US Pat. No. 10,457,403

DUAL-CHANNEL DEICING SYSTEM FOR A ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,398

COLLAPSIBLE BACKREST

AMI INDUSTRIES, INC., Co...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,395

FASTENING SYSTEM FOR FASTENING AN OBJECT IN A VEHICLE

1. A fastening system in a vehicle, comprising:at least one rail arranged on a vehicle side, the at least one rail configured to releasably fasten an object;
at least one fastening device arranged on an object side, the at least one fastening device configured to positively fix the object on the rail;
a spring configured to be provided on the fastening device, the spring including a pivot, the spring, with a positive arrangement of the fastening device on the rail, configured to produce a non-positive fit between the fastening device and the rail;
two locking hooks including a first locking hook and a second locking hook provided on the fastening device, the two locking hooks configured to articulate on the pivot, wherein a first side of the first locking hook and a second side of the second locking hook away from the first side engage around an end region of the rail which is configured to face the object; and
a control body rotatably mounted in a space between a third side of the first locking hook and a fourth side of the second locking hook, the control body having a length and a width, the length greater than the width, the control body configured to be adjusted from a first orientation in which the width is between the third side and the fourth side to a second orientation in which the length is between the third side and the fourth side to fix the object on the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,457,393

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR RECEIVING AERIAL VEHICLE DELIVERY

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,389

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

Hood Technology Corporati...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,388

ROTOR ASSEMBLY WITH HIGH LOCK-NUMBER BLADES

Bell Helicopter Textron, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,376

AIRCRAFT STRETCHER CONNECTOR

AIRMEDIC, North Hollywoo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,372

PROPULSION DEVICE FOR SHIP

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,366

FISH WITH VARIABLE HYDRODYNAMIC LIFT AND TOW LINE COMPRISING THE FISH

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,361

SELF-RIGHTING LIFE RAFT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,360

METHOD OF REMOVING AQUATIC WEEDS FROM WATERCRAFT TRAILERS

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,344

CLOSURE MEMBER AND BODY OPENING ALIGNMENT VERIFICATION SYSTEM

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dear...

1. A method comprising:sensing an X/Z location of featureR1 relative to an X/Z location of featureR2 on a body/side to establish an axisbs extending through featureR1 and featureR2;
sensing an X/Z location of featureR3 and X/Z location of featureR4 of a door on a fixture to establish an axisd relative to a design axisD;
securing the door to the body/side; and
sensing an X/Z location of featureR3 and X/Z location of featureR4 of the door as installed on the body/side and determining a difference between the X/Z location of featureR4 and an X dimension of featureR2 and the axisbs.

US Pat. No. 10,457,343

TRACK CHAIN ASSEMBLY OF UNDERCARRIAGE WITH LINK HAVING INCREASED PITCH

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,334

STEERING SUPPORT STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,333

RIGHT-HAND DRIVE DASH ASSEMBLY AND CONVERSION PROCESS

SportChassis, LLC, Clint...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,324

ALL-WHEEL STEER TRAILER

1. An all-wheel steer trailer, comprising:a substantially horizontally disposed frame having a forward end, a rearward end, a first side and a second side;
said frame including:
(a) an elongated first frame member having a forward end and a rearward end;
(b) an elongated second frame member having a forward end and a rearward end which is horizontally spaced from said first frame member;
(c) a first cross-member secured to said first and second frame members at said forward ends thereof;
(d) a second cross-member secured to said first and second frame members rearwardly of said first cross-member;
(e) said second cross-member having a vertically disposed opening formed therein; and
(f) a plurality of cross-members secured to said first and second frame members so as to extend therebetween in a horizontally spaced-apart manner rearwardly of said second cross-member;
a gooseneck hitch having a horizontally disposed upper hitch member having a rearward end, a forward end and a vertically disposed hitch member having an upper end and a lower end;
said rearward end of said upper hitch member being secured to said first cross-member so as to extend forwardly therefrom;
said upper end of said vertically disposed hitch member being secured to said forward end of said upper hitch member;
a horizontally disposed plate secured to said lower end of said vertically disposed hitch member;
said plate at said lower end of said vertically disposed hitch member having a central opening formed therein;
a vertically disposed first king pin, having an upper end and a lower end;
said upper end of said first king pin being secured to said lower end of said vertically disposed hitch member and which extends downwardly therefrom through said central opening in said plate;
a front axle support having a forward end, a rearward end, an upper end, a lower end, a first side and a second side;
an elongated tongue having a forward end and a rearward end;
said rearward end of said tongue being pivotally secured, about a horizontal axis, to said front axle support;
a first wheel rotatably secured to said front axle support at said first side thereof;
a second wheel rotatably secured to said front axle support at said second side thereof;
said plate at said lower end of said vertically disposed hitch member being rotatably positioned on said upper end of said front axle support whereby said first king pin extends downwardly through said upper end of said front axle support;
a turn plate assembly having a forward end and a rearward end;
said turn plate assembly including a horizontally disposed base plate having a forward end, a rearward end, an inner end and an outer end;
said turn plate assembly including a horizontally disposed tube, having a forward end and a rearward end, at said inner end of said base plate;
said turn plate assembly including a horizontally disposed support plate positioned above said tube;
said turn plate assembly also including a vertically disposed second king pin extending upwardly from said support plate thereof;
said second king pin rotatably extending upwardly through said vertically disposed opening in said second cross-member;
an elongated steering rod having a forward end and a rearward end;
said steering rod slidably extending through said tube in said turn plate assembly whereby said forward end of said steering rod is positioned forwardly of said tube of said turn plate assembly and so that said rearward end of said steering rod is positioned rearwardly of said tube of said turn plate assembly;
said forward end of said steering rod being pivotally secured to said rearward end of said front axle support;
an elongated tie rod having forward and rearward ends;
said forward end of said tie rod being pivotally secured to said outer end of said base plate of said turn plate assembly;
a first spindle support secured to said first frame member at said rearward end of said first frame member;
said first spindle support including a vertically disposed tube having an upper end and a lower end;
a second spindle support secured to said second frame member at said rearward end of said second frame member;
said second spindle support including a vertically disposed tube having an upper end and a lower end;
a first spindle assembly including a horizontally disposed first mounting plate having a forward end and a rearward end;
a vertically disposed first spindle having a lower end and an upper end;
said lower end of said first spindle being secured to said first mounting plate whereby said first spindle extends upwardly from said first mounting plate;
a second spindle assembly including a horizontally disposed second mounting plate having a forward end and a rearward end;
a vertically disposed second spindle having a lower end and an upper end;
said lower end of said second spindle being secured to said second mounting plate whereby said second spindle extends upwardly from said second mounting plate;
said first and second spindles being horizontally spaced-apart;
an elongated rear tie rod having a first end and a second end;
said first end of said rear tie rod being pivotally secured to said rearward end of said first mounting plate;
said second end of said rear tie rod being pivotally secured to said rearward end of said second mounting plate;
said first spindle rotatably extending upwardly through said tube of said first spindle support;
said second spindle rotatably extending upwardly through said tube of said second spindle support;
a first axle having an inner end and an outer end;
said first axle being positioned below said first mounting plate of said first spindle assembly and being secured to said first mounting plate thereof;
a left rear wheel rotatably mounted on said outer end of said first axle;
a second axle having an inner end and an outer end;
said second axle being positioned below said second mounting plate of said second spindle assembly and being secured to said second mounting plate thereof;
said rearward end of said tie rod being pivotally secured to said inner end of said second axle; and
a right rear wheel rotatably mounted on said outer end of said second axle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,323

HANDS-ON/-OFF DETECTION IN A STEER-BY-WIRE SYSTEM

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

5. A method for determining a contact state between a driver of a motor vehicle with a steer-by-wire steering system and a steering wheel of the steer-by-wire steering system, wherein the steer-by-wire steering system comprises a steering adjuster that is electronically controlled based on a driver's steering demands, a feedback actuator that transmits feedback effects of a road to the steering wheel, and a control unit that actuates the feedback actuator and the steering adjuster, the method comprising:determining a frequency spectrum of movement signals detected by sensors of the feedback actuator;
analyzing the frequency spectrum by determining damping of amplitudes of predetermined frequency ranges; and
estimating a driver's steering torque with a monitor of the feedback actuator, a model of the feedback actuator, and the movement signals.

US Pat. No. 10,457,313

ADAS WHEEL LOCKING DEVICE

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,311

FRAME STRUCTURE OF A PERAMBULATOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,310

CONVERTIBLE CARGO CASE

Radio Flyer, Inc., Chica...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,309

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,308

CART

1. A cart, comprising a bottom frame, the bottom frame having a first transverse frame member and a longitudinal frame member, a first and a second back wheel, the first and second back wheel being connected to opposite ends of the first transverse frame member, a first front wheel mounted to the bottom frame, a carrier frame mounted to the bottom frame, a collapsing mechanism for bringing the carrier frame from a carrying position into a collapsed position, and a folding mechanism for folding the first and second back wheel and the first front wheel from a drive position into a stow position, the folding mechanism having a first and a second back wheel holder pivotably connecting the first and the second back wheel about essentially horizontal axes extending in a longitudinal direction of the cart to the opposite ends of the first transverse frame member, respectively, the folding mechanism further having a first slide block for sliding along the longitudinal frame member, a first guide unit connecting the first slide block to the first back wheel holder and a second guide unit connecting the first slide block to the second back wheel holder, the folding mechanism further having a connecting member connecting the carrier frame to the first slide block, the folding mechanism further having a first front wheel holder, the first front wheel holder pivotably connecting the first front wheel about an essentially horizontal axis extending in the longitudinal direction of the cart to the bottom frame, the folding mechanism further having a third guide unit for guiding the first front wheel holder, wherein the folding mechanism further comprises a longitudinal connecting arm connecting the first slide block to the third guide unit for the first front wheel holder.

US Pat. No. 10,457,303

VIBRATION NOTIFICATIONS RECEIVED FROM VIBRATION SENSORS

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRIS...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,302

EMERGENCY ACTION SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A LOCOMOTIVE

Railserve, Inc., Atlanta...

1. An emergency action device for use with a railcar or a locomotive, the device comprising:a user-based emergency action device transmitter with an emergency stop button; and
a locomotive transceiver in communication with the user-based emergency action device transmitter and located on the locomotive, the locomotive transceiver configured to stop a railcar or a locomotive without communication to a locomotive operator when a hazard is recognized and when the emergency stop button is pressed to immediately stop the locomotive and stop an unsafe movement of the locomotive,
wherein the locomotive transceiver receives a signal sent from the emergency action device transmitter when a crew member presses the emergency stop button, and the locomotive transceiver further sends an emergency stop signal directly to a relay valve for a set of brakes on the locomotive, wherein the relay valve causes air to be released from a brake pipe, thereby immediately applying the set of brakes and bringing the locomotive to an immediate stop, and further wherein the emergency action device is reset only when the crew member pushes the emergency stop button a second time, which sends a reset signal closing the relay valve and releasing the set of brakes, indicating that the unsafe movement of the locomotive has been resolved,
wherein the locomotive transceiver and the relay valve are configured to be responsive to and in communication with the emergency action device transmitter, wherein the emergency action device transmitter and the locomotive transceiver enables the crew member to stop the railcar or locomotive without communication to a locomotive operator when a hazard is recognized.

US Pat. No. 10,457,291

VEHICLE POWERTRAIN LASH CROSSING CONTROL STRATEGY

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,288

STRADDLED VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,287

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,285

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING INERTIA OPERATION OF VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control device configured to be applied to a vehicle including an engine configured to serve as a motive power source and a clutch device provided on a power transmission path leading to an output shaft of the engine, whereinthe vehicle control device puts the clutch device into a shut-off state to put the vehicle into an inertia operation state in response to a predetermined executing condition being met, and puts the clutch device into a connection state to terminate the inertia operation state in response to a predetermined terminating condition being met during inertia operation, and
the vehicle control device comprises:
a deceleration degree calculating means configured to calculate an actual deceleration degree that is a deceleration degree of the vehicle in a vehicle deceleration state during the inertia operation;
a determination means configured to determine whether the actual deceleration degree calculated by the deceleration degree calculating means is greater than a threshold value defined on the basis of a deceleration degree of the vehicle in such a state that no accelerator operation is performed and the clutch device is connected; and
an operation control means configured to terminate the inertia operation if the actual deceleration degree is determined to be greater than the threshold value, and maintain the inertia operation if the actual deceleration degree is determined to be less than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,457,284

METHOD, DEVICE AND MOBILE USER APPARATUS FOR ADAPTING AN ENERGY SUPPLY OF A DRIVE SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for adapting an energy supply of a drive system of a vehicle, the method comprising the acts of:determining values of at least a first energy utilization characteristic variable (K_1) which represents a first energy utilization process in the vehicle, and determining values of at least one parameter (P_1) which represents at least one peripheral condition of the energy utilization in the vehicle during the first energy utilization process;
determining a mathematical relationship between at least one or more of the values of the at least one energy utilization characteristic variable (K_1) and the corresponding values of the parameters (P_1) of the at least one peripheral condition for the energy utilization, after which a profile data record (Rec) is made available which contains a data record and/or learning data on the basis of the at least one determined mathematical relationship;
as a function of the profile data record (Rec) which is made available, determining and making available at least one adaptation information item (AI) for adapting the energy supply of the drive system of said vehicle for a second energy utilization process; and/or
determining and making available an adaptation information item (AI) for adapting the energy supply of the drive system of a second vehicle for an energy utilization process; and
adapting the energy supply of the drive system of said vehicle for the second energy utilization process based on the at least one adaptation information item; and/or
adapting the energy supply of the drive system of the second vehicle for the energy utilization process based on the adaptation information item.

US Pat. No. 10,457,279

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL SYSTEM

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,275

HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,274

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,271

ENHANCED ENGINE AND BATTERY OPERATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,270

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

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,269

VEHICLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,268

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DRIVE MOTOR FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,267

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

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,254

JACK ASSEMBLY

BOS FABRICATION ENGINEERI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,242

AIR BAG DEVICE

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

1. An air bag device comprising:an air bag body;
a retainer having an inner space with an opening in which said air bag body is housed, said retainer having a flange portion formed along a peripheral edge of said opening such that said flange portion protrudes outwards from said peripheral edge of said opening generally in a horizontal direction and surrounds said opening by extending along the entire peripheral edge of said opening; and
a lid member fixed to said retainer at said flange portion and configured to close said opening of said retainer, said lid member having a base portion which approaches or abuts a periphery of said flange portion along the entire peripheral edge of said opening and a door portion pivotally connected to said base portion, wherein
said opening of said retainer has a pair of opposite shorter sides facing each other in one direction and a pair of opposite longer sides facing each other in another direction orthogonal to said one direction such that a dimension in said one direction between the opposite shorter sides is longer than a dimension in said another direction between said opposite longer sides,
said flange portion of said retainer has a pair of longer side portions which extend along said corresponding opposite longer sides of said opening and a pair of shorter side portions which connect respective end portions of said longer side portions by extending along said corresponding opposite shorter sides of said opening,
said air bag device further comprises
a fastening and fixing portion at which a fastening hole formed in said longer side portion of said flange portion is fastened and fixed to another fastening hole formed in said lid member in a corresponding position to said fastening hole with a fastening and fixing member in a manner that forms a fastening fixture between said fastening hole and said another fastening hole, and
an engaging portion at which said shorter side portion of said flange portion is engaged with said lid member so as to determine a position of said lid member with respect to said flange portion, and
said engaging portion comprises an engaging protrusion member protruding from said lid member and an engaging hole formed at said shorter side portion which extends generally in the horizontal direction such that said engaging protrusion member is inserted into said engaging hole and engaged with said engaging hole.

