US Pat. No. 10,479,736

METHOD FOR IMPROVING PLANT GROWTH BY IRRIGATION WITH NUTRIENTS

Dirt 2 Soil LLC, Scottsd...

1. A method for enhancing plant growth, the method comprising the steps of:a) selecting a mobile, self-contained system for enhancing plant growth comprising:
i) a mobile structure comprising a plurality of wheels so that the system can be moved;
ii) a vessel supported by the structure for receiving water and nutrients, wherein the vessel can contain up to 600 gallons of water;
iii) a diaphragm pump supported by the structure and exterior to the vessel, the pump having a first discharge line and a second discharge line;
iv) a generator supported by the structure for powering the pump;
v) a vessel outlet from a bottom portion of the vessel to the pump; and
vi) an aerator for injecting air into the first discharge line for aerating the contents of the vessel supported by the structure;
wherein the first discharge line extends from the pump directly into the bottom portion of the vessel, such that the contents of the vessel can be recirculated by the pump from the vessel outlet back into the vessel through the first discharge line and the second discharge line extends from the pump and is adapted for discharging contents of the vessel directly into an irrigation system,
b) introducing into the vessel water and nutrient;
c) circulating the water and nutrient in the vessel with the pump by withdrawing the water and nutrient from the vessel through the vessel outlet, and pumping the withdrawn water and nutrient back into the vessel through the first discharge pipe, wherein air is sucked into the first discharge line by the aerator for aerating the water and nutrient in the vessel;
d) cease pumping the water and nutrient from the vessel through the #first discharge line;
e) moving the system;
f) after moving, coupling the second discharge line to an irrigation system or spray; and
g) pumping the water and nutrient in the vessel with the pump out of the vessel through the second discharge line.

US Pat. No. 10,479,735

PROCESS TO PRODUCE A COMMERCIAL SOIL ADDITIVE PREPARED FROM COMPOST AND IN SITU OXIDIZED SULPHUR AND SOIL ADDITIVE SO FORMED

GFL ENVIRONMENTAL INC., ...

1. A process for producing a commercial soil additive comprising:a) mixing a first compost composition with a source of elemental sulphur to form a mixed material, wherein the source of elemental sulphur comprises 90-99% elemental sulphur, said mixed material comprises 80-85% elemental sulphur;
b) forming at least one of a static or dynamic pile comprising the mixed material, thereby forming at least one first pile;
c) adding a second compost composition on top of the at least one first pile to form at least one second pile, wherein the second compost composition is 10-15% of the first compost composition; and
d) turning the at least one second pile until the mixed material is substantially homogenous and until there is microbial oxidation of the elemental sulphur therein to at least one sulphate to form the soil additive.

US Pat. No. 10,479,732

OXYNITRIDE THIN FILM AND CAPACITANCE ELEMENT

TDK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A capacitance element comprising a dielectric thin film comprising a main component comprised of an oxynitride expressed by a compositional formula of AaBbOoNn (a+b+o+n=5),wherein the “A” is one or more selected from the group consisting of Sr, Ba, Ca, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, and Na,
the “B” is one or more selected from the group consisting of Ta, Nb, Ti, and W, and
crystalline particles constituting said dielectric thin film are polycrystalline which are not oriented to a particular crystal plane orientation, and further the crystalline particles comprises columnar shape crystals.

US Pat. No. 10,479,730

FUSED SPINEL-ZIRCONIA GRAINS AND REFRACTORY PRODUCT OBTAINED FROM SAID GRAINS

1. Fused grains, in which:said grains comprise a matrix of a zirconia-spinel eutectic coating inclusions composed essentially of a zirconia phase or of a spinel phase,
said grains exhibit the following overall chemical composition, as percentages by weight expressed in the form of oxides:
more than 45.0% and less than 95.0% of ZrO2,
more than 3.0% and less than 40.0% of Al2O3,
more than 1.0% and less than 20.0% of MgO,
ZrO2, Al2O3 and MgO together represent at least 95.0% of the weight of said grains.

US Pat. No. 10,479,728

STRUVITE-K AND SYNGENITE COMPOSITION FOR USE IN BUILDING MATERIALS

CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.,...

1. A process for the continuous manufacture of a building product comprising:a) providing a mixer reaction chamber;
b) continuously combining together constituent materials into the mixer reaction chamber; wherein the constituent materials comprise the following compounds in specified ranges by weight percent:
MgO: 3.33 to 70.00%
KH2PO4: 4.67 to 70.00%
stucco hemihydrate (CaSO4.½H2O): 10.5 to 90.0%
and addition of water: 15 to 60% of the constituent solid materials;
c) continuously mixing the constituent materials within said mixing reaction chamber for a length of time sufficient to produce a slurry;
d) withdrawing the slurry from the mixer reaction chamber; and
e) utilizing said slurry in the manufacture of the building product.

US Pat. No. 10,479,727

METHOD FOR OPERATING A PLANT FOR PRODUCING CEMENT

1. A method for operating a plant for producing cement clinker from raw meal having, viewed in the material flow direction, at least one calcinator for deacidifying the raw meal, and at least one rotary kiln for sintering the deacidified raw meal to form cement clinker, comprising the steps:flowing the deacidified raw meal, after passing the calcinator, via a cyclone preheating stage into the rotary kiln,
guiding exhaust gases of the rotary kiln into a reactor, which is arranged between the rotary kiln and calcinator, wherein superstoichiometric fuel is fed into the reactor in relation to the dwell time of the exhaust gases in the reactor, so that carbon dioxide contained in the exhaust gases is reduced to form carbon monoxide, and the guiding of the exhaust gases from the rotary kiln being provided in such a way that fluidized raw meal goes into the reactor and is not filtered out by cyclone traps,
controlling the temperature in the reactor by addition of superstoichiometric fuel, wherein the temperature in the reactor is reduced by the Boudouard reaction during the endothermic reduction of carbon dioxide with carbon from the fuel to form carbon monoxide, and,
regulating the exhaust gas quantity in the reactor by way of a flap system in the feed lines from the rotary kiln to the reactor and in a tertiary air line, wherein the regulating unit allocates a total air quantity, which originates from a clinker cooler connected downstream from the rotary kiln, so that the dwell time of the exhaust gas from the rotary kiln is sufficiently large that a maximum possible reduction of nitrogen oxides in the reactor occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,479,725

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPOSITE PANE HAVING A CORROSION-PROTECTED FUNCTIONAL COATING

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A method for producing a composite pane having a functional coating, the method comprising:a) applying a functional coating to part of a surface of a base pane;
b) cutting out a first pane from the base pane via a cutting tool with a cutting wheel and a cooling fluid while introducing at least one coating-free region into the functional coating via a decoating tool with a laser beam, the decoating tool moving simultaneously with the cutting tool,
wherein
the at least one coating-free region completely surrounds an inner region of the functional coating and separates the inner region from an outer region that partially or completely surrounds the inner region,
the cutting wheel is guided directly on a coated surface of the first pane, and
the laser beam is directed onto the first pane through a surface of the first pane facing away from the coated surface of the first pane and is guided through the first pane onto the functional coating in a region covered by the cooling fluid; and
c) bonding, via a thermoplastic intermediate layer, a surface of the first pane having the functional coating to a surface of a second pane.

US Pat. No. 10,479,724

COATED ARTICLE HAVING A PROTECTIVE COATING CONTAINING SILICON NITRIDE AND/OR SILICON OXYNITRIDE

VITRO FLAT GLASS LLC, Ch...

1. A coated article comprising:a substrate;
a first functional layer over at least a portion of the substrate, the first functional layer comprising a silver layer over at least a portion of the substrate and an uppermost layer comprising a metal oxide over at least a portion of the silver layer;
a metal oxynitride layer comprising silicon directly over at least a portion of the uppermost layer comprising a metal oxide;
a metal nitride layer comprising silicon over at least a portion of the metal oxynitride layer; and
a protective layer comprising TiAlO over at least a portion of the metal nitride layer.

US Pat. No. 10,479,714

PECTIN COMPRISING EFFERVESCENT COMPOSITIONS

1. A water softener or detergent composition comprising:(i) an effervescent agent, and
(ii) pectin or pectin comprising matter,
(a) wherein said water softener composition comprises said pectin or pectin comprising matter in an amount of 0.05 to less than 9.5 wt. % relative to total amount of the water softener composition, wherein said water softener composition comprises no enzyme and/or no bleaching agent and further no tartaric acid, or
(b) wherein said detergent composition comprises the pectin or pectin comprising matter in an amount of 0.05 to less than 1.39 wt. % relative to total amount of the detergent composition.

US Pat. No. 10,479,712

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR NITROGEN REMOVAL USING FEAMMOX MICROORGANISMS

The Trustees of Princeton...

1. A composition comprising: an Acidimicrobiaceae Feammox bacterium A6 having Accession Deposit Number PTA-122488, a carrier and at least one of soil or water, wherein the bacterium is capable of oxidizing ammonium coupled with reduction of Fe(III) to Fe(II), the carrier comprises a medium for culturing the bacterium, the at least one of soil and water comprises an ammonium containing contaminant, and the water comprises any water adversely affected in quality by anthropogenic influence.

US Pat. No. 10,479,707

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ION SEPARATION IN AN AQUEOUS SOLUTION

1. An ion gun comprising:a first electromagnet; and
an electret disposed external to and at an end of the first electromagnet,
wherein the first electromagnet defines a first inner compartment, and wherein the first electromagnet is configured to move ions through the first inner compartment and through the electret as the ion gun functions.

US Pat. No. 10,479,706

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DESALINATING WATER

Katz Water Tech, LLC, Ho...

1. An offshore water purification apparatus comprising:a. an inlet device having a tubular section that is at least partially submerged into a body of water, the inlet device has at least one filter to prevent any objects larger than 10 millimeters from flowing inside the tubular section;
b. a plurality of pumps located on a skid for moving the water through the tubular section on the inlet device to water purification equipment located on a plurality of skids;
c. a plurality of filters located on a skid that is connected to the inlet device, the plurality of filters are connected to the inlet device to selectively filter particles in the water;
d. a plurality of reverse osmosis filters on a skid for separating contaminates from the water;
e. a plurality of energy recovery devices located on a skid for recapturing pressure energy from water running through the reverse osmosis system and returning the pressure energy to move additional water through at least a portion of the plurality of skids, at least one energy recovery housing device for holding the plurality of energy recovery devices on a skid, wherein the plurality of energy recovery devices on a skid can be removed and inserted and attached to connections on the housing that align and correspond to connections on the plurality of energy recovery devices on a skid, and wherein at least one connection on the housing that align and correspond to connections on the plurality of energy recovery devices on a skid is a fluid line connecting the plurality of energy recovery devices on a skid with the energy recovery housing device;
f. at least one reverse osmosis housing device for holding the plurality of reverse osmosis filters on a skid, wherein the plurality of reverse osmosis filters on a skid can be removed and inserted and attached to connections on the reverse osmosis housing that align and correspond to connections on the plurality of reverse osmosis filters on a skid, and wherein at least one connection is a fluid line connecting the plurality of reverse osmosis filters on a skid with the reverse osmosis housing device; and
g. a discharge device for discharging the brine from the plurality of reverse osmosis filters into the body of water and mixes the discharge brine with water from the body of water prior to discharge into the body of water.

US Pat. No. 10,479,705

ILLUMINATED VENTILATION RING FOR A UV-LIGHT WATER SANITIZER

Custom Molded Products, L...

1. An ultraviolet light sanitation apparatus comprising:a housing;
a ventilation ring incorporated into the housing for allowing heated air to exhaust from the housing, the ventilation ring comprising downwardly facing ventilation openings whereby the ventilation openings are shielded from sources of overhead moisture while preventing intrusion of moisture from outside of the apparatus into the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,704

PROPPANTS FOR REMOVAL OF CONTAMINANTS FROM FLUID STREAMS AND METHODS OF USING SAME

THE FRAZER AND CRUICKSHAN...

1. A sorption composition, comprising: a substrate material and an active compound for contaminant removal incorporated into or onto the substrate material, wherein the substrate material is a particulate material selected from the group consisting of ceramic, admixtures containing ceramics, and ceramic beads and wherein the active compound is a sulfur compound selected from the group consisting of ferrous sulfide, elemental sulfur, ferric ammonium sulfate, sodium hydrosulfide, dimethyl disulfide, dithiocarbamates, aluminum sulfide, copper sulfate, copper sulfide, and copper sulfate ammoniated, wherein the sulfur content, as % S, is from 0.1 to 25 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,479,698

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN AUTOMATED WATER TESTING DEVICE

1. A method of testing a fluid sample comprising the steps of:receiving at least one instruction from a first computing system to schedule a test of a fluid;
operating an input device for importing at least a quantity of the fluid from a source;
filling a vial with a pre-determined amount of the imported fluid;
operating a drawing device for drawing a pre-determined amount of a reagent;
activating the drawing device for adding the pre-determined amount of the reagent to the vial;
mixing the fluid and reagent in the vial;
reading an output of a photocolorimeter, the output indicating a result of the reaction of the pre-determined amount of the imported fluid and the pre-determined amount of the reagent;
transmitting the result of the reaction to a second computing system; and
sending an order to another device to dose and correct for a missing chemical.

US Pat. No. 10,479,697

CONTAINER FOR FILTER-AS-YOU-POUR SYSTEM

BRITA LP, Oakland, CA (U...

1. A filter-as-you-pour system configured to filter water as the water is poured from the system, the system comprising:a container body defining an internal storage volume extending from a top edge to a bottom floor of the container body and configured to hold the water;
a filter assembly attachable to the container body or a lid body, the filter assembly being disposed so as to be in a flow stream of the water as the water is poured from the container body through an outlet so that all water exiting through the outlet passes through the filter assembly to filter the water before exiting through the outlet;
wherein the internal storage volume defined from the top edge to the bottom floor of the container body is undivided when the container body and filter assembly are assembled, so as to not include a reservoir compartment for unfiltered water and another compartment for filtered water, with the filter assembly disposed between the two compartments; and
wherein filter media of the filter assembly comprises an activated carbon textile material wrapped around and in contact with a sidewall of an inner hollow core frame member to define a central hollow section and to present an annular curved surface to the water entering and passing through the annular curved surface of the filter assembly;
wherein the filter assembly includes an open and non-partitioned filter top extending from the central hollow section to freely pass the water through the open and non-partitioned filter top to the outlet;
wherein the system further comprises the lid body, the outlet being disposed in the lid body and a separate spaced apart inlet disposed in the lid body configured to receive the unfiltered water into the internal storage volume without flowing through a filter or a reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,479,695

POROUS TITANATE COMPOUND PARTICLES AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

OTSUKA CHEMICAL CO., LTD....

1. Porous titanate compound particles having a cumulative pore volume of 5% or more within a pore diameter range of 0.01 to 1.0 ?m, each formed of titanate compound crystal grains bonded together, and each of the porous titanate compound particles including a treated layer formed on a surface thereof and made of a hydrophobic surface treatment agent.

US Pat. No. 10,479,693

ELECTRO-THERMOCHEMICAL LI CYCLING FOR NH3 SYNTHESIS FROM N2 AND H2O

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. An electro-thermochemical cycling system for producing ammonia, comprising:a) a reaction chamber comprising a metal compound input port, wherein a metal compound is input to said reaction chamber through said metal compound input port;
b) an anode and a cathode comprising an ON electrical state and an OFF electrical state, wherein said anode is in contact with said metal compound for oxidation of anions;
c) a reactive metal formed on said cathode when said anode and said cathode are in said ON electrical state, wherein said cathode is in contact with said metal compound to reduce metal ions of said metal compound to form said reactive metal on said cathode, wherein said anode and said cathode are separated by a porous diffusion barrier disposed in said reaction chamber, wherein said porous diffusion barrier separates anodic products from said cathode and said reactive metal;
d) a voltage source, wherein said voltage source connects said cathode to said anode to establish said electrical ON state and said electrical OFF state;
e) a nitrogen port to said reaction chamber containing said electrolyzed reactive metal, wherein nitrogen from said nitrogen port combines with said electrolyzed reactive metal to form a metal-nitrogen compound proximal to said nitrogen input;
f) an atomic hydrogen port to said reaction chamber containing said metal-nitrogen compound, wherein atomic hydrogen from said atomic hydrogen port combines with said metal-nitrogen compound to form ammonia; and
g) an ammonia output port from said reaction chamber containing said ammonia, wherein said metal compound input port is configured to input said metal compound to said reaction chamber according to a depletion rate of said metal compound in said reaction chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,479,690

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING MONOLITHIC FILM OF INTEGRATED HIGHLY ORIENTED HALOGENATED GRAPHENE SHEETS OR MOLECULES

Global Graphene Group, In...

1. A process for producing an integrated layer of highly oriented halogenated graphene sheets or molecules, said process comprising:(a) preparing either a graphene oxide dispersion having graphene oxide sheets dispersed in a fluid medium or a graphene oxide gel having graphene oxide molecules dissolved in a fluid medium, wherein said graphene oxide sheets or graphene oxide molecules contain an oxygen amount 5% by weight to 46% by weight;
(b) introducing a halogenating agent into said graphene oxide dispersion or gel and effecting a chemical reaction between said halogenating agent and said graphene oxide sheets or molecules to form a dispersion of halogenated graphene sheets or a gel of halogenated graphene molecules, wherein said halogenated graphene sheets or molecules have a chemical formula of C6ZxOy, wherein Z is a halogen element selected from F, Cl, Br, I, or a combination thereof, x=0.01 to 6.0, y=0 to 5.0, and x+y<6.0;
(c) dispensing and depositing a layer of said halogenated graphene dispersion or gel onto a surface of a supporting substrate under a shear stress condition, wherein said dispensing and depositing procedure includes shear-induced thinning of said halogenated graphene dispersion or gel and shear-induced orientation of halogenated graphene sheets or molecules, to form a wet layer of halogenated graphene on said supporting substrate; and
(d) removing said fluid medium from the wet layer of halogenated graphene to form said integrated layer of halogenated graphene having an inter-planar spacing d002 of 0.35 nm to 1.2 nm as determined by X-ray diffraction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,689

ULTRATHIN GRAPHENE PIECE, APPARATUS FOR PREPARING ULTRATHIN GRAPHENE PIECES, METHOD FOR PREPARING ULTRATHIN GRAPHENE PIECES, CAPACITOR, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CAPACITOR

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MA...

1. A method for preparing an ultrathin graphene piece, comprising sequentially applying:a first voltage of +0.1 V to +10 V between a graphite electrode used as an anode and a counter electrode used as a cathode for 1 minute to 10 minutes,
a second voltage of +1 V to +10 V between the graphite electrode and counter electrode for 1 minute to 10 minutes,
a third voltage of +5 V to +15 V between the graphite electrode and counter electrode for 1 hour to 2 hours, and
an activation processing step of applying a voltage of +5 V to +15 V between the graphite electrode and counter electrode for 60 minutes to 120 minutes,
to obtain an ultrathin graphene piece comprising less than 10 overlapped graphene layers and at least one through hole penetrating a front and a rear side of the graphene piece.

US Pat. No. 10,479,683

OZONATED LIQUID DISPENSING UNIT

Food Safety Technology, L...

