US Pat. No. 10,247,723

LIGHTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING LIGHTING SYSTEMS FOR IN VIRTO POTENCY ASSAY FOR PHOTOFRIN

Concordia Laboratories In...

1. A lighting system comprising:a lamp housing including a lamp and a light-port, wherein broad spectrum light from the lamp exits the lamp housing through the light-port;
a first lens to collimate the broad spectrum light that exits the lamp housing through the light-port;
an infrared absorbing filter to pass a first portion of the collimated broad spectrum light and absorb infrared light of the broad spectrum light that passes through the light-port and that is collimated by the first lens;
a reflector to reflect the first portion of the collimated broad spectrum light that passes through the infrared absorbing filter;
a short pass filter to pass a second portion of the collimated broad spectrum light, wherein the second portion of the collimated broad spectrum light comprises a subset of the first portion of the collimated broad spectrum light, and wherein the short pass filter filters out light of the first portion of the collimated broad spectrum light of wavelengths greater than 650 nm and less than 595 nm;
an infrared blocking filter to pass the second portion of the collimated broad spectrum light after passing through the short pass filter, wherein the infrared blocking filter absorbs residual infrared light of the first portion of the collimated broad spectrum light; and
a second lens to disperse the second portion of the collimated light that passed through the infrared blocking filter and the short pass filter.

US Pat. No. 10,247,721

DIAGNOSTIC METHOD AND SYSTEM

1. A method of diagnosis comprising:providing a sample comprising one or more cells;
contacting said sample with an antibody adapted to bind a minichromosome maintenance (MCM) polypeptide;
observing one or more cells in the sample;
identifying one or more individual observed cells;
determining one or more characteristics of the one or more individual cells;
comparing the one or more determined characteristics with a respective determined or predetermined characteristic; and
recording a correlation of the one or more determined characteristics and the respective predetermined characteristic;
wherein identifying the one or more individual cells comprises determining at least a cell dimension or a cell area, and
wherein determining the one or more characteristics comprises determining at least two of: the dark/light cell contrast characteristics, cell area characteristics, cell colour characteristics, cell roughness characteristics, distances between cell nuclei and cell convexity.

US Pat. No. 10,247,720

INTEGRATED MEMBRANE SENSOR FOR RAPID MOLECULAR DETECTION

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME ...

1. A system for detecting target biomolecules in a sample, the system comprising:a control unit, comprising:
a pumping system comprising at least one pump fluidly coupled to a fluidics system comprising at least one fluidic channel, wherein the at least one pump is configured to generate fluid pressure and flow within the fluidics system;
a voltage-current source;
an analysis-output module; and
a programmable controller, operably coupled to and configured to control the pumping system, the voltage-current source, and the analysis-output module; and
an integrated chip configured to insert reversibly into the control unit, and fluidly coupled to the pumping system, electrically coupled to the voltage-current source, and operably coupled to the analysis-output module, wherein the integrated chip comprises:
a pre-treatment unit, comprising a fluid inlet in fluid communication with the pumping system, and a sample inlet, wherein the pre-treatment unit comprises a pre-treatment fluidic channel, at least two electrodes coupled to the voltage-current source and configured to generate an electric field within the pre-treatment fluidic channel, and a molecular filter within the pre-treatment fluidic channel, such that sample molecules flowing through the pre-treatment fluidic channel are separated by both charge and by molecular weight;
a pre-concentration unit, comprising at least two ion exchange membranes disposed along a pre-concentration fluidic channel, and at least two electrodes coupled to the voltage-current source and configured to generate an electric field within the pre-concentration fluidic channel, wherein the pre-concentration fluidic channel is fluidly coupled to the pre-treatment fluidic channel and the pumping system, such that sample molecules are concentrated within the pre-concentration fluidic channel at a location where opposing flow and electrophoretic forces are substantially equivalent; and
a sensor unit comprising an ion exchange membrane disposed between first and second fluidic channels, wherein one of the fluidic channels is fluidly coupled to the pre-concentration fluidic channel and the pumping system, wherein the ion exchange membrane is functionalized with a probe complementary to the target biomolecule, and a first pair of opposing electrodes positioned within the first and second fluidic channels on opposite sides of the ion exchange membrane, wherein the first pair of opposing electrodes are configured to apply an input signal across the ion exchange membrane, and a second pair of opposing electrodes positioned within the first and second fluidic channels on opposite sides of the ion exchange membrane, wherein the second pair of opposing electrodes are configured to measure an output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,715

SENSOR AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN ANALYTE IN A LIQUID

Universite De Bourgogne, ...

1. A device for detecting at least one analyte in a liquid, the device comprising:a sensor having an antenna including:
a substrate comprising first and second opposite faces,
a ground plane arranged on the first face of the substrate, and
at least one metallic part located on the second face of the substrate, at least some of the metallic part covered with a molecularly imprinted polymer layer comprising a silica or acrylate base that interacts with an analyte to produce a variation in the antenna characteristics within the microwave frequency range;
wherein the metallic part comprises three internal strips forming an isosceles triangle and two external strips which extend symmetrically from first and second corners of the isosceles triangle with respect to the median extending through a third corner of the isosceles triangle; and
a vector network analyzer that emits an electromagnetic wave at a frequency between 300 MHz and 300 GHz, the vector network analyzer emitting an incident wave to the antenna, receiving a reflected wave from the antenna, and measuring the ratio between the reflected wave and the incident wave as a function of frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,247,714

FIELD ODOR SCREENING SYSTEM

1. A screening system comprising:an odor delivery unit forcing air in a controlled direction across an object being screened generating an odor stream including odors emanating from said object being screened, wherein said odor delivery unit includes one or more fans configured to direct airflow across the object being screened and at least one of the fans is located above the object being screened and is configured to force air in a downward direction and towards;
a canine trained to detect one or more odors in the odor stream;
an obscuring unit positioned in the odor stream and between the object being screened and said canine, wherein said obscuring unit includes rotatable louvers that obstruct visibility between the object being screened and said canine and can be adjusted to increase and decrease one or more of said visibility and a volume of said air being forced towards said canine.

US Pat. No. 10,247,713

TIME PASSAGE INDICATOR

Insignia Technologies LTD...

1. An indicator device for indicating the passage of time, the indicator device comprising:an indicator section, a barrier section adjacent to the indicator section, and a first adhesive layer;
the barrier section comprising:
a removable barrier layer; and
the indicator section comprising:
an indicator material;
a substrate material; and
a chemical agent;
wherein the indicator material and the substrate material are incorporated into a combined indicator and substrate layer, and wherein the combined indicator and substrate layer comprises the chemical agent; and
wherein the first adhesive layer is at least one of: (i) located between the barrier section and the combined indicator and substrate layer; and (ii) located adjacent to the combined indicator and substrate layer and adjacent to the barrier section;
the indicator material displaying different visible properties in response to the presence or absence of the chemical agent;
wherein the removable barrier layer is substantially impermeable to the chemical agent;
wherein upon removal of the removable barrier layer, the concentration of the chemical agent in the indicator section decreases over time, effecting a change in visible properties of the indicator material.

US Pat. No. 10,247,712

PRINTABLE OXYGEN SENSING COMPOSITION

Sun Chemical B.V., Weesp...

1. An ink composition comprising:a solvent;
an oxygen sensitive dye capable of fluorescing in a manner proportional to oxygen content; and
a polymer matrix for the dye, wherein the dye is immobilized in the polymer matrix, wherein, the polymer matrix comprises: units having pendant phosphonic acid groups or salts or esters of such groups, and wherein, the polymer matrix comprises:
(a) a copolymer of an acrylic monomer or oligomer and an ethylenically unsaturated compound containing one or more phosphonic groups;
or
(b) a reaction product of a polymer containing pendant reactive groups with a compound represented by formula (VII) or (VIII):
HO—X1—R2—X2—Z  (VII),
H2N—X1—R2—X2—Z  (VIII);wherein:R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a C1-C6 alkyl group;
X1 represents an oxygen atom, a group of formula —NH— or an alkylene group;
R2 represents an alkylene group, an arylene group, a group -A-B- (where one of A and B is an alkylene group and the other of A and B is an arylene group, an oxyalkylene group or an alkyleneoxy group);
X2 represents an oxygen atom or an alkylene group; and
Z represents a group of (III):

 in which R3 represents a hydroxy group, an alkyl group, an arylalkyl group, an alkoxy group or a group of formula (IV):

in which X1, R2, and X2 are as defined above; or is a salt or ester thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,247,709

MODULAR AUTOMATED CHROMATOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...

1. A system for configuring and operating a plurality of fluid manipulation components joined into a flow scheme for directing fluids to and from a chromatographic separation device, the system comprising:a plurality of modules, each of the plurality of modules comprising (a) one of the fluid manipulation components, and (b) a microcontroller that transmits operational signals to the fluid manipulation component in response to commands received from outside the module;
a mounting frame comprising a plurality of bays, each of the plurality of bays constructed to receive a single module, and each of the plurality of bays comprising a signal connector that couples to and communicates with the microcontroller of a module mounted in the bay, wherein at least some of the bays are constructed to receive single modules interchangeably with other modules; and
a software platform in communication with the microcontroller of each module, the software platform having a user interface configured to:
display a library of descriptions of phases usable in a chromatography method; and
enable a user to drag a particular phase description from the library and drop it into a description of a chromatographic method to be performed by the system using the plurality of modules;
wherein the fluid manipulation components are joined together by fluid lines in an arrangement for implementing the flow scheme, and the software platform is further configured to:
display a depiction of the flow scheme in the user interface; and
cause the fluid manipulation components to direct fluids to and from the chromatographic separation device in accordance with the method.

US Pat. No. 10,247,708

MICROFABRICATED ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCERS AND RELATED APPARATUS AND METHODS

Butterfly Network, Inc., ...

1. A capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer (CMUT) substrate, comprising:a first substrate having a plurality of ultrasonic transducer cavities formed in a first thermal oxide layer, the plurality of ultrasonic transducer cavities bounded on at least one side by a flexible membrane; and
a second substrate having a second thermal oxide layer, bonded to the first thermal oxide layer, defining an oxide-to-oxide bond that seals the plurality of cavities, the plurality of ultrasonic transducer cavities having an internal pressure from about 1×10?3 Torr to about 1×10?5 Torr.

US Pat. No. 10,247,707

CEMENT COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING LOCALLY RESONANT ACOUSTIC METAMATERIALS

OCEANIT LABORATORIES, INC...

1. A cement formulation, comprising a base cement slurry and an admixture of acoustic metamaterial particles engineered to influence sound transmission at specific frequencies and act as band gap filters so as to exhibit relative acoustic transparency at most frequencies but reflect much or all sound at particular frequencies, the acoustic metamaterial particles each comprising a dense inner core and a compliant surrounding matrix, wherein the cement formulation exhibits a substantial increase in acoustic transmission loss over the base cement slurry at a first frequency of sound, and does not exhibit a substantial increase in transmission loss over the base cement slurry at a second frequency of sound.

US Pat. No. 10,247,706

METHOD FOR ULTRASONIC INSPECTION OF IRREGULAR AND VARIABLE SHAPES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method comprising:(a) determining an arc that approximates a curved concave profile of a radiused surface of a part;
(b) determining first focal laws for interrogating the radiused surface such that an ultrasonic transducer array, when pulsed with proper phasing in accordance with the first focal laws, will project respective sequences of focused and steered beams that are directed at respective target locations spaced along an arc having the same radius as the arc determined in step (a);
(c) placing an ultrasonic transducer array at a first position whereat a first scan plane of the ultrasonic transducer array intersects the radiused surface;
(d) while the ultrasonic transducer array is stationary at the first position, pulsing the ultrasonic transducer array in accordance with first focal laws determined in step (b) to interrogate a first target location in the first scan plane by transmitting a first sequence of focused and steered ultrasonic beams that are directed toward the first target location at different steering angles;
(e) forming a first sequence of respective return signals representing respective receive beams returned to the ultrasonic transducer array from the first target location following transmission of each focused and steered ultrasonic beam of the first sequence of focused and steered ultrasonic beams;
(f) processing the first sequence of return signals to generate a first multiplicity of parameter values, each value representing a magnitude of a characteristic of a respective return signal of the first sequence of return signals; and
(g) selecting a first parameter value from the first multiplicity of parameter values that satisfies a condition configured to identify a best return signal of the first sequence of return signals.

US Pat. No. 10,247,705

ASSET-CONDITION MONITORING SYSTEM

SENSOR NETWORKS, INC., B...

1. An ultrasound sensing system for monitoring the condition or integrity of a structure, comprising:one or more ultrasound sensors being mounted permanently or semi permanently to said structure, each sensor being configured to receive at least one first electrical signal, transmit an ultrasound signal in response to said first electrical signal, receive at least one reflected ultrasound signal, and transmit a second electrical signal in response to said reflected ultrasound signal, said first and second-electrical signals being analog; and
at least one digital sensor interface (PS 1) being mounted permanently or semi permanently to said structure to which at least a portion of said sensors are connectable, said DSI being configured to transmit said first electrical signal and receive said second electrical signal, and to generate an A-scan signal based on said first and second electrical signals for each sensor, said DSI being configured to calculate thickness data based on said A-scan signal and having circuitry for transmitting a digital signal and an address corresponding to said at least one DSI.

US Pat. No. 10,247,703

INSPECTION DEVICE UTILIZING EDDY CURRENTS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A method of inspecting a component, comprising:(a) securing an inspection probe body relative to a component;
(b) using a sensor assembly housed within the inspection probe body to induce an eddy current in a target area of the component, the target area having a target surface that is spaced from the sensor assembly;
(c) sensing a parameter of the eddy current in the component using the sensor assembly;
(d) determining a position of the target surface of the component relative to the inspection probe body using the parameter of eddy current sensed in said step (c); and
(e) contacting a portion of the component with the inspection probe body during the securing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,702

BURNER NOZZLE

ABB SCHWEIZ AG, Baden (C...

1. A burner nozzle for a flame ionization detector, the nozzle comprising:a transport channel;
an output-side outlet on a first side of the transport channel, the output-side outlet being configured to eject a gas mixture to be ignited into a combustion chamber;
an input-side inlet on a second side of the transport channel, the second side being opposite the first side, the input-side inlet being configured to feed a combustible gas and a gaseous analyte into the transport channel; and
a cut-out provided in the transport channel that allows combustion air to pass from the combustion chamber, through the cut-out, and into the gas mixture present in the transport channel before the gas mixture is ejected from the output-side outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,247,700

EMBEDDED NOBLE METAL ELECTRODES IN MICROFLUIDICS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A structure formed with a nanogap, the structure comprising:an oxide layer formed on top of a substrate;
a patterned trench formed into the oxide layer according to a pattern of a sacrificial release layer to be removed;
a metal layer formed in the patterned trench of the oxide layer and on a surface of the oxide layer, wherein the metal layer is coplanar with the oxide layer, and wherein the metal layer in the patterned trench comprises a first metal part formed in the oxide layer and on the surface of the oxide layer, a second metal part formed in the oxide layer and on the surface of the oxide layer, and a metal nanowire between the first and second metal parts; and
the nanogap formed in the metal nanowire, such that the first metal part and the second metal part are separated by the nanogap; and
a nanochannel formed in the oxide layer in a region of the nanogap, the nanogap being parallel to the nanochannel and perpendicular to the metal nanowire;
wherein the nanogap, the first metal part, the second metal part, and the nanochannel lie in a same plane;
wherein a width dimension of the first metal part and second metal part is greater than a width dimension of the metal nanowire.

US Pat. No. 10,247,699

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING ELECTROPHORESIS

ASMAG-Holding GmbH, Grue...

1. A device for analytical separation processes, particularly for electrophoresis, comprising:a housing, the housing comprising two chambers connected by a flow channel, each of the two chambers having a respective chamber depth, the flow channel providing a fluid connection between the two chambers, wherein the flow channel has a flow channel depth which is less than the respective chamber depth of each of the two chambers;
an electrode arranged in each chamber;
an aqueous solution arranged within the two chambers and the flow channel;
a sample to be analyzed disposed in the aqueous solution, wherein a voltage source is connected to the two electrodes, which voltage source applies a voltage to the electrodes resulting in electrophoretic separation of various particles within the sample and a movement of the sample to be analyzed along the flow channel;
a detection device disposed in the flow channel, and immersed in the aqueous solution, wherein the two chambers and the flow channel are filled with the aqueous solution to a level such that the detection device is in contact with the aqueous solution, the detection device comprising:
a carrier layer disposed in the flow channel, the carrier layer comprising a container filled with a substance for carrying out electrophoresis, wherein the container is configured such that the sample to be analyzed is introduced into the container;
a light source comprising semiconductor components arranged adjacent to the carrier layer for illuminating the sample to be analyzed with electromagnetic radiation in a visible optical spectrum; and
an optoelectronic sensor layer comprising a plurality of quantum detectors made from organic semiconductor materials, the optoelectronic sensor layer being printed onto a first flat face of the carrier layer and extending along the carrier layer, the quantum detectors being operable to detect a change of the electromagnetic radiation passing through the sample over time and to output an electrical signal corresponding to the change of the electromagnetic radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,247,697

GAS SENSOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A gas sensor, comprising:a solid electrolyte substrate that has oxygen-ion conductivity;
a counter plate, made of ceramic, that is arranged so as to face a first surface of the solid electrolyte substrate;
a first spacer, made of ceramic, that is held between the counter plate and the solid electrolyte substrate, and forms a measurement-gas chamber between the counter plate and the solid electrolyte substrate for allowing a measurement gas to flow;
a heater substrate, made of ceramic, that is provided with a heat-generating layer that generates heat by electrical conduction and that is arranged so as to face a second surface of the solid electrolyte substrate; and
a second spacer, made of ceramic, that is held between the heat substrate and the solid electrolyte substrate, and that forms a reference-gas chamber between the heater substrate and the solid electrolyte substrate for allowing a reference gas to flow; wherein
the sintered density of an inside portion of the counter plate that includes an area that comes in contact with the measurement-gas chamber is 0.8 to 5.0% lower that the sintered density of an outside portion of the counter plate that includes an area that comes in contact with the first spacer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,696

METHOD FOR OPERATING A CHEMICALLY SENSITIVE FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a chemically sensitive field-effect transistor, the method comprising:identifying a temperature range of a fluid to be tested; and
operating the field-effect transistor with electrical pulses, a time interval between each of the electrical pulses being greater than a duration of each of the electrical pulses, wherein an amplitude of each electrical pulse is at least 100 mV and no more than 10 V, wherein the time interval between each of the electrical pulses, the duration of each of the electrical pulses, and the amplitude of each electrical pulse is selected based upon the identified temperature range such that no movement of movable ions present in a gate stack of the chemically sensitive field-effect transistor occurs during operation of the chemically sensitive field-effect transistor in the identified temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,247,694

GAS SENSOR CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A gas sensor control device for a gas sensor which has an electromotive cell using a solid electrolyte body and a pair of electrodes placed at a position to interpose the solid electrolyte body, and detects an exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine as an object of a detection and outputs an electromotive force signal depending on an air-fuel ratio of the exhaust gas, the gas sensor control device comprising:a constant current supplying circuit configured to supply a constant current that is applied to electromotive cell; and
a computer comprising a memory storing computer code and a hardware processor for executing the computer code so that the computer is at least configured to perform:
a calculation of a resistance value of the electromotive cell;
an air-fuel ratio determination which determines whether the air-fuel ratio is at least rich, lean, or stoichiometric, on the basis of a comparison between an electromotive force output of the electromotive cell and a threshold; and
a current control which controls the constant current supplied by the constant current supplying circuit, on the basis of the resistance value of the electromotive cell calculated by the resistance value calculation, wherein the current control includes:
a correction value calculation which calculates a current correction value for the constant current being supplied at a present time point, on the basis of the resistance value of the electromotive cell calculated by the resistance value calculation, and
a correction which corrects a present constant current that is the constant current at the present time point, by the current correction value.

US Pat. No. 10,247,693

DISPOSABLE TEST SENSOR WITH IMPROVED SAMPLING ENTRANCE

Changsha Sinocare Inc., ...

1. A sensor for sampling fluid samples comprising:a base layer, comprising three wells at a front end, the three wells in electric communication with an electric contact end of the base layer;
a spacer attached to the base layer having a recessed portion on a front edge defining a fluid cavity, the fluid cavity constructed and arranged to be in fluid communication with the first, second, and third well of the base layer;
an upper layer, the upper layer positioned above the spacer and defining a top of the fluid cavity, a fluid inlet formed along a front edge of the spacer providing fluid access to the fluid cavity and defined by front edges of the base layer and the upper layer;
wherein the first well forms one of a reference electrode and a working electrode, and wherein the second and third wells are each the other of the reference or working electrode from the first well; and
wherein the three wells are arranged to define an approximate triangle, the first well positioned at a vertex angle opposite to the triangle base which is defined by the second and third wells, the first well being farther from a front edge of the base layer than the second and third wells, the well arrangement providing accurate current so long as a fluid is contacting at least two of the three wells.

US Pat. No. 10,247,691

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTACTLESS ASSESSMENT OF REINFORCED CONCRETE

University of South Flori...

1. A method for non-contact assessment of reinforced concrete that comprises a steel reinforcement member that is embedded in concrete, the method comprising:positioning a reference electrode in close proximity to an outer surface of the concrete without contacting the reference electrode to the concrete and without any component extending from the reference electrode to the concrete such that the reference electrode is neither directly nor indirectly in contact with the concrete;
vibrating the reference electrode with a vibration generator; and
measuring an electrical potential difference between the reference electrode and the outer surface of the concrete, the potential difference being indicative of the condition of a portion of the steel reinforcement member embedded in the concrete below the outer surface of the concrete at the location of the reference electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,247,690

DEVICE FOR ANALYSIS OF MIXTURES OF AT LEAST TWO GASES

1. A device for determining the concentrations of n gases of a gaseous mixture, comprising:a microfluidic channel extending between a first end and a second end,
at least n?1 suspended elements in the microfluidic channel, the number of suspended elements being at least equal to 2, said n?1 elements succeeding each other from the first end of the microfluidic channel to the second end of the microfluidic channel,
at least one first electrical conductor configured to heat a zone of the gaseous mixture surrounding each suspended element, the at least one first electrical conductor and the arrangement of the suspended elements being such that each zone of the gaseous mixture is heated to a temperature different from temperatures to which the zones of gaseous mixture surrounding the other suspended elements are heated,
at least one second electrical conductor configured to measure a temperature or a variation in temperature of each suspended element, and
a control and measurement system connected to the at least one first electrical conductor and the at least one second electrical conductor, the control system commands the at least one first electrical conductor such that each zone of the gaseous mixture is heated to a different temperature, and determines thermal conductivity values at different temperatures of each zone based on the measured temperature or the measured variation in temperature for each suspended element to determine the concentrations of the n gases.

US Pat. No. 10,247,689

LOW CONCENTRATION AMMONIA NANOSENSOR

THE RESEARCH FOUNDATION F...

