US Pat. No. 10,507,926

CONVEYING DEVICE AND AIRCRAFT SYSTEM WITH A CONVEYING DEVICE OF SUCH A TYPE

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A conveying device for conveying a fluid stream, comprising:a mechanical unit including a movable conveying element, the mechanical unit having an installation position, and
an electrical unit comprising a housing as well as electronic elements arranged in the housing,
wherein the mechanical unit and the electrical unit are detachably connected to one another,
wherein the mechanical unit remains at the installation position when the electrical unit including its housing is detached from the mechanical unit, and
wherein the mechanical unit includes an interface element configured to interact with a complementary interface element of the electrical unit, in order to bring about an electrical coupling via the interface elements of the mechanical unit to the electrical unit;
wherein the electrical unit includes cooling fins projecting into a fluid stream generated by the movable conveying element of the mechanical unit in operation of the conveying device;
wherein the cooling fins of the electrical unit project, through a recess formed in a housing of the mechanical unit, into the fluid stream within the mechanical unit generated by the movable conveying element of the mechanical unit in operation of the conveying device, such that the cooling fins are removed from the recess and the fluid stream when the electrical unit is detached from the mechanical unit,
wherein the housing of the electrical unit is connected to the mechanical unit in a sealed manner so as to prevent moisture, dirt, or both from penetrating the electrical unit; and,
wherein the complementary interface element of the electrical unit and the interface element of the mechanical unit are arranged such that an electrical connection is made by attaching the housing of the electrical unit to the mechanical unit, and the electrical connection is broken by detaching the housing of the electrical unit from the mechanical unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,922

ENERGY ABSORBING BACKSHELL

JAMCO CORPORATION, Tachi...

1. An energy absorbing backshell including:a non-metallic core;
a non-metallic casing surrounding the non-metallic core;
a tube on the top surface of the non-metallic core and non-metallic casing;
wherein the non-metallic core is adhered to the non-metallic casing by an adhesive; and
wherein the tube is positioned on a self-expanding foam layer on the top surface of the non-metallic core.

US Pat. No. 10,507,921

PROVISIONING CART FOR ON-AIRCRAFT RESTOCKING

Southwest Airlines Co., ...

1. A cart for restocking provisions, the cart comprising:a body having one or more exterior surfaces, wherein the one or more exterior surfaces include:
a top surface facing a first direction,
a bottom surface facing a second direction that is away from the first direction and parallel to the first direction, and
a side surface facing a third direction that is not parallel to the first direction and the second direction;
a handle fixedly attached to the body;
one or more wheels coupled to the bottom surface; and
one or more hoppers each including a hollow space having a length that extends from an aperture located on the side surface and through at least a portion of an interior of the body, wherein the hollow space includes at least one curved surface that extends from the aperture and along at least a portion of the length to allow the provisions to be stored within the one or more hoppers.

US Pat. No. 10,507,918

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO INTERCHANGEABLY COUPLE TOOL SYSTEMS WITH UNMANNED VEHICLES

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. An unmanned aerial task system, comprising:a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) each comprising:
a UAV control circuit;
a motor; and
propulsion system coupled with the motor and configured to enable the UAV to move; and
a universal coupler comprising a coupling system configured to interchangeably couple with and decouple from one of multiple different tool systems each having different functions to be put into use while carried by a first UAV and configured to secure one of multiple tool systems with the first UAV and enable a communication connection between the UAV control circuit and the one of the multiple tool systems, and wherein the multiple different tool systems comprise at least a package securing tool system configured to retain and enable transport of a package while being delivered.

US Pat. No. 10,507,917

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR GESTURE-CONTROLLED UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A system for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control, comprising:a flight control system of a UAV;
an image sensor on the UAV;
an aircraft marshaling signal database; and
a control circuit coupled to the flight control system, the image sensor, and the aircraft marshaling signal database, the control circuit being configured to:
detect an initiate-control gesture from a ground crew member;
verify that the ground crew member is an authorized controller of the UAV;
in response to detection of the initiate-control gesture and verification that the ground crew member is an authorized controller of the UAV, cause the UAV to move in a predetermined pattern to provide an initiate-control acknowledgment to the ground crew member, the movement of the UAV in the predetermined pattern being separate from movement of the UAV in response to a flight command;
detect, with the image sensor and after the verification that the ground crew member is an authorized controller, a gesture from the ground crew member;
compare the detected gesture of the ground crew member with marshaling signals in the aircraft marshaling signal database to determine a corresponding marshaling signal;
determine the flight command based on the corresponding marshaling signal; and
execute the flight command with the flight control system of the UAV.

US Pat. No. 10,507,915

METHOD FOR PROVIDING OBSTACLE AVOIDANCE USING DEPTH INFORMATION OF IMAGE AND UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

INVENTEC APPLIANCES (PUDO...

1. A method for providing obstacle avoidance using depth information of image, comprising:shooting a scene, by a three-dimensional image sensor, to obtain a depth image of the scene;
determining a flight direction and a trip distance according to the depth image to decide which direction to fly in the next moment and how far to fly toward the flight direction; and
flying for the trip distance toward the flight direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,914

SPOOLER FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE SYSTEM

FLIR DETECTION, INC., St...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle system comprising:a spooling apparatus;
a filament that is dispensed from the spooling apparatus;
a cooling apparatus that provides a cooling air flow to the spooling apparatus such that a portion of the filament wound on the spooling apparatus is cooled by the air flow;
an unmanned aerial vehicle that is connected to the spooling apparatus with the filament, the filament delivering power and flight control data to the unmanned aerial vehicle;
a control station that is electrically connected to the filament with a filament interface such that the operational data is transmitted to the unmanned aerial vehicle with the filament;
a power source that is electrically connected to the filament interface such that electrical power is delivered to unmanned aerial vehicle with the filament interface;
a tension sensor that measures tension of the filament between the spooling apparatus and the unmanned aerial vehicle;
a control system that controls dispensing and retracting of the filament with the spooling apparatus in response to measured filament tension data from the tension sensor;
a sensor mounted on the unmanned aerial vehicle that transmits data with the filament; and
wherein the spooling apparatus is mounted to a mobile vehicle such that the unmanned aerial vehicle can be operated with the filament deployed from the mobile vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,911

CONTROL ROD FOR ADJUSTING A ROTOR BLADE OF A HELICOPTER

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A control rod for adjusting a helicopter rotor blade, wherein the control rod is adjustable along a longitudinal axis of the control rod, the control rod comprising:at least one contact area element; and
at least one limit stop element having a fixed state and a movable state relative to a housing;
in the fixed state, a bolt is inserted through the housing and into a hole in the at least one limit stop element to fix the at least one limit stop element to the housing and the at least one limit stop element cooperates with the at least one contact area element to limit adjustability of the control rod along the longitudinal axis of the control rod to a specifiable adjusting range;
in the movable state, the bolt is removed from the hole in the at least one limit stop element to allow the at least one limit stop element to rotate around the longitudinal axis from a first position to a second position to adjust the specifiable adjusting range.

US Pat. No. 10,507,910

DUAL-INPUT MECHANICAL BYPASS LINKAGE APPARATUS AND METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A dual-input mechanical bypass linkage apparatus, comprising:a first actuator configured to generate a first input force;
a second actuator configured to generate a second input force;
a primary link movable in response to the second input force;
a secondary link movable in response to the first input force, the secondary link spaced apart from the primary link;
a first extension link spaced apart from the first actuator and extending between the primary link and the secondary link, the first extension link coupled to the primary link, to the secondary link and to a first input link, the first input link coupled to and extending between the first actuator and the first extension link, the primary link coupled to a second input link, the second input link coupled to and extending between the second actuator and the primary link; and
a second extension link spaced apart from the first extension link and extending between the primary link and the secondary link, the second extension link coupled to the primary link, to the secondary link and to an output link.

US Pat. No. 10,507,909

HELICOPTER AEROFOIL WITH TRAILING EDGE FLAP

AGUSTAWESTLAND LIMITED, ...

1. An aerofoil having a main portion of aerofoil cross section and a trailing edge portion movable with respect to the main portion by an actuating device, the aerofoil defining an interior cavity, wherein the trailing edge portion is movable at or about an axis of rotation, the axis of rotation being located at a pressure or suction surface of the aerofoil, wherein the trailing edge portion is connected to the main portion by first and second connection members, the first connection member extending into the interior cavity away from the axis of rotation and having an end which is directly or indirectly connected to the main portion, wherein the first and second connection members are flexible and wherein the first connection member is configured to prevent the second connection member from buckling under stress when the trailing edge portion is exposed to vertical sheer force.

US Pat. No. 10,507,908

PROPELLER IMPACT DETECTION AND FORCE REDUCTION

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. A system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled with the processor, wherein the memory is configured to provide the processor with instructions which when executed cause the processor to:
detect a rotor strike of an object striking an aircraft rotor, the detection including comparing a commanded control signal against an adaptive control signal including by:
determining a degree to which the adaptive control signal deviates from a reference signal;
comparing the degree of deviation against a detection threshold; and
in response to the degree exceeding the detection threshold, declaring that the rotor strike has been detected,
wherein the adaptive control signal is associated with controlling the rotor and the adaptive control signal varies based at least in part on the commanded control signal and state information associated with the rotor; and
in response to detecting the rotor strike, adjust a control signal to the rotor to reduce a striking force applied to the object being struck by the rotor and mitigate damage to at least one of the object being struck and the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,507,907

VORTEX GENERATORS RESPONSIVE TO AMBIENT CONDITIONS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A vortex generator attached to a lifting surface, comprising:a vane moveable relative to the lifting surface, the vane configured to move from a first position to a second position in response to an increase in ambient temperature and move from the second position to the first position in response to a decrease in the ambient temperature, the vane comprising:
a stacked vane portion, comprising:
a first layer comprising a first material having a first coefficient of thermal expansion;
a second layer comprising a second material having a second coefficient of thermal expansion different from the first coefficient of thermal expansion, said first and second layers being secured directly to each other along entire faying surfaces of the first and second layers;
a shear allowing layer disposed directly on the second layer;
a third layer comprising the first material disposed directly on the shear allowing layer; and
a fourth layer comprising the second material disposed directly on the third layer; and
a monolayer vane portion attached at a joint to a distal end of the stacked vane portion, wherein a thickness of the monolayer vane portion at the joint is equal to a thickness of the stacked vane portion at the joint.

US Pat. No. 10,507,906

AERODYNAMIC SURFACE ASSEMBLY DEFINING A FLUIDIC ACTUATION ORIFICE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An aerodynamic surface assembly comprising:an aerodynamic surface defining an outer mold line over which a fluid is to flow in a downstream direction, wherein the outer mold line defines a smooth contour interrupted by first and second step down regions that are inset relative to the smooth contour defined by the outer mold line upstream thereof, wherein the aerodynamic surface defines first and second arrays of orifices opening into the first and second step down regions, respectively, wherein the second linear array is downstream of the first linear array, and wherein the orifices of the second linear array are laterally offset relative to the orifices of the first linear array; and
first and second overhangs extending from the outer mold line of the aerodynamic surface upstream of the first and second arrays of orifices, respectively, wherein the first and second overhangs extend in the downstream direction at least partially over the first and second arrays of orifices, respectively, and at least over at least a portion of the first and second step down regions, respectively,
wherein an inwardly facing surface of the second overhang that faces the respective step down region defines a smaller angle with respect to the outer mold line upstream of the respective array of orifices than an angle defined between the respective step down region and the outer mold line upstream of the respective array of orifices.

US Pat. No. 10,507,902

WIND TURBINE DOME AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. An aerodynamic dome component for a wind turbine, the aerodynamic dome comprising:an outer ring;
a central axle disposed relative to the outer ring;
a plurality of radially extending tensioning members responsive to a rotational force exerted thereon to increase or decrease tension of a respective radially extending tensioning member, each of the plurality of radially extending tensioning members coupled to the outer ring at a first end and to the central axle at a second end, wherein the outer ring, the plurality of radially extending tensioning members and the central axle together form an underlying dome support structure; and
a skin-like covering overlying at least a portion of the underlying dome support structure to form at least a portion of the aerodynamic dome component and define a front dome portion that provides blockage of an incoming wind flow and redirecting of the incoming wind flow about a periphery of the front dome portion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,901

PROTECTING AND ENSURING READINESS OF A VEHICLE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method, implemented in a computing device, the method comprising:obtaining environmental data, capability data corresponding to a vehicle, and a readiness criteria specifying an expected maximum time to transition the vehicle from an idle state that is not in use to an active state that is in use;
determining an action that satisfies the readiness criteria and protects the vehicle from a forthcoming environmental condition indicated by the environmental data, wherein determining the action is based on the environmental data, the capability data, and the readiness criteria; and
outputting a control signal, to an actuator, that controls the actuator to mechanically orient part of the vehicle and/or part of a structure in which the vehicle is located to at least partly implement the action.

US Pat. No. 10,507,900

COMPOSITE MATERIALS

CYTEC TECHNOLOGY CORP., ...

1. A curable composite material comprising:i) at least one structural layer of reinforcing fibres impregnated with a curable resin matrix; and
ii) at least one electrically conductive composite particle adjacent or in proximity to said reinforcing fibres, wherein said conductive composite particle is formed from a blend of a conductive material and a polymeric material, and the polymeric material in the conductive composite particle comprises one or more thermoplastic polymers that are initially in a solid phase and substantially insoluble in the curable resin matrix prior to curing of the composite material, but is able to undergo at least partial phase transition to a fluid phase by dissolving in the resin matrix during a curing cycle of the composite material, and wherein the one or more thermoplastic polymers has/have a glass transition temperature (Tg) of greater than 200° C.

US Pat. No. 10,507,899

MOTION CONTROL DEVICE AND MOTION CONTROL METHOD FOR SHIP

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A motion control device for a ship comprising a plurality of outboard engines, the motion control device causing the ship to cruise along a desired trajectory, and comprising:a trajectory generator configured to output a trajectory command;
a controller configured to output a control force command based on the trajectory command and a sensor information group output from a sensor group provided for the ship; and
a control force distributor configured to carry out, based on the control force command, optimization calculation for operation amounts required for the plurality of outboard engines in accordance with a constraint condition that is satisfied when an x-axis propulsion force operation amount is in a range from zero to a maximum propulsion force multiplied by a cosine value of a maximum steering angle, and a y-axis propulsion force operation amount is in a range from a negative value of the x-axis propulsion force operation amount multiplied by a tangent value of the maximum steering angle, to the x-axis propulsion force operation multiplied by the tangent value of the maximum steering angle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,898

LOCKOUT FOR REMOTE CONTROLS ON MARINE VESSELS

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A shift control system for a marine drive, the shift control system comprising:a remote control having a base and a control lever movable by an operator to shift a gear system of a marine drive into one of a forward gear, a reverse gear, and a neutral state;
a controller;
a lever position sensor that senses the position of the control lever at a sample rate;
wherein the controller calculates the rate of change of the position of the control lever based on the position sensed by the lever position sensor and determines whether the rate of change exceeds a threshold rate of change; and
wherein the controller engages a lockout to prevent the shift control system from shifting into reverse gear based on whether the rate of change exceeds the threshold rate of change.

US Pat. No. 10,507,896

MANEUVERING DEVICE

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A maneuvering device, comprising:an input device configured to detect an input operation for instructing movement of a mobile body to generate input information;
a calculator configured to change the input information so as to acquire an effect equivalent to a case in which a dead zone is set to the input operation, to thereby generate changed input information; and
a controller configured to control the movement of the mobile body based on the changed input information,
wherein the calculator is configured to change a range of the dead zone in accordance with a detection parameter detected in relation to the movement of the mobile body, and
wherein:
the input device is configured to detect the input operation as a vector on a Cartesian coordinate plane; and
the calculator is configured to set, when an angle of the vector with respect to one of an X axis and a Y axis is equal to or less than a predetermined angle ?, a component in a direction along another one of the X axis and the Y axis to “0”, to thereby acquire the effect equivalent to the case in which the dead zone is set.

US Pat. No. 10,507,893

RIBBON FOIL DEPRESSOR

GX Technology Canada Ltd....

1. A depressor foil for submerging a towed cable comprisinga body with a foil shape having a leading edge, a trailing edge, which define a chord length therebetween and further defining
a cambered first surface extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge configured to provide negative lift;
a relatively flat second surface with respect to the first surface extending between the leading edge and the trailing edge;
a first lateral side that extends between a first lateral edge of the first surface, a first lateral edge of the second surface, the leading edge, and the trailing edge; and
a second lateral side that extends between a second lateral edge of the first surface, a second lateral edge of the second surface, the leading edge, and the trailing edge;
a first tubular conduit configured to receive a cable therethrough, defined within the body and extending laterally therein adjacent to the leading edge, and opening to each of the first and second lateral sides;
a second tubular conduit configured to receive a cable therethrough, defined within the body and extending laterally therein aft of, adjacent to, and parallel to the first tubular conduit, and opening to each of the first and second lateral sides, wherein the first and second tubular conduits are positioned within a forward half of the chord length; and
a third tubular conduit configured to receive a cable therethrough, defined within the body and extending laterally therein adjacent to the trailing edge within an aft half of the chord length, parallel to the second tubular conduit, and opening to each of the first and second lateral sides.

US Pat. No. 10,507,892

BOAT SAFETY MECHANISM FOR BOARDING BOATS IN DOCKYARD

1. A boarding aid mechanism for a boat for assisting a passenger while docking the boat, comprising:a clamp for securing one side of the boat to a dock and wherein the clamp is directly fastened to a gunwale side of the one side of the boat;
a vertical slide arm mechanically coupled to the clamp using a cotter pin, wherein the vertical slide arm comprises a rubber handgrip for supporting and balancing the passenger, and wherein the vertical slide arm includes a plurality of holes for fixing the cotter pin;
a dock arm extending from the vertical slide arm, and wherein the dock arm is attached to the vertical slide arm using the cotter pins, and wherein a height of the dock arm is adjusted corresponding to a height of the dock, and wherein the dock arm is configured to slide into the vertical slide arm to adjust the height of the dock arm to a required height depending on the height of the dock and wherein the dock arm is designed in a L shape and wherein the dock arm is positioned on the vertical slide arm at the required height by fixing the cotter pin into a hole on the vertical slide arm.

US Pat. No. 10,507,890

FLAT BOTTOM BOAT

1. A flat bottom boat comprising:an upper hull portion having a first width and a lower surface; and
a lower hull portion having a second width that is less than a first width, wherein the lower hull portion extends from a lower edge of the upper hull portion, wherein a lower surface of the lower hull portion is substantially flat and wherein a height of the upper hull portion comprises between about 60 and 70 percent of a combined height of the upper hull portion and the lower hull portion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,889

MULTI AXIS SUSPENSION VESSEL

1. A marine vessel with a multi axis suspension system, comprising:an outer hull, said outer hull having a first mass;
an inner deck hull having a floor, said inner deck hull having a second mass;
a vertical suspension system extending above said inner deck hull, wherein said vertical suspension system is operatively connected between said inner deck hull and said outer hull so as to hold said inner deck hull in a spaced configuration above said outer hull so as to form a double hulled vessel; and
a fore and aft suspension system between said inner deck hull and said outer hull; and
wherein said second mass is greater than said first mass.

US Pat. No. 10,507,887

DRIVE UNIT FOR FITTING OR RETROFITTING A BICYCLE

1. A drive unit for fitting or retrofitting a two-wheeled vehicle, having an electric motor which is designed as a disc motor, comprising a rotor disc having permanent magnets and an annular stator with windings, which generate an electrical alternating field for driving the rotor disc, wherein the rotor disc is configured to be fastened non-rotatably to a receptacle on a front or rear wheel of the two-wheeled vehicle and the annular stator is configured to be fastened to a frame part of the two-wheeled vehicle, unfolded in a circumferential direction and removed or pulled off from the rotor disc, wherein the annular stator includesa manually actuatable fixing device configured and arranged to fix the annular stator, in its operating position, to the frame part without tools.

