US Pat. No. 10,557,741

FLUID LEVEL VISUALIZATION SYSTEMS

Trico Corp., Pewaukee, W...

1. A sight gauge assembly for displaying a fluid level of an object, the sight gauge assembly comprising:a first connection member comprising a first tap defining a first bore therethrough and configured to extend through a housing of the object, and a body comprising a first side comprising a first port defining a first passageway, a face comprising a second port defining a second passageway, a second side opposite the first side and comprising a third port defining a third passageway, and an end orthogonal to the first side and the second side and opposite the first tap and comprising a fourth port defining a fourth passageway fluidly connected to the first bore, the first passageway fluidly connected to the second passageway and the first bore through an interior of the body, the second passageway configured to fluidly communicate with the first bore and a first accessory, wherein the face is orthogonal to the first side and the second side and the face is angled relative to the end;
a second connection member comprising a second tap defining a second bore therethrough and configured to extend through the housing of the object, and a body comprising a first passageway fluidly connected to the second bore through an interior of the body of the second connection member; and
a sight tube defining a hollow interior, the sight tube coupling to the first connection member and the second connection member to define a first flow path through the hollow interior of the sight tube between the first bore and the first passageway of the first connection member and the first passageway and the second bore of the second connection member.

US Pat. No. 10,557,740

BIN LEVEL INDICATOR

LTJ ENTERPRISES, INC, Ro...

1. A combined material storage bin and visual indicator for providing a person with information regarding the level of material located within the bin comprising:said bin having a side wall surrounding a chamber for holding material,
said side wall having at least one hole open to the inside and outside of the side wall,
said indicator mounted on the side wall operable to provide a person located remote from the bin with visual information regarding the level of material located within the bin,
said indicator comprising
a housing having an internal chamber,
at least one visual member movably mounted on the housing, said visual member having a first portion and a second portion spaced from the first portion located in the internal chamber of the housing,
a bright color on the first portion of the visual member,
said second portion of the visual member having a dark color,
a light transparent member joined to the housing enclosing the visual member within the interior chamber of the housing,
a mount device connecting the housing to the side wall of the bin, said mount device including
an elongated bar located within the bin engageable with the inside of the side wall of the bin,
a boss joined to the bar extended through the hole in the side wall of the bin,
a fastener cooperating with the boss to retain the bar in engagement with the inside of the side wall of the bin,
an actuator connected to the mount device locatable within the chamber of the bin for movement from a first position to a second position and from the second position back to the first position,
said actuator including a flexible body extended downwardly from the bar into the chamber of the bin,
said flexible body comprising a flexible sheet member having opposite side portions extended toward the inside side wall of the bin, a top portion, a back wall adjacent the inside bin wall, and a bottom edge extended normal away from the inside side wall of the bin when the actuator is in the first position with material in the bin engaging the actuator, said bottom edge extending upwardly and inwardly away from the inside side wall of the bin when the actuator is in the second position with no material in the bin engaging the actuator, said back wall including a tubular portion having a vertical passage,
a plate for holding the flexible sheet member on the bar,
at least one fastener attaching the plate and flexible sheet member to the bar,
a motion transmission apparatus connecting the actuator to the visual member,
said motion transmission apparatus including a rod having a first rod section operatively associated with the visual member for rotating the visual member and a second rod section located in the passage of the tubular portion of the flexible sheet member,
a torus mounted on the boss,
said second rod section being extended through said torus with the torus in annular engagement with the second rod section thereby supporting the rod on the torus,
an axle mounted on the housing rotatably supporting the visual member,
a sleeve rotatably supported on the axle and connected to the visual member,
a yoke having a stem, a first arm and a second arm,
said first rod section being connected to the stem,
said sleeve being located between said first and second arms,
an endless flexible member having a middle portion wound around the sleeve, a first end portion retained on the first arm and a second end portion retained on the second arm whereby movement of the actuator between its first and second positions selectively moves the rod mounted on the torus, the yoke, and rotates the sleeve with the endless flexible member to rotate the visual member to position the bright color adjacent the transparent member or the dark color second portion of the visual member adjacent the transparent member whereby the bright color or the dark color second portion of the visual member is visible by a person located remote from the bin to provide the person with visual information concerning the level of material in the bin.

US Pat. No. 10,557,739

FLUID MONITORING ASSEMBLY WITH FLOW SENSOR

ALPHINITY, LLC, Carson C...

1. A fluid monitoring assembly for measuring the flow rate of a fluid comprising:a flexible conduit comprising one of silicone, thermoplastic elastomer, or thermoplastic rubber and having a wall that defines a lumen through which the fluid passes;
a housing having first and second rigid housing portions connected to one another at a hinge, the first and second rigid housing portions each defining respective semi-annular recessed interior portions that contain the flexible conduit therein, wherein an exterior surface of the flexible conduit directly contacts first and second rigid housing portions along the semi-annular recessed interior portions; and
one or more transducer/receiver pairs embedded directly within first and second rigid housing portions, wherein the one or more transducer/receiver pairs are located on opposing sides of the flexible conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,738

EXTERNAL FUEL METERING VALVE WITH SHUTTLE MECHANISM

1. An external fuel metering valve, comprising:a main valve body;
a valve cap coupled to the main valve body;
a chamber, including:
a first portion defined in the main valve body; and
a second portion defined in the valve cap, axially aligned with the first portion;
a control space including a port providing for fluid communication between the control space and the chamber;
a shuttle movably positioned in the chamber, the shuttle including:
an inlet flow passage in fluid communication with an inlet of the main valve body; and
an outlet flow passage in fluid communication with an outlet of the valve cap; and
a plurality of seals each positioned on a corresponding outer circumferential portion of the shuttle so as to selectively engage a corresponding inner peripheral portion of the chamber, wherein
in a first position of the shuttle in the chamber, a discharge flow path from the control space through the outlet flow passage and the outlet of the valve cap is open; and
in a second position of the shuttle in the chamber, a filling flow path from the inlet of the main valve body through the inlet flow passage and into the control space is open.

US Pat. No. 10,557,737

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR A SMART WATER BOTTLE CONVERTER

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICH...

1. A method for tracking liquid consumption, the method comprising:detecting, by one or more processors, one or more orientations of a liquid container;
identifying that a sip from the liquid container has been taken by a user based on the detected one or more orientations of the liquid container;
identifying one or more characteristics of the sip;
analyzing the identified sip and the one or more characteristics of the sip to determine an estimate of a liquid consumption metric for the user, including determining an estimate of a volume of liquid consumed by the user based on a time ratio for a rising portion of the sip and a falling portion of the sip; and
transmitting the identified sip and the one or more characteristics of the sip to one or more computing devices via a communication network for storage.

US Pat. No. 10,557,736

PREDICTIVE DIAGNOSTICS SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING VACUUM PRESSURE CONTROL VALVES

MKS Instruments, Inc., A...

1. A method for calibrating a valve in a vacuum system, comprising:measuring conductance of the valve as a function of angular valve position;
determining a conductance map or function for the valve by comparing the measured valve conductance to a predefined metric of conductance versus angular valve position;
storing the conductance calibration map or function for use during operation of the valve, wherein a difference between the measured valve conductance and the predefined metric of conductance versus angular valve position is used in determining the conductance map or function;
during operation, receiving a set point angular valve position based on a desired conductance of the valve, and setting actual angular valve position of the valve based on the received set point angular valve position and the difference between the measured valve conductance and the predefined metric of conductance versus angular valve position;
determining an actual system conductance and determining a difference between the actual system conductance and a reference system conductance for the system; and
generating a diagnostic indication of a fault in the system, the diagnostic indication being based on the actual angular valve position of the valve and the difference between the actual system conductance and the reference system conductance for the system; wherein
if the actual angular valve position is relatively low and the actual system conductance is greater than the reference system conductance, in a low-conductance valve, the diagnostic indication is that a flapper seal of the low-conductance valve is worn.

US Pat. No. 10,557,735

COMPACT FLOWMETER WITH NOVEL FLOW TUBE CONFIGURATION AND RELATED METHOD

Micro Motion, Inc., Boul...

1. A flowmeter (5) having a sensor assembly (10) connected to meter electronics (20), wherein the sensor assembly (10) comprises at least one driver (104) and at least one pickoff (105), comprising:a first D-shaped conduit (400A) configured to receive a process fluid therein; and
a second D-shaped conduit (400B) configured to receive a process fluid therein;
wherein the combined width of the first and second D-shaped conduits (400A, 400B) in addition to a space therebetween (S2), is less than a width of an inlet pipe (120).

US Pat. No. 10,557,734

AIRFLOW SENSOR FOR A HEAT SINK

International Business Ma...

1. A method for determining airflow through a heat sink in an electronic system, the method comprising:(A) providing a heat sink for an electronic component, the heat sink comprising:
a first thermally-conductive fin;
a second thermally-conductive fin substantially parallel to and underlying the first thermally-conductive fin and thermally coupled to the first thermally-conductive fin;
an airflow sensor comprising:
an electrically conductive strip coupled to a bottom surface of the first thermally-conductive fin, wherein the conductive strip comprises a first electrical point of contact;
a base portion coupled to a top surface of the second thermally-conductive fin, the base portion having a second electrical point of contact; and
a deformable upper portion electrically coupled to the base portion, wherein the deformable upper portion contacts the electrically conductive strip at a first contact point when there is no airflow, wherein airflow deforms the deformable upper portion so the deformable upper portion contacts the conductive strip at a second contact point farther away from a source of the airflow, and measurement is made between the first and second electrical points of contact to determine airflow through the airflow sensor;
(B) selecting an airflow;
(C) running the selected airflow over the heat sink;
(D) measuring electrical resistance between the first and second electrical points of contact;
(E) recording the measured electrical resistance as correlating to the selected airflow;
(F) repeating steps (B) through (E) for a plurality of airflows;
(G) storing the measured electrical resistance for the plurality of airflows as airflow sensor characterization data;
(H) monitoring and logging performance of the electronic system;
(I) monitoring and logging readings of the airflow sensor corresponding to the logged performance of the electronic system; and
(J) converting the logged readings of the airflow sensor to airflows using the airflow sensor characterization data.

US Pat. No. 10,557,733

MULTI-CHANNEL ULTRASONIC FLOW METER

QINGDAO HIWITS METER CO.,...

1. A multi-channel ultrasonic flowmeter, comprising transducer assemblies (21, 22, 23, 24) and a pipe housing (10), wherein flanges (4) are separately arranged at two ends of the pipe housing (10) and are provided with bolt holes (41), and four transducer assembly installation holes (9) are formed in the two ends of the pipe housing (10) close to the flanges (4);each said transducer assembly comprises two transducers (7) and a stationary post (1), wherein two first installation holes (103) are formed in a middle of the stationary post (1), and the two transducers (7) are installed in the first installation holes (103);
each said transducer assembly further comprises a circular compression piece (6) and an elastic ring (601); protrusions (61) extending outwards in a radial direction are symmetrically formed on two sides of each said circular compression piece (6), first installation faces (205) are formed in the first installation holes (103), bosses are arranged at transmitting ends of the transducers (7), other ends of the transducers (7) are attached to the first installation faces (205), the circular compression pieces (6) are installed in the first installation holes (103), and the protrusions (61) and the elastic rings (601) are installed in the first installation holes (103);
first sealing gaskets (8) are arranged between the first installation faces (205) and the transducers (7);
upper portions of the stationary posts (1) are provided with first cylindrical bodies (109), lower portions of the stationary posts (1) are provided with flat key-shaped protrusions (105) extending in an axial direction, first positioning step surfaces (106) are formed between the flat key-shaped protrusions (105) and the stationary posts (1), the transducer assembly installation holes (9) comprise first round holes (901) and key grooves (902), the first round holes (901) are formed in upper portions of the transducer assembly installation holes (9), bottom ends of the transducer assembly installation holes (9) are formed with the key grooves (902) and are provided with second positioning step surfaces (903), and the key grooves (902) are matched with the flat key-shaped protrusions (105):
the upper portions of the transducer assembly installation holes (9) are broached to form second round holes (905), and third positioning step surfaces (908) are formed between the second round holes (905) and the first round holes (901);
the multi-channel ultrasonic flowmeter further comprises second sealing rings (12), polytetrafluoroethylene gaskets (14), disc springs (13) and compression rings (11), the compression rings (11) are in threaded connection with the second round holes (905) and sequentially press the polytetrafluoroethylene gaskets (14) and the disc springs (13) against upper end faces of the stationary posts (1) and the third positioning step surfaces (908), circular grooves (904) are formed in the first round holes (901), and the second sealing rings (12) are arranged in the circular grooves (904);
the multi-channel ultrasonic flowmeter comprises a circuit box (5) arranged outside the pipe housing (10), an integrator is arranged in the circuit box (5), a wire hole (101) and four wiring holes (100) are formed in the pipe housing (10), the wire hole (101) is perpendicular to the pipe housing (10) and is communicated with the circuit box (5), the four transducer assembly installation holes (9) are communicated with the wire hole (101) via the four wiring holes (100), and wire guide holes (104) are formed in the upper portions of the stationary posts (1) and are communicated with the first installation holes (103).

US Pat. No. 10,557,732

FLOWMETERS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

Cameron International Cor...

1. A flowmeter body assembly, comprising:a flowmeter body;
a fluid passage extending through the flowmeter body; and
a plurality of angled connectors extending from a sidewall of the flowmeter body, wherein the flowmeter body and the plurality of angled connectors form a one-piece structure that is devoid of welded joints, and each of the plurality of angled connectors is configured to support a respective sensor to enable measurement of a flow rate of a fluid across at least one chordal plane of the flowmeter body.

US Pat. No. 10,557,731

SENSOR APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING FLOW

XSENS AS, Bergen (NO)

1. A flow sensor apparatus, comprising:a transducer arrangement arranged to be non-invasively disposed at least partially around an external surface of a wall of a conduit for guiding a flow, wherein
the transducer arrangement is operable to stimulate waves in off-centre chordal paths within the flow, wherein the stimulated waves in the off-centre chordal paths that interact with the flow include information which characterizes off-centre properties of the flow;
the transducer arrangement is operable to excite helically propagating acoustic Lamb waves within the wall of the conduit and stimulate the waves of the off-centre chordal paths within the flow by leaking acoustical energy from the helically propagating acoustic Lamb waves; and
the transducer arrangement is operable to receive the waves of the off-centre chordal paths, helically re-entering the wall of the conduit, and further propagating helically as guided acoustic Lamb waves into the transducer arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,557,730

ALTERNATING MAGNETIC FIELD FLOW METERS WITH EMBEDDED QUALITY ASSURANCE AND CONTROL

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of characterizing a fluid flow by an alternating magnetic field flow meter, the method comprising:determining a flow rate of a fluid flowing through a conduit by:
generating a first magnetic field to move a magnetic token along a direction of a flow path of a fluid flowing through a conduit;
detecting a first electrical signal based on the movement of the magnetic token along the direction of the flow path;
generating a second magnetic field to move the magnetic token opposite to the direction of the flow path;
detecting a second electrical signal based on the movement of the magnetic token opposite to the direction of the flow path; and
determining the flow rate of the fluid flow based on the detected first electrical signal and the detected second electrical signal, and
determining a conductivity of the fluid flowing through the conduit by:
generating a current along the flow path of the fluid flowing through the conduit;
detecting a third electrical signal based on the current generated along the flow path; and
determining a conductivity measurement of the fluid flow based on the detected third electrical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,557,729

SENSOR MOUNTING STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A sensor mounting structure comprising:a sensor device that detects at least information in front of a vehicle;
a support member that houses part of the sensor device and is attached to a base member provided on an inner surface of a front windshield glass; and
a display device that displays at least an image of what is in back of the vehicle, the display device being attached such that its angle is adjustable, to a lower end portion of an arm member having upper end portion that is attached to the support member,
wherein a space is formed between an outer surface of the part of the sensor device housed in the support member and an inner surface of the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,557,728

SENSOR MOUNT

MICROTECNICA S.R.L., Tur...

13. A hall effect sensor comprising a magnet, a detector and a mount; wherein the mount comprising:a first mount part for mounting a sensor part; wherein the first mount part is an inner or a central mount part, and
a second mount part for mounting the first mount part; wherein the second mount part is an outer mount part;
wherein a first adjustment mechanism is provided to adjust the first mount part relative to the second mount part and a second adjustment mechanism is provided to adjust the second mount part relative to a support;
wherein at least one of the first adjustment mechanism and the second adjustment mechanism is a discrete vernier adjustment mechanism;
wherein the discrete vernier adjustment mechanism comprises a first array of first alignment features being spaced apart by a first spacing and a second array of second alignment features being spaced apart by a second spacing different from the first spacing, the arrays being arranged such that alignment of a selected one of the first alignment features with a selected one of the second alignment features defines the adjustment of the discrete vernier adjustment mechanism;
wherein the selected first alignment feature is arranged to be fixed in alignment with the selected second alignment feature so as to prevent or restrict relative movement of one array relative to the other; and
wherein one of the magnet and the detector is mounted in the first mount part and is adjustable relative to the other of the magnet and detector.

US Pat. No. 10,557,727

INDUCTIVE DISPLACEMENT SENSORS

HUTCHINSON, Paris (FR)

16. An inductive displacement sensor comprising:a target, the target comprising
a plurality of separated conductive patterns distributed along a zone having a dimension Dtot in a direction of a first circular annular strip or wide strip of the target, said patterns being defined by an overlay of at least
a first set of elementary periodic patterns having a period approximately equal to Dtot/N, including N first elementary conductive patterns of a dimension approximately equal to Dtot/2N in said direction, regularly distributed along the first circular annular strip of the target, each of the first elementary periodic patterns having the shape of a sector of the first circular annular strip of the target, and
a second set of elementary periodic patterns having a period approximately equal to Dtot/(N+r), including N+r second elementary patterns of a dimension approximately equal to Dtot/2(N+r) in said direction, regularly distributed along a second circular annular strip or narrow strip of the target, concentric with the first circular annular strip and included in the first circular annular strip, each of the second elementary patterns having the shape of an annular sector of the second circular annular strip of the target, where N is an integer greater than or equal to 2 and r is a positive integer, different to zero and less than or equal to N?1; and
a transducer comprising
a primary winding producing a uniform magnetic excitation in a first circular annular strip of the transducer identical to the first circular annular strip of the target, facing the first circular annular strip of the target,
a first set of at least two secondary windings each comprising N first turns of the same winding direction or 2N first turns of alternating winding directions, regularly distributed along the zone having the dimension Dtot in the direction of the first circular annular strip or the wide strip of the target, each first turn having a dimension in said direction approximately equal to Dtot/2N of the first circular annular strip of the transducer, and the N or 2N first turns of each winding being regularly distributed along the first circular annular strip of the transducer, and
a second set of at least two secondary windings each comprising N+r second turns of the same winding direction or 2(N+r) second turns of alternating winding directions, regularly distributed along said zone, each second turn having a dimension in said direction approximately equal to Dtot/2(N+r) of a second circular annular strip of the transducer, identical to the second circular annular strip of the target and facing the second circular annular strip of the target, where N is an integer greater than or equal to 2 and r is a positive integer, different to zero and less than or equal to N?1,
wherein first and second turns overlap at least partially, and
wherein first and second elementary conductive patterns overlap at least partially.

US Pat. No. 10,557,726

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING ANGLE ERROR FOR MAGNETIC FIELD ANGLE SENSORS

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. A magnetic field angle sensor to detect a direction of a magnetic field comprising:a first bridge structure configured to generate a first sinusoidal signal indicative of the magnetic field along a first axis and a first cosinusoidal signal indicative of the magnetic field along a second axis that is orthogonal with respect to the first axis; and
a second bridge structure configured to generate a second sinusoidal signal indicative of the magnetic field along a third axis and a second cosinusoidal signal indicative of the magnetic field along a fourth axis that is orthogonal with respect to the third axis, wherein an angle between the first axis and the third axis is a factor of 90°; and
a circuit responsive to the first sinusoidal signal, the first cosinusoidal signal, the second sinusoidal signal, and the second cosinusoidal signal for computing an output signal indicative of the direction of the magnetic field;
wherein the circuit comprises an arctangent processor to compute a first arctangent of the first sinusoidal signal and the first cosinusoidal signal and to compute a second arctangent of the second sinusoidal signal and the second cosinusoidal signal; and
wherein the circuit further comprises a differencing element configured to subtract the angle between the first axis and the third axis from the second arctangent to generate a third arctangent.

US Pat. No. 10,557,725

MAGNETORESISTIVE WHEATSTONE MEASURING BRIDGE AND ANGLE SENSOR HAVING AT LEAST TWO SUCH MEASURING BRIDGES

SENSITEC GMBH, Lahnau (D...

1. Magnetoresistive Wheatstone bridge comprising two bridge branches connected in parallel between a supply potential Vb, two series-connected resistor arrangements R1 and R3 or R2 and R4 arranged in each bridge branch with an interposed measuring potential Vout, and the resistor arrangements R1 and R4 or R2 and R3 of the two bridge branches being diagonally opposite and at least two magnetoresistive resistor arrangements R1, R2, R3, R4 having a magnetically sensitive preferred direction, the preferred directions of diagonally opposing magnetoresistive resistor arrangements of the bridge branches R1 and R4 or R2 and R3 differing from one another by an angle other than 0° or 180, wherein the preferred directions of the series-connected resistor arrangements R1 and R3 or R2 and R4 of each bridge branch are oriented antiparallel, or the preferred directions of the resistor arrangements R1 and R2 or R3 and R4 situated opposite one another in pairs in the bridge branches are oriented nonparallel.

US Pat. No. 10,557,724

ANGLE DETECTION OF A ROTATING SYSTEM USING A SINGLE MAGNET AND MULTIPLE HALL SENSORS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An angular detection system comprising:a stationary component;
a rotating component, wherein the rotating component is capable of rotating relative to the stationary component;
a magnet located on one of the stationary component or the rotating component, where the magnet generates a plurality of magnetic flux lines;
a plurality of sensors located on the other of the stationary component and the rotating component, where the plurality of sensors is placed along a motion path of the magnet,
wherein the plurality of sensors senses the plurality of magnetic flux lines and generates one or more signals indicative of the sensed plurality of magnetic flux lines; and
logic that determines an angle of rotation of the angular detection system based on the one or more signals.

US Pat. No. 10,557,723

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AN ANGLE OF ROTATION

Haechitech Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus for detecting an angle of rotation, comprising:a rotatable member situated in a first plane and rotatable to be switched between a reference state and rotated states, the rotatable member being unrotated in the reference state;
magnet pieces arranged on the rotatable member along a circumferential direction of the rotatable member at intervals of an angle, the magnet pieces moving along a first locus as the rotatable member is rotated;
a Hall sensor comprising a first Hall element and a second Hall element spaced apart from each other, situated in a second plane spaced a predetermined distance apart from the first plane, and positioned along a second locus, the second locus being a projection of the first locus into the second plane, and the Hall sensor providing a first output from the first Hall element and a second output from the second Hall element varying as the rotatable member is rotated; and
a processor configured to detect an angle of rotation of the rotatable member in response to receiving the first output and the second output from the Hall sensor based on the first and second outputs and using an equation that is a cubic polynomial,
wherein the equation is yi=aix3+bix2+cix+di, and
wherein x is a variable indicative of an output of an ith Hall element, yi is a variable indicative of the angle of rotation of the rotatable member, and i is a positive integer.

