US Pat. No. 10,479,205

PLUG-IN VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,204

FAILURE DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING FAILURE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,202

VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,196

TORQUE ELEMENT AND CAP ASSEMBLY INCLUDING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,479,191

COOLING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN AGRICULTURAL HARVESTER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A cooling system for an agricultural vehicle, comprising:a housing configured to support one or more cooling components;
a screen positioned at an inlet of the housing;
a cleaning wand configured to remove debris from the screen;
a suction conduit extending from the cleaning wand;
a debris conduit extending from the housing of the cooling system;
a suction fan configured to rotate to apply negative airflow; and
a valve configured to move between an open position in which the suction conduit is isolated from the suction fan and the debris conduit is fluidly coupled to the suction fan and a closed position in which the debris conduit is isolated from the suction fan and the suction conduit is fluidly coupled to the suction fan.

US Pat. No. 10,479,190

ELECTRIC WHEEL HUB AND DRIVING WHEEL

ZHEJIANG LINIX MOTOR CO.,...

1. An electric hub, comprising a hub and an inner gear ring; wherein the inner gear ring and the hub are separated from each other, and the inner gear ring and the hub are fixed coaxially and rotate synchronously; the hub has a hollow inner chamber within which a driving motor is provided; the driving motor comprises a housing and a motor shaft; there is a gap between an outer wall of the housing and an inner wall of the inner chamber of the hub; and, one end of the motor shaft is matched with the inner gear ring via a planet speed-reduction mechanism, while an electromagnetic brake mechanism is provided at the other end of the motor shaft;wherein a left hub end cover and a right hub end cover are fitted at two ends of the inner chamber of the hub, respectively; the planet speed-reduction mechanism comprises a planet carrier; and, the planet carrier is fixed to one end of an electric hub mounting shaft, while the other end of the electric hub mounting shaft extends outside the right hub end cover; and
wherein, the driving motor comprises a rear motor end cover and a front motor end cover; a cylindrical bearing chamber is formed on the rear motor end cover; the cylindrical bearing chamber extends outside the left hub end cover and is fixed to an electric hub mounting plate; and, the planet carrier is fixed to the front motor end cover.

US Pat. No. 10,479,186

HYBRID CAR IN P0- OR P1-CONFIGURATION

1. A method for controlling a vehicle with a parallel hybrid system that includes at least a combustion engine and an electrical machine in at least one of a P0- and P1 configuration with a clutch for connecting the combustion engine's output shaft with at least one drive shaft, wherein the method comprises:determining a power demand (Pd),
decoupling the combustion engine from the at least one drive shaft when the power demand (Pd) is below a first threshold P1,
coupling the combustion engine with the at least one drive shaft when the power demand (Pd) is above the first threshold P1,
shutting off the combustion engine and providing power to the at least one drive shaft by providing electrical power to the electrical machine to drive the vehicle, when the power demand (Pd) is between said first threshold P1, and a second threshold P2, wherein said second threshold P2 is greater than the first threshold P1, i.e. P1

US Pat. No. 10,479,183

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle, in which a prime mover includes an engine and at least one motor, comprising:a drive wheel;
a power transmission path from the engine to the drive wheel via the motor;
a pendulum damper that is arranged on the power transmission path to absorb torsional vibrations on the power transmission path; and
a disconnecting clutch that is arranged on the power transmission path to selectively interrupt power transmission between the engine and the pendulum damper,
wherein the motor includes a motor case holding a motor oil for lubricating at least the motor,
the pendulum damper is arranged in the motor case together with at least the motor, and
the motor oil lubricates the pendulum damper.

US Pat. No. 10,479,180

FRONT END MOTOR-GENERATOR SYSTEM AND HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE OPERATING METHOD

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. An integrated switchable coupling of a hybrid electric arrangement for an internal combustion engine, comprising:an engine-side portion configured to be coupled for co-axial rotation to a rotatable shaft of the engine;
a drive-side portion configured to drive an engine accessory drive, to be selectively engaged with the engine-side portion, and to be driven by an electric motor at a front side of the drive-side portion opposite a rear side of the drive side portion facing the rotatable engine shaft; and
an engagement actuator configured to selectively engage the drive side portion with the engine-side portion,
wherein
the drive-side portion concentrically surrounds at least a portion of the engagement actuator along a coupling rotation axis,
the rotatable engine shaft is an engine crankshaft,
the engine-side portion includes a crankshaft damper portion,
the drive-side portion includes a pulley portion having on an outer circumference at least one accessory drive surface configured to engage an accessory drive,
the engagement actuator is a clutch, the clutch including an engine-side engagement portion, and a drive-side engagement portion at least one of coupled to and integrally formed with the drive-side portion of the integrated switchable coupling, and
the at least one accessory drive surface is configured to drive an accessory drive belt.

US Pat. No. 10,479,176

DOOR HOLE SEAL

NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD...

1. A door hole seal comprising:a sheet body configured to operably couple to a door inner panel for covering an opening on said door inner panel;
a synthetic resin film for joining the sheet body to the door inner panel, said synthetic resin film being transparent or semitransparent, the synthetic resin film including: an internal circumferential end which sticks to said sheet body; and an outer circumferential end which sticks to an inner-cabin side of said door inner panel by adhesive; and
a sheet separation provided at a distance from said sheet body and between an outer circumferential end of said sheet body and the outer circumferential end of said synthetic resin film, the sheet separation adhering to said synthetic resin film;
wherein a plurality of said sheet separations are provided along a curve and at a distance from each other, the curve encircling the sheet body as a whole.

US Pat. No. 10,479,173

WINDOW ASSEMBLY, AND VEHICLE DOOR AND VEHICLE FEATURING THE WINDOW ASSEMBLY

1. Window assembly for a window opening of a motor vehicle having a front-rear direction and a vertical direction, comprising:a door frame member having an outer surface, a front pillar, and a rear pillar that is spaced apart from the front pillar along the front-rear direction;
a movable window pane having a guiding section, a window section including an outer window surface and an inner window surface, and a front end face facing to a front and being interposed between the outer window surface and the inner window surface;
a window guiding profile fastened to the front pillar, and having a sealing portion being configured to seal or support the window pane;
wherein the window guiding profile includes a first guiding portion configured to guide the window pane only at the inner window surface, or at the inner window surface and the front end face;
wherein the first guiding portion includes a sealing portion being configured to seal or to support the window pane exclusively at the inner window surface, or a the front end face, or simultaneously at the inner window surface and at the front end face;
wherein the first guiding portion includes a supporting lip being configured to engage the inner window surface, and wherein the first guiding portion includes an intermediate sealing member being configured to engage the front end face; and
wherein the window guiding profile further includes a second guiding portion being configured to guide the window pane at the window outer surface and at the window inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,171

LAMINATED VEHICLE GLAZING

PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED,...

1. A laminated vehicle glazing comprising,a first glass ply coated with an electrically conductive coating,
a second glass ply,
an interlayer ply comprising polyvinyl butyral, and
a first busbar comprising a conductive foil,
wherein the electrically conductive coating comprises at least two layers, an outermost layer of which is a pyrolytically deposited transparent conductive oxide layer that is chemical vapour deposited and comprises fluorine doped tin oxide,
wherein the transparent conductive oxide coating has average surface roughness Sa greater than or equal to 8 nm, and
wherein the first busbar is in direct contact with both the electrically conductive coating and the interlayer ply.

US Pat. No. 10,479,168

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COOLANT FLOW THROUGH A HEATER CORE OF A VEHICLE TO INCREASE AN ENGINE AUTO-STOP PERIOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system comprising:a start-stop module configured to automatically stop an engine of a vehicle;
a bypass valve control module configured to adjust a bypass valve to a bypass position in response to the engine being automatically stopped, wherein adjusting the bypass valve to the bypass position causes engine coolant to bypass a heater core of the vehicle while allowing engine coolant to circulate through the engine; and
a flapper valve control module configured to control a flapper valve to adjust an amount of airflow from an evaporator of the vehicle to a cabin of the vehicle through the heater core.

US Pat. No. 10,479,166

TOGGLE BUTTON

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A toggle button assembly for a human-machine interface (HMI), the toggle button assembly comprising:a circuit board;
a first switch mounted to the circuit board;
a second switch mounted to the circuit board;
a toggle body rotatable about a toggle body rotation axis;
a first switch actuator between the toggle body and the first switch, the first switch actuator including a first switch actuator mount and a first switch actuator arm;
a first switch actuator rotation shaft extends from the first switch actuator mount, the first switch actuator rotation shaft rotates about a first switch actuator rotation axis;
a second switch actuator between the toggle body and the second switch, the second switch actuator including a second switch actuator mount and a second switch actuator arm; and
a second switch actuator rotation shaft extends from the second switch actuator mount, the second switch actuator rotation shaft rotates about a second switch actuator rotation axis;
wherein upon actuation of the toggle body from a center position to a first position, the toggle body rotates about the toggle body rotation axis and presses the first switch actuator against the first switch to actuate the first switch;
wherein actuation of the toggle body from the center position to the first position presses a first tab extending from the toggle body against the first switch actuator arm, which presses against the first switch to actuate the first switch;
wherein upon actuation of the toggle body from the center position to a second position, the toggle body rotates about the toggle body rotation axis and presses the second switch actuator against the second switch to actuate the second switch;
wherein actuation of the toggle body from the center position to the second position presses a second tab extending from the toggle body against the second switch actuator arm, which presses against the second switch to actuate the second switch; and
wherein the toggle body rotation axis, the first switch actuator rotation axis, and the second switch actuator rotation axis all extend in parallel to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,479,164

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An air conditioning system for a vehicle comprising:a blower unit mounted at an inlet of an air-conditioning case and including a first blower and a second blower in coaxial alignment with one another, an air inlet positioned axially between the first and second blowers, and indoor and outdoor air converting doors for selectively allowing the blower unit to blow indoor or outdoor air;
the blower unit having a first outer surface and a second outer surface extending generally perpendicularly to one another;
the first blower having a motor installed on the first outer surface of the blower unit to operate the first blower;
cable connectors coupled with and extending from the at least one motor;
at least one actuator installed on the second outer surface of the blower unit to operate the indoor and outdoor air converting doors;
a protecting cover mounted on the first and second outer surfaces of the blower unit, the protecting cover being a single integral cover having a first cover part surrounding the cable connectors and overlying the first outer surface of the blower unit, and a second cover part extending generally perpendicularly to the first cover part and from the first cover part and surrounding the actuator and overlying the second outer surface of the blower unit.

US Pat. No. 10,479,162

VEHICLE SEAT BELT HAVING TUBES FOR AIR DELIVERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat belt system comprising:a seat belt comprising first and second seat belt webbings each defining a passageway;
one or more tubular extension members extending between the first and second seat belt webbings;
a plurality of exhaust openings formed in at least one of the first and second webbings and formed in the one or more tubular extension members; and
an air delivery device supplying air to the seat belt.

US Pat. No. 10,479,157

RECEIVING ARRANGEMENT OF A SUPPORT SPRING FOR A SUSPENSION STRUT

THYSSENKRUPP BILSTEIN GMB...

1. A receiving arrangement of a lower end of a carrier spring on a damper tube of a shock absorber of a suspension strut, the receiving arrangement comprising a bearing unit by way of which the damper tube twists relative to the carrier spring about a longitudinal axis of the suspension strut, the bearing unit comprising an upper bearing ring and a lower bearing ring that are configured to slide on each other to form an axial bearing and a radial bearing between the carrier spring and the damper tube, wherein the lower bearing ring is configured as a shoulder plain bearing and has an L-shaped cross-sectional profile, wherein a horizontal base leg of the L-shaped cross-sectional profile forms the axial bearing, wherein an upright leg of the L-shaped cross-section profile forms the radial bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,155

CLADDING STRUCTURE AND METHOD

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A machine component comprising:a body including a one-piece core formed of a core material and having at least one fatigue sensitive region and at least one fatigue insensitive region, and
a cladding formed upon the one-piece core and extending throughout the at least one fatigue sensitive region;
the cladding being formed by a set of primary bands of cladding material deposited upon and bonded to the one-piece core in contact with the core material, and a set of secondary bands of cladding material deposited upon and bonded to the one-piece core in contact with the core material;
each of the primary bands being adjacent to and abutting at least one other primary band; and
each of the secondary bands being oriented transverse to a plurality of the primary bands to inhibit propagation of cracks within an inter-pass clad boundary formed between adjacent ones of the primary bands; and
each of the secondary bands being spaced apart from one another and each oriented so as to interrupt at least one of the inter-pass clad boundaries.

US Pat. No. 10,479,149

TIRE CHAIN INSTALLATION TOOL

1. A tire chain installation tool for dual wheel pairs, the tool comprising in combination:an elongate rigid bar extending between a left end and a right end;
a left flexible leader fixed to said bar on a portion of said bar closer to said left end than to said right end;
a right flexible leader fixed to said bar on a portion of said bar closer to said right end than to said left end;
a middle flexible leader removably attachable to said bar between said left flexible leader and said right flexible leader;
each of said leaders having a distal end with a coupler thereon;
wherein said middle leader is removably attachable to a point on said bar midway between said left flexible leader and said right flexible leader; and
wherein said bar has a hollow core, a pin located within said bar, said pin slidable longitudinally within said bar and extending out of one of said ends of said bar, said bar having a side wall surrounding said hollow core with an opening in said side wall passing into said hollow interior of said bar, said opening located at said point on said bar midway between said left flexible leader and said right flexible leader, said opening sufficiently large to allow a proximal end of said middle flexible leader to pass through said opening and removably connected to said pin within said hollow interior of said bar, said pin slidable between a capture position with a tip of said pin extending past said opening in said side wall of said bar to a release position with said tip located short of said opening in said side wall of said bar, with said proximal end of said middle flexible leader released by said pin when said pin moves from said capture position to said release position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,144

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread;
a pair of sidewalls;
a pair of beads; and
a carcass, wherein
the sidewalls extend almost inward from ends, respectively, of the tread in a radial direction,
the beads are disposed inward of the sidewalls, respectively, in the radial direction,
the carcass is extended on and between one of the beads and the other of the beads along inner sides of the tread and the sidewalls,
the carcass includes a carcass ply,
the carcass ply includes a carcass cord,
each bead includes a core extending in a circumferential direction,
the core includes a body having a hexagonal cross-section, and a cover covering the body,
the cover is wrapped around the body, the number of turns the cover is wrapped around the body being greater than or equal to one and smaller than two,
the cover includes a plain weave fabric obtained by interlacing warp threads and weft threads,
the warp threads and the weft threads intersect, and an angle of the intersection is greater than or equal to 45° and not greater than 125°, and
the warp threads are inclined relative to the carcass cord, and an angle of the inclination is greater than or equal to 22.5° and not greater than 67.5°.

US Pat. No. 10,479,143

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

20. A pneumatic tire comprisinga tread portion;
a pair of sidewall portions each extending inwardly in a tire radial direction from both end portions of the tread portion;
a bead portion formed on an inside of each of the sidewall portions in the tire radial direction;
a plurality of shoulder blocks arranged in the tire circumferential direction with first pitches on at least one of the end portions of the tread portion;
a plurality of side protectors protruding outwardly in a tire axial direction on at least one of the sidewall portions which is located on a side of the shoulder blocks;
a recessed portion between a pair of side protectors adjacent in the tire circumferential direction;
the side protectors being arranged in the tire circumferential direction with second pitches larger than the first pitches; and
each of the side protectors being provided with one first groove extending inwardly in the tire radial direction from a side of the tread portion and terminating within the side protector and a pair of second grooves extending outwardly in the tire radial direction from a side of the bead portion and terminating within the side protector and provided on both sides in the tire circumferential direction of the first groove, wherein an overlap length in the tire radial direction between an inner end of the first groove and an outer end of the second groove is not less than 0.09 times and not greater than 0.43 times a maximum width of the side, protectors in the tire radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,142

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprisinga tread portion bound with an intended tire rotational direction, and provided with a plurality of main grooves extending continuously in a tire circumferential direction,
wherein the intended tire rotation direction is indicated in a sidewall portion of the tire,
wherein the main grooves include a crown main groove, a pair of middle main grooves extending on both sides of the crown main groove, and a pair of shoulder main grooves extending on both outer sides of the middle main grooves, wherein
each of the middle main grooves has, in its top view, a zigzag configuration in which first oblique segments and second oblique segments are alternately arranged, wherein
the first oblique segments inclined outwardly in the tire axial direction toward the opposite direction to the intended tire rotational direction, and
the second oblique segments inclined oppositely to the first oblique segments, and having a circumferential length less than the first oblique segments,
wherein middle land regions defined between the middle main grooves and the shoulder main grooves are provided with a plurality of middle transverse grooves connecting between the middle main grooves and the shoulder main grooves, wherein
the middle transverse grooves inclined to the same direction as the first oblique segments, or alternatively, extending in parallel with the tire axial direction,
each of the middle transverse grooves has a depth less than the middle main grooves, and
the axially inner end of each of the middle transverse grooves is connected to one of the second oblique segments so as to include at least an axially outwardly protruding outside corner portion of the middle main groove, and
wherein grooves disposed in the tread portion and extending continuously in the tire circumferential direction are said crown main groove which is a straight groove, said pair of middle main grooves which are said zigzag grooves, and said pair of shoulder main grooves which are straight grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,479,141

FORCE FINGER

MONAHAN PRODUCTS, LLC, R...

1. A child stroller comprising:a wheel assembly including:
a wheel disposed on a wheel mount;
a wheel bushing including a bore;
a pivot pin including an upper end portion including a sloped side that is sloped relative to a side of a lower portion of the pivot pin, the pivot pin extending from an upper portion of the wheel mount and into the bore of the wheel bushing; and
a force finger disposed in an upper end of the bore and at least partially surrounding and frictionally engaging the sloped side of the upper end portion of the pivot pin.

US Pat. No. 10,479,137

VEHICLE WHEEL

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

1. A vehicle wheel comprising:a sub air chamber member as a Helmholtz resonator located in a tire air chamber and on an outer peripheral surface of a well portion, the sub air chamber member including
an upper surface member disposed inside the tire air chamber,
a lower surface member disposed on an outer peripheral surface side of the well portion, and
a plurality of bridge sections formed by causing the upper surface member and the lower surface member to strike on and get joined to each other, wherein
an end-to-end distance of an opening part of a certain one of the bridge sections opening on an upper surface of the upper surface member is set longer than a distance to an end portion of an opening part of a different one of the bridge sections adjacent to the certain bridge section and
wherein the sub air chamber member includes beads which are formed by rendering the lower surface member partially recessed toward the upper surface member, the beads extending in a width direction of the vehicle wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,136

WHEEL FRAME COMPONENT

Rotacaster Wheel Limited,...

1. A component for a wheel frame for a multiple directional wheel, the wheel frame component comprising:a hub having a main axis about which the multiple directional wheel is adapted to rotate;
a hub rim radially surrounding the hub;
a first plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms radially extending from the hub rim and lying in a first plane,
a second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms, each peripheral roller supporting arm of the second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms being circumferentially offset with respect to diagonally adjacent peripheral roller supporting arms of the first plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms,
wherein:
the wheel frame component comprises a plurality of beams corresponding to the number of peripheral roller supporting arms of the second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms, each peripheral roller supporting arm of the second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms having a radially inner base; and
the second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms lie in a second plane normal to the main axis, spaced from, and parallel to, the first plane,
wherein each of the plurality of beams are cantilevered from the hub rim, are substantially linear and aligned parallel to the main axis, extending from the hub rim to the corresponding radially inner base of the peripheral roller supporting arm of the second plurality of peripheral roller supporting arms.

US Pat. No. 10,479,134

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A DECORATED WALL OR FLOOR PANEL

1. A method for producing a decorated wall or floor panel, comprising at least the method steps performed in subsequent order:a) providing a pourable granulate carrier material;
b) placing the carrier material between two belt conveying means;
c) heating the carrier material to a temperature above the melting point or softening point of the carrier material in order to form a web-shaped carrier;
d) compressing the carrier;
e) treating the carrier under the action of pressure by use of a twin belt press, wherein the carrier is cooled within or upstream of the twin belt press;
g) applying a decorative subsurface onto at least a portion of the carrier;
h) applying a decoration reproducing a decorative template onto at least a portion of the carrier;
i) applying a protective layer onto at least a portion of the decoration; and
j) optionally structuring the protective layer in order to introduce pores and/or the edge region of the carrier in order to form connecting elements.

US Pat. No. 10,479,128

SECURITY FEATURE

ASSA ABLOY AB, Stockholm...