1. An electrochemical sensor for sensing a gaseous analyte comprising:a substrate comprising at least two electrodes disposed thereon; and
a carbon nanotube-polyaniline (CNT/PANI) film disposed on said substrate and in contact with at least two electrodes, wherein said CNT/PANI film comprises octadecylamine (ODA) functionalized carbon nanotubes,
wherein said carbon nanotube-polyaniline (CNT/PANI) film comprises ODA functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotbubes coated with polyanailine doped with camphor-sulfuric acid (PANI-CSA), and
wherein the PANI-CSA coating has an average thickness of less than 10 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,247,688

MOISTURE DETECTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE IN AN IGBT OR A MOSFET

1. A moisture detecting system comprising:a power semiconductor module having a gate driver that has a gate, said gate having an on condition and an off condition;
a power supply connected to said gate driver so as to supply voltage to said gate drive:
a controller cooperative between said power supply and said gate drive: said controller setting said gate driver between the on condition and the off condition; and
a sensor connected to said gate so as to detect a leakage of current across said gate driver, said sensor comprising a resistor connected in series with said gate; and
an amplifier connected to said resistor so as to measure and amplify voltage across said resistor, said controller connected to said amplifier so as to receive the measured and amplified voltage, said controller sending a signal indicative of the leakage of current across said gate drive, said controller cooperative with said power supply so as to turn off said power supply when the signal is indicative of the leakage of current as a result of moisture in said power semiconductor module.

US Pat. No. 10,247,687

SOIL MOISTURE PROBING AT VARIABLE DEPTH

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A soil moisture sensor, comprising:a double groove helical structure having grooves and formed from an insulator, the grooves driving the soil moisture sensor into a ground portion perpendicular to a surface of the ground portion;
at least a first electrode and a second electrode formed from one or more metals deposited at least two different locations on the grooves;
a processor for processing a soil moisture measurement signal based on a conductivity between the electrodes; and
a wireless transmitter for transmitting the soil moisture measurement signal to a remote location.

US Pat. No. 10,247,686

COMPRESSION HEAT-GENERATION DETECTOR AND METHOD THEREFOR

EVE RUBBER INSTITUTE CO.,...

1. A compression heat-generation detector, comprising:one or more sets of detecting units,
wherein each of the detecting units includes a vertical compression device, a vertical compensation device and a synchronization device for a core portion central temperature sensor,
wherein the vertical compression device and the vertical compensation device are fixed to an upper frame, respectively,
wherein a first transition column is disposed between a pressing plate of the vertical compression device and a pressure sensor, and penetrates through a bore of a middle support,
wherein the synchronization device for the core portion central temperature sensor is mounted between the pressing plate of the vertical compression device and a supporting plate of the vertical compensation device via a second transition column which has the same or similar mechanical properties as the first transition column and a cushion block which has the same or similar mechanical properties as the pressure sensor,
wherein the second transition column is disposed between the pressing plate and the cushion block, and penetrates through the bore of the middle support without affecting accuracy of the pressure sensor in a compression stress test with respect to at least one rubber sample which is disposed between the pressing plate and the middle support,
wherein the vertical compression device includes a compression motor, a stroke adjusting mechanism, a connecting rod, an end connecting member, two long guide shafts, and the pressing plate,
wherein the vertical compensation device includes a compensation motor, two short guide shafts, a lead screw, a lead screw nut, the supporting plate, and the middle support, and
wherein the synchronization device for the core portion central temperature sensor includes the core portion central temperature sensor, a lower spring base, an upper spring base, a lower spring, an upper spring, and a sensor fixing ring.

US Pat. No. 10,247,685

HIGH-TEMPERATURE STRUCTURE FOR MEASURING PROPERTIES OF CURVED THERMOELECTRIC DEVICE, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING PROPERTIES OF CURVED THERMOELECTRIC DEVICE USING THE SAME

KOREA INSTITUTE OF ENERGY...

1. A high-temperature structure for measuring properties of a curved thermoelectric device, the high-temperature structure comprising:a plurality of rod-shaped cartridge heaters;
a heating element having a surface that is a curved surface coming into contact with a lower end of the curved thermoelectric device, having a plurality of holes for accommodating the plurality of cartridge heaters, and directly heating the lower end of the curved thermoelectric device; and
a shielding section coupled to an upper portion among an entire portion of the curved surface of the heating element,
wherein the shielding section is a curved frame structure surrounding only the upper portion among the entire portion of the curved surface of the heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,684

NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (NMR) DISTRIBUTIONS AND PORE INFORMATION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:providing, for a medium, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data comprising two or more different NMR signals;
computing the difference between any particular two of the two or more different NMR signals;
inverting the computed difference data;
producing a distribution based on the inverted computed difference between the particular two different NMR signals; and
inferring a property of the medium using the produced distribution;
wherein the NMR data comprising different NMR signals comprise NMR data acquired before and after water flooding.

US Pat. No. 10,247,682

HELICAL COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. An x-ray imaging system comprising:an x-ray generator;
a radiation detector;
a rotary stage having an axis of rotation arranged perpendicular to an axis of an x-ray beam emitted by the x-ray generator;
a linear translation stage having an axis of movement arranged along the axis of rotation of the rotary stage;
a motion control system that synchronizes rotational motion of the rotary stage and linear motion of the linear translation stage; and
a data acquisition system comprising one or more processors configured to:
output a user interface (UI);
receive a plurality of user input parameters via the user interface, the plurality of user input parameters including a linear scan range, a helical pitch, and a helical set height, the linear scan range indicating a height of an object;
determine, based at least in part on the linear scan range, the helical pitch, and/or the helical set height, a total number of helical sets to be performed during a spiral computed tomography (CT) scan, each of the helical sets being a number of consecutive revolutions in a helix whose projected radiographs have a given percentage of vertical overlap;
configure, based at least in part on the plurality of user input parameters, the data acquisition system to acquire radiographs from the radiation detector during the spiral CT scan; and
generate a three-dimensional image of the object based at least in part on the radiographs, the object being on the rotary stage.

US Pat. No. 10,247,681

MEASURING DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE DIELECTRIC AND / OR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF A SAMPLE BY MEANS OF A MICROWAVE TRANSMISSION MEASUREMENT, APPARATUS USING SUCH A MEASURING DEVICE, AND METHOD USING SUCH AN APPARATUS

ELISABETH KATZ, Simmersf...

1. A measuring device for the dielectric and/or magnetic properties of a sample by means of a microwave transmission measurement, comprising:a transmitting module with a first synthesis generator for generating a first high-frequency signal having a first frequency, and a first high frequency (HF) signal output connectible to the first synthesis generator which can be coupled to a HF coupling unit by means of a transmitting-side HF connecting cable;
a receiving module, with a first HF signal input that can be coupled to an HF decoupling unit by means of a receiving side HF connecting cable, and a HF mixer with a first mixer input connectible to the first HF signal input, a second mixer input connected or connectible to the first HF synthesis generator in a homodyne system or a second HF synthesis generator in a heterodyne system, and a mixer output, which outputs an low frequency (LF) signal that is mixed from the two HF signals fed to the inputs,
wherein transmitting module and receiving module are arranged either in a common housing or in separate housings; and
an evaluation unit, which is connected to the output of the mixer and thus processes the LF signal in a first operating state of the apparatus in a first state,
wherein the transmitting module additionally comprises at least one second HF signal output connectible to the first synthesis generator and the receiving module additionally comprises at least one second HF signal input connectible to the first input of the mixer, and
wherein at least one first HF bypass cable, extending outside the housing/the housings, can be connected, whose input can be coupled in the signal path between the first HF synthesis generator and the HF coupling unit and whose output can be coupled in the signal path between the HF output unit and mixer, so that when the first HF bypass cable is coupled, the HF signal from the measuring section, which is defined by the HF decoupling unit and the HF coupling unit when the transmitting-side HF connecting cable and a receiving-side HF connecting cable are coupled, is redirected into the first HF bypass cable, so that the apparatus is then in a second operating state in which the LF signal has a second state in which it contains no information about a sample positioned in the measuring section.

US Pat. No. 10,247,680

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASUREMENT OF MATERIAL PROPERTY USING VARIABLE REFLECTOR

1. A system for measuring at least one physical property of a material, the system comprising:at least one transmitter configured to transmit at least a first signal and a second signal;
at least one variable reflector configured to reflect a portion of the first signal to produce a first reflected signal, the portion of the first signal having traveled through the material, and configured to reflect a portion of the second signal to produce a second reflected signal, the portion of the second signal having traveled through the material;
at least one receiver configured to receive at least a first received signal and at least a second received signal, the first received signal comprising the first reflected signal having traveled through the material and the second received signal comprising the second reflected signal having traveled through the material; and
a processor in communication with the at least one receiver;whereinthe at least one variable reflector is configured to reflect the portion of the first signal with a reflecting property having a first reflecting property value;the at least one variable reflector is configured to reflect the portion of the second signal with the reflecting property having a second reflecting property value that is different from the first reflecting property value;the at least one variable reflector is adjustable to change the value of the reflecting property by adjusting a reflectivity of the at least one variable reflector; andthe processor is configured to determine the at least one physical property of the material using the first received signal and the second received signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,679

CALIBRATION AND DETECTION OF SILICONE OIL IN SYRINGE BARRELS

ZebraSci, Inc, Temecula,...

1. A method of calibration and detection of silicone oil in syringe barrels, comprising:(a) providing a syringe barrel which has the inner surface coated with a silicone oil;
(b) obtaining an image with an imaging system of the inner surface of the syringe barrel coated with the silicone oil, wherein the imaging system is capable of detecting silicone oil;
(c) determining with a computer image analysis program executed by a computer a distribution pattern of the silicone oil at the inner surface from the obtained image;
(d) determining by the computer image analysis program executed by the computer a comparison between (i) the distribution pattern of the silicone oil at the inner surface of the syringe barrel, with (ii) a calibration distribution pattern of an inner surface of a calibration syringe barrel coated with a cured silicone oil, wherein the silicone oil in the cured silicone oil is the same silicone oil as in the syringe barrel, wherein the calibration distribution pattern of the cured silicone oil is obtained from a calibration image obtained with the imaging system of the inner surface of calibration syringe barrel; and
(e) outputting the comparison by the computer image analysis program executed by the computer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,676

OPTICAL MICRORESONATOR DEVICE WITH THERMAL ISOLATION

1. A thermal microphotonic sensor for detecting infrared radiation, comprising:an optical resonator suspended above a substrate, the optical resonator having a resonant frequency which changes in response to heating of the optical resonator by the infrared radiation;
an optical waveguide located proximate to the optical resonator to couple light from the optical waveguide into the optical resonator, and to transmit a remainder of the light not coupled into the optical resonator through the optical waveguide;
a cladding structure formed of a material having a refractive index greater than 1.0; and
a photodetector disposed at an output of the optical waveguide to receive the remainder of the transmitted light and generate therefrom an electrical output signal that is responsive to detected infrared radiation;
wherein: the cladding structure is disposed to surround and encase a section of the optical waveguide located proximate to the optical resonator and an adjacent portion of the optical resonator, and the cladding structure is coupled to the substrate in a manner that suspends the optical resonator above the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,247,675

MOLECULAR ENHANCED BASED SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY TO DETECT LOW CONCENTRATION OF MONOETHANOLAMINE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method of estimating a concentration of a selected chemical in a fluid, comprising:placing the sample on a substrate comprising:
a carbon nanotube mat,
metal nanowires disposed on the carbon nanotube mat, and
a chemical enhancer disposed on the metal nanowires, wherein the sample is placed in contact with the chemical enhancer;
radiating the sample with electromagnetic radiation at a selected energy level;
measuring a Raman spectrum emitted from the sample in response to the electromagnetic radiation;
estimating the concentration of the selected chemical in the sample from the Raman spectrum; and
adding a corrosion inhibitor to the sample in an amount based on the estimated concentration of the selected chemical to reduce the concentration of the selected chemical.

US Pat. No. 10,247,674

INTEGRATED RAMAN SPECTRUM MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

PROTRUSTECH CO., LTD, Ta...

1. An integrated Raman spectrum measurement system, comprising:a plurality of mirrors disposed on a beam path;
a beam splitter disposed on the beam path, used to transmit at least a part of a laser beam on the beam path to an object and transmit a light signal from the object to a signal collection unit;
a modularized laser module comprising:
a laser emitter for emitting the laser beam; and
an axis adjustment unit connected to the laser emitter and used to operably move the laser emitter along three axes of XYZ or operably rotate the laser emitter around the three axes of XYZ, so as to adjust the laser beam transmitted into the beam path; and
a housing used to contain the plurality of mirrors, the modularized laser module, and the beam splitter, wherein the housing is detachably connected to a pedestal, and the modularized laser module is independently replaceable into the housing without replacing the beam splitter or the signal collection unit, and the laser emitter is moved or rotated within the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,673

PORTABLE WATER QUALITY INSTRUMENT

OndaVia, Inc., Hayward, ...

1. A method of measuring the amount of an analyte in water, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining a sample of water containing an analyte;
obtaining a calibration solution, wherein the calibration solution comprises an isotopic calibration standard;
producing a mixture of the sample, the calibration solution, and Raman-scattering nanoparticles;
illuminating the mixture with an electric field to produce Raman-spectra of the analyte and the isotopic calibration standard simultaneously; and,
performing a ratiometric analysis of the Raman-spectra of the anlayte and the isotopic calibration standard to quantify the analyte,
wherein the analyte is selenate and the isotopic calibration standard is a sulfate isotope or a selenate isotope.

US Pat. No. 10,247,672

NON-LINEAR STRUCTURED ILLUMINATION MICROSCOPY

Howard Hughes Medical Ins...

1. A method comprising:(a) providing spatially-patterned activation radiation to a sample that includes phototransformable optical labels (“PTOLs”), wherein an optical parameter of the spatially-patterned activation radiation varies periodically in space within the sample;
(b) providing spatially-patterned excitation radiation to the sample, wherein an optical parameter of the spatially-patterned excitation radiation varies periodically in space within the sample,
wherein (a) and (b) create a non-linear fluorescence emission pattern within the sample, the pattern including H modulation harmonics, with H>1;
(c) detecting radiation emitted from the activated and excited PTOLs within the sample;
(d) storing detected radiation data for generating an image of the sample based on the detected radiation;
(e) spatially shifting one or both of the spatially-patterned excitation radiation and the spatially-patterned activation radiation with respect to the sample to spatially shift the non-linear fluorescence emission pattern within the sample;
(f) repeating (a)-(e) at least N times, with N>2; and
(g) generating a sub-diffraction-limited final image of the sample based on the stored data for the N positions of the non-linear fluorescence emission pattern within the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,247,671

PHOTONIC CRYSTAL SENSOR STRUCTURE AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A sensor, comprising:a substrate comprising an opening;
an optical source disposed in the substrate and configured to generate an optical source signal;
an optical detector disposed in the substrate so that the opening is disposed between the optical source and the optical detector;
a plurality of discrete optical cavity structures disposed in the opening wherein the plurality of discrete optical cavity structures are arranged spaced apart from each other as a series of discrete partitioning members in an optical path between the optical source and the optical detector so as to partition the opening into a plurality of discrete sub-openings, wherein each of the discrete optical cavity structures comprises a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the first surface facing towards the optical source and the second surface facing towards the optical detector; and
a processing circuit coupled to the optical detector and configured to process an optical signal received by the optical detector.

US Pat. No. 10,247,670

REFLECTIVE SURFACE TREATMENTS FOR OPTICAL SENSORS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing with a surface;
a reflective layer that is formed on the surface, wherein the reflective layer has first and second openings;
a light emitter that emits light through the first opening; and
a light detector that receives the light emitted by the light emitter through the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,247,669

DEVICE FOR PROCESSING A SURFACE

1. A method for cleaning a surface with a cleaning device, comprising:determining with an optical measuring device a type of the surface to be cleaned, and
adjusting cleaning processes of the cleaning device based on the determined type of surface,
wherein the step of determining comprises the following steps:
radiating light inside of a plane of incidence at an angle of incidence (?) from a light source onto a reflection point of the surface,
reflecting the light with a corresponding angle of reflection (?) to a first light sensor,
arranging a second light sensor in a secondary plane that stands perpendicular to the surface, intersects the reflection point, and has an angle (?) of between 80° and 100° to the plane of incidence in such a way that a straight line running through the reflection point and the second light sensor has an angle (?) to the surface that is essentially as large as the angle of incidence (?) or the angle of reflection (?), and
measuring with the first and second light sensors the light radiated by the light source,
wherein the step of measuring comprises:
measuring light intensity with the first light sensor and the second light sensor with the light source turned off,
measuring the light intensity with the first light sensor with the light source turned on, and
measuring the light intensity with the second light sensor with the light source turned on.

US Pat. No. 10,247,668

SYSTEM FOR OBSERVING OBJECTS

1. A system for observing objects on a substrate, comprising:a light source that emits polarized light rectilinearly along a first direction,
a holder that receives said substrate having a surface and comprising objects, at least one of the holder and the substrate being translucent or opaque,
a detector that collects the backscattered light from the interaction between the light emitted by light source and the objects,
a polarization splitter that reflects polarized light rectilinearly along a second polarization direction and transmits polarized light rectilinearly along a third direction, the second polarization direction being perpendicular to the third direction, and
a quarter-wave plate,
wherein, the polarization splitter and the quarter-wave plate are arranged so that the polarization splitter directs the light emitted by the light source toward the substrate through the quarter-wave plate, and directs the backscattered light from the interaction between the light emitted by the light source and the objects through the quarter-wave plate toward the detector, and
wherein the light from the light source forms a beam, the system comprising an optical system that modifies the size of the beam.

US Pat. No. 10,247,667

PHOTON MARKER SYSTEM FOR FIBER MATERIAL

FIBREMARK SOLUTIONS LIMIT...

1. A yarn or thread comprising a base fiber uniformly blended with trace fiber slivers, said trace fiber slivers comprising luminescent nano-particle photon marker microcapsules evenly distributed within cellulose fibers, the luminescent nano-particle photon marker microcapsules transmitting a reflected response signature within a wavelength range of 380 nm and 100 ?m when examined under a spectrophotometer reader, the response signature being indicative of an aspect of the yarn, thread or any intermediate or final product manufactured therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,247,666

GAS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Gas Measurement Instrumen...

1. A method of measuring the concentration of a first gas in a sample, the method comprising:providing a detector having a sensor responsive to a first wavelength, a sensor responsive to a second wavelength, and a sensor for taking reference readings;
applying a lineariser function to each of the first and second absorption figures to calculate first and second concentration figures;
calibrating the sensor for each wavelength for detecting the first gas such that the data at each wavelength gives the same reading when only the first gas is present in a sample;
analysing a gas sample to obtain a first absorption reading at the first wavelength, a second absorption reading at the second wavelength and a reference reading;
calculating a first concentration figure (c1) and a second concentration figure (c2) using the reading at the first wavelength, the reading at the second wavelength and the reference reading; and
calculating a corrected concentration figure (ccor) indicative of the actual concentration of the first gas in the sample using the equation ccor=c1?X·(c2?c1), in which X=D·A·(c1/c2)B, where A and B are constants for a particular pair of filter wavelengths chosen depending on the gases which are being looked for in the sample, and D is a correction factor which depends on concentration of the first gas in the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,247,665

DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A CONCENTRATION OF A CHEMICAL SUBSTANCE

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz...

1. A device for determining a concentration of a chemical substance dissolved in a liquid, which substance absorbs light of at least one absorption wavelength, comprising:at least one flow-through chamber having
at least one inlet opening,
at least one outlet opening, and
at least one peripheral wall;
at least two lasers which emit light of differing wavelengths, wherein said at least two lasers include at least one laser for emitting light of the at least one absorption wavelength; and
at least one detector for detecting emitted light,
wherein at least one of the at least one peripheral wall has at least one reflection segment which is arranged such that emitted light from at least some of the at least two lasers is deflected at the reflection segment from a first path to a second path, the different paths being in different planes.

US Pat. No. 10,247,664

QUANTIFICATIONAL TESTING METHOD FOR SEMEN LIQUEFACTION ABILITY

AHEAD BIOTECH CO., LTD., ...

1. A quantificational testing method of semen liquefaction ability, comprising:Step 1: sample preparation by adding a semen sample to testing sample system; installing a black sample pool inside the sample's system; adding semen sample to the black sample pool;
Step 2: image collection beginning from adding semen sample to the black sample pool, collecting the semen sample images of the black sample pool by following the time order to receive analyzing images;
Step 3: sample quantification analysis by calculating each image's gray level value to gain gray value versus time graph; wherein a ratio difference of the gray level value to the gain gray value of the graph represents a change of color on the image within the timeline;
Step 4: graph analysis wherein semen liquefaction ability is related to image's change of color; the graph also represents sperm liquefaction ability; the semen liquefaction ability analysis is gained by obtaining gray level value change over time; wherein more change of gray level value over time represents stronger semen liquefaction ability, less change of gray level value over time represents weaker semen liquefaction ability.

US Pat. No. 10,247,663

ONLINE LINEARIZATION OF AN OPTICAL SENSOR

B. Braun Avitum AG, Mels...

1. A method of linearizing an optical sensor in a dialysis apparatus, comprising the steps of:introducing the optical sensor to a dialysate-side drain line of a dialysate circuit,
determining a linear range of the optical sensor,
recording data with the optical sensor in a linear range and a non-linear range,
backwards extrapolating the recorded data recorded in the non-linear range by the data recorded in the linear range,
correcting or replacing the data determined by the sensor from the non-linear range with the backwards extrapolated data for the non-linear range.

US Pat. No. 10,247,662

INTEGRATED COMPUTATIONAL ELEMENTS WITH FREQUENCY SELECTIVE SURFACE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system comprising:a light source that illuminates, during operation of the system, a sample with light having a source spectrum over a wavelength range to obtain light modified by the sample, wherein the light modified by the sample has a modified spectrum over the wavelength range, the modified spectrum corresponding to the sample;
an integrated computational element (ICE) comprising
a substrate having a surface, and
a layer disposed on the surface of the substrate as a frequency-selective surface pattern, wherein the frequency-selective surface pattern is defined in terms of a set of parameters to be spectrally equivalent to a filter spectrum over the wavelength range, wherein the filter spectrum corresponds to a set of spectra of the sample respectively taken for known values of a property of the sample, wherein the ICE (i) is arranged to receive the light modified by the sample and (ii) outputs processed light having a processed spectrum over the wavelength range; and
a photodetector optically coupled with the ICE to receive the processed light, wherein the photodetector integrates the processed spectrum over the wavelength range to determine a current value of the property of the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,247,661

OPTICAL TECHNIQUE FOR COATING CHARACTERIZATION

COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method for determining a distribution of a first polarization active compound in a coating, comprising:utilizing optical microscopy to obtain images at a plurality of planes at differing axial positions between an upper and a lower boundary of the coating;
measuring a distribution of polarization activity within each of the images, wherein the distribution is based on a distribution in polarization of light within the plurality of images;
constructing a three dimensional distribution based on the distribution of polarization active material within each of the plurality of images; and
determining the distribution of the first polarization active compound in the coating based on the three dimensional polarization activity distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,247,660

LASER DISPLACEMENT METER AND LASER ULTRASONIC INSPECTION APPARATUS USING THE SAME

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A laser ultrasonic inspection apparatus comprising:a laser displacement meter, wherein the laser displacement meter includes:
a laser array that includes a plurality of lasers emitting beams with different wavelengths,
a lens array that includes a plurality of lenses for focusing the beams with different wavelengths on an object as focused beam,
a reflected beam lens array that includes a plurality of focusing lenses for focusing a beam reflected by the object in response to the focused beam,
an optical filter array that includes a plurality of optical filters through which the reflected beam is selectively transmitted to generate a filtered beam, and
a photodetector array that includes a plurality of photodetectors for detecting the filtered beam;
an ultrasonic sensor that generates ultrasonic waves; and
a controller that synchronizes the ultrasonic sensor and the laser displacement meter.

