US Pat. No. 10,189,675

FULLY ADJUSTABLE BRAKE CONTROLLER WITHOUT NEED OF DC-LINK

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An adjustable brake controller of an elevator brake, comprising:a DC bus;
first terminals for connecting the adjustable brake controller to a first magnetizing coil;
second terminals for connecting the adjustable brake controller to a second magnetizing coil;
a first controllable power switch coupled between the first terminals and the DC bus, the first controllable power switch being configured to supply electric power from the DC bus to the first magnetic coil responsive to a first control signal;
a second controllable power switch coupled between the second terminals and the DC bus, the second controllable power switch being configured to supply electric power from the DC bus to the second magnetizing coil responsive to a second control signal; and
a controller configured to generate the first and the second control signals for controlling the first and second controllable power switches, respectively, the controller having
a brake open mode for opening a brake, wherein the first and second control signals have a same specified pattern, and
a brake holding mode for holding the brake open, wherein the first and second control signals have a different specified pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,189,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet on which the image has been formed to an outside of the image forming apparatus;
a first supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the first discharging portion;
an image reading portion configured to read the image formed on the sheet;
a first switching portion configured to switch between a first position to cause the sheet discharged by the first discharging portion to be conveyed to the first supporting portion and a second position to cause the sheet to be conveyed toward the image reading portion configured to read the image;
a second discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion to the outside of the image forming apparatus;
a second supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the second discharging portion; and
a second switching portion configured to switch between a third position to cause the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion to be conveyed toward the second discharging portion and a fourth position to cause the sheet to be conveyed toward the image forming unit,
wherein the image reading portion is disposed above the first discharging portion in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,673

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING LIQUID NUTRIENTS BETWEEN PARALLEL ROWS OF STANDING CROPS

Alig Enviromental Solutio...

1. A method of efficiently applying liquid nutrients to parallel rows of standing crops growing in a field with minimal damage to the crops, the method comprising the steps ofwinding an elongated flexible drag hose onto a power driven hose reel with the drag hose having an inlet and an outlet,
supporting the hose reel with a vehicle for axial movement of the hose reel adjacent a first end of the field and perpendicular to the rows of crops,
connecting the drag hose extending from the hose reel to an elongated substantially rigid boom having an end portion connected to a central portion of an elongated applicator connected to a tractor positioned to move between the rows of standing crops,
pulling the drag hose longitudinally directly from the hose reel with the tractor and between two of the parallel rows of crops and in alignment with the center of the tractor,
pivotally connecting the boom to the applicator with the applicator extending laterally substantially beyond opposite sides of the tractor,
connecting the drag hose to a liquid distribution line of the applicator with the distribution line having outlets located between the rows of crops,
pumping the liquid nutrients from a supply source into the inlet of the drag hose supported by the hose reel,
pulling the drag hose with the tractor directly from the hose reel between the two rows of crops with the hose reel rotating on its axis while the applicator and distribution line supply the liquid nutrients to a first group of at least six of the parallel rows of standing crops,
maintaining the drag hose between the two rows of crops while pulling the drag hose from the reel with the tractor,
turning the tractor and applicator at an opposite second end of the field while the boom and the applicator are elevated above the crops and with the boom pivoting to a continuous supply position projecting outwardly and longitudinally from an end portion of the applicator about one half the length of the applicator and to position the tractor with the applicator extending transversely to a second group of at least six of the parallel rows of crops,
returning the tractor and the applicator to the first end of the field with the boom in the continuous supply position for continuously supplying the liquid nutrients through the drag hose and distribution line to the second group of rows of crops,
maintaining the drag hose between the two rows of crops with the boom and applicator extending transversely from the tractor and with the boom in the continuous supply position projecting from the end portion of the applicator above the crops while rewinding the drag hose directly onto the hose reel,
synchronizing the rewinding of the drag hose onto the hose reel with the returning of the tractor and applicator,
moving the hose reel axially with the vehicle to a third group of at least six rows of crops, and
repeating the above steps to apply the liquid nutrients to the third group of the parallel rows of crops.

US Pat. No. 10,189,672

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN OPTICAL FIBER COIL, OPTICAL FIBER COIL AND OPTICAL FIBER INTERFEROMETER

IXBLUE, Saint-Germain-en...

1. A method of making a symmetrical-winding coil of optical fiber comprising the following steps:a. symmetrically winding an optical fiber around an axis, the winding starting from a point of the optical fiber located at equal distance from the two ends of the optical fiber, the winding forming a pattern comprising a same number N of layers of each half of the optical fiber, where N is a natural integer, a layer comprising a set of turns of optical fibers and spaces located between adjacent turns, the turns of a layer coming from a same half of the optical fiber and being placed at a same distance from the coil axis, and said winding forming a coil having a sectored arrangement comprising both a regular stacking area in which the turns of optical fiber of a layer are juxtaposed to the turns of the adjacent layer(s), so as to form at least one continuous sealing surface between two layers of adjacent turns, as well as an overlap area in which portions of optical fiber linking different turns of a same layer and/or different layers of the winding cross each other;
b. making a glue infiltrate into the sectored-arrangement coil through an external surface of the overlap area so that the glue infiltrates through at least one continuous path of communication into the spaces located between adjacent turns in the regular stacking area, up to said at least one sealing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,671

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE SUBSEQUENT PROCESSING OF PRINTED PRODUCTS

Muller Martini Holding AG...

1. A device for processing printed products (4,5) comprising,a transport device (10,12) for transporting printed products (4) along a transport path (100), wherein said transport device includes a plurality of transport members (11,13) arranged behind one another in the transport direction (101) for respectively transporting a printed product (4) to be processed;
a plurality of processing devices (3,6,7,8) that are arranged along the transport path (100) for sequentially modifying the transported printed products (4);
a controller (9) operatively connected to the transport device (10,12) and at least one of the processing devices (3,6,7,8) for mutual communication of control signals;
a lighting system (20) extending along the transport path (100) and operatively connected to the controller (9); wherein
the lighting system (20) is divided into individual lighting segments (21.1,21.n) along the transport path;
each lighting segment (21.1, . . . , 21.n) comprises at least one activatable light source (22); and
each lighting segment (21.1, . . . , 21.n) is operatively connected to the controller (9) for receiving a segment control signal,
wherein the controller (9) monitors the control signals for information on the presence and status of the printed products (4) and in response to said information, generates a control signal to separately activate a light source in each individual lighting segment (21.1, . . . , 21.n) to provide a visual indication of the current status of a printed product (4) in proximity to the activated lighting segment (21.1, . . . , 21.n).

US Pat. No. 10,189,670

PAPER SHEET HANDLING MACHINE AND PAPER SHEET HANDLING METHOD

GLORY LTD., Himeji-shi, ...

1. A sheet handling machine comprising:an inlet unit through which a sheet is inserted from an outside of a housing into an inside thereof;
a transport unit configured to transport the sheet inserted in the inlet unit;
a recognition unit disposed on the transport unit and configured to recognize the sheet being transported by the transport unit;
a storage unit configured to store the sheet recognized by the recognition unit; and
a shifting unit provided in the transport unit, wherein
when the sheet is recognized by the recognition unit as a hybrid sheet having a first portion that includes paper and a second portion that includes predetermined material other than the paper, the shifting unit shifts the hybrid sheet being transported by the transport unit, in a width direction orthogonal to a direction in which the sheet is transported, according to a position, in the width direction, of a specific member in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,668

SHEET CUTTING MACHINE

Horizon International Inc...

1. A sheet cutting machine for cutting a first sheet into second sheets and margins, the machine comprising:a first conveying part arranged to convey the first sheet along a conveying path;
a cutting part arranged downstream of and apart from the first conveying part to cut the first sheet in a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction;
a sorting unit arranged to remove the margins from the conveying path, the margins being cut off from the first sheet by the cutting part; and
a control unit configured to control the first conveying part, the cutting part and the sorting unit based on. cutting information about cutting of the first sheet,
the sorting unit including:
a second conveying part arranged downstream of and apart from the cutting part to receive the first sheet from the first conveying part and to convey the second sheets cut off from the first sheet by the cutting part;
a retracting mechanism arranged to upwardly retract the second conveying part from the conveying path; and
a deflecting plate for deflecting the first sheet away from the conveying path while the first sheet is conveyed by the first conveying part, the deflecting plate being moved together with the second conveying part by the retracting mechanism, wherein
when a first length in the conveying, direction of the margin to be cut off is shorter than a predetermined distance between the cutting part and the second conveying part, the first sheet is fed to the cutting part by the first conveying part while the second conveying part is kept positioned at the conveying path, and the margin is cut off from the first sheet by the cutting part, and
when a second length is equal to or longer than. the predetermined distance, the first sheet is fed to the cutting part by the first conveying, part after the second conveying part is retracted from the conveying path by the retracting mechanism, and the margin is cut off from the first sheet by the cutting part, and wherein
the deflecting plate is apart from the conveying path when the second conveying part stays at the conveying path, and
the deflecting plate stays at the conveying path when the second conveying part is apart from the conveying path.

US Pat. No. 10,189,667

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

HP PRINTING KOREA CO., LT...

1. A post-processing apparatus couplable to an image forming apparatus comprising:a paper discharging roller to
convey, from a conveying path, a first paper discharged from the image forming apparatus to a standby path connected to the conveying path,
convey the first paper from the standby path and a second paper sequentially discharged from the image forming apparatus from the conveying path, to an intermediate loading part, in a state in which a leading end of the first paper toward the intermediate loading part protrudes more than a leading end of the second paper toward the intermediate loading part;
a main paddle part to convey the first paper and the second paper conveyed to the intermediate loading part to a compiling region;
a reverse roller arranged at a lower side of the main paddle part to convey, along with the main paddle part, the first paper and the second paper to the compiling region; and
a binding part to process the first paper and the second paper conveyed to the compiling region.

US Pat. No. 10,189,666

SHEET TRAY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A sheet tray comprising:a first tray including:
a first surface extending in a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and
a first guide portion extending along the first surface in the first direction;
a second tray including:
a second surface extending parallel to the first surface; and
a second guide portion slidably engaging the first guide portion, the second tray being configured to move between a stored position where the second surface overlaps the first surface of the first tray in an orthogonal direction to the first surface and an extended position where an overlap between the first surface and the second surface is smaller in the first direction than the overlap between the first surface and the second surface with the second tray at the stored position; and
a third tray including a third surface extending parallel to the second surface, the third tray being pivotally supported by the second surface of the second tray via a pivot shaft extending in the orthogonal direction, the third tray being pivotable about the pivot shaft between a first stowed position where the third surface overlaps the second surface in the orthogonal direction and a first extended position where an overlap between the third surface and the second surface is smaller than the overlap between the third surface and the second surface when the third tray is at the first stowed position,
wherein one of the first tray and the third tray includes a columnar portion extending in the orthogonal direction, the columnar portion protruding toward the other of the first tray and the third tray in an area where, when the second tray is located at the stored position and the third tray is located at the first stowed position, the first tray overlaps the third tray in the orthogonal direction, and
wherein the other of the first tray and the third tray includes a cutout shaped along a path where the columnar portion moves when the third tray moves from the first stowed position to the first extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,665

UNWINDER OF REELS OF WEB MATERIAL

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

1. An unwinder of reels of web material wound around winding spindles, comprising:an unwinding station with at least one unwinding member to rotate a reel that is located in said unwinding station and feed the web material toward a delivery path;
lifting members to lift a spindle of a first exhausted reel from said unwinding station in a removal position;
an insertion member to insert a second reel into said unwinding station;
a pressing member to press the web material coming from the first reel in the removal position against the second reel in the unwinding station; and
a severing member arranged and controlled to sever the web material of said first reel in an area comprised between the removal position and said pressing member, wherein said pressing member is arranged and controlled to press the web material of the first reel against a lateral surface of the second reel so as: to generate friction between the lateral surface of the second reel and the web material, such that rotation of the second reel and a pressure exerted by the pressing member causes the first reel to be drawn into rotation and to deliver by pulling the web material remaining around the first reel, such that a residual web material is drawn from the first reel; and to provide pressure to cause adhesion of the web material of the first reel to the web material of the second reel, by means of a double-sided adhesive tape interposed between the two web materials, wherein a braking system is associated with said lifting members to brake the spindle of said first reel located in the removal position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,664

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:a tray on which a sheet having an image formed thereon is stacked;
a stapler, arranged at an upstream side in a first direction which is a sheet discharge direction with respect to the tray, configured to execute a binding processing on the sheet;
a first discharge section configured to move from a reference position at the upstream side of the tray in the first direction while supporting the sheet, and execute a discharge processing of the sheet;
a controller configured to cause the first discharge section to move from the reference position to a downstream side in the first direction and stop at a processing position, and to drive the stapler to execute the binding processing on the sheet supported by the first discharge section;
a second discharge section configured to receive the sheet from the first discharge section at the downstream side of the processing position and move to the downstream side to execute the discharge processing of the sheet;
a motor configured to drive the first discharge section and the second discharge section;
a clutch configured to be connected to transmit a driving force from the motor to the first discharge section, and to be disconnected to block transmission of the driving force, and
a spring configured to energize the first discharge section towards the reference position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,663

PRINT MEDIA TRANSPORT APPARATUS

HP SCITEX LTD., Netanya ...

1. A print media transport apparatus comprising:an endless track comprising:
a printing zone,
a descending zone, and
an ascending zone; and
a plurality of pallets circulating on the endless track, each pallet of the plurality of pallets having a upper surface to support print media, the plurality of pallets forming an endless loop, adjacent pallets being linked by a coupling mechanism allowing variable spacing between the adjacent pallets, wherein while a pallet is on the printing zone of the track, the spacing remains constant, and while a pallet is on the descending and ascending zones of the track, the spacing is at a minimum.

US Pat. No. 10,189,662

MEDIUM SUPPLYING APPARATUS

PFU Limited, Ishikawa (J...

1. A medium supplying apparatus comprising:a separator roller configured to convey media to a downstream side in a conveying direction by being driven to rotate in the conveying direction in which the media are conveyed;
a retard roller that is disposed to face the separator roller and is configured to be driven to rotate in a direction opposite to the conveying direction while applying a predetermined conveying load to the media through a torque control mechanism;
a double feed detecting sensor that is disposed on a downstream side of the separator roller and the retard roller in the conveying direction and is configured to detect a double feed of the media; and
a control unit configured to
convey, by the separator roller, the media to the downstream side in the conveying direction;
detect, by the double feed detecting sensor, a double feed of the media while conveying the media to the downstream side in the conveying direction;
stop, in response to detecting the double feed of the media, rotation drive of the separator roller;
convey, by the retard roller, a part of the media to an upstream side in the conveying direction; and
check, by the double feed detecting sensor, for the double feed of the media repeatedly until the media is determined to become one sheet while the rotation drive of the separator roller is being stopped and the part of the media is being conveyed to the upstream side in the conveying direction,
wherein when the media is determined to become one sheet, the rotation drive of the separator roller is restarted,
wherein the retard roller conveys the part of the media to the upstream side in the conveying direction while awaiting a predetermined time td before restarting rotation drive of the separator, and
wherein the predetermined time td satisfies an expression of td?L0/Vre, wherein L0 represents a distance from where the separator roller and the retard roller come in contact each other to the double feed detecting sensor, and Vre represents a reverse peripheral speed of the retard roller when conveying the media in a conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,661

VACUUM WHEEL WITH SEPARATE CONTACT AND VACUUM SURFACES

Core Flow Ltd., Daliyat ...

1. A vacuum wheel for transporting a substrate, the vacuum wheel comprising:a fixed conduit that is connectable to a suction source;
at least one vacuum surface on a circumference of the vacuum wheel, the vacuum surface including a plurality of vacuum openings that are distributed around the circumference, such that rotation of the wheel causes vacuum openings of said plurality of vacuum openings to successively fluidically connect to the fixed conduit such that when suction is applied by the suction source to the fixed conduit, suction is applied to one or more of said plurality of vacuum openings that are currently fluidically connected to the fixed conduit; and
at least one contact surface on the circumference of the vacuum wheel, said at least one contact surface being adjacent to and extending outward beyond the vacuum surface such that, when the suction is applied to said one or more of said plurality of vacuum openings, the substrate is drawn toward the vacuum surface, so as to contact said at least one contact surface without contacting the vacuum surface, and so as to apply a friction force between said at least one contact surface and the substrate to transport the substrate when the wheel rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,189,660

AUXILIARY MEDIA UNIT TRANSPORTER FOR MEDIA PROCESSING DEVICES

ZIH Corp., Lincolnshire,...

1. A media processing device having a housing, the media processing device comprising:a motorized media unit transporter configured to drive a media unit along a media processing path defined within the housing between an unprocessed media unit source and a processed media unit output;
an auxiliary media unit transporter including a roller, a converter fixedly connected to the roller, and a bias member connected to the converter;
the auxiliary media unit transporter configured to:
(i) in a first operating mode:
receive the media unit from the motorized media unit transporter into engagement with the roller to drive the roller and the converter concurrently; and
via rotation of the converter, deform the bias member from a resting position to a primed position; and
(ii) in a second operating mode:
initiated upon rotation of the converter in the first operating mode to a bias release position, propel the media unit by releasing the bias member from the primed position to drive rotation of the converter and the roller concurrently as the bias member returns to the resting position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,659

PAPER SHEET HANDLING APPARATUS AND PAPER SHEET HANDLING METHOD

GLORY LTD., Himeji-shi, ...

1. A paper sheet handling apparatus comprising:a first transporting unit configured to transport a plurality of paper sheets in a stacked state in a horizontal state;
a second transporting unit configured to receive and transport the stacked paper sheets transported by the first transporting unit, the second transporting unit including a sandwiching unit that has an upper sandwiching member and a lower sandwiching member and is configured to sandwich the stacked paper sheets received from the first transporting unit and release the stacked paper sheets, and a holding member configured to hold edges on a lower side of the stacked paper sheets released from the sandwiching unit; and
a feeding unit configured to feed the stacked paper sheets transported by the second transporting unit one by one, wherein
the sandwiching unit is configured to move so that the stacked paper sheets being sandwiched by the sandwiching unit are inclined from the horizontal state so as to make an angle to a horizontal plane while the edges on the lower side of the stacked paper sheets are held by the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,658

STACKING DEVICE FOR STACKING VALUE DOCUMENTS

1. A stacking apparatus for stacking value documents which are individually transported to the stacking apparatus by a transport system along a transport path at a transport velocity, the stacking apparatus comprising:a stack deposit device for receiving a stack of the value documents, and
a braking device for braking the value documents which were individually transported to the stacking apparatus by the transport system, wherein the braking device is arranged immediately before the stack deposit device along the transport path of the value documents,whereinthe braking device has a transport shaft and a braking shaft oriented parallel thereto, between which the respective value document is transported through,
on the transport shaft there is mounted at least one driving roller, which is firmly mounted on the transport shaft, and there is mounted at least one roller rotatably supported on the transport shaft, and
on the braking shaft there is mounted at least one cam roller, which is firmly mounted on the braking shaft, and there is mounted at least one eccentric roller,
wherein the at least one eccentric roller has an eccentric core firmly mounted on the braking shaft in an eccentric position, and
wherein a cam of the cam roller and the eccentric core of the eccentric roller are mounted on the braking shaft at a mutual angular offset such that by a rotation of the braking shaft it can be attained that
the cam of the cam roller can be brought into engagement with the opposing rotatably supported roller so that a value document transported through therebetween is clamped between the cam of the cam roller and the rotatably supported roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,655

TRANSPORTING APPARATUS

1. A transporting apparatus, comprising a track and at least one movable element movable along said track, said movable element comprising a supporting body, said track comprising a first guiding surface and a further first guiding surface facing towards said supporting body, a second guiding surface and a further second guiding surface facing away from said supporting body, and a third guiding surface arranged transversally to said first guiding surface and said second guiding surface and a further third guiding surface arranged transversally to said further first guiding surface and said further second guiding surface, wherein said movable element comprises a first couple of rollers slidably coupled to said first guiding surface, a further first couple of rollers slidably coupled to said further first guiding surface, a second couple of rollers slidably coupled to said second guiding surface, a further second couple of rollers slidably coupled to said further second guiding surface, a third couple of rollers slidably coupled to said third guiding surface and a further third couple of rollers slidably coupled to said further third guiding surface, andfurther comprising four rotation units each supporting a group of three rollers, each group of three rollers comprising a roller belonging to said first couple of rollers or to said further first couple of rollers, a further roller belonging to said second couple of rollers or, respectively, to said further second couple of rollers and a still further roller belonging to said third couple of rollers or, respectively, to said further third couple of rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,189,652

BOTTLE RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFORE

DELTRONIC LABS, INC., Ch...

1. An apparatus for receiving a bottle, comprising:a chute configured for receiving the bottle therein, said chute having an inlet for receiving the bottle, an outlet through which the bottle exits said chute, and a chute interior defined by a wall extending longitudinally between said inlet and said outlet through which said bottle moves; and
at least one stop member pivotally secured to said chute for movement within said chute interior between a first position wherein said stop member extends within said chute interior such that a distal end of said stop member is positioned away from said chute wall to engage said bottle when said bottle is received within said chute, and a second position wherein said distal end of said stop member is moved towards said chute wall in a direction from said inlet to said outlet by said bottle moving within said chute in a direction from said inlet to said outlet, said stop member being biased from said second position towards said first position and moveable from said first position towards said second position by said bottle against said bias to allow said bottle to pass thereby when moving within said chute in a direction from said inlet to said outlet, said distal end of said stop member extending a sufficient distance from said wall when in said first position to engage and inhibit removal of said bottle from within said chute moving in a direction from the interior of said chute through said inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,189,650

CARD FOR CLEANING PRINTED MEDIA TRANSPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING SAME

KICTeam, Inc., Auburn, M...

1. A cleaning system for cleaning a currency transport device comprising:a cleaning substrate sized and configured to fit within at least a portion of a media travel pathway of a currency transport device, wherein the cleaning substrate comprises:
a cleaning face; and
a locking member configured to be positioned inside the currency transport device to secure the cleaning substrate in at least one substantially fixed position within the currency transport device while the currency transport device is operated, wherein:
the locking member comprises a tab connected to the cleaning face and extends away from the cleaning face so that, when the cleaning face is positioned in the media travel pathway, the tab will extend outside of the media travel pathway to another area of the currency transport device; and
the tab includes a first receptacle that is positioned to, when placed in the currency transport device, align with a first post of the currency transport device to secure the cleaning substrate within the media travel pathway in a first substantially fixed position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,649

CONVEYING SYSTEM

Phoenix Conveyor Belt Sys...