US Pat. No. 10,457,241

AIRBAG ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A DEFLECTOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,240

GLOVE BOX RAIL WITH INTEGRATED AIRBAG SUPPORT

MAGNESIUM PRODUCTS OF AME...

1. A rail for supporting a glove box assembly and airbag canister, the rail comprising:a substantially planar body having an upper and lower surface, the upper surface defining a plurality of ribs;
a first rib and a second rib of the plurality of ribs to intersect at an intersection point;
a wall projecting from at least a portion of an outer periphery of the lower surface;
a first plurality of connection points disposed in the body, a first connection point of the first plurality of connection points to extend through the first rib and the second rib at the intersection point;
an airbag canister coupled to the rail at the first plurality of connection points without a housing disposed between the body and the airbag canister;
a second plurality of connection points configured to couple a glove box assembly to the rail; and
a first appendage extending from a first end of the body and a second appendage extending from a second end of the body, the first and second appendages configured to couple the rail to a dashboard assembly;
wherein the rail is integrally formed as a single component.

US Pat. No. 10,457,238

IMPACT ABSORBER

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. An impact absorber to be mounted between a vehicular panel and a vehicular interior part covering the vehicular panel from a vehicular interior side, the impact absorber comprising:an opposite wall to be opposite the vehicular panel;
outer walls extending from edges of the opposite wall toward a vehicular interior side; and
an extended wall extending from the opposite wall toward the vehicular interior side and having a side edge connected to one of the outer walls, and the extended wall having a thickness that is increased from a vehicular interior end thereof toward a vehicular exterior end thereof, and the extended wall having a cutout hole that is open toward a vehicular exterior side.

US Pat. No. 10,457,223

ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS CLUSTER WITH INTERLOCKING BRACKETS

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,219

PROTECTION DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPARTMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,211

DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,210

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,209

VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM WITH MULTI-PANED VIEW

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,208

VEHICLE PASSENGER SENSING AND REPORTING SYSTEM

FREEDMAN SEATING COMPANY,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,202

VEHICLE CABIN INTERIOR LIGHTING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,201

BADGE ASSEMBLIES THAT EMANATE VISIBLE IRIDESCENT PATTERNS

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,200

ABANDONED OCCUPANT DANGER ALERT SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,199

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,190

EXPANDING HARD SIDE TRAILER

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,184

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

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,178

ARMREST DEVICE

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

1. An armrest device, comprising:an interior member provided on an inboard side of a vehicle door; and
an armrest main body supported by the interior member so as to be moveable between an initial position and a projecting position more inboard and forward than the initial position,
wherein
the interior member includes a main body portion extending along the inboard side of the vehicle door and an armrest base portion projecting in an inboard direction from the main body portion,
the armrest base portion is provided with a base side wall portion extending vertically on an inboard side thereof,
the armrest main body is provided with a main body side wall portion extending in a fore and aft direction and opposing the base side wall portion in a spaced apart relationship,
the main body side wall portion is provided with a load absorbing member for absorbing an impact load,
the base side wall portion inclines in the outboard direction as one moves rearward, and
the load absorbing member has a progressively increasing lateral width toward the rear.

US Pat. No. 10,457,171

FLEXIBLE MOTOR VEHICLE WORK SURFACE FOR LAPTOPS AND TABLETS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A flexible motor vehicle work surface operably coupled with a motor vehicle seating assembly comprising:a deployable support structure operably coupled with the motor vehicle seating assembly, the deployable support structure comprising a base disposed on an upper surface thereof; and
a pair of foldable wings operably coupled with the deployable support structure, the pair of foldable wings having a first stored position and a deployed second position forming a movable horizontal surface;
wherein the pair of foldable wings are each operably coupled with the base of the deployable support structure; and
wherein each of the pair of foldable wings further comprises a hinge proximate a forward and side portion of the foldable wing at an angle oblique to the longitudinal centerline of the motor vehicle and the upper surface of the deployable support structure and the pair of foldable wings form a substantially continuous upper surface when in the deployed second position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,162

VEHICULAR OCCUPANT DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,160

POWER CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,155

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARGING ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE LOW-VOLTAGE BATTERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,154

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A PARAMETER MAP FOR ESTIMATING AN OPERATION CONDITION OF AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A method for determining a parameter map using a processor and associated memory, the parameter map used for estimating an operation condition for an energy storage device comprising a battery for an electric vehicle or a hybrid electric vehicle, the method comprising:receiving from a sensor a parameter value related to an operation condition of the energy storage device;
determining a first parameter value of a parameter related to the operation condition of the energy storage device and a variance of the first parameter value, the first parameter value being related to a current operating point of a parameter map comprising at least two operating points each having a related parameter value of the parameter;
for the current operating point, estimating an updated parameter value and an updated variance of the first parameter value, the update being an update over time;
for at least a portion of operating points of the parameter map, estimating an updated parameter value and an updated variance of each of the parameter values using a correlation model including correlation between the parameter value at the current operating point and each of the parameter values at the operating points in the portion of operating points in the parameter map;
based on the updated parameter values and updated variances, updating the parameter map by replacing the parameter values with the updated parameter values and the variances with the updated variances at the respective operating point;
estimating the operation condition of the energy storage device based on the updated parameter map; and
controlling an energy storage device current based on the estimated operation condition.

US Pat. No. 10,457,140

ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,127

FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE CONNECTORS

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,121

ENCAPSULATED FIXED WINDOW MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

HUTCHINSON SEALING SYSTEM...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,118

VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COOLING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,116

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,115

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,090

EXPANDABLE PACKAGE FILLER OR ORNAMENT

1. An expandable filler, comprising: a stack of about 30 to about 60 parallel sheets, each sheet comprising a flexible material having a respective thickness less than about 2 mil and defining at least one cut through the thickness of the sheet, the at least one cut extending from a peripheral edge of the sheet to a location radially inward of the peripheral edge of the sheet, the at least one cut defining a peninsula portion of the sheet proximate the location radially inward of the peripheral edge of the sheet and a generally spiral shaped strip extending continuously from the peninsula portion to a peripheral end portion located along the peripheral edge of the sheet, wherein the generally spiral shaped strips of the respective sheets are coextensive with each other and, in an initial configuration, collectively occupy a first volume, the generally spiral shaped strips being configured to entangle with at least some of each other in response to shaking to form, in an expanded configuration, a cushioning packing material having a volume greater than the first volume, and wherein the generally spiral shaped strips are fastened together in intimate contact at only the peripheral end portion of each of the generally spiral shaped strips.

US Pat. No. 10,457,083

BINDING FOLDER

UNIBIND LIMITED, Nicosia...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,077

PRINTER

CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,076

INK JET PRINTING METHOD AND INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,075

PRINT ENGINE FOR COLOR DIGITAL INKJET PRESS

Memjet Technology Limited...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,069

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

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,067

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,062

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element board including,
first and second discharge orifice rows where discharge orifices configured to discharge liquid are arrayed,
first and second pressure chamber rows provided corresponding to the first and second discharge orifice rows, and having recording elements configured to generate energy used to discharge liquid,
a first liquid supply channel provided along the first discharge orifice row and configured to supply liquid to the first pressure chamber row and a first liquid recovery channel provided along the first discharge orifice row, separated from the first liquid supply channel, and configured to recover liquid from the first pressure chamber row,
a second liquid supply channel provided along the second discharge orifice row and configured to supply liquid to the second pressure chamber row and a second liquid recovery channel provided along the second discharge orifice row, separated from the second liquid supply channel, and configured to recover liquid from the second pressure chamber row,
wherein a direction of flow of liquid within each of the plurality of pressure chambers included in the first and second pressure chamber rows, from the liquid supply channel via the pressure chamber and to the liquid recovery channel, is the same direction
wherein the liquid discharge head executes liquid discharging while causing the liquid to circulate in one direction in an order of, the outside of the pressure chambers, the liquid supply channel, the pressure chamber, the liquid recovery channel, and the outside of the pressure chambers, during a recording process,
wherein a discharge orifice portion is provided communicating with the discharge orifices and the pressure chamber,
wherein, in a case of satisfying
H?0.34×P?0.66×W>1.7
wherein H represents a height of the pressure chamber at an upstream side from a communicating portion with the discharge orifice portion in the direction of flow of the liquid, P represents a length of the discharge orifice portion in a direction of discharge of the liquid, and W represents a length of the discharge orifice portion in the direction of flow of the liquid that corresponds to a width of the first and the second liquid supply channels, and
wherein the direction of flow of liquid flowing inside each of the first and second pressure chambers is in a x-y axis direction and is opposite a feeding direction of a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,457,056

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,051

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,048

INK JET PRINTHEAD

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,042

INKJET HEAD AND INKJET DEVICE USING SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,040

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING AN ARRAY OF INKJET PRINT ELEMENTS

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

US Pat. No. 10,457,038

INK JET PRINTER PROVIDED WITH MOVABLE SHUTTLE

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printer comprising:a shuttle including an inkjet head and a main scanning driver configured to move the inkjet head in a main scanning direction;
a sub-scanning driver configured to move the shuttle in a sub-scanning direction; and
a controller configured to control the inkjet head, the main scanning driver, and the sub-scanning driver and alternately repeat a first operation and a second operation to form an image on a print medium, the first operation being an operation of driving the inkjet head to eject ink from the inkjet head to the print medium while driving the main scanning driver to move the inkjet head in the main scanning direction, the second operation being an operation of driving the sub-scanning driver to move the shuttle in the sub-scanning direction, wherein
the controller is configured to
perform a multi-stage brake control to stop the shuttle in the second operation, and
in a second stage and a stage after the second stage of the multi-stage brake control, apply brake to the shuttle at such a timing that a direction of vibration of the shuttle and a direction of force of inertia of the shuttle in braking of the shuttle are opposite to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,030

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BAMBOO FRAMEWORK BODY

1. A method for manufacturing a bamboo framework body, comprising the steps of bending a bamboo board into a U-shaped board, cutting the U-shaped board into several U-shaped units, and finally arranging a connecting rod at or close to an opening of the U-shaped unit to make into a bamboo framework body.

US Pat. No. 10,457,029

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY APPARATUS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. An apparatus for manufacturing a display apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a support;
a first stage arranged on the support, the first stage being configured to move linearly and to receive a film member thereon;
a second stage spaced apart from the first stage, and arranged on the support, the second stage being configured to move linearly and to receive a display panel thereon;
an adhesive belt spaced from the support, the adhesive belt being configured to selectively adhere to the film member;
a tension maintenance portion arranged on the support, the tension maintenance portion being configured to ascend and descend and to maintain a tension of the adhesive belt; and
a pressing portion under the tension maintenance portion, the pressing portion being configured to move linearly and to press the adhesive belt toward one of the first stage and the second stage.

US Pat. No. 10,457,008

MODULAR SCREW PRESS

Rio Tinto Alcan Internati...

1. A screw press for separating liquid from a solid-liquid mixture, said screw press comprising:a generally tubular body having axially spaced-apart inlet section and outlet section, and a filter section between said inlet section and outlet section; said filter section having liquid passages; and
a rotatable screw mounted in said tubular body for conveying the solid-liquid mixture from the inlet section to the outlet section while compressing the solid-liquid mixture and forcing at least part of a liquid content thereof to be expelled out of the tubular body through said liquid passages of said filter section;
characterized in that the generally tubular body and the rotatable screw are both of modular construction, the filter section of the tubular body comprising at least first and second serially interconnectable filter sections, the rotatable screw having at least first and second serially interconnectable screw sections respectively disposed in said first and second filter sections for joint rotation as a unitary component, and in that the first and second screw sections have a continuous screw flight having a flight outside diameter, the at least first and second screw sections being detachably coupled to one another by a coupling provided at said flight outside diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,003

METHOD OF PRODUCTION FOR ATTACHING A PROFILE TO A TOOTHED BELT

1. A method of production for attachment by cohesive bonding of a profile having at least one profile element onto a toothed belt previously produced as a semi-finished product and having a tooth side with a toothing and a toothed belt back located on the back of the tooth side of the toothed belt, comprising:building up the at least one profile element layer by layer from at least one first profile element layer and a second profile element layer on the toothed belt back, by an application of an application compound to the toothed belt back at a profile element position by means of melt layer printing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,992

MODULAR USER-CONFIGURABLE MULTI-PART 3D LAYERING SYSTEM AND HOT END ASSEMBLY

Stacker, LLC, Plymouth, ...

1. A layer deposition system to form a plurality of 3D products simultaneously, the system comprising:a deposition frame housing having first opposing lateral members extending orthogonal to a first axis, and second opposing lateral members extending orthogonal to a second axis coplanar with and orthogonal to the first axis;
a carriage assembly extending between the first opposing lateral members and parallel to the first axis;
a substrate surface extending between the first opposing lateral members and between the second opposing lateral members;
a plurality of deposition modules, each separated from adjacent ones of the plurality of deposition modules by user-predetermined spacings, and operable to deposit material through a nozzle to form a three dimensional product supported by the substrate surface;
a plurality of attachment interfaces that each releasably attach a corresponding one of the plurality of deposition modules to the carriage assembly,
a first axis drive coupled to synchronously displace the plurality of deposition modules a predetermined distance along the first axis;
means for releasably ganging the plurality of deposition modules directly to a common x-axis drive mechanism at the user-predetermined spacings, wherein the first axis drive comprises the common x-axis drive mechanism,
a second axis drive coupled to synchronously displace the plurality of deposition modules a predetermined distance along the second axis; and,
a third axis drive couple to synchronously create a relative displacement between each of the plurality of deposition modules and the substrate surface along a third axis orthogonal to both the first axis and the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,986

METHOD FOR REINFORCING AND/OR LINING MATERIAL

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

1. A method of manufacturing a heterogeneous composite, the method comprising the steps of:providing a first constituent and a second constituent,
wherein the first constituent is porous or capable of developing pores when under hydrostatic pressure,
and the second constituent comprises a solid having thermoplastic properties;
positioning the second constituent adjacent to the first constituent;
coupling energy into the second constituent to cause at least portions of the second constituent to liquefy and to penetrate into pores or other structures of the first constituent, whereby the first constituent is interpenetrated by material of the second constituent to yield a composite comprising the first constituent, the second constituent, and an interpenetration zone between the first and second constituents; and
providing an irreversible transition at least of the second constituent to yield a modified composite, wherein the irreversible transition comprises a chemical reaction taking place within the second constituent or between the first and second constituents.

US Pat. No. 10,456,979

OPTIMIZATION OF A PRODUCTION PROCESS

1. A method for optimizing a production process for a component to be produced by additive manufacturing, by simulating the production process, wherein predetermined required properties of the component are specified as boundary conditions of the simulation, the method comprising:determining a position of the component in a production space optimized based on a process optimization criterion, wherein the position of the component is automatically determined such that dislocations of the component due to gravitational forces are minimized;
computing dislocations of the component and stresses on the component caused by the production process, wherein the dislocations, the stresses, or the dislocations and the stresses caused by the production process are caused by gravitational forces, changes in density of a material to be used for production of the component, or gravitational forces and changes in density of the material to be used for production of the component, wherein computing dislocations of the component comprises calculating displacements or shifts of the component, and wherein computing stresses on the component comprises calculating temperature-related changes in density of the material to be used for production of the component;
determining supporting structures optimized based on the process optimization criterion, wherein the supporting structures counteract the dislocations, the stresses, or the dislocations and the stresses;
determining a portion of the design of the component optimized based on a component optimization criterion; and
producing the component via the production process based on the determined optimized position of the component in the production space and the determined optimized supporting structures.

