US Pat. No. 10,427,521

ACCELERATION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An acceleration device comprising:a support portion that has a communication passage, which communicates between an inside of the support portion and an outside of the support portion, wherein the support portion is installable to a vehicle body;
a shaft that is rotatably supported by the support portion;
a boss portion that is located on a radially outer side of the shaft and is rotatable integrally with the shaft in the communication passage;
a depressible portion that is connected to the boss portion and is depressible by a driver;
a rotational angle sensing device that is operable to sense a rotational angle of the shaft relative to the support portion;
an urging portion that urges rotation of the shaft in an accelerator closing direction; and
a first plurality of projections and a second plurality of projections that are formed at only one of:
a boss portion outer wall, which is located at a radially outer side of the boss portion; or
a communication passage inner wall, which is an inner wall of the support portion that forms the communication passage and is opposed to the boss portion outer wall, wherein:
the first plurality of projections and the second plurality of projections project from the boss portion outer wall in a radially outward direction or project from the communication passage inner wall in a radially inward direction; and
in a vertical cross-section, which is perpendicular to a rotational axis of the shaft, the first plurality of projections is placed on one radial side of the rotational axis, and the second plurality of projections is placed on an opposite radial side of the rotational axis, which is opposite from the one radial side of the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,427,519

INSULATED TANK

1. An apparatus, comprising:a tank having an outer surface and tank corners; and
panels of insulative material, the panels positioned over substantially the entire outer surface of the tank and extending adjacent to one another to form seams extending parallel to and along the tank corners, wherein the panels have edges corresponding to a thickness of the panels and faces that confront, face and extend opposite to corresponding portions of the outer surface of the tank, the panels comprising:
a first multidimensional panel, wherein the faces of the first multidimensional panel are joined at first panel corners; and
a second multidimensional panel, wherein the faces of the second multidimensional panel are joined at second panel corners, wherein the first panel corners and the second panel corners extend parallel to and along the tank corners, wherein the faces of the first multidimensional panel and the faces of the second multidimensional panel directly contact one another and overlap one another in multiple non-parallel planes.

US Pat. No. 10,427,518

WORK VEHICLE

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A work vehicle comprising:an engine serving as a driving source;
a traveling section configured to drive on a basis of power of the engine; and
a transmission section configured to transmit the power of the engine to the traveling section,
wherein a traveling body is configured by coupling left and right front frames and left and right rear frames in a back-and-forth direction, and an operator's seat is supported on the traveling body with a support mount interposed therebetween,
wherein a pair of left and right fuel tanks are distributed into left and right sides of the traveling body, a tank support plate to support the fuel tanks from below is made up of a pair of front and rear transverse frames extended leftward and rightward below the left and right rear frames and a pair of left and right tank mounting plates on which the front and rear transverse frames are held in the back-and-forth direction on both left and right sides, and the left and right fuel tanks are respectively mounted and secured onto the left and right tank mounting plates, and
wherein the support mount and the front transverse frame are coupled to each other by a coupling bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,427,516

DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first drive assembly, which is an internal combustion engine, a second drive assembly, which is an electric motor, a first epicyclic gear train having a first transmission element, a second transmission element, and a third transmission element, and a driven shaft of the drive device, wherein the first drive assembly is coupled to the first transmission element, the second drive assembly is coupled to the second transmission element, and the driven shaft is coupled to the third transmission element via a change gear transmission having a single input from the first epicyclic gear train and a single output at the driven shaft, wherein the first transmission element is configured to be braked by a braking device, wherein the first epicyclic gear train has a locking clutch for coupling of the second transmission element and the third transmission element to each other, and wherein the braking device has a freewheel that permits a rotational movement of the first transmission element in a first direction of rotation and prevents it in a second direction of rotation that is opposite to the first direction of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,427,515

TRANSMISSION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND DRIVE TRAIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A transmission (G) for a motor vehicle, comprising:an input shaft (GW1);
an output shaft (GW2);
first, second, and third planetary gear sets (P1, P2, P3); and
first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth shift elements (03, 06, 07, 14, 15, 57),
wherein the planetary gear sets (P1, P2, P3) each comprise a first element (E11, E12, E13), a second element (E21, E22, E23), and a third element (E31, E32, E33), the first element (E11, E12, E13) of the respective planetary gear set (P1, P2, P3) is a sun gear, the second element (E21, E22, E23) of the respective planetary gear set (P1, P2, P3) is a carrier in the case of a minus gear set or a ring gear in the case of a plus gear set, the third element (E31, E32, E33) of the respective planetary gear set (P1, P2, P3) is the ring gear in the case of the minus gear set or the carrier in the case of the plus gear set,
wherein the output shaft (GW2) is permanently connected to the third element (E31) of the first planetary gear set (P1) and to the second element (E23) of the third planetary gear set (P3),
wherein the second element (E21) of the first planetary gear set (P1) is permanently connected to the third element (E32) of the second planetary gear set (P2),
wherein a first coupling (V1) is between the first element (E13) of the third planetary gear set (P3) and a rotationally fixed element (GG) of the transmission (G), a second coupling (V2) is between the second element (E22) of the second planetary gear set (P2) and the third element (E33) of the third planetary gear set (P3), one of the first coupling or the second coupling (V1, V2) is a rotationally fixed connection and the other of the first coupling or the second coupling (V1, V2) is a connection which is shiftable by the first shift element (03),
wherein the second element (E21) of the first planetary gear set (P1) is rotationally fixable by engaging the second shift element (06),
wherein the first element (E11) of the first planetary gear set (P1) is rotationally fixable by engaging the third shift element (07),
wherein the input shaft (GW1) is connectable to the second element (E22) of the second planetary gear set (P2) by engaging the fourth shift element (14),
wherein the input shaft (GW1) is connectable to the first element (E12) of the second planetary gear set (P2) by engaging the fifth shift element (15), and
wherein the first element (E12) of the second planetary gear set (P2) is connectable to the first element (E11) of the first planetary gear set (P1) by engaging the sixth shift element (57).

US Pat. No. 10,427,514

ENGINE MOUNT

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An engine mount apparatus comprising:a mount housing which has an internal space therein;
a partition device which partitions the internal space into an upper space and a lower space;
a nozzle device having a nozzle plate wherein the nozzle device is provided in the upper space and allows a fluid to selectively pass through the nozzle plate;
an upper diaphragm which is mounted to an upper surface of the nozzle plate and defines an upper liquid chamber with the nozzle device;
a core which is configured to penetrate the partition device, and has an upper portion disposed in the upper space, and a lower portion disposed in the lower space;
a lower diaphragm which extends from and is coupled to the upper portion of the core a lower surface of the nozzle plate, and defines a lower liquid chamber with the nozzle device;
a rubber member which is provided in the upper space, and is configured to connect the upper portion of the core and the partition device; and
a support bracket of which a first side is disposed in the lower space so as to penetrate a lateral side of the mount housing, and fastened to the lower portion of the core,
wherein a movement of the support bracket is restricted by a first stopper which is formed to protrude upwards from the support bracket and is configured to contact with the partition device when the support bracket moves upward by a predetermined distance and a second stopper which is configured to contact with a lower surface of the mount housing when the support bracket is configured to move downward by a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,512

GAP SEAL FOR A FLEXIBLE TONNEAU COVER ASSEMBLY

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

1. A flexible tonneau cover assembly, comprising:a side rail positioned on a side wall of a cargo box of a motor vehicle;
a sliding element slidably received in the side rail;
a front rail removably attached to the sliding element; and
a gap seal for sealing a space between the sliding element and the front rail, the gap seal comprising:
an extension extending from a first side of the gap seal, the extension being disposed in the front rail;
a first lip extending from a second side of the gap seal, the first lip having a distal edge making sealing contact with the sliding element and a bottom edge making sealing contact with the side wall of the cargo box; and
a notch in the bottom edge of the first lip, wherein the notch allows the first lip to freely move along the side wall of the cargo box as the sliding element moves longitudinally forward and rearward.

US Pat. No. 10,427,511

RUN SEAL FOR VEHICLE WINDOW AND SEALING MODULE INCORPORATING MEANS FOR GUIDING THE WINDOW IN THE SEAL AND AN ELEMENT OF THE DOOR FRAME

HUTCHINSON, Paris (FR)

1. An elastomer run seal suitable for receiving a sliding window of a motor vehicle side door, the sliding window being mounted laterally flush with an outer surface of a vertical edge element of a frame of the motor vehicle side door adjacent to the sliding window, said vertical edge element being chosen from among an upright of said frame and a vertical outer trim equipping said frame, the elastomer run seal comprising at least an ascending strand and a top strand, said at least one ascending strand having, in a single piece: (i) an axially outer branch able to be mounted sealably in contact with said vertical edge element and the sliding window, (ii) an axially inner branch able to be mounted on said frame, and (iii) a connecting branch connecting said axially outer branch to said axially inner branch, the elastomer run seal comprising a groove able to receive, by vertical sliding, a member which is configured to guide the sliding window and which is secured to an inner face of the sliding window,wherein said groove is formed on said axially outer branch and is positioned so as to be next to said vertical edge element.

US Pat. No. 10,427,510

GLASS RUN SEALING MEMBERS INCLUDING HINGED SEALING PROJECTION STRUCTURES FOR VEHICLES

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle door comprising a door body portion, a door frame portion and a door window that is retractable from the door frame portion and extendable into the door frame portion, the door frame portion comprising an upper portion comprising a glass run channel that receives an upper edge of the door window with the door window in a closed configuration; and
a glass run sealing member located in the glass run channel, the glass run sealing member including an exterior side including an interior face that faces toward the glass run channel, the glass run sealing member comprising a hinged sealing projection structure including an inboard sealing member extending from the interior face into the glass run channel and an inboard sealing sub-member connected to the inboard sealing member;
a reinforcement member that is located within the inboard sealing member and the inboard sealing sub-member;
wherein the inboard sealing sub-member rotates into contact with an exterior side of the door window as the inboard sealing member moves with an upper edge of the door window as the door window enters the glass run channel, the reinforcement member rotates with the inboard sealing member and the inboard sealing sub-member.

US Pat. No. 10,427,508

PICKUP CAB MOUNT PACK

1. A vehicle comprising:a cab for carrying passengers;
a bed extending from a rear portion of the cab and having opposed first and second sidewalls; and
a cover comprising:
a rigid member connected to the first and second sidewalls of the bed;
a flexible portion fabricated from a flexible sheet and having a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion fixedly securable to the cab, the second end portion fixedly securable to the rigid member;
a structure attached to the opposed first and second sidewalls;
wherein the flexible portion is supported on the structure and any rigid support structure fixedly attached to the opposed first and second sidewalls is not fixedly attached to the cab so that forces from the cab are not transferred between the cab and the truck bed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,507

DUAL TILT SUNROOF STRUCTURE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A dual tilt sunroof structure for tilting a dual sunroof, comprising:a front glass panel and a rear glass panel disposed on a roof panel;
front sleds and rear sleds moving on guide rails disposed at both sides of the roof panel; and
front carriages and rear carriages fixed to both ends of the front and rear glass panels, respectively, to integrally move with the glass panels,
wherein when the dual sunroof is tilted, the front sleds and the rear sleds are moved backward to respectively come in contact with supports formed at first ends of the front carriages and supports formed at first ends of the rear carriages.

US Pat. No. 10,427,506

SUNROOF DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof device comprising:two guide rails, which are arranged in opposite edges of an opening formed in a roof of a vehicle in a width direction of the vehicle such that at least parts of the guide rails are non-parallel with each other;
two sliding members, which are slidable along the guide rails;
two support members, which are respectively attached to a front portion and a rear portion of a movable panel that selectively opens and closes the opening;
movable members, each of which is fixed to one of the sliding members, wherein each of the movable members has a front end and a rear end that are supported by the corresponding one of the support members to be movable in the vehicle width direction;
a front-side rotating body and a rear-side rotating body, which are respectively rotationally supported by the front portion and the rear portion of the movable panel;
two front-side transmission members, each of which has an end fixed to a front end of one of the movable members and another end coupled to the front-side rotating body such that distances from a center of the movable panel in the vehicle width direction to the respective front ends of the two movable members are equal to each other; and
two rear-side transmission members, each of which has an end fixed to a rear end of one of the movable members and another end coupled to the rear-side rotating body such that distances from the center of the movable panel in the vehicle width direction to the respective rear ends of the two movable members are equal to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,427,505

ROOF MODULE FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROOF MODULE

ROOF SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH...

1. A sun roof module adapted to be placed in a vehicle body structure of a motor vehicle, the sun roof module including an RTM frame and a Class-A covering layer, which at least partially covers the frame and is made of polyurethane, the Class-A covering layer being fiber-free, wherein the RTM frame includes a fiber mat, and wherein the fiber mat is free from seams at least in the region of the Class A covering layer.

US Pat. No. 10,427,503

VEHICLE WINDOW ASSEMBLY WITH DISPLAY

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A window assembly for a vehicle, said window assembly comprising:a glass window panel;
a display device disposed at an interior surface of said glass window panel;
wherein said display device is operable to backlight or illuminate at least one icon or alphanumeric character, and wherein, with said window assembly mounted at a vehicle, and when the at least one icon or alphanumeric character is backlit or illuminated, the at least one icon or alphanumeric character is viewable through said glass window panel by a person exterior the vehicle; and
wherein, with said window assembly mounted at the vehicle, said display device is activated to display an icon responsive to determination that an in-cabin temperature of the vehicle is above a threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,427,502

VEHICLE AIR FRESHENER MODULE

1. An air freshener module comprising:a hollow body housed rearward of a vehicle dashboard, the body having at least opposing sidewalls, an interior space, an air inlet at a rear of said body and an air outlet at the front of said body, wherein the air inlet is connected to and in fluid communication with a vehicle air duct, and said interior space defines an air passageway extending between said air inlet and said air outlet;
at least one valve carried by the body and configured to control the passage of air through the air passageway between said air inlet and said air outlet, wherein said at least one valve comprises a throttle plate disposed in said air passageway proximate to said air inlet and selectively pivotal with respect to said body between an open position and a closed position; and
a receptacle carried by the body and selectively removable from said body, the receptacle having a front panel, a rear panel, and a mid panel interposed between said front panel and said rear panel, said mid panel substantially parallel to said front panel and defining in combination with said front panel and said rear panel a front compartment and a rear compartment for holding an air freshener element, wherein said receptacle is pivotal with respect to said body about an axis substantially parallel to and substantially at a bottom edge of said front panel, wherein said receptacle is disposed at said air outlet and movable with respect to said body between an open position in which the receptacle and the front and rear compartments extend frontward of the vehicle dashboard providing access to said front compartment and said rear compartment of said receptacle from in front of said vehicle dashboard, and a closed position in which the receptacle and the front and rear compartments are housed within the interior space of the body and rearward of the vehicle dashboard and access to said front compartment and said rear compartment of said receptacle from in front of said vehicle dashboard is obstructed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,501

OUTLET DEVICE

Faurecia Innenraum System...

1. Outlet device for ventilation of a vehicle interior by generating an outlet flow, the outlet device comprising a housing with:an outer air guide surface which extends between an air inlet orifice and an air outlet orifice lying contrary to the air inlet orifice with respect to a housing axis of the housing, wherein the outer air guide surface extends continuously around the housing axis,
an inner air guide surface which extends continuously around the housing axis and is spaced away from and faces toward the outer air guide surface, wherein the inner air guide surface and the outer air guide surface form an outlet flow channel, wherein an end section of the outlet flow channel which forms the air outlet orifice comprises at least a first circumferential section and a second circumferential section which are disposed with regard to the housing axis in a circumferential distance to each other, wherein imaginary extensions of the first circumferential section and the second circumferential section from and outward of the air outlet orifice meet each other in an intersection point which lies outside the housing at the side of the air outlet orifice, so that, caused by an inlet air flow which passes the air inlet orifice, a first air flow component flowing through the first circumferential section and a second air flow component flowing through the second circumferential section deflect each other after exiting the housing,
an airflow adjustment member which has a cross-sectional diameter perpendicular to the housing axis at a position along the housing axis which is smaller than a cross-sectional diameter of the outlet flow channel at the same position along the housing axis, and which is movable in a direction across the housing axis for obstructing an air flow in one of the first or second circumferential section and for changing the ratio of the volumetric flows of the first and second air flow component and thereby the direction of the outlet flow, and
a guiding device for guiding the airflow adjustment member in a direction across the housing axis.

US Pat. No. 10,427,500

CENTRALIZED ENERGY MODULE FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A centralized energy (CE) module for a vehicle, comprising:a base plate;
a compressor mounted on the base plate and compressing a refrigerant;
a condenser mounted on the base plate at a location spaced apart from the compressor, the condenser heat-exchanging the compressed refrigerant supplied from the compressor with a coolant which flows into the condenser to condense the refrigerant;
an evaporator disposed on the base plate at a location spaced apart from the condenser, evaporating the refrigerant supplied from an expansion valve, which is integrally mounted, through heat-exchange with the coolant which flows into the evaporator, and supplying the evaporated refrigerant to the compressor; and
an accumulator connected with the evaporator through the expansion valve, and supplying only a low-temperature and low-pressure gas refrigerant among the evaporated refrigerant to the compressor while the gas refrigerant passing through the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 10,427,499

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle air conditioner mounted to a vehicle having an idle stop controller, the idle stop controller performing an idle stop control that stops an engine when the engine comes into an idle state, the vehicle air conditioner comprising:a compressor that is operated by the engine, the compressor drawing a refrigerant and discharging the refrigerant;
a radiator that dissipates heat of the refrigerant discharged from the compressor;
a pressure reducer that decompresses and expands the refrigerant, which flows to the pressure reducer after dissipating the heat in the radiator;
a cooling heat exchanger that cools an air, which is blown into a vehicle compartment, by using the refrigerant, which flows to the cooling heat exchanger after being decompressed and expanded in the pressure reducer;
a temperature detector that detects a temperature of the cooling heat exchanger;
a controller configured to output a request to the idle stop controller when the engine is operated, the request prohibits the idle stop control until the temperature of the cooling heat exchanger falls to a temperature that enables the cooling heat exchanger to cool the air and a required cooling time elapses; and
an insolation amount detector detecting an insolation amount, wherein
the prohibition request output part extends the required cooling time as the insolation amount increases.

US Pat. No. 10,427,498

RADIANT HEATER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A radiant heater comprising:a substrate part formed by electrical insulation material to provide a surface; and
a heating part which is supported by the substrate part to extend along the surface, and emits radiant heat by generating heat in response to a power supply, wherein
the heating part is set to reach a radiation temperature for emitting the radiant heat which makes a human feel warmth, and wherein
a pair of electrodes supported by the substrate part to be extended along the surface, wherein
the heating part includes a plurality of heating wires which are made by material with high specific resistance higher than the pair of electrodes, and are connected in series at least partially between the pair of electrodes, and wherein
the plurality of heating wires are electrically connected in parallel at least partially between the pair of electrodes, and wherein
the heating part has a thermal resistance which is set so that, when an object contacts the surface, a temperature of the heating part where the object contacts falls to a reduced temperature lower than the radiation temperature, and
further comprising a connecting part formed of the same material as the electrodes, the connecting part connects the plurality of heating wires in series, wherein the connecting part is arranged at a turn part where current changes flowing direction, and wherein the connecting part has an electric specific resistance of the material which is lower than the electric specific resistance of the material of the heating wires.

US Pat. No. 10,427,497

AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioner for a vehicle, capable of performing air-heating of a vehicle interior, the air conditioner comprising:a vapor compression refrigeration cycle including a compressor that compresses and discharges a refrigerant, and a condenser that exchanges heat between the high-pressure refrigerant discharged from the compressor and ventilation air to be blown into a space to be air-conditioned;
a heating heat exchanger that heats the ventilation air before passing through the condenser, by using a heat source other than the refrigeration cycle;
an operation mode switching unit configured to switch between a first air-heating mode of stopping an operation of the compressor and heating the ventilation air by the heating heat exchanger and a second air-heating mode of operating the compressor and heating the ventilation air by at least the condenser;
a heat-exchange adjuster configured to adjust an amount of heat exchange between the high-pressure refrigerant and the ventilation air in the condenser; and
a heat-exchange controller configured to control the heat-exchange adjuster, wherein
when the operation mode switching unit switches from the first air-heating mode to the second air-heating mode, the heat-exchange controller controls the heat-exchange adjuster to decrease the amount of heat exchange between the high-pressure refrigerant and the ventilation air in the condenser if a condition satisfies in which temperature of the refrigerant in the condenser is equal to or lower than a temperature of the ventilation air heated by the heating heat exchanger before passing through the condenser, as compared to a case where the temperature of the refrigerant in the condenser exceeds the temperature of the ventilation air heated by the heating heat exchanger before passing through the condenser.

US Pat. No. 10,427,496

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY MANAGING CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS OF A FLEET OF VEHICLES

BERGSTROM, INC., Rockfor...

1. A method for simultaneously managing climate control systems of a fleet of vehicles, comprising:at a fleet server, remote from the fleet of road vehicles, having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors:
receiving, from each vehicle of a plurality of vehicles in the fleet of road vehicles, at least one parameter relaying information about a performance of a climate control system of the respective vehicle, each climate control system having a distinct electrically-driven heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system;
determining, based on the at least one parameter from each vehicle, an efficient operational setting for at least one vehicle of the fleet of vehicles; and
transmitting an operational setting instruction to the at least one vehicle to control the climate control system of the at least one vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,495

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE

SANDEN HOLDINGS CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle air conditioning device comprising:a compressor which compresses a refrigerant;
an air flow passage through which air to be supplied to a vehicle interior flows;
a radiator which lets the refrigerant radiate heat to heat the air to be supplied from the air flow passage to the vehicle interior;
a heat absorber which lets the refrigerant absorb heat to cool the air to be supplied from the air flow passage to the vehicle interior;
an outdoor heat exchanger disposed outside the vehicle interior to let the refrigerant absorb heat; and
control means,
the vehicle air conditioning device executing at least a heating mode in which the control means lets the refrigerant discharged from the compressor radiate heat in the radiator, decompresses the refrigerant by which heat has been radiated, and then lets the refrigerant absorb heat in the outdoor heat exchanger,
wherein on the basis of a difference ?TXO=(TXObase?TXO) between a refrigerant evaporation temperature TXObase of the outdoor heat exchanger in non-frosting and a refrigerant evaporation temperature TXO of the outdoor heat exchanger, the control means corrects an operation mode in accordance with increase of the difference ?TXO.