1. A mobile system for producing and applying an ozonated liquid, comprising:a tank for holding water;
an ozonated liquid dispensing unit, the ozonated liquid dispensing unit fluidly connected to the tank of water, the ozonated liquid dispensing unit comprising an ozone gas generator to generate ozone gas and an injector, wherein the injector injects the ozone gas from the ozone gas generator into the water supplied to the ozonated liquid dispensing unit from the tank to form ozonated liquid;
a reaction vessel fluidly connected to the ozonated liquid dispensing unit to receive the ozonated liquid from the ozonated liquid dispensing unit, the reaction vessel comprising a housing, the housing defining an interior, a first end comprising an entry port for the ozonated liquid, a second end comprising an exit port for the ozonated liquid, and a core positioned in the interior of the housing between the entry port and the exit port, and wherein the reaction vessel processes the ozonated liquid; and
an applicator in fluidic communication with the reaction vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,678

ORTHO-H2 REFUELING FOR EXTENDED CRYOGENIC PRESSURE VESSEL DORMANCY

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. An apparatus for hydrogen fueling, comprising:a vehicle;
a cryogenic hydrogen storage unit in said vehicle;
a connectivity device in said vehicle adapted to establish a hydrogen connection with said cryogenic hydrogen storage unit in said vehicle;
a bulk hydrogen source containing initial hydrogen wherein said initial hydrogen has an initial para/ortho hydrogen ratio and wherein said initial hydrogen is ninety nine and eight tenths percent para-hydrogen;
a hydrogen fuel dispenser that includes a hose with a connector wherein said hose with a connector of said hydrogen fuel dispenser is adapted to be connected to said connectivity device in said vehicle to establish a hydrogen connection with said cryogenic hydrogen storage unit in said vehicle;
a hydrogen storage pump connected to said bulk hydrogen source for pumping said initial hydrogen that has an initial para/ortho hydrogen ratio and that is ninety nine and eight tenths percent para-hydrogen;
a catalyst unit connected between said hydrogen storage pump and said hydrogen fuel dispenser that-receives said initial hydrogen having an initial para/ortho hydrogen ratio and that is ninety nine and eight tenths percent para-hydrogen, wherein said initial hydrogen flows to said catalyst unit and said catalyst unit adjusts said initial para/ortho hydrogen ratio to produce final hydrogen having a final para/ortho hydrogen ratio with a five to twenty percent greater amount of ortho hydrogen; and
a copper metal block that comprises said catalyst unit;
wherein said hydrogen fuels dispenser fuel said cryogenic hydrogen storage unit in said vehicle with said final hydrogen having a final para/ortho hydrogen ratio with a five to twenty percent greater amount of ortho hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 10,479,675

METHOD OF PRODUCTION OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING SEMICONDUCTOR LAYER AND SUPPORT SUBSTRATE SPACED APART BY RECESS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A semiconductor device production method, comprising:performing trench etching to form a trench in a thickness direction of a semiconductor layer so that both of a first pattern portion and a second pattern portion whose side walls face each other across the trench are formed, wherein
in the trench etching, the semiconductor layer is etched and removed while a protective film is formed on a surface of the semiconductor layer, and
the trench etching is performed so that the first pattern portion and the second pattern portion are configured to have a same potential during the trench etching,
the first pattern portion and the second pattern portion are made in a state of having the same potential during the trench etching by performing the trench etching so that the first pattern portion and the second pattern portion, after the trench is formed, are connected to each other by a coupling portion as a portion of the semiconductor layer other than the first and second pattern portions,
in the trench etching, a semiconductor substrate in which a surface of the semiconductor layer opposite to a surface on a starting side of the trench etching is joined to a support substrate through an insulating film and having a recessed portion is used, and
the semiconductor substrate has, before the trench etching, the recessed portion in a surface of the semiconductor layer adjacent to the support substrate or in a surface of the support substrate adjacent to the semiconductor layer at a portion of the semiconductor layer corresponding to a trench forming portion of the semiconductor layer so that the semiconductor layer and the support substrate are separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,479,672

DELIVERING DEVICE OF LIQUIDS FROM WATER CROCKS EQUIPPED WITH A SYSTEM OR KIT FOR REPLACING WATER CROCKS WITH VESSELS OF THE “BAG-IN-BOX” TYPE FOR THEIR DELIVERY

VITOP MOULDING S.R.L., A...

1. A delivering device of liquids contained in water crocks, said delivering device being equipped with an assembly for replacing water crocks with bag-in-box (BIB) vessels for delivery, said assembly being adapted to perform a placement and a connection of the BIB vessels on the delivering device, the assembly comprising:a main supporting and containing body;
at least one plate connected to said main supporting and containing body and adapted to place thereon at least one BIB vessel;
at least one connector connected to said main supporting and containing body through a flexible hose and adapted to be connected to a delivering tap of the at least one BIB vessel;
at least one plug connected to said main supporting and containing body and adapted to be connected to a pin of said delivering device;
at least one connecting tube placed in said main supporting and containing body and connected to said flexible hose for communicating said at least one BIB vessel with said delivering device; and
at least one check valve assembly placed in said main supporting and containing body and adapted to be connected to and be contained in said at least one plug to prevent liquid from re-entering into said main supporting and containing body,
wherein the delivering device is further equipped with at least an inspection plate constrained to the main supporting and containing body through a hinge, adapted for inspecting a connection between the at least one connector and the main supporting and containing body.

US Pat. No. 10,479,671

PLASTIC LIQUID CONTAINER AND DISPENSING SYSTEM

1. A plastic liquid container and dispensing system, comprising:a plastic bottle with a bottle top, a bottle base, an internal bottle volume, an opening at the bottle base and a bottle base cap that is hingedly or swivellably connected to the bottle base to be flippable or swivellable away from the bottle base to provide access to the bottle base opening and bottle internal volume, wherein the bottle base cap also is flippable or swivellable to a position at the bottle base to cover the opening in the bottle base to prevent access to the bottle internal volume;
a bladder or insert for holding liquid that includes a bladder top, a bladder base, a lock-nut at the bladder base and a circular opening formed in the bladder base that operates as a flow path for liquid into and/or out of the bladder; and
a spout having a spout body with a connecting end, an internal liquid flow path extending from the connecting end to a liquid outflow port and a release button for enabling liquid flow through the internal liquid flow path and out the liquid outflow port;
wherein the spout connecting end is passed through the circular opening formed in the bladder base and removably attached to the bladder lock-nut during intended use to dispense the liquid held in the bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,479,665

GOODS MOVEMENT APPARATUS

William Mark Adams, Sutt...

1. Apparatus for the movement of goods, said apparatus comprising:at least one goods storage area having a floor for the location of goods thereon, said goods storage area having an opening through which goods can be moved, said opening selectively closed by a door assembly;
lifting apparatus including a frame and a platform movable in relation thereto and on which goods can be located,
when the goods storage area and the lifting apparatus are in an abutting relationship and the said floor and the said platform are at the same height, an edge of the platform and an edge of the said floor are spaced apart by a gap and
wherein the apparatus includes a bridging assembly including first and second bridge portions selectively movable to form a bridge across the said gap to allow goods to be moved between the said floor and the platform across said bridge and
said first and second portions are relatively movable to allow the bridging assembly to be provided in
a storage position in which the said bridge portions are provided in an upstanding position substantially perpendicular to a support surface of the platform,
an in-use position in which the said bridge portions are substantially in line with the platform surface, and
a position intermediate the in-use and storage positions and in which the first bridge portion is substantially in line with the platform support surface and the second bridge portion is in the upstanding position and
when in the in-use position, the free end of the second bridge portion of the bridging assembly extends to and over the edge of the floor of the goods storage area to form a continuous goods movement path between the platform and the floor of the goods storage area and
wherein when the bridging assembly is in the intermediate position, the gap between the edge of the first bridge portion and the edge of the floor of the goods storage area is less than the gap between the edge of the platform and the edge of the floor of the goods storage area, and
the goods storage area is provided with a tail lift at the opening into the goods storage area and powered movement apparatus for the tail-lift is located towards the opposing end of the goods storage area from the said opening and is connected to the tail-lift by one or more elongate drive members in the form of chains or cables.

US Pat. No. 10,479,664

LIGHTWEIGHT PLATFORM FOR A FIRE APPARATUS

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A fire apparatus, comprising:a chassis;
a ladder assembly having a proximal end pivotably coupled to the chassis and a distal end opposite the proximal end; and
a basket pivotably coupled to the distal end of the ladder assembly, the basket comprising:
a subfloor assembly, comprising:
a front member extending in a first direction;
a rear member extending in the first direction, wherein the front member and the rear member are offset a distance from one another in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
an inner member extending from the front member to the rear member;
an outer member having a first end portion coupled to the rear member and a second end portion opposite the first end portion; and
an angled member extending from the second end portion of the outer member to the front member; and
a floor panel coupled to a top surface of the subfloor assembly and configured to support a user;
a first upright member and a second upright member each coupled to the subfloor assembly;
wherein the upright members extend below the floor panel, and wherein the distal end of the ladder assembly is pivotably coupled to a lower end portion of each upright member such that the basket is configured to rotate relative to the ladder assembly about an axis of rotation positioned below the floor panel; and
wherein the outer member is shorter than the distance between the front member and the rear member such that the angled member extends at an angle relative to the front member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,656

MODULAR, ADAPTABLE AND FOLDABLE APPARATUS FOR A CLIMBING CRANE

1. A crane-support apparatus for mounting a tower crane onto a side of a high-rise building under construction, enabling ascending of the tower crane according to the upwards progression of the building construction, the crane-support apparatus comprising:a chassis configured to support a climbing frame of the tower crane mast;
at least one reinforcement element, wherein a distal end of said chassis is hingedly attached to a distal end of said reinforcement element, and
at least one lifting cable for pulling said chassis and said reinforcement element;
wherein said crane-support apparatus is operational in a deployed, support mode, in which said chassis is aligned in a horizontal position, and is removably attachable at its proximal end to a first predetermined location of said building, such that said chassis is configured to support the climbing frame of the tower crane mast, and in which said reinforcement element is aligned in a slanted position and is removably attachable at its proximal end to a second predetermined location of said building, such that said reinforcement element is configured to provide reinforcement to said chassis, thereby allowing securing of said tower crane mast to said building in said support mode, and
wherein said crane-support apparatus is operational in a folded, mobilization mode, in which said chassis and said reinforcement element are configured to be pulled by said lifting cable at the distal end of said chassis and the distal end of said reinforcement element with said chassis and said reinforcement element are hingedly folded and aligned in vertical positions when said chassis and said reinforcement element are unattached from said building, thereby allowing displacement, by said lifting cable, of said chassis and said reinforcement element when so folded in said mobilization mode.

US Pat. No. 10,479,653

MONITORING SYSTEM OF A PASSENGER CONVEYOR, A PASSENGER CONVEYOR, AND A MONITORING METHOD THEREOF

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A monitoring system of, comprising:an imaging sensor configured to sense a lighting device of the passenger conveyor to acquire image data;
a microcontroller configured to process the image data to monitor whether the lighting device is in a normal state, the microcontroller having a plurality of modules, wherein the plurality of modules includes:
a background acquisition module configured to acquire a background model based on the image data sensed when the lighting device is in a normal state or in an abnormal state;
a foreground detection module configured to compare image data sensed in real time with the background model to obtain a foreground object; and
a working condition judgment module configured to perform data processing at least based on the foreground object to judge whether the lighting device is in a normal state.

US Pat. No. 10,479,652

LATERAL DAMPING AND INTERMEDIATE SUPPORT FOR ESCALATORS AND MOVING WALKS IN SEISMIC EVENTS

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil (...

1. A support structure for an escalator or a moving walk comprising:a truss support having lateral slots formed therein;
an intermediate vertical member having a first end and a second end, the intermediate vertical member being connected at the first end to the truss support through the lateral slots of the truss support and to a building support at the second end such that once a predetermined coefficient of friction between the intermediate vertical member and the truss support is overcome, the truss support is free to move laterally with respect to the intermediate vertical member;
wherein the truss support includes a first fixed plate on a bottom side of a bottom portion of the truss support and a second fixed plate on a top side of the bottom portion, wherein a first sliding plate is attached to the first fixed plate and is connected to the intermediate vertical member, and wherein a second sliding plate is attached to the second fixed plate and is connected to the intermediate vertical member; and
side posts arranged at each lateral end of the truss support, wherein the side posts bear vertical forces acting on the support structure, and further comprising plate bearings below the side posts to allow lateral movement of the side posts relative to the building support.

US Pat. No. 10,479,649

OVER-SPEED DETECTION DEVICE FOR STAIRLIFTS

Stannah Stairlifts Limite...

12. A stairlift comprising:a stairlift rail;
a carriage displaceable along said rail;
a drive motor disposed within said carriage;
a drive wheel driven by said drive motor, said drive wheel engaging said rail along a pitch line; and
an over-speed governor included in said carriage, said over-speed governor having a rotary drive in contact with said rail, said over-speed governor being positioned within said carriage so that said rotary drive engages said rail at a substantial distance from said pitch line, said over-speed governor further comprising:
at least one weight operatively connected to said rotary drive and being rotatable about an axis, said at least one weight comprising a plurality of weights incorporated into a flywheel assembly, said flywheel assembly further including a hub aligned coaxially with said axis and rotatable with said weights about said axis, said hub being connected to said weights such that said hub is rotated relative to said weights as centers of mass of said weights are displaced away from said axis, said weights having the centers of mass such that rotation of said weights about said axis above a pre-determined speed effects a displacement of said centers of mass away from said axis; and
a triggering facility operatively connected to said weights and being displaced as said centers of mass are displaced away from said axis, said triggering facility being displaced in a direction substantially parallel to said axis, said triggering facility comprising said hub and a trip slider in contact with said hub, said trip slider being displaceable along said axis, said trip slider and said hub having inter-engaging surfaces configured to cause axial displacement of said trip slider as said hub is rotated relative to said weights.

US Pat. No. 10,479,643

CABLE-WINDING APPARATUS

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A cable-winding apparatus, comprising:a securing surface;
a cable-winding channel rotatably connected to the securing surface, wherein the cable-winding channel comprises a base and two or more walls extending at least partially perpendicularly from the base along opposite sides of the base;
a coil spring fixed at a first end to the base opposite the walls, and fixed at a second end to the securing surface; and
a ratchet mechanism disposed in the spring, the ratchet mechanism comprising:
a first face gear fixed to the channel by a rod, wherein the first face gear comprises a plurality of first ratchet teeth facing the securing surface; and
a second face gear fixed to the securing surface wherein the second face gear comprises a plurality of second ratchet teeth facing the cable-winding channel, wherein the rod fixing the first face gear to the channel passes through the second face gear,
wherein the coil spring forces the cable-winding channel away from the securing surface and forces the plurality of first ratchet teeth against the plurality of second ratchet teeth such that the pluralities of first and second ratchet teeth prevent rotation of the cable-winding channel with respect to the securing surface in a first direction while permitting rotation of the cable-winding channel with respect to the securing surface in a second direction opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,642

PULL-OUT TYPE CORD WINDING MODULE

QINGDAO GOERTEK TECHNOLOG...

1. A pull-out type cord winding module, comprising:an upper fixing cover;
a lower fixing cover;
a rotary wheel which a cord is wound on and which is connected with a coil spring; and
a stopper mechanism working cooperatively with the rotary wheel and including a functional rail, and a ball, wherein
the functional rail comprises a locking rail, a communicating rail and annular rails, the locking rail, the communicating rail and the annular rails are connected, groove-shaped and arranged around an outer circumference of the rotary wheel;
an elastic arm is provided on the upper fixing cover, a guide groove is provided on the elastic arm, and two ends of the guide groove are located at upper and lower sides of the outer circumference of the rotary wheel respectively;
the guide groove cooperates with the functional rail to hold the ball; and
when the rotary wheel rotates, the ball rolls in the functional rail to lock or unlock rotation of the rotary wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,637

BINDING TEETH, SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND SHEET BINDING METHOD

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a binding unit configured to apply pressure to a sheet bundle to crimp-bind the sheet bundle, the binding unit comprising:
a first planar member comprising a first plurality of binding teeth organized in a first continuous row; and
a second planar member comprising a second plurality of binding teeth organized in a second continuous row that are configured to engage with the first plurality of binding teeth to apply the pressure to the sheet bundle,
wherein the first plurality of binding teeth and the second plurality of binding teeth each have a first height within a first binding area of the first continuous row and the second continuous row,
wherein the first plurality of binding teeth and the second plurality of binding teeth each have a second height within a second binding area of the first continuous row and the second continuous row,
wherein the first height in the first binding area is different than the second height in the second binding area,
wherein the first planar member and the second planar member move toward each other and contact the sheet bundle to crimp-bind the sheet bundle,
wherein the first binding area and the second binding area are arranged side-by-side in a length direction of the binding unit in which the first continuous row of the first plurality of binding teeth and the second continuous row of the second plurality of binding teeth are arranged,
wherein the first plurality of binding teeth and the second plurality of binding teeth, collectively forming the first binding area and the second binding area, engage with each other such that the first binding area and the second binding area independently operate to crimp-bind the sheet bundle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,636

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON FINETECH NISCA INC....

1. A sheet processing apparatus that applies processing to a loaded sheet, comprising:an entrance through which a sheet is received;
an entrance sensor that detects the sheet fed through the entrance;
a conveying roller that conveys the sheet;
a processing tray on which the sheet from the conveying roller is loaded;
a reference member provided at one end of the processing tray;
a transfer member that transfers the sheet from the conveying roller to the reference member;
a moving member that moves the transfer member; and
a controller controlling the moving member to move the transfer member in a sheet thickness direction at a predetermined moving rate according to the number of sheets detected by the entrance sensor and loaded on the processing tray, wherein
the controller reduces the moving rate of the moving member as the number of sheets detected by the entrance sensor and loaded on the processing tray is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,479,633

WINDING DEVICE ATTACHABLE TO A PRINTING DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A winding device attachable to a printing device having a conveyance roller configured to convey a print medium from a printing device and a motor, the winding device comprising;a winding shaft configured to rotate and wind the print medium conveyed from the printing device;
a power transfer mechanism configured to connect to the gear and transfer power from the motor to the winding shaft; and
a lever disposed between the winding shaft and the conveyance roller in a conveyance path when the winding device is connected to the printing device,
wherein the lever is configured to move between a first position in which the print medium bends at a first angle and a second position in which the print medium bends at a second angle that is larger than the first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,631

STRETCH FILM DISPENSER WITH MOVING DEVICE

1. A stretch film dispenser with a moving device, comprising a frame, the frame including a bottom seat and a coupling seat, characterized by:a tubular member being connected between the bottom seat and the coupling seat, the tubular member being provided with a telescopic rod, a side wall of the bottom seat having a first positioning portion, a first positioning block being disposed on the first positioning portion;
a moving unit being provided on the first positioning portion of the bottom seat, the moving unit having a first engaging trough corresponding to the first positioning portion, a peripheral wall of the first engaging trough having a first positioning groove corresponding in position to the first positioning block, the moving unit being engaged with the first positioning portion of the bottom seat, a bottom surface of the moving unit being provided with at least one first moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,629

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a reading section configured to read a medium being transported;
feeding means configured to feed the medium toward the reading section; and
a medium detection section provided along a medium transport path between the feeding means and the reading section and configured to include a transmitting portion configured to emit an ultrasonic wave and a receiving portion configured to receive the ultrasonic wave emitted from the transmitting portion, and output an output value equivalent to a magnitude of the received ultrasonic wave,
wherein, in a case where the output value of the receiving portion satisfies a first condition, a transport of the medium is continued,
wherein, in a case where the output value of the receiving portion satisfies either a second condition different from the first condition or a third condition different from the second condition, the transport of the medium is brought to a halt,
wherein a lower limit value and an upper limit value are set in accordance with a kind of the medium,
wherein the first condition is satisfied in a case where the output value falls within a reference range prescribed by the lower limit value and the upper limit value,
wherein the second condition is satisfied in a case where the output value is lower than the lower limit value,
wherein the third condition is satisfied in a case where the output value is higher than the upper limit value,
wherein the receiving portion is disposed in a concave portion provided on a side of one transport path face among a pair of transport path faces between which the medium being transported is interposed, and
wherein the concave portion includes a shutter portion configured to slide from a downstream side toward an upstream side to adjust an open state of an opening of the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,625

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Finetech Nisca Inc....