US Pat. No. 10,507,886

BICYCLE CONTROLLER

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle controller comprising:an electronic control unit configured to control a motor, which assists propulsion of a bicycle, in accordance with a manual driving force, the electronic control unit being further configured to
change a response speed of the motor with respect to a change in the manual driving force in accordance with an inclination angle of the bicycle, and
decrease the response speed in a case in which the inclination angle of the bicycle increases on an uphill and in which the manual driving force decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,507,883

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base structure;
an operating member pivotally coupled to the base structure about a pivot axis, the operating member being pivotable relative to the base structure about the pivot axis between a rest position and an operated position;
an adjustment member attached to one of the base structure and the operating member to change the rest position of the operating member relative to the base structure;
a receiving member provided to the other of the operating member and the base structure to be movable with the adjustment member in response to a pivotal movement of the operating member relative to the base structure, the receiving member including a contact surface and a groove recessed within the contact surface, a surface of the adjustment member being contactable with the contact surface; and
an elastic member received within the groove, the elastic member being provided between the adjustment member and the receiving member to keep a clearance between the adjustment member and an entirety of the receiving member in a rest state where the operating member is in the rest position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,882

VEHICLE SUSPENSION DEVICE

1. A suspension system installed on a vehicle, comprising:a rear suspension mounting structure;
a rear suspension swing arm, pivotally coupled to the rear suspension mounting structure and configured to rotate about the rear suspension mounting structure in response to a tilting movement of the vehicle;
a tilt limiting structure, configured to inhibit the tilting movement when a tilt angle of the vehicle exceeds an instantly-calculated tilt angle value; and
a tilt restoring structure, configured to apply a force in response to the tilting movement,
wherein the tilt restoring structure comprises:
at least one rod, pivotally bolted to the rear suspension mounting structure;
a rocker assembly, coupled to the rear suspension swing arm and pivotally coupled to the at least one rod; and
a damper, coupled to the rocker assembly and a chassis of the vehicle, wherein the rocker assembly compresses the damper by causing the at least one rod to drive the rocker assembly upward in response to the tilting movement of the vehicle,
wherein the compressed damper decompresses and generates a counter force to offset the tilting movement.

US Pat. No. 10,507,881

BICYCLE DISPLAY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle display comprising:a display screen configured to display information corresponding to a first operation mode and a second operation mode of a bicycle component, which is selectable between at least the first operation mode and the second operation mode in accordance with operation of an operator; and
a display driver connected to the display screen to switch a display state of a switching region of the display screen between a first display state, which shows the switching region in a first color in a state where the first operation mode is selected, and a second display state, which shows the switching region in a second color in a state where the second operation mode is selected,
the display driver is configured to display information corresponding to a third operation mode of the bicycle component that is selectable in accordance with operation of the operation unit, and
the display driver being configured to switch the switching region to a third display state to be shown in a third color in a state where the third operation mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,507,878

VEHICLE BODY TRANSFER SYSTEM USING TRANSFER UNIT

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle body transfer system using a transfer unit, the system comprising:a base configured to move along a base rail;
a moving unit comprising a supporting part that is configured to support a vehicle body, wherein the moving unit is configured to move the supporting part in a predetermined direction and the moving unit is disposed on the base; and
a tool unit disposed outside the base rail and selectively engaged to the moving unit, wherein the tool unit is configured to provide a driving torque such that the moving unit controls a position of the supporting part,
wherein the moving unit comprises:
a first rail formed on the base in a first direction;
a first moving member disposed on the first rail; and
a first tool combination part configured to move the first moving member along the first rail, and
wherein the tool unit comprises:
a first tool unit comprising:
a first tool selectively coupled to the first tool combination part; and
a first motor configured to rotate the first tool; and
a first actuator configured to push the first tool unit such that the first tool is coupled to the first tool combination part, or to pull the first tool unit such that the first tool is separated from the first tool combination part.

US Pat. No. 10,507,877

SELF-CENTERING GRILLE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF CENTERING A GRILLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A self-centering grille assembly, comprising:a grille;
a centering bar carried on said grille, said centering bar including a first chamfer, a second chamfer and a first incremental fastener;
a first outboard component having a third chamfer engaging said first chamfer; and
a second outboard component having a fourth chamfer engaging said second chamfer whereby said grille is centered along a first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,507,876

AERODYNAMICALLY OPTIMIZED VEHICLE SIDE MIRROR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle side mirror comprising:a mirror assembly including a mirror facing a rearward direction;
a housing having a rearward-facing opening defining an interior space which receives at least a portion of the mirror assembly, exposing the mirror assembly from the rearward direction;
a cap covering a front portion of the housing, the cap having an inlet formed therethrough; and
a shroud disposed between the cap and the housing that is configured to direct air passing through the inlet around the mirror assembly to an outlet defined by an opening between a rear end of the cap and a rear end of the shroud,
wherein the outlet directs air exiting the outlet radially inward toward a center of the mirror assembly, and
wherein a surface area of the inlet is approximately equal to a surface area of the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,507,873

RESIN STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE COMPONENT

Teijin Limited, Osaka-Sh...

1. A resin structure having an impact absorbing property, comprising:a resin member including a resin material and having an uneven thickness structure,
wherein the resin member includes a thick-walled portion having an average thickness of a first value in an impact absorbing direction and two thin-walled portions having an average thickness of less than the first value in the impact absorbing direction,
the overall shape of the resin member is convex into the impact absorbing direction,
the thick-walled portion is disposed between the two thin-walled portions,
wherein one thin-walled portion, the thick-walled portion, and the other thin-walled portion are disposed in that order, and
the following Expressions (I) and (II) are satisfied,
1 L/d>0  (II)
wherein t1 represents an average thickness (mm) of the thick-walled portion, t2 represents an average thickness (mm) of the thin-walled portions, L represents an inter-connection-point distance (mm) between connection points which are formed on the two thin-walled portions, respectively, and are connected to other structures, and d represents a maximum height (mm) in the impact absorbing direction in a range between the connection points of the resin member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,871

VEHICLE REAR PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle rear portion structure comprising:a rear pillar extending in a vehicle vertical direction, the rear pillar having an uppermost portion directly joined to a rearmost edge of a roof side reinforcement;
a framework member including:
a front end joined to an upper portion of the rear pillar, and
a rear end extending towards a vehicle lower side;
a barrier wall disposed at a vehicle inner side of the rear pillar and joined to the rear pillar and the framework member so as to be watertight, the barrier wall dividing the vehicle inner side from a vehicle outer side; and
a side panel disposed at the vehicle outer side of the rear pillar, the framework member, and the barrier wall, the side panel forming a design surface of an exterior vehicle side.

US Pat. No. 10,507,867

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING STEERING COMMANDS TO CANCEL OUT UNWANTED STEERING MOMENTS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a controller of a vehicle, an amount of suspension displacement that is caused as a result of driving the vehicle on an uneven road, wherein the suspension displacement induces an unwanted steering moment;
determining a steering angle command based at least on the amount of suspension displacement by referencing a first lookup table corresponding measured suspension vertical displacements and steering angle changes; and
performing the steering angle command, wherein performing the steering angle command cancels out the unwanted steering moment.

US Pat. No. 10,507,866

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM WITH RIPPLE COMPENSATION

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. An electric power steering apparatus for assisting steering of a motor vehicle by conferring torque generated by an electric motor to a steering mechanism by a rotation of a rotor of the electric motor relative to a stator, the electric power steering apparatus comprising:a steering controller that receives signals representative of torque applied to a steering wheel and determines a target motor torque;
a motor controller comprising a first control portion that receives the target motor torque from the steering controller and an electrical angular frequency of the rotor and transfers the target motor torque into target currents expressed in a coordinate system fixed to the electrical angular frequency of the rotating rotor, wherein the motor controller comprises a coordinate transformation portion to transfer the target currents into target voltages expressed in a coordinate system fixed to the stator;
a ripple compensation unit that determines compensation voltages, the ripple compensation unit comprising
a first ripple control portion that receives the target motor torque from the steering controller and the electrical angular frequency of the rotor to transfer the target motor torque into compensation currents expressed in a coordinate system fixed to a rotating part that rotates n-times faster than the electrical angular frequency of the rotating rotor, and
a ripple coordinate transfer portion to transfer the compensation currents into the compensation voltages, which are expressed in the coordinate system fixed to the stator;
an adder to add to the target voltages the compensation voltages output from the ripple coordinate transfer portion of the ripple compensation unit; and
an inverter that transforms the target voltages into motor currents.

US Pat. No. 10,507,864

GEARBOX ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRIC POWER STEERING ASSEMBLY

TRW Limited, Solihull, W...

1. A gearbox assembly for an electric power assisted steering apparatus comprising:a gearbox housing which houses a worm shaft and a gear wheel,
the worm shaft being supported relative to the housing by a main bearing assembly at an end closest to a motor and by a tail bearing assembly at an end furthest from the motor, and the gear wheel being supported by an output shaft having at least one end that provides a take-off from the gearbox assembly,
in which at least the tail bearing assembly is free to move relative to the housing through a limited range of motion that enables the worm shaft to move radially away from an axis of the gear wheel, and
further including a biasing spring that applies a biasing force to the tail bearing assembly that biases the worm shaft into engagement with the gear wheel,
wherein the tail bearing assembly comprises an inner race and an outer race separated by bearing elements, the gearbox assembly further comprising a first guiding surface upon which the outer race is supported, the outer race being able to move by rolling along the first guiding surface when a radial load is applied to the tail bearing assembly by the worm shaft, and further comprising a guide device which contacts both the outer bearing and a second guiding surface, the biasing spring acting upon the tail bearing assembly indirectly by acting upon the guide device which in turn acts upon the bearing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,507,863

DRIVE UNIT FOR VEHICLE STEERING

1. A drive unit for a vehicle steering system, the drive unit comprising:a housing, mechanically connectable to a vehicle,
a rotatory output element,
an interface for interfacing a control unit,
a motor comprising a stator and a rotor, the stator being fixedly mounted in the housing, and the rotor being rotatably mounted in the housing, and
an angular position sensor for providing angular position information depending on an actual steering angle, wherein the position sensor is placed such that it directly measures an angular position of the rotor relative to the stator or such that it directly measures an angular position of the output element relative to the stator,
wherein the interface is adapted for feeding back the measured angular position information,
wherein the output element, the stator and the rotor are coaxially arranged,
wherein the rotor of the motor is mechanically coupled to the output element by a differential.

US Pat. No. 10,507,861

ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN LOCK

ROBERT BOSCH AUTOMOTIVE S...

1. A lock for an adjustable steering column comprising:a first member having at least one tooth disposed in a first engaging direction on the first member;
a second member having at least one tooth disposed in a second engaging direction on the second member, wherein the at least one tooth disposed on the first member and the at least one tooth disposed on the second member extend from the first and the second member in a same direction, and wherein the second engaging direction is opposite the first engaging direction;
a moveable locking device having a first recess disposed to engage the at least one tooth on the first member and a second recess to engage the at least one tooth on the second member; and
a releasable clamping device to move the moveable locking device into and away from an engagement position with the first and second members, the first recess restricting movement in the first engaging direction and the second recess restricting movement in the second engaging direction when the moveable locking device is engaged with the first and second members;
wherein more than one first and second members are provided, the moveable locking device having more than one first and second recesses to engage the more than one first and second members.

US Pat. No. 10,507,859

SHOPPING CART BAGGING STATION

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A shopping cart bagging station comprising:a support channel comprising:
a backbone bar having a backbone bar first end, a backbone bar second end opposing the backbone bar first end, a backbone bar longitudinal axis extending from the backbone bar first end to the backbone bar second end, a backbone bar first side edge and a backbone bar second side edge;
a first side bar coupled to and extending from the backbone bar first side edge, wherein the first side bar has a first side bar first end adjacent the backbone bar first end, and a first side bar second end adjacent the backbone bar second end, wherein the first side bar is perpendicular to the backbone bar and wherein the first side bar comprises an inner surface;
a second side bar coupled to and extending from the backbone bar second side edge, wherein the second side bar is perpendicular to the backbone bar;
a first and a second protrusion, wherein the first and the second protrusion protrude from the inner surface towards the second side bar;
a first locking tab coupled to and extending from the first side bar first end; and
a second locking tab coupled to and extending from the first side bar second end;
and
a first hook, a second hook, and a third hook, each of the three hooks fixedly attached to the second side bar.

US Pat. No. 10,507,855

HAND TRUCK

TM-Logic LLC, Sterling, ...

5. A hand truck, comprising:a frame having a first end and a second end;
a wheel assembly attached to the first end of the frame and including at least two wheels;
a lifting platform moveable along a length of the frame between the first end and the second end;
a motor assembly arranged to move the lifting platform along the frame;
a battery pack mount arranged to removably receive a separate battery pack arranged for a portable tool and transfer power from the battery pack to the motor assembly;
a battery pack adapted for a portable drill, wherein at least one of the battery pack and the battery pack mount has a latch arranged to engage the other of the battery pack and the battery pack mount, the latch configured to selectively lock the battery pack to the battery pack mount; and
an elongated gearing system extending at least partially between the first end of the frame and the second end of the frame;
wherein the battery pack mount is arranged to receive a battery pack adapted for a portable drill;
wherein the battery pack mount is positioned on the motor assembly;
wherein the motor assembly is coupled to the lifting platform and travels with the lifting platform when the lifting platform moves along the frame;
wherein the motor assembly engages to the elongated gearing system to move the lifting platform along the frame; and
wherein the motor assembly includes a wireless communication module.

US Pat. No. 10,507,853

TRAIN-INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND TRAIN-INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A train-information management device mounted on a train, the train-information management device comprising:an intra-block position calculator to convert information on a kilometrage that indicates a position of the train into information on a block number and an intra-block position of a plurality of blocks into which a route of the train is divided and that are used when a train position is specified by a train radio system; and
a communication device to communicate the information on the block number and the intra-block position to a ground side by using a system that is different from a system that is used for communication between the ground side and a train side via a radio base station in the train radio system.

US Pat. No. 10,507,852

WARM OR HOT STANDBY TRACK CARD MODULE FOR USE ON A WAYSIDE OF A RAILWAY SYSTEM

SIEMENS MOBILITY, INC., ...

1. A coded track circuit of a signaling control equipment to be located at a wayside location of a railway track, the coded track circuit comprising:a first track circuit card coupled to rails of the railway track to detect an absence of a train on the railway track, inform signallers and control relevant signals via track codes; and
a second track circuit card coupled to rails of the railway track, the second track circuit card is inactive but ready to provide a warm-standby or a hot-standby such that the second track circuit card to take over control from the first track circuit card should the first track circuit card fails,
wherein the second track circuit card is configured to continually run online checks to verify that the second track circuit card is ready to take over control.

US Pat. No. 10,507,851

RAILCAR BEARING AND WHEEL MONITORING SYSTEM

1. A railcar bogie continuous monitoring system comprising:a button contact temperature sensor located on a railcar wheel bearing cover box of a railcar wheel;
a wheel breakage measuring laser located on a railcar bogie rail of the railcar wheel and directed horizontally toward a face of the railcar wheel;
a vibration sensor located on the railcar bogie rail;
a sound sensor located in proximity to the railcar wheel bearing cover box; and
a load sensor located on the railcar bogie rail;
wherein the railcar wheel bearing cover box and the railcar bogie rail is for a same wheel of a railcar.

US Pat. No. 10,507,848

RAILWAY VEHICLE WITH A MOVABLE, VERTICAL GAP BRIDGING ENTRY THRESHOLD

Alstom Transport Technolo...

1. A railway vehicle for passenger transport comprising a vehicle body, said vehicle body comprising:a passenger entrance area; and
a vehicle boarding aid for facilitating passengers' access to the passenger entrance area, wherein the vehicle boarding aid comprises:
a movable entry threshold arranged in an access position facilitating passengers' access to the passenger entrance area; and
a vertical position adjusting device for vertically adjusting the access position of the entry threshold as a function of a potential vertical gap between a station platform and the passenger entrance area,
wherein said entry threshold is fixedly arranged in said access position in all operating states of the railway vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,847

CENTRAL TRACTION DEVICE FOR STRADDLING MONORAIL TRAIN

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., ...

1. A central traction device for a straddle-type monorail train, comprising:a traction pin, and
a traction beam, a central sleeve being provided at the center of the traction beam, and the traction pin being mounted in the central sleeve, wherein:
an inner cavity of the central sleeve has a corset-shaped structure having large diameters on an upper end and a lower end and a small diameter at a middle part, forming double tapered bevels, and a resilient rubber bush is provided between an inner wall of the central sleeve and the traction pin; and
wherein the central sleeve of the traction beam has a structure which is cut-through from top to bottom, a seal plate and a lower gland are provided at a bottom portion of the central sleeve, the seal plate is fixedly connected to a bottom portion of the traction beam by a bolt, and the lower gland is fixedly mounted between the seal plate and the traction pin; and
wherein a traction pin hole, which is cut-through from top to bottom, is provided at the center of the traction pin, and a long bolt passing through the traction pin hole is mounted in the traction pin hole, an annular positioning block is mounted at a top side of the traction pin hole and a top portion of the long bolt passes through the positioning block, a bottom portion of the long bolt has external threads, an internal threaded hole is provided at the center of the lower gland, and the bottom portion of the long bolt and the lower gland are fixedly connected by screw threads.

US Pat. No. 10,507,846

OVERHEAD TRANSPORT AND ROUTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

EAGLERAIL CONTAINER LOGIS...

1. An overhead transport and route management system comprising:(a) a suspended railway extending in the longitudinal direction comprising:
(i) at least one track switch configured to communicate directly with a first motorized carrier to selectively direct said first motorized carrier to different portions of said suspended railway; and
(ii) at least one electric power pick-up point;
(b) said first motorized carrier configured to travel along said suspended railway, said first motorized carrier comprising:
(i) a first motorized trolley configured to move said motorized carrier along said suspended railway, wherein said first motorized trolley comprises an electric motor configured to receive power from and deliver power to said at least one electric power pick-up point; and
(ii) a carrier chassis comprising a first and a second pair of armatures extending laterally outwardly from said carrier chassis, each end of said first and second pair of armatures comprising a locking mechanism capable of mating with a cooperating locking mechanism on a first container;
(iii) at least one spatial sensor for providing information regarding location and movement of said first motorized carrier to a remote control system;
(iv) an on-board control system configured to control acceleration and deceleration of said first motorized carrier and communicate spatial information detected by said at least one spatial sensor to said remote control system;
(c) a second motorized carrier configured to travel along said suspended railway carrying a second container; and
(d) said remote control system configured to synchronize operation of said first motorized carrier and said second motorized carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,507,845

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHANGING VEHICLE BEHAVIOR BASED ON CURRENT VEHICLE LOCATION AND ZONE DEFINITIONS CREATED BY A REMOTE USER

ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC., Sea...

1. A method for advising a driver of a fleet vehicle to adopt a behavior based on a location of the fleet vehicle, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a remote user with a computing device displaying a graphical user interface, including a map and a data entry window, thereby enabling the remote user to define a zone on the map and to enter a message in the data entry window regarding zone-based behavior at that zone;
(b) automatically collecting vehicle location data during operation of the fleet vehicle, the fleet vehicle at every moment being at a current location;
(c) automatically analyzing current fleet vehicle location data to determine if the fleet vehicle is within the zone; and
(d) when the fleet vehicle is within the zone, automatically using at least one of a display and an audible announcement to convey to the driver message regarding zone-based behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,507,842

METHOD FOR MONITORING A DRIVE-BY-WIRE SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for monitoring a drive-by-wire system of a motor vehicle, comprising:temporally offset reading in at least two input values of an input quantity of an operating element of the motor vehicle;
ascertaining one of (i) a change over time, or (ii) rate of change over time, of the input quantity from the at least two read-in input values;
determining a monitored quantity for the motor vehicle operation from the change over time or rate of change over time;
selecting a monitoring function based on the monitored quantity; and
monitoring the monitored quantity for the ascertained motor vehicle operation, using the selected monitoring function;
wherein the monitoring of the monitored quantity for the ascertained motor vehicle operation by the selected monitoring function includes outputting of an error signal in case of error.

US Pat. No. 10,507,841

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENSOR DIAGNOSTICS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of controlling a ground vehicle, comprising:providing the vehicle with a first sensor configured to detect a vehicle position, a second sensor configured to detect a driven path of the vehicle, and a controller in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor, the controller being selectively operable according to a diagnostic mode;
obtaining, via the first sensor, a plurality of vehicle position coordinates during a time interval of a drive cycle;
calculating, via the controller, a first path curvature parameter based on the plurality of vehicle position coordinates;
obtaining, via the second sensor, a second path curvature parameter based on the driven path during the time interval;
comparing, via the controller, the first path curvature parameter to the second path curvature parameter; and
in response to a difference between the second path curvature and the first path curvature exceeding a threshold, automatically operating the controller according to the diagnostic mode.