US Pat. No. 10,247,658

TEST JIG FOR COATING ADHESION STRENGTH

UNIVERSAL GLOBAL TECHNOLO...

1. A coating adhesion strength test jig, comprising:a base;
a sample carrier mounted on said base and drivable to move along a first direction;
a first displacement mechanism mounted on said base above said sample carrier, said first displacement mechanism comprising a first positioning member drivable to move along a second direction;
a second displacement mechanism mounted to said first positioning member, said second displacement mechanism comprising a second positioning member drivable to move along a third direction;
a cutting knife holder mounted to said second positioning member, said cutting knife holder comprising a first face and a second face; and
two cutting knives respectively mounted on said first face and said second face;
wherein said test jig further comprises a load cell mounted between said second positioning member and said cutting knife holder;
wherein said second displacement mechanism further comprises a locating plate fixedly mounted to said second positioning member; said cutting knife holder is movably mounted to said second positioning member by said locating plate, and said load cell has two opposite ends thereof respectively connected to said locating plate and said cutting knife holder.

US Pat. No. 10,247,657

FIRE TUBE SCANNER AND METHOD OF USE

Allen Ventures, LLC, Rig...

1. A scanner for use in scanning a fire tube in a heater treater, said scanner comprising:a curved body, wherein said curved body comprises an outside of a curve and an inside of a curve;
at least one front edge magnet coupled to a front edge and at least one back edge magnet coupled to a back edge of said outside of said curve of said curved body;
at least one sensor coupled between the at least one front edge magnet and the at least one back edge magnet;
a sensor cover coupled to the curved body, wherein the at least one sensor is located below the sensor cover;
a data transmitter coupled to said at least one sensor;
at least one set of wheels, each set of wheels coupled to opposing edges of said curved body, each set of wheels coupled adjacent said at least one magnet;
a distance measurer coupled to said curved body;
a hook coupler coupled to said curved body; and
at least one handle coupled to said inside of said curve of said curved body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,655

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

SPHERE FLUIDICS LIMITED, ...

1. A method of label-free cell or particle sorting or assaying in a microfluidic device, the method comprising:providing a stream of aqueous droplets in oil in a channel of said microfluidic device, wherein at least some of said droplets include unlabeled cells or particles;
illuminating said stream from a first direction;
detecting light from unlabeled cells or particles within said aqueous droplets in a second direction;
determining a property of said cells or particles in each droplet from said detected light, wherein said step of determining includes determining the number of said cells or particles in each droplet by determining an integrated intensity of said light over time, and determining at least whether said number of unlabeled cells or particles falls above or below a threshold; and
sorting said aqueous droplets into one of a plurality of differentiated streams responsive to said determined number of said unlabeled cells or particles;
the method further comprising modifying a refractive index of said oil to more closely match a refractive index of said aqueous droplets, such that a difference between the refractive index of the modified oil and a refractive index of said aqueous droplets is less than a difference between the refractive index of the unmodified oil and a refractive index of the aqueous droplets, to reduce light scattered from boundaries of said droplets.

US Pat. No. 10,247,654

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CALCULATING CONSUMED LIFESPAN

XIAOMI INC., Haidian Dis...

1. A method for calculating a consumed lifespan, comprising followings steps:controlling an electric motor of a purifier to rotate at a predetermined speed;
acquiring a value of a sampled parameter of the electric motor rotating at the predetermined speed, the sampled parameter being at least one of a sampled current and a sampled voltage of the electric motor; and
determining a consumed lifespan of the purifier according to the acquired value of the sampled parameter and a pre-defined corresponding relationship, wherein the pre-defined corresponding relationship is used for storing relations between values of the sampled parameter and consumed lifespans, the relations between values of the sampled parameter and consumed lifespans are obtained under a condition that the electric motor of the purifier rotates at the predetermined speed, and the determined consumed lifespan is in positive correlation with the acquired value of the sampled parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,247,653

CONTINUOUS, REAL TIME MONITOR FOR AIRBORNE DEPLETED URANIUM PARTICLES AND CORRESPONDING METHOD OF USE

1. A continuous, real time monitor for airborne depleted uranium (DU) particles in a respiratory range, comprising:a housing, comprising:
an air mover that pulls an air sample into the monitor at a desired airflow rate to deposit particles in the air sample on a filter media;
a prefilter sized to pass only respirable range particles in the air sample;
a first optical sensor downstream of the prefilter configured to provide a first airborne dust concentration and a first size distribution of the respirable range particles contained in the air sample;
a second optical sensor upstream of the prefilter configured to measure the airborne concentrations of particles that are greater in size than respirable range particles to allow assessment of potential toxicological damage to kidneys;
a movable filter web through which the air sample is pulled, the movable filter web supporting a plurality of the filter media upon which the particles in the air sample are deposited;
a solid state detector configured to measure alpha activity emitted from DU particles in the air sample and deposited on the filter media; and
a processor configured to execute a program of machine instructions, the program contained on a non-transient computer-readable storage medium, and configured to:
control movement of the movable filter web to place the movable filter web in a first position in which the air sample passes thereby depositing the particles and a second position at which the emitted alpha activity is detected and measured by the solid state detector, and
compute, using the first airborne dust concentration, a dust loading on the filter media.

US Pat. No. 10,247,649

SPINE TESTING DEVICE AS WELL AS MEASURING METHOD

1. A spine testing device havingfirst and second bearing supports (6) located at a horizontal distance (a) from one another in order to support opposite ends (12) of an arrow (5),
a measuring unit (3) for determining a spine value (dSpine) of the arrow (5) and
a display unit (4) for displaying the spine value (dSpine),
wherein:
at least one of said first and second bearing supports (6) is equipped with a measuring device (7) in order to measure a force (F1, F2) emanating from the arrow (5),
a stop (8) is located in an area between the first and second bearing supports, at such a height that the arrow (5) can be moved a specified distance (d) from a horizontal starting position into a bending position by exerting a force at a point of application (13) located between the first and second bearing supports (6), in which bending position the arrow (5) lies in contact with the stop (8),
the measuring unit (3) comprises an evaluation device (2) having means for establishing a bending force (FBiege) acting on the arrow (5) and the evaluation device (2) comprises a calculation formula with at least one reference value, so that the spine value (dSpine) of the arrow (5) can be calculated by means of the calculation formula.

US Pat. No. 10,247,648

HIGH PRECISION QUANTIFICATION OF SUB-VISIBLE PARTICLES

Intelligent Virus Imaging...

1. A method for quantification of sub-visible particles, comprising: providing a filter membrane having a plurality of pores defined therethrough, the filter membrane being in operational engagement with a vacuum chamber; sealing the pores with a sealant; applying a sample droplet, containing a liquid and sub-visible particles, onto the filter membrane without the sample droplet touching any outside edge of the filter membrane; the liquid dissolving the sealant in pores disposed below the sample droplet; the liquid flowing through the pores in which the sealant has been dissolved and the sub-visible particles remaining on top of the filter membrane; and the sub-visible particles being enumerated in an electron microscopy;wherein the method further comprises the step of pre-mounting a filter assembly containing the filter membrane, onto a SEM support.

US Pat. No. 10,247,647

CELL TRAPPING DEVICE, CELL TRAPPING SYSTEM, AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR CELL TRAPPING DEVICE

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. A cell trapping device configured to trap cells in a test liquid comprising:a housing including
a lid member made of a material translucent to light having a visable wavelength and having an introduction channel configured to introduce a test liquid into an inside, and an introduction region, the introduction channel extending from outside the housing to the introduction region in a horizontal direction and being connected to the introduction region at a portion adjacent a peripheral edge of the introduction region; and
a storage member having a discharge channel configured to discharge the test liquid to an outside;
a filter having a filter region in which at least one through-hole configured to pass the test liquid is formed in a thickness direction, the filter being provided in a channel between the introduction channel and the discharge channel in the housing, and being supported between the lid member and the storage member by the lid member and the storage member; and
a plurality of fastening members configured to clamp the lid member and the storage member from both sides in an intersecting direction that is a direction intersecting with the filter to fasten the lid member and the storage member to each other, wherein
the fastening members are located along a peripheral edge part of the housing so as to surround the filter, and
the introduction region is provided above the filter region.

US Pat. No. 10,247,646

SELF-CONTAINED SAMPLE PROCESSING CARTRIDGE WITH PRELOADED REAGENT

SYFR, INC., Danville, CA...

1. A self-contained biological sample processing cartridge comprising:a chamber operable to receive a biological sample, the chamber being configured to enable one of one or more biological sample staining procedures appropriate for the biological sample;
one or more fluidic valves coupled to the chamber and being situated within the cartridge, at least one of the one or more fluidic valves being operable to evacuate at least a portion of contents of the chamber; and
one or more valve control elements situated within the cartridge, at least one of the one or more valve control elements coupled to a respective fluidic valve of the one or more fluidic valves to control fluid flow for the chamber;
a top portion and a bottom portion that close together, the top portion including a top section of the chamber and further including the one or more valve control elements, the bottom portion including a bottom section of the chamber and further including the one or more fluidic valves; and
at least one preloaded reagent component situated internal to the cartridge to supply the chamber with at least one predetermined preloaded reagent appropriate for a particular biological sample staining procedure, the cartridge thus being a self-contained cartridge wherein at least one preloaded reagent is contained therein;
whereby a user desiring to conduct a particular biological sample staining procedure on a particular biological sample may select a particular cartridge that is preloaded with the at least one preloaded reagent component appropriate for the particular biological sample staining procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,644

AIR SAMPLING SYSTEM FOR A LOW-TEMPERATURE SPACE THAT ENABLES REMOVAL OF ICE BUILD-UP WITHIN A SAMPLING CONDUIT

Garrett Thermal Systems L...

1. An air sampling system for a low-temperature space, the low-temperature space having a temperature of +4 degrees Celsius or below, the air sampling system including:an air sampling pipe for passing sampling air to an air sampling device;
a sampling conduit having an entry port of a sampling point in the low-temperature space to an exit port outside the low-temperature space; the sampling conduit further having a longitudinal axis that extends from the entry port to the exit port, the air sampling pipe being connected to the exit port of the sampling conduit via a connection assembly having a restrictor for restricting flow of sampling air from the sampling conduit to the sampling pipe; wherein the connection assembly and restrictor are selectively removable from the exit port of the sampling conduit, enabling access in line with the longitudinal axis to a full cross-section of the sampling conduit from outside the low-temperature space whilst the sampling conduit remains in position, thereby to provide line of sight visual inspection from the exit port to the entry port and enable insertion of a rod into the exit port and sampling conduit for removal of ice build-up within the sampling conduit out through the entry port, wherein the sampling system further includes a bell or dome shaped nozzle at the entry port of the sampling conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,640

TIRE UNIFORMITY IMPROVEMENT THROUGH IDENTIFICATION OF MEASUREMENT PROCESS HARMONICS USING MULTIPLE REVOLUTIONS IN A UNIFORMITY MEASUREMENT MACHINE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method of improving the uniformity of a tire, comprising:accessing uniformity measurements of a uniformity parameter obtained for a set of a plurality of test tires, the uniformity measurement for each test tire obtained for a plurality of revolutions of the test tire in a uniformity measurement machine while the test tire is loaded with a road wheel;
determining data indicative of a variance in the uniformity measurements obtained for the set of test tires by:
determining a first variance of uniformity measurements associated with a first revolution in the plurality of revolutions for the set of test tires;
determining a second variance of uniformity measurements associated with the second revolution in the plurality of revolutions for the set of test tires; and
determining data indicative of an independent variance based at least in part on the first variance and the second variance;
estimating one or more parameters of a measurement process harmonic associated with the road wheel based at least in part on the data indicative of the variance; and
modifying tire manufacture based at least in part on the measurement process harmonic associated with the road wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,247,639

PRESSURE INDICATOR FOR AUTOMOTIVE RADIATOR, SENSES A PREDEFINED PRESSURE AND FLAGS OFF A PERMANENT TRIGGER

Ravi Parmanand Bhojwani, ...

1. An indicator fitted on a radiator to sense a pre-decided maximum sustainable pressure of the radiator having been reached, wherein the indicator communicates that the pre-decided maximum sustainable pressure of the radiator has been reached by flagging off an arrow head component (10/19) of the indicator, the arrow head component (10/19) on its return gets trapped by a rubber retainer (11/20) in the indicator such that the arrow head component (10/19) stays flagged permanently.

US Pat. No. 10,247,638

BEARING TEST APPARATUS FOR TESTING BEHAVIOR OF THE BEARING

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. An apparatus for testing a test bearing, the apparatus comprising:a chamber;
a bearing cap disposed in the chamber, and configured to be coupled to an outer wheel of the test bearing;
a driving shaft configured to be connected to an inner wheel of the test bearing;
an extension arm radially extending from the bearing cap, and protruding from the chamber;
a measurement arm contacting an end of the extension arm, and rotatable about an axis of the measurement arm; and
a force sensor coupled to the measurement arm.

US Pat. No. 10,247,636

SHEET METAL PROCESSING MACHINES HAVING A CHIP SUCTIONING DEVICE AND METHODS FOR DETECTING A MALFUNCTION IN THE CHIP SUCTIONING DEVICE

1. A sheet metal processing machine comprising:a chip suctioning device comprising:
an extraction tube connected to a die orifice of a punching die of the sheet metal processing machine, wherein the die orifice is configured to receive chips removed from a metal sheet processed by the sheet metal processing machine, and wherein the extraction tube includes a chip flap positioned at a bottom of the extraction tube, the chip flap comprising a drive device configured to close and open the chip flap for bringing out the received chips from the extraction tube,
an extraction line coupled to the extraction tube, wherein the extraction line comprises at least one sieve,
a vacuum generator coupled to the extraction line, wherein the vacuum generator is configured to generate a vacuum in the chip suctioning device, and
a vacuum sensor connected to the extraction line between a downstream last sieve of the at least one sieve and the vacuum generator, wherein the vacuum sensor detects a vacuum in the extraction line between the downstream last sieve and the vacuum generator; and
a control device in communication with the vacuum sensor to receive a signal from the vacuum sensor corresponding to a vacuum level in the chip suctioning device.

US Pat. No. 10,247,633

COMBUSTION PRESSURE SENSOR WITH BUILT-IN CHARGE AMPLIFIER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A combustion pressure sensor comprising:a sensor body including a piezoelectric element having a ground side end connected to a chassis ground through a housing, and detecting a pressure in a combustion chamber of an engine; and
a charge amplifier including at least a voltage converting unit that converts an output of the sensor body into a voltage signal and a reference voltage generating unit that generates a reference voltage for being supplied to the voltage converting unit, and operating on a power supplied from a signal processing unit disposed outside of the charge amplifier, wherein
the reference voltage generating unit includes a voltage generating circuit having a constant current circuit and a resistor connected in series with each other,
one end of the voltage generating circuit is connected to a power supply line extending from the signal processing unit,
the other end of the voltage generating circuit is connected to the ground side end of the piezoelectric element, and
the ground side end of the piezoelectric element and a ground line employed for power supplying from the signal processing unit are connected through a ground separating capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,631

DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE MEASURING CELL

1. A differential pressure measuring cell, comprising:a measuring membrane;
a first opposing body;
a second opposing body; and
a converter, said converter converting a deformation of said measuring membrane, which deformation is dependent upon a difference between said first pressure and said second pressure, into an electrical signal;
wherein:
said measuring membrane is arranged between said first opposing body and said second opposing body and is connected in a pressure-tight manner to said two opposing bodies;
a first measuring chamber is formed between said measuring membrane and said first opposing body; and
a second measuring chamber is formed between said measuring membrane and said second opposing body, and
wherein:
said first opposing body and said second opposing body each have a pressure duct through which the first pressure or the second pressure can be applied to said respective measuring chamber;
at least one of the opposing bodies has a chamber section oriented toward said measuring membrane and a rear wall section oriented away from said measuring membrane; a decoupling chamber is provided between said chamber section and rear wall section; said chamber section has at least one equalizing duct by means of which said measuring chamber communicates with said decoupling chamber; and said decoupling chamber has, in a plane parallel to said measuring membrane, a diameter that is at least as large as the diameter of said measuring chamber, and
the differential pressure measuring cell further comprises: at least one additional electric converter for determining a static pressure, which is applied to the differential pressure measuring cell, at least based upon a pressure-dependent deformation of said rear wall section.

US Pat. No. 10,247,628

FORCE MEASUREMENT MECHANISM

IMPERIAL INNOVATIONS LIMI...

1. A force measurement mechanism comprising:a first force input member and a second force input member, the first and second force input members being spaced apart in a force input direction;
a pair of cantilever springs each having a first end portion and a second end portion;
a sensor coupled to at least one of the force input members;
a first constraining support and a second constraining support, wherein:
the first end portion of each of the cantilever springs is held by the first constraining support and the second end portion of each of the cantilever springs is held by the second constraining support;
each of the cantilever springs has an unconstrained length, between the first constraining support and the second constraining support, that is free to bend;
the constraining supports hold the cantilever springs in a parallel arrangement and spaced apart in the force input direction;
the force input members are attached to the first constraining support and the second constraining support so that movement of the force input members relative to each other in the force input direction is arranged to produce movement of the constraining supports relative to each other in the force input direction and to bend the cantilever springs;
the sensor is arranged to measure a force applied in the force input direction between the force input members; and
the force input members form a hand-grip arranged to fit within a person's hand, and are each attached to a respective one of the constraining supports and extend parallel to the cantilever springs and spaced apart from them in an unloaded state, whereby the force input members remain substantially parallel when a force is applied between them.

US Pat. No. 10,247,621

HIGH RESOLUTION TEMPERATURE SENSOR

SiTime Corporation, Sant...

1. A microelectromechanical-system (MEMS) temperature sensor comprising:first and second MEMS resonators to generate respective first and second clock signals;
a locked-loop reference clock generator to generate a reference clock signal having a frequency that is phase-locked to at least one of the first and second clock signals; and
a frequency-ratio engine that oversamples at least one of the first and second clock signals using the reference clock signal to generate, as an indication of temperature, a ratio of the frequencies of the first and second clock signals;
wherein the locked-loop reference clock generator phase-locks the reference clock signal to the first clock signal and wherein the frequency-ratio engine comprises a phase quantizer that generates a stream of quantization values indicative of (i) a frequency ratio between the second clock signal and the reference clock signal and (ii), by virtue of the phase-lock between the reference clock signal and the first clock signal, a frequency ratio between the second clock signal and the first clock signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,615

SENSOR ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF MAKING SAME

DUNAN SENSING, LLC, San ...

1. A sensor assembly comprising:a metal housing with an internal cavity, a port and a tubular section providing access from the port to the cavity;
a sensor package located inside the cavity and including a thermal sensor, a sensor package bottom surface, and a sensor port in the sensor package bottom surface wherein the sensor port provides access to a sensor through the sensor package;
a bushing with a body having a first end and a second end and a longitudinal axis formed therebetween, the bushing further comprising a flange on the first end of the body, the flange extending out past an outside surface of the body, the bushing further comprising a top surface and a bottom, the top surface formed by a top surface of the flange and the bottom formed by the second end, the bushing further comprising a through hole that extends completely through the bushing along the longitudinal axis, wherein the bushing is made from a material with a thermal conductivity greater than or equal to 375 W/m-K and wherein the top surface of the bushing is coupled to the bottom surface of the sensor package such that the through hole is aligned with the sensor port and the bottom of the bushing extends down into the tubular section towards the port;
a coupling with a second body having a third end and a fourth end and a second longitudinal axis formed therebetween, the coupling comprising a second flange on the third end of the second body, the second flange extending out past a second outside surface of the second body, the coupling further comprising a second top surface and a second bottom, the second top surface formed by a top surface of the second flange and the second bottom formed by the fourth end, the coupling further comprising a second through hole that extends completely through the coupling along the second longitudinal axis and wherein the coupling is made from a material with a thermal conductivity less than or equal to 25 W/m-K and wherein the coupling is assembled to the sensor between the bushing and the housing such that the second outside surface is adjacent to the housing and an inside surface of the second through hole is adjacent to the outside surface; and
a gasket assembled between the second top surface and a bottom surface of the flange.

US Pat. No. 10,247,614

PASSIVE DETECTORS FOR IMAGING SYSTEMS

Digital Direct IR, Inc., ...

1. A device, comprising:a substrate;
a photon detector formed on the substrate, wherein the photon detector comprises:
a piezoelectric resonator member configured to generate an output signal having a frequency or period of oscillation;
an unpowered detector member, wherein the unpowered detector member is configured for photon exposure, wherein the unpowered detector member comprises a material having a thermal coefficient of expansion that causes the unpowered detector member to distort due to said photon exposure, wherein the unpowered detector member is further configured to apply a mechanical force to the piezoelectric resonator member due to said distortion of the unpowered detector member, and cause a change in the frequency or period of oscillation of the output signal generated by the piezoelectric resonator member due to said mechanical force applied to the piezoelectric resonator member;
wherein the unpowered detector member substantially or completely covers the piezoelectric resonator member to minimize or prevent photon exposure of the piezoelectric resonator member; and
digital circuitry configured to (i) determine the frequency or period of oscillation of the output signal generated by the piezoelectric resonator member as a result of the mechanical force applied to the piezoelectric resonator member by the unpowered detector member, and to (ii) determine an amount of said photon exposure based on the determined frequency or period of oscillation of the output signal generated by the piezoelectric resonator member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,598

METHOD FOR DISPLAYING THE WEIGHING RESULT OF A SCALE

1. A method for displaying a weighing result of a scale on a mobile display device, the scale having a unique identifier, in which method the mobile display device establishes a secure, wireless communication connection with the scale and displays the unique identifier of the scale after successfully establishing the connection.

US Pat. No. 10,247,596

LEVEL MEASUREMENT DEVICE

1. Level measurement device for measuring a level (L) of a product, in particular a product contained in a container, comprising:mounting means for mounting said measurement device at a measurement site,
an antenna comprising a dielectric antenna element consisting of a dielectric material for transmitting microwave signals (S) towards the product and/or for receiving echo signals (R) resulting from reflections of the transmitted microwave signals, and
measurement electronics for determining the level of the product based on a transit time needed for the microwave signals to travel to a surface of the product and of their echo signals to return to the device,
wherein the device further comprises a cap covering said dielectric antenna element, and a cleaning means causing said cap to vibrate when said cleaning means is activated for cleaning said cap,
wherein said cap is spaced apart from a front surface of said antenna element, through which said microwave signals are to be transmitted and/or received, which is small and at the same time large enough to allow for the cap to vibrate freely, in particular by a distance of the order of the size of an amplitude of the vibration of the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,247,583

FIBER-OPTIC SENSOR AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION AND USE THEREOF

1. A fiber optic sensor comprising: an optical waveguide, the optical waveguide having at least one first core and a cladding surrounding the first core, wherein the first core extends substantially over the entire length of the optical waveguide and at least one Bragg grating is introduced into the first core,wherein
the at least one Bragg grating has an elongated cross section, wherein the short semi-axis is smaller than the diameter of the first core and the center of gravity of the cross section of the at least one Bragg grating lies on the axis of symmetry of the optical waveguide.