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a stacking unit capable of stacking sheets;
a feed unit configured to feed an uppermost sheet of the sheets stacked on the stacking unit by a feeding roller;
a separation unit configured to separate the uppermost sheet of the stacked sheets, wherein the separation unit includes a first separation portion and a second separation portion, which is provided upstream of the first separation portion with respect to a conveying direction of the sheet by the feed unit, and which has a greater separation action on the sheet than that of the first separation portion;
a change unit for changing the position of the stacking unit, wherein the position of the stacking unit for bringing the sheet fed by the feed unit into contact with the first separation portion without bringing the sheet into contact with the second separation portion is defined as a first position, the position of the stacking unit for bringing the sheet fed by the feed unit into contact with the second separation portion is defined as a second position, and the change unit selects the position of the stacking unit from a plurality of positions including the first position and the second positions;
a detection lever which contacts the uppermost sheet and moves according to the position of the uppermost sheet, wherein in a case where the stacking unit is in either one of the first position or the second position, a position at which the uppermost sheet and the detection lever abut each other is downstream, with respect to a conveying direction, of a position where the uppermost sheet and the feeding roller abut each other;
a position detection unit configured to detect the position of the detection lever; and
a control unit configured to change the position of the stacking unit by the change unit based on a detection result of the position detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,479,623

SLUDGE HANDLING SYSTEM WITH ROTATING DISCHARGE DEVICE

RDP TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ...

1. A sludge handling system comprising:at least one bin from which bin treated sewage sludge is discharged;
the at least one bin having an inlet at an upper end for receiving sludge therein, a bottom central discharge opening for discharge of sludge therethrough, and side wall(s), at least portions of the side wall(s) being generally conically sloped toward the bottom central discharge opening,
a rotatable discharge means including a rotably driven table;
the rotatable discharge means including at least one arm having an upper portion and a lower portion, the at least one arm being mounted for traversing proximate the sloped portions of the side wall(s) of the at least one bin, and for moving sludge from the sloped portions of the side wall(s) so that the sludge does not adhere to the sloped portions of the side wall(s) and is directed out the bottom central discharge opening;
the rotatable discharge means including a rotationally symmetric chute, the rotationally symmetric chute having an upper end for receiving sludge from the bottom central discharge opening of the at least one bin, a lower end for discharging sludge, and a wall extending between the upper end of the chute and the lower end of the chute, the lower portion of the at least one arm being mounted on the rotably driven table;
a discharge gate having an opening for receiving sludge from the lower end of the chute, the discharge gate including at least one scoop extending into the chute proximate the wall for dislodging sludge from the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,479,622

STACKER-RECLAIMER APPARATUS

1. A stacker-reclaimer apparatus for handling bulk material at a storage site comprising:a central tower having a vertical axis;
an infeed conveyer;
a stacker boom rotatably mounted to the central tower about the vertical axis, the stacker boom receiving the bulk material from the infeed conveyer;
a reclaimer boom rotatably mounted to the central tower about the vertical axis;
a first conveyer screw mounted on the reclaimer boom, the first conveyer screw extending along a first longitudinal side of the reclaimer boom;
a second conveyer screw mounted on the reclaimer boom, the second conveyer screw extending along a second longitudinal side of the reclaimer boom;
a first harrow extending upwardly and angularly away from the first longitudinal side of the reclaimer boom;
a second harrow extending upwardly and angularly away from the second longitudinal side of the reclaimer boom;
a reclaim hopper, the reclaim hopper receiving the bulk material from the reclaimer boom; and
an outfeed conveyer, the outfeed conveyer receiving the bulk material from the reclaim hopper.

US Pat. No. 10,479,616

TRANSPORT DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING AT LEAST ONE PRODUCT, IN PARTICULAR FOR FORMING ROWS AND/OR GROUPS OF PRODUCTS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A transport device for transporting product (12a; 12b), the transport device comprisingat least one guide unit (14a; 14b),
at least one conveyor unit (16a; 16b), which has at least one continuous conveyor unit (18a; 18b) mounted movably relative to the guide unit (14a; 14b), the at least one continuous conveyor unit (18a, 18b) configured to transport the products along a main transport direction (50a, 50b) and including at least one movably mounted conveyor element (20a; 20b) and at least one further movably mounted conveyor element (22a; 22b), wherein the conveyor elements are connected to each other to form the continuous conveyor unit (18a; 18b) and are at least jointly movable relative to the guide unit (14a; 14b),
at least one conveyor drive unit (24a; 24b) for driving the continuous conveyor unit (18a; 18b) relative to the guide unit (14a; 14b), and
at least one individual drive unit (26a; 26b) which is provided at least to individually drive at least the at least one conveyor element (20a; 20b) and/or the at least one further conveyor element (22a; 22b), wherein the individual drive unit (26a, 26b) includes at least one actuator (78a, 78b, 48a, 48b) for driving the at least one conveyor element (20a, 20b) and/or the at least one further conveyor element (22a, 22b) so as to adjust a spacing between the products along the main transport direction (50a, 50b), wherein the at least one conveyor element (20a, 20b) and/or the at least one further conveyor element (22a, 22b) each extend along an axis that is perpendicular to the main transport direction (50a, 50b) of the continuous conveyor unit (18a, 18b).

US Pat. No. 10,479,614

ROLLER CONVEYOR JAM BREAK TOOL

Globe Composite Solutions...

1. A roller conveyor jam break tool configured to clear jams along a conveyor, said conveyor having a plurality of spaced individually rotatable rollers, said tool comprising:a unitary head member formed from lightweight durable, polymeric material; said head member comprising an upper portion, a lower portion, and an upright blade extending from said upper portion to said lower portion; said lower portion of said head member having a thickness greater than a distance between two adjacent conveyor rollers of said conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,606

STORAGE SYSTEM

1. A storage system for storing an elongated object in a substantially vertical orientation relative to a ground surface, the storage system comprising:a rack, the rack including a plurality of vertical support columns configured to rest upon the ground surface, a planar first horizontal member supported by the support columns above the ground surface and a planar second horizontal member supported by the support columns above the ground surface higher than the first horizontal member;
a bracket comprising a first plate portion and a second plate portion that is perpendicular to the first plate portion, wherein the first plate portion is removably fastened to the first horizontal member and the second plate portion is configured to be directly fastened to the elongated object to mount the elongated object to the first horizontal member; and
a chain secured to and extending between the bracket and the second horizontal member to attach the bracket to the second horizontal member;
wherein the chain includes a tension adjuster for adjusting a tension of the chain when the bracket is secured to the first horizontal member, wherein when the tension of the chain is increased the storage system is more stabile so that the storage system can withstand wind pressure, small earthquakes, and shocks.

US Pat. No. 10,479,604

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ITEM MANAGEMENT

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A system for item management, comprising:a plurality of storage compartments;
at least one scanner on each storage compartment, wherein each scanner is configured to scan an identification code on an item that is picked up from the storage compartment and placed down in the storage compartment;
a memory; and
at least one processor, wherein:
the at least one processor is coupled to the at least one scanner and the memory; and
the memory stores computer-executable instructions for controlling the at least one processor to:
decode an identification code on an item scanned by one scanner;
generate decoding information for the identification code upon a successful decoding;
determine an operation type of the item based on the scanning of the identification code on the item;
obtain item location information for the identification code, based on the one scanner for the identification code; and
update item management information according to the decoding information, the item location information, and the operation type of the item for the identification code,
wherein the item management information further includes item quantity information, and item information; and
the operation type of the item includes a placing-down operation and a picking-up operation;
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to:
determine the operation type of the item as the placing-down operation in response to scanning the identification code in a first direction; and
determine the operation type of the item as the picking-up operation in response to scanning the identification code in a second direction;
wherein:
an inner side of the identification code on the item close to an inner side of the storage compartment is scanned before an outer side of the identification code on the item close to an outer side of the storage compartment is scanned, as the identification code is scanned in the first direction; and
an outer side of the identification code on the item close to an outer side of the storage compartment is scanned before an inner side of the identification code on the item close to an inner side of the storage compartment is scanned, as the identification code is scanned in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,603

CONTROL SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A control system of an article, the control system comprising:a first transmitter having a first radio signal range, being mounted at a first location, and transmitting first position information relating to the first location;
a second transmitter having a second radio signal range, being mounted at a second location, and transmitting second position information relating to the second location, the second radio signal range being narrower than the first radio signal range;
an acquirer acquiring at least one of the first position information and the second position information;
a first identifier including first identification information and being attached to the article; and
a memory part, the first identification information being associated with the first position information or the second position information and stored in the memory part,
wherein the acquirer is configured to associate the first identification information with at least one of the first position information and the second position information based on the acquired at least one of first and second position information and the association stored in said memory part, thereby to identify the location of the article as being within the range of at least one of the first transmitter or the second transmitter based on the acquired first or second position information and the association stored in the memory part.

US Pat. No. 10,479,599

INDUSTRIAL BAG LIFT LOOP ASSEMBLY

AMERIGLOBE, LLC, Lafayet...

1. A flexible bulk bag that can hold 500 to 5,000 pounds of bulk material, the bag made of woven fabric and comprising:a side wall made of woven fabric; and
a lift assembly, the lift assembly including a lift member coupled with a coupler to an intermediate layer that is made of woven fabric;
wherein the woven fabric of the intermediate layer is coupled to the woven fabric of the bag side wall with a heat seal coupler; and
wherein a heat sealed bond between the woven fabric of the intermediate layer and the woven fabric of the bag has at least 90% of the original fabric strength; and
wherein the heat seal bond extends above the coupler and between the coupler and an upper portion of the intermediate layer to a location that is at least 1 inch above the coupler to protect the heat seal bond from being put into a peel position if the flexible bulk bag is picked up by the lift member when the lift member is positioned in a direction other than upwards.

US Pat. No. 10,479,593

MATTRESS TRANSPORTING ROLLER BOX

Zinus Inc., Tracy, CA (U...

1. A method comprising:retaining a mattress in a roller box, wherein the roller box comprises:
a box portion having a top portion, a bottom portion, and a plurality of sidewalls, wherein the box portion has a height and a width, and wherein the bottom portion meets a first of the sidewalls to define a corner edge of the box portion;
two fixed-axis wheels disposed along the corner edge, wherein each of the wheels has an axis of rotation extending in a line that passes through two of the plurality of sidewalls, wherein each of the wheels has a separate wheel housing made of hardened plastic, and wherein each of the wheels rotates about a separate axle that is supported on both sides by the separate wheel housing; and
a rigid strip member, wherein the rigid strip member extends lengthwise parallel to the corner edge, wherein each separate wheel housing is coupled to the rigid strip member, wherein the rigid strip member is immovably attached to a single one of the plurality of sidewalls, and wherein the mattress is rolled into a cylindrical shape with a diameter substantially equal to the width of the box portion and a length substantially equal to the height of the box portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,592

AEROSOL CANISTER CASE WITH LOCKING TWIST CAP

1. A case for securing an aerosol canister, comprising:a body, including:
a first lateral wall having a first top edge and a first bottom edge;
a bottom wall connected to and enclosing the first lateral wall proximate the first bottom edge; and,
at least one cutout arranged in the first lateral wall proximate the first top edge; and,
a cap rotatably connected to the body, including:
a second lateral wall having a second top edge and a second bottom edge;
a top wall connected to the second lateral wall proximate the second top edge;
a nozzle in fluid contact with a stem of the aerosol canister; and,
at least one gusset arranged to engage the at least one cutout;
wherein:
in an unlocked position, the cap is displaceable in a first axial direction relative to the body to dispense the contents of the aerosol canister out of the nozzle; and,
in a locked position, the cap is not displaceable in the first axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,590

CONTAINER CLOSURE SYSTEM

GAPLAST GMBH, Altenau (D...

1. A container closure system comprises:a container for capsules, dragées, and tablets having an inner wall and a container opening, through which capsules, dragrées, and tablets are dispensed out of the container,
a screw-on cap that can be screwed onto the container, and
a dispensing aid having a blocking element and a suspension device connected to the blocking element,
wherein the suspension device is fixedly attached to the inner wall of the container near the container opening and has holes through which capsules, dragées, and tablets must pass before they fall out of the container opening when the container is tilted downwards,
wherein each of the holes is smaller than the container opening,
wherein the suspension device has a ring which is connected to the blocking element by bars, the spacing of which from one another delimits the holes,
wherein the ring is fastened to the inner wall of the container,
wherein the blocking element is a desiccant chamber which is filled with desiccant, and wherein the blocking element is configured so that the capsules do not pass through the blocking element, and
wherein the container opening is sealed by a removable film that is welded or glued to an edge of the container opening.

US Pat. No. 10,479,587

CARTRIDGE FOR VISCOUS-MATERIAL DISPENSER

KAGA WORKS CO., LTD., Na...

1. A cartridge comprising:a cylinder of a pneumatic dispenser that employs pressurized air to discharge a viscous material, the cylinder having a circular-shaped inner circumferential surface, a first end and a second end, and a discharge port at the first end configured to discharge the viscous material from the cylinder, and
a plunger disposed within the cylinder and configured to divide an inner chamber of the cylinder into a filling chamber between the plunger and the first end, into which the viscous material is filled from the outside through the discharge port, and a pressurizing chamber between the plunger and the second end, into which the pressurized air is charged from the outside, the plunger comprising a substantially cylindrical main body portion that extends in an axial direction and has an outer circumferential surface;
wherein the outer circumferential surface of the plunger is shaped such that a radial tubular clearance is defined in a circumferential direction between the outer circumferential surface of the plunger and the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder, and such that the radial tubular clearance continuously extends between the outer circumferential surface of the plunger and the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder both in the axial and circumferential directions,
the outer circumferential surface of the plunger is also shaped such that, when the viscous material is filled into the filling chamber from the outside through the discharge port, the continuous radial tubular clearance is filled with a portion of the viscous material, thereby forming a seal body made of said portion of the viscous material between the outer circumferential surface of the plunger and the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder, said seal body blocking further viscous material from leaking from the filling chamber into the pressurizing chamber,
the outer circumferential surface of the plunger includes multiple ridges that each have a component that extends in the axial direction of the plunger, the multiple ridges being spaced apart from each other in the circumferential direction of the plunger, and
each of the ridges is radially elastically deformable such that, when a tip end of the ridge is pressed against the inner circumferential surface of the cylinder, the tip end elastically deforms radially inwardly to prevent the ridge from strongly contacting the inner circumferential surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,584

MICROWAVE PACKAGING

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A container for heating a plurality of food items with microwave energy, the container comprising:a tray comprising a sidewall extending at least partially around an interior of the tray;
an insert disposed at least partially in the interior of the tray, the insert comprising a plurality of lateral ribs, a plurality of longitudinal ribs, and a central panel extending over at least one lateral rib of the plurality of lateral ribs and at least one longitudinal rib of the plurality of longitudinal ribs, wherein the central panel contacts the at least one lateral rib and the at least one longitudinal rib along respective portions of respective top edges of the at least one lateral rib and the at least one longitudinal rib, and the portions of the top edges of the at least one lateral rib and the at least one longitudinal rib are recessed to at least partially accommodate the central panel; and
a plurality of receptacles at least partially defined by the insert, each receptacle of the plurality of receptacles being for at least partially receiving at least one food item of the plurality of food items;
wherein each lateral rib of the plurality of lateral ribs engages each longitudinal rib of the plurality of longitudinal ribs to at least partially form the plurality of receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,479,583

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR KEEPING INSECTS OUT OF SHIPMENT LOADS

Rengo Packaging, Inc., K...

1. An apparatus for preventing insects and other pests from entering a load of goods comprising:a shipping pallet;
a freely transportable shipping enclosure formed of separate connected panels releasably joined;
said panels having at least one section of porous venting material characterized by a small pore size that prevents the entry of small insects, with the pore size being large enough and said venting section(s) suitably positioned to allow the flow of ambient air into and out of said enclosure;
said panels joined such that there are no openings to said load larger than said pore size of said venting material;
said enclosure fully encapsulating said load and resting on top of said pallet;
said pallet, said enclosure, and said load of goods being freely transportable together as a unit, with said load encapsulated and protected by said enclosure; and
said unit having no securement to the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,479,580

PROCESS FOR SEPARATING PACKAGE BLISTER FROM CARDS FOR RECYCLING

Placon Corporation, Madi...

1. A method for separating components of a package for recycling, the package comprising:a thermoformed thermoplastic blister having a product bubble and a pull feature, the blister having a peripheral flange which extends outwardly from the product bubble and the pull feature;
a front card having an exterior surface and an opposite interior surface, portions of the front card defining a bubble opening having a perimeter, wherein the product bubble extends through the bubble opening;
a back card having an interior surface which is adhered to the front card interior surface, and an opposite exterior surface, wherein the blister flange is retained between the front card and the back card so that the product bubble and the pull feature extend through the front card bubble opening, wherein the blister flange is not adhered to the front card or the back card;
wherein the product bubble extends through the front card bubble opening in a first direction which is perpendicular to the back card, and wherein the bubble extends in the first direction to a frontwardmost elevation which defines a first height above the front card exterior surface; and
wherein the pull feature extends the first height in the first direction above the front card exterior surface and is separated from the product bubble by a groove formed in the blister which extends transverse to the first direction, the groove having a depth substantially that of the first height and a width so that the pull feature is accessible on two opposed sides; the method comprising the steps of:
gripping the pull feature;
pulling the blister frontwardly, thereby distorting the blister; and
extracting the blister from the cards, and thereby fully separating the blister from the front card and the back card, permitting the entire package to be recycled.

US Pat. No. 10,479,572

BAND CLAMP

Oetiker Schweiz AG, Horg...

1. A low-profile clamp having a band (20) and a buckle (21) surrounding the band and being provided on a first end portion (22) of the band, wherein the second end portion (23) of the band, which surrounds the object to be fastened and is fed through the buckle (21) radially outside of the first end portion (22), is adapted to be locked with the buckle (21) by deformation,wherein a lateral surface of the buckle (21) has a window (36) exposing a side edge (37) of the band within the window (56) to permit locking to be performed by deforming the side edge (37) of the band (20) within the window (36), and
wherein the first band end portion (22) is held at a spacing from the second band end portion (23) within the buckle (21) to permit locking by means of a plier-type tool deforming the side edge (37) of the second band end portion (23) only.