1. A secure laminate, comprising:a core layer, at least a portion of which is clear non-laserable polycarbonate, the core layer having a first major surface and a second major surface opposing the first major surface, and a hole passing through the at least clear non-laserable polycarbonate portion, the hole having a shape and filled with clear laserable polycarbonate;
a first clear laserable polycarbonate layer positioned adjacent the first major surface of the core layer;
a second clear laserable polycarbonate layer positioned adjacent the second major surface of the core layer;
a first opaque layer positioned adjacent the first clear laserable polycarbonate layer and on the opposite side of the first clear laserable polycarbonate layer from the core layer, and a first window formed through the first opaque layer, the first window aligned with the hole, the first opaque layer defining a front side of the laminate;
a second opaque layer positioned adjacent the second clear laserable polycarbonate layer and on the opposite side of the second clear laserable polycarbonate layer from the core layer, and a second window formed through the second opaque layer, the second window aligned with the hole and the first window, the second opaque layer defining a backside of the laminate; and
an area of ultraviolet fluorescent ink positioned between the first opaque layer and the core layer, and aligned with the first and second windows and the hole;
wherein, in ambient light conditions the hole is not visible from either the front side of the laminate through the first window or from the backside of the laminate through the second window, and when an ultraviolet light source is directed at the front side of the laminate the shape of the hole is illuminated through the second window on the backside of the laminate but not through the first window on the front side of the laminate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,125

BOOK BINDING DEVICE

Horizon International Inc...

1. A book binding device, comprising:at least one clamper movable along a predetermined conveying path while gripping a book block, the at least one clamper having one or more clamping parameters adjustable depending on a thickness of the book block;
a series of processing units arranged along the conveying path to carry out bookbinding for the book block gripped by the at least one clamper, each of the series of processing units having one or more processing parameters adjustable depending on the thickness of the book block; and
a control unit operatively connected to the at least one clamper and the series of processing units to calculate default values of the one or more clamping and processing parameters based on information about the thickness of the book block to be bound, and to perform initial settings of the at least one clamper and the series of processing units according to the default values,
wherein the control unit comprises:
an input section for receiving inputs of reference values of the one or more clamping and processing parameters for two or more different thicknesses of the book block;
a function generation section for generating functions based on the reference values inputted to the input section, the functions being used for calculating adjusted default values of the one or more clamping and processing parameters depending on the thickness of the book block;
a parameter calculation section for calculating the adjusted default values of the one or more clamping and processing parameters using the functions based on the information about the thickness of the book block to be bound; and
an initial setting section for performing the initial settings according to the adjusted default values of the one or more clamping and processing parameters when the reference values are inputted to the input section on the one hand, and for performing the initial settings according to the default values without input of the reference values to the input section on the other hand.

US Pat. No. 10,479,124

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a transfer member;
a printhead configured to discharge ink to form an image on the transfer member;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image on the transfer member to a print medium;
a heating unit configured to heat the transfer member;
a first measurement unit configured to measure a temperature of the transfer member heated by the heating unit; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust a temperature of the printhead based on a temperature measured by the first measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,479,120

PRINT HEAD COOLING JACKET

Encore Wire Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus for cooling a print head implemented on a wire and cable manufacturing line, the apparatus comprising:a sleeve, wherein the sleeve has an internal portion and an external portion and wherein the sleeve forms an internal void marginally larger than the size of the print head and wherein the sleeve further comprises:
a channel connected to the internal portion of the sleeve, wherein the channel comprises an open side facing the internal void and wherein the channel on the internal portion of the sleeve extends from the rear to the front of the sleeve;
an air inlet compartment in communication with the channel;
an air inlet in communication with the air inlet compartment; and
an exhaust channel connected to the sleeve and extending from the front to the rear and connected to the channel at the front of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,479,108

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror including a plurality of reflection surfaces each configured to deflect the light beam emitted by the light source so that the light beam scans a surface of a photosensitive member;
plural count value holding units of a number that corresponds to a number of the plural reflection surfaces;
a light receiving portion configured to output a light receiving signal by receiving the light beam reflected by each of the plurality of reflection surfaces;
a conversion unit configured to convert the light receiving signal to a pulse signal;
a measurement unit configured to measure pulse widths of a plurality of pulse signals corresponding to the plurality of reflection surfaces, respectively, wherein the measurement unit includes: a clock signal generation unit configured to generate a clock signal of a predetermined frequency; and a count unit configured to count the clock signal; and
an identification unit configured to identify a rotation phase of the rotary polygon mirror based on a measurement result of the measurement unit and reference values to be compared with the measurement result,
wherein the measurement unit measures pulse widths of the plurality of pulse signals by count values of the count unit, and
wherein the count unit causes the count value holding units of the number of the reflection surfaces to sequentially hold the count values.

US Pat. No. 10,479,106

DROP DETECTOR

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A drop detector, comprising:a printed circuit board (PCB) comprising:
a number of optical channels each formed by a light emitter and a light detector;
a number of holes defined in the PCB over which the optical channels pass over and through which a number of ejected drops from a number of printheads pass through;
wherein each of the number of holes defined in PCB are sized to contour the shape of the number of the printheads.

US Pat. No. 10,479,102

METHOD OF ESTIMATING AMOUNT OF INK CONSUMED AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING AMOUNT OF INK CONSUMED

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A method of estimating an amount of ink consumed when an inkjet printing apparatus performs printing, the method comprising:a printing data obtaining step of obtaining printing data;
a region setting step of setting at least two regions in a printing region determined based on the printing data, the two regions including a first region and a second region;
a first estimating step of calculating a first amount of ink for each ink color, the first amount of ink being an amount of ink required to print a high-resolution image created based on the printing data and corresponding to the first region;
a second estimating step of calculating a second amount of ink for each ink color, the second amount of ink being an amount of ink required to print a low-resolution image created based on the printing data and corresponding to the second region; and
a total-amount-of-ink calculating step of calculating, for each ink color, a total amount of ink consumed by printing of the printing data, from the first amount of ink and the second amount of ink, wherein
in the printing data obtaining step, data generated by performing a rasterizing process on printing original data is obtained as the printing data, the printing original data including a plurality of types of objects, and
in the region setting step, the first region and the second region are set based on a type of object included in data of each pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,101

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A page wide type liquid ejection head comprising a plurality of element substrates being arranged in the liquid ejection head, each of the element substrates having an ejection port for ejecting liquid, a pressure chamber equipped in the inside thereof with an energy generating element which generates energy for ejecting liquid, a chamber supply flow path for supplying liquid to the pressure chamber and a chamber recovery flow path for recovering liquid from the pressure chamber, the liquid ejection head comprising:in an element substrate supply flow path for supplying liquid to the element substrates, a filter chamber having a filter for catching foreign objects contained in liquid, in operation, the filter being arranged to intersect a vertical direction, the liquid being driven to flow upwardly from below relative to the filter to pass through the filter; and
a negative pressure control unit arranged at an upstream side relative to the element substrate and a downstream side relative to the filter chamber so as to maintain the liquid pressure at the downstream side relative to the negative pressure control unit within a predetermined range,
wherein the negative pressure control unit has a sub tank arranged above the filter chamber, and
wherein the filter is located at an upstream side of the element substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,100

PRINTER WITH AN AIR PRESSURIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF BUILDING UP AIR PRESSURE IN A PRINTING FLUID SUPPLIER

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A printer comprisinga printing fluid circuit having at least one printing fluid supplier;
an air pressurization system to build up air pressure inside the at least one printing fluid supplier, wherein the air pressurization system is fluidly connected to the at least one printing fluid supplier; and
a controller to:
determine a time T used to build up a given air pressure inside the at least one printing fluid supplier by the air pressurization system,
compare the determined time T to a plurality of given times corresponding to a plurality of degradation levels of the air pressurization system, and
determine a degradation of the air pressurization system based on the comparing of the determined time T to the plurality of given times, the determined degradation being a selected degradation level of the plurality of degradation levels.

US Pat. No. 10,479,096

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INTRODUCING A CARTRIDGE

1. A device for introducing and maintaining of a cartridge in an inkjet printer of the CIJ type, comprising:a first support, delimited by two lateral sides, a back side and a front opening, this first support able to contain a cartridge and the back side being provided with a fluidic connector;
a second support, called the cartridge support, against which the cartridge can be maintained, this second support able to be actuated in rotation about a first axis of a rotation extending between the two lateral sides of the first support, between a position for loading and for unloading the cartridge, and a position for connecting the cartridge to said fluidic connector, said second support being, in said position for connecting, contained within the first support and comprising at least an opening which come opposite, or in contact, with said fluidic connector of the back side of said first support; and
an actuator of the second support in the rotation about the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,095

LIQUID CARTRIDGE HAVING CHAMBER AND SET OF THE LIQUID CARTRIDGES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:a liquid chamber configured to store liquid;
a liquid supply portion having a front end part formed with a liquid supply hole through which the liquid is configured to flow out from the liquid chamber in a frontward direction crossing a gravitational direction in an upright posture;
a front wall and a rear wall away from the front wall in a rearward direction opposite to the frontward direction in the upright posture;
a lower-side sub front wall at which the liquid supply portion is provided, the lower-side sub front wall facing frontward and being positioned closer to the front wall in the frontward direction than to the rear wall, the lower-side sub front wall being positioned downward relative to the front wall;
an upper wall positioned between the front wall and the rear wall and extending in a direction parallel with both of the frontward direction and the rearward direction;
a bottom wall extending between the lower-side sub front wall and the rear wall;
a sub bottom wall extending between the front wall and the lower-side sub front wall in the frontward direction, the sub bottom wall positioned upward relative to the liquid supply portion;
a pair of side walls each connecting the front wall, the sub bottom wall, the lower-side sub front wall, and the bottom wall, each of the pair of side walls extending frontward, rearward, upward, and downward in the upright posture; and
an IC board configured to electrically contact with a contact provided in a cartridge-attachment section into which the liquid cartridge is inserted frontward,
the front wall being positioned frontward relative to a front end part of the liquid supply hole,
the front wall having a length in an upward direction longer than a length of the lower-side sub front wall in the upward direction in the upright posture, the upward direction being opposite to the gravitational direction,
wherein the liquid chamber includes a first space and a second space in communication with each other,
the first space being defined by inner surfaces of the front wall, the sub bottom wall, and portions of the pair of side walls that extend from the front wall in the rearward direction to a position where the sub bottom wall is connected with the lower-side sub front wall,
the second space being defined by inner surfaces of the lower-side sub front wall, the bottom wall, the rear wall, and portions of the pair of side walls that extend from the rear wall in the frontward direction to a position where the bottom wall is connected with the lower-side sub front wall,
the second space being positioned rearward relative to the first space, and
wherein the first space and the second space have dimensions in a left-right direction perpendicular to the frontward direction and the gravitational direction in the upright posture,
the dimensions of the first space and the second space in the left-right direction being the same as a dimension of an inner surface of the front wall in the left-right direction, and
wherein the IC board is positioned upward relative to the upper wall, the IC board in its entirety being overlapped with the second space in the gravitational direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,094

ENERGY EFFICIENT PRINTHEADS

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printhead comprising:a substrate with channels to direct ink toward a plurality of nozzles of the printhead; and
a passivation layer on the substrate, the passivation layer including a first thin film of a first dielectric material and a second thin film of a second dielectric material, wherein the first thin film is in direct contact with the second thin film.

US Pat. No. 10,479,092

WASTE LIQUID CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A waste liquid container configured to be attachably and detachably mounted in a mounting portion including a discharge portion configured to discharge waste liquid flown from a liquid ejecting head, and an apparatus-side connection terminal located at a position lower than the discharge portion, the waste liquid container comprising:a first container portion including a waste liquid introduction portion in an upper portion of the first container portion, the waste liquid introduction portion being configured to enable the waste liquid discharged from the discharge portion to be introduced in a state in which the waste liquid container is mounted in the mounting portion;
a second container portion disposed below the first container portion in a vertical direction and communicating with the first container portion in the state in which the waste liquid container is mounted in the mounting portion; and
a container-side connection terminal electrically connected to the apparatus-side connection terminal in the state in which the waste liquid container is mounted in the mounting portion,
wherein, in the state in which the waste liquid container is mounted in the mounting portion, in a plan view from above, the second container portion is formed to be larger than the first container portion, and in the second container portion, the container-side connection terminal is disposed at a position not overlapping with the first container portion in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,084

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing liquid ejection heads, comprising the steps of:forming ejection port members on a substrate, the ejection port members each having a liquid channel and an ejection port for ejecting liquid through the liquid channel, the liquid channel communicating with the substrate;
forming supply ports passing through the substrate to supply liquid to the channels;
forming separation grooves in the substrate to separate the substrate for each liquid ejection head, the separation grooves not penetrating the substrate;
in a state that the separation grooves are not penetrating the substrate, cutting the substrate for each liquid ejection head along the separation grooves; and
forming a supporting member on the substrate,
wherein the step of forming the ejection port members includes the step of hardening a material constituting the ejection port members by heat treatment,
wherein the step of forming the separation groove is performed before the step of hardening,
wherein the step of cutting the substrate is performed after the step of forming the ejection port members,
wherein, the supply ports are formed to pass through the substrate, and the supply ports and the separation grooves are formed not to pass through the supporting member; and
wherein the substrate is formed of silicon.

US Pat. No. 10,479,083

PEELING METHOD OF COVER MEMBER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A method for peeling a cover member off of a substrate, the method comprising:forming a recessed portion that opens to one side surface of a substrate, wherein the recessed portion does not completely penetrate the substrate and is formed in a region of the substrate different from a region in which a pattern is formed in the substrate, and forming an opening region including the opening of the recessed portion, on the one side surface of the substrate;
attaching the cover member so as to cover the one side surface of the substrate including the opening region and the pattern;
adjusting a pressure for increasing a pressure within a space formed by the recessed portion and the attached cover member to be higher than a pressure on a side opposite to the space with the cover member interposed therebetween; and
peeling off the cover member from the substrate, in a state where the pressure within the space is increased by the adjusting of the pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,479,081

PRINTHEAD WITH FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printhead comprising:multiple printhead dies, the printhead dies comprising a number of nozzles to deposit an amount of fluid onto a print medium;
a fluid delivery system to deliver the amount of fluid from a fluid supply to the number of nozzles;
a number of electrical circuits to electronically couple the multiple printhead dies with a printing device; and
a flexible substrate on which the multiple printhead dies and the number of electrical circuits are mounted, wherein the flexible substrate is curved to follow a contour of a media transport assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,479,080

FLUID EJECTION DEVICE WITH INK FEEDHOLE BRIDGE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A fluid ejection device comprising:a substrate with a fluid slot formed therein;
a chamber layer formed on the substrate defining a plurality of fluid chamber pairs, each chamber pair comprising a first chamber on a first side of the fluid slot and a second chamber on a second side of the fluid slot;
a thin-film layer between the substrate and chamber layer and extending across the fluid slot, the thin-film layer to define for each chamber pair, an ink feedhole (IFH) between the fluid slot and the chamber layer, each IFH being separate from each other IFH and distinctly defined by the thin-film layer; and,
an IFH bridge that extends over the slot and runs along a side of the IFH from the first chamber to the second chamber of each chamber pair, the IFH bridge comprising an extension of the thin-film layer, an extension of a primer layer disposed between the thin-film layer and chamber layer, and an extension of the chamber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,479,078

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a flow path forming substrate in which an individual flow path of a plurality of individual flowpaths is formed, wherein the individual flow path communicates with a nozzle opening that discharges liquid, the flow path forming substrate including a pressure generation chamber; and
a communication plate in which a recess portion which configures at least a part of a common flow path that is common to and communicates with the plurality of individual flow paths is provided to be open on a side opposite to the flow path forming substrate,
wherein the recess portion includes a first recess portion and a second recess portion which is deeper than the first recess portion and less deep than the communication plate,
wherein the communication plate includes:
a supply path which extends completely through the communication plate, is provided to be open on a bottom surface of the first recess portion, communicates with the recess portion and the individual flow path, and becomes a throttle portion that throttles a flow path with respect to the individual flow path, and
a communication path which communicates with the individual flow path and the nozzle opening, and
wherein, in the individual flow path, a throttle portion which throttles the individual flow path from a part that communicates with the supply path to a part that communicates with the communication path, is not provided in the pressure generation chamber of the flow path forming substrate such that the width and depth of the pressure generation chamber are substantially constant along the length of the pressure generation chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,479,076

DROPLET DEPOSITION HEAD AND MANIFOLD COMPONENTS THEREFOR

XAAR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, ...

1. A manifold component for a droplet deposition head, comprising:a plurality of layers extending substantially normal to a first direction, the plurality of layers providing:
a plurality of curved fluid paths located in a plane parallel to the layers; and
a plurality of perpendicular fluid paths that extend substantially perpendicular to the layers and that fluidically connect the plurality of curved paths of different planes,
wherein:
the plurality of perpendicular fluid paths and the plurality of curved fluid paths include a plurality of branched fluid paths, each branched path having a main branch that branches at one or more branching points into two or more sub-branches and that ends in a plurality of end sub-branches, and
a sub-branch of one branched path crosses a sub-branch of another branched path when viewed in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,071

DECORATION METHOD, CONTROL SYSTEM AND DECORATION MACHINE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A decoration method for applying a new décor on a surface of an object including an existing décor, the method comprising:measuring at least two identification points of the existing décor applied on the surface of the object;
identifying localization points to be used for applying the new décor on the surface of the object, the localization points identified using information relating to a theoretical décor and the at least two identification points that are measured, wherein the theoretical décor represents an intended placement of the new décor on the surface of the object; and
applying the new décor on the surface of the object using the localization points,
wherein the existing décor and the new décor comprise neighboring borders that are rectilinear and substantially parallel projected in a plane,
wherein the identification points are measured only along a first direction,
wherein the new décor is applied such that a substantially constant gap between the existing décor and the new décor is defined along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,070

SCREEN PRINTING ADAPTER DEVICE

Livingston Systems, LLC, ...

1. A screen printing adapter device, comprising:a body configured as an accessory to a printing board having a tag printing surface;
a collar edge of the body shaped to fit fully around a perimeter of the tag printing surface of the printing board; and
a shoulder edge of the body shaped to fit adjacent and conform to a shoulder edge of the printing board.

US Pat. No. 10,479,069

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ANGLE AND CURVATURE DETECTION SENSOR, AND SENSOR

INDUSTRY-ACADEMY COOPERAT...

1. A method for manufacturing an angle and curvature detection sensor comprising the following steps of:(a) manufacturing a thin-film transistor backplane by a roll-to-roll gravure printing process;
(b) forming a protective layer on the thin-film transistor backplane by printing;
(c) forming a sealed space by adhering a flexible case onto the protective layer by means of an adhesive; and
(d) filling the sealed space with a first liquid and injecting a second liquid therein.

US Pat. No. 10,479,068

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING VERTICAL STAGE FOR MOVING PHOTOCURED MATERIAL IN A NON-PERPENDICULAR DIRECTION FROM THE IMAGE PLANE

3D Systems, Inc., Rock H...

1. An additive manufacturing system for creating an object from cured photocurable material based upon an object design, the additive manufacturing system comprising:an actinic radiation source, wherein the actinic radiation source selectively projects actinic radiation generally upwardly that corresponds to cross-sectional areas of the object design;
a material tray having a bottom surface with a radiation transparent film containing the photocurable material, wherein the projected actinic radiation passes up through the radiation transparent film and defines an image plane along an x-,y-plane above the radiation transparent film within the photocurable material, the image plane defines a z-axis perpendicular to the x-, y-plane;
a rail that defines a path that is not parallel to the z-axis; and
a platform upon which the cured photocurable material object is supported above the radiation transparent film, the platform is constrained to move along the path defined by the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,479,067

MULTILAYER ARTICLES COMPRISING A RELEASE SURFACE AND METHODS THEREOF

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A release surface coated substrate made by a process comprising:delivering abrasive particles comprising a silicon compound from at least one gaseous fluid jet in the absence of liquids to a metal surface to embed the metal surface with the silicon compound to form a silicon compound layer, wherein the abrasive particles have a particle size ranging from 0.1 to 10000 microns and a Mohs hardness of from 3 to 10;
coating the silicon compound layer with an aqueous fluoropolymer dispersion to form a fluoropolymer layer and thereby forming a multilayered article, wherein the aqueous fluoropolymer dispersion comprises (i) a modifying agent and (ii) a fluorinated polymer, wherein the fluorinated polymer comprises at least one of (a) a partially fluorinated polymer capable of forming a carbon-carbon double bond, (b) a functionalized fluorinated polymer, and (c) combinations thereof; and
sintering the multilayered article to form the release surface coated substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,066

COMPOSITE TOOL HAVING VACUUM INTEGRITY AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of fabricating a composite tool used for vacuum bag processing composite parts, comprising:forming a first composite tool portion;
forming a second composite tool portion comprising a tool surface for forming a composite part;
preventing air leaks through the composite tool via placing a membrane between the first and second composite tool portions, the membrane being impermeable to gas; and
forming a groove surrounding the tool surface and extending down to the membrane, the groove serving as a vacuum manifold around the tool surface, placing the membrane on a surface of the first composite tool portion; and adhering membrane to the surface of the first composite tool portion by placing a vacuum bag over the membrane and the first composite tool portion, and, using the vacuum bag, compressing the membrane against the surface of the first composite tool portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,054

PATTERNED COMPOSITE PRODUCT

Acell Industries Limited,...