1. A conveying system for conveying material, the conveying system comprising:a continuous conveyor belt having upper and lower strands;
a non-destructive inspection device mounted at said lower strand and being configured to inspect said continuous conveyor belt and to generate and output a result of an inspection of said conveyor belt;
an adjustable drive drum element operatively connected to said conveyor belt;
an adjustable deflection drum element operatively connected to said conveyor belt;
an adjustable stripper element mounted at said lower strand ahead of said non-destructive inspection device so as to permit removal of any residual quantities of said material before said lower strand reaches said inspection device; and,
a control unit for adjusting any one of said elements in dependence upon said result of said inspection.

US Pat. No. 10,189,647

BELT-ON-BELT DRIVES FOR STEEPLY-SLOPED PORTIONS OF LONG CONVEYORS

THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL S...

1. A conveyor system, at least one portion of the conveyor system traversing a continuous slope sufficiently steep such that tensile forces associated with overcoming the effects of the continuous slope are several times larger per unit length of run than tensile forces per unit length of run due to main frictional resistance of the conveyor system, the conveyor system comprising:an external belt defining a continuous loop, the continuous loop traversing the entire route of the conveyor system and configured to carry material load to be transported across the entire route;
an external drive having a first torque output;
at least one internal belt positioned inside the continuous loop of said external belt and traversing at least a portion of the continuous slope, an upper side of said at least one internal belt configured to operably engage an underside of said external belt so as to frictionally drive a portion of said external belt;
wherein said at least one internal belt has a tensile capacity sufficient to move at least a mass of the material load that is disposed over said at least one internal belt, and said external belt further has a tensile capacity sufficient to move substantially a mass of the material load that is not disposed over said at least one internal belt; and wherein a longitudinal stiffness of said at least one internal belt is at least as stiff as a longitudinal stiffness of said external belt; and
an internal drive having a second torque output, wherein the first torque output is approximately equal to the torque required to move a total mass of the portion of said external belt not resting on said at least one internal belt and the second torque output is approximately equal to the torque required to move a total mass of the portion of said external belt resting on said at least one internal belt.

US Pat. No. 10,189,646

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISTRIBUTING ARTICLES IN A STORAGE COMPARTMENT

REDDY ICE TECHNOLOGY LLC,...

17. A bagged ice storage and dispensing system, comprising:a temperature controlled storage unit having an internal storage area, an upper wall, a lower wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and opposite ends, at least one door in the front wall allowing access to the storage area;
the lower wall of the storage unit defining at least a first row of adjacent storage positions configured to support stacked bags of ice;
an opening in the upper wall communicating with a bagged ice supplier and configured to receive successive bags of ice for distribution into the storage unit;
a bag distributing unit secured in an upper portion of the storage unit and extending horizontally above the first row of storage positions, the distributing unit comprising a horizontal rail extending parallel to the first row, a carriage movably mounted on the horizontal rail, a horizontal drive configured to drive the carriage back and forth in a horizontal path along the rail, a horizontal support platform mounted on the carriage, the platform having a conveyor configured to support a bag of ice on the platform and a conveyor drive associated with the conveyor which is configured to drive the conveyor in at least a first direction to convey a bag off the platform and drop the bag into an underlying storage position; and
a controller associated with the bag distributing unit and configured to control the horizontal drive and conveyor drive to drive the support platform to selected positions in the horizontal path and to actuate the conveyor drive at each selected position to convey a bag off the platform and into the underlying storage position;
wherein the lower wall of the storage unit defines first and second side-by-side rows of stacked bag storage positions, and the support platform is movably mounted on the carriage, the system further comprising a platform drive configured to move the platform between a first position for distributing bags into the first row and a second position for distributing bags into the second row, the controller being configured to control the platform drive to move the platform back and forth between the first and second positions for distribution of bags into the first and second rows, respectively; and
wherein the carriage has a support arm extending transverse to the first and second rows and the platform is movably mounted on the support arm, the support arm having a lower wall facing the lower wall of the storage unit, and first and second detectors are positioned on the lower wall and configured to detect bag fill levels in the storage positions in the first and second rows, respectively, the detectors having outputs connected to the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,645

POSITIVE-DRIVE SPIRAL CONVEYOR

Laitram, L.L.C., Harahan...

1. A spiral conveyor comprising:a drive tower extending from a bottom to a top and rotatable about a vertical axis;
a plurality of parallel drive members extending in length on the periphery of the drive tower from the bottom to the top;
wherein the parallel drive members angle outwardly away from the vertical axis toward the bottom in a lower portion of the drive tower;
a conveyor belt positively driven without slip in a helical path around the drive tower by the drive members engaging an inside edge of the conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,189,638

EASY POURING PACKAGING POUCH

Amcor Flexibles Italia S....

1. Packaging pouch for a viscous content, the pouch comprising a flexible multilayer laminate, said laminate comprising an inner layer in contact, in use, with the content of said pouch, the pouch comprising a top region and a bottom region and one or more cross-seal(s), said pouch comprising a tearable venting means in the bottom region, allowing the penetration of air behind the viscous content to remove the vacuum, when the pouch is turned upside down, in order to improve the pouring speed of food contained in the pouch and to decrease the amount of residue left in said pouch after pouring.

US Pat. No. 10,189,634

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSEMBLING AND PACKAGING CUPCAKE BOUQUETS FOR TRANSPORT

Orange Alligator DBA Bake...

1. A method for assembling a cupcake bouquet, the method comprising:attaching a mount to a vase;
attaching a base to the vase;
inserting a plurality of support pins into the mount to provide support as a base for a plurality of cupcakes;
placing the plurality of cupcakes on the plurality of support pins;
inserting a skewer into the center of each of the plurality of cupcakes and into the mount to secure each cupcakes in place;
inserting two or more box pins into the mount so that ends of the two or more box pins come into contact of a box for transporting the cupcake bouquet; and
placing the cupcake bouquet into the box.

US Pat. No. 10,189,629

PAPER BASED CELLULOSIC DUNNAGE

Sobro Packaging LLC, Per...

1. A paper based shipping dunnage, the dunnage comprisingan inner core comprising a top plane, a first side plane, a second side plane, and a plurality of vertically aligned cellulosic cells;
a top linerboard attached to the top plane of the inner core; and
a first corner board and a second corner board; wherein the first corner board and the second corner board each comprise at least four laminated paperboard layers that are formed into a right angle, the first corner board being disposed adjacent to the top plane and first side plane of the inner core, the second corner board being disposed adjacent to the top plane and the second side plane of the inner core;
wherein the first corner board and second corner board each further comprise an inner vertical surface and an inner horizontal surface, and wherein the inner horizontal surfaces of the first corner board and second corner board are attached to a top surface of the top linerboard.

US Pat. No. 10,189,620

COMBINATION LOCKING PUZZLE GIFT BOX

Steven Douglas Small, No...

1. A combination locking puzzle gift box comprising: a drawer; a cover; and a plurality of dials;said drawer being defined by a front wall, a left wall, a right wall, an upper wall, and a lower wall, said left and right walls each having a side flange outwardly formed and extending perpendicularly from the left and right wall's exterior edges, interior surfaces of the left and right walls having a suspended wall therebetween being positioned above said front wall, wherein a resulting space between said suspended wall and said front wall is sized for acceptance of an item which is held within said drawer, said suspended wall further having a locking rib formed and projecting perpendicularly from its front facing surface, said locking rib having a plurality of gaps or notches cut into its length and;
said cover being defined by a front planar wall, a left side wall, a right side wall, and a lower wall, said left and right side walls of the cover having undercut slots, whereby said undercut slots are sized to accept the drawer flanges, wherein said drawer slides linearly into and out of said cover, wherein a depth of said drawer at full insertion into said cover is determined by said lower wall of said drawer coming into contact against said lower side wall of said cover, and the cover's front wall further having an opening, said cover further having a recessed wall formed adjacent to and behind the cover opening, wherein when said drawer is fully inserted into said cover, a clearance exists between the cover's recessed wall and the drawer's locking rib, said recessed wall further having integral means for securing said plurality of dials to said cover, said cover further having a marker formed into said front planar wall, said marker having alignment with said locking rib of the inserted drawer; and
said plurality of dials, wherein each of said plurality of said dials is annularly formed with an opening, each dial being a different diameter with respect to each other, wherein each of said plurality of said dials has a cylindrical locking wall projecting perpendicularly from a rear facing surface of each of said plurality of said dials, wherein each cylindrical locking wall has at least one break or gap along each of said cylindrical locking wall perimeters, wherein the widths of the breaks are greater than a thickness of the drawer's locking rib, and a front facing surface of each of said plurality of said dials having a plurality of indicia positioned in a radial array about a central axis of each of said plurality of said dials, wherein one indicia on each of said plurality of said dials is angularly aligned with and centered to the break in each said cylindrical locking wall and represents one character of an unlocking code, each of said plurality of said dials further having a cylindrical hub wall projecting perpendicularly from a front surface of each of said plurality of said dials and coaxial to each said cylindrical locking wall, wherein the hub walls are used to turn or rotate individual dials, each of said plurality of said dials further having a step formed by offset diameters of the locking wall and a hub wall, wherein said step formed on one of said plurality of said dials provides support to the subsequent dial of smaller diameter, wherein an inside diameter of said hub wall has a close fit to an outside diameter of the subsequent dial of with the smaller diameter, wherein said plurality of said dials has an ability to concentrically nest and stack upon each other, and wherein the cover opening accepts and has a close fit with said cylindrical locking wall of the largest dial, wherein a stack of nested dials are assembled and supported by the front wall of cover, whereby the largest dial is positioned flush against the front wall of said cover and the smallest dial is at a relative position furthest from said cover, wherein said cover secures the dials and cooperates with and attaches to the smallest dial, whereby all of the dials are secured to said cover and wherein the dials' rotational axes are perpendicular with respect to both the longitudinal orientation of the locking rib and direction in which the drawer is inserted or withdrawn from the cover, and wherein the dials' cylindrical locking walls protrude behind the front wall of said cover to a depth which lies in front of the cover's recessed wall, and with said drawer fully inserted into said cover, the dial locking walls are concentrically spaced and positioned to intersect through the corresponding gaps of the drawer's locking rib;
wherein, an unlocked condition is defined when all characters of the unlocking code on said plurality of dials are aligned to the cover marker and the breaks of each cylindrical locking wall are rotated to the top of the locking wall relative to the cover marker and the breaks of the locking walls are aligned with the drawer's locking rib, whereby in said unlocked condition, said drawer may be freely inserted into or withdrawn from said cover, and a locked condition is defined by one or more unlocking code characters misaligned with the cover marker and at least one full portions of the dial cylindrical locking wall intersects the gap of the drawer's locking rib, thereby preventing said drawer from being withdrawn from the cover and thus securing said item held within the drawer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,617

DISPENSING DEVICE FOR A DRINK BOTTLE

Topsters LLC, Temecula, ...

1. A beverage container and dispensing device comprising:a beverage container comprising a body and a top portion having a first opening defining a first internal volume, the beverage container configured to contain a liquid beverage;
a removable lid assembly configured to secure to the top portion of the beverage container and over the first opening, the removable lid assembly comprising:
a top surface;
a cartridge receptacle comprising an upper end including a first aperture having a perimeter and being located on the top surface, a lower end including a second aperture, and a cylindrical sidewall defining a second internal volume between the upper and lower ends, the cartridge receptacle further comprising an inner flange positioned at the lower end and proximate to the second aperture;
a beverage ingredient cartridge comprising a cartridge body defining a third internal volume, a cartridge opening, and a frangible sealing membrane that covers the cartridge opening and seals the third internal volume defined by the cartridge body, the third internal volume containing a formulation of beverage ingredients mixable with liquid contents of the beverage container;
wherein the second internal volume and the first aperture being sized to allow the beverage ingredient cartridge to be inserted through the first aperture and into the second internal volume, the cartridge receptacle being configured to allow a beverage ingredient in the beverage ingredient cartridge to flow through the second aperture and into the beverage container, the inner flange defining a stop preventing the beverage ingredient cartridge from falling through the lower end of the cartridge receptacle into the first internal volume of the beverage container;
a collar extending upwardly from the top surface and around the perimeter of the first aperture of the upper end of the cartridge receptacle;
an outer wall extending downwardly from the top surface and comprising an inwardly facing surface configured to engage the top portion of the beverage container;
a drink through valve comprising a stem and a valve member movably mounted to the stem between opened and closed positions, the stem comprising a passage extending through the top surface and a second opening, the valve member closing the second opening when in the closed position and being spaced from the passage when in the open position, the stem and valve member defining a push pull closure to allow contents from the beverage container to pass through the drink through valve when the push pull closure is in the open position and prevent contents from the beverage container from passing through the drink through valve when the push pull closure is in the closed position, the drink through valve positioned on the top surface of the removable lid assembly spaced from the first aperture on the top surface;
a cover pivotably mounted to the top surface of the removable lid assembly configured to pivot between open and closed positions, the cover comprising a cover perimeter and a skirt extending around the cover perimeter, wherein when the cover is in the closed position, the cover covers the first aperture on the top surface and the skirt is configured to engage the collar on the top surface and form a sealing engagement which allows the beverage container to be inverted during consumption without leakage through the first aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,189,613

CLOSURE ASSEMBLY

WEENER PLASTICS NETHERLAN...

1. A closure assembly configured to be mounted on a neck of a container, said closure assembly comprises a cap with a dispensing opening, and a self-closing dispensing valve attached to the cap such that said self-closing dispensing valve is located adjacent the dispensing opening, and whereinthe cap comprises a cylindrical shaped body section having a central axis, wherein said cylindrical body section defines an inner space extending along said central axis, an access opening at one end of the inner space for inserting the neck of the container into the inner space, and a top wall at another end of the inner space, wherein said top wall has an inside surface facing the inner space and an outside surface facing an opposite direction, and wherein said top wall is provided with the dispensing opening for dispensing contents of the container, and wherein
the inside surface of the top wall defines a substantially flat and annular attachment area, wherein said attachment area extends around the dispensing opening, and wherein said inside surface defines an annular rib, wherein said annular rib is located between the attachment area and the dispensing opening, wherein said annular rib protrudes relative to the substantially flat attachment area;
the dispensing valve is a disc of foil material having a central valve area in which at least one self-closing slit is located and an annular peripheral attachment area extending around the central valve area, wherein with said annular peripheral attachment area the dispensing valve is attached to the attachment area of the cap, such that the central valve area aligns with the dispensing opening of the cap to close off the dispensing opening, and wherein the annular rib offsets the central valve area of the dispensing valve relative to the substantially flat attachment area of the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,189,612

BIN AND LID LOCKING BANDS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

U.S. Merchants Financial ...

1. A locking band for securing a lid to a container, the locking band comprising:a first arm;
a second arm configured to mate with the first arm, the first and second arms configured to move between a disengaged position and an engaged position;
an inwardly-facing channel defined by the first and second arms, the inwardly-facing channel configured to receive a peripheral portion of the lid and a corresponding peripheral portion of the container;
at least one alignment pin extending from a first end of one of the first and second arms;
at least one alignment receptacle defined in a first end of the other one of the first and second arms, each of the at least one receptacle configured to receive a respective one of the at least one alignment pin when the first and second arms are in the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,611

CLOSURE COMBINATION

Obrist Closures Switzerla...

1. A closure combination comprising a closure body and a container neck,said closure body and said container neck comprising co-operable screw threads that allow said dispensing closure body to be screwed onto said container neck into an engaged condition,
characterized in that
the closure body screw thread and the container neck screw thread comprise co-operable reversed thread run-out portions,
said co-operable reversed thread run-out portions defining a locking position, rotational engagement of the screw threads beyond the locking position locks the closure body onto the container neck,
said co-operable reversed thread run-out portions are engageable to prevent said closure body from being unscrewed from said container neck after said dispensing closure body has been screwed onto said container neck into a locked condition by acting to force the closure body back onto the neck.

US Pat. No. 10,189,609

POUCH WITH RIGID HANDLE AND SUPPORTS

AMPAC HOLDINGS, LLC, Cin...

1. A bottle pouch with a handle and an integrated fitment and handle piece comprising: a flexible pouch in the shape of a bottle forming a flexible pouch body with a handle region formed from a cut-out in the flexible pouch body including a combined fitment and handle piece coupled to the flexible pouch body,wherein the combined fitment and handle piece includes a rigid handle portion extending from the combined fitment and handle piece, and
wherein the combined fitment and handle piece are unitary, and
wherein the handle region of the flexible pouch body is reinforced by the rigid handle portion by being adjacent to the handle region and internal in its entirety to the interior of the contents cavity of the flexible pouch body,
wherein the rigid handle portion is slid into a portion of the flexible pouch adjacent to the handle region and increases the rigidity in the handle region of the bottle pouch with the proviso that the rigid handle portion is not sealed to the handle region of the flexible pouch body.

US Pat. No. 10,189,597

FOOTED CONTAINER BASE

Amcor Rigid Plastics USA,...

1. A one-piece plastic container comprising:an upper portion defining an opening at an upper end of the container;
a cylindrical sidewall extending from the upper portion and defining a storage volume accessible through the opening; and
a base portion extending from the cylindrical sidewall to a base end of the container that is opposite to the upper end of the container, the base portion including:
a gate area at an axial center of the base portion;
a plurality of feet radially spaced apart about the axial center;
a plurality of straps, each one of the plurality of straps arranged between neighboring ones of the plurality of feet; and
a plurality of fillet areas, each one of the plurality of fillet areas arranged between one of the plurality of feet and straps on opposite sides thereof;
wherein the base portion includes a cumulative strap surface area defined by a total surface area of the plurality of straps, the gate area, and half a total surface area of the plurality of fillet areas, and a cumulative foot surface area defined by a total surface area of the plurality of feet and half the total surface area of the plurality of fillet areas;
wherein the base portion has a ratio of cumulative foot surface area to cumulative strap surface area in the range of 2.4-2.8:1;
wherein the base portion has a ratio of overall surface area to the cumulative strap surface area in the range of 3.4-3.8:1;
wherein the base portion has a ratio of overall surface area to the cumulative foot surface area of 1.2-1.6:1;
wherein about 67%-77% of an overall surface area of the base portion is the cumulative foot surface area; and
wherein about 23%-33% of the overall surface area of the base portion is the cumulative strap surface area.

US Pat. No. 10,189,590

METHOD FOR PACKAGING LIQUID OR PASTY PRODUCTS AND PACKAGING MACHINE SUITABLE FOR THIS PURPOSE

Benhil GmbH, Neuss (DE)

1. A method for portioned packaging of liquid and/or pasty products by means of a packaging machine by the product being fed via at least one inlet to a metering chamber and metered in the metering chamber by means of at least one metering member having an axially shiftable metering piston to form at least one product portion, with the at least one product portion being fed via at least one metering outlet to a package, the method comprising the steps of:a) feeding the product into the at least one inlet at at least one end, thereby causing the product to flow through the metering chamber in an axial direction;
b) guiding the product past the at least one metering member through an annular gap formed between the at least one metering member located in the metering chamber and an inner circumferential wall of the metering chamber, wherein the product thereby flushes around the metering member;
c) removing the product entirely or partially from the metering chamber from another end via the at least one outlet; and
d) recirculating the product, wherein the metering chamber is operated in continuous flow during at least one operating state of the packaging machine selected from an operating state group consisting of operating state downtimes of the packaging machine, operating state start-up of the packaging machine, and operation of the packaging machine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,584

CONTROLLING A PROPELLANT DISTRIBUTION IN A SPACECRAFT PROPELLANT TANK

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE ...

1. A system for controlling a distribution of propellant in a propellant tank assembly for a spacecraft, the system comprising:a body for containing the propellant;
a plurality of thermal tomography elements, including a plurality of temperature-control elements and a plurality of temperature sensors, disposed around the body for detecting the distribution of the propellant inside the body; and
a tomography element control module arranged to control the plurality of temperature-control elements to redistribute the propellant inside the body by heating and/or cooling the propellant, and arranged to control the plurality of thermal tomography elements to obtain tomography data; and
a tomography data analysis module arranged to receive the tomography data and to determine the distribution of the propellant inside the body based on the tomography data.

US Pat. No. 10,189,563

BEAM FOR A ROTORCRAFT ROTOR AND ROTORCRAFT ROTOR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A beam for attaching a blade to a hub of a rotor for a rotorcraft, the blade having a longitudinal axis extending radially from a rotation axis of the hub, the beam comprising:a hub connection portion for connecting the beam to the hub of the rotor;
a blade connection portion for connecting the beam to the blade of the rotor;
a first flexure portion located between the hub connection portion and the blade connection portion and adapted to bend about a first bending axis orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the blade, a first bending stiffness of the first flexure portion being smaller than a bending stiffness of the hub connection portion and smaller than a bending stiffness of the blade connection portion;
a second flexure portion located between the hub connection portion and the blade connection portion and adapted to bend about a second bending axis, wherein the second bending axis is orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the blade and non-parallel to the first bending axis, a second bending stiffness of the second flexure portion being smaller than the first bending stiffness of the first flexure portion;
a shear portion located between the hub connection portion and the blade connection portion and adapted to rotate about a shear axis, wherein the shear axis is orthogonal to the first bending axis and parallel to one of the rotation axis of the hub or the second bending axis of the blade;
at least one slot-shaped groove extending into the shear portion and at least a part of the second flexure portion in a direction parallel to one of the rotation axis of the hub or the first bending axis of the blade, or a plane through the longitudinal axis of the blade and orthogonal to one of the rotation axis of the hub or the first bending axis of the blade;
wherein the slot-shaped groove reduces a shear stiffness of the shear portion to be smaller than a shear stiffness of the hub connection portion and a shear stiffness of the blade connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,562

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND OPERATIONS THEREOF

SZ DJI Technology Co., Lt...

