US Pat. No. 10,365,201

PRESSURE LOSS ANALYSIS METHOD, A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND A PRESSURE LOSS ANALYSIS APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING PRESSURE LOSS IN A HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A pressure loss analysis method for analyzing a pressure loss in a honeycomb structure for a case where a fluid flows inside the honeycomb structure, the honeycomb structure including porous partition portions that form a plurality of inflow-side cells and a plurality of outflow-side cells using a pressure loss analysis apparatus comprising: a computing apparatus, which includes a transient analysis device and a pressure loss deriving device:the pressure loss analysis method comprising:
a transient analysis step, in the transient analysis device, of repeatedly performing a particulate-layer-distribution deriving process, in which transient distribution information that represents an accumulation distribution of a particulate layer on an inflow-side inner circumferential surface is derived by performing a fluid analysis for the case where the fluid flows inside the honeycomb structure on the basis of object information that simulates the honeycomb structure with a plurality of mesh portions and by deriving, for each of the mesh portions corresponding to the inflow-side inner circumferential surface that is an inner circumferential surface of each of the inflow-side cells among a surface of the partition portion, a state of the particulate layer, which is a layer in which particulate matter contained in the fluid has accumulated, at a time point after a short time interval, and of deriving post-transient-analysis distribution information that represents the accumulation distribution at a time point after the particulate-layer-distribution deriving process has been performed a plurality of times, by performing the fluid analysis during the particulate-layer-distribution deriving process performed for the second and following times while taking into account the transient distribution information derived in an immediately preceding particulate-layer-distribution deriving process; and
a pressure loss deriving step, in the pressure loss deriving device, of deriving a pressure loss for the case where the fluid flows inside the honeycomb structure, by performing a fluid analysis on the basis of the object information and the post-transient-analysis distribution information,
wherein the pressure loss derived in the pressure loss deriving step is used to evaluate a honeycomb structure.

US Pat. No. 10,365,200

METHOD FOR DETERMINING UNCONVENTIONAL LIQUID IMBIBITION IN LOW-PERMEABILITY MATERIALS

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A method of determining a rate of fluid imbibition into a low-permeability, hydrocarbon-bearing rock matrix, the method comprising the steps of:preparing a sample with a length L and a cross-sectional area A obtained from the low-permeability, hydrocarbon-bearing rock matrix for a spontaneous imbibition test with a fluid, the fluid operable for use in hydraulic fracturing of the low-permeability, hydrocarbon-bearing rock matrix;
conducting the spontaneous imbibition test on the sample, the test including placing an end of the sample into the fluid with an upper portion of the sample exposed to air;
recording cumulative imbibition of the fluid into the sample over time, the step of recording comprising the use of nuclear magnetic resonance;
generating a graphical display of a set of data of the log of the cumulative imbibition of the fluid into the sample over time versus a set of data of the log of time;
determining an unconventional flow index, the unconventional flow index representing unconventional flow, and the unconventional flow index being assimilated by fitting the graphical display to the equation
wherein the power function of the equation (1/(n+1)) is the slope of the line;measuring volumetric liquid content spatial distribution along the sample after the spontaneous imbibition test using the area A and a position x along the length L;
determining a transport parameter of the sample responsive to: the volumetric liquid content spatial distribution along the sample after the spontaneous imbibition test; an initial liquid content of the sample before the spontaneous imbibition test; and the unconventional flow index; and
determining the rate of fluid imbibition into the low-permeability, hydrocarbon-bearing matrix over time, as a mechanism for liquid uptake by the rock matrix during a well shut-in period, responsive to the unconventional flow index and the transport parameter by calculating liquid content per time by the equation
where ? is liquid content, t is time, q is liquid flux, D(?) is the transport parameter, and n is the unconventional flow index, to show increased liquid content per time caused by imbibition into the low-permeability, hydrocarbon-bearing rock matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,365,199

TWIN-SPOT LIGHT ABSORBING PARTICULATE MONITORING INSTRUMENT

MET ONE INSTRUMENTS, INC....

1. An apparatus to measure constituents of interest in gas samples, comprising:a plurality of analyzers, each analyzer including a filter to accumulate the constituents of interest and an optical source and detector to measure a property of the accumulated constituents of interest on the filter; and
a computer to accept the measurements from each analyzer's detector and to provide an indication of the constituents of interest on each filter,
wherein each of the plurality of analyzers is configured to receive gas samples with different predetermined levels of dilution of an ambient gas sample which have respective concentrations of the constituents of interest corresponding to the level of dilution of the ambient gas sample, each of the plurality of analyzers also receiving the gas samples with the same flow velocity through their respective filters; and
wherein the computer adjusts the indication of the constituents of interest based on the predetermined levels of dilution of the ambient sample gas for each analyzer to account for non-linear filter loading effects.

US Pat. No. 10,365,198

PARTICLE CHARACTERIZATION

Malvern Panalytical Limit...

1. A particle characterisation apparatus for performing a static light scattering measurement or a dynamic light scattering measurement, comprising:a light source for illuminating a sample with a light beam;
a detector arranged to detect scattered light from the interaction of the light beam with the sample;
a focus tuneable lens arranged to collect the scattered light for the detector from a scattering volume and/or to direct the light beam into the sample, wherein the focus tuneable lens comprises a deformable lens or a material in which a refractive index may be varied by application of a stimulus, and the focus tuneable lens adjusts a location of the scattering volume by changing the focal length of the focus tuneable lens; and
a focussing lens between the focus tuneable lens and the sample, wherein a focal point of the focussing lens is coincident with a principle plane of the focus tuneable lens.

US Pat. No. 10,365,197

OPTICAL PARTICLE SENSOR AND SENSING METHOD

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An optical particle sensor, comprising:an optical sensor which generates a sensor signal, wherein the sensor signal or an analysis of the sensor signal is controllable by applying a threshold setting, wherein the threshold setting dictates a particle size detection range captured by the sensor signal; and
a controller adapted to:
apply at least first and second different threshold settings and receive corresponding first and second optical sensor readings;
process the first and second optical sensor readings to determine therefrom a parameter which is dependent on a type of pollution event and thereby identify the pollution event; and
use a particle size profile which relates to the identified pollution event to determine from at least one of the first and second optical sensor readings a mass of all particles below a first particle size.

US Pat. No. 10,365,196

WATER TENSION SENSOR, SYSTEM FOR CHARACTERISING AND CONTINUOUSLY MEASURING SOIL WATER, SYSTEM FOR INDICATING CRITICAL SOIL WATER TENSION AND IRRIGATION ROD

1. Water tension sensor comprising:a core enveloped by a porous element, said core limited at its ends by porous blocks connected to an air inflow duct and an air outflow duct, passage of an air flow being established through the porous blocks and through the core,
wherein:
the porous element presents higher bubbling pressure than the core and the porous blocks and is air impermeable when wet;
the core is constituted by hard and compacted particles;
the sensor operates via a pneumatic mechanism and without air dissipation; and
the porous blocks provide intermediate communication of the core with an external environment.

US Pat. No. 10,365,195

PROCESS AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE THE DEGREE OF SEPARATION OF TWO SOLUTION STREAMS

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A method for determining the degree of separation (DOS) of a polymer solution into a polymer-rich stream and a solvent-rich stream, said method comprising the following:adding to a liquid-liquid separation vessel the polymer solution, which comprises a polymer, a solvent and an anti-solvent, the liquid-liquid separation vessel having no sonic transponder;
separating the polymer solution into a polymer-rich stream and a solvent-rich stream;
removing at least some the polymer-rich stream from at least one outlet P on the vessel, and measuring the actual solution density of this polymer-rich stream using a first flow and density meter at outlet P;
removing at least some of the solvent-rich stream from at least one other outlet S on the vessel, and measuring the actual density of the solvent-rich stream using a second flow and density meter at outlet S; and
wherein the degree of separation (DOS) is determined by the following equation (Eqn. 1):
DOS =[actual solution density (polymer-rich steam) ?actual solution density (solvent-rich stream)]/[theoretical solution density (polymer-rich stream) ?theoretical solution density (solvent-rich stream)]tm (Eqn. 1).

US Pat. No. 10,365,194

HIGH TEMPERATURE DENSITOMETER DEVICE AND STEAM QUALITY MEASUREMENT METHOD AND DEVICE

SCIENTIFIC DRILLING INTER...

1. A method for measuring two-phase mixture quality in a fluid comprising:providing a densitometer, the densitometer including:
a densitometer body;
a vibration isolator, the vibration isolator mechanically coupling the densitometer body to another structure, the vibration isolator exposed to the fluid;
a resonator tine, the resonator tine mechanically coupled to the densitometer body;
a drive transducer, the drive transducer mechanically coupled to the resonator tine and positioned within the densitometer body; and
a pickup transducer, the pickup transducer mechanically coupled to the resonator tine and positioned within the densitometer body;
exposing the resonator tine to the fluid;
oscillating the resonator tine with the drive transducer;
measuring the oscillation of the resonator tine with the pickup transducer;
measuring a temperature or pressure of the fluid;
determining a density of the fluid ? based on the measured oscillation of the resonator tine; and
determining a two-phase mixture quality based on the determined density according to:

where ? is the determined density of the fluid, ?f is the saturated liquid phase density of the fluid at the measured temperature or pressure, and ?g is the vapor phase density of the fluid at the measured temperature or pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,365,193

TEST APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING TIME-DEPENDENCE FAILURE UNDER CONSTANT TEMPERATURE THROUGH HIGH PRESSURE TRUE TRIAXIAL LOADING FOR HARD ROCK

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A test apparatus for determining time-dependence failure under constant temperature through high pressure true triaxial loading for hard rock, comprising:a pressure chamber, a first maximum principle stress actuator, a second maximum principle stress actuator, a first intermediate principle stress actuator, a second intermediate principle stress actuator and a rigid support platform, wherein the pressure chamber is fixedly mounted on the rigid support platform, the first maximum principle stress actuator and the second maximum principle stress actuator are horizontally and symmetrically arranged on the left side and the right side of the pressure chamber, and the first intermediate principle stress actuator and the second intermediate principle stress actuator are vertically and symmetrically arranged on the upper side and the lower side of the pressure chamber; wherein a cylindrical through hole penetrating horizontally is formed in a center of the pressure chamber, four stress loading through holes are uniformly distributed in a rigid shell of the pressure chamber, on the upper side, the lower side, the left side and the right side of the cylindrical through hole, a cylindrical sample bearing platform is arranged in the cylindrical through hole, and is matched with the cylindrical through hole in a sealing manner, and the cylindrical sample bearing platform has axial movement freedom degrees relative to the cylindrical through hole;
a sample bearing and containing chamber is arranged in a center of the cylindrical sample bearing platform, four rigid pressure head placing holes are uniformly distributed in the cylindrical sample bearing platform, on the upper side, the lower side, the left side and the right side of the sample bearing and containing chamber, the four rigid pressure head placing holes are in one-to-one correspondence to the four stress loading through holes, and a rigid pressure head is arranged in each of the four rigid pressure head placing holes; a confining pressure loading oil supply hole is formed in the cylindrical sample bearing platform and communicates with the sample bearing and containing chamber; the confining pressure loading oil supply hole communicates with a confining pressure loading injection pump;
the first maximum principle stress actuator, the second maximum principle stress actuator, the first intermediate principle stress actuator and the second intermediate principle stress actuator have the same structure, and any of the first maximum principle stress actuator, the second maximum principle stress actuator, the first intermediate principle stress actuator and the second intermediate principle stress actuator includes: a sealing cover, an annular end cover, a counter-force cylinder barrel, a piston, a piston rod, a sealing flange and a stress loading injection pump, wherein the counter-force cylinder barrels are fixedly connected to the outer surface of the pressure chamber and are coincided with axial center lines of the stress loading through holes; the sealing cover is fixedly mounted at the middle of the annular end cover, the annular end cover is fixedly mounted at the outer end of the counter-force cylinder barrel, the sealing flange is fixedly mounted between the inner end of the counter-force cylinder barrel and the pressure chamber, one end of the piston rod is located in the counter-force cylinder barrel, the other end of the piston rod penetrates through the sealing flange and extends into the stress loading through holes, the piston is located in the counter-force cylinder barrel and is fixedly arranged on the piston rod in a sleeving manner, and the piston is matched with the counter-force cylinder barrel in a sealing and sliding manner; a stress loading oil supply hole is formed on the annular end cover, a stress loading oil chamber is arranged between the annular end cover and the piston, and the stress loading oil supply hole communicates with the stress loading oil chamber; a stress unloading oil supply hole is formed on the counter-force cylinder barrel, a stress unloading oil chamber is arranged between the piston and the sealing flange, and the stress unloading oil supply hole communicates with the stress unloading oil chamber; and the stress loading oil supply hole and the stress unloading oil supply hole communicate with the stress loading injection pump by an electromagnetic directional valve;
an auxiliary push-and-pull hydraulic cylinder is arranged in a rigid shell of the pressure chamber, and is arranged in parallel to the cylindrical sample bearing platform, a piston rod of the auxiliary push-and-pull hydraulic cylinder extends to the outer part of the pressure chamber, an adaptor flange is fixedly connected to the end part of the piston rod, the adaptor flange is fixedly connected with the cylindrical sample bearing platform, and the cylindrical sample bearing platform moves axially in the cylindrical through hole by the auxiliary push-and-pull hydraulic cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,365,192

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RAPID SCREENING OF MATERIAL PROPERTIES IN A PLURALITY OF ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED TEST SPECIMENS

General Electric Company,...

1. An apparatus for rapid screening of material properties in a plurality of additively manufactured test specimens, the apparatus comprising:a build plate having a body, a first planar surface and an opposing second planar surface, the first planar surface defining a build plane;
the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens disposed on and adhered to the first planar surface;
at least one actuator, translationally displacing at least one of the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens along an axis to test material properties of at least one of the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens; and
a plurality of sensors, wherein each of the plurality of sensors is coupled to a respective one of the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens.

US Pat. No. 10,365,191

METHOD FOR TREATING BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES, ESPECIALLY FOOD SAMPLES

1. A method for treating a food sample which may contain one or more microorganisms of interest and non-specific particles, the treatment method comprising a step of decomplexification, wherein the decomplexification comprises:a) introducing all or part of the food sample into a first inlet orifice of an acoustophoresis device,
b) introducing a buffer solution into a second inlet orifice of the acoustophoresis device, the inlet orifices being fluidically connected to at least two outlet orifices by a separation channel,
c) introducing the buffer and the food sample at respective flow rates capable of generating a laminar flow in the separation channel, and
d) carrying out a step of separation of the microorganisms and the nonspecific particles in the food sample by acoustophoresis so as to promote the concentration of the non-specific particles present in the food sample in at least one of the outlet orifices of the acoustophoresis device, wherein the method further comprises:
e) a step of carrying out an enrichment of the microorganisms of interest in the food sample before the introduction of the food sample into the acoustophoresis device, and
f) a step of lysing the microorganisms of interest following the separation step.

US Pat. No. 10,365,190

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING SAMPLES ON POROUS SUBSTRATES

Whatman International Lim...

1. A system for processing samples fixed to a porous substrate, the system comprising:a first seal comprising a first passageway configured to permit fluid to flow through the first seal;
a second seal comprising a second passageway configured to permit fluid to flow through the second seal;
a support for the porous substrate, wherein the porous substrate having the samples fixed thereto is positioned between the first seal and the second seal;
an actuator that causes one or both of the first seal and the second seal to press against the porous substrate to form both a fluid isolation area between the first passageway and the second passageway and a compressed barrier against a portion of the porous substrate that is outside the fluid isolation area;
a fluid inlet having access to the fluid isolation area via the first passageway at least when the one or both of the first seal and the second seal is pressed against the porous substrate; and
a fluid outlet to receive fluid through the second passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,365,188

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICES FOR INVESTIGATING CRYSTALLIZATION

Brandeis University, Wal...

1. A microfluidic device comprising:a reservoir layer defining a reservoir;
a membrane disposed on the reservoir layer;
a wetting control layer disposed on the membrane, the wetting control layer including a perforation; and
a storage layer disposed on the wetting control layer,
wherein the wetting control layer and the storage layer define a microfluidic channel comprising an upstream portion, a downstream portion, a first fluid path in fluid communication with the upstream portion and the downstream portion, a storage well positioned within the first fluid path, and a plurality of fluid constrictions in fluid communication with the storage well,
wherein the wetting control layer includes an upper surface, the upper surface at least partially defining a bottom surface of the storage well;
wherein the perforation of the wetting control layer defines a fluid passageway, the fluid passageway allowing fluid communication between the storage well and the membrane, and the fluid passageway allowing fluid communication between the storage layer and the reservoir layer via the membrane, and
wherein the wetting control layer is capable of wetting a first fluid introduced into the microfluidic channel, the first fluid comprising a hydrophilic, lipophilic, fluorophilic or gas phase as the continuous phase in the microfluidic channel.

US Pat. No. 10,365,186

DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN OUT-OF-ROUNDNESS ON RAILWAY VEHICLE WHEELS IN ACCORDANCE WITH AN IMPULSE EVALUATION METHOD

Schenck Process Europe Gm...

1. A diagnostic device for detecting an out-of-roundness of a wheel of a rail vehicle within a specified measuring section, the device comprising:a plurality of force sensors for determining forces acting on them from a rail vehicle wheel and are connected to an evaluating device, the evaluating device being configured:
to process a force signal F, forwarded by the force sensors, which comprises a quasi-static and a dynamic force component;
to determine a quasi-static wheel contact force Fm;
to correct the force signal F by the quasi-static wheel contact force Fm; and
to integrate the resulting dynamic force component over a time interval in order to determine an impulse.

US Pat. No. 10,365,185

VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM BRACKET POCKET DIMENSIONAL VERIFIER TOOLS AND METHODS OF USE

1. A bracket pocket dimensional verifier tool for dimensional verification of a first lower control arm bracket pocket of a vehicle frame of a vehicle suspension system, the tool comprising:a first end exterior sub-assembly for insertion through a first cam slot of the first lower control arm bracket pocket and adjustable to lock to a first bracket wall defining the first cam slot wherein the first end exterior sub-assembly comprises a first slot registration device, a first interior slot registration device, a first exterior registration device, a first interior lock nut, and a first exterior lock nut;
a second end exterior sub-assembly configured for insertion through a second cam slot of the first lower control arm bracket pocket and adjustable to lock to a second bracket wall defining the second cam slot; and
an intermediate sub-assembly disposed between the first and second end exterior sub-assemblies and attachable to the first and second end exterior sub-assemblies via a shaft, the intermediate sub-assembly comprising an extension rod receiving feature defining at least one extension rod receiving aperture;
wherein the first end exterior sub-assembly, the second end exterior sub-assembly, and the intermediate sub-assembly lock against the first and second bracket walls to define a horizontal center axis and are adjustable to determine a center point along an intersecting vertical center axis between the first and second cam slots of the first lower control arm bracket pocket that is alignable with the at least one extension rod receiving aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,365,184

ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE TESTING SYSTEM

Paul E. Hawkinson Company...

1. An electrical discharge testing system for a tire defect tester, comprising:a tire defect tester comprising a probe adapted to periodically discharge electricity;
a sensor for detecting the discharge of the probe, wherein the sensor is adapted to detect when a period of time between discharges of the probe exceeds a threshold;
a transformer including a primary coil and a secondary coil, wherein the probe is connected to the primary coil and the sensor is connected to the secondary coil;
a capacitor connected to the secondary coil of the transformer such that the capacitor is charged when a current pulses through the secondary coil of the transformer; and
an indicator adapted to provide an indication when the period of time between discharges of the probe exceeds the threshold;
wherein the sensor is adapted to detect each discharge of the capacitor to determine the period of time between discharges of the probe.

US Pat. No. 10,365,183

ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS SYSTEM OF AIR-FUEL RATIO SENSOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An abnormality diagnosis system, comprising:an exhaust purification catalyst provided in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine;
an upstream air-fuel ratio sensor provided in the exhaust passage at an upstream side of the exhaust purification catalyst in a direction of flow of exhaust gas;
a downstream air-fuel ratio sensor provided in the exhaust passage at a downstream side of the exhaust purification catalyst in the direction of flow of the exhaust gas; and
a diagnosis device configured to repeatedly diagnose the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor for abnormality based on output values of the upstream and downstream air-fuel ratio sensors, wherein
when the output value of the upstream air-fuel ratio sensor indicates a rich air-fuel ratio richer than a stoichiometric air-fuel ratio at a first time, the diagnosis device is configured to
continuously monitor the output value of the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor, such that when the diagnosis device detects a change of the output value of the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor
from a first output value indicating an air-fuel ratio richer than a lean judged reference air-fuel ratio that is leaner than the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio
to a second output value indicating an air-fuel ratio leaner than the lean judged reference air-fuel ratio at a second time,
the diagnosis device determines that the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor has an abnormality and generates, at the second time, a signal indicating the abnormality of the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,182

METHOD FOR PERFORMING VIBRATION DETECTION ON A MACHINE TOOL

Hiwin Technologies Corp.,...

1. A method for performing vibration detection on a machine tool (2), the method being implemented by a detecting device (1) that includes a microprocessor (12) and a vibration detector (11), the machine tool (2) including a feed system (21) and a motor (22) connected to the feed system (21), the feed system (21) including a number of rotational components, the method comprising steps of:a) calculating, by the microprocessor (12), a target frequency range associated with a rotation speed of the machine tool (2), the rotation speed of the machine tool (2) having a maximum value specified by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the machine tool (2);
b) detecting, by the vibration detector (11), vibration of the feed system (21) attributed to ambient noise when the feed system (21) is in a static state;
c) calculating, by the microprocessor (12), a smoothed signal according to detected result of the vibration of the feed system (21) detected in step b), the smoothed signal including a plurality of noise amplitude values distributed across the target frequency range;
d) identifying, by the microprocessor (12), a frequency within the target frequency range that corresponds with a smallest one of the noise amplitude values of the smoothed signal as a measurement frequency;
e) calculating, by the microprocessor (12), a suggested rotation speed based on the measurement frequency;
f) detecting, by the vibration detector (11), vibration of a to-be-detected component selected from the number of rotational components of the feed system (21) when the motor (22) is driving the number of rotational components of the feed system (21) to rotate at the suggested rotation speed; and
g) obtaining, by the microprocessor (12), a dynamic vibration signal according to detected result of the vibration of the feed system (21) detected in step f).

US Pat. No. 10,365,181

THREE-DIMENSIONAL STANDARD VIBRATOR BASED ON LEAF-SPRING-TYPE DECOUPLING DEVICE

ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY, Han...