1. A method for forming a composite product having a patterned surface, the method comprising:providing a substrate having a substantially open-celled structure;
providing a sheet comprising curable material;
providing a printed patterned sheet;
then applying the sheet comprising curable material and the printed patterned sheet to a surface of the substrate; and
applying pressure to cause the sheet comprising curable material to pass into the surface of the substrate and at least substantially through the thickness of the printed patterned sheet in order to form the composite product.

US Pat. No. 10,479,052

METHODS OF FORMING SHAPED GLASS ARTICLES FROM GLASS SHEETS

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A method of forming a 3D glass article from a glass sheet, the method comprising:locating the glass sheet on a mold body comprising a mold surface with a 3D surface profile corresponding to that of the 3D glass article, the glass sheet comprising a thickness of less than about 0.275 mm;
heating the glass sheet to a forming temperature that is greater than a temperature of the mold body; and
forcing the heated glass sheet onto the mold surface to conform the glass sheet to the mold surface by applying a pressurized gas to a first surface of the glass sheet opposite the mold surface with the glass sheet at the forming temperature that is greater than the temperature of the mold body.

US Pat. No. 10,479,047

FOAM COMPOSITE SHEET

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A foam composite sheet consisting of a polyolefin resin foam sheet and a metallic thin film provided on at least one surface of the foam sheet, wherein the foam sheet has closed cells and the metallic thin film is formed of aluminum and optionally one or more materials selected from the group consisting of copper, silver, nickel, titanium, stainless steel, a nickel-copper alloy, aluminum oxide, zinc oxide, and titanium nitride in an amount of deposition of 10 to 115.2 ?g/cm2.

US Pat. No. 10,479,045

MICROLAYER COEXTRUSION OF ELECTRICAL END PRODUCTS

1. An extruded thin layer polymer product comprising a wire substrate coated with a polymer extrusion consisting of tens to thousands of annular polymeric layers wherein one or more of said polymeric layers has been filled with electrical conductive particles, wherein the electrical conductive particles form an electrical conducting network in the one or more of polymeric layers through alignment of the conductive filler particles along the direction of the extrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,043

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FLUTING A WEB IN THE MACHINE DIRECTION

HBK FAMILY, LLC, Unionto...

1. A method of forming a longitudinally-corrugated web, comprising: gradually and uniformly introducing into a web of medium material an array of longitudinal flutes of a first geometry as the web travels along a web-travel pathway in a machine direction, wherein at any selected location along said web-travel pathway said longitudinal flutes define a sine wave that propagates in a cross-machine direction and has a constant zero-crossing point, and after introduction of said first-geometry flutes into said web, introducing therein longitudinal corrugations having a lower amplitude and higher frequency than said first-geometry flutes.

US Pat. No. 10,479,037

STIFFNESS ENHANCED TREAD ELEMENT

1. A method of forming a pneumatic radial tire comprising the steps of:(A) providing a radial green tire carcass comprising a crown region and pair of sidewalls;
(B) forming a green tire tread by simultaneously extruding a tread cap formed of a first material and a single tread base formed of a second material having a stiffness of at least 1000 kPa more than the stiffness of the first material, and wherein the second material has a G?@10% which is within the range of 1,500 kPa to 8,000 kPa as measured at 100° C. and 1 Hz;
wherein step (B) comprises the step of: providing the green tire tread with: (1) a first portion having a first strip of the second material extending from the tread base into the tread cap; and, (2) a second portion having a second strip of the second material extending from the tread base into the tread cap;
(C) applying the green tire tread to the crown region of the radial green tire carcass to form a green tire; and,
(D) vulcanizing the radial green tire to form a pneumatic radial cured tire that comprises a tread having: (1) a first shoulder tread element comprising the first strip extending from the tread base into the tread cap; and, (2) a second shoulder tread element comprising the second strip extending from the tread base into the tread cap, wherein the tread cap includes circumferential tread grooves and extends from a first shoulder of the tire to a second shoulder of the tire, wherein the circumferential tread grooves are encompassed within the tread cap, wherein the tread base extends from the first shoulder of the tire to the second shoulder of the tire, wherein the cured tire includes a first tread element having a first strip of the second material that extends from the tread base through the tread cap to an outer ground contacting surface of the tread, wherein the first tread element is located on the first shoulder of the tire; and wherein the first strip is not encompassed by any circumferential tread groove, and wherein the first strip is encompassed within the tread cap, wherein the cured tire includes a second tread element having a second strip of the second material that extends from the tread base through the tread cap to an outer ground contacting surface of the tread, wherein the second tread element is located on the second shoulder of the tire; wherein the second strip is not encompassed by any circumferential tread groove, and wherein the second strip is encompassed within the tread cap, wherein the only strips of the second material which extend from the tread base through the tread cap to the outer ground contacting surface of the tread are located on the first shoulder and the second shoulder of the tire, and wherein the tread is formed by simultaneously extruding the tread cap and the tread base to include the strips.

US Pat. No. 10,479,036

TIRE BUILDING DRUM WITH A TURN-UP MECHANISM

VMI HOLLAND B.V., Epe (N...

1. A tire building drum for building a tire having tire components of rubber, including two beads, the tire building drum comprising:a drum shaft;
two bead holders arranged around the drum shaft, the bead holders being mutually spaced apart in the axial direction of the drum shaft to support the tire components at the location of the beads, first portions of the tire components being situated between the two bead holders and being configured to be radially expanded;
a turn-up mechanism configured to turn-up second portions of the tire components situated outside of the bead holders around the beads against the expanded first portions of the tire components to form the tire, the turn-up mechanism comprising
a respective group of arms arranged on each side of the drum shaft outside of the bead holders,
the arms of each group being coupled to the drum shaft via a respective axially moveable arm support at a first end,
the arms extending from the arm support of the respective group of arms towards the bead holders in radial planes equally distributed about the drum shaft,
the arms being tiltable in said radial planes about a coupling part with the arm support of the respective group of arms between a low position and a high position,
each group of arms comprising primary arms and secondary arms interposed between the primary arms,
the primary arms and the secondary arms, at a second end opposite to the first end, being provided with primary pressing devices and secondary pressing devices, respectively, configured to exert a pressing force onto the tire components during the turning-up, the primary pressing devices being in a leading position,
the secondary arms being provided with pneumatic drives configured to displace the secondary pressing devices from an axially trailing position with respect to the axial position of the primary pressing devices in the leading position towards the same axial position as the primary pressing devices in the leading position,
wherein the secondary pressing devices are configured to be moved from the trailing position into the leading position when the primary arms are tilted from low positions into high positions,
during the tilting of the primary arms from the low positions to the high positions, the primary pressing devices are configured to diverge with respect to each other in the circumferential direction of the drum shaft, and
the pneumatic drives are configured to displace the secondary pressing devices from the trailing position to the leading position when the space consumed by the individual secondary pressing devices in the circumferential direction of the drum shaft is less than the smallest space between two directly subsequent primary pressing devices in the same circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,034

METHOD AND MOULDING SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING A FIBRE-REINFORCED POLYMER OBJECT VIA A FEEDBACK SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING RESIN FLOW RATE

1. A method of manufacturing a fibre-reinforced polymer object by means of vacuum-assisted resin transfer moulding (VARTM), wherein a fibre lay-up is impregnated with a liquid resin in a mould cavity comprising a rigid mould part having a mould surface defining an outer surface of the object, said method comprising the steps of:a) arranging the fibre lay-up on the mould surface, wherein the fibre lay-up includes a plurality of fibre layers;
b) arranging at least one resin inlet above the fibre lay-up;
c) attaching one or more pressure sensors to the at least one resin inlet, above the fibre lay-up;
d) arranging a vacuum bag on top of the rigid mould part and sealing the vacuum bag to the mould part to define the mould cavity;
e) evacuating the mould cavity;
f) supplying the liquid resin to the mould cavity via the at least one resin inlet to impregnate the fibre lay-up, the liquid resin being supplied at a resin flow rate;
g) monitoring a pressure with the one or more pressure sensors and generating a signal indicative of said pressure;
h) feeding said signal to a control unit that controls the resin flow rate supplied to the at least one resin inlet, wherein the control unit is configured such that the resin flow rate of the liquid resin is increased if the pressure monitored by the one or more pressure sensors, in step g), at the at least one resin inlet drops below a lower pressure threshold, wherein the control unit is further configured such that the resin flow rate of the liquid resin is decreased if the pressure monitored by the one or more pressure sensors, in step g), at the at least one resin inlet is above a higher pressure threshold, and wherein the higher pressure threshold is higher than the lower pressure threshold; and
j) curing the resin to form the fibre-reinforced polymer object,
wherein a further pressure sensor measures the pressure of a plurality of separate segments of the mould cavity via a respective resin outlet of each of said segments, said control unit configuration factoring in the measured pressure from said further pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,030

METHOD FOR APPLYING FIBRE MATERIAL ON A VERTICAL SURFACE OF A WEB OF A WIND TURBINE BLADE

1. A method for applying fibre material on a vertical surface to form a web of a wind turbine blade, the method comprising:positioning a vertical surface in a mould for a wind turbine blade at a position corresponding to a position of a web of the blade;
spraying an adhesive on the vertical surface;
applying fibre material on the sprayed surface directly in the mould during layout of fibre material in the mould;
spraying additional adhesive on the fibre material for another layer of fibre material;
applying another layer of fibre material on the sprayed fibre material; and
injecting the fibre material on the vertical surface and in the mould with a resin during a resin injection process for the mould.

US Pat. No. 10,479,024

DEVICE FOR SETTING A SETTING ELEMENT IN A COMPONENT

Weber Schraubautomaten Gm...

1. An apparatus for setting a setting element comprising a first plastic material in a component comprising a second plastic material, the apparatus comprising:a rotary feed unit by which the setting element can be set into rotation about an axis of rotation and simultaneously an axial force acting in the direction of the axis of rotation can be exerted onto the setting element to drive the setting element into the component while producing a friction welding connection between the setting element and the component;
a differential distance measuring device for measuring a differential distance between a surface of the component and a surface of the driven setting element; and
a control unit for controlling the rotary feed unit in dependence on the measured differential distance, wherein the control unit is configured to control the rotary feed unit such that on reaching a predefined differential distance, representing a maximum penetration depth of the setting element in the component comprising the second plastic material, the setting element is rotated before the end of a setting procedure over a predetermined period of time with an axial force reduced to approximately zero.

US Pat. No. 10,479,023

METHOD FOR PRODUCING VOID-FREE ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A spark plasma sintering system comprising:a mold configured to surround a stack of tack-welded sheets;
a top platen and a bottom platen configured to cooperate to apply a pressure to the stack of tack-welded sheets;
a first electrode and a second electrode configured to cooperate to apply a direct current through the stack of tack-welded sheets; and
an induction heating coil configured to encircle the stack of tack-welded sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,479,022

APPARATUS FOR THE TRANSVERSE WELDING OF A MOVING TAPE

FAMECCANICA.DATA S.p.a, ...

1. An apparatus for the transverse welding of a tape traveling in a machine direction,comprising:
a stationary structure;
a rotary structure rotatable with respect to the stationary structure about a rotation axis perpendicular to said machine direction; and
a plurality of welding units carried by said rotary structure and spaced apart in a circumferential direction, wherein each of said welding units comprises an inner welding element fixed relative to the rotary structure, and an outer welding element cyclically movable with respect to the rotary structure, between a release position and an operative position, and vice versa and wherein each of said outer welding elements during the movement from said release position to said operative position, and vice versa, performs an angular rotation movement about a respective radial axis perpendicular to said rotation axis and a linear translation movement along said radial axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,017

SEQUENTIAL JOINT BEHAVIOR SHEET USING PHOTO DEFORMATION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FOLDING AND UNFOLDING THEREOF

1. A sequential joint sheet using photo deformation, comprising:at least three rigid parts that are of a rigid state;
a first joint part joining two of the rigid parts that are adjacent to each other; and
a second joint part joining two of the rigid parts that are adjacent to each other and spaced apart from the first joint part,
wherein the first and second joint parts have a first state in which the adjacent rigid parts joined by the first and second joint parts are parallel to each other, and a second state in which a folding behavior occurs along the first and second joint parts wherein one rigid part performs a folding behavior with respect to the other rigid part of the two adjacent rigid parts between the first and second joint parts, the second state being reached when light is absorbed, and
print patterns having different degrees of transparency are formed on a transparent high-molecular-weight polymer in the first and second joint parts, and thus a folding behavior is sequentially performed at the first and second joint parts due to different times taken to reach the second state through radiation of light according to the degrees of transparency of the first and second joint parts when the transparent high-molecular-weight polymer is exposed to uniform light distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,479,016

POLYCARBONATE PANEL HAVING SHALLOW BENDS

1. A method for forming multiple bends into a panel comprising the steps of:providing first and second opposing and elongated dies, the first die having in cross section a projecting profile and the second die a recessed profile extending between a pair of outer edge portions for receiving the projecting profile;
heating a surface of at least one of the first and second dies to a temperature up to 110° F.;
providing the panel of a polycarbonate material at an ambient temperature and advancing the panel to a first location between the first and second elongated dies so that a surface of the panel is placed into proximity with the heated surface, resulting in a temperature increase of the panel while retaining its structural rigidity;
displacing the projecting profile into the recessed profile to compress a portion of the panel sandwiched between the dies and to initially deform the panel;
pinching the sandwiched portion of the panel at first and second interior locations between the dies;
forming the panel by stretching and further bending the panel in the die at the pinch locations to define a thinned portion of the panel and in order to alter a molecular structure of the panel between the pinch locations resulting in strengthening of the panel;
separating the dies and subsequently advancing the panel to at least a second location and repeating of the steps of displacing, pinching and forming the panel in order to reform the panel to exhibit multiple strengthened bends.

US Pat. No. 10,479,015

METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR BLOWING A CONTAINER IN A BLOWING MOULD

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. An apparatus for manufacturing a container in a blowing mold, the apparatus comprising a blowing mold including a first side half and a second side half, the first side half comprises a first side half mold face, and the second side half comprises a second side half mold face, the first side half mold face and the second side half mold face are in contact with each other along a joint plane when the blowing mold is in a closed position, the blowing mold configured to enclose a blown container, the blown container having at least one transverse dimension in a longitudinal cross-section including a longitudinal axis and a member configured to move the first side half and the second side half apart along a transverse direction to separate the first side half mold face from the second side half mold face, the first side half and the second side half configured to be moved completely apart from the joint plane over an overall distance that is less than the greatest transverse dimension of the blown container and that enables extraction of the blown container from the blowing mold.

US Pat. No. 10,479,014

FORMING HEAD WITH INTEGRATED SEAL PIN/STRETCH ROD AND VARIOUS SEALING GEOMETRIES

1. A hydraulic blow molding system for forming a container from a preform by injecting a liquid product into the preform thereby expanding the preform into the shape of the container, the hydraulic blow molding system comprising:a forming head including a nozzle body, the nozzle body defining a central passageway terminating in an exit orifice, the central passageway defining a central axis;
a source of liquid product coupled to the forming head and in communication with the central passageway and the exit orifice;
a mold assembly having interior surfaces cooperating to define a mold cavity in the shape of the plastic container;
an integrated seal pin/stretch rod located within the forming head and being moveable between a closed position and an opened position, in the closed position a sealing portion of the integrated seal pin/stretch rod being in sealing engagement with a portion of the forming head so that the exit orifice is closed and the liquid product is prevented from being injected into the preform, in the opened position the sealing portion of the integrated seal pin/stretch rod being disengaged from the portion of the injection head so that the exit orifice is open and the liquid product injected into the preform.

US Pat. No. 10,479,013

NOZZLE FOR EXTRUDING A PREFORM TUBE

Harald Feuerherm, Troisd...

1. An assembly for extruding a hollow tubular preform, the extrusion assembly comprising:a mandrel extending along a vertical axis;
an annular nozzle body spacedly radially surrounding the mandrel;
a holding ring having an upper end axially slidable in the nozzle body, braced axially downwardly against the nozzle body, and having a lower end spaced radially inward from and shiftable limitedly radially relative to the nozzle body;
a nozzle ring having an upper end axially slidable in the holding ring, braced axially downwardly against the nozzle body, and having a radially deflectable lower end kinematically coupled to the lower end of the holding ring and forming an annular extrusion gap with the mandrel;
adjustment means for moving the nozzle ring and the mandrel parallel to the axis relative to each other by programmable adjustment motions to impart a varying wall thickness to the hollow tubular preform extruded through the gap;
a first positioner engageable with the lower end of nozzle ring and operable to radially deflect the lower end thereof; and
a second positioner engageable radially with the lower end of the holding ring for radially deflecting same.

US Pat. No. 10,479,012

MEMBERS FOR SEALING, BAFFLING, OR REINFORCING

Zephyros, Inc., Romeo, M...

1. An article comprising:a. a carrier formed as a linear flat substrate, including a first surface and opposing second surface;
b. an activatable material disposed adjacent a first terminating end of the carrier and contacting only the first surface of the carrier prior to and post activation of the activatable material, leaving a portion of the first surface free of contact with any activatable material;
c. a plurality of carrier extensions extending upward from the first surface of the carrier at an angle that is skew in relation to the carrier, each extension extending partially into and substantially surrounded by the activatable material;
d. a pen clip extending from a second terminating end of the carrier that directly opposes the first terminating end of the carrier, the pen clip being integrally formed with the carrier for affixing the article to a vehicle structure, the pen clip adapted to receive a portion of the vehicle structure, and the pen clip being free of any contact with the activatable material prior to or post activation of the activatable material;
wherein the article is adapted to provide sealing, baffling, or reinforcement within the vehicle structure, and
wherein at least one of the plurality of carrier extensions has a length differing from the other plurality of carrier extensions.

US Pat. No. 10,479,011

CABLING INTERFACE FOR A PRODUCTION MACHINE IN THE PLASTICS PROCESSING INDUSTRY AND METHOD FOR RETOOLING SUCH A PRODUCTION MACHINE

Kistler Holding AG, Wint...

1. A cabling interface for a production machine in the plastics processing industry, which production machine includes multiple cavities and multiple piezoelectric pressure transducers, wherein at least a respective one of the multiple piezoelectric pressure transducers is arranged at a respective one of the multiple cavities, wherein each of the respective piezoelectric pressure transducers arranged in the respective cavity captures an internal tool pressure inside the respective cavity and returns an electrical charge signal for each internal tool pressure detected and conducts the electrical charge signal away to the cabling interface via an inner cable, the cabling interface comprising:a frame defining an inner side and an outer side disposed opposed to and facing away from the inner side;
at least one inner socket carried on the inner side of the frame and that includes at least two connection ports electrically connected together in a first parallel circuit relationship, each of the two connection ports being configured according to a different connection standard; and
at least one outer socket carried on the outer side of the frame and that is paired with and electrically connected together in a second parallel circuit relationship to the at least one inner socket.

US Pat. No. 10,479,010

METAL PRODUCT HAVING INTERNAL SPACE FORMED THEREIN AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

INSSTEK, INC., Daejeon (...

1. A metal product having an internal space formed therein, the metal product comprising:a body part having a first space formed therein;
a space formation member having a second space formed therein, mounted on the body part to be communicated with the first space of body part to form the internal space therein; and
a finishing part forming an exterior by covering the space formation member in a state in which the space formation member is mounted on the body part;
wherein the body part includes a mounting groove having the space formation member mounted therein, and the space formation member has only a part thereof mounted in the mounting groove and a remaining part thereof exposed outwardly of the body part,
wherein the body part and the finishing part form an exterior of the metal product, the space formation member is not exposed to an external surface of the body part and the finishing part, and the finishing part is built up to be metallically bonded to the body part and the space formation member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,009

CO-INJECTION OF MOLDED PARTS FOR WEIGHT REDUCTION

Magna Exteriors Inc., Co...