US Pat. No. 10,507,840

CONTROL OF AN COMBUSTION ENGINE IN A VEHICLE

1. A method for control of a combustion engine during a road section, in a vehicle comprising one or several engines and one or several brake systems, wherein a minimum permitted speed vmin and a maximum permitted speed vmax, between which an actual speed vact for said vehicle should be kept, are defined for said road section, wherein said method comprises:simulation of at least one future speed profile vsim_coast for an actual speed vact of said vehicle during said road section, wherein said simulation is carried out when said road section is ahead of said vehicle, and wherein said simulation of each one of said at least one future speed profile vsim_coast is based on information about said road section, and assumes that coasting will be applied at least partly during said road section;
evaluation of an applicability for coasting, wherein said coasting is deemed applicable for a speed profile vsim_coast, if its value is greater than said minimum permitted speed vmin at least during an initial part of said road section;
evaluation of whether said combustion engine may be shut down during said coasting during at least a part of said road section, wherein said evaluation of the shutdown of said combustion engine is based at least on whether one or several system conditions for engine shutdown are met, on one or several properties for said one or several brake systems, and on a shutdown period TICE_off, when said combustion engine could be shut down, wherein said evaluation of said shutdown of said combustion engine comprises:
comparison of said future speed profile vsim_coast with said maximum permitted speed vmax; and
determination of whether at least one of said one or several brake systems will need to be activated, on order to prevent that said maximum permitted speed vmax is exceeded,
wherein, if said one or several brake systems must be activated, said evaluation of said shutdown of said combustion engine comprises determining whether said combustion engine must be running for the required braking action to be achieved by said one or several brake systems, in order to prevent that said maximum permitted speed vmax is exceeded; and
control of said combustion engine based on said evaluation of the shutdown of said engine.

US Pat. No. 10,507,839

DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS WITH HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE SYSTEM

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An apparatus for controlling a vehicle, comprising:a traffic light detection means configured to determine whether the vehicle is approaching a traffic light,
an arrival time estimation means configured to estimate, when the vehicle is detected to approach a traffic light, a first arrival time of the vehicle at the traffic light based on current driving conditions and a second arrival time of the vehicle at the traffic light based on adapted driving conditions different from the current driving conditions,
a traffic light status determination means configured to determine a traffic light status of the traffic light at the first and second arrival times, the traffic light status being a passing status allowing the vehicle to pass the traffic light or a stopping status requiring the vehicle to stop at the traffic light,
a processing means configured to calculate whether the vehicle can pass the traffic light based on the current driving conditions of the vehicle based on a determination whether the traffic light has a passing status at the estimated first arrival time and to calculate whether the vehicle can pass the traffic light based on the adapted driving conditions of the vehicle based on a determination whether the traffic light has a passing status at the estimated second arrival time, and
a control means configured to control at least one of a driving direction of the vehicle, a speed of the vehicle and/or an acceleration of the vehicle based on first driving condition control settings; wherein, the control means is configured to adapt the current driving conditions of the vehicle based on the first driving condition control settings, if the processing means determined that the vehicle can pass the traffic light during the passing status when being controlled based on the first driving condition control settings, so as to pass the traffic light by control based on the first driving condition control settings,
wherein the processing means is further configured, upon detection of the vehicle approaching the traffic light, to determine:
whether the vehicle can pass the traffic light during the passing status at the estimated second arrival time when the current driving conditions are adapted based on first driving condition control settings, so as to pass the traffic light by control based on the first driving condition control settings and/or by manual override by a driver of the vehicle, or
whether the vehicle can pass the traffic light during the passing status at the estimated second arrival time when the current driving conditions are adapted being controlled based on second driving condition control settings, so as to pass the traffic light by control based on the second driving condition control settings and/or by manual override by a driver of the vehicle, and
wherein the first and/or second driving condition control settings define one or more control parameters for controlling the vehicle including a maximum lateral acceleration of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,838

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIMITING VEHICLE SPEED

1. In combination, a vehicle and a system for limiting speed of the vehicle, the vehicle having:a throttle movable between an open position and a closed position;
an accelerator pedal manually operable by an operator of the vehicle, the accelerator pedal moving the throttle between the open position and the closed position to vary the speed of the vehicle;
a speedometer for displaying the speed of the vehicle;
a steering wheel; and
a vehicle engine computer having memory for storing computer readable instructions and a processor for executing the computer readable instructions when loaded into main memory;the system consisting of:a speed sensor connected to the speedometer, the speed sensor generating a first input signal to the vehicle engine computer corresponding to the speed of the vehicle;
steering wheel sensors mounted on the steering wheel, the steering wheel sensors comprise a first steering wheel sensor and a second steering wheel sensor, the steering wheel sensors being mounted in spaced apart respective first and second distinct positions on the steering wheel, the first steering wheel sensor generating a second input signal to the vehicle engine computer corresponding to the presence or absence of a hand of the operator of the vehicle on the first steering wheel sensor at the first distinct position, the second steering wheel sensor generating a third input signal to the vehicle engine computer corresponding to the presence or absence of a hand of the operator being placed on the second steering wheel sensor at the second distinct position;
a throttle motor connected to the throttle, the throttle motor being operable to move the throttle towards the closed position to reduce the speed of the vehicle upon receiving a throttle motor actuation signal; and
a set of computer readable instructions stored in the memory of the vehicle engine computer, the instructions including:
a first set of instructions, which, when loaded into main memory, cause the processor to compare the first input signal to a threshold speed;
a second set instructions, which, when loaded into main memory, cause the processor to determine the presence or absence of a hand of the operator of the vehicle on the at least one steering wheel sensor from the second input signal;
a third set of instructions, which, when loaded into main memory, cause the processor to output a throttle actuation signal to the throttle motor to automatically move the throttle towards the closed position to reduce the speed of the vehicle, regardless of the position of the accelerator pedal, when the first input signal is greater than or equal to the threshold speed and the second input signal indicates the absence of a hand of the operator of the vehicle on the at least one steering wheel sensor; and
a fourth set of instructions, which, when loaded into main memory, cause the processor to output a throttle actuation signal to the throttle motor to automatically move the throttle towards the closed position to reduce the speed of the vehicle, regardless of the position of the accelerator pedal, only when the first input signal is greater than or equal to the threshold speed and the second and third input signals indicates the absence of a hand of the operator of the vehicle from at least one of the steering wheel sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,507,835

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING CORNERING OF VEHICLE AND METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for controlling cornering of a vehicle, the system comprising:a power train comprising an engine and a transmission;
a suspension system connected to a driving wheel, wherein the driving wheel is configured to receive power from the power train;
a data detector configured to detect a lateral acceleration and a displacement of an accelerator pedal; and
a vehicle controller configured to:
determine whether a cornering control condition is satisfied based on the lateral acceleration;
when the cornering control condition is satisfied, calculate a sport index based on the displacement of the accelerator pedal and a predetermined value;
set operating modes of the power train and the suspension system based on at least one of the sport index or the lateral acceleration;
calculate a modified displacement by adding the displacement of the accelerator pedal and the predetermined value; and
calculate the sport index based on the modified displacement.

US Pat. No. 10,507,832

VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle drive control device, comprising:a controller configured to automatically stop a travel drive source if an automatic stop condition is satisfied, the automatic stop condition being satisfied in a stopped state of a vehicle;
an electric oil pump configured to be driven during an automatic stop of the travel drive source according to the satisfaction of the automatic stop condition;
a first friction engaging element configured to have oil supplied thereto from the electric oil pump during the automatic stop and establish a starting gear position;
a second friction engaging element configured to be released when the vehicle starts with the first friction engaging element set in a power transmission state; and
a solenoid configured to drain the oil to be supplied to the second friction engaging element according to an indicator current, a drain degree of the solenoid becoming smaller by reducing the indicator current;
the controller being configured to reduce the indicator current to the solenoid below a minimum value of the indicator current during the automatic stop, the second friction engaging element being released at the minimum value.

US Pat. No. 10,507,831

CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cruise control system for controlling fuel supplied to an engine of a motor vehicle comprising:a sensor for detecting a position of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle;
an inclinometer for detecting a gradient of a surface over which the vehicle is traveling; and
an electronic processor operative to set fuel flow rate at a first mass flow as a function of the accelerator pedal position detected at an activation time of the cruise control system, and to maintain the fuel flow rate at the first mass flow if the vehicle is travelling on a positive gradient or a level surface such that a speed of the vehicle varies with gradient with the speed of the vehicle being maintained on the level surface, and the speed of the vehicle decreasing on the positive gradient.

US Pat. No. 10,507,829

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HAZARD MITIGATION

AUTONOMOUS ROADWAY INTELL...

1. A system for avoiding or minimizing the harm of a collision between a subject vehicle and a second vehicle, comprising:a first processor configured to determine whether the subject vehicle will collide with the second vehicle when no evasive actions are taken;
a second processor configured to calculate future trajectories of the subject and second vehicles according to respective sequences of actions, each action comprising an acceleration or a deceleration or a steering action or a waiting time;
a third processor configured to implement one of the respective sequences of actions based on the future trajectories calculated by the second processor, the implemented sequence of actions projected to avoid the collision;
a fourth processor configured to calculate the expected harm associated with the collision according to one or more of the sequences of actions based on the future trajectories calculated by the second processor; and
a fifth processor configured to implement a particular one of the sequences of actions, calculated by the fourth processor, that is projected to minimize the harm of the collision;
wherein the first through fifth processors are implemented on a single processing element or on multiple processing elements; and
wherein the sequences of actions are determined and calculated by the second processor and the expected harm is calculated by the fourth processor before the sequences of actions are implemented by the third or fifth processor.

US Pat. No. 10,507,828

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ACTIVATION TIMING FOR SAFETY DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A cruise-assist apparatus for activating, based on a probability of a collision between an own vehicle and a target object existing in a travelling direction of the own vehicle, a safety device for avoiding the collision or mitigating damage from the collision, the apparatus comprising:a first determining means that determines whether a driver's collision avoidance operation in a longitudinal direction of the own vehicle has been carried out upon the target object existing in the travelling direction of the own vehicle;
a second determining means that determines whether a driver's collision avoidance operation in a lateral direction of the own vehicle has been carried out upon the target object existing in the travelling direction of the own vehicle;
a setting means that:
sets a first timing upon it being determined the determination that a the driver's collision avoidance operation in the longitudinal direction of the own vehicle has been carried out, the first timing being later than a reference timing for activating the safety device; and
sets a second timing upon it being determined the determination that a the driver's collision avoidance operation in the lateral direction of the own vehicle has been carried out, the second timing being later than the reference timing; and
an activation determining means that, upon the determination that the driver's collision avoidance operation in the lateral direction of the own vehicle has been carried out, determines whether to activate the safety device in accordance with the second timing independently of a result of the determination of whether the driver's collision avoidance operation in the longitudinal direction of the own vehicle has been carried out.

US Pat. No. 10,507,826

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AN IMPENDING TIP OVER OF A VEHICLE

Dana Italia Srl, Arco, T...

1. A method of detecting an impending tip over of a vehicle, in particular for identifying false positives during tip over detection, the method comprising the steps:acquiring first measurement data using at least one first sensor, the first measurement data comprising vehicle axle strain data, and at least one of attitude data and acceleration data;
acquiring second measurement data using at least one second sensor, the second measurement data comprising vehicle axle strain data, and at least one of attitude data and acceleration data;
using an electronic control unit to determine, based on the first measurement data and based on the second measurement data, if the second measurement data is indicative of an impending tip over of the vehicle; and
only when the electronic control unit determines that the second measurement data is indicative of an impending tip over of the vehicle, using the electronic control unit to trigger an alarm signal, to override a control command or to overwrite a control command.

US Pat. No. 10,507,825

VEHICLE PITCH CONTROL DURING A STOP

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for reducing a suspension rebound rate when stopping a vehicle, the method comprising:determining, by a processor, that a vehicle has a forward pitch during braking; and
in response to the vehicle achieving an approximately zero forward velocity,
applying brake pressure to one or more non-driven wheels by an automated driving assistance system, and
applying reverse torque to one or more driven wheels by the automated driving assistance system.

US Pat. No. 10,507,824

FAIL-SAFE CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A fail-safe control method for a hybrid electric vehicle including a first motor-generator for controlling a speed of an engine, a second motor-generator for generating power for driving the vehicle, and a planetary gear set for connecting the first motor-generator and the second motor-generator to the engine, the fail-safe control method comprising:upon detecting occurrence of a malfunction of the first motor-generator, determining, by a control unit, a driving mode of the vehicle before the occurrence of the malfunction; and
upon determining that the driving mode of the vehicle before the occurrence of the malfunction is an electric vehicle (EV) mode for driving the vehicle using power of the second motor-generator, when the malfunction of the first motor-generator occurs, fixing a gear ratio between the engine and the second motor-generator by engaging an overdrive (OD) brake connected with the first motor-generator and operating the engine using power of the second motor-generator.

US Pat. No. 10,507,818

SHIFT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A shift control apparatus for a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:an engine;
a transmission configured to receive power from the engine;
a controller configured to:
check an effective sloping point based on road information;
calculate a target gear ratio based on a first engine torque at a location of the vehicle and a gear ratio of the transmission when the effective sloping point is reached within a predetermined amount of time;
set a target gear position based on the target gear ratio; and
control the transmission based on the target gear position; and
a status detector configured to detect status data for taking control of the transmission,
wherein the controller is configured to:
create a sport index based on the status data;
check a gear shift limit zone based on the sport index; and
stop shifting when the target gear position is included in the gear shift limit zone.

US Pat. No. 10,507,815

BRAKE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A brake system, comprising:a plurality of brake cylinders;
a plurality of electromagnetic valve devices provided respectively corresponding to the brake cylinders and capable of individually controlling hydraulic pressures in the respective brake cylinders;
a plurality of pumps respectively connected to the brake cylinders;
one pump motor driven in common with the pumps; and
a brake-hydraulic-pressure controller configured to control the electromagnetic valve devices and the one pump motor to control a brake hydraulic pressure that is each of the hydraulic pressures in the respective brake cylinders,
wherein the brake-hydraulic-pressure controller comprises:
a first pressure-increase controller configured to control the one pump motor to bring the hydraulic pressures in the respective brake cylinders closer to respective target hydraulic pressures; and
a second pressure-increase controller configured to control the one pump motor based on a greatest one of the target hydraulic pressures for the respective brake cylinders and control the electromagnetic valve devices to bring the hydraulic pressures in the respective brake cylinders closer to the respective target hydraulic pressures.

US Pat. No. 10,507,808

SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING A TRAILER'S OVERRUN BRAKES FROM BEING ACTIVATED DURING REVERSING

SVELA SOLUTIONS AS, Fred...

1. An overrun brake system for a trailer, the system comprising:a coupling device adapted to connect the trailer to a towbar of a vehicle,
a slide providing a first connection connecting the coupling device to a drawbar of the trailer and transferring retardation forces to brakes of the trailer,
a gas spring providing a second connection connecting the slide to the drawbar in parallel with the first connection, the gas spring including a cylinder and a piston, the piston including two sides and at least one channel connecting the two sides, and
a solenoid valve, the solenoid valve being electrically connected to and operated by an electric source, the solenoid valve being activated only when the vehicle is set in reverse, the solenoid valve being open and connecting the two sides of the piston so that gas passes from one of the two sides to another of the two sides via the at least one channel when the solenoid valve is non-energized, and the solenoid valve being closed and preventing gas from passing between the two sides of the piston when the solenoid valve is energized by the electric source.

US Pat. No. 10,507,806

MOBILE FUEL DISTRIBUTION STATION

CAPAT LLC, Miami, FL (US...

1. A non-aerial mobile fuel distribution station, comprising:a fuel tank;
a support structure for supporting said fuel tank in an elevated position a predetermined distance above ground, said predetermined distance being sufficient to allow for passage of automobiles beneath said fuel tank during a fueling operation; and
a control system for selectively permitting and monitoring a discharge of fuel from said fuel tank to said automobiles beneath said fuel tank during said fueling operation;
a moving mechanism structurally affixed to said support structure so as to facilitate movement of said mobile fuel distribution station;
wherein said support structure has only three legs;
wherein said legs are arranged beneath said fuel tank in a substantially triangular configuration; and
wherein said moving mechanism comprising a wheel assembly being selectively engaged to elevate said legs.

US Pat. No. 10,507,802

PIPE FOR HEATING AND TRANSPORTING A WASHER FLUID FOR A WINDSCREEN WIPER BLADE WITH TWO SPRAY LINES, WIPER DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

1. A pipe for heating and transporting a washer fluid of a windscreen wiper blade with a first spray line and a second spray line, comprising:an extruded sleeve with at least two washer fluid circulation channels, in which sleeve at least two electric wires that are provided with heating elements of said pipe are embedded within the mass of the sleeve,
wherein the at least two electric wires are parallel to the at least two washer fluid circulation channels,
wherein the cross-sections of the embedded electric wires are aligned at the center of the sleeve in a median direction with respect to the circulation channels,
wherein the cross-section of the sleeve is in a general shape of an “8” and said pipe includes at least one of the electric wires fixed to the outside of the sleeve in at least one hollow of a concave flank of the “8” shape,
wherein the median direction passes between the circulation channels,
wherein the first washer fluid circulation channel is connected to said first spray line of the wiper blade, and
wherein the second circulation channel for the washer fluid is connected to said second spray line of the wiper blade.

US Pat. No. 10,507,799

VEHICLE LOCATION TRACKING

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of tracking a location of a vehicle while the vehicle is in a primary propulsion off state, wherein the method comprises the steps of:obtaining an initial vehicle location of the vehicle, wherein the initial vehicle location is associated with a time in which the vehicle transitions from a primary propulsion on state to a primary propulsion off state;
detecting a vehicle trigger condition while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state;
determining whether the vehicle has moved more than a first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state;
determining a vehicle activity factor and a vehicle location classification factor; and
when it is determined that the vehicle has moved more than the first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location, carrying out a vehicle location tracking process while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state based on the vehicle activity factor and the vehicle location classification factor.

US Pat. No. 10,507,797

VEHICLE KEY FOR PASSIVE ACCESS SYSTEMS AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

1. A radio key for an access system of a motor vehicle, comprising a receiver circuit with at least three LF receiver coils for a low frequency signal reception, wherein the LF receiver coils are oriented in different spatial directions, a central control circuit comprising a microcontroller, wherein the control circuit including the microcontroller can assume various operating states, at least one of which is an energy-reduced resting state, and one of which is an active operating state, wherein the receiver circuit is coupled to the central control circuit, wherein the receiver circuit is configured to detect LF wakeup signals and to wake up the control circuit from the energy-reduced resting state when such a wakeup signal is received through the LF receiver coils by the receiver circuit, wherein the central control circuit is configured to activate each of the LF receiver coils of the receiver circuit separately after it has been woken up from the resting state, and to query a received signal strength of each of the receiver coils, wherein the control circuit selects the LF receiver coil with the highest signal strength for a subsequent signal reception.

US Pat. No. 10,507,796

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESS VALET KEY CONFIGURATION AND RELAY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a processor configured to:
receive a valet-key request from a valet application executing on a valet mobile device, automatically generated by the valet application in response to the valet application wirelessly detecting a sharing application on a user device including the processor;
request authentication of a key transfer, responsive to the request; and
transfer, via the sharing application, vehicle data, describing a vehicle, and key data, usable to access and activate the vehicle, responsive to authentication approval.

US Pat. No. 10,507,794

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE CONTROL

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for a vehicle control providing a smartkey-free starting function of a vehicle, comprising:a communicating unit including a radio frequency (RF) antenna and a low frequency (LF) antenna and configured to connect wireless communication with a user terminal which is within a predetermined sensing distance through the RF antenna;
a body controller configured to execute a door unlock according to a remote control signal of the user terminal;
a door sensor configured to sense door open and door closed signals;
a start stop button configured to generate a start on signal based on a button input; and
a controller configured to initiate a starting of the vehicle when a vehicle start condition of a state in which the user terminal is connected through the LF antenna of the communicating unit forming a communication region in the vehicle is satisfied, when the start on signal is input and the door open and door closed signals are sensed.