US Pat. No. 10,427,494

METHOD OF CONTROL OF HVAC SYSTEM AT VEHICLE STARTUP

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle climate control system, comprising:prior to or at startup of the climate control system, determining satisfaction of a first predetermined set of conditions comprising determining that an air-conditioning (AC) system operating request has been made and that a vehicle heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) evaporator core temperature equals or exceeds a predetermined threshold HVAC evaporator core temperature value whereby an HVAC airflow into a passenger cabin will exceed a predetermined airflow temperature threshold; and
automatically implementing a first climate control system operating condition at least reducing the HVAC airflow into the passenger cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,427,493

MODULAR HVAC SYSTEM

Caterpillar Underground M...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) module, for an HVAC system, mountable to a work machine, the HVAC module comprising:a housing defining a first air port and a second air port communicable with ducting on the work machine for conveying air into and out of an operator cab of the work machine;
an HVAC evaporator disposed within the housing, the first air port being fluidly coupled with the second air port via the HVAC evaporator; and
a pivotal mounting assembly for pivotably attaching the housing to the work machine,
wherein the housing is moveable between an operating position where the the first air port is in contact with a ducting interface on the work machine, and a maintenance position, where the housing is pivoted upwards to disconnect from the ducting interface of the work machine to allow access to underlying components of the work machine,
wherein the housing includes an upper lid disposed on a lower box, an external surface of the upper lid facing away from the lower box along an upward vertical direction,
wherein an aperture of the first air port faces a downward vertical direction, the downward vertical direction being opposite the upward vertical direction,
wherein the aperture of the first air port is arranged to mate with one opening of an inlet opening and an outlet opening, on the work machine, the one opening of the inlet opening and the outlet opening facing the upward vertical direction,
wherein the upper lid includes a hood portion, and
wherein the aperture of the first air port is at least partly defined by the hood portion of the upper lid.

US Pat. No. 10,427,492

VEHICLE HAVING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND A WASTE-HEAT COLLECTING HOUSING

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an exhaust manifold configured to conduct exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine into an engine-side portion of an exhaust system;
a waste-heat collecting housing;
a heat accumulator,
wherein
the waste-heat collecting housing is arranged to at least partially surround at least one of the exhaust manifold and the engine-side portion of the exhaust system, such that air in the waste-heat collecting housing is heatable by waste heat from the at least one of the exhaust manifold and the engine-side portion of the exhaust system,
the waste-heat collecting housing has an air inlet configured to receive the air to be heated by the waste heat into the waste-heat collecting housing and a first air outlet configured to conduct the air heated by the waste heat from the waste-heat collecting housing,
the first air outlet is connected via an air duct to the heat accumulator, and
the heat accumulator is configured to receive heat from the air heated by the waste heat.

US Pat. No. 10,427,489

HVAC APPARATUS FOR AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) apparatus for a vehicle,wherein an internal volume is divided into upper and lower regions, blowing the air to a defrost vent wherein a front seat face vent is made through the upper region, and blowing the air to a front seat foot vent,
wherein a rear seat vent is made through the lower region,
wherein cold air passing through an evaporator and warm air passing through a heat exchanger are mixed in each of the upper and lower regions, and
wherein a horizontal partition wall is configured to divide the internal volume into the upper and lower regions and is formed at a height at which the heat exchanger is bisected, to guide the air into the upper region and the lower region, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,427,485

METHOD OF OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A method of operating a motor vehicle (1) with a chassis system (6) having at least two vibration dampers (2, 3, 4, 5), the method comprising the following steps:carrying out a body control and a wheel control with the chassis system (6);
providing an energy control arrangement;
controlling the energy supply for the chassis system (6) with the energy control arrangement (7);
predetermining a maximum value for a peak load of the energy supply; predetermining a maximum value for a continuous load of the energy supply;
using a value between 400 W and 600 W as the maximum value for the peak load of the energy supply; and/or
using a value between 100 W and 300 W as the maximum value for the continuous load of the energy supply.

US Pat. No. 10,427,483

ADJUSTABLE RIDE HEIGHT, VEHICLE, SYSTEM AND KIT

ALA HOLDINGS, LLC, Clift...

1. A vehicle comprising:at least two wheels;
a frame;
a steering tie bar extending between a first spindle and a second spindle of the vehicle;
a joint attached to the frame;
a first steering link attached to and extending between a first steering location that is on or connected directly to the joint and a second steering location that is on or connected directly to the steering tie bar; and
a second steering link attached to and extending between a third steering location that is on or connected directly to a middle of the first steering link located between the first and second steering locations, and a fourth steering location that is on or connected directly to a pitman arm of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,482

LINKING ARM, FOR EXAMPLE FOR A VEHICLE WHEEL SUSPENSION, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

HUTCHINSON, Paris (FR)

1. A link arm adapted to connect a first structure or mass to a second structure or mass, wherein the arm comprises housings respectively adapted to receive a first linkage joint to the first structure or mass and at least one second linkage joint to the second structure or mass, wherein the arm comprises:a stiffening portion which is formed of a first thermoplastic or thermosetting matrix composite material reinforced with fibers and which comprises a peripheral rim of the arm, and
an anti-buckling portion which is interposed in the stiffening portion and which extends from the rim over substantially the entire arm,
characterized in that the fibers are continuous and are united in the form of a main continuous coiled skein of the first fibers extending along the rim, which encloses the anti-buckling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,481

MOTOR VEHICLE WHEEL SUSPENSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A wheel suspension for a motor vehicle comprising:a control arm including a control arm portion and a spring portion;
said control arm portion made at least partly of fiber-reinforced plastic and having a wheel connecting point for a wheel carrier and at least one superstructure connecting point for a vehicle superstructure, for mounting pivotally about a pivot axis;
said spring portion made at least partly from fiber-reinforced plastic and rigidly connected by a moment resisting connection to the control arm portion; and
a spring connecting point spaced from said pivot axis connecting said spring portion to the vehicle superstructure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,480

CUSHIONED PROTECTION DEVICE

Prevent-A-Dent, LLC, Cla...

1. A cushioned protection device for protecting a tailgate of a tow vehicle from damage from a trailer comprising a foam block having an internal cavity sized to fit snugly around a top portion of a crank jack attached to the trailer:wherein the foam block is made of polyethylene foam;
wherein the foam block further comprises an upper protection portion for protecting the tailgate from an initial impact, a central protection portion for providing rigidity and for providing a secondary cushioning, and a lower protection portion for securing the cushioned protection device to the crank jack, and
wherein the upper protection is made from a foam having a density of 1.7 pounds per cubic foot, the central protection portion is made from a foam having a density of 6 pounds per cubic foot, and the lower protection portion is made from a foam having a density of 1.65 pounds per cubic foot.

US Pat. No. 10,427,479

TRAILER STEERING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A method for steering a towed vehicle, where a towing vehicle has a center axis extending a length of the towing vehicle and at least a front axle and rear axle, and the towed vehicle has a center axis extending a length of the towed vehicle and at least a front axle with steerable wheels and a rear axle, a first hitch point is secured to the towing vehicle at a position on the center axis of the towing vehicle and rearward of the rear axle of the towing vehicle, and a second hitch point is secured to the towed vehicle at a position on the center axis of the towed vehicle and forward of the front axle of the towed vehicle, the method comprising the steps:a. providing a tow bar having a first end and a second end;
b. connecting the first end of the tow bar to the first hitch point, wherein the first end of the tow bar pivots horizontally and vertically relative to the first hitch point;
c. connecting the second end of the tow bar to the second hitch point, wherein the second end of the tow bar pivots horizontally and vertically relative to the second hitch point;
d. associating an encoder with the first end of the tow bar and using the encoder to measure a first angle between the center axis of the towing vehicle. and a line interconnecting the first and second hitch points;
e. associating an encoder with the second end of the tow bar and using the encoder to measure a second angle between the center axis of the towed vehicle and the line interconnecting the first and second hitch points; and
f. inputting data to a servomechanism to steer at least the steerable wheels associated with the front axle of the towed vehicle at a third angle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,478

TOW BALL ADAPTOR

1. A tow ball adaptor comprising:a plate;
a first hole positioned through said plate proximate to a first end of said plate, said first hole being complementary to a tow ball coupled to a vehicle;
a coupler coupled to said plate proximate to said first hole, said coupler being configured for coupling to the tow ball;
a cutout extending into said plate from a second end of said plate, said cutout being complementary to an implement hitch;
a plurality of third holes positioned through said plate, said plurality of third holes extending linearly between said first hole and said cutout, said third holes being complementary to a pair of orifices positioned singly in upper and lower tongues of the implement hitch; and
wherein said first hole is positioned through said plate such that said first hole is configured for inserting the tow ball for coupling said plate to the vehicle, wherein said coupler is positioned on said plate such that said coupler is configured for coupling to the tow ball for retaining the tow ball in said first hole, wherein said cutout is positioned in said plate such that said cutout is configured for inserting the implement hitch, wherein said third holes are positioned in said plate such that each said third hole is positioned for selectively aligning with the pair of orifices for inserting a hitch pin for coupling the implement hitch to the plate such that the implement is coupled to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,476

TIRE FOR A HEAVY DUTY VEHICLE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire comprising:two beads intended to come into contact with a wheelrim,
a carcass reinforcement anchored in each bead,
each bead comprising at least one internal annular insert disposed radially outwardly of and containing a bead reinforcing circumferential element, wherein the at least one internal annular insert consists of a rubber composition comprising:
an elastomer matrix based on at least one polyisoprene having a majority of cis-1,4-enchainments,
between 45 and 60 parts per hundred parts by weight of elastomer, phr, of a reinforcing filler comprising a reinforcing inorganic filler, the reinforcing inorganic filler including silica, the silica is in a content of from 43 to 55 phr by weight of the elastomer and has a BET specific surface area of between 155 and 185 m2/g,
a coupling agent for bonding the reinforcing inorganic filler to the elastomer, and
a vulcanization system,
wherein the coupling agent is an at least bifunctional organosilane or an at least bifunctional polyorganosiloxane, or a silane polysulphide corresponding to the following general formula (I):
Z-A-Sx-A-Z,   (I)wherein:x is an integer from 2 to 8;
the A symbols, which are identical or different, represent a divalent hydrocarbon radical;
the Z symbols, which are identical or different, correspond to one of the three formulae below:

wherein:
R1 radicals, which are substituted or unsubstituted and identical to or different from one another, represent a C1-C18 alkyl, C5-C18 cycloalkyl or C8-C18 aryl group;
R2 radicals, which are substituted or unsubstituted and identical to or different from one another, represent a C1-C18 alkoxyl or C5-C18 cycloalkoxyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,427,473

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire, comprising:sidewall portions;
an axially outwardly protruding protector provided in an outer surface of at least one of the sidewall portions, the protector composed of patterned unit protrusions which are independent from each other and arranged at intervals in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein a radially outer end of the protector is positioned at a height in a range between 0.75 times and 0.85 times a cross sectional height of the tire, each height measured in a tire radial direction from a bead base line,
wherein each of the patterned unit protrusions comprises a first protruding portion, a second protruding portion and a third protruding portion,
wherein each of the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion extends in the tire radial direction and have a radially inner end and a radially outer end and are spaced apart from each other in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein the third protruding portion connects between the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion, and
wherein a radial dimension of the first protruding portion is greater than a radial dimension of the second protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,471

TREAD COMPRISING VOIDS FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING VEHICLE TIRE

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. A tread for a tire of a civil engineering work vehicle intended to carry very heavy loads with at least 20 tons at the rated pressure per tire, comprising:said tread having a wearable thickness of material EMU measured between a tread surface that is intended to come into contact with the ground and a wear limit;
said tread surface extending circumferentially all around the tire and being axially bounded by edge parts defining a maximum width for said tread;
said tread comprising solid parts forming raised elements delimited by circumferential grooves and transverse grooves intersecting said circumferential grooves;
each solid part comprising a contact face and, opening onto said contact face, at least one cavity of maximum depth at least greater than 30% of said wearable thickness EMU;
each cavity opening onto said contact face when new and being delimited by a wall surface and a bottom surface;
each wall surface delimiting said cavity intersecting said contact face along a corner edge contour having a geometry comprising a major axis AA extending across said cavity and a minor axis BB extending across said cavity;
a length of said major axis AA being at least equal to 1.5 times a length of said minor axis BB when new; and
wherein for any tread surface down to a predefined level of wear, said predefined level of wear being less than a depth of each cavity, said corner edge contour of each cavity considered on said tread surface is such that an angle made by said major axis AA and a circumferential direction is at least equal to 0 degrees and at most equal to 40 degrees, and
wherein from said predefined wear level onwards, said angle made by said major axis A? A? and said circumferential direction is greater than 40 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,427,470

TIRE TRACTION ELEMENT

Bridgestone Americal Tire...

7. A tire for a vehicle comprising:a tread having a circumferential direction, an axial direction, and a radial direction,
the tread having at least one circumferential groove which extends in the circumferential direction,
the at least one circumferential groove having a groove base,
and at least one groove sidewall;
a plurality of traction elements in the circumferential groove connected to the at least one groove sidewall and the groove base;
wherein at least one of the traction elements has at least two indentations formed on a radially outermost edge between the groove base and only one groove sidewall of the at least one groove sidewall;
wherein the at least two indentations each have a bottom surface which is arcuate in shape and has a radius R;
wherein the radially outermost edge has a length L;
wherein the at least two indentations has a length Li that is between about 0.2 and about 0.8 times the length L; and
wherein the radially outermost edge has an angle of inclination ? relative to the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,469

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion being provided with at least one circumferentially and continuously extending main groove to separate
a first land portion located on one side of the main groove and
a second land portion located on the other side of the main groove, wherein the second land portion is provided with a lug groove having one end connected to the main groove and the other end terminates within the second land portion; and
a set of recesses comprising
a plurality of first recesses provided on a first edge of the first land portion wherein the first edge faces the main groove, wherein each of the first recesses forms a substantially tetrahedron void surrounded by four triangular surfaces that comprise a first surface located on a ground contact surface of the first land portion, a second surface located on a groove wall of the main groove, a third surface forming a bottom side of the recess, and a fourth surface facing the second surface, wherein the fourth surface has a first side located on the ground contact surface and is defined as being between the first side and a second side, the recess bottom surface extending toward a bottom of the first recess while increasing a depth of the first recess and reducing a width of the recess bottom surface in the axial direction of the tire from the ground contact surface toward the bottom, and
a plurality of second recesses provided on a second edge of the second land portion wherein the second edge faces the main groove, wherein each of the second recesses comprises a substantially triangular recess bottom surface, the recess bottom surface being smoothly connected to a ground contact surface of the second land portion, the recess bottom surface extending toward a bottom of the second recess while increasing a depth of the second recess and reducing a width of the recess bottom surface in the axial direction of the tire from the ground contact surface toward the bottom,
each second recess being arranged so as not to overlap each projected region in which each first recess is projected onto the second edge in an axial direction of the tire,
wherein the lug groove is arranged so as to overlap with one of the projected regions of the first recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,427,468

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a plurality of main grooves provided to extend in a tire circumferential direction;
a shoulder land portion between a shoulder-side main groove positioned outside in a tire width direction among the plurality of main grooves and a ground contact end; and
a sub-groove provided on the shoulder land portion at the inside of a width direction center of the shoulder land portion in the tire width direction and extending in the tire circumferential direction, the shoulder land portion being divided into an inner portion inside the sub-groove in the tire width direction and an outer portion more outside the sub-groove in the tire width direction,
wherein the shoulder land portion protrudes to the outside of a tire reference profile line in a normal direction of the tire reference profile line on a cross-section in the tire width direction and a protrusion height at a sub-groove side end of the outer portion is higher than a protrusion height at a sub-groove side end of the inner portion, and
wherein, assuming that the protrusion height at the sub-groove side end of the inner portion is H1, the protrusion height at the sub-groove side end of the outer portion is H2, a length of the inner portion along the tire reference profile line is D1, and a length of the outer portion along the tire reference profile line is D2, a following relational expression is satisfied:
D2/D1?H2/H1?1.2×D2/D1.

US Pat. No. 10,427,466

TIRE FOR WINTER

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire for winter comprising:a tread portion being provided with
a plurality of first main inclined grooves extending obliquely from a first tread edge toward a tire equator and terminating at first inner ends beyond the tire equator without reaching a second tread edge, wherein the plurality of first main inclined grooves has an arc shape in which an inclination angle relative to an axial direction of the tire decreases continuously from the first inner ends to the first tread edge without increasing from the inner ends to the first tread edge,
a first sub inclined groove provided between the first main inclined grooves, the first sub inclined groove extending obliquely from the first tread edge toward the tire equator in the same direction as the first main inclined grooves and terminating not beyond the tire equator,
a plurality of second main inclined grooves extending obliquely from the second tread edge toward the tire equator in an opposite direction to the first main inclined grooves and terminating at second inner ends beyond the tire equator without reaching the first tread edge, wherein the plurality of second main inclined grooves has an arc shape in which an inclination angle relative to the axial direction of the tire decreases continuously from the second inner ends to the second tread edge without increasing from the inner ends to the first tread edge,
a second sub inclined groove provided between the second main inclined grooves, the second sub inclined groove extending obliquely from the second tread edge toward the tire equator in the same direction as the second main inclined grooves and terminates not beyond the tire equator,
a plurality of first longitudinal grooves dividing first land portions formed between the first main inclined grooves,
wherein the plurality of first longitudinal grooves arranged between adjacent first main inclined grooves comprises
at least one axially outer first longitudinal groove that is inclined in a same direction as the plurality of first main inclined grooves and that connects adjacent first main inclined grooves, and
at least one axially inner first longitudinal groove that is inclined in a same direction as the plurality of first main inclined grooves and that connects one of the adjacent first main inclined grooves and one second main inclined groove extending between the adjacent first main inclined grooves, and
a plurality of second longitudinal grooves dividing second land portions formed between the second main inclined grooves and inclining in the same direction as the second main inclined grooves,
wherein the first inner ends terminate at the intersection with the second main inclined grooves, the second inner ends terminate at the intersection with the first main inclined grooves, and
the first main inclined grooves and the second main inclined grooves are alternately provided in a circumferential direction of the tire.

US Pat. No. 10,427,464

PNEUMATIC TIRE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising a tread portion and tire side regions, the tread portion having an asymmetrical tread pattern and a pair of tread halves, the tread halves extending between a tire equatorial plane and respective outer ends in the tire width direction of the tread portion, respectively, and having different negative ratios,wherein the tread portion has short fibers fixed to at least a portion of a tire inner peripheral surface of the tread portion, the short fibers are situated only in one of the tread halves with a higher negative ratio, and the tread half with a higher negative ratio has a short-fiber fixation area ratio of 50% or more, and
wherein short fibers are also fixed to at least a portion of a tire inner peripheral surface of the tire side regions.

US Pat. No. 10,427,462

THIN REINFORCED PRODUCT AND TIRE COMPRISING SAID PRODUCT

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire comprising:a crown surmounted by a tread,
two sidewalls,
two beads, each sidewall connecting each bead to the crown,
a carcass reinforcement anchored in each of the beads and extending through the sidewalls as far as the crown, and
a crown reinforcement interposed radially between the carcass reinforcement and the tread,
wherein the tire is a passenger vehicle tire, and
wherein the crown reinforcement is a reinforced product comprising:
an elastomer matrix,
several reinforcing elements embedded in the elastomer matrix, the reinforcing elements being arranged side by side in a main direction, each reinforcing element comprising:
several filamentary elements, and
at least one communal sheath collectively coating the filamentary elements and comprising at least one layer of a thermoplastic polymer composition,
wherein a mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.95 mm;
wherein a pitch P at which the reinforcing elements are laid in the main direction is less than or equal to 2.5 mm;
wherein the ratio R1=ODO/E of the mean minimum thickness ODO of elastomer present on the sheath to the mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.17, the mean minimum thickness of elastomer ODO and mean thickness E of the reinforced product being measured in a direction substantially perpendicular to the main direction;
wherein the ratio R2=B/E of the mean minimum thickness B of elastomer separating two successive reinforcing elements in the main direction to the mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.3;
wherein each filamentary element has a mean bulk D in the direction substantially perpendicular to the main direction, and wherein the ratio R3=D/E of the mean bulk D to the mean thickness E of the reinforced product is less than or equal to 0.6.

US Pat. No. 10,427,456

WHEEL ASSEMBLIES REMOVABLE WITHOUT TOOLS

GEO Plastics, Los Angele...

1. A wheel assembly comprising:an axle bore configured to receive an axle;
a pin sleeve including a first end in fluid communication with the axle bore, a second end, and a conduit between the first end and the second end;
a retaining member at least partially in the conduit of the pin sleeve, the retaining member configured to operatively engage a groove in the axle and comprising a chamfered end extending into the axle bore, the chamfered end shaped to transversely displace the retaining member upon movement of the axle into the axle bore;
a biasing element at least partially in the conduit, the biasing element configured to bias the retaining member towards the axle bore; and
a hand maneuverable release mechanism configured to displace the retaining element away from the axle bore, the hand maneuverable release mechanism remaining with the wheel assembly during operation of the wheel assembly,
wherein the hand maneuverable release mechanism comprises a tab configured to be manipulated by a hand of a user, and wherein the hand maneuverable release mechanism is configured to displace the retaining element away from the axle bore upon radially inward movement of the tab.