1. A thermoplastic component for a motor vehicle, comprising:an outer surface layer of a co-injection moldable first material having a class A forming surface and no blowing agent and that is paintable material, wherein said first material is a thermoplastic olefin,
a core of co-injection moldable second material induced with at least about 3 wt % of chemical blowing agent for decreasing density of the core material, wherein the core is less dense than the outer surface layer, wherein said second material is a thermoplastic olefin,
wherein weight of the thermoplastic component is reduced by at least about 5 percent,
wherein the core is fully encapsulated by the outer surface layer;
wherein the thermoplastic component comprises a wallstock defined as a combination of the core and the outer surface layer, and the wall stock is from about 3 to 4 millimeters thick,
wherein thickness of the outer surface layer varies at predetermined locations of the thermoplastic component, and
wherein when the thermoplastic component is devoid of the core the thickness of the outer surface layer is about 0.3 to 3.0 millimeters.

US Pat. No. 10,479,000

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAMPLE STORAGE DEVICE AND SAMPLE STORAGE DEVICE

1. A method for manufacturing a sample storage device having at least one charging chamber to count fine particles contained in a sample charged in the charging chamber, the method comprising:preparing a pattern forming mold which has an engraved pattern part for forming at least a sidewall of the charging chamber, on an upper surface thereof, wherein the engraved pattern comprises a grid pattern, wherein the engraved pattern part include a sidewall pattern for forming the sidewall of the charging chamber, and a plurality of line patterns spaced apart from one another by a predetermined interval at a region outside the sidewall pattern;
pouring a predetermined amount of a liquid UV curable resin to be accommodated in the engraved pattern part, on the upper surface of the pattern forming mold;
seating a first light-transmitting substrate on the upper surface of the pattern forming mold and pressing them to each other;
radiating UV with the liquid UV curable resin accommodated in the engraved pattern part and thereby curing the liquid UV curable resin;
separating the first light-transmitting substrate which has the sidewall of the charging chamber formed as the liquid UV curable resin is cured, from the pattern forming mold; and
forming the charging chamber by adhering a second light-transmitting substrate to a surface of the first light-transmitting substrate on which the sidewall is formed,
wherein the second light-transmitting substrate has an introducing part and an discharging part, the introducing part is configured to receive the sample comprising the fine particles into the charging chamber, the discharging part is configured to permit the sample or air in the charging chamber to leave the charging chamber, and the introducing part and the discharging part span an entirety of a thickness of the second light-transmitting substrate, and
wherein the first light-transmitting substrate comprises a grid scale corresponding to the grid pattern of the forming mold.

US Pat. No. 10,478,999

THERMAL CURING OF CELL-BASED STRUCTURAL ARRAYS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus configured to simultaneously thermally cure a plurality of adhesive fillets that join walls and a composite facesheet together to form an array that comprises a number of cells, such that the apparatus comprises:a bank that comprises a number of tool blocks equal to the number of cells, each tool block in the number of tool blocks configured to be inserted into a single cell in the array, respectively, such that each tool block, respectively, comprises a shape that contacts each wall of the single cell and comprises a plurality of chamfered corners, with each chamfered corner, of the plurality of chamfered corners, respectively configured to:
remain separate from contact with an interior corner of the single cell;
form a gap between the each tool block and interior corner;
contact an uncured fillet, of the plurality of adhesive fillets, that fills the gap;
simultaneously deliver a same amount of heat to the uncured fillet as an amount of heat delivered to each uncured fillet in every interior corner of every cell in the array; and
simultaneously cure each uncured fillet in every interior corner of every cell in the array; and
a thermally conductive element, which extends substantially through each tool block, and such that thermally conductive element comprises an exposed portion that extends outside of the each tool block, the thermally conductive element configured to: convectively receive heat from a flow of warm air over the exposed portion, and conductively uniformly heat each exterior surface of each tool block in contact with, respectively, each uncured fillet in the single cell.

US Pat. No. 10,478,998

PROCESS AND DEVICE FOR SEPARATION AND RECOVERY OF WASTE CARPET COMPONENTS

AquafilSLO d.o.o., (SI)

1. A process for separation and recovery of waste carpet components, wherein waste carpets comprise a face fiber material, a backing material and an adhesive coating which includes latex and filler, said process comprising:shredding of waste carpets in a shredding machine, the shredding producing a shredded waste carpets;
washing of the shredded waste carpets that have been shredded in the shredding with a liquid washing agent in a high friction washer without reducing a size of the shredded waste carpets, wherein due to the action of high friction forces and the liquid washing agent, at least some of the adhesive coating is decoupled from the face fiber material and backing material;
removing at least some of the adhesive coating from the high friction washer during washing through a washing sieve within the high friction washer, the removing producing a first remaining material;
fine wet grinding of the first remaining material obtained from the washing in a wet granulator to reduce the size of the face fiber material and the backing material, the fine wet grinding producing a second remaining material; and
separating the second remaining material obtained in the fine wet grinding in a centrifuge into face fiber and backing material.

US Pat. No. 10,478,997

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HEATING PIPES MADE OF THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL

SICA S.p.A., Alfonsine (...

1. An apparatus for heating end portions of pipes made of thermoplastic material, comprising:an internal heating element, configured to be inserted at least partially inside an end portion of a pipe made of thermoplastic material for heating an inner cylindrical surface of the portion,
the internal heating element comprising an infra-red ray radiation unit which has an operating zone arranged to face at least partially the inner cylindrical surface, the operating zone extending longitudinally along a predetermined direction, parallel to a central axis of the pipe to be heated,
a conditioning device for conditioning infra-red rays emitted by the infra-red ray radiation unit, the conditioning device being configured to limit, in an intermediate position along a longitudinal extension of the operating zone, the heating of the inner cylindrical surface;
wherein the conditioning device comprises a first screening element including an annular extension about the infra-red ray radiation unit, for partially screening the infra-red rays emitted by the infra-red ray radiation unit, the first screening element being connected relative to the infra-red radiation unit, such that during operation, the first screening element maintains with respect to the infra-red radiation unit, a predetermined intermediate position along the longitudinal extension of the operating zone.

US Pat. No. 10,478,994

FABRICATING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method of fabricating a three-dimensional object, comprising:depositing a layer of build material;
depositing a coalescing agent onto the layer of build material according to a slice of three-dimensional model data; and
irradiating the coalescing agent with microwave radiation such that the coalescing agent converts the microwave radiation into heat to coalesce the build material in which the coalescing agent was deposited;
wherein irradiating the coalescing agent comprises irradiating the coalescing agent with a first microwave radiation to partially coalesce the build material prior to irradiating the coalescing agent with a second relatively more intense microwave radiation to fully coalesce the build material.

US Pat. No. 10,478,992

SELF-POWERED TIMBER SLASHER

Spruce Creek Mechanical L...

1. A self-powered timber slasher comprising:a self-propelled carrier;
the self-propelled carrier comprising a frame and an engine for generating power to the self-propelled carrier;
the frame comprising a first end and a second end;
a hydraulic powered saw;
the hydraulic powered saw being mounted on the first end of the frame;
the hydraulic powered saw being configured to cut timber;
a wireless controller;
the wireless controller being electrically coupled to the hydraulic powered saw;
a hydraulic tank;
the hydraulic tank being configured to store a hydraulic fluid;
a hydraulic motor;
the hydraulic motor being coupled to the hydraulic powered saw;
the hydraulic motor being configured to impart a rotational motion to the hydraulic powered saw based on a flow of the hydraulic fluid;
the hydraulic motor being in fluid connection with the hydraulic tank;
a hydraulic pump;
the hydraulic pump being configured to transport the hydraulic fluid between the hydraulic tank and the hydraulic motor;
the hydraulic pump being in fluid connection with each of the hydraulic tank and the hydraulic motor;
the engine being mounted on the second end of the frame;
the engine being configured to generate power for the hydraulic pump and the hydraulic powered saw;
the hydraulic pump being coupled to the engine;
the hydraulic powered saw being rotationally coupled to the engine;
the wireless controller being electrically coupled to the engine of the self-propelled carrier; and
the wireless controller being configured to control operation of the engine of the self-propelled carrier and the hydraulic powered saw based on a command received over a wireless communication channel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,984

CHEMICALLY SHARPENING BLADES

Hutchinson Technology Inc...

1. A method for forming a metal base, the method comprisingapplying a first mask and a second mask to a first side of the metal base to form a first window between the first mask and the second mask;
applying a third mask and a fourth mask to a second side of the metal base to form a second window between the third mask and the fourth mask;
applying a first variable permeability mask adjacent to the third mask of the second side of the metal base; and
chemically etching the metal base at the first window and the second window in a first stage to form a first void on the first side and a second void on the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,478,982

COMPLIANT OR ROLLABLE CUTTING SURFACE AND CUTTING DEVICE

Lee Innovations, LLC, Ch...

1. A cutting apparatus for cutting filaments from a filamentous surface comprising:a roller comprising,
a rigid body,
a compliant outer peripheral surface surrounding the rigid body,
a flexible cutting surface disposed at the outer peripheral surface, the cutting surface including a plurality of slots, and
a handle that supports the rigid body to permit free movement of the body; wherein each of the plurality of slots includes at least one of a protruding cutting edge and a pair of opposing cutting edges forming a sharp-edged aperture, the sharp-edged aperture being pressure activated to change shape from an open configuration to a closed configuration as the flexible cutting surface moves across the filamentous surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,980

CUTTER HEAD FOR PERSONAL CARE APPLIANCES

Braun GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. A tool head for a personal care appliance, including a plurality of tooling rotors rotatably supported about rotor axes and a drive train for rotatably driving said tooling rotors from a motor, wherein the tooling rotors are separately displaceably supported to elastically dive along their axes of rotation into a retracted position against a biasing force provided by biasing devices onto said tooling rotors, said biasing devices being configured to allow for a diving travel of at least about ¼ of a diameter of a tooling rotor,wherein said drive train includes:
an input crank element having connection means for connecting to a drive shaft, said input crank element being rotatably supported about a first crank rotation axis, wherein a first crank connecting pin is attached to said input crank element at a position eccentric to said first crank rotation axis, said input crank element having a first crank lever arm (h) defined by a distance between said first crank connecting pin and said first crank rotation axis;
a transmitter element configured to be driven by said input crank element; and
a plurality of output crank elements configured to be driven by said transmitter element to rotate about said rotor axis, said output crank elements being rotatably supported about second crank rotation axes and second crank connecting pins being attached to each of said output crank elements at a position eccentric to a respective one of said second crank rotation axes, wherein said output crank elements each have a second crank lever arm (h) defined by a distance between said second crank connecting pins and said respective one of said second crank rotation axes,
wherein said first and second crank rotation axes are parallel to each other and said first and second crank lever arms (h) have substantially a same lever length.

US Pat. No. 10,478,975

FABRICATION OF ROBOTIC MECHANISMS AND SYSTEMS FROM PLANAR SUBSTRATES

Worcester Polytechnic Ins...

1. A method of fabricating robotic members, comprising:generating a pattern on a planar material, the pattern including creases and cuts on the planar material for defining functional units operative for robotic movement;
cutting the planar material along the generated cuts;
folding the planar material along the generated creases;
forming interconnected functional members based on the cut and folded planar material,
the interconnected functional members including a plurality of beams and linkages, each beam of the plurality of beams having a rigidity greater than the planar material and at least one linkage of the plurality of linkages securing a first beam and a second beam, the linkage defined by a polygonal aperture in the first beam, the polygonal aperture in the shape of a polygon having a plurality of sides and having tabs defined by sides of the polygon and adapted for engagement with the second beam, the second beam having a cross section based on the polygon and elongated apertures resulting from the generated cuts at a common cross section adapted for insertion of the tabs of the first beam into the generated cuts.

US Pat. No. 10,478,974

END OF ARM TOOLS FOR SOFT ROBOTIC SYSTEMS

Soft Robtics, Inc., Bedf...

1. A soft robotic grasping system for grasping a target object, comprising:a gripper hub having an axial center region about an axial center line, the gripper hub extending from the axial center line in a lateral direction;
a soft robotic finger supported by the hub, the soft robotic finger including an elastomeric outer surface surrounding an internal void, and configured to curl when a pressure change occurs within the internal void;
a linkage extending from a proximal end of the soft robotic finger to the gripper hub;
a pivot point at which the linkage is rotatably connected to the gripper hub;
a linear actuator disposed between the pivot point and the proximal end of the soft robotic finger and configured to move in the lateral direction; and
a controller configured to actuate the linear actuator to move the linear actuator in the lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,968

DRIVING ASSEMBLY, ANKLE ASSEMBLY AND ROBOT HAVING THE SAME

UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP., S...

1. An ankle assembly of a robot, the ankle assembly being arranged between a foot of the robot and at least a portion of a leg of the robot, the ankle comprising a first driving assembly, the first driving assembly comprising:a first driving source comprising a first output shaft;
a second driving source; and
a gear set comprising a first gear and second gear that are engaged with each other, the first gear being arranged around the first output shaft:
wherein the ankle assembly further comprising a second driving assembly and a connection support; the first driving assembly is connected to the foot, the second driving assembly is connected to the at least a portion of the leg, and the connection support is connected to the first driving assembly and the second driving assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,478,965

ROBOT SYSTEM

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A robot system comprising:a robot;
a control device configured to control the robot according to an operation program;
a portable teach pendant configured to be connected to the control device, and to perform a teaching operation regarding the operation program; and
a teaching handle configured to be attached to the robot, to be connected to the control device, and to perform lead-through teaching, wherein
the teach pendant is provided with a first enable switch configured to be switched to an on state in a state where the teach pendant is gripped, and to permit operation of the robot by manual operation of the teach pendant,
the teaching handle is provided with a second enable switch configured to be switched to an on state in a state where the teaching handle is gripped, and to permit operation of the robot by the teaching handle,
the control device enables operation of the robot by the teaching handle only when the first enable switch is in an off state and the second enable switch is switched to the on state, and enables operation of the robot by the teach pendant only when the second enable switch is in an off state and the first enable switch is switched to the on state, and
the control device shuts off power to the robot at a time point of both the first enable switch and the second enable switch being switched to the on state.

US Pat. No. 10,478,958

SOLID STATE TOOL SYSTEM

Fiskars Brands, Inc., Mi...

1. A tool system comprising:a first tool defining a first aperture;
a second tool defining a second aperture; and
a connection mechanism formed of a resilient material and including a first coupling portion sized to engage the first aperture and a second coupling portion sized to engage the second aperture,
wherein the connecting mechanism passes through the first tool and the second tool, and engages the first aperture and the second aperture in a storage configuration,
wherein the first tool provides a first mode of operation when used independently,
wherein the second tool provides a second mode of operation when used independently, and
wherein the tool system provides a third mode of operation when arranged in the storage configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,478,953

VALVE CORE REMOVAL TOOL

Diversitech Corporation, ...

20. A valve core removal tool comprising:an elongated shaft comprising a proximal end, and a distal end, the elongated shaft extending along a longitudinal axis thereof between the proximal end and the distal end;
a shoulder stop positioned at the distal end;
a handle coupled to the proximal end of the elongated shaft; and
a valve core gripper diametrically lesser than the shoulder stop and monolithically extending from the shoulder stop, the valve core gripper comprising:
a first leg comprising:
a first fixed end coupled to the shoulder stop;
a first recess formed in the first leg adjacent the first fixed end of the first leg; and
a first distal free end, the first leg defining a first valve core engaging surface; and
a second leg spaced apart from the first leg and comprising:
a second fixed end coupled to the shoulder stop;
a second recess formed in the second leg adjacent the second fixed end of the second leg; and
a second distal free end, the second leg defining a second valve core engaging surface spaced apart from the first valve core engaging surface,
wherein at least one of the first leg and the second leg is movable relative to the other of the first leg and the second leg between a first position defining a first distance between the first valve core engaging surface and the second valve core engaging surface, and a second position defining a second distance between the first valve core engaging surface and the second valve core engaging surface that is greater than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,478,945

ABRASIVE RECOVERY ASSEMBLY FOR A WATERJET CUTTING SYSTEM

HMCC ACQUIRECO2, LLC, Bu...

1. An abrasive recovery system for a waterjet cutter, the abrasive recovery system comprising: a drain assembly including a drain coupler including at least one drain nozzle, the drain nozzle having at least one wall defining a drain nozzle bore, the drain coupler defining a drain opening wherein the drain opening is in fluid communication with the drain nozzle bore;a flexible hose coupled to the drain nozzle to establish fluid communication between the drain opening and the flexible hose; and
a water jet cutting nozzle configured to perform a cutting operation; and
a tank, the drain assembly and the flexible hose being supported within the tank below the water jet cutting nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,478,943

GRINDER, COVER AND COVER SET

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A grinder, comprising:a motor;
a housing that houses the motor;
a spindle that protrudes downward from the housing, is configured to be driven by the motor, and thereby rotated;
a first cover that is provided in a circumferential direction of the spindle, is fixed to the housing, and is configured to at least partially cover a tool accessory, which is mounted on the spindle, from above; and
a second cover that is detachably mounted on the first cover,
wherein:
the first cover has a bottom opening that extends at least partially along a first arc of a circle,
the second cover, when mounted on the first cover in a first orientation, covers at least a segment of the bottom opening, the segment being defined by a second arc of the circle and a chord of the circle,
the second cover is configured such that when the tool accessory is mounted on the spindle, a front-most portion of the second cover is located rearward of a front-most portion of the tool accessory,
the second cover is mountable on the first cover in the first orientation and in a second orientation;
an area of the tool accessory covered by the first and second covers is greater when the second cover is mounted in the first orientation than when the second cover is mounted in the second orientation,
when the second cover is mounted on the first cover in the second orientation, an outer surface of an upper part of the first cover faces an inner surface of the second cover and the second cover is housed on the outer-surface side of the upper part of the first cover,
when the second cover is mounted on the first cover in the first orientation, the inner surface of the second cover faces the inner surface of the first cover and a space that houses the tool accessory between the inner surface of the second cover and the inner surface of the first cover is formed, and thereby the tool accessory is at least partially covered from below,
the first cover includes a substantially semicircular upper wall part having a connection part extending partially around an axis of the spindle for connecting the first cover to the housing,
the second cover includes a substantially semicircular upper wall part having a cutout, and
the cutout extends along the connection part when the second cover is mounted on the first cover in the second orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,938

POLISHING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Ebara Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A polishing method for polishing a plurality of substrates, comprising:polishing a surface of a first substrate by pressing the first substrate against a polishing pad on a polishing table by a top ring, said polishing being executed in accordance with a preset polishing recipe; and
cleaning the polishing pad for removing foreign matters on said polishing pad by ejecting a cleaning fluid onto said polishing pad;
determining whether the first substrate is a last substrate to be polished;
wherein, when the first substrate is the last substrate to be polished, said cleaning after the completion of said polishing recipe is continued for a predetermined time and is then terminated after the elapse of said predetermined time, and when the first substrate is not the last substrate to be polished said cleaning after the completion of said polishing recipe is terminated by detecting a position of a subsequent substrate to be polished which is undergoing a substrate transferring process in which the first substrate is removed from said top ring at a substrate transferring position whether it's the last substrate or not.

US Pat. No. 10,478,936

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING SURFACE PROPERTIES OF POLISHING PAD

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A method of measuring surface properties of a polishing pad, comprising:swinging a light source to apply a laser beam to a surface of a polishing pad at a plurality of incident angles, wherein the plurality of incident angles are different from each other;
receiving light reflected by the surface of the polishing pad at a plurality of reflection angles; and
performing a Fourier transform on the received light reflected at the plurality of reflection angles to determine surface properties of the polishing pad.

US Pat. No. 10,478,935

DEBURRING APPARATUS

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A deburring apparatus comprising:a robot that supports a deburring tool, and uses the deburring tool to conduct a deburring process for an object supported by a support in a machine tool and having been cut;
a visual sensor;
a relative movement mechanism for causing relative movement between the visual sensor and the object supported by the support; and
a controller, wherein the controller is configured to conduct:
an operation process that operates the relative movement mechanism based on a visual sensor relative movement program for controlling operation of the relative movement mechanism so that the relative movement mechanism moves the visual sensor relative to the object along a locus corresponding to a deburring target portion along an outer edge of the object in a state in which at least a portion of the outer edge of the object is located within a visual field of the visual sensor, wherein the controller is configured to operate the relative movement mechanism so that a ridge of the object supported by the support is detected by the visual sensor during the relative movement; and
a deburring operation program generation process which generates a deburring operation program by using the detected ridge obtained by the visual sensor when the relative movement mechanism is operated based on the visual sensor relative movement program;
wherein the deburring operation program is a program which operates the robot and/or the machine tool so that the deburring tool moves along a locus based on the detected ridge.