US Pat. No. 10,247,581

INTERFEROMETRIC OPTICAL FIBRE SENSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD OF INTERROGATION

Optoplan AS, Tiller (NO)...

1. A method of interrogating an interferometric optical fibre sensor system, the interferometric optical fibre sensor system comprising a laser source configured to generate interrogation light and a sensor array with at least a first reflector and a second reflector and with a sensor delay being a difference in propagation time for light being reflected from the first reflector and the second reflector, respectively, the method comprising:continuously and repeatedly frequency sweeping the interrogation light from the laser source, within a sweep bandwidth (SBW) over a sweep duration (tsw) with a substantially constant sweep rate r=SBW/tsw, to produce a swept interrogation light signal;
launching the swept interrogation light signal into the sensor array;
detecting reflected signals being returned from the sensor array by each of the first reflector and the second reflector, respectively, wherein the detecting comprises mixing a return light signal from the sensor array with a local oscillator signal onto an optical receiver to produce an electrical radio frequency signal;
demultiplexing the electrical radio frequency signal into a first signal channel and a second signal channel, corresponding to the first reflector and the second reflector, respectively;
continuously demodulating each of the first signal channel and the second signal channel into a first phase response from the first reflector and a second phase response from the second reflector; and
subtracting the first phase response from the second phase response to obtain a sensor phase signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,576

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VERIFYING MEASURED DATA

1. A method for verifying measured data from at least one sensor system of a motor vehicle, the measured data directly or indirectly describe values of physical quantities, the method comprising:receiving, from an inertial navigation system, a first measured value at a first time, the first measured value being a speed value, an acceleration value, or a yaw rate of the motor vehicle associated with the motor vehicle;
receiving, from a satellite navigation system, a second measured value at the first time, the satellite navigation system including a global positioning system (GPS) receiver;
receiving, from an odometry navigation system, a third measured value at the first time, the odometry navigation system includes a wheel speed sensor on each wheel of the motor vehicle and a steering angle sensor;
mutually comparing, at a fusion filter in communication with the inertial navigation system, the satellite navigation system, and the odometry navigation system, the first, second, and third measured values in pairs, the first, second, and third measured values describing an identical quantity;
updating, at the fusion filter, the speed value, the acceleration value, or the yaw rate of the motor vehicle based on comparing the first, second, and third measured values and
outputting, from an output module in communication with the fusion filter, the updated speed value, the updated acceleration value, or the updated yaw rate of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,247,563

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING AND PROVIDING ROUTES

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

12. A method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, a plurality of routes previously traveled by one or more client devices, each route of the plurality of routes identifying respective starting location for a particular client device and a respective ending location for that particular client device and information identifying streets;
receiving, by the one or more processors, a request for directions including a starting location and an ending location;
filtering, by the one or more processors, the plurality of routes previously traveled based on predetermined user preferences to remove undesired routes previously traveled;
selecting, by the one or more processors, a given filtered traveled route of the plurality of filtered traveled routes by comparing the respective starting locations of the filtered traveled routes to the starting location of the request and by comparing the respective ending locations of the filtered travel routes to the ending location of the request; and
filtering, by the one or more processors, the given filtered traveled route of the plurality of filtered traveled routes to remove a given street if of the plurality of filtered traveled routes do not correspond with the given street.

US Pat. No. 10,247,561

PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR A COGNITIVE IMPAIRED USER

International Business Ma...

1. A computer system for controlling a vehicle, the computer system comprising:one or more processors, one or more computer-readable memories, one or more computer-readable tangible storage devices, and program instructions stored on at least one of the one or more computer-readable tangible storage devices for execution by at least one of the one or more processors via at least one of the one or more memories, the program instructions comprising:
program instructions to detect, by a computing device, that an ignition switch of the vehicle was activated, wherein the vehicle comprises a navigation device;
program instructions to request, by the computing device, a destination from the navigation device;
based on determining that the destination is not valid, program instructions to send, by the computing device, an instruction to disengage a clutch of the vehicle;
based on determining that the destination is valid, program instructions to determine, by the computing device, a route based on a current location and the destination, wherein the current location is determined by a Global Positioning System;
program instructions to monitor, by the computing device, the current location of the vehicle; and
based on determining, by the computing device, that the current location of the vehicle is outside of an approved area and that a vehicle direction is not towards the route, wherein the vehicle is outside of the approved area when the current location of the vehicle is outside of a geo-fence area, and wherein a current distance of the current location of the vehicle from the route is more than a maximum distance, program instructions to send, by the computing device, an alert message to an alert device.

US Pat. No. 10,247,556

METHOD FOR PROCESSING FEATURE MEASUREMENTS IN VISION-AIDED INERTIAL NAVIGATION

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A mobile platform comprising:a) a camera for outputting image data of features with unknown locations, the features being objects, structures, and points, lines, and planes of objects and/or structures;
b) an inertial measurement unit for outputting inertial measurements of the features, wherein the coordinates of the features are unknown;
c) a processor configured to receive the image data and inertial measurements;
d) storage for storing the image data and the inertial measurements; and
e) an extended-Kalman filter-based estimator executable on the processor for processing the inertial measurement and features of the image data, wherein a state vector of the estimator contains a sliding window of states for determining the position and orientation of the mobile platform the state vector updated by computing and factorizing a rank deficient information matrix representing Fisher information provided by the feature measurements, the computed factor being used as the measurement Jacobian for updating the state vector.

US Pat. No. 10,247,552

ADJUSTABLE CLAMPING MECHANISM FOR A LEVEL

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A level configured to support a ruler, the level comprising:a housing comprising:
a top surface extending from a first end to a second end;
a bottom surface opposite the top surface, the bottom surface extending from the first end to the second end;
a first side surface located between the top surface and the bottom surface;
a second side surface opposite the first side surface and located between the top surface and the bottom surface;
a longitudinal axis defining a length; and
a height perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, wherein the length is greater than the height;
a level vial supported by the housing; and
a recess extending an entire length of the top surface in the direction of the longitudinal axis, wherein the recess is configured to receive a portion of the ruler and the recess is positioned adjacent to the second side surface such that the second side surface and a side of the ruler are substantially coplanar with each other when the recess engages the ruler.

US Pat. No. 10,247,548

MEASURING DEPTH OF A SURFACE OF A TEST OBJECT

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for depth determination of a surface of a test object, the method comprising:projecting a colored fringe pattern formed from a sequence of colored fringes onto a surface of the test object, each colored fringe having a standard projected width,
capturing a fringe pattern reflected by the surface of the test object, and
evaluating the reflected fringe pattern to determine a depth of the surface of the test object based at least on:
(a) the sequence of colored fringes of the reflected fringe pattern, and
(b) a sequence of determined widths of the fringes of the reflected fringe pattern wherein a determined width different from the standard projected width indicates extinction of at least one color of the colored fringe pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,247,547

OPTICAL PATTERN PROJECTOR

HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.,...

1. An optical pattern projector, comprising:a laser array comprising a plurality of lasers spaced in a grid, each of the plurality of lasers configured to radiate light;
a plurality of lenslets configured and arranged with respect to the laser array to collimate the radiated light from the plurality of lasers, providing a plurality of collimated laser beams;
an f-theta lens configured and arranged with respect to the plurality of lenslets to receive the collimated laser beams and to focus each of the plurality of collimated laser beams along a particular incident angle, each respective particular incident angle determined by the position in the grid of the laser corresponding to the respective laser beam; and
a diffractive optical element (DOE) configured and arranged with respect to the f-theta lens to, for each collimated laser beam, diffract the collimated laser beam to form a sub-pattern comprising a plurality of beam portions derived from the collimated laser beam, wherein each respective sub-pattern propagates along a resultant incident angle determined by the particular incident angle of the corresponding collimated laser beam; and
wherein when projected onto a target, the sub-patterns each respectively corresponding to one of the collimated laser beams align with one another to form a repeating optical pattern comprising non-overlapping sub-patterns, and wherein the position of each sub-pattern in the repeating optical pattern depends on the resultant incident angle.

US Pat. No. 10,247,544

SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND SHAPE MEASUREMENT METHOD

1. A shape measurement apparatus comprising:a light source configured to irradiate a surface of a moving strip-shaped body with linear light at a prescribed angle of incidence;
a screen configured such that reflected light of the linear light on the surface of the strip-shaped body is projected on the screen;
a camera configured to image the reflected light of the linear light projected on the screen; and
an arithmetic processor configured to acquire the amount of warpage in a width direction of the strip-shaped body on the basis of a line length of the reflected light of the linear light imaged by the camera,
wherein the arithmetic processor includes
a screen image length acquisition unit configured to acquire a line length of a screen image that is reflected light of the strip-shaped body included in a captured image acquired by the camera, and
a warpage calculation unit configured to calculate, on the basis of the line length of the screen image acquired by the screen image length acquisition unit, the amount of warpage in the width direction of the strip-shaped body from a relationship between a line length of reflected light of the strip-shaped body and the amount of warpage in the width direction of the strip-shaped body acquired in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,247,525

ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NEUTRALIZING EXPLOSIVE DEVICES AND ELECTRONICS

Xtreme ADS Limited, Ande...

1. An apparatus comprising:an electrical power supply providing a pulsed electrical potential above 30,000 volts with at least 30 Joules of energy per pulse;
a cathode emitter constructed and arranged to be moved along the earth in direct contact with the earth, wherein the cathode emitter is electrically coupled to the electrical power supply and wherein the cathode emitter is constructed and arranged to discharge the pulsed electrical potential into the earth; and,
a vehicle constructed and arranged to move the cathode emitter along the earth in direct contact with the earth.

US Pat. No. 10,247,517

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR ELECTRONICALLY DISPLAYING INDIVIDUAL SHOTS FROM MULTIPLE SHOTS ON ONE PHYSICAL TARGET

1. A system for improving shooting skills of a user shooting at a physical target, the system comprising:a first camera;
an alignment device attached to the first camera, the alignment device configured to enable the user to align the first camera relative to the physical target; and
a computer having an executable software program, the computer comprising a processing unit, a system memory, at least one input device and at least one output device, wherein the processing unit, the system memory, the at least one input device and the at least one output device communicate through a bus, and the system memory is configured to store the executable software program;
the executable software program configured to
capture a first image of the physical target from the first camera directed to the physical target before any shots are fired;
capture a second image of the physical target from the first-camera, the second image being captured after a shot is fired at the physical target;
display on a display a computer-processed representation of the first image and repeatably alternating the first image with the second image whereby the shot fired at the physical target appears to blink on the display; and
allow the user to associate at least one data-characteristic with the location of the shot on the physical target.

US Pat. No. 10,247,496

CHARGING HANDLE WITH IMPROVED GAS DEFLECTION

ABRAMS AIRBORNE MANUFACTU...

1. A charging handle for an associated firearm that has an associated action mechanism and that is operative to generate associated discharge gases, said charging handle comprising:a pull rod member extending in a lengthwise direction between a proximal end and a distal end;
a handle portion disposed along said proximal end of said pull rod member, said handle portion having a first side and a second side facing opposite said first side, said handle portion including:
a first curvilinear surface portion along said first side of said handle portion;
a second curvilinear surface portion along said first side of said handle portion, said second curvilinear portion disposed in spaced relation to said first curvilinear portion in a direction opposite said second side; and,
a third curvilinear surface portion along said first side of said handle portion, said third curvilinear surface portion disposed between said first and second curvilinear surface portions and extending into said handle portion in a direction outward of said first and second curvilinear surface portions at least partially forming a curvilinear recess; and,
a curvilinear pliable seal disposed along said handle portion adjacent said proximal end of said pull rod member with a first portion of said curvilinear pliable seal disposed within said curvilinear recess, said curvilinear pliable seal dimensioned to operatively engage the associated action mechanism and thereby at least partially deflect associated discharge gases flowing in said lengthwise direction toward said handle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,483

EVAPORATIVE COOLING DEVICE

Oxycom Beheer B.V., Raal...

1. An evaporative cooling device comprising:a pair of heat conducting plates arranged in generally parallel relationship, spacing elements comprising thermally insulating resin material separating the plates from one another and defining primary and secondary flow channels between the plates, whereby the plates extend from the primary channels into the secondary channels;
a primary air supply to the primary flow channels;
a secondary air supply to the secondary flow channels;
a hydrophilic layer at least partially covering the plates in the secondary flow channels; and
a water distribution system to provide water to the secondary channels such that a primary air flow through the primary channels may be cooled by heat conduction along the plates to cause evaporation of the water into a secondary air flow through the secondary channels;
wherein the hydrophilic layer is formed from a fibrous material.

US Pat. No. 10,247,482

BENT HEAT EXCHANGER AND METHOD FOR BENDING THE HEAT EXCHANGER

Hangzhou Sanhua Research ...

1. A bent heat exchanger, comprising a first manifold, a second manifold, and a plurality of flat tubes each being configured to communicate the first manifold with the second manifold and having a flow channel, wherein,the flat tube comprises a first straight section, a second straight section and a bent section between the first straight section and the second straight section, fins are provided between the first straight sections of adjacent flat tubes, fins are also provided between the second straight sections of adjacent flat tubes, and no fins are provided between the bent sections of adjacent flat tubes;
the bent section comprises a first twisted section, a second twisted section, and a connecting section between the first twisted section and the second twisted section, and at least a part of a line, formed along a width direction of the flat tube, of a middle portion of an upper surface of the connecting section of the bent section has a linear shape; middle portions of the connecting sections of adjacent flat tubes are arranged to be partially overlapped;
a bending angle is formed at a junction of the connecting section and the first twisted section of the flat tube, as well as a junction of the connecting section and the second twisted section of the flat tube, the bending angle being an acute angle;
a middle portion of a cross-section, taken along a flow direction of the flat tube, of the connecting section has a flat shape;
in the plurality of flat tubes, at least a partial area of an upper surface of the connecting section of the bent section of each of at least a part of the flat tubes is planar; and the connecting section comprises a short edge at a lower position, and a long edge at a higher position, the long edge has a length greater than a length of the short edge, and a middle portion of the long edge has a linear shape;
the connecting section further comprises two arc-shaped lateral edges connecting the short edge with the long edge, the arc-shaped lateral edge on one side is connected to the first twisted section, and the arc-shaped lateral edge on the other side is connected to the second twisted section; and
in two adjacent flat tubes, a portion, close to the long edge, of the middle portion of the connecting section of one flat tube overlaps a portion, close to the short edge, of the middle portion of the connecting section of another flat tube, and there is a gap between portions of the connecting sections of the two adjacent flat tubes except for the overlapped portions.

US Pat. No. 10,247,476

FOOD WASTE DRYER UTILIZING WASTE HEAT

INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERA...

1. An improved food waste dryer utilizing waste heat, which is a food waste dryer to dry the food waste including a main frame (10), a dryer drum (20) with an access door (23) positioned in the main frame (10), and an agitator (40) positioned in the dryer drum (20),the improved food waste dryer comprising:
a waste heat supply unit (50) to supply waste heat released by a waste incineration plant,
a heating jacket positioned (30) on the outer surface of the dryer drum (20) to heat the dryer drum (20), with a hot-air inlet (33) to receive the waste heat from the waste heat supply unit (50) and a hot-air outlet (35) to discharge the waste heat inside the dryer drum (20), and
a condensation system (60) positioned in the main frame (10), to remove moisture included in the interior air of the dryer drum (20) to increase the drying efficiency of the food waste dryer using waste heat,
wherein the condensation system (60) further comprises:
a plurality of condensers (61) connected to one another, to allow the movement of the interior air of the dryer drum (20),
a fan (63) positioned between the condensers (61), to transfer the interior air, and
a cooling system (65) to supply a coolant to the condensers (61) to collect the moisture from the interior air, so that the coolant of a different temperature is supplied to each of the condensers to remove the moisture of the interior air and to change the temperature of the interior air,
wherein the condensers (61) include: a first to fourth condensers (611, 612, 613, 614) which are different from one another in size such that the condensation area and the moisture condensation amount of each condenser are different, the coolant supplied from the cooling system (65) passes through the first, second, third and fourth condensers (611, 612, 613, 614) in order and then returns to the cooling system (65), the first condenser (611) is formed to be the largest in size, the second condenser (612) to be relatively smaller than the first condenser (611), and the fourth condenser (614) to be relatively smaller than the second largest (612) and the third condenser (613) to be the smallest,
wherein the inside temperature of the dryer drum (20) heated by the waste heat is kept at 60° C.˜70° C. and the temperature of the coolant supplied from the cooling system (65) to the first condenser (611) is 25° C.˜30° C., and the temperature of the coolant released from the third condenser (613) through the second condenser (612) is kept at 60° C., so that the interior air of the fourth condenser (614) is preheated by the coolant supplied to the fourth condenser (614), and
wherein the condensation system (60) further comprises: a condensate water purification tank (70) to purify condensate water generated from the condensers (61), the condense water purification tank (70) further includes:
a condensate water tank (71) to collect the condensate water, the condensate water collected in the condensate water tank (71) which is added with zeolite and activated carbon to purify any contamination of the condensate water, and
a deodorant tower (73) such that the condensate steam generated from the condensate water is purified to be discharged.

US Pat. No. 10,247,475

NAIL LAMP

Revlon Consumer Products ...

19. A nail lamp comprising:a support;
a light source; and
a controller,
wherein the light source is disposed on the support, is configured to produce light to cure a light-curable nail product, and is positioned to direct the light onto a nail on an appendage of a user when the appendage is in a space adjacent the support,
wherein the light source is pulsable between a first intensity and a second intensity,
wherein the second intensity is different from the first intensity and may be zero intensity; and
wherein the controller controls pulsing of the light source between the first intensity and the second intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,247,464

SEALED SYSTEM FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A scaled system for an appliance, comprising:a compressor comprising a shell and a lubrication oil disposed with the shell;
a condenser in fluid communication with the compressor such that compressed refrigerant from the compressor flows to the condenser during operation of the compressor;
a condenser fan configured for selectively urging a flow of air across the condenser; and
a heat exchanger positioned adjacent the condenser fan, the heat exchanger being in fluid communication with the compressor such that lubrication oil from the compressor flows to the heat exchanger during operation of the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,458

CHILLED WATER SYSTEM EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. A method for improving efficiency of a chilled water system having a chiller unit, circulation pumps, a heat absorption unit and a heat rejection unit, the method comprising:adjusting a temperature of at least one of a chilled water supply to the heat absorption unit and a condenser water supply from the heat rejection unit;
measuring an efficiency of the chiller unit and at least one of the circulation pumps, the heat absorption unit and the heat rejection unit;
further adjusting the temperature of at least one of the chilled water supply to the heat absorption unit and the condenser water supply from the heat rejection unit if the measuring the efficiency indicates an improved efficiency; and
further adjusting the temperature of the at least one of the chilled water supply to the heat absorption unit and the condenser water supply from the heat rejection unit if the measuring the efficiency indicates a worsened efficiency;
wherein measuring the efficiency includes measuring the efficiency over a response period comprising determining a linear representation of the efficiency over the response period and determining the actual efficiency over the response period and integrating the linear representation of the efficiency over the response period and integrating the actual efficiency over the response period.

US Pat. No. 10,247,451

CRYOGENIC REGENERATOR AND CRYOGENIC REFRIGERATOR

ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY, Han...

1. A cryogenic regenerator, comprising:a regenerator tube;
a partitioning tube coaxially arranged inside of the regenerator tube to leave a buffer cavity predetermined radial separation between an inner wall circumferential surface of the regenerator tube and an outer wall circumferential surface of the partitioning tube, the predetermined radial separation constituting a buffer cavity, and the partitioning-tube's tube wall being perforated by a plurality of uniformly distributed through-holes;
regenerator packing provided inside, as a component distinct from, the partitioning tube; and
a plurality of rib rings arranged inside the regenerator tube and wrapped peripherally onto the outer wall circumferential surface of the partitioning tube;
wherein the rib rings, along an outer circumferential surface thereof, are separated from the inner circumferential surface of the regenerator tube by a predetermined gap.

US Pat. No. 10,247,446

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MODULATING WATER HEATER

Lochinvar, LLC, Lebanon,...

1. A method of controlling a modulating water heater, comprising:(a) monitoring an exhaust gas outlet temperature from the heater; and
(b) maintaining a heat output of the heater at or above a minimum level sufficient to maintain the exhaust gas outlet temperature above an exhaust gas outlet temperature setpoint, wherein the exhaust gas includes water vapor and the exhaust gas outlet temperature setpoint is above a condensation temperature of the water vapor in the exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 10,247,445

HEATER BUNDLE FOR ADAPTIVE CONTROL

WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTU...

1. A heater system comprising:a heater bundle comprising:
a plurality of heater assemblies, each heater assembly comprising a plurality of heater units, each heater unit defining at least one independently controlled heating zone; and
a plurality of power conductors electrically connected to each of the at least one independently controlled heating zone in each of the heater units;
means for detecting temperature within each of the independently controlled heating zones; and
a power supply device including a controller configured to modulate power to each of the independently controlled heating zones of the heater units through the power conductors based on detected temperature within each of the independently controlled heating zones to provide a desired wattage along a length of each of the heater assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,247,439

CONTROL MECHANISM FOR AN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

1. A control mechanism for controlling an air conditioning system, the air conditioning system including a solar power module for converting sunlight into electrical energy, an air conditioner outdoor unit electrically connected to and powered by the solar power module, a storage device containing a first liquid for performing heat exchange with the air conditioner outdoor unit via a first conduit loop, a temperature sensor for detecting a temperature of the first liquid in the storage device, and a fan for distributing conditioned air that exchanges heat with the storage device via a second liquid through a second conduit loop, said control mechanism comprising:an optical sensor that is configured to be disposed close to the solar power module for detecting a luminance and a temperature of the sunlight received by the solar power module; and
an energy controller that is electrically connected to said optical sensor, that is configured to be electrically connected to the solar power module, the air conditioner outdoor unit and the temperature sensor, and that is capable of controlling an operation state of the air conditioner outdoor unit to switch between an active state and an inactive state based on
the luminance and the temperature of the sunlight detected by said optical sensor,
an operation state of the fan,
a current operation state of the air conditioner outdoor unit,
a flow speed of the second liquid in the second conduit loop,
a first temperature of the second liquid at a portion of the second conduit loop where the second liquid flows out of the storage device,
a second temperature of the second liquid at a portion of the second conduit loop where the second liquid flows into the storage device, and
a relation among the temperature of the first liquid sensed by the temperature sensor and a first threshold temperature, a second threshold temperature and a third threshold temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,247,434

HVAC SYSTEM AND AN HVAC CONTROLLER CONFIGURED TO OPERATE THE HVAC SYSTEM BASED ON AIR POLLUTANT DATA AND USER COMFORT

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system operable to condition an enclosed space, the HVAC system comprising:a circulation fan;
one or more humidity sensors, the humidity sensors operable to sense humidity data associated with the enclosed space; and
a controller operable to:
receive air quality data associated with at least one air pollutant, the air quality data received from a source external to the HVAC system or from one or more air quality sensors operable to sense air quality data associated with the enclosed space;
receive the humidity data from the one or more humidity sensors;
determine, based on the air quality data, that a threshold associated with the air pollutant has been exceeded;
determine, based on the humidity data, that a threshold associated with humidity has not been exceeded; and
operate the circulation fan in response to determining that the threshold associated with the air pollutant has been exceeded and the threshold associated with humidity has not been exceeded, the circulation fan operated for filtration purposes while not servicing any conditioning demand.