1. A three-dimensional standard vibrator based on leaf-spring-type decoupling device comprises a base set with three single-dimensional vibrators: an X axis vibrator, a Y axis vibrator, and a Z axis vibrator; and a three-dimensional vibration platform; wherein the X axis vibrator is connected with the three-dimensional vibration platform through an X axis decoupling device, the Y axis vibrator is connected with the three-dimensional vibration platform through a Y axis decoupling device, and the Z axis vibrator is connected with the three-dimensional vibration platform through a Z axis decoupling device; wherein the X axis decoupling device, the Y axis decoupling device and the Z axis decoupling device comprise supporting-spring units; wherein each of the supporting-spring units contains a pair of leaf springs mounted parallelly with each other and a first and a second connecting components mounted on the two edges of the leaf springs; wherein the first connecting component is near the vibrator and the second connecting component is near the three-dimensional vibration platform; wherein the X axis decoupling device, the Y axis decoupling device and the Z axis decoupling device comprise at least two stages of supporting-spring units, which are connected in series with each other; wherein in the decoupling device along each axis, surfaces of the leaf springs in the two-stage supporting-spring units are all parallel to this axis, and surfaces of the leaf springs in one stage of the two-stage supporting-spring units are vertical to one of another two axes; wherein the planes of the leaf springs from the two-stage supporting-spring units are all mounted parallel to the axis of the corresponding single-dimensional vibrator, and the planes of the leaf springs from one stage of supporting-spring units are mounted perpendicular to the axis of another single-dimensional vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,365,180

NON-DESTRUCTIVE LEAK SOURCE DETECTION AND IDENTIFICATION FOR COMPLEX BAGGING IN CONJUNCTION WITH FLOW MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A leak identification system comprising:a flexible breather;
a spine in connection with the flexible breather so as to provide rigidity to the flexible breather, the spine having a first end; and
a plurality of vacuum straws of varying lengths disposed along the spine from the first end and terminating at spaced locations along the spine, wherein:
the breather, spine, and straws are configured to be inserted as a unit into a vacuum bag.

US Pat. No. 10,365,179

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TESTING THE TIGHTNESS OF LARGE-VOLUME CONTAINERS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. A method comprising causing matter to leak out of a container that has been closed with a valve by placing a bell-shaped test head over a mouth of said container, sealing said container against said bell-shaped test head, accommodating at least a portion of said container in a testing chamber within said test head, and causing an increase in a pressure difference between a pressure that is within said testing chamber and an internal pressure that is within said container, using a camera that is separated from said testing chamber by a pane through which said camera is pointed to see into said test chamber to monitor at least one of a region of said container and said test chamber, while monitoring said at least one of said region of said container and said test chamber, identifying one of evidence of matter having emerged into said testing chamber and evidence of matter having undergone foaming in said testing chamber, each of which is indicative of matter that has been caused to leak out of said container and that has, subsequent to having exited said container, entered said testing chamber, and, in response to having identified said one of evidence of matter having emerged into said testing chamber and evidence of matter having undergone foaming in said testing chamber, providing a signal indicative of a leak in said container, wherein causing said increase in said pressure difference comprises connecting said test chamber to a source of reduced pressure, and wherein said container is selected from the group consisting of a keg and a barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,365,178

LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A leak detection system comprising:a sensor having a first condition when dry and a second condition when wet;
a communication device operatively coupled to the sensor;
an attachment element adapted to attach the leak detection system to an area for monitoring fluid leakage, wherein the attachment element is removable, reusable, or both, wherein the sensor comprises a detection element comprising an electrical circuit, and wherein the electrical circuit comprises a wire having a plurality of fingers; and
a substrate, wherein the detection element is in communication with the substrate, wherein the substrate is adapted to change between a first size when dry and a second size when wet in response to fluid contact, the first and second sizes being different from one another, and wherein the plurality of fingers are adapted so that a conductive fluid will bridge a gap between the plurality of fingers to create a closed circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,365,177

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING A TOOL

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A calibration system comprising:a housing;
a drive shaft within the housing extending to a connection point on a wall of the housing;
a load application apparatus operatively connected to the drive shaft to apply a force to the drive shaft; and
a plurality of housing transducers operatively connected to the drive shaft to measure a prevailing torque of the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,365,176

WIRELESS MEASUREMENT OF INFLATABLE PRESSURE

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body having a gas housing portion that maintains a gas pressure; and
a sensor assembly for measuring the pressure within the gas housing portion that wirelessly communicates to an external reader device; wherein
the sensor assembly obtains all necessary power from the external reader device; and
wherein the sensor assembly is attached to an exterior of the gas housing portion of the body with an adhesive and the sensor assembly further includes a pressure sensor element that is exposed to the gas pressure maintained in the gas housing portion through a hole in a wall of the gas housing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,175

SURFACE PRESSURE MEASURING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A surface pressure measuring device configured to measure a local surface pressure of a surface of a target, the surface pressure measuring device comprising:an abutting plate configured to abut the target and including a hole in an abutting surface that abuts the target;
a probe having a tip surface to be exposed at an abutting surface side and configured to be movably inserted through the hole of the abutting plate in an axial direction of the hole;
a first actuator configured to cause the target to abut the abutting surface with a predetermined load or configured to cause the target to abut the abutting surface such that the target is compressed to a predetermined thickness;
a second actuator configured to support the probe and to hold a state in which the tip surface of the probe is flush with the abutting surface as the probe resists a repulsive force received from the target while the first actuator causes the target to abut the abutting surface;
a load sensor configured to measure a load applied to the probe when the second actuator holds the state in which the tip surface of the probe is flush with the abutting surface; and
a controller configured to calculate a surface pressure applied to the tip surface of the probe from a measured value of the load sensor and an area of the tip surface of the probe.

US Pat. No. 10,365,174

LOAD DETECTION APPARATUS HAVING A STRAIN DETECTION ELEMENT ATTACHED TO A CONNECTION PORTION OPPOSITE THE CIRCUIT BOARD

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A load detection apparatus comprising:an input member for receiving input of a load;
a tubular body having a strain element configured to generate a strain due to the load inputted to the input member;
a strain detection element fixed to a face of the strain element, the face being opposite to another face of the strain element, said another face coming into contact with the input member, the strain detection element being configured to detect the strain generated in the strain element;
a circuit board mounted to oppose the strain detection element in a tube axis direction of the tubular body, the circuit board being configured to receive input of detection information of the strain detection element;
a connection member having a first connection portion to be electrically connected to the strain detection element and a second connection portion to be electrically connected to the circuit board;
an attaching portion of the strain detection element to be attached to the first connection portion being provided to oppose the circuit board;
an attaching portion of the circuit board to be attached to the second connection portion being provided in a face of the circuit board opposite a further face of the circuit board which faces the first connection portion; and
a fixation member to which the circuit board is fixed provided between the strain element and the circuit board, wherein
the fixation member is supported to the tubular body via an elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,365,173

SIGNAL PROCESSING CIRCUIT AND METHOD WITH PRESSURE-SENSITIVE SENSOR ARRAY

CHIPSEA TECHNOLOGIES (SHE...

1. A signal processing circuit with a pressure-sensitive sensor array comprising: a pressure-sensitive sensor array with M rows and N columns, an excitation source adapted for outputting positive and negative excitation voltages, and an analog-digital convert circuit, wherein:the pressure-sensitive sensor array comprises M×N sensing units which are connected with each other through a bridge manner, wherein every sensing unit has a positive excitation input terminal, a negative excitation input terminal, a positive output terminal and a negative output terminal, the positive excitation input terminal of every sensing unit is connected with the positive excitation voltage, the negative excitation input terminal of every sensing unit is connected with the negative excitation voltage;
the positive output terminals of the sensing units at a same row of the pressure-sensitive sensor array are connected with each other and act as an output of the row;
the negative output terminals of the sensing units at a same column of the pressure-sensitive sensor array are connected with each other and act as an output of the column;
the whole pressure-sensitive sensor array has a positive excitation input end, a negative excitation input end, M row output signals and N column output signals;
the analog-digital convert circuit comprises at least one analog-digital converter for converting the row and column output signals of the sensor array to digital signals;
the signal processing circuit further comprises a pseudo half-bridge circuit which has a positive excitation input end and a negative excitation input end respectively connected with the positive and negative excitation voltages; wherein the pseudo half-bridge circuit has an output signal which is determined by the positive and negative excitation voltages of the excitation source; any one of the row and column output signals and the output signal of the pseudo half-bridge circuit form a signal pair to be sent to the analog-digital convert circuit for conversion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,172

TACTILE SENSOR THAT INCLUDES TWO SHEETS EACH HAVING AT LEAST EITHER FLEXIBILITY OR ELASTICITY

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A tactile sensor comprising:a first sheet having at least either flexibility or elasticity; and
a second sheet having at least either flexibility or elasticity and having a first surface facing the first sheet and a second surface opposite to the first surface,
wherein the second surface includes a plurality of protruding shapes,
each of the plurality of protruding shapes has an enclosed space inside, the enclosed space being defined by the first surface of the second sheet and the first sheet,
at least one first electrode pattern is disposed on the first sheet in the enclosed space of each of the plurality of protruding shapes,
at least one second electrode pattern is disposed on the first surface in the enclosed space of each of the plurality of protruding shapes, and
in the enclosed space of each of the plurality of protruding shapes, the at least one first electrode pattern includes a plurality of first electrode patterns and/or the at least one second electrode pattern includes a plurality of second electrode patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,365,171

CAPACITIVE SENSOR SHEET AND CAPACITIVE SENSOR FOR MEASURING ELASTIC DEFORMATION

BANDO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES...

1. A capacitive sensor sheet used for measuring at least one of an amount of strain due to elastic deformation and a distribution of strain due to elastic deformation,the capacitive sensor sheet comprising:
a dielectric layer;
a top electrode layer that is laminated on the obverse surface of the dielectric layer and includes first rectangular strips arranged in parallel; and
a bottom electrode layer that is laminated on the reverse surface of the dielectric layer and includes second rectangular strips that are arranged in parallel and intersect with the first rectangular strips at right angles as viewed from the obverse-reverse direction, wherein
the dielectric layer is composed of an elastomer composition containing a urethane elastomer,
a hardness of the dielectric layer is 0 to 30° in terms of the hardness using a type A durometer, or 10 to 55° in terms of the hardness using a type C durometer,
each of the top electrode layer and the bottom electrode layer is composed of an electroconductive composition containing carbon nanotubes,
a change in capacitance of the sensor sheet occurs when a surface area of at least one of the electrode layers is elongated in a direction along a surface of the sensor sheet, and
the dielectric layer is elongated in the direction along the surface of the sensor sheet when the at least one of the electrode layers is elongated.

US Pat. No. 10,365,170

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR INDICATING THE FUEL CONSUMPTION AND/OR EFFICIENCY OF A HEATING UNIT

BOOSTHEAT, Nimes (FR)

1. A method for indicating consumption in billable combustible and free energy gathered in an outside environment of a heating unit to a user wherein said heating unit includes at least one heat pump with a thermal compressor driven by a thermal energy feed, a heating fluid distribution circuit and a plurality of convectors or radiators receiving an energy quantity Q1, the thermal compressor mainly using as a cold source the heating fluid distribution circuit and the thermal energy feed being at least provided by burning a billed combustible, wherein the method comprises at least:A—measuring, via a combustible meter, over a preset time period, a quantity of billable combustible burnt to provide at least a part of the thermal energy feed to the thermal compressor of the heat pump and determining, using the quantity of billable combustible burnt over the preset time period, a corresponding amount of a billed energy quantity Q2F,
B—measuring, via first and second temperature sensors and a flow-rate sensor, over the preset time period, on a heat transfer circuit of the heat pump, a temperature of a heat transfer fluid before and after passing through an outside exchanger and a flow-rate of the heat transfer fluid passing through the outside exchanger and determining, over the preset time period, based on said measurements, an energy quantity Q3 corresponding to a quantity of said free energy gathered in the outside environment, where the energy quantity Q3 is obtained by integrating a temperature difference across the outside exchanger multiplied by the flow-rate across the outside exchanger,
C—displaying at least the consumption of the heating unit in billable combustible and free energy gathered in the outside environment by displaying the energy quantities Q2F and Q3, corresponding to the preset time period, on a display screen and/or a document intended for billing the client.

US Pat. No. 10,365,169

TEMPERATURE/VOLTAGE SENSOR CALIBRATION

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method comprising:by sensor calibration circuitry,
receiving temperature sensor data or voltage sensor data output by sensor circuitry that is configured to generate temperature and voltage sensor data;
calculating a trim parameter value based on the temperature sensor data or the voltage sensor data output by the sensor circuitry; and
calibrating, using the trim parameter value, the sensor circuitry to compensate error in the temperature sensor data or the voltage sensor data introduced from variation in a voltage reference of the sensor circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,365,168

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING TEMPERATURE IN THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device detachable from and attachable to a user, the electronic device comprising: a battery; a conductive member exposed to an external area of the electronic device; a temperature sensor electrically connected to the conductive member; and a circuit electrically connected to the battery, the conductive member; and the temperature sensor, wherein the circuit comprises: at least one processor; a first part of the circuit electrically connected to the battery; and a second part of the circuit electrically connected to the temperature sensor and the first part of the circuit, wherein the at least one processor is configured to: when value of a current or a voltage received through the conductive member is less than a specified reference value, identify a skin temperature of a user in contact with the conductive member using the temperature sensor; and when a value of a current or a voltage received through the conductive member is equal to or larger than the specified reference value, control the first part of the circuit to supply power received from an external device connected to the conductive member to the battery, and identify a temperature of the battery using the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,167

FIBER GRATING TEMPERATURE SENSOR

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A fiber grating temperature sensor comprising:a hollow tube;
an optical fiber including at least one Bragg grating, the optical fiber being disposed in said hollow tube such that a gap exists between at least a portion of an internal surface of the hollow tube and an exterior surface of the optical fiber at a position of the Bragg grating;
a lubricant disposed within said hollow tube, between said exterior surface of the fiber and the interior surface of the hollow tube, wherein the lubricant at most partially fills the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,365,166

ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER SENSOR

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. An environmental parameter sensor for a mobile device comprising:a first acoustic transducer having a first sound signal input;
a second acoustic transducer having a second sound signal input and arranged at a fixed distance from the first acoustic transducer; and
a controller circuit coupled to the first acoustic transducer and the second acoustic transducer;
wherein the controller circuit is
for determining at least one of a time-of-flight value and an attenuation value of an acoustic signal between the first acoustic transducer and the second acoustic transducer using the first and second sound signal inputs and
for determining at least one environmental parameter from the at least one of the time-of-flight value and the attenuation value;
wherein the controller circuit is further for determining a further time of flight value of the acoustic signal between the first acoustic transducer and the second acoustic transducer using the first and second sound signal inputs;
wherein the at least one environmental parameter comprises a wind speed value; and
wherein the controller circuit is further for determining the wind speed value from a difference between the time of flight value and the further time of flight value.

US Pat. No. 10,365,165

PIPE CLAMP THERMOCOUPLE

Fieldpiece Instruments, I...

1. A thermocouple assembly for measuring the temperature of a pipe, comprising:a pipe clamp;
a first metal strip formed of a first metal mounted in the pipe clamp;
a second metal strip formed of a second metal dissimilar to the first metal mounted in the pipe clamp;
the first and second metal strips being arranged in the pipe clamp such that closing the pipe clamp on a pipe creates two thermocouple junctions where the metal strips contact the pipe;
a thermocouple reading instrument connected to the metal strips to indicate the temperature of the pipe;
wherein the pipe clamp has a pair of opposing clamp jaws for grasping a pipe and the first and second metal strips are mounted in a selected one of the clamp jaws.

US Pat. No. 10,365,164

OPTICAL SYSTEM PHASE ACQUISITION METHOD AND OPTICAL SYSTEM EVALUATION METHOD

USHIO DENKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An optical system phase acquisition method of calculating a broad sense phase distribution ?sj(u, v) by calculating process by a processing apparatus (Up) in an optical system that comprises an optical system (Ot) configured of one or more image forming optical elements, a plurality of input image points (Psj) (j=1, 2, . . . applies similarly hereafter), and a phase defining plane (T) located at a prescribed relative position with respect to an output side of the optical system (Ot), the broad sense phase distribution ?sj(u, v) being information associated with a phase distribution derived from the input image points (Psj) on the phase defining plane (T), the method comprising:a step (a1) of arranging an imaging element (Uf) on the optical system (Ot) and the output side of the optical system (Ot);
a step (a2) of arranging the plurality of input image points (Psj) on an input side of the optical system (Ot);
a step (a3) of illuminating the optical system (Ot) by input light fluxes (Fsj) emitted from the plurality of input image points (Psj), and illuminating output light fluxes (Foj) outputted from the optical system (Ot) to the imaging element (Uf);
a step (a4) of acquiring interference image data (Df) that collectively includes information of an interference image about the plurality of input image points (Psj) by imaging the interference image by the imaging element (Uf), the interference image being generated by superimposing a reference light flux (Fr) coherent with the output light fluxes (Foj) to the output light fluxes (Foj);
a step (a5) of the imaging element (Uf) transmitting the interference image data (Df) to the processing apparatus (Up);
a step (b1) of performing, by the processing apparatus (Up), diffractive optical light propagation simulation to a separation reconstruction surface (Sg) which is at a position where the output light fluxes (Foj) separates into respective light fluxes and reconstructing the output light fluxes (Foj) in the separation reconstruction surface (Sg) based on the interference image data (Df), and thereafter calculating a broad sense phase distribution ?gj(u?, v?) in the separation reconstruction surface (Sg) associated with only light emitted from one input image point (Psj) by the calculating process; and
a step (b2) of performing, by the processing apparatus (Up), diffractive optical light propagation simulation based on the broad sense phase distribution ?gj(u?, v?) to calculate a broad sense phase distribution ?sj(u, v) belonging to the input image point (Psj) on the phase defining plane (T) by the calculating process.

US Pat. No. 10,365,163

OPTICAL CRITICAL DIMENSION METROLOGY

NOVA MEASURING INSTRUMENT...

1. A metrology system for measuring parameters of a structure, the metrology system being configured for performing Optical Critical Dimension (OCD) measurements and comprising:an optical system configured for detecting light reflection of incident radiation from the structure and generating measured data indicative of angular phase of the detected light components corresponding to reflections of illuminating light components having different angles of incidence, wherein the optical system comprises imaging and focusing lenses configured to create an image of a pupil of the optical system on a phase detector, thereby providing the measured data indicative of a two-dimensional phase map of the pupil, and
a control unit configured for receiving and processing the measured data and generating a corresponding two-dimensional phase map of the pupil indicative of variation of the phase along at least one axis of two dimensions used in the two-dimensional phase map, analyzing the two-dimensional phase map and determining one or more parameters of the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,365,162

LASER WAVELENGTH DETECTORS

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A laser wavelength detector, comprising:first and second sensors with a common field of view;
a first external baffle disposed between the first sensor and the field of view and defining a first axis;
a second external baffle disposed between the second sensor and the field of view and defining a second axis, the second axis parallel with the first axis;
a filter optically coupling the second sensor to the field of view through the second external baffle, wherein the filter has at least two monochromatic attenuation coefficients such that a wavelength of laser illumination incident on the detector can be identified based upon a ratio of intensity measurements from the first sensor and the second sensor,
wherein the first sensor is unfiltered and receives unfiltered laser illumination through the first external baffle, and
wherein the filter has a negative attenuation coefficient to more heavily attenuate wavelengths of laser illumination in a visible wavelengths than infrared wavelengths received through the second external baffle.

US Pat. No. 10,365,161

BEAM ALIGNMENT

FFE LIMITED, (GB)

1. A method for auto-aligning a projected optical beam transmitted by an optical source onto a reflector in a reflective-type optical beam detector, the method comprising:(a) projecting a flat and wide optical beam providing illumination of a size larger than a reflective surface of the reflector;
(b) adjusting the projected beam so as to project onto all of the reflective surface of the reflector;
(c) detecting one or more edges of the reflective surface of the reflector, and
wherein the method further comprising one or more of:
(i) centering the projected beam while fully illuminating the reflective surface of the reflector, so as to align an approximate center of the projected beam on, or within a predetermined threshold of, an approximate center of the reflective surface of the reflector; and
(ii) determining a shape or profile of the reflector.

US Pat. No. 10,365,160

SPECTRUM MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND CALIBRATION METHOD OF SPECTRUM MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

11. A calibration method of a spectrum measurement apparatus, the method comprising:emitting light to a sample for calibration;
receiving light, which is reflected or scattered from, or transmitted through the sample for calibration, and measuring an intensity of the received light;
in response to measuring the intensity of the received light, reconstructing a spectrum of the sample for calibration while adjusting a value of a spectrum reconstruction parameter;
determining a similarity between the reconstructed spectrum of the sample for calibration and an original spectrum of the sample for calibration; and
determining an optimal value of the spectrum reconstruction parameter based on the determined similarity.

US Pat. No. 10,365,159

SPECTROMETER SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR COMPENSATING FOR TIME PERIODIC PERTURBATIONS OF AN INTERFEROGRAM GENERATED BY THE SPECTROMETER SYSTEM

1. A spectrometer system comprising:a scanning interferometer;
a drive system mechanically coupled to a movable reflector element of the scanning interferometer, the drive system configured to induce reciprocation of the movable reflector element at a plurality of different speeds;
a detector configured to sample interferograms formed by the scanning interferometer at the plurality of different speeds to generate a plurality of sampled interferograms; and
a data processor configured to acquire the plurality of sampled interferograms and perform a Fourier transform operation on each sampled interferogram of the plurality of sampled interferograms to generate a plurality of intensity spectra associated with the plurality of sampled interferograms, each intensity spectrum of the plurality of intensity spectra associated with a separate sampled interferogram of the plurality of sample interferograms
the data processor further configured to perform a comparison of the plurality of intensity spectra associated with the plurality of sample interferograms.

US Pat. No. 10,365,158

LOW-NOISE SPECTROSCOPIC IMAGING SYSTEM

DAYLIGHT SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A spectral imaging device for generating a two-dimensional spectral image of a sample, the spectral imaging device comprising:an image sensor that includes a two-dimensional array of sensor elements that are used to acquire data to construct the two-dimensional spectral image during a data acquisition time;
an illumination source that generates an illumination beam that illuminates the sample;
an imaging optical assembly that collects light from the sample and forms a two-dimensional spectral image of the sample on the image sensor; and
a control system that (i) controls the illumination source to generate the illumination beam during the data acquisition time, and (ii) controls the image sensor to capture the data during the data acquisition time; wherein the illumination beam and the collected light follow a beam path having an effective optical path segment; and wherein the effective optical path segment is adjusted during the data acquisition time.

US Pat. No. 10,365,157

LIGHTING DEVICE INCORPORATING A HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGER AS A RECONFIGURABLE SENSING ELEMENT

ABL IP HOLDING LLC, Cony...

1. A lighting device, comprising:a housing;
a light source within the housing of the lighting device and configured to output artificial light for general illumination;
a hyperspectral imager, coupled to the housing, configured to detect light in an area of the lighting device and generate hyperspectral image data from intensities of a continuous range of wavelengths of the detected light, wherein the light source and the hyperspectral imager are integrated components of the lighting device;
a communication interface coupled to a data communication network;
a memory storing spectral reference data and program instructions for processing and analyzing the hyperspectral image data; and
a processor coupled to the memory, the communication interface, the light source and the hyperspectral imager, wherein the processor, when executing the stored program instructions is configured to perform functions, including functions to:
control operation of the light source;
analyze the hyperspectral image data generated by the hyperspectral imager using image processing analysis techniques in relation to the spectral reference data;
based on the results of the image analysis of the hyperspectral image data, detect an environmental condition in the environment in which the lighting device is located; and
output, via the communication interface, a report of the detected environmental condition.