US Pat. No. 10,478,933

ANGLE GRINDER, POWER TOOL AND BRAKING METHOD THEREOF

Nanjing Chervon Industry ...

1. An angle grinder, comprising:a motor comprising a rotor and windings;
a power supply for supplying power to the motor;
a main switch for turning on/off an electrical connection between the windings of the motor and the power supply;
an output shaft driven by the rotor to rotate;
a rotor brake circuit for slowing down the rotor of the motor when the windings are short circuited or reverse connected;
an output shaft brake circuit for producing a magnetic field to slow down the output shaft; and
a controller for detecting whether the rotor brake circuit short circuits or reverse connects the windings;
wherein when the windings are short circuited or reverse connected for a time which reaches a preset value, the output shaft brake circuit produces the magnetic field to slow down the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,478,932

MACHINING CENTER

Buffalo Machinery Company...

1. A machining center comprising:a machine bed having
a top surface,
a bottom surface that is opposite to said top surface,
a machining zone that is defined between said top and bottom surfaces,
a transferring zone that is defined between said top and bottom surfaces, said machining zone and said transferring zone being arranged in a first direction, and
a gate that is disposed between said machining and transferring zones;
a work table unit mounted in said machining zone of said machine bed;
a sliding unit mounted to said top surface, being slidable along a first sliding axis which extends in the first direction, and including a tool spindle that is movably disposed above said work table unit;
a first driving unit mounted in said transferring zone and extending in the first direction;
a conveying member disposed between said first driving unit and said bottom surface of said machine bed, and movably mounted to said first driving unit;
a second driving unit co-movably mounted to said conveying member; and
a loading seat movably mounted to said second driving unit;
wherein said first driving unit is operable for driving said conveying member to move along a conveying axis which extends in the first direction, thereby driving said loading seat to move along first adjusting axes which extend in the first direction between said transferring and machining zones via said gate; and
wherein said second driving unit is operable for driving said loading seat to move along second adjusting axes which extend in a second direction, which are perpendicular to the first direction, and which are substantially vertical.

US Pat. No. 10,478,931

WORKPIECE ATTACHMENT/REMOVAL DEVICE

DMG MORI CO., LTD., Nara...

1. A workpiece attachment/removal device attached to a machine tool, the machine tool including a bed, a saddle provided on the bed, a spindle head provided on the saddle, a spindle rotatably supported by the spindle head and holding a tool at a front end thereof, a pair of right and left columns erected on the bed before the saddle and spaced apart in an X-axis direction which is a lateral direction of the bed, and a table supported on front surfaces of the pair of columns to be movable along a vertical Y-axis, the workpiece attachment/removal device unloading a workpiece placed on the table and loading a workpiece onto the table, the workpiece attachment/removal device comprising:a guide mechanism disposed along the X-axis before the table;
a first placement table and a second placement table disposed at right and left sides of the table behind the guide mechanism; and
a transfer mechanism moving along the X-axis while being guided by the guide mechanism,
the transfer mechanism including:
a base engaged with the guide mechanism and provided to be movable along the X-axis;
a linear drive part moving the base along the X-axis direction;
a pair of clamping arms provided perpendicularly to the X-axis to be openable and closable by separating from each other and approaching each other, the pair of clamping arms each having at a tip end thereof a clamping portion for clamping a workpiece and being disposed such that the clamping portions thereof are located at the table side;
a clamping drive part opening and closing the pair of clamping arms; and
a turning drive part supporting the pair of clamping arms on the base and turning the pair of clamping arms only in a plane perpendicular to the X-axis such that the clamping portions thereof pivot between a lower position and an upper position,
the pair of clamping arms being configured to be moved along the X-axis direction by the linear drive part so as to pass above each of the table, the first placement table, and the second placement table, and being configured to carry out release of a clamped workpiece and clamping of a workpiece by opening and closing thereof when they have been turned so that the clamping portions thereof are positioned at the lower position, and
the transfer mechanism being configured to execute an operation of clamping a workpiece placed on the table with the clamping arms and unloading the workpiece onto the second placement table, and an operation of clamping a workpiece placed on the first placement table with the clamping arms and loading the workpiece onto the table.

US Pat. No. 10,478,916

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR JOINING COMPONENTS WITH FRICTION PINS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of joining components, comprising:applying force along an axis, via a friction pin, to a first substrate, wherein the friction pin has a first portion with a constant first diameter and a second portion with a constant second diameter, and the second diameter is greater than the first diameter, such that there is a step between the first portion and the second portion of the friction pin;
frictionally melting a portion of the first substrate adjacent the first portion of the friction pin by rotating the friction pin about the axis at a first speed within the first substrate;
applying force along the axis, via the friction pin, to a second substrate;
frictionally melting a portion of the second substrate adjacent the first portion of the friction pin by rotating the friction pin at a second speed within the second substrate while the second portion of the friction pin is melting a portion the first substrate, wherein the second speed is different from the first speed; and
embedding a portion of the friction pin within the first substrate and the second substrate, such that the first substrate and the second substrate are joined with the friction pin,
wherein the first substrate is formed from a first material and the second substrate is formed from a second material, different from the first material, and the first material has a higher melting temperature than the second material.

US Pat. No. 10,478,911

METHOD OF JOINING METALS AND NON-METALS WITH FOIL AND PRODUCTS SO JOINED

MHI Health Devices, LLC, ...

1. A method for the rapid thermal joining of metallic or non-metallic objects in a non-vacuum environment comprising generating a thermal plasma through the heating of a gaseous flow, placing a joining material between the objects, applying the thermal plasma at an average temperature of over 1100° C. to the objects and the joining material whereby the joining material experiences a rapid heat-up wherein the objects are joined together.

US Pat. No. 10,478,905

MACHINE TOOL FOR FORMING RADIATING CABLE

Trilogy Communications, I...

15. A method of forming a radiating cable, comprising:forming, by a radiating machine tool, a plurality of slots along a longitudinal length of an outer conductor of a coaxial cable by:
receiving, by a cable receiving channel of the radiating machine tool, the coaxial cable, wherein the coaxial cable passes through an aperture of a carriage of the radiating machine tool, and
causing, by a controller in communication with the radiating machine tool, the carriage to rotate about an axis that is coaxial with the cable receiving channel such that one or more milling cutters of the carriage form one or more of the plurality of slots along the longitudinal length of the outer conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,904

HOLE SAW ASSEMBLY

GRIPP-X B.V., Ede (NL)

1. A hole saw assembly comprising a hole saw and an arbor for coupling said hole saw to a driving tool, said hole saw comprising a bottom wall provided with a hole with internal thread having a major and a minor thread diameter, and said arbor comprising a clamping device having a first and a second thread-engaging part,said first thread-engaging part extending in a longitudinal direction and having a first external surface for in use engaging the internal thread;
said second thread-engaging part extending in said longitudinal direction and having a second external surface for in use engaging the internal thread;said first and second thread-engaging parts moveable with respect to one another with a component in a direction perpendicular to said longitudinal direction, allowing said first and second thread-engaging parts to displace between a first or disengaged position with respect to one another for together providing a first circumference allowing retraction from or insertion in said hole in a substantially longitudinal direction, and a second or engaged position having a second circumference that is larger than the first circumference, and in said second position said first and second external surfaces engaging said internal thread for clamping said clamping device in said hole.

US Pat. No. 10,478,903

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING METAL PLATE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A method for manufacturing a metal plate, wherein the metal plate includes a machining subject surface in at least one of a front surface and a rear surface of the metal plate in a thickness-wise direction, the machining subject surface is machined in a state in which the metal plate is held by a chuck in the thickness-wise direction, and the metal plate includes a first holding portion designed to be held by the chuck in the thickness-wise direction and a second holding portion located at a position separated from the first holding portion and designed to be held by the chuck in the thickness-wise direction, the method comprising:performing reference surface machining that machines a surface of the second holding portion that is to be held by the chuck into a predetermined shape in a state in which the first holding portion is held by the chuck;
after performing the reference surface machining, releasing the first holding portion from the chuck and holding the second holding portion with the chuck; and
machining the machining subject surface of the metal plate in a state in which the second holding portion is held by the chuck.

US Pat. No. 10,478,902

CUTTING TOOL FOR RECESSING AND GROOVING

CeramTec GmbH, Plochinge...

1. A cutting element having a top side and bottom side, and having side surfaces which connect the top side and bottom side, andhaving two oppositely inclined flat rectangular roof slopes on said top side which extend, starting at the surface, into the cutting element;
wherein a rectangular ridge surface which forms part of the surface of the cutting element is situated between the two roof slopes; on top of the cutting element on both ends, the one facing away from the clamping holder and the one facing towards the clamping holder are surfaces that are part of the top side surface and between the surfaces the roof slopes are situated
wherein the roof slopes extend at an angle of 15°>a>5° with respect to the surface of the cutting element, the roof slopes extending, starting at the ridge surface, to the edge of the cutting element and wherein the cutting element has protruding engagement elements on its bottom side.

US Pat. No. 10,478,898

SILVER PARTICLES MANUFACTURING METHOD

NATIONAL CHUNG-SHAN INSTI...

1. A silver particles manufacturing method, comprising following steps:providing a silver nitrate (AgNO3);
providing a N-Methyl Pyrrolidone (NMP) solution;
adding the silver nitrate (AgNO3) into the N-Methyl Pyrrolidone (NMP) solution, to perform ultrasonic vibrations until the silver containing compound is dissolved completely into the organic solution, to form a silver ion solution, wherein silver ion concentration of the silver ion solution is 0.001M to 10M;
performing the ultrasonic vibrations without additional reducing agent for 2 to 5 hours, and then let the solution settle down for a period, to form a silver particles synthesized solution; and
placing the silver particles synthesized solution into a centrifuge to perform centrifugation and separation, to obtain ?m-scale silver particles and nm-scale silver particles,
wherein power of the ultrasonic vibrations is 10 W to 1600 W.

US Pat. No. 10,478,897

SHEET METAL SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS JOINING INCREMENTAL FORMING AND DIRECT METAL DEPOSITION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A sheet metal system having incremental forming and direct metal deposition, including: a retractable and extendable incremental forming tool supported together with a direct metal deposition tool by a tool holding head;a plate;
a groove created in the plate, in a first stage to a first groove depth;
the direct metal deposition tool temporarily positioned within the groove;
a material deposited by the direct metal deposition tool onto a surface within the groove creating a rib defining a first height rib extending through the first groove depth, the rib directly connected for an entire length of the first height rib to a vertical wall defined by the groove, the first height rib oriented transverse to the vertical wall;
the groove when modified in a second stage has a second groove depth greater than the first groove depth; and
an additional amount of the material deposited onto the first height rib after the second stage creates a second height rib extending through the second groove depth.

US Pat. No. 10,478,896

POROUS COPPER BODY, POROUS COPPER COMPOSITE PART, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POROUS COPPER BODY, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POROUS COPPER COMPOSITE PART

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A porous copper body, comprising:a skeleton having a three-dimensional network structure,
wherein an oxidation-reduction layer formed by an oxidation-reduction treatment is provided on a surface of the skeleton,
the skeleton is constituted by a sintered body made of a plurality of copper fibers,
in each of the copper fibers, a diameter R is set to be in a range of 0.05 mm to 1.0 mm, and a ratio L/R of a length L to the diameter R is set to be in a range of 4 to 2500, and
an average crystal grain size of an entirety including the skeleton and the oxidation-reduction layer is in a range of 5% to 300% of a diameter of the copper fibers in the skeleton.

US Pat. No. 10,478,895

POROUS ALUMINUM SINTERED COMPACT AND METHOD OF PRODUCING POROUS ALUMINUM SINTERED COMPACT

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A porous aluminum sintered compact comprising a plurality of aluminum substrates sintered to each other,wherein the aluminum substrates are made of aluminum fibers or both of aluminum fibers and an aluminum powder,
a fiber diameter of the aluminum fiber is in a range of 50 ?m or more and 1000 ?m or less,
a junction in which the plurality of aluminum substrates are bonded to each other includes a Ti—Al compound and a eutectic element compound including a eutectic element capable of eutectic reaction with Al, and
a plurality of pillar-shaped protrusions projecting toward an outside are formed on outer surfaces of the aluminum substrates, and the pillar-shaped protrusions include the junction.

US Pat. No. 10,478,892

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESS DISTORTION MANAGEMENT

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method of additive manufacturing, comprising:monitoring a current to a recoater blade and providing a monitored current load indicative thereof;
comparing the monitored current load to a predetermined current value; and
initiating a single exposure sequence in response to the monitored current load exceeding the predetermined current.

US Pat. No. 10,478,891

SYSTEM FOR IMPREGNATION OF CASTINGS

1. A system for impregnation and washing of castings, comprising:a vacuum chamber for impregnation of castings with a sealant;
at least one wash chamber for washing the castings after impregnation of the castings with the sealant;
a storage chamber for storing the sealant;
a valve connected to and in fluid communication with the vacuum chamber and the storage chamber, wherein the valve controls flow of the sealant to and from the storage chamber into and out of the vacuum chamber;
a basket comprising
(i) a plurality of bins to hold the castings without causing the castings to come in contact with each other during impregnation of the castings with the sealant,
(ii) a partition sheet lining each of the plurality of bins, the partition sheet being configured with a plurality of perforations and a plurality of slots that facilitate the washing of the castings, and
(iii) stubs configured on each of first and second ends of the basket for orientation thereof;
a gantry configured to place the basket into the vacuum chamber before the impregnation of the castings, to remove the basket from the vacuum chamber after impregnation of the castings and a return of the sealant to the storage chamber, and to place the basket into the at least one wash chamber after the impregnation of the castings; and
at least one gripper disposed on the gantry for gripping and lifting the basket through the stubs, wherein the at least one gripper comprises pins configured to prevent sticking of the sealant therein, thereby preventing jamming of the system.

US Pat. No. 10,478,890

METHODS OF BILLET CASTING

Nucor Corporation, Charl...

1. A method of billet casting comprising the steps of:a. assembling a billet caster with a shroud, the shroud comprising an upper portion and a lower portion wherein the upper portion forms a nozzle, and wherein the shroud extends from a tundish to above a meniscus of molten metal in a mold such that the shroud does not contact the molten metal in the mold;
b. delivering the molten metal from a ladle and into the tundish;
c. delivering the molten metal from the tundish through the shroud and to the mold wherein the shroud extends from the tundish to above the meniscus of molten metal in the mold, the shroud inhibiting contact between the molten metal and air;
d. casting the molten metal into billets in the mold and cooling the billets below the mold with a coolant spray to form cooled billets;
e. delivering the cooled billets to a runout table to be cut to length.

US Pat. No. 10,478,888

METHOD OF FASTENING A RIVET ELEMENT AND CORRESPONDING FASTENING SYSTEM THEREFOR

1. A method of fastening a rivet element (10) to a workpiece (12) which has a preshaped hole (26) provided for a reception of a rivet section (32) of the rivet element (10) and which is made planar at least in a region around the preshaped hole (26),wherein, prior to the fastening process, the workpiece (12) is positioned at a well-defined spacing (D) from a contact surface (18) of a die (14) by means of at least one movably and/or elastically configured spacer (16) of the die (14) for a reshaping of the rivet section (32), so that a gap (30) is formed between a wall (28) of the hole (26) and a punch (24) of the die (14), which is provided for the reshaping of the rivet section (32), the workpiece (12) only being moved toward the contact surface (18) after the start of the reshaping of the rivet section (32), and wherein the rivet section (32) is introduced into the gap (30) in a course of the fastening process and is reshaped by the punch (24) in order to engage behind the workpiece (12) in the region of the hole (26), wherein the spacer (16) is moved from a first position into a second position during the fastening process, the spacer (16) being substantially fully displaced into an inner region of the die (14) in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,478,886

STAMPING METHOD AND STAMPING APPARATUS

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A forming method for stamping a workpiece with a stamping apparatus to obtain a processed product from a portion of the workpiece, the processed product having a body portion, an outer peripheral portion formed in an outer periphery of the body portion, and a recess formed in the body portion, the method comprising:forming the body portion in the workpiece with a die such that the recess is formed in the body portion;
forming ratchets on an inner wall surface of the recess with teeth that are defined on an outer periphery of the die;
engaging, from a lower side of the workpiece, a restraint member with the formed ratchets in the recess to restrict deformation of the formed recess and the formed ratchets of the body portion; and
forming the outer peripheral portion while the restraint member restricts deformation of the formed recess and the formed ratchets of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,877

DIE FOR DRAWING METAL WIRE ROD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A metal wire rod drawing die with a die hole formed therein for inserting a metal wire rod, the die being characterized in that the die hole comprises an approach section tapered in a direction in which the metal wire rod is inserted and a bearing section having a constant inner diameter located at a subsequent stage to the approach section; and where Ra1 represents a surface roughness of an inner surface of the die hole from the bearing section to the approach section corresponding to an area reduction rate of 30% in an axial direction of the die hole, Ra2 represents a surface roughness of the inner surface of the die hole from the bearing section to the approach section corresponding to the area reduction rate of 30% in a direction orthogonal to the axial direction of the die hole, and Ra3 represents a surface roughness of an inner surface of the bearing section of the die hole in the axial direction of the die hole, the Ra1, the Ra2, and the Ra3 satisfy a relationship represented by the following formula:0. 14 ?m>Ra2>Ra1>Ra3.

US Pat. No. 10,478,875

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING COVERING MATERIAL WITH AN AEROSOLIZATION SYSTEM

Aerosolization Equity Inv...

1. A method of aerosolizing an alternative daily covering composition and applying said alternative daily covering composition to a selected land area comprising:generating a system of air with a turbine;
directing the system of air through a turbine housing;
directing water or wastewater from a water or wastewater source;
mixing the alternative daily covering composition with the water or wastewater upstream of a plurality of nozzles to form a mixture comprising water or wastewater and the alternative daily covering composition;
directing the mixture of the water or wastewater and alternative daily composition from the nozzles;
after directing the mixture from the nozzles, aerosolizing the mixture of water or wastewater and alternative daily covering composition by entraining the mixture in the system of air passing through the turbine housing;
shooting the aerosolized water or wastewater and alternative daily covering composition mixture entrained in the system of air out an outlet end of the turbine housing and causing the water or wastewater and alternative daily covering composition mixture to be airborne; and
directing the aerosolized and airborne water or wastewater and alternative daily covering composition over the selected land area and causing the alternative daily covering composition to fall out of the mixture and to be applied to the selected land area.

US Pat. No. 10,478,871

SIDE-OPENING SLEEVE VALVE

1. A side opening sleeve valve, including:a) an inner barrel comprising a cylindrical wall having an axis, and a single shaped opening through the wall that has a longer size along the axis of the inner barrel, and
b) an outer barrel comprising a cylindrical wall having an axis, and a single shaped opening through the wall, that has a longer size along the axis of the outer barrel, where the inner barrel is disposed co-annularly and rotatably within the outer barrel between a first open position where the single shaped opening in the inner barrel overlaps with the single shaped opening in the outer barrel to form a side opening into the side-opening sleeve valve, and a second closed position where the single shaped opening of the inner barrel and the single shaped opening of the outer barrel do not overlap.

US Pat. No. 10,478,866

AUTOCLAVABLE BUCKETLESS CLEANING SYSTEM

Veltek Associates, Inc., ...

1. A cleaning system, comprising:a vessel with an inside for storing fluid under pressure, the vessel comprising:
a first connection point for dispensing fluid from the vessel that is configured to automatically close when disconnected; and
a second connection point for pressurizing the vessel that is configured to automatically close when disconnected;
an outlet autoclave stem that is configured to be installed in the cleaning system, wherein the outlet autoclave stern opens the first connection point and enables steam to pass through the first connection point during autoclaving; and
an inlet autoclave stem that is configured to be installed in the cleaning system, wherein the inlet autoclave stem opens the second connection point and enables steam to pass through the second connection point during autoclaving.

US Pat. No. 10,478,862

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SORTING

Key Technology, Inc., Wa...

1. A sorting apparatus comprising:a source of individual products to be sorted;
a conveyor for moving the individual products along a given path of travel, and into an inspection station;
a plurality of selectively energizable illuminators located in different, spaced, angular orientations relative to the inspection station, and which, when energized, individually emit electromagnetic radiation which is directed towards, and reflected from, transmitted by or absorbed by the respective products passing through the inspection station;
a plurality of selectively operable electromagnetic radiation detection devices which are located in different, spaced, angular orientations relative to the inspection station, and which, when selectively rendered operable, captures the electromagnetic radiation reflected from or transmitted by the individual products passing through the inspection station, and forms an interrogation signal of the electromagnetic radiation which is captured, and wherein the respective electromagnetic radiation detection devices each form an interrogation signal;
a controller coupled in controlling relation relative to each of the plurality of illuminators and electromagnetic radiation detection devices, and wherein the interrogation signal of each of the electromagnetic radiation detection device is delivered to the controller, and wherein the controller selectively energizes individual illuminators, and electromagnetic radiation detection devices in a predetermined sequence so as generate multiple interrogation signals which are received by the controller, and which are combined into a multiple aspect image, in real-time, and which has a multiple of characteristics and gradients of the measured characteristics, and wherein the multiple aspect image which is formed allows the controller to identify individual products in the inspection station having a predetermined feature; and
a product ejector coupled to the controller and which, when actuated by the controller, removes individual products from the inspection station having features identified by the controller from the multiple aspect image.

