US Pat. No. 10,364,125

CABLE REEL EDDY CURRENT BRAKE

CONDUCTIX, INC., Omaha, ...

1. A reel device comprising:a stator;
a rotor rotationally coupled with the stator, the rotor comprising a drum for spooling a cable;
a biasing mechanism configured to rotate the rotor to spool the cable onto the drum;
a frame fixedly attached to one of the stator or the rotor, the frame including a magnet;
a conductive material fixedly attached to the other of the stator or the rotor, the conductive material to interface with the magnet when the rotor is turned to generate eddy current and slow spooling of the cable onto the drum, the conductive material including a first conductive material housing on a first side of the frame and a second conductive material housing on a second side of the frame; and
a spacer ring positioned around the frame and between the first conductive material housing and the second conductive material housing for spacing the first conductive material housing and the second conductive material housing apart from one another and from the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,364,124

ROPE DISPENSING DEVICE

1. A device for delivering elongated material, comprising:a mounting frame comprising a first side and a second side;
a wheel rotationally coupled to the mounting frame, the wheel comprising an outer portion and an inner portion concentric with the outer portion;
a material feeding device operatively coupled to the mounting frame;
an adjustable shroud operatively coupled to the mounting frame; and
a stabilizing device operatively coupled to the mounting frame,
wherein the material feeding device receives the elongated material at a first location and outputs the elongated material at a second location,
wherein the adjustable shroud is configured for directing the elongated material to the second location,
wherein the stabilizing device is configured to contact a body of a user to support the device, and
wherein the wheel creates an aperture within a diameter of the inner portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,123

CABLE-CORD WRAPPING APPARATUS

1. A cable or cord holder, comprising:a handle being generally vertically aligned for gripping;
a main post having top and bottom ends, a length and a width, the length of said main post being connected to said handle at the top end and extending generally downwardly therefrom along its length;
a retention arm having top and bottom ends extending upwardly from the bottom end of said main post to define said retention arm opening slot, such opening slot having a length and a width, the length extending substantially parallel relative to the generally vertical extending handle, and said retention arm opening slot shaped for receiving a plurality of loops of a cord or cable;
a first upper tension bracket operatively connected to said main post top and forming a part of said handle; and wherein said retention arm top contains a second upper tension bracket operatively connected to said retention arm top such that said first upper tension bracket and said second upper tension bracket operatively narrow the width of said retention arm opening slot; and
a lower tension bracket operatively connected adjacent said main post such that said lower tension bracket narrows the bottom portion of said retention arm opening slot causing at least one rung of a loop of cord or cable to be tensioned in place in said retention arm opening slot.

US Pat. No. 10,364,122

EJECTING WINDOWED AND NON-WINDOWED MEDIA

NCR Corporation, Atlanta...

1. A method, comprising:(i) disabling media edge detection processing during ejection processing by a media ejection controller for media being ejected from an infeed module, wherein the media ejection controller tracks directions of movement of the media based upon signals from first and second sensors during media edge detection;
(ii) enabling the media edge detection processing by the media ejection controller when a shutter opens for the infeed module based on detection of the media at the first sensor, wherein the first sensor is closer to the shutter than the second sensor; and
(iii) determining by the media ejection controller whether the media has exited the infeed module or whether the media has been fully retracted back within the infeed module based on signals from the first and second sensors produced during the media edge detection processing.

US Pat. No. 10,364,121

SHEET CUTTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet cutting apparatus for cutting sheets on which images are formed, comprising:a cutting unit configured to cut the sheets supported on a supporting surface;
a blowing unit disposed above the supporting surface and configured to blow air toward the cutting unit;
a path member disposed below the supporting surface and configured to define a scrap path through which scraps generated when the cutting unit cuts the sheets pass; and
a container unit configured to contain scraps which has passed through the scrap path,
wherein the path member comprises a first portion disposed below the cutting unit and a second portion disposed below the first portion, an opening for allowing the air sent by the blowing unit to pass through is provided on the second portion of the path member, and
wherein the container unit is disposed below the second portion of the path member.

US Pat. No. 10,364,120

WINDING MACHINE FOR SPOOLS OF WEB MATERIAL AND METHOD

A.CELLI NONWOVENS S.P.A.,...

1. A machine for forming spools of web material, comprising:an unwinding section for unwinding parent reels of web material;
at least one winding station, comprising a winding device, to which a longitudinal strip of web material is fed, and where a respective spool of web material is formed;
a control unit configured to control the winding speed of the longitudinal strip in the winding station;wherein the control unit is configured to perform an acceleration cycle in order to accelerate the winding of the longitudinal strip, comprising at least a step of gradually increasing the feeding speed of the longitudinal strip, wherein the feeding speed is linked to the diameter of the spool; and wherein the winding device of the winding station comprises a winding mandrel provided with a rotation movement around a rotation axis and with a reciprocating translation movement in a direction parallel to the rotation axis, so as to helically wind the longitudinal strip around the winding mandrel and to form a helically wound spool.

US Pat. No. 10,364,119

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a mounting portion that mounts a medium before recording;
a recording portion that records on the medium that is supplied from the mounting portion;
a discharge port that discharges the recorded medium; and
a receiving portion that is disposed above the mounting portion, that is receives the medium that is discharged from the discharge port, and that is moved while changing the distance in the vertical direction from the discharge port,
wherein the mounting portion and the receiving portion overlap each other in the vertical direction, and
the receiving portion moves to a position at which a second distance that is the distance when a second load height is higher than a first load height is longer than a first distance that is the distance when the load height of the received medium is the first load height, and the receiving portion has an entering clearance portion which a part of the mounting portion enters in a process in which the receiving portion moves to a lower limit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,117

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SENSING AUTOMATION PICKING AND STACKING

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An apparatus for picking a product, comprising:a control circuit;
at least one vacuum cup arranged to:
create negative pressure; and,
adhere, with the negative pressure and at a first location, at least one sheet of material to the at least one vacuum cup; and,
at least one sensor configured to:
monitor an area proximate the at least one vacuum cup; and,
transmit at least one signal regarding a presence of at least one sheet of material in the area, wherein:
the apparatus is arranged to displace to a second location while continuously monitoring, using the at least one sensor, the area proximate the at least one vacuum cup;
the at least one sensor is configured to transmit the at least one signal when:
the at least one sheet of material is not detected in the area; or,
the at least one sheet of material is detected in the area; and,
the control circuit is arranged to:
determine, responsive to the at least one signal, the at least one sheet of material is not present in the area; and,
generate an error signal indicating that the at least one sheet of material is not present in the area;
the at least one vacuum cup includes a plurality of vacuum cups.

US Pat. No. 10,364,116

MEDIUM FEEDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MEDIUM FEEDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A medium feeding apparatus comprising:a feeding roller that feeds a medium;
a holding portion that holds a roll body on which the medium is wound;
an intermediate roller that pulls out the medium from the roll body and feeds the medium on the feeding roller;
a rotation amount detection portion that detects an amount of rotation of the intermediate roller and an amount of rotation of the roll body when the medium is fed by the intermediate roller; and
a roll diameter calculation portion that calculates a roll diameter of the roll body based on the detected amount of rotation of the intermediate roller and the detected amount of rotation of the roll body,
wherein the rotation amount detection portion detects the amount of rotation of the intermediate roller and the amount of rotation of the roll body during a tip end feeding operation in which a tip end of the medium that is set on the intermediate roller is fed on the feeding roller.

US Pat. No. 10,364,114

DEVICE FOR HANDLING PAPER REELS IN PAPER CONVERTING PLANTS

FUTURA S.P.A., Capannori...

1. A device for handling paper reels, the device comprising:a bridge crane with movable arms, each of the movable arms being adapted to engage a pin insertable into a corresponding side of a reel and a platform adapted for supporting the reel;
a detection means for detecting load variations on said movable arms during insertion of the pins inside the reel; and
a moving means for providing a relative movement between the reel and the movable arms when an absolute value of a variation of a load detected by said detection means exceeds a predetermined limit up to bring said absolute value below the predetermined limit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,113

APPARATUS FOR WINDING A WEB OF PAPER MATERIAL AND A METHOD OF REMOVING DUST

VALMET AKTIEBOLAG, Sunds...

1. An apparatus (1) for winding a web of paper material into a roll (2), the apparatus (1) comprising:a rotatably mounted reel spool (3) onto which a paper web can be wound to create a roll (2) of increasing diameter;
an endless flexible belt (5) which is permeable to air and supported by a plurality of support rolls (12) for rotation along a predetermined path of travel such that the endless flexible belt (5) forms a loop and wherein the predetermined path of travel is defined by the path of the endless flexible belt (5) around the support rolls (12), the endless flexible belt (5) being positioned adjacent to the reel spool (3) to engage the web against the reel spool (3) during winding such that the endless flexible belt (5) is deflected from the predetermined path of travel by an amount relative to the amount of paper wound on the reel spool (3), the endless flexible belt (5) having a web-contacting side (6) that contacts the paper on the reel spool (3) during winding and an inner side (7) facing away from the paper on the reel spool (3);
a deflection sensor (8) mounted adjacent to the endless flexible belt (5), the deflection sensor (8) being arranged to measure the amount of deflection of the endless flexible belt (5) from the predetermined path of travel;
an actuator (9) for positioning the reel spool (3) and the endless flexible belt (5) relative to each other to vary the amount of deflection of the endless flexible belt (5);
a controller (10) connected to the deflection sensor (8) and the actuator (9) for controlling the amount of deflection of the endless flexible belt (5) as the roll (2) increases in diameter;
a device generating underpressure located inside the loop of the endless flexible belt and arranged to create an underpressure on the inside of the loop such that a paper web travelling on the endless flexible belt (5) towards the rotatably mounted spool (3) will be drawn against the endless flexible belt (5); and
at least one cleaning device (11), which cleaning device comprises at least one air nozzle and which cleaning device is arranged to be capable of blowing pressurized air against at least one of the two sides (6, 7) of the endless flexible belt (5),
wherein the at least one cleaning device (11) is arranged to blow air against the web-contacting side (6) of the endless flexible belt (5) at a point where the endless flexible belt (5) is not in contact with the paper material such that dust particles will be removed from the surface of the web-contacting side (6) of the endless flexible belt (5).

US Pat. No. 10,364,112

CENTER FEED ROLL DISPENSING APPARATUS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A center feed roll dispensing apparatus comprising:a roll support that extends in a first direction from a first end to a second end;
a planar end wall located in the first direction with respect to the first end of the roll support and being arranged substantially perpendicular to the roll support,
the end wall comprising a dispensing aperture,
the center of the dispensing aperture located at a distance from a bottom of the roll support that is less than half the width of the roll support; and
a roll stop located in the first direction with respect to the first end of the roll support and spaced from the end wall by a distance of between 60 mm and 100 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,364,111

PAPER WARPING DETECTION DEVICE AND PAPER WARPING DETECTION METHOD APPLIED THEREIN

Foxlink Image Technology ...

1. A paper warping detection device, comprising:an input tray for loading a plurality of pieces of paper to be fed;
a processor, a first critical value being stored in the processor;
a first emitting element disposed to one side of the input tray, the first emitting element being electrically connected with the processor, the processor controlling the first emitting element to be switched on or switched off;
a first receiving element disposed to the other side of the input tray, the first receiving element and the first emitting element facing each other, when the first emitting element is switched on, the first emitting element emitting first ultrasonic wave signals towards the first receiving element, and the first receiving element receiving the first ultrasonic wave signals emitted by the first emitting element;
a first analog-to-digital converter electrically connected with the first receiving element and being electrically connected with the processor for converting the first ultrasonic wave signals received by the first receiving element into first digital signals and outputting the first digital signals to the processor, the processor reading the first digital signals outputted by the first analog-to-digital converter and comparing the first digital signals with the first critical value; and
a reflecting barrier disposed to an outer side of the first emitting element away from the input tray, an inner surface of the reflecting barrier facing the first emitting element being arched outward away from the first emitting element to show an arc shape, the arc-shaped inner surface of the reflecting barrier facing the first receiving element, the first emitting element emitting the first ultrasonic wave signals towards the reflecting barrier, the first ultrasonic wave signals being reflected by the reflecting barrier, and the first receiving element receiving the reflected first ultrasonic wave signals.

US Pat. No. 10,364,110

MEDIA TRANSPORT JAM PREVENTION

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus to prevent media transport jams, comprising:an actuator to advance a media within a media path width;
a first sensor to detect a first edge of the media;
a second sensor to detect a second edge of the media, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor are positioned outside of a media action area and on opposite sides of the media path width, wherein the media action area is positioned within the media path width;
an intermediate sensor positioned between the first sensor and the second sensor to detect a presence of the media; and
a controller to:
calculate a progression distance of the advancement of a portion of the media prior to detection by the first sensor of the first edge or by the second sensor of the second edge of the media based on the detection of the presence of the media by the intermediate sensor and a measured distance that the media traveled prior detection by the first sensor or the second sensor of the media;
assess a margin distance between the first sensor and a first end of the media path width or between the second sensor and a second end of the media path width; and
estimate, based on the progression distance of the portion of the media and the assessed margin distance, whether the assessed margin distance permits the advancement of a remaining portion of the media without causing a media transport jam.

US Pat. No. 10,364,109

FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding apparatus comprising:a feeding rotary member configured to feed a recording material;
a conveyance rotary member configured to convey the recording material fed by the feeding rotary member;
a separation rotary member configured to form a nip portion with the conveyance rotary member and configured to separate a plurality of recording materials one by one at the nip portion;
an output unit configured to output a signal according to a rotation state of the separation rotary member; and
a control unit configured to determine a life of the separation rotary member based on variation in rotation speed of the separation rotary member corresponding to the signal output from the output unit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,108

SHEET FEED DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A sheet feed device comprising:a sheet containing cassette including a sheet containing part for containing sheets therein, and a sheet stacking plate whose sheet-feed-direction downstream-side one end is pivotably supported by a bottom face of the sheet containing part and in which the sheets are to be stacked on its top surface;
a sheet feed part which is enabled to retain the sheet containing cassette in an insertable-and-withdrawable manner and to feed the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking plate with the sheet containing cassette set in a setting position;
a first sensing mechanism configured to sense presence or absence of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking plate;
a lift mechanism provided in the sheet containing cassette and configured to move up and down the sheet stacking plate;
a drive mechanism provided in the sheet feed part and configured to transmit driving force to the lift mechanism; and
a controller for controlling drive of the drive mechanism based on a sensing result by the first sensing mechanism, wherein
the lift mechanism includes a cassette-side coupling member for transmitting driving force to an actuating plate that lifts up a sheet-feed-direction downstream-side end portion of the sheet stacking plate,
the drive mechanism includes a main body-side coupling member to be coupled with the cassette-side coupling member, and
when the first sensing mechanism senses the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking plate, the controller makes the main body-side coupling member rotate forward to move up the sheet stacking plate and moreover feed out a specified number of sheets; and during or after feeding of the sheets, when the first sensing mechanism has sensed that none of the sheets are stacked on the sheet stacking plate, the controller makes the main body-side coupling member rotate reverse to move down the sheet stacking plate and, even after the sheet stacking plate lowers to the bottom face, makes the main body-side coupling member continue to be rotated reverse so that pressing force in a thrust direction acts from the main body-side coupling member onto the cassette-side coupling member to move out the sheet containing cassette from the setting position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,107

TRUNNION ASSEMBLY FOR ROTARY DUMPER

Richmond Engineering Work...

9. A trunnion wheel assembly comprising:an equalizer bracket;
an equalizer support pivotally connected to said equalizer bracket between opposite ends of the equalizer bracket;
a trunnion wheel bracket defining a wheel pin passageway there through, said trunnion wheel bracket configured to selectively connect and disconnect from said equalizer bracket;
wherein:
said equalizer bracket is positioned for support on a static surface and defines a clearing space between a first mating surface and a second mating surface; and
said trunnion wheel bracket defines a corresponding clearing space between a first corresponding mating surface and a second corresponding mating surface;
wherein said first mating surface and said second mating surface define respectively angled mating surfaces connected to said equalizer bracket;
wherein said first corresponding mating surface and said second corresponding mating surface define respectively angled corresponding mating surfaces connected to said trunnion wheel bracket;
wherein said respectively angled mating surfaces and respectively angled corresponding mating surfaces define respective angles relative to the static surface, such that, when connected, said respectively angled mating surfaces and respectively angled corresponding mating surfaces extend around a central axis of the trunnion wheel without intersecting the central axis of the trunnion wheel;
wherein said respectively angled mating surfaces selectively connect and disconnect from said respectively angled corresponding mating surfaces; and
wherein in a connected position, said equalizer bracket and said trunnion wheel bracket meet at said respectively angled mating surfaces and respectively angled corresponding mating surfaces to define a trunnion wheel cavity encompassing the clearing space and the corresponding clearing space such that the trunnion wheel is exposed by a section of the trunnion wheel cavity opposite the equalizer bracket and rotates within the trunnion wheel assembly,
wherein the portion of the trunnion wheel that is exposed is configured to receive a load thereon at a plurality of angles determined by a pivot position of the equalizer support.

US Pat. No. 10,364,106

STOPPING DEVICE FOR CONVEYING PROCESS OF OBJECT AND CONVEYOR SYSTEM

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A stopping device for a conveying process of an object, comprising:a pedestal;
a driving structure rotatably connected to the pedestal through a first spindle;
a stopping arm rotatably connected to the pedestal through a second spindle;
a linkage rod connected between the driving structure and the stopping arm; and
an angle detector arranged at a position where the linkage rod is connected to the stopping arm and comprising a first pointer and a second pointer,
wherein the driving structure is configured to drive the linkage rod to move, so that the linkage rod drives the stopping arm to rotate about the second spindle between a first position and a second position,
the linkage rod is rotatably connected to the stopping arm through a third spindle, the first pointer is arranged to be in one of a first state and a second state, and in the first state, the first pointer is fixed onto a fourth spindle, and in the second state, the first pointer is rotatable about the fourth spindle,
the second pointer is fixedly connected to the stopping arm, and in the case that the linkage rod drives the stopping arm to rotate about the second spindle between the first position and the second position, the second pointer synchronously rotates about the fourth spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,364,105

PUCK HANDLING DEVICE

1. A puck handling device for a conveyor system, comprising a puck handling disc and a drive means for rotating the puck handling disc, wherein the puck handling disc comprises a first semi-circular disc arranged on a first shaft and a second semi-circular disc arranged on a second shaft, where the first shaft and the second shaft are concentric and are aligned with a center axis of the puck handling disc, where the first semi-circular disc is provided with a first cut-out and the second semi-circular disc is provided with a second cut-out, where the first semi-circular disc and the second semi-circular disc are individually rotatable by the drive means, and where the first cut-out and the second cut-out forms a recess adapted to hold a puck when the puck handling disc is arranged in a holding state.

US Pat. No. 10,364,104

TRANSFER SYSTEM WITH A PUSHING DEVICE FOR PIECE OBJECTS

WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING ...

1. A transfer system for piece objects, comprising a pushing device and a main conveyor with a conveying region, wherein said pushing device comprises at least one first pushing member and a second pushing member, and said transfer system comprises a supply zone, which is behind said conveying region in a pushing direction,in an initial position of said pushing device, said first pushing member is arranged between said conveying region and said supply zone in said pushing direction, and said second pushing member is arranged behind said supply zone in said pushing direction,
in an end position of said pushing device, which is arranged in front of said initial position in said pushing position, said first pushing member is arranged in front of said conveying region in said pushing direction and said second pushing member is arranged between said conveying region and said supply zone in said pushing direction, so that given a movement of said pushing device from said initial position to said end position, piece objects can be transferred from said supply zone to said conveying region and piece objects can be taken away from said conveying region,
in said pushing device, said first pushing member between the initial position and said end position is arranged in a fixedly distanced manner to and in front of said second pushing member in said pushing direction, so that each movement of said first pushing member on a path from said initial position to said end position effects the same movement of said second pushing member.

US Pat. No. 10,364,103

CONVEYOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING MOVING STAGE

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. A conveyor system, comprising:a moving stage, provided with a plurality of magnets and an optical scale;
a track, having a plurality of coil windings, and carrying the moving stage, wherein the track further comprises:
a first work area, provided with a plurality of sets of Hall sensor modules; and
a second work area, provided with Hall sensor modules and a read head module;
wherein when the moving stage is in the first work area, the Hall sensor module generates a first sensing signal by sensing the magnets; and
wherein when the moving stage is in the second work area, the Hall sensor module generates the first sensing signal by sensing the magnets and the read head module generates a second sensing signal by sensing the optical scale;
a control circuit, determining a position of the moving stage according to the first sensing signal and the second sensing signal, controlling energization of the coil windings and generating a driving signal according to the position; and
a driver, driving the coil windings according to the driving signal.

US Pat. No. 10,364,102

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MATERIAL HANDLING AND/OR PROCESSING

ZME, LLC., Caldwell, ID ...

1. An apparatus that cooks or bakes dough contained within container assemblies, said apparatus comprising:a frame defining an inlet end and an outlet end of said apparatus;
devices mounted on said frame for a reciprocal movement in a vertical direction during use of said apparatus, each device configured, when moving in an upward direction, to connect voltage to a respective container assembly so as to cook or bake the dough with electrical resistance; and
one or more powered members configured to move said devices in said vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,101

SPIRAL CONVEYOR SYSTEM

Ashworth Bros., Inc., Fa...

1. A cage bar cap configured to cover a drive element of a drum of a spiral conveyor system, the cage bar cap comprising:a body having a length extending from a first end to a second end, and having a first side and an opposite second side, wherein the first side defines a cavity configured to receive at least a portion of the drive element and the second side defines a second side surface; and
a rib having a height extending away from the second side of the body of the cage bar cap; and
wherein the body of the cage bar cap has a smooth ribless portion proximate the second end of the body; and
wherein the smooth ribless portion is offset from the second side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,364,100

HEAT RESISTANT CONVEYOR BELT

ContiTech Transportbandsy...