US Pat. No. 10,479,567

DRINK CONTAINER WITH TORQUE-LIMITING LID

NUK USA LLC, Tarrytown, ...

1. A drink container comprising:a container body defining an enclosure;
a lid configured to be threadably coupled to the container body, the lid comprising:
an inner lid assembly comprising:
a wall;
at least one thread disposed along an inner surface of the wall;
a plurality of ratchet teeth disposed along an outer periphery of an outer surface of the wall;
a top surface; and
a spout extending up from the top surface, wherein the spout is fluidicly coupled to the enclosure of the container body,
an outer lid assembly concentric with the inner lid assembly and comprising:
an outer wall; and
a plurality of ratchet pawls disposed along an inner surface of the outer wall, wherein each of the plurality of ratchet pawls contacts a corresponding one of the plurality of ratchet teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,479,563

UTILITY ANTI-THEFT ENCLOSURE

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A utility enclosure comprising:a box including a plurality of walls and a central opening for receiving a utility component;
an insert having a plurality of insert side walls and configured to be positioned in the central opening and a continuous flange extending around the plurality of insert side walls and configured to extend underneath at least one of the walls of the box;
a removable cover having a top and a cover wall extending from the top, the cover configured to be placed over the insert so that the cover wall surrounds at least a portion of the plurality of insert side walls; and
a removable lid configured to connect to the box.

US Pat. No. 10,479,559

PACKAGE WITH A MULTI-PIECE HANDLE

GPCP IP Holdings LLC, Al...

1. A package for storing and carrying a product, the package comprising:(A) a flexible package body for storing a product therein, the flexible package body having at least six faces and a reclosable opening on one of the faces of the flexible package body to allow removal of the product; and
(B) a handle, for carrying the package, the handle being attached to the package body and positioned over the reclosable opening, the handle having:
(a) a first strap including a first end and a second end, the first end of the first strap being attached to one of the faces of the package body;
(b) a second strap including a first end and a second end, the first end of the second strap being attached to another face of the package body, the other face of the package body being opposite to the face of the package body to which the first strap is attached; and
(c) a connecting strap, the connecting strap being (i) detachably engageable with the second end of the first strap and (ii) detachably engageable with the second end of the second strap, the connecting strap being detachably engageable with the package body when the connecting strap is not engaged to at least one of the first strap and the second strap,
wherein, when the connecting strap is not engaged to (i) the package body and (ii) at least one of the first strap and second strap, the handle is configured to allow removal of the product stored within the package.

US Pat. No. 10,479,545

DOUBLE CONTAINER

KYORAKU CO., LTD., Kyoto...

1. A double container comprising:an outer layer as an outer shell; and
an inner layer as an inner bag, wherein
the inner bag contracts in association with a decrease in a content housed in the inner bag,
the outer layer is provided with a recessed portion and the recessed portion is provided with an atmospheric air introduction hole, and
a hydrophobic filter configured to allow air penetration and block water is provided to close the atmospheric air introduction hole.

US Pat. No. 10,479,544

REUSABLE CUP WITH INTEGRATED RIBBED HEAT SINK SHEATH

Airlite Plastics Co., Om...

1. A cup comprising:a base;
a sidewall extending upward from the base to a top of the cup to define an internal cavity and an open top, wherein the sidewall comprises:
an upper sidewall, wherein at least a portion of the upper sidewall decreases in width in a downward direction from the top toward the base;
a lower sidewall located between the upper sidewall and the base and at least a portion of the lower sidewall decreasing in width in the downward direction, the lower sidewall having a lower wall and a plurality of raised ribs extending radially outward from the lower wall and being elongated in a direction between the top and the base, wherein the plurality of raised ribs are distributed around a periphery of the lower wall and are separated by recesses that are elongated in the direction between the top and the base;
an annular ledge connecting the upper sidewall to the lower sidewall, wherein the annular ledge extends inwardly from the upper sidewall to the lower sidewall and forms a reduction in width of the sidewall between the upper sidewall and the lower sidewall, such that a maximum width of the lower sidewall is less than a minimum width of the upper sidewall;
wherein the upper sidewall includes an underside edge;
wherein the upper sidewall includes a foot extending downwardly from a bottom portion of the upper sidewall, wherein the foot includes the underside edge of the upper sidewall and the foot defines a channel between the upper sidewall and the lower sidewall, and the foot is positioned outside the maximum width of the lower sidewall such that the foot is positioned outside the plurality of raised ribs;
wherein a maximum ratio of radial thickness of each rib of the plurality of raised ribs to radial thickness of the lower wall is about 3:1;
wherein the plurality of raised ribs include land areas and the recesses include recess openings defined between opposing land areas, wherein a ratio of width of the openings to width of the land areas to is between about 2.5:1 to about 1.75:1; and
wherein a ratio of radial thickness of each rib of the plurality of raised ribs to radial thickness of the lower wall decreases from about 3:1 to about 1:1 over at least a portion of each rib of the plurality of raised ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,479,541

BAG DISPENSERS, METHOD OF USE, AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS

1. A bag dispenser system comprising:an elongated bag suspending base with an outer section and an opposing inner section including a mounting surface constructed to be secured to a support surface, the bag suspending base having an upper surface and an opposing lower surface cooperating to define a first outer profile with at least a portion of the bag suspending base being constructed to be inserted through a set of aligned front and rear handle apertures in a set of corresponding front and rear handles for each of a plurality of bags to suspend the plurality of bags from the upper surface of the bag suspending base; and
a bag retainer within the outer section of the bag suspending base and extending upwardly from the upper surface of the bag suspending base to define an upper handle retention member with an uppermost perimeter spaced apart from the upper surface of the base a first distance, the upper handle retention member further including a first rearwardly facing bag handle surface, the bag retainer also extending downwardly from the lower surface of the bag suspending base to define a lower handle retention member with a lowermost perimeter spaced apart from the lower surface of the base a second distance less than the first distance, the lower handle retention member further including a second rearwardly facing bag handle surface, the perimeters of the retention members defining an enlarged outwardly facing, non-circular, retainer profile relative to the first outer profile of the bag suspending base, the upper and lower retention members being constructed to insert through the handle apertures of the plurality of bags to dispose the front and rear handles of the plurality of bags initially between the rearwardly facing bag handle surfaces of the retention members and the support surface when the bag suspending base is mounted thereon, the bag retainer further constructed to permit withdrawal of a front handle of a single bag from the bag retainer and the bag suspending base when the front handle is pulled away in a first direction from the bag retainer without lifting motion while the upper and lower retention members cooperate to resist removal and releasably retain the rear handle of the same bag on the base at least partially behind at least one retention member to space apart the front and rear handles of the corresponding bag and present an open loaded configuration wherein the bag may be loaded with one or more items and then the same bag may be further released completely from the bag suspending base and the bag retainer by pulling the same bag again in the same direction as the first direction while the upper retention member assists in separating the rear handle of the same bag from the front handle of an adjacent bag remaining on the bag suspending base.

US Pat. No. 10,479,537

APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING PACKAGES OF INFUSION PRODUCTS

1. An apparatus for producing packages of infusion products, said packages comprising a bag filled with a dosed quantity of an infusion product, a tag, and a length of thread attached to opposite ends to said bag and respectively said tag, said apparatus comprising:a winding group configured to wind said length of thread around said bag after said bag has been filled, said winding group comprising,
a rotating carousel rotatable around a rotation axis, and
at least one winding unit positioned on said rotating carousel and brought into rotation by said rotating carousel between an inlet station and a release station, said bag being received at said inlet station with said tag attached thereto by said length of thread and having said length of thread wound thereabout in said at least one winding unit before release at said release station,
wherein said at least one winding unit comprises,
a rotatable structure, and
a first gripping element and a second gripping element, which are configured to be activated independently and to withhold said bag either individually or jointly,
a third gripping element carried by said carousel and associated to said rotating structure, said third gripping element being configured to withhold said tag,
wherein said carousel rotates in a continuous motion,
wherein said winding unit is further configured to move said first and said second gripping elements outwardly and inwardly in relation to said structure and to cause said second gripping element to grip and withhold said bag individually while said first gripping element is distanced from said bag, or to cause said second and said first gripping elements to jointly grip and withhold said bag, thereby enabling a gripping passage from the second gripping element to the first gripping element or vice versa, or to cause said first gripping element to grip and withhold said bag individually while said second gripping element is distanced from said bag.

US Pat. No. 10,479,533

SPACECRAFT LANDING AND RECOVERY INFLATION SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A landing inflation system comprising:a command processor;
a compressed gas source;
an isolation valve fluidly coupled to said compressed gas source and communicatively coupled with and controlled by said command processor;
a manifold located fluidly downstream from and fluidly coupled to said isolation valve;
a plurality of command valves located fluidly downstream from and fluidly coupled to said manifold and communicatively coupled with and controlled by said command processor;
a bleed orifice fluidly coupled with said manifold between said isolation valve and said plurality of command valves and configured to automatically equalize pressure in said manifold between said isolation valve and said plurality of command valves prior to pressurization of said manifold with said compressed gas;
a plurality of air bag assemblies fluidly coupled to said plurality of command valves; and
a plurality of pressure sensors fluidly coupled to said plurality of airbag assemblies and communicatively coupled with said command processor; and wherein:
said isolation valve is configured to initiate pressurization of said manifold in response to a first inflation initiation command signal from said command processor;
said manifold is configured to concurrently distribute compressed gas to said plurality of command valves;
said command processor generates a second inflation initiation command signal following pressurization of said manifold;
each one of said plurality of command valves is configured to concurrently initiate inflation of one of said plurality of airbag assemblies, associated therewith, in response to said second inflation initiation command signal from said command processor;
each one of said plurality of pressure sensors is configured to measure a fill pressure of one of said plurality of airbag assemblies, associated therewith, and generate a nominal fill pressure signal provided to said command processor when said fill pressure of said one of said plurality of airbag assemblies, associated therewith, is equal to a nominal fill pressure;
said command processor generates an inflation cessation command signal in response to said nominal fill pressure signal from each one of said plurality of pressure sensors; and
each one of said plurality of command valves is further configured to discretely cease inflation of said one of said plurality of airbag assemblies, associated therewith, in response to said inflation cessation command signal from said command processor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,532

STRESS RELIEVED WELDS IN POSITIVE EXPULSION FUEL TANKS WITH ROLLING METAL DIAPHRAGMS

Keystone Engineering Comp...

1. A metallic positive expulsion fuel tank comprising:a first hemispherical shell having a first circumferential edge;
a hemispherical rolling metal diaphragm with a circumferential edge attached to the first circumferential edge of the first hemispherical shell;
a second hemispherical shell having a first circumferential edge attached to the first circumferential edge of the first hemispherical shell by a first weld seam forming two interior chambers separated by the hemispherical rolling metal diaphragm, the first and second hemispherical shells each having a localized post-weld heat-treated stress-relieved region confined within a distance of 2 inches (5.08 cm) from the first weld seam;
a pressurized gas inlet attached to the first hemispherical shell; and
a fuel outlet fixture attached to the second hemispherical shell.

US Pat. No. 10,479,529

COMPOSITE PANEL TOOL

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a carrier comprising a first frame and a plurality of cross members within the first frame, each cross member contoured along a leading edge;
a rigid second frame sized to accommodate the carrier, wherein the rigid second frame comprises:
first and second opposing sides that include contact elements configured as contact points for the rigid second frame against a surface, wherein the first and second opposing sides of the rigid second frame each comprise a first alignment device, a second alignment device, and a third alignment device, wherein said adjustment devices in first and second sides of the rigid second frame are configured to allow the carrier to move with six degrees of freedom within the rigid second frame; and
third and fourth opposing sides; and
a mounting system associated with the third and fourth sides of the rigid second frame, wherein the mounting system is configured to removably hold the carrier within the rigid second frame, and wherein the mounting system further comprises an adjustment mechanism configured to move the carrier about a plurality of axes within the rigid second frame.

US Pat. No. 10,479,528

NETWORK OF DISTRIBUTED DRONE SYSTEM AND PARKING PADS

Ping Liang, Newport Coas...

1. A distributed parking system for drones comprisinga network of parking pads for drones distributed over a geographic area, each of which comprising a parking surface of one or more parking spots on which a drone can land and park securely, a power refill module that replenish the power source of a parked drone, a control module that controls functions of the parking pad, and a communication module through which the control module is connected to a communication network;
a master controller that controls functions of the parking pads and communicates commands to and receives reports from the parking pads through the communication network;
a protective box that, under the control of the control module, opens to allow a drone to land and park on the parking surface, and closes to prevent access of a drone; and
an authentication module in each parking pad that authenticates an approaching drone wherein the control module opens a closed protective box to allow the approaching drone to land and park after the control module receives a message from the authentication module that the approaching drone's identity is authenticated and the drone is allowed to land and park at the parking pad.

US Pat. No. 10,479,527

EXTERNAL ANCHORING HARPOON FOR AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. An external anchoring harpoon for an aircraft for co-operating with an anchor grid of a platform in order both to make landing of the aircraft on the platform safe and also to hold the aircraft down on the platform, the external anchoring harpoon being external to the structure of the aircraft and comprising:a frame configured to be connected to the aircraft;
a harpoon head configured to become anchored in the anchor grid; and
a deployment device for deploying the harpoon head;
wherein the deployment device comprises:
flexible connection means having a first end and a second end and connected via the first end to the harpoon head;
a movement device for moving the flexible connection means and connected firstly to the frame and secondly to the second end of the flexible connection means;
a main telescopic strut provided with a third end and a fourth end, and connected via the third end to the harpoon head and via the fourth end to the frame; and
at least one secondary telescopic strut provided with a fifth end and a sixth end and connected via the fifth end to the harpoon head and configured to be connected via the sixth end to the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,479,526

SMALL UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (SUAV) SHIPBOARD RECOVERY SYSTEM

AEROVIRONMENT, INC., Sim...

1. A small unmanned aerial vehicle (SUAV) recovery system comprising:a net;
a mast connected to the net; and
a boom connected to the net;
wherein the mast and the boom are connected;
wherein energy of an impact of the SUAV into the net is progressively transferred by a gravitational potential energy of the boom and a progressive bending of the boom.

US Pat. No. 10,479,525

UTILIZATION OF ENGINE BLEED AIR TO PROVIDE EXTENDED DURATION EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT POWER

KIDDE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.,...

17. A method for providing supplemental power on an aircraft having a gas turbine engine, comprising:identifying, by a controller, whether an engine off power condition exists in which the gas turbine engine is failing to operate and the aircraft has lost power electrical or hydraulic power, or whether an engine on power condition exists in which the gas turbine engine is operating and the aircraft has lost the electrical or hydraulic power;
controlling, by the controller, a position of a propellant selector valve in fluidic communication with a storage tank containing a tank compressed gas, a bleed line in fluidic communication with an engine compressed gas, and a turbo pump such that the propellant selector valve is moved from an off position to a tank position in which the tank compressed gas is ported through the propellant selector valve to the turbo pump to cause the turbo pump to generate at least one of electrical power, hydraulic power, or pneumatic power in response to identifying the engine off power condition, and the propellant selector valve is moved from an off position to an engine position in which the engine compressed gas is ported through the propellant selector valve to the turbo pump to cause the turbo pump to generate the at least one of the electrical power, the hydraulic power, or the pneumatic power in response to identifying the engine on power condition.

US Pat. No. 10,479,523

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AIR VEHICLES

ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRI...

1. A method for controlling in-flight refueling of a receiver aircraft having a fuel receptacle, the method comprising:providing a refueling device including a body having a longitudinal axis and configured for being towed by a tanker aircraft via a fuel hose at least during the in-flight refueling operation, the refueling device further including a boom member having a boom axis, the refueling device being capable of engaging and refueling said receiver aircraft via the boom member;
wherein the boom member is selectively pivotable with respect to the body between a first angular displacement and a second angular displacement different from the first angular displacement;
automatically steering the refueling device to an engagement enabling position, including:
(i) repeatedly determining a spatial disposition of said refueling device with respect to the receiver aircraft when the device arrives to said engagement enabling position at which said boom member is in a predetermined spaced and spatial relationship with respect to the fuel receptacle of said receiver aircraft;
(ii) repeatedly calculating steering commands based at least on the repeatedly determined spatial dispositions and characteristics of a spatial control system of the refueling device; and
(iii) sending said steering commands to said spatial control system;
wherein prior to or at said engagement enabling position said boom member is pivoted with respect to the body between said first angular displacement and said second angular displacement;
whereby at said engagement enabling position, the boom member is at said second angular displacement, and the boom member of said refueling device is capable of engaging with said fuel receptacle to enable refueling of said receiver aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,479,515

DUAL MODE SUPPLEMENTAL STRUT AND DAMPER

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A strut for mounting an engine in an aircraft comprising:a first member defining a cavity;
a second member;
at least one friction material coupled to a surface of the first member, the at least one friction material being positioned between the first member and the second member, wherein the at least one frictional material and the second member are disposed within the cavity defined by the first member;
at least one attachment coupling the first member, second member, and the at least one friction material; and
a biasing mechanism associated with the at least one attachment, wherein a biasing force of the biasing mechanism biases the second member into engagement with the at least one frictional material to create a static frictional load between the first and second members.

US Pat. No. 10,479,513

HELICOPTER ROTOR ICING DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS ...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a UAV controller to control flight operations of the UAV; and
an icing detector to monitor a time rate of change of a revolution per minute (RPM) trim signal received from an RPM command path with respect to a predetermined threshold for the time rate of change, the icing detector notifies the UAV controller to initiate corrective actions for the UAV if the time rate of change of the RPM trim signal exceeds the predetermined threshold for the time rate of change.

US Pat. No. 10,479,509

VENTILATION SYSTEM FOR WIDE-BODIED AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A ventilation system for a wide-bodied aircraft with a pressurization cabin, the ventilation system comprising:a compressor apparatus with a heat exchanger for drawing air in from an input reservoir and for generating an excess pressure in at least one output reservoir,
several air outlets in the pressurization cabin which are connected to the at least one output reservoir of the compressor apparatus,
at least one suction air intake pipe in the pressurization cabin,
a static volume flow control member for adjusting a volume flow through at least one of the air outlets,
wherein the static volume flow control member comprises:
an admission orifice plate with a predetermined internal cross-section in a pipe section, wherein the admission orifice plate with the predetermined internal cross-section is a perforated plate which stands substantially transversally to an air stream in the pipe section,
an electronic memory coupled to the admission orifice plate for storing orifice plate parameters, the orifice plate parameters are indicative of the non-changeable internal cross-section of the orifice plate for the air flowing through it, and
a transmission device coupled to the admission orifice plate for transmitting the orifice plate parameters from the electronic memory to an external receiver device.