1. A multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a central body comprising an upper housing member and a lower housing member, the upper housing member and the lower housing member forming a central cavity, wherein the central cavity is configured to house one or more electrical components configured to control the operation of the UAV;
one or more branch housing members extending from the central body, the one or more branch housing members each comprising an upper branch housing member and a lower branch housing member, and
one or more electrical components disposed inside the central cavity, wherein the one or more electrical components (1) are configured to control the operation of the UAV, and (2) comprise at least a flight control module and an inertial measurement unit (IMU);
a magnetometer attached onto a landing stand at a position sufficiently distal from the one or more electrical components to effect a reduction of interference from said one or more electrical components, wherein the landing stand extends away from the body of the UAV and is configured to bear weight of the UAV when the UAV is not airborne;
wherein the one or more branch housing members are configured to support one or more actuator assemblies, each actuator assembly comprising an actuator configured to effect movement of the UAV, wherein the thrust of the one or more actuator assemblies is oriented in a vertical direction relative to the central body, and
wherein at least a portion of each of the lower branch housing members extends beneath at least a portion of the corresponding actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,558

OPTIMIZED NACELLE PROFILE AND PLENUM SHAPE FOR BOUNDARY LAYER INGESTION ACTIVE LAMINAR FLOW CONTROL

Rohr, Inc., Chula Vista,...

1. A nacelle of an aircraft, comprising:a surface that is profiled such that during cruise flight operation lines of constant static pressure of a boundary layer around the nacelle in a given region are not in a single plane that is normal to an engine axis and are wavy; and
a plurality of ribs, each of the ribs being associated with and tracing a respective one of the lines of constant static pressure;
a first of the ribs having a longitudinal centerline that extends circumferentially about the engine axis and follows a first one of the lines of constant static pressure, and the longitudinal centerline is displaced axially back and forth relative to the engine centerline as the first of the ribs extends along the longitudinal centerline away form a bottom end of the nacelle and towards a top end of the nacelle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,552

SHIP PROPULSION METHOD AND SHIP PROPULSION DEVICE

NIIGATA POWER SYSTEMS CO....

14. A ship propulsion device that propels a ship by rotating a propeller, the ship propulsion device comprising:a sub-motor that transmits rotation to the propeller when a rotating speed of the propeller is less than a predetermined rotating speed;
an inverter that controls a rotating speed of the sub-motor;
an electric power generating engine that generates electric power with a commercial frequency and supplies the generated electric power with the commercial frequency directly to a main motor;
the main motor being rotated by the electric power from the electric power generating engine and transmitting rotation to the propeller when the rotating speed of the propeller is equal to or more than the predetermined rotating speed;
a slip clutch that controls a rotating speed of the propeller between a high rotating speed and a low rotating speed in transmitting the rotating speed to the propeller from the main motor; and
a switching control member that switches a driving source for the propeller from the sub-motor to the main motor when the rotating speed of the propeller becomes equal to or more than the predetermined rotating speed, wherein the main motor is an induction motor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,546

EMERGENCY SHIP ARREST SYSTEM AND METHOD

ALASKA MARITIME PREVENTIO...

1. An emergency ship arrest system comprising:a vessel attachment system configured to operatively connect to a disabled vessel at sea, the vessel attachment system including a bridle system and a hawser assembly having a hawser line, wherein a proximal end of the hawser line is operatively connected to the bridle system, and wherein the bridle system is configured to engage at least four fittings on a foredeck of the disabled vessel to distribute a load applied to the hawser line over the at least four fittings on the foredeck;
a retrieving system detachably connected to the vessel attachment system in a setup position, the retrieving system including a retrieving line, wherein a proximal end of the retrieving line is detachably connected to a distal end of the hawser line in the setup position; and
a para sea anchor system detachably connected to the vessel attachment system in an anchor position, the para sea anchor system including a main rode and a para sea anchor having a canopy and a plurality of shrouds, wherein a proximal end of the main rode is detachably connected to the distal end of the hawser line in the anchor position, wherein each of the plurality of shrouds of the para sea anchor interconnects a distal end of the main rode and a perimeter of the canopy.

US Pat. No. 10,189,529

TRICYCLE FOR PLAYING GOLF

G-TRIKE L.L.C., Northbro...

1. A tricycle for playing golf, the tricycle comprising:a foldable front half comprising:
a pair of steerable front wheels;
a front frame supported between the pair of steerable front wheels, the front frame comprising
a pair of handlebar post tubes operatively coupled to the pair of steerable front wheels,
a front cross bar extending between the pair of handlebar post tubes, and
a pair of front bars extending from the front cross bar;
a pair of handlebar posts coupled to the pair of handlebar post tubes; and
a golf bag support assembly arranged on the front frame; and
a foldable rear half releasably coupled to the foldable front half, the foldable rear half comprising
a drivable rear wheel;
a rear frame comprising
a down tube releasably coupled to the front cross bar at a first end of the down tube and
a down tube fork at a second end of the down tube for supporting the drivable rear wheel, and
a rear tube releasably coupled to top of the pair of front bars at a first end of the rear tube and a rear tube fork at a second end of the rear tube for supporting the drivable rear wheel;
a chainwheel drive arranged on the down tube and operatively coupled to the drivable rear wheel; and
a seat assembly arranged on the rear tube.

US Pat. No. 10,189,528

SELF-BALANCING DOUBLE-WHEELED ELECTRICAL SCOOTER

CHANGZHOU AIRWHEEL, Jian...

1. An assembly for turning on and turning off operation of a self-balancing double-wheeled electrical scooter, characterized in that, the assembly is a gravity sensing assembly controlled by a foot of a rider, which comprises a signal sensing device, a resilient unit and a signal blocking unit, the signal sensing device is set in a chassis of the self-balancing double-wheeled electrical scooter under a foot pedal, the resilient unit is arranged above the signal sensing device and directly facing the signal sensing device, the signal blocking unit is fixedly connected to the resilient unit and is arranged under the resilient unit and perpendicularly corresponding to a signal transmission path of the signal sensing device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,523

HANDLEBAR MOUNTABLE LIGHT PIPE APPARATUS FOR A BICYCLE

Karbon Kinetics Limited, ...

1. A bicycle light for mounting to a bicycle handlebar, comprising:an elongate light pipe (18);
mounting means (20, 21) for mounting the light pipe generally parallel to the bicycle handlebar, with a reflective rear face (27) of the light pipe adjacent to the handlebar so that light reflected from the reflective rear face exits the light pipe in a direction away from the handlebar;
an LED (26) mounted to emit light into an end of the light pipe (18); and
a heat sink (24) in thermal contact with the LED (26) and arranged such that, when the bicycle light is mounted to a bicycle handlebar by the mounting means (20, 21), the heat sink (24) is in thermal contact with the handlebar and can transfer heat from the LED into the bicycle handlebar by conduction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,522

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SUPPORTING TELESCOPING ELEMENTS

Nine Point Eight Inc., A...

1. A telescoping arrangement comprising:an outer tube;
a support post disposed within the outer tube and fixedly coupled thereto;
an inner tube telescopically received in the outer tube between the outer tube and the support post;
a brake carried by the support post for releasably supporting the inner tube on the support post to longitudinally fix the inner tube in a desired telescopic position relative to the outer tube;
the brake comprising at least one braking element movable between:
a braking configuration in which at least one friction surface of the at least one braking element is driven outwardly against an inner surface of the inner tube to frictionally engage the inner surface of the inner tube and resist sliding thereof along the at least one friction surface; and
a telescoping configuration in which the at least one friction surface of the at least one braking element is withdrawn, relative to the braking configuration, so as to permit sliding of the inner surface of the inner tube past the at least one friction surface; and
an actuator coupled to the at least one braking element for moving the at least one braking element between the braking configuration and the telescoping configuration;
wherein, when the at least one braking element is in the braking configuration, the at least one braking element acts between the inner tube and the support post to support the inner tube on the support post in a fixed telescopic position relative to the outer tube; and
wherein, when the at least one braking element is in the telescoping configuration, the inner tube can telescope relative to the outer tube;
wherein:
the braking element comprises a resiliently deformable annular sleeve;
the annular sleeve has an external surface forming the at least one friction surface;
in the braking configuration, the annular sleeve is pressed outwardly against the inner surface of the inner tube; and
in the telescoping configuration the annular sleeve is retracted inwardly, relative to the braking configuration;
wherein the brake comprises:
an annular brake support fitting fixedly carried by the support post
the annular sleeve surrounding and being sealed to the brake support fitting;
an annular channel being formed in an inner surface of the annular sleeve;
the annular channel cooperating with the brake support fitting to form a pressure chamber;
a piston slidably and sealingly received in a bore of the brake support fitting and movable between a braking position and a telescoping position;
a fluid reservoir being defined between the piston and the brake support fitting; and
the fluid reservoir being in fluid communication with the pressure chamber;
whereby:
moving the piston from the telescoping position to the braking position increases pressure in the fluid reservoir, with the increased pressure being transferred fluidically into the pressure chamber to press the external surface of the annular sleeve outwardly against the inner surface of the inner tube; and
moving the piston from the braking position to the telescoping position decreases pressure in the fluid reservoir, with the decreased pressure being transferred fluidically out of the pressure chamber to reduce outward pressure applied by the annular sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,189,502

WHEEL BEAM TYPE AXLELESS VEHICLE FRAME

SHANGHAI LUNLIANG MECHANI...

1. A wheel beam type axleless vehicle frame, comprising:five sections in sequence from front to back, including a front hanging rack, a front wheel carrier, an intermediate coupling rack, a rear wheel carrier, and a rear hanging rack,
wherein every two adjacent sections amongst the front hanging rack, the front wheel carrier, the intermediate coupling rack, the rear wheel carrier and the rear hanging rack are connected in a unified and standardized connection mode;
wherein the vehicle frame is configured to be a modular combination structure;
wherein the front hanging rack, the front wheel carrier, the intermediate coupling rack, the rear wheel carrier and the rear hanging rack are independent, respectively, and are configured to be assembleable, adjustable, and interchangeable;
wherein the front wheel carrier and the rear wheel carrier are the same structure, each of which comprises two bridges, two bridge auxiliary racks, two H-shaped wheel beams, two H-shaped wheel beam bases, two H-shaped wheel beam auxiliary racks, two M-shaped wheel beams, and four M-shaped wheel beam auxiliary racks;
wherein parts for each of the front wheel carrier and the rear wheel carrier are connected integrally;
wherein a distance between bottom ends of the two bridges is greater than a distance between top ends of the two bridges, and the two bridges are formed into a trapezoidal shape;
wherein the two bridges are connected with the H-shaped wheel beams into a grid-shaped structure, thereby forming a stable integrated wheel carrier used for the installation of a wheel assembly and for supporting a vehicle body; and
wherein each side structure of the grid-shaped structure is combined with an upper portion of the M-shaped wheel beams to form a multi-point space connection that is adaptable to multiple wheel combination types and multiple vehicle models.

US Pat. No. 10,189,501

PARKING ASSIST APPARATUS AND PARKING ASSIST METHOD

Alpine Electronics, Inc.,...

1. A parking assist apparatus that assists parking of a vehicle, the parking assist apparatus comprising:an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a vehicle capture image captured by a camera mounted on the vehicle;
a viewpoint-converted image generation unit configured to generate a viewpoint-converted image, as viewed from a virtual viewpoint above the vehicle, by subjecting the vehicle capture image acquired by the image acquisition unit to viewpoint conversion;
a vehicle-surroundings image generation unit configured to generate a vehicle-surroundings image of surroundings of the vehicle, as viewed from an upper virtual viewpoint, from the viewpoint-converted image generated by the viewpoint-converted image generation unit, and an image of the vehicle stored in a storage unit in advance;
a parking range identification unit configured to identify a current parking range by using a parking frame detected from a past vehicle capture image or a past viewpoint-converted image, and vehicle speed information and steering angle information acquired from a sensor on the vehicle during movement of the vehicle;
a display control unit configured to cause an image indicating the current parking range identified by the parking range identification unit to be displayed in such a manner as to be superimposed on the vehicle-surroundings image;
an estimated movement range calculation unit configured to calculate, when no vehicle speed information can be acquired in a process of a gradual reduction in speed of the vehicle, an estimated movement range of the vehicle after a time when no vehicle speed information can be acquired, by using deceleration of the vehicle based on vehicle speed information acquired before the time when no vehicle speed information can be acquired, and the steering angle information; and
an estimated movement range display unit configured to display, around the image indicating the current parking range, an image indicating the estimated movement range calculated by the estimated movement range calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,495

FOLDING BABY STROLLER SYSTEM AND METHOD

Baby Jogger, LLC, Richmo...

1. A folding assembly for use with a foldable stroller comprising:a first pivot member comprising a first notch;
a second pivot member comprising a second notch;
a mounting member, wherein the first pivot member, second pivot member, and mounting member each include a through-aperture defining an axis of rotation about which the first pivot member and second pivot member rotate about with respect to the mounting member, the mounting member further comprising:
a pivot end;
a support end; and
a locking mechanism configured to engage with the first notch and the second notch in a direction orthogonal to the axis of rotation when the first notch aligns with the second notch to selectively lock the first pivot member, second pivot member, and mounting member in a fixed position, preventing rotation there between; and
a support member;wherein the first pivot member and the second pivot member are rotatably mounted to the pivot end of the mounting member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,492

RUNNING GEAR

Jung Hebe- und Transportt...

1. A running gear for transporting a load, having a carrier plate, which extends in a plane of extent, wherein the running gear comprises:a first roller, which can rotate about a first rolling axis running parallel to the plane of extent, on an underside of the carrier plate;
a second roller, which is at a distance from the first roller and can rotate about a second rolling axis running parallel to the plane of extent, on the underside;
a third roller, which is at a distance from the first roller and the second roller and can rotate about a third rolling axis running parallel to the plane of extent, on the underside;
a shaft holder having two opposing walls and a bottom wall therebetween;
wherein the shaft holder has at least one connecting opening, each of the at least one connecting opening being positioned on one of the two opposing walls;
wherein the first roller can rotate about a first rotation axis running perpendicularly to the plane of extent on the carrier plate;
wherein the second roller can rotate about a second rotation axis running perpendicularly to the plane of extent on the carrier plate; and
wherein the third roller is arranged on the carrier plate in a rotationally fixed manner in relation to axes running perpendicularly to the plane of extent.

US Pat. No. 10,189,485

EQUIPMENT ENVELOPE FOR HOPPER WAGON

Drax Power Limited, Selb...

1. An equipment envelope for a hopper wagon, the equipment envelope comprising a housing comprising a first end wall, a second end wall, a first sidewall, and a second side wall, incorporated in a bulk commodities storage chamber of the wagon and defining a substantially enclosed cavity storage space in the chamber in which hopper wagon control means and/or other component parts can be accommodated, wherein the equipment envelope is arranged in the chamber at a location above a hopper wagon bogie, wherein the equipment envelope is configured to be arranged in the chamber of the hopper wagon body between a first closable outlet and a second closable outlet, and wherein the first end wall is configured to extend at a first incline angle towards the first closable outlet and the second end wall is configured to extend at a second inclined angle towards the second closable outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,189,457

DRAIN VALVE

Kongsberg Automotive AS, ...

1. A drain valve for a compressed air brake system of a vehicle, the drain valve comprising:a valve housing (2) defining a valve chamber open at one end and having a drain aperture (6) at the opposite end of the valve housing,
a poppet (12) having a poppet body at least partially received in the valve chamber and being provided with a seal (20), the poppet being slidable between a closed position in which the seal contacts the inner wall of the valve housing around the drain aperture (6) thereby closing the drain aperture, and an open position moved away from the drain aperture, and
a spring (28) acting between the valve housing and the poppet urging the poppet to the closed position,
the poppet (12) and the seal (20) being incorporated in a single multi-component injection molded plastic part comprising at least two components,
the poppet body being formed of a first plastic component and the seal formed of a second plastic component partially embedded in the first plastic component, in that the poppet (12) comprises a disc (18) disposed in the valve chamber and a stem (16) extending from the disc and through the drain aperture (6),
the first plastic component of the single multi-component injection molded plastic part forming the disc (18) and the stem (16),
the disc comprising an annular groove coaxial with the stem and extending partly through the disc, the second plastic component filling the annular groove and projects beyond the disc surface to form an annular sealing ring embedded in the first plastic component of the disc of the poppet body, and in that the stem comprises an end region remote from the disc with the end region defining a through hole (14) for receiving a ring, wherein a slot (15) of smaller width than the diameter of the through hole connects the hole to the exterior surface of the stem such that a ring can be pressed into the slot and can, under elastic deformation of the stem around the slot, be pushed through the slot and into the hole such that the stem snaps into place once the ring reached the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,189,427

VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A DISPLAY THEREIN

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An automated vehicle supporting autonomous or self-driving, the vehicle comprising:sensors;
a display including a display area formed on a glass of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
cause the display to display data obtained via at least one of the sensors on the display area based on an operation mode of the vehicle and vehicle passenger information; and
cause the display to not display the data obtained via the at least one of the sensors when the operation mode is an automatous or self-driving mode in which a driver is not required.

US Pat. No. 10,189,425

USING DATA COLLECTED BY A PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICE TO IDENTIFY A VEHICLE

Agero, Inc., Medford, MA...

1. A method, comprising acts of:(A) receiving data captured by a personal electronic device residing within a vehicle having a motor, the data captured by the personal electronic device relating to a physical phenomenon occurring as a result of operation of the vehicle motor, the personal electronic device being associated with a user;
(B) determining whether the vehicle was idling when the data was captured; and
(C) if it is determined in the act (B) that the vehicle was idling when the data was captured, determining, using the data received in the act (A), whether the vehicle is insured by at least one of the user, a person with whom the user is associated, and an organization with which the user is associated.

US Pat. No. 10,189,399

INTEGRATION OF DEPTH MAP DEVICE FOR ADAPTIVE LIGHTING CONTROL

1. A light system comprising:a time-of-flight image sensor configured to generate a zone distance measurement;
a control unit configured to receive the zone distance measurement and to generate a control signal based on the zone distance measurement; and
a light unit configured to adapt an output of the light unit based on the control signal, wherein the time-of-flight image sensor comprises a distributed network of time-of-flight image sensors and the light unit comprises a distributed network of light units, wherein each of the distributed network of time-of-flight image sensors is arranged to be physically discrete from each of the distributed network of light units and located between adjacent ones of the distributed network of light units.

US Pat. No. 10,189,397

LUMINANCE REGULATION IN EDGE REGIONS

OSRAM GmbH, Munich (DE)

1. A method for operating an illumination apparatus, having at least two light-emitting devices, which are arranged next to one another separated by a gap and each have a multiplicity of light-emitting elements, byindividually driving all light-emitting elements of each light-emitting device,
measuring a gap width of the gap and/or a luminance in the gap, and
controlling or regulating in each case a luminance of one or more of the light-emitting elements which are arranged directly at the gap in dependence on the gap width and/or on the luminance in the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,189,393

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A TIPPER

Hyva Holding B.V., Alphe...

1. A method of operating a tipper comprising a tipper body pivotably moveable with respect to a frame with a hydraulic cylinder disposed therebetween which can be actuated by a hydraulic actuation system to pivot the tipper body, the method comprising:receiving at least one lateral state parameter relating to at least one lateral state of the hydraulic cylinder;
determining whether a lateral condition of the hydraulic cylinder is within acceptable limits based on the at least one lateral state parameter; and
altering, or permitting the alteration of, at least one operational parameter of the hydraulic actuation system if it is determined that the lateral condition of the hydraulic cylinder is within acceptable limits.

US Pat. No. 10,189,392

VEHICLE CENTER CONSOLE WORKING SURFACE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A center console for a vehicle comprising:a lid having a first release lever that releasably engages with a latch; and
a pivoting assembly comprising a working surface that is deployable while the lid is in a closed position, the pivoting assembly being independently operable from the lid and having a second release lever that releasably engages with the latch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,391

ADJUSTABLE LIE-FLAT SEAT

Zodiac Seats US LLC, Gai...

1. A passenger seat comprising:a seat back comprising at least one seat back actuator, a rigid back seating surface, and a plurality of moveable back panels, the plurality of moveable back panels comprising at least a portion of the rigid back seating surface, wherein:
the at least one seat back actuator is disposed behind the rigid back seating surface and immediately adjacent to a rear side of at least one of the moveable back panels;
the plurality of moveable back panels are configured to move between a deployed configuration and a retracted configuration due to movement of the at least one seat back actuator, the plurality of moveable back panels being substantially flat and flush with the rigid back seating surface in the retracted configuration; and
at least two edges of each of the plurality of moveable back panels are attached to adjacent portions of the rigid back seating surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,389

SYSTEM WITH A PIVOTABLE ARMREST AND A LOCKING AID

ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING...

1. A system comprising:a bracket device comprising a connecting element;
a pivotable armrest; and
a locking aid, wherein the armrest is articulated on the bracket device so as to be pivotable about a primary axis and can be transferred reversibly between a usage position and a stowage position via a transition position, wherein the armrest is connected rotationally conjointly to the connecting element, wherein the locking aid is arranged on the connecting element, wherein the locking aid is in frictionally engaging contact with the bracket device at a contact point or along a contact surface, wherein the locking aid is configured such that the frictionally engaging contact between the bracket device and the locking aid in a transition position is greater than that in the usage position or in the stowage position or both in the usage position and in the stowage position, the locking aid comprising a displaceable part, the displaceable part being displaceable relative to the connecting element along an offset direction, wherein a spring element is, at a first end, arranged substantially positionally fixedly relative to the connecting element, wherein the spring element is connected at a second end to the displaceable part, wherein the bracket element is configured such that the spacing between the first end of the spring element and the contact point or the contact surface is smaller in the transition position than in the usage position or stowage position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,388

SECURED FOLD-OUT COMPONENT OR SECURED ARMREST

1. A vehicle seat fold-out component, the fold out component comprising:a component or an armrest rotatable about an axis of rotation from a stowage position into a use position;
a locking element, the component or the armrest being securable in the stowage position by the locking element in the event of an accident, wherein, in the event of an accident, the locking element rotates about an axis of rotation from an actuating position into a locking position, the locking element being provided in the form of a locking element cam disk
a component or armrest cam disk provided on the component or the armrest.

US Pat. No. 10,189,387

FASTENING TAPE WITH FLEXIBILITY IN THE LATERAL DIRECTION AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastening tape comprising:a body comprising a first edge, a second edge distal from the first edge, a bottom surface extending between the first edge and the second edge, and a top surface extending between the first edge and the second edge, the body defining a lateral direction from the first edge to the second edge and a longitudinal direction transverse to the lateral direction;
a plurality of fasteners extending in an upward direction from the top surface of the body and arranged in rows extending in the lateral direction of the body, wherein each fastener of the plurality of fasteners has a height f;
a plurality of transverse walls extending in the upward direction from the top surface of the body, each of the transverse walls extending in the lateral direction of the body, wherein at least one of the transverse walls comprises a plurality of transverse wall sections having a transverse wall width, wherein at least one of the transverse wall sections connects adjacent fasteners arranged in one of the rows to each other; and
a slit within the at least one transverse wall section connecting adjacent fasteners, wherein the slit extends from a topmost end of the transverse wall towards the top surface of the body, wherein the slit has a slit width that is less the transverse wall width and wherein the slit has a height h that is less than or equal to approximately f+0.15 f and that is greater than or equal to approximately f?0.15 f.