US Pat. No. 10,247,420

AXIALLY STAGED MIXER WITH DILUTION AIR INJECTION

ANSALDO ENERGIA SWITZERLA...

1. A method for operating an axially staged mixer arrangement with dilution air or dilution gas injection in connection with a combustion arrangement of a gas turbine engine or turbo machinery, having at least one combustion chamber, and at least one mixer arrangement for admixing air or gas portions to hot gas flow leaving the combustion chamber, the method comprising:guiding, via the at least one mixer arrangement, combustion gases in a hot gas flow path extending downstream of the combustion chamber; and
admixing, via a plurality of injectors pointing inwards from side walls of the at least one mixer arrangement, air portions to cool at least the hot gas flow leaving the combustion chamber, wherein spacing between two adjacent injector locations of the plurality of injectors inside of the at least one mixer arrangement in the hot gas flow, where there is no node of an acoustic wave between the injection locations, corresponds to a distance equal to (2n+1)/2) times a convective wave length, where n is an integer >=0.

US Pat. No. 10,247,389

LIGHT FIXTURE ASSEMBLY WITH PIVOTING REFLECTOR ASSEMBLY AND LENS ASSEMBLY

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A light fixture assembly comprising:a housing having an interior surface;
a light emitter positioned in said housing;
a control component configured to adjust current to the light emitter positioned in said housing;
a first reflector pivotally coupled to said housing, said control component being substantially enclosed between said housing and said first reflector when said first reflector is in a first, closed position and being exposed when said first reflector is in a second, open position spaced from at least a portion of said interior surface; and
a lens releasably coupled to said housing and independently moveable of said first reflector, said first reflector being substantially enclosed between said lens and said housing when said lens is in a first, closed position and substantially exposed when said lens is in a second, open position,
wherein said first reflector and said lens are moveable from said first, closed position to said second, open position without removal of the light emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,247,371

DEVICE, METHOD, AND A KIT FOR RETROFITTING A TRIMMED RECESSED LIGHT FIXTURE FOR INSTALLATION OF A TRIMLESS RECESSED LIGHT FIXTURE

JUNA CONSTRUCTION, INC., ...

1. A device for retrofitting an existing trimmed recessed lighting fixture for installation of a trimless recessed light fixture, comprising:a collar section configured to be received within an opening of a housing of the existing trimmed recessed lighting fixture installed above a ceiling, the collar section including a proximal section configured to be fitted within the opening of the housing;
a surface element being secured the collar section, the surface element being configured to lie flush against the ceiling and to be joined integrally to the ceiling; and
a baffle being releasably lockable to the collar section;
a connecting member that is configured to frictionally engage substantially an inner perimeter of the baffle in its entirety and to also frictionally engage substantially an inner perimeter of an opening of the surface element in its entirety such that the baffle is secured to the surface element;
wherein the collar section has a shape corresponding to the shape of the opening of the housing and the opening of the surface element such that when the collar section is fitted within both openings, the surface element is secured relative to the housing; and
wherein the surface element includes at least one hole configured to receive a fastener to secure element the surface to the ceiling; and wherein the surface element is configured to be coated with a compound such that it becomes integral with the ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,247,367

LIGHTING SYSTEM

Cooper Technologies Compa...

1. A lighting system comprising:a lightguide comprising:
a first face;
a second face that is opposite the first face; and
an edge that extends between the first face and the second face,
wherein the first face and the second face extend along a reference plane that is disposed midway between the first face and the second face and that extends through the edge;
a row of light emitting diodes that are separated from the edge by an air gap, that extend along the edge, and that are configured to emit light; and
a plurality of reflective surfaces that extend along the row of light emitting diodes and are oriented to guide the emitted light across the air gap to couple the guided light into the lightguide via the edge,
wherein the first face and the edge form a first corner,
wherein the second face and the edge form a second corner,
wherein the plurality of reflective surfaces comprises:
a first reflective surface of a first reflective sheet that extends between the row of light emitting diodes and the first corner; and
a second reflective surface of a second reflective sheet that extends between the row of light emitting diodes and the second corner,
wherein the first reflective surface and the second reflective surface extend substantially parallel to one another,
wherein the first reflective sheet is bent adjacent the first corner, and
wherein the second reflective sheet is bent adjacent the second corner.

US Pat. No. 10,247,365

LED FILAMENT AND LED FILAMENT LIGHT CONTAINING THE SAME

Shandong Prosperous Star ...

1. An LED filament, comprising:a plurality of light-emitting chips (61), a metal electrical terminal (62) and a fluorescent glue (63), wherein the LED filament further comprises an insulating substrate (64) and an electrically and magnetically conductive connector (65); the plurality of light-emitting chips (61) are connected in series, and encapsulated and fixed on a surface of the insulating substrate (64) by the fluorescent glue (63), one face of the electrically and magnetically conductive connector (65) is bonded the other surface of the insulating substrate (64); the metal electrical terminal (62) is electrically connected to a light-emitting chip (61) at one end of the insulating substrate (64), and the electrically and magnetically conductive connector (65) is electrically connected to the light-emitting chip (61) at the other end of the insulating substrate (64).

US Pat. No. 10,247,362

VALVE FOR A PRESSURIZED FLUID CYLINDER AND CORRESPONDING CYLINDER

1. A valve for a pressurized fluid cylinder, comprising a body provided with an end configured to be mounted in the orifice of a pressurized fluid cylinder, the body of the valve accommodating a first withdrawing circuit comprising a first, upstream end configured to communicate with the storage volume of the pressurized fluid cylinder and a second, downstream end intended to be connected to a consumer of the withdrawn gas, the first withdrawing circuit comprising a member for regulating the flow rate and/or the pressure of the withdrawn fluid between the upstream end and the downstream end, the valve comprising a member for manually controlling the regulating member, the control member being mounted so as to be able to move relative to the body of the valve and cooperating with the regulating member to control the flow rate and/or pressure of fluid allowed to circulate from the upstream end to the downstream end depending on the position of the control member with respect to the body, the valve comprising an electronic device for indicating data relating to the fluid content in the pressurized fluid cylinder connected to the valve, the electronic indicating device comprising a member for acquiring, storing and processing data and at least one data display connected to the member for acquiring, storing and processing data, the valve having a sensor for sensing the position of the member for manually controlling the regulating member, the position sensor being connected to the member for acquiring, storing and processing data in order to transmit to the latter a signal indicative of the fluid flow rate and/or pressure set by the regulating member, the member for acquiring, storing and processing data being configured to cause an information item relating to the mode of use of the valve to be displayed on the display in response to the reception of this set flow rate and/or pressure signal, the valve having a pressure sensor configured to measure the pressure within the storage volume of the pressurized fluid cylinder connected to the valve, the pressure sensor being connected to the member for acquiring, storing and processing data in order to transmit to the latter a signal indicative of the measured fluid pressure, wherein the member for acquiring, storing and processing data is configured to receive both the signal of pressure measured by the pressure sensor and the flow rate and/or pressure signal supplied by the position sensor and to calculate, in response, a value of the quantity of remaining fluid and/or withdrawn fluid from these two signals, the member for acquiring, storing and processing data being configured to:calculate an actual value of the quantity of remaining fluid and/or withdrawn fluid on the basis of the pressure measurement by the pressure sensor,
calculate a theoretical value of the quantity of remaining fluid and/or withdrawn fluid on the basis of the regulation set by the regulating member and measured by the position of the control member,
compare said actual value based on the measurement by the pressure sensor with the theoretical value set by the regulating member, and
generate a warning signal if these theoretical and actual values diverge to an extent greater than a given safety threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,247,361

INACTIVE GAS INTRODUCING FACILITY AND INACTIVE GAS INTRODUCING METHOD

Daifuku Co., Ltd., Osaka...

1. An inactive gas introducing facility comprising:a storage rack including a storage section for storing a container for storing a substrate, the storage rack being installed in a storage space which is closed off from exterior space;
an introducing portion configured to act on the container which is capable of discharging gas inside the container into the storage space through a gas discharge opening when stored in the storage section, and configured to introduce inactive gas into an interior of the container through a gas feed opening of the container;
an introducing controller for controlling supply of the inactive gas to the container by controlling an operation of the introducing portion based on a supply pattern defined by a predetermined parameter;
an inspection door open-and-close detector for detecting whether an inspection door for allowing a worker to go in, and out of, the storage space is in an open state or a closed state;
a manually-operated stop nullifying command portion for issuing a stop nullifying command,
wherein the introducing controller is configured:
to stop the supply of the inactive gas to the container by stopping supply control of inactive gas based on an immediately preceding supply pattern which is the supply pattern that was being performed before the open state of the inspection door was detected, if the open state of the inspection door is detected by the inspection door open-and-close detector while in a normal stop state in which the stop nullifying command is not issued from the stop nullifying command portion, and
to continue with the supply of the inactive gas based on the immediately preceding supply pattern and to prohibit any changes, through manual operation, to the parameter that defines the immediately preceding supply pattern if the open state of the inspection door is detected by the inspection door open-and-close detector while in a stop nullifying state in which the stop nullifying command is issued from the stop nullifying command portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,359

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION/DISTRIBUTION AND VAPORIZATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Electric Energy Express C...

1. A liquefied natural gas transportation/distribution and vaporization management system, comprising:a transportation/distribution platform;
at least one gas transportation/distribution section, which is arranged on at least one side of the transportation/distribution platform that is close to a railway adapted to allow at least one liquefied natural gas transportation train to unload liquefied natural gas through an infeed pipeline;
at least one vaporization treatment section, which is arranged on the transportation/distribution platform and is connected to the gas transportation/distribution section to receive the liquefied natural gas, the vaporization treatment section comprising at least one solid oxide fuel cell module and at least one heat exchange tank, the at least one solid oxide fuel cell module including a first byproduct outlet for a byproduct of thermal energy, a second byproduct outlet of water, a fuel inlet, and an electrical power output terminal, the first and second byproduct outlets being fluidly coupled to the heat exchange tank, at least one hot water tank being arranged and connected between the second byproduct outlet and the heat exchange tank, the hot water tank including at least one electrical heater arranged therein, the heat exchange tank having at least one exchange pipeline therein, the exchange pipeline having an end connected to and receiving the liquefied natural gas from the gas transportation/distribution section for heat exchange with the byproduct of thermal energy and water generated in a power generation operation of the at least one solid oxide fuel cell module so as to generate vaporized liquefied natural gas, an out-feed pipeline being formed at an opposite end of the exchange pipeline to output the vaporized liquefied natural gas, a portion of the vaporized liquefied natural gas outputted from the out-feed pipeline being fed back to the fuel inlet of the at least one solid oxide fuel cell module; and
at least one central management section, which is arranged on the transportation/distribution platform and is connected to and receive electrical power from the electrical power output terminal of the at least one solid oxide fuel cell module of the vaporization treatment section and is connected to and controls transportation/distribution, vaporization of the liquefied natural gas and management, monitoring, and control of temporary storage of vaporized natural of the gas transportation/distribution section, the vaporization treatment section, and a temporary gas storage section, wherein the electrical heater of the hot water tank is connected to the central management section to be controlled and activated by the central management section to generate hot water in the hot water tank for supplying to the heat exchange tank, the heat exchange tank including a water sprayer arranged therein, the water sprayer spraying the hot water from the hot water tank onto a surface of the exchange pipeline of the heat exchange tank.

US Pat. No. 10,247,357

AUTOMATIC AIR BACKUP SYSTEM

1. A system for maintaining overpressure within a logging unit, the system comprising:a frame;
a plurality of air tanks mounted within the frame;
a valve assembly, the valve assembly comprising:
an external port operatively connected to the atmosphere external to the logging unit through a first reset valve comprising a pressure sensor, the pressure sensor operating to open and close the first reset valve;
a backup port operatively connected to the plurality of air tanks through a second reset valve; and
an output port operatively connected to the external port, the backup port, and the ambient atmosphere within the logging unit,
wherein the external port and the backup port are operatively connected to the output port through a shuttle valve, wherein the first reset valve is open and the second reset valve is closed while the system receives air from the external port at a selected pressure, and wherein the first reset valve is closed and the second reset valve is open when the system does not receive air from the external port at the selected pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,356

CONFIGURABLE SAFETY INPUT

Rockwell Automation Techn...

1. A safety relay device, comprising:a memory that stores executable components;
a processor, operatively coupled to the memory, that executes the executable components, the executable components comprising:
a configuration interface component configured to receive configuration data identifying a safety input, of a set of safety inputs supported by the safety relay device, and specifying an input current level; and
an input current configuration component configured to, in response to receipt of the configuration data, configure a monitoring circuit associated with the safety input to operate in accordance with the input current level.

US Pat. No. 10,247,355

TELESCOPIC POLE MOUNTING SYSTEM

1. A telescopic pole mounting system, comprising:an adjustable spacer, a first end of the spacer coupled to a bracket;
a clamp that partially encircles a vertical pole, ends of the clamp attached to the bracket;
a cup attached to the spacer, movement of the cup causing one of expansion and contraction of the spacer; and
a telescopic pole that:
attaches to the cup, and raises and lowers the coupled clamp, spacer, and cup when the clamp is in loosened state,
turns the cup in a first direction to expand the spacer and push the bracket away from the vertical pole, thus tightening the clamp about the vertical pole, and
turns the cup in a second direction to contract the spacer, thus loosening the clamp about the pole.

US Pat. No. 10,247,352

ROTATABLE CONNECTION WITH A ROTATIONAL ANGLE LIMITATION

1. A rotatable connection for a stand apparatus for arrangement in an operating room, comprising:an adjustable stop mechanism, which is arranged between a first connection component and a second connection component mounted rotatably about a rotational axis relative to the first connection component and which is configured to define different rotational angles or rotation ranges of the first and second connection components relative to each other,
wherein the adjustable stop mechanism comprises:
a stop ring having at least one stop and which is mounted to the first connection component in an anti-rotational manner;
an anti-rotation device, which is arranged at the second connection component in an anti-rotational manner;
a stop device with a counter stop, which is rotatably mounted relative to the stop ring; and
a rotary block, which is mounted relative to the stop ring and relative to the stop device in a rotation-blocking manner,
wherein the stop device is positioned at the anti-rotation device in different rotational angle positions in an anti-rotational manner and defines a respective rotation range by means of the counter stop together with the rotary block and the stop ring by means of relative rotation of the first connection component and the second connection component to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,247,351

ORIENTABLE SUPPORT HEAD FOR VIDEO-PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUSES

VITEC IMAGING SOLUTIONS S...

1. An orientable support head for video-photographic equipment, comprisinga first articulation element and a second articulation element which are each provided with an attachment for attachment to a support element and to the video-photographic equipment, respectively, and which can be mutually moved to orientate the video-photographic equipment, said first articulation element comprising a member which is internally hollow and which defines a receiving cavity for said second articulation element, a locking device which is mounted on said member and which can be actuated to thrust said second articulation element along a locking axis between a release configuration, wherein said second articulation element is free to slide in said receiving cavity, and a locking configuration, wherein said second articulation element is urged against an abutment surface of said member and is locked in a desired orientation position in said receiving cavity, wherein said locking device further comprises a first guide element and a second guide element which are positioned in said member and a pushing element which is interposed between said first guide element and said second guide element along said locking axis and which can be moved in translation with respect to those guide elements along an axis of translation which is transverse to said locking axis, said first guide element being operatively interposed between said pushing element and said second articulation element, wherein there is provided at least one rolling member which is interposed between said pushing element and said first guide element and/or said second guide element, and in that said pushing element is provided, on a base surface which is directed towards said first guide element or said second guide element, with at least one groove which cooperates with another groove defined in said first guide element or said second guide element to form a pair of guides for slidably receiving said at least one rolling member, wherein the base portion of at least one groove of said at least one pair of guides is inclined with respect to said locking axis in such a manner that, following said translation movement of said pushing element, there is generated a movement of said second articulation element along said locking axis, and in that a friction device is provided on said head, the friction device being arranged to friction the movement of said second articulation element in said receiving cavity, said friction device being able to be actuated independently of said locking device.

US Pat. No. 10,247,350

SEALED CONTAINER, THERMAL INSULATOR, AND GAS ADSORPTION DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A thermal insulator comprising at least a core material and a gas adsorption device capable of adsorbing a gas, as well as an outer covering material having a gas barrier property and covering the core material and the gas adsorption device,wherein a pressure of an inside of the outer covering material is reduced,
the gas adsorption device comprises:
a layer of copper ion-exchanged ZSM-5 type zeolite,
a layer of moisture adsorption material, and
a structure in which the copper ion-exchanged ZSM-5 type zeolite and moisture adsorption material are held, comprising a primary material having a lower gas barrier property than the outer covering material does,
the layer of moisture adsorption material is disposed between the copper ion-exchanged ZSM-5 type zeolite and the primary material, and
the gas to be adsorbed by the gas adsorption device passes through the structure comprising the primary material and then through the layer of moisture adsorption material before reaching the layer of copper ion-exchanged ZSM-5 type zeolite.

US Pat. No. 10,247,348

LINING DEVICE FOR LINING A SEWER BRANCH PIPE

1. A lining device for lining a sewer branch pipe, branching off from a main sewer, with a lining tube, the lining device comprising:a holding chamber for holding the lining tube, wherein the holding chamber has a cylindrical geometry with an axis of rotation and a cylindrical holding-chamber outer circumferential surface, and the cylindrical holding-chamber outer circumferential surface has a straight holding-chamber bearing line which is parallel to the axis of rotation;
at least one first reduction piece which is attached to a first axial end side of the holding chamber and has a frustoconical geometry with a reduction-piece outer circumferential surface in the form of an oblique truncated cone, wherein a level line of the oblique truncated cone is located on the reduction-piece outer circumferential surface and forms a straight first reduction-piece bearing line which is aligned with the holding-chamber bearing line;
a deflection piece which is attached to an axial side, away from the holding chamber, of the first reduction piece and which is provided, at an end away from the first reduction piece, with a blow-out connection piece for fastening one end of the lining tube to, wherein the connection between the first reduction piece and the deflection piece is configured such that a position of the blow-out connection piece is settable and adaptable to the position of a junction of the sewer branch pipe leading into the main sewer; and
a pressure application means for applying a blow-out pressure to the device configured in a pressure-tight manner and formed by the holding chamber, the at least first reduction piece and the deflection piece, in order to blow a lining tube, present in the holding chamber and fastened to the blow-out connection piece, out of the blow-out connection piece, wherein a second reduction piece is provided, which is attached to a second axial end side, away from the first reduction piece, of the holding chamber and likewise has a frustoconical geometry with a reduction-piece outer circumferential surface in the form of an oblique truncated cone, wherein a level line of this oblique truncated cone is located on the reduction-piece outer circumferential surface and forms a straight second reduction-piece bearing line which is aligned with the holding-chamber bearing line, the second reduction piece being connected, on a side away from the holding chamber, to a stabilizing element which forms a continuation of the second reduction-piece bearing line, the stabilizing element being hollow, the stabilizing element holding at least a part of an elongate lighting element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,347

MULTI-LAYERED GAS-FILLED BLADDER FOR ACCOMMODATING CHANGES IN FLUID CHARACTERISTICS WITHIN A FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEM

AMTROL LICENSING INC., W...

1. An absorber for use in a fluid delivery system, comprising:a) a housing defining an interior chamber;
b) a connector extending from the housing in fluid communication with the interior chamber for connecting the housing to the fluid delivery system, wherein fluid from the fluid delivery system flows into and out of the housing via the connector; and
c) at least one gas-filled bladder disposed within the interior chamber of the housing to accommodate changes in fluid characteristics within the fluid delivery system, the at least one gas-filled bladder having a multi-layered flexible polymeric shell enclosing the at least one gas-filled bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,247,346

HIGH PRESSURE PIPE AND FITTING RESTRAINT SYSTEM

Gulfstream Services, Inc....

1. A restraint system for use in securing temporary flowlines that each include multiple pipe sections, each pair of sections connected together with fittings, the system comprising:a) multiple assemblies of endless loop slings connected end-to-end, each sling of each said assembly having a pair of sling end portions that are secured to a sling end of one or more other endless slings;
b) disconnectable fittings that join one assembly of multiple endless slings to another assembly of multiple endless slings;
c) wherein each disconnectable fitting is a structural metallic coupler;
d) each assembly of endless loop slings connecting at multiple spaced apart knots to the flowline, each knot encircling the flowline three hundred sixty degrees (360°);
e) wherein each said knot is positioned in between a pair of said sling end portions; and
f) wherein each said knot is formed by a said sling that is connected end-to-end with at least one other said sling of a said assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,345

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HEATING SUBSEA PIPELINE

ICPTECH PTY LTD, (AU)

1. An apparatus for heating a portion of a subsea pipeline, said apparatus comprising:at least one electrical conductor;
a deployment mechanism configured to operatively support a length of said electrical conductor in a looped manner, the deployment mechanism configured to deploy the looped conductor circumferentially about at least a portion of the pipeline thereby forming a circuit;
an actuation assembly configured to operatively position the deployment mechanism relative to the pipeline and to actuate the deployment mechanism for subsequent deployment, the actuation assembly configured to displace said deployment mechanism in at least two planes in Euclidean space to allow desired positioning of the deployment mechanism relative to the pipeline;
an electrical power supply operatively connected to the conductor, said supply configured to operatively induce an alternating magnetic field within the circuit to generate heat in the portion of the pipeline through induction heating; and
a controller for controlling said power supply and configured to automatically determine and maintain a resonant frequency in the circuit by dynamically adjusting a capacitive reactance to match an inductive reactance of the circuit during heating of the pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,247,341

QUICK CONNECT FITTING

1. A quick connect fitting comprising:a coupling assembly having
a coupling unit having
a main body having
a longitudinal direction;
a first end; and
a second end being longitudinally opposite the first end of the main body;
a containing hole longitudinally defined inside the main body and having a bottom;
a seal being annular and abutting against the first end of the main body;
a socket connected to the coupling unit and having
a surrounding wall having
a longitudinal direction;
a first end;
a second end being longitudinally opposite the first end of the surrounding wall; and
a peripheral surface;
a chamber formed inside the surrounding wall;
multiple elongated holes being adjacent to the first end of the surrounding wall, arranged at equiangular intervals, defined through the surrounding wall, and communicating with the chamber, and each of the multiple elongated holes extending toward the second end of the surrounding wall;
multiple retaining holes disposed between the second end of the surrounding wall and the multiple elongated holes, arranged at equiangular intervals, defined through the surrounding wall, and communicating with the chamber; and
an inserting hole longitudinally defined through an end of the socket distal from the coupling unit and communicating with the chamber;
a selection assembly mounted inside the socket and having
a selection valve movably mounted in the chamber and having at least one vent;
a receiving unit having
a receiving section having
a surface;
a longitudinal direction;
a first end facing to the inserting hole; and
a second end longitudinally opposite the first end of the receiving section;
a receiving hole longitudinally defined in the receiving section and communicating with the at least one vent;
multiple first through holes being adjacent to the first end of the receiving section, arranged at equiangular intervals, and respectively aligned with the multiple elongated holes, and each one of the multiple first through holes defined in the surface of the receiving section and communicating with the receiving hole;
multiple second through holes arranged at equiangular intervals, and respectively aligned with the multiple elongated holes, and each one of the multiple second through holes defined in the surface of the receiving section and communicating with the receiving hole;
a restoring elastic unit elongating along the longitudinal direction of the main body, mounted in the containing hole and having
two opposite ends disposed in the longitudinal direction of the main body;
one of the two opposite ends of the restoring elastic unit abutting against the bottom of the containing hole; and
the other end of the restoring elastic unit abutting against the selection valve; and
an abutting elastic unit elongating along the longitudinal direction of the surrounding wall and having
two opposite ends disposed in the longitudinal direction of the surrounding wall;
one of the two opposite ends of the abutting elastic unit abutting against a spacer;
a blocking component mounted inside the receiving unit, elongating along the longitudinal direction of the receiving section, and abutted by the end of the abutting elastic unit that is opposite the bottom of the containing hole;
multiple blocking balls respectively contained in the multiple elongated holes and abutted by the blocking component;
multiple locking balls respectively contained in the multiple retaining holes and abutted by the surface of the receiving section of the receiving unit;
an operating assembly assembled on the socket and having
a first operating sleeve mounted around the socket and blocked by the multiple locking balls;
a first compression spring mounted on the socket, mounted around the socket, and having
two opposite ends;
one of the two opposite ends of the first compression spring abutting against the coupling unit socket; and
the other end of the first compression spring abutting against the first operating sleeve;
a second operating sleeve mounted around the socket and blocked by the multiple blocking balls; and
a second compression spring being in a compressed status, encircling the socket, and having
two opposite ends;
one of the two opposite ends of the second compression spring abutting against the first operating sleeve;
the other end of the second compression spring abutting against the second operating sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,247,337

HOSE END CONSTRUCTION AND FITTING

ContiTech USA, Inc., Fai...