US Pat. No. 10,478,861

SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING AND SORTING MATERIAL

HYDRO ALUMINIUM ROLLED PR...

1. A system for analyzing and sorting material comprising:a chute;
a feeder means for transporting at least one piece of material along a feeding surface towards and onto an upper portion of the chute, wherein the at least one piece of material is slidable on the chute and off the chute via a lower edge of the chute;
a sorting device operable to sort the at least one piece of material according to at least two fractions;
a laser device configured to generate a laser beam that, when the laser beam is incident on the at least one piece of material, can produce an emission from the piece material;
a spectrometer configured to detect the emission from the at least one piece of material and to produce an output signal corresponding to the emission and indicative of a chemical composition of the at least one piece of material; and
a controller device configured to receive the output signal and to operate the sorting device based on the output signal and at least one sorting criterion,
wherein the laser device and the spectrometer are both positioned on a same side of the chute in a direction perpendicular to a transportation direction of the chute,
wherein the laser device is configured to produce a laser beam that can be incident on the at least one piece of material when the at least one piece of material is at least partially protruding from the chute over the lower edge of the chute or has fallen off from the chute via the lower edge of the chute and is airborne,
wherein the chute defines a channel configured to guide the at least one piece of material from the upper portion of the chute to the lower edge of the chute,
wherein the channel includes a convex portion at the upper portion of the chute and a straight portion between the convex portion and the lower edge of the chute, and
wherein the channel is configured such that an extension of a centerline thereof intersects a path of the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,478,856

LINEAR VIBRATION MOTOR

AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd...

1. A linear vibration motor, comprising:a base having accommodating space;
a vibrating unit located in the accommodating space; and
an elastic member suspending the vibrating unit in the accommodating space;
wherein the vibrating unit comprises a first side wall and a second side wall oppositely arranged along a direction perpendicular to a vibrating direction of the vibrating unit, the elastic member comprises a first elastic member and a second elastic member which are spaced from each other,
wherein the first elastic member comprises a first fixing arm fixed on the base and arranged opposite to and spaced from the first side wall, two first elastic arms respectively extending from two ends of the first fixing arm and surrounding the vibrating unit, and two first connecting arms respectively extending from ends of two first elastic arms and surrounding the vibrating unit, wherein the two first connecting arms are respectively fixed on the second side wall;
wherein the second elastic member comprises a second fixing arm fixed on the base and arranged opposite to and spaced from the second side wall, two second elastic arms respectively bending and extending from two ends of the second fixing arm and surrounding the vibrating unit, and two second connecting arms respectively bending and extending from ends of two second elastic arms and surrounding the vibrating unit; wherein two second connecting arms are respectively fixed on the first side wall, and are located between the first side wall and the first fixing arm;
wherein the first elastic member further comprises two first avoiding holes penetrating through the first fixing arm; each of the first avoiding holes is respectively arranged directly facing a corresponding second connecting arm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,845

REMOTELY ACTIVATED DISPENSER

Delaware Capital Formatio...

1. An apparatus for dispensing chemical solutions, comprising:a dispenser, comprising:
a shut-off valve having a closed position and an opened position,
a linkage including at least one rigid link having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is operatively coupled to the shut-off valve; and
at least one rocker arm rotatable about a pivot axis, wherein the second end of the at least one rigid link is coupled to the at least one rocker arm;
a nozzle assembly including an actuator; and
a flexible link including a first end coupled to the actuator of the nozzle assembly and a second end operatively coupled to the at least one rocker arm,
wherein manipulation of the actuator operates to rotate the at least one rocker arm via the flexible link and move the first rigid link to shift the shut-off valve between the closed and opened positions.

US Pat. No. 10,478,843

LIQUID HAND WASH CONTAINER

Huoxian Xie, Shenzhen, G...

1. A liquid hand wash container, comprising: an outer casing, a rear casing, a liquid storage bottle, a liquid discharging pump module, a pressing plate, a pressing base, two thrust arc plates and a compression rod module, wherein:the liquid discharging pump module comprises a liquid discharging pump and a liquid discharging tube; the outer casing and the rear casing are connected with each other to form an accommodating cavity through a buckle; all of the liquid storage bottle, the liquid discharging pump module, the pressing base and the compression rod module are disposed within the accommodating cavity; all of the liquid storage bottle, the liquid discharging pump module and the compression rod module are fixedly disposed on the rear casing; an upper portion of the liquid discharging pump is connected with the liquid storage bottle through the liquid discharging tube, a lower portion of the liquid discharging pump is movably connected with the pressing base; a bottom of the outer casing has an opening, the pressing plate is correspondingly disposed at the opening and is movably connected with the outer casing; one end of each of the thrust arc plates is fixedly connected with the pressing plate, the other end of each of the thrust arc plates is a concave arc-shaped end which presses against the compression rod module; the compression rod module is disposed below the pressing base and presses against a bottom of the pressing base;
the compression rod module comprises two compression rods, a compression rod column, a compression rod rotary shaft and a compression rod fixed frame, wherein the compression rod fixed frame is fixedly connected with the rear casing; one end of each of the compression rods is fixedly connected with a side wall of the compression rod column, the other end of each of the compression rods is movably connected with the compression rod fixed frame through the compression rod rotary shaft; the compression rod column and the compression rods are at a same plane and perpendicular to each other, the compression rod column is parallel to the compression rod rotary shaft, the side wall of the compression rod column presses against the concave arc-shaped end of each of the thrust arc plates;
the two compression rods are symmetrically disposed; a first compression rod, namely, one of the two compression rods is fixedly connected with a side wall at one end of the compression rod column; a second compression rod, namely, the other of the two compression rods is fixedly connected with a side wall at the other end of the compression rod column; the compression rod column, the compression rod rotary shaft and the two compression rods are connected with each other to form a quadrilateral component;
the bottom of the pressing base has a liquid outlet which is connected with a liquid discharging nozzle; an outer diameter of the liquid discharging nozzle is smaller than an outer diameter of the pressing base; the liquid discharging nozzle passes through the quadrilateral component from top to down; the quadrilateral component is disposed at a joint of the pressing base and the liquid discharging nozzle, a whole side wall of the compression rod column presses against the bottom of the pressing base;
the two thrust arc plates are symmetrically disposed; a first thrust arc plate is corresponding to the first compression rod; one end of the compression rod column is disposed between the first thrust arc plate and the first compression rod; a second thrust arc plate is corresponding to the second compression rod, the other end of the compression rod column is disposed between the second thrust arc plate and the second compression rod.

US Pat. No. 10,478,840

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONVERTING LIQUID STREAM INTO FINE DROPLETS

INDIAN OIL CORPORATION LI...

1. An apparatus for mixing and atomizing a hydrocarbon stream using a dispersion stream, said apparatus comprising:an inner conduit having a first inlet for receiving the hydrocarbon stream and a second inlet for receiving a primary dispersion stream, the inner conduit producing a primary mixture comprising the hydrocarbon stream and the primary dispersion stream;
said second inlet for receiving the primary dispersion stream including a first axial pipe and at least one further axial pipe connected in a direction of flow of the primary dispersion stream, the first axial pipe being adapted to receive the primary dispersion stream and the second axial pipe defining a first set of orifices for exit of the primary dispersion stream thereto, the first set of orifices being located at the same horizontal plane as that of the first inlet;
an outer conduit having a third inlet for receiving a secondary dispersion stream, said inner and outer conduits together defining an annular passage for downstream flow of the secondary dispersion stream;
a distal end of the annular passage defining a second set of orifices for allowing the secondary dispersion stream flowing there-through to come in contact with the primary mixture and to thereby form a secondary mixture; and
an outlet for dispensing the secondary mixture comprising the hydrocarbon stream, the primary dispersion stream and the secondary dispersion stream.

US Pat. No. 10,478,830

FLOTATION SEPARATION DEVICE AND METHOD

Eriez Manufacturing Co., ...

1. A flotation separation system for partitioning a slurry, the slurry including a hydrophobic species that can adhere to gas bubbles formed in the slurry, said flotation separation system comprises:a flotation separation cell that comprises a sparger unit and a separation tank;
said sparger unit comprises:
a slurry inlet located at a first portion of a sparging mechanism, said slurry inlet for receiving a slurry;
a gas inlet located at said first portion of said sparging mechanism, said gas inlet for introducing a gas into the slurry, the gas having enough pressure to form gas bubbles in the slurry;
said sparging mechanism for dispersing the gas bubbles within the slurry, the effective open area in said sparging mechanism is substantially the same as the effective open area in said sparger unit both upstream and downstream from said sparging mechanism, said sparging mechanism is constructed such that the slurry flows through said sparging mechanism in a substantially unrestricted manner, the pressure across said sparging mechanism during the operation of said flotation separation system is about 10 psig or less;
a high shear element located within said sparging mechanism between said first portion and a second portion of said sparging mechanism, said high shear element for sparging the gas bubbles so as to form a bubble dispersion that causes adhesion of the hydrophobic species to the gas bubbles within said sparger unit;
wherein said high shear element comprises a rotating high shear element; and
a slurry outlet located at said second portion of said sparging mechanism, said slurry outlet for discharging the slurry and the bubble dispersion into said separation tank; and
said separation tank constructed to allow the bubble dispersion to form a froth at the top of the slurry contained in said separation tank.

US Pat. No. 10,478,824

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING HAMMERS

Bliss Industries, LLC, P...

1. A hammer for use in a rotatable hammermill assembly comprising:a hammer body comprising:
a hammer body front surface;
a hammer body rear surface opposite the hammer body front surface;
a first end; and
a second end for contact and delivery of momentum to material to be comminuted, wherein said second end has a weld hardened edge;
a front plate secured to the hammer body front surface at the first end, including a front plate thickness, and not being integrally formed with the hammer body front surface;
a rear plate secured to the hammer body rear surface at the first end, including a rear plate thickness different from the front plate thickness, and not being integrally formed with the hammer body front surface;
a rod hole passing through the hammer body, the front plate, and the rear plate.

US Pat. No. 10,478,823

GYRATORY CRUSHER HYDRAULIC PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A method of controlling the hydraulic pressure in a gyratory crusher hydraulic system, the hydraulic system including a pressure relief valve having a hydraulic fluid vestibule fluidly connected to a hydraulic fluid space of a gyratory crusher, a logic element for dumping hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic fluid space and which includes a plunger having a first plunger surface fluidly connected to the hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic fluid vestibule, and a second plunger surface arranged opposite the first plunger surface, and at least one first control pipe which fluidly connects the second plunger surface to the hydraulic fluid vestibule, the method comprising:restricting the flow of hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic fluid vestibule to the second plunger surface to make the time (TC) it takes for the logic element to switch from an open position to a closed position exceed the time (TF) it takes for a closed side setting position of the gyratory crusher to make one full round.

US Pat. No. 10,478,822

AUTOMATED CELL PROCESSING INSTRUMENTS COMPRISING REAGENT CARTRIDGES

Inscripta, Inc., Boulder...

1. An automated multi-module cell processing instrument comprising:a housing;
a reagent cartridge, wherein the reagent cartridge comprises:
a thermal block with block reservoirs defined therein;
a cover disposed upon the thermal block with cover reservoirs defined therein, wherein the cover reservoirs and block reservoirs are coincident and together define reservoirs in the reagent cartridge;
an insert comprising a transformation module, wherein the transformation module is a flow-through electroporation device;
a script readable by a processor;
at least two additional inserts configured to reside within the reservoirs in the reagent cartridge; and
reagents dispensed in one or more of the reservoirs;
a growth module;
a cell concentration module;
an editing module; and
the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,820

REAGENT WELL HAVING A RETENTION FEATURE FOR RETAINING A LYOPHILIZED REAGENT

Gen-Probe Incorporated, ...

1. An article for performing a reaction comprising:a reagent well including a side wall, a bottom wall, and an open upper end defined by a top surface;
a lyophilized reagent disposed within the reagent well; and
a retention feature that is not integral with the reagent well, the retention feature comprising a fingered collar fixed to the side wall at or proximal to the open upper end and comprising one or more flexible fingers extending into the well, wherein each of the one of more fingers extends toward an axial center of the well, wherein the retention feature is inserted into the open upper end of the well and fixed to the side wall above the lyophilized reagent, wherein the retention feature defines an opening that is smaller than the diameter of the lyophilized reagent, such that the retention feature retains the lyophilized reagent within the reagent well, and wherein the opening is sized to permit an end of a pipette tip to be inserted into the well.

US Pat. No. 10,478,806

PROCESS AND CATALYST SYSTEM FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH QUALITY SYNGAS FROM LIGHT HYDROCARBONS AND CARBON DIOXIDE

Carbon Recycling Solution...

1. A nickel-based, solid solution catalyst for producing syngas, wherein the solid solution catalyst is not coated on a substrate, and wherein the catalyst is in contact with CO2, CH4 and H2O, and wherein the catalyst is capable of producing syngas with a pre-selected ratio of H2/CO, and wherein the H2/CO ratio is capable of being varied based on the production process used to produce the syngas, wherein the nickel-based, solid solution catalyst comprises only one transition metal, and wherein the transition metal is nickel.

US Pat. No. 10,478,803

GLASS ARTICLE PROVIDED WITH PHOTOCATALYST FILM, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING GLASS ARTICLE, AND COATING LIQUID

NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPAN...

1. A coating liquid for producing a photocatalyst film, comprising:silicon oxide particles;
titanium oxide particles;
ethylene glycol; and
a binder source as a source of a binder material whose main component is silicon oxide,
wherein the ratio among the mass of the silicon oxide particles, the mass of the titanium oxide particles, and the mass of the binder material in terms of SiO2 is 72 to 79:13 to 18:8 to 12,
the silicon oxide particles have an average particle diameter of 50 nm to 150 nm, the titanium oxide particles have an average particle diameter of 5 nm to 20 nm, and the average particle diameter of the silicon oxide particles is five times or more of the average particle diameter of the titanium oxide particles,
the binder source is silicon alkoxide, and
a concentration of the ethylene glycol in the coating liquid is 5 to 15% in terms of mass.

US Pat. No. 10,478,802

ANTI-FINGERPRINT PHOTOCATALYTIC NANOSTRUCTURE FOR TRANSPARENT SURFACES

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE O...

1. A structure comprising:a transparent substrate; and
a multi-layer optically transmissive nanoparticle structure residing on the substrate comprising an outermost layer of titanium dioxide nanoparticles wherein the outermost layer of titanium dioxide nanoparticles of the multi-layer structure is superhydrophilic and oleophilic, and alternating layers of low and high index of refraction materials below the outermost layer to provide broadband anti-reflectivity
wherein the alternating layers of low and high index of refraction materials form a nanoporous coating and have a smaller refractive index than the substrate and
the optically transmissive nanoparticle structure capable of wicking sebum into the nanoporous coating of the nanoparticle structure followed by photocatalytic degradation.

US Pat. No. 10,478,797

BIO-SENSING AND TEMPERATURE-SENSING INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:two or more rows of heating elements;
two or more columns of heating elements;
a plurality of sensing areas, each sensing area of the plurality of sensing areas being between two adjacent rows of the rows of heating elements and being between two adjacent columns of the columns of heating elements; and
a control unit configured to receive:
a first digital code based on a plurality of bio-sensing signals corresponding to the plurality of sensing areas; and
a second digital code based on a plurality of temperature-sensing signals corresponding to the plurality of sensing areas.

US Pat. No. 10,478,793

REACTOR FOR CARRYING OUT EQUILIBRIUM-LIMITED REACTIONS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A reactor for carrying out equilibrium-limited reactions, the reactor comprising:a reaction chamber for receiving a catalyst;
a sorption chamber for receiving a sorption agent;
a feedstock feeding device;
a sorption agent feeding device;
a sorption agent discharge device for removing sorption agent from a lower region of the reactor; and
a gas-permeable element separating the reaction chamber from the sorption chamber, wherein the gas-permeable element repels particles of the sorption agent;
wherein the sorption agent feeding device provides sorption agent to an upper region of the reactor; and
the gas-permeable element exhibits a liquid drop repellent effect decreasing from the upper region to the lower region.

US Pat. No. 10,478,792

CYLINDRICAL WALL FOR FILTERING SOLID PARTICLES IN A FLUID

Total Raffinage Chimie, ...

1. A cylindrical wall for filtering solid particles in a fluid, through which this fluid is likely to circulate, this wall comprising:a perforated cylinder extending in a longitudinal direction, the cylinder being produced from at least one perforated plate,
a grating assembly, of generally cylindrical form, intended to be in contact with the solid particles, the grating assembly and the perforated cylinder being concentric, the grating assembly comprising at least one grating element, the grating element comprising a plurality of wires each extending in the longitudinal direction, and
means for assembling the at least one grating element so as to form the grating assembly of generally cylindrical form, the assembly means being arranged to ensure fixing of the at least one grating element on the perforated plate that can be dismantled.

US Pat. No. 10,478,791

STIRRING DEVICE

Sumitomo Heavy Industries...

1. A stirring device configured to stir a material having fluidity to obtain a stirred object material, comprising:a stirred tank, of which an inner peripheral wall has a circular shape in cross section, and at least one flow impeller and at least one shearing impeller that are located inside the stirred tank and configured to be rotatable independently of each other,
wherein rotational centers of the flow impeller and the shearing impeller are coaxially provided,
the flow impeller is provided along the inner peripheral wall of the stirred tank and comprises a flow impeller body having a band shape configured to rotate around a vertical axis to form at least a flow directed toward a lower side in the material existing in the stirred tank,
the shearing impeller comprises a rotatable circular disk part and a plurality of shearing teeth provided at intervals in a circumferential direction of the circular disk part,
each of the plurality of shearing teeth is configured to collide with the material by rotation of the shearing impeller to impart a shearing force to the material,
the shearing force breaks droplets of the material for segmentalization when the stirring device is used for emulsification, and
the shearing impeller is provided in one stage or a plurality of shearing impellers are provided in multiple stages in a vertical direction of the stirred tank at a lower part of the stirred tank, and the shearing impeller or the plurality of shearing impellers are provided on a radially inward side of the flow impeller in the stirred tank and on a position contacting the flow formed by the flow impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,478,784

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OBSERVING AND FILTER FOR CAPTURING A MINUTE SUBSTANCE

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A filter for capturing a minute substance, comprising a porous glass substrate having a plurality of pores,wherein
the porous glass substrate comprises phase-separated glass formed through a spinodal decomposition,
the plurality of pores has an average pore diameter ranging from 5 to 2500 nm and a pore diameter ranging from 60 to 140% of a pore diameter corresponding to a maximum value in a pore diameter distribution of the plurality of pores occupies 90% or more of total pore volume of the plurality of pores, and
the porous glass substrate satisfies the following formula (1):

wherein S [cm2] is an area of main surface of the glass substrate,
D [mm] is a plate thickness of the porous glass substrate, and
d [nm] is the average pore diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,478,783

SEPARATION MEMBRANE STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A separation membrane structure configured for selective permeation of nitrogen from a mixed gas that contains at least methane and nitrogen, the separation membrane structure comprising:a porous support,
a separation membrane formed on the porous support, and having an average pore diameter of greater than or equal to 0.32 nm and less than or equal to 0.44 nm,
wherein the separation membrane includes a first material and a second material selected from at least one of (i) a metal cation or (ii) a metal complex, both of which adsorb a greater amount of nitrogen as compared to an amount of methane, the second material being disposed or exposed in a pore or on a surface of the first material, and
wherein the metal cation added to the separation membrane is at least one element selected from Sr, Mg, Li, Ba, Ca, Cu, and Fe.