US Pat. No. 10,189,385

VEHICLE SEAT

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat part having a seat surface for a seat occupant, said seat part comprising two side parts between which a cross tube extends along a pivot axis; and
an adjustment mechanism comprising a plurality of rockers which are pivotably coupled to said seat part,
said cross tube being divided into a long tube element and at least a first short tube element,
said long tube element having a tube section extending along a longitudinal direction between said two side parts of said seat part and being inserted into first and second openings of said side parts,
said first short tube element having a tube section extending along a longitudinal direction and two bead sections formed on the short tube element at a certain axial distance to each other and radially protruding with respect to the tube section,
said first short tube element being connected in a torsionally locked manner both to a first end of said long tube element and to a first rocker of the plurality of rockers,
said first rocker having a planar section and a first opening formed in the planar section, wherein the first short tube element extends through the first opening with the bead sections abutting the planar section of the first rocker for axially fixing the first short tube element to the first rocker, which is arranged between said two bead sections, and
a front end of said first short tube element, which faces a first side part of said two side parts and abuts said first side part, forming a spacer between said first side part and said first rocker.

US Pat. No. 10,189,383

VEHICLE SEAT

13. A vehicle seat comprising a seat segment which comprises:a first seating space having a first backrest which can be pivoted about a pivot axis which extends in the transverse direction; and
a second seating space having a second backrest which can be pivoted about the pivot axis, the second backrest comprising a substantially upright use position and a non-use position;
a locking device arranged on the second backrest; and
a curved locking member provided on the first backrest, wherein the locking device comprises at least one axial pin with a longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axis being substantially perpendicular to a vertical direction and inclined relative to the transverse direction and not perpendicular to a travel direction when the second backrest is in the substantially upright use position, the longitudinal axis being substantially perpendicular to the travel direction and inclined relative to the transverse direction and not perpendicular to the vertical direction when the second backrest is in the non-use position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,382

VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle seat assembly, comprising:a seat portion having a passenger receiving surface configured and shaped to contact a portion of a passenger seated there-against, at least a portion of the passenger receiving surface coinciding with a first plane, the seat portion having a resilient cushioning material disposed therein with a recessed area being defined within the resilient cushioning material and being open to the passenger receiving surface;
a tether wire for securing child seat located within the recessed area; and
a tether cover assembly having a housing defining a door opening, a first door and a second door, the first door being pivotal about a first pivot axis and the second door being pivotal about a second axis between respective closed positions concealing the tether wire and the door opening and open positions exposing the tether wire and the door opening, each of the first pivot axis and the second pivot axis each being defined by corresponding pivot shafts fixed to the housing adjacent to the door opening, the housing being installed within the recessed area such that with the doors in their respective closed positions the first and second doors are parallel to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,381

SAFETY BELT ASSEMBLING DEVICE CAPABLE OF ASSEMBLING A CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM WITH A VEHICLE SEAT

Wonderland Switzerland AG...

1. A safety belt assembling device capable of assembling a child restraint system with a vehicle seat, the safety belt assembling device comprising:a child restraint connected with the child restraint system, the child restraint having a sunken structure;
a panel rotatably disposed on the child restraint and adapted to press a safety belt of the vehicle seat inside the sunken structure; and
a fastener mechanism, comprising:
a locking rod disposed inside the sunken structure;
at least one latching hook rotatably disposed on the panel and utilized to detachably catch on the locking rod; and
a releasing actuator rotatably disposed on the panel and connected with the latching hook, the releasing actuator being rotated from a flush position to a protruding position to disengage the latching hook from the locking rod.

US Pat. No. 10,189,380

CHILD-SEAT MOUNTING SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle-seat mounting system, for securing a child seat in a vehicle, comprising:a collapsible vehicle seat comprising a vehicle seat back configured to be movably connected to a vehicle-seat base;
a vehicle-seat-back securing structure being connected to, or part of, a rear side of the vehicle seat back, the vehicle-seat-back securing structure comprising at least two alignment structures configured to attach directly to the vehicle seat back, wherein the alignment structures are configured and arranged to mate securely with child-seat securing structures positioned at or connectable to a bottom surface of a child seat corresponding in size and shape to the vehicle-seat-back securing structure; and
a cover apparatus, wherein the cover apparatus is movably connected to the vehicle seat back to be readily movable between:
a covering position, in which the cover apparatus covers the vehicle-seat-back securing structure and the child seat cannot connect to the vehicle-seat-back securing structure; and
an exposing position in which the vehicle-seat-back securing structure is exposed and the child seat is able to connect to the vehicle-seat-back securing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,379

SEAT-POSITION SENSING

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

22. A vehicle seat sensor system for detecting a position of the vehicle seat, the vehicle seat sensor system comprisinga vehicle seat including a seat bottom, a seat back coupled to the seat bottom to move relative to the seat bottom, and a track including a stationary rail adapted to couple to a floor included in a vehicle in a fixed position relative to the floor and a movable rail coupled to the seat bottom in a fixed position relative to the seat bottom and coupled to the stationary rail to cause the seat bottom and seat back to move back and forth relative to the stationary rail,
a tag reader coupled to the stationary rail in a fixed position relative to the stationary rail and configured to receive tag location data indicative of a position of the vehicle seat, the tag reader including an optical transmitter configured to transmit an optical signal and an RF receiver configured to receive a RF signal, and
a location tag coupled to the movable rail to move therewith and configured to transmit tag location data to the tag reader, the location tag including an optical receiver configured to receive the optical signal and power the tag based on the optical signal, an RF transmitter configured to transmit the tag location data to the tag reader via the RF signal in response to receiving the optical signal and,
a microelectromechanical device configured to provide haptic feedback to an occupant of the vehicle seat in response to receiving the optical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,189,378

MOTOR VEHICLE SEATING ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle seating arrangement comprising:a pair of outboard seats spaced apart to define therebetween a gap; and
a central seat having a backrest and a seat base fitted in the gap and supported solely by the two outboard seats, wherein the seat base is mounted on a seat support member having recesses on a side to connect the seat support member to support pins forming part of a slide mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,189,377

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTMENT OF AN ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A seat assembly comprising:a first member;
a second member located proximate to the first member; and
an adjustment system for adjustably positioning the first and second members of the seat assembly, the adjustment system including:
at least one positioning mechanism operatively connected to one or more of the first member and the second member,
at least one actuator connected to the at least one positioning mechanism,
a control assembly including a control region, one or more guide surfaces extending from the control region, one or more areas formed on the control region and extending at least partially about an outer periphery of the one or more guide surfaces, and at least one capacitive switch cooperating with at least one of the one or more areas and at least one of the one of the more guide surfaces, wherein the at least one capacitive switch is configured to send at least a first signal when a user activates the at least one capacitive switch, and
a controller in communication with the at least one capacitive switch and the at least one actuator, wherein the controller is configured to receive at least the first signal from the at least one capacitive switch and generate an activation signal to activate the at least one actuator in response to at least the first signal,
wherein the one or more guide surfaces and one or more areas of the control assembly are formed on the control region to represent the first member and second member of the seat assembly to guide the user to the at least one capacitive switch.

US Pat. No. 10,189,376

ACTUATOR FOR A VEHICLE SEAT, AND VEHICLE SEAT

1. An actuator for a vehicle seat, the actuator comprising:a housing;
a motor which is fixed to the housing and which has a motor shaft;
a transmission, which is connected at an output side to the motor by means of the motor shaft;
an actuator output drive, which is connected at an output side to the transmission;
a control unit, wherein the actuator output drive has an output element, which is moved in a direction of an end position from a starting position by rotating the motor shaft in a first direction of rotation, wherein the direction of rotation of the motor shaft can be reversed from the first direction of rotation to an opposite second direction of rotation by means of the control unit whereby the output element is moved from the end position in the direction of the starting position, and the actuator has a slide, which can be moved relative to the housing and which can be driven during a movement of the output element from the starting position in the direction of the end position; and
a position sensor for detecting at least one position of the slide, the actuator output drive having a spindle, along which the output element and the slide are movable, the spindle being in thread engagement with the output element, and the spindle passing through a through hole in the slide so as not to cause direct linear motion of the slide.

US Pat. No. 10,189,375

FITTING FOR FIXING AN OBJECT ON A RAIL

1. A fitting (P1, P2) for fixing an object on a rail, comprising a sliding body (1) and a retainer (2), the retainer is movably coordinated with the sliding body (1), the retainer (2) is placed in a lowered and a raised position relative to the rail, and a holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) is provided, wherein the holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) is arranged to be movable relative to the retainer (2), wherein a connection element (11) is provided to movably connect the sliding body (1) and the retainer (2), and wherein the connection element (11) has a threaded segment (14), which engages with a threaded borehole (15) of the sliding body (1), and wherein the connection element (11) furthermore comprises a head (12) having a recess (29) for engaging with a tool, and further comprising a first force storing element (21.1) for pushing the retainer (2) toward the lowered position, interlocking structures (17, 18) on the holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) and the retainer (2) for engaging with each other in an engaged position to fix the retainer (2) in the raised position, and a second force storing element (21.2) for pushing the holding and locking element (8.1, 8.2) toward the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,374

SYSTEM FOR FOLDING SEATS IN A VEHICLE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A system for changing the position of seats in a vehicle having forward seating and rearward seating, said rearward seating comprising at least one seat having a deployed configuration and a folded configuration, the system comprising:a control unit configured to, upon initiation of a movement of said rearward seating between said deployed and folded configurations:
detect a position of said forward seating;
control movement of said forward seating to a first safe position in which no part of the forward seating lies within a first volume defined by all positions that any part of the rearward seating may occupy between said deployed and folded configurations; and
control movement of the forward seating back to said detected position if such movement would not cause it to collide with said rearward seating;
wherein the control unit is configured to cause at least a first portion of the movement of the rearward seating between said configurations to be performed simultaneously with the movement of the forward seating, and wherein the control unit is configured to:
check whether the forward seating is within said first volume when said first portion of the movement is completed; and
when the forward seating is in the first volume when the first portion of the movement is completed, wait for the forward seating to exit the first volume before continuing with the movement of the rearward seating.

US Pat. No. 10,189,373

SEAT ARRANGEMENT

ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING...

1. A seat arrangement, comprising:a first seat adjacent to a curb side of a vehicle with said first seat movable from a deployed position to a stored position;
a second seat;
a third seat, said first seat being smaller than each of said second seat and said third seat;
wherein said first seat is stored in said second seat in said stored position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,372

BOND PIN ASSEMBLY FOR CONNECTING CONNECTION CABLES

Youxue Qui, Shenzhen (CN...

1. A bond pin assembly for connecting a connection cable with a rail, comprising:a bond pin that is inserted into a through hole in the rail, said bond pin having a transition portion and a screw portion, a diameter of one end of the transition portion being larger than a diameter of the other end of the transition portion, the end of the transition portion having a smaller diameter being connected with the screw portion;
a conductive sleeve that is provided between the bond pin and a wall of the through hole of the rail,
a nut that is screwed on the screw portion to fasten an end of the connection cable between the nut and a side wall of the rail, and
a conductive gasket that is provided between the end of the connection cable and the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,189,371

ELECTRICALLY-POWERED VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An electrically-powered vehicle, comprising:a high voltage battery configured to store electric power for travelling the electrically-powered vehicle;
a charger configured to output charge current to the high voltage battery, the charger including a first housing and a first circuit board accommodated in the first housing; and
a second housing including a first face, a second face opposed to the first face in a first direction, and a space defined between the first face and the second face that accommodates the high voltage battery,
wherein the first face comprises a low stiffness portion having stiffness lower than a stiffness of the second face, and
wherein the low stiffness portion is fastened to the charger at different locations that are disposed separately from each other in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,370

ELECTRICAL SOURCE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONVERTER SWITCH TEMPERATURE CONTROL

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrical source control apparatus which is configured to control an electrical source system,the electrical source system comprising:
a first electricity storage apparatus;
a second electricity storage apparatus; and
an electrical power converter having a plurality of switching elements including at least four switching elements which are electrically connected in series, each of the plurality of switching elements being located in both of a first electrical power conversion path and a second electrical power conversion path, the first electrical conversion path passing through the first electricity storage apparatus and being used to perform an electrical power conversion with the first electricity storage apparatus, the second electrical conversion path passing through the second electricity storage apparatus and being used to perform an electrical power conversion with the second electricity storage apparatus,
the electrical source control apparatus comprising a controller,
the controller being programmed to:
select one switching element from at least two switching elements of the plurality of switching elements, the at least two switching elements constituting an upper arm or lower arm that is selected from the plurality of switching elements to perform the electrical power conversion with one of the first and second electricity storage apparatuses in a single operation mode based on a determination to perform the electrical power conversion with a selected one of the first and the second electricity storage apparatuses; and
control the electrical power converter to change a switching state of the selected one switching element while keeping a switching state of another one of the at least two switching elements which is different from the selected one switching element in an ON state to perform the electrical power conversion with the selected one of the first and the second electricity storage apparatus,
the controller being programmed to newly select the one switching element from the at least two switching elements and perform the electrical power conversion with the at least two switching elements such that a difference between temperatures of the at least two switching elements when the switching state of the newly selected one switching element is changed is smaller than the difference between the temperatures of the at least two switching elements when the switching state of the selected one switching element continues to be changed, when it is determined that a temperature of at least one of the at least two switching elements satisfies a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,189,368

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, TRANSPORTATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

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

1. A power supply system comprising:a first energy storage having a first power density and a first energy density, a first charge rate indicating a charge rate of the first energy storage;
a second energy storage having a second power density higher than the first power density and a second energy density lower than the first energy density, a second charge rate indicating a charge rate of the second energy storage;
a power transmission electric circuit via which an electrical load is connected to the first energy storage and to the second energy storage; and
circuitry configured to
control the power transmission electric circuit in a first mode when the second charge rate is higher than a second switching threshold while controlling the power transmission electric circuit in a second mode, a ratio of a first electric power amount of an electric power to be supplied from the first energy storage to the electrical load and a second electric power amount of an electric power to be supplied from the second energy storage to the electrical load being changed in accordance with the first charge rate at least in the first mode among the first mode and the second mode, and
control the power transmission electric circuit in the second mode when the second charge rate is lower than a first switching threshold lower than the second switching threshold while controlling the power transmission electric circuit in the first mode, the second electric power amount in the second mode being smaller than the second electric power amount in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,367

ELECTRIC VEHICLE QUICK CHARGE CONTROL APPARATUS

LG Innotek Co., Ltd., Se...

1. An electric vehicle quick charge control apparatus, comprising:a voltage detector configured to detect a level of DC (direct current) voltage of input voltage inputted from a charging station;
a quick charger configured to monitor SOC (status of charge) information of a battery of an electric vehicle, while performing quick charging for the battery of the electric vehicle by being supplied with electric power applied by the charging station; and
an integrated power control unit configured to dually control quick charging of the battery based on first determination information and second determination information,
the first determination information being obtained by determining charging status of the battery from the SOC information delivered from the quick charger directly connected to the battery, and
the second determination information being obtained by determining charging status of the battery from the input voltage inputted from the charging station determined by using detection voltage delivered from the voltage detector,
wherein the integrated power control unit terminates charging of the battery when the charging status based on the first determination information is different from the charging status based on the second determination information.

US Pat. No. 10,189,362

VEHICLE CHARGING STATION HAVING DEGRADED ENERGY STORAGE UNITS FOR CHARGING AN INCOMING VEHICLE AND METHODS THEREOF

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

1. A charging station comprising:at least one energy storage unit; and
a controller determining a time before a vehicle arrives at the charging station and calculating a power to be supplied by the at least one energy storage unit and a power to be supplied by a power grid based on the time before the vehicle arrives at the charging station, wherein the at least one energy storage unit is powered based on a predetermined table having percentage and kilowatt hour fills for each of the at least one energy storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,360

ELECTRIC CHARGING SYSTEM

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An electric charging system that connects an electric charger and an electric vehicle via a charging cable and charges an electric storage device mounted on the electric vehicle, the electric charging system comprising:an electric charger, comprising:
a power converter configured to convert AC power received from an external power source to DC power, and comprising a positive electrode and a negative electrode electrically connected to two power supply lines, respectively,
a supply-side voltage sensor connected to the two power supply lines and configured to detect supply voltage values,
a charging controller comprising a supply-side processor communicable with a vehicle controller mounted on the electric vehicle and the supply-side voltage sensor, and
a housing accommodating the power converter, the supply-side voltage sensor, and the charging controller, and provided outside of and separately from the electric vehicle; and
a charging cable comprising:
a free edge including power supply connectors electrically connected to the power converter with the two power supply lines, the power supply connectors being connectable to charging connectors of the electric vehicle,
a fixed edge fixed to the housing, and
an elongated portion extended between the free edge and the fixed edge, and provided outside of and separately from the electric vehicle;
wherein the supply-side processor is configured to:
when the power supply connectors are connected to charging connectors of the electric vehicle, cause the electric charger to supply the DC power to the electric vehicle through the charging cable at detected supply voltage values, cause the electric vehicle to receive the DC power at receiving side voltage values, and receive the detected supply voltage values from the supply-side voltage sensor;
generate detected supply voltage data indicating a change of the detected supply voltage values with respect to time;
generate processed supply voltage data by subjecting the detected supply voltage data to a filtering process;
when the power supply connectors are connected to the charging connectors of the electric vehicle, communicate with the vehicle controller, and receive receiving side voltage data indicating a change of the receiving side voltages with respect to time from the vehicle controller;
by temporarily varying a change rate of the detected supply voltage values with respect to time, generate a first feature point corresponding the varying of the change rate in the processed supply voltage data at a first time, and generate a second feature point corresponding the varying of the change rate in the receiving side voltage data at a second time;
calculate a time lag between the first time and the second time;
calculate a voltage difference between the supply voltage and the receiving side voltage based on the time lag, the processed supply voltage data and the receiving side voltage data; and
cause the electric charger to terminate supplying the DC power to the electric vehicle after determining that a charge state of the electric vehicle has reached a determination value.

US Pat. No. 10,189,357

REDUCED RIPPLE CONVERTER FOR HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A powertrain for a vehicle comprising:a DC/DC converter, including an inductor and output capacitor, coupled between a traction battery and an electric drive unit; and
a controller configured to, in response to an electrical connection between the vehicle and an AC grid, couple the output capacitor and inductor in series and across terminals of the traction battery to absorb reactive power from the AC grid.

US Pat. No. 10,189,356

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

15. A vehicle control method comprising:determining a slip of each of wheels;
calculating a base distribution torque to be distributed to front and rear wheels on the basis of requested torques and a base distribution ratio of torques between the front and rear wheels, and changing the base distribution ratio on the basis of a result of the slip determination when the slip is detected;
decreasing the base distribution torque on the basis of the result of the slip determination in a manner that a rotation speed of a slipping wheel that is slipping becomes equal to a target rotation speed;
redistributing a decreased torque amount of the slipping wheel that is slipping to the base distribution torque of non-slipping wheels that are not slipping: and
changing the base distribution ratio of torques based on an actual distribution ratio of torques, between the front and rear wheels, before and after the decrease of the base distribution torque.

US Pat. No. 10,189,353

ON-VEHICLE STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An on-vehicle structure comprising:a motor unit including a housing and a motor for traveling housed in the housing; and
a power control unit configured to drive the motor, the power control unit mounted in a front space of a vehicle, the power control unit fixed by a front bracket and a rear bracket above the housing, a space being defined between a lower surface of the power control unit and the housing, the rear bracket configured to support a rear side of the power control unit on the housing, the front bracket configured to support a front side of the power control unit on the housing, the front bracket including:
a base section fixed to the housing; and
a support section extending from the base section to the power control unit, the support section configured to contact with the housing before the lower surface of the power control unit contacts with an upper surface of the housing when the support section is collapsed rearward by a load applied to the power control unit from front, wherein
T is a length from a coupling point between the support section and the base section to a front end of the lower surface of the power control unit, T satisfies a relationship G>T·{sin(B)?sin(A)} in a side view of the power control unit and the housing,
where A is an angle defined by a first linear line with respect to a reference line, the first linear line passes through the coupling point and the front end of the power control unit when the support section is collapsed and contacts with the housing, and the reference line is parallel to the lower surface of the power control unit before collapse of the support section and passes through the coupling point,
B is an angle defined by a second linear line with respect to the reference line, the second linear line passes through the coupling point and the front end of the power control unit before the support section is collapsed, and
G is a gap of the space between the lower surface of the power control unit and a power cable terminal before the collapse of the support section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,351

AGITATOR TRUCK

BYD Company Limited, She...

1. An agitator truck, comprising:a frame;
a first axle assembly and a second axle assembly disposed along a front-rear direction in a spaced manner on the frame, wherein the second axle assembly comprises two vehicle axle assemblies that are disposed along the front-rear direction in a spaced manner; and
a suspension system, wherein each of the vehicle axle assemblies is connected to the frame through the suspension system, wherein:
each of the vehicle axle assemblies includes an axle case assembly comprising an axle case component, and two half axles located inside the axle case component; and
at least one of the two vehicle axle assemblies is an electric drive axle assembly comprising an electric power assembly, wherein the electric power assembly comprises:
a transmission having a transmission case fixed to the axle case component;
a power motor fixed onto the transmission case; and
a differential supported on the transmission case and located inside the axle case component.

US Pat. No. 10,189,350

FUEL DRIP RETENTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system, comprising a computer comprising a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions such that the processor is programmed to:actuate one of a pump or a starter motor to generate a vacuum in an evaporation line between a fuel nozzle receiving port and a vapor canister upon determining that fuel has stopped flowing into a fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 10,189,349

SHUTTER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A shutter device for a vehicle, which adjusts an amount of air flowing from an outside of a vehicle surface to an inside thereof the shutter device comprising:a frame member having an opening provided therein and a frame-side pivot member, and mounted on the vehicle;
a fin extending in a first direction; and
a fin-side pivot member, which is pivotally engaged with the frame-side pivot member to pivotally support the fin on the frame member to be pivotable in the opening of the frame member,
wherein the fin-side pivot member is provided independently from the fin, and the fin-side pivot member is fixed to the fin,
wherein the fin has a uniform sectional shape in the first direction, and
wherein the fin includes an engaging part having a uniform sectional shape throughout the fin in the first direction, and the fin-side pivot member is engaged with the engaging part.