US Pat. No. 10,507,790

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETECT USAGE OF SEAT BELT

1. A system for detecting usage of a seat belt and transmitting the detected usage data to a plurality of computing units over a communication network, the system comprises:A) a first sensor unit and a circuitry unit to detect an unbuckled position of the seat belt, wherein the seat belt comprises a female unit and a male unit, wherein the first sensor unit and the circuitry unit are integrated with the female unit;
B) a second sensor unit integrated with the male unit to detect a buckled position of the seat belt on completing a circuitry when the male unit is secured into the female unit;
C) a communication unit operably connected with the circuitry unit to transmit a plurality of notification signals to a computing unit installed at a police station and an occupant's computing unit over the communication network; and
D) a power unit to energize the first sensor unit, the second sensor unit, the circuitry unit, and the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,789

WEBBING TAKE-UP DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A webbing take-up device, comprising:a spool taking up a webbing, which is configured to be worn by an occupant, by being rotated in a take-up direction, and rotated in a pull-out direction by the webbing being pulled out;
a pre-tensioner mechanism taking up the webbing onto the spool by rotating the spool in the take-up direction in a vehicle emergency;
a lock mechanism restricting pull-out direction rotation of the spool in a vehicle emergency;
a force limiter mechanism permitting pull-out direction rotation of the spool in a case in which the lock mechanism has restricted pull-out direction rotation of the spool, the force limiter mechanism being configured to set a force limiter load value, at which the force limiter mechanism actuates, to a high load value or to a low load value; and
a force limiter load switching mechanism switching the force limiter load value by being input with a portion of an actuation force that actuates the pre-tensioner mechanism and that is input by a member that is moved so as to rotate the spool in the take-up direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,788

AIRBAG DEVICE FOR PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An airbag device for pedestrian protection, comprising:an airbag stored in a cowl portion of a vehicle, the vehicle including a wiper for wiping a windshield, the airbag configured to be deployed on a front surface side of a windshield, and to cover the cowl portion and front pillars at least in part;
straps, a first end of each of the straps being attached to an upper portion of an outer surface of the airbag in a vehicle up-down direction and a second end of each of the straps being attached to the cowl portion; and
strap covers sewn to the outer surface of the airbag and covering the straps, the straps passing between the airbag and the strap covers, each strap cover covering a corresponding strap in an extension direction along a longitudinal length of the corresponding strap, wherein
the straps and the strap covers are disposed on a lower side in the vehicle up-down direction with respect to the airbag, and an upper side in the vehicle up-down direction with respect to the windshield and the wiper, and
the straps and the strap covers are disposed within a wiping range during a deployment of the airbag.

US Pat. No. 10,507,787

SYSTEM AND MECHANISM FOR UPSELLING PRODUCTS ON AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Nuro, Inc., Mountain Vie...

1. A platform for autonomously or semi-autonomously upselling an unordered item to a customer, the platform comprising:a) an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle comprising:
(i) a locking compartment configured to contain and secure at least an item ordered by the customer and at least an item unordered by the customer, wherein the locking compartment comprises a sensor configured to detect an absence of at least one of the ordered item and the unordered item;
(ii) an input device configured to receive at least one of a customer verification and a selection of the unordered item by the customer; and
(iii) an autonomous or semi-autonomous propulsion system; and
b) the platform further comprising a non-transitory computer-readable storage media encoded with a computer program including instructions executable by a processor to create an application comprising:
(i) an ordering module configured to receive an order from the customer, the order comprising the ordered item and a customer location;
(ii) a delivery module controlling the autonomous or semi-autonomous propulsion system to direct the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to the customer location; and
(iii) a customer verification module confirming an identity of the customer based on the customer verification and unlocking the locking compartment based on the confirmation of the identity of the customer; and
(iv) a release detection module determining that the ordered item has been removed from the compartment based on the absence of the ordered item, determining that the unordered item has been removed from the compartment based on the absence of the unordered item, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,507,786

GAS PRESSURE CONTAINER AND TUBE ELEMENT FOR AN AIRBAG SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

1. A gas pressure container for an airbag system of a motor vehicle, the gas pressure container comprising:a tube element with high bursting resistance when internal pressure is applied,
wherein the tube element is of a steel alloy,
wherein the tube element includes at least one first longitudinal portion which comprises
a tensile strength which is greater than 800 MPa,
a transition temperature of lower than ?40° C., and
an outer circumference,
wherein the tube element further includes a second longitudinal portion which extends axially from the first longitudinal portion,
wherein the second longitudinal portion and the first longitudinal portion form a monolithic seamless or welded tube,
wherein the second longitudinal portion comprises an outer circumference which is reduced compared to the outer circumference of the first longitudinal portion,
wherein the second longitudinal portion comprises a transition temperature lower than ?50° C. and lower than the transition temperature of the first longitudinal portion, and
wherein the second longitudinal portion is on an end of the tube element.

US Pat. No. 10,507,781

AIRBAG

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An airbag comprising:a driver side portion which is stored and held in a central portion of a steering wheel for vehicular steering and has an outer peripheral wall configured to receive a driver at the time of completion of inflation; and
a steering wheel side portion which has an outer peripheral edge connected to an outer peripheral edge of the driver side portion and is supported by the steering wheel, wherein:
the steering wheel side portion is provided with an inflow opening to allow inflation gas to flow in, in the vicinity of the center, and an attaching seat which is disposed on a peripheral edge of the inflow opening and attached to the central portion of the steering wheel;
a support inflation portion protruding from a front side of the attaching seat toward a front side of the steering wheel is arranged on the steering wheel side portion at the time of completion of inflation; and
a support surface portion abutted to a front surface side of the steering wheel and supported by the central portion of the steering wheel at the time of tilting the driver side portion in a forward direction when the airbag receives a driver is arranged on a region on a rear surface side of the support inflation portion from a base portion to a tip end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,780

FIXING CLIP AND FIXING STRUCTURE FOR FIXING A MEMBER TO BE INSTALLED USING THE FIXING CLIP

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fixing clip for fixing a member to a body panel, the fixing clip comprising:a bushing including a head having a lock pin inserting hole, a leg, and paired engagement hooks provided at opposed portions of the leg located on opposite sides of a center axis line of the fixing clip and opposing each other; and
a lock pin that is insertable into the bushing, wherein
the lock pin includes a load receiving portion where, in a state that the lock pin has been inserted to a deepest position of the lock pin inserting hole, when a drawing-out load is loaded on the fixing clip from the member and a reaction force of the drawing-out load is applied to the fixing clip from the body panel, the lock pin receives one part of the reaction force of the drawing-out load,
the lock pin includes a pair of side hooks which, in a state that the lock pin has been inserted into the bushing, protrudes outward more than a side surface of the leg of the bushing in a direction perpendicular to a direction connecting the paired engagement hooks and perpendicular to the center axis line of the fixing clip,
the bushing includes, at the head, a pressure receiving surface where the bushing receives the one part of the reaction force of the drawing-out load which the lock pin has received,
a remaining part of the reaction force, other than the one part of the reaction force, is transmitted through a connecting portion of the leg to the head of the bushing,
the opposed portions of the leg are connected to the head at first ends of the opposed portions of the leg and extend in a direction away from the head and end at second ends of the opposed portions, each of the paired engagement hooks is integrally formed to an outside surface of each of the opposed portions of the leg, and a head-side engagement portion of each of the paired engagement hooks is spaced from the head, and
the fixing clip engages the body panel at the paired engagement hooks when the drawing-out load is loaded on the fixing clip from the member and the fixing clip has been inclined relative to the body panel along a plane extending in a front-rear direction of the fixing clip which corresponds to the direction connecting the paired engagement hooks.

US Pat. No. 10,507,779

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING A USABILITY OF A CONTROL DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for recognizing a usability of a control device of a safety device in a vehicle, comprising:applying a voltage to the control device, which has a preferred direction of current flow;
acquiring a high-side voltage curve and a low-side voltage curve at the control device; and
recognizing a usability of the control device;
wherein the recognizing of the usability of the control device includes determining that the control device, which has a preferred direction of current flow, has been installed in a correct direction, so that current can flow in the preferred direction,
wherein the control device includes a free-wheeling diode in parallel with a control element,
wherein if the high-side voltage curve at a high-side switch, which is coupled on a high side of the control device, rises faster than the low-side voltage curve at a low-side switch, which is coupled on a low side of the control device, it is recognized that the safety device has been connected with a correct polarity, and the usability of the control device is recognized, since the current flows through the control element and not through the free-wheeling diode,
wherein if the high-side voltage curve at the high-side switch and the low-side voltage curve at the low-side switch rises with about the same speed, then the safety device has been connected with a reversed or incorrect polarity, and the usability of the control device is not recognized, since the current does not flow through the control element, but instead flows through the freewheeling diode that does not block the current because the control device has been installed or connected with reversed polarity,
wherein the high-side switch is coupled to a blocking end of the free-wheeling diode and the low-side switch is coupled to the other end of the free-wheeling diode, the low-side switch being coupled to ground,
wherein the high-side switch is situated upstream, in a direction of a current flow, from the control device having the control element, and
wherein the low-side switch is situated downstream, in a direction of the current flow, from the control device having the control element.

US Pat. No. 10,507,778

COUPLING-RELEASING DEVICE FOR AIRBAG ACTUATOR CABLE FOR VEHICLES WITH TWO OR MORE WHEELS

Quadro Vehicles S.A., Va...

1. A coupling-releasing device for an airbag actuator cable for a vehicle with two or more wheels, comprising:at least one coupling unit adapted to be installed on board of the vehicle, said at least one coupling unit being operable between a closed configuration for retaining an end of the airbag actuator cable and an open configuration for releasing said end of the airbag actuator cable,
at least one electric actuator connected to said at least one coupling unit to operate said at least one coupling unit between said closed configuration and said open configuration, and
at least one micro switch which is adapted to detect a position of parking means of the vehicle and is configured to send an electric signal to said at least one electric actuator to operate said at least one coupling unit from said closed configuration to said open configuration when a parked condition of the vehicle is established based on the position of said parking means.

US Pat. No. 10,507,776

FIBER-REINFORCED COMPOSITE BUMPER BEAM AND CRUSH MEMBERS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An energy-absorbing structure for a vehicle comprising:a first component comprising a polymer and a first plurality of reinforcing fibers disposed therein, the first component comprising:
a first bumper beam portion that is at least partially defined by a first wall; and
a first crush member portion that is integrally formed with the first bumper beam portion, the first crush member portion that is at least partially defined by a second wall that projects from the first wall, and at least a first portion of the reinforcing fibers of the first plurality of reinforcing fibers continuously extending between the first wall and the second wall;
a second component comprising the polymer and a second plurality of reinforcing fibers, the second component comprising:
a second bumper beam portion that is at least partially defined by a third wall; and
a second crush member portion that is integrally formed with the second bumper beam portion, the second crush member portion that is at least partially defined by a fourth wall that projects from the third wall, and at least a second portion of the reinforcing fibers of the second plurality of reinforcing fibers continuously extending between the third wall and the fourth wall, wherein the first component is joined to the second component, and the first wall and the third wall cooperate to define a bumper beam, and the second wall and the fourth wall cooperate to define a crush member, wherein a dimension of the crush member is greatest at a location adjacent to the bumper beam.

US Pat. No. 10,507,775

COMPONENT DESIGN BASED ON SENSOR DATA

Accenture Global Solution...

1. A system comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory communicatively coupled to the at least one processor, the memory storing instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
receiving, from each of a plurality of instances of a vehicle component, sensor data describing at least one adjustment to the vehicle component that a respective user made while the user was using the vehicle component to improve the user's comfort in using the vehicle component, and data indicating that the at least one adjustment to the vehicle component likely failed to adequately improve the user's comfort in using the vehicle component;
in response to receiving the sensor data and the data indicating that the at least one adjustment to the vehicle component likely failed to adequately improve the user's comfort in using the vehicle component, generating design information that describes at least one modification to be made to a subsequent version of the component to improve users' comfort in using the vehicle component, comprising aggregating the sensor data, then providing the aggregated sensor data to a machine learning-trained module that, for given sensor data, outputs one or more proposed modifications for improving the users' comfort in using vehicle components; and
providing the design information for output through a user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,507,771

W-SHAPED WINGED SPRING CLIP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A spring clip, comprising:a body including (a) a support post, (b) a first cantilever bar having a first distal end, (c) a first juncture between said support post and said first cantilever bar, (d) a single S-curve segment extending between said first juncture and said first distal end (e) a base, said support post projecting from said base and (f) a first tunable rib carried on said base adjacent said first distal end of said first cantilever bar wherein said body further includes a second cantilever bar having a second distal end, a second juncture between said support post and said second cantilever bar and a second single S-curve segment extending between said second juncture and said second distal end and wherein said body has a W-shape and said first distal end includes a first double blocked notch.

US Pat. No. 10,507,770

BICYCLE CARRIERS

GO FLAT RACK LIMITED, Au...

19. A bicycle carrying rack, adapted for mounting to or from a vehicle, comprising or including,a fork receiving portion, adapted to mount to or from a vehicle load carrier and adapted to connect to and hold a fork of a bicycle,
wherein the fork receiving portion allows the bicycle to be held in a first position with the bicycle substantially vertical, and a second position with the bicycle in or toward a horizontal position,
and wherein the fork receiving portion can rotate the fork of the bicycle away from a straight-ahead position when in the first position, as it moves to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,768

REMOVABLE ROOF RACK SYSTEM AND REMOVABLE CROSSBAR APPARATUS FOR THAT REMOVABLE ROOF RACK SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a crossbar having a first end and a second end;
a first slide;
a second slide;
a first releasable latch assembly connecting said first end to said first slide, said first releasable latch assembly including a first latch mechanism carried on said first end of said crossbar and a first locking pin carried on said first slide; and
a second releasable latch assembly connecting said second end to said second slide, said second releasable latch assembly including a second latch mechanism carried on said second end of said crossbar and a second locking pin carried on said second slide.

US Pat. No. 10,507,767

VEHICLE-MOUNTED DISPLAY SYSTEM AND VEHICLE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A vehicle-mounted display system, comprising a transparent liquid crystal display device, wherein the transparent liquid crystal display device comprises:a transparent liquid crystal display screen;
a transparent light-guide plate arranged at a side of the transparent liquid crystal display screen opposite to a viewer in a vehicle;
an edge-type light source arranged at a light-entering side of the transparent light-guide plate;
a first controller configured to control the transparent liquid crystal display screen to display an image; and
a second controller configured to control on and off states of the light source,
wherein the light-guide plate is a directional light-guide plate so as to guide the light beams approximately parallel to each other, and the directional light-guide plate comprises a plurality of guiding mechanisms arranged at a bottom surface of light-guide plate and extending along a light-entering surface of the light-guide plate;
each of the plurality of guiding mechanisms is a groove or ridge of an inverted trapezoidal shape, and has a bottom, an opening section, a first beveled surface and a second beveled surface, the first beveled surface and the second beveled surface being connected to the bottom and the opening section; and
the bottom of each guiding mechanism is protruded from the bottom surface of the light-guide plate, or each guiding mechanism is depressed inwardly in the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,507,766

VEHICLE OVERHEAD CLEARANCE DETECTOR

1. A vehicle overhead clearance detector comprising:a waterproof housing body having a front end, a rear end, a top side, a bottom side, a right side, and a left side;
a rotatable mounting base centrally disposed on the bottom side of the housing body, the mounting base being rotatable 360 degrees;
at least one sensor mounted within the housing body, wherein the sensor is operative to measure the overhead distance between an overhead obstruction and the sensor itself, the sensor having a reference height above ground level at which the sensor is mounted on a vehicle within the housing body;
a framed transparent cover centrally disposed across the front end in front of the sensor;
a digital camera disposed on at least the front end of the housing body at the bottom side, the digital camera being configured to capture and store a plurality of images;
a laser range finding device disposed on the housing body on at least the front end thereof at the top side, wherein the laser range finding device is a distance measurement sensor configured to use a narrowly focused infrared transmitter having a functional range for detecting objects at a distance in a range of 20 feet to 800 feet;
a visual flashing alarm disposed on the housing body;
at least one central processor unit in operational communication with the sensor, the digital camera, the laser range finding device, and the visual flashing alarm, wherein the central processor unit is accessible and operable by a driver within a passenger compartment of the vehicle, wherein the reference height of the sensor is entered into the central processor unit;
a monitor with integral speakers in operational communication with the digital camera through the central processor unit, the monitor with integral speakers being disposed within the passenger compartment of the vehicle, wherein the monitor with integral speakers is configured to display the plurality of images captured by the digital camera;
wherein the housing body and the sensor mounted within the housing body are disposed at a height above and in close proximity to a most elevated portion of the vehicle, wherein the most elevated portion of the vehicle is one of a rooftop of the vehicle and an upper end of a load carried by the vehicle atop the rooftop and alternately in a cargo carrier attached to the vehicle;
wherein the height of the most elevated portion of the vehicle is entered into the central processor unit;
wherein the central processor unit is configured to add the reference height to the overhead distance between the overhead obstruction and the sensor to determine a measured height of the overhead obstruction;
wherein the central processor unit activates the visual flashing alarm and activates an auditory alarm on the monitor with integral speakers if the measured height of the overhead obstruction is less than the height of the most elevated portion of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,765

METHOD, DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR IDENTIFYING AN EXIT SIDE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A system for identifying an exit side of a motor vehicle having:at least one of a vehicle sensor for acquiring and determining external environmental data of an external environment surrounding the motor vehicle, acquired based on an actual position of the motor vehicle; and a navigation system for determining position data of the motor vehicle;
circuitry, connected with one or more of the vehicle sensor and the navigation system, wherein the circuitry is adapted for identifying the exit side of the motor vehicle based on one or more of the external environmental data and the position data; and
a controller, connected with the circuitry, the controller being configured for replicating an opening of a door on the identified exit side using a stimulus on the identified exit side, wherein the stimulus is perceivable by a vehicle occupant;
wherein the replicating of the opening of the door comprises: replicating to the vehicle occupant, before the vehicle occupant gets off from the motor vehicle and without opening the door, at least part of the external environment surrounding the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,764

VEHICLE INTERIOR TRIM ASSEMBLY CONFIGURED TO FORM A LIGHT PATTERN HAVING AN EMBLEM SHAPE AT THE FRONT OF A TRIM PART SUCH AS AN AIR BAG COVER

JVIS-USA, LLC, Sterling ...

1. A vehicle interior trim assembly having an illuminable emblem, the assembly comprising:a vehicle interior trim part having at least one opening which defines an emblem pattern, the at least one opening extending between front and back surfaces of the part, the front surface facing a passenger compartment of the vehicle;
a lens including at least one layer and a 3D emblem shape fitted through and matching the at least one opening, the lens having at least one surface-defining portion which is sized and shaped to have the emblem pattern at the front surface of the part; and
an illumination module mounted to the back surface of the part and including at least one light source flanking the at least one layer of the of the lens, the at least one light source generating visible light rays when energized that travel through the at least one layer of the lens, wherein the lens redirects light rays from the at least one layer to the 3D emblem shape of substantially uniform intensity through the at least one surface-defining portion and into the passenger compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,507,763

INDIRECT LIGHTING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE ROOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An indirect lighting structure for a vehicle roof, the indirect lighting structure comprising:a guide rail configured to support a roof glass positioned on the guide rail;
a light source unit positioned at one end in a longitudinal direction of the guide rail;
a light guide which is configured to be in contact with the light source unit and positioned along the guide rail; and
a reflective portion which is configured to face the light guide,
wherein the light guide is arranged such that at least a part of the light guide is in contact with and inserted into the guide rail so as to guide light introduced from the light source to illuminate a pattern portion, and
wherein light reflected by the reflective portion illuminates the pattern portion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,761

TRAVEL DIRECTION INDICATOR MODULE AND EXTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ARRANGEMENT

1. A travel direction indicator module for an exterior rearview mirror arrangement for a motor vehicle havingat least one light source,
a first light conductor comprising a multiplicity of light decoupling points, and
a second light conductor configured as a function light wherein incoming light emission is substantially unimpeded through the second light conductor, wherein the light source couples a first beam part into the first light conductor at a first end and a second beam part into the second light conductor at a first end, andthe light decoupling points are distributed across the entire length of the first light conductor between its first and second end and are provided by optical elements,whereina module housing is formed as one injection molded part in common with the first light conductor and the second light conductor, which emits light into a single light decoupling area, which is arranged in an area of the second end of the first light conductor situated opposite the first end of the first light conductor, whereinthe first light conductor, the second light conductor, the module housing and the optical elements are formed in common.