US Pat. No. 10,456,978

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING RUBBER

BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE...

1. An apparatus for disposing green rubber, the apparatus comprising:a housing comprising a base and a support structure;
an external source of green rubber;
an inlet for receiving the green rubber from the external source;
a nozzle mounted to the support structure and positioned to receive the green rubber from the inlet via a barrel connecting the inlet to the nozzle;
a ram mounted to the support structure separate and spaced apart from the inlet and barrel and configured to translate linearly along an extrusion axis of the nozzle and toward the inlet to apply a force to the green rubber so as to eject the green rubber from the nozzle;
temperature control elements configured to control temperature of the green rubber in the barrel;
a build surface upon which disposing of the ejected green rubber takes place;
a cutting instrument mounted between the nozzle and the build surface and configured to separate the green rubber from the nozzle;
a first vibration transducer that vibrates the cutting instrument; and
an actuator capable of moving at least one of the nozzle and the build surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,973

BLOW MOLDING APPARATUS AND BLOW MOLDING METHOD

DISCMA AG, Hunenberg (CH...

1. A blow molding method of supplying a pressurized liquid into a bottomed tubular preform fitted to a mold used for blow molding and molding the preform into a shape conforming to a cavity of the mold, the blow molding method comprising:a liquid supply step of supplying a pressurized liquid into the preform through a blow nozzle fitted to a mouth tubular portion of the preform by using a plunger pump; and
a peak pressure control step of changing an actuation rate and an actuation force of the plunger pump during the supply of the pressurized liquid into the preform to regulate a peak pressure of the liquid supplied into the preform to be from 3.5 MPa to 5.0 MPa,
wherein, in the peak pressure control step, upon an elapse of a predetermined time period from a start of the supply of the pressurized liquid into the preform, the actuation rate and the actuation force of the plunger pump are changed to values that are lower than those before the elapse of the predetermined time period so as to lower a pressure of the pressurized liquid supplied into the preform,
and wherein the predetermined time period from a start of a supply of a pressurized liquid into the preform to when the actuation rate and the actuation force of the plunger pump are changed is between 0.228 seconds and 0.5 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,456,962

HEAT-INSULATING WALL, AND HEAT-INSULATING HOUSING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for producing a heat-insulating housing, the method comprising:forming a heat-insulating space using a wall body; and
filling the heat-insulating space with a mixture of a plurality of polyols having different compositions, a polyisocyanate, a foaming agent and powder,
wherein a thermosetting urethane resin is formed by a polymerization reaction of the polyol mixture and the polyisocyanate,
a plurality of cells are formed in the thermosetting urethane resin,
a first through-hole is formed so as to extend through the thermosetting resin located between neighboring cells; and
a second through-hole is formed at an interface between the thermosetting resin and the powder,
the second through-hole is formed due to the powder being incompatible with the thermosetting urethane resin.

US Pat. No. 10,456,959

BAMBOO RAILROAD TIE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

TieBam, Inc., San Franci...

1. A method of manufacturing railroad crossties from bamboo, the method comprising:cutting bamboo stalks to be of equal length;
mashing the cut bamboo stalks;
heat-treating the mashed bamboo stalks to remove starch therefrom;
dipping the heat-treated bamboo stalks into a resin;
drying the dipped bamboo stalks in storage;
stacking the dried bamboo stalks tightly within a press mold of a hydraulic press;
compressing the stacked bamboo stalks in the press mold via the hydraulic press;
locking the compressed bamboo stalks under pressure within the hydraulic press so as to form densified compressed bamboo;
releasing the locking pressure of the hydraulic press;
heating the densified compressed bamboo in an oven while still within the press mold for at least two hours at 70 degrees Celsius;
removing the heated and densified compressed bamboo from the oven;
cooling the heated and densified compressed bamboo; and
removing the cooled and densified compressed bamboo from the press mold as a bamboo railroad crosstie.

US Pat. No. 10,456,957

MOLDING METHOD AND MOLD THEREFOR

KAGA SANGYO CO., LTD., N...

1. A method of molding a product by rotating a mold, comprising:(i) filling the mold with a material while the mold is not rotating;
(ii) after the mold has been filled with the material, exposing the mold to a partial vacuum while the mold is in an open position and imparting a rotary motion to the mold while subjecting the mold to the partial vacuum, thereby agitating and degassing the material, and thereby initiating rotational molding the product; and
(iii) after the rotational molding is initiated, shifting the mold from the open position to a closed position while the mold is rotating, thereby allowing the mold to define a final shape of the product.

US Pat. No. 10,456,932

CONDUCTION PATH STRUCTURE OF ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A conduction path structure of a robot, comprising:a structural mechanism which functions as a support and has plural conductor portions formed side by side along a circumferential direction so as to form a rigid skeletal portion surrounding an inner area of the structural mechanism;
an actuator that operates the structural mechanism; and
a conduction path through which driving power and/or a control signal is supplied to the actuator, wherein
the conduction path is comprised of the plural conductor portions.

US Pat. No. 10,456,931

MULTI-AXIS INDUSTRIAL SCARA ROBOT

Comau S.p.A., Grugliasco...

1. A multi-axis industrial robot, in particular of a SCARA type, comprising:a base structure;
a first arm pivotally connected to the base structure about a first axis of rotation;
a second arm pivotally connected to said first arm about a second axis of rotation parallel to said first axis of rotation; and
an operating unit carried by a shaft, which is mounted on said second arm and can be driven, by means of an actuation assembly, in a first movement of translation along a third axis and in a second movement of rotation about said third axis, said third axis being parallel to said first and second axes of rotation,
wherein said second arm comprises:
a base body fixed on which is said actuation assembly; and
a covering body, which is mounted on said base body,
wherein said base body and said covering body constitute a housing within which said actuation assembly is enclosed and separated from the external environment;
said robot being characterized in that said second arm comprises an intermediate body, which is fixed on said base body and has a structure that is set at least in part between said covering body and said actuation assembly and is provided with portions for fixing said covering body on said intermediate body in such a way that said covering body is fixed on said base body through said intermediate body and constitutes, together with said base body, the housing within which said actuation assembly and said intermediate body are enclosed, wherein said intermediate body further defines a wall, which is set between said covering body and said actuation assembly and is provided with said fixing portions;
wherein carried on said wall are at least one connector member for connection of a bundle of cables and/or tubes and means for signalling purposes and/or for controlling said robot;
wherein said covering body has an opening, which is set in a position corresponding to said wall in such a way that said connector member and/or said signalling and/or control means will emerge on the outside of said second arm;
wherein a first seal element having an annular shape is set between said wall and internal portions of said covering body that extend around said opening so that said fixing portions and said connector member and/or said signalling and/or control means are positioned in a region on the inside of said first seal element: and
wherein a second seal element is set between said base body and said covering body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,921

INDUSTRIAL-ROBOT CONTROL DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An industrial-robot control device comprising:a microphone attached to an industrial robot; and
a processor comprising a controller and a specific sound detector, the processor configured to:
detect, by the specific sound detector, a specific sound from a sound picked up by the microphone; and
activate the industrial robot from a stopped state to an operation state when the specific sound is detected by the specific-sound detector and changing the industrial robot from the operation state to a stopped state when the specific sound is not detected.

US Pat. No. 10,456,897

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE ACTUATION OF A GAS-POWERED FIXING TOOL AND THE CORRESPONDING DEVICE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method for controlling electronic ignition of a gas-powered fastener-driving tool, the method comprising:detecting a first mechanical event at a first point in time;
detecting a second mechanical event at a second point in time; and
after detecting the second mechanical event, if a time elapsed between the first and second points in time exceeds a first predetermined time period, generating a control signal to trigger ignition of a fuel/air mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,456,894

TOOL FOR REMOVING COLLARS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method comprising the steps of:providing a tool having a collet over a collar secured to a stud on a gas turbine engine system;
driving said collet to rotate and remove said collar from said stud;
wherein said collet includes a plurality of collet fingers and said collet fingers being driven between a released and a secured position, with said collet fingers being in said released position when initially placed over said collar, and then driven to said secured position prior to said collet fingers being driven to rotate and remove said collar;
wherein said collet fingers move with a piston within a housing and hydraulic fluid drives said piston to move said collet fingers to a relaxed position at which they define the released position, and a spring operating in opposition to said hydraulic fluid to drive said piston and said collet fingers to said secured position; and
wherein a single trigger is actuated to supply said hydraulic fluid to drive said piston, then to release the hydraulic fluid to allow said spring to move said piston and then to actuate a motor to drive said collet fingers.

US Pat. No. 10,456,893

CLUTCH WRENCH DEVICE

1. A clutch wrench device comprising:an elongated body including:
an elongated center portion;
a handle portion;
wherein said handle portion at located on a proximal end of said body; and
a head portion located on a distal end of said body, comprising:
a head encasement;
wherein said head encasement is formed having a round central opening therethrough; and
wherein said head encasement is formed having a notch within an inner surface forming said central opening;
a race member;
wherein said race member is formed having a ring-shape having an interior surface and an outer surface and is adapted to fit within said round central opening;
wherein said outer surface of said race member is adapted to include a keyway for holding a key;
an engagement member including:
an outer circumference having a circular shape and adapted to engage with and rotate with a sprag member;
an inner circumference having a polygonal shape adapted to releasably connect with a polygonal head of a bolt member;
a sprag member;
wherein said sprag member is formed having a ring-shape and is adapted to fit and rotate within said race member; and
wherein said sprag member includes a plurality of spaced sprags adapted to pivot and to lock against of said interior surface of said race member and against said outer circumference of said engagement member, such that said sprag member is adapted to frictionally grip to said race member when rotated in one direction, and move freely when turned in an opposing direction; and
a key;
wherein said key is adapted to have a rectangular shape to fit within said keyway of said outer surface of said race member and align with and fit within said notch in said inner surface of said central opening of said head encasement to lock and prevent rotation of said race member in relation to said head encasement.

US Pat. No. 10,456,887

VALVE GRINDING TOOL

JEFFRO, INC., Jacksonvil...

1. A valve grinding system comprising:a coupling, a threaded sleeve, an alignment tube, a rotary tool, and a grinding disk assembly,
the rotary tool including a motor, threaded collar and a chuck coupled to the motor;
the grinding disk assembly including an abrasive disk attached to a shank, the shank being retained in the chuck of the rotary tool;
the coupling including a first end, a second end and a coupling central channel extending from the first end of the coupling to the second end of the coupling, the first end of the coupling being open and including internal threads for connecting to a rotary tool, the second end of the coupling being open and opposite to the first end of the coupling; and
the alignment tube including a first end, a second end and an alignment tube channel extending from the first end of the alignment tube to the second end of the alignment tube and having a central alignment tube longitudinal axis, the first end of the alignment tube being open and including internal threads for connecting to the threaded sleeve;
the threaded sleeve including a central channel, and the threaded sleeve coupling the second end of the coupling to the first end of the alignment tube, a distance between the second end of the coupling and the first end of the alignment tube being adjustable by threadedly receiving a portion of the threaded sleeve in one of the central channel of the coupling and the channel of the alignment tube, and the central channel of the threaded sleeve having a central longitudinal axis; and
the second end of the alignment tube and the central channel of the alignment tube being sized to receive an end of a stem of a valve to be ground, and the alignment tube channel being sized to receive the abrasive disk attached to the shank of the grinding disk assembly, the valve grinding system being separate from the valve and the stem of a valve to be ground.

US Pat. No. 10,456,886

POROUS CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING PADS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method of forming a porous polishing pad, comprising:depositing a plurality of composite layers with a 3D printer to reach a target thickness, wherein depositing the plurality of composite layers comprises:
dispensing one or more droplets of a curable resin precursor composition onto a support;
dispensing one or more droplets of a porosity-forming composition onto the support, wherein at least one component of the porosity-forming composition is removable to form pores in the porous polishing pad; and
exposing the dispensed one or more droplets of the curable resin precursor composition and the dispensed one or more droplets of the porosity-forming composition to at least one of an annealing process, a rinsing process, or both to remove the at least one component of the porosity-forming composition to form the pores in the porous polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,456,884

LINER SYSTEM FOR A MILL SHELL

Polycorp Ltd., Elora, On...

1. A liner system for installation in a rotatable mill shell having an inner side and an opposed outer side, the liner system comprising:at least one lifter bar comprising:
a body thereof;
a channel plate secured to the body and defining a channel axis;
the channel plate comprising a central portion aligned with the channel axis and at least one lateral extension extending transversely from the central portion in relation to the channel axis;
the channel plate additionally comprising at least one outer arm and a cavity that is at least partially defined by said at least one outer arm;
at least one insert element positioned between said at least one lateral extension and the inner side of the mill shell, for resisting outward movement of said at least one lateral extension toward the inner side;
at least one attachment assembly comprising:
a fixing washer at least partially positioned in the cavity and engaged with said at least one outer arm, said at least one outer arm being formed to resist movement of the fixing washer outwardly, toward the inner side of the mill shell;
a bolt defining a bolt axis and extending between inner and outer ends, the bolt comprising a head at the inner end engageable with the fixing washer, the bolt being positionable in a predetermined position relative to the mill shell in which the bolt axis is substantially aligned with the channel axis, with the inner end engaged with the fixing washer and the outer end positioned outside the mill shell;
a nut threadably engageable with the bolt at the bolt's outer end;
an outer washer between the nut and the outer side of the mill shell, and engageable with the outer side of the mill shell when the nut is tightened to subject the bolt to tension, to urge the head outwardly toward the inner side of the mill shell, securing the lifter bar inside the mill shell; and
said at least one insert element being configured to maintain the bolt in the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,876

MOBILE PIPE CUTTING STATION

1. A self-contained mobile pipe-cutting station, the station comprising an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) container including: a pipe cutting room comprising a first exterior door for egress to an ambient environment at a first end and an interior door at a second end, respectively, of the pipe cutting room and an at least one ISO portal door for egress to the ambient environment on the first end; a temperature controlled clean room separated from the pipe cutting room with a steel wall with the interior door therethrough, the pipe cutting room housing a plurality of components therein including: a rail system extending substantially a length of the pipe cutting room, and slidably mounted on a ceiling of the pipe cutting room, a powered hoist and a powered trolley moveably mounted on the rail system, a pipe conveyor mounted on a floor and aligned with the rail system to provide a hallway between the first exterior door and the interior door, a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) pipe cutter and a powered exterior conveyor, the powered exterior conveyor removably housed in the hallway and for locating outside the ISO container, the clean room housing a plurality of components therein including: a CNC pipe cutter electrical control box which is in electrical communication with the CNC pipe cutter, a computer which is in electronic communication with the CNC pipe cutter and includes a data management system, a heating and air conditioning unit, a dust extraction duct in fluid communication with the pipe cutting room, and a dust and fume collector removably housed in the clean room for locating outside the ISO container and in fluid communication with the dust extraction duct.