US Pat. No. 10,189,348

MOTOR VEHICLE UNDERTRAY TRIM PANEL HAVING AN AIR INLET

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle undertray trim panel comprising an air inlet which is delimited toward a vehicle engine compartment and toward a roadway by an upper and a lower flat element, respectively, which flat elements extend arcuately rearward and upward in the direction of the engine compartment, in which components to be cooled of the vehicle are situated, wherein the upper flat element runs, starting from a front end which lies in a vehicle longitudinal direction, in front of an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle and below a front radiator, approximately horizontally and at a spacing below an oil sump of the internal combustion engine and then in a continuously steeper curve to its rear end which lies behind the oil sump and which is adjoined by a planar air ram plate which extends by a small amount substantially vertically upward, and then ends substantially freely in the engine compartment, and wherein the lower flat element runs, from a front end which lies in the vehicle longitudinal direction behind the rear end of the upper flat element, in a steeper curve than the upper flat element rearward and upward to a rear end which lies even further rearward and substantially higher than the rear end of the upper flat element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,346

PLANETARY MULTI-STAGE TRANSMISSION

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A planetary multi-stage transmission for a vehicle, comprising:a housing (9);
at least one electric motor (EM);
three planetary gear sets including a first planetary gear set (RS1), a second planetary gear set (RS2) and a third planetary gear set (RS3);
a drive (An) connectable by a zeroth shift element (K0) to a first shaft (1);
an output (Ab) connected to a second shaft (2);
four additional shafts including a third shaft (3), a fourth shaft (4), a fifth shaft (5) and a sixth shaft (6); and
a plurality of additional shift elements including a first shift element (K1), a second shift element (K2), a third shift element (K3), a fourth shift element (K4) and a fifth shift element (B1), the plurality of additional shift elements actuatable to provide at least eight forward gears (G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7, G8);
wherein a first element of the first planetary gear set (RS1) is connected to the housing (9), the first shaft (1) is permanently connected to a second element of the first planetary gear set (RS1), a rotor (10) of the electric motor (EM) is connected to a third element of the first planetary gear set (RS1), and the third element of the first planetary gear set (RS1) is connectable by one or more of the plurality of additional shift elements to at least one element of one or more of the second and third planetary gear sets (RS2, RS3).

US Pat. No. 10,189,341

TOP OF A CONVERTIBLE VEHICLE COMPRISING PANEL BOWS

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A top of a convertible vehicle, comprising a top cover and a top linkage which is adjustable between a closed position covering a vehicle interior and a storage position uncovering the vehicle interior toward the top and which has a linkage arrangement on each of its two sides with respect to a vertical longitudinal center plane of the top, each linkage arrangement being pivotably mounted on a respective main bearing, which is fixed to the vehicle, via a main multi-joint arrangement comprising two main links, a rear bow realized as a panel bow being mounted on each of the bilaterally arranged linkage arrangements via a rear link arrangement, said rear bow being arranged at the rear when the top linkage is in the closed position and extending in the transverse direction of the top, wherein the two bilaterally arranged rear link arrangements are each actuable by a drive lever which drives the respective rear link arrangement in a first opening phase starting from the closed position while the main multi-joint arrangement is static and which drives the respective rear link arrangement in the opposite direction of the respective main multi-joint arrangement in a second opening phase, and wherein the top linkage comprises at least four panel bows.

US Pat. No. 10,189,340

FOLDING TONNEAU COVER APPARATUS

Agri-Cover, Inc., Jamest...

1. A tonneau cover apparatus for removable attachment about a top of a perimeter of a cargo box of a pickup truck, the top perimeter of the cargo box including a forward end, two opposing sidewalls and a tailgate, the tailgate being positioned rearward of the forward end and having an open position and a closed position, the tonneau cover apparatus comprising:a support frame assembly for attachment to the cargo box, the support frame assembly having two opposing side rails, wherein each of the respective side rails can be secured to one of the respective opposing sidewalls; and
a cover assembly including a plurality of rigid panels; wherein the plurality of rigid panels includes first and second panels; the first and second panels being flexibly secured to one another by a flexible hinge; each of the rigid panels having a thickness of from about 0.020 inches to about 0.200 inches and the flexible hinge is made from a fiber reinforced polymeric material that can withstand deformation without breaking or cracking; and wherein the cover assembly includes a plurality of elongated support members; wherein each of the plurality of elongated support members is secured to an underside of one of the plurality of rigid panels to stiffen the respective rigid panel.

US Pat. No. 10,189,336

GLAZING UNIT COMPRISING A PROFILED CLIP-FASTENING BEAD HAVING A HOLE

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A vehicle glazing unit comprising a glazed element having an outer face, an edge face and an inner face, said glazing unit comprising, along at least a part of a bottom edge, a profiled bead attached to said glazed element and comprising a groove for clip-fastening a covering piece on said profiled bead, said covering piece comprising, as seen in cross section, a barbed hook that passes into said groove during clip-fastening, said profiled bead being situated against said edge face of said glazed element, said profiled bead comprising, as seen in cross section, an inner leg situated beneath said inner face of said glazed element, wherein the bottom edge comprises two bottom parts disposed symmetrically on either side of a vertical axis that is centered along a length of the vehicle glazing unit, wherein the inner leg extends along said two bottom parts and comprises (a), in a region of a first of the two bottom parts a first hole void of solid material and passing through said inner leg and (b), in a region of a second of the two bottom parts, a second hole void of solid material and passing through said inner leg, and wherein the first and second holes are each centered lengthwise on a bottommost point of said profiled bead.

US Pat. No. 10,189,335

FILTER

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A filtration material for filtering a contaminated air stream, comprising:a first layer comprising a first three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers including a first plurality of cells, the first plurality of cells including an extracellular matrix comprising ?-glucan and chitin, the first layer configured to preclude passage of solid materials of the contaminated air stream;
a second layer fluidly downstream of the first layer comprising a second three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers including a second plurality of cells, the second plurality of cells including an extracellular matrix including ?-glucan and chitin, the second layer configured to preclude passage of solid materials of the contaminated air stream, the second layer being adhered to the first layer; and
a polymer mixture coating the first layer and the second layer, the polymer mixture including a polymer and an antioxidant, the polymer configured to mitigate exposure of the first three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers and the second three-dimensional network of mycelium fibers to glucanases and chitaneses, the polymer further configured to begin thermally degrading at or above a predetermined temperature, the antioxidant being included at an amount sufficient to mitigate the polymer from thermally degrading below the predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,189,333

METHOD OF MODIFYING A HEAVY DUTY TRUCK AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

14. A method of modifying a primary air conditioning loop of a heavy duty truck, the primary air conditioning loop having a compressor, a condenser mounted within an engine bay of the truck, an evaporator, and a cooling fan belt-driven by an engine of the truck mounted within the engine bay adjacent a radiator of the truck, the method comprising:removing the condenser from the engine bay;
removing the belt-driven cooling fan from the engine bay;
installing a remote condenser on the truck external from the engine bay on a back of a cab of the truck, the remote condenser in fluid communication with the primary air conditioning loop of the truck, the remote condenser including one or more electrically powered condenser fans mounted adjacent to the condenser;
installing an electric cooling assembly in the engine bay adjacent to the radiator of the truck, the electric cooling assembly comprising four electrically powered cooling fans oriented in a 2×2 arrangement and surrounded by a shroud;
installing a control unit in electrical communication with the one or more cooling fans, wherein the control unit activates or deactivates one or more of the electrically powered cooling fans based on cooling needs of the engine;
installing a manual activation switch for activating the one or more electrically powered cooling fans of the electric cooling assembly;
removing an oil cooler from the engine bay of the truck; and
installing a remote oil cooler at a location that is external to the engine bay of the truck.

US Pat. No. 10,189,331

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

JAPAN CLIMATE SYSTEMS COR...

1. A vehicle air conditioner comprising:a heat pump
including a compressor configured to compress refrigerant, a downstream indoor heat exchanger disposed inside a vehicle compartment, an upstream indoor heat exchanger disposed in a portion of the vehicle compartment upstream of the downstream indoor heat exchanger in a flow direction of air, and an outdoor heat exchanger disposed outside the vehicle compartment, and
configured such that the compressor, the downstream indoor heat exchanger, the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and the outdoor heat exchanger are connected together through a refrigerant pipe; and
an indoor air conditioner
housing the downstream indoor heat exchanger and the upstream indoor heat exchanger,
including an air blower configured to send air-conditioning air to the downstream indoor heat exchanger and the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and
configured to generate conditioned air to supply the conditioned air into the vehicle compartment,
wherein the refrigerant pipe includes
a low-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe connected to the upstream indoor heat exchanger and configured to supply only low-temperature refrigerant to the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and
a high-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe connected to the upstream indoor heat exchanger and configured to supply only high-temperature refrigerant to the upstream indoor heat exchanger, and
the heat pump further includes
an air conditioning controller configured to switch the heat pump among a plurality of operation modes including
an air-heating operation mode in which the downstream indoor heat exchanger and the upstream indoor heat exchanger serve as radiators and the outdoor heat exchanger serves as a heat absorber, and
an air-cooling operation mode in which the upstream indoor heat exchanger serves as a heat absorber, the downstream indoor heat exchanger serves as a radiator, and the outdoor heat exchanger serves as a radiator, and
a flow path switcher configured to switch a refrigerant flow path such that high-temperature refrigerant from the downstream indoor heat exchanger flows through the high-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe in the air-heating operation mode and that low-temperature refrigerant from the outdoor heat exchanger flows through the low-temperature refrigerant-dedicated pipe in the air-cooling operation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,328

VEHICULAR PUMP APPARATUS AND VEHICULAR BRACKET

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A vehicular pump apparatus comprising:a pump compressing a fluid; and
an annular bracket;
the bracket including:
an annular portion to which the pump is secured, the annular portion being provided at an inner peripheral side of the bracket;
a plurality of vehicle body mounting portions to be connected to a vehicle body, the vehicle body mounting portions being provided at an outer peripheral side of the bracket; and
a connecting portion provided between each of the vehicle body mounting portions and the annular portion;
the annular portion of the bracket having a convex portion of convex cross-sectional shape provided along the annular portion;
the connecting portion between each of the vehicle body mounting portions and the annular portion having a non-linear shape;
the annular portion of the bracket being formed in a polygonal shape comprising sides different in length between adjacent ones thereof;
the vehicle body mounting portions of the bracket being disposed at respective positions that face each other across the annular portion and that are asymmetric to each other with respect to the annular portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,327

SPRING MODULE WITH NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE STIFFNESS SPRINGS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A strut assembly for a suspension corner employed in a vehicle having a vehicle body and a road wheel, the strut assembly comprising:a damper; and
an elastic unit having at least one spring module acting in concert with the damper to suspend the vehicle body relative to the road wheel, wherein the at least one spring module has a positive stiffness spring arranged in parallel with a negative stiffness spring;
wherein the positive stiffness spring is a Belleville spring segment and the negative stiffness spring is a buckling beam segment.

US Pat. No. 10,189,326

ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A FRAME ELEMENT AND A CONNECTING ELEMENT, AND METHOD FOR SECURING A CONNECTING ELEMENT TO A FRAME ELEMENT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An assembly, comprising:a frame element of a motor vehicle;
a connecting element, provided for attaching a component, and
a fiber winding configured to non-displaceably secure the connecting element to the frame element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,324

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COUPLING A MOTOR VEHICLE TO A TRAILER

1. A method for coupling a motor vehicle having a trailer coupling to a coupling element of a trailer with at least partially automatic actuation of the motor vehicle, the motor vehicle includes a surroundings sensor system, at least one axle, and an air suspension system, the method comprising:acquiring, from the surroundings sensor system, data;
checking, using the data obtained by the surroundings sensor system, when the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is at a level which is suitable for coupling, in comparison with the coupling element of the trailer; and
controllably adjusting a level of the at least one axle of the motor vehicle by way of the air suspension system based on the acquired data;
wherein when, in comparison with the coupling element of the trailer, the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is at a level which is suitable for coupling, automated maneuvering takes place into a position in which the coupling element of the trailer is located above the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle; and
wherein after the position in which the coupling element of the trailer is located above the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle is reached, a controlled change in level takes place at the at least one axle in such a way that the trailer coupling of the motor vehicle engages into the coupling element of the trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,321

AIR MAINTENANCE TIRE SYSTEM COMPONENT PROTECTOR

1. A protector for components of an air maintenance tire system, the components of the air maintenance tire system including an annular air tube being mounted to a tire, a mounting member being secured to a sidewall of the tire and connected to the annular air tube, and at least one flexible connecting tube extending between the mounting member and a valve housing to enable fluid communication between the annular air tube and the valve housing, the protector comprising:a first end disposed proximate a connection of the at least one connecting tube to the mounting member and being secured to the mounting member;
a second end disposed proximate the valve housing and being secured to the valve housing, whereby the protector covers at least an outboard surface of the at least one connecting tube for a length of the connecting tube extending between the mounting member and the valve housing; and
a mid-portion disposed between the first end and the second end, the protector being formed with a taper extending from the first end to the mid-portion, and with a taper extending from the second end to the mid-portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,319

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Jianzhong Fu, Rockville,...

1. A passenger car tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) comprising:a processor, wherein the processor is configured to:
determine a safety condition of a specific tire of the passenger car, based on deviations from a load-dependent tire pressure standard that is configured dynamically based on a real-time load of the specific tire measured by at least one load sensor; and
determine the load-dependent tire pressure standard by looking up a database comprising a plurality of tire pressure standards correlating respectively with a plurality of loads for the specific tire;
an indication device configured to provide at least one of a visual, audio, or heptic indication of the safety condition of the specific tire; and
a plurality of sensors configured to collect data of the tire load;
wherein:
the safety condition comprises a tire deformation limit;
the TPMS is a non-FMVSS138 system; and
the plurality of sensors are disposed at seats of the passenger car to measure occupancy of the passenger car to thereby indirectly measure the tire load data.

US Pat. No. 10,189,316

ROLLING ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A TIRE, A RIM AND AN ADAPTER

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A rolling assembly having an axis of rotation and comprising:a tire having two beads;
a rim;
an adapter coupled between one of the beads and the rim,
said rim having two rim seats,
said adapter having:
an axially inner end that is adapted to be mounted on one of the rim seats and comprises a metal inner reinforcing element,
an axially outer end that comprises an outer reinforcing element having a spherical geometric shape in section,
a body that connects said axially outer end to said axially inner end and provides a connection between said outer reinforcing element and said inner reinforcing element,
a substantially cylindrical adapter seat adapted to receive one of said beads of the tire, said seat being situated at an axially outer portion of said body,
an adapter bearing face substantially contained in a plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation, said adapter bearing face being situated on an axially inner face of the axially outer end,
wherein the outer reinforcing element is axially situated entirely on the outside of the bearing face, wherein the body comprises, facing the adapter seat, an annular seat reinforcement, wherein the annular seat reinforcement and the outer reinforcing element of the axially outer end are distinct from one another, and wherein the rim is made of a material selected from the group of:
(1) alloys of aluminium and/or of magnesium,
(2) composite materials based on carbon fibres, glass fibres, aramid fibres, plant fibres, said fibres being comprised in a matrix based on thermosetting compounds or on thermoplastic compounds, or of a composite containing an elastomer, and
(3) a composite comprising resin and fibres selected from the group of: (a) carbon fibres, (b) glass fibres, (c) aramid fibres, (d) plant fibres, and (e) any combinations of materials (a), (b), (c) and (d).

US Pat. No. 10,189,313

TIRE COMPRISING AN IMPROVED TREAD

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire adapted to be mounted on a mounting rim of a vehicle wheel and having a predetermined direction of mounting on a vehicle, comprising a tread extending between an outboard axial edge and an inboard axial edge, the inboard axial edge being the edge intended to be mounted on the side facing the body shell of the vehicle when the tire is mounted on the vehicle in the predetermined direction of mounting, the distance between the outboard axial edge and the inboard axial edge of the tread in the new state defining a width L of the tread;wherein the tread comprises N circumferential ribs, N being a whole number greater than or equal to 4, separated by N?1 circumferential grooves each one comprising two lateral walls, the mean axial distance between the two lateral walls of each groove being greater than or equal to 5 mm and less than or equal to 20 mm;
wherein the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread extends, which is configured to be in contact with a road surface, in any radial section and over the entire radial depth of the tread, from a first axial position, of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is greater than or equal to 0.95·L, to a second axial position, of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is less than or equal to 0.6·L;
wherein the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread comprises a first portion made from a first rubber composition and a second portion axially adjacent to the first portion and made from a second rubber composition different from said first rubber composition, wherein the second axial position is an outboard lateral wall of the groove adjacent to the second portion of the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread;
wherein the first portion extends, in any radial section and over the entire radial depth of the tread, from said first axial position to a third axial position of which the axial distance with respect to the inboard axial edge of the tread is greater than or equal to 0.8 L and less than or equal to 0.85 L, the second portion of the circumferential rib extending from said third axial position to said second axial position, wherein the ribs other than the circumferential rib adjacent to the outboard axial edge of the tread are the second rubber composition;
wherein said first and second rubber compositions comprise at least one elastomer and at least one reinforcing filler comprising a carbon black, the carbon black representing a percentage greater than or equal to 50% and less than or equal to 100% of weight of all of the reinforcing filler, and
wherein said first rubber composition has:
an elastic modulus at 300% deformation which is greater than 1.1 times and less than or equal to 2.1 times the elastic modulus at 300% deformation of said second rubber composition;
a Shore A hardness which is greater than or equal to 0.95 times and less than or equal to 1.20 times the Shore A hardness of said second rubber composition;
a complex modulus G* at 60° C. which is greater than or equal to 1.00 times and less than or equal to 2.10 times the complex modulus G* at 60° C. of said second rubber composition.

US Pat. No. 10,189,309

WHEEL BEARING ASSEMBLY

ILJIN GLOBAL CO., LTD., ...

1. A wheel bearing assembly, comprising:a wheel hub fastened to a vehicle wheel so as to rotate as a unit and having a ring-shaped fastening portion; and
a brake disc having a ring-shaped fastening portion fastened to the fastening portion of the wheel hub,
wherein the fastening portion of the wheel hub protrudes radially outward, the fastening portion of the brake disc protrudes radially inward, and the fastening portion of the wheel hub and the fastening portion of the brake disc are fastened to each other while being axially overlapped,
wherein the wheel hub includes a cylindrical portion and a flange portion formed to extend radially outward from the cylindrical portion and to continuously extend in a circumferential direction, and
wherein the fastening portion of the wheel hub is formed at a radial outer edge of the flange portion so as to protrude radially outward.

US Pat. No. 10,189,306

REAR HUB AND BICYCLIC AXLE

Canyon Bicycles GmbH, Ko...

1. A rear hub comprising:a hub body rotatably supported on a hub axle,
a sprocket carrier rotatably supported on the hub axle, and
a freewheel mechanism for axially coupling the hub body and the sprocket carrier,
further comprising a decoupling element for decoupling the hub body and the sprocket carrier,
wherein the decoupling element is actuated by a manual actuating element which is connected with an actuating mechanism on a bicycle handlebar.

US Pat. No. 10,189,280

CORRUGATED-BOARD MACHINE

BHS Corrugated Maschinen-...

1. A corrugated-board machine for manufacturing corrugated board, comprisinga) a material-web output device for outputting a material web,
b) an inkjet printing device disposed downstream of the material-web output device for printing at least one imprint on the material web, and
c) an overcoating arrangement, disposed downstream of the inkjet printing device, for overcoating the printed material web at least in regions, the overcoating arrangement comprising a varnishing unit for substantially full-faced overcoating a printed side of the material web with at least one overcoating layer, the varnishing unit comprising at least one overcoat-application roller for applying the at least one overcoating layer on the printed side of the material web, the overcoating arrangement further comprises an inkjet-varnishing device for inkjet-varnishing the printed material web in regions with at least one inkjet-varnish region, the at least one inkjet-varnish region covers the at least one imprint at least in regions in order to increase its gloss effect at least in regions;
an inkjet-varnishing control device for position control of the at least one inkjet-varnish region on the printed material web, the positioning control taking place on the basis of markings of the printed material web, the inkjet-varnishing control device communicating scaling/size values to the inkjet-varnishing device for matching the at least one inkjet-varnish region to the at least one imprint, the inkjet-varnishing control device being configured to match a size of the at least one inkjet-varnish region to the at least one imprint by receiving corresponding information which is based on distance measurements of the markings on the material web.

US Pat. No. 10,189,277

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRETREATING AND PRINTING TEXTILE SURFACES

Aeoon Technologies GmbH, ...

1. Device for pretreating and printing textile surfaces havingat least one pallet for accommodating and holding a textile to be printed, wherein, for the purpose of printing, the textile is provided on a printing face,
a pretreatment means, by means of which the textile can be pretreated prior to printing, wherein on the textile a pretreatment fluid is applied in a pretreatment area,
a printing means having at least one print head, by means of which the textile can be printed with a printed image in the pretreatment area,
a movement means, by means of which the at least one pallet can be moved relative to the pretreatment means and the printing means, and
a programmable control means, by means of which the printing means, the pretreatment means and/or the movement means can be controlled,whereina detection means is provided, by means of which the textile can be detected, and
the detection means is connected to the programmable control means, wherein, depending on the detected textile, the pretreatment area can be applied individually onto a partial area of the printing face of the textile.

US Pat. No. 10,189,263

REPLENISHMENT CONTAINER AND INKJET RECORDING DEVICE COMPRISING SAME

Hitachi Industrial Equipm...

1. A replenishment container comprising:a storage member comprising a storage chamber that stores ink or a solvent and comprising an opening formed therein;
a stopper member configured to seal the opening of the storage member; and
a lid member configured to cover the stopper member,
wherein the replenishment container comprises a seal member that has a through hole between the stopper member and the lid member,
the lid member comprises a through hole formed concentrically with the through hole of the seal member and an inner diameter of part or a whole of the through hole of the seal member is smaller than an inner diameter of the through hole of the lid member, and
further comprising an absorbing member between the seal member and the lid member, the absorbing member having a through hole formed concentrically with a through hole provided in the seal member and the lid member, and
wherein a thin wall portion, which has a smaller thickness than a surrounding area, is formed annularly in the stopper member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,245

METHOD AND AN ASSEMBLY FOR SUBLIMATION TRANSFER PRINTING

SPGPrints B.V., Boxmeer ...