US Pat. No. 10,427,453

WHEEL FOR ENERGY RECOVERY, IN PARTICULAR IN VEHICLES WITH ELECTRIC OR HYBRID PROPULSION

SER.CA. S.r.l., Orzinuov...

1. A wheel for vehicles including a rim provided with a hub which defines the rotational axis of the wheel and a tire, associated circumferentially with said rim, configured to come into contact with the ground during the rotation of the wheel, the wheel comprising:a plurality of hydraulic actuators oriented in a radial direction and placed in said tire, between the tire and said rim, each of said hydraulic actuators comprising a cylinder, constrained to one of said rim and said tire, a piston being slidably housed in the cylinder and associated with a rod projecting from said cylinder and constrained to the other of said tire and said rim;
at least one delivery system and at least one return system formed in the hub of the wheel;
a plurality of delivery pipes configured to connect and place in communication each cylinder of said hydraulic actuators with said delivery system;
a plurality of return pipes configured to connect and place in communication each cylinder of said hydraulic actuators with said return system;
a first plurality of flow control valves placed in said delivery pipes and configured to allow a single-direction circulation of a hydraulic oil from the cylinder of each hydraulic actuator towards said delivery system, when the piston of the hydraulic actuator moves towards the interior of the cylinder, due to deformation of zones of the tire which come into contact, at each turn of the wheel, with the ground during movement of the vehicle on which the wheel is mounted;
a second plurality of flow control valves placed in said return pipes and configured to allow a single-direction circulation of hydraulic oil from said return system towards the cylinder of each hydraulic actuator, when the piston of the hydraulic actuator moves towards an exterior of the cylinder, due to the return into a non-deformed configuration of the zones of the tire at each turn of the wheel at the end of the contact with the ground during the movement of the vehicle; and
at least one rotating valve associated with the hub of the wheel and comprising a rotating delivery manifold and a rotating return manifold, said rotating valve being configured to connect and place in communication, via the respective rotating delivery manifold, said delivery pipes with said delivery system and, via the respective rotating return manifold, said return pipes with said return system,
wherein said wheel is configured to recover, in the form of pressure energy of the hydraulic oil which flows in said pipes, at least a part of the energy which is consumed in order to deform the tire, during the rotation of the wheel, and to transfer, via the delivery system and the return system associated with the hub of the wheel, the recovered energy from the wheel to the vehicle on which the wheel is mounted, so that the recovered energy is used in the vehicle and is converted into electrical energy intended to feed the devices installed on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,452

WHEEL RIM WITH A RIM BASE MADE OF FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

THYSSENKRUPP CARBON COMPO...

1. A wheel rim, comprising:a rim base of fiber composite material, and
a wheel disk connected to the rim base at a radial marginal area, and wherein
the wheel disk is present as a single piece and only the marginal area of the wheel disk comprises at least two partial layers on each of which a substantially axially extending, contoured joint zone is formed, the at least two joint zones together being connected to the rim base in a substantially entire area of a drop center of the rim base and conforming to a contour of the rim base in the substantially entire area of the drop center,
and wherein:
a joint zone of a partial layer is present in interrupted form in circumferential direction of the wheel disk.

US Pat. No. 10,427,450

MODULARLY STACKABLE DRY ERASE PANELS AND SYSTEM THEREOF

COMSERO, INC., Denver, C...

1. A system comprising:a first panel having a first surface comprising a magnetically attractable surface, a second surface, and a magnet protruding from the second surface;
a second panel having a first surface comprising a magnetically attractable surface, a second surface, and a magnet protruding from the second surface; and
a first substrate comprising a magnetically attractable material having a first alignment magnet with a first end of the first alignment magnet consistent with a first surface of the first substrate, wherein the connection of the first magnet of the first panel with the first substrate results in the magnetic fixation of the first panel to the substrate, and the connection of the first magnet of the second panel to the first surface of the first panel affixes the second panel to the first panel, and wherein connection of the first magnet of the first panel to the first surface of the first substrate in alignment with the first alignment magnet results in the increased fixation of the first panel to the first substrate, and the connection of the first magnet of the second panel to the first surface of the first panel in alignment with the first magnet of the first panel affixes the second panel to the first panel in a stacked configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,427,447

METHOD OF LAMINATING MULTI LAYER STRUCTURE TOGETHER IN A ROLL-TO-ROLL PROCESS TO MAKE A PRE-LAMINATION THAT MAY BE USED IN THE MAKING OF CREDIT AND GIFT CARDS AND MIRROR IMAGE VARIATIONS THEREOF

Griff and Associates, L.P...

1. A method of making plastic sheets from two or more different layers, comprising:providing a first sheet of material having a front side and a back side;
applying a decorative layer to the front side of the first sheet of material;
encapsulating the first sheet of material and the decorative layer between a first layer of a copolymer of ethylene and a second layer of a copolymer of ethylene to form an encapsulated decorated structure; wherein the first layer of the copolymer of ethylene is provided on a front of the decorative layer and the second layer of the copolymer of ethylene is provided on the back side of the first sheet of material;
adhering the encapsulated decorated structure to a second sheet of material;
hydraulically compressing the encapsulated decorated structure and the second sheet together; wherein the second layer of copolymer of ethylene prevents the first sheet of material from contacting the second sheet of material; and
winding the layered end product into a roll;
unwinding a length of the layered end product from the roll;
allowing the unwound length of the layered end product to flatten
printing graphics on a top surface of the flattened length of the layered end product;
die-cutting regions in the top surface;
inserting card chips into the die-cut regions;
placing a clear polyvinyl chloride (“PVC”) cover sheet over the top surface of the layered end product;
compressing the PVC cover sheet and the layered end product in a hydraulic press to form a bonded card stock; and
cutting the bonded card stock into individual cards.

US Pat. No. 10,427,446

TRANSFER FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A TRANSFER FILM

OVD KINEGRAM AG, Zug (CH...

1. A transfer film comprising a transfer layer detachably arranged on a carrier layer, wherein the transfer layer has at least one first color layer, and wherein the at least one first color layer comprises at least one binder and at least first pigments, the color appearance of which changes depending on the observation angle, wherein the at least one first color layer is present in at least one first area of the transfer layer and no color layer is present in at least one second area of the transfer layer, wherein the transfer layer has a first compensation layer which covers the at least one first area of the transfer layer and covers the at least one second area of the transfer layer, andwherein the transfer layer further comprises:
at least one replication varnish layer disposed between the first color layer and the carrier layer;
a primer layer disposed between the first color layer and the at least one replication varnish layer; and
at least one first stabilizing layer disposed between the at least one replication varnish layer and the carrier layer.

US Pat. No. 10,427,442

MULTI-PASS UV INKJET PRINTER FOR OUTPUTTING HIGH GLOSSY VARNISH AND PRINTING METHOD USING THE SAME

Great Computer Corporatio...

1. A multi-pass ultraviolet (UV) inkjet printer for outputting high glossy varnish including an inkjet module for performing a printing job by moving back and forth across the printer, the inkjet module having a varnish print head for outputting varnish on a substrate, the multi-pass UV inkjet printer comprising:a side UV light irradiation device provided at a side of the inkjet module, wherein a width of the side UV light irradiation device in a direction parallel with the varnish print head is less than a width of the varnish print head, and wherein the width of the area not overlapped by the varnish print head and the side UV light irradiation device in a direction perpendicular to the varnish print head is greater than the width of one pass; and
a front UV light irradiation device provided in front of the inkjet module not overlapping with the varnish print head,
wherein the side UV light irradiation device and the front UV light irradiation device are activated at the same time as the varnish is being outputted, and the UV irradiation power of the side UV light irradiation device is less than the UV irradiation power of the front UV light irradiation device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,440

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING COLOR IMAGING AND PRINT HEAD ALIGNMENT, COORDINATION, REGISTRATION AND/OR RE-REGISTRATION

VIRTUAL GRAPHICS, LLC, E...

1. A system configured to improve imaging of a substrate, the system comprising:a reveal substrate comprising:
a) an opaque polymer sensitive to at least one first application of at least one selected from heat, pressure and light, said opaque polymer becoming transparent upon being subjected to the at least one first application; and
b) a bottom substrate layer having one or more colored areas on a top surface thereof, said bottom substrate layer being disposed such that the one or more colored areas are obscured by the opaque polymer prior to being subjected to the at least one first application and are revealed after at least one portion of the opaque polymer is subjected to the at least one first application;
a print head configured to apply the at least one first application to the at least one portion of the opaque polymer when the reveal substrate moves in a moving direction pass the print head such that the one or more colored areas beneath the at least one portion of the opaque polymer are revealed to provide one or more image dots of the reveal substrate;
an optical sensor positioned downstream with respect to print head in view of the moving direction of the reveal substrate, wherein the optical sensor is configured to sense the one or more image dots provided by the revealed one or more colored areas when the reveal substrate moves in the moving direction pass the optical sensor; and
a computing and/or printing terminal in digital communication with the print head and the optical sensor and configured to determine alignment or misalignment of the reveal substrate and the print head based on the sensed one or more image dots provided by the revealed one or more colored areas of the reveal substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,433

MOBILE PRINTER NETWORKING AND INTERFACING

Zebra Technologies Corpor...

1. A method of charging a battery pack using an apparatus, the apparatus including charging circuitry, the battery pack having a charging dock interface, the method comprising:querying, via a chemistry pin of the charging circuitry, the charging dock interface of the battery pack for a predetermined signal;
determining, by the charging circuitry, whether the battery pack is a smart battery based on receiving the predetermined signal via the chemistry pin;
in response to determining that the battery pack is a smart battery:
obtaining, by the charging circuitry, a first functional charging instruction from first memory of the battery pack; and
executing, by the charging circuitry, the first functional charging instruction to charge the battery pack; and
in response to determining that the battery pack is not a smart battery:
obtaining, by the charging circuitry, a second functional charging instruction from second memory within the apparatus; and
executing, by the charging circuitry, the second functional charging instructions to charge the battery pack.

US Pat. No. 10,427,432

MEASURING DEVICE, MEASURING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING PRINTING STATIONS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus comprising a measuring device for use in calibrating a print head that prints upon containers in a rotary printing machine, said measuring device comprising a receiving device, a link, and a receiving holder, wherein said receiving device detects measurement information indicative of a value, wherein said value is selected from the group consisting of a position of a position-modifiable component of a printing station having a print head whose position is adjustable by a motor and an orientation of a position-modifiable component of a printing station having a print head whose orientation is adjustable by a motor, wherein said link is configured for transferring said measurement information from said receiving device, wherein said receiving holder is configured to introduce said receiving device into a structure that holds said receiving device at a defined position relative to said position-modifiable component, and wherein said structure is selected from the group consisting of a container-holding device and a receiving element for a container-holding device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,426

RECORDING APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A hand-held recording apparatus comprising:a recording section to record an image on a recording material in moving in a scanning direction;
a housing to house the recording section; and
an indicator movable between an indication position at which the indicator opposes the recording material and indicates a recording area in which the image is recorded by the recording section and a retracted position at which the indicator is retracted from the indication position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,424

ESTIMATING A REMAINING AMOUNT OF A CONSUMABLE RESOURCE BASED ON A CENTER OF MASS CALCULATION

1. A method comprising the steps of:detecting, by a media level detection module within a housing of a mobile printer, a first center of mass of the mobile printer based on a first signal from a sensor, the mobile printer comprising print media; and
determining, by the media level detection module, a remaining print media level based on comparing the first sensor signal indicating the first center of mass of the mobile printer to a second sensor signal indicating a second center of mass of the mobile printer associated with empty print media level and a third sensor signal indicating a third center of mass of the mobile printer associated with a full print media level.

US Pat. No. 10,427,423

RECORDING DEVICE DISCHARGE POSITION ADJUSTOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

Richoh Company, Ltd., To...

1. A recording device discharge position adjustor comprising:a recording device configured to discharge liquid droplets onto a recording medium;
an edge detector configured to detect a lateral edge position of the recording medium in a direction perpendicular to a recording medium conveyance direction prior to discharging the liquid droplets onto the recording medium, the edge detector including at least an upstream edge detector and a downstream edge detector configured to detect the recording medium at an upstream edge position that is upstream of the recording device and detect the recording medium at a downstream edge position that is downstream of the recording device, respectively, prior to discharging the liquid droplets onto the recording medium;
a discharge position adjustor configured to adjust a discharge position of the liquid droplets from the recording device relative to the recording medium;
a memory configured to store distance information, the distance information including a distance between the upstream edge detector and the recording device and a distance between the upstream edge detector and the downstream edge detector; and
a controller configured to,
convert the lateral edge position of the recording medium detected by edge detector to a converted edge position at a position of the recording device based on the upstream edge position, the downstream edge position and the distance information by,
subtracting the upstream edge position from the downstream edge position to determine a first variable,
dividing the distance between the upstream edge detector and the recording device by the distance between the upstream edge detector and the downstream edge detector to determine a second variable, and
multiplying the first variable by the second variable to determine the converted edge position; and
adjust the discharge position by instructing the discharge position adjustor to move the recording device laterally an adjustment amount prior to discharging the liquid droplets onto the recording medium, the adjustment amount corresponding to the converted edge position of the recording medium at the position of the recording device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,416

RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A recording apparatus configured to perform recording to a recording medium by discharging liquid droplets from a head while moving the recording medium and the head relatively, the recording apparatus comprising:the head; and
a controller,
the controller being configured to:
based on received image data, discriminate a first region and a second region on the recording medium, the first region and the second region being adjacent in a moving direction of the recording medium with respect to the head, the first region being a region where an amount of the liquid droplets to be landed per unit area is less than a certain amount, and the second region being a region where an amount of the liquid droplets to be landed per unit area is greater than or equal to the certain amount;
set a boundary region that includes a boundary of the first region and the second region;
set a first discharge speed for a discharge speed of liquid droplets from the head to be landed to a first main region, the first main region included in the first region and positioned on an opposite side to the second region with respect to the boundary region;
set a second discharge speed slower than the first discharge speed for a discharge speed of liquid droplets from the head to be landed to a second main region, the second main region included in the second region and positioned on an opposite side to the first region with respect to the boundary region; and
set a discharge speed between the first discharge speed and the second discharge speed for a discharge speed of liquid droplets from the head to be landed to the boundary region.

US Pat. No. 10,427,409

INKJET PRINTER

Brother Kyogo Kabushiki K...

1. An inkjet printer comprising:a head including a nozzle configured to eject pigment ink supplied from a tank during a print operation and during a purge operation;
a purge mechanism;
a tank receiving portion configured to removably receive the tank;
a tank detecting sensor; and
a controller configured to:
determine whether to control the purge mechanism to perform the purge operation for discharging the pigment ink from the nozzle;
when determining to control the purge mechanism to perform the purge operation, determine a remaining amount of the pigment ink remaining in the tank;
determine a discharge amount to be discharged from the nozzle when performing the purge operation based on the remaining amount of the pigment ink remaining in the tank;
control the purge mechanism to perform the purge operation based on the discharge amount;
determine whether time elapsed from when the tank detecting sensor detects the tank mounted on the tank receiving portion passes a predetermined period;
when the elapsed time passes the predetermined period, determine a total ejected amount of the pigment ink ejected from the nozzle during the predetermined period;
determine whether the total ejected amount is less than a reference amount; and
when the total ejected amount is less than the reference amount, control the purge mechanism to perform the purge operation,
wherein, when the remaining amount is greater than or equal to a predetermined amount, the discharge amount is greater than the discharge amount when the remaining ink amount is less than the predetermined amount,
wherein the reference amount is a minimum amount of the pigment ink required to be ejected during the predetermined period to prevent the nozzle from becoming clogged during the predetermined period,
wherein the controller is configured to:
measure a second time elapsed from when the elapsed time passes the predetermined period;
determine whether the second time passes a second predetermined period;
when the second time passes the second predetermined period, determine a second total ejected amount of the pigment ink ejected from the nozzle during the second predetermined period and determine whether the second total ejected amount is less than a second reference amount; and
when the second total ejected amount is less than the second reference amount, control the purge mechanism to perform the purge operation,
wherein a length of the second predetermined period is equal to a length of the predetermined period, and
wherein the reference amount is equal to the second reference amount.

US Pat. No. 10,427,405

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS AND INK-JET PRINTER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid discharging apparatus comprising:a liquid discharging head having nozzles forming a nozzle row along a first direction, and having a nozzle surface in which the nozzles are formed; and
a relative movement device configured to relatively move a recording medium and the liquid discharging head in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction,
wherein the nozzle surface is formed with first recesses which are arranged on both sides of the nozzle row in the second direction,
the first recesses form two first recess rows each of which being along the nozzle row,
the first recesses are separated from each other in the first direction by partition walls, respectively, and
a length of an opening of each of the first recesses in the first direction is longer than a length of an end surface of each of the partition walls in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,404

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD CHIP, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

SII PRINTEK INC., Chiba-...

1. A liquid ejecting head chip comprising:an actuator plate in which a plurality of ejection channels and a plurality of non-ejection channels which extend in a first direction are alternately arranged at a distance in a second direction which is orthogonal to the first direction;
a cover plate which is stacked on an actuator plate-side first main surface of the actuator plate in a third direction which is orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction, so as to close the plurality of ejection channels and the plurality of non-ejection channels;
a common electrode which is formed on an inner surface of each of the ejection channels;
an individual electrode which is formed on an inner surface of each of the non-ejection channel; and
a connection wiring which is divided so as to be formed in at least 3 or more places in the second direction on the cover plate, and connects the common electrode to an external wiring,
wherein the connection wiring is formed at a tail portion of the cover plate, which extends out of one end surface of the actuator plate in the first direction, in a stacked state of the actuator plate and the cover plate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,402

PRINTING APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY UNIT FOR PRINTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a plurality of operating units including a printing unit that forms an image on a medium; and
a power supply unit that supplies power to the plurality of operating units, wherein the printing apparatus has a plurality of functions including a printing function of forming an image on a medium and is capable of executing printing with resolution of 300 dpi or more,
the power supply unit includes
a circuit substrate including
a first layer that is a surface layer being conductive,
a first wiring pattern formed of the first layer,
a second layer that is conductive and different from the first layer, and
a second wiring pattern formed of the second layer, and
first and second capacitors formed on the surface layer,
the first capacitor includes a first terminal and a second terminal,
the second capacitor includes a third terminal and a fourth terminal,
the circuit substrate includes
a first electrode connecting the first terminal of the first capacitor to the first wiring pattern,
a second electrode connecting the second terminal of the first capacitor to the second wiring pattern,
a third electrode connecting the third terminal of the second capacitor to the second wiring pattern, and
a fourth electrode connecting the fourth terminal of the second capacitor to the first wiring pattern, and
a first direction from the first terminal to the second terminal and a second direction from the third terminal to the fourth terminal are substantially parallel to a power transmission direction from a power supply component side of a power line to a load component side of the power line on the circuit substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,427,401

PRINTHEAD RECOVERY

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead including a nozzle to eject liquid and an actuator associated with the nozzle; and
a controller to activate a recovery sequence including heating the printhead without firing drops in a first phase, heating the printhead and activating the actuator to fire 1000 drops or more from the nozzle in a second phase after the first phase, and heating the printhead and applying pressure to expel liquid from the nozzle in a third phase after the second phase, wherein the recovery sequence includes controlling a temperature of the printhead to a first temperature in the first phase, to a second temperature higher than the first temperature in a period prior to activating the actuator to fire the drops in the second phase, and to a third temperature lower than the second temperature while activating the actuator to fire the drops from the nozzle in the second phase.

US Pat. No. 10,427,399

APPARATUS FOR THREADING AN INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER OF A PRINTING SYSTEM

LANDA CORPORATION LTD., ...

1. An intermediate transfer member (ITM) for a printing system, the ITM comprising an endless belt formed by threading an elongate strip through the printing system and joining the two opposing ends of the strip at a seam, the two opposing ends including a leading end and a trailing end, the elongate strip comprising:a. a leading edge, such that when the strip is threaded through the printing system it is pulled from the leading edge; and
b. lateral formations provided along the edges of the strip, and adapted to be received in channels of the printing system so as to guide the strip and maintain it under lateral tension when driven by two drive members having respective laterally projecting grippers shaped for form-locking engagement with the lateral formations on the leading end,
wherein the two ends of the strip are formed with rebates for receiving a joining tape to form a seam, and are configured to be joined at a seam while maintaining the thickness of the intermediate transfer member uniform throughout the length of the seam.

US Pat. No. 10,427,397

STRUCTURAL DESIGNS FOR STRETCHABLE, CONFORMAL ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECTS

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A conformable stretchable electrically conductive structure comprising:an auxetic structure; and
a plurality of electrical conductors, at least some of the plurality of electrical conductors being incorporated as part of the auxetic structure;
wherein conformable, stretchable electrical interconnects are configured in consideration of a design of the auxetic structure and a placement of the electrical conductors incorporated within the auxetic structure, wherein the auxetic structure includes multiple auxetic layers having selectively incorporated ones of the plurality of electrical conductors, wherein stretchable electrical interconnects are located with at least some of the multiple auxetic layers, and wherein electrical contact is maintained between the multiple auxetic layers.