US Pat. No. 10,479,506

DEPLOYABLE PARTITION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SEAT ASSEMBLIES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A partition system that is configured to be secured to a seat assembly, the partition system comprising:a barrier that is configured to be moved between a stowed position and a deployed position, the barrier being moveably coupled to an armrest of the seat assembly, wherein the stowed position is proximate to a rear end of the armrest, and wherein the deployed position extends towards a front end of the armrest, wherein the barrier comprises:
a first panel;
a second panel, wherein the first panel is moveably coupled to the second panel, and
a third panel, wherein the third panel is moveably coupled to the second panel,
wherein the first panel, the second panel, and the third panel are configured to linearly translate over a length of the armrest between the stowed position and the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,504

LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM

1. A seat integrating a loudspeaker system, comprising:a seat including a seat body having a horizontally oriented seat bottom and a seat back secured thereto, the seat back includes an upper end and a lower end, the lower end is positioned adjacent the seat bottom;
a loudspeaker system including a sound assembly mounted within the seat, the sound assembly including a loudspeaker driver assembly, and the loudspeaker driver assembly includes a central housing from which a plurality of drivers selectively extend radially outwardly between a use orientation and a storage orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,479,500

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE WITH DETACHABLE COMPUTING DEVICE

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:an airframe comprising:
a plurality of arms movable between a stowed configuration and a flight-ready configuration;
a plurality of rotors, each coupled to a respective one of the plurality of arms;
at least one motor coupled to the plurality of rotors; and
a control management system;
a cradle coupled to the airframe for receiving a computing device, the cradle being adjustable to accommodate a plurality of different computing devices; and
a connector configured to connect the control management system to the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,479,493

DAMPER DEVICE AND AN AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A damper device provided with a first connection member and with a second connection member that are suitable for connecting the damper device respectively to a first mechanical member and to a second mechanical member, the damper device including a resilient member and a hydraulic system that are interposed between the first connection member and the second connection member, wherein the hydraulic system includes a sealed outer casing containing a hydraulic fluid, the hydraulic fluid being contained solely in the hydraulic system, the hydraulic system including a rod movable in translation relative to the outer casing, the rod extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end along a longitudinal axis, the rod having a projecting portion that projects longitudinally from the outer casing, the first connection member being fastened in reversible manner to the outer casing in order to be constrained to move in translation with the outer casing, the resilient member being arranged around the projecting portion of the rod, the resilient member including at least one resilient means interposed between a first strength member and a second strength member, the resilient member and the hydraulic system being two distinct modules, the first strength member being fastened in reversible manner to the outer casing in order to be constrained to move in translation with the outer casing, the second strength member being constrained to move in translation with the projecting portion, the second resilient member being fastened in reversible manner to the projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,492

ROTOR AND AN AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH SUCH A ROTOR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A rotor designed to contribute at least in part to the lift and/or to the propulsion of an aircraft, the rotor comprising a hub and at least three lift assemblies that are movable together in rotation about an axis of rotation of the rotor, each lift assembly comprising a root and a lift member that extends in the span direction from the root towards an end, the root being attached to the hub by a mobility and retention member and being secured to the lift member, each mobility and retention member conferring on each lift assembly a degree of freedom to move relative to the hub about at least a lead-lag axis and a pitch axis, each lift assembly being positioned circumferentially between two adjacent lift assemblies, each lift assembly being connected to the two adjacent lift assemblies respectively by a first damper and by a second damper, and for each lift assembly:a first plane contains the lead-lag axis and is orthogonal to the pitch axis of the lift assembly;
the first damper is hinged to the lift assembly at least about a first axis parallel to the lead-lag axis of the lift assembly;
the second damper is hinged to the lift assembly at least about a second axis parallel to the lead-lag axis of the lift assembly;
the first axis is situated in a volume lying between the first plane of the lift assembly and the axis of rotation, the second axis being positioned outside the volume; and
the root includes a shackle fastened to the mobility and retention member and a fitting fastened to the lift assembly between the shackle and the end, the fitting comprising two L-shaped plates, each L-shaped plate presenting an orifice through which the second axis passes, the two L-shaped plates hold between them an intermediate connection member, and the intermediate member including a fork connected to a pitch rod and at least one orifice through which the first axis passes.

US Pat. No. 10,479,491

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ROTORCRAFT COLLECTIVE POWER HOLD

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A rotorcraft, comprising:a collective control;
a collective position sensor connected to the collective control, wherein the collective position sensor is operable to generate collective position signals indicating a position of the collective control;
a flight control computer (FCC) in signal communication with the collective position sensor and operable to provide a power hold for the rotorcraft in response to a power hold activation signal and further in response to a first one of the collective position signals indicating that the collective control is overdriven, wherein the FCC is further operable to determine a power setting for the power hold and one or more operational limits associated with the power hold;
a collective trim motor connected to the collective control and in signal communication with the FCC; and
one or more flight control devices connected to the FCC and operable to control flight of the rotorcraft in response to a flight control device control signal received from the FCC;
wherein the FCC is operable to determine a flight parameter for the one or more flight control devices according to a relationship between the one or more operational limits and one or more operational parameters indicated by one or more sensor signals received at the FCC, wherein the FCC is further operable to determine a pilot control setting according to the flight parameter and generate a collective set command according to the pilot control setting;
wherein the collective trim motor is operable to move the collective control according to the collective set command; and
wherein the FCC is operable to generate the flight control device control signal according to a second one of the collective position signals, and to send the flight control device control signal to the one or more flight control devices.

US Pat. No. 10,479,490

MULTI-CONFIGURATION AUTONOMOUS PLATFORM WITH MOUNTED CAMERA

1. A multi-configuration quad-rotor system, said multi-configuration quad-rotor system comprising:an aerial platform;
a plurality of thrust units coupled to said aerial platform,wherein said thrust units are adapted to have a multitude of deployed configurations, wherein said thrust units comprisean electric motor;
a propeller; and
a propeller guard,wherein each of said thrust units deploy as a unit, and wherein each of said propeller guards is rotationally coupled to said aerial platform.

US Pat. No. 10,479,489

ROTARY DEVICE, FOR INSTANCE AN AIR MOVER SUCH AS A FAN, A PROPELLER OR A LIFTING ROTOR, A WATER TURBINE OR A WIND TURBINE

ECO-LOGICAL ENTERPRISES B...

13. A rotary device for converting one form of energy to another form of energy, which forms of energy are electrical energy and the energy of a flowing medium, the device comprising:a frame with an inlet and an outlet and a rotation-symmetrical guide for the flowing medium extending between the inlet and the outlet;
a rotor supported rotatably at least during operation by said frame and having a central hub and a number of blades which are connected to said hub in angularly equidistant arrangement and which extend at least in a radial direction, which blades all have a form such that a relation between the flowing medium and the rotation of the rotor is obtained;
the rotor comprising a concentric ring to which ends of the blades are connected;
the ring having a first truncated conical surface and a second truncated conical surface equal to the first truncated conical surface, the first truncated conical surface and the second truncated conical surface having mutually opposite orientations and having a radial section with a general shape of an isosceles triangle or trapezium, the base of the isosceles triangle or trapezium extends parallel to the central axis and the sides of the isosceles triangle or trapezium converge radially outward;
the medium guide having an encircling recess, the form of which corresponds to that of the ring such that the ring fits with clearance into the encircling recess; and
energy converting means, one part of which is connected fixedly to the frame and another part is connected fixedly to the rotor, the energy converting means comprising:
magnets on each of the truncated conical surfaces corresponding to said sides, which magnets are placed angularly equidistant spaced apart at a first pitch and the poles of each magnet debouching on said truncated conical surfaces; and
electromagnets having poles, the poles of the electromagnets being placed equidistantly which poles of the electromagnets debouch on both corresponding surfaces of the encircling recess facing the ring;
wherein the ring with the magnets and the frame with the electromagnets together form an annular electrical motor or an electric generator, and wherein first poles of each of the magnets at the first truncated conical surface are placed such that the first poles are offset half the first pitch relative to second poles of each of the magnets at the second truncated conical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,488

CABLE CUTTER SYSTEM

BELL TEXTRON INC., Fort ...

1. A cable cutting system for a vehicle comprising:a first cutting apparatus comprising a recess to receive a cable and a first cutting surface positioned in the recess, wherein the recess is disposed between a first guiding surface and a second guiding surface, and the first guiding surface is affixed to a surface of the vehicle; and
a second cutting apparatus separate from and attached to the first cutting apparatus, the second cutting apparatus comprising: a first cutting member comprising a first cutting surface and a second cutting member comprising a second cutting surface, the first cutting surface and the second cutting surface to continuously move to cut the cable, and a movement generator connected to the first cutting member and the second cutting member, the movement generator to continuously move the first cutting surface and the second cutting surface in response to receiving the cable between the first cutting member and the second cutting member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,487

LANDING GEAR FOLDING BRACE WITH LOCKING ACTUATOR

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A locking actuator arrangement for a landing gear comprising:a housing link extending from a pivot in a first direction and extending along a first longitudinal axis;
an actuator housing extending from the pivot in a second direction, the second direction is opposite the first direction, the actuator housing defining a retaining cavity;
a receiving link pivotally coupled to the housing link and defining a receiving cavity, the receiving link comprises a second longitudinal axis; and
an actuator piston comprising a piston head and a piston rod extending from the piston head;
wherein the receiving cavity is configured to receive at least a portion of the piston rod, and
the piston rod is configured to be received by the receiving cavity in response to a pre-determined alignment of the housing link and the receiving link.

US Pat. No. 10,479,486

AIRCRAFT UNDERCARRIAGE WITH A ROTARY DRIVE ACTUATOR

SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS, ...

1. An aircraft undercarriage having a leg (2; 102) pivotally mounted on a structure of the aircraft to pivot about a pivot axis (X1) between a deployed position and a retracted position, the undercarriage including a foldable brace (3a, 3b; 103a, 103b) comprising two hinged-together elements, one of which is hinged to the leg and the other of which is hinged to the structure of the aircraft, in such a manner that when the leg is in the deployed position, the two brace elements are locked together in a substantially aligned position, the undercarriage also being provided with a rotary drive actuator (10; 110) having an outlet shaft acting on one of the elements of the foldable brace in order to cause the leg to pivot between its two positions, the undercarriage being characterized in that the drive actuator is pivotally mounted on the structure of the aircraft to pivot about an axis of rotation (X3) of the outlet shaft, the drive actuator having a casing (12; 112) connected by a reaction rod (13; 113) to the leg in order to take up the force developed by the drive actuator when driving the undercarriage.

US Pat. No. 10,479,483

PITCH CONTROL ASSEMBLY AND PROPELLER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF ADJUSTING PITCH

GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC, ...

1. A propeller assembly, comprising:a spider hub comprising a hub defining an interior and a set of arms spaced circumferentially about the hub and projecting radially from the hub, wherein the set of arms are configured to receive a set of blades such that a blade root of a blade of the set of blades is rotationally mounted to an outer periphery of an arm included in the set of arms;
a crosshead located within the interior of the hub and axially moveable relative to the hub;
a torque tube located in the arm and extending into the hub, and having opposing first and second ends, with the first end configured to mount to a proximal most portion of the blade of the set of blades, the torque tube spanning a length, between the first end and second end, from the outer periphery of the arm to the interior of the hub; and
a motion converter located within the interior of the hub and coupling the crosshead to the second end of the torque tube, the motion converter configured for converting axial movement of the crosshead into rotational movement of the torque tube and a pitch angle of the blade can be adjusted by axially moving the crosshead to rotate the torque tube to effect a corresponding rotation of the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,479,481

PROCESS AND MACHINE FOR REDUCING A DRAG COMPONENT OF A HORIZONTAL STABILIZER ON AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A flight control system for an aircraft, that comprises:tricycle configured landing gear that comprises main gear;
wings mounted on, and separated from a horizontal stabilizer by, a fuselage, the horizontal stabilizer configured to generate a moment, about an axis defined by contact points of the main gear of the aircraft with a takeoff surface, in an aircraft nose-up direction;
an ailevatoron, respectively on each wing of the wings, located aft of the axis and configured to generate, about the axis, an ailevatoron moment;
an ailevatoron mixer that comprises a filter and a scheduler configured to:
receive inputs that comprise: a flight control position, rotation speed criteria, aircraft performance, and flight control commands;
determine, based upon the inputs, a rotation moment required to rotate a nose of the aircraft off the takeoff surface for takeoff;
responsive to the moment generated by the horizontal stabilizer being less than the rotation moment, due to the horizontal stabilizer comprising a size reduced from a size originally designed to produce the rotation moment for the aircraft to takeoff with a maximum allowed nose-down take off weight moment without the ailevatoron mixer, determining a magnitude required for the ailevatoron moment, such that a sum of the moment produced by the horizontal stabilizer and the ailevatoron moment equals the rotation moment;
determine a deflection, away from the takeoff surface, required for the ailevatoron, respectively on each wing of the wings, to generate a force that generates the magnitude required for the ailevatoron moment; and
command the ailevatoron, respectively on each wing of the wings, to deflect away from the takeoff surface to the deflection determined.

US Pat. No. 10,479,480

FOLDABLE WING FOR AN AIRCRAFT AND AIRCRAFT HAVING A FOLDABLE WING

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

15. An aircraft having a foldable wing comprising:a base wing having a base wing end region;
a wing tip having a connection region;
a first engagement means integrated into the base wing;
a second engagement means integrated into the wing tip; and
a drive mechanism coupled with the wing tip for moving the wing tip relative to the base wing,
wherein the first engagement means and the second engagement means are adapted for engaging each other along a sliding course from a first position, in which the connection region of the wing tip and the base wing end region are in a flush contact to form a continuous wing, up to a second position, in which the first engagement means and the second engagement means disengage,
wherein the drive mechanism comprises a first movement element and a second movement element at least partially extending in a spanwise direction, wherein the first movement element and the second movement element are supported in a first linear guide and a second linear guide, respectively, an outboard end of the first movement element being coupled with the wing tip in a first lateral position and an outboard end of the second movement element being coupled with the wing tip in a second lateral position, and
wherein the drive mechanism is configured to move the first movement element and the second movement element at the same time to move the wing tip relative to the base wing at least along the sliding course between the first position and the second position, and wherein the first and second linear guides are aligned parallel to one another such that the first and second movement elements are supported parallel to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,479,479

FOLDING WING TIP AND BIASED LOCKING DEVICE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An aircraft comprising an aircraft wing, the aircraft wing comprising:a fixed wing and a wing tip device at the tip thereof, wherein the wing tip device is configurable between:
(i) a locked flight configuration for use during flight and
(ii) a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is moved away from the flight configuration such that the span of the aircraft wing is reduced,
the aircraft wing comprising a locking mechanism for locking the folding wing tip device in the locked flight configuration,
the locking mechanism comprising a locking hook associated with one of the folding wing tip device and the fixed wing, and
a locking pin associated with the other of the folding wing tip device and the fixed wing, and
a first biasing device at one end of the locking pin and a second biasing device at the opposite end of the locking pin,
wherein in the locked configuration the locking hook is engaged with the locking pin and the first and second biasing devices act to preload the locking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,479,476

AEROFOIL BODY WITH INTEGRAL CURVED SPAR-COVER

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. An aerofoil shaped body comprising a plurality of longitudinal spars, an upper aerofoil cover, and a lower aerofoil cover, the spars and the covers comprising composite laminate material, wherein at least one of the spars is integrally formed with one of the covers to form a spar-cover such that the composite laminate material of the spar extends continuously into the cover through a fold region created between the spar and the cover, and wherein the fold region has a fold axis extending substantially in the longitudinal direction, and the fold axis projected onto two orthogonal planes has curvature in both those planes.

US Pat. No. 10,479,473

OMNIDIRECTIONAL FRANGIBLE JOINT

Insitu, Inc, Bingen, WA ...

1. A reusable frangible joint comprising:a first part having hemispherical convex surface;
a second part having a reversely identical mating hemispherical concave surface, with the concave surface being held in compression against the convex surface;
wherein each of the respective hemispherical concave and convex surfaces contains an aperture, and each of the apertures is aligned with the other;
at least one fastener securing the respective concave and convex surfaces rigidly together;
wherein the at least one fastener is spaced from, and oriented away from, the apertures; and
wherein a predetermined impact load applied against either of the first or second parts is configured to shear the fastener, and to separate the first and second parts from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,479,471

FUSELAGE SKIN PANEL CONNECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING SKIN PANELS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft comprising:a plurality of truss elements configured to form a space frame fuselage;
a plurality of skin panels connected with said truss elements and configured to form a skin over said space frame fuselage, said skin panels movable relative to one another so as to prevent loading of said space frame fuselage from inducing loading in the skin; and
a fitting, wherein said fitting comprises a first intermediate portion, wherein said fitting comprises a first outer portion and a first inner portion, wherein said first outer and inner portions are spaced apart from each other and interconnected by said first intermediate portion, wherein said skin panels comprise first and second skin panels that are adjacent to each other, wherein said first skin panel has a first end portion, where said second skin panel has a second end portion adjacent said first end portion, wherein said fitting is positioned on said first and second skin panels such that said first and second end portions extend between said first inner and outer portions, wherein said fitting is configured to enable said first and second skin panels to move towards each other along a first plane of first outer and inner surfaces of said first and second skin panels while constraining non-planar movement of said skin panels with respect to said first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,479,468

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:an engine;
a drive shaft that extends downwardly from the engine and that is rotated by the engine;
a gearing connected to a lower end of the drive shaft;
a propeller shaft to which a propeller is attached and to which rotation of the drive shaft is transmitted via the gearing;
an upper case located below the engine and that houses the drive shaft;
a lower case including an oil reservoir chamber housing the gearing and lubrication oil, the lower case being located below the upper case and being attachable to and detachable from the upper case;
an oil flow passage including an upper oil flow passage provided in the upper case and a lower oil flow passage provided in the lower case and that is connected to the oil reservoir chamber, the oil flow passage guiding lubrication oil when lubrication oil in the oil reservoir chamber is replaced, the oil flow passage being separated into the upper oil flow passage and the lower oil flow passage when the lower case is detached from the upper case; and
an oil flow passage shutoff valve that opens the lower oil flow passage in a state in which the lower case has been attached to the upper case, and that closes the lower oil flow passage in a state in which the lower case has been detached from the upper case.

US Pat. No. 10,479,467

MOUNTING AND PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR BOATS

Meg McCall, San Luis Obi...

1. A mount for a boat, comprising:a generally t-shaped tubular body including a flange and a stem, wherein a length of the flange and the stem is adjustable and, when the body is oriented in a generally horizontal position with the stem facing towards the front of the boat, each end of the flange is configured to rest on a generally flat portion of a side of the boat, wherein the flange ends rest on opposing sides of the boat;
a mount configured to couple to a front portion of the boat and pivotally couple to an end of the stem, whereby the t-shaped body may be rotated upwards away from the boat; and
a mount configured to couple to each side of the boat, wherein the flange ends are configured to be removably coupled to the corresponding mount, wherein the mounts are socket mounts and the flange ends include a ball configured to fit in the socket.

US Pat. No. 10,479,464

WATER RESCUE SYSTEM

1. A water rescue system, comprising:a pole comprised of one or more sections;
a first length of line forming a sling made from a portion of the first length of line forms a loop having a perimeter, wherein the perimeter of the loop can be adjusted to accommodate a torso of a victim to be rescued from a body of water; and wherein the first length of line has a first float at a first end attached to the pole and a second float at a second end of the portion of line forming the loop.