1. A method for sublimation transfer printing comprising in sequence the continuous steps of:feeding a web of carrier from a feed mechanism in a machine direction to a carrier transport unit of a sublimation transfer printer provided with multiple digital printing stations,
synchronizing the speed of carrier with the movement of said transport unit;
positioning carrier on said transport unit;
depositing sublimation ink or inks onto carrier whilst synchronizing the speed of carrier with the deposition of the sublimation ink or inks;
removing carrier from transport unit and passing carrier with deposited sublimation ink or inks together with a web of substrate material to be printed from a feed mechanism through a heat press at sublimation conditions,
transferring the sublimation ink or inks onto the substrate material, and
collecting the printed substrate material and used carrier from outlet,
wherein the digital printing stations extend transversally to the machine direction and cover the width of carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,189,244

METHOD FOR SELECTING A FORMAT FOR A SECTION TO BE PRINTED

Hewlett-Packard Gesellsch...

1. A method for producing a print product including selecting a print section format for a section to be printed having at least one signature, the steps comprising:selecting, by a processor, a print section layout that divides the section to be printed in a running direction and in a transversal direction into adjacent units;
assigning the at least one signature which includes pages in a page format of the print product to a unit of the adjacent units;
determining border regions outside of the at least one signature, longitudinal dimensions in a running direction of the at least one signature, and transversal dimensions in a transversal direction of the at least one signature, wherein at least one of the border regions adjoins an adjacent border region for an adjacent page;
implementing a fold-over outside of at least one of the border regions;
calculating an optimal longitudinal dimension from the sums of the longitudinal dimensions and the border regions adjoining in the running direction, the fold-over outside of at least one of the border regions in the running direction, and a percentage of a difference between a longitudinal dimension and a minimum longitudinal dimension;
calculating an optimal transversal dimension from the sums of the transversal dimensions and the border regions adjoining in the transversal direction, and a percentage of a difference between a transversal dimension and a minimum transversal dimension; and
selecting the print section format so that the longitudinal dimension of the print section format is at least equal to the optimal longitudinal dimension and the transversal dimension of the print section format is at least equal to the optimal transversal dimension;
imprinting the section to be printed;
collating the at least one signature for the imprinted section; and
cutting the imprinted and collated section into page format to form the print product.

US Pat. No. 10,189,236

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR MAGNETIC SURFACE COVERINGS

Golconda Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A system for finishing a wall comprising:a set of modular wall covering units comprising an inner attractant layer and a decorative outer layer;
a magnetic underlayment comprising an isotropic magnetic sheeting, the magnetic underlayment having been heat treated, wherein the heat treatment of the magnetic underlayment is at 158 degrees Fahrenheit for seven days; and
a support layer comprising a wall board, an insulation layer, and a covering layer, the support layer being substantially vertical relative to a floor when installed in a structure;
wherein the magnetic underlayment is secured to the support layer forming a combined magnetic surface assembly for receiving and supporting the set of modular wall covering units, and the set of modular wall covering units are adapted to be releasably secured to the combined magnetic surface assembly with the inner attractant layer facing the magnetic underlayment, and wherein the weight of the set of modular wall covering units, when installed in a vertical orientation, is supported by the combined magnetic surface assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,235

REPAIR APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COMPOSITE PANELS HAVING A CONDUCTIVE LAYER

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A repair apparatus for an electrically conductive layer of a composite structure, comprising:a dielectric layer, having a perimeter, secured to a composite structure;
a first adhesive layer;
a conductive layer, secured over the dielectric layer and to the composite structure via the first adhesive layer around an entirety of the perimeter of the dielectric layer, the first adhesive layer being scored along a perimeter region thereof to improve a conductive path between the conductive layer and the composite structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,234

MACHINE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR BUILDING BOARD

ONEDAY WALL AB, Orebro (...

1. A machine for finishing building boards which are essentially shaped as cuboids including a primary main side and opposite thereto a secondary main side each having a relatively large delimitation area and four edge sides each having a relatively small delimitation area, the machine comprising:a conveyor line configured to receive incoming body elements for building boards and transport the body elements in a working direction along a set of processing stations in the machine;
a first processing station of said set of processing stations comprises laterally operating processing means configured to, by gluing, apply a first edge strip, of a female type, along a first edge side of said four edge sides in such a manner that the first edge strip is brought in parallel with the primary main side; and
a second processing station of said set of processing stations comprises vertically operating processing means configured to:
apply, by gluing, a primary surface layer which covers the entire primary main side and the primary side of the first edge stripe, and thereafter
apply a vertical pressure over the body element and the first edge stripe across the working direction while the body element and the first edge stripe pass the second processing station in such a manner that the primary side of the first edge stripe is brought in level with the primary main side of the body element when passing through the second processing station.

US Pat. No. 10,189,231

FABRIC HAVING A WATERPROOF BARRIER

Columbia Sportswear North...

1. An article of clothing, body gear, sporting gear, gloves, headwear, or footwear, comprising:a base material having an inward-facing surface and an outward-facing surface;
an exposed, breathable, hydrophobic, waterproof barrier disposed on the outward-facing surface of the base material, the waterproof barrier having an exposed, outward-facing surface and an inward-facing surface directed toward the base material;
a seam running through the waterproof barrier; and
a waterproof tape bonded to the outward-facing surface of the waterproof barrier and oriented to seal the seam against water ingress.

US Pat. No. 10,189,224

METHODS FOR MAKING RUBBER BALES

Karltex Machine, Inc., O...

1. A method of forming a rubber bale, comprising:inserting, into a press chamber of a bale assembly, compressible rubber materials;
closing the press chamber;
compressing, in the press chamber, the compressible rubber materials with a bolster assembly to form a rubber bale, the bolster assembly including:
a first coupling portion;
a second coupling portion removably attached to the first coupling portion by one or more coupling bolts, the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion cooperatively defining an arc shaped cavity for receiving a hydraulic rod,
an island portion removably attached to the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion by a plurality of island bolts that run through either the first coupling portion, the second coupling portion, or both and into the island portion; and
a bolster cap removably attached to the island portion by a plurality of retainer bolts, the retainer bolts each including a non-circular head attached to a frustum, the head having a substantially planar surface, the frustum attached to a threaded shaft distal the head, the bolster cap including a plurality of countersunk bores that receive the retainer bolts, the countersunk bores having complementary shapes to those of the retainer bolts;
opening the press chamber; and
ejecting the rubber bale from the press chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,189,219

METHOD OF FABRICATING A CERAMIC ARTICLE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A resin transfer molding process comprising:inserting a ceramic article within a bladder defining a part cavity;
inserting the bladder into a second cavity with a fixed geometry;
pressurizing the bladder against the ceramic article by filling the bladder with a liquid material; and
injecting resin into the ceramic article within the bladder with the bladder against the ceramic article to maintain resin within the ceramic article during curing.

US Pat. No. 10,189,215

LAYING DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR THE LAYING DOWN OF FIBRE TAPES

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

6. A method for automated laying down of fibre tapes on a surface by controlling a laying device according to claim 1, the method comprising:arranging a laying head and a creel on individually controllable head and creel positioning devices, respectively; and
tracking movements of the laying head with the creel and creel positioning device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,214

FREESPACE COMPOSITE MANUFACTURING PROCESS AND DEVICE

Composite Cluster Singapo...

1. A movable apparatus for forming a thermo-softening part, the apparatus comprising:a stationary base structure of the thermo-softening part, the stationary base structure defining a first side and a second side disposed opposite from the first side
a first placement unit that comprises:
at least one first roller, the first roller configured to move in a first predetermined path conforming to the first side of the stationary base structure of the thermo-softening part, and
a first heat source, and
a second placement unit that comprises at least one second roller, which corresponds to the at least one first roller, the second roller configured to move in a second predetermined path conforming to the second side of the stationary base structure, and
wherein:
the first heat source is provided for heating an elongated thermo-softening material to a predetermined temperature, and
the at least one first roller and the at least one second roller are configured to compress the thermo-softening material and the stationary base structure, the at least one first roller configured to press the thermo-softening material to the first side of the stationary base structure, the at least one second roller configured to press against the second side of the stationary base structure opposite from the at least one first roller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,213

METHOD AND MANUFACTURING UNIT FOR PRODUCING FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL COMPONENTS

Broetje-Automation GmbH, ...

1. A method for producing fiber composite material components comprising the following steps:providing a manufacturing unit to apply a fiber composite material to a component mould,
wherein the manufacturing unit has a positioning device and an application tool arranged thereon,
wherein the positioning device comprises a robot which has at least four pivot axes for the application tool,
wherein the positioning device to position the application tool relative to the component mould has a plurality of drive motors, which are activatable by a control device, the plurality of drive motors comprising a drive motor associated with each of the at least four pivot axes, and
wherein the manufacturing unit has at least two height profile measuring sensors, each with a detection range directed onto the component mould;
applying a first web of the fiber composite material to the component mould;
measuring a height profile in such a way that at least a part of the applied first web is located in the detection range of one of the height profile measuring sensors; and
applying a second web of the fiber composite material to the component mould in such a way that the control device activates at least one of the drive motors depending on the measured height profile, wherein the control device is operable to activate the at least one of the drive motors based on only one of the at least two height profile measuring sensors;
wherein the first and second webs are applied in opposite application directions,
wherein the at least two height profile measuring sensors comprise a first height profile measuring sensor and a second height profile measuring sensor arranged next to one another on the application tool such that the detection range of the first height profile measuring sensor is spaced apart from the detection range of the second height profile measuring sensor during application of the first and second webs;
wherein the first height profile measuring sensor measures a height profile of a previously applied web when the application tool is traveling in a first direction;
wherein the second height measuring sensor measures a height profile of a previously applied web when the application tool is traveling in a second direction;
wherein the application tool is rotated through 180° relative to the positioning device upon a change in the application direction;
wherein at least a part of a previously applied web is located in the detection range of one of the first and second height profile measuring sensors and not in the detection range of the other of the first and second height profile measuring sensors when the application tool is traveling in each of the first and second directions; and
wherein each of the first and second height profile measuring sensors is configured as a light section sensor configured to contactlessly measure the height profile of a previously applied web using a light section method comprising projecting a light line on the previously applied web and detecting a reflection of the light line, wherein the light line projected by each of the first and second height profile measuring sensors defines the detection range of each respective height profile measuring sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,212

POROUS STAMP MATERIAL FOR LASER PROCESSING, POROUS STAMP USING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Glory Industry Co., Ltd.,...

1. A porous stamp material consisting of a porous substance having continuous pores having 10-60 ?m pore diameter and comprising a non-crosslinked thermoplastic resin and 50-250 parts by weight of hydroxylated compound with respect to 100 parts by weight of the thermoplastic resin, wherein the starting temperature of dehydration of the hydroxylated compound is 100 to 500° C.

US Pat. No. 10,189,211

METHOD FOR PROCESSING ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED PART BY ROBOTICALLY MOVING MEDIUM INSIDE PART CAVITY

Incodema3D, LLC, Freevil...

1. A method, comprising:A method, comprising:
receiving, by a computer system, a three dimensional (3D) definition of a build piece from which a build plan has been derived, the 3D definition comprising a plurality of connected internal cavity sections;
generating, by the computer system, based on the 3D definition, a processing plan that comprises a plurality of robotic instructions to successively robotically move the build piece created by an additive manufacturing process into successive orientations in space, such that:
for each particular connected internal cavity section:
there is one of the successive orientations in the processing plan that corresponds to the particular connected internal cavity section;
the robotic instructions for robotic movement for the corresponding particular internal cavity section are created to ensure that the build piece is moved so that one surface of the corresponding particular connected internal cavity section and a horizontal plane in the space define an angle of constant value, wherein the angle is great enough to cause at least one medium inside the particular connected internal cavity section to have a polishing effect due to the force of gravity moving the medium along the length of the corresponding particular connected internal cavity section, wherein the constant value is the same value for all connected internal cavity sections; and
wherein the robotic instructions to successively orient a build piece into successive orientations specify a plurality of durations, each successive orientation having a corresponding duration at which the build piece is to be held at the successive orientation for a length of the corresponding duration;
outputting, by the computer system, the processing plan for use by a robotic controller;
inputting, by a robotic controller, the processing plan; and
causing, by the robotic controller, a robotic manipulator to execute the processing plan.

US Pat. No. 10,189,209

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THREE-DIMENSIONAL ARTICLES FROM FLEXIBLE COMPOSITE MATERIALS

DSM IP ASSETS B.V., Heer...

1. A method comprising the steps of:providing a female mold;
constructing a composite layup in the female mold by applying a first fiber-reinforced scrim layer in the female mold, applying a release liner over said first fiber-reinforced scrim layer, and applying a second fiber-reinforced scrim layer over said release liner such that the release liner is sandwiched between said first and second fiber-reinforced scrim layers in the female mold, wherein said first scrim layer extends beyond said second scrim layer so as to form peripherally extended first scrim layer material;
curing said composite layup;
cutting a hole into the cured composite layup up to the release liner;
inflating the composite layup through said hole;
applying a coating into the inflated layup through said hole;
displacing the coating by rotating the composite layup to coat the interior of the layup; and
drying or curing the displaced coating.

US Pat. No. 10,189,207

SONOTRODE

1. A sonotrode comprising:a head which defines a sealing surface elongated along a first direction orthogonal to a second direction; and
at least one first slot which extends through said head transversally to said first direction;
wherein said at least one first slot extends parallel to a third direction inclined to both said first direction and second direction;
said first direction defining a first angle with said second direction;
said sonotrode further comprising a pair of second slots which extend along respective fourth directions inclined with respect to both said first direction and said second direction; and
said fourth directions being symmetric with respect to a symmetry plane of said sonotrode parallel to said second direction and defining, each, a second angle with said plane.

US Pat. No. 10,189,206

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR REPAIRING DISCREPANT WELDS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method, for repairing a weld, the method comprising:providing a first weld-repair tool comprising an extended portion and a cavity adjacent the extended portion,
providing at least partially joined workpieces, wherein at least one workpiece contains a polymer material, the workpieces being joined by a discrepant weld comprising an insufficient primary portion and an ancillary portion positioned at a periphery of the insufficient primary portion or directly adjacent the insufficient primary portion;
positioning the first weld-repair tool and the workpieces so that the extended portion of the first weld-repair tool contacts a proximate workpiece of the workpieces, and the cavity aligns generally with the ancillary portion; and
delivering welding energy from the first weld-repair tool, via the extended portion, to the proximate workpiece in contact with the first weld-repair tool, causing the energy to melt the ancillary portion thus forming an enlarged ancillary portion that adjoins the insufficient primary portion and repairing the discrepant weld.

US Pat. No. 10,189,205

PRINTER HEAD Z-AXIS ALIGNMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM

NORTHWORKS AUTOMATION, IN...

1. A z-axis calibration system for a three-dimensional printer comprising:a controller determining a zero position for a three-dimensional printer printhead in an x-axis and a y-axis, as well as finding an initial position for position of the printhead in the z-axis;
a hotend of the printhead for deposition of printing material, the hotend connected to the printhead via a connector moveable in the z-axis, the hotend including an arm extending outward therefrom;
an optical sensor assembly including an emitter and a detector, the optical sensor assembly directly affixed to the printhead, where at the initial position in the z-axis, the arm of the hotend extends in-between the emitter and the detector; and
wherein the controller calibrates a starting position for the printhead based on z-axis movement of the printhead distinct from the hotend as facilitated by the connector, causing z-axis displacement of the arm on the hotend, the z-axis displacement allowing the detector to detect a change in light from the emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,203

METHOD FOR FORMING MICROPATTERN OF POLYIMIDE USING IMPRINTING

National Institute of Adv...

1. A method for forming a micropattern of polyimide using thermal imprinting, the method comprising:forming a polyimide film made of a solvent-soluble polyimide resin composition that is photosensitive and is moldable at a temperature of less than or equal to a glass-transition temperature;
heating the polyimide film at a temperature of less than or equal to the glass-transition temperature and pressing a mold against the polyimide film to form a micro projection/recess pattern on a surface of the polyimide film;
cooling the polyimide film and the mold and releasing the mold from the polyimide film;
irradiating the polyimide film with ultraviolet rays to perform light exposure thereon; and
heating the polyimide film to thermally cure the polyimide film.

US Pat. No. 10,189,200

TOOLING, SYSTEM, AND PROCESS FOR INJECTION STRETCH BLOW MOLDED CONTAINER WITH INTEGRAL HANDLE

1. Stretch blow station tooling for stretch blowing at least one parison into a molded article, with such parison including a handle, said tooling comprising:at least one blow mold including first and second blow mold halves shiftable between an open position and a closed position,
wherein said first and second blow mold halves each include a body cavity surface formed therein, and wherein said first and second blow mold halves each include a handle-supporting channel formed therein,
wherein in the closed position, said body cavity surfaces of said first and second blow mold halves are aligned to define a blow cavity for receiving a main body of the parison, wherein in the closed position, said handle-supporting channels of said first and second blow mold halves are aligned to define a handle-supporting cavity for receiving a main portion of the handle,
wherein when the parison is positioned within the blow mold, the main portion of the handle is received within the handle-supporting cavity and an end portion of the handle extends into the blow cavity; and
a plunger assembly including a plunger configured to be selectively positioned within said blow cavity,
wherein when said plunger is positioned within said blow cavity, said plunger is configured to contact the end portion of the handle of the parison so as to force the end portion of the handle towards the main body of the parison.

US Pat. No. 10,189,196

RESIN MOLDED COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RESIN MOLDED COMPONENT

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A resin molded piece of a crystalline resin which is molded by filling the crystalline resin into a molding space defined between a first mold and a second mold, comprising:a designed surface on to which a surface of the first mold is transferred and a non-designed surface to which a surface of the second mold is transferred, wherein
the designed surface includes a mirror surface portion, and wherein
center line average roughnesses Ra of the mirror surface portion and the non-designed surface are both 0.5 ?m or smaller,
wherein an absolute value of a difference between an angle formed by the non-designed surface and a reference line passing through the resin molded piece, and an angle formed by the designed surface and the reference line, is larger than 0.5 degrees and smaller than 5 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,189,195

PLATEN FOR AN INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATI...

1. A platen for use with an injection molding machine comprising:a body having an opening for receiving a ring protruding from a mold for aligning the body and the mold, the opening including a tapered recess having a surface extending radially outward in a vertical direction from at least one of an upper portion and a lower portion of the opening, the tapered recess defining opposed edges along an outer surface of the body;
wherein in response to the ring of the mold being positioned at least partially vertically above the opening or positioned at least partially beneath the opening and laterally aligned with the opening such that the ring is brought into contact with at least one of the opposed edges of the tapered recess and the surface of the tapered recess, and a continuous force applied to the mold toward the opening, and the ring being incrementally moved vertically toward the opening, at least one of the opposed edges and the surface of the tapered recess guiding the ring into engagement with the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,189,194

UNITARY DIAPHRAGM

Zurn Industries, LLC, Mi...

1. A one-piece unitary diaphragm assembly for use in a flush valve, the assembly comprising:an elongated barrel member having a body defining a passageway;
an annular flexible diaphragm disposed about the elongated barrel member, and a mounting portion at the peripheral edge of the annular flexible diaphragm for mounting said diaphragm assembly within the flush valve;
a radial support positioned circumferentially around the outer surface of said barrel member and extending along at least a portion of the longitudinal length of said barrel member;
a relief valve seat at the upper end of said elongated barrel member, said relief valve seat adapted for receiving a relief valve; and
a relief valve having a stem and a sealing member disposed at an upper end of said stem, in which a sealing material is disposed on a lower surface of the sealing member adapted for sealing against said relief valve seat;
wherein the sealing material is an annular lip on the lower surface of the sealing member;
wherein the elongated barrel member is constructed of a first predetermined material; and
wherein the annular flexible diaphragm is constructed of a second predetermined material different from the first predetermined material.

US Pat. No. 10,189,189

MOLDING METHOD AND MOLD THEREFOR

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

1. A method of molding a product by rotating a mold, comprising:(i) filling a liquid synthetic resin material into the mold;
(ii) disposing the mold, which has been filled with the liquid synthetic resin material in step (i), in a vacuum interior of a housing of a mixer; and
(iii) driving the mixer to subject the mold in the vacuum interior to a planetary motion, thereby agitating the synthetic resin material while degassing it and generating an agitated/degassed synthetic resin material in the mold and thereby molding the product by rotational molding,
wherein the planetary motion is generated by driving the mixer to cause the mold to orbit about an orbital axis and simultaneously rotate about a rotational axis, wherein the rotation axis is eccentric from the orbital axis and is tilted relative to the orbital axis.

US Pat. No. 10,189,187

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED SPRAY FOAM FABRICATION

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) a robotic arm;
(b) a tool module; and
(c) one or more computers;wherein(i) the robotic arm supports the tool module, which tool module comprises a nozzle and a subtractive fabrication tool, the nozzle and the subtractive fabrication tool being positioned in different locations within the tool module, and
(ii) the one or more computers are programmed to control the robotic arm and tool module in such a way that
(A) the nozzle performs spraying, which spraying comprises the nozzle spraying foam, layer by layer according to a CAD model, to fabricate walls of a mold configured to contain a casting material while the casting material cures,
(B) the subtractive fabrication tool performs removal of material from the mold according to the CAD model, which removal of material comprises removing foam material sprayed from the nozzle, and
(C) the robotic arm positions and orients the tool module in such a way that the nozzle and subtractive fabrication tool conduct the foam spraying and the removal of material, respectively, according to the CAD model.

US Pat. No. 10,189,179

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TUBULAR CONCRETE PRODUCTS

1. A system for producing tubular concrete products in a casting method using a plurality of upright casting molds, wherein each of the plurality of upright casting molds have an upright outer mold and a mold core arranged in the upright outer mold, the system configured to perform steps comprising:a) at least one demolding station for removing the upright outer mold from one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one demolding station and for removing a cured tubular concrete product from the mold core of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one demolding station,
b) at least one cleaning station for cleaning the mold core of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one cleaning station and for cleaning the upright outer mold of the one of the plurality of upright casting molds positioned at the at least one cleaning station,
c) at least one mold assembly station for assembling another of the plurality of upright casting molds from the cleaned upright outer mold and the cleaned mold core,
d) at least one filling station for filling the another of the plurality of assembled upright casting molds with concrete;
e) wherein a mold conveyor is configured to convey the another of the plurality of upright casting molds filled with concrete at the at least one filling station to a mold releasing position,
f) wherein a transport device is configured to transport the another of the plurality of upright casting molds from the mold releasing position to a curing zone and from the curing zone to a mold feeding position,
g) wherein the mold conveyor is further configured to convey the another of the plurality of filled upright casting molds from the mold feeding position to the at least one demolding station,
h) repeating steps a through b for the another of the plurality of filled upright casting molds to form a further of the plurality of upright casting molds in step c;
i) repeating steps d through g for the further of the plurality of upright casting molds, wherein the curing zone is configured to store the plurality of filled upright casting molds;
and wherein the system further comprises a fabrication zone having a plurality of fully automated fabrication stations to convey the plurality of upright casting molds between the fabrication stations.