US Pat. No. 10,507,760

ENHANCED VEHICLE AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM PLATFORM PROVIDING REAL TIME VISUAL BASED UNIQUE TAXI VEHICLE AUTHENTICATION FOR CUSTOMERS AND DRIVERS AND METHODS OF IMPLEMENTING THE SAME

1. A method for real time visual based taxi vehicle authentication for customers and drivers for smartphone application based taxi services comprising the steps of:Providing a visible taxi display unit on a taxi vehicle in a conspicuously visible location that is coupled to the taxi vehicle driver's smartphone, wherein the visible taxi display unit is configured for real time selective displaying changeable unique visual identification signals which comprise at least one of i) a range of selectable alphanumeric information, ii) a range of selectable pictographic images, iii) visual effects/animations, iv) audio-visual components and v) combinations thereof, wherein the taxi display unit is a portable, compact display formed as a disc shaped structure 3?-8? in diameter and 1-½? to 6? in height having a programmable LED message display panel around a circumferential portion of the perimeter of the disc;
Selecting a specific visual identification signal by the smartphone application for a given customer, driver and vehicle for a specific use and sending this visual identification signal to the customer and to the driver via the smartphone application, wherein the visual identification signal is selectively viewable by the customer and displayed on the customer's smartphone;
Displaying the visual identification signal on the taxi display unit at least at a time when the vehicle is in proximity to the customer, wherein the unique visual identification signals comprise at least scrolling text on the taxi display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,758

HEADLAMP APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A lamp apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a first light source configured to irradiate visible light;
a second light source disposed in a location different from the first light source and configured to irradiate infrared light; and
a reflection unit into which the visible light irradiated from the first light source and the infrared light irradiated from the second light source are input and configured to reflect the input visible light and infrared light to change moving paths, thus adjusting the visible light and the infrared light to the same path or a different path,
wherein the first light source and the second light source are respectively spaced apart from a first side and a second side of the reflection unit around the reflection unit, and an input angle of the visible light moved from the first light source to the reflection unit and an input angle of the infrared light moved from the second light source to the reflection unit are identical,
wherein the reflection unit includes a plurality of micro-reflection mirrors that are switched on or off based on a driving signal input to change moving paths of the visible light and the infrared light that have angles varied between the first side and the second side,
wherein the reflection unit is configured to determine a moving path of the visible light and the infrared light based on an angle of each of the plurality of micro-reflection mirrors,
wherein when at least one of the plurality of the micro-reflection mirrors is tilted to the first side, the visible light is reflected to be moved to the front of the reflection unit,
wherein when at least one of the plurality of the micro-reflection mirrors is tilted to the second side, the infrared light is reflected to be moved to the front of the reflection unit, and
where each of the micro-reflection mirrors is tilted either to the first side or to the second side at a same angle by being switched on or off based on the driving signal input, such that the visible light and the infrared light which are reflected in accordance with the tilted angles of the micro-reflection mirrors are adjusted to be moved to the same path.

US Pat. No. 10,507,757

LUMINOUS DEVICE FOR LIGHTING THE ROAD, SIGNALLING OR INTERIOR LIGHTING

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A luminous device, said device comprising:a segmenting part including a plurality of through-cavities;
a plurality of light sources upstream of the segmenting part; and
a mask that blocks at least one through-cavity of the segmenting part, said mask being able to be partially passed through by light,
wherein said luminous device is arranged so that each through-cavity directly or indirectly receives light from at least one separate light source, and
wherein the mask includes at least one apertured zone and in that the mask and the segmenting part are arranged with respect to each other so that the apertured zone is placed facing at least one through-cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,507,755

MODULAR RECREATION VEHICLE

1. A recreational vehicle comprising:a cab and chassis and a domestic space;
wherein the recreational vehicle is a vehicle with a modular storage capacity;
wherein the recreational vehicle comprises a domestic space that within which sanitary and cooking facilities are installed;
wherein the domestic space comprises a hollow shell attached to the cab and chassis;
wherein the domestic space is a sheltered structured;
wherein the domestic space further comprises a domestic chamber, an attic, and a ramp;
wherein the ramp further comprises a ramp hinge;
wherein the domestic chamber is the hollow interior space of the domestic space;
wherein the domestic chamber is further defined with a front interior surface, a rear interior surface, a left interior surface, a right interior surface, a superior interior surface, and an inferior interior surface;
wherein the attic is a small rounded rectilinear negative space that opens into the domestic chamber;
wherein the ramp forms the rear interior surface of the domestic chamber;
wherein the ramp hinge attaches the ramp to the domestic space such that the ramp rotates relative to the domestic space;
wherein the ramp hinge attaches the ramp to the domestic space at the inferior interior surface;
wherein the ramp is a load bearing inclined surface;
wherein the recreational vehicle further comprises a plurality of anchor tracks, a plurality of anchors, and an infrastructure;
wherein the plurality of anchor tracks and the plurality of anchors removably secures one or more domestic articles to the interior surface selected from the group consisting of the front interior surface, the rear interior surface, the left interior surface, the right interior surface, the superior interior surface, and the inferior interior surface.

US Pat. No. 10,507,746

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat back frame constituting a framework of a seat back;
a blower disposed in the seat back;
a bracket to which the blower is fixed; and
a duct connected to an inlet or an outlet of the blower,
wherein the duct has a first opening provided at one side thereof to which the blower is connected, a second opening provided at another side of the blower, and a flange provided around the first opening,
wherein the blower includes a flat surface portion around the inlet or the outlet, and
wherein the flange is disposed between the flat surface portion and the bracket and held between the flat surface portion and the bracket when the blower is fixed to the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,507,742

MOTOR DRIVEN SLOPED FLOOR RECLINE MECHANISM FOR A THEATER SEAT

VIP CINEMA LLC, New Alba...

1. A recline mechanism for a seating assembly comprising:a pair of seat rail brackets;
a pair of front pivot links, wherein each of the pair of front pivot links is attached to one of the pair of seat rail brackets;
a pair of rear pivot links;
a linear actuator;
a front motor drive tube;
a rear motor drive tube;
a pair of rear pivot upper lift links configured to control the motion of a rear end of the seating assembly; and
a pair of rear pivot upper lift control links,
wherein the front motor drive tube is attached to each of the pair of front pivot links and the rear motor drive tube is attached to the pair of rear pivot links;
wherein the linear actuator is attached to the front motor drive tube by a pair of front actuator attachment points and to the rear motor drive tube by a pair of rear actuator attachment points such that the linear actuator is configured to move at both ends; and
wherein each link of the rear pivot upper lift control links is attached at its upper end to one link of the pair of rear pivot upper lift links.

US Pat. No. 10,507,741

DUAL ACTUATOR

1. An actuator comprising:a motor;
a gear assembly;
a pulley selectively rotatable about an axis by the motor via the gear assembly;
at least one biasing member;
a first cable connected at one end to the pulley with a length wrapped around a portion of the pulley; and
a second cable connected at one end to the pulley with a length wrapped around a portion of the pulley,
wherein the pulley is rotatable in a first pulley direction to a first actuation position to increase tension in the first cable and to unwind at least a portion of the length of the second cable from the pulley and is rotatable in a second pulley direction opposite the first pulley direction to a second actuation position to increase tension in the second cable and to unwind at least a portion of the length of the first cable from the pulley, and wherein the at least one biasing member is operable to bias the pulley in the second pulley direction when the pulley is in the first actuation position and to bias the pulley in the first pulley direction when in the pulley is the second actuation position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,738

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM

The Florida International...

1. An electric vehicle charging decision support system, comprising:a higher level agent, configured to be connected to an energy grid and receive a charging request from an electric vehicle and transmit the charging request to a virtual block agent;
the virtual block agent, configured to receive a respective power set-point and availability from a plurality of charging station agents and transmit a recommended energy price charged at a respective charging station to an energy service provider and the plurality of charging station agents; and
the plurality of charging station agents, configured to be connected to the energy service provider, the energy grid, and the virtual block agent,
the recommended energy price maximizing a probability of an electric vehicle agent choosing a particular charging station.

US Pat. No. 10,507,737

GAP CONTROL FOR VEHICLE WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER (WPT)

Cisco Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a device in a wireless power transfer (WPT) system, data regarding a vehicle equipped with a vehicle-based charging coil configured to receive electrical power transferred from a ground-based charging coil of the WPT system;
determining, by the device and based on the received data, a time at which the vehicle-based charging coil is expected to be in charging proximity of the ground-based coil;
determining, by the device and based on the received data, a gap distance between the vehicle-based charging coil and the ground-based charging coil to optimize the transfer of electrical power from the ground-based charging coil to the vehicle-based charging coil when the coils are in charging proximity of one another; and
sending, by the device, control instructions to an adjustment system to implement the identified gap distance in advance of the determined time by adjusting a height of the vehicle-based charging coil or the ground-based charging coil.

US Pat. No. 10,507,736

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle comprising:an external power feeding device that stores a high-voltage component for performing external power feeding, the external power feeding device comprising a relay and a fuse, and being provided in a rear of a seat in a vehicle length direction and being mounted above a floor of the vehicle; and
a secondary battery that stores a part of electric power, the secondary battery being provided in the rear of the seat in the vehicle length direction,
wherein a rear end of the external power feeding device is disposed in front of a rear end of the secondary battery in the vehicle length direction, and the external power feeding device is disposed below a lower end of the secondary battery when viewed from a side, and
wherein the front in the vehicle length direction is in a travel direction of the vehicle and the rear in the vehicle length direction is opposite the front.

US Pat. No. 10,507,735

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, TRANSPORTATION DEVICE, AND POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD

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

1. A power supply system comprising:a first energy storage device;
a second energy storage device having a higher power density and a lower energy density than the first energy storage device;
a power transmission circuit unit disposed in a power transmission path among an electric load, the first energy storage device, and the second energy storage device,
the electric load being activated upon being supplied with power from at least one of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device,
the power transmission circuit unit being configured to be capable of controlling power transmission among the electric load, the first energy storage device, and the second energy storage device in accordance with a given control signal; and
a control device configured to have a function of controlling the power transmission circuit unit,
wherein the control device is configured to acquire a first remaining capacity that is a remaining capacity of the first energy storage device, and is configured to control the power transmission circuit unit to perform a control process based on a first control rule to supply power from the at least one of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device to the electric load when the first remaining capacity is larger than a predetermined first threshold value,
perform a control process based on a second control rule different from the first control rule to supply the power from one or both of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device to the electric load, the one or both of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device including at least the first energy storage device, when the first remaining capacity is smaller than the first threshold value, and
prohibit the power from being supplied from at least the first energy storage device to the electric load when the first remaining capacity is smaller than a predetermined second threshold value smaller than the first threshold value, and
wherein the control device is configured to acquire an output demand of the electric load, and is configured to control the power transmission circuit unit to set, in the control process based on the second control rule, a target value for a supplied power which is to be output from the first energy storage device in accordance with the first remaining capacity, the target value being in accordance with a remaining capacity of the second energy storage device,
when the target value is smaller than a supplied power corresponding to the output demand,
output a supplied power equal to the target value from the first energy storage device, and
output from the second energy storage device only a deficit supplied power equal to a difference obtained by subtracting the target value from the supplied power corresponding to the output demand, and
when the target value is greater than or equal to the supplied power corresponding to the output demand,
output the supplied power corresponding to the output demand from the first energy storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,507,733

ENERGY SUPPLY VEHICLE FOR SUPPLYING AN ELECTRICALLY DRIVABLE MOTOR VEHICLE WITH ELECTRICAL ENERGY

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. An energy supply vehicle for supplying an electrically drivable motor vehicle with an electrical energy, the energy supply vehicle comprising:a drive unit for moving the energy supply vehicle, the drive unit includes an electrical energy source for supplying electrical energy for the electrically drivable motor vehicle, and an electrical coupling device for electrical coupling the electrical energy source to the electrically drivable motor vehicle in order to transfer the electrical energy from the electrical energy source to the electrically drivable motor vehicle; and
a control unit, which includes a communication device and is designed to guide the energy supply vehicle as a self-driving and remotely controlled vehicle and to control the electrical coupling device for automatic electrical coupling of the electrically drivable motor vehicle,
wherein the control unit further includes at least one sensor so that an environment of the energy supply vehicle is detected and analyzed for the self-driving of the energy supply vehicle,
wherein the electrical coupling device is designed for capacitive coupling of the electrically drivable motor vehicle, and
wherein the electrical coupling device includes a robot arm with a coupling surface on which an electrically insulating coating is provided so that electrical safety is enhanced with the capacitive coupling for supplying electrical energy of the electrically drivable motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,507,731

ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEM

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

1. An electric power system comprising: an electric motor; an electric power source; an inverter including upper arms and lower arms of a U phase, a V phase and a W phase; a control device configured to control the inverter to thereby control power supply from the electric power source to the electric motor; a capacitor connected in parallel to the inverter at a direct current end side of the inverter; and an abnormality detecting device configured to detect an abnormality for which the electric motor needs to be stopped or an output of the electric motor needs to be reduced, wherein when the abnormality detecting device detects the abnormality, the control device performs switching control to alternately switch between upper arm three-phase short-circuiting control and lower arm three-phase short-circuiting control; in the upper arm three-phase short-circuiting control, all the upper arms are placed in an energization state while all the lower arms are placed in a non-energization state; and in the lower arm three-phase short-circuiting control, all the upper arms are placed in a non-energization state while all the lower arms are placed in an energization state; and the control device is configured to, when switching between the upper arm three-phase short-circuiting control and the lower arm three-phase short-circuiting control, generate an energization overlap period in which a state where electric current flows through the upper arms and a state where electric current flows through the lower arms are simultaneously generated, wherein the all the upper arms are placed in the energization state by activating an upper arm drive signal, all the lower arms are placed in the energization state by activating a lower arm drive signal, when alternately switching between the upper arm three-phase short-circuiting control and the lower arm three-phase short-circuiting control, the control device inserts a dead time between the upper arm three-phase short-circuiting control and the lower arm three-phase short-circuiting control, during the dead time, the upper arm drive signal and the lower arm drive signal are not activated, and wherein the control device adjusts the energization overlap period by adjusting the dead time such that the energization overlap period becomes longer as the dead time becomes shorter, wherein the control device causes the energization overlap period after start of the switching control to be longer than the energization overlap period at start of the switching control.

US Pat. No. 10,507,730

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CLOUD-BASED CHARGE ESTIMATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a controller coupled to a battery and a communication unit, and configured to, in response to a charge signal:
adjust a charge time and battery recharge profile,
according to a charge time estimate received from a remote fleet server,
in response to an operating condition generated and communicated to the server, wherein the operating condition includes vehicle environment and location data that incorporates geographic location and at least ambient temperature, vehicle data that includes a vehicle identification, any onboard diagnostic codes, vehicle power, and a climate control profile, and battery performance data that includes battery pack capacity, battery state of charge, battery temperature, and charge station power; and
such that when charging completes a difference between the charge time estimate and an actual charge time is used to adjust a subsequent charge time estimate.

US Pat. No. 10,507,729

GRAPHIC METER

Yazaki Corporation, Mina...

1. A graphic meter mounted on a vehicle comprising:a display unit of an image display type, which displays an instrument of the vehicle;
a communication interface which acquires course information indicating a course of the vehicle; and
a processor which is connected to the display unit and the communication interface, and which controls display content of a highlight which is displayed in the instrument, displayed by the display unit, based on a position of a virtual light source located in a virtual space projected on a plane surface,
wherein the processor
identifies a change of the course of the vehicle based on the course information acquired by the communication interface,
causes the virtual light source to move on a path having distinct first and second end points according to a result of the identified change,
calculates a course change angle that is an angle by which the vehicle changes course during a period of time from a point in time in the past as a reference to a current point in time based on the course information acquired by the communication interface,
causes the virtual light source to move in the virtual space according to the course change angle, and
causes the highlight to move along a predetermined cyclic path to a position on an annular frame body which is rotated by an angle according to the course change angle from a predetermined position of the annular frame body of the instrument against a center of the annular frame body,
wherein a position of the virtual light source switches to the first end point based on the virtual light source reaching the second end point.

US Pat. No. 10,507,728

AUXILIARY DRIVE OF A COMBUSTION MACHINE

1. An auxiliary drive of a combustion machine, comprising:a shaft which is operatively connected to a crankshaft of the combustion machine and which has two shaft ends which are configured for connection to a power-outputting or power-receiving machine arranged outside the crankcase, such that in a connected state the two machines are arranged in alignment with each other at opposite ends of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,507,727

FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A four-wheel-drive vehicle comprising:main drive wheels and auxiliary drive wheels, to which a drive force of a drive source is transferred;
a drive force transfer device that is capable of blocking transfer of the drive force to the auxiliary drive wheels;
a hydraulic unit that supplies a working fluid to the drive force transfer device; and
a control device that controls the hydraulic unit, wherein:
the four-wheel-drive vehicle is switchable between a four-wheel-drive state, in which the drive force is transferred to the main drive wheels and the auxiliary drive wheels, and a two-wheel-drive state, in which the drive force is transferred to only the main drive wheels;
the hydraulic unit has an electric motor, to which a motor current is supplied from the control device, and a pump that is actuated by rotation of a motor shaft of the electric motor;
the drive force transfer device has a piston that is moved by a pressure of a working fluid supplied from the pump to a cylinder, and a clutch that is switchable between a transfer state, in which transfer of the drive force to the auxiliary drive wheels is allowed, and a blocked state, in which such transfer is blocked, in accordance with movement of the piston; and
the control device detects presence or absence of an abnormality of a flow passage forming member, which forms a flow passage for the working fluid, in accordance with at least any of the motor current and a number of revolutions of the motor shaft at the time when the motor shaft is rotated by applying a voltage to the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,507,726

POP-UP DEVICE OF FUEL DOOR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A pop-up device of a fuel door, the pop-up device comprising:the fuel door configured to be rotatably provided on one side of a vehicle body to open or close a fuel inlet and have a locking portion formed on an internal side thereof;
a cable housing configured to be disposed on an internal side of the fuel inlet and include a stopper connected to a cable; and
a catch configured to be formed on one end portion of the cable housing and open or close the fuel door by a reciprocating movement of a pop-up rod,
wherein the catch includes:
a catch housing of which an upper end portion is provided with an inclined portion having a predetermined angle;
the pop-up rod configured to be reciprocately disposed inside the catch housing; and
a pushing block configured to be formed to abut to a lower portion of the pop-up rod,
wherein an upper end portion of the pop-up rod is formed in a “T”-letter shape and one side of a lower end portion of the pop-up rod is provided with a protruding block locked by the stopper, and
wherein, when the cable is pulled, the stopper moves toward one side to release a position regulation of the protruding block and the pop-up rod is lifted by a spring force of a spring formed at a lower portion of the catch housing.

US Pat. No. 10,507,725

FILLER NECK HOUSING ARRANGEMENT

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

14. A filler neck housing assembly for mounting on a body opening of a motor vehicle, the assembly comprising a housing body (12) which forms a passage opening for the insertion of at least one tank filler pipe, an annular sealing and holding body (10) which is configured for both holding the sealing and holding body (10) on the body opening and for holding the sealing and holding body (10) on the housing body (12), wherein the annular sealing and holding body (10) includes a first sealing member which, in a state of the sealing and holding body being held on the body opening, lies in a sealing manner against a surface of a body part (28) bounding the body opening, and wherein the annular sealing and holding body includes a second sealing member which, in a state of the sealing and holding body being held on the housing body (12), lies in a sealing manner against the housing body (12);wherein the sealing and holding body includes a first holding ring (20) made of plastic with at least a first latch for latching on the body opening, and in that the first sealing member comprises an annular first sealing lip (24) which is made of plastic and is integrally formed on the first holding ring (20), wherein the first sealing lip (24) is composed of a softer plastic than the first holding ring (20).

US Pat. No. 10,507,724

FILLING NECK

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A filling neck for putting fuel into a vehicle tank, comprisinga closure flap (16) which is pivotably mounted on the filling neck so as to be pivotable between a closed position closing the filling neck and an open position opening the filling neck, wherein the closure flap is spring preloaded into the closed position by spring pretension, wherein insertion of a fuel pump nozzle causes pivot of the closure flap from the closed position into the open position,
a mis-filling prevention device (22), which is arranged in the filling neck between the closure flap (16) and an insertion opening (12) for the fuel pump nozzle, wherein the mis-filling prevention device has a closed position and an enabling position, wherein, in the closed position, the mis-filling prevention device prevents the closure flap (16) from being pivoted into the open position by the fuel pump nozzle, wherein, in the enabling position, the mis-filling prevention device permits the fuel pump nozzle to directly engage and move the closure flap (16) in order to pivot the closure flap (16) into the open position by the fuel pump nozzle,
wherein the mis-filling prevention device (22) is mounted in the filling neck with play in an axial direction in such a way that the mis-filling prevention device (22) is first forced against the closure flap (16) in the axial direction by the fuel pump nozzle as the fuel pump nozzle is inserted into the filling neck causing the closure flap (16) to be moved into a partly open position before the mis-filling prevention device is moved into the enabling position, and, during subsequent further insertion of the fuel pump nozzle, the mis-filling prevention device (22) is moved by the fuel pump nozzle into the enabling position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,721

CLOSURE UNIT, METHOD FOR DETECTING DEFECTIVE CLOSURE FLAPS OF A CLOSURE UNIT AND MOTOR VEHICLE

VALEO KLIMASYSTEME GMBH, ...