US Pat. No. 10,479,461

SURF WAKE FORMING SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SUBTABS

1. A system for forming asymmetric surf wakes behind a wakeboat including a hull having a port side, a starboard side, an inside, an outside, a stern, a roll axis, a pitch axis, and a yaw axis, the hull being configured to float in water with a waterline on the outside of the hull, the hull when moving forward in the water creating a wake with a left quiet region and a right quiet region, the system comprising:a yaw detector configured to measure the rotation of the hull about its yaw axis;
a primary left trim tab pivotally supported by the hull proximate the port side of the stern for rotation about a first tab axis that is substantially parallel with the waterline when the hull is at rest in the water;
a primary left actuator mounted between the hull and the primary left trim tab, and configured to rotate the primary left trim tab around the first tab axis of the primary left trim tab from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position having increased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull,
a secondary left trim tab pivotally supported by the primary left trim tab for rotation about a second tab axis that is non-parallel to the first tab axis, and configured to rotate from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position that rotates the stern of the hull in a starboard direction to enlarge the right quiet region;
a secondary left actuator mounted between the primary left trim tab and the secondary left trim tab, and configured to rotate the secondary left trim tab to enlarge the right quiet region and create at least one surf right configuration;
a primary right trim tab pivotally supported by the hull proximate the starboard side of the stern for rotation about a third tab axis that is substantially parallel with the waterline when the hull is at rest in the water;
a primary right actuator mounted between the hull and the primary right trim tab, and configured to rotate the primary right trim tab around the third tab axis from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position having increased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull;
a secondary right trim tab pivotally supported by the primary right trim tab for rotation about a fourth tab axis that is non-parallel to the third tab axis, and configured to rotate from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position that rotates the stern of the hull in a port direction to enlarge the left quiet region; and
a secondary right actuator mounted between the primary right trim tab and the secondary right trim tab, and configured to rotate the secondary right trim tab to enlarge the left quiet region and create at least one surf left configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,479,460

ACCESSORY MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR A STAND UP PADDLE BOARD

Pau Hana Surf Supply Comp...

15. An accessory mounting system for a watercraft, the accessory mounting system comprising:a) a disk-shaped accessory plate having at least one threaded aperture and having a surface opposite the at least one threaded aperture that is coated with an adhesive, the adhesive being for securing the accessory plate to the watercraft; and
b) an accessory mounted to the threaded aperture of the accessory plate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,450

DOUBLE SEAL KAYAK HATCH

1. A hatch system for a kayak, the hatch system comprising:a ring that defines an outer surface and an inner surface;
an outer seal is attached to the outer surface;
and an inner seal is attached to the inner surface;
at least one passageway is defined through the ring from a first end adjacent to the outer surface to a second end that is adjacent to the inner surface;
a cover is configured to engage the ring such that the cover is sealing y engaged with the inner seal;
a connector extends through each passageway such that he connector is joined to the outer seal and the connector is joined to the inner seal;
a channel defined by the ring such that the channel walls define the inner surface; and
wherein the cover includes a hatch wall and the channel is configured to receive the hatch wall and the inner seal such that the inner seal is positioned between a tip of the hatch wall and a bottom surface of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,445

SMART CRANK CONTROL FOR E-BIKE

PALTORC, Inc., Milpitas,...

1. A smart crank control system for an e-bike, the e-bike including a crank and an electric motor connected to an e-bike controller, the e-bike controller including a throttle connector, the smart crank system comprising:a strain gauge disposed on the crank;
a control board disposed on the crank and coupled to the strain gauge, the control board including a motion sensor, a digital motion processor and a micro controller; and
a plurality of slip rings disposed about the crank to provide for a power connection to the control board without interfering with rotation of the crank,
wherein the control board is coupled to the e-bike controller through the throttle connector of the e-bike controller, and
wherein the control board is configured to transmit to the e-bike controller an output in the form of a throttle magnitude value for the e-bike controller.

US Pat. No. 10,479,443

ENERGY HARVESTING POWER-ASSIST SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIGHT VEHICLES

1. An energy harvesting power-assist system for a light vehicle having a required user energy input, the power-assist system comprising:an energy splitter unit configured to split a user energy into a first split energy and a second split energy;
a high capacity energy storage unit configured to store and release electrical energy, the high capacity energy storage unit comprising:
a plurality of ultra-capacitors for providing energy for higher power demands of a short duration, and having multiple rapid charge/discharge cycles; and,
a plurality of high capacity battery cells for providing energy for lower power demands of a long duration;
a motor/generator assembly configured to convert the first split energy to electrical energy for storage in the high capacity energy storage unit, and to produce a motor mechanical energy by drawing electrical energy from the high capacity energy storage unit;
a control unit;
an energy combiner assembly configured to provide a user power-assist by combining the second split energy and the motor mechanical energy thereby providing a driving energy for driving a driven wheel of the light vehicle, and further configured to harvest a harvested kinetic energy from the driven wheel for conversion to electrical energy by the motor/generator assembly and storage in the high capacity energy storage unit;wherein the energy splitter unit, the motor/generator assembly, and the energy combiner assembly are integrated into a drive assembly having a drive assembly axis mounted coaxially with a pedal crank axle connected to pedals for input of the user energy; and,wherein the high capacity energy storage unit does not require re-charging by an external energy source.

US Pat. No. 10,479,440

ELECTRICALLY POWER ASSISTED BICYCLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An electrically power assisted bicycle comprising:an electric motor that generates an assist force to assist human power of a rider;
a detachable battery that supplies electric power to at least the electric motor; and
an operation panel including an operation button that accepts an input operation from the rider, a time display area that displays time, a controller configured or programmed to control a display in the time display area, and a built-in battery that supplies electric power to the controller; wherein
the controller is supplied with the electric power from the detachable battery when the detachable battery is attached to the electrically power assisted bicycle and the electrically power assisted bicycle is in a power-on state; and
the controller is configured or programmed to display, in the time display area, information indicating that a remaining capacity of the built-in battery is insufficient when the electrically power assisted bicycle is turned on from a power-off state in a state in which the remaining capacity of the built-in battery is insufficient.

US Pat. No. 10,479,434

SADDLE-RIDING-TYPE ELECTRIC VEHICLE FUEL CELL STACK FIXATION STRUCTURE

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

1. A fuel cell stack fixation structure for a saddle riding electric vehicle, the fuel cell stack fixation structure comprising:a fuel cell stack; and
a vehicle body frame that supports the fuel cell stack, wherein
the vehicle body frame includes:
a pair of right and left main frames that extend rearward from a head pipe and that are arranged on an outer side in a vehicle width direction of the fuel cell stack;
a pair of right and left downward frames that extend rearward from the head pipe and that are arranged below the pair of right and left main frames; and
a cross member that bridges a space in a vehicle width direction between at least the right and left downward frames and that fixes the fuel cell stack thereto, the cross member comprising a lower cross member including:
a pair of spaced apart front and rear connection plates that extend in a vehicle width direction between the right and left downward frames, and
a fuel cell support plate that is disposed on top of the connection plates and which fixes a position of a lower part of the fuel cell stack.

US Pat. No. 10,479,432

VEHICLE HAVING A SWIVEL WHEEL

SMART TRIKE MNF PTE LTD, ...

1. A tricycle operable between a first mode of operation steerable by a tricycle rider, and a second mode of operation steerable by an individual pushing the tricycle, the tricycle comprising:a frame;
a pair of rear wheels for rotatable connection to the frame;
a front wheel having opposing sides and a front wheel axis;
a pair of pedals, each pedal configured to rotate the front wheel;
a fork having at least one blade configured to support the front wheel in a manner permitting the front wheel to rotate about the front wheel axis;
a stem having a central axis and configured to be rotatably moveable with the fork and rotatably connectable to the frame where the central axis of the stem is offset from the front wheel axis; and
a rider handle, configured to turn the fork about a stem axis transverse to the front wheel axis, the rider handle, in the first mode, being configured to be rotationally coupled with the stem in a manner permitting a tricycle rider to exert forces on the rider handle and thereby turn the fork, and the rider handle in the second mode, being configured to be rotationally uncoupled from the stem, preventing forces on the rider handle from turning the fork.

US Pat. No. 10,479,428

PATIO FOR RAMP DOOR

1. A patio for a ramp door being movable from a closed position to an open extended position fixable substantially parallel to a ground surface, said patio comprising:a first wall affixed to a hinge for being fixed with respect to said ramp door, said hinge supporting said first wall for pivoting above said ramp door in its extended position, said first wall having a lower edge for being adjacent to and overlying said ramp door in its extended position, a catch plate located adjacent to said lower edge and said catch plate having an opening extending into a first slot;
a first kingpin for being secured to said ramp door, said first kingpin having a major diameter, an undercut, and having a shoulder near a distal end, said shoulder being spaced from said ramp door when said kingpin is affixed to said ramp door, said catch plate being movable to said kingpin so that said slot receives said undercut of said kingpin and said catch plate being retained between said shoulder of said kingpin and said ramp door when said undercut is in said first slot.

US Pat. No. 10,479,426

CRAWLER

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A crawler comprising:an endless belt-shaped elastic body;
a main cord layer that is disposed within the elastic body, that is configured by a plurality of main cords extending along an elastic body peripheral direction and arranged side-by-side in an elastic body width direction, and that is formed with an overlapping portion where both end sides of the main cord layer in the elastic body peripheral direction overlap one another in an elastic body thickness direction; and
a stretching and contracting portion that is formed at the overlapping portion of the main cords, and is capable of stretching and contracting more in the elastic body peripheral direction than other portions of the main cords, wherein:
the stretching and contracting portion includes a curved portion where the main cords are curved with an amplitude in the elastic body width direction as viewed along the elastic body thickness direction,
one end side of each main cord is superimposed on another end side of the main cord from an elastic body outer peripheral side,
stretching and contracting portions are formed on the one end side and the other end side of each main cord,
an amplitude and a wavelength of the stretching and contracting portions on the one end side are different from an amplitude and a wavelength of the stretching and contracting portions on the other end side, and
the stretching and contracting portions formed on the one end side stretch in the elastic body peripheral direction, and the stretching and contracting portions formed on the other end side contract in the elastic body peripheral direction when the overlapping portion of the main cords are entrained around a drive wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,422

SIDE-BY-SIDE VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A utility vehicle, comprising:a plurality of ground-engaging members;
a frame supported by the ground-engaging members;
a drivetrain supported by the frame;
the drivetrain comprising a power source, a rear final drive, a front final drive, a rear coupling between the rear final drive and rear wheels and a front coupling between the power source and the front wheels, the drive train having a defined break point, wherein in the presence of an excessive torque on the drive train, the drive train breaks at the defined break point to permanently interrupt power being transmitted from the power source to the front wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,479,417

TRUCK TAILGATE AND BUMPER ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a bed pillar;
a tailgate pivotally engaging the bed pillar; and
a bumper including a body secured to the bed pillar, a lever pivotally mounted to the body and having a pad, and a spring biasing the pad into contact with the tailgate in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,416

CARGO RACK AND COLLAPSIBLE STAND

1. An overhead rack for a utility vehicle having a cab and a bed, the rack comprising:a first surface having a parallel relationship to a bed of a vehicle upon which the rack is mounted,
a second surface having a parallel relationship to the first surface, the second surface being disposed at a higher altitude than the first surface, the second surface extending over a cab of the vehicle,
a first vertical element extending between the first surface and the second surface on a first side of the vehicle corresponding to its driver's side,
a second vertical element extending between the first surface and the second surface, the second vertical element positioned on a second side of the vehicle corresponding to its passenger's side,
a third vertical element extending between the first surface and the second surface on the first side of the vehicle, the third vertical element positioned between the first vertical element and the back of the vehicle, and a fourth vertical element extending between the first surface and the second surface of the second side of the vehicle, the fourth vertical element positioned between the second vertical element and the back of the vehicle, the second surface comprising a configured element, the configured element having a longitudinal element extending between a back side of the second surface and a front side of the second surface, the configured element further comprising a unifying element positioned on a portion of the second surface that is above the cab of the vehicle
the unifying element resembling a triangle having a first apex proximal to the longitudinal element at the front of the second surface, whereby the longitudinal element bisects the triangle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,412

BODY CONNECTION OF AN AXLE AUXILIARY FRAME AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE BODY CONNECTION

BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK...

1. A body connection for an axle auxiliary frame of a motor vehicle, the body connection comprising:an axle auxiliary frame including a hollow two-part shell component having an upper shell and a lower shell, and
a body connecting sleeve protruding in relation to the upper shell with a centering extension in the direction of the body,
wherein the body connecting sleeve includes two parts such that
a spacer sleeve is arranged between the upper shell and the lower shell of the axle auxiliary frame, and
an upper body connecting sleeve which is separate from the spacer sleeve, is coupled in a form-fitting manner only to the upper shell,
wherein the body connecting sleeve has a collar protruding in a radially encircling manner, and
wherein the collar has an outer diameter which is identical to or greater than an outer diameter of the spacer sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,479,411

STRUCTURALLY REINFORCED VEHICLE BODY

1. A vehicle, comprising:a body defining a front door opening, the body including an A-pillar framing the front door opening, and a front door over the front door opening, the front door including an inner door panel and an outer door panel defining an interior door cavity therebetween;
an impact beam housed in the interior door cavity, the impact beam having a forward end laterally overlapping the A-pillar; and
a transfer member housed in the interior door cavity, the transfer member laterally overlapping the A-pillar in common with the forward end of the impact beam, facing the inner door panel from laterally between the forward end of the impact beam and the inner door panel, and having substantially at least as much capacity to transfer side impact energy in compression as the impact beam has in bending at the forward end thereof; whereby
when the vehicle experiences a side impact event, the A-pillar assumes side impact energy via transfer from the forward end of the impact beam through the transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,409

VEHICLE-BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle-body front structure comprising:a pair of left and right side frames extending in a front-rear direction;
a cross member that is coupled to a lower side of the pair of left and right side frames and that extends in a left-right direction;
a pair of sub-frames that are coupled to a lower side of the cross member and that extend in the front-rear direction;
projections each of which is disposed on a front end side of the corresponding sub-frame and projects from the corresponding side frame outward in the left-right direction in a plan view; and
buckling structures each of which is formed in the corresponding sub-frame and causes the sub-frame to buckle such that the corresponding projection comes into contact with the cross member when an impact load is applied to the projection from a front side.

US Pat. No. 10,479,406

MOTOR VEHICLE ASSEMBLY INCORPORATING A FRONT END MODULE, A FRONT SUSPENSION AND A SORB STRUCTURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle assembly, comprising:a front end module;
a front suspension; and
a small offset rigid barrier (SORB) structure connecting said front end module and said front suspension, said SORB structure including a cross member, a first crush horn carried on said cross member, a second crush horn carried on said cross member, a first support bracket extending between said first crush horn and said cross member outboard and laterally outside of said first crush horn and a second support bracket extending between said second crush horn and said cross member outboard and laterally outside of said second crush horn.

US Pat. No. 10,479,404

BACKUP SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE WITH A TRAILER HITCH

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:upright sides;
a hitch point between the upright sides;
an interior display; and
a control module communicatively connected with the display, the control module configured to, in response to a backup event, operate the display during the backup event to display:
an area behind the vehicle;
general-purpose steering guidelines, the general-purpose steering guidelines leading from the upright sides, indicating a projected locus of the vehicle, and having a lengthwise reach that is maintained regardless of changing steering angles; and
a trailer-hitching steering guideline, the trailer-hitching steering guideline leading from the hitch point, indicating a projected path of the hitch point, and having a lengthwise reach that is adjusted based on changing steering angles.

US Pat. No. 10,479,397

RADIALLY PRELOADED RACK BEARING

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A rack and pinion steering system comprising:a housing;
a rack supported by the housing;
a pinion gear meshed to the rack; and
a radially preloaded rack bearing supported and preloaded to the housing and preloaded to the rack, wherein the rack is constructed and arranged to move along a first centerline and the rack bearing extends along a second centerline that traverses the first centerline, wherein the rack bearing is preloaded axially against the rack and preloaded radially against the housing with respect to the second centerline, and wherein the rack bearing includes first and second semi-cylindrical segments co-projecting radially outward from the rack and with respect to the first centerline and being spaced and biased radially outward from one-another with respect to the second centerline, wherein the rack bearing includes an axially extending hinge portion attached to the first and second semi-cylindrical segments.

US Pat. No. 10,479,393

STEERING DEVICE OF VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A steering device of a vehicle, the steering device comprising:a column housing supported by a vehicle body;
a column tube supported to be movable with respect to the column housing in an axial direction; and
a pressing mechanism interposed between the column tube and the column housing to press the column tube,
wherein the pressing mechanism includes:
an abutment member that abuts against an outer surface of the column tube;
a biasing member that is interposed between the abutment member and the column housing so as to bias the abutment member in a biasing direction toward the column tube; and
a shim member that is interposed between the biasing member and the abutment member and includes a supporting portion that abuts against the biasing member, and a pressing portion that abuts against the abutment member in a region of the shim member that is offset from the supporting portion of the shim member in a direction perpendicular to the biasing direction,
wherein the abutment member includes a disc portion that abuts against the outer surface of the column tube and a shaft portion that extends from a center of the disc portion, and the shim member includes a small outer diameter portion that abuts against the disc portion and constitutes the pressing portion, and a large outer diameter portion that abuts against the biasing member and constitutes the supporting portion, and
wherein the shim member includes a first member that constitutes the supporting portion, and a second member that constitutes the pressing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,384

APPAREL CART

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. An apparel cart, comprising:a base portion that includes a table;
a slideable shelf and a pull-out drawer, each constructed and arranged for being directly adjacent each other under the table and extendable from either a first side or second side of the table;
a partitioning element extending vertically from a bottom surface of the table;
a first runner channel extending horizontally from a first side of the partitioning element, wherein a side of the slideable shelf is positioned between the first runner channel and the bottom surface of the table for permitting a movement of the slideable shelf along the first runner channel;
a second runner channel extending horizontally from a second side of the partitioning element opposite the first side, wherein a side of the pull-out drawer is positioned between the second runner channel and the bottom surface of the table for permitting a movement of the pull-out drawer along the second runner channel;
a hanger rod assembly extending from a first end of the table, wherein at least one of the table, the slideable shelf, the pull-out drawer, or the hanger rod assembly is constructed and arranged for a user to perform an operation on at least one apparel item;
a handle extending from an opposite end of the base portion as the hanger rod assembly, the hanger rod assembly having a lower vertical portion coupled to the base portion and an upper portion extending tangentally from the lower vertical portion in a direction away from the handle;
a holder region extending between the handle and the base portion for holding at least one apparel folder or other elongated objects, the holder region comprising a holder channel below the handle and between two vertical posts of the base for receiving the at least one apparel folder or other elongated objects; and
a set of wheels coupled to a bottom region of the base portion for moving the apparel cart between a location where the operation is performed on the at least one apparel item to another location.