US Pat. No. 10,557,722

SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF THE POSITION INDICATOR OF A POSITION MEASURING SYSTEM

NM Numerical Modelling Gm...

1. A system comprising:a sensor chip comprising a plurality, r, of magnetic field sensors,
a rotationally moveable or linearly displaceable position indicator having a magnet configured to produce a periodically changing magnetic field at the locations of the magnetic field sensors when the magnet is moved or displaced, respectively, and
a position measuring system operated in two modes, a first mode and a second mode, the first mode being a calibration mode and the second mode being a measurement mode, the position measuring system operated at first in the calibration mode and then in the measurement mode;
the calibration mode of operation configured to determine a calibration matrix M, the calibration matrix M being a 2×n matrix, using one of:
A) (1) detecting the sensor signals ak1 to akr of the magnetic field sensors for a predetermined number of k=1 to m?3 positions of the position indicator,
(2) forming m signal vectors ak=(ak1, . . . , akr) from the sensor signals with k=1 to m,
(3) forming m measurement vectors qk with k=1 to m according to a predetermined function g to qk=g(ak),
(4) forming a matrix Q according to

 and
(5) determining the matrix M from the matrix Q in such a way, that the transformation p=M·q is a linear mapping, which maps each of the m measurement vectors qk on a 2-component vector pk, wherein the tips of the vectors pk substantially lie on a circle or on a circular arc,or:B) (1) setting an index i=0 and configuring a predetermined starting matrix M(0), the matrix M(0) being a 2×n matrix,
(2) detecting and storing a plurality of measurement vectors q according to the steps A and B of the measurement mode of operation,
(3) repeatedly executing the following steps:
(a) setting the calibration matrix M to M=M(i)
(b) increasing the index i by 1,
(c) calculating the positions ? of the stored measurement vectors q according to the steps C and D of the measurement mode of operation,
(d) selecting a number of k=1 to m of the stored measurement vectors qk, the corresponding positions ?k of which fulfill a predetermined criterion,
(e) forming a matrix Q according to

(f) determining a new matrix M(i) from the matrix Q in such a way, that the transformation p=M·q is a linear mapping, which maps each of the m selected measurement vectors qk on a 2-component vector pk,
until the matrix M(i) within a predetermined tolerance no longer differs from the matrix M(i?1), whereby the tips of the vectors pk with increasing index i substantially come to lie on a circle or on a circular arc; and
the measurement mode of operation configured to use the calibration matrix M to repeatedly determine a position ? of the position indicator by:
(A) detecting the sensor signals a1 to ar of the magnetic field sensors and forming a signal vector a=(a1, . . . , ar),
(B) forming a measurement vector q according to the predetermined linear function g to q=g(a), wherein the measurement vector q has a number of n components, with 2?n?r,
(C) calculating a vector p=M·q, wherein p is a 2-component vector with the components p1 and p2, and
(D) determining the position ? by means of a predetermined function ƒ(p) to ?=ƒ(p),
wherein the predetermined function ƒ(p)=ƒ(p1,p2) is based on the equations p1=cos(?) and p2=sin(?).

US Pat. No. 10,557,721

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ANONYMISING SMART METERING DATA

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A smart meter comprising:an input port;
an output port; and
a processor configured to,
obtain through the input port, at each time point of a series of points in time, first data representing an amount of a utility provided by a utility provider and consumed by a consumer since a preceding time point in the series of points in time;
periodically scramble after predetermined periods of time the first data to over-represent or under-represent the consumed amount of the utility for anonymization of the first data, and to generate second data representative of the scrambled first data,
determine if a deviation between a value of said first data at a first point in time and corresponding second data at the first point in time exceeds a predetermined threshold,
when it is determined that a deviation between a value of said first data at the first point in time and corresponding second data at the first point in time exceeds the predetermined threshold, alter over or under-representation of the first data in generation of the second data so that the second data obtained at a second point in time subsequent to the first point in time converge with the first data and so that at the predetermined periods of time or at the end of a predetermined period, the second data correctly represent long term consumption of the utility, and
sending the second data to the utility provider using the output port.

US Pat. No. 10,557,720

UNAUTHORIZED ELECTRICAL GRID CONNECTION DETECTION AND CHARACTERIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC ...

1. A computer-implemented method of monitoring unauthorized electrical grid access comprising:operating a hardware system with at least one processor executing instructions from a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of an electrical grid access detection system, the instructions causing the at least one processor to:
receive data from an electrical connection to an electrical component of the electric grid;
retrieve customer energy data from at least one energy delivery server comprising one or more customer records of a customer's coupling to one or more energy delivery systems or networks;
determine a net energy metering (NEM) status by establishing an indicator of net energy metering (NEM) access to the customer from the customer energy data;
determine solar status by determining if the customer is a solar customer from the customer energy data;
determine system size of the customer from the customer energy data,
wherein system size determination includes at least one of: calculating a maximum export demand within a two month period; calculating a ratio between a maximum export demand and a recorded system size retrieved from the server for a net energy metering (NEM) customer; ranking the customer using a ratio between a maximum export demand and a recorded system size retrieved from the server for a net energy metering (NEM) customer and removing the top 1%; and calculating a demand/adjusted factor input variable; and
prepare a determination of unauthorized interconnection of the customer based at least in part on the analysis of system size, solar status, and the customer's net energy metering (NEM) status.

US Pat. No. 10,557,719

GAS TURBINE SENSOR FAILURE DETECTION UTILIZING A SPARSE CODING METHODOLOGY

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A method for detecting gas turbine sensor failure based upon collected readings from at least one sensor, comprising:creating a dictionary of basis vectors defining values associated with known sensor readings for normal operating conditions;
applying a sparse coding process to a set of sensor reading data, using the created dictionary, to identify a set of L-1 norm residual data;
evaluating the L-1 norm residual data to categorize a predetermined subset of the largest-valued L-1 norm residual data as abnormal sensor readings;
comparing the abnormal sensor readings to a plurality of prior sensor readings and defining the designated abnormal sensor readings as associated with a sensor failure if a predefined number of the prior sensor readings are also designated as abnormal sensor readings;
transmitting a sensor failure signal to gas turbine personnel, identifying the particular sensor; and
removing the failed sensor from service, and repairing or replacing the failed sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,557,718

AUXILIARY CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Haoxiang Electric Energy ...

1. An auxiliary control method for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising steps of:based on a flight attitude and a flight speed of the UAV, predicting a flight path of the UAV in a scheduled time; and
providing information about the flight path of the UAV in the scheduled time to an operator of the UAV;
wherein: when the operator of the UAV controls the UAV, the flight path of the UAV in the scheduled time is predicted further based on a rudder degree of the UAV and operation information for controlling a wireless remote controller of the UAV from the operator of the UAV.

US Pat. No. 10,557,717

STEP COUNTER DEVICES AND STEP COUNTING METHODS

RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE....

1. A step counter device comprising:an accelerometer configured to determine an acceleration in each axis of a plurality of axes;
a dominant axis determination circuit configured to determine one axis of the plurality of axes to be a dominant axis based on determining, for each axis of the plurality of axes, a first plurality of criteria for the respective axis comprising a criterion indicating whether a frequency of a periodic signal of the acceleration in the respective axis is within a first pre-determined range, a criterion indicating whether a frequency jitter of the periodic signal of the acceleration in the respective axis between cycles within the periodic signal is within a second pre-determined range, a criterion indicating whether a variation in an amplitude of the acceleration in the respective axis between the cycles is within a third pre-determined range, a criterion indicating whether the acceleration in the respective axis is higher than a pre-determined threshold, and a criterion indicating whether periodic signal of the acceleration in the respective axis includes at least a pre-determined number of cycles;
wherein the axis that fulfils the first plurality of criteria is determined by the dominant axis determination circuit to be the dominant axis;
a step number determination circuit configured to determine a number of steps based on determining whether the determined dominant axis fulfils a second plurality of criteria comprising
a criterion indicating whether a frequency of a periodic signal of the acceleration in the respective axis is within a first pre-determined range, a criterion indicating whether a frequency jitter of the periodic signal of the acceleration in the respective axis between cycles within the periodic signal is within a second pre-determined range, a criterion indicating whether a variation in an amplitude of the acceleration in the respective axis between the cycles is within a third pre-determined range, and a criterion indicating whether the acceleration in the respective axis is higher than a pre-determined threshold;
wherein a step count is registered when the determined dominant axis fulfils the second plurality of criteria.

US Pat. No. 10,557,716

AUDIBLE ROUTE SEQUENCE FOR NAVIGATION GUIDANCE

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a user apparatus and via one or more location sensors, a user location;
determining, by the user apparatus, a distance aspect for one or more waypoints, wherein (a) the one or more waypoints are identified based on map data of a geographic database, (b) the one or more waypoints define at least part of a route to a destination location, and (c) the distance aspect of a first waypoint is a distance between the first waypoint and the user location;
determining, by the user apparatus, a directional aspect for one or more waypoints, wherein the directional aspect of a first waypoint is an angle between a line connecting the user location to the first waypoint and a reference heading;
determining, by the user apparatus, a cadence based on distances between consecutive waypoints of the route;
determining, by the user apparatus, a route sequence based on the distance aspects for the one or more waypoints, the directional aspects for the one or more waypoints, and the cadence, wherein (a) each waypoint is assigned an audible pitch, (b) a volume assigned to the audible pitch for the first waypoint is determined based on the distance aspect corresponding to the first waypoint, (c) a direction assigned to the audible pitch for the first waypoint is determined based on the directional aspect corresponding to the first waypoint; and
causing, by the user apparatus, the route sequence to be audibly provided via a sound device.

US Pat. No. 10,557,715

CREATING ROUTE BASED ON IMAGE ANALYSIS OR REASONING

International Business Ma...

1. A method of identifying a route for a user based on satellite imagery analysis, comprising:identifying a destination for the user;
identifying special needs of the user;
obtaining satellite imagery of a specified area and storing the satellite imagery in a database;
a navigation system,
using GPS location software to determine the user's current location,
identifying a plurality of candidate routes for the user to the destination,
using image recognition and extrapolation software to get image data from the satellite imagery,
checking for the special needs of the user,
using a plurality of common variables and a plurality of special variables based on the special needs of the user to determine a best route for the user to the destination, wherein each of the variables has a weight based on the special needs of the user, and including
using the variables, in an order of highest to lowest priority, to analyze, through the image recognition and extrapolation software, to generate a score for each of the candidate routes, and
presenting to the user the one of the candidate routes with a best of the scores.

US Pat. No. 10,557,714

TRAFFIC MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

TOMTOM TRAFFIC B.V., Ams...

3. A computer-implemented method in which data representative of vehicles moving along roads in a designated geographical area, the roads being defined in a map database in a memory in terms of route segments, is processed by a processing module of a traffic monitoring system to measure traffic speed or transit time data as a function of time, the method comprising:generating a database of historical time-dependent traffic speeds or transit times for at least some route segments in the map database, the data associated with a route segment comprising an average traffic speed or transit time along the route segment for each of a plurality of time windows;
identifying currently congested route segments on which the traffic speed or transit time is less than expected at a current time;
predicting a traffic speed or transit time for a requested future time for at least one currently congested route segment;
determining a current traffic speed ratio as a ratio of:
traffic speeds or transit times observed at a recent time, and
a predicted traffic speed or transit time at the recent time, the predicted traffic speed being a historical average traffic speed or transit time for the recent time;
scaling the predicted traffic speed or transit time for the requested future time for the at least one currently congested route in proportion to the current traffic speed ratio, wherein said scaling comprises decaying the scaling as the distance of the prediction into the future grows; and
providing the predicted traffic speed or transit time to a navigation system for the requested future time.

US Pat. No. 10,557,713

GENERATION OF TRIP ESTIMATES USING REAL-TIME DATA AND HISTORICAL DATA

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:for each sequential time period, iteratively training a real-time model for estimating a trip duration of a trip within a next time period based on characteristics of the trip and training a selector model for predicting an estimated trip duration of a trip by:
identifying a first training window occurring within a current time period;
identifying a first set of completed trips associated with the first training window, each trip having a known duration and characteristics;
training the real-time model to predict trip duration based on the first set of completed trips;
identifying a second training window occurring after the first training window and within the current time period;
identifying a second set of completed trips associated with the second training window, each trip having a known duration and characteristics;
generating a set of estimated trip durations of the trips in the second set of completed trips using a historical model;
generating a set of estimated trip durations of the trips in the second set of completed trips using the real-time model;
training the selector model to predict an estimated trip duration based on the set of estimated trip durations generated by the real-time model and the set of estimated trip durations generated by the historical model;
receiving a request to estimate a duration of a new trip during the next time period;
generating a first estimated trip duration of the new trip by applying characteristics of the new trip to the real-time model;
generating a second estimated trip duration of the new trip by applying characteristics of the new trip to the historical model; and
determining, by the selector model, the new trip duration based on the first estimated trip duration and the second estimated trip duration.

US Pat. No. 10,557,712

DETERMINATION OF A ROUTE OF A MOBILE DEVICE IN A MOBILE NETWORK

International Business Ma...

1. A method, said method comprising:designating, by one or more processors of a computer system, a common route of at least one common route as a traveled route of a mobile device with respect to consecutive movements of the mobile device in a mobile network along a path of locations from an origin location of the path at an earliest activity of a plurality of activities of the mobile device to a destination location of the path at a latest activity of the plurality of activities;
said one or more processors communicating, to a traffic planning system, the designated common route and other common routes relating to all network activity records generated by a user of the mobile device accessing the mobile network;
in response to said communicating, said traffic planning system obtaining a real-time view of traffic density along journey paths in a transport infrastructure;
in response to the real-time view of traffic density along journey paths in the transport infrastructure, said traffic planning system making informed decisions about traffic planning comprising traffic alerts, redirecting traffic, closing roads, and opening new roads along new routes;
said traffic planning system implementing the informed decisions, said implementing comprising issuing traffic alerts, redirecting traffic, closing roads, and opening new roads along new routes;
said one or more processors computing a ratio of (i) a sum of a coverage area of a start cell in which one activity of the mobile device was initiated and a coverage area of an end cell in which the one activity of the mobile device was terminated to (ii) a distance between a centroid of the start cell and a centroid of the end cell such that the distance has a positive value; and
said one or more processors determining a confidence value as a function of the computed ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,557,711

APPARATUS FOR INFERRING PEDESTRIAN POSITION BASED ON PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT DETECTION, AND METHOD THEREFOR

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. A method for estimating a pedestrian position based on pedestrian motion recognition, comprising:recognizing a specific motion of a plurality of motions of a pedestrian, wherein the recognizing the specific motion of the plurality of motions of the pedestrian includes recognizing the specific motion of the plurality of motions of the pedestrian by pattern recognition based on signals from a vibration detection sensor and a rotation detection sensor built in a user terminal, and wherein the plurality of motions of the pedestrian include stopping, walking, running, answering a phone, and walking while putting the terminal in a pocket;
estimating a number of steps, a direction, and a stride of the pedestrian based on the recognized specific motion; and
estimating a position of the pedestrian by the estimated number of steps, the estimated direction, and the estimated stride,
wherein estimating the stride of the pedestrian includes measuring an actual movement distance of the user using geographic information and rotation information by determining rotation information measured at a first point of time when the user turns a certain corner and a second point of time when the user turns a following corner and determining the actual movement distance by associating the rotation information measured at the first point and the rotation information measured at the second point with the geographic information, and estimating a stride of the pedestrian based on the actual movement distance.

US Pat. No. 10,557,710

DUAL-AXIS ULTRA-ROBUST ROTATION RATE SENSOR FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS

Robert Bosch GMBH, Stutt...

1. A rotation rate sensor, comprising:a substrate having a main plane of extension;
at least one first rotation rate sensor structure for detecting a first rotation rate of the rotation rate sensor about an axis that is essentially in parallel to a first axis extending in parallel to the main plane of extension;
at least one second rotation rate sensor structure for detecting a second rotation rate of the rotation rate sensor about an axis that is parallel to a second axis extending perpendicularly with respect to the main plane of extension;
a drive device for deflecting at least one first structure of the first rotation rate sensor structure that is movable with respect to the substrate, and at least one second structure of the first rotation rate sensor structure that is movable with respect to the substrate and with respect to the first structure, and for deflecting at least one third structure of the second rotation rate sensor structure that is movable with respect to the substrate and at least one fourth structure of the second rotation rate sensor structure that is movable with respect to the substrate and with respect to the third structure, in such a way that the first, second, third, and fourth structures are excitable into a mechanically coupled oscillation;
wherein the first structure and the fourth structure are excitable into a linear oscillation in phase with respect to one another, and are excitable into an linear oscillation in phase opposition with respect to the second structure and the third structure, in each case with motion components in parallel to a third axis extending perpendicularly with respect to the first axis and perpendicularly with respect to the second axis, the rotation rate sensor being configured in such a way that a first action of force on the first structure and a second action of force on the second structure, in phase opposition with respect to the first action of force, are detectable based on the first rotation rate, and a third action of force on the third structure and a fourth action of force on the fourth structure, in phase opposition with respect to the third action of force, are detectable based on the second rotation rate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,709

METHOD OF SURVEYING AND A SURVEYING SYSTEM

Technological Resources P...

1. A method of surveying a mine during mining operations, the mine including survey data defining a terrain model of at least a region of the mine, the method comprising:mounting a plurality of fixed scanning sensors in selected regions in the mine and scanning sensors on mobile platforms movable to selected regions within the mine, each sensor configured to operate automatically upon receipt of a suitable control command from a computing system;
automatically monitoring the survey data defining the terrain model of the region of the mine, the survey data being stored in a data storage system;
automatically interrogating the data storage system to determine whether or not the survey data of a specific part of the region require updating by automatically assessing the quality of the survey data of the specific part of the region, the assessment based on at least one of information from equipment and planning systems relating to mining operations, equipment presence, and feedback from equipment activities in carrying out mining operations in the specific part of the region of the mine, the equipment communicating activity data to the computing system;
if any survey data of the specific part of the region are determined to require updating, having the computing system determine where in the mine a change of terrain has occurred and determine which of the plurality of sensors to use to scan the specific part of the region where the change of terrain has occurred;
automatically sending by the computing system a suitable command to the selected sensors to obtain the required updated survey data, automatically using the selected sensors to survey the specific part of the region to generate updated survey data, and communicating the updated survey data to the computer system;
updating the terrain model using the updated survey data; and
controlling operation of mobile mining machinery based on the updated terrain model.

US Pat. No. 10,557,708

RANGE FINDER

NIKON VISION CO., LTD., ...

1. A range finder comprising:a light transmitting section that includes a first correcting member for correcting image blur and emits measurement light to a sighting target;
a light receiving section that receives returned light from the sighting target and outputs a received light signal;
a driving section that drives the first correcting member;
a second correcting member that causes the measurement light, which proceeds in an inclined manner due to driving of the first correcting member, to be incident to the light receiving section; and
a power changing section that drives the second correcting member, and that controls a focal distance of light receiving section.

US Pat. No. 10,557,707

ENCODER, DRIVING DEVICE, AND ROBOT APPARATUS

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An encoder comprising:a first sensor that receives a first light via a first index pattern provided in a first rotating member that rotates about an axis line;
a second sensor that receives a second light via a second index pattern provided in a second rotating member that is connected to the first rotating member via a reducer; and
a holding board which holds the first sensor and the second sensor, the holding board having a discontinuous portion that includes an opening or a recess, wherein
a position of the first rotating member in an axial direction of the axis line is different from a position of the second rotating member in the axial direction of the axis line,
one of the first sensor and the second sensor is located at the discontinuous portion and the other of the first sensor and the second sensor is located at a surface of the holding board,
a position of a light receiving part of the first sensor in the axial direction of the axis line is different from a position of a light receiving part of the second sensor in the axial direction of the axis line, and
the light receiving part of the first sensor and the light receiving part of the second sensor oppose the first and the second index patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,557,706

MEASUREMENT PROCESSING DEVICE, X-RAY INSPECTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURE, MEASUREMENT PROCESSING METHOD, X-RAY INSPECTION METHOD, MEASUREMENT PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND X-RAY INSPECTION PROGRAM

Nikon Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A measurement processing device used for an x-ray inspection apparatus that detects an x-ray passing through a predetermined region of a specimen placed on a placement unit to perform an inspection on the shape of the predetermined region of the specimen, the measurement processing device comprising:a setting unit that sets a three-dimensional region to be detected on the specimen; and
a slice selection unit that sets a plurality of sliced regions on the region to be detected, calculates, for each of the plurality of sliced regions, an amount of displacement of the predetermined region that is required to detect the region to be detect when the plurality of sliced regions are regarded as the predetermined region, and selects a sliced region for the inspection from among the plurality of sliced regions on the basis of each of the calculated amounts of displacement.

US Pat. No. 10,557,705

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCING DEPTH MAPS WITH POLARIZATION CUES

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising:(a) capturing a first set of images of an object, which first set of images comprises one or more images;
(b) capturing a second set of images of the object, which second set includes a first polarized image, a second polarized image and a third polarized image, in such a way that the first, second and third polarized images capture light that has been filtered at a first polarizer angle, a second polarizer angle and a third polarizer angle, respectively, the first, second and third polarizer angles being different from each other;
(c) calculating, based on the first set of images, a first depth map of a surface of the object;
(d) calculating, based on the first depth map, a first set of surface normals;
(e) calculating a binary mask, based in part on divergence of the first set of surface normals;
(f) calculating, based on the second set of images, polarization surface normals of the surface; and
(g) performing a computation that (i) is based on the first depth map, the binary mask and the polarization surface normals, (ii) disregards gradients in a first region of the surface, the first region being a region in which degree of polarization is lower than in the rest of the surface, and (iii) calculates a second depth map of the surface, which second depth map is more accurate than the first depth map in part because the gradients in the first region of the surface are disregarded.

US Pat. No. 10,557,704

NON-DESTRUCTIVE DETECTION METHOD

DISCO CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A non-destructive detection method of detecting, in a non-destructive manner, a modified layer formed by positioning, inside a workpiece having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, a focal point of a laser beam of a wavelength transmissible through the workpiece and applying the laser beam to the workpiece, the method comprising:a preparing step of preparing an inspection apparatus including imaging means provided with an objective lens and imaging the workpiece from a side of the first surface, a light source emitting light of a wavelength band transmissible through the workpiece from the side of the first surface, driving means causing the objective lens to move close to or apart from the first surface, and recording means recording an image imaged by the imaging means;
an image acquisition step of, in a case in which the first surface is set as an X-Y plane, intermittently moving the objective lens by a predetermined distance H in a Z-axis direction orthogonal to the X-Y plane to be made closer to the first surface, positioning the focal point to each of a plurality of Z-axis coordinate values where a distance of the focal point extends by a refractive index of the workpiece, acquiring an X-Y plane image of an inside of the workpiece for each of the plurality of Z-axis coordinate values, and then, recording the acquired images in the recording means; and
a modified layer detecting step of detecting a state of the modified layer from the X-Y plane image for each of the plurality of Z-axis coordinate values recorded in the recording means.