1. An assembly comprising:a large bore hose comprising at least a first bead ring disposed proximate a distal end of the large bore hose, wherein the first bead ring is encapsulated within a layer of the large bore hose; and,
a tapered fitting defining an axial centerline and distal end of the assembly, the tapered fitting defining a first outer diameter relative the axial centerline and a second outer diameter relative the axial centerline, wherein the first outer diameter is greater than the second outer diameter, wherein the second outer diameter is disposed nearer the distal end than the first outer diameter, and wherein the tapered fitting defines a hollow channel therethrough disposed around the axial centerline;wherein the first bead ring is disposed adjacent the second outer diameter of the tapered fitting and remote from the first outer diameter of the tapered fitting, wherein the large bore hose is sealingly secured upon the tapered fitting by interference fit, and wherein the first bead ring is disposed in a plane perpendicular to the axial centerline of the assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,336

CONDUIT GRIPPING DEVICE HAVING RETAINING STRUCTURE FOR CONDUIT FITTING

Swagelok Company, Solon,...

1. A fitting for conduits, comprising: a first fitting component and a second fitting component, at least one conduit gripping device,said at least one conduit gripping device being retained with one of said first fitting component and said second fitting component as a subassembly prior to assembly with the other of said first fitting component and said second fitting component,
said at least one conduit gripping device releasing from said one of said first fitting component and said second fitting component after said subassembly has been at least partially pulled up with said other of said first fitting component and said second fitting component, such that said one of said first fitting component and said second fitting component can disengage axially from said at least one conduit gripping device without interference therewith;
wherein said conduit gripping device comprises a first retaining portion and said one of said first fitting component and said second fitting component comprises a second retaining portion, said first retaining portion and said second retaining portion cooperating to retain said conduit gripping device with said one of said first fitting component and said second fitting component;
wherein the first retaining portion comprises a radial extension and the second retaining portion comprises a recess in an interior surface of the one of the first fitting component and the second fitting component, with a radially outermost portion of the radial extension being received in the recess to retain the conduit gripping device with the one of the first fitting component and the second fitting component as a discontinuous cartridge;
wherein the conduit gripping device comprises a ferrule, the radial extension extending from an outboard portion of the ferrule;
wherein the ferrule includes a ferrule recess axially inboard of the radial extension, wherein when the first fitting component has been at least partially pulled up with the second fitting component, the radial extension is bent axially inboard such that at least a portion of the radial extension is received in the ferrule recess; and
wherein the ferrule comprises a first ferrule, the conduit gripping device further comprising a second ferrule axially disposed between the first ferrule and a drive surface of the one of the first fitting component and the second fitting component.

US Pat. No. 10,247,334

METHODS AND ASSEMBLIES FOR WELDING A GASKET TO A PIPE SECTION

Advanced Drainage Systems...

1. A gasket for providing a seal between a bell portion of a first corrugated pipe section and a spigot portion of a second corrugated pipe section, the gasket comprising:a seating portion extending radially and dimensioned to fit within an annular recess in the spigot portion;
a sealing portion including a first shoulder portion axially extending from one side of the seating portion and a second shoulder portion extending from the other side of the seating portion, the first and second shoulder portions being configured to engage the spigot portion on axially opposite sides; and
a first bonding portion extending from the first shoulder portion and a second bonding portion extending from the second shoulder portion, wherein the first bonding portion and the second bonding portion extend radially opposite the seating portion prior to installation and are configured to bond the gasket to the spigot portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,333

SELF OPENING CLAMP

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A clamp positionable between an open position and a closed position, the clamp comprising:a first half shell having an opening;
a second half shell having an extension with a stopper for maintaining the open position, wherein the opening is configured to receive the extension in the closed position; and
a fastener mechanism configured to move the first half shell and the second half shell into the closed position such that the stopper is forced through the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,247,332

PIPE COUPLING HAVING ARCUATE SNAP COUPLERS WITH CYLINDRICAL BASE BODY

1. A coupler for coupling together the end portions of two pipes wherein the end portions of the two pipes have radial pipe flanges extending therefrom, comprising:a single piece cylindrical base body having a length and a receiving opening therethrough to receive and surround the end portions of the pipes to be coupled and bridging over a gap between the pipes to be coupled;
at least one arcuate coupling member, each of the at least one arcuate coupling members having opposite sides, opposite end portions with opposite end flanges extending inwardly from the opposite end portions, and a length between said opposite end flanges greater than the length of the cylindrical base body, said at least one arcuate coupling member connectable to the cylindrical base body in a coupling position wherein when the end portions of the pipes to be coupled are received in the receiving opening of the cylindrical base body, the opposite end flanges of the arcuate coupling member prevent the passage of the radial pipe flanges to thereby secure the end portions of the pipes to be connected in the single piece cylindrical base body in a connected position;
a holding mechanism for holding the at least one arcuate coupling member its coupling position;
at least one set of truncated flanges extending from the cylindrical base body, each of said truncated flanges of a set of truncated flanges having an opening extending therethrough with said openings through the truncated flanges of each set being aligned;
a connector on a side of the at least one arcuate coupling member;
a fastener shaft adapted to extend between aligned openings through a said set of truncated flanges and to extend through the connector to pivotally connect the at least one arcuate coupling member to the cylindrical base body whereby the arcuate coupling member can rotate between an uncoupling position and the coupling position; and
wherein the holding mechanism includes a connector on the opposite side of the at least one arcuate coupling member cooperable with a holding member attached to the cylindrical base body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,329

CABLE FASTENER WITH HOOK STRUCTURE FOR SUPPORTING A CABLE

1. A cable support for securing at least one cable along a surface, said cable support comprising:an elongated central shaft portion having a forward end, an opposite rearward end, and an elongate through opening defined longitudinally along a length thereof, said rearward end being inwardly tapered in relation to the forward end to define a pair of shoulders on opposite sides of the central shaft portion at an interface between the forward and rearward ends, said forward end further defining a stop sized and shaped to contact and abut the surface; and
first and second hook structures extending from opposite sides of said central shaft portion rearward end, turning and extending toward said central shaft portion forward end, an inward protrusion formed on an interior side of each hook structure with each respective protrusion terminating proximate the respective shoulders to define an interior rearward of said protrusion and shoulder between respective said hook structures and said central shaft portion and a rearward offset between each said first and second hook structure and said stop, each said rearward offset being sized to allow receipt of at least one cable;
whereby when said stop is contacting and abutting the surface, at least one cable may be received within each of said rearward offsets between a corresponding hook structure and the surface and inserted between said corresponding hook structure and said central shaft portion, thereby securing the cable along the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,247,327

BOILER FILL VALVE WITH FAST-FILL AND NON-OSCILATTING DIAL FEATURES

Watts Regulator Co., Nor...

1. A pressure regulator assembly comprising:a regulator valve;
a spring guide;
a spring extending between the spring guide and regulator valve for setting operation of the regulator valve;
a sleeve coupled to the spring guide;
a spring cage coupled to the sleeve;
an adjustment stem coupled to the sleeve;
a dial assembly coupled to the spring cage; and
an adjustment cap coupled to the adjustment stem,
wherein:
when the adjustment cap is depressed, interaction between the spring cage, spring guide and sleeve causes the spring guide to selectively rotate between a normal mode and a fast-fill mode;
in the normal mode, adjustment of the cap determines an output pressure; and
in the fast-fill mode, the spring is further compressed by movement of the spring guide to a predetermined setting to provide a predetermined output pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,326

LINEAR VALVE DRIVE AND VALVE

1. A linear valve drive for connection to a valve body which has a valve seat, comprising a drive housing, a valve closure element, an entrainment element, a piezoelectric actuator having a free end facing away from the valve closure element, which piezoelectric actuator is arranged within said drive housing, and an adjusting device comprising a pulling sleeve coupled to a holding element at one end and the entrainment element at another end, wherein the holding element presses against a bearing part at the free end of the piezoelectric actuator, which adjusting device is configured such that a length of an idle stroke of said linear valve drive is adjustable by actuation of the adjusting device to change axial positioning of the pulling sleeve relative to the piezoelectric actuator, said valve closure element being displaceable in an axial direction between an open position and a closed position by means of said piezoelectric actuator and an interposed actuating device, said piezoelectric actuator being supported on said actuating device via its side directed towards said valve closure element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,324

THERMOSTATIC FLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLO...

1. A flow control device for a fluid comprising:a housing comprising at least one sidewall and defining a longitudinal axis, the housing including an elongated thermostatic beam extending generally parallel to the longitudinal axis, the at least one sidewall being fixed to the thermostatic beam, a first interior area within the housing, the housing having an open top end and an open bottom end, the bottom end disposed opposite the top end; the first interior area being disposed between the open top end and the open bottom end; and
a center plug member comprising a second interior area therein and at least one wall, the center plug having a shape corresponding to a shape of the housing and dimensioned so that the center plug member fits within the first interior area of the housing; the at least one wall defining an opening therethrough to allow the fluid to pass between the first interior area of the housing and the second interior area of the center plug member, and
the flow control device being operable within a pipe to allow the fluid to flow between the first interior area of the housing and through the opening in the at least one wall of the center plug depending on a temperature of the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,247,323

SHUT-OFF VALVE HOUSING AND SHUT-OFF VALVE

GEBERIT INTERNATIONAL AG,...

1. A shutoff valve housing for installation in a sanitary device comprisinga water duct, which is arranged in the shutoff valve housing and has an inlet and an outlet,
wherein the shutoff valve housing comprises a housing element, made of plastic, and at least one connector element, made of metal, the at least one connector element being in connection with the housing element, wherein the water duct extends through the housing element and through the connector element,
wherein the connector element is configured as an insert part and the housing element as an injection molded part,
wherein the housing element is molded onto the connector element such that a one-piece shutoff valve housing is provided,
wherein the connector element comprises at least two, with respect to the water duct, opposite flats, which flats are part of the connector element and are made of metal, and
wherein the housing element comprises in the region of the flats corresponding recesses through which the flats are accessible.

US Pat. No. 10,247,322

METAL REINFORCED SEAL PLATE FOR PILOT ACTUATED SPOOL VALVE

Hunting Energy Services, ...

1. A seal for a pilot-actuated spool valve comprising:a metal disk having a generally planar upper surface, a generally planar lower surface, a central axial opening extending from the upper surface to the lower surface and a stepped outer surface having a first portion with a first outside diameter and a second portion having a second outside diameter greater than the first outside diameter;
a metal ring having a generally planar upper surface, a generally planar lower surface, a central axial opening extending from the upper surface to the lower surface and having a first portion with a first inside diameter substantially equal to the first outside diameter of the metal disk and a second portion having a second inside diameter greater than the first inside diameter, the ring having first outer portion having a first thickness, a second, inner portion having a second thickness less than the first thickness and a third portion intermediate the first portion and the second portion having a third thickness less than the second thickness such that when the metal disk and metal ring are pressed together with an interference fit between the first portion of the metal disk and the first portion of the metal ring an annular cavity is formed between the metal disk and the metal ring open to the lower surface; and
an engineering thermoplastic insert in the cavity having a surface substantially flush with the lower surface of the metal disk and metal ring.

US Pat. No. 10,247,316

CONTROL CARTRIDGE HAVING HIGH VOLUMETRIC FLOW AND A VARIABLE MIXED WATER OUTLET

CERAMTEC GMBH, Plochinge...

1. A control cartridge for single-lever mixing taps, comprisinga housing having a cylindrical housing wall and a base having a borehole for an inlet for cold water, a borehole for an inlet for hot water and a mixed water outlet, the base being sealed off from the housing wall,
a ceramic lower base disk provided on the base, the ceramic lower base disk having a borehole for the inlet for hot water provided above the inlet for hot water, a borehole for the inlet for cold water provided above the inlet for cold water, and a borehole for the mixed water outlet provided above the mixed water outlet,
a rotatable and displaceable ceramic control disk which rests on the base disk and has a bottom surface and a control edge on its outer circumferential surface, the outer circumferential surface of the control disk corresponding to an outer edge of the control disk, the control disk being rotatable and displaceable between a closed position in which the bottom surface of the control disk covers the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for hot water and the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for cold water and an open position in which water from the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for hot water and/or the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for cold water passes between the housing and the outer circumferential surface of the control disk, whereby water from the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for hot water and/or the borehole in the base disk for the inlet for cold water is diverted in the housing to the borehole in the base disk for the mixed water outlet, and
a ceramic upper bearing disk which is sealed off from the housing or the housing wall and rests on the control disk.

US Pat. No. 10,247,314

PLUG VALVE AND METHODS

Tech Energy Products, L.L...

1. A method, comprising:engaging a valve body and an insert in a manner that permits relative movement between the insert and the valve body in one, or both, of first and second opposing axial directions;
substantially aligning first and second fluid passages of the insert with third and fourth fluid passages of the valve body, respectively, the valve body defining a cavity from which the third and fourth fluid passages extend, and the insert extending within the cavity; and
preventing, or at least reducing, relative movement between the insert and a plug in both of the first and second opposing axial directions, the plug defining a fifth fluid passage and extending within the cavity of the valve body so that the fifth fluid passage is substantially alignable with the first and second fluid passages of the insert;
wherein preventing, or at least reducing, relative movement between the insert and the plug in both of the first and second opposing axial directions comprises interlocking an annular tongue extending along one of the plug and the insert with an annular groove formed in the other of the plug and the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,247,309

MECHANICAL SEAL DEVICE FOR USE IN WATER ENVIRONMENT AND SEALING RING THEREOF

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A mechanical seal device for use in a water environment, comprising:a stationary sealing ring made of SiC; and
a rotating sealing ring made of SiC and arranged opposite to the stationary sealing ring, the mechanical seal device bringing opposite sliding surfaces of the stationary sealing ring and the rotating sealing ring into close contact with each other to seal a sealed fluid such as ultrapure water or pure water that has a high specific resistance value,
wherein at least one of the sealing rings including the sliding surfaces is configured by a sintered compact of a material including SiC as a base material compounded with an Al additive, and a specific resistance value of the sealing ring configured by the sintered compact including the sliding surface is equal to or lower than 100 ?·cm, wherein the sealing ring including SiC is configured so that a ratio of the area of a 4H-polytype crystal structure included in the sliding surface is 25% or more relative thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,247,304

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION FOR USE IN VEHICLES

JATCO LTD, Fuji-shi (JP)...

1. A control device for a continuously variable transmission of a vehicle, the continuously variable transmission including a primary pulley connected to an output shaft side of a power plant, a secondary pulley connected to a driving wheel side, an oil pump arranged to be driven by the power plant, and to supply a hydraulic fluid to the pulleys, and a circular belt member wound around the pulleys, the control device comprising:a transmission control unit configured to
control a hydraulic pressure of the hydraulic fluid supplied to the pulleys in accordance with a traveling state of the vehicle, and thereby to control a transmission gear ratio of the continuously variable transmission;
control a line pressure which is a base pressure of the hydraulic pressure; and
judge whether a state of a road surface on which the vehicle travels is a smooth road or a rough road,
when the road is judged to be rough, perform a rough road corresponding control to increase the hydraulic pressure to a value larger than the hydraulic pressure when the road is judged to be smooth, and
when a line-pressure-up control condition is satisfied at the rough road judgment, increase the line pressure to be greater than the line pressure when the line-pressure-up control condition is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,247,299

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A shift device comprising:a shift body that includes an elongated main body, a grip portion for being gripped by an occupant of a vehicle being assembled at one end portion of the main body in a longitudinal direction thereof, and the main body having a rotation support portion thereat so as to be rotatable with the rotation support portion being a center of rotation of the main body such that the shift body is configured to move between shift positions, and;
an operation section that is provided at the grip portion and that is configured to be operated;
an engagement body that is assembled at the main body at an outer side of the main body; and
a restricting body with which the engagement body engages to restrict movement of the shift body, and that permits movement of the shift body by engagement with the engagement body being released by operation of the operation section,
wherein an assembly portion is integrally provided at an outer side portion of the main body so as to protrude toward an outer side of the main body, and the engagement body is supported at the assembly portion,
wherein the engagement body includes an extended portion that extends from the engagement body in a vehicle width direction, and
wherein the restricting body is disposed at at least one side of the shift body in the vehicle width direction, and an engaged portion, with which the extended portion is to be engaged, is formed at the restricting body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,290

BICYCLE REAR SPROCKET

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear sprocket comprising:a sprocket body;
a plurality of sprocket teeth extending radially outwardly from the sprocket body;
a shifting facilitation recess to facilitate a shifting operation in which a bicycle chain is shifted between the bicycle rear sprocket and a smaller rear sprocket adjacent to the bicycle rear sprocket without another sprocket between the bicycle rear sprocket and the smaller rear sprocket; and
an upshifting facilitation projection provided in the shifting facilitation recess to support the bicycle chain in an upshifting operation in which the bicycle chain is shifted from the bicycle rear sprocket to the smaller rear sprocket.

US Pat. No. 10,247,289

COMPONENT WITH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL TEETH AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPONENT

WEBO WERKZEUGBAU OBESCHWA...

1. A method for manufacturing a compound, rotationally symmetrical component with internal and external teeth consisting of a blank having the internal teeth and a toothed body having the external teeth that interlock with the internal teeth, wherein the blank and the toothed body are cup-shaped and nested coaxially in a first method step under form-fitting, mutual support and positively interconnected in a second method step with at least one forming tool resting against an inner or outer periphery, comprising deforming a circumferential surface of the blank continuously in an axial direction and in a radial direction with a roll forming process such that the circumferential surface of the blank is deformed in a form-fitting manner into tooth grooves of toothing of the toothed body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,285

LOCKING AND UNLOCKING MECHANISM FOR RAM AIR TURBINE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A locking mechanism comprising a linkage assembly comprising:a first link and a second link joined at a pivot point;
a linkage assembly spring to bias the linkage assembly into a first, locked, position, the linkage assembly spring is coaxial with a rotational axis of the first link;
a cam assembly having a cam with a cam surface in engagement with the linkage assembly;
a cam biasing member arranged to bias the cam surface to press against the linkage assembly sufficiently to overcome the linkage assembly spring and to force the linkage assembly into a second, unlocked position; and
a solenoid assembly arranged to directly engage the cam in the locked position in which the cam is prevented from forcing the linkage assembly into the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,247,281

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft configured to receive an engine torque;
an output shaft configured to output a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first, a second, and a third rotational elements;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth, a fifth, and a sixth rotational elements;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh, an eighth, and a ninth rotational elements;
a fourth planetary gear set having a tenth, an eleventh, and a twelfth rotational elements;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the first rotational element and the fourth rotational element;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the second rotational element and the twelfth rotational element;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the third rotational element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the fifth rotational element and connected to the input shaft;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the sixth rotational element and the seventh rotational element, and selectively connected to the second shaft;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the eighth rotational element;
a seventh shaft fixedly connected to the ninth rotational element and the tenth rotational element, and selectively connected to the fourth shaft and the fifth shaft respectively; and
an eighth shaft fixedly connected to the eleventh rotational element, selectively connected to the sixth shaft, and connected to the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,247,278

HYBRID ORBITLESS GEARBOX

Orbitless Drives Inc, Va...

13. A method comprising:providing a reference member, a first and second carrier, a first and second central member, one or more offset members, and one or more coupling members;
providing the first and second central members and all offset and coupling members with an engaging means;
providing the reference member with a central axis and a first and second carrier axis;
providing each carrier with a rotation axis and a number of offset axes equal to the number of offset members;
providing each offset member with a first and second member axis;
locating all axes whereby they are all parallel;
spacing the first and second carrier axes apart by a carrier distance;
spacing all associated first and second member axes apart by the carrier distance;
spacing each offset axis and the associated rotation axis apart by an offset distance;
arranging all offset axes circumferentially around the associated rotation axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling the first central member and the central axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling the second central member and the central axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling the first rotation axis and first carrier axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling the second rotation axis and second carrier axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling each first member axis and a different first offset axis;
co-axially locating and rotatably coupling each second member axis and a different second offset axis;
and simultaneously engaging the coupling members with the second central member and all offset members.

US Pat. No. 10,247,276

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A ROTATION DAMPER FUNCTIONING ACCORDING TO THE GYROSCOPIC PRINCIPLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for controlling a rotation damper operating according to the gyroscopic principle for a motor vehicle, wherein the rotation damper comprises:a flywheel driven by a drive, rotating about a rotation axis with an angular velocity ??, which is cardanically mounted via a first bearing element and a second bearing element, wherein the flywheel is rotatably mounted at a rotation angle ? on the first bearing element,and the first bearing element is rotatably mounted at the second bearing element about a first axis oriented orthogonally to the rotation axis of the flywheel at a first rotation angle ?, and the second bearing element is rotatably mounted about a second axis oriented orthogonally to the first axis at a second rotation angle ?, wherein the first bearing element is operationally connected to a shaft drive and the second bearing element is connected to a wheel carrier, so that an inward and outward movement of the wheel carrier causes a rotation of the second bearing element at the second rotation angle ?, wherein a torque M? acting on the second bearing element is used as a control variable and an adjustable torque M? that is set via the shaft motor is used as a manipulated variable, wherein the control of the manipulated variable M? is carried out as a function of the first rotation angle ? and of the angular velocity ?? of the first bearing element about the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,247,272

HYDRAULIC DAMPER HAVING SELF-ADJUSTING WEAR BAND

BEIJINGWEST INDUSTRIES CO...