1. A closure unit for an air inlet of a motor vehicle, comprising:a first closure flap which can be pivoted about a first rotation axis;
a second closure flap which can be pivoted about a second rotation axis;
a third closure flap which can be pivoted about a third rotation axis;
a first coupling member via which the first closure flap and the second closure flap are kinematically coupled;
a second coupling member via which the first closure flap and the third closure flap are kinematically coupled; and
a drive unit which is drivingly coupled to the first closure flap and which is constructed to move the closure flaps from a closed position into an open position and vice versa,
wherein the closure flaps in the closed position substantially close the air inlet in terms of flow and in the open position substantially release the air inlet in terms of flow, and
wherein:
in the closed position, a verification that the second closure flap abuts a closed position stop is performed to detect defective, broken and/or lost, closure flaps, and
in the open position, a verification that the third closure flap abuts an open position stop is performed to detect defective, broken and/or lost, closure flaps.

US Pat. No. 10,507,720

FLAP CONTROL DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE AND FRAME COMPRISING SUCH A DEVICE

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A flap control device for a motor vehicle comprising:at least one flap;
an actuator moving said at least one flap between a closed and open position,
wherein said at least one flap is able to be detached from said actuator, in a reversible manner, in the event of failure of said actuator;
a connector which connects a set of flaps including the at least one flap;
a connecting rod operably connected to the at least one flap; and
a spring longitudinally aligned with the connecting rod and configured to bias the connector and the set of flaps toward the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,719

FRONT END PART FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

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

1. A front-end part for a motor vehicle, comprisingan inlet opening for introduction of headwind,
an air duct adjoining the inlet opening for supplying the headwind to a radiator and to an air conditioning device,
a sound generator for outputting an acoustic signal along a sound path, and
an air-directing element for directing the headwind into the air duct, the air-directing element at least partially covering the sound generator in the sound path, and the air-direction element having a textile material that is sound-permeable for the acoustic signal of the sound generator.

US Pat. No. 10,507,716

INTEGRATED CHARGER FOR VEHICLES AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A traction system comprising: a DC bus; an energy storage device coupled to the DC bus; a voltage converter assembly coupled to the energy storage device, the voltage converter assembly comprising at least one phase leg; an electromechanical device coupled to the voltage converter assembly, the electromechanical device comprising at least one winding; a first switching device coupled between the electromechanical device and the energy storage device; a second switching device coupled to the DC bus between the voltage converter assembly and the energy storage device; and a controller configured to: control the first and second switching devices such that a charging path is defined by at least one phase leg of the voltage converter assembly and at least one winding of the electromechanical device in the order named; and control the voltage converter assembly such that a DC charging voltage derived from a voltage source is stepped down via the charging path to convert the DC charging voltage to a voltage suitable for charging the energy storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,507,714

AUTOMOTIVE SEALING MEMBER

Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd...

1. An automotive sealing member comprising: a mount base to be attached to a flange formed along a perimeter of an opening provided for a body of an automobile, the sealing member sealing a gap between the perimeter of the opening and an opening/closing member for covering or uncovering the opening, whereinthe mount base includes an outer wall to be arranged further toward the outside of a cabin than the flange, an inner wall to be arranged further toward the inside of the cabin than the flange, and a bottom wall connecting the outer and inner walls together, an end of the outer wall and an end of the inner wall, which are opposite to the bottom wall, forming a space therebetween which is open to allow the mount base to be attached to the flange through a tip end of the flange,
a protrusion and an outer foam are provided for an inner face of the outer wall facing the inside of the mount base, the protrusion coming into contact with an exterior face of the flange facing the outside of the cabin, the outer foam being made of an elastic foaming material and coming into contact with the exterior face of the flange,
a flexible seal lip is provided for an inner face of the inner wall facing the inside of the mount base, the flexible seal lip extending toward the outer wall, further approaching the bottom wall as it goes toward a tip end thereof, and coming into contact with an interior face of the flange facing the inside of the cabin,
a bottom foam is provided for an inner face of the bottom wall facing the inside of the mount base, the bottom foam being made of an elastic foaming material, being spaced from the outer foam toward the inside of the cabin, and bulging toward the space, and
a distance between the outer foam and the bottom foam in a width direction of the automobile is smaller than a thickness of a thinnest portion of the flange.

US Pat. No. 10,507,713

WIND DEFLECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE ROOF

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A wind deflector assembly for a roof of a vehicle, with the roof of the vehicle including a sunroof that is openable and closable relative to an aperture in the roof of the vehicle, said wind deflector assembly comprising:a wind deflector comprising a frame that circumscribes a screen;
a pair of tracks disposed at an inner surface of the roof of the vehicle at or near the aperture;
wherein said wind deflector is movably and pivotally mounted at said tracks via a pair of mounting arms;
wherein said mounting arms are movable along said tracks and pivot relative to said tracks to pivot said frame and said wind deflector between a retracted position, where said wind deflector is disposed at the inner surface of the roof of the vehicle and between said tracks, and an extended position, where said wind deflector is disposed partially at the opening and is pivoted upward so as to protrude above an outer surface of the roof of the vehicle;
wherein said mounting arms and said tracks are configured such that said mounting arms pivot between the retracted position and the extended position as said mounting arms are moved along said tracks;
wherein each of said mounting arms includes a base portion and an arm portion extending from said base portion, and wherein opposite end portions of said frame of said wind deflector attach at said arm portions, and wherein said base portions are movably and pivotally disposed at said tracks;
wherein each of said mounting arms includes a tab protruding radially from said base portion, and wherein said tab moves along a guide surface of the respective track and causes pivotal movement of said base portion and said mounting arm and said wind deflector to pivot said frame and said wind deflector between the retracted position and the extended position; and
wherein each guide surface has an arcuate profile extending toward a cabin of the vehicle such that as said wind deflector moves from the retracted position toward the extended position, said tab moves along said arcuate profile toward the cabin of the vehicle and causes pivotal movement of said base portion and said mounting arm and said wind deflector.

US Pat. No. 10,507,712

HVAC DOOR WITH DENTIL FEATURES

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A fluid distribution door for an air handling system of a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system, the fluid distribution door comprising:a door wall having a perimeter;
a sealing element disposed about the perimeter of the door wall, the sealing element including a base, a stem, and a tip, the base coupled to the perimeter of the door wall and the stem formed between the base and the tip, wherein a plurality of dentil features project from the stem of the sealing element, wherein the stem defines a longitudinal plane, and wherein each of the dentil features projects further away from the longitudinal plane than does the base with respect to a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,507,711

VEHICLE VISOR EXTENSION SYSTEM

Judith J. Zabdyr, Sioux ...

1. A vehicle visor accessory device for selectively extending shading capabilities of a visor having an inboard end and an outboard end, the visor having a perimeter with an upper edge section and a lower edge section, the accessory device comprising:a main portion configured to be positioned alongside at least a portion of the visor, the main portion being elongated with an inner end for positioning adjacent to the visor and having an inner edge, the main portion having an outer end for positioning beyond the visor and having an outer edge, the main portion having a first side edge and a second side edge, the main portion having a front face and a rear face; and
a clip portion configured to pinch the visor against the rear face of the main portion, the clip portion extending outwardly from the rear face of the main portion in a manner such that the clip portion extends in a spaced and substantially parallel orientation to the rear face, the clip portion extending from the inner end of the elongated main portion in a direction toward the outer end of the elongated main portion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,710

SUN VISOR

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A sun visor comprising:a supporting portion;
a liquid crystal panel fixed onto the supporting portion, or provided integrally with the supporting portion;
a first light barrier at least including an expanded state and a storage state, wherein the first light barrier is parallel or approximately parallel with the liquid crystal panel when in the expanded state, and an orthographic projection of the liquid crystal panel on the first light barrier falls into the first light barrier;
a photosensitive sensor configured for detecting an intensity of an interference light; and
a control circuit connected with the photosensitive sensor and the liquid crystal panel, and configured for adjusting a driving voltage of the liquid crystal panel according to a detection result of the photosensitive sensor,
a second light barrier which is parallel with the liquid crystal panel when in an expanded state;
a second shaft fixed to the first side of the supporting portion, located on a side of the liquid crystal panel close to a user, and being parallel with the liquid crystal panel;
wherein a side of the second light barrier is fixed onto the second shaft, and is capable of being stretched in a direction parallel with the liquid crystal panel and contracted onto the second shaft in a windable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,507,708

VERTICAL SLIDING SOLUTION OF THE CONDENSER UNIT FOR TRUCKS WITH REFRIGERATED GOODS

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A truck comprising:an engine;
a cabin;
a conditioned space defined by a plurality of adjacent wall members including a front wall member; and
a transport refrigeration unit configured to control a temperature within the conditioned space, the transport refrigeration unit including:
an evaporator unit mounted within the conditioned space; and
a condenser unit operably coupled to the evaporator unit and slidably mounted to an exterior surface of the front wall member such that the condenser unit is configured to move between an operating position and a clearance position;
a support bracket mounted to the exterior surface and configured to define a slide axis; and
a slide member coupled to the condenser unit, the slide member being generally complementary to the support bracket and configured to slidably couple to the support bracket for movement along the slide axis.

US Pat. No. 10,507,707

CONTROLLING HVAC COMPRESSOR SPEED IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a compressor in an HVAC system of a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving signals from the inlet and outlet pressures sensors;
varying an operating speed of the compressor in response to a ratio of outlet pressure to inlet pressure of the compressor exceeding a variable pressure-ratio-threshold, wherein the ratio is based on the signals from the inlet and outlet pressure sensors; and
in response to a signal loss from an inlet pressure sensor, limiting the operating speed of the compressor based on an outlet pressure of the compressor exceeding an outlet pressure threshold, wherein the outlet pressure is based on the signal from the outlet pressure sensor alone after signal loss from the inlet pressure sensor, and after varying the operating speed of the compressor, and
varying the pressure-ratio-threshold based on ambient air temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,507,706

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COOLANT FLOW AND COOLING OF A HEATER CORE OF A VEHICLE TO EXTEND AN ENGINE AUTO-STOP PERIOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling coolant flow and cooling of a heater core to be used as a cold storage device or “heater core cold storage” (HCCS) cooling of a vehicle to extend an engine auto-stop period comprising:determining if at least one predetermined condition is met for HCCS cooling;
turning on a bypass valve to prevent coolant flow to the heater core before starting a heater core charging routine;
charging a heater core until a predetermined charge period has expired in preparation for HCCS cooling when the at least one predetermined condition is met;
holding the charge in the heater core until a trigger event occurs before initiating HCCS cooling; and
performing HCCS cooling until a predetermined use period expires after the trigger event occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,507,705

TRIPLE-ZONE HVAC APPARATUS FOR AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A triple-zone heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) apparatus for an automotive vehicle, wherein the HVAC apparatus is configured to mix cold air passing through an evaporator and warm air passing through a heat exchanger with each other and blow the mixed air to a front seat foot vent through a front seat foot door and to a rear seat vent through a rear seat door,wherein an upper and lower partition wall for dividing an internal volume into an upper volume and a lower volume to divide a flow path into an upper flow path and a lower flow path is formed,
wherein the upper and lower partition wall is formed at a height at which the heat exchanger is bisected, and
wherein flow paths to the front seat foot vent and the rear seat vent are formed in the lower volume defined by the upper and lower partition wall.

US Pat. No. 10,507,703

STRUT MOUNT AND SUSPENSION MECHANISM USING THE SAME

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...

1. A strut mount comprising:a first mounting member configured to be attached to a shock absorber;
a second mounting member configured to be attached to a vehicle body;
a main rubber elastic body elastically connecting the first mounting member to the second mounting member;
a fluid-filled zone with an interior filled with a non-compressible fluid such that a vibration damping effect occurs based on a flow action of the fluid, the fluid-filled zone including a primary liquid chamber with a wall part partially defined by the main rubber elastic body and configured to fluctuate in internal pressure in response to an input of vibration to the strut mount, and an auxiliary liquid chamber with a wall part partially defined by a flexible film and configured to change volume in response to deformation of the flexible film; and
an orifice passage through which the fluid in the fluid-filled zone is induced to flow, the primary liquid chamber and the auxiliary liquid chamber being interconnected by the orifice passage, wherein:
a tuning frequency of the orifice passage is set to a frequency of a vibration transmitted during lockup of an automobile from a drive train of the automobile to the vehicle body via the shock absorber,
the fluid-filled zone is bifurcated into the primary liquid chamber and the auxiliary liquid chamber by a partition member, and a circumferential groove formed in the partition member is connected to the primary liquid chamber at a first end and to the auxiliary liquid chamber at a second end to form the orifice passage,
the main rubber elastic body includes a circular recess having an opening covered by the partition member to form the primary liquid chamber, the circular recess including (i) a pair of extended areas positioned on opposite sides of the circular recess in a vehicle front-rear direction, and (ii) a pair of constricted areas positioned on opposite sides of the circular recess in a vehicle left-right direction, the pair of extended areas having a greater depth into the main rubber elastic body than a depth of the pair of constricted areas, and the pair of extended areas being connected with each other in a circumferential direction with respect to the main rubber elastic body by the pair of constricted areas, and
a resonance frequency of the constricted areas is greater than the tuning frequency of the orifice passage.

US Pat. No. 10,507,701

QUICK RELEASE TOW HITCH AND METHOD OF USING THE TOW HITCH

Kennco Investments, LLC, ...

1. A trailer platform having an adjustable ball position comprising:a platform having a first end portion sized to removably mount within a trailer hitch receiver and a second end portion opposite the first end portion;
a movable ball mount having a ball hole sized to mount a trailer ball on the movable ball mount, the movable ball mount being movably mounted on the second end portion of the platform so that the movable ball mount can be moved between a retracted position and an extended position on the platform to adjust a distance between the first end of the platform and the ball hole, with the extended position providing a greater distance between the ball hole and the first end portion than the distance between the ball hole and the first end portion in the retracted position; and
a cam constructed to move the movable ball mount between the extended position and the retracted position, the cam having an off-center lobe that fits within a depression of the platform, and the cam can be rotated to rotate the lobe within the depression to move the movable ball mount between the retracted position and the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,700

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING TIRE TREAD PARAMETERS

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method for assessing one or more parameters of a tread of a tire, comprising:obtaining a tread surface map for the tread of the tire using a laser probe adapted to measure the tread of the tire, the tread surface map comprising a plurality of data points, each data point providing a tread height for the tread of the tire;
processing, with one or more computing devices, the tread surface map to generate a convex hull, the convex hull comprising a three-dimensional shell that wraps the tread surface map, the convex hull being convex at all points around the convex hull;
determining, with the one or more computing devices, a relative tread depth map based at least in part on the tread surface map and the convex hull, the relative tread depth map being determined as the difference between the convex hull and the tread surface map; and
analyzing, with the one or more computing devices, the relative tread depth map to assess one or more parameters of the tread of the tire;
wherein processing the tread surface map to generate a convex hull comprises performing a Delaunay triangulation process on the tread surface map, wherein the Delaunay triangulation process models the convex hull as a plurality of Delaunay triangles.

US Pat. No. 10,507,697

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE TEMPERATURE OF AN INTERNAL PART OF THE MATERIALS OF A TIRE

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method for evaluating thermal stresses associated with use of a tire mounted on a rim, the method comprising steps of:measuring a temperature of a gaseous fluid contained in an internal cavity of the tire at regular time intervals, in order to obtain a fluid temperature (TAI);
measuring a temperature at location on the rim at regular time intervals, in order to obtain a rim temperature (Tj);
determining an estimated temperature (TZI) at at least one internal zone of materials of which the tire is made using a pre-established law connecting the estimated temperature (TZI) to the fluid temperature (TAI) and the rim temperature (Tj).

US Pat. No. 10,507,696

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire, having a plurality of sipes formed in land portions of a tread thereof so as to each open at a surface of a land portion and extend in the tire width direction, wherein:in a cross section of the land portion in a direction orthogonal to the sipe extending direction, provided that an imaginary line linking an open end at the surface of the land portion and the innermost end in the tire radial direction of each sipe is regarded as a sipe main line, at least two of the sipes in the land portion are “inclined sipes” in which the sipe main lines thereof are each inclined with respect to the tire radial direction;
each inclined sipe has inner bent portions each protruding with respect to the sipe main line and peaks of the inner bent portions are positioned deeper than 20% of the sipe depth measured from the surface of the land portion in the cross section; and
the sipe main line(s) of at least one of the inclined sipes are inclined in a direction opposite, with respect to the tire radial direction, to the sipe main line of any one of the other inclined sipes in the cross section,wherein:in the cross section, each inner bent portion consists of a first portion extending in a direction slanted with respect to the sipe main line thereof and a second portion connected to the first portion and extending in a direction intersecting said sipe main line, the first portion is longer than the second portion, and these two portions collectively form a bent angle at the peak (P1, P2, . . . ) of the inner bent portion,
in the cross section, the inner bent portions of each inclined sipe include a first inner bent portion (SP1) closest to the surface of the land portion and a second inner bent portion (SP2) adjacent to the first inner bent portion on the inner side in the tire radial direction, the first inner bent portion and the second inner bent portion being connected to each other by way of the second portions thereof respectively extending in directions intersecting said sipe main lines, and
in the cross section, a first incident angle (?p1), formed between the second portion of the first inner bent portion (SP1) and the sipe main line thereof, is different from a second incident angle (?p2), formed between the second portion of the second inner bent portion (SP2) and the sipe main line thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,507,694

FLANGED TIRE AND WHEEL ASSEMBLY

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

1. A non-pneumatic tire configured to be received by a wheel having a circumferential concave surface, the non-pneumatic tire comprising:an upper annular band having a first axial width;
a lower annular band having a second axial width greater than the first axial width,
wherein the lower annular band has a circumferential convex curve configured to be received by the circumferential concave surface of the wheel, and
wherein the lower annular band is configured to deflect downward when an axial force above a threshold axial force is applied; and
tire structure connecting the upper annular band to the lower annular band, wherein the tire structure has a third axial width less than the second axial width, wherein the downward deflection of the lower annular band creates tension in the tire structure.

US Pat. No. 10,507,693

NON-PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A non-pneumatic tire comprising:an annular tread portion comprising a first portion and a second portion, the first portion comprising an outer layer made of rubber having a tread surface for coming into contact with a road surface and an inner layer being an annular body and connected to a radially inner surface of the outer layer, the second portion disposed radially inwardly of the first portion such that the second portion covers a radially inner surface of the first portion at least partially;
an annular inner portion disposed inward of the tread portion in a tire radial direction; and
a plurality of connecting portions connecting the tread portion and the inner portion,
wherein the second portion comprises a radial inner surface facing the inner portion so that the inner surface of the second portion is configured to be exposed to open air when the tire travels, the inner surface of the second portion comprising, at least partially, a rough surface region having surface roughness in a range of from 1 to 30 ?m, and a thermal conductivity of the second portion is greater than a thermal conductivity of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,507,691

MULTI-PIECE SPOOL FOR AN AUTOMOBILE AXLE ASSEMBLY

Strange Oval, Morton Gro...

1. A multi-piece spool comprising:a first spool piece configured to receive a first axle, the first spool piece is made of an aluminum and includes a first cylindrical journal configured to receive the first axle, the first cylindrical journal of the first spool piece includes a first spline insert configured to mate to first external splines of the first axle, the first spline insert is made of a steel and includes a set of first insert external splines configured to mate to first internal splines of the first cylindrical journal, and a set of first insert internal splines configured to mate to the first external splines of the first axle, whereby, the first spline insert rotationally affixes the first spool piece to the first axle via the first spline insert in the first cylindrical journal, the first spline insert is press fit inside the first cylindrical journal, the first spline insert is retained in the first cylindrical journal of the first spool piece via a first retaining ring; and
a second spool piece configured to receive a second axle, the second spool piece is made of the aluminum and includes a second cylindrical journal configured to receive the second axle, the second cylindrical journal of the second spool piece includes a second spline insert configured to mate to second external splines of the second axle, the second spline insert is made of the steel and includes a set of second insert external splines configured to mate to the second internal splines of the second cylindrical journal, and a set of second insert internal splines configured to mate to the second external splines of the second axle, whereby, the second spline insert rotationally affixes the second spool piece to the second axle via the second spline insert in the second cylindrical journal, the second spline insert is press fit inside the second cylindrical journal, the second spline insert is retained in the second cylindrical journal of the second spool piece via a second retaining ring;
said first spool piece is configured to attach to said second spool piece where the first spool piece and the second spool piece are rotationally affixed about a longitudinal axis created through the first axle and the second axle;
wherein, the multi-piece spool is configured for locking the first axle with the second axle for rotating the first axle and the second axle together when the first spool piece is attached to the second spool piece.