1. A conveyor belt comprising a reinforcement layer, a carry cover layer above the reinforcement layer, and a pulley cover layer beneath the reinforcement layer, wherein the carry cover layer is comprised of a fluoroelastomer;wherein the fluoroelastomer has a fluorine content which is within the range of 64 weight percent to 71 weight percent; and,
wherein the fluoroelastomer has repeat units which are comprised of at least two perfluorinated monomers and at least one cure site monomer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,099

INVENTORY SYSTEM WITH VERTICALLY MOBILE DRIVE UNITS AND MOVABLE PANELS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An inventory management system, comprising:an inventory system comprising:
a first level;
a second level above the first level;
a vertical element extending upward from the first level and passing through or adjacent to the second level; and
a movable panel in the second level proximate to the vertical element, the movable panel defining a transitable opening when the movable panel is in an open position;
a drive unit comprising:
a body;
a horizontal drive mechanism connected with the body;
a vertical element grasping mechanism connected with the body; and
a vertical drive mechanism connected with the vertical element grasping mechanism; and
a management component configured with executable instructions, in order to, at least;
receive information relating to a resource in the inventory system;
instruct the drive unit to retrieve the resource at a first location using the horizontal drive mechanism;
instruct the drive unit to grasp the vertical element using the vertical element grasping mechanism;
instruct the drive unit to ascend or descend the vertical element using the vertical drive mechanism and pass through the transitable opening defined by the movable panel; and
instruct the drive unit to move the resource to a second location on the second floor using the horizontal drive mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,364,097

TRASH BAG SECURING SYSTEM

1. A plastic liner securing system comprising:a receptacle comprising at least one sidewall comprising an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein a receptacle is formed within the inner surface, wherein the at least one sidewall comprises an outer rim forming an entrance leading into the receptacle, and wherein two openings are formed through a single side of the at least one sidewall in vertical alignment, the two openings comprising a lower opening and an upper opening, the upper opening positioned above the lower opening and closer to the outer rim;
an elastic cord attached to the receptacle through the two openings, the elastic cord having a first end and a second end, the first end and the second end tied in a securing knot whereby the elastic cord is folded and doubled over, the securing knot anchoring the elastic cord to the receptacle on the outer surface of the receptacle adjacent to the upper opening, wherein the elastic cord passes through the lower opening into the receptacle and out of the upper opening; and
wherein the elastic cord is sized and positioned to fit around the outer rim and over a plastic liner such to secure the plastic liner to the outer rim.

US Pat. No. 10,364,096

BASE PLATE UNIT

Nantong CIMC ECO New Mate...

1. A base plate unit, wherein the base plate unit is of an integral structure made of fiber reinforced polymer-matrix composite material, and the base plate unit comprises:a base plate unit body comprising at least one bearing part, each bearing part comprising a panel, a plurality of web plates extending downwards from a bottom of the panel, and bottom supports disposed at lower ends of the web plates, the web plates comprising two side-web plates at both sides of the panel and middle web plates in the middle; and
foot plates disposed at both exterior sides of a bottom of the base plate unit body, and formed by extending bottoms of respective outmost side-web plates of the base plate unit body outwards horizontally;
wherein a width F of the panel of each bearing part is 50 to 450 mm, and a thickness A of the panel is 3 to 8 mm; a thickness B of each of the side-web plates and the middle web plates is 4 to 7 mm; a thickness G of the foot plate is 3 to 7 mm, and a width E of the foot plate is 15 to 40 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,364,095

COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER

1. A collapsible container comprising:a base;
a first side wall movably connected to the base, wherein the first side wall comprises a bottom center trapezoidal panel movably connected to the base, a top center trapezoidal panel movably connected to the bottom center trapezoidal panel, a first triangular panel movably connected to the top center trapezoidal panel, a second triangular panel movably connected to the top center trapezoidal panel, a first side trapezoidal panel movably connected to the bottom center trapezoidal panel and the first triangular panel, and a second side trapezoidal panel movably connected to the bottom center trapezoidal panel and the second triangular panel, wherein the first triangular panel comprises a first triangular panel top side, wherein the first side trapezoidal panel comprises a top side, and wherein the top side of the first side trapezoidal panel is aligned collinear with the first triangular panel top side in an erect alignment of the first side wall;
a second side wall movably connected to the base and opposing the first side wall;
a first end wall movably connected to the base, the first side wall and the second side wall; and,
a second end wall movably connected to the base, the first side wall and the second side wall, and wherein the second end wall is opposed to the first end wall.

US Pat. No. 10,364,094

STORING DEVICE FOR NEEDLEWORK CIRCULARS

1. A needle storing device comprising:a tube having a passageway, a first end and a second end, and
a first cap having a top surface, a collar, a cavity, and an opening defined by a perimeter rim,
wherein the tube is configured to receive a needlework circular,
wherein the first cap engages the first end of the tube,
wherein the opening of the first cap is positioned within the top surface,
wherein the collar of the first cap engages the top surface and extends from the perimeter of the top portion of the first cap thereby defining the cavity of the first cap,
wherein the opening of the first cap is configured to receive the needlework circular, and
wherein the perimeter rim of the opening is configured to implement a compression force on the needlework circular thereby slideably securing the needlework circular within the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,364,093

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING A METERED DOSE OF A PRODUCT

The Procter and Gamble Co...

1. A dispensing device for dispensing a metered dose of a product, the dispensing device comprising:a dispensing channel, the dispensing channel having:
an inlet for communicating with a valve-element of a container containing the product; and
an outlet for dispensing the product; and
a variable-volume metering chamber in fluid communication with the dispensing channel,
the metering chamber) having an expanded configuration in which it has a first predetermined volume and a contracted configuration in which it has a second predetermined volume, wherein the first predetermined volume is larger than the second predetermined volume, the metering chamber being biased toward the contracted configuration,
wherein the dispensing device has:
a charging configuration in which the outlet is closed and the metering chamber is configured to expand to its expanded configuration while receiving product through the inlet; and
a discharging configuration in which the outlet is open and the metering chamber is configured to contract to its contracted configuration while expelling the received product through the outlet, thereby dispensing a metered dose of product, the metered dose being determined by a difference between the first predetermined volume and the second predetermined volume,
the dispensing device further comprising an actuator,
the dispensing device further comprising a latch mechanism, configured to retain the dispensing device in the charging configuration until the metering chamber attains its expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,364,092

SINGLE ACTION DISPENSING DEVICE WITH SLIDING SLEEVE

DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES L...

1. An article comprising a dispensing device (10) for attaching to a container (100) that has a valve stem (110), the dispensing device comprising:(a) a hollow tube (20) having opposing entrance (22) and exit (24) ends, a wall (25) extending between the entrance and exit ends that defines a flow channel (27) through the hollow tube and that separates inside the hollow tube from outside the hollow tube with the inside being within the wall of the hollow tube, and a connector (26) on the entrance end for attaching to a valve stem of the container;
(b) a sleeve (30) extending over a portion of the outside of the hollow tube and capable of sliding over the hollow tube, the sleeve extending over the exit end of the hollow tube and having an entry end (32) and an opposing dispensing end (34) with the dispensing end proximate to the exit end of the hollow tube;
(c) a sealing gasket (40) around the outside of the hollow tube between and contacting the wall of the hollow tube and the sleeve, the sealing gasket positioned such that it prevents fluid communication past the sealing gasket outside of the hollow tube between the sleeve and the hollow tube, the seal located between the exit and entrance ends of the hollow tube;
(d) a trigger mount (50) that is part of or that rigidly attaches to the hollow tube;
(e) a trigger (60) hingedly connects to the trigger mount in a first location (62) with a sleeve portion (64) of the trigger extending towards the sleeve from the first location and a trigger extension portion (66) extending on the opposing side of the first location from the sleeve portion, where the sleeve portion operatively engages with the sleeve at a second location (68) in a manner that causes the sleeve portion to slide the sleeve towards the exit end of the hollow tube when the trigger extension portion is displaced relative to the trigger mount in a direction away from the exit end of the hollow tube when the sleeve is in the closed position;
(f) An elastic element (70) that provides a restorative force to the hollow tube when the trigger extension portion is displaced away from the exit end of the hollow tube;and wherein the exit end of the hollow tube is closed and there is one or more than one hole (28) extending all the way through the wall of the hollow tube proximate to the exit end; and wherein the sleeve has an open dispensing end and reduces in inside diameter proximate to the dispensing end such that when the dispensing end of the sleeve slides towards the exit end of the hollow tube to a closed position for the dispensing device, the hollow tube and sleeve engage so as to block fluid flow out from the dispensing end of the sleeve and gasket material (40) blocks fluid flow between the sleeve and hollow tube yet when the dispensing end moves away from the hollow tube into an open position for the dispensing device the one or more than one hole (28) is open to allow fluid communication from inside the hollow tube into the sleeve and out from the dispensing end of the hollow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,364,091

DISPENSING HEAD FOR AEROSOL CONTAINER PROVIDED WITH BLOCKING MEANS

LINDAL FRANCE SAS, Briey...

1. A dispensing head for an aerosol container provided with a valve, said dispensing head comprising:a cover, and
an actuating member fastened to the cover, wherein the actuating member is provided with a push button which can be moved between a non-depressed rest position and a depressed actuating position,
wherein the push button is provided with an outlet conduit for a product to be removed, a first portion of the outlet conduit having a first end provided with a connection intended to cooperate with a valve of an aerosol container and a second portion of the outlet conduit having a second end being intended to spray the product into the environment,
wherein the actuating member is provided with a blocking element which is pivotable about an axis of rotation between an unlocked position in which the blocking element does not block the movement of the push button relative to the cover and a locked position in which the blocking element blocks the push button in the rest position by preventing the push button from going into the actuating position, and
wherein the axis of rotation of the blocking element is located at a distance from and parallel to an axis of the first portion of the outlet conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,090

UNIVERSAL SPACE-SAVING ARTICLE DISPENSER

1. A universal space-saving dispenser for storing a plurality of articles to be dispensed one at a time comprising:a dispenser body including a horizontally projecting bottom panel, an opposing top panel, a pair of opposing side panels, and a pair of opposing front and rear panels with the panels bounding an article storage chamber;
an article extraction site having at least a portion projecting within the top panel and leading to the article storage chamber; and
at least one stack of elongated articles of a predetermined length being folded over at least once in a non-binding arrangement with a lowermost planar section having a first free end tucked under an uppermost planar section having a second free end with at least one curved section therebetween, the sections cooperating to define a folded article stack with an outermost article and an innermost article with each article in the folded article stack having a retrieval end oriented in the same horizontally projecting direction and facing the rear panel of the dispenser body, the folded article stack being disposed within the article storage chamber with the uppermost planar section projecting substantially parallel to the top panel, the lowermost planar section resting on and projecting substantially coextensively with the bottom panel of the dispenser body with the planar sections defining a majority of the predetermined length of the elongated articles, and the retrieval end of the outermost article of the folded article stack disposed within or proximate the extraction site, the outermost article being constructed to slide off the folded article stack in a substantially horizontal direction without binding on an adjacent article and out through the extraction site when pulled by the corresponding retrieval end while leaving the retrieval end of an adjacent article in the folded article stack exposed through the extraction site for subsequent withdrawal of the adjacent next article from the folded article stack wherein each article of the folded article stack may be selectively withdrawn in a substantially horizontal direction one at a time through the extraction site until the innermost article is removed from the article storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,364,089

POWDER CONTAINER AND METHOD OF USE

1. A materials containment canister comprising:a body;
said body is substantially hollow with multiple chambers running the length of the interior of said body and being separated by a multi-walled divider;
said body is comprised with an upper body track;
said upper body track has an upper cap interface;an upper cap;said upper cap further comprising a top cap top, a base and a lid complex;
said top cap top further comprising;
base extension and engagement face with guide tracks;
said lid complex further comprising;
a lid upper piece with engagement knobs and a dove tail track;
a lower piece orifice engagement and a dove tail engagement.

US Pat. No. 10,364,088

TAPE HOLDING INFORMATION CARDS AND BLISTER AND AN INFORMATION CARD FOR USE WITH SUCH TAPE

PL2M B.V., Riethoven (NL...

1. A tape assembly comprising:an elongate tape having a longitudinal axis;
a plurality of elongate-shaped information cards, each information card having edges and divided in two halves, a first half and a second half, with a hole arranged in the first half; and
a plurality of blisters, each blister having a cavity holding an item, each blister affixed to a respective first half of an information card such that the cavity is in alignment with the hole and the hole allows access to the respective cavity of the blister;
wherein the second half of each information card is provided with information relating to the item in the cavity of the blister affixed to the first half of the same information card, the second half of each information card being without a blister;
wherein, in the longitudinal direction of the tape, the information cards are affixed to the tape in a repetitive pattern, wherein two adjacent information cards are always at a distance from each other, separated one from the other by a separation portion of the tape, so that each information card is bordered, at two opposite card edges, by the respective separation portion of the tape;
wherein the tape is a folded tape such that:
the blisters of the tape assembly are arranged in a stack; and
each separation portion of the tape contains a fold, such that in respect to one information card, the two separation portions of the tape, one at each opposite card edge, are folded opposite from one another; and
wherein, for a set of consecutive, adjacent first and second information cards, the first half of the first information cards is always aligned with the second half of the second information card, and the second half the first information card is always aligned with the first half of the second information card.

US Pat. No. 10,364,087

CONTAINER WITH AN INNER BAG

GAPLAST GMBH, Altenau (D...

1. A container comprising a substantially rigid outer container and a readily deformable inner bag, wherein the outer container and the inner bag are comprised of different thermoplastic plastic materials such that the outer container and the inner bag do not undergo a weld connection with one another, with a container opening and at least one pressure balancing opening in the wall of the outer container for balancing the pressure in the gap between the outer container and the inner bag when the inner bag contracts, wherein integrated into a layer of the inner bag, which is directed towards the outer container, and/or into a layer of the outer container, which is directed towards the inner bag, are microbodies, of a material which does not melt during the manufacture of the container, which produce irregularities on the surface of the bag layer and/or the container layer into which the microbodies are integrated.

US Pat. No. 10,364,086

DISPOSABLE BEVERAGE CONTAINER SLEEVE

19. A disposable beverage container sleeve for a beverage container, comprising:a substantially rectangular upper body having a first portion and a second portion, the portions separated by an integrated gusset, the first portion having a first left and a second right vertical edge, the second portion having a first left and a second right vertical edge,
the upper body having a first integrated upper body flap along a length of any vertical edge of either portion of the upper body, the upper body flap adapted to fold over the corresponding vertical edge of the other portion of the upper body, the upper body flap further adapted to be affixed to the upper body proximate the corresponding vertical edge,
the upper body having a second integrated upper body flap along a length of any remaining unaffixed vertical edge of either portion of the upper body, the upper body flap adapted to fold over the corresponding remaining unaffixed vertical edge of the other portion of the upper body, the upper body flap further adapted to be affixed to the upper body proximate the corresponding remaining vertical edge;
wherein the integrated gusset depends from the upper body and comprises a first horizontal fold disposed between the first portion of the upper body and an upper portion of the gusset, a second horizontal fold disposed between the second portion of the upper body and a lower portion of the gusset, and a third horizontal fold in the gusset, disposed between the first horizontal fold and the second horizontal fold;
a first lip disposed along the top edge of the first portion of the upper body, the lip having a relaxed state and a flexed state, the flexed state forming a radius of curvature to the upper body;
a second lip disposed along the bottom edge of the second portion of the upper body, the lip having a relaxed state and a flexed state, the flexed state forming a radius of curvature to the upper body;
wherein the lips are strip members flexible to the shape of the upper body, rigidly flat in a relaxed state, and resiliently flexible in a flexed state to maintain adherent pressure against the beverage container; and
whereby, when the upper body flaps are affixed to the upper body proximate the respective vertical edges, the disposable beverage container sleeve is laterally continuous from the first vertical edge of the upper body to the vertical upper body fold line to the second vertical edge of the upper body, and longitudinally continuous from an upper edge of the upper body to the lower edge of the upper body through the first gusset portion to the gusset support band through the second gusset portion to the lower edge of the upper body to the upper edge of the upper body.

US Pat. No. 10,364,085

MICROWAVE HEATING PACKAGE WITH POLARIZED SHIELD

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A microwave heating construct comprising:a tray including at least one upstanding wall extending upwardly from a base; the base and the wall of the tray defining a cavity for receiving a food item and a lid for enclosing the food item within the tray;
at least a first microwave energy interactive element on the base of the tray and a second microwave energy element on the lid, said first microwave energy interactive element being annular in shape and includes an inner perimeter edge, so that exposure of microwave energy to the inner perimeter edge will generate an electric current from the inner perimeter for heating the adjacent food item; the first and second microwave energy interactive elements each defining a substantially uniform width;
wherein the first microwave energy interactive element is dimensioned and arranged to extend along and overlap a peripheral region of the food item, the inner perimeter edge of the at least a first microwave energy interactive element has an inner perimeter length approximately equal to one-quarter of a wavelength of the microwave energy in a microwave oven in which the construct is heated;
wherein the first microwave energy interactive element includes an annular outer perimeter edge, said first and second microwave interactive elements being substantially concentrically aligned when said lid is placed onto a top of said tray;
wherein the first microwave energy interactive element along its width reduces heating along the peripheral region of the food item when the at least first microwave energy interactive element is exposed to microwave energy;
and wherein the second microwave energy interactive element along its width reduces heating along the peripheral region of the food item when the second microwave energy interactive element is exposed to microwave energy.

US Pat. No. 10,364,084

FLEXIBLE PACKAGE WITH TAMPER-EVIDENT ANTI-COUNTERFEITING LABEL AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Fres-co System USA, Inc.,...

13. A method of making a flexible package for a product, said method comprising:a) providing a first panel and second panel, wherein one of said first and second panels is disposed over the other of said first and second panels, and wherein each of said first and second panels are formed of a flexible material and has an outer surface;
b) securing a tamper evident label onto the outer surface of one of said first and second panels, said tamper evident label including a first peripheral edge portion which is frangible and a second peripheral edge portion; and
c) heat sealing said second peripheral edge portion of said label to at least one of said first and second panels by a heat or ultrasonic seal, whereupon said second peripheral edge portion of said tamper evident label is within of a portion of the area made up by said heat or ultrasonic seal.

US Pat. No. 10,364,083

BREAK-OFF SPOUT, POUCH HAVING A BREAK-OFF SPOUT, PRODUCTION METHOD FOR POUCH HAVING A BREAK-OFF SPOUT, FOOD OR BEVERAGE IN POUCH HAVING A BREAK-OFF SPOUT, AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

Orihiro Engineering Co., ...

1. A break-off spout comprising:a spout main body having
a tube having a channel that passes through its center and
a break-off section that is formed at a tip of the tube via a weakened section and that is integrated with the tube, a tip of the channel being closed by the break-off section; and
a cover that covers an outer periphery of the tube of the spout main body at a tip side of the tube; wherein
a protruding annular section is provided at a tip side of the break-off section;
a through-hole is formed in the annular section, wherein the through-hole communicates with the channel and is open at a tip side of the annular section;
the cover consists of a pair of cover members that are formed in a state in which the cover members are divided into left and right parts, and each of the cover members is integrated with the spout main body via a hinge section that is provided below the weakened section;
the pair of cover members are both provided with engagement parts that mutually engage and secure with each other, and the cover members are formed in a shape to cover a portion of the spout main body when cover members are folded upward and secured to each other to form a unified cover, the portion being above the hinge sections and including the break-off section; and
insertion ports are provided at tip sides of the pair of cover members, wherein the insertion ports allow insertion of deformation means that deforms the annular section and blocks the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,364,082

CONTACT LENS PACKAGING AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING PACKAGED CONTACT LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A contact lens package, comprising:a plurality of sealed contact lens packages arranged in an array and having perforations in the sealing member at a location corresponding to adjacent base members, wherein each sealed contact lens package includes a base member, and a sealing member coupled to the base member to provide a sealed cavity, and an unworn contact lens is provided in a contact lens packaging solution within the sealed cavity;
a wrap comprising at least one panel that comprises a printing surface that comprises a unique device identifier in both a human readable form including numbers or letters, or combinations thereof, and a machine readable form including a barcode; and
the base member is a thermoplastic material comprising a cavity and a substantially planar surface surrounding the cavity, said substantially planar surface providing a sealing surface for the sealing member; and the wrap includes an adhesive adhering the wrap to the sealing member; and
wherein the wrap includes a plurality of first panels corresponding to the number of sealed contact lens packages, each first panel including a printed surface with the unique device identifier in both human readable form and machine readable form.

US Pat. No. 10,364,081

TOOL HANGER

1. A tool hanger, including:a main body, having a notch, two first pivot portions which are disposed on two opposite sides of the notch and at least one first connection portion;
a base, detachably connected with the notch, the base having two second pivot portions at two opposite sides thereof and at least one second connection portion which corresponds to and is detachably connected with the at least one first connection portion, one of the first pivot portion and the second pivot portion including a pivot groove and the other including a pivot portion which is pivotally connected with the pivot groove, a direction about which the pivot portion rotates being defined as an axial direction, the pivot portion having a first outer diameter which is transverse to the axial direction and a second outer diameter which is transverse to the axial direction, the first outer diameter being sized greater than an opening span of the pivot groove, the second outer diameter being sized less than or equal to the opening span of the pivot groove.

US Pat. No. 10,364,080

CAN CARRIER

ROBERTS PLYPRO INC., Cha...

1. A carrier for attachment to a can top, comprising:at least one ring member with a central through opening, the ring member including:
an inner portion including a substantially planar inner side ring part and an outer side ring part, wherein the inner side ring part is disposed higher than the outer side ring part and a space between the outer side ring part and the inner side ring part is traversed by an upwardly angled ring part having a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart through slots;
a plurality of tab members extending downward from an outer side of the outer side ring part of the inner portion, each of the tab members including an upper leg and a lower arcuate segment.