US Pat. No. 10,456,869

LASER PROCESSING DEVICE HAVING PREPROCESSING CONTROLLER AND LASER PROCESSING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A laser processing device having a laser oscillator, a storage unit configured to store a processing program and processing conditions including an output condition of the laser oscillator, and a controller configured to issue a command to perform laser processing in accordance with the processing program, the laser processing device being configured to perform laser processing by irradiating a workpiece with a laser beam from the laser oscillator, the laser processing device comprising:a light quantity measuring unit configured to measure the light quantity of light reflected or emitted from a processing point irradiated with the laser beam from the laser oscillator;
a first storage unit configured to store high output conditions, which are previously found by an experiment or calculation in accordance with at least some of the processing conditions and which include an irradiation intensity and irradiation time, at which the workpiece is melted, changed in shape, or denatured;
a second storage unit configured to store low output conditions, which are previously found by an experiment or calculation in accordance with at least some of the processing conditions and which include the irradiation intensity and irradiation time, at which the work piece is not melted, changed in shape, or denatured;
a preprocessing controller which performs the following sequence steps:
issues a first command to perform preprocessing of a the workpiece under the high output conditions, issues a second command to irradiate the workpiece with the laser beam from the laser oscillator under the low output conditions, issues a third command to measure a first light quantity measured by the light quantity measuring unit after the workpiece is irradiated with the laser beam from the laser oscillator under the low output conditions, issues a fourth command of whether to start the laser processing, based on the measured first light quantity, and the laser processing including at least one of piercing, cutting, welding, or marking of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,456,865

WELDING METHOD AND WELDING STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A welding method comprising:overlapping a plurality of welding objects constituted by at least one aluminum alloy; and
emitting, from a thickness direction of the overlapped welding objects, laser light to a surface of one of the welding objects to join together the welding objects by making a weld that includes a plurality of nuggets formed along a closed curve on the welding objects, each of the nuggets being formed by scanning the laser light along a spiral-shaped path at a position that the nugget is to be formed, wherein:
the surface is arranged during the emitting of the laser light in a direction having a nonzero vertical component,
a ratio of a diameter of each of the nuggets to a pitch dimension between ones of the nuggets that are adjacent to each other is larger than ½ and no more than 1,
a ratio of the diameter of each of the nuggets to a thickness of the overlapped plurality of welding objects is no more than 3, and
the thickness of the overlapped plurality of welding objects corresponds to a total value of thicknesses of the overlapped plurality of welding objects and a thickness of a gap between the welding objects.

US Pat. No. 10,456,857

ELECTRON BEAM MELTING AND CUTTING COMPOSITE 3D PRINTING APPARATUS

Yuanmeng Precision Techno...

1. An electron beam melting and cutting composite 3D printing apparatus, comprising:a box defining a cavity in a vacuum state, the cavity containing a cutting structure, a first Y-direction guide rail, a Y-direction movable platform movably connected to the first Y-direction guide rail and movable along the first Y-direction guide rail, and a second Y-direction guide rail parallel to the first Y-direction guide rail and located above the first Y-direction guide rail, wherein the Y-direction movable platform is provided thereon with a Z-direction movable platform that is movable up and down with respect to the Y-direction movable platform and configured for metal powder to be spread thereon;
an electron beam gun mounted on the box and configured to emit an electron beam into the cavity to melt the metal powder spread on the Z-direction movable platform, wherein the cutting structure comprises a cutting head configured for cutting a structural component formed by the melted metal powder on the Z-direction movable platform;
a three-axis movable structure in the cavity and configured for driving the cutting head to move in space, wherein the three-axis movable structure comprises a Y-direction movable rod, an X-direction movable block, and a Z-direction movable head, wherein the Y-direction movable rod is movably connected to the second Y-direction guide rail and is provided thereon with an X-direction guide rail extending in the X direction, wherein the X-direction movable block is movably connected to the X-direction guide rail and is provided thereon with a Z-direction guide rail extending in the Z direction, wherein the Z-direction movable head is movably connected to the Z-direction guide rail, and wherein the cutting head is connected to the Z-direction movable head; and
a shielding case arranged in the cavity between the electron beam gun and the Z-direction movable platform, wherein the shielding case defines a through-cavity between an upper opening and a lower opening of the shielding case, wherein the upper opening of the shielding case is aligned with the electron beam gun, and the lower opening of the shielding case is aligned with the Z-direction movable platform.

US Pat. No. 10,456,853

ARC WELDING CONTROL METHOD

DAIHEN CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An arc welding control method comprising:alternating feeding of a welding wire between forward feeding and reverse feeding periodically according to a feeding rate pattern, the feeding rate pattern including a forward feeding amplitude, a reverse feeding amplitude, a forward feeding period and a reverse feeding period, the feeding rate pattern being stored in association with an average feeding rate setting value;
generating short-circuiting periods and arc periods to perform welding;
automatically correcting the feeding rate pattern; and
overwriting the feeding rate pattern, stored in association with the average feeding rate setting value, with the automatically-corrected feeding rate pattern upon completion of the welding,
wherein the automatically correcting the feeding rate pattern comprises:
detecting, by an encoder in a feeding motor that feeds the welding wire, a feeding rate of the welding wire;
calculating an average feeding rate of the welding wire based on the detected feeding rate of the welding wire;
calculating a difference between the calculated average feeding rate and the average feeding rate setting value; and
changing at least one of the forward feeding amplitude, the reverse feeding amplitude, the forward feeding period or the reverse feeding period based on the calculated difference, so that the calculated average feeding rate equals the average feeding rate setting value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,851

WELDING SYSTEM WITH POTTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding-type system comprising:an input circuit disposed to receive input power and to provide intermediate power;
a power circuit, having a power control input and at least one switch responsive to the control input, and wherein the power circuit is disposed to receive intermediate power and provide welding type output power;
a controller, having a set point input and a control output, wherein the control output is connected to the power control input;
wherein a first subset of components from at least one of the power circuit, input circuit and controller are disposed on a first circuit board; wherein the adhesive is a different material from the potting compound, and wherein the power circuit further includes a second subset of components; and
a potting barrier affixed to the first circuit board using at least an adhesive, and wherein the first subset of components are mounted on the circuit board within the potting barrier; and
potting compound in the entire area within the potting barrier and on the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,456,845

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

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert, comprising:an upper surface comprising a first side part;
a lower surface comprising a second side part;
a side surface located between the upper surface and the lower surface;
an upper edge being located at the first side part and comprising a first upper edge and a second upper edge; and
a lower edge being located at the second side part and comprising a first lower edge and a second lower edge;
wherein a central axis is an imaginary line through a center of the upper surface and a center of the lower surface,
wherein the first lower edge is located below the second upper edge and the second lower edge is located below the first upper edge,
wherein the side surface comprises
a first surface extending downward from the second upper edge,
a second surface extending upward from the first lower edge,
a third surface extending downward from the first upper edge, and
a fourth surface extending upward from the second lower edge,
wherein the first surface and the fourth surface are located along the central axis,
wherein the second surface is in inclination and in departure from the central axis as going from the lower surface toward the upper surface, and
wherein the third surface is in inclination and in departure from the central axis as going from the upper surface toward the lower surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,841

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL IN WHICH HARD COATING LAYERS EXHIBITS EXCELLENT CHIPPING RESISTANCE

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprising:a tool body, wherein
a hard coating layer is formed on a surface of the tool body made of any of tungsten carbide-based cemented carbide, titanium carbonitride-based cermet, and a cubic boron nitride-based ultrahigh-pressure sintered body,
(a) the hard coating layer includes at least a layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride of Ti and Al, having an average layer thickness of 1 to 20 ?m,
(b) the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride includes at least a phase of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure,
(c) the layer of a complex nitride or complex carbonitride includes at least an upper layer in which a periodic compositional variation in Ti and Al is present in crystal grains having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure, and a lower layer in which a periodic compositional variation in Ti and Al is not present in crystal grains having an NaCl type face-centered cubic structure,
(d) in a case where the upper layer is expressed by the composition formula: (Ti1-xAlx)(CyN1-y), an average amount Xavg of Al in the total amount of Ti and Al and an average amount Yavg of C in the total amount of C and N (where both Xavg and Yavg are atomic ratios) respectively satisfy 0.70?Xavg?0.95 and 0?Yavg?0.005, and
(e) in a case where the lower layer is expressed by the composition formula: (Ti1-uAlu)(CvN1-v), an average amount Uavg of Al in the total amount of Ti and Al and an average amount Vavg of C in the total amount of C and N (where both Uavg and Vavg are atomic ratios) respectively satisfy 0?Uavg<0.70 and 0?Vavg?0.005.

US Pat. No. 10,456,822

TANDEM WATER SPOT COOLING DEVICE FOR TOP DIE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD, ...

1. A tandem water spot cooling device for a top die, comprising:a spot cooling device main body, a lower sealing plate, an outer-ring circular track, an inner-ring serpentine passage, outer-ring flow dividing baffles, inner-ring flow dividing baffles, outer-ring through holes, inner-ring through holes, bolt hole reservation positions, stripper rod reservation positions, and water inlet and outlet connection through holes, wherein the spot cooling device main body is a steel disc, and comprises the outer-ring circular track and the inner-ring serpentine passage which are connected together end to end, respectively; the outer-ring through holes and the outer-ring flow dividing baffles are provided in the outer-ring circular track, and the outer-ring through holes are connected to cooling holes in a top die of a die; the inner-ring through holes and the inner-ring flow dividing baffles are provided in the inner-ring serpentine passage, and the inner-ring through holes are connected to the cooling holes in the top die of the die; the spot cooling device main body is provided with the stripper rod reservation positions at an inner side of the inner-ring serpentine passage; the spot cooling device main body is provided with the bolt hole reservation positions; the lower sealing plate is disposed below the spot cooling device main body, and the spot cooling device main body and the lower sealing plate are configured to encircle the outer-ring circular track and the inner-ring serpentine passage to form closed ducts; and the outer-ring circular track and the inner-ring serpentine passage of the tandem water spot cooling device for the top die are connected to the water inlet and outlet connection through holes, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,456,819

MEMORY INTERFACE CONFIGURABLE FOR ASYNCHRONOUS AND SYNCHRONOUS OPERATION AND FOR ACCESSING STORAGE FROM ANY CLOCK DOMAIN

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A system comprising:a memory controller; and
a memory device coupled to and external to the memory controller, the memory device comprising:
a storage array having dual configurability to support both synchronous and asynchronous modes of operation; and
a control logic including a control signal multiplexer coupled to a chain of registers, wherein the control signal multiplexer is configured to selectively forward a clock signal or an asynchronous control signal to the chain of registers depending on a selected mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,809

VIBRATING SCREEN FOR AN INLET HOPPER OF A CONVEYOR

1. A vibrating screen in combination with an inlet hopper of a conveyor for screening particulate material fed into the inlet hopper, the inlet hopper comprising:side walls which define upper edges of the inlet hopper, the upper edges being disposed around a periphery of the inlet hopper and delimiting an inlet opening at or adjacent a top of the inlet hopper;
the side walls having upper portions which locate the upper edges at respective tops of the upper portions;
the side walls further including inner shoulders extending inwardly from the upper portions of the side walls at locations spaced below the upper edges, the inner shoulders defining upper support surfaces and terminating at edges spaced inwardly from the upper portions that delimit an opening sized smaller than the inlet opening;
the vibrating screen comprising:
a screen spanning longitudinally between first and second screen ends and laterally between opposing screen sides which join the first and second screen ends, the screen having openings sized to receive at least individual particles of the particulate material therethrough;
a mounting assembly arranged for removably mounting to the inlet hopper of the conveyor;
a suspension system resiliently supporting the screen on the mounting assembly such that the screen spans across at least a portion of the inlet opening;
a vibrating device arranged for vibrating the screen relative to the inlet hopper of the conveyor;
the mounting assembly comprising a frame removably supported on the inner shoulders of the side walls of the inlet hopper;
the frame defining a bottom surface along a periphery of the frame that is disposed in removable contact with the upper support surfaces of the inner shoulders;
an inner side of the frame defined inwardly of the bottom surface delimiting an opening through which the particulate material can pass from the screen to the inlet hopper; and
an outer side of the frame defined outwardly of the bottom surface and opposite to the inner side being sized and shaped in a manner substantially matching the upper portions of the side walls of the inlet hopper so that the outer side of the frame is substantially disposed in removable contact with the upper portions of the side walls to resist movement of the frame relative to the inlet hopper when the screen is vibrating.

US Pat. No. 10,456,792

SINGLE, THIEF-SAMPLING, CALIBRATION AND CONTROL OF SEPARATOR APPARATUS AND METHOD

THOUGHT PRESERUE, LLC

1. A method comprising:providing a tank comprising walls and a floor;
providing a mixture, effectively inseparable by the influence of gravity in a commercially reasonable time;
filling the tank from the floor to a liquid level thereabove with a fixed volume of the mixture to be drained therefrom at a later time, leaving an overlayer thereabove comprising a gaseous composition;
thief-sampling the mixture by extracting a sample as a single volume of the mixture drawn exclusively from proximate a surface representing the liquid level in the tank;
separating the sample into at least three layers;
measuring a light fraction of the sample constituting a light component, a heavy fraction of the sample constituting a heavy component, and a solid fraction of the sample constituting a solid component, based on the contents corresponding to the at least three layers; and
calibrating a BS&W sensor detecting the heavy component in a flow drawn before operation of a centrifuge operably connected between the tank and the BS&W sensor, the flow taken from proximate the liquid level and unseparated, based on the heavy fraction; and
controlling the flow from the tank into the centrifuge, during its operation as a separator, based on a residual amount of the heavy component remaining in the light component downstream from the centrifuge as detected by the BS&W sensor thereat.

US Pat. No. 10,456,781

FLUID INSPECTION DEVICE

SKYLA CORPORATION HSINCHU...

1. A fluid inspection device, comprising:at least one channel including a top channel surface and a bottom channel surface, wherein a first spacing is formed therebetween;
at least one chamber communicating with the at least one channel from which a fluid flows into the at least one chamber and including a top chamber surface, a bottom chamber surface and a fluid-filling area, the fluid-filling area is a portion of the at least one chamber filling with the fluid communicating with the at least one channel, wherein a second spacing is formed between the top chamber surface of at least a portion of the fluid-filling area and the bottom chamber surface corresponding to the at least a portion of the fluid-filling area; and
a through opening communicating with the at least one chamber and an outside of the fluid inspection device,
the second spacing of the at least one chamber is smaller than the first spacing of the at least one channel,
wherein the top chamber surface comprises a top sub surface, a top protruding surface and a first join surface connecting the top sub surface and the top protruding surface, and a first step is formed between the top protruding surface and the first join surface,
the bottom chamber surface comprises a bottom sub surface, a bottom protruding surface and a second joint surface connecting the bottom sub surface and the bottom protruding surface, and a second step is formed between the bottom protruding surface and the second join surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,751

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HOLLOW FIBER CARBON MEMBRANE AND SEPARATION MEMBRANE MODULE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A method of producing a hollow fiber carbon membrane, the method comprising:a preparation step of preparing a precursor made of an organic polymer compound in the form of a hollow fiber;
a preheating step of heating the precursor to a temperature of 150° C. to 400° C. in an atmosphere containing an oxygen gas; and
a carbonization step of heating the precursor which has been subjected to the preheating step to a temperature of 450° C. to 850° C., thereby carbonizing the precursor;
wherein the carbonization step comprises heating the precursor in the presence of a hydrocarbon gas which may contain a nitrogen atom and which has from 1 to 8 carbon atoms, and the hydrocarbon gas is supplied from an external source.