US Pat. No. 10,557,703

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A DISTANCE

Rockwell Automation Limit...

1. A distance measuring device comprising:a light source configured to illuminate an object with emitted light pulses;
at least one photo element configured to capture arriving light pulses comprising a subset of the emitted light pulses back reflected from the object;
a trigger generator configured to control an emission of the emitted light pulses and activate the at least one photo element during integration gates, the integration gates comprising two first integration gates and two second integration gates, wherein
the at least one photo element is configured to output a signal value (U) at an end of respective integration gates of the integration gates, the signal value U being proportional to an energy of light arriving on the at least one photo element during a duration in which the at least one photo element is activated,
the trigger generator is configured to control the emission of the emitted light pulses such that a sequence of the emitted light pulses having a constant pulse duration (Tp) is emitted and a repetition rate of the emitted light pulses is constant,
the sequence of the emitted light pulses comprises four consecutively emitted light pulses that alternate in intensity between a first intensity (Ie,l) and a second intensity (Ie,h) that is greater than the first intensity (Ie,l) to yield a first emitted light pulse having the first intensity (Ie,l), a second emitted light pulse having the second intensity (Ie,h), a third emitted light pulse having the first intensity (Ie,l) and a fourth emitted light pulse having the second intensity (Ie,h),
the trigger generator is configured to activate the at least one photo element such that a first arriving light pulse corresponding to the first emitted light pulse and a second arriving light pulse corresponding to the second emitted light pulse are captured by the at least one photo element within the two first integration gates, respectively, and a third arriving light pulse corresponding to the third emitted light pulse and a fourth arriving light pulse corresponding to the fourth emitted light pulse are captured by the at least one photo element within the two second integration gates, respectively,
first start times of the two first integration gates are delayed relative to first emission start times of the first and second emitted light pulses, respectively, by a first delay time (T1,s),
second start times of the two second integration gates are delayed relative to second emission start times of the third and fourth emitted light pulses, respectively, by a second delay time (T2,s), wherein the second delay time (T2,s) is longer than the first delay time (T1,s); and
a processing unit configured to calculate a distance between the distance measuring device and the object based on a first difference of signal values (U) outputted at ends of the two first integration gates and a second difference of the signal values (U) outputted at ends of the two second integration gates.

US Pat. No. 10,557,702

ARTICULATING HEAD FOR OPTICAL PROBES, COORDINATE MEASURING SYSTEM, AND TOOL HOLDER

TESA SARL, Renens (CH)

1. Articulating probe head for orienting an optical coordinate probe, comprising, a support releasably connectable to a positioning platform of a coordinate measuring machine, a first rotor rotatably connected to the support for rotation about a first axis, a second rotor, rotatably connected to the first rotor for rotation about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, a distal connector for releasably connecting an optical coordinate probe, a first motor and a second motor, for rotating the first, respectively second rotors about the first respectively second axis, and an optical fiber, connecting a first optical port in the distal connector, for connection to the optical coordinate probe, to a second optical port in the support, for connection to the CMM.

US Pat. No. 10,557,701

MEMS TUNABLE VCSEL POWERED SWEPT SOURCE OCT FOR 3D METROLOGY APPLICATIONS

Thorlabs, Inc., Newton, ...

1. An optical probe system for measuring physical and geometrical data from an object comprising:a light source configured to generate light emission over a wavelength range;
a measurement probe configured to deliver a portion of the light emission from the light source as an optical beam to measure the object, and collect the light from the object, the measurement probe having a beam focusing control mechanism;
a reference light generator configured to receive a portion of the light emission from the light source to generate a reference light, the reference light generator having an optical path with adjustable optical delay;
an optical interferometer configured to receive the light from the object collected by the measurement probe and the reference light, and generate interfere fringe signals recorded by a detection system;
a signal processor configured to process the interference fringe signals to obtain an optical delay difference between the light from the object and the reference light, and to obtain a height of the object;
a first control loop configured to control the optical beam focusing conditions in the measurement probe based on the optical delay difference and the height of the object obtained by the signal processor, causing the optical beam to be focused on the object by the beam focusing control mechanism; and
a second control loop configured to control the adjustment of optical delay in the reference light generator based on the optical delay difference obtained by the signal processor, and to change an electronic frequency of the detected signals to be within an optimal electronic frequency detection range of the detection system, and for the signal processor to process the optimized interference fringe signals to obtain the height of the object with improved accuracy.

US Pat. No. 10,557,700

DYNAMIC MODE SWITCHING FOR MULTI-MODE OPHTHALMIC OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. A method for selectively producing a half-depth OCT image or a full-depth OCT image, based on a swept-source OCT interference signal, the method comprising:selecting from a first sampling rate and a second sampling rate, the second sampling rate being twice the first sampling rate;
selecting from a first sweep rate and a second sweep rate the second sweep rate being half the first;
operating a swept optical source at the selected sweep rate;
sampling the swept-source Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) interference signal at the selected sampling rate, using a single k-clock signal having a frequency range corresponding to the first sampling rate, to produce a sampled OCT interference signal, the single k-clock signal produced by a single k-clock; and
processing the sampled OCT interference signal to obtain an OCT image, such that the OCT image is a half-depth image in the event the first sampling rate is selected and a full-depth image in the event the second sampling rate is selected;
wherein said sampling the swept-source OCT interference signal comprises using the single k-clock signal from the single k-clock to sample the swept-source OCT interference signal in either a half-rate mode or a full-rate mode, based on whether the first sampling rate or second sampling rate is selected, wherein the half-rate mode comprises sampling the swept-source OCT interference signal on either every rising edge of the single k-clock signal or every falling edge of the single k-clock signal, but not both, and wherein the full-rate mode comprises sampling the swept-source OCT interference signal on every rising edge and every falling edge of the single k-clock signal.

US Pat. No. 10,557,699

DEFORMABLE SIGNALING PATHWAYS

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A system comprising:a wearable device including one or more deformable signaling pathways wherein each of the one or more deformable signaling pathways is configured to conduct electrical signals between a first terminal and a second terminal, each of the one or more deformable signaling pathways comprising:
two or more connectors configured to form an electrical connection between the first terminal and the second terminal, and
an elastomeric shell encasing a conductive gel with a value of conductivity and a value of viscosity wherein the conductive gel surrounds each of the two or more connectors and the first terminal and the second terminal are external to the elastomeric shell and the elastomeric shell is coupled to the first terminal and the second terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,557,698

FLEXIBLE STRAP ANTENNA ARRAYS FOR TANK VOLUME CALIBRATION AND RESONANCE FREQUENCY SHIFT MEASURING METHODS USING SAME

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A measuring system for connection to a network analyzer, comprising:a measuring instrument including:
a flexible elongate strap substrate having a length; and
a flexible antenna array extending substantially along the length of the strap substrate, wherein the antenna array is either affixed to a surface of the strap substrate or embedded within the strap substrate, whereby compression or extension of the strap substrate causes compression or extension of the antenna array, and wherein the antenna array comprises:
a plurality of interconnected patch antennas arranged in at least one row, wherein the plurality of patch antennas are electrically connected to a feeding line extending alongside the at least one row, and wherein the feeding line is configured to terminate in an impedance matched to the network analyzer such that the network analyzer can excite the antenna array with an input signal and measure electrical parameters relating to the antenna array's response to the input signal including a resonance frequency, and wherein the antenna array is configured such that it has reference electrical parameters that correspond to a reference length of the antenna array and the measured electrical parameters vary relative to the reference electrical parameters as a function of a change in the physical length of the antenna array during use relative to the reference length.

US Pat. No. 10,557,697

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DIGITIZE CYLINDER HEAD COMBUSTION CHAMBERS

Paradyne Technologies Inc...

1. A computer numerical control machine comprising:a touch probe;
one or more memory units each operable to store at least one program; and
at least one processor communicatively coupled to the one or more memory units, in which the at least one program, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform the steps of:
receiving combustion chamber characteristics of the cylinder head combustion chamber;
receiving probe measurement variables that are used by the touch probe to measure the cylinder head combustion chamber;
generating probe measurement lines and probe measurement planes for each portion of the cylinder head combustion chamber using the combustion chamber characteristics and the probe measurement variables; and
digitizing probe measurement planes for each portion of the cylinder head combustion chamber by measuring, using the touch probe, positions along the probe measurement lines for each portion of the cylinder head combustion chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,557,696

SELF-GLOWING MATERIALS AND TRACER AMMUNITION

Battelle Memorial Institu...

1. A stealth tracer ammunition comprising: a projectile body having a tip and a base; anda solid pellet disposed in the base of the projectile body;
the pellet becoming incandescent as a result of being heated when the ammunition is fired;
the incandescent pellet emitting a glow observable only from behind when the ammunition travels downrange after being fired;
wherein the pellet is comprised of a man-made metal mixture comprising ferrocerium.

US Pat. No. 10,557,694

SEAL FOR A PROJECTILE GUIDING KIT AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING AND OPERATION

BAE SYSTEMS ROKAR INTERNA...

1. A device for sealing a projectile guiding kit having a rear unit adapted to be connected at its rear end to a front end of a projectile and a front unit rotatably connectable at its rear end to a front end of the rear unit, the device comprising:an annular body adapted to envelope at least a front portion of the rear unit and at least a rear portion of the front unit of the guiding kit; and
a flexible ring-shaped strip attached to an inner side and close to a front end of the annular body, the ring-shaped strip being adapted to seal a gap between the rear unit and the front unit of the guiding kit at a connection region therebetween;
wherein the annular body is adapted to slide towards the rear unit of the guiding kit when subjected to a longitudinal acceleration that exceeds a predetermined acceleration value, thereby uncovering the gap and enabling uninterrupted rotation of the front unit with respect to the rear unit of the guiding kit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,693

HIGH VOLTAGE EXPLOSIVE ASSEMBLY FOR DOWNHOLE DETONATIONS

Hunting Titan, Inc., Pam...

1. A downhole explosive tool firing assembly comprising two rigid support structures connected by a flexible link comprising:a first support structure for a first circuitry that increases an input voltage;
a second support structure for an electrically active second circuitry charged by said increased input voltage, said second circuitry including a capacitor, switch and an electro-explosive initiator, a barrel for an electro-explosive initiator driven flyer and a secondary explosive, wherein the switch is adapted to cause electrical power to flow from the capacitor to the electro-explosive initiator; and
a flexible, electrically conductive link between said first and second circuitry, wherein the electro-explosive initiator comprises an explosive pellet, a stripper washer, and a flyer, the flyer being initially located between the explosive pellet and the stripper washer, and is adapted to detonate a detonating cord by propelling the flyer into the side of the detonating cord.

US Pat. No. 10,557,692

VIBRATION RESISTANT INITIATOR ASSEMBLY HAVING EXPLODING FOIL INITIATOR

REYNOLDS SYSTEMS, INC., ...

1. An initiator assembly comprising:a closed housing assembly that defines an interior cavity;
an exploding foil initiator received in the interior cavity, the exploding foil initiator having a bridge, a flyer and a barrel, the flyer overlying the bridge and being disposed between the barrel and the bridge, the barrel defining a barrel aperture;
an input charge received in the interior cavity and disposed in-line with the barrel aperture, the input charge being formed of a secondary explosive and being configured to be detonated by an impact of the flyer when the flyer is discharged through the barrel when the exploding foil initiator is operated; and
an output charge assembly received in the interior cavity and disposed in-line with the input charge on a side of the input charge that faces away from the exploding foil initiator, the output charge assembly having an output charge and a closed container into which the output charge is received, the output charge being formed of a secondary explosive.

US Pat. No. 10,557,691

SELF-REGULATING ELECTROLYTIC GAS GENERATOR AND IMPLANT SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME

GINER LIFE SCIENCES, INC....

1. An electrolytic gas generator for electrolyzing a reactant to generate at least a first gas, the electrolytic gas generator comprising:(a) a polymer electrolyte membrane, the polymer electrolyte membrane having opposing first and second faces;
(b) a first electrode, the first electrode being electrically coupled to the first face of the polymer electrolyte membrane;
(c) a second electrode, the second electrode being electrically coupled to the second face of the polymer electrolyte membrane;
(d) a first current collector, the first current collector comprising an electrically-conductive diaphragm and being reversibly deformable between a first state in which the first current collector is electrically coupled to the first electrode and a second state in which the first current collector is at least partially electrically disconnected from the first electrode;
(e) a second current collector, the second current collector being electrically-conductive and being electrically coupled to the second electrode; and
(f) a power source, the power source being electrically coupled to the first current collector and to the second current collector;
(g) whereby, when the first current collector is in the first state and the reactant is supplied to the electrolytic gas generator, a first gas is generated at the interface of the first electrode and the polymer electrolyte membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,557,690

PROCESS FOR MAKING HIGH-PERFORMANCE POLYETHYLENE MULTIFILAMENT YARN

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

1. A ballistic resistant assembly comprising a plurality of preformed sheets, each preformed sheet comprising 4 layers of filaments from multifilament polyethylene yarn, the polyethylene having an IV of between 8 and 40 dL/g as measured on decalin solutions at 135° C., the plurality of preformed sheets having an areal density of at least 1.5 kg/m2 and at most 4.3 kg/m2, wherein the plurality of preformed sheets has a specific energy absorption of between 280 and 479 J·kg/m2 as measured against a 9*19 mm FMJ Parabellum FMJ bullet based on Stanag 2920.

US Pat. No. 10,557,689

PROCESS FOR MAKING HIGH-PERFORMANCE POLYETHYLENE MULTIFILAMENT YARN

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

1. A ballistic-resistant sheet comprising:a first layer and a second layer each comprising high-performance polyethylene multifilament yarn; wherein
the multifilament yarn comprises ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene having an intrinsic viscosity of from about 8 dl/g to about 40 dl/g as measured in decalin at 135° C. and at least 5 filaments, and has a tensile strength of between 5.8·(n?0.065) GPa and 8·n?0.065) GPa, wherein n is the number of filaments in the yarn; and wherein
the filaments of the multifilament yarn in the first layer and the second layer are spread unidirectionally within each of the layers; and wherein
a direction of the filaments in the first layer is rotated with respect to a direction of the filaments in the second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,557,688

ACCESSORY MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR A FIREARM

LA POLICE GEAR, INC., Va...

1. A mounting system for securing an auxiliary device to a weapon, comprising:a housing having a distal end, an opposing proximal end and a longitudinally extending housing groove extending within an upper surface of the housing;
a first mounting assembly detachably secured to a first side of the housing;
a second mounting assembly fixedly secured to a second side of the housing, the upper surface located between the first and second sides of the housing and where the first mounting assembly moveable in relation to the second mounting assembly; and
a tab slidably located between the first and second mounting assemblies and within the longitudinally extending housing groove, where the slideable tab is configured to adjust placement of the auxiliary device adapting the auxiliary device to the weapon.

US Pat. No. 10,557,687

MODULAR POWERED PLATFORM FOR WEAPON

Wilcox Industries Corp., ...

1. A system for mounting an accessory device on a firearm comprising:a longitudinally extending handguard affixed to the firearm, the handguard configured to support the accessory device, the handguard including an upper portion and a lower portion;
at least one electrical connector disposed on each of the upper portion and the lower portion;
a power supply supported on the handguard;
circuitry disposed between the upper portion and the lower portion, the circuitry including a flexible circuit substrate, the circuitry electrically coupling the power supply to the at least one electrical connector disposed on each of the upper portion and the lower portion;
a lower grenade launcher support platform configured to be interchangeably attached to the upper portion in place of the lower portion, wherein the upper portion and the lower grenade launcher support platform are configured to cooperate with an associated firearm to support a firearm-mounted grenade launcher system; and
an upper grenade launcher support platform configured to be interchangeably attached to the lower grenade launcher support platform in place of the upper portion, wherein the upper grenade launcher support platform and the lower grenade launcher support platform are configured to cooperate, without the firearm, to support a grenade launcher system.

US Pat. No. 10,557,686

SYSTEM INTEGRATION

BAE Systems plc, London ...

1. A method for generating a feasibility display, the method comprising:providing, for use by one or more first processors, a generic test algorithm, the generic test algorithm specifying a set of multiple possible tests for testing feasibility data;
determining, by the one or more first processors configuration data for configuring the generic test algorithm to specify one or more particular tests from the set of multiple possible tests;
uploading the configuration data from the one or more first processors to one or more second processors;
providing, for use by one or more second processors, the feasibility data;
configuring, by the one or more second processors, the same generic test algorithm using the uploaded configuration data, thereby determining the one or more particular tests;
modifying, by the one or more second processors, the feasibility data to satisfy the one or more particular tests, thereby generating modified feasibility data; and
generating, by the one or more second processors, the feasibility display using the modified feasibility data,
wherein the one or more second processors are located on an aircraft,
wherein the one or more first processors are remote from the aircraft,
wherein the aircraft is carrying at least one weapon,
wherein the aircraft further comprises a plurality of sensors, including sensors configured to measure air speed, altitude, and attitude,
wherein configuring, by the one or more second processors, the same generic test algorithm using the uploaded configuration data comprises using data from at least one of the plurality of sensors to determine a current launch condition or conditions, and
wherein the feasibility data is indicative of the feasibility of the at least one weapon carried on the aircraft successfully engaging a target and/or the feasibility of a weapon carried on the target successfully engaging the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,557,685

TRAINING PISTOL

1. A trigger system for a training pistol, the trigger system comprising:a trigger assembly having a trigger and a trigger bar biasingly attached to the trigger;
a primary adjustment system operatively coupled to the trigger assembly via the trigger bar, the primary adjustment system comprising
a trigger adjustment block having a first angled surface,
a trigger block end, and
a first biasing member disposed between the trigger adjustment block and the trigger block end;
a secondary adjustment system associated with the primary adjustment system, the secondary adjustment system comprising
a trigger engagement block,
a die prep adjustment block having a second angled surface, and
a second biasing member disposed between the trigger engagement block and the die prep adjustment block;
a trigger break adjuster having a third angled surface associated with the first angled surface of the trigger adjustment block in the primary adjustment system;
a trigger prep adjuster having a fourth angled surface associated with the second angled surface in the die prep adjustment block; and
a separator configured to separate the movement of the trigger prep adjuster with the trigger break adjuster.

US Pat. No. 10,557,684

SHOT INDICATING RESETTING TRIGGER FIREARM TRAINING SYSTEM

1. A dry fire system in a firearm for training, comprising:an upper receiver having a laser mounted thereto;
an inert lower receiver having a switch, the inert lower receiver operatively configured to be mounted to an upper receiver; and
a trigger module mounted in the inert lower receiver, the trigger module having a trigger and configured to close the switch in the inert lower receiver, wherein the trigger, when pressed rearward within the trigger module, closes the switch and only activates the laser and not fire the firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,557,683

CONTROLLABLE FIRING PATTERN FIREARM SYSTEM

1. A controllable firing pattern firearm system comprising:a firearm;
one or more actuators operatively coupled with the firearm to adjust at least one of a position and orientation of the firearm; and
a controller controlling the one or more actuators to produce a designated firing pattern on a target as the firearm is firing, wherein the designated firing pattern is a spiral firing pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,557,682

GOBO PROJECTION TARGETING DEVICE

RTK HOLDINGS, LLC, Chesa...

1. A firearm aiming illuminator comprising:a light source;
a lens assembly associated with the light source;
the lens assembly having a first element, a second element, and an extended multi-point reticle aiming figure;
the first element being closer to the light source;
the second element having a smaller diameter than the first element, such that a first portion of light emitted by the light source and transmitted by the first element will bypass the second element and a second portion of light emitted by the light source and transmitted by the first element will pass through the second element; and
wherein the second element is adapted to generate an image of the extended multi-point reticle aiming figure away from the illuminator.

US Pat. No. 10,557,680

SLIDE HAMMER ARROW EXTRACTOR

1. An extraction tool for removing an embedded arrow head from a dense material, comprising:a handle;
a slide hammer shaft having a first end and a second end, said first end including an arrow head receiving portion and said second end including a stop bolt receiving portion and a peripheral slide hammer shaft stop;
a slide hammer body having a longitudinal throughbore and a slide hammer body contact head, said longitudinal throughbore dimensioned for receiving said slide hammer shaft with said slide hammer shaft being freely movable therein, said slide hammer body further including a first handle receiving portion and a second handle receiving portion, said first handle receiving portion being an in-use handle receiving portion disposed perpendicular to said slide hammer body throughbore and a second handle receiving portion being a handle storage receiving portion disposed parallel to said slide hammer body throughbore; and,
an extraction tool handle including a handle attachment for allowing said handle to be alternately received in either said in-use handle receiving portion or said handle storage receiving portion,
wherein a user is able to a shaft of an arrow from an embedded arrow head and attach a free arrow head to said arrow head receiving portion on said slide hammer shaft, attach said handle to said in-use receiving portion on said slide hammer body and, by sliding said slide hammer body along said slide hammer shaft, bringing said slide hammer body contact head and said peripheral slide hammer shaft stop into contact, thereby removing the embedded arrow head.

US Pat. No. 10,557,679

FIRE ALARM AND TOOL OILING SYSTEM

1. A firearm and tool oiling system comprising:an oil less air compressor;
a chamber with two end caps;
an air filter;
an oil atomizer provided in the chamber;
a base to which the oil less air compressor, the chamber, and the air filter are attached;
an air compressor tubing which runs from the oil less air compressor to an interior of the chamber where the air compressor tubing connects to an inlet of the oil atomizer;
a chamber delivery hose provided inside the chamber, connected to an outlet of the oil atomizer, and which is configured to deliver atomized oil to the interior of the chamber; and
a chamber exhaust tubing which runs from the chamber to the air filter and which is configured to exhaust air from the chamber,
wherein the two end caps of the chamber seal the chamber and at least one of the two end caps is configured to open relative to the chamber to allow the firearm or the tool to be placed inside the chamber to be oiled.

US Pat. No. 10,557,678

MANUALLY OPERATED FIREARM SYSTEM

1. A firearm comprising:a receiver, trigger, trigger guard, bolt carrier group, a barrel, and bolt catch;
the bolt carrier group positionable in a retained position;
the bolt carrier group positionable in a firing position;
the bolt catch having a paddle with a backside and connected to the receiver; and a bolt control device including a spring element between the backside of the paddle of the bolt catch and the receiver, the spring element maintaining outward pressure on the backside of the paddle of the bolt catch;
wherein the bolt control device retains the bolt carrier group after each time the firearm is fired.