US Pat. No. 10,507,687

COMBINATION WRITING UTENSIL AND HANDCUFF TOOL

1. A combination writing utensil and handcuff tool comprising:an elongated substantially cylindrical writing utensil having a lower portion, an upper portion disposed atop the lower portion, a cap disposed on a top end of the upper portion, a slotted interior chamber, an opening disposed in a bottom end of the lower portion, and a plurality of spring-loaded depressible and releasable buttons disposed within the upper portion proximal the top end;
a pair of writing tips disposed within the slotted interior chamber of the elongated substantially cylindrical writing utensil, wherein a first of the pair of writing tips is engaged with a first of the plurality of spring-loaded depressible and releasable buttons and selectively lockably extended through the opening of the elongated substantially cylindrical writing utensil, and a second of the pair of writing tips is engaged with a second of the plurality of spring-loaded depressible and releasable buttons and selectively lockably extended through the opening of the elongated substantially cylindrical writing utensil;
a handcuff key disposed within the slotted interior chamber of the elongated substantially cylindrical writing utensil, wherein the handcuff key is engaged with a third of the plurality of spring-loaded depressible and releasable buttons and selectively lockably extended through the opening of the elongated substantially cylindrical writing utensil; and
a handcuff lock disposed within the slotted interior chamber of the elongated substantially cylindrical writing utensil, wherein the handcuff lock is engaged with a fourth of the plurality of spring-loaded depressible and releasable buttons and selectively lockably extended through the opening of the elongated substantially cylindrical writing utensil.

US Pat. No. 10,507,686

BEAT RECORDING PEN

1. A beat recording pen comprising:a retractable writing instrument disposed in a first end of an elongated shaft;
the elongated shaft further including a compartmentalized interior volume comprising a power supply, a transceiver, an impact sensor, and a micro-controllerl;
wherein the impact sensor is configured to detect an audio input signal of an impact event, such as the tapping of the first end against a surface, and to convert the audio input signal into a digital signal;
wherein the transceiver is configured to transmit digital signals to and receive digital signals from a connected mobile device or computer,
wherein the micro-controller is configured to record the converted audio input signals detected by the impact sensor, and to interface with a connected mobile device or computer via a software application;
wherein the power supply is operably connected to the micro-controller, the impact sensor and the transceiver, such that the micro-controller, the impact sensor and the transceiver are supplied with electrical power;
a plurality of buttons disposed on the outer wall of the elongated shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,507,685

MECHANICAL PENCIL UNIT AND WRITING UTENSIL WITH THE MECHANICAL PENCIL UNIT

ZEBRA CO., LTD., Tokyo (...

1. A mechanical pencil unit, comprising: a holding tube; a holder which is inserted into a front side opening portion of the holding tube and which protrudes forward from a front end of the holding tube, and which is supported so as to be back and forth movable relative to the holding tube; a pencil lead delivering mechanism which delivers forward a pencil lead inserted into the holder; and a movement direction conversion mechanism which causes the holder to go forward relative to the holding tube and the pencil lead by using a force applied in a radial direction from the pencil lead to the holder, whereinthe pencil lead delivering mechanism is provided at a position further toward a rearward side of the mechanical pencil unit than the holder and the movement direction conversion mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,507,684

WRITING INSTRUMENT

MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY...

1. A writing instrument comprising:an ink storage part which stores ink;
an air replacement mechanism which sends the stored ink from the ink storage part by sending air into the ink storage part; and
a central core which sucks the ink sent out by the air replacement mechanism with a capillary force, sends the sucked ink from a tip located in the central core, and makes the sucked ink adhere to a paper surface, wherein
a rate of change is 10% or smaller between widths of lines before writing and after writing at the time when the lines are written alternately and repeatedly with a writing weight of 50 g and a writing weight of 200 g.

US Pat. No. 10,507,682

FOLDER NOTEBOOKS

ACCO Brands Corporation, ...

1. A component comprising:a front cover;
a rear cover;
a spine positioned between and connecting the front cover and the rear cover;
a binder extension directly attached to either the front cover or the rear cover by a hinge, the binder extension having a size that is greater than ¾ of a size of the front cover or rear cover to which it is directly attached by the hinge, wherein the front cover is pivotally coupled to the spine along a supplemental hinge that is parallel to the hinge, wherein the binder extension is manually movable via the hinge between a closed configuration wherein the binder extension is parallel with and overlies or underlies the respective cover with which the binder extension is attached via the hinge and an open configuration wherein the binder extension is parallel with and does not overlie or underlie either the front cover or the rear cover; and
a binding mechanism directly and irremovably attached to the binder extension such that the irremovably attached binding mechanism is manually movable with the binder extension from the closed configuration to the open configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,507,681

PRESSURE-PRINTED MATERIAL PREPARING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A pressure-printed material preparing apparatus comprising:an attachment unit configured to attach, powder which exhibits adhesiveness when pressure is applied, to a surface to be bonded of a recording medium;
a fixation unit configured to apply pressure to the recording medium to which the powder is attached to fix the powder to the recording medium as an adhesive layer without heating the recording medium;
a folding unit configured to fold the recording medium of which the adhesive layer is formed on the surface to be bonded, such that two portions of the surface to be bonded are opposed to each other;
an application unit configured to apply pressure to the recording medium in which the surfaces to be bonded are opposed to each other, to thereby bond the adhesive layer on one surface and the adhesive layer on the other surface without heating the recording medium; and
a controller that is configured to control the application unit to apply pressure to the recording medium without heating the recording medium,
wherein the controller is configured to control the pressure applied to the recording medium by the fixation unit to be greater than the pressure applied to the recording medium by the application unit.

US Pat. No. 10,507,679

REPLICATION ALIGNMENT OF COMPONENTS FOR USE IN INKJET PRINTING APPLICATIONS

ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, ...

1. A method comprising:installing
a printer structure onto a replication fixture by mating a structural feature of the printer structure with a first structural feature of the replication fixture, and
a mechanical interface component onto the replication fixture by mating a structural feature of the mechanical interface component with a second structural feature of the replication fixture,
wherein the replication fixture holds the printer structure and the mechanical interface component in a predetermined arrangement, and
wherein the predetermined arrangement establishes a gap between the printer structure and the mechanical interface component;
in response to said installing, filling the gap between the printer structure and the mechanical interface component with a connection media;
curing the connection media to form a print head mounting structure from the printer structure and the mechanical interface component;
removing the print head mounting structure from the replication fixture; and
installing a print head within the print head mounting structure by mating a structural feature of the print head with the structural feature of the printer structure or the structural feature of the mechanical interface component.

US Pat. No. 10,507,674

PRINTING APPARATUS INCLUDING DISCHARGE AMOUNT UPPER LIMIT DETERMINING SECTION

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus adapted to discharge ink onto a printing medium to print an image on the printing medium, the printing apparatus comprising:a printing section configured to print on a test medium a test pattern for determining an upper limit of an amount of ink to be discharged;
an imaging section configured to capture an image of the test medium on which the test pattern has been printed;
a color measurement section configured to execute color measurement on the test medium on which the test pattern has been printed; and
a discharge amount upper limit determining section configured to determine the upper limit of the amount of the ink to be discharged based on
a color saturation suppression upper limit calculated based on color measurement information of the test medium obtained by the color measurement section, the color saturation suppression upper limit being an upper limit of the amount of the ink to be discharged for suppressing color saturation of the ink, and
at least one of
an overflowing suppression upper limit calculated based on imaging information of the test medium obtained by the imaging section, the overflowing suppression upper limit being an upper limit of the amount of the ink to be discharged for suppressing overflowing of the ink,
a bleeding suppression upper limit calculated based on the imaging information, the bleeding suppression upper limit being an upper limit of the amount of the ink to be discharged for suppressing bleeding of the ink, and
an aggregation suppression upper limit calculated based on the imaging information, the aggregation suppression upper limit being an upper limit of the amount of the ink to be discharged for suppressing aggregation of the ink, wherein
the discharge amount upper limit determining section is configured to set in advance priorities among the suppressing of the color saturation of the ink and at least one of the overflowing of the ink, the bleeding of the ink, and the aggregation of the ink, and to determine the upper limit of the amount of the ink to be discharged based on the priorities.

US Pat. No. 10,507,671

DRONE BASED PRINTER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A drone printer configured to print an image on a destination surface, said drone printer comprising:a projector configured to receive the image to be printed and project said image onto the destination surface;
a flying management module comprising:
a positioning system configured to detect position of said drone printer in 3-Dimensional (3D) space, and generate a rendering flight plan (RFP) in said 3D space, said RFP being representative of routing path that said drone printer is to follow during printing of said image on said destination surface, wherein the RFP is generated based on one or more attributes of any or a combination of the projected image, the drone printer, and the destination surface;
a stabilizer system configured to stabilize said drone printer in said 3D space during any or a combination of flying, aerial manoeuvring, and homing; and
a printing system comprising:
at least one colorant tank; and
at least one printing device configured to draw colorant from said at least one colorant tank, and based on information received from the positioning system apply said colorant on said destination surface so as to print said image along at least a part of the RFP with respect to the projected image.

US Pat. No. 10,507,670

NOZZLE COMPENSATION FOR SHUTTLE BASED PRINTERS

ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, ...

1. A method to compensate for a defective printer nozzle, the method comprising:detecting a defective printer nozzle of a plurality of printer nozzles;
initiating a print job in a print mode, the print job including image data to be printed by the defective printer nozzle in accordance with a print mask that maps the plurality of printer nozzles to a plurality of pixel locations of an image;
modifying the print mask to print the image data with a complementary nozzle that can fully or partially compensate for the defective printer nozzle, wherein the print mask is modified to print with a partially complementary nozzle when a fully complementary nozzle is unavailable to compensate for the defective nozzle; and
printing the image in accordance with the print mode and the modified print mask.

US Pat. No. 10,507,669

PRINTER

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A printer comprising:a thermal head having a plurality of heating elements to print on a paper that is conveyed thereto;
a controller configured to control a speed of the paper that is conveyed and an amount of power supplied to the heating elements; and
a processor configured to determine from image data of an image that is to be printed on the paper using the thermal head whether or not a character and a figure other than the character are to be simultaneously printed and instruct the controller based on the determination, wherein
the processor instructs the controller to set the speed of the paper to a first speed which is slower than a second speed, which is the speed for printing the character without the figure, upon determining that the character and the figure are to be simultaneously printed.

US Pat. No. 10,507,668

PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a thermal head including a plurality of heating elements arranged in a first direction;
a shaft provided on the thermal head, an axis line of the shaft extending in a second direction crossing the first direction;
a first engaging part provided on the shaft member;
a head holder configured to support the thermal head rotatably about the axis line of the shaft and detachably in the second direction;
an insertion part provided on the head holding member, the shaft member being insertable into the insertion part rotatably about the axis line and detachably in the second direction;
a shaft holder configured to hold the shaft;
a second engaging part provided on the shaft holder and configured to engage with the first engaging part so that the shaft is rotatable about the axis line and that the shaft does not come off from the shaft holder;
a guide configured to guide the shaft holder movably between an engaging position at which the first engaging part and the second engaging part engage with each other and a non-engaging position at which the first engaging part and the second engaging part do not engage with each other;
a fixing member configured to fix the shaft holder to the head holder in a case that the shaft holder is located at the engaging position; and
a fixing member-holder configured to hold the fixing member so that the fixing member does not come off from the shaft holder in a case that the shaft holder is located at the non-engaging position.

US Pat. No. 10,507,667

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR DETECTING MALFUNCTIONING NOZZLES IN A DIGITAL PRINTING PRESS

Advanced Vision Technolog...

1. A method of identifying at least one malfunctioning nozzle in a digital printing press, said digital printing press including a plurality of nozzles, the method comprising the procedures of:printing a design on a substrate;
acquiring at least one image of the printed design;
identifying at least one artifact in the acquired image; and
identifying said malfunctioning nozzle and classifying a malfunction of said at least one malfunctioning nozzle according to said at least one of said acquired image of said printed design, at least a portion of a nozzle pattern, and at least a portion of a uniformity pattern, by:
printing at least said portion of said nozzle pattern, said nozzle pattern including a nozzle color pattern for each of at least one printed color, each nozzle color pattern including a plurality of nozzle pattern rows, each nozzle pattern row including a plurality of nozzle marks representing samples of 1 in K nozzles, each row shifted by an offset of 1 nozzle, each nozzle pattern row further including at least one nozzle locator;
acquiring an image of the printed portion of said nozzle pattern;
detecting nozzle marks and said at least one nozzle locator in each of said nozzle pattern rows of the respective nozzle color patterns in said portion of said nozzle pattern;
for each nozzle pattern row, determining a grid for a selected group, of consecutive nozzle marks including expected nozzle mark locations and actual nozzle mark locations;
associating each expected nozzle mark location with a respective detected nozzle mark and determining the distance between the expected nozzle mark location and the actual nozzle mark location of the respective nozzle mark; and
identifying and classifying nozzles according to the expected nozzle mark location on said grid, the actual nozzle mark location on said grid, the at least one nozzle locator, and K, and
wherein a nozzle is classified as intact when a nozzle mark is identified in an expected nozzle mark location within a determined tolerance,
wherein a nozzle is classified as missing when an expected nozzle mark location is not associated with a detected nozzle mark,
wherein a nozzle is classified as deviated when the distance between said actual nozzle mark location and said expected nozzle mark location associated with the detected nozzle mark is above an x-deviation threshold,
wherein a nozzle is classified as inconsistent when the respective detected nozzle mark thereof exhibits a strength score below a determined strength score threshold, and
wherein nozzle is classified as redundant when a nozzle mark is detected between two expected nozzle mark locations with detected nozzle marks associated therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,507,666

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRODUCING POROUS BODY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that forms a first image containing a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium; and
a liquid absorbing member that includes a porous body, which is configured to be brought into contact with the first image so as to absorb at least a portion of the first liquid from the first image,
wherein the porous body is a porous sheet in which a first layer, which is configured to be brought into contact with the first image, a second layer including a second fiber, and a third layer including a third fiber are laminated in this order, and the first layer, the second layer, and the third layer are porous layers,
wherein an average fiber diameter of the second fiber is larger than an average fiber diameter of the third fiber,
wherein the second fiber has a core-in-sheath structure including a core structure forming a central axis and a sheath structure surrounding the core structure,
wherein a softening temperature of a material for forming the sheath structure is lower than any of a softening temperature of a material for forming the core structure, a softening temperature of a material for forming the first layer, and a softening temperature of a material for forming the third fiber, and
wherein an average thickness of the sheath structure is smaller than a thickness of the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,507,664

LIQUID CARTRIDGE, AND A METHOD FOR FILLING A CARTRIDGE OF THIS TYPE WITH A LIQUID

EBS INK JET SYSTEME GMBH,...

1. A liquid cartridge for an industrial inkjet printer for printing goods, wherein the liquid cartridge comprisesa film bag,
a connector stub connected thereto, and
a lower cap,
wherein the connector stub has an opening closed by the lower cap comprising a lower rubber layer, a plastic layer defined by the connector stub and a lower holder,
wherein the lower holder comprises a lower window located above the opening and is fastened to an outer side of the connector stub,
wherein the lower rubber layer and the plastic layer, which is located below the lower rubber layer, are located below the lower window, such that they are in contact with one another and with the lower holder, and
wherein the liquid cartridge further comprises an upper cap further closing the opening, the upper cap comprising an upper rubber layer and an upper holder, wherein the upper holder overlaps the lower holder and has an upper window located in front of the opening, and the upper holder is fastened to one or more of the lower holder or to the outer side of the connector stub.

US Pat. No. 10,507,662

DUAL REGULATOR PRINT MODULE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A print module comprising:a printhead die, the printhead die including a chamber layer having ink chambers, the printhead die further including micro-channels formed in the chamber layer;
a die carrier including manifold passages through which ink flows to and from the printhead die; and
dual pressure regulators to flow fluid through the micro-channels of the printhead die.

US Pat. No. 10,507,661

METHOD FOR SCHEDULING AND CONTROLLING PRINTER MAINTENANCE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A control method for a liquid ejecting apparatus including a transport mechanism configured to transport a first medium and a second medium in a transport direction in a state in which the first medium and the second medium are placed side by side, a printing head configured to eject liquid onto the first medium and the second medium while the printing head moves in directions intersecting with the transport direction so as to print a first plurality of images on the first medium and a second plurality of images on the second medium, at least one of the first plurality of images being different from at least one of the second plurality of images in a length in the transport direction, and a maintenance mechanism configured to execute maintenance for the printing head, the control method comprising:executing a first series of successive printing jobs for printing a first plurality of images on the first medium in parallel and a second series of successive printing jobs for printing a second plurality of images on the second medium;
interrupting the first series of successive printing jobs after a completion of a first printing job for printing a first image included in the first series of successive printing jobs, and before a start of a next printing job for printing a next image following the first printing job included in the first series of successive printing jobs;
interrupting the second series of successive printing jobs after a completion of a printing job included in the second series of successive printing jobs and being under execution at a time point at which the first series of successive printing jobs has been interrupted; and
executing, by the maintenance mechanism, a maintenance for the printing head in a state in which both the first series of successive printing jobs and the second series of successive printing jobs are interrupted.

US Pat. No. 10,507,660

WASTE LIQUID TANK AND LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A tank configured to hold a waste liquid discharged from a liquid discharging unit, the tank comprising:a casing including:
an inner wall surface defining a space in which the waste liquid is held; and
a communication port connecting the space and an outside;
an absorber placed in the space;
a rib protruding from the inner wall surface, the rib extending along the inner wall surface in an extending direction from a position distant from the communication port toward a position close to the communication port, the rib being in contact with the absorber with a gap between the absorber and a part of the inner wall surface; and
an atmosphere communication hole provided in the part of the inner wall surface, the atmosphere communication hole being connected to the liquid discharging unit,
wherein the gap between the absorber and the part of the inner wall surface is connected to the communication port and to the atmosphere communication hole such that the gap allows atmosphere to communicate with the liquid discharging unit and the outside via the gap and the communication port,
wherein an end of the rib on a side opposite to the communication port in the extending direction is positioned closer to the communication port than the atmosphere communication hole.

US Pat. No. 10,507,659

LIQUID JETTING HEAD AND INK-JET PRINTER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid jetting head comprising:a nozzle plate having a nozzle surface in which nozzles are open;
a channel member having a first surface and a second surface on an opposite side to the first surface, the nozzle plate being joined to the first surface, the channel member being formed with channels communicating with the nozzles respectively and a cavity being different from the channels, the channels including pressure chambers respectively;
drive elements provided on the second surface of the channel member to correspond to the pressure chambers respectively, the drive elements having terminals led out to the second surface of the channel member; and
a wiring member having wirings, the wirings being joined to the terminals respectively on the second surface of the channel member,
wherein the nozzles are aligned in a first direction along the nozzle surface,
the pressure chambers are aligned in the first direction,
connecting points of the wirings and the terminals are aligned in the first direction,
at least a part of the cavity is positioned between the pressure chambers and the connecting points, in relation to a second direction which is along the nozzle surface and orthogonal to the first direction, and
the cavity has a length, in a third direction orthogonal to the nozzle surface, which is half or more of a thickness of the channel member in the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,507,658

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, comprising:a plurality of channel rows each comprising a plurality of individual channels to which liquid is to be supplied, the plurality of individual channels being arranged in an arrangement pitch in an arrangement direction;
a plurality of piezoelectric elements each constituted by an individual electrode, a common electrode, and a piezoelectric layer interposed between the individual electrode and the common electrode, the plurality of piezoelectric elements each provided for a corresponding one of the plurality of individual channels; and
a plurality of individual wires respectively extending from a plurality of individual electrodes, each as the individual electrode, to an outside connecting region located adjacent to the plurality of channel rows, the plurality of individual wires being to be connected to an external circuit board, the plurality of individual wires each comprising a contact to be connected to an individual terminal of the external circuit board,
wherein a portion of each of the plurality of channel rows in the arrangement direction comprises an intra-row void that is a region between two of the plurality of individual channels, which two are adjacent to and spaced apart from each other at a distance greater than the arrangement pitch,
wherein each of the plurality of individual wires extends to a portion of the outside connecting region which corresponds to a corresponding one of the plurality of individual channels, and
wherein a first common wire extending from the common electrode and to be connected to a common terminal of the external circuit board is provided at a portion of the outside connecting region which corresponds to the intra-row void.