US Pat. No. 10,456,737

ABSORBING LIQUID, METHOD FOR PREPARING ABSORBING LIQUID, AND DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING CO2 OR H2S OR BOTH

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An absorbing liquid which absorbs CO2 or H2S or both contained in a gas, the absorbing liquid comprising:1) at least one tertiary-monoamine main agent selected from the group consisting of N-methyldiethanolamine, N-ethyldiethanolamine, N-butyldiethanolamine, 4-dimethylamino-1-butanol, 2-dimethylaminoethanol, 2-diethylaminoethanol, 2-di-n-butylaminoethanol, N-ethyl-N-methylethanolamine, 3-dimethylamino-1-propanol, and 2-dimethylamino-2-methyl-1-propanol;
2) at least one secondary-diamine first additive selected from the group consisting of piperazine, 2-methylpiperazine, 2,3-dimethylpiperazine, 2,5-dimethylpiperazine, N,N?-dimethylethanediamine, N,N?-dimethylpropanediamine, N,N?-diethylethylenediamine, N,N?-diethylpropanediamine, N,N?-diisopropylethylenediamine, and N,N?-ditertiarybutylethanediamine; and
3) at least one secondary-monoamine secondary additive selected from the group consisting of 2-ethylaminoethanol, 2-n-propylaminoethanol, 2-n-butylaminoethanol, 2-n-pentylaminoethanol, 2-isopropylaminoethanol, 2-sec-butylaminoethanol, and 2-isobutylaminoethanol;
wherein a concentration of the secondary-diamine is within a range of 0.05 to 0.5 in terms of an additive concentration index represented by Expression (I) in a case of measuring the acid dissociation index at 20° C. using water as a solvent:
Additive concentration index=[secondary-diamine acid dissociation index (pKa)/tertiary-monoamine acid dissociation index (pKa)]index ratio×[secondary-diamine molar concentration (mol/L)/tertiary-monoamine molar concentration (mol/L)]molar ratio; and  (I)
wherein the weight ratio of the secondary monoamine is within a range of 0.05 to 0.55 with respect to the total sum of the tertiary monoamine and the secondary diamine.

US Pat. No. 10,456,734

CO2 RECOVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF RECOVERING CO2

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A CO2 recovery system comprising:a CO2 absorber that brings a CO2-containing flue gas with a CO2 absorbent and removes CO2 from the CO2-containing flue gas;
an absorbent regenerator that separates CO2 from a rich solution which has absorbed CO2 and regenerates the CO2 absorbent as a lean solution;
a rich solution supply line that supplies the rich solution from a bottom of the CO2 absorber to a rich solution supply portion on a top side of the absorbent regenerator;
a lean solution supply line that supplies the lean solution from a bottom of the absorbent regenerator to a lean solution supply portion of the CO2 absorber;
a rich/lean solution heat exchanger that exchanges heat between the rich solution and the lean solution, provided at an intersection between the rich solution supply line and the lean solution supply line;
a first dividing portion that divides a part of the rich solution as a first divided rich solution, provided at a downstream side of the rich/lean solution heat exchanger in the rich solution supply line;
a first rich solution dividing line that is divided from the first dividing portion and connected to a first supply position on a side wall positioned lower than the rich solution supply portion on the top side of the absorbent regenerator, and supplies the first divided rich solution to the first supply position of the absorbent regenerator to which the first divided rich solution is introduced therefrom and CO2 absorbent which has released a part or a large part of CO2 from the rich solution falls as a semi-lean solution from the top side of the absorbent regenerator;
a first rich solution heat exchanger that preheats the first divided rich solution, provided in the first rich solution dividing line; and
a first flow rate control device that controls a flow rate of the first divided rich solution such that the rich solution is preheated to a predetermined temperature in the first rich solution heat exchanger, provided between the first dividing portion and the first rich solution heat exchanger in the first rich solution dividing line,
wherein the first rich solution dividing line directly supplies rich solution to the first rich solution heat exchanger and the first rich solution heat exchanger directly supplies a heated rich solution to the first supply position of the absorbent regenerator.

US Pat. No. 10,456,724

MELT SPUN FILTRATION MEDIA FOR RESPIRATORY DEVICES AND FACE MASKS

E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AN...

1. A nanofibrous web comprising polymeric fibers that are intimately comingled and entangled in a single layer, stand-alone network, and wherein:(a) the fibers comprise at least 70% nanofibers, 5%-25% microfibers, and up to 5% coarse fibers by number percentage;
(b) a number average diameter of all the fibers is less than 1000 nm and a median diameter of all the fibers is less than 500 nm; and
(c) the nanofibrous web has an apparent density of 0.01 to 0.05 g/cm3, an electrostatic charge of at least 12 kV as measured at a distance of 25 mm, and an effective quality factor (eQF) of greater than about 2.5 (Pa·g/cm3)?1.

US Pat. No. 10,456,722

INTEGRATED OXYGEN REMOVAL UNIT AND FUEL FILTER

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A system for use in a gas turbine engine fuel supply comprising:a housing defining a fuel inlet, a fuel outlet and an oxygen outlet;
a filter positioned within the housing configured to allow fuel to pass radially through the filter; and
an oxygen removal unit positioned within the housing configured to remove oxygen from fuel encountering the oxygen removal unit after the fuel has passed through the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,705

FLUE GAS CONDENSATION WATER EXTRACTION SYSTEM

Chunxiao Liu, Xilingol L...

1. A flue gas condensation water extraction system, comprising:a flue gas condensation end system;
a flue gas refrigeration source end system; and
a water supply and drainage system,
wherein the flue gas condensation end system comprises a desulfurization absorption tower, a flue gas purification condensation tower, and a condensate storage tank,
wherein the desulfurization absorption tower is provided with a flue gas inlet,
wherein the flue gas purification condensation tower is disposed above the desulfurization absorption tower,
wherein the flue gas purification condensation tower is provided with a flue gas outlet, a water inlet, and a drain,
wherein the flue gas refrigeration source end system comprises a cooling tower, wherein the drain is connected to the condensate storage tank via a descending condensate water pipe,
wherein the water inlet is connected to the cooling tower via a circulating water supply pipe,
wherein a circulating water pump is arranged on the circulating water supply pipe, wherein the cooling tower is connected to the condensate storage tank via a circulating water return pipe,
wherein the circulating water return pipe and the circulating water supply pipe are respectively provided with valves,
wherein the water supply and drainage system includes an underground water storage tank, which is connected to the condensate water storage tank via a water filling pipe,
wherein the water filling pipe is provided with a water pump,
wherein underground water storage tank is connected to the circulating water return pipe and circulating water supply pipe via a drain pipe, and wherein the drain pipe is provided with a drain valve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,700

SNOWMAN MAKING APPARATUS

1. A snowman making apparatus comprising: three bowl elements of different sizes, wherein the three different sizes are for three different segments of a snowman, a base segment, a mid-section segment and a head segment;wherein each bowl element is substantially hemispherical;
wherein each bowl element has an open top, and an aperture at a base of the bowl element to facilitate collection of snow in the bowl element, via dragging the bowl element in a horizontal position over a surface of snow, producing a formed hemisphere snow section;
the bottom aperture of the base segment and mid-section segment are substantially the same size in order to create a stable setting for the mid-section segment to sit securely on to the base segment as well as the base section to sit securely on to the ground;
the hemispherical bowl element interior is smooth for easy release of the formed hemisphere snow section;
the hemispherical bowl element exterior comprises a plurality of circumnavigating ribs, to add structural strength to the bowl element;
the apparatus is provided a fourth, smaller bowl element in order to form smaller size and combinations of snowmen.

US Pat. No. 10,456,693

RING SWING

1. A swing comprising:a ring;
a first handle projecting from an inner side of the ring on a first side of the ring;
a second handle projecting from the inner side of the ring on a second side of the ring, wherein the first handle and the second handle each forms a surrounded opening inwardly spaced from the ring for reception of portions of a user's hand and wherein the first handle and the second handle are each U-shaped with bottom flanges secured to the ring; and a seat, having an upper concave surface, mounted to the ring and extending along an interior of the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,456,692

MOBILE TERMINAL WITH CALL FUNCTION OR TEXTING FUNCTION, OR A FUNCTION AS A GAME TERMINAL, GAME PROGRAM AND GAME METHOD EXECUTED BY MOBILE TERMINAL

1. A mobile terminal, comprising:a controller configured to execute an application;
a display unit configured to display an application screen of the application for a user of the mobile terminal; and
a movement determination unit configured to determine a movement speed of the mobile terminal;
the controller configured to determine a current speed category from among a plurality of predefined speed categories that the movement speed is within, the plurality of predefined speed categories including a first speed category of one or more first speeds and a second speed category of one or more second speeds, the one or more first speeds being lower than the one or more second speeds;
the controller configured to control display of an update of the application screen by the application based on the current speed category, the control including prohibiting or restricting display of the update when the movement speed is determined to be within the first speed category and not prohibiting or restricting display of the update when the movement speed is determined to be within the second speed category.

US Pat. No. 10,456,684

ATTENTION CONTROL FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating an image obtained by imaging a player object and an attention object in a virtual space by using a virtual camera, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
control at least a position of the player object with any degree of freedom based on an input by a player;
set an object in the virtual space as the attention object; and
perform attention control for controlling position and direction of the virtual camera in such a manner that both of the player object and the attention object are included in an imaging range of the virtual camera based on the position of the player object and a position of the attention object, wherein when performing attention control, the degree of freedom of controlling the position is not limited,
wherein the attention control is executed during a period of time in which a first user interface receives a first preset operation, or during a period of time starting from when a second user interface receives a second preset operation to activate the attention control and ending when the second user interface receives another preset operation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,679

DISPLAY OF SYSTEM-LEVEL ACHIEVEMENTS WITH REAL-TIME UPDATING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method comprising:storing, at a cloud service, achievement data describing performance of a user in a gaming application for execution on a computing device;
receiving, at the cloud service, a request from the computing device for at least a portion of the achievement data;
responsive to the received request, filtering, by a processor, the achievement data based on contextual criteria on the cloud service;
providing, by the processor, the filtered achievement data to the computing device for display to a user during gameplay; and
updating, by the cloud service, the achievement data by:
intermittently receiving data corresponding to gaming progress based at least in part on the execution of the gaming application on the computing device;
generating, by the cloud service, additional achievement data based at least in part on the data corresponding to the gaming progress; and
providing, by the cloud service, the additional achievement data to the computing device for display to the user during the gameplay.

US Pat. No. 10,456,667

TOUCHSCREEN-BASED CONTROL METHOD AND TERMINAL

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. A touchscreen-based control method for improving user experience of online gaming, the method performed at a terminal having one or more processors, memory for storing programs, and a touchscreen display, the method comprising:detecting, by the terminal, a first user touch acting on a first icon displayed on the touchscreen display, the first icon corresponding to a first operation of an online game;
in response to detecting the first user touch:
displaying, by the terminal, an auxiliary control region and a candidate effect range region on the touchscreen display, wherein (1) the auxiliary control region is a first predetermined area of the touchscreen display, (2) the candidate effect range region is a second predetermined area of the touchscreen display, (3) the candidate effect range region occupies a larger area of the touchscreen display than the auxiliary control region and (4) the distance between the candidate effect range and the first icon is greater than the distance between the auxiliary control region and the first icon; and
establishing, by the terminal, a mapping relationship between a location of the candidate effect range region and a location of the auxiliary control region;
detecting, by the terminal on the touchscreen display, a user action dragging the first icon to a first position in the auxiliary control region;
responsive to the user action and in accordance with the mapping relationship, obtaining, by the terminal, a first effect range in the candidate effect range region according to the first position in the auxiliary control region; and
performing, by the terminal, the first operation corresponding to the first icon on a virtual target in the obtained first effect range.

US Pat. No. 10,456,641

WEIGHT MEMBER FOR A GOLF CLUB HEAD

SRI SPROTS LIMITED, Kobe...

1. A method comprising:forming a first weight having a first finished mass and a second weight having a second finished mass that is different than the first finished mass, thereby defining a variation in finished mass, by:
(a) forming a first intermediate weight body having a first head, including a first head end, and a first shaft, including a first shaft end opposite the first head end, and a first shaft outer diameter the first shaft comprising a first shaft length;
(b) forming a second intermediate weight body having a second head, including a second head end, and a second shaft, including a second shaft end opposite the second head end, and a second shaft outer diameter that is substantially equal to the first shaft outer diameter;
(c) removing an amount of mass from the first intermediate body to form an internal bore extending inwardly through the first intermediate body from the first head end, resulting in a non-zero variation in mass between the first intermediate body and the second intermediate body at least partially contributing to the variation in finished mass, the internal bore comprising a bore depth that is greater than the first shaft length; and
(d) configuring the first and second intermediate weight bodies for interchangeable association within a weight port of a golf club head.

US Pat. No. 10,456,640

HOCKEY STICK WITH VARIABLE STIFFNESS SHAFT

Bauer Hockey, LLC, Exete...

1. A shaft structure of a hockey stick formed by a method comprising the steps of:wrapping a mandrel with fiber tape to form a wrapped shaft structure;
removing the mandrel from the wrapped shaft structure to reveal an internal shaft cavity;
inserting an inflatable bladder into the internal shaft cavity;
positioning the wrapped shaft structure within a mold;
heating the mold and expanding a bladder within the cavity to urge the fiber tape toward the walls of the mold; and
cooling the mold, contracting the bladder, and removing the bladder from the shaft structure,
wherein the walls of the mold impart an outer geometry on the shaft structure that includes a first portion having a cross-sectional geometry with at least five sides along a length of the shaft structure, and a second portion,
wherein the first portion has a bending stiffness that varies along the length of the first portion and is greater than a second bending stiffness of the second portion, due to the first portion having a greater second moment of inertia than the second portion,
wherein the first portion has a maximum bending stiffness at a point along the shaft between 11 and 18 inches from heel of the hockey stick, and
wherein the maximum bending stiffness is at least 10% higher than a bending stiffness at a point where the shaft structure is coupled to a blade of the hockey stick.

US Pat. No. 10,456,614

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF AN ASSISTIVE FORCE FOR REHABILITATION/THERAPY AND WEIGHT TRAINING EXERCISE MACHINES AND STANDS

Omegamax Holding Company,...

1. An assist apparatus for delivering an assist force to a human subject at a rehabilitation/therapy exercise station comprising:a motorized assist assembly including a motor driven reel, the assembly configured to generate a non-zero assist force through the reel;
a flexible assist member having first and second opposing ends, the first end being secured to the reel so as to permit the member to be wound onto and from the reel by operation of the motorized assist assembly;
a harness configured to support the human subject, the harness being operably connected to the second end of the flexible assist member to apply the assist force generated by the motorized assist assembly to a human subject in the harness;
a human-machine interface configured to receive human input of variable parameters for assistance control including entry of at least a user selected non-zero assist force; and
a main digital controller operably connected with at least the motorized assist assembly and the human-machine interface, the main digital controller being programmed to automatically convert the user selected non-zero assist force into control signals suitable to operate the motorized assist assembly exclusive of further user input to provide the user selected non-zero assist force through the flexible assist member and harness to at least partially support the weight of the human subject during exercise,
wherein the human input of variable parameters comprises at least one of a number of repetitions of the exercise, or differing concentric and eccentric assist forces to be provided during the concentric portion and the eccentric portion of the exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,456,611

OXYGEN REDUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING AN OXYGEN REDUCTION SYSTEM

AMRONA AG, Zug (CH)

10. A method for configuring an oxygen reduction system for an enclosed area, wherein the method comprises steps of:dividing a predefined time cycle into a plurality of consecutive time periods;
establishing an average total air exchange rate of the enclosed area for each of the time periods;
weighting the established average total air exchange rate in terms of respective durations of the corresponding time periods; and
adapting and/or selecting a gas separation system of the oxygen reduction system in consideration of weighted average total air exchange rates of the enclosed area such that an oxygen concentration in a spatial atmosphere of the enclosed area always remains within a range between a predefined operating concentration and a predefinable lower limit concentration when the gas separation system is continuously operated in a first operating mode in which a volume of an oxygen-reduced gas mixture or an oxygen-displacing gas within a predefined range or a definable range is continuously provided at an outlet of the gas separation system per unit of time.