US Pat. No. 10,364,079

INTEGRAL HOT MELT ADHESIVE PACKAGING FILMS AND USE THEREOF

1. A method of forming a cylindrical integral hot melt adhesive package comprising the steps of:1. preparing packaging film as an encapsulating vessel;
2. pumping or pouring the hot melt adhesive in a molten state into the packaging film, wherein the packaging film is in direct contact with a heat sink;
3. sealing the packaging film; and
4. cooling the sealed package; and
wherein the packaging film comprises a polymer blend comprising at least 70 wt % of propylene and up to 15 wt % of ethylene content; and the packaging film has (a) a viscosity range of about 200,000 to 3,000,000 cps at 200° C. with a rheometer with near-zero shear; (b) a peak melting temperature range of about 90 to 140° C.; (c) a Tm offset temperature below 149° C.; and (d) a storage modulus (G?) range of about 1×106 to about 1×108 Pascal at 100° C. with frequency at 10 rad/s;
wherein the hot melt adhesive selected is from the group consisting of poly-alpha-olefins, rubbers, styrenic block-copolymers, ethylene-vinyl acetates, ethylene-butyl acetates, and mixtures thereof; and
wherein the cooled sealed package is non-tacky.

US Pat. No. 10,364,078

PRECISION SCORED WRAPPER FOR IN HOME USE

Sonoco Development, Inc.,...

1. A wrapped article comprising:a two-dimensional, flexible wrapper for wrapping the article, the wrapper comprising:
a bottom layer of flexible film having a perimeter, a rectangular central portion and one or more die cuts formed in the bottom layer which divide the central portion from one or more bottom layer peripheral portions;
a top layer of flexible film comprising a central portion and a peripheral portion that is coextensive with the one or more bottom layer peripheral portions; and
an adhesive layer disposed between the bottom layer and the top layer, the adhesive layer comprising a pressure sensitive adhesive located between the top peripheral portion and the one or more bottom peripheral portions so as to removably adhere the one or more bottom layer peripheral portions to the top layer peripheral portion, the adhesive layer further comprising a permanent adhesive located between the bottom layer central portion and the top layer central portion; wherein the wrapper is folded and pressed together in a manner to form a fin seal and two end seals.

US Pat. No. 10,364,077

PROTECTIVE WRAPPING FOR A CYLINDRICAL OBJECT

18. Use of a protective wrapping according to claim 1 for wrapping a reel of plastic film for baling applications.

US Pat. No. 10,364,075

PRESENTATION BOX FOR A TRANSACTION CARD

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A presentation box, the presentation box comprising:a hinged lid connected to a hinge edge of the presentation box,the hinged lid to pivot about the hinge edge of the presentation box when moved between a closed position and an open position; anda presentation apparatus comprising:a sleeve, and
a tether that is attached to a bottom layer of the hinged lid and the sleeve,
where the presentation apparatus is to move the sleeve between a first position when the hinged lid is in the closed position and a second position when the hinged lid is in the open position,
where the first position is different from the second position, and
where a presentation angle formed by a longitudinal plane of the sleeve and an under surface of the tether, which faces a base of the presentation box, increases as the hinged lid moves from the closed position to the open position,
the under surface of the tether, that is attached to the bottom layer of the hinged lid, extending in a first direction that is parallel to the hinge edge in the open position of the hinged lid, and
the under surface of the tether, that is attached to the bottom layer of the hinged lid, extending in a second direction that intersects the longitudinal plane of the sleeve and the bottom layer of the hinged lid in the open position of the hinged lid,
the second direction being non-parallel with the bottom layer of the hinged lid.

US Pat. No. 10,364,071

REUSABLE MAGNETIC BOTTLE CLOSURES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS

1. A drinking bottle closure comprisinga sealing portion operative to alternately fit disposable plastic beverage bottles having different bottle opening sizes, the sealing portion comprising a sealing surface and a non-magnetic retention feature, the sealing surface operative to sealingly engage a bottle opening of each of the disposable plastic beverage bottles, and the non-magnetic retention feature operative to impart an upward contact force to the respective disposable plastic beverage bottle to resist removal of the closure body in an upward direction from said sealing engagement of the sealing surface with the respective bottle opening;
an upper side configured to bear identifying indicia;
a lower end; and
a magnet retained vertically proximate to the lower end of the bottle closure and disposed to be isolated from fluid communication with the interior of the respective plastic beverage bottle when the sealing portion sealingly engages the respective bottle opening, the magnet operative to hold the lower end of the bottle closure against a magnetically attracted storage surface so that the upper side faces away from the storage surface.

US Pat. No. 10,364,069

DEVICE FOR PACKAGING AND DISPENSING A PRODUCT

1. A device for packaging and dispensing a product, particularly a cosmetic product, comprising:a body of a receptacle; and
a dispensing head welded onto the body,
wherein one of the body and the dispensing head including a layer of a mixture of polypropylene and polyethylene, the other of the body and the dispensing head being constituted of polypropylene,
wherein the polyethylene of the mixture of polypropylene and polyethylene being present to the extent of 20 to 50%,
wherein the entire body of the receptacle is produced as a single layer only of the mixture of polypropylene and polyethylene,
wherein the entirety of the dispensing head is constituted of only polypropylene,
wherein the dispensing head includes a base, the base having a dispensing opening formed therethrough from a planar top surface of the base to a bottom surface of the base to dispense the product from an interior of the device to an exterior of the device,
wherein a plane that extends along the planar top surface of the base also extends through the dispensing opening,
wherein the base includes a first and a second reinforcing rib arranged on either side of and spaced apart from said opening, the first and the second reinforcing ribs are spaced apart from each other and discontinuous along a perimeter of the planar top surface of the base,
wherein the plane that extends along the planar top surface is tilted at an angle of about 15 degrees with respect to a plane transversely intersecting a longitudinal axis of the body,
wherein at least a portion of the first and second reinforcing ribs extend upwards in a longitudinal direction of the receptacle body from the top surface of the base on a first side of the plane, and
wherein the receptacle body is located on a second side of the plane which is opposite to the first side of the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,364,068

HALLOWEEN BAG WITH POP-UP SURPRISE

1. A pop-up mechanism, comprising:a container for holding items therein, said container having an opening through which a user of the container can place the items inside the container;
a pop-up object located inside said container below said opening and in a position generally hidden from view;
a mechanism responsive to actuation by the user of said container for moving said pop-up object from the hidden position to a position adjacent the opening of said container where said pop-up object can be seen; and
said mechanism including a band located around at least half of the opening of said container, and at least one finger tab attached to said band so that when a user of said container moves said finger tab, the band twists, and the pop-up object is operatively connected to said band so that the twisting movement of said band moves the pop-up object from the hidden position to the position in which the pop-up object can be seen.

US Pat. No. 10,364,066

VENTILATED CONTAINER APPARATUS

MASTRONARDI PRODUCE, LTD....

1. A container comprising:a first containment member having a bottom, a pair of lower sidewalls, at least one aperture formed in at least one of the bottom and the pair of lower sidewalls, and a pair of lower end walls, the bottom, the pair of lower sidewalls and the pair of lower end walls being integrally connected wherein an edge of the pair of lower sidewalls and the pair of lower end walls extend outwardly to form a lower flange;
a second containment member having a top, a pair of upper sidewalls, at least one aperture formed in at least one of the top and the pair of upper sidewalls, and a pair of upper end walls, the top, the pair of upper sidewalls and the pair of upper end walls being integrally connected wherein an edge of the pair of upper sidewalls and the pair of upper end walls extend outwardly to form an upper flange; and
a locking mechanism;
wherein the lower flange includes a plurality of lower wall members, separated by a first plurality of lower ventilation apertures, extending around a perimeter of the lower flange and adapted for placing a first sealing film over the plurality of lower wall members for covering the opening to the first containment member so as to package an edible food product within the first containment member;
wherein the upper flange includes a plurality of upper wall members, separated by a first plurality of upper ventilation apertures, extending around a perimeter of the upper flange and adapted for placing a second sealing film over the plurality of upper wall members for covering the opening to the second containment member so as to package an edible food product within the second containment member; and
wherein the locking mechanism is configured to connect the first containment member to the second containment member such that the first sealing film faces the second sealing film.

US Pat. No. 10,364,062

CHILD-PROOF CONTAINERS AND RELATED METHODS

I.G.B. S.r.l., Milan (IT...

1. A child-proof container, comprising:a housing defining an inner volume configured to house a product, the housing including a plurality of lateral walls defining an opening delimited by an edge and configured to communicate the inner volume of the housing with an external environment;
a closure, connected to the edge, and movable with respect to the housing, the closure being configured to define a closed configuration in which the inner volume of the housing cannot communicate with the external environment and configured to define an open configuration in which the inner volume of the housing can communicate with the external environment, the closure comprising a tab having a closing portion connected to the edge of the housing and movable with respect to the housing, the tab further comprising an inserting portion configured to be inserted inside of the inner volume of the housing in the closed configuration of the closure; and
a safety device, comprising:
a first hooking portion carried by the tab,
a second hooking portion connected to the housing and configured to cooperate with the first hooking portion, the first and second hooking portions being configured to stably engage each other in the closed configuration of the closure to effect a safety configuration that prevents unintentional opening of the closure from the closed configuration,
wherein the closure defines a slit by which the closure can be opened from the safety configuration,
wherein the first and second hooking portions are configured to reversibly engage such that the closure can be switched back and forth between the open and safety configurations, and
wherein the child-proof container further comprising an opening device configured to be inserted into the slit to disengage the first and second hooking portions from each other to enable the closure to be opened from the safety configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,364,055

PACKAGING MACHINE AND METHOD

ULMA PACKAGING TECHNOLOGI...

1. A packaging machine configured to operate intermittently between an operating mode and a displacement mode, the packaging machine configured to produce individual sealed packages containing a product, the package machine comprising:a first film feed assembly configured to feed a first film to the packaging machine;
a thermoforming machine configured to produce from the first film a plurality of side-by-side containers, each of the containers including non-formed areas that continue to exists through the production of the individual sealed packages;
a second film feed assembly configured to feed a second film to the packaging machine, the second film feed assembly located downstream the first film feed assembly,
a sealing station that is configured to receive the plurality of containers, the sealing station configured to seal the second film to the non-formed areas of the containers to obtain a plurality of sealed packages;
a punch configured to produce one or more holes and/or notches in the non-formed areas of the containers, the punch being located between the thermoforming station and the sealing station so that air may be evacuated from the containers through the one or more holes and/or notches inside the sealing station;
a cutting station located downstream the sealing station, the cutting station comprising a plurality of cutting blades that are configured to separate the plurality of sealed packages into individual sealed packages by a cutting of the non-formed areas through the one or more holes and/or notches; and
a first displacement assembly located downstream of the sealing station and upstream the cutting station, the first displacement assembly configured to move the plurality of sealed packages in the downstream direction toward the cutting station when the packaging machine is in displacement mode, the first displacement assembly including a moveable support and a fixed support that is spaced apart from the moveable support and located downstream the moveable support, the moveable support configured to move back-and-forth in a straight line between a first position and a second position on a stationary elongate guide extending between the moveable support and fixed support, the second position being located downstream the first position and being located nearer the fixed support than the first position, the moveable support supporting one or more hold-down plates that are configured to press against only the non-formed areas of the containers and linearly move the plurality of sealed packages downstream away from the sealing station from an initial position to an end position when the moveable support is linearly moved from the first position to the second position, the initial position and the end position respectively corresponding to the first and second positions of the moveable support, the one or more hold-down plates of the moveable support being configured to not press against the non-formed areas of the containers and linearly return with the moveable support to the first position upon the plurality of sealed packages having been placed in the end position, the one or more hold-down plates of the moveable support being moveable between a first vertical position in which the one or more hold-down plates do not press against the non-formed areas of the containers, and a second vertical position in which the one or more hold-down plates of the moveable support press against the non-formed areas of the containers.

US Pat. No. 10,364,052

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. An inventory management system, comprising:a floor-based weighing subsystem comprising a sensor arrangement including at least one weight sensor functionally associated with a load carrying unit supporting a load having an associated weight, the load carrying unit deployed at the floor of a retail display area, and the weight sensor determining the weight of the load; and
a load status subsystem comprising a load status determination engine including at least one processor coupled to a storage medium, the load status determination engine configured to:
receive, from the floor-based weighing subsystem, the weight of the load determined by the weight sensor,
determine a loading status of the load carrying unit based on the received weight of the load,
send a request to replace the load carrying unit in response to at least one event, wherein the at least one event includes the determined loading status of the load carrying unit satisfying a threshold criterion, and
determine a load depletion rate based on the determined loading status.

US Pat. No. 10,364,047

APPARATUS FOR MANIPULATING CURVED SHEETS USING MAGNETIC MEMBERS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus for manipulating a plurality of curved sheets, wherein the plurality of curved sheets comprises a first curved sheet and a second curved sheet, wherein the first curved sheet comprises a first upper surface, a first lower surface, and a first edge, and wherein the second curved sheet comprises a second upper surface, a second lower surface, and a second edge, the apparatus comprising:a housing;
first holders extending from the housing in a first direction, wherein the first holders are configured to be removably coupled to the first upper surface of the first curved sheet, and wherein the first holders are individually movable along the first direction to position the first curved sheet such that the first upper surface is coextensive with a first portion of a virtual arcuate surface;
second holders extending from the housing in a second direction, wherein the second holders are configured to be removably coupled to the second upper surface of the second curved sheet, and wherein the second holders are individually movable along the second direction to position the second curved sheet such that the second upper surface is coextensive with a second portion of the virtual arcuate surface and such that the second edge is abutting the first edge;
a carriage disposed in a facing relationship with the first lower surface of the first curved sheet and the second lower surface of the second curved sheet, wherein the carriage is operable to move along the first edge and the second edge of the first curved sheet and the second curved sheet when the first edge and the second edge are abutting one another;
a processing station coupled to the carriage, wherein the processing station is movable with the carriage, and wherein the processing station comprises a welding apparatus operable to weld the first edge and the second edge as the carriage moves along the first edge of the first curved sheet and along the second edge of the second curved sheet when the first edge and the second edge are abutting one another;
a first magnetic member, configured to be positioned on the first upper surface of the first curved sheet adjacent the first edge;
a second magnetic member coupled to the carriage, wherein the second magnetic member magnetically couples to the first magnetic member when the first magnetic member is positioned on the first upper surface of the first curved sheet, and wherein the second magnetic member is movable with the carriage;
a third magnetic member, configured to be positioned on the second upper surface of the second curved sheet adjacent the second edge, and
a fourth magnetic member coupled to the carriage, wherein the fourth magnetic member magnetically couples to the third magnetic member when the third magnetic member is positioned on the second upper surface of the second curved sheet, and wherein the fourth magnetic member is movable with the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,364,043

PASSIVE AIRCRAFT COOLING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. An aircraft comprising:(i) an aircraft fuselage defining a pressurized fuselage section and an unpressurized air supply stream, wherein the pressurized fuselage section is pressurized to establish a fuselage internal pressurized aircraft cabin providing a source of pressurized air internal to the aircraft fuselage, and wherein the a unpressurized air supply stream is provided by a source of unpressurized air external to the aircraft fuselage and the aircraft cabin established therein when the pressurized fuselage section is pressurized, and
(ii) a passive on-board cooling system comprising: multiple on-board heat sources within the aircraft cabin;
a combined evaporator and receiver which contains a liquid phase working fluid which changes state to a vapor phase working fluid in response to heat transferred to the liquid phase working fluid from the multiple heat sources;
multiple heat-transfer conduits each being in heat-exchange relationship with respective ones of the multiple on-board heat sources, wherein each of the heat-transfer conduits includes a portion which extends through the combined evaporator and receiver so that an external surface thereof is positioned below a liquid level of the liquid phase working fluid contained by the combined evaporator and receiver to thereby be surrounded by and immersed in the liquid phase working fluid in the combined evaporator and receiver;
first and second condensers which are in fluid connection with the combined evaporator and receiver to receive the vapor phase working fluid from the combined evaporator and receiver, wherein
the first condenser is operatively integrated with the aircraft fuselage so as to be in a ductless heat-exchange relationship with the unpressurized air supply stream from the source of unpressurized air external to the aircraft fuselage, and wherein
the second condenser is operatively associated with the pressurized fuselage section so as to be in heat-exchange relationship with a pressurized air supply stream from the source of pressurized air internal to the aircraft cabin, wherein
at least a portion of the vapor phase working fluid transferred to the first and second condensers is condensed by heat transfer between the first and second condensers and the unpressurized and pressurized air supply streams, respectively, to thereby form the liquid phase working fluid which returns to the combined evaporator and receiver by virtue of the fluid connection with the first and second condensers.

US Pat. No. 10,364,039

DEFORMABLE CLIPS FOR AN AIRCRAFT FUEL SYSTEMS

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

16. An aircraft comprising:an airframe; and
a fuel system comprising:
a fuel cell having a plurality of sides including a first side; and
at least one deformable clip having a secured end and a free end, the secured end coupled to the first side of the fuel cell, the free end overlapping the airframe such that the first side of the fuel cell is positioned adjacent to the airframe;
wherein, the at least one deformable clip is deformable to allow the fuel cell to move independently of the airframe in response to an impact of the aircraft, thereby protecting the fuel cell from damage resulting from the impact.

US Pat. No. 10,364,035

SYNERGETIC NOISE ABSORPTION AND ANTI-ICING FOR AIRCRAFTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first skin of an aircraft, wherein the first skin comprises:
a porous facesheet;
a backsheet;
a porous septum disposed between the porous facesheet and the backsheet;
a first air volume disposed between the facesheet and the septum; and
a second air volume disposed between the septum and the backsheet, wherein the porous septum is configured to attenuate noise by changing a speed of sound and/or an air pressure around a vicinity of the septum via increasing a temperature of the porous septum;
an inductive coil configured to be electromagnetically coupled to the facesheet and the septum to increase a temperature of the facesheet and the septum due to the electromagnetic coupling, wherein the inductive coil is configured to operate at a first frequency to heat the facesheet and operate at a second frequency to heat the septum; and
a non-porous second skin of the aircraft, wherein:
the second skin comprises a first ferromagnetic metal; and
the second skin at least partly defines a cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,364,034

CIRCUITRY FOR TESTING INFLATABLE PERSONAL RESTRAINT SYSTEMS

AmSafe, Inc., Phoenix, A...

1. An electronics module assembly configured to control the inflation of an airbag in an aircraft, comprising:a battery;
a crash sensor;
a control circuit for selectively completing a first current path from the battery through an ignitor upon receipt of a signal from the crash sensor, wherein current in the first current path activates the ignitor and causes the airbag to inflate;
a test circuit for selectively completing a second current path that is different from the first current path, wherein the second current path conducts current from the battery through the ignitor to test an electrical connection between the battery and the ignitor, wherein the second current path includes a resistor in the second current with a resistance selected to limit the current in the second current path to a level that prevents the ignitor from activating when the second current path is completed; and
one or more visual indicators that are selectively enabled to provide a visual status of the ability of the electronics module assembly to inflate the airbag.

US Pat. No. 10,364,033

TABLE APPARATUS

ADIENT AEROSPACE LLC, Ki...

1. A table apparatus comprising:a table device;
a table support structure connected to said table device, said table support structure comprising a carrier structure and a table support linkage, said carrier structure being connected to said table support linkage via a single pivot connection, wherein said table device is pivotable about only said single pivot connection;
a track structure;
a guide track; and
a guide pin arranged in said guide track, said guide pin being connected to said carrier structure, wherein said carrier structure is movably mounted to said track structure such that said carrier structure moves in a linear direction and said guide pin moves in said guide track when said carrier structure moves in said linear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,032

OVERHEAD LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT FOR AIRCRAFT

FACC AG, Ried im Innkrei...

1. An overhead luggage compartment for an aircraft, comprising a tray for accommodating pieces of luggage, which tray is pivotable about an axis of rotation between a closed position and an open position, and comprising a housing, which encloses the tray in the closed position and has devices arranged thereon for fastening to a supporting structure of the aircraft, and a suspension device for a passenger service unit, and comprising a closure element for holding the tray in the closed position, wherein the housing is formed by two frame parts arranged lateral to the tray, which frame parts are connected to each other by means of cross-braces, and the fastening devices and the suspension device for the passenger service unit and at least one stop element for limiting the open position of the tray are arranged on the frame parts.

US Pat. No. 10,364,031

TOUCHSCREEN TABLET COMPUTING DEVICE SUPPORT

ATLAS DIVERTISSEMENT INC....

1. A tablet computing device support for use by a user seated on an airplane behind a seat having a folding table, comprising:a main body;
a bottom support element positioned at a bottom end of the main body;
at least two lateral support members positioned on opposite sides of the main body, each of the at least two lateral support members including a lateral support element; and
at least one securing member configured to be inserted between the folding table in the upright position and the seat in front of the user in order to secure the tablet computing device support to the folding table;
wherein the bottom support element and the at least two lateral support elements are configured to receive therebetween and secure a tablet computing device to the tablet computing device support.

US Pat. No. 10,364,026

TRACK AND TETHER VEHICLE POSITION ESTIMATION

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”);
an elongated track that defines a pathway;
a shuttle slidably engaged with the track to move along the pathway, wherein the shuttle comprises a shuttle motor that is configured to move the shuttle along the pathway in response to a central processor determining a position of the UAV relative to the shuttle and in response to tension in a tethering line caused by a pulling force associated with movement of the UAV;
a tether mechanism coupled to the shuttle, the tether mechanism comprising:
a rotatable spool;
the tethering line having a first end collected about the rotatable spool and a second end coupled to the UAV, the rotatable spool configured to extend the tethering line as the rotatable spool is rotated in an extending direction and to retract the tethering line as the rotatable spool is rotated in a retracting direction;
an angle sensor configured to detect an angle of the tethering line in relation to the shuttle and output an angle signal associated with the angle; and
a distance sensor configured to detect a length of the tethering line extended from the rotatable spool and output a length signal associated with the length; and
a central processor comprising:
one or more processors; and
memory to store computer-executable instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
generate, based at least partly on the angle signal, angle data;
generate, based at least partly on the length signal, length data; and
determine, based at least upon the angle data and the length data, the position of the UAV relative to the shuttle.

US Pat. No. 10,364,023

AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH A BUOYANCY SYSTEM, AND A BUOYANCY METHOD

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Marg...