US Pat. No. 10,365,156

WEARABLE TO MONITOR EXPOSURE TO UV RADIATION

Stella Wearables, Inc., ...

1. A wearable device to monitor radiation exposure of a wearer of the wearable device, the wearable device comprising:a band operable to wrap around a limb of the wearer;
a first sensor disposed on a first side of the band, the first sensor configured to generate an output based on UVA and UVB radiation detected at the first sensor;
a second sensor disposed on a second side of the band opposite the first side, the second sensor configured to generate an output based on UVA and UVB radiation detected at the second sensor;
an output device configured to provide an alert to the wearer based on output from the first and second sensor;
a memory configured to store one or more wearer characteristics; and,
a processor configured to execute instructions that cause the processor to:
store, in the memory, information indicative of the UVA and UVB radiation detected at the first and second sensors over time;
determine a total exposure of the wearer to UVA and UVB radiation based on monitoring the output from the first and second sensors;
determine, based on the one or more wearer characteristics, whether the total exposure has reached a threshold amount of exposure to UVA and UVB radiation; and,
cause the output device to provide the alert to the wearer in response to determining that the total exposure has reached the threshold amount of exposure to UVA and UVB radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,365,155

SYSTEM FOR COMPUTING EXPOSURE TO SOLAR RADIATION OF AN INDIVIDUAL

Sihealth Photonics S.R.L....

1. A system used to calculate exposure to solar radiation in a given wavelength range, received by a person in each part of a body, the system comprising:a wearable device having stable position and orientation with respect to the body of a person, the wearable device comprising position sensors capable of detecting position data of one or more points of the body according to at least azimuth and inclination with respect to a vertical line depending on the position that the body has during sun exposure;
a geolocalization sensor associated with the person;
a remote computing unit operatively connected to a satellite means to receive georeferenced data related to solar irradiation over time and to associate solar irradiance data to geographic position, posture and the orientation of the person or of parts of the body of the person over time, to provide an overall incident irradiance and a relative associated dose accumulated over time for each point of the body;
a portable telecommunication device positioned close to the person, the portable telecommunication device comprising:
a first communication interface connected to the wearable device and the geolocalization sensor for receiving first data related to the geographic position, posture and orientation of the person or of parts of the body of the person;
a second communication interface connected to the remote computing unit to send to the first data to the remote computing unit and to receive second data relative to the sun exposure of the person;
a means for the person receiving information associated to the second data relating to the person's exposure to solar radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,365,154

DIACETYLENE FILM SENSITIZED WITH PHOTOINITIATOR AND APPLICATIONS OF THE FILM

ISP Investments LLC, Wil...

1. An indicator with film media that is sensitive to long wavelength ultraviolet (UV) light, comprising:a top layer of polymeric film that is permeable to the UV light;
an active layer below the polymeric film, the active layer prepared from a radiochromic active fluid comprising a microcrystalline dispersion of a substantially crystalline image receptive polyacetylenic compound, and a photoinitiator comprising a photoinitiator compound or mixture of photoinitiators,
wherein said photoinitiator is selected from the group consisting of sodium salt of anthraquinone-2-sulfonic acid, 2-methyl-1-[4-(methylthio)phenyl]-2-(4-morpholinyl)-1-propanone, and 2-hydroxy-2-methylpropiophenone; and
a bottom layer below the active layer and the top layer, the bottom layer comprising an adhesive lower surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,153

REDUCING EXTRANEOUS SIGNALS FOR SENSORS

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A signal barrier for a sensor device, wherein the signal barrier comprises at least one wall that forms an inner space, wherein the at least one wall comprises a reflective material, wherein the signal barrier is configured to prevent an extraneous signal from entering the inner space, wherein the signal barrier is further configured to allow an intended signal within the inner space, wherein the at least one wall is configured to be disposed adjacent to a transceiver element of the sensor device, wherein the transceiver element is directed toward the inner space to transceive the intended signal without being distorted by the extraneous signal, wherein the signal barrier comprises at least one positioning feature disposed adjacent to the at least one wall, wherein the at least one positioning feature is configured to couple to a component of the sensor device, and wherein the at least one positioning feature, when coupled to the component of the sensor device, places the at least one wall in a certain position relative to the transceiver element of the sensor device.

US Pat. No. 10,365,152

COMPACT ANNULAR FIELD IMAGER AND METHOD FOR IMAGING ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION

Wavefront Research, Inc.,...

1. An optical imager, comprising:an object array substantially located at an object plane;
a catadioptric element configured to substantially collimate electromagnetic radiation emanating from the object array, wherein the catadioptric element comprises at least one refractive surface and at least one reflective surface;
an optical element configured to image the substantially collimated electromagnetic radiation from a central plane onto an image plane; the central plane separating the catadioptric element and the optical element; and
an image array substantially located at the image plane;
wherein the catadioptric element comprises a concave surface and a convex surface opposing the concave surface; andwherein the concave surface comprises a first refractive surface and a second reflective surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,151

INSPECTION PROBE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An inspection system comprising:a sheet material which is disposed on a test object and on which a two-dimensional pattern indicating a position on the test object is drawn; and
an inspection probe that includes:
a chassis that is freely movable on the sheet material and has transparency and sonic wave permeability;
an ultrasonic probe that is freely movable on the test object and irradiates the test object with an ultrasonic wave to detect a reflected wave, and is fixed to the chassis;
a reader that is fixed to the chassis and reads the two-dimensional pattern, the reader having a predetermined angle of view; and
an illumination that is fixed to the chassis; and
a calculation unit that executes arithmetic processing according to a detection result according to the ultrasonic probe to acquire a flaw detection result of the test object,
wherein the ultrasonic probe is fixed to the chassis such that an incident point of an ultrasonic wave that is incident onto an opposing surface of the test object from the ultrasonic probe is within the angle of view of the reader.

US Pat. No. 10,365,150

TRAVEL FACILITATION SYSTEM

1. A system for facilitating travel, comprising:(a) a first weight measurement device, the first weight measurement device being adapted to measure the weight of a first set of luggage; and
(b) a smart device in electronic communication with said first weight measurement device for receiving and displaying luggage weight data from said first weight measurement device;
(c) a travel facilitator, the travel facilitator comprising a central controller separate from and in electronic communication with the first weight measurement device via the smart device, the central controller receiving the measured weight of each luggage in the first set, and aggregating and analyzing luggage weight data from a variety of sources;
(d) wherein the measured weight of each luggage in the first set is configured for electronic retrieval by a selection of users in electronic communication with the central controller;
(e) wherein the first weight measurement device is adapted for electronic synchronization with said first smart device.

US Pat. No. 10,365,149

BED BASED WEIGHT SENSORS FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

BEDSENSE LIMITED, London...

1. A method of sensing the weights of multiple occupants in a bed, the method comprising:obtaining weight data from a first set of weight sensors arranged under a first side of a bed;
obtaining weight data from a second set of weight sensors arranged under a second side of the bed;
measuring a signal representing a difference between the weight data from the first set of weight sensors and the weight data from the second set of weight sensors;
monitoring fluctuations in said signal over time and mapping the fluctuations to a position on the first side or second side of the bed so as to determine an individual position for each of the multiple occupants; and
determining the individual position for each of the multiple occupants relative to a midline of the bed between the first and second sides.

US Pat. No. 10,365,148

METHOD FOR ASCERTAINING THE NET WEIGHT OF A PRODUCT IN A SINGLE PRODUCT RANGE

Wipotec-Wiege- und Positi...

1. A method for determining a net weight (WeightProduct Range Net) of a product (3a-3e) in a product range, wherein multiple connected product ranges form a product chain (1), comprising the steps of:a) determining, with a weighing device, a total weight (WeightTotal Gross) of the product chain (1),
b) the product chain (1) is x-rayed with an x-ray device, to determine values with one or more processors, that correspond with the x-rays, which penetrate a defined range of the product chain (1),
c) determining, with one or more processors, a total value (Grayscale ValueTotal Gross) for the entire product chain (1) from the determined values,
d) selecting or specifying a product range (La-Le) with an individual product (3a-3e) contained therein is selected or specified through based on analysis of the determined values,
e) forming a value (Grayscale ValueProduct Range Gross) of the product range (La-Le) from the determined values and either steps f) and g) or steps h) and i),
f) determining, with one or more processors, a gross weight (WeightProduct Range Gross) of the product range (La-Le),
g) determining, with one or more processors, a net weight (WeightProduct Range Net) from the difference of the weight WeightProduct Range Gross and a predefined or determined weight (WeightTARE) of the product range (La-Le) without product (3a-3e), or
h) determining, with one or more processors, the net weight (WeightTotal Net) from the difference of the weight WeightTotal Gross and a pre defined or determined weight (WeightTotal TARE) of the product chain (1) without product (3a-3e), and
i) determining, with one or more processors, the net weight (WeightProduct Range Net) of the individual product (3a-3e) by dividing the net weight (WeightTotal Net) of the product chain (1) according to the values (Grayscale ValueProduct Range Gross) of the product ranges (La-Le).

US Pat. No. 10,365,147

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRODE IMPEDANCE MEASUREMENT

ABB Limited, Stonehouse,...

1. A method of obtaining a measure of electrical impedance in respect of one or more sensing electrodes of an electromagnetic flowmeter, the method comprising:intermittently injecting an impedance measurement signal to at least one of the sensing electrodes whilst a coil excitation drive signal is applied to field generating coils of the flowmeter;
during a first interval, when the coil excitation drive signal is applied to the coils and the impedance measurement signal is injected to at least one of the sensing electrodes, obtaining a first measurement signal from the sensing electrodes, the first measurement signal comprising an electromagnetically induced flow measurement signal and an electrode impedance measurement signal;
during a second interval, when the coil excitation drive signal is applied to the coils but the impedance measurement signal is not injected to at least one of the sensing electrodes, obtaining a second measurement signal from the sensing electrodes, the second measurement signal comprising an electromagnetically induced flow measurement signal; and
combining the first measurement signal and the second measurement signal to obtain an output signal comprising the electrode impedance measurement signal without the electromagnetically induced flow measurement signal;
wherein the coil excitation drive signal has a cyclically varying wave form having a drive period;
wherein the combining comprises using a delay line having a delay period;
wherein the delay period is an integer number of cycles of the drive period of the coil excitation drive signal.

US Pat. No. 10,365,146

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, at a vehicle controller of a vehicle, each of unprocessed, raw echo times and processed fluid level data from a sensor coupled to a vertical tube, and receiving, at the vehicle controller, vehicle sensor data from another sensor coupled in the vehicle indicating vehicle motion, the vertical tube positioned external to and fluidically coupled to a coolant reservoir at each of a top and a bottom;
generating, at the vehicle controller, a fluid level estimate based on the unprocessed, raw echo times and the vehicle sensor data during a first condition; and generating the fluid level estimate based on the processed fluid level data during a second condition;
operating the vehicle in the first condition; and
operating the vehicle in the second condition.

US Pat. No. 10,365,145

HOUSING FOR A HIGH-FREQUENCY CHIP

VEGA GRIESHABER KG, Wolf...

1. A housing for a high-frequency chip in a radar device for level measurement, the housing comprising:a high-frequency chip having a high-frequency terminal and a supply terminal;
a plurality of horizontal metal layers;
a plurality of vertical metal connecting lines; and
an external supply terminal configured to connect the high-frequency chip to a circuit board of the radar device for level measurement,
wherein the high-frequency chip is attached to one of the horizontal metal layers in an electrically conductive manner,
wherein the high-frequency chip is embedded in a polymer compound, which is located between the horizontal metal layers,
wherein the supply terminal of the high-frequency chip is connected to the external supply terminal via at least one of the horizontal metal layers and via at least one of the vertical metal connecting lines, and
wherein the high-frequency terminal of the high-frequency chip is connected to an antenna configured to decouple and receive radar waves, via at least one of the horizontal metal layers and/or via at least one of the vertical metal connections and without the use of bonding wires.

US Pat. No. 10,365,144

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING CONTENTS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

1. A content providing apparatus comprising: a tumbler capable of containing a beverage; a sensor to measure an amount of the beverage contained in the tumbler; a content output controller configured to control a level of an output of an experience content based on the amount of the beverage measured by the sensor; and a content output apparatus configured to output the experience content with the output controlled by the content output controller, wherein the experience content is any one of a sound, an image, and lighting, of an environment or location in a real time or a particular location selected by the user that tumbler would be used, wherein the experience content is a purchased content with the beverage, wherein the content output apparatus is at least any one of a speaker, a display, and a lighting device, wherein the content output controller gradually controls the level of the output of the experience content based on the amount of the beverage measured by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,143

MEASUREMENT RING FOR FLUID FLOW IN A PIPELINE

Canada Pipeline Accessori...

1. A measurement ring, comprising:a body having a central hole extending along a longitudinal axis of the body;
a first tap for measuring at least one fluid flow parameter in a pipeline, said first tap comprising:
a first threaded portion on a circumferential surface of the body extending through the body towards the central hole and
a first channel extending from the first threaded portion to the central hole;
a second tap comprising:
a second channel branching off the first channel and extending through the body to a second threaded portion on the circumferential surface of the body; and
a third tap comprising:
a third channel branching off the first channel and extending through the body to a third threaded portion on the circumferential surface of the body,
wherein the measurement ring is configured to be fitted within the pipeline and an entirety of each of the first tap, the second tap, and the third tap is integrated within the body.

US Pat. No. 10,365,142

FLOW RATE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A flow rate measurement device that is inserted into a through-hole which is disposed in piping, and measures a flow rate of a fluid to be measured that has a main passage in the piping, the flow rate measurement device comprising:a connector that includes a connector terminal which transmits and receives a signal to and from an external device;
a flow rate detection element that is arranged in a bypass passage in which a part of the fluid to be measured passing through the main passage is taken;
a circuit board that includes a plurality of wire bonding pads, which are electrically connected to the connector terminal and the flow rate detection element respectively, on one surface;
a circuit board receiving portion that supports and receives the circuit board;
an environment sensor that is mounted on another surface of the circuit board opposite said one surface and measures at least one of temperature, humidity, and pressure of the fluid to be measured; and
a measuring chamber that is disposed in the circuit board receiving portion, the environment sensor being arranged in the measuring chamber,
wherein a recessed portion is disposed in an outer wall surface of the circuit board receiving portion forming the measuring chamber, said outer wall surface facing the fluid to be measured in said main passage and being parallel to a flow direction of said fluid to be measured passing through the main passage, and said recessed portion being a part of said outer wall surface that is recessed relative to other parts of said outer wall surface, and wherein a communication port allowing the main passage and the measuring chamber to communicate with each other is disposed in and surrounded by the recessed portion, and
wherein a raised portion surrounding the communication port is disposed in the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,141

MEASURING ADAPTER ASSEMBLY FOR CLOSED LOOP FLUID TRANSFER SYSTEM

Tuthill Corporation, For...

1. A closed-loop fluid transfer system comprising:a measuring adapter having a first end and a second end, and a chamber located between the first and second ends configured to hold a volume of fluid;
wherein the measuring adapter includes a first receiving valve assembly located at the first end of the measuring adapter, wherein the first receiving valve assembly includes a receiving valve member;
wherein at least a portion of the receiving valve member of the first receiving valve assembly is separable from a portion of the first receiving valve assembly on the measuring adapter to create an opening that provides fluid communication to the chamber when a force is exerted on the receiving valve member of the first receiving valve assembly of the measuring adapter;
a first container;
wherein the first container includes a first valve assembly located at an end of the first container, wherein the first valve assembly on the first container includes a valve member;
wherein the valve member of the first valve assembly of the first container engages the receiving valve member of the first receiving valve assembly of the measuring adapter, and the first valve assembly is selectively rotated which linearly moves the valve member of the first valve assembly to exert a linear force on the receiving valve member of the first receiving valve assembly of the measuring adapter and moves the receiving valve member of the first receiving valve assembly of the measuring adapter which provides fluid communication between both the chamber of the measuring adapter and interior of the first container;
wherein the measuring adapter includes a second valve assembly located at the second end of the measuring adapter, wherein the second valve assembly includes a valve member;
wherein at least a portion of the valve member of the second valve assembly located at the second end of the measuring adapter is separable from a portion of the second valve assembly to create an opening that provides fluid communication to the chamber;
a second container;
wherein the second container includes a second receiving valve assembly that includes a receiving valve member;
wherein at least a portion of the receiving valve member on the second receiving valve assembly of the second container is separable from a portion of the second receiving valve assembly of the second container to create an opening that provides fluid communication interior of the second container when a force is exerted on the receiving valve member of the second receiving valve assembly;
wherein the valve member of the second valve assembly of the measuring adapter engages the receiving valve member of the second receiving valve assembly of the second container, and the second valve assembly of the measuring adapter is selectively rotated which linearly moves the valve member of the second valve assembly which exerts a linear force on the receiving valve member of the second receiving valve assembly of the second container and moves the receiving valve member of the second receiving valve assembly of the second container which provides fluid communication between both the chamber of the measuring adapter and the interior of the second container.

US Pat. No. 10,365,140

MEASURED DOSE DISPENSERS AND METHODS OF USING SAME

Silgan Dispensing Systems...

1. A dispensing closure for dispensing a flowable product from a squeeze-type product container comprising:a closure body having an upper deck and a dispensing orifice within said upper deck, said closure body being configured to attach to a product container;
a timing piston comprising a tubular piston guide extending downwardly from a bottom surface of said upper deck and a cup-shaped piston body slidably received on said piston guide, said piston body further having a flared neck portion, said piston body cooperating with said piston guide to form an enclosed piston chamber,
a timing vent within said upper deck in communication with said piston chamber to allow air to escape said piston chamber;
an air intake orifice within said upper deck to allow air to enter said piston chamber; and
a ball valve structure adjacent the bottom surface of the upper deck and cooperating with said air intake orifice for controlling the flow of air through the air intake orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,365,139

UNIVERSAL DISPENSER MONITOR

Smart Wave Technologies, ...

1. A retrofit dispenser monitor comprising:a connector configured to connect the dispenser monitor directly to a dispenser body of a dispenser such that there is physical contact between the dispenser monitor and the dispenser;
a sensor configured to detect the attached dispensing action of the attached dispenser;
a controller connected to the sensor, the controller being configured:
to learn characteristics of a data signature which is transmitted through the body of the dispenser directly to the physically connected dispenser monitor and which corresponds to a dispensing action of the attached dispenser; and
to recognize subsequent data signatures received from the sensor which corresponds to the learned characteristics in order to determine a measure of dispenser use; and
a transmitter configured to transmit data relating to the determined measure of dispenser use.

US Pat. No. 10,365,138

IN-LINE ULTRASONIC ATTENUATION END TREATMENT FOR USE WITH AN ULTRASONIC GAS FLOW METER

Big Elk Energy Systems, L...

1. An end treatment for use with an ultrasonic gas flow meter, the end treatment comprising:an ultrasonic wave attenuation section including a pipe extending in a longitudinal direction and containing a set of alternating, spaced, semi-circular shaped, and vertically oriented first and second plates located between an inlet end and an outlet end of the pipe;
each plate including a first end connected to an inside wall of the pipe, a second end extending past a longitudinal centerline of the pipe to define a gap between the second end of the plate and a respective opposing inside wall of the pipe, and a solid wall surface extending an entire distance between the first and second ends.

US Pat. No. 10,365,137

TRANSIT TIME FLOW METER APPARATUS, TRANSDUCER, FLOW METER AND METHOD

Titan Enterprises Limited...

1. A transit time flow meter apparatus for determining a flow rate of a flowing fluid using a time difference between upstream and downstream acoustic transmissions in the fluid, the flow meter including:a pair of transducers arranged in spaced relation on a flow tube, wherein each of the transducers is segmented to include at least two portions,
wherein at least one of the two portions is an active transducer portion, and
wherein the active transducer portion is separated from each other portion of that transducer by one of an expansion gap or gaps, or wherein the active transducer portion is separate from each other portion of that transducer by a deformable element to enable fluctuations in a flow tube dimension to be accommodated without damage being caused to the active transducer portion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,136

OPTO-ACOUSTIC FLOWMETER FOR USE IN SUBTERRANEAN WELLS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. An opto-acoustic flowmeter, comprising:an optical waveguide; and
a multi-chamber acoustic emitter that emits acoustic energy at a resonance frequency of a chamber of the multi-chamber acoustic emitter in response to a transverse flow across each chamber of the multi-chamber acoustic emitter simultaneously, wherein each chamber of the multi-chamber acoustic emitter has a uniform cross-sectional area and a length that is different than the remaining chambers, and the chamber of the multi-chamber acoustic emitter that produces the acoustic energy at a resonance frequency varies based on a flow rate of the flow across the multi-chamber acoustic emitter, and wherein the acoustic energy comprises at least one parameter that is flow rate dependent.

US Pat. No. 10,365,135

FLEXIBLE MAGNETIC-BASED FLOW METER AND METHOD FOR MAKING A FLEXIBLE FLOW METER

1. A flow rate measurement device, comprising:three separable chambers including:
a basal chamber with an inlet and an outlet, incorporated with a main sensitive component along a flow path of a fluid that enter from the inlet and exit from the outlet of the basal chamber;
a mid-chamber comprises a magnetic sensor, placed over the main sensitive component configured to sense the magnetization value from said main sensitive component, and
a top chamber comprises a processor and a display unit, configured to process, convert and display the magnetization value.

US Pat. No. 10,365,134

VORTEX FLOWMETER WITH REDUCED INTRUSION BY PROVIDING PIEZOELECTRIC SENSORS EXTERNALLY OF THE FLOW TUBE

Micro Motion Inc., Bould...

1. A vortex flowmeter comprising:a flow tube having a first end and a second end;
a shedder bar disposed within the flow tube between the first end and the second end, the shedder bar being configured to generate vortices in fluid flowing through the flow tube;
a first sensor coupled to measurement circuitry of the vortex flowmeter to provide a first sensor signal, the first sensor being mounted to an external surface of the flow tube downstream of the shedder bar;
a second sensor coupled to the measurement circuitry of the vortex flowmeter to provide a second sensor signal, the second sensor being mounted to the external surface of the flow tube downstream of the shedder bar; and
wherein the each of first sensor signal and the second sensor signal is configured to detect individual deformations of the flow tube resulting from vortices inside the flow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,365,133

SENSOR SYSTEM

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A sensor system which has a plurality of sensors and which is capable of measuring a plurality of parameters corresponding to physical quantities of a measurement object, the sensor system comprising:operation setting section configured to set operations of the plurality of sensors;
event determining section configured to determine that a prescribed event has occurred when output values of at least one sensor among the plurality of sensors satisfy event conditions corresponding to an occurrence of the prescribed event; and
transmitting section configured to transmit output values of the sensors to a receiving apparatus which is externally provided,
wherein when the event determining section determines that the prescribed event has occurred, the operation setting section is configured to change an operational state of the sensor which, among the plurality of sensors, is required to determine an occurrence of an associated event which is an event that occur in association with the occurrence of the prescribed event,
wherein changing an operational state of the sensor which is required to determine an occurrence of the associated event involves setting a resolution of the sensor, sampling intervals of data by the sensor, or transmission intervals of an output value from the sensor, to a value more advantageous for determining the occurrence of the associated event, and
when the event determining section determines that the prescribed event has occurred, the operation setting section is configured to cause resolution of the sensor required to determine the occurrence of the associated event to be increased, cause the sampling intervals of data by the sensor to be shortened, or cause the transmission intervals of an output value from the sensor to be shortened.