US Pat. No. 10,456,610

STABILITY SYSTEM FOR A FIRE APPARATUS

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A fire apparatus comprising:a chassis;
a body assembly coupled to the chassis;
a front cabin coupled to a front end of the chassis forward of the body assembly;
a front axle coupled to the chassis, proximate the front end of the chassis;
at least one rear axle coupled to the chassis, proximate a rear end of the chassis;
a ladder assembly having a proximal end that is coupled to the chassis between the front axle and the at least one rear axle; and
a stability system including:
a pair of front downriggers coupled to the front end of the chassis, the pair of front downriggers selectively extendable to engage a ground surface;
a pair of rear downriggers coupled to the rear end of the chassis rearward of the at least one rear axle, the pair of rear downriggers selectively extendable to engage the ground surface; and
an outrigger assembly coupled to the chassis between the front axle and the at least one rear axle, the outrigger assembly including a pair of outriggers that are selectively extendable from the body assembly, wherein the pair of outriggers extend laterally from the body assembly at an angle relative to a horizontal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,609

BUFFERING BACKPACK DEVICE FOR FALLING PROTECTION

AKILA TECH CO., LTD., Ta...

1. A buffering backpack device, comprising:a backpack body, having an accommodation chamber defined therein, wherein said accommodation chamber has an opening on top thereof for an inside of said accommodation chamber to communicate outside of said accommodation chamber;
an energy absorption band arranged in said accommodation chamber and formed by a first layer and a second layer coincidingly bound with each other, wherein a top end of said first layer has a first connecting portion extended therefrom, wherein a top end of said second layer has a second connecting portion extended therefrom, wherein said first connecting portion and said second connecting portion divergently protrude from said backpack body via said opening, wherein said first connecting portion is for coupling with a safety harness, wherein said second connecting portion is for coupling with an anti-falling device; and
a restricting structure, controlling and positioning said first layer and said second layer of said energy absorption band in said accommodation chamber, wherein when a user of said buffering backpack device falls, said restricting structure releases said first layer and said second layer, such that said first layer and said second layer leaves said accommodation chamber via said opening for anti-falling suspension, wherein said backpack body further comprises a back board and a zipper arranged in a U-shape manner on a front of said back board for coupling with a front cover, so as to define said accommodation chamber between said back board and said front cover, wherein a left edge and a right edge of a top end of said front cover are sewn on said back board to form said opening at a center portion thereof to connect and communicate with said accommodation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,456,601

METHOD OF CALIBRATION OF A STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA SYSTEM FOR USE WITH A RADIO THERAPY TREATMENT APPARATUS

VISION RT LIMITED, Londo...

1. A method of calibrating a 3D camera. system for use with a radio therapy treatment apparatus, the method comprising:i) storing a reference 3D computer model of a reference surface of a reference calibration phantom, the reference calibration phantom being configured with a known surface, a known position, and a known orientation to a co-ordinate system of the camera system;
ii) positioning a physical calibration phantom in the radio therapy treatment apparatus, the physical calibration phantom having an iso-center which defines an original of the radio therapy treatment apparatus co-ordinate system;
iii) utilizing a 3D camera system to obtain images of the physical calibration phantom;
iv) irradiating the positioned physical calibration phantom using the radio therapy treatment apparatus to obtain irradiation images of the positioned physical calibration phantom;
v) determining a first transformation required to transform the position and orientation of the positioned physical calibration phantom into the co-ordinate system of the radio therapy treatment apparatus, by analyzing the images obtained in step iv);
vi) processing the images obtained by the 3D camera system in step iii) to generate a 3D computer model of a surface of the positioned physical calibration phantom;
vii) determining a second transformation required to transform the generated 3D computer model of the surface of the positioned physical calibration phantom into alignment with the reference surface of the reference calibration phantom; and
viii) applying the first and second transformations to transform generated 3D models obtained by the 3D camera system into corresponding positions and orientations in the co-ordinate system of the therapy treatment apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,456,585

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO AUTOMATICALLY MAINTAIN ELECTRICAL STIMULATION INTENSITY

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A system, comprising:a programmer configured to instruct a stimulator to electrical energy by delivering electrical current to at least one electrode that is in contact with tissue of a patient to provide a stimulation effect, wherein the stimulation effect includes at least one of an evoked potential feature, an electroencephalogram (EEG) feature, or an electromyography (EMG) feature, wherein adjustable stimulation parameters are used to define the electrical current that provides the stimulation effect;
wherein the programmer is configured to automatically respond to a manual adjustment of at least a first one of the stimulation parameters by automatically adjusting at least a second of the stimulation parameters to maintain the stimulation effect using a defined relationship of the adjustable stimulation parameters to the stimulation effect.

US Pat. No. 10,456,584

USER INTERFACE FOR NEUROMODULATION LEAD

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A system for use with a neuromodulation system that includes a physical lead having one or more electrodes at least partially surrounding a circumference of the physical lead for electrically modulating a target tissue of a patient, the system comprising:a user interface including a display screen configured to display:
simplified graphical representations of the physical lead with at least one user-modifiable virtual electrode (VE) on the graphical representation of the physical lead, wherein the user-modifiable VE represents, as a single VE conforming to the lead representation, a combination of at least two physical electrodes on the physical lead, the simplified graphical representations including one or more of:
at least a first view of the lead representation to provide a longitudinal representation of the VE representing a longitudinal position of the VE along a length of the lead representation; or
at least a second view of the lead representation to provide a circumferential representation of the VE representing a circumferential position of the VE around at least a portion of a circumference of the lead representation;
control elements to enable a user to adjust the simplified graphical representations of the lead, the control elements including:
longitudinal control elements to enable the user to adjust the longitudinal representation of the VE including the longitudinal position of the VE along the length of the lead representation; and
circumferential control elements to enable the user to adjust the circumferential representation of the VE including the circumferential position of the VE; and
a programmer coupled to the user interface, configured to use the longitudinal representation of the VE and the circumferential representation of the VE to generate a neuromodulation parameter set.

US Pat. No. 10,456,576

METHODS, SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR REDUCING MIGRATION

1. A method of positioning a lead to electrically stimulate a dorsal root ganglion of a patient, comprisingaccessing an epidural space of a patient with an introducer sheath at an entry point;
advancing a distal end of the lead with a stylet through the introducer sheath to enter the epidural space, wherein the lead comprises a lead body, of a soft pliant polymer material, without a mechanical bias to assume a predetermined shape;
advancing the lead from the epidural space through a foramen in a position wherein electrodes of the lead are positioned proximate to the dorsal root ganglion;
after the lead is positioned with electrodes proximate to the dorsal root ganglion, introducing an additional portion of a shaft of the lead into the epidural space with the stylet withdrawn from the additional portion of the shaft, wherein the additional portion of the shaft is more flexible than the distal end of the lead to cause the additional portion of the shaft to form an undulating or loop shape in the epidural space without displacing the electrodes from a location proximate to the dorsal root ganglion; and
connecting the lead to an implantable pulse generator to provide electrical stimulation to the dorsal root ganglion through electrodes of the lead, wherein the undulating or loop shape of the additional portion of the lead forms a slack anchor between electrodes of the lead and the entry point.

US Pat. No. 10,456,575

ADJUSTABLE NERVE ELECTRODE

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV...

1. A method comprising:adjusting a geometric configuration of an adjustable electrode to arrange two or more contacts around a nerve in an onset response mitigating configuration;
applying an electrical waveform to the nerve;
blocking an onset response of the electrical waveform due to the onset response mitigating configuration;
after a period of time, adjusting the geometric configuration of the adjustable electrode to arrange the two or more contacts around the nerve in a block maintenance configuration and
maintaining a nerve conduction block to the nerve.

US Pat. No. 10,456,557

OCCLUSION BYPASSING APPARATUS WITH VARYING FLEXIBILITY AND METHODS FOR BYPASSING AN OCCLUSION IN A BLOOD VESSEL

Invatec S.p.A., Roncadel...

1. An apparatus for bypassing an occlusion in a blood vessel comprising:an outer shaft component having a side port proximal to a distal end thereof;
an inner shaft component disposed within the outer shaft component and defining a continuous lumen there-through, the inner shaft component having
a body portion that extends substantially parallel with a longitudinal axis of the apparatus, and
a needle housing distally extending from a distal end of the body portion, the needle housing including a curved distal portion that bends from the longitudinal axis of the apparatus and terminates at the side port of the outer shaft component and a transition portion positioned between the body portion of the inner shaft component and the curved distal portion of the needle housing,
wherein the transition portion has a variable flexibility along a length thereof that decreases in a distal direction, the transition portion including a plurality of apertures configured to provide the transition portion with the variable flexibility and the plurality of apertures including pairs of apertures that align with each other along a transverse axis of the needle housing, each aperture in each pair of aligned apertures having an hourglass shape; and
a needle component configured to be slidably disposed within the continuous lumen of the inner shaft component and removable therefrom, the needle component having a curved distal end with the same curvature as the curved distal portion of the needle housing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,552

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR INTRACRANIAL VESSEL ACCESS

1. A system for intracranial access through a patient's vasculature to access an intracranial occlusion, the system comprising:a variable diameter guide and support system for steering and advancing through the patient's vasculature, the variable diameter guide and support system having a distal tip region, a proximal support section, and an expanded section;
an axis of the variable diameter guide and support system passing centrally through the proximal support section, the expanded section, and at least partially through the distal tip region;
wherein the expanded section has a distal tapering surface that connects to and substantially symmetrically decreases in diameter to the distal tip region;
wherein the expanded section has a proximal tapering surface that connects to and substantially symmetrically decreases in diameter to the proximal support section;
wherein the expanded section proximal to the distal tapering surface and distal to the proximal tapering surface has a cylindrical surface having an outer diameter greater than both a diameter of the distal tip region and a diameter of the proximal support section; wherein the proximal support section has an outer diameter less than the cylindrical surface and is configured to advance the variable diameter guide and support system through a vasculature;
wherein the expanded section, the proximal support section, and the distal tip region have a passage therethrough configured for passage and relative movement of a wire; and,
a distal access catheter operatively connected to the variable diameter guide and support system and wherein the distal access catheter has a distal inner diameter substantially corresponding to the outer diameter of the cylindrical surface and wherein the cylindrical surface of the variable diameter guide and support system is maintained at least partially distal of a distal end of the catheter during advancement through the patient's vasculature wherein the inner diameter of the distal access catheter and the outer diameter of the cylindrical surface are sized to prevent coaxial separation between the variable diameter guide and support system and a distal edge of the distal access catheter while being advance through curved vasculature and the cylindrical surface has a length to allow torsional and coaxial movements of the variable diameter guide and support system relative to said distal access catheter while being advanced through curved vasculature without causing coaxial separation of the expanded section from the distal inner diameter of the distal access catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,544

CUSHION FOR PATIENT INTERFACE

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A cushion for a patient interface that delivers breathable gas to a patient, the cushion including a nasal bridge region, a pair of side of nose regions, a pair of upper cheek regions, a pair of lower cheek regions and a chin region, the cushion comprising:a non-face contacting portion including a base wall structured to be connected to a frame;
a face-contacting portion structured to engage the patient's face,
wherein the face-contacting portion comprises a membrane including a nasal bridge region, a pair of cheek regions, and a chin region adapted to form a continuous seal on a nasal bridge region, a pair of cheek regions, and a chin region of the patient's face, respectively,
wherein the membrane forms a widest point of the cushion, and a bottom portion of the base wall is entirely internally offset with respect to the widest point,
wherein the membrane has an inner edge defining an aperture adapted to receive the patient's nose, and
wherein, when the cushion is stationary on a horizontal surface and oriented such that the non-face contacting portion faces towards the horizontal surface,
1) the membrane in the nasal bridge region of the cushion has an exterior surface that includes two sides meeting at a centerline, each side sloping downwardly from the centerline,
2) in a cross-sectional view, the exterior surface of the membrane in the nasal bridge region of the cushion a) curves downwardly along the centerline from a peak of the membrane's curvature to the inner edge of the membrane, and b) curves downwardly along the centerline from the peak of the membrane's curvature in a direction away from the inner edge of the membrane, to thereby form a convex shape,
3) in a cross-sectional view, the membrane in the chin region of the cushion has an exterior surface forming a convex shape such that the exterior surface curves downwardly from a peak of the membrane's curvature to the inner edge of the membrane, and
4) the exterior surface of the membrane in the chin region of the cushion extends from one lower cheek region to the other lower cheek region and forms a concave shape adapted to engage the patient's chin region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,542

INSERTABLE DEVICE TO PREVENT ASPIRATION OF STOMACH CONTENTS DURING VENTILATION AND INTUBATION

6. A nasogastric tube medical device for blocking the esophagus of a person to prevent gastric contents from being aspirated during a medical procedure, comprisingan elongated flexible inner tube having a first end and a second end and a first length, the inner tube having at least one suction hole disposed near or at the second end of the inner tube, said flexible inner tube having a first passageway extending from the first end to the second end;
a flange member disposed at the first end of the flexible inner tube;
a movable outer tube having a first end and a second end and a second length and slidably secured to an outside portion of the inner tube between the first end of the inner tube and the at least one suction hole, the second length having a size that is smaller in size to a size of the first length, the outer tube movable from a first position with respect to the inner tube to a second position with respect to the inner tube and to an intermediate position anywhere between the first position and the second position;
a first balloon member secured to the outer tube;
a first collapsible/extendable member secured at the first end of the outer tube and to a first outside area of the inner tube and a second collapsible/extendable member secured at the second end of the outer tube and to a second outside area of the inner tube, the first collapsible/extendable member and the second collapsible/extendable member restricting an amount that the outer tube is permitted to move with respect to the inner tube in either direction; wherein when the outer tube is at the first position the first collapsible/extendable member is in a collapsed configuration and the second collapsible/extendable member is in an extended configuration and when the outer tube is at the second position the first collapsible/extendable member is in an extended configuration and the second collapsible/extendable member is in a collapsed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,456,528

DRIVE MECHANISM FOR A DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE AND DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A drive mechanism for a drug delivery device, comprising:a lead screw and a lead screw nut aligned with an axis defining an axial direction and an opposite axial direction,
a screw thread and at least one further screw thread of the lead screw, the screw thread and the further screw thread having the same pitch and being intertwined, and
a drive feature of the lead screw nut,
the drive feature engaging the screw thread and the further screw thread and allowing for, during a dispense operation, a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the lead screw nut at least in the axial direction, wherein the drive mechanism comprises:
a drive member rotationally locked with the lead screw nut,
the lead screw being coupled with the drive member by a coupling, where the drive member engages the lead screw, the coupling generating a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the drive member when the drive member is moved in the axial direction with respect to the lead screw, and the coupling being overridden to prevent a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the drive member when the drive member is moved in the opposite axial direction with respect to the lead screw.

US Pat. No. 10,456,521

MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE WITH A CONTROL MECHANISM

SHL MEDICAL AG, Zug (CH)...

1. A control mechanism for a medicament delivery device, which medicament delivery device comprisesa medicament container connection mechanism configured to connect a medicament container with a medicament delivery member;
a penetration and withdrawal mechanism configured to actuate a penetration and a withdrawal sequence;
a medicament delivery drive unit configured to expel a medicament from the medicament container;
an activation mechanism that when activated initiates a penetration and medicament delivery sequence;
a stop mechanism that when activated initiates a withdrawal sequence;
wherein the control mechanism further comprises a control member that is configured to move linearly between a first position and a second position, which control member is connectable to the medicament container connection mechanism, to the penetration and withdrawal mechanism, to the medicament delivery drive unit, to the activation mechanism, and to the stop mechanism
wherein the activation mechanism comprises a manually actuated first locking element and wherein the control member comprises a first seat in which said first locking element is accommodated, such that the control member is connected to the activation mechanism when the control member is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,520

STRETCHABLE ATTACHMENT APPARATUS

Clinical Biotechnology Re...