US Pat. No. 10,427,396

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY UNIT

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A system for manufacturing a display unit, which comprises:a carrying unit configured to carry an optical film, wherein the optical film includes a release film which is extended in a longitudinal direction, and a plurality of sheet pieces of a polarizing film which are arranged in a longitudinal direction and include adhesive layers, wherein the sheet piece of a polarizing film is adhered to the release film through the adhesive layer so that the polarizing film sheet piece is peeled from the release film;
a peeling unit configured to fold back inwardly the release film of the optical film carried by the carrying unit toward an inner side and peel the polarizing film sheet piece from the release film;
a winding unit configured to wind the release film peeled by the peeling unit; and
an attachment unit configured to attach the polarizing film sheet piece peeled from the release film to one surface of a panel, while carrying the panel,
the system comprising: a controller configured to adjust a position of a peeling point, at which the polarizing film sheet piece is peeled from the release film, by controlling the winding unit and the carrying unit, and
wherein the shortest distance between one surface of the panel carried to the attachment unit and the peeling point is 0.1 to 150 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,427,395

METHOD OF MAKING VACUUM INSULATED GLASS (VIG) WINDOW UNIT INCLUDING ACTIVATING GETTER

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A method of making a vacuum insulated glass (VIG) unit, the method comprising:having first and second glass substrates, a plurality of spacers and a seal provided between at least the first and second glass substrates, a cavity to be evacuated to a pressure less than atmospheric pressure located between at least the first and second glass substrates, and at least one getter provided in the cavity;
activating the getter via at least radiation emitted from outside of the cavity, when the getter is provided in the cavity;
wherein the cavity to be evacuated is located between the first and second glass substrates, and wherein a pump-out tube for evacuating the cavity extends in a direction substantially perpendicular to a major surface of at least one of the first and second glass substrates, and
wherein the pump-out tube extends through at least part of one of the first and second glass substrates, the pump-out tube being elongated so that the pump-out tube has a length longer than its width.

US Pat. No. 10,427,394

METHOD FOR CURING RESIN COMPOSITION

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A method for curing a resin composition, said method comprising the step of:(a) irradiating a resin composition (A) with laser light directly and/or indirectly, the resin composition (A) containing (i) an epoxy resin, (ii) an encapsulated curing agent including a core that contains a curing agent and a shell that covers the core, (iii) a filler, and (iv) a color material,
the filler being one or more fillers selected from the group consisting of fused silica, crystalline silica, and glass beads,
an amount of the filler being not less than 10 parts by weight and not more than 70 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of the epoxy resin,
the resin composition (A) being sandwiched between a surface of at least one adherend and a surface of another adherend which is different from the at least one adherend, and
the at least one adherend being a heat conductive member that contains metal; wherein
the method further includes the steps of:
(c) heating at least the heat conductive member;
d) applying the resin composition (A) to the surface of the heat conductive member which has been subjected to the step (c) and/or applying the resin composition (A) to the surface of the another adherend; and
(e) attaching the surface of the heat conductive member to the surface of the another adherend after the step (d),
the steps (c), (d), and (e) being carried out before the step (a) so that sandwiching is carried out.

US Pat. No. 10,427,393

AUTOMATED DOOR ASSEMBLY, PRESS, AND ADHESIVE THEREFOR

Masonite Corporation, Ta...

1. A door press for pressing door assemblies,comprising:
a first die comprising a first fixed surface;
a first fixed shim having a first shim surface raised from the first fixed surface; and
a plurality of first movable shims, each first movable shim having a first movable shim surface, each of the first movable shims being movably connected to the first die to move between a raised position in which the first movable shim surface is substantially flush with the first shim surface and a lowered position in which the first movable shim surface is substantially flush with the first fixed surface,
wherein the first shim surface is rectangular in shape and has a length and a width, the first movable shims comprise a first set of shims which, when in the raised position, extend the length of the first shim surface, and a second set of shims which, when in the raised position, extend the width of the first shim surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,392

FUNCTIONAL COMPOSITE FILM AND QUANTUM DOT FILM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A functional composite film comprising:one or more combinations of an inorganic layer and an organic layer which becomes an underlying base of the inorganic layer on a support, and having the outermost surface with the organic layer thereon,
wherein the organic layer on the outermost surface is formed using an ultraviolet-curable urethane polymer having a weight-average molecular weight of 5,000 to 30,000 and a double bond equivalent of 300 g/mol or more, which has a urethane polymer as the main chain and a side chain having a (meth)acryloyl group at a terminal; a curable urethane polyester; and both a phosphoric acid compound containing two or less (meth)acryloyl groups and a silane coupling agent containing one (meth)acryloyl group, and
wherein a content of the ultraviolet-curable urethane polymer is 35% to 55% by mass, in a solid content of a polymerizable composition for forming the organic layer on the outermost surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,388

EMULSION COMPOSITION AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF, AND LAMINATE AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

ARAKAWA CHEMICAL INDUSTRI...

1. An emulsion composition comprising: a polymerizable compound comprising two or more (meth)acryloyl groups; a reactive surfactant; and a dispersion medium comprising water as a principal component,wherein an oil droplet diameter D90 corresponding to a diameter at cumulative 90% by volume in oil droplet size distribution of oil droplets comprising the polymerizable compound and the reactive surfactant, measured according to a laser diffraction and scattering measurement process is less than 1.8 ?m, and
wherein the oil droplets comprise, as the reactive surfactant, a compound represented by formula (1):

wherein, in the formula (1), X represents a monovalent group that comprises an aromatic ring, an ethylenic double bond or a combination thereof; le represents an alkylene group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms; n is an integer of 5 to 150, wherein a plurality of R1s are identical or different; R2 represents a hydrogen atom, —PO(OM)2-SO3M or a monovalent ethylenic double bond-containing group, wherein each M independently represents a hydrogen atom, an ammonium group or a metal atom, and at least one of X and R2 represents a group comprising a monovalent ethylenic double bond.

US Pat. No. 10,427,387

PLASTIC BOARD WITH METAL NET

NEW-TEC INTEGRATION (XIAM...

1. A plastic board with metal net, comprising:a plastic board,
a metal net, and
an edge band, wherein the edge band is arranged along an edge of the plastic board and encases the edge of the plastic board and the metal net,
wherein
the metal net supports a bottom surface of the plastic board, and
the plastic board encases the metal net by vacuum forming to make the plastic board and the metal net form a composite structure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,385

LOW REFLECTANCE OPTICAL WEB

Racing Optics, Inc., Las...

1. An optical web comprising:a substrate having a substrate refractive index, the substrate having an anterior side and an opposing posterior side;
an anterior coating including a first anterior layer applied to the anterior side of the substrate, the first anterior layer having a first anterior layer refractive index,
a posterior coating including a first posterior layer applied to the posterior side of the substrate, the first posterior layer having a first posterior layer refractive index,
wherein the substrate refractive index is greater than the first anterior refractive index and the first posterior refractive index and wherein the first anterior layer comprises a polymer with a low index of refraction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,383

COLD BENDING OF A LAMINATED GLAZING

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A process for preparing a bent glazed module comprising a metal framework and a twisted glass panel comprising a laminated glazing comprising twisted glass substrates separated by an interlayer made of polymer material, the method comprising:bending a panel comprising a laminated glazing comprising glass substrates separated by an interlayer made of polymer material simultaneously along two different directions by a force which causes it to take a shape of the metal framework, thereby providing the twisted glass panel; and then,
holding the panel in the shape with a holder, thereby providing the bent glazed module,
wherein the bending is carried out while the interlayer is at a temperature between 30 and 80° C.

US Pat. No. 10,427,382

COMPOSITE EPOXY MATERIAL WITH EMBEDDED MWCNT FIBERS AND PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING

King Abdulaziz University...

1. A stacked composite material comprising:at least two glass fiber layers and
at least three nanocomposite layers each comprising an epoxy matrix and carbon nanotubes, wherein said nanocomposite layers do not contain visible air bubbles and each comprise 0.75 to 1.5 wt % deagglomerated and randomly dispersed multiwalled carbon nanotubes relative to the weight of the epoxy matrix,
wherein the glass fibers present in each glass fiber layer are surrounded with an epoxy matrix comprising carbon nanotubes;
wherein each glass fiber layer is sandwiched between two nanocomposite layers and wherein a distance separating any two adjacent glass fiber layers of the stacked composite material ranges from 0.5 to 10 mm;
wherein the glass fibers present in each glass fiber layer are unidirectionally oriented, and the glass fiber layers are oriented so as to enhance the quasi isotropic properties of the composite material; and
wherein the stacked composite material has a glass fiber volume fraction ranging from 20% to 45% of a total volume of the stacked composite material.

US Pat. No. 10,427,381

LAMINATED METAL SHEET FOR CONTAINER

JFE STEEL CORPORATION, T...

1. A laminated metal sheet for a container, the laminated metal sheet comprising a laminated resin layer comprising at least two layers with polyester formed by polymerizing a polycarboxylic acid component and a polyol component as a main component on one face or both faces of a metal sheet,wherein a polyester resin layer serving as a lower layer in contact with the metal sheet of the laminated resin layer contains 90 mol % or more of terephthalic acid in the polycarboxylic acid component and 30 to 50 mol % of ethylene glycol, 50 to 70 mol % of 1,4-butanediol, and 10 mol % or less of other polyol components in the polyol component, and
a polyester resin layer serving as a main layer and an upper layer of the laminated resin layer comprises polyester containing 90 mol % or more of terephthalic acid in the polycarboxylic acid component and 90 mol % or more of 1,4-butanediol in the polyol component,
the laminated resin layer has a total thickness of 3 to 25 ?m, and has a ratio (I011/I100) of peak intensity (I011) observed in a range of 20=15.5 degrees to 17.0 degrees to peak intensity (I100) observed in a range of 20=22.5 degrees to 24.0 degrees in X-ray diffraction in a range of 0.2 to 5.0,
a temperature of the metal sheet immediately before lamination is in the range of 160 to 240° C., and a time in which the laminated resin layer is in contact with the metal sheet during lamination is in a range of 1 to 35 ms.

US Pat. No. 10,427,380

METHODS OF MANUFACTURING CORROSION RESISTANT BIMETAL PARTS AND BIMETAL PARTS FORMED THEREFROM

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method of forming a metal part, comprising:applying to a stainless steel substrate a cobalt chrome corrosion resistant alloy to at least a portion of a surface of the stainless steel substrate to create a bimetal blank, wherein the cobalt chrome corrosion resistant alloy comprises at least 20% chrome by weight;
shaping the bimetal blank to create a bimetal preform; and
machining the bimetal preform to form internal structures and an exterior geometry of the bimetal part, wherein the cobalt chrome corrosion resistant alloy has a hardness of at least 300 HV.

US Pat. No. 10,427,379

PRINTED SCAFFOLD STRUCTURE FOR HYBRID COMPOSITES

1. A hybrid composite material comprising:a first scaffold of first material including mechanical detent elements receiving a first composite material component to locate and retain the composite material component attached to the first scaffold including reinforcing fibers of a second material in a matrix of a third material; and
a second scaffold including second reinforcing fibers of a fourth material and a second composite material component in a matrix of a fifth material adhered to the reinforcing fibers adhered to the first scaffold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,378

COMPOSITE EPOXY MATERIAL WITH EMBEDDED SILICON CARBIDE AND ALUMINA NANOPARTICLES

King Abdulaziz University...

1. A stacked composite material comprising:at least two unidirectional glass fiber layers; and
at least three nanocomposite layers comprising nanofillers dispersed in a cured epoxy matrix, wherein the nanofillers are spherical aluminum oxide nanoparticles having a diameter between 1 nm and 40 nm;
wherein each glass fiber layer is sandwiched between two nanocomposite layers and the nanocomposite layers are formed integrally with the glass fiber layer,
wherein the at least two glass fiber layers are oriented to form thereby either a unidirectional stacked composite material or a quasi-isotropic stacked composite material, and
wherein a separation distance between any two adjacent glass fiber layers is between 2 mm and 10 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,427,376

ERGONOMIC PUNCTURE-RESISTANT PADS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

9. A pad configured to be worn by a person, the pad comprising:an outer resilient layer configured to face toward a surface supporting the person using the pad, the outer resilient layer including a gel configured to receive at least one object protruding from the surface, the gel exposed on the outer resilient layer without an intervening layer between the gel and the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,375

ARCHITECTED MATERIALS FOR ENHANCED ENERGY ABSORPTION

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

1. A three-dimensional lattice architecture with a thickness hierarchy, comprising:a first surface and a second surface separated from each other with a distance therebetween defining a thickness and a thickness direction of the lattice architecture; and
a plurality of lattice structures stacked on one another in the thickness direction forming an interface in between,
wherein a set of unit cell parameters of a lattice structure of the plurality of lattice structures is different from a set of unit cell parameters of a neighboring lattice structure,
wherein the plurality of lattice structures comprises a first lattice structure and a second lattice structure bond through a first interface to the first lattice structure, and
wherein a portion of ends of the first lattice structure that are on the first interface and a portion of ends of the second lattice structure that are on the first interface do not contact each other.

US Pat. No. 10,427,373

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DUAL TIRE BUFFING AND HANDLING

Bridgestone Bandag, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a base having a first end and an opposite second end;
a first hub rotatably coupled to the base proximate the first end, the first hub configured to receive a first tire casing; and
a second hub rotatably coupled to the base proximate the second end, the second hub configured to receive a second tire casing,
wherein the first and second hubs are operable so as to enable a skiving operation on one of the first and second tire casings and to simultaneously enable a buffing operation on the other one of the first and second tire casings.

US Pat. No. 10,427,372

TIRE VULCANIZING DIE, CASTING DIE FOR CASTING TIRE VULCANIZING DIE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TIRE VULCANIZING DIE

Toyo Tire Corporation, I...

1. A tire vulcanizing die comprising:a tread molding surface;
a sipe blade extending along the tread molding surface; and
a cast projecting region extending along the tread molding surface from an end of the sipe blade;
wherein width of the cast projecting region is greater than width of the sipe blade;
wherein the sipe blade has a first face;
wherein a region peripheral to the end of the first face is covered by the cast projecting region;
wherein the sipe blade has a second face; and
wherein a region peripheral to the end of the second face is covered by the cast projecting region.

US Pat. No. 10,427,369

MOLDED ARTICLE EXTRACTOR AND METHOD

Bridgestone Bandag, LLC, ...

1. A manufacturing assembly capable of manufacturing tire treads, comprising:a molding press;
a mold apparatus disposed within the molding press, the mold apparatus including a mold having a molding cavity and a platen disposed in opposed relationship to the molding cavity, wherein the mold apparatus is configured to be capable of holding a tread preform within the molding cavity in the forming of a tire tread and wherein the platen and the mold are separable to provide an opening therebetween;
a tread extractor longitudinally traversing the mold in spaced relation, the tread extractor comprising:
a frame;
a pair of nip rollers rotatably associated with the frame, wherein the pair of nip rollers comprises a first nip roller and the second nip roller that are configured to be capable of engaging the tire tread while at least a portion of the tire tread remains in the molding cavity, wherein driving the rotation of at least one of the nip rollers such that the rotational motion of the at least one of the nip rollers engages the tire tread in a rotational direction, wherein the rotational direction is in a direction substantially opposite to the longitudinal movement of the frame along the longitudinal length of the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,368

MULTI-LAYER BODY

OVD Kinegram AG, Zug (CH...

1. A multi-layer body with a first layer with a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, wherein the first surface of the first layer defines a base plane spanned by coordinate axes x and y, wherein molded into the second surface of the first layer in a first area are a large number of facet faces, wherein each of the facet faces has a minimum dimension of more than 1 ?m and a maximum dimension of less than 300 ?m, wherein each of the facet faces is determined by the parameters: form F of the facet face, area size S of the facet face, spacing H of the centroid of the facet face from the base plane, position P of the centroid of the facet face in the coordinate system spanned by the x-axis and the y-axis, angle of inclination Ax of the facet face about the x-axis towards the base plane, angle of inclination Ay of the facet face about the y-axis towards the base plane and azimuthal angle Az of the facet face defined by the angle of rotation of the facet face about a z-axis perpendicular to the base plane, wherein one or more of the parameters F, S, H, P, Ax, Ay and Az of the facet faces arranged in the first area is varied pseudorandomly within a variation range predefined in each case for the first area, and wherein a reflective second layer is applied to each of the facet faces, wherein the angles of inclination Ax and Ay of the facet faces in the first area are in each case determined according to an additive superimposition of the angles of inclination Ax and Ay determined by a function F(x,y) with the pseudorandom variation of the angle of inclination Ax and/or the angle of inclination Ay within the respective variation range predefined for the first area of surface, wherein the function F(x,y) is chosen such that it varies the angles of inclination Ax and Ay to generate an optically variable first item of information.

US Pat. No. 10,427,367

RETRO-REFLECTIVE THREAD, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME AND A TEXTILE

U.S. Government as Repres...

1. A method of manufacturing a retro-reflective thread, the method comprising the steps of:forming a thread by:
a. forming a core comprising a first surface; andforming a plurality of fibers, each said fiber comprising a respective longitudinal axis and a respective surface and wherein said plurality of fibers are configured with their respective longitudinal axes substantially co-linearly aligned with one another and said plurality of fibers are interconnected in series around said core, each said fiber comprising a first material that is at least partially optically transmissive;b. removing said core to form a void, said core being removed such that a first part of said surface of each of said plurality of fibers faces into said void; and
c. delivering a reflective material in a fluid state into said void in a quantity sufficient to coat said first part of said surface of each of said plurality of fibers and solidifying said reflective material coating said first part of said surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,361

FIBER-REINFORCED SHEET AND STRUCTURE

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A fiber-reinforced sheet comprising a resin and a fiber bundle, whereinthe fiber-reinforced sheet comprises a resin-unimpregnated fiber bundle portion having a surface not impregnated with the resin or a partially resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion having a surface not impregnated with the resin,
the fiber-reinforced sheet does not comprise or comprises a resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion having a surface impregnated with the resin,
the sheet has a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface,
the sheet comprises a sheet body portion and at least one ridge portion protruding from the sheet body portion toward the first surface, the ridge portion meaning only a protruding portion,
the sheet comprises the resin-unimpregnated fiber bundle portion or the partially resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion at at least one of the first surface and the second surface,
the ridge portion, which means only a protruding portion, comprises the resin-unimpregnated fiber bundle portion, the partially resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion or the resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion, and
the ridge portion, which means only a protruding portion, comprises the fiber contained in the resin-unimpregnated fiber bundle portion, the partially resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion or the resin-impregnated fiber bundle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,357

SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY UNIT

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A system for manufacturing a display unit, the system comprising:a transport unit which repeatedly transports an optical film comprising, laminated in this order, a polarizing film, an adhesive layer, and a release film separably attached to the adhesive layer, by a predetermined transport length and repeatedly stops the transport of the optical film;
a cutting unit which cuts the optical film in a width direction at a predetermined cutting position without cutting the release film to form a slit line in the optical film;
a separating unit which separates the release film from the polarizing film at the slit line to form a sheet piece of the polarizing film; and
an attaching unit which attaches the sheet piece, from which the release film is separated, to a panel,
wherein the transport unit includes a horizontal roll which is disposed at a downstream side in a transport direction so as to be spaced apart from the cutting position,
wherein the horizontal roll transports the optical film in a horizontal direction, and the horizontal roll satisfies Conditional Expression 1 so that the slit line is not positioned on the horizontal roll when the transport of the optical film is stopped:
I*n wherein I is the predetermined transport length, which is a sum of a length of the sheet piece and an interval at which successive sheet pieces are spaced apart from each other by the slit line, n is an integer equal to or greater than 0, and H is a horizontal distance between a rotation center of the horizontal roll and the cutting position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,355

TUBE END DETECTION

Georg Fischer Rohrleitung...

1. A method for detecting a characteristic of plastic tube ends of plastic tubes clamped in a butt welding machine, the method comprising:clamping plastic tubes in a butt welding machine, the plastic tubes having two opposing respective plastic tube ends which are to be welded together,
wherein the butt welding machine comprises a plane which can be introduced between the plastic tube ends and a heating mirror which can be introduced between the plastic tube ends, wherein at least one sensor is arranged on the plane and/or on the heating mirror,
tilting the plane into a position between the plastic tube ends,
tilting the heating mirror into a position between the plastic tube ends and removing the heating mirror from the position between the plastic heating tube ends,
wherein the plane and/or the heating mirror is tilted into position between the plastic tube ends by means of a controlled movement,
detecting a characteristic of the plastic tube ends with the at least one sensor during the controlled movement of the plane and/or the heating mirror by means of the at least one sensor arranged on the plane and/or on the heating mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,427,354

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRINTING THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) OBJECTS

STRATASYS LTD., Rehovot ...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional (3D) object and a support construction for the 3D object, the method comprising:generating 3D cross sectional digital data comprising a set of horizontal slices, wherein each of the slices includes one or more body regions representing a horizontal cross section of the 3D object, and at least each of some of the slices further includes one or more support regions being adjacent to the body regions and representing a corresponding horizontal cross section of the support construction;
manipulating the 3D digital data to create a set of shifted slices by performing vertical shifts between the body region and the support region of a same horizontal slice to create printing digital data, wherein at least each of some of the shifted slices include a body region of one of the horizontal slices together with a support region of another one of the horizontal slices; and
depositing, in layers, from printing heads, a body material and a support material based on the printing digital data, wherein in a same scan, droplets of the support material and droplets of the body material travel different distances.