1. An aircraft having an airframe that extends longitudinally along an anteroposterior plane, the airframe extending transversely from a left side to a right side, and in elevation from a bottom to a top, the aircraft having a buoyancy system, the buoyancy system being provided with at least one pair of two floats, two distinct floats of a pair being arranged transversely on opposite sides of the anteroposterior plane, wherein the buoyancy system is provided for each float with at least one slide mounted to slide relative to a rail, each rail extending in elevation along a skin of the airframe, each slide being attached to a corresponding float, each float is movable in elevation from a bottom position to a top position by each slide sliding along a rail, each float presenting a center of gravity present in a top plane perpendicular to the anteroposterior plane when in the top position, and in a bottom plane when in the bottom position, the bottom plane being parallel to the top plane and being situated below the top plane when the aircraft presents a roll angle of zero, the buoyancy system including, for each float a blocking system for blocking each float by default in the bottom position, and for only blocking the floats present on one of the sides of the aircraft in the top position under a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,364,021

AIRCRAFT HAVING AN AFT ENGINE AND STABILIZER ROOT FILLET

General Electric Company,...

1. A boundary layer ingestion fan assembly for mounting to an aft end of a fuselage of an aircraft, the aircraft defining a longitudinal direction, a vertical direction, and a lateral direction, the boundary layer ingestion fan assembly comprising:a fan rotatable about a central axis of the boundary layer ingestion fan assembly, the fan comprising a plurality of fan blades;
a nacelle surrounding the plurality of fan blades of the fan, the nacelle defining an inlet, the inlet extending substantially around the fuselage of the aircraft when the boundary layer ingestion fan is mounted at the aft end of the aircraft; and
a stabilizer assembly comprising:
a stabilizer extending between a root portion and a tip portion and extending between a leading edge and a trailing edge along the longitudinal direction, the stabilizer being mounted to the fuselage at the root portion; and
a root fillet extending between the stabilizer and the fuselage, the root fillet defining a flow directing surface configured for urging a flow of boundary layer air upward along the vertical direction; and
an airflow modifying element configured for directing or reducing swirl in the flow of boundary layer air, the airflow modifying element protruding from a surface of the root fillet and positioned in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,020

PITCH CHANGE MECHANISM FOR A BLADED ROTOR

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A pitch change mechanism for a bladed rotor comprising:a driving sleeve having, in axial sequence, a first helical connection portion and a second helical connection portion;
a drive shaft, the driving sleeve being positioned concentric with and surrounding the drive shaft;
a first pitch-changing element having a first end drivingly engaged with the first helical connection portion, and a first ring gear portion at a second opposite end;
a second pitch-changing element having a first end drivingly engaged with the second helical connection portion, and a second ring gear portion at a second opposite end; and
a plurality of blade drive gears arranged in a circumferential array around a longitudinal axis of the drive shaft,
the first pitch-changing element being positioned axially adjacent to the second pitch-changing element, and being positioned on a same side of the driving sleeve, with the first ring gear portion facing the second ring gear portion,
wherein the first end of the first pitch-changing element that is drivingly engaged with the first helical connection portion is on a same radial side of the driving sleeve as the first end of the second pitch-changing element that is drivingly engaged with the second helical connection portion, and
wherein the first and second pitch-changing elements are positioned concentrically over the driving sleeve, such that axial movement of the driving sleeve causes the first helical connection portion to rotate the first pitch-changing element in a first rotational direction, and simultaneously causes the second helical connection portion to rotate the second pitch-changing element in an opposite second rotational direction, with the contra-rotation of the first and second pitch-changing elements causing a rotation of the plurality of blade drive gears positioned between and meshingly coupled to each of the first ring gear portion and the second ring gear portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,017

STRUCTURAL COMPONENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A structural component for an aircraft, comprising:a body with a first surface and a lug that extends out of the first surface, wherein the body and lug comprise a composite material and are integrally formed, and wherein the lug comprises a first element that extends at an angle from the first surface of the body and a second element that extends at an angle from a second surface that is at an angle to the first surface,
wherein the lug comprises a first flap of material that is folded out of the first surface at a first end of the body to form the first element, and a second flap of material that is folded out of the second surface at a second opposing end of the body to form the second element, and
wherein the first and second elements are integrally formed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,015

KICKED SPARS FOR RUDDER AND ELEVATOR APPLICATIONS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aerodynamic structure for an aircraft, the aerodynamic structure comprising:a control surface;
a spar extending along at least a portion of a forward edge of the control surface, wherein the spar includes a plurality of bends along a direction of extension along the control surface; and
a fitting coupled to and extending from the spar, the fitting being at least one of a hinge fitting or an actuator fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,364,013

SHIP

1. A ship comprising:a storage tank configured to store liquefied gas (LNG);
a first engine configured to consume LNG at a first pressure;
a second engine configured to consume LNG at a second pressure lower than the first pressure;
a boil-off gas supply line configured to discharge boil-off gas from the storage tank;
at least two compressors installed in parallel to each other and downstream the boil-off gas supply line, wherein the at least two compressors are configured to receive boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank and to compress the boil-off gas to provide compressed boil-off gas;
a splitter comprising two or more valves and configured to receive the compressed boil-off gas from the at least two compressors and to split the compressed boil-off gas into at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas;
a first line configured to receive a first flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas and to process the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas for returning to the at least two compressors;
a second line configured to receive a second flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas and to process the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas for returning to the storage tank;
a third line configured to send a third flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas to the first engine;
a first heat exchanger configured to cool the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas with the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank;
a first expander installed on the first line and configured to expand and cool the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas flowing through the first line;
a second heat exchanger configured to cool the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas flowing downstream the first heat exchanger with the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas that has been cooled at the first expander;
a second expander installed on the second line downstream the second heat exchanger and configured to expand the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas that has been cooled at the second heat exchanger to cause liquefaction of at least part of the second flow; and
a fourth line branched off the second line at a branch-off point downstream the first heat exchanger and configured to send a portion of the second flow as a fourth flow toward the second engine; and
a third expander installed on the fourth line and configured to expand and cool the fourth flow in the fourth line,
wherein the fourth line downstream the third expander passes through the first heat exchanger such that the fourth flow heat exchanges with the second flow upstream the branch-off point in addition to the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank,
wherein the third expander is configured such that pressure of the fourth flow is adjusted for supplying the fourth flow to the second engine downstream the first heat exchanger and further such that the fourth flow downstream the third expander cools the second flow upstream the branch-off point along with the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,364,009

FUEL CELL WATERCRAFT

Suzuki Motor Corporation,...

1. A fuel cell watercraft comprising:a hull;
an electric motor serving as a power source adapted to generate propulsion of the hull;
a fuel cell unit adapted to supply electric power to the electric motor;
a hydrogen fuel tank adapted to supply hydrogen fuel to the fuel cell unit;
a secondary battery serving as an auxiliary power supply for the fuel cell unit; and
power regulation means for regulating the electric power supplied to the electric motor;
an outside-air introduction passage adapted to introduce outside air into the first storage space via a filter;
opening and closing means for opening and closing the outside-air introduction passage;
means for measuring cumulative operating time of the fuel cell unit; and
control means for making the opening and closing means perform an opening and closing action to introduce outside air into the first storage space via the filter when the cumulative operating time reaches a set value, wherein
the hull includes first and second storage spaces isolated from each other,
the first and second storage spaces include equipment hatches able to be opened and closed by lid members,
the fuel cell unit and the hydrogen fuel tank are housed in the first storage space, and the secondary battery and the power regulation means are housed in the second storage space.

US Pat. No. 10,364,003

HYBRID FIXED/FLOATING MARINE STRUCTURES

CMI LIMITED CO., Mariett...

1. A marine structure comprising:a buoyant deck configured to float on a body of liquid defining a liquid surface, the liquid surface defining a variable level and being subject to longer-term variation between an upper level and a lower level, the liquid surface also being subject to shorter-term fluctuations in level; and
at least one hydraulic damper in operative engagement with the buoyant deck, the at least one hydraulic damper configured to allow the buoyant deck to move up and down in response to the longer-term variation of the liquid surface level, but to resist movement of the buoyant deck in response to the shorter-term fluctuations in level;
wherein a portion of the at least one hydraulic damper is submerged in the body of liquid; and
wherein the at least one hydraulic damper receives liquid from and expels liquid to the body of liquid; and
further comprising at least one piling, wherein the buoyant deck is coupled to the piling to retain the buoyant deck in fixed position horizontally and allow movement of the buoyant deck vertically relative to the piling, and wherein the at least one hydraulic damper is positioned within the at least one piling.

US Pat. No. 10,363,998

AQUATIC VESSEL AND PADDLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KAISHA, ...

10. A paddle comprising:a shaft;
a first blade disposed at a first end of the shaft; and
a control module disposed on the shaft, the control module including a controller and a wireless communication device that is configured to wirelessly transmit control signals to an external device and wirelessly receive control signals from the external device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,995

BEARING SYSTEM FOR TURRET ON A VESSEL

Framo Engineering AS, (N...

1. A bearing system configured to support rotation of a turret carried by a vessel, the rotating of the turret relative to said vessel being about a substantially vertical turret axis and the turret having a bearing surface, the bearing system comprising:a plurality of bearing assemblies, each of which comprising:
an outer housing;
an inner box movably disposed within the outer housing;
a roller coupled to the inner box and in contact with said turret bearing surface;
a linkage system configured to transmit force from said bearing surface toward said roller into a supporting structure of said vessel, the linkage system comprising one or more linkage elements configured to allow freedom of movement of linkage elements in directions parallel to the turret axis in a location contacted by said roller, wherein the one or more linkage elements comprises:
a spring shaft mounted to the inner box that extends parallel to the turret axis;
a spring rod that extends perpendicularly to the turret axis;
a rod end coupled to the spring rod, wherein the spring shaft is received through the rod end;
a first spherical bearing disposed between the spring shaft and the rod end; and
a second spherical bearing disposed about the spring rod; and
a mounting system configured to securely mount said bearing assembly to said supporting structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,994

ONE-SIDED CANTILEVERED WATERCRAFT CANOPY

Designer Direct, Inc., D...

1. A cantilevered canopy structure, comprising:(a) at least one vertical support;
(b) each said at least one vertical support comprising a first upper support joint and a second upper support joint;
(c) at least one first horizontal support;
(d) at least one second horizontal support;
(e) said first horizontal support being directly affixed to and supported by at least one of said at least one vertical support at said first upper support joint;
(f) said second horizontal support being directly affixed to and supported by at least one of said at least one vertical support at said second upper support joint;
(g) at least one cantilever support;
(h) said at least one cantilever support being directly affixed to and supported by both at least one of said at least one first horizontal support and at least one of said at least one second horizontal support;
(i) at least one horizontal frame member;
(j) said at least one horizontal frame member being affixed to and supported by at least one of said at least one cantilever support at a cantilever frame joint;
(k) said first upper support joint being distal, in a first direction, from an axial line of said at least one vertical support;
(l) said second upper support joint being distal, in a second direction, from said axial line, said first direction and said second direction being opposed such that said first direction and said second direction are both aligned in a transverse dimension of said cantilevered canopy structure and said at least one vertical support is physically aligned in said transverse dimension; and
(m) said at least one horizontal frame member being located farther distally, in said first direction from said axial line than said first horizontal support
(n) said least one vertical support comprises a vertical member, a first vertical cantilever member, and a second vertical cantilever member;
(o) said vertical member comprising a vertical member upper joint;
(p) said first vertical cantilever member and said second vertical cantilever member being slidably-lockably affixed to said vertical member at said vertical member upper joint so as to be adjustable in a substantially vertical dimension;
(q) said first vertical cantilever member being slidably-lockably and rotatably-lockably affixed to said first upper support joint;
(r) said second vertical cantilever member being rotatably-lockably affixed to said second upper support joint; and
(s) said first upper support joint being vertically higher than said second upper support joint.

US Pat. No. 10,363,993

RETRACTABLE WING

SEABUBBLES, Paris (FR)

13. A watercraft comprising a hull, wherein said hull acting together with a retractable load bearing wing, said load-bearing wing comprisinga first support leg, a first end of which acts together with the hull of the watercraft and a second end of which supports a first load bearing plane, wherein said first load bearing plane and said first support leg act together through an articulated connection having a degree of freedom in rotation about an axis perpendicular to a longitudinal axis passing through said ends of said first support leg, enabling said load-bearing plane to fold parallel to said longitudinal axis, and the watercraft comprising a thrust unit comprising a motor driven propeller, movably mounted on a vertical support, acting together with the hull along a sliding connection at the stern of the craft so that the immersed part of the thrust unit can be retracted; and
wherein the first load-bearing plane has a center of hydrodynamic pressure located on said longitudinal axis of said first support leg, while the axis about which the articulated connection has a degree of freedom in rotation is offset in relation to said longitudinal axis of said first support leg and to said center of hydrodynamic pressure of the load-bearing plane.

US Pat. No. 10,363,989

DUAL PURPOSE CYCLE

CHERUB CYCLE ENTERPRISE C...

1. A dual purpose cycle comprising:a frame unit;
a wheel unit including a front wheel rotatably mounted to said frame unit;
a hub unit surrounding an axis, extending through said front wheel, and including opposite mounting portions that are respectively disposed at two opposite sides of said front wheel, each of said mounting portions having
an end surface that faces oppositely of said front wheel, and
an engaging groove that is indented from said end surface along the axis, and that has a non-circular cross-section; and
two crank arm units, each of which includes an engaging member having a non-circular cross-section and removably and engagingly inserted into said engaging groove of a respective one of said mounting portions;
wherein each of said mounting portions of said hub unit further has an outer surface extending around said engaging groove, and an external thread formed on said outer surface and proximate to said end surface, and
each of said crank arm units further includes a nut rotatably disposed around said engaging member, having an internal thread, and engaging removably said external thread of a respective one of said mounting portions;
wherein said hub unit further includes a hollow axle extending through said front wheel,
said mounting portions of said hub unit are respectively and fittingly inserted into two opposite end portions of said hollow axle, and
said end surface and said external thread of each of said mounting portions are exposed from a respective one of said end portions;
wherein each of said crank arm units further includes a main arm portion, a hub connecting portion bent from said main arm portion to connect a respective one of said mounting portions, and a pedal connecting portion bent from said main arm portion and opposite to said hub connecting portion,
said engaging member is configured as a non-circular tube that fittingly sleeves around said hub connecting portion, and
said nut is configured as a cap nut that is disposed around said hub connecting portion, that is in abutment with said end surface of a respective one of the mounting portions, and that is in threaded engagement with said external thread of the respective one of said mounting portions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,988

REAR SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR BICYCLES

668598 B.C. LTD., Burnab...

1. A bicycle having a rear wheel, said bicycle comprising:(a) a frame orientable in a vertical plane, said frame comprising a top tube, a down tube having a bottom bracket at a bottom end thereof for receiving a pedal assembly, and a seat tube coupled to said top tube and configured for receiving a seat post within an upper portion of said seat tube;
(b) a rear suspension for pivotably coupling said rear wheel to said frame;
(c) a rear shock absorber mounted on said frame; and
(d) a linkage pivotably mounted on said frame for coupling said rear suspension to said shock absorber for controlling the wheel path of said rear wheel,
wherein said upper portion of said seat tube comprises a linear tubular sleeve having an opening at an uppermost end thereof for receiving said seat post and wherein at least said upper portion of said seat tube has a longitudinal axis coaxial with said sleeve that intersects said down tube at a location spaced forwardly and upwardly from said bottom bracket,
wherein said upper portion of said seat tube configured to receive said seat post is of a sufficient length to enable at least 4 or more inches of adjustment of said seat post within said seat tube along said longitudinal axis to adjust the position of a seat saddle mounted on said seat post,
wherein said longitudinal axis of said seat tube extends at an angle within the range of 50-75° relative to a horizontal plane passing through said bottom bracket perpendicular to said vertical plane, and
wherein said longitudinal axis extends tangentially relative to the most forwardly intrusive position of said rear wheel and said rear suspension when said rear suspension is under full compression.

US Pat. No. 10,363,982

BICYCLE SEAT BAG ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

Revelate Designs LLC, An...

1. A bicycle seat-mountable storage system, comprising:a storage bag;
a rigid mounting base attached to the storage bag and including one or more elongate hollow retaining sleeves;
a clamp apparatus including:
a fixed member having a proximal side defining a long axis and shaped to rest against a pair of bicycle saddle rails in a stable configuration when compressed against the rails, and a distal side including a pair of protrusions extending away from the proximal side with an aperture formed in each protrusion, wherein the apertures are aligned with each other and collectively define an axis parallel to the long axis of the proximal side;
a pair of cantilever arms which are rotatable between a mounting position in which the cantilever arms are configured to fit between the saddle rails and a clamping position in which the cantilever arms are configured to overlap the saddle rails, and
one or more adjustment members configured to adjust a distance between the cantilever arms and the fixed member and thereby to selectively clamp the saddle rails between the cantilever arms and the fixed member; and
an elongate rigid pin configured to be passed through the apertures of the fixed member and one of the retaining sleeves of the mounting base, thereby attaching the storage bag to the clamp apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,980

BICYCLE CONTROLLING DEVICE

TIEN HSIN INDUSTRIES CO.,...

1. A bicycle controlling device, comprising:a height adjusting assembly, comprising an outer tube, an inner tube and a switch, wherein the inner tube is inserted into the outer tube; the switch can be switched between a first state and a second state; the inner tube is movably correspond to the outer tube at the first state, while the inner tube is not movably correspond to the outer tube at the second state;
a lifting controller, comprising a lifting operation interface and a first wireless communication unit, wherein the lifting operation interface is operated by a user to generate a lifting control signal, and the lifting control signal is emitted by the first wireless communication unit;
a shifting controller, comprising a shifting operation interface and a second wireless communication unit, wherein the shifting operation interface is operated by the user to generate a shifting control signal, and the shifting control signal is emitted by the second wireless communication unit;
an electric rear derailleur, comprising a movable portion, a chain shifter connected to the movable portion, and a first motor, wherein the first motor is adapted to drive the movable portion to move the chain shifter between a plurality of positions; and
a seat height controller, comprising a wireless signal receiver, a control circuit, and a second motor; wherein the second motor is connected to the switch of the height adjusting assembly with a mechanical driving relation which drives the switch to adjust between the first state and the second state;
wherein, the wireless signal receiver is electrically connected to the control circuit, and the control circuit is electrically connected with the first motor and the second motor; and the control circuit is adapted to receive and transmit a control signal generated by the first wireless communication unit or the second wireless communication unit, and correspondingly control an operation of the first motor or the second motor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,978

SPLIT CHASSIS SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A split chassis system, comprising:a first chassis base portion that is configured to house a first component and that includes a first chassis front face, a first chassis rear face that is opposite the first chassis base portion from the first chassis front face, and at least one first chassis wall extending between the first chassis front face and the first chassis rear face, wherein the at least one first chassis wall includes a first chassis coupling member;
a second chassis base portion that is configured to house a second component and that includes a second chassis front face, a second chassis rear face that is opposite the second chassis base portion from the second chassis front face, and at least one second chassis wall extending between the second chassis front face and the second chassis rear face,
wherein the at least one second chassis wall includes a second chassis coupling member, and
wherein the second chassis rear face is positioned adjacent the first chassis front face such that the first chassis coupling member is coupled to the second chassis coupling member; and
a leveling subsystem that is coupled to the first chassis base portion and the second chassis base portion, wherein the leveling subsystem aligns the first chassis base portion and the second chassis base portion such that the first chassis base portion and the second chassis base portion substantially maintain coplanarity when the first chassis coupling member is coupled to the second chassis coupling member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,974

CONTAINER APPARATUS INCLUDING A SANDWICH STRUCTURE

Celltech Metals Inc., Se...

1. A transportation container apparatus comprising:at least one core sheet including alternating peaks and valleys, raised ridges spanning between adjacent of the peaks, top lands of the peaks being larger than the ridges;
outer sheets attached to and sandwiching the at least one core sheet therebetween, the outer sheets spanning across the peaks and valleys of the at least one core sheet;
a connector attached to and located at least partially between the outer sheets, the connector being elongated to extend at least a majority of a width or length of the outer sheets;
a trailer floor attached on top of an uppermost one of the outer sheets; and
a fastener securing the floor to the uppermost outer sheet, the uppermost outer sheet being metal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,964

STAY DROP-OFF STRUCTURE IN CASE OF IMPACT LOAD INPUT

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

1. A stay drop-off structure in case of impact load input for causing a stay to drop from a first structure or a second structure of a vehicle upon input of an impact load into the vehicle, the first structure and the second structure being coupled to each other by the stay, whereinthe stay includes
a first-bolt hole portion situated on one end side of the stay in an axial direction thereof and fastened to the first structure by a first bolt,
a second-bolt hole portion situated on an opposite end side of the stay in the axial direction and fastened to the second structure by a second bolt,
a recessed portion disposed between the first-bolt hole portion and the second-bolt hole portion and recessed downward, and
a cutout portion being continuous with the first-bolt hole portion and formed by cutting out apart of the recessed portion,
a dimension of the recessed portion in a depth direction thereof is equal to or larger than a dimension of a head portion of the first bolt in a height direction thereof,
a widthwise dimension of the cutout portion in a direction perpendicular to an axis of the stay is set to be smaller than a largest outer diameter of the head portion of the first bolt, and
the head portion of the first bolt is provided such that, when an impact load is input to the vehicle, the head portion of the first bolt is capable of passing through the cutout portion deformed by the input of the impact load and entering the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,963

FLOOR BRACE FASTENING STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A floor brace fastening structure comprising:a floor brace that is configured to extend toward a vehicle lower side from an instrument panel reinforcement provided at a front portion of a passenger compartment;
a vehicle floor to which the floor brace is fastened using a fastener; and
a reinforcing member that is formed of a material with a higher coefficient of extension than a material that forms the floor brace, the reinforcing member being attached to the floor brace and being fastened to the vehicle floor using the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,363,960

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASSISTING A MANEUVERING PROCESS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for assisting an automated maneuvering process of a motor vehicle, comprising:autonomously driving the motor vehicle during a maneuver from a first position into a target position along a first trajectory, the first trajectory selected based on a predefined criterion from a multiplicity of possible trajectories between the first position and the target position;
monitoring a second trajectory from the multiplicity of possible trajectories based on the predefined criterion while the motor vehicle is autonomously driven along the first trajectory; and
autonomously driving the motor vehicle along the second trajectory during the maneuver in response to a distance between the first trajectory and the second trajectory exceeding a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,958

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING MODE DETERMINATION AND TRANSITIONING

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. An electric power steering system comprising:an advance driver assist module configured to:
determine an operation mode that indicates a level of autonomous driving, the operation mode being a first operation mode from a plurality of levels of autonomous driving comprising at least a fully automated operation mode, a semi-automated operation mode, and a non-automated operation mode;
detect a change from the first operation mode to a second operation mode; and
transition performance of the electric power steering system from the first operation mode to the second operation mode, the transitioning comprising:
determining a blend factor for adjusting the performance of the electric power steering system that is operating using a first calibration factor of the first operation mode to a second calibration factor of the second operation mode, the blend factor based on a vehicle speed;
scaling the second calibration factor using the blend factor; and
generating a steering system command using the scaled second calibration factor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,957

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRIC MOTOR

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A control device tor an electric motor which includes a plurality of energization systems each including an inverter and coils corresponding to different phases, and which generates a steering assist force in an electric power steering system, the control device comprising:a failure diagnostic unit which diagnoses whether the inverter in any of the energization systems has failed: and
an output correcting unit configured to lower an output limit value for the inverter in each of the energization systems in accordance with a rise in a temperature related to the inverter so that a total output limit value for limiting a total output is limited, the total output limit value being the sum of the output limit values for the inverters, the total output being the sum of outputs from the inverters, wherein
when a failure-positive diagnosis is made in which the failure diagnostic unit diagnoses the inverters in one or some of the energization systems as having failed, the output correcting unit reduces an output of each of failing inverters to a value greater than zero, which are diagnosed as having failed, while raising the output limit value for a normally operating inverter, which is diagnosed as having not failed, so as not to change the total output limit value, and
from when steering operation is performed after the failure-positive diagnosis, the output correcting unit lowers the raised output limit value for the normally operating inverter in accordance with a rise in the temperature related to the normally operating inverter so that the output of the normally operating inverter is limited.