1. A hydraulic damper assembly comprising:a housing extending about and along an axis and defining an interior wall and a chamber for holding a fluid;
a piston assembly disposed in said chamber and axially moveable therein;
said piston assembly including a core;
a wear band disposed about said core and having an inside surface and an outside surface; and
said inside surface of said wear band defining at least one groove in fluid communication with said chamber for allowing the fluid to bias said wear band toward said interior wall of said housing during the passage of the fluid through said at least one groove during the movement of said piston assembly;
wherein said wear band defines at least one gap extending between first and second ends of said wear band and defining a pair of edges in spaced relationship with one another, and wherein said at least one groove is spaced from said at least one gap.

US Pat. No. 10,247,270

MOTION CONVERSION MECHANISM AND ELECTRIC BRAKE ACTUATOR USING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A motion conversion mechanism comprising:a cylindrical body;
a shaft body disposed coaxially with the cylindrical body, and the shaft body being inside the cylindrical body; and
a plurality of planetary rollers, each of the planetary rollers being disposed between the shaft body and the cylindrical body, being configured to revolve around the shaft body, and being configured to rotate on a planetary roller's own axis, and the plurality of the planetary rollers includes a plurality of first planetary rollers and a plurality of second planetary rollers,
wherein:
the shaft body has a shaft body external screw and shaft body gear teeth in an outer periphery of the shaft body;
the plurality of the first planetary rollers has a first planetary roller external screw which meshes with the shaft body external screw of the shaft body, and a first planetary roller gear teeth which meshes with the shaft body gear teeth of the shaft body, in an outer periphery of the plurality of the first planetary rollers;
the plurality of the second planetary rollers has a second planetary roller external screw which meshes with the shaft body external screw of the shaft body, and a second planetary roller gear teeth which meshes with the shaft body gear teeth of the shaft body, in an outer periphery of the plurality of the second planetary rollers;
the cylindrical body has an internal screw provided in a screw region that is an intermediate region in an axial direction of the cylindrical body, and meshes with the first planetary roller external screw and the second planetary roller external screw, and a first cylindrical body gear teeth and a second cylindrical body gear teeth, each of which is provided in each of a first gear region and a second gear region, which are two regions sandwiching the screw region between the two regions in the axial direction;
the first planetary roller external screw provided in each of the first planetary rollers meshes with the internal screw provided in the screw region of the cylindrical body, and the first planetary roller gear teeth provided in each of the first planetary rollers mesh with the first cylindrical body gear teeth provided in the first gear region of the cylindrical body without meshing with the second gear teeth provided in the second cylindrical body gear region of the cylindrical body; and
the second planetary roller external screw provided in each of the second planetary rollers meshes with the internal screw provided in the screw region of the cylindrical body, and the second planetary roller gear teeth provided in each of the second planetary rollers mesh with the second cylindrical body gear teeth provided in the second gear region of the cylindrical body without meshing with the first cylindrical body gear teeth provided in the first gear region of the cylindrical body.

US Pat. No. 10,247,268

BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A brake device comprising:left and right parking brake mechanisms configured to independently apply braking forces to left and right wheels of a vehicle, respectively, and hold the vehicle stationary; and
a control device configured to control these parking brake mechanisms,
the control device including a parking brake actuation determiner configured to adjust respective timings at which the left and right parking brake mechanisms are actuated so as to reduce an uncomfortable feeling caused to an occupant of the vehicle,
wherein the parking brake actuation determiner includes
a set time observer configured to input a parking brake actuation command into one of the left and right parking brake mechanisms, and determine whether a predetermined set time has elapsed, and
an actuation command suspending section configured to input a parking brake actuation command into the other of the left and right parking brake mechanisms based on the set time observer determining that the set time has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 10,247,266

BRAKE MOUNTING BRACKET APPARATUS

BWI (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.,...

1. A brake mounting bracket apparatus for a vehicle, said brake mounting bracket apparatus comprising:a rear body and a front body disposed in spaced and substantially parallel relationship with one another each for holding a brake pad of the vehicle,
said rear body including an inboard tie bar extending between a pair of margins,
said rear body further including a pair of legs, wherein each of said legs extends between a lower portion and and a terminal end, and wherein said lower portion of one of said legs is located at one of said margins, and wherein said lower portion of the other of said legs is located at the other of said margins,
said front body including an outboard tie bar extending between a pair of boundaries,
said front body further including a pair of arms, wherein each of said arms extends between a bottom portion and a distal end, and wherein said bottom portion of one of said arms is located adjacent to one of said boundaries of said outboard tie bar, and wherein said bottom portion of the other of said arms is located adjacent to the other of said boundaries of said outboard tie bar,
a pair of bridges each extending in an axial direction between said terminal end of one of said legs and said distal end of one of said arms and extending axially past said distal end of said one of said arms for connecting said front and rear bodies to one another,
a pair of webs each extending outwardly from one of said bridges for providing stiffness to said bridges and for damping vibrations in said mounting bracket apparatus,
wherein said pair of webs each defines an uppermost region at said distal end of one of said arms and an outermost peak spaced outwardly from said uppermost region,
wherein said pair of webs each further defines a pair of sidewalls that extend in spaced and substantially parallel relationship with one another and said pair of arms and said pair of legs,
wherein said pair of webs each has a top face between said bridge, said outermost peak, and said sidewalls, and wherein said pair of webs each defines a recess extending therein between said sidewalls and concaved toward said top face for receiving masses of material to provide for frequency tuning of the vibration damping capabilities of the mounting bracket apparatus,
wherein said recesses each are in part defined between a corresponding one of said arms and corresponding sidewalls of the corresponding one of said webs in said axial direction,
wherein a portion of each of said pair of webs extends away from the corresponding one of said bridges beyond an outer surface of a corresponding distal end of one of said arms to a corresponding outermost peak, thereby forming an outermost portion of each of said pair of webs at the corresponding outermost peak which is axially adjacent an outer surface of a corresponding terminal end of one of said legs.

US Pat. No. 10,247,265

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL COUPLING AND/OR UNCOUPLING OF AUTOMOTIVE ALTERNATOR

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automov...

1. An intelligent system for a selective electromechanical coupling and/or uncoupling of automotive alternator, of the type to be applied to a vehicle equipped with an internal combustion engine, said engine having a crankshaft, protruding beyond an engine block, and wherein a pulley for mechanical drive is coupled, in rotation, of an alternator and other automotive devices, said alternator comprising:a rotor and a stator, said rotor having a shaft protruding beyond a housing;
an electromagnetic clutch coupled to the alternator rotor shaft and fixed in relation to the alternator housing, said clutch externally supporting a pulley which is coupled, in rotation, by a belt, in the crankshaft pulley;
a voltage regulator which controls the alternator output voltage, said voltage regulator receiving command signals by a connector, through a data line coming from an ECU; and
a voltage output, electrically coupled to vehicle electrical loads and to a battery, said battery being connected to a battery state-of-charge sensor, and wherein said sensor sends indicative signals of the battery state-of-charge to the ECU, via a data line,
wherein the ECU commands the alternator coupling and/or uncoupling depending on the battery state-of-charge, the alternator coupling and/or uncoupling is ECU commanded for performing two successive and different actions, the first action being the mechanical coupling and/or uncoupling and the other action being the electrical coupling and/or uncoupling.

US Pat. No. 10,247,264

SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A selectable one-way clutch comprising:a fixed plate;
a rotatable plate facing the fixed plate;
an engaging mechanism configured to engage the fixed plate and the rotatable plate with each other;
a switching plate arranged between the fixed plate and the rotatable plate, the switching plate being configured to switch a status of engagement of the fixed plate and the rotatable plate between an engaged state and a disengaged state by rotating around a central axis of the rotatable plate by a predetermined angle, the engaged state being a state where the fixed plate and the rotatable plate are engaged with each other by the engaging mechanism, the disengaged state being a state where the fixed plate and the rotatable plate are not engaged with each other by the engaging mechanism, lubricating oil being interposed between any adjacent two of the fixed plate, the switching plate and the rotatable plate;
an arm member coupled to the switching plate, the arm member protruding outward in a radial direction of the switching plate; and
an actuator including an operating shaft member, the operating shaft member protruding from the actuator, the operating shaft member being configured to move the arm member to between an engaged position and a disengaged position by moving the arm member along a circumferential direction of the switching plate, the engaged position being a position in which the engaged state is established, the disengaged position being a position in which the disengaged state is established,
the arm member including an operating portion that receives force in an axis direction of the operating shaft member from the operating shaft member,
the operating shaft member including a first contact portion and a second contact portion, the first contact portion and the second contact portion facing each other via the operating portion such that the second contact portion, the operating portion and the first contact portion being located in this order from a side of the actuator in the axis direction of the operating shaft member, the first contact portion and the second contact portion being used to cause force in the axis direction of the operating shaft member to act on the operating portion by contacting the operating portion, the operating shaft member including an elastic member configured to apply urging force to the operating portion via the second contact portion, the urging force being a force to move the arm member from the engaged position toward the disengaged position,
the selectable one-way clutch configured such that a first distance is larger than a second distance,
the first distance being a distance from a rotation center of the switching plate to a contact point of the operating portion and the first contact portion at the time when the first contact portion and the operating portion contact each other by moving the operating shaft portion with the actuator to move the first contact portion toward the operating portion, and
the second distance being a distance from the rotation center of the switching plate to a contact point of the operating portion and the second contact portion at the time when the operating portion and the second contact portion contact each other by moving the arm member from the disengaged position toward the engaged position without moving the operating shaft member with the actuator, the second distance is larger than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,247,263

SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A selectable one-way clutch comprising:a pocket plate;
a notch plate so disposed as to face the pocket plate, the notch plate rotating coaxially with the pocket plate;
a selector plate in a disk shape, the selector plate disposed between the pocket plate and the notch plate, the selector plate configured to rotate coaxially with the pocket plate and the notch plate at a predetermined angle so as to carry out switching between an engagement state to transmit torque between the pocket plate and the notch plate, and a non-engagement state to transmit no torque between the pocket plate and the notch plate;
an arm coupled to the selector plate so as to project toward an outer circumference of the selector plate; and
an actuator including an operating shaft, the operating shaft configured to move the arm along a circumferential direction of the selector plate so as to move the arm to an engagement position at which the pocket plate and the notch plate come into an engagement state, and to a non-engagement position at which the pocket plate and the notch plate come into a non-engagement state, the operating shaft including a slope portion inclined relative to a direction of a tangential line to the outer circumference of the selector plate, the slope portion configured to move the selector plate to a position farther apart from the notch plate in a case where the arm is located at the non-engagement position than a position from the notch plate in the case where the arm is located at the engagement position
wherein the slope portion is arranged at a connecting portion that comes into contact with the arm when the plunger is brought to project in the projecting direction, and
wherein when the pocket plate and the notch plate come into the non-engagement state from the engagement state, the arm comes into contact with the slope portion and the arm is moved along the slope of the slope portion in the direction in which the selector plate becomes apart from the notch plate.

US Pat. No. 10,247,260

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS

Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C., ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising: a clutch housing that rotates with the rotation of an input member, a plurality of driving clutch plates are attached to the clutch housing; a clutch member includes a plurality of driven clutch plates formed alternately between the driving clutch plates of the clutch housing, the clutch member is connected to an output member;a pressure member is attached to the clutch member, the pressure member brings the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates into a pressure contact or to a release pressure-contact force, axial movement occurs relative to the clutch member;
a biasing mechanism biases the pressure member in a direction so that the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates come into pressure contact;
a pressure-contact assist cam increases the pressure-contact force between the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates when rotational force input into the input member is transmitted to the output member and the pressure member and the clutch member rotate relative to each other; and
a back torque limiter cam releases the pressure-contact force between the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates when rotation of the output member exceeds the rotational speed of the input member and the pressure member and the clutch member rotate relative to each other;
the power transmitting apparatus transmitting or cutting off rotational force input into the input member to the output member by bringing the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates into pressure contact or releasing the pressure-contact force;
a receiving portion for the biasing mechanism on a side of the pressure member includes at least one receiving member separate from the pressure member;
a first cam surface and a second cam surface, for direct contact with or release from one another, constituting one of the pressure-contact assist cam and the back torque limiter cam, are, respectively, formed on the at least one receiving member and the clutch member; and
a third cam surface and a fourth cam surface, for direct contact with or release from one another, constituting the other of the pressure-contact assist cam and the back torque limiter cam, are, respectively, formed on the pressure member and the clutch member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,257

SYNCHRONIZER AND METHOD FOR SHIFTING A GEAR

HOERBIGER ANTRIEBSTECHNIK...

1. A synchronizer (10) for a gear transmission, comprising a synchronizer body (12) arranged on a transmission shaft, a first and a second synchronizer ring (32, 34, 36, 38) which are proximate to a first and a second transmission gear (28, 30) and during a shifting operation can synchronize rotational speeds of the synchronizer body (12) and the adjacent transmission gear (28, 30), a sliding sleeve (26) which is non-rotatably arranged on the synchronizer body (12) and can be shifted from a neutral position in opposite directions into a first and a second shifting position in order to non-rotatably couple the first and the second transmission gear (28, 30) with the synchronizer body (12), and at least one thrust piece (18) which is shiftably arranged on the synchronizer body (12) and during a shifting operating can exert an axial compressive force on the synchronizer ring (32, 34, 36, 38) corresponding to the transmission gear (28, 30) for pre-synchronization, wherein an elastic actuating element (20) is provided, which is active between the sliding sleeve (26) and the thrust piece (18), characterized in that a detent recess (50) for the neutral position as well as a release contour (54) are provided on the sliding sleeve (26), wherein the detent recess has a center, wherein the release contour (54) can cooperate with the actuating element (20) such that when the sliding sleeve (26) is shifted for being engaged with one of the transmission gears (28, 30), the thrust piece (18) is urged away from the corresponding synchronizer ring (32, 34, 36, 38), and wherein the release contour (54) has an axial length which is not more than twice the idle stroke of the sliding sleeve (26) between the neutral position and the position in which the corresponding synchronizer ring (32, 34, 36, 38) presses against an adjacent friction surface.

US Pat. No. 10,247,256

CLUTCH ASSEMBLY FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A clutch comprising:a clutch housing connected to first friction disks;
a clutch hub having an annulus connected to second friction disks and defining oil holes each having an entrance on an inner surface of the annulus; and
air passageways extending through the annulus and having an entrance radially inboard and offset of the entrances of the holes.

US Pat. No. 10,247,250

FIXED TYPE CONSTANT VELOCITY UNIVERSAL JOINT

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A fixed type constant velocity universal joint, comprising:an outer joint member comprising a cup section having a plurality of track grooves formed in a radially inner surface thereof;
an inner joint member having a plurality of track grooves formed in a radially outer surface thereof;
a plurality of torque transmitting balls, which are interposed between the plurality of track grooves of the outer joint member and the plurality of track grooves of the inner joint member, and are configured to transmit torque therebetween; and
a cage, which is interposed between the radially inner surface of the outer joint member and the radially outer surface of the inner joint member, the cage comprising pockets configured to retain the plurality of torque transmitting balls therein,
the outer joint member further comprising a cutout portion that is formed at least at each corner portion on an opening side of the cup section, which is defined between a radially inner opening end portion of each of the plurality of track grooves and a radially inner spherical surface portion formed between the plurality of track grooves, the cutout portion being configured to prevent the cage from interfering with the outer joint member when the cage is incorporated into the outer joint member, and
in a forging state of the outer joint member, the cutout portions and the plurality of track grooves of the outer joint member are cold-forging ironing finished using a single ironing punch.

US Pat. No. 10,247,248

DRIVE SHAFT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

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

1. A drive shaft that connects and transmits torque between respective constant velocity joints, comprising:a shaft member made of metal and configured to be attached on one end side thereof to one of the constant velocity joints, and including a serrated part on which serrations are formed on another end side thereof;
a tubular member made from a carbon fiber composite material and formed with a fitting part fitted externally over the serrated part; and
an exterior sleeve configured to cover the fitting part by being disposed to extend over outer circumferential surfaces of the shaft member and the tubular member;
wherein an adhesive and a film provided with a bonding assistance region are configured to be interposed between an outer circumferential surface of the tubular member and an inner circumferential surface of the exterior sleeve, and
wherein the bonding assistance region comprises a suction pad structure.

US Pat. No. 10,247,246

TOOL COUPLER WITH THREADED CONNECTION FOR TOP DRIVE

WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HO...

1. A drive unit of a top drive system comprising:a drive stem having a torque gear profile and a load coupling, wherein the load coupling is a threaded coupling;
a torque sleeve movable between a first position and a second position, and having a sleeve gear profile that engages the torque gear profile when the torque sleeve is in the second position, wherein the drive stem extends through the torque sleeve;
a tool adapter having a complementary load coupling to the load coupling of the drive stem, and a stem gear profile that is complementary to the sleeve gear profile; and
at least one coupling between the drive unit and the tool adapter selected from a group consisting of: threaded couplings, hydraulic couplings, pneumatic couplings, electronic couplings, fiber optic couplings, bi-directional torque couplings, axial load couplings, power couplings, data couplings, and signal couplings.

US Pat. No. 10,247,237

ROLLING BEARING AND MOTOR HAVING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A rolling bearing comprising:an inner rim fixed to a rotating shaft;
an outer rim spaced apart from the inner rim;
a rolling member disposed between the inner rim and the outer rim; and
an elastic mesh defining a plurality of through-holes and surrounding an outer circumferential surface of the outer rim,
wherein the elastic mesh comprises a metal wire mesh comprising at least one metal wire that is irregularly tangled and that defines at least a portion of the plurality of through-holes, and
wherein the plurality of through-holes comprises a first through-hole that is open in a radial direction of the elastic mesh, a second through-hole that is open in an axial direction of the elastic mesh, and a third through-hole that is open in an oblique direction between the radial direction and the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,236

BEARING RING

12. A rolling-element bearing assembly comprising:a support element, and
a bearing ring mounted on the support element,
the bearing ring comprising:
a substantially axial mounting surface in contact with the support element,
a running surface configured to support a rolling element, the running surface having a first edge and a second edge axially spaced from the first edge, and
a first edge surface extending from the first edge of the running surface to the axial mounting surface and a second edge surface extending from the second edge of the running surface to the axial mounting surface, the first edge surface and the second edge surface axially delimiting the bearing ring,
wherein the running surface has an axial width greater than an axial width of the mounting surface,
wherein the first edge surface is spaced from the support element by a gap, and
wherein, starting from a junction of the support element and the mounting surface and extending axially from the junction of the support element and the mounting surface, a radial width of the gap increases and then decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,247,235

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE PRELOAD IN A BEARING ASSEMBLY AND BEARING ASSEMBLY

1. A method for setting a preload in a bearing assembly, wherein the bearing assembly comprises at least one rolling-element bearing with at least one bearing inner ring and at least one bearing outer ring, and wherein the at least one bearing inner ring and the at least one bearing outer ring are provided with an electrical insulation so that they are electrically isolated with respect to their respective attachments, the method comprising:a) increasing the preload in the bearing assembly starting from a first initial value, or decreasing the preload in the bearing assembly starting from a second initial value, and measuring the electrical resistance between the bearing inner ring and the bearing outer ring; and
b) terminating the changing of the preload in the bearing assembly in response to a target value for the electrical resistance being reached.

US Pat. No. 10,247,231

THRUST BEARING ASSEMBLY

DOOSAN SKODA POWER S.R.O....

1. A thrust bearing assembly comprising:a casing,
a supporting ring positioned within said casing,
a leverage mechanism housed within said casing,
tilting pads for contacting a rotor,
supporting discs connecting said leverage mechanism with said tilting pads via openings in said casing,
wherein the leverage mechanism comprises a plurality of first levering plates and an equal number of second levering plates, the first and second levering plates forming an endless overlapping arrangement within said casing, each first levering plate touching two second levering plates at contact surfaces and vice versa, wherein the first and second levering plates are preferably substantially arcuate-shaped, and
wherein at least the first levering plates or at least the second levering plates are tiltingly positioned on supporting pins, whereas the at least first levering plates or the at least second levering plates comprise a recess, having a conical, cylindrical or spherical shape, with a ball-shaped protrusion within the recess, and the supporting pins, on which the at least first levering plates or the at least second levering plates are tiltingly positioned, comprise a ball-shaped socket fitting the ball-shaped protrusion of the at least first levering plates or the at least second levering plates.

US Pat. No. 10,247,228

BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY HAVING FRICTION COATED COMPONENTS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING A BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY HAVING DEFINED GAPS

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

1. A ball joint assembly comprising:a housing having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the housing at least partially defining a cavity;
a ball stud including a head portion positioned within the cavity and a shaft connected to the head portion, the shaft extending through an opening at the second end of the housing;
a ball race positioned within the cavity at the first end of the housing, the ball race having an inner surface, wherein a portion of the ball race extends past the opening at the second end of the housing;
an interface defined between the inner surface of the ball race and an outer surface of the head portion; and
a solid friction coating positioned within the interface, the solid friction coating coupled to at least one of the inner surface of the ball race and the outer surface of the head portion, wherein the solid friction coating has a hardness of 170 N/mm2 to 230 N/mm2; wherein a central axis of the housing is defined between the first end of the housing and the second end of the housing, the central axis extending through a centerline of the ball joint, an angle A2 between an inner surface of the housing and the central axis is between 8 degrees and 15 degrees, an angle B2 between a lower portion of the ball race and the central axis is between 8 degrees and 15 degrees, and a first gap defines a difference in angle between B2 and A2.

US Pat. No. 10,247,226

CRANKSHAFT FOR RECIPROCATING ENGINE

1. A crankshaft to be mounted in a reciprocating engine, the crankshaft including journals serving as a central axis of rotation, crank pins decentered from the journals, and crank arms connecting the journals and the crank pins, the crank pins being on a first end of a pair of the crank arms, the journals being on a second end of the crank arms opposite to the first end of the crank arms, wherein:at least one of the crank arms has a counterweight integrated therewith on the second end of the at least one crank arm;
at least one of the crank arms in a selected pair of crank arms having one of the crank pins, one of the counterweights and a recess in a crank pin-facing surface, the recess extending entirely between the one crank pin and the one counterweight so as to not overlap with the one crank pin; and
the at least one crank arm includes a first rib formed only along part of a first side portion of the recess along a first periphery of the one crank arm.

US Pat. No. 10,247,225

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A FUNCTIONAL SHAFT

Neumayer Tekfor Engineeri...

1. A device for producing a functional shaft, comprising:at least two retaining elements, each of the at least two retaining elements being
configured to hold a respective one of at least two functional elements at a respective predetermined angular position, and
located axially one after the other at a predetermined axial distance relative to each other; and
a force measuring unit,
wherein
each of the at least two functional elements has a pocket configured to receive a shaft, and
the force measuring unit is configured to independently measure forces applied to the at least two retaining elements and the respective ones of the at least two functional elements held on the at least two retaining elements during axial insertion of a shaft into the pockets of the at least two functional elements, each of the applied forces being useable to determine a value of a torque which the inserted shaft and the respective functional element is capable of withstanding without relative motion between the inserted shaft and the respective functional element.