US Pat. No. 10,427,353

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING USING STIMULI-RESPONSIVE HIGH-PERFORMANCE POLYMERS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional article, the method comprising:depositing a high-performance polymer (HPP) composition comprising:
a homogenous mixture of a first HPP dissolved in a solvent; and
a second HPP that is insoluble in the solvent;
exposing the HPP composition to a stimulus to form a polymer layer of the three-dimensional article; and
repeating the steps (a)-(b) to form remainder of the three-dimensional article;
wherein the solvent comprises spearmint oil, ?-terpinene, limonene, ?-pinene, fenchone, or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,427,352

EXTRUSION-BASED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM AND METHOD

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A method of manufacturing an object, the method comprising:extruding material from an extrusion head onto a non-planar surface of a three-dimensional tool, the extrusion head having an extrusion axis along which the material flows as it exits the extrusion head;
moving the extrusion head relative the tool as the material is extruded so that the material is deposited as a series of layers, wherein the material cures on or after deposition so that the layers are fused together, and
controlling the extrusion of the material and the relative movement so that the series of layers are shaped in accordance with a stored three-dimensional model of the object,
wherein at least some of the layers are non-planar layers, and the relative movement during the deposition of each non-planar layer includes at least an element of rotation which causes an orientation between the extrusion axis and the tool to change at the same time as the material is deposited,
wherein at least a first layer of the object is a non-planar layer that conforms to the shape of the three-dimensional tool, and
wherein at least a portion of the at least first layer of the object extends to an underside of the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,427,351

APPARATUS FOR INDUCTION HEATING AND BENDING OF THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE TUBES AND A METHOD FOR USING SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. An apparatus for bending a composite tube, the apparatus comprising:an induction coil that includes multiple turns spaced apart by a turn-to-turn spacing and the turn-to-turn spacing changes at least once along a length of the induction coil;
a mandrel that includes a first portion and a second portion, and the first portion is rigid and the second portion is flexible, wherein the second portion extends from an end of the first portion, and wherein the second portion extends outside of the induction coil;
a heating element positioned near the induction coil; and
wherein the induction coil is configured to cause the heating element to increase in temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,427,349

COMPONENTS MOLDED WITH MOLDABLE CARBON FIBER AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A structural component comprising:a body defining at least one hollow region, wherein the body comprises a carbon fiber composite comprising a plurality of substantially aligned continuous carbon fibers defining a major axis and a second axis perpendicular to the major axis, wherein the plurality of substantially aligned continuous carbon fibers comprise a plurality of discrete termination points staggered with respect to the second axis, wherein the plurality of substantially aligned continuous carbon fibers comprises one or more continuous carbon fibers having a length of greater than or equal to about 2 inches, wherein the one or more continuous carbon fibers comprise a plurality of discrete weak regions along the length of the one or more continuous carbon fibers, wherein the plurality of discrete weak regions comprise a composition that has an ultimate tensile strength that is at least 50% less than the ultimate tensile strength of the remainder of the length of the one or more continuous carbon fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,427,348

AUTOMATIC PROCESS CONTROL OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING DEVICE

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A system for automated processing control of a three dimensional printer device comprising:the three dimensional printer device for making an object;
an array of lights illuminating a manufacturing volume of the three dimensional printer device for dynamically creating object shadows for reconstructing a profile view from the point of view of each light in the array of lights; and
a camera with a view of a manufacturing volume of the three dimensional printer device to generate network accessible images of the object;
a layer-by-layer verification is used to detect errors on the images of the object during a printing process;
wherein the computer is programmed to stop the manufacturing process when the object is defective based on the images of the object using the layer-by-layer verification.

US Pat. No. 10,427,347

RAM EXTRUDING THIN PANELS OF UHMW POLYMERS

1. An apparatus for extruding a polymer resin, the apparatus comprising:a die having an inlet end and an outlet end;
a ram mounted for movement within the inlet end of the die from a retracted position to an extended position;
at least one hopper configured to introduce the polymer resin in a granular state into a resin inlet of the die in a plurality of specifically metered amounts which vary across a width of the resin inlet end of the die, wherein the resin inlet is proximate the inlet end of the die and downstream of the retracted position of the ram, wherein the at least one hopper comprises a plurality of feed tubes spaced along the width of the resin inlet of the die, each of the plurality of feed tubes comprising a distal end proximal to the resin inlet of the die and a proximal end in fluid communication with the hopper, wherein each of the plurality of feed tubes is independently moveable in a vertical direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the die to provide the plurality of specifically metered amounts of polymer resin which vary across the width of the resin inlet end of the die;
a plurality of thermal zones in the die spaced along a width and a length of the die;
means for heating certain of the plurality of thermal zones to a temperature above the crystalline melt temperature of the polymer resin; and
means for imparting movement of the ram along a longitudinal axis of the die to move the polymer resin from the resin inlet through the plurality of thermal zones and out from the outlet end of the die as an extrudate, the polymer resin being melted and compressed to form an extrusion profile of the die during progression through the thermal zones of the die,
wherein the polymer resin is extruded from the outlet end of the die at a temperature that is at or above the crystalline melt temperature of the polymer resin.

US Pat. No. 10,427,346

EXTRUDED REINFORCEMENTS

Zephyros, Inc., Romeo, M...

1. A method for making an insert, comprising the steps of:a. extruding a thermoplastic material to form a first column structure having a first profile;
b. extruding a thermoplastic material to form a second column having a second profile that is different from the first profile;
c. connecting the first column structure to the second column structure with a connector device so that the connector device is shaped to receive the first profile of the first column structure and the second profile of the second column structure;
wherein an activatable material is located onto at least a portion of one or more of the column structures and is activated by heat entering within the one or more column structures through one or more openings formed in one or more walls of the one or more column structures.

US Pat. No. 10,427,345

CONTINUOUS FABRICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGHLY ALIGNED POLYMER FILMS

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. Process for continuous fabrication of polymer films comprising:pumping a polymer-solvent solution of entangled polymer molecular chains through a cylindrical extrusion chamber;
subjecting the polymer-solvent solution of entangled polymer molecular chains to Couette flow as the polymer-solvent solution of entangled polymer molecular chains is pumped through the cylindrical extrusion chamber, to disentangle the entangled polymer molecular chains of the polymer-solvent solution;
pumping polymer-solvent solution including disentangled polymer molecular chains out of the cylindrical extrusion chamber in an outlet direction that is tangential to the cylindrical extrusion chamber to maintain disentanglement of the disentangled polymer molecular chains in the polymer-solvent solution;
dispensing the polymer-solvent solution including disentangled polymer molecular chains as an extruded polymer film including disentangled polymer molecular chains onto a flat substrate;
freezing the extruded polymer film on the flat substrate to cause gelation of the polymer film;
drying the polymer film on the flat substrate to mechanically stabilize the polymer film; and
mechanically drawing the dried polymer film under a constant drawing force sufficient to align the disentangled polymer molecular chains in the polymer film by plastic deformation of the polymer film.

US Pat. No. 10,427,344

MOLDING SYSTEM FOR PREPARING AN INJECTION MOLDED FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITE ARTICLE

Coretech System Co., Ltd....

1. A molding system for preparing an injection-molded fiber-reinforced composite article, comprising:a mold having a mold cavity;
a molding machine configured to fill the mold cavity with a composite molding resin including a polymeric material having a plurality of fibers;
a processing module connected to the molding machine, wherein the processing module is configured to generate an orientation distribution of the fibers in the mold cavity based on a molding condition for the molding machine, wherein the orientation distribution is generated taking into consideration a combined effect of a molding pressure and a shear rate on a zero-shear-rate viscosity of the composite molding material; and
a controller connected to the processing module and configured to control the molding machine with the molding condition to perform an actual molding for injecting the composite molding resin into at least a portion of the mold cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,427,343

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding system, comprising:an injection molding machine, which comprises a mold and molds a molded article by means of the mold, and
a molded article transport device, which takes out the molded article from the mold and transports the molded article, and configured so that the molded article transport device and an operator share an area in common and perform cooperative work, the injection molding system comprising:
a holding force changing means for changing a holding force of the molded article transport device to hold the molded article; and
an external load detection means for detecting an external load applied to the molded article held by the molded article transport device,
wherein the holding force changing means is configured to reduce the holding force to a predetermined level or less in response to a detection of a predetermined or higher load by the external load detection means after the molded article is transported to the work area of the operator by the molded article transport device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,342

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM WITH DISCRETELY-ADJUSTABLE VARIABLE CONTROL

IMFLUX INC., Hamilton, O...

1. A method of operating an injection molding machine, the method comprising:providing an injection molding machine having a controller adapted to control operation thereof;
entering a learning mode of the controller to obtain a reference load curve;
upon obtaining the reference load curve, obtaining a plurality of set points along the reference load curve;
upon obtaining the reference load curve and the plurality of set points, entering an operational mode of the controller; and
using the controller, operating the injection molding machine at one of the plurality of set points such that an average operational load value of the injection molding machine remains at or below the reference load curve.

US Pat. No. 10,427,341

INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM WITH USER-ADJUSTABLE VARIABLES

IMFLUX INC., Hamilton, O...

1. A method of operating an injection molding machine, the method comprising:providing an injection molding machine having a controller adapted to control operation thereof;
entering a learning mode of the controller to obtain a reference load curve;
upon obtaining the reference load curve, entering an operational mode of the controller; and
using the controller, selectively operating the injection molding machine such that an average operational load value of the injection molding machine remains at or below the reference load curve.

US Pat. No. 10,427,340

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A TOOTHED WHEEL WITH REINFORCING STRAPPING

JTEKT EUROPE, Irigny (FR...

1. A method for manufacturing a wheel, said method comprising:a step (a) of producing a carrier core by injection of a first polymer material in a first mold, wherein the carrier core extends from a radially inner wall forming a bore having a main axis, corresponding to an axis of rotation of the wheel, up to a radially outer peripheral edge, and
a coating step (b) during which a coating layer of a second polymer material is formed over the carrier core by an overmolding operation in order to form a rim about the peripheral edge, in the radial over-thickness of the radially outer surface of said peripheral edge,
wherein, during the step (a) of producing the carrier core, and before the injection of the first polymer material, a preformed reinforcing ring made of a third material is placed in the first mold, in a position substantially centered on the main axis, then is embedded, at least partially, in the mass of said first material which forms the peripheral edge while injecting the first material, wherein the third material is distinct from the first polymer material and from the second polymer material and has a Young's modulus greater than a Young's modulus of the first material and greater than a Young's modulus of the second material, and
wherein the reinforcing ring is formed by a reinforced tape made in a composite reinforcing material which comprises a frame made of continuous reinforcing fibers that extend along the perimeter of the reinforcing ring, according to a direction orthoradial to the main axis, said frame being embedded in a matrix made of thermoplastic polymer material.

US Pat. No. 10,427,339

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RESIN MOLDED PRODUCT, MOLD FOR INJECTION MOLDING, INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE AND RESIN MOLDED PRODUCT

UBE MACHINERY CORPORATION...

1. A mold for injection molding that is used for manufacturing a resin molded product having a stitch pattern on a design surface, the mold comprising:a design-surface-side mold which is capable of forming the design surface of the resin molded product
a non-design-surface-side mold which is capable of forming a mold cavity with the design-surface-side mold; and
a driving unit, wherein
any one of the design-surface-side mold and the non-design-surface-side mold includes a movable portion in which a convex portion protrudes toward the other one of the design-surface-side mold and the non-design-surface-side mold,
the other one of the design-surface-side mold and the non-design-surface-side mold has a concave portion capable of being inserted at a distal end portion of the convex portion of the movable portion,
the movable portion is movable between an advancement limit position where the distal end portion of the convex portion has been inserted within the concave portion and a withdrawal position where the distal end portion of the convex portion has been pulled out from the concave portion,
the driving unit, by moving the movable portion to the advancement limit position, forms between the design-surface-side mold and the non-design-surface-side mold a first mold cavity which is for molding a first molded component that includes a design surface and a through-hole portion penetrating from the design surface through to a surface on a non-design surface side, and, by moving the movable portion to the withdrawal position, expands the first mold cavity and forms between the design-surface-side mold and the non-design-surface-side mold a mold cavity expansion portion which is for molding a second molded component that includes a non-design-surface portion layered on the non-design surface side of the first molded component and a stitch portion capable of being exposed on a design surface side of the first molded component via the through-hole portion of the first molded component from the non-design-surface portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,338

HEATING CYLINDER COVER AND HEATING CYLINDER DEVICE OF INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

NISSEI PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL...

1. A heating cylinder cover of an injection molding machine that covers a heating cylinder having a temperature control mechanism in which at least a plurality of heating units are provided on an outer circumferential surface of a heating cylinder body along an axial direction, the heating cylinder cover comprising:a heat-retaining cover part that is integrally provided with a cover body part and a plurality of partition parts, the cover body part being attached to the heating cylinder thereby forming a predetermined covered space between the cover body part and the temperature control mechanism and covering at least an upper half part of the heating cylinder, the partition parts projecting from an inner surface of this cover body part toward the temperature control mechanism and dividing the covered space into a plurality of closed spaces;
wherein the partition parts are set in different heating areas in the heating cylinder body, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,427,337

METHOD AND INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING INTUMESCENT REACTION PLASTIC MOLDED PARTS AND REACTION PLASTIC MOLDED PART

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A method for producing an intumescent plastic molded part that consists of a reaction plastic which contains intumescent additives and glass fibers, comprising the steps of:introducing the glass fibers into the intumescent additives in a mixing device and mixing the glass fibers evenly through the intumescent additives in the mixing device to form an additive mixture;
introducing components of the reaction plastic by a pump into a mixing chamber through a first inlet of the mixing chamber;
introducing the additive mixture from the mixing device into the mixing chamber through a second inlet of the mixing chamber;
flowing a mass of the components of the reaction plastic and the additive mixture out of the mixing chamber through an outlet of the mixing chamber and into an injection mold; and
hardening the mass in the injection mold.

US Pat. No. 10,427,336

PERIODIC STRUCTURED COMPOSITE AND ARTICLES THEREFROM

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A downhole system, comprising:a filter element including:
a periodic structure including a plurality of unit cells, the plurality of unit cells having a respective plurality of shared nodes, wherein each of the plurality of unit cells has a plurality of members forming an open cell volume;
a matrix material filling the open cell volume formed by the periodic structure, the matrix material including a mixture of soft metal and fiber binders, wherein the matrix material is porous; and
an adhesive layer for coupling the matrix material to the periodic structure that transfers load between the matrix material and the periodic structure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,335

DEVICE FOR MANUFACTURING UNEVEN-THICKNESS FILM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING UNEVEN-THICKNESS FILM

MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL C...

1. A device for manufacturing an uneven-thickness film comprising a first roller and a second roller for molding the uneven-thickness film, wherein:the first roller comprises a column-shaped portion and a disc-shaped portion; the second roller comprises a truncated-cone-shaped portion and a disc-shaped small-diameter portion;
the disc-shaped small-diameter portion having a diameter the same as a smaller-diameter face side of the truncated-cone-shaped portion;
the disc-shaped small-diameter portion smoothly connects with the truncated-cone-shaped portion on the smaller-diameter face side of the truncated-cone-shaped portion; and
a circumferential surface of the disc-shaped portion opposes a circumferential surface of the disc-shaped small-diameter portion and a thickness of the disc-shaped portion is substantially the same as a thickness of the disc-shaped small-diameter portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,334

GOLF BALL INCORPORATING COMPRESSION MOLDED LAYER AND METHODS AND TOOLING FOR MAKING

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A method of making a golf ball comprising the steps of:providing a length of extrudate having a width sufficient to be received within first and second half-shell molding cups;
cross-sectioning the extrudate at predetermined intervals along the length while progressing the extrudate along a plane that is perpendicular to a plane of rotation of a curved flying knife and forming a plurality of preforms, each having a cross-sectioned surface that is concave and curves inward toward a posterior end of the preform a curved depth that is greater than a depth created by a straight edge flying knife;
wherein the curved flying knife comprises:
an elongated body defining an inner end and a distal end; the inner end being rotatably connectable to a device for cross-sectioning a length of extrudate into a plurality of preforms;
a curved edge located on a first side of the elongated body and an opposing edge located on the opposite side of the elongated body; wherein each of the curved edge and the opposing edge extend between the inner end and distal end; and
wherein the curved edge curves away from the opposing edge at least at a location on the first side that contacts the extrudate and cross-sections it; and
depositing first and second preforms into a golf ball component mold, loading the mold into a mold press, closing the mold press, and forming first and second half-shell molding cups under sufficient heat and pressure;
wherein the cross-sectioned surfaces of the first and second preforms are face up in the golf ball component mold and form an inner surface of each half shell molding cup; and
mating first and second half-shell molding cups about a subassembly under sufficient heat and pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,333

FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURE

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A three-dimensional structure forming apparatus for forming a three-dimensional structure by laminating layers, the three-dimensional structure including a shaped article and a colored portion that colors a surface of the shaped article, the three-dimensional structure forming apparatus comprising:a memory section configured to store shape data of the three-dimensional structure, wherein the colored portion is a plurality of colored layers provided along an outer shape of the three-dimensional structure, and the shape data comprises input data for forming the colored portion; and
a switching section configured to switch between a first operation mode and a second operation mode when a shaping is performed to the three-dimensional structure according to the shape data;
wherein in the first operation mode, the shaping is performed to the three-dimensional structure that has the outer shape including the colored portion, based on the shape data but not based on the input data; and
in the second operation mode, both a full-color coloring and the shaping are performed to the three-dimensional structure based on both the shape data and the input data.

US Pat. No. 10,427,331

SCALABLE MANUFACTURING OF SUPERHYDROPHOBIC STRUCTURES IN PLASTICS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of manufacturing a superhydrophobic (SH) surface comprising:creating a master with SH features by:
depositing a rigid material onto a first surface, wherein said rigid material comprises a first layer comprising a first metal and a second layer comprising a second metal, wherein one of the first and second layers is solid calcium, wherein the first surface is a shrinkable platform;
shrinking the first surface by heating to create a SH surface, wherein the SH features comprise micro- and nano-scale structures that trap air pockets and prevent water from wetting the surface;
forming the master by contacting a master material with the shrunken first surface having a SH surface and hardening the master material while in contact with the shrunken first surface, wherein master material solidifies and acquires the SH features of the first surface; and
imprinting the SH features of the master onto a second surface to impart the SH features of the master onto the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,427,330

HYBRID LAY-UP MOLD

Ascent Aerospace, LLC, S...

1. A hybrid lay-up mold, comprising:an iron-nickel eggcrate structure;
an iron-nickel alloy interim working surface secured to the eggcrate structure, the eggcrate structure and interim working surface cooperating to define a base mold;
a carbon fiber composite material overlay bonded to the interim structure; and
wherein the lay-up mold is free of any mechanical attachments, the eggcrate structure being fabricated from welded together header boards, and the interim working surface being welded and atop the eggcrate structure.

US Pat. No. 10,427,329

INDUCTION HEATED MOLD APPARATUS WITH MULTIMATERIAL CORE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A mold apparatus comprising:a core portion comprising a core surface, a first induction coil, and an inner core, and wherein the core portion has a core portion mass;
a cavity portion comprising a second induction coil and a cavity surface, and wherein the cavity portion has a cavity portion mass;
wherein the inner core comprises a non-magnetic material, the core surface comprises a magnetic material, and a density of the non-magnetic material is less than a density of the magnetic material; and
wherein the core portion mass and the cavity portion mass differ by less than or equal to than 5%.

US Pat. No. 10,427,328

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING BULKED CONTINUOUS FILAMENT FROM RECYCLED PET

Aladdin Manufacturing Cor...

1. A method of manufacturing bulked continuous carpet filament, the method comprising:providing a polymer melt from an extruder to a chamber;
separating the polymer melt from the extruder into at least eight streams within the chamber, each stream at least partially exposed to the chamber encompassing the at least eight streams such that a surface area of each of the at least eight streams is exposed to a chamber pressure within the chamber;
reducing a pressure within the chamber to reach the chamber pressure below about 5 millibars corresponding to a desired moisture level or intrinsic viscosity associated with a single polymer stream comprising the at least eight streams of the polymer melt;
recombining the at least eight streams into the single polymer stream; and
forming the single polymer stream into bulked continuous carpet filament.

US Pat. No. 10,427,327

SEPARATION DEVICE AND SEPARATION METHOD

DAIKI CO., LTD., Tokyo (...

1. A separation device comprising:a first shredding unit that shreds a processing target containing a first material and a second material adhering to the first material;
a first separation unit that has a substantially cylindrical first tubular portion in which a large number of first holes that allow the second material contained in the processing target shredded by the first shredding unit to pass through without allowing the first material to pass through are formed, and that separates the second material passing through the first holes from the processing target by rotating the first tubular portion in a state in which the processing target shredded by the first shredding unit is accommodated in the first tubular portion;
a second shredding unit that shreds the processing target from which the second material passing through the first holes is separated by the first separation unit; and
a second separation unit that has a second tubular portion in which a large number of second holes that allow the second material contained in the processing target shredded by the second shredding unit to pass through without allowing the first material to pass through are formed, and that separates the second material passing through the second holes from the processing target by rotating the second tubular portion in a state in which the processing target shredded by the second shredding unit is accommodated in the second tubular portion,
wherein an inside of the first tubular portion is provided with a substantially cylindrical first rotating rod that has a central axis coinciding with a central axis of the first tubular portion and is rotatable about the central axis of the first rotating rod, and a first screw member that is helically provided around the first rotating rod and has a plurality of teeth formed in the first screw member,
an end portion of each of the teeth is constituted by a first side and a second side, the first side extending in a radial direction of the first tubular portion and the first rotating rod, the second side connecting an outer end of the first side to an inner end of the first side of a next tooth, and
the first rotating rod and the first screw member rotate such that the second side is located on a forward side with respect to a rotation direction of the first rotating rod and the first screw member and the first side is locatedon a rearward side with respect to the rotation direction in each of the teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,427,325

TWIN SCREW EXTRUDER FOR USE IN MANUFACTURING FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN COMPOSITION AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING FIBER-REINFORCED RESIN COMPOSITION

THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LT...