US Pat. No. 10,507,657

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a nozzle plate including a plurality of nozzles to discharge liquid;
a channel substrate including a channel plate and a holding substrate bonded to the channel plate, the channel plate including a plurality of individual liquid chambers formed therein to communicate with the plurality of nozzles;
a common-liquid-chamber substrate including a common liquid chamber to supply the liquid to the plurality of individual liquid chambers;
an adhesive bonding the holding substrate and the common-liquid-chamber substrate and facing the common liquid chamber; and
a sealant disposed between the nozzle plate and the common-liquid-chamber substrate and surrounding the adhesive,
wherein the adhesive and the sealant are free of overlapping with each other in a plan view of the common-liquid-chamber substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,507,656

PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric device used in a liquid ejecting head that ejects a liquid from a nozzle, comprising:a flow-path-forming substrate in which an individual liquid chamber that communicates with the nozzle and a liquid supply chamber that communicates with the individual liquid chamber are formed,
a vibration plate formed at a position corresponding to the individual liquid chamber and the liquid supply chamber of the flow-path-forming substrate,
a plurality of liquid supply ports formed in the vibration plate and positioned between a communication portion of a manifold and the liquid supply chamber, wherein the liquid flows from an opening in the communication portion into an opening of the liquid supply chamber through the plurality of liquid supply ports formed in the vibration plate, wherein an opening of each of the liquid supply ports is smaller than the opening of the communication portion; and
a piezoelectric element including a first electrode, a piezoelectric layer, and a second electrode, the piezoelectric element being formed at a position on the vibration plate corresponding to the individual liquid chamber,
wherein the liquid supply ports are provided so as to penetrate the vibration plate such that the liquid flows from the communication portion to the liquid supply chamber through the liquid supply ports, and
wherein the vibration plate contains zirconium oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,507,654

PRINT ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising arrayed substrates provided with:a plurality of ejection ports provided for a plate member,
a plurality of energy-generating elements, each provided facing a corresponding ejection port and generating energy for use in ejecting a liquid from the corresponding ejection port,
a plurality of first walls, each connected with the plate member and forming a part of a channel, through which a liquid flows, provided on a side of the plurality of energy-generating elements, and
a plurality of second walls, each having a volume larger than that of the plurality of first walls and being provided on another side of the plurality of energy-generating elements,
wherein a plurality of energy-generating element rows, in which at least one of the plurality of energy-generating elements is provided with a first wall in a first direction and a second wall in a second direction opposite to the first direction and at least one of the plurality of energy-generating elements in which a second wall is provided in the first direction and a first wall is provided in the second direction are arrayed, are equipped in parallel with each other at a predetermined period;
wherein the plurality of energy-generating element rows are provided, shifted in a direction in which the plurality of energy-generating elements are arrayed in a deviation by a space or less between adjacent energy-generating elements in an energy-generating element row; and
wherein supply ports for supplying liquid to the plurality of energy-generating elements are provided on both sides of each of the plurality of energy-generating element rows.

US Pat. No. 10,507,653

LARGE FORMAT PRINTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A large format printer capable of serial printing on a medium which is greater than or equal to A3 short side width, comprising:a control circuit which is provided with a drive signal generating circuit which outputs a first drive signal including a first waveform, a second drive signal including a second waveform, and a reference voltage signal;
a print head which includes a plurality of drive elements which perform printing according to applied voltages; and
a cable which connects the control circuit to the print head,
wherein the print head includes a head drive circuit which applies voltages corresponding to waveforms which are selected from the first waveform in the first drive signal and the second waveform in the second drive signal which are input via the cable, to the drive elements,
wherein the cable includes, in an overlapping state, a first cable and a second cable which each include a first wire which propagates the first drive signal, a second wire which propagates the second drive signal, and a third wire which propagates the reference voltage signal, and
wherein in the first cable and the second cable, the first wire is adjacent to the third wire, the second wire is adjacent to the third wire, and, in an overlapping direction, the first wire overlaps the third wire, and the second wire overlaps the third wire.

US Pat. No. 10,507,652

RAPIDLY-WETTED PIN-STYLE ELECTRO-HYDRODYNAMIC JET PRINT HEAD

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A print head assembly for printing an ink on a substrate, the print head assembly comprising:a printing pin member having a tip;
a wetting system separate from the printing pin member, the wetting system having an ink reservoir; and
a charging system operably coupled to the printing pin member, the charging system configured to apply a voltage charge to the printing pin member to electro-hydrodynamically transfer ink from the wetting system to the printing pin member.

US Pat. No. 10,507,651

PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. A printing device, comprising:a print head that prints, on a print medium, image data of a print target and a decorative image; and
a processor that controls the print head to print image data of the decorative image on the print medium while the printing device that is held by a user moves on the print medium in a first movement,
wherein the processor causes the print head to print the image data of the print target in a range that is indicated by the printed decorative image while the held printing device moves on the print medium in a second movement after the image data of the decorative image is printed.

US Pat. No. 10,507,650

PIEZOELECTRIC PRINT HEAD DRIVE WITH ENERGY RECOVERY

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. An energy recovery circuit in a print head, comprising:at least one waveform rail;
an array of piezoelectric actuators selectively electrically connectable to the waveform rail, the piezoelectric actuators creating a capacitive load;
at least one pseudo-jet capacitive load, selectively coupled to the waveform rail, depending upon how many piezoelectric actuators are connected to the waveform rail; and
at least one inductor, each inductor coupled to one of the at least one waveform rail, wherein each inductor forms a resonant circuit with a waveform rail capacitance and returns energy to a power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,507,648

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:at least one piezoelectric element driven with a drive signal;
a switch circuit which is provided on a circuit substrate and switches between supply and shut-off of the drive signal to the at least one piezoelectric element;
a pressure chamber which is filled with liquid and changes pressure inside in accordance with the drive by the at least one piezoelectric element;
at least one nozzle which ejects the liquid filling the pressure chamber, in response to a change in the pressure within the pressure chamber;
a reserve chamber which reserves the liquid to be supplied to the pressure chamber;
a housing in which at least one part of the reserve chamber is contained; and
a flow channel substrate in which at least another part of the reserve chamber is contained, wherein
the at least one piezoelectric element is provided in a sealed space defined by a plurality of members including the circuit substrate,
the reserve chamber includes a first flow channel and a second flow channel,
a first end of the first flow channel communicates with a first end of the second flow channel within the housing or the flow channel substrate,
a second end of the first flow channel communicates with a second end of the second flow channel within the housing or the flow channel substrate, and
the circuit substrate and switch circuit are provided between the first flow channel and the second flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,507,646

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus, comprising:a recording head in which a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting ink are arranged in a predetermined direction;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire recording data for deciding ejection or non-ejection of ink to each pixel;
a control unit configured to cause the recording head to perform an ejection operation from the plurality of ejection ports on a basis of the recording data while relatively moving the recording head and a recording medium in a cross direction crossing the predetermined direction;
a selection unit configured to select a target ejection port, from among the plurality of ejection ports in accordance with a predetermined priority order of the plurality of ejection ports with respect to each of a plurality of pixel rows arranged in the cross direction, wherein a plurality of pixels are arranged in a predetermined direction in each of the pixel rows; and
a determination unit configured to determine, on a basis of the ejection operation, whether or not the target ejection port selected by the selection unit with respect to each of the pixel rows in the cross direction is in ejection failure, wherein
the selection unit updates priority order for selecting the target ejection port for subjecting to the determination by the determination unit so that a previous target ejection port selected by the selection unit for subjecting to the determination by the determination unit with respect to a pixel row corresponding to a previous ejection operation of two pixel rows adjacent to each other in the cross direction has lowest priority order with respect to a pixel row corresponding to a subsequent ejection operation and selects, on a basis of the updated priority order, a target ejection port for subjecting to the determination by the determination unit with respect to the pixel row for which the subsequent ejection operation is to be performed.

US Pat. No. 10,507,644

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a print element substrate including an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid;
a wiring member including wiring electrically connected to the print element substrate;
a connection electrically connecting the print element substrate to the wiring member;
a support member supporting the wiring member;
a sealing material sealing the connection; and
a cover member having an opening through which the print element substrate is exposed and provided on the support member,
wherein the wiring member is a strip-shaped member, and
wherein a portion of the wiring member is provided on a supporting surface of the support member supporting the wiring member, and the portion of the wiring member includes a first portion that is sandwiched between the cover member and the support member and a second portion that is provided in the opening, and wherein the second portion is covered by the sealing material.

US Pat. No. 10,507,643

TRANSFER-PRINTING INK AND TRANSFER-PRINTING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A transfer-printing ink comprising:a pigment;
an anionic fixing resin; and
a volatile amine as a neutralizer for neutralizing the fixing resin,
wherein
an average particle diameter of the pigment is 30 nm to 150 nm,
a mass ratio of the pigment to the fixing resin is 1:1 to 1:5,
an added amount of the volatile amine is 0.8 to 1.5 times a neutralization equivalent,
the ink is ejected onto a transfer paper base on an ink-jet recording device when transfer paper is prepared, and the ink is transferred from the transfer paper to cloth when the transfer paper with the cloth laid thereover is heated, and
the fixing resin is a water-dispersible resin, and the water-dispersible resin is one, two, or more selected from the group consisting of styrene-acrylic resin, a copolymer of styrene-acrylic resin with polyester resin, and a copolymer of styrene-acrylic resin with urethane resin.

US Pat. No. 10,507,642

ROLLER ARRANGEMENT, A METHOD OF FORMING A PATTERN, A METHOD OF PRINTING A PATTERN AND APPARATUS FOR PRINTING A PATTERN

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A roller arrangement for printing apparatus, the roller arrangement comprising:a first roller, the first roller comprising a plurality of cavities, each of the plurality of cavities to receive an amount of a coating material; and
an extractor to remove at least a portion of the coating material from a selected set of the plurality of cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,507,641

INK SUPPLY DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An ink supply system comprising:an ink supply device with a first end and a second end located along an axis on opposite sides of the ink supply device, wherein the first end is frustum shaped, and the second end is frustum shaped;
a first ink connector attached to the first end;
a second ink connector attached to the second end, wherein the first ink connector and the second ink connector are bi-directional for ink flow in response to a threshold pressure applied; and
a pump connected to the second ink connector to move ink accumulating in the second end through the second ink connector into the ink supply system.

US Pat. No. 10,507,640

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTER

XYZPRINTING, INC., New T...

1. A three-dimensional printer for forming a three-dimensional object comprising:a machine mainframe with a carrying plane;
a three-dimensional printing module positioned on the machine mainframe, and configured for forming the three-dimensional object on the carrying plane according to a three-dimensional model data; and
a color spraying nozzle module positioned on the machine mainframe and configured for coloring a surface of the three-dimensional object according to the three-dimensional model data, wherein the color spraying nozzle module includes at least one color spraying nozzle and at least one screen member, the color spraying nozzle includes at least one nozzle hole, the screen member includes at least one screen hole, the screen hole is arranged corresponding to the nozzle hole, and an area of the screen hole is smaller than that of the nozzle hole,
wherein the screen member includes an adjusting structure configured for adjusting the size of the screen hole arranged corresponding to the nozzle hole, the adjusting structure includes a mobile member connected between the color spraying nozzle and the screen member, the mobile member is configured to drive the screen member to slide relative to the color spraying nozzle, so that one of the plurality of screen holes is selected for being arranged corresponding to the nozzle hole.

US Pat. No. 10,507,639

MODULAR PRINTING APPARATUS FOR 3D PRINTING

3Dbotics, Inc., Dearborn...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a manifold shaped as a rectangular parallelepiped having three pairs of parallel faces including a bottom face and comprising
a body thereof defining a plurality of fluidic channels,
the bottom face defining a slot configured to accommodate insertion of a printing element; and
at least one face from among the three pairs of parallel faces defining a plurality of fluidic connections in fluidic communication with the fluidic channels, wherein the manifold is configured to travel along a travel axis, and the bottom face is oriented at a non-orthogonal angle relative to the travel axis, such that when a printing element is disposed in the manifold and dispenses liquid, the liquid is dispensed at the non-orthogonal angle relative to the travel axis.

US Pat. No. 10,507,638

REACTIVE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Elementum 3D, Inc., Erie...

1. A method of producing an article, comprising:providing a first material in powder form;
providing a second material in powder form, the second material capable of chemically reacting with the first material to form a reaction product;
providing a diluent material, the diluent material being added to controllably reduce an extent of propagation of the chemical reaction between the first and second materials;
forming the first, second, and diluent materials into a first layer;
subjecting a portion of the first layer to energy sufficient to initiate the chemical reaction between the first and second materials to form a portion of the article, the portion of the article comprising the reaction product;
forming a second layer of the first, second, and diluent materials on the first layer; and
subjecting a portion of the second layer to the energy to form an additional portion of the article.

US Pat. No. 10,507,637

PEELING APPARATUS

DISCO CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A peeling apparatus for peeling off a wafer from an ingot with a peel-off layer formed therein by applying a laser beam having a wavelength that is transmittable through the ingot to the ingot while a focal point of the laser beam is being positioned at a depth equal to a thickness of the wafer to be peeled off, in the ingot, the peeling apparatus comprising:an ingot holding unit holding the ingot in a hanging state where a portion of the ingot to be peeled off as the wafer is directed downwardly;
a water container containing water therein;
an ultrasonic unit immersed in the water in the water container;
a moving unit moving the ingot holding unit vertically into a position where the ingot holding unit faces the ultrasonic unit and at least the portion of the ingot to be peeled off as the wafer is immersed in the water in the water container; and
a nozzle ejecting water to the portion of the ingot to be peeled off as the wafer thereby to promote the peeling of the wafer from the ingot.

US Pat. No. 10,507,636

PLASTIC FLOORING HAVING THREE-DIMENSIONAL PATTERNS AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A method of making plastic flooring comprising steps of:A. providing a substrate and delivering the substrate toward a rolling unit;
B. delivering a printing layer, wherein the printing layer is blank and is delivered toward the rolling unit by way of a second delivery roller mechanism;
C. rolling, wherein the rolling unit rolls the substrate and the printing layer together so as to produce the plastic flooring material, and the printing layer has three-dimensional embossing;
D. digital printing, wherein color material being printed on the three-dimensional embossing of the printing layer by using a digital print unit;
E. coating an abrasion resistant layer, wherein a coating unit coats wear-resistant materials of the abrasion resistant layer on the printing layer; and
F. shaping, wherein the plastic flooring material is shaped so as to dry and harden the abrasion resistant layer.

US Pat. No. 10,507,635

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO FORM VENTING PATHWAYS IN PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVES FOR LAMINATE STACKS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method comprising:forming a laminate stack including a gas permeable nonwoven layer, a pressure sensitive adhesive layer, and a removable liner, a first surface of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer contacting a surface of the gas permeable nonwoven layer, a second second surface of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer located opposite the first surface contacting a surface of the removable liner; and
processing the laminate stack by reducing a ductility of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer such that venting pathways are formed in the pressure sensitive adhesive layer in response to a mechanical strain applied to the pressure sensitive adhesive layer via a trapped gas, the venting pathways extending through a thickness of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer to enable the trapped gas to pass through the pressure sensitive adhesive layer from the second surface to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,507,634

APPLICATION DEVICE AND APPLICATION METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An application device that applies a film to a base material having a bonding surface, along a first direction which is an extending direction of the base material, comprising:an application mechanism having an application unit that applies the film from a first end to a second end in the first direction on the base material by pressing the film wherein the application unit can be driven in both the first direction and a second direction as the film is applied to the base material, the second direction being a direction orthogonal to the first direction and in which the bonding surface and the film are opposed to each other; and
a film gripping part that grips an end portion of the film on the second end side and that can be driven in the second direction as the application unit presses the film by moving in the first and second directions relative to the base material.

US Pat. No. 10,507,633

MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR ELASTOMERIC LAMINATE

First Quality Baby Produc...

1. A process for making an elastomeric laminated product comprising:laminating an elastomeric film between a first spunbond nonwoven layer and a second spunbond nonwoven layer so as to form a laminated web;
transporting the laminated web through intermeshing rollers so as to strain portions of the laminated web to form activated regions in the laminated web;
after the step of transporting, applying heat to non-activated regions of the activated laminated web and drawing the activated laminated web in the machine direction so as to elongate the non-activated regions; and
transporting the activated laminated web to a first portion of a rotating wheel, the first portion of the wheel having a cross direction width that is smaller than a cross direction width at a second portion of the wheel, so that the laminated web follows rotation of the wheel and is stretched in the cross direction at the second portion of the wheel before separating from the wheel at the first portion in a relaxed state.

US Pat. No. 10,507,628

VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPONENT

Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao ...

1. A component for a vehicle interior comprising:a structural substrate comprising a fiber panel with at least one hole and a resin-formed structure;
a cover coupled to at least one of (a) the fiber panel or (b) the resin-formed structure;
wherein the fiber panel is formed into a compression-formed component with a shape and a thickness;
wherein the resin-formed structure of the structural substrate comprises a molded feature formed in the at least one hole of the fiber panel;
wherein the structural substrate is formed with the shape provided by the compression-formed component and with the resin-formed structure providing the molded feature in the at least one hole of the fiber panel providing the compression-formed component.

US Pat. No. 10,507,627

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING A DUST MITIGATING FABRIC

The Boeing Company, Chic...

11. A system for forming a dust mitigating fabric, wherein the dust mitigating fabric includes an adapter for receiving an electrical signal, having one or more phases, from an alternating-current (AC) power source, the system comprising:a warp strand delivery unit including a plurality of warp strands, wherein the plurality of warp strands comprise a plurality of insulative warp strands and a plurality of conductive warp strands, wherein the plurality of warp strands comprise a plurality of groups of warp strands including a group of insulative warp strands and one or more groups of conductive warp strands, wherein each group of conductive warp strands corresponds to a respective phase of the electrical signal;
a plurality of heddles that each receive a respective one of the plurality of warp strands;
a plurality of harnesses coupled to the plurality of heddles, wherein the plurality of harnesses are operable to:
move the plurality of groups of warp strands relative to each other to form a shed between the plurality of insulative warp strands and the plurality of conductive warp strands, and
move, on a group by group basis, each group of conductive warp strands relative to the group of insulative warp strands to facilitate forming the adapter; and
a picking device operable to move a weft strand through the shed to form a woven fabric,
wherein the one or more groups of conductive warp strands comprises a first group of conductive warp strands corresponding to a first phase of the electrical signal, and a second group of conductive warp strands corresponding to a second phase of the electrical signal, and
wherein to form the adapter, the plurality of harnesses are operable to:
raise the plurality of conductive warp strands to an elevated position relative to the plurality of insulative warp strands to facilitate inserting a first insulating termination sheet between the plurality of conductive warp strands and the plurality of insulative warp strands,
after the first insulating termination sheet is inserted, lower the first group of conductive warp strands to facilitate coupling a first conducting termination sheet to the first insulating termination sheet with the first group of conductive warp strands between the first conducting termination sheet and the first insulating termination sheet,
after the first group of conductive warp strands is lowered, maintain the second group of conductive warp strands in the elevated position to facilitate inserting a second insulating termination sheet between the plurality of insulative warp strands and the second group of conductive warp strands, and
after the second insulating termination sheet is inserted, lower the second group of conductive warp strands to facilitate coupling a second conducting termination sheet to the second insulating termination sheet with the second group of conductive warp strands between the second conducting termination sheet and the second insulating termination sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,507,625

TIRE VULCANIZATION MOLD

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A tire vulcanization mold for vulcanization molding a tire, comprisingan annular side mold having a side molding surface for molding a side wall portion of the tire, wherein
the side mold comprises:
a side mold body having an annular recess extending over an entire circumference in a tire circumferential direction provided on the side molding surface; and
an annular side ring fitted into the annular recess and constituting a part of the side molding surface, and
the side ring is mounted in the annular recess such that a vent gap for discharging air is formed between a circumferential surface of the side ring and a wall surface of the annular recess facing the circumferential surface, on an opening portion side of the annular recess, and such that the side ring is centered with respect to the side mold by a close contact fitting portion in which the side ring and the annular recess are fitted without a gap therebetween, on a bottom portion side of the annular recess.

US Pat. No. 10,507,624

BLOW MOULDING MACHINE WITH AUTOMATICALLY ACTUATED BASE COUPLING

KRONES AG, (DE)

1. An apparatus for transforming plastic parisons into plastic containers, said apparatus having at least one transforming station which has a blow mould within which the plastic parisons can be expanded by application of a gaseous medium, wherein the blow mould has a base part which is releasably arranged on a support, and having a fastening mechanism for fastening the base part to the support, wherein the transforming station has at least one first connector for supplying a flowable temperature control medium to the transforming station, wherein supply of the temperature control medium via the connector can be disconnected by removal of the base part from the support, wherein the fastening mechanism has a release element which is movable in a predetermined straight direction (L), and by a displacement of the release element into a first predetermined position, wherein the fastening of the base part on the support is releasable and by a displacement of the release element into a second predetermined position wherein the base part can be fastened on the support, said apparatus further comprising at least one robot device which robot device is configured to automatically carry out a change of the base part, and wherein the actuation of the fastening mechanism for the base part is coupled to the actuation of a fastening mechanism for at least one side part of the blow mould, wherein the fastening mechanism of the side part is rotated substantially by 90° relative to the fastening mechanism of the base part.