US Pat. No. 10,365,132

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING TEST AND CALIBRATION OF INTEGRATED SENSORS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for performing test and calibration of one or more integrated sensors on a processor chip, comprising:initializing, by a tester program, an on-chip service engine of the processor chip for performing test and calibration of the one or more integrated sensors integrated on the processor chip along with the on-chip service engine;
performing, by the on-chip service engine, test and calibration of the one or more integrated sensors, wherein a delay of a delay path of a tested sensor is changed during performing the test to obtain results of the test and calibration; and
completing the test and calibration of the one or more integrated sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,365,131

HYBRID INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT

Honeywell International I...

1. A hybrid inertial measurement unit (IMU), the hybrid IMU comprising:at least one low frequency sensor providing at least a first signal containing information for a first parameter of the hybrid IMU;
at least one shock resistant sensor providing at least a second signal containing information for the first parameter of the hybrid IMU, wherein the at least one shock resistant sensor is resistant to destabilization during a destabilizing operational period, and wherein the at least one shock resistant sensor operates at a higher frequency than the at least one low frequency sensor; and
at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor further comprises:
a weighting factor computation module to compute a weight to be applied to the at least the first signal and to compute a weight to be applied to the at least the second signal;
a low frequency weighting module to apply the computed weight to the at least the first signal to create a weighted first signal;
a shock resistant weighting module to apply the computed weight to the at least the second signal to create a weighted second signal; and
a compensating module to combine the weighted first signal and the weighted second signal to create a compensated signal containing information for the first parameter of the hybrid IMU, and to output the compensated signal containing information for the first parameter of the hybrid IMU;
and wherein the compensated signal provides an improved measurement of the first parameter of the hybrid IMU over measurements provided by the first signal and the second signal during the destabilizing operational period.

US Pat. No. 10,365,130

HIGH LIGHT EFFICIENCY POINTER ILLUMINATION

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A pointer for an instrument cluster assembly of a motor vehicle, the pointer comprising:a pointer arm formed of a light conducting material, the pointer arm having a proximal end and a distal end and configured to rotate around an axis; and
a light distributor disposed at the proximal end of the pointer arm, the light distributor formed of light conducting material, the light distributor having a light receiving side and a light reflecting surface, the light distributor configured to receive rays from a light source through the light receiving side, the light reflecting surface configured to reflect at least a portion of the rays into the pointer arm, the light receiving side having an inner portion and an outer portion, the inner portion being disposed a first distance from the distal end of the pointer arm and the outer portion being disposed a second distance from the distal end of the pointer arm, the second distance being greater than the first distance, the light receiving side inner portion comprising at least three substantially circular, concentric and identically-angled surfaces disposed on the inner portion, the at least three circular, concentric and substantially identically-angled surfaces each being inclined at an angle relative to the axis that is between about thirty degrees and about sixty degrees, the at least three substantially circular, concentric and identically-angled surfaces being configured to refract a portion of the rays toward the light reflecting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,129

RADIAL LINE DIAL PLATE AND AUTOMOBILE METER PROVIDED WITH RADIAL LINE DIAL PLATE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A device comprising:an automobile meter comprising a radial line dial plate, the radial line dial plate comprising:
a dial plate made of synthetic resin; and
a shaft through-hole provided in the dial plate and configured to receive a rotation shaft of a meter unit therethrough, wherein
the dial plate is provided with a plurality of grooves that extend radially outward from an opening rim of the shaft through-hole to form a radial line pattern provided on the dial plate, and the plurality of grooves are configured to be provided radially around a position different from a center axis of the shaft through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,365,128

DISPLAY DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A display device comprising:a dial having an information item disposed around an outer periphery side with respect to a predetermined central part in a circumferential direction;
a substrate arranged at a side of the dial opposite from a visual confirmation side;
a plurality of light source parts arranged on the substrate in the circumferential direction to correspond to the information item, the light source part causing the information item to emit light; and
a transmittance adjustment part arranged on the dial to face the substrate, the transmittance adjustment part having a low transmittance part in which a transmittance of light is lower than a predetermined value and a high transmittance part in which a transmittance of light is higher than that of the low transmittance part, the transmittance adjustment part adjusting a transmittance of light from the plurality of light source parts, wherein
each of the light source parts includes a first light source and a second light source having different light-emission colors to be alternately switched on lighting,
the first light source and the second light source are arranged in a same alignment order radially from the predetermined central part, and
the low transmittance part is located within an area corresponding to the plurality of light source parts, and the high transmittance part is located based on a midpoint position where a distance from the light source parts adjacent to each other is equal in the circumferential direction between the light source parts,
each of the plurality of light source parts is located adjacent to the information item in the radial direction, the first light source and the second light source are located adjacent to each other in the radial direction, the low transmittance part is located adjacent to the plurality of light source parts in the radial direction, and the high transmittance part is located at a midpoint position between the light source parts adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,365,126

DISTRIBUTED OPTICAL FIBER DISTURBANCE POSITIONING SYSTEM BASED ON THE ASYMMETRIC DUAL MACH-ZEHNDER INTERFERENCE, AND POSITIONING METHOD THEREOF

Tianjin University, Tian...

1. A distributed optical fiber disturbance positioning system based on the asymmetric dual Mach-Zehnder interference, wherein the system comprises:Optical source: two narrow-bandwidth distributed feedback lasers into 1550 nm wavelength range, wavelength difference of two optical sources is larger than the wavelength interval of dense wavelength division multiplexer (short for DWDM) of the system;
Optical circulator: transmitting the light emitted from the optical source to the material to be tested and collecting the reflected signal light;
DWDM: two commercial single-channel DWDMs into the 1500 nm operating wavelength range, each spectral transmission range thereof only comprises wavelength of one optical source;
Photoelectric detector (short for PD): InGaAs PD, for receiving optical signals and performing photoelectric conversion and amplification;
Optical fiber coupler: 3 dB optical fiber coupler of which coupling ratio is 1:2;
Polarization controller: regulating polarization states of two interference signals to ensure signal visibility;
Sensing cable: G.652D communication cable, for acquiring external disturbance and transmitting optical signals;
Data acquisition (DAQ) card: dual-channel DAQ card with sampling rate of 10 MS/s, for collecting the voltage signals of two PDs and then transmitting them into computer for processing;
Processing unit: including general computer and embedded computing system, the process unit is used for processing the interference signals received by the DAQ card for obtaining the disturbance information.

US Pat. No. 10,365,125

ROTARY ENCODER

TRW Limited, Solihull, W...

1. A rotary encoder assembly comprising:an annular track comprising an alternating pattern of at least two different encoding regions;
a first detector at a first fixed position which is arranged to produce a first alternating output signal as the track of encoding regions rotates about an axis past the detector, the state of the output signal depending on which of the two different encoding regions is facing the first detector;
a second detector at a second fixed position which is offset from the position of the first detector and is arranged to produce a second alternating output signal as the track of encoding regions rotates about the axis past the detector, the state of the output signal depending on which of the two different encoding regions is facing the second detector;
in which the combined values of the two output signals is capable of assuming a plurality of unique states with the states changing from one to another as the encoder rotates,
a memory which stores compensation values, each value being associated with a respective one of the possible state changes that can occur when the combined values of the two output signals change upon movement of the encoder track, and in which each compensation value is indicative of an average error in the position at which the corresponding change of state occurs,
a processing means which in use generates a position signal that is updated when there is a change in the combined states of the output signals of the two detectors, the position signal being corrected by an amount indicated by the compensation value associated with the latest change in state; and
means of updating the stored compensation values based on the relative timing of each change of state.

US Pat. No. 10,365,124

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. An electromagnetic actuator comprising a plurality of sets, each of the sets including:a plunger made of a magnetic material;
a spring biasing the plunger in one direction;
a core made of a magnetic material; and
a coil generating, in the core, a magnetic flux to move the plunger in an opposite direction to the one direction,
wherein the electromagnetic actuator further comprises:
a plurality of sensor magnets disposed correspondingly to a plurality of plungers, respectively, each of the plurality of plungers being the plunger in each of the plurality of sets;
a sensor core made of a magnetic material and disposed in a position through which a magnetic flux from the plurality of sensor magnets can flow; and
a magnetic sensor that is disposed in a part of the sensor core through which respective magnetic fluxes of the plurality of sensor magnets can flow in common, and that detects a magnetic flux, which varies in accordance with respective movement positions of the plurality of plungers.

US Pat. No. 10,365,123

ANISOTROPIC MAGNETO-RESISTIVE (AMR) ANGLE SENSOR

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. An anisotropic magneto-resistive (AMR) angle sensor, comprising:a first Wheatstone bridge comprising a first serpentine resistor, a second serpentine resistor, a third serpentine resistor, and a fourth serpentine resistor;
a second Wheatstone bridge comprising a fifth serpentine resistor, a sixth serpentine resistor, a seventh serpentine resistor, and an eighth serpentine resistor;
wherein the serpentine resistors comprise anisotropic magneto-resistive material that changes resistance in response to a change in an applied magnetic field, and
a surrounding of anisotropic magneto-resistive material disposed in substantially a same plane as the serpentine resistors, enclosing the serpentine resistors, and electrically isolated from the serpentine resistors,
wherein the first Wheatstone bridge, the second Wheatstone bridge, and the surrounding of anisotropic magneto-resistive material are part of a sensor die.

US Pat. No. 10,365,122

DEVICE FOR MONITORING TEMPERATURE AND TIGHTENING OF A SCREW

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUST...

1. A device for monitoring a temperature and tightening of a screw, said screw including at least a head and a shank that clamps one or more electrical conductors, said device comprising:a temperature detector positioned near the head for measuring the temperature of the screw; and
a detector that detects the tightening of the screw, the detector including a sensor, and the sensor including
a first part, positioned on a cap fastened to the head so as to be rotationally fixed to and in contact with said screw,
a second part, fixed relative to the first part and configured to generate a detection state of the sensor representing a position of the first part relative to the second part, and
circuitry configured to
receive a signal, that indicates the generated detection state, from the second part, and
determine a degree of tightening of the screw according to the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,365,121

MAGNETIC SENSING FOR AUTO FOCUS POSITION DETECTION

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method of measuring a position of a camera lens carrier moveable by an autofocus actuator, the method comprising:generating a measurement of a magnetic field resulting at least in part from one or more position sensor magnets, wherein
the generating the measurement of the magnetic field comprises measuring a magnetic field component created at least in part by the one or more position sensor magnets fixedly mounted to the camera lens carrier,
the camera lens carrier is moveably coupled to a substrate by the autofocus actuator to provide movement, in a direction orthogonal to a surface of the substrate, of the lens carrier and the one or more position sensor magnets relative to one or more motion control magnets, wherein the autofocus actuator provides the movement using Lorentz forces produced at least partly by the one or more motion control magnets, and
the generating the measurement of the magnetic field component comprises measuring the magnetic field component at a sensor fixedly mounted to, and located on, the surface of the substrate; and
calculating a position measurement for the lens carrier based at least in part upon the measurement of the magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,365,120

DEVICE, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COUNTING THE NUMBER OF CYCLES OF A PERIODIC MOVEMENT OF A SUBJECT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A wearable device for counting the number of cycles of a periodic movement of a subject comprising:an input unit for receiving discontinuous accelerometer data over time indicating movement of at least a body part of the subject;
a classifier for classifying the movement of the subject into one of several movement classes by analyzing a signal power of high or low frequency components of the accelerometer data of one or more features derived from said discontinuous accelerometer data, each movement class being related to a different range of speed of a periodic movement;
a storage for storing a table including for each movement class a periodicity value per time unit; and
a movement calculation unit for calculating the number of cycles of the periodic movement of the subject per time unit, for a predetermined time or continuously over time by multiplying the periodicity value per unit time into which the movement has been classified by a time period during which the movement classification applies to the movement.

US Pat. No. 10,365,119

MAP DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATING FEEL AROUSED BY MAP SCROLLING

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A map display control device comprising:a processor to execute a program; and
a memory to store the program which, when executed by the processor, performs processes of,
acquiring map information,
causing a touch panel to display a map based on said map information,
acquiring information on an operation performed on said touch panel by a user,
controlling a friction force or vibration imparted by said touch panel reactively to a touch by the user while performing the operation,
scrolling said map in step with a scroll operation performed by the user to scroll said map displayed on said touch panel,
determining a priority object having higher priority than other objects contained in said map, and
adding directivity to the imparted friction force or vibration in regard to said scroll operation in such a manner that, in a case where said priority object is located outside said map displayed on said touch panel, a scroll operation for scrolling said map toward said priority object and a scroll operation for scrolling said map in any other direction arouse different magnitudes of the imparted friction force or vibration.

US Pat. No. 10,365,118

NAVIGATION INTERWORKING APPARATUS FOR MOBILE TERMINAL AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR MOBILE DEVICE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A navigation interworking apparatus for a mobile terminal which is connected to a navigation server through a first communication network and connected to a vehicle terminal through a second communication network, the apparatus comprising a first processor that is configured to:set a point of departure and a destination;
transmit the set point of departure and the set destination to the navigation server;
receive a first driving route corresponding to the point of departure and the destination which are transmitted from the navigation server;
output the first driving route through the mobile terminal;
receive a second driving route corresponding to the point of departure and the destination from the vehicle terminal;
compare the first driving route and the second driving route;
end outputting of the first driving route in response to a comparison result where the first driving route and the second driving route coincide with each other;
check a remaining data amount left on a mobile device subscription plan when the first driving route is different from the second driving route; and
end outputting of the first driving route through the mobile terminal in response to a result of checking the remaining data amount,
wherein when the remaining data amount is smaller than a predetermined threshold value as the result of checking the remaining data amount, the first processor ends the outputting of the first driving route and transmits the first driving route to the vehicle terminal to output the first driving route through the vehicle terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,365,117

DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING REMOTELY CAPTURED SENSOR DATA

Allstate Insurance Compan...

1. A computing platform, comprising:at least one processor;
a communication interface; and
memory storing computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the computing platform to:
receive, via the communication interface, from a first user computing device, sensor data captured by the first user computing device using one or more sensors built into the first user computing device during a trip in a vehicle;
analyze the sensor data received from the first user computing device to determine whether a user of the first user computing device was located in a front portion of the vehicle during the trip or a rear portion of the vehicle during the trip;
based on determining that the user of the first user computing device was located in the front portion of the vehicle during the trip:
generate front-rear detection data indicating that the user of the first user computing device was located in the front portion of the vehicle during the trip; and
store, in at least one database, the front-rear detection data indicating that the user of the first user computing device was located in the front portion of the vehicle during the trip; and
based on determining that the user of the first user computing device was located in the rear portion of the vehicle during the trip:
generate front-rear detection data indicating that the user of the first user computing device was located in the rear portion of the vehicle during the trip; and
store, in the at least one database, the front-rear detection data indicating that the user of the first user computing device was located in the rear portion of the vehicle during the trip.

US Pat. No. 10,365,116

SECURITY SYSTEM WITH TRAFFIC MONITORING

Vivint, Inc., Provo, UT ...

1. A method for traffic monitoring at a wall-mounted home automation control panel of a security and/or automation system, the method comprising:receiving a destination at an interface of the control panel, the control panel being located in a premises of one or more occupants and configured to perform security and/or automation functions at the premises;
determining a route to the destination;
monitoring traffic conditions in relation to the determined route, the traffic conditions comprising traffic congestions, traffic accidents, construction, and weather;
identifying a traffic condition that affects an aspect of the determined route based at least in part on the monitoring;
identifying an alternative route to the destination based at least in part on the identified traffic condition;
sending an audio signal to an intercom located within the premises and associated with the control panel, the audio signal comprising an audible alert and text-to-speech information regarding the alternative route and the identified traffic condition that affects the determined route; and
displaying a map comprising at least a portion of the alternative route on a display of the control panel based at least in part on identifying the alternative route.

US Pat. No. 10,365,115

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE BASED ON TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. A method of optimizing travel time for a vehicle by calculating faster alternative routes comprising:detecting with a camera in the vehicle at least one image of at least one traffic signal;
receiving at a selection server, data sent over a communication network, the data comprising location of the vehicle, distance of the vehicle to the at least one traffic signal, and the at least one image of the at least one traffic signal, the selection server comprising a processor and a memory, wherein the processor:
determines status information for the at least one traffic signal based on a determination that the vehicle is within at least one distance threshold to the at least one traffic signal on a multi-lane road segment based on the data received at the selection server, wherein determining the status information of the at least one traffic signal comprises determining whether the traffic signal is green or red;
causes a calculation of at least one alternative route for the vehicle based on the status information for the at least one traffic signal, one or more attributes associated with at least one road segment, and traffic information on neighboring lanes of the multi-lane road segment;
causes a comparison of estimated time of arrival by the use of the at least one alternative route, at least one original route, or a combination thereof to determine at least one recommended route; and
causes a presentation of at least one notification regarding the at least one recommended route,
wherein the at least one notification includes notification of time saved by using the at least one recommended route.

US Pat. No. 10,365,114

PROACTIVE DELIVERY OF NAVIGATION OPTIONS

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:using a computer to perform operations comprising:
determining a presumed target destination and a current location of a user;
identifying a plurality of routes from the current location to the presumed target destination;
automatically causing one or more of the plurality of routes to be displayed to the user;
determining an updated presumed target destination of the user;
updating the plurality of routes based on the determining of the updated presumed target destination of the user; and
automatically causing one or more of the updated plurality of routes to be displayed to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,365,113

TRANSPORT COMMUNICATION PAIRING

OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LL...

1. A method, comprising:determining, by at least one wireless device, at least one characteristic of at least one user based on at least one of at least one user search history and at least one user preference selection; and
determining, by the at least one wireless device, at least one probable route of at least one transport based on said at least one characteristic and at least one of at least one route history based on geographic data supplied by a global positioning system device and at least one input destination.

US Pat. No. 10,365,112

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A ROUTE FORECAST USER INTERFACE

HERE Global B.V., Veldho...

1. A method comprising:determining a target geographic point and a target time of arrival at the target geographic point of a target calendar entry;
causing, at least in part, a calculation of at least one reachability forecast with respect to transportation parameters, wherein the at least one reachability forecast indicates whether a user can reach the target geographic point at the target time from a starting geographic point, at least one starting time, or a combination thereof of a starting calendar entry with respect to the transportation parameters that include a plurality of modes of transport, and the modes of transport include at least two of driving, walking, and using public transportation;
causing, at least in part, a generation of representations of the at least one reachability forecast with respect to each of the modes of transport; and
causing, at least in part, a presentation of the representations with respect to each of the modes of transport side-by-side between the starting and target calendar entries in a calendar-based user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,111

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CROWD- SOURCED BAROMETRIC FINGERPRINT DATA REPOSITORY

MAPSTED CORP., Mississau...

7. A crowd-sourced data repository comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a set of instructions, the instructions executable in the processor to:
store a fingerprint map of an indoor facility in the crowd-sourced data repository, the fingerprint map having positioning fingerprint data that includes barometric fingerprint data;
receive, at the crowd-sourced data repository, mobile device sensor data correlated with a sequence of positions describing a movement of a mobile device along a trajectory relative to the indoor facility, the sensor data including mobile device barometric pressure measurements for at least a pair of contiguous positions in the sequence of positions defining a pattern that uniquely correlates to the at least a pair of contiguous positions in the sequence of positions, the pattern comprising at least one of a substantially horizontal pattern segment indicative of the mobile device traversing a same floor for the at least a pair of contiguous positions and a ramp pattern segment indicative of a floor transition for the mobile device for the at least a pair of contiguous positions; and
based on identifying a pattern match between the mobile device barometric pressure measurements and the barometric fingerprint data over the at least a pair of contiguous positions, automatically update, using the processor, the crowd-sourced data repository by adding the mobile device barometric pressure measurements to the barometric fingerprint data of the crowd-sourced data repository, and wherein updated barometric fingerprint data is obtained by mobile devices for navigating in the indoor facility, and the pattern match being identified, when the mobile device barometric pressure measurements are offset from a portion of the barometric fingerprint data by a substantially constant amount, and the barometric fingerprint data provides a fingerprint pattern at known locations within the indoor facility.

US Pat. No. 10,365,110

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A PATH OF AN OBJECT FOR MOVING FROM A STARTING STATE TO AN END STATE SET AVOIDING ONE OR MORE OBSTACLES

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A method for traversing, by an object, an obstacle free path from a starting point represented by a starting node to an end point represented by an end nod, the method comprising:determining, by one or more processors, the obstacle free path from the starting point to the end point, by a method comprising:
a) determining a plurality of secondary intermediate points represented by child nodes, the secondary intermediate points being between a primary intermediate point represented by a parent node and the end point, wherein the primary intermediate point is between the starting point and the end point, and wherein the plurality of secondary intermediate points are within a first threshold distance from the first intermediate point,
b) checking whether secondary partial paths from the parent node to each of the child nodes are free of obstacles and excluding secondary partial paths that are not free of obstacles,
c) computing a cost value for each of the non-excluded secondary partial paths,
d) adding the computed cost value to a cost value for a primary partial path from the starting node to the parent node,
e) adding an estimated or expected cost value for a partial path from each of the child nodes to the end node,
f) determining a lowest overall cost value from the cost values determined according to d)-f) and selecting a child node associated with the determined lowest overall cost value as a new parent node, and
g) repeatedly performing steps a)-f) until at least one termination condition is fulfilled, wherein the at least one termination condition includes the selected child node representing a secondary intermediate point within a second threshold distance to the end point; and
controlling the object so as to cause the object to travel from the starting point to the end point along the determined obstacle free path.

US Pat. No. 10,365,109

TRAVEL DISTANCE ESTIMATION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A travel distance estimation device comprising:an acceleration sensor mounted on a vehicle that detects a traveling direction acceleration of the vehicle, the traveling direction acceleration indicating an acceleration of the vehicle in an anteroposterior direction of the vehicle;
a Global Positioning System (GPS) signal receiver mounted on the vehicle that receives a GPS signal from a GPS satellite of a GPS satellite positioning system;
a controller connected to the acceleration sensor and the GPS signal receiver, mounted on the vehicle, and having a processor configured to:
determine a plurality of traveling direction accelerations over a time period, based on output from the acceleration sensor;
calculate an acceleration integrated value by integrating the plurality of traveling direction accelerations determined by the processor over the time period;
calculate a velocity initial value of the vehicle based on a Doppler shift amount of the GPS signal received by the GPS signal receiver from the GPS satellite of the GPS satellite positioning system or a velocity of the vehicle at a time of stoppage of the vehicle;
calculate an estimated velocity of the vehicle based on the acceleration integrated value calculated by the processor and the velocity initial value calculated by the processor;
calculate an estimated travel distance of the vehicle based on the estimated velocity calculated by the processor and a predetermined time;
calculate, upon calculating the velocity initial value, a plurality of corrected past velocities by correcting a plurality of past estimated velocities, the plurality of corrected past velocities being calculated as continuous with the calculated velocity initial value, the plurality of past estimated velocities being previously determined by the processor during the time period, the time period being from when a previous velocity initial value was previously determined by the processor until the velocity initial value is determined by the processor;
recalculate, upon determining the plurality of corrected past velocities by the processor, based on the plurality of corrected past velocities and the time period, an estimated travel distance during the time period; and
estimate a traveling trajectory of the vehicle based on the estimated travel distance during the time period.