1. A hospital bed rail attachment apparatus comprising:a unitary body molded of an elastomeric material and having a smooth and continuous construction, the unitary body comprising an elongated member having a first appendage portion, a second appendage portion, and a central portion extending between the first appendage portion and the second appendage portion;
a first protrusion disposed on the first appendage portion, the first protrusion being substantially rectangular in shape and wider than a width of the central portion;
a first receiving portion being proximally disposed on the first appendage portion in relation to the first protrusion to define a first attachment area extending between the first receiving portion and the first protrusion, the first receiving portion defining an aperture configured to receive the first protrusion;
a second protrusion disposed on the second appendage portion, the second protrusion being substantially rectangular in shape and wider than the width of the central portion; and,
a second receiving portion being proximally disposed on the second appendage portion in relation to the second protrusion to define a second attachment area extending between the second receiving portion and the second protrusion, the second receiving portion defining an aperture configured to receive the second protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,506

PRODUCTION OF RESORBABLE POLYMER TUBES MADE OF THREADS

MEKO LASERSTRAHL-MATERIAL...

1. A method for a preparation of a pore-free polymer tube comprising:a. directed winding of at least one polymer filament with a diameter of ?50 ?m to form a polymer tube; and
b. pore-free melting of the at least one polymer filament in the polymer tube at a melting point of the at least one polymer filament or up to a maximal 15° C. above the melting point of the at least one polymer filament under vacuum for 5 seconds to 180 seconds to form the pore-free polymer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,504

ACICULAR BODY

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. An acicular body, comprising:a support plate having a color such that the color has a brightness L* of 5.0 or less as measured in conformity with JIS K5600-4-5 of 1999; and
at least one needle formed on the support plate and including a needle tip portion formed to pierce a skin,
wherein the at least one needle has a total light transmittance of 20% or more such that the at least one needle is transparent or translucent for visible observation of the color of the support plate via the at least one needle, and the support plate is formed such that the needle tip portion of the at least one needle is visually observed against the support plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,491

METHOD OF STERILIZING AN OBJECT WITH ATOMIC NITROGEN FROM A NITROGEN PLASMA

Societe Pour La Conceptio...

1. A method of sterilizing an object with atomic nitrogen from a nitrogen plasma, the method comprising:placing the object in a sterilization chamber; and
sterilizing the object present in the sterilization chamber in a sterilization half-cycle comprising an alternation between stages of injecting atomic nitrogen into the sterilization chamber and of intermediate stages, each intermediate stage including at least one suction stage during which the sterilization chamber is evacuated,wherein each intermediate stage further comprises a stage of injecting molecular nitrogen into the sterilization chamber,wherein the injected atomic nitrogen comes from or is part of a nitrogen plasma generated by a plasma generator from a nitrogen stream, andwherein said nitrogen stream is injected into the sterilization chamber with the plasma generator being switched off during the stage of injecting molecular nitrogen.

US Pat. No. 10,456,486

ULTRAVIOLET DIFFUSIVE ILLUMINATION

Sensor Electronic Technol...

1. An illuminator comprising:a reflective cavity comprising a plurality of surfaces, wherein at least one surface of the plurality of surfaces is formed of a first material configured to reflect at least 70% of ultraviolet radiation, and at least one surface of the plurality of surfaces is formed of a second material configured to transmit at least 30% of the ultraviolet radiation through the second material and out of the reflective cavity and reflect at least 10% of the ultraviolet radiation, wherein the at least one surface formed of the second material includes non-uniform random nano-patterning;
a set of ultraviolet radiation sources, wherein at least one ultraviolet radiation source is located adjacent to a side surface of the reflective cavity and configured to generate ultraviolet radiation; and
at least one parabolic mirror located adjacent to the side surface of the reflective cavity and the at least one ultraviolet radiation source.

US Pat. No. 10,456,479

HYDROPHILIC LINKERS AND LIGAND-DRUG CONJUGATES THEREOF

HANGZHOU DAC BIOTECH CO.,...

14. A ligand-drug conjugate of formula (2):
wherein:
D represents a cytotoxic drug;
L represents a cell-binding ligand;
V represents a polar or charged group selected from the group consisting of
(phosphonates),(phosphoric acids),(phosphoramidic acids),(phosphorodiamidic acids), and(phosphoric triamides), wherein R is H or C1˜C8 alkyl; Q is CH or N L is NH, NH—(CH2)m, or N(CH3)(CH2)m, wherein m is an integer from 1 to 5, and “” is a site of attachment;U? represents a covalent linkage selected from the group consisting of a disulfide linkage, a thioether linkage, a thioester linkage, an amide linkage, an ester linkage, a carbon-nitrogen linkage, a carbon-carbon linkage, a hydrazine linkage, a hydrazide linkage, a hydrazone linkage, an ether linkage, a carbamate linkage, and a carbonate linkage;
W? represents a covalent linkage selected from the group consisting of an amide linkage, a carbamate linkage, a urea linkage, a disulfide linkage, a thioether linkage, a thiocarbamate linkage, a dithiocarbamate linkage, and a thioester linkage;
X represents a component composed of one, two, or three methylene units optionally substituted with an alkyl, halo, hydroxyl, alkoxy group;
Y represents a component composed of one, two, or three methylene units optionally substituted with an alkyl, halo, hydroxyl, or alkoxy group;
n is an integer from 1 to 100, provided that when n>1, values of each V, X, and Y in the repeating brackets of Formula (2) are independent and do not have to be identical.

US Pat. No. 10,456,467

NANOPARTICLE DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR TARGETED ANTI-OBESITY TREATMENT

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING, L...

1. A method for making a magnetically responsive pharmaceutical, comprising:co-precipitating ferromagnetic metal salts and a TRPV1 protein agonist in the presence of ammonium hydroxide to form magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs); and
coating the MNPs and the TRPV1 protein agonist with a biodegradable polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,375

SPECIFICALLY MESO-SUBSTITUTED PORPHYRINS AND CHLORINS FOR PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY

Biolitec Unternehmensbete...

1. A compound based on the formulas 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5:Wherein:B is:

X is NH, O or S;
R1 is a linear or branched alkyl chain with 2-4 carbon atoms and containing at least one hydroxyl moiety;
R2 is a substituent either in the meta- or para-position of the phenyl ring with R2=—OH, —COOH, —NH2, —COOY, —NHY, OY, —NH—Z—COOH, or —CO—Z—NH2;
wherein
Y is a polyethyleneglycol-residue with (CH2CH2O)nCH3 with n=1-30 or a carbohydrate moiety;
Z is peptides or oligopeptides wherein n=1-30.

US Pat. No. 10,456,370

SPHINGOSINE KINASE TYPE 1 INHIBITORS AND USES THEREOF

Enzo Therapeutics, Inc., ...

1. A method for treating asthma in a patient, comprising:administering to a patient in need of treatment for asthma a compound having the formula

US Pat. No. 10,456,324

SEX TOY WITH A PLURALITY OF SEPARATE HEAD PORTIONS

1. A sex toy comprising:a handle member forming a generally cylindrical handle body which can be manually grasped and held;
the handle member comprising a connector portion at least at one end of the handle body;
and a plurality of separate selectable penetrative head portions for engaging onto the connector portion of the handle member and each having a generally cylindrical penetrative portion arranged to extend forwardly from the handle member, the separate selectable head portions having different outside shapes and/or dimensions;
the separate selectable head portions being arranged such that each can be engaged separately onto the connector portion of the handle member when selected;
wherein the handle member comprises a releasable fastener at said at least one end of the handle body with a manually operable release;
wherein the connector portion of the handle member comprises an elongate stiffening core extending longitudinally and coaxially of the generally cylindrical handle body to a position beyond said at least one end of the handle body and the releasable fastener thereon;
the elongate stiffening core having a transverse dimension less than that of the handle body;
each of said separate selectable penetrative head portions including a hollow interior defining an elongate receptacle therein for engaging onto the stiffening core;
each of said separate selectable penetrative head portions including a connector thereon for releasably engaging the releasable fastener of the handle member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,320

HAND AND FOOT WRAPS

CoolSystems, Inc., Conco...

1. A therapy wrap for treating a hand of a patient, the therapy wrap comprising:a sleeve comprising a palm facing portion, a forearm wrap portion and a hand covering portion;
a hand support disposed within the palm facing portion of the sleeve, the hand support having a convex, curved palm facing surface configured to conform to a shape of the patient's hand in a relaxed state;
a therapy component comprising a heat exchanger disposed in both the palm facing portion, the forearm wrap portion and the hand covering portion of the sleeve, the heat exchanger comprising a compliant fluid bladder; and
a base plate having a slot wherein when the therapy wrap is in use treating the hand of a patient the therapy component is in the slot with the heat exchanger disposed in the hand covering portion on one side of the base plate and the heat exchanger disposed in the palm facing portion on another side of the base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,285

SPLIT SHEATH DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A method of deploying a radially expandable prosthesis using a delivery and deployment device, the delivery and deployment device comprising a proximal release mechanism for releasably retaining a proximal portion of the prosthesis and having a first resistance, a distal release mechanism for releasably retaining a distal portion of the prosthesis and having a second resistance, and a biasing compensator for regulating the relationship between the first resistance and the second resistance, the method comprising the steps of:positioning the delivery and deployment device so that the prosthesis is adjacent an area to be treated; and
actuating the proximal and distal release mechanisms in a single coordinated movement so that the proximal release mechanism releases the proximal portion of the prosthesis and the distal release mechanism releases the distal portion of the prosthesis in a predetermined manner.

US Pat. No. 10,456,273

SURGICAL CUT VALIDATION TOOL AND METHOD

1. A surgical cut validation tool for validating a cut in a bone, the cut defining a nominal section to be removed from the bone having at least one nominal cut surface, the cut further defining a remaining bone having at least one cut surface created when the nominal section is removed, the surgical cut validation tool comprising:a body having
at least one planar remaining bone contacting surface, and
an outer surface extending from the at least one planar remaining bone contacting surface, the outer surface including a border surface portion extending from and adjacent to a junction between the outer surface and each one of the at least one planar remaining bone contacting surface;
wherein each one of the at least one planar remaining bone contacting surface matches a respective one of the at least one nominal cut surface of the nominal section, and each one of the at least one planar remaining bone contacting surface conforms to a corresponding one of the at least one cut surface of the remaining bone created when the nominal section is removed and is superposable against the corresponding one of the at least one cut surface of the remaining bone in a predetermined configuration; and
at least part of the border surface portion has a shape matching a shape of a corresponding part of an outer surface of the nominal section, the at least part of the border surface portion having a same relative position with respect to each one of the at least one planar remaining bone contacting surface than the part of the outer surface of the nominal section with respect to a corresponding one of the at least one nominal cut surface of the nominal section, said at least part of the border surface portion being shaped to be substantially aligned with an outer surface of the remaining bone adjacent to a junction of the at least one cut surface of the remaining bone when the body is superposed to the remaining bone in the predetermined configuration; and
wherein only the at least one planar remaining bone contacting surface contacts the remaining bone.

US Pat. No. 10,456,272

UNICOMPARTMENTAL KNEE ARTHROPLASTY

ENGAGE UNI LLC, Orlando,...

1. A system comprising:a tibial tray comprising a body having a joint-facing side and an opposite bone-facing side, wherein a ridge protrudes from and extends across the bone-facing side, wherein an undercut channel extends across the bone-facing side within the ridge;
a tibial drill guide comprising a body and a shaft, wherein the tibial drill guide body corresponds to the tibial tray body, wherein the shaft is coupled to the tibial drill guide body, wherein a hole extends through the tibial drill guide along the shaft; and
a reamer comprising a distal cutting section, wherein the distal cutting section is received in the hole;
wherein, when the distal cutting section is inserted into the hole and advanced to be adjacent to the tibial drill guide body, a first portion of the distal cutting section is exposed on a bone-facing side of the tibial drill guide body and protrudes outwardly from the bone-facing side of the tibial drill guide body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,270

ANTERIOR HIP EXTRACTOR

Shukla Medical, St. Pete...

1. An implant extraction device comprising:an arcuate frame that includes:
a distal end having a recess for receiving an adapter, and
a proximal end having:
a first aperture for receiving an implant, the first aperture having a longitudinal axis that is oriented about 40 to 50 degrees relative to a longitudinal axis of the recess and
a second aperture adjacent the first aperture for receiving a fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,456,267

LATERAL CAGE STABILIZATION

Medos International Sarl,...

1. A kit for stabilizing an intervertebral disc space, comprising:a) an intervertebral fusion cage having an anterior face, an upper surface and a lower surface,
b) an expulsion barrier comprising:
i) a plurality of suture anchors, each suture anchor having a hollow shaft having an inside surface forming a bore, a proximal end, a distal end, and an outside surface having a bone-engaging surface feature thereon, and
ii) a suture having a first end portion and a second end portion,
wherein the suture is threaded through the bore of each suture anchor, and
wherein the end portions of the suture contact each other to form only a single a slip-knot,
wherein each suture anchor has a longitudinal axis extending in the direction defined by the proximal end of the suture anchor and the distal end of the suture anchor, and
wherein the bore extends substantially in parallel with the longitudinal axis of the suture anchor, from the proximal end of the suture anchor to the distal end of the suture anchor,
wherein the plurality of suture anchors define a plurality of suture segments in the suture, and
wherein the expulsion barrier is disposed with respect to the cage such that each suture segment traverses the anterior face of the cage so that each suture segment passes above the upper surface of the cage and below the lower surface of the cage.

US Pat. No. 10,456,262

PATIENT-SPECIFIC IMPLANT FLANGES WITH BONE SIDE POROUS RIDGES

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

1. An implant comprising:a base defining a dome and a circumferential rim;
an elongated flange extending outwardly from the base, at least a first portion of the flange defining a plane and having opposing flat surfaces; and
a ridge extending from the first portion of the flange in a direction transverse to the plane and including opposing concave and convex surfaces, wherein a hole extends through the flange and the ridge and is configured for receipt of a portion of a fastener having a head and a shank, wherein the convex surface of the ridge is a bone-contacting surface, and wherein the concave surface of the ridge is configured for receipt of the head of the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,456,253

LOW PROFILE DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR TRANSCATHETER HEART VALVE

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. An apparatus for delivering a prosthetic valve through the vasculature of a patient comprising:a steerable guide catheter having a handle portion and an elongated guide tube extending from the handle portion, the elongated guide tube having a distal end portion comprising a steerable section, the guide catheter further comprising a first adjustment mechanism on the handle portion and a pull wire operatively connecting the first adjustment mechanism to the steerable section for changing the curvature of the steerable section via manual adjustment of the first adjustment mechanism, the guide catheter further comprising a second adjustment mechanism coupled to the handle portion; and
a balloon catheter sized to slidably extend through the guide catheter, the balloon catheter comprising an elongated shaft extending coaxially through the guide tube and the handle portion, the shaft comprising a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, the balloon catheter further comprising an inflatable balloon mounted on the distal end portion of the shaft;
wherein the second adjustment mechanism comprises a rotatable component, wherein rotation of the rotatable component causes the shaft of the balloon catheter and the inflatable balloon to move longitudinally relative to the guide tube and the handle portion while the guide tube remains stationary upon rotation of the rotatable component;
wherein the second adjustment mechanism comprises a securement mechanism configured to selectively retain the shaft of the balloon catheter to prevent longitudinal sliding movement of the shaft relative to the second adjustment mechanism and release the shaft to permit longitudinal sliding movement of the shaft relative to the second adjustment mechanism and the guide tube without rotation of the rotatable component of the second adjustment mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,456,247

TRANSCATHETER VALVE PROSTHESIS

HIGHLIFE SAS, Paris (FR)...