US Pat. No. 10,363,953

STEERING COLUMN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A steering column for a motor vehicle comprising:a supporting unit that is connectable to a chassis of the motor vehicle;
a displacement unit that is displaceable relative to the supporting unit along a displacement path in a crash event; and
an energy absorption element disposed between the supporting unit and the displacement unit, the energy absorption element comprising a local laser solidification on or adjacent local areas of the energy absorption element that are configured to preferentially deform and/or tear relative to other areas of the energy absorption element, wherein the energy absorption element is configured to absorb energy over the displacement path in the crash event and wherein the other areas are free of local laser solidification.

US Pat. No. 10,363,942

LONGITUDINAL GUIDING DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A longitudinally guiding driver assistance system in a motor vehicle, comprising:a map-based detection system that identifies upcoming events which result in a change in a maximum permissible maximum speed;
a functional unit that, if a relevant upcoming event is identified by the map-based detection system, causes output of a request notification to permit an automatic adjustment of a current maximum permissible maximum speed to a new maximum permissible maximum speed at a defined time before the relevant upcoming event is reached, wherein
the functional unit is configured to cause withdrawal of the output of the request notification if a manually triggered permission confirmation is identified or if a rejection is identified, and to cause withdrawal of the output of the request notification only after a location of the relevant upcoming event, as identified using the map-based detection system, has been passed if the manually triggered permission confirmation is not identified and if the rejection is not identified.

US Pat. No. 10,363,941

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A power steering method for a vehicle, the method including:detecting, by a controller of a power steering system, a selected gear of a transmission of the vehicle and an engine speed of the vehicle;
detecting a ground speed of the vehicle;
determining an error corresponding to the ground speed of the vehicle;
determining, by the controller, a power steering assist level based on the selected gear of the transmission, a user torque input to a steering assembly of the vehicle, the error corresponding to the detected ground speed, and the engine speed of the vehicle; and
outputting, by the power steering system, steering torque assistance to the steering assembly of the vehicle based on the power steering assist level.

US Pat. No. 10,363,938

AUTHENTICATION USING ELECTROMAGNET SIGNAL DETECTION

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

1. A vehicle, comprising:at least one motor being configured for selective mechanical coupling with at least one drive wheel of the vehicle; and
a motor controller that provides a motor control signal to the at least one motor or an electrical component connected to the at least one motor, wherein the motor controller further utilizes the at least one motor to transmit an electromagnetic signal to a receiver system, and wherein the motor controller comprises a motor speed controller that selectively adjusts a rotational speed of the at least one motor thereby causing the at least one motor to emit the electromagnetic signal at a predetermined frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,363,917

ENHANCED RAILWAY EQUIPMENT AND RELATED INTEGRATED SYSTEMS

DAVANAC INC., Dorval (Qu...

1. A method for indicating brake air pressure status in brake pipes of multiple interconnected train cars, the method comprising:providing at least one end-hose adapter per train car, each end-hose adapter comprising:
a housing comprising:
opposed ports connectable with a train car end hose and a brake pipe respectively;
an exterior surface; and
a channel extending between the opposed ports and being in fluid communication with brake air within the brake pipe;
a pressure sensor mounted to the housing and extending within the channel, the pressure sensor being configured to sense brake air pressure within the brake pipe and generate a brake air pressure signal;
a control unit operatively connected to the pressure sensor to receive the brake air pressure signal, and configured to generate control signals comprising:
a first control signal when the brake air pressure signal indicates a brake air pressure above a pre-determined pressure threshold; and
a second control signal when the brake air pressure signal indicates a brake air pressure below the pre-determined pressure threshold;
a light system mounted with respect to the exterior surface of the housing and configured to receive the control signals from the control unit and to display different colors in response to different control signals; and
a power source connected to the pressure sensor, the control unit, and the light system to provide power thereto;
operating each of the end-hose adapters to sense the corresponding brake air pressure within the corresponding brake pipe to which the end-hose adaptor is mounted such that:
when the brake air pressure in the brake pipe is above the pre-determined pressure threshold, the light system of the end-hose adapter is operated to display a first colour; and
when the brake air pressure in the brake pipe is below the pre-determined pressure threshold, the light system of the end-hose adapter is operated to display a second colour indicating air leakage in that brake pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,363,909

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING TOWED VEHICLES IN A TRACTOR-TRAILER VEHICLE

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A tractor controller of a tractor in a tractor-trailer vehicle train comprising:a processing unit comprising control logic, wherein the control logic is capable of:
receiving a data signal in response to a towed vehicle controller receiving an electrical start signal and an electronic pressure signal, wherein the data signal comprises a unique identification that corresponds to the towed vehicle and a time value that indicates the time the towed vehicle controller receives the electronic pressure signal; and
calculating the position of the towed vehicle in the tractor-trailer vehicle train based on the data signal received.

US Pat. No. 10,363,907

FLUID EXCHANGE MACHINE

BG Intellectuals, Inc., ...

1. A fluid exchange machine comprising:a frame having a housing;
a display coupled with the housing;
a new fluid manifold and a used fluid manifold, the new fluid manifold and used fluid manifold coupled with the housing and in fluid communication with each other;
an auxiliary fluid tank support structure coupled with the housing;
a new fluid pump and a used fluid pump, the new fluid pump coupled with the new fluid manifold and the used fluid pump coupled with the used fluid manifold;
a processor coupled with the display for displaying an image having a first icon and a second icon thereon, wherein the first icon controls activation of the new fluid pump and the used fluid pump to perform a first type of fluid exchange, and wherein the second icon controls activation of the new fluid pump and the used fluid pump to perform a second type of fluid exchange;
a used fluid tank for holding used fluid, the used fluid tank supported by the frame, wherein the used fluid pump is selectively in communication with the used fluid tank and is operable to selectively withdraw fluid from the used fluid tank and dispense fluid into the used fluid tank;
a new fluid tank for holding new fluid, the new fluid tank supported by the frame, wherein the new fluid pump is selectively in communication with the new fluid tank and is operable to selectively withdraw fluid from the new fluid tank and dispense fluid into the new fluid tank; and
an auxiliary fluid tank for holding auxiliary fluid, wherein the new fluid pump is selectively in communication with the auxiliary fluid tank and is operable to selectively withdraw fluid from the auxiliary fluid tank and dispense fluid into the auxiliary fluid tank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,902

ANTI-THEFT REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM USING FREQUENCY HOPPING WITH AMPLITUDE LEVEL CONTROL

TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC, ...

1. A method for preventing security breaches of passive remote keyless entry systems for a vehicle, comprising the steps oftransmitting a vehicle control command comprising a plurality of radio frequency signals from a fob to the vehicle, including the step of hopping between at least two radio frequency transmitting channels within the vehicle control command in a particular pseudo-random pattern known to the vehicle, the plurality of radio frequency signals being transmitted from the fob to the vehicle including a signal that is not normally expected to be received by the vehicle, and including the step of transmitting a particular pseudo-random pattern including fake portions,
receiving at the vehicle each portion of said particular pattern and sequentially adjusting the reception to take account of the known characteristics of each portion of the known pattern, and including the step of ignoring said fake portions,
detecting at the vehicle anomalies in the pattern of the received signals, and
blocking access to said vehicle when detected anomalies exceed permissible limits.

US Pat. No. 10,363,877

LOAD SPACE COVERING DEVICE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A device for covering a load space of a vehicle, the device comprising:a cover which is movable between a retracted position in which the load space is uncovered and a deployed position in which the load space is at least partially covered; and
a sensor for detecting an object in the path of the cover and/or which may interfere with the movement of the cover;
wherein the sensor comprises at least one cover sensor disposed on the cover and at least one seat position sensor operable to output a signal indicative of a seat of the vehicle being disposed within the path of the cover, wherein the signal is indicative of at least one of: a vehicle seat being in a folded/stowed state; a row position of the seat within the vehicle; a position of the seat within the vehicle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle; and, a position of a headrest of the seat with respect to a backrest of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,363,875

VEHICULAR EXTERIOR ELECTRICALLY VARIABLE REFLECTANCE MIRROR REFLECTIVE ELEMENT ASSEMBLY

DONNELLY CORPORTION, Hol...

1. An exterior electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly suitable for use for a vehicle, said exterior electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly comprising:an electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element;
wherein said electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element comprises a front substrate and a rear substrate and an electrochromic medium disposed between said front and rear substrates;
wherein said front substrate has a first surface and a second surface and wherein a transparent electrically conductive layer is disposed at said second surface of said front substrate;
wherein said rear substrate has a third surface and a fourth surface and wherein a mirror reflector is disposed at at least a portion of said third surface of said rear substrate;
wherein said mirror reflector comprises a stack of thin films and wherein said stack of thin films comprises at least a first metal thin film and a second metal thin film;
wherein said first metal thin film is formed of a metal material that has a specific resistivity of less than 1×10?3 ohm·cm;
wherein said second metal thin film is formed of a metal material that has a specific resistivity of less than 1×10?3 ohm·cm;
wherein said metal material of said first metal thin film is different than said metal material of said second metal thin film;
wherein said mirror reflector provides at least 55 percent photopic reflectance measured in accordance with Society of Automotive Engineers test procedure SAE J964a;
wherein said electrochromic medium is disposed in an interpane cavity between said third surface of said rear substrate and said second surface of said front substrate and is bounded by a perimeter seal;
wherein width of said perimeter seal is at least 0.5 mm;
wherein no part of said rear substrate extends beyond any part of said front substrate;
wherein a perimeter layer is disposed at said second surface of said front substrate proximate a perimeter edge of said front substrate, and wherein said perimeter layer comprises a reflective perimeter layer;
wherein said perimeter layer comprises at least one metal thin film and wherein said perimeter layer is electrically conductive;
wherein said perimeter layer conceals said perimeter seal from view by a driver of a vehicle normally viewing said front substrate when said exterior electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly is mounted in an exterior mirror assembly attached at an exterior portion of the vehicle;
wherein at least a portion of said mirror reflector extends from under said perimeter seal outward towards at least a portion of said perimeter edge of said rear substrate;
wherein light that reflects off of said mirror reflector and passes through said electrochromic medium and said front substrate has an untinted reflectant characteristic to a viewer normally viewing said front substrate of said electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element when no voltage is applied to said electrochromic medium; and
wherein said front substrate has a thickness of 0.063 inches or less and said rear substrate has a thickness of 0.063 inches or less.

US Pat. No. 10,363,865

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE SAFETY LIGHTING

Admore Lighting, LLC, Ca...

1. A vehicle safety lighting system, comprising:a multi-axis accelerometer, mechanically coupled to a vehicle, configured to detect acceleration of the vehicle along each of a plurality of axes, the axes including a first axis, and a second axis that is normal to the first axis, and to output a corresponding plurality of acceleration measurements, the acceleration measurements include a first axis acceleration measurement and a second axis acceleration measurement;
a controller, coupled to the multi-axis accelerometer, and configured to:
apply a reference frame filtering process configured to generate, based at least in part on the first axis acceleration measurement and the second axis acceleration measurement, a filtered first axis acceleration measurement and a filtered second axis acceleration measurement, the filtered first axis acceleration measurement being aligned with an axial direction of the vehicle, and the filtered second axis acceleration measurement being aligned with a lateral axis, the lateral axis being normal to the axial direction of the vehicle,
determine a vehicle deceleration, based only on the filtered first axis acceleration measurement, and
detect the vehicle deceleration exceeding a brake light activation threshold and, based at least in part on said detection, output a deceleration light signal; and
a light emitting element (LEL) array, including a plurality of LELs coupled to the controller, the LEL array being configured to receive the deceleration light signal, and in response, emit a deceleration light.

US Pat. No. 10,363,850

HEADREST ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

CNI Enterprises, Inc., O...

1. A headrest assembly for a vehicle seat comprising:a support bracket adapted to be mounted to the vehicle seat with said support bracket having a support bracket engagement section;
a moveable bracket coupled to said support bracket for movement between a first position and a second position;
a pawl pivotally connected to said moveable bracket such that said pawl is movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position, said pawl comprising a pawl engagement section, said pawl engagement section contacting said support bracket engagement section with said pawl in said engaged position for securing said moveable bracket to said support bracket in said first position, said pawl engagement section being located at a spaced location from said support bracket engagement section when said pawl is in said disengaged position, wherein said moveable bracket is movable relative to said support bracket between said first position and said second position when said pawl is in said disengaged position;
a tab arrangement connected to said support bracket, said tab arrangement selectively engaging and guiding said pawl into one or more of said engaged position and said disengaged position as said movable bracket moves from one of said first position and said second position to another one of said first position and said second position, said tab arrangement comprising a tab located directly adjacent to the support bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,363,828

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REGULATING CHARGING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

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

15. A power system for an electric vehicle, comprising:a first battery;
a second battery;
a converter including:
a first switching element coupled to a first control signal line that controls switching of the first switching element according to a first control signal;
a second switching element coupled to a second control signal line that controls switching of the second switching element according to a second control signal;
a third switching element coupled to a third control signal line that controls switching of the third switching element according to a third control signal;
a fourth switching element coupled to a fourth control signal line that controls switching of the fourth switching element according to a fourth control signal, the first, second, third, and fourth switching elements being connected in series and coupled between power signal lines that receive a first voltage from an external power source;
at least one capacitance coupled between the power signal lines and coupled to the plurality of switching elements, the first battery and the second battery; and
a resonant circuit coupled to the plurality of switching elements, the resonant circuit having a resonant frequency; and
a controller to supply the first, second, third, and fourth control signals such that the converter converts the first voltage into a second voltage to charge the first battery and the second battery,
wherein the first battery is coupled between an output line and a first power signal line of the power signal lines that is coupled to a positive terminal of the external power source,
wherein the second battery is coupled between the output line and a second power signal line of the power signal lines that is coupled to a negative terminal of the external power source, and
wherein the controller supplies the first, second, third, and fourth control signals to:
turn ON and OFF the first, second, and third switching elements such that i) the first and third switching elements are ON for a first time period while the second switching element is OFF for the first time period, ii) the first and third switching elements are OFF for a second time period while the second switching element is ON for the second time period, iii) the third switching element is pulsed ON and OFF at least once during the second time period, and iv) the fourth switching element is OFF for the first and second time periods.

US Pat. No. 10,363,813

INTEGRATED MOTOR AND AXLE APPARATUS AND METHOD

GE Global Sourcing LLC, ...

7. A system, comprising:an electric motor, the electric motor including:
a housing having a first end and a second end;
a hollow rotor shaft extending through the housing from the first end to the second end of the housing, the hollow rotor shaft having a first shaft end having an interior spline surface, and a second shaft end; and
a rear drive shaft received within the hollow rotor shaft, the rear drive shaft having a first splined end mating with the interior spline surface of the hollow rotor shaft and a second splined end opposite the first splined end; and
an axle coupled to the electric motor, the axle including an axle input shaft having an internal splined surface receiving the second splined end of the rear drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,800

TARPAULIN BRACKET SYSTEM

Precision Tarp Inc., Elg...

1. A connector for attaching a bow to a cable assembly in a movable tarpaulin system, the connector comprising:a first plate member having a planar surface with an aperture, two opposing upturned sidewalls along at least a portion of opposing sides of the planar surface so as to define a channel, and a planar flange portion extending from an end of the planar surface positioned between the upturned sidewalls;
a second plate member having a planar surface with an aperture therein and a curved flange portion extending from the planar surface along an end;
a fastener for connecting the first and second plate members to a bow;
wherein the apertures in the respective planar surfaces of the first and second plate members align with one another and an aperture in an end of a bow to allow the fastener to pass through the three aligned apertures so as to sandwich the end of the bow between the first and second plate members in a manner such that the planar flange of the first plate member substantially abuts the curved flange of the second plate member so as to attach the connector to a cable positioned between the two flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,363,785

TOW HOOK SEAL ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRATED BUMPER BOLT COVER

Ford Global Technologies,...

11. A tow hook seal assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a housing;
a tow hook seal held in said housing;
a first bumper bolt opening;
a second bumper bolt opening; and
a cover having a U-shape from a front elevation view of the vehicle and including a first section covering said first bumper bolt opening, a second section covering said second bumper bolt opening and a bridge section connecting said first section and said second section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,777

VEHICLE WHEEL

JITI LOGISTICS CO., LTD.,...

1. A vehicle wheel comprising:a disc member to which an axle is connected; and
a rim portion connected to the disc member and on which a tire is mounted,
wherein the rim portion includes:
a first tire mounting portion connected to the disc member and including a first bead seat coming into contact with an outer bead of the tire;
a second tire mounting portion located and spaced apart from the first tire mounting portion and including a second bead seat coming into contact with an inner bead of the tire; and
a well portion including an outer well portion extending from the first tire mounting portion, and an inner well portion configured to connect the outer well portion to the second tire mounting portion, and
wherein a thickness is formed to be thinner in an order of the outer well portion, the second bead seat, and the inner well portion;
wherein the thickness of the outer well portion is 1.2 to 1.8 times that of the second bead seat;
wherein the thickness of the outer well portion is 1.2 to 2.5 times that of the inner well portion;
wherein the inner well portion is formed to be inclined in an outward direction of the outer well portion based on a rotational center of the disc member;
wherein the inner well portion is formed to be inclined in multi-stepped stages;
wherein the inner well portion includes:
a first inclined portion formed to be inclined from the outer well portion to the second bead seat; and
a second inclined portion formed to be inclined from the second bead seat to the first inclined portion and connected to the first inclined portion;
wherein an inclined angle between the bottom surface of the second bead seat and the second inclined portion is the same as a slope angle between the rotational center line of the disc member and the second inclined portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,768

IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT WITH CONTOURED SURFACE IMAGE

MorphoTrust USA, LLC, Bi...

1. A multilayer laminate identification document comprising:an outer layer comprising a contoured surface image formed via laser ablation and having contours based on a digital monochrome image, wherein the contoured surface image has a first appearance when viewed in reflected light at a first angle and a second, different appearance when viewed in reflected light at a second, different angle; and
an inner layer having a source image printed thereon, wherein the digital monochrome image is derived from the source image, and the contoured surface image partially overlaps the source image wherein the source image is a digital polychrome portrait of a subject.

US Pat. No. 10,363,761

FLEXIBLE PACKAGING PRINTER WITH MULTIPLE PRINT LANES

INC.JET INC., Norwich, C...

1. An imaging device for depositing ink on a web, the imaging device comprising:a ski plate having an elongated opening configured to hold a plurality of print head assemblies in a grid defined by multiple rows and multiple print lanes, the elongated opening having a width of at least two rows and a length spanning at least four print lanes, and the elongated opening is configured to simultaneously hold at least one print head assembly in each lane and at least two print head assemblies in each row; and
an engagement structure configured to couple at least one print head assembly to the elongated opening of the ski plate at multiple positions along the elongated opening whereby a spacing between the multiple print lanes is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,745

PRINTHEADS WITH PRESSURE EQUALIZATION

HEWLETT -PACKARD DEVELOPM...