US Pat. No. 10,479,374

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,373

DETERMINING DRIVER INTENTION AT TRAFFIC INTERSECTIONS FOR AUTOMOTIVE CRASH AVOIDANCE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for determining whether a driver of a host vehicle intends to make a turn, said method comprising:obtaining, by a processor, a plurality of turning cues that identify external parameters around the host vehicle and/or define operating conditions of the host vehicle, wherein obtaining turning cues includes determining that a distance to a remote vehicle ahead of the host vehicle is increasing;
determining, by the processor, a confidence level that the host vehicle intends to make a left or right turn based on the turning cues where determining the confidence level includes weighting each of the cues based on current driving operating conditions and determining the confidence level that the host vehicle intends to make a turn includes increasing the confidence level of a left or right turn if the distance is increasing;
comparing, by the processor, the confidence level to a threshold; and
providing a warning, via a warning device, to a vehicle and/or performing a vehicle control action, via a controller, on the vehicle in response to the confidence level exceeding the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,479,367

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACTIVE VIBRATION CONTROL OF HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus for active vibration control of a hybrid electric vehicle including an engine and a motor, the apparatus comprising:a position sensor configured to detect position information of the engine or the motor; and
a controller configured to:
determine a reference angle signal based on the position information detected by the position sensor,
generating a reference angle corresponding to the reference angle signal,
set a period for applying a fast Fourier transform (FFT) based on an engine attribute of the engine,
after the period for applying the FFT is set, analyze a FFT signal based on performing the FFT on an engine speed or a motor speed during the period, the FFT signal comprised of a plurality of frequency components,
determine a reference spectrum covering the plurality of frequency components based on the engine speed and an engine load of the engine,
extract vibration components from the FFT signal based on the comparison of the FFT signal with the reference spectrum,
select a removal object frequency from the extracted vibration components,
determine a reference signal by performing an inverse FFT on the selected removal object frequency,
determine a basic amplitude ratio based on the engine speed and the engine load, and determine an adjustable rate based on the engine load, and
perform active vibration control on each of the plurality of frequency components by summing values calculated from the basic amplitude ratio, the adjustable rate, an engine torque, and the reference signal.

US Pat. No. 10,479,366

GEAR SHIFT CONTROL METHOD OF DCT VEHICLE

Hyundai Autron Co., Ltd.,...

1. A gear shift control method of a vehicle mounted with a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) including a first input shaft and a second input shaft provided in a first clutch and a second clutch to intermittently receive engine power and a first output shaft and a second output shaft respectively corresponding to the first input shaft and the second input shaft which alternately form gears according to a series of gear ratios, together with a separate shift mechanism, whereinwhen a difference of gear level between a target gear and a current gear is as much as an odd-numbered gear level larger than one level when a kick down shift of performing a gear shift to a lower gear is made as an acceleration pedal is handled according to an acceleration intention of a driver, torque of a release-side clutch for transferring the engine power to the current gear is uniformly decreased, and torque of a connection-side clutch is uniformly increased to synchronize revolutions per minute of a target gear input shaft with increasing revolutions per minute of an engine, and a gear shift control for engaging the target gear is performed at a time point of synchronizing the revolutions per minute of the target gear input shaft with the revolutions per minute of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,479,360

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

Cummins Inc., Columbia, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,359

RESTART CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,357

LANE KEEPING SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE IN WIND CONDITIONS

APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITE...

1. A lane keeping system for a vehicle comprising:a pressure sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of a pressure;
a safety restraint system (SRS) controller in communication with the pressure sensor, the SRS controller configured to determine a collision event in response to the signal and activate a safety restraint component in response to the determined collision event; and
a lane keeping system (LKS) controller in communication with the pressure sensor, the LKS controller configured to determine a lateral wind force on the vehicle in response to the signal, the LKS controller configured to determine a correction in response to the determined lateral wind force to maintain the vehicle along a desired path.

US Pat. No. 10,479,353

VEHICLE SURROUNDING SITUATION ESTIMATION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,351

DOWNSHIFT CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID DCT VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A downshift control method for a dual clutch transmission for a hybrid vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:determining, by a controller, whether a vehicle travels on a slope having equal to or more than a predetermined reference gradient for a downshift;
releasing, by the controller, a release-side clutch by reducing a torque thereof when the controller determines that the vehicle travels on the slope having equal to or more than the reference gradient;
comparing, by the controller, a motor speed with a desired shift stage input shaft speed when the release of the release-side clutch is completed in the step of releasing the release-side clutch by reducing the torque;
increasing, by the controller, a motor torque in a forward direction when the motor speed is lower than or equal to the desired shift stage input shaft speed in the comparing step;
increasing, by the controller, the motor torque in a negative direction when the motor speed is determined to exceed the desired shift stage input shaft speed in the comparing step;
checking, by the controller, whether the motor speed is synchronized with the desired shift stage input shaft speed in the step of increasing the motor torque in the forward direction or in the step of increasing the motor torque in the negative direction when gear engagement in the desired shift stage is completed; and
completing, by the controller, gear shifting by controlling a torque of an engagement-side clutch and the torque of the release-side clutch when the motor speed is synchronized with the desired shift stage input shaft speed.

US Pat. No. 10,479,341

ELECTRICALLY POWERED BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake device comprising:a brake rotor;
a friction member configured to be brought into contact with the brake rotor;
a friction member operator configured to bring the friction member into contact with the brake rotor;
an electric motor configured to drive the friction member operator; and
a controller configured to control a braking force by means of the electric motor, wherein
the controller includes:
a heat balance degree estimator configured to estimate a balance degree among heat generation amounts of a plurality of exciting coils in the electric motor; and
a heat load balancing section configured to decrease a heat generation amount of a specific exciting coil, when the heat balance degree estimator has estimated that the heat generation amount of the specific exciting coil among the plurality of exciting coils is larger than heat generation amounts of the other exciting coils, to equalize the heat generation amounts of the respective exciting coils.

US Pat. No. 10,479,340

OVERLOAD PROTECTION FOR A PARKING LOCK

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method, comprising:normally controlling a parking lock of a vehicle by a first control unit;
measuring all measurement values from the group consisting of temperature of the first control unit, number of actuations of the parking lock in a predefined time period, current applied to the first control unit, voltage applied to the first control unit, current outputted by the first control unit and voltage outputted by the first control unit;
in the presence of a predefined condition, controlling the parking lock by a second control unit of the vehicle; and
disabling the first control unit, at least in part, in the presence of the predefined condition,
wherein the presence of the predefined condition is affirmed, when one of the measurement values corresponds to a respective one of predefined values.

US Pat. No. 10,479,337

SOLENOID VALVE FOR BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A solenoid valve for a brake system, comprising:a valve housing installed in a bore of a modulator block and configured to include an internal flow path;
a valve seat provided at the internal flow path of the valve housing and configured to include an orifice;
an armature configured to be slidably moved up and down by a magnet core and to include an opening or closing sphere configured to selectively open or close the orifice;
a sleeve configured to accommodate the armature therein and to have one end coupled to the valve housing and the other end at which the magnet core is provided; and
a damper guide disposed on a groove formed on an inner surface of the internal flow path of the valve housing to come into contact with and surround the armature.

US Pat. No. 10,479,335

VEHICLE BRAKING SYSTEM WITH ABS EMULATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A vehicle braking system comprising:a wheel cylinder;
a brake pedal;
a master cylinder configured to receive an input from the brake pedal;
a master cylinder circuit connected to the master cylinder;
a primary braking unit including a first electrically-actuated pressure generating unit distinct from the master cylinder and operable to generate a braking force at the wheel cylinder in a primary mode of operation, decoupled from the master cylinder circuit;
a secondary braking unit including a second electrically-actuated pressure generating unit distinct from the master cylinder and operable to generate a braking force at the wheel cylinder in a secondary mode of operation;
a plurality of valves configured to transition between open and closed positions to provide anti-lock braking at the wheel cylinder upon loss of traction during braking in the primary mode of operation; and
a controller programmed to actuate the plurality of valves and further programmed to actuate the second electrically-actuated pressure generating unit upon loss of traction in the primary mode of operation to generate pulsations within the master cylinder circuit to provide a feedback force at the brake pedal indicative of the anti-lock braking.

US Pat. No. 10,479,329

LIQUID INTRODUCTION SYSTEMS FOR CONVEYOR SYSTEM

STEPHENSON TECHNOLOGIES I...

7. A conveyor system, comprising:an endless belt mounted in a longitudinal direction through a service line, the endless belt having an upper transport portion adapted to move a wheeled structure through a service line, and a lower return portion;
a support deck positioned below the upper transport portion of the endless belt to support the endless belt, wherein the support deck includes a wear plate positioned in direct engagement with the endless belt, wherein the wear plate includes a plurality of wear plate flooder apertures;
a belt rinsing system including a rinsing system conduit arrangement connectable to a source of rinsing system liquid, and at least one belt rinsing arrangement, wherein each of the at least one belt rinsing arrangement includes
a rinsing system dirt pass-through aperture in the support deck, over which the upper transport portion of the endless belt travels during operation; and
at least one rinsing system outlet from the rinsing system conduit arrangement positioned proximate to the rinsing system dirt pass-through aperture and positioned to eject rinsing system liquid onto the endless belt upstream from a downstream edge of the rinsing system dirt pass-through aperture in order to capture at least some of the ejected liquid through the rinsing system dirt pass-through aperture; and
a flooder system including a flooder system conduit arrangement connectable to a source of flooder system liquid, and at least one belt flooding member, wherein each of the at least one belt flooding member includes at least one flooding system outlet from the flooding system conduit arrangement positioned underneath the endless belt and positioned to eject flooding system liquid between the endless belt and the wear plate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,325

FASTENING ARRANGEMENT FOR A WIPER BEARING OF A WINDSCREEN WIPER SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fastening arrangement (10) comprising:a wiper bearing (11) of a windscreen wiper system of a vehicle, the wiper bearing (11) having
a bearing element (13) having a planar first side (28);
a bearing section (13a) which protrudes vertically from the first side (28) of the bearing element (13) for guiding a wiper shaft (12);
one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) which are arranged on the bearing section (13a) and respectively comprise a gripping surface which is arranged parallel to a surface of the first side (28) of the bearing element (13), wherein the one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) are spaced from the first side (28) of the bearing element (13); and
engagement means (20); and
a fastening body (40) having a through-recess (21) with a contour, such that the one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) may be passed through the through-recess (21), and by rotating the one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) the fastening body (40) is retained between the one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) and the bearing element (13), the fastening body (40) further including a guide recess (24), wherein the engagement means (20) are configured to be received in the guide recess (24) when the one or more gripping means (19a, 19b) is passed through the through-recess (21).

US Pat. No. 10,479,322

WIPER CONTROL MECHANISM

International Business Ma...

1. A system to prevent melting of refreezable-meltable snow deposited on an ambient-facing surface of a window positioned on a vehicle, the system comprising:a plurality of sensors configured to collect a plurality of parameters; and
at least one processor configured to:
predict the melting of the refreezable-meltable snow based on the plurality of parameters; and
actuate a blower to cool the window to a temperature based on the prediction of the melting of the refreezable-meltable snow that prevents the melting of the refreezable-meltable snow.

US Pat. No. 10,479,321

METHOD FOR OPERATING A RADIO-BASED MONITORING SYSTEM OF A TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE AND MONITORING SYSTEM AND TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING UNIT FOR THE MONITORING SYSTEM

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A wireless-based monitoring system for monitoring a transportation vehicle, wherein the monitoring system comprises:a central control unit; and
a plurality of mobile, portable tag units each including its own position sensor apparatus and its own distance measuring apparatus,
wherein the tag units are held in the transportation vehicle by respective retention devices, each retention device respectively having a mechanical encoding through which a spatial orientation of the held tag unit is specified,
wherein the spatial orientation of the held tag unit is characteristic of the installation position of the retention device in the transportation vehicle,
wherein each tag unit determines its spatial orientation and, thereby, its characteristic position in the transportation vehicle by its own position sensor apparatus, and transmits the characteristic position via wireless connection to the central control unit,
wherein, in a monitoring mode of the monitoring system, each tag unit, by its own distance measuring apparatus, repeatedly captures a distance from at least one predetermined object and signals the distance via wireless connection to the central control unit, and
wherein, the central control unit determines a respective object position of the at least one object based on the respective characteristic position of one or more of the plurality of tag units and the distances transmitted, and controls at least one predetermined transportation vehicle security function based on the determined object position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,319

SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A safety system comprising:a self-driving vehicle configured to transport a rider;
a vehicle management system configured to autonomously drive the self-driving vehicle;
a seat coupled to the self-driving vehicle;
a seat belt configured to alternatively have a buckled state and an unbuckled state, wherein in the buckled state the seat belt is configured to secure the rider in the seat and in the unbuckled state the seat belt is configured to enable the rider to exit the seat;
a smoke detection system coupled to the self-driving vehicle and configured to detect smoke inside a cabin of the self-driving vehicle; and
at least one processor and at least one memory having program instructions that when executed by the at least one processor are configured to cause the vehicle management system to switch the seat belt from the buckled state to the unbuckled state in response to the smoke detection system detecting the smoke inside the self-driving vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,314

CURTAIN AIRBAG AND CURTAIN AIRBAG DEVICE

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAP...

1. A curtain airbag folded to be stored in an upper portion of a vehicle body in normal times and inflated and developed along a side window in an emergency, the curtain airbag comprising:a main panel forming an inflatable portion;
a guide panel arranged on a rear surface arranged on a side of the side window of the main panel; and
a connecting member which connects the main panel to the vehicle body,
wherein the main panel includes a folded portion obtained by folding a lower end in a flat development view toward the rear surface side,
the guide panel includes an upper end connected to the main panel and a lower end connected to the folded portion, and
the connecting member includes a first end connected to the vehicle body and a second end connected to the folded portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,311

AIRBAG COVER

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,309

STEERING WHEEL UNIT

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A steering wheel unit comprising;a steering wheel body,
an airbag housing accommodated in a hub region of the steering wheel body wherein an airbag is accommodated,
first positioning units operating between the steering wheel body and the airbag housing, which the first positioning units position the airbag housing on the steering wheel body in an axial direction,
second positioning units operating between the steering wheel body and the airbag housing, the second positioning units position the airbag housing on the steering wheel body in a radial plane,
at least one of the second positioning units includes at least one positioning element extending in the axial direction including at least one contact surface having a surface perpendicular to the axial direction, and an opposing contact surface for the contact surface, and
the positioning element includes at least one positioning section including the contact surface, the positioning section is elastically deformable perpendicular to the axial direction, and a rigid movement-limiting section disposed on a side of the positioning section facing away from the contact surface and disposed spaced from the positioning section,
wherein the positioning element including the positioning section and the rigid movement-limiting section extends from a bottom of the airbag housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,307

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

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,304

CAPACITIVE DETECTION DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR USE IN VEHICLE INTERIOR

1. A capacitive detection device for use with a component of a vehicle interior, comprising:at least one electrically conductive wire disposed beneath an outer surface of the component of the vehicle interior and arranged to extend in a direction substantially parallel to an outer surface of the component of the vehicle interior,
a signal generating unit configured to generate and apply a time-varying output signal to the at least one electrically conductive wire,
a signal evaluation unit configured to sense a change of an electrical quantity that is indicative of a change in capacitance of the at least one electrically conductive wire, and to generate an output signal that is representative of the sensed change of the electrical quantity,
at least one electrically conductive layer arranged substantially parallel to at least a portion of the outer surface of the component of the vehicle interior and positioned with respect to a direction perpendicular to the outer surface of the component of the vehicle interior either above or below the at least one electrically conductive wire, and arranged to at least partially overlap the at least one electrically conductive wire in a direction perpendicular to a portion of an outer surface of the component of the vehicle interior that is closest to the at least one electrically conductive layer, wherein a galvanic connection between the at least one electrically conductive layer and the at least one electrically conductive wire is avoided,
wherein at least a major portion of the at least one electrically conductive wire is arranged with respect to the at least one electrically conductive layer and the outer surface of the component of the vehicle interior such that a ratio R?2, wherein R is given by:

wherein d1 is a minimum distance taken at a location where the at least one electrically conductive wire is closest to the at least one electrically conductive layer, d2 is a minimum distance taken at a location where the portion of the outer surface of the component of the vehicle interior is closest to the at least one electrically conductive layer, and d3 is a minimum distance taken at a location where the portion of the outer surface of the component of the vehicle interior is closest to the at least one electrically conductive wire.

US Pat. No. 10,479,301

JOINT STRUCTURE OF A BUMPER REINFORCEMENT AND A SIDE MEMBER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,299

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CONSUMER OF A LOW-VOLTAGE ON-BOARD ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A method for controlling a consumer of a low-voltage on-board electrical system of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:providing a high-current consumer of the low-voltage on-board electrical system, and providing a further consumer of the low-voltage on-board electrical system; and
reducing a current consumption of the further consumer by an amount that corresponds to a current consumption of the high-current consumer, when it is identified that the high-current consumer is connected, wherein the further consumer, whose current value is reduced, is a PWM cooling fan, wherein the PWM cooling fan is driven in a differentiated manner by a pulse width modulation such that a current consumption is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,479,298

INTELLIGENT DETERMINATION AND USAGE OF ENERGY IN ENERGY SYSTEMS

MAHINDRA ELECTRIC MOBILIT...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,295

CONTROLLER FOR A MULTI-VOLTAGE ON-BOARD POWER SUPPLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,291

HEADLINER FOR VEHICLE ROOF WITH TRANSPARENT PORTION

1. Headliner for vehicle roof with a transparent portion, wherein said headliner comprises an opening, having a perimeter, for receiving said transparent portion, and a rectangular plastic frame for reinforcement in a single part comprising:four straight segments and four curved segments distributed along the entire perimeter of the opening, such that each curved segment is connected to two of the straight segments,
each one of said straight segments and curved segments comprises a first flange, substantially flat, attached to the headliner, and a second flange joined to the first flange along the entire length thereof and extending with respect to said first flange toward the vehicle roof;
each one of the curved segments is provided in the first flange with a notch open towards the headliner, the notch having a curved edge without corners delimits the area of the notch such that the dimension d1 of the depth of the first flange in the notch is smaller than the dimension d2 of the depth of the notch.

US Pat. No. 10,479,289

ACTIVE SURROUND VIEW SYSTEM WITH SELF-CLEANING MECHANISM

TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC, ...

1. A surround view system for a vehicle comprising:a plurality of brackets adjacent interior surfaces of windows of the vehicle;
a plurality of camera assemblies within the brackets, each camera assembly including a lens having a field of view extending through one of the windows for acquiring images of a vehicle exterior, the images acquired by the lenses through the windows being integrated together to form a 360° view of the vehicle exterior; and
a controller which receives the images from each lens and, in response to detecting a visual obstruction on one of the windows based on the received images, moves the window having the visual obstruction relative to the camera assembly to remove the visual obstruction to a predetermined degree.

US Pat. No. 10,479,287

DUAL PLANE HEATER FOR VEHICLE SENSOR SYSTEM

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,286

APPARATUS FOR LIGHT INTENSITY ADJUSTMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,285

LID ASSEMBLIES FOR STORAGE CONTAINERS INCLUDING VIBRATION DAMPING SUBSTRATES

Dee Zee, Inc., Des Moine...