US Pat. No. 10,478,780

SEPARATING DEVICE FOR SEPARATING AT LEAST ONE UNDESIRED FLUID FROM A LIQUID, MEMBRANE OF A SEPARATING DEVICE, FILTER, FILTER ELEMENT, AND LIQUID SYSTEM

1. A separating device for separating at least one undesired liquid fluid from a liquid composition to be treated, the liquid composition comprising the at least one undesired liquid fluid and the at least one multi-component liquid, the separating device comprising:an interior region flowed through by the at least one multi-component liquid;
a plurality of hollow fiber membranes connected together in combination to form a hollow fiber membrane structure of the plurality of hollow fiber membranes in the separating device, the plurality of hollow fiber membranes disposed in the region in the interior region of the separating device and arranged to separate a first fluid region from a second fluid region within the interior region of the separating device;
wherein the plurality of hollow fiber membranes comprise:
a first permeability to the at least one undesired liquid fluid and
a second permeability to the at least one multi-component liquid,
wherein the first permeability is different from the second permeability;
wherein the at least one membrane is configured to be equally permeable to all components of the at least one multi-component liquid;
wherein the plurality of hollow fiber membranes is configured to be permeable to the at least one multi-component liquid and is configured to be impermeable to the at least one undesired liquid fluid, or the plurality of hollow fiber membranes is configured to be impermeable to the at least one multi-component liquid and is configured to be permeable to the at least one undesired liquid fluid,
wherein the plurality of hollow fiber membranes is hydrophilic or hydrophobic,
wherein the at least one multi-component liquid is a liquid multi-component operating medium.

US Pat. No. 10,478,779

HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE MODULE

KOLON INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A hollow fiber membrane module comprising:a housing including a first fluid inlet, a first fluid outlet, a second fluid inlet, and a second fluid outlet;
diaphragms each extending from an inner surface of the housing thereby partitioning an inner space of the housing into a plurality of sections;
a vacant porous tube disposed in each of the plurality of sections, the vacant porous tube having closed ends and including a plurality of pores formed on a side surface thereof; and
a hollow fiber membrane bundle disposed in every each of the plurality of sections, the hollow fiber membrane bundle including a plurality of hollow fiber membranes so that a first fluid flows inside the hollow fiber membranes and a second fluid flows outside the hollow fiber membranes,
wherein each of the diaphragms has at least one fluid flow hole through which the second fluid flows.

US Pat. No. 10,478,777

FORMED SHEET MEMBRANE ELEMENT AND FILTRATION SYSTEM

FIBRACAST LTD., Hannon (...

1. A filtration module comprising (a) a plurality of generally planar membrane devices placed side by side in a bundle but spaced apart by gaps between the membrane devices, each of the plurality of membrane devices comprising (i) two sheets of a substrate material, at least one of the sheets of substrate material having a plurality of depressions extending to an edge of the at least one of the sheets of substrate material, the two sheets of substrate material bonded together along their edges parallel to the plurality of depressions, wherein the plurality of depressions form a plurality of internal channels between the two sheets of substrate material, the plurality of internal channels being open to a first edge of the membrane device and (ii) a filtration membrane material coated on outer surfaces of the membrane device; and, (b) a first header having a permeate receptacle, wherein the first edge of each of the plurality of membrane devices is connected to the first header with the plurality of internal channels in communication with the permeate receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,478,775

METAL CAPTURE IN A FLUE GAS USING SORBENT INJECTION

1. A method for reducing the amount and/or concentration of one or more gas phase selenium compounds, one or more gas phase arsenic compounds and/or one or more gas phase lead compounds in a combustion flue gas stream and/or in one or more pieces of emission control technology in communication with the flue gas stream, the method comprising the steps of:(I) supplying one or more gypsum sorbent compounds to one or more injection points in the combustion flue gas stream and/or one or more pieces of emission control technology combustion flue gas stream and/or in one or more pieces of emission control technology in communication with the flue gas stream;
(II) injecting the one or more gypsum sorbent compounds into the combustion flue gas stream and/or the one or more pieces of emission control technology in communication with the flue gas stream via the one or more injection points; and
(III) reducing the amount and/or concentration in the combustion flue gas stream of the one or more gas phase selenium compounds, the one or more gas phase arsenic compounds and/or the one or more gas phase lead compounds by capturing, sequestering, binding and/or reacting the one or more gas phase selenium compounds, the one or more gas phase arsenic compounds and/or tine one or more gas phase lead compounds on or with the one or more gypsum sorbent compounds,
wherein the one or more pieces of emission control technology in communication with the flue gas stream comprise at least one particulate control device or at least one air heater and wherein Step (III) is achieved by supplying and injecting the one or more gypsum sorbent compounds in Step (II) to at least one injection point upstream of either the at least one particulate control device or the least one air heater.

US Pat. No. 10,478,772

PROCESS TO DECOUPLE REGENERATION GAS COMPRESSOR FROM REGENERATION GAS TREATING

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method for continuously treating a regeneration gas stream used to regenerate a molecular sieve adsorption vessel, comprising:cooling the regeneration gas stream in a cooler to a temperature suitable to condense liquids in the regeneration gas stream;
in a separator, removing liquids condensed in the regeneration gas stream;
compressing the regeneration gas stream in a compressor;
flowing the regeneration gas stream through the cooler, the separator, and the compressor when the compressor is operational; and
flowing the regeneration gas stream through the cooler and the separator but not the compressor when the compressor is not operational, thereby enabling continuous treatment of the regeneration gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,478,766

HONEYCOMB FILTER

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A honeycomb filter comprising:a pillar-shaped honeycomb substrate including a porous partition wall that defines a plurality of cells extending from an inflow end face to an outflow end face;
an inflow side plugging portion disposed at the inflow end face of the honeycomb substrate to plug open ends of outflow cells that are a part of the plurality of cells; and
an outflow side plugging portion disposed at the outflow end face of the honeycomb substrate to plug open ends of inflow cells other than the outflow cells of the plurality of cells, wherein
the honeycomb substrate includes the partition wall that defines two of the inflow cells by division, and
an average of plugging lengths LOUT of the outflow side plugging portions disposed in the inflow cells of the honeycomb substrate is larger than an average of plugging lengths LIN of the inflow side plugging portions disposed in the outflow cells of the honeycomb substrate by 1.0 to 4.0 mm, and
the average plugging lengths LOUT is 3.5 to 7.0 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,478,763

WATER FILTER

US Water Filters, Inc., ...

1. A water filter comprising:a housing having a water inlet and a water outlet on a first end, and
a pair of replaceable carbon elements contained within the housing, each carbon element having a water inlet near an outside diameter and a water outlet near a center, both the water outlet and water inlet of the pair of replaceable carbon elements being on a first end of each carbon element and each of the carbon element inlets being in fluid communication with the housing water inlet and each of the carbon element outlets being in fluid communication with the housing water outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,478,759

FILTER ELEMENT

RT-FILTERTECHNIK GMBH, F...

1. A filter element, comprising:a tubular and pleated filter medium having a central longitudinal axis;
first filter pleats having a first pleat height;
second filter pleats having a second pleat height less than said first pleat height, said first and second filter pleats being arranged in an alternating sequence providing a greater effective filtering surface than if said pleated filter medium had filter pleats having a uniform pleat height of said first pleat height, providing a corresponding flow-through of a fluid to be filtered resulting in an overall lower surface load to said filter medium and providing a lower flow-through velocity of fluid during filtration, thereby resulting in a reduced static charge of said filter medium during filter element operation; and
planar sections of said filter pleats each extending in a plane containing an entire length of said central longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,756

LIQUID FUEL CONDITIONING TRAILER

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A modularized system for conditioning liquid fuel, comprising:a mobile trailer;
a liquid fuel conditioning skid disposed on and secured to the mobile trailer;
a pre-filter sub-skid disposed on and secured to the liquid fuel conditioning skid, wherein the pre-filter sub-skid comprises a pre-filter configured to remove impurities from a processed liquid fuel prior to providing the processed liquid fuel to a last chance filter; and
a last chance filter sub-skid disposed on and secured to the liquid fuel conditioning skid, wherein the last chance filter sub-skid is separate from the pre-filter sub-skid, and wherein the last chance filter sub-skid comprises a last chance filter configured to remove second impurities from the processed liquid fuel received from the pre-filter sub-skid prior to providing the processed liquid fuel to a gas turbine engine of a power plant;
wherein the pre-filter sub-skid and the last chance filter sub-skid are coupled together via a first set of piping enabling flow of the processed liquid fuel between the pre-filter sub-skid and the last chance filter sub-skid, and wherein the last chance filter sub-skid and the pre-filter sub-skid are separate from the liquid fuel conditioning skid.

US Pat. No. 10,478,752

CHEMICAL LIQUID TANK

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A chemical liquid tank, comprising:a container to store chemical liquid;
a sensor to measure a height of a liquid surface of the chemical liquid stored in the container based on a time after irradiating the chemical liquid stored in the container with an ultrasonic wave and before sensing a reflected wave reflected from the liquid surface of the chemical liquid; and
a gas jetting port including a plurality of nozzles to jet a gas from the plurality of nozzles toward a part of the liquid surface, the part of the liquid surface comprising an irradiation position of the ultrasonic wave in the container; and
a guide member provided inside an outer wall surface of the container and to guide bubbles generated in the container,
wherein the sensor measures the height of the liquid surface when the bubbles generated in the container are removed from the irradiation position of the liquid surface by jetting the gas toward the part of the liquid surface.

US Pat. No. 10,478,751

ONSHORE LITHIUM-RECOVERING APPARATUS FOR LITHIUM ION ADSORPTION AND DESORPTION PROCESS AND LITHIUM-RECOVERING METHOD USING THE SAME

Korea Institute of Geosci...

1. An onshore lithium-recovering apparatus for a lithium ion adsorption and desorption process comprising;a composite unit disposed on land, supplied with lithium-containing water in which lithium is dissolved to adsorb the lithium dissolved in the lithium-containing water, and which desorbs the lithium again to discharge a lithium extract liquid;
a washing unit disposed at one side of the composite unit, provided with a supply pipe to supply fresh water to the composite unit and to wash the composite unit;
a desorbing liquid unit disposed at one side of the washing unit and which stores desorbing liquid or transfers the desorbing liquid through the supply pipe to supply the desorbing liquid to the composite unit; and
an extract liquid unit disposed at one side of the composite unit and which receives and stores the lithium extract liquid generated by passing the desorbing liquid supplied from the desorbing liquid unit through the composite unit.

US Pat. No. 10,478,747

CLOSED LOOP CHILLED SOLVENT FEED FOR CANNABINOID EXTRACTION

Nextleaf Solutions Ltd., ...

1. A system for feeding chilled solvent through ground cannabis plant material to extract cannabinoids therefrom, comprising:a cooling system comprising:
a heat exchanger; and
a cooling tank for holding the solvent, wherein the solvent is cooled by the heat exchanger;
centrifuge having a cooling jacket and chamber for holding the ground cannabis plant material, wherein the cooling jacket is mounted around the centrifuge;
a first fluid connection between the cooling tank and the cooling jacket for transferring solvent from the cooling tank to the cooling jacket;
a pump in the first fluid connection that transfers solvent from the cooling tank to the cooling jacket;
a second fluid connection between the cooling jacket and the cooling tank for transferring solvent from the cooling jacket to the cooling tank; and
a third fluid connection, to the chamber, for transferring solvent from the cooling tank to the chamber;
wherein the third fluid connection comprises either:
a valve located in the first fluid connection between the pump and the cooling jacket and a fluid connection from the valve to the chamber; or
a fluid connection from the cooling tank to a second pump and a fluid connection from the second pump to the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,478,743

AUDIO-LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM

GEMMY INDUSTRIES CORPORAT...

1. An audio-lighting control system, comprising:a first device, comprising
an audio module, the audio module generating audio data, wherein the audio module plays music according to the audio data;
a first processor unit, electrically connected to the audio module, wherein the first processor unit generates a lighting control signal; and
a first wireless module, electrically connected to the first processor unit, wherein the first wireless module receives the lighting control signal from the first processor unit;
a wireless transmission device, wirelessly connected to the first wireless module of the first device, and receiving the lighting control signal from the first wireless module;
a second device, comprising
a second wireless module, wirelessly connected to the wireless transmission device, wherein the second wireless module receives the lighting control signal from the wireless transmission device; and
a lighting module, electrically connected to the second wireless module and receiving the lighting control signal, wherein the lighting module displays lighting effects according to the lighting control signal; wherein
the wireless transmission device is wirelessly connected to the first wireless module and the second wireless module through 2.4 GHz wireless communication;
a main control device, comprising
a second processor unit, wherein the second processor unit generates a function control signal; and
a third wireless module, electrically connected to the second processor unit, wherein the third wireless module receives the function control signal from the second processor unit; and
a router, wirelessly connected to the third wireless module; wherein
the wireless transmission device comprises
a first communication interface, wirelessly connected to the first wireless module of the first device and the second wireless module of the second device; and
a second communication interface, electrically connected to the first communication interface, and wirelessly connected to the router; wherein
the second communication interface of the wireless transmission device receives the function control signal of the main control device through the connection of the router, and the first communication interface receives the function control signal and sends the function control signal to the first wireless module of the first device; and wherein
when the first device receives the function control signal, the first processor unit controls the audio module to play the music according to the function control signal, or generates the lighting control signal according to the function control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,478,737

ZIP TRACK AND SYSTEM

ROPES COURSES, INC., All...

1. A track system for a challenge course comprising:a puck track traversing the challenge course;
the puck track having a puck support and a puck-track opening;
the puck track integrally attached to a zip track;
the zip track has a first end connected to a first structure and a second end connected to a second structure;
the zip track also has a wheel support and a zip track opening;
a body moveably disposed within the puck track and the zip track;
the body has a puck and at least one rotating member, the at least one rotating member being disposed on the body downwardly from the puck;
wherein the body extends from the puck to attach to a lanyard, the lanyard can be attached to a safety harness worn by a user;
wherein the body extends through the puck-track opening, and the puck is moveably disposed above the puck support, when the body is displaced along the puck track;
wherein the body extends through the zip track opening, and the at least one rotating member is rollably disposed above the wheel support, when the body is displaced along the zip track.

US Pat. No. 10,478,733

COMPUTER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING, DISPLAYING, REMOVING, AND REPOSITIONING GAME ELEMENTS

KING.COM LTD., St. Julia...

1. A computer device having:a user interface configured to display user actuatable game elements in a game board of tiles and to detect user input when a user engages with a game element in a move;
at least one processor configured to receive a detected user input and on detecting a match game condition associated with the game elements to control the user interface to remove at least three game elements from the display and to generate replacement user game elements for a subsequent move; and
a graphics rendering component operable to render the game elements on the user interface, each game element having a graphical representation on a tile,
wherein said graphical rendering component is also operable to render at least one object on the user interface, said at least one object having a different graphical representation to each of said game elements, said at least one object being provided at a first location on said game board, said first location occupying a first plurality of tiles, each tile of said first plurality of tiles also having a respective game element,
wherein said at least one processor is configured to control movement of said at least one object from said first location to a second location occupying a second plurality of tiles in dependence on a match game condition.

US Pat. No. 10,478,731

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STORING USER DATA

Tencent Technology (Shenz...

1. A method for storing user data performed by a game server, comprising:receiving a login request of a terminal, wherein the login request comprises a designated user identification of the terminal and a first game scene identification, and the first game scene identification is configured to indicate a first game scene to be entered by the terminal;
generating an interactive data identification and a first game data identification based on the designated user identification and the first game scene identification, wherein the interactive data identification is configured to indicate interactive user data, and the first game data identification is configured to indicate first game user data corresponding to the first game scene;
generating the interactive user data based on an interactive operation executed by the terminal, and storing the interactive data identification and the interactive user data correspondingly; and
generating the first game user data based on a game operation executed by the terminal in the first game scene, and storing the first game data identification and the first game user data correspondingly,
wherein:
the interactive operation indicates an operation of the terminal interacting with other users, and
the game operation indicates an operation of the terminal operating a game role, and the game role is generated by the game server for the terminal in a game scene.

US Pat. No. 10,478,730

COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE FOR SIMULATION OF SPORTING EVENTS BASED ON REAL-WORLD DATA

Electronic Arts Inc., Re...

1. A computer-implemented method for improving simulation of a sporting event by using real-world data to seed the simulation, the method comprising:receiving player positional data of a player on a physical field of the sporting event, the player positional data comprising an identification of the player, an orientation of the player on the physical field, a position of the player with respect to the physical field, and a time the player positional data was captured;
receiving ball positional data of a physical ball on the physical field, the ball positional data comprising a location of the physical ball with respect to the physical field and a time the ball positional data was captured;
positioning a simulated player corresponding to the player on a simulated field of the simulation based on the received player positional data, wherein the simulated field corresponds to the physical field;
positioning a simulated ball corresponding to the physical ball on the simulated field based on the received ball positional data;
running the simulation;
receiving a user input;
modifying the simulation based on the user input by deviating the simulated player from the player positional data of the player on the physical field of the sporting event based on the received user input when the received user input moves the simulated player outside of a ghost ring; and
deviating a second player from a corresponding second player positional data when the second player is within a deviation ring, a radius of the ghost ring different from a radius of the deviation ring.

US Pat. No. 10,478,728

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, SERVER, PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CYGAMES, INC., Tokyo (JP...

1. An information processing system comprising a plurality of terminals that can execute a game and also comprising a server,wherein the server includes:
a management unit for managing one or more sets of data, the sets of data each including: image data related to the game or location data of the image data, and metadata including one or more kinds of attribute information that is obtained during the execution of the game;
a correlation calculating unit for calculating a correlation between metadata generated by a certain terminal among the plurality of terminals and the metadata included in each of the one or more managed sets; and
an image-sending control unit for executing control to send, to the certain terminal, the image data or location data included in the same set as metadata whose correlation satisfies a predetermined criterion, and
wherein the certain terminal includes:
a generating unit for generating metadata when needed during the execution of the game;
a metadata sending control unit for executing control to send, to the server, metadata generated at a certain timing during the execution of the game; and
a display control unit for controlling display of image data or image data identified from location data sent from the server on the basis of the sent metadata.

US Pat. No. 10,478,724

GAME DEVICE, PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMEN...

1. A game device comprising:a processor comprising hardware,
the processor being configured to implement:
an input process that acquires line-of-sight information about a player who wears a head-mounted display, and input information that has been input by the player using an input device;
a game process that performs a first game process based on the input information, and performs a second game process based on the line-of-sight information, when a game includes a first game and a second game, the first game process being a process for the player to play the first game, and the second game process being a process for the player to play the second game; and
a game result calculation process that calculates a game result achieved by the player based on a result of the first game process and a result of the second game process.

US Pat. No. 10,478,720

DYNAMIC ASSETS FOR CREATING GAME EXPERIENCES

Unity IPR ApS, Copenhage...

1. A system comprising:one or more memories:
one or more hardware processors; and
an asset player module incorporated into the one or more memories and, executable by the one or more hardware processors, and configured to perform operations during a time interval between a first frame and a second frame of a game or video to generate media output for the second frame, the operations comprising:
identifying a playable asset configuration for a first playable asset associated with media, the playable asset configuration including a first graph configuration identifying a plurality of processing nodes connected by at least one directed edge, each node in the graph configuration representing a media processing component configured to modify one or more media inputs to generate the media output, the first playable asset accepting one or more input media components;
constructing and altering a graph in the memory based on the first graph configuration and a plurality of events from a game system that occurred prior to the first frame;
receiving a first set of media inputs and preparing the first set of media inputs and other data for the graph;
executing the media processing components in an order based on the graph configuration;
using the first set of media inputs and the other data as the one or more input media components;
based on said executing, performing the generating of the media output for playing by a conventional media player.

US Pat. No. 10,478,717

AUGMENTED REALITY AND PHYSICAL GAMES

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light engine;
a light guide configured to receive light from the light engine, the light guide being at least partially transparent such that at least a portion of physical surroundings of the apparatus are viewable through the light guide; and
one or more modules implemented at least partially in hardware, the one or more modules being configured to detect a presence of a physical game in the physical surroundings, compute an augmentation based at least partially on one or more available moves for a physical game piece in a current state of play of the physical game, and cause the light engine to output the augmentation for display by the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,478,712

DISPOSABLE SEALING PIECE HAVING GAME UNIT

John Lin, Hsinchu County...