US Pat. No. 10,557,677

MAGAZINE LOADER APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A magazine loader apparatus comprising:a. a magazine holder wherein said magazine holder is configured to removably hold a magazine and wherein said magazine holder includes a loading chamber configured to receive more than one bullet, wherein bullet includes a front, a middle and a back;
b. a loading arm connected with said magazine holder;
c. a plunger connected with said loading arm wherein said plunger includes a foot and wherein said foot is configured to contact a bullet at the approximate middle of the bullet;
d. a bullet loader wherein said bullet loader is configured to temporarily hold a bullet and wherein said bullet loader is removably connectable with said magazine holder at said loading chamber such that said bullet exits said bullet loader into said loading chamber; and
e. a bullet feed platform removably connectable with said bullet loader wherein said bullet loader includes a top and a bottom and wherein said bullet feed platform is movable within said bullet loader from said top of said bullet loader to said bottom of said bullet loader wherein said bullet feed platform is configured to support said bullet as a bullet is inserted into said bullet loader at said top and to support said bullet to said bottom of said bullet loader.

US Pat. No. 10,557,676

FIREARM AMMUNITION AVAILABILITY DETECTION SYSTEM

MAZTECH INDUSTRIES, LLC, ...

1. A magazine configured to hold ammunition, the magazine comprising:a housing comprising an ammunition chamber, wherein the ammunition chamber is configured to store one or more cartridges of a first ammunition type up to a first maximum number of cartridges of the first ammunition type;
a linear encoder comprising a magnet and a plurality of magnetic sensors within the housing and positioned along a wall of the housing, wherein the plurality of magnetic sensors exceeds the first maximum number of cartridges in number, and wherein the magnet is configured to generate a magnetic field that is at least partially within the ammunition chamber; and
a hardware processor configured to determine a count of an amount of cartridges of the first ammunition type within the magazine based at least in part on a signal generated by the linear encoder, wherein the hardware processor is further configured to determine the count by at least:
receiving the signal generated by the linear encoder;
accessing an ammunition count table; and
determining the count from the ammunition count table based on at least in part on the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,557,675

DEVICES FOR RESTRICTING THE FLOW OF PROPELLANT GAS IN GAS-ACTUATED FIREARMS

WHG Properties, LLC, Nor...

1. A gas block assembly configured for mounting on a barrel of a firearm, the barrel defining a bore configured to receive and guide a projectile as the projectile is propelled through the bore by a propellant gas, wherein a first gas port extends between the bore and an exterior surface of the barrel; the gas block assembly comprising:a gas block defining a first passage configured to receive the barrel, a second passage configured to receive a portion of a gas tube in fluid communication with an action of the firearm, and a second gas port; wherein the second gas port adjoins the second passage, and the gas block is configured so that the second gas port is in fluid communication with the first gas port when the gas block assembly is mounted on the barrel; and wherein the second passage is substantially cylindrical and is defined by an interior surface of the gas block; and
a flow restrictor device mounted on the gas block and comprising a flow restrictor, wherein:
at least a first portion of the flow restrictor is positioned within the second passage of the gas block;
the flow restrictor is configured to rotate in relation to the gas block between a first position at which the first portion of the flow restrictor covers only a portion of the second gas port, and a second position;
the first portion of the flow restrictor has an outwardly-facing surface that faces the interior surface of the gas block and has a rounded contour that substantially matches the contour of the interior surface;
the outwardly-facing surface is configured to cover the portion of the second gas port when the flow restrictor is in the first position;
the first portion of the flow restrictor further includes a curvilinear outer edge that adjoins the outwardly-facing surface; and
a portion of the outer edge is positioned over the second gas port when the flow restrictor is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,674

BUFFER ASSEMBLY FOR FIREARMS

1. In a firearm (100) of the H&K model G3 type having a frame containing a bolt (30) that moves rearwardly toward a rearmost position against a restoring force of a recoil spring during a firing cycle, and a stock at the rear of the frame that is spaced from the recoil spring, the improvement comprising a buffer assembly substantially in the stock, the buffer assembly consisting essentially of:a case (22);
a piston (24) mounted for forward and rearward movement in the case (22), the piston having forward rest position and including a contact end (24a) that extends forwardly of the case when the piston is in the rest position;
a piston spring (40) having a forward end engaged with the piston (24) in the case (22), for biasing the piston toward the rest position, the piston spring being a coil spring;
a spring flange (42) engaged with a rearward end of the piston spring (40) and mounted for movement in the case (22);
an end cap (28) connected to the case (22) for closing a rearward end of the case;
at least one resilient washer (44) in the case (22), between the spring flange (42) and the end cap (28); and
a buffer spring (46) in the piston spring (40), the buffer spring (46) being shorter than the piston spring (40) and being a cylinder of resilient material (46);
whereby, during a firing cycle, the bolt (30) is adapted to engage the contact end (24a) of the piston (24) to move the piston rearwardly in the case (22) against a compression of the piston spring (40) to decelerate a rearward motion of the bolt until the piston (24) engages the buffer spring (46) which compresses to further decelerate the rearward motion of the bolt, the at least one resilient washer (44) also compressing to contribute to the deceleration of the bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,557,673

RADIAL DELAYED BLOWBACK OPERATING SYSTEM, SUCH AS FOR AR 15 PLATFORM

22 Evolution LLC, Boonvi...

9. A radial delay blowback mechanism for attenuating discharge forces resulting from firing of a projectile from a cartridge, the cartridge further including a cartridge case, said mechanism comprising: a bolt and a carrier incorporated into a firearm having a barrel, a trigger actuated firing pin supported within the carrier assembly,a plurality of radial bolt lugs configured at a forward end of the bolt, said lugs defining a mating profile with a rear end extension of the barrel during cycling of the bolt to a pre-cartridge discharge position so that the bolt is seated with but not locked to the barrel, said mating profile within said barrel extension further exhibiting a plurality of helically wound grooves seating said bolt lugs, said lugs each further having diagonally opposite edges exhibiting chamfer profiles which are arranged in a mating angled profile with opposing surfaces defining each of said helically wound grooves;
a cam pin extending from the bolt and seating through a circumferentially directed slot configured within the carrier, said pin abutting against a first edge location of said slot when the bolt is in a set position at a beginning of a discharge cycle with the cartridge chambered and awaiting the discharge cycle;
upon initiating the discharge cycle, expanding gas forcing the cartridge case rearward into an end face of the bolt, causing the bolt to accelerate axially rearwardly concurrent with the projectile of the cartridge traveling through and out an end of the barrel, the bolt displacing relative to the barrel along the mating angled profile and converting a portion of the axial acceleration into a rotation of the bolt, via said cam pin traveling within said circumferentially directed slot, the carrier being caused by the bolt to axially displace as the bolt rotates within the carrier, said lugs subsequently separating from said rear end extension of the barrel; and the bolt and carrier retaining sufficient inertia following separation of said lugs from the barrel to permit successive rearward and forward return displacement of the carrier to complete the discharge cycle and reload a subsequent cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,557,672

HEAT TRANSFER TUBE HAVING RARE-EARTH OXIDE SUPERHYDROPHOBIC SURFACE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A method for manufacturing a heat transfer tube having a rare-earth oxide superhydrophobic surface, comprising:preparing a rare-earth coating solution including Ce(NO3)3, peroxide, and water;
sonicating the heat transfer tube;
dipping the sonicated heat transfer tube into an acidic solution; and
dipping the heat transfer unit into the rare-earth coating solution to form a coating layer on a surface of the heat transfer tube,
wherein the coating layer includes a rare-earth oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,557,671

SELF-REGULATING HEAT EXCHANGER

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A heat exchanger, comprising:a flow channel defined by a plurality of segmented corrugated fin portions, wherein the flow channel is operatively connecting a channel inlet to a channel outlet to channel fluid to flow therethrough and defined at least partially by a shape change material, wherein the shape change material changes a shape of the flow channel based on a temperature of the shape change material, wherein the flow channel includes a first shape at a first temperature and a second shape at a second temperature higher than the first temperature, wherein the second shape provides increased thermal efficiency compared to the first shape,
wherein the first shape is an aligned fin shape, wherein the second shape is defined by a step-wise lateral shift of the aligned fin shape relative to a flow-wise direction at the segmented corrugated fin portions of the flow channel to provide increased thermal efficiency to regulate temperature of the heat exchanger,
such that a first segmented corrugated fin portion of the plurality of segmented corrugated fin portions is aligned relative to a second segmented corrugated fin portion of the plurality of segmented corrugated fin portions in the flow-wise direction with the second segmented corrugated fin portion downstream of the first segmented corrugated fin portion in the first shape, and such that the first segmented corrugated fin portion and the second segmented corrugated fin portion are misaligned relative to each other in the flow-wise direction in the second shape such that the second segmented corrugated fin portion divides a flow from the first segmented corrugated fin portion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,670

DEVICE FOR HEAT EXCHANGE

Pleat AS, Stavanger (NO)...

1. A sheet material for heat exchange between liquid and steam to cause phase change in the liquid and steam, wherein the liquid being evaporated and the steam being condensed over a length of the sheet material, comprising:wherein the sheet material is folded to form a plurality of slits extending in the longitudinal direction of the sheet material,
wherein the folded sheet material being arranged horizontally, which slits constitute the flow paths of the liquid and steam, the slits for the liquid being closed at a bottom of the slits for the liquid and the slits for the steam being closed at a top of the slits for the steam,
wherein the slits for the steam at each end of the folded sheet material are sealed by an end seal, the slits for the steam thereby being closed off to through-flow of the steam through the end seals, and
wherein the slits for the liquid, through at least one seal, are fully or partly open for drainage of a residual liquid of said liquid that has not evaporated over the length of the folded sheet material, the liquid being delivered to an upper side of the folded sheet material and the steam being delivered to an underside of the folded sheet material.

US Pat. No. 10,557,669

COUNTERCURRENT HEAT EXCHANGER/REACTOR

THAR ENERGY LLC, Pittsbu...

1. A method of heat transfer between a first fluid stream and a second fluid stream in a countercurrent single pass heat exchanger, the method comprising:flowing the first fluid stream and the second fluid stream in a bundle of channels such that the first and second fluid streams flow countercurrently to each other to exchange heat within an interior region of the bundle along a longitudinal axis of the bundle in four directions with respect to an individual channel without mixing the first and second fluid streams, the four directions comprising above the individual channel, below the individual channel, and along at least a portion of each lateral side of the individual channel;
collecting the first fluid stream in a first fluid receiving member, the second fluid stream being confined within a plurality of channels extending through the first fluid receiving member to separate the first and second fluids; and
collecting the second fluid stream in a second fluid receiving member.

US Pat. No. 10,557,668

PIPE SYSTEM INCLUDING INTERNAL HEAT EXCHANGERS

AUROTEC GMBH, Regau (AT)...

1. A heat exchanger pipeline system for transporting a viscous fluid, comprising:a heat exchanger pipeline configured for transporting the viscous fluid, the viscous fluid having a viscosity of at least 500 Pas:
a plurality of heat exchangers that are serial pipeline components positioned at regular intervals in said heat exchanger pipeline and selected to maintain a predetermined temperature and pressure distribution along said heat exchanger pipeline, wherein the plurality of heat exchangers each include an internal diameter, wherein the internal diameter of a first heat exchanger of the plurality of heat exchangers is greater than the internal diameter of a second, successive heat exchanger of the plurality of heat exchangers;
a temperature controller in the heat exchangers for controlling a temperature of the viscous fluid; and
mixing components configured to maintain at least one of the predetermined temperature and pressure distribution in a cross section of the heat exchanger pipeline,
wherein at least 30% of a length of said heat exchanger pipeline is equipped with the heat exchangers.

US Pat. No. 10,557,667

REFRIGERANT TO WATER HEAT EXCHANGER

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a heat exchanger outer conduit;
at least one heat exchanger inner conduit disposed within the heat exchanger outer conduit to allow a liquid to flow between the heat exchanger outer conduit and the at least one heat exchanger inner conduit, the at least one heat exchanger inner conduit comprising:
a first tubular member including a first wall thickness, a first inner surface and a first outer surface having a first outer diameter; and
a second tubular member including a second wall thickness, a second inner surface and a second outer surface having a second outer diameter, wherein the second tubular member is coaxially disposed within the first tubular member;
wherein the first inner surface includes continuous enhancements formed longitudinally therein, and the second inner surface includes continuous enhancements formed longitudinally therein,
wherein the second outer surface is in contact with the enhancements on the first inner surface,
wherein the first wall thickness is 0.015 inch or less, and
wherein the second wall thickness is 0.015 inch or less.

US Pat. No. 10,557,666

COOLING APPARATUS FOR METAL STRIP

CHUGAI RO CO., LTD., Osa...

1. A cooling apparatus configured to continuously transport a metal strip after heat treatment and cool the metal strip, the cooling apparatus comprising:a first air nozzle configured to spray air to an upper surface of the metal strip from above;
a first water nozzle configured to spray water to the upper surface of the metal strip from above; and
a gas discharger configured to discharge air and steam from the upper surface of the metal strip upwardly,
wherein the first air nozzle, the first water nozzle and the gas discharger are aligned along a transport direction on the upper surface of the metal strip in the order of first the first air nozzle, second the first water nozzle and third the gas discharger, and
wherein the cooling apparatus is adapted to collide the air from the first air nozzle against the upper surface of the metal strip and then the air moves along the upper surface of the metal strip to a point at which steam is generated by the water from the first water nozzle, and is adapted to discharge the steam from the upper surface of the metal strip by using the gas discharger for suppressing a formation of steam film and for uniformly cooling the metal strip.

US Pat. No. 10,557,665

CENTRIFUGAL PELLET DRYER

GALA INDUSTRIES, INC., E...

1. A centrifugal pellet dryer, comprising a housing accommodating a rotor surrounded by a screen, and a feeding system for feeding a water-pellet-slurry to said rotor, said feeding system including a pre-dewatering system for separating water from said water-pellet-slurry upstream of said rotor, said pre-dewatering system including a feed pipe having at least one dewatering perforation, said feed pipe being mounted rotatably about a longitudinal axis thereof to make different sections of the feed pipe and/or different portions of the at least one dewatering perforation form a bottom side of the feed pipe to adjust the amount of dewatering in said pre-dewatering system.

US Pat. No. 10,557,664

DOUBLE COOLED DRAFT BEER MACHINE

Diqing Qiu, Taizhou (CN)...

1. A double cooled draft beer machine, comprising:a cabinet (1);
a refrigeration circuit inside the cabinet (1), the refrigeration circuit including a compressor (2), a condenser (3), and an evaporator (4);
a cold storage chamber (6) inside the cabinet (1), the cold storage chamber (6) used to hold a cask (5), and the evaporator (4) is capable of refrigerating the cold storage chamber (6);
a beer pipe (7) and a refrigeration tube (8) capable of refrigerating the beer pipe (7) are arranged inside the cabinet (1);
a beer tap (9) fixed to an outside of the cabinet (1);
an outer end of the beer pipe (7) connected to the beer tap (9);
an inner end of the beer pipe (7) connected to the cask (5);
at least one solenoid valve, including a first solenoid valve, is set up in the refrigeration circuit, the first solenoid valve used to open or close the refrigeration circuit for refrigerant to flow toward the refrigeration tube (8) or the evaporator (4);
a control chip (19) used to control an action of the first solenoid valve;
a first temperature sensor (20) used to detect temperature; and
a detection point (29) of the first temperature sensor (20), the detection point (29) located between the refrigeration tube (8) and the beer pipe (7);
wherein the refrigeration tube (8) is connected to the refrigeration circuit and is in parallel with the evaporator (4);
wherein the first temperature sensor (20) is connected to an input end of the control chip (19), the first solenoid valve is connected to an output end of the control chip (19), and a relay (10) used to control the on-off operation of the compressor (2) is also connected to the output end of the control chip (19);
wherein an electromagnetic coil of the relay (10) is connected to and controlled by the output end of the control chip (19), and a normally open contact of the relay (10) is connected between the compressor (2) and a power supply (22) of the compressor (2);
wherein a first upper limit temperature threshold and a first lower limit temperature threshold of the beer pipe (7) are set inside the control chip (19);
wherein when the temperature detected by the first temperature sensor (20) is higher than the first upper limit temperature threshold, the control chip (19) controls the first solenoid valve to act and switch on the compressor (2) to allow the refrigerant in the refrigeration circuit to stop flowing toward the evaporator (4), and instead to allow the refrigerant in the refrigeration circuit to flow toward the refrigeration tube (8) only; and
wherein when the temperature detected by the first temperature sensor (20) is equal to or lower than the first lower limit temperature threshold, the control chip (19) controls the first solenoid valve to act to allow the refrigerant in the refrigeration circuit to stop flowing toward the refrigeration tube (8).

US Pat. No. 10,557,663

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet that defines a storage chamber therein;
a door configured to open and close the storage chamber;
a drawer assembly configured to be connected to the door and comprising a drawer;
a rail assembly configured to slidably couple the drawer assembly with the cabinet; and
a weight balance provided on a first side of the drawer assembly towards a rear of the refrigerator that is opposite a second side of the drawer assembly connected to the door at a front of the refrigerator,
wherein the weight balance comprises (i) a first portion positioned under the drawer assembly and (ii) a second portion positioned at a rear of the drawer assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,557,662

REFRIGERATOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet having a storage compartment with a food introduction port formed in a front thereof;
a door hingedly connected to the cabinet for opening and closing the storage compartment;
a support cover coupled to a sidewall of the storage compartment, the support cover having an outside surface that defines an inner surface of the storage compartment, and an inside surface that faces the sidewall of the storage compartment, the support cover defining a through part;
a rail mounted to the outside surface of the support cover;
a drawer configured to be inserted and withdrawn through the food introduction port along the rail, the rail comprising a fixed rail coupled to the support cover and configured to support a load of the drawer, and a moving rail that is movably coupled to the fixed rail, that is coupled to a side surface of the drawer, and that is configured to move together with the drawer;
a moving frame configured to move forward and disposed between the inside surface of the support cover and the sidewall of the storage compartment, the moving frame comprising a transfer member that extends through the through part and that is configured to push the drawer to allow the drawer to move forward together with the moving rail; and
an electric driving unit disposed between the inside surface of the support cover and the sidewall of the storage compartment for moving the moving frame forward.

US Pat. No. 10,557,661

FREEZESTAT ASSEMBLY

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A freezestat assembly, comprising:a plurality of support brackets disposed in a linear arrangement, wherein each support bracket of the plurality of support brackets comprises a corresponding aperture; and
a tubing configured to be disposed in the corresponding aperture of each support bracket of the plurality of support brackets, wherein the tubing is configured to monitor a temperature of a flow of fluid through a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and wherein the freezestat assembly is configured to be disposed upstream of an evaporator coil of the HVAC system and downstream of a hot water coil of the HVAC system with respect to the flow of fluid through the HVAC system.

US Pat. No. 10,557,660

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH A PLURALITY OF HEAT EXCHANGING PORTIONS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:a plurality of plate members which are stacked and bonded to each other, wherein
the plurality of plate members constitute
a heat exchanging portion in which refrigerant tubes and heat medium tubes are stacked with each other, a refrigerant in a vapor-compression refrigeration cycle flowing through the refrigerant tubes, a heat medium flowing through the heat medium tubes to exchange heat with the refrigerant, and
a tank portion in which at least one of a refrigerant tank space and a heat medium tank space is defined, the refrigerant tank space being adapted to collect or distribute the refrigerant with respect to the refrigerant tubes, the heat medium tank space being adapted to collect or distribute the heat medium with respect to the heat medium tubes,
the heat exchanging portion includes
a first heat exchanging portion in which heat is exchanged between the heat medium and the refrigerant on a high-pressure side of the vapor-compression refrigeration cycle, and
a second heat exchanging portion in which heat is exchanged between the heat medium and the refrigerant on a low-pressure side of the vapor-compression refrigeration cycle,
the tank portion is provided with a refrigerant inlet through which the refrigerant flows into the refrigerant tank space, a refrigerant outlet through which the refrigerant flows out of the refrigerant tank space, a heat medium inlet through which the heat medium flows into the heat medium tank space, and a heat medium outlet through which the heat medium flows out of the heat medium tank space,
at least one of the refrigerant inlet, the refrigerant outlet, the heat medium inlet, and the heat medium outlet is disposed between both ends of the tank portion in a tube stacking direction of the refrigerant tubes and the heat medium tubes,
an auxiliary heat exchanging portion that exchanges heat between a first fluid and a second fluid is provided between the first heat exchanging portion and the second heat exchanging portion,
the first fluid is the refrigerant or the heat medium,
the second fluid is the refrigerant or the heat medium, and
at least one of the first fluid and the second fluid is the refrigerant or the heat medium flowing from at least one of the first heat exchanging portion and the second heat exchanging portion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,658

DUAL AUTO HYDRANT FOR SNOWMAKING GUN AND METHOD OF USING SAME

12. A method for selectively providing water and compressed air to a snowmaking gun, the method comprising the steps of:providing a dual auto hydrant configured for placement between the snowmaking gun and sources of water and compressed air, the hydrant further comprising:
a hydrant base having an outer surface with a bottom end and a top end, a cylinder oriented along an axis from the bottom end to the top end,
a piston having a distal end and proximal end, the piston passing through the cylinder, the piston further comprising a plurality of seals formed circumferentially around the piston at selected locations along a length of the piston; and
a means for selectively driving the piston to any one of three operating positions, hydrant closed position, hydrant air open water closed position and hydrant air open water open position, in that order or reverse order;
selecting the hydrant closed position to shut off a compressed air channel between the compressed air inlet and the compressed air outlet, drain compressed air from the compressed air channel and shut off a water channel between the water inlet and the water outlet with a water drain open to drain water from the water channel;
selecting the hydrant air open water closed position to open the compressed air channel between the compressed air inlet and the compressed air outlet, close the compressed air drain, shut off the water channel between the water inlet and the water outlet and close the water drain; and
selecting the hydrant air open water open position to open the compressed air channel between the compressed air inlet and the compressed air outlet, close the compressed air drain, open the water channel between the water inlet and the water outlet and close the water drain.

US Pat. No. 10,557,657

INFLATABLE ICE MAKING ASSEMBLY

1. An inflatable ice making assembly comprising:a shell defining an interior space, said shell having a first end and a second end, said first end being open, said second end being closed, said shell being resilient such that said shell configured for collapsing and twisting, said shell being impermeable;
a plurality of first panels and a plurality of second panels coupled to said shell and positioned in said interior space defining a plurality of air conduits, each said first panel and each said second panel extending between opposing sides of said shell, said first panels and said second panels being alternately positioned between a top and a bottom of said shell such that each said first panel and an adjacently positioned said second panel define a sleeve, said first panels and said second panels being resilient;
a plurality of first recesses positioned in said first panels and extending toward said top;
a plurality of second recesses positioned in said second panels and extending toward said bottom such that each said second recess and an associated said first recess define a pocket;
a lid complementary to said first end of said shell, said lid being selectively couplable to said shell for closing said first end for retaining the water in said sleeves; and
wherein said sleeves are positioned in said shell such that said sleeves are configured for adding water, wherein said pockets are positioned in said shell such that said pockets are configured for shaping cubes of ice formed from water positioned in said pockets when said shell is positioned in a freezer, and wherein said shell is configured for twisting for freeing the cubes of ice from said pockets said shell comprising an inner layer and an outer layer, said inner layer and said outer layer defining a chamber;
a valve positioned through said outer layer such that said valve is fluidically coupled to said chamber;
a cap coupled to said valve distal from said shell, said cap being complementary to an orifice of said valve, said cap being selectively couplable to said valve for closing said orifice; and
wherein said valve is positioned on said shell such that said valve is configured for forcing air into said chamber for stiffening said shell and for insulating said interior space, wherein said cap is positioned on said valve such that said cap is positioned for decoupling from said valve such that said valve is configured for forcing the air through said orifice into said chamber for stiffening said shell and for insulating said interior space, wherein said cap is positioned on said valve such that said cap is positioned coupling to said valve for closing said orifice for retaining the air in said chamber, wherein said cap is positioned on said valve such that said cap is positioned for decoupling from said valve such that said valve is configured for exiting of the air from said chamber for collapsing said shell.