US Pat. No. 10,365,108

INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE, ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An information acquisition method of a wireless communication device, the wireless communication device including a receiver configured to perform wireless communication with another wireless communication device to acquire information and a storage unit, and the information acquisition method comprising:an operation time information acquisition step of acquiring operation time information indicative of a time at which the other wireless communication device receives an information acquisition instruction by an operation;
an information acquisition instruction time acquisition step of acquiring the time at which the other wireless communication device receives the information acquisition instruction based on the operation time information acquired in the operation time information acquisition step;
a position information acquisition step of acquiring position information indicative of a user position at the time at which the other wireless communication device receives the information acquisition instruction, acquired in the information acquisition instruction time acquisition step;
a map information acquisition step of acquiring map information for indicating, on a map, the position information acquired in the position information acquisition step; and
a map storing step of storing, in the storage unit, the map information acquired in the map information acquisition step, such that the map information is tied with the time at which the other wireless communication device receives the information acquisition instruction, acquired in the information acquisition instruction time acquisition step.

US Pat. No. 10,365,107

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING POLARIZATION-RELATED BIAS ERRORS IN RFOGS

Honeywell International I...

1. A resonating fiber optic gyroscope system, the system comprising:a fiber optic resonator;
one or more laser sources, wherein light from the one or more laser sources launches a first optical beam into the fiber optic resonator and a second optical beam into the fiber optic resonator in a direction opposite to the first optical beam;
an electro-optically tunable device in the resonator path configured to modulate the phase difference between polarization components in the first optical beam and polarization components in the second optical beam as the first optical beam and the second optical beam propagate within the fiber optic resonator;
at least one photodetector, wherein the polarization components of at least one of first optical beam and the second optical beam are incident on the at least one photodetector, wherein the at least one photodetector provides an electrical signal; and
at least one processing unit configured to receive the electrical signal and calculate a rotation rate for the resonating fiber optic gyroscope and provide a drive signal for the electro-optically tunable device;
wherein the drive signal is a wave having a direct current component, wherein the direct current component is adjusted such that the average phase difference between polarization components of the first optical beam and the average phase difference between polarization components of the second optical beam are stabilized.

US Pat. No. 10,365,106

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, ANGULAR VELOCITY ACQUISITION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR THE SAME

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a magnetic gyro sensor comprising a magnetic sensor;
an angular velocity sensor, wherein power consumption by the angular velocity sensor is larger than power consumption by the magnetic gyro sensor; and
a processor configured to:
control the magnetic sensor to detect a magnetic field around the electronic apparatus;
judge whether there is disturbance in the magnetic field around the electronic apparatus based on the magnetic field detected by the magnetic sensor;
in response to judging that there is no disturbance in the magnetic field around the electronic apparatus, control the magnetic gyro sensor to detect an angular velocity of a spatial movement of the electronic apparatus; and
in response to judging that there is disturbance in the magnetic field around the electronic apparatus, control the angular velocity sensor to detect the angular velocity of the spatial movement of the electronic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,365,105

VIBRATORY GYROSCOPE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A sensing device comprising a micromechanical gyroscope, the gyroscope comprising:a first mechanical resonator for drive mode vibration;
a second mechanical resonator coupled to the first mechanical resonator for sense mode vibration corresponding to Coriolis force resulting from rotation of the sensing device;
a drive frequency generator configured to output a drive signal for the drive mode vibration; and
a sense feed-back loop configured to dampen the sense mode vibration, wherein
the drive frequency generator is configured to also generate a quadrature reference signal that is in quadrature-phase to the Coriolis force and output the quadrature reference signal to the sense feed-back loop,
the sense feed-back loop comprises a sense feedback controller and an electromechanical transducer in the second mechanical resonator,
the electromechanical transducer of the second mechanical resonator is configured to oppose the sense mode vibrations of the second mechanical resonator according to an input control signal,
the sense feedback controller is configured to input a sense signal representing a sense mode vibration, and to output a sense feed-back signal for opposing the sense mode vibration of the second mechanical resonator, and
the feed-back loop includes a summing element configured to receive from the drive frequency generator the quadrature reference signal, to receive from the sense feed-back controller the sense feed-back signal, and to sum the quadrature reference signal with the sense feed-back signal,
wherein the summing element is configured to generate the input control signal to the transducer of the second mechanical resonator from the sum of the quadrature reference signal and the sense feed-back signal,
wherein the summing element is a weighted summing element, and
wherein the sensing device further comprises a detection unit and a bias controller;
the detection unit is configured to input a sensed signal and the reference signal;
the detection unit is configured to generate a detected quadrature signal from the sensed signal and the reference signal; and
the bias controller is configured to input the detected quadrature signal and input to the summing element a bias control signal corresponding to the detected quadrature signal.

US Pat. No. 10,365,104

DIGITAL CONTROLLER FOR A MEMS GYROSCOPE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A digital control circuitry for a MEMS gyroscope, comprising:a digital primary loop circuitry configured to process a digitized primary signal, the digital primary loop circuitry comprising
a first analog-to-digital converter configured to digitize an analog primary input signal into the digitized primary signal, and
a first infinite impulse filter configured to cause a ?90-degree phase shift of the digitized primary signal on a resonance frequency of a mechanical resonator of the MEMS gyroscope, the first digital infinite impulse response filter providing in its output a filtered digitized primary signal; and
a digital secondary loop circuitry configured to process a digitized secondary signal; and
a digital phase shifting filter circuitry configured to generate two phase shifted demodulation signals from the filtered digitized primary signal;wherein the digital secondary loop is configured to demodulate the digitized secondary signal using the two phase shifted demodulation signals.

US Pat. No. 10,365,103

GYROSCOPE STRUCTURE AND GYROSCOPE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A microelectromechanical gyroscope structure, comprising:a first pair of drive structures comprising a first drive structure and a second drive structure, wherein said first drive structure is coupled to a first seismic mass and the second drive structure is coupled to a second seismic mass;
a second pair of drive structures comprising a third drive structure and a fourth drive structure, wherein the third drive structure is coupled to a third seismic mass and the fourth drive structure is coupled to a fourth seismic mass,
sense structures connected to the first, second, third, and fourth seismic masses;
a central drive coupling spring structure connected to all four drive structures,
wherein each drive structure includes a transducer configured to induce primary oscillation of the corresponding seismic mass,
wherein each drive structure is coupled to its respective seismic mass by a first spring structure that allows for the coupled seismic mass two degrees of freedom along a plane of oscillation,
wherein the drive structures of at least one pair of the first and second seismic masses are coupled to oscillate in linear primary oscillation aligned to a common axis of primary oscillation, wherein an axis of primary oscillation of the first pair of drive structures and an axis of primary oscillation of the second pair of drive structures extend orthogonally along the plane of oscillation, and
wherein the central drive coupling spring structure is configured to force the primary oscillation of opposite pairs of drive structures to anti-phase mode.

US Pat. No. 10,365,102

INERTIAL WAVE ANGLE GYROSCOPE

Inertialwave, Manhattan ...

1. A gyroscope comprising:a resonator having residual asymmetry small enough to yield a defined self-precession rate of a vibration pattern of the resonator; and
readout electronics coupled to the resonator for generating the defined self-precession rate of the vibration pattern of the resonator;
wherein the readout electronics measure a total precession rate of the resonator, and subtract the defined self-precession rate from the measured total precession rate to yield an inertial rate output.

US Pat. No. 10,365,101

MOVABLE MARKING SYSTEM, CONTROLLING METHOD FOR MOVABLE MARKING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

LANDOR ARCHITECTURE, INC....

1. A movable marking system comprising a movable marking apparatus, the movable marking system comprising:a data receiving unit, which receives information regarding space targeted for scanning;
a driving unit, which supplies power to the movable marking apparatus, and which moves the movable marking apparatus;
a sensing unit for scanning the space targeted for scanning;
a scan condition setting unit, which sets a movement path along which the movable marking apparatus moves, which sets a scan position for scanning the space targeted for scanning by taking into account characteristics of an object in the space targeted for scanning, which are obtained from reference map data corresponding to the space targeted for scanning, and which sets a scan angle which is a scan direction of the sensing unit at the scan position;
a position detecting unit, which detects a position of the movable marking apparatus by comparing scan data obtained through the sensing unit at the scan position with the reference map data; and
when the position of the movable marking apparatus is off the movement path by a predetermined range or more based on the comparison of the scan data with the reference map data, the driving unit moves the movable marking apparatus so that the movable marking apparatus moves to the movement path.

US Pat. No. 10,365,100

ACTUATOR ELEMENT FOR SETTING THE TARGET MARK OF A SIGHTING TELESCOPE

Swarovski-Optik KG., (AT...

1. An actuator element for setting the position of a target mark of a sighting telescope having a front module and a rear module, wherein the front module and rear module are connected to one another by a coupling mechanism, which coupling mechanism can be manually actuated by means of a control element without the use of additional tools, in order to separate the front module from the rear module,wherein the front module comprises an intermediate housing and a setting knob,
wherein the intermediate housing is stationary with respect to the rear module when attached to the rear module, and
wherein the setting knob is mounted rotatable on the intermediate housing.

US Pat. No. 10,365,099

INSTALLATION SPACE EXPLORATION METHOD FOR A SUBSTANCE AND READABLE MEDIA HAVING THE PROGRAM THEREFOR

GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIE...

1. A method for exploring an installation space of a Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for a ship, the method comprising:acquiring a point cloud of an indoor space of the ship including a number of point cloud data including color information by scanning the indoor space with a three-dimensional scanner;
superimposing some of the three-dimensionally scanned point cloud data at a predetermined interval upward from a floor of the indoor space with point data in a two-dimensional plane to acquire obstacle data;
acquiring passage data from the remaining point cloud data except for the superimposed point cloud data in the two-dimensional plane at the predetermined interval upward from the floor of the indoor space among the three-dimensionally scanned point cloud data;
verifying the passage data with color data obtained by analyzing the color information of each point cloud data included in the point cloud; and
exploring an installation space for the BWMS defined by the obstacle data and the passage data,
wherein the installation space of the BWMS is explored at once in merged data which is obtained by merging the obstacle data and the passage data,
the passage data is verified by determining an Euclidean distance between a first point cloud data in the passage data and a second point cloud data of the color information, and including the second point cloud data as the passage data if the Euclidean distance is within a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,365,098

TERMINAL DEVICE

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A terminal device, comprising:a device housing;
a circuit board disposed in the device housing;
an image capture component comprising an image capture circuit configured to capture image data, wherein an end of the image capture component has a connector, wherein the connector is pivotally coupled to the device housing, and wherein the image capture component is rotatable between a rear-facing position and a front-facing position relative to the device housing using the connector;
a magnetic body disposed in the connector or at an end of the connector, wherein the magnetic body comprises a south pole and a north pole;
a sensor mounted on the circuit board and disposed proximate to the magnetic body and is configured to:
sense magnetic flux generated when the magnetic body is rotated; and
output a preset signal based on the magnetic flux; and
a processor electrically coupled to the image capture component and the sensor and configured to determine, according to the preset signal output by the sensor, whether the image capture component is in a rear-facing state or a front-facing state,
wherein a first output terminal of the sensor is configured to output a first level when the magnetic flux generated by the magnetic body is greater than or equal to a first threshold, the processor is further configured to determine that the image capture component is in the front-facing state when identifying the first level output by the first output terminal of the sensor, and
wherein a second output terminal of the sensor is configured to output a second level when the magnetic flux generated by the magnetic body is less than or equal to a second threshold, wherein the first threshold is greater than the second threshold, the processor is further configured to determine that the image capture component is in the rear-facing state when identifying the second level output by the second output terminal of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,097

SONDE HAVING ORIENTATION COMPENSATION FOR IMPROVED DEPTH DETERMINATION

IN-SITU, INC., Fort Coll...

1. A method for determining an actual immersion depth of a submersible sonde immersed in a fluid, the method comprising the steps of:immersing the submersible sonde in fluid, wherein the submersible sonde comprises:
a base having a sensor receiving port and a base interior volume, wherein the sensor has a proximal end operably positioned in the sensor receiving port and a distal end extending a longitudinal distance from the base, the distal end of the sensor having an active sensing region forming a sensor plane;
a pressure sensor at least partially positioned in the base interior volume, wherein a pressure sensor position is separated from the sensor plane by a separation distance (Ds), and wherein the pressure sensor has a lateral pressure sensor position in the submersible sonde;
an orientation sensor positioned in the base interior volume; and
a central processing unit (CPU) in data communication with the pressure sensor and the orientation sensor;
measuring a pressure (P) with the pressure sensor of the submersible sonde submersed in the fluid;
determining, by the CPU and based on the measured P, a fluid depth (Dp) at the lateral pressure sensor position, the Dp defining a true vertical distance of the pressure sensor position from a surface of the fluid;
measuring, by the orientation sensor, an orientation angle (?) of the submersible sonde immersed in a fluid, ? defining an angular displacement of the submersible sonde from a true vertical alignment of the submersible sonde;
calculating, by the CPU and based on Ds and based on the measured time-varying ?, a vertical distance (Dx) between the sensor plane and the pressure sensor position; and
determining the actual immersion depth (D) by summing Dx and Dp, the D defining a true vertical distance of the sensor plane from the fluid surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,096

BALE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A RECTANGULAR BALER

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A bale measuring method for a rectangular baler having a bale chamber in which bales are formed, comprising the steps of:continuously measuring a movement of crop material downstream of the bale chamber by a rotatable device engaging the crop material as the crop material moves backward in the baler;
calibrating a measurement and calculation tool using the measured movement of the crop material downstream of the bale chamber, the measurement and calculation tool for measuring a movement of crop material in the bale chamber and for calculating a length of a bale being formed in the bale chamber based on the continuous measured movement of crop material in the bale chamber by a rotatable device engaging the crop material, wherein the step of calibrating the measurement and calculation tool comprises determining at least one calibration parameter based on the measured movement of the crop material downstream of the bale chamber and the measured movement of the crop material in the bale chamber;
determining the length of the bale being formed in the bale chamber using the calibrated measurement and calculation tool using the at least one calibration parameter and the measured movement of the crop material in the bale chamber; and
triggering a tying mechanism of the baler when the length of the bale being formed in the bale chamber reaches a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,365,095

ROLLING VIRTUAL WHEEL SPINDLE CALIBRATION

SNAP-ON INCORPORATED, Ke...

1. A method for detecting an occurrence of a movement deviation during a rolling movement of a wheel assembly across a supporting surface associated with a rolling compensation procedure of a vehicle service system, the method comprising:rolling the wheel assembly across the supporting surface to generate the rolling movement;
acquiring data associated with the wheel assembly at a plurality of positions across said supporting surface during the rolling movement;
processing said acquired data to obtain a set of values representative of a parameter associated with the wheel assembly in each of said plurality of positions across said supporting surface;
evaluating said set of parameter values to identify each value in said set of parameter values which deviated, during said rolling movement, from an expected value by more than an acceptable tolerance in response to a movement deviation by the wheel assembly; and
selecting, within a vehicle service procedure, an action in response to said evaluation identifying at least one deviated value.

US Pat. No. 10,365,094

OPTICAL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR WHEEL ALIGNMENT

1. A method for aligning wheels of a vehicle, the method comprising:capturing a plurality of images of a wheel of the vehicle;
identifying, automatically, a rim coupled to the wheel based on the plurality of images;
aligning the wheel based on the identified rim;
characterized in that the wheel is stationary at one place and the plurality of images comprises a light emitting diode (LED) image of the wheel, a laser image of the wheel, and a control image of the wheel;
wherein the LED image comprises an image of the wheel captured using an LED light source, the laser image comprises an image of the wheel captured using a laser source, and the control image comprises an image of the wheel captured using ambient light;
wherein the identifying comprises:
obtaining a corrected LED image based on the LED image and the control image and processing the corrected LED image to obtain an initial rim estimate image;
obtaining a corrected laser image based on the laser image and the control image and processing the corrected laser image to obtain a laser line image; and
obtaining a rim estimate image based on the initial rim estimate image and the laser line image.

US Pat. No. 10,365,093

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE DISPLACEMENT OF TWO BODIES RELATIVE TO EACH OTHER

1. A system for determining the displacement of two bodies relative to each other, comprising:a first camera, a second camera, a first light, and a second light,
wherein both the first camera and also the second camera each comprise an objective lens and an image sensor having a sensor surface,
wherein both the first light and also the second light each comprise at least one light source and a lens device having positive refractive force for providing an illumination light by deflecting light emitted by the light source,
wherein in each of the lights, the distance of the light source from the lens device is less than the focal length of the lens device,
wherein the first camera is attachable to a first body of the two bodies and the second light is attachable to the second body of the two bodies such that a virtual image of the light source of the second light can be at least partially imaged on the sensor surface of the image sensor of the first camera by the objective lens of the first camera,
wherein the second camera is attachable to the second body and the first light is attachable to the first body such that a virtual image of the light source of the first light can be at least partially imaged on the sensor surface of the image sensor of the second camera by the objective lens of the second camera,
wherein the sensor surface of the image sensor of the first camera and also the sensor surface of the image sensor of the second camera have a coordinate system for the position detection of the virtual image on the sensor surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,092

ELECTRONIC ANGLE MEASURING DEVICE FOR A BENDING MACHINE FOR MEASURING THE BENDING ANGLE BETWEEN THE LEGS OF A METAL SHEET

KEBA AG, Linz (AT)

1. An electronic angle measuring device for measuring a bending angle between two legs of a metal sheet, said device comprising:a sensor element that delivers angle-equivalent signals in a contact-free manner to a signal processing device, which has a microprocessor and a memory unit and is connected to a digital display,
wherein the sensor element deflects a laser beam through a rotating mirror onto the two legs of the metal sheet and forms a measured value from a reflection beam received in an emission direction, and
wherein the signal processing device with the microprocessor and the memory unit as well as the digital display form an angle measuring device;
wherein said angle measuring device is fastened to an upper tool of a bending machine and is configured to be used as a manual measuring device; and
wherein the tool has a gap therein and the laser passes through said gap.

US Pat. No. 10,365,091

ELECTRONIC ANGLE MEASURING DEVICE FOR A BENDING MACHINE FOR MEASURING THE BENDING ANGLE BETWEEN THE LIMBS OF A SHEET

KEBA AG, Linz (AT)

1. An electronic angle measuring device for a bending machine for measuring bending angle between, said device comprising:a sensor element that supplies angle-equivalent signals in a contactless manner to a signal processing unit, which has a microprocessor and a memory unit and is connected to a digital display,
wherein the sensor element, the signal processing unit, and the display form said angle measuring device, which is fastenable on an upper tool of the bending machine and is configured to be used as a handheld encoder, and which has a motion sensor that is connected to the signal processing unit and detects a lowering and/or raising movement of the upper tool so as to trigger a measuring procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,365,090

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An imaging device that images an object to be inspected including a flat surface, the imaging device comprising:an imaging unit that includes a plurality of imaging parts taking a plurality of images having parallax;
a pan/tilt mechanism that rotates the imaging unit in each of a pan direction and a tilt direction;
an angle calculation unit that calculates an angle between an imaging direction of the imaging unit and a normal direction of the flat surface of the object to be inspected on the basis of the plurality of images taken by the imaging unit and showing the object to be inspected;
a pan/tilt control unit that controls the pan/tilt mechanism and sets the angle between the imaging direction of the imaging unit and the normal direction of the flat surface of the object to be inspected to an angle within an allowable angle range; and
an imaging control unit that makes at least one imaging part of the imaging unit take images for inspection showing the object to be inspected to acquire the images for inspection in a case in which the angle between the imaging direction of the imaging unit and the normal direction of the flat surface of the object to be inspected is an angle within the allowable angle range.

US Pat. No. 10,365,089

ATMOSPHERIC INFRASONIC SENSING FROM AN ARRAY OF AIRCRAFT

The United States of Amer...

1. A system for sensing infrasound, the system comprising plural vehicles capable of flight, plural fiber optic sensors, and a computer, each said vehicle having at least one said fiber optic sensor coupled with said vehicle, each said fiber optic sensor including an optical fiber pair consisting of a sensing optical fiber and a reference optical fiber that are proximate and substantially parallel to each other and that respectively represent two different beam paths, said optical fiber pair attached to said vehicle in the atmosphere whereby infrasound in the atmosphere measurably affects said sensing optical fiber and negligibly affects said reference optical fiber, said computer receiving and processing contemporaneous sensory signals transmitted from said plural fiber optic sensors that are coupled with said plural vehicles in the atmosphere, wherein said processing of said contemporaneous sensory signals includes generation of a three-dimensional spatiotemporal representation of an infrasonic field in the atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,365,088

DISTRIBUTED MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY MEASURING STRAIN AND TEMPERATURE BASED ON OPTICAL FREQUENCY DOMAIN REFLECTION

Tianjin University, Tian...

1. A device for simultaneously measuring strain and temperature based on optical frequency domain reflection, comprising a tunable laser; a beam splitter, a main interferometer unit, a light source phase monitor based on an auxiliary interferometer, an acquisition device and a computer processing unit, wherein(a) said tunable laser provides an emergent light;
(b) said beam spliter splits said emergent light in a ratio of 1:99 into two light sources for said light source phase monitor and said main interferometer unit, respectively;
(c) said main interferometer unit comprises two Mach-Zehnder interferometers, each comprising a circulator, a 50:50 beam splitter, a 50:50 coupler, a polarization controller, a sensing fiber, a first polarization beam splitter, a second polarization beam splitter, a first balanced detector and a second balanced detector which outputs analog signals of interference;
(d) said acquisition device converts said analog signals into digital signals of interference; and
(e) said computer processing unit processes said digital signals of interference to obtain simultaneously measured values for strain and temperature; and
(f) said sensing fibers of said two Mach-Zehnder interferometers are positioned parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,365,087

ORTHOGONAL STATE MEASURING DEVICE

MITUTOYO CORPORATION, Ka...

1. An orthogonal state measuring device comprising:a measurement table;
a stylus head configured to be displaced in X, Y, and Z directions relative to the measurement table and further configured to measure a work piece to be measured that is placed on the measurement table;
a wide angle surveillance camera configured to move together with the stylus head, the wide angle surveillance camera further configured to capture in a single pass a total image having distortions and that is arrangeable into a flat aerial image of the work piece, the aerial image encompassing an entire field over which the stylus head is capable of relative displacement;
a processor configured to:
correct the distortions in the total image and generate the aerial image based on the total image;
define a position of the stylus head on the aerial image; and
generate a flat aerial navigation map in which the position of the stylus head is composited with the aerial image; and
a display configured to display the navigation map.

US Pat. No. 10,365,086

METHOD AND SCANNER FOR TOUCH FREE DETERMINATION OF A POSITION AND 3-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE OF PRODUCTS ON A RUNNING SURFACE

Gerhard Schubert GmbH, C...