US Pat. No. 10,247,223

MULTI-GLIDE LOCKING SNAP HOOK FASTENER

Travel Caddy, Inc., Elk ...

1. A fastener, comprising:a body comprising a curved hook and a base, the base comprising a longitudinal bore and a multipart channel extending radially into the longitudinal bore the base having a first end and a second end;
the multipart channel comprising:
a first channel segment spaced apart from the first end of the base and extending linearly along or across a first part of the base and toward the second end of the base;
a second channel segment extending laterally or both laterally and longitudinally along or across a second part of the base, the second channel segment contiguous and communicating with the first channel segment, and the second channel segment offset at a first angle from the first channel segment; and
a third channel segment extending linearly along or across a third part of the base and extending further toward the second end of the base than the first channel segment, the third channel segment contiguous and communicating with the second channel segment, and the third channel segment offset at a second, obtuse angle from the second channel segment;anda gate arranged within the longitudinal bore, the gate comprising an elongated shaft and a grip extending from the elongated shaft and into the multipart channel, the gate moveable both longitudinally and rotatably within the longitudinal bore.

US Pat. No. 10,247,218

BRUSHING RETENTION OF THREADED FASTENER

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A fastener assembly comprising:a first component defining a rotor blade having a back face and a first mating face opposing the back face, and an opening including an inner circumferential surface extending from the back face to the first mating face;
a second component defining a rotor hub having a front face and a second mating face opposing the front face, the rotor blade and the rotor hub arranged such that the first mating face is closest to the second mating face;
a bushing installed through the opening of the rotor blade, an outer circumferential surface of the bushing having a direct frictional engagement with the inner circumferential surface of the opening in the rotor blade to retain the bushing thereat;
a threaded fastener extending through the bushing and through the rotor hub, the threaded fastener transmitting a tensile load into the bushing; and
a nut secured to the threaded fastener at the rotor hub to retain the rotor hub at the rotor blade and which induces the load into the threaded fastener,
wherein the frictional engagement between the bushing and the rotor blade resists the tensile load applied to the threaded fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,247,216

FASTENERLESS ANTI-PEEL ADHESIVE JOINT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A fastenerless anti-peel adhesive joint, comprising:a first part having a first surface and forming a first anti-peel feature extending internally from the first surface into the first part, the first anti-peel feature including a first anti-peel surface substantially perpendicular to the first surface;
a second part having a second surface and forming a second anti-peel feature extending internally from the second surface into the second part, the second anti-peel feature including a second anti-peel surface substantially perpendicular to the second surface; and
an adhesive disposed between the first and second surfaces and within the first and second anti-peel features, the adhesive connecting the first part to the second part via adhesive bonds at the first and second surfaces and at the first and second anti-peel surfaces;
wherein the first and second anti-peel features are configured to load the adhesive bonds at the first and second anti-peel surfaces in shear stress when the fastenerless anti-peel adhesive joint is subjected to a peel force that is normal to the first and second surfaces such that the shear strength of the adhesive bonds at the first and second anti-peel surfaces prevents the first and second parts from being peeled apart.

US Pat. No. 10,247,214

DISSIMILAR MATERIAL JOINING STRUCTURE AND PRODUCING METHOD OF DISSIMILAR MATERIAL JOINED BODY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A dissimilar material joining structure comprising:a resin member having a plate shape, the resin member including a hole extending through the resin member;
a metallic member having a plate shape, the metallic member including a portion that faces the hole and an outer circumference of the hole; and
a metallic rivet including: a shaft disposed within the hole, the shaft having an axial direction extending in a plate thickness direction of the resin member; and a head integral with a first end in the axial direction of the shaft, the head disposed outside the hole,
wherein
the rivet is configured such that a brim portion of the head is in contact with a surface of the resin member, a second end in the axial direction of the shaft is joined to the metallic member via a weld, and the brim portion holds the resin member between the brim portion and the metallic member,
the shaft includes: a pillar extending from a center of the head; an enlarged diameter portion that is continuous with the pillar and having a diameter greater than a diameter of the pillar; and a punching portion joined to the metallic member via the weld,
the hole includes: a small-diameter hole portion that is adjacent to an outer circumference of the pillar, the small-diameter hole portion having an inner diameter equal to the diameter of the enlarged diameter portion; and a large-diameter hole portion that is adjacent to an outer circumference of the punching portion, the large-diameter hole portion having an inner diameter greater than the diameter of the enlarged diameter portion,
and
an entire outer circumference of the shaft is separated from an entire inner circumferential surface of the hole by a radially-extending gap.

US Pat. No. 10,247,211

SPINE OR WHEEL OF INTERCONNECTED UNITS

1. A device comprising:a plurality of hollow units, each unit comprising a circumferential wall having a first end region and a second end region, wherein the first end region is narrower than the second end region and the plurality of units are in an interconnected arrangement, such that
the first end region of a first unit of the plurality of units is received within the second end region of a second unit of the plurality of units, and
a flexible elongate member extends longitudinally through the interconnected units, whereby
the circumferential walls of the interconnected first and second units abut each other and the interconnected units are secured together; and
the plurality of units is formed in a ring such that the first end region of each unit of the plurality of units is received within the second end region of an adjacent second unit of the plurality of units; wherein
the device is suitable for use as a wheel further comprising a central hub and a plurality of spokes which are connected to the central hub, said plurality of spokes extending radially from the central hub to the plurality of units and being attached to the plurality of units, and wherein at least one of the plurality of units is moveable in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,247,209

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ZERO-LEAK DIRECTIONAL CONTROL VALVES

WALVOIL S.P.A., Reggio E...

1. A hydraulic system to activate the hydraulic actuators (3; 3a, 3b) of an operating machine; the hydraulic system (1) comprises:a first high-pressure oil delivery (4);
an oil drain (8);
a first slide valve (9; 9a), which comprises a first spool (12; 12a) axially sliding and suited to control a first hydraulic actuator (3; 3a);
a second low-pressure oil delivery (6);
an activation valve (15); and
a first bidirectional valve (21; 21a) having a first passage opening (22; 22a) that can be hydraulically connected, by means of the first slide valve (9; 9a) to the first delivery (4) and a second passage opening (23; 23a) hydraulically connected to the first actuator (3; 3a); wherein the first bidirectional valve (21; 21a) has an inlet opening (24; 24a) that can be connected, by means of the activation valve (15), to the second delivery (6) and an outlet opening (25; 25a) that can be connected, by means of the first spool (12; 12a) to the drain (8).

US Pat. No. 10,247,207

INDUSTRIAL VEHICLE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. An industrial vehicle comprising:an engine;
a hydraulic pump driven by the engine;
an oil tank, which stores hydraulic oil to be pumped by the hydraulic pump;
a hydraulic actuating device actuated by hydraulic pressure;
a first circuit, which includes a control valve and switches supply and discharge of the hydraulic oil by using the control valve, thereby driving the hydraulic actuating device;
a first oil passage, which connects the first circuit to the hydraulic pump;
a second circuit, which controls a pressure in the first circuit;
a first detecting means, which is used to obtain an engine speed;
a second detecting means, which is used to obtain a discharge pressure of the hydraulic pump; and
a control device, wherein
the second circuit includes
a second oil passage, which connects the hydraulic pump to the oil tank without the first circuit in between,
a pressure compensating valve, which is located on the second oil passage,
a third oil passage, which connects the control valve to the oil tank,
a relief pressure valve, which is located on the third oil passage,
a fourth oil passage, which is connected to a back pressure chamber of tithe relief pressure valve,
an electromagnetic valve, which is located on the fourth oil passage, and
a fifth oil passage, which is connected to the third oil passage between the control valve and the relief pressure valve, wherein the fifth oil passage introduces a pressure of the third oil passage into the pressure compensating valve,
the control device actuates the electromagnetic valve to open the fourth oil passage when determining that an engine stall is likely to occur based on information of the engine speed obtained from a detection result of the first detecting means and information of the discharge pressure of the hydraulic pump obtained from a detection result of the second detecting means, and
the electromagnetic valve opens the fourth oil passage to actuate the pressure compensating valve such that the hydraulic pump is connected to the oil tank.

US Pat. No. 10,247,205

ACCUMULATOR RACKS

Dana Italia SPA, Arco (I...

1. A method of charging a hydro-pneumatic energy storage system, the energy storage system comprising a first hydro-pneumatic accumulator comprising a first hollow vessel and, disposed within the first hollow vessel, a first compressible volume containing a first amount of gas, and the system comprising a second hydro-pneumatic accumulator comprising a second hollow vessel and, disposed within the second hollow vessel, a second compressible volume containing a second amount of gas, the method comprising the steps of:pre-pressurizing the gas contained in the first volume to a first hydrostatic pre-charge pressure and pre-pressurizing the gas contained in the second volume to a second hydrostatic pre-charge pressure, the second pre-charge pressure being higher than the first pre-charge pressure;
pressurizing the gas in the first volume by discharging a non-compressible hydraulic fluid into the first vessel while keeping a quantity of non-compressible hydraulic fluid contained in the second vessel constant to keep the pressure of the gas contained in the second volume at the second pre-charge pressure; and,
when the pressure of the gas in the first volume reaches the second pre-charge pressure, pressurizing the gas in the second volume by discharging a non-compressible hydraulic fluid into the second vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,247,200

COOLING OR HEATING FLUID CIRCULATION SYSTEM OF A CANTILEVERED CENTRIFUGAL PUMP

TIANJIN CRDT FLUID CONTRO...

1. A cooling or heating fluid circulation system of a cantilevered centrifugal pump, comprising a pump shaft (7), wherein one end of the pump shaft is connected with a vane wheel (10), a shaft sleeve (11) sleeved on the periphery of the pump shaft (7), a left sealing gland (51) and a right sealing gland (52), which are sleeved on the periphery of the shaft sleeve (11), wherein the left sealing gland and the right sealing gland are connected in sequence from one end of the vane wheel (10) along the axial direction of the shaft sleeve (11); gaps formed between the left sealing gland (51) and the said shaft sleeve (11) and between the right sealing gland (52) and the said shaft sleeve (11) respectively, where the gap between the left sealing gland (51) and the shaft sleeve (11) houses an inside rotating sealing ring (12) fixed with the shaft sleeve (11) and an inside stationary sealing ring (13) fixed with the left sealing gland (51), an outside rotating sealing ring (17) fixed with the shaft sleeve (11) and an outside stationary sealing ring (18) fixed with the right sealing gland (52) disposed in the gap between the right sealing gland (52) and the shaft sleeve (11) and away from the left sealing gland (51); wherein, a flow-restricted ring (16) is disposed between the inner peripheral surface of the right sealing gland (52) and the shaft sleeve (11); wherein a heat exchange fluid circulation channel, which is formed in at least one of the gap between the right sealing gland (52) and the shaft sleeve (11), the shaft sleeve (11) and the pump shaft (7), is connected with an external heat exchanger (8) via an external channel (9); and wherein the heat exchange fluid therein is capable of rotating simultaneously with rotating parts of the cantilevered centrifugal pump and flowing along the axial direction of rotating parts.

US Pat. No. 10,247,197

FAN ROTOR WITH COOLING HOLES

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A disc to allow cooling air to flow to a motor and bearings in a fan rotor with a pilot to connect to a rotating shaft, a hub and a plurality of blades, the disc comprising:a flat circular portion configured to connect to the pilot at an inner edge and to the hub at an outer edge;
a plurality of bearing cooling holes of a first smaller diameter located around the inner edge of the disc; and
a plurality of motor cooling holes of a second larger diameter located around the outer edge of the disc;
wherein the plurality of bearing cooling holes and the plurality of motor cooling holes control cooling air flow through the bearings and the motor, respectively, and placement of the plurality of bearing cooling holes around the inner edge of the disc encourages less cooling air flow to the bearings and placement of the plurality of motor cooling holes around the outer edge of the disc encourages greater cooling air flow through the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,247,194

REDUCED EMISSION GAS SEAL

John Crane UK Ltd., Slou...

1. A tandem, non-contacting dry gas mechanical seal system for a compressor operating on a process gas in a process cavity at a process cavity pressure and configured to inhibit the emission of the process gas between a stationary compressor housing and a rotating compressor shaft, the mechanical seal system comprising:a first stage seal including a first rotating ring operably coupled to the compressor shaft, and a first stationary ring operably biased towards the first rotating ring by a first biasing mechanism operably coupled to the compressor housing, the first rotating ring defining grooves that pressurize gas passing between interfacing portions of the first rotating ring and the first stationary ring to partially counteract a biasing force of the first biasing mechanism;
a second stage seal including a second rotating ring operably coupled to the compressor shaft, and a second stationary ring operably biased towards the second rotating ring by a second biasing mechanism operably coupled to the compressor housing; and
a dense barrier gas supply subsystem that during normal operation directs a supply of dense barrier gas from an inlet through the interfacing portions of the first rotating ring and first stationary ring at a pressure below the process cavity pressure, the grooves of the first stage seal pressurize the dense barrier gas to a pressure above the process cavity pressure to promote an upstream flow of the dense barrier gas from an inner diameter of the first stage seal to an outer diameter of the first stage seal and into the process cavity to inhibit the emission of the process gas.

US Pat. No. 10,247,190

ACTUATION METHOD AND EFFICIENCY

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

12. A method of operating an actuator comprising:providing a multistage centrifugal pump that includes at least first and second centrifugal pump stages where an inlet of the second centrifugal pump stage receives flow from an outlet of the first centrifugal pump stage; and
directing flow at a first pressure from the second centrifugal pump stage of the multistage centrifugal pump to a first control valve for optimally operating an associated first actuator associated with the first control valve;
returning any additional first pressure flow from the second centrifugal pump stage that is directed to the first control valve and not used by the first control valve via a first return line to the inlet of the second centrifugal pump stage;
directing flow at a second pressure from the first centrifugal pump stage of the multistage centrifugal pump to a second control valve for optimally operating an associated second actuator with the second control valve; and
returning any additional second pressure flow from the first centrifugal pump stage that is directed to the second control valve and not used by the second control valve via a second return line to the inlet of the first centrifugal pump stage.

US Pat. No. 10,247,188

SCROLL COMPRESSOR

Hitachi-Johnson Controls ...

1. A scroll compressor comprising:a fixed scroll including an end plate and a spiral wrap standing on the end plate:
an orbiting scroll including an end plate and a spiral wrap standing on the end plate and having a compression chamber formed between the fixed scroll and the orbiting scroll, the compression chamber having a refrigerant to be compressed therein;
a suction section configured to introduce the refrigerant from an outside to an inside of the compressor;
a discharge section configured to discharge the refrigerant from the inside to the outside of the compressor; and
an electric motor configured to orbit the orbiting scroll,
wherein at least one scroll of the fixed scroll and the orbiting scroll includes a sliding surface which is formed outside a wrap with a depression section depressed with respect to the sliding surface and a flange section elevated with respect to the depression section, and
wherein the flange section is a remaining region in a protruding region disposed outside a referential perfect circle, the remaining region being other than a region continuing to an end of an involute curve of a scroll formed with the flange section, the referential perfect circle having a radius set to a distance between the center of the scroll formed with the flange section and the end of the involute curve.

US Pat. No. 10,247,187

VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT VANE PUMP WITH THERMO-COMPENSATION

STACKPOLE INTERNATIONAL E...

1. A variable displacement vane pump for dispensing lubricant to a system, comprising:a housing;
an inlet for inputting lubricant from a source into the housing;
an outlet for delivering pressurized lubricant to the system from the housing;
a control slide displaceable within the housing between a first slide position for maximum displacement and a second slide position for reduced displacement to adjust displacement of the pump through the outlet;
a resilient structure biasing the control slide towards the first slide position;
a rotor with at least one vane mounted in the housing and configured for rotation within and relative to the control slide, the at least one vane configured for engagement with an inside surface of the control slide during rotation thereof;
a first control chamber between the housing and the control slide and a second control chamber between the housing and the control slide, each for receiving pressurized lubricant for urging the control slide towards the second slide position to reduce displacement;
a thermally adjustable control valve comprising a thermostat, the thermostat configured to move the thermally adjustable control valve between a first valve position and a second valve position based on a temperature of the lubricant, the thermally adjustable control valve being in the first valve position for a temperature that is below a predetermined temperature and in the second valve position for a temperature that is at or above the predetermined temperature;
a first port connected to the first control chamber and a second port connected to the second control chamber, the first and second ports configured for selective fluid communication to form a control pressure channel extending between the first control chamber and the second control chamber;
a third port associated with the valve configured for selective fluid communication with the second port based on the position of the valve to form a vent channel between the second control chamber and the thermally adjustable control valve; and
a vent port provided in the housing and configured for selective fluid communication with the second control chamber based on a position of the control slide;
wherein, in its first valve position, the thermally adjustable control valve is configured to control pressure in the second control chamber via fluid communication of the first port and the second port for delivery of pressurized lubricant from the first control chamber through the control pressure channel into the second control chamber, thereby pressurizing the second control chamber to urge the control slide towards it second slide position to reduce displacement of the pump;
wherein, in its second valve position, the thermally adjustable control valve is configured to control pressure in the second control chamber via venting pressurized lubricant from the second control chamber via the vent channel by communicating the second port to the third port, and
wherein, with the control slide moved to its second slide position to reduce displacement of the pump, the vent port is opened and the second control chamber vents pressurized lubricant to the vent port.

US Pat. No. 10,247,182

WELL STIMULATION PUMP CONTROL AND METHOD

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A pumping system for use in a well stimulation application, comprising:a pump having an inlet and at least one pumping element, each pumping element including a piston reciprocally disposed in a bore, an inlet check valve in fluid communication with the inlet and an outlet check valve associated with a variable volume defined in a bore;
a pressure sensor disposed to measure a fluid pressure at a location between the inlet check valve and the inlet of the pump;
a drive mechanism for driving a reciprocal motion of the piston;
a speed sensor disposed to measure a speed of the pump at the drive mechanism; and
a controller associated with the pump and disposed to receive signals indicative of the fluid pressure and the speed of the pump;
wherein the controller is programmed to:
determine an operating point of the pump based on the fluid pressure and the speed of the pump;
compare the operating point of the pump with a cavitation map that is predefined;
determine whether cavitation is present in the at least one pumping element based on a result of the comparison between the operating point and the cavitation map; and
when cavitation is present, at times, adjust an operation of the drive mechanism to reduce a speed of the pump, and
provide an indication of a desired slurry composition.

US Pat. No. 10,247,180

PUMP HAVING A CAP RETAINING A DIAPHRAGM IN A RECEPTACLE

DOSATRON INTERNATIONAL, ...

1. A diaphragm pump (M) of the type comprising a body (1, 1a) which comprises:a suction connection (2) and a connection (3) for discharge of the fluid to be pumped, a suction valve (4) and a discharge valve (5) which are associated respectively with the suction and discharge connections;
a control chamber (6) in which a diaphragm (M) is disposed, and a working chamber (10) which is situated on the side of the diaphragm opposite the control chamber;
a control pipe (8) which can connect the control chamber (6) to a control connection (9) of the body, this control pipe making it possible to apply alternately partial vacuum and pressure on the diaphragm;
a receptacle which is open towards the exterior at one end, and is closed at its other end by a base (13, 13a) comprising a suction orifice (14, 14a) and a discharge orifice (15, 15a),
the diaphragm (M) being situated adjacent the base, or against the base, and being retained by a cap (16, 16a) which is engaged in the receptacle, this cap having, at its end which faces towards the diaphragm, a recess which constitutes the control chamber (6),
wherein the receptacle (11) is oriented transversely, to the control pipe (8), the recess which constitutes the control chamber (6) is connected to a passage (7, 7a) which opens onto the lateral surface of the cap, in order to establish communication with the control pipe (8), and the cap (16, 16a) is retained in place in the receptacle by a ring (17), which is connected to the body of the pump, and comprising a means (18) for retention of the cap; and
a valve device which comprises a plate (25) in which the suction valve (4) and the discharge valve (5) are fitted, with the plate supporting the diaphragm (M), and being retained against the base (13) of the receptacle by the cap (16).

US Pat. No. 10,247,179

GAS COMPRESSION DEVICE

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Hyogo ...

1. A gas compression system comprisinga compressor for compressing gas supplied from a gas source through an inlet conduit; and
a recovery section for recovering gas leaked from the compressor,
wherein the recovery section comprises:
an auxiliary compressor for compressing the gas leaked from the compressor, and
a recovery tank for recovering the leaked gas pressurized by the auxiliary compressor,
wherein the system is configured to be able to feed, into the inlet conduit, the leaked gas recovered by the recovery tank,
wherein the gas compression system further comprises an on-off valve between the connection of the inlet conduit to the recovery tank and the gas source, and
wherein the on-off valve in the inlet conduit is configured to be closed when the leaked gas from the recovery tank is fed to the inlet conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,177

POSITIVE DISPLACEMENT MACHINES AND METHODS OF INCREASING LOAD-CARRYING CAPACITIES THEREOF

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A positive displacement machine comprising:a cylinder block adapted to be rotated about an axis of the positive displacement machine;
a plurality of cylindrical bores defined in the cylinder block and surrounding the axis, each of the cylindrical bores having a bore wall and a port;
a plurality of pistons reciprocably disposed within the cylindrical bores, each of the pistons defining a piston-cylinder lubrication interface with the bore wall of a corresponding one of the cylindrical bores and defining a displacement chamber within the cylindrical bore adjacent the port thereof;
a working fluid located within the displacement chambers and within the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces to provide a load-bearing function between the pistons and the bore walls of the cylinder bores;
a circumferencially continuous radial step in a surface of each of the cylindrical bores between the piston-cylinder lubrication interface and the displacement chamber thereof that defines an end of the piston-cylinder lubrication interface, wherein distal ends of the pistons are located within the displacement chambers of the cylinder bores, do not pass the radial steps of the cylindrical bores, and do not enter the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces as the pistons reciprocate within the cylindrical bores during operation of the positive displacement machine; and
a plurality of circumferential grooves located within the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces, at least one of the grooves being located on the bore wall of each of the cylindrical bores, the grooves having an opening facing the pistons and in fluidic communication with the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces so as to contain a portion of the working fluid, wherein the grooves promote hydrostatic balancing of pressure of the working fluid within the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces and increase a load-carrying capacity of the working fluid within the piston-cylinder lubrication interfaces during operation of the positive displacement machine.

US Pat. No. 10,247,175

WAX-MOTOR WITH HIGH CYCLE LIFE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A thermally responsive actuator comprising:a housing having a bore extending along an axis and opening at a first end of the housing;
a piston slidable along the axis and having a shaft extendable through the opening of the housing with movement of the piston;
a thermal expansion material positioned within the bore in contact with the piston;
a seal assembly attached to the first end of the housing to cover the opening and surround a portion of the shaft to allow the shaft to slide through the seal assembly into contact with the thermal expansion material while preventing escape of the thermal expansion material;
wherein the seal assembly includes an elastomeric seal surrounding a portion of the shaft and contacting the portion of the shaft over a contact region, the elastomeric seal having mold flash regions displaced from a center of the contact region; and
wherein the elastomeric seal in a relaxed state is a toroid providing a bore extending along the axis, the bore having a constant circular cross-section when the elastomeric seal is in a relaxed state and wherein the mold flash regions are displaced outside of the bore.