the second target heating temperature before the ejection air temperature of the vehicle room is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,118

VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COOLING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,116

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,115

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,107

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

THYSSENKRUPP BILSTEIN GMB...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,105

AUTOMOBILE UNDERCARRIAGE COMPONENT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,102

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,101

PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TIRE

Continental Reifen Deutsc...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,087

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

SICPA HOLDING SA, Prilly...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,083

BINDING FOLDER

UNIBIND LIMITED, Nicosia...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,082

FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATE WITH IMPROVED STORAGE STABILITY

MacDermid Graphics Soluti...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,077

PRINTER

CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,076

INK JET PRINTING METHOD AND INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,075

PRINT ENGINE FOR COLOR DIGITAL INKJET PRESS

Memjet Technology Limited...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,069

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

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,067

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,056

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,053

INK JET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,052

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,051

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,048

INK JET PRINTHEAD

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,042

INKJET HEAD AND INKJET DEVICE USING SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An inkjet head, comprising:(i) multiple discharge units, each including
a nozzle that discharge a liquid droplet,
a first pressure chamber that is connected to the nozzle,
a supply-side second pressure chamber and a discharge-side pressure chamber that are connected to the first pressure chamber,
a supply-side third pressure chamber that is connected to the supply-side second pressure chamber,
a discharge-side third pressure chamber that is connected to the discharge-side second pressure chamber,
an energy-generating element that imparts a discharge force to a liquid inside the first pressure chamber,
a supply-side first throttle part that is provided between the first pressure chamber and the supply-side second pressure chamber,
a discharge-side first throttle part that is provided between the first pressure chamber and the discharge-side second pressure chamber,
a supply-side second throttle part that is provided between the supply-side second pressure chamber and the supply-side third pressure chamber, and
a discharge-side second throttle part that is provided between the discharge-side second pressure chamber and the discharge-side third pressure chamber;
(ii) a supply-side common flow channel that connects the supply-side third pressure chambers in the respective multiple discharge units; and
(iii) a discharge-side common flow channel that connects the discharge-side third pressure chambers in the respective multiple discharge units.

US Pat. No. 10,457,040

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING AN ARRAY OF INKJET PRINT ELEMENTS

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