1. A printhead assembly comprising:a housing having a first printing material reservoir and a second printing material reservoir;
a print nozzle array disposed in a side of the housing and coupled to each respective printing material reservoir through an array channel including the print nozzle array; and
a pressure equalization channel disposed in each of the respective printing material reservoirs to allow air to enter each respective printing material reservoir when a pressure in the respective printing material reservoir changes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,736

METAL ALLOY SHIM FOR MOUNTING PRINTHEAD CHIPS WITH HIGH BONDING STRENGTH

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. An inkjet printhead comprising:a rigid elongate manifold having one or more ink supply channels extending along its length and a plurality of ink outlets defined therein;
a shim attached to the manifold, the shim having a plurality of shim apertures for receiving ink from the ink outlets; and
one or more printhead chips adhesively bonded directly to the shim, each printhead chip receiving ink from one or more of the ink outlets,wherein:the shim is comprised of a metal alloy having a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of 5 ppm/° C. or less; and
the metal alloy has an adhesion-promoting surface film layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,735

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus for enabling a printing execution unit to execute image printing, the printing execution unit comprising a print head including a plurality of nozzle groups, the plurality of nozzle groups including a first nozzle group and a second nozzle group, the image processing apparatus comprising a controller configured to perform:acquiring target image data;
determining a direction of moving of the print head among a forward direction and a reverse direction in a main scanning direction for band image data included in the target image data; and
causing the printing execution unit to alternately repeat an ejection process and a moving process for enabling the printing execution unit to print a target image represented by the target image data, the ejection process for ejecting color materials onto a print medium by moving the print head in one of the forward direction and the reverse direction to form a band image represented by corresponding band image data along the main scanning direction using the plurality of nozzle groups,
the ejection process includes a first ejection process and a second ejection process,
the first ejection process for ejecting, by moving the print head in the forward direction, a first color material from the first nozzle group onto a first specific position of the print medium followed by a second color material from the second nozzle group,
the second ejection process for ejecting, by moving the print head in the reverse direction, the second color material from the second nozzle group onto a second specific position of the print medium followed by the first color material from the first nozzle group, and
the moving process for moving the print medium in a sub-scanning direction relative to the print head,
wherein the controller determines the direction of moving of the print head by:
determining whether an L-th (L is an integer of 2 or greater) band image formed by an L-th ejection process satisfies a first color condition, the first color condition associated with a color difference between a first image to be printed and a second image to be printed, the first image being printed by the first ejection process in the forward direction using a pixel included in L-th band image data representing the L-th band image, and the second image being printed by the second ejection process in the reverse direction using a pixel included in the L-th band image data representing the L-th band image,
determining whether the L-th band image satisfies a second color condition, the second color condition representing that a predetermined number or more of pixels in a specific color range are included in another band image different from the L-th band image, a pixel of the pixels being associated with a color difference between a color to be printed using the pixel in the first ejection process in the forward direction and a color to be printed using the pixel in the second ejection process in the reverse direction, the specific color range being a color range including a color represented by a pixel in the L-th band image;
determining, as the direction of moving of the print head in the L-th ejection process, a same direction as the direction of moving of the print head in the ejection process for another band image including the predetermined number or more of the pixels in a case where it is determined that both of the first color condition and the second color condition are satisfied; and
determining, as the direction of moving of the print head in the L-th ejection process, an opposite direction to moving of the print head in an (L?1)-th ejection process in a case where it is determined that at least one of the first color condition and the second color condition is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,363,734

METHOD FOR MAKING LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATES

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, R...

1. A method for providing a lithographic printing plate, comprising the steps in the order of:A) providing an on-press developable, negative-working lithographic printing plate precursor comprising a substrate and a negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer;
B) imagewise exposing the on-press developable, negative-working lithographic printing plate precursor to infrared radiation to form an imaged lithographic printing plate precursor having infrared radiation exposed and infrared radiation non-exposed regions in an imaged surface of the negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer;
C) without any prior wet processing, mounting the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor onto a lithographic printing press comprising:
a plate cylinder for holding the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor,
an inking system capable of supplying a lithographic printing ink to the imaged surface,
a dampening system capable of supplying a fountain solution to the imaged surface,
a blanket cylinder capable of transferring the lithographic printing ink from the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor,
an impression cylinder capable of pressing one or more printing papers onto the blanket cylinder, and thus transferring the lithographic printing ink from the blanket cylinder onto the one or more printing papers, and
a printing paper feeding system for supplying the one or more printing papers to the impression cylinder;
D) engaging the dampening system;
E) causing not more than 20 revolutions of the plate cylinder;
F) engaging the inking system;
G) causing not more than 20 revolutions of the plate cylinder;
H) feeding printing papers for at least 1 and up to and including 30 revolutions of the plate cylinder until the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor is fully developed to become a functioning lithographic printing plate having ink-accepting image regions substantially corresponding to the infrared radiation exposed regions and non-ink-accepting hydrophilic non-image regions substantially corresponding to the infrared radiation non-exposed regions; and
I) operating the lithographic printing press beyond the revolutions of the plate cylinder required for completing step E) to produce a desired number of lithographically printed papers,
wherein the lithographic printing plate precursor comprises:
(i) a substrate having a planar surface, and
(ii) a negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer disposed over the planar surface of the substrate,
wherein the (i) substrate comprises:
an aluminum-containing plate having a grained and etched planar surface;
an inner aluminum oxide layer disposed on the grained and etched planar surface, the inner aluminum oxide layer having an average dry thickness (Ti) of at least 650 nm and up to and including 3,000 nm; and comprising a multiplicity of inner micropores having an average inner micropore diameter (Di) of less than 15 nm;
an outer aluminum oxide layer disposed on the inner aluminum oxide layer, the outer aluminum oxide layer: comprising a multiplicity of outer micropores having an average outer micropore diameter (Do) of at least 15 nm and up to and including 30 nm; having an average dry thickness (To) of at least 130 nm and up to and including 650 nm; and having a micropore density (Co) of at least 500 micropores/?m2 and up to and including 3,000 micropores/?m2, wherein the ratio of the average outer micropore diameter (Do) to the average inner micropore diameter (Di) is greater than 1.1:1, and the average outer micropore diameter (Do) in nanometers and the micropore density (Co) in micropores/?m2, are further constrained by the porosity (Po) of the outer aluminum oxide layer according to the following equation:
0.3?Po?0.8wherein Po is 3.14(Co)(Do2)/4,000,000; andoptionally, a hydrophilic coating comprising one or more hydrophilic polymers, which hydrophilic coating is disposed on the outer aluminum oxide layer at a dry coverage of at least 0.0002 g/m2 and up to and including 0.1 g/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,363,732

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING SLICE FILES FROM NATIVE CAD GEOMETRIES

1. A computer-implemented method for improving the production of an object by an additive manufacturing machine, the computer implemented method comprising:performing with an electronic processing element the actions of—
receiving a computer-aided design model having a native and/or neutral format,
determining a desired resolution for each of one or more dimensions,
slicing the computer-aided design model by determining an intersection of a build-slice plane with the computer-aided design model to create one or more computer-aided design slice files having a slice format,
evaluating the one or more computer-aided design slice files to determine whether the desired resolution has been achieved,
if the desired resolution has been achieved, sending the one or more computer-aided design slice files to the additive manufacturing machine for use in producing the object, and
if the desired resolution has not been achieved, determining a new desired resolution and re-slicing the computer-aided design model; and
producing the object with the additive manufacturing machine using the one or more computer-aided design slice files received from the electronic processing element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,731

EJECTOR DEVICE

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. An ejector device for ejecting droplets of viscous fluids, comprising:one or more ejectors comprising an ejector layer that spans a hollow area, the ejector layer having a first surface and an opposing second surface arranged to receive a viscous material with viscosity between 20 and 50,000 centipoise, the ejector layer comprising a radiation absorber material configured to thermally expand without phase transition in response to heating by activation radiation transmitted to the first surface, the ejector layer comprises multiple layers including a first layer having a first coefficient of thermal expansion, CTE1, and a second layer having a second coefficient of thermal expansion, CTE2, wherein CTE2>CTE1, wherein thermal expansion of the ejector layer causes displacement of the ejector layer and ejection of the material from the second surface of the ejector layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,730

SELECTIVELY ACTIVATED MESH DISCHARGE POWDER RECOATER FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

The ExOne Company, North...

13. A method of recoating comprising the steps of:a) providing a powder-layer three-dimensional printer comprising a recoater, the recoater comprising a mesh discharge device having a planar mesh and an agitator, the mesh being adapted to support a quantity of powder when the quantity of powder and the mesh are static and to dispense at least a portion of the quantity of powder when at least one of the quantity of powder and the mesh is agitated by the agitator and wherein the agitator is not physically attached to another part of the recoater;
b) positioning at least part of the mesh over at least part of a powder bed;
c) functionally connecting the agitator to the mesh and discharging from the mesh a predetermined amount of powder upon the powder bed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,729

COLORING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTED OBJECTS

Stratasys Ltd., Rehovot ...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional (3D) color object using materials having at least some transparency, layer-by-layer, the method comprising:obtaining a 3D CAD file defining a 3D geometry and a color texture for said color object;
dividing said 3D geometry into a core and a color shell;
dividing said color shell into volumetric regions;
based on a look up table (LUT), assigning each of said regions with an arrangement of voxels in a color stack that results in an optimal reproduction of the requested color;
based on said 3D geometry, determining conflicting instances in which the color stack of one region interferes with a color stack of another region;
in case of conflict between color stacks, applying a color
correction; and
printing said 3D color object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,728

METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF LABELS, AND MULTI-LAYER COMPOSITE

1. A method for producing labels, wherein each label has a plurality of sheets adhesively connected with one another in respective first surface area regions of respective basic label surface areas of the labels and lie on one another in respective second surface area regions of the respective basic label surface areas, wherein the method comprises the following:step a) imprinting of a carrier web, comprising printing an anti-adhesion layer onto the carrier web in a frame region provided for a waste matrix, wherein the frame region surrounds the basic label surface areas, and in the first surface area regions of the basic label surface areas,
step b) application of a number of material webs to the carrier web and/or one on top of another, as well as imprinting this number of material webs,
wherein the number of material webs serves for production of a number of lowermost sheets of each label and comprises either a single material web or a plurality of material webs,
wherein each material web of the number of material webs is first applied individually and then imprinted, and
wherein an anti-adhesion layer is imprinted onto a last material web of the number of material webs in third surface area regions, which are disposed between the first surface area regions and the frame region and/or between the second surface area regions and the frame region,
step c) implementation of a punch or other severing of a material web of this number of material webs between the third surface area regions and the first and/or second surface area regions, and
step d) completion of each label by application and imprinting an outermost material web intended as an outermost sheet of the labels, and by carrying out a frame punch or other severing of all the material webs,
wherein in step d), the frame punch is carried out in such a manner that a waste matrix can be severed and/or is severed from the first , second and/or third surface area regions, and that a laterally projecting section of the outermost sheet of the respective label is formed in the third surface area regions, in each instance, wherein the laterally projecting section projects laterally beyond the number of lowermost sheets of the respective label.

US Pat. No. 10,363,727

THERMALLY-BONDED MULTILAYER PADS FORMED FROM WIDE WEBS

1. An in-line method for manufacturing a plurality of multilayer pads, comprising the steps of:providing a web of fusible base-pad-forming material;
providing a web of fusible intermediate barrier-layer-forming material;
providing a web of fusible handle-forming material;
at a first bonding station, fusing a portion of the base-pad-forming material to the barrier-layer-forming material to form a base layer and intermediate layer precursor;
at a second bonding station, fusing the handle-forming material to the base layer and intermediate layer precursor, while leaving at least one portion of the handle-forming material free with reference to a pad to be formed to form an uncut pad precursor web; and
cutting through the pad precursor web to form a multilayer pad.

US Pat. No. 10,363,726

SEPTUMIZATION OF HONEYCOMB SANDWICHES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A device for septumizing a core of honeycomb cells, comprising:a perforated sheet including a plurality of septums respectively adapted to be inserted into the honeycomb cells, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of septums comprises an array of septums; and
a nested septum within in at least one septum in the array of septums, such that the nested septum comprises perforated sides that angle, relative to sound waves that propagate into the core from the perforations in an inner facesheet, such that every side of each septum joins at a tip of each septum.

US Pat. No. 10,363,725

CARD SUBSTRATE WARPAGE REDUCTION

ASSA ABLOY AB, Stockholm...

1. A transfer lamination process using a transfer lamination device, which includes a transfer unit, a substrate rotator, and a transfer ribbon that includes a carrier layer and a transfer layer attached to the carrier layer, the transfer lamination process comprising:transferring a transfer section of the transfer layer from the carrier layer to a first surface of a substrate using the transfer unit including:
heating the transfer section and pressing the transfer section against the first surface of the substrate using the transfer unit; and
detaching the carrier layer from the transfer section;
inverting the substrate using the substrate rotator; and
heating at least a portion of a second surface of the substrate that is opposite the first surface using the transfer unit without transferring the transfer layer to the portion of the second surface;
wherein:
the transfer unit includes a heated transfer roller; and
heating the portion of the second surface of the substrate comprises heating the portion of the second surface of the substrate using the heated transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,723

FUNCTIONAL PACKAGING MATERIAL FOR MAINTAINING FRESHNESS HAVING IMPROVED ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

HANGREENTECH CO., LTD., ...

1. A food packaging material comprising:a first film comprising synthetic resin, calcium carbonate powder coated with zinc oxide, boehmite powder coated with titanium dioxide, and hydroxyapatite powder coated with iron;
a second film laminated on the first film and comprising powdery particles that contain synthetic resin, loess, elvan, kaolin, zeolite, feldspar, black mica, jade, selenium and charcoal; and
a third film laminated on the second film and made of synthetic resin,
wherein the first film has a higher porosity than that of the second film, and the second film has a higher porosity than that of the third film.

US Pat. No. 10,363,720

LAMINATED GLASS AND METHOD OF MOUNTING LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A laminated glass comprising a first laminated glass member, a second laminated glass member and an interlayer film arranged between the first laminated glass member and the second laminated glass member,the interlayer film being provided with an infrared ray reflection layer which reflects infrared rays, a first resin layer which is arranged on a first surface side of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a polyvinyl acetal resin, a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent and an oxidation inhibitor, and a second resin layer which is arranged on a second surface side opposite to the first surface of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a polyvinyl acetal resin, a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent, an oxidation inhibitor and heat shielding compounds,
the first layer further containing one or more heat shielding compounds or not containing a heat shielding compound,
the heat shielding compounds of the second resin layer comprising metal oxide particles and at least one of a phthalocyanine compound, a naphthalocyanine compound, and an anthracyanine compound,
the content in % by weight of the one or more heat shielding compounds in the first resin layer is smaller than the content in % by weight of the heat shielding compounds in the second resin layer by 005% by weight or more,
the content of the oxidation inhibitor in 100% by weight of the first resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 2% by weight or less and the content of the oxidation inhibitor in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 2% by weight or less,
the content of the metal oxide particles in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 6% by weight or less,
the first laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the first resin layer in the interlayer film, the second laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the second resin layer in the interlayer film, and the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the first laminated glass member and the first resin layer being higher than the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the second laminated glass member and the second resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,718

ADHESIVE SHEET AND ADHESIVE SHEET PRODUCTION METHOD

LINTEC CORPORATION, Itab...

1. A pressure sensitive adhesive sheet, comprising:a supporting substrate;
a pressure sensitive adhesive layer (X) formed on the supporting substrate;
a continuous void-containing layer formed on the pressure sensitive adhesive layer (X) and including a composition comprising: fine particles which are not silica particles; and a pressure sensitive adhesive; and
a pressure sensitive adhesive layer (Y) formed on the continuous void-containing layer,
wherein a median diameter of the fine particles is from 0.001 to 100 ?m,
voids present among the fine particles form continuous voids included in the continuous void-containing layer, and
the continuous void-containing layer has a mass concentration of the fine particles of from 45 to 100%,
wherein the pressure sensitive adhesive in the continuous void-containing layer is at least one selected from the group consisting of a rubber pressure sensitive adhesive, a silicone pressure sensitive adhesive, and an acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,363,717

METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR ESTABLISHING A REGISTERED SCORE, SLIT OR SLOT IN A CORRUGATED BOARD, AND ARTICLES PRODUCED THERE FROM

Scorrboard LLC, Renton, ...

1. A method for creating a registered modification in corrugated board, the method comprising:ascertaining locations of first and second features of a fluted medium in the corrugated board, the fluted medium having a plurality of flutes, each flute having a flute peak, a flute axis, and a flute pitch, wherein the first feature comprises a flute feature on a first one of the plurality of flutes and the second feature comprises a flute feature on a second one of the plurality of flutes;
determining a distance from the first and second features in a direction orthogonal to the flute axis for establishing a location of a first registered modification; and
creating the first registered modification at the established location without penetrating the corrugated board;
determining a distance from the first registered modification in the direction orthogonal to the flute axis for establishing a second location of a second registered modification; and
creating the second registered modification at the second established location without penetrating the corrugated board;
wherein the flute pitch is used to establish the second established location in combination with the location of the first registered modification.

US Pat. No. 10,363,716

SHREDDING AND BALING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A shredding and baling apparatus comprising:a shredding assembly comprising:
an intake hopper for receiving material to be shredded, said intake hopper having an open bottom portion for allowing shredded material to freely pass therethrough;
a shredding mechanism comprising a cutting drum rotatable along a rotational axis and oriented along a horizontal axis, the cutting drum being positioned in a central portion of said intake hopper and capable of free rotation through said open bottom portion thereof;
a plurality of cutting teeth arranged spirally and carried on an outer portion of said cutting drum;
a means for conveying operatively connected to and disposed below said shredding mechanism, the front of said means for conveying being aligned with the front of said shredding mechanism, whereby shredded material is gravity fed from said shredding mechanism onto said means for conveying;
said means for conveying being operatively connected to and terminating above a baling assembly such that shredded material may be carried to and gravity fed into said baling assembly, said baling assembly comprising:
a housing having a fixed member and a pivoting door member, said housing defining a baling cavity on an inside portion thereof;
a series of rotatable rollers positioned within said housing, and wherein a first set of said rollers are rotatably attached within said fixed member of said housing, and a second set of said rollers are rotatably attached within said pivoting door member of said housing;
a series of belts disposed about said rollers, so that said belts may rotate about said rollers;
a drive mechanism attached to said housing and operatively connected to at least one of said rollers, wherein said drive mechanism rotates said at least one roller that is operatively connected thereto;
a baler hopper attached to an upper portion of said housing for receiving shredded material, wherein said baling material is fed through said baler hopper into said shredded chamber;
a wrap feeder disposed on an outer portion of said housing, said wrap feeder being used to feed a wrap material to said baling cavity to wrap around a bale of baling material after said bale has been formed therein;
a power unit for powering said shredding assembly, said baling assembly, and said means for conveying, said power unit comprising;
at least one hydraulic motor operative connected to at least one hydraulic pump and at least one hydraulic line, said at least one hydraulic line operatively connecting each of said shredding assembly, said baling assembly, and said means for conveying; and
a computer operationally connected to said power unit for automating and controlling said apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,715

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING RETREADED TIRES

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method of forming a retreaded tire comprising:providing a tread having a top side configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation and a bottom side configured to attach to an annular tire carcass configured for receiving the tread, the tread including a recessed groove recessed below the top side of the tread;
arranging the tread around an outer circumference of the tire carcass in a desired position to form an assembled retreaded tire;
arranging a removable circumferential band around the assembled retreaded tire positioned overtop the recessed groove and the top side of the tread where the circumferential band has an axial width less than a lateral width of the top side of the tread, where the circumferential band is separated from the recessed groove by a thickness of tread material between the recessed groove and the top side of the tread, and whereby the circumferential band provides an additional thickness of material above the recessed groove, where the circumferential band is substantially formed of an elastomeric material having an unstretched circumference smaller than the circumference of the assembled retreaded tire that is expanded prior to and for arrangement around the retreaded tire;
placing a curing membrane around an outer circumference of the tread, an outer circumference of the circumferential band, and at least a portion of the tire carcass; and,
curing the retreaded tire with the circumferential band arranged between the tread and the curing membrane, where the recessed groove is a void arranged along the bottom side of the tread and a shape of the void after the step of curing the retreaded tire is substantially the same as before the step of curing the retreaded tire.

US Pat. No. 10,363,714

METHOD, PROCESS AND PLANT FOR CONTROLLING THE MANUFACTURE OF TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A method for controlling building of a tyre for vehicle wheels, comprising:building a carcass structure on a forming drum; and
assembling the carcass structure to a crown structure, wherein building of the carcass structure comprises:
building one intermediate portion of the carcass structure at a time on a respective forming drum by moving the forming drum in opposite rectilinear directions of movement along a shuttle guide within an intermediate forming line;
making available the forming drum with the intermediate portion of the carcass structure at a first transfer location;
completing the intermediate portion of the carcass structure by moving the respective forming drum between the first transfer location, n completion locations with n?1, and a second transfer location in which the carcass structure is made available for subsequent assembling with the crown structure by unloading from the respective forming drum and by transferring the forming drum to each completion location and the second transfer location, wherein a first shuttle and a second shuttle carry the forming drum to the first transfer location and second transfer location, respectively, in cantilevered fashion by holding a terminal end of a central shaft of the forming drum;
transferring the forming drum clear of any carcass structure from the second transfer location to the first transfer location, and
building a subsequent intermediate portion of a subsequent carcass structure of a different tyre on the forming drum having been transferred from the second transfer location to the first transfer location,
wherein at an operating moment at which the first transfer location is occupied by a forming drum coming from the intermediate forming line or intended for the intermediate forming line, there are one to n locations selected from the n completion locations and the second transfer location that are occupied by respective forming drums.

US Pat. No. 10,363,713

TIRE VULCANIZING APPARATUS

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire vulcanizing apparatus comprising:a vulcanizing bladder inflatable in an inner space of an unvulcanized tire to press the unvulcanized tire against a vulcanizing mold;
a center device for holding the vulcanizing bladder;
a supplier for supplying fluid to the vulcanizing bladder;
a discharger for discharging the fluid in the vulcanizing bladder;
the vulcanizing bladder comprising a first bladder configured to contact with an inner circumferential surface of the unvulcanized tire and a second bladder arranged inside the first bladder,
the fluid including a first fluid to be supplied between the first bladder and the second bladder and a second fluid to be supplied to an inside of the second bladder, and
at least one of an inner circumferential surface of the first bladder and an outer circumferential surface of the second bladder being provided with a guide groove extending in a tire axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,712

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING POLARIZING PLASTIC LENS

EHS LENS PHILIPPINES, INC...