1. A heart valve system, the system comprising:a radially self-expandable tubular body having a proximal-most end at an inflow end and a distal-most end at an outflow end; the tubular body including a plurality of arched beams at the outflow end of the tubular body,
a valve coupled to the tubular body, the valve including a plurality of valve leaflets; and
a fabric that is disposed over an outer surface of the tubular body and does not wrap around the outflow end of the tubular body, the fabric being directly connected to both the arched beams and an outer circumferential edge of the valve,
wherein:
connection points link the inflow end of the tubular body and the arched beams, a number of connection points being equivalent to a number of the valve leaflets,
each arched beam is directly attached to an adjacent arched beam such that the arched beams are continuous along the entire circumference of the tubular body at the outflow end, and
the arched beams and the connection points form the distal-most end of the tubular body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,245

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING MATERIAL TO A STENT

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A method of applying an electrospun material to an inner surface of a stent, the method comprising:coupling a mandrel to a stent body;
wherein the stent body comprises an inner surface defining a cavity and an outer surface opposing the inner surface, and
wherein the stent body has a length along an axis defined by the mandrel between a first end of the stent body and a second end of the stent body;
applying an electrospun material to at least a portion of the stent outer surface and to at least a portion of the mandrel to form a coating sheet;
wherein a portion of the coating sheet extends from at least one of the first end or second end of the stent to the mandrel; and
moving one or both of the stent and the mandrel to apply at least some of the portion of the coating sheet onto the inner surface of the stent body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,233

INTRAVASCULAR FILTER CUT FROM SHEET METAL

COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A filter device for implantation into a body vessel, the filter device extending from a proximal end to a distal end and comprising:a hub having a proximal face and a distal face; and
a plurality of struts extending radially from the proximal face of the hub, each strut having a first end connected to the hub and extending radially therefrom to a second end, the second ends of two circumferentially adjacent struts being connected at a tip to form a petal having a gap between the circumferentially adjacent struts, each petal comprising an inner rib extending from the hub through the gap to the tip of the petal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,217

AUTOMATED TREATMENT STAGING FOR TEETH

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:selecting a movement pattern from a plurality of movement patterns for moving dental objects from an initial arrangement toward a final arrangement, the dental objects being based on output of a scanning device, the movement pattern defining a schedule of movement of the dental objects during treatment stages as each of the dental objects moves from a respective initial position toward a respective final position;
calculating, by a computer processor, a respective treatment path for each of the dental objects between its respective initial and final positions;
identifying, by a computer processor, a collision between a first of the dental objects and a second of the dental objects based at least on one of the respective treatment paths; and
performing, by a computer processor, a first modification of the schedule of movement in response to the identifying, the first modification comprising:
round-tripping the first dental object.

US Pat. No. 10,456,209

REMOTE LASER TREATMENT SYSTEM WITH DYNAMIC IMAGING

1. A remote laser treatment system with dynamic imaging, comprising:a local control system disposed at a first location and a central control system disposed at a remote site at a second location, said local control system being operatively coupled to said central control system by means of a computer network;
said local control system including a laser generation device, a first computing device with a first processor, a local control module, and a dynamic imaging system;
said laser generation device including a treatment laser configured to generate and transmit a treatment laser beam to a treatment location on or in said patient;
said central control system including a second computing device with a second processor and a remote control module;
said remote control module being configured to perform a laser treatment procedure on said treatment location in an actual control mode in which said treatment laser is configured to transmit said treatment laser beam to said treatment location to surgically alter the body of said patient at said treatment location; and
said dynamic imaging system including an imaging device operatively coupled to said first computing device, said imaging device configured to capture images of a body portion of said patient over a predetermined duration of time, said imaging device comprising an image recognition sensor configured to capture both visible light and infrared light, said captured images including an initial captured image containing first image data that is produced without requesting said patient to perform any task, and said captured images further including a subsequent captured image containing second image data that is produced as a result of said patient being instructed to perform a task that induces one or more detectable physical and physiological changes in said body portion of said patient as compared to the initial captured image, said one or more detectable physical and physiological changes includes capillaries in said body portion folding and/or collapsing, said first computing device programmed to determine said displacement of said body portion of said patient over said predetermined duration of time using said captured images, and further programmed to compare said displacement of said body portion of said patient over said predetermined duration of time to a reference displacement of said body portion of said patient acquired at a first time prior to said displacement so that a plurality of induced physical and physiological dynamic changes in said body portion of said patient are assessed for the purpose of identifying said patient or evaluating physiological changes in said body portion, and said first computing device further programmed to compare a plurality of reference induced physical and physiological dynamic changes to said body portion of said patient captured by said imaging device at said first time to said plurality of induced physical and physiological dynamic changes to said body portion of said patient captured by said imaging device over said predetermined duration of time, and further programmed to determine if said plurality of reference induced physical and physiological dynamic changes captured by said imaging device at said first time substantially matches said plurality of induced physical and physiological dynamic changes to said body portion of said patient captured by said imaging device over said predetermined duration of time to verify an identity of said patient, said plurality of induced physical and physiological dynamic changes to said body portion of said patient including the following: (i) a change in a blood flow pattern in said body portion of said patient resulting from said folding and/or collapsing of capillaries in said body portion, and (ii) a change in a surface structure of said body portion of said patient resulting from said patient performing said task that induces one or more detectable physical changes.

US Pat. No. 10,456,208

SURGICAL CANNULA MOUNTS AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A cannula mount for a surgical system, the cannula mount comprising:a body including an aperture sized to receive a portion of a cannula;
a pivotable clamping arm located within the aperture of the body, the clamping arm being configured to engage the portion of the cannula received in the aperture, the clamping arm comprising a cam follower surface; and
a cam member moveable between a first position and a second position, the cam member comprising a cam surface;
wherein on the condition that the cam member is in the first position, the cam surface engages the cam follower surface of the clamping arm to actuate the clamping arm to a closed position in which the clamping arm engages the portion of the cannula received in the aperture; and
wherein on the condition that the cam member is in the second position, the clamping arm is free to move to an open position in which the clamping arm does not engage the cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,456,200

CATHETER, EXAMINATION SYSTEM AND THROMBUS REMOVING DEVICE

Teiji Nakayama, Hamamats...

3. A thrombus removing device comprising:a catheter including:
a resinous capillary tube, comprising:
a trunk capillary tube comprised of resin, and having front-portion that is surrounded by a marker made of platinum, and a branch portion that forms a first branched capillary tube comprised of resin and a second branched capillary tube comprised of resin, wherein the trunk capillary tube comprises a first through hole for at least one of a wire and a contrast agent, and a second through hole for an optical fiber, the wire passing through the first through hole, and the optical fiber passing through the second through hole;
a branching adapter fixed to the first branched capillary tube, and comprising resin and having a third branched capillary tube and a fourth branched capillary tube, wherein a through hole of the third branched capillary tube is continuous with the first through hole and comprises the wire, the fourth branched capillary tube comprising the contrast agent;
the optical fiber being fixed to the trunk capillary tube and in the second branched capillary tube, and having a position relative to the marker that is fixed in an optical fiber longitudinal direction; wherein
a laser light source which emits light to be inputted to the optical fiber of the catheter, the light being emitted from a front-end face of the optical fiber comprising a pulsed laser beam,
a position of the optical fiber is shifted from the central axis of the second branched capillary tube to an off-center position at the branch portion of the trunk capillary tube; and
a position of the first through hole is shifted from the central axis of the first branched capillary tube to an off-enter position at the branch portion of the trunk capillary tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,190

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTROSURGICAL ILLUMINATION AND SENSING

Invuity, Inc., San Franc...

1. An illuminated electrosurgical instrument, said instrument comprising:a handle having a proximal end and a distal end;
a non-fiber optic optical waveguide having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the optical waveguide is adjustably coupled to the handle such that a distance between the distal end of the optical waveguide and the proximal end of the handle is adjustable without decoupling the optical waveguide from the handle;
a locking mechanism selected from the group consisting of a collet, a twist-lock, a quarter-turn lock, and a protrusion-recess locking pair, wherein the locking mechanism is coupled to the optical waveguide for selectively locking the optical waveguide in a given position relative to the proximal end of the handle;
an illumination element configured to generate light and coupled to the proximal end of the optical waveguide; and
an electrosurgical tip coupled to the optical waveguide,
wherein the illumination element and the electrosurgical tip are configured to move with the optical waveguide as the optical waveguide is adjusted relative to the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,456,186

METHODS AND DEVICES TO TREAT NASAL AIRWAYS

AERIN MEDICAL, INC., Sun...

1. A method for deactivating tissue in a nasal airway in a patient without forming a surgical incision or using an implant, the method comprising:inserting a cryotherapy balloon of a nasal airway treatment device through a nostril of the patient in an uninflated configuration;
inflating the cryotherapy balloon to contact the cryotherapy balloon with nasal mucosa lining the nasal airway;
removing energy from submucosal tissue underlying the nasal mucosa by maintaining the cryotherapy balloon in an inflated configuration to cool and thus deactivate the submucosal tissue underlying the nasal mucosa;
deflating the cryotherapy balloon; and
removing the cryotherapy balloon from the nasal airway.

US Pat. No. 10,456,170

DEVICE FOR ENRICHING SPERMATOZOA

BluPink GmbH, Stuttgart ...

1. A method of increasing a probability to procreate male or female descendants, comprising partly or completely separating X-chromosome-bearing spermatozoa and Y-chromosome-bearing spermatozoa using a device adapted for insertion into a vaginal passage or for accommodation of a penis during a coitus, said device comprising a selectively permeable separating wall having pores, wherein a size of the pores of the selectively permeable separating wall is adapted to a size of the Y-chromosome-bearing spermatozoa, so that the separating wall has an increased permeability for Y-chromosome-bearing spermatozoa.

US Pat. No. 10,456,168

TRANSMYOCARDIAL INSERTION UNIT AND ITS USE

Peter Osypka Stiftung, G...

1. Device for stimulation and/or defibrillation, comprising:an insertion unit including a tubular shaft with a lumen extending there through, said shaft having distal, proximal and central sections, whereby the distal and proximal sections of the shaft are disc-shaped when extended, thus forming each a double disc, whereby the central section of the shaft links the distally placed double disc with the proximally placed double disc, and whereby a pressure valve is fixed inside the shaft on both the distal and proximal end sections thereof respectively; and
at least one stimulation electrode connected to a pacemaker, each electrode including a lead provided with a pole at a distal end thereof, whereby the insertion unit is conductive and is connected to an implantable cardiac defibrillator to form one of a defibrillation electrodes or to form an indifferent pole and whereby the lead of the stimulation electrode runs inside the shaft of the insertion unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,148

BONE BROACH AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BONE BROACH

DEPUY INTERNATIONAL LIMIT...

1. A method of manufacturing a bone broach, the method comprising:(a) preparing a plurality of substantially planar members of which at least some define at least one cutting profile at their perimeters,
(b) arranging the plurality of substantially planar members into:
a first group of substantially planar members defining planes which are substantially parallel to each other, and
at least one additional substantially planar member, which is a separate component from the first group of substantially planar members, and
(c) joining the plurality of substantially planar members together, that the at least one additional substantially planar member defines a plane which, when the at least one substantially planar member is assembled with the first group of substantially planar members, is angled relative to the planes defined by the first group of substantially planar members;
wherein, when the first group of substantially planar members is assembled with the additional substantially planar member, the assembled bone broach defines a three-dimensional structure with an external profile corresponding to the shape to be created in a bone by the broach.

US Pat. No. 10,456,141

POLYMER OVERMOLDED BARIATRIC CLAMP AND METHOD OF INSTALLING

ADVANCED BARIATRIC TECHNO...

1. A bariatric clamp comprising:a first elongated portion having a distal end, a proximal end, a first substrate member, and a first polymer portion,
wherein the first elongated portion is rigid,
wherein the first elongated portion extends along a first longitudinal axis from the distal end to the proximal end when viewed from a first direction,
wherein the first elongated portion lies in a first x-y plane of an x-y-z coordinate system, the proximal end being an outermost first end in a positive-x direction and the distal end being an outermost first end in a negative-x direction;
wherein the first elongated portion has a first thickness measured perpendicularly to the first longitudinal axis along a first lateral direction in a y-z plane, the first lateral direction being normal to the first elongated portion and orthogonal to the first longitudinal axis;
a second elongated portion having a distal end, a proximal end, a second substrate member, and a second polymer portion,
wherein the second elongated portion is rigid,
wherein the second elongated portion extends along a second longitudinal axis from the distal end to the proximal end when viewed from the first direction,
wherein the second elongated portion lies in a second x-y plane of the x-y-z coordinate system, the proximal end being an outermost second end in the positive-x direction and the distal end being an outermost second end in the negative-x direction, the second x-y plane being parallel to the first x-y plane but spaced apart in a positive-z direction;
wherein the second elongated portion has a second thickness measured perpendicularly to the second longitudinal axis along a second lateral direction in the y-z plane, the second lateral direction being normal to the second elongated portion and orthogonal to the second longitudinal axis and parallel to the first lateral direction;
a bight portion comprising:
a first bend section at the distal end of the first elongated portion and comprising a first rigid member bent outwardly away from the first elongated portion at least partially in a direction composed of negative-z and negative-x vector components;
a second bend section at the distal end of the second elongated portion and comprising a second rigid member bent outwardly away from the second elongated portion at least partially in a direction made composed of positive-z and negative-x vector components
a third linear rigid portion extending from the first bend section in a negative-x direction and lying in a third x-y plane spaced outwardly from the first x-y plane in a negative-z direction;
a fourth linear rigid portion extending from the second bend section in a negative-x direction and lying in a fourth x-y plane spaced outwardly from the second x-y plane in a positive-z direction;
a flexible hinge formed at least partially from a third polymer portion and comprising a stretchable material joining the third and fourth linear rigid portions;
wherein the first and second elongated portions of the bariatric clamp form a partition-forming section located toward a proximal end of the bariatric clamp when the bariatric clamp is in a closed position,
wherein the partition-forming section is configured to apply pressure to a stomach,
wherein the first bend section, the second bend section, the third linear rigid portion, and the fourth linear rigid portion of the bariatric clamp form at least a portion of a passage-forming section located towards a distal end of the bariatric clamp when the bariatric clamp is in the closed position,
wherein the passage-forming section is configured to permit gastric juices to flow from an excluded section of the stomach into a pouch of the stomach,
wherein the passage-forming section comprises an aperture at least partially defined by the bight portion,
wherein the aperture is larger in the x-axis direction than in the z-axis direction;
a fastener portion disposed towards the proximal end of the second elongated portion; and
an engagement portion disposed adjacent the first elongated portion, the engagement portion operable to engage the fastener portion to retain the bariatric clamp in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,127

RETRACTABLE SUTURE NEEDLE ASSEMBLY

1. A retractable suture needle assembly, comprising:a casing including a plurality of outer casings and an inner casing hingedly coupled together, the plurality of outer casings configured to selectively surround a portion of the inner casing;
a needle located within the inner casing;
a compressible member within the inner casing and coupled to a base of the needle, the compressible member also coupled to the inner casing at an end opposite the base of the needle, the compressible member configured to position the needle in at least one of an extended position and a retracted position; and
a needle driver pivotally coupled to the inner casing and surrounded by the outer casings, the needle driver configured to selectively flex and apply a pressure to the compressible member so as to adjust the location of the needle relative to the casing.