US Pat. No. 10,189,172

METHOD OF REUSING REMNANT PREPREG FRAMEWORK

1. A method of reusing prepreg material comprising:providing a broad prepreg material comprised of reinforcing fibers impregnated with a resin matrix;
cutting out one or more geometric shapes from the broad prepreg material to make a component, leaving behind at least one piece of remnant prepreg material;
defining a pattern for cutting said piece of remnant prepreg material to form a single continuous strip of said remnant prepreg material; and
cutting the piece of remnant prepreg material to form the single continuous strip thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,189,168

SOFT ROBOTIC ACTUATOR ENHANCEMENTS

Soft Robotics, Inc., Bed...

1. An apparatus comprising:one or more soft robotic actuators, the soft robotic actuators comprising: a hollow body including an elastomeric material, the hollow body configured to accept an inflation fluid, a proximal end having an opening for receiving the inflation fluid, and a distal end opposite the proximal end that forms a gripping tip;
a hub comprising an interface for connecting to the one or more soft robotic actuators; and
an angular adjustment device for adjusting an angle of the one or more soft robotic actuators relative to the hub or relative to each other, the angular adjustment device comprising a rotatable component having a first interface configured to attach directly to the proximal end of one of the soft robotic actuators and a second interface configured to rotatably attach the angular adjustment device to the hub, the second interface configured to rotate the attached actuator with respect to the hub to change a relative angle between the attached actuator and the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,189,165

ACTUATORS WITH CONFORMING SLEEVES

President and Fellows of ...

24. A method for mechanical actuation, comprising:using an actuator including at least one actuator body that defines a chamber and at least one sleeve covering part of the actuator body; and
pumping fluid into the chamber defined by the actuator body, causing the actuator body to deform where the actuator body is not covered by the sleeve, while the sleeve limits the actuator body from deforming where the sleeve covers the actuator body.

US Pat. No. 10,189,162

MODEL GENERATION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MODEL GENERATION METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A model generation method for execution by a model generation apparatus, the model generation method comprising:inputting a three-dimensional shape model of a target object including (1) plane geometric features and (2) line geometric features;
setting a plurality of positions and orientations of a viewpoint, the viewpoint being used to observe the three-dimensional shape model of the target object, and sequentially selecting one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint;
calculating, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint set in the setting and for the plane geometric features and the line geometric features, respectively, a degree of change of a relationship between image features of an image to be observed at the viewpoint and each of the plane geometric features and the line geometric features of the three-dimensional shape model when the selected position and orientation of the viewpoint or a position and orientation of the target object is changed; and
generating a hierarchical cluster of plane geometric features and a hierarchical cluster of line geometric features, separately, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint, by setting each of the plane geometric features and each of the line geometric features as an initial cluster in a lowest layer, and sequentially merging a pair of clusters in a current layer to generate a cluster in a higher layer based on similarity of the degree of change of the relationship calculated for the pair of clusters.

US Pat. No. 10,189,160

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY INSERTING COMPONENTS INTO AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An automated assembly system that is configured to automatically insert components into grommets, the automated assembly system comprising:a component insertion sub-system configured to insert first components into first cavities of a first grommet;
an imaging sub-system configured to acquire images of the first grommet; and
a grommet shift determination sub-system in communication with the component insertion sub-system and the imaging sub-system, the grommet shift determination sub-system being configured to compare at least two images of at least portions of the first cavities of the first grommet acquired by the imaging sub-system to determine distance changes between the first cavities in response to one or more the first components being inserted into one or more of the first cavities, and generate an insertion map that accounts for the distance changes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,157

MANIPULATING SYSTEM AND MANIPULATING APPARATUS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

1. A manipulating apparatus for instruments, the manipulating apparatus comprising:a frame,
at least one instrument drive, and
an instrument carrier that is movably mounted to the frame and comprises:
a holding section arranged for holding an instrument arm of an instrument, and comprising a driving interface for transmitting mechanical energy to the instrument arm,
at least one transmission port arranged at the driving interface, wherein the at least one instrument drive is operatively coupled with the at least one transmission port,
a transmission section,
at least one transmission element arranged in the transmission section and configured for motion transmission between the at least one instrument drive and the at least one transmission port,
wherein the instrument carrier has a longitudinal axis and is at least sectionally rotatable about the longitudinal axis and relative to the frame,
wherein the at least one transmission element is arranged concentrically with respect to the longitudinal axis,
wherein the at least one transmission port is arranged off-center with respect to the longitudinal axis of the instrument carrier, and
wherein a rotation of the instrument carrier about the longitudinal axis moves the at least one transmission port around the longitudinal axis of the instrument carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,189,146

ABRASIVE TOOLS AND METHODS FOR FORMING SAME

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive tool comprising:a bonded abrasive including a body comprising abrasive particles contained within a bond material, wherein the body comprises a second major surface opposite a first major surface, and a peripheral surface extending between the first major surface and the second major surface; and
a barrier layer directly bonded to the first major surface and second major surface of the body, the barrier layer comprising a first polymer including a biaxially-oriented material.

US Pat. No. 10,189,145

ABRASIVE TOOLS AND METHODS FOR FORMING SAME

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive tool comprising:a bonded abrasive including a body comprising abrasive particles contained within a bond material; and
a barrier layer bonded to at least a major surface of the body, the barrier layer comprising a polymer including a biaxially-oriented material.

US Pat. No. 10,189,143

POLISHING PAD, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POLISHING PAD, AND POLISHING METHOD

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A polishing pad for a chemical-mechanical polishing apparatus, the polishing pad comprising:a first support layer defining a recess; and
a polishing layer present on the first support layer and having a top surface facing away from the first support layer, wherein:
the polishing layer defines a first cavity buried beneath the top surface of the polishing layer, and
the first cavity overlies the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,189,136

POWER TOOL WITH DIGITAL VARIABLE RELUCTANCE MOTOR CONTROL

JPW Industries Inc., LaV...

1. A method for operating a power tool, comprising:operating a motor of the power tool;
driving a working element of the power tool using the motor, the working element engaging a work piece during the driving of the working element;
sensing reluctance of the motor during the driving of the working element;
sensing a predetermined change in the reluctance of the motor during driving of the working element, the predetermined change in the reluctance corresponding to a change in a resistance to the driving of the working element wherein the change in the resistance to driving is a result of interaction between the working element and the work piece; and
automatically performing a predetermined action upon sensing the predetermined change, the predetermined action being an action selected from the group consisting of: stopping operation of the motor, reversing operation of the motor, increasing the speed of the motor, decreasing the speed of the motor, increasing the torque output by the motor, and decreasing the torque by the motor wherein the predetermined action includes operating the motor according to a predetermined operating profile, the operating profile including increasing the motor speed upon sensing a first predetermined change in the motor reluctance, and decreasing the motor speed according to the operating profile upon sensing a second predetermined change in the motor reluctance.

US Pat. No. 10,189,135

MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE CAPABLE OF NOTIFYING ADHESION OF CUTTING FLUID

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A motor drive device comprising:an electronic component; and
a casing which houses the electronic component,
wherein at least a part of an outer surface of the casing includes a base material mixed with a color changing substance that discolors when contacting a cutting fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,189,127

POSITIONING OF A SPINDLE WITH MICROMETRIC FORWARDING CONTROL AND TILTING OF ITS ROTATION AXIS

1. A positioning device of a spindle with micrometric forwarding control and tilting of a rotation axis of the spindle, the device comprising:a spindle shaft (11) rotatingly supported inside at least two rotatable supports,
wherein said at least two rotatable supports comprise two spherical elements (13,14) provided with respective seat surfaces to receive said spindle, said spindle being eccentric with respect to an axis (99) passing through a center of said spherical elements, said two spherical elements (13,14) being positioned in a housing having at least two parts (17,17?; or 19,20); and
two actuators (23,24) adapted to cause the two spherical elements (13,14) to rotate,
wherein said two actuators actuate the two spherical elements independently from one another during rotation of the spindle shaft, and
wherein said two actuators cause a controlled rotation of the two spherical elements (13, 14).

US Pat. No. 10,189,126

FUSELAGE STUFFING BUILDING AND FEEDER LINES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for assembling an aircraft, comprising: a railroad track, a first work station disposed alongside a first section of said railroad track, a railroad flat car rollably mounted on said first section of said railroad track, and a fuselage or fuselage section carried by said railroad flat car, wherein said first work station comprises a first set of tools for installing internal components inside said fuselage or fuselage section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,120

WELDING WIRE FOR FE—36NI ALLOY

APERAM, Luxembourg (LU)

1. Welding wire intended to be used for welding together portions of parts, which portions have the following composition in wt. %:35.0%?Ni?37.0%
trace?C?0.10%
trace?Mn?0.60%
trace?P?0.025%
trace?S?0.025%
trace?Si?0.35%
trace?Cr?0.50%
trace?Mo?0.50%
trace?Co?0.50%
the rest consisting of iron and inevitable impurities resulting from production,
wherein the welding wire is made in an alloy comprising, in wt. %:
38.6%?Ni+Co?45.0%
trace?Co?0.50%
2.25%?Ti+Nb?0.8667×(Ni+Co)?31.20% if 38.6%?Ni+Co?40.33%
2.25%?Ti+Nb?3.75% if 40.33%?Ni+Co?41.4%
0.4167× (Ni+Co)?15.0%?Ti+Nb?3.75% if 41.4%?Ni+Co?45.0%
trace?Nb?0.50%
0.01%?Mn?0.30%
0.01%?Si?0.25%
trace?C?0.05%
trace?Cr?0.50%
the rest consisting of iron and inevitable impurities resulting from production.

US Pat. No. 10,189,101

WIRE ELECTRIC DISCHARGE MACHINE WITH AUTOMATIC WIRE CONNECTING FUNCTION

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A wire electric discharge machine with an automatic wire connecting function, in which the wire electric discharge machine comprises an upper nozzle and a lower nozzle which support a wire electrode and in which an upper die guide and a lower die guide are included, respectively, and the wire electrode and a workpiece are moved relative to each other to machine the workpiece and, if the wire electrode is broken during machining, then the wire electrode is guided for automatic wire connection by a jet stream injected through a nozzle hole of the upper nozzle, the wire electric discharge machine comprising:deviation acquisition unit that acquires, as a deviation, a distance from a position on a top surface of the workpiece where the wire electrode is hung from the upper die guide to a top end position of a machined groove formed by the machining, and
automatic wire connection execution unit that moves the upper nozzle by a distance equivalent to the acquired deviation, thereby performing the automatic wire connection,
wherein the deviation acquisition unit causes the upper nozzle to move on a projection, on the top surface of the workpiece, of an imaginary line which connects an upper die guide fulcrum position of the upper die guide and a lower die guide fulcrum position of the lower die guide, while intermittently moving the wire electrode up and down, and a distance between a position where a delivery length of the wire electrode is changed and a position corresponding to the upper die guide fulcrum position on the projection on the top surface of the workpiece is acquired as the deviation.

US Pat. No. 10,189,099

SAW BLADE

MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL C...

1. A reciprocating saw blade for use with a reciprocating saw, the reciprocating saw blade comprising:a body defining a longitudinal axis;
an attachment portion coupled to the body, the attachment portion including a tang and an aperture configured to couple to the reciprocating saw; and
a cutting portion formed on the body, the cutting portion including a plurality of cutting teeth and a plurality of gullets positioned between the plurality of cutting teeth, each cutting tooth including a tip, a rake face extending from the tip generally toward the longitudinal axis and at least partially defining one of the plurality of gullets, a relief surface extending from the tip, and a protrusion extending from an end of the relief surface opposite the tip;
wherein each gullet includes a base, a first curved surface extending from the rake face of a corresponding cutting tooth to the base, and a second curved surface extending from the base to an adjacent cutting tooth, and wherein the protrusion of each cutting tooth is located on the cutting tooth between the relief surface of the cutting tooth and the second curved surface of an adjacent gullet;
wherein the tips of the plurality of cutting teeth define a first plane that is generally parallel to the longitudinal axis and the protrusions of the plurality of cutting teeth define a second plane that is generally parallel to the longitudinal axis, and wherein a distance between the first plane and the second plane is at most approximately 0.035 inches; and
wherein a distance between the protrusion of one cutting tooth and the tip of an adjacent cutting tooth, measured generally parallel to the longitudinal axis, is approximately 0.08 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,189,097

INSERT AND INDEXABLE ROTARY CUTTING TOOL

Mitsubishi Hitachi Tool E...

1. An insert comprising substantially parallelogramatic upper and lower surfaces, a side surface connecting said upper surface and said lower surface, and a screw-receiving hole penetrating from said upper surface to said lower surface;a pair of corner portions of said upper surface having corner cutting edges;
part of a long-side ridgeline and a short-side ridgeline adjacent to said corner cutting edge having a main cutting edge and an auxiliary cutting edge both inclined downward;
said upper surface having rake faces for said main cutting edge and said auxiliary cutting edge;
said side surface having flanks for said main cutting edge and said auxiliary cutting edge;
said main cutting edge being constituted by first to third straight cutting edges;
said first to third straight cutting edges being connected in a bent-line shape with inward obtuse crossing angles when viewed from above, such that said second straight cutting edge is positioned outermost;
a cutting edge angle ?1 between the rake face and flank of said first straight cutting edge, a cutting edge angle ?2 between the rake face and flank of said second straight cutting edge, and a cutting edge angle ?3 between the rake face and flank of said third straight cutting edge meeting the relation of ?1>?2>?3;
said long-side ridgeline having first and second cutting-edge-free connecting ridgeline portions connected to said third straight cutting edge; and
said first connecting ridgeline portion being connected to said third straight cutting edge with an inward obtuse angle when viewed from above.

US Pat. No. 10,189,096

CRANKSHAFT MACHINING SYSTEM AND CRANKSHAFT MACHINING METHOD

KOMATSU NTC LTD., Toyama...

1. A crankshaft machining system comprising:a center hole boring device configured to bore a center hole in each of both end surfaces of a crankshaft blank to obtain a post-centering crankshaft blank having a pair of center holes;
a post-centering balance meter configured to measure a shape of the post-centering crankshaft blank with reference to the pair of center holes;
a controller configured and arranged to control the post-centering balance meter; and
a cutting device configured to cut a main journal and a pin journal of the post-centering crankshaft blank after the shape of the post-centering crankshaft blank has been measured,
the controller being configured to control the post-centering balance meter to determine a principal axis of inertia on the basis of the measured shape of the post-centering crankshaft blank, the controller further being configured to transmit information indicating intersections between the principal axis of inertia and both end surfaces of the post-centering crankshaft blank to the center hole boring device prior to cutting of the main journal and the pin journal of the post-centering crankshaft blank, and
the center hole boring device configured to bore a center hole in each of both end surfaces of another crankshaft blank to be loaded next on the basis of the information indicating the intersections.

US Pat. No. 10,189,095

DEVICE FOR DRILLING AN ACOUSTIC COMPONENT, CASSETTE, ACOUSTIC DRILLING METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ACOUSTIC COMPONENT

1. A device for drilling an acoustic component comprising a drilling head, the drilling head comprising a support unit comprising at least two autonomous drilling cassettes each comprising at least one drill bit, a stationary frame with respect to the support unit and a bit support moveable along a main axis (?) of said at least two autonomous drilling cassettes between a retracted position and a deployed position,wherein each bit support is equipped with at least one device configured to sense a skin of the acoustic component to be drilled, allowing a position of the bit support to be adjusted relative to the skin of the acoustic component to be drilled before drilling of the skin begins to allow for automatic control of a drilling depth of said at least one drill bit of each autonomous drilling cassette.

US Pat. No. 10,189,093

OPENING AND CLOSING CHUCK

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. An opening and closing chuck, wherein:a guide rail, which is linear, is provided on an outer surface of a chuck body, a pair of fingers that grasp a workpiece is provided on the guide rail, and at least one of the pair of fingers is a movable finger that is movable along the guide rail;
the movable finger includes a rail fitting groove into which the guide rail fits, a first concave groove is formed in right and left side surfaces of the guide rail and a second concave groove is formed in inner surfaces of right and left side walls of the rail fitting grooves, the first concave groove on the same side as the guide rail and the second concave groove on the same side as the rail fitting grooves being at positions at which the first concave groove and the second concave groove face each other, a rolling element is provided between the first concave groove and the second concave groove, and the movable finger is movable along the guide rail due to rolling of the rolling element;
as many cylinder apparatuses as there are movable fingers are provided in the chuck body, each cylinder apparatus including a piston and a rod that advance and retract by an action of air pressure in directions of an axial line of a cylinder hole, a top end of the rod extends from an end of the chuck body to an outside, and an end block, which faces the end of the chuck body, is attached to the top end of the rod so as to move toward and away from the end of the chuck body according to forward and backward movements of the rod;
the movable finger is linked to the end block, and opening and closing of the movable finger is driven by the rod through the end block; and
a position at which the rod is linked to the end block is a position near one end side of the end block in a width direction, and a position at which the finger is linked to the end block is a position near the other end side of the end block in the width direction,
wherein the guide rail is formed separately from the chuck body and is fixed to an outer surface of the chuck body, at least one of both ends of the guide rail in the longitudinal direction extends from the chuck body to within a moveable range of the block, and a clearance hole, into which the one end of the guide rail fits, is formed in the end block.

US Pat. No. 10,189,092

MACHINE TOOL

DOOSAN MACHINE TOOLS CO.,...

1. A machine tool, the machine tool comprising:a tool holder configured to include at least two machining inserts; and
a ram spindle configured to fasten the tool holder in a state of clamping the tool holder and to rotate the tool holder in order to change locations of the machining inserts;
wherein the ram spindle comprises:
a housing;
a center part rotatably accommodated inside the housing;
a first outer part disposed outside the center part, and configured to be co-rotated with the center part;
a second outer part disposed between the housing and the first outer part and fastened to the housing; and
an actuator unit accommodated inside the housing, and configured to selectively move the center part and the first outer part upward and downward;
wherein outer ribs protruding at equal intervals are formed on an outer circumferential surface of the first outer part, and protruding inner ribs spaced apart at predetermined intervals are formed on an inner circumferential surface of a cavity of the tool holder at equal intervals;
wherein a respective protrusion is formed on each of the outer ribs, and wherein a corresponding respective depression is provided on the tool holder adjacent to each of the inner ribs, each of the depressions being configured to be seated over a respective one of the protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,091

MACHINE TOOL

CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., ...

1. A machine tool comprising:a turret including, on a circumferential surface thereof, a plurality of tool attachment parts; and
a main spindle that holds a workpiece, wherein
the main spindle is provided in a movable manner along an axis line,
the turret is provided in a turnable manner to index each of the tool attachment parts relative to the main spindle,
the turret includes a predetermined cutout part,
a movement path for the main spindle to pass through the turret is formed by turning the turret such that the cutout part faces the main spindle,
the cutout part includes one plane along the axis line,
the turret includes, on a circumferential surface thereof except for on the cutout part, the tool attachment parts,
the turret includes, as seen in an axis line direction, a shape in which a part of a regular polygon centered at a turning center is linearly cut off by an edge of the cutout part,
the edge is, as seen in the axis line direction, a straight line in a direction crossing each side of the regular polygon, and
each tool attachment part is disposed according to each side left in the regular polygon cut off by the cutout part.

US Pat. No. 10,189,090

DRILLING TOOL

KENNAMETAL INC., Latrobe...

1. A drilling tool comprising:a shaft having a longitudinal axis;
a seat disposed toward an axial end of the shaft;
a drill bit accommodated at the seat;
a clamping section, which is disposed on the shaft and interacts with the drill bit; and
a tensioning element which is disposed in the shaft and is axially displaceable with respect to the shaft, the tensioning element comprising an expanding section and a contact section, the expanding section being connected to the contact section;
wherein the expanding section interacts with the clamping section, and the contact section interacts with the drill bit;
the clamping section comprising a frustoconical inner surface;
the frustoconical inner surface expanding toward an axial end of the shaft;
the expanding section of the tensioning element comprising a frustoconical shape which is complementary to the inner surface of the clamping section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,079

SLIDES AND EXPENDABLE CORES FOR HIGH PRESSURE DIE CAST CLOSED DECK ENGINE BLOCK

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A method for high pressure die casting a closed deck engine block comprising: placing a slide in a high pressure die casting mold for casting an engine block, the slide having at least one mandrel and a tool steel portion for forming at least one cylinder and a water jacket surrounding each cylinder, the tool steel portion including at least one relief having an inner surface and an outer surface defining a tool steel relief; inserting at least one expendable salt core into the tool steel relief, at least one salt core having an inner surface and an outer surface with an aperture extending through the inner surface to the outer surface; closing the high pressure die casting mold; injecting a molten aluminum-silicon alloy into the high pressure die casting mold to create a closed deck engine block casting having at least one cylinder and a water jacket surrounding each cylinder, the water jacket having an inner wall and an outer wall, the inner wall corresponding to an outer wall of the cylinder, wherein the molten aluminum-silicon alloy enters the aperture of the at least one salt core to create a bridge between the inner wall and outer wall of the water jacket; cooling the closed deck engine block casting; removing the cylinder and water jacket from the high pressure die casting mold and the closed deck engine block casting, wherein at least one expendable salt core remains with the closed deck engine block casting; and dissolving each salt core.

US Pat. No. 10,189,073

MATRIX FOR MAKING CLINCH-TYPE JOINTS BETWEEN SHEET-FORMED MEMBERS AND AN APPARATUS INCLUDING SUCH A MATRIX

BOLLHOFF ATTEXOR S.A., E...