1. A method of manufacturing a polarizing plastic lens, which comprises:subjecting a polarizing film to curved surface processing to impart a convex surface shape to a first side of the polarization film and a concave surface shape to the side of the polarization film that is opposite to the first side of the polarization film;
a reversing step of reversing the convex surface shape into a concave surface shape by pressing the polarizing film that has been curved surface processed;
a casting mold assembling step of assembling a casting mold having a cavity within which the reversed polarizing film is positioned with the reversed polarizing film, an upper mold, a lower mold, and a sealing member that maintains a spacing between the upper mold and the lower mold; and
forming a polarizing plastic lens comprising the polarizing film positioned within a plastic lens substrate, the polarizing plastic lens being prepared via a single molding operation that includes polymerizing and curing a curable composition that has been cast into the cavity to provide the plastic lens substrate within which the polarizing film is positioned, wherein
the plastic lens substrate of the polarizing plastic lens is not formed prior to the polymerization and curing of the curable composition that has been cast into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,711

METHOD OF MAKING CONTACT LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A method of making a contact lens, the method comprising:(i) providing a first master mould for producing a first mould half and a second master mould for producing a second mould half;
(ii) producing at least one precursor mould comprising the first mould half and the second mould half, wherein the first mould half is for providing a first lens surface having at least one optical feature and the second mould half is for providing a second lens surface which requires lathing to provide at least one added optical feature;
(iii) producing a moulded precursor contact lens in each of the at least one precursor mould, wherein the step of producing the lens results in at least one identifiable undesirable attribute;
(iv) identifying the at least one undesirable attribute on the moulded precursor contact lens;
(v) determining the extent of the at least one undesirable attribute;
(vi) providing at least one lens producing mould formed from the first master mould and second master mould, each lens producing mould having a first mould half and a second mould half, wherein the first mould half is for providing a first lens surface having at least one optical feature and the second mould half is for providing a second lens surface which requires lathing to provide at least one added optical feature;
(vii) producing the contact lens in at least one lens producing mould;
(viii) removing the second mould half, whereby the contact lens remains positioned on the first mould half; and
(ix) lathing the second lens surface using a lathe tool, wherein the path of the lathe tool is controlled by a computer programme, and wherein the computer programme adjusts the path to compensate for the undesirable attribute of the moulded precursor contact lens identified in step (iv),
wherein the at least one undesirable attribute comprises an eccentricity of the precursor test contact lens from the centre of the of the mould half, and the eccentricity is characterized by defining an angle and magnitude of offset.

US Pat. No. 10,363,709

COMPOSITE LAYUP TOOLS FOR AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE BARRELS, METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE LAYUP TOOLS, AND AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE BARREL SECTIONS FORMED UTILIZING THE LAYUP TOOLS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a fuselage barrel assembly of an aircraft, the method comprising:providing a first fuselage barrel section that includes a first joint portion, wherein the first joint portion has a first interior joint surface that has a first inner circumferential length;
providing a second fuselage barrel section that includes a second joint portion, wherein the second joint portion has a second interior joint surface that has a second inner circumferential length;
providing a splice ring that has a splice ring outer surface that has a splice ring outer circumferential length;
operatively aligning the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section such that the first joint portion faces toward the second joint portion;
locating the splice ring within both the first joint portion and the second joint portion while translating the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section toward one another; and
operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section to the splice ring, wherein the operatively attaching includes:
(i) initially operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section at a pair of initial attachment points that is proximate a bottom center line reference direction of the fuselage barrel assembly; and
(ii) subsequently operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section at a plurality of pairs of subsequent attachment points by operatively attaching at a given pair of subsequent attachment points on a given side of the pair of initial attachment points and at a corresponding pair of subsequent attachment points on an opposite side of the pair of initial attachment points prior to attaching at another pair of subsequent attachments points that is farther from the pair of initial attachment points than the given pair of subsequent attachment points.

US Pat. No. 10,363,707

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-LINE CONTROLLING THE ULTRASONIC WELDING OF PLASTIC COMPONENTS OF AN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

1. A system (1) for in-line controlling the ultrasonic welding of plastic components (F, S, B) of an electronic cigarette, said plastic components (F, S, B) being welded one to the other at a welding zone (Z) so as to define a welded group (G); the plastic components (F, S, B) being conformed in such a way that the welded group (G) comprises an air passage duct (P) having a first open end (E1) and a second open end (E2);the system (1) being characterized in that it comprises:
a chamber (2) for receiving the welded group (G);
closure means (3), for closing the first open end (E1) of the air passage duct (P) of the welded group (G);
air supplying means (6) for supplying air into the chamber (2) determining the introduction of air in the air passage duct (P) through its second open end (E2);
air exiting means (4, 40), arranged for connecting the welding zone (Z) with the outside of the chamber (2), allowing the possible exit of air outside the chamber (2);
continuous pressure control and adjustment means (5), arranged between the air supplying means (6) and the second open end (E2) of the air passage duct (P) for continuously controlling and regulating the air pressure that enters in the air passage duct (P), in order to keep a fixed air pressure;
an air passage nozzle (7) having a determined cross section, interposed between the continuous pressure control and adjustment means (5) and the second open end (E2) of the air passage duct (P), through which the air passes; and
a pressure sensor (8), connected to the chamber (2), for detecting an air back pressure generated in the chamber (2) after the introduction of air into the air passage duct (P).

US Pat. No. 10,363,706

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING METHOD AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. A three dimensional printing method comprising:generating a two-dimensional layer information related with a plurality of layer objects of a three-dimensional object according to a three-dimensional model information, wherein the three-dimensional object includes a main body, and a space for combining the main body of the three-dimensional object with another object is defined by the shape of the main body;
analyzing the two-dimensional layer information to identify a forming region and an object embedded region within each of the layer objects, wherein the forming regions constitute the main body of the three-dimensional object and the object embedded regions constitute the space for combining the main body of the three-dimensional object with the another object;
selecting at least one section of the three-dimensional object as a separation plane which is overlapping with a portion of the space for combining the main body of the three-dimensional object with the another object; and
printing the layer objects, layer by layer, with a forming material and a supporting material, to coat the forming material onto the forming region without overlapping with the separation plane, and coat the supporting material onto the forming region overlapping with the separation plane and the object embedded region, wherein the supporting material is removable from the three-dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,705

DETERMINING A PRINTING ANOMALY RELATED TO A 3D PRINTED OBJECT

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions, the instructions comprising:one or more instructions that, when executed by one or more processors of a device, cause the one or more processors to:
obtain measurement data concerning a three-dimensional (3D) printed object,
wherein the 3D printed object has a plurality of physical elements that comprise a plurality of different physical attributes,
wherein the plurality of physical elements and the plurality of different physical attributes are designed to exhibit one or more printing capabilities of a 3D printer that printed the 3D printed object;
process the measurement data to determine one or more printing anomalies relating to one or more physical elements, of the plurality of physical elements, and one or more physical attributes of the plurality of different physical attributes;
generate a set of instructions to permit the 3D printer to be adjusted to address the one or more printing anomalies,
the set of instructions including an instruction to check one or more physical components of the 3D printer,
the one or more physical components of the 3D printer including at least one of:
 a motor,
 a gear,
 a filament,
 a spool,
 a band,
 a print head,
 an extruder,
 a fan,
 a heating element, or
 a nozzle; and
cause an action to be performed based on generating the set of instructions,
the action including at least one of:
perform a calibration action concerning the one or more physical components,
perform a correction action concerning the one or more physical components, or
perform a reset action concerning the one or more physical components.

US Pat. No. 10,363,704

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING TOOL PATHS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

AREVO, INC., Milpitas, C...

1. A method for generating printing instructions for printing a three-dimensional (3D) object, comprising:(a) receiving a computer model of said 3D object in computer memory;
(b) generating a parametric representation of said computer model of said 3D object;
(c) selecting a first edge in a parametric representation of a curved surface of said computer model;
(d) generating a 3D tool path at least in part by:
(i) selecting a first set of points on said first edge; and
(ii) computing coordinates of a second set of points on a second edge parallel to said first edge in said parametric representation, wherein said first edge and said second edge define said 3D tool path; and
(e) generating said printing instructions for printing at least a portion of said 3D object along said 3D tool path generated in (d).

US Pat. No. 10,363,703

RADIAL LATTICE STRUCTURES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Within Technologies Ltd.,...

1. A physical object created by additive manufacturing, the physical object comprising:multiple beams connected with each other at junction points to form a lattice of the physical object;
wherein the beams of the lattice correspond to a duplicated three dimensional (3D) structure;
wherein the 3D structure has (i) first sets of junction points at a first location along an axis for the 3D structure, and (ii) second sets of junction points at a second location, which is different from the first location, along the axis for the 3D structure; and
wherein, when projected into a two dimensional (2D) plane normal to the axis, the first sets of junction points alternate with the second sets of junction points at successive radii positions away from the axis in the 2D plane normal to the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,701

METHOD FOR PRODUCING INORGANIC SUBSTANCE POWDER HIGHLY-ORIENTED THIN FILM SHEET

TBM CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A thin film sheet for printing that consists of a thermoplastic resin and inorganic substance powder and at least one optional auxiliary agent selected from the group consisting of a lubricant, a fluidity improving agent, a dispersant, an antioxidant, a UV absorbing agent, and a stabilizer,wherein the thermoplastic resin is high density polyethylene,
wherein a weight ratio of the thermoplastic resin to the inorganic substance powder is 18:82 to 40:60, the inorganic substance powder has an average particle size of 0.5 to 15 ?m and is free of particles with a particle size of at least 50 ?m,
wherein the film sheet has an apparent specific gravity of 0.55 to 1.40,
wherein the high density polyethylene has a melt mass flow rate of 0.02 to 1.2 g/10 min, and
wherein the inorganic substance powder is at least one selected from the group consisting of calcium carbonate, clay, silica, titanium oxide, talc, kaolin and aluminum hydroxide.

US Pat. No. 10,363,699

METHOD OF FORMING AND SETTING HEADSPACE WITHIN A CONTAINER

1. A method for forming and filling a container with liquid, the container being formed from a preform located within a mold and the method utilizing a hydraulic blow molding device that is coupled to a source of the liquid, which is used as the blow molding medium, the hydraulic blow molding device having a blow nozzle, a seal pin and a member, the method comprising:advancing the member from a retracted position to a position within the preform;
after the member has initiated advancement into the preform, engaging the blow nozzle in fluid tight communication with an open end of the preform as to provide a sealing engagement of the blow nozzle with the preform; and
opening the seal pin and injecting the liquid blow medium into the preform so as to form the container after the sealing engagement of the blow nozzle with the preform;
during injection of the liquid blow medium, retracting the member to a first headspace position;
with the member in the first headspace position, closing the seal pin after forming the container;
after closing the seal pin, moving the member to a second headspace position, the second headspace position being closer to the finish than the first headspace setting position and reducing pressure within the formed container to ambient; and
with the member in the second headspace position, breaking sealing engagement of the blow nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,698

MACHINE FOR FORMING AND FILLING CONTAINERS COMPRISING A FIRST CLOSED LOOP AND A SECOND CLOSED LOOP HAVING A COMMON PART

1. A machine for forming and filling successive containers from a preform with liquid as the forming medium, the machine comprising a plurality of forming stations, each forming station having a main station and an elementary station which are coupled together to form the forming station, wherein the machine includes a series of elementary stations moving along a first closed loop and a series of main stations moving along a second closed loop, the first closed loop and the second closed loop having at least one common part wherein the main stations are coupled with the elementary stations and at least a distinct part wherein the main stations are separated from the elementary stations.

US Pat. No. 10,363,696

PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF EMBOSSED FILMS BASED ON PLASTICIZED POLYVINYL ACETAL

Kuraray Europe GmbH, Hat...

1. A process for embossing a film comprising plasticized polyvinyl acetal to provide a non-stochastic roughness Rz of 20 to 100 ?m on at least one surface, comprising:a. extruding a plasticised polyvinyl acetal to a film with a stochastic roughness of at least one surface of Rz =1 to 70 ?m,
b. embossing the at least one surface of the film obtained in step a) with channels having a depth of 5-50 ?m, a width of 10-200 ?m and a pitch of 50-2500 ?m, having elevations between the channels, wherein the stochastic roughness of the surface of the elevations between the channels is at most 20% lower than the stochastic roughness of the film obtained in step a).

US Pat. No. 10,363,695

MOLD MOVEMENT CONTROL MECHANISM AND MOLD HAVING THE SAME

SHEN YUAN PRECISION MOLD ...

1. A mold movement control mechanism comprising:a base module;
an engaging member;
an abutting portion;
a coupling member;
a pushing portion;
a first moving member;
a second moving member; and
a third moving member;
the base module is configured to assemble the engaging member, the abutting portion, the coupling member, the pushing portion, the first moving member, the second moving member, and the third moving member;
the engaging member is configured to move relative to the base module along a travel direction from a first engaging position to a moved engaging position via an engaging member travel, the engaging member is configured to rotate about an engaging axis between an engagement position and a release position when the engaging member is located at the moved engaging position, the engaging member is configured to be restricted at the engagement position by the base module when the engaging member is at the first engaging position and during the engaging member travel;
the abutting portion is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction, the abutting portion and the engaging member are configured to engage with each other when the engaging member is at the engagement position in a manner that the abutting portion and the engaging member are moved simultaneously during the engaging member travel, the abutting portion and the engaging member are configured to disengage when the engaging member is located at the release position;
the first moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the second moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the third moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the coupling member and the pushing portion are configured to engage with each other; and
wherein the engaging member is rotatably disposed on one of the first moving member and the second moving member, the abutting portion is disposed on the other one of the first moving member and the second moving member, the coupling member is rotatably disposed on the third moving member, and the pushing portion is disposed on the second moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,693

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PLUG FOR A CONTAINER NECK

Novembal USA Inc., Ediso...

1. A method for manufacturing a plug for a container neck, comprising:molding a skirt of the plug,
wherein the skirt has a tubular shape, defining a central axis and adapted to surround the container neck,
wherein the skirt extends, along the central axis, between a first end adapted to receive an obturating device adapted to obturate the container neck and a second end opposite to the first end, and
wherein the skirt is provided with an attachment device adapted to removably attach to the container neck and with a retention strip adapted for permanent retention around the container neck, the retention strip adapted to pass, by folding, from a molding configuration, in which the retention strip extends, from the skirt, in a direction opposite to the first end of the skirt, to an operating configuration, in which the retention strip extends from the skirt, to the first end of the skirt and is adapted to axially abut against an associated bulge of the container neck during a first opening of the plug;
cutting in the skirt a peripheral break line adapted to be broken during the first opening of the plug, wherein the line, before the first opening of the plug, connects, along the central axis, a removable portion of the skirt, including the first end of the skirt and the attachment device, and a non-removable portion of the skirt, including the second end of the skirt and the retention strip; and
folding the retention strip towards the first end of the skirt until the retention strip passes into the operating configuration,
wherein cutting the peripheral break line further comprises prefolding the retention strip, wherein the prefolding causes the retention strip to pass from the molding configuration to a prefolded configuration which is in between the molding and operating configurations, and
wherein folding the retention strip further comprises folding the strip from the prefolded configuration to the operating configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,692

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID SUPPLY MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method for molding a liquid supply member by using a first mold and a second mold which are capable of being opened and closed relative to each other and in which the first mold is capable of being slid relatively to the second mold, the method comprising:a first molding step of performing injection molding to form a first component part of the liquid supply member and a second component part of the liquid supply member other than the first component part at different positions from each other, with the first and the second molds closed relative to each other;
a step of relatively moving the first mold and the second mold in a first direction to open the mold;
a step of retracting the second component part in a second direction;
a step of sliding the first mold with respect to the second mold in a third direction;
an abutting step of sliding the second component part in a fourth direction, which is opposite to the second direction, and bringing the second component part and the first component part into contact with each other; and
a second molding step of performing injection molding to join the first component part and the second component part with the first and the second molds closed relative to each other,
wherein the first direction, the second direction, and the third direction are orthogonal to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,363,691

METALLIC RESIN MOLDING OF ANNULAR COMPONENTS WITHOUT VISIBLE KNIT LINE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A method of orienting metallic resin flakes at a Class A surface of a knit line of an annular component comprising:heating a core mold component defining a lower surface of an injection mold set corresponding to a lower surface of the annular component to a base temperature;
heating a cavity mold component defining an upper surface of the injection mold set corresponding to the Class A surface of the annular component to a higher temperature than the base temperature;
causing faces of two streams of metallic resin, including the metallic resin flakes, injected into the injection mold set to come together at the knit line;
causing metallic resin flakes to flow into an inboard overflow cavity through an inboard gate positioned adjacent the knit line;
causing metallic resin flakes to flow into an outboard overflow cavity through an outboard gate positioned adjacent the knit line;
wherein the causing metallic resin flakes to flow into the inboard overflow cavity and into the outboard overflow cavity comprises causing unoriented flakes to be replaced by oriented flakes at the Class A surface of the knit line;
wherein the higher temperature is between about 175 degrees Fahrenheit and about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,690

METHOD FOR PREPARING A CHITOSAN-BASED POROUS LAYER

1. A method for preparing a chitosan-based porous layer which has been compressed, neutralized and washed, comprising the following steps:a) preparing a chitosan solution free of any other polymer, including a chitosan concentration ranging from 1.0% to 5% by weight, relative to a total weight of the solution and having a pH from 3 to 5,
b) pouring the chitosan solution into a mold in order to form a layer,
c) lyophilizing the layer obtained in b) to obtain a porous layer,
d) compressing the porous layer obtained in c) to obtain a compressed porous layer including a density of greater than or equal to 0.65 g/cm3,
e) neutralizing the compressed porous layer obtained in d) by using a NH4OH solution comprising a NH4OH concentration ranging from 0.6 to 2 mold to obtain a neutralized compressed porous layer, and,
f) subjecting the neutralized compressed porous layer obtained in e) to one or more washing steps.

US Pat. No. 10,363,689

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FLUORESCENT SILICONE FILM

1. A method of manufacturing a fluorescent silicone film comprising of the following steps in the order named:A. mixing optical silicone and fluorescent powders so as to produce a mixture of the optical silicone and the fluorescent powders;
B. adding liquid to the mixture;
C. vacuuming and degassing the mixture with the liquid;
D. feeding the mixture with the liquid into an accommodation cavity of a mold;
E. placing the mold into a planetary centrifugal mixer so as to centrifuge the mixture with the liquid in the accommodation cavity of the mold;
F. forming a fluorescent silicone film in the accommodation cavity; and
G. solidifying and removing the fluorescent silicone film from the mold;
wherein in the step of A, the optical silicone and the fluorescent powders are mixed at a ratio of 100:10 to 100:25;
wherein in the step of C, the accommodation cavity is closed after feeding the mixture with the liquid; and wherein in the step of F, the fluorescent silicone film has a silicone layer and a fluorescent powder layer which are formed in the accommodation cavity in a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) manner.

US Pat. No. 10,363,688

DEVICE FOR FABRICATING ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE

GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIE...

1. A device for fabricating an ion exchange membrane, comprising:a substrate on which a polymer solution is placed;
a doctor blade which is arranged spaced apart from the substrate, and is in contact with the polymer solution to transfer the same to both ends of the substrate to perform a casting process; and
a function generator which is electrically connected to the substrate and the doctor blade to give an AC voltage and an AC frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,363,687

MOLD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NALUX CO., LTD., Osaka-s...

1. A method for manufacturing a mold, including the steps of:placing a base material of semiconductor or metal that reacts with sulfur hexafluoride in a reactive ion etching apparatus;
supplying a mixed gas of sulfur hexafluoride and oxygen thereto;
making the base material undergo a plasma dry-etching process such that oxides are scattered on a surface of the base material, etching advances on the surface of the base material while the oxides function as etching masks, and thereby a fine surface roughness is formed on the surface of the base material; and
irradiating the fine surface roughness of the base material with an accelerated ion beam in an ion beam etching apparatus such that shapes of protrusions of the fine surface roughness can be adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,363,686

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MELTING AND DISPENSING THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An apparatus for melting thermoplastic material, the apparatus comprising:a heated manifold defining:
an upper surface receiving particles of thermoplastic material from a hopper;
a plurality of cavities extending downward from the upper surface, each of the plurality of cavities having an inlet and an outlet, the inlets of the plurality of cavities being defined in the upper surface, and the plurality of cavities being spaced apart from one another;
a pump supply passage for receiving molten thermoplastic material from the outlets of the plurality of cavities and for supplying the molten thermoplastic material to a pump; and
a discharge passage for receiving pressurized molten thermoplastic material from the pump, the discharge passage being in fluid communication with a dispenser; and
at least one heating element disposed within the heated manifold, the at least one heating element transferring heat substantially throughout the heated manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,685

INGOT CUTTING APPARATUS, AND LOAD DETECTING DEVICE USED IN INGOT CUTTING APPARATUS

TEC GIHAN CO., LTD., Kyo...

1. An ingot cutting apparatus that cuts an ingot by pressing the ingot against a wire wound a plurality of turns around a pair of rollers, the apparatus comprising a measuring device that measures loads applied to the ingot or the amount of bending of the wire on a new wire side where new wire is supplied to the ingot and an old wire side where old wire is recovered, wherein the measuring device includes load sensors attached to a slicing table holding the ingot, and is a device that measures the moment of the ingot about an axis along the pressing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,684

MONITORING DISCHARGE PRESSURE ON CONCRETE MIX LOAD

VERIFI LLC, Cambridge, M...

1. A method for determining rheology of concrete, comprising:in an automated concrete rheology monitoring system having a computer processing unit (CPU) connected electrically or wirelessly to a plurality of sensors configured for monitoring conditions on a concrete delivery vehicle having a mixing drum for concrete, including a sensor for monitoring discharge pressure on the mixing drum, performing the following steps:
monitoring discharge pressure of a concrete load discharged from the concrete mixing drum;
comparing the monitored peak discharge pressure of the discharged concrete load with CPU-accessible database wherein peak discharge pressure values correspond to concrete rheology values;
reporting a rheology value of the concrete discharged based on the peak discharge pressure as monitored; and
wherein said automated concrete rheology monitoring system further comprises CPU-accessible data comprising correlations involving concrete rheology values measured prior to discharge based on charge pressure and during discharge based on discharge pressure, and
wherein said CPU determines whether to update the correlation involving charge pressure and concrete rheology values if the concrete rheology values measured prior to discharge based on charge pressure and measured during discharge based on discharge pressure differ by more than a pre-determined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,683

DIGITAL DECORATING MACHINE FOR CERAMIC PRODUCTS

PROJECTA ENGINEERING S.R....