1. A twin screw extruder comprising:a cylinder housing twin screws arranged in parallel;
a resin feed part configured to feed a molten thermoplastic resin;
an input port arranged on the cylinder, and configured to receive a reinforcing fiber, the reinforcing fiber being fed through the input port into the molten thermoplastic resin located in the resin feed part of the cylinder;
a discharge-side part arranged at one end of the twin screw extruder;
a kneading part provided closer to the discharge-side part than a midpoint of the twin screw extruder, and configured to knead the reinforcing fiber and the molten thermoplastic resin to manufacture a fiber-reinforced resin composition;
a conveying part provided between the input port and the kneading part and configured to convey the reinforcing fiber and the molten thermoplastic resin to the kneading part;
a fiber relaxing part configured by a screw element, a minimum outer peripheral length of which has a value smaller than that of the screw element configuring the conveying part, the fiber relaxing part being provided between the conveying part and the kneading part, and adjacent to the conveying part and the kneading part and
a pin that protrudes into an interior of the cylinder of the twin screw extruder,
wherein a tip clearance is a distance between one of the twin screws and the cylinder, and a screw clearance is a distance between outer edges of the twin screws in a cross-sectional view perpendicular to rotational axes of the twin screws, and the tip clearance is larger than the screw clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,322

LIGHT-ABSORBING MATERIAL FLYING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR FLYING LIGHT-ABSORBING MATERIAL, AND APPLICATIONS USING SAME

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A light-absorbing material flying apparatus comprising:a light-absorbing material that absorbs light; and
a light-absorbing material flying section configured to irradiate the light-absorbing material with an optical vortex laser beam corresponding to a light absorption wavelength of the light-absorbing material to fly the light-absorbing material by an energy of the optical vortex laser beam in a direction in which the optical vortex laser beam is emitted to attach the light-absorbing material on an attachment target.

US Pat. No. 10,427,321

METHOD AND INSTALLATIONS FOR PROCESSING A VENEER AND CORRESPONDING VENEER

Faurecia Interieur Indust...

1. Veneer compression station, for processing a veneer having two parallel opposed faces and comprising at least one lignocellulosic layer made of lignocellulosic fibers having a grain extending along the opposed faces of the veneer, the station comprising two contra-rotative rollers defining between them a nip and a stop located such that an edge of the veneer is biased against the stop when driven between the rollers, the veneer being pushed against the stop by the rollers such that a compressive force is applied by the rollers to a portion of the veneer located between the nip and the stop in a direction parallel with the opposed faces of the veneer so as to mechanically compress the lignocellulosic fibers, wherein the compressive force is sufficient to reduce a dimension of the veneer in said direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,320

TREE GIRDLING TOOL

1. A hand-held tool for girdling the trunk of a tree, comprising:an elongated and horizontally disposed handle having a first end and a second end;
a horizontally disposed cutting blade support having a first elongated arm portion with first and second ends and a curved arm portion with first and second ends, said curved arm portion extending from said second end of said first elongated arm portion;
said first elongated arm portion and said curved arm portion dwelling in the same horizontal plane;
said first elongated arm portion of said cutting blade support being pivotally secured about a vertical axis to said handle inwardly of said second end of said handle;
an elongated and horizontally disposed first link being pivotally secured, about a vertical axis, to said first end of said first elongated arm portion of said cutting blade support;
an elongated and horizontally disposed second link having first and second ends;
said first end of said second link being pivotally secured, about a vertical axis, to one end of said first link;
said second end of said second link being pivotally secured, about a vertical axis, to said second end of said handle;
said curved arm portion of said cutting blade support configured to be positioned adjacent the trunk of a tree;
said curved arm portion of said cutting blade support having a plurality of spaced-apart pin openings formed therein;
a horizontally disposed blade carriage selectively movably mounted on said curved arm portion of said cutting blade support;
a pin associated with said cutting blade support and configured to extend through one of said pin openings in said curved arm portion of said cutting blade support to adjustably secure said blade carriage to said curved arm portion of said cutting blade support to adjust said blade carriage to various tree diameters;
a cutting blade secured to said blade carriage for girdling the trunk of the tree as said handle is moved around the tree;
said handle being in movable engagement, intermediate its length, with the trunk of the tree as said handle is moved around the tree; and
said cutting blade support being in movable engagement, intermediate its length, with the trunk of the tree as said handle is moved around the tree.

US Pat. No. 10,427,319

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING NATURAL CORK FILM

Seoyon E-Hwa Co., Ltd., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a natural cork film, comprising:forming a cork layer by slicing a prepared natural cork material;
forming a fiber layer by attaching a fiber sheet to one surface of the cork layer;
pre-treating a lamination of the cork layer and the fiber layer for preventing discoloration of the cork layer; and
forming a resin layer by attaching a resin sheet to the fiber layer during the pre-treating a lamination of the cork layer and the fiber layer step;
wherein the pre-treating a lamination of the cork layer and the fiber layer step comprises decolorizing the cork layer of the lamination with a decolorant,
wherein the decolorizing is performed by impregnating the lamination with decolorant and agitating, and
wherein the decolorant is a hydrogen peroxide dilute solution comprising 20 wt. % to 50 wt. % of hydrogen peroxide with respect to a total weight of the hydrogen peroxide dilute solution wherein the hydrogen peroxide solution further comprises ammonia, and wherein a weight ratio ammonia to hydrogen peroxide is 1:20 to 1:5.

US Pat. No. 10,427,318

METHOD OF CREATING A WOOD-BASED FALSE STONE

1. A method of creating a wood-based false stone comprising:collecting a plurality of stems from a plant, the plant being a rabbit brush plant;
cutting each of the plurality of stems to a uniform length;
debarking each of the plurality of stems;
applying a dye to each of the plurality of stems;
allowing the dye to dry completely;
saturating the plurality of stems in a resin;
placing the plurality of stems in a mold;
compressing the plurality of stems within said mold;
removing the compressed plurality of stems from the mold;
cutting the compressed plurality of stems into a plurality of slices; and
shaping each of the plurality of slices into a plurality of cutouts.

US Pat. No. 10,427,317

BATTERY-POWERED PORTABLE CUTTING TOOLS

HUSQVARNA AB, Huskvarna ...

15. A battery-powered portable cutting tool, comprising:a housing,
a cutting element supported by the housing and extending from a cutting end of the housing,
an electric motor coupled to the cutting element so as to drive the cutting element to cut,
a battery electrically coupled to the motor so as to supply electric current to the motor, and
a control circuit coupled to the battery and the motor to control the supply of electric current to the motor from the battery, the control circuit comprising a main switch and an auxiliary switch;
wherein the control circuit is configured to be in an active state in response to the auxiliary switch being in a closed state; wherein, in the active state, the control circuit is configured to pass electric current from the battery to the motor to cause the cutting element to be driven in response to the main switch being in an actuated state;
wherein the control circuit is configured to be in an inactive state in response to the auxiliary switch being in an open state; wherein, in the inactive state, the control circuit is configured to prevent electric current from passing from the battery to the motor to prevent the motor from driving the cutting element whether the main switch is in the actuated state or an unactuated state;
wherein the auxiliary switch includes a suspension element mounted on the housing through a load sensor, the suspension element disposed at a rear end of the housing of the tool that is opposite the cutting end of the housing where the cutting element is supported, the load sensor configured to cause, based on a force applied to the load sensor, the auxiliary switch to be in the open state to cause the control circuit to change to the inactive state.

US Pat. No. 10,427,316

FOOD PROCESSOR WITH ADJUSTABLE BLADE ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A food processor comprising:a base having a motor positioned therein;
a removable bowl coupled to the base;
a removable lid coupled to the bowl so as to define a processing chamber, the lid having a feed tube that opens into the bowl;
a cutting blade positioned in the bowl and driven by the motor to cut food items advanced through the feed tube;
a rotating disk at least a portion of which is upwardly and downwardly movable relative to the cutting blade to adjust the distance therebetween, the rotating disk dividing the processing chamber into an upper compartment and a lower compartment;
a ramp positioned below the cutting blade to guide food items from the upper compartment into the lower compartment; and
an adjustment assembly operable to move at least the moveable portion of the rotating disk relative to the cutting blade, the adjustment assembly including a user-operated control device that is movable by a user to adjust the distance, and wherein the adjustment assembly is configured to retain at least the moveable portion of the rotating disk at any one of a plurality of non-equal vertical positions relative to the cutting blade, and to prevent upward and downward movement of at least the moveable portion of the rotating disk from at least two of the non-equal vertical positions relative to the cutting blade when the food processor is being used to cut food items.

US Pat. No. 10,427,315

METHOD FOR CUTTING A PROCESS MATERIAL UNDER THE APPLICATION OF ULTRASONIC ENERGY AS WELL AS CUTTING DEVICE

A O SCHALLINOX GMBH, Sch...

1. A cutting device designed for cutting a process material with a drive device that is connected to a movable or rotatable blade, the cutting device comprising:an ultrasound unit that provides ultrasonic energy to an energy converter, the energy converter being connected to the movable or rotatable blade via a coupling element; and
a control unit that controls the ultrasound unit such that the frequency of the ultrasonic energy is keyed between at least a first operating frequency and a second operating frequency,
wherein keying between the first operating frequency and the second operating frequency is performed with a keying frequency in a range from 2 Hz to 500 Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,427,314

APPARATUS FOR CUTTING PRODUCTS

FAM, Kontich (BE)

1. Apparatus for cutting products, comprising:a base;
a cutting head with at least one cutting element along the circumference of the cutting head for cutting products fed into the cutting head, the cutting head being rotatably fitted to the base;
an impeller adapted for rotating concentrically within the cutting head to urge products fed into the cutting head towards the circumference of the cutting head by means of imparting centrifugal force on the product;
a first drive mechanism for driving the rotation of the impeller at a first rotational speed setting the centrifugal force;
a second drive mechanism for driving the rotation of the cutting head at a second rotational speed, determined such with respect to the first rotational speed that the product is cut by the at least one cutting element at a predetermined cutting velocity, said cutting velocity being a differential between said first and second rotational speeds;
a controller provided with the first and second drive mechanisms for controlling the first and second rotational speeds within respectively a first range and a second range; and
at least one sensor configured to sense system related information and communicate the system related information to the controller, wherein the system related information comprises at least one of: temperature, product density, product compressibility, and product size and/or shape;wherein the controller is configured to adjust the cutting velocity imparted to the product being cut according to the system related information received by the at least one sensor and to simultaneously adjust the centrifugal force imparted by the impeller to the product being cut in response to the system related information received by the at least one sensor by adjusting the first and the second rotational speeds of respectively the first and second drive mechanisms during a cutting operations.

US Pat. No. 10,427,313

SYSTEMS FOR BUTTERING AND TOASTING BREAD

Creator, Inc., San Franc...

1. A system for buttering and toasting bread buns, the system comprising:a butter stage comprising:
a vessel configured to contain a liquid and defining a permeable surface;
a pressure supply fluidly coupled to the vessel; and
a first paddle assembly that, in operation (i) catches a bun crown dispensed into the butter stage, (ii) compresses a sliced face of the bun crown directly against the permeable surface, and (iii) releases the bun crown from the butter stage;
a toast stage comprising:
a toasting surface arranged vertically below the permeable surface;
a heating element arranged behind the toasting surface;
a second paddle assembly that is arranged vertically below the first paddle assembly and that, in operation (i) catches the bun crown released from the first paddle assembly, (ii) compresses the sliced face of the bun crown directly against the toasting surface, and (iii) releases the bun crown from the toasting surface; and
a third paddle assembly that is arranged vertically below the second paddle assembly and that, in operation (i) catches the bun crown released from the second paddle assembly, (ii) compresses the sliced face of the bun crown directly against the toasting surface, and (iii) releases the bun crown from the toasting surface; and
a camshaft coupled to the first paddle assembly, the second paddle assembly, and the third paddle assembly, wherein:
rotation of the camshaft moves the first paddle assembly from a first position to a second position and from the second position to the first position,
in the first position, the first paddle assembly compresses the sliced face of the bun crown against the permeable surface,
in the second position, the first paddle assembly releases the bun crown from the butter stage,
rotation of the camshaft moves the second paddle assembly from a first position to a second position and from the second position to the first position,
in the first position, the second paddle assembly compresses the sliced face of the bun crown against the toasting surface,
in the second position, the second paddle assembly releases the bun crown,
rotation of the camshaft moves the third paddle assembly from a first position to a second position and from the second position to the first position,
in the first position, the third paddle assembly compresses the sliced face of the bun crown against the toasting surface,
in the second position, the third paddle assembly releases the bun crown.

US Pat. No. 10,427,312

SHAVER'S HANDLE WITH A LOCK AND RELEASE MECHANISM FOR ENGAGING AND DISENGAGING A RAZOR CARTRIDGE

BIC-VIOLEX S.A., Anixi (...

1. A handle for a shaving razor adapted to releasably support a razor cartridge, the handle comprising:a handle body including an arm assembly having a pair of arms extending in a plane and being adapted to engage the razor cartridge;
an actuation button actuatable to release the razor cartridge, at least part of the actuation button being positioned to allow a finger of a user to make contact therewith when actuating the actuation button and being configured to move substantially perpendicular to the plane of the pair of arms; and
wherein the pair of arms are movable between a rest position for engaging the razor cartridge and a release position for disengaging the razor cartridge in response to the movement of the actuator button.

US Pat. No. 10,427,310

CUTTING DEVICE

1. A cutting device, comprising:a housing;
a carriage that is partially disposed in the housing and movable along a portion of a length of the housing, the carriage being movable between a first position and a second position along the portion of the length of the housing, the carriage extending further out of the housing in the second position as compared to the first position;
a cutting member that is removably disposable in the carriage;
a cover member that is removably attachable to the housing, the cover member including an aperture; and
an urging member having a first portion that is attached to the carriage and a second portion that is attached to the housing;
wherein the housing includes a locking member;
wherein when the carriage is in the first position and the cover member is attached to the housing, a portion of the locking member is movable into and out of the aperture of the cover member;
wherein when the carriage is in the second position and the cover member is attached to the housing, the portion of the locking member is locked in the aperture of the cover member so that the locking member locks the cover member to the housing; and
wherein the urging member urges the carriage to move from the second position toward the first position both when the cover member is attached to the housing and when the cover member is detached from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,427,309

MULTI-STAGE GRIPPER

1. A multi-element pneumatic gripper, equipped with a pump which enables operation of a suction cup, characterized in that the gripper consists of a multi-element pneumatic telescopic actuator (1), terminated on one side with a suction cup (2) with a weight (3) with a steel ball (4) inside the weight, and on the other side connected to a supply system (6), where an electromechanical pickup (5) is located at a base of a first element of the telescopic pneumatic actuator 1.

US Pat. No. 10,427,308

WIRE BODY PROCESSING STRUCTURE FOR ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A wire body processing structure for a robot having a wrist, a base end of which is connected to a forearm in a rotatable manner about a first axis and a distal end of which has a plurality of working tools attached thereto, the wire body processing structure comprising:a through-path extending therethrough along the first axis from the forearm to the distal end of the wrist;
a first conduit accommodated within the through path and having flexibility and disposed along the first axis;
a second conduit having flexibility and inserted inside the first conduit along longitudinal direction, and
an attachment flange member configured to attach the plurality of working tools to the distal end of the wrist,
wherein a first wire body for one of the working tools is disposed so as to extend longitudinally through the second conduit,
wherein a second wire body for another one of the working tools is disposed so as to extend longitudinally through a space between the first conduit and the second conduit,
a distal end of the first conduit is engaged with a hole formed in the wrist in a movable manner along the first axis, and
wherein the wire body processing structure comprises a movement limiting unit that limits movement of the first conduit along the first axis so as to prevent the first conduit from protruding toward the attachment flange member beyond a distal-end surface of the wrist.

US Pat. No. 10,427,307

AUTOMATED REPLACEMENT OF CONSUMABLE PARTS USING END EFFECTORS INTERFACING WITH PLASMA PROCESSING SYSTEM

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. An end-effector connectable to a robot for use with a processing tool, comprising:a finger assembly defined from a plate that includes a base and a pair of fingers that extend outward from the base, each of the pair of fingers includes a proximal end adjacent to the base where the finger assembly is coupled to an arm of the robot and a distal end is at tips of the pair of fingers;
a first set of contact pads disposed on a top surface of the finger assembly at the base and at the distal end of the pair of fingers, such that the first set of contact pads define an outer diameter, the first set of contact pads used to support a consumable part, when handled by the finger assembly;
a second set of contact pads disposed on the top surface of the finger assembly at the proximal end adjacent to the base and near the distal end, such that the second set of contact pads define an inner diameter, the second set of contact pads is used to support a substrate, when handled by the finger assembly,
wherein the outer diameter is disposed concentric to the inner diameter, and wherein the first set of contact pads provides a contact surface that is distinct from a contact surface provided by the second set of contact pads.

US Pat. No. 10,427,306

MULTIMODAL OBJECT IDENTIFICATION

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving a command for controlling a robot, the command referencing an object;
receiving sensor data for a portion of an environment of the robot, the sensor data being captured by a sensor of the robot;
identifying, from the sensor data, a gesture of a human that indicates a spatial region located outside of the portion of the environment described by the sensor data;
in response to identifying the gesture, accessing map data indicating locations of objects within a space, the map data being generated before receiving the command;
searching the map data for the object referenced in the command, wherein the search of the map data is restricted, based on the identified gesture, to the spatial region indicated by the gesture;
determining, based at least on searching the map data for the object referenced in the command, that the object referenced in the command is present in the spatial region indicated by the gesture; and
in response to determining that the object referenced in the command is present in the spatial region indicated by the gesture, controlling the robot to perform an action with respect to the object referenced in the command.

US Pat. No. 10,427,305

ROBOTIC CAMERA CONTROL VIA MOTION CAPTURE

AUTODESK, INC., San Rafa...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling a robot to generate multi-media content, the method comprising:generating, via a first set of one or more sensors, motion capture data based on one or more movements of an operator;
processing the motion capture data to generate control signals for controlling the robot, wherein a second set of one or more sensors is coupled to the robot;
transmitting the control signals to the robot to cause the robot to mimic the one or more movements of the operator; and
generating content associated with the one or more movements of the operator based on a plurality of image frames of the robot that are captured by the second set of one or more sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,427,304

ROBOTIC CHARGER ALIGNMENT

POWERHYDRANT LLC, Westwo...

1. A method for robotic charger alignment comprising:receiving at a robotic charger, a device identification of a receiving device;
retrieving a reference object (RO) of the receiving device from a database indexed by the device identification, wherein the RO is a rigid solid model of the receiving device constructed and arranged of a plurality of triangulated physical dimensions that collectively specify a spatial surface corresponding to a physical surface of the receiving device, the database further storing six floating point data points of the RO indicating the offset from a reference point of the RO to an inlet port of the receiving device;
imaging the receiving device to form at least two images having an angle therebetween with respect to a common location on the receiving device;
calculating, by an alignment processing device, a stereo disparity depth map from the at least two images;
acquiring point cloud from the stereo disparity depth map;
generating, by the alignment processing device, rotation and translation data by aligning the RO to the acquired point cloud;
applying an augmented reality alignment of the rigid solid model to sense data from the receiving device using the generated rotation and translation data to infer a location of the inlet port from the RO; and
moving the robotic charger proximal to the location of the inferred inlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,427,303

SUBSTRATE DEPOSITION SYSTEMS, ROBOT TRANSFER APPARATUS, AND METHODS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE MANUFACTURING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. An electronic device processing system, comprising:a mainframe housing including a transfer chamber, a first facet, a second facet opposite the first facet, a third facet, and a fourth facet opposite the third facet;
a first carousel assembly coupled to the first facet;
a second carousel assembly coupled to the third facet;
a first multi-position load lock coupled to the second facet, wherein the first multi-position load lock includes a first double height entrance, and further includes a first moveable lift body;
a first lift assembly coupled to the first moveable lift body;
a second load lock coupled to the fourth facet; and
a multi-axis robot comprising:
a first SCARA comprising:
a first upper arm adapted to rotate about a shoulder axis that extends through the first upper arm;
a first forearm rotationally coupled to and above the first upper arm at an outboard end of the first upper arm;
a first wrist member rotationally coupled to and below the first forearm at a first outer location of the first forearm; and
a first end effector coupled to the first wrist member, the first end effector disposed at a first height; and
a second SCARA comprising:
a second upper arm adapted to rotate about the shoulder axis, the shoulder axis also extending through the second upper arm;
a second forearm rotationally coupled to the second upper arm at an outboard end of the second upper arm, wherein the second forearm is positioned below the first forearm;
a second wrist member rotationally coupled to the second forearm at a second outer location of the second forearm; and
a second end effector coupled to the second wrist member, the second end effector disposed at a second height different from the first height;
wherein the first end effector of the first SCARA extends in a first direction away from the shoulder axis, wherein the second end effector of the second SCARA extends in a second direction away from the shoulder axis, and wherein the second direction is opposite the first direction and the first and second directions form substantially co-parallel lines of action;
wherein, at a first time, the first upper arm in a first extended position from the shoulder axis lies on a first plan view side of the substantially co-parallel lines of action and the second upper arm in a second extended position from the shoulder axis lies on a second plan view side of the substantially co-parallel lines of action, wherein the second plan view side is opposite the first plan view side;
wherein the first and second end effectors extend respectively in the first and second directions away from the shoulder axis along the substantially co-parallel lines of action at the first time such that the first and second end effectors respectively extend a distance from the shoulder axis sufficient to extend through a double height entrance of a process chamber and a double height entrance of a multi-position load lock respectively without extending the corresponding first or second wrist members therethrough;
wherein the multi-axis robot is adapted to operate in the transfer chamber to exchange substrates from both the first carousel assembly and the second carousel assembly; and
wherein the first moveable lift body includes a plurality of supports, and the first lift assembly is configured to position at least a selected one of the plurality of supports to engage the first end effector at the first height, the first height being within the double height entrance, and is further configured to position the selected one of the plurality of supports to engage the second end effector at the second height, the second height being within the double height entrance.