1. A matrix configured for making clinch-type joints between at least two members of sheet-formed material of the same or different types, metal or non-metal, by means of the matrix and a co-operating punch and an anvil, the matrix comprising a first generally flat sheet-formed matrix element arranged movable relative to a second generally flat sheet-formed matrix element in a same plane so that the first and second matrix elements can slide on an essentially flat support surface between a first initial position in which said first and second matrix elements form between them at least one essentially closed co-axial matrix cavity and a second position corresponding to an open position for said at least one co-axial matrix cavity, said first and second matrix elements being arranged to be actuated in a direction of said first initial position by at least one actuation means, wherein the matrix is configured so that during use the punch is arranged to be driven in an essentially linear movement in the direction of the co-axial matrix cavity, at a bottom of the matrix cavity said anvil is arranged, wherein during forming said clinch-type joints the sheet-formed material of the at least two members is first drawn into the matrix cavity forming a cup-formed protrusion with side walls and a bottom part and then the members are locked to each other by laterally extending said bottom part by means of squeezing the bottom part between the punch and the anvil.

US Pat. No. 10,189,069

PORTABLE TUBE BENDER

Yung Chi Industry Co., Lt...

1. A bending base of a tube bender, which is connected to a bending tool of the tube bender, comprising:a first plate;
a second plate kept a predetermined distance from the first plate to form a bending space therebetween;
a first block, which has a first groove, received in the bending space and pivoted on the first plate and the second plate for free rotation; and
a second block, which has a second groove, received in the bending space and pivoted on the first plate and the second plate for free rotation;
wherein the first block and the second block are between the first plate and the second plate, and have opposite ends thereof pivoted on the first plate and the second plate respectively;
wherein the first plate and the second plate are two elongated plates; the second plate is provided with a first slot, and the bending tool is provided with a second slot; the bending base is connected to the bending tool with the first slot engaging the second slot.

US Pat. No. 10,189,067

TOOL HOLDERS USABLE WITH TOOLING HAVING DIFFERENT TANG STYLES AND/OR CONFIGURED WITH MECHANICALLY-ACTUATED CLAMP ASSEMBLY

Wilson Tool International...

1. A tool holder configured for use with tools having different tang styles, the tool holder comprising:a housing;
a mechanism that is mechanically actuatable, the mechanism accessible through an opening defined in the housing; and
a clamp assembly operably coupled to the mechanism and comprising:
a clamp plate; and
one or more clamping fingers;
wherein the clamp plate is defined as a longitudinal body that has an extent spanning across the one or more clamping fingers, the longitudinal body of the clamp plate having an end contacting the one or more clamping fingers, the one or more clamping fingers movable in order to secure tools having different tang styles between the fingers and a stationary wall of the housing, movement of the one or more clamping fingers corresponding to movement of the clamp plate body end which stems from adjustment of the mechanism; and
wherein the clamp plate has at least two differing tolerance areas provided therein to enable different degrees of freedom or play for the clamp plate body end both in direction of corresponding movement of the end and in crosswise direction when securing a tool via the clamp assembly, a first tolerance area comprising a plurality of first slits each defined across the extent of the clamp plate body end and thereby forming a plurality of clamp plate portions in contact with the one or more clamping fingers, a second tolerance area defined across a depth of each of the clamp plate portions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,066

WHEEL STRAIGHTENER DEVICE

GAHOTECH SISTEMAS AUTOMOT...

1. A WHEEL STRAIGHTENER DEVICE, comprising:a main column (110);
a flange (111) mounted on an end of the main column (110) for fixing a wheel;
a measuring rod (116) mounted on the same end of the main column (110) and arranged above the flange (111);
a guide (118) mounted on the same end of the main column (110), a single piece body (115) being movably mounted on the guide (118), and a bearing (114) mounted on a top end of the single piece body (115), the bearing (114) having a geometric shape matching with a shape of an inner region of the wheel for supporting the wheel, wherein the single piece body (115) moves along the guide (118) to approach or move away from the wheel positioned on the flange (111);
a tubular extension (113) formed on a central portion of the main column (110) and perpendicular to the main column (110);
a second tubular extension (120), portion of which is inserted into an end portion of the tubular extension (113) and perpendicular to the main column (110);
a tubular piece (121) mounted on an end of the second tubular extension (120) and being perpendicular to the second tubular extension (120);
a third tube segment (132) being movably inserted into the tubular piece (121) and being parallel to the main column (110);
a piston hydraulic means (130) being mounted on an upper end of the third tube segment (132) and connected to a hydraulic pump (117), which is mounted on the main column (110), by means of hoses (119);
wherein the flange (111) has a central bore, and a plurality of radial oblong holes for matching with drill pattern of the wheel, wherein the plurality of radial oblong holes includes three sets of radial oblong holes, a first set of radial oblong holes (I) includes radial oblong holes (I) spaced evenly with 72° between each pair of adjacent radial oblong holes (I) starting from a reference hole (I, II, III), a second set of radial oblong holes (II) includes radial oblong holes (II) spaced evenly with 90° between each pair of adjacent radial oblong holes (II) starting from the reference hole (I, II, III), and a third set of radial oblong holes (III) includes radial oblong holes (III) spaced evenly with 120° between each pair of adjacent radial oblong holes (III) starting from the reference hole (I, II, III), thus the radial oblong holes of the three sets of radial oblong holes are positioned alternately on the flange (111).

US Pat. No. 10,189,063

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR FORMATION OF EXTRUSION PRODUCTS

BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITU...

1. An extrusion device for shear-assisted extrusion, comprising:an extrusion die with a scroll face in the form of a spiral that surrounds an extrusion orifice arranged in a center of the extrusion die, the scroll face configured to spin with respect to a billet to draw plasticized billet material from an outer edge of the billet in contact with the scroll face toward the extrusion orifice while applying a simultaneous rotational shear and axial extrusion force to the billet; whereby the extrusion die is configured to extrude the plasticized billet material through the extrusion orifice yielding an extrusion product with microstructure grains in the extrusion product that are one-half the size of microstructure grains in the billet prior to extrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,058

APPARATUS FOR REMOVING CHIPS FROM INTERIOR OF PIPE USING PRESSURE DIFFERENCE

DONGHWA INDUSTRY CO., LTD...

1. An apparatus for removing chips from an interior of a pipe, having a fitting mounted to a region adjacent to a hole bored in the pipe, through which high-pressure fluid flows, and a sandwich valve coupled to the fitting, the apparatus comprising:a chip-removing adapter mounted above the sandwich valve;
a suction tube extending to an inner surface of the pipe through the chip-removing adapter in order to remove chips deposited in the pipe;
a vertical moving unit for vertically moving the suction tube;
a delivery tube connected to an upper end of the suction tube and configured to deliver the chips to a predetermined place; and
a strainer mounted to a distal end of the delivery tube in order to separate the delivered chips from the fluid;
wherein a lower end of the suction tube comprises a suction tip having a funnel shape and a suction plate is coupled to the suction tip, wherein the suction plate is formed to be curved corresponding to a curved inner surface of the pipe; and
wherein the suction tube is provided with a stopper for limiting a downward moving distance of the suction tube, the stopper being mounted to a portion of the suction tube that is exposed outside the chip-removing adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,057

POWDER REMOVAL ENCLOSURE FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A material removal apparatus comprising:an enclosure having a first inlet and a first outlet;
a rotatable platform contained within the enclosure for positioning a 3D printed workpiece having particulate on a surface thereof;
a pressurized gas applicator connected to the first inlet and configured to selectively apply a pressurized gas to the 3D printed workpiece;
a vibration source configured to apply an adjustable vibratory frequency to at least one of the rotatable platform or the 3D printed workpiece;
a material reclamation unit connected to the first outlet configured to collect a material removed from the 3D printed workpiece;
an articulating arm connected to the pressurized gas applicator configured to adjust a position of the pressurized gas applicator relative to the 3D printed workpiece; and
a programmable logic controller (PLC) configured to adjust a position and an orientation of the rotatable platform, the applying of pressurized gas from the pressurized gas applicator, the position of the articulating arm, and the adjustable vibratory frequency of the vibration source based on a physical parameter of the 3D printed workpiece, wherein the PLC:
generates a pre-programmed movement pattern based on a geometry of the 3D printed workpiece; and
adjusts the articulating arm, the rotatable platform, and the position of the pressurized gas applicator according to the pre-programmed movement pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,189,054

DEVIATION HANDLING APPARATUS AND DEVIATION HANDLING METHOD

Freund Corporation, Toky...

1. A deviation handling apparatus to be used for a continuous production system of granulated products used for pharmaceutical products, foods and fertilizers in order to discharge granulated products not meeting predetermined product specifications out of the system, the deviation handling apparatus comprising:a storage section for temporarily storing granulated products;
an inspection section for inspecting selected physical properties of the granulated products in the storage section;
a discharge path arranged downstream relative to the storage section to discharge the granulated products to outside of the continuous production system; and
a switching section for switching a moving route of the granulated products according to a result of the inspection by the inspection section so as to guide the granulated products judged as not meeting the predetermined product specifications to the discharge path, wherein
the storage section is arranged on a conveyance route for conveying the granulated products in the continuous production system and has a first valve capable of shutting off the conveyance route, a second valve capable of shutting off the conveyance route, the second valve being located downstream relative to the first valve, and a storage chamber formed between the first valve and the second valve to store the granulated products,
the first valve and the second valve each have a closed position for shutting off the conveyance route and an open position for opening the conveyance route, wherein as the first valve and the second valve are placed into the respective closed positions, the conveyance route is closed and the storage chamber is sealed, thereby producing a hermetically sealed storage chamber in the storage section,
the inspection section is arranged so as to face the storage chamber and measure the selected physical properties of the granulated products stored in the storage chamber, and
the switching section is arranged at a diverging portion of the discharge path and the conveyance route and has a switching valve having a first position for causing the conveyance route to communicate with a downstream side of the continuous production system and a second position for closing a downstream side of the conveyance route and causing the conveyance route to communicate with the discharge path.

US Pat. No. 10,189,046

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREPPING BORES AND CURVED INNER SURFACES WITH A ROTATING HIGH-FREQUENCY FORCED PULSED WATERJET

VLN Advanced Technologies...

1. A method of prepping a cylindrical inner surface of a bore using a high-frequency forced pulsed waterjet, the method comprising:inserting the nozzle inside the bore, wherein the bore has a constant radius;
generating a pressurized waterjet using a high-pressure water pump;
generating a high-frequency signal using a high-frequency signal generator;
applying the high-frequency signal to a transducer to generate the high-frequency forced pulsed waterjet; and
rotating a rotatable nozzle head inside the bore to prep the inner cylindrical surface of a substrate material of the bore to a predetermined uniform surface finish characterized by an average surface roughness Ra that is within a predetermined range of surface roughness using the high-frequency forced pulsed waterjet exiting from at least one angled exit orifice of the rotatable nozzle head, wherein the waterjet flows through a curved conduit in the nozzle head to the at least one angled exit orifice that is substantially perpendicular to an axis of rotation of the rotatable nozzle head to direct the waterjet radially outwardly against the surface of the bore.

US Pat. No. 10,189,045

BLACKBODY MATERIAL APPLICATION SYSTEM FOR A TURBINE

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A blackbody material application system for a turbine, comprising:a blackbody material supply;
a moveable hose connected to the blackbody material supply wherein the hose sprays blackbody material onto a selected area within the turbine;
a rotatable bracket that holds the hose, wherein rotation of the bracket moves the hose toward the selected area within the turbine to enable application of the blackbody material onto the selected area; and
a motor for rotating the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,189,041

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SPRAYING COLOR INTO CRACKS OF A MOVING FORMED QUARTZ SLAB TO CREATE VEINS IN AN ENGINEERED STONE

1. A method for using an apparatus, wherein the apparatus comprisesa device which moves a first portion of a slab out of alignment with a majority of the slab and thereby introduces a first crack in the slab; and
a device for spraying a first material having a color into the first crack of the slab, so that the first crack sprayed with the first material becomes a line having the color of the first material;
a conveyor device which is configured to move in a first direction; and
and wherein the conveyor device is configured to move the slab over a least a portion of the device which moves the first portion of the slab out of alignment with the majority of the slab;
and further comprising the steps of:
moving the first portion of the slab out of alignment with a majority of the slab and thereby introducing the first crack in the slab; and
spraying the first material having the color into the first crack of the slab.

US Pat. No. 10,189,039

DEVICE FOR PACKAGING AND DISPENSING FLUID, LIQUID OR PASTY PRODUCTS

LABLABO, Juvigny (FR)

1. Device for dispensing fluid products comprising;an extension tip connected by a first end to a nozzle associated with a metering pump mounted on a bottle containing the product that is to be dispensed and having at its distal second end a discharge orifice, said extension tip bearing a shutter a first end of which is arranged on said discharge orifice, this shutter configured to open at its distal second end under the pressure of the product when said pump is actuated, and said shutter having a tubular external part, elastically deformable in longitudinal bending, of which a first end is arranged on the discharge orifice and of which the tapering external cross section diminishes evenly towards its distal second end, at least over part of its length, said external part being intended to deform elastically in a radial direction at its distal second end under the pressure of the fluid leaving the pump via said nozzle,
wherein said shutter has, inside said external part, a tubular connector secured to said discharge orifice of the tip and a stem of cross section substantially equal to the internal cross section of the distal second end of said external part, which is connected by its first end to this connector by means of an articulation and which via its second end closes the distal second end of said external part.

US Pat. No. 10,189,035

MACHINE FOR MIXING AND SUCCESSIVELY APPLYING SEALANT MATERIAL

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A machine for mixing and successively applying a bi-component sealing material formed by mixing a base and a hardener in a pre-established ratio comprising:storage tanks including a first storage tank for the base and a second storage tank for the hardener;
metering chambers including:
a first metering chamber for the base and having an inlet connected to a first inlet hose extending from the first storage tank, and
a second metering chamber for the hardener and having an inlet connected to a second inlet hose extending from the second storage tank,
wherein a first volume of the first metering chamber and a second volume of the second metering chamber are related such that a volumetric ratio of the first and second volumes conforms to a desired volumetric ratio of a mixture of the base and the hardener;
a pushing device including:
a first piston in the first metering chamber and configured to push the base from the first metering chamber and through a first outlet of the first metering chamber, and
a second piston in the second metering chamber and configured to push the hardener from the second metering chamber and through a second outlet of the second metering chamber;
wherein the pushing device comprises an actuator configured to move the first and second pistons at displacement speeds determined by a control system to push the base from the first metering chamber and the hardener from the second metering chamber;
an applicator device including a mixing head having inlets each connected to a respective one of the first and second outlets of the first and second metering chambers, a static mixer configured to mix the hardener and base flowing from the first and second metering chambers, and a third outlet through which a mixture of the hardener and base flows from the static mixer; and
at least two flow measurement devices configured to measure a flow of the base and a flow of the hardener from the first and second outlets,
wherein the control system is configured to vary the displacement speeds of said first and second pistons so that a ratio of the flows of the hardener and the base from the first and second outlets conforms to a pre-established ratio of the base and the hardener based on weight or volume of the base and the hardener,
wherein the control system, while the pushing device pushes the first and second pistons, repeatedly: (i) receives data from the at least two flow measurement devices indicative of the flows from the first and second metering chambers of the base and the hardener, (ii) calculates the displacement speeds for each of the first and second pistons based on the received data, and (iii) applies the calculated displacement speeds to command the pushing device to move the first and second pistons at their respective displacement speeds.

US Pat. No. 10,189,034

NOZZLE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A spray nozzle, comprising:a first tube in fluid communication with a pressurized air source;
a conduit, the conduit in fluid communication with a passage of the first tube, wherein the conduit is substantially angled such that an outlet of the conduit is offset from the first tube, wherein the outlet of the conduit maintains the same offset when the spray nozzle is activated and inactivated, and wherein, during use, ejection of pressurized air from the outlet rotates at least a portion of the conduit; and
a hand-held actuator coupled to the first tube, wherein the hand-held actuator is in fluid communication with the pressurized air source, the hand-held actuator being configured to allow a user to actuate the hand-held actuator and thereby allow air from the pressurized air source to flow into the conduit and be ejected from the outlet;
a second tube in fluid communication with a sub-medium supply source, wherein the sub-medium supply source supplies, during use, a sub-medium, wherein a negative pressure created at, or adjacent to, a distal end of the spray nozzle draws, during use, sub-medium from the sub-medium supply source through the second tube; and
wherein the spray nozzle is configured to provide at least pressurized air to a surface to at least partially clean the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,031

HYBRID FLOW NOZZLE AND CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A spray apparatus comprising:a nozzle having a nozzle tube connected to a turret, the nozzle tube having a fluid inlet, the fluid inlet coupled to a first passageway, a second passageway, and a third passageway;
a first valve coaxially aligned with a second and third valve along a valve axis arranged perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the turret, wherein the first passageway is opened by the first valve, the second passageway is opened by the second valve, and the third passageway is opened by the third valve; and
a controller operatively coupled to each of the first valve and the second valve such that in response to receipt of a control signal the first valve and second valve respectively operate to open the first passageway and the second passageway to release an amount of fluid to a corresponding first input and second input of the turret, wherein the first input and second input of the turret respectively couple to a first duct and a second duct arranged inside the turret, and other ends of the first duct and second duct mate to a combined nozzle output and a third duct is operatively coupled to the an individual output via the third passageway and the controller; and wherein the controller is configured to interleave an output signal of the first valve with an output signal of the second valve to generate an aggregate output signal having a frequency that is greater than each of the respective output signals of the first and second valves so as to increase a flow rate of the fluid released from each of the first and second passageways into the combined nozzle output.

US Pat. No. 10,189,027

HIGH CAPACITY SEPARATION OF METALS FROM AUTO SHREDDER RESIDUE

SA Recycling LLC, Orange...

1. A method for separating automobile shredder residue (ASR) pieces in an aquatic separator for separating the pieces over time, the method comprising:providing an aquatic separator with a container defining a lower portion with a circular cross section whose walls converge at a lower end, and an upper portion which is substantially cylindrical, the container further having an open top mouth larger than a lower outlet at the lower end and a paddle suspended across the open top mouth and depending down into an interior of the container, the paddle configured to rotate in a direction of rotation about a central axis of the container and having vanes that are spaced from an interior wall of the container and stir ASR pieces and water within the container;
introducing in an input stream a mixture of ASR pieces of varying specific gravity and water directly into the open top mouth of the container;
stirring the ASR pieces and the water in the container in a first direction of rotation about a central axis, wherein heavier pieces of specific gravity greater than that of the water tend to sink and the lighter pieces of specific gravity less than that of the water tend to rise, which separates the pieces into primarily heavier metals and primarily lighter non-metals;
injecting water into the container via at least one inlet in a side wall of the container generally parallel to the direction of rotation;
removing a majority of the heavier pieces from the container through the lower outlet of the container in a lower output stream; and
removing a majority of the lighter pieces from the container through an upper outlet in one side of the container in an upper output stream.

US Pat. No. 10,189,025

CAM ASSEMBLY COMPRISING CYLINDRICAL HOUSING

XG SCIENCES, INC., Lansi...

1. A cam assembly comprising:a solid cylinder having a near end and a distal end and an opening extending from the near end through the distal end;
wherein the opening includes an inset;
wherein the near end is configured at a slight angle from the vertical, the angle comprising less than about 15°;
wherein the opening extending from said near end through said distal end is angled through the cam assembly, the opening beginning at the near end and near a bottom edge of the solid cylinder and terminating through the distal end near a top edge of the solid cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,189,024

GYRATORY CRUSHER FRAME

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A gyratory crusher frame part comprising:a topshell mountable upon a bottom shell, the topshell having an annular wall extending around a longitudinal axis of the frame part, the topshell including an outward facing surface and an inward facing surface relative to the longitudinal axis, the annular wall being defined between the outward and inward facing surfaces;
a spider having a plurality of arms formed integrally with the topshell and extending radially outward from a cap positioned at the longitudinal axis, each arm of the plurality of arms having a first portion extending in a radially outward direction from the cap and a second portion extending in an axial direction from an outer region of the first portion; and
an annular flange positioned between the second portion of each arm and the annular wall, the flange having an outer circumferential perimeter and an inner circumferential perimeter relative to the longitudinal axis, wherein a radially outermost region of the second portion of each arm is positioned radially inward of the outer circumferential perimeter of the flange, the annular wall including a concave section at the outer surface, the concave section having an upper first half and a lower second half along the axial direction, the upper first half of the concave section being positioned immediately below the annular flange and extending from a lower surface of the flange, wherein the upper first half of the concave section is a substantially uniform curve extending continuously in the circumferential direction and completely around the longitudinal axis, the upper first half of the concave section in the axial direction closest to the flange being devoid of any axially extending shoulders that would otherwise interrupt the continuous circumferential curve and a majority of the lower second half of the concave section in the axial direction including a curvature profile substantially equal to a curvature profile of the upper first half in the axial direction, and the second portion of each arm including a pair of wings that taper outwardly in the axial direction from the first portion to the annular flange, each wing of the pair of wings extending substantially in the circumferential direction with the flange.

US Pat. No. 10,189,022

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

National Tsing Hua Univer...

1. A microfluidic device for generating monodisperse emulsions, comprising:(1) a substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface, and defining an emulsion forming zone, wherein said upper surface and said lower surface have a thickness between each other;
(2) a first capillary inlet formed on said upper surface of said substrate for passage of a first liquid therethrough;
(3) a second capillary inlet formed on said upper surface of said substrate for passage of a second liquid therethrough, the second liquid being immiscible with the first liquid;
(4) a microfluidic channel unit formed in said substrate and having a high affinity for the first liquid, said microfluidic channel unit including
a main channel which extends through said emulsion forming zone to terminate at a proximal end and a distal end disposed downstream of said proximal end,
a first sub-channel disposed downstream of said first capillary inlet and upstream of said proximal end such that the first liquid is drawn into said first sub-channel through said first capillary inlet by virtue of capillary action of the first liquid and is further drawn into said main channel by the affinity between the first liquid and said microfluidic channel unit, and
a second sub-channel disposed downstream of said second capillary inlet and upstream of said proximal end to permit the second liquid to be drawn into said second sub-channel through said second capillary inlet by virtue of capillary action of the second liquid;
(5) an outlet formed on said lower surface of said substrate and disposed downstream of said distal end of said main channel; and
(6) a suction member that is made from a shape memory polymer and is disposed downstream of said outlet, wherein said suction member is transformable between a permanent state and a temporary state when subjected to heat, electricity, or light; and said suction member is configured to provide a predetermined suction force such that the second liquid in said second sub-channel is permitted to penetrate into the first liquid in said main channel so as to break up into droplets in the first liquid, thereby generating monodisperse emulsions in said emulsion forming zone.