US Pat. No. 10,557,656

ICE DISCHARGING APPARATUS FOR VERTICAL SPRAY-TYPE ICE MACHINES

15. An ice discharging apparatus for an ice making machine having a freeze plate on which the ice making machine forms ice, the discharging apparatus comprising:an inclined ice slide positioned below the freeze plate, the slide configured to direct fallen ice toward an opening to the ice storage bin;
a divider assembly within the opening, the divider assembly comprising a plurality of dividers, each divider comprising a divider body, each divider having a distal end portion, a proximal end portion and a length extending longitudinally from the distal end portion to the proximal end portion, each divider body having a first longitudinal edge margin, a second longitudinal edge margin, a front, a rear, a width extending laterally from the first longitudinal edge margin to the second longitudinal edge margin, and a thickness extending between the front and the rear, wherein the dividers are connected to the ice maker such that each divider is configured to rotate about a widthwise axis of rotation in a forward direction away from the opening to allow formed ice to fall into the ice storage bin and wherein the front of each divider is convex.

US Pat. No. 10,557,655

SYSTEM FOR DEICING THE EXTERNAL EVAPORATOR IN A HEAT PUMP SYSTEM

BEGAFROST S.R.L., Verola...

1. A system for deicing an external evaporator in a heat pump system, comprising:a refrigeration circuit, connected in input and in output to said heat pump system and adapted to convey coolant gas, said refrigeration circuit comprising a tank for storing a deicing fluid, and a first heat exchanger immersed in said deicing fluid; and
a deicing circuit connected in input and in output to said tank and adapted to convey said deicing fluid, said deicing circuit comprising a second heat exchanger;
a plurality of sensors adapted to detect external and internal ambient temperature, input and output temperature of a coolant gas of the heat pump system, and humidity in contact with said external evaporator;
said second heat exchanger being arranged proximate to said external evaporator, wherein said refrigeration circuit comprises a two-way, two-position opening control valve, adapted to activate or deactivate said system for deicing as a function of the values of the external and internal ambient temperature, of the input and output temperature of a coolant gas of the heat pump system, and of the humidity in contact with said external evaporator.

US Pat. No. 10,557,654

COLLECTIVE DEVICE FOR SWITCHING REFRIGERANT FLOW

Hitachi-Johnson Controls ...

1. A collective device for switching refrigerant flow arranged between an indoor device and an outdoor device, comprising:multiple high-pressure valves;
multiple low-pressure valves;
a high-pressure header;
a low-pressure header;
a plurality of high-pressure gas pipes respectively connecting each high-pressure valve and the high-pressure header; and
a plurality of low-pressure gas pipes respectively connecting each low-pressure valve and the low-pressure header; and
a plurality of connection gas pipes respectively connecting each high-pressure valve to a respective low-pressure valve,
wherein the multiple high-pressure valves are arranged next to each other in a first direction perpendicular to a vertical direction,
wherein the multiple low-pressure valves are arranged next to each other in the first direction,
wherein the low-pressure valves, the low-pressure header, and the low-pressure gas pipes are arranged on one side in a second direction perpendicular to the vertical direction and the first direction with respect to the high-pressure valves, the high-pressure header, and the high-pressure gas pipes, and
wherein the connection gas pipes are respectively disposed extending in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,653

SUCTION STABILIZER CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR A HEAT PUMP SYSTEM

1. A suction stabilizer control circuit (SSCC) for a heat pump system, the SSCC comprising:a thermostatic expansion valve (TXV) including
a valve body defining a valve flow path extending between a TXV inlet and TXV outlet, the valve body including a TXV head portion having a sensing connection and an equalization connection;
a throttling element extending into the valve flow path and movable to variably restrict refrigerant flow passing from the TXV inlet to the TXV outlet;
a diaphragm positioned in the TXV head portion and connected to the throttling element such that increased pressure from the sensing connection will urge the throttling element to increase refrigerant flow restriction; and
a biasing element arranged in the valve body operable to urge the throttling element to decrease refrigerant flow restriction;
TXV inlet and outlet lines extending from the TXV inlet and the TXV outlet, respectively;
a TXV bypass line having a bypass inlet and a bypass outlet connected to the TXV inlet line and TXV outlet line, respectively, such that a predetermined portion of refrigerant flow passing between the TXV inlet and outlet lines passes through the TXV bypass line;
first and second side connection lines for connecting in a liquid refrigerant transport line between heat exchangers of the heat pump system;
first side inlet and outlet lines branching from the first side connection line and connected with the TXV inlet line and TXV outlet line, respectively;
first side inlet and outlet check valves arranged in the first side inlet and outlet lines, respectively, the first side inlet check valve oriented to block flow from the TXV inlet line toward the first side connection line, the first side outlet check valve oriented to block flow from the first side connection line toward the TXV outlet line; and
second side inlet and outlet check valves arranged in the second side inlet and outlet lines, respectively, the second side inlet check valve oriented to block flow from the TXV inlet line toward the second side connection line, the second side outlet check valve oriented to block flow from the second side connection line toward the TXV outlet line;
wherein the bypass inlet connects to the TXV inlet line downstream of the first and second side inlet lines and the bypass outlet connects to the TXV outlet line upstream of the first and second side outlet lines.

US Pat. No. 10,557,652

HEAT EXCHANGER AND AIR CONDITIONER

Hitachi-Johnson Controls ...

1. A heat exchanger comprising:multiple heat transfer pipes, each having flat portions, configured such that refrigerant for heat exchange with air flows inside; and
a fin having a heat exchange surface between adjacent ones of the heat transfer pipes,
wherein the multiple heat transfer pipes are arranged such that respective flat portions of the heat transfer pipes face each other,
wherein the fin has one end and another end in an air flow direction, and a plurality of first ribs respectively disposed vertically above respective flat portions of the heat transfer pipes, and
wherein each first rib has an extension portion extending substantially parallel along the flat portion, and an enlarged portion configured such that a distance to the flat portion gradually increases from the extension portion in a direction toward the one end side.

US Pat. No. 10,557,651

OIL-GAS BALANCING APPARATUS AND COMPRESSOR SYSTEM WITH THE SAME

Danfoss (Tianjin) Ltd., ...

1. An oil-gas balancing apparatus applicable to a compressor, comprising:a body, wherein the body is in a cylindrical shape in nature and comprises a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, and the first end is configured to be fixedly connected to an outside surface of a shell of a compressor and be in communication with an oil sump of the compressor and a chamber of the oil sump, the second end has a circular flat end surface and is configured to be connected to an oil balancing pipe of the compressor;
a gas balancing opening, wherein the gas balancing opening is disposed on a first portion of the circular flat end surface of the second end and extends from the circular flat end surface of the second end to an end surface of the first end; and
at least one oil balancing hole, wherein the at least one oil balancing hole is disposed on a second portion of the circular flat end surface of the second end and extends from the circular flat end surface of the second end to the end surface of the first end, and the second portion and the first portion are oppositely disposed;
wherein the body is configured to extend between the shell of the compressor and the oil balancing pipe; and
wherein the gas balancing opening and the oil balancing opening are separate and distinct from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,557,650

APPARATUS FOR THE COOLING OF A DRINKING LIQUID, IN PARTICULAR DRINKING WATER, WITH INNOVATIVE COOLING SYSTEM WITH PELTIER EFFECT

BIOTECH TRENTINO S.P.A., ...

6. A cooling unit with Peltier effect integrating in a layered structure, of a sandwich type and comprising:a Peltier cell;
a first heat exchanger, associated with a hot side of the Peltier cell, comprising a first gap or chamber, defined by said layered structure, apt to receive a flow of a first fluid in order to transfer heat from the hot side of the Peltier cell to said first fluid and therefore heat said fluid;
a second heat exchanger, associated with a cold side of the Peltier cell, comprising a second gap or chamber, defined by said layered structure, apt to receive a flow of a second fluid in order to transfer heat from said second fluid to the cold side of the Peltier cell and therefore cool said second fluid,
wherein each of said first and second chambers respectively said first and said second heat exchangers, integrated in said cooling unit, has a laminar shape extending along the corresponding hot side and cold side of the Peltier cell, so as to allow a direct exchange of the heat between the first fluid which flows through the first heat exchanger and the hot side of the Peltier cell and of the heat between the second fluid which flows through the second heat exchanger and the cold side of the Peltier cell,
wherein the layered structure integrating said Peltier cell and said first and said second heat exchangers comprises and is defined by:
two sheets of thermally conductive material, in particular of copper, associated respectively with the hot side and the cold side of the Peltier cell; and
two external closure bodies or shells, in particular in plastic material, placed respectively above said two sheets of thermally conductive material,
wherein the two closure bodies and the corresponding two sheets of thermally conductive material form one with the other of said first and said second chambers respectively for the flow of the first fluid through said first heat exchanger and the flow of the second fluid through said second heat exchanger,
wherein said cooling unit, integrating the Peltier cell and said first and said second heat exchangers, is sealed by a gasket apt to ensure hermetic sealing against the outflow of the first fluid and of the second fluid which flow in said first and said second chambers of said first and second heat exchangers,
wherein the layered structure further comprises and is defined by:
two further thin sheets of thermally conductive material, in particular graphite, placed in direct contact respectively with the hot side and the cold side of the Peltier cell, adjacent to the two sheets of thermally conductive material which form with said two external closure shells the two chambers for the flow of the first and of the second fluid through the two heat exchangers integrated in said cooling unit,
wherein said two further thin sheets of thermally conductive material are apt to improve the heat exchange between the hot side and the cold side of the Peltier cell and the first and the second fluid which flow through the heat exchangers integrated in said cooling unit, and
wherein said two external closure bodies or shells define, in said first and said second chambers, points of reversal of the flow of the operating fluid and of the drinking liquid which traverses said first and said second heat exchangers.

US Pat. No. 10,557,649

VARIABLE TEMPERATURE MAGNETO-CALORIC THERMAL DIODE ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A magneto-caloric thermal diode assembly, comprising:a magneto-caloric cylinder comprising a plurality of magneto-caloric stages, each of the plurality of magneto-caloric stages having a respective Currie temperature, the magneto-caloric cylinder having a length along an axial direction, the plurality of magneto-caloric stages distributed along the length of the magneto-caloric cylinder; and
a plurality of thermal stages stacked along the axial direction between a cold side and a hot side, each of the plurality of thermal stages comprises a plurality of magnets and a non-magnetic ring, the plurality of magnets distributed along a circumferential direction within the non-magnetic ring in each of the plurality of thermal stages, the plurality of thermal stages having a length along the axial direction, the length of the plurality of thermal stages being less than the length of the magneto-caloric cylinder;
wherein the plurality of thermal stages and the magneto-caloric cylinder are configured for relative rotation between the plurality of thermal stages and the magneto-caloric cylinder, and
wherein the magneto-caloric cylinder is received within the plurality of thermal stages such that the magneto-caloric cylinder is movable along the axial direction relative to the plurality of thermal stages.

US Pat. No. 10,557,648

COOLING/HEATING SWITCHING UNIT AND AIR CONDITIONER INCLUDING THE SAME

Hitachi-Johnson Controls ...

8. An air conditioner comprising:two or more use-side units being independently operable to perform cooling and heating simultaneously;
a heat-source-side unit that are used to form a refrigeration cycle between the heat-source-side unit and the two or more use-side units;
a first-refrigerant-pipe fitting and a second-refrigerant-pipe fitting that have a first refrigerant pipe and a second refrigerant pipe connected thereto, respectively, wherein the first and second refrigerant pipes are linked to the heat-source-side unit;
a third-refrigerant-pipe fitting that has a third refrigerant pipe connected thereto, wherein the third refrigerant pipe is linked to the use-side unit;
a first expansion valve and a second expansion valve that are configured to control a flow direction of refrigerant from either the first-refrigerant-pipe fitting or the second-refrigerant-pipe fitting to the third-refrigerant-pipe fitting, via a fourth refrigerant pipe, based on a combination of an open state or a closed state of the first expansion valve and the second expansion valve;
a housing that houses at least a part of the fourth refrigerant pipe; and a refrigerant leak detection sensor that is disposed outside of the housing to detect leaked refrigerant.

US Pat. No. 10,557,647

METHOD FOR CONVEYING CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER

Rodluven Inc., Southern ...

1. A solar power system, comprising, a solar concentrator having a lens disposed therein, the solar concentrator having a first cone-shape and a bottom, the solar concentrator having a length (1) that is longer than a width (w) at the lens of the solar concentrator;a solid tapering device disposed at the bottom, the tapering device having a second cone-shape;
the tapering device having a truncated bottom surface connected to a first curved glass loop section of a glass rod, the glass rod having a second curved glass loop section and a straight section, the first curved loop section having a first end surface, the second curved loop section having a second end surface, the straight section having a third end surface, the first end surface and the second end surface having a first gap defined therebetween, the second end surface and the third end surface having a second gap defined therebetween;
the solar concentrator being adapted to receive solar power as rays and conveying and concentrating rays as light towards a focus line or segment at the tapering device, the tapering device being in communication with an upper end of the first curved glass loop section, the first curved glass loop section conveying the light to the second curved glass loop section via and across the first gap, the second curved glass loop section conveying the light to the straight glass section via and across the second gap, while transmitting light, rotating the first curved glass loop section relative to the second curved glass loop section at the first gap;
rotating the second curved glass loop section relative to the straight glass section at the second gap so that the solar concentrator follows a path of a sun; and
placing an outer end of the straight glass section at a water surface to heat the water below the water surface.

US Pat. No. 10,557,646

SENSING AND FEEDBACK FOR ROW ON SUN TRACKING METHOD AND SYSTEM

NEXTracker Inc., Fremont...

1. A solar power plant system, the system comprising:at least one solar tracker, each solar tracker having a plurality of solar modules;
a tracker controller coupled to each solar tracker;
a drive device coupled to each solar tracker and operably coupled to the tracker controller;
a solar power strip coupled to the tracker controller, and configured to supply power to the tracker controller and the drive device, the solar power strip having a width of about 1/10th or more of a length of the solar power strip;
a network interface coupled to the tracker controller;
a main controller coupled to the tracker controller using the network interface;
a plant control module stored in a memory device operably coupled to the main controller and configured to receive information regarding detailed site geometry including three coordinate information from a first data source and to receive external weather forecasting information from a second data source;
an irradiance sensor coupled main controller, the irradiance sensor being configured to capture local weather information for a desired time period in association with the solar power plant system;
a capture control module stored in the memory device and operably coupled to the main controller and configured to receive local solar data from a local solar data source;
a recording module configured to transmit information related to the local solar data to an external forecast service and to receive a local data forecast from the external forecast service;
a look-up table comprising historical information correlating tracker angles with energy output for a given local data forecast;
an angle adjustment module coupled to the look-up table and a topography module comprising a learning module and an execution module, the angle adjustment module configured to form a resulting angle adjustment or gain factor by processing information from the look-up table and the topography module; and
an output handler coupled to the angle adjustment module to output a gain information to adjust each of the tracker controller.

US Pat. No. 10,557,645

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING FREEZING WHEN FOUR-WAY VALVE IN HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER IS FAILED, AND HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER

1. A system for preventing freezing when a four-way valve in a heat pump water heater is failed, comprising:a processor; a memory storing instructions executable by the processor; wherein, the processor is configured to: detect a current water temperature T of water in a lower part of a water tank;
judge whether the current water temperature T is lower than a preset minimum temperature Tmin for the water tank; judge whether the current water temperature T satisfies a preset condition if the current water temperature T is lower than the preset minimum temperature Tmin for the water tank; and control a heat pump system to stop and to start an electric auxiliary heating system, if the current water temperature T satisfies the preset condition, wherein the processor is further configured to:
judge whether the current water temperature T is greater than or equal to a preset water tank temperature Ts, and/or to judge whether the current water temperature T is greater than or equal to a maximum temperature Tsop of the water heated by the heat pump water heater, after the electric auxiliary heating system is stopped and the heat pump system is restarted; and
the processor is configured to control the heat pump water heater to stop, if the current water temperature T is greater than or equal to the preset water tank temperature Ts, and/or if the current water temperature T is greater than or equal to the maximum temperature Tstop, wherein the processor is further configured to: add one to a number N of failures of the four-way valve when the current water temperature T satisfies the preset condition;
judge whether the number N is greater than or equal to a preset number n; and the processor is configured to control a heat pump system to stop and to start an electric auxiliary heating system and to control the heat pump water heater to display failure information, if the number N is greater than or equal to the preset number n.

US Pat. No. 10,557,644

ADJUSTABLE DRIP PAN

1. An adjustable drip pan comprising:a bottom pan comprising a reservoir, a first wall, a second wall, a third wall, a fourth wall, a first ridge, a second ridge, a third ridge, a fourth ridge, and a bottom floor; and
a top pan comprising a top floor and a lip; and
wherein said first ridge connects to a top of said first wall, said second ridge connects to a top of said second wall, said third ridge connects to a top of said third wall, and said fourth ridge connects to a top of said fourth wall;
wherein said first ridge, said second ridge, said third ridge, and said fourth ridge connect to said bottom floor, and said reservoir connects to said third ridge, said fourth ridge, and said bottom floor;
wherein said first ridge, said second ridge, said third ridge, said fourth ridge, said bottom floor, and said reservoir create a water-impermeable basin for collecting water;
wherein said first ridge, said second ridge, said third ridge, and said fourth ridge form a single member raised above and surrounding said bottom floor;
wherein said top floor slopes downward towards said lip, said bottom floor slopes downward toward said reservoir; and
wherein said bottom pan and said top pan are slidably adjustable in a plane along an axis, and adjustment of said bottom pan and said top pan is limited, in a first direction of said axis, by touching of said lip and said first ridge, and in a second direction of said axis, by touching of said first wall and said top pan.

US Pat. No. 10,557,643

DEMAND VENTILATION HVAC SYSTEM COMPRISING INDEPENDENTLY VARIABLE REFRIGERANT FLOW (VRF) AND VARIABLE AIR FLOW (VAF)

Addison HVAC LLC, Orland...

1. A dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) comprising a plurality of evaporator coils each with independent refrigerant control configured to independently vary refrigerant flow for each of the evaporator coils to maintain a desired evaporator coil temperature; independent activation of evaporator coil surface for each of the plurality of evaporator coils; and, at least one block-off element disposed for independent adjustment of airflow for each of the plurality of evaporator coils, wherein the system is configured to obtain free cooling by positioning the block-off element to direct ventilation air to bypass active evaporator coil surface.

US Pat. No. 10,557,642

DEHUMIDIFYING VENTILATOR

Therma-Stor LLC, Madison...

15. A method of controlling a dehumidifying ventilator, the method comprising:receiving a user-selection of a particular one of a plurality of user-selectable positions of a zone selection switch, each position of the zone selection switch corresponding to a particular climate zone of a plurality of climate zones, each climate zone of the plurality of climate zones corresponding to a particular relative humidity;
receiving a relative humidity of an input airflow to the dehumidifying ventilator;
comparing the received relative humidity of the input airflow to the particular relative humidity corresponding to the selected position of the zone selection switch, and in response:
enabling a dehumidification system of the dehumidifying ventilator when it is determined that the relative humidity of the input airflow is greater than or equal to the particular relative humidity corresponding to the selected position of the zone selection switch; and
disabling the dehumidification system of the dehumidifying ventilator when it is determined that the relative humidity of the input airflow is less than the particular relative humidity corresponding to the selected position of the zone selection switch.

US Pat. No. 10,557,641

ADAPTIVE PID CONTROL FOR CHILLED WATER CRAC UNITS

Vertiv Corporation, Colu...

1. A computer room air conditioning (CRAG) unit incorporating a proportional, integral, derivative (PID) control system for controlling a cooling component of a cooling unit to assist in controlling a supply air temperature of air discharged from the CRAC unit, the system including:a supply air temperature sensor;
a PID controller in communication with the supply air temperature sensor;
a memory in communication with the PID controller;
a plurality of look-up tables stored in the memory and setting forth different proportional “P”, integral (“I”) and derivative (“D”) gains based on an operating variable associated with operation of the cooling component of the cooling unit;
the cooling component including an electrically adjustable component being in communication with the PID controller and helping to control performance of the CRAG unit at least in part in response to the supply air temperature; and
wherein the PID controller uses the look-up tables together with a limited slope calculation which defines projected behavior of the operating variable, to adjust at least one of the P, I and D gains in real time, in controlling the cooling component to modify performance of the CRAC unit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,640

SMART-HOME DEVICE TELEMETRY CIRCUITS FOR DETECTING ELECTRICAL ANOMALIES IN A POPULATION OF DEVICES

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A smart-home device comprising:a solid state relay (SSR) switching integrated circuit (IC) comprising:
one or more switching elements configured to open and close a connection between a power wire and a return wire of an environmental system;
a voltage sensor that measures a voltage across the one or more switching elements;
a current sensor that measures a current through the one or more switching elements;
a temperature sensor that measures a temperature near the one or more switching elements; and
a memory that stores voltage, current, and temperature data for a time window of at least 20 milliseconds;
a wireless communication device that periodically receives voltage, current, and temperature data originating from the SSR switching IC and transmits the voltage, current, and temperature data to a device management server;
wherein the device management server receives batches of voltage, current, and temperature data from a plurality of smart-home devices.

US Pat. No. 10,557,639

DEHUMIDIFIER

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A dehumidifier comprising:a main body including an inlet port and an outlet port;
a heat exchanger configured to exchange heat with air introduced through the inlet port; and
a water container configured to accommodate condensate and separately coupled to the main body in a sliding manner,
wherein the water container includes:
a handle rotatably coupled to the water container; and
a recessed member recessively formed inward from an exterior of the water container below the handle to enable the handle to be gripped through the recessed member when the water container is coupled to the main body, and
wherein the handle is coupled to an inner side of a rear surface of the water container and disposed within the recessed member such that the handle is disposed beneath a top surface of the water container when in an ungripped position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,638

FAN ASSEMBLY FOR A PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONER UNIT

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A packaged terminal air conditioner unit comprising:a wall sleeve;
a bulkhead positioned within the wall sleeve and defining an indoor portion and an outdoor portion;
a vent aperture defined through the bulkhead for providing fluid communication between the indoor portion and the outdoor portion;
a fan duct attached to the bulkhead and defining a flow passage in fluid communication with the vent aperture; and
an electronics assembly comprising:
an electronics enclosure mounted to the fan duct and defining an electronics compartment having an opening;
a top plate attachable over the opening of the electronics enclosure to enclose the electronics compartment; and
a heat sink defined on an exterior surface of the top plate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,637

FACILITATING SCHEDULING OF COMFORT CONTROLLERS

Emerson Electric Co., St...