US Pat. No. 10,427,302

ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS CAPABLE OF TRANSFERRING WORKPIECE HAVING PARAMETER EXCEEDING RATED WORKPIECE PARAMETER

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot control apparatus, comprising:a processor configured to set a workpiece parameter value of a parameter of a workpiece, wherein the parameter affects transferability of the workpiece to be held and transferred by an arm of an industrial robot; and
a memory configured to store
a rated workpiece parameter value, which is a maximum value of the parameter at which the workpiece is transferable by the industrial robot at a rated velocity of the industrial robot; and
an upper-limit workpiece parameter value, which is an upper-limit value of the parameter of the workpiece transferrable by the arm of the industrial robot, and is greater than the rated workpiece parameter value,
wherein
the parameter of the workpiece includes a first parameter of the workpiece and a second parameter of the workpiece, the second parameter being different from the first parameter of the workpiece, and
the processor is configured to, in response to the set workpiece parameter value being greater than the stored rated workpiece parameter value and not greater than the upper-limit workpiece parameter value, for the first and second parameters, calculate a reduced maximum velocity of the industrial robot by
calculating a first maximum velocity with respect to the first parameter and a second maximum velocity with respect to the second parameter,
determining which one of the first and second maximum velocities has a smaller value,
setting the smaller value as the reduced maximum velocity of the industrial robot, the reduced maximum velocity being lower than the rated velocity, and
causing the industrial robot to transfer the workpiece at the reduced maximum velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,427,301

ROBOT SYSTEM AND ROBOT CONTROLLER

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

4. A robot system comprising:a robot configured to perform an operation with respect to a conveying device having a rotating body rotatable about a first rotation axis, and at least one shelf configured to rotate about a second rotation axis parallel to the first rotation axis so that the shelf is kept in a constant orientation; and
a robot controller configured to control the robot,
wherein the robot controller comprises:
a rotation angle obtaining section configured to obtain a rotation angle of the first rotation axis;
a coordinate system calculating section configured to, based on a first coordinate system having an origin on the first rotation axis and rotatable about the first rotation axis, calculate a second coordinate system and set the second coordinate system to the shelf, the second coordinate system having a constant orientation and three axes orthogonal to each other, one of which being parallel to the first rotation axis;
a position/orientation calculating section configured to calculate a position and orientation of the robot on a reference coordinate system, based on the rotation angle of the first rotation axis obtained by the rotation angle obtaining section and the position of the robot on the second coordinate system; and
a motion command generating section configured to generate a motion command for controlling a motion of the operation of the robot, based on the position and orientation of the robot calculated by the position/orientation calculating section.

US Pat. No. 10,427,300

ROBOT PROGRAM GENERATION FOR ROBOTIC PROCESSES

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A system for generating a path to be followed by a robot when said robot is to perform a process on a workpiece, said system comprising:a computing device having therein program code for operating said robot and obtaining information related to said workpiece, the computing device further having therein reference geometric information of said workpiece, and wherein said reference geometric information is correlated to a stored robot path to be followed by said robot to perform said process on at least a portion of said workpiece; and
a vision system for scanning said workpiece to obtain images thereof, said images provided to said computing device,
wherein said computing device is configured to process said images to obtain geometric information about said workpiece and determine whether said obtained geometric information correlates to said reference geometric information, and
wherein said computing device is configured to (1) utilize said stored robot path when performing said process on portions of said workpiece in which said obtained geometric information correlates with said reference geometric information, and (2) use, for a portion of said workpiece in which there is a difference between said obtained geometric information and said reference geometric information, the obtained geometric information for that different portion of said workpiece in combination with process related reference parameters stored in said computing device to generate said robot path and robot program process instructions to be followed by said robot to perform said process on the different portion of said workpiece, wherein the process related reference parameters are associated with the particular process to be performed on the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,427,299

DEVICE FOR ROBOT, ROBOT CONTROL DEVICE, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A device for a robot,wherein a first signal is transmitted from a robot control device to the robot, a second signal is transmitted from the robot control device to the device for a robot, and a third signal is transmitted from the robot control device to the device for a robot, the third signal is transmitted from the robot control device when a communication error between the robot control device and the device for a robot occurs so that the device for a robot is restarted via a reset circuit,
wherein the device for a robot is restarted via the reset circuit when the device for a robot receives the third signal which is a low-level signal continuing for a first period, and
the first period has a 9×n-bit length, and where n is a real number greater than 1.

US Pat. No. 10,427,298

ROBOT SYSTEM DISPLAYING INFORMATION FOR TEACHING ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot system, comprising a robot controller that controls a robot, a teach pendant including an orthogonal jog operation section for manually operating the robot with respect to each direction or a resultant direction of three orthogonal axes of a robot coordinate system fixed to the robot, and an information display device that displays information for teaching the robot,the robot controller comprising:
a sampling point calculation section that calculates, at predetermined cycles, a plurality of positions on the robot coordinate system through which a hand tip section of the robot can pass in a movement direction specified by the orthogonal jog operation section and sets the plurality of positions as sampling points;
a determination section that performs a first determination process to determine whether or not each of the sampling points is within a range of motion of the hand tip section, and a second determination process to determine whether or not each of the sampling points is in a vicinity of a singularity of the robot; and
a notification section that notifies the information display device of the positions of the sampling points and determination result information indicating results of the first determination process and the second determination process for the sampling points,
the information display device comprising:
a camera that photographs the robot;
a display section that displays an image of the robot photographed by the camera; and
a display processing section that generates, using the positions of the sampling points and the determination result information, a graphical image to show a linear trajectory passing through the sampling points, and to visually distinguish, in the linear trajectory, portions inside the range of motion of the hand tip section, portions outside the range of motion of the hand tip section, and portions near the singularity, and performs a process to overlay the graphical image on the image of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,427,297

ROBOT OPERATION COMMAND SYSTEM, TABLET TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD OF TABLET TERMINAL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A control method of a tablet terminal configured to establish a wireless connection with one of multiple controllers each having identification information and transmit an operation signal for commanding operation of a robot to the wirelessly connected controller, wherein the tablet terminal is configured to be removably held in a base configured to be wiredly or wirelessly connected to one of the controllers,the control method comprising a step of preventing the robot from being operated by the operation signal when the identification information of the controller to which the base holding the tablet terminal is connected does not coincide with the identification information of the controller to which the tablet terminal is connected in a state where the tablet terminal is able to transmit the operation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,427,296

OPERATING MULTIPLE TESTING ROBOTS BASED ON ROBOT INSTRUCTIONS AND/OR ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETERS RECEIVED IN A REQUEST

X DEVELOPMENT LLC, Mount...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, via one or more network interfaces, a request that includes robot instructions and environmental parameters,
wherein the robot instructions specify at least part of operation of a robot, and
wherein the environmental parameters indicate properties of environmental objects that are external to the robot and that are to be interacted with by the robot during operation of the robot based on the robot instructions;
based on receiving the request:
configuring a simulated operating space of a robot simulator based on the environmental parameters of the request so that the simulated operating space includes at least one simulated object having at least one of the properties of the environmental parameters, wherein the robot simulator is implemented on one or more computing devices;
causing the robot simulator to operate based on the robot instructions and with the simulated operating space that is configured based on the environmental parameters;
storing, in one or more computer readable media, simulated data generated by the robot simulator during the operation of the robot simulator based on the robot instructions and with the simulated operating space that is configured based on the environmental parameters; and
providing, in response to the request and via one or more of the network interfaces, information based on the simulated data.

US Pat. No. 10,427,295

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REINFORCING PROGRAMMING EDUCATION THROUGH ROBOTIC FEEDBACK

Play-i, Inc., San Mateo,...

1. A system for reinforcing programming education through toy robot feedback, the system comprising:an application executing on a user device remote from a toy robot, the application configured to:
receive a series of programming inputs from a user at a programming interface application on the user device;
receive a stream of sensor data from the toy robot;
automatically generate a set of control instructions for the toy robot based on a programming input of the series and the stream of sensor data; and
sending the set of control instructions to the toy robot;
the toy robot, configured to:
retrieve a robot personality;
prior to receiving the set of control instructions from the user device, automatically control the toy robot based on the robot personality, independent of a connection between the user device and the toy robot;
stream sensor data to the user device;
receive the set of control instructions from the user device; and
in response to receiving the set of control instructions, operate the toy robot based on the set of control instructions and the robot personality.

US Pat. No. 10,427,294

PARALLEL LINK ROBOT AND PARALLEL LINK STRUCTURE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A parallel link robot, comprising:a fixation unit including a plurality of driving sources;
a movable section;
a plurality of first links connected to the plurality of driving sources;
a plurality of connection sections rotatably connected to the plurality of first links;
a plurality of second links rotatably connected to the plurality of first links via the plurality of connection sections;
a plurality of first shaft sections rotatably connected to the plurality of second links;
a plurality of third links rotatably connected to the plurality of second links via the plurality of first shaft sections; and
a plurality of second shaft sections, wherein
the plurality of third links are rotatably connected to the movable section via the plurality of second shaft sections,
the plurality of second shaft sections extends peripherally outward from the movable section,
the plurality of driving sources includes parallel output shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,427,293

SOFT EXOSUIT FOR ASSISTANCE WITH HUMAN MOTION

Prisident and Fellows of ...

1. A wearable exosuit, comprising:a first anchor element configured for positioning on a first body part of a person wearing the wearable exosuit;
a second anchor element configured for positioning on a second body part of the person wearing the wearable exosuit;
at least one actuator coupled to the first anchor element and the second anchor element and configured to apply a tensile force to the first anchor element and the second anchor element for generating a beneficial moment for assisting motion of a body joint disposed within or between the first anchor element and the second anchor element,
wherein at least one of the first anchor element and the second anchor element includes:
a base material configured for positioning against the respective body part of the person; and
at least one inextensible fabric component integrated with the base material extending from a connection point of the at least one actuator at the respective anchor element to a portion of the respective anchor element overlying a bony feature of the corresponding body part, thereby providing a force path through the inextensible fabric component in the respective anchor element configured to direct the tensile force to act upon the bony feature of the corresponding body part.

US Pat. No. 10,427,292

LINKED MICROMECHANICAL POSITIONING APPARATUS FOR REAL-TIME TESTING AND MEASUREMENT

Sensapex Oy, Oulu (FI)

1. A micromechanical positioning device, comprising:a micromechanical positioning actuator for causing movement of a probe with respect to a target;
a positioning controller, said positioning controller having an output, said output coupled to said actuator for controlling said movement; and
said positioning controller having a steering input wherein said steering input is arranged to be coupled to at least one other device over a local communication connection to receive one or more steering signals from said other device, wherein said other device is a micromechanical positioning device, a measurement device or a stimulus device operating on said target, wherein said local communication connection comprises a local communication network for carrying communication messages, wherein said steering input comprises a communications controller operatively connectable to said communication network, wherein said positioning controller is arranged to control said movement based on said steering signals from said other device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,291

MOVING ROBOT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A moving robot performing automatic traveling, the moving robot comprising:a main body;
a drive assembly moving the main body;
a sensor provided in the main body and configured to sense information related to a surface area or an obstacle;
a controller configured to control the drive assembly on the basis of the information sensed by the sensor; and
a cleaner head to clean the surface area,
wherein the drive assembly includes:
a plurality of pulleys;
a motor connected to any one of the plurality of pulleys and generating a driving force;
a belt in contact with and configured to rotate along the plurality of pulleys; and
a support shaft connected to at least two of the plurality of pulleys and configured to change a position of the at least two of the plurality of pulleys such that an area in which the belt is in contact with the surface area or the obstacle is equal to or greater than a reference area, and when the area in which the belt is in contact with the surface area or the obstacle is equal to or greater than the reference area, the main body passes along the surface area or over the obstacle to prevent slippage between the belt and the surface area or the obstacle,
wherein, in response to an external force applied to the drive assembly, at least one of a length of the support shaft, a position of the support shaft, and an angle between the support shaft and the main body is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,427,290

CRAWLER ROBOT FOR IN SITU GAP INSPECTION

General Electric Company,...

1. A robotic crawler comprising:an expandable body movable between a collapsed state and an expanded state;
a plurality of multidirectional traction modules removably connected to the expandable body, the multidirectional traction modules configured to engage opposed surfaces within an annular gap of a machine; and
a plurality of sensor modules removably connected to the expandable body and positioned by the plurality of multidirectional traction modules, the plurality of sensor modules including a plurality of sensor types to inspect the annular gap of the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,427,289

MULTI-POSITION UTILITY HOOK ASSEMBLY FOR A TOOL

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A tool comprising:a housing including a handle;
a mounting member adjacent to the handle;
a hook slidably received in a channel defined by the mounting member and movable relative to the mounting member between a first position and a second position;
a cover mounted to the mounting member defining a through-hole having a first shape;
a spring; and
a locking device movable relative to the mounting member between:
a locked position in which the locking device prevents the hook from moving from the first position to the second position; and
an unlocked position in which the locking device does not prevent the hook from moving from the first position to the second position,
wherein the locking device includes a first portion and a second portion connected to the first portion,
wherein a portion of the mounting member defines a receptacle, the portion of the mounting member configured to receive the spring and the locking device,
wherein the spring is positioned between a first end wall of the locking device and a second end wall that partially defines the portion of the mounting member,
wherein the spring is biased by the second end wall and the cover,
wherein, when the locking device is in the locked positon, the first portion engages the hook and the first portion is in a third position relative to the hook,
wherein the first portion is positioned between the cover and the spring, and
wherein the second portion: (1) enables the hook to transversely move when the locking device is in the unlocked position and the second portion is in the third position relative to the hook; (2) has the first shape of the though-hole defined in the cover; and (3) slidably extends through the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,427,287

TOOL FOR ENHANCING TORQUE APPLICATION TO ROTATING TOOLS

1. An extension bar for increasing a torque force of a tool, wherein the extension bar comprises:a tube having an outer surface, a first end and a second end, wherein the first end comprises a hollow with an inner surface for receiving at least one portion of the tool, wherein the inner surface of the hollow comprises four bracing dogs, wherein the four bracing dogs are each affixed to the tool with a center threaded member and at least two outer threaded members, wherein the center threaded member of each respective bracing dog extends past an outer surface of the respective bracing dog, and wherein the at least two outer threaded members of each respective bracing dog terminate against the outer surface of the respective bracing dog,
wherein the center threaded members and the outer threaded members each extend through the inner surface of the tube to the outer surface of the tube, wherein the four bracing dogs and their respective outer threaded members exert pressure on the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,427,286

MULTI-USE AX

1. A device comprising:a handle having a longitudinal axis defining a vertical direction;
a head comprising:
a first top surface comprising a traction feature;
an ax face comprising a blunt surface, the blunt surface having a top end proximate the first top surface and a bottom end, the blunt surface being flanked by beveled edges and comprising a substantially flat surface;
a pick comprising:
a first pick portion having a first width that is substantially a same width as the head of the device, the first pick portion of the pick extending away from the ax face; and
a second pick portion extending away from the first pick portion and having a tapering width that tapers from the first width to a point,
wherein:
a thickness of the pick tapers uniformly across the first pick portion and the second pick portion, the first pick portion having a second top surface;
the second pick portion has a third top surface and a bottom surface that come to the point with two lateral side surfaces; and
the second top surface and the third top surface define a generally flat upper surface of the pick; and
an anchor notch comprising:
a first notch portion extending away from the first top surface of the head, towards the handle of the device, and in a first direction substantially in parallel with the vertical direction, the first notch portion being connected with a surface of the handle of the device;
a second notch portion spanning between a top end of the first notch portion and a top end of a third notch portion of the anchor notch, wherein the second notch portion extends in a second direction that is transverse to the first direction; and
the third notch portion extending in a third direction transverse to the second direction and defining a perimeter that is convex, wherein the third notch portion connects to the bottom end of the blunt surface; and
the handle comprising:
a proximal end coupled to the first notch portion of the anchor notch head and a distal end, wherein the handle has a total length extending generally in the vertical direction from the proximal end to the distal end;
one or more wrench holes; and
a belay loop, the belay loop comprising a hole through a second width of the handle a distance from the head providing a belay point with respect to the anchor notch or the pick, the distance greater than one half of the total length of the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,285

PUNCHING TOOL EQUIPPED WITH A GUIDE SLEEVE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. A punching tool for extracting an element to be punched from a hole of a part, the punching tool comprising:a body and
a rod oriented in a first direction and comprising a free end configured to cooperate with an element to be punched,
a guide sleeve containing a guide with a conduit extending from a first end face to a second end face and configured to rest against the part,
said conduit comprising a first portion which opens at the first end face and is configured to house the body of the punching tool and allow a translation movement of the body of the punching tool relative to the guide in the first direction between a rest position, in which the rod of the punching tool is positioned inside the conduit of the guide sleeve, and an active position, in which the rod of the punching tool protrudes relative to the second end face of the guide sleeve,
said conduit comprises a second portion having a diameter greater than a diameter of the first portion wherein the second portion opens at the second end face and is configured to house a part of the element to be punched.

US Pat. No. 10,427,284

FASTENER DRIVING TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A fastener driving tool comprising:a plunger that configured to move in a driving direction of a driving target;
an impact spring that biases the plunger in the driving direction;
a motor;
a drive mechanism coupled to the motor and configured to move the plunger, by rotation of the motor, in a direction opposite to the driving direction, and configured to disengage the plunger when the plunger reaches top dead center;
a motor drive control unit that starts power supply to the motor in accordance with a received driving command, and then cuts off the power supply to the motor when the movement of the plunger is performed and a motor drive time required for the plunger to move from bottom dead center to top dead center side has elapsed;
a position detection unit that detects that the plunger has reached a predetermined position during the power supply to the motor by the motor drive control unit; and
a timer unit that measures time after the power supply to the motor is started by the motor drive control unit until the position detection unit detects that the plunger has reached the predetermined position,
the motor drive control unit being further configured to execute a stop control for stopping the motor at the predetermined stop position after the power supply to the motor is cut off, based on the time measured by the timer unit.

US Pat. No. 10,427,283

OIL FILTER REMOVER

TOP WELL TOOLS INDUSTRIAL...

1. An oil filter remover, including:a main body, defining a center, the main body having at least three first pivot portions arranged spacedly at a periphery thereof, the main body further having at least one first connecting portion located between two adjacent ones of the first pivot portions, the first connecting portion including a receiving groove penetrating the main body axially, the receiving groove elongatedly extending from the periphery of the main body along a first chord, the receiving groove having a first end at the periphery of the main body and an opposite second end, the first end of the receiving groove being separated from the first pivot portions along the periphery of the main body;
a toothed element, rotatebly arranged at the center of the main body, the toothed element being formed with an annular toothed portion around a periphery thereof, the toothed element further having a driving portion for a tool to connect with;
at least three claw elements, each claw element has a bent clamping portion at an end thereof and a second pivot portion at an other end thereof, the second pivot portions being pivotally connected to the first pivot portions respectively, each claw element having a toothed portion beside the second pivot portion, the toothed portions being engaged with the annular toothed portion respectively, at least one of the claw elements further having a second connecting portion located between the clamping portion and the second pivot portion, the clamping portions enclosing a clamping space;
an elastic element, the elastic element being at least partially received in the receiving groove, two opposite ends of the elastic element being connected to the second end of the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion respectively so that the claw elements tend to pivot toward the main body, an extension direction of the elastic element traversing an extension direction of the claw element.

US Pat. No. 10,427,282

ROTARY IMPACT TOOL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A rotary impact tool comprising:a motor;
an impact mechanism including an output shaft for attachment thereto of a tool element, the impact mechanism being configured to rotate the output shaft by a rotational force of the motor and, when a torque equal to or greater than a given value is externally applied to the output shaft in a direction opposite a rotational direction of the output shaft, to intermittently apply an impact force as a momentary torque to the output shaft in the rotational direction of the output shaft;
a rotational direction setting unit configured to be operated by a user of the rotary impact tool to set a rotational direction of the motor either to a forward rotational direction as a direction of tightening an object using the tool element or to a reverse rotational direction as a direction of loosening the tightened object;
an abnormal impact detection unit configured to detect an abnormal impact, the abnormal impact being a state in which a reaction force from the output shaft against the impact mechanism is greater than a specified value when the impact mechanism produces the impact force;
a protection unit configured to stop the motor or reduce a rotational speed of the motor on a condition that the abnormal impact detection unit detects the abnormal impact;
a control unit configured to control activation of the protection unit differently when the rotational direction of the motor is set to the reverse rotational direction by the rotational direction setting unit in comparison with when the rotational direction of the motor is set to the forward rotational direction by the rotational direction setting unit; and
a count value determination unit configured to determine whether a count value corresponding to the number of abnormal impacts detected by the abnormal impact detection unit has reached a specified value,
the protection unit being configured to be activated on a condition that the count value determination unit determines that the count value has reached the specified value, and
the control unit being configured to set the specified value to a larger value when the rotational direction of the motor is set to the reverse rotational direction in comparison with when the rotational direction of the motor is set to the forward rotational direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,281

DYNAMIC OFF-AXIS TORQUE WRENCH COMPENSATION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A torque wrench extending along a longitudinal axis and comprising:a head shaped and adapted to engage at least one of a fastener or a torque-application adaptor aligned with a torque axis, the head defining a plane oriented normal to the torque axis;
a body comprising a handle and a click-pivot assembly, the click-pivot assembly comprising first and second members coupled by a link, the click-pivot assembly configured to indicate application of a predetermined amount of torque via the handle, wherein the body extends along the longitudinal axis and the head is pivotable with respect to the body such that an angle between the torque axis and the longitudinal axis is variable; and
a torque adjustment assembly, the head pivotally coupled to the body via the torque adjustment assembly, the torque adjustment assembly comprising at least one of a cam, an arrangement of links, or a guide that provides an assembly geometry that provides a consistent amount of torque to the head from the body when the head is pivoted with respect to the body such that the angle between the torque axis and the longitudinal axis varies, wherein the torque adjustment assembly is configured to vary a distance of the entire head from the body when the head pivots relative to the body such that the angle between the torque axis and the longitudinal axis varies, wherein a change in an angle between the torque axis and the longitudinal axis dynamically adjusts an amount of torque provided by the head by a predetermined amount relative to the predetermined amount of torque applied via the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,427,280

ADJUSTABLE GRIPPING TOOL

1. An adjustable gripping tool, comprising:a generally cylindrical frame aligned along an axis, the frame including at least a first and second radial slot;
at least a first and second jaw, each jaw slidably disposed in a respective radial slot such that the motion of each jaw is limited to linear radial motion toward or away from the axis,
a first disc rotatable about the axis and coupled to each of the jaws such that the rotation of the first disc with respect to the frame advances or retracts each jaw within each radial slot toward or away from the axis, and wherein the first disc is slidable along the axis with respect to the frame in a direction toward or away from the frame;
a second disc rotatable about the axis;
a ratcheting assembly including a main body and a sliding member, the main body including a first end and a second end aligned along the axis, the main body rotatable about the axis, the second end including a gear, the sliding member coupled to the first disc and configured to slide along the axis independently from the main body in a direction toward or away from the frame to slide the first disc toward or away from the frame; and
a switching assembly coupled to the gear of the main body and configured to engage the gear to selectively rotate the gear in a first direction or a second direction about the axis,
wherein when the sliding member is advanced along the axis in a direction toward the frame, the first disc is advanced along the axis and the first end of the main body of the ratcheting assembly is coupled to the first disc such that the rotation of the gear of the main body controls the rotation of the first disc, and
wherein when the sliding member is retracted along the axis in a direction away from the frame, the first disc is retracted along the axis and is uncoupled from the first end of the main body of the ratcheting assembly and the first disc is coupled to the second disc such that the rotation of the second disc controls the rotation of the first disc.