1. A method for touch-free determination of a position and 3-dimensional shape of products (P1, P2) on a surface (1) extending in longitudinal direction (10, X), whereina line scanner (20) is arranged at least partly above the surface (1), wherein the line scanner (20) comprises at least three line cameras (K, K1, K2) and at least two projectors or beamers (B) with one of said line cameras (K1) arranged in a line direction (12, Y) between two adjacent projectors or beamers (B), wherein the line scanner (20) is arranged such that the line direction extends transversally to the longitudinal direction (10, X),
a pattern (2) that is uniquely coded at least in sections and includes optically scanable markings (2.1, 2.2, 2.3) is radiated by the at least two beams (B) in a defined manner along the line direction (12, Y) extending transversally to the longitudinal direction (10, X) over the surface (1) with the products (P1, P2) at least temporarily,
an image line (3) extending transversal to the markings in the portion of the markings (2.1, 2.2, 2.3) and an actual position (SP1, SP2) of edges of the markings (2.1, 2.2, 2.3) on the image line (3) is captured by the at least three line cameras (K, K1, K2), arranged along line direction (12, Y),
an offset (V1, V2) of the edge in line direction (12, Y) is determined from a known nominal position (SP1?, SP2?) of the edge in line direction (12, Y) and its actual position (SP1, SP2) and converted into an elevation value (h2, h3),
an image-line-elevation profile is determined from the elevation values (h2, h3) of all image-line-points,
the preceding steps are repeated after a relative movement of the surface (1) in longitudinal direction (10, X) and transversally to line direction (12, Y) on the one side with respect to the markings (2.1, 2.2, 2.3) and on the other side with respect to the image line (3);
a three-dimensional elevation profile of the surface (1) including the products (P1, P2) placed thereon is generated from directly sequential image-line-elevation profiles without gaps between each other so that profiles are generated for multiple products in the line direction (12, Y);
the uniquely encoded pattern (2) has portions (7.1, 7.2, 7.3) in line direction (12, Y) in which portions a color of the pattern (2), thus of the markings (2.1, 2.2, 2.3) within a portion (7.1, 7.2, 7.3) remains identical, but two adjacent portions (7.1, 7.2, 7.3) have different colors and are created by radiation from two different of said projectors or beamers (B) of different color, wherein each projector or beamer (B) respectively radiates a portion (7.1, 7.2, 7.3); and
an image portion of each camera (K, K1, K2) is selected so that the image portions of the camera (K) are overlapping in line direction (12, Y) with an image portion of the second next camera (K2) on the surface of the maximum elevation of each of the products (P1, P2) to be detected, wherein said image portion of each camera (K, K1, K2) is selected so that it extends at least beyond a point on the surface (1), that is directly beneath the next camera (K, K1, K2).

US Pat. No. 10,365,085

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING THICKNESS OF THIN FILM

INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR ENER...

1. A method for measuring a thickness of a thin film, comprising the steps of:(1) basing on a training database to establish an artificial neural network, the training database including a plurality of modified spectra and a plurality of film thicknesses corresponding individually to the plurality of modified spectra; wherein the step (1) includes the steps of:
(11) determining a substrate of the sample, a material of the coated film, and a measuring range for the sample;
(12) applying the thin-film optical theory to establish randomly a plurality of simulated spectra in correspondence to different thicknesses of the coated film on the sample within the measuring range, in which each of the plurality of simulated spectra includes an optical parameter of the sample with respect to a specific wavelength of the light beam; and
(13) adding a noise parameter into each of the plurality of simulated spectra so as to form corresponding one of the plurality of modified spectra;
(2) measuring a sample having a coated film so as to obtain a spectrum; and
(3) running the artificial neural network already trained by the plurality of modified spectra so as to use the spectrum to estimate a thickness of the coated film on the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,365,084

BEAD MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Bartell Machinery Systems...

1. A system for determining at least one parameter of a tire component, the system comprising:a background surface;
a first measurement device configured to measure a dimension on the background surface; and
a support surface located at least partially between the first measurement device and the background surface, the support surface configured to support the tire component,
wherein the support surface is at least partially transparent such that the first measurement device detects light illuminating the background surface,
wherein the background surface is located below the support surface such that the background surface is spaced from the support surface, and
wherein the tire component comprises a first parameter, and wherein the first parameter corresponds to the dimension viewed with respect to the background surface by the first measurement device via detection of the light illuminated from the background surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,083

MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A motor control system comprising:a motor;
a rotational angle sensor that is configured to detects a rotational angle of a motor shaft of the motor;
a torque sensor that is configured to detects a shaft torsion torque between the motor shaft, and an output shaft fixed to a load member driven by the motor; and
a motor controller that is configured to controls the motor, wherein
the motor controller is configured to estimates a rotational angle of the output shaft, based on the rotational angle of the motor shaft detected by the rotational angle sensor, the shaft torsion torque detected by the torque sensor, and a torsional rigidity obtained in advance with respect to a region between the motor shaft and the output shaft, and
the motor controller is configured to controls the motor, using the rotational angle of the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,365,082

ANGULAR POSITION SENSOR WITH MAGNETOMETER

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. An angular position sensor for use with a well tool comprising a shaft rotatable within an outer housing in a subterranean well, the sensor comprising:a first magnetic device, from which a first magnetic field emanates, the first magnetic device rotatable with the shaft to vary the first magnetic field with respect to the outer housing;
a second magnetic device longitudinally and azimuthally offset with respect to the first magnetic device, from which a second magnetic field emanates, the second magnetic device rotatable with the shaft to vary the second magnetic field with respect to the outer housing and each of the first and second magnetic devices comprises a magnetic ring extending along a circumference of the shaft and having a single north pole and a single south pole, the poles being on opposite sides of the shaft; and
magnetometers associated with each of the magnetic devices and configured to sense the associated varying magnetic field, wherein the magnetometers are longitudinally offset from each other in the outer housing.

US Pat. No. 10,365,081

CHECKING TOOL FOR MEASURING DISTANCE BETWEEN ADJACENT SINKING GROOVES IN INNER HOLE OF MECHANICAL PART

PACIFIC PRECISION FORGING...

1. A checking tool for measuring a distance between adjacent sinking grooves in an inner hole of a workpiece, the checking tool comprising:a gage block, an end cover, a sliding piece, a pin, a base, a pin seat, a support, a measuring rod, a spring, a barrel, and a dial indicator, the checking tool enabling quantitative detection of an axial position of the gage block in the inner hole of the workpiece by the dial indicator, wherein:
the gage block (i) has a T-shaped side face, (ii) is disposed on a bottom end face in an inner hole of a workpiece and (iii) stops at an edge of an inner sinking groove, and on this basis, a distance from an outer sinking groove is measured;
the end cover, the base and the pin seat are all flange-shaped, and an outer circle of the end cover is in clearance fit with an inner hole of a measuring port portion of the workpiece;
at least three radial opening grooves are uniformly distributed on an end face, facing the inner hole of the workpiece, of the base, each radial opening groove being provided with a sliding piece;
concentric circular arc grooves paired with the radial opening grooves are also provided on the end face of the base;
an outer edge of the sliding piece is a circular arc edge, an outer convex edge is shaped for insertion into the outer sinking groove of the workpiece, and a clockwise eccentric circular arc groove corresponding to the concentric circular arc groove on the end face of the base is provided on a plate surface of the sliding piece;
the pin is a cylindrical pin, a cylinder segment of the pin runs down through the concentric circular arc grooves of the base and the eccentric circular arc groove of the sliding piece axially in sequence, the pin is in interference fit with the pin seat, the sliding piece slides radially and is axially limited by the externally-connected end cover, and the pin seat is driven to rotate relative to the base, such that the pin limits the sliding piece to cause the sliding piece to undergo radial displacement along a track of the eccentric circular arc groove;
the barrel is a slender pipe, the dial indicator is inserted into an upper pipe orifice, an indicator rod of the dial indicator is axially displaced under the control of the spring and the measuring rod both disposed in the barrel, a bottom end of the barrel is inserted into inner holes of the pin seat and the base, and axially stops at an upper end face of the sliding piece, and the measuring rod disposed in the barrel directly pushes against an upper end face of the gage block under the pushing of the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,365,080

COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE HAVING A CARRIER STRUCTURE FOR COUPLING WITH A SENSOR HEAD

CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE M...

2. A sensor head for a coordinate measuring machine, having a first changing interface for coupling the sensor head with a carrier structure of the coordinate measuring machine, and wherein the sensor head further comprises a cable element and a second changing interface for coupling the cable element with the carrier structure, wherein the second changing interface is arranged on an end of the cable element distal to the sensor head, and comprises a collar portion which surrounds the cable element at least in part, on the end of the cable element distal to the sensor head, and wherein said collar portion is physically configured to slidably engage a complementary shaped receiving feature on the carrier structure by movement transversely relative to a longitudinal axis of the end of the cable element and prevent rotation of the collar portion when engaged with said receiving feature, and further wherein the second changing interface is spatially separated from the first changing interface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,079

IGNITER AND IGNITION DEVICE FOR DOWNHOLE SETTING TOOL POWER CHARGE

Baker Hughes, a GE compan...

1. A downhole setting tool comprising:a first housing;
a second housing connected to the first housing, the second housing including a chamber;
a power charge positioned within the chamber;
an igniter connected to a portion of the power charge, the igniter positioned within the second housing;
an ignition device connected to the igniter, the ignition device configured to actuate upon receipt of an electrical signal and the ignition device being positioned within the second housing; and
a piston configured to move upon detonation of the power charge to cause the downhole setting tool to be set within a wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,365,078

GROUND APPARATUS FOR BULKHEAD ASSEMBLY

1. A ground apparatus configured to provide an electrical connection for a ground wire, comprising:a plate comprising a grounding body, the grounding body comprising an aperture formed in a central portion of the grounding body, and a slot extending between a perimeter of the grounding body and the aperture; and
a contact arm integrally formed with and extending from the grounding body, a free end of the ground wire being coupled to the contact arm, wherein
the ground apparatus is removably positioned on a bulkhead assembly to provide an electrical ground connection between the ground wire and a perforating gun assembly,
the plate pivots about its own axis when the ground apparatus is secured to the bulkhead assembly, and
the contact arm and the ground wire pivots in response to the plate's pivot.

US Pat. No. 10,365,077

DETONATOR PROVIDED WITH A SECUREMENT DEVICE

LIFE TIME ENGINEERING AB,...

1. A detonator arrangement comprising:a detonator having an initiation charge and a base charge, which initiation charge is arranged to initiate a detonation of said base charge, said detonator arrangement comprises a securement device which is movable in relation to the detonator, which securement device can be disposed in a first position arranged to prevent a transfer of the detonation of the initiation charge to the base charge, whereby the detonation of the base charge is avoided, and in a second position arranged to allow the transfer of the detonation of the initiation charge to the base charge, whereby the detonation of the base charge is obtained, wherein said securement device is arranged to be positioned at a distance from at least a part of said initiation charge in said first position and is arranged to surround at least said part of said initiation charge, in said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,365,076

AMMUNITION CASE PRIMER POCKET SWAGER

Battenfeld Technologies, ...

1. A primer pocket swager for swaging a primer pocket of an ammunition case, the primer pocket swager comprising:a frame,
a case holder supported by the frame, the case holder movable with respect to the frame between a loading position and an operational position, the case holder in the loading position being oriented to receive the case on the case holder, the case holder in the operational position being oriented to hold the case in position to be swaged, the case holder being configured to carry the case from the loading position to the operational position;
a swage head supported by the frame, the swage head sized and shaped to swage the primer pocket of the case, the swage head being movable between a retracted position and a swaging position to swage the primer pocket when the case holder is in the operational position; and
an actuator supported by the frame, the actuator movable with respect to the frame in an actuating stroke from a home position to an actuated position, the actuator being operatively connected to the case holder such that the actuator drives the case holder to the operational position in the actuating stroke, the actuator being operatively connected to the swage head such that the actuator drives the swage head to the swaging position to swage the primer pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,365,075

EXPLOSIVE-CONTAINING POROUS MATERIALS AS NON-DETONABLE TRAINING AID

XploSafe, LLC, Stillwate...

1. An explosive material vapor source for use in training and as a reference, the explosive material vapor source comprising:a first amount of an explosive material; and
an inorganic mesoporous non-volatile substrate including pores sized to accommodate the first amount of the explosive material, so that when loaded with the first amount of the explosive material, the explosive material vapor source is non-detonable and emits a detectable vapor at a flux that is at least equal to that of the flux of vapor emitted by the explosive material not loaded onto said substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,365,074

MULTI-PIECE POLYMER AMMUNITION CARTRIDGE

True Velocity IP Holdings...

1. A polymeric ammunition cartridge having a 2 piece case comprising:an primer insert comprising a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole aperture positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and a groove positioned around the primer flash hole aperture in the primer recess;
a polymeric middle body comprising a polymeric body extending from a body coupling over at least a portion of the primer insert, wherein the polymeric body is molded over the cylindrical coupling element and into the primer flash hole aperture and into the groove to form a primer flash hole; and
a polymer nose comprising
a generally cylindrical neck having a projectile aperture at a first end;
an outer shoulder surface that extends from the generally cylindrical neck;
an outer shoulder angle defined by the angle between the outer shoulder surface and the generally cylindrical neck;
an inner shoulder surface on the inside of the polymer nose opposite the outer shoulder surface;
an inner shoulder angle defined relative to the outer shoulder surface;
a nose junction formed at the shoulder, wherein the nose junction comprises a groove in the outer shoulder surface connected to an outer skirt surface that extends from the groove to a skirt tip, wherein the outer skirt surface and the inner shoulder surface meet at the skirt tip, wherein a skirt angle is formed between the groove and the outer skirt surface is between 40 and 140 degrees, wherein the nose junction and the skirt are adapted to mate to the body coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,365,073

EXTRACTION CHARGE FOR UNDERGROUND THREATS

The United States of Amer...

1. An extraction charge for threats buried underground, comprising:a housing including a base and a body being coupled to said base;
a shaped charge being disposed in said body of said housing at one end thereof;
a rigid canister being disposed in said body of said housing and terminating in a tapered end adjacent to said base of said housing, said canister in longitudinal alignment with said shaped charge and spaced apart from said shaped charge, said canister defines an open-ended tubular pathway and defines an enclosed chamber circumscribing said tubular pathway;
an explosive material filling said enclosed chamber; and
a delay detonator being coupled to said shaped charge and coupled to said explosive material.

US Pat. No. 10,365,072

TRAP WOBBLER

1. A trap wobbler, comprising:a base comprising an inclined bearing seat and at least one bearing supported on said inclined bearing seat, the angle defined between the center of said inclined bearing seat and the horizontal plane being within the range of 45°˜85°;
a trap frame connector comprising a bottom wall, opposing left wall and right wall respectively extended from opposing left and right sides of said bottom wall, a pivot slot located on said bottom wall and pivotally coupled to said at least one bearing at said inclined bearing seat of said base for enabling said trap frame connector to be biased relative to said base and a plurality of mounting holes respectively and symmetrically located on said left wall and said right wall; and
a throwing trap comprising a plurality of connection holes respectively and symmetrically located on opposing left and right side of a bottom part thereof and respectively fastened to said mounting holes of said trap frame connector by respective fastening members and a throwing arm rotatable to throw a clay;
wherein:
when said throwing arm of said throwing trap is rotated to throw a clay by a centrifugal force, the inertia force thus generated causes said throwing trap and said trap frame connector to swing left and right on the center of said inclined bearing seat of said base; as long as said throwing arm is continuously controlled to continue throwing a clay before stopping of the swinging action of said throwing trap, the left and right swinging motions and amplitudes of said throwing trap is continuously increased, thereby causing an unpredictable swing angle.

US Pat. No. 10,365,071

ANTI-BALLISTIC CHAIRS

SHIELDPRO, LLC, Orange, ...

1. A piece of anti-ballistic furniture comprising:a frame;
a back portion attached to the frame, the back portion comprising an anti-ballistic back core, wherein the anti-ballistic back core comprises, a first sheet comprising a first plurality of high-strength synthetic fibers wrapped around the frame in a first direction, and a second sheet layered and overlapping with the first sheet, the second sheet comprising a second plurality of high strength synthetic fibers, each of the second plurality of high strength synthetic fibers being wrapped around each of the first plurality of high-strength synthetic fibers and the frame in a second direction, different from the first direction,
wherein the first sheet extends across substantially the entire surface of the back portion in a direction orthogonal to the first direction of the first plurality of high-strength synthetic fibers, and
wherein the second sheet extends across substantially the entire surface of the back portion in a direction orthogonal to the second direction of the second plurality of high-strength synthetic fibers; and
a seat portion attached to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,365,069

FIREARM ACCESSORY HAVING FIREARM MOUNT

Battenfeld Technologies, ...

1. A firearm accessory for mounting on a firearm, the firearm including an accessory rail having opposite sides extending along a length of the accessory rail and having a recess between the opposite sides, the firearm accessory comprising:an accessory body having a firearm axis along which the length of the accessory rail extends when the firearm accessory is mounted on the firearm; and
a firearm rail mount connected to the accessory body, the firearm rail mount including a first rail engagement arm and a second rail engagement arm, the first and second rail engagement arms being spaced from each other to define a gap for receiving the rail therein, the first and second rail engagement arms being shaped and arranged to engage the opposite sides of the accessory rail when the accessory rail is received in the gap for mounting the firearm accessory on the firearm, the firearm rail mount including a retainer secured to the accessory body, the retainer including recess engagement structure sized and shaped to interface with the recess of the accessory rail to prevent forward movement of the firearm accessory along the length of the accessory rail, the retainer including an elongate slot extending along the firearm axis, the retainer being movable with respect to the accessory body to change a position of the retainer with respect to the accessory body along the firearm axis;
a first fastener received in the elongate slot, the first fastener having a fastened position in which the first fastener releasably secures the retainer in position with respect to the accessory body and having an unfastened position in which the first fastener permits the retainer to move along the firearm axis with respect to both the accessory body and the first fastener while the first fastener is in the elongate slot.

US Pat. No. 10,365,068

DYNAMIC LASER MARKER DISPLAY FOR AIMABLE DEVICE

SMART SHOOTER LTD., Kibb...

1. A laser system operationally coupled to an aimable device having a Line of Sight (LOS), the system adapted for providing a graphic laser display, the system comprising:(a) at least one laser source adapted to generate:
(i) a first laser output, said first laser output displaying a fixed pattern at a hit point having a fixed orientation relative to an axis of the LOS of the aimable device, and
(ii) and a second laser output, said second laser output forming the graphic laser display;
(b) a motion control mechanism adapted to direct at least said second laser output;
(c) a tracking system configured to track at least one target; and
(d) a processing unit, said processing unit configured to receive tracking data relating to a location of said at least one target relative to the LOS of the aimable device and instruct said motion control mechanism to direct said second laser output to display the graphic laser display on said at least one target.

US Pat. No. 10,365,067

SYSTEM FOR ALIGNING TARGET SENSOR AND WEAPON

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

1. A system for measuring the position of a target in a coordinate system of a weapon, the system comprising:a target sensor, configured to measure the position of the target, in a coordinate system of the target sensor;
a plurality of retroreflectors secured to the weapon;
a reference measurement sensor, comprising:
an imaging sensor configured to measure the direction, in the coordinate system of the target sensor, to each retroreflector of a subset of the retroreflectors; and
a ranging sensor configured to measure the distance, in the coordinate system of the target sensor, to each retroreflector of the subset of the retroreflectors; and
a first processing circuit configured to calculate, from the direction and distance measurements, the position, in the coordinate system of the target sensor, of each of the subset of the retroreflectors;
a second processing circuit configured to calculate,
from:
the position of the target, in the coordinate system of the target sensor; and
the position, in the coordinate system of the target sensor, of each retroreflector of the subset of the retroreflectors,
a target pointing direction of the weapon, in the coordinate system of the weapon, the target pointing direction being tangent, at the weapon, to a munition trajectory beginning at the weapon and terminating at the target.

US Pat. No. 10,365,066

PHOTOELECTRIC SIGHTING SYSTEM AND CALIBRATION METHOD THEREOF

HUNTERCRAFT LIMITED, Alb...

1. A calibration method of a photoelectric sighting system, comprising: setting a distance deviation in a parameter table and calculating an actual shooting impact point according to the distance deviation in the parameter table;the setting a distance deviation in a parameter table comprises: presetting N shooting distances, performing corresponding calculations to obtain a deviation corresponding to each preset shooting distance, recording each shooting distance and the deviation corresponding to it in the parameter table to finish the setting of the distance deviation in the parameter table; N is a natural number larger than 2; and
the calculating an actual shooting impact point according to the distance deviation in the parameter table comprises: during actual shooting, determining relationships between an actual shooting distance and shooting distances built in the parameter table, and calculating a deviation of the actual shooting distance according to the shooting distance and the deviation built in the parameter table to realize the calibration of an impact point for the actual shooting distance.

US Pat. No. 10,365,065

GUN SIGHTING ASSEMBLY

1. A gun sighting assembly configured to train proper aiming of a gun, said assembly comprising:a front sight block mounted to a top of the gun, said front sight block aligned with a front end of the gun;
a rear sight block mounted to the top of the gun, said rear sight block having a pair of alignment slots extending therethrough wherein each of said alignment slots is configured to pass light therethrough, said rear sight block having an elevation slot extending therethrough wherein said elevation slot is configured to pass light therethrough, said rear sight block having a channel therein such that the front sight block is visible through said channel when said gun is aimed; and
a plurality of lenses, each of said lenses coupled to said rear sight block, each of said lenses aligned with an associated one of said alignment slots and said elevation slot, each of said lenses comprised of a translucent material wherein each of said lenses is configured to pass light therethrough and into said associated alignment and elevation slots, each of said lenses visible to a user when the user properly aims the gun wherein each of said lenses is configured to communicate a visual cue to the user that the user is aiming the gun properly.

US Pat. No. 10,365,064

MOUNT FOR RANGEFINDERS AND OTHER AUXILIARIES FOR SHOOTING DEVICES

Explore Scientific, LLC, ...

1. A method for calibrating a laser rangefinder for a bow, the bow having affixed thereto a bow sight with indicators of discrete shooting ranges, wherein a laser rangefinder and a visible laser projector are adapted to be alternately mounted on the bow by an articulable linkage attachable to the bow for establishing alignment between the bow sight and, when mounted thereon, the laser projector and, when mounted thereon, the rangefinder, the method comprising the steps of:sighting a target at a known distance from the bow through the bow sight using a bow sight indicator that corresponds to the known distance;
with the laser projector mounted on the bow by the articulable linkage articulating the articulable linkage to direct a laser beam from the laser projector onto the sighted target so the laser beam and the line of sight through the bow sight coincide at the target for calibrating the laser projector to the bow sight;
fixing the position of the articulable linkage in the position established by the previous step to prevent further articulation;
removing the laser projector from the articulable mount;
mounting the laser rangefinder on the bow by the articulable linkage with the articulable linkage in the position fixed by the fixing step;
sighting through the bow sight a second target at an unknown and estimated distance from the bow using the bow sight indicator that most closely corresponds to the estimated distance; and
reading the distance to the second target indicated by the laser rangefinder; and to improve aim adjusting the line of sight through the bow sight according to the distance to the second target indicated by the laser rangefinder.