1. A disposable sealing piece used to cover and seal an opening of a disposable container, characterized in that:the disposable sealing piece is formed by a sealing film or an upper cover, the sealing film is made of one of the following: a metal film, a paper film, and a plastic film, around a perimeter of the upper cover is disposed a ring of fastening cover rim, and the upper cover is made of metal or plastic, and
a print layer is disposed on a surface of the disposable sealing piece, and at least a game unit is disposed on the print layer, to act in cooperation with a playing tool to perform selection of games;
wherein
patterns of the game unit on the print layer is formed by two modes respectively, in a first mode, a pattern of the game unit of the print layer is printed directly on the sealing film, in a second mode, the pattern of the game unit of the print layer is first printed on a sticker, then the sticker is glued onto the surface of the sealing film;
on the print layer is provided with a marking region, that is printed a text description unit, corresponding to that of the game unit;
the game unit includes a print pattern of one of the following sequences: a real life reality sequence including a real scene game in a park, strolling through a street, car and drink, outdoor activities, a regimen and health care sequence including light exercise, office micro exercise, dynamic warm-up, static warm-up, target exercise, health exercise, a human interaction sequence including love-to-eat, eating game, a yoga and dance sequence including yoga, ballet, break dance, street dance, pedal dance, folk dance, a child cherish sequence including hand shadow game, string magic trick, one-foot push, grabbing sandbag, a Kungfu boxing sequence including Tai-Chi boxing, and mantis boxing, a divination healing sequence including do-you-love-me, can we make a couple, forecast of fortune, exorcist, and a child wisdom enhancement sequence including strolling through the zoo, eating fast food, global land mark, poker, dice, and numeral games; and
the playing tool includes one of the following: chopsticks, a tooth pick, a fork, a spoon, a petite knife, a petite knife and fork, a fruit fork used frequently in our daily life; and a dart, an arrow, a sword, and a knife of specially made tools;
wherein the sealing film is formed by one of a plurality of continuous sealing films, on the respective sealing films various different games are played, such that the sealing films are matched and applied to the various different games respectively appearing at random on the opening of the disposable container.

US Pat. No. 10,478,710

MAGNETIC PLAYING CARDS WITH INTERCHANGEABLE COMPONENTS

1. A magnetized playing card comprising:a front card face;
a back card face;
a top card end;
a bottom card end;
a first card component;
and a second card component that joins with the first card component to form the magnetized playing card;
the first card component having:
a front first card component face;
a back first card component face;
wherein at least a first section of the back first card component face is a first magnetized surface;
the first magnetized surface having:
a first plurality of magnetic poles comprising north poles and south poles;
wherein the north poles and the south poles are in parallel with each other, and the north poles alternate with the south poles in an alternating formation; and
wherein the alternating formation faces a first direction to create a first magnetic alignment;
the second card component having:
a front second card component face;
a back second card component face having a second magnetized surface;
the second magnetized surface having an opposite corresponding first magnetic alignment;
the first magnetic alignment being capable of biasing an association of the first magnetized surface with the second magnetized surface along the first direction;
wherein the opposite corresponding first magnetic alignment also faces the first direction and comprises south poles that correspond to the north poles of the first magnetized surface, and north poles that correspond to the south poles of the first magnetized surface; and
wherein the second card component joins with the first card component via the back first card component face and the back second card component face, such that
the front first component face is visible and comprises the front card face, and such that the front second component face is opposite to the front first component face and is visible, and comprises the back card face.

US Pat. No. 10,478,701

GOLF BALL STOPPING DEVICE FOR SIMULATING A PUTTING GREEN HOLE

1. A device for stopping a ball, comprising:an upper plate;
a series of bristles on the underside of the plate;
a post receiving unit affixed to the plate;
at least one bracket on the underside of the plate to secure the post receiving unit to the plate;
a base, wherein the base is positioned about a surface, and;
a post having a top portion which connects to the post receiving unit and a bottom portion which connects to the base, wherein the height of the plate relative to the base is adjustable;
wherein the plate may be set to a height relative to the surface such that a ball rolling underneath the plate will contact the bristles and be stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,478,700

GOLF SWING ANALYSIS FROM PRE-STRIKE SOUND

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A system, comprising:a microphone that senses sound and in response outputs a sound signal indicative of the sound;
a processor, coupled to the microphone to receive the sound signal, configured to analyze the sound signal to:
identify in the sound signal an impact of a golf club with a golf ball during a swing of the golf club; and
determine a characteristic of the swing of the golf club based on a portion of the sound signal corresponding to sound sensed, at least in part, before the impact; and
a user interface, coupled to the processor, configured to display information related to the characteristic of the swing as determined by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,478,691

GOLF CLUB HEAD OR OTHER BALL STRIKING DEVICE HAVING REINFORCED SOLE

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a face having an outer surface configured for striking a ball and a rear surface opposite the outer surface;
a body joined to the face around peripheral edges of the face and extending rearwardly from the face, such that the body and the face combine to define an interior cavity surrounded by an interior surface of the head, the body having a crown and a sole, with the crown having an upper crown surface forming at least a portion of a top of the head; and
a lower crown surface opposite the upper crown surface and the sole having a bottom sole surface configured to confront a playing surface and an upper sole surface opposite the bottom sole surface, wherein the lower crown surface, the upper sole surface, and the rear surface of the face form portions of the interior surface of the head;
a first bracing member connected to the interior surface of the head on the lower crown surface, the first bracing member comprising a plurality of first trusses connected to a plurality of first connection points spaced from each other on the interior surface, with each first truss extending inwardly into the interior cavity from the first connection point thereof, such that the plurality of first trusses form a first bridge portion extending inwardly into the interior cavity and being spaced from the interior surface; and wherein all of the plurality of first trusses are in the form of legs extending downward and outward from a first juncture;
a second bracing member connected to the interior surface of the head on the upper sole portion, the second bracing member comprising a plurality of second trusses connected to a plurality of second connection points spaced from each other on the interior surface, with each second truss extending inwardly into the interior cavity from the second connection point thereof, such that the plurality of second trusses form a second bridge portion extending inwardly into the interior cavity and being spaced from the interior surface, wherein the first bracing member and the second bracing member are separate from each other; and wherein all of the plurality of second trusses are in the form of legs extending downward and outward from a second juncture;
wherein the first bracing member and the second bracing member are spaced away from the strike face;
wherein the first plurality of connection points and the second plurality of connection points are discrete points.

US Pat. No. 10,478,688

KNOB SLEEVE FOR A BALL BAT HANDLE ASSEMBLY

Wilson Sporting Goods Co,...

1. A knob sleeve for a ball bat extending along a longitudinal axis and having a tubular handle portion and a knob attached to the handle portion, the knob sleeve comprising:a tubular body having a distal end and a proximal end, the body defining a central bore for receiving the handle portion, the body including at least first and second regions positioned adjacent the distal and proximal ends of the body, respectively, the first and second regions having first and second maximum outside diameters, respectively, the second maximum outside diameter being greater than the first maximum outside diameter, each of the first and second regions having a height measured with respect to the longitudinal axis of at least 0.4 inch, a first bearing surface positioned between the first and second regions, at least a portion of the first bearing surface being generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,478,685

ACCESSORY RACK FOR A GOLF CART

1. A method of securing one or more golf bags in a golf cart where the golf cart has a fold-out rear seat area that forms a flat utility transport area defined between side rails when folded-out, the side rails being perpendicular to a seating area and also to a rear bumper area of the golf cart and being spaced apart from one another by a distance which defines the flat utility transport area of the golf cart, the method comprising the steps of:first, folding-out the rear seat area of the golf cart to form the flat utility transport area;
providing an accessory rack for securing a golf bag within the utility transport area so formed, the accessory rack having a centrally located support beam and a pair of bag receiving elements in spaced apart fashion at each of opposite ends of the centrally located support beam, the bag receiving elements defining a pair of generally U-shaped openings;
providing a pivot leg for attaching the centrally located support beam to a selected side rail of the transport area so that the centrally located support beam is oriented perpendicular to the side rails of the golf cart by the pivot leg, the pivot leg having an inner extent attached to the support beam at a pivot point and having an oppositely arranged outer extent which terminates in an attachment bracket which engages the selected side rail of the transport area of the cart;
wherein the centrally located support beam has a longitudinal foot piece arranged generally perpendicular to the support beam at an outer extent thereof opposite the pivot leg which rests on the flat utility transport area defined between the side rails when the rack is in place on the golf cart, the support beam also having a bag support plate which extends upwardly and slightly outwardly from the foot piece for supporting an end of a golf bag in use;
mounting the accessory rack within the utility transport area of the cart, the accessory rack being mounted in temporary fashion within the utility transport area so that it can be easily and conveniently removed when desired;
placing the golf bag on the accessory rack within the U-shaped openings on the support beam.

US Pat. No. 10,478,680

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a plurality of weight portions;
a body portion having an interior cavity, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a sole portion, a back portion, a front portion, and a plurality of ports, at least one port of the plurality of ports configured to receive a weight portion of the plurality of weight portions;
a hosel portion extending from the top portion, the hosel portion configured to receive a shaft; and
a spacer portion coupled to the hosel portion at a position between the body portion and the shaft, wherein the hosel portion extends through the spacer portion, and wherein the spacer portion includes an inside surface that curves outwardly in an upward direction along the hosel portion, the inside surface configured to engage matingly with an outside surface of the shaft that curves inwardly in a downward direction along the hosel portion.

US Pat. No. 10,478,677

SPORTS TRAINING BALL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SPORTS TRAINING BALL

SWAX LAX LLC, Summit, NJ...

1. A lacrosse training ball comprising:a shell defining an enclosure having an interior volume, the shell including a plurality of pads connected along a plurality of seams sewn with a thread having a finishing knot; and
a filler consisting essentially of a mixture of a first material being a plurality of pellets formed by a process comprising grinding an elastic material, and a second material being a plurality of grains of sand that substantially occupies the interior volume,
wherein the shell has a substantially spherical shape having a circumference in the range of 19.0 to 21.0 centimeters, and
wherein the lacrosse training ball has a weight of 5 ounces to 5.25+/?5% ounces.

US Pat. No. 10,478,661

EXERCISE MAT WRAP AND ENSEMBLE

1. An exercise mat ensemble comprising:a base portion having a left edge and a right edge extending in a longitudinal direction, and a top surface operable to be substantially planar and extend between the left edge and the right edge;
an exercise mat coupled to the top surface of the base portion, the exercise mat having two longitudinal edges;
a left pocket attached to a left edge of the base portion, the left pocket including a first enclosure accessible from a side proximate to the left edge of the base portion, wherein the left pocket is formed by an upper left pocket portion attached to a lower left pocket portion, the left pocket being operable to fold across the top surface of the base portion;
a right pocket attached to a right edge of the base portion, the right pocket including a second enclosure accessible from a side proximate to the right edge of the base portion, wherein the right pocket is formed by an upper right pocket portion attached to a lower right pocket portion, the right pocket being operable to fold across the top surface of the base portion;
a left flap attached to the left edge of the base portion, the left flap being offset from the left pocket in a longitudinal direction, the left flap being operable to fold across the top surface of the base portion; and
a right flap attached to the right edge of the base portion, the right flap being offset from the right pocket in the longitudinal direction, the right flap being operable to fold across the top surface of the base portion;
wherein a majority of the exercise mat is covered by the left pocket, the right pocket, the left flap, and the right flap when the left pocket, the right pocket, the left flap, and the right flap are folded across the top surface of the base portion; and
wherein the upper left pocket portion, the lower left pocket portion, the upper right pocket portion, and the lower right pocket portion comprise semicircles.

US Pat. No. 10,478,657

WEIGHT LIFTING PLATE

1. A weight lifting plate comprisinga) a body having a first side, a second side, and a center of gravity;
b) a shaped central aperture disposed in said body, said shaped central aperture having a length and a width;
i) wherein said length is longer than said width;
ii) wherein said shaped central aperture has a substantially rectangular cross section;
c) one or more ball bearings disposed in said body and extending at least partially into said shaped central aperture; and
d) wherein said center of gravity of said weight lifting plate is disposed within said shaped central aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,478,642

PARTICLE BEAM TREATMENT APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A particle beam treatment apparatus comprising:a rotating gantry configured to axially rotate in a state Where a bed fixed to a stationary system is disposed inside the rotating gantry and an irradiation port of a beam is fixed to a body of the rotating gantry;
a tunnel structure configured to have at least a horizontal floor surface and have an internal space in which at least a part of the bed is accommodated;
a rotation supporter configured to cause the tunnel structure to be stationary in the stationary system independently of axis rotation of the rotating gantry by rotationally displacing the tunnel structure with respect to an inner side surface of the rotating gantry;
a moving floor configured to be formed by bendably joining a plurality of plates to each other in an annular shape such that the internal space is continuous from the tunnel structure, and rotate together with the rotating gantry in a state where the irradiation port penetrates the moving floor;
wherein one end of the moving floor is engaged with a first rail, which is supported by the stationary system and includes a closed track substantially matching in vertical cross-sectional shape with the tunnel structure; and
another end of the moving floor is engaged with a second rail fixed to the tunnel structure, the second rail is disposed to face the first rail such that the irradiation port is interposed between the first rail and the second rail.

US Pat. No. 10,478,637

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LIMITING CHEMOTHERAPY-INDUCED ALOPECIA

Hair Science Systems LLC,...

1. A cold cap for use in limiting chemotherapy-induced hair loss in a patient, said cap adapted for connecting to a chiller unit for circulating chilled fluid through the cap and receiving pressurized air for supplying compression to the scalp of a patient, wherein said cap comprises:at least three layers of fluid impermeable material which are sealingly attached around their periphery so as to form a cooling fluid chamber configured to cool the scalp when chilled fluid is circulated through the cooling fluid chamber, and an air chamber configured to apply compression to the scalp when pressurized air is supplied to the air chamber;
fluid inlet and outlet conduits in fluid communication with said cooling fluid chamber and configured for detachable attachment to a fluid outlet and a fluid inlet of the chiller unit;
air inlet tubing in communication with said air chamber;
a first internal seal that seals said at least three layers to one another, said first internal seal spaced inwardly of the sealed periphery of said at least three layers so as to provide additional support and define a serpentine flow pattern within said cooling fluid chamber, thereby defining a flow pattern by which chilled fluid can be circulated over and about the patient's head so as to provide generally uniform cooling of the patient's scalp; and
second and third internal seals located along opposite sides of said cap, said second and third internal seals extending inwardly from the sealed periphery of said at least three layers, such that each of said second and third internal seals together with an adjacent portion of said sealed periphery define regions within said cap that are not in fluid communication with said cooling fluid chamber;wherein said cap is adapted to be worn by the patient such that the cap extends in surrounding relationship to and conforming to the patient's scalp, with said regions not in fluid communication with said cooling fluid chamber extending over the patient's ears such that cooling is not applied to the patient's ears during use.

US Pat. No. 10,478,636

LIGHT THERAPY DEVICE FOR RHINITIS OR TYMPANITIS TREATMENT

EVORAY CO. LTD., Cheongj...

1. A light therapy device, comprising:a housing including a hanging part configured to lie over a user's nose, a pair of accommodating parts connected to both sides of the hanging part, respectively and accommodating a light source, and a pair of bridge parts connected to the pair of accommodating parts, respectively and provided to lie over a user's ear, each of the accommodating parts including an end thereof, the ends of the accommodating parts being positioned under the hanging parts and being opposite to each other;
wherein the light source comprises a pair of light sources positioned inside the pair of accommodating parts respectively and emitting light for treatment;
a pair of rhinitis treatment optical guides detachably coupled with the ends of the accommodating parts, having a shape protruding from the ends of the accommodating parts so that the rhinitis treatment optical guides continue to be inserted in user's nostrils when the hanging part lies over the user's nose after inserting the rhinitis treatment optical guides into the user's nostrils and guiding the light emitted from the pair of light sources to an outside of the housing;
a battery positioned inside the housing and configured to supply power to the light sources; and
a control substrate positioned inside the housing and configured to include a switch for controlling the power to be supplied to the light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,478,635

PHOTOBIOMODULATION THERAPY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Joovv, Inc., San Clement...

1. A light therapy system, comprising:a first light therapy device comprising a first housing, a first plurality of lights arranged and configured to emit at least one of red light and near infrared light, and a first communication module communicatively coupled to the first plurality of lights and located within the first housing;
a second light therapy device comprising a second housing, a second plurality of lights arranged and configured to emit at least one of red light and near infrared light, and a second communication module communicatively coupled to the second plurality of lights and located within the second housing, wherein the first communication module is configured to communicate directly with the second communication module;
a first control panel coupled to the first housing and communicatively coupled to the first communication module, the first control panel comprising a first plurality of input buttons and a first pair of indication lights communicatively coupled to the first plurality of input buttons, the first pair of indication lights arranged and configured to indicate whether a portion of red lights of the first plurality of lights is emitting red light and whether a portion of near infrared lights of the first plurality of lights is emitting near infrared light; and
a second control panel coupled to the second housing and communicatively coupled to the second communication module, the second control panel comprising a second plurality of input buttons and a second pair of indication lights communicatively coupled to the second plurality of input buttons, the second pair of indication lights arranged and configured to indicate whether a portion of red lights of the second plurality of lights is emitting red light and whether a portion of near infrared lights of the second plurality of lights is emitting near infrared light.

US Pat. No. 10,478,630

ANALYZE OPTION BUTTON FOR AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) WITH DUAL ECG ANALYSIS ALGORITHMS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method for truncating CPR output instructions from a defibrillator in favor of controlling an electrotherapy output from the defibrillator during the application of CPR, comprising the steps of:providing a defibrillator having an ECG signal input, a user interface including an input button and a visual display, a shock delivery circuit, and a first ECG analysis algorithm that is operable to determine a shockable cardiac rhythm from the ECG signal in the presence of a CPR-related signal noise artifact from the input;
analyzing the ECG signal with the first ECG analysis algorithm during a first period;
sensing an activation of the input button during the analyzing step; and
if activation of the input button is sensed, setting an operating state of the defibrillator to one that is responsive to both of the sensed activation of the input button and the analyzed ECG signal.

US Pat. No. 10,478,627

IMPLANTABLE LEADLESS PACEMAKER WITH ATRIAL-VENTRICULAR SYNCHRONIZED PACING

1. An implantable leadless pacemaker (iLP) for a human or animal heart, the iLP comprising:a housing;
at least two electrode poles for picking up electrical potentials and/or delivering electrical stimulation;
a stimulation control unit in connection with the electrode poles;
a sensing unit in connection with at least one electrode pole; and
a signal processing and signal evaluation unit in connection with the sensing unit;
wherein the iLP is configured to be anchored within a ventricle,
wherein the sensing unit is configured to sense electrical potentials via the at least two electrode poles,
wherein the sensing unit is configured to sense a first signal associated with an activity of the ventricle, the first signal comprising a QRS-complex,
wherein the stimulation control unit is configured to deliver electrical stimulation in the ventricle via the at least two electrode poles,
wherein the sensing unit is configured to sense a second signal,
wherein the sensing unit comprises an impedance sensor which is configured to acquire impedance signals representing cardiac activity,
wherein the second signal is an impedance signal representing contraction of an atrium,
wherein the sensing unit is configured to sense the QRS-complex, wherein upon sensing the QRS-complex, the signal processing and signal evaluation unit is configured to begin a timer in which no atrial activity should be detected, and wherein at the end of the timer, the signal processing and signal evaluation unit is configured to enter a detection phase in which the contraction of the atrium is expected.

US Pat. No. 10,478,623

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NON-INVASIVELY CONTROLLING AUTONOMIC NERVE ACTIVITY

Indiana University Resear...

13. A system for controlling nerve activity in a subject, the system comprising:a plurality of electrodes configured for placement at locations proximate to nerves innervating a subject's skin;
a signal generator configured to generate electrical stimulations; and
a processor configured to direct the signal generator to deliver, using the plurality of electrodes, an electrical stimulation configured to control a sympathetic nerve activity by remodeling at least one neural structure in the subject, the electrical stimulation delivered to the neural structure via the nerves innervating the subject's skin.

US Pat. No. 10,478,622

SYNERGISTIC MUSCLE ACTIVATION DEVICE

Sage Products, LLC, Cary...

1. A method of delivering more than one type of energy waveform to a patient, comprisingpositioning an electrode on a patient's skin, the electrode adapted to be in communication with an energy delivery control unit;
combining more than one type of electrical energy waveform into a multiplexed signal, each type of electrical energy waveform having a repeating frequency; and
delivering the multiplexed signal to a muscle through the skin of the patient from the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,478,621

RETRACTABLE LEAD SYSTEMS

General Electric Company,...

1. A retractable lead system comprising:a cup disposed proximate a vacuum end of the retractable lead system, the cup defining a cavity and a contact reception seat, the contact reception seat defining a spherical portion having a contact reception spherical radius;
a spherical contact disposed within the contact reception seat, the spherical contact defining a contact spherical radius that corresponds to the contact reception spherical radius, the spherical contact configured to be electrically coupled to an interior lead disposed within a vacuum environment; and
a plunger comprising an ambient contact and a retractable contact disposed on opposite ends of the plunger, the ambient contact disposed proximate an ambient end of the retractable lead system, the plunger configured to be actuated between an open position at which the retractable contact is retracted from the spherical contact and a closed position at which the retractable contact is coupled with the spherical contact.