1. A comfort controller operable to control one or more configurations of a climate control system for providing climate control in a structure in accordance with a user-selected one of a plurality of stored weekly schedules for operation of the one or more configurations, where each of the plurality of stored weekly schedules provides a plurality of daily time slots and temperature set points and is based on user-specifications, and where the user-selected weekly schedule is wirelessly received by and completely replaces a current operating weekly schedule on the comfort controller; wherein the comfort controller is operable to receive the user-selected weekly schedule from a computing device configured to:retrieve a previously stored weekly schedule;
receive a user specification modifying the retrieved previously stored weekly schedule; and
store the modified weekly schedule as the previously stored weekly schedule or as a third weekly schedule.

US Pat. No. 10,557,636

OVEN

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An oven, comprising:a cooking compartment comprising side surface panels;
a shelf member disposed at an inside of the cooking compartment to allow food to be mounted thereon;
a plurality of guide rails configured to support both sides of the shelf member to guide a withdrawal of the shelf member from the cooking compartment, each of the plurality of guide rails including a first rail and a second rail; and
a fixing wire detachably coupled to the first rail of each of the plurality of guide rails to couple the plurality of guide rails to each other,
the fixing wire having a plurality of contact units configured to contact the plurality of guide rails, respectively,
wherein at least one contact unit of the plurality of contact units includes a plurality of mounting units and an insertion unit provided between the plurality of mounting units,
wherein the insertion unit is further protruded toward the side surface panels than the plurality of mounting units so that at least one portion of the insertion unit is inserted between the first and the second rail.

US Pat. No. 10,557,635

PORTABLE COOKING ASSEMBLIES

1. A portable cooking assembly, comprising:a first container having a first sidewall and an opening;
a stove disposed in the first container, the stove comprising:
a second sidewall having an exhaust aperture and an air intake aperture;
a base coupled to the second sidewall; and
a plurality of legs, wherein at least two of the plurality of legs each comprises a first end pivotably coupled to the base;
a cooktop plate disposed in the first container; and
a lid coupled to the first sidewall of the first container and covering the opening, the stove, and the cooktop plate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,634

METHOD FOR OPERATING A PREMIX BURNER, AND A PREMIX BURNER FOR CARVING OUT THE METHOD

MAN Energy Solutions SE, ...

1. A method for operating a premix burner for gas turbines, comprising:injecting a gas-air mixture into a flame chamber as main fuel via a swirler and a quantity of main nozzles;
injecting a first partial stream of a diffusion fuel centrally into the flame chamber radially inside the swirler by a quantity of first nozzles having a first orientation at an inclination to a longitudinal axis of the premix burner and arranged in a burner bottom radially between the longitudinal axis of the premix burner and the swirler and configured as one of a bore, a groove, and a longitudinal slit; and
injecting a second partial stream of the diffusion fuel centrally into the flame chamber radially inside the swirler by a quantity of second nozzles having a second orientation arranged in the burner bottom parallel to the longitudinal axis of the premix burner and radially between the quantity of first nozzles and the swirler and configured as one of a bore, a groove, and a longitudinal slit,
wherein the first orientation and the second orientation are different, and
wherein the premix burner comprises twice as many second nozzles as first nozzles.

US Pat. No. 10,557,633

COMBUSTOR INCLUDING PREMIXING BURNERS AND STAGNATION ELIMINATING BLOCKS PROVIDED THEREBETWEEN, AND GAS TURBINE

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A combustor, comprising:a pilot burner disposed along an axis;
a plurality of premixing burners, each of which has a premixing swirler cylinder and a premixing nozzle disposed inside the premixing swirler cylinder, the premixing burners being disposed about the axis in a circumferential direction so as to surround a periphery of the pilot burner;
a substrate, through which the pilot burner and the premixing swirler cylinders are individually inserted so as to be supported therein; and
stagnation eliminating blocks provided so as to fill spaces between the premixing swirler cylinders on a downstream side surface of the substrate;
wherein each of the stagnation eliminating blocks is formed with at least one air inlet port and air film supplying ports, and the air film supplying ports are open ports formed on exterior surfaces of the stagnation eliminating blocks and are configured to form air films along the exterior surfaces such that possibility of a burn occurring on the exterior surfaces is reduced, and
wherein the at least one air inlet port and the air film supplying ports communicate with each other via air film channels penetrating through the stagnation eliminating blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,557,632

INTELLIGENT OXYGEN LEVEL CONTROLLER FOR BIOFUEL-FIRED BURNER

Biomass Controls PBC, Pu...

1. An intelligent controller for monitoring an exhaust path that is disposed downstream of a fire box for containing a bio-fuel fire, and for controlling an air handler that supplies air to the fire box, the exhaust path, the fire box and the air handler being components of a bio-fuel fired device, the bio-fuel fired device further including a catalytic converter disposed within the exhaust path downstream of the fire box and configured to combust unburned material from the bio-fuel fire, a first oxygen level sensor disposed in the exhaust path upstream of the catalytic converter, and a second oxygen level sensor disposed in the exhaust path downstream of the catalytic converter, the intelligent controller comprising:a first port configured to be coupled to the first oxygen level sensor in order to receive from the first oxygen level sensor a first signal indicating a level of oxygen in exhaust gas upstream of the catalytic converter;
a second port configured to be coupled to the second oxygen level sensor in order to receive from the second oxygen level sensor a second signal indicating a level of oxygen in the exhaust gas downstream of the catalytic converter;
a third port configured to send command signals to the air handler that supplies air to the fire box; and
a processor coupled to the first, second, and third ports and configured to automatically:
repeatedly receive, via the first port, the first signal,
thereby receiving a series of first oxygen level values via the first port; and
for each first oxygen level value of at least some of the series of first oxygen level values:
compare the first oxygen level value to a first predetermined value; and
when, as a result of the comparison, the first oxygen level value is found to be less than the first predetermined value:
generate a first control signal configured to cause the air handler to increase the rate at which the air handler supplies air to the fire box; and
send, via the third port, the first control signal to the air handler;
the processor being further configured to automatically:
repeatedly receive, via the second port, the second signal, thereby receiving a series of second oxygen level values via the second port; and
for each second oxygen level value of at least some of the series of second oxygen level values:
compare the second oxygen level value to a second predetermined value that is less than the first predetermined value; and
when, as a result of the comparison, the second oxygen level value is found to be less than the second predetermined value:
generate a second control signal configured to cause the air handler to increase the rate at which the air handler supplies air to the fire box; and
send, via the third port, the second control signal to the air handler.

US Pat. No. 10,557,631

EXHAUST GAS TREATMENT APPARATUS

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An exhaust gas treatment apparatus for treating a processing gas containing hydrogen by combustion treatment to make the processing gas harmless, the exhaust gas treatment apparatus comprising:a cylindrical combustion chamber configured to combust a processing gas containing hydrogen; and
a processing gas nozzle and an oxidizing gas nozzle provided on the combustion chamber and configured to blow the processing gas and an oxidizing gas, respectively, in a tangential direction to an inner circumferential surface of the combustion chamber;
wherein the processing gas nozzle and the oxidizing gas nozzle are positioned in the same plane perpendicular to an axis of the combustion chamber,
wherein a cooling water supply pipe is connected to the oxidizing gas nozzle, and the oxidizing gas is blown together with cooling water in the tangential direction to the inner circumferential surface of the combustion chamber from the oxidizing gas nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,557,630

STACKABLE AIR SWIRLERS

Delavan Inc., West Des M...

1. A method of making swirlers comprising: additively manufacturing a stack of swirlers wherein each swirler includes: an inner body defining a swirl axis; and a plurality of swirl vanes extending outward from the inner body, wherein the swirl vanes define respective swirl slots therebetween for imparting swirl on a fluid passing through the swirl slots;wherein additively manufacturing the stack includes building an external ring and an inner point inside the external ring and additively manufacturing the vertical stack in a vertical build direction from the external ring and inner point;
wherein the inner body of a lower most swirler in the stack originates from the inner point;
additively manufacturing a support rod aligned with the swirl axis of the swirlers, wherein the support rod is between adjacent swirlers in the stack so that the inner bodies of swirlers in the stack can be built up, each starting from the central support rod and diverging therefrom in the vertical build direction; and
separating the swirlers from one another by machining away the central support rod.

US Pat. No. 10,557,628

HANDHELD VAPORIZER

1. A vaporization apparatus comprising:a heating element; and
a housing encasing the heating element, the housing including a first end having an opening adapted to allow heated air provided by the heating element to exit out through the first end, the housing further including one or more air ducts on an outer surface of the housing, the one or more air ducts adapted to allow ambient air outside the housing to enter into the housing and flow past the heating element so as to be heated by the heating element, wherein the first end has a semi-ovoid shape that enables the first end to press against and substantially seal a substantially hemispherical-shaped bowl, and wherein the heated air enables vaporization of one or more herbal products contained in the substantially hemispherical-shaped bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,557,627

COOLING MEDIUM GENERATING APPARATUS USING STEAM OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT AND COOLING METHOD THEREFOR

1. An apparatus, installed in a containment vessel of a nuclear power generation facility for generating a cooling medium comprising: a nuclear reactor for heating coolants by means of nuclear fission; a steam generator for receiving the coolants, having been heated in the nuclear reactor and for generating steam by using heat contained in the heated coolants; a cooling module for generating a cooling medium by using the steam having been generated in the steam generator; and a cooling medium-supplying pipe, having its end connected to the outside of the containment vessel, for supplying the cooling medium, having been generated in the cooling module, to the outside of the containment vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,557,626

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A system for controlling temperatures of a plurality of light source portions, the system comprising:the plurality of light source portions;
a plurality of temperature adjustment units configured to adjust the temperatures of the plurality of light source portions; and
a drive control unit configured to:
adjust a temperature of a first light source portion of the plurality of light source portions; and
adjust a temperature of a second light source portion of the plurality of light source portions based on the temperature of the first light source portion that is within a threshold range, wherein the second light source portion is different from the first light source portion.

US Pat. No. 10,557,625

LED LAMP HAVING LATERAL OUTLINE WITH OUTLINE OF LAMP NECK AND OUTLINE OF HEAT SINK

JIAXING SUPER LIGHTING EL...

1. An LED (light emitting diode) lamp comprising:a lamp shell including a lamp head, a lamp neck and a sleeve, the lamp head connects to the lamp neck which connects to the sleeve;
a passive heat dissipating element having a heat sink connected to the lamp shell, wherein the heat sink comprises fins and a base, the sleeve of the lamp shell is located in the heat sink, the lamp neck projects from the heat sink, height of the lamp neck is at least 80% of height of the heat sink;
a power source having a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the power source is disposed in both the lamp neck and the lamp head of the lamp shell, and the second portion of the power source is disposed in the heat sink of the passive heat dissipating element;
a light emitting surface connected to the heat sink of the passive heat dissipating element and comprising LED chips electrically connected to the power source, wherein the light emitting surface and the heat sink are connected to form a heat transferring path from the LED chips to the passive heat dissipating element;
a first heat dissipating channel formed in a first chamber of the lamp shell for dissipating heat generated from the power source while the LED lamp is working, and the first chamber is located between bottom of the LED lamp and an upper portion of the lamp neck; and
a second heat dissipating channel formed in the heat sink and between the fins and the base of the heat sink for dissipating the heat generated from the LED chips and transferred to the heat sink;
wherein the first heat dissipating channel comprises a first end on the light emitting surface to allow air flowing from outside of the LED lamp into the first chamber, and a second end on the upper portion of the lamp neck of the lamp shell to allow air flowing from inside of the first chamber out to the LED lamp;
wherein the second heat dissipating channel comprises a third end on the light emitting surface to allow air flowing from outside of the LED lamp into the second heat dissipating channel, and flowing out from spaces between every adjacent two of the fins;
wherein a third aperture is located in a central region of the light emitting surface, and the third aperture forms an air intake of both the first heat dissipating channel and the second heat dissipating channel;
wherein a lateral outline of the LED lamp detours around the axis of the LED lamp 360 degrees to turn around to form a contour of the LED lamp, the outline includes an outline of the lamp neck and an outline of the heat sink, the outline of the lamp neck has a slope a which is a constant, the outline of the heat sink 1 has a slope b which is a constant, and the value of the slope a is greater than that of the slope b.

US Pat. No. 10,557,623

POWER CABLE MICRO-JUNCTION-BOX FOR A STRIP LIGHT ARRAY

APOGEE LIGHTING HOLDINGS,...

1. A junction box, comprising:a bottom portion including a first end portion and a second end portion;
a top portion configured to mate with the bottom portion;
the top and bottom portions forming a first opening to receive a first cable at the first end portion and forming a second opening to receive a second cable at the second end portion, wherein the first cable includes a power cable, and the second cable includes a light emitting diode array;
interchangeable connection blocks for receiving wires to make connections between the first cable and the second cable; and
a connection block receiving-feature formed in the bottom portion to secure the connection blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,557,622

RECESSED LIGHTING FIXTURE WITH ORIENTATION ADJUSTING APPARATUS

RAB Lighting Inc., North...

1. A recessed lighting fixture, comprising:a base defining a base plane, the base being configured to rotate about an axis perpendicular to the base plane; and
an adjusting bracket pivotally connected to the base and pivoting between a first pivot position and a second pivot position, wherein the adjusting bracket includes a plurality of mounting locations configured to support a light source and defining a base plane, wherein moving the light source from one of the plurality of mounting locations to another of the plurality of mounting locations alters the angle of the light emitted by the light source in relation to the adjusting bracket, and wherein the adjusting bracket extends perpendicularly from the plane in the first pivot position and moves in a direction perpendicular to the base plane of mounting locations to extend in a direction that is not perpendicular from the plane in the second pivot position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,621

SOCKET ASSEMBLY FOR RECEIVING A LAMP HAVING A PINCH SEAL

BLV Licht- und Vakuumtech...

1. A socket assembly for receiving a lamp having a pinch seal and a connecting pin led out therethrough, comprising:an outer housing part with an essentially cylindrical cavity which is accessible from outside via a slotted opening extending in a longitudinal direction of the outer housing part,
an inner part mounted for rotation about a rotation axis (R) inside the outer housing part and including a free space which is configured for receiving the pinch seal and the connecting pin and which is accessible from outside, and
two opposed leaf springs for fixation of the pinch seal in the free space,
wherein each of the leaf springs is bent from a metal strip such that a linear resting face is formed which is adjoined on both sides by leg portions that are angled relative to the resting face and that are adjoined, at their ends distant from the resting face, by base portions running towards one another, said base portions turning into shaft portions that extend away from the resting face, wherein said leaf springs are attached to the inner part in the region of the shaft portions and the resting faces face each other and are essentially parallel to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,557,620

EXPANDABLE BULB-HOLDING CLIP

Russel Williams Home Serv...

1. A clip comprising:an elongated body having a first end and a second end;
a strut having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the strut is rigidly connected to the second end of the elongated body;
a cantilever having a first end, a second end, and a middle portion disposed between the first end and the second end, wherein the first end of the cantilever is rigidly connected to the second end of the strut;
a substantially circular bulb holder rigidly connected to and extending from the first end of the cantilever in a direction substantially opposite the second end of the cantilever, wherein the bulb holder includes a hole having a first diameter that is configured to receive at least a portion of a bulb;
a slot extending through the hole of the bulb holder, the first end of the cantilever, the middle portion of the cantilever, and terminating proximate to the second end of the cantilever, wherein the slot and the hole of the bulb holder form a continuous space to enable the hole to temporarily deform and permit passage of the at least the portion of the bulb, said bulb having a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter of the hole; and
wherein the second end of the cantilever is resiliently capable of being pulled away from the elongated body to accommodate a positioning of a structure between the elongated body and the cantilever, and wherein the clip is made from a substantially resilient material having a memory that causes the second end of the cantilever to return toward a relaxed position when not subject to an external force, and
wherein, when the structure is situated between the elongated body and the cantilever, the memory causes the second end of the cantilever to return toward the relaxed position, such that the cantilever and the elongated body exert pressure on the structure, to thereby maintain the position of the clip about the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,557,619

LIGHTING FIXTURE WITH MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS FOR DIFFERENT JUNCTION BOX CONFIGURATIONS

USAI, LLC, New Windsor, ...

1. A light fixture for use with a junction box having a base, a circumferential side wall with a circumferential edge, and a height as measured between the base and the circumferential edge, and adapted to be mounted to a mounting surface, the light fixture comprising:a lighting element;
a mounting bracket adapted to mount to the junction box, the mounting bracket having a base adapted to abut the circumferential edge of the junction box, having a plurality of engagement portions, and having a height as measured between the base of the mounting bracket and the engagement portions;
a first housing adapted to be fixed to the mounting bracket, the first housing having a bottom wall and a circumferential side wall connected to the bottom wall, and the circumferential side wall of the first housing having a circumferential edge lying on a first plane, and the bottom wall and circumferential side wall of the first housing forming an enclosure having an open top defined by the circumferential edge of the first housing;
the first housing having a plurality of contact surfaces disposed within an interior of the enclosure formed by the first housing, and the contact surfaces are adapted to closely abut the engagement portions of the mounting bracket when the first housing is mounted to the mounting bracket, and the first housing being adapted to be fixed to the engagement portions of the mounting bracket;
a contact spacing being a distance between each contact surface and the first plane, and the contact spacing being greater than the height of the junction box; and
the circumferential edge of the first housing being adapted to be in contact with the mounting surface when the first housing is fixed to the mounting bracket mounted to the junction box, such that the first housing surrounds and conceals the junction box and the mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,557,618

RETENTION SYSTEM FOR LIGHT SOURCE LAMPS IN RECESSED LUMINAIRES

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A recessed luminaire comprising:a light source holding bracket comprising a sidewall and a shoulder that defines a light emitting through opening and extends substantially perpendicular to the sidewall, the light source holding bracket configured to hold a light source lamp therein such that the light source lamp rests on the shoulder; and
a retention device that is pivotally coupled to the light source holding bracket, the retention device comprising:
a retention spring portion that is pivotally coupled to the sidewall of the light source holding bracket; and
a retention arm portion that extends from and is formed integrally with the retention spring portion,
wherein the retention spring portion is configured to force the retention arm portion towards the light source holding bracket such that the retention arm portion engages and applies an active load on the light source lamp when disposed in the light source holding bracket to clamp the light source lamp between the retention arm portion and the shoulder of the light source holding bracket and thereby securely retain the light source lamp within the recessed luminaire.

US Pat. No. 10,557,617

AUTO ALIGNING MODULE FOR LIGHTING APPLICATION

CURRENT LIGHTING SOLUTION...

1. A lighting system, comprising:a housing defining an interior space within the housing;
a LED system mounted in the interior space of the housing; and
an alignment module positioned in the interior space of the housing to support the LED system at least at a base for an incandescent bulb, the alignment module being composed of a material having a dampening characteristic to dampen vibration of the LED system in the interior space, and connected to the LED system to maintain the LED system in a static position in the housing to automatically align a focal point of the LED system.

US Pat. No. 10,557,616

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Qisda Corporation, Taoyu...

1. An electronic device comprising: a light transmissive casing; and a light emitting module disposed on the light transmissive casing, the light emitting module comprising a frame, a light source and a pattern member, the light source being disposed in the frame, the frame being connected to the light transmissive casing, the pattern member being sandwiched in between the frame and the light transmissive casing, the pattern member having an area larger than and protruding outside of an area of an opening of the frame and having at least one light transmissive pattern region disposed within the opening of the frame, a light emitted by the light source passing through the at least one light transmissive pattern region to be projected out of the light transmissive casing, so as to form a pattern corresponding to the at least one light transmissive pattern region.

US Pat. No. 10,557,615

CONVERSION DEVICE WITH STACKED CONDUCTOR STRUCTURE

OSRAM GmbH, Munich (DE)

1. A conversion device, comprising:a carrier body;
a conversion body, which is secured on the carrier body, for converting electromagnetic radiation;
a conduction track, which is applied on the conversion body, for monitoring the conversion body;
a contact element applied on the carrier body;
wherein the contact element has a first layer construction comprising at least a first contact layer and a second contact layer comprising mutually different materials;
wherein the conduction track has a second layer construction comprising at least a first conduction layer and a second conduction layer comprising mutually different materials;
wherein the contact element is electrically connected to the conduction track; and
wherein at least one of the first conduction layer or the second conduction layer are electrically conductive and the thickness of said conductive layers is chosen such that an electrical impedance of the conduction track lies in a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,557,614

PROJECTOR LIGHT SOURCE INCLUDING WAVELENGTH CONVERSION MEMBER HAVING POROUS CERAMIC SUBSTRATE

NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO....

1. A wavelength conversion member comprising:a first porous ceramic layer having a porosity of 20% by volume or more; and
a phosphor layer formed on a first principal surface of the first porous ceramic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,557,613

LIGHT GUIDE WITH MEANS TO COMPENSATE FOR GRADUAL LOSSES OF LIGHT ALONG THE GUIDE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A light guide comprising:a transparent body which is generally elongate in a principal direction with an outer surface forming a diopter with the environment of said body; and
ray exit means extending along the outer surface of the body adapted to cause light rays propagating in the body to exit it transversely;
wherein the ray exit means include:
(i) a first row of means disposed consecutively, and
(ii) a second row of means disposed consecutively and adjacent to the first row of means, and
(iii) a third row of means disposed consecutively and adjacent to the first row of means on an opposite side of the first row of means with respect to the second row of means, the distance separating two consecutive means of the first, the second row, and/or the third row being variable along said row or rows, the first row of means, the second row of means, and the third row of means including inclined reflecting facets configured to reflect light towards an exit side, the reflecting facets of the second row of means and the reflecting facets of the third row of means having a height smaller than the reflecting facets of the first row of means.

US Pat. No. 10,557,612

LAMP FOR VEHICLE

SL Corporation, Daegu (K...

1. A vehicular lamp comprising:a lamp housing;
a bracket installed on one side of the lamp housing; and
a lamp attachable to and detachable from the bracket so as to be capable of being fastened,
wherein the lamp comprises:
a light source module;
a guide portion to which the light source module is slidably coupled; and
a socket portion installed within the guide portion and to which the light source module is slidably coupled to allow electrical conduction,
wherein the light source module comprises:
a substrate on which a circuit is printed; and
one or more light emitting diode (LED) light sources arranged on at least one surface of the substrate,
wherein terminals, which come into contact with and are gripped by the socket portion, are formed on one end of the substrate, and
wherein a first holding groove snap-fit-coupled to the socket portion and a second holding groove snap-fit-coupled to the guide portion are formed on at least one of both sides of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,557,611

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING OUTPUT LIGHT COLOR OF VEHICULAR HEADLAMP UNIT

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A method for adjusting output light color of a vehicular headlamp unit, the vehicular headlamp unit including:a light source;
an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information on an area in front of a vehicle on which the vehicular headlamp unit is installed;
an irradiation pattern calculation unit configured to determine an irradiation pattern selective to the area in front of the vehicle on a basis of the information acquired by the information acquisition unit;
a voltage application unit configured to apply a voltage to a liquid crystal element on a basis of the irradiation pattern determined by the irradiation pattern calculation unit;
the liquid crystal element configured to have light control regions and change a transmittance of each of the light control regions on a basis of the voltage from the voltage application unit; and
a projection optical system configured to perform light distribution control of light emitted from the light source and controlled to be transmitted by the liquid crystal element,
the method for adjusting output light color comprising adjusting the color of light emitted from the vehicular headlamp unit by the voltage applied to the liquid crystal element.