1. A lid assembly for a storage container, comprising:an outer panel comprising an inner facing surface;
a reinforcement panel extending parallel to the outer panel and comprising an out-facing surface in opposition to the inner facing surface of the outer panel, the reinforcement panel being unopenably attached in parallel to the outer panel with the outer panel in both open and closed positions;
a first vibration damping substrate affixed to the inner facing surface of the outer panel and not affixed to the out-facing surface of the reinforcement panel or any structure between the first vibration damping substrate and the outfacing surface of the reinforcement panel; and
a second vibration damping substrate affixed to the out-facing surface of the reinforcement panel opposite from the first vibration damping substrate such that a cross-section of the lid assembly taken perpendicular to a plane of the out-facing surface of the reinforcement panel extends through both the first vibration damping substrate and the second vibration damping substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,284

LOAD-BEARING SYSTEM FOR SUPPORTING CARGO FROM A VEHICLE

1. A load-bearing system configured to rotatably support heavy cargo loads supported from a vehicle, the system configured for attachment to a frame of the vehicle, the system comprising:a pivot platform coupled to the frame of the vehicle and comprising first and second swing arms pivotably mounted to the pivot platform, each swing arm in the first and second swing arms comprising a first end coupled to the pivot platform and a second end coupled to a mounting platform, the mounting platform rotatably mounted to the second ends of the first and second swing arms, the mounting platform configured to permit attachment thereto of one or more cargo carriers that are configured to support cargo thereon or therein; and
a locking assembly coupled to the frame of the vehicle and comprising a lever pivotably mounted to a plurality of linkage arms, the locking assembly configured to detachably couple to the mounting platform;
wherein the lever of the locking assembly pivotably adjusts to a first position to lock the mounting platform into a first position against the vehicle, wherein the lever of the locking assembly pivotably adjusts to a second position to unlock the mounting platform and permit rotation of the mounting platform away from the vehicle so as to expose the portion of the vehicle blocked by the mounting platform when in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,283

RACK ASSEMBLY FOR MOWER

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,282

ACCESSORY MOUNT FOR A VEHICLE

1. An accessory mount for attaching to a vehicle through an existing opening in the vehicle comprising:a monolithic body having opposing body ends and a first mounting surface forming a first plane and a second mounting surface forming a second plane, the first plane transverse to the second plane, the second mounting surface having an opening formed therein;
a side plate attached to each of the opposing body ends of said monolithic body;
a shaped clamp having opposing clamp ends, said shaped clamp adapted to be inserted through the opening in the second mounting surface and into the existing opening in the vehicle, whereby said shaped clamp is capable of being positioned to span the existing opening in the vehicle; and
a fastener attached to said shaped clamp between the opposing clamp ends,
whereby said shaped clamp is capable of being inserted into the existing opening in the vehicle and positioned so as to attach the accessory mount to the vehicle with said fastener through the existing opening in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,280

MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:a body;
at least one luggage compartment opening arranged at a rear of the body;
at least one tailgate arranged pivotably on the body and in a closed position closes the luggage compartment opening and in an open position at least partially opens the luggage compartment opening;
at least one cover attached to a vehicle portion of the motor vehicle adjacent to the luggage compartment opening and which is made of a flexible material and is configured and arranged such that, in the open position of the tailgate or by pivoting of the tailgate into the open position, the cover can be transferred from a compact rest state in which the cover is arranged on the vehicle portion, into an extended function state in which the cover is connected to the tailgate, and at least partially surrounds a space between the tailgate and the luggage compartment opening; and
at least one flexible rod which is guided in a cavity on a vehicle structure of the motor vehicle so as to be movable between a retracted state and an extended state, and at least one receiver arranged on the tailgate to which a free end of the rod can be fixed, wherein at least one stop is arranged on the vehicle structure which cooperates with the other end portion of the rod such that the rod cannot be withdrawn completely from the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,479,275

VEHICLE PERIPHERAL OBSERVATION DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle peripheral observation device, comprising:a plurality of cameras for imaging an area including a road surface of a vehicle periphery;
a monitor, for displaying the images captured using the plurality of cameras; and
an image processor for processing the images for display on the monitor in the following manner: and
a primary display area on which an image captured by any one of the plurality of cameras is displayed and an overhead image display area on which an overhead image of the vehicle periphery is displayed when there is sensed a touch operation touching any area of the monitor while only one of the images is displayed in a display area of the monitor,
wherein the overhead image comprises a plurality of images captured using the plurality of cameras, and the overhead image display area is divided into a plurality of divided areas.

US Pat. No. 10,479,274

VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vehicle surround monitoring device comprising:a controller configured to:
receive, from a sensing unit, information about (i) a moving object disposed within a first distance from a vehicle and (ii) movement of the moving object;
obtain motion characteristics of the moving object based on the movement of the moving object detected by the sensing unit, the motion characteristics of the moving object including speed of the moving object and a moving direction of the moving object;
determine a first visual image associated with the moving object based on the motion characteristics of the moving object, wherein a size and a shape of the first visual image are associated with the motion characteristics of the moving object; and
provide the first visual image to a display unit for displaying,
wherein the controller is further configured to:
determine a predicted movement area of the moving object based on the motion characteristics of the moving object, and
control the display unit to display, along with an image indicating the predicted movement area of the moving object, an image indicating a predicted route of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,273

METHOD FOR PREVENTING OR REDUCING COLLISION DAMAGE TO A PARKED VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for reducing a likelihood and/or severity of damage to a parked vehicle caused by a collision with an approaching vehicle performing a parking operation, comprising:by the parked vehicle,
operating a system on-board the parked vehicle to detect the approaching vehicle;
determining a risk of collision between the parked vehicle and the approaching vehicle;
transmitting at least one of an off-board audible and an off-board visible warning signal perceptible to a driver of the approaching vehicle if the risk of collision is sufficiently high;
operating the system to monitor whether the approaching vehicle reacts to the warning signal;
if the approaching vehicle does not react to the warning signal, moving the parked vehicle away from the approaching vehicle to prevent a distance between the parked vehicle and the approaching vehicle from falling below a minimum distance; and
after completion of the maneuver, estimating an extent of damage avoided by the movement of the parked vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,272

VEHICLE DRIVER NOTIFICATION ASSEMBLY

1. A notification system configured to be positioned on a dashboard of a vehicle to notify a driver when they may proceed driving forward, said notification system comprising:a housing;
a control circuit being mounted in said housing;
a transmitter being electrically coupled to said control circuit and being mounted in said housing, said transmitter transmitting each signal received by said control circuit;
a sensor array mounted on said housing, said sensor array being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said sensor array being configured to detect parameters indicating when a vehicle may proceed forward, said parameters including when a mass in front of the vehicle moves away from the vehicle or when said sensor array receives a proceed signal from a requisite traffic signaling device, said sensor array being configured to detect a mass moving forward of a vehicle, said sensor array including a radar, said radar being electrically coupled to said control circuit and directed forward of the vehicle, said radar detecting said mass being positioned within a detection range, said control circuit receiving a first input when said radar detects said mass and a second input when said radar detects said mass moving away from said sensor array, said sensor array identifying requisite traffic signaling devices, said sensor array including a camera, said camera being configured to intermittently image structures forward of the vehicle and compare a plurality of captured images of traffic signaling devices against a plurality of stored images of traffic signaling devices, said control circuit receiving a third input from said sensor array when one or more of said captured images matches one or more of said stored images of a traffic signaling device signaling to proceed;
an alert including at least one of a light emitter or sound emitter being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said alert being turned on to provide an emission detectable by a person when said sensor array detects said parameters indicating the vehicle may proceed forward, said alert further includes a haptic feedback unit being configured to be mounted in the vehicle, said haptic feedback unit being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said haptic feedback unit being configured to be positioned on a driver's seat or a steering wheel of the vehicle;
a power supply being mounted on said housing, said power supply being electrically coupled to said control circuit; and
a selection switch being mounted on said housing, said selection switch being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said selection switch being actuated to selectively and discretely turn on or off each of said light emitter, said sound emitter, and said haptic feedback unit.

US Pat. No. 10,479,267

LIGHT ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,266

MULTIFUNCTION LAMP UNIT AND REAR VIEW DEVICE THEREWITH

1. A rear view device for a vehicle, comprising:a multifunctional lamp unit, comprising:
a side turn indicator comprising a housing for at least one light conductor with at least one illuminant;
a projection unit;
at least one clear lens;
wherein the at least one light conductor comprises a first light conductor and a second light conductor,
wherein at least one light coupling area is provided in the location of at least one of a first end of the first light conductor facing an installation space in the housing and a first end of the second light conductor extending along a region of at least one light foil extending along at least a part of the at least one clear lens,
wherein each of the first light conductor and the second light conductor is enclosed by the housing and the at least one clear lens; and
at least one casing part providing at least one opening or at least one window for light emitted by the multifunctional lamp unit.

US Pat. No. 10,479,265

AUXILIARY BRAKE LIGHT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

1. An auxiliary brake light system for a vehicle, comprising:a left light module for being mounted on a back of the vehicle and having a right part extending upwards and a left part;
a right light module for being mounted on the back of the vehicle and having a left part extending upwards and a right part; and
a middle light bar for being mounted on the back of the vehicle above the left light module and the right light module and having a left part extending downwards and a right part extending downwards;
wherein the left part of the middle light bar and the right part of the left light module are separated from each other and opposite to each other;
the right part of the middle light bar and the left part of the right light module are separated from each other and opposite to each other;
the middle light bar further has a middle part that is connected between a top of the left part of the middle light bar and a top of the right part of the middle light bar;
the left part of the left light module and the right part of the right light module are mounted at a same height;
the left part of the left light module is connected to a bottom of the right part of the left light module and parallel to the middle part of the middle light bar, and the right part of the right light module is connected to a bottom of the left part of the right light module and parallel to the middle part of the middle light bar;
the left part of the middle light bar inclines straight to the right part of the left light module, and the right part of the middle light bar inclines straight to the left part of the right light module;
a slope of the left part of the middle light bar is opposite to a slope of the right part of the middle light bar;
the left light module further comprises a third part extending upwards;
the left part of the left light module has a left terminal and a right terminal that are respectively connected to a bottom of the third part of the left light module and the bottom of the right part of the left light module;
a slope of the third part of the left light module is opposite to a slope of the right part of the left light module;
the right light module further comprises a third part extending upwards;
the right part of the right light module has a right terminal and a left terminal that are respectively connected to a bottom of the third part of the right light module and the bottom of the left part of the right light module; and
a slope of the third part of the right light module is opposite to a slope of the left part of the right light module.

US Pat. No. 10,479,264

OPTICAL UNIT

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,262

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REPLICATING VEHICULAR ILLUMINATION

International Research In...

1. A system comprising:a first detector configured to sense light emitted by a first light of a vehicle, wherein the first detector is configured and positioned to directly receive the first light emitted by the vehicle;
a second detector being separate from the first detector and positioned to sense background light;
at least one electrical component configured to compare the sensed background light and the sensed first light to determine a lighting state of the first light from among a plurality of different lighting states;
a communications system configured to wirelessly communicate the determined lighting state to a lighting system attached to one of a helmet and clothing of a motorcycle driver or a towed apparatus; and
a remote light of the lighting system being configured to replicate the determined lighting state of the first light.

US Pat. No. 10,479,261

TOWABLE TROLLEY FOR THE TRANSPORT OF EQUIPMENT

MANITOU ITALIA S.R.L., C...

1. A towable trolley (1) for the transport of equipment (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) intended to be mounted on a telescopic loader or the like, comprising a support platform (10) and movement members (7), for example wheels or the like, characterized by comprising one or more attachment units (8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20), mounted on said support platform (10) and adapted to stably secure at least one equipment to the platform (10) itself, in which at least one attachment unit comprises at least one positioning element (11, 12, 13, 14, 20), suitable for being mechanically engaged with an equipment, and at least a coupling device (15, 16, 17, 18) able to allow coupling and release of the equipment which is engaged with said positioning element (11, 12, 13, 14, 20), wherein said positioning element (12, 13, 20) comprises a horizontal and/or cantilevered retaining portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,255

AGGREGATE DELIVERY UNITY

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. An aggregate delivery unit comprising:a modular container for housing aggregate, the modular container having a body with a lower portion and an upper portion;
a mobile chassis for accommodating said modular container; and
a cradle having a frame to accommodate said modular container thereon and coupled to at least one weight measurement device, the at least one weight measuring device disposed between said mobile chassis and said cradle, the cradle comprising a valve gate for controllably releasing aggregate within said modular container through an opening adjacent said valve gate,
the modular container comprising: a fill port for filling the modular container with aggregate, the fill port being coupled to the body through the lower portion; and an opening at an upper portion of the modular container for filling the modular container with the aggregate in conjunction with or alternatively to the fill port.

US Pat. No. 10,479,249

SEAT ADJUSTER

1. A seat adjuster, comprising:a brake which acts between a fixed part and an adjustable part and by which the adjustable part is adapted to be blocked in different positions on the fixed part and is adapted to be released by a release element thereof,
an adjustment element which acts on the release element, for selectively adjusting the adjustable part in two opposite directions, and
a locking element which automatically engages and interlockingly locks the adjustable part to the fixed part when the adjustment element is not actuated and automatically disengages when the adjustment element is actuated,
wherein the disengagement of the locking element and the adjustment of the adjustable part is adapted to be effected by moving the adjustment element out of a neutral position in one of the two directions,
wherein the locking element has a toothed segment for meshing with a toothed ring coupled to the adjustable part and is guided on the fixed part in such a way that the locking element is adapted to be moved in a radial direction of the toothed ring between a locking position, in which the locking element meshes with the toothed ring, and a release position, in which the locking element is moved away from the toothed ring,
wherein the brake is a clamp roll freewheel brake and the release element thereof forms the toothed ring and is in engagement with the adjustable part such that a relative rotation of the release element and the adjustable part is possible only within a limited play,
wherein the adjustment element is provided with a radially movable slide which has another toothed segment for engagement with the toothed ring, and
wherein the adjustment element and the slide are in engagement with one another via complementary cams and notches such that a torque that is transferred from the adjustment element onto the slide causes a radial movement of the slide for establishing the engagement with the toothed ring.

US Pat. No. 10,479,247

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:an elastic support body including:
a seat pad; and
a structural molded foam body integrated into a lower surface of the seat pad; and
an adjacent member subjacent to the seat pad and the structural molded foam body,
wherein a gap is provided between the elastic support body and the adjacent member and the gap extends from an outer surface toward an inner area of the seat in which a frame material is provided,
wherein the structural molded foam body has a protruding portion which protrudes downwardly between the adjacent member and the frame material and is configured to block the gap,
wherein the structural molded foam body is harder and has a lower density compared to the seat pad.

US Pat. No. 10,479,243

AIR CHANNEL THERMOCOMFORT FOAM PAD

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,241

AUTOMOTIVE SEATBACK AIR VENT

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a seat comprising a fixed frame and a movable structure, the fixed frame comprising a bottom frame element and a back frame element and the movable structure comprising a bottom support and a back support, the fixed frame supporting the movable structure for movement relative to the fixed frame; and
an air duct fixedly connected to the fixed frame, the air duct terminating in an air vent positioned on a rearward side of the seat at a height between a bottom of the fixed frame and a top of the fixed frame,
wherein movement of the movable structure relative to the fixed frame has no effect on a position of the air vent relative to the fixed frame;
wherein the back support is movable independently of the bottom support; and
wherein the bottom support is movable in forward and backward directions independently of the back support.

US Pat. No. 10,479,230

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat for a vehicle, the vehicle seat comprising:a seat frame that serves as at least a portion of a skeletal structure of the seat;
a fixed bracket that is configured to be fixed on an indoor wall of the vehicle, the fixed bracket including a connection part having a connection surface that is substantially orthogonal to a seat width direction and extending in a substantially vertical direction;
a link member in which a first end of the link member is swingably connected with the connection part and a second end of the link member is connected with the seat frame, the link member being swingable in a direction substantially parallel to the connection surface and about a swinging center axis that is oriented parallel to the seat width direction; and
a regulation part that includes a first part which extends upward in the substantially vertical direction from the connection part and a second part which extends from the first part in a direction substantially parallel with the swinging center axis, the second part having an edge portion being configured to regulate, by abutting on the link member in a seat front-and-rear direction, that the link member swings beyond a preset swinging range.

US Pat. No. 10,479,229

VEHICLE SEAT APPARATUS

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

1. A vehicle seat apparatus comprising:a seat main body configured to seat an occupant;
a first gear that is joined to the seat main body;
a second gear that is capable of being engaged with the first gear;
a rotation mechanism that rotates the second gear in a state of being engaged with the first gear and that rotates the seat main body in a yaw direction from a reference direction;
a biasing part that applies, when the seat main body is rotated by the rotation mechanism, a biasing force in a direction that is opposite to a rotation direction;
a release control part that releases an engagement between the first gear and the second gear, that rotates the seat main body by a biasing force which is preliminarily biased by the biasing part, and that allows the seat main body to return to the reference direction; and
a regulation part that regulates a rotation speed of the seat main body as a direction of the seat main body approaches to the reference direction when the biasing part allows the seat main body to return to the reference direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,219

CONTROLLER FOR AC ELECTRIC MOTOR

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A controller for an AC electric motor that controls driving of the AC electric motor based on a voltage command value set based on one of a torque command value and a speed command value for driving the AC electric motor and a current detection value at which a current that flows to the AC electric motor during the driving of the AC electric motor is detected, comprising:a power converter that drives the AC electric motor;
an acquirer that acquires at least one of a frequency of an output voltage of the power converter and an estimated value of a rotational speed of the AC electric motor based on the voltage command value and the current detection value; and
a frequency component remover for performing feedforward control so that a predetermined frequency component is removed from an acquired value acquired by the acquirer as an input value.

US Pat. No. 10,479,216

LINEAR MOTOR TRANSPORT FOR PACKAGING AND OTHER USES

Rockwell Automation Techn...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,215

FUEL CELL VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,205

PLUG-IN VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,204

FAILURE DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING FAILURE

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

1. A failure determination apparatus comprising:an electricity storage;
a state sensor to detect a state of the electricity storage;
a data accumulator to accumulate data including time-series states of the electricity storage acquired by the state sensor as accumulated data; and
a controller to determine, based on the accumulated data, whether a failure occurs in at least one of the electricity storage or the state sensor, wherein
the electricity storage comprises a plurality of electricity storage cells,
the state sensor detects equalizing time required to equalize storage capacity among the electricity storage cells as the data,
the data accumulator detects a total value of the equalizing time as the accumulated data,
the controller determines, based on the total value, whether a failure occurs in at least one of the electricity storage and the state sensor, and
the controller determines that a failure occurs in the plurality of electricity storage cells if the total value of the equalizing time is lower than an equalization time threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,479,202

VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle display system comprising:a display device configured to display on a window of a vehicle a first image and a second image which is an inverted image of the first image;
a position acquiring unit configured to acquire a position of a target person present outside the vehicle; and
a display controller configured to control the display device to alternately display the first image and the second image on the window based on the position of the target person,
wherein the display controller stops displaying the one of the first image and the second image based on determining that the target person is aware of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,196

TORQUE ELEMENT AND CAP ASSEMBLY INCLUDING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A torque element to transmit a torque between a first part and a second part in a cap assembly, comprising:a base having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; and
an annular wall extending from the base in a direction away from the second surface;
wherein the first surface of the base includes at least one first ratchet and the annular wall includes at least one second ratchet on an outer side thereof; and
wherein the second ratchet includes a second inclined surface and a second locking surface adjoined to the second inclined surface, and a third gradient of the second inclined surface relative to a side surface of the annular wall is smaller than a fourth gradient of the second locking surface relative to the side surface of the annular wall.