US Pat. No. 10,427,279

SCREW INSTALLATION AID FOR HOLDING AND ALIGNING A SCREW

1. A screw installation aid for holding and aligning a screw in an inclined screw axis relative to the component to be screwed, with at least one screw guide, in which the screw is received in the inclined screw axis, and which has an opening through which a screwing tool can be advanced to the screw head coaxially to the screw axis, in order to install the screw in the component in its inclined position,wherein the screw installation aid can be adapted to the component in that it possesses first and second clamping blocks that are adjustable relative to one another, the adjacent inner sides of which limit a clamping width “w” and which, during the screwing process, clamp the component to be screwed,
wherein the screw installation aid encompasses a telescopic cross-member that comprises at least two support segments that can be adjusted coaxially to one another, the undersides of which facing the component to be screwed form a level and, before adaptation to the component, continuous support surface and with each of the undersides bearing one of the clamping blocks,
wherein the clamping blocks can be positioned from a home position to an opening position against the resistance of a spring device between both support segments,
wherein the at least one screw guide is enclosed in at least one of the support segments,
wherein the first support segment bears on its end surface a tubular pin, which extends in a longitudinal direction along the clamping axis, and the second support segment exhibits on its end surface an opening that receives the pin,
wherein the tubular pin of the first support segment is received inside a chamber of the second support segment and can be moved coaxially relative to the common clamping axis, and
wherein the tubular pin within its tube chamber houses a spring,which is supported at one of its ends on the inner end wall of the pin and at its other end on a driver arranged on the inner wall of the chamber of the second support segment.

US Pat. No. 10,427,278

DRIVING TOOL

Hong Ann Tool Industries ...

1. A driving tool comprising:a coupling component;
a driving component formed as one piece from a single material and coupled to the coupling component;
wherein the coupling component defines a first compartment and the driving component is received by the first compartment, wherein the first compartment includes a first receiving section and a second receiving section, wherein the driving component includes a first driving body portion, a second driving body portion, and a connecting portion integrally formed together, wherein the second driving body portion extends between the first driving body portion and the connecting portion, wherein the connecting portion includes an outer periphery inserted through the first receiving section and contacting and fixedly disposed with a tight interference fit in the second receiving section, wherein the connecting portion and the second receiving section are forced into the tight interference fit with each other such that the connecting portion and the second receiving section are unable to detach from each other, wherein the coupling component defines a second compartment extending from the second receiving section, wherein the second driving body portion includes a length inserted and disposed in the first receiving section, wherein the connecting portion includes a length protruding in the second compartment, and wherein the length of the connecting portion is shaped to form a retaining structure that has two opposite lateral sides spaced at a width greater than the first width and that abuts against an end wall of the second compartment, wherein the second compartment extends towards the slot past the retaining structures, wherein the first and second driving body portions are made to have a first hardness and the connecting portion is made to have a second a second hardness different from the first hardness, and wherein the second hardness is less than the first hardness.

US Pat. No. 10,427,277

IMPACT WRENCH HAVING DYNAMICALLY TUNED DRIVE COMPONENTS AND METHOD THEREOF

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

1. A method of dynamically tuning the drive components of an impact wrench, the method comprisingmodifying the interface between an anvil and a socket so that the combined stiffness of the anvil and the socket when coupled together is in the region of 4/3 the stiffness of the hex fastener on which the impact wrench is being used; and
modifying the weight distribution of the anvil and the socket so that their combined inertia, when removably coupled together, is equal to within 10% of the inertia of a hammer of the impact wrench, thereby facilitating a hammer velocity of near zero when the socket exerts peak force upon the fastener during tightening.

US Pat. No. 10,427,276

TORQUE MULTIPLIER MODULE

TYM LABS L.L.C., Saddle ...

1. A torque multiplier module for use with a wrench, comprising:a sealed housing having an input opening and an output opening;
a planetary gear arrangement disposed inside the sealed housing and configured to engage an external input received from the wrench via the input opening;
a drive fitting connected to the planetary gear arrangement and accessible via the output opening; and
wherein the sealed housing is rotationally fixed to the wrench when the planetary gear arrangement is engaged with the external input by at least one pin that is fixed to the sealed housing and configured to slidingly engage a bore in the wrench to rotationally fix the sealed housing to the wrench.

US Pat. No. 10,427,275

VARIABLE GEAR RATIO RATCHET

Gauthier Biomedical, Inc....

1. A driving tool comprising:a) a housing having an open end;
b) a shaft operably connected to the housing and disposed at least partially within the open end;
c) a gear assembly at least partially disposed within the housing and engaged with the shaft;
d) a gear ratio switching mechanism engaged with the gear assembly; the switching mechanism including a collar slidably disposed along an exterior of the housing to slide in a linear axial direction with regard to the gear assembly and a number of teeth disposed on the collar and selectively connected to the gear assembly; and
e) at least one of a ratcheting mechanism or a torque limiting mechanism at least partially disposed within the housing and operably engaged with the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,427,274

GRINDING LIQUID TROUGH ARRANGEMENT

Tormek AB, Lindesberg (S...

1. A grinding liquid trough arrangement for a grinding machine having a grindstone which is arranged to be rotated in a direction of rotation, wherein said grinding liquid trough arrangement comprises:a trough for grinding liquid formed by a trough wall, wherein the trough is configured to be arranged at a grinding machine having a grindstone such that the trough encloses a portion of a grindstone, wherein the trough wall comprises at least one metal element which is attractable to magnets, and wherein the grinding liquid trough arrangement comprises at least one magnetic element which is configured to be detachably attached to an external side of the trough wall by means of magnetic attraction between the magnetic element and the metal element.

US Pat. No. 10,427,272

ENDPOINT DETECTION WITH COMPENSATION FOR FILTERING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

16. A method of polishing, comprising:polishing a layer of a substrate;
monitoring the layer of the substrate with an in-situ monitoring system to generate a signal that depends on a thickness of the layer;
filtering the signal to generate a filtered signal;
determining an adjusted threshold value from an original threshold value and a time delay value representative of time required for filtering the signal; and
triggering a polishing endpoint when the filtered signal crosses the adjusted threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,427,271

GRINDING ARM FOR GRINDING OF WORKPIECES WITH AN INNER PROFILE WITH A GRINDING WHEEL

KAPP WERKZEUGMASCHINEN GM...

1. A grinding arm for grinding of workpieces with an inner profile with a grinding wheel,wherein the grinding arm has a tube-shaped base body with a longitudinal axis and two axial end regions, the grinding wheel being supported at a first of the axial end regions and a first drive for the grinding wheel being arranged in a second of the axial end regions, wherein a transmission of rotation from the first drive to the grinding wheel takes place by way of a first transmission system,
wherein the grinding wheel is arranged on a grinding spindle which is driven by the first transmission system and rotates around an axis of rotation,
wherein the grinding spindle is supported in a carrier body which is arranged in the base body so as to be rotatable around an axis, which axis is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis as well as perpendicular to the axis of rotation, wherein the axis of rotation and the axis intersect.

US Pat. No. 10,427,270

BELT SANDER ERGONOMIC ARTICULATING ARM BELT WITH BUTTON RELEASE, LOCK, AND SEALED HOUSING

Ingersoll-Rand Company, ...

1. A powered belt sander comprising:a housing containing an internal motor configured to drive a shaft about a drive axis; and
a belt arm having opposing rollers, each roller having a rotational axis, with an abrasive belt positioned thereon, one of the rollers comprising a drive roller operatively coupled to the shaft and the other roller positioned proximate a distal end of the belt arm, the abrasive belt being configured to translate about the rollers in response to input from the shaft,
wherein the belt arm pivots about the drive axis to angle the belt arm at one of a stowed position and a plurality of working positions,
wherein at the stowed position a line from the rotational axis of the drive roller to the rotational axis of the other roller is substantially parallel to a line between a first end and a second end of a grip portion of the housing, and at one or more of the plurality of working positions the line from the drive roller to the other roller is transverse to the line between the first end and the second end of the grip portion of the housing,
wherein the belt arm is fixedly connected to an engagement member extending radially inwardly toward the drive axis, the engagement member releasably engaging one of a plurality of indentations such that when the engagement member engages any one of the indentations the belt arm is positioned at one of the stowed position and the plurality of working positions.

US Pat. No. 10,427,269

POLISHING APPARATUS AND POLISHING METHOD

EBARA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A polishing apparatus comprising:a rotatable substrate holder for holding a substrate;
a pressing member for pressing a polishing tool against the substrate;
an actuator configured to control a pressing force of the pressing member;
a positioning member which is movable together with the pressing member;
a stopper arranged to restrict movement of the pressing member and the positioning member;
a stopper moving mechanism configured to move the stopper in a predetermined direction;
a polishing-load detector configured to obtain a load feedback value which varies according to a polishing load applied to the pressing member; and
a stopper-speed determining device configured to determine a movement speed of the stopper which can allow the load feedback value to fall within a set range.

US Pat. No. 10,427,268

FINISHING DEVICE FOR FINISH MACHINING OF A WORKPIECE, IN PARTICULAR OF A CRANKSHAFT OR A CAMSHAFT

1. A finishing device for finish machining a workpiece, the device comprising:a first workpiece holder;
a rotary drive configured to rotate the workpiece about a workpiece axis;
a first finishing tool configured to machine a main bearing concentric to the workpiece axis;
a second finishing tool configured to machine an additional bearing;
a second workpiece holder arranged in an additional area outside a working area, the additional area being a portion of an interior of the finishing device that is adjacent to the working area in a direction of a transport axis,
wherein the finishing tools can be moved along the transport axis which extends via the working area defined by the first workpiece holder so that the finishing tools can be moved into the additional area.

US Pat. No. 10,427,267

MACHINE AND PROCESSES FOR FITTING CABLE BUSHINGS

SCHLEUNIGER HOLDING AG, ...

1. A method for fitting a cable bushing onto a cable, comprising the steps of:providing a fitting region;
providing a mandrel at said fitting region, said mandrel including an outer diameter surface for receiving respective cable bushings thereon, and an inner diameter surface defining an inner hollow portion within which to receive a cable therethrough;
successively pushing respective ones of the cable bushings onto the outer diameter surface of the hollow mandrel;
directing a camera towards said fitting region;
providing at least two stripping jaws to grasp the respective cable bushings that have been pushed onto the outer diameter surface of the hollow mandrel, wherein at least one of said at least two stripping jaws is provided in a rotatable manner to rotate on a stripping jaw rotation axis that is laterally offset from an optical axis of said camera;
rotating the at least one of said stripping jaws towards closing to grasp the respective cable bushings with the stripping jaws that have been pushed onto the outer diameter surface of the mandrel;
feeding a cable through the inner hollow region of the mandrel;
executing a relative movement between the hollow mandrel and the stripping jaws to push the cable bushing off the outer diameter surface of the mandrel and onto the cable; and,
rotating the at least one of said stripping jaws to a selected open extent that permits said camera to have an unimpeded view of the fitted cable bushing.

US Pat. No. 10,427,266

METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING NOTIFICATION PERTAINING TO ACTIONABLE CONDITION OF ELECTRICAL SHOP TOOL

Snap-on Incorporated, Ke...

1. A method pertaining to an actionable condition of an electrical shop tool (EST), the method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, measurement data transmitted by a measurement device connected to the EST;
determining, by the one or more processors based on the measurement data, one or more individual jobs performed using the EST, wherein each individual job is based on at least two measurement data values of the measurement data;
determining, by the one or more processors, the actionable condition of the EST based on the one or more individual jobs performed using the EST;
determining, by the one or more processors, a notification indicative of the actionable condition; and
transmitting, by the one or more processors, the notification to a communication network, wherein the notification is addressed to a destination identifier associated with at least one of the measurement device and the EST,
wherein the measurement data comprise one or more sets of at least two measurements of a voltage differential associated with one or more electrical circuits connected to one or more sensors, and
wherein each of the one or more sets of at least two measurements represents one of the individual jobs performed using the EST.

US Pat. No. 10,427,265

ROTATING TABLE DEVICE

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A rotating table device comprising:a base member;
a rotating member supported by the base member so as to be rotatable about a predetermined axis;
a brake disk that is secured to the rotating member; and
a clamping mechanism that clamps the brake disk and maintains the rotating member in a stationary state with respect to the base member;
wherein the clamping mechanism is provided with a piston that is attached so as to be movable, in a direction along the predetermined axis with respect to the base member, between a clamped position at which the clamping mechanism presses the brake disk in a plate-thickness direction via a working fluid and an unclamped position at which the clamping mechanism is separated from the brake disk;
a plate spring that is secured to the piston and the base member and that is formed to bias the piston toward the clamped position via only a restoring force generated by elastic deformation of the plate spring when a pressure of the working fluid is not acting; and
a coil spring that is disposed between the piston and the base member and that is configured to interpose the piston between the plate spring and the coil spring, and that constantly biases the piston toward the clamped position via a restoring force generated by elastic deformation of the coil spring.

US Pat. No. 10,427,264

DEVICE FOR PASSING LUBRICANT OUT OF A LUBRICANT COLLECTING CONTAINER

1. A device for passing lubricant out of a lubricant collecting container of a machine or hydraulic system, in particular an internal combustion engine, to a lubricant pump, in particular for an oil circuit of an internal combustion engine, comprising:a lubricant intake pipe, and
a sedimentation container, which is connected fluidically to the lubricant intake pipe, wherein the sedimentation container has a turbulator arranged in the region of an inlet opening of the sedimentation container.

US Pat. No. 10,427,262

MACHINE TOOL WITH ROTARY TABLE WITH SUPPRESSED DIVERGENCE BETWEEN ESTIMATE BRAKE LIFTTIME AND ACTUAL BRAKE LIFETIME

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool, comprising:a rotary table configured to mount a workpiece thereupon;
a brake configured to retain the rotary table at an indexed position;
a display;
a controller configured to calculate a disturbance torque imposed on the brake while the rotary table is retained by the brake; and
a memory configured to store a table in which a plurality of values of a first coefficient corresponds to a plurality of different sizes of the disturbance torque;
wherein
the controller is configured to, each time the disturbance torque is imposed on the brake,
calculate a size of the disturbance torque,
find a value of the first coefficient corresponding to the calculated size of the disturbance torque based on (i) the calculated size of the disturbance torque, and (ii) the table stored in the memory,
accumulate the found value of the first coefficient, and
cause the display to generate an indicator of necessity of a replacement of the brake in response to a determination that the value of the first coefficient accumulated over multiple times when the disturbance torque is imposed on the brake reaches a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,427,260

MACHINE TOOL

STAR MICRONICS CO., LTD.,...

1. A machine tool comprising:a spindle which rotates a workpiece around an axis of the spindle;
an actuator which reciprocates a rod arranged parallel to the axis of the spindle;
a coupler switched between a coupling position and a standby position, the coupler connecting the rod and an ejecting shaft inserted in the spindle when held in the coupling position, and the coupler not being connected to at least the ejecting shaft when held in the standby position; and
a guide shaft arranged parallel to the axis of the spindle and the rod,
wherein the ejecting shaft along with the coupler is moved in a direction parallel to the axis of the spindle according to reciprocation of the rod when the coupler is held in the coupling position,
wherein the coupler is provided with a through-hole through which the guide shaft passes, and
wherein the coupler is moved along the guide shaft in the direction parallel to the axis of the spindle and rotated around the guide shaft to be switched between the coupling position and the standby position.

US Pat. No. 10,427,259

TILT DEVICE FOR MACHINE TOOL

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A tilt device for a machine tool, comprising:a tilt member on which a workpiece or a tool is disposed;
a support member that swingably supports the tilt member and that has a swing axis at a position that is different from a position of a center of gravity of the tilt member;
a drive motor that is provided to the support member and that provides a drive force for swinging the tilt member with respect to the support member;
an auxiliary cylinder that is coupled to the tilt member and that provides a cylinder pressure to assist swing of the tilt member by the drive motor; and
a control device that performs drive control of the drive motor and the auxiliary cylinder, wherein
the center of gravity of the tilt member is offset to one side relative to the swing axis from a vertical position by an inclination angle to balance the tilt member at a balanced position,
a moment about the swing axis generated in the tilt member by a gravitational force at the center of gravity of the tilt member is always directed to only the one side in a rotational direction in a movable range of the tilt member, the moment urging the tilt member back to the balanced position using the gravitational force,
an assistive moment about the swing axis provided to the tilt member by the cylinder pressure is always directed to only the other side in the rotational direction in the movable range of the tilt member,
the control device fluctuates the cylinder pressure based on the inclination angle of the tilt member such that the assistive moment is less than the moment generated in the tilt member by the gravitational force, the cylinder pressure being higher when the inclination angle of the tilt member is greater than a predetermined inclination angle than when the inclination angle of the tilt member is less than the predetermined inclination angle, and
the cylinder pressure is equal to a first value when the inclination angle of the tilt member is greater than the predetermined inclination angle, and the cylinder pressure is equal to a second value when the inclination angle of the tilt member is less than the predetermined inclination angle, the first value being greater than the second value.

US Pat. No. 10,427,258

POSITIVE FEED TOOL WITH IMPROVED SHIFT FROM FORWARD TO RETRACT

APEX BRANDS, INC., Apex,...

1. A positive feed tool configured to operate in a first mode and a second mode, the feed tool comprising:an elongated spindle adapted to carry a tool bit and to rotate and to move axially along a feed path, the spindle configured to operate in a first mode to move axially along the feed path in a first direction and a second mode to move axially along the feed path in an opposing second direction;
first and second gears each operatively connected to the spindle;
a differential drive comprising an elongated shaft spaced laterally away from the spindle, a piston positioned on the shaft, and third and fourth gears positioned on the shaft;
a drive train that is engaged with the third gear to drive the differential drive;
the third gear and the first gear being engaged to rotate the spindle, and the fourth gear and the second gear being engaged to axially move the spindle;
a chamber positioned at the differential drive and comprising sidewalls, a closed end, and an opposing open end, the chamber positioned with the shaft extending into the open end and the piston positioned within the chamber;
an inlet that extends through the closed end of the chamber;
a magnet positioned on one of the piston and the closed end and a plate is positioned on the other of the piston and the closed end, the magnet and plate being magnetically attracted together to magnetically bias the piston towards the closed end of the chamber;
a poppet valve comprising a head and a stem and being positioned at the inlet to control fluid flowing through the inlet and into the chamber;
the differential drive being movable relative to the chamber between first and second positions to selectively move the spindle between the first and second modes, the first position comprising the piston in closer proximity to the closed end with the piston in contact with the head to position the head across the inlet, and the second position comprising the piston positioned a greater distance from the closed end with the head of the poppet valve spaced away from the inlet to allow fluid into the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,427,257

WHEEL MILLING WINDOW FIXTURE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A wheel milling window fixture, composed of a bottom plate, guide blocks, clamping slide blocks, mounting keys, hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic pipelines, connecting blocks, pressure claws, first rotating shafts, second rotating shafts, end face blocks, a mandrel, a mandrel seat, a locking jackscrew, a mandrel height adjusting post, a mandrel guide post, a mandrel guide post locking screw, a locking ring, circumferential positioning posts and circumferential slide blocks, wherein the bottom plate is fixed on a machine tool, the four guide blocks are fixed on the bottom plate, the clamping slide blocks slide in slots of the guide blocks, each end face block is fixed in a clamping slide block, the end face blocks and the clamping slide blocks are fixed on the bottom plate, the hydraulic cylinders are fixed on the clamping slide blocks by the mounting keys, the hydraulic pipelines are fixed on the hydraulic cylinders, the connecting blocks are fixed at the extension ends of the hydraulic cylinders, the pressure claws are articulated into holes of the connecting blocks via the first rotating shafts and simultaneously articulated to the end face blocks via the second rotating shafts, the mandrel seat is fixed on the bottom plate, the mandrel height adjusting post is in clearance fit in the hole of the mandrel seat, the mandrel guide post is in clearance fit in the hole of the mandrel height adjusting post, the locking ring and the mandrel guide post are locked by the mandrel guide post locking screw, the mandrel is fixed on the mandrel height adjusting post, and the circumferential positioning posts are fixed on the circumferential slide blocks.