US Pat. No. 10,365,273

FLUORESCENCE IMMUNOASSAY SENSOR CHIP AND FLUORESCENCE IMMUNOASSAY METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A fluorescence immunoassay sensor chip for use in fluorescence immunoassay for detecting and/or measuring markers contained in a sample solution, comprising:a dielectric member having a main surface with a first part and a second part;
a metal thin film formed on the first part of the main surface of the dielectric member and not present on the second part of the main surface;
a first sensor part formed in a predetermined position on the metal thin film on the first part of the main surface; and
a second sensor part formed in a predetermined position directly on the dielectric member on the second part of the main surface, wherein a ligand immobilized in the first sensor part and a ligand immobilized in the second sensor part capture different types of markers.

US Pat. No. 10,365,267

METHODS AND ASSAYS RELATING TO SEPIAPTERIN REDUCTASE INHIBITION

1. A method of treating pain or inflammation in a subject in need thereof, the method comprising:administering a dose of a sepiapterin reductase inhibitor (SPRi);
measuring, by mass spectroscopy, fluorescent detection, or ELISA, the level of sepiapterin in a sample obtained from the subject;
administering an additional dose of the SPRi if the level of sepiapterin is undetectable; and
administering a decreased dose of the SPRi if the level of sepiapterin is detectable.

US Pat. No. 10,365,265

METHOD FOR TESTING A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE IN DOPING AND/OR DRUG TESTS

1. A method for assignment of a urine sample to a particular individual, comprising the steps of:(a) obtaining a urine sample from a human involved in a drug substitution program, a drug withdrawal program, or work place testing, wherein the urine sample is obtained non-invasively;
(b) acquiring extracellular endogenous metabolic products from the urine sample;
(c) detecting the extracellular endogenous metabolic products from the extract, wherein the metabolic products are detected by gas chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, electrophoresis, thin-layer chromatography, immunological methods, enzymatic methods, NMR spectroscopy, or a combination of two or more thereof;
(d) determining a first pattern on the basis of the presence or the mass ratio of the extracellular endogenous metabolic products;
(e) comparing the first pattern with a second pattern from a retention sample;
(f) assigning the urine sample to the particular individual on the basis of a result of the comparison of the first pattern with the second pattern from the retention sample obtained in step e), wherein only the retention sample is acquired under supervision; and
(g) performing a drug test on the urine sample.

US Pat. No. 10,365,261

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING STRATIGRAPHIC LOCATION AND AREAL EXTENT OF TOTAL ORGANIC CARBON USING AN INTEGRATED STRATIGRAPHIC APPROACH

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., San...

1. A method, comprising:performing a geochemical analysis method to create a geochemical dataset, the geochemical analysis method comprising at least one of: (a) performing a production analysis of organic matter in the past on a sample extracted from a rock formation; (b) determining an amount of sediment dilution in the rock formation; or (c) performing a redox analysis on the sample extracted from the rock formation;
performing a chronostratigraphic method to create a chronostratigraphic dataset, the chronostratigraphic method comprising at least one of: (1) performing a paleomagnetic (PMAG) procedure using a magnetic measuring device to measure changes in direction of magnetism in the rock formation; (2) performing a biostratigraphy procedure to determine time or age of deposition of sediment using flora or fauna dating, or both, if fauna or flora, or both, is found in the rock formation; (3) performing a bentonite analysis procedure; (4) performing a cyclostratigraphy procedure; or (5) performing a Rhenium-Osmium (Re—OS) chronology procedure if an amount of total organic carbon (TOC) or Pyrite determined using the geochemical analysis method is equal to or greater than approximately 1.5%;
measuring changes in preserved organic carbon ?13Corg or changes in dissolved inorganic carbon ?13Ccarb, or both, to recognize global changes in oceanic dissolved inorganic carbon;
performing a graphic correlation of the chronostratigaphic dataset;
determining a sequence stratigraphic model based on the graphic correlation; and
generating a palaeogeographic reconstruction through time by integrating the sequence stratigraphic model with the geochemical dataset to construct a predictive depositional model and determine a location and areal extent of total organic carbon of shale within the rock formation at present day.

US Pat. No. 10,365,260

IMAGE BASED SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A method for indicating status of a plurality portable gas detectors, the method comprising:receiving sensed gas data, device information, and a geographic location from each of the plurality of portable gas detectors;
depicting on a display i) a map of a predetermined geographic area and ii) a plurality of gas detector icons on the map, wherein the plurality of gas detector icons correspond to a geographic location for each of the plurality of portable gas detectors which are within the predetermined geographic area;
identifying a number of gas detectors of the plurality of portable gas detectors which are within a predetermined portion of the area depicted on the display; and
based on the number of gas detectors exceeding a threshold value within the predetermined portion of the area, replacing, on the display, the icons of the number of gas detectors identified within the predetermined portion of the area with a group icon and an alarm status icon directly adjacent the group icon,
wherein the group icon indicates a numerical value for the number of gas detectors identified, and
wherein the alarm status icon indicates a numerical value for the number of gas detectors identified which are in alarm.

US Pat. No. 10,365,259

HYDROGEN SENSOR INCLUDING PAIR OF ELECTRODES AND METAL OXIDE LAYER AND METHOD OF DETECTING HYDROGEN WITH HYDROGEN SENSOR

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A hydrogen sensor comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a metal oxide layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, the metal oxide layer including a bulk area and a local area surrounded by the bulk area, a degree of oxygen deficiency of the local area being higher than that of the bulk area;
a first insulation film covering the first electrode, the second electrode, and the metal oxide layer, the first insulation film having an opening reaching the second electrode; and
a second insulation film being in contact with the second electrode in the opening,
wherein:
an upper surface of the local area and an upper surface of the bulk area are in direct contact with a bottom surface of the second electrode, and
a bottom of the local area does not directly contact an upper surface of the first electrode, wherein the bulk area is configured to generate the local area when voltage is applied to the electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,365,258

METHODS FOR DETERMINING OXIDATION PERFORMANCE OF OXIDATION CATALYST DEVICES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for determining a hydrocarbon (HC) oxidation performance of an oxidation catalyst device (OC) having an inlet and an outlet, the method comprising:communicating exhaust gas to the OC inlet over a time frame, wherein the exhaust gas comprises NOx and HC species;
measuring a NOx content of an OC outlet gas using a NOx sensor over the time frame, wherein a temperature of the OC increases over the time frame; and
correlating an increased NOx measurement over the time frame to an increased OC HC oxidation performance,
wherein the NOx sensor is operated in a low temperature mode during the time frame characterized by an operating temperature at which a NO:NO2 equilibrium is kinetically driven.

US Pat. No. 10,365,257

BATTERY INCLUDING GAS DETECTOR FOR DETECTING GAS IN VOID BETWEEN SEAL AND POWER GENERATOR

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A battery comprising:a first power generator including a first electrode layer and a first counter electrode layer;
a first current collector that is in contact with the first electrode layer;
a second current collector that is in contact with the first counter electrode layer;
a first seal that seals a first gap and that is entirely between the first current collector and the second current collector;
a first void disposed between the first seal and the first power generator; and
a first gas detector that detects a first gas type,
wherein the first gas detector detects the first gas type in the first void.

US Pat. No. 10,365,256

HEATED TRANSFER LINE

Thermo Fisher Scientific ...

1. A flexible gas chromatography transfer line for transferring a sample from a gas chromatography column into a spectrometer for analysis, having an entry end for connecting to the gas chromatography column and an exit end for connecting with a spectrometer, the transfer line comprising:a flexible transfer capillary for receiving therein an end portion of a gas chromatography column or a capillary connected to said end portion; and
a flexible resistive heating arrangement, surrounding the transfer capillary;
the resistive heating arrangement being connectable to a power supply for providing current to the resistive heating arrangement to heat the resistive heating arrangement and thereby heat the flexible transfer capillary;
wherein the resistive heating arrangement is divided into at least one central zone and at least one exit zone,
wherein the resistive heating arrangement is adapted to provide different heat emission per unit length in said at least one central zone than in said exit zone,
wherein the flexible gas chromatography transfer line is foldable, a displacement force in each direction (x, y, z) needed to move the transfer line exit end when the entry end is fixed being less than 10 N.

US Pat. No. 10,365,255

VIBRATION ANALYSIS DEVICE WHICH CALCULATES CYCLE OF VIBRATION OF TOOL WITH RESPECT TO WORKPIECE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A system comprising:a controller having a processor configured to control a machine tool to move along a drive axis; and
a vibration analysis device which calculates a vibration cycle at which a tool vibrates with respect to a workpiece during a period in which the workpiece is processed by the machine tool controlled by the controller, the vibration analysis device comprising:
a processor configured to:
acquire positional information of the drive axis in time series,
calculate a velocity in a tangential direction of a movement path of a processing point by using the positional information,
calculate a first movement distance of the processing point on the movement path by using the velocity in the tangential direction,
acquire a previously measured interval between streaks on the workpiece,
calculate a vibration cycle corresponding to the streaks on the basis of the interval between the streaks and the first movement distance of the processing point,
calculate a second movement distance of the processing point on the basis of at least two of the intervals between the streaks,
calculate a cross-correlation function of the first movement distance and the second movement distance, and
calculate the vibration cycle corresponding to the streaks on the basis of the cross-correlation function.

US Pat. No. 10,365,254

ASSESSMENT OF BLOOD COAGULATION USING AN ACOUSTIC RADIATION FORCE BASED OPTICAL COHERENCE ELASTOGRAPHY (ARF-OCE)

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of using an optical coherence elastography (OCE) under acoustic radiation force (ARF) excitation comprising:inducing a shear wave in a blood sample by use of an ultrasound beam from an ultrasonic transducer;
measuring an elastic property of the blood sample by use of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) beam; and
assessing the clot formation/dissolution kinetics and strength,
wherein the OCT beam is orientated orthogonally relative to the ultrasound beam to dynamically measure the shear wave in the blood sample during coagulation.

US Pat. No. 10,365,253

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OUTER JOINT MEMBER FOR CONSTANT VELOCITY UNIVERSAL JOINT AND ULTRASONIC FLAW DETECTION METHOD FOR WELDED SECTION

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

5. An ultrasonic flaw detection-inspection method for a welded portion of an outer joint member of a constant velocity universal joint,the outer joint member comprising:
a cup section having track grooves formed in an inner periphery of the cup section, which are engageable with torque transmitting elements; and
a shaft section formed at a bottom portion of the cup section,
the outer joint member being constructed by forming the cup section and the shaft section as separate members, and by welding a cup member forming the cup section and a shaft member forming the shaft section to each other to form a workpiece,
the ultrasonic flaw detection-inspection method comprising inspecting the welded portion by a plurality of ultrasonic flaw detection methods with one shared probe wherein
the plurality of ultrasonic flaw detection methods comprise a circumferential angle beam flaw detection method and an axial angle beam flaw detection method,
the circumferential angle beam flaw detection method includes a plurality of steps each of which comprises positioning the one shared probe in an X-axis direction that is perpendicular to a predetermined diameter line in a cross section of the workpiece perpendicular to an axis of the workpiece, in a Y-axis direction that is parallel to the predetermined diameter line and in a Z-axis direction that is parallel to the axis of the workpiece while making an axis of an ultrasonic transmission pulse to be transmitted from the one shared probe perpendicular to the predetermined diameter line and offset in the Y-axis direction with respect to a longitudinal section of the workpiece including the axis of the workpiece, transmitting the ultrasonic transmission pulse from the one shared probe to the workpiece, and receiving a reflection echo from the workpiece,
wherein, in the plurality of steps of the circumferential angle beam flaw detection method, a position of the one shared probe in the Z-axis direction is different in each of the plurality of steps, and a position of the one shared probe in the X-axis direction and a position of the one shared probe in the Y-axis direction are the same in each of the plurality of steps, and
the axial angle beam flaw detection method includes a plurality of steps each of which comprises positioning the one shared probe in the X-axis direction, in the Y-axis direction and in the Z-axis direction while making the axis of the ultrasonic transmission pulse have an axial inclination angle with respect to the cross section of the workpiece, transmitting the ultrasonic transmission pulse from the one shared probe to the workpiece, and receiving a reflection echo from the workpiece,
wherein, in the plurality of steps of the axial angle beam flaw detection method, a position of the one shared probe in the Z-axis direction is different in each of the plurality of steps, and a position of the one shared probe in the X-axis direction and a position of the one shared probe in the Y-axis direction are the same in each of the plurality of steps.