US Pat. No. 10,365,063

ARCHERY BOW WITH CIRCULAR STRING TRACK

MCP IP, LLC, Sparta, WI ...

1. An archery bow comprising:a riser;
a first limb supported by the riser;
a second limb supported by the riser;
a first rotatable member supported by the first limb and arranged to rotate on a first axis, the first rotatable member comprising a bowstring track;
a second rotatable member supported by the second limb and arranged to rotate on a second axis; and
a bowstring comprising a first end attached to the first rotatable member, the bowstring extending to the second rotatable member;
wherein the bowstring track comprises a first portion and a second portion, the first portion comprising a circular arc having a constant radius from the first axis, the circular arc extending at least 90 degrees about the first axis, the second portion comprising a non-circular arc having a varying radius from the first axis, an outer periphery of the first rotatable member being continuously concave with respect to the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,365,062

MODULAR PROTECTIVE SYSTEM (MPS) EXPEDIENT GUARD TOWER AND FIGHTING POSITION

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A modular, rapidly-deployable, hand-assembled, guard tower or fighting position structure designed to withstand both horizontal and vertical loads, and having a no-moment stabilizer arm system, said guard tower or fighting position structure comprising:(a) a base having a plurality of attachment points,
(b) a modular floor panel having four corners, said floor panel having a perimeter having channel material for receiving wall panels attached thereto,
wherein said floor panel is in connection with said base at said plurality of attachment points,
(c) at least one variable length, extendable stabilizer arm extending outwardly from each of said four inner floor panel corners, and having a proximate end and a distal end, said proximate end attached to one of said four inner floor panel corners and, said distal end terminating in a stabilizer pad in contact with a surface, wherein each stabilizer pad is connected to three tensioning means, two of said three tensioning means being attached to the adjacent stabilizer pads to the left and right, and the remaining third tension means attached to a closest point of said base, wherein a total of eight tensioning means attach and tension four stabilizer arms to each other and to the base to form a stabilizer system which acts to resist a tipping movement of the guard tower by placing one or more of the stabilizer arms in simple compression,
(d) at least four columns, having bottoms attached to and extending upwardly from said four inner floor panel corners, and tops,
(e) front, back, and opposed side wall panels having bottom edges and top edges, and extending upwardly from and having said bottom edges slidably engaged with the floor panel perimeter channel,
(f) front, back, and two opposing side window sills having a top and a bottom and having channel material attached to the bottom of each of said window sills for receiving the top edges of said wall panels, and
(g) a roof assembly attached to the tops of said four columns, wherein said roof assembly comprises two extendable longitudinal roof beams, each attached to a pair of the four columns, and running in a parallel direction to the two opposing sides of the inner floor panel, a middle transverse roof beam having channels on either side thereof to slidably receive to roof panels, said middle roof beam attached to said two longitudinal roof beams in a position transverse to said two longitudinal roof beams, and central to front and back ends of said longitudinal roof beams, a transverse front roof end beam attached in a position transverse to said two longitudinal roof beams and at a front end of the structure, said transverse front roof end beam having a channel on a side facing the middle roof beam to slidably receive roof panels, said channel having an extended bottom lip, a transverse back roof end beam attached in a position transverse to said two longitudinal roof beams and at a back end of the structure, said transverse back roof end beam having a channel on a side facing the middle roof beam to slidably receive roof panels, said channel having an extended bottom lip, and roof panels extending between said middle roof beam and said front roof end beam, and roof panels extending between said middle roof beam and said back roof end beam, wherein the extended lip allows installation of the roof panels from an underneath protected position by slidably engaging said panels between said beams in a position wherein the distance between beams is greater than a final position and said panels are supported by said extended lip, and then moving the beams to a final position wherein they are fully engaged in said channels in said final beam position.

US Pat. No. 10,365,061

FIREARM BARREL WITH NON-METAL OUTER SLEEVE

1. A firearm barrel with a non-metal outer sleeve comprising: a barrel tube that includes an outer barrel diameter, an inner barrel diameter, an entrance end and an exit end, and a sleeve thread is formed on said exit end; a first non-metal tube that includes a first inner diameter and a plurality of first openings, said plurality of first openings are formed through a first wall of said first non-metal tube; a second non-metal tube that includes a second inner diameter and a plurality of second openings, said plurality of second openings are formed through a second wall of said second non-metal tube; a coupler bushing that includes a coupler inner diameter, and said coupler inner diameter is in direct contact with said barrel tube, a first end of said coupler bushing is sized to receive said first inner diameter, a second end of said coupler bushing is sized to receive said second inner diameter; a gas block that includes a gas inner diameter, said gas inner diameter is in contact with an outer diameter of said coupler bushing, and said gas block is attached to said coupler bushing with a fastener; a sleeve nut that includes a sleeve inner thread, wherein said barrel tube is inserted through said first non-metal tube, said coupler bushing and said second non-metal tube, and said sleeve nut is threaded on to said sleeve thread to retain said first non-metal tube, said coupler bushing and said second non-metal tube.

US Pat. No. 10,365,060

WEAPON BARREL MOUNTING

RHEINMETALL WAFFE MUNITIO...

1. A bearing part having a tubular inner diameter, the bearing part for a weapon barrel in a weapon barrel mounting, the bearing part comprising:a first portion;
an encircling annular second portion that has a greater outer diameter than the first portion; and
a following third portion, the third portion having at least one slot running towards the second portion,
wherein the first portion, the second portion and the third portion are monolithic with the second portion being positioned between the first portion and the third portion, wherein the first portion directly abuts the second portion and the second portion directly abuts the third portion and wherein the at least one slot extends partially into the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,059

FIREARM HAVING A REMOVABLE STRIKER HOUSING

Taurus International Manu...

1. A firearm comprising:a frame with a magazine receiving grip and a trigger firing mechanism;
a barrel having an internal axial bore, a breech end, a muzzle end, and a cartridge receiving aperture;
a slide having sidewalls with at least one sidewall aperture, an interior, a breech end, a muzzle end having an aperture for exposing the bore of the barrel, and a longitudinal axis parallel to the barrel, the slide enclosing at least a portion of the barrel when the firearm is in a cocked position, the slide being slidably movable along the longitudinal axis with respect to the frame;
an insertable, removable striker housing having an aft end and a forward end, and opposing lateral sides, the striker housing including a striker and a striker block responsive to the trigger firing mechanism of the firearm, the striker housing insertably held within the slide interior, such that the striker housing forward end is proximate the barrel breech end when the striker housing is installed in the slide, said striker housing mounted to said slide sidewall through said at least one sidewall aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,365,058

MAGAZINE RELEASE

1. A system, comprising:a magazine release assembly, comprising:
a first component including at least one interlocking protrusion of an interlocking assembly and a button with a sloped surface; and
an additional component including at least one interlocking recess of the interlocking assembly and a catch spring slot,
a handgun including a receiver frame, wherein the receiver frame comprises:
a first magazine release opening configured to receive the first component of the magazine release assembly;
an additional magazine release opening configured to receive the additional component of the magazine release assembly so that the additional component is inserted into a magazine cavity defined within the receiver frame; and
a catch spring retaining slot configured to hold a catch spring,
wherein the at least one interlocking recess is configured to rotatably couple with the at least one interlocking protrusion by swinging the at least one interlocking recess from within the magazine cavity into the receiver frame,
wherein the catch spring slot is configured to receive the catch spring following the rotatable coupling of the at least one interlocking recess and the at least one interlocking protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,057

SMART GUN TECHNOLOGY

Safearms LLC, Beavercree...

1. A firearm comprising a smart technology system that controls one or more firearm functionalities, the smart technology system comprising:one or more input/output (I/O) devices;
a lock device that disables a component of the firearm required to discharge the firearm while in an engaged state, and enables the component of the firearm while in a disengaged state;
a cover that encloses at least one component of the smart technology system;
a tamper detection device that detects when the cover is open;
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having computer program instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the processor, causes the system to:
engage the lock device;
receive an input signal from an I/O device, the input signal encoding information regarding the identity of a user;
determine from the input signal whether the user is an authorized user;
disengage the lock device, enter a maintenance mode, or disengage the lock device and enter the maintenance mode when the user is determined to be an authorized user; and
in response to the tamper detection device detecting the cover is open while the system is not in the maintenance mode, transmit an alert to a remote device indicating an attempt to tamper with the system.

US Pat. No. 10,365,056

MAGAZINE FOLLOWER FOR ENHANCING RELIABILITY OF FIREARMS AND FIREARM MAGAZINES

1. A magazine follower for a firearm comprising:a base member;
a slide stop actuating structure extending outwardly from the base member;
a cartridge engaging structure extending outwardly from the base member;
wherein at least one of the slide stop actuating structure and the cartridge engaging structure are resiliently biased in a lateral direction away from a longitudinal axis of the base member so as to be movable between:
a compressed position wherein a longitudinal axis of at least one of the slide stop actuating structure and the cartridge engaging structure is laterally perpendicular with respect to the longitudinal axis of the base member, and
an uncompressed position where the longitudinal axis of at least one of the slide stop actuating structure and the cartridge engaging structure is not laterally perpendicular with respect to the longitudinal axis of the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,365,055

MULTI MAGAZINE LOCKING BASE PLATE

1. A device for removably attaching two or more magazine cartridges, consisting of a main body and a locking plate system, where the locking plate system comprises a locking plate, where the locking plate has a spring side and a boss side, a locking plate boss, and a spring, where the locking plate system fits into a magazine cartridge, where the spring attaches to the spring side of the locking plate, and the locking plate boss is located on the boss side of the locking plate, where locking plate system fits within a bottom of a magazine cartridge, where the magazine cartridge is a base flange, where the main body comprises a drive shaft, a shaft hole, a tool face, a paddle, a contact surface, a retaining ring, a retaining ring slot, a paddle slot, a drive hole, two locking plate boss holes, and two base flange slots, where the base flange of the magazine cartridge can be removably secured within a base flange slot of the main body, where the locking plate boss on the locking plate can be removably inserted into a locking plate boss hole on the main body, where the paddle slot houses a paddle, where the paddle has a contact surface and a drive hole, where the main body additionally comprises a shaft hole and a drive shaft, where the drive shaft can be inserted into the shaft hole, where the drive shaft has a drive shaft end that engages the drive hole in the paddle, where the drive shaft is retained within the shaft hole by a retaining ring, which, in turn, is retained in the retaining ring slot, which is located in the shaft hole, where the drive draft shaft additionally comprises a tool face, such that two magazine cartridges can be slid into the two base flange slots, such that the base flange of each of the magazine cartridges is retained within a base flange slot, and the boss of each locking plate can be inserted into the locking plate boss hole, and where the drive shaft can be turned with a tool to rotate the paddle housed in the paddle slot until the contacting surface of the paddle is at a lowest point from the center of rotation, allowing the boss to be forced down by the spring in to the locking plate boss hole of the main body, thereby locking the magazine cartridge into the main body, and where the boss can be “unlocked” by turning the tool face of the drive shaft such that the boss is lifted out of the locking place boss hole, thereby allowing a user to slide the magazine cartridge out of the base flange slot, where the tool face has two slots, where the two slots are perpendicular to each other, such that the tool face can be rotated both a flathead and Phillips screwdriver.

US Pat. No. 10,365,054

WEAPON DRIVE, AND WEAPON DRIVE WITH A WEAPON EMERGENCY STOP

RHEINMETALL WAFEE MUNITIO...

1. An emergency stop device for a weapon comprising:a drive for transporting a breech of the weapon;
a pin;
a kinematic system which is formed by at least one guide with a control curve;
at least one connecting rod guided in the at least one guide; and
at least one lever,
wherein, when a shot is not fired and there is no recoil, the kinematic system is without effect, such that the pin is maintained in an original position, and
wherein, when a shot is fired, the at least one connecting rod is guided along the control curve such that the at least one lever exerts a lever movement that acts on the pin to move the pin.

US Pat. No. 10,365,053

APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS FOR CLEANING HVAC SYSTEMS

1. An apparatus configurable for cleaning a condenser on an HVAC system, said apparatus comprising a plurality of pipes, said plurality of pipes being assembled in a manner that the apparatus is ideally suited to deliver water and/or a cleaning liquid to the condenser at a pressure sufficient to clean the condenser, the plurality of pipes having an inlet that allows water to transverse the interior of said plurality of pipes and at least one sprayer, said at least one sprayer positioned so as to deliver the water and/or the cleaning liquid to every part of the condenser without moving the apparatus, wherein the inlet comprises a container configured to be removable and reattachable and to hold a cleaning liquid that can be mixed with water entering the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,365,052

SELF-CLEANING HEAT EXCHANGE ASSEMBLY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A heat exchange assembly for exchanging heat between a coolant and a gaseous medium, comprising:an outer jacket;
a plurality of gas tubes positioned within the outer jacket; and
a self-cleaning system positioned about the plurality of gas tubes,
the self-cleaning system comprising:
a plurality of chains attached to an upper bar to extend from the upper bar through the plurality of gas tubes,
an agitation device comprising an air cylinder and a piston, the piston extending from the air cylinder to contact the upper bar for reciprocal movement of the upper bar and attached plurality of chains, and
the upper bar connected to a channel bar by a support wire.

US Pat. No. 10,365,051

MICROCHANNEL HEAT EXCHANGER

FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED, ...

1. A microchannel heat exchanger, comprising:a microchannel heat exchanger body including a channel layer stack formed in such a manner that a plurality of high-temperature channel layers provided with a channel for a high-temperature fluid and a plurality of low-temperature channel layers provided with a channel for a low-temperature fluid are alternately stacked, an inlet and an outlet for the high-temperature fluid, and an inlet and an outlet for the low-temperature fluid; and
a printed circuit board that is fixed to a surface of the microchannel heat exchanger body, and that has installed thereon at least a plurality of temperature sensors that are mounted on a surface of the printed circuit board and inserted in a stacking direction of the heat exchanger body in such a manner that each sensing point of the plurality of temperature sensors is arranged to be in direct contact with fluid near each of the inlet and the outlet for the high-temperature fluid and the inlet and the outlet for the low-temperature fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,365,050

COOLING TOWER FLOW CONTROL INLET VALVE

1. A cooling tower flow control inlet valve comprising a valve body assembly, a valve stem assembly, a back plate assembly, a valve disk, an external adjustment handle, and an external jam nut, wherein said valve disk is adjustable through spatial rotational placement along said valve stem assembly through operation of said external adjustment handle, wherein said adjustable value disk is locked into place along said valve stem assembly with said external jam nut, wherein said back plate assembly provides a buttress to provide a limit to adjustable value disk movement along said valve stem wherein said position of said adjustable value disk allows for controlled flow of fluid within said valve body assembly, and wherein said adjustable value disk is within the confines of said valve body assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,365,049

PASSIVE THERMAL DIODE

The Hong Kong University ...

1. A passive thermal diode, comprising:a heat source;
a heat sink;
a thermal coupling element removably coupled to the heat source and heat sink;
a lever, the lever connected to the thermal coupling element via a pivot point; and
at least one spring connected to the lever, the spring comprised of a shape memory alloy, wherein
the lever transmits a force to displace the thermal coupling element when the force is produced by the spring on the lever.

US Pat. No. 10,365,048

MULTIPLY-WOUND TUBE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MULTIPLY-WOUND TUBE, AND DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING MULTIPLY-WOUND TUBE

SANOH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD...

1. A multiply-wound tube, comprising:a tube body formed by winding, into a roll, a metal plate comprising a core material layer made of a first metal material and a brazing material layer made of a second metal material having a lower melting point than the core material layer; and
a joint portion that is formed at a portion of the metal plate that is wound in layers, wherein the portion of the metal plate that is wound in layers is brazed together by the brazing material layer being melted by heat from a laser projected onto the tube body.

US Pat. No. 10,365,047

ELECTRONICS COOLING WITH MULTI-PHASE HEAT EXCHANGE AND HEAT SPREADER

GE Aviation Systems LLC, ...

1. A system for cooling a surface comprising:a housing comprising:
an evaporator portion; and
a multi-domain heat exchanger having at least one trifurcated heat exchange portion comprising an array of unit cells defining a plurality of nested trifurcated domains, the array of unit cells of the multi-domain heat exchanger comprising:
a first structure comprising a trifurcated condenser portion, the trifurcated condenser portion coupled to the evaporator portion;
a second structure comprising a trifurcated coolant portion, the trifurcated coolant portion substantially surrounded by the trifurcated condenser portion; and
a trifurcated phase change material portion substantially surrounding the trifurcated condenser portion, the trifurcated phase change material portion configured to receive a phase change material.

US Pat. No. 10,365,046

SERVER THERMAL MANAGEMENT WITH HEAT PIPES

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus having thermal management features, comprising:a first heat sink directly coupled to a first computing node disposed at a first end of a circuit board of a server;
a second heat sink directly coupled to a second computing node disposed at a second end of the circuit board opposite the first end; and
a third heat sink directly coupled to a third computing node disposed in between the first computing node and the second computing node,
a fourth heat sink directly coupled to a fourth computing node disposed in between the first computing node and the second computing node;
a fifth heat sink directly coupled to a fifth computing node disposed in between the first computing node and the second computing node; and
a sixth heat sink directly coupled to a sixth computing node disposed in between the fourth computing node and the fifth computing node;
a first heat pipe directly coupled to the first heat sink and the second heat sink, wherein the first heat pipe originates at the first heat sink, bypasses the third heat sink, the fourth heat sink, the fifth heat sink and the sixth heat sink, and terminates at the second heat sink to distribute a thermal load between the first heat sink and the second heat sink; and
a second heat pipe directly coupled to the fourth heat sink and the fifth heat sink, wherein the second heat pipe originates at the fourth heat sink, bypasses the third heat sink and the sixth heat sink and terminates at the fifth heat sink to distribute a thermal load between the fourth heat sink and the fifth heat sink;
wherein the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth computing nodes are disposed in a single row, the first heat pipe is disposed adjacent to a first side of the row, and the second heat pipe is disposed adjacent to a second side of the row, wherein the second side is opposite to the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,365,045

3-D CHANNEL GAS HEAT EXCHANGER

ALFA LAVAL CORHEX LTD., ...

1. A 3-D channel gas heat exchanger, comprising: a plurality of heat exchange plates each possessing opposite sides, the heat exchange plates being arranged in a stack so that one of the sides of each heat exchange plate faces one of the sides of an adjacent heat exchange plate; and a plurality of passages that are formed in between the plurality of heat exchange plates,wherein the plurality of passages comprise: first passages extending across one of the sides of a first one of the heat exchange plates and configured to convey a first fluid having a first temperature through the first passages; second passages extending across one of the sides of a second one of the heat exchange plates and configured to convey a second fluid through the second passages for transferring heat to the first fluid having the first temperature, the second passages that extend across the one side of the second heat exchange plate passing through the second heat exchange plate at through holes and opening to the opposite side of the second heat exchange plate; and third passages extending across one of the sides of a third one of the heat exchange plates and configured to convey a fluid that prevents freezing in the second passages by transferring heat to at least some of the second passages when a temperature of the second fluid is below a predetermined temperature value; and
the second heat exchange plate comprising a plurality of heating surface units that each extend between opposite ends of the second heat exchange plate, each of the heating surface units comprising first and second portions of the second heat exchange plate that alternate with one another between the opposite ends of the second heat exchange plate, the first portions of the second heat exchange plate extending in a straight line, the second portions of the second heat exchange plate being angled relative to the first portions of the second heat exchange plate so that the second portions of the second heat exchange plate are other than parallel to the first portions of the second heat exchange plate, the heating surface units being arranged side-by-side with the second passages and the through holes being positioned between the first and second portions of the side-by-side heating surface units.

US Pat. No. 10,365,044

HEAT EXCHANGER AND GAS TURBINE PLANT PROVIDED THEREWITH

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a body having a cylindrical shell and a first shell lid and a second shell lid that cover both ends of the shell;
a plurality of heat transfer tubes provided inside the body;
a plurality of support plates provided at intervals along a longitudinal direction of the heat transfer tubes, each of the support plates being provided with a plurality of tube insertion through-holes for inserting the plurality of heat transfer tubes;
a tube plate provided between an interior volume defined by the cylindrical shell and an interior volume of the first shell lid;
a partition wall partitioning the interior volume of the first shell lid into a first compartment and a second compartment;
a first inlet nozzle provided on a first section of the first shell lid, and configured to supply an in-tube fluid to the first compartment; and
a first outlet nozzle provided on a second section of the first shell lid, and configured to discharge the in-tube fluid to the outside of the body via the second compartment,
wherein an inlet section of each of the heat transfer tubes is fixed to the tube plate and is opened into the first compartment, and an outlet section of each of the heat transfer tubes is fixed to the tube plate and is opened into the second compartment, and
wherein each of the heat transfer tubes extends in a straight line from the inlet section of the corresponding heat transfer tube toward the second shell lid, is curved in a U shape in the second shell lid, and then extends in a straight line to the outlet section so as to be directed toward the first shell lid,
wherein the heat exchanger further comprises:
a plurality of ducts provided inside the body, each of the ducts being provided on an outer peripheral side of a bundle of the plurality of heat transfer tubes in which the in-tube fluid flows in a single direction,
wherein each of the plurality of ducts covers the plurality of heat transfer tubes and an out-of-tube fluid flowing outside the plurality of heat transfer tubes,
an outer peripheral surface of each of the plurality of ducts is spaced from an inner peripheral surface of the body,
each of the plurality of ducts extends in the longitudinal direction from a first end spaced from the tube plate to a second end at a U-shaped curved portion of the heat transfer tubes,
two of the ducts, which are adjacent to each other, are provided at a distance from each other, and
shapes of two of the tube insertion through-holes of two longitudinally adjacent support plates of the plurality of support plates are different, wherein one of the heat transfer tubes is inserted into the two insertion through-holes.

US Pat. No. 10,365,043

STIRRING FAN FOR HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS, AND HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Koyo Thermo Systems Co., ...

1. A stirring fan for a heat treatment apparatus, comprising:a shaft; and
a plurality of blades radially extending from the shaft, wherein
the shaft includes a blade fixing portion for fixing the blades,
the blade fixing portion includes a cylindrical portion extending in a longitudinal direction of the shaft,
a hole inside the cylindrical portion is open to one end face of the shaft and a deeper side of the hole is closed,
the stirring fan further comprises a discharge portion for discharging gas inside the cylindrical portion to the outside of the blade fixing portion,
the discharge portion is open to the outside of the blade fixing portion, at a position away from the one end face of the shaft,
the discharge portion includes a discharge hole that is continuous with the hole inside the cylindrical portion and that is open to an outer surface of the stirring fan,
the discharge hole is opened to an outer circumferential face of the blade fixing portion at a position between two roots of the two blades adjacent to each other in a circumferential direction of the shaft, and
the deeper side of the hole is closed such that the gas introduced into the hole from opening of the one end face of the shaft is discharged to outside of the cylindrical portion at a position between the two roots of the two blades adjacent to each other via the discharge hole.

US Pat. No. 10,365,042

TRAY AND HEAT TREATMENT METHOD

MITSUI HIGH-TEC, INC., F...