1. A digital decorating machine for ceramic products, comprising at least a conveyor, to transport the products to be decorated (P) along a feed direction (A), and a plurality of decoration modules, positioned over said conveyor and adjacent to each other along said feed direction (A), said modules comprising respective printing heads provided with nozzles for ejecting a fluid to be delivered on the surface of the products to be decorated (P), said conveyor comprising at least a movable member for supporting the products to be decorated (P), for translating them along said feed direction (A), wherein said conveyor comprises at least a supporting surface, located along a respective flank of said movable member, said supporting surface comprising a plurality of predetermined positioning zones for the removable engagement of respective coupling portions of said decoration modules,wherein each of said modules comprises a box, including said coupling portions, and housing all components required to operate the module, and
wherein said box is a sealed unit and it is associated with respective means for generating overpressure, to provide a pressurized and air-conditioned environment inside an inner volume of said box.

US Pat. No. 10,363,682

POWER TOOL

POWER BOX AG, Zug (CH)

1. A powered cutting apparatus,said apparatus comprising a base having a surface onto which a work piece to be cut can be placed, first and second spaced parallel slide members,
a fence having a surface for location of the work piece therewith and a cutting unit, said cutting unit including a rotatable blade, a guard for the rotatable blade, and drive means for rotating said blade when switched on, said cutting unit mounted on, and to one side of, the slide members such that the blade is spaced to one side of the same along a plane substantially parallel with the said surface of the base;
wherein the base includes first guide means including first and second slots extending from an edge of the base surface and running perpendicular to the cutting line of the rotatable blade, and provided for location of the said fence via first and second pins provided on the fence such that the said fence surface is positioned in a plane parallel with the longitudinal axis of said slides and movable perpendicular thereto, and
at least second guide means are provided, including a single slot extending from an edge of the base surface and running parallel to the cutting line of the rotatable blade, with which said fence is located via one of said first or second pins, with the other of the first or second pins at least partially retracted so as to allow the position of said fence to be angularly adjustable by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,363,681

ALIGNMENT TOOL

TSO PRODUCTS, LLC, Fort ...

1. An alignment tool for connection to a work component and for use in aligning the work component with a work piece, wherein the work component has at least a first reference surface that extends longitudinally in a first direction, the alignment tool comprising:a body having at least a first reference surface that extends longitudinally in the first direction and having at least one work piece guide surface that extends in a second direction that is perpendicular to the at least first reference surface;
the body further comprises a retention element spaced from the first reference surface of the body;
a clamp assembly connected to the body and extending in the second direction past the at least first reference surface of the body;
wherein when the alignment tool is to be connected to the work component, the clamp assembly is movable to engage the work component and to draw together and hold in abutting engagement the first reference surface of the alignment tool and the first reference surface of the work component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,680

SUPPORT REMOVAL TOOL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE

General Electric Company,...

1. A machine system comprising:a press machine having a press member controllably movable along a path adjacent a component surface of a laser-sintered component;
a cutting surface moveable by the press member along a cutting path and having a cutting surface shape complementary to a component surface shape of the component surface, the cutting surface having at least one cutting edge positioned to separate at least one laser-sintered support from the component surface as the cutting surface moves along the cutting path; and
at least one pin projecting forward from the cutting surface along the cutting path and aligned with an opening defined by the at least one laser-sintered support, whereby the at least one pin extends through the opening prior to the cutting surface separating the at least one laser-sintered support.

US Pat. No. 10,363,679

WATER BEARING AND FOOD CUTTING ASSEMBLY

Lamb Weston, Inc., Eagle...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a housing for rotationally mounting a spindle body having a rotational axis, a supply of water, the housing including a first radial bearing proximate to a first thrust disc of the spindle body and a second radial bearing proximate to a second thrust disc of the spindle body, the first thrust disc including first opposing surfaces extending radially from the rotational axis of the spindle body and a first circumferential surface between the first opposing surfaces, and the second thrust disc including second opposing surfaces extending radially from the rotational axis of the spindle body and a second circumferential surface between the second opposing surfaces, and the spindle body having an interior passage extending along its rotational axis and a tube within the interior passage, around which the spindle body rotates;
directing the water through first fluid passages extending from a first port in the housing through the first radial bearing to the spindle body and across the first opposing surfaces and the first circumferential surface to the spindle body, and through second fluid passages extending from a second port in the housing through the second radial bearing to the spindle body and across the second opposing surfaces and the second circumferential surface to the spindle body, and through a third fluid passage between the spindle body and the tube;
rotating the spindle body while the water is directed through the first fluid passages and the second fluid passages and the third fluid passage to create a water film between the housing and the spindle body and between the spindle body and the tube that reduces friction between the housing and the spindle body and the tube; and
cooling the housing and the spindle body and the tube with the water.

US Pat. No. 10,363,678

SAW GUIDE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

TECHSOUTH, INC., Indian ...

1. A saw guide comprising:(a) a substantially cylindrical body for positioning on a substantially cylindrical workpiece to be cut with a saw blade, the body comprising first and second arcuate members, each of the first and second arcuate members defining a length and a width and having first and second ends, the first end of the first arcuate member releasably attached to the first end of the second arcuate member, and the second end of the first arcuate member pivotally connected to the second end of the second arcuate member, whereby the body is moveable between a closed position wherein the first ends of the first and second arcuate members are attached, and an open position wherein the first ends of the first and second arcuate sections are released from attachment and the first and second sections are allowed to freely pivot;
(b) first and second slot sections integrally formed in the first arcuate member and extending entirely through the width of the first arcuate member, the first slot section substantially parallel to the second slot section;
(c) first and second slot sections integrally formed in the second arcuate member and extending entirely through the width of the second arcuate member, the first slot section substantially parallel to the second slot section; and
(d) wherein the first slot section of the first arcuate member is linearly aligned with the first slot section of the second arcuate member to form a substantially continuous first slot for receiving a saw blade when the body is in the closed position, and the second slot section of the first arcuate member is linearly aligned with the second slot section of the second arcuate member to form a substantially continuous second slot for receiving a saw blade when the body is in the closed position, wherein the first slot is wider than the second slot whereby the first slot is adapted for receiving a first saw blade having a first width and the second slot is adapted for receiving a second saw blade having a second width less than the first width of the first saw blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,677

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CUTTER DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a cutter that includes a first blade and a second blade, wherein the second blade is rotatable about a rotation center, wherein the cutter cuts a printing medium by causing the first blade to be in frictional contact with the second blade, wherein the second blade is rotatable and is moved in response to the frictional contact;
wherein the first blade is positioned on a first blade side of the second blade when in the frictional contact,
wherein the rotation center of the second blade is disposed on the first blade side with respect to a moving surface of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,676

MANDOLINE WITH SPIRALIZER INSERT

Progressive International...

1. A mandoline slicer, comprising:a frame having a pair of opposing frame sidewalls;
a slicing ramp having a rearward ramp portion positioned between the opposing frame sidewalls and a forward ramp portion positioned between the opposing frame sidewalls, the forward ramp portion having a main slicing blade with a sharp edge facing toward the rearward ramp portion, the rearward ramp portion being spaced apart from the forward ramp portion to define an opening between the rearward ramp opening and the forward ramp opening; and
a spiral slicing insert removably seated within the opening, the spiral slicing insert having an upper side and a lower side;
the upper side of the spiral slicing insert having an upper circular support, an upwardly extending spindle, and a first spiral slicing blade positioned inside the upper circular support; and
the lower side of the spiral slicing insert having a lower circular support, a downwardly extending spindle, and a second spiral slicing blade positioned inside the upper circular support;
the spiral slicing insert further being selectively positionable within the opening such that either the upper side of the spiral slicing insert extends upwardly away from the slicing ramp or the lower side of the spiral slicing insert extends upwardly away from the slicing ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,363,675

KNIFE AND SHEATH

WHG Properties, LLC, Nor...

12. A sheath and knife combination, comprising:a knife having a tang and a blade;
a sheath including:
a main body having a least a top face, a front face, and a pair of side faces, the front face being wider than the side faces and comprising a window formed therein;
a cavity defined by the main body, the cavity having an opening in the top face, the cavity being sized and shaped to receive at least the blade of the knife, wherein the window adjoins the cavity; and
a latch disposed in the front face of the main body, the latch being spring loaded and having a projection at least partially positionable within the cavity by way of the window,
wherein the latch comprises a button and a latch pin, the button being at least partially disposed in the top face of the sheath, and the latch being configured to be pivotable about the latch pin when a force is applied to the button.

US Pat. No. 10,363,673

THINNING SHEARS

Capelito Corporation, Ka...

1. Haircutting thinning shears comprising:a comb blade and a bar blade, wherein the comb blade is provided with a number of slits spaced apart at intervals, and having teeth between the slits, the slits and the teeth continuing to the comb blade's tip-edge portion such that the tip-edge portion ends in one of the teeth, the comb blade being longer than the bar blade, the comb blade's tip-edge portion being corner-rounding processed to make the tip-edge portion arcuate at its tip and make sharp edges of the arcuate tip rounded, and the tooth in the tip-edge portion having a width not greater than 1 mm; and
an indentation being provided in a tip end of each of the teeth; wherein
the configuration of the arcuate tip-edge portion and the rounded edges of the comb blade enable the thinning shears to be stood upright on hair on a scalp and the tip-edge portion to be slid along the scalp heading in the direction that the hair grows, to catch in the indentations crosswise hair that grows along the scalp in a direction different from the rest of the hair and cut the crosswise hair with the thinning shears.

US Pat. No. 10,363,672

RESILIENT CUTLERY HANDLE

Corelle Brands Holdings I...

1. A cutlery implement comprising:a blade having a proximal end and an opposed distal end, the blade further having a cutting edge and a spine, the spine being disposed on a top side of the blade portion and generally opposed to the cutting edge;
a handle coupled to the blade proximate the distal end of the blade, the handle comprising:
an upper handle portion being coupled to the spine of the blade so that the handle remains stationary relative to the blade, and a lower handle portion coupled to the upper handle portion, wherein one of either the upper handle portion and the lower handle portion is formed from a resilient polymer material, and the other of the upper handle portion and the lower handle portion is formed of a generally rigid material;
a cavity defined between the lower handle portion and the upper handle portion, and
a handle core, wherein the cavity is defined between an outer surface of the handle core and an inner surface of the lower handle portion, and wherein the cavity contains a gel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,671

HORIZONTAL MULTI-JOINT ROBOT AND ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot comprising:a pedestal;
a first arm connected to the pedestal and be able to rotate around a first axis;
a second arm connected to the first arm and be able to rotate around a second axis;
a shaft slideably supported by the second arm such that the shaft is movable in a direction parallel to the second axis;
a supporting portion provided at the pedestal, the supporting portion having a surface orthogonal to the first axis and overlapping the first axis when viewed from a direction of the first axis; and
a duct connects between the second arm and the supporting portion, wherein
the duct is able to rotate around the first axis and is able to rotate around the second axis,
a height of the duct in the direction of the first axis is less than a height of the shaft, and
a first thickness of the supporting portion intersecting the first axis is less than a second thickness of the first arm intersecting the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,670

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC BENDING OF INFLATABLE STRUCTURES

1. An air beam configured to be dynamically moved, the air beam comprising:an inflatable gas bladder;
a first braided tube substantially surrounding the gas bladder;
a plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements that extend substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the first braided tube, wherein for each variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements, a portion of the variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along a free braid section of the first braided tube is configured to be adjustable in length independently of any other variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements;
a plurality of actuators, each actuator from the plurality of actuators coupled to a corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements and configured to operably shorten the portion of the corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along the free braid section sufficiently to bend a first predetermined portion of the first braided tube in a first predetermined direction and to a first predetermined angle
wherein at least one of the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements is braided into the first braided tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,669

ANATOMICAL ROBOT

1. An anatomical robot including: at least a first structure element and a second structure element, at least a first compelling element and a second compelling element, and a pull cord system; each of said structure elements having at least a first contacting surface at a longitudinal end of said respective structure elements, said first contacting surface of said first structure element being one of concave or convex and said first contacting surface of said second structure element being the other of concave or convex and being proximate said first contacting surface of said first structure element and receiving said first contacting surface of said first structure element and forming a mating pair; each said compelling elements spanning between and connected to said first structure element and said structure element of said mating pair and compelling said contact surfaces to remain in contact; and said pull cord system including at least a first pull cord attached to said first structure element, and at least a first pull cord pulling device, said first pull cord and said first pull cord pulling device permitting flexing of said first structure element with respect to said second structure element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,668

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POST-TREATMENT OF DRY ADHESIVE MICROSTRUCTURES

ONROBOT LOS ANGELES INC.,...

1. A method for post-treating dry adhesive microstructures to form post-treated tips, comprising:(a) directing a liquid polymer layer to self-align with a plurality of microstructures adjacent to a gripping surface;
(b) receiving, by a computer processor, a reading of applied pressure on said gripping surface by said liquid polymer layer;
(c) adjusting a position of said liquid polymer layer relative to a position of said gripping surface based at least in part on said reading of applied pressure and a predetermined dipping pressure;
(d) retracting said liquid polymer layer such that a portion of said liquid polymer layer is retained on a tip of each microstructure of said plurality of microstructures; and
(e) curing said portion of said liquid polymer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,667

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT OF OBJECT LOCATION IN THREE DIMENSIONS

AUTODESK, INC., San Rafa...

1. A computer-implemented method of determining a location of an object that is being manipulated or processed by a robot, the method comprising:capturing a digital image of the object while the object is disposed by the robot within an imaging space, wherein the digital image includes a direct view of the object and a reflected view of the object;
detecting a visible feature of the object in the direct view and the visible feature of the object in the reflected view;
computing a first location of the visible feature in a first direction based on a position of the visible feature in the direct view;
computing a second location of the visible feature in a second direction based on a position of the visible feature in the reflected view; and
causing the robot to move the object to a processing station based at least in part on the first location and the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,363,666

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH HAPTIC CUTTING TOOL

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A robotic system, comprising:a control system including a user interface device;
a slave device which is controlled by the control system, the slave device including
a robotic grasping device formed of a base and at least one finger which is movable to facilitate grasping of objects, the finger pivotally mounted to the base at a proximal end and having an elongated length which extends away from the rigid base to a distal end;
at least one sensor which senses a force applied to the finger; and
a cutting tool attached to the base of the robotic grasping device, the cutting tool including a first cutting jaw arranged to pivot on a pivot axis in a direction away from the finger of the robotic grasping device and towards a second cutting jaw when the finger applies a pushing force on the first cutting jaw;
wherein forces exerted on the first or second cutting jaw are sensed with the at least one sensor during a first predetermined range of finger motion associated with a cutting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,363,665

LINEAR ROBOT ARM WITH MULTIPLE END EFFECTORS

Persimmon Technologies Co...

1. A substrate transport apparatus for carrying at least four substrates comprising:a lower linearly driven end effector structure including a left prong including a first paddle configured to carry a substrate and a right prong including a second paddle spaced from the first paddle configured to carry a substrate;
a lower shuttle coupled to the left and right prongs of the lower linearly driven end effector structure configured to mount the lower linearly driven end effector structure thereon;
an upper linearly driven end effector structure including a left prong including a first paddle configured to carry a substrate and a right prong including a second paddle spaced from the first paddle configured to carry a substrate;
an upper shuttle coupled to the left and right prongs of the upper linearly driven end effector structure configured to mount the upper linearly driven end effector structure thereon; and
a drive subsystem coupled to the lower shuttle and the upper shuttle configured to linearly drive the lower end effector structure and to linearly drive the upper end effector structure independent of the lower end effector structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,664

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling a robot which holds and moves an object, the apparatus comprising:a processor,
wherein the processor acquires, from a measurement apparatus, a three-dimensional coordinate of a plurality of objects measured in distance by the measurement apparatus,
acquires a position in an oblique direction inclining with respect to a measuring direction of a distance from the measurement apparatus to the object for the three-dimensional coordinate of the plurality of objects, and
determines an order to hold the plurality of objects by the robot based on the position in the oblique direction and outputs an information representing the order, and
wherein one of the axes of the three-dimensional coordinate is a measuring direction of the distance from the measurement apparatus to an object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,663

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CRADLE THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a cradle; and
an electronic device capable of being placed on the cradle and including a hemispherical surface, wherein the electronic device includes:
a camera module configured to acquire an image;
a sensor module configured to sense an orientation of the electronic apparatus;
a processor configured to determine a target orientation of the electronic apparatus based on the acquired image; and
a communication module configured to transmit information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic apparatus and information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic apparatus to the cradle for the electronic apparatus and wherein the cradle includes:
a communication unit configured to receive the information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic device and the information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic device from the electronic device;
a plurality of driving legs, each of which is arranged to contact with the hemispherical surface of the electronic device;
a driver configure to rotate the plurality of driving legs; and
a controller configured to control the driver to rotate at least one driving leg among the plurality of driving legs to move the electronic device to the determined target orientation, based on the information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic device and the information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,662

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELF-CONTAINED INDEPENDENTLY CONTROLLED MODULAR MANUFACTURING TOOLS

MTM Robotics, LLC, Mukil...

1. A system, comprising:a plurality of self-contained modular end-effector assemblies, each self-contained modular end-effector assembly including:
an actuator mount configured to removably engage an actuator suited to maneuver any modular end-effector assembly coupled thereto;
an interface configured to communicate with a master control system remote from each self-contained modular end-effector assembly that is capable of controlling the actuator;
an end-effector disposed in each self-contained modular end-effector assemblies and configured to accomplish a manufacturing function; and
a local controller disposed in each self-contained modular end-effector assembly and configured to control the respective end-effector independent of the master control system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,661

CONTROL DEVICE, ROBOT, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A control device which controls a robot having a moving part, the control device comprising:a processor configured to cause an end effector provided on the moving part to move an insertion object, bring the insertion object into contact with an insertion hole provided in the insertion target object in a state where the insertion object is tilted from a center axis of the insertion hole, and subsequently insert the insertion object into the insertion hole, wherein
the processor is configured to move a position of a reference site moving with the moving part to a target position, and control to move the position of the reference site to the target position while the insertion object is inserted into the insertion hole,
the end effector includes a screwdriver,
the insertion object is a screw attached to the screwdriver, and
the processor is configured to move the position of the reference site in the insertion direction at a speed which is set based on a product of a number of rotations per unit time of the screwdriver and a lead for the screw.

US Pat. No. 10,363,660

ROBOT SYSTEM CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, ROBOT SYSTEM, AND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diagnosis apparatus for diagnosing a failure of an articulated robot, the articulated robot including a plurality of links connected by joints, a plurality of motors each configured to drive a corresponding one of the joints, and a plurality of encoders each configured to output a value based on a rotational angle of a corresponding one of the motors, the diagnosis apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to determine presence or absence of a failure in the articulated robot by analyzing a magnitude and a direction of a force acted on each of the joints based on an output value of each of the plurality of encoders and an output value of each of the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,363,659

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOAD BALANCING OF ROBOTS TO CREATE MORE EQUIVALENT TASK LOADS ACROSS TASK SERVERS

Fetch Robotics, Inc., Sa...

1. A system for load balancing of robots, comprising:at least two robots;
a first computer comprising a first task server; and
a second computer comprising a second task server, the second task server
operably connected to the first task server, the first task server configured to manage a first spatial region, the first task server operably connected to the at least two robots, the first task server configured to receive a task to be performed by a robot at a site comprising the first spatial region, the first task server further configured to assign the task to one of the two or more robots if the task can efficiently be performed within the first spatial region, thereby creating enhanced task loads across the first task server and the second task server, wherein the first task server and the second task server are configured to interactively assign spatial regions so as to approximately balance loads on the first task server and the second task server, wherein the load is defined as a length of a server's task queue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,658

ANGLE DETECTION METHOD, ANGLE DETECTION APPARATUS, ROTATION DRIVE APPARATUS, ROBOT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An angle correcting method performed by an apparatus provided with a first shaft, a power transmission unit, and a second shaft which are connected, and also provided with a first encoder for obtaining a first rotation angle of the first shaft and a second encoder for obtaining a second rotation angle of the second shaft, the angle correcting method comprising:obtaining first rotation angle data from the first encoder, wherein the first rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the first shaft that were detected by the first encoder;
obtaining second rotation angle data from the second encoder, wherein the second rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the second shaft that were detected by the second encoder;
generating correction data for the second encoder by interpolating sampling points of a detection error of the second encoder, wherein each of the sampling points of the detection error indicates a difference between a rotation angle detected by the second encoder and a physical rotation angle of the second shaft, and wherein the interpolating is performed by linear interpolation or sine wave estimation interpolation using the sampling points of the detection error; and
obtaining corrected second rotation angle data by correcting the second rotation angle data using the correction data for the second encoder.

US Pat. No. 10,363,657

MULTI-AGENT COORDINATION UNDER SPARSE NETWORKING

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first robotic device, a first time-parameterized path for the first robotic device, wherein the first time-parameterized path comprises a first timeline of expected locations of the first robotic device;
receiving, by the first robotic device, an indication of a second robotic device having a second time-parameterized path that overlaps with the first time-parameterized path at a first location, wherein the second time-parameterized path comprises a second timeline of expected locations of the second robotic device;
executing, by the first robotic device, a first portion of the first time-parameterized path before reaching the first location, wherein execution of the first portion corresponds to a first rate of progress of the first robotic device along the first time-parameterized path;
receiving, by the first robotic device, a communication signal from the second robotic device indicating a second rate of progress of the second robotic device along the second time-parameterized path;
determining a difference in progress compared to a coordinated timeline between the first rate of progress and the second rate of progress; and
modifying, by the first robotic device, execution of the first time-parameterized path based on the determined difference in order to avoid a collision between the first robotic device and the second robotic device at the first location.

US Pat. No. 10,363,655

UPHOLSTERY INTERIOR INSTALLATION TOOL

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A panel installation tool comprising:a first portion configured to releasably engage with a panel;
a second portion attached to the first portion and configured to releasably engage a structural component to retain the first portion with respect to the structural component; and
a location indicator positioned at the first portion and configured to enable marking on a panel surface a location through which a retaining element may be used to retain the panel to the structural component, wherein the first portion is transformable between an open configuration and a closed configuration relative to the second portion.