US Pat. No. 10,557,610

LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A lighting apparatus for a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a light source emitting light of a first predetermined color;
a reflector reflecting the light emitted from the light source to project the light externally, the reflector configured to change the first predetermined color of the light of the light source when the light of the light source is reflected by the reflector; and
a light transmittance variable portion disposed between the light source and the reflector such that the light emitted from the light source is incident thereupon prior to the reflector, the light transmittance variable portion being configured to vary in light transmittance,
wherein, when the light transmittance variable portion is set to have a light transmittance lower than a predetermined light transmittance, the light emitted from the light source is reflected off the light transmittance variable portion and thus is projected in a second predetermined color,
wherein when the light transmittance variable portion is set to have a light transmittance higher than the predetermined light transmittance, the light emitted from the light source is transmitted through the light transmittance variable portion and reflected by the reflector to be changed in color and thus is projected in a changed color different from the second predetermined color,
wherein the reflector has a parabolic shape having a curvature,
wherein the light source is disposed at a parabolic focus of the reflector, and
wherein the light transmittance variable portion is integrally coupled to the reflector and has a same curvature as the curvature of the reflector.

US Pat. No. 10,557,609

LIGHT PROJECTION DEVICE

CHIAN YIH OPTOTECH CO., L...

1. A light projection device, comprising:a heat dissipation unit;
a thermal conducting interface unit disposed on the heat dissipation unit, the thermal conducting interface unit including a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a holding unit disposed on the heat dissipation unit;
a reflective unit disposed on the holding unit;
a luminous unit disposed on the thermal conducting interface unit, the luminous unit including a first luminous structure disposed on the first surface; and
a lens unit disposed on the holding unit; wherein the thermal conducting interface unit and the holding unit are respectively disposed on the heat dissipation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,557,608

LUMINOUS LIGHTING AND/OR SIGNALING MODULE OF AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

Valeo Vision, Bobigny (F...

1. A luminous lighting or signaling module of an automotive vehicle, said luminous lighting or signaling module comprising:a first submodule arranged to produce a first cut-off beam; and
a second submodule arranged to produce at least two selectively activatable luminous segments,
wherein said at least two selectively activatable luminous segments form a second beam that is complementary to said first cut-off beam, when they are activated simultaneously,
wherein the first submodule is positioned above the second submodule as viewed in a travel direction of the automotive vehicle,
wherein in said second submodule, at least two selectively activatable second light sources are able to emit, simultaneously or alternatively, light rays,
wherein said second submodule includes a light guide device arranged to interact with said at least two selectively activatable second light sources so as to form images of said at least two selectively activatable second light sources level with a focal zone of a projecting device, said images being intended to be projected by said projecting device in order to form said at least two selectively activatable luminous segments, and
wherein said first submodule includes a reflective shield that cuts off a beam of rays emitted by a first light source, the reflective shield positioned above the light guide device of the second submodule.

US Pat. No. 10,557,607

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE AND VEHICLE HEADLAMP USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle headlamp, comprising:a light source module disposed at a central portion of an aspheric lens,
wherein the light source module includes:
a circuit board; and
first and second light emitting modules disposed on the circuit board,
wherein the first and second light emitting modules are separated by a partition wall,
wherein each of the first and second light emitting modules includes a blue light emitting diode (LED) light source and a phosphor disposed on the blue LED light source and the phosphor is configured to be activated by the blue LED light source to emit first light,
wherein the first light emitting module includes a phosphor film disposed at an exterior of the first light emitting module, and the phosphor film is configured to emit a second light,
wherein the first light and the second light have different wavelengths,
wherein a dominant wavelength of the first light is equal to or greater than about 540 nm and equal to or less than about 560 nm, and
wherein a dominant wavelength of the second light is equal to or greater than about 585 nm and equal to or less than about 595 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,557,606

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE USING POLARITY OF MATERIAL AND VEHICLE LAMP HAVING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A light source device using a polarity of a material, the light source device comprising:a transparent frame forming an inner space accommodating a nonpolarity material and a polarity material;
a light source portion irradiating light through the nonpolarity material or the polarity material accommodated in the transparent frame; and
an electromagnet configured to switch respective positions of the nonpolarity material and the polarity material by a magnetic force generated according to the polarity of the material, wherein the magnetic force is generated as a current is applied from outside of the light source device.

US Pat. No. 10,557,605

ELECTRIC LIGHTING DEVICES

1. An electronic lighting device, comprising:a flame element comprising a hollow interior and an aperture disposed on a sidewall of the flame element;
a housing comprising an internal cavity;
an arm that extends horizontally from the housing and has a first end disposed in a central area of the internal cavity;
wherein the arm is sized and dimensioned to extend into the aperture to suspend the flame element within the cavity and to allow the flame element to move with respect to the arm; and
a pin that is sized and dimensioned to extend through a second aperture and into the hollow interior to secure the flame element on the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,557,604

IMITATION CANDLE DEVICES WITH MOVING LIGHTS

1. An imitation candle device, comprising:a flame sheet having a shape;
a support member, extending along an axis, having an end portion with a tip, and where the tip is narrower in cross section than other portions of the support member;
a light casing including a light emitter that is energized to produce an output light, said light casing having internal surfaces defining an opening, where the tip of the support member fits in the opening, and wherein the tip of the support member extends into the opening and where the light casing is held on the support member, in a way that allows movement of the light casing relative to the support member;
a movement limiting structure that limits an amount of the movement of the light casing;
where the support member holds the light emitter at an angle to face the flame sheet and to emit light onto the flame sheet; and
a drive engine coupled to the light casing to cause the light casing to move on the support member and to move the light emitted from the light emitter on the flame sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,557,603

EMBEDDED PLATFORM LIGHTS

Altec Industries, Inc., ...

1. A utility platform assembly comprising:at least one sidewall;
a floor;
a lip,
wherein the utility platform presents a cavity configured to support a utility worker therein;
at least one light for illuminating the utility platform,
wherein the at least one light is configured to be attached to the utility platform, and
an insulative liner covering at least a portion of the at least one light and providing electrical insulation,
wherein the insulative liner comprises at least one insulative sidewall and at least one insulative floor for fitting within the utility platform cavity,
wherein the insulative sidewall extends from the floor to the lip of the utility platform.

US Pat. No. 10,557,602

ILLUMINATED STROLLER ASSEMBLY

1. An illuminated stroller assembly having an integrated heating a cooling fan wherein said assembly is configured to enhance comfort for a child riding in said assembly, said assembly comprising:a stroller having a frame, a plurality of front wheels, a plurality of rear wheels, a seat and a handle, said seat being positionable between and upright position for sitting and a reclined position for sleeping, said frame being collapsible into a stored position and expandable into a deployed position;
a control circuit being coupled to said handle;
a heating element being coupled to said handle, said heating element being electrically coupled to said control circuit;
a cooling unit being coupled to said handle, said cooling unit being electrically coupled to said control circuit;
a blower being coupled to said handle, said blower being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said blower urging air into said seat when said blower is turned on wherein said blower is configured to enhance comfort to the child in said stroller;
a receiver being coupled to said handle, said receiver being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said receiver being in remote electrical communication with an audio source for receiving an audio signal; and
a pair of speakers, each of said speakers being coupled to said handle for emitting audible sounds outwardly therefrom, each of said speakers being electrically coupled to said control circuit, each of said speakers receiving the audio signal from said receiver, each of said speakers being positioned on a respective one of said rod sections of said handle.

US Pat. No. 10,557,601

HALO LIGHTING UNIT

Disruptive Marketing Limi...

1. A light unit, comprising:a housing having a central symmetry axis;
a support located in the housing;
a main lamp located axially on the support; and
a multiplicity of secondary lamps located on the support and arranged in an array around the main lamp;
a front casing defining a central aperture to which light from the main lamp passes to the exterior in use, the front casing preventing light from the secondary array from entering the central aperture;
the front casing and housing defining a light guide channel;
a light guide located in the channel, the light guide having a first end comprising a light inlet proximate the array of secondary lamps and a second end comprising a light outlet proximate a periphery of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,557,600

IN-GROUND CHANNEL SYSTEMS FOR LINEAR LIGHTING

Elemental LED, Inc., Ren...

1. An in-ground channel for linear lighting, comprising:two upright sidewalls spaced apart by a bottom, each of the sidewalls having an inwardly-extending upper support flange proximate to an upper end thereof, the inwardly-extending upper support flanges being aligned with one another on respective sidewalls;
a shelf mounted between the two upright sidewalls at a position below the inwardly-extending support flanges, the shelf dividing the in-ground channel into an upper section and a lower section, the upper section adapted to house linear lighting and the lower section providing a raceway; and
only a single mounting flange attached to one of the two sidewalls at a position level with the bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,557,599

LIGHTING APPARATUS

MODULEX INC., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A lighting apparatus comprising:a light source;
a reflector having a first reflection surface with a shape of a surface of revolution, and a downward light emission outlet through which direct light from the light source and reflection light from the first reflection surface being emitted; and
a cone having a substantially truncated conical second reflection surface, an upper opening directly opposing the light emission outlet, and a lower opening having a diameter greater than a diameter of the upper opening,
wherein the cone is disposed outside an optical path of controlled reflection light from the first reflection surface,
in a cross section cut along a plane including an optical axis of the light source, an inner periphery edge of the upper opening is defined as a first inner periphery edge, and an inner periphery edge of the lower opening is defined as a second inner periphery edge, and a line connecting the first inner periphery edge and the second inner periphery edge on one side of the optical axis is defined as a first reference line, and a line connecting the first inner periphery edge and the second inner periphery edge on the other side of the optical axis is defined as a second reference line,
wherein the light source comprises a planar light-emitting surface, and the light-emitting surface is disposed in a region interposed between the first reference line and the second reference line, after the first reference line and the second reference line extend from a cone side to a reflector side and intersect with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,557,598

FLOOR LAMP WITH INTEGRATED PLANT GROWTH SYSTEM

Evolution Lighting, LLC, ...

1. A luminaire comprising:three or more substantially rigid legs each having an upper end and a lower end, said three or more legs being arranged in a frustum shape forming a central area, said upper ends of the three or more legs at least partially converging and being fixed with respect to each other, and said lower ends of the three or more legs at least partially diverging and being substantially coplanar to support the luminaire in an upright position on a ground surface;
a first lamp fixed to the top ends of the three or more legs and operable to emit light in a substantially upward direction;
a second lamp fixed to the top ends of the three or more legs and operable to emit light in a substantially downward direction;
three or more suspension members each having an end that is removably secured to a respective leg, each of said three or more suspension members having individually adjustable lengths, said three or more suspension members being configured to maintain a suspended planter substantially level with respect to the ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,557,597

SEMICONDUCTIVE DECORATIVE LIGHTING HAVING A NATURAL LIGHT EFFECT

Shining Sea Trading Compa...

1. A decorative lighting device, comprising:a translucent post configured to propagate light from a semiconductive light source at a basal end along a linear axis of the translucent post to an apical end of the translucent post when in use, the translucent post comprising;
a center emission surface at the apical end on the linear axis configured to emit a center portion of the light;
a circumferential emission surface obliquely oriented relative to the linear axis between the semiconductive light source and the center emission surface configured to emit a circumferential portion of the light, wherein the circumferential emissions surface includes multiple circumferential emission surfaces oriented at different oblique angles to the linear axis; and
a radially-oriented emission surface extending along the translucent post between the basal end and the circumferential emission surface configured to emit a radial portion of the light;
wherein as light from the semiconductive light source is propagated through the translucent post, the radial, circumferential, and center portions of the light are emitted to create an incandescent visual effect.

US Pat. No. 10,557,596

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE PACKAGE HAVING A BLACK EPOXY MOLDING COMPOUND (EMC) BODY AND LIGHTING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A light emitting device package comprising;a body comprising a black epoxy molding compound (EMC) containing carbon black;
first and second lead frames electrically separated from each other by the body;
a light emitting device disposed above at least one of the first lead frame or the second lead frame; and
a molding member disposed above the body and the first and second lead frames so as to surround the light emitting device,
wherein the first lead frame comprises:
a first-first layer; and
a first-second layer disposed above the first-first layer, the first-second layer being wider than the first-first layer,
wherein the second lead frame comprises:
a second-first layer; and
a second-second layer disposed above the second-first layer, the second-second layer being wider than the second-first layer,
wherein the body comprises:
a first-first accommodation space in which the first-first layer is accommodated;
a second-first accommodation space in which the second-first layer is accommodated;
a partition disposed so as to separate the first-first accommodation space and the second-first accommodation space from each other;
a first-second accommodation space, in which the first-second layer is accommodated, and which is located above the first-first accommodation space; and
a second-second accommodation space, in which the second-second layer is accommodated, and which is located above the second-first accommodation space,
wherein the first-second layer comprises at least one first protrusion configured to protrude outwards from the first-second accommodation space,
wherein the second-second layer comprises at least one second protrusion configured to protrude outwards from the second-second accommodation space, and
wherein the body comprises a plurality of blind holes configured to accommodate therein the first and second protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,557,595

LED LAMPS WITH IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIGHT

SORAA, INC., Fremont, CA...

1. An illumination system comprising:at least one LED device configured to emit LED light having a peak emission wavelength within a range 405-430 nm, said at least one LED device having an external quantum efficiency greater than 45% measured at an ambient temperature of 25° C. and at a current density of 40 A/cm2;
a wavelength conversion material optically coupled to said at least one LED device and configured to emit converted light; and
wherein said illumination system emits emitted light comprising a combination of said LED light and said converted light, said emitted light has a spectral power distribution (SPD) having a CCT and a CIE whiteness, and wherein said SPD has a first power from 380 nm to 800 nm and a second power from 390 nm to about 430 nm, wherein said second power is a sufficient portion of said first power such that said CIE whiteness is at least equal to a reference CIE whiteness of a blackbody radiator having the same CCT.

US Pat. No. 10,557,594

SOLID-STATE LAMPS UTILIZING PHOTOLUMINESCENCE WAVELENGTH CONVERSION COMPONENTS

Intematix Corporation, F...

1. A photoluminescence wavelength conversion component comprising:a cylindrical light transmissive component comprising a plurality of latitudinally extending phosphor regions which are equally circumferentially spaced and have at least one photoluminescence material;
the cylindrical light transmissive component having first and second ends and a substantially constant cross section, wherein the first end is for receiving light; and
a light reflective surface provided over at least a part of the second end, wherein the light transmissive component comprises a solid component with a light transmissive core.

US Pat. No. 10,557,593

LIGHT TUBE AND POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT

iLumisys, Inc., Troy, MI...

1. A light fixture comprising:a socket;
a first bracket configured to receive a light emitting diode (LED) replacement light tube and secure the LED replacement light tube with respect to the socket; and
a first inductive transmitter configured to receive electrical power from a power source and transmit at least a portion of the electrical power inductively to a first inductive receiver of the LED replacement light tube.

US Pat. No. 10,557,592

CORNER STRUCTURE OF LNG STORAGE TANK

KC LNG TECH CO., LTD., B...

1. A corner structure of an LNG storage tank installed at a corner of the LNG storage tank comprising a sealing wall, the corner structure comprising:a securing member secured to a hull of a ship;
a movable member supported on the securing member to be linearly movable;
a stop member attached to the securing member to prevent the movable member from being separated from the securing member; and
a heat insulating member interposed between the sealing wall and the hull,
wherein the securing member comprises a guide groove, the movable member comprises a guide projection inserted into the guide groove, and the guide projection is movable in the guide groove,
wherein the guide projection has a smaller length than the guide groove such that the movable member is supported on the securing member to be movable in a longitudinal direction,
wherein the guide projection has a smaller width than the guide groove such that the movable member is supported on the securing member to be movable in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,591

SMART POWER OVER ETHERNET LIFT

CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A method comprising:providing power to a device, the device being supported by a lift apparatus which includes a first part, a second part, and an actuator, wherein the device is coupled to the second part and arranged to obtain power through the second part when the first part and the second part are arranged in a first orientation, wherein the device is in a first position when the first part and the second part are in the first orientation;
determining when the device is to be moved to a second position;
diverting the power from the device to the actuator when it is determined that the device is to be moved to the second position; and
moving the device to the second position using the actuator, wherein moving the device is moving from the second position using the actuator includes causing the first part and the second part to be arranged in a second orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,557,590

CLAMP-TYPE MOUNT CAPABLE OF BEING CLAMPED TO OBJECTS OF A WIDE RANGE OF SIZES

ARKON RESOURCES, INC., A...

1. A clamp-type mount capable of being clamped to objects of a wide range of sizes, wherein the clamp-type mount is applicable to a mobile electronic device so that the mobile electronic device can be securely positioned on a fixing member through the clamp-type mount, the clamp-type mount comprising:a first clamping member having an inner side concavely provided with a curved clamping groove; wherein the first clamping member is formed with an enclosed passage hole;
a second clamping member having an inner side concavely provided with a curved clamping groove corresponding to the clamping groove concavely provided in the inner side of the first clamping member;
a clamping-member pivot shaft for pivotally connecting the first clamping member and the second clamping member at a position adjacent to a first end of the first clamping member and a first end of the second clamping member such that each of the first clamping member and the second clamping member is rotatable about the clamping-member pivot shaft to bring a free end of the first clamping member and a free end of the second clamping member either close to each other into a clamping state or away from each other into a releasing state, wherein when the second clamping member is rotated about the clamping-member pivot shaft toward the first clamping member, the free end of the second clamping member is able to extend through the enclosed passage hole and be exposed on an outer side of the first clamping member to render the clamp-type mount into a minimum height;
a tightening pivot shaft transversely and pivotally connected to the second clamping member at a position adjacent to a middle section of the second clamping member, wherein the tightening pivot shaft has a middle section formed with a fixing hole, and the fixing hole extends along a diameter of, and thus penetrates, the tightening pivot shaft;
a tightening threaded rod having a first end extending through, and exposed on the outer side of, the first clamping member and an opposite second end fixedly connected to the fixing hole;
a tightening knob threadedly connected to the first end of the tightening threaded rod so as to be displaced along an axial direction of the tightening threaded rod when rotated, wherein when a bottom end of the tightening knob is pressed against the outer side of the first clamping member, the tightening knob applies a tightening force through the tightening threaded rod to the tightening pivot shaft and the second clamping member sequentially, thereby driving the second clamping member toward the first clamping member, in order for either the free end of the first clamping member and the free end of the second clamping member or a surface of the clamping groove of the first clamping member and a surface of the clamping groove of the second clamping member to clamp the fixing member tightly therebetween and thus position the clamp-type mount securely on the fixing member; and
a spherical coupling head fixedly provided on the outer side of the first clamping member at a position adjacent to the first end of the first clamping member, wherein the spherical coupling head is configured to couple with an adapter in order for the adapter to link a supporting base to the spherical coupling head, and the mobile electronic device is mounted on the supporting base.

US Pat. No. 10,557,589

MOUNTING PAD AND METHOD FOR DETERRING THEFT AND SECURING OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCES AGAINST HIGH WINDS

Mainstream Engineering Co...

1. An article of manufacture for securing a piece of equipment that has a base with attaching points thereon, the attaching points are used to secure the piece of equipment to the article of manufacture, comprising:a top surface having a plurality of receivers that are positioned on said surface to align with the attachment points on the base of the piece of equipment to be attached on the article of manufacture;
a bottom surface;
a plurality of side surfaces attached to the top surface and the bottom surface and forming an internal hollow region encapsulated by the top, bottom, and side surfaces; and
wherein the internal hollow region contains a gelling material.

US Pat. No. 10,557,588

PIPE REPAIR FITTING WITH END SEALS

Krausz Industries Ltd., ...

1. A pipe repair fitting comprising:a pair of opposed generally semi-cylindrical sleeve members comprising side flanges and first fasteners that engage said side flanges for fastening and encircling said sleeve members together onto a pipe to be repaired, each of said sleeve members comprising a central longitudinal semi-cylindrical portion;
a first seal member disposed in at least one of said longitudinal semi-cylindrical portions for sealing said sleeve members with respect to each other when fastened on the pipe to be repaired, said first seal member being radially thinner than a radial thickness of said at least one of said longitudinal semi-cylindrical portions; and
semi-annular clamp housings extending from opposite ends of said longitudinal semi-cylindrical portion, wherein ends of said semi-annular clamp housings comprise opposing clamp members and one or more second fasteners for tightening said clamp members towards each other so as to apply a clamping force on the pipe to be repaired, and at least one end seal disposed in each of said semi-annular clamp housings, and wherein said semi-annular clamp housings have a smaller diameter than said semi-cylindrical sleeve members and said first seal member comprises a portion that extends radially inwards to each of said semi-annular clamp housings adjacent each said at least one end seal, said portion of said first seal member extending longitudinally outwards of all of said first fasteners but longitudinally inwards of said one or more second fasteners;
wherein said at least one end seal comprises a multi-layer seal; and
wherein said multi-layer seal comprises concentric inner and outer sealing rings, wherein in a first operative configuration, both of the inner and outer scaling rings are present and in a second operative configuration, the inner sealing ring is removed so that only the outer sealing ring is present for sealing against the pipe to be repaired.

US Pat. No. 10,557,587

PIPE REPLACEMENT TOOL AND METHOD

1. A method for removing an underground asbestos-containing pipe, comprising:forming holes downwardly from a ground surface to the pipe;
pulling a cutting tool through the pipe, the tool having a guide head, a reamer head, and a hollow shaft extending between the guide head and the reamer head;
supplying liquid to the hollow shaft and ejecting the liquid outwardly through ports in the hollow shaft into the pipe;
breaking the pipe into pieces with the reamer head as the cutting tool is pulled through the pipe to form a slurry of the liquid and the pipe pieces;
removing the slurry through the holes;
adding a drying agent to the slurry to form a mass; and
allowing the mass to dry to a hardened state.

US Pat. No. 10,557,586

INVERTED FILAMENT WINDER FOR PIPELINE REHABILITATION

SIPP TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, ...

1. An inverted filament winder apparatus adapted to apply pressure sensitive adhesive backed filaments to the interior wall of a pipe or pipe liner having a longitudinal central axis, said apparatus comprising:a non-rotating carriage comprising a rotating assembly and a transport assembly, wherein said rotating assembly comprises a central shaft and a motor, said central shaft having an axis oriented parallel to the longitudinal central axis of the pipe or pipe liner when the apparatus is applying pressure sensitive adhesive backed filaments to the interior wall of the pipe or pipe liner, said central shaft axis defining an axial direction;
a plurality of spools circumferentially mounted to said rotating assembly, each of said spools comprising an axis oriented parallel with said central shaft axis, each of said spools adapted to retain one of said pressure sensitive adhesive backed filaments thereon;
a plurality of applicator arms, each said applicator arm associated with one of said spools, whereby one of said pressure sensitive adhesive backed filaments is passed through each said applicator arm to be applied to the interior of a pipe;
wherein each of said spools and each of said applicator arms rotate circumferentially about said rotating assembly when said rotating assembly is rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,557,585

WATER HAMMER ARRESTOR

Accor Technology, Inc., ...

1. A device for arresting a shock wave in a fluid in an assembly, the device comprising:a base having a connector portion with a first opening into an interior, the base having a second opening into the interior, the connector portion being configured to be coupled to the assembly and to allow the fluid to flow into the interior through the first opening when the connector portion is coupled to the assembly, the base comprising an inwardly extending projection adjacent to a base groove;
a body having an open end opposite a closed end and a channel that extends from the open end into the closed end, the open end being positioned inside the second opening of the base and forming a housing therewith, the body comprising an outwardly extending annular projection positioned between the open and closed ends, the outwardly extending annular projection having an annular body groove formed therein, the outwardly extending annular projection being positioned inside the base groove, inwardly extending projection being positioned inside the annular body groove, together the outwardly extending annular projection, the annular body groove, the inwardly extending projection, and the base groove forming a locking mechanism that helps prevent movement of the body away from the base;
a ferrule disposed circumferentially around a first portion of the base and a second portion the body, the ferrule locking the first and second portions together; and
a piston positioned inside the housing, the piston being slidable inside the housing from a resting position to a compressing position when the shock wave travels through the assembly, the piston compressing a gas inside the housing when the piston is in the compressing position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,583

RISER CAP AND IRRIGATION PIPING SYSTEM USING SAME

NORTH AMERICAN PIPE CORPO...

1. An irrigation pipe system, comprising:a coupler having a body configured to be connected to a fluid transport pipe, the coupler comprising a riser adapter extending from the body in fluid communication with the coupler, the riser adapter comprises external threads, and the body and the riser adapter are integrally formed together;
a riser cap having a bore that is smooth and configured to receive a sprinkler riser at a top end thereof, the bore has a bottom end, the riser cap comprises an annular skirt coaxial with the bore, the annular skirt having an inner diameter larger than an inner diameter of the bore, and the annular skirt comprises internal threads configured to couple with the external threads of the riser adapter;
a seal; and
the riser cap is configured to be coupled to the riser adapter of the coupler by inserting the bottom end inside the riser adapter and threadably connecting the internal threads of the annular skirt to the external threads of the riser adapter and, when the riser cap is coupled to the riser adapter, the seal contacts only an axial surface of the riser adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,557,582

COUPLER BLOW GUN

Coilhose Pneumatics, Inc....

1. A coupler blow gun assembly comprising:a quick release connector portion having a main flow outlet and having a generally cylindrical configuration;
a blow gun portion having a main flow inlet and a generally cylindrical body having an exterior surface;
a first fluid passage that runs from the main flow inlet to a first valve in the quick release connector portion;
a second fluid passage that runs from the first valve to the main flow outlet;
a first recess in the body of the blow gun portion;
a first opening at the base of the first recess connecting the first recess to the first fluid passage;
a second recess in the body of the blow gun portion that is on the opposite side from the first recess;
a second opening at the base of the second recess connecting the second recess to the first fluid passage, said second opening being opposite from the first opening;
an orifice passage passing from the exterior surface of the blow gun portion to the second recess;
a valve stem having a first end that passes through the first opening and a second end that passes through the second opening, said first end connected to or configured to engage an actuating means located in or proximate to the first recess and said second end connected to a valve member located in the second recess;
wherein said actuating means is configured to selectively depress the first end of the valve stem;
and further wherein said valve member and the second recess are configured to prevent communication of the first fluid passage with the second recess when the actuating means is in a not-depressed position and to provide communication of the first fluid passage with the second recess and concurrent communication of the second recess with the orifice passage when the valve stem is in a depressed position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,581

ERGONOMIC SAFETY LOCK FOR CAM LOCK FITTING

1. An ergonomic cam lock fitting, comprising:a) a male and a female conduit, said male and female conduits adapted for being connected to each other, said male conduit having an end thereon and an external peripheral groove adjacent said end, said female conduit having an end thereon and an internal seal disposed therein adjacent said end, wherein said end of said male conduit contacts said seal of said female conduit thereby preventing leakage when said male and female conduits are connected to each other;
b) a first and a second pair of cam members, each pair having first and second cam members, a pair of said cam members being pivotally disposed on opposite sides of said female conduit, each said cam member having a lever portion and a cam portion, wherein each said cam portion is adapted to pivot through an opening in a wall of said female conduit and into said external peripheral groove so as to removably join said male conduit to said female conduit, wherein each said cam member has a closed position when said male and female conduits are connected to each other and an open position when said male and female conduits are disconnected from each other;
c) wherein said cam portions of said second cam members have a forked portion, said forked portion having a first and second prong portion with a space thereinbetween, wherein said cam portions of said first cam members are pivotally disposed in a respective said space;
d) each said second cam member having an inner lever portion and each said first cam member having an outer lever portion;
e) a first pull ring member disposed on said outer lever portion and a second pull ring member disposed on said inner lever portion for moving said first and second cam members from said closed position to said open position, wherein said first pull ring member is larger than said second pull ring member as would be seen in a top view so that said inner lever portion is more difficult to open than said outer lever portion; and
f) wherein when each said cam member is in said closed position, said inner lever portion is configured to mechanically cooperate with a retaining member disposed on said female conduit and said outer lever portion is configured to mechanically cooperate with said inner lever portion to prevent unintentional movement of each said cam member from said closed position to said open position.

US Pat. No. 10,557,580

SECURE FLUID CONNECTION

SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS,...

1. A biopharmaceutical fluid connection device for connecting a first fluid conduit to a second fluid conduit, comprising:a female plug, made of plastic and joined to the first fluid conduit;
a male plug, made of plastic, joined to the second fluid conduit and configured for insertion, parallel to an axial direction, into the female plug and thereby place the male plug and the female plug into a final coupling position;
a primary locking device, having a locked position in which the primary locking device prevents the male and female plugs from being released from the final coupling position, the primary locking device being a part of the female plug and movable transversely between two positions, the movable primary locking device including a plate arranged transversely to the axial direction; and
a movable secondary lock, having an active position adapted to prevent the primary locking device from being moved from the locked position,
wherein the secondary lock is configured to be irreversibly clipped into place in the active position, whereby the fluid connection device can establish a permanent connection of the first and second conduits,
wherein the secondary lock is a separate part from the female plug and the male plug, so that the locked position is obtained in absence of the secondary lock by assembling the female plug and the male plug together with the primary locking device trapped in the female plug, and
wherein the primary locking device is arranged on the female plug and is movable in a sliding manner perpendicularly to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,557,579

JOINT MADE OF SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY AND USES THEREOF

FMC TECHNOLOGIES DO BRASI...

1. A connection of a memory alloy material comprising a sleeve connection made of a shaped memory alloy material, originally manufactured with an internal diameter shorter than an external diameter of a tubing, internally having a cover material made of dielectric material and, most internally, a layer of an anti-corrosive material which is contiguous to an external face of said tubing, said layer of an anti-corrosive material internally having protruding portions designed to grasp an external surface of the tubing, forming streaks, and said anti-corrosive material comprising a nickel-chrome material having added molybdenum and niobium.

US Pat. No. 10,557,578

PIPE CONNECTOR SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS

QuickHub, LLC, Tacoma, W...

18. A gasket for connecting two pipe ends, the gasket comprising:a rounded sidewall defining a channel therethrough in a first direction, the sidewall comprising a top end, a middle portion, and a bottom end opposite the top end,
wherein the top and bottom ends each have a smaller width and circumference in a contracted configuration compared to an expanded configuration, due to clamping of the gasket about the two pipe ends to force the gasket from the expanded configuration into the contracted configuration, and
wherein in the expanded configuration the top and bottom ends each have a larger width than the middle portion;
the top and bottom ends each comprising a first sidewall portion at least partially separated from a second sidewall portion by a gap formed circumferentially therebetween, wherein the sidewall at the gap is thinner than each of the first and second sidewall portions, the gaps configured to collapse upon contraction of the respective top and bottom ends to bring the first and second sidewall portions closer together to form the contracted configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,557,577

SUBSEA HYDRAULIC COUPLING WITH METAL BORE LINER

National Coupling Company...

1. A female hydraulic coupling member for coupling with a probe of a corresponding male hydraulic coupling member, the female member comprising:a generally cylindrical body having a central axial bore;
a receiving chamber in the central axial bore configured for receiving the probe of the corresponding male hydraulic coupling member;
a pressure-energized C-seal having an internal cavity and positioned to seal between the body and the probe of the corresponding male hydraulic coupling member inserted in the receiving chamber and configured such that the sealing force of the pressure-energized seal increases with an increase in hydraulic fluid pressure; and
a sleeve lining at least a portion of the receiving chamber, the sleeve having an inside diameter (i.d.) and an outside diameter (o.d.) with a first end of the sleeve abutting a shoulder in the central axial bore and an opposing second end of the sleeve having an annular, axial projection with a larger i.d. and a smaller o.d. than the sleeve and with at least a portion of the extension projecting into the internal cavity of the pressure-energized C-seal.

US Pat. No. 10,557,576

FULL-ROOT-RADIUS-THREADED WING NUT HAVING INCREASED WALL THICKNESS

S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc....

1. A hammer union, the hammer union comprising:a threaded female sub;
a male sub;
a plurality of retainer segments concentrically disposed about the male sub; and
a threaded wing nut that is concentrically disposed about each of the threaded female sub, the male sub, and the plurality of retainer segments to couple the threaded female sub to the male sub;
wherein the threaded wing nut comprises:
a body having an axial length defined between first and second end surfaces, the body having an exterior surface extending between the first and second end surfaces;
a passage axially extending through the body from the first end surface to the second end surface, wherein the passage defines an interior surface of the body;
a first internal shoulder formed by the interior surface of the body that defines a portion of the passage;
an internal threaded connection formed by the interior surface that extends from the first end surface and towards the first internal shoulder; and
a plurality of circumferentially-spaced lugs extending radially from the exterior surface of the body;
wherein the plurality of retainer segments is radially positioned between the male sub and the threaded wing nut such that the threaded wing nut is concentrically disposed about the male sub but the interior surface of the body of the wing nut is spaced radially from the male sub;
wherein the body has a variable wall thickness defined between the interior surface of the body and the exterior surface of the body, with the variable wall thickness at the first internal shoulder being greater than the variable wall thickness at the first end surface;
wherein the internal threaded connection includes a first slanted surface; a second opposing slanted surface; and a curved surface that extends from the first slanted surface and to the second opposing slanted surface; and
wherein a first lug of the plurality of lugs extends along the entirety of the axial length of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,557,574

NI—CR ALLOY MATERIAL AND SEAMLESS OIL COUNTRY TUBULAR GOODS USING THE SAME

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A Ni—Cr alloy material having a chemical composition that consists of, by mass %:Si: 0.01 to 0.5%, Mn: 0.01% or more and less than 1.0%, Cu: 0.01% or more and less than 1.0%, Ni: 48% or more and less than 55%, Cr: 22 to 28%, Mo: 5.6% or more and less than 7.0%, N: 0.04 to 0.16%, sol.Al: 0.03 to 0.20%, REM: 0.01 to 0.074%, W: 0% or more and less than 8.0%, Co: 0 to 2.0%, one or more of Ca and Mg: 0.0003 to 0.01% in total, and one or more of Ti, Nb, Zr, and V: 0 to 0.5% in total; and the balance being Fe and impurities,
a yield strength of 965 MPa or more, and
a Charpy impact value at ?10° C. of 68 J/cm2 or more,
wherein C, P, S, and O in the impurities are C: 0.03% or less, P: 0.03% or less, S: 0.001% or less, and O: 0.01% or less, and furthermore the dislocation density satisfies a following formula:
7.0×1015???1016?2.67×1017×[REM (%)]
where ? denotes dislocation density expressed in m?2, and [REM (%)] denotes REM content expressed by mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,557,572

CONDUIT WITH DAMPING FINGERS

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An apparatus comprising:a conduit comprising a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis, wherein the conduit defines an inner channel and is configured to extend through a vane cavity of a vane; and
a damping finger comprising a first portion coupled to the conduit, and a second portion diverging outward from the first portion at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the conduit, wherein the damping finger is resiliently flexible and the second portion of the damping finger is configured to contact an inner surface of the vane; wherein: the first portion comprises an attachment surface in contact with the conduit; the first portion comprises a first surface, opposite the attachment surface, that faces away from the longitudinal axis of the conduit; a second surface of the second portion faces away from the longitudinal axis of the conduit; and the first surface is continuous with the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,557,571

HOSE RETAINER STANDS

Lance Arnold, Elyria, OH...

1. A hose retainer stand comprising:a support panel defining at least one elongated slot extending through the support panel;
a front panel defining a plurality of apertures extending through the front panel, each aperture sized to receive a hose to be supported, the front panel secured to the support panel and extending transversely therefrom;
wherein the plurality of apertures define a number of apertures within a range of from 2 to 20;
wherein the support panel defines a top edge and an oppositely located bottom edge, the support panel including a first mounting bracket extending from the bottom edge.

US Pat. No. 10,557,570

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SUSPENDING DUCT BY INSERTED CORNER MEMBERS

JBT STEEL INDUSTRIES, INC...

1. A method of connecting an air transport duct to a support by means of a unitary support assembly located between said duct and said support, said duct including a plurality of interconnected duct sections, each of said duct sections having two terminal open ends and a flange disposed around each of said open ends for abutting connection to the flange of an adjacent duct section of said duct, each said flange having a first receiving channel adjacent to a first corner thereof, a second receiving channel that is generally transverse to said first receiving channel and adjacent said first corner, and an insertable corner member positioned into said first receiving channel and into said second receiving channel, said method comprising the step of:forming a load-bearing connection between said insertable corner member and at least one of said first receiving channel and said second receiving channel, such that said insertable corner member is thereafter capable of supporting a predetermined portion of a weight of said duct by connection of each said insertable corner member to said support via said unitary support assembly;
forming said unitary support assembly to include a body, a tab integrally formed with said body, and a plate integrally formed with said body and extending substantially transverse therefrom and having at least one suspension slot formed therein; and
wherein said method further includes the steps of connecting said tab of said support assembly to one of said insertable corner members and connecting said plate to said support.

US Pat. No. 10,557,569

TWO-SHOT TUBE RETENTION FASTENER MOLDING METHOD

Newfrey LLC, New Britain...

1. A two-shot tube retention fastener molding method, wherein the tube retention fastener includes a first shot body member having a pair of deflecting wings, with each of the pair of deflecting wings extending angularly toward each other from one of a pair of side walls, and a second shot isolation member bonded along an interior surface of each of the pair of deflecting wings, the method comprising:molding the first shot body member, including the pair of deflecting wings;
molding the second shot isolation member while:
supporting an exterior wing surface of each of the pair of deflecting wings against a first mold surface;
supporting a first portion of the interior surface of each of the pair of deflecting wings against a second mold surface and leaving a second portion of the interior surface of each of the pair of deflecting wings unsupported to define a portion of a mold cavity of the second shot member extending from a distal end of the deflecting wing to the pair of side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,557,568

MULTI-SIDED CABLE CLAMPS

HUBBELL INCORPORATED, Sh...

1. A multi-sided cable clamp comprising:a central body having a plurality of side walls and a coupling member extending from an upper or lower surface of the central body; and
a plurality of cable holding assemblies wherein one of the plurality of cable holding assemblies extends from one of the plurality of side walls, and wherein each cable holding assembly comprises:
a guide member having a first guide portion attached to one of the plurality of side walls, a second guide portion extending from one end of the first guide portion and a third guide portion extending from one end of the first guide portion; and
a clip having a base extending from the first guide portion and a clip arm extending from the base and forming a gap between the first guide portion and the clip arm.

US Pat. No. 10,557,567

FLUIDIC MICRO ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A fluidic micro electromechanical system comprising:a substrate;
a first layer supported by the substrate, the first layer forming:
sides of a chamber;
a passage through one of the sides and a chamber; and
a check valve leaf, the check valve leaf being pivotable about an axis nonparallel to the substrate to open and close the passage;
a second layer over the chamber;
an opening into the chamber; and
a resistor supported within the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,557,566

CUSHIONED RELIEF VALVE

Kennedy Valve Company, E...

1. A cushioned relief valve, comprising:a housing having an inlet, an interior, an outlet channel, and an outlet, the interior being a hollow cylinder with a first end in fluid communication with the inlet, a second end opposite the first end, and a cylindrical side between the first end and the second end, the cylindrical side in fluid communication with the outlet channel, the outlet channel extending from the cylindrical side of the hollow cylinder adjacent the first end to the outlet, the outlet opening outside the housing;
a piston located within the hollow cylinder and slidable between a first position adjacent the first end of the hollow cylinder and a second position adjacent the second end of the hollow cylinder, the piston comprising a piston chamber inside the piston having an opening adjacent the first end of the hollow cylinder and a central aperture passing through an end of the piston opposite the opening, such that, when the piston is at the first position, the piston blocks the inlet and the outlet channel, and when the piston is in the second position, a path is opened for fluid flow between the inlet and the outlet channel;
a cylinder cover defining a compressible gas volume in fluid communication with the second end of the hollow cylinder; and
a flexible diaphragm separating the compressible gas volume of the cylinder cover from the second end of the hollow cylinder, the diaphragm being biased toward the first end of the hollow cylinder and defining a fluid volume in the hollow cylinder between the diaphragm and the end of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,557,565

POSITIONER

Azbil Corporation, Chiyo...

1. A positioner, comprising:an electro-pneumatic converter configured to convert an input electric signal into a pneumatic signal and to control a valve opening of a regulating valve by driving an actuator in accordance with the pneumatic signal; and
processing circuitry configured to
sequentially change the electric signal by performing open loop control so as to search for and find an operating point indicating an input value of the electro-pneumatic converter when an output air pressure of the pneumatic signal starts to change from a maximum or minimum state, and
execute a partial stroke test on the regulating valve by using the found operating point,
wherein the processing circuitry is further configured to, as part of performing the open loop control in which the electric signal is sequentially changed, determine whether the output air pressure matches a first predetermined reference value, and set the operating point based on a value of the electric signal when the output air pressure matches the first predetermined reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,557,564

LOCALLY-ACTUATED PARTIAL STROKE TESTING SYSTEM

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A locally-actuated partial stroke testing system for testing a single acting emergency isolation valve, comprising:a mechanically-operated valve;
a flow control valve coupled to a vent port of the mechanically-operated valve, the flow control valve being operable to regulate air flow from the vent port;
an air supply line coupled to an input port of the mechanically-operated valve, the air supply line having an air filter regulator to filter and regulate air supplied to the input port;
a 3/2 solenoid valve with a first port coupled via an air flow line to a working port of the mechanically-operated valve;
a working flow line coupled between a second port of the 3/2 solenoid valve and a port of the single acting emergency isolation valve, the working flow line providing bidirectional air flow; and
a valve position indicator to convey position of the single acting emergency isolation valve, the valve position indicator and the mechanically-operated valve being in visual proximity to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,557,563

VALVE TOP

Fluehs Drehtechnik GmbH, ...

1. A valve top comprising:a head piece;
a spindle axially extending through the head piece and having a first side, an end side, and a mantle surface with a curved track in the mantle surface on the first side;
an inlet disk;
a valve activatable by the spindle and comprising a control disk rotatable relative to the inlet disk and disposed opposite the first side of the spindle; and
a control sleeve on the end side of the spindle, axially movable along the spindle, and comprising at least one cam engaging into the curved track in a torque-proof manner;
wherein the curved track is configured in such a manner that an axial displacement of the control sleeve along the spindle causes a defined rotation of the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,557,562

VALVE

GOODWIN PLC, Stoke-on-Tr...

1. An actuatable axial piston valve comprising: a piston rod, a valve piston and a gear system to transform linear movement from an actuator to linear movement of the valve piston, wherein:said gear system comprises racks and at least one idler pinion;
the actuator is arranged to provide longitudinal movement of a first rack in a generally radial direction with respect to the valve;
linear movement of said first rack is arranged to provide rotational movement of said at least one idler pinion;
rotation of said at least one idler pinion is arranged to provide longitudinal movement of a second rack operably connected to said piston thereby providing movement of said piston in an axial direction with respect to the valve;
the second rack forms part of the piston rod; and
the valve piston is attached to one end of the piston rod.

US Pat. No. 10,557,561

PRESSURE-COMPENSATION DEVICE FOR A HOUSING

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

1. A pressure-compensation device for a housing, the pressure-compensation device comprising:an inner side;
an outer side; and
a lattice-like cage having a gas opening,
wherein the gas opening connects the inner side and the outer side in a flow-conducting manner and is restricted, in a through-flow direction of the gas opening, by an inner edge and an outer edge,
wherein the gas opening is covered by a gas-permeable membrane, and
wherein the membrane comprises a nonwoven-fabric composite part and has at least one nonwoven-fabric layer,
the pressure-compensation device further comprising a pressure-relief valve assigned to the membrane in a functional parallel connection with the gas opening.

US Pat. No. 10,557,560

FLOW REGULATOR

FLUIDMASTER, INC., San J...

1. A flow regulator, comprising:a main body dimensioned to be received within a flow passageway, the main body including at least one inlet and an outer surface;
an inner volume positioned within the main body and extending from the at least one inlet along at least a partial length of the main body;
a first spiral positioned spiraled around at least a partial length of the main body, the first spiral including a first spiral edge extending a first distance from the outer surface;
a second spiral positioned spiraled around at least a partial length of the main body, the second spiral including a second spiral edge extending a second distance from the outer surface, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance;
a fluid flow space extending between the first spiral and the second spiral, and between the outer surface and at least the first and second spiral edges, the fluid flow space configured to receive fluid from at least a portion of the flow passageway, wherein the fluid comprises a fluid flow rate and a fluid pressure; and
wherein the fluid flow space is configured and arranged to change based on the fluid pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,557,559

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR, FLUX WASHER BODY FOR AN ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An electromagnetic actuator, comprising:an armature which is movable along a longitudinal axis in an armature chamber;
a solenoid coil which extends around the longitudinal axis for generating a magnetic field for moving the armature;
an actuating element coupled to the movements of the armature; and
a flux washer body which is situated at an axial end of the solenoid coil and has a recess extending in a direction of the longitudinal axis in which the actuating element is displaceably mounted;
wherein the flux washer body has a two-piece design and includes a base body made of sintered soft magnetic material, which faces the solenoid coil and in which the recess for the actuating element is situated, and a metal washer pressed onto an end of the base body facing away from the solenoid coil,
wherein the base body has a shoulder on its side facing away from the solenoid coil, on which an extension projects in the direction of the longitudinal axis, the metal washer being pressed onto the extension,
wherein the shoulder is disposed at an end of the extension which is closest to the armature and at a base of the extension.