1. A tray for conveying a workpiece placed on the tray inside a heat treatment furnace, the tray comprising:a plurality of positional displacement regulating parts having inside spaces with different sizes for respectively receiving plural kinds of workpieces with different sizes into the inside spaces so as to be supported on a corresponding bottom supporting surface of the respective inside spaces and for respectively regulating horizontal positional displacements of the plural kinds of workpieces, wherein the plurality of positional displacement regulating parts are arranged concentrically in a plane shape; and
a through hole in communication with the inside spaces of the plurality of positional displacement regulating parts and penetrating the tray in a vertical direction of the tray.

US Pat. No. 10,365,041

EXTRUDED POLYCARBONATE STICKER FOR SPACING WOOD

DSV Holdings LLC, Osage ...

1. A method for manufacturing a sticker for spacing wood, the method comprising:providing an alloy comprising polycarbonate resin, and polysulfone resin that is at least 10% of the alloy by weight;
drying the alloy until the moisture content of the alloy is less than 0.02%;
injecting carbon black into the dried alloy as the dried alloy is fed into an extruder;
the extruder extruding the alloy into an extrusion;
passing the extrusion through multiple sizers in a liquid cooling tank;
passing the extrusion through a wiping gasket in the liquid cooling tank into an air drying area;
pulling the extrusion with a puller that includes a plurality of teeth that provide a first plurality of lateral grooves running substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the extrusion in a top and bottom surface of the extrusion; and
cutting the extrusion to at least one specified length.

US Pat. No. 10,365,040

METHOD FOR DRYING HIGH MOISTURE, LOW CALORIFIC VALUE LIGNITE FOR A GENERATING SET AND RECOVERING WATER CONTAINED THEREIN AND APPARATUS THEREOF

TIANHUA INSTITUTE OF CHEM...

1. An apparatus for drying high moisture, low calorific value lignite for a generating set and recovering water contained therein, comprising a rotary steam tube dryer, a washing cooling tower, a coal mill, a first bag filter, a second bag filter, a steam condenser, a weighing surge bunker, a water ring vacuum pump, a Venturi jet pump, a wet coal bunker, a nitrogen gas heater and a pulverized coal collecting tank;wherein the input end of the rotary steam tube dryer is connected with the wet coal bunker, the upper portion of the other end of the rotary steam tube dryer is connected with the first bag filter and the lower portion of the other end of the rotary steam tube dryer is connected with the weighing surge bunker, the weighing surge bunker is connected to the coal mill, one side of the coal mill is connected to the nitrogen gas heater, the top of the coal mill is connected to the second bag filter, one side of the upper portion of the second bag filter is connected to the washing cooling tower and the other side of the upper portion of the second bag filter is connected to the inlet of the nitrogen gas heater, and the lower portion of the second bag filter is connected to the pulverized coal collecting tank; the upper portion of the first bag filter is connected to the washing cooling tower, and the lower portion of the first bag filter is connected to the pulverized coal collecting tank; one side of the washing cooling tower is connected to the nitrogen gas heater.

US Pat. No. 10,365,039

MULTI-STAGE SEPARATION HEAT-EXCHANGE TYPE DRYING SYSTEM

A1ENGINEERING, Suncheon-...

1. A dry system of a multi-staged separation heat exchange type, the dry system comprising:a dryer,
a heat exchange apparatus recovering heat from first air of a high temperature and high humidity discharged by the dryer, heating-exchanging the first air with outside dry second air of a low temperature and discharging the heat-exchanged air,
a heater heating the second air discharged by the heat exchange apparatus,
a discharge fan supplying the first air discharged by the dryer to the heat exchange apparatus and externally discharging the first air, and
a ventilation fan supplying the second air discharged by the heat exchange apparatus to the dryer through the heater,
wherein the heat exchange apparatus comprises:
a first main body in which the first air discharged by the dryer flows therein on one side and exits therefrom on the other side, a plurality of first heat exchange blocks having first heat medium circulation tubes disposed therein is disposed at specific intervals so that a heat medium heat-exchanged with the first air circulates within the first heat exchange blocks in a width direction from front to back, and a first whirl generation block changing a flow of the first air passing through the first heat exchange block into a whirl is disposed between the first heat exchange blocks;
a second main body which is disposed over or under the first main body adjacent to the first main body and in which the second air flows therein on the other side and exits therefrom on one side, and a plurality of second heat exchange blocks having second heat medium circulation tubes disposed therein is disposed at specific intervals within the second main body so that a heat medium heat-exchanged with the second air circulates within the second heat exchange blocks in the width direction from front to back, wherein the second heat exchange block is disposed over or under a corresponding first heat exchange block, the heat exchange blocks corresponding to each other up and down exchange heat media, and a second whirl generation block changing a flow of the second air passing through the second heat exchange block to a whirl is disposed between the second heat exchange blocks;
a plurality of heat medium connection pipes each of which is connected to the first heat medium circulation tube and the second heat medium circulation tube and along each of which the heat medium heat-exchanged with the first air passing through the first heat exchange block is introduced into a corresponding second heat exchange block and a plurality of heat medium circulation pipes along each of which the heat medium introduced from the first heat exchange block to the second heat exchange block and heat-exchanged with the second air passing through the second heat exchange block is introduced into a corresponding first heat exchange block again;
a plurality of heat medium circulation pumps, each of the plurality of heat medium circulation pumps being disposed along the path of the heat medium circulation pipe and circulating the heat media of the first and the second heat exchange blocks corresponding to each other;
a plurality of cleaning solution spray units, each of the plurality of cleaning solution spary units being disposed in the first and the second heat exchange blocks and removing dust attached to the first and the second heat medium circulation tubes within the first and the second heat exchange blocks, respectively; and
a main controller controlling the ventilation fan and the discharge fan so that flow rates of the first air and the second air flowing into a discharge line and a supply line are adjusted, controlling the heat medium circulation pumps so that a circulation flow rate and velocity of the heat media flowing into the first and the second heat exchange blocks are adjusted, and controlling the cleaning solution spray units so that a cleaning solution is adjusted and sprayed based on a set time and amount.

US Pat. No. 10,365,038

PROCESS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF DILUTE ETHYLENE

Lummus Technology Inc., ...

1. A process for producing a dilute ethylene stream, the process comprising:cooling and partially condensing a feedstock comprising hydrogen, methane, ethane, ethylene, and C3+ hydrocarbons;
separating the cooled and partially condensed feedstock into a vapor feed stream and a liquid feed stream, wherein the liquid feed stream comprises a portion of the ethylene contained in the feedstock;
separating the vapor feed stream in a deethanizer to recover an overhead stream and a bottoms product stream comprising the C3+ hydrocarbons;
separating the liquid feed stream into a first vapor fraction and a first liquid fraction;
cooling and partially condensing the overhead stream via indirect heat exchange with a refrigerant comprising at least a portion of the first liquid fraction; separating the first liquid fraction, after the indirect heat exchange, into a second vapor fraction and a second liquid fraction; compressing the first vapor fraction and the second vapor fraction to form a compressed refrigerant stream; and cooling the compressed refrigerant stream via indirect heat exchange with the second liquid fraction and feeding the second liquid fraction to the deethanizer.

US Pat. No. 10,365,037

HEATING COMPONENT TO REDUCE SOLIDIFICATION IN A CRYOGENIC DISTILLATION SYSTEM

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method comprising:feeding a feed gas comprising methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) to a cryogenic distillation column during start-up of the cryogenic distillation column;
producing an acid gas rich bottom stream and a freeze zone vapor stream;
flowing the freeze zone vapor stream into a freezing section of the cryogenic distillation column, wherein the freeze zone vapor stream exits the cryogenic distillation column as an overhead stream, and wherein the overhead stream has a temperature and a CO2 concentration;
heating the overhead stream via a heating component to form a heated overhead stream to reduce or prevent solidification of the CO2 in the overhead stream;
regulating an amount of heat emitted by the heating component via a control system, wherein the control system maintains a temperature margin of the heated overhead stream using a measured temperature as an input into a control scheme, wherein the temperature margin is a temperature difference between the temperature of the overhead stream and a temperature at which CO2 solidification would occur in the overhead stream given the CO2 concentration of the overhead stream; and
flowing the heated overhead stream into a heat exchanger, wherein the heated overhead stream substantially prevents solidification of CO2 in the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,365,036

BEVERAGE COOLING DISPLAY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ISEE STORE INNOVATIONS, L...

1. A beverage cooling display system comprising:a roller assembly that is configured to rotate one or more beverage containers, the roller assembly comprising multiple rollers spaced apart from one another; and
a cooling assembly that is configured to cool the one or more beverage containers,
wherein the cooling assembly comprises one or more cold plates, wherein the one or more beverage containers are configured to be positioned between the rollers above the one or more cold plates, and
wherein the one or more cold plates comprises multiple upper cradling surfaces arranged side by side in a row with junctions between adjacent upper cradling surfaces in the row, each of the upper cradling surfaces having a concave curvature that conforms to a shape of at least a portion of an outer surface of the one or more beverage containers, each of the junctions being disposed below and aligning with a corresponding one of the rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,365,035

DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE WITH AN ELECTRICAL PART ON A FRONT WALL ON A BEARING RIB AS WELL AS METHOD FOR PRODUCING A DOMESTIC REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A domestic refrigeration appliance, comprising:a housing;
an inner container disposed in said housing, said inner container having walls including side walls, said walls delimiting a receiving chamber for food;
a bearing rib formed on one of said side walls of said inner container for supporting a separating plate, said bearing rib having a front face; and
an electrical part disposed on said front face of said bearing rib, extending through a passage in said front face of said bearing rib and projecting into said receiving chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,365,034

REFRIGERATOR AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a storage compartment formed in a cabinet of the refrigerator by a fixed insulation wall, the storage compartment provided with an access opening;
a door rotatably coupled to the cabinet and arranged to open and close the access opening of the storage compartment; and
a camera module installed inside a space that is configured to be isolated in a state in which the door closes the access opening of the storage compartment, the camera module comprising:
a camera lens;
a transparent window; and
a heater arranged to heat the transparent window,
wherein:
the transparent window has a rectangular shape,
the heater has a rectangular shape,
the heater is arranged to make direct surface-contact with the transparent window and is configured to transfer heat directly to the transparent window by conduction,
the heater is disposed at an opposite side of an exposed surface of the transparent window that is exposed to an outside of the camera module, and
the heater is configured to heat the transparent window regardless of whether the door is opened or closed.

US Pat. No. 10,365,033

REFRIGERATOR WITH ADVICE GENERATING UNIT

1. A refrigerator comprising:at least one storage compartment for storing foodstuffs;
a first sensor configured to obtain biological information of a person automatically upon detection of the person in the vicinity of the refrigerator;
a memory, coupled to the first sensor to store the biological information automatically upon detection of the person in the vicinity of the refrigerator;
a second sensor configured to determine the presence of foodstuffs in the storage compartment;
a biological information analysis portion of a computer configured to analyze the biological information and to obtain foodstuff information comprising information on foodstuffs stored in the storage compartment with which it is possible to improve the biological information;
an advice generating portion of the computer configured to generate advice for improving the biological information based on the analysis result of the biological information analysis unit, the advice including:
advice regarding foodstuffs pertinent directly to nutrients and advice relevant to nutrients and not regarding foodstuffs,
advice about dietary life based on the foodstuff information obtained by the second sensor generated in response to the foodstuffs being detected in the storage compartment, and
advice about purchase of the foodstuffs generated in response to the foodstuffs not being detected in the storage compartment;
an input device configured to receive a user request for the advice; and
a display configured to:
report a measured result of the biological information, and
only in response to the user request for advise being received by the input device, report the advice for improving the biological information after reporting the measured result of the biological information.

US Pat. No. 10,365,032

SLIDABLE BIN WITHIN A REFRIGERATOR DRAWER

TRANSFORM SR BRANDS LLC, ...

1. A bin comprising:a bottom comprising a perimeter edge;
at least two opposite sides extending upward from the perimeter edge of the bottom, the at least two opposite sides and the bottom defining a storage cavity of the bin; and
two attachment mechanisms extending from the at least two opposite sides of the bin, the two attachment mechanisms configured to slidably couple to a protrusion at a top edge of two parallel and opposite walls of a refrigerator drawer such that the bin is slidably positionable within the refrigerator drawer,
wherein each of the two attachment mechanisms comprises a hook portion configured to at least partially cover three sides of the protrusion, the hook portion comprising:
a top section configured to extend above a top side of the protrusion at the top edge of one of the two parallel and opposite walls of the refrigerator drawer, wherein the top section is perpendicular to the at least two opposite sides,
a bottom section configured to extend directly beneath at least a portion of a bottom side of the protrusion, wherein the bottom section is directly beneath and parallel to the top section, and
an outer section connecting the top section and the bottom section, the outer section configured to extend over an outer side of the protrusion, wherein the outer section is perpendicular to the top section and the bottom section.

US Pat. No. 10,365,031

COOLING AND/OR FREEZING DEVICE

1. A refrigeration unit which is a refrigerator, a freezer or a refrigerator-freezer-combination, the refrigeration unit having:a body that encloses an interior space;
a first door and a second door hinged to the body and opening in opposite directions, the first door and the second door covering an opening to the interior space;
a first seal mounted to the first door such that when the doors are closed the first seal protrudes into a gap between the doors, thereby assuming a closed position relative to the first door;
a first door opening sensor; and
a first drive unit communicating with the first door opening sensor;
wherein the first drive unit is configured to withdraw, when activated, the first seal from the closed position into an open position relative to the second door, where the first seal is further removed from the second door and retracted towards the first door;
wherein the first drive unit communicates with the first seal via a mechanism comprising an eccentric; and
wherein the first drive unit is configured to be activated if the first door opening sensor detects that a first door is opened or that the first door is touched by a user.

US Pat. No. 10,365,030

3D VACUUM PANEL AND A FOLDING APPROACH TO CREATE THE 3D VACUUM PANEL FROM A 2D VACUUM PANEL OF NON-UNIFORM THICKNESS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional vacuum insulation panel from a flat panel of non-uniform thickness, the method comprising steps of:providing an outer film;
providing a flat main wall on the outer film;
providing a top wall on the outer film adjacent to and at an outer edge of the main wall;
providing a bottom wall on the outer film adjacent to the main wall and opposite to the top wall;
providing a left wall on the outer film and adjacent to and at the outer edge of the main wall;
providing a right wall on the outer film and adjacent to the main wall and opposite to the left wall, wherein at least one of the top, bottom, left and right walls is thicker than the main wall;
providing an inner film on top of the main wall and each of the top, bottom, left and right walls, wherein the inner film is longer than the outer film;
sealing the inner and outer films; and
folding the top, bottom, left and right walls onto the main wall to produce a vacuum insulated panel of non-uniform thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,365,029

INSULATED FRAME SECTION AND REFRIGERATOR DOOR SYSTEM CONSTRUCTED FROM SUCH SECTIONS

1. An insulated frame section, comprising:an elongate interior frame member;
an elongate exterior frame member; and
an elongate insulation element having a generally rectangular cross-section, the insulation element having a first side connected to the interior frame member and a second side adjacent to the first side, the second side being connected to the exterior frame member, the insulation element preventing any direct physical contact between the interior and exterior frame members;
wherein a gap is defined between the interior frame member and the exterior frame member at a junction between the first side and the second side of the insulation element; and
wherein a junction between a third side and a fourth side of the insulation element defines an external corner of the frame section.

US Pat. No. 10,365,028

VENDING MACHINE

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A vending machine comprising:a vending machine main body formed as a heat-insulated housing, and having a product accommodation chamber, a machine chamber and a base,
an internal heat exchanger installed in the product accommodation chamber,
an external heat exchanger made of aluminum and installed in the machine chamber of the vending machine main body, the aluminum external heat exchanger including
a flat tube forming a refrigerant flow path, and
a corrugated fin adhered to the flat tube,
a compressor installed in the machine chamber and forming a refrigeration cycle together with the internal heat exchanger and the aluminum external heat exchanger,
an attachment base made of a steel plate and disposed on the base, the aluminum external heat exchanger and the compressor being provided on the attachment base, and
a pair of right and left holding members made of synthetic resin and engaging with and fixing to the attachment base, each having an accommodation unit corresponding to an outer shape at two sides of a lower portion of the aluminum external heat exchanger, each of the accommodation units including
a bottom wall arranged between the aluminum external heat exchanger and the attachment base,
front and rear walls arranged along front and rear edges of the bottom wall, respectively, the front and rear walls of each of the accommodation units contacting front and rear edges of the corrugated fin of the aluminum external heat exchanger, and
an external side wall extending from the bottom wall and connecting the front and rear walls of each of the accommodation units, the external side wall having a recessed portion to receive the flat tube without contacting the flat tube,
wherein the pair of right and left holding members forms a gap between the aluminum external heat exchanger and the attachment base such that the two sides of the lower portion of the aluminum external heat exchanger are accommodated and held in the accommodation units.

US Pat. No. 10,365,027

SIMPLIFIED AND ENERGY EFFICIENT MULTI TEMPERATURE UNIT

THERMO KING CORPORATION, ...

1. A refrigerated transport unit comprising:a multi-zone transport unit including an internal space separated into a first zone and a second zone, wherein the internal space including a zone separator separating and thermally isolating the first zone and the second zone;
an energy efficient multi-zone transport refrigeration system (MTRS) configured to control and maintain a separate environmental condition requirement of each of the first zone and the second zone, the MTRS including:
a remote fan unit provided between the first zone and the second zone, the remote fan unit configured to provide a heat exchange between the first zone and the second zone for providing climate control within the second zone,
wherein the remote fan unit is a fan coil unit that includes within a single remote fan unit housing:
a first portion provided in the first zone and a second portion provided in the second zone,
a heat exchange circuit including a pump and a first zone heat exchanger provided in the first zone, and a second zone heat exchanger provided in the second zone, and
a partition separating the first portion from the second portion within the remote fan unit housing,
wherein the pump is configured to circulate a fan coil heat exchanger fluid from the first zone to the second zone via the heat exchange circuit;
wherein the first zone heat exchanger is configured to exchange heat between air in the first zone and the fan coil unit heat exchanger fluid passing through the first zone heat exchanger; and
wherein the second zone heat exchanger is configured to exchange heat between air in the second zone and the fan coil unit heat exchanger fluid passing through the second zone heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,365,026

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:a body;
a door;
a storage compartment formed by the body and the door; and
an ice bucket provided in the storage compartment to store ice, the ice bucket comprising:
an ice bucket body comprising at least one outlet,
an ice discharge button movably coupled to the ice bucket body to open and close the at least one outlet and configured to be manually pushable in a first linear direction against an elastic force provided in a second direction opposite to the first linear direction,
wherein the ice bucket body further comprises:
an ice storage container which stores ice, and an ice discharge button accommodating recess which guides and accommodates the ice discharge button, and
wherein the at least one outlet is closed when the ice discharge button is in a depressed state and the ice discharge button is accommodated in the ice discharge button accommodating recess, and
the at least one outlet is opened when the ice discharge button is in a withdrawn state and the ice discharge button is withdrawn from the ice discharge button accommodating recess due to the elastic force.

US Pat. No. 10,365,025

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPERATING HVAC SYSTEMS IN LOW LOAD CONDITIONS

Lennox Industries, Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:a compressor operable to compress refrigerant;
a first valve positioned between and coupled to the compressor and a first coil;
a first expansion valve positioned between and coupled to the first coil and a second coil, wherein the second coil is further coupled to the compressor;
a second expansion valve positioned between and coupled to the first expansion valve and third coil;
a second valve positioned between and coupled to the compressor and the third coil;
a controller operable to, in response to receiving a cooling demand that is below a threshold cooling demand, induce an artificial cooling demand by:
operating the first valve to direct the refrigerant discharged from the compressor into only the first coil;
operating the first expansion valve to direct a first amount of the refrigerant from the first coil to the second coil and a second amount of the refrigerant from the first coil to the second expansion valve;
operating the second expansion valve to direct the second amount of the refrigerant to the third coil; and
operating the second valve to direct the second amount of refrigerant from the third coil to the compressor;
wherein the second coil is coupled to the compressor and the first amount of the refrigerant flows from the second coil back to the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,024

REMOVAL DEVICE FOR A FLUID

INFICON GmbH, Cologne (D...

1. A removal device for removing a fluid from a refrigeration system, the removal device comprising:a cooling device, wherein a fluid flows through the cooling device, wherein the cooling device includes a pipeline assembly, wherein the pipeline assembly includes a plurality of straight pipeline elements arranged and connected to each other one after the other in a direction of fluid flow, such that the straight pipeline elements are sequentially passed by the fluid, wherein the straight pipeline elements are arranged in two different, mutually parallel planes, wherein the pipeline assembly has a plurality of cooling fins, wherein each of the plurality of cooling fins includes openings for the straight pipeline elements of a first plane of the two different, mutually parallel planes, the openings being arranged along a first straight line, and recesses for the straight pipeline elements of a second plane of the two different, mutually parallel planes, the recesses being arranged along a second straight line parallel to the first straight line, wherein each of the plurality of cooling fins includes one discrete piece that includes the openings and the recesses, wherein the openings encompass and contact the straight pipeline elements of the first plane in a heat conductive manner and the recesses do not contact the straight pipeline elements of the second plane in a heat conductive manner;
a fluid inlet arranged upstream from the straight pipeline elements, and a fluid outlet arranged downstream from the straight pipeline elements, wherein the two different, mutually parallel planes that are inclined relative to a vertical plane and relative to a horizontal plane in such a way that all fluid entering through the fluid inlet flows within the straight pipeline elements to the fluid outlet by gravity; and
a compressor arranged upstream from the cooling device, wherein the fluid flows through the compressor, wherein the compressor is connected to the fluid inlet such that compressed fluid flows from the compressor to the fluid inlet and enters the straight pipeline elements through the fluid inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,365,023

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED AIR CONDITIONING BY PARALLEL SOLENOID VALVES AND CHECK VALVE

Heatcraft Refrigeration P...

1. A system, comprising:a flash tank coupled to one or more refrigeration cases, the flash tank configured to house a first refrigerant;
one or more solenoid valves coupled to the flash tank, the one or more solenoid valves configured to reduce a pressure of the first refrigerant flowing from the flash tank to the first heat exchanger;
a first heat exchanger coupled to the one or more solenoid valves, the first heat exchanger configured to:
receive an amount of the first refrigerant from the one or more solenoid valves;
receive a second refrigerant, the second refrigerant associated with an air conditioning load;
provide cooling to the second refrigerant, using the first refrigerant; and
a check valve coupled to the flash tank, the check valve configured to reduce a pressure of the first refrigerant flowing from the flash tank away from the one or more solenoid valves;
a temperature probe coupled to a refrigerant line exiting the first heat exchanger, the temperature probe configured to determine the temperature of the first refrigerant in the refrigerant line exiting the first heat exchanger;
a controller coupled to the temperature probe and the one or more solenoid valves, the controller configured to:
determine a temperature of the first refrigerant in the refrigerant line exiting the heat exchanger;
based on the temperature of the first refrigerant in the refrigerant line exiting the heat exchanger, determine a number of the one or more solenoid valves to open; and
instruct the number of the one or more solenoid valves to open.