US Pat. No. 10,365,252

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SENSING A SAMPLE

1. A method for sensing a sample, the method comprising:directing a light beam onto the sample, the light beam being at least partially transmittable through sample to form the transmitted light beam;
receiving the transmitted light beam at an acoustic transducer, the acoustic transducer absorbing at least a portion of the transmitted light beam and in response generating an acoustic wave; and
generating an electrical signal at a piezoelectric element of the acoustic transducer, the electrical signal generated based on at least a portion of the acoustic wave.

US Pat. No. 10,365,251

APPARATUS WITH LASER CONTROLLING UNIT WHICH DECREASES A TIME DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUBSEQUENTLY PULSED LASERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first laser output unit configured to output a first pulsed laser;
a second laser output unit configured to output a second pulsed laser
a laser controlling unit configured to control the first laser output unit and the second laser output unit;
a first detecting unit configured to detect an emission timing of the first pulsed laser and output a first detection signal; and
a second detecting unit configured to detect an emission timing of the second pulsed laser and output a second detection signal,
wherein the laser controlling unit controls at least one of an intensity of the first pulsed laser and an intensity of the second pulsed laser, based on a time difference between the first detection signal and the second detection signal, so as to decrease a time difference between a subsequent first pulsed laser and a subsequent second pulsed laser to be irradiated to the object.

US Pat. No. 10,365,249

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OUTER JOINT MEMBER OF CONSTANT VELOCITY UNIVERSAL JOINT AND ULTRASONIC FLAW DETECTION-INSPECTION METHOD FOR A WELDED PORTION

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

5. An ultrasonic flaw detection-inspection method for a welded portion of an outer joint member of a constant velocity universal joint,the outer joint member comprising:
a cup section having track grooves formed in an inner periphery of the cup section, which are engageable with torque transmitting elements; and
a shaft section formed at a bottom portion of the cup section,
the outer joint member being constructed by forming the cup section and the shaft section as separate members, and by welding a cup member forming the cup section and a shaft member forming the shaft section to each other to form a workpiece,
the ultrasonic flaw detection-inspection method comprising:
forming an outer surface of the workpiece including the welded portion into a cylindrical smooth surface having a surface roughness of Ra 2.0 ?m or less by turning; and
carrying out a circumferential angle beam flaw detection method including irradiating ultrasonic waves to the cylindrical smooth surface of the welded portion with one probe in a direction parallel to turning marks formed by the turning and at an incident angle which prevents total reflection of the ultrasonic waves, wherein
the circumferential angle beam flaw detection method including a plurality of steps each of which comprises positioning the one probe in an X-axis direction that is perpendicular to a predetermined diameter line in a cross section of the workpiece perpendicular to an axis of the workpiece, in a Y-axis direction that is parallel to the predetermined diameter line and in a Z-axis direction that is parallel to the axis of the workpiece while making an axis of an ultrasonic transmission pulse to be transmitted from the one probe perpendicular to the predetermined diameter line and offset in the Y-axis direction with respect to a longitudinal section of the workpiece including the axis of the workpiece, transmitting the ultrasonic transmission pulse from the one probe to the workpiece and receiving a reflection echo from the workpiece,
wherein, in the plurality of steps of the circumferential angle beam flaw detection method, a position of the one probe in the Z-axis direction is different in each of the plurality of steps, and
the circumferential angle beam flaw detection method further includes repeating the plurality of steps a plurality times, and changing a position of the one probe in the X-axis direction so as to set a focal point of the ultrasonic waves of the one probe to a different position within a thickness of the welded portion each of the plurality of times the plurality of steps is performed to thereby inspect an entire region of the welded portion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,248

METHOD FOR ACOUSTIC DETECTION OF THE CONDITION OF THE ROAD AND THE TIRE

Compagnie Generale des Es...

1. A method, implemented using a system comprising a microphone and a computer, of determining a condition of a road and a condition of a tire fitted on a vehicle travelling on the road, the method comprising steps of:using the microphone to measure a sound signal produced by the tire running on a surface of the road during a given time frame, and recording the measurement; and
using the computer, which is connected to the microphone, to execute operations comprising:
(1) determining a spectral density of a power of the sound signal over a given frequency interval;
(2) segmenting the given frequency interval into a plurality of frequency bands of pre-determined width, each frequency band being associated with a representative data element representing a mean acoustic power measured in that frequency band, wherein the representative data elements obtained from the measurement form variables of a vector associated with the measurement; and
(3) determining a road condition and a tire condition corresponding to the vector associated with the measurement by analyzing the representative data elements using a discriminant-analysis technique and using a learning base, stored in a storage of the computer, that includes a set of vectors associated with previously recorded measurements made by the steps of the method, in known running conditions, according to modalities that each represent a given road condition or a given tire condition,
wherein each of the representative data elements forming the variables of the vector associated with the measurement is obtained by the computer by finding a ratio between (a) the mean acoustic power measured in the frequency band corresponding to the representative data element and (b) a total acoustic power measured over a whole of the given frequency interval.

US Pat. No. 10,365,247

MOVABLE MEMBER ASSEMBLY HAVING A SENSOR ASSEMBLY

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A movable member assembly, comprising:a body extending between a first end towards a second end along a body axis;
a movable member slidably disposed within the body, the movable member provided with a first position feature and a second position feature axially spaced apart from the first position feature; and
a sonic sensor assembly disposed proximate the first end, the sonic sensor assembly having a first sonic sensor and a second sonic sensor, configured to detect a position of the movable member by detecting a position of at least one of the first position feature and the second position feature, wherein the first position feature is configured as a first sheet that defines a first reflection surface provided with a plurality of openings that interrupt the first reflection surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,246

ULTRASOUND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REPRESENTING THE PROPAGATION OF ULTRASOUND WAVES IN A GUIDE OF LINEARLY VARIABLE THICKNESS

Centre National de la Rec...

1. A device for the representation, in a frequency-wavenumber frame, of the propagation of an ultrasound wave in a dihedral guide, the device comprising:ultrasound emitters referenced by Ej with j an integer varying between 1 and N, N a strictly positive integer;
ultrasound receivers referenced by Ri with i an integer varying between 1 and M, M a strictly positive integer; and
means for processing and outputting the signal received by the receivers, originating from the emitters, wherein
the receivers are disposed spatially over a first segment of a straight line according to a regular pitch A that is a scalar length value,
the processing means comprise means for calculating a modified discrete spatial Fourier transform, for a spatial integration variable x, centered in the middle of said first segment and traversing the receivers in the direction of increasing x, and for a spatially-varying wave vector k(x) equal to a product k.P(x),
k is a wavenumber coefficient which is constant in x and lies between wave vector values 0 and 2*Pi/A,
2*Pi/A is a wave vector value defined by diving 2*Pi by the regular pitch A,
P(x) is a polynomial in x, of coefficient of degree 0 in x equal to 1 and of coefficient C of degree 1 in x such that C.A lies between ?1/10 and +1/10, and
C.A is a scalar value defined by multiplying the coefficient C of degree 1 in x by the regular pitch A.

US Pat. No. 10,365,245

GATING ELEMENT IN ION MOBILITY SPECTROMETERS

1. A gating element for modulating or switching the ion current in an ion mobility spectrometer, comprising a plate having at least three electrode layers with conductivity of more than 106 S/m and insulating layers with a conductivity of less than 105 S/m between the electrode layers, said layers being bonded to one another, wherein the plate has a plurality of apertures for the passage of ions.

US Pat. No. 10,365,244

ION-SENSITIVE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

1. Ion-sensitive structure comprising:a semiconductor structure; and
a layer stack disposed on the semiconductor structure, the layer stack having a doped intermediate layer comprising a doping material and comprising a first metal oxide material;
wherein the semiconductor structure is configured to change an electric characteristic based on a contact of the ion-sensitive structure with a liquid electrolyte comprising ions; and
wherein the intermediate layer comprises a mass fraction of the doping material which is greater than or equal to 0.03% and less than or equal to 20% with regard to a mass fraction of the metal oxide material.

US Pat. No. 10,365,243

GAS SENSOR PROVIDED WITH FLANGE PORTION OF COVER THEREOF

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A gas sensor comprising:a sensor element having a detecting portion exposed to detection gas to perform gas detection;
an insulator made of ceramic material, supporting the sensor element in a state where the detecting portion is protruded therefrom, the sensor element being inserted through the insulator;
a housing made of metal disposed in an outer periphery of the insulator, supporting the insulator;
an inner cover made of metal, covering the detecting portion and having an inner through hole that allows the detection gas to flow therethrough; and
an outer cover made of metal, covering the inner cover such that a gas passage through which the detection gas flows is formed between the outer cover and the inner cover and having an outer through hole that allows the detection gas to flow therethrough,
wherein
an inner flange portion formed over an entire periphery of an end portion of the inner cover and an outer flange portion formed over an entire periphery of an end portion of the outer cover are supported between the insulator and the housing;
a protrusion is formed on a corner portion of the inner flange portion, the corner portion facing the insulator and the protrusion contacting with the insulator; and
an end face of the inner flange portion and an end face of the outer flange portion are mutually offset.

US Pat. No. 10,365,242

ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL FOR DETECTING HYDROQUINONE

King Fahd University of P...

1. An electrode, comprising:a nanostructured material comprising pyrolyzed date palm leaves,
wherein the nanostructured material has a thickness in the range of 10 to 1,000 ?m, and
wherein the pyrolyzed date palm leaves are obtained from a pyrolysis of an agro-waste comprising date palm leaves in an inert gas and in a temperature range of 800 to 1600° C.

US Pat. No. 10,365,240

FLEXIBLE AND STRETCHABLE SENSORS FORMED BY PATTERNED SPALLING

International Business Ma...

1. A structure comprising:a flexible and stretchable sensor embedded within a flexible substrate, said flexible and stretchable sensor comprising a single crystalline spring-like structure coupling a neighboring pair of resistor structures together.

US Pat. No. 10,365,239

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IN-SITU IDENTIFICATION OF WORKING FLUIDS

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A system for in-situ identification of a working fluid disposed in at least one piece of equipment, said system comprising:a working fluid reservoir that contains said working fluid;
an in-situ sensor disposed in said working fluid reservoir such that it detects properties of said working fluid or computes properties from the generated spectra of said working fluid;
a transmitter that transmits a detected spectra of said working fluid and equipment identification information; and
a cloud computing system that receives said detected spectra and said equipment identification information transmitted from said transmitter,
wherein said cloud computing system compares said detected spectra and equipment identification information against a reference database to determine whether or not the detected spectra of the working fluid substantially matches the stored reference spectra associated with the expected or specified fluid for said equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,365,238

DIESEL FUEL QUALITY INSPECTION APPARATUS AND INSPECTION METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A diesel fuel quality inspection apparatus, which is mounted to a lower end portion of a moisture storing part coupled to a lower portion of a filter portion and a filter portion for filtering foreign materials contained to fuel for inspecting moisture contained to diesel fuel to identify quality of fuel, including:a body portion coupled to the lower end portion of the moisture storing part;
a guide portion formed with a hollow type circular cylinder shape on a bottom surface in the body portion; and
a first inspection portion formed to be fixed with a predetermined height in the guide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,237

NMR SENSOR DEVICE FOR THE ANALYSIS OF FLUID DISTRIBUTION IN ABSORBENT ARTICLES

1. A device for the analysis of fluid distribution in an absorbent article, the device comprising:a. a frame;
b. a pressure chamber disposed in contacting and mating engagement with said frame, said pressure chamber comprising a top plate and a bladder, said absorbent article being disposed between said top plate and said bladder;
c. a NMR sensor in cooperative engagement with said frame and said pressure chamber, said NMR sensor being disposed proximate to said pressure chamber, said NMR sensor measuring said fluid distribution in said absorbent article when said absorbent article is disposed between said top plate and said bladder of said pressure chamber and said NMR sensor is disposed proximate to a surface of said absorbent article; and
d. a deposition assembly, said deposition assembly providing an insult to a surface of said absorbent article disposed proximate to said NMR sensor when said absorbent article is disposed between said top plate and said bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,365,236

NMR MEASUREMENT CELL AND NMR MEASUREMENT ASSEMBLY

1. A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) measurement cell in solution enabling the introduction of a gas into said solution, the measurement cell being designed to be placed in a static magnetic field such as the field of an NMR spectrometer, and comprising:at least one measurement chamber of the solution in which a radiofrequency electromagnetic field will be applied and/or measured,
a network of conduits including a gas introduction zone, the gas introduction zone comprising a gas inlet to generate bubbles only in the gas introduction zone, the network of conduits forming a closed loop circuit for circulation of the solution between the measurement chamber and the gas introduction zone, the gas inlet being arranged so as to set up circulation of the solution in the network of conduits between the gas introduction zone and the measurement chamber, the measurement chamber comprising a conduit in the network of conduits called the measurement conduit, and
a radiofrequency system arranged to apply and/or detect a radiofrequency electromagnetic field in the measurement conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,365,235

RADIATION PHASE-CONTRAST IMAGING DEVICE

Shimadzu Corporation, Ni...

1. A radiation phase-contrast imaging device comprising:an imaging system;
the imaging system being composed of
a radiation source configured to irradiate radiation,
a grating in which an absorber absorbing the radiation and extending in one direction is arranged in a direction perpendicular to the one direction, and
a detection unit configured to detect a self-image of the grating generated by Talbot interference on a detection surface in which a detection element configured to detect the radiation is arranged in a matrix in a plane; and
a position changing unit configured to change a relative position of the imaging system and an object such that a projection of the object moves linearly on the detection surface while keeping s positional relation of the radiation source, the grating, and the detection unit,
wherein a longitudinal direction which is a direction along which the detection element on the detection surface of the detection unit is arranged is inclined with respect to an extending direction of the absorber of the grating, and
wherein the imaging device further comprises a self-image generation unit configured to be operated when imaging is continuously executed while moving the imaging system and generate a plurality of self-images different in a reflecting position of a dark line of the grating based on detection data output from each portion of the detection surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,232

HIGH ACCURACY OF RELATIVE DEFECT LOCATIONS FOR REPEATER ANALYSIS

KLA-Tencor Corp., Milpit...

1. A system configured to transform positions of defects detected on a wafer, comprising:an inspection subsystem comprising at least an energy source and a detector, wherein the energy source is configured to generate energy that is directed to a wafer, wherein the detector is configured to detect energy from the wafer and to generate output responsive to the detected energy, wherein the output comprises multiple swaths of frames of output for each of multiple dies on the wafer, and wherein each of multiple instances of a reticle printed on the wafer comprises at least two instances of the multiple dies; and
one or more computer subsystems configured for:
detecting defects on the wafer by applying a defect detection method to the output generated by the detector, wherein positions of the defects are reported by the defect detection method in swath coordinates;
aligning the output for a first of the frames in a first of the multiple swaths in a first of the multiple dies in a first of the multiple instances of the reticle printed on the wafer to the output for corresponding others of the frames in corresponding others of the multiple swaths in corresponding others of the multiple dies in others of the multiple instances of the reticle printed on the wafer,
determining different swath coordinate offsets for each of the frames, respectively, in the others of the multiple instances of the reticle based on differences between swath coordinates of the output for the frames and swath coordinates of the output for the first of the frames aligned thereto in the aligning step; and
applying one of the different swath coordinate offsets to the swath coordinates reported for the defects detected on the wafer, wherein which of the different swath coordinate offsets is applied to the swath coordinates reported for the defects is determined based on the others of the multiple instances of the reticle in which the defects were detected, thereby transforming the swath coordinates reported for the defects from swath coordinates in the others of the multiple instances of the reticle to swath coordinates in the first of the multiple instances of the reticle.

US Pat. No. 10,365,228

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRACKING DEFECTS IN SHEET MATERIALS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. A tracking arrangement for the tracking of a material defect in a sheet material comprising a container material or a product-packaging material, said tracking arrangement comprising:a defect sensor configured to detect a material defect in a sheet material moving thereby or therethrough;
a first structure sensor configured to detect at least one inherent structural feature of the sheet material itself in the region of the material defect, which at least one inherent structural feature being usable as a reference for determining the position of the material defect; and
a control arrangement configured to receive data from said first structure sensor, and thereby prepare and store a first structure data record representing the at least one inherent structural feature as detected by said first structure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,226

MICROFLUIDIC OPTICAL FLUID SENSOR

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method comprising:forming a substrate;
forming microfluidic channel upon the substrate;
forming a bubble jet inertial pump upon the substrate to pump fluid through the microfluidic channel;
forming an optical sensor upon the substrate to receive light passing through the microfluidic channel; and
forming a light emitter on the substrate to pass light across the microfluidic channel into the optical sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,225

MULTI-LOCATION METROLOGY

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A measurement system comprising:a reference metrology system configured to perform a plurality of measurements of a first metrology target at a first plurality of measurement sites on a wafer and generate a plurality of reference parameter values, wherein each of the plurality of reference parameter values corresponds to a measurement at each of the first plurality of measurement sites;
a target metrology system configured to perform a plurality of measurements of a second metrology target at a second plurality of measurement sites on the wafer and generate an amount of raw measurement data corresponding to the plurality of measurements of the second metrology target; and
a computing system configured to:
receive the plurality of reference parameter values from the reference metrology system;
receive the amount of raw measurement data from the target metrology system;
train a signal response metrology (SRM) model based on the plurality of reference parameter values and the amount of raw measurement data, the trained SRM model having a functional relationship between the plurality of reference parameter values and the amount of raw measurement data and;
estimate a plurality of values of a parameter of interest each associated with the second metrology target at each of the second plurality of measurement sites based on the trained SRM model.

US Pat. No. 10,365,223

ANALYTICAL METHOD USING SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY AND COMPOSITION FOR THE METHOD

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. An identification method, for determining whether a sample of an unknown composition is a sample of a known composition to which a known amount of a SERS-active taggant compound has been added comprises the steps of:a) obtaining a sample of said unknown composition;
b) adding to said composition a plurality of SERS particles to form a mixture, each SERS particle comprising:
i. a core comprising a nanoparticle having a plasmonic surface,
ii. a SERS-active internal standard compound adjacent said plasmonic surface, wherein the SERS-active internal standard compound is not an isotopically-altered version of the SERS-active taggant compound, and
iii. a shell, said shell encapsulating said core and said SERS-active internal standard compound;
c) obtaining a SERS spectrum from said mixture
d) comparing the SERS response ratio SATC:SAISC from the SERS spectral response of the SERS-active taggant compound and the SERS spectral response of the SERS-active internal standard compound in the unknown composition with the SERS response ratio SATC: SAISC from said known composition.

US Pat. No. 10,365,218

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR 4-D HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING

VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC,...

1. A hyperspectral imaging system, comprising:a sample holder configured to hold a sample;
a light source configured to emit excitation light having one or more wavelengths;
a two-dimensional (2-D) imaging array; and
an optical system comprising:
a first spatial light modulator (SLM);
a first spectral separator; and
a second spectral separator;
wherein the optical system is configured to (i) structure the excitation light, using the first SLM, into a predetermined two-dimensional excitation pattern at a conjugate plane of a focal plane in the sample; (ii) spectrally disperse, using the first spectral separator, the excitation pattern; (iii) use the excitation pattern to illuminate the sample with the one or more wavelengths dispersed along a first direction within the focal plane; (iv) collect, from the sample, emission light; (v) spectrally disperse, using the second spectral separator, the collected emission light; and (vi) provide the collected emission light in-focus to the imaging array such that the collected emission light is spectrally dispersed along a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,365,217

LIQUID PRESENCE/TURBIDITY SENSOR USING SINGLE OPTICAL CHANNEL

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A multisensor comprising:an electronic light source and electronic light detector positioned at ends of an optical path through a channel open to receive a passage of fluid therethrough, the electronic light detector providing an electrical output signal; and
at least one optical element positioned along the optical path and to be positioned within the channel and adapted to contact the fluid in the channel to change a transmission of light between the electronic light source and electronic light detector as a function of an index of refraction of the fluid relative to material of the optical element to produce a first level of transmission of light from the electronic light source to the electronic light detector and a first value of an electrical output signal when the fluid in the passage is air and to produce a second level of transmission of light from the electronic light source to the electronic light detector and a second value of the electrical output signal detector when the fluid in the passage is clear water, the first level being greater than the second level and indicating a greater transmission of light to the electronic light detector;
wherein the multisensor further comprises detection circuitry for detecting at least three levels of light transmission corresponding to the fluid in the passage being air, the fluid in the passage being water of low turbidity, and the fluid in the passage being water of high turbidity higher than the low turbidity;
wherein the detection circuitry further comprises comparison circuitry comparing the electrical output signal to a first threshold level distinguishing between air and water where air provides greater transmission of light to the electronic light detector and comparing the electrical output signal to a second threshold level distinguishing between clear water and turbid water where clear water provides greater transmission of light to the electronic light sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,216

ADVANCED IN-SITU PARTICLE DETECTION SYSTEM FOR SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE PROCESSING SYSTEMS

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A factory interface, comprising:a fan for directing air in an airflow direction;
a substrate support positioned downstream from the fan in the airflow direction;
a particle detector coupled to an inner surface of the factory interface and positioned downstream from the substrate support in the airflow direction;
a particle detector tube coupled to the particle detector and open to a location within the factory interface, the particle detector tube being a straight tube aligned in the airflow direction; and
an exhaust outlet positioned downstream from the particle detector in the airflow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,365,215

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING AN EARTH SAMPLE OF A GEOLOGICAL FORMATION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. Method for analyzing at least an earth sample of a geological formation, comprising:Performing a Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) spectrometry measurement on an earth sample collected in the formation by:
Irradiating the sample with infrared energy
Measuring a spectrum representative of the infrared energy absorbed by the sample,
Analyzing the measured spectrum and obtaining from the analyzed measured spectrum a reconstructed spectrum corresponding to a combination of a plurality of standard spectra representative of elements contained in the earth sample,
comparing the measured spectrum and the reconstructed spectrum in at least a wavelength zone situated between 1500 and 1700 cm?1 wherein comparing the measured spectrum and the reconstructed spectrum comprise subtracting the reconstructed spectrum from the measured spectrum to obtain a resulting spectrum, and deriving from the comparison an indicator accounting for the absorbance of the resulting spectrum in the wavelength zone,
Based at least partially on the indicator, detecting a tar layer in the geological formation, wherein the earth sample is taken in a layer situated above the tar layer.

US Pat. No. 10,365,214

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTION AND SPATIAL MAPPING OF MERCURY CONCENTRATION IN WATER SAMPLES

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A system for analyzing a water sample for mercury with a mobile electronic device having a camera comprising:a reader configured for securement to the mobile electronic device over the camera, the reader further comprising:
a sample solution holder and a control solution holder;
a power source operatively coupled to a first light source and a second light source configured to illuminate the sample solution holder and the control solution holder with a First Color and a Second Color;
a mask interposed between the first and second light sources and the sample solution and control solution holders, the mask comprising a first set of apertures disposed over the sample solution holder and the control solution holder and configured to be illuminated by the first light source and a second set of apertures disposed over the sample solution holder and the control solution holder and configured to be illuminated by the second light source;
a lens disposed in the reader and positioned adjacent to the camera;
a solution containing sodium chloride, nanoparticles, and thymine-rich aptamer contained in both the sample solution holder and the control solution holder, the sample solution holder also containing the water sample therein; and
wherein the mobile electronic device is configured to capture an image of transmitted light passing through the control solution holder and the sample solution holder from the first and second light sources, wherein the image contains four separate regions of interest (First ColorSample, First ColorControl, Second ColorSample, and Second ColorControl) and wherein the mobile electronic device outputs a concentration of mercury within the water sample based on a normalized color ratio obtained from a measured average intensity level obtained at each of the four separate regions of interest (First ColorSample, First ColorControl, Second ColorSample, and Second ColorControl), wherein the normalized color ratio comprises a ratio of First ColorSample/Second ColorSample and First ColorControl/Second ColorControl.

US Pat. No. 10,365,211

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR METROLOGY BEAM STABILIZATION

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A measurement system comprising:an illumination source configured to generate an amount of illumination light;
one or more illumination optical elements configured to receive the amount of illumination light from the illumination source and project an illumination measurement beam to a specimen under measurement along an illumination beam path;
a detector configured to generate a plurality of output signals indicative of a response of the specimen to the incident illumination measurement beam;
one or more collection optical elements configured to collect an amount of collected light from the surface of the specimen and project a collection measurement beam from the specimen to the detector along a collection beam path;
a rotating optical polarizer element located in the illumination beam path, the collection beam path, or both;
a beam position sensor located in the illumination beam path, the collection beam path, or both, after the rotating optical polarizer element, wherein the beam position sensor generates output signals indicative of a location of the measurement beam;
an active beam compensating element located in the illumination beam path, the collection beam path, or both, between the rotating optical polarizer element and the beam position sensor; and
a computing system configured to:
receive the output signals indicative of the location of the measurement beam; and
communicate a command signal to the active beam compensating element that causes the active beam compensating element to adjust a location of the measurement beam toward a desired location as measured by the beam position sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,210

POLARIMETRIC DETECTION OF FOREIGN FLUIDS ON SURFACES

Polaris Sensor Technologi...

1. A method of detecting a foreign fluid on a surface, the method comprising:recording raw image data of the surface using a polarimeter to obtain polarized images, where the recording raw image data using a polarimeter is not dependent on an external light source, including sunlight, and is not dependent on the brightness of available light;
computing IR and polarization data products from the polarized images;
converting the IR and polarization data products to a multi-dimensional data set to form multi-dimensional imagery;
applying contrast enhancement algorithms to multi-dimensional imagery to form enhanced contrast images;
detecting foreign fluid on the surface from the enhanced contrast images.

US Pat. No. 10,365,208

GAS SENSOR

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A gas sensor, comprising:a sensor element comprising;
a first substrate, comprising a MEMS membrane associated with the sensor element; and
a second substrate arranged on top of the first substrate, wherein the first substrate and the second substrate define at least a portion of a reference gas chamber;
an emitter element comprising:
an emitter unit arranged beside the MEMS membrane on the first substrate and configured to emit electromagnetic radiation; and
an emitter cavity arranged above the emitter unit;
a measurement chamber above the second substrate, which is embodied to receive a measurement gas, wherein the measurement chamber includes at least one surface region configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation from the emitter unit onto the sensor element; and
wherein the emitter element and the sensor element are arranged in a stationary manner with respect to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,365,204

LONG PATH CELL

1. A long path cell (10), in particular a Herriott cell, with(a) a primary mirror (12) and
(b) a secondary mirror (14),
characterized in that
(c) the primary mirror (12) has
a first primary mirror segment (42.1) and
at least one second primary mirror segment (42.2), which radially surrounds the first primary mirror segment (42.1),
whereby the primary mirror segments (42) differ in their curvatures (R42.1, 42.2) or focal lengths,
(d) the secondary mirror (14) has
a first secondary mirror segment (44.1) and
at least one second secondary mirror segment (44.2) which radially surrounds the first secondary mirror segment (44.1),
whereby the secondary mirror segments (44) differ in their curvatures (R42.1, R42.2) or focal lengths,
(e) the first primary mirror segment (42.1) and the first secondary mirror segment (44.1) are arranged in relation to each other such that a light beam is reflected back and forth between the two, and that
(f) the second primary mirror segment (42.2) and the second secondary mirror segment (44.2) are arranged in relation to each other such that a light beam is reflected back and forth between the two.

US Pat. No. 10,365,202

METHOD FOR MEASUREMENT OF ULTRA-LOW PERMEABILITY AND POROSITY BY ACCOUNTING FOR ADSORPTION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

14. A method of characterizing porosity of a sample located in a sample chamber, comprising:(a) causing a sample chamber pressure and an upstream and downstream pressure to be the same;
(b) increasing the upstream pressure by a perturbation percentage while holding the sample chamber and downstream pressures constant;
(c) monitoring the upstream and downstream pressures as a function of time while permitting the sample chamber pressure and the upstream and downstream pressures to start equilibrating;
(d) estimating the porosity ? according to the relationship: ?=4Vc/(LA), where Vc is a pore volume of the sample determined according to the relationship:
where L and A are the length and cross-sectional area of the sample respectively, VL is a total volume upstream of the sample chamber, VR is a total volume downstream of the sample chamber, Pf is an equilibrated pressure, PR0 is the downstream pressure prior to a start of the equilibrating, Pl0 is the upstream pressure prior to a start of the equilibrating, Vl is a calibrated volume of an upstream chamber, Vh is a connection volume between the sample chamber and an upstream valve between the sample chamber and the upstream chamber, c? is a quasi-linear adsorption coefficient obtained from an adsorption isotherm of the sample at pressure Pf, Zl0, ZR0, and Zf are compressibility factors, M is a molecular weight of a gas used in permitting the sample chamber pressure and the upstream and downstream pressures to start equilibrating generating, R is a gas constant, and T is temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,365,201

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

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,200

METHOD FOR DETERMINING UNCONVENTIONAL LIQUID IMBIBITION IN LOW-PERMEABILITY MATERIALS

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,198

PARTICLE CHARACTERIZATION

Malvern Panalytical Limit...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,196

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,195

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

Dow Global Technologies L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,194

HIGH TEMPERATURE DENSITOMETER DEVICE AND STEAM QUALITY MEASUREMENT METHOD AND DEVICE

SCIENTIFIC DRILLING INTER...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,192

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

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,185

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,183

ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS SYSTEM OF AIR-FUEL RATIO SENSOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,180

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

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,179

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

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,177

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING A TOOL

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,176

WIRELESS MEASUREMENT OF INFLATABLE PRESSURE

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,175

SURFACE PRESSURE MEASURING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,174

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

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,172

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

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,169

TEMPERATURE/VOLTAGE SENSOR CALIBRATION

Infineon Technologies AG,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,168

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING TEMPERATURE IN THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,167

FIBER GRATING TEMPERATURE SENSOR

United Technologies Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,166

ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER SENSOR

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,160

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

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,158

LOW-NOISE SPECTROSCOPIC IMAGING SYSTEM

DAYLIGHT SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,153

REDUCING EXTRANEOUS SIGNALS FOR SENSORS

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,151

INSPECTION PROBE

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,150

TRAVEL FACILITATION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,146

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,145

HOUSING FOR A HIGH-FREQUENCY CHIP

VEGA GRIESHABER KG, Wolf...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,144

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING CONTENTS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,142

FLOW RATE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,133

SENSOR SYSTEM

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,132

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING TEST AND CALIBRATION OF INTEGRATED SENSORS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,131

HYBRID INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT

Honeywell International I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,129

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

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,128

DISPLAY DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,124

ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATOR

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,123

ANISOTROPIC MAGNETO-RESISTIVE (AMR) ANGLE SENSOR

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,122

DEVICE FOR MONITORING TEMPERATURE AND TIGHTENING OF A SCREW

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUST...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,120

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

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,119

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

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,117

DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING REMOTELY CAPTURED SENSOR DATA

Allstate Insurance Compan...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,115

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

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,114

PROACTIVE DELIVERY OF NAVIGATION OPTIONS

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,112

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A ROUTE FORECAST USER INTERFACE

HERE Global B.V., Veldho...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,110

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

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,109

TRAVEL DISTANCE ESTIMATION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,108

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

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,106

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

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,105

VIBRATORY GYROSCOPE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,104

DIGITAL CONTROLLER FOR A MEMS GYROSCOPE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,103

GYROSCOPE STRUCTURE AND GYROSCOPE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,100

ACTUATOR ELEMENT FOR SETTING THE TARGET MARK OF A SIGHTING TELESCOPE

Swarovski-Optik KG., (AT...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,096

BALE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A RECTANGULAR BALER

CNH Industrial America LL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,094

OPTICAL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR WHEEL ALIGNMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,093

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,092

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

KEBA AG, Linz (AT)

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,090

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,089

ATMOSPHERIC INFRASONIC SENSING FROM AN ARRAY OF AIRCRAFT

The United States of Amer...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,083

MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,082

ANGULAR POSITION SENSOR WITH MAGNETOMETER

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,076

AMMUNITION CASE PRIMER POCKET SWAGER

Battenfeld Technologies, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,073

EXTRACTION CHARGE FOR UNDERGROUND THREATS

The United States of Amer...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,072

TRAP WOBBLER

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,067

SYSTEM FOR ALIGNING TARGET SENSOR AND WEAPON

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,065

GUN SIGHTING ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,062

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

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,061

FIREARM BARREL WITH NON-METAL OUTER SLEEVE

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,058

MAGAZINE RELEASE

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,056

MAGAZINE FOLLOWER FOR ENHANCING RELIABILITY OF FIREARMS AND FIREARM MAGAZINES

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,055

MULTI MAGAZINE LOCKING BASE PLATE

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,050

COOLING TOWER FLOW CONTROL INLET VALVE

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,044

HEAT EXCHANGER AND GAS TURBINE PLANT PROVIDED THEREWITH

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,042

TRAY AND HEAT TREATMENT METHOD

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,039

MULTI-STAGE SEPARATION HEAT-EXCHANGE TYPE DRYING SYSTEM

A1ENGINEERING, Suncheon-...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,037

HEATING COMPONENT TO REDUCE SOLIDIFICATION IN A CRYOGENIC DISTILLATION SYSTEM

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,033

REFRIGERATOR WITH ADVICE GENERATING UNIT

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,031

COOLING AND/OR FREEZING DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,029

INSULATED FRAME SECTION AND REFRIGERATOR DOOR SYSTEM CONSTRUCTED FROM SUCH SECTIONS

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,028

VENDING MACHINE

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,027

SIMPLIFIED AND ENERGY EFFICIENT MULTI TEMPERATURE UNIT

THERMO KING CORPORATION, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,026

REFRIGERATOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,025

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPERATING HVAC SYSTEMS IN LOW LOAD CONDITIONS

Lennox Industries, Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,021

COOLING APPARATUS AND COMPRESSOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A cooling apparatus comprising:an evaporator to evaporate a refrigerant received thereof, the refrigerant circulating inside the cooling apparatus includes at least one of R290, R600a, R123a, R1234vf, and R1234ze:
a rotary compressor having a displacement volume less than 3 cc and to compress the refrigerant received from the evaporator, the rotary compressor including:
a casing;
a first cylinder;
a second cylinder located between the first cylinder and a bottom of the casing;
a top plate arranged on a top of the first cylinder, and
a bottom plate arranged on a bottom of the second cylinder; and
a condenser to condense the refrigerant discharged from the rotary compressor; and
an expansion valve to expand the refrigerant discharged from the condenser,
wherein the second cylinder is combined with the casing through at least one spot weld and the top plate is combined with the casing through at least three separate spot welds, and
the refrigerant is flowed into the casing through a single suction tube and distributed into the first cylinder and the second cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,365,020

HEAT PUMP

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA C...

1. A heat pump comprising:a vessel being an adsorption space including:
an adsorbate and a plurality of evaporator-condensers that are arranged separated by spacings in the adsorption space, that generate the adsorbate through exchanging heat with a first heating medium, and that condense the adsorbate through exchanging heat with a second heating medium;
a plurality of adsorbents that are alternately arranged with the evaporator-condensers in the adsorption space at separations from the evaporator-condensers, that adsorb the adsorbate generated by the evaporator-condensers through exchanging heat with a third heating medium, and that desorb the adsorbate through exchanging heat with a fourth heating medium that is at a higher temperature than the third heating medium;
a flow path that includes a first flow path configured to receive the first heating medium, a second flow path configured to receive the second heating medium, a third flow path configured to receive the third heating medium, and a fourth flow path configured to receive the fourth heating medium, such that the evaporator-condenser that generates the adsorbate and the adsorbent that adsorbs the adsorbate face each other, and the evaporator-condenser that condenses the adsorbate and the adsorbent that desorbs the adsorbate face each other; and
a switching device that includes a motor that is configured to sequentially switch from having an evaporator-condenser generate the adsorbate and an adsorbent adsorb the adsorbate, to having an evaporator-condenser condense the adsorbate and an adsorbent desorb the adsorbate, by causing the flow path to move relative to the adsorbents and the evaporator-condensers, such that the evaporator-condenser that generates the adsorbate and the adsorbent that adsorbs the adsorbate face each other, and the evaporator-condenser that condenses the adsorbate and the adsorbent that desorbs the adsorbate face each other,
wherein:
the evaporator-condensers and the adsorbents are alternately arranged in a continuous annular structure within the vessel so as to be separated by spacings; and
the switching device causes the flow path to rotate relative to the adsorbents and the evaporator-condensers about an axis of a center of a circle in which the evaporator-condensers and the adsorbents are arranged as viewed from the one direction.

US Pat. No. 10,365,019

MAGNETOCALORIC THERMAL APPARATUS

COOLTECH APPLICATIONS, H...

1. A magnetocaloric thermal apparatus (1, 10, 100, 110) with a structure that rotates about a longitudinal axis (L), the thermal apparatus (1, 10, 100, 110) comprising:a magnetic arrangement defining at least two air gaps (E1, E2) at least partly superimposed and parallel to each other, and configured to create, in each of the air gaps (E1, E2), a magnetic field variable about the longitudinal axis (L),
at least two at least partly superimposed supports (S1, S2) each being located in a midplane (P1, P2) of one of the air gaps (E1, E2) and carrying magnetocaloric elements (2) at least partly superimposed between the supports,
the magnetocaloric arrangement and the supports (S1, S2) being in relative movement with respect to one another, about the longitudinal axis (L), to subject the magnetocaloric elements (2) of each support (S1, S2) to a magnetic cycle created by the variable magnetic field in the corresponding air gap (E1, E2),
wherein the magnetic arrangement and the supports (S1, S2) are positioned angularly with respect to one another about the longitudinal axis (L) so as to generate a phase shift between the magnetic cycle undergone by the magnetocaloric elements (2) of one of the supports (S1) in one of the air gaps (E1) and the magnetic cycle undergone by the magnetocaloric elements of the other support (S2) in the other air gap (E2), so that the magnetocaloric elements (2) enter the magnetic field of the air gaps (E1, E2) progressively and continuously between the supports (S1, S2), and an obtained magnetic attraction effort then being almost constant,
the magnetic arrangement comprises first, second and third magnetizing structures (SM1, SM2, SM3) each provided with at least one pair of magnetic poles (P11, P12; P21, P22; P23, P24; P31, P32), and positioned successively along the longitudinal axis (L) of the thermal apparatus (1, 10) so as to define, with their pairs of magnetic poles (P11, P12; P21, P22; P23, P24; P31, P32), the air gaps (E1, E2), and the magnetizing structures (SM1, SM2, SM3) are positioned angularly with respect to each other about the longitudinal axis (L) in order to generate a magnetic cycle, in one of the air gaps (E1), that is shifted by a phase-shift angle with respect to the magnetic cycle in the other air gap (E2),
wherein the first and the third magnetizing structures (SM1, SM3) are identical and mounted with an angular offset of angle (?) therebetween that corresponds to the phase-shift angle, and
the second magnetizing structure (SM2) comprises, on the one hand, first magnetic poles (P21, P22) that form a first air gap (E1) with the corresponding magnetic poles (P11, P12) of the first magnetizing structure (SM1) and, on the other hand, second magnetic poles (P23, P24) that form a second air gap (E2) with the corresponding magnetic poles (P31, P32) of the third magnetizing structure (SM3), and the first magnetic poles (P21, P22) and the second magnetic poles (P23, P24) of the second magnetizing structure (SM2) are mounted with an angular offset of angle (?) therebetween that corresponds to the phase-shift angle.

US Pat. No. 10,365,017

SELF-ADJUSTING END CLAMP

Sunrun South LLC, San Lu...

1. A self adjusting end clamp, comprising:a top member with a lip;
a bottom member with a lip, a ridge, and a clip portion comprising an arm extending obliquely away from the lip of the bottom member and towards a plane occupied by the lip; and
a bolt extending through an aperture of the top member and an aperture of the bottom member, wherein the lip of the top member and the lip of the bottom member move toward each other when the bolt is tightened.

US Pat. No. 10,365,012

FAUCET DEVICE FOR AIRCRAFT LAVATORY UNIT

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A faucet device for an aircraft lavatory unit comprising:a faucet main body;
a water supply pipe;
a water supply channel that connects the water supply pipe and the faucet main body;
a water supply valve disposed in the water supply channel;
a heater for heating water supplied from the water supply channel; and
a controller for performing control of an opening and closing operation of the water supply valve and a heating operation of the heater, the faucet device for the aircraft lavatory unit further comprising:
a valve module and a heater module that are disposed in series in a section of the water supply channel,
the valve module including a first case, a first joint that is provided in a surface of the first case and is removably joined to the water supply channel as a first quick-release joint comprising one of an O-ring or a groove and configured to join to another one of the O-ring or the groove on the water supply channel, a second joint that is provided in the surface of the first case at a different location from that of the first joint, and the water supply valve that is integrated in the first case and connects the first joint and the second joint, and
the heater module including a second case, a third joint that is provided in a surface of the second case and is removably joined to the second joint as a second quick-release joint comprising one of an O-ring or a groove and configured to join to another one of the O-ring or the groove on the second joint, a fourth joint that is provided in the surface of the second case at a different location from that of the third joint and removably joined to the water supply channel as a third quick-release joint comprising one of an O-ring or a groove and configured to join to another one of the O-ring or the groove on the water supply channel, a water channel for heating that is integrated in the second case and connects the third joint and the fourth joint, and the heater that is integrated in the second case and heats water flowing in the water channel for heating,
the controller having a fifth joint for removably joining to the first case and a sixth joint for removably joining to the second case, the fifth and sixth joints each omitting a wiring member passing from the controller to the first and second cases, respectively, wherein
in a state that the valve module and the heater module are joined in series via the second joint and the third joint, a portion of the first case in which the second joint is provided and a portion of the second case in which the third joint is provided abut against each other,
the first case having screw holes and the second case having screw through holes at a first end and a second end opposing the first end of the second case,
the faucet device further comprises screw members configured to be inserted from the screw through holes at the first end of the second case through the screw through holes at the second end of the second case and screwed into the screw holes of the first case to fasten and hold the first case and the second case together in the state that the valve module and the heater module are joined, and
the valve module and the heater module are directly connected via the second and third joints.

US Pat. No. 10,365,011

OUTDOOR UNIT OF AIR CONDITIONER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An outdoor unit of an air conditioner, the outdoor unit comprising:an outdoor heat exchanger configured to exchange heat with outdoor air, wherein the outdoor heat exchanger comprises a pair of headers, each formed in a hollow tube shape, and a plurality of tubes arranged in parallel to each other between the pair of headers;
a housing configured to accommodate the outdoor heat exchanger;
a control box disposed on the housing and formed of a metal material, and
a current carrying path electrically connecting the control box to at least one of the pair of headers of the outdoor heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,365,009

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DETECT HEATER MALFUNCTION AND PREVENT DRY BURNING

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. An HVAC system, comprising:an evaporator; and
a heater configured to provide heat to the evaporator,
wherein the heater includes a circuit, the circuit is configured to prevent a dry burning condition, the circuit includes:
a heating element disposed inside a component of the evaporator;
a power supply including a high voltage power and a low voltage power; and
a voltage selector configured to select the high voltage power or the low voltage power to the heating element,
wherein the voltage selector is configured to select the high voltage power or the low voltage power based on a temperature of the heating element,
wherein when the temperature of the heating element exceeds a first predetermined threshold, the voltage selector selects the low voltage power,
wherein when the temperature of the heating element is below a second predetermined threshold, the voltage selector selects the high voltage power, and
wherein the first predetermined threshold is greater than the second predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,365,008

INDOOR UNIT FOR AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An indoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:a casing having
an air inlet located on a top face portion,
an air outlet extending from a bottom face portion to a lower front face portion, and
an airflow path that communicates the air inlet and the air outlet with each other;
an axial fan disposed within the airflow path under the air inlet;
an indoor heat exchanger disposed within the airflow path under the axial fan, the indoor heat exchanger having a W-shape in side view;
a forward drain pan disposed within the airflow path below a forward valley portion of the indoor heat exchanger; and
a rearward drain pan disposed within the airflow path below a rearward valley portion of the indoor heat exchanger,
wherein the airflow path is divided by the forward drain pan and the rearward drain pan into a first airflow path, a second airflow path, and a third airflow path, the first airflow path being defined between a front wall of the airflow path and the forward drain pan, the second airflow path being defined between the forward drain pan and the rearward drain pan, the third airflow path being defined between the rearward drain pan and a back wall of the airflow path,
wherein the indoor unit comprises an up/down airflow direction flap that adjusts an up/down angle of air blown out from the air outlet, the up/down airflow direction flap including a forward up/down airflow direction flap and a rearward up/down airflow direction flap that are disposed separately in a portion of the air outlet located on the bottom face portion of the casing and at least a front end portion of each of the forward up/down airflow direction flap and the rearward up/down airflow direction flap is swingable in an up/down direction,
wherein the rearward up/down airflow direction flap is disposed under the second airflow path and the third airflow path such that in side view, the front end portion of the rearward up/down airflow direction flap is located at a same position as a front end portion of the second airflow path or located forward of the second airflow path, and
wherein the forward up/down airflow direction flap is disposed such that in side view, the forward up/down airflow direction flap is located forward of the rearward up/down airflow direction flap and under the first airflow path.

US Pat. No. 10,365,005

STAINLESS STEEL FOIL LAMINATED PLASTIC HVAC DUCT AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

1. An HVAC duct comprising:a channel configured for conveying forced air, and
a duct wall forming the channel, the duct wall having an outer surface and an inner surface,
wherein the duct wall includes a first plastic layer disposed between a thermally insulating layer and a first metal foil or metal alloy foil layer,wherein the first metal foil or metal alloy foil layer forms the outer surface of the duct wall, and further wherein the thermally insulating layer forms the inner surface of the duct wall, the inner surface defining a continuous boundary about the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,365,004

CONTROL METHOD AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A control method through which a communication device provided with a display controls an air-blowing apparatus, the communication device including a memory that stores installation position information indicating a horizontal position of the air-blowing apparatus in a room in which the air-blowing apparatus is installed and a vertical position of the air-blowing apparatus with respect to a floor of the room, the control method comprising:displaying an operation screen on the display, the operation screen simultaneously displaying a plan view of the room in which a user can input a horizontal air-blowing position, indicating a horizontal position to which air is blown from the air-blowing apparatus, and a profile view of the room in which the user can input a vertical air-blowing position, indicating a vertical position to which air is blown from the air-blowing apparatus;
detecting the horizontal air-blowing position and the vertical air-blowing position, based on an input of the horizontal air-blowing position by the user through the plan view of the room in the operation screen displayed on the display, and an input of the vertical air-blowing position by the user through the profile view of the room in the operation screen displayed on the display;
determining an airflow direction of the air-blowing apparatus based on the detected horizontal air-blowing position, the detected vertical air-blowing position, and the stored installation position information;
generating a control command that specifies the determined airflow direction based on both the detected horizontal air-blowing position and the detected vertical air-blowing position; and
transmitting the generated control command to the air-blowing apparatus to control movement of a component of the air-blowing apparatus to change the vertical and horizontal air-blowing positions based on the control command,
wherein an in-plane instruction icon that indicates the detected horizontal air-blowing position is displayed in the plan view, and a height-instruction icon that indicates the detected vertical air-blowing position is displayed in the profile view, and
in the generating, when the height-instruction icon displayed in the profile view is dragged into the plan view, and is dropped within a predetermined range with respect to the detected horizontal air-blowing position, the detected horizontal air-blowing position is associated with the detected vertical air-blowing position to determine a three-dimensional position to which air is blown from the air-blowing apparatus, and the control command is generated based on the detected horizontal air-blowing position and the detected vertical air-blowing position associated with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,365,002

REMOTE CONTROLLER OF AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A remote controller of an air-conditioning system including an outdoor device, and an indoor device connected to the outdoor device, the remote controller comprising:a microcomputer; and
a memory, wherein
the memory that has stored therein, for each operation mode of the air-conditioning system, a plurality of operation-state diagnosing tables each corresponding to a different amount of operation time, each of the operation-state diagnosing tables are used for extracting necessary inspection items from an operation state in maintenance and inspection of the air-conditioning system,
the microcomputer is configured to
perform bidirectional wired or wireless communication with the indoor device to collect operation information including an operation time of the air-conditioning system;
select and use an appropriate one of the operation-state diagnosing tables according to an operation mode of the air-conditioning system and the operation time of the air-conditioning system, wherein
at least one of the operation-state diagnosing tables indicates an area therein corresponding to a normal operation range of the air-conditioning system,
the microcomputer is further configured to receive a correction to the area corresponding to the normal operation range and store the corrected at least one of the operation-state diagnosing tables.

US Pat. No. 10,365,000

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND AIR CONDITIONING MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. An air conditioning system comprising:air conditioners having at least one installed function of multiple functions;
a mobile terminal carried by a user of the air conditioners, and having an air conditioning management program configured to manage the air conditioners; and
information intermediation devices configured to carry out exchange of information between the air conditioners and the mobile terminal using a communications network,
the air conditioners storing installed function information relating to the functions installed in the air conditioners, and
the air conditioning management program of the mobile terminal
reading out the installed function information via the information intermediation devices, and
generating, in accordance with the installed function information, an air conditioner management screen image displayed on a display of the mobile terminal,
the information intermediation devices having intermediate devices connected to the air conditioners, and a server device connected to the mobile terminal and to the intermediate devices through the communications network,
the intermediate devices sending the air conditioner information, including the installed function information, to the server device,
when there has been a request from the mobile terminal, the server device sending the air conditioner information to the mobile terminal,
the air conditioning management program of the mobile terminal having a control function configured to send an air-conditioner-controlling control command to at least one of the server device and the intermediate devices,
the server device receiving the control command from the mobile terminal, and once the intermediate devices are connected, sending the control command to the intermediate devices, and
the intermediate devices, upon receiving the control command from the mobile terminal or the server device, sending the control command to the air conditioners and control the air conditioners.

US Pat. No. 10,364,997

CONTROL SYSTEM WITH MAXIMUM TIME CONSTANT ESTIMATION

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A controller for a plant, the controller comprising:a communications interface configured to provide a control input to the plant and to receive feedback from the plant, the feedback representative of a response of the plant to the control input over a response period;
a time constant estimator configured to:
calculate a plurality of values of a normalized variable by normalizing a plurality of values of the feedback from the plant relative to a range of the feedback from the plant, each value of the normalized variable representative of the response of the plant at a different time during the response period;
calculate a plurality of time constant estimates, wherein each of the time constant estimates is calculated based on one of the plurality of values of the normalized variable and represents the response of the plant to the control input at one of the different times during the response period; and
select a maximum time constant for the response of the plant over the response period from the plurality of time constant estimates; and
a control input generator configured to use the maximum time constant to generate the control input for the plant, wherein the plant uses the control input to affect a variable state or condition of the plant.

US Pat. No. 10,364,996

GROUP DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT CONTROL

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. A method of conditioning an environment, comprising:generating, by a group feedback analysis system, a first comfort limit based on a first plurality of data points corresponding to user feedback of a group of users in an environment conditioned by an environmental conditioning system to identify the first comfort limit at a first extreme of at least one environmental criterion;
generating, by the group feedback analysis system, a second comfort limit based on a second plurality of data points corresponding to user feedback of the group of users in the environment conditioned by the environmental conditioning system to identify the second comfort limit at a second extreme of the at least one environmental criterion, the second extreme being opposite the first extreme;
identifying, by the group feedback analysis system, a comfort region defined by the first comfort limit and the second comfort limit;
assigning a weight to each user input making up the user feedback of the group of users, wherein the weight is assigned based on a number of complaints, defined as user feedback inputs indicating discomfort, generated by a user; and
controlling the environmental conditioning system to maintain at least one environmental criterion within the comfort region;
wherein generating the first comfort limit comprises analyzing the first plurality of data points to identify outliers, and forming the first comfort and second comfort limit to exclude the outliers;
wherein identifying outliers comprises determining a time at which the user feedback was received and identifying the outlier in response to at least one of (i) the time at which the user feedback was received and (ii) the proximity in time between a first user feedback and a second user feedback from a single user.

US Pat. No. 10,364,993

COMPOSITE STORAGE TANK MODULE AND ARRANGEMENT

1. A composite storage tank module comprising at least one hollow section adapted to house a medium, wherein the storage tank module is an elongated self-supporting structure produced from a composite material constituted of at least a first and second material, wherein the first material is a polymer and the second material is wood fibers in the form of wood shavings having a coefficient of elasticity which when arranged in the composite storage tank module is equal to the coefficient of elasticity of the polymer, and the composite storage tank module is adapted to be embedded in a building structure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,992

VENTLESS OVEN HOOD FOR COMBINATION OVEN PROVIDING RAPID ACCESS

Alto-Shaam, Inc., Menomo...

1. An oven comprising:a housing providing a first opening coverable by a door, the door closing to define an interior cooking volume and opening to provide access to the cooking volume;
a heater communicating with the cooking volume to heat the cooking volume;
a steam generator generating steam from a source of introduced water from a water line;
a filter system providing filter medium removing grease and odor from air flowing therethrough and a filtration fan downstream from the filter medium for moving air through the filter medium;
an exhaust channel communicating from the cooking volume to the filter system through a second opening in the housing;
a first electrically controlled damper positioned between the cooking volume and the filter system and electrically controlled by a controller to move between a closed state preventing movement of air from the cooking volume through the exhaust channel to the filter system and an open state allowing movement of air from the cooking volume through the exhaust channel to the filter system; and
the controller comprising an electronic computer executing a program stored in memory to control the heater, steam generator, damper, and filtration fan in accordance with a predetermined cooking schedule to:
(a) during a first cooking mode, activate the heater and steam generator, position the damper in the closed state, and deactivate the filtration fan to allow for steam cooking in a closed system oven, and beginning at a predetermined time based on the cooking schedule before a conclusion of the cooking schedule, position the damper in the open state and activate the filtration fan to allow for fast movement of air from the cooking volume before opening of the door; and
(b) during a second cooking mode, activate the heater, deactivate the steam generator, position the damper in the open state, and deactivate the filtration fan to allow for low humidity cooking in an open system oven, and beginning at a predetermined time based on the cooking schedule before a conclusion of the cooking schedule, keep the damper in the open state and activate the filtration fan to allow for fast movement of air from the cooking volume before opening of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,364,991

OVEN

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

12. An oven comprising:a main body;
a cooking chamber formed in the main body and including a cooking space;
a partition member to divide the cooking space into a plurality of individual cooking spaces;
a main door rotatably coupled to the main body so as to open and close an opened front surface of the cooking space, the main door including:
a plurality of main door openings respectively corresponding to the plurality of individual cooking spaces; and
a plurality of individual doors rotatably coupled to the main door so as to respectively open and close the plurality of main door openings, the plurality of individual doors including a first individual door;
a first locking member to lock the first individual door to the main door; and
a first handle to open or close the main door or to open or close the first individual door, the first handle including an opening member to unlock the first locking member so that when the opening member is pressed, only the first individual door is openable while the main door remained closed, and when the opening member is unpressed, the first locking member remained locked so that the first individual door is not openable but the main door is openable,
wherein when the main door is opened, each of the plurality of individual cooking spaces corresponding to the plurality of main door openings is accessible, and
wherein when the main door is closed, the plurality of individual doors is individually open and close with respect to the main door so that the plurality of individual cooking spaces corresponding to the plurality of individual doors is individually accessible.

US Pat. No. 10,364,984

BURNER SYSTEM INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE COANDA SURFACE AND ELECTRODYNAMIC CONTROL SYSTEM, AND RELATED METHODS

CLEARSIGN COMBUSTION CORP...

1. A burner system, comprising:at least two electrodes;
at least one integrated Coanda body including an inner Coanda surface and an outer Coanda surface, wherein at least one of the at least two electrodes at least partially defines at least one of the inner Coanda surface or the outer Coanda surface;
at least one nozzle positioned and configured to emit a fuel flow at least proximate to the inner Coanda surface and the outer Coanda surface;
a charger configured to inject charge into the fuel flow prior to the fuel flow flowing at least proximate to the inner Coanda surface and the outer Coanda surface, the charger including at least one sharpened protrusion; and
a voltage source operably coupled to the at least two electrodes, the voltage source configured to bias the at least two electrodes to generate an electric field at least proximate to the inner Coanda surface and the outer Coanda surface that influences a location of the fuel flow and/or a flame relative to the inner Coanda surface and the outer Coanda surface, wherein the at least one of the at least two electrodes at least partially defines at least one of the inner Coanda surface or the outer Coanda surface includes a metallic plate disposed on a corresponding one of the inner Coanda surface or outer Coanda surface.

US Pat. No. 10,364,983

BURNER FLAME CONTROL

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method of controlling a burner flame exiting a burner nozzle, comprising:providing a fluid to a fluid nozzle positioned in proximity to the burner nozzle;
creating a spray of the fluid from the fluid nozzle, the spray generating a first air flow around the spray of the fluid;
using the first air flow to counteract at least a portion of a second air flow;
providing the fluid to a second fluid nozzle adjacent to the burner nozzle; creating a second spray of the fluid from the second fluid nozzle, the second spray generating a third air flow around the second spray of the fluid; and using the third air flow to counteract at least a portion of one of the second air flow and a fourth air flow.

US Pat. No. 10,364,980

CONTROL OF COMBUSTION REACTION PHYSICAL EXTENT

CLEARSIGN COMBUSTION CORP...

1. A system comprising:a fuel nozzle configured to output fuel for a combustion reaction;
a first electrode positioned adjacent the fuel nozzle;
a second electrode positioned adjacent the first electrode;
a control circuit configured to apply a first voltage signal to the first electrode and a second voltage signal to the second electrode; and
a sensor positioned adjacent the fuel nozzle and configured to sense a length of the combustion reaction and to output a sensor signal indicative of the length, wherein the control circuit is configured to receive the sensor signal from the sensor and to apply, based on the sensor signal, the first voltage signal to the first electrode and the second voltage signal to the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,364,977

ELECTRICAL OUTLET COVER WITH INTEGRATED LIGHTING

1. An outlet cover comprising:a faceplate and a backplate;
at least one arm having an electrical conductor extending from the backplate;
a sensor for detecting an ambient light condition;
a light source attached to the outlet cover;
a control circuit having at least two operational modes and coupled to the light source; and
a switch coupled to the control circuit for shifting between the at least two operational modes, including a nightlight mode and an emergency lighting mode wherein the light source only operates when the sensor detects ambient light below a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,364,974

FLAT PANEL LIGHTING DEVICE AND DRIVING CIRCUITRY

Unity Opto Technology Co....

1. A light fixture comprising:a frame having a thickness of no more than about 1.0 inches and including a first portion of the frame and a second portion of the frame, wherein the first portion of the frame defines a first channel between a first edge of an optically transmissive panel and a first outer edge of the frame;
a substantially flat light emitting diode (LED) panel disposed within the frame, wherein the substantially flat LED panel includes an LED strip and the optically transmissive panel, and the optically transmissive panel is configured to distribute light received at a light-input edge of the optically transmissive panel from the LED strip, the LED strip comprising a plurality of LEDs mounted to the second portion of the frame adjacent the light-input edge of the optically transmissive panel; and
an LED driver housed entirely within the first channel adjacent the first outer edge of the frame, wherein the LED driver is supported by the first portion of the frame and is configured to receive an AC input from an external AC power supply and to provide a DC output to the LED strip, wherein the LED driver includes a PCB-mounted transformer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,973

LIGHT EFFECT MATERIAL WITH METALIZED LAYER

1. An article of manufacture, comprising:an electronic assembly, comprising a battery which powers one or more light emitting diodes (“LEDs”) and electronics;
a watertight package, said watertight package comprising a first member which is sealed to a second member so as to form a cavity between the first member and the second member which holds the electronic assembly;
a light effect material having an inner surface and an outer surface with a plurality of dispersive elements, said light effect material being configured so that light emitted from the one or more LEDs is dispersed by the plurality of dispersive elements so as to create a light material viewing effect; and
a metalized layer configured in the first viewing path between the outer surface and the viewer;
wherein the article of manufacture is configured with a transparent space created between the light effect material and the one or more LEDs;
wherein the light material viewing effect is created for a viewer viewing light emitted from a given LED through a first viewing path that begins with the given LED, then goes through the transparent space, then goes through the inner surface, then goes through the outer surface, then goes to the viewer;
wherein a non-light material viewing effect is created for the viewer viewing light emitted from the given LED through a second viewing path in which the light effect material has been removed and the second viewing path begins with the given LED, then goes through the transparent space, then goes to the viewer; and
wherein the viewer perceives the light material viewing effect to extend over a wider area than the non-light material viewing effect when the first viewing path and the second viewing path have an identical preselected distance.

US Pat. No. 10,364,972

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING JUNCTION HUB

Volt, LLC, Tampa, FL (US...

1. An outdoor landscape lighting junction hub, said junction hub comprising:a fixture body having a top portion and a bottom portion removably connectable together to define an interior;
a connector device for operably coupling a mounting structure to the fixture body, the connector device being in the form of a depending boss defining exterior threads thereon and integrally extending from the bottom portion of the fixture body;
a terminal block disposed in the interior of the fixture body for facilitating the connection of a power source to at least two lighting fixtures; and
wherein the bottom portion of the fixture body defines a plurality of openings for receiving wires of the power source or the at least two lighting fixtures.

US Pat. No. 10,364,969

LIGHTING FIXTURE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

17. A lighting fixture for a lamp, the lighting fixture comprising:a fixture body including an elongated shape, a first end, a second end, a first through-hole at the first end for receiving a body mount, and a second through-hole at the second end for receiving a lamp;
a light source accommodated in the fixture body and configured to emit laser light;
a power supply accommodated in the fixture body and electrically connected to the light source; and
a light guide accommodated in the fixture body and including an entrance end and an exit end, the entrance end being optically connected to the light source, the exit end extending through the second through-hole, the light guide configured to guide the laser light from the light source through the second through-hole and to the exit end,
wherein the laser light is blue light or violet light, the blue light having a wavelength of 420 nm or more and 500 nm or less, the violet light having a wavelength of 380 nm or more and less than 420 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,364,968

EXTERNALLY ACTUATED JOINER ASSEMBLY FOR CONNECTING ADJACENT STRUCTURES

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A joiner assembly for joining a first structure and a second structure, the joiner assembly comprising:a hook element having an opening defined in at least one side portion of the hook element;
a translational element passing through the opening of the hook element, the translation element defining an opening; and
an actuator received into the opening defined by the translational element, the actuator operably connected to the translational element such that rotational movement of the actuator causes the translational element to rotate the hook element from a first position to a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,967

DISPLAY DEVICE

InnoLux Corporation, Mia...

1. A display device, comprising:a substrate, having a top surface facing an object, wherein the top surface comprises a first local surface and a second local surface, the first local surface has a first normal direction, the object and a center of the first local surface form a first line, an included angle between the first line and a first extended line starting from the center of the first local surface and paralleling the first normal direction defines as a first included angle, and wherein the second local surface has a second normal direction, the object and a center of the second local surface form a second line, an included angle between the second line and a second extended line starting from the center of the second local surface and paralleling the second normal direction defines as a second included angle;
a plurality of first light-emitting units, disposed on the first local surface;
a first driving unit, electrically connected to the first light-emitting units, and the first driving unit providing a first current to each first light-emitting unit;
a plurality of second light-emitting units, disposed on the second local surface; and
a second driving unit, electrically connected to the second light-emitting units, and the second driving unit providing a second current to each second light-emitting unit, wherein the first included angle is less than the second included angle, and the first current is less than the second current.

US Pat. No. 10,364,966

LAMP INCLUDING A MICRO-LED ARRAY FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A lamp for a vehicle, comprising:a light generation unit;
a bracket; and
a lens configured to change an optical path of light generated by the light generation unit,
wherein the light generation unit comprises a light array including a plurality of micro Light Emitting Diode (LED) chips, and
wherein the light array includes a bent portion that covers at least a part of the bracket, and
wherein the light array comprises a plurality of portions to cover the at least a part of the bracket, the plurality of portions of the light array including:
a first flat portion that extends in a first direction, and
a first bent portion that extends from the first flat portion in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,963

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a solid-state light-emitting element that radiates laser light; and
a wavelength converter that includes a plurality of different types of phosphors which receive the laser light and radiate light,
wherein the plurality of different types of phosphors included in the wavelength converter are each substantially composed of Ce3+-activated phosphors, and include at least a warm-color Ce3+-activated phosphor that receives the laser light and radiates light having a light emission peak within a wavelength range of 580 nm or more to less than 660 nm, and
light-emitting components radiated by the phosphors are composed of only light-emitting components derived from Ce3+.

US Pat. No. 10,364,961

ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE

1. An illumination device for a vehicle, comprising:a longitudinal axis;
a housing extending in the direction of the longitudinal axis;
a light source assembly being mounted to or within the housing and including at least one light source, wherein the light source assembly includes a circuit board, a first light emitting diode (LED) connected to the circuit board, and a second light emitting diode (LED) connected to the circuit board; and
a primary lens extending in the direction of the longitudinal axis, being mounted to or within the housing, and including an optical side having a plurality of optical features, the optical features including a first optical segment and a second optical segment, wherein the primary lens includes an inner side and an outer side, the inner side being closer to the light source assembly than the outer side, and wherein the outer side is the optical side;
the first optical segment of the primary lens is located in a first axial region of the illumination device and includes a first plurality of optical wedges, the first plurality of optical wedges are located on the optical side of the primary lens and have a first plurality of wedge angles; and
the second optical segment of the primary lens is located in a second axial region of the illumination device and includes a second plurality of optical wedges, the second plurality of optical wedges are located on the optical side of the primary lens and have a second plurality of wedge angles,
wherein at least some of the first plurality of wedge angles in the first optical segment are the same as at least some of the second plurality of wedge angles in the second optical segment,
wherein the first LED is located in the first axial region of the illumination device and emits light that strikes the inner side at the first optical segment and the second LED is located in the second axial region of the illumination device and emits light that strikes the inner side at the second optical segment.

US Pat. No. 10,364,953

SOLAR-POWERED LANTERN WITH SIMULATED EDISON BULB

1. A solar-powered lantern, comprising:a housing having an upper edge defining an upper surface, a lower edge defining a lower surface, and a sidewall between the upper and lower edges;
wherein the lower edge of the housing transitions into a shade portion extending downwardly and outwardly from the sidewall of the housing;
a light bulb extending downwardly from the lower surface of the housing;
a cage extending downwardly from the housing and surrounding the light bulb;
a hanger having two ends coupled to opposing regions on the sidewall of the housing;
a solar panel disposed on the upper surface of the housing;
a rechargeable battery disposed in the housing, and wherein the rechargeable battery is recharged with electrical energy generated by the solar panel;
wherein the light bulb is a simulated Edison bulb including an outer transparent shell encapsulating an elongated simulated filament defined by a plurality of LEDs powered by the rechargeable battery; and
wherein the solar-powered lantern is entirely self-contained and portable, utilizing no power source other than the rechargeable battery for powering the LEDs in the simulated Edison bulb.

US Pat. No. 10,364,950

BARRIER GATE ARM WITH RECESSED LIGHT HOUSING

1. A vehicle barrier gate system comprising;an elongate gate arm defined by an exterior wall and having a length;
an opening in the exterior wall, the opening extending along the length of the gate arm and defined by an upper terminating end and a lower terminating end of the exterior wall;
an elongate channel extending along the length of the gate arm and defined by a planar upper channel wall extending inwardly from the upper terminating end of the exterior wall to a backwall and a planar lower channel wall extending inwardly from the lower terminating end of the exterior wall to the backwall, wherein the planar upper channel wall and the planar lower channel wall are parallel;
only a single recessed upper retaining fin extending perpendicularly from the planar upper channel wall into the channel, the recessed upper retaining fin being located between the upper terminating end and the backwall;
only a single recessed lower retaining fin extending perpendicularly from the planar lower channel wall into the channel, coplanar with and opposite to the upper retaining fin;
a visor channel defined by the upper and lower planar channel walls and extending from the upper and lower retaining fins to the terminating ends of the exterior wall;
a recessed light strip housing defined a region of the elongate channel between the backwall, the upper channel wall, the lower channel wall and the upper and lower retaining fins;
an aperture in the light housing between the coplanar upper and lower retaining fins;
wherein the upper retaining fin and the upper channel wall meet at a right angle, forming an upper crook between the upper retaining fin and the upper terminating end of the exterior wall;
wherein the lower retaining fin and the lower channel wall meet at a right angle, forming a lower crook between the lower retaining fin and the lower terminating end of the exterior wall;
an LED light strip located between the backwall and the upper and lower retaining fins within the recessed light strip housing, the LED light strip emitting light through the aperture between the upper and lower retaining fins; and,
a housing pivotally coupled to a proximal end of the gate arm, the housing having a control system, a power supply and an actuator to selectively pivot the gate arm between a horizontal position and a vertical position;
wherein the visor channel is empty and has no reflective surfaces; and,
wherein the exterior wall, the upper channel wall, the lower channel wall, the backwall, the upper retaining fin and the lower retaining fin all have an equal thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,364,949

ELONGATE LIGHT

1. An elongate light, including:a main body, being an extruded flexible plastic member, including a frame portion, a base board and two wing portions which are integrally formed of one piece, a longitudinal direction of the main body being defined as a first direction, the base board and the frame portion being connected to form a tubular structure, the two wing portions extending outwardly from two sides of the base board toward a direction away from the frame portion, a side of the base board away from the frame portion having at least one lighting element, a distance between two ends of the two wing portions away from each other being defined as a first length, a projection of the frame portion on the first length being defined as a second length, the first length being larger than the second length.

US Pat. No. 10,364,946

SMART BULB SYSTEM

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A lighting system, comprising:a bulb comprising:
a phosphor plate;
a scanning projector configured to emit a beam of collimated light and scan the beam of collimated light across the phosphor plate to cause emission of infrared light by the phosphor plate to thereby modulate temperature of an environment in which the bulb is present; and
control circuitry configured to wirelessly receive configuration data and to modulate the beam of collimated light during scanning so that the scanning forms a projection pattern on the phosphor plate;
a temperature sensor configured to detect temperature in the environment in which the bulb is present; and
a control system spaced apart from the bulb and configured to read data about the temperature from the temperature sensor, generate the configuration data so as to cause the control circuitry to adjust operation of the scanning projector based upon the data about the temperature, and wirelessly send the configuration data to the control circuitry of the bulb.

US Pat. No. 10,364,945

ELECTRICAL WALL RECEPTACLE, LED MODULE, AND LAMP SYSTEM

1. A lighting system comprising:an electrical receptacle mounted in a wall and having a form factor for accepting NEMA 1 style plugs or NEMA 5 style plugs, the receptacle outputting DC voltage; and
a lamp including:
a power cord for plugging into the receptacle and receiving the DC voltage;
a bulb socket for receiving a bulb; and
an LED bulb assembly connected to the lamp through the bulb socket, the LED bulb assembly including at least one LED and lacking a converter for converting line alternative current voltage into direct current voltage; and
a circuit interrupter electrically connected between the distal end of the power cord and the one or more LEDs, the circuit interrupter interrupting the circuit if the power cord is plugged in to an AC outlet, wherein the circuit interrupter is part of the LED bulb assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,364,942

HONEYCOMB STRUCTURAL HIGH-PRESSURE SET TANK AND A MANUFACTURING PROCESS THEREFOR

1. A high-pressure honeycomb tank container structure, comprising:a first plurality of cell tanks fixedly arranged adjacent each other;
a second plurality of cell tanks fixedly arranged adjacent each other and along at least a first outer periphery of the first plurality of cell tanks; and
a plurality of filler elements fixedly arranged adjacent each other and along at least a second outer periphery of the first plurality of cell tanks so as to occupy voids formed by the adjacent ones of the first plurality of cell tanks in the second outer periphery, each of plurality of filler elements being substantially trapezoid-shaped in cross-section,
wherein the first plurality of cell tanks with the second plurality of cell tanks arranged along at least the first outer periphery and the plurality of fillers arranged in the voids along at least the second outer periphery together form a rectangular shaped structure in cross-section,
wherein each of at least the first plurality of cell tanks includes a cylindrical storage tank having first and second connection ports operatively connected to top and bottom ends respectively of the cylindrical storage tank, a reinforcement FRP prepreg outer cover wrapped around the cylindrical storage tank, first and second height adaptors operatively connected to the top and bottom ends respectively of the cylindrical storage tank, a foam resin body surrounding the cylindrical storage tank wrapped in the reinforcement FRP prepreg outer cover and the first and second height adaptors, and a prepreg outer shell, the foam resin body and the prepreg outer shell being formed such that each of the first plurality of cell tanks are hexagon-shaped in cross-section,
wherein each of the second plurality of cell tanks including a cylindrical storage tank having first and second connection ports operatively connected to top and bottom ends respectively of the cylindrical storage tank, a reinforcement FRP prepreg outer cover wrapped around the cylindrical storage tank, first and second height adaptors operatively connected to the top and bottom ends respectively of the cylindrical storage tank, a foam resin body surrounding the cylindrical storage tank wrapped in the reinforcement FRP prepreg outer cover and the first and second height adaptors, and a prepreg outer shell, the foam resin body and the prepreg outer shell being formed such that each of the second plurality of cell tanks are substantially pentagon-shaped in cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,364,939

FREE-STANDING LINER UNIT AND METHOD OF BUILDING TANK

IHI CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A free-standing liner unit comprising:a planar outer tank liner plate which makes up a portion of an outer tank liner when the outer tank liner plate is erected on top of a base slab;
a planar secondary barrier plate which makes up a portion of a secondary barrier, which surrounds a bottom portion of an inner tank and is configured to block leakage of liquefied natural gas when liquefied natural gas leaks out from the inner tank, when the secondary barrier plate is erected on top of the base slab; and
a cold insulator layer that is interposed between the outer tank liner plate and the secondary barrier plate and makes up a portion of a cold insulating layer which surrounds an entire circumference of the secondary barrier when the cold insulator layer is erected on top of the base slab,
wherein the outer tank liner plate, the secondary barrier plate, and the cold insulator layer are integrated into a single unit,A) wherein a position of a bottom edge of the secondary barrier plate, which is a lowermost position of the secondary barrier plate in a height direction, is at a same position as a bottom edge of the outer tank liner plate, which is a lowermost position of the outer tank liner plate in the height direction, andB) wherein the single unit of the free-standing liner unit is configured for being erected on top of the base slab with the bottom edges of the secondary barrier plate and the outer tank liner plate aligned in direct contact with the base slab.

US Pat. No. 10,364,937

TWO-PIECE STAND-PIPE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A two-piece standpipe system, comprising:a clinch nut having a sleeve connected to the clinch nut and a bore extending through the clinch nut and the sleeve; and
a stand-pipe having an outer face of the stand-pipe directly connected to an inner wall of the sleeve of the clinch nut, the stand-pipe including;
an end cap defining a free end of the stand-pipe preventing entrance of a fluid into a longitudinal bore of the stand-pipe; and
at least one port created in a side wall of the stand-pipe permitting the fluid to enter the longitudinal bore of the stand-pipe and flow into the bore of the clinch nut and the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,364,936

ADHESION-TYPE HOLDING STRUCTURE MOUNTED ONTO WALL

1. An adhesion-type holding structure mounted onto a wall, comprising:a main attaching member, comprising a holding portion for bearing an external object and an adhering portion for adhering to a wall;
a backup attaching member, comprising an adhering portion for adhering to a wall; and
a safety mechanism, comprising:
a replacement device disposed between the main attaching member and the backup attaching member, wherein when the main attaching member and the backup attaching member are attached to a wall on positions close to each other, and the main attaching member comes loose from the wall and falls down, the backup attaching member can prevent, by means of the replacement device, the main attaching member from falling down, and timely replaces the main attaching member to hold the holding portion; and
a warning device for generating warning information when the holding portion comes loose from the wall and falls down.

US Pat. No. 10,364,934

SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR SUPPORTING A CONDUIT OF AN ENGINE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A support structure for supporting a conduit of an engine, the engine including an engine head and an engine block, the support structure comprising:a bracket assembly, the bracket assembly including:
a platform configured to extend parallel to the conduit and support the conduit, the platform having a first side and a second side disposed parallel to the first side and spaced apart from the first side;
a pair of brackets configured to be coupled to the first side, each bracket including:
a first lateral post configured to be coupled to the platform;
a second lateral post configured to be coupled to the engine block;
a first longitudinal post and a second longitudinal post, each extending from the first lateral post to the second lateral post, wherein a lateral distance between the first longitudinal post and the second longitudinal post increases in a direction away from the first lateral post towards the second lateral post; and
a stiffener connecting the first longitudinal post and the second longitudinal post; and
a pair of fixtures configured to be coupled to the second side, each fixture including:
a pair of legs disposed spaced apart from each other and configured to couple the platform to the engine head; and
a web structure including a central portion and a plurality of stems connecting to the pair of legs.

US Pat. No. 10,364,932

HYBRID HIGH TEMPERATURE INSULATION

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A hybrid high temperature thermal insulation, comprising:a mix of inorganic granules, the mix comprising at least 70 weight percent first porous inorganic granules in the form of expanded perlite, and at most 30 weight percent second porous inorganic granules, the second porous inorganic granules being other than expanded perlite; and
a binder;
wherein the insulation has a thermal conductivity of less than 0.6 BTU-in/(ft2-h-° F.) when measured at 500° F.;
and wherein the second porous inorganic granules comprise aerogel particles.

US Pat. No. 10,364,930

AUTOMATED PIPELINE PIG HANDLING SYSTEM

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. An automated pig handling system comprising:an outer body;
an articulated arm attached to the outer body, the articulated arm configured to connect to a pipeline pig;
a transportation assembly attached to the outer body, the transportation assembly configured to receive the pipeline pig and to move the pipeline pig to one or more of a plurality of locations on the transportation assembly;
a plurality of sensors, at least one of the sensors attached to the outer body, the plurality of sensors configured to sense parameters associated with a location of the outer body relative to a pig trap door; and
a controller comprising processing circuitry, the controller connected to the articulated arm, the transportation assembly and the plurality of sensors, the controller configured to perform pipeline pig launching or retrieval operations by controlling motion and operation of the articulated arm and the transportation assembly based on the parameters sensed by the plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,364,927

HYDRAULIC CONNECTOR, PARTICULARLY FOR MOTOR VEHICLE WINDSCREEN WIPER SYSTEM

1. A windscreen wiper system comprising a wiper blade fitted with at least a perforated pipe carrying fluid, and connected to a drive arm by an adaptor, wherein the adaptor is rotatingly connected to a connector by a hinge axis, the connector comprising:at least one inlet coupling suitable for connection to a fluid feed;
at least one distributor provided with at least one outlet coupling configured to be connected to the perforated pipe;
at least one internal path for carrying the fluid from the at least one inlet coupling to the at least one distributor;
a first part made of one piece moulded in a plastic material, the first part comprising the at least one inlet coupling and a first portion of the at least one internal path;
a second part made of one piece having a different shape than the first part and moulded in a plastic material, the second part comprising a remainder of the at least one internal path and at least a part of the at least one distributor; and
a deflector formed in two parts connected on either side of the connector, wherein the deflector receives a mount, and wherein the mount receives in turn a strip and a wiping blade,
wherein the first and the second parts are sealingly assembled to form the connector,
wherein the connector is connected by the at least one outlet coupling thereof to the perforated pipe, and
wherein the connector is connected by the at least one inlet coupling thereof to one or two fluid feeds.

US Pat. No. 10,364,926

ENDCAP FOR DRY PRESSURE INSERTION PROBE

Veris Industries, LLC, T...

1. A sensing unit suitable to sense a parameter of a fluid in an interior of a duct defined by a duct wall having an exterior surface and including a portion defining a duct aperture, said sensing unit comprising:(a) an enclosure including a first enclosure portion including a mounting surface and arrangement for attachment to said exterior surface of said duct wall with said mounting surface abutting said duct wall;
(b) said enclosure including a second enclosure portion attached to said first enclosure portion and arranged to extend through said duct aperture when said mounting surface abuts said duct wall;
(c) said first enclosure portion of said enclosure defining a first threaded opening for rotational engagement with a first threaded portion of said second enclosure portion of said enclosure for said attachment;
(d) said second enclosure portion including a second portion adjacent said first threaded portion, where said second portion has a diameter less a diameter of said first threaded portion;
(e) a flexible tubular connector interconnecting said second portion to a sensor;
(f) said sensor configured to be in fluid connection with said fluid in said interior of said duct.

US Pat. No. 10,364,925

SEAL RING ELEMENT

1. A seal ring element for providing a permanent fluid seal between a polymer layer and an end fitting of a flexible pipe, comprising:an annular body that has a cross section comprising a first arm portion and further arm portion extending in a spaced apart relationship away from a body end portion, wherein the first arm portion comprises an inner surface and the further arm portion comprises an inner surface, and wherein the inner surfaces form abutment surfaces and are progressively spaced apart in a direction away from the body end portion, to provide a flat bottomed V-shaped groove in the annular body facing away from the end portion;
wherein, before the seal ring element is energized, the arm portions are substantially wedge shaped, the first arm portion tapering to a narrow first arm end region distal to the body end portion; and
wherein a thickness of the first arm portion reduces when the seal ring is energized.

US Pat. No. 10,364,924

CONNECTING ASSEMBLY FOR A CORRUGATED TUBE

1. A connecting assembly which is configured and intended for connecting to one end of a corrugated tube, the connecting assembly comprising:a base body with a central passage which opens into a receptacle recess provided at one end of the base body,
wherein the receptacle recess is configured to receive the corrugated tube which is introducible along an introducing direction, and
a latching unit which is insertable through a circumferential opening of the base body into the receptacle recess and which comprises a latching element carrier and a plurality of latching elements constructed as one piece with the latching element carrier,
wherein the latching elements are configured and intended to engage in a trough of the corrugated tube and to resist a movement of the corrugated tube out of the receptacle against the introducing direction,
wherein the latching element carrier is configured as a slit ring and in that the latching elements are arranged evenly distributed along the circumference of the latching element carrier, and
wherein the latching elements are arranged along the circumference of the latching element carrier in a substantially gapless sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,364,920

HOSE HOLDER SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

1. A hose holder system, comprising:a wheeled vehicle comprising a melter configured to melt a crack repair material;
a hose coupled with the melter through an attachment point and configured to convey the melted crack repair material;
a dispenser coupled with an end of the hose and configured to dispense the melted crack repair material into a crack;
a rigid holder coupled to the hose, the rigid holder comprising a substantially vertical section and a substantially horizontal section; and
a sling formed of a flexible material, the sling comprising a sleeve configured to receive the substantially horizontal section.

US Pat. No. 10,364,918

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SUSPENDING A PACKAGE IN AN ELEVATED POSITION

1. A structural framework comprising:(a) a first support beam, the first beam having first and second inwardly facing flanges, and an interior, the first support beam having a first longitudinal centerline;
(b) a first support bracket connectable to the first support beam, the first support bracket comprising:
(i) a first flange of the first support bracket,
(ii) a second flange of the first support bracket, the first flange of the first support bracket meeting the second flange of the first support bracket at an apex and forming an angle with the second flange of the first support bracket,
(iii) a support section connected to the first flange of the first support bracket, wherein the first support bracket has locked and unlocked states relative to the first support beam, and the first support bracket changes from an unlocked state to a locked state relative to the first support beam by rotation in a first rotational direction about an axis which is generally parallel to the first longitudinal axis and creating a rotational locking force between the first support bracket and the first support beam which increases as the amount of weight supported by the first support bracket is increased, and the first support bracket changes from a locked state to an unlocked state relative to the first support beam by rotation in a second rotational direction about the axis which is generally parallel to the first longitudinal axis, but opposite of that of the first rotational direction of the first support bracket; and
(iv) a first clamping section releasably connectable to the first support bracket and when connected to the first support bracket maintaining the first support bracket in the locked state relative to the first support beam by squeezing the first support beam between the first support bracket and the first clamping section.

US Pat. No. 10,364,915

VALVE SHIFT DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

10. A method comprising:actuating a valve to move a spool from an un-actuated position to an actuated position within a housing; and
detecting a successful shift of the spool to the actuated position based on a voltage change or a current change produced by a spring retainer contacting a valve shift detection system;
wherein actuating the valve comprises supplying current to a resistor of a release washer retaining the spool.

US Pat. No. 10,364,913

FLOW-CONTROL DEVICE WITH REDUCED WEIGHT

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A device for regulating flow rate of a gas in a duct, the device comprising:a valve member having an actuator, the valve member being configured in such a manner as to shut off the duct selectively, the valve member including a proximal surface subjected to pressure exerted by the gas in the duct upstream from the valve member, and a distal surface which is remote from the proximal surface,
wherein movement of the valve member is controlled by pressure in the duct upstream from the valve member acting on the proximal surface of the valve member, and a control pressure applied to the distal surface of the valve member of area greater than that of the proximal surface of the valve member, said control pressure being established in an amplification chamber having a feed line which supplies a fluid into the amplification chamber and an emptying line through which the fluid supplied to the amplification chamber exits, one of said feed and emptying lines presenting a flow rate that is constant and the other of said feed and emptying lines presenting a flow rate that is variable and that is controlled by only a single control actuator, the single control actuator being free from exposure to gas flowing in the duct,
wherein the amplification chamber includes a first movable end wall secured to the proximal surface of the valve member, a second stationary end wall, and movable side walls which enable the first movable end wall to move relative to the second stationary end wall so as to modify a volume of the amplification chamber, the amplification chamber being isolated from a surrounding medium including the gas in the duct such that the first movable end wall and the movable side walls of the amplification chamber are not in contact with the gas in the duct,
wherein the gas is a cryogenic gas, and
wherein the feed line presents a flow rate that is constant and the emptying line presents a flow rate that is variable and that is controlled by the single control actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,364,911

VALVE ACTUATION SYSTEM

1. A valve actuation system with a drive device, equipped with an axial extension, which comprises an actuating drive with a drive output side intended for coupling with a valve and an axial rear side opposite the drive output side, wherein the actuating drive has on its axial rear side a mounting interface for the attachment of an auxiliary device which interacts with the actuating drive, wherein, in order to allow attachment of the auxiliary device which is to be mounted, or which is mounted, the mounting interface of the actuating drive is equipped with several different attachment devices, which differ in their attachment possibilities and which can be used selectively,wherein the actuating drive has a drive housing in which an output member, which can be driven to perform a drive output movement, is arranged which, in the state of the drive device in which it is attached to the valve, interacts in a driving manner with a valve member of the valve, wherein the actuating drive is a pneumatically